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Sqn Ldr Andy Edgell, lead RAF test pilot, F-35 trials

F-35 'incomparable' to Harrier jump jet, top test pilot tells El Reg

Interview What's it like to fly an F-35 fighter jet? We interviewed the chief British test pilot about a uniquely British flying technique – and then had a play with a full cockpit simulator to find out for ourselves.
Gareth Corfield, 18 Jan 2018
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NHS: Thanks for the free work, Linux nerds, now face our trademark cops

The small team behind an ambitious NHoS Linux project are calling it a day, citing receipt of a trademark infringement warning from the UK Department of Health's (DoH) "brand police" as the "final straw."
Paul Kunert, 18 Jan 2018
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Apple iPhone X: Two weeks in the life of an anxious user

A top-end smartphone isn’t just for Christmas: it’s for 18 months, maybe two years, two-and-a-half at a push. So here at The Reg, we let the stardust settle around Apple's iPhone X launch before putting the product to test in the field for longer than an afternoon. Fanboi squeals written up just after you peel away the cellophane are no use to anyone.
Alistair Dabbs, 18 Jan 2018
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Who's using 2FA? Sweet FA. Less than 10% of Gmail users enable two-factor authentication

Usenix Enigma It has been nearly seven years since Google introduced two-factor authentication for Gmail accounts, but virtually no one is using it.
Iain Thomson, 17 Jan 2018

Red Hat slams into reverse on CPU fix for Spectre design blunder

Techies are scratching their heads after Red Hat pulled a CPU microcode update that was supposed to mitigate variant two of the Spectre design flaw in Intel and AMD processors.
Paul Kunert, 18 Jan 2018
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Google fuels up Chromecast Wi-Fi flooding fix

Google has confirmed plans to issue a patch for Chromecast and Google Home aimed at resolving a traffic flooding problem that was swamping home networks.
John Leyden, 18 Jan 2018

Crypto-cash exchange BitConnect pulls plug amid Bitcoin bloodbath

Amid a cryptocurrency price correction that has seen the price of Bitcoin drop by half from its mid-December peak, UK-based cyber-cash lending and exchange biz BitConnect said it is shutting down.
Thomas Claburn, 18 Jan 2018
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HTML5 may as well stand for Hey, Track Me Longtime 5. Ads can use it to fingerprint netizens

Usenix Enigma HTML5 is a boon for unscrupulous web advertising networks, which can use the markup language's features to build up detailed fingerprints of individual netizens without their knowledge or consent.
Iain Thomson, 17 Jan 2018
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Someone is touting a mobile, PC spyware platform called Dark Caracal to governments

An investigation by the Electronic Frontier Foundation and security biz Lookout has uncovered Dark Caracal, a surveillance-toolkit-for-hire that has been used to suck huge amounts of data from Android mobiles and Windows desktop PCs around the world.
Iain Thomson, 18 Jan 2018
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User had no webcam or mic, complained vid conference didn’t work

On-Call Welcome again to On-Call, The Register’s weekly reader-contributed tales of facepalm-worthy failures in the field of tech support.
Simon Sharwood, 19 Jan 2018

Hehe, still writing code for a living? It's 2018. You could be earning x3 as a bug bounty hunter

Ethical hacking to find security flaws appears to pay better, albeit less regularly, than general software engineering.
Thomas Claburn, 17 Jan 2018

Don't panic... but our fragile world is drifting away from the Sun

As the Sun ages and sheds mass, the gravitational pull it exerts on its planets weakens.
Katyanna Quach, 19 Jan 2018

Make Apple, er, America Great Again: iGiant to bring home profits, pay $38bn in repatriation tax

Apple announced today it will start to repatriate back to America some of the massive profits it accumulated outside the USA – and will use the cash to Make America Great Again.
Simon Sharwood, 18 Jan 2018

Why did I buy a gadget I know I'll never use?

Something for the Weekend, Sir? It could get steamy in here. I have stripped off the layers and am now looking to turn up the heat. I’m looking forward to an afternoon of delightful tenderness with plenty of oohs and aahs.
Alistair Dabbs, 19 Jan 2018

YouTube turns off cash tap for automatic video nasties

YouTube’s changed its rules to exclude low-traffic channels from its Partner Program, the scheme that sees it share ad revenue with video-makers.
Simon Sharwood, 18 Jan 2018

DXC confirms veep level shake-up in new world order

Exclusive DXC Technologies is splitting with exec veep and general manager Mike Nefkens - previously the boss for HPE Enterprise Services before the spin merger with CSC - amid a massive shake-down of the exec line-up.
Paul Kunert, 18 Jan 2018
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You get a lawsuit! And you get a lawsuit! And you! Now Apple sued over CPU security flaws

Add Apple to the list of companies facing a legal backlash in the US over the Spectre and Meltdown CPU security fiasco.
Shaun Nichols, 18 Jan 2018

Industrial systems scrambling to catch up with Meltdown, Spectre

Vendors of industrial systems have joined the long list of vendors responding responses to the Meltdown and Spectre processor vulnerabilities.

All aboard the Vomit Comet: Not the last train to Essex, but a modded 727 for weightless flight

Anyone who has grown up watching the antics of Apollo astronauts aboard Skylab or the acrobatics of Shuttle and ISS crews has likely dreamed of experiencing weightlessness. Ideally in a way that doesn't involve either a sickening drop in an elevator or alarming turbulence over the Atlantic.
Richard Speed, 18 Jan 2018
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Nervy nuke-armed nation fires missile with 5,000km range

India has successfully tested a surface-to-surface ballistic missile.
Simon Sharwood, 19 Jan 2018

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