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02/08/2021 17:30:15  

Also: Why new OS looks this way, and easier install for Linux subsystem

Microsoft has added Windows 11 to the Beta channel of its Insider preview scheme and issued a new build which replaces flashing taskbar icons - indicating attention is required - with what it calls a "red pill."…

01/08/2021 22:26:14  

Paula Craig, 56, is one of a relay team aiming to complete the 21-mile swim to France.
01/08/2021 12:26:04  

The digital giant bans the channel from uploading new content for a week over misinformation breaches.
30/07/2021 09:28:31  

Nigel sure knows how to keep his blockbuster ratings up: combine his Twitter-trending campaign on the RNLI with mocking Keir Starmer.

Last night was Farage’s third night in a row talking about the controversial use of the RNLI to constantly ferry migrants from the channel to England, noting his pleasure that the comments had at least resulted in a bumper day of donations to the charity.[…] Read the rest

30/07/2021 08:29:25  

Derek Muller, creator of the science-themed YouTube channel Veritasium, won a $10,000 bet with UCLA physics professor Alexander Kusenko, who claimed that Muller's wind-driven land yacht couldn't travel faster than the wind without any additional power sources. After recruiting science stars Neil deGrasse Tyson and Bill Nye to help settle the debate, the professor eventually conceded that it was in fact possible. Insider reports: Created by Rick Cavallaro, a former aerospace engineer, Blackbird is unique because it can move directly downwind faster than the wind itself for a sustained period. Any sailor worth their salt can tell you that a boat can travel faster than the wind by cutting zigzag patterns; that's called tacking. But the idea that a vehicle can beat the breeze traveling straight downwind, no tacking involved, is controversial. "I knew this was a counterintuitive problem. To be perfectly honest with you, when I went out to pilot the craft, I didn't understand how it worked," Muller told Insider. Blackbird is so counterintuitive, in fact, that less than a week after Muller released his video (below), Alexander Kusenko, a professor of physics at UCLA, emailed to inform him that it had to be wrong. A vehicle like that would break the laws of physics, Kusenko said. "I said, 'Look, if you don't believe this, let's put some money on this,'" Muller said. He suggested a wager of $10,000, never imagining Kusenko would take it. But Kusenko agreed, and in the weeks that followed, they exchanged data and argued about Blackbird. They even brought in several of science's biggest names, including Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson, to help decide who was right. In the end, Muller emerged victorious.

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29/07/2021 16:25:38  

The lifeboat charity says it has been "overwhelmed" by support after it released footage of Channel rescues.
29/07/2021 11:28:19  

On Monday Guido reported the first set of viewing figures for Nige’s premiere week on GB News, with him beating Sky News every day. It’s now clear his second week’s target is the all-dominating BBC.

Guido can reveal Farage has now overtaken the taxpayer-funded news channel’s ratings two days in a row; Tuesday saw him just pip the BBC’s offering by 1,700 viewers, however last night was an overwhelming victory:

  • Farage – 107.7
  • BBC Outside Source – 93.3
  • Sky News Tonight – 35.2

Not only did Farage beat the BBC by over 14,000 viewers, he peaked on a whopping 123,900. […] Read the rest

29/07/2021 11:28:19  

Last night, Nigel Farage defended calling the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) a “taxi service for illegal trafficking gangs”, during a passionate monologue on GBNews. Farage is amongst a number of people to criticise the RNLI for helping Border Force pick up migrants in the English Channel amid surging numbers of asylum seekers on lifeboats crossing the channel…

Following Farage’s tweet, the RNLI tweeted “we’re proud of the lifesaving work our volunteers do in the Channel – we make no apology for it”, accompanied with a harrowing video of a real migrant rescue in action.[…] Read the rest

29/07/2021 10:29:38  

YouTuber's project already well past its goal

Neil Thomas, host of the RMC vintage computing and gaming YouTube channel, is crowdfunding a colouring book of vintage computing hardware.…

29/07/2021 06:28:50  

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Cult of Mac: Apple is closing down internal Slack channels to stop employees discussing remote working options, reports Zoe Schiffer from The Verge. Many Cupertino employees are currently engaged in a Cold War of sorts with their employer over the remote working arrangement coming out of the coronavirus pandemic. As the arguments flare up among staff, Apple has taken the step of shuttering the Slack channels where these are taking place. "Apple recently began cracking down on Slack channels that aren't directly related to work," Schiffer wrote on Twitter. "The company bans channels 'for activities and hobbies' that aren't directly related to projects or part of official employee groups -- but this wasn't always enforced, employees say." Two public letters from Apple employees have requested more flexible working conditions. A recent petition this month was shared on Apple's internal Slack channel, with more than 6,000 members discussing remote work. It noted that: "We continue to be concerned that this one-size-fits-all solution is causing many of our colleagues to question their future at Apple. With COVID-19 numbers rising again around the world, vaccines proving less effective against the delta variant, and the long-term effects of infection not well understood, it is too early to force those with concerns to come back to the office." According to Schiffer, "internally, [many] people feel like [Apple] isn't listening to their demands." She continues that: "Since Friday, three Apple employees have resigned specifically because of the remote work policies. One had been at the company for nearly 13 years. I've seen a bunch of these resignation notes and they're pretty heart wrenching."

