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From BBC News - UK Politics at 2021-10-24 15:41:27 (unread)

Covid passes: Ministers consider widening use in Wales

Welsh government "thinking about" changes amid concern about high levels of Covid-19, says minister.

From More or Less: Behind the Stats at 2021-10-24 15:00:00

The numbers behind Squid Game (p09zskjd.mp3)

Netflix has announced that South Korean survival drama Squid Game is its most popular series ever. We scrutinise the statistics behind the claim, and look at the odds of surviving one of the show’s deadly contests.

From BBC News - UK Politics at 2021-10-24 12:05:41

Covid: Labour calls for Plan B measures in England

But the chancellor says the data does not suggest "immediately" moving to government's back-up plan.

From Drachinifel at 2021-10-24 12:00:04

The Drydock - Episode 169

00:00:00 - Intro 00:00:38 - Why were the Atlanta class cruisers used in ship-to-ship combat instead of in their proper role as AA defense? 00:03:36 - Were 7th Fleet's battleships needed at Surigao Strait? 00:07:48 - How much of an effect did Soviet submarines and the Soviet Navy, in general, have on the war? 00:11:36 - If the Japanese had decided to ignore the risk to large ships they thought there was and sent the actual battleships in to Guadalcanal not just the two Kongo battlecruisers which of the battleships would have been most useful to them? 00:16:21 - How does operational doctrine advance with technology? 00:23:40 - How are those damage report drawings made for ships that area lost? 00:27:09 - Why was San Diego such a large/important naval base? 00:30:36 - Class name passing down on the loss of the class ship? 00:34:07 - Most accurate naval guns? 00:40:15 - 1916 Navy Bill with no WW1? 00:44:46 - HMS Queen Elizabeth and Valiant were said to be the most modernized of the QEs, however, Warspite was also modernized. What where the major differences between the different two and were there any plans on modernizing Barham and Malaya? 00:49:57 - U-Boats encounters with dazzle camo? 00:52:47 - Why did no other countries have a 'super-heavy' battleship shell? 01:00:04 - Did the world navies learn anything from the American Civil War aside from turreted guns on metal hulls are good? 01:03:11 - Channel Admin An archive of Drydock Questions and free naval photos - Model ships of many periods - Want to support the channel? - Shirt/mug/hoodie - Poster? - Want to talk about ships? Want to get some books?

From BBC News - UK Politics at 2021-10-24 11:54:48

Budget about investing in public services - Sunak

The chancellor says he will set out a plan for rebuilding the economy next week based on skills.

From BBC News - UK Politics at 2021-10-24 11:23:41

Chancellor says investment in public services is a priority

Rishi Sunak tells Andrew Marr that next week's Budget will see investment in public services.

From BBC News - UK Politics at 2021-10-24 11:02:14

Time for Covid Plan B, Labour's Rachel Reeves says

But the shadow chancellor added she doesn't want to "let the government off the hook" with Plan A.

From The Scholar's Stage at 2021-10-24 05:27:18

New York City Meet Up and Other October Community Announcements

Two announcements for the Scholar’s Stage community members. First of all, I will be visiting New York City shortly. On the afternoon of Sunday, November 7th I will be holding a meet up for readers of the Scholar’s Stage who would like to meet me and other readers in person! This meet up is for […]

From BBC News - UK Politics at 2021-10-24 00:11:59

Kim Leadbeater: Serious conversations needed on safety for MPs

Kim Leadbeater says a "serious conversation" about the safety of people in public life is needed.

From BBC News - UK Politics at 2021-10-23 23:46:54

Chancellor to announce 'skills revolution' funding

The government sets out its package for boosting skills and further education in England.

From BBC News - UK Politics at 2021-10-23 22:30:49

Brexit: UK says new Northern Ireland Protocol talks 'constructive'

A government source says the EU has offered "things that we can work with" but gaps remain.

