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Real brains discuss artificial brains in real-world London

We’re thrilled to announce the first tranche of conference speakers for the Minds Mastering Machines (M3) three-day dive into machine learning, AI and advanced analytics this Autumn. We’ll be gathering a wide range of experts together at 30 Euston Square from October 9 to 11, who will help you not just grasp the potential of …
Team Register, 30 May 2017
Kate Devlin Register Lecture

Love bots lecture thrills room full of Reg readers

If you’ve ever wondered what the development of AI and robotics might mean for your sex life, you should have been with us last month for our Register Lecture on Sex, AI, Robots and You. Kate Devlin, senior lecturer in the Department of Computing at Goldsmiths, University of London, took the capacity audience on a whizzbang …
Team Register, 30 May 2017

UK biz: Oh (yawn) GDPR? Was that *next* May? – survey

UK businesses are risking damaging fines by ignoring the implications of upcoming data protection rules, according to a new survey. A poll of 2,000 businesses by YouGov exposed a significant lack of awareness and urgency among many businesses concerning the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which comes into effect on …
Team Register, 30 May 2017
The main room at Continuous Lifecycle

What happened when 300 DevOps experts took over the QE II?

Events If you couldn’t join us last week for Continuous Lifecycle London 2017, you can still get a flavour of the event with our speakers’ presentations and selected video highlights. Over 300 people joined Situation Publishing, the people behind The Register, and German publisher Heise, at the QE II building in Westminster over …
Team Register, 26 May 2017
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Uber New York class action alleges passengers overcharged $7.43m per month

Uber's New York woes are piling up, as the dial-a-ride service has now been sued by riders who believe they were being overcharged. A class action suit filed in the New York US District Court claims the UberX service has been charging users a higher-than-advertised price for rides. The suit, led by named plaintiff Jacqueline …
Team Register, 25 May 2017

Intel pitches a Thunderbolt 3-for-all

Intel is pushing its Thunderbolt 3.0 USB port as the defacto input mode for future PCs. Chipzilla announced on Wednesday that it will be throwing its weight behind an effort to make the next-gen port standard the biggest thing since USB. Possible applications include solid-state hard drives and 4K video cameras. "Intel's …
Team Register, 24 May 2017
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M6 crowned crappiest motorway for 4G signal

The M6 is officially the UK's worst motorway for 4G coverage. Global Wireless Solutions clocked up almost a million data points to find a winner and loser. On average Britain’s linear car parks, er, motorways only maintain an LTE signal 62 per cent of the time. But the M6, originally built for ferrying northerners to Cup …
Team Register, 28 Apr 2017
Data breach

Large UK businesses are getting pwned way more than smaller ones

Larger businesses in the UK are far more likely to be victims of attacks than smaller ones, according to a survey by the British Chamber of Commerce. Nearly half (42 per cent) of companies with more than 100 staff have been hit by information spillages, hackers or malware attacks. This figure compares to 18 per cent of …
Team Register, 18 Apr 2017
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Oh snap! UK Prime Minister Theresa May calls June election

Prime Minister Theresa May has called a snap general election to be held on 8 June. The 11am statement – delivered 15 minutes earlier than political journalists had been led to believe – confirmed that an election would be held in seven weeks. In a veiled reference to last June's referendum vote to leave the European Union, …
Team Register, 18 Apr 2017

About The Register

The Register is a leading global online tech publication, with more than nine million monthly unique browsers worldwide. The core audiences are the UK and US, accounting for more than six million. The bulk of the remaining readership are located in Canada, Australia and northern Europe. Starting out in London in 1994 as an …
Team Register, 10 Apr 2017
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Terms and conditions of use

Welcome to The Register. The Register is a news organisation owned and operated by Situation Publishing that allows users who have created an account with us (“Members”) to post comments on contributions/articles and to receive newsletters through email subscriptions. 1. Your acceptance of these Terms 1.1 By using, visiting, …
Team Register, 10 Apr 2017
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Reg now behind invisible HTML5 Bitcoin paywall

Readers will be aware that these are tough times for the media. And The Register is no exception: like many other publishers we need to diversify our revenue base. So we set a team of developers to find disruptive ways of funding our journalists, pun-generation labs and to ensure our founders' long labours are properly …
Team Register, 01 Apr 2017
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M3 call for papers extended

We’ve had a cracking response to our call for papers for M3, but more than a few people at the cutting edge of AI and machine learning have been in touch to ask for extensions. So, to be fair to all, we’re pushing the deadline for the call for papers back to April 17. Full details of the call for papers are here. Which means …
Team Register, 31 Mar 2017

