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Uber: Can't sue if you die

Testing out Uber's new driverless vehicles in Pittsburgh may come with a price tag a little too high for some: death. According to The Guardian, which obtained a copy of the release that the car-ordering service requires people to sign before they get into the new fleet, passengers waive their right to sue the company in the …
Kieren McCarthy, 27 Sep 2016

Oh Snap! How intelligent people make themselves stupid for Snapchat

Comment Perv-magnet app Snapchat is no more. It has renamed itself Snap! as it wants to be a respectable media tech company. Specifically, it says “a camera company”. Here’s perhaps the only interesting thing about Snapchat. Nobody really understands what the point of it is, and maybe Snapchat doesn’t either. But it’s exploited this …
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Sep 2016
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Mark Zuckerberg and the $3bn cash fling: He's not your father's tech kingpin

Lou Gerstner, Ray Noorda, Lew Platt. Remember them? Ever even heard of them? Anybody with a memory or knowledge of the tech industry will know them as former, if anonymous, leaders of IBM, Novell and Hewlett-Packard. Newbies and the average person outside tech won’t without a quick Google. I recently visited the London …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Sep 2016
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It's Pablo Pic-arsehole: Turner Prize wannabe hits rock bottom

A giant sculpture of a human arse, £20,000 in one-pence coins, and an off-the-shelf model train are some of the exhibits competing for this year's Turner Prize. The giant polystyrene posterior, by Anthea Hamilton, is based on a 1970s design for an entrance into a New York block of flats. Unveiling 2016 #TurnerPrize! @ …
Gareth Corfield, 27 Sep 2016
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Earliest ever recording of computer-generated music is restored

Audio Kiwi boffins have claimed to have restored the earliest known recording of computer-generated music, from 1951. The recording, released today by the Guardian, opens with what the Guardianistas describe as the "staunchly conservative" national anthem, God Save the King. It was made by the BBC at the University of Manchester in …

British unis mull offshore EU campuses in post-Brexit vote panic

British universities are looking to deepen links with their continental counterparts or even open offshore campuses in order to maintain their EU ties. Universities face a double hit of reduced research funding and fewer EU students choosing British institutions thanks to Brexit uncertainty. Staff recruitment has also been hit …
John Oates, 23 Sep 2016

UK Science Museum will reconsider its 'sexist' brain quiz

The Science Museum in London has announced it will reconsider its exhibition on sex and gender – after it faced criticism over a quiz that tested whether a brain was male or female. Located on the first floor, Who Am I? is a permanent gallery that has been in the museum over 15 years. The exhibition explores the underlying …
Katyanna Quach, 14 Sep 2016
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Microsoft leads group pelting 'heavy duty' robot maker with $10.5m

RotM Sarcos Robotics has received $10.5m in investment from Microsoft, Caterpillar and other backers. Salt Lake City-based Sarcos, which has offices near Microsoft in Redmond, was founded 25 years ago. It was acquired by Raytheon in 2007 before being bought back by a consortium led by its former president at Raytheon. Now, …
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Just not cricket: Microsoft's big data Googly called No Ball

Microsoft's attempt to re-write one of cricket's oddest rules has been rejected by its statistical guardian. This story starts with India's mania for cricket and especially one-day and Twenty20 cricket*. When matches in those abbreviated forms of the game are interrupted by weather, a formula called “The Duckworth Lewis Method …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Sep 2016

Corbyn lied, Virgin Trains lied, Harambe died

Video So, Jeremy Corbyn recorded a message in which he was sitting on the floor of a train traveling between London and Newcastle, claiming it was "ram-packed" (as exampled by his floor sitting) and that was why all of the trains needed to be renationalised. While on the floor in a video for The Guardian's website, Jez said: "This …
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Irish Olympics' officials digital devices seized in Rio

Laptops and mobile phones of a trio of Ireland’s Olympics’ officials have been taken by Rio police. The Brazilian cops are believed to be investigating the illegal sale of Games tickets. The PCs and phones were taken along with the passports of three individuals by officers who arrived at the offices and accommodation of the …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Aug 2016
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Sex ban IT man loses appeal – but judge labels order 'unpoliceable'

+Comment Former IT contractor John O'Neill has lost his appeal against the Sexual Risk Order imposed on him last year – but the judge said the 24 hours' notice he had to give police in advance of having sex was “unpoliceable”. District Judge Adrian Lower, sitting at York Magistrates' Court on Friday, refused to discharge the order …
Gareth Corfield, 22 Aug 2016

UK's mass-surveillance draft law grants spies incredible powers for no real reason – review

