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Dragon cargo 'craft released from International Space Station

Vid  A commercial spacecraft that delivered cargo to the International Space Station is returning to Earth five weeks after its mission began.…


'Proud of the BEELLIONS of $$$ I made at Microsoft'

Vid  Ex-Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer has attacked retail giant Amazon for failing to make a profit after more than two decades of trading its wares online.…


NASA observes MAJOR solar flare in MASSIVE sunspot

Pic  NASA scientists observed another major solar flare on the Sun on Friday - the fourth such activity in the past week erupting from the biggest sunspot in nearly 25 years.…


Take my temperature, I'm feeling a little bit dizzy

Google's thermostat maker Nest Labs has snapped up upstart Revolv for an undisclosed sum.…


Spoons at the ready! Time to crack open the last 7 days in IT

Vid  Youtube Video


It's not capitalism that's broken here, it's publishing

Worstall @ the Weekend  Given that I'm from the rational, classical end of liberalism, I'm obviously not going to be greatly taken by the spoutings of someone like Naomi Klein. But if an ideological difference were all it was, then I'd have left her new book, This Changes Everything alone after I'd read it.…


Boring love plot can't detract from fun DC Comics' adventure

TV Review  PILOT PREVIEW WITH VERY, VERY MILD SPOILERS ...…


DCMS seeks lowering of legal threshold to fight rogue firms

The UK government is hoping to force through a change in law to lower the legal threshold on punishments handed out to companies that make nuisance calls and send annoying texts to Brits.…


Back to driving's basics with a joyously legal high

Vulture at the Wheel  When I took my seatbelt off, the Caterham 160 didn’t beep at me. I didn’t get electronically reprimanded when I got out and left the headlights on and I didn’t have any problems bluetoothing my phone to the radio because it doesn’t have Bluetooth. Or a radio.…


Friday night LIVE? Nope. The only thing streaming are tears down my face

Netflix was struck by what appeared to be a fairly significant 90-minute outage on its streaming service late on Friday night that affected folk across Europe.…


House of Lords discovers Google Maps

QuoTW  This was the week when GCHQ boss Sir Iain Lobban managed to exit stage left from the spook play without ever mentioning the Edward-Snowden-shaped-elephant in the room.…


And Lemony Snicket's author goes piratical

Page File  El Reg bookworm Mark Diston peruses the pick of publishing this week and finds he prefers Russell Brand when he's on the page rather than on the telly, as the media messiah offers more words of wisdom on society's ills. The work of Joy Division's vocalist and lyricist is presented as never before and Daniel Handler, known to many as Lemony Snicket, has an intriguing tale of the high seas to tell.


If she has nothing to hide, she has nothing to worry about, right?

Something for the Weekend, Sir?  My wife is parading naked in front of a webcam again. Here's the funny thing, though: she doesn't even know that the webcam is on. In fact, it's not even her computer – it's mine – and she's not doing it deliberately. Come to think of it, I wasn't even aware that my webcam was on until just now when the green LED illuminated all by itself when she walked into the room. It's as if the mere sight of Half Life half-dressed turned it on.…


Five days of socializing and… well, judge for yourself

The United Nations is often mocked as an old boy's network where representatives spend all their time making speeches about nothing and attending social events while wasting millions of dollars congratulating each other for doing so.…


Unfortunately you now have to make sense of the documents

Having tried and failed for a decade to understand and influence the internet, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) appears to finally be grasping the fundamentals of the open web.…


Android, Chrome boss moves another step closer to Choc Factory's top job

Ten years after joining Google and with running Android, Chrome, and Google Apps already on his plate, Sundar Pichai's star has now risen even higher, gaining a new tranche of responsibilities in the process.…


Firms stored sensitive data in clear text for all to see

American watchdog the FCC is fining a pair of US mobile operators for an astonishing lack of security in handling customer information.…


Joins Apple, Samsung in ARM chipmaking party with Nuclun

South Korea's LG Electronics has announced its first self-made mobile system-on-chip (SoC), along with plans to debut the chip in a new smartphone to be released within the week.…


US spectrum auction won't happen until 2016 now

The Federal Communications Commission confirmed today that it will delay its planned wireless broadband spectrum auction until at least 2016.…


Baumgartner bummed by high-up's higher-up one-up?

A Google executive has broken the record for the highest free fall to Earth – in a largely self-funded stunt to explore the stratosphere.…


And a fingerprint sensor

Teardown  Ready to ditch your iPad Mini 2 for the latest and greatest miniature fondleslab from Apple? You may not get much more for your money.…


Dept of Labor fines Electronics For Imaging the max – $3.5k

A successful Silicon Valley firm has admitted paying staff $1.21 an hour and working them for more than 120 hours a week.…


Unless you want your network-swapping tech disabled for good, that is

If you're excited about using the new iPads' multi-carrier Apple SIM in the US, don't pick AT&T as your first choice – or you'll lose the ability to switch to another operator altogether.…


Next driver to battle fake chips with 'non-invasive' methods

Chipmaker FTDI has pulled a driver from Windows Update that could brick devices containing knockoff versions of its USB-to-serial bridge chips, but says it won't back down on its aggressive anti-counterfeiting stance.…


Will Vulture 2 freeze at altitude? Edge Research Lab to find out

The matter of whether our Vulture 2 spaceplane's servos will freeze at altitude will be resolved on Saturday by our US allies at Edge Research Lab, when they send a complete spaceplane autopilot/battery/servo rig stratowards.…


Bad news for the stronghold firms

Comment  Another one bites the dust as activist investor Elliott Management forces networking biz Riverbed into a strategic review of its options.…


Ordinary Koreans: 'Meh, that's nice. What's for tea?'

