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Super-villain Dr Evil puts finger to lip in scheming manner, asks for one million dollars. Pic: New Line Cinema

Planned European death ray may not need Brit boffinry brain-picking

The EU is planning to build a laser cannon with double the power of Britain's under-construction Dragonfire zapper, according to reports – but the general state of the tech doesn't automatically mean Europe will be trying to snaffle Brit raygun smarts. The Sun broke the news that the EU Commission wants to, er, commission a …
Gareth Corfield, 20 Apr 2018
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Eight months after Equifax megahack, some Brits are only just being notified

Some of the 15 million Britons affected by the Equifax mega-hack are only now receiving letters notifying them that they were affected by the breach, eight months after the event. As we reported in September 2017, Equifax confessed to having been hacked, upping the number of affected people in the following weeks to a 145 …
Gareth Corfield, 19 Apr 2018

Mad Leo tried to sack me over Autonomy, says top HP Inc beancounter

Hewlett Packard's chief beancounter, Catherine Lesjak, was at "war" with former CEO Leo Apotheker, who tried to fire her immediately before he himself was defenestrated, a US court has heard. During the trial of former Autonomy CFO Sushovan Hussain on an assortment of fraud charges in the US District Court of Northern …
Gareth Corfield, 19 Apr 2018

How 'parasitic' Google's 'We're journalists!' court defence was stamped into oblivion

Comment Google's efforts to claim that it should be exempt from EU data protection laws because its search engine is "journalistic" really did not impress the judge in the Right To Be Forgotten trial. As we reported from the trial, one of the main planks of Google's defence in the RTBF trial amounted to the advertising technology …
Gareth Corfield, 19 Apr 2018

Elon Musk's latest Tesla Model 3 delivery promise: 6,000... a week

Electric car maker Tesla is to boost production to 6,000 cars per week in June, company chief Elon Musk has announced – four months after his last production boost deadline sailed past unfulfilled. "As part of the drive towards 6K, all Model 3 production at Fremont will move to 24/7 operations. This means that we will be …
Gareth Corfield, 18 Apr 2018
freak out

Autonomy pulled wool over Brit finance panel's eyes, US court told

Software outfit Autonomy lied to a British financial regulatory panel, an American court has been told by the panel's former chairman. The one-time head of the Financial Reporting Review Panel (FRRP), David Lindsell, told the US District Court of Northern California, sitting in San Francisco, that Autonomy had misled the panel …
Gareth Corfield, 17 Apr 2018
A British Army Watchkeeper drone lands at Parc Aberporth. Crown copyright

We 'could' send troubled Watchkeeper drones to war, insists UK minister

Comment The British Army's troubled Watchkeeper drones "could still be deployed on operations", a defence minister has insisted. Labour MP Kevan Jones, a member of Parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee, asked the Ministry of Defence "what assessed capability gaps have been created as a result of the Army's Watchkeeper …
Gareth Corfield, 17 Apr 2018
Man preps drone to fly over eiffel tower, in paris, france.

France wants you to put lights and beacons on your drone

The French government has proposed a new law making it mandatory for all drones to be fitted with electronic conspicuity beacons – an idea with big implications for the future of drone regulation. The proposal, written in legal French (a translation of which can be found here) would mandate the installation of beacons on all …
Gareth Corfield, 16 Apr 2018
The Royal Courts of Justice in London

Anon biz bloke wins milestone Google Right To Be Forgotten lawsuit

RTBF trial A businessman has won the first ever “right to be forgotten” lawsuit against Google in London’s High Court – but a second man’s attempt to have embarrassing search results about him deleted has failed. The two pseudonymised men were referred to as NT1 and NT2 during the trial and in today’s judgment, delivered by High Court …
Gareth Corfield, 13 Apr 2018
The UK's sole F-35B in flight. Crown copyright

Latest F-35 flight tests finish – and US stops accepting new jets

The F-35 fighter jet has completed one of its years-long flight testing programmes – just in time for the United States to suspend all deliveries of the new supersonic aircraft. The final flight of the F-35's System Development and Demonstration (SDD) phase took place earlier this week, flown by British BAE Systems test pilot …
Gareth Corfield, 13 Apr 2018
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AI, AI, sir: British Army chiefs visit Silicon Valley hypelords

Comment Two senior British Army officers have visited Silicon Valley to trawl for militarily useful tech startups. General Sir Chris Deverill, commanding officer of Joint Forces Command (the bit of the British armed forces that goes abroad and kicks the backsides of Her Majesty’s enemies du jour), along with Lieutenant Colonel Henry …
Gareth Corfield, 13 Apr 2018

eBay has locked me into undeletable Catch-22 trap, complains biz bod

A businessman has accused online tat bazaar eBay of trapping him in a Catch-22 style data retention loop after blocking him from deleting his company’s account on the site. Richard Stebbings, owner of transit box biz Panzer Cases, told us eBay was refusing to delete his account by implementing odd rules – which may put it into …
Gareth Corfield, 12 Apr 2018
A new radio dish has been inaugurated at ESA’s existing New Norcia, Western Australia, tracking station, ready to catch the first signals from new missions. The new dish, just 4.5 m across, can lock onto and track new satellites during the critical initial orbits up to roughly 100 000 km out, as well as receive signals from launch rockets. Image copyright ESA

