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YouTube banned many gun vids, so some moved to smut site

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 08:19:04 GMT

The Naked Gun was far funnier than this mess

YouTube has changed its Policies on content featuring firearms to prohibit videos that try to sell guns or offer “instructions on manufacturing a firearm, ammunition, high capacity magazine, homemade silencers/suppressors, or certain firearms accessories”.…

User asked why CTRL-ALT-DEL restarted PC instead of opening apps

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 07:02:07 GMT

It turns out that keyboards work best when they’re not under pressure

On-Call Welcome again to On-Call, The Register’s Friday foray into readers’ recollections of tech support jobs that went janky.…

What a hang up: US big box biz Best Buy kicks Huawei to the curb

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 19:09:53 GMT


Best Buy will no longer carry Huawei phones in its stores, marking yet another setback for the Chinese smartphone maker's efforts in America.…

Oracle sued over claims of shoddy service, licensing designed to force adoption of its kit

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 18:57:56 GMT

A&E Adventures sues Oracle America for breach of contract over point-of-sale shenanigans

Oracle has been sued in the US for allegedly engaging in a scheme to force owners of point-of-sale gear to switch to its subscription-based Simphony system in violation of contract and trade laws.…

El Reg deep dive: Everything you need to know about's pr0n block

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 13:32:07 GMT

Some foreplay: Dark web, smut monopolies and moral outrage

Remember last night when you went online to order pizza and stumbled across those two people humping each others' brains out?…

Surprise UK raid of Cambridge Analytica delayed: Nobody expects the British information commissioner!

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 12:11:04 GMT

Oh wait, yes they do

The UK data protection watchdog’s well-advertised raid of Cambridge Analytica’s offices is no closer to happening, as the High Court has adjourned the warrant application until tomorrow.…

Diplomats, 'Net greybeards work to disarm USA, China and Russia’s cyber-weapons

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 08:30:14 GMT

Because when state attacks blow back, the taxpayers who paid to have them developed pay again

Black Hat Asia The USA, China and Russia are doing all that they can to avoid development of a treaty that would make it hard for them to conduct cyber-war, but an effort led by the governments of The Netherlands, France and Singapore, together with Microsoft and The Internet Society, is using diplomacy to find another way to stop state-sponsored online warfare.…

US Senate green-lights controversial anti-sex-trafficking law amid warnings of power grab

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 00:27:43 GMT

SESTA passes – but could do more harm than good

The US Senate has passed the Stop Enabling Sex Trafficking Act (SESTA) with a 97-2 vote.…

Brit MPs chide You're acting like EU data adequacy prep is easy

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 12:05:05 GMT

It's not. ♫ It's beginning to sound a lot like Brexit ♪

In the latest report slamming preparations for the UK’s departure from the European Union next year, and the subsequent transition period, Britain's Commons Home Affairs Committee has said it has “serious concerns” about the future of data flows.…

Telegram still won't hand over crypto keys it says it does not store

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 06:00:09 GMT

Russian judge upholds 2016 FSB order, company will appeal

Secure messaging service Telegram says it will appeal a Russian Supreme Court order to hand over encryption keys to the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation – the FSB.…

Salesforce saddles itself with MuleSoft for $6.5bn

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 02:34:09 GMT

Prepare for 'deep customer experiences throughout a personalized 1:1 journey’

Salesforce has decided to buy API-farmer MuleSoft for a cool US$6.5bn – about a billion bucks above the latter company’s market capitalisation.…

Cambridge Analytica CEO suspended – and that's not even the worst news for them today

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 01:30:08 GMT

Facebook isn't having a very good time either

For the fourth straight day, Cambridge Analytica is scrambling in the wake of damning media reports.…

Addicts of Facebook and pals are easy prey for manipulative scumbags – thanks to tech giants' 'extraordinary reach'

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 19:11:08 GMT

Let me at 'em, growls EU privacy watchdog

Relying on internet giants' goodwill to stop the spread of misinformation online and prevent the manipulation of netizens has failed, Europe's top data protection watchdog has said, adding that regulators now need to take action.…

BlackBerry Z10 'share-price pump' lawsuit is back from the dead

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 18:18:50 GMT

RIM's job of allegedly hiding smartphone sales snafu now back under the microscope

A US judge has opted to resurrect a case claiming BlackBerry illegally propped up its stock amidst the calamitous Z10 handset release.…

US govt's final bid to extradite Lauri Love kicked into touch

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 16:06:07 GMT

UK High Court refuses to certify point-of-law appeal

The US government has had its final shot at arguing for the extradition of accused hacker Lauri Love snuffed out by the High Court in London, England.…

We need to talk, Brit Parliamentary committee tells Mark Zuckerberg

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 14:59:11 GMT

Cambridge Analytica brouhaha fallout continues

The Parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee has demanded Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg “appear before us to give oral evidence” in the fallout over Cambridge Analytica – while an ex-Facebooker is due to spill the beans tomorrow.…

Gartner's top tip to data crunchers on the eve of GDPR? Don't be creepy

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 12:56:12 GMT

Why do people forget they're a customer outside the office?

