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Uncle Sam needs you... to debug, improve Dept of Defense open-source software at code.mil

8 hours 12 min ago
You don't hate freedom, do you? You love America, right?

The US Department of Defense wants you to contribute unclassified code to software projects developed in support of national security.…

UK cops can keep millions of mugshots of innocent folks on file

13 hours 11 min ago
You can ask to be removed, but it's up to officers to listen, Home Office cheerfully concludes

After unlawfully hoarding millions of mugshots of one-time suspects, UK police chiefs were this week told to delete the snaps – but only if the people in the photos complain. And even then, requests can be easily waved away.…

NSA snoops told: Get your checkbooks and pens ready for a cyber-weapon shopping spree

Sat, 25/02/2017 - 12:38am
US Cyber Command boss lays out plans for next decade

NSA and US Cyber Command boss Mike Rogers has revealed the future direction of his two agencies – and for the private sector, this masterplan can be summarized in one word.…

Engineer who blew lid on Uber's toxic sexist culture now menaced by creepy 'smear campaign'

Fri, 24/02/2017 - 11:56pm
Who could possibly have a grudge against Susan Fowler?

The engineer who claims Uber is rife with sexism and lying executives has said someone is researching her background for a smear campaign.…

Don't worry about Privacy Shield, it's fine. Really. I promise, says US trade watchdog head

Fri, 24/02/2017 - 10:57pm
It's not fine

The acting head of the US Federal Trade Commission, Maureen Ohlhausen, has sought to assure people that the critical Privacy Shield data-sharing agreement will hold up despite President Trump's recent executive orders on immigration.…

Toxic Uber sued after driver allegedly tried to rape passenger in car

Fri, 24/02/2017 - 9:22pm
Taxi app maker liable because its cabbies are interchangeable with robots, lawsuit claims

Uber, facing scrutiny for its "toxic" culture of sexual harassment and for alleged trade secret theft from Alphabet's Waymo, has been hit with yet another lawsuit alleging that one of its drivers attempted to rape a passenger.…

Pai, Pai, Mr American spy: FCC supremo rips up privacy protections for broadband punters

Fri, 24/02/2017 - 8:53pm
No need for ISPs to tell you what info they're slurping up

New rules due to take effect next week that would have required your ISP to obtain consent before selling your private details have been killed off by the new chair of the US Federal Communications Commission.…

Surveillance software boss thrown in the clink for cooking the books

Fri, 24/02/2017 - 8:13pm
Comverse CEO Kobi sent down for a record 2.5 years after back-dating stock options

The head of a defunct surveillance and communications software company has been given the longest-ever prison sentence for back-dating stock options.…

Finally proof that Apple copies Samsung: iPhone 7 Plus halts, catches fire like a Galaxy Note 7

Fri, 24/02/2017 - 7:29pm
Teen's shock as Jesus mobe turns into hottest tech

Vid  Demonstrating yet again that Apple trails Samsung in mobile phone trends, an iPhone 7 Plus owner has reported that her prized possession recently blew up on her.…

Brocade SAN sales butchered by hyper-converged upstarts

Fri, 24/02/2017 - 6:44pm
Fibre Channel revenues flag as Broadcom acquisition spooks IP network buyers

It was a double whammy. Brocade saw hyper-converged infrastructure eat into its SAN networking sales as Broadcom acquisition-caused uncertainty drove IP Networking sales downwards too.…

Mysterious Gmail account lockouts prompt hack fears

Fri, 24/02/2017 - 5:31pm
Something happening here, what it is ain't exactly clear

Updated  A substantial number of Gmail users have been affected by a potential but unconfirmed hack of unknown origin or purpose.…

Artificial intelligence 'will save wearables'!

Fri, 24/02/2017 - 5:01pm
Can you hearable me?

When a technology hype flops, do you think the industry can use it as a learning experience? A time of self-examination? An opportunity to pause and reflect on making the next consumer or business tech hype a bit less stupid?…

Microsoft offers Dynamics 365 data-sucking stoppage

Fri, 24/02/2017 - 4:29pm
Cloud CRM with cloud synchronisation turned OFF

A version of Microsoft Dynamics 365 with cloud turned off is coming in the second quarter.…

Symbolic IO reveals tech bound to give server old guard the willies

Fri, 24/02/2017 - 3:58pm
The new Ferrari of the storage world

Analysis  Symbolic IO has rewritten the server hardware and operating system rule book with its its computationally defined storage (CDS) and says apps like database queries run 60 times or more faster on its system. If these claims are real then server suppliers like Cisco, Dell, HPE and others are in for a mighty market shock as one IRIS server could replace five or more standard servers.…

Alert! The dastardly Dutch are sailing a 90-ship fleet at Blighty

Fri, 24/02/2017 - 3:29pm
We'll have no repeat of 1667, ye lubberly scallywags!

The Dutch are preparing to invade English seas with a fleet of 90 vessels after a previous expedition boarded the Royal Navy’s flagship and stole the Royal Coat of Arms from her.…

Oh, irony of ironies: Gov.UK's transparency report reveals... nothing

Fri, 24/02/2017 - 3:05pm
Windows of volcanic glass

The British government has published a transparency report into the use of disruptive and investigatory powers by State actors, which ironically reveals absolutely nothing about the use of said powers.…

New UK laws address driverless cars insurance and liability

Fri, 24/02/2017 - 1:55pm
'Automated' vehicles – who pays for damage?

Insurers would be primarily responsible for paying out damages stemming from accidents caused by "automated vehicles" under new UK legislation laid before the UK parliament.…

Bring it BACK... with MODs! Psion 5 storms great tech revival poll

Fri, 24/02/2017 - 1:06pm
The AA-powered, pocket-sized touch daddy

The Psion Series 5 has stormed a Reg poll of technologies readers would most like revived.…

Facebook scoffed at $500m damages. Now Oculus faces nerd goggles injunction

Fri, 24/02/2017 - 12:25pm
Nice one, Sheryl

Sometimes it's wise not to boast that you're so rich, a $500m damages award against you is chump change.…

Visit banter.com. More like International BANTS Machines, amirite?

Fri, 24/02/2017 - 12:01pm
Top bants, guys. Archbishop of Banterbury-tier stuff

IBM staffers might not feel there's much to laugh about at the moment, with more swathes of redundancies on the way or the directive to kill off home working, but at least there's still plenty of banter to be had at the firm.…