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Yelp-for-people app Peeple is back – so we rated Julia, its cofounder

CommentWhen does determination become stupidity? We're about to find out with the launch of slander-as-a-service app Peeple.
Kieren McCarthy, 08 Mar 2016

Bungling Seagate staffer leaked coworkers' social security numbers, other info to email fraudsters

Storage drive biz Seagate is lousy at keeping its own data safe: it accidentally handed over the crown jewels of its employees' private information to persons unknown.
Iain Thomson, 08 Mar 2016
Cable ship Ile de Re

Basslink cable repairs about to start

Basslink has announced that it has nailed down the location of its cable break and is about to start repairs. The company says the break is about 98 km from the Tasmanian coast.
Richard Chirgwin, 08 Mar 2016
The F-35B in the hover. Credit: Lockheed

Flying blind: F-35's radar software fails in the air

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter has run into yet another software bug, according to a report in IHS Jane's Defense Weekly.
Richard Chirgwin, 08 Mar 2016
Selection of Australian banknotes

Bill Clinton killed off internet taxes, says Australian politician

Former Australian federal treasurer from the 1990s Peter Costello reckons the world passed up on a huge revenue source when it decided not to tax the Internet.
Richard Chirgwin, 08 Mar 2016

US slaps trade ban on ZTE over Iran links

The US government is accusing Chinese vendor ZTE of using a complex scheme of subsidiaries to get around Iranian sanctions, and has therefore slapped export controls on the company.
Richard Chirgwin, 08 Mar 2016

Mellanox says 25 Gbps is the Goldilocks speed for flashy data flows

Enterprises are starting to roll 25 Gbps Ethernet into their data centres, and Mellanox is using this week's Open Compute Project (OCP) Summit in San Jose to plant its flag in the emerging market.
Richard Chirgwin, 08 Mar 2016
Google's security and privacy questionnaire

Google vendor security review tool goes open source

Google's decided that the first-phase questionnaire it uses to vet vendors might be useful to the rest of the world.
Team Register, 08 Mar 2016

Romanian ATM hacker exploits vulnerability in FENCE, escapes jail

A Romanian carder arrested for using malware to plunder US$217,000 (£152,164, A$290,888) from ATMs has cut their way out of a Bucharest prison and escaped custody.
Darren Pauli, 08 Mar 2016

Bloke pockets $15k for spotting Facebook password-reset blunder

Facebook has slung US$15,000 in the direction of Anand Prakesh for discovering a serious bug on its beta servers.
Richard Chirgwin, 08 Mar 2016
Mobile banking, image via Shutterstock

NatWest tightens online banking security after hacks' 'hack' exposé

NatWest is tightening up its internet banking systems after security shortcomings were exposed by journalists.
John Leyden, 08 Mar 2016
Mark Hurd and Safra Catz

Oracle's old hands are supporting the support n00bs who support you

Oracle's remaining experienced support staff have been asked to assist the company's more recent support hires, sources familiar with the matter have told The Register.
Simon Sharwood, 08 Mar 2016
William Hill's R&D Engineering Lead Gavin Stevenson

Software dev 101: 'The best time to understand how your system works is when it is dying'

QCon LondonAt the QCon Developer conference underway in London, William Hill's R&D Engineering Lead Gavin Stevenson told attendees that they should celebrate IT failures.
Tim Anderson, 08 Mar 2016

Open trucker comms lets Shodan snoops alter routes, tap CANs buses.

Security researcher Jose Carlos Norte says trucks, buses, and vans using Telematics Gateway Unit are exposed on security-search engine Shodan allowing hackers to alter routes and probe speed and location.
Darren Pauli, 08 Mar 2016
Free Robot Hugs by Ben Husmann https://www.flickr.com/photos/benhusmann/sets/72157594246596196

IBM staffer at risk of redundo? Capita will wipe away your tears

The thousand-plus IBM UK Global Technology Services peeps at risk of redundancy need fear not – caring corporation Capita has been contracted to provide support services for those affected by the process.
Paul Kunert, 08 Mar 2016

