Europe waves through Qualcomm's NXP slurp
Qualcomm's NXP Semiconductor has been cleared by European Commission regulators, which makes it pretty much a done deal.
Linux 4.15 becomes slowest release since 2011
Linus Torvalds has decided that Linux 4.15 needs a ninth release candidate, making it the first kernel release to need that much work since 2011.
China flaunts quantum key distribution in-SPAAACE by securing videoconference
China has revealed more detail of its much-hyped satellite quantum key distribution network.
Meltdown/Spectre week three: World still knee-deep in something nasty
It is now almost three weeks since The Register revealed the chip design flaws that Google later confirmed and the world still awaits certainty about what it will take to get over the silicon slip-ups.
Job ad for designer proves its point with MS Paint shocker
The City of Los Angeles has sparked plenty of chuckles with a job ad for a “Graphics Designer” that shows how desperately a new hire is needed by apparently using Microsoft Paint to illustrate the opportunity.
Smut site fingered as 'source' of a million US net neutrality comments
ShmooconAn analysis of comments submitted to the United States Federal Communications Commission's consultation on the future of the nation's net neutrality rules has shown the whole process of public comments was fatally flawed.
'The capacitors exploded, showering the lab in flaming confetti'
Who, me?Welcome to the very first edition of “Who, me?” a new Reg column we hope will prove as entertaining as our Friday On-Call tales of tech support gigs gone wrong.
Dridex redux, with FTP serving the nasties
Keep your eyes open for yet-another Dridex-based malware attack.
Take a former NSA head hacker, a Raspberry Pi, weird Kiwi radios and what do you get?
ShmooconThe news that Rob Joyce, former head of the NSA's elite hacking squad and now White House cybersecurity coordinator, was giving a talk at the Shmoocon infosec conference raised hopes he would offer up some juicy insights into the surveillance state or Donald Trump's cyber policies.
Squeezing more out of slippery big tech may even take tax reforms
Over the next few weeks Facebook, Amazon and Google’s owner Alphabet report full-year results. Inevitably, this will reopen debate on whether big technology companies pay enough tax in countries outside the US bases, something that's been discussed for several years. The difference is that now politicians in several countries are talking about and implementing changes that could mean such companies pay significantly more in future.
PC sales get that post-Brexit vote sinking feeling
PC makers - ones that use middlemen to reach customers - are selling fewer boxes in the UK but generating more cash from them because of post-Brexit vote price rises and demand shifting to higher-end gear.
The Reg visits London Met Police's digital and electronics forensics labs
More than 90 per cent of crime has "a digital element," we were told as The Reg was welcomed into London Metropolitan Police's Central Communications Command Centre, near Lambeth Bridge on the Thames.
HMRC dev support team cc blurtfest: Over 1,400 email addresses blabbed
Almost 1,500 software developers registered to use the UK taxman's sandbox or API platform have had their email addresses blabbed in a mass mailing.
Crappy Christmas! Dixons Carphone dials back profit expectations
Dixons Carphone has slashed full-year profit estimates amid continued downward pressure on mobile phone margins over the Christmas quarter and "more cautious consumer" spending in the UK.
Tax Google and Facebook for a job subsidy scheme? Sigh
CommentAs British politicians are urged to target Facebook and Google with a new tax and pour the profits into a scheme for funding public interest journalism, it’s worth taking a close look at the vested interests demanding this course of action.
UK Army chief: Russia could totally pwn us with cable-cutting and hax0rs
The UK needs to invest in up-to-date army tech, including protection from cyber attacks, the Ministry of Defence's chief of general staff will warn today.
NHS OKs offshoring patient data to cloud providers stateside
The UK's National Health Service has said that Brits' patient data can be stored in the cloud – and has given US data centres party to Privacy Shield the thumbs-up.
Blockchain rebrand sends Stapleton Capital's shares soaring
Another company has discovered the secret of how to send shares soaring overnight: simply add "Blockchain" to your name.
Firms pushing devices at teachers that let kids draw... on a screen? You BETT
Hold on to your hats, Reg readers - Microsoft has some ground-breaking news to offer you: kids of the future are going to need collaboration, problem-solving, critical thinking, and creativity skills for work.
Nominations open for comp restoration gong, the Tony Sale Award
A biennial award backed by the National Museum of Computing for "achievements in computer conservation or restoration" has opened its nominations.
Playboy is suing Boing Boing over Imgur centrefold link
Iconic lads' mag Playboy is suing oddball internet culture website Boing Boing for linking to an Imgur archive featuring scans of centrefold models from over the years – a move described by the US Electronic Frontier Foundation as "frankly mystifying".
US govt shutdown lobs spanner in SpaceX's Falcon Heavy launch
SpaceX's Falcon Heavy maiden launch, pencilled in for the end of this month, is set to be delayed due to the ongoing US government shutdown.
Facebook grows a conscience, admits it corroded democracy
Facebook has admitted it was "far too slow" to recognize that its systems were being used to "spread misinformation and corrode democracy."
'WHAT THE F*CK IS GOING ON?' Linus Torvalds explodes at Intel spinning Spectre fix as a security feature
Intel's fix for Spectre variant 2 – the branch target injection design flaw affecting most of its processor chips – is not to fix it.
Murdoch to Zuckerberg: Cough up cash, nerd
News Corp executive chairman and internationally despised publisher Rupert Murdoch has waded into the fake news debate – and demanded that internet giants pay journalists for their work.
Australian Senate vote-counting-ware contract a complete shambles
The Australian Electoral Commission's (AEC's) handling of the nation's 2016 election was deeply flawed, the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) has found.