From Mark Felton Productions at 2021-10-23 18:25:31

The First Berlin Raid - A Forgotten Allied Mission

Play Call of War for FREE on PC, iOS or Android: 💥 Receive an Amazing New Player Pack, only available for the next 30 days! Special thanks to Irene Grinnell and Brad Funkhouser for permission to use the painting 'The First Raid on Berlin' by Roy Grinnell. For more great aviation art, visit: Dr. Mark Felton is a well-known British historian, the author of 22 non-fiction books, including bestsellers 'Zero Night' and 'Castle of the Eagles', both currently being developed into movies in Hollywood. In addition to writing, Mark also appears regularly in television documentaries around the world, including on The History Channel, Netflix, National Geographic, Quest, American Heroes Channel and RMC Decouverte. His books have formed the background to several TV and radio documentaries. More information about Mark can be found at: Visit my audio book channel 'War Stories with Mark Felton': Help support my channel: Disclaimer: All opinions and comments expressed in the 'Comments' section do not reflect the opinions of Mark Felton Productions. All opinions and comments should contribute to the dialogue. Mark Felton Productions does not condone written attacks, insults, racism, sexism, extremism, violence or otherwise questionable comments or material in the 'Comments' section, and reserves the right to delete any comment violating this rule or to block any poster from the channel. Credits: US National Archives; Roy Grinnell Art.

From Scott Adams Says at 2021-10-23 18:01:08

Episode 1539 Scott Adams: How to Solve the Supply Chain Problem, and a Review of Inappropriate Alec Baldwin Jokes (Episode-1539-Scott-Adams_-How-to-Solve-the-Supply-Chain-Problem-Inappropriate-Alec-Baldwin-Jokes.mp3)

Content: Best Cornholio memes of Biden Alec Baldwin didn’t confirm gun was empty? Let’s Get Biden To Quit….LGBTQ Ryan Peterson, CEO of Flexport on supply chain bottleneck Whiteboard: What to do with all the empty containers Enes Kanter, a citizen doing our governments job If you would like to enjoy this same content plus bonus …

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From BIG by Matt Stoller at 2021-10-23 15:36:11

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From Drachinifel at 2021-10-23 12:00:16

Wapen von Hamburg - Guide 254

The Wapen von Hamburg, a galleon of the port of Hamburg's commerce protection fleet, is today's subject. Model photos credit: McKarri Read more about the ship here: Naval photos and more - Model ships of many periods - Want to support the channel? - Want a shirt/mug/hoodie - Want a poster? - Want to talk about ships? Want to get some books? Next on the list: USS Marblehead Pinguin German Auxiliary Cruiser Atlantis Project 24 Sovetsky Soyuz class Battleship HMS Caroline Des Moines Heavy cruisers. Ships of Battle of Campeche PT Boats

From The Week in Westminster at 2021-10-23 11:30:00

23/10/2021 (p09zsm02.mp3)

Radio 4's assessment of developments at Westminster

From BBC News - UK Politics at 2021-10-23 05:57:22

Twitter says Online Safety Bill needs more clarity

The government says it will tackle extreme posts but Twitter warns Ofcom will be "muddling through".

From The Register at 2021-10-23 04:30:10

Japanese bloke collared after using AI software to uncensor smut and flogging it

Plus: Explore the limits of language models in bizarre research experiment, and more

In brief  A man was detained in Japan for selling uncensored pornographic content that he had, in a way, depixelated using machine-learning tools.…

From BBC News - UK Politics at 2021-10-23 03:36:52

Budget 2021: Ministers pledge £500m to support young families

A network of "family hubs" is to be funded in England to provide support services in one place.

From BBC News - UK Politics at 2021-10-23 02:04:30

Budget 2021: English city regions to get £6.9bn for public transport

Chancellor Rishi Sunak will announce increased funding for tram, train and bus services outside London.

From The Register at 2021-10-23 01:38:43

Florida man accused of breaking Mastodon's open-source license with botched social network launch

Golf enthusiast given 30 days to cough up code

A Florida man has been accused of breaking the copyleft license of Mastodon by running an online instance of the software without providing its source code as required.…

From The Register at 2021-10-22 23:51:16

Antitrust battle latest: Google, Facebook 'colluded' to smash Apple's privacy protections

Amended Texas complaint alleges backroom efforts to maintain ad dominance

Several years ago, to deal with the competitive threat of header bidding – a way for multiple ad exchanges to get a fair shot at winning an automated auction for ad space – Google allegedly hatched a plan called "Jedi" to ensure that its ad exchange always won.…

From Newscast at 2021-10-22 22:14:00

I'm A Celeb… Get Me On Newscast (p09ztmsh.mp3)

Giovanna Fletcher and Vernon Kay chat with Victoria Derbyshire about life on I'm a Celeb last year, breaking the rules on reality TV, and plans for the new series. We hear from Scotland’s health minister, Humza Yousaf, about his plans for dealing with Covid this winter. And, how did cinematographer Halyna Hutchins end up being shot with a prop gun on a New Mexico film set by the actor Alec Baldwin? We speak to a firearms expert. Today’s Newscast was made by Alison Gee, with Ben Cooper, Georgia Coan and Sam Bonham. The editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.

