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US tech CEOs demand Congress programs US kids to be tech workers

A who's-who list of tech industry executives has urged US Congress to pump computer science training into the brains of American kids. The open letter, signed by more than 40 CEOs, board chairs, and company founders, asks all members of the Senate and the House to direct funding and support for programs that would create …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Apr 2016

El Reg Summer Lectures: Space, robots and digital homes

It’s time to light up your brains for the summer, with a series of Reg lectures that will power you from your robot infested home all the way to the solar system and beyond. It’s a great lineup of speakers with not one, not two, but three bona fide professors to exercise your grey cells, and get your brain beach ready. In …
Joe Fay, 26 Apr 2016
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Stop using USB sticks to move kids' data, auditor tells Education Dept

The Department for Education (DfE) needs to improve the way it handles the personal sensitive information of 20 million records contained in its National Pupil Database, according to the Government Internal Audit Agency (GIAA). The findings were revealed in the department's annual accounts for 2014/15, which were published …
Kat Hall, 22 Apr 2016
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SamSam ransomware shifts from hospitals to schools via JBoss hole

Cisco has warned that the SamSam ransomware that has been plaguing US hospitals is now menacing schools, governments, and other organizations that have not kept their JBoss deployments up to date. According to the networking giant's Talos security team, SamSam exploits a hole in server middleware JBoss to drill its way into …
Iain Thomson, 19 Apr 2016
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Canny Canadian PM schools snarky hack on quantum computing

Video The Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has humiliated a Canadian journalist who assumed he was clueless about quantum computing. Trudeau was attending a press conference at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Ontario to announce $50m in science funding. A reporter jokingly asked him to explain …
Iain Thomson, 15 Apr 2016

Flying Spaghetti Monster is not God, rules mortal judge

A United States District Court judge has ruled that Pastafarianism, the cult of the Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM), is not a religion. Stephen Cavanaugh, a prisoner in the Nebraska State Penitentiary, brought the case after being denied access to Pastafarian literature and religious items while behind bars. Cavanaugh argued …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Apr 2016
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Half of Facebook's Free Basics users ditch the freebie web-lite service for the paid-for real deal

Internet.org aka Free Basics – Facebook's slice of the web for the developing world – has been controversial, but that isn't stopping the social network. The internet service requires a SIM card from a participating mobile operator, and grants free access to Facebook, BBC News, Dictionary.com, er, ESPN and a few other sites. …
Iain Thomson, 13 Apr 2016
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India continues subsidising elite IT schools

India has decided to continue very generous subsidies of the nation's Institutes of Technology (IITs), elite IT training colleges intended to produce a stream of high-quality graduates who build the nation's information technology industries. IITs are among the hardest tertiary education institutions to enter, anywhere in the …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Apr 2016
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GCHQ is having problems meeting Osborne's 2020 recruitment target

Blighty's surveillance and security agency GCHQ is facing significant challenges in meeting the government's targets for recruitment over the next four years. Last year the chancellor promised that 1,900 new recruits would be hired by the intelligence agencies by 2020 – with the lion's share expected to head to GCHQ in …
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It's nuts but 'shared' is still shorthand for 'worthless'

Even as Wikipedia hurtled past its 15th birthday back in January, it feels as though we haven’t really had the penny-drop moment about sharing that the user-created encyclopaedia proves over and again. Even though we know the best programmers are the most flagrant users of Google and StackOverflow, we still seem to think of …
Mark Pesce, 23 Mar 2016
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Hands on with the BBC's Micro:Bit computer. You know, for kids

First look The BBC Micro:Bit will start rolling out to all year-seven pupils in the UK from this morning. What the kids will receive is a matchbox-sized single-board computer with 256KB of flash and 16KB of RAM, manufactured by element14. Yes, you read that right, the same amount of RAM as the Acorn-designed BBC Micro Model A of 35 …
Dominic Connor, 22 Mar 2016

UK draft super-spy law 'not fit for purpose,' say 100s of senior lawyers

IPB An open letter signed by hundreds of senior lawyers and several high-profile QCs (Queen's Counsels) has criticized the UK's Conservative government for pushing a surveillance bill that is "not fit for purpose." More than 200 lawyers, including several who have been closely involved in cases surrounding evidence from the …
Kieren McCarthy, 15 Mar 2016

Attackers packing malware into PowerShell

Microsoft's PowerShell has once again become an attack vector for malware, this time a file-less attack dubbed "Powersniff" by Palo Alto Networks. The attack arrives through e-mails containing Word documents bearing malicious macros, almost as if it isn't more than 15 years since the first macro viruses were let loose on the …
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Don't fear PC-pocalypse, Chromebooks, two-in-ones 'will save us'

