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Suunto settles scary scuba screwup for $50m: 'Faulty' dive computer hardware and software put explorers in peril

Divers claimed biz knew of defective kit, failed to fix it

As anyone who has gone scuba diving will understand, it is critical that you know how deep you are, how long you have been diving, the air pressure in your tank, and how much air you have left.…

Posted on 19 December 2018 | 7:09 am

Houston, we've had a problem: NASA fears internal server hacked, staff personal info swiped by miscreants

Another leak, this time it's personal. Plus: Trump launches Space Force, er, Command

A server containing personal information, including social security numbers, of current and former NASA workers may have been hacked, and its data stolen, it emerged today.…

Posted on 18 December 2018 | 11:32 pm

Is Google purposefully breaking Microsoft, Apple browsers on its websites? Some insiders are confident it is

Google's doing to Microsoft what Microsoft did to everyone in the 1990s, allegedly

Analysis  In what can only be described as painfully ironic, Microsoft engineers are seemingly convinced that Google is making changes to its websites in order to break rival browsers.…

Posted on 18 December 2018 | 10:53 pm

American bloke hauls US govt into court after border cops 'cuffed him, demanded he unlock his phone at airport'

California traveler wants damages for allegedly being made to open mobe, miss flight

A California man is suing the US government for civil rights violations after he was apparently detained and forced to unlock his phone at an American airport.…

Posted on 18 December 2018 | 9:43 pm

Newsflash: Twitter still toxic place for women, particular those of color, Amnesty study finds

Journos, politicos trolled, abused 'once every 30 secs'

In March, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey promised to stem the tide of toxic content that has plagued his antisocial network for years.…

Posted on 18 December 2018 | 8:24 pm

Scrubtastic end to 2018 as SpaceX, Blue Origin, Arianespace all opt for another day on Earth

But spare a thought for 'nauts coming home in punctured Soyuz

Roundup  It's been a packed week to round out the year for rocket fans still giddy from Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo sub-orbital jaunt.…

Posted on 18 December 2018 | 7:30 pm

German cybersecurity chief: Anyone have any evidence of Huawei naughtiness?

We won't be having a word with local firms until then

Germany's top cybersecurity official has said he hasn't seen any evidence for the espionage allegations against Huawei.…

Posted on 18 December 2018 | 6:30 pm

Ofcom: More spectrum for all the good boys and girls. Except you, EE. You've had your fill

UK mobile networks had better open their wallets

Ofcom has revealed plans to offer more of the airwaves to mobile networks, increasing capacity by around 22 per cent overall, and by 62 per cent in the more attractive sub-1GHz portion of the spectrum.…

Posted on 18 December 2018 | 5:40 pm

Brit startup Graphcore tossed a £200m early Christmas pressie for machine learning CPU

Bristol firm says it will 'triple' headcount

AI chip startup Graphcore has managed to grab $200m from investors, part of which will be used to hire more engineers on the west coast...the west coast of Britain for the absence of doubt.…

Posted on 18 December 2018 | 4:57 pm

BT: Soz about that £1.3m CEO bonus vote, shareholders. Friends?

We're listening, insists company right before new chief exec takes post

BT has belatedly given its shareholders a public pat on the head for not voting down departing chief exec Gavin Patterson's £1.3m bonus.…

Posted on 18 December 2018 | 3:58 pm

Bonne année, Google, Facebook! France to tax tech giants from 1 Jan

Nation becomes the latest to go it alone as EU talks stall

France will start levying charges on tech giants from 1 January 2019, making it the latest nation to go it alone on a digital sales tax.…

Posted on 18 December 2018 | 3:00 pm

It's beginning to look a lot like multi-threaded CPUs, everywhere you go... Arm teases SMT Cortex-A65AE car brains

Robo-ride processor core acts a lot like Intel Hyper-Threading

Arm will today announce its Cortex-A65AE processor core aimed at powering self-driving cars and in-vehicle entertainment. Somewhat buried in the bumph we glimpsed ahead of the launch, though, is something very curious.…

Posted on 18 December 2018 | 2:00 pm

Still using Azure Scheduler? Schedule in 30 September 2019 'cos it's being euthanised

Hi! I'm a task scheduler! Nobody really knows what I do until I stop doing it...

