'Limited assurance' that there is no risk to national security
A UK government-run oversight board has expressed misgivings about the security of telecoms kit from Chinese firm Huawei.…
KOUROU, French Guiana—White light flooded in through large windows behind Alain Charmeau as he mused about the new age of rocketry. The brilliant sunrise promised another idyllic day in this beach town, but outside the sands remained untroubled by the feet of tourists.
Lamentably, the nearshore waters of this former French colony are chocolate rather than azure, muddied by outflow from the Amazon and other rivers. French Guiana has other compensating assets, however. It lies just 5.3 degrees north of the equator. Neither tropical cyclones nor earthquakes threaten the area. And its coast offers untrammeled access to both the east and north. These natural gifts have helped this remote region become one of the world’s busiest spaceports.
From here, Europe has established a long but largely unheralded history in the global rocket industry. Nearly three decades ago, it became the first provider of commercial launch services. If your company or country had a satellite and enough money, Europe would fly it into space for you. Remarkably, more than half of all telecom satellites in service today were launched from this sprawling spaceport.
The attack by hackers on a health database has affected about a quarter of the population.
At Comic-Con, fandom isn't just about superheroes.
That's not my department say, er... Intel, Apple and Dell ♫
Owners of laptops fitted with Intel's Core i9 high-performance processor, including computers made by Apple and Dell, are finding that the machines slow down compared to the pace of older models.…
"Dude! This is darknet!"
That quote, taken from new low-budget horror film Unfriended: Dark Web, might be all you need to decide whether to buy a ticket. Indeed, this film's obsession with technical legitimacy inevitably falls into Hollywood pitfalls, because there's no getting around the trickiness of pacing an entertaining, cheesy film while simultaneously getting the computer details correct.
In spite of a few silly quotes, however, U:DW does a decent job stitching its computer and Internet content into the general plot—which is good, since the whole film is seen from a single Macbook's desktop POV. This clever conceit returns from the original and surprisingly solid Unfriended, and at its best, U:DW does an even better job of showing how to frame a film from this unique perspective.
Fewer desktop versions shifted but industrial devices fly
There was a lull after the 3D printer sales storm in 2017 as shipments of personal/desktop boxes declined in the first quarter of this year for the first time, according to distributor stats.…
The theft is the latest in a series by the MoneyTaker gang which has targeted Russian banks
As China embarks on one of the greatest infrastructure projects in history, it is changing how railways are built.
Welcome to Edition 1.09 of the Rocket Report! This week, we have several stories about the small-satellite launch race going global. There is also coverage of Blue Origin's daring launch and success for Europe in French Guiana with the test of a critical new solid rocket booster.
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Blue Origin continues to stringently test New Shepard. During its ninth flight test, Blue Origin engineers subjected New Shepard to a high-altitude escape motor test. Both the rocket, which had already separated from the capsule, and the spacecraft itself passed the test with flying colors. The escape motor firing pushed the spacecraft to a record high altitude of 119km.
If you're expecting Tizens, Fires or alt-droids to flower, don't hold your breath
Comment The European Commission wants to see a thousand Android forks bloom as the result of its decision yesterday to demand remedies from Google for its anti-competitive conduct on mobile.…
According to Microsoft, at least three Congressional candidates have been targeted by hackers.
How to get in free – or for cheap – at the Great British Beer Festival
Competition The fine people at CAMRA are also fans of The Register, and are giving away both free and half-price tickets for possibly one of the greatest show on Earth: the incredible Great British Beer Festival at Olympia next month.…
The changes come as violence in India is blamed on rumours of child abductions, spread via WhatsApp.
Panasonic, the exclusive supplier of batteries to Tesla, has decided to halt buying cobalt from a Canadian company after Reuters raised questions about its provenance.
Cobalt is a crucial element in the manufacture of lithium-ion batteries, which are found in Tesla cars, among most other consumer electronics.
The news outlet, citing anonymous sources, said that "some of the cobalt" in Tesla's batteries contain cobalt mined in Cuba by Sherritt International, based in Toronto.
Devising complex new passwords is character-building
Something for the Weekend, Sir? Try as I might, it won't go in.…
A closer look at everything we ate and saw at the best experience of Comic-Con (so far).
Concerns whether legal system will be fair after reforms
UK Parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has told HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) that it has "much to learn" as it ploughs on with its ambitious £1.2bn court digitisation project.…
Deadpool is everywhere at Comic-Con. I mean, EVERYWHERE.
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