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Job Vacancy - WDP21

Posted: 17 December

WP21 Ltd is a British wholesaler of electronic products. WDP21 Ltd buys and sells to all of Europe.

Our Top 5 products are: TVs, Go pro, SSD, consoles and smartphones. We constantly adapt our offers regarding the requests of our clients.

We are currently looking for someone else to join our Sales team to expand our market in UK, who can work from home or in our Office at King Williams Street, London.

Key skills:

- 1 year or more in the trading...

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ORGANIZED GROUP IS BROKEN - THEY HAVE TAXED VAT

Posted: 14 December

The CBSP and KAS officers together with the Regional Prosecutor's Office in Warsaw dismissed another organized criminal group whose members are suspected of extorting VAT. As a result of the group's activity, the State Treasury may have lost over PLN 70 million. In total, 17 people were detained.

Police officers from the Warsaw Central Police Investigation Bureau are investigating together with the Regional Prosecutor's Office in Warsaw and...

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Headlines - The Register

Jingle bells, disk drives sell not so well from today. Oh what fun it is to ride on a one-horse open array...

17 December - 19:27

Third of market to evaporate by 2021. Only nearline, spycam drives to swell

In brief  Number-crunchers at IDC and Wells Fargo are predicting that global disk drive sales will crash from 424.7 million units in 2016 to an estimated 284.7 million in 2021. Ouch.…

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Visual Studio Code's Python extension goes to Jupyter

17 December - 16:40

A preview of next year's .NET Framework also emitted

The hardworking elves toiling in the corridors of Redmond loaded up Santa's sled with two more developer treats in the form of Python updates for Visual Studio Code and a fresh preview of the venerable .NET Framework.…

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Influential cypherpunk and crypto-anarchist Tim May dies aged 67

17 December - 15:50

One-time Intel boffin

Obit  Friends of Timothy May have confirmed that the former Intel engineer and co-founder of the Cypherpunks mailing list died of natural causes at his home in California on Friday. He was 67. Bitcoin and blockchain, WikiLeaks, P2P software and information markets all owe a debt to the list.…

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Boffins don't give a sh!t, slap Trump's face on a turd in science journal

17 December - 15:02

Crouching monkey, hidden leader of the free world

A pair of boffins are in hot water after the image of president Donald Trump made an unexpected cameo in a paper on how to gather animal DNA from their poop at scale.…

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SAP can't thwack away Teradata's copyright infringement, antitrust sueball

17 December - 14:35

But US firm must get specific on which trade secrets it claims were nicked – judge

SAP has failed to have a copyright infringement and antitrust lawsuit lodged against it by Teradata thrown out.…

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Brexit-dodging SCISYS Brits find Galileo joy in Dublin

17 December - 13:49

UK space specialist's holding company ups sticks for €11.2m

Chippenham-based space systems specialist SCISYS has announced that it will trouser €11.2m as part of a contract to keep the Galileo project running.…

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Who's watching you from an unmarked van while you shop in London? Cops with facial recog tech

17 December - 12:42

Great. Big Brother Watch claims tech had 100% fail rate since May

London cops have been slammed for using unmarked vans to test controversial and inaccurate automated facial recognition technology on Christmas shoppers.…

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No not THAT kind of Office Wizard! Roll a diplomacy check to win the election: Vote tie resolved by a D20

17 December - 12:11

Office nerd saves day with Dungeons & Dragons die

When two candidates running for director of Byron-Bethany Irrigation District in California found themselves locked in a bizarre tie earlier this month, the authority sought to resolve the stalemate in a swift and decisive manner – by reaching for a D20.…

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Happy Christmas! Bloodhound SSC refuelled by Yorkshire business chap

17 December - 10:59

Yuletide cheer for Wing Commander Andy Green and the team

In news that will bring festive cheer to fans of plucky Brit engineering efforts, the Bloodhound 1,000mph car project has been lobbed a lifeline by Yorkshire-based entrepreneur Ian Warhurst.…

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We asked, you answered: The truth about software reliability

