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Official: MoJ IT workers on STRIKE over outsourcing job fears

El Reg - Wed, 25/06/2014 - 11:14am
Steria SSCL named 'preferred supplier' for Shared Service Centre

Back office admin staff working at the MoJ's two Shared Service centres are to down tools next week over fears of job cuts. This follows the department's decision to outsource the work to a business owned by French integrator Steria.…

Google's Urs Hölzle: If you're not breaking your own gear, you aren't ambitious enough

El Reg - Wed, 25/06/2014 - 11:02am
Infrastructure king on next-gen memory, FPGAs, and more

Interview  In the past fifteen years Google has gone from being a consumer of tech to an inventor of technologies, and in doing so has had profound effects on the modern web.…

BBC apologises for bogus breaking news push messages, could be a hack

L'Inq - Wed, 25/06/2014 - 10:54am

Claims it's a test, but might be a hijack

Acronis offers Apple Mac users full backup locally and in the cloud

L'Inq - Wed, 25/06/2014 - 10:42am

Claims it's the first 'dual protection' backup software for Mac OS X

'World’s dumbest' suspect collared in Facebook sting

El Reg - Wed, 25/06/2014 - 10:38am
Profile left open in burglary victim's home, man logs into jail

A suspect is languishing in jail after allegedly breaking into a house, logging into Facebook on his victim's PC, and then reportedly obligingly leaving his social network profile up and open for the returning homeowner.…

Microsoft's Online Exchange fixed after going titsup for NINE HOURS

El Reg - Wed, 25/06/2014 - 10:19am
Two hours of that spent on hold reporting problem

Microsoft has fixed a nine-hour outage in its online Exchange service that crippled North American customers’ Office 365 and hosted Outlook accounts.…

Super-snoop bid: UK government hits panic button on EU data retention ruling

El Reg - Wed, 25/06/2014 - 10:05am
'This is not mass surveillance', insists Home Sec Theresa May

Home Secretary Theresa May has claimed "there is no surveillance state" in Britain today as she once again called for a change in law to prevent the internet becoming "an ungoverned, ungovernable space".…

Straight Talk: Data backup and deduplication conclusion

Thinq - Wed, 25/06/2014 - 10:00am

This guide explains the various backup complexities, enabling you to ask the right questions and make the right decision for your specific environment and requirements.

Read more: http://www.itproportal.com/2014/06/25/straight-talk-data-backup-and-deduplication-conclusion/

Protesters 'occupy' Google over net neutrality nonchalance

L'Inq - Wed, 25/06/2014 - 9:57am

Say search firm not doing enough to preserve openness

What to expect from Google I/O: Android 5.0, Nexus 9, Android Wear and more

L'Inq - Wed, 25/06/2014 - 9:46am

Everything you need to know ahead of Google's I/O keynote

DDN's wonderful Bridge of WOS: Cloud, meet on-premise storage

El Reg - Wed, 25/06/2014 - 9:27am
DataDirect Networks' gear talks to anyone anywhere, they say

DataDirect Networks has enabled its object storage system to use both on-premises storage arrays and ones in the cloud as object storage vaults.…

The Higgs Boson Should Have Crushed the Universe

Slashdot - Wed, 25/06/2014 - 9:16am
astroengine writes: This may seem a little far fetched, but if our understanding of the physics behind the recently-discovered Higgs boson (or, more specifically, the Higgs field — the ubiquitous field that endows all stuff with mass) is correct, our Universe shouldn't exist. That is, however, if another cosmological hypothesis is real, a hypothesis that is currently undergoing intense scrutiny in light of the BICEP2 results. "The mathematics to arise from accepted Higgs field theory suggests the universe is currently sitting comfortably in a Higgs field energy 'valley.' To get out of this valley and up the adjacent 'hill,' huge quantities of energy would need to be unleashed inside the field. But, if there were enough energy to push the universe over the hill and into the deeper energy valley next door, the universe would simply, and catastrophically, collapse. This is where the BICEP2 results come in. If their observations are real and gravitational waves in the CMB prove cosmological inflation, the Higgs field has already been kicked by too much energy, pushing the Higgs field over the energy hill and deep into the neighboring valley’s precipice! For any wannabe universe, this is very bad news — the newborn universe would appear as a Big Bang, the Higgs field would become overloaded with an energetic inflationary period, and the whole lot would vanish in a blink of an eye."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Gid E-Up? Vulture's claw presses pedal to metal on VW's 'leccy motor

El Reg - Wed, 25/06/2014 - 9:03am
Starts with a jolt

After the driving the Citroen C-Zero, the Volkswagen e-Up! is a fantastically different experience.…

Google Glass upgraded with 2GB RAM, Viewfinder mode

L'Inq - Wed, 25/06/2014 - 8:58am

Good news for UK glassholes

Mobile money firm Weve waves goodbye to David Sear

El Reg - Wed, 25/06/2014 - 8:32am
Departing boss looks for some change

David Sear, the boss of mobile money joint venture Weve, has stood down, Mobile, Marketing Week and others have reported.…

Theresa May tries another snoopers' charter push

L'Inq - Wed, 25/06/2014 - 8:31am

Push it off a cliff

Oracle's IP lawsuit foe: We'll fight SAP tooth and nail in Europe

El Reg - Wed, 25/06/2014 - 8:04am
Rimini Street: We'll have your large and mid-sized customers off you, ta

Rimini Street, the fast-growing business software support specialist currently fighting Larry Ellison’s database giant in US courts, appears to have SAP in its sights in Europe.…

Own goal as World Cup Wi-Fi passwords spilled in newspaper snap

El Reg - Wed, 25/06/2014 - 7:47am
Not-so-L33t login now sprayed across Twitter

The Wi-Fi SSID and password for the football World Cup's security centre were exposed – after a photograph of host nation Brazil's federal police brass inadvertently captured the creds written on a white board.…

Linux Gaming Benchmarks With Plasma-Next, KDE Frameworks 5

Phoronix - Wed, 25/06/2014 - 7:39am
Up for your viewing pleasure today were some quick benchmarks done of the next-generation KDE desktop stack compared to the KDE 4.13.0 and Unity 7.2.1 desktops of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.
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