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Switch survives three hours of beer spray, fails after twelve

El Reg - Fri, 29/04/2016 - 7:27am
Reader recalls a series of own goals doing tech support for a big football club

On-Call  If it's Friday it must be time for On-Call, our regular reader-written romp through fun times at work.…

Revealed: The revolving door between Google and the US govt – in pictures

El Reg - Fri, 29/04/2016 - 7:03am
It's the busiest thing in DC

A new project to uncover the symbiotic relationship between Google and the US government has uncovered some mind-boggling details.…

In Internet Age, Pirate Radio Arises As Surprising Challenge

Slashdot - Fri, 29/04/2016 - 7:01am
K7DAN writes: Just as the demise of terrestrial radio has been greatly exaggerated, so has the assumed parallel death of pirate radio. Due to the failure of licensed stations to meet the needs of many niche communities, pirate radio continues to increase in popularity. Helping facilitate this growth is the weakening power of the FCC to stop it, reports the Associated Press. Rogue stations can cover up to several square miles thanks largely in part to cheaper technology. The appeal? "The DJs sound like you and they talk about things that you're interested in," said Jay Blessed, an online DJ who has listened to various unlicensed stations since she moved from Trinidad to Brooklyn more than a decade ago. "You call them up and say, 'I want to hear this song,' and they play it for you," Blessed said. "It's interactive. It's engaging. It's communal." It's upsetting many congressional members who are urging the FCC to do more about the "unprecedented growth of pirate radio operations." They're accusing said pirates of undermining licensed minority stations while ignoring consumer protection laws that guard against indecency and false advertising.

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Google Play infested with cash-stealing web apps

El Reg - Fri, 29/04/2016 - 6:32am
Simple HTML scams look to be sneaking through the app inspection process

Security researcher Joshua Shilko says phishing apps targeting some of the world's biggest payment services have slipped past screening and landed on Google Play.…

Your mother has a smooth forehead, Klingon language lovers roar at Paramount

El Reg - Fri, 29/04/2016 - 6:09am
Suvlu'taHvIS yapbe' HoS neH

The Language Creation Society is very unhappy about an effort by movie studio Paramount to copyright the language of bumpy-headed Star Trek aliens, the Klingons.…

Quad-core coffee table trumped by dual-Mac garden furniture

El Reg - Fri, 29/04/2016 - 5:26am
Readers share retro-computing rebuilds, plus a Microsoft CD fit only to be used as a coaster

Last week we brought you the story of the Mac Pro put out to pasture as a coffee table and asked readers to share similar stories.…

Screen overlay malware on the rise as bot scum battle for dominance

El Reg - Fri, 29/04/2016 - 5:00am
Tanking PC trojans turn VXers to Android.

IBM malware murderer Limor Kessem says Android VXers are using legitimate screen overlay features to hose handsets.…

Linux greybeards release beta of <tt>systemd</tt>-free Debian fork

El Reg - Fri, 29/04/2016 - 4:30am
Devuan 'Jessie' betas debut in the name of 'Init freedom'

The effort to create a systemd-free Debian fork has borne fruit, with a beta of “Devuan Jessie” appearing in the wild.…

Microsoft joins the 1c/GB/month cloud storage caper

El Reg - Fri, 29/04/2016 - 4:09am
'Cool Blobs' restore ASAP, 99 per cent of the time

Microsoft's joined the market for cold storage at a cent a gigabyte a month, with something called “Azure Cool Blobs”.…

All Belgians To Be Given Iodine Pills In Case Of Nuclear Accident

Slashdot - Fri, 29/04/2016 - 3:45am
mdsolar quotes a report from Phys.Org: Belgium is to provide iodine pills to its entire population of around 11 million people to protect against radioactivity in case of a nuclear accident, the health minister was quoted as saying Thursday. The move comes as Belgium faces growing pressure from neighboring Germany to shutter two ageing nuclear power plants near their border due to concerns over their safety. Iodine pills, which help reduce radiation build-up in the human thyroid gland, had previously only been given to people living within 20 kilometres (14 miles) of the Tihange and Doel nuclear plants. Health Minister Maggie De Block was quoted by La Libre Belgique newspaper as telling parliament that the range had now been expanded to 100 kilometers, effectively covering the whole country. The health ministry did not immediately respond to AFP when asked to comment. The head of Belgium's French-speaking Green party, Jean-Marc Nollet, backed the measures but added that "just because everyone will get these pills doesn't mean there is no longer any nuclear risk," La Libre reported. Belgium's creaking nuclear plants have been causing safety concerns for some time after a series of problems ranging from leaks to cracks and an unsolved sabotage incident. Yesterday, a nuclear plant in Germany was reportedly infected with a computer virus.