From The Register at 2021-10-22 21:58:42

Microsoft under fire again from open-source .NET devs: Hot Reload feature pulled for sake of Visual Studio sales

Windows giant has a funny way of 'loving' Free software

Microsoft has enraged the open-source .NET community by removing flagship functionality from open-source .NET to bolster the appeal of Visual Studio, not least against its cross-platform cousin Visual Studio Code.…

From Drachinifel at 2021-10-22 21:42:59

Fightcamp 2021

Some other fun I got up to this summer, with the most excellent Matt Easton of Scholagladitoria: Drop me an email for source footage and unused footage

From The Register at 2021-10-22 20:52:07

It's 'near-impossible to escape persistent surveillance' by American ISPs, says FTC

Watchdog finds dubious data gathering, illusory solicitations for consent

The US Federal Trade Commission on Thursday said many internet service providers are sharing data about their customers, in defiance of expectations, and are failing to give subscribers adequate choices about whether or how their data is shared.…

From The Register at 2021-10-22 20:15:08

Apple strays from the path of locking down parts with its Series 7 Watch

Component swaps still a thing... for now

Apple's seventh-gen Watch has managed to maintain its iFixit repairability rating on a par with the last model – unlike its smartphone sibling.…

From The Register at 2021-10-22 20:15:08

While the iPhone's repairability is in the toilet, at least the Apple Watch 7 is as fixable as the previous model

Component swaps still a thing – for now

Apple's seventh-gen Watch has managed to maintain its iFixit repairability rating on a par with the last model – unlike its smartphone sibling.…

From The Register at 2021-10-22 19:30:09

AI isn’t just about disruption. Integration is essential, too

Learn how to take the broad view by tuning into this webcast early next month

Sponsored  We’re used to talking about the disruption AI will inevitably cause. But that disruption is predicated on AI moving into production, and that requires integration into the broader corporate infrastructure.…

From Friday Night Comedy from BBC Radio 4 at 2021-10-22 19:00:00

News Quiz 22nd October 2021 (p09zs01z.mp3)

In the last of the current series, Andy Zaltzman and the panel take on the week's headlines. Ayesha Hazarika, Matt Winning, Geoff Norcott and Elis James join Andy in 'convivial, fraternal spirit' to look take a close look at COP26, and whether Brian Cox is right about earth's extinction leaving the galaxy bereft of meaning. They also discuss Southend's newly-minted city status, online anonymity and Sajid Javid's winter plan. The chair's script is written by Andy Zaltzman, with additional material by Alice Fraser, Mike Shephard, Hannah Platt and Rajiv Karia. Producer: Gwyn Rhys Davies Production Co-ordinator: Katie Baum Sound Editor: Marc Willcox A BBC Studios Production.

From The Register at 2021-10-22 18:28:41

Better late than never: Microsoft rolls out a public preview of E2EE in Teams calls

Only for one-to-one voice and video, mind

Microsoft has finally kicked off the rollout of end-to-end-encryption (E2EE) in its Teams collaboration platform with a public preview of E2EE for one-to-one calls.…

From BBC News - UK Politics at 2021-10-22 17:34:38

BGT star's widower calls for assisted dying law

Tina Humphrey's husband recalls the "nightmare" of watching her die with cancer in 2017.

From The Register at 2021-10-22 17:32:05

Recycled Cobalt Strike key pairs show many crooks are using same cloned installation

Researcher spots RSA tell-tale lurking in plain sight on VirusTotal

Around 1,500 Cobalt Strike beacons uploaded to VirusTotal were reusing the same RSA keys from a cracked version of the software, according to a security researcher who pored through the malware repository.…

From Scott Adams Says at 2021-10-22 17:18:44

Episode 1538 Scott Adams: Don’t Miss My Impression of Joe Biden. And I Won’t Forget About Alec Baldwin Either (Episode-1538-Scott-Adams-My-Impression-of-Joe-Biden-Alec-Baldwin.mp3)

Content: My Joe Biden Cornholio impersonation Alec Baldwin needed firearms training Who’s in charge of a supply chain solution? The Jones Act and supply chain Anthony Fauci and gain of function work CNN doubles down on horse med lie If you would like to enjoy this same content plus bonus content from Scott Adams, including …

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From The Register at 2021-10-22 16:30:07

Microsoft investor urges shareholders to vote for a deep dive into pay gap and harassment policies

More transparency and reporting needed, says Arunja Capital

Accusations of harassment and concerns over pay gaps continue to dog Microsoft as shareholders were urged by investor Arunja Capital to vote for the software giant to release transparency reports.…

From BBC News - UK Politics at 2021-10-22 16:21:52

'There is nowhere we can't win,' says Green Party leader

Carla Denyer, co-leader of the Greens in England and Wales, addresses the party's conference in Birmingham.