Final Euro Parliament vote on passenger name records delayed

A final vote by the European Parliament on a proposed directive allowing the transfer of passenger name records (PNR) from airlines to EU countries has been delayed by "left wing groups", Reuters has reported.
OUT-LAW.COM, 08 Mar 2016
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Here's one obscure little EU data protection rule that would be good

Those concerned with data protection and privacy have their work cut out in the UK.
Amberhawk Training, 08 Mar 2016

El avión de papel del proyecto PARIS aterriza en un libro de texto

Nos complace informar a nuestros lectores de que nuestra ya legendaria misión PARIS (Paper Aircraft Released Into Space) ha aparecido en un libro de texto en español, en el que de forma amena se cuenta a los niños la extravagante aventura estratosférica de nuestro Playmonauta.
Lester Haines, 08 Mar 2016
GCHQ road sign

GCHQ: Crypto's great, we're your mate, don't be like that and hate

Robert Hannigan, director of UK spy agency GCHQ, has said this week there is an ethical problem presented by encryption.
Alexander J Martin, 08 Mar 2016

Going on a thin client diet

We may not be in the post-PC age, but we’re definitely in the ‘plus everything else’ era. A gaggle of new mobile devices has gathered to join the PC, and it’s making things more complex for IT administrators. Smart phones were already heavily in the enterprise, and now, tablets are gaining traction too. How can they cut through the management headache?
Robin Birtstone, 08 Mar 2016

Californian tycoons stole my sharing economy, says Lily Cole

Big Money has poisoned the utopia of the sharing economy, says the millionaire supermodel and “social entrepreneur” Lily Cole.
Andrew Orlowski, 08 Mar 2016

Clive Sinclair Vega+ tin-rattle hits £300,000

Sir Clive Sinclair has tin-rattled his way to a wallet-bulging £300,000 towards production of the Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega+, just three weeks after launching his Indiegogo fundraising campaign.
Lester Haines, 08 Mar 2016

What are you doing to spot a breach?

Technology moves quickly, not just in legitimate business, but in the cybercriminal world too. Advanced attack tools are now available on the black market, lowering the barrier to entry for the average online lowlife. They are happy to target large and small organizations alike, and they only have to be lucky once.
Robin Birtstone, 08 Mar 2016
HTC One M8

HTC teases yet another make-or-break comeback flagship

Very few phone leaks are accidents, and a spate of teasers of HTC’s next flagship suggest a launch next month.
Andrew Orlowski, 08 Mar 2016

Oracle gives apps a ticket to ride on Sparc M7's SQL warp drives

Oracle will today release, in its words, "a free and open API and developer kit" for the hardware-accelerated SQL-crunching engines in its Sparc M7 processors. You can register to grab the goodies, here.
Chris Williams, 08 Mar 2016

Seagate says it's scooped the 'fastest ever PCIe drive' record

Seagate is going to demonstrate a 10GB/sec PCI flash card that spews out bits like a fire hose on steroids at the coming Open Compute Project Summit.
Chris Mellor, 08 Mar 2016

MapR whips out a pack of ACEs, eyes up containing Docker users

MapR has announced new security enhancements for its big data customers, as well as bringing in a services layer for enterprises tinkering with Docker.
Alexander J Martin, 08 Mar 2016

NASA preps stadium-size sandwich bag launch

NASA is gearing up for the fourth launch of its high-altitude, heavy-lift super pressure balloon (SPB) tech, which involves hosting a 1,025kg payload aloft under a helium-filled "pumpkin-shaped, football stadium-size balloon" crafted from "22-acres of polyethylene film - similar to a sandwich bag, but stronger".
Lester Haines, 08 Mar 2016
Police officers in bodu armour mill around in field

Accenture leans back, receives £86m Met Police contract

The Metropolitan Police has inked a £86m deal with Accenture to manage its applications, the latest contract award in the force's plan to shave £200m from its IT budget over the next three years by carving up its existing Capgemini contract.
Kat Hall, 08 Mar 2016
Rose and Jack drowning scene Titanic. Pic: Fox pictures

