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The 100 year ‘artistic anniversary’ of the man who made stand-up stand up

Feature  One hunded years ago this week on May 7 1915, a U-boat of the Imperial German navy torpedoed the vast ocean liner known as the RMS Lusitania – with 1,962 people on board over a thousand civilians drowned, including many from the US, which was then still neutral in World War One.…


Core checker a defensive wrecker

Seculert CTO Aviv Raff says a nasty piece of malware linked to widespread destruction and bank account plundering has become more dangerous with the ability to evade popular sandboxes.…


Why is the orbit so big, and why is it there?

A bunch of high-school students has turned up a record-setter in the world of astro-boffinry: a pulsar with the biggest-ever orbit around a neutron star.…


Insecure sites relegated to Firefox Stone Age

Insecure websites will be barred from using new hardware features and could have existing tools revoked, if Mozilla goes ahead with a push towards HTTPS.…


Kids these days prefer pics to acronyms says Instagram analysis

Emjoi are killing off traditional internet slang, according to a probe by Instagram's engineering team.…


The rolling upgrade at NASA's Centre for Climate Simulation (NCCS) is nearing completion, with the agency just about ready to flick the switch on the second of three new SGI systems.…


New methodology would put an end to tax-shifting madness

Australia's Economics References Committee, which has been conducting hearings into corporate tax avoidance, looks to have made a breakthrough by eliciting a new method for taxing multinationals from the nation's Taxation Office.…


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Malware infestation sees credit cards popped at Vegas hotel and gaming venue

Carders have hit the Las Vegas' Hard Rock Hotel and Casino stealing credit card numbers, names, and addresses, according to reports…


Internet pros unhappy with site-block legislation

Geoblocking content should be banned under international trade treaties, according to the Internet Society of Australia.…


Elon Musk's revolution will not be electrified

It's pretty and batteries are ugly – but Tesla's Powerwall is more like an incremental change than a radical disruption.…


When Irish eyes are smiling, there'll be lower tax to pay

Dropbox has joined the ranks of tech companies domiciling services in Ireland.…


April desktop OS usage stats show XP's really sinking fast now

If it's the first Monday of the month, and it is, it must be time to have a look at desktop operating system market share as recorded by StatCounter and Netmarketshare.…


Euro customers: 'Well, that was unexpected'

Google has surprised European fans of its Chromecast TV dongle by suddenly acknowledging a screw-up with the vid-streaming device, after effectively stonewalling complaints late last year.…


Prelim probe into allegations against BND incoming – report

Germany was in a tizz this weekend, in the wake of spying allegations that could harm the country's thorny relationship with surveillance of its citizens.…


The good news? Only a third of the 30 that responded hate it

The effort to create a new global internet governance body has been dealt another blow after just 30 people responded to a critical month-long comment period, a third of which were hostile to the program.…


Nick Bostrom explains his AI prophecies of doom to El Reg

Exclusive Interview  Swedish philosopher Nick Bostrom is quite a guy. The University of Oxford professor is known for his work on existential risk, human enhancement ethics, superintelligence risks and transhumanism. He also reckons the probability that we are all living in a Matrix-esque computer simulation is quite high.…


Plus: 'Apple Watch Apps whose primary function is telling time will be rejected'

QuoTW  This week brought us faulty dreamliners, a frigid Pluto pic and a very unfortunate Facebook captcha.…


Cunning culinary plan involving turnip – from the land of Clan Blackadder

It's been far too long since we at the El Reg post-pub nosh team ventured north of the border in search of the very best wobbly dining haute cuisine, and indeed it was way back in 2012 that we served readers the very pinnacle of Scottish fusion cuisine – the quite remarkable haggis pakora.…


I know you're only trying to help. But ...

Page File Special  Think of some of the ways the Enlightenment helped advance the human individual. The ability to shape your identity. The ability to own and control your stuff. Economic autonomy. All three help to define the modern world, they’re ways we know that ‘now’ is not like ‘before’. All three are founded on the sanctity of the individual. And all three are interlinked.…


'SYS Brit Noseflashes' mailing list welcomes migrants to Redmond

The eXpat files  Welcome to another eXpat Files, in which Reg readers tell of leaving home and hearth for career upgrades only available elsewhere.…


As Brenda rightly says, no one even predicted the crash

Worstall @ the Weekend  As Her Majesty the Queen remarked a few years back, why was it that no economist actually saw the crash coming? There's actually two answers to that. First, the cute one: that sort of violent change cannot be predicted. If it could be predicted then prices would move before it happened, meaning that it would have already happened. This is a bit cute, though, however true it might be.…


Zuck leads tributes to Silicon Valley biz man David Goldberg

SurveyMonkey boss David Goldberg – the husband of Facebook's chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg – died suddenly on Friday night.…


Counterfeit havens shamed by American trade body

The US government is looking to shame China and India for their lax attitudes toward intellectual property law enforcement.…


Four ways to crush friends and enemies alike

Product Roundup  The Bank Holiday weekend is upon us, so why not prepare for a wet weekend, as is the tradition, and go in search of some backstabbing board games? These games can involve working co-operatively with my fellow players, which can be rewarding, but you can always change your mind and there’s nothing like sadistic satisfaction of pretending I’m not a Cylon.…


Blood is thicker than digi ink

Microsoft has scooped up Surface Pro 3 pen maker N-trig, after partnering with the outfit for several years.…