Growing sales of ultra-portables and Chromebooks will help to offset the drop in PC shipments. This according to a report from analyst house ABI Research, which predicts that between 2015 and 2021, notebook shipments will remain steady as Chromebooks and ultraportables (tablet convertible notebooks) take up an increasing share …
Shaun Nichols, 09 Mar 2016
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Mathletics promises security upgrades after parents' security gripes

Mathletics, an e-learning platform for mathematics that is used by millions of school kids across the English speaking world, has admitted a coding error that meant kids’ login details were transmitted in the clear. Developers Australia-based 3P Learning said that the security snafu was down to a coding error, which it has …
John Leyden, 29 Feb 2016
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These Chicago teens can't graduate until they learn some compsci

The Chicago Public Schools district has become the first in the nation to make computer science training a requirement for high school graduation. The district, the third-largest in the US, says that starting with next year's freshman class (graduating in 2020), all students will be required to complete one credit in a …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Feb 2016
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Oh TechNation. Britain's got tech talent. Just not like this

Opinion It was ironic that this month’s crowing Tech Nation report, which wrongly claimed the UK digital sector “was growing 32 per cent faster than the rest of the economy,” almost coincided with the total collapse of one of the sector’s biggest – and loudest – stars, Powa Technologies. Compiled by Tech City and NESTA, an innovation …
Marcus Gibson, 25 Feb 2016

Bug bounty hunters score big dollars and the boom's only just begun

Feature Nathaniel Wakelam made US$250,000 last year. In his second job, finding and reporting bugs to bug bounty programs. Wakelam's a 20-year-old high school and university drop-out who has become something of a poster boy for the bug bounty boom, a movement that sees the world's biggest companies pay guys like him tens of thousands …
Darren Pauli, 22 Feb 2016
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Shopping for PCs? This is what you'll be offered in 2016

The personal computer market has been in the doldrums for years, with global sales falling under 300 million a year, slipping nine per cent in 2015 alone. But there are also some rays of light in the market, as Intel's predictions of a sales rebound were confirmed by a nice little bump in sales over Christmas, due in part to …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Feb 2016

Bomb hoax server hoster reportedly cuffed in France

French police have arrested the operator of a log-free Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP) service allegedly used by a hacking gang responsible for making dozens of fake bomb threats to schools around the world. Les Gendarmes say they've cuffed Vincent Lauton, 18, allegedly operator of runs darkness.su which …
Darren Pauli, 15 Feb 2016
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The field at the centre of the universe: Cambridge's outdoor pulsar pusher

Geek's Guide to Britain A field full of bits of old wire and an abandoned garden shed: it doesn't look like the place where Nobel prize-wining research was conducted, pushing the frontier of radio astronomy. But it was. This is the Mullard Radio Astronomy Observatory, at Lords Bridge – site of a disused railway station just outside Cambridge – which …
Simon Rockman, 12 Feb 2016
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National Pupil Database engorged to 20 million individual kids' records

The UK Department for Eduction has enlarged its mega database containing sensitive personal pupil information to nearly 20 million individual records, according to a Freedom of Information response. The National Pupil Database contains a range of sensitive information dating from the year 2000, including name, postcode, …
Kat Hall, 12 Feb 2016

Council IT system goes berserk, packs off kids to the wrong schools

Brit families waiting to find out if their kids have been accepted into their secondary school of choice were bamboozled on Thursday by a computer blunder. Herefordshire Council's systems sent out a wedge of emails to parents offering their children places for the new school year – but the information was wrong. It appears …
Chris Williams, 12 Feb 2016
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How one of the poorest districts in the US pipes Wi-Fi to families – using school buses

America's second-poorest school district is also home to a surprising IT program that has won it national acclaim. The Coachella Valley Unified School District, located east of Los Angeles in California's Riverside County, encompasses around 1,250 square miles of largely rural areas. It includes 20,000 students, most from hard …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Feb 2016

Ballmer schools SatNad on Microsoft's mobile strategy: You need one

The world’s wealthiest activist shareholder, Steve Ballmer, has offered another critique of Microsoft, the company he helped build. A Business Insider interview finds Ballmer – now an “outsider” – generous and complimentary on most aspects of Nadella’s leadership. Ballmer thinks SatNad’s “cloudobile” pivot was something he …
Andrew Orlowski, 09 Feb 2016
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Supplier promises to nudge UK schools towards secure webmail