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Gumtree 'fesses up to breach and personal information leak

El Reg - Fri, 29/04/2016 - 3:41am
Email addresses, names and phone numbers accessed, but only in Australia

UPDATE  eBay's even tattier tat bazaar Gumtree says it's suffered an attack during which users' personal data was encountered by parties unknown and unauthorised.…

US govt quietly tweaks rules to let cops, Feds hack computers anywhere, anytime

El Reg - Fri, 29/04/2016 - 2:37am
Congress? Democracy? No need for that

On Thursday, the US Supreme Court approved a change to Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure. It sounds innocuous, but the effects will be felt around the world.…

Dissension Grows Inside Anonymous Because Of Political Propaganda

Slashdot - Fri, 29/04/2016 - 2:11am
An anonymous reader writes from a report on Softpedia: Political tensions relating to the U.S. presidential race are creating turmoil inside the Anonymous hacker collective, muddling waters even more in a group that's known for its lack of leadership and a common goal. The most recent Anonymous infighting relates to the actions of the group's most famous news portal known as AnonHQ, who's been showing downright public support for Bernie Sanders, while being extremely busy at bashing Trump, Cruz, and more recently issuing video threats against Clinton. Ever since Anonymous' official news source has started showing public support for Sanders, many of the group's divisions have publicly disavowed it and have even gone so far as launching constant waves of DDoS attacks at what once used to be the hacker's official news portal. Last month, when a former Anonymous member decided to dox himself, he said in interviews that the group had been infiltrated by government agents.

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LLVMpipe Ported To Android x86 For Running Android Apps Without GPU Support

Phoronix - Fri, 29/04/2016 - 2:07am
For x86 Android users, patches are available for making use of Mesa's LLVMpipe driver in Gallium3D for cases where hardware drivers are not available. This support is reportedly good enough for running Android apps in the absence of proper OpenGL drivers...

NBN launches satellite broadband services

El Reg - Fri, 29/04/2016 - 1:48am
Sky Muster 1 gets ministerial button press for symmetrical 25Mbps services

Australia's national broadband network (NBN) has turned on its 25Mbps satellite service.…

Google's OnHub Is First WiFi Router To Support IFTTT

Slashdot - Fri, 29/04/2016 - 1:28am
An anonymous reader writes: The first router to feature IFTTT support is Google OnHub. IFTTT is an abbreviation of "If This Then That," a free web-based service that can allow users to create "recipes," which are triggered based on changes to other web services such as Gmail, Facebook, Instagram, etc. OnHub's smart features can now connect to the 300-plus programs and apps supported by IFTTT. Google provides some examples in its blog post. For example, you can automatically prioritize Wi-Fi to your Chromecast when it connects to your OnHub network after you plug it in to start binge watching your favorite TV show, or to your Nest Cam when it senses motion or sound after you've exhausted yourself from said binge watching and passed-out on your couch. There's a friendly little video Google put together to explain the feature in detail.

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Symantec CEO Mike Brown ousted after nasty numbers

El Reg - Fri, 29/04/2016 - 1:25am
Board says with Veritas gone, its time for pure-play security CEO

Symantec CEO Mike A. Brown will leave the company, after it today announced it will miss its projected Q4 2016 sales.…

Comcast Com-templates Com-trashing Com-crap Com-pact Com-caps

El Reg - Fri, 29/04/2016 - 1:04am
Cable giant thinks 1TB a month ought to be enough for anyone

Comcast has decided that rather than slap a 300GB-a-month download cap on some of its broadband customers, it will instead give them a 1TB limit.…

Who's Downloading Pirated Scientifc Papers? Everyone

Slashdot - Fri, 29/04/2016 - 12:45am
sciencehabit quotes a report from Science Magazine: In increasing numbers, researchers around the world are turning to Sci-Hub, the controversial website that hosts 50 million pirated papers and counting. Now, with server log data from Alexandra Elbakyan, the neuroscientist who created Sci-Hub in 2011 as a 22-year-old graduate student in Kazakhstan, Science addresses some basic questions: Who are Sci-Hub's users, where are they, and what are they reading? The Sci-Hub data provide the first detailed view of what is becoming the world's de facto open-access research library. Among the revelations that may surprise both fans and foes alike: Sci-Hub users are not limited to the developing world. Some critics of Sci-Hub have complained that many users can access the same papers through their libraries but turn to Sci-Hub instead -- for convenience rather than necessity. The data provide some support for that claim. Over the 6 months leading up to March, Sci-Hub served up 28 million documents, with Iran, China, India, Russia, and the United States the leading requestors.

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Windows 10 handcuffs Cortana web search to Bing and Edge browser

El Reg - Fri, 29/04/2016 - 12:13am
Next month: Wow, everyone's a massive fan of Bing and Edge! What a surprise!

The Cortana search box in the Windows 10 task bar will, from today, always use Bing and Microsoft's Edge browser to find stuff on the web.…