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by Boing Boing (1601.4)

How does money laundering actually work?

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The Roman Empire as a modern subway transit map

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Photos that look like the Monument Valley game in

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An octopus wedding cake

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Emojis are like modern-day gargoyles to this Dutch

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Disneyland: The first two kids to go through the g

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Mortal Kombat promo reel shows off old-school roto

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Turns out it's super-easy to commandeer wireless t

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We need a new type of STEM role model

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Watch: The music video for Lin-Manuel Miranda's 'I

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Man imitates xylophone

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iPhone killed tinkering, but only if you want to t

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Man destroys Arkansas' Ten Commandments monument

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Gun safety ad appeals to your sexual shame

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Top Vatican official charged with mutiple child se

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Piers Morgan owned

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Michael Bond, creator of Paddington Bear, dies at

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Man jailed for 90 days waiting for tests to prove

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Grimly funny column from Fake Mitch McConnell

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Reasons to switch to Firefox

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This 10mm battery terminal ratchet makes my eterna

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Watch this large carp escape death by fisherman

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Gentleman jumps from balcony with parachute he bou

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Public road built on top of 5-story building in Ch

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15 sorting algorithms visualized in 6 minutes

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Contraption to shoot mosquitos with laser beams

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That EPA push to ban a pesticide that harms babies

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How to "fix" a Canon printer with a giant hand-mad

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Disney World's Hall of Presidents Trumpbot will sp

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How to make a bottle that rolls in "slow motion"

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Dave Rosser, Afghan Whigs guitarist, RIP

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Industrial robotics security is really, really ter

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Travel tip: don't throw coins into your plane's en

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How ping pong balls are made

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Texas Congresscritter wants to gag small investors

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God is Disappointed in You

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Celebrity cosmetic surgery, secret hookups, and a

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Researchers demonstrate attack for pwning entire w

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How one Lego reseller built an artificial intellig

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EFF will defend McMansion Hell from Zillow's copyf

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Kickstarting a new Girl Genius collection

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Poster for an Obi-Wan Kenobi movie

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David Cameron and Prince William condemned in leak

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Ransomware crook's email provider shuts down accou

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How to build an igloo

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Impressive animation projected onto a hockey rink

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UK government won't promise help to remove highly

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Man takes the "cheapest" survival tool kit into th

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by The Registry (291.9)

French general accused of nicking fast jet for wee

Defence ministry announces full inquiry

A French general stands accused of using military fast jets for weekend commutes to his country pile in Provence on the country’s sunny south coast.…

UK regulator probes PwC over BT's Italian accounta

Audit giant failed to spot frauds

The UK's Financial Reporting Council (FRC) is to investigate PwC's audits of BT, following an accountancy scandal at the telecom firm's Italian unit.…

US army spin-off GPU database bags $50m Series A f

Kinetica CEO dreams of being the database Apple of the enterprise's eye

Kinetica, the in-memory GPU-accelerated database, has pulled in $50m in its first major venture capital financing round.…

Capital suffers from 'sub-standard' connectivity -

Worse than York, which is 'frankly embarrassing'

The capital has "sub-standard" broadband and 4G speeds, causing it to lag behind smaller UK cities such as York, Coventry and Edinburgh - according to a report (PDF) today by the London Assembly.…

Newly Google-emboldened Nutanix aims for data cent

Data centre control plane platform play by mad hyperconverger

Nutanix is making a play to be a data centre control plane platform with a hybrid cloud game plan, buttressed by buddying up with the Google Cloud Platform.…

Murdoch's ᅡᆪ11.7bn Sky takeover referred to compet

Blow to Rupe as deal will be subject to further investigation

The proposed £11.7bn takeover of Sky by Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox has been referred to the Competition and Markets Authority regulator today.…

One month left to save big on our ML and AI extrav

Thinking ahead to save on artificial intelligence

Events  You’ve got a month to grab early bird tickets for MCubed London, our three-day exploration of all things Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence and Predictive Analytical this October, and save £100s in the process.…

NHS WannaCrypt postmortem: Outbreak blamed on lack

Plus systemic underspending in IT. Imagine that

A lack of accountability and investment in cyber-security has been blamed for the recent WannaCrypt virus that hobbled multiple hospital NHS IT systems last month, a report by The Chartered Institute for IT concludes.…

Western Digital bares fangs in $1bn Toshiba lawsui

Hey Tosh, you're so frivolous and without merit

Western Digital has hit back at Toshiba, its flash memory joint venture partner, which this week sued it in Japan for $1bn damages, alleging unfair competition and theft of trade secrets.…

Nations 'ethically obliged' to ensure public healt

High-income countries told to help those that can’t afford to collect data

The World Health Organisation has issued what it says is the first international framework for ethical public health data collection and use.…

How to avoid getting hoodwinked by a DevOps hustle

If they’re a 'DevOps Expert', they probably aren’t

Comment  We’re almost halfway through this year, and how’s progress on those Digital Transformation Initiative slides doing? Maybe you need a quick jump in improvement to buy some time for August vacations, and then ensure you can get enough actual change and a few successful projects in place by the holidays.…

NetApp HCI: More converged than hyperconverged?

