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Yeah, that Zoom app you’re trusting with work chatter? It lives with ‘vampires feeding on the blood of human data’

As the global coronavirus pandemic pushes the popularity of videoconferencing app Zoom to new heights, one web veteran has sounded the alarm over its “creepily chummy” relationship with tracking-based advertisers. Doc Searls, co-author of the influential internet marketing book The Cluetrain Manifesto last century, today warned Zoom not only has the right to extract data from its users and their meetings, it can work with Google and other…

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Could WFH web traffic topple a Brit telco? Pfff, scoff operators. This has nothing on Liverpool v Everton streaming

Britain has plenty of internet traffic “headroom” despite the explosion in remote working during the coronavirus shutdown, telcos and mobe networks have told The Register. As those people work from home in their droves under the COVID-19 lockdown, an obvious question occurs: can my phone line and mobile network cope with all this extra traffic? El Reg asked around the major UK operators to find out whether they were…

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Capita cuts projects, furloughs workers due to ‘unpredictable level of disruption’ from COVID-19

Outsourcing firm Capita has slashed £25m from planned capital spending in response to the “unprecedented situation” caused by the novel coronavirus outbreak. The cuts, made from restructuring initiatives and “un-committed spending”, are among the cost-saving measures intended to “offset the impact of expected revenue reduction”, the company said in an update to the market. The measures also include temporary closure of offices and, as we reported earlier this week,…

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Exchange some currency you want to? Guess the BIOS setup keyboard combination first you must, young Padawan

Bork!Bork!Bork! Welcome to another in The Register‘s occasional series on computers flashing their undercrackers to all and sundry. We’ve all been there. Popped to the shops for some pasta and come back laden with bork. Take exhibit one, snapped in a Sainsbury’s by intrepid Register reader Russell Sherr on one of his government-permitted trips to scour the store for essentials. In a change from the usual stream of errors…

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A pair of previews from Microsoft for a bit of weekend tinkering: PowerShell 7.1 and Visual Studio 2019 16.6

Microsoft has slung out a pair of previews, giving admins a look at PowerShell 7.1 and developers another chance to play with Visual Studio 2019 16.6 PowerShell 7.1 Preview 1 Having hitched its wagon to the cadence of the framework formerly known as .NET Core (and now .NET 5), Preview 1 of PowerShell 7.1 has emerged as the gang works towards a final release in Winter 2020, a few…

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Hailing frequencies open, sir… America’s Space Force hurls its first military comms satellite into Earth’s orbit

Vid The US Space Force embarked on its first official mission on Thursday, launching a military communications satellite aboard an Atlas V 551 rocket from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The metallic bird, known as AEHF-6, is the sixth machine to join America’s fleet of Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellites in geostationary orbits. Together they survey Earth creating a secure communications network sending data to…

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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, health secretary Matt Hancock both test positive for COVID-19 coronavirus

Updated UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. With the PM having been appearing daily on live TV along with, among others, Chancellor Rishi Sunak, and the country’s chief medical officer and chief scientific advisor, you have to hope Britain’s leadership have been measuring out their Osmans. In a video posted on Twitter this morning, the 55-year-old PM’s PR minions declared that their boss…

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Interested in Busting a Move? Mmmm? IBM UK: We couldn’t get to GTS redundo numbers we need by voluntary means

Big Blue reopens window of opportunity, no end date mentioned IBM’s iconic brutalist landmark in London IBM has extended the window of opportunity for its Global Technology Services workforce in the UK to nominate themselves for voluntary redundancy after too few people put their hand up in the allotted time. Some 1,248 IBMers are at risk of losing their jobs, with 263 expected to leave the business under the…

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20 years later, Microsoft’s still hammerin’ Xamarin: Bunch of improvements on the way for cross-platform coding toolset

Microsoft continues to evolve its Xamarin technology for cross-platform coding with .NET, even though alternatives like React Native and Blazor are getting plenty of attention within the company. The history of Xamarin goes back to the earliest days of .NET. In 2001, when C# and the .NET platform were still in preview, Miguel de Icaza (co-founder of the GNOME project) announced the open-source Mono project. Mono is an implementation…

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Announcing the official Reg-approved measure of social distancing: The Osman

Look on my beanpoleness, ye Blighty, and mea-sure! Far away enough? Check our converter and find out! Richard Osman towers over Pointless co-host Alexander Armstrong (Featureflash Photo Agency / Shutterstock) As you nervously shuffle away from your close-talking neighbour who always stood too near at the best of times, tutting and muttering “social distancing”, you may wonder to yourself just what two metres or six feet should really look…

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