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Google's new view of the world takes two pics to make 'DeepStereo' 3D

Video StreetView means Google owns one of the world's larger photo albums, so it's natural for Google to want to create a realistic 3D rendering of the world. That's the aim of a new bit of boffinry from the Chocolate Factory called DeepStereo. As the group led by Googler John Flynn explain in this Arxiv paper, they found existing …
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BOT-GEDDON coming after ZeusVM leak, hacker warns

Former Kaspersky Japan boss now malware researcher Hendrik Adrian is warning of a boom of ZeusVM botnets, after the trojan source code was leaked online. Version two of the builder and panel source code leaked last month, and spotted by the French malware researcher known as Xylitol Adrian, who uses the online handle …
Darren Pauli, 7 Jul 2015
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Behold the mighty Swiss SPACE JUNK NOSHER PODULE

Vid The CleanSpace One Project is going to deploy a conical net on its orbital dustpan ship to capture a small SwissCube satellite, which had been purposefully littered into orbit as a demonstration of a interstellar debris collection. A 10cm3 satelliting box has been zipping about Earth's atmosphere for over five years, with …
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'Facebook without sin' attracts 0.00006 times as many users as Facebook

News bytes A social networking website built in Brazil is touting itself as a sin-free version of Facebook. Dubbed Facegloria, the Portuguese-language site prides itself on Christian values to connect users. The site vows to terminate users who offend "morals and good manners." According to BBC News, Facegloria has attracted 100,000 …
Team Register, 6 Jul 2015
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THIS MEANS WAR between USA and Japan! GIANT ROBOT WAR

Vids An industrial company in Japan has accepted an American challenge to a duel between massive robots the size of buildings and weighing in at many tons each, each piloted by human crews. Youtube Video Last month Boston-based Megabots issued a vid challenge to their competitors at Suidobashi Heavy Industries for an international …
Iain Thomson, 6 Jul 2015
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The Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who

Page File The Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who is what you might call a publication with a rather bastardised nature, being both a new anthology of Doctor Who short stories with quotations included from the TV series, and short essays about the relevant attached science. The Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who book cover Extracting the …
Mark Diston, 5 Jul 2015
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Did a SUPER RARE Sony-Nintendo PlayStation prototype just pop up online? Possibly, maybe

Vid A precious prototype of what appears to be a Nintendo-Sony Playstation has been paraded online, after the console was discovered languishing in a "box of junk". Youtube Video Dan Diebold uploaded some pictures of the supposed SNES to imgur and said: "My dad worked for a company, apparently one of the guys he used to work …
Team Register, 4 Jul 2015
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Let me PLUG that up there, love. It’s perfectly standaAAARGH!

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Want a new driveway? No problem, mate. Fix your garage door? Sorted. Oh, what, you want the the garage door to open on to the driveway? Oh no no no no, no can do, pal, that’s not done, they is sep’rate. Tell you what, though, I got a mate who could build you a shortcut so you can get the car from the drive to the garage through …
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David Beckham fakes bewilderment to flog mobiles to Yanks. Fakes?

Fashion model and former one-footed footie ace David Beckham walks into a phone shop and finds it all rather confusing, or so a new US television commercial for mobile operator Sprint would have us believe. While he quizzes AT&T, T-Mobile US and Verizon on their offers, he doesn’t ask the Sprint salesperson anything like as …
Simon Rockman, 3 Jul 2015
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Engineers 3D-print ROBOT SEAHORSE, then SMASH it with rubber mallets

A thing you may not have known: the tail of a seahorse is a square prism rather than the typical cylinder shape normally expected in tails. Researchers have now investigated what mechanical performance advantages this may provide, and reckon it has immense robotic applications. Clemson University boffins have found the ideal …
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NASA invents super-SMACK, hallucinates WHOLE STAR SYSTEMS

video Beta Pictoris, a research favourite among astro-boffins since the discovery of its bright debris-and-dust disk in 1984, has yielded new wonders in a NASA supercomputer simulation. The debris disk, Goddard astrophysicist Marc Kuchner explains, has what looks to be a warp in long wavelengths, but looks like an X in shorter …
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Wikipedia jumps aboard the bogus 'freedom of panorama' bandwagon

