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Facebook tackles race hate problem head on with programming tool

In Facebook's advertising business, a race condition might be construed as an ethnic descriptor used to prevent purchased ads from being displayed to a particular racial group.
Thomas Claburn, 20 Oct 2017
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IBM PC

IBM broke its cloud by letting three domain names expire

Back in September, IBM was left red-faced when its global load balancer and reverse DNS services fell over for 21 hours.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Oct 2017
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A giant space slug, or "Exogorth", from The Empire Strikes Back

Japan finds long, deep tunnel on the Moon

Japan's lunar orbiter has found a long, deep tunnel under the Moon's surface.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Oct 2017
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Make America late again: US 'lags' China in IT security bug reporting

The US is starting to fall well behind China in terms of the speed at which organizations are alerted to reported security vulnerabilities, according to a study out this week by threat intel biz Recorded Future.
John Leyden, 20 Oct 2017
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Boeing 777--2H6/ER 9M-MRI, an aircraft very similar to the one that operated Flight MH370. Pic: Ryan Fletcher/Shutterstock

MH 370 search to resume as Malaysia makes deal with US oceanographic company

Malaysia has struck a deal with US biz Ocean Infinity to resume the search for missing airliner MH370.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Oct 2017
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HPE quits cloud servers, two weeks after telling El Reg it wouldn't do that

HPE has quit the business of providing custom servers to big cloud operators.
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Red (Planet) alert: Future astro-heroes face shocking adventures on Martian moon Phobos

VidStrong solar eruptions may be blasting the Martian moon Phobos with an avalanche of electrically charged particles, charging parts of it to hundreds of volts, and hampering attempts to land on and study the alien landscape.
Katyanna Quach, 20 Oct 2017
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reverse gear

Rackspace ends discount hosting for open source projects

Rackspace has ended a program under which it offered “generous discounts on hosting for more than 150 OSS projects and communities”, but flubbed the announcement.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Oct 2017
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Boba Fett

Hack apps, attack code drawbacks for cash stacks, Google yaks

Google is offering cash to those who can find, exploit and report bugs in its Android apps, or similarly hack other programs in its Play Store.
Iain Thomson, 20 Oct 2017
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Mad Max PC video game

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update tackles IT's true menace: Cheating gamers

Microsoft's latest major Windows 10 release prides itself on keeping out those who want to meddle with your code, be they malicious hackers or lazy gamers looking for an easy leg up.
Shaun Nichols, 20 Oct 2017
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Data entry sign

Boss visited the night shift and found a car in the data centre

On-CallAnother week is coming to an end and that means it's time for On-Call, The Register's Friday column in which we share readers' stories of being asked to do the unthinkable to satisfy the incorrigible.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Oct 2017
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Canadian govt snoops emit their own malware detection tool, eh

Canada's Communications Security Establishment has open-sourced its own malware detection tool.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Oct 2017
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Your data will get hacked anyway so you might as well give up protecting it

Something for the Weekend, Sir?Flee! Flee! It’s the return of the frozen heads!
Alistair Dabbs, 20 Oct 2017
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aardvark

Ubuntu 17.10: We're coming GNOME! Plenty that's Artful in Aardvark, with a few Wayland wails

For the first time in recent memory, there are some very big changes in the latest release of Ubuntu: 17.10. And it's not all to do with going, er, GNOME.
Scott Gilbertson, 20 Oct 2017
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depressed man dines at empty plate

DXC slashes meal allowances for travelling troops: Please sir, may I have some more?

In the pursuit of ways to further squeeze its overheads, DXC Technologies has issued a fresh directive to the troops by further clipping travel costs and capping client entertainment.
Paul Kunert, 20 Oct 2017
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perplexed woman on phone

Vodafone, EE and Three overcharging customers after contracts expire

Folk with mobiles on Vodafone, EE and Three are being stung by an average £22 per month for staying on their contracts after their handsets have been paid off, according to Citizens Advice.
Kat Hall, 20 Oct 2017
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Machine-learning startup Perspica to be crushed into Cisco's analytics biz

Creaking hardware dinosaur Cisco is to gobble machine-learning upstart Perspica to beef up its analytical muscle at the performance management AppDynamics division.
Rebecca Hill, 20 Oct 2017
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Weapon of the information wars from Shutterstock

Dev writes Ethereum code for insecure SHA-1 crypto hash function

Using Ethereum's programming language Solidity, a dev has controversially written code for making data authentication signatures with the insecure SHA-1 cryptographic hash function.
Andrew Silver, 20 Oct 2017
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What’s the real point of being a dev? It's saving management from themselves

CommentWhat’s the point of being a developer ? My experience of being one taught me that it isn’t primarily the coding – it’s actually much more important than that.
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Oct 2017
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Tell the public how much our tram tickets cost? Are you mad?

