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The Reg chats to Ordnance Survey's chief data wrangler

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 08:13:07 GMT

On 20,000 changes a day, its public task and beautiful, beautiful maps

Interview The UK’s mapping agency has brought in Vodafone’s director of business intelligence Caroline Bellamy to help define and drive its data offering.… asks for bailout amid dispute over who runs the site and collects ad dollars

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 07:29:09 GMT

Google and Facebook both have fact-check site on their fake-news-fighting teams

Fact-checking web site says it is “in danger of shuttering” due to a commercial dispute that has starved it of revenue.…

In the Pearl River Delta's electronics souks, AI lets the haggling happen

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 07:03:12 GMT

With three different forms of Chinese spoken across one mega-city, smartphone translation is essential

The electronics markets of Shenzhen are bewildering. These football-field-sized buildings seemingly sell almost anything, any bit of electronics – chip, component, connector – if you know where to look among the myriad stores in the ten-storey towers.…

Cassini captures pieces of Saturn’s rings

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 06:38:06 GMT

We can’t bring ‘em home, but we should be able to figure out what they’re made of

The soon-to-die Cassini probe has captured tiny fragments of Saturn’s rings. Cassini’s was launched in 1997, made it to Saturn in 2004 and has been there ever since. But the probe is running out of fuel and will be crashed into the gas giant in September 2017, in order to avoid possible contamination of potentially-life-bearing moons.…

Python autocomplete-in-the-cloud tool Kite pushes into projects, gets stabbed with a fork

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 06:02:06 GMT

Cloud dev biz tries rainmaking, stirs up storm of complaints

Kite, a San Francisco-based development tools startup, has managed to alienate developers by quietly altering open-source projects for its benefit.…

Kid found a way to travel for free in Budapest. He filed a bug report. And was promptly arrested

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 05:03:10 GMT

Protests sparked after web security hole reported

The arrest of a Hungarian bloke after he discovered a massive flaw in the website of Budapest's transport authority – and reported it – has sparked a wave of protests.…

Symbolic IO CEO cuffed by cops, vanishes from his storage startup

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 04:02:07 GMT

Tech boss denies any wrongdoing

Symbolic IO CEO and founder Brian Ignomirello was arrested last week on outstanding warrants and for allegedly violating a restraining order, it is reported.…

Ubiquiti firmware patch stomps nasty redirect bug from login screen

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 03:03:12 GMT

If you skipped the fix, fair enough - it landed before the vulnerability report

Popular wireless networking hardware vendor Ubiquiti patched a couple of serious vulnerabilities back in March and April – without telling the people who reported the bugs.…

G Suite admins have just one button to secure their sites, but don't

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 02:01:11 GMT

Another day, another cloudy data leak, as admins fail to get one setting right

G Suite business users: go and check your configuration, and make sure you're not publishing enterprise information to the whole world.…

Alphabet takes Euro antitrust fine in stride, spooks investors with rising Google ad costs

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 00:32:36 GMT

Meanwhile, 'Other Bets' group hemorrhages less than before

Google parent company Alphabet says that its revenues in the past three months have grown by 21 per cent – while the European Commission's $2.7bn fine took a big bite out of its net income.…

TechnologyOne says City of Brisbane ignored its own reviews

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 22:43:13 GMT

Big-bang software rollout goes bitterly bad, where have we heard that before?

Australian ERP software vendor TechnologyOne has escalated a long-running row with Brisbane City Council, threatening to sling an AU$50 million sueball at the city.…

Apollo center fundraiser: That's one small check from man, one giant leap for our peace of mind

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 21:38:06 GMT

Everyone else did the 'Houston, we have a problem' headline

An online fundraising campaign is asking for $250,000 to cover the costs of preserving and maintaining a historic control room used for NASA's Apollo missions.…

Pathetic patching leaves over 70,000 Memcached servers still up for grabs

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 21:19:42 GMT

And that’s months after patches released and warning emails sent – sort it out!

If you're running the caching service Memcached, and particularly if you're exposing it to the public internet for some reason, please make sure you've patched it. Tens of thousands of vulnerable systems haven't.…

Democrats (still a thing, apparently) are super unhappy about AT&T's Time-Warner merger

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 19:37:06 GMT

Busting up telcos is on LOSER party's agenda. SAD!

Democrats in US Congress oppose AT&T's acquisition of Time-Warner and any other proposed big-time telco gobbles.…

China crams spyware on phones in Muslim-majority province

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 19:19:04 GMT

On-the-spot checks by cops to ensure creepy mass surveillance tool is installed

The Chinese government is requiring citizens in Xinjiang province to install spyware on their mobile phones and is enforcing the policy with police spot-checks, according to several online reports.…

Crims snatch 5.5 million social security numbers from Kansas govt box

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 18:53:37 GMT

A server where there isn't any trouble. Do you suppose there is such a server, Toto?