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29/07/2021 00:29:14  

The Tech Support Scams YouTube channel, operated by host and creator Jim Browning, was deleted after a tech support scam convinced Browning that the only way to secure his account was to delete it. The Register reports: "So to prove that anyone can be scammed," Browning announced via Twitter following the attack, "I was convinced to delete my YouTube channel because I was convinced I was talking [to YouTube] support. I never lost control of the channel, but the sneaky s**t managed to get me to delete the channel. Hope to recover soon." To fool Browning, the ruse must have been convincing: "I track down the people who scam others on the Internet," he writes on his Patreon page. "This is usually those 'tech support' call frauds using phone calls or pop-ups. I explain what I do by guiding others in how to recognize a scam and, more importantly, how to turn the tables on scammers by tracking them down." Browning has made a name for himself with self-described "scam baiting" videos, in which he sets up honeypot systems and pretends to fall for scams in which supposed support staffers need remote access to fix a problem or remove a virus -- in reality scouring the hard drive for sensitive files or planting malware of their own. "I am hoping that YouTube Support can recover the situation by 29th July," Browning wrote in a Patreon update, "and I can get the channel back, but they've not promised anything as yet. I just hope it is recoverable." Whether Browning is able to recover the account, and the 3.28 million subscribers he had gathered over his career as a scam-baiter, he's hoping to turn his misfortune into another lesson. "I will make a video on how all of this went down," he pledged, "but suffice to say, it was pretty convincing until the very end."

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28/07/2021 22:29:17  

Special capabilities on Azure leaving on-premises users behind

Microsoft will not support a semi-annual release channel in the forthcoming Windows Server 2022, and users requiring frequent updates will be directed towards Azure Stack HCI (Hyperconverged Infrastructure).…

28/07/2021 15:25:22  

The RNLI boss spoke out after it emerged lifeboat crews were being heckled for rescuing migrants.
28/07/2021 14:28:11  

Confirming reports from a few weeks ago, GB News has finally announced their Director of News & Programming John McAndrew will be the latest behind-the-scenes talent to depart. The move was announced at the editorial meeting yesterday afternoon. McAndrew insists he leaves GB News on good terms, saying in his departing words that the channel is “a much-needed new voice in the British news media – it has a solid plan and a strong future”

“Despite the inevitable bumps and bruises along the way I remain incredibly proud of what we have built and I look forward to seeing it grow and prosper.

[…] Read the rest
28/07/2021 02:29:00  

YouTube has removed videos posted by Brazil's Jair Bolsonaro for violating its content policies, in the strongest measure yet that tech giants in the social media-loving country have taken toward censoring the president. VICE News reports: YouTube has said that if Bolsonaro breaks the video-sharing service's rules again, his channel may be suspended for a week and, in case of recurrence, he should be permanently banned. The video platform told the far-right leader last week that 15 of his videos had been removed from his channel for spreading COVID-19 misinformation -- some of which promoted quack coronavirus cures that critics say can sometimes cause collateral health damages like kidney failure. The news came days after the president was discharged from hospital after undergoing treatment for an intestinal blockage that provoked a 10-day hiccup attack that hindered his ability to speak. President Bolsonaro has so far remained silent on YouTube's decision, but he's been increasingly vocal in railing against lockdowns, stirring vaccine suspicions and COVID-related hoaxes, ridiculing people for wearing masks and downplaying the dangers of the virus as "a little flu." Last year, the former army captain accused the press of "tricking" citizens about the severity of the virus. Over 550,502 Brazilians have died from COVID-19, making the country's outbreak the world's second-deadliest after the U.S.