Businesses risk losing millions from the investments they made in data and analytics if they don’t respect their customers’ privacy, according to Gartner research director Bart Willemsen.…

BT: We're shuttering final salary pension scheme

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 18:02:17 GMT

Hybrid arrangement hatched, union says it's best they'll get

Former UK state-owned telco monopoly BT has confirmed the closure of the defined benefit BT Pension Scheme (BTPS) from the end of May with a "hybrid" replacement waiting in the wings.…

UK tech whale Micro Focus: Share price halves as CEO quits, sales slide

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 12:30:10 GMT

About that business model of buying legacy software brands..

The brief tenure of Micro Focus CEO Chris Hsu came to an abrupt end today when he quit following a sales slide and confirmation of execution missteps since the purchase of HPE’s Software division.…

Nice little Nesta egg: Former lottery quango took cash from Google

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 10:57:25 GMT

Founded pro-Big Tech think tank Readie

Former UK lottery quango Nesta pocketed cash from Google to set up a Big Tech-friendly think tank.…

Here is how Google handles Right To Be Forgotten requests

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 09:43:13 GMT

Software engineer? Lawyer? Not a lawyer, even? Sure, have a go

RTBF trial Google allows software engineers, as well as its dedicated Right To Be Forgotten (RTBF) operatives, to make decisions about which search results ought to be deleted on request – and places such requests onto its internal bug-handling systems.…

Breaking up is hard to do: Airbus, new bae Google and clinging on to Microsoft's 'solutions'

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 09:06:14 GMT

Ex still has place in the helicoptery, defencey bit of Airbus’s heart

Airbus won't eradicate Microsoft Office from its entire user base after all it seems: the Defence, Space and Helicopters units will retain the on-premises version due to the "legal and national security implications" of storing sensitive data in the cloud.…

Sysadmin held a rack of servers off the ground for 15 mins, crashed ISP when he put them down

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 08:05:10 GMT

Help desk covered his tracks by telling ALL callers to reboot their PCs

Who, me? Welcome to the ninth edition of Who, me? In case you’ve come late to the party, it’s The Register’s Monday column featuring readers’ tales of stuffing things up.…

Whois? More like WHOWAS: Domain database on verge of collapse over EU privacy

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 19:58:11 GMT

Governments refuse to get sucked into policy shambles, kibosh DNS GDPR plans

An effort to resolve conflicts between upcoming European privacy legislation and the global Whois service for domain names has, predictably, failed, raising fears that cybercriminals will take advantage of the impasse.…

Konichiw-aaaaargh! Amazon's Japanese HQ raided in antitrust probe

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 19:27:07 GMT

Bezos Bunch under the microscope of anti-monopoly cops

Amazon has had its Japanese headquarters raided by police as the web giant finds itself the focus of an antitrust probe.… told: Draw up code of practice for cops bulk-slurping car plates

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 16:40:13 GMT

CCTV commish welcomes amendment 3 years after first suggested

UK government will be forced to debate a code of practice for cops' use of automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) systems after Labour MPs tabled an amendment to the Data Protection Bill.…

Birmingham UK to Uber: Want a new licence? Tell us about your operating model

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 14:17:05 GMT

App biz's Nice Guy makeover yet to convince all regulators

Birmingham authorities have asked for more information on Uber's business model and operations before granting it a new licence.…

Techies building UK web smut age check tools: You'll get a spec next week

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 12:17:24 GMT

Citizens not keen on having habits tracked are watching closely

A spec for online age verification is due to be published on Monday, a decision backers hope will pacify opponents of the smut checks.…

Brit retailer Currys PC World says sorry for Know How scam

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 11:29:08 GMT

Forced punters to cough extra £40 for pre-configured laptops

Currys PC World today apologised for forcing customers to pay an extra £40 for pre-configuration on their laptops that they didn't request – a dodgy practice brought to light by consumer charity Which?…

Office junior had one job: Tearing perforated bits off tractor-feed dot matrix printer paper

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 07:02:12 GMT

And he couldn’t do that, until tech support showed printers and staplers don’t mix

On-Call Why look at that! Friday is upon us, which means it’s time to read this week’s edition of On-Call, our weekly column featuring Register readers’ recollections of tech support jobs gone wrong.…

Take that, com-raid: US Treasury slaps financial sanctions on Russians for cyber-shenanigans, 2016 election meddling

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 18:57:42 GMT

Но все же никакого сговора

The US Treasury is freezing the assets of 19 people and five groups from Russia who launched cyber-attacks and interfered with America's elections.…

Google to 'forget me' man: Have you forgotten what you said earlier?

