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Who says HMRC hasn’t got a sense of humour? Er, 65 million Brits

Brits’ favourite government department, Her Majesty’s Revenues & Customs, has released a listicle of the most bizarre excuses people have given for missing the Self Assessment tax returns deadline, along with the weirdest biz expense claims The UK’s tax collector isn’t compiling the oddest top 10 from the last decade simply to make people laugh, it is just meant to serve as a timely reminder that the 31 January…

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EU declares it’ll Make USB-C Great Again™. You hear that, Apple?

The EU plans to force manufacturers to use a common connector – the happily symmetrical USB-C – for all mobes, fondleslabs, e-readers and similar electronic tat. With the mobile industry merrily galloping through successions of “standard” charger every few years (remember mini-USB?), particularly on Android devices, the EU drive to standardise on USB-C looks to be targeted at one particular company: Apple. Apple, of course, makes good money for…

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Stolen creds site WeLeakInfo busted by multinational cop op for data reselling

Two men have been arrested after Britain’s National Crime Agency and its international pals claimed the takedown of breached credentials-reselling website WeLeakInfo. In a collaboration between British, Northern Irish, German, US and Dutch police agencies WeLeakInfo was taken offline yesterday with two 22-year-olds alleged to be linked to its operation being arrested at the same time. The NCA began looking closely at the site, which is said to have…

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Time to burst out graphing: Get the Windows Insider experience… by taping a calculator to your monitor

While 45 years of carbon emissions from Microsoft were being scrutinised by execs last night, the Windows Insider team made an emission of its own, in the form of a fresh Windows 10 build. Build 19546 continued the “steady as she goes” of recent releases to the Fast Ring of the Windows Insider Program with a few fixes, some external app refreshes and a whole lot of known issues….

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Autonomous Logistics Information System gets shoved off the F-35 gravy train in favour of ODIN

The US military is dumping its Autonomous Logistics Information System (ALIS) in favour of ODIN as it tries to break with the complex past of its ailing F-35 fighter jet maintenance IT suite. ALIS is the software suite that comes bundled with the F-35 fighter jet. A Lockheed Martin product, ALIS is intended to be a proactive maintenance suite: it tracks the health of each jet, tells supply systems…

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Microsoft picks a side, aims to make the business ‘carbon-negative’ by 2030

Microsoft has set itself the goal of being “carbon-negative” by 2030, nailing its colours to a so-called “moonshot” for worldwide removal and reduction of carbon. By 2050, it aims to have removed all the carbon it has emitted (either directly or through electrical consumption) since 1975. “Moonshot” is an unfortunate turn of phrase, since some rockets have an impressively large carbon footprint of their own, and even the greatest…

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Help! I’m trapped on Schrodinger’s runaway train! Or am I..?

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Sitting in my tin can far away from home, I marvel that I got here at all. No, not a tin can. It’s a budget hotel room with lots of space, which is an oddity. Apparently, even in cheap lodgings they still maintain a room wider than one’s outstretched arms – the backpacker digs’ equivalent of a royal suite (i.e. with its own bucket)…

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WebAssembly: Key to a high-performance web, or ideal for malware? Reg speaks to co-designer Andreas Rossberg

Interview WebAssembly will not magically speed up your web application and may be as significant running in environments other than web browsers as it is within them, a co-designer of the language told The Register. WebAssembly (Wasm) was formally approved as a W3C recommendation in December 2019. The technology is a low-level programming language designed to be compiled into machine code for execution with the performance of native code….

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Unlocking news: We decrypt those cryptic headlines about Scottish cops bypassing smartphone encryption

Vid Police Scotland to roll out encryption bypass technology, as one publication reported this week, causing some Register readers to silently mouth: what the hell? With all the brouhaha over the FBI, like a broken record, once again demanding Apple backdoor its iPhone security, and tech companies under pressure to weaken their cryptography, how has the Scottish plod sidestepped all this and bypassed encryption? What magic do they possess…

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The time that Sales braved the white hot heat of the data centre to save the day

On Call Welcome to On Call, The Register‘s regular foray into the increasingly unreliable memories of those who have to pick up the phone when everything is on fire. Today’s hot and steamy tale comes from “Chandan”, who was keen to make sure we knew he worked within the hallowed halls of “Sales”, where we assume expense accounts are bountiful and hair coiffed just so. Unlike many of his…

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