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Judge

Judge bins sueball lobbed at Malwarebytes by rival antivirus maker for torpedoing its tool

Security software slinger Enigma has lost a key legal battle against antivirus maker Malwarebytes, which blocks and deletes Enigma's products from PCs.
Iain Thomson, 10 Nov 2017
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The NAKED truth: Why flashing us your nude pics is a good idea – by Facebook's safety boss

PollAmid days of intense debate over about its controversial plan to block revenge porn on its social network, Facebook sought to calm fears about the program.
Iain Thomson, 10 Nov 2017
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Foot stuck in chewing gum

'Sticky runway' closes Canadian airport

Canadian airport Goose Bay has closed due to a “sticky runway”.
Simon Sharwood, 10 Nov 2017
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Samsung shows off Linux desktops on Galaxy smartmobes

VideoSamsung's shown a little more of its plans to run fully-fledged Linux desktops on its 8-series Galaxy smartmobes.
Simon Sharwood, 10 Nov 2017
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Hey, Nvidia – who loves you, and who do you love? A. Cloud giants

Nvidia's fortunes continue to rise, with the graphics card slinger reporting record revenue of $2.64bn, as well as rising profit, in its third quarter of the year.
Katyanna Quach, 10 Nov 2017
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Qualcomm Snapdragon 820

Qualcomm touts deal with Chinese giants to really consider using $12bn of its chips

Qualcomm says it has struck a deal, of sorts, with four major smartphone vendors in China that could possibly be worth $12bn.
Shaun Nichols, 10 Nov 2017
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Inmarsat aircraft Wi-Fi lift off set to fill coffers

Brit satellite biz Inmarsat has doubled its statutory profits and grown its revenues, thanks mainly to its in-flight Wi-Fi offerings.
Gareth Corfield, 10 Nov 2017
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Harry potter wizards unite

Harry Potter to get the Pokémon GO treatment

If you're not keen on augmented reality, Harry Potter, kids whose lives seem to be lived through mobile devices, or all of the above: brace yourself.
Simon Sharwood, 10 Nov 2017
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Please ignore this sticky note

User asked help desk to debug a Post-it Note that survived a reboot

On-CallWelcome again to On-Call, in which The Register christens each new Friday with a reader-contributed tale of being asked to fix the unthinkable.
Simon Sharwood, 10 Nov 2017
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Treadmill

System Center's first semi-annual release debuts

Microsoft's released the first semi-annual version of System Center.
Simon Sharwood, 10 Nov 2017
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Metal 3D printing at 100 times the speed and a twentieth of the cost

CommentA new machine will print metal parts at a tenth of the cost of today's manufacturing systems, potentially launching a revolution in small part production, its creators claim.
Kieren McCarthy, 10 Nov 2017
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Optical Communications and Sensor Demonstration

NASA shoots for 200Mbps networks on swarming satellites

Orbital ATK will on Saturday* launch a Cygnus spacecraft on a supply mission to the International Space Station, with one of its payloads being a pair of CubeSats that NASA hopes can demonstrate 200 megabits per second downloads, from space, and how small satellites can be operated in harness to build networks or complex machines.
Simon Sharwood, 10 Nov 2017
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Palace of Westminster

UK.gov: IT contracts should be no more than 7 years. (Not 18, Fujitsu)

The British government has once again told departments to break their addiction to big contracts, specifying that deals with suppliers should be no longer than a paltry seven years.
Kat Hall, 10 Nov 2017
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ZX Spectrum Vega firm's lawyers targeted by empty-handed backers

Disgruntled customers of ZX Spectrum Vega+ firm Retro Computers Ltd have complained to the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority (SRA), alleging ringfenced company funds are being diverted into its legal battles.
Gareth Corfield, 10 Nov 2017
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The day I almost pinned my tushie as a Google Maps landmark

Something for the Weekend, Sir?Facebook wants to look at my nuts.
Alistair Dabbs, 10 Nov 2017
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Register Lecture Picture

History shows why geeks will never, ever, ever... get along

Register LectureYou know that geeks tend to atomise into warring camps, exchanging flames, tweets and worse. But did you know that real live academics have studied this phenomenon?
Joe Fay, 10 Nov 2017
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android logo

Android at 10: How Google won the smartphone wars

Part OneIt was an anniversary that prompted much reflection. The Platform had completely triumphed and was now ubiquitous, relied on by people all over the world. You could find the Platform in almost every conceivable kind of device, from cars to TVs. Although Apple had once been the pioneer, it now had to settle for life in the Platform's shadow: as a high-margin boutique, catering to a wealthy minority. The Platform was what everyone else used.
Andrew Orlowski, 10 Nov 2017
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Belt with antique looking cellphone strapped to it in a brass pouch

BOFH: But soft, what light through yonder window breaks?

