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Google pulls Hezbollah YouTube channel after we told them about the drone ads

Fri, 24/03/2017 - 1:19pm
All the tools you need

Until just minutes before we hit publish on this story, Google was using a YouTube channel run by a fan of Hezbollah to promote potentially lethal drones.…

Profitless Twitter starts rumour of paid-for Tweetdeck option

Fri, 24/03/2017 - 12:40pm
Gotta do something to break even, right?

Twitter, the profitless microblogging website, has floated the idea of offering a paid-for version of its Tweetdeck product – and this is going down amongst the site’s users like a cup of lukewarm vomit.…

There's just a week to show us how AI really works in business

Fri, 24/03/2017 - 12:38pm
M3 call for papers has a week to run

Events  There are just seven days left until we close the call for papers for M3, and we would really love to hear how you’re putting artificial intelligence, machine learning and predictive analytics to work in business.…

I've Been Moved: IBMers in same division slapped with 2nd redundo scheme in 2 months

Fri, 24/03/2017 - 12:05pm
Deathly Hallows Mark ii

IBM UK appears to have fired the starting gun on a 2.0 redundancy programme for the Infrastructure Services Delivery division – before the first one has even concluded.…

Ofcom wants automatic compensation for the people when ISPs fail

Fri, 24/03/2017 - 11:25am
Watchdog proposes fines for everyday repairs, installations and appointments are missed

Ofcom has begun consulting on the UK government's desire to compensate consumers and SMEs when telco companies fail, as set out in the Digital Economy Bill, even though the Bill hasn't reached the Royal Assent stage yet.…

Did you know: Crimelords behind DDoS attacks offer customer loyalty points?

Fri, 24/03/2017 - 10:51am
Tweaking business models for greater 404 kerching

The DDoS attack business has advanced to the point that running an attack can cost as little as $7 an hour, while the targeted company can end up losing thousands, if not millions of dollars.…

Why do GUIs jump around like a demented terrier while starting up? Am I on my own?

Fri, 24/03/2017 - 10:01am
Ever so lone lone lone lone a-lonely

Something for the Weekend, Sir?  “For heaven’s sake, stop waggling it in my face! Kuh-rist, keep still! Right – you’ve asked for it!”…

MPs slam 'dismal' cost savings of government procurement body

Fri, 24/03/2017 - 9:26am
Crown Clown Commercial Service

The UK government body created to save cash buying common goods and services centrally has so far provided "dismal" savings for the taxpayer, the Committee of Public Accounts said in a report today.…

Gov may need to splash £245m per year on IT contractors – NAO

Fri, 24/03/2017 - 9:01am
Please come back freelancers, forget IR35: all is forgiven

The government will need to splash £145m per year on 2,000 digital staff - or £244m using contractors - if it is to meet the serious shortfall in skills, according to the National Audit Office.…

Squirrel sinks teeth into SAN cabling, drives Netadmin nuts

Fri, 24/03/2017 - 8:29am
'Chittering' under raised floor was the sound of a disaster recovery lesson

On-Call  Ooh! Friday is here! This means it's time for On-Call, in which El Reg acknowledges that misery loves company by sharing stories of jobs gone awry.…

Yet another job menaced by AI! Uh, wait, it says here... Dance Dance Revolution designers

Fri, 24/03/2017 - 8:01am
Is this the last waltz for bonkers music game's level makers?

Dance Dance Revolution – one of the few computer games that causes players to break into a sweat – is getting a boost from artificial intelligence.…

Inside OpenSSL's battle to change its license: Coders' rights, tech giants, patents and more

Fri, 24/03/2017 - 7:32am
Devs who fail to respond to call for change will count as 'yes' votes for AL 2.0

Analysis  The OpenSSL project, possibly the most widely used open-source cryptographic software, has a license to kill – specifically its own. But its effort to obtain permission to rewrite contributors' rights runs the risk of alienating the community that sustains it.…

First the Rise of the Machines, now this: UK military's Exercise Information Warrior

Fri, 24/03/2017 - 7:03am
From drones to smart warships. Well, sort of

Comment  Fresh from signing contracts to put artificial intelligence into its warships, the Royal Navy is now running an exercise to demonstrate robotic warfighting tech at work – Ex Information Warrior.…

FedEx will deliver you $5.00 just to install Flash

Fri, 24/03/2017 - 6:29am
Bribes on offer as courier's custom printing service needs Adobe's security sinkhole

FedEx is offering customers US$5 to enable Adobe Flash in their browsers.…

Boffins reveal how to pour a perfect glass of wine with no drips. First step, take a diamond...

Fri, 24/03/2017 - 6:02am
Groove breakthrough prevents shameful leakage

Video  A biophysicist has found a way to save precious wine drops from leaking down the side of the bottle after it’s poured into a glass.…

Google slaps Symantec for sloppy certs, slow show of SNAFUs

Fri, 24/03/2017 - 4:58am
Certs will keep working, but Chrome will be suspicious, soon

Updated  Google's Chrome development team has posted a stinging criticism of Symantec's certificate-issuance practices, saying it has lost confidence in the company's practices and therefore in the safety of sessions hopefully-secured by Symantec-issued certificates.…

Disney plotting 15 more years of <i>Star Wars</i>

Fri, 24/03/2017 - 3:58am
First we'll get non-digital Leia and Han Solo: Young Adult with Chewie and Falcon back-story

Disney CEO Bob Iger has told a conference that the company is contemplating “what could be another decade and a half of Star Wars stories.…

Our Sun's been using facial scrub: No spots for two weeks

Fri, 24/03/2017 - 2:47am
Move along, nothing to see here, says NASA. It's just Sol cycling as usual

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory has spotted nothing for the last two weeks, which is unusual.…

Australia bins safe harbour, presses ahead with Minister-as-NetAdmin plan

Fri, 24/03/2017 - 1:18am
A land where the minister runs the internet and the media runs a minister

Australia this week shelved planned safe harbour reforms to copyright and decided to proceed with laws that would make its attorney-general NetAdmin-in-chief.…

Amazon dodges $1.5bn US tax bill: It's OK to run sales through Europe out of IRS reach – court

Fri, 24/03/2017 - 12:34am
If only we could all open a Luxembourg office, eh?

Champagne corks will be popping in Seattle after US taxmen lost their case against American web giant Amazon over the non-payment of taxes on overseas earnings.…