Wikipedia has launched another anti-copyright campaign – but it's one that experts say is bogus and misleading. Thousands of pages on the site are now plastered with an appeal to "Save the Freedom of Panorama", a crusade minted by copyright activist and Europe's only Pirate Party MEP, Julia Reda. But Wikipedia users should …
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It's the hottest day of the year. So check out John Lewis' Xmas tech range!

Pics It might be hard to believe that during the hottest week of the year so far, the great and the good of the PR world (is that an oxymoron?) are setting out their stalls with Christmas fare. Yet it’s not as daft as it sounds: the magazine world, in particular, needs to plan its spreads and this is a way for the great and the good …
Bob Dormon, 1 Jul 2015
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Goodbye Vulcan: Blighty's nuclear bomber retires for the last time

Visit a British air show before September and it's possible you’ll get the opportunity to witness the last Vulcan bomber in flight - and this is definitely the last year you'll get the chance, this time. Alongside the staple leather-clad wing-walking ladies, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, simulated Apache attack- …
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A third of iThings open to VPN-hijacking, app-wrecking attacks

A trio of FireEye researchers have reported twin 'app-demolishing' iOS vulnerabilities Apple has partially fixed in its latest update that could wreck core apps such as the App Store and Settings. Researchers Zhaofeng Chen, Tao Wei, Hui Xue, and Yulong Zhang revealed the latest in five so-called Masque attacks that could wreck …
Darren Pauli, 1 Jul 2015
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Identity protection outfit LifeLock picked, popped

Security researchers Eric Taylor and Blake Welsh have disclosed a cross-site scripting vulnerability in US identity protection company LifeLock. The duo from US outfit Cinder say the vulnerability allows attackers to target the company's three million users with malware and phishing attacks, session jacking, among other acts …
Darren Pauli, 1 Jul 2015
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BBC veterans require skilled hands to massage their innards

The National Museum of Computing (TNMOC) has made an appeal for volunteers who could help them keep their BBC Micro computers – which the museum uses to give visiting young'uns a taste of hacking history – in good health. TNMOC is looking for people familiar with the BBC Micro computer and its peripherals, as it is seemingly …
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US police to throw big balls in criminals' faces

Video Next month, 100 US police departments will start deploying a new, ball-shaped camera that can be thrown into dangerous areas to scout out life-threatening situations. Youtube Video The system, dubbed Explorer Tactical, is a camera contained in a rubberized ball the size of a grapefruit, with six recessed lenses feeding data …
Iain Thomson, 29 Jun 2015
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Github's 'Atom' text editor hits version 1.0

Github's Atom text editor, which it announced back in February 2014, has reached version 1.0. Atom's inspiration was venerable text editor Emacs, but its backers hoped a new start would result in a tool suited to modern web programming. The result is a tool designed from the ground up for coding and customisable in all manner of …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Jun 2015
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Giant male member spontaneously ejaculates over Norway

Under normal circumstances, creeping up on members of the public and emulating the sin of Onan upon their person would land you in jail. Unless it's for charity – which apparently makes it OK. A 19-year-old claiming to work for a Norwegian sexual health charity has been raising awareness about chlamydia in the only obvious way …
Kat Hall, 29 Jun 2015
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KRAKKOOM! SpaceX Falcon supply mission to ISS EXPLODES minutes after launch

Updated Elon Musk's Falcon 9 rocket exploded after liftoff today over the blue skies of Cape Canaveral, Florida – the catastrophic failure happened within minutes of the launch. The unmanned SpaceX rocket was carrying the Dragon capsule on its seventh planned mission to the International Space Station. The pod had been loaded with …
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Jun 2015
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Q: What's black and white and read all over? A: E-reader displays

Feature Reading on screen can be something of a chore. As computers have become smaller and more pocketable, so it's become more possible to carry around a device that not only has a reasonable quality display, but weighs little enough to be considered a replacement for a book. Kobo Glo HD Get Carta: Kobo's Glo HD has the latest e- …
Nigel Whitfield, 28 Jun 2015
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That man told me to stuff a ROLE up my USER ENTRY!

