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Eight-hour comms lags and shock discoveries: 30 years after Voyager 2 visited gas giant Neptune • The Register

“Every day,” said Ed Stone, a professor of physics at Caltech and Voyager’s project scientist since 1975, “we learned something new.”

— Read on www.theregister.co.uk/2019/08/27/neptune/

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Technology

Musk loves his Starlink sat constellation – but astroboffins are less than dazzled by them • The Register

The International Astronomical Union has warned against the rise of satellite constellations in Earth’s night sky, such as SpaceX’s Starlink system, since their brightness and noise could hamper future scientific research.

“[We’re] concerned about these satellite constellations,” the union said in a statement this week. “The organisation, in general, embraces the principle of a dark and radio-quiet sky as not only essential to advancing our understanding of the universe of which we are a part, but also as a resource for all humanity and for the protection of nocturnal wildlife.

— Read on www.theregister.co.uk/2019/06/05/international_astronomical_union_satellite/

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Technology

Facebook ordered to open internal docs for investors livid about losing cash following data slurp scandal • The Register

A court in Delaware has backed investors who want to see internal emails and other documents relating to how Facebook handed data on 50 million users to Cambridge Analytica.

The ruling said that shareholders provided enough evidence to support a claim that failures by senior management and board members at the social network may have allowed the illegal data slurp to happen.

— Read on www.theregister.co.uk/2019/05/31/shareholders_win_demand_for_facebook_documents_on_cambridge_analytica/

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Technology

FYI: Someone left 24GB of personal info on 80m US households exposed to the public internet • The Register

“It’s clear, after so many incidents, that organizations do not have control over access to their data stored in the cloud,” said Erlin. “It’s not for a lack of tools, but a lack of understanding and implementation of the available tools. If you are storing data in the cloud, you can and should be able to audit the access permissions for that data on a continuous basis.”

— Read on www.theregister.co.uk/2019/04/29/microsoft_cloud_database_exposed/

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Technology

America’s anti-hacking laws are so loose, even Donald Trump Jr broke them. So, what do we do about it? • The Register

Before you get ready to rage-tweet or fury-comment, though, you may find the debate is disappointingly reasonable since it is built aroundhow badly written tech law has ended up giving prosecutors too much leeway in deciding when to bring cases and when to let them drop: a situation that everyone should be able to agree is not a great thing.

— Read on www.theregister.co.uk/2019/04/29/donald_trump_jr_cfaa/

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Technology

The difference between October and May? About 16GB, says Microsoft: Windows 10 1903 will need 32GB of space • The Register

It wouldn’t hurt to do some hard drive cleanup before Microsoft pushes this update out next month.

Microsoft has confirmed that Windows 10’s voracious appetite for storage remains undiminished in the upcoming May 2019 Update (1903).

Noted by Pureinfotech, Microsoft has quietly updated the minimum storage requirements for the OS from 16GB for 32-bit versions and 20GB for 64-bit to 32GB. Notably, the Windows 10 IoT Enterprise storage requirements remain at 16GB and 20GB for 32 and 64-bit versions respectively.

— Read on www.theregister.co.uk/2019/04/26/windows_10_storage/

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Technology

Schneier: Don’t expect Uncle Sam to guard your web privacy – it’s Europe riding to the rescue • The Register

“The EU is the regulatory superpower on the planet,” Schneier told The Register. “We won’t be regulating surveillance capitalism in the US, it’s too profitable. If you want that done, then look to the EU.”

— Read on www.theregister.co.uk/2019/03/07/policy_technology_schneier/

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Technology

Put down the cat, coffee, beer pint, martini, whatever you’re holding, and make sure you’ve updated Chrome (unless you enjoy being hacked) • The Register

Put down the cat, coffee, beer pint, martini, whatever you’re holding, and make sure you’ve updated Chrome (unless you enjoy being hacked) • The Register
— Read on www.theregister.co.uk/2019/03/07/google_chrome_zero_day/

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Rant

Correction: Last month, we called Zuckerberg a moron. We apologize. In fact, he and Facebook are a fscking disgrace • The Register

In just the latest in a seemingly endless stream of half-truths, Facebook has admitted it misled the public when it claimed that only five per cent of the users of its banned tracking app were teenagers.

The real figure, the Silicon Valley wunderkind has since confirmed to Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), was nearly four times higher: 18 per cent.
— Read on www.theregister.co.uk/2019/03/01/facebook_teentracking_app/

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Technology

Musk is in contempt of court, screams SEC after Tesla boss brags about car production rates • The Register

Elon Musk should be held in contempt of court, the US Securities and Exchange Commission has told a New York federal court after Tesla’s mouthy CEO tweeted about the number of cars the company will roll out this year.

The US watchdog said a tweet about Tesla’s plan to make 500,000 cars in 2019 was “inaccurate” and broke the terms of a 2018 agreement that stated Musk’s commentary about the car maker would be vetted in advance.

— Read on www.theregister.co.uk/2019/02/26/musk_contempt_court_sec/