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Grenfell Tower: Seven high rises 'fail fire-risk tests'
Tests are under way on about 600 high rises in England to see if cladding fitted to the outside is safe, the government says.
Brexit: 'Dreamer' Tusk says UK may yet stay in the EU
The European Council president quotes John Lennon's Imagine - as the PM talks expat rights.
Church 'colluded' with sex abuse bishop Peter Ball
Former bishop Peter Ball was jailed for sex offences against 18 teenagers and young men.
Finsbury Park attack: Tributes to victim Makram Ali
Makram Ali, 51, was a "gentle man" who "spent his whole life without enemies", his family says.
Single parents win benefits cap High Court challenge
The judge in the case says the cap causes "real misery", but the government intends to appeal.
Boys at Exeter academy wear skirts in uniform protest
They wanted to wear shorts, but were told that breached their school's uniform policy.
UK terror attacks: Home secretary says police stretched
The home secretary says terror attacks over the past three months have left resources "very tight".
Senate Republicans unveil healthcare bill
The Better Care Reconciliation Act slashes taxes on the wealthy and cuts Medicaid funding.
Otto Warmbier: Mass funeral for student jailed in N Korea
The death of the US student has raised tensions, with North Korea calling Donald Trump a psychopath.
Prince Harry says no royal wants to be king or queen
The prince says royals are doing it "for the greater good", in an interview with a US magazine.
Blast in Iraq destroys Great Mosque of al-Nuri
Blast in Iraq destroys Great Mosque of al-Nuri according to Iraqi forces
Siri storm caused by economist's comments
He apologises for causing any offence after saying he finds a male voice more trustworthy on Siri.
Magna Academy seeks disciplinarian to lead 'behaviour correction unit'
Director of Isolations and Detentions must show "tough love" in school's "behaviour correction unit".
How do you keep a celebrity wedding secret?
Celebrity weddings appear to be everyone's business, but what if those involved don't want the world to watch?
Manchester homeless man John lends boots to diner 'in need'
John gave his boots to Akbar Badshah, who was turned away from a restaurant for wearing sandals.
When your fidget spinner isn't enough...
A group of Russian motor enthusiasts found the handheld fidget spinner wasn't doing it for them, so they have tried to make a version out of cars.
In pictures: Glastonbury's greatest hits
There is little that is more synonymous with British summertime than Glastonbury music festival. Julian Ridgway, the senior photo editor at Getty Images, talks us through some of his favourite moments from past festivals.
Life-size Ed Sheeran cake gives fans something to chew on
The singer is not the first oversize, celebrity-themed cake to be tackled by its baker.
Daily Mail hits back at Guardian cartoon
Newspapers at war: The Daily Mail launches attack on the Guardian after cartoon depiction
Kevin Spacey: I broke into dance 'a couple of times' on set
Kevin Spacey lauds British director Edgar Wright for his unique use of music during the film-making process in their latest movie.
Pesto excluded from liquid ban by Italian airport
Genoa airport in northern Italy now allows pesto in hand luggage in exchange for a charity donation.
Gay in Northern Ireland: 'He spat in my face'
Josh felt he had to leave Northern Ireland because of homophobia.
Fruit farm: 'One Brit applied in five years'
Zoe Conway spoke to managers in the fruit industry who are struggling to recruit workers
Women's Sport Week: Meet the Muslim female sporting pioneers
To mark Women's Sport Week, BBC Sport's Reshmin Chowdhury speaks to the Muslim women who have defied the odds to become sporting pioneers.
#DabkeChallenge: It's all over the wall
An Arab folk dance - with a twist - has become a viral craze.
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Festivals dominated by male acts, study shows, as Glastonbury begins
And how pop and hip hop megastars are threatening guitar music's monopoly.
The silence of stillbirth
The struggle to talk about losing a child after 38 weeks of pregnancy
The woman helping Mongolians die with dignity
Fifteen years ago there was no such thing as palliative care - care for the dying - in Mongolia. Now there is, thanks to Odontuya Davaasuren.
'My kids can't speak the word'. Family tales of house fires
Losing everything in a house fire can be devastating. How do you rebuild your life?
The Crystal Maze: Inside the new zones
The show's set designer on the new-look Aztec, Industrial, Future and Medieval zones.
Putting the fun back into dance classes
The new generation of dance workouts aiming to be less formal and more enjoyable.
Why are countries laying claim to the deep-sea floor?
The obscure and difficult to reach tracts of the seabed being claimed in the hope they contain mineral riches.
Queen's Speech summary: Bill-by-bill at a glance
A bill-by-bill guide to the proposed legislation in the 2017 Queen's Speech.
'I thought I was going to die': Jailed and ransomed in Libya
Migrants are falling prey to criminal gangs in Libya - the BBC hears one man's horrific story.