Another long-in-the-tooth Azure service was put on notice this week.…

Posted on 18 December 2018 | 1:00 pm

The Palm Palm: The Derringer of smartphones

A wearable crossed with a mobile? Sounds terrible, but it's lovely

Review  No phone in 2018 has attracted as much real-world interest, I have found – and its invariable delight and amazement – as the credit-card sized Palm. By, er, ...Palm.…

Posted on 18 December 2018 | 12:00 pm

Microsoft flings untested Windows 10 updates to users! (Oh no it doesn't!)

It's panto season in this week's Microsoft roundup

Roundup  As Microsoft's Xmas elves toiled long into the night on Santa's Windows 10 upgrade, the software giant found time to unleash static Azure websites and an unfortunately worded blog in this week's Microsoft round-up.…

Posted on 18 December 2018 | 11:03 am

Pork pulled: Plug jerked out of beacon of bacon delight

Student vending machine project comes to a close

It is with great sadness that we must announce the passing of the Ohio Pork Council's bacon vending machine after an all-too-short sojourn at the Meat Sciences Department of Ohio State University.…

Posted on 18 December 2018 | 10:10 am

Good from AFA... and not far from good: Analysts reveal flash array vendors' digits

For now, it's a business to be in... for everyone but Hitachi

IDC numbers show Dell EMC's position at the top of the all-flash array (AFA) market weakened as it grew less than the market as a whole, giving chasing vendors hope – except Hitachi, which managed to fall back despite a growing market.…

Posted on 18 December 2018 | 9:12 am

On the first day of Christmas, MIPS sent to me: An open-source-ish alternative to RISC-V

Well, if you pronounce it 'Vee' and not 'Five'... Anyway, instruction set to be touted under undisclosed license

AI biz Wave Computing on Monday told the world it intends to open source the latest MIPS instruction set architecture (ISA) in the hope that fosters the development of more RISC-based custom chips.…

Posted on 18 December 2018 | 7:26 am

Oh Deer! Poacher sentenced to 12 months of regular Bambi screenings in the cooler

Animated tear-jerker awaits man who illegally shot bucks

An outlaw hunter will spend not only the next year or so behind bars, but also must face regular screenings of the Disney film Bambi.…

Posted on 18 December 2018 | 5:36 am

You wait for one IT giant to show up with its sales figures, then two come at once: Red Hat, Oracle

Highlight: Ellison goes bananas over AWS Aurora noise

Red Hat and Oracle both on Monday reported their latest financial figures. Let's take a look at how they fared.…

Posted on 18 December 2018 | 4:12 am

Memes, messengers, and missiles: From Twitter to chat apps and weapons, security is ho-ho-hosed this Xmas

Just slightly better than coal in your stocking

Roundup  We are now firmly into the holiday season, the Christmas parties are kicking off, and folks are swapping their Excel files for eggnog, or something cliched like that.…

Posted on 18 December 2018 | 1:20 am

You better watch out, you better not cry. Better not pout, I'm telling you why: SQLite vuln fixes are coming to town

May your days be merry and bright, and may you all go patch your SQLite

Google and other software developers have patched the SQLite component of their code after it was discovered it could be potentially exploited to inject malware into vulnerable systems.…

Posted on 18 December 2018 | 12:16 am

O little town of Bethlehem, Georgia. How still we see your internet lie... US govt throws another $600m at rural broadband

Money in form of loans and grants – but will it work or be wasted?

Analysis  The US government has added another $600m to the pot of money that is supposed to expand broadband internet access to rural areas of America. But it remains far from clear how effective the program will be.…

Posted on 17 December 2018 | 11:13 pm

Ding dong merrily on high. In Berkeley, the bots are singeing: Self-driving college cooler droid goes up in flames

Kiwibot snack shuttle snuffed by thermal runaway

A Kiwibot delivery robot unexpectedly self-immolated last week at the University of California, Berkeley, due a defective battery, the company said over the weekend, attributing the incident to human error.…

Posted on 17 December 2018 | 8:41 pm

Silent night, social fight: Is Instagram the new Facebook for pro-Trump Russian propagandists?