Something for the Weekend, Sir? “Who are you, again?” Well, that’s just great. I’ve been talking to tech support customer services for barely two minutes and already he’s forgotten my name. To be honest, I can hardly blame him, considering my own inability to memorise names instantly, as recounted in this column many times. Tell me your name and within 10 …
Alistair Dabbs, 27 Jun 2015
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Space station cabbage: To boldly grow where no veg has grown before

Vid Weather permitting, SpaceX will imminently fire off its seventh resupply mission to the International Space Station, and NASA has detailed some of the science experiments the Dragon capsule will be carrying in its hold. The rocket will loft nearly 4,000lbs (1,814kg) of supplies and science kit when it takes off at 1021 ET ( …
Iain Thomson, 26 Jun 2015
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Humongous headsets and virtual insanity

Breaking Fad I recently visited the David Attenborough First Life virtual reality exhibit at the Natural History Museum in London, and as I wrote at the time, it's very impressive. It's an astonishing way of bringing things to life, and well worth checking it out if you happen to be in London between now and the 24 September. This sort of …
Nigel Whitfield, 26 Jun 2015
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SpaceX to blast Microsoft's HoloLens visors into SPAAAAACE

A pair of Microsoft's HoloLens augmented reality goggles will be beamed up to the International Space Station on Sunday as part of the cargo in SpaceX's resupply mission. Youtube Video Astronauts will use the HoloLens kit to communicate with ground control and help with complex space station repairs. The two units on this …
Iain Thomson, 26 Jun 2015
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Shadow of the Beast: Amiga classic returns from the darkness

Antique Code Show Let’s state one fact clearly from the start: for all its virtues, Shadow of the Beast did not play especially well. Its often half-baked platform action appeared promising at first, but was let down ultimately by having no game-save positions, a frustratingly high difficulty level and a general lack of fair and progressive …
Giles Hill, 25 Jun 2015
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Get your WELLIES to MARS: Red Planet reveals its FROZEN BOTTOM

Just 500,000 years ago water was sloshing all over Mars, despite the planet having lost its atmosphere four billion years ago, astroboffins have discovered. In a paper titled "Earth-like aqueous debris-flow activity on Mars at high orbital obliquity in the last million years", and published today in Nature Communications, …
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NOD32 AV remote root wormable hack turns corporate fleets to meat

Google Project Zero bod Tavis Ormandy has disclosed a "trivial" means of remotely hack the ESET NOD32 antivirus platform. Ormandy's finding prompted the Slovak company to rush a patch a day before his disclosure overnight. The remote-root exploit is potentially wormable and, he said, of practical value to criminals. "Any …
Darren Pauli, 25 Jun 2015
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Killer ChAraCter HOSES almost all versions of Reader, Windows

Get patching: Google Project Zero hacker Mateusz Jurczyk has dropped 15 remote code execution vulnerabilities, including a single devastating hack against Adobe Reader and Windows he reckons beats all exploit defences. The accomplished offensive security researcher (@j00ru) presented findings at the Recon security conference …
Darren Pauli, 24 Jun 2015
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Google's new free music service is classic Google: Take someone's idea and slap ads on it

A week before Apple launches its streaming music service, Google has sneaked out a free-to-use rival. Youtube Video Google's new advert-crammed streaming service won’t cost you a penny to tune into. Be aware, though, that you won’t be able to pick artists directly; instead, you have to stream from playlists (or "stations") with …
Iain Thomson, 23 Jun 2015
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Redmond: IE Win 8.1 defence destroying hack ain't worth patch, natch

