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Don't listen to the doomsayers – DRM is headed for the historical dustbin, says Doctorow
Surprising signs of hope, and a few of danger Interview In 2015, writer and activist Cory Doctorow told the DEF CON hacking conference that he was rejoining the EFF on a new campaign to eliminate digital rights management regulations by 2025.…
'I feel violated': Engineer who pointed out traffic signals flaw fined for 'unlicensed engineering'
Welcome to the crazy world of Oregon state law Interview Last year, Mats Järlström was fined $500 for revealing troubling flaws in the mathematical formula used to govern the timing of US traffic lights.…
It's a question worth asking: Why is the FCC boss being such a jerk?
The answer – because net-neutrality slayer Ajit Pai wants to stay in charge Special report This week, Ajit Pai, chairman of America's broadband watchdog, decided to reignite the contentious debate over net neutrality – by proposing scrapping the country's open internet safeguards.…
NSA pulls plug on some email spying before Congress slaps it down
Curious time to stop listening to Americans talking about foreigners, eh, Donald? Updated The NSA has, in theory, stopped snooping on American citizens' private communications that loosely involve foreigners in some way.…
Bullyboy Apple just blew a $500m hole in our wallet, cries Qualcomm
Chip biz says Cook's crew has commanded tech world to withhold patent dosh Qualcomm claims Apple has ordered chip manufacturers to stop sending royalty checks to the Snapdragon designer amid the pair's patent licensing war.…
Apache OpenOffice: Not dead yet, you'll just have to wait until mid-May for mystery security fixes
Reference to vulns suddenly vanishes after El Reg probe Apache OpenOffice, sized for euthanasia by one of its own last year, still lives and should see an update before the end of May, allegedly.…
O (n^2) Canada! Code bugs knacker buses, TV, broadband, phone lines
Like their hockey teams, Canadian systems went down this week eh Canadians have had a mildly frustrating week as a pair of IT problems derailed broadband connections, blacked out TVs, cut off phone lines, and halted buses in America's hat.…
Linux Mint-using terror nerd awaits sentence for training Islamic State
Paranoid fella hid operating system, weapons manuals in USB drive cufflinks, no less A paranoid Welsh Muslim who wore gloves while typing on his laptop, admitted being part of Islamic State, and, gasp, harbored a copy of Linux Mint, has been described as a “new and dangerous breed of terrorist.”…
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All the bits and pieces: It's like the three-day weekend has come early
Another career suicide as reporter leaves The Register for broadcaster
'He was the most talented and handsome man we have ever worked with,' mourns office After just over two years at The Register my contributions from now on will be dropping to the comments section.…
M6 crowned crappiest motorway for 4G signal
Now to find out if it has fewer crashes... The M6 is officially the UK's worst motorway for 4G coverage.…
A sensible Internet of Things investment house? Breed Reply looks like it
So far, no silly Bluetooth toothbrushes Internet of Things startup investment firm Breed Reply is a curious creature, pouring cash into IoT companies that aren’t punting laughably silly technology.…
Microsoft's Azure cloud feels the pinch in price war with Amazon's AWS
Ah, the old 'Windows upsell' one-two Analysis Sales of Surface, falling 26 per cent year-on-year, wasn't the only wrinkle in Microsoft's third-quarter trading period.…
Just how screwed is IT at the Home Office?
Ageing systems, Brexit, exodus of contractors, delayed agile projects... The departure of UK Home Office chief information officer Sarah Wilkinson after two years at the helm comes at an interesting – and crucial – time for the department.…
Well, hot-diggity-damn, BlackBerry's KEYone is one hell of a comeback
Much, much more than a nostalgia trip 24-Hour Test The hottest phone in town this week isn't the new Samsung but, improbably, BlackBerry's comeback device. Partly this is a quirk of a staggered rollout by TCL, which has awarded the UK virtual exclusivity for a month before the US gets it. But it's not entirely down to production issues.…
Sneaky 'fileless' malware flung at Israeli targets via booby-trapped Word docs
Spies, bank raiders gravitate to growing stealth technique A newly uncovered cyber-espionage campaign targeting Israeli organisations relies on "fileless" malware hidden in Microsoft Word documents, a hacker tactic that's becoming a growing menace.…
Apple fanbois are officially sheeple. Yes, you heard. Deal with it
Offended? Go hassle Merriam-Webster, not us Apple fanbois are officially sheeple. So says American dictionary Merriam-Webster.…
Just delete the internet – pr0n-blocking legislation receives Royal Assent
Oh, and voting is the only say you get in how the government handles your information The Digital Economy Bill 2016-17 has received Royal Assent, and with Her Maj's rubberstamp it shall henceforth become a requirement for all pornography-serving websites to verify the ages (and thus identities) of all of their visitors in the UK.…
It's paydaygeddon! NatWest account transfers 'disappearing' (not really)
Thousands left terrified worrying about limiting their beer intake this month There's drama aplenty for NatWest customers this morning as account transfers are “disappearing” according to aggrieved customers.…
Are you ready to transform?
