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NASA budget shock: Climate studies? GTFO. We're making the Moon great again, says Trump

Mon, 12/02/2018 - 11:34pm
Cheer up – by 2030, we'll have flying cars, too

President Trump's administration has handed down a budget for 2019 to NASA – and it effectively kills off key projects in exchange for a vague promise to go back to the Moon.…

Getty load of this: Google to kill off 'View image' button in search

Mon, 12/02/2018 - 10:44pm
Chocolate Factory overhauls picture portal to end legal brouhaha

Updated  Google's deal this month with stock-photo agency Getty to end their legal spat carries one very noticeable provision: the "View image" button will be removed from Google Images search results.…

Getty load of this: 'View image' yoinked in some Google Images results in copyright row aftermath

Mon, 12/02/2018 - 10:44pm
Chocolate Factory overhauls search engine to end brouhaha

Google's deal this month with stock-photo agency Getty to end their legal spat carries one very noticeable provision: an overhaul of the "View image" button in Google Images search results.…

It's official: .corp, .home, .mail will never be top-level domains on the 'net

Mon, 12/02/2018 - 9:48pm
Sigh with relief, fellow geeks, if you're using them on your home or business network

You will never be able to own an official .home, .mail or .corp domain name or email address on the public internet.…

Wanna gobble Google's custom chips? Now you can – its Cloud TPUs at $6.50 an hour

Mon, 12/02/2018 - 9:10pm
TensorFlow math accelerators available to rent

Google’s Cloud Tensor Processing Unit (TPU) chips are now available to rent on its cloud platform as a beta-grade service.…

Still not on Windows 10? Fine, sighs Microsoft, here are its antivirus tools for Windows 7, 8.1

Mon, 12/02/2018 - 8:40pm
Redmond extends ATP to older builds, adds third-party links

Microsoft has back-ported its Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) security toolkit from Windows 10 to Windows 7 and 8.1.…

Facebook gets Weed-whacked: Unilever exec may axe ads over social network's toxic posts

Mon, 12/02/2018 - 7:37pm
Huge advertiser threatens to turn off Zuck's money tap

In a highly unusual public rebuke, monster-company Unilever gave Facebook both barrels over its "toxic content" – and threatened to pull its advertising from the antisocial network.…

Facebook smartmobe app's pre-ticked privacy settings violate German data protection law

Mon, 12/02/2018 - 5:29pm
Court favours consumer group in long-running dispute

A German court has ruled that Facebook has not done enough to alert people to the pre-ticked privacy settings on its mobile app.…

How back of server pack rat Inspur has sailed into the top-three slot

Mon, 12/02/2018 - 4:59pm
Chinese firm blows past costly Cisco and Lenovo

Analysis  Behind the numbers in Gartner's third 2017 quarter server tracker are some startling revelations concerning Cisco's server pricing and Inspur's arrival as a top-three supplier.…

Until last week, you could pwn KDE Linux desktop with a USB stick

Mon, 12/02/2018 - 3:56pm
Tweak VFAT volume to execute arbitrary code

A recently resolved flaw in the KDE Linux desktop environment meant that files held on a USB stick could be executed as soon as they were plugged into a vulnerable device.…

See that over Heathrow? It's not an airliner – it's a Predator drone

Mon, 12/02/2018 - 3:17pm
If you can fly bombs through there, you can fly parcels, too

Military efforts to approve the flying of Predator military drones through Britain’s skies could pave the way for point-to-point drone deliveries, newly disclosed correspondence has revealed.…

Oracle: We've stuffed automation in 'pretty much' all our services

Mon, 12/02/2018 - 1:56pm
Firm in mega cloud tech push

Oracle has announced plans to roll out its self-described autonomous technology to all of its Platform-as-a-Service products.…

Samsung needs to eat itself, not copy Apple's X-rated margins

Mon, 12/02/2018 - 1:18pm
Short-term greed risks long-term irrelevance

Analysis  Rarely has a phone been as widely trailed as Samsung's 2018 Galaxy flagship. When the S9 is formally unveiled in Barcelona in a fortnight there will be few surprises – not only are the design and specs widely leaked but so are the carrier variants. But what does Samsung want from its phone range – and what does the world actually need?…

Cryakl ransomware antidote released after servers seized

Mon, 12/02/2018 - 12:43pm
Don't pay the miscreants – don't even fix a price

Free decryption keys for the Cryakl ransomware were released last Friday – the fruit of an ongoing cybercrime investigation.…

Vodafone boasts 200Mbps with 4G mini mast in Cornish trial

Mon, 12/02/2018 - 12:05pm
More kit to boost connectivity in rural UK

Vodafone has unveiled an eight-metre high "telescopic" 4G mast, intended to boost speeds in rural areas to 200Mpbs, following a trial in Porthcurno, Cornwall, UK.…

Vodafone boasts 200Mbps with 4G mini mast in Cornish trial

Mon, 12/02/2018 - 12:05pm
More kit to boost connectivity in rural UK

Vodafone has unveiled an eight-metre high "telescopic" 4G mast, intended to boost speeds in rural areas to 200Mpbs, following a trial in Porthcurno, Cornwall, UK.…

Yorkshire cops have begun using on-the-spot fingerprint scanners

Mon, 12/02/2018 - 11:36am
Civil rights groups slam trial as 'breathtakingly invasive'

A police force in England has been kitted out with fingerprint scanners to run identity checks in the street.…

The Register Lecture: AI turning on us? Let's talk existential risk

Mon, 12/02/2018 - 11:12am
Cambridge comes to Clerkenwell to talk Existential Risk

A sneaking fear that the machines might turn on us is just not good enough - we need to be able to quantify that risk if we want to avoid it, or at least manage it. Or we could just push on regardless and see how things work out.…

Are you an open-sorcerer or free software warrior? Let us do battle

Mon, 12/02/2018 - 10:03am
Quickly now, before the suits show up

Open Source Insider  The Open Source Initiative, a non-profit that advocates for open-source software and coined the term, celebrates its 20th anniversary this month. It's difficult to conceive of where the internet, indeed the world, would be today were it not for open-source software and, perhaps more importantly, the free software movement that preceded it and continues to promote free software today.…

How do you win at HCI? It's SimpliVity ... or maybe not, right Dell?

Mon, 12/02/2018 - 9:05am
Magic quadrant shows HPE has its work cut out

Analysis  What a difference a year makes: just 12 little months ago HPE was ruling the integrated systems roost, but fast forward and it has slipped behind as Nutanix and Dell EMC streak ahead - the latter with help from its VSAN gear.…