When it comes to ISO performance, noise isn’t bad, even at ISO 800.
Google parent Alphabet has reported financial success across everything from artificial intelligence to video streaming – thanks in no small part to the pandemic and increased efforts from ransomware ne'er-do-wells.
Revenues for Google's Q2 of fiscal 2021 ended 30 June jumped a whopping 62 per cent year-on-year to $61.88bn, and it reported an operating profit of $19.36bn versus $6.383bn in the corresponding quarter in 2020.
"I want to acknowledge that the new COVID-19 variants have been challenging for so many communities across the world," Alphabet chief Sundar Pichai told attendees on the company's earnings call, despite the positive effect the pandemic appears to have had on the company's ever-expanding top and bottom lines.
A reactor at Guosheng Nuclear Power Plant in Taiwan malfunctioned on Tuesday morning, triggering an auto shutdown that resulted in the loss of 985 megawatts of power – all due to the misplacement of a chair.
The plant owner, state-run Taipower, said the incident did not cause any grid power outages, although the power supply light turned yellow from green, indicating the system was running at 6-10 per cent of operating reserve ratio.
Both the power company and the Atomic Energy Commission, a government agency for atomic safety, confirmed there was no concern about radiation release.
Amazon has halted plans to roll out a company-wide HR system based on SaaS from Workday, highlighting the challenges of migrating to the in-vogue application model.
A deal between the megacorp and Workday, an enterprise application interloper, was signed in 2017 with Amazon HR veep Beth Galetti at the time declaring: "Workday is an HR cloud leader that provides an innovative, customer-focused HCM system that will support Amazon as we continue to hire employees around the world."
Three years later, the Seattle book-seller-cum-enterprise-juggernaut has changed its tune. According to reports, a migration from Oracle's PeopleSoft has come unstuck because Workday's database, an in-memory system that drew inspiration from SAP's HANA, did not scale to the needs of Amazon's increasing number of employees. In 2017, around 300,000 worked for the firm worldwide. Now it is around 800,000 in the US and 1.3 million worldwide.
Apple reported record revenue in Q3 of its fiscal 2021, but admitted it is being hit by industry-wide component shortages – and things are only going to worsen in the quarter to come, costing the company billions of dollars.
Cupertino's latest financials for the three months ended 26 June paint a rosy picture, with revenue up 36 per cent year-on-year to a record $81.4bn on a healthy gross margin of 43.3 per cent. A big chunk of that came from the company's high-margin services arm – cloud, music, video, advertising, payments, and more – which saw sales jump to $17.5bn, including cash from over 700 million paid subscribers.
iPhone accounted for almost half of Apple's total revenues, jumping 50 per cent on the year-ago quarter to $39.57bn. "Customers love iPhone 12 for its superfast 5G speeds, A14 Bionic chip and Adobe vision camera never seen before in a phone," trilled CEO Tim Cook.
UK pub and hotel chain Fuller's has bet the farm on Microsoft Dynamics to run its core finance system after it kicked out a £10m Infor system following the sell-off of its brewery business.
Pandemic lockdowns have ripped through the heart of the hospitality industry worldwide, but Fuller's said it used the "downtime" to select a new supplier for its core finance project.
In the company's most recent results it said it would be rolling out a new Microsoft Business Central software package in October this year to "simplify" ordering and accounts processes.
The UK needs to increase the number of charging points across the country tenfold if it is to support an electric vehicle (EV) economy starting with the ban on new petrol and diesel cars from 2030.
As it stands, access to EV charging points is a "postcode lottery" with London streets ahead of every other part of the UK.
So says the "Electric Vehicle Charging Market Report" from the Competition and Market's Authority (CMA) [PDF], which found that there are 80 public charging points per 100,000 people in London compared to just 20 per 100,000 in Yorkshire and Humber.
Review IRC is crusty, ancient, and still far and away the best group chat system currently available. IRC is the best chat system precisely because it is a system. It is a protocol, not just an app, and even better it is a loosely federated protocol.
The IRC system is a federated protocol around which a galaxy of clients (apps if you prefer) orbit. No one person or corporation controls IRC.
Yet it has two problems: it lacks end-to-end encryption, which isn't as big a deal as it sounds since most of us use IRC in open channels anyway, but the other problem is that IRC lacks a good means of asynchronous communication. Catching up on IRC chats that happened when you were away is difficult and time-consuming. It's just not something IRC was built for, and that's okay.
Column During the first and second waves of the pandemic, a certain cohort of my more paranoid friends grew increasingly alarmed at a thought balloon floated by the World Economic Forum – the billionaires' club that used to meet annually in Davos.
"The Great Reset" recast the massive economic dislocations produced by endless lockdowns as a chance to rethink and rebuild the world's economic foundations along more sustainable and equitable lines.
If that proposal seems a bit rich – coming as it does from the world's richest and most powerful – it felt positively predatory to these friends of mine. They immediately began to propose nightmare scenarios where all existing money loses its value, replaced by some centrally issued and controlled digital currencies – something that would look like a mechanism to ensure greater equity, but would quickly be revealed as an overarching instrument of control.
Parliamentary criticism of the National Cyber Security Centre's "image over cost" London HQ is being shrugged off by the government because of the GCHQ offshoot's successful response to the WannaCry ransomware outbreak.
George "Eleventy Jobs" Osborne, who at the time of NCSC's establishment in 2016 was the Chancellor of the Exchequer, overrode procurement processes and gave the panicking Cheltenham set at GCHQ their desired Westminster base – and not the grubby Shoreditch "tech hub" the spies feared they'd be dropped into.
Last winter Parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) condemned the procurement of NCSC's Nova South HQ, opposite London's Victoria railway station. The Conservative-dominated committee described Osborne's pick of Nova South, which wasn't even on a shortlist prepared by the National Security Adviser (NSA), as "image over cost."
Google has revealed that its bug bounty program – which it styles a "Vulnerability Reward Program" – has paid out for 11,055 bugs found in its services since 2010.
11,055 bugs seems like a lot, but it's not out of step with other vendors. Microsoft's monthly Patch Tuesday packages regularly fix over 100 flaws, while Oracle's quarterly patch collections often contain well more than 300 pieces of corrective code. Across 11 years, the two abovementioned vendors would also produce over 11,000 bugs.
Google's disclosure — which appeared in a Tuesday post that also revealed the company has paid out over $29 million in bug bounties to 2022 researchers — came with news that the ad giant has decided its vulnerability reward program (VRP) needs a major makeover.
Former couch-surfing world record contender Julian Assange has had his Ecuadorian citizenship revoked.
An administrative court in Quito, Ecuador cited irregularities in the naturalization process – including the use of different signatures, potential document alterations, failure to pay fees, and a failure to reside in the country – as reasons the grant of citizenship was invalid. The court also assessed Assange's application interview as "undue and illegal".
Assange was notified he had lost his citizenship in a letter responding to a claim from Ecuador's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Human Mobility. His less than happy lawyer, Carlos Poveda, said he will file for an annulment of the decision.
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