Come and have a go, if you think you’re hard enough Sponsored Digital transformation has been a boardroom buzzphrase for the last couple of years. If your CEO hasn’t asked you to explain it, then the invitation’s in the mail. Are you ready to tell them what it is, and what you’re doing to help make it happen?…
Need the toilet? Wanna watch a video ad about erectile dysfunction?
Please now wash your hands Something for the Weekend, Sir? I'm off to the toilet. Would you like to join me?…
Oh lordy, WD just SCHOOLED Seagate in running a disk drive biz
Looks like revenues are up by almost $6bn Analysis WD took advantage of stable disk drive and strong flash markets to crank revenues and profits in its third fiscal 2017 quarter, giving Seagate an object lesson in how to run a storage business.…
Flatpak and Snaps aren't destined for graveyard of failed Linux tech yet
Independence from distros The world of Linux has long been divided into tribes, or distros as we called them. But what actually makes a distro? The packages it uses? The people who put those packages together? The philosophy behind the choices the people who put the packages together make? The question of what makes a distro is actually very difficult on to answer and it's about to get even more difficult.…
Facebook and Google gobble '99 per cent of new digital ad cash'
Ad biz disputes claims, but duopoly marches on Internet advertising revenue continues to grow, thanks to mobile, but the Silicon Valley duopoly of Facebook and Google swallowed up almost the new money.…
Last year's ICO fines would be 79 times higher under GDPR
TalkTalk's £400,000 penalty was big – how about £59 MILLION? Fines from the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) against Brit companies last year would have been £69m rather than £880,500 if the pending General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) had been applied, according to analysis by NCC Group.…
Waiter? There's a mouse in my motherboard and this server is greasy!
Support chap reveals the squalid horror of restaurant computers ON-CALL Welcome again to On-Call, our weekly sharing session in which readers unburden themselves by sharing memories of nasty jobs.…
Kali Linux can now use cloud GPUs for password-cracking
Kali's a favourite for white hats, but that doesn't stop black hats guys from using it too Think passwords, people. Think long, complex passwords. Not because a breach dump's landed, but because the security-probing-oriented Kali Linux just got better at cracking passwords.…
That YouTube ad boycott had square-root of sod-all effect on Google's insane cash machine
License to print money renewed in full, thanks to mobile Google's parent company Alphabet has enjoyed a bumper start to the year, raking in more and more ad cash, sinking dosh into hobby projects, and generally having a great time.…
Australian Federal Police accessed metadata without warrant, broke law
Single phone call by journalist probed, Feds then self-report breach to Ombudsman Australian Federal Police Commissioner Andrew Colvin has admitted that one of the force's investigators accessed a journalist's telecommunications metadata without a warrant, thereby breaching the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979.…
Amid all the fanfare and cheerleading, Amazon's AWS growth is slowing
'Meteoric' success downgraded to mere 'rocketing' Amazon Web Services growth slowed down a bit, but still brought Amazon cash at a record clip in the first three months of 2017.…
Shock horror: US military sticks jump leads on human brains to teach them a lesson
DARPA's current thinking for potential future bright sparks The boffinry nerve center of the US military is working with seven American universities to see if electrically stimulating the brain will increase the ability to learn new skills.…
Scratch the Surface: Slabtop sales slump takes the shine off Microsoft's 2017 so far
Phones also dead – but hey, $53m profit A DAY is still $53m Microsoft has reported strong results in its latest quarter, pulling in nearly $5bn in profits and showing good cloud revenue growth. Just don't mention the sagging Surface fondleslab sales.…
Software woes keep NASA's new crewed missions grounded
Space Launch System and Orion Crew Vehicle won't lift off for planned 2018 test flight The United States Government Accountability Office has found that NASA's return to crewed space exploration will likely not commence in 2018, as planned, and will probably slip into 2019. And familiar technology integration challenges are partly to blame.…
Phew! Chrome to warn when you watch insecure smut
Google's ongoing HTTP exposé comes to Incognito Mode and forms Google's efforts to make unsecured HTTP connections untenable will step up in October, when its Chrome browser starts to warn users that more web sites are insecure.…
Arcserve gobbles up email biz to sate hunger for message archiving
We're trying our best here, OK? Arcserve has bought its way into the email archiving game by gobbling up FastArchiver.…
