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Why can’t passport biometrics see through my cunning disguise?

Something for the Weekend, Sir? The customs officer likes my smile. He smiles back. Phew, another passage through international arrivals achieved without the slightest whiff of latex and talc. Still, these passport checks are getting longer and I don’t mean the queueing. I mean the time I have to stand in front of the little booth while a uniformed gent – it’s almost never a woman outside the UK,…

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We’ve found it… the last shred of human decency in an IT director – all for a poxy Unix engineer

On Call Welcome back to On Call, The Register‘s weekly trip down memory lane with those poor buggers who have to deal with whatever lurks on the other end of the phone line. Today’s tale takes us back to the beginning of the century and an IT director, who we will call “Alessandro”, tasked with serving the needs of the pharmaceutical industry. Alessandro was presented with a problem many…

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ESA toasts 10% budget boost by stretching ISS support out to 2030

ESA bigwigs were cock-a-hoop today as the agency’s Ministerial Council passed a bonzer budget, with the UK, Germany, Italy and France splashing the most cash. The 10 per cent rise was, according to ESA, the first significant boost in funding in 25 years. Total subscriptions (PDF) from the states stood at €14.4bn, with Germany spanking €3.3bn, France €2.7bn, Italy €2.3bn and the UK €1.7bn, making the UK’s contribution to…

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Brian Eno’s latest composition: A giant Christmas card with Julian Assange on it

Acclaimed lift music composer Brian Eno is orchestrating a mass mail-in to Brit home secretary Priti Patel so the great unwashed can tell her: “Don’t Extradite Assange.” At 3pm on 3 December, the background muzak technician will pull the sheets off an oversized digital Christmas card (pictured) outside the Home Office’s Westminster premises, featuring a snap of white-haired WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and emblazoned with the cheery message: “This…

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Move over, Alien vs. Predator: Signing into AWS with an Office 365 login is a real crossover

Just ahead of its big Las Vegas re:Invent knees-up, Amazon Web Services (AWS) has extended its Single Sign-on service to support Azure Active Directory – as used by Microsoft’s Office 365. “Today we announced the next evolution of AWS Single Sign-On, enabling enterprises that use Azure AD to leverage their existing identity store with AWS Single Sign-On,” said the cloud giant. “Additionally, automatic synchronization of user identities, and groups,…

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Watch online next week: How to build a content management platform for the future – with the help of Register readers

Webcast Let’s be realistic: nobody sets out to create computer systems that get in the way of good business. Financial institutions across the board are wrestling with how to engage more closely with customers and work better across internal teams. Too often, the cause is ill-fitting content and document management systems, all designed for another time. Meanwhile, cloud-based platforms can both help and hinder, delivering short-term benefits, yet they…

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Google caught a Russian state hacker crew uploading badness to the Play Store

Google has said it fired off 12,000 warnings to unlucky users of its GMail, Drive and YouTube services telling them that they’re being phished by state-backed hackers. The ad tech firm’s Threat Analysis Group (TAG) said in a blog post that between July and September it told people in 149 countries around the world that they were being “targeted by government-backed attackers”, adding that this was consistent with the…

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High-resolution display output or Wi-Fi: It seems you can only choose one on Raspberry Pi 4

Can’t connect? Try a lower rez, or a different HDMI cable Raspberry Pi 4 struggles to drive high-rez displays AND Wi-Fi Users of the Raspberry Pi 4 mini computer are puzzling over an issue where setting some display resolutions have the side-effect of killing the Wi-Fi connection. The problem was noticed by developer Enrico Zini, who is working on a digital signage box using the Raspberry Pi 4. “One…

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RuneScape bloke was wrongly sacked after reading veep’s salary details on office printer

A RuneScape artist who found a document on an office printer that stated a senior veep’s salary and mentioned it to colleagues was wrongly fired by red-faced managers, the Employment Appeal Tribunal has ruled. John McCambridge, a lead concept artist on the long-running massively multiplayer online roleplaying game (MMORPG), was sacked from Cambridge-based Jagex Ltd in August 2017 after “finding a document that had been left on the communal…

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UK political parties fall over themselves to win tech contractor vote by pledging to review IR35

Updated Controversial UK tax legislation IR35, coming to a private sector near you from the spring, is the latest tool being used to curry favour and win votes in the upcoming General Election in Britain. IR35 shifts liability for determining a contractor’s employment status to the employer, meaning organisations that use freelancers must decide from 6 April if a worker falls under off-payroll rules. Those regulations state a contractor…

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