From BIG by Matt Stoller at 2021-10-22 16:16:43

"I imagine this will create quite the shi** storm" and Other Reactions to the Hearing Aid Piece (

Finally, there's open discussion about the hearing aid cartel.

From The Register at 2021-10-22 15:37:07

US drops tariff threat against nations who dished out digital taxes to American tech giants as OECD members hash out new deal

15% tax minimum to hit tech firms

The US government and administrations in Europe have come to an agreement that will drop the threat of tariffs in response to policies on digital services taxes (DSTs).…

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2021-10-22 15:27:27

More than 100,000 people have had their eyes scanned for free cryptocurrency

Worldcoin reveals "orb" scanner, aims to distribute cryptocurrency to 1 billion people.

From Wittenberg to Westphalia at 2021-10-22 15:23:35

Episode 79: Investiture Controversies Introduction (media.mp3)

What is an investiture controversy? What does it have to do with the Early Modern Period? Will this episode have a defenestration? For that last one, yes. But for the rest you will have to listen.  

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From BBC News - UK Politics at 2021-10-22 15:09:02

Sir David Amess: Ali Harbi Ali to face trial in March next year

Ali Harbi Ali, charged with the murder of Sir David Amess MP, appears via video at the Old Bailey.

From The Register at 2021-10-22 14:49:12

Nobody really cares about DAB radio – so let's force it onto tech platforms' smart speakers, says DCMS Radio Review

UK's anti Amazon and Google war gets a second front

The UK might pass laws forcing smart speakers such as Amazon Echo and Google Home devices to broadcast UK DAB radio stations, over government fears that Brits aren't consuming enough of the unloved radio tech.…

From BBC News - UK Politics at 2021-10-22 14:44:04

Victims to get more time to report domestic abuse in England and Wales

Home Secretary Priti Patel agrees to change the law after the BBC revealed a big rise in cases being dropped.

From The Register at 2021-10-22 14:08:12

IPSE: More than a third of freelancers have quit contracting since IR35 reforms

Exodus, movement of the people... to the Middle East or elsewhere

More than a third (35 per cent) of contractors in the UK have become permanent employees, retired, shifted to work overseas or are "simply not working" since IR35 tax legislation was revised earlier this year.…

From BBC News - UK Politics at 2021-10-22 14:05:50

Sir David Amess: Community falls silent to remember MP

Conservative MP Sir David was stabbed to death at a constituency surgery a week ago.

From The Register at 2021-10-22 13:15:09

New Relic guzzles down CodeStream to help devs jump straight from app error telemetry to offending code

'I can debug production from the IDE,' said CS boss Peter Pezaris

Observability company New Relic has acquired CodeStream, specialists in developer collaboration, with the aim being to connect observability data with code in the development environment.…

From BBC News - UK Politics at 2021-10-22 12:49:50

Peer reads statement from ex- MP Frank Field who is dying

Lord Field says if he could have participated in the debate on assisted dying, he would have spoken strongly in favour of it

From BBC News - UK Politics at 2021-10-22 12:47:12

MPs offered security guards at constituency surgeries

Home Secretary Priti Patel and Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle urged MPs to take up the offer.

From The Register at 2021-10-22 12:29:11

Analogue tones of a ZX Spectrum Load set to ride again via podcast project

Remember the R Tape Loading Error?

The glory days of audio-cassette loading are set to return in the coming weeks, with retro fans to be treated to a broadcast for them to hit Play and Record to.…

From Schneier on Security at 2021-10-22 12:13:44

Nation-State Attacker of Telecommunications Networks

Someone has been hacking telecommunications networks around the world:

  • LightBasin (aka UNC1945) is an activity cluster that has been consistently targeting the telecommunications sector at a global scale since at least 2016, leveraging custom tools and an in-depth knowledge of telecommunications network architectures.
  • Recent findings highlight this cluster’s extensive knowledge of telecommunications protocols, including the emulation of these protocols to facilitate command and control (C2) and utilizing scanning/packet-capture tools to retrieve highly specific information from mobile communication infrastructure, such as subscriber information and call metadata. ...

