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What do you mean, I have to POST a PHYSICAL CHEQUE to get my gun licence?

One thing the British state does well is waste money – as evidenced by its pouring of taxpayers' cash into millionaire model Lily Cole's online wishing well Impossible.com, or, say, fining itself hundreds of thousands for its pisspoor data security practices. Yet when it comes to firearms licensing, surprisingly few people see …
Gareth Corfield, 31 Aug 2014
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GCHQ protesters stick it to British spooks ... by drinking urine

A number of protesters haranguing UK spies stationed at the country's Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) have taken to apparently drinking human urine to publicise their disgust with the eavesdropping nerve centre's surveillance tactics. A video has been posted online that appears to show activists from the We Are …
Team Register, 31 Aug 2014

Facebook to let stalkers unearth buried posts with mobe search

Facebook is testing a search feature on its mobile application that will allow users to immerse themselves in forgotten old posts on the free content ad network. At present, the Menlo Park, California-based company is only experimenting with the tool on a small group of people who use Facebook, according to a Bloomberg report. …
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Aug 2014

Sit tight, fanbois. Apple's '$400' wearable release slips into early 2015

Apple will reportedly not unleash a wearable device at Cupertino's iPhone 6 event on 9 September. And - when the iWatch does arrive - rumours suggest it could carry a $400 price tag. It apparently means fanbois will have a longer than expected wait for the iWatch, which according to Re/Code - citing secret sources - involves …
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Aug 2014
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Love XKCD? Love science? You'll love a book about science from Randall Munroe

Page File They say you shouldn’t get a fan to review a book and it’s certainly tough to be critical when you pick up the new book from Randall Munroe, the much-loved creator of awesome science webcomic XKCD. What If? is a series of usually ridiculous questions from the public to XKCD’s inbox that Munroe answers using science and …

Britain's housing crisis: What are we going to do about it?

Worstall @ the Weekend We talked last week about how macroeconomics is still pretty terrible at telling us what we ought to do about the world around us, which is why I always rather scratch me head at people who insist that rent control is going to be a good way of solving our current housing crisis. For amongst economists, there's a pretty good …
Tim Worstall, 30 Aug 2014

Are we there yet, are we there yet? Ballmer 'like a small child' upon buying basketball club

Microsoft mogul Steve Ballmer was as happy as a kid on Christmas morning getting a new toy, according to the woman who sold him a basketball team. Shelly Sterling, the former caretaker owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, said that Ballmer's enthusiasm to purchase the NBA club was "like a small child." Speaking in an interview …
Shaun Nichols, 30 Aug 2014
Regina Egbert, El Reg's virtual news anchor

Vulture News anchor Regina Eggbert is (sort of) LIVE from London

Vid Youtube Video Join us once again in the Vulture Central newsroom as anchorbeing Regina Eggbert presents the choicest morsels from the all-you-can-eat buffet that is this week's IT news. You can find all the stories from this week – from iAds to data security – here, here and here.® Regina Egbert, El Reg's virtual news anchor …

Tim Cook: 'I'd call what's going on in fondleslabs a speed bump'

QuoTW Time Warner Cable did not have a good week this week. A number of folks came out over the week to tell the Federal Communications Commission that they don’t like the idea of the company merging with Comcast. And in the middle of all that, the firm suffered a massive outage that downed a number of big cities on both the East and …
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Angry Birds CEO hops into slingshot, goes 'WEEEEE!'

The CEO of the company behind mobile gaming hit Angry Birds has announced his intention to leave the gaming firm. Rovio Entertainment said that Mikael Hed, long time business leader of the Finnish games firm that made flinging wildfowl a global craze, would be stepping down from the company on New Year's Day. His replacement …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Aug 2014
Eugene Kaspersky in Sydney

Kaspersky backpedals on 'done nothing wrong, nothing to fear' blather

Russian security software vendor Kaspersky has yanked an article from its website arguing that netizens shouldn't fear state surveillance unless they had done something wrong in the first place. "Remember if you’re doing nothing wrong, you have nothing to hide," the cached version of the unsigned article states. "There is …
Iain Thomson, 29 Aug 2014
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America's CTO leaving role for Silicon Valley in White House shakeup

The CTO of the United States is set to resign his post, but will remain with the Obama Administration. The White House has confirmed that Todd Park will be leaving his post as technology chief of the US and a search for a replacement is underway. Park will become a special adviser to the White House in Silicon Valley and will be …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Aug 2014
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Brit chip biz CSR rebuffs US takeover bid from Microchip Technologies

Fabless Bluetooth chip firm CSR, the second biggest chip design company in Cambridge, has rebuffed a takeover bid by customer and partner Microchip Technology. The failed bid has trigged another round of CSR thinking about putting itself up for sale, and given its history of a roller-coaster share price, now might be a very good …
Simon Rockman, 29 Aug 2014

We need less U.S. in our WWW – Euro digital chief Steelie Neelie

Europe’s digital chief Neelie Kroes will reiterate her commitment to “international governance of the internet” later today – that’s code for a smaller role for the US. The European Commissioner will represent the EU at the ninth Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Istanbul, Turkey, next week and will push for a more “global …
Jennifer Baker, 29 Aug 2014
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Uber, Lyft and cutting corners: The true face of the Sharing Economy