Fresh Senate dossiers detail influence campaign, flag tech titans' obstructionism

Instagram may have been the most effective social media network for Russian spies in their effort to sway America's 2016 presidential election toward Donald Trump.…

Posted on 17 December 2018 | 8:25 pm

Jingle bells, disk drives sell not so well from today. Oh what fun it is to ride on a one-horse open array...

Third of market to evaporate by 2021. Only nearline, spycam drives to swell

In brief  Number-crunchers at IDC and Wells Fargo are predicting that global disk drive sales will crash from 424.7 million units in 2016 to an estimated 284.7 million in 2021. Ouch.…

Posted on 17 December 2018 | 7:27 pm

Visual Studio Code's Python extension goes to Jupyter

A preview of next year's .NET Framework also emitted

The hardworking elves toiling in the corridors of Redmond loaded up Santa's sled with two more developer treats in the form of Python updates for Visual Studio Code and a fresh preview of the venerable .NET Framework.…

Posted on 17 December 2018 | 4:40 pm

Influential cypherpunk and crypto-anarchist Tim May dies aged 67

One-time Intel boffin

Obit  Friends of Timothy May have confirmed that the former Intel engineer and co-founder of the Cypherpunks mailing list died of natural causes at his home in California on Friday. He was 67. Bitcoin and blockchain, WikiLeaks, P2P software and information markets all owe a debt to the list.…

Posted on 17 December 2018 | 3:50 pm

Boffins don't give a sh!t, slap Trump's face on a turd in science journal

Crouching monkey, hidden leader of the free world

A pair of boffins are in hot water after the image of president Donald Trump made an unexpected cameo in a paper on how to gather animal DNA from their poop at scale.…

Posted on 17 December 2018 | 3:02 pm

SAP can't thwack away Teradata's copyright infringement, antitrust sueball

But US firm must get specific on which trade secrets it claims were nicked – judge

SAP has failed to have a copyright infringement and antitrust lawsuit lodged against it by Teradata thrown out.…

Posted on 17 December 2018 | 2:35 pm

Brexit-dodging SCISYS Brits find Galileo joy in Dublin

UK space specialist's holding company ups sticks for €11.2m

Chippenham-based space systems specialist SCISYS has announced that it will trouser €11.2m as part of a contract to keep the Galileo project running.…

Posted on 17 December 2018 | 1:49 pm

Who's watching you from an unmarked van while you shop in London? Cops with facial recog tech

Great. Big Brother Watch claims tech had 100% fail rate since May

London cops have been slammed for using unmarked vans to test controversial and inaccurate automated facial recognition technology on Christmas shoppers.…

Posted on 17 December 2018 | 12:42 pm

No not THAT kind of Office Wizard! Roll a diplomacy check to win the election: Vote tie resolved by a D20

Office nerd saves day with Dungeons & Dragons die

When two candidates running for director of Byron-Bethany Irrigation District in California found themselves locked in a bizarre tie earlier this month, the authority sought to resolve the stalemate in a swift and decisive manner – by reaching for a D20.…

Posted on 17 December 2018 | 12:11 pm

Happy Christmas! Bloodhound SSC refuelled by Yorkshire business chap

Yuletide cheer for Wing Commander Andy Green and the team

In news that will bring festive cheer to fans of plucky Brit engineering efforts, the Bloodhound 1,000mph car project has been lobbed a lifeline by Yorkshire-based entrepreneur Ian Warhurst.…

Posted on 17 December 2018 | 10:59 am

We asked, you answered: The truth about software reliability

It's not just about quality

Research results  Whether it's systems-level platforms and tools or full-blown business applications, you want the software your organisation depends on to run reliably and predictably. Our recent Reg survey, however, confirmed what most probably knew from experience, or could guess from press headlines – that software-related failures are far from uncommon.…

Posted on 17 December 2018 | 9:30 am

Dev's telnet tinkering lands him on out-of-hour conference call with CEO, CTO, MD

'Please stop... you're doing something to the radios'

Who, me?  Welcome all, to the merry world of Who, Me?, our weekly trip down memory lane for techies who want to get something off their chest.…

Posted on 17 December 2018 | 8:31 am

Amazon's creepy facial recog doorbell, Facebook open sources machine learning code and much more