From BBC News - UK Politics at 2021-10-22 12:02:19

Ex-Labour MP Frank Field is dying, peer reveals

A statement from the veteran politician was read out in the Lords, backing a new assisted dying bill.

From The Register at 2021-10-22 11:43:11

Unhappy customers and their own tricks used against them, REvil ransomware gang reportedly pulled offline by 'multi-country' operations

The second vanishing of the cybergang... for now

As we noted a few days back, notorious ransomware gang REvil "disappeared" again this week. Recent reports have now shed light on why that may be.…

From BBC News - UK Politics at 2021-10-22 11:30:16

Give every household £320 for spiralling energy bills - Greens

The Green Party of England and Wales says the £9bn plan could be paid for with a tax on landlords.

From The Register at 2021-10-22 11:05:05

Apple's Safari browser runs the risk of becoming the new Internet Explorer – holding the web back for everyone

WebKit engine is well behind the competition

Feature  The legacy of Internet Explorer 6 haunts web developer nightmares to this day. Microsoft's browser of yore made their lives miserable and it's only slightly hyperbolic to say it very nearly destroyed the entire internet. It really was that bad, kids. It made us walk to school in the snow. Uphill. Both ways. You wouldn't understand.…

From The Register at 2021-10-22 10:16:12

Judging by the way your face lit up, my inbox just got more attractive

A message for you, (on your) rudie

Something for the Weekend, Sir?  "You've got mail!" announces a voice on the tram.…

From The Real Story at 2021-10-22 10:00:00

Nato and China: A new rivalry? (p09zlh1h.mp3)

This week in an interview with a British newspaper the Secretary General of Nato repeated his desire to widen its mandate to include China. His comments coincide with reports that Beijing has tested a hypersonic missile potentially capable of breaching US and European defences. There are concerns about China's cyber activities against Nato member states, as well as the country's increasing presence in the Arctic - raising fears over the security of Atlantic sea lanes. But some argue that Nato is in danger of going beyond its founding remit. That view is echoed by the likes of the French president who's warned that China has "little to do with the North Atlantic." So what should be the future shape of Nato? In the aftermath of its controversial withdrawal from Afghanistan, should the alliance focus more on events closer to home? And with the United States focusing its resources in Asia, is there a case to look beyond Nato and think about a broader European defence mechanism? Ritula Shah is joined by a panel of experts. Produced by: Paul Schuster and Junaid Ahmed.

From The Register at 2021-10-22 08:45:14

How to keep a support contract: Make the user think they solved the problem

Look what you found! Aren't you clever!

On Call  Let us take a little trip back to the days before the PC, when terminals ruled supreme, to find that the more things change the more they stay the same. Welcome to On Call.…

From The Register at 2021-10-22 08:26:06

Apple kicked an M1-shaped hole in Intel's quarter

Chipzilla braces for a China-gaming-ban-shaped hole in future results, predicts more product delays

Intel has blamed Apple's switch to its own M1 silicon in Macs for a dip in sales at its client computing group, and foreshadowed future unpleasantness caused by supply chain issues and China's recent internet crackdowns.…

From The Register at 2021-10-22 07:50:12

How your phone, laptop, or watch can be tracked by their Bluetooth transmissions

Unique fingerprints lurk in radio signals more often than not, it seems

Over the past few years, mobile devices have become increasingly chatty over the Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) protocol and this turns out to be a somewhat significant privacy risk.…

From The Register at 2021-10-22 07:28:52

YouTubers fell for shady 'sponsors' who seized, then sold, accounts

Vid-slingers had been asking how this happened for years, even while their channels were spruiking dodgy crypto

After years of complaints from YouTubers, Google has pinpointed the root cause of a series of account hijackings: software sponsorship deals that delivered malware.…

From BBC News - UK Politics at 2021-10-22 06:22:14

Levelling up: What does it mean for people in Yorkshire?

Ahead of the autumn Budget, is there any impact at all from "levelling up" in Yorkshire?

