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Virgin Media blocks 'wankers' from permissible passwords

11 hours 57 min ago
No bollocks, quite literally...

Virgin Media likes its fun-and-slightly-naughty image, but not, it seems, in its passwords.…

Hot students, 'liquid coolant', bagpipes and Brazilians: It's a cluster compo, folks

12 hours 27 min ago
Edinburgh, Sao Paulo uni teams chase glory

HPC Blog  Both the UK and South America were ably represented at the recent 2014 International Supercomputing Conference Student Cluster Competition, held in Leipzig, Germany. For some reason, I want to Google up trendy cuisine to see if Scottish-Brazilian fusion restaurants actually exist. But I'm afraid of the possible results – so let's rather take a close and personal look at these two teams....…

European Commission okays Oracle's MICROS gobble

Mon, 01/09/2014 - 5:34am
Dear shareholders, hurry up and sell up, says Big O

Oracle's US$5bn purchase of integrated hardware-maker MICROS has been approved by the European Commission.…

Broadcom reveals $20 'Pi in the sky' IoT development widget

Mon, 01/09/2014 - 5:01am
'WICED Sense' comes with sensors and wireless so devs can wire things into stuff

Broadcom has released a US$20 Internet of Things thing it hopes will give developers a cut-price way to explore the sensor-tised kinds of applications a wired world enables.…

Yahoo<i>!</i> YUI<i>!</i> project<i>!</i> is<i>!</i> no<i>!</i> more<i>!</i>

Mon, 01/09/2014 - 3:58am
The world overtook us, yet AGAIN says Purple Palace

Yahoo! has announced that its Yahoo! User Interface (YUI) project is redundant in the age of node.js and better browsers.…

Facebook, Google and Instagram 'worse than drugs' says Miley Cyrus

Mon, 01/09/2014 - 3:02am
Italian boffins agree with popette's theory that haters are the real wrecking balls

Offensively-and-dangerously-in-control of her sexuality popette Miley Cyrus has declared that social media is worse than drugs.…

Drone-maker slapped for illegal exports

Mon, 01/09/2014 - 2:40am
Jet-powered UAV sent offshore without the right paperwork

A Western Australian maker of drones – no, not the toys beloved of Jeff Bezos, a more serious kind – has copped both fines and confiscations after trying to export its products without a permit.…

Redmond resists order to hand over overseas email

Mon, 01/09/2014 - 2:02am
Court wanted peek as related to US investigation

Microsoft is holding out against a US court order asking it to provide investigators with customers' personal information held offshore.…

Hardkernel nixes RPi clone project

Mon, 01/09/2014 - 1:04am
Odroid-W zeroed by SoC supply

Hardkernel, which last month announced its intention to build a Raspberry Pi clone, has abruptly quit the idea.…

Australia deflates Valve with Steam sueball

Mon, 01/09/2014 - 12:03am
Alleges breaches of Oz consumer law

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has fired the sueball-gun at Valve, accusing the game-maker of trying to dodge Australian consumer law.…

JLaw, Kate Upton exposed in celeb nude pics hack

Sun, 31/08/2014 - 11:28pm
100 women victimised as Apple iCloud accounts reportedly popped

Naked photos of celebrities including Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and Ariana Grande have been published online by an anonymous hacker who reportedly obtained the explicit pics from the victims' Apple iCloud accounts.…

Today's weather is brought to you by BigCorp.com

Sun, 31/08/2014 - 10:31pm
Australia's Bureau of Meteorology allowed to sling ads, but not politics

The most popular site on the dot-gov-au domain, the Bureau of Meteorology, has been okayed to start taking advertising – with some restrictions.…

Apple reportedly inks deal with American Express for its iPhone payments system

Sun, 31/08/2014 - 7:36pm
To bonk, or not to bonk. That is the question

Apple has reportedly agreed to work with American Express on its new iPhone 6 payment system - which is now just nine days away from being unveiled by Cupertino.…

Google flushes out users of old browsers by serving up CLUNKY, AGED version of search

Sun, 31/08/2014 - 5:49pm
Ad giant: Yeah, we did that deliberately

Google is attempting to shunt users away from old browsers by intentionally serving up a stale version of the ad giant's search homepage to those holdouts.…

Volcanic eruption in Iceland triggers CODE RED aviation warning

Sun, 31/08/2014 - 3:52pm
Lava-spitting Bárðarbunga prompts action from Met Office

A fresh volcanic eruption in Iceland forced officials at the country's Met Office to temporarily issue a code red aviation warning, after lava spewed 50 metres into the air in the early hours of Sunday morning.…

What do you mean, I have to POST a PHYSICAL CHEQUE to get my gun licence?

Sun, 31/08/2014 - 2:45pm
Stop bitching about firearms fees - we need computerisation

One thing the British state does well is waste money – as evidenced by its pouring of taxpayers' cash into millionaire model Lily Cole's online wishing well Impossible.com, or, say, fining itself hundreds of thousands for its pisspoor data security practices. Yet when it comes to firearms licensing, surprisingly few people see the benefit of replacing ancient paper-based files with a modern computerised system.…

GCHQ protesters stick it to British spooks ... by drinking urine

Sun, 31/08/2014 - 2:07pm
Activists told NOT to snap pics of staff at the concrete doughnut

A number of protesters haranguing UK spies stationed at the country's Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) have taken to apparently drinking human urine to publicise their disgust with the eavesdropping nerve centre's surveillance tactics.…

'I think photographers get TOO MUCH copyright for their work'

Sun, 31/08/2014 - 1:30pm
Reg commentards' views, sliced and diced for your delight and delectation

CoTW  Copyright is a basic property right. It's one of those fundamental things you just don't muck around with: if someone creates something and others want to use it, they should be paid. Everyone agrees with this - except for one Register reader...…

Report: Sprint to bring Sony Xperia into tough US smartphone market

Sun, 31/08/2014 - 12:50pm
Could it soon be selling the Japenese giant's Z3 model?

Stateside mobile carrier Sprint is reportedly planning to bring the Sony Xperia handset to the US market for the first time.…

If you think 3D printing is just firing blanks, just you wait

Sun, 31/08/2014 - 11:03am
Feeling sticky, punk?

Something for the Weekend, Sir?  This week I met a gun nut. I knew this immediately because he was an American with a moustache. Americans with moustaches are always gun nuts. Don’t blame me, I don’t make the rules. It is simply the way of things.…