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Amtrak Aims For Net-Zero Greenhouse Gas Emissions By 2045 (1 hour 55 minutes old)

An anonymous reader quotes a report from the Hill: Passenger rail service Amtrak is aiming to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045 to reduce its impact on the environment. Amtrak on Thursday announced efforts to hit that mark will involve reducing the use of diesel fuel and phasing in renewable fuels in its network over the next decades. The rail service said it plans to reach 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2030 by investing in new fuel-cell, hydrogen and battery technologies. Funds from President Biden's bipartisan infrastructure law will be used to help Amtrak develop [...]

TikTok Inching Toward US Security Deal To Avoid Sale (4 hours old)

U.S. lawmakers and TikTok are hammering out a plan, under which the short-form video app would make changes to its data security and governance without requiring its parent firm, China's ByteDance to sell it, the New York Times reported on Monday. Reuters reports: TikTok and the Biden administration have drafted a preliminary agreement to resolve national security concerns but are still deciding on a potential agreement, the Times reported, citing people familiar with the matter. A TikTok spokesperson declined to comment on the report but said the app was confident about being able to "fully s[...]

A 20 Year Old Chipset Workaround Has Been Hurting Modern AMD Linux Systems (4 hours old)

AMD engineer K Prateek Nayak recently uncovered that a 20 year old chipset workaround in the Linux kernel still being applied to modern AMD systems is responsible in some cases for hurting performance on modern Zen hardware. Fortunately, a fix is on the way for limiting that workaround to old systems and in turn helping with performance for modern systems. Phoronix reports: Last week was a patch posted for the ACPI processor idle code to avoid an old chipset workaround on modern AMD Zen systems. Since ACPI support was added to the Linux kernel in 2002, there has been a "dummy wait op" to deal [...]

Factory Jobs Are Booming Like It's the 1970s (5 hours old)

An anonymous reader quotes a report from the New York Times: Ever since American manufacturing entered a long stretch of automation and outsourcing in the late 1970s, every recession has led to the loss of factory jobs that never returned. But the recovery from the pandemic recession has been different: American manufacturers have now added enough jobs to regain all that they shed -- and then some. The resurgence has not been driven by companies bringing back factory jobs that had moved overseas, nor by the brawny industrial sectors and regions often evoked by President Biden, former President[...]

Apple Begins Making the iPhone 14 In India (6 hours old)

Apple said Monday it is assembling its flagship iPhone 14 in India as the U.S. technology giant looks to shift some production away from China. CNBC reports: "The new iPhone 14 lineup introduces groundbreaking new technologies and important safety capabilities. We're excited to be manufacturing iPhone 14 in India," the company said in a statement. Apple's main iPhone assembler, Foxconn, is manufacturing the devices at its Sriperumbudur factory on the outskirts of Chennai. The Cupertino, California, giant has been manufacturing iPhones in India since 2017 but these were usually older models. [...]

Canada To End COVID-19 Vaccine Travel Requirements, Make ArriveCan App Optional (6 hours old)

Canada has said it is dropping all remaining Covid border restrictions, including vaccine requirements for travelers. The BBC reports: As of 1 October, travelers will also no longer need to provide proof of Covid vaccination, to undergo any testing or to isolate and quarantine. The mask mandate on planes and trains will also be lifted. The ArriveCan app -- used to upload health documents when entering Canada -- will become optional. Federal health minister Jean-Yves Duclos said in an announcement on Monday that Canada is "in a much better position" than it was earlier in the pandemic, in par[...]

New York City's Empty Offices Reveal a Global Property Dilemma (7 hours old)

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: In the heart of midtown Manhattan lies a multibillion-dollar problem for building owners, the city and thousands of workers. Blocks of decades-old office towers sit partially empty, in an awkward position: too outdated to attract tenants seeking the latest amenities, too new to be demolished or converted for another purpose. It's a situation playing out around the globe as employers adapt to flexible work after the Covid-19 pandemic and rethink how much space they need. Even as people are increasingly called back to offices for at least some [...]

Magnus Carlsen Releases Statement: 'I Believe Niemann Has Cheated More' (7 hours old)

"I believe that Niemann has cheated more - and more recently - than he has publicly admitted," GM Magnus Carlsen wrote in a much-anticipated statement about GM Hans Niemann's alleged cheating. The world champion posted the statement on Twitter just moments ago. Chess.com reports: Carlsen starts by saying that he is "frustrated" about the situation like the whole chess community is. He then uses the word "cheating," finally becoming more concrete after the mysterious tweet that he sent on September 5, with a video in which Jose Mourinho can be seen saying: "I prefer really not to speak; if I sp[...]

FCC Takes Long-Delayed Step Against Spam Text Surge (8 hours old)

The Federal Communications Commission approved a long-delayed proposal to crack down on spam texts Friday night after Axios asked agency members why it hadn't moved on the issue. From a report: The number of spam text messages -- which can include links or other tricks designed to steal money or personal information -- has exploded, with the volume now exceeding that of robocalls.The proposal, which passed on a 4-0 vote, seeks comment on requiring cellphone companies to block texts from numbers known to be illegal or fraudulent. It had been awaiting a vote at the FCC for nearly a year. The F[...]

Crypto Startup Helium Promised a 'People's Network.' Instead, Its Executives Got Rich. (8 hours old)

Helium was touted as the best real-world use case of Web3 technology. But as it struggles to generate revenue, a Forbes investigation found that executives and their friends quietly hoarded the majority of wealth at the project's inception. From a report: A review of hundreds of leaked internal documents, transaction data and interviews with five former Helium employees suggest that as Helium insiders touted the democratized spirit of their "People's Network," they quietly amassed a majority of the tokens earned at the project's start, hoarding much of the wealth generated in its earliest and [...]

