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MP resigns as security committee chair amid 'cash-for-access' claims

El Reg - Tue, 24/02/2015 - 12:04pm
Rifkind has left the building

Former foreign secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind is stepping down as chair of the UK Parliament’s influential security committee in the wake of "cash for access" allegations.…

BT fixes home hub drop-out glitch ONE YEAR after denying flaw existed

El Reg - Tue, 24/02/2015 - 11:31am
One helluva long reboot loop

BT has finally fixed a snag in its Home Hub 5 more than 12 months since customers began complaining about mystery disconnections that were hampering the wireless router.…

Google targets schools with apps and tablets to boost tech skills

L'Inq - Tue, 24/02/2015 - 11:30am

From little acorns and all that


SSL-busting adware: US cyber-plod open fire on Comodo's PrivDog

El Reg - Tue, 24/02/2015 - 11:01am
Superfish sequel: I'm looking at the man in the middle

Analysis  The US Department of Homeland Security's cyber-cops have slapped down PrivDog, an SSL tampering tool backed by, er, SSL certificate flogger Comodo.…

Google Wallet to fight Apple Pay and PayPal with Softcard revamp

L'Inq - Tue, 24/02/2015 - 10:55am

As Gmail Inbox rolls out business beta


Give in to data centre automation and change your life

El Reg - Tue, 24/02/2015 - 10:26am
Banish sysadmin drudgery

As an IT professional, unless you’ve been living under a rock you are probably familiar with automation, even if only in passing.…

ARM and IBM bolster Internet of Things with cloud-based mbed starter kit

L'Inq - Tue, 24/02/2015 - 10:16am

System can channel data from internet-connected devices directly into IBM's Bluemix cloud platform


Pakistanis Must Provide Fingerprints Or Give Up Cellphone

Slashdot - Tue, 24/02/2015 - 10:13am
schwit1 sends this report from the Washington Post: Cellphones didn't just arrive in Pakistan. But someone could be fooled into thinking otherwise, considering the tens of millions of Pakistanis pouring into mobile phone stores these days. In one of the world's largest — and fastest — efforts to collect biometric information, Pakistan has ordered cellphone users to verify their identities through fingerprints for a national database being compiled to curb terrorism. If they don't, their service will be shut off, an unthinkable option for many after a dozen years of explosive growth in cellphone usage here. Prompted by concerns about a proliferation of illegal and untraceable SIM cards, the directive is the most visible step so far in Pakistan's efforts to restore law and order after Taliban militants killed 150 students and teachers at a school in December. Officials said the six terrorists who stormed the school in Peshawar were using cellphones registered to one woman who had no obvious connection to the attackers.

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Get yourself connected: GrovePi+ Starter Kit

El Reg - Tue, 24/02/2015 - 10:02am
Raspberry Pi projects made easy

Review  When it comes to hacking hardware, there’s an easy way and there‘s a hard way. The hard way involves connecting peripherals direct to one of the standard buses supported by your Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Beaglebone or whatever. Buses like I²C, SPI, UART and 1-Wire. You’ll need to take care with your wiring: have you got the right pull-up or pull-down resistor? Is there too much capacitance in the line?…

UK.gov shuns IT support tower model. Now what the hell do we do?

El Reg - Tue, 24/02/2015 - 9:29am
GDS chump writes blog rubbishing latest wheeze, leaves everyone in dark

Escaping the clutches of the big evil system integrators has long been part of the government's IT rhetoric. Yet confusion reigns as to what the strategy actually is now that previous "disaggregation" plans have been torn up – and those contracts are about to expire.…

Kazam unveils trio of Intel-powered Windows tablets and eight smartphones

L'Inq - Tue, 24/02/2015 - 9:15am

Firm follows LG with pre-MWC reveals


How good a techie are you? Objective about yourself and your skills?

El Reg - Tue, 24/02/2015 - 9:03am
I think I am... So come judge me, readers

Sysadmin blog  How objective are you? Can you design IT solutions outside your own experience? Are you capable of testing unfamiliar and uncomfortable software, services and solutions with an open mind or do you immediately lash out against the mere idea of change?…

Redmond boffins build coffins for exploit kits

El Reg - Tue, 24/02/2015 - 8:27am
'Kizzle' tool spots and crimps hackers' automation tools

Microsoft boffins have crafted what they say is the world's first platform specifically designed to kill exploit kits.…

AMD's Carrizo chip promises better laptop and desktop performance

L'Inq - Tue, 24/02/2015 - 8:03am

Combines CPUs, GPU and multimedia accelerators on a single die


'Utterly unusable' MS Word dumped by SciFi author Charles Stross

El Reg - Tue, 24/02/2015 - 7:57am
LibreOffice on MacOSX is now Laundry Files man's preferred change-tracking tool

British SciFi author Charles Stross once had the protagonist of his Laundry Files series, sysadmin/demon-hunter Bob Howard, narrate his day by saying “I'm sitting in my office, shivering over a cooling cup of coffee and reading The Register when my door opens without warning ...”*.…

LinkedIn values your privacy at ONE WHOLE LOUSY DOLLAR

El Reg - Tue, 24/02/2015 - 7:30am
Password hack suit settled for next to nothing

LinkedIn, which leaked millions of passwords in 2012, has settled the class action that followed its egregious error.…

How One Developer Got the Internet To Watch People Code

Slashdot - Tue, 24/02/2015 - 7:10am
blottsie writes: While Twitch TV is generally used for livestreaming gameplay, Alexander Putilin has other plans for the platform. Putilin and his girlfriend are using Twitch to build a community of software developers and students who broadcast complex floating point operations and algorithm design to the rest of the world. The community is responding and growing alongside its newfound popularity. WatchPeopleCode is now facilitating live hackathons (there was one this weekend), enabling programmers to meet and collaborate with people that they'd otherwise never be able to.

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How One Developer Got the Internet To Watch People Code

Slashdot - Tue, 24/02/2015 - 7:10am
blottsie writes: While Twitch TV is generally used for livestreaming gameplay, Alexander Putilin has other plans for the platform. Putilin and his girlfriend are using Twitch to build a community of software developers and students who broadcast complex floating point operations and algorithm design to the rest of the world. The community is responding and growing alongside its newfound popularity. WatchPeopleCode is now facilitating live hackathons (there was one this weekend), enabling programmers to meet and collaborate with people that they'd otherwise never be able to.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








How One Developer Got the Internet To Watch People Code

Slashdot - Tue, 24/02/2015 - 7:10am
blottsie writes: While Twitch TV is generally used for livestreaming gameplay, Alexander Putilin has other plans for the platform. Putilin and his girlfriend are using Twitch to build a community of software developers and students who broadcast complex floating point operations and algorithm design to the rest of the world. The community is responding and growing alongside its newfound popularity. WatchPeopleCode is now facilitating live hackathons (there was one this weekend), enabling programmers to meet and collaborate with people that they'd otherwise never be able to.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








How One Developer Got the Internet To Watch People Code

Slashdot - Tue, 24/02/2015 - 7:10am
blottsie writes: While Twitch TV is generally used for livestreaming gameplay, Alexander Putilin has other plans for the platform. Putilin and his girlfriend are using Twitch to build a community of software developers and students who broadcast complex floating point operations and algorithm design to the rest of the world. The community is responding and growing alongside its newfound popularity. WatchPeopleCode is now facilitating live hackathons (there was one this weekend), enabling programmers to meet and collaborate with people that they'd otherwise never be able to.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.