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ZZZZAP! Climate change means getting HIT BY LIGHTNING is likelier

The Register - Fri, 2014-11-14 06:48
Chance rises to, er, 0.000002. Maybe. Long after you're dead

Lightning strikes are set to become more frequent if global warming resumes, according to a new study by climate scientists. In an extreme scenario where temperatures climb by 4 degrees Celsius, the increase could be as much as 50 per cent.…

Categories: news

Nokia: Buh-bye LUMIA and cash-sucking handset pals... LET'S MAKE SOME MONEY!

The Register - Fri, 2014-11-14 06:37
Nabs deals to roll out networks in China, US

Nokia has raised its long-term profitability target and expects its new business of concentrating strictly on the telecoms equipment game to grow next year.…

Categories: news

4G is quicker than 3G, reports Ofcom. Can't we get you on Mastermind, Sybil?

The Register - Fri, 2014-11-14 06:21
Doubts remain over accuracy of UK mobe broadband speeds

Mobile broadband speeds in the UK are pretty good, according to a new report from Ofcom, although concerns remain over the methodology used. The average mobile broadband download speed on 4G (15.1Mbps) was more than twice as fast as 3G (6.1Mbps) across all the networks.…

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HSBC Turkey WON'T reissue cards despite 2.7 MILLION account details going AWOL

The Register - Fri, 2014-11-14 05:59
Not enough info stolen to make fraud possible, says bank

HSBC Turkey has confessed to a security breach exposing the details of 2.7m credit card accounts but the bank has made a decision not to reissue cards after deciding that the data exposed is not enough to make fraudulent transactions.…

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Are dangers lurking on your workers' operating systems?

The Register - Fri, 2014-11-14 05:31
Watch out for what BYOD brings

We have had enough wake-up calls now, right? Enough squeaky-bum moments.…

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Moshi Monsters' daddy Mind Candy: Falling sales, £2.2m loss...

The Register - Fri, 2014-11-14 05:03
... and oh DEAR – someone's had their salary cut in HALF

Profits at Shoreditch darling Mandy Candy plunged into the red in 2013, with the company recording a £2.2m loss for the full-year 2013, compared with profits of £8m for 2012.…

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Adobe appoints former <i>Reg</i> man as open-source chief mobile lead

The Register - Fri, 2014-11-14 04:39
Proprietary player prepping for community skoolin'

Adobe, maker of such renowned proprietary products as Flash Player and Creative Suite, has hired a career open-sourcer to lead mobile marketing.…

Categories: news

Cold? Cuddle these HOT GERMAN RACKS, yours for only 12,000 euro – we swear there's an IT angle

The Register - Fri, 2014-11-14 04:18
Nun, das ist verteiltes Rechnen!

A startup in Germany reckons it's found a, how can we put this, courageous way to merge cloud computing with staying warm at home this winter.…

Categories: news

European Commission decides it won't have a science advisor after Greenpeace pressure

The Register - Fri, 2014-11-14 03:54
Glover wasn't institutionalised enough, apparently

Yesterday seemed a great day for science in Europe, with the European Space Agency setting down its Philae lander on comet 67P - but even as this took place the European Commission quietly sent a rather different signal, as it hit "delete" on the role of its Chief Scientific Advisor.…

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Two Dudes Prove How Easy It Is to Hack ATMs for Free Cash - Fri, 2014-11-14 03:50 When a small-time Tennessee restaurateur named Khaled Abdel Fattah was running short of cash he went to an ATM machine. Actually, according to federal prosecutors, he went to a lot of them. Over 18 months, he visited a slew of small kiosk ATMs around Nashville and withdrew a total of more than $400,000 in 20-dollar bills. The only problem: It wasn't his money.
Categories: linux, news, security

Bloated, slow and self-perpetuating: Cisco slams standards groups

The Register - Fri, 2014-11-14 03:27
Open source meritocracy would avoid ITU power grab and IETF mission creep, says Borg

Cisco's chief architect and CTO for engineering David Ward has blasted standards development organisations (SDOs), asking whether they are “relevant in a rapidly expanding environment of Open Source Software (OSS) projects.”…

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No more tomorrows for TomorrowNow suit as Oracle and SAP settle

The Register - Fri, 2014-11-14 03:01
Long-running third party support suit is over

Oracle and SAP have settled their long-running dispute over third-party support outfit TomorrowNow.…

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Poll trolls' GCHQ script sock puppets manipulate muppets

The Register - Fri, 2014-11-14 02:27
Stop and Thinkst: Is that really the Most Popular story or did haxxors Bash it out?

A group of security professionals/online miscreants have found and themselves created thousands of online accounts to manipulate forum posts, popular news articles and mailing lists using techniques pioneered by the UK's GCHQ spy agency.…

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VINYL is BACK and you can thank Sonos for that

The Register - Fri, 2014-11-14 02:01
The format that wouldn’t die is officially in remission

Breaking Fad Vinyl has been the music format that wouldn’t die for the best part of three decades. Not since Kenneth Williams quipped “Infamy! Infamy! They've all got it in for me!” has a death scene seemed so protracted. Now, however, it seems the format is officially in remission.…

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Amazon buries the hatchet, not Hachette, in ebook price brouhaha

The Register - Fri, 2014-11-14 01:29
Ugly publishing battle fixed, in a good way

Amazon has made peace with French publishing house Hachette, finally bringing an end to the months-long battle over ebook pricing and publisher royalty payouts.…

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PHP 5.4.35 Released - Fri, 2014-11-14 00:00
The PHP development team announces the immediate availability of PHP 5.4.35. 4 security-related bugs were fixed in this release, including the fix for CVE-2014-3710. All PHP 5.4 users are encouraged to upgrade to this version. For source downloads of PHP 5.4.35 please visit our downloads page, Windows binaries can be found on The list of changes is recorded in the ChangeLog.
Categories: news, PHP

Pew Research Survey on Privacy Perceptions

Schneier on Security - Thu, 2014-11-13 15:07
Pew Research has released a new survey on American's perceptions of privacy. The results are pretty much in line with all the other surveys on privacy I've read. As Cory Doctorow likes to say, we've reached "peak indifference to surveillance."...
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