7th > February > 2018 Archive
Can't wait to get to Mars on a SpaceX ship? It's a cold, dead rock – boffins
SpaceX today parked Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster in Earth's orbit, using a Falcon Heavy lifter, with a rocket strapped to the flash motor to take it on to Mars.
Of course a mystery website attacking city-run broadband was run by an ISP. Of course
AnalysisCable biz Fidelity Communications has been forced to admit it was behind an astroturfing campaign against a city-run fiber network in America's Midwest.
Google's cell network Project Fi charged me for using Wi-Fi – lawsuit
Google's mobile telecom service Project Fi is billing customers for internet data delivered over home and public Wi-Fi networks, according to a lawsuit filed in the US on Monday.
Web analytics outfit Mixpanel slurped surfers' passwords
Website analytics outfit Mixpanel has admitted to harvesting passwords.
Amazon explained ‘Key’ crack before it shipped fix, says hacker who found the hole
The researcher behind the teaser of a new method to crack Amazon.com’s “Key” connected door locks has revealed how his method works, and criticised Amazon’s response to his work because it detailed the flaw before shipping a fix.
LISA Pathfinder sniffed out gravitational signals down to micro-Hertz
In other space news today, the boffins in charge of the European Space Agency's LISA Pathfinder mission have wrapped up the final results for the space-based gravitational wave dry run.
Basket case lawsuit: Fancy fruit florists flail Google over rotten ads, demand $200m damages
Google is being sued for more than $200m (£143m) by makers of fruit bouquets – because the web giant unfairly prioritized competitors' wares over their arty produce in search results, allegedly.
Uber: Ah yeah, we pay women drivers less than men. We can explain!
Uber drivers who identify as women make seven per cent less than their male counterparts on average, research has found.
Registrar Namecheap let miscreants slap spam, malware on unlucky customers' web domains
UpdatedNamecheap has admitted it accidentally let miscreants set up and control fraudulent subdomains on websites belonging to other customers.
Uber quits GitHub for in-house code after 2016 data breach
Uber’s confessed that it didn’t use multifactor authentication on its GitHub account, an omission ultimately led to the data breach it revealed in 2017 after keeping it secret for more than a year, after using its bug bounty program to bribe the hacker to stay schtum.
Beware the looming Google Chrome HTTPS certificate apocalypse!
Tens of thousands of websites are going to find themselves labeled as unsafe unless they switch out their HTTPS certificate in the next two months.
Arlo, can you go? NETGEAR spins out its security cameras biz
NETGEAR has announced it will spin out its “Arlo” security camera range as a new, listed, company of the same name.
MPs: Lack of technical skills for Brexit could create 'damaging, unmanageable muddle'
Whitehall has not done enough to prepare for the "byzantinely complicated task" of Brexit, including putting the right technical skills and resources in place, a report by Parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has warned.
Infinidat techie: Let me tell you a thing or two about ruler-format SSDs
InterviewWe spoke to several people about Intel ruler and Samsung mini-ruler SSDs and thought we'd have some fun getting a point of view from Infinidat.
Look at stupid, sexy Kubernetes with all the cloud firms hanging off its musclebound arms
Red Hat, better known for its Linux distro despite years of work in middleware and Java, last week pushed further into cloud through the purchase of CoreOS for $250m.
Mobe network Three's 'Make The Air Fair' ads deemed 'misleading'
Three's campaign for a spectrum cap on mobile operators has been deemed "misleading" by the UK Advertising Standards Authority for implying it was run by an independent body.
Wileyfox goes TITSUP*: Smartmobe maker calls in the administrators
UK budget smartphone maker Wileyfox has called in the administrative receiver Quantuma, The Register can confirm.
Boffins crack smartphone location tracking – even if you've turned off the GPS
Religiously turning off location services may not save you from having your smartphone tracked: a group of IEEE researchers have demonstrated it's possible to track mobes even when GPS and Wi-Fi are turned off.
Indiegogo to ailing ZX Spectrum reboot firm: End of May... or we call the debt collector
Retro Computers Ltd, the infamous ZX Spectrum Vega Plus firm, has been given until May by crowdfunding platform Indiegogo to deliver its years-late product or expect a visit from a “third party collections agency”.
CLOUD Act hits Senate to lube up US access to data stored abroad
Tech giants including Microsoft, Google and Apple have given a proposed US law on overseas data sharing the thumbs-up.
Monday: Intel defector touts Arm server chip. Wednesday: Intel shows off new server chips
Intel will today add the D-2100 x86-64 system-on-chip to its lineup of Xeon D x86-64 processors, billing it as its "fastest low-power edge processor."
ASA tells Poundland and its teabagging elf: Enough with the smutty social ninja sh*t
The UK's gummy-mouthed Advertising Standards Agency has given Poundland a gentle spank over a series of smutty tweets and posts on Facebook published over the Xmas period.
Austrian privacy chief handed leash to EU's data protection beast
The leader of the Austrian data protection authority has been elected chair of the body responsible for helping organisations follow European privacy laws.
Oh FNZ, Aviva! System back up, still trudging through queries backlog
Aviva's shiny new online pension system has had a very senior moment that caused difficulties with processing payments, running quotations, accessing valuations or accepting new applications.
Bzzzt! If you're in one of these four British cities, that was a drone
Four British cities have been picked as testbed areas for drone operators hoping to work out new business models for their wares.
I see you're writing a résumé?!.. LinkedIn parked in MS Word
Microsoft has glued LinkedIn and Office 365's Word together so it can automatically help folks write or update their résumés – and find them new jobs at the same time.
What did we say about Tesla's self-driving tech? SpaceX Roadster skips Mars, steers to asteroids
PicThe final rocket burn of the SpaceX craft carrying Elon Musk's personal Tesla Roadster into the cosmos pushed the billionaire's flash jalopy much further than anticipated. It's now heading out toward the Solar System's asteroid belt rather than swinging close by Mars as planned.