UpdatedTransport for Greater Manchester, the northern UK city's transport authority, has refused to publish its ticket prices on the basis that telling the public how much they have to pay for riding the trams would "prejudice the Metrolink service".
Gareth Corfield, 20 Oct 2017
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Dragonfly sits on a yellow flower

The case of the disappearing insect. Boffin tells Reg: We don't know why... but we must act

"Insects are at the bottom of the ecosystem," the lead author of a study into a massive decrease in collected insects told The Reg. Their loss, he added, is "likely to collapse the entire pyramid".
Andrew Silver, 20 Oct 2017
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Continuous Lifecycle London 2016 logo

Continuous Lifecycle 2018: Agile pioneer Dr Linda Rising to keynote

EventsWe're chuffed, delighted and excited to announce that our first keynote for Continuous Lifecycle will be Agile development pioneer Dr Linda Rising.
Team Register, 20 Oct 2017
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Layla Gordon pointing tablet at 2D map of Mars to generate 3D image

Legends of the scrawl: Ordnance Survey launches augmented reality tool for maps

More than a decade ago, boffins at the Ordnance Survey began working on augmented reality. Now consumer mobile tech has caught up and the agency has launched an AR tool for the man on the street and the woman in the hills.
Rebecca Hill, 20 Oct 2017
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Screenshot from 1982 movie scene - lightcycle

We talk to Tron artist Syd Mead: On the other side of the screen, it all looks so easy

Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Blade Runner, Aliens, TimeCop, Johnny Mnemonic and Elysium all benefitted from the design magic of Syd Mead.
Michael Moran, 20 Oct 2017
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UK passport control photo via Shutterstock

National Audit Office: We'll be in a world of pain with '90s border tech post-Brexit

The clunky technology underpinning Blighty's border control leaves the UK in concerning position post-Brexit, a National Audit Office report has found.
Kat Hall, 20 Oct 2017

Cohesity and Micron polish exec artillery in mad dash for growth

The latest exec hires show the way the wind is blowing at Cohesity, Micron and WDC.
Chris Mellor, 20 Oct 2017
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No more mister nice GUI: Visual tools stapled to Azure Data Factory

In a move that will delight factory workers developers everywhere, Microsoft has added more graphical user interface features to Azure Data Factory V2.
Andrew Silver, 20 Oct 2017
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MEPs vote to update 'cookie law' despite ad industry pressure

European legislation that aims to put over-the-top services on a level pegging with their more traditional telecoms counterparts, and gives users more rights over websites tracking them, has been approved by a committee of MEPs.
Rebecca Hill, 20 Oct 2017
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Pixel 2 tinkerers force Google's hand: Secret custom silicon found

Previously Google has contracted major brand OEMs to produce Nexus and Pixel phones using fairly standard off-the-shelf parts. But a teardown of Google's pricey new flagship reveals the company's first homegrown system on a chip – and it's currently idle.
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Oct 2017
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Tech giant Citrix, sync 'n' share startup Egnyte fire lawsuits at each other

Two file sync 'n' sharers are at war. Google-backed Egnyte is suing Citrix for unfair competition and Citrix is counter-suing Egnyte for unfair trade practices, among other things.
Chris Mellor, 20 Oct 2017
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Mastercard blockchain: Millions. Opening up the API: Priceless

Mastercard is opening up its blockchain API to select partner banks and merchants.
Andrew Silver, 20 Oct 2017
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Do fear the Reaper: Huge army of webcams, routers raised from 'one million' hacked orgs

Miscreants are right now assembling a massive army of hacked Internet of Things devices – and at a far faster rate than the powerful Mirai botnet swelled its ranks last year.
John Leyden, 20 Oct 2017
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Malware hidden in vid app is so nasty, victims should wipe their Macs

It's going to be an unpleasant weekend for some Mac users who are facing a complete system wipe and reinstall – after hackers stashed malware in legitimate applications.
Iain Thomson, 20 Oct 2017
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Apple Mac Mini

Apple Cook's half-baked defense of the Mac Mini: This kit ain't a leftover

It has been three years since Apple released any major update to the Mac Mini family, but CEO Tim Cook says that doesn't mean the minimalist systems are dead.
Shaun Nichols, 20 Oct 2017
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Electronic capacitors

Capacitor maker zapped with price-fixing charge

A Japanese electronics maker has been indicted in America for fixing the prices of electrolytic capacitors.
Shaun Nichols, 20 Oct 2017
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CEO of $300m-a-year ad upstart Vungle cuffed for allegedly sexually abusing toddler son

The cofounder of a San Francisco video advertising upstart has been arrested and charged with allegedly assaulting and sexually abusing his three-year-old son.
Shaun Nichols, 20 Oct 2017

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