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Updated 2017-03-26 18:47
Researcher hopes to teach infants with cochlear implants to speak – with an app
Kids who've never heard need 'habilitation' – they've never had a skill to rehabilitate Getting an AI to understand speech is already a tough nut to crack. A group of Australian researchers wants to take on something much harder: teaching once-deaf babies to talk.…
Bloke whose drone was blasted out of sky by angry dad loses another court battle for compo
Snoopers get shotguns An appeals court has snubbed a drone owner's demand for $1,500 compensation from a furious dad who blew the flying gizmo out of the sky when it hovered over his family.…
DNA-bothering eggheads brew beer you were literally born to like
Red alert: Science mixed with marketing detected London-based Meantime Brewing Company, acquired a year ago by Belgian beverage multinational Anheuser-Busch InBev, wants to sell you beer tuned to your taste.…
Astroboffins stunned by biggest brown dwarf at edge of our galaxy
Not big enough to be a proper star; not small enough to be a planet Pic Astronomers claim to have identified the largest and purest brown dwarf – measuring in at a record-breaking 90 times the mass of Jupiter – hovering around the edges of the Milky Way.…
Ever visited a land now under Islamic State rule? And you want to see America? Hand over that Facebook, Twitter, pal
Uncle Sam turns up the heat on visa hopefuls US embassies have been told to examine social media accounts of visa applicants who have ever set foot in Islamic-State-controlled areas.…
After London attack, UK gov lays into Facebook, Google for not killing extremist terror pages
PM's spokesman and foreign secretary wave warning finger In the wake of a terror attack in the heart of London this week that left five dead, the UK government has turned its ire onto online companies – including Google and Facebook – for not doing enough to remove extremist webpages and other content from their services.…
'Windows 10 destroyed our data!' Microsoft hauled into US court
'Dodgy' unwanted operating system update sparks potential class-action lawsuit Updated Three people in Illinois have filed a lawsuit against Microsoft, claiming that its Windows 10 update destroyed their data and damaged their computers.…
Pure Silicon Valley: Medium asks $5 a month for absolutely nothing
Think of it as being your own mini-VC without shares Analysis Silicon Valley prides itself on disrupting industries – but it has bitten off more than it can chew by trying to take on an already highly competitive market suffering from major money woes.…
GiftGhostBot scares up victims' gift-card cash with brute-force attacks
Software nasty can burn through 1.7 million account numbers per hour Cybercrooks are using a bot to automate the process of breaking into and draining online gift card accounts.…
Capacity shortage hits AWS UK micro instances
Elastic cloud snaps back Amazon's brand-new UK T2 micro instances reached saturation point on Friday, with users being told the AWS service had run out of local capacity.…
Alternative vet Quartermaine exits Daisy, Daisy...
Bicycles into the sunset Brit IT services giant Daisy Group has waved goodbye to former Alternative Networks CEO Mark Quartermaine – just months after it bought the comms and tech integrator, an internal document has confirmed.…
Lloyds Banking Group axing hundreds of jobs AGAIN
And that's even before all of those techies are farmed out to IBM Lloyds Banking Group is throwing more UK techies overboard ahead of the big outsourcing deal with a “single strategic partner” that El Reg previously revealed was IBM.…
Oz companies fume as Enetica outage enters its second day
Hosting service's access to .au registry suspended Australian web service firm Enetica has provoked consternation among customers frustrated about a prolonged outage now entering its second day.…
UK.gov confirms it won't be buying V-22 Ospreys for new aircraft carriers
Also confirms earlier operational date for HMS Queen Elizabeth Britain is not buying V-22 Osprey aircraft to fly from its new aircraft carriers, the government has confirmed.…
Google pulls Hezbollah YouTube channel after we told them about the drone ads
All the tools you need Until just minutes before we hit publish on this story, Google was using a YouTube channel run by a fan of Hezbollah to promote potentially lethal drones.…
Profitless Twitter starts rumour of paid-for Tweetdeck option
Gotta do something to break even, right? Twitter, the profitless microblogging website, has floated the idea of offering a paid-for version of its Tweetdeck product – and this is going down amongst the site’s users like a cup of lukewarm vomit.…
There's just a week to show us how AI really works in business
M call for papers has a week to run Events There are just seven days left until we close the call for papers for M, and we would really love to hear how you’re putting artificial intelligence, machine learning and predictive analytics to work in business.…
I've Been Moved: IBMers in same division slapped with 2nd redundo scheme in 2 months
Deathly Hallows Mark ii IBM UK appears to have fired the starting gun on a 2.0 redundancy programme for the Infrastructure Services Delivery division – before the first one has even concluded.…
Ofcom wants automatic compensation for the people when ISPs fail
Watchdog proposes fines for every day repairs, installations and appointments are missed Ofcom has begun consulting on the government's desire to compensate consumers and SMEs when telco companies fail, as set out in the Digital Economy Bill, even though the Bill hasn't reached the Royal Assent stage yet.…
Did you know: Crimelords behind DDoS attacks offer customer loyalty points?
