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Choc Factory sends website app pluggers to page two mobile cesspit

TheRegister Site Updates - 7 hours 13 min ago
But it's 2015 and nobody cares about Web apps

Google is demoting mobile websites with full screen app advertisements possibly consigning it to the cesspit of the internet that is search result page 2.…

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If VMware is a sun, here are the storage worlds we've spotted orbiting it

TheRegister Site Updates - 7 hours 41 min ago
The force is strong in this one, Darth

VMworld 2015 Behold the storage sun king – VMware is the center of a storage solar system with planets and asteroids orbiting around it in belts: the EVO, VSAN, and VVOL orbital zones. Fresh activity has been detected by telescopes on planet Register using its snark-o-scope.…

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SOHOpeless: Belkin router redirection zero-day

TheRegister Site Updates - 8 hours 13 min ago
DNS response fondling confounds security

Security bod Joel Land has reported zero-day holes in a popular model of Belkin router allowing attackers to yank cleartext credentials, spoof DNS responses, and pop admin interfaces.…

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Ashley Madison Source Code Shows Evidence They Created Bots To Message Men

slashdot.org Site Updates - 8 hours 28 min ago
An anonymous reader writes: Gizmodo's Annalee Newitz looked through the source code contained in the recent Ashley Madison data dump and found evidence that the company created tens of thousands of bot accounts designed to spur their male users into action by sending them messages. "The code tells the story of a company trying to weave the illusion that women on the site were plentiful and eager." The evidence suggests bots sent over 20 million messages on the website, and chatted with people over 11 million times. The vast majority of fake accounts — 70,529 to 43 — pretended to be female, and the users targeted were almost entirely men. Comments left in the code indicate some of the issues Ashley Madison's engineers had to solve: "randomizing start time so engagers don't all pop up at the same time" and "for every single state that has guest males, we want to have a chat engager." The AI was unsophisticated, though one type of bot would try to convince men to pay and then pass them to a real person.

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Self-driving CARS? BORING. We want self driving, LIZARD dodging GOLF CARTS

TheRegister Site Updates - 8 hours 41 min ago
At last, humanity's real problems tackled

Many jaded readers of the Register, noting on the interwebs the endless stream of stories about self-driving cars - being worked upon by such companies as Google - may have wondered whether in fact anyone at all is actually working on the real, genuine problems confronting the human race.…

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Croc country cops' mobile facial matching a festival party pop

TheRegister Site Updates - 9 hours 47 min ago
Running from the law? Better stay in the bush.

Cops in crocodile-infested Northern Australia will use facial recognition matched to photos from CCTV and body-worn cameras to capture felons across the vast state.…

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Intel Launches Onslaught of Skylake CPUs For Laptops, Hybrids and Compute Stick

slashdot.org Site Updates - 10 hours 30 min ago
MojoKid writes: Intel is following up on its Skylake launch bonanza by opening the floodgates on at least two dozen SKUs mostly covering the mobile sector. The company is divvying up the range into four distinct series. There's the Y-Series, which is dedicated to 2-in-1 convertibles, tablets, and Intel's new Compute Stick venture. Then there's the U-Series, which is aimed at thin and light notebooks and "portable" all-in-one machines. The H-Series is built for gaming notebooks and mobile workstations, while the S-Series is designated for desktops, all-in-one machines, and mini PCs. Also, the Y-Series that was previously known as simply the Core M, (the chip found in products like the 12-inch Apple MacBook and Asus Transformer Book Chi T300) is now expanding into a whole family of processors. There will be Core m3, Core m5, and Core m7 processors, similar to Intel's Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 CPU models in other desktop and notebook chips.

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Wikimedia sweeps shill accounts after stunt doubles, waterparks scammed

TheRegister Site Updates - 10 hours 47 min ago
Sockpuppet purge flushes 400 accounts

Update The Wikimedia Foundation has gone on another shill-kill, announcing that it's flicked 381 “paid advocacy” accounts and pulled 210 articles created by the offending accounts.…

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Drone deals DEATH – to deadly starfish

TheRegister Site Updates - 11 hours 42 min ago
Great Barrier Reef boffins poisoning Crown of Thorns by remote control

An Australian university is about to start deploying drones on a seek-and-destroy mission. The target? The Crown of Thorns Starfish, which is famously a serious danger to the country's Great Barrier Reef.…

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Wanna call Barnaby Joyce a w**ker / gerbil on radio? FINE, says ACMA

TheRegister Site Updates - 12 hours 10 min ago
How do you LOSE a complaint against Kyle Sandilands? HOW?