The HTTPS Everywhere campaign received a small boost this week with a commitment by a UK schools technology provider to roll out secure logins for a service used by many educational establishments. Reg reader and former school governor Paul F tipped us off about security shortcomings of the RM Easymail which he claimed were so …
John Leyden, 04 Feb 2016

Girls! Girls! Girls! Intel brags about diversity push, Silicon Valley tells itself it's doing great

One year on from a public promise, Intel has the rare distinction of actually coming good on its gender equality issues. On Wednesday, the chip giant announced it had surpassed its goal of 40 per cent of new hires being female, taking on 43.1 per cent women in 2015: a near doubling of its previous year's tally. The company …
Kieren McCarthy, 03 Feb 2016

Internet idiots make hoax bomb threats to UK, Aus, French schools

A gang of internet idiots are using voice-over-internet-protocol (VoIP) services to phone-in fake bomb threats to schools across the UK, France, and Australia in exchange for Bitcoins. The group operating under the scuppered @Ev4cuati0nSquad Twitter account have called in fake bomb threats to dozens of schools in those …
Darren Pauli, 03 Feb 2016
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RM's core tech division suffered a 12% revenue dip in 2015

Ditching PC production, the running down of the old Building Schools for the Future contracts, and relatively “subdued” government spending on education ate into RM’s lunch money in 2015. The specialist education supplier turned over £178.2m in the year ended November, down 12 per cent on the prior fiscal, and it was all the …
Paul Kunert, 01 Feb 2016
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US still lagging on broadband but FCC promises change is coming

The United States is still lagging the world in the rollout of broadband, but things are looking up as federal telecom regulator the FCC formally gave itself the power to act Thursday. As signposted at the beginning of the year, the FCC's annual broadband report has concluded that fast internet access is not being deployed to …
Kieren McCarthy, 28 Jan 2016
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Reg readers speak out on Thin Client technology

Survey Results Managing PC estates is a time-consuming, expensive and thankless task. Better provisioning and management tools can obviously help, but implementing one or more of the various forms of desktop virtualisation available nowadays may also be beneficial. The virtualisation option, and particularly the use of hardware-based thin …
Dale Vile, 28 Jan 2016
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How to save Wikipedia: Start paying editors ... or write for machines

Comment Imagine that one giant manufacturer dominated the car market. The cars it made weren’t very good, but they were much cheaper and easier to buy than cars from anyone else, so the car company had ended up dominating the market. These cars would often break down, spew noxious gasses, and a lot of the time, didn’t go where you …
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Jan 2016
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Sorry, kids. Microsoft is turning Minecraft into an 'educational tool'

Microsoft is to launch a dedicated educational version of Minecraft which it hopes will be used in classrooms globally – a move that will be sure to put kids off the hugely popular game. Back in 2014 Microsoft bought the game from Swedish developer Mojang for $2.5bn (£1.7bn). More than 54 million copies of Minecraft have been …
Kat Hall, 21 Jan 2016
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HP takes utility computing to the kids... well the teachers

HP Inc has launched a PC-as-a-service plan to schools and unis that it promised will cost less than most students spend on their behind-the-bike-shed ciggies. This was among a raft of devices, software, services and programmes the PC and printing house bared today at the BETT technology education trade show in London. Neil …
Paul Kunert, 20 Jan 2016

UK can finally 'legalise home taping' without bringing in daft new tax

EU governments don’t have to impose a levy on blank media to compensate copyright holders for losses from private copies, the European Court of Justice has decreed. It’s actually perfectly lawful to compensate them from a general fund, as Spain and Finland do, an opinion from Advocate General, Maciej Szpunar, clarified today. …
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Jan 2016

GCHQ summer schools to pay teenage hackers £250 a week

Hey, teenage hackers, do you want to infilitrate GCHQ to become the next Edward Snowden? The spooks are offering £250 a week - money you'll need to save for when you're subsequently awarded accommodation at Her Majesty's luxury resort at Belmarsh. Here's your entry route: applications are now open for the surveillance agency's …
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Southend-on-Sea splashes £1.5m on hybrid cloud data centre

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council is the latest local authority to build its own dedicated data centre, with the council ready to spend up to £1.5m housing its own "hybrid cloud" services. The council said it is looking to appoint a provider to supply, install, and test the new data centre. The contract lasts for three years and …
Kat Hall, 12 Jan 2016

