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Smut site fingered as source of a million US net neutrality comments

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 06:03:41 GMT

Bad news for the FCC because the site has 55 staff and doesn't hand out email addresses

SHMOOCON 2018 A new analysis of the comments made on the United States Federal Communications Commission's consultation on the future of net neutrality has shown the whole process of public comments was fatally flawed.…

Job ad for designer proves its point with MS Paint shocker

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 05:15:46 GMT

It’s the visual equivalent of "10 PRINT 'Developer Wanted'"

The City of Los Angeles has sparked plenty of chuckles with a job ad for a “Graphics Designer” that shows how desperately a new hire is needed by apparently using Microsoft Paint to illustrate the opportunity.…

Meltdown/Spectre week three: world still knee-deep in something nasty

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 04:31:27 GMT

And years away from safety

It’s now almost three weeks since The Register revealed the chip design flaws that Google later confirmed and the world still awaits certainty about what the mistakes mean and what it will take to fix them.…

China flaunts quantum key distribution in-SPAAACE by securing videoconference

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 02:04:04 GMT

Satellite carries keys to Graz

China has revealed more detail of its much-hyped satellite quantum key distribution network.…

Linux 4.15 becomes slowest release since 2011

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 01:38:12 GMT

It needs a ninth release candidate, thanks in part to Meltdown and Spectre

Linus Torvalds has decided that Linux 4.15 needs a ninth release candidate, making it the first kernel release to need that much work since 2011.…

Europe waves through Qualcomm's NXP slurp

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 01:05:12 GMT

Chip-maker promises to play nice with others to secure deal

Qualcomm's NXP Semiconductor has been cleared by European Commission regulators, which makes it pretty much a done deal.…

New Zealand joins the Space Race

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 23:14:19 GMT

Sunday success for local launchers Rocket Labs

New Zealand has joined the list of spacefaring nations, courtesy of a US-Kiwi startup called Rocket Lab.…

Hey American business, here's how to use blockch ... sorry - we've been shut down

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 23:01:14 GMT

NIST delays advice and is very, very sorry about 2013 crypto SNAFU

ShmooCon 2018 The political maneuvering that has shut much of the US government has delayed the National Institute of Standards and Technology's planned release of guidance about the risks and rewards of blockchain technology.…

Unlocked: The hidden love note on the grave of America's first crypto power-couple

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 08:58:10 GMT


Shmoocon Among the 400,000 graves at the Arlington National Cemetery – a solemn US military graveyard in Virginia – lies the final resting place of cryptography pioneers William and Elizebeth Friedman.…

Cyber-coin crackdown continues: Commission charges couple crypto-currency company chiefs concerning 'conned' customers

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 02:00:11 GMT


The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) is the latest financial watchdog to haul into court companies in the virtual currency space.…

Twitter breaks bad news to 677,775 twits: You were duped by Russia

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 00:19:40 GMT

Election manipulation wasn't as bad as feared – it was worse

Twitter says it will warn hundreds of thousands of tweeters who deliberately or inadvertently interacted with Kremlin bots during the 2016 US presidential election.…

FCC drops idiotic plans to downgrade entire nation's internet speeds

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 00:02:36 GMT

US regulator won't pretend that mobile networks are equivalent to landlines

Analysis America's favorite government watchdog – the Federal Communications Commission – has backtracked on plans to downgrade the entire country's internet, agreeing to maintain its current definition of what is broadband speed.…

In Soviet California, pedestrian hits you! Bloke throws himself in front of self-driving car

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 22:45:25 GMT

We're not sure why but maybe it will become a thing

While commuter buses ferrying Apple and Google employees have been rerouted to avoid being shot at – reportedly with a pellet gun – GM Cruise has had less success keeping one of its self-driving cars out of harm's way.…

America restarts dodgy spying program – just as classified surveillance abuse memo emerges

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 21:21:42 GMT

There is literally nothing decent in this story

Analysis The US Senate reauthorized a controversial NSA spying program on Thursday – and then, because it's 2018 and nothing matters any more, embarked on a partisan battle over a confidential memo that outlines Uncle Sam's alleged abuse of surveillance powers.…

OnePlus minus 40,000 credit cards: Smartmobe store hacked to siphon payment info to crooks

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 19:48:32 GMT

Chinese biz scrambles to tear down injected theft script

OnePlus today confirmed thieves siphoned tens of thousands of people's credit card numbers from its online store.…

Talk about a positive mental pl-attitude: WD Ultrastars shed disks without hit to capacity

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 17:03:09 GMT

Revitalises midrange nearline air-filled tech

Western Digital Corp's HGST unit has brought out 4 and 6TB nearline platter-reduced disk drives with an 8TB drive on the way.…

Internet giants removing 70 per cent of reported hate speech, crows European Commission

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:35:15 GMT

But we might still drum up some new regs, so keep it up

Tech firms are removing more hate speech faster than before – so now EU lawmakers want them to improve their feedback to users.…

Is the writing on the wall for on-premises IT? This survey seems to say so

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:06:11 GMT

Suppliers, time to consider that SaaS and/or public cloud angle

Research outfit 451 has run a survey that should get the pulses of on-premises IT suppliers beating faster.…

Apple: The exclusive sales channel for an, er, AI toothbrush

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:38:14 GMT

White plastic? No Space Grey?

