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Apple sent my data to the FBI, says boss of controversial research paper trove Sci-Hub

Apple sent my data to the FBI, says boss of controversial research paper trove Sci-Hub

Alexandra Elbakyan, the creator of controversial research trove Sci-Hub, has claimed that Apple informed her it has handed over information about her account to the FBI.Elbakyan made the allegation in a week-old Tweet that went unremarked-upon for longer than you’d imagine, given that Apple and the FBI have over whether the Bureau should be allowed to peer into Apple customers’ devices.received a few minutes ago to my GMail. at first I thought it was a spam and was about to delete the email, but it turned out to be about FBI requesting my data from Apple— Alexandra Elbakyan (@ringo_ring)The...

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May 17
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IBM creates a COBOL compiler – for Linux on x86

IBM creates a COBOL compiler – for Linux on x86

IBM has announced a COBOL compiler for Linux on x86.News of the offering appeared in an that states: "IBM COBOL for Linux on x86 1.1 brings IBM's COBOL compilation technologies and capabilities to the Linux on x86 environment," and describes it as "the latest addition to the IBM COBOL compiler family, which includes Enterprise COBOL for z/OS and COBOL for AIX."COBOL – the common business-oriented language – has its roots in the 1950s and is synonymous with the mainframe age and difficulties paying down technical debt accrued since a bygone era of computing.So why is IBM – which is today...

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Apr 7
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Seagate claims it shipped its third zettabyte of storage in record time

Seagate claims it shipped its third zettabyte of storage in record time

Disk-maker Seagate claims to have become the first company to ship three zettabytes' worth of data storage devices.A zettabyte is a thousand exabytes, and an exabyte is a thousand petabytes. The latter quantity is far from fanciful these days. Seagate already offers , they'd only have to sell 56 to hit a petabyte. Cisco offers a storage server – boom, there’s your petabyte. Now all you need is to multiply that lot by thousand to get an exabyte, then do the same again to get a zettabyte. Somewhere along the line you'll probably want to make sure your data centre floor can handle the load,...

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Apr 7
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Microsoft says it found 1,000-plus developers' fingerprints on the SolarWinds attack

Microsoft says it found 1,000-plus developers' fingerprints on the SolarWinds attack

Microsoft president Brad Smith said the software giant’s analysis of the SolarWinds hack suggests the code behind the crack was the work of a thousand or more developers.Speaking on US news magazine program 60 Minutes, Smith labelled the attack “the largest and most sophisticated attack the world has ever seen.”“When we analysed everything that we saw at Microsoft, we asked ourselves how many engineers have probably worked on these attacks. And the answer we came to was, well, certainly more than 1,000.”If anyone understands the havoc 1,000 developers can create, it’s Microsoft.Smith didn’t...

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Feb 15
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India lifts 550-day Kashmir internet ban, tries to impose new Twitter ban

India lifts 550-day Kashmir internet ban, tries to impose new Twitter ban

4G and wired internet services have been restored to Jammu and Kashmir, the Muslim-majority Indian State that it stripped of semi-autonomous status in 2019.India and Pakistan dispute ownership of the region and a decades-long insurgency has fought for either independence or integration with Pakistan. India says insurgents are backed by Pakistan and have committed acts of terror. Locals have also protested government policy, sometimes without secessionist aims.Bans on internet services have long been one of India’s responses in the region. In August 2019 access was cut off for months when...

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Feb 9
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Chromium cleans up its act – and daily DNS root server queries drop by 60 billion

Chromium cleans up its act – and daily DNS root server queries drop by 60 billion

The Google-sponsored Chromium project has cleaned up its act, and the result is a marked decline in queries to DNS root servers.As The Register reported in , Chromium-based browsers generate a lot of DNS traffic as they try to determine if input into their omnibox is a domain name or a search query.Verisign engineers Matthew Thomas and Duane Wessels examined the resulting traffic and reached the conclusion that it accounted for up to 60 billion DNS queries every day.Wessels has since penned a new post that went unreported when it appeared on January 7 – the day after the US Capitol riot –...

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Feb 4
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The Ultimate Collection of Winsock Software goes offline for good

The Ultimate Collection of Winsock Software goes offline for good

One of the web’s early software download bazaars, Tucows.com, has closed.Originally named “The Ultimate Collection of Winsock Software” and launched in 1993, the site came along just as the web erupted into the public imagination and as shareware became a popular tactic for software distribution and marketing. Initially running from a single PC in a library, the site’s thousands of downloads were accessible without n00b-intimidating FTP tools.As web publishing became easier and search engines made it easier to find software from its source, the site’s utility declined. But for a good few...

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Jan 27
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That's it. It's over. It's really over. From today, Adobe Flash Player no longer works. We're free. We can just leave

That's it. It's over. It's really over. From today, Adobe Flash Player no longer works. We're free. We can just leave

Adobe has finally and formally killed Flash.The Photoshop giant promised Flash would die on January 12, 2021. Thanks to the International Date Line, The Register’s Asia-Pacific bureau, like other parts of the world, are already living in a sweet, sweet post-Flash future, and can report that if you try to access content in Adobe's Flash Player in this cyber-utopia, you’ll see the following:The Flash Death Notice ... Click to enlargeThe above just now showed up on your correspondent’s Windows 10 PC, which is running version 32.0.0.645 of the 64-bit Flash Plugin, when opening some content to...

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Jan 12
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European Space Agency will launch giant claw that drags space junk to its doom

European Space Agency will launch giant claw that drags space junk to its doom

The European Space Agency has formalised its plan to dispose of space junk by using an orbiting claw to grab an old bit of rocket before dragging both the claw and the junk to a fiery doom.The agency the plan in late 2019 when it revealed it had asked Swiss startup ClearSpace to fully scope the mission.The paperwork was due in March and found favour with ESA's Ministerial Council, which has approved funding for an €86 million contract to fund the mission.The goal remains the same: fly ClearSpace's junk-grabbing claw to intercept a VESPA (Vega Secondary Payload Adapter) that has orbited...

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Nov 27
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Micropayments company Coil distributes new privacy policy with email that puts users' addresses in the ‘To:’ field

Micropayments company Coil distributes new privacy policy with email that puts users' addresses in the ‘To:’ field

Micropayments company Coil has emailed users its new privacy policy but placed hundreds of their addresses in the “To:” field and therefore breached their privacy.The mail had the Subject line “Updates to Coil’s Terms and Privacy Policy” and offered links to the . The Register has read it and can report that while it reveals that Coil seeks permission to share users’ details with service providers, partners, and “related entities”. We cannot find a clause that resembles: “We reserve the right to expose your email address to countless other Coil users in the ‘To:’ field of an email.”The...

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Nov 17
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