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Channelling some answers for Auntie Breaking Fad  Do you like your free-to-air TV? It looks like a reasonable chunk of spectrum will be saved for terrestrial broadcasting at the WRC–15 meeting later this year, but the battle for Freeview is far from over.…

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An internet that didn't rip you off? Who'd want a thing like that? The web has grown up without letting people own and control their own stuff, but a British-backed initiative might change all that, offering a glimpse of how the internet can work in the future. Their work will all be open sourced early next year.…

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Fewer than 10 downloads for draft comparison app in France Around 800 people really do want to compare all the different versions of the EU’s proposed new data protection law.…

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Adobe's scars make it ugly but tough. So tough it's being attacked more than ever Don't kill Flash; that's the message from Cisco security veteran John Stewart who says the Adobe team have put in the hard yards into reforming security and needs to weather the current bug storm.…

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Head of HR films video response for El Reg HP Enterprise's head of HR says his company does not have a "global" dress code, while his minions quietly remove a webpage on workplace appearance from HP.com.…

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First papers from Philae lander's brief burst of work appear in Science When the Philae lander failed to touch down cleanly on Comet 67P/Churyumov­-Gerasimenko it looked like a mess. But the probe's four bounces across the comet's surface turn out to have been a blessing in disguise because they've given us more close-ups of 67P than expected.…

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West Yorkshire Police reveal their worst summer nuisance calls The West Yorkshire fuzz have released recordings of nuisance calls requesting a cat be arrested for eating a man's bacon and a complaint about a noisy washing machine, as well as a request to identify the actor in Magnum PI*.…

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Update rollups needn't spoil your Sysadmin Day unless you're hot for Windows 10 VDI Looking forward to a nice, relaxing Sysadmin Day? If you run Microsoft's Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) 2012, your dat may just have been complicated by the release of two update rollups.…

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Bad packets cause crashes. Cisco has closed a hole in its ASR 1000 line of enterprise and service provider-grade routers that could trigger denial of service.…

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Google scores whole-of-country deal for internet-over-windbags Service to launch just weeks before monsoon hits, complete with rain and wind a-plenty Sri Lanka has signed up for broadband services delivered by Google's “Project Loon” broadband balloons.…

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If at first you aren't jailed for piracy, try, try again, this time funded by donations File locker mogul Kim Dotcom has signalled he'll soon create a third version of his Mega service.…

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Smartglasses in possibly useful situation shocker Google is reportedly developing a revision of its infamous Glass product for use in the workplace.…

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Flap over crap OnStar app yak, all will be revealed at DEF CON yap Anyone with $100 spare for electronic components, and some technical skills, can wirelessly track, unlock, and start General Motors cars that have OnStar fitted, it is claimed.…

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Eyes PoS vendors, web terminals. Trend Micro researcher Anthony Joe Melgarejo says the sophisticated Angler exploit kit popular in cybercrime circles is now targeting point-of-sale (PoS) systems.…

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Judge just doesn't have the time to hear their bickering The long-running copyright dispute between Oracle and Google over the latter's use of the Java language APIs in its Android operating system will likely drag on for another year or more, based on the latest developments in the case in a US federal court.…

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iPhone giant to get comfy with CBS Interactive in San Francisco, apparently Apple is reportedly moving into San Francisco's stinky and noisy trendy South of Market (SoMa) neighborhood – by leasing office space in CBS Interactive's building.…

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Lasers used to pump data between ground and aircraft Pics  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's plans to beam internet access to remote corners of the world has taken another step, or rather a flight, closer to reality.…

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Mozilla's Beard gets in Sat Nad's face, says Microsoft is on the verge of killing choice Mozilla chief exec Chris Beard has penned a tetchy open letter to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, criticizing the Redmond giant for changing customers' default browser choice when they upgrade to Windows 10.…

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Avalanche of gripes could come in handy once someone figures how to enforce new rules The FCC has reportedly received over 2,000 complaints related to alleged violations of its Open Internet rules.…

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You won't see that headline in Nature Video  Astronomers have spotted a brown dwarf almost-star glowing with a dazzling display of aurora similar to the Northern Lights and Southern Lights here on Earth – but hundreds of thousands of times brighter.…

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Larry's Unix to support cross-platform containers with unique Solaris features Oracle is the latest company to get on the Docker bandwagon, having announced support for the application container technology to come in a future version of Solaris Unix.…

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Backdoored code slung at officials, journos etc Malware used to attack Ukrainian government, military, and major news agencies in the country, was distributed from the Russian portal of encryption utility TrueCrypt, new research has revealed.…

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Year-long publicity effort hits bullseye ... in a way The internet is reeling today at the "news" that a rare make of computer-aided gunsight can under certain circumstances be hacked into, permitting a hacker to interfere with a suitably-equipped rifle's aim.…

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Results for acquisition target Telecity look limp in comparison Net income at US data centre outfit Equinix jumped to $59.5m (£38m) for the company's second quarter of 2015, up from $11.3m (£7.2m) in the same period last year. Meanwhile, sales rose 10 per cent to $666m (£426m) for the three-month period.…

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Disks in large enough numbers are volatile; they break... Comment  New storage technologies are needed for exabyte-munching exaflop supercomputers. The same-old-same-old disk tech used for supercomputers won’t do for the exaflop generation promised by President Obama’s US leadership supercomputing order. This is Obama’s moonshot, the equivalent of President Kennedy’s man on the moon vision…

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