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 14:59:08 GMT

To forget, or not to forget? That is the question

RTBF trial The man demanding Google deletes search links to interviews he gave about a criminal offence he committed has been accused of giving “demonstrably false” answers in court by Google’s barrister.…

NHS Digital heads accused of being 'suppliers', not 'custodians' of UK patient data

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 13:19:13 GMT

Compliance with Home Office data-slurp not cool, say MPs

The heads of the Digital arm of the UK's National Health Service have been accused of acting as suppliers, rather than guardians, of the data belonging to patients under their care by handing address information to the Home Office for immigration enforcement.… to plough £67m into gigabit broadband for all and sundry

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 11:41:14 GMT

Handouts from March but you're on your own for line rental fees

The UK government has unveiled its £67m broadband voucher scheme, flinging £3,000 at SMEs to set up gigabit connections and handing £500 ones to regular folk*. After that users have to stump up the rest in ongoing rental fees.…

Patent quality has fallen, confirm Euro examiners

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 06:00:07 GMT

Extraordinary letter to EPO Admin Council blows up management claims

An extraordinary letter from nearly 1,000 patent examiners has confirmed what critics of the European Patent Office (EPO) have been saying for some time: patent quality has fallen thanks to a determined push by management to approve more of them.…

Trump’s immigration policies costing US tech jobs says LogMeIn CEO

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 04:58:13 GMT

If you can’t bring people in, you build bigger offices offshore

President Trump’s immigration policies are costing the United States technology jobs, rather than their intended effect of growing them, according to Bill Wagner, the CEO of LogMeIn.…

Ex-Samsung man to serve 6+ years in prison for embezzlement

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 00:00:57 GMT

Lee forced to serve full term after eight-year hiatus

A former Samsung exec is headed to prison after losing his appeal on charges of wire and tax fraud.…

YouTube plan to use Wikipedia against crackpots hits snag

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 23:37:11 GMT

The video site neglected to inform Wikipedia that it will be leeching its labor

In Austin, Texas, on Tuesday, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki told the audience at the South by Southwest Interactive conference that the social video site plans to defuse conspiracy theory content by pairing it with corrective information culled from Wikipedia – a site editable by more or less anyone.…

Bad blood: Theranos CEO charged with massive fraud

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 19:20:31 GMT

'Next Steve Jobs' humiliated and ruined but avoids jail

The woman heralded as "the next Steve Jobs" has been charged with massive fraud, forced to pay a $500,000 fine and been stripped of control of the company she founded.…

After repeated warnings Facebook bans Britain First for 'inciting hatred'

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 18:19:08 GMT

Party leaders would protest but they're currently in prison

Facebook has removed the pages of far right group Britain First from its platform along with those of its party's leaders.… urged to ensure punters can 'still roam like at home' after Brexit

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 15:31:43 GMT

Also holibobs disruption from 2019 if aviation deal isn't struck

Consumer charity Which? has called on the UK government to ensure consumers will continue to "roam like at home" while abroad in the European Union after Britain's withdrawal from the bloc.…

Broadcom’s bid to win the hand of Qualcomm ends in tears

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 13:36:08 GMT

There, there, never mind. There are plenty of other victims, er, fish in the sea

Singapore-based chip biz Broadcom announced today that it has withdrawn its bid for Qualcomm.…

Crypto crackdown: Google bans ads for unregulated currencies

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 12:08:13 GMT

Bitcoin prices plummet

Google has joined the Bitcoin-hating bandwagon with a ban on ads for cryptocurrencies and initial coin offerings from June.…

Maplin shutdown sale prices still HIGHER than rivals

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 11:08:13 GMT

UK tat bazaar enters final death spiral

Closing-down sale posters are being plastered over the shop windows of moribund Brit 'leccy tat emporium Maplin Electronics, but even now the discounted goods can still be bought more cheaply from rivals.…

The Great China Tech Panic is just posh xenophobia

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 10:34:13 GMT

There's more to success than sweat and STEM

Comment Donald J Trump has been stoking xenophobia since he took office as President of the US, aiming his sharpest barbs at China. But he's not alone. Others, with better manners than the president, have too – they’re just more subtle about it.…

‘Dead weight’ Dell would destroy VMware’s value, says big investor

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 04:01:06 GMT

Jericho Capital says deal would benefit Dell alone, suggests VMware buy Red Hat instead

Investment firm Jericho Capital Asset Management L.P has departed from its usual practice of not commenting publicly on deals by publishing a scathing letter addressed to VMware’s independent directors decrying a reverse merger between VMware and Dell.…

Google ad blocks itself with DoubleClick snafu

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 22:59:34 GMT

DoubleClick for Publishers has been exhibiting unexpected behavior for several hours

Google's ad service DoubleClick for Publishers has been experiencing problems since at least 1000 Pacific Time (1700 UTC) on Tuesday.…

Uncle Sam slams plans to give govts final say over domain privacy

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 22:29:23 GMT

ICANN throws itself under bus to hit GDPR deadline

A plan by ICANN to let governments collectively decide who is allowed to bypass new European privacy rules over domain names has been blasted by its most powerful member, the United States.…

US government privacy watchdog stumbles back to its feet with new hires

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 20:16:49 GMT

But look closely and you'll note the PCLOB has no teeth

The federal agency designed to ensure US spy agencies protect people's privacy and civil liberties has been revived two years after it was effectively killed off by Congress.…

Uni IT man stole £22k of Macs to pay for smack

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 18:45:08 GMT

Lawless man sold lifestyle devices at Cash Converters

A university IT technician stole Apple Macs valued at £22,200 and flogged them for £200 a piece at rail pawnbroker Cash Converters to fund his drug habit, a court has heard.…