Hackers have lifted not only the social security numbers and personal information of half a million jobseekers in Kansas – but also records on more than five million people from nine other US states.…

Alexa, why aren't you working? No – I didn't say twerking. I, oh God...

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 17:59:20 GMT

Amazon's unhelpful assistant also sleeps through its wakeup word on HTC mobe

Hands-on No wonder Silicon Valley is excited about the Amazon Echo.…

Cyber arm of UK spy agency left without PGP for four months

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 15:27:04 GMT

Meanwhile Huawei gets green light, despite failure to verify source code

UK spy agency GCHQ’s cyber security arm, CESG, was left without PGP encryption for more than four months, according to a government report.…

Briton admits to router hack that DDoSed Deutsche Telekom

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 15:07:05 GMT

Tells German court it was unintentional

An as yet unnamed 29-year-old pleaded guilty on Friday to charges relating to the hijacking of more than 1.25 million Deutsche Telekom routers, according to reports in the German press.…

US vending machine firm plans employee chip implant scheme

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 14:51:16 GMT

50 have supposedly signed up for this

An American company is offering its hapless employees microchip implants as a substitute employee ID card.…

HoloLens: Microsoft brags about AI chip in next-gen techno-goggles

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 14:34:09 GMT

Good for you, kid

Microsoft will upgrade its HoloLens gizmo with a mysterious chip to handle machine-learning on the space-age goggles.…

Expect the Note 8 to break the bank (and your wallet)

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 13:45:54 GMT

Leaks point to pricey behemoth

Samsung’s Note 8, due to be unveiled in a month, will burst through the $1,000 (c. £920) price point, and may well become the first mass market phone in that price bracket in the UK. It’s also likely to be a monster, with a 6.3 inch diagonal display.…

Virgin Mobile has in-continent data roaming problems – peeved customers

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 12:42:08 GMT

Users forced to sightsee, look up from their phones

Virgin Mobile customers enjoying their summer hols have been perturbed to discover their data roaming isn't working on the continent.…

Brits must now register virtually all new drones and undergo safety tests

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 12:15:05 GMT

Where industry leads, government follows with gusto

New British drone owners will have to register their craft with the state and pass a mandatory safety test, according to a government announcement sneaked out over the weekend.…

AlphaBay and Hansa: About those dark web marketplaces takedowns

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 11:51:25 GMT

Sellers using AlphaBay vendor 'trust' ratings on new dodgy agoras

Analysis A US Federal Bureau of Investigation veteran has spoken out on the international police ops that led to the takedown of dark web drug souks AlphaBay and Hansa, giving an insider's look at the process.…

You don't call, you don't text: SIM-flinger Gemalto warns of 9% sales drop

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 11:15:07 GMT

And will write down €420m due to removeable SIM's 'prospects'

Security software-maker Gemalto has once again issued a trading update, warning its second quarter revenue will fall 9 per cent to €742m (£663m) compared with the same period in 2016.…

FUKE NEWS: Robot snaps inside drowned Fukushima nuke plant

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 10:26:09 GMT

No mutant lizards. Possible spilled fuel found inside reactor container

Pics TEPCO, the operator of Japan's stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant, has revealed photos of the facility's flooded interior.…

What sort of silicon brain do you need for artificial intelligence?

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 10:10:18 GMT

Using CPUs, GPUs, FPGAs and ASICS to make sense of AI

The Raspberry Pi is one of the most exciting developments in hobbyist computing today. Across the world, people are using it to automate beer making, open up the world of robotics and revolutionise STEM education in a world overrun by film students. These are all laudable pursuits. Meanwhile, what is Microsoft doing with it? Creating squirrel-hunting water robots.…

Find your happy place: Fedora 26 has landed

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 09:37:08 GMT

Nice solar tracking, shame about the Flatpaks

Review Fedora 26, released recently, is a welcome update on the already very nice 25.…

Nationwide’s online banking goes down again

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 08:54:18 GMT

Scheduled maintenance overran, says bank

Nationwide UK customers have been unable to see payments on their online banking systems since this morning, in the latest in a string of digital glitches at the bank.…

UK ministers' Broadband '2.0' report confuses superfast with 10Mbps

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 08:22:30 GMT

Availability is not take-up. Must do better. See us after class

A report by MP Grant Shapps into the state of broadband in Blighty has been criticised for doing more harm than good, as the research appears to conflate superfast broadband (24 Mbps) with 10Mbps broadband – the Universal Service Obligation goal.…

I want to break free! Kubernetes has a life beyond containers

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 08:02:30 GMT

Imagine a world without high-performance servers

The move to containerisation has been built on a simple formula: containers mean Docker and container management means Kubernetes. Let's disregard the first part of that formula and concentrate on the second half – the rise of Kubernetes as the container management software of choice, running on servers.…

Repairable-by-design Fairphone runs out of spare parts

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 06:58:08 GMT

Components just aren't made any more and Fairphone can't afford more batteries

Fairphone, the effort to build a smartphone that “puts social values first” by using exploitation-free factories, conflict-free minerals and being gentle to the planet by being easy to repair, has ended support for its first phone.…

Microsoft hits new low: Threatens to axe classic Paint from Windows 10

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 05:57:13 GMT

You can take my free, naff, graphics app from my cold, dead, mouse hand ...