Frank de Boer: Crystal Palace set to appoint Dutchman as manager
Crystal Palace offer former Ajax and Inter Milan boss Frank de Boer the vacant manager's job at Selhurst Park.
British and Irish Lions: Warren Gatland wants to end 'trash talk'
British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland wants to end the "trash talk" in the build-up to Saturday's first Test in New Zealand.
Azerbaijan GP: Fernando Alonso & Stoffel Vandoorne to start at back of grid
McLaren's Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne will start Sunday's Azerbaijan Grand Prix from the back of the grid.
Football reforms: Pat Nevin's verdict on which of them would work
BBC football analyst Pat Nevin looks at the proposals to change the laws of the game and gives his verdict on the more radical ideas.
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Microsoft PatchGuard flaw could let hackers plant rootkits on x64 Windows 10 boxen
<h4>Redmond shrugs, says PC would already need to be thoroughly pwned</h4> <p>Flaws in Microsoft PatchGuard create a means for hackers to plant rootkits on Windows 10, 64-bit OS devices.…</p><!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' -->
Canadian sniper makes kill shot at distance of 3.5 KILOMETRES
<h4>He'd have been aiming higher than the top of London's Shard to hit his mark</h4> <p>A Canadian sniper has reportedly shot dead an Islamic State terrorist from the astonishing distance of 3,450 metres – more than two miles away.…</p>
Two Brits nabbed in connection with global plot to hack Microsoft network
<h4>Organised crime coppers cuff young men</h4> <p>Detectives of the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit arrested two UK men this morning in connection with an international "conspiracy" to break into the Microsoft network.…</p>
Hybrid storage newbie: It's storage Jim, but not as you know it
<h4>Data on flash or disk? Er, it's complicated, says Reduxio</h4> <p>Reduxio, the startup that stories data in unique indexed, tagged and timestamped chunks, has introduced v3.0 software with unified primary and secondary storage.…</p>
Gov.UK pops open tin of AI and robotics research cash
<h4>Government opens Industrial Strategy linked funding call</h4> <p>The UK government's long-promised Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund is open for business.…</p>
Flash-based and Dell-free: NetApp trots out SolidFire FlexPod
<h4>Flash? It's all flash, mate</h4> <p>NetApp has introduced an all-flash SolidFire-based FlexPod.…</p><!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' -->
UCL ransomware attack traced to malvertising campaign
<h4>Researchers finger trojan-slinging AdGholas group</h4> <p>Security researchers have suggested that the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/06/14/university_college_london_ransomware_attack/">ransomware attack on University College London</a> last week was spread through a "malvertising" campaign.…</p>
Putting AI to work in finance? Think algorithms, ethics first
<h4>More speakers join MCubed Lineup</h4> <p><strong>Events</strong> Ethics, algorithms and finance are all key areas for machine learning and AI, which is why we’re chuffed to announce three more excellent speakers who will be joining us at MCubed London in October.…</p>
Research suggests consumers find 'fibre' advertising misleading
<h4>Alt-net providers call for ads to be reviewed</h4> <p>Adverts using the word "fibre" to describe services deployed over copper lines are leaving consumers baffled, according to research commissioned by alternative network providers.…</p>
Fujitsu loses Dimes amid plans to save dollars
<h4>UK and Ireland boss nowhere to be seen</h4> <p>UK and Ireland boss of Fujitsu Lucy Dimes has gone on gardening leave just one year into the job, according to multiple well-placed sources.…</p>
'No decision' on Raytheon GPS landing system aboard Brit aircraft carriers
<h4>We've already got one tried and tested system, huffs MoD</h4> <p>The Ministry of Defence has insisted it has made “no decision” to install the US Navy’s JPALS aircraft carrier landing system aboard HMS <i>Prince of Wales</i>, the second of the Royal Navy’s two new 65,000-tonne aircraft carriers.…</p><!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' -->
Ailing Brit chip designer Imagination Technologies up for sale
<h4>Clash with tech titan continues</h4> <p>Trouble struck British chip designer Imagination Technologies has confirmed it is for sale amid an ongoing dispute with Apple that has crushed its valuation on the London Stock Exchange.…</p>
Expansys shutters online mobile gadget souk to consumers
<h4>'Dragon'-owned biz shifts focus to B2B market</h4> <p>Mobile gadget souk Expansys shuttered its digital doors to consumers – a natural conclusion for a business that lost direction under the ownership of lanky Dragons' Den badass Peter Jones in a commoditised space.…</p>
Flash array startup E8 whips out benchmarks, everyone will complain
<h4>NVMe over Fabrics box bashes Dell EMC, Pure and Infinidat</h4> <p>NVMe over Fabrics flash array startup E8 says its box out-performs Dell EMC and Pure arrays by up to 20 times.…</p>
Numbers war: How Bayesian vs frequentist statistics influence AI