From The Register at 2021-10-22 05:32:42

Alibaba Cloud drops all-in-one client device, on-prem cloud-native DB

Claims shared memory speed breakthrough in new server, plans to enter South Korea and Thailand, and more

Announcements were coming thick and fast at Alibaba Cloud's annual APSARA conference, where the Middle Kingdom's biggest cloud unleashed an all-in-one client device, plenty of upgrades to its cloud services, and an uncanny weather predictor.…

From A Collection of Unmitigated Pedantry at 2021-10-22 05:18:06

Gap Week: October 22

Hey all! This week is going to be a gap week; I have quite a bit of teaching related work along with several projects all coming together at once and something had to give. With luck, next week we’ll start a series on the principles of fortifications. In the meantime, of course, I wouldn’t leave … Continue reading Gap Week: October 22

From The Register at 2021-10-22 03:05:14

Microsoft emits more Win 11 fixes for AMD speed issues and death by PowerShell bug

Names November as the month for Win 10 H2 update – then reveals major new feature won’t arrive on time

Microsoft has released a build of Windows 11 that it claims addresses performance problems the new OS imposed on some systems.…

From BBC News - UK Politics at 2021-10-22 01:57:45

COP26: PM warned over aid cuts ahead of climate summit

Government advisers express "deep concern" at planned reductions in aid spending before COP26.

From BBC News - UK Politics at 2021-10-22 01:36:52

Historic England: Jane Austen's house among heritage sites sharing £35m cash boost

The government funding aims to help some of England's most popular historic places with repair work.

From BBC News - UK Politics at 2021-10-22 01:05:52

Long delay for hundreds of rape cases, says report

The Crown Court backlog could remain a problem for years, severely affecting victims, says a watchdog.

From The Register at 2021-10-22 00:46:21

US consumer watchdog starts sniffing around tech giants' use of your spending data

Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, PayPal, Square under investigation

America's Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) said on Thursday it is probing some of the biggest names in the electronic payments industry, requesting detailed information from them on how they collect and use people's spending data.…

From BBC News - UK Politics at 2021-10-21 23:15:30

SuperTed 'wouldn't exist' without UK cash support

One hit cartoon creator calls for the government to continue subsidising children's TV programmes.

From The Register at 2021-10-21 23:15:04

We're closing the gap with Arm and x86, claims SiFive: New RISC-V CPU core for PCs, servers, mobile incoming

As it appears Intel's attempt to gobble the upstart collapses

SiFive reckons its fastest RISC-V processor core yet is closing the gap on being a mainstream computing alternative to x86 and Arm.…

From The Register at 2021-10-21 22:39:28

Unvaccinated and working at Apple? Prepare for COVID-19 testing 'every time' you step in the office

Tell us you've been jabbed or...

Apple will require unvaccinated workers to get tested for COVID-19 every time they come into the office for work, starting from November 1.…

From BBC News - UK Politics at 2021-10-21 22:30:16

Fire-and-rehire: Labour backs bid by MP Barry Gardiner to curb 'worst excesses'

A Labour MP is seeking to make it more difficult to lay off workers and rehire them on worse terms.

From BBC News - UK Politics at 2021-10-21 21:59:49

Politicians too willing to turn blind eye to extremism, says ex-minister

Ex-Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick says the UK's counter-extremism strategy has "lost its way".

From The Register at 2021-10-21 21:33:20

Google trims the cut its Play Store takes from digital subscriptions, ebooks, music streaming

But with 97 per cent of Android devs offering free software, web giant's share of mobile ad spend matters more

Google is cutting the fee it charges Play Store app developers for digital subscriptions from 30 per cent during the first 12 months to 15 per cent at all times.…

From The Bottom Line at 2021-10-21 20:55:00

Carbon Capture (p09zk3d9.mp3)

Earlier this week, the Government announced millions of pounds of funding to support the UK's emerging Carbon Capture industry. But what is the future of this emerging industry? Evan Davis speaks to the head of The East Coast Cluster, a project awarded some of this financial support, alongside other industry leaders to understand whether this revolutionary technology could solve our climate change problems, or is it just another way to cheat our environmental obligations. GUESTS Andy Lane, Vice President (CCUS), BP & Head of East Coast Cluster Esin Serin, UK Policy Analyst, The Grantham Institute of Climate Change Olivia Powlis, Head of UK Office, Carbon Capture and Storage Assosciation Julie Golsalvez, Chief Marketing Officer, Climeworks PRODUCER Lucinda Borrell

From The Briefing Room at 2021-10-21 20:30:00

China Crisis? (p09zk4n4.mp3)

