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Brit IT contractor wins appeal against HMRC to pay £26k in back taxes

The Register - Thu, 05/17/2018 - 10:01
Universal credit consultant takes on taxman over IR35 law

A public sector IT contractor has won his appeal against Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs to pay £26,000 in back taxes under IR35 legislation.…

The eyes have it

The Register - Thu, 05/17/2018 - 09:27
Biometrics for identification

Identity theft has hit record levels in the UK - the vast majority of incidents are online. The UK's largest cross-sector fraud sharing databases, Cifas recently logged 174,523 incidents finding eight out of 10 took place online.…

Git push origin undo-my-last-disaster

The Register - Thu, 05/17/2018 - 08:56
When it can be described, it can be automated

"I'm about to make a change that will probably wipe out all of our systems."…

Three-hour outage renders Nest-equipped smart homes very dumb

The Register - Thu, 05/17/2018 - 08:29
Poor users left manually fiddling with thermostats, fumbling locks

Google's Nest went TITSUP* early this morning, causing headaches for users who have equipped their home with the expensive smart devices.…

I got 257 problems, and they're all open source: Report shines light on Wild West of software

The Register - Thu, 05/17/2018 - 07:59
It's like a jungle sometimes, it makes me wonder how I keep from going under

A report on open-source security management and licence compliance may make uncomfortable reading for those who maintain codebases that use the stuff.…

UK's Crown Prosecution Service fined £325k after losing unencrypted vids of police interviews

The Register - Thu, 05/17/2018 - 07:30
Body failed to protect data of victims of serious sex offences

The Information Commissioner's Office has slapped a £325,000 fine on the Crown Prosecution Service for losing unencrypted recordings of highly sensitive police interviews.…

OnePlus smartmobe brand modelled on 'a religion', founder admits

The Register - Thu, 05/17/2018 - 07:02
Shenzhen cult gathers the faithful

As Chinese phone-maker OnePlus launched its latest phone, co-founder Carl Pei confessed that the company was inspired by cults.…

It was thought Carlisle couldn't be worse – then Virgin Media rocked up

The Register - Thu, 05/17/2018 - 06:20
ISP fined £385k for cable-laying chaos in northern border city

Virgin Media is facing a £385,000 fine after its cable expansion plans in the northwest of England wreaked havoc on the streets of Carlisle.…

Blighty's super-duper F-35B fighter jets are due to arrive in a few weeks

The Register - Thu, 05/17/2018 - 05:49
Defence Secretary compares them to... WW2 Lancasters. Just a sec there, Gav

Britain's first permanently based F-35B fighter jets are due to arrive in our green and pleasant land in June.…

Capita cost-cutting on NHS England contract 'put patients at risk' – spending watchdog

The Register - Thu, 05/17/2018 - 05:17
Outsourcing badboy staring at £3m compensation payout

A botched £330m seven-year NHS contract with Capita to outsource back-office support for 39,000 GPs, dentists and opticians was today savaged by the UK government's spending watchdog over its "potential to seriously harm patients".…

Meet Asteroid, a drop-in Linux upgrade for your unloved smartwatch

The Register - Thu, 05/17/2018 - 04:40
Hickory dickory Docker, the containers ran on the clock... er

Asteroid, a Linux-based open-source wearable OS, formally reached a big milestone this week, and it might give Tizen a run for Samsung's money.…

Dell EMC's PowerMax migration: Let's just swaaap out this jet engine mid-flight

The Register - Thu, 05/17/2018 - 04:04
Vows customers will have constant online access, no downtime

Analysis This month Dell EMC introduced a new technology and rebranded VMAX array called PowerMax. It's more than a software upgrade, though, meaning that you may need to replace a VMAX with a PowerMax array.…

Real fake scam offers crypto-coin to replace frequent flier points

The Register - Thu, 05/17/2018 - 03:26
True lies from SEC designed to educate - hang on, what's the interest rate on this thing?

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC’s) ongoing efforts to crimp dodgy cryptocurrency dealings has seen it create a fake initial coin offering that, ironically, lures the incredulous with an offer to replace one weird pseudo-currency – loyalty scheme points – with cryptocurrency.…

Zuck to meet Euro MPs for ‘please explain’ session

The Register - Thu, 05/17/2018 - 03:02
Brussels wants a ‘full and detailed explanation’ – good luck with that, folks!

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will visit Brussels in the next week or two to meet with representatives of the European Parliament including “the leaders of the political groups and the Chair and the Rapporteur of the Committee for Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs.”…

Zuck to meet Euro MPs for ‘please explain’ session

The Register - Thu, 05/17/2018 - 03:02
Brussels wants a ‘full and detailed explanation’ – good luck with that, folks!

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will visit Brussels in the next week or two to meet with representatives of the European Parliament including “the leaders of the political groups and the Chair and the Rapporteur of the Committee for Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs.”…

Red Hat's CloudForms to slum it by wrangling boring old VMs

The Register - Thu, 05/17/2018 - 01:58
Life's suite for hybrid infrastructure running under new RHV update

Red Hat’s decided virtual servers ought not to be a standalone silo for much longer, so has created a “Virtualization Suite” that combines Red Hat Virtualization with the CloudForms tool it offers to manage OpenStack and cloud-native applications.…

Russian malware harvesting Telegram Desktop creds, chats

The Register - Thu, 05/17/2018 - 00:58
Python pogrommer may have outed himself on YouTube

Already under attack by Russia's telecommunications regulator, a new source of woe has emerged for crypto-chat app Telegram: malware.…

Catalyst 9000 the - erm - catalyst for surging Cisco software sales

The Register - Thu, 05/17/2018 - 00:02
Switchzilla's switches outstripped by code

Are you sick of hearing about Cisco's transformation yet? Bad news, then: with its Q3 results in, the company's waving its “we're a software company now” flag so high we may have to drop the “Switchzilla” nickname.…

Trump’s new ZTE tweets trump old ZTE tweets

The Register - Wed, 05/16/2018 - 21:57
No deal! No talks! Fake news! China bad! So much winning!

United States president Donald Trump has again tried to clarify just what he meant when he Tweeted about protecting jobs at Chinese networking kit-maker ZTE.…

Oh, great, now there's a SECOND remote Rowhammer exploit

The Register - Wed, 05/16/2018 - 21:35
Send enough crafted packets to a NIC to put nasties into RAM, then the fun really starts

Hard on the heels of the first network-based Rowhammer attack, some of the boffins involved in discovering Meltdown/Spectre have shown off their own technique for flipping bits using network requests.…

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