Analysis More allegations have emerged of dodgy tactics on the part of car ride app Uber and rival Lyft – this time relating to so-called "brand ambassadors". Glossy gadget blog The Verge obtained and published the handbook Uber contractors allegedly follow to woo Lyft drivers, under something called Operation SLOG. Whether this is legal …
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Aug 2014

Euro banks will rip out EVERYTHING and buy proper backend systems ... LOL, fooled ya

European banks are in a "holding pattern" when it comes to integrating the latest technology into their core banking systems, with the majority only carrying out modernisation initiatives when necessary rather than with a view towards long-term transformation, according to a new survey. None of the 27 banks or two financial …
OUT-LAW.COM, 29 Aug 2014
Peter Capaldi as Dr Who. Credit: BBC

Ofcom will not probe lesbian lizard snog in new Dr Who series

Ofcom has declined to probe the BBC after it received complaints about the screening of a kiss between a lizard-like character and her human wife during an episode of Doctor Who. The watchdog received half a dozen complaints after the characters, played by Neve McIntosh and Catrin Stewart, shared a crafty live-saving snog* as …
Jasper Hamill, 29 Aug 2014
Julie Bishop & Marty Natelagawa

Australia makes pinkie-promise to end Indonesia spying

Australia has signed a code of conduct to promise not to spy on Indonesia's elected officials in a bid to heal seeping wounds opened by NSA leaks. In November 2013, documents leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed Australia had spied on the mobile phone of then-Indonesian-leader Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY), his …
Darren Pauli, 29 Aug 2014
Mozilla's 'Tiles' ad format

Mozilla's 'Tiles' ads debut in new Firefox nightlies

The Mozilla Foundation's controversial plan to bring ads into the Firefox browser has commenced, with new nightlies of the Firefox browser now including the Directory Tiles feature that users hated in its last implementation. Directory Tiles have now morphed into “Sponsored Tiles”, the distinction being that the former are …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Aug 2014
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TROLL SLAYER Google grabs $1.3 MEEELLION in patent counter-suit

Google will pocket a tidy $1.3m in fees after prevailing in a case against a patent holding firm that turned on its customers. A US District Court has ruled that Beneficial Innovations will have to cover the Chocolate Factory's legal costs after the company lost a jury case earlier this year. Google successfully argued that …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Aug 2014

Want to buy T-Mobile US? Yours for $35 per share – report

The parent company of US mobile telco bad boy T-Mobile has reportedly decided it will sell the firm, after two failed bids, and has set its price at $35 per share. According to a person with knowledge of the matter, senior managers at the German firm met for a strategy meeting in Berlin on Thursday to discuss the recently failed …
Iain Thomson, 28 Aug 2014

Top beak: UK privacy law may be reconsidered because of social media

The pace of technological change and rise of social media "may make it inevitable" that UK privacy laws need to be revised and updated, the country's most senior judge has said. In a speech at the Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents' Club (nine-page/157KB PDF), Supreme Court president Lord Neuberger said that "astonishing …
OUT-LAW.COM, 28 Aug 2014
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All-flash array shipper Violin plays concerto after re-stringing

+Comment Violin CEO Kevin DeNuccio has cut the flash array shipper's losses to a fraction of what they were in their previous results, and grown revenue over the previous quarter. It’s still lower than a year ago, but a landmark for all that. Violin is no longer on the road to perdition. Growth should also accelerate as the new products …
Chris Mellor, 28 Aug 2014

'Stop dissing Google or quit': OK, I quit, says Code Club co-founder

+Comment A founder of the volunteer technology education group Code Club has resigned, claiming she was warned not to criticise the group’s sponsors – which include Google. User interface designer Linda Sandvik claims she was told to shut up or quit. “On Monday the 25th of August the Code Club board gave me an ultimatum: either I have …
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Aug 2014
Groupon office screen

Groupon sales reps' overtime pay suit not eligible for class action

Groupon sales staff have failed to get class action status for their lawsuit against the firm, which accuses the voucher bazaar of not bothering to pay them for overtime before and after its 2011 IPO. The employees were trying to get all sales workers in on the action by getting class status for the suit, but Chicago judge …
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NBN predicts a million premises next year

NBN users are data-hungry beasts, and while the move from early-adopter to mainstream is expanding the number of users on lower-speed plans, around two-thirds of the 210,000 connected customers are on speeds above 25 Mbps. Announcing its annual results today, NBN Co's presentation slides show that nearly 20 per cent of its …
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Oz fed police in PDF redaction SNAFU

You can't make this stuff up: one of the lead agencies involved in agitating for Australia to implement a data retention regime has fallen prey to not knowing how to properly redact information in PDFs. The Guardian Australia which broke the story, saying documents the AFP provided to parliament contained the sensitive …

Oz metadata proposal: no to IP addresses, yes to MAC address logging

Australia's federal government continues to say its proposed (but not yet drafted) metadata retention laws won't impose any new requirements on telecommunications carriers and ISPs. Following the leak of its confidential discussion paper to mainstream news outlets and the publication of the paper by Fairfax (here), Attorney- …
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Apple tried to get a ban on Galaxy, judge said: NO, NO, NO

