Day: September 21, 2020

Le Third Scheme

Europe Is Building An Alternative To Visa
And Mastercard
. This Time, It Might Work.

Last year the European Central Bank said that it welcomed an initiative by some of Europe’s top banks to explore the development of a “rival payment system” to challenge the dominance of Visa and Mastercard and the threat from Chinese and US Big Tech firms. This used to be known as the Pan-European Payment System Initiative (PEPSI) until the inevitable letter

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Nvidia Sorry That Bots Bought A Ton Of RTX 3080s

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It wasn’t just PS5 preorders last week that were a disaster, Nvidia’s release of its new RTX 3080 graphics card was also not great, again thanks to the actions of resellers using bots. With fans being pretty damn upset they missed out, Nvidia has apologised and promised to do better as the new cards continue to roll out.

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In a short statement posted on the company’s forums, an Nvidia rep says:

This morning we saw unprecedented demand for the GeForce RTX 3080 at global retailers, including the NVIDIA online store. At 6 a.m. pacific we attempted to push the NVIDIA store live. Despite preparation, the NVIDIA store was inundated with traffic and encountered an error. We were able to resolve the issues and sales began registering normally.

To stop bots and scalpers on the NVIDIA store, we’re doing everything humanly possible, including manually reviewing orders,

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The ransomware crisis is getting worse. We need to make these four big changes

The cruel march of ransomware has apparently reached a grim new milestone. In Germany, authorities are investigating the death of a patient during a ransomware attack on a hospital; according to reports, the woman, who needed urgent medical care, died after being re-routed to a hospital further away, as a nearer hospital was in the midst of dealing with a ransomware attack.

Elsewhere ransomware continues to create painful, if less tragic, disruptions. The UK’s cybersecurity agency has just warned that ransomware groups are launching ‘reprehensible’ attacks against universities as the new academic year starts. On a daily basis, companies large and small are finding their business disrupted when they can least afford to have computer systems failing.

And yet, there seems to be a sense in some quarters that ransomware is simply an inevitable consequence of our digital age. That it is something that we just have to learn to

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