Google IO Google today opened its developer conference, the aptly named Google IO, with a somber nod to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic from Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai.
"In some places, people are beginning to live their lives again as cases decline. Other places like Brazil and my home country of India are going through their most difficult moments yet. We are thinking of you and hoping for better days ahead," Pichai said, speaking outdoors at the Chocolate Factory's Mountain View campus.
Last year, the coronavirus outbreak prompted Google to cancel its IO show entirely.
Nvidia says it will slash the cryptocurrency-mining abilities of newly made RTX 3080, RTX 3070, and RTX 3060 Ti graphics cards.
Those cards will be marked as LHR, or Lite Hash Rate, to indicate their capabilities have been limited, and will ship from the end of this month. It is hoped that by halving the hash rate of these devices, alt-coin miners will be deterred from snapping up the kit, leaving more of it for PC gamers, which may result in retail prices coming down as supply gets closer to meeting demand.
“Because these GPUs originally launched with a full hash rate, we want to ensure that customers know exactly what they’re getting when they buy GeForce products,” Nvidia's Matt Wuebbling said on Tuesday.
The Colonial Pipeline is in a bit of trouble again. The oil conduit that shut down this month after its operators were hit with ransomware suffered glitches with its technology on Tuesday while trying to sort out its IT woes.
The temporary computer outage was, so the Colonial Pipeline company said on Twitter, “not related to the ransomware or any reinfection,” but instead "due to some of the hardening efforts that are ongoing and part of our restoration process."
"Our internal server that runs our nomination system experienced intermittent disruptions this morning due to some of the hardening efforts that are ongoing and part of our restoration process," the biz said a couple of hours ago.
A Russian spymaster has denied that his agency carried out the infamous SolarWinds supply chain attack in a public relations move worthy of the Internet Research Agency.
Sergei Naryshkin, head of the SVR spy agency, made his denial in a BBC interview broadcast on Tuesday.
"I'd be flattered to hear such an assessment of the work of the Foreign Intelligence service which I run. Such a high evaluation," said the spymaster in remarks translated by the BBC. The SolarWinds supply chain attack saw US and UK government institutions probed by Russian spies, as well as FireEye – itself a major US cybersecurity contractor.
Wikipedia says MicroStrategy is a company that provides business intelligence (BI), mobile software, and cloud-based services, but that wouldn't be the first outdated information on the crowdsourced knowledge repository.
In a US Securities and Exchange Commission filing, the software company founded in 1989 said it would purchase $10m in the Bitcoin cryptocurrency at an average price of $43,663.
MicroStrategy used to be well known as an enterprise software company specialising in data mining and BI, and still counts Hyatt Hotels, the American Red Cross, and Whole Foods Market among its customers. But who needs to go through the brain-ache of actually building things for money when you can invest free cash in a fool-proof electronic currency like Bitcoin?
Three weeks have passed since the high-stakes California bench trial between Epic Games and Apple commenced. On Monday, it was the turn of Phil Schiller, Apple Fellow and former senior VP of Worldwide Marketing, to take the stand.
Schiller, who joined Apple in 1997 upon the return of Steve Jobs, re-emphasised Apple's argument that the App Store's costs are necessary to protect the health of the platform, citing the $99 entry-fee to the developer programme, which he claimed would prevent the App Store becoming swamped with spam or low-quality apps.
He also added that the company feared that if Apple reduced its commission significantly, the App Store may become a conduit for money laundering.
+Comment The British government has vowed to create a legally binding cybersecurity framework for managed service providers (MSPs) – and if you want to tell gov.UK what you think, you've only got a few weeks to act.
The supply chain review comes in the wake of high-profile events like the SolarWinds compromise and a 2018 APT campaign linked by the FBI to China that may have breached HPE, IBM, and some of their clients.
Targeted at managed service providers and firms outsourcing their digital infrastructure services alike, the review is described by the government as helping build evidence for "additional government intervention" to force businesses into formally assessing cyber risks to their supply chains. It also looks like MSPs will be subject to a legally binding security framework as a result of the review.
YouTube-developed distributed relational database Vitess is getting a DBaaS makeover, putting it in the hands of developers without having to worry about engaging with a DBA.
Based on MySQL, Vitess is used by the likes of Slack, Airbnb and GitHub for its horizontal, globally scalable OLTP architecture. But it has not always been the easiest thing for developers to get to grips with.
Sam Lambert, chief product officer at PlanetScale, the company behind Vitess, told The Register: "They built for Vitess MySQL. It's got a sharding and orchestration layer that means you can go to an enormous scale: we're talking about running on 10,000s of servers.
1Password has unveiled a full-featured desktop app for Linux, written in Rust and using the ring crypto library for end-to-end encryption.
The release features encrypted browser and desktop integration and, according to the business, "uses the Linux kernel keyring to establish a fully encrypted connection between 1Password in your browser and 1Password for Linux."
The upshot is that if one is unlocked, so will be the other.
A new component of AWS Systems Manager aims to assist with handling incidents.
AWS Systems Manager (formerly called SSM – Simple Systems Manager) was introduced in 2017, though it really goes back to EC2 Systems Manager, launched late 2016.
"It started as a way to manage your EC2 instances," AWS evangelist Julien Simon told The Register, "for example, checking the patching status of your EC2 fleet. If you have a couple, you can do it manually, but if you have 100 instances, Linux and Windows, it's pretty difficult."
Good old fashioned perpetual licence sales helped Micro Focus turn an unexceptional six months worth of trading figures into something more acceptable by moderating declines in group revenue.
In preliminary results for the six months ended 30 April 2021, the company reported revenues of $1.4bn, down 5 per cent year-on-year in constant currency, this was "ahead of market expectations".
Earning before income tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) margin was 36 per cent, in line with forecasts, due to the licence growth and "cost savings". Micro Focus didn't reveal pre-tax or net profit.
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