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Loose-change payment network Microraiden launches on Ethereum

A new micropayments technology called Microraiden has launched on the Ethereum blockchain's main network. Microraiden is one of the strategies to help solve a teensy-weensy problem with Ethereum – quickly processing a large number of transactions. Every time a transaction is made on the Ethereum network, every node of the …
Andrew Silver, 1 Dec 2017
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Linux laptop-flinger says bye-bye to buggy Intel Management Engine

In a slap to Intel, custom Linux computer seller System76 has said it will be "disabling" the Intel Management Engine in its laptops. Last month, Chipzilla admitted the existence of firmware-level bugs in many of its processors that would allow hackers to spy on and meddle with computers. One of the most important …
Andrew Silver, 1 Dec 2017
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Oops: LinkedIn country subdomains SSL cert just expired

Updated LinkedIn's country subdomain SSL certificate has expired – apparently as of about noon GMT today. According to the sslscan certificate testing tool, us.linkedin.com and all its altnames were no longer valid at the time of publication. The certificate issuer is DigiCert SHA2 Secure Server CA. The certificate for the naked …
Andrew Silver, 30 Nov 2017

Crown Prosecution Service is coming for crooks' cryptocurrency

"If criminals believe they can hide their ill-gotten assets online they are very much mistaken." That was the warning from Nick Price, head of the UK Crown Prosecution Service's proceeds of crime unit, who told The Register the agency had "already secured" a confiscation order for digital currency assets and "would expect more …
Andrew Silver, 30 Nov 2017

A day will come when Azure Active Directory 'classic' portal is killed. But it is not this day

Updated For reasons unknown, Microsoft has decided at the last minute not to pull the plug on the old Azure Active Directory portal just yet. The "classic" portal will now retire January 8, instead of today. The new Azure admin console was first previewed September 2016, and when released in May Microsoft boasted "over 750k admins …
Andrew Silver, 30 Nov 2017

Apple and Qualcomm become best pals... lol jk the sueballs keep flying

Apple filed a countersuit against Qualcomm in the Southern District Court of California today for allegedly infringing eight power-efficiency patents. The pair have been locked in a lengthy game of ping pong over all sorts of fun disagreements – from breach of contract to patent infringement. In July, Qualcomm pitched to the …
Andrew Silver, 29 Nov 2017

Scotland, now is your time… to launch Brexit Britain into SPAAAACE!

During a third reading of the draft bill for space industries at the House of Lords yesterday, peers debated limiting the British government's power and also plumped for Scotland as the venue for a UK spaceport. As part of the government's 2020 space push, the bill is designed to give legal certainty to industry so it can …
Andrew Silver, 29 Nov 2017

Hacked Brit shipping giant Clarksons: A person may release some of our data today

British shipping company Clarkson has 'fessed up to a data breach, saying a miscreant has accessed its systems and the public should expect some of it to be made public. Clarkson PLC declined to answer The Register's inquiry about how much data had been compromised or whether it belonged to customers and merely referred us to …
Andrew Silver, 29 Nov 2017
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GCSE compsci kids' work may not count after solutions leaked online

The new compsci GCSE has been plunged into chaos after solutions to coursework tasks were found leaked online. Now the UK Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) is considering changing how this year's course will be graded. Schools first began teaching the new computer science GCSEs in September 2016 …
Andrew Silver, 28 Nov 2017

SpaceX 'raises' an extra 100 million bucks to get His Muskiness to Mars

SpaceX has amended an US Securities and Exchange Commission filing from August to reveal it raised cash by selling off about a hundred-million bucks more in equity and stock than previously disclosed. Elon Musk's Mars project last raised about $350m in July from selling off equity and stock. The new filing adds about $100m …
Andrew Silver, 28 Nov 2017

What's that fresh, zesty fragrance? Oh, Linux Mint 18.3 has landed

Linux Mint 18.3 – aka "Sylvia" – is here to remind users that, hey, sometimes Linux can work a little bit more like Apple, Google and Microsoft software. (Just kidding, don't kill us.) In a blog post, the devs touted multiple interface improvements for usability, with an updated app store as "star of the show". Features …
Andrew Silver, 28 Nov 2017
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Unreal, man: Amazon pitches new 3D VR kit at dev newbies

Amazon announced a preview for its new AR, VR and 3D app editing and hosting service, Sumerian, today. It is hoping new augmented and virtual reality web developers will pick its new cloud-based platform over Unity3D and Unreal Engine. The blog post boasts that you can make apps "with ease" and "don’t need any 3D graphics or …
Andrew Silver, 27 Nov 2017

Forget Sesame Street, scientists pretty much watched Big Bird evolve on Galápagos island

