Articles about Confidence

Confidence in US Congress sinks to lowest level ever recorded

Only a mere 10 per cent of Americans have "a great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in the US Congress, a new Gallup poll has found. "This is the lowest level of confidence Gallup has found, not only for Congress, but for any institution on record," the pollsters observe. Gallup posed a simple question to a random sample of …
Rik Myslewski, 13 Jun 2013
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'End the commercial-in-confidence CROOKS' CHARTER', gov told

Secrecy in public sector contracts must be removed if government is to ever put an end to freeloading by suppliers at the taxpayers' expense, parliamentarians have been told. A Public Administration Committee probe into government procurement heard this suggestion yesterday, as the top bods within the Cabinet Office were quizzed …
Paul Kunert, 26 Mar 2013

Steady Antarctic ice growth 'limits confidence in climate predictions'

Boffins from NASA and the British Antarctic Survey have teamed up to investigate one of the great mysteries of climate science: why it is that the extent of sea ice around the south pole has actually increased steadily over the years. As the scientists note in their new paper, while the increase is not as big as the decreases …
Lewis Page, 12 Nov 2012
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Caldicott: NHS workers should 'have the confidence to share information'

Dame Fiona Caldicott, who is scrutinising the government's plan to hand NHS patient records to private companies, today gave the proposals the thumbs-up - with a few caveats, naturally. The noted psychiatrist's review [PDF] of the data-sharing scheme was published just minutes ago. Her report, drafted in March, follows Health …
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Apr 2013
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Samsung, LG 'lose confidence' in OLED TV tech

Don’t expect reasonably priced OLED TVs to hit the market for a fair few years yet. Do, however, expect 4K x 2K Ultra HD LCD TVs to be all the rage in 2013. So suggests David Hsieh, an analyst at NPD DisplaySearch, a market watcher. He claims to have detected a change in the mood of those two major display manufacturers, Samsung …
Tony Smith, 17 Dec 2012
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FBI boss: Sony hack was DEFINITELY North Korea, haters gonna hate

The director of the FBI has defended his bureau's claim that the hacking attack against Sony Pictures was the work of the North Korean government – saying skeptics "don't have the facts that I have." Speaking at a cybersecurity conference at Fordham University in New York City on Wednesday, FBI boss James Comey said he has "very …
Neil McAllister, 07 Jan 2015
BEAGLE 2 probe on Mars. Pic: University of Leicester

Missing defective BEAGLE FOUND ON MARS! Amazing claim

Vid The UK Space Agency revealed on Friday that the Beagle 2 - the ill-fated probe which went missing in December 2003 after being launched on 2 June that year - has been found. Dr David Parker, UK Space Agency CEO, told attendees at a UK Space Agency press conference today that "we can say with some confidence that Beagle 2 is no …
Kat Hall, 16 Jan 2015
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Sony post-mortem: Obama lobbies for new legal powers to thwart hackers

In the aftermath of the massive hack attack on Sony Pictures – which the US government continues to insist was carried out by North Korea – President Barak Obama is expected to lobby hard for legislative overhauls to battle online threats. He will reveal those proposals early next week, an unnamed White House spokesperson told …
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Jan 2015
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Voteware source code review 'could lead to hacking'

Australia's special minister of state has weighed in on solicitor Michael Cordover's freedom of information request to peruse the source code of the application used to count votes in Australian Senate elections with a bizarre suggestion that granting such a request could “leave the voting system open to hacking or manipulation …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Jul 2014
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FREE EBOOKS: Apple falls into line with EU refund laws

Apple has brought its latest terms and conditions in line with the EU's consumer laws, allowing customers to demand a refund for apps, ebooks and music within two weeks of purchase. Users of Apple's App Store, Mac App Store, iTunes Store and iBooks in Germany, France, Spain, Poland, and the Netherlands (as well as non-EU Norway …
Jennifer Baker, 06 Jan 2015

Cut a few BILLION off projected IT spend, m'kay? – Gartner mages

A surge in the relative value of the dollar has caused resident mystics at Gartner to dramatically lower global tech spending forecasts by billions of dollars. The crystal ball stroker estimates $3.73 trillion will be splashed on IT during in 2015, and if correct this equates to percentage growth of 2.4, way down on the 3.9 per …
Paul Kunert, 12 Jan 2015
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Give ALL the EU access to Netflix, says Vince Cable

Seemingly frustrated at not being able to stream films in his Belgian hotel room, Business Secretary Vince Cable is calling for an "online single market" to address the weighty issue of making UK Netflix content accessible across the EU. Without unfair discrimination all online streaming services such as Netflix should be …
Kat Hall, 20 Jan 2015
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Vodafone AU frees data to atone for outage

