Nip/Tug: Plastic surgeon accused of mid-surgery 'hardcore' smut binge

The Register - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 20:52
Come for the nose job, stay for the... denials of any wrongdoing

A Los Angeles plastic surgeon has been accused of watching porn videos on a screen while performing surgery.…

Oracle botherer Rimini Street brags of swelling fortunes – but hands tied on reinvesting cash

The Register - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 19:44
Biz left with fewer reps after limit on sales, marketing spend

Rimini Street, the third-party support thorn in Oracle's side, has reported increased revenue and operating profit in 2017 – but complained unspecified covenants have prevented it from investing in sales staff or marketing.…

Android Oreo mic drop fury: Google ups tempo for Pixel mobe audio fix

The Register - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 19:08
Hardware flaws may be amplified by slapdash software, tuning out bug now a priority

Google has escalated the priority and severity rating of a bug that has been silencing microphones on its Pixel smartphones running Android 8.1, aka Oreo.…

FYI: AI tools can unmask anonymous coders from their binary executables

The Register - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 17:24
To maintain privacy, stay offline, don't maintain public repos that trace back to you

Programmers can be potentially identified from the low-level machine-code instructions in their software executables by AI-powered tools.…

Crypt-NO-coins: US city bans mining funbux on its electrical power grid

The Register - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 16:36
New commercial alt-cash crafters turned away from slurping cheap electricity

A city in upstate New York has become the first in America to effectively ban any new commercial-grade cryptocurrency miners from powering up.…

Whois? More like WHOWAS: Domain database on verge of collapse over EU privacy

The Register - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 15:58
Governments refuse to get sucked into policy shambles, kibosh DNS GDPR plans

An effort to resolve conflicts between upcoming European privacy legislation and the global Whois service for domain names has, predictably, failed, raising fears that cybercriminals will take advantage of the impasse.…

Konichiw-aaaaargh! Amazon's Japanese HQ raided in antitrust probe

The Register - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 15:27
Bezos Bunch under the microscope of anti-monopoly cops

Amazon has had its Japanese headquarters raided by police as the web giant finds itself the focus of an antitrust probe.… told: Draw up code of practice for cops bulk-slurping car plates

The Register - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 12:40
CCTV commish welcomes amendment 3 years after first suggested

UK government will be forced to debate a code of practice for cops' use of automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) systems after Labour MPs tabled an amendment to the Data Protection Bill.…

Crooks opt for Monero as crypto of choice to launder ill-gotten gains

The Register - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 12:09
Study examines the cutting edge of cybercrime

Crooks are increasingly turning to Monero over Bitcoin, according to a new study on the economics of cybercrime.…

Neural networks whip fleshbag butt at identifying craters

The Register - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 11:35
Yeah, well... can they do it on a cold rainy night in Stoke?

A neural network can wipe the floor with fleshy researchers at that most tedious of cosmic tasks – spotting craters.…

To Infinity Storage... and beyond! Cloudian gobbles Italian minnow

The Register - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 11:11
Slurps HyperFile chum for file, cloud storage gateway chops

Object storage supplier Cloudian is buying Italian firm Infinity Storage to add file access and cloud storage gateway functionality to its services.…

Birmingham UK to Uber: Want a new licence? Tell us about your operating model

The Register - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 10:17
App biz's Nice Guy makeover yet to convince all regulators

Birmingham authorities have asked for more information on Uber's business model and operations before granting it a new licence.…

UK mobe network Three's profits hit by IT upgrade costs

The Register - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 09:48
Oh, and billionaire owner Li Ka-shing retires

Mobile operator Three UK reported a fall in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA)* of 2 per cent to £437m for its full-year results – largely due to an IT and network upgrade.…

Phone-free Microsoft patents Notch-free phone

The Register - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 09:17
It's your body Notch your mind

"The Notch"* is either the curse of 2018 phone designs – or the only interesting thing about boring phone designs in 2018, depending on how you look at it. Now details of a Microsoft phone patent have emerged that could make future phones less Notchy.…

Brexit in spaaaace! At T-1 year and counting: UK politicos ponder impact

The Register - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 08:46
'Entrepreneurs!' 'Elon Musk!' 'Smartphones!' chirps Lord as UK space stares into abyss

Countries are pouncing on space work originally destined for the UK like a “feeding frenzy of hyenas” according to a selection of representatives from the UK industry and education sectors.…

Techies building UK web smut age check tools: You'll get a spec next week

The Register - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 08:17
Citizens not keen on having habits tracked are watching closely

A spec for online age verification is due to be published on Monday, a decision backers hope will pacify opponents of the smut checks.…

Brit retailer Currys PC World says sorry for Know How scam

The Register - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 07:29
Forced punters to cough extra £40 for pre-configured laptops

Currys PC World today apologised for forcing customers to pay an extra £40 for pre-configuration on their laptops that they didn't request – a dodgy practice brought to light by consumer charity Which?…

Hello, Spotify? Are you on? Perils and pratfalls of own-brand hardware

The Register - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 07:08
Streaming monolith starts move into home gear

Analysis As Spotify nears an IPO, it is edging towards making home music gear, with a voice-powered speaker the most likely debutant.…

Who knew? Fabric access NVMe arrays can work with Spectrum Scale

The Register - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 06:33
Parallel access filesystem for disks gets new life

Case study IBM Spectrum Scale (GPFS) started out as a parallel access filesystem for disk-based arrays – so some may have expected it to fall over and die in the face of lightning fast access NVMe SSD and NVMe fabric access arrays.…

I couldn't give a Greek clock about your IoT fertility tracker

The Register - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 06:09
Pop this in your mouth and say 'Rastapopoulos'

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Like to get wet, confides (or asks) the manufacturer in suitably moist English.…