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Watch SpaceX's Starship SN4 prototype accidentally self-destruct in a rocket test burn (850 days old [30/05/20])

There's a starship waiting for the sky, he'd like to come meet us, but he thinks he'd blow our minds Video In yet another setback for Elon Musk's beloved steel spaceship, a SpaceX Starship prototype has exploded on the pad during a rocket test burn.…

Remember when Republicans said Dems hacked voting systems to rig Georgia's election? There were no hacks (850 days old [29/05/20])

'No evidence of damage to network or computers, no evidence of theft, damage, or loss of data' On November 4th, 2018, now-Georgia Republican Governor Brian Kemp announced an investigation into his rival Democratic party, accusing the organization of trying to hack the US state's voter registration system.…

Twitter, Reddit and pals super unhappy US visa hopefuls have to declare their online handles to Uncle Sam (850 days old [29/05/20])

Land Of The Free to List All The Websites You Use Twitter, Reddit, and the Internet Association on Thursday filed a legal brief in support of a challenge to the US State Department's policy of requiring visa applicants to disclose their social media handles and profiles.…

Western Digital shingled out in lawsuit for allegedly sneaking RAID-unfriendly tech into drives for RAID arrays (850 days old [29/05/20])

Probing by El Reg's Chris Mellor highlighted in class-action complaint A US law firm is seeking owners of certain shingled Western Digital drives to join a class-action suit against the storage slinger, alleging the manufacturer didn't document its use of shingled magnetic recording (SMR) in kit aimed at RAID arrays.…

The top three myths of cloud data protection – busted (850 days old [29/05/20])

SaaS is no replacement for disaster recovery as we're about to find out next month Webcast While moving into cloud working environments often meets a fair degree of push-back, the other side of the coin is that businesses believe throwing everything into the cloud makes them suddenly immune to any of the previous, established occupational hazards of networking technology.…

High-level musical chairs continue at SAP as yet another senior exec departs (850 days old [29/05/20])

Chief beancounter for cloud quits for pastures new The departure could not have come at a worse time for SAP, but Todd McElhatton, veep and chief beancounter for the Cloud Business Group, is the latest person to hang up their hat at the German database giant.…

Nokia's reboot of the 5310 is a blissfully dumb phone that will lug some mp3s about just fine (850 days old [29/05/20])

No Wi-Fi, no newsfeeds – just you, 2G, and your awful music taste The Nokia 5310 XpressMusic was the primary tormentor of late-2000s commuters*. With a powerful built-in speaker and room for a micro SD card, shellsuit-sporting hoodlums could serenade weary bus-goers with the latest computer-generated noise from the Ministry of Sound.…

Guess who came thiiis close to signing off a €102k annual budget? Austria. Someone omitted 'figures in millions' (850 days old [29/05/20])

'In Ihrem Budget fehlen sechs Nullen' warned MP Austria's parliament came within moments of slashing its annual spending limit to peanuts after someone omitted the key words "figures in millions" from its national budget bill.…

HP's hoping it'll be second time lucky with launch of Reverb G2 nerd goggles (850 days old [29/05/20])

'Keeping all of the best elements from the G1'... and none of the bad, please HP has given the moribund Windows Mixed Reality market a shot in the arm by opening pre-orders for its long-teased HP Reverb G2 headset.…

Visual Studio Code finally arrives on ARM64 Windows. No, you haven't woken up in 2017, sadly. It's still 2020 (850 days old [29/05/20])

Now you can program like a native with your £899 Surface Pro X – keyboard not included Good news for those who have splashed the cash on Microsoft's flagship Surface Pro X – the software behemoth has emitted an ARM64 build of Visual Studio Code.…

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Tim Cook: 'No good excuse' for lack of women in tech (5 hours old)

Apple chief executive tells the BBC the tech sector needs more women in order to thrive.

TikTok may be fined £27m for failing to protect children (17 hours old)

The video-sharing platform has been issued with a final notice of intent by the UK's data watchdog.

iPhone in India: Apple makes new handset in India in shift from China (1 hour 14 minutes old)

The announcement marks the technology giant's latest move to diversify its supply chains outside China.

Interpol seeks arrest of failed crypto-firm boss Do Kwon (18 hours old)

Agency asks police forces around the world to seek and detain the South Korean businessman.

Testing the new iPhone: From battery to always-on screen (3 days old [24/09/22])

The BBC's Technology Editor, Zoe Kleinman, has been testing out the latest Apple smartphone.

Molly Russell: Instagram posts seen by teen were safe, Meta says (14 hours old)

The 14-year-old girl viewed material about self-harm and suicide before she took her own life.

Tesla ordered to recall more than a million US cars (4 days old [22/09/22])

The US car-safety watchdog says a window glitch is affecting all four Tesla models.

Iran unrest: What's going on with Iran and the internet? (3 days old [23/09/22])

The internet is cutting out and residents are unable to access social media in parts of the country.

Warning over scam energy bill support messages (6 days old [20/09/22])

Emails and texts link to a fake Ofgem website where people's personal details are demanded.

Rape posts every half-hour found on online incel forum (4 days old [22/09/22])

More must be done to tackle women-hating movement incel, the Centre for Countering Digital Hate warns.

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