IPBill An independent review into bulk surveillance powers in the forthcoming Investigatory Powers Bill has warned that there is no proven case to let British snoops hack the planet. The study group examined the UK government’s Operational Case for Bulk Powers [PDF], which provided the government’s reasons for needing the most …
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Oracle Java copyright war latest: Why Google's luck is about to run out

Analysis Oracle says one of the foundations of Google's legal victory in the Java API copyright trial has exploded – and that means a retrial is needed. Oracle was trying its luck in court yesterday, demanding a retrial – although regardless of its success in forcing a third trial, the outcome of the second trial is on course to be …
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Aug 2016

Two G4S call centre staff sacked over 999 answering scam

Two G4S staff who were investigated over a scheme to fraudulently meet quotas for responding to emergency calls within a reasonable time have been fired. Earlier this year five former Lincolnshire police employees were suspended from their jobs with G4S after allegedly calling 999 during quiet periods to improve their …

Cops to let the private sector chase after cybercrims' assets

The City of London Police is piloting a scheme to allow the private sector to chase after miscreants in civil courts in return for a share of the loot. The scheme, which is set to run for two years, has been launched explicitly because of the lower standard of proof necessary for the recovery of assets in civil courts. City …

Some benefits of digital health to NHS may be delayed by consent model consultation – expert

Opinion The realisation of some digital health benefits within the NHS might have been delayed by the extra requirement for consultation on a new consent model governing the use of patient data. A new consent and opt-out model could help clarify constraints that apply to data use in the NHS and promote new digital health initiatives. …
OUT-LAW.COM, 08 Aug 2016

Yahoo! is! not! killing! Messenger! today!, just! the! desktop! client!

Yahoo! is to kill off the desktop client for its once-popular instant messaging service Messenger today. The Purple Palace said, back in June, that today would be the day when the desktop client for Messenger would be switched off. At the time of writing (morning of 5 August) Yahoo! Messenger's desktop client was working just …
Gareth Corfield, 05 Aug 2016
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Seagate in 10TB drive brand brainstorm

Seagate has added three new 10TB helium drives, simultaneously re-branding its desktop/laptop disk and SSHDs, NAS and surveillance drive products in a complicated scheme involving disparate drive technologies. It introduced its first helium drive, the 7-platter 10TB Enterprise Capacity disk drive, in January. Now there are …
Chris Mellor, 21 Jul 2016
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Logicalis: Top line shrinks as UK restructuring continues

Restructuring at Logicalis that weighed heavy on the integrator’s financials in recent times will be over and done with at some point before the, er, end of next February. Datatec, the London-listed parent of Logicalis and networking and comms distie Weston, today issued a heads up for first quarter trading ended June - sales …
Paul Kunert, 20 Jul 2016
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Brit Science Minister to probe Brexit bias against UK-based scientists

Jo Johnson, the Minister of State for Universities and Science, has announced that that he has set up an email account to receive evidence that UK scientists have been discriminated against after Brexit. A confidential survey of the UK’s Russell Group universities found cases where British researchers were being asked to give …
Katyanna Quach, 13 Jul 2016
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UK.gov's hated Care.data project binned

The controversial Care.data patient information-sharing scheme has today been binned. The closure of the scheme was announced in a statement by minister for life sciences George Freeman MP. It follows a review by the National Data Guardian Fiona Caldicott which recommended better safeguards for the sharing of patient data. …
Kat Hall, 06 Jul 2016

UK patients should have greater data slurp opt-out powers – report

Patients must be allowed to opt out of their personal data being used for purposes beyond their direct care, a long-awaited report addressing concerns raised by the Care.data debacle has recommended. The report: Review of Data Security, Consent and Opt-Outs by the National Data guardian Fiona Caldicott and the Care Quality …
Kat Hall, 06 Jul 2016

Wealthy youngsters more likely to be freetards than anyone else – study

The well-groomed throng of bourgeois protesters that shunned the weekly Waitrose shop and headed for London’s Parliament Square on Saturday had something in common other than a common desire to remain in the EU. The demographic that closely mirrors keen Remain voters is more likely to download content illegally than any other UK …
Andrew Orlowski, 05 Jul 2016

Martha Lane Fox: Brexit is all about MEEEEeeee!

