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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.