17 December - 09:30

It's not just about quality

Research results  Whether it's systems-level platforms and tools or full-blown business applications, you want the software your organisation depends on to run reliably and predictably. Our recent Reg survey, however, confirmed what most probably knew from experience, or could guess from press headlines – that software-related failures are far from uncommon.…

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Dev's telnet tinkering lands him on out-of-hour conference call with CEO, CTO, MD

17 December - 08:31

'Please stop... you're doing something to the radios'

Who, me?  Welcome all, to the merry world of Who, Me?, our weekly trip down memory lane for techies who want to get something off their chest.…

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Amazon's creepy facial recog doorbell, Facebook open sources machine learning code and much more

15 December - 13:01

Plus: Listen to some new classical piano generated by an algorithm

Roundup  welcome to the last AI round up of the year; thank you for reading.…

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Brazil bested by hackers, Virgin plugs hub bugs, and France surrenders… records

15 December - 11:04

Plus, Talos critical of flawed message apps

It was pretty hectic security week, between the Sharpshooter malware attack, a massive Patch Tuesday, and yet another Facebook privacy fail.…

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Apple iPhone X screen falls short of promises, lawsuit says

15 December - 00:45

Complaint argues false pixels, notch, and measurements don't fit with ad claims

Two iPhone owners sued Apple on Friday claiming that company misrepresents the screen resolution and screen size of its recent model iPhones.…

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'Bomb threat' scammers linked to earlier sextortion campaign

15 December - 00:29

Scare tactic efforts may be the work of a single group

Yesterday's 'bomb scare' spam campaign may have been a follow-up to another infamous email extortion effort.…

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Vitamin Water gets massive publicity for new flavor: Utter BS

15 December - 00:12

Says it will give people $100,000 to ditch their smartphone. It won't

It's your lucky day: sugary soft drink maker Vitamin Water has said it will give you $100,000 if you are able to give up your smartphone for a year.…

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Scumbag hackers lift $1m from children's charity

14 December - 23:18

Utter asshats pull seven-figure heist on Save the Children Foundation

A group of criminal asswipes have managed to steal $1m from the Save the Children Foundation.…

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An AI system has just created the most realistic looking photos ever

14 December - 21:59

Computers are getting better at generating pictures of humans. This will go down well.

AI systems can now create images of humans that are so lifelike they look like photographs, except the people in them don’t really exist.…

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One year on after US repealed net neutrality, policymakers reflect soberly on the future

14 December - 21:29

Don't be daft, of course they haven't, we're still in Crazytown USA

Analysis  One year ago today, the FCC passed a controversial measure that undermined its own rules, passed just two years earlier, over net neutrality.…

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Stop us if you've heard this one: Facebook apologizes for bug leaking private photos

14 December - 20:51

Data gathering biz still having trouble keeping data secure

Facebook on Friday apologized for a bug that may have exposed exposed private photos to third-party apps for the 12 day period from September 13 to September 25, 2018.…

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Fed up with Oracle's Sith, AWS wades into Big Red's lawsuit over Pentagon JEDI contract

14 December - 20:00

Long-standing cloud enemies to do battle in the courts

AWS has intervened in Oracle's lawsuit against the Pentagon's plans to award a $10bn cloud contract to a single vendor.…

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Hot on heels of 2.0, Vivaldi 2.2 adds tab session management among other goodies

14 December - 19:00

But built-in email and mobile clients still works in progress

Only months after reaching the 2.0 milestone, the independent Chromium-based browser Vivaldi has added a bunch of useful features.…

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ZipRecruiter has been flying low: User email addresses exposed to unauthorised accounts

14 December - 18:00

Looking for work? Spammers could well be looking for you

Tinder for job-seekers ZipRecruiter has copped to a data breach after the names and email addresses of job-seekers were flung to the wind in a permissions screw-up.…

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Better get cramming... Xamarin University due to close early next year

14 December - 17:00

Orphaned cross-platform code students, your new home is Microsoft Learn

Cross-platform dev darling Xamarin is to shutter its online University in favour of Microsoft Learn as its absorption into the Windows giant continues.…

