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OnePlus Android mobes' clipboard app caught phoning home to China

UPDATEOnePlus has admitted that the clipboard app in a beta build of its Android OS was beaming back mystery data to a cloud service in China.
Shaun Nichols, 12 Jan 2018

Brace yourselves for the 'terabyte (sic) of death', warns US army IT boss

The outgoing head of the Defense Information Systems Agency, which handles computer security for the US Department of Defense, has warned a massive cyber-attack is "looming" at the American military's door.
Iain Thomson, 12 Jan 2018

Funnily enough, small-town broadband cheaper than big cable packages, say Harvard eggheads

A study in the US has found that, where they're still allowed, municipally-owned broadband networks are likely to deliver customers a better value than what the cable giants offer.
Shaun Nichols, 12 Jan 2018
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Ecuador tried to make Julian Assange a diplomat

Ecuador granted citizenship to Julian Assange and tried to register him as a diplomat in order to secure his release from the nation’s London embassy.
Simon Sharwood, 12 Jan 2018
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Intel’s Meltdown fix freaked out some Broadwells, Haswells

Intel has warned that the fix for its Meltdown and Spectre woes might have made PCs and servers less stable.
Simon Sharwood, 12 Jan 2018
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PowerShell comes to MacOS and Linux. Oh and Windows too

Microsoft has given the world new versions of PowerShell that bring the popular automation and scripting tool to MacOS and Linux.
Simon Sharwood, 12 Jan 2018
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PC lab in remote leper colony had wrong cables, no licences, and not much hope

On-CallWelcome back to On-Call, The Register’s weekly tale of – ahem – challenging support jobs that readers have encountered around the world.
Simon Sharwood, 12 Jan 2018

NASA is pretty pleased with its pulsar-sniffing intergalactic GPS tech

PicsAfter years of research and testing, NASA has demonstrated spacecraft positioning equipment that relies on measuring X-ray bursts. The hardware will help future spacefarers navigate the galaxy and beyond.
Iain Thomson, 12 Jan 2018
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Europe to spend €1bn on supercomputers and big data infrastructure

The European Commission’s decided to throw €486 million at high performance computers.
Simon Sharwood, 12 Jan 2018
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Next; tech; meltdown..? Mandatory; semicolons; in; JavaScript; mulled;

In what non-technical people might take as an attempt to outdo the absurdity of the tabs vs. spaces debate that continues to divide programmers, the TC39 technical group that advises the development of ECMAScript – the specification from which JavaScript is implemented – has proposed telling web developers to terminate statements and declarations with semicolons.
Thomas Claburn, 12 Jan 2018

Ice cliffs found on Mars and NASA says they’re a tap for astronauts

Mars boffins have spotted lots of almost-pure water ice on Mars.
Simon Sharwood, 12 Jan 2018

Remember those holy tech wars we used to have? Heh, good times

2018 has barely begun, and it already feels like we'll be nibbling techwar milquetoast all year long. If 2018 ends up being at all like 2017, that is.
Matt Asay, 12 Jan 2018
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Worcestershire's airborne electronics warfare wonderland

Geek's Guide to BritainWhen you first see the view from Croome's church, it looks like an English utopia. The landscape, designed by Lancelot "Capability" Brown during the 1750s, features a lake pretending to be river, winding lazily through fields dotted by scenic trees. To the left is Croome Court, a grand Palladian country house built over the red bricks of an earlier one. The Malvern Hills rise in the distance.
SA Mathieson, 12 Jan 2018
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Self-driving cars still do not exist even if we think they do

Something for the Weekend, Sir?Before I take off my Sonic The Hedgehog socks, I want to be sure there is mutual consent. I don't mind being extradited to Sweden but there's no way I want to spend the next five years conducting my daily ablutions under a cold dripping tap in the faux-marble tiled toilet in the Ecuadorian embassy.
Alistair Dabbs, 12 Jan 2018

Should SANs be patched to fix the Spectre and Meltdown bugs? Er ... yes and no

AnalysisIs the performance sapping spectre of the X86 Spectre/Meltdown bug fixes hanging over SAN storage arrays? The general assumption is "yes" but five suppliers say not.
Chris Mellor, 12 Jan 2018

BOFH: Buttock And Departmental Defence ... As A Service

Episode 1The PFY is feeling a little unappreciated. APPARENTLY I’m not supporting him in his role very well and he feels a bit like a scapegoat.
Simon Travaglia, 12 Jan 2018
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UK taxman told to go easy on transformation with Brexit in headlights

The UK government's spending watchdog has warned HMRC is biting off more than it can chew by undergoing major transformational projects while simultaneously coping with the fallout of Brexit.
Kat Hall, 12 Jan 2018

EU court to rule whether Facebook should seek and destroy hate speech

The European Court of Justice has been asked to decide whether Facebook should actively search for hate speech posted by users.
Rebecca Hill, 12 Jan 2018
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US shoppers abandon PC makers in hour of need

America’s PC market sneezed in Q4 calendar and the rest of the world caught a cold: global sales declined in the final three months of last year, stats from Gartner indicated – although rival IDC did not concur.
Paul Kunert, 12 Jan 2018

Shhh! DropBox 'quietly files' for IPO

DropBox has reportedly filed for an IPO, giving it fresh capital to fund a significant expansion.
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Jan 2018

'Mummy, what's felching?' Tot gets smut served by Android app

Researchers have found a batch of over 60 malware-carrying apps in Google's Play Store designed to rob mobile users or show them pornography, all with a kid-friendly theme.
Iain Thomson, 12 Jan 2018
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Veeam's reverse-IBM, the rebrands, the new hires, and... DRAM, what's that, Samsung?

After multiple, multiple quarters of doing a reverse IBM and growing revenues quarter after quarter after quarter, Veeam has been beaming about having grown revenues some more.
Chris Mellor, 12 Jan 2018

Intel AMT security locks bypassed on corp laptops – fresh research

UpdatedSecurity shortcomings in Intel's Active Management Technology (AMT) can be exploited by miscreants to bypass login prompts on notebook computers.
John Leyden, 12 Jan 2018

Boffins split on whether Spectre fix needs tweaked hardware

AnalysisProcessor security experts – including one cited in the Meltdown paper – are split on whether the resolution of the Spectre vulnerability may need to involve hardware modifications or the software defences being rolled out are adequate.
John Leyden, 12 Jan 2018
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VMware: New year, new job – you're fired

UpdatedVirtualization kingpin VMware is this month laying off staff again.
Chris Mellor, 12 Jan 2018

Celebgate latest: Fourth dirtbag 'fesses up to pillaging iCloud for stars' X-rated selfies

A fourth man has admitted stealing Hollywood stars' private nude photos that eventually leaked online in what became known as Celebgate.
Iain Thomson, 12 Jan 2018

Dear US taxpayers, 4.5 BEEELLION of your dollars were blown on unapproved IT projects

American government agencies are spending billions of tax dollars on IT projects without getting the proper approval or oversight.
Shaun Nichols, 12 Jan 2018

Infamous Silicon Valley 'sex party' exactly as exciting as it sounds

CommentThis week, the tech world has been consumed with intrigue over the details of alleged "sex parties" hosted by Silicon Valley's power brokers.
Kieren McCarthy, 12 Jan 2018

Yay, it's power play day: Conaway prays USA says 'no way' to Huawei

A law bill introduced into the US House of Representatives would, if passed, ban Uncle Sam's agencies from using stuff made by Chinese mobile giants ZTE and Huawei.
Shaun Nichols, 12 Jan 2018

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