New research has documented a species of finch evolving on the Galápagos island of Daphne Major, 1,000km off the west coast of Ecuador, in just two generations. It's called the "Big Bird" lineage because, um, as finches go, the birds are relatively large. The work, led by Uppsala University's Sangeet Lamichaney with Princeton …
Andrew Silver, 24 Nov 2017
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Munich council finds €49.3m for Windows 10 embrace

The city of Munich will spend €49.3m (£43.9m/ $58.4m) going all-in on Windows after local politicos agreed to call time on the failing 15-year open source project. The city council voted 50 to 25 to migrate all of its remaining Linux computer systems to Windows 10 in 2020 as part of a €89m IT overhaul, Social Democrat …
Andrew Silver, 24 Nov 2017
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Clone poster girl Dolly the sheep's arthritis was 'normal for her age'

New research suggests the arthritis plaguing Dolly the sheep – the first mammal cloned from an adult somatic cell – was normal for her age. Dolly was born in the lab. To keep her DNA around, scientists replaced an egg cell's nucleus with one from an adult somatic cell. The egg cell was then zapped with an electric current to …
Andrew Silver, 23 Nov 2017
Bookshelf in the British Library basement

Sci-Hub domains inactive following court order

Several domains of the controversial academic paper filesharing site Sci-Hub have been made inactive following a court order earlier this month. According to Whois records, sci-hub.io, sci-hub.ac and sci-hub.cc have their domain set to "serverHold", an ICANN code meaning the "domain is not activated in the DNS". Records for …
Andrew Silver, 23 Nov 2017
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'Gimme Gimme Gimme' Easter egg in man breaks automated tests at 00:30

The maintainer of the Linux manual program man has scrapped an "Easter egg" after it broke a user's automatic code tests. On Tuesday, Unix systems administrator Jeff Schaller wrote in a Stack Exchange post: "We've noticed that some of our automatic tests fail when they run at 00:30 but work fine the rest of the day. They fail …
Andrew Silver, 22 Nov 2017
Cyber

Loake Shoes admits: We've fallen victim to cybercrims

Miscreants, hackers – call 'em what you will – have pilfered email addresses from an unknown number of Loake Shoes customers. In a letter sent to punters on its database – seen by The Register – the premium footwear maker said it has been "the victim of a cyber attack". "Despite having stringent security measures in place, …
Andrew Silver, 22 Nov 2017

Royal Bank of Scotland website goes TITSUP*

Updated Users who bank online with the Royal Bank of Scotland are having a tough time logging in this morning. Over 80 people have reported issues with online banking, payment cards and the website since around 0909 UTC on the site downdetector.com. RBS users last experienced downtime just one month ago. For some of the Twitterati, …
Andrew Silver, 21 Nov 2017

Baaa-d moooo-ve: Debian Linux depicts intimate cow-sheep action in ASCII artwork

Linux distro Debian is under fire for distributing a software package containing an "ASCII representation of zoophilia." Specifically, a sheep shagging a cow. According to a bug report filed this month, Debian user Felicia Hummel installed a package called "cowsay", which renders text in speech or thought balloons with ASCII …
Andrew Silver, 21 Nov 2017
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The Independent 'live streamed' space vid recorded in 2015

For reasons unknown, on Sunday The Independent "live streamed" footage from space that was more than two years old. The BBC reports the newspaper played International Space Station spacewalk footage from February 2015 on its Facebook page, stopping and taking down the video after being contacted by the Beeb. A spokesperson …
Andrew Silver, 20 Nov 2017

How is 55 Cancri e like a Sisters of Mercy gig? Astroboffins: It has atmosphere

A new physical model has added more support to the theory that the large exoplanet 55 Cancri e has an Earthlike atmosphere. A study describing the work by researchers Isabel Angelo, of the University of California, Berkeley, and Renyu Hu, of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, was published Thursday in The Astronomical Journal …
Andrew Silver, 20 Nov 2017
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Shamed TLS/SSL cert authority StartCom to shut up shop

Controversial certificate authority StartCom is going out of business. Startcom board chairman Xiaosheng Tan told The Register the business will close its doors on January 1, 2018, at which point new certificates will no longer be issued. CRL and OCSP service will continue for two years from then, when StartCom's three key …
Andrew Silver, 17 Nov 2017
American Express

American Express inks blockchain deal: Will use tech to pay UK folk who bank with Santander

Blockchain tech found another friend in American Express and UK customers of Santander. Well, sort of. The firm has slipped inside its international payments platform the network of the digital startup Ripple, according to a press release. The network allows select American Express business customers to make payments to …
Andrew Silver, 17 Nov 2017
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$232m blockchain startup Tezos faces sueballs for alleged investor fraud

Tezos, the blockchain startup that raised $232m in July, has been served with at least two US class-action lawsuits for allegedly defrauding fundraisers as well as breaking rules for offering securities. According to court documents filed in the Middle District of Florida on Monday, plaintiff Alejandro Gaviria is seeking for …
Andrew Silver, 16 Nov 2017

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