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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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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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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
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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

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
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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
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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

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
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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
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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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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'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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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 …
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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

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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Microsoft Dell deal would restore PC makers' confidence

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
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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
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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
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Australia mandates* cloud use by government agencies

Australia's Department of Finance has updated its Cloud Policy to say “... agencies now must adopt cloud”. Those italics are the Department's, and it also has some qualifications for the edict, namely that cloud should only be adopted “where it is fit for purpose, provides adequate protection of data and delivers value for money …
Simon Sharwood, 08 Oct 2014

Antarctic ice at ALL TIME RECORD HIGH: We have more to learn, says boffin

Climate scientists have confessed they are baffled – yet again – by another all-time record area of sea covered by ice around the Antarctic coasts. "What we're learning is, we have more to learn," said Ted Scambos, lead scientist at the US National Snow and Ice Data Center, announcing the latest annual sea ice maximum for the …
Lewis Page, 09 Oct 2014

Simon's says quantum computing will work

One of the hard parts of quantum computing is turning laboratory qubits into a calculation of anything. Now, South African scientists claim they've tested a handful of qubits against a 20-year-old algorithm to demonstrate that yes, a quantum computer can run it “faster” than a classical machine. Regular readers of quantum- …

Windows Phone will snatch biz No 2 spot from Android – analyst

Android for business is under threat from Microsoft, claims CCS Insight. The Chocolate company’s mobile OS will fall out of favour as the top alternative to Apple, says VP of Enterprise research Nick McQuire. He sees Windows Phone, or Windows 10, as overtaking Android and BlackBerry as the second most popular OS for businesses …
Simon Rockman, 21 Nov 2014
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HSBC Turkey WON'T reissue cards despite 2.7 MILLION account details going AWOL

HSBC Turkey has confessed to a security breach exposing the details of 2.7m credit card accounts but the bank has made a decision not to reissue cards after deciding that the data exposed is not enough to make fraudulent transactions. The compromise – limited to the international bank's business in Turkey – exposed credit card …
John Leyden, 14 Nov 2014
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OMG, we're gonna be invaded by NEXUS 6 replicants – no, wait. It's just a rumored phablet

Google is reportedly planning to get into the phablet market with a 5.9-inch handset code named Shamu: the device is expected to emerge later this month, and the Android operating system will be updated to support it. Two sources familiar with the matter told The Wall Street Journal that the new handset will be manufactured by …
Iain Thomson, 10 Oct 2014

Hey Apple, we're gonna tailor Swift as open source – indie devs throw down gauntlet

A group of independent developers have launched a project to develop a free, open source implementation of Apple's Swift programming language. Dubbed Phoenix, the project is being developed under the auspices of Ind.ie, a group that claims to want to develop "consumer products that are beautiful, free, social, accessible, secure …
Neil McAllister, 21 Oct 2014

I've got a new Linux box, how does it work... WOAH, only asking :-/

You're an average Joe. You have a Windows computer you're fairly fed up with, for whatever reason. So you decide to try out Linux. Yet, naturally, you're a bit confused about how it all works so you take to the support forums. What do you think happens next? Firing up passions on both sides of the great Linux/non-Linux users' …
Gareth Corfield, 11 Oct 2014
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HP drops $1bn, two-year OpenStack cash bomb

Hewlett-Packard is has unveiled a $1bn, two-year campaign promoting its open-source cloud, now rebranded as Helion. The PC maker says it will be spending on R&D, the development of cloud products and hiring “hundreds” of experts in a new OpenStack professional services practice. Experts are being hired to cover planning advice, …
Gavin Clarke, 07 May 2014
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Australia.gov.au Alpha design revealed to grateful nation

Australia's Department of Finance, within which resides the Australian Government Chief Technology Office (AGCTO), has revealed designs for the nation's new home page. The beta is available here, and if you click on the image below you'll get a look at a lovely big screen capture. Beta of the new australia.gov.au The new …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Jun 2014
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Blighty's mighty tech skills shortage drives best job growth in years

The UK is crying out for engineers and IT staff, according to a KPMG and REC report, which reckons demand for techies is at its highest in 16 years. Most vacancies were spotted in the engineering industry in August, while the medical industry came in just ahead of the IT sector in the nine categories of permanent staff assessed …

PLEASE STOP with the snooping requests, begs Google as gov data demands skyrocket

Worldwide government requests for access to Google's user data leapt by 15 per cent in the last six months, the ad giant said in its latest "Transparency Report" published on Monday. The company added that the demands from national authorities had ballooned 150 per cent since Google first made details of the requests public in …
Team Register, 16 Sep 2014
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Forget silly privacy worries - help biometrics firms make MILLIONS

Tech firms are set to experience a biometric bonanza - as long as they can persuade ordinary folk to give up worrying about their privacy. That's the claim in a briefing note from “growth consulting firm” Frost & Sullivan, which suggested the number of smartphones equipped with biometric gubbins will soar from 43 million to 471 …
Jasper Hamill, 10 Sep 2014
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Higgs boson even MORE likely to actually be Higgs boson - boffins

