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You can run, but you can't hide The UK government is gearing up for a massive tax clampdown on private sector contractors, in an extension of its IR35 regime to hundreds of thousands of freelancers outside the public sector.…

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If it has Data Protection Act's defects, all bets are off Comment  Since 2005, I have tried to use Freedom of Information legislation to find out what is behind the “ongoing” infraction proceedings, commenced by the European Commission against the UK. This is because the UK’s Data Protection Act (DPA) is, according to the Commission, a defective implementation of Directive 95/46/EC.…

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Will you please get rid of him, world+dog asks Admin Council Another wave of letters condemning the controversial president of the European Patent Office, Benoit Battistelli, has been sent ahead of a meeting of the organization's Administrative Council this week in Munich.…

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Sort out Blighty's not-spots and let industry do its thing, peers urge Autonomous vehicles are more than just cars, the House of Lords’ Science and Technology Committee has warned the UK government in a report, as it urges greater focus on boats and farming equipment.…

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New version 2 integrates better with Google's tough but essential software library Keras, a popular deep learning library, has been updated with a new API to make it easier for developers to use machine learning in Python.…

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No wonder it's thrilled with the rapid growth of its cloud business in Q3 Oracle thinks it's done the hard work as it transitions to become a cloud company and is now poised to convert swathes of its customers from licences software to SaaS and infrastructure-as-a-service subscriptions.…

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But more could be done through better programming With the recent arrival of a new version of its Chrome browser, Google is celebrating its software's energy saving potential, even as it overlooks its electricity addiction.…

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Open-source storage software adds a hypervisor and Docker support FreeNAS, the FreeBSD-derived software that turns a server into a network-attached storage box, has upgraded, changed its name and now asserts it's a hyperconverged platform.…

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And you can now use Google Compute Engine storage as a disk, you lucky people Raspberry Pi Zero users have another operating system to choose from, with the release of NetBSD 7.1.…

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Spacecraft might need lighter rad-shields, which means more payload! Video  After a three-year search, NASA's Van Allen Probes have worked out there's far fewer high-energy electrons in the Van Allen Belts than previously thought.…

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Cunning plan: get AIs co-operating in bricked VR, hand prizes to winners Microsoft wants PhD researchers to pitch their bots into a Minecraft landscape, but it's not some simple “robot wars” remake: to win, your AI will have to learn to co-operate with humans.…

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Australian Taxation Office reveals more about outages plus plans for Easter upgrade The Australian Taxation Office will install a new Hewlett Packard Enterprise storage area network over Easter.…

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The Borg's 'This kit has Struts 2 trouble' list is also getting longer If you've implemented Mobility Express on a Cisco 1800 access point, it needs patching against a critical authentication bypass.…

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32 cores on a Xeon E5 V3 with up to 5.6TB of SSD, counted in gigabytes or gibibytes Microsoft's decided Azure needs virtual machines optimised for storage, so has given us all the new L-series to play with.…

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It's 2017 and a VGA driver can take down a cloud. Seriously The Xen Project has bent its own rules of vulnerability disclosure for a buggy and possibly exploitable video component that needs urgent attention.…

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Old monopoly crumbles as competition is introduced The US Air Force has awarded a $96m contract to SpaceX to launch one of its next-generation GPS satellites, in a competitive contract that left the United Launch Alliance in the dust.…

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They've had years to fix things up, but they can't even deliver on known best practice Australia's Taxation Office, Department of Human Services and Department of Immigration and Border Protection are heavyweights of the public service, but only one has managed basic infosec protections on its systems.…

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And why won't the NSA open up about Section 702 spying? Two of the most technically literate US politicians want to know why America's Homeland Security is dragging its feet over SS7 security flaws in our mobile phone networks.…

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Containerd plumbing shelters on neutral ground at the Cloud Native Computing Foundation As it promised in December, Docker has bestowed containerd, its core container runtime, upon the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, putting an important piece of container infrastructure under neutral governance.…

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Study could explain how star systems go from amorphous blobs to beautiful spirals The mystery surrounding dark matter deepens: scientists have discovered that the puzzling substance was less dominant in our universe's early galaxies.…

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City puts together team to bring 1Gbps dark fiber to Bay Area The City of San Francisco has already put in place numerous plans to resist the policies of the Trump Administration – from immigration to healthcare to labor agreements. Now it is moving on to internet access.…

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Two FSB agents and two stooges fingered for 2014's 500m webmail account raid Two Russian spies and two hackers were the miscreants who broke into Yahoo!'s servers and swiped at least 500 million user account records.…

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Rob Joyce is heading to US National Security Council NSA hacking crew bossman Rob Joyce is set to join US President Donald Trump's National Security Council as a cybersecurity adviser.…

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Newbury HQ awash with tie up talk Exclusive  A corporate tie up between Vodafone UK and Liberty Global is back on the negotiating table, multiple sources have told The Register.…

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Window XP moment for penguins Canonical is extending the deadline for security updates for paying users of its five-year-old Ubuntu 12.04 LTS – a first.…

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