Tweaking business models for greater 404 kerching The DDoS attack business has advanced to the point that running an attack can cost as little as $7 an hour, while the targeted company can end up losing thousands, if not millions of dollars.…
Why do GUIs jump around like a demented terrier while starting up? Am I on my own?
Ever so lone lone lone lone a-lonely Something for the Weekend, Sir? “For heaven’s sake, stop waggling it in my face! Kuh-rist, keep still! Right – you’ve asked for it!”…
MPs slam 'dismal' cost savings of government procurement body
Crown Clown Commercial Service The UK government body created to save cash buying common goods and services centrally has so far provided "dismal" savings for the taxpayer, the Committee of Public Accounts said in a report today.…
Gov may need to splash £245m per year on IT contractors – NAO
Please come back freelancers, forget IR35: all is forgiven The government will need to splash £145m per year on 2,000 digital staff - or £244m using contractors - if it is to meet the serious shortfall in skills, according to the National Audit Office.…
Squirrel sinks teeth into SAN cabling, drives Netadmin nuts
'Chittering' under raised floor was the sound of a disaster recovery lesson ON-CALL Ooh! Friday is here! Which means it's time for On-Call, in which Reg acknowledge that misery loves company by sharing stories of jobs gone awry.…
Yet another job menaced by AI! Uh, wait, it says here... Dance Dance Revolution designers
Is this the last waltz for bonkers music game's level makers? Dance Dance Revolution – one of the few computer games that causes players to break into a sweat – has been revamped with the help of artificial intelligence.…
Inside OpenSSL's battle to change its license: Coders' rights, tech giants, patents and more
Devs who fail to respond to call for change will count as 'yes' votes for ASL 2.0 Analysis The OpenSSL project, possibly the most widely used open-source cryptographic software, has a license to kill – specifically its own. But its effort to obtain permission to rewrite contributors' rights runs the risk of alienating the community that sustains it.…
First the Rise of the Machines, now this: UK military's Exercise Information Warrior
From drones to smart warships. Well, sort of Comment Fresh from signing contracts to put artificial intelligence into its warships, the Royal Navy is now running an exercise to demonstrate robotic warfighting tech at work – Ex Information Warrior.…
FedEx paying five dollars to install Flash
Bribes on offer as courier's custom printing service needs Adobe's security sinkhole FedEx is offering customers US$5 to enable Adobe Flash in their browsers.…
Boffins reveal how to pour a perfect glass of wine with no drips. First step, take a diamond...
Groove breakthrough prevents shameful leakage Video A biophysicist has found a way to save precious wine drops from leaking down the side of the bottle after it’s poured into a glass.…
Google slaps Symantec for sloppy certs, slow show of SNAFUs
Certs will keep working, but Chrome will be suspicious, soon Google's Chrome development team has posted a stinging criticism of Symantec's certificate-issuance practices, saying it has lost confidence in the company's practices and therefore in the safety of sessions hopefully-secured by Symantec-issued certificates.…
Disney plotting 15 more years of Star Wars
First we'll get non-digital Leia and Han Solo: Young Adult with Chewie and Falcon back-story Disney CEO Bob Iger has told a conference that the company is contemplating “what could be another decade and a half of Star Wars stories.…
The Sun's been using facial scrub: no spots for two weeks
Move along, nothing to see here, says NASA. It's just Sol cycling as usual NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory has spotted nothing for the last two weeks, which is unusual.…
Australia bins safe harbour, presses ahead with Minister-as-NetAdmin plan
A land where the minister runs the internet and the media runs a minister Australia this week shelved planned safe harbour reforms to copyright and decided to proceed with laws that would make its attorney-general NetAdmin-in-chief.…
Amazon dodges $1.5bn US tax bill: It's OK to run sales through Europe out of IRS reach – court
If only we could all open a Luxembourg office, eh? Champagne corks will be popping in Seattle after US taxmen lost their case against American web giant Amazon over the non-payment of taxes on overseas earnings.…
Spotted: Bizarre SpaceX rocket-snatching machine that looks like it belongs on Robot Wars
Mawhrin-Skel to ride again? Pic A robot has been spotted on the landing pad of SpaceX's floating barge Of course I still love you, and the rocket biz is refusing to say what it is for.…
Amazing new WikiLeaks CIA bombshell: Agents can install software on Apple Macs, iPhones right in front of them
And in 2009 – just 8 years ago Startling leaked documents show the CIA could purchase Apple Macs and iPhones, install spyware onto them, and give them to targets.…
