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SpaceX releases Pythonesque video of rocket failures

Thu, 14/09/2017 - 8:36pm
It did land, just not in one piece

Video  Elon Musk is succeeding in his ambition to make space launches boringly reliable, but it still understands that people like to watch things blowing up.…

How to stop Facebook and Apple taking over the mobile phone industry

Thu, 14/09/2017 - 8:33pm
Streaming operating systems, virtualizing base stations

Cloudflare Internet Summit  At the launch of the Mobile World Congress earlier this week, the mobile industry begrudgingly accepted that tech giants like Facebook, Apple and Google were increasingly influencing its business.…

Python explosion blamed on pandas

Thu, 14/09/2017 - 8:02pm
Data science fad just won't die

Not content to bait developers by declaring that Python is the fastest-growing major programming language, coding community site Stack Overflow has revealed the reason for its metastasis.…

Microsoft pitches encrypted Azure to keep cloud data secret

Thu, 14/09/2017 - 7:41pm
Joins the blockchain bandwagon

Microsoft has a unveiled a set of services it hopes will alleviate security concerns with its public cloud service.…

What is the cyber equivalent of 'use of force'? When do we send in the tanks?

Thu, 14/09/2017 - 7:35pm
Former National Security advisor and CIA deputy head reflect on the online world

Cloudflare Internet Summit  The United States needs to define a new set of international rules that decides what the cyber equivalent of a missile attack is.…

Spotify just can't wash those songwriters out of its hair

Thu, 14/09/2017 - 6:29pm
Out of the way, I've got an IPO

Spotify is embroiled in new legal objections over how it pays songwriters royalties... or doesn’t, as the songwriters insist.…

Defrosted starter for 10: Iceland home delivery site spills customer details

Thu, 14/09/2017 - 2:52pm
Something smelled fishy

Iceland’s home delivery service exposed sensitive customer information for months until the problem was plugged this week, a UK security researcher discovered.…

Unloved Microsoft Edge is much improved – but will anyone use it?

Thu, 14/09/2017 - 2:26pm
We saw what you did there, Windows 10 web browser bods

Microsoft held its Edge Web Summit on 13 September, announcing that the web browser now has “330 million active devices”, just over two years since its launch with Windows 10 in July 2015. The stat was explained as devices where someone actively uses Edge during the course of a month.…

Web crash and pricing errors hit Argos

Thu, 14/09/2017 - 2:08pm
Routine maintenance was just routine, not connected says retailer

Argos shoppers who prefer to buy online rather than in-store via the laminated catalogue of dreams were out of luck this morning as the website crashed intermittently and pricing errors showed up.…

HMRC scoops up Microsoft veep for CIO role

Thu, 14/09/2017 - 1:52pm
Jacky Wright to lead tech for UK tax collector

HMRC has named Microsoft veep Jacky Wright as its next CIO, The Register can confirm.…

Former IT man and Python king's guide to neural networks

Thu, 14/09/2017 - 1:21pm
Tariq Rashid on programming AI

Interview  If you're going to learn about neural networks, you could do worse than learn it from someone who got five A levels (all grade As), has his MSc in Advanced Computing, and can tell you how to build your own neural network in 30 lines of code, even if you don't know any calculus.…

UK Data Protection Bill lands: Oh dear, security researchers – where's your exemption?

Thu, 14/09/2017 - 12:50pm
So if re-identifying folk from anonymised data is to be a crime...

The UK’s Data Protection bill has landed with a hefty thud, offering up 200-plus pages of legislation for the geeks and wonks to sink their teeth into.…

123-Reg customers outraged at automatic .UK domain registration

Thu, 14/09/2017 - 12:26pm, .uk, ... nope

Customers of 123-Reg are experiencing a familiar feeling of annoyance, this time over a decision to automatically register them for .UK domains, which they will then have to pay for after two years.…

MPs accuse Amazon and eBay of profiteering from VAT fraudsters

Thu, 14/09/2017 - 11:24am
HMRC: About £1.5bn lost due to overseas sellers' tax swerve

MPs have accused Amazon and eBay of profiteering out of companies based overseas that are fraudulently using their platforms to dodge VAT - and supposedly putting Brit SMEs out of business while they're at it.…

Would you get in a one-man quadcopter air taxi?

Thu, 14/09/2017 - 11:03am
This Chinese firm is touting plastic ones

DSEI 2017  A Chinese company reckons it’s going to test fly a personal drone air taxi in the UK - letting any old bod take to the skies after bonking two buttons in an app.…

Drones aren't evil and won't trigger the Rise of the Machines: MoD

Thu, 14/09/2017 - 10:37am
Doctrine? More like advocacy

The Ministry of Defence has issued a new strategy document for its drones, stating humans will be kept in the decision-making loop – yet critics are unhappy with the questions the doc sidesteps.…

The Register Lecture: The secrets of power in the digital age

Thu, 14/09/2017 - 10:20am
Feed your brain over a beer

Reg Events  Forget information, bitcoin, even porn. There’s only one currency that ultimately matters in the digital world, and that’s power.…

Yet more British military drones crash, this time into the Irish Sea

Thu, 14/09/2017 - 9:54am
Not looking good for the Thales Watchkeeper fleet

Another two Watchkeeper drones crashed in the last year, taking the number of Watchkeepers destroyed in crashes up to four.…

Tick, tock motherf... erm, we mean, don't panic over GDPR

Thu, 14/09/2017 - 9:08am
Eight months sound like enough? No?

Welcome back from the summer. Feeling refreshed? Good, now let’s talk General Data Protection Regulation from the European Union, due to swing into effect on May 25, 2018. You now have eight months to get your data infrastructure, tech policies and related procedures ship-shape. Not feeing so refreshed now, are you?…

Ex-EDS bod at DXC Technologies? Sign up to new pension scheme - or else...

Thu, 14/09/2017 - 8:39am
Don't agree to new terms? No salary or bonuses for you

Frankenfirm DXC Technologies is proposing to kill off the final salary pension scheme for former EDS staff and will refuse to fund pay rises and bonuses to those affected who do not sign over to the new package.…