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Linus Torvalds debuts 'boring old plain' Linux kernel 5.18

Adds 'feature activation' for Intel silicon, but Chipzilla still isn't saying what that means Linus Torvalds has released version 5.18 of the Linux kernel.…

Robotics and 5G to spur growth of SoC industry – report

Big OEMs hogging production and COVID causing supply issues The system-on-chip (SoC) side of the semiconductor industry is poised for growth between now and 2026, when it's predicted to be worth $6.85 billion, according to an analyst's report. …

Deepfake attacks can easily trick live facial recognition systems online

Plus: Next PyTorch release will support Apple GPUs so devs can train neural networks on their own laptops In brief Miscreants can easily steal someone else's identity by tricking live facial recognition software using deepfakes, according to a new report.…

Lonestar plans to put datacenters in the Moon's lava tubes

How? Founder tells The Register 'Robots… lots of robots' Imagine a future where racks of computer servers hum quietly in darkness below the surface of the Moon.…

Conti: Russian-backed rulers of Costa Rican hacktocracy?

Also, Chinese IT admin jailed for deleting database, and the NSA promises no more backdoors In brief The notorious Russian-aligned Conti ransomware gang has upped the ante in its attack against Costa Rica, threatening to overthrow the government if it doesn't pay a $20 million ransom. …

China-linked Twisted Panda caught spying on Russian defense R&D

Because Beijing isn't above covert ops to accomplish its five-year goals Chinese cyberspies targeted two Russian defense institutes and possibly another research facility in Belarus, according to Check Point Research.…

FTC signals crackdown on ed-tech harvesting kid's data

Trade watchdog, and President, reminds that COPPA can ban ya The US Federal Trade Commission on Thursday said it intends to take action against educational technology companies that unlawfully collect data from children using online educational services.…

Mysterious firm seeks to buy majority stake in Arm China

Chinese joint venture's ousted CEO tries to hang on - who will get control? The saga surrounding Arm's joint venture in China just took another intriguing turn: a mysterious firm named Lotcap Group claims it has signed a letter of intent to buy a 51 percent stake in Arm China from existing investors in the country.…

SmartNICs power the cloud, are enterprise datacenters next?

High pricing, lack of software make smartNICs a tough sell, despite offload potential SmartNICs have the potential to accelerate enterprise workloads, but don't expect to see them bring hyperscale-class efficiency to most datacenters anytime soon, ZK Research's Zeus Kerravala told The Register.…

US fears China may have ten exascale systems by 2025

China refuses to share benchmarks, US sharpens focus on developing optimized software The US is racing to catch up with China in supercomputing performance amid fears that the country may widen its lead in exascale computers over the next decade, according to reports.…

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