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Today โ€” September 18th 2019The Register

Scott McNealy gets touchy feely with Trump: Sun cofounder hosts hush-hush reelection fundraiser for President

Commander-in-Chief jets into Silicon Valley under cloud of secrecy

The mystery host of a Silicon Valley fundraiser for President Trump today has been revealed as Scott McNealy, co-founder and former CEO of Sun Microsystems.…

  • September 17th 2019 at 23:25
Yesterday โ€” September 17th 2019The Register

US government sues ex-IT guy for breaking his NDA (Yes, we mean Edward Snowden)

Uncle Sam tries to plug leaker's pay, ends up plugging leaker's book

The US government today sued former CIA employee and NSA sysadmin contractor Edward Snowden to deny him payment from his newly published book, Permanent Record.…

  • September 17th 2019 at 21:58

We asked for your Fitbit horror stories and, oh wow, did you deliver: Readers sync their teeth into 'junk' gizmos

'This is the last Fitbit I will buy'

Yesterday El Reg wrote about the frustrating syncing failures plaguing FitBit gadgets over the past four or so weeks.…

  • September 17th 2019 at 21:44

Seriously, this sh!t again? 24m medical records, 700m+ scan pics casually left online

Whole pile of US data just sitting there with no security

Around 24 million medical patients' data is floating around on the internet, freely available for all to pore over – thanks to that good old common factor, terribly insecure servers.…

  • September 17th 2019 at 21:15

DevOps darling GitLab pockets another $268m to be valued at $2.75bn

Drops Enterprise (Core) into VMware Cloud Marketplace, misspells own name

DevOps botherer GitLab has scored another $268m of funding, bringing the value of the outfit to $2.75bn ahead of a 2020 IPO.…

  • September 17th 2019 at 20:30

Vulns out of the box: 12 in 13 small biz network devices terribly insecure by default โ€“ research

You want root shell access? No problem

A new report has suggested that 12 out of 13 network devices, such as routers and network-attached storage appliances, are vulnerable to hacks that enable "root-privileged access without any authentication".…

  • September 17th 2019 at 19:45

Apple tells European Commission it's nutty for slapping โ‚ฌ13bn tax bill on Irish subsidiary

Sweetheart deal crackdown 'defies reality and common sense' apparently

Apple has appealed against the European Union's 2016 decision to impose a €13bn tax bill on the iPhone maker's Irish subsidiary.…

  • September 17th 2019 at 19:04

VMware on AWS: Low-risk option or security blanket for those who don't like change?

John Enoch gives us the hard sell – just ignore the price

AWS Transformation Day It's London's turn with AWS Transformation Day, where attendees endure a cacophony of buzzwords intended to hammer home the message that Amazon's cloud is where you wanna be.…

  • September 17th 2019 at 18:00

HP printer small print says kit phones home data on whatever you print โ€“ and then some

Security engineer actually reads privacy policy to his horror

Hewlett-Packard Inc's printers don't just slurp the contents of your wallet at a frightening rate. They also guzzle a surprising amount of data on you and whatever you're printing.…

  • September 17th 2019 at 17:25

.NET Core 3.0 thought it was all ready for release. And it would have been too, if it weren't for those pesky Visual Studio kids

Hi, remember us? We share a toolset. And have another preview to do?

Having promised there wouldn't be any more previews, Microsoft has dropped a release candidate for the upcoming .NET Core 3.0 framework.…

  • September 17th 2019 at 16:50

Brit government WLTM one Chief Digi Info Officer

Required: GSoH, plus ability to make ends meet on up to £180k a year

UK.gov is on the lookout for a Government Chief Digital Information Officer (GCDIO) - a permanent secretary role that sets the strategic direction of travel for public sector IT in return for up to £180,000 a year.…

  • September 17th 2019 at 16:16

UK Home Office web form snafu allows you to both agree and disagree โ€“ strongly โ€“ all at once

Government cares what you think. Honest

A UK Home Office consultation on new, intrusive police powers was so incompetently written that you could both "strongly agree" and "strongly disagree" at the same time when answering its questions.…

  • September 17th 2019 at 15:30

Neural networks. Sparse data. TensorFlow. PyTorch. Text mining. Ethics โ€“ and lots more. We've got every angle of AI covered at MCubed

Join us and our awesome speakers for a hearty no-hype pure-tech deep dive

Event Whether you’re worried about the machines taking over, or think it can’t happen soon enough, you should get yourselves down to MCubed at the end of the month.…

  • September 17th 2019 at 15:00

NASA's lunar spy looks for hide-and-seek champ Vikram, Starliner test success, and more

Happy 43rd birthday to Space Shuttle Enterprise

Roundup Unlike SpaceX's Crew Dragon, which plops down in the ocean at the end of a mission (ideally in one piece), Boeing's CST-100 Starliner is designed to land on, er, land. As NASA and Boeing inch ever closer to its first crewed launch, rehearsals were conducted last week to practice locating a capsule, safing it and preparing for hatch opening.…

  • September 17th 2019 at 14:33

Google age discrimination case: Supervisor called me 'grandpa', engineer claims

Suit filed alleging HR failed to protect staffer from harassment

Google has been hit by another age discrimination lawsuit, just two months after the search giant settled a previous case brought by over 200 people.…

  • September 17th 2019 at 13:45

UK.gov's smart meter cost-benefit analysis for 2019 goes big on cost, easy on the benefits

Did someone mention a delay? Rollout given another 4 years as price tag soars to £13.4bn

The UK government has confirmed that electricity suppliers have an extra four years to hit targets for installing smart meters.…

  • September 17th 2019 at 13:00

You look like a fungi. Got mushroom in your life to build stuff with mycelium computers?

IRL Star Trek: Discovery, sort of

The Unconventional Computing Laboratory in Bristol is looking for a research associate to help it create buildings with embedded fungus-created computers.…

  • September 17th 2019 at 12:04

Disney signs on with Microsoft, SQLCMD arrives in Data Studio and Azure goes German

Heigh-ho, Heigh-ho, it's off to test we go...

Roundup While the speculation machine for Microsoft's mystery hardware event ramped up (although still a mere ripple compared to the spurtings around anything to do with Apple), the Redmond gang continued to toil. Here are some of the stories you might have missed.…

  • September 17th 2019 at 11:05

First they came for 'face' and I did not speak out because I... have no face? Then they came for 'book'

Don't panic: Off and f*ck still free from Zuckerberg, for now

Facebook has applied to trademark the word "book" in Europe.…

  • September 17th 2019 at 10:03

Is it time to update your data warehouse and retool your analytics? Google Cloud's gurus are here to guide you

Get the answers you need this month – and ready your systems for the 2020s

Promo If you are beginning to wonder whether your familiar old data warehouse and analytics solutions can keep pace with the fast-moving modern world, you should check out today's state-of-the-art data-handling and analytics systems.…

  • September 17th 2019 at 09:30
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