Intel's Optane in PCs is as good as it will get for years, says analyst
You could wait for servers and apps to grok storage-class RAM … or just supercharge 'puters Memory-centric analyst firm TrendFocus reckons Intel's Optane is going to take years to make a difference in the data centre, which means using it in PCs is as good as it will get for the foreseeable future.…
Having a monopoly on x86 chips and charging eyewatering prices really does pay off – Intel CEO
Basically what he was saying while bragging about sales Intel today revealed that its first-quarter earnings and sales were more or less as forecast, sending its stock down in after-hours trading.…
Cloudflare's incredible solution for IoT security: Use our services
And, oh for $DEITY's sake, yet ANOTHER best-practices standards organization? Traffic bouncer Cloudflare has outlined what it claims is the solution to the perennial internet-of-things security problem: pay it.…
Republicans want IT bloke to take fall for Clinton email brouhaha
Not quite 'lock her up,' but they'll take what they can get – like formal criminal charges US House Republicans are demanding prosecutors bring charges against the IT chap who hosted Hillary Clinton's private email service.…
Facebook decides fake news isn't crazy after all. It's now a real problem
Once dismissed by Zuck, misinformation now merits revised security strategy Analysis Last November at the Techonomy Conference in Half Moon Bay, California, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg dismissed the notion that disinformation had affected the US presidential election as lunacy.…
NASA's Cassini snaps pic inside Saturn's ring – peace among the stars
Probe plunges deep into dark cosmic hole Photo NASA's Cassini probe has made its first dive inside Saturn's rings, skimming about 1,900 miles (3,000KM) over the surface of the gas giant's stormy atmosphere.…
Plan to kill net neutrality is the best thing/worst thing ever! EVER!!1
Here we go again On Wednesday, Ajit Pai, the boss of America's broadband watchdog, decided to reopen the decade-long debate over net neutrality, despite rules having been finally decided back in 2015 and held up by the court last year.…
Mysterious Hajime botnet has pwned 300,000 IoT devices
The Dark Knight of malware's purpose remains unknown Hajime – the "vigilante" IoT worm that blocks rival botnets – has built up a compromised network of 300,000 malware-compromised devices, according to new figures from Kaspersky Lab.…
Micron looks to SanDisk for new CEO
Mark Durcan gets to retire at last as Sanjay Mehrotra takes over Micron has hired ex-SanDisk CEO Sanjay Mehrotra as its new president and CEO, replacing the retiring Mark Durcan.…
Super-secure Pi-stuffed nomx email server box given a good probing
Researcher claims it's riddled with flaws. Vendor denies it Security researchers claim to have uncovered a variety of serious security holes in a heavily touted secure email server technology. Nomx, the firm behind the device, strongly disputes the claims and has challenged researchers to a hacking challenge, involving the creation of an email account on a designated remotely hosted nomx device.…
China launches aircraft carrier the length of 2.1 brontosaurs
And it weighs the same as 5.7 million adult badgers China has launched its own aircraft carrier – the first ship of its type to be built from scratch in the rising Asian superpower's yards.…
New year, new Teradata but the 'transformation' hangover still lingers
Helped along by billion dollar-plus cash pile outside USA BI and data warehouser Teradata's revenues fell 10 per cent on the year from $545m to $491m in the first quarter of 2017, with a loss of $2m as the firm's recovery under new CEO Victor Lund still has a ways to go.…
Insuring against a future financial crisis
Staying compliant & off the front page There’s nothing quite like a nice, juicy financial crisis to wake up the regulators’ rule-setters, psych up the lawmakers and get the lawyers sharpening their quill pens and breaking out a fresh bottle of Quink. And so it seems to have been proven since the financial car crash of the mid to late noughties, with the appearance of a variety of new rules and legislation to keep the financial services industry on its toes.…
DevOps and containers heavyweights' London meetup: 20 days to go
We’re testing, testing, testing...the food We’ll be opening the doors for Continuous Lifecycle London 2017 in less than three weeks, meaning time is running out to secure a front row seat for three days of the best in DevOps, Containers, Agile, CD and more.…
Seven in ten UK unis admit being duped by phishing attacks
Not so smart now, eh? Seven in ten UK universities have admitted falling victim to a phishing attack in which an individual has been tricked into disclosing personal details via an email purporting to be from a trusted source.…
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