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27/07/2021 21:28:54  

'It was pretty convincing until the very end,' says host Jim Browning

The Tech Support Scams YouTube channel has been erased from existence in a blaze of irony as host and creator Jim Browning fell victim to a tech support scam that convinced him to secure his account – by deleting it.…

27/07/2021 13:25:12  

Small dinghies distract police while larger boats cross the English Channel, a French MP says.
27/07/2021 02:28:27  

In what is, at least so far, the biggest cybersecurity blunder of the Tokyo Olympics, an Italian TV announcer did not realize he was on air when he asked the password for his computer. Motherboard reports: "Do you know the password for the computer in this commentator booth?" he asked during the broadcast of the Turkey-China volleyball game, apparently not realizing he was still on air. "It was too hard to call the password Pippo? Pippo, Pluto or Topolino?" he complained, referring to the Italian names for Goofy, Pluto and Mickey Mouse. The snafu was immortalized in a video posted on Twitter by cybersecurity associate professor Stefano Zanero, who works at the Polytechnic University of Milan. A source who works at Eurosport, the channel which was broadcasting the volleyball game, confirmed that the video is authentic. A colleague of the announcer can be heard in the background saying the password depends on the Olympics organizers, and asking the announcer if it's on a paper or post it close-by. Turns out the password was "Booth.03" after the number of the commentator's booth. "Even the dot to make it more complicated, as if it was NASA's computer," he said on the air. "Next time they will even put a semicolon." "Ma porca miseria," he concluded, using a popular italian swearing that literally means "pork's misery" but is more accurately translated to "for god's sake."

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26/07/2021 17:27:28  

Farage has once again got a political project back on course; to the annoyance of both his and GB News’ critics, Farage’s show was the most watched show on the channel this week, and beat Sky News Tonight with Dermot Murnaghan every single day it was on air:

Monday 19th: 

  • Farage – 96.3k/Peak: 108k
  • Sky News Tonight – 75.4k/Peak: 78k
  • BBC Outside Source – 109.5k/Peak: 125.1k

Tuesday 20th:

  • Farage – 85.3k/Peak: 99.8k
  • Sky News Tonight – 53.9k/Peak: 63.3k
  • BBC Outside Source – 91.8k/Peak: 150.7k

Wednesday 21st:

  • Farage – 71.7k/Peak: 83.6k
  • Sky News Tonight – 62.1k/Peak: 70.9k
  • BBC Outside Source – 86.4k/Peak: 93k

Thursday 22nd:

  • Farage – 67.1k/Peak: 78.6k
  • Sky News Tonight – 55.8k/Peak: 60.8k
  • BBC Outside Source – 132.2k/Peak: 146.1k

A source informs Guido the station bosses are “pleased that Nigel’s star power has given them a much-needed boost after a turbulent few weeks.” […] Read the rest

26/07/2021 07:24:52  

Some 378 people crossed the Channel on Sunday, after record numbers made the journey last month.
23/07/2021 10:24:20  

Craig Openshaw fights injury and illness to cover a distance greater than two cross-Channel swims.
23/07/2021 03:28:02  

Biz insists it's trying as hard as possible to scrub clean its IRC-for-the-2020s

Sophos on Thursday warned that internet instant-chat service Discord is becoming an increasingly popular malware distribution channel.…

22/07/2021 03:27:48  

quonset writes: Wherever the president goes, so goes the nuclear football, a 45 pound case which allows the president to to confirm his identity and authorize a nuclear strike. The Football also provides the commander in chief with a simplified menu of nuclear strike options -- allowing him to decide, for example, whether to destroy all of America's enemies in one fell swoop or to limit himself to obliterating only Moscow or Pyongyang or Beijing. During the attempted insurrection on January 6th, video from inside the capitol showed the mob coming within 100 feet of then-Vice President Mike Pence and his military aide who was carrying a second nuclear football. Had they lost control of the case, no nuclear weapons could have been launched, but the highly classified information within the case could have been leaked, or sold, to nation states. As a result, members of Congress asked the Pentagon to review procedures for handling and security of the nuclear football. The Department of Defense Inspector General will evaluate the policies and procedures around the Presidential Emergency Satchel, also known as the "nuclear football," in the event that it is "lost, stolen, or compromised," according to an announcement from the DoD IG's office. This would not be the first time procedures for the case have been reviewed. Jimmy Carter, who qualified as a nuclear sub commander, was aware that he would have only a few minutes to decide how to respond to a nuclear strike against the United States. Carter ordered that the war plans be drastically simplified. A former military aide to President Bill Clinton, Col. Buzz Patterson, would later describe the resulting pared-down set of choices as akin to a "Denny's breakfast menu." "It's like picking one out of Column A and two out of Column B," he told the History Channel. Following Carter, an incident during the Reagan administration led to another review. In the chaos after the attempted assassination, the aide carrying the case was separated from Reagan and did not accompany him to the hospital. When Reagan was stripped of his clothes prior to going into surgery, the biscuit, a card every president is given, which, if needed, can personally identify the president, was found abandoned in a hospital plastic bag. Bill Clinton had his review moment when it was discovered he had lost his biscuit for months, and never told anyone.

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21/07/2021 13:23:58  

The government is paying France £54m in a bid to stem the number of migrants travelling to the UK.
20/07/2021 20:23:44  

France will double the number of police patrolling beaches, as record numbers cross the Channel.