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The UK is running on empty when it comes to electric vehicle charging points

Infrastructure needs to be increased tenfold before traditional motors banned in 2030, says market study

The UK needs to increase the number of charging points across the country tenfold if it is to support an electric vehicle (EV) economy starting with the ban on new petrol and diesel cars from 2030.…

Posted on 28 July 2021 | 10:01 am

Slacking off? It used to be there was pretty much one place to chat with your fellow developers: IRC

Reg tiptoes through the Zulip to review open source chat and collab software

Review  IRC is crusty, ancient, and still far and away the best group chat system currently available. IRC is the best chat system precisely because it is a system. It is a protocol, not just an app, and even better it is a loosely federated protocol.…

Posted on 28 July 2021 | 9:15 am

Great reset? More like Fake Reset: Leaders need a reality check if they think their best staff will give up hybrid work

Fortune favours the flexible in the new normal

Column  During the first and second waves of the pandemic, a certain cohort of my more paranoid friends grew increasingly alarmed at a thought balloon floated by the World Economic Forum – the billionaires' club that used to meet annually in Davos.…

Posted on 28 July 2021 | 8:30 am

UK's National Cyber Security Centre needs its posh Westminster digs, says Cabinet Office, because of WannaCry

May need to upgrade 'bunfight' into 'cake-flinging war' over this one

Parliamentary criticism of the National Cyber Security Centre's "image over cost" London HQ is being shrugged off by the government because of the GCHQ offshoot's successful response to the WannaCry ransomware outbreak.…

Posted on 28 July 2021 | 7:30 am

Google revamps bug bounty program

Announces that it's paid out for 11,000 bugs in under eleven years

Google has revealed that its bug bounty program – which it styles a "Vulnerability Reward Program" – has paid out for 11,055 bugs found in its services since 2010.…

Posted on 28 July 2021 | 6:58 am

Ecuador shreds Julian Assange's citizenship

Quito Court finds numerous irregularities in naturalization process

Former couch-surfing world record contender Julian Assange has had his Ecuadorian citizenship revoked.…

Posted on 28 July 2021 | 6:29 am

Biden warns 'real shooting war' will be sparked by severe cyber attack

Suggests incident 'of great consequence' in the real world could be a tipping point

United States President Joe Biden has shared his view that a "real shooting war" could be sparked by a severe cyber attack.…

Posted on 28 July 2021 | 4:58 am

IBM's z/OS update for mainframes about to land – on last day of predicted launch window

Version 2.5 adds lots of love for hybrid cloud, Linux containers, and even a COBOL/Java combo

IBM has made it official: a major update to its z/OS operating system for mainframes will debut in September.…

Posted on 28 July 2021 | 3:28 am

Looks like we all can't stop pouring billions of dollars into AMD, Google, Apple, Microsoft

iPhones, iPads about to hit global chip supply wall others have felt, though

AMD reported strong financial figures on Tuesday, showing continued demand for its Ryzen CPUs and GPUs and Epyc server processors during the pandemic and its various stay-at-home rules.…

Posted on 28 July 2021 | 2:32 am

Tencent suspends signups to WeChat, citing 'security upgrade' and need to comply with Chinese laws

Promises everything will be back to normal sometime in early August

Chinese web giant Tencent has suspended new signups to its WeChat messaging service.…

Posted on 28 July 2021 | 1:30 am

eBay ex-security boss sent down for 18 months for cyber-stalking, witness tampering

Four others at online tat bazaar admit trying to silence newsletter couple, two senior execs fight charges

The former global security manager for eBay was sentenced on Tuesday to 18 months in prison and was ordered to pay a $15,000 fine for his role in the cyber-stalking and harassment of a Massachusetts couple who published a newsletter critical of the internet yard sale.…

Posted on 28 July 2021 | 12:26 am

GitHub stuffs $1m in Stanford Law School's pocket to provide free legal advice to DMCA-hit developers

Fellowship funding comes in the wake of Youtube-DL fiasco

GitHub has pledged $1m to, among other things, provide developers facing copyright takedown claims with free legal advice from a top US university, it announced on Tuesday.…

Posted on 27 July 2021 | 11:03 pm

Microsoft made $167m a day in profit, every day, over the past 12 months

Robust cloud, business not enough to overcome concerns about decline in Windows hardware maker revenue

Microsoft's $46.2bn in revenue for its fourth quarter of 2021, and profits rising 47 per cent to $16.5bn, shows the continued strength in its cloud business, investors were told on Tuesday.…