Hard Sci-Fi with Alistair Reynolds, Tracey Thorn on singing and more

Page File  El Reg bookworm Mark Diston reviews the latest from the literary world with Alastair Reynolds' latest – the final instalment in a sci-fi trilogy. Tracey Thorn delivers an amusing and insightful perspective on the lot of the singer, and journalist Christina Lamb gives a personal account of her life and work in Afghanistan.…


A brimming beany buzz

As many Reg readers will know, between the start and end of a project there’s often an awful lot of coffee. However you make it, a coffee is essential for many of us. It’s become such a part of our life – in many places supplanting the good old cuppa – that there’s a huge industry of coffee shops, roaster, machine makers and so on. All of those are on show at the London Coffee Festival, in Shoreditch’s Old Truman Brewery this weekend.…


Buffering is not a good device for building on-screen tension

Film Review  Few movie genres see as much innovation as horror, pioneer of the found-footage style and master of the macabre comedy. Just because something is new and clever doesn’t actually mean it will make a better film.…


Spaaace travel hits mousy buffer

A NASA-funded study into the effects of long-term space travel has a troubling conclusion: astronauts going to Mars could arrive with brain damage.…


Dabbsy was spawned in that slime of Cain

Something for the Weekend, Sir?  The eye-rolling comes first. This is followed by a resigned sagging of the shoulders. Then comes a theatrical slump forward, often accompanied by an equally melodramatic groan, as each user in turn puts head on desk and covers same with arms.…


Sergey Aleynikov nailed for fleeing vampire squid with crucial trading tools

An ex-Goldman Sachs programmer has for the second time been found guilty of stealing code from the vampiric financial giant.…


Politicos: Encryption gives peeps what they want

Vid  FBI agents and US Department of Justice officials perhaps thought they were in for an easy ride during a congressional hearing on crime, terrorism and encryption. If so, they were mistaken.…


Bare-metal provisioning leads features of 11th major release

The eleventh version of OpenStack appeared on the project's official download servers on Thursday, arriving on time and bringing with it hundreds of new features for cloud-builders.…


Ink on pink will knacker rinky-dink sensors, says iGiant

Apple has confirmed that its Watch gizmo does not work well on tattooed skin.…


Our Friday youth engagement

Spotify has reportedly raised $350m in a new round of funding that puts an $8bn valuation on the London-headquartered company.…


Our man spends 90 mins with headwear

Build 2015  The first rule of Microsoft's HoloLens is you do not talk about HoloLens. When you're given a demo, you may not take photos, you may not shoot video, and you may not record audio.…


It's coming in 'waves' – and Windows 7 users are the priority

Build 2015  At the Build shindig in San Francisco this week, Joe Belfiore – Microsoft's corporate veep for operating systems – talked The Register through the release of Windows 10: when it will arrive, how it will arrive, and why you should use it.…


Good news, everyone!

A law bill to mildly curb the NSA's blanket surveillance of innocent Americans has taken an important step toward being passed.…


Inside the world of absolute-zero computing

Physics upstart D-Wave has shed some light on its work simulating quantum computer processors to improve their performance and capabilities.…


We must have IANA! We must have IANA!

Behind-the-scenes efforts by ICANN's lawyers to force the internet community to grant it perpetual control of critical internet functions have been exposed.…


Did he misread 'an album cover' as 'anal bum cover'?

Russian prosecutors have been asked to probe Apple to see if the American giant broke Russia's "gay propaganda" laws by forcibly thrusting ludicrous boy band U2's album Songs of Innocence into iThings.…


Web lessons in bullet-proofing the container class

Containerisation has taken the data centre by storm. Led by Docker, a start-up that's on a mission to make development and deployment as simple as it should be, Linux containers are fast changing the way developers work and devops teams deploy.…


The story for Objective C is great. Android, less so

Build 2015  Microsoft has shared more details of its plans to enable Android and iOS apps to be ported to Windows 10 at its Build developer event in San Francisco.…


Jacobs family down to $1.52 and leftovers as finishing line approaches

As the El Reg Quid-A-Day Nosh Posse nears the finishing line of the Live Below the Line challenge, Stateside member Richard Jacob reports that he and his family are "desperately short of money", reduced to just $1.52 to fuel them to the finishing line.…


BSkyB and TalkTalk also miss Brussels' lobby register deadline

Twitter could soon find itself cold-shouldered by top European law-makers.…


Evil existential threat or waste of money? Probably both

The ZuckerBorg has assimilated yet more humans from academia and industry into its Facebook Artificial-Intelligence Research Team (FART). Facebook claims their work will focus on several aspects of machine learning, with applications to image, speech and natural language understanding.…


Vulture 2 spaceplane in a comic book stylee – what do you think?

The chaps and chapettes at El Reg merchandising tentacle Cash'n'Carrion have been strapping a few ideas to the apparel ducking stool to see if they float, and have just sent over a couple of pics of a proposed Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) T-shirt in a retro comic book stylee.…


Spam spam spam spam, lovely spam! Wonderful spam!

The Mumblehard malware is turning Linux and BSD server into spam-spewing zombies.…


Netizens snigger as MS boffins advertise services on the back of data slurp

Microsoft has unwrapped a metadata-slurping website powered by user-uploaded pictures which pretends to be a fun age-guessing game.…


Credit where it's due, they plugged the vuln pretty quickly

Google has been obliged to revise its Password Alert anti-phishing protection just hours after releasing it when security researchers showed how the technology was easily circumvented.…