It's official: Australians can call their elected representatives “wankers” on air, as long as they mean it as a term of abuse rather than a literal description of their sexual activity.…

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Turkey Arrests Journalists For Using Encryption

slashdot.org Site Updates - 12 hours 33 min ago
An anonymous reader sends news that three employees of Vice News were arrested in Turkey because one of them used an encryption system on his personal computer. That particular type of encryption has been used by the terrorist organization known as the Islamic State, so the men were charged with "engaging in terrorist activity." The head of a local lawyers association said, "I find it ridiculous that they were taken into custody. I don't believe there is any accuracy to what they are charged for. To me, it seems like an attempt by the government to get international journalists away from the area of conflict." The Turkish government denied these claims: "This is an unpleasant incident, but the judiciary is moving forward with the investigation independently and, contrary to claims, the government has no role in the proceedings."

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Big Blue bops modular menace

TheRegister Site Updates - 12 hours 47 min ago
CoreBot infant could grow to painful teenager

IBM threat researcher Limor Kessem has found a new modular malware credential stealer that could become a significant enterprise threat.…

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Leak-shamed Intel finally bares nifty Skylake details to world+dog

TheRegister Site Updates - 13 hours 12 min ago
Now will you please stop spaffing our slides everywhere?

A leak in Japan has led Intel to rush out the full details of its sixth-generation Skylake chip lineup.…

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Judge flips class-action switch on Uber drivers' lawsuit against cab biz

TheRegister Site Updates - 13 hours 14 min ago
All 160,000 can stand in claim over tips, says beak

A California judge has granted class-action status to a suit filed on behalf of Uber drivers.…

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Groin-melting Fujitsu LifeBook batteries recalled in conflag alert

TheRegister Site Updates - 13 hours 46 min ago
Rip out these batts now – unless you like staring down at the charred remains of your lap

Fujitsu is recalling a bunch of laptop batteries due to overheating concerns.…

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Victims of US gov't mega-breach still haven't been notified

TheRegister Site Updates - 14 hours 16 min ago
Affected workers to receive aid starting 'later this month'

Nearly three months after the US Office of Personnel Management (OPM) discovered its databases had been compromised by Chinese hackers, the government still hasn't notified the employees and contractors affected by the breach.…

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More Popcorn Time Users Sued

slashdot.org Site Updates - 14 hours 36 min ago
An anonymous reader writes: The torrent-based video streaming software Popcorn Time has been in the news lately as multiple entities have initiated legal action over its use. Now, 16 Oregon-based Comcast subscribers have been targeted for their torrenting of the movie Survivor. The attorney who filed the lawsuit (PDF) says his client, Survivor Productions Inc., doesn't plan to seek any more than the minimum $750 fine, and that their goal is to "deter infringement." The lawsuit against these Popcorn Time users was accompanied by 12 other lawsuits targeting individuals who acquired copies of the movie using more typical torrenting practices.

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Ad watchdog terminates Vodafone's cherry-picked 'unbeatable connecting calls' claims

TheRegister Site Updates - 14 hours 42 min ago
Three challenges rival operator over sketchy UK geography

Blighty's ad watchdog has given Vodafone a ticking off following a complaint from rival carrier Three, which successfully challenged the firm's "unbeatable at connecting calls" claims.…

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There's no Wayback in Russia: Putin blocks Archive.org

TheRegister Site Updates - 15 hours 10 min ago
How easily one forgets

Archive.org, home to the popular Wayback Machine, is again blocked in Russia, according to a site that monitors IP addresses banned in that country.…

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LLVM 3.7 Delivers OpenMP 3.1 Support, ORC JIT API, New Optimizations

slashdot.org Site Updates - 15 hours 18 min ago
An anonymous reader writes: LLVM 3.7 was released today as the newest six-month update. LLVM 3.7 has OpenMP 3.1 support via Clang, a new On-Request Compilation JIT API, the Berkeley Packet Filter back-end was added, the AMDGPU back-end now supports OpenGL 4.1 when paired with Mesa 11.0, and many other functional changes. Early benchmarks against GCC show its performance quite competitive with GCC5, even superior in some workloads, and should be more competitive in scientific applications with there now being OpenMP support.

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