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Dixons Carphone to London Stock Exchange: Yay, we grew 2% in the festive quarter. Oh, hang on, no we didn’t

Just because you want something badly doesn’t mean you can will it to happen. This is what Dixons found out today when it was forced to re-issue a trading statement, with the first one saying sales had grown. (Spoiler: they hadn’t.) The floundering retailer initially said in its first trading update for the 10 weeks to 4 January, that revenue grew 2 per cent. Hours later it was forced…

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New SAP co-CEO ‘runs simple’ to Davos in Mercedes hydrogen car

Just don’t mention software giant’s carbon-producing customers, ‘cos that doesn’t matter, right? Mountain road with 180˚ turn on Fluela pass, which connects Zernez and Davos in Switzerland The World Economic Forum is pinning a sustainability badge on its 2020 conference, which, according to one estimate, will produce 18,090 metric tonnes* of CO2 in private air travel alone. But Christian Klein, co-CEO of enterprise application behemoth SAP, will not be…

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WTF, EFS? Experts warn Windows encryption could spawn nasty new ransomware

The encryption technology Microsoft uses to protect its own file system could also be turned into a weapon for ransomware attackers. So says the research team at Safebreach Labs, which has demonstrated how ransomware based on the Windows Encrypting File System could prove difficult for anti-malware tools to spot and block. Safebreach veep of research Amit Klein and his team wrote a proof-of-concept attack that uses EFS combined with…

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US court rules: Just because you can extract teeth while riding a hoverboard doesn’t mean you should

Since Marty McFly swooped into pop culture on a hoverboard in 1985, the wheelless wonders have cemented their position as a litmus test for living in “The Future™” alongside other sci-fi paraphernalia like lightsabers, jetpacks and flying cars. And now they’re here! Well, sort of. Back To The Future apologists will point out: “It isn’t a hoverboard, it’s a motorised skateboard with the wheels on the wrong way.” Great…

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‘I am done with open source’: Developer of Rust Actix web framework quits, appoints new maintainer

Project author Nikolay Kim also given some community support after ‘unsafe shitstorm’ Developing a web application with Actix The maintainer of the Actix web framework, written in Rust, has quit the project after complaining of a toxic web community – although over 100 Actix users have since signed a letter of support for him. Actix Web was developed by Nikolay Kim, who is also a senior software engineer at…

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Windows 7 back in black as holdouts report wallpaper-stripping shenanigans

Microsoft has given Windows 7 users a parting gift with its last update as some holdouts are reporting existing desktop wallpaper being replaced by a sombre black screen – presumably in mourning for the veteran OS. Others have also called out problems on Windows 10, but it is the venerable (and potentially vulnerable) 7 that is generating the most heat. The issue, which is causing debate on the likes…

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SpaceX ponders its next mission to blot out the Sun with another 60 Starlink sats

Roundup Welcome back to The Register‘s weekly roundup of stories from the world of rockets and orbital shenanigans. Rocket Lab to add another Mission Control and names the next launch date Rocket Lab is to launch a second dedicated mission for the US National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) with a launch window opening on 31 January. The contract was awarded under the Rapid Acquisition of a Small Rocket (RASR) contract…

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Looking for a great value broadband deal? War-torn Syria will do you proud

After a third trip to thrash the router this morning, Brits might not be too surprised to learn that they’re being ripped off for broadband compared to their pals across the Channel. Even so, consumer telecoms analyst at Cable.co.uk has laid out how the UK fared in its 2020 Global Broadband Pricing League Table. And if value for money is really, really bothering you – hey, you can always…

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How a Kaggle Grandmaster cheated in $25,000 AI contest with hidden code – and was fired from dream SV job

Special report A Google-backed competition to develop machine-learning software to help abandoned animals find loving homes turned ugly – when it was revealed the winning team cheated. PetFinder.my – a non-profit that lists profiles of dogs, cats, and other small creatures for people to adopt – devised the contest to “save homeless animals with creative AI solutions.” The goal was to create an algorithm that could predict how quickly…

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Looks like the party’s over, folks: Global PC sales set to shrink as Windows 10 upgrade cycle tails off, says Gartner

What goes up must come down, or so it seems for the PC market. The mini recovery in global shipments we have seen over the last year is forecast to be short-lived by analyst shop Gartner, and it’s mostly because many businesses have done the heavy upgrade work to Windows 10 by now. Roughly 261 million computers were sold into channels globally last year, according to Gartner and this…

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