Word reaches us of an, er, AI-driven revolution taking place in dentistry but you’ll only be able to get you hands on Colgate’s Smart Electronic E1 Toothbrush from Apple as it is the exclusive sales channel.…

There are other, legal ways to nab Microsoft emails, privacy groups remind Supremes

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:03:07 GMT

Redmond finds allies in Irish data centre spat

Allowing Uncle Sam to seize emails stored in Microsoft's Irish data centre would violate foreign data protection laws and risk setting a damaging precedent, the US Supreme Court has been told.…

Anglo, French space agencies sitting in a tree, K I S S I N G

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 14:39:08 GMT

UKSA and CNES buddy up on climate science, Mars missions

The British and French space agencies have agreed to team up on more missions together.…

IBM turns panto villain as The Reg tells readers: 'It's behind you!'

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 14:13:11 GMT

Hello children, fancy a chat about muck-raking tech rags?

The meltdown in corporate spin at IBM was apparent last week after the flames of publicity were fanned by The Register's report on the firm's proposals to redeploy tens of thousands of Global Technology Services staff.…

Court throws out BT's plans to reduce pension rates

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 13:40:09 GMT

Back to drawing board on £14bn pensions deficit

Plans by BT to cut its huge pension deficit have been thrown out by the High Court in England. The UK's incumbent telco had wanted to shift the rate used to calculate final salary pension payments.…

Bigger Blue: Tonic for Ginni as IBM actually does OK in storage

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 12:56:05 GMT

Four quarters of growth in a row ain't too shabby

Analysis Diving into IBM's fourth-quarter and full-year results show its storage surge has now run a whole year and possibly pushed Dell EMC into a "Refuse to Lose" channel campaign to regain sales momentum.…

Take a bow, TalkTalk, Post Office, Vodafone! You win most-whinged-about telcos award

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 12:09:04 GMT

Regulator figures show Sky, Tesco users as most content

TalkTalk, Post Office and Vodafone were the most-complained-about telecoms service providers in the UK between July and September 2017, according to an Ofcom report released today.…

Digital mortgage service sounds handy, right? Oh, it's through's Verify

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 11:22:07 GMT

Keys in hands of highly borkable ID gateway

The UK government is cracking on with plans for a digital mortgage service to be launched this year, which will allow borrowers to sign mortgage deeds online via the Government Digital Service's deeply flawed Verify identity programme.…

Make it rain: NetApp sets up Cloud Infrastructure biz unit

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 10:41:07 GMT

Stuffs portfolio with CI, flash and converged solutions

NetApp is setting up a Cloud Infrastructure business unit, giving it FlexPod, SolidFire and StorageGRID, and hiring a cloud services hotshot to run it.…

Why did I buy a gadget I know I'll never use?

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 10:04:47 GMT

Just put it under the desk along with all the others

Something for the Weekend, Sir? It could get steamy in here. I have stripped off the layers and am now looking to turn up the heat. I’m looking forward to an afternoon of delightful tenderness with plenty of oohs and aahs.…

Delve into the hidden corners of security at CyberThreat18

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 09:19:10 GMT

New event set to infiltrate QEII

Promo If you are a cybersecurity practitioner who feels on top of the latest developments in your field, CyberThreat18 may make you want to think again.…

You may not be a software company, but that isn't an excuse to lame-out at computering

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 09:04:40 GMT

If pizza delivery, coffee joints and banks can do it, so can you

I don't begrudge organisations who want us to start calling them "software companies". People are free to do whatever they like with such trivial labels, I guess. But the tick of such labelling has always been an annoyance to me.…

Don't panic... but our fragile world is drifting away from the Sun

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 08:24:11 GMT

Jeez, get a grip, Sol!

As the Sun ages and sheds mass, the gravitational pull it exerts on its planets weakens.…

User had no webcam or mic, complained vid conference didn’t work

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 08:02:08 GMT

European Commission sysadmin offers us tales of Euro-dunderheads

On-Call Welcome again to On-Call, The Register’s weekly reader-contributed tales of facepalm-worthy failures in the field of tech support.…

Have three WINEs this weekend, because WINE 3.0 has landed

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 07:32:05 GMT

Wine Is Not an Emulator Windows-on-POSIX software now handles Windows apps on Android

Version 3.0 of Wine Is Not an Emulator – aka WINE – has arrived, and offers all sorts of new emulation-on-Android possibilities.…

.UK overseer Nominet abandons its own charitable foundation – and why this matters

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 07:02:08 GMT

Non-profit org mutates into investment firm

Special report Nominet, which runs the UK's domain-name registry, has abandoned its own charitable foundation, raising questions about the organization's direction and accountability.…

Baywatch hero drone saves silly struggling swimmers Down Under from going down under

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 06:43:08 GMT

Only tits in this drama were the two kids in trouble

Video Australian politicians are claiming a world first after a drone saved two teenagers from drowning in heavy surf.…