Vodafone Australia has blamed yesterday's network outage on "transmission network failure" that hit its Western Australian operations. Whatever the reason for the failure, the carrier says its attempts to fix it foundered as "problems occurred which had an impact on the network nationally" manifested. The rest you know if you' …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Jun 2014

Shy, retiring British spies come out as MEGA HACKERS

The UK government slipped out consultation documents on "equipment interference" and "interception of communications" (read: computer hacking by police and g-men) on Friday. They were made public on the same day that the Investigatory Powers Tribunal ruled that the spying revelations exposed by master blabbermouth Edward Snowden …
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Feb 2015
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Ex-Microsoft open source plan man lands top Cloud Foundry job

Sam Ramji has been named chief executive of Cloud Foundry Foundation, to shepherd the open-source platform cloud effort. Ramji shot to prominence as the architect of Microsoft’s open-source strategy in the 2000s, having been handed Redmond’s radioactive "relations with the community" by his bosses. Ramji's efforts went a long …
Gavin Clarke, 12 Feb 2015
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Microsoft's patchwork falls apart … AGAIN!

One of the patches Microsoft released this month, KB2920732, has been withdrawn because it breaks PowerPoint. The patch was billed as improving the stability of PowerPoint 2013 in a handful of ways, most pertaining to video playback. But once installed, the patch improved nothing, at least for the many users who reported that …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Feb 2015
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AWS cuts its own set of keys to VMware's vCenter kingdom

When Amazon Web Services (AWS) last year released the AWS Management Portal for vCenter we described it as a “stealth biz stealer” because it gave AWS a way to give VMware admins a way to run virtual machines in the Amazon cloud and manage them with vCenter. That's not quite VMware's script for the way things run in the vWorld: …
Darren Pauli, 09 Mar 2015
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Axcient gets $25m injection, promises channel cash splurge

Cloud recovery service startup Axcient has new funding and aims to fully compensate its SaaS-selling channel partners up front. Axcient offers Recovery-as-a-Service (RaaS) from the cloud and has completed a $25m E-round funding exercise, taking total funding to $89.2m. Silver Lake Partners provided significant debt financing in …
Chris Mellor, 18 Feb 2015
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Vodafone pay-by-bonk launch may signal iPhone 6 NFC plans

Vodafone has announced that its SmartPass technology will work with TfL’s systems when the London Underground starts accepting mobile pay-by-bonk on 16 September – but bigger things are planned. The existing SmartPass platform uses a system where a phone apes a contactless credit card. It’s tied to the customers’ card and doesn’ …
Simon Rockman, 02 Sep 2014

California Uber Alles: Google wants to become the World Privacy Court

Analysis Google's advisory panel on privacy recommends rolling back 160 years of UK common law, say legal experts, with Google itself creating new interpretations of well-established legal principles. The consequence would be that Google usurps the courts' role in guarding individual privacy, which critics say would be like the fox …
Andrew Orlowski, 06 Feb 2015

Most Americans doubt Big Bang, not too sure about evolution, climate change – survey

A recent poll brings bad news for those who trust in scientific consensus: over half of Americans doubt the Big Bang theory of the inception of the universe, and about four out of ten doubt evolution, that the Earth is 4.5 billion years old, and that humans exacerbate global warming, despite overwhelming evidence for all four. " …
Rik Myslewski, 21 Apr 2014

Security's revamped index of pain readies for release

The great unwashed has been afforded an opportunity to comment on a new scheme for classifying the severity of infosec vulnerabilities issued by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) is a pain-assessment index that offers a one-to-ten scale to describe vulnerabilities …
Darren Pauli, 12 Jan 2015
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Privacy bods win court battle: UK HMRC must 'reconsider' silence over FinSpy spyware probe

A campaign group has successfully applied for a judicial review after Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs' refused to disclose details of any investigation into a firm accused of selling spyware to oppressive regimes. The High Court in London has now ruled (PDF) that HMRC has to rethink its decision and address Privacy …
Jasper Hamill, 12 May 2014

HMRC fails to plan for £10.4bn contract exit... because it's 'too risky'

HMRC's eye-wateringly expensive £10.4bn IT deal – "the largest technology contract in government" – could be too risky to change as the department has failed to plan for a new contract model, MPs have warned. The Aspire contract underpins the collection of £500bn tax income for the government. It has also generated £1.2bn in …
Kat Hall, 27 Jan 2015
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Cisco's Chambers to Obama: Stop fiddling with our routers

Cisco chief executive John Chambers has reportedly written to US President Obama, pointing out that the NSA tampering with kit it exports is not likely to result in more customer confidence or higher sales. The allegation that the NSA intercepts and fiddles with Cisco kit before it can reach offshore customers was raised last …
Simon Sharwood, 19 May 2014
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Microsoft boffins: Now even LAWYERS can grok Bing code's privacy compliance

