22nd > January > 2018 Archive


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.
Richard Chirgwin, 22 Jan 2018
LInux nutella

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.
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jan 2018
Beam of light

China flaunts quantum key distribution in-SPAAACE by securing videoconference

China has revealed more detail of its much-hyped satellite quantum key distribution network.
Richard Chirgwin, 22 Jan 2018

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.
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jan 2018
Rainbow paint brushes

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.
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jan 2018

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.
Iain Thomson, 22 Jan 2018
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'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.
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jan 2018

Dridex redux, with FTP serving the nasties

Keep your eyes open for yet-another Dridex-based malware attack.
Richard Chirgwin, 22 Jan 2018

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.
Iain Thomson, 22 Jan 2018

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.
SA Mathieson, 22 Jan 2018

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.
Paul Kunert, 22 Jan 2018
Met police coppers in high vis yellow vests in front of a police box

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.
Kat Hall, 22 Jan 2018

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.
Rebecca Hill, 22 Jan 2018
Many people, expressions of fear

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.
Paul Kunert, 22 Jan 2018
Hound of tax pursues man running with piggy bank...hound of tax pursues fleeing piggybank-clutching business suit guy

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.
Gareth Corfield, 22 Jan 2018

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.
Richard Priday, 22 Jan 2018
Man with head in the cloud

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.
Rebecca Hill, 22 Jan 2018

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.
Kat Hall, 22 Jan 2018

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.
Rebecca Hill, 22 Jan 2018
Tony Sale, one of the founders of the National Museum of Computing. Pic: TNMOC

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.
Richard Priday, 22 Jan 2018
HUgh hefner and wife crystal harris

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".
Gareth Corfield, 22 Jan 2018

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.
Iain Thomson, 22 Jan 2018

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."
Kieren McCarthy, 22 Jan 2018

'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.
Kieren McCarthy, 22 Jan 2018

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.
Richard Chirgwin, 22 Jan 2018
Glacier Park in Montana

OK, who had 'Montana' in the net neutrality state pool? Congratulations

UpdatedMontana has become the first US state to lay down its own net neutrality protections.
Shaun Nichols, 22 Jan 2018

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