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Cloud giants, enterprise refreshes keep storage market poppin': Global sales up 20% in Q3

14 December - 16:00

IBM and Hitachi fail to surf crest of spending wave as rivals seize the day

IDC's Q3 storage tracker numbers show a tier of the tech industry growing by almost a fifth versus the same period a year ago, though not all of the big players are keeping pace. Looking at you IBM and Hitachi.…

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Forget your deepest, darkest secrets, smart speakers will soon listen for sniffles and farts too

14 December - 15:00

All the better to sell you stuff

Smart speakers will listen for your farts, yawns and sneezes and analyse it to sell you stuff, a British AI company hopes.…

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Spending watchdog points finger at Capita for 1,300 shortfall in British Army rookies

14 December - 14:00

No one knows if recruitment system will be usable once contract ends in 2022

The British Army has missed its recruitment targets by between 21 and 45 per cent each year since 2013 because of a botched project with Capita, according to a damning report released today.…

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Ofcom asks networks, ISPs: Hey, wouldn't it be nice if you let customers know the best deal once their contract's up?

14 December - 13:00

You know, they've paid for the phone a few times over now...

UK regulator Ofcom wants ISPs and networks to tell customers when their contract is up and inform them of better deals. The consultation (PDF) was launched today alongside a review of broadband prices.…

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Careful with this latest Microsoft release – tug too hard on the threads and it tends to unravel

14 December - 12:00

The Windows Christmas Jumper Day Update is here!

Those whacky guys on the Windows team have taken time out from slapping plasters all over Microsoft's flagship OS to slip a special Christmas gift under the tree of the faithful.…

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If most punters are unlikely to pay more for 5G, why all the rush?

14 December - 11:00

5G is like 3G, except this time they mean it

Analysis  5G is a technical and economical miracle that you cannot help but admire. Soon our streets will be drenched in high-speed connectivity as all kinds of far-out radio boffinry get commercialised, productised, and deployed for something useful. Many billions of pounds of other people's money will be spent here. But the mobile networks are haunted by an awkward economic reality: for all the 5G razzle-dazzle, most punters just won't pay more for it.…

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The future is bright, the future is NVMe

14 December - 10:15

Its time has come

Promo  Technical work on the first spec for Non-Volatile Memory express (NVMe) began in 2009 with a first version released two years later. A decade on, NVMe’s time has come.…

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A Christmas classic: Cloudera founder asks staff to stay another day

14 December - 09:44

But y'know, maybe we will terminate positions post-merger if there's a business case

Cloudera founder Mike Olson has asked staffers to turn down recruiters' advances ahead of the firm's merger with Hortonworks – despite acknowledging there could be layoffs.…

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So you want to archive our enterprise data? Well, let's see where you fall on Gartner's magic square...

14 December - 09:06

Surprise, surprise, the execs want someone SaaSy

Mimecast headed up a crew of the usual suspects – which included Proofpoint and Microsoft – in the leaders' square of the latest Gartner magic quadrant that ranks enterprise information archivers.…

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Time for a cracker joke: What's got one ball and buttons in the wrong place?

14 December - 08:29

The user in this On Call would prefer we didn't tell...

On Call  How many sleeps 'till Christmas? We don't care, because here at El Reg, we count in On Calls, and we can tell you there are plenty to come, so fret not.…

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Razer offers freebies to gamers who descend into its coin mine

14 December - 07:01

Generate made-up currency in exchange for a different made-up currency

Gamer hardware specialist Razer is asking customers to turn their graphics cards into cryptocurrency miners in exchange for rewards points.…

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Sidecar drags itself out the grave, sues Uber for putting it there

14 December - 01:09

Cab hailing app accuses rival of predatory prices and fake bookings

An early entrant to the cab-hailing app market, Sidecar, has sued Uber claiming the cab giant used predatory pricing and fake bookings to put its rival out of business.…

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US bitcoin bomb threat ransom scam looks like a hoax say FBI, cops