Plus: Listen to some new classical piano generated by an algorithm

Roundup  welcome to the last AI round up of the year; thank you for reading.…

Posted on 15 December 2018 | 1:01 pm

Brazil bested by hackers, Virgin plugs hub bugs, and France surrenders… records

Plus, Talos critical of flawed message apps

It was pretty hectic security week, between the Sharpshooter malware attack, a massive Patch Tuesday, and yet another Facebook privacy fail.…

Posted on 15 December 2018 | 11:04 am

Apple iPhone X screen falls short of promises, lawsuit says

Complaint argues false pixels, notch, and measurements don't fit with ad claims

Two iPhone owners sued Apple on Friday claiming that company misrepresents the screen resolution and screen size of its recent model iPhones.…

Posted on 15 December 2018 | 12:45 am

'Bomb threat' scammers linked to earlier sextortion campaign

Scare tactic efforts may be the work of a single group

Yesterday's 'bomb scare' spam campaign may have been a follow-up to another infamous email extortion effort.…

Posted on 15 December 2018 | 12:29 am

Vitamin Water gets massive publicity for new flavor: Utter BS

Says it will give people $100,000 to ditch their smartphone. It won't

It's your lucky day: sugary soft drink maker Vitamin Water has said it will give you $100,000 if you are able to give up your smartphone for a year.…

Posted on 15 December 2018 | 12:12 am

Scumbag hackers lift $1m from children's charity

Utter asshats pull seven-figure heist on Save the Children Foundation

A group of criminal asswipes have managed to steal $1m from the Save the Children Foundation.…

Posted on 14 December 2018 | 11:18 pm

An AI system has just created the most realistic looking photos ever

Computers are getting better at generating pictures of humans. This will go down well.

AI systems can now create images of humans that are so lifelike they look like photographs, except the people in them don’t really exist.…

Posted on 14 December 2018 | 9:59 pm

One year on after US repealed net neutrality, policymakers reflect soberly on the future

Don't be daft, of course they haven't, we're still in Crazytown USA

Analysis  One year ago today, the FCC passed a controversial measure that undermined its own rules, passed just two years earlier, over net neutrality.…

Posted on 14 December 2018 | 9:29 pm

Stop us if you've heard this one: Facebook apologizes for bug leaking private photos

Data gathering biz still having trouble keeping data secure

Facebook on Friday apologized for a bug that may have exposed exposed private photos to third-party apps for the 12 day period from September 13 to September 25, 2018.…

Posted on 14 December 2018 | 8:51 pm

Fed up with Oracle's Sith, AWS wades into Big Red's lawsuit over Pentagon JEDI contract

Long-standing cloud enemies to do battle in the courts

AWS has intervened in Oracle's lawsuit against the Pentagon's plans to award a $10bn cloud contract to a single vendor.…

Posted on 14 December 2018 | 8:00 pm

Hot on heels of 2.0, Vivaldi 2.2 adds tab session management among other goodies

But built-in email and mobile clients still works in progress

Only months after reaching the 2.0 milestone, the independent Chromium-based browser Vivaldi has added a bunch of useful features.…

Posted on 14 December 2018 | 7:00 pm

ZipRecruiter has been flying low: User email addresses exposed to unauthorised accounts

Looking for work? Spammers could well be looking for you

Tinder for job-seekers ZipRecruiter has copped to a data breach after the names and email addresses of job-seekers were flung to the wind in a permissions screw-up.…

Posted on 14 December 2018 | 6:00 pm

Better get cramming... Xamarin University due to close early next year

Orphaned cross-platform code students, your new home is Microsoft Learn

Cross-platform dev darling Xamarin is to shutter its online University in favour of Microsoft Learn as its absorption into the Windows giant continues.…

Posted on 14 December 2018 | 5:00 pm

Cloud giants, enterprise refreshes keep storage market poppin': Global sales up 20% in Q3

IBM and Hitachi fail to surf crest of spending wave as rivals seize the day

IDC's Q3 storage tracker numbers show a tier of the tech industry growing by almost a fifth versus the same period a year ago, though not all of the big players are keeping pace. Looking at you IBM and Hitachi.…

Posted on 14 December 2018 | 4:00 pm