Satya Nadella had us all fooled but good with his kinder, gentler, people-empowering Microsoft act. But now we can see the company's reverted to type by threatening to kill venerable graphics app Paint after the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.…

Gone daddy gone: GoDaddy offloads its cloud businesses

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 04:58:06 GMT

PlusServer sold after eight months, Cloud Servers service snuffed after 16

GoDaddy is killing its clouds.…

Boffin supercharges FPGAs with timing signal tweak

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 03:58:08 GMT

Plagiarists nearly spoiled his PhD party, so he's becoming a micro-brewer

A Swedish researcher has discovered a new way to optimise FPGA performance, with as much as a five-fold boost on offer.…

Al Capone was done for taxes. Now Microsoft's killing domain-squatters with trademark law

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 02:58:05 GMT

Plausibly Redmond-related domains were used to phish

Bit-by-bit, Microsoft is hitting back at an international domain-squatting/drive-by-hacking operation by taking over the domains involved.…

Kill something, then hire cleaners to mop up the blood if you want to build a digital business

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 02:00:14 GMT

You live on a steaming dunghill of complexity, vendors want to keep you there and your CIO's way out is early retirement

Kill something, find a leader, stop thinking about apps and start thinking about products, get seriously good at agile development and realise there is no finish line.…

systemd'oh! DNS lib underscore bug bites everyone's favorite init tool, blanks Netflix

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 01:07:04 GMT

Repeat after me: _ is allowed in domain names

A few Penguinistas spent a weekend working out why they can't get through to Netflix from their Linux machines, because when they tried, their DNS lookups failed.…

Debian patches plenty in new version 9.1

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 23:57:07 GMT

26 security fixes for 55 packages. You know what to do!

Debian Linux has hit version 9.1.…

Sweden leaked every car owners' details last year, then tried to hush it up

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 22:31:27 GMT

Another day, another botched government contract

In a slowly-unfolding scandal in Sweden, it's emerged that the country's transport agency bungled an outsourcing deal with IBM, putting both individuals and national security at risk.…

Judge uses 1st Amendment on Pokemon Go park ban. It's super effective!

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 13:08:10 GMT

County had hoped to protect land from gamer stampede

Milwaukee County's rules to keep its parks from being overrun by augmented reality gamers have been suspended by a judge over concerns that they violate the First Amendment.…

Fan of FBI cosplay? Enjoy freaking out your neighbors? Have we got the eBay auction for you

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 23:28:12 GMT

Get this retired surveillance van for all your totally legitimate above-board activities

A rather unusual auction on eBay could appeal to aspiring spies and X‑Files fantasists alike.…

The Italian Jobs: Bloke thrown in the cooler for touting Apple knockoffs

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 22:14:00 GMT

Feds made Naples man an offer he can't refuse

A scammer who imported fake iPods, iPads, iPhones, and Sony hardware worth $15m into America was today sent down for 37 months.…

Intel is upset that Qualcomm is treating it like Intel treated AMD for years and years

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 21:55:44 GMT

Chipzilla takes number, joins queue to kick Snapdragon biz in the ball arrays

Intel has backed Apple in the iGiant's almighty scrap with Qualcomm – which is trying to ban sales of iPhones and iPads in America.…

DeepMind says it's given AI an imagination. Let's take a closer look at that

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 21:06:15 GMT

Google's machine-learning gurus see promise in simulated creativity

Google's AI boutique, DeepMind, known for dispelling human delusions of intellectual superiority by soundly beating the world's top Go players with computer code, has found that instilling its software agents with something like imagination helps them learn better.…

China censors drop the soap operas, sitcoms

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 20:29:29 GMT

That's the bad news. The good news is they've banned Bieber, too

Analysis A disturbing trend toward ever-greater censorship in China has seemingly crossed a line with the banning and blocking... well, fun, basically.…

Andy Rubin's overhyped and underdelivered Essential phone out 'in a few weeks'

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 19:38:12 GMT

At this point does anyone still care?

After months of hype and missed deadlines, it seems as though Andy Rubin's new smartphone might actually make it onto the market.…

Silicon Valley IT biz boss cops to lying about Cisco H-1B jobs

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 19:13:52 GMT

Consulting firm fibbed about hirings to import more workers

The owner of a Silicon Valley tech consulting biz has pled guilty to making up job offers in order to obtain US H-1B visas for overseas workers.…

Google, Amazon, Apple, Facebook blow massive amounts lobbying Trump administration

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 18:32:27 GMT

You know what they say: Money makes the world go round

Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple are finding the Trump Administration a very expensive prospect, at least according to their newly released lobbying figures.…