Cloud sellers who acted on Heartbleed sink when it comes to DROWN

Response to the critical web-crypto-blasting DROWN vulnerability in SSL/TLS by cloud services has been much slower than the frantic patching witnessed when the Heartbleed vulnerability surfaced two years ago.
John Leyden, 08 Mar 2016

Home Office biometrics strategy is three years overdue, despite 'lack of clarity'

Police use of facial recognition technology continues unregulated and unguided as the Home Office has still failed to deliver its biometrics strategy, ahead of an official report due to be published on Friday.
Alexander J Martin, 08 Mar 2016
Dollar pound image via Shutterstock

Oracle tweaks exchange rate, hikes up database prices in UK

Oracle’s database customers are set for a five per cent price hike in the UK.
Gavin Clarke, 08 Mar 2016

Persistent memory: Has HPE got there already?

AnalysisMeg Whitman dropped a pair of teasers in the latest earnings call, with a new hyperconverged appliance mentioned plus a persistent memory game-changer. What is that?
Chris Mellor, 08 Mar 2016

With Facebook shafted, India now belongs to Google

With Facebook’s Free Basics out of the way, Google has a free hand at capturing personal data from Indians who aren’t on the internet.
Andrew Orlowski, 08 Mar 2016
Lone penguin image via Shutterstock

Solus: A welcome ground-up break from the Linux herd

ReviewThe Linux world is full of spin-offs, clones and branded distros. The most famous lineage is Mint, based on Ubuntu, which is in turn based on Debian. What's less common is entirely new distros, starting from zero and building their own stack.
Scott Gilbertson, 08 Mar 2016
Microsoft is joining the Eclipse Foundation as a Solutions member

Microsoft joins Eclipse Foundation. Odd thing for a competitor to do

Microsoft is joining the Eclipse Foundation as a Solutions Member, according to an announcement today at the EclipseCon event in Reston, Virginia.
Tim Anderson, 08 Mar 2016

What a pair of ace-holes: Crooks bug gambler's car with GPS tracker, follow him and rob him

A couple of crooks planted a GPS tracking device on a gambler's car so they could follow him home and rob him at gunpoint.
Shaun Nichols, 08 Mar 2016

FBI says NY judge went too far in ruling the FBI went too far in forcing Apple to unlock iPhone

The US Department of Justice has appealed a decision by a New York judge to refuse the FBI access to an iPhone: one part in a wider legal battle between law enforcement and Apple.
Kieren McCarthy, 08 Mar 2016

US taxmen pull plug on anti-identity-theft system used by identity thieves

The US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has suspended its Identity Protection PIN tool, designed to safeguard people at risk from identity theft, because scammers are using it for identity theft.
Iain Thomson, 08 Mar 2016

Array biz's figures leave little to the Imation

Well, we were expecting diminished revenues and growing losses – and storage biz Imation didn't pull off any last-minute surprises.
Chris Mellor, 08 Mar 2016
Telstra phone booth by Ed Dunens from Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/blachswan/

Telstra strides into enterprise SDN with VPNs, dynamic WANs

Australia's dominant carrier Telstra has sniffed the software-defined winds and decided to label some services as software-defined networking (SDN), with Cisco's help.
Simon Sharwood, 08 Mar 2016

2016: Bad USB sticks, evil webpages, booby-trapped font files still menace Windows PCs

Patch TuesdayMicrosoft has published the March edition of its monthly security updates, addressing security flaws in Internet Explorer, Edge and Windows, while Adobe has issued updates for Digital Editions, Acrobat and Reader.
Shaun Nichols, 08 Mar 2016

Strike! European Patent Office staff vote in their thousands for walkout

Staff at the European Patent Office (EPO) have voted overwhelmingly to strike for a third time in a direct challenge to EPO president Benoît Battistelli.
Kieren McCarthy, 08 Mar 2016

Is there anything left to ask Bill Gates? (Other than gissus a million?)

One of the things about being the world's richest man and also one of the most famous is that people tend to be interested in the minutiae of your life and in just about every thought you express.
Kieren McCarthy, 08 Mar 2016

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