ITU aims to to keep the radio on with new satellite regulation fees
The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) will next week discuss changes to satellite constellation regulation and fees, an effort needed to keep space useful for communications
Oracle still silent on Meltdown, but lists patches for x86 servers among 233 new fixes
Oracle still has nothing to say about whether the Meltdown or Spectre vulnerabilities are a problem for its hardware.
OK, Google: Why does Chromecast clobber Wi-Fi connections?
Wi-Fi router vendors have started issuing patches to defend their products against Google Chromecast devices.
Hawaiian fake nukes alert caused by fat-fingered fumble of garbage GUI
Bad user interface design has been blamed for Hawaii experiencing a brief spate of nuclear panic over the weekend.
Black hole munched galactic leftovers, spewed stars, burped
The black hole at the centre of galaxy SDSS J1354+1327 sucked in gases, “burped” – and then repeated the display.
France may protect citizens' liberté with ban on foreigners buying local big data firms
France is considering regulating foreign takeovers of businesses in the data protection and artificial intelligence sectors, minister for the economy Bruno Le Maire said on Friday.
Junk food meets junk money: KFC starts selling Bitcoin Bucket
KFC’s Canadian wing has started selling chicken for Bitcoin.
Mozilla offers sysadmins a Policy Engine for roll-your-own Firefox installs
Mozilla’s announced it will add a “policy engine” to the next extended support (ESR) release of its Firefox browser.
German Bar Association says Nein to patent court block effort
The effort to create a single patent court system for Europe has been given a boost with a response from the German Bar Association arguing that a complaint against the Unitary Patent Court (UPC) should be thrown out.
Meltdown/Spectre fixes made AWS CPUs cry, says SolarWinds
Log-sniffing vendor SolarWinds has used its own wares to chronicle the application of Meltdown and Spectre patches on its own Amazon Web Services infrastructure, and the results make for ugly viewing.
Why did top Home Office civil servant lobby Ofcom for obscure kit ban?
CommentQuestions have been raised over the UK Home Office's most senior civil servant's involvement in the banning of GSM gateways – following botched redactions to freedom-of-information responses by Ofcom.
Third NAND dimension makes quad bit bucket cells feasible
AnalysisError-checking code use is so much easier with 3D NAND than previous planar NAND that capacity-lifting quad-level cell technology becomes more feasible.
UK.gov denies data processing framework is 'sinister' – but admits ICO has concerns
The government has moved to allay fears over amendments to the Data Protection Bill that critics say could undermine both the law and the powers of the UK’s privacy watchdog.
Facebook, Twitter supremos ditch Disney as biz steps on their turf
The Walt Disney Company's increasing interest in moving its shows online has forced two Silicon Valley supremos to leave the board.
Childcare is a pain in the bum and so is HMRC's buggy subsidies site
More than 6,000 parents looking to access financial help with childcare have had difficulties with using HM Revenue and Customs' frequently broken Childcare Choices website.
Users clutch refilled Box boxen after 'empty' folder panic
Business user file sync and sharer Box "sank" for some users late last week, who took to forums and social media complaining they could not see any of their files.
Customers reporting credit card fraud after using OnePlus webstore
A large number of OnePlus customers claim to have been hit by fraudulent credit card transactions after making purchases on the phone company's site. And they're unhappy that the company has been slow to address the issue.
Facebook settles landmark revenge porn case with UK teen for undisclosed sum
Facebook has settled a case with a 14-year-old girl after the social network hosted revealing pictures of her on a Facebook "shame" page.
220 heads to roll as Steria hacks away at UK.gov back-office IT biz
French outsourcer Sopra Steria plans to make 220 folk redundant from its UK government business as part of a major upheaval of its public sector operation.
Storage slingers say: Don't sweat Spectre, Meltdown SANitation
AnalysisSeveral SAN suppliers have said their systems don't need patching against the Spectre and Meltdown bugs. We asked Dell and Pure Storage about the impact of fixes and whether their SANs and Dell's hyperconverged (HCI) systems needed patching.
Microsoft wants to patent mind control
Microsoft has applied to patent a brain control interface, so you'll be able to "think" your way around a computer device, hands free.
UK taxman has domain typo-squatter stripped of HMRC web addresses
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has insisted on having a Panama company trading as the “Whois Foundation” formally stripped of a handful of dodgy web domains, even though the firm instantly offered to hand them over when challenged.
Ford giving electric car investment a jolt to the tune of $11bn
American auto enormity Ford will increase its investment in electric vehicles to $11bn (£7.97bn) in the next five years, it announced yesterday at the North American International Auto Show.
Supermicro crams 36 Samsung 'ruler' SSDs into dense superserver
AnalysisSupermicro has a supernaturally dense thin server with up to half a petabyte of flash using unannounced Samsung SSDs.
Now Meltdown patches are making industrial control systems lurch
Patches for the Meltdown vulnerability are causing stability issues in industrial control systems.
IBM kills Global Technology and Global Business Services: It's all ‘IBM Services’ now
ExclusiveIBM has plans to help its ailing services business with a re-branding exercise that will see its Global Technology Services (GTS) and Global Business Services (GBS) operations emerge as a single entity named “IBM Services.”
Lenovo inherited a switch authentication bypass – from Nortel
Lenovo has patched an ancient vulnerability in switches that it acquired along with IBM's hardware businesses and which Big Blue itself acquired when it slurped parts of Nortel.