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Data breach

Firefox to warn users who visit p0wned sites

Mozilla developer Nihanth Subramanya has revealed the organisation's Firefox browser will soon warn users if they visit sites that have experienced data breaches that led to user credential leaks.
Simon Sharwood, 24 Nov 2017
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Microsoft SurfaceBook 2

SurfaceBook 2 battery drains even when plugged in

Microsoft's acknowledged an embarrassing issue with its SurfaceBook 2 laptop – its battery can drain even while plugged into its power pack.
Simon Sharwood, 24 Nov 2017
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Boss made dirt list of minions' mistakes, kept his own rampage off it

On-CallWelcome again to On-Call, The Register's Friday column in which we share readers' tech support morality tales.
Simon Sharwood, 24 Nov 2017
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Woman looks in rear view mirror. Photo by SHutterstock

Fujitsu imagines adjusting your rear view mirror for better hearing

Fujitsu Ten, the Japanese giant's automotive outfit, has developed technology that turns sheets of glass into speakers and thinks it could be used to help drivers talk on the phone without disturbing passengers.
Simon Sharwood, 24 Nov 2017
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Spraying bugs with insecticide

Linus Torvalds on security: 'Do no harm, don't break users'

Linus Torvalds has offered a lengthy explanation of his thoughts on security, in which he explained a calmer and more detailed version of his expletive-laden thoughts on the topic earlier this week.
Simon Sharwood, 24 Nov 2017
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Piggy bank, image via Shutterstock

Munich council finds €49.3m for Windows 10 embrace

The city of Munich will spend €49.3m (£43.9m/ $58.4m) going all-in on Windows after local politicos agreed to call time on the failing 15-year open source project.
Andrew Silver, 24 Nov 2017
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10 years of the Kindle and the curious incident of a dog in the day-time

Something for the Weekend, Sir?A little worse for wear after the first Christmas party of the season, I stagger up the driveway to be met at my own front door by... a Kindle.
Alistair Dabbs, 24 Nov 2017
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excel splash screenshot

A certain millennial turned 30 recently: Welcome to middle age, Microsoft Excel v2

Thirty is a ripe old age, maybe older than a good chunk of Register readers. Even for those of you for whom Excel is a spring chicken, how many applications or even operating systems are you still using of a similar age outside the Office suite?
Damon Hart-Davis, 24 Nov 2017
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Another toothless wonder? Why the UK.gov's data ethics centre needs clout

Amid myriad bodies offering advice, opinions and rulings on the use of data springing up all over the shop, the government used the Budget to announce plans to create yet another.
Rebecca Hill, 24 Nov 2017
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'Treat infosec fails like plane crashes' – but hopefully with less death and twisted metal

The world has never been so dependent on computers, networks and software so ensuring the security and availability of those systems is critical.
John Leyden, 24 Nov 2017
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 builder installs window latch

BOFH: The trouble with, er, windows installs

Episode 16"What you're looking for is plausible deniability," I say to the Boss.
Simon Travaglia, 24 Nov 2017
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EU flag photo via Shutterstock

EU's data protection bods join the party to investigate Uber breach

The massive Uber data breach will be discussed by the European Union's data protection authorities next week.
Rebecca Hill, 24 Nov 2017
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All UK police forces use Tetra

UK emergency crews get 4G smartmobes as monkeys attempt to emerge from Reg's butt

The British emergency services are to be equipped with 4G phones thanks to a new handheld device contract with Samsung worth up to £210m.
Richard Priday, 24 Nov 2017
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Digital Entrepreneur Awards help UK tech cop an eyeful of... WTF?

When it comes to women in tech, it's fair to say the sector has a bit of an image problem.
Kat Hall, 24 Nov 2017
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Seek 'passion' and tech skills will follow, say recruiting security chiefs

Plugging the infosec skills gap with expensive consultants or by trying to hire already skilled people won't fix recruitment headaches, Thom Langford, CISO at Publicis Groupe, insisted at the #IRISSCERT conference in Dublin this week.
John Leyden, 24 Nov 2017
5

Business as usual, says Aruba veep after Meg exits daddy HPE

"No change to Aruba" was veep Morten Illum's public verdict on the news that Meg Whitman was stepping down from the top spot at Aruba's parent company, Hewlett Packard Enterprise.
Gareth Corfield, 24 Nov 2017
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Fibre, image via Shutterstock

Dark fibre arts: Ofcom is determined to open up BT's network

AnalysisBT has long been accused of jealously guarding its infrastructure. But forcing it to open up its network to competitors and break its market dominance has been an aim of Ofcom for some time.
Richard Priday, 24 Nov 2017
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Value pack of two tins of Spam

156K spam text-sending firm to ICO: It wasn't us, Commissioner

The UK's Information Commissioner's Office has fined Hamilton Digital Solutions £45,000 for sending spam text messages, it announced today, despite its protestations that a third party had been responsible.
Richard Priday, 24 Nov 2017
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Forget Sesame Street, scientists pretty much watched Big Bird evolve on Galápagos island

New research has documented a species of finch evolving on the Galápagos island of Daphne Major, 1,000km off the west coast of Ecuador, in just two generations.
Andrew Silver, 24 Nov 2017
15

Activist investor rages at Mellanox for dismissing Marvell's advances

AnalysisInfiniBand/Ethernet tech supplier Mellanox is being targeted by an activist investor pissy that it rejected overtures from Marvell.
Chris Mellor, 24 Nov 2017
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Official gag photo via Shutterstock

Plans to thwack Official Secrets Acts smacked: Journo-gagging reform postponed

Proposals to reform and rewrite Britain's aged Official Secrets Acts have been postponed for at least a year, the government's Law Commission has confirmed to The Register.
Duncan Campbell, 24 Nov 2017
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UK spy court ruled immune from judicial review – for now

The UK's Court of Appeal has ruled that the body that oversees the nation's intelligence agencies cannot be held subject to a judicial review under active laws.
Rebecca Hill, 24 Nov 2017
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The Dragonfire laser turret mockup at DSEI 2017. Pic: MBDA

Military test centre for frikkin' laser cannon opens in Hampshire

British miltech boffinry outfit Qinetiq has opened a testing centre named the Dragonworks for the building and tweaking of giant laser cannon.
Gareth Corfield, 24 Nov 2017
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Trump

Team Trump goes in to bat for Google and Facebook

Donald Trump's former policy chief Steve Bannon wanted to limit the power of Silicon Valley's plutocrats, but US trade negotiations have just thrown a protective arm around them.
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Nov 2017

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