The boss of South Korea's leading messaging app KakaoTalk has apologised for handing access to users' private conversations to the country's authorities and vowed it won't happen again.…


New law proposes taxing every gigabyte in the land

More than 30,000 people have pledged to stage a protest against Hungary's proposed internet tax law in the capital on Sunday.…


iSpam knockoff goods scam

China-based counterfeiters are spamvertising knock-off designer goods using Apple iMessage instead of using conventional email spam runs.…


Confirms it'll be chucking 'Lumia' brand into the round file

Nokia phones generated $2.6bn in revenue for Microsoft as the division arrested its decline. Redmond sold 9.3m Lumia devices in the quarter, the most ever.…


Exciting possibilities. Just not yet

Review  For a celebratory 10th birthday release, Ubuntu 14.10 is a bit of a damp squib.…


Heart of Windows 8 lives on in Windows 10

Analysis  This weekend marks two years since Windows 8 and Surface were launched at a press event at Pier 57 on the Hudson River in New York.…


Her Maj opens 'Information Age' at the Science Museum

Here it is:…


Firm cites 'low demand' plus 'abusers'

Comment  One of the oddest cloud storage offers ever has just been binned as Bitcasa bumps into reality. When sprats are competing with killer whales what do you expect?…


Movie special effects project spawns academic papers on gravitational lensing

Vid  Youtube Video


Brian Cox, Sir Nigel Shadbolt at Tech Day, ExCeL, 12 Nov

Promo  Microsoft is running a huge conference - Future Decoded - in London’s ExCeL centre on November 10-12. The Tech Day on Day 3 has a huge agenda, big name keynote speakers, eight training tracks – and one track dedicated to entrepreneurial startups and students.…


$5.99 a month will buy you current primetime shows too

Only a day after HBO announced its OTT intentions, CBS followed suit and unveiled its own online ambitions – with archived content, current shows and livestreams in CBS’s 14 largest markets.…


Cloudy-style biz P2P - but without the cloud

Private cloud firm Connected Data has birthed a business-class, private cloud/file sync 'n' share product based on its consumer Transporter product's base.…


No ma – no passwords

Twitter's launch of a service that provides a new way to sign up to apps without using passwords has received a cautious welcome from security experts.…


Has gutsy move generated biz?

Interview  CloudFlare boss Matthew Prince is hoping the firm's project to roll out SSL support to customers who use its free cloud-based web hosting service will inspire other internet firms to build out a fully encrypted web.…


Geddit?!?

Battle of Ideas  Do you ever get invited to talk and wish that Steve Bong was there instead of you? That’s what happened to me last weekend. The subject was "gamification" at the Battle of Ideas. Things got really strange, really quickly – I think you’ll find what is coming up to be quite eye-opening - but I’m sure Steve would have taken it all in his stride.…


Patch or kill Telnet

A three-year-old dangerous remote code execution hole affecting Cisco kit has been patched.…


Sir Thomas Sopwith's suburban Surrey hub

Geek's Guide to Britain  He learned to fly aged 22, set up his first aircraft factory aged 24 and by 30 his fighters dominated the skies over the Western Front.…


The Google dilemma — controller or spreader of knowledge?

Comment  Three questions: is baby turning into a monster? Are we desktop/notebook/tablet/smartphone users becoming the near-as-dammit slaves of social media and retail monopolists? Are these monopolists destroying jobs and impoverishing people faster than networked smart device and software technologies are creating jobs and enriching their users' lives?…


Three solid state scorchers up for grabs

Competition  SSDs, doncha love ’em? Blisteringly fast and no mechanical parts but all too often you’re faced with a capacity compromise. Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that are worth over £300 apiece.…


'I'm sorry Larry, I'm afraid I can't do that…'

Google has hired seven academics from Oxford University and signed partnerships with the engineering and computer science facilities to help it develop its DeepMind artificial intelligence system.…


Rotten eggs, horse dung and almonds – yuck

The Rosetta probe that is orbiting comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko may be preoccupied with locking down its plans for landing on the surface, but there's still science to be done – and scientists have been taking a sniff of how the space snowball smells.…


RackConnect 3.0 release gives Rackspace a much better hybrid cloud story

Rackspace has flicked the switch on the third version of its RackConnect hybrid cloud-maker.…


And hipsters are finally defined as self-loathing. Sort of

Adorkable, photobomb, overshare, Tinder. What do these words have in common? Apart from being ridiculous portmanteaus and brand names that have made their way into common usage, they’re also words that will feature in this year’s new dictionaries.…


PewPewPew! Siding Spring shot in glorious retro chunks

Comet Siding springs is proving a tricky subject for photography.…