Posted on 27 July 2021 | 10:16 pm

Misconfigured Azure Blob at Raven Hengelsport exposed records of 246,000 anglers – and took months to tackle, claim infosec researchers

18GB of Dutch fishing supplier's data left in unsecured server

Dutch fishing supply specialist Raven Hengelsport left details of around 246,000 customers visible to anyone on a misconfigured Microsoft Azure cloud server for months.…

Posted on 27 July 2021 | 8:49 pm

Scam-baiting YouTube channel Tech Support Scams taken offline by tech support scam

'It was pretty convincing until the very end,' says host Jim Browning

The Tech Support Scams YouTube channel has been erased from existence in a blaze of irony as host and creator Jim Browning fell victim to a tech support scam that convinced him to secure his account – by deleting it.…

Posted on 27 July 2021 | 7:44 pm

Facebook tries to save face by recalling itch-inducing Oculus Quest 2 VR headset foam

Reports of skin problems and a recall in Australia move social ad biz to action

Before Facebook can "bring the metaverse to life," it will first have to deal with customers dismantling their Oculus Quest 2 VR headsets for repairs because their faces have been irritated.…

Posted on 27 July 2021 | 7:05 pm

Tech biz must tell us about more security breaches, says as it ponders lowering report thresholds

Breach reporting law might have effect on overseas operators too

The British government wants to make Amazon, Google, and other digital service providers report cybersecurity breaches to the Information Commissioner, according to newly published plans.…

Posted on 27 July 2021 | 6:15 pm

Cassandra 4.0 finally out of the gates after being delayed for last-minute bug swat

Speed and stability top list of NoSQL database's features, Netflix dev says

After an Apple engineer called an 11th-hour halt to the release, Cassandra 4.0 has finally launched flaunting newfound stability, speed and consistency, according to the open-source project's users and contributors.…

Posted on 27 July 2021 | 5:30 pm

Remember when Microsoft devs got so excited about Windows 8 features, Twitter thought it was under attack?

Microblogging site turned off its website for Build 2011 attendees

Microsoft veteran Raymond Chen has reminded us of the time when Twitter misdetected the overexcited developer emissions from the 2011 Build conference as a denial-of-service attack and hit the mute button.…

Posted on 27 July 2021 | 4:45 pm

A bunch of apps will be able to bypass Microsoft's new store and use own update methods

Risky and annoying?

Microsoft has a new app store coming to both Windows 10 and 11, but some applications will use their own update mechanisms, raising security and user experience concerns.…

Posted on 27 July 2021 | 4:00 pm

UK regulator Ofcom seeks more powers to deal with mega constellations

Operator shall talk unto operator or the big stick will be wielded

UK telecommunications regulator Ofcom has kicked off a consultation process regarding licence applications for non-geostationary satellite orbit (NGSO) systems such as Starlink and OneWeb.…

Posted on 27 July 2021 | 3:15 pm

SK Hynix hits 3-year revenue high as extreme ultraviolet production kicks off in earnest

Commercial EUV LPDDR4 modules in the works now, but the 1anm node is still being treated as a test-bed

Memory maker SK Hynix has boasted of its best sales quarter since prior to the pandemic, and confirmed the start of volume production on its extreme ultraviolet (EUV) product line.…

Posted on 27 July 2021 | 2:30 pm

'Login infrastructure issue' blamed as sustained Xero outage threatens payrolls

Accoutancy software goes TITSUP* as biz users can't invoice customers nor see who's paid their bills

Hundreds of thousands of small businesses are having trouble raising invoices and sorting out their monthly payroll following an outage at accounting software-as-a-service outfit Xero.…

Posted on 27 July 2021 | 1:54 pm

UK's National Museum of Computing asks tunesmiths to recreate bleeps, bloops, and parps of retro game music

Competition in celebration of the BBC Micro's 40th anniversary

The UK's National Museum of Computing (TNMOC) is running a competition aimed at recreating the bleeps, whistles, and flatulent squawks of video game music from years gone by.…

Posted on 27 July 2021 | 1:00 pm

Compsci student walks off with $50,000 after bug bounty report blows gaping hole in Shopify software repos

First-timer wins maximum payout through HackerOne programme

Shopify has forked out $50,000 (£36,150) in a bug bounty payment to computer science student Augusto Zanellato following the discovery of a publicly available access token which gave world+dog read-and-write access to the company's source code repositories.…

