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Let kids delete their online rants, demand campaigners

9 hours 20 min ago
Won't somebody please think of the children! (Adults are on their own)

Ministers have backed a campaign designed to give young people greater deletion rights over the stupid content they generate as youngsters.…

Flippin' heck, meet the Internet of Things wallpaper

9 hours 50 min ago
LEDs, pah! UK inventor cooks up cheap fabric alternative to giant displays

British inventor Andrew Fentem has come up with a way of cheaply turning fabric into large active displays.…

Researchers say Anthem health hack has Beijing's fingerprints

10 hours 19 min ago
'Black Vine' gang, late of China, fingered as source of heist that lifted 70 million records

The case for a Beijing-orchestrated hack of health insurer Anthem has firmed up with new details suggesting that the sophisticated hacking group responsible for the heist shared zero days with rival outfits.…

Windows 10: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE. Microsoft says sorry for Windows 8

10 hours 51 min ago
There will be tears – but it is worth upgrading

Review  So this is it. Microsoft has released Windows 10, the big one, the release which will make everything good again after Windows 8.…

BT broadband in broad-based brownout and TITSUP incidents

11 hours 26 min ago
Outages and slow downloads leave customers cursing carrier from Manchester to Portsmouth

If you can't reach a chum in the UK, chances are they've fallen victim to a substantial outage that's hit BT's voice and broadband services. Or a Total Inability To Support Usual Performance (TITSUP) incident.…

Thought YOU'd had rude service in France? Ce n'était RIEN, M'sieu Pantalons Malodorants

Wed, 29/07/2015 - 5:58am
Shoppers dubbed 'mad' 'bitch' etc by guys technologique

France’s data protection authority, CNIL, has put nationwide tech appliance store, Boulanger, on notice following the discovery of some less than flattering records on customers.…

Malvertising campaign hits 10 <i>MEELLION</i> users in 10 days

Wed, 29/07/2015 - 5:25am
Screw creative, just use Angler.

Cyphort researcher Nick Bilogorskiy says 10 million users may have been infected in as many days, thanks to a deadly malvertising and exploit kit campaign.…

World-beating TWO-QUADRILLION-WATT LASER fired by boffins

Wed, 29/07/2015 - 5:04am
Japanese fusion eggheads pull trigger on Earth's most powerful ray gun

Nuclear fusion researchers at Osaka University in Japan claim they have made history by firing the world's most powerful laser – emitting a two-quadrillion-watt beam albeit for a very, very brief period of time.…

SDN hits rock bottom and FCoE is obsolete, say Gartner mages

Wed, 29/07/2015 - 4:30am
New networking hype cycle has good news for wireless, cautions for white-boxers

Fibre channel over Ethernet is obsolete and software-defined networking is making users grumpy rather than delivering promised benefits, according to the new networking version of Gartner's Hype Cycle.…

Just a quickie, then: Boffins' 11 picosecond spontaneous emission

Wed, 29/07/2015 - 3:58am
75 nm cube lights the path to optical computing

Boffins from Duke University reckon they've cracked one of the problems that holds back optical computing, with a tiny and very low-powered high-speed-switchable light source.…

Microsoft's Arrow brings pane to Androids

Wed, 29/07/2015 - 3:38am
You too can suffer the Windows phone experience, as an app

For reasons El Reg doesn't quite understand, Microsoft has decided that the one thing missing from the Android user's life is the Windows phone app launcher experience.…

HP goes off VMware's EVO:RAIL, bins 200-HC ConvergedSystem

Wed, 29/07/2015 - 3:04am
'Customers want more open and flexible approach', namely StoreVirtual with vCenter

Hewlett Packard has stopped selling its ConvergedSystem 200-HC, the hyperconverged rig based on VMware's EVO:RAIL system architecture.…

Bug hunter reveals Apple iTunes, Mac app store receipt deceit

Wed, 29/07/2015 - 2:02am
Inject evil JavaScript code via the device name? Don't mind if we do

Vulnerability Lab founder Benjamin Kunz Mejri says he's found a security bug in Apple's Mac and iOS app stores that could be exploited to inject malicious JavaScript code into victims' web browsers.…

Australian Cyber Security Centre uses discredited data to quantify infosec threats

Wed, 29/07/2015 - 1:49am
The numbers are down, but Australia's Oz Cyber ForceTM says things are getting worse

The cost of “cyber attacks” in Australia appears to be stabilising and the country has never been subject to an attack at the national scale, but the government's Cyber ForceTM (not its real name) is still pitching the growth of the threat.…

Voyager's Golden Record now free to download

Wed, 29/07/2015 - 1:29am
Humanity says “Hi!” to aliens in 55 languages on SoundCloud

When NASA launched the two Voyager probes in 1977, it knew that they were on a one-way journey into the galaxy. So on the off chance they encountered another sentient species, NASA equipped both with a golden record full of information about Earth.…

Citrix CEO retires as activist investor Elliott snatches the wheel

Wed, 29/07/2015 - 12:38am
'Underperforming product lines' to be put under microscope

Citrix chief exec Mark Templeton has said he will retire, as activist investor Elliott Management takes a larger role in the company.…

Indian mobe networks don’t want 700MHz – because they're too poor

Tue, 28/07/2015 - 11:13pm
Still counting the pennies

While most telcos are baying for more radio spectrum to stuff with mobile internet broadband, the Indian operators are asking their government to hold off.…

21st century malware found in Jane Austen's 19th century prose

Tue, 28/07/2015 - 9:43pm
Oh, Mr Darcy, was genius Pride and Prejudice author also a time traveler, pray tell?

Cisco's 2015 Midyear Security Report has revealed that at least one group of malware-spreading scum has a literary bent.…

Record-breaking $502m in sales, BIG LOSSES – OF COURSE IT'S TWITTER

Tue, 28/07/2015 - 8:59pm
Who else, who else could turn half a billion dollars into nothing

Twitter has managed to collect over half a billion dollars - and somehow throw it all away and more even though it does nothing but run a microblabber portal. But the markets are impressed anyway.…

Hacked US Census Bureau staff to take anti-phishing classes

Tue, 28/07/2015 - 8:40pm
What was that about horses, stable doors and bolts?

The US Census Bureau has asked for additional IT security training for its staff – including tips on how not to fall for phishing emails – in the wake of last week's server breach.…