HP security research bod Dustin Childs says the company couldn't get Microsoft to patch an IE exploit, so it's gone public. Childs says the Address Space Layout Randomisation (ASLR) hole affects millions of 32bit systems and should have been patched. He says his former paymasters at Redmond did not consider the bug 'worth it' …
Darren Pauli, 23 Jun 2015
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Anakin Skywalker chased by cops, crashes podracer into tree

Anakin Skywalker – legally known as Jake Lloyd – has been arrested after a high-speed police chase concluded when his vehicle ploughed into a tree. Lloyd, 26, was arrested for reckless driving, failure to stop, resisting arrest and driving without a licence in Charleston, South Carolina. According to the sheriff's deputies, …
Team Register, 22 Jun 2015
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Tim Worstall dances to victory over resources scaremongerers

Reg lecture Tim Worstall brought together rare minerals, bacon and eggs, and his own interpretive victory dance in his battle to stop us all worrying about running out of resources, at our most recent Reg lecture. In just under 50 minutes, Tim covered the economics of resources, why you won’t find a Ferrari in a scrap yard, and just what he …
Joe Fay, 22 Jun 2015
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FLICK my FLINT and SNIFF my TREE on the streets of Naples

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Youtube Video "See Naples and die" the saying goes. After visiting the city recently, I can believe it. Hang around there long enough and you’ll be dead. The likely causes of your imminent death in Naples are many: you might be run over by a motor scooter, stumble into a pothole in the broken pavements, get hit by falling …
Alistair Dabbs, 20 Jun 2015
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Webmail password reset scam lays groundwork for serious aggro

Symantec has warned about a new password recovery scam that tricks users into handing over webmail account access, possibly setting the stage for more serious security issues. Crooks behind the social engineering ruse need only knowledge of a prospective mark’s email address and associated mobile phone number before attempting …
John Leyden, 19 Jun 2015
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US National Vulnerability Database contained ... yup, an XSS vuln

The US National Vulnerability Database was itself left vulnerable to cross-site scripting last week. The NVD serves as a definitive source of information on CVE security flaws. The XSS vulnerability meant that a skilled hacker could present surfers with content from arbitrary third-party sites as if it came from the NVD itself …
John Leyden, 18 Jun 2015
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Canadian government websites hosed, Anonymous takes credit

Canada's government websites and email servers have been knocked offline in a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack. The assault was apparently a simple flood-the-pipes operation rather than an attempted data-heist. At 5pm local time, according to Bloomberg (presumably in Ottawa), sysadmins were working to get services …
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Apple CORED: Boffins reveal password-killer 0-days for iOS and OS X

Six university researchers have revealed deadly zero-day flaws in Apple's iOS and OS X, claiming it is possible to crack Apple's password-storing keychain, break app sandboxes, and bypass its App Store security checks. Attackers can exploit these bugs to steal passwords from installed apps, including the native email client, …
Darren Pauli, 17 Jun 2015
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Three exposed Brit's privates with sloppy survey code

Hacker Joseph Redfern has reported a privacy flaw at UK telco Three, which exposed names and email addresses in online surveys. The telco shuttered the offending survey site and the exposed API which returned the private information in JSON forms when a user entered data. Refern says the flaw meant any phone number could be …
Darren Pauli, 17 Jun 2015
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Hacked US OPM boss: We'll fix our IT security – just give us $21 million

The boss of the US government's thoroughly ransacked Office of Personnel Management has – rightly – come in for a rough ride from members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Politicians on both sides of the trenches tore strips off the lamentable state of security in the agency, which was raided by …
Iain Thomson, 16 Jun 2015
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PRATCHETT chats to Oz from 31,000m above Planet Earth

Pics + vids + graphs EDGE22 - PRATCHETT Mission Summary The Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) mission is in good shape after the final test flight of our Vulture 2 spaceplane's avionics - dubbed PRATCHETT - soared to 31,050m (101,870ft) above Colorado on Saturday. Our US allies at Edge Research Laboratory piggybacked the PRATCHETT …
Lester Haines, 16 Jun 2015