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£1bn Brit court digitisation scheme would be great … if Wi-Fi situation wasn’t ‘wholly inadequate’

The tech behind the £1bn justice system modernisation programme, intended to digitise the process against a backdrop of court closures, has been slammed by British MPs. The House of Commons Justice report said: “Courts service modernisation, including use of better IT to be more efficient, is long overdue. “But we have found that poor digital skills, limited access to technology and low levels of literacy and legal knowledge…

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UK taxman goes chief digi officer shopping at the bank: Appoints ex-Barclays CIO

Mark Denney has left the creaking world of banking IT to join the, er, creaking world of government IT – taking the role of interim chief digital and information officer at Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs. He replaces HMRC’s chief digital information officer, Jacky Wright, who returns to Microsoft after two years in the role. During that time Wright had to recuse herself of making decisions about Microsoft, due…

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Are you as handy with privacy certs as you are with a screwdriver? Ikea has the perfect vacancy

Scandi furniture emporium Ikea is seeking privacy specialists to join its office in Malmö, Sweden. The company – which famously outsources collection, delivery, assembly and disposal of its products to customers – is calling for applicants who want to “join us on a journey where the road is truly more important than the destination.” Anyone not too nauseous to continue will need three to five years’ experience for the…

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Not just adhesive, but alcohol-resistant adhesive: Well done, Apple. Airpods Pro repairability is a zero

iFixit, the Huntingdon Life Sciences of the tech world, has published its long-awaited teardown of the latest Apple earbuds (or, using the terminology of pro tea-leaves readers at Gartner, “earworn wearables“). The AirPods Pro autopsy revealed few surprises. Just like its predecessors, Apple’s latest designer buds are impossible to self-service, earning them a repairability score of zero. This is largely a consequence of Apple’s liberal use of alcohol-resistant adhesives,…

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Samsung sadly sings of memory, all alone in the moonlight, as downturn slashes profits by 56%

Samsung Electronics profits shrivelled up in the third quarter of 2019 thanks to the ongoing memory market downturn. For the three months ended 30 September 2019, Samsung revenues dipped 5.3 per cent year-on-year to ₩62 trillion (£41bn), but operating profit plummeted 56 per cent to ₩7.78 trillion (£5.14bn). Business was boosted by falling dollar/euro rates against the South Korean won, which added ₩400bn (£264m) to profits. The South Korean…

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Move along, nothing to see here: Auditors say £100k grant to Hacker House was ‘appropriate’

UK.gov handout scrutinised due to boss’s friendship with PM UK prime minister Boris Johnson A £100,000 government grant to Jennifer Arcuri’s infosec training business, Hacker House, has been flagged as “appropriate” following an investigation. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) awarded the money to the business in October 2018 under the Cyber Skills Immediate Impact Fund (CSIIF). However, the grant has been placed under heavy scrutiny…

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Police confirm interview with UKFast boss Lawrence Jones

Greater Manchester Police have confirmed they are investigating two allegations of sexual assault against Lawrence Jones, who stepped down as boss of UKFast yesterday. GMP sent us the following statement: We called Jones and emailed his personal PR flack however haven’t had a response. But Jones told the Sun: “Approximately six months ago, I contacted the police and was interviewed voluntarily because I became aware of some rumours circulating…

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The Outer Worlds: Ever wished Fallout 4 was more like New Vegas? Here ya go… in spaaace

The RPG Greetings, traveller, and welcome back to The Register Plays Games, our monthly gaming column. This time we’re heading spacewards again, to The Outer Worlds to be exact, otherwise known as Halcyon, a corporate hellhole colony at the arse-end of the galaxy. There has been quite the buzz around The Outer Worlds (trailer) since its announcement last year – and for good reason. Among gamers of a certain…

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US Air Force inks deal with Raytheon on Windows 10 (and other) support for ARSE

Two countries separated by a common language The AMRAAM Remote Support Equipment keeps missiles operational for jets like the F-35B The US Air Force (USAF) has declared it is awarding a contract to Raytheon thanks to its pressing need for “full ARSE compatibility”, including Windows 10 support, with equipment designed for maintaining fighter jet missiles. Raytheon Missile Systems will be the proud beneficiaries of the USAF’s latest Advanced Medium…

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