24th > November > 2017 Archive
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
'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.
BOFH: The trouble with, er, windows installs
Episode 16"What you're looking for is plausible deniability," I say to the Boss.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.