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Infosec bunfight breaks out over 'unproven' PayPal authent bug

A row has broken out between PayPal and bug hunters who claim to have found a flaw on its website. Vulnerability Laboratory published an advisory about a vulnerability that it said creates a means to bypass the security approval procedure and two-factor authentication applied by the payment service earlier this month, as …
John Leyden, 14 Sep 2015
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Doctor Who returns to our screens next week – so, WHO is the worst Time Lord of them all?

Poll Perhaps 13 is unlucky for some. That is, if you decide that the current Time Lord played by Peter Capaldi – the man who became a household name as shouty, potty-mouthed Malcolm Tucker – is the worst Doctor of all time. And anyway, should one describe the bovver-booted Scot as number 13? After all, John Hurt was known as the …
Team Register, 12 Sep 2015
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You want to DISRUPT my TECH? How about I DISRUPT your FACE?

Something for the Weekend, Sir? My “iBeats by Dr Dre” earphones have ceased functioning. They lasted all of eight weeks. Tangerine Dream at Coventry Cathedral. HD. Tangerine Dream at Coventry Cathedral 1974. While I’d been joking that I was trying to defile Dr Dre’s muvva-fuddin’ bitch-slappin’ earphones by listening to early Mike Oldfield and Tangerine …
Alistair Dabbs, 12 Sep 2015
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'Hey Siri, it's Obama, what should we do about Iran?'

Vid Apple has tried to make a revamped Siri the star of its next version of iOS, even going so far as to name this week's monster product unveiling after its digital assistant. But it seems Siri has her eyes on an even bigger stage than either the iPhone or Apple TV: the White House. During a Thursday press briefing by Obama …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Sep 2015
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Hats off to Nintendo’s platform supremo Super Mario Bros at 30

Antique Code Show Super Mario Bros – the iconic game for Nintendo’s Famicom, or NES to those of us outside Japan – was released 30 years ago. Nintendo has been celebrating the build up to its anniversary, which takes place on Sunday, 13 September, by offering a competition to see who can make the best Mario-themed video – with a zillion and one …
Giles Hill, 11 Sep 2015
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Citrix reveals 'USB redirection to cloud' plans to vaporise desktop peripherals

Citrix is working on something it calls “ USB redirection to cloud” that will allow input devices on local devices to work on virtual desktops. Over the last year, everyone in the remote/virtual/as-a-service desktop business has been talking up their ability to virtualise the graphics-heavy apps that some users wield. It's …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Sep 2015
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Apple downgrades iPhone 6S with wimpy 1715mAh battery

The new advanced pressure-sensitive touchscreen features in Apple's iPhone 6S have come at a cost: a smaller battery pack. Buried in the hoopla of Wednesday's unveiling event in San Francisco was the revelation that the new 4.7" iPhone 6S comes equipped with a battery pack that has a lower capacity than its predecessor, the …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Sep 2015
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Record-breaking cosmonaut comes back down to Earth

International Space Station Expedition 44 commander Gennady Padalka is due to depart the orbiting outpost tomorrow, when he'll have clocked up a record total of 879 days in space. Padalka aboard the ISS. Pic: NASA Record-breaking Padalka aboard the ISS. Pic credit: NASA The 57-year-old Russian will be accompanied in the …
Lester Haines, 10 Sep 2015
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As McAfee runs for US President – we ask a crucial question: Will Reg readers back him?

Poll Now that paranoid playboy John McAfee has personally confirmed to El Reg that he is running for US president, it's time to ask a key question. No, not where his campaign stands on inequality, America's simmering racial tensions, the fate of the middle class, and stuff like that. We need to find out this crucial detail: does …
Chris Williams, 10 Sep 2015
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ALIENS on CERES? Nope – it's just dwarf's tucked away MOIST BITS

The presence of an alien base on Ceres has seemingly been ruled out by NASA, which has released an improved image of mysterious bright spots on the asteroid belt dwarf planet. The Dawn spacecraft first spied the features in the Occator crater back in June, when they appeared as glowing masses. Occator crater The mystery of …
Lester Haines, 10 Sep 2015
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'A word processor so simple my PA could use it': Joyce turns 30