For years China has been perhaps the most important economic engine driving growth around the world. Earlier this year it bounced back from the Covid shutdowns with double-digit growth. Global demand for Chinese-made products has been booming. But this week growth figures have dropped dramatically. The country has been experiencing an energy and property crisis. So, is the bubble bursting? And should we be worried? Joining David Aaronovitch in the Briefing Room are: Celia Hatton, the BBC's Asia Pacific Editor Dr. Philip Andrews-Speed, Senior Principal Fellow at the Energy Studies Institute of the National University of Singapore George Magnus, Research Associate at the China Centre, Oxford University Tom Orlik, Chief Economist at Bloomberg Economics Dr. Keyu Jin, Associate Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics Producers: John Murphy, Soila Apparicio, Kirsteen Knight Sound Engineer: Graham Puddifoot Editor: Jasper Corbett Image: Chenzhou in China during a blackout Credit: Alamy

From Newscast at 2021-10-21 20:29:00

Newscats (p09zljhg.mp3)

Covid cases top 50,000 in the UK The number of new coronavirus cases recorded in the UK reached 52,009 today, going over 50,000 for the first time since July. Former health secretary and chair of the Health and Social Committee Jeremy Hunt tells Laura, Chris and Fergus that we can expect a difficult winter unless the Government encouarges more people to get jabs and boosters. Also the WHO’s technical lead on Covid-19, Maria Van Kerkhove says that countries need to think about the rest of the world before they roll out boosters for their own. Today’s Newscast was made by Rick Kelsey, with Danny Wittenberg and Maz Ebtehaj. The editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.

From The Register at 2021-10-21 18:01:11

Executive exodus from Intel depth and tracking tech arm RealSense continues

Former CTO leaves for car tech biz

Another key executive who was part of Intel's RealSense group – which is winding down operations – left the company this month.…

From BBC News - UK Politics at 2021-10-21 17:45:18

MPs face problems getting funding for security

The body that pays expenses says it will meet the costs of security - but MPs say it has been difficult.

From Changelogs – The GitHub Blog at 2021-10-21 17:27:46

Introducing the organization-level security manager role

Introducing the organization-level security manager role

From Scott Adams Says at 2021-10-21 17:15:24

Episode 1537 Scott Adams: Trump Gets His Own Social Network and Everything is Broken. That Means Good Content Today (Episode-1537-Scott-Adams-Trump-Gets-His-Own-Social-Network.mp3)

My new book LOSERTHINK, available now on Amazon Find my “extra” content on Locals: Content: President Trump’s social network: Truth Social Who’s working on our biggest problem, supply chain? Mystery surrounds our supply chain dilemma Did Newsweek stealth promote the Fine People HOAX Robert Reich extreme bias on “Voting Rights” bill Jaime Raskin …

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From The Register at 2021-10-21 17:12:04

'Windows 11 has been successfully downloaded,' says update for Xbox version of Microsoft Flight Simulator

What? No. Noooooooooooooooooo

Microsoft appears to have torn up the infamous Windows 11 hardware compatibility list by inflicting the code on its latest games console.…

From BBC News - UK Politics at 2021-10-21 16:48:53

Labour accuses government of U-turn over timetable for Online Safety Bill

Minister Jacob Rees-Mogg did not give a date for when the long-awaited bill would come to the Commons.

From BBC News - UK Politics at 2021-10-21 16:46:08

Johnson on Covid lockdown and restrictions in England

The PM says the number of Covid infections are "high" but in line with predictions.

From BIG by Matt Stoller at 2021-10-21 16:34:59

Silencing the Competition: Inside the Fight Against the Hearing Aid Cartel (

Hearing aids are big business, and a cartel controls the industry through mergers, patents, deals with insurance companies, and control of audiologists. Will Biden's plan to stop them work?

From The Register at 2021-10-21 16:25:11

We regret to inform you there's an RCE vuln in old version of WinRAR. Yes, the file decompression utility

Update to v6.02 – or don't, but on your head be it

A remote code execution vulnerability existed in an old and free trial version of WinRAR, according to infosec firm Positive Technologies.…

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2021-10-21 16:00:46

How hackers hijacked thousands of high-profile YouTube accounts

Spate of attacks turned creator channels into cryptocurrency scam livestreams.

From BBC News - UK Politics at 2021-10-21 15:39:51

Covid: Get your booster jab, says Boris Johnson, as cases rise

Boris Johnson urges those who are eligible for a third dose to organise appointments straight away.

