nbn™'s HFC fix will see connections tested from March to July 2018

The Register - Sun, 02/18/2018 - 17:50
Writes to residents to announce on-site inspection

nbn™, the company building and operating Australia's national broadband network (NBN), has advised households connected to its hybrid fibre-coax network to expect a visit between March 7th 2018 and July 27th 2018.…

Global security crackdown, a host of code nasties, Brit cops mocked, and more

The Register - Sat, 02/17/2018 - 06:52
It's the week in security

Roundup Here's a summary of this week's security news beyond what we've already reported.…

Reinforcement learning woes, robot doggos, Amazon's homegrown AI chips, and more

The Register - Sat, 02/17/2018 - 05:04
Why machines aren't really superhuman at all

Roundup Hello! Here's a brief roundup of some interesting news from the AI world from the past two weeks, beyond what we've already reported.…

James Damore's labor complaint went over about as well as his trash diversity manifesto

The Register - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 20:39
When the lawyer thinks you're cruel, that's Damore. When you're thrown on the street with a cloud at your feet...

Google was well within its rights when dumped controversial bro-grammer James Damore in mid-2017.…

Hands up who HASN'T sued Intel over Spectre, Meltdown chip flaws

The Register - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 19:42
Chipzilla says class-action lawsuit tally stands at 32

Intel says it is facing 32 separate class-action lawsuits following the revelations it shipped millions of processors with security design flaws dubbed Meltdown and Spectre.…

Oi! Verizon leaked my fiancée's nude pix to her ex-coworker, says bloke

The Register - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 19:04
Intimate photos somehow ended up on some other guy's mobe, lawsuit claims

A bloke is suing Verizon Wireless in the US because, he claims, personal pictures from his Verizon phone, including intimate snaps of his fiancée, turned up on the phone of another subscriber – who happened to know her.…

Vermont becomes fourth US state to boot up its own net neutrality rules

The Register - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 18:04
Governor Phil Scott signs executive order as battle lines are drawn

Vermont has become the fourth US state to adopt net neutrality regulations, joining Montana, New Jersey, and New York.…

Kentucky gov: Violent video games, not guns, to blame for Florida school massacre

The Register - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 17:11
First Amendment bad, Second Amendment good?

The governor of the US state of Kentucky, Matt Bevin, has blamed violent video games for the Florida high-school shooting that left 17 people this week.…

A computer file system shouldn't lose data, right? Tell that to Apple

The Register - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 15:58
Alarm raised over APFS sparse disk images tossing documents into the void

Apple's recently revised file system, APFS, may lose data under specific circumstances, a maker of macOS backup software is warning.…

Mueller bombshell: 13 Russians charged with allegedly meddling in US presidential election

The Register - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 15:03
Ruskies stole US citizens' identities to spread discord – indictment

Robert Mueller, the special prosecutor investigating foreign agents tampering in the 2016 US presidential election, has indicted 13 Russian nationals for conspiracy against the United States.…

Facebook told to stop stalking Belgians or face fines of €250k – a day

The Register - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 11:59
Second privacy ruling to go against Zuck and co in a week

Facebook has been told to stop tracking Belgian citizens' online habits, and to delete all the data it holds on them, or it could be fined up to €100m.…

Qualcomm rejects Valentine's Day takeover love-in with Broadcom

The Register - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 11:03
Cheapo merger terms wouldn't get past regulator, it says

Fresh from telling us all how its “highly qualified” board would see off a hostile takeover from Broadcom, chip biz Qualcomm is now getting around the table with its buyout-happy rival.…

PM urged to protect data flows post-Brexit ahead of Munich speech

The Register - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 10:05
Security services facing 'curtailed' EU info sharing if UK doesn't agree terms

Security experts have warned that Brexit could lead to data flows between the UK and European Union being "substantially curtailed".…

Helicopter crashes 'after manoeuvring to evade DJI Phantom drone'

The Register - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 09:39
Incident reported to local cops and Federal Aviation Authority

A helicopter has crashed after reportedly manoeuvring hard to avoid a "DJI Phantom quadcopter", in what could be the first confirmed aircraft accident involving a drone.…

Say goodbye to a chunk of that sweet Aruba payout, 'hedgies' – judge

The Register - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 09:05
Complainants hoped to squeeze more from HP

Hedge funds wanting a court-ordered higher share price from HP when it acquired Aruba have been dealt a blow costing them $17.3m.…

Psst. Belgium. Buy these Typhoon fighter jets from us, will you?

The Register - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 08:39
And have some cyber goodness too – just don't mention the Belgacom hack

Great Britain, which is buying the US-made F-35 fighter jet, is urging European neighbour Belgium not to buy the US-made F-35 fighter jet.…

UK mobile customers face inflation-busting price hike

The Register - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 08:06
Look guys, everyone's doing it

Mobile customers face a mid-contract price rise, with all four operators confirming they will hike fees by 4 per cent, 1 per cent above inflation.…

Judges dismisses majority of Cisco's 'insane' IP defence against Arista

The Register - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 07:27
Switch antitrust case rumbles on

A US court has agreed to dismiss most of Cisco's IP defences in its long-running antitrust dispute with rival Arista Networks; the latter had previously described them as "breathtakingly broad, unprecedented and insane".…

Transport for London to toughen up on taxi firms in the Uber age

The Register - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 07:00
Sort out your safety policies... oh, and share all your travel info with us

Private-hire cab firms that want to operate in the capital will have to demonstrate how they protect riders' safety and data – and may still only get short-term licences, Transport for London has said.…

Chrome adblockalypse will 'accelerate Google-Facebook duopoly'

The Register - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 05:38
And publishers – have you thought of trying something new?

Analysis Google's own ad-blocking initiative was introduced yesterday via its Chrome browser.…