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Fancy that! Craft which float over everything on a cushion of air

Fri, 15/09/2017 - 10:58pm
A hidden British engineering gem: The Hovercraft Museum

Geeks' Guide to Britain  Did you know that the word “hovercraft” was once patented? And did you know that Great Britain is a world leader in the design and manufacture of the floaty transporters, and has been for half a century?…

Mad scientist zaps himself to determine the power of electric eel shocks

Fri, 15/09/2017 - 10:52pm
Electrophorus electricus is not something to be messed with

One man has calculated the power of electric shocks emitted from electric eels on the human arm - his in fact - all in the name of science.…

Google sued by Gab over Play Store booting

Fri, 15/09/2017 - 9:51pm
'Free speech' Twitter alternative alleges antitrust foul

A social network that fancies itself a "free speech" competitor to Twitter is suing Google after its app was removed from the Play Store.…

China orders immediate shuttering of Bitcoin exchanges

Fri, 15/09/2017 - 9:07pm
And *clunk* – cryptocurrency value drops 20 per cent

China has ordered all Bitcoin and cryptocurrency exchanges to cease trading by the end of Friday, causing a massive drop in its value worldwide.…

Google to kill Chrome autoplay madness

Fri, 15/09/2017 - 8:17pm
Sorta, kinda, well not really

Google has promised to end the infuriating autoplay of videos in its Chrome browser – but with a heap of exceptions that may actually make the problem worse.…

EU's tech giant tax plan moves forward

Fri, 15/09/2017 - 7:57pm
All options on the table, and Apple, Facebook, Google ain't gonna like any of 'em

A proposed plan to make sure that digital giants like Apple, Google and Facebook pay more in tax within Europe has moved forward with remarkable speed and a paper will be put to European governments at the end of the month.…

Equifax UK admits: 400,000 Brits caught up in mega-breach

Fri, 15/09/2017 - 7:39pm
UK dedicated systems not affected

Equifax UK has surfaced to say that British systems were not affected by a recently disclosed megahack, however 400,000 UK people were affected due to a “process failure.”…

Sprint CEO straight out accuses Verizon counterpart of LYING

Fri, 15/09/2017 - 7:34pm
IN ALL CAPS, no less

It has long been a frustrating marketing ploy pushed by mobile phone operators: claiming that they offer better network coverage and speeds than their competitors.…

Pretend Python packages prey on poor typing

Fri, 15/09/2017 - 7:24pm
Typosquatting attack hits the PyPI registry

The Slovakian National Security Authority on Thursday warned that PyPI, the repository for Python software packages, has been hosting malicious software libraries.…

HP users moaning over 10-minute login lag during 'Win 10 update'

Fri, 15/09/2017 - 6:21pm
Like watching a black screen dry (literally)

A number of HP Inc device owners are complaining of seeing black screens for around five to 10 minutes after entering their Windows login information.…

Equifax mega-breach: Security bod flags header config conflict

Fri, 15/09/2017 - 6:05pm
Help wanted at Equifax. Badly

Further evidence has emerged regarding the insecurity of Equifax’s web setup, as independent security researcher Scott Helme reports having uncovered all manner of problems with Equifax’s security header configuration.…

Essential's Rubin coy on mysterious Plan to Take Over the Universe

Fri, 15/09/2017 - 4:07pm
One home at a time

With Apple playing catchup to Samsung, the big phone story of the year belongs to Essential. And the big story with Essential isn't really the phone.…

Just how are HMRC’s IT systems going to cope with Brexit?

Fri, 15/09/2017 - 3:32pm
Answers on a postcard, please

"Unprecedented challenge" was the phrase which kept being repeated in a recent Treasury Select Committee hearing regarding Brexit, the customs union and HMRC.…

Dell EMC president David Goulden quits

Fri, 15/09/2017 - 2:59pm
Two months after the biz told El Reg, 'no, no, David Goulden is going nowhere'.

Dell EMC president and boss of the Infrastructure Solutions Group, David Goulden, is leaving the business at the end of the company’s fiscal year, The Register can reveal.…

Red Hat beer and burger box brouhaha: Would a pint help you wash down the containers?

Fri, 15/09/2017 - 2:26pm
Lures thirsty reporters to watch webinar

Update  In an attempt to bribe entice viewers to expose their eyes to an upcoming online webinar introducing containers, Red Hat has offered free beer and burgers delivered right to the punter's premises.…

DoJ: Look! Google is giving up overseas data for warrants outside Second Circuit

Fri, 15/09/2017 - 1:54pm
Go on, Supremes, have another look at that Microsoft ruling, wouldya?

Updated  Google will not contest new warrants for overseas data - as long as they are made outside the Second Circuit, according to the US Department of Justice.…

Why the Apple Watch with LTE means a very Apple-y sort of freedom

Fri, 15/09/2017 - 1:25pm
Caveat emptor: It's not what you think

While Apple was making the iPhone less dependent on a Mac or PC, this week, it was tying its Watch even closer to the iPhone - contrary to what Apple's marketing material wants you to think.…

Show your intelligence – snap up an MCubed ticket now

Fri, 15/09/2017 - 1:07pm
Doors open in three weeks for AI and ML extravaganza

Tickets are flying off the shelves for MCubed London, so if you want to ensure your place at our two day conference on Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and data analytics, don’t hang around.…

ICO whacks Welsh biz with £350k fine for 150 MEEELLION nuisance calls

Fri, 15/09/2017 - 12:26pm
Not that data watchdog expects to get that money paid

A Welsh firm responsible for 146 million nuisance PPI calls has been slapped with a £350,000 fine by the Information Commissioner’s Office - not that the data watchdog is confident that penalty will be paid.…

UK attorney general plans crackdown on 'trial by social media'

Fri, 15/09/2017 - 12:01pm
Oi: Less contempt of court on Facebook and Twitter, says gov law bloke

The UK's Attorney General is pondering whether to tighten up contempt of court laws and target Facebook and Twitter users who comment about live criminal trials.…