<h4>Not all figures are equal</h4> <p>If you want to develop your ML and AI skills, you will need to pick up some statistics and before you have got more than a few steps down that path you will find (whether you like it or not) that you have entered the Twilight Zone that is the frequentist/Bayesian religious war. I use the term "war" advisedly because war, by definition, has moved beyond debate and discussion. "Religious" because the war is based on belief systems, not information.…</p>
Cheeky IT rival parks 'we're hiring' van outside 'vote Tory' firm Storm Technologies
<h4>Strapline on van: 'Where your vote is your choice'. Meow!</h4> <p><strong>Pic</strong> A rival of the reseller who threatened to sack Labour-voting employees hired a billboard van to drive past their HQ with the words “we’re hiring – where your vote is your choice” emblazoned on its side.…</p><!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' -->
Cluster kids: Meet the students giving all for science and HPC glory
<h4>If LINPACK would pack wood... and other computer sports posers</h4> <p><strong>HPC Blog</strong> As part of our continuing coverage of the most exciting events in the computer sporting world, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/06/19/isc17_student_cluster_competition/">Student Cluster Competitions</a>, we like to meet each team individually.…</p>
Humanity uploaded an AI to Mars and lets it shoot rocks with lasers
<h4>Curiosity Rover's autonomous operation experiments have been a great success, say astro-boffins</h4> <p>In late 2015 NASA gave the Curiosity Mars rover a software upgrade to let it operate autonomously. The Autonomous Exploration for Gathering Increased Science (AEGIS) code was uploaded because the rover can't be told what to do during the long periods communication with Earth is not possible. A little autonomy, NASA reckoned, could mean Curiosity could do more and perhaps better science.…</p>
Yes, this is our third Cisco story of the day. It's about 23 bugs you need to fix, stat
<h4>Troll your WebEx-loving execs with a crafted recording file</h4> <p>We all know the only thing more fun than a WebEx conference is a <i>recorded</i> WebEx conference, which is why WebEx Network Recording Player exists – and if you use it, you need to patch it.…</p>
PLATO mission to find alien life is given the thumbs up
<h4>ESA to start the construction of space telescope network</h4> <p>The European Space Agency’s PLATO mission hunting for habitable exoplanets has been given the green light to move from blueprint into construction.…</p>
In the week Uber blew up, Netflix re-states 'No brilliant jerks' policy
<h4>Forget free sushi, gyms or Steve Jobs clones. Netflix values fearless sharing</h4> <p>In 2009, Netflix published what became an influential <a target="_blank" href="https://www.slideshare.net/reed2001/culture-1798664">slide deck</a> explaining its culture, including a policy of not hiring “brilliant jerks” because the benefit of their moments of excellence are outweighed by the cost of their other behaviours.…</p><!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' -->
Cisco's 'encrypted traffic fingerprinting' turned into a product
<h4>Borg's boxen can now figure out if there's malware lurking in encrypted traffic</h4> <p>Cisco has turned research published nearly a year ago into a product it hopes will protect enterprises against malware hidden in encrypted traffic.…</p>
ITU thinks Blockchain and pals need interoperability
<h4>Calls for standards-setting conference to consider security, privacy, whatever other regs distributed ledger types want</h4> <p>The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has decided the time is ripe to start talking about what standards might be developed for distributed ledgers, aka Blockchain and fellow-travellers.…</p>
Cisco to reveal 'Starship' ride to cloudy server automation heaven
<h4>Borg plans 'AI-assisted operations in IT', but first we get new HCI boxen for ROBO</h4> <p>Cisco will next week reveal something called “Project Starship” that it promises will allow greater and easier automation of UCS servers and its HyperFlex hyperconverged appliances, no matter if they run in the data centre, remote office or a small business.…</p>
Researcher calls the fuzz on OpenVPN, uncovers crashy vulns
<h4>Patches for servers and clients already out there – get updating just in case</h4> <p>OpenVPN has patched a bunch of security vulnerabilities that can be exploited to crash the service or, at a pinch, potentially gain remote-code execution.…</p>
Arista-cats nearly out of the bag as redesigned products okayed
<h4>International Trade Commission says its kit should be fine to import again</h4> <p>Arista's long slog back to the shelves in America continues with an initial determination from the International Trade Commission okaying its product redesign.…</p><!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' -->
Homeland Security: Putin’s hackers tried to crack electoral networks in 21 US states
<h4>Senate Intelligence Committee frustrated by lack of details</h4> <p>Russian attempts to hack key American election systems are more advanced than first thought, according to Homeland Security officials on Wednesday.…</p>
What hardware? Oracle is on cloud nine, er, twelve right now – $200,000,000,000
