18th > May > 2018 Archive


LocationDumb: Phone tracker foul-up exposes world+dog to tracking

UpdatedThe parade of bad privacy news this week has managed to get even worse, as one of the companies associated with the selling of phone locations for cash scandal was subject to a publicly exploitable bug.
Shaun Nichols, 18 May 2018

Get an eyeful of the stunning galaxies near us in ultraviolet light

Astronomers have published the largest ultra-violet survey of the local universe, showcasing 50 active galaxies in high resolution using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope.
Katyanna Quach, 18 May 2018
Nikki Bailey, Illumina

No root for you, or how to stop worrying and love AWS China

If you open an AWS account in China, you don't get a root account; instead, one of Amazon's Chinese operating partners, Sinnet or NWCD, has root access and creates an IAM admin user for you.
Thomas Claburn, 18 May 2018
Dell logo

New Dell theme song:
I just don’t know what to do with myself

Dell still hasn’t decided what to do with itself, or VMware.
Simon Sharwood, 18 May 2018

Former Facebook and Uber CSO hired by Cloudflare

When John Sullivan worked at Facebook, Aleksandr Kogan created the infamous personality quiz app that, unbeknown to The Social Network™, eventually funnelled data to Cambridge Analytica. And when Sullivan worked for Uber, he was fired for his part in paying off hackers to conceal a breach of 57 million users’ records.
Simon Sharwood, 18 May 2018

Seriously, Cisco? Another hard-coded password? Sheesh

RoundupEarlier this year, The Register observed that the less-lame replacement for WPA2, WPA3, should start landing in user devices this year.
Richard Chirgwin, 18 May 2018
Big number ten

Intel’s first 10nm CPU is a twin-core i3 destined for a mid-range Lenovo

Intel’s revealed the existence of a real, actual, coming-to-a-PC-near-you-real-soon-now, CPU built with a ten-nanometre manufacturing process.
Simon Sharwood, 18 May 2018

NASA fix for Curiosity rovers's damaged drill: hitting it, repeatedly

NASA's top engineers think they've figured out a way to get the Curiosity rover's drill back to work holing the rock faces of Mars.
Iain Thomson, 18 May 2018
Bomb on PC screen

Tech support made the news after bomb squad and police showed up to 'defuse' leaky UPS

On-CallBy golly it’s Friday again! Which means a spot of R&R isn’t far off, once we get through On-Call, The Register’s weekly column recounting readers’ tales of terrible times in tech support.
Simon Sharwood, 18 May 2018
Insitu's Scaneagle 3 unmanned aircraft

Eye in the sea skies: Insitu flies Scaneagle 3 UAV in first public demo

PicsThe Register was among the first news outlets to get a close-up look at Insitu's new Scaneagle 3 aerial surveillance drone during its first public demo at a naval test range in Spain.
Gareth Corfield, 18 May 2018

Open justice FTW! El Reg fought the law – and El Reg won

The Register has won a legal battle against Midlands-based reseller Aria Technology that will help open up tribunals across England and Wales to greater public scrutiny.
Team Register, 18 May 2018
A man holds in his poo while looking at the toilet

Want to know what an organisation is really like? Visit the restroom

Something for the Weekend, Sir?I like to hang out in company toilets.
Alistair Dabbs, 18 May 2018
Tired IT worker rubs his eyes

TalkTalk ups the (dis)satisfaction ante as UK folk wake up to borked email

TalkTalk's customers woke up this morning to find the UK broadband provider's email service was still fast asleep.
Richard Speed, 18 May 2018

Flamin' Nora! Brit firefighters tackle blazing fly-tipped boat

BoatnotesThe UK's battle with fly-tipped vessels reached new heights last night after a fishing boat was set ablaze in northern England.
Rebecca Hill, 18 May 2018

Brit ISPs get their marker pens out: Speed advertising's about to change

ISPs are scrambling to tweak advertised broadband speeds as the great unwashed continue to receive services that are on average 51 per cent slower than they were led to expect, according to a Which? report.
Kat Hall, 18 May 2018
UK passport control photo via Shutterstock

UK Home Office hands Sopra Steria £91m digital visa contract

The Home Office has awarded Sopra Steria a £91m contract to develop a digital visa and immigration service in the UK.
Kat Hall, 18 May 2018
Honor 10

Huawei Honor 10: At £399, plenty of bang for buck – it's a pity about the snaps

ReviewHuawei is often accused of slavishly copying Apple a lot of the time – but that’s not entirely fair. Huawei can slavishly copy Samsung too.
Andrew Orlowski, 18 May 2018
Man in suit yells in shock and fear

HMRC opens consultation to crack down on off-payroll working in private sector

The UK government has opened its long-awaited (and dreaded) consultation (PDF) on proposals to extend IR35 off-payroll working in the private sector, which could affect 2 million contractors.
Kat Hall, 18 May 2018
empty pockets

You're toxic, I'm slippin' under: SCL, Cambridge Analytica file for US bankruptcy

The US branches of Cambridge Analytica and its parent firm SCL have filed for bankruptcy as execs inch closer to ridding themselves of the toxic brand.
Rebecca Hill, 18 May 2018
suits clapping

Look how modern we are! UK network Three to kill off 3G-only phones

The UK's first 3G network is to stop selling 3G-only devices, a move it says demonstrates how whizzy, modern and farsighted it is.
Andrew Orlowski, 18 May 2018

What's up with that ZX Spectrum reboot? Still no console

Flailing ZX Spectrum reboot firm Retro Computers Ltd has, once again, failed to meet yet another promised delivery deadline.
Gareth Corfield, 18 May 2018
RUN FOR YOUR LIFE - driverless car on the loose. photo by shutterstock

Did you even sweat, tho? Plaintiffs told to amend claims in Apple headphones suit

Apple has failed to get a class-action sueball over its allegedly "shoddy" headphones dismissed – but the plaintiffs have been told to amend their claims.
Rebecca Hill, 18 May 2018
Supreme Court photo via Shutterstock

UK Supreme Court to probe British spy court's immunity from probing

Privacy International's years-long challenge against UK government hacking is headed to the nation's final court of appeal at the end of the year.
Rebecca Hill, 18 May 2018

Domain name sellers rub ICANN's face in sticky mess of Europe's GDPR

Internet domain-name sellers have turned the tables on global DNS overseer ICANN by using its own tactics against the hapless organization.
Kieren McCarthy, 18 May 2018

Facebook Android app caught seeking 'superuser' clearance

UpdatedSocial networking giant and market-leading data broker Facebook is once again taking heat for playing fast and loose with its access to personal information.
Shaun Nichols, 18 May 2018

Blood spilled from another US high school shooting has yet to dry – and video games are already being blamed

CommentOnce again, a mass murderer has opened fire at a school in America – this one is Santa Fe High School in Texas – and video games are already being blamed. Rather than, oh, say, gun control, or the lack thereof.
Iain Thomson, 18 May 2018

US Congress mulls expanding copyright yet again – to 144 years

The US Congress is looking to effectively extend copyright on some sound recordings to a staggering 144 years – making it the twelfth time copyright rules have been extended or expanded since the 1970s.
Kieren McCarthy, 18 May 2018

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