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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
NatWest tightens online banking security after hacks' 'hack' exposé
NatWest is tightening up its internet banking systems after security shortcomings were exposed by journalists.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.