The Apple-Samsung lawsuit in the US continues its inch-wise progress, with Judge Lucy Koh deciding against giving Apple a permanent injunction to stop Samsung selling smartphones – even though by now they are mostly obsolete. Apple won a settlement worth nearly $120m in May, with a jury deciding that Samsung had infringed …
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Oz biz regulator discovers shared servers in EPIC FACEPALM

The Australian Securities and Investment Commission, which in 2013 accidentally blocked innocent Websites in an attempt to disrupt financial fraud, has told a government inquiry it didn't actually know what it was doing. In using what are called “Section 313 notices” under the Act to shut down fraud sites, the financial …

NYC, LA mayors hammer Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger

The mayors of the two largest cities in America have sent letters to US watchdog the FCC expressing their concerns over the proposed merger between cable giants Comcast and Time Warner Cable (TWC). The missives outline the issues both cities have with the cable giants and the problems they hope the FCC will work to remedy should …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Aug 2014

Major cyber attack hits Norwegian oil industry

More than 50 Norwegian oil and energy companies have been hacked by unknown attackers, according to government security authorities. A further 250 firms have been advised by the Norwegian government that they ought to check their networks and systems for evidence of a breach, The Local reports. State-owned Statoil, Norway's …
John Leyden, 27 Aug 2014
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Banking apps: Handy, can grab all your money... and RIDDLED with coding flaws

The whopping 70 per cent of retail and 69 perc ent of financial services apps are vulnerable to data breaches. That's according to an analysis of 705 million lines of code as used by 1,316 enterprise applications carried out by software analysis and measurement firm CAST. The firm reckons a growing number of data breaches and …
John Leyden, 27 Aug 2014
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Qualcomm to get it from both sides? EU probe may be coming – report

Mobile chipmaker Qualcomm could be facing into an antitrust probe from the EU at the same time as it fends off a similar investigation in China, according to Reuters. Sources whispered to the news agency that the European Commission may be about to open up an official line of inquiry into a complaint made by Icera, an Nvidia …
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Telecity boss directed to the exit after a decade at helm of data centre biz

Telecity Group boss Michael Tobin has been hastily unseated from the CEO job he had held at the top UK data centre firm for more than a decade. He agreed to resign after being pushed out of the company following discussions with the Telecity board. Tobin said in a face-saving statement to the City that "the board and I agree …
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Aug 2014
Nimble Storage revenues Q2cy2014

Better be Nimble, tech giants, or mutant upstarts will make off with your sales

Hybrid array vendor Nimble Storage saw revenues grow strongly as storage giant incumbents were unable to deliver equivalent price/performance products. Revenues were $53.8m for its second quarter, ended, an 89 per cent increase year-on-year and beating its own guidance of $49m to $51m. There was a net loss of -$26.1m, 149 per …
Chris Mellor, 27 Aug 2014

Why has the web gone to hell? Market chaos and HUMAN NATURE

Worstall on Wednesday It's possible to have a certain sympathy for Sir Tim Berners-Lee as he looks at what people have done to his glorious world wide web. Instead of it remaining the glorious bottom-up egalitarian creation it once was, it's become infested with people like Facebitch using it to scramble for filthy lucre. Diddums to that, really: …
Tim Worstall, 27 Aug 2014
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Hey FCC, Comcast-TWC merger is bad news for Netflix, says Netflix

Netflix has formally petitioned the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to block the proposed $42.5bn tie-up between US cable giants Comcast and Time Warner Cable (TWC). The web vid upstart provided the FCC with a 256-page petition [PDF] outlining its feelings on the matter and making the case for the watchdog to shoot …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Aug 2014
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Government report: average Oz user will want 15 Mbps by 2023

With the launch of the report, communications minister Malcolm Turnbull seems to have taken a more generous view of the predictability of the future. In April 2013, Turnbull scorned predictions five to ten years in the future were uncertain, adding that he was ““knowledgeable enough and modest enough to know that you can't …

Ex US cybersecurity czar guilty in child sex abuse website case

A top government cybersecurity official who secretly joined an online pedophile network to swap child sex abuse material and rape fantasies has been convicted. Timothy DeFoggi, 56, is described by the US Department of Justice as being the former acting director of cyber security at Uncle Sam's Department of Health and Human …
Iain Thomson, 27 Aug 2014

Broadband slow and expensive? Blame Telstra says CloudFlare

CloudFlare has carried the fail-bucket to Australia and dumped it on incumbent Telstra's doorstep. The cloud provider has published benchmark peering price comparisons which it says show that Telstra is staggeringly expensive as an Internet transit provider: “we pay about as much every month for bandwidth to serve all of Europe …
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Comcast-Time Warner merger: CloudFlare's fare flare fair warning

Distributed web host CloudFlare says its costs rise dramatically in places where telcos have little to no competition. The company, which is hired by website owners to rapidly sling pages and other stuff at visitors, today published a report detailing its peering operations – and the deals it signs with internet connection …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Aug 2014