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Guess who reserved their seat on the first Moon flight? My mum, that's who
Of course the ticket's real: it says 'Pan Am' at the top, doesn't it? Something for the Weekend, Sir? My mother won a ticket to the Moon.…
UK government buys off Serco lawsuit with $10m bung. Whew. Now Capita can start running fire and rescue
Makes you proud to be British The Ministry of Defence has slipped £10m of British taxpayers' money into Serco's back pocket to settle a legal challenge over the award of a £525m Fire and Rescue services contract to rival outsourcer Capita.…
What else can we add to UK.gov's tech project bonfire? Oh yeah, 5G
Watchdog casts doubt on testbeds and trials scheme The UK's £217m 5G testbed trials have already hit a major speed bump due to a lack of available equipment, according to an official report.…
Operation Desert Sh!tstorm: Routine test shoots down military's top-secret internets
How our sysadmin learned to fear vSphere On Call Welcome to Friday. The weekend is almost upon us so put down that bacon sarnie and pick up today's On Call, The Register's weekly column of tales from the tipping point.…
2015 database hack is the terrible gift that keeps giving for Slack: Tens of thousands of passwords now reset
Yak app still cleaning up after four-year-old cyber-break-in Slack says a 2015 database theft is to blame for a large-scale reset of stolen passwords.…
Don't miss out: Learn essential AI skills from dozens of top-notch speakers, sessions and workshops at this year's MCubed conference
Get your early-bird tickets for talks ranging from technical deep-dives to advice on ethics and the law Event Your early experiments in machine learning or AI can be tough. Getting them to work in production will be tougher still.…
Incognito mode won't stop smut sites sharing your pervy preferences with Facebook, Google and, er, Oracle
93% of onanistic orgs tracking you despite battened-down browsing Google, Facebook, and, surprisingly, Oracle are among the top ten third-party companies that frequently track your personal sexual interests every time you watch porn, according to new research.…
Arrested development: Cops dump Amazon's facial-recognition API after struggling to make the thing work properly
15 months of wrangling and Orlando couldn't even begin testing AI cloud tech for population surveillance Orlando cops have given up using Amazon’s controversial cloud-based facial recognition to monitor CCTV cameras dotted around the Florida city – after a nightmare year of technical breakdowns.…
Cloud makes it rain for Microsoft: IT giant turns green with Azure, cash poured all over investors
Record revenue reaches Redmond, the result of a booming as-a-service business Microsoft on Thursday reported record revenue for its fourth fiscal quarter of 2019 and for its full fiscal year, predictably pushing its stock higher in after-hours trading.…
The pro-privacy Browser Act has re-appeared in US Congress. But why does everyone except right-wing trolls hate it?
Martha Blackburn's bill is everything wrong with 2019 in 13 pages Comment A bi-partisan law bill that promises to give internet users far greater control over their privacy made another appearance in US Congress on Thursday.…
It's never good when 'Magecart' and 'bulletproof' appear in the same sentence, but here we are
Ukrainian civil war a bonanza for dodgy malware hosting firms A growing crop of so-called bulletproof hosting companies are using the ongoing civil war in Ukraine to host Magecart malware without fear of the police coming knocking.…
npm uninstall co-founder --global: Laurie Voss rides off into the sunset waving goodbye
Co-founder and chief data officer at NPM Inc, moves on Laurie Voss, the co-founder and chief data officer of widely used JavaScript package registry NPM Inc, today announced in a blog post that he left the company on July 1.…
We don't mean to poo-poo this, but... The Internet of S**t has literally arrived thanks to Pampers smart diapers
You can monitor your child – and their bowels - 24 hours a day! Which is… great? What's that unpleasant whiff? No, it's not little Johnny's sticky bowel movement but the new "smart diaper" containing his special effort.…
We need citizen devs, cries Microsoft – but pricey new licensing plans for PowerApps might put paid to that
'Empowering' if you've got $$$ Microsoft introduced new licensing plans for its PowerApps platform at the Inspire partner conference this week to accommodate the increasing capabilities available.…
Soon Google will have more bit barns in Texas than you can shake a stick at: Second facility planned for Ellis County
'Alamo Mission LLC' to splash $600m on city of Red Oak Google has identified a parcel of land for its second bit barn in Ellis County, Texas, even though the first one is still months away from completion.…
DRAM, is it cold in here? Semiconductor market expected to shrink 12% in 2019
Device numbers growing, but manufacturers are using fewer/cheaper chips per device With average prices for semiconductor components going down dramatically in 2019, especially DRAM and NAND, major chipmakers have been forced to reduce their production output. As a result, the silicon market is expected to shrink by 12 per cent year-on-year.…
Bulgaria hack: 20-year-old infosec whizz cuffed after 'adult population's' finance deets nicked
Bosses stick up for suspect, claim he's being framed for pinching 5m folks' data A 20-year-old infosec bod has been arrested in Bulgaria after most of the country's population had their personal and financial details stolen.…
