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CloudFlare ditches private SSL keys for better security

Mon, 22/09/2014 - 2:01am
'Sorry, spooks, we can't decrypt this for you'

CloudFlare has announced the outcome of what it says is two years' work – switching on Keyless SSL – which lets customers encrypt their web traffic via the company's services without having to hand over their private SSL keys.…

Apple pours a cup of JavaScript for its Automator robot

Mon, 22/09/2014 - 1:02am
A quiet revolution in Automation

Apple has quietly started toying with the idea of using JavaScript as a task automator in the Yosemite version of OS X.…

Dotcom owns up: my name was 'poison'

Sun, 21/09/2014 - 11:02pm
Readies grand exit from politics after dismal election

In the wake of his failure to make a dent in New Zealand politics, Kim Dotcom has said his name alone spoiled the chances for the alliance of the Internet Party and the Mana Movement.…

Apple's iPhone 6 first-day sales are MEANINGLESS, mutters analyst

Sun, 21/09/2014 - 9:40pm
Big weekend queues only represent fruity firm's supply

Record iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus sales trumpeted by Apple reveal very little about demand, says an analyst, this is because of the limited supplies of the mobes provided to stores in the initial few days.…

New UK.gov DATA SLURPING diplomat to push US telcos to share more subscriber info

Sun, 21/09/2014 - 6:46pm
When a DRIP becomes a flood

The British government has appointed a senior diplomat who will act as a go-between on overseas data access jurisdiction issues, to push communication providers - particularly those based in the US - to share more information with UK spooks.…

'Kim Kardashian snaps naked selfies with a BLACKBERRY'. *Twitterati gasps*

Sun, 21/09/2014 - 3:16pm
More alleged private, nude celeb pics appear online

A new round of what appear to be private, naked photos of female celebrities including US television reality star Kim Kardashian have apparently been leaked online.…

Special pleading against mass surveillance won't help anyone

Sun, 21/09/2014 - 2:40pm
Protecting journalists alone won't protect their sources

Earlier this week we discovered that not only are London's Metropolitan Police rampantly abusing data-snooping laws to hunt down and punish employees who talk to journalists, we also learned that they don't even bother counting how often they do this.…

Special pleading against mass surveillance won't help anyone

Sun, 21/09/2014 - 2:40pm
Protecting journalists alone won't protect their sources

Earlier this week we discovered that not only are London's Metropolitan Police rampantly abusing data-snooping laws to hunt down and punish employees who talk to journalists, we also learned that they don't even bother counting how often they do this.…

SpaceX blasts a mischief of mice, a 3D printer and a cuddly toy* into SPAAAACE

Sun, 21/09/2014 - 2:10pm
*OK, we made that last bit up

Vid  Elon Musk's private spaceflight company SpaceX successfully launched its unmanned, mouse-laden Dragon 'craft in the early hours of this morning.…

Microsoft delays Xbox One launch... Big Trouble in Big China?

Sun, 21/09/2014 - 1:40pm
Not coming to the People's Republic until later this year

Microsoft pushed back the release of its Xbox One console in China to the end of 2014 on Sunday, without explaining why the launch of its product in the People's Republic had been delayed. The Indian launch is expected to take place tonight.…

Reg readers respond: Yes, it's time for Comment of the Week

Sun, 21/09/2014 - 1:10pm
'Utter bollocks ... usually spewed out by the Guardian'

CoTW  Another week, another batch of angry flaming going on in the hallowed halls of El Reg's comments threads. Naturally, we've sliced and diced this week's choicest comments for your amusement - and enragement.…

Report: EE in talks to scoop up 60 Phones 4u stores from troubled High Street retailer

Sun, 21/09/2014 - 12:37pm
Carrier at centre of row has just hours to secure deal

EE is reportedly the latest company to pick over the carcass of stricken British High Street mobile phone retailer Phones 4u, which fell into administration late last week.…

Freshly uploaded EU digi-Czar is CLUELESS ON TECH but it's no big deal, says Steelie Neelie

Sun, 21/09/2014 - 11:41am
Günther (the H stays) Oettinger enters Web2.0rhea fray

It doesn’t matter that the incoming EU Commissioner for all things digital doesn’t really understand technology, so says Europe's current digi commish Neelie Kroes.…

Poverty? Pah. That doesn't REALLY exist any more

Sun, 21/09/2014 - 11:00am
We do have inequality, but that's not quite the same thing

Worstall @ the Weekend  It's a bit of a surprise to find The Guardian, of all places, telling us that there's not actually any poverty in the UK today. But John Lanchester makes that case in the country's leading tax dodging publication. And the lovely thing about it is that he's entirely correct.…

Relive the death of Earth over and over again in <i>Extinction Game</i>

Sun, 21/09/2014 - 10:01am
Apocalypse now, and tomorrow, and the next day, and the day after that ...

Page File  Parallel universes are already pretty cool, especially the ones that are tantalisingly close to ours, a mere what if away. The parallel universes of Extinction Game have this and an extra edge going for them, as the only ones we visit are those that have endured an apocalyptic event that’s wiped out most of humanity. Wars, plagues, asteroids, scientists tinkering with things they should damn well leave alone and wiping us all out with their genetic experiments – this book has it all, multiple apocalypses for the price of one.…

Bargain basement iPhone shoppers BEWARE! eBay exposes users to phishing vuln

Sun, 21/09/2014 - 8:50am
Tat bazaar downplays malicious attack on multiple auctions

eBay bans the use of cross-site scripting on the online tat bazaar because it can open up the site's users to nasty phishing vulnerabilities. And yet, according to the BBC, some auction listings have been exposed to the exploit since February this year.…

THE DEATH OF ECONOMICS: Aircraft design vs flat-lining financial models

Sun, 21/09/2014 - 8:01am
Fags and booze to the rescue

Crawling from the Wreckage  John Watkinson continues his series of essays for El Reg in which he examines failures in society from banking and education to transport and IT. Here, with a critical eye on our economic plight, he looks at the methods employed by those doing the sums and their consequences.

Facebook's Oculus unveils 360-degree VR head tracking Crescent Bay prototype

Sat, 20/09/2014 - 6:34pm
A consumer version, you ask? Absolutely ages away

Pics  Rift maker Oculus is touting a new feature prototype that it has dubbed Crescent Bay.…

Google+ GOING, GOING ... ? Newbie Gmailers no longer forced into mandatory ID slurp

Sat, 20/09/2014 - 5:47pm
Mountain View distances itself from lame 'network thingy'

Google has quietly removed mandatory signups to its unloved "network thingy" Google+, which new Gmail users had been automatically shoved into when creating accounts on the ad giant's web-based email service.…

Last chance to snaffle LOHAN Kickstarter goodies

Sat, 20/09/2014 - 3:45pm
Exclusive ballocket mission merchandise - get it while you can, dear readers

There's just one day to run on the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) Kickstarter tin-rattling, and as our plucky Playmonaut celebrates already hitting the £30,000 target needed to take the ballocket mission to Spaceport America, we're busy getting ready to ship our generous backers' magnificent rewards.…