French snooping as deep as PRISM: Le Monde
Edward Snowden's revelations about American communications snoopery have inspired newspapers around the world to investigate domestic spying, the latest of which is Le Monde in France.
FRBs and variable forces: a big week for astronomy
Astronomers trawling through the archives of the Parkes Radio Telescope have turned up a new and mystifying class of intergalactic radio transmissions: FRBs, or fast radio bursts.
ULTRASONIC BOLLOCK BLASTERS help Hawkmoth battle The Bat
In a development whose scientific importance would be difficult to exaggerate, it has been discovered that hawk moths emit powerful ultrasonic pulse beams from their genitals in order to intefere with the sonar senses of predatory bats hunting them.
Spending watchdog SAVAGES rural broadband push
The government's crashingly expensive rural broadband deployment project has failed to demonstrate that it represents value for money to Britain's taxpayers, the National Audit Office concluded today in a scathing report.
Fedora back on track with Schrödinger's cat
Fedora 19, codenamed Schrödinger's Cat, follows the much-delayed Fedora 18 and the good news is things looks to be back on track. Not only is the release just a week away but it also sees Fedora returning to its core focus: building useful software for developers.
UK data cops to Google: You've got three months to sort out privacy
I'm 'pretty comfy' with PRISM + 'It's Google. What else do you expect'
QuotWThis was the week when the Snowden saga took a few major plot twists, with one president's plane grounded while another president claimed the whole PRISM-snooping thing was for the best.
Every Friday is rat-out-your-boss-for-software-piracy Friday
For The Cure, Friday was a day of love, for most of us it is the gateway to the weekend - but for pirate-haters it is the best time to shop employers using unlicensed software at work.
Hanslope Park: Home of Britain’s ‘real-life Q division’
Geek's Guide to BritainHanslope Park sits just outside the small, quiet North Buckinghamshire village of Hanslope. I grew up there, and the Park and its occupants would always be mentioned by conversing grown-ups in suddenly hushed tones. Who might be listening? Other villagers were quietly pointed out with the words: “You see him? He works at the Park, he does.”
Upturned boat sails to Shed of the Year title
Take one upturned wooden boat, a few old old windows and doors, a wood burner and some 12V solar-powered lights and you've got the recipe for the 2013 Shed of the Year - a magnificent construction which saw off over 1,900 rivals to sail to the pinnacle of sheddie glory.
UKFast hoovers up customer list of BurstNET
UKFast has made its first acquisition under a newly recruited M&A head after taking on the local customer base of US hosting biz BurstNET.
Buy a flash kit maker now, Seagate... good ones will be gone soon
Blocks and FilesWith Western Digital buying sTec and SanDisk buying SMART Storage Systems, Seagate is looking like the last player standing in the game of flash musical chairs.
What 80/20 really means: One big failed customer will kill you
CommentOnce again small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are being held up as the saviour of the economy in general and the IT industry in particular. But once again, I expect our industry to ignore what's staring them in the face.
Microsoft offloads heap of critical fixes in 'ugly' Patch Tuesday
Microsoft is planning a high-impact edition of Patch Tuesday with seven bulletins this month - six of which cover critical flaws.
Germans brew up a right Sh*tstorm
Proof of the pervasive nature of the English language comes with the news that "shitstorm" has been named Germany's "Anglicism of the Year".
HP techies reject latest pay offer, closer to industrial action
Unionised engineers at HP Customer Delivery Services - which provides support for customers including Barclays, BT and Tesco - have moved a step closer to industrial action after rejecting its latest pay offer.
Tickle my balls, stroke my button and blow the fluff from my crack
Something for the Weekend, Sir?“Give yourself a little blow job every morning and your working day will be a happier one!”
Investors: Oh Samsung. You need to smash those records HARDER
Samsung's estimates for its second quarter earnings missed forecasts, worrying investors despite the fact that it will be another record-breaking quarter at the firm.
Anti-PRISM Trojan explodes over Jay-Z fans
Fans of rapper Jay-Z who thought they'd grabbed hold of an app granting them access to an early release of his new album Magna Carta Holy Grail have found themselves on the receiving end of an anti-PRISM Android Trojan designed to slurp all their data, according to security researchers. It is not yet clear if the data-stealing functionality is being used by the malware-flingers, however.
Microsoft's cloud leaves manual transmission behind
When you write technology blogs for a living you end up sitting through a lot of WebExes, watching a lot of training videos and going to a lot of conferences.
US: We spied on you Europeans but we can still be chums. Right?
High-ranking Eurocrats are expected to begin crisis talks on digital surveillance with American officials on Monday.
MoD and tech, arms giants start super-duper cyber fight club
The UK Ministry of Defence has enlisted the help of nine weapons firms, tech companies and telcos to beef up the country's cyber defences and fend off hacking and other attacks.
Credit card donations to WikiLeaks restored as Mastercard breaks ranks
Mastercard has broken ranks with other payment providers such as PayPal and Visa and begun allowing payments to WikiLeaks.
Health minister asks elderly patients what they think of data-sharing
The NHS turned 65 today, which has led to some quarters drawing an unfavourable analogy between the health service and a patient who has just reached retirement age.
EU crackdown will see tougher sentences for stupid cyber-badhats
The European Parliament has agreed to toughen criminal penalties across the EU for cyber attacks, especially any that threaten national infrastructure or are deemed to be aimed at stealing sensitive data.
Of mice, the NSA, GCHQ and data protection
CommentSuppose you see a mouse in your house: is it likely to be the only mouse in your house? The relevance of the question will come apparent when we dig deeper into those infamous “black boxes” allegedly used by the USA’s National Security Agency1, the latest GCHQ mass interception fandango, and the responsibilities of the UK Information Commissioner.
US workforce expands as more job seekers seek jobs
The US is still buzzed with its July 4th hangover, but the Bureau of Labor Statistics is open for business, delivering some good news: over the past three months, despite government job cuts, private-sector employers added enough jobs to keep pace with population growth.
Star bosses name asteroid to honor author Iain Banks
The International Astronomical Union (IAU) has officially named an asteroid after the recently-deceased Scottish author Iain Banks, a 6.1 km (3.8 mile) "stony" rock in the main asteroid belt orbiting the Sun.
BBC abandons 3D TV, cites 'disappointing' results
The BBC will suspend its 3D TV transmissions indefinitely, citing poor demand among viewers – its last hurrah will be a Dr. Who anniversary special in November.
Brit server maker Avantek puts its back into ARM servers
Tony Lees, managing director of Avantek Computer Limited, wants to sell you your first and then your next hundred ARM servers. "This is our current plan: to take over the world with ARM," Lees tells El Reg with a laugh.
Dell explores wearable computing as PC base crumbles
With PC sales falling and the battle over ownership of Dell still raging, the company is "exploring ideas" in the hot, hip, happening wearable computing field as a possible way forward.
Battery-boosting breakthrough grows on trees – literally
Battery technology has stubbornly resisted major breakthoughs, but a team of researchers at the University of Maryland has found help from a most unlikely source: pine trees.
Godmother of Unix admins Evi Nemeth presumed lost at sea
ObitThe New Zealand authorities have formally called off the search for the sailing cruiser Nina, and say its seven-person crew, which includes Evi Nemeth who for the last 30 years has written the system administration handbooks for Unix and Linux, is now presumed lost at sea.