posted about 18 hours ago on the register
Look forward to your Dickian future of disobedient appliances Internet of Lawnmowers  I recently gave the Internet of Things (IoT) a good look. I talked about geofencing and the communications technologies of the IoT, but now I think it's time to talk about nightmares.…

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posted about 18 hours ago on the register
Tech giant hopes new acquisition will solve its data jukebox problems Sony is buying ex-FaceBook open compute project exec Frank Frankovsky’s optical storage startup to boost its optical archive prospects.…

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posted about 19 hours ago on the register
Vorsprung durch Tim Cook? No surprise to biz which claims fruity firm poached its staff Apple has admitted to eyeing up the automotive market, with chief operations man Jeff Williams describing cars as "the ultimate mobile device".…

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posted about 19 hours ago on the register
Guards, metal detectors, badges, wristbands, QR codes, photo IDs ... whaa? Google I/O  This year's Google I/O conference hasn't even formally kicked off, but attendees who arrived early to pick up their badges on Wednesday got their first look at the peculiarly formidable security at this year's event.…

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posted about 19 hours ago on the register
Artful dodge nets access to linked credit cards Deft watch thieves could circumvent the biometric security in an Apple Watch to empty your bank account.…

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posted about 20 hours ago on the register
Are black and white colours? Answers on a postcard please WD has refreshed its My Passport line of portable disk drives with fetching Grip Packs — colourful edge protective bands providing a big jump from 2TB to 3TB max capacity.…

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posted about 20 hours ago on the register
Dubious bloggers like DeSmogBlog refuse to accept consensus Trick-cyclists in America have come out with research which could explain why the debate on climate change continues to rumble on, even though there is a solid consensus on the facts of the matter.…

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posted about 21 hours ago on the register
Two-into-one does go Review  Convergence. Wretched word. But one particularly liked by hardware wallahs trying to convince us that instead of buying a laptop and a tablet, we should buy something that is a laptop and a tablet. Asus is king of the convergers.…

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posted about 22 hours ago on the register
Biodegradable semiconductors will allow an Avatar lifestyle with all mod cons Boffins have developed a biodegradable semiconductor chip made almost entirely of wood in an effort to alleviate the environmental burden of electronic devices.…

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posted about 22 hours ago on the register
Things are going to come online faster than people as we head for two-zettabyte traffic splurge The Internet of Junk Things isn't going to overwhelm the Internet's capacity any time soon, according to Cisco's rolling Visual Networking Index (VNI) report.…

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posted about 23 hours ago on the register
InSight lander starts pre-flight tests before drilling deep with heat probe NASA has announced that its next Mars lander, the Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight), has started its pre-flight tests to ensure it can survive launch and the long schlep to the Red Planet.…

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posted about 23 hours ago on the register
Oracle in the worst security shape since 2010, hackers say SAP hackers Alexander Polyakov and Alexey Tyurin say Oracle PeopleSoft contains unpatched vulnerabilities and weaknesses that allow attackers to easily obtain admin passwords.…

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posted about 24 hours ago on the register
Europa, meet instruments PIMS, ICEMAG and REASON NASA has announced the nine instruments selected for its planned 2020s mission to Jovian moon Europa, and as is the local custom, there are some choice stretching-it-a-bit acronyms on offer for aficionados of the agency's previous efforts.…

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posted 1 day ago on the register
Just download direct, say FOSS graphics folk The GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) has accused SourceForge of violating its open-sourcery by wrapping the popular graphics program in adware.…

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posted 1 day ago on the register
Smart software encoding lets robots recover in minutes If you're the future mother of a resistance leader who's destined to save the world from killer mechanoids then life just got a little tougher. Scientists have developed software that allows robots to work around injuries in minutes and carry on their assigned tasks.…

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posted 1 day ago on the register
Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst explains his very odd introduction to the company Want a job at Red Hat? If so, prepare to buy your interviewer coffee, lunch and maybe even the petrol needed to drive to the coffee shop.…

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posted 1 day ago on the register
Adding cloudy WLAN to wireless security portfolio Troubled WLAN vendor Meru Networks has found a rescuer in security vendor Fortinet, which is buying the company for US$44 million.…

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posted 1 day ago on the register
Containerise your Shellshock, Heartbleed and Poodle! Docker Hub users are playing Russian Roulette with Heartbleed, Poodle and Shellshock, according to an analysis of a bunch of images by newly-launched outfit BanyanOps.…

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posted 1 day ago on the register
It's time to listen – really listen – to your car “I must have seen it thousands of times,” my friend said, “but I never really noticed it before.”…

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Non-NBN fibre providers get competition leg-up in new housing The federal government has moved to mollify the fibre operators left out in the cold by previous national broadband network (NBN) policy, re-writing the rules that apply to new property developments.…

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posted 1 day ago on the register
Chip biz shopping sprees continue Shopaholic Avago Technologies is reportedly in talks to acquire Broadcom, in an acquisition that would significantly boost its presence in the high-end smartphone space.…

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posted 1 day ago on the register
Doc due in November to inclide more talk about public-private SNAFU sharing Australia's Federal Government will this year deliver its first Cyber Security Strategy to generate 'practical' means to improve security including public-private partnerships.…

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posted 1 day ago on the register
Even Microsoft's betas now get the cloudy updates-all-the-time treatment Microsoft's given itself a busy day, releasing the first technology preview of SQL Server 2016 and also letting us all know about updates to its StorSimple NAS boxen and Azure Media services.…

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posted 1 day ago on the register
Crap apps zapped, devs slapped Ahead of the Windows 10 launch this summer, Microsoft has decided it's time for a little spring cleaning in the Windows Store, and it's tightening up its submission policies to make sure its store doesn't get into the same sorry state again.…

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posted 1 day ago on the register
Once a do-not-spam, always a do-not-spam The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has put forward rules to close a loophole used by robocallers and text-message spammers.…

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