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Backdoor key

UK spookhaus GCHQ can crack end-to-end encryption, claims Australian A-G

British signals intelligence agency Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) can crack end-to-end encrypted messages sent using WhatsApp and Signal, according to Australian attorney-general George Brandis.
Simon Sharwood, 14 Jul 2017
Nested Virtualization in Azure

Microsoft adds nested virtualization to Azure

Microsoft’s added a new instance type to Azure and the ability to run nested virtualization.
Simon Sharwood, 14 Jul 2017
Alan Turing

Alan Turing Institute bags a Cray Urika-GX to crunch numbers for next-gen tech boffinry

Cray is supplying an Urika-GX analytics machine to the UK’s Alan Turing Institute for data science research.
Chris Mellor, 14 Jul 2017
Donald trump reading fake news

Fake Newspaper steals Reg design to spruik storage upstart

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but perhaps whoever designed the website for storage upstart Weka.io has gone a little too far: when Reg operatives decided to read beyond our story on the company, we found its website appears to have borrowed ours!
Simon Sharwood, 14 Jul 2017
stock trader image

Top tip for all you insider traders: Don't Google 'insider trading' from your work PC

An MIT postdoctoral staffer was arrested and charged with insider trading after he allegedly searched online for tips on committing the crime.
Shaun Nichols, 14 Jul 2017

ESA trying to 'bake, rattle and roll' gravity wave space probe

The European Space Agency is giving the LISA Pathfinder probe what it calls the “Bake, rattle and roll” treatment in the hope it teaches us how to make its successors even better.
Simon Sharwood, 14 Jul 2017

'Help! I'm stuck in this ATM,' writes poor bloke on a scribbled note

Police were called to a bank in Corpus Christi, Texas, after a customer getting money out of an ATM was passed a note pleading for help from inside the machine.
Iain Thomson, 14 Jul 2017

Pretty fly for an AI: Bioboffins use machine learning to decipher fruit flies' brains

Scientists in the US have developed a computer program called JAABA that uses machine learning to map groups of neurons responsible for the different behaviors observed in tiny fruit flies.
Katyanna Quach, 14 Jul 2017
Office Space

Want to kill your IT security team? Put the top hacker in charge

Managing an IT department at the best of times can be a struggle, and managing a security team has its own special challenges.
Iain Thomson, 14 Jul 2017
Man browses his tablet and ignores the beach. Photo by shutterstock

User left unable to type passwords after 'tropical island stress therapy'

On-callLast Friday your correspondent snorkeled on a tropical island, but this Friday it's time for another edition of On-Call, our weekly column in which we recount readers' tales of being forced to take on tricky jobs for tricky people.
Simon Sharwood, 14 Jul 2017

HPE gives execs a jiggle and merges subsidiaries in shrivelling Pointnext

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is rejigging execs and consolidating subsidiaries in its last remaining tech services division Pointnext – a business that has shrunk year-on-year for almost half a decade.
Paul Kunert, 14 Jul 2017
View-Master vintage advertisement

What can you do with adult VR, some bronze gears and a robotic thumb? On a Friday?

Something for the Weekend, Sir?A VR headset is pressing down on the bridge of my nose. The strap is pulling out strands of hair from the back of my head. I have bruised shins after walking into a coffee table.
Alistair Dabbs, 14 Jul 2017
Robot workers photo via shutterstock

Let's go to work: How bots took over business

Once cloud was accepted as something with various meanings, none of which our customers understood, the IT industry searched for the next big buzzword. It came up with not one but three terms often used interchangeably by people who don't know any better – bots, artificial intelligence and machine learning.
Sonia Cuff, 14 Jul 2017
Hagfish slimy teeth closeup - slime eel

Truck spills slimy load all over Oregon road – drivers slip in eel slick

It's always The Register's pleasure to remind you that, however bad you think your day is going, someone else has it worse.
Rebecca Hill, 14 Jul 2017

Now here's a novel idea: Digitising Victorian-era stamp duty machines

Government tech often gets slagged off for being old and clunky. But spare a thought for the folks issuing stamp duty, who have to handle machines from the 1870s which "close down" at 2pm every day to be cleaned.
Kat Hall, 14 Jul 2017
The Royal Courts of Justice in London

Man facing $17.5m HPE fraud case has contempt sentence cut by Court of Appeal

Peter Sage, the "serial entrepreneur" accused by HPE of defrauding it out of $17.5m worth of servers, has been freed from prison by the UK's Court of Appeal.
Gareth Corfield, 14 Jul 2017
Dread Pirate Roberts

Dark web souk AlphaBay shuts for good after police raids

Dark web marketplace AlphaBay's closure last week followed an international law enforcement operation and multiple raids, it has emerged. It has also been reported that a key suspect who was arrested in the raids has died in custody.
John Leyden, 14 Jul 2017

Luxembourg passes first EU space mining law. One can possess the Spice

Luxembourg's parliament has passed a law that makes it the first European Union country to offer legal certainty that asteroid mining companies get to keep what they find in space.
Andrew Silver, 14 Jul 2017

Beware, sheep rustlers of the South West of England! Police drone spy unit gets to work

+CommentDevon and Cornwall Police is launching its drone-equipped aerial surveillance team today.
Gareth Corfield, 14 Jul 2017
Amazon data center

Amazon supercharges GPU power, spits out Nvidia-backed G3

Amazon has rolled out its latest GPU computing box instance line, G3.
Andrew Silver, 14 Jul 2017
Bare knuckle fight, photo via Shutterstock

Rimini Street: Dispute with Oracle is contract law, not copyright

The latest installment of the years-long legal battle between software support company Rimini Street and Oracle was acted out in the US Ninth Circuit court yesterday.
Rebecca Hill, 14 Jul 2017

Huawei servers hitch ride with Intel's Xeon SP

Huawei has announced a Xeon Scalable Processor conversion of its FusionServer portfolio, with a blade server leading the charge.
Chris Mellor, 14 Jul 2017
A hand squeezing juice from an orange

Juicero does to its staff what your hands can do to its overpriced juice sacks

Internet-tethered juicer maker Juicero is axing 25 per cent of its staff as the startup tries to shake off its status as a Silicon Valley punchline.
Shaun Nichols, 14 Jul 2017
TSA gloves

US border cops search cloud accounts? Ha ha, nope, negative, no way, siree – Homeland Sec

Border searches of US citizens' mobile devices do not extend to data stored solely on remote servers, according to Kevin McAleenan, Acting Commissioner of the US Customs and Border Protection Agency.
Thomas Claburn, 14 Jul 2017

All hail AT&T! Champion of the open internet and users' privacy!

When AT&T decided at the last minute it was going to join this week's "day of protest" over net neutrality, the reaction ranged from incredulity to bemusement.
Kieren McCarthy, 14 Jul 2017

Eggheads identify the last animal that will survive on Earth until the Sun dies

Humans are newcomers on Earth and it's almost certain that we won't be around, on this planet at least, when the solar system's star finally goes nova. But boffins have identified at least one animal that will be.
Iain Thomson, 14 Jul 2017

Pastor la vista, baby! FCC enforcers shut down church pirate radio

Open up! It's the FCC!
Kieren McCarthy, 14 Jul 2017

Funnily enough, charging ££££s for trashy bling-phones wasn't a great idea

Vertu, the British smartphone maker known for its obscenely expensive blinged-out handsets, will shut down over an apparent lack of interest in obscenely expensive blinged-out handsets.
Shaun Nichols, 14 Jul 2017

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