26th > January > 2018 Archive

Ajit Pai

If you've ever wondered whether the FCC boss is a Big Cable stooge – well, wonder no more

AnalysisFresh from being mocked by Burger King, Ajit Pai – chairman of America's broadband watchdog, the Federal Communications Commission – has further undermined his authority by attacking a key advisory committee to his own regulator.
Kieren McCarthy, 26 Jan 2018

Matryoshki of news: Tech giants flash code to Russia, Dutch hack Kremlin spies, and more

RoundupTechnology companies can't decide whether to take Russian money or run from it – not that they've ever been much good at turning down cash.
Thomas Claburn, 26 Jan 2018

You had one job, Outlook! Security bug fix stops mail app from forwarding attachments

Outlook will strip attachments from some forwarded emails once you've applied a security update from this month's Patch Tuesday, Microsoft has admitted.
Shaun Nichols, 26 Jan 2018
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User stepped on mouse, complained pedal wasn’t making PC go faster

On-CallWelcome again to On-Call, The Register’s weekly column in which we provide a little therapy by letting readers share their stories of horror tech support entanglements.
Simon Sharwood, 26 Jan 2018

Google slaps mute button on stupid ads that nag you to buy stuff you just looked at

Google says it will allow netizens to block nuisance "reminder" adverts that follow them around across websites.
Shaun Nichols, 26 Jan 2018

We won't need to go outside if these haptic tricksters have their way

Haptic controllers are being touted as the next frontier in virtual reality. Having spent years obsessing over headset pixel counts, the VR industry is now playing with exoskeletal gloves, ultrasound waves and even electric shocks in order to simulate a sense of touch.
David Matthews, 26 Jan 2018
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Acronis: Ransomware protection! Get yer free ransomware protection!

Acronis has released a free, standalone version of its Acronis Ransomware Protection with AI-based Active Protection tech.
Chris Mellor, 26 Jan 2018
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Ever wondered why tech products fail so frequently? No, me neither

Something for the Weekend, Sir?It's not working. Sorry, this has never happened to me before. Actually it has, frequently, but let that pass. Can we try again in a few minutes?
Alistair Dabbs, 26 Jan 2018
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Virgin Media skulks in disused public toilets

Virgin Media has resorted to hiding in disused public toilets as Britain's demand for ever-fatter pipes to channel digital detritus into the home grows.
Gareth Corfield, 26 Jan 2018

Hey UK.gov – cute tweaks to snoop regime. Your EU law reading needs work

The government's attempt to bring the UK's data retention regime in line with European Union laws have been slammed by privacy campaigners, which has accused politicians of trying to avoid making necessary changes.
Rebecca Hill, 26 Jan 2018

Ex-staffer sues UK's DWP, claims superior blabbed confidential medical info

A Manchester man is suing his former employer, the UK's largest government department, claiming "highly private" information was divulged to his workmates.
Rebecca Hill, 26 Jan 2018

Dell board meeting: What've we got on the table? Sparkling, still, sarnies... and oh, IPO?

AnalysisFour years after Michael Dell took his company private, he is considering whether Dell should make a stock market comeback, or so "familiar sources" have told a slew of newsfolk.
Chris Mellor, 26 Jan 2018

Fancy coughing up for a £2,000 'nanodegree' in flying car design?

CommentUdacity has cooked up a £2,000 "nanodegree" that "teaches students how to design their own flying cars".
Gareth Corfield, 26 Jan 2018
Larry Ellison on stage at Oracle's cloud pricing announcement

Larry's steely grip on Oracle led to 'conflicts of interest' in NetSuite buy-out, court told

Oracle's acquisition of NetSuite was a "stage-managed" process rife with conflict of interest, lawyers for one of Big Red's shareholders have argued in a case alleging the biz overpaid for the cloudy ERP firm.
Rebecca Hill, 26 Jan 2018

Driverless cars will lead to data-sharing – of the electrical kind

AEV BillA new amendment to the UK's Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill aims to make it mandatory for electric car charging point operators to transmit power consumption data to Britain's National Grid.
Gareth Corfield, 26 Jan 2018
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Julian Assange to UK court: Put an end to my unwarranted Ecuadorean couch-surf

WikiLeaker-in-chief Julian Assange has asked a British court to withdraw an arrest warrant against him, hoping that this would finally allow him to stop his unending Ecuadorean couch-surf.
Richard Priday, 26 Jan 2018

Western Dig revenues take $0.82bn spanking from US tax shake-up

Drive-shipper Western Digital reported record revenues in its second quarter but new US tax laws dragged it into a $0.82bn net loss.
Chris Mellor, 26 Jan 2018
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Lenovo's craptastic fingerprint scanner has a hardcoded password

Lenovo wants ThinkPad owners to update their machines after its Fingerprint Manager Pro software was found to contain serious security vulnerabilities.
Shaun Nichols, 26 Jan 2018

FYI: Processor bugs are everywhere – just ask Intel and AMD

In 2015, Microsoft senior engineer Dan Luu forecast a bountiful harvest of chip bugs in the years ahead.
Thomas Claburn, 26 Jan 2018
Audi TT

Newsflash: Car cyber-security still sucks

In 2015, infosec gurus Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek demonstrated that they could take over and turn off a jeep from afar as it was being driven, a feat that magnified interest in car hacking.
Thomas Claburn, 26 Jan 2018

Stop us if you've heard this one before: Tokyo crypto-cash exchange 'hacked' for half a billion bucks

Japan-based cryptocurrency exchange CoinCheck says it has been taken for around $530m by hackers.
Shaun Nichols, 26 Jan 2018

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