14 December - 00:50

Extortion scheme gets national attention but not much in the way of funds

Police departments around the US say they've been apprised of emailed bomb threats seeking payment in cryptocurrency or else explosions will ensue.…

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Astroboffins spy a rare exoplanet evaporating before their eyes

14 December - 00:10

*Okay so it will be here for another billion years or so but it's shrinking faster than normal

Somewhere in the Cancer constellation lies a mini-Neptune sized planet that is disappearing at rate faster than ever seen before, according to research published in Astronomy & Astrophysics on Thursday.…

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US elections watchdog says it's OK to spend surplus campaign cash on cybersecurity gear

13 December - 23:38

Congresscritters now have one less excuse for getting pwned

The US Federal Election Commission has officially voted to allow members of Congress to use their campaign funds on cybersecurity protection.…

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Postmates plans rollout of autonomous delivery robots in US

13 December - 21:55

Wheeled robo-containers called Serve headed first to LA

Delivery biz Postmates on Tuesday showed off a wheeled robotic box named Serve that should soon start showing up in cities around the US, carrying goods for customers.…

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Fraudster convicted of online banking thefts using… whatever the hell this thing is

13 December - 21:05

Ingenious device, or fake bomb from 1980s cop movie?

Brit cops have put away a fraudster who was using a bizarre homemade device to con people out of the contents of their bank accounts.…

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The fastest, most secure browser? Microsoft Edge apparently

13 December - 20:51

Well, in one respect anyway

Microsoft may have taken the decision to ditch the Edge's browser engine for Google's Chromium too soon.…

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Apple to splash $10bn raisin' American bit barns

13 December - 17:23

Cupertino pats own back for forking over dollars in home country

Apple has said it will spend $10bn on data centres in the US over the next five years, and will set up a new $1bn campus in Texas.…

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Virgin Galactic test flight reaches space for the first time, lugging NASA cargo in place of tourists

13 December - 16:38

SpaceShipTwo goes faster and higher than ever before

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo took its first trip into space today as the company launched the reusable rocket-powered craft on its fourth test flight above the Mojave desert in southern California.…

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Telcos enlist Google, Amazon to help protect Europe's data from Big Tech

13 December - 16:26

Orange, DT's plan to take on firms that create 'competitive asymmetries'

Comment  Nothing sums up Europe's tech dilemma like the deep and meaningful partnership two of its biggest telcos touted this week. The CEOs of Orange (Stéphane Richard) and Deutsche Telekom (Timotheus Höttges) see more than €120bn a year flow through their combined cash tills. The two were on stage at Orange's innovation showcase in Paris to team up on AI, and they had a mission.…

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UK spam-texting tax consultancy slapped with £200k fine

13 December - 15:48

Generic privacy policies won't get you valid consent, says ICO

A London firm that sent 14.8 million spam SMSes without consent has been fined £200,000 by the UK’s data protection watchdog.…

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'Exclusive swag' up for grabs as GitLab flings bug bounty scheme open to world+dog

13 December - 15:07

Don't worry, there are cheques, too

DevOps outfit GitLab has opened its bug bounty scheme to world+dog, having paid out $200,000 last year and fixed "nearly 200 vulnerabilities reported to us".…

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Godmother of word processing Evelyn Berezin dies at 93

13 December - 13:56

Office revolutionary developed the hefty Redactron

Obit  The remarkable Evelyn Berezin, founder of Redactron, a company that successfully sold word processing systems in the early 1970s, has died aged 93.…

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Home users due for a battering with Microsoft 365 subscription stick

13 December - 13:02

Job opening at Redmond points to new consumer services

Fire up the steam-powered speculation machine! A consumer-focused Microsoft 365 subscription is inbound.…

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Taylor's gonna spy, spy, spy, spy, spy... fans can't shake cam off, shake cam off

13 December - 12:24

Swifties' faces scanned against DB of 'known stalkers' at US gig – reports

Spotify's one-time nemesis Taylor Swift has reportedly used controversial facial recognition tech on fans while they've been getting down to her sick beats.…

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