Archaeologic The Amstrad PCW8256 turns 30 this month. In eighteen months it did for the typewriter what the car took thirty years to do for the pony and trap. Alan Sugar’s specification was simple – “A word processor so simple Joyce could use it”. Joyce Caley was his formidable PA and "Joyce" became the codename for the project – and the …
Simon Rockman, 9 Sep 2015
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TorrentLocker scum have better email lists than legit devs, telcos

Spammers deploying the TorrentLocker ransomware are so good at targeting victims that their poison emails hit the mark more frequently than those sent by legitimate software companies and professional marketers. Trend Micro's just analysed the malware in a report titled TorrentLocker Landscape: Targeting Even More Victims in …
Darren Pauli, 9 Sep 2015
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Verizon: we're going to start bringing you 5G NEXT YEAR (sort of)

Verizon is planning to test its 5G wireless broadband network next year. The US telecom giant said it would be working with a group including Samsung, Ericsson, Nokia, Cisco, Qualcomm, and Alacatel-Lucent to launch a 2016 trial for technology that could power the network. Verizon said it plans to have a pair of "sandbox" test …
Shaun Nichols, 8 Sep 2015
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Stick your finger in another Pi: Titchy-puter now has touchscreen

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has given its seal of approval to a 7-inch touchscreen for its flagship microcomputer. The makers of the hobbyist quad-core ARM-powered system said the $60 screen will allow display and touch functions to be accessed from software. Drivers for the screen are included with the latest version of …
Shaun Nichols, 8 Sep 2015
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Drunk Japanese warrior cuffed after NINJA STRIKE on shop robot

A 60-year-old man has been arrested in Japan following a violent encounter with a robot on Sunday, with the mechanoid coming off worse. Named as Kiichi Ishikawa of the city of Yokosuka by the Kanagawa Prefectural Police, the Butlerian jihadi was described as "drunken" by the Japan Times, who reported on the latest incident in …
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SPACE WHISKY: Astro malt pongs of 'rubber and smoked fish'

A Scotch whisky that spent almost three years maturing on the International Space Station (ISS) boasts an "intense aroma" with hints of "antiseptic smoke, rubber and smoked fish". That's the verdict of Dr Bill Lumsden, director of distilling and whisky creation at Ardbeg Distillery, which sent vials of its pre-maturation …
Lester Haines, 7 Sep 2015
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Reg readers show Blitz spirit at Computer Museum lecture

Reg Lecture Having a hankering for the shiniest of new kit doesn’t mean you can’t appreciate genius that went into the tech of the past. Otherwise, why would 40-odd Reg readers have squeezed into our final summer lecture, delivered by Kevin Murrell, co-founder of The National Museum of Computing in Bletchley. Kevin deployed a bit of …
Joe Fay, 7 Sep 2015
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You tried to hide your extramarital affair … by putting it on the web?

Something for the Weekend, Sir? What’s your name, chuck, and where do you come from? “My name’s William, Cilla, but my friends call me WILLY eheh heh heh and I’m from HORNY Hornsea!” (Studio audience cheers noisily for no obvious reason) And you, number two? “My name’s ROD uhuh huh huh, and I’m from uhuh huh huh SHAFTesbury.” (Studio audience …
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Game, set and DEATHMATCH: Drone TERROR ORDEAL at US Open tennis tournament

Tennis fans faced a terrifying nightmare Thursday evening after a drone was flown and crashed into an empty section of seats at the US Open, injuring no one. As the authorities scrambled to deal with the flying menace, hapless teacher Daniel Verley, 26, was seized, and formally charged four hours later when New York cops …
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Daredevil Brit lifts off in 54-prop quinquaquadcopter

An intrepid Brit has demonstrated the Right Stuff by strapping himself into an improbable but highly pleasing home-built, 54-prop flying contraption. The £6,000 quinquaquadcopter, dubbed by its creator the "Swarm Manned Aerial Vehicle Multirotor Super Drone", uses off-the shelf 18in props and an awful lot of 4-cell LiPos. …
Team Register, 4 Sep 2015
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Brit school claims highest paper plane launch crown

