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Today โ€” March 23rd 2019The Register

Uncle Sam's disaster agency FEMA creates disaster of its own: 2.3 million survivors' personal records spilled

Org does to privacy what hurricanes did to your house

Disaster relief org FEMA has admitted, conveniently on a Friday night, to accidentally leaking banking details and other personal information of 2.3 million hurricane and wildfire survivors.…

  • March 23rd 2019 at 02:12

US prosecutors whack another three charges on list against ex-Autonomy boss Mike Lynch over $11bn HP biz gobble

What interesting timing

US prosecutors have slapped three more criminal charges on ex-Autonomy chief exec Mike Lynch, accusing him of securities and wire fraud regarding HP's acquisition of his company.…

  • March 23rd 2019 at 01:37

Security storm brewing for Oracle Java-powered smart cards: More than a dirty dozen flaws found, fixes... er, any fixes?

Vuln hunters warn malicious applets can bust through protections, snoop on or hijack access gizmos

Bug hunters say Oracle's Java Card platform is host to a dozen and a half security flaws that could place smart-cards and similar embedded devices using the tech at risk of hijacking.…

  • March 22nd 2019 at 23:08
Yesterday โ€” March 22nd 2019The Register

Google sparks online outcry after its currency converter goes haywire for third time this year

Someone get that old FDIV-bugged Pentium out of web giant's servers

What's that old saying? Ah, yes, it's right here in Google's corporate handbook: never apologize, never explain.…

  • March 22nd 2019 at 21:57

Netflix wants to choose its own adventure where Bandersnatch trademark case magically vanishes

Asks judge to toss sueball from branching-plot book publisher

Netflix is adamant that the path of its Bandersnatch trademark lawsuit should be for the judge to throw the case out. How does El Reg respond?…

  • March 22nd 2019 at 20:29

Not quite the Bake Off they were expecting: Canadian seniors served weed-infused brownies

Mummy, why is Gramps talking to that tree?

Ontario oldsters were left dazed and confused after munching their way through a succulent platter of cannabis-laced chocolate brownies.…

  • March 22nd 2019 at 20:01

Facebook's at it again: Internal emails show it knew about Cambridge Analytica abuse 'months' before news broke

No lie, says Zuck and co, it was a separate data thing that we forgot to mention

Comment Facebook knew about Cambridge Analytica's dodgy data-gathering practices at least four months before they was exposed in news reports, according to internal FB emails.…

  • March 22nd 2019 at 19:44

Falling NAND prices to drive NVMe SSD uptake, say industry watchers

Flash! Servant of the universe

The great NAND flash price slump will accelerate the uptake of SSD storage, industry sources have predicted, with PCIe/NVMe SSDs possibly accounting for half of the market by the end of the year.…

  • March 22nd 2019 at 19:03

Debate around Huawei espionage fears in UK about as clear as those darn Brexit negotiations

Digital secretary responds to Commons Science and Technology Committee, sort of

Considering the state of political discourse in Britain, it comes as little surprise that the government has no idea whether it should follow allies and start banning certain foreign firms – most notably Huawei – from national telecommunications infrastructure projects.…

  • March 22nd 2019 at 18:04

Campaigners cry foul over NHS Digital plans to grant policy wonks and researchers access to patient-level data

Using private info for funding decisions branded 'toxic'

"Rich" and "granular" patient data from hospital and GP records could be shared with policymakers and researchers under new plans from NHS Digital.…

  • March 22nd 2019 at 17:33

Children of Wales to be prepped for the vibrant world of work with free Office 365 ProPlus

We'll keep an Excel in the hillside, we'll keep on coding in the Vales

The best part of half a million students in Wales will be able to get their hands on a free copy of Office 365 ProPlus as the Welsh Assembly lobs cash Redmond's way.…

  • March 22nd 2019 at 17:04

TV piracy ring walks the plank after Euro cops launch 14 raids and shutter 11 data centres

Illegal streaming gang served up sports from 800 channels

A taskforce led by Spanish cops has dealt TV piracy a heavy blow after shuttering a network of illegal sports streaming sites operating across Spain, the UK, Denmark, Latvia, the Netherlands and Cyprus.…

  • March 22nd 2019 at 16:01

Pre-checked cookie boxes don't count as valid consent, says adviser to top EU court

You can't assume active participation from someone who didn't untick something

Requiring someone to uncheck a pre-ticked box doesn't count as valid cookie consent under EU law, the adviser to the bloc's top court has said.…

  • March 22nd 2019 at 15:00

Russian sailors maroon themselves in Bristol Channel after drunken dinghy ride goes awry

Flat Holm island holm to foolish trio for one long, cold morning

Ah, the sea! The salty spray, the sunlight sparkling off the bay... but three foolhardy Russian sailors anchored near Minehead, southwest England, clearly fancied a change of scenery – to their misfortune.…

  • March 22nd 2019 at 13:59

Oracle spaffed $30bn on buybacks over the past 9 months, but analysts warn it can't last forever

Big Red in net debt for first time in over a decade – reports

Amid stalling growth, analysts have warned that Oracle can't indefinitely repurchase stock to maintain its share price.…

  • March 22nd 2019 at 13:37

Top personnel general joined Capita months after firm won its Army recruiting IT contract

Hire was rubber-stamped by sleeping watchdog

The general overseeing British Army recruitment joined Capita shortly after the company won its "disastrous" Recruiting Partnership Programme (RPP) with the Ministry of Defence.…

  • March 22nd 2019 at 12:50

O2 brings forth a Friday fail for some unlucky UK customers

Voice services go TITSUP* to round out the week

Updated The UK's O2 mobile network knocked off early for the week today as some customers found themselves unable to use voice services.…

  • March 22nd 2019 at 12:17

Terrified of network downtime? Connectivity collapse? Let analytics banish fear of outages

Cisco says assurance solution will be just the ticket

Promo Infrastructure failure is a major cause of concern for enterprises, incurring huge costs in troubleshooting and a multiplicity of monitoring tools.…

  • March 22nd 2019 at 11:45

Altered carbon: Boffins automate DNA storage with decent density โ€“ but lousy latency

An entire data centre the size of a sugar cube? Sweet!

Scientists in the US, working alongside Microsoft, have managed to encode "hello" into a readable strand of synthetic DNA, using a fully automated data storage system.…

  • March 22nd 2019 at 11:32

UK.gov admits it was slow to intervene in Verify's abject failure to meet user targets

We might not have signed up users, but at least we created a standard. It only cost £154m...

UK.gov has admitted it was slow to intervene as it failed to meet “overambitious” targets for the adoption of Verify, and has been accused of splashing £154m on creating an open standard for the identity service.…

  • March 22nd 2019 at 10:55
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