ReHacked #59: John McAfee found dead, Windows 11, Hubble trouble and more

ReHacked #59: John McAfee found dead, Windows 11, Hubble trouble and more
Avi Levin and Ilan Theiler, Sackler Faculty of Med. The skull fragment and jawbone found near Ramla in Israel

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Microsoft announces Windows 11, with a new design, Start menu, and more #software

Microsoft is officially confirming the name for the next release of Windows today: Windows 11. After months of teases, hints of the number 11, and a giant Windows 11 leak, Microsoft’s new operating system is official. The big focus for Windows 11 is a simplification of the Windows user interface, a new Windows store, and improvements to performance and multitasking. Windows 11 will also include support for running Android apps for the first time.

And official Microsoft link introducing Windows 11.

Also The Verge link about Android apps support on Windows 11.

NASA Probes Computer Outage On Hubble Space Telescope #space #science

Scientists at NASA say the Hubble Space Telescope's payload computer, which operates the spacecraft's scientific instruments, went down suddenly on June 13. Without it, the instruments on board meant to snap pictures and collect data are not currently working.

Scientists have run a series of tests on the malfunctioning computer system but have yet to figure out what went wrong.

"It's just the inefficiency of trying to fix something which is orbiting 400 miles over your head instead of in your laboratory," Paul Hertz, the director of astrophysics for NASA, told NPR.

John McAfee: Anti-virus creator found dead in prison cell #news #software #history

Anti-virus software entrepreneur John McAfee has been found dead in a Barcelona prison cell hours after a Spanish court agreed to extradite him to the US to face tax evasion charges.

The Catalan justice department said medics had tried to resuscitate the 75-year-old, but were not successful.

It added that "everything indicates" McAfee had taken his own life.

A controversial figure in the tech world, his company released the first commercial anti-virus software.

McAfee VirusScan helped to spark a multi-billion dollar industry in the computer world, and was eventually sold to technology giant Intel for more than $7.6bn (£4.7bn).

New network of European sleeper trains planned | Rail travel #economy #travel #infrastructure

Less than a decade after Europe’s night trains appeared to have reached the end of the line, a new French start-up has announced plans for a network of overnight services out of Paris from 2024.

Midnight Trains is hoping post-Covid interest in cleaner, greener travel will generate interest in its proposed “hotels on rails”, which aims to connect the French capital to 12 other European destinations, including Edinburgh.

The founders say the aim is not to match the famous – and expensive – luxury of the Orient Express but offer an alternative to the basic, state-run SNCF sleepers and short-haul flights.

TreeSheets #software

Open Source Free Form Data Organizer (Hierarchical Spreadsheet)

PNG files can be animated via controlled network latency #software

Mumble: Open Source, Low Latency, High Quality Voice Chat #software

Crypto Exchange Binance Markets Banned From Doing Business in U.K. #blockchain

Binance Markets Ltd. was banned by the U.K.’s financial watchdog from doing any regulated business in the country, one of the most significant moves to date by a regulator amid a global crackdown in the crypto industry.

Binance Markets has until the evening of June 30 to confirm that it has removed all advertising and financial promotions, according to the Financial Conduct Authority’s register. The exchange must also make clear on its website, social media channels and all other communications that it is no longer permitted to operate in the U.K. Binance Markets won’t be able to resume U.K. operations without prior written consent.

Citing a serious flight test incident and lack of design maturity, FAA slows Boeing 777X certification #technology #security

In yet another blow to Boeing, the Federal Aviation Administration last month formally denied the jet maker permission to move forward with a key step in certifying its forthcoming giant widebody airplane, the 777X.

In a sternly worded letter dated May 13, which was reviewed by The Seattle Times, the FAA warned Boeing it may have to increase the number of test flights planned and that certification realistically is now more than two years out, probably in late 2023.

Classified Ministry of Defence documents found at bus stop #security

Classified Ministry of Defence documents containing details about HMS Defender and the British military have been found at a bus stop in Kent.

One set of documents discusses the likely Russian reaction to the ship's passage through Ukrainian waters off the Crimea coast on Wednesday.

Another details plans for a possible UK military presence in Afghanistan after the US-led Nato operation there ends.

The government said an investigation had been launched.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) said it is investigating "an incident in which sensitive defence papers were recovered by a member of the public". The MoD employee concerned reported the loss at the time, it said.

Blood test that finds 50 types of cancer is accurate enough to be rolled out #science #health

Is this the new silver bullet, or is this the new Theranos?

A simple blood test that can detect more than 50 types of cancer before any clinical signs or symptoms of the disease emerge in a person is accurate enough to be rolled out as a screening test, according to scientists.

The test, which is also being piloted by NHS England in the autumn, is aimed at people at higher risk of the disease including patients aged 50 or older.

New type of ancient human discovered in Israel #history #nature

Researchers working in Israel have identified a previously unknown type of ancient human that lived alongside our species more than 100,000 years ago.

They believe the remains uncovered near the city of Ramla represent one of the "last survivors" of a very ancient human group.

The finds consist of a partial skull and jaw from an individual who lived between 140,000 and 120,000 years ago.

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