PICS+VID It's official: El Reg has finally relinquished its highest-altitude paper plane launch Guinness World Record, almost five years since the Paper Aircraft Released Into Space (PARIS) Vulture 1 triumphantly swooped to earth from 27,310m. On 24 June, The Science Club of Ipswich's Kesgrave High School, led by science teacher Dave …
Lester Haines, 3 Sep 2015
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Feeling sweary? Don't tell Google Docs

NSFW Google's turned on speech recognition for Google Docs users, but only if you're polite. That's the conclusion of blogger Gretchen McCulloch, who writes about swearing at Strong Language (while the blog is probably NSFW, it's got some gems, such as a thorough trawl of Australia's Hansard to record “unparliamentary language” …
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Trio of 'nauts thunder towards International Space Station

The Kazakh Space Agency's Aidyn Aimbetov, European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Andreas Mogensen, and Russian cosmonaut Sergei Volkov are en route to the International Space Station following their successful dispatch heavenwards from Baikonur Cosmodrome earlier today. The Soyuz TMA-18M launches to the ISS. Pic: ESA / S. …
Lester Haines, 2 Sep 2015
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French hacker besmuts road sign right under Les Plods' noses

Vid+update A hacker defaced an electronic parking sign with a "poem" of vulgarities - and has since told The Register it was not a protest against the acquittal of Dominique Strauss-Kahn on pimping charges, although he did do it right under the noses of the Gendarmerie Nationale. When hacker got bored (proof video) A self-described " …
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Earth wobbles on axis as Google rebrands

Logowatch Paradigms were shifted and the Earth possibly wobbled a little on its axis yesterday as Google announced a new logo to brand its continuing drive towards total world domination. According to a blog post, the revamp includes a fresh face and an "identity family", all suitable for deployment across the bewildering and exciting …
Lester Haines, 2 Sep 2015
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Drone deals DEATH – to deadly starfish

An Australian university is about to start deploying drones on a seek-and-destroy mission. The target? The Crown of Thorns Starfish, which is famously a serious danger to the country's Great Barrier Reef. The invading predator first emerged as a problem for the reef in the 1960s, and since then it's been blamed for coral cover …
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Oh no, startup Massive Analytic unleashes 'artificial precognition'

When Britons do tech startups they don't hold back. London-based Massive Analytic is an artificial intelligence startup that has created Oscar AP, a product they describe as 'artificial precognition'. If name Massive Analytic wasn't just this side of disturbing, the unnecessarily creepy "artificial precognition" marketing …
Trevor Pott, 1 Sep 2015
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Google bods reform DEMOCRACY in coconut or vitamin water quandry

Google has developed an internal utopian voting system for its office events, which its creator hopes to make an official product. So far 11,000 internal staff have cast some 75,000 votes on Google office events like Halloween contests and building names. Some 4,200 staff voted in a Mircokitchen food event in which vote …
Darren Pauli, 1 Sep 2015
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Boffins laugh at Play Store bonehead security with instant app checker

An armada of university researchers have devised a novel method of detecting malicious applications on Android app, and by way of demonstration have dug up 127,429 shady software offerings, including some bearing exploits for a whopping 20 zero days. The scheme dubbed MassVet is the brainchild of eight researchers: Kai Chen; …
Darren Pauli, 31 Aug 2015
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Black and blue: The rise of the riotous Richard Pryor

Feature Readers are advised that a number of the video clips featured in this article contain colourful language of a NSFW nature. It’s 40 years since Richard Pryor’s first seriously promoted album crashed into the US charts. Within months ... Is It Something I Said? went platinum and the next spring saw it win him his second Grammy …
Phil Strongman, 29 Aug 2015
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Google: Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right, here I am – stuck in the middle of EU

The European Commission’s antitrust case against Google is wrong “as a matter of fact, law, and economics,” so says, er, Google. On Thursday, the California monster publicly responded to the charges put to it by the Commish in April, namely that Google’s web search results unfairly promote its own online shopping services over …
Jennifer Baker, 27 Aug 2015
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First pics of flagship Lumias for 18 months released … or maybe not