Boffins are becoming increasingly hardline in their stance on the particle discovered in 2012 and lauded as the Higgs boson. They say it is, in fact, the Higgs boson and not something else. CMS event showing characteristics expected from the decay of the Higgs boson Researchers have discovered that the bosons decay into …
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Singapore itching to hire new IT pros

Things are looking up for ex-pat IT pros on the hunt for jobs in Singapore, with confidence about growth levels in the city state’s technology sector through the roof, according to a new skills report. Recruiter Robert Half’s latest employment report for Singapore collected info from over 400 business leaders. It revealed that …
Phil Muncaster, 23 Jan 2014
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'Careful management of headcount' for Juniper after tepid quarter

Juniper Networks has reported a difficult third quarter that left CEO Shaygan Kheradpir “disappointed” by “lower-than-anticipated demand from service providers, particularly in the U.S.” Revenue was $1,126 million, down eight per cent from 2014's second quarter and five per cent compared to the same Q3 in 2013. Non-GAAP net …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Oct 2014

Britain’s snooping powers are 'too weak', says NCA chief

Keith Bristow, head of of the National Crime Agency (the UK’s FBI), is arguing Britain’s snooping powers are “too weak”. In an interview with The Guardian, the NCA’s director general said police need new powers to monitor data about emails and phone calls. He admits many don't see the police case for comms data snooping while …
John Leyden, 07 Oct 2014

Cisco swallows Tail-f, burps out network orchestration plans

Cisco has – depending on your attitude – either bolstered its cloud portfolio or knocked out a competitor, with the $US175 million acquisition of Swedish network orchestration vendor Tail-f. The company and its staff will be Borged into Cisco's Cloud and Virtualization Group led by Gee Rittenhouse, on completion of the cash and …
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ENTIRE NBN BOARD offers to walk the plank: report

The chair of NBN Co, Siobhan McKenna, has tendered her resignation to the new communications minister Malcolm Turnbull, along with those of the organisation's entire board, according to Fairfax Media. In this report, the Sydney Morning Herald notes that the move would open the door for Turnbull to appoint former Telstra CEO and …
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Cisco: Hand us the keys. We'll drive Intercloud into telcos, Google

Cisco will announce tie-ups between its Intercloud platform and the major public cloud vendors over the coming quarters, the network giant’s EMEA partner boss said today. Snagging the likes of incumbent telecoms operators, and ensuring full bi-directionality with the likes of Azure and Google is crucial if it is to establish its …
Joe Fay, 25 Sep 2014
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100+ trade buyers and private equity bods eyed up Kelway

More than one hundred trade buyers and private equity firms expressed an interest in buying a piece of Kelway, before CDW finally beat the competition to take a 35 per cent stake. As exclusively revealed by El Chan on Thursday, Kelway boss Phil Doye retains a 55 per cent stake in the firm. Others in the management team keep hold …
Paul Kunert, 06 Nov 2014
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Congress divorces NIST and NSA

The US Congress has passed a bill that removes the NSA's direct input into encryption standards. According to a report at ProPublica, an amendment to the National Institute of Standards and Technology act removes the requirement that NIST consult with the NSA in setting new encryption standards. Following the Snowden …

Insight: Tech market's stabilising, time to start hiring again

It was a mixed bag of a third calendar quarter for reseller titan Insight Enterprises: sales shot up, as did operating profit, but gross margin was slapped by lower vendor rebates and overheating admin expenses. The US-based biz reported year-on-year sales growth of eight per cent to $1.24bn; rising four per cent in North …
Paul Kunert, 31 Oct 2014
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NHS patient data storm: Govt lords SLAP DOWN privacy protections

Vital safeguards for protecting patients' privacy when NHS England records are shared with companies were scrapped by peers on Wednesday night. A proposed tweak to the Care Bill, tabled by Lord Owen, would have brought in independent statutory oversight to better protect the handling of patient information across the health …
Kelly Fiveash, 08 May 2014
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£100m DMI omnifail: BBC managers' emails trawled by employment tribunal

The BBC last week stood by its dismissal of former technology chief John Linwood over the failed £100m digital media initiative. The Corporation was judged to have broken the law in dismissing Linwood and reading the tribunal’s findings makes the BBC's defence difficult to accept. According to the BBC, the tribunal “ …
Gavin Clarke, 12 Aug 2014
Suspected thigh bone on Mars spotted by Curiosity

Rickety rock deemed unworthy of Curiosity's drill

NASA's plans to conduct its fourth major drilling project have been called off after the proposed target, dubbed Bonanza King, proved unstable. Bonanza King on Mars Site proves a bit too shaky for scanning Last week the rover found the drilling site after detouring through the northeastern end of “Hidden Valley,” on its way …
Iain Thomson, 28 Aug 2014