Separate compute and storage environments inside

Analysis  I have come to the conclusion that NetApp's new HCI system is more converged than hyperconverged: in essence the boxes just add compute nodes and networking to SolidFire (storage) nodes.…

The bloke behind Star Fox is building a blockchain

Jez 'Argonaut' San puts on his poker face for El Reg grilling

One of the brains behind classic Nintendo game Star Fox is launching a blockchain-based online gambling service that could leave regulators stumped – and says he has raised $200,000 from the public to launch it.…

NATO: 'Cyber' is a military domain

Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has told a press conference ahead of a ministerial meeting tomorrow Brussels time that “cyber” is a “military domain” – and that a cyber-attack on one member can trigger NATO's Article 5.…

Robots will enable a sustainable grey economy

Oldies will retain mobility and independence when Teslas can self-drive them to work or be sent out to do the shopping

My uncle Amadeo turns 79 this week and bought himself a luxe Model S Tesla as a present.…

Astroboffins dig into the weird backwards orbit of

Tiny body moves similar to Jupiter – but travels in the opposite direction

Asteroid 2015 BZ509 – also known as Bee-Zed – is the only asteroid in our solar system with a confirmed retrograde orbit lasting 12 years; the same orbital period as Jupiter.…

Azure blues: Active Directory Connect has password

Attackers can dive out of the cloud to pwn admin passwords

Microsoft is warning sysadmins to check their Azure Active Directory Connect configurations and implement a patch against a credential-handling vulnerability.…

O Rly? O'Reilly exits direct book sales

End of an epoch, but dead trees live on

O'Reilly Media, the preeminent publisher of tech titles for non-dummies, is exiting print distribution.…

Five-eyes nations want comms providers to bust cry

Outsourcing the unicorn hunt

This week's five-eyes meeting has issued its communique, promising to get the tech sector to solve the problems of online terrorism and encrypted communications.…

Australian regulator will decide if Uber drivers a

Drivers' 'not-a-union' takes on 'not-a-taxi' company

Scandal-ridden, leaderless not-a-taxi dudebro poster-child Uber is under investigation in Australia about whether its “independent contractor” drivers are actually employees.…

Don't panic, but Linux's Systemd can be pwned via

PS, Alpine users, you need to get patching, too – for other reasons

Systemd, the Linux world's favorite init monolith, can be potentially crashed or hijacked by malicious DNS servers. Patches are available to address the security flaw, and should be installed ASAP if you're affected.…

Murderous Uber driver 'attacked passenger and the

Toxic upstart accused of inaction amid assault claims

Uber is accused of ignoring warning signs about an attempted murderer who signed up as a driver and then allegedly attacked a passenger before raping another.…

America throws down gauntlet: Accept extra securit

Peeps flying into US face 'enhanced screening'

Folks flying into America must endure extra security checks if they want to bring their laptops into airplane cabins. In a press conference on Wednesday, US Homeland Security boss John Kelly announced the introduction of:…

Kaspersky Lab US staff grilled by Feds in nighttim

Also, update your Kaspersky Anti-Virus File Server – before you get hacked

Several employees of Russian security vendor Kaspersky Lab got an unpleasant surprise on Tuesday night when FBI agents popped round to their residences for a chat.…

Modern Micron maestro Mehrotra marches merrily, ma

Senior execs hired and flagging retail business canned

Sanjay Mehrotra, Micron’s new CEO, is setting a whirlwind pace to make changes at the relatively staid old chipper.…

US trade watchdog boss goes all Kendrick Lamar on

Sit down Kitt, be humble

The head of US trade watchdog the FTC has pushed for companies to loosen their ties over self-driving cars.…

Search results suddenly missing from Google? Well,

It seems that everything's gone wrong since Canada came along

Canada's Supreme Court says America's Hat has authority over Google results worldwide – at least in cases when someone's copyright has been stomped on.…

Virus (cough, cough, Petya) goes postal at FedEx,

TNT Express systems blown up by, er, yeah, you get the idea

FedEx has suspended trading of its shares on the New York stock exchange after admitting that its subsidiary TNT Express has been hit by "an information system virus."…

Toshiba, Western Digital put away lawyers long eno

Tosh talks 4-level cell tech, too

Just as we are getting used to 64‑layer 3D NAND chips, along come the warring flash joint-venture couple Toshiba and Western Digital. The pair say their JV has produced a 96‑layer prototype die, with Toshiba also introducing four-level cell tech.…

Four Brits cuffed in multimillion-quid Windows tec

Malicious chats mostly came from India, say police

Four Britons have been arrested on suspicion of helping organise fraudulent telephone support scam calls that caused “hundreds of millions of pounds” of losses worldwide.…

Blunder down under: self-driving Aussie cars still

Hopping critters gave our sensors fits, says Volvo

Kangaroos continue to the bane of self-driving cars in Australia, as automakers say they still can't figure out how to accurately detect the presence of the pouched marsupials.…

What is the enterprise cloud?

Integrated IT infrastructure is a good place to start

Sysadmin blog  The private clouds are coming. A few of them are already in place, lurking in the shadows, but in 2017 the Infrastructure Endgame Machines (IEMs) land and everyone starts being able to buy cloud-in-a-can. With private clouds moving along the hype cycle towards Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) solutions, the race to rebrand the concept for marketing purposes begins. Behold: the enterprise cloud!…

Atlantis Computing in urgent refinancing talks

VDI and HCIA software supplier

Atlantis Computing is in middle of "delicate ongoing negotiations" seeking funding from investors.…

Rackspace shoves Splunk in its data trunk

Managed cloud biz’s next move? Machine learning, obviously

Managed cloud provider Rackspace has announced it is using Splunk to power its decision analytics engine - and plans to use the software provider’s machine learning tool next.…

Toshiba sues WDC for a cool billion bucks

You could say the flash JV partners' relationship is at rock bottom

Toshiba is suing WDC in a Tokyo court for ¥120bn ($1bn, £830m), alleging unfair competition.…