From The Register at 2021-10-21 15:35:08

GIMP 2.99.8 is here but what's happened to 3.0? If only stuff would not break all the time

Keeping up with technology changes 'taking a toll on development'

GIMP 2.99.8, a development version with many new features, has been released, but 3.0 is taking its time due to system changes that break things.…

From The Register at 2021-10-21 14:59:11

After more than a decade of development, South Korea has a near miss with Nuri rocket test

Nation playing catch-up following release from 1979 ban

South Korea today came close to joining the small club of nations that can build and launch their own orbital-class rockets, with its maiden attempt blasting off successfully, but failing to deploy the payload.…

From BBC News - UK Politics at 2021-10-21 14:40:14

Masks in Commons: Jacob Rees-Mogg and Pete Wishart

Jacob Rees-Mogg says a "convivial fraternal spirit" means the Conservatives do not need to wear masks in the Commons.

From The Register at 2021-10-21 14:05:08

Developers offered browser-based fun in and Java action in Visual Studio Code

Looking at code here, there and (almost) everywhere

Microsoft has whipped the covers off yet another take on code-in-the-browser with a lightweight version of Visual Studio Code, while unveiling the version 1.0 release of support for Red Hat Java in the freebie source wrangler.…

From The Register at 2021-10-21 13:23:07

No swearing or off-brand comments: AWS touts auto-moderation messaging API

Automate everything – but while human moderation is hard, robot moderation tends not to work

AWS has introduced channel flows to its Chime messaging and videoconferencing API, the idea being to enable automatic moderation of profanity or content that "does not fit" the corporate brand.…

From BBC News - UK Politics at 2021-10-21 13:19:22

Government should tell obese to eat less, says ex-minister Lord Robathan

Tory peer Lord Robathan says the government's anti-obesity drive is not working - but a minister defends it.

From BBC News - UK Politics at 2021-10-21 13:10:31

James Brokenshire: Chancellor and home secretary attend MP's funeral

Rishi Sunak and Home Secretary Priti Patel attend the former cabinet minister's funeral.

From BBC News - UK Politics at 2021-10-21 13:02:14

Sir David Amess: Ali Harbi Ali charged with murder of MP

North Londoner Ali Harbi Ali, 25, has been charged with murder and preparing terrorist acts.

From The Register at 2021-10-21 12:40:28

UK government puts £5bn on the table in trawl for public sector networks services

I dream of wires, say Whitehall’s big buyers

The UK's central government procurement agency is chumming the waters around the market's swimmers, hoping to tempt suppliers into providing a range of computer network services and kit with a £5bn tender.…

From Bad People at 2021-10-21 12:28:00

43. Le Fake: Are con artists pathological liars? (p09zfws7.mp3)

When a young man claiming to be an heir to the Rockefeller estate turns up in a silver Ferrari in The Hamptons in the US, the rich and the famous invite him into their lives. Many are dazzled by his expensive lifestyle so when he offers extraordinary returns on investments, the money pours in. But Christophe is not a Rockefeller and he has no intention of investing the money. He pockets it and goes on the run from the FBI. On this episode of Bad People, hosts Dr Julia Shaw and Sofie Hagen track his unsavory behavior that eventually lands him in prison for “abuse of weakness” under French law. They dissect what research has to say about con-artistry and what part lying has in the schemes. CREDITS Presenters: Dr Julia Shaw and Sofie Hagen Producer: Louisa Field Assistant Producer: Simona Rata Music: Matt Chandler Editor: Rami Tzabar Academic Consultants for The Open University: Dr Lara Frumkin and Dr James Munro #BadPeople_BBC Commissioning Executive: Dylan Haskins Commissioning Assistant Producer: Adam Eland Bad People is produced in partnership with The Open University and is a BBC Audio Science Production for BBC Sounds.

From Schneier on Security at 2021-10-21 12:25:59

Problems with Multifactor Authentication

Roger Grimes on why multifactor authentication isn’t a panacea:

The first time I heard of this issue was from a Midwest CEO. His organization had been hit by ransomware to the tune of $10M. Operationally, they were still recovering nearly a year later. And, embarrassingly, it was his most trusted VP who let the attackers in. It turns out that the VP had approved over 10 different push-based messages for logins that he was not involved in. When the VP was asked why he approved logins for logins he was not actually doing, his response was, “They (IT) told me that I needed to click on Approve when the message appeared!”...

From BBC News - UK Politics at 2021-10-21 12:17:39

Labour says Covid vaccination programme is stalling

Jonathan Ashworth accuses the Health Secretary Sajid Javid of "being complacent" over Covid with a "stuttering rollout" of vaccines.