Images of the first flagship Lumia phones for 18 months have popped up on Twitter ... or have they? Renowned technology "leaker" Evan Blass posted two images of models described as the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL. It needs to be remembered that marketing teams are experts at planting images of forthcoming devices with bloggers …
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Aug 2015
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Ins0mnia bug means malicious iOS apps WILL NEVER DIE

A newly discovered vulnerability allows an iOS application to continue to run for an unlimited amount of time, even if an application gets terminated by a user. The flaw – dubbed Ins0mnia – potentially allows any iOS application to bypass Apple background restrictions, security researchers at FireEye warn. FireEye notified …
John Leyden, 27 Aug 2015
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Your smartphone can be a 3D scanner, say boffins

Video Microsoft Research and Oxford University are showing off a chunk of software that turns smartphones into 3D scanners – running fast enough that if it's released, it'll be handy for 3D printing enthusiasts. To be published in IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, the six-degrees-of-freedom (6DoF) scanning …
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Still 3D printing with one material? We can use TEN, say MIT eggheads

Video Designers at MIT have used off-the-shelf components and some nifty software to build a cheap combination 3D printer and scanner unit that can use ten different materials at a time. Youtube Video Multi-material 3D printers aren't new, of course, just very, very expensive – typically costing hundreds of thousands of dollars. …
Iain Thomson, 25 Aug 2015
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Samsung emits Galaxy S6 Edge+ 'inboxing' video

Unboxing and teardowns used to be something that fanbois did, but marketing savvy Samsung has hijacked the genre with a video of its own. Calling it an “inboxing”, the video shows the phone being assembled, not by a worker on a production line, but by a well-dressed man in the kind of setting you only see in carefully crafted …
Simon Rockman, 24 Aug 2015
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'Unexpected item in baggage area' assigned to rubbish area

Something for the Weekend, Sir? "Please wait while we verify your bags." Oo-er, sounds a bit rude! Youtube Video In a Carry On film, they’d follow this up with "Ooh nurse, feel my pulse". Or as Butthead might say: "Uh-huh-huh. You said 'verify'. Uh-huh-huh..." After last week's SftWS column was spiked, The Reg was kind enough to re-run one of my old …
Alistair Dabbs, 22 Aug 2015
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PINs easily pinched with iPhone-attached thermal imaging kit

A device which can be attached to smartphones is capable of stealing customers' PINs using thermal imaging, UK security consultancy Sec-Tec warns. Thermal imaging equipment – once the sole preserve of only the best-equipped attacker – is now available as a readily available iPhone accessory costing less than £200. The kit …
John Leyden, 21 Aug 2015
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Geeks on quest for world's most pointless YouTube video

Four tech geeks are seeking the most useless, unpopular, waste-of-space YouTube videos as part of an international competition, dubbed NoTube. The online contest, hosted in Switzerland, seeks to find videos on the mammoth Google video attic that make a mockery of YouTube's user-created content slogan 'broadcast yourself'. …
Darren Pauli, 21 Aug 2015
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Yet another Android app security bug: This time 'everything is affected'

Yet another potentially serious security flaw has been revealed in Android. This time the problem involves the mobile operating system's ability to run more than one app at once – as opposed to its handling of multimedia messages, which was the crux of a cyber* of vulnerabilities last month. The latest security blunder opens …
John Leyden, 20 Aug 2015
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Youth Hostelling with Chris Eubank becomes TV reality

It's taken almost 20 years, but Alan Partridge fans may finally get to see what is considered one of the great unmade TV series: Youth Hostelling with Chris Eubank. A 1997 episode of I'm Alan Partridge saw the eponymous hero pitch an increasingly bizarre list of programme ideas to a BBC executive, as he suffered a nervous …
Lester Haines, 20 Aug 2015
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Activist pens pirate's map to 'liberating' academic journals

The cause of those who feel that information wants to be free, and that academic research should always be, have a new tool: a guide to defeating tracking traps that could identify document leakers. An activist using the alias Storm Harding (@StormHarding) told the Chaos Communications Camp in Zehdenick, Germany, his "purely- …
Darren Pauli, 20 Aug 2015