Hip and modern IBM can't beat legacy kit and services IBM: That's four consecutive quarters of revenue decline now
8% cloud biz growth in 12 months. Where is Red Hat when you need it? IBM notched up its fourth straight quarter of revenue decline as the areas it deems strategic – hybrid cloud, AI and blockchain – couldn't paper over cracks in the legacy operations of big iron and outsourcing.…
Big fat doubt hovers over UK.gov's Making Tax Digital, customs declaration IT projects
Plus: Delivery on 9 more projects at 'major risk' A raft of major government IT projects are in serious trouble, including flagship programmes such as HMRC's Making Tax Digital and its Customs Declaration Service.…
Those facial recognition trials in the UK? They should be banned, warns Parliamentary committee
Latest call to halt creepy tech likely to fall on deaf ears Updated The UK government should slap a "moratorium on the current use of facial recognition technology, with "no further trials" until there is legal framework in place, a Parliamentary committee has warned today.…
Qualcomm fined €242m over 'predatory pricing' that helped to knock off British competitor Icera
Too late for chip flinger, but a win for the EU taxpayer The European Commission has issued American chip maker Qualcomm with a hefty €242m fine for anti-competitive practices.…
Japan and Greece collide as Toshiba's storage biz spinoff reborn as Kioxia
Kioku (memory) + axia (value) = $$$ Logowatch Toshiba Memory Corporation has emerged, reborn, from the depths of the strategy boutique, as Kioxia.…
Microsoft demos end-to-end voting verification system ElectionGuard, code will be on GitHub
'Defending democracy' initiative to resist nation-state attacks Microsoft has demonstrated its ElectionGuard electronic vote system at the Aspen Security Forum under way in Colorado and warned that nearly 10,000 of its customers have been targeted by nation-state attacks.…
'Member Ke3chang? They're still at it, you know. Euro diplomats targeted by 'China-based' hacker crew
Click your mouse three times... there's no place like a back door to your machine - ESET An old-school shadowy malware group believed to operate out of China has been targeting diplomats with what infosec researchers say is a previously undocumented backdoor.…
Red flag: Verify to be marked 'undeliverable' by gov projects watchdog
*Digital identity crisis intensifies* Exclusive The UK government's troubled £154m digital identity project Verify is to be flagged red by Whitehall's major projects watchdog, meaning delivery looks unachievable - according to sources.…
Elon Musk's new idea is to hook up your noggin up to an AI, but is he just insane about the brain?
We ask top boffins if the plan is good enough for skull drilling Analysis Silicon Valley bad boy Elon Musk's grand plan to build brain-machine interfaces to "achieve a symbiosis with artificial intelligence" is obviously more science fiction than fact at the moment.…
Rust in peace: Memory bugs in C and C++ code cause security issues so Microsoft is considering alternatives once again
Redmond engineer hints at taking super-lang for a spin Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) is waxing lyrical about the risks inherent in C and C++ coding, arguing it may be time to dump "unsafe legacy languages" and shift to more modern, safer ones.…
Banks bid legacy tech farewell as they sail to the cloud – but now all that infrastructure is in hands of the big three
MPs hear how financial services are trying to improve stability in wake of TSB's meltdown Shifting financial services to the public cloud risks creating an over-reliance on the "dominant" service providers, banking heads told MPs yesterday during an inquiry into IT outages in the sector.…
Dutch cops collar fella accused of crafting and flogging Office macro nasties to cyber-crooks
Accused bloke cuffed after plod swoop on home A 20-year-old man from the Netherlands accused of building and selling Office macro malware was arrested Wednesday.…
Fresh stalkerware crop pops up on Google's Android Play Store, swiftly yanked offline
130,000 have already downloaded creepware Seven new stalkerware apps have been spotted for sale on the Android Play Store, despite Google's policy against the invasive monitoring tools.…
Don't give it away, give it away, give it away now, bot busting biz tells reCAPTCHA data serfs
Instead of enriching Google, try making a market for click work Analysis Internet companies depend on free labor. Companies like Amazon, Facebook and Google rely upon content creators who give their work away for the sake of platform participation or perhaps naive altruism.…
Still not in the cloud? It's not too late to join. Make the move with practical advice from top-notch AWS experts
All-day event covers every angle, from workloads to security – register today Promo Every day the cloud continues to transform organisations, industries and the world around us.…
The Empire Strikes Back: Trump discovers $10bn JEDI cloud deal may go to nemesis Jeff Bezos, demands probe
Bad news for AWS and Microsoft, who are vying for US govt's winner-takes-all IT super-contract The Pentagon's $10bn JEDI mega-cloud contract may be put on hold once again, this time because President Trump has ordered a probe into the massive single-vendor deal.…
Hope to keep your H-1B visa? Don't become a QA analyst. Uncle Sam's not buying it: Techie's new job role rejected
Software testing just ain't that special, sniff immigration bods Software engineers have long been treated, in Silicon Valley at least, as special, worthy of massive salaries, and deserving of cozy work conditions and top-of-the-range benefits.…
