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Don't put your Node out of joint: Version 8 of JS toolkit now in LTS mode

Tue, 31/10/2017 - 4:00pm
As the focus turns to version 9

Node.js 8 on Tuesday goes into long-term support, which sounds like an assisted living plan for elders but in fact marks the maturation of the surprisingly popular JavaScript runtime.…

First iPhone X fondlers struggle to admit that Face ID sort of sucks

Tue, 31/10/2017 - 3:23pm
We're holding it wrong! Of course!

EuphemismWatch  Just as it was hard for courtiers to tell the Emperor he wasn't wearing anything, the first iPhone X phondlers won't admit that Face ID will frustrate owners and make them work hard just to unlock the phone without a PIN. The reviewers don't want to spoil the fairytale.…

UK.gov: Snoop laws not 'significant' obstacle to EU data protection talks

Tue, 31/10/2017 - 2:58pm
Digi minister confident of adequacy decision post-Brexit

The UK's Snooper's Charter should not be a "significant" obstacle to data protection negotiations with the European Union, the government has said.…

Crisis? What crisis? Samsung is raking in $109m profit a day

Tue, 31/10/2017 - 2:28pm
Top brass reshuffled after heir locked up and CEO quits

Samsung announced new leadership this week following the resignation of CEO Kwon Oh-hyun, and the jailing of the empire's heir apparent.…

Yeah, Autonomy's ex-chief financial officer is still up for wire fraud

Tue, 31/10/2017 - 2:04pm
Judge throws out Hussain's appeal, case rumbles on...

A judge has thrown out an appeal by Autonomy's former chief financial officer, who had asked that the felony fraud charges relating to his role in the ill-fated multibillion-dollar sale to HP be dismissed.…

Bored 'drivers' pushed Google Waymo into ditching autopilot tech

Tue, 31/10/2017 - 1:31pm
Snoozing, doing makeup, playing Candy Crush...

Google binned its self-driving cars' "take over now, human!" feature because test drivers kept dozing off behind the wheel instead of watching the road, according to reports.…

Official: Perl the most hated programming language, say devs

Tue, 31/10/2017 - 1:00pm
According to Stack Overflow, anyway. Disagree? Vote now right here

Poll  Developers really dislike Perl, and projects associated with Microsoft, at least among those who volunteer their views through Stack Overflow.…

LTE it snow: Microsoft to punt out LTE-tastic Surface Pro in December

Tue, 31/10/2017 - 12:49pm
It is coming... It is coming... to London. (Yes, UK)

Microsoft's Surface Pro with added LTE goodness is due to land in the UK on 1 December, just in time for enterprise punters to request one from the local Santas residing in their procurement and IT department.…

Health quango: Booze 'evidence' not Puritan enough, do us another

Tue, 31/10/2017 - 12:35pm
FoI request reveals researchers pressured to tweak base case

Updated  Academics at the UK's leading alcohol research centre tweaked their model to help the government introduce more Puritanical booze advice.…

Caption this: Capita staff picket a bunch o'er pickled pensions

Tue, 31/10/2017 - 12:03pm
It's day 2 at Reading Bridge House picket line. Make 'em laugh

UK staffers at outsourcing giant Capita – deep in the weeds of its "turnaround year" – are entering day two of union protests over proposed changes to their pension plans.…

French senator demands public inquiry into Microsoft military deal

Tue, 31/10/2017 - 11:30am
C'est mauvais, le framework de beaucoup d'argent pour le Redmond

A French senator has put down a parliamentary motion demanding an investigation into Microsoft's framework deal with France's defence ministry.…

Digital politics, fake news, housebound Koreans... it’s a <em>Reg</em> Lecture

Tue, 31/10/2017 - 10:28am
Join us for our final ideas bash of the year

Whether you’re concerned about the effect of fake news and political ads on social media or the growing influence of e-sports on today's youth, you should come and join us next Tuesday for the last Register Lecture of 2017.…

C'mon, edgelords: The APIs are ours to command – do we do good or evil?

Tue, 31/10/2017 - 10:04am
Edge computing is awesome and scary

Edge computing is the pendulum swinging away from the idea of big, centralised servers back to distributed systems. It's the idea that instead of centralising all of our workloads in big clouds we bring the computing closer to the devices requesting that compute power.…

IBM's Phase Change Memory computer can tell you if it's raining

Tue, 31/10/2017 - 9:02am
Wait! A PCM chip that computes as well as stores?!

IBM boffins have unveiled new work in-memory computing: doing processing inside Phase Change Memory with no external CPU.…

Updating Things: IETF bods suggest standard

Tue, 31/10/2017 - 8:30am
Proposal offers proper authentication, verification and over-the-air delivery

A trio of ARM engineers have devoted some of their free time* to working up an architecture to address the problem of delivering software updates to internet-connected things.…

Robot takes the job of sitting on your arse

Tue, 31/10/2017 - 7:55am
Ford reveals 'metallic butt' used to test car seats. We're calling it Seat-3-P-O

Poll  Car-maker Ford has revealed a robot that's taken the job of sitting on your arse.…

Google lets Android devs see nanosecond-level GNSS data

Tue, 31/10/2017 - 7:31am
Location, location, location ... for testing and research only

Geonerds, how would you like to work with raw GNSS data at nanosecond accuracy?…

Microsoft slowly closes Outlook Premium's door while Office 365 winks at you across the street

Tue, 31/10/2017 - 7:02am
Want to pay for 50GB of Redmond-powered ad-free email? We decode your options

Microsoft has shut down new registrations for the Outlook Premium service, directing customers instead to an Office 365 subscription.…

Jupiter flashes pulsating southern pole, boffins understandably baffled

Tue, 31/10/2017 - 6:01am
Misbehaving gas giant's poles light up independently

Jupiter’s vivid northern and southern lights flash independently from each other, a discovery that has surprised scientists.…

Facebook, Amazon fund new trans-Pacific submarine cable

Tue, 31/10/2017 - 4:54am
'JUPITER' is made for video, should see first light in 2020, boast 60 Tbps capacity

A consortium including Facebook, Amazon and SoftBank has signed up to build a new submarine cable linking Asia and the United States of America.…