Thailand’s Securities and Exchange Commission has banned dealing in some cryptocurrencies and non-fungible tokens.
A Saturday announcement prohibits digital exchanges from handling four types of tokens:
NASA is hoping to host more amateur astronauts at the International Space Station, putting them up for as much as two weeks at a time.
Space tourism is taking off, and NASA wants to continue cashing in on the fun. In January next year, Axiom Space's Ax-1 mission is due to fly a professional astronaut and passengers to the orbiting station for an eight-day stay using a SpaceX rocket and Crew Dragon capsule. And Blue Origin just auctioned off a seat into space next month for $28m.
“This year is truly a renaissance for human spaceflight both as we fly NASA and international partner astronauts on US commercial crew spacecraft to the International Space Station,” said NASA’s director of commercial spaceflight development Phil McAlister, referring to SpaceX sending astronauts to the station, "and also as we see the expansion of private astronaut missions.
Analysis You may have seen in the news some panic about a Chinese nuclear reactor going wrong, and a warning of an "imminent radiological threat." Well, don't worry: it's a routine fuel rod problem.
CNN claimed an exclusive on Monday after seeing a June 8 memo indicating there was a build up of "noble gases in the primary circuit" of the coolant system in the Taishan-1 nuclear power plant.
The letter was written by nuclear engineering firm Framatome, which is mostly owned by French energy giant EDF and was contracted to design and help run the French-Chinese plant. The facility in the Guangdong province went online in December 2018, and serves the manufacturing hubs Guangzhou and Shenzhen.
India’s Income Tax Department has acknowledged that its shiny new e-tax portal broke, badly, by authorising an extension for some tax filings and reverting to manual processing of printed documents.
The new portal went live on June 8, and promptly proved sub-optimal, with would-be users complaining that it just didn’t work.
India’s Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, quickly pointed the finger at the site’s developer, Indian services giant Infosys. Complaints have poured in ever since. The Register has found countless gripes on social media, with complaints mentioning the portal simply not loading or lacking useful functionality. Those who have made it in, and logged problems, say their incident number has proven useless.
The US Supreme Court has offered Microsoft's LinkedIn another chance to prevent hiQ from scraping its public profiles.
In 2019, the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals sided with a lower court that two years earlier found data science biz hiQ Labs did not violate the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) by scraping publicly available data from LinkedIn's website. That decision alarmed some privacy groups.
Two weeks ago, in Van Buren v. United States, the Supreme Court narrowed the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) by ruling that terms of service violations alone are insufficient for criminal liability under the CFAA. The CFAA criminalizes intentionally accessing a computer "without authorization" or in a way that "exceeds authorized access," though the law doesn't define those terms.
Engineers have hoisted the core stage of NASA's mega-rocket, the Space Launch System, vertical ready to bolt on its boosters and roll the stack to the launchpad later this year.
The milestone has been a while coming in a programme beset by delays and difficulty, both engineering and financial.
Bloody helpful, those Aussies. And jolly friendly too. In fact, they're so damn helpful one bloke painted "Welcome to Perth" in giant capital letters on a rooftop so air passengers about to land at the city airport could look down and see the greeting.
Snag is, the sign isn't on the final descent to Perth. It's just a hop, skip, and a jump from Sydney airport.
According to a local TV news report, the welcome sign – which cost the prankster around AU$4,500 (around £2,500) – was up there for around three months before people started to take notice.
Samsung is said to be considering delaying the launch of this year's Galaxy S21 FE sub-flagship due to the ongoing shortage of semiconductor components.
Speaking to Bloomberg, the company said "nothing had been determined" as to the fate of the device. Earlier today, Korean media reported the production of the phone had been suspended in the face of a shortage of Qualcomm chips.
Samsung's FE phones, which stands for "fan edition", have been positioned as a cheaper version of that year's flagship. The company introduced the line in 2017 as a way to salvage something from the wreckage of the pyrotechnic Galaxy Note 7, an otherwise decent phone hampered by a propensity to explode.
The G7 summit of western countries has called upon Russia to "identify, disrupt, and hold to account those within its borders who conduct ransomware attacks, abuse virtual currency to launder ransoms, and other cybercrimes."
Coming after an 18-month period where ransomware gangs mostly operating out of Russia and Russian-allied countries have wrought havoc on the West, the statement is part of an increasing willingness to confront Russia's inaction over criminal gangs based on its turf.
A public G7 communique issued over the weekend as the politico-media gathering jetted off home from the summit's Cornwall location said "we reaffirm our call on Russia to stop its destabilising behaviour" and called on the rest of the world to join in a broader effort to "urgently identify and disrupt ransomware criminal networks operating from within their borders, and hold those networks accountable for their actions."
Ubuntu Pro is coming to Google Cloud, replete with an all-important 10-year maintenance commitment for corporate punters who like things stable.
While Canonical's Ubuntu is hardly new to Google's Cloud, the Pro edition joins other enterprise favourites in the premium category, such as Red Hat Enterprise Linux and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server.
The lengthy support window is based at least in part on Canonical's Extended Security Maintenance (ESM) programme. ESM means eight years for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (to 2024), 10 years for 18.04 LTS (to 2028), and support until 2030 for 20.04 LTS.
Reality Winner, the former NSA intelligence contractor who leaked evidence of Russian interference in a US Presidential election to the press, has been released from prison.
Her attorney Alison Allen announced Winner, 29, had been let out on Monday early due to "exemplary" behavior while inside.
In 2018, Winner pleaded guilty to one count of espionage for printing out a classified document describing the Kremlin’s attempts to infiltrate and meddle with voting systems amid the 2016 White house race. She sent the five-page report to The Intercept, which published a news article about the file's contents.
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