Li-ion battery 'price-fixing' case settled with bonus fury over lawyers pocketing eight-figures
Judge green-lights $113m from Samsung, Sony, and others – but $34m in legal fees?! A long-running legal battle over the alleged price-fixing of lithium-ion batteries involving Samsung, Sony, LG, Hitachi, and NEC, has finally been settled [PDF] for $113m.…
Ex-Microsoft dev used test account to swipe $10m in tech giant's own store credits, live life of luxury, Feds allege
'No safeguards' on QA accounts, and suddenly this guy gets a Tesla and $1.6m home, say prosecutors A former Microsoft software engineer was arrested on Tuesday and charged with mail fraud for allegedly attempting to steal $10m in digital currency from his former employee, US prosecutors said today.…
Having flogged off its data centers, AT&T cozies up to Microsoft, IBM to keep it running
In a cloud war, the US telco opts for the Swiss model, stays neutral AT&T has announced “strategic alliances” with both IBM and Microsoft, as it looks to capitalize on cloud computing without getting its hands dirty.…
For pity's sake, groans Mimecast, teach your workforce not to open obviously dodgy emails
JavaScript obfuscation finds its way into finance phishery A JavaScript-based phishing campaign mainly targeting British finance and accounting workers has been uncovered by Mimecast.…
2019 set to be the worst year yet for smartphone market as lack of worthy upgrades dents demand
Here's Gartner with your latest dose of tech doom 'n' gloom 2019 could mark the steepest decline in the history of smartphone shipments as customers cling to their handsets for longer.…
You ain't getting around UK data laws on a technicality, top judge tells Google
Sod the law on compo payouts, says Vos, you still did wrong One of Britain's most senior judges has warned Google over its attempts to squeeze out of a £3bn data protection lawsuit by claiming some people might have consented to the adtech monolith's lawbreaking.…
Email scammers extract over $300m a month from American suits' pockets
FinCEN has recovered more than $500m to date While you're sweating to make an honest crust, email scammers are counting at least $301m in untaxed takings every month in the US alone, according to research by the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network.…
Euro Commish probes Amazon's marketplace biz, worries Bezos' beast is sniffing 'competitively sensitive' seller data
On same day Germany forces firm's Ts&Cs revamp The European Commission has inserted a probe into Amazon to ascertain if the giant digital souk breaches EU competition regulations by exploiting "sensitive" data from third-party sellers who use its marketplace.…
Microsoft adds Internet Explorer mode to Chromium Edge, announces roadmap
Enterprise features including support for hated ancient browser ready to evaluate Microsoft had to consider businesses' addiction to Internet Explorer 11 in its roadmap for Edge Enterprise, the business aspect of its new web browser based on Google's Chromium project.…
Oh look. Vodafone has extended its ultrafast 5G network to deliver... Wi-Fi?
Hey, that's a real use case, you at the back, stop your sniggering Mobile connectivity provider Vodafone has expanded its 5G network to another eight British towns and cities.…
Boris Johnson's promise of full fibre in the UK by 2025 is pie in the sky
From the man who brought us the garden bridge and water cannons Analysis Likely future UK prime minister Boris Johnson has pledged to bring full fibre to all homes by 2025, a claim that telecoms experts have widely dismissed.…
Google's Go team decides not to give it a try
A key proposal for Go 1.14 – adding a built-in try keyword – has been declined The Go language will not be adding a "try" keyword in the next major version, despite this being a major part of what was proposed for version 1.14.…
Well I'm looking to AI to save me, looking 'cos it's my design: Could you make my drone learn to fly hybrid?
Pssst. You don't need to manually code it, neural networks will do it for you AI algorithms can help you automatically fly a drone of your design, according to new research that will be presented at the SIGGRAPH conference on computer graphics later this month.…
OK, it's fair to say UK's botched Emergency Services Network is an emergency now, right?
Home Office lacks plan, skills, budget control or achievable deadlines, says watchdog The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has delivered another damning report on the UK Home Office's bungling attempts to procure a replacement communications network for the emergency services.…
Turning it off and on again IN SPAAACE! ISS animal-tracker kit needs oldest trick in the book
There's a bit more to it than leaning down and fumbling for reset switch, though Icarus – the ambitious project to track hundreds of thousands of animals from space – has hit an unexpected delay after a specialised computer installed on board the International Space Station (ISS) refused to work as intended.…
Brit consumers still holding off on buying new PCs until that Brexit thing is over and done with
Even businesses' attempts to destroy Windows 7 with firehose of cash fail to reverse sales droop The bad news bus kept on rolling in calendar Q2 as consumer PCs sold to retailers continued their decline. Business customers’ enthusiasm for pricier hardware did, however, keep tech wholesalers revenues afloat.…
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