We're 90 per cent sure the FCC's robocall kill plan won't have the slightest impact
Dumb and dumber, or the lightest of light touches? The number-one complaint to US comms watchdog the FCC right now is about robocalls – a remarkable 200,000 complaints from consumers last year alone.…
Blinking cursor devours CPU cycles in Visual Studio Code editor
Crappy Chromium code is the culprit, we're told Microsoft describes Visual Studio Code as a source code editor that's "optimized for building and debugging modern web and cloud applications."…
If you were cuffed during Trump's inauguration, cops are trying to crack your smartphone
More than 100 mobes will only take a week to access Vid The inauguration of President Donald Trump in the US capital was marked by protests, with cops collaring more than 200 people on the day. Now court documents reveal the US government's efforts to crack the arrestees' locked phones and slurp their contents.…
US Senate votes to let broadband ISPs sell your browser histories
Hear that? That's the sound of ringing tills, sorry, freedom The US Senate has voted to kill privacy rules that would have prevented ISPs from selling your browser history, under the fantastic logic that mobile operators aren't under the same restriction.…
CoreOS Tectonic shift: Now you can run it on Azure and OpenStack
Biz-friendly Kubernetes tool gets a little easier to automate CoreOS is extending Tectonic, its enterprise Kubernetes platform, beyond Amazon Web Services and bare metal environments to run on Microsoft Azure and OpenStack cloud infrastructure.…
Android Forums resets passwords after hack
Only 2.5 per cent of userbase affected Add Android Forums to the growing list of web properties that have suffered a security breach.…
As ad boycott picks up pace, Google knows it doesn't have to worry
Why the agencies will come crawling back Analysis Several US-based advertisers have now suspended their advertising with YouTube, following over 200 pull-outs in the UK and Europe. Google had run big brand advertising on hate videos including jihadist groups. Johnson & Johnson, Verizon, AT&T are the latest to hit pause, or withdraw ad budgets from YouTube altogether. AT&T is one of the top-five advertisers in the US, the New York Times notes. In 2015 it was the third biggest spender with $3.3bn across all media, according to AdAge.…
Lloyds Banking Group to hang up on call centre staffers
95 people at risk so far Call centre staff at Lloyds Banking Group (LBG) are to be axed in the latest expenses purge, company insiders have told us.…
Vodafone's NB-IoT launch dates for Ireland and Netherlands slip
Delay may indicate Internet of Things market is less frantic than thought Vodafone has admitted that the commercial launch of its Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) network in Ireland and the Netherlands has been delayed by a whole season.…
Three to lawyer up unless Ofcom intervenes in spectrum market
If we can't buy O2, they must give us MOAR SPECTRUM Three has renewed calls on Ofcom to intervene in the UK's mobile spectrum market, warning it could lawyer up unless the regulator curbs the proportion of airwaves owned by Vodafone and BT's EE in the forthcoming auction.…
Cambridge wheels out latest smart city platform, ready for devs
Got a good Internet of Things problem-solving idea? Try it out with us, says city Brainbox greenhouse Cambridge has rolled out the latest stage of its smart city network, the Intelligent City Platform, which talks to the city’s existing LoRaWAN Internet of Things network.…
Good news, everyone! Two pints a day keep heart problems at bay
And yes, total abstinence isn't good for you Moderate drinking is good for you, a BMJ-published study has found, directly contradicting the advice of the UK government's "Chief Medical Officer", who advised last year there was "no safe level" of drinking. A daily pint reduces risk of a heart attack and angina by a third, a big data study of Brit adults has found, while total abstinence increases the risk by 24 per cent.…
'Clearance sale' shows Apple's iPad is over. It's done
Cheaper or more sophisticated? Cupertino does neither Comment "The iPad is done," writes Europe's shrewdest hardware scribe Volker Weber in the aftermath of Apple's annual revamp of its tablet line.…
Defence in Depth: A 'layered' strategy can repel cold attackers
Yes, a vest, cardigan and an overcoat The principle of Defence in Depth (“DiD”), says OWASP, is that “layered security mechanisms increase security of the system as a whole”. That is, if one layer of protection is breached, there’s still the opportunity for the attack to be fended off by one or more of the other layers. If anyone’s ever drawn something that looks like an onion on the whiteboard – a load of concentric layers with your infrastructure in the middle – that’s the concept we’re looking at. It’s actually a military term that’s been adopted by security types in the IT industry who want to be tank commanders when they grow up.…
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