Episode 15“I don’t know what to say,” the Boss says, looking confused.
Simon Travaglia, 10 Nov 2017
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Automatic for the people: Telcos forced to pay for giving you crap services

Purveyors of crap broadband services could have to shell out £142m in compensation, under an automatic redress scheme due to be brought in by regulator Ofcom.
Kat Hall, 10 Nov 2017
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An unhappy driver

Uber loses appeal against employment rights for workers

Taxi firm Uber has today lost its appeal against a ruling that its drivers should be classed as workers rather than self-employed.
Kat Hall, 10 Nov 2017
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spies_648

WikiLeaks drama alert: CIA forged digital certs imitating Kaspersky Lab

The CIA wrote code to impersonate Kaspersky Labs in order to more easily siphon off sensitive data from hack targets, according to leaked intel released by Wikileaks on Thursday.
John Leyden, 10 Nov 2017
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UK Home Sec thinks a Minority Report-style AI will prevent people posting bad things

CommentThe Home Secretary believes artificial intelligence will soon be used to stop people posting on the internet pre-emptively with a kind of Minority Report-style "precrime" unit.
Andrew Orlowski, 10 Nov 2017
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Firefox 57: Good news? It's nippy. Bad news? It'll also trash your add-ons

Open Source InsiderMozilla plans on November 14 to start rolling out Firefox 57, a massive update that just might send many of its users scurrying for the LTS release.
Scott Gilbertson, 10 Nov 2017
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Capita forced to pay out £66m to investors over Connaught fund farce

Capita's investment business has been forced to pay up to £66m to investors by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) over its handling of the collapsed Connaught Income Fund.
Kat Hall, 10 Nov 2017
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OPtane_AIC_drive

Whomp. Intel's promised fatter Optane drive arrives

The 750GB version of Intel's Optane P4800X product is becoming available this month, doubling the current 375GB capacity.
Chris Mellor, 10 Nov 2017
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Sean Parker: I helped destroy humanity with Facebook

The billionaire and former Facebook president Sean Parker now says he regrets helping turn the social network into a global phenomenon. The site grew by "exploiting a vulnerability in human psychology" with its greed for attention and the careful reward system it created to keep users addicted.
Andrew Orlowski, 10 Nov 2017
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Stock market image via Shutterstock

Equifax Q3 results: Not as bad as you might have hoped – hack only cost biz about $87m

Equifax's latest financials lay bare the costly fallout from the embarrassing security breach that exposed 143 million customers' privates in the US and 15.2 million records in the UK.
Richard Priday, 10 Nov 2017
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schoolkids

Computing in schools improved, but still needs major patching – report

Computing based education has improved in the UK since 2012 but there's still more to be done, according to the Royal Society
Richard Priday, 10 Nov 2017
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Greenhouse gas-sniffing satellite to be built and tested in Britain

The UK Space Agency has made a deal with Thales Alenia Space to assemble and test a carbon-measuring satellite, the British government announced yesterday.
Richard Priday, 10 Nov 2017
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HP Apollo supercomputer

HPE gets carried array with HPC: Partners up with DDN

+CommentHPE and DataDirect Networks are partnering to integrate DDN storage and burst buffer products with HPE's Apollo servers and its DMF workflow manager.
Chris Mellor, 10 Nov 2017

Word on the Rimini Street: Software support firm smiles through Oracle pain

Oracle and SAP support firm Rimini Street has reported an increase in revenues in its first quarterly results since being listed on the NASDAQ.
Rebecca Hill, 10 Nov 2017
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Gacek_and_Cohen

Quantum CEO exits as scale-out storage rescue fails

It's blood on the boardroom table at Quantum as an activist investor joins the board, the CEO leaves, the scale-out storage revenue rescue strategy fails, revenues turn down, and hopes turn to a software-defined, cloud-native future.
Chris Mellor, 10 Nov 2017
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UN General Assembly

Microsoft president says the world needs a digital Geneva Convention

Microsoft president Brad Smith appeared before the UN in Geneva to talk about the growing problem of nation-state cyber attacks on Thursday.
John Leyden, 10 Nov 2017
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password

How did someone hijack your Gmail? Phishing, keylogger or password reuse, we're guessing

Google has teamed up with computer scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, to find out how exactly hijackers take over its users' accounts.
John Leyden, 10 Nov 2017
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Brace yourselves, fanboys. Winter is coming. And the iPhone X can't handle the cold

Apple's $1,000 iPhone X may have trouble operating in the winter weather.
Shaun Nichols, 10 Nov 2017
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Two execs in a server room. Has to have happened some time heh. Photo by Shutterstock

You wanted robo-butlers. Instead, you're getting robo-BOFHs

InterviewPark Place Technologies for the past two years has been working with IT services biz BMC to develop a way to augment its data center service business with machine learning.
Thomas Claburn, 10 Nov 2017
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currency

Parity's $280m Ethereum wallet freeze was no accident: It was a HACK, claims angry upstart

A crypto-currency collector who was locked out of his $1m Ethereum multi-signature wallet this week by a catastrophic bug in Parity's software has claimed the blunder was not an accident – it was "deliberate and fraudulent."
Iain Thomson, 10 Nov 2017

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