<h4>IT giant's market cap soars after (mostly) strong financials</h4> <p>Oracle says it has finally turned the corner with its cloud compute transition as it reports big gains for the business, both in the quarter and the fiscal year.…</p>
Darkness to fall over North America from a total solar eclipse
<h4>Grab your camping gear and prepare for August 21</h4> <p>America will witness, for the first time in 99 years, a total solar eclipse stretching from coast to coast on August 21.…</p>
Oz senate committee says 'robo-debt' program was 'set up to fail'
<h4>Government senators play the 'this is fine' card</h4> <p>Federal Government senators have rejected a Senate report that describes its “robo-debt” program as “set up to fail”.…</p>
Walmart tells developers to stay away from AWS
<h4>Retail giant prefers partners not feed Amazon their cloud cash</h4> <p>Retail giant Walmart says it doesn't want its developer partners using Amazon Web Services to host their cloud apps.…</p><!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' -->
OnePlus accused of installing cheat codes for benchmarks with new handset
<h4>Benchmarks aren't useful anyway, says cofounder</h4> <p>On Tuesday OnePlus launched its latest smartphone with much hoopla, and the handset has already found notoriety.…</p>
Etsy issues pink slips for almost quarter of staff in quest for profit
<h4>Did it decorate notices with glitter and sparkles?</h4> <p>Arts and crafts market Etsy announced today that it is cutting more workers in an effort to get its finances back on track.…</p>
Cybereason snags $100m from Softbank to mount distribution, tech offensive
<h4>'This deal is the coming of age of the offensive security model'</h4> <p>Cybersecurity startup Cybereason is looking to go to the next level after securing $100m in funding from SoftBank.…</p>
HPE teases HPC punters with scalable gear
<h4>No you can't have full specs or pricing until next month</h4> <p>The first fruit of Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s <a target="_blank" href="https://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/08/11/hpe_buys_sgi/">buy of SGI</a> is set to hit the streets in July with the release of a high performance system - the HPE SGI 8600.…</p>
US Air Force resumes F-35A flights despite not knowing why pilot oxygen systems failed
<h4>Take a deep breath. You might have to hold it for a while</h4> <p>The US Air Force has today restarted flights of F-35As that were grounded by oxygen supply problems, even as it admits that it still doesn’t know what caused the life support systems to malfunction.…</p><!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' -->
Speaking in Tech: IT's a GaaS with Trump at top
<strong>Podcast</strong> Plus: Amazon's Whole Foods move, pizza on Mars, Uber chaos, and more
Avere: You're going to see tighter integration between us and Google
<h4>On-premises data centre not such a big deal any more, it seems</h4> <p><strong>Analysis</strong> NAS acceleration and cloud on-ramp supplier Avere is facing a surging cloud on-ramp business, now at parity with its data centre business, and growing much faster, with a <a target="_blank" href="https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/03/28/funding_avere_cloud_tier/">Google relationship</a> looking key.…</p>
TalkTalk customers complain of being unable to load Amazon website
<h4>Issue ongoing since last week</h4> <p>Certain UK TalkTalk customers have been unable to load Amazon's website since last week.…</p>
Breach at UK.gov's Cyber Essentials scheme exposes users to phishing attacks
<h4>How does that rank on the Morissette Scale?</h4> <p><strong>Updated</strong> The operation behind the UK government's <a target="_blank" href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/cyber-essentials-scheme-overview">Cyber Essentials scheme</a> has suffered a breach exposing the email addresses of registered consultancies, it told them today.…</p>
It's fluffy bottom line time at Adobe. That's a good thing, if you were wondering
<h4>It's raining money from that sweet, sweet cloud</h4> <p>Adobe has locked customers into its cloud services, and the fluffy white stuff has continued to, well, fluff up both its top and bottom lines.…</p><!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' -->
Honda plant in Japan briefly stops making cars after fresh WannaCrypt outbreak
<h4>No minivans or sedans rolled out of plant for 24 hours</h4> <p>Honda said today that it had briefly halted operations at a car plant in Sayama, Japan earlier this week because of the infamous <a target="_blank" href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/05/20/wannacry_windows_xp/">WannaCrypt ransomware</a>.…</p>
WDC wants in on Japan-backed consortium to buy Toshiba's chip biz
<h4>Legal headache still hangs over foundry joint venture agreement</h4> <p>WDC may have a way back into <a target="_blank" href="https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/06/15/wdc_making_love_and_war_with_toshiba/">Toshiba's memory business auction</a> although <a target="_blank" href="https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/06/21/japanese_state_fundled_bid_looking_to_win_tosh_memory_biz_auction/">Toshiba has selected</a> the Japanese state-backed INCJ consortium's ¥2tn ($18bn) bid group, which excluded WDC.…</p>
Want to learn machine learning in 15 minutes? Start here...
<h4>A guide to seeing the wