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Bloke whose drone was blasted out of sky by angry dad loses another court battle for compo

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 14:03:12 GMT

Snoopers get shotguns

An appeals court has snubbed a drone owner's demand for $1,500 compensation from a furious dad who blew the flying gizmo out of the sky when it hovered over his family.…

DNA-bothering eggheads brew beer you were literally born to like

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 10:27:14 GMT

Red alert: Science mixed with marketing detected

London-based Meantime Brewing Company, acquired a year ago by Belgian beverage multinational Anheuser-Busch InBev, wants to sell you beer tuned to your taste.…

Astroboffins stunned by biggest brown dwarf at edge of our galaxy

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 08:29:06 GMT

Not big enough to be a proper star; not small enough to be a planet

Pic Astronomers claim to have identified the largest and purest brown dwarf – measuring in at a record-breaking 90 times the mass of Jupiter – hovering around the edges of the Milky Way.…

Ever visited a land now under Islamic State rule? And you want to see America? Hand over that Facebook, Twitter, pal

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 01:01:30 GMT

Uncle Sam turns up the heat on visa hopefuls

US embassies have been told to examine social media accounts of visa applicants who have ever set foot in Islamic-State-controlled areas.…

After London attack, UK gov lays into Facebook, Google for not killing extremist terror pages

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 22:14:50 GMT

PM's spokesman and foreign secretary wave warning finger

In the wake of a terror attack in the heart of London this week that left five dead, the UK government has turned its ire onto online companies – including Google and Facebook – for not doing enough to remove extremist webpages and other content from their services.…

'Windows 10 destroyed our data!' Microsoft hauled into US court

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 20:40:34 GMT

'Dodgy' unwanted operating system update sparks potential class-action lawsuit

Updated Three people in Illinois have filed a lawsuit against Microsoft, claiming that its Windows 10 update destroyed their data and damaged their computers.…

Pure Silicon Valley: Medium asks $5 a month for absolutely nothing

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 19:46:14 GMT

Think of it as being your own mini-VC without shares

Analysis Silicon Valley prides itself on disrupting industries – but it has bitten off more than it can chew by trying to take on an already highly competitive market suffering from major money woes.…

GiftGhostBot scares up victims' gift-card cash with brute-force attacks

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 19:08:00 GMT

Software nasty can burn through 1.7 million account numbers per hour

Cybercrooks are using a bot to automate the process of breaking into and draining online gift card accounts.…

Capacity shortage hits AWS UK micro instances

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:29:59 GMT

Elastic cloud snaps back

Amazon's brand-new UK T2 micro instances reached saturation point on Friday, with users being told the AWS service had run out of local capacity.…

Alternative vet Quartermaine exits Daisy, Daisy...

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:08:30 GMT

Bicycles into the sunset

Brit IT services giant Daisy Group has waved goodbye to former Alternative Networks CEO Mark Quartermaine – just months after it bought the comms and tech integrator, an internal document has confirmed.…

Lloyds Banking Group axing hundreds of jobs AGAIN

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:01:31 GMT

And that's even before all of those techies are farmed out to IBM

Lloyds Banking Group is throwing more UK techies overboard ahead of the big outsourcing deal with a “single strategic partner” that El Reg previously revealed was IBM.…

Oz companies fume as Enetica outage enters its second day

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:17:48 GMT

Hosting service's access to .au registry suspended

Australian web service firm Enetica has provoked consternation among customers frustrated about a prolonged outage now entering its second day.… confirms it won't be buying V-22 Ospreys for new aircraft carriers

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 14:11:05 GMT

Also confirms earlier operational date for HMS Queen Elizabeth

Britain is not buying V-22 Osprey aircraft to fly from its new aircraft carriers, the government has confirmed.…

Google pulls Hezbollah YouTube channel after we told them about the drone ads

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:19:58 GMT

All the tools you need

Until just minutes before we hit publish on this story, Google was using a YouTube channel run by a fan of Hezbollah to promote potentially lethal drones.…

Profitless Twitter starts rumour of paid-for Tweetdeck option

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:40:42 GMT

Gotta do something to break even, right?

Twitter, the profitless microblogging website, has floated the idea of offering a paid-for version of its Tweetdeck product – and this is going down amongst the site’s users like a cup of lukewarm vomit.…

There's just a week to show us how AI really works in business

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:38:09 GMT

M3 call for papers has a week to run

Events There are just seven days left until we close the call for papers for M3, and we would really love to hear how you’re putting artificial intelligence, machine learning and predictive analytics to work in business.…

I've Been Moved: IBMers in same division slapped with 2nd redundo scheme in 2 months

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:05:12 GMT

Deathly Hallows Mark ii

IBM UK appears to have fired the starting gun on a 2.0 redundancy programme for the Infrastructure Services Delivery division – before the first one has even concluded.…

Ofcom wants automatic compensation for the people when ISPs fail

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:25:06 GMT

Watchdog proposes fines for everyday repairs, installations and appointments are missed

Ofcom has begun consulting on the UK government's desire to compensate consumers and SMEs when telco companies fail, as set out in the Digital Economy Bill, even though the Bill hasn't reached the Royal Assent stage yet.…

Did you know: Crimelords behind DDoS attacks offer customer loyalty points?

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:51:09 GMT

Tweaking business models for greater 404 kerching

The DDoS attack business has advanced to the point that running an attack can cost as little as $7 an hour, while the targeted company can end up losing thousands, if not millions of dollars.…

Why do GUIs jump around like a demented terrier while starting up? Am I on my own?

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:01:06 GMT

Ever so lone lone lone lone a-lonely

Something for the Weekend, Sir? “For heaven’s sake, stop waggling it in my face! Kuh-rist, keep still! Right – you’ve asked for it!”…

MPs slam 'dismal' cost savings of government procurement body

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:26:05 GMT

Crown Clown Commercial Service

The UK government body created to save cash buying common goods and services centrally has so far provided "dismal" savings for the taxpayer, the Committee of Public Accounts said in a report today.…

Gov may need to splash £245m per year on IT contractors – NAO

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:01:04 GMT

Please come back freelancers, forget IR35: all is forgiven

The government will need to splash £145m per year on 2,000 digital staff - or £244m using contractors - if it is to meet the serious shortfall in skills, according to the National Audit Office.…

Squirrel sinks teeth into SAN cabling, drives Netadmin nuts

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 08:29:03 GMT

'Chittering' under raised floor was the sound of a disaster recovery lesson

On-Call Ooh! Friday is here! This means it's time for On-Call, in which El Reg acknowledges that misery loves company by sharing stories of jobs gone awry.…

Yet another job menaced by AI! Uh, wait, it says here... Dance Dance Revolution designers

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 08:01:10 GMT

Is this the last waltz for bonkers music game's level makers?

Dance Dance Revolution – one of the few computer games that causes players to break into a sweat – is getting a boost from artificial intelligence.…

Inside OpenSSL's battle to change its license: Coders' rights, tech giants, patents and more

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 07:32:12 GMT

Devs who fail to respond to call for change will count as 'yes' votes for ASL 2.0

Analysis The OpenSSL project, possibly the most widely used open-source cryptographic software, has a license to kill – specifically its own. But its effort to obtain permission to rewrite contributors' rights runs the risk of alienating the community that sustains it.…

First the Rise of the Machines, now this: UK military's Exercise Information Warrior

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 07:03:10 GMT

From drones to smart warships. Well, sort of

Comment Fresh from signing contracts to put artificial intelligence into its warships, the Royal Navy is now running an exercise to demonstrate robotic warfighting tech at work – Ex Information Warrior.…

FedEx will deliver you $5.00 just to install Flash

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 06:29:12 GMT

Bribes on offer as courier's custom printing service needs Adobe's security sinkhole

FedEx is offering customers US$5 to enable Adobe Flash in their browsers.…

Boffins reveal how to pour a perfect glass of wine with no drips. First step, take a diamond...

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 06:02:11 GMT

Groove breakthrough prevents shameful leakage

Video A biophysicist has found a way to save precious wine drops from leaking down the side of the bottle after it’s poured into a glass.…

Google slaps Symantec for sloppy certs, slow show of SNAFUs

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 04:58:05 GMT

Certs will keep working, but Chrome will be suspicious, soon

Updated Google's Chrome development team has posted a stinging criticism of Symantec's certificate-issuance practices, saying it has lost confidence in the company's practices and therefore in the safety of sessions hopefully-secured by Symantec-issued certificates.…

Disney plotting 15 more years of Star Wars

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 03:58:07 GMT

First we'll get non-digital Leia and Han Solo: Young Adult with Chewie and Falcon back-story

Disney CEO Bob Iger has told a conference that the company is contemplating “what could be another decade and a half of Star Wars stories.…

Our Sun's been using facial scrub: No spots for two weeks

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 02:47:28 GMT

Move along, nothing to see here, says NASA. It's just Sol cycling as usual

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory has spotted nothing for the last two weeks, which is unusual.…

Australia bins safe harbour, presses ahead with Minister-as-NetAdmin plan

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 01:18:22 GMT

A land where the minister runs the internet and the media runs a minister

Australia this week shelved planned safe harbour reforms to copyright and decided to proceed with laws that would make its attorney-general NetAdmin-in-chief.…

Amazon dodges $1.5bn US tax bill: It's OK to run sales through Europe out of IRS reach – court

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 00:34:41 GMT

If only we could all open a Luxembourg office, eh?

Champagne corks will be popping in Seattle after US taxmen lost their case against American web giant Amazon over the non-payment of taxes on overseas earnings.…

Spotted: Bizarre SpaceX rocket-snatching machine that looks like it belongs on Robot Wars

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 23:55:18 GMT

Mawhrin-Skel to ride again?

Pic A robot has been spotted on the landing pad of SpaceX's floating barge Of course I still love you, and the rocket biz is refusing to say what it is for.…

Amazing new WikiLeaks CIA bombshell: Agents can install software on Apple Macs, iPhones right in front of them

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 22:39:07 GMT

And in 2009 – just 8 years ago

Startling leaked documents show the CIA could purchase Apple Macs and iPhones, install spyware onto them, and give them to targets.…

We're 90 per cent sure the FCC's robocall kill plan won't have the slightest impact

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 22:28:50 GMT

Dumb and dumber, or the lightest of light touches?

The number-one complaint to US comms watchdog the FCC right now is about robocalls – a remarkable 200,000 complaints from consumers last year alone.…

Blinking cursor devours CPU cycles in Visual Studio Code editor

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 20:26:42 GMT

Crappy Chromium code is the culprit, we're told

Microsoft describes Visual Studio Code as a source code editor that's "optimized for building and debugging modern web and cloud applications."…

If you were cuffed during Trump's inauguration, cops are trying to crack your smartphone

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:55:07 GMT

More than 100 mobes will only take a week to access

Vid The inauguration of President Donald Trump in the US capital was marked by protests, with cops collaring more than 200 people on the day. Now court documents reveal the US government's efforts to crack the arrestees' locked phones and slurp their contents.…

US Senate votes to let broadband ISPs sell your browser histories

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:23:23 GMT

Hear that? That's the sound of ringing tills, sorry, freedom

The US Senate has voted to kill privacy rules that would have prevented ISPs from selling your browser history, under the fantastic logic that mobile operators aren't under the same restriction.…

CoreOS Tectonic shift: Now you can run it on Azure and OpenStack

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:00:13 GMT

Biz-friendly Kubernetes tool gets a little easier to automate

CoreOS is extending Tectonic, its enterprise Kubernetes platform, beyond Amazon Web Services and bare metal environments to run on Microsoft Azure and OpenStack cloud infrastructure.…

Android Forums resets passwords after hack

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 16:19:09 GMT

Only 2.5 per cent of userbase affected

Add Android Forums to the growing list of web properties that have suffered a security breach.…

As ad boycott picks up pace, Google knows it doesn't have to worry

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:38:10 GMT

Why the agencies will come crawling back

Analysis Several US-based advertisers have now suspended their advertising with YouTube, following over 200 pull-outs in the UK and Europe. Google had run big brand advertising on hate videos including jihadist groups. Johnson & Johnson, Verizon, AT&T are the latest to hit pause, or withdraw ad budgets from YouTube altogether. AT&T is one of the top-five advertisers in the US, the New York Times notes. In 2015 it was the third biggest spender with $3.3bn across all media, according to AdAge.…

Lloyds Banking Group to hang up on call centre staffers

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:27:08 GMT

95 people at risk so far

Call centre staff at Lloyds Banking Group (LBG) are to be axed in the latest expenses purge, company insiders have told us.…

Vodafone's NB-IoT launch dates for Ireland and Netherlands slip

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:30:30 GMT

Delay may indicate Internet of Things market is less frantic than thought

Vodafone has admitted that the commercial launch of its Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) network in Ireland and the Netherlands has been delayed by a whole season.…

Three to lawyer up unless Ofcom intervenes in spectrum market

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:32:06 GMT

If we can't buy O2, they must give us MOAR SPECTRUM

Three has renewed calls on Ofcom to intervene in the UK's mobile spectrum market, warning it could lawyer up unless the regulator curbs the proportion of airwaves owned by Vodafone and BT's EE in the forthcoming auction.…

Cambridge wheels out latest smart city platform, ready for devs

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:10:33 GMT

Got a good Internet of Things problem-solving idea? Try it out with us, says city

Brainbox greenhouse Cambridge has rolled out the latest stage of its smart city network, the Intelligent City Platform, which talks to the city’s existing LoRaWAN Internet of Things network.…

Good news, everyone! Two pints a day keep heart problems at bay

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:36:18 GMT

And yes, total abstinence isn't good for you

Moderate drinking is good for you, a BMJ-published study has found, directly contradicting the advice of the UK government's "Chief Medical Officer", who advised last year there was "no safe level" of drinking. A daily pint reduces risk of a heart attack and angina by a third, a big data study of Brit adults has found, while total abstinence increases the risk by 24 per cent.…

'Clearance sale' shows Apple's iPad is over. It's done

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:00:07 GMT

Cheaper or more sophisticated? Cupertino does neither

Comment "The iPad is done," writes Europe's shrewdest hardware scribe Volker Weber in the aftermath of Apple's annual revamp of its tablet line.…

Defence in Depth: A 'layered' strategy can repel cold attackers

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:26:11 GMT

Yes, a vest, cardigan and an overcoat

The principle of Defence in Depth (“DiD”), says OWASP, is that “layered security mechanisms increase security of the system as a whole”. That is, if one layer of protection is breached, there’s still the opportunity for the attack to be fended off by one or more of the other layers. If anyone’s ever drawn something that looks like an onion on the whiteboard – a load of concentric layers with your infrastructure in the middle – that’s the concept we’re looking at. It’s actually a military term that’s been adopted by security types in the IT industry who want to be tank commanders when they grow up.…

Yahoo!'s big, fat clustered Google Machine Learning wedding

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:02:15 GMT

Yahoo! open-source code fling builds a better Google, again

Analysis Yahoo! last month married clustered compute to Google’s machine learning.…