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Idiot suspect brags about hiding in cupboard as police search his home The Somerset County Sheriff's Office in Maine cuffed burglary suspect Christopher Wallace this Sunday, following an extraordinary burst of Snapchat buffoonery from the 24-year-old.…

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Cheap cloud computing, free heat, sick kids cured … but will your clothes dry? Dutch companies Nerdalize and Eneco, the former a startup, the latter an energy company, have started a trial of cloud servers as home heaters.…

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'It's like being in 1981' says district boss A New Jersey school district in the US has been held hostage by ransomware that has apparently demanded hundreds of Bitcoins to end the situation.…

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Feel free to complain on Saturday if we were wrong The UK press has noticed that NASA's Small Object Database Browser seems to show an asteroid passing close to Earth – and therefore we're all going to die on Friday.…

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You'll know your infected when your box gasps and dies Developer Jakub Kroustek has found new features in the dangerous Vawtrak malware that allow it to send and receive data through encrypted favicons distributed over the Tor network.…

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Two-pronged attack can turn legit apps into spyware Hacker Zhi Xu has found that seemingly legitimate apps can unleash a hidden dark side to compromise almost half of all Android devices.…

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Universities with big iron become bigger publishers, better PhD factories A comparative analysis of supercomputer ownership by US universities seems to suggest that TOP500-class iron gives institutions a quantifiable edge in physics, chemistry, civil engineering and evolutionary biology.…

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Code repository biz successfuly subpoenaed in hacker track GitHub has been ordered to hand over records on some of its users to taxi-booking app Uber after unsuccessfully challenging a subpoena.…

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Don't panic: Adobe's doing the making-stuff-pretty bits, not the security bits Microsoft has revealed it's working with Adobe on some aspects of project Spartan, its replacement browser that will confine Internet Explorer to the Antique Code Show.…

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Google says digital economy worth AU$79bn to Australia, hard science scores $145bn Australians are getting their regular consultant-driven exhortation to ride the “digital economy” horse to wealth and prosperity, even though it turns out that for every digitally disruptive dollar that flows from the fingers of keyboard warriors, two dollars escapes the science lab into the economy.…

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El Reg knows how Bezos feels Amazon has been complaining to US Congress about Uncle Sam's Federal Aviation Authority dragging its feet over rules that would allow commercial drones to operate in America's skies.…

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Cupertino won't say why, or for how much, or if the sun came up today Apple has acquired FoundationDB, a company that “is creating a new generation of database technology that combines the advantages of modern NoSQL databases with the power and reliability of ACID transactions.”…

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Em. Prof. Tucker tells fibre conference NBN rollout cost was falling The idea that the planned fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) rollout of Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN) may have ended up meeting its cost targets has received a high-profile endorsement from emeritus professor Rod Tucker of the University of Melbourne.…

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Not cool, eh While the NSA headlines most of Ed Snowden's revelations of mass surveillance, the latest leaked documents reveal the Canadians are a dab hand at cyber-stuff, both defensive and offensive.…

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Australian attorney-general George Brandis says Budget will reveal gov contribution to data retention costs The PricewaterhouseCoopers report provided to Australia's attorney general on the likely cost of metadata retention has suggested a median figure of AU$3.98 per subscriber, per year.…

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US injunction axes domains, social accounts, online payment Analysis  A New York court has tried to knock DVD ripping software biz Fengtao offline by issuing an injunction against its domain names, social networking accounts and online payment systems.…

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Spartan to be default in Windows 10, IE11 to 'remain fundamentally unchanged' Microsoft has changed direction slightly with regard to how Windows 10 will handle web browsing, in a move that suggests development of Internet Explorer has finally come to an end – as has been rumored.…

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Sales execs from AT&T, Comcast are already in the air Google has confirmed it will roll out its Fiber broadband service in the Mormon heartland Salt Lake City.…

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Some slain in the software store, some survive – but why? Confusion reigns over whether or not Apple is really pulling all iOS antivirus apps from its online software store. One leading developer says yes, another says no, and Apple is keeping schtum.…

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'Container native' infrastructure does away with VMs Cloud outfit Joyent has launched Triton, a new software and service offering that provides what Joyent describes as "container native infrastructure," where the Linux container – not a server or a VM – is the atomic unit of hosting.…

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How the world of certificate authorities is broken, part 94 Google has revealed security biz MCS Holdings handed out unauthorized SSL certificates for some Google-owned websites.…

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Super-clever computers will discard us puny mortals, apparently Old-school computer whiz Steve Wozniak is afraid an emergence of an artificial super-intelligence will be very bad news for the human race.…

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A quick redundancy can be a good thing For many, the advent of cloud storage was a blessing. Cherished pictures and videos, contact lists, documents and more could be automatically put online and saved (theoretically) forever.…

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DIY Skype maker chomps up mail and DNS duo Open-Xchange, a maker of web apps that some of the biggest telcos and hosts rebrand as their own, has bought up open-source mailserver firm Dovecot and DNS server outfit PowerDNS.…

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Cunning object storage doesn't RAID the electricity budget Cleversafe CEO Chris Gladwin says his company's software is much more power-efficient than other scale-out disk drive array software or all-flash arrays. Object erasure coding can stop RAID crippling the power budget.…

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