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Brit ISPs pinky-promise not to overcharge loyal broadband customers

Following an Ofcom review of broadband pricing, a bunch of British ISPs have promised to allow loyal customers access to better deals once their contracts end. The regulator found 40 per cent of broadband customers are currently “out of contract”, while punters who sign a new deal with their provider could typically pay £8 to £9 less per month than customers who don’t. Ofcom voiced concern that vulnerable people…

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Pesky legacy kit! It’s stopping UK.gov getting at your data – watchdog

The UK government’s ageing IT systems make “extracting data expensive and sometimes impossible” – yet there is no central repository that lists creaking kit in need of replacement, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has found. In its report: Challenges in using data across government (PDF), the spending watchdog said poor data in government has led to failings in services, poor decision-making and an inability to understand how best to…

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US lobby group calls for open standards to fight Huawei ‘threat’

A US lobbying group is calling for open standards as a solution to the supposed security threat posed by Huawei. The not-at-all-creepily named Global Cyber Policy Watch (GCPW) is calling for more investment from the US government to fund research to help it catch up. But it believes open, interoperable standards are the only hope to help increase the number of 5G providers and improve security. The group has…

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New CentOS Linux distro sips updates from RHEL codebase like an ever-flowing Stream

CentOS has told devs that they can now get stuck into Stream, a new Linux distro it built with code planned for the next minor release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). Wait, you may think, is it not Fedora Linux that is based on early RHEL code? True, and Fedora is Red Hat’s free distribution with a twice-yearly release cycle intended for testing and developing new features. The…

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If you have enough of this type of gut microbe, you can get drunk for free after eating carbs

Do you ever feel drunk, even though you swear you haven’t touched a drop of alcohol at all? Well, your gut might be harbouring a type of bacteria that brews booze as a byproduct. A team of Chinese scientists have written about the phenomenon after finding a patient with odd symptoms. Every time the individual consumed high levels of carbohydrates, their blood alcohol concentration levels shot up to a…

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Gearheads get their spudgers into an iPhone 11 Pro Max: Bi-lateral charging, anyone?

A teardown of the iPhone 11 seems to have confirmed support for bi-lateral charging – the ability to charge another device using your phone’s battery. Aside from helping out a mate with a dead phone, that means you’ll also be able to charge up wireless headphones. The guys from iFixit took apart an iPhone 11 Pro Max and found an extra battery connector, which they reckon suggests bi-lateral charging…

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Pizza prankster’s prisoner plea plot perturbs police, Norks invading and Uber woes

Security roundup Here are a handful of security happenings in the past week that are worth noting – aside from what The Reg has already covered. Microsoft extends Windows 7 support* With everyone up in arms about the potential for hackers to influence the upcoming 2020 US presidential elections, Microsoft is offering to help local governments secure their older voting machines that are based on the obsolete Windows 7…

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It’s ace that UK.gov ‘in 2030 will be joined up, trusted and responsive’ – but what about now?

Analysis In the last week there’s been no shortage of “big-picture thinking” in digital government circles. At the Government Digital Service’s Sprint19 event, interim head Alison Pritchard spoke of the need to focus on five pillars – data, digital identity, security, legacy IT and user experience – as part of its strategy for 2030. Meanwhile, Cabinet Office minister Oliver Dowden pledged improved online services to free up civil servants’…

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Switch about to get real: Openreach bod on the challenge of shuttering UK’s copper phone lines

Interview Most people are unaware of the huge infrastructure challenge the UK is about to undergo as 15 million phone lines are switched off. Openreach is aiming to punt its traditional public switched telephone network (PSTN) onto voice over IP (VoIP) by 2025 and withdraw its Wholesale Line Rental (WLR) products, which are reliant on the PSTN. The potential for disruption is huge. For example, businesses are still mostly…

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Calling all the Visual Basic snitches: Keep quiet about it and so will he…

Who, Me? If it’s Monday, then it must be time for another jaunt to the hallowed confessional of Who, Me? where Register readers confess their, or their co-workers’, deepest darkest sins. Today’s story concerns the acquaintance of a reader. Having stuck a hand in The Register’s big bag ‘o pseudonyms, we shall call the miscreant “Ron”. Ron was gainfully employed performing IT functions for the equities business of an…

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