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Bloke whose drone was blasted out of sky by angry dad loses another court battle for compo

March 25, 2017 - 3:03pm
Snoopers get shotguns

An appeals court has snubbed a drone owner's demand for $1,500 compensation from a furious dad who blew the flying gizmo out of the sky when it hovered over his family.…

DNA-bothering eggheads brew beer you were literally born to like

March 25, 2017 - 11:27am
Red alert: Science mixed with marketing detected

London-based Meantime Brewing Company, acquired a year ago by Belgian beverage multinational Anheuser-Busch InBev, wants to sell you beer tuned to your taste.…

Astroboffins stunned by biggest brown dwarf at edge of our galaxy

March 25, 2017 - 9:29am
Not big enough to be a proper star; not small enough to be a planet

Pic Astronomers claim to have identified the largest and purest brown dwarf – measuring in at a record-breaking 90 times the mass of Jupiter – hovering around the edges of the Milky Way.…

Ever visited a land now under Islamic State rule? And you want to see America? Hand over that Facebook, Twitter, pal

March 25, 2017 - 2:01am
Uncle Sam turns up the heat on visa hopefuls

US embassies have been told to examine social media accounts of visa applicants who have ever set foot in Islamic-State-controlled areas.…

After London attack, UK gov lays into Facebook, Google for not killing extremist terror pages

March 24, 2017 - 11:14pm
PM's spokesman and foreign secretary wave warning finger

In the wake of a terror attack in the heart of London this week that left five dead, the UK government has turned its ire onto online companies – including Google and Facebook – for not doing enough to remove extremist webpages and other content from their services.…

'Windows 10 destroyed our data!' Microsoft hauled into US court

March 24, 2017 - 9:40pm
'Dodgy' unwanted operating system update sparks potential class-action lawsuit

Updated Three people in Illinois have filed a lawsuit against Microsoft, claiming that its Windows 10 update destroyed their data and damaged their computers.…

Pure Silicon Valley: Medium asks $5 a month for absolutely nothing

March 24, 2017 - 8:46pm
Think of it as being your own mini-VC without shares

Analysis Silicon Valley prides itself on disrupting industries – but it has bitten off more than it can chew by trying to take on an already highly competitive market suffering from major money woes.…

GiftGhostBot scares up victims' gift-card cash with brute-force attacks

March 24, 2017 - 8:08pm
Software nasty can burn through 1.7 million account numbers per hour

Cybercrooks are using a bot to automate the process of breaking into and draining online gift card accounts.…

Capacity shortage hits AWS UK micro instances

March 24, 2017 - 6:29pm
Elastic cloud snaps back

Amazon's brand-new UK T2 micro instances reached saturation point on Friday, with users being told the AWS service had run out of local capacity.…

Alternative vet Quartermaine exits Daisy, Daisy...

March 24, 2017 - 6:08pm
Bicycles into the sunset

Brit IT services giant Daisy Group has waved goodbye to former Alternative Networks CEO Mark Quartermaine – just months after it bought the comms and tech integrator, an internal document has confirmed.…

Lloyds Banking Group axing hundreds of jobs AGAIN

March 24, 2017 - 5:01pm
And that's even before all of those techies are farmed out to IBM

Lloyds Banking Group is throwing more UK techies overboard ahead of the big outsourcing deal with a “single strategic partner” that El Reg previously revealed was IBM.…

Oz companies fume as Enetica outage enters its second day

March 24, 2017 - 4:17pm
Hosting service's access to .au registry suspended

Australian web service firm Enetica has provoked consternation among customers frustrated about a prolonged outage now entering its second day.… confirms it won't be buying V-22 Ospreys for new aircraft carriers

March 24, 2017 - 3:11pm
Also confirms earlier operational date for HMS Queen Elizabeth

Britain is not buying V-22 Osprey aircraft to fly from its new aircraft carriers, the government has confirmed.…

Google pulls Hezbollah YouTube channel after we told them about the drone ads

March 24, 2017 - 2:19pm
All the tools you need

Until just minutes before we hit publish on this story, Google was using a YouTube channel run by a fan of Hezbollah to promote potentially lethal drones.…

Profitless Twitter starts rumour of paid-for Tweetdeck option

March 24, 2017 - 1:40pm
Gotta do something to break even, right?

Twitter, the profitless microblogging website, has floated the idea of offering a paid-for version of its Tweetdeck product – and this is going down amongst the site’s users like a cup of lukewarm vomit.…

There's just a week to show us how AI really works in business

March 24, 2017 - 1:38pm
M3 call for papers has a week to run

Events There are just seven days left until we close the call for papers for M3, and we would really love to hear how you’re putting artificial intelligence, machine learning and predictive analytics to work in business.…

I've Been Moved: IBMers in same division slapped with 2nd redundo scheme in 2 months

March 24, 2017 - 1:05pm
Deathly Hallows Mark ii

IBM UK appears to have fired the starting gun on a 2.0 redundancy programme for the Infrastructure Services Delivery division – before the first one has even concluded.…

Ofcom wants automatic compensation for the people when ISPs fail

March 24, 2017 - 12:25pm
Watchdog proposes fines for everyday repairs, installations and appointments are missed

Ofcom has begun consulting on the UK government's desire to compensate consumers and SMEs when telco companies fail, as set out in the Digital Economy Bill, even though the Bill hasn't reached the Royal Assent stage yet.…

Did you know: Crimelords behind DDoS attacks offer customer loyalty points?

March 24, 2017 - 11:51am
Tweaking business models for greater 404 kerching

The DDoS attack business has advanced to the point that running an attack can cost as little as $7 an hour, while the targeted company can end up losing thousands, if not millions of dollars.…

Why do GUIs jump around like a demented terrier while starting up? Am I on my own?

March 24, 2017 - 11:01am
Ever so lone lone lone lone a-lonely

Something for the Weekend, Sir? “For heaven’s sake, stop waggling it in my face! Kuh-rist, keep still! Right – you’ve asked for it!”…

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