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I used to be a dull John Doe. Thanks to Huawei, I'm now James Bond!

1 hour 18 min ago
We'll know for sure when Huawei reveals a shoe-shaped smartphone

Something for the Weekend, Sir? The name's McLeod. Alessandro McLeod. I am a spy for the secret services.…

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At 900k lines of code, ONOS is getting heavy. Can it go on a diet?

1 hour 50 min ago
'Net greybeard Douglas Comer talks SDN with El Reg

Interview Software Defined Networking (SDN) has changed the landscape of networking, but along the way it has created its own problems. Doug Comer of Purdue University thinks disaggregating SDN controllers like the Open Source Network Operating System (ONOS) could be a way forward.…

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Are you sure your disc drive has stopped rotating, or are you just ignoring the messages?

3 hours 23 min ago
Did this story make you angry? Y/N

On Call Roll up, roll up, to On Call, your weekly instalment of fellow readers’ tech triumphs and frustrations.…

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Watch an AI robot program itself to, er, pick things up and push them around

4 hours 10 min ago
Why can't robots just learn to do things without being told?

Vid Robots normally need to be programmed in order to get them to perform a particular task, but they can be coaxed into writing the instructions themselves with the help of machine learning, according to research published in Science.…

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Microsoft blue biz bug bounty bonanza beckons

5 hours 21 min ago
Azure DevOps Services invites hackers to test its limits

There's more money to be made from bug hunting in Microsoft code after Redmond announced its 10th active bug hunting reward scheme, the Azure DevOps Bounty Program.…

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Friday fun fact: If Stegosauruses had space telescopes, they wouldn't have seen any rings around Saturn

6 hours 30 min ago
Bet you were expecting a rude ring pun here? Well, not today

Saturn’s characteristic rings may only be as old as 100 million years, and thus formed during a time when dinosaurs still roamed on Earth.…

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Old bugs, new bugs, red bugs … yes, it's Oracle mega-update day again

8 hours 46 min ago
Out of 284 flaws, 33 are rated critical. Big Red admins have big patches ahead

Oracle admins, here's your first critical patch advisory for 2019, and it's a doozy: a total of 284 vulnerabilities patched across Big Red's product range, and 33 of them are rated “critical”.…

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Got a Drupal-powered website? You may want to get patching now...

9 hours 58 min ago
Open-source CMS gets a pair of critical fixes

Drupal has issued a pair of updates to address two security vulnerabilities in its online publishing platform. The vulns are a little esoteric, and will not affect most sites, but it's good to patch just in case you later add functionality that can be exploited.…

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Twitter. Android. Private tweets. Pick two... Account bug unlocked padlocked accounts

11 hours 41 min ago
Cock-up went unnoticed for two Olympics, one World Cup, an EU referendum, and a US presidential election

Twitter has fessed up to a flaw in its Android app that, for more than four years, was making twits' private tweets public. The programming blunder has been fixed.…

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Man drives 6,000 miles to prove Uncle Sam's cellphone coverage maps are wrong – and, boy, did he manage it

Thu, 2019-01-17 23:10
Amazing how a big cash payout focuses the mind

A Vermont state employee drove 6,000 miles in six weeks to prove that the cellular coverage maps from the US government suck – and was wildly successful.…

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FCC: Oh no, deary me. What a shame. Too bad, so sad we can't do net neutrality appeal during the US govt shutdown

Thu, 2019-01-17 22:02
Not so fast, there, Ajit...

America's broadband watchdog, the FCC, has asked the courts to postpone an appeal against its net neutrality repeal out of "an abundance of caution" due to the partial US government shutdown.…

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Red Hat gets heebie-jeebies over MongoDB's T&Cs squeeze: NoSQL database dropped from RHEL 8B over license

Thu, 2019-01-17 21:09
'The Server Side Public License v1 does not meet standards'

MongoDB justified its decision last October to shift the free version of its NoSQL database software, MongoDB Community Server, from the open-source GNU Affero General Public License to the not-quite-so-open Server Side Public License (SSPL) by arguing that cloud providers sell open-source software as a service without giving back.…

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It’s baaack – Microsoft starts pushing out the Windows 10 October 2018 Update

Thu, 2019-01-17 21:00
Set to update automatically? Say hello to my little friend…

Select Windows 10 devices are now automatically downloading Microsoft’s troubled 1809 update, according to the support page for the operating system.…

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Oxford University reportedly turns off its Huawei money tap

Thu, 2019-01-17 20:01
No more Chinese tech vendor grants for at least three to six months, compsci students told

Oxford University is reportedly suspending all research grants and donations from Chinese tech giant Huawei, according to a Chinese newspaper.…

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Tech giant to spend $500m dealing with housing crisis caused by tech giants

Thu, 2019-01-17 19:15
Redmond to throw cash at the problem, hopes some might stick to affordable homes

Microsoft has revealed it is to spank the best part of $500m on attempting to deal with the lack of affordable housing in the Seattle area.…

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Oracle boss prevented from Brexit Britain trip due to US shutdown

Thu, 2019-01-17 18:15
Mark Hurd confesses: I didn't take my passport – but usually that's not an issue

Forget cyber security or emergency hamburgers – the real impact of the US government shutdown is only just beginning.…

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Top GP: Medical app Your.MD's data security wasn't my remit

Thu, 2019-01-17 17:15
Prof Maureen Baker told tribunal info security and clinical safety are two separate things

The founders of medical symptom-checker app Your.MD knew that a number of key medical information databases were "open to anyone who knows the URL", emails seen by a London tribunal have revealed.…

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Oracle exec: Open-source vendors locking down licences proves 'they were never really open'

Thu, 2019-01-17 16:42
'They used to be seen as the good guys, and Oracle was the bad guy'. So that means... everyone is the bad guy now?

Open-source vendors that haven't already switched to less permissive licences will do so this year as the move to the cloud threatens their business models, a senior Oracle exec has said.…

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Campaigners get go-ahead to challenge exemption UK gave itself over immigrants' data

Thu, 2019-01-17 15:40
Sueball lobbed at Brit government over Data Protection Act

The High Court has agreed to hear a campaign group's case against the UK's Data Protection Act, which they say leaves immigrants with fewer rights over their data.…

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Slack to fend off the collaboration competition with... a new logo

Thu, 2019-01-17 14:36
Hipsters choke on pumpkin spice latte as the beloved original is tipped into a dumpster

Hipster laptop lids are in for a scraping as messaging-for-millennials platform, Slack, has taken a beating with the rebranding stick.…

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