Nuns left in limbo after phone line transfer hell

A judge has hit Irish telco Eircom with a €16,500 fine, after the former incumbent left a nursing home for retired nuns without phone service for weeks, then overcharged the sisters for the privilege. Sorting out the snafu that left the Franciscan Missionaries of the Divine Motherhood nursing home in Ballinasloe, Co Galway …
Team Register, 28 Mar 2017
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M3: Skymind.io’s Melanie Warrick to deliver keynote

Events We’re thrilled to announce that Skymind.io’s Melanie Warrick will be a keynote speaker at M3. Melanie is a Deep Learning Engineer at Skymind.io, and focuses on both neural nets and distributed systems, as she builds machine learning products that consume data at scale. Whilst at Skymind.io, she has developed a deep learning …
Team Register, 15 Mar 2017
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Swedish politician wants weekly hour of paid sex. For exercise

A Swedish municipality may allow its workers to get on the job while on the clock, for an hour each week. This idea comes to the world thanks to Per-Erik Muskos, a councillor in the Swedish district of Övertorneå, which is a whisker to the south of the Arctic Circle and home to under 2,000 people. As it happens, your …
Team Register, 24 Feb 2017

Update or shut up: Microsoft's choice for desktop Skypers

Microsoft's hurrying desktop Skype users to new client software. As revealed in a post late last week, Redmond's new plan will mean that come March 1st, users of “Skype for Windows desktop (7.16 and below) or Skype for Mac (7.0 to 7.18) will no longer be able to sign in.” To avoid that conversational crimp, you need merely …
Team Register, 06 Feb 2017

Samsung is on fire, overtakes Apple as world's #1 chip-shifter

Samsung overtook Apple in Gartner's "total addressable semiconductor" market. The list largely reflects smartphone vendors, with strong growth for Huawei and BKK, although Dell retains a presence. Apple's share of the global chip business fell for the first time since 2008, according to one measure. Gartner's tally includes …
Team Register, 01 Feb 2017

Big Blue's BigInsights has big-ish bugs

IBM has patched twin cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerabilities in its Hadoop-probing InfoSphere BigInsights platform. The patches released last week shutter the bugs (CVE-2016-2924, CVE-2016-2992) that could compromise users of the big data analytics software. Fortinet researcher Honggang Ren quietly reported the flaws to …
Team Register, 30 Jan 2017
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Ransomware killed 70% of Washington DC CCTV ahead of inauguration

Criminals infected 70 percent of storage devices tied to closed-circuit TVs in Washington DC eight days before the inauguration of President Donald Trump. The ransomware infection downed 123 of its 187 network video recorders, each controlling up to four CCTVs, and forced the city to wipe its affected IT systems which it says …
Team Register, 30 Jan 2017
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WordPress slips out three quick patches

WordPress has fixed three flaws in its content management system, shuttering cross-site scripting and SQL injection bugs three weeks after its last update. The world's most popular content management system, used by some 74.7 million web sites, was open to a SQL injection flaw in WP_Query class that handles database and post …
Team Register, 29 Jan 2017
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Counter-terror cops arrest pair for sending poo-smeared toilet paper to public figures

An Italian couple have been nicked by counter-terror cops for, some, er, smearing letters they had sent to public figures. According to the Italian rozzers, over a two-year spree, the 71-year-old and his 54-year-old partner sent threatening and defamatory letters to high-profile targets, which also contained toilet paper …
Team Register, 27 Jan 2017
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Continuous Lifecycle London: Save over 25% with early bird tickets

We're bringing some of the finest brains from the worlds of DevOps, Containers, Agile and Continuous Delivery to London in May, and if you're quick you can join us AND save over a quarter off the full-fat ticket price. If you move now, you can secure your place for just £665 plus VAT, a big saving on the full price of £900. …
Team Register, 24 Jan 2017
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Kid hackers break XSS defences, find hack hole in 2 million websites

Hackers Karim Rahal and Ibram Marzouk have found multiple cross-site scripting vulnerabilities in the HTML Comment Box that opened avenues to compromise visitors to some used by some 2 million websites. Rahal (@KarimPwnz) and Marzouk (@0xibram), both 14 year-old students based in Lebanon, reported the flaws through Detectify's …
Team Register, 24 Jan 2017

Ransomware scum infect cancer non-profit

Ransomware scum have hit a new low by infecting a not-for-profit cancer support organization in Muncie, Indiana, US. Little Red Door provides diagnostics, treatment, and supplies to under-served patients, among other services. It told told the Associated Press this week that miscreants infected its central server, stripped and …
Team Register, 18 Jan 2017

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