What's in a spectrum allocation? Aero bods talk drone radio links

Preparing the ground for remotely flown and autonomous aircraft – drones – of the near future is a challenge. How much effort has gone into clearing radio spectrum for vital command-and-control links? That question was addressed at a recent Royal Aeronautical Society workshop on drone command and control, where Alastair Munro …
Gareth Corfield, 11 Apr 2018
A Parrot Bebop 2 drone. File picture

How do you get drones talking to air traffic controllers? Pretty easily, says Brit startup

Interview Drone flight management app Altitude Angel is quietly cornering the challenging market in connecting drone traffic management to traditional air traffic control systems, its founder has told The Register. The startup aims to bridge the gap between unmanned traffic management (UTM, the art of stopping drones from colliding with …
Gareth Corfield, 11 Apr 2018
Aquabotix's Swarmdiver underwater drone

Descent of the Machines: Aussie firm boasts of underwater drone swarms

An Australian company has developed a fleet of underwater drones capable of swarming the seas. Aquabotix’s Swarmdiver drone can, according to the company, “function as a single coordinated swarm with one human operator,” diving below the sea’s surface “to collect valuable intelligence”. “Until today, there were simply no …
Military drone in use

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's a terrible leak of drone buyers' data

Exclusive A popular drone dealership website left its entire transaction database exposed online with no encryption at all, revealing a host of purchases by thousands of police, military, government and private customers. The site was left wide open by its operators, who failed to protect critical parts of its web …
A man chasing a plane

Digital air traffic control upgrade puts potential delays on London flights

Flights into London's Heathrow and Gatwick airports face small delays because air traffic controllers are finally upgrading to fully digital systems after decades spent pushing paper around. "It inevitably takes a little bit of time for controllers to build their confidence using EXCDS in an operational environment to a level …

Don't want to alarm you, but defence bods think North Korea could nuke UK 'within a few years'

North Korea maintains a hacking base in China, the UK Parliament's Defence Select Committee has been told, while government snooping body GCHQ struggles to retain "cyber-staff". Then there's the slightly greater concern that the communist nation could nuke Britain "within a few years". The House of Commons' Defence Committee …
Globe showing Africa

Commonwealth Games brochure declares that England is now in Africa

England's Commonwealth Games team actually hail from Africa, according to none other than the tournament's organisers. The blooper, made in the official programme for the opening ceremony of the Gold Coast Games taking place in Queensland, Australia, today was spotted by various athletes and the media. In what appears to be a … We're not regulating driverless vehicles until others do

The British government has declared it is waiting for industry and international regulators to start creating standards for autonomous vehicles. In a letter to the House of Lords, which had raised a number of questions about the Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill currently before Parliament, junior transport minister …
A Red Arrow, BAE Systems Hawk T Mk.1. Pic: Shutterstock

Happy 100th birthday to the Royal Air Force

This Sunday marks the 100th birthday of the Royal Air Force - Britain’s military arm for the skies - as a separate Armed Force in its own right. The RAF has been at the forefront of technological innovations over the last century, many of which are still in use to this day. From the earliest days of biplanes (and triplanes), …
Gareth Corfield, 30 Mar 2018

Brit cloud slinger iomart goes TITSUP, knackers Virgin Trains, Parentpay

Updated Brit cloud provider Iomart is having an outage-ridden day - but its service-outage-hit customers are arguably having a far worse one. Reports first began to surface on Twitter at 12:26 this afternoon with users of Iomart subsidary Melbourne IT noting some problems. @MelbourneHost @iomart Problems?? — Nutty About Hosting (@ …

Try our new driverless car software says Nvidia, as it suspends driverless car trials

Nvidia has declared the creation of a “cloud-based system” for testing driverless cars – just as it, er, suspended testing of driverless cars. Hot on the heels of its announcement of its Drive Constellation system, the chipmaker then quietly suspended autonomous vehicle tests that use its technology after a pedestrian was …
Gareth Corfield, 28 Mar 2018
Tesla Model X

Tesla crash investigation causes dip in 'leccycar firm's share price

Investigators are looking into the cause of a fatal Tesla Model X crash and subsequent fire in California, the American National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has reportedly said. The agency told Reuters that it had opened an investigation into the crash, which took place last week. Local reports indicated that the road …
Gareth Corfield, 28 Mar 2018
Volvo XC60 side view. Pic: Simon Rockman

Fatal driverless crash: Radar-maker says Uber disabled safety systems

Uber reportedly disabled safety systems on the autonomous Volvo XC90 that killed a pedestrian Stateside last week, according to the makers of the car's sensors. "We don't want people to be confused or think it was a failure of the technology that we supply for Volvo, because that's not the case," Zach Peterson, a spokesman for …
Gareth Corfield, 27 Mar 2018

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