Comment Some people think the main issue in the UK’s decision to leave the European Union was sovereignty and self-determination. Others think it was migration. Others think it was class. But you’re all wrong. The main issue in Brexit is Martha Lane Fox – and we have her word for it. Into this Broken Brexited Britain strides the niece …
Andrew Orlowski, 04 Jul 2016
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My plan to heal this BROKEN, BREXITED BRITAIN

¡Bong! [The following memo was found in a pilates studio in Shoreditch earlier this month, and forwarded to us anonymously. It is sourced to "BV Strategic Relations”, a highly secretive firm apparently registered in Panama, which describes itself as a "bespoke crisis management consultancy to governments”. The authenticity of the memo …
Steve Bong, 28 Jun 2016
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Parliament takes axe to 2nd EU referendum petition

Analysis A petition to nullify the UK’s EU referendum and hold another appear to be riddled with fraudulent data. Raw data examined reveals that many of the participants come from outside the UK, or use IP addresses outside the UK. Only UK or British citizens and residents can create or sign a petition, according to the rules. You can …
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Jun 2016
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Three non-obvious reasons to Vote Leave on the 23rd

Comment I'm just about old enough to remember the 1975 Europe referendum. Old enough to remember leaflets thudding onto the doormat (for every 'NO', there were three for ‘YES’). Most vividly of all I remember my father and our Austrian GP, who lived a few doors down in Teesside, discussing the EEC as he walked his dog past our house. …
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Jun 2016
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Geek's Guide to Britain – now a book. Permission to geek out granted

In 2013, The Register began its travel series Geek's Guide to Britain. Today, that series is available as a book. The inspiration for our series were the scientists, engineers and inventors born or working in Great Britain who made their mark on the world. Jet engines, the internet, medicine, electricity, mass communications …
Gavin Clarke, 02 Jun 2016
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UK Home Sec makes concessions to please Snoopers' Charter opposition

IPB As Britain's Snoopers' Charter approaches its highest hurdle yet in Parliament next week, Theresa May has made some concessions to its contested provisions, particularly those affecting privacy, sensitive professions, and access to medical records. The Home Secretary's concessions will provide some protections to MPs and …
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Oz PM's department red-faced after database leaks in the cc: field

The Australian Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, in an excess of security ineptitude, has mistaken the cc: field for the bcc: field. The inevitable result: a database of names and addresses has leaked. The department, on behalf of the Australian government, was e-mailing women on a register called AppointWomen to tell …
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Google is the EU Remain campaign's secret weapon

Google has demoted the site EU Referendum to “below the fold” in searches for the term “EU referendum”, where it isn’t visible to most web surfers unless they scroll down. The political site, which was founded by author and researcher Richard A.E. North in 2004, was the top search result for the topical expression across all …
Andrew Orlowski, 31 May 2016

G4S call centre staff made 'test' 999 calls to hit performance targets

Five former Lincolnshire police employees have been suspended today from their jobs at G4S after allegedly calling 999 during quiet periods to improve their performance ratings. It has been alleged that the staff made more than 600 "test calls" to 999 for the purposes of improving their performance ratings, which The Guardian …
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Snowden: NBN leaker raids a 'misuse' of Australian Federal Police

National Security Agency (NSA) leaker Edward Snowden has opined that last week's National Broadband Network (NBN) raids in Australia last week are a misuse of the Australian Federal Police (AFP) power. Snowden appeared via satellite link in the Australian city of Melbourne last night, live from Russia where he resides under …
Darren Pauli, 23 May 2016

It should be a crime to install spyware on phones, thunders Plaid Cymru MP

Plaid Cymru MP Liz Saville Roberts has tabled a series of amendments to the Policing and Crime Bill which, among other things, could make it illegal to install spyware on someone's phone. Roberts, MP for Dwyfor Meirionnydd* in Wales, is concerned about how new tech and platforms can be misused. Speaking to The Register, she …
Gareth Corfield, 10 May 2016

Japanese artist fined for virtual vagina files

Artist Megumi Igarashi - aka "Rokudenashi-ko" - has been fined ¥400,000 (roughly £2,560) for distributing 3D printable files of her genitalia - an offence under Japan's obscenity laws which prohibit the depiction of reproductive parts. Igarashi was cuffed back in July 2014 for supplying virtual ladyparts via email to a "30- …
Lester Haines, 09 May 2016
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Space boffins win $3m prize for discovering gravitational waves

The team of scientists involved in the successful detection of gravitational waves has been awarded the Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics – along with $3m. The Breakthrough Prizes, awarded for scientific achievements, are funded by Russian billionaire and physicist Yuri Milner, along with tech entrepreneurs …
Katyanna Quach, 04 May 2016

Panama Papers graph database cracked open for world+dog

Interview The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists has announced it will be releasing the structured data from the leaked Mossack Fonseca database on May 9. The searchable database is not intended to be a "data dump", but will include curated information "about companies, trusts, foundations and funds incorporated in 21 …

Why has Microsoft stopped being beastly to Google?

