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Fewer than half GCSE computing students got a B or higher this year

Thu, 24/08/2017 - 12:54pm
Teachers need more support to tackle 'chronic shortages'

The UK government has been told to tackle teacher shortages in Blighty – and offer more support for those now teaching tougher syllabuses – as GCSE computing results showed little improvement on last year.…

Airbus issues patch to prevent A350 airliner fuel tanks exploding

Thu, 24/08/2017 - 12:25pm
Hot pumps + fuel/air mixture = bang, warn aviation safety folk

Airbus has issued an emergency patch to stop its A350 airliners from exploding.…

Reality strikes Dixons Carphone's profits after laughing off Brexit threat

Thu, 24/08/2017 - 11:53am
Punters are putting off handset refreshes as prices rise

Pricier smartphones and lower EU roaming charges will dampen Dixons Carphone's bottom line, the retailer's CEO warned today in an unscheduled trading update that sent its share price crashing by 30 per cent.…

Probing the online phish market reveals thriving, profitable underworld

Thu, 24/08/2017 - 11:22am
For $20 you could have a credit card-slurping landing page bashed out in 10 minutes

A new study has lifted the lid on the booming ecosystems of fake websites that underpin phishing scams, revealing a wide variety of prices and products from cheap knock-ups to bespoke fraud services offering concierge-level customer support.…

Fancy talking to SAP about your indirect licensing concerns? Straw poll says no

Thu, 24/08/2017 - 10:04am
Users fear fees and audits despite firm's promise not to pursue back-payments

SAP has been told that customers are too afraid to strike up a conversation about indirect access, as a survey indicated most users had concerns that opening up to the firm could backfire.…

Cisco sheds Euro execs to 'evolve and simplify'... or, y'know, chop costs

Thu, 24/08/2017 - 9:33am
All about making itself an organisation of the 'future'

Change seems to be the one constant at Cisco as it battles to maintain relevance amid the new ways tech is sold and consumed. With this in mind, it is initialising another restructure that has cost three execs their job.…

<i>El Reg</i> gets schooled on why SSDs will NOT kill off the trusty hard drive

Thu, 24/08/2017 - 9:04am
Shirts will be lost!

Interview  Some commentators think saying SSDs will kill off disk drives is wrong. Here is an exchange El Reg had with a storage media industry insider who wished to remain anonymous…

Dell, BT alchemists turn bog-standard HW/SW to flexible, open networks

Thu, 24/08/2017 - 8:35am
Playing the disaggregation game

Analysis  Dell EMC is supplying network switches to a proof-of-concept research project at BT Labs in Adastral Park, Suffolk.…

Apple actually opens up about something – the R&amp;D behind Siri's voices

Thu, 24/08/2017 - 8:02am
But you'd have to start working for them to find out any more

At an academic speech tech conference today (Thursday), Apple researchers will present some of the classic building blocks behind the voice generation of the Siri assistant.…

Mozilla ponders making telemetry opt-out, 'cos hardly anyone opted in

Thu, 24/08/2017 - 7:31am
Browser-maker wants to compile global top 100 sites list, promises to protect privacy

Mozilla may require users to opt-out of sending telemetry from its Firefox browser because so few have opted in that it's hard for developers to get a good sample of what causes problems.…

Seriously, friends. You suck at driving. Get a computer behind the wheel to save your life

Thu, 24/08/2017 - 7:06am
I'm sorry, Dave, I'm afraid I can't drive like that

Much of the hype surrounding self-driving cars arises from the fact that people are terrible drivers. Automated systems, we're told, can help save lives.…

ThoughtWorks acquired by British private equiteers Apax

Thu, 24/08/2017 - 6:27am
DevOps and digital transformation expertise seen as desirable investments

Software development consultancy ThoughtWorks has been acquired by “funds advised by Apax Partners”, a British venture capital and private equity outfit.…

British broadband is confusing and speeds are crap, says survey

Thu, 24/08/2017 - 6:01am
See, it's not just Grant Shapps who gets it mixed up

Four in five Britons has experienced broadband molasses in the past year and most of us are also "bamboozled" by the terms that telcos use to peddle their wares at us, according to a survey.…

Kill animals and destroy property before hurting humans, Germany tells future self-driving cars

Thu, 24/08/2017 - 5:33am
New auto rules approaching in the land of Das Auto

Germany’s government has answered the car ethics question once and for all: driverless cars should prioritize the protection of human life over the destruction of animals or property.…