Boffins at Microsoft Research have devised a way to automatically check code for compliance with privacy laws – and, according to Redmond, it's so simple that even non-techies can use it successfully. Microsoft Research (MSR) has developed a programming language called Legalease, to be used together with its data inventory …
Gavin Clarke, 23 May 2014
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Mock choc shock: 3D candy printer is good news for sweet-toothed swingbellies

CES 2015 Behold the latest marvel of wonder technology: the CocoJet, a 3D printer that can create intricate chocolate structures that will then be crushed in eager mouths. Youtube Video The machine, built by 3D Systems, uses nozzles to pump down dark, milk, and white chocolate onto software-specified designs. The brown stuff comes from …
Iain Thomson, 06 Jan 2015

Blighty will be BIGGER and BETTER than Germany, confirm beancounters

Britain's teamsters may not be setting the sporting stage alight this summer but the local tech economy is heating up as it sprints to Euro glory. Figures from Chancellor George Osborne late last week showed that overall UK economic output is some two per cent larger than pre-financial crisis levels in 2008, after rising 0.8 per …
Paul Kunert, 28 Jul 2014

Insight: Have you heard about Windows Server 2003 support?

As organisations using Windows Server 2003 march - perhaps with ill-found confidence - toward the expiry date for Microsoft support, Insight Enterprises has scare stories galore warnings for them. The software licence and box slinger reckons it has identified five “key problems” that will give sysadmins sleepless nights and …
Paul Kunert, 02 Mar 2015
David and Goliath in the Valley of Elah

AndroidScript returns to Google Play Store: Ad giant YIELDS TO THE MIGHT OF EL REG

Hurrah! It woz the Reg wot won it ... An educational app used by thousands of young science, technology, engineering and maths students is set to be reinstated by Google, just one day after we revealed that it had been yanked without warning from the company's Play Store. Dave Smart, the creator behind AndroidScript, got in …
Team Register, 10 Oct 2014
Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden: best ... security ... educator ... EVER!

A good deal of folk aware of NSA leaker Edward Snowden have improved the security of their online activity after learning of his exploits, a large survey has found. Researchers from think tank The Centre for International Governance Innovation collected responses from 23,376 users between October and November and found 60 …
Darren Pauli, 28 Nov 2014
The particle tube deconstructed at LHC

CERN's 2014 Xmas gift from the Large Hadron Collider: Two new baryons

Analysis of Large Hadron Collider data collected in 2011 and 2012 has turned up two new subatomic particles: a couple of baryons that are six times as massive as a proton. The atom-smasher's LHCb experiment produced data that looks a lot like particles designated Xi_b'- and Xi_b*- which were first predicted by Canadian particle …
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Microsoft Dell deal would restore PC makers' confidence

Analysis The PC business could experience not one but two seismic events on Monday. First, the world’s third biggest PC maker is expected to announce a $20bn leveraged buyout, taking it off the stock market and putting it back into private hands. Twenty-five years after Dell floated, the PC maker’s management would no longer be …
Gavin Clarke, 02 Feb 2013

Interop lab cranks up speed for a 100 G Ethernet world

As standards bodies and vendors gear up for Ethernet to speed up all the way to all the way out to 100 Gbps, end users are also going to need confidence that their kit will do what it says on the box – and that it'll be interoperable. To that end, the University of New Hampshire's InterOperability Laboratory (IOL) has announced …
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NHS: Go digital or you won't get paid, warns Kelsey

NHS organisations that fail to reach "digital maturity" by 2018-20 will be at risk of having their funding pulled, Tim Kelsey, national director for patients and information at NHS England, has said. Kelsey was speaking to The Register ahead of the NHS's release of its Personalised Health and Care 2020 strategy today. The …
Kat Hall, 13 Nov 2014
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DANGER: Is that 'hot babe' on Skype a sextortionist?

North Yorkshire police have issued a general warning after three men in the York area fell victim to sextortionists. Someone posing as a woman called Cathy Wong befriended each of the victims on Facebook before asking them to Skype her. During the online chat session, she enticed each of them into performing an indecent act, …
John Leyden, 14 Jan 2015
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Is Windows RT not invited to the Windows 10 upgrade party?

