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'Do not tell Elon': Ex-SpaceX man claims firm cut corners on NASA part tests

A fired SpaceX worker has accused the company of leaning on its employees to forge test records for parts destined for NASA. Jason Blasdell told his wrongful firing court hearing in California that although he complained to the HR department about being pressured into creating false test passes, the company ignored him – and …
Gareth Corfield, 26 May 2017
Galaxies stretching back into time across billions of light-years of space. The image covers a portion of a large galaxy census called the Great Observatories Origins Deep Survey (GOODS).

Scientists are counting atoms to figure out when Mars last had volcanoes

Astroboffins have figured out a new way of dating planets and meteorites by counting individual atoms in rock samples snatched from the depths of space. The atomic-scale imaging technique developed by University of Portsmouth scientists involves locating and counting individual atoms in planetary materials. "Directly linking …
Gareth Corfield, 26 May 2017
Gary Lineker and Rolf Harris. #walkerswave

Walkers' Crisps pulls backfiring Tweet campaign that paired Gary Lineker and a bunch of nasties

Walkers' Crisps is desperately scrabbling to clean up a Twitter promo campaign after miscreants gamed it to broadcast videos of Gary Lineker holding up photos of paedophiles, murderers, terrorists and other such scum of the earth. The embarassingly backfiring Twitter stunt was aimed at drumming up enthusiasm for their fried …
Gareth Corfield, 25 May 2017
Drone jammer

Drones over London caused aviation chaos, pilots' reports reveal

A pair of errant drones over East London caused so much airspace disruption that flights to Heathrow had to be diverted for fear of collision, it has emerged. Airprox reports filed by captains of airliners flying over London on 20 November last year, freshly published by the UK Airprox Board (UKAB), reveal how air traffic …
Gareth Corfield, 25 May 2017
The Royal Courts of Justice in London

Costs v sales agent? Not just yet, judge tells Retro Computers Ltd

ZX Spectrum Vega firm Retro Computers Ltd has had its attempt to force former sales agent Nick Cooper to hand over extra information in the ongoing court battle between the two postponed today by the London County Court. RCL had applied for a court order that would have forced Cooper to answer a series of questions designed to …
Gareth Corfield, 24 May 2017
Man winces in terror and shock after something unexpectedly horrible happens to him. Photo by Shutterstock

Are telcos' customers expecting too much of IoT connectivity techs?

Some customers are expecting more than can be realistically delivered with licensed spectrum Internet of Things connectivity technologies, a major European telco has warned. Suggesting that customers' expectations about what can be achieved with the Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) technology must be managed, Deutsche …
Gareth Corfield, 24 May 2017

'Odour' from AnalTech ramming leads to hazmat team callout

An American company implausibly named AnalTech – no, really – has been slammed hard enough for a hazardous materials response team to be called out to deal with the smell. A pick-up truck ploughed through the wall of AnalTech, which insists it is an analytical technology firm, early on Tuesday morning, as reported by Delaware …
Gareth Corfield, 24 May 2017
Man vs paperwork. Paper-pusher loses control. Photo by Shutterstock

IoT standards? We've got 'em. And if you don't like those, we got more

Cities are tired of being the "guinea pigs" caught in the middle of the Internet of Things' ongoing standards bunfight, London's LPWA conference was told this morning. "They want to see something that actually works. So far, they haven't seen much," shrugged Silver Spring Networks' Itai Dadon during a panel discussion about …
Gareth Corfield, 23 May 2017
DJI Phantom 2 Drone

DJI: Register your drones or no more cool flying vids for you

Chinese drone maker DJI is forcing all new users of its drones to register their devices through its app - and is throttling flight performance if they don't comply. The new application activation process will restrict DJI drones to a maximum height of 98 feet (30 metres) and a lateral sphere of 164 feet (50m) around the …
Gareth Corfield, 23 May 2017
Qantas Boeing 737-838, VH-VZR

Vegemite tries to hijack Qantas name-our-planes competition

Vegemite is trying to hijack Australian airline Qantas's public competition to name its new airliners. The continent-sized country's flag-carrying airline is, rather stupidly, allowing the great unwashed to name its eight new Airbus A380s. "We want their names to reflect the true Spirit of Australia," gushes the Name The …
Gareth Corfield, 22 May 2017
Ford Focus steering wheel. Pic: Simon Rockman

Ford to replace CEO with connected car division boss – reports

Ford has reportedly invited its CEO to leave following a slump in share prices which some media reports pin on the US auto maker’s shift from focusing on cars to tech. The US Associated Press reported this morning that 56-year-old Mark Fields is retiring “amid questions about its current performance and future strategy”. Under …
Gareth Corfield, 22 May 2017

O2 will be carrying out UK IoT connectivity trials later this year

Exclusive British telco O2 is the first to publicly confirm that it will be trialling 3GPP-compliant Internet of Things connectivity tech in the UK later this year. Although the telco would not be drawn on specifics, it told The Register it would be trialling "3GPP cellular IoT [Internet of Things] technology" this year. This is a …
Gareth Corfield, 22 May 2017
RAF F-35B ZM137, visiting the UK in 2016. Crown copyright

