Eye in the sea skies: Insitu flies Scaneagle 3 UAV in first public demo

The Register - Fri, 05/18/2018 - 04:06
Neat bit of kit, and all the UK needs now is the cash to (re)buy it

Pics The Register was among the first news outlets to get a close-up look at Insitu's new Scaneagle 3 aerial surveillance drone during its first public demo at a naval test range in Spain.…

Tech support made the news after bomb squad and police showed up to 'defuse' leaky UPS

The Register - Fri, 05/18/2018 - 03:03
Do say: 'I need safe disposal advice'. Don't say 'These chemicals could blow!"

On-Call By golly it’s Friday again! Which means a spot of R&R isn’t far off, once we get through On-Call, The Register’s weekly column recounting readers’ tales of terrible times in tech support.…

NASA fix for Curiosity rovers's damaged drill: hitting it, repeatedly

The Register - Fri, 05/18/2018 - 02:02
Robot arm to add 'percussive' force so we can drill, baby, drill

NASA's top engineers think they've figured out a way to get the Curiosity rover's drill back to work holing the rock faces of Mars.…

Intel’s first 10nm CPU is a twin-core i3 destined for a mid-range Lenovo

The Register - Fri, 05/18/2018 - 01:03
Wake us up when things get more interesting than a 2.2GHz 4MB cache laptop chip, please

Intel’s revealed the existence of a real, actual, coming-to-a-PC-near-you-real-soon-now, CPU built with a ten-nanometre manufacturing process.…

Seriously, Cisco? Another hard-coded password? Sheesh

The Register - Thu, 05/17/2018 - 23:57
In other nets news Qualcomm secures Wi-Fi, and mesh nets get a spec

Roundup Earlier this year, The Register observed that the less-lame replacement for WPA2, WPA3, should start landing in user devices this year.…

Former Facebook and Uber Chief Security Officer hired by Cloudflare

The Register - Thu, 05/17/2018 - 22:58
Stop worrying about your résumé, people

When John Sullivan worked at Facebook, Aleksandr Kogan created the infamous personality quiz app that, unbeknown to The Social Network™, eventually funnelled data to Cambridge Analytica. And when Sullivan worked for Uber, he was fired for his part in paying off hackers to conceal a breach of 57 million users’ records.…

New Dell theme song: <i>I just don’t know what to do with myself</i>

The Register - Thu, 05/17/2018 - 21:57
SEC filing says still no decision on float, VMware acqui-merge or other fiscal gymnastics

Dell still hasn’t decided what to do with itself, or VMware.…

No root for you, or how to stop worrying and love AWS China

The Register - Thu, 05/17/2018 - 21:01
Making resilient CICD pipelines requires careful planning

If you open an AWS account in China, you don't get a root account; instead, one of Amazon's Chinese operating partners, Sinnet or NWCD, has root access and creates an IAM admin user for you.…

Get an eyeful of the stunning galaxies near us in ultraviolet light

The Register - Thu, 05/17/2018 - 20:38
New pictures from LEGUS survey will help boffins understand how stars form

Astronomers have published the largest ultra-violet survey of the local universe, showcasing 50 active galaxies in high resolution using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope.…

LocationDumb: phone tracker foul-up exposes world+dog to tracking

The Register - Thu, 05/17/2018 - 20:03
Securus wasted its money: the data was just sitting there

The parade of bad privacy news this week has managed to get even worse, as one of the companies associated with the selling of phone locations for cash scandal was subject to a publicly exploitable bug.…

Boffins bash out battery busting build for bonkers boost

The Register - Thu, 05/17/2018 - 18:55
Patent sought for honeycomb design that could massively lengthy battery life

Laptop and phone batteries could last 100 times longer if boffins at the University of Missouri come good on a new honeycomb design that they say greatly reduces the amount of energy dissipated inside power packs.…

China changes its mind on Bain's Toshiba chip takeover plans

The Register - Thu, 05/17/2018 - 18:15
US financier will be allowed to acquire memory biz after all

The government of China will not stand in the way of the Toshiba Memory Corporation's sale to US investment house Bain Capital.…

Astroboffins find most distant source of oxygen in the universe

The Register - Thu, 05/17/2018 - 16:20
13 billion light years away, so no chance to have a huff

Astrophysicists have detected the most distant signal of oxygen yet, in a galaxy more than 13 billion light years away, when the universe was less than 4 per cent of its current age.…

Last night's net neutrality episode had some good one-liners but a repetitive plot

The Register - Thu, 05/17/2018 - 15:52
Upcoming 5G storyline could make The FCC a ratings killer

In a return to form following weeks of lagging ratings, government reality show The FCC returned to a familiar topic last night – net neutrality – and reaped the benefits.…

Microsoft's Azure green-lit for use by US spies

The Register - Thu, 05/17/2018 - 15:03
Government deal clears the way for a run at JEDI

Microsoft has rolled its tanks onto Amazon’s lawn thanks to a multi-million dollar deal to bring its Azure Government product into 17 US intelligence agencies.…

Super Cali goes ballistic: mugshot site atrocious

The Register - Thu, 05/17/2018 - 14:16
Beccara says extortion scheme immoral and felonious

The state of California has brought felony charges against the group behind a site that collected mugshots and police records, then charged those featured to take down the pictures.…

Great Scott! Bitcoin to consume half a per cent of the world's electricity by end of year

The Register - Thu, 05/17/2018 - 12:28
Marty McFly dangles extension lead as miners get busy

The energy required by the Bitcoin fad has been forecast to hit half a per cent of the world's entire electricity supply by the end of 2018.…

1.5m Brits pay too much for mobile and crappy broadband – Ofcom

The Register - Thu, 05/17/2018 - 11:58
Wake up, people!

Around 1.5 million Brits are spending more than necessary by continuing to pay the same monthly fee for mobile phones after their contracts have expired.…

Map app chaps Waze add shout-at-sat-nav support for Ford cars

The Register - Thu, 05/17/2018 - 11:29
You better reel in that unsolicited backseat driving

Shouting at your sat-nav may now result in something actually happening, whether or not you want it, thanks to Ford and navigation app Waze's inclusion of voice control.…

Microsoft returns to Valley of Death? Cheap Surface threatens the hardware show

The Register - Thu, 05/17/2018 - 11:05
No margin for error

Analysis According to industry watchers, below the surface of Microsoft's Surface business it's not a happy picture.…