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UK's data watchdog picks privacy man from IBM arm as new tech policy exec

The Register - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 08:25
Simon McDougall bags top innovation role at Information Commish

The UK’s data protection watchdog has chosen the managing director of an IBM-owned risk management biz, Promontory, to lead its technology policy and innovation team.…

Why is my cheapo Android red hot and switching off Wi-Fi?

The Register - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 07:58
It's no (crypto)miner offence

Cheap Android smartphones aren’t just bad for the environment because they’re destined for landfill - they might also cause problems because they come laced with ineffective but battery-life destroying crypto-mining crud.…

Smells like machine spirit: L' Optane, Unity, NVMe and QLC. Take a sniff of a week in storage

The Register - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 07:28
Time to dab your wrists with a little eau de flash

It took a globally and organically sourced supplier base to create the perfume de storage we set before you, distilled from everything worth knowing over the past seven days on this tech news beat.…

Criminal justice software code could send you to jail and there’s nothing you can do about it

The Register - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 06:50
Trade secrets are trumping personal liberty

DEF CON American police and the judiciary are increasingly relying on software to catch, prosecute and sentence criminal suspects, but the code is untested, unavailable to suspects' defense teams, and in some cases provably biased.…

Want to raise cash for Action for Children’s Byte Night? The clock is ticking

The Register - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 06:15
Sign up and start raising wonga now

If you want to help some of the most vulnerable people in the country and bed down with some of the smartest, you’ve got seven weeks to sign up for the 2018 Byte Night sleepout.…

Prank 'Give me a raise!' email nearly lands sysadmin with dismissal

The Register - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 05:45
Staffer learns hard way: boss jokes don't mix well with infosec demos

Who, Me? Welcome again to Who, Me?, where we invite Reg readers to begin the week crossing their fingers it will be better than those of our featured techies.…

Former NSA top hacker names the filthy four of nation-state hacking

The Register - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 05:11
Carefully omits to mention the Land of the Free

DEF CON Rob Joyce, the former head of the NSA’s Tailored Access Operations hacking team, has spilled the beans on which nations are getting up to mischief online.…

Grubby, tortuous, full of malware and deceit: Just call it Lionel because the internet is MESSY

The Register - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 04:40
So what are we going to do about it? Anything?

Reg Lectures Trolls, fake news, Russian bots, radicals – there's plenty to put you off going online.…

UK cyber cops: Infosec pros could help us divert teens from 'dark side'

The Register - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 04:11
Police seek mentor-like techies to help talented kids

UK police are looking to cybersecurity firms to help implement a strategy of steering youngsters away from a life in online crime.…

Now boffins are teaching AI to dial up chemo doses for brain cancer

The Register - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 03:05
How does that work for reinforcement learning? +1 for shrinking tumor, -1 for death?

Machine-learning software has been trained to suggest the frequency and dosage of chemotherapy for patients suffering from glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer.…

Firefighters choke on Oracle's alleged smoke-and-mirrors cloud

The Register - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 02:02
Pension fund cries fraud over database giant's boasts about its off-prem biz performance

Oracle has been sued by a pension fund that claims the database giant exaggerated its cloud business revenue.…

Wasted worker wasps wanna know – oi! – who are you looking at?

The Register - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 01:11
Sick of kid spit, flying stripy sexless scum drink your cider, pick fight

Britain's booze hooligans are back – and more obnoxious than possibly imagined.…

Australia on the cusp of showing the world how to break encryption

The Register - Sun, 08/12/2018 - 07:05
You just pass a law, apparently

The Australian government has scheduled its “not-a-backdoor” crypto-busting bill to land in parliament in the spring session, but we still don't know what will be in it.…

Train ImageNet for $40 in 18 mins, a robot that can play Where's Wally? etc

The Register - Sat, 08/11/2018 - 07:07
Your quick summary of AI news from this week

Roundup Hello, here are a few bits of AI news for the weekend. You don't always need a ton of cash to buy a wad of GPUs to train your models super quickly. You can do it pretty cheaply on cloud platforms. There's also a robot that can play Where's Waldo (Wally in the UK), and Microsoft's computer that is trying to tell if you've found a joke funny.…

Snap code snatched, Pentagon bans bands, pacemakers cracked, etc

The Register - Sat, 08/11/2018 - 04:27
New zero-day vendor opens up shop, and more in infosec this week

Roundup This week, the infosec world descended on Las Vegas for BlackHat and DEF CON to share stories of bug hunting, malware neural nets, hefty payout offers, and more.…

What do a meth, coke, molly, heroin stash and Vegas allegedly have in common? Broadcom cofounder Henry Nicolas

The Register - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 21:10
Hard-partying tech baron (no, not that one) cuffed

Broadcom billionaire cofounder Henry Nicholas was this week cuffed on suspicion of drug trafficking – after cops allegedly seized a huge stash of narcotics in his Las Vegas hotel suite.…

What does a meth, coke, molly, heroin stash and Vegas allegedly have in common? Broadcom cofounder Henry Nicolas

The Register - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 21:10
Hard-partying tech baron (no, not that one) cuffed

Broadcom billionaire cofounder Henry Nicholas was this week cuffed on suspicion of drug trafficking – after cops allegedly seized a huge stash of narcotics in his Las Vegas hotel suite.…

Work at a startup? Think US military isn't good enough at killing? We've got the program for you

The Register - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 19:54
Pentagon tech trial went so well, it's now a full-time op

The Pentagon has upgraded to permanent status a previously temporary and experimental program that bankrolls technology startups.…

The off-brand 'military-grade' x86 processors, in the library, with the root-granting backdoor

The Register - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 17:04
Dive into a weird and wonderful 'feature' of Via's embedded hardware chips

Black Hat A forgotten family of x86-compatible processors still used in specialist hardware, and touted for "military-grade security features," has a backdoor that malware and rogue users can exploit to completely hijack systems.…

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