Posted on 27 July 2021 | 12:14 pm

Samsung confirms no new Note this year, but does have a pen for foldables up its sleeve

Hints at new Galaxy Z Fold and Z Flip models too

A Samsung rep has confirmed the Korean giant won't deliver a new Note phablet this year, but has disclosed a pair of new folding phones and the company's first S Pen for foldables, which will debut in August.…

Posted on 27 July 2021 | 11:29 am

North Wales Police seek IT services partners in deals worth up to £41.6m

Force still stinging after CGI fiasco ended up costing more than hoped for

North Wales Police is tendering for new workplace, data centre, and network support contracts in deals potentially worth up to £40m after a five-year agreement with CGI offered opaque results.…

Posted on 27 July 2021 | 10:45 am

Steam-powered computers: Retro cool or old and busted?

The silicon is weak, but the iron is strong

Bork!Bork!Bork!  "Steam powered" is occasionally used in an unkind fashion to describe computer hardware past its best. Today's entry in the bork archives takes the phrase to a whole other place.…

Posted on 27 July 2021 | 10:01 am

I've got a broken combine harvester – but the manufacturer won't give me the software key

Right-to-repair activists welcome policy wins with caution

Feature  It was the middle of harvest, and Sarah Rachor wasn't happy. Rachor, who runs a farm with her father in Sidney, Montana, was baling hay in the field when the tractor she was using shut down without warning. The culprit was a sensor that detected the tractor was overheating. In reality, it wasn't.…

Posted on 27 July 2021 | 9:15 am

Early Skype developer Jaan Tallinn splashes cash in latest funding for Matrix-based instant messenger Element

Decentralised comms is where it's at

As Microsoft doubles down on efforts to kill Skype persuade users to chat with Teams, former Skype developer Jaan Tallinn has dropped some cash into the latest funding round for open-source IM client Element.…

Posted on 27 July 2021 | 8:30 am

Google promises its days as a cold-eyed API-killer are behind it

Customers are afraid of commitment, so new rules for enterprise APIs promise to stick around until you ride off into the sunset

Google has acknowledged that it makes life hard for users when killing off little-loved products, by announcing an API policy that will keep its cloudy interfaces alive for as long as customers are using them.…

Posted on 27 July 2021 | 8:01 am

It takes intuition and skill to find hidden evidence and hunt for elusive threats

Try the SANS DFIR-ence in Berlin this October

Promo  Whether it’s hunting for threats, tracking down security breaches, or gathering evidence, intuition helps though a thorough grounding in the latest techniques and tools for the platform in question is essential.…

Posted on 27 July 2021 | 7:28 am

Intel announces AWS has become a client, Qualcomm likes its future tech, advances that as proof it's back in business

Reveals tech roadmap that contains some real change, some renaming

Intel has announced that Amazon Web Services has become the first customer for its foundry services packaging solutions, and that Qualcomm has become a partner of sorts in a silicon manufacturing process said to represent a step change beyond current Intel tech.…

Posted on 27 July 2021 | 6:53 am

Hubble in another first: Water vapor spotted in atmosphere of Jupiter’s Ganymede

We speak to the scientists involved

Plumes of water vapor on Ganymede have been spotted for the first time in the atmosphere of Ganymede, Jupiter’s largest moon.…

Posted on 27 July 2021 | 6:20 am

Japan plans remote-controlled robotic space tourism to the ISS and beyond

'Avatars' that roam around space station, or do work with high performance hands, to be controllable from the ground

The International Space Station is getting mobile robot “space avatars” controllable by the public from Earth, courtesy of a joint project between the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and ANA Holdings’ telepresence start-up avatarin.…

Posted on 27 July 2021 | 5:19 am

SSD belonging to Euro-cloud Scaleway was stolen from back of a truck, then turned up on YouTube

Has since been recovered, and Scaleway now ships disks with GPS trackers

It sounds like a "dog ate my homework" excuse for the cloud age, but Euro-cloud Scaleway says one of its solid-state disks was stolen from a truck, turned up in the hands of a YouTuber, and has now made its way back home.…

Posted on 27 July 2021 | 3:58 am

Private cryptocurrencies make lousy national currencies: International Monetary Fund

But the idea of blockchain-powered money is worth government consideration

The International Monetary Fund has called on nations to consider using blockchain tech to improve financial services, but warned that dabbling with private cryptocurrencies is vastly risky.…