Analysis "You can't deprive a gangster of his gun" – Noel Coward Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella sees things differently from his predecessor Steve Ballmer. And one of the first thing Nadella saw differently is Microsoft’s relationship to Google. On assuming the hot seat, he couldn’t understand why Microsoft was obviously at war with …
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Apr 2016
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RIP Prince: You were the soundtrack of my youth

The shock death yesterday of Prince at the age of 57 prompted immediate worldwide reaction which bore witness both to the man's undeniable talent and influence, and the internet age's obsession with celebrity. The newsgasmic blanket coverage... BBC website featuring blanket Prince coverage The Guadian's website showing …
Lester Haines, 22 Apr 2016

Brit AI daddy Sir David MacKay dies

Obit David MacKay, or more formally Sir David John Cameron MacKay, FRS, FInstP, FICE, was a true polymath who achieved greatness in the fields of physics, computer science and energy policy. He died of cancer this week aged 48. His Royal Society Biography listed just some of his achievements here: David developed a way to correct …
Drew Cullen, 15 Apr 2016

NZ hotel bans cyclists' Lycra-clad loins

A New Zealand hotel has struck a blow for dining decorum by banning Lycra-clad cyclists, lest elderly customers and wide-eyed kiddies cop an unwelcome eyeful of their "unsightly" tackle. Visitors pedalling up to The Plough Hotel in Rangiora, on NZ's South Island, were greeted with a sign yesterday which read: "The bicycle is a …
Lester Haines, 15 Apr 2016
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Confused about relationships? Elasticsearch gets graphic

Graph-database-style relationship mapping has been added to an offspring of the Elasticsearch open-source search engine. Elasticsearch startup Elastic has added Graph capabilities to both the search engine and to the data visualisation plug-in Kibana. Founded in 2012 to make a business from Elasticsearch, Elastic reckoned …
Gavin Clarke, 30 Mar 2016

Build or buy: A tale of two all-flash strategies

Guest column Ever since flash was first added to traditional storage arrays back in 2008, there has been vigorous debate on the best approach to storage architectures for all-flash systems. There are a number of opposing camps, each with their own perception of the right way forward. Some vendors chose to use existing hardware and amend it …
Chris Evans, 28 Mar 2016
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Oz government wants much more personal data sharing

Australia's Productivity Commission has kicked off an inquiry to work out how to spread individuals' data far and wide, sprinkled with the magic unicorn-dust of a privacy benchmark. In an announcement mostly swamped by the government launching into an election campaign, the commission says the inquiry is designed to “ …
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Labour will create FUD and then abstain on UK Snoopers' Charter vote

IPB The second reading, and thus the first vote, on the Investigatory Powers Bill will take place in the UK's House of Commons this afternoon, where the Labour opposition is sending mixed signals as to what the electorate may expect. Andy Burnham, Labour's Shadow Home Secretary, has announced that Labour MPs will abstain from …

FBI channels Kafka with new rules on slurping Americans' private data

Comment The murky world of surveillance turned a little more Kafkaesque this week. The FBI has quietly changed the rules on how it uses data collected by the NSA under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Section 702 has been used by the NSA to justify its PRISM program, which collects personal information and the …
Iain Thomson, 11 Mar 2016
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'$5bn for Slack?! I refuse to pay!' You don't pay – and that's its biggest problem

Comment That thing you love so much – no, not pizza, or reruns of Game of Thrones on Netflix – wants more money from you. Workplace collaboration tool Slack is reported to be once more casting about for funding, somewhere between $150m and $300m. Unnamed sources, presumably either Slack or those same titans from Sand Hill Road lubing …
Gavin Clarke, 04 Mar 2016

Uncle Sam's boffins stumble upon battery storage holy grail

Analysis According to the head of ARPA-E – the research arm of the US Department of Energy – a number of breakthroughs in battery technology have been achieved, with huge implications on the use of renewable energy and electric cars. Speaking at an ARPA-E event in Washington DC this week, director Dr Ellen Williams told an interviewer …
Kieren McCarthy, 04 Mar 2016
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Project Loon ready for Sri Lanka test

Weeks after being released in South America, Alphabet's Project X windbag-broadband balloons have reached their Sri Lanka test area. Last year, Google's parent company and Sri Lanka's minister for foreign affairs, telecommunications and IT Mangala Samaraweera promised that the country's first trial of Project Loon would happen …