Blighty's buying another 17 F-35s, confirms the American government

The UK will buy a grand total of 17 F-35B fighter jets between 2020 and 2022 – and acquiring the A model of the supersonic stealth fighter hasn’t been ruled out. The American government announced on Wednesday the awarding of F-35 production lots 12, 13 and 14 to Lockheed Martin. A legal formality, the class justification and …
Gareth Corfield, 19 May 2017
After Burner 2 Arcade edition

London City airport swaps control tower for digital cameras

London’s City airport is replacing its air traffic control tower with zoomable cameras worked from a base in Hampshire, according to reports. City, a small business-focused airport tucked into the capital’s Canary Wharf district (aircraft landing from, or departing to, the west of the airport actually fly between the area’s …
Gareth Corfield, 19 May 2017
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ZX Spectrum reboot firm slapped with £52k court costs repayment order

Troubled ZX Spectrum reboot firm Retro Computers Ltd has been ordered to repay two of its shareholders’ £52,000 legal fees by the end of this month. The costs order was made by the Senior Courts Cost Office on Tuesday (16th). It relates to an injunction that former RCL directors Paul Andrews and Chris Smith took out last year …
Gareth Corfield, 18 May 2017

'The last thing I want is a software dev taking control of my craft'

The UK's Department for Transport and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy “don’t understand” how airspace traffic management will work in the future – and UK‑focused drone software startups might be closer to the government view than they like to think. The “don’t understand” comment was made by NATS – …
Gareth Corfield, 17 May 2017
Facepalm

Police anti-ransomware warning is hotlinked to 'ransomware.pdf'

Official anti-ransomware advice issued by UK police to businesses can only be read by clicking on a link titled "Ransomware" which leads direct to a file helpfully named "Ransomware.pdf". In case you've been living under a rock, large chunks of the digitised world, including most of the NHS, were, ahem, digitally disrupted by …
Gareth Corfield, 17 May 2017

Britain shouldn't turn its back on EU drone regs, warns aerospace boffin

The UK's ability to successfully export – and import – drone technology relies on our aviation safety regulators staying as closely aligned with the EU as possible, Royal Aeronautical Society UAV committee chairman Tony Henley told The Register. Reversing the UK's membership of the European Aerospace Safety Agency (EASA) would …
Gareth Corfield, 17 May 2017
Flying car illustration. Pic by Shutterstock

Flying robots are great... until they meet flying humans, anyway

The skies of the future could be divided into “manned” and “drone” segments as regulators struggle to work out how commercial drones should interact with traditional human-piloted aircraft. That was the most startling line from yesterday’s Unmanned Aircraft System Traffic seminar, held at the Royal Aeronautical Society’s HQ in …
Gareth Corfield, 17 May 2017
Volvo XC60 side view. Pic: Simon Rockman

Volvo is letting Android 'take over underlying car software' – report

Volvos of the future will include an in-car entertainment system built on Android, the stolid Swedish automaker announced earlier today. The new in-car infotainment system will allow users to install apps from the Android App Store, Volvo said, which it hopes will let the driving denizens access “connected and predictive …
Gareth Corfield, 15 May 2017
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Giant spawn hammer on Antarctica map. Thanks, Google Waze

Updated Some anonymous clown has drawn a, well, giant spawn hammer on Antarctica by using Google’s crowdsourced map-‘n’-satnav app Waze. The offending phallus is located in “DeathToTrumpVille”, next to the “Trump Hotel is Nasty and Awful” hotel – but is curiously positioned on the descriptively monikered Long and Winding Road. …
Gareth Corfield, 15 May 2017
The TNMOC Virtual Lorenz cipher machine

Have a go with this WW2 German Lorenz cipher machine – in your browser

The National Museum of Computing has put an emulation of an "unbreakable" Second World War German cipher machine online for world+dog to admire. The Virtual Lorenz machine has been launched in honour of WW2 codebreaker Bill Tutte, the man who broke the crypto used in the twelve-rotor cipher machine. As The National Museum of …
Gareth Corfield, 15 May 2017
An Insitu Scaneagle drone being launch from a Royal Navy warship. Crown copyright

US Coast Guard: We're rather chuffed with our new Boeing spy drone

The US Coast Guard is well chuffed with its new Scaneagle drone – the same drone that the Royal Navy is ditching later this year, seemingly for lack of funds. The coastal force, which, because of chronic manpower shortages, is lending engineering personnel to the RN for keeping frontline warships at sea, deployed the USCGC …
Gareth Corfield, 12 May 2017
LInux nutella

Microsoft emits code for DIY Linux IoT hubs. Repeat, Linux IoT hubs (that talk to Azure, duh)

Build Microsoft has wheeled out open-source software that wrangles Internet of Things devices and beams data to and from Azure. It's a stack of code that runs on hubs and gateways that sit between small IoT gizmos and backend services hosted in Redmond's cloud. It basically lures engineers and techies into Azure. Announced during …
Gareth Corfield, 11 May 2017
Police officers in bodu armour mill around in field

Police watchdog investigates illegal outsourced Indian hackers scandal

The UK's Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating claims that the Metropolitan Police used outsourced Indian hackers to illegally access the email accounts of Guardian journalists and environmental campaigners. A whistleblower claiming to be a serving police employee said the Met evaded Britain’s already lax …
Gareth Corfield, 11 May 2017

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