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Today โ€” July 21st 2018The Register

Microsoft Visual Studio Code replumbed for better Python taming

Python Language Server an option for those that code

Microsoft's Visual Studio Code, the company's Electron-based source code editor for Linux, macOS and Windows, has been bestowed with the company's Python Language Server, making it more fluent in the popular programming language.…

  • July 21st 2018 at 01:19

[NSFW] Fake prudes: Catholic uni AI bot taught to daub bikinis on naked chicks

Send nudes plz... for the purposes of training this machine-learning software

NSFW Artificially intelligent software is used more and more to automatically detect and ban nude images on social networks and similar sites. However, today's algorithms and models aren't perfect at clocking racy snaps, and a lot of content moderation still falls to humans.…

  • July 21st 2018 at 00:01

Microsoft: The Kremlin's hackers are already sniffing, probing around America's 2018 elections

Russia's Fancy Bear crew caught gearing up for mid-terms

Microsoft says it has already uncovered evidence of Russian government-backed hacking gangs attempting to interfere in the 2018 US mid-term elections.…

  • July 20th 2018 at 23:04

Alien sun has smashing time sucking up planets

First case of solar suckage

Scientists believe they have captured direct evidence of a star feasting on its own planets for the first time.…

  • July 20th 2018 at 08:01
Yesterday โ€” July 20th 2018The Register

Friday FYI: 9 out of 10 of website login attempts? Yeah, that'll be hackers

Credential stuffing is rampant – so try not to reuse the same password on every site, eh?

Up to 90 per cent of the average online retailer's login traffic is generated by cybercriminals trying their luck with credential stuffing attacks, Shape Security estimated in its latest Credential Spill Report.…

  • July 20th 2018 at 22:18

Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Twitter make it easier to download your info and upload to, er, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Twitter etc...

GDPR put a gun to their heads

Allowing developers to siphon millions of netizens' personal information didn't work out so well for Facebook, given the Cambridge Analytica affair.…

  • July 20th 2018 at 21:43

Crypto gripes, election security, and mandatory cybersec school: Uncle Sam's cyber task force emits todo list for govt

In detail: The threats facing America's computer networks

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) this week released the first report from its Cyber Digital Task Force – which was set up in February to advise the government on strengthening its online defenses.…

  • July 20th 2018 at 21:12

Doctor, doctor, I feel like my IoT-enabled vacuum cleaner is spying on me

Snooping on the built-in cam? Remotely controlling it? Well, that sucks *ba-dum tsh*

Vulnerabilities in a range of robot vacuum cleaners allow miscreants to access the gadgets' camera, and remote-control the gizmos.…

  • July 20th 2018 at 18:31

Microsoft still longs to be a 'lifestyle' brand, but the cupboard looks bare

It's make-your-mind-up time

Comment Two contradictory ideas run through statements by Microsoft executives this week.…

  • July 20th 2018 at 17:27

Cybercrooks slurp nearly $1m from Russian bank after pwning router at regional branch

MoneyTaker lives up to its name

Hackers stole almost $1m from a Russian bank earlier this month after breaching its network via an outdated router.…

  • July 20th 2018 at 16:30

Accounting software biz Intuit flogging bit barn to throw its lot in with AWS

Most of their core apps were already in the cloud anyway

Financial software flinger Intuit is binning its biggest data centre and plonking its corporate backends onto AWS – in another win for the public cloud's biggest player.…

  • July 20th 2018 at 15:30

As Corning unveils its latest Gorilla Glass, we ask: What happened to sapphire mobe screens?

He who controls supplies controls... eh, not much

Four years ago at the height of smartwatch hype, it was the most desirable mineral in the world. The tech superpowers jostled to obtain supplies of the material, just as the superpowers jostled to secure their nitrate supplies* ahead of the First World War.…

  • July 20th 2018 at 14:45

UK's Huawei handler dials back support for Chinese giant's kit in critical infrastructure

'Limited assurance' that there is no risk to national security

A UK government-run oversight board has expressed misgivings about the security of telecoms kit from Chinese firm Huawei.…

  • July 20th 2018 at 14:17

โ™ซ The Core i9 clock cycles go up. Who cares where they come down?

That's not my department say, er... Intel, Apple and Dell ♫

Owners of laptops fitted with Intel's Core i9 high-performance processor, including computers made by Apple and Dell, are finding that the machines slow down compared to the pace of older models.…

  • July 20th 2018 at 13:50

If only 3D desktop printers could 3D print sales! Units crash in Q1

Fewer desktop versions shifted but industrial devices fly

There was a lull after the 3D printer sales storm in 2017 as shipments of personal/desktop boxes declined in the first quarter of this year for the first time, according to distributor stats.…

  • July 20th 2018 at 13:21

Why Google won't break a sweat about EU ruling

If you're expecting Tizens, Fires or alt-droids to flower, don't hold your breath

Comment The European Commission wants to see a thousand Android forks bloom as the result of its decision yesterday to demand remedies from Google for its anti-competitive conduct on mobile.…

  • July 20th 2018 at 12:53

What if tech moguls brewed real ale?

How to get in free – or for cheap – at the Great British Beer Festival

Competition The fine people at CAMRA are also fans of The Register, and are giving away both free and half-price tickets for possibly one of the greatest show on Earth: the incredible Great British Beer Festival at Olympia next month.…

  • July 20th 2018 at 12:23

Either my name, my password or my soul is invalid โ€“ but which?

Devising complex new passwords is character-building

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Try as I might, it won't go in.…

  • July 20th 2018 at 11:46

You're burning ยฃ1.2bn for what? UK spending watchdog gives digital court plans a kicking

Concerns whether legal system will be fair after reforms

UK Parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has told HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) that it has "much to learn" as it ploughs on with its ambitious £1.2bn court digitisation project.…

  • July 20th 2018 at 11:16

What does AI and machine learning mean for finance, security, energy?

Find out at Mcubed...and save cash now

Events If you’re looking for practical advice on what machine learning and AI can do for businesses like yours, you should secure your place at MCubed, our three-day exploration of all of the above, in October.…

  • July 20th 2018 at 10:45
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