A high-energy neutrino, a powerful cosmic ray, and a gamma ray walk into a bar... Where you from, asks the bartender

The Register - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 02:08
Let us tell you, reply two boffins

A new model has traced the origins of high-energy neutrinos, cosmic rays, and gamma rays to powerful jets billowing around supermassive black holes.…

Facebook invents new unit of time to measure modern attention spans: 1/705,600,000 of a sec

The Register - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 01:02
FB VR devs invite you to flick the screen rate

Video effects designers who work with C++ code have a new unit of time to work with called a "flick."…

Half a terabyte in your smartmobe? Yup. That's possible now

The Register - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 00:03
Integral bumps microSD to 512 GB, leaving SanDisk's 400GB offering looking a bit meek

Here's a challenge: do you reckon you can fill half-a-terabyte of memory using only a smartphone?…

Electronic voting box makers try to get gear stripped from eBay and out of hackers' hands

The Register - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 23:27
Sellers sent letters demanding auctions are yanked, conf told

Shmoocon Vendor intimidation, default passwords, official state seals for sale. Yes, we're talking about computer-powered election machines.…

Blockheads changing company names to surf crypto wave get a warning from the SEC

The Register - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 22:56
Regulator tells lawyers told to get off the fence or face unpleasant fall

The Chair of the United States’ Securities and Exchange Commission has again taken aim at cryptocurrency speculators, this time warning companies thinking of adding “Blockchain” to their names that his agency is watching them. Closely.…

Optimus multi-prime is the new rule as OpenSSL transforms crypto policies again

The Register - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 22:06
If an algo ain't ratified by standards groups, it won't be welcome

OpenSSL's maintainers have put the squeeze on insecure ciphers, with a raft of changes to how the project's operations.…

President Trump turns out the lights on solar panel imports into US

The Register - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 20:56
Tariff jacks up price for overseas components

US President Donald Trump has signed an order to place a 30 per cent tariff on the import of parts used to build solar panels.…

The Curse of Woz strikes again – first Fusion-IO flopped, now Primary Data goes down

The Register - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 20:28
Storage startup goes silent, scent of burned cash wafts from buildings

Primary Data, the storage startup offering a metadata-driven abstraction layer, appears to have gone TITSUP – a Total Inability To Sell Us Products.…

That's not very ice! Blizzard silently patches games hack hole, gives Googler cold shoulder

The Register - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 19:36
Code update hijacking vulnerability was snow joke

Blizzard games – played every month by half a billion netizens, apparently – could be hijacked by malicious websites visited by gamers, according to Google's Project Zero team.…

OK, who had 'Montana' in the net neutrality state pool? Congratulations

The Register - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 18:44
Big Sky state first to pass mandate to bar throttling

Montana has become the first US state to lay down its own net neutrality protections.…

Australian Senate vote-counting-ware contract a complete shambles

The Register - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 18:23
Auditor says the right people were elected - probably - despite security & other messes

The Australian Electoral Commission's (AEC's) handling of the nation's 2016 election was deeply flawed, the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) has found.…

Murdoch to Zuckerberg: Cough up cash, nerd

The Register - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 17:59
Here comes the great defender of journalism – and he wants Facebook to pay for news

News Corp executive chairman and internationally despised publisher Rupert Murdoch has waded into the fake news debate – and demanded that internet giants pay journalists for their work.…

'WHAT THE F*CK IS GOING ON?' Linus Torvalds explodes at Intel spinning Spectre fix as a security feature

The Register - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 16:58
Patches slammed as 'complete and utter garbage' as Chipzilla U-turns on microcode

Intel's fix for Spectre variant 2 – the branch target injection design flaw affecting most of its processor chips – is not to fix it.…

Facebook grows a conscience, admits it corroded democracy

The Register - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 15:56
Mr Zuckerberg, are we the baddies?

Facebook has admitted it was "far too slow" to recognize that its systems were being used to "spread misinformation and corrode democracy."…

US govt shutdown lobs spanner in SpaceX's Falcon Heavy launch

The Register - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 15:18
Maiden flight faces delay as Congress squabbles over budgets

SpaceX's Falcon Heavy maiden launch, pencilled in for the end of this month, is set to be delayed due to the ongoing US government shutdown.…

Playboy is suing Boing Boing over Imgur centrefold link

The Register - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 13:02
Court has been asked to toss out 'mystifying' sueball

Iconic lads' mag Playboy is suing oddball internet culture website Boing Boing for linking to an Imgur archive featuring scans of centrefold models from over the years – a move described by the US Electronic Frontier Foundation as "frankly mystifying".…