Text bomb, text bomb, you're my text bomb! Naughty HTML freezes Messages, Safari, etc

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 06:19:07 GMT

Apple font code on iOS, macOS knackered by texted link

A specially crafted webpage will knacker Apple's Messages and Safari software on iOS and macOS, allowing miscreants to spread merry mischief by texting fans a link to the dastardly HTML.…

Two things will survive a nuclear holocaust: Cockroaches and crafty URLs like ғасеьоок.com

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 06:03:11 GMT

Pesky phishing pages using international domain names just won't go away

It's been known for a long while that people can use similar-looking non-Roman characters to create internet addresses that look similar to real ones.…

A380 saved as Emirates orders another 20 planes, plus 16 options

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 05:01:07 GMT

Airbus says it’ll keep building the behemoth of the skies into the 2030s

Three days after warning the A380 might not have a future, Airbus says it will likely keep making the plane into the 2030s.…

Nervy nuke-armed nation fires missile with 5,000km range

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 04:15:11 GMT

India can hit all of China now. Or Moscow, Athens, USA’s Indian Ocean navy base ...

India has successfully tested a surface-to-surface ballistic missile.…

Linux's Grsecurity dev team takes blog 'libel' fight to higher court

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 03:27:25 GMT

Meanwhile, Bruce Perens wants his legal bills footed

Open Source Security, Inc., the maker of the Grsecurity Linux kernel patches, suffered a setback last month when San Francisco magistrate judge Laurel Beeler granted a motion by defendant Bruce Perens to dismiss the company's defamation claim, with the proviso that the tossed legal challenge could be amended.…

IBM lifts its 22-quarter shrinking sales curse: Finally, a whole 1% uptick

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 02:25:28 GMT

Big Blue exits five-year skid, shares fall on uncertain future

For 22 quarters in a row, IBM's sales have been shrinking. But not any more. In the final three months of 2017, Big Blue's revenues grew 3.5 per cent compared to year-ago quarter, the first such rise in about six years.…

Goodbye Netscaler, Xen. Hello Citrix SD-WAN, Citrix Desktop, Citrix...

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 01:01:06 GMT

Devs toil away unifying product suites ahead of May rebrand launch

Exclusive Citrix will try to reinvent itself with integrated cloudy products – and ditch some of its long-standing brands in favor of a naming scheme without the Xen badge it has nurtured for years.…

You get a lawsuit! And you get a lawsuit! And you! Now Apple sued over CPU security flaws

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 23:15:09 GMT

iGiant up next in the Meltdown-Spectre-sueball-a-palooza

Add Apple to the list of companies facing a legal backlash in the US over the Spectre and Meltdown CPU security fiasco.…

Plutus Payroll victims asked to explain themselves to receiver

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 22:36:48 GMT

Deloitte trying to figure out who to pay first – or maybe who to pay at all

Contractors left out of pocket by the collapse of alleged tax-skimming scammers Plutus Payroll have been asked to provide copious details of their employment history by receiver Deloitte, which appears to have few details of claimants’ status or relationship to Plutus and its associated companies.…

Sad-sack Anon calling himself 'Mr Cunnilingus' online is busted for DDoSing ex-bosses

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 21:23:48 GMT

Electronics tutor's taunts come back to haunt him

An electronics technician pleaded guilty on Wednesday to orchestrating distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks on a former employer and other organizations – and to unlawfully possessing a firearm as a former felon.…

Sili-spurned Valley! No way, San Jose! Amazon snubs SF Bay Area in search for HQ2 city

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 19:27:55 GMT

Bezos narrows down search for new base to 20 cities, mostly on East Coast

Amazon has trimmed its list of potential cities where it wants to build its second headquarters, dubbed HQ2. The Bezos Bunch says it has narrowed down a list of 238 proposals to 19 US cities and one in Canada.…

Feds charge Barclays trader with fraud in Hewlett-Packard deal

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 18:07:49 GMT

Forex head alleged to have manipulated market in 'front-running' scheme

The former head of foreign currency exchanges at Barclays New York has been charged in the US with devising and executing a "scheme to defraud HP of money and property", according to an indictment entered yesterday.…

DigitalOcean cuts cloud server pricing to stop rivals eating its lunch

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 17:29:11 GMT

Faces up to AWS, Google with future per-second billing plan

Faced with a customer base being lured away by cheaper cloud compute services at its competitors, DigitalOcean has cut prices and increased RAM and SSD storage for its users.…

Home Office admits it sent asylum seeker’s personal info to the state he was fleeing

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 17:03:12 GMT pays £15,500 in damages after failed fact-check

An asylum seeker has won £15,500 from the UK’s Home Office after it blabbed confidential information about his persecution in his home country - to authorities in the state.…

Scumbag who tweeted vulnerable adults' details is hauled into court

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 16:34:09 GMT

Kent bloke 'threatened' privacy watchdog that he'd release more

A man from Kent, England, has been prosecuted under the UK's Data Protection Act for leaking sensitive police information on Twitter.…