Posted on 27 July 2021 | 2:44 am

Apple patches zero-day vulnerability in iOS, iPadOS, macOS under active attack

Characteristically mum about details

Apple on Monday patched a zero-day vulnerability in its iOS, iPadOS, and macOS operating systems, only a week after issuing a set of OS updates addressing about three dozen other flaws.…

Posted on 27 July 2021 | 12:53 am

Bezos offers to knock $2bn off his bill to NASA to stay in the running for Moon contract

It's not a bribe when it's a payment waiver

Blue Origins supremo Jeff Bezos has offered NASA a $2bn discount to keep his dream alive of transporting the next American man and first woman to the Moon's surface.…

Posted on 26 July 2021 | 11:55 pm

Dell won't ship energy-hungry PCs to California and five other US states due to power regulations

Energy efficiency rules appear to be limiting the availability of gaming rigs

Dell is no longer shipping energy-hungry gaming PCs to certain states in America because they demand more energy than local standards allow.…

Posted on 26 July 2021 | 9:35 pm

You, too, can be a Windows domain controller and do whatever you like, with this one weird WONTFIX trick

Microsoft offers some mitigations for thwarting PetitPotam attacks

Microsoft completed a vulnerability hat-trick this month as yet another security weakness was uncovered in its operating systems. And this one doesn't even need authentication to work its magic.…

Posted on 26 July 2021 | 8:31 pm

Google updates timeline for unpopular Privacy Sandbox, which will kill third-party cookies in Chrome by 2023

'The W3C doesn't get to be the boss of anyone, the decisions are going to be made at each of the browsers'

Google has updated the schedule for its introduction of "Privacy Sandbox" browser technology and the phasing out of third-party cookies.…

Posted on 26 July 2021 | 4:52 pm

Are big enterprises really entitled to a different class of data management?

Learn how to democratise storage with this revolutionary webcast

Promo  The laws of data are pretty universal. Every organisation needs advanced security, performance, and management features that improve over time.…

Posted on 26 July 2021 | 4:45 pm

Remember the bloke who was told by Zen Internet to contact his MP about crap service? Yeah, it's still not fixed

Fear not! Issue is at the 'highest level of escalation,' says ISP

A broadband customer from Leatherhead, Surrey, who was told to "speak to your MP" after his ISP failed to resolve repeated line disconnections has now been informed he can leave his contract without penalty after Openreach failed to resolve the problem.…

Posted on 26 July 2021 | 3:10 pm

South Korea reports export boom in silicon, wireless comms, and instant noodles

Makes sense really

Newly released data suggests South Korea is having a silicon and instant noodle renaissance, both thanks to COVID-19.…

Posted on 26 July 2021 | 2:25 pm

Brit reseller given 2022 court date for £270m Microsoft SaaS licence sueball's first hearing

End of March for ValueLicensing's jurisdictional defence

British software licence reseller ValueLicensing has a trial date for the first part of a £270m legal showdown against Microsoft after accusing the US behemoth of breaking UK and EU competition laws.…

Posted on 26 July 2021 | 1:40 pm

Thinking about upgrading to Debian Bullseye? Watch out for changes in Exim and anything using Python 2.x

v11 set for mid-August release

The Debian Project has set a release date of 14 August for Debian 11, also known as Bullseye.…

Posted on 26 July 2021 | 12:55 pm

20,000 proteins expressed by human genome predicted by DeepMind's AlphaFold now available to download

Plus: Facial-recognition upstart Clearview raises $30m

In brief  Deepmind and the European Bioinformatics Institute released a database of more than 350,000 3D protein structures predicted by the biz's AI model AlphaFold.…

Posted on 26 July 2021 | 12:10 pm

For a true display of wealth, dab printer ink behind your ears instead of Chanel No. 5

Litre of the office essential costs as much as £2,410 – up from £1,700 in 2003, finds Which?

Printer ink continues to rank as one of the most expensive liquids around with a litre of the home office essential costing the same as a very high-end bottle of bubbly or an oak-aged Cognac.…

Posted on 26 July 2021 | 11:24 am

The cockroach of Windows, XP, lives on in London's Victoria Coach Station

The three horsemen of the borkpocalypse: CMOS error, XP and... death

BORK!BORK!BORK!  Windows XP is coming up to a 20th birthday yet it is heartening to see that the OS can still be guaranteed to take its place as one of the three horsemen of the borkpocalypse.…

Posted on 26 July 2021 | 10:46 am