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MCubed: Early bird tickets offer ends on Monday

Fri, 28/07/2017 - 12:24pm
Real savings on artificial intelligence

Let’s make this quick. The early bird ticket offer for MCubed, our three-day extravaganza of machine learning, AI and analytics, will evaporate Monday evening, giving you just a few days to save hundreds of pounds on tickets for the conference and our deep dive workshops.…

Everything you never knew about mail: The Postal Museum opens

Fri, 28/07/2017 - 12:00pm
Plus: We take a sneak peek at London's other tube network, Mail Rail

Royal Mail’s Postal Museum, hidden round the corner from its central London sorting depot, is opening to the public after an 18 month refurbishment project.…

Nest security camera captures landlord's romp on tenants' bed

Fri, 28/07/2017 - 11:34am
Including post-coital clean-up

In yet another demonstration that truth can be stranger than fiction – or at least as strange – a landlord has 'fessed up to entering his married tenants' flat and having sexual relations on their bed.…

Sysadmin Day 2017: Still time to get the beers in

Fri, 28/07/2017 - 11:18am
70% of IT workers risk burnout: Don't let that be you. Pub. Now!

It's that time of year again, dear readers: it's Sysadmin Day 2017. Today is that one day a year where employers and coworkers are expected to give a token acknowledgement of the trials and tribulations of their overworked IT staffs and usually fail to do so.…

Box labelled best collaborator ... of content – Gartner mages

Fri, 28/07/2017 - 11:09am
That's biz file sync and share, but rebranded, natch

Box has topped Gartner's magic quadrant as the analyst wizards cast their judgemental eyes over the content collaboration market.…

Latest Windows 10 preview lets users link an Android to their PC

Fri, 28/07/2017 - 10:58am
Cortana, turn off my computer!

Microsoft's latest Windows 10 Insider Preview lets you link to an Android phone, with synchronised web browsing the first supported feature.…

Pre-order your early-bird pre-sale product today! (Oh did we mention the shipping date has slipped AGAIN?)

Fri, 28/07/2017 - 10:32am
Or just wait and buy it when it's ready

Something for the Weekend, Sir?  Good Afternoon, Alistair Dabbs. Do you still write in the direction of Hi-Tech, didn't you? Perhaps you will find fascinating the following information.

Profits plunge 40% as BT coughs up £225m to avoid court battle

Fri, 28/07/2017 - 10:05am
Also appoints EE chief exec Marc Allera as consumer boss

BT's profits plunged 42 per cent to £418m for the first quarter, as the former state monopoly paid off £225m in settlements in relation to the accounting scandal in Italy.…

Should you stay awake at night worrying about hackers on the grid?

Fri, 28/07/2017 - 9:33am
Watt's all this about cyberspy threat leaks... Analysts weigh in

Analysis  The energy sector across multiple Western countries is under intensified assault by hackers. Security experts warn that industrial systems are wide open to potential exploit once hackers secure a foothold, the most difficult part of the hacking process, using targeted phishing or similar tactics.…

Virgin Media mulls ditching 1 in 3 UK facilities, starts £20m spend audit

Fri, 28/07/2017 - 9:03am
'Staff in uproar' as relocation suddenly on the cards

Exclusive  Virgin Media is to consider shuttering more than one-third of its sites across the UK amid a review of its multi-million pound annual spend on facilities, according to a letter to staff seen by The Register.…

The ultimate full English breakfast – have your SAY

Fri, 28/07/2017 - 8:27am
Forget Brexit, lets use grease and dead things to heal a gaping political chasm

A turf war has broken out among the scribes at Vulture Towers North over the fried delicacies that should and should not be included in the world famous Full English gut buster Breakfast.…

vSphere scales up, if you're willing to ditch a switch or server

Fri, 28/07/2017 - 7:31am
Update 1 for v. 6.5 gets 90% of the way to heaven on the client

VMware's popped out the first update to vSphere 6.5 and it's unusually interesting for this sort of minor release.…

Sysadmin jeered in staff cafeteria as he climbed ladder to fix PC

Fri, 28/07/2017 - 6:55am
Life lesson: don't display messages on screens if you don't know who'll see it!

On-Call  The end of the week is nigh and to ease your passage into the next phase of existence – the blessed weekend - El Reg brings you On-Call, our Friday column chronicling readers’ stories of jobs with strange beginnings and sticky endings.…

Ransomware scum straighten ties, invest in good customer service

Fri, 28/07/2017 - 6:31am
Word of mouth matters when you're taking users' cash

Ransomware scum are investing in customer service processes to get more people paying, according to McAfee's lead scientist and principal engineer Christiaan Beek.…

Inside the ongoing fight to stamp out govt-grade Android spyware

Fri, 28/07/2017 - 6:01am
Chrysaor, Lipizzan are state surveillance tools, not Pokemon, surprisingly

Black Hat  A study into government-grade Android spyware led researchers to a new strain of surveillance malware lurking in the Google Play app store – a strain that has now been unceremoniously booted out of the software marketplace.…

After we ran our article about the fate of .sk, the nation of Slovakia flew into a rage. And now, here's part two...

Fri, 28/07/2017 - 5:04am
Behind the scenes of a battle to control a ccTLD

Analysis  A campaign to convince the Slovakian government to halt the sale of the .sk registry has nothing to do with money or politics, it is claimed.…

Apple exits music player biz by killing iPod Nano, iPod Shuffle

Fri, 28/07/2017 - 3:58am
The iPod Touch is all that remains now and it's had two models axed

Apple has exited the standalone music player business by discontinuing the iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle.…

This is the Dell security team. We have you surrounded. Come out with a purchase order

Fri, 28/07/2017 - 3:04am
RSA/VMware/Dell pincer movement to sell all the cybers

Security buyers: Dell's got you surrounded. Come out with a purchase order, buy security software, and we can bring this to a peaceful ending.…

USA to screen tablets, <br> e-readers and handheld games before they fly

Fri, 28/07/2017 - 2:10am
Ten US airports already do it, the rest will follow soon, foreigners may be spared

Domestic air passengers within the USA will be required to remove any electronic device larger than a smartphone from their carry-on bags for screening before boarding.…

Enumeration bug offers five-finger discount on shopping loyalty points

Fri, 28/07/2017 - 1:04am
Woolworths Australia is off its trolley - points redemption apps accept random card numbers

The Register has been alerted that Australian retailer Woolworths' customer loyalty points can be filched thanks to a user enumeration bug.…