American cable giants go bananas after FCC slams broadband rollout

A big fight has broken out between ISPs and their regulator, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), in the US. The FCC's annual Broadband Report will be published shortly, and late Thursday, chairman Tom Wheeler put out a "factsheet" about its main finding: that broadband is "not being deployed in a reasonable and timely …
Kieren McCarthy, 08 Jan 2016
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Jenkins issues code of conduct to keep rowdy automation fans in line

Jenkins has warned its more boisterous contributors that they face banishment from the automation server community if they fall foul of the code of conduct it finally got round to publishing this week. The project's board has consciously followed in the “footsteps of other projects like the Apache Software Foundation...and …
Joe Fay, 08 Jan 2016
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UK digital minister asks for input on strategy, lauds 'sharing economy' biz success

The Minister for Culture, Media and Sport* Ed Vaizey today opened a consultation seeking ideas for gov.uk's next digital strategy over the next five years. Vaizey said that over the previous five years "digital fever exploded from the cluster in east London, and has spread to every part of the country, making the UK truly a ‘ …
Kat Hall, 29 Dec 2015
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'Powerful blast' at Glasgow City Council data centre prompts IT meltdown

The catastrophic service outage at Glasgow City Council's data centre, caused after its IT systems servers were taken down by a fire suppressant accidentally going off, is continuing to cause widespread havoc for staff and the public. The embarrassing blunder was caused by a faulty air conditioning unit setting off its fire …
Kat Hall, 17 Dec 2015

Brit 'naut Tim Peake preps for Space Station launch

European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Tim Peake is gearing up to blast off to the International Space Station tomorrow from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The former army helicopter and test pilot will join NASA 'naut Tim Kopra cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko atop the Soyuz-TMA19M for a scheduled departure from terra firma at …
Lester Haines, 14 Dec 2015
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India to add seven new elite IT training institutes

India has named the three cities in which it will build new Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) and revealed it will name another four cities in January 2016 to bring the total count of such institutions to 25. India is blunt about the purpose of the IITs, saying they “are expected to bring out high quality IT …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Dec 2015
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Confirmed: Turnbull's Innovation Agenda recycles old education programs

When Vulture South read the Australian government's new National Innovation and Science Agenda, especially ”Embracing The Digital Age section on school education's contribution to innovation, we were struck by how some of its tactics seemed familiar. The nation's Department of Education has now confirmed to us that some parts …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Dec 2015
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'Paedo hunter' who made £40,000 from blackmail jailed for 9 years

A 47-year-old who posed as a 13-year-old girl in order to extort more than £40,000 from paedophiles was sentenced to nine years in prison earlier this year. Lee Philip Rees, of Marlborough Road in Roath, Cardiff, was found guilty at Cardiff Crown Court of 31 counts of computer hacking, distributing indecent photographs of …
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Turnbull's 'ideas boom' plan recycles existing ideas

Australia's prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced his STEM-and-Startups innovation plan, but some of it looks to be recycled rather than fresh and new innovation. As leaked to friendly media, the plan offers tax breaks for startups, kinder treatment for those who go broke in pursuit of a business idea, visas to …
Simon Sharwood, 07 Dec 2015
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Google fends off EFF's claims kids probed by Chromebook software

Google has fired back at allegations that Chromebooks running its education software spy on children in classrooms and push adverts. "Our goal is to ensure teachers and students everywhere have access to powerful, affordable, and easy-to-use tools for teaching, learning, and working together," said Jonathan Rochelle, director …
Iain Thomson, 03 Dec 2015

Vote for me, Hotspot Hillary – I'm your $250bn broadband builder-in-chief

Analysis Hillary Clinton has announced a $250bn plan to build out the United States' broadband infrastructure and ensure that everyone has fast internet access at an affordable price by 2020. That's the headline figure anyway in her new policy position called "Building Tomorrow's Economy Today." In reality, the presidential candidate …
Kieren McCarthy, 02 Dec 2015
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From Zero to hero: Why mini 'puter Oberon should grab Pi's crown

Two tiny, inexpensive, single-board educational computers just shipped. One has had lots of coverage already, but the odds are you've never heard of the other machine. However, the idea behind the obscure one is more important. Hogging the limelight is the Raspberry Pi Zero, a computer so small and cheap it's being given away …
Liam Proven, 02 Dec 2015

Google snoops on kids via Chromebooks, claims EFF in FTC filing

Google has been collecting data from schoolchildren as young as seven years of age, according to a complaint filed with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), despite the Chocolate Factory's legally enforceable commitment to refrain from such activities. The EFF, which launched its " …