With all the hoopla coming out of Microsoft's Windows 10 event in Redmond on Wednesday, there was surprisingly little talk of Windows RT, the feature-limited version of Windows 8.x for ARM-based tablets – and perhaps with good reason. In a Q&A with press following Wednesday's keynote, Redmond OS bosses Terry Myerson and Joe …
Neil McAllister, 22 Jan 2015

France fingered as source of Syria-spying Babar malware

France's spy agency has been fingered as the likely author of complex reconnaissance malware, researchers say. The Casper malware is one of a handful with links to the Babar spy program which leaked NSA documents revealed last month to be the handiwork of France's Direction Générale de la Sécurité Extérieure (General Directorate …
Darren Pauli, 06 Mar 2015
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'Pirate block' proposal back on Oz agenda

Australia's government is once again rumoured to favour the idea of ordering ISPs to block Websites accused of hosting copyright-infringing content, or linking to it. In the wake of its confirmed-then-denied-then-confused messages over whether or not its data (miscalled “metadata” to confuse citizens and journalists) retention …
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Ex-squeeze me? Baking soda? Boffins claim it safely sucks CO2 out of the air

A team of scientists believe they have made a "significant advance" capturing carbon dioxide with a little bit of help from one of the main ingredients in baking soda. They developed microcapsules made up of "a highly permeable polymer shell" and a fluid composed of sodium carbonate solution* to suck out carbon dioxide from coal …
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Feb 2015
The 2010 baseline map of Australia’s soil organic carbon stocks showing the national and state and territory estimates and their uncertainty range.

CSIRO breaks Australia into 90m x 90m grid to map soil carbon

CSIRO has published what probably amounts to one of the largest datasets ever assembled in Australia: an assessment of organic soil carbon on a 90 metre x 90 metre grid, nationwide. It'll hardly surprise anyone that it's taken four years to get the data ready for release. The 2010 organic soil carbon map includes around two …

Bitcoin cred boosted by $25m cash infusion into Coinbase

The Bitcoin sector has been given a new boost of confidence following a $25m investment by famed Silicon Valley venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. The firm said that it would take a stake in Coinbase, a San Francisco startup that specializes in managing Bitcoin wallets and facilitates transactions between customers and …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Dec 2013
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The Voices: A horror-comedy that’s as schizophrenic as its protagonist

Film Review Horror comedy is not an easy genre-mishmash to pull off, although when it’s done right (Shaun of the Dead, The Faculty), it’s usually brilliant. Unfortunately, The Voices doesn’t quite manage it. Things start promisingly enough, with Ryan Reynolds as Jerry, the apparently aw-shucks hometown boy who works in the bathtub factory …
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Google bags OBSCENELY LARGE Times Square ad space for New Year's

Google is the first customer to book advertising space on a gigantic new billboard on Times Square, which has a going rate of more than $2.5m for four weeks. World's largest billboard on New York's Times Square The newly unveiled megascreen is currently showing a digital art exhibition until 24 November, after which the …

Hoping for spy reforms? Jeb Bush, dangerously close to being the next US prez, backs the NSA

Vid Former Florida governor, brother of former President George W Bush, son of former President George H W Bush, and Republican frontrunner for the 2016 US presidential election, Jeb Bush ... has strongly defended the NSA's mass surveillance of innocent people. Speaking at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs as part of his run for …
Kieren McCarthy, 19 Feb 2015
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Boffin finds formula for four-year-five-nines disk arrays

Forty-five disk drives, ten parity drives, and 33 spare disks: that's the optimum array size to protect data for four years with no service visits, according to a study published at Arxiv. The problem the study addresses is that the world's rush towards hyperscale data centres puts an awful lot of disks in one place, and the …

Sing it, Systemax: 10 straight quarters plunging in a row, 10 straight quar....

Shape-shifting mega reseller Systemax has finally broken its run of top line wobbles after 10 consecutive quarters but the US titan still couldn't turn a churn out a profit in its calendar Q2. The New York Stock Exchange-listed dealer last night reported low single-digit sales growth of $831.1m, representing a rise of 1.4 per …
Paul Kunert, 30 Jul 2014
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Chinese researchers develop fuzzy search algorithm for encrypted cloud data

Chinese researchers from Nanjing University have developed an encrypted search mechanism which they say is both more productive and secure than existing systems. Existing systems can search encrypted data only for exact keyword matches and nothing similar. Authors of such systems can employ fuzziness to detect phrases (such as “ …
Darren Pauli, 06 Oct 2014

$23m to a WordPress biz? Why top-end hosting is big money

Analysis Website hosting may not be the first thing you consider when looking at tech industry growth, but venture capitalists North Bridge are betting different. This week, the investment biz sank $23m (£15.4m) in WP Engine, a hosting company in Austin, Texas, that specializes in the WordPress open-source online publishing software. …
Kieren McCarthy, 28 Mar 2015
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How many digital commissioners does it take to change a lightbulb? 13!

Andrus Ansip, Europe’s new super-commissioner for all things digital, invited 13 European Commissioners to his first meeting of Project Digital Single Market on Wednesday. That’s half the Commission! Rolling up sleeves for #DigitalSingleMarket project today with my colleagues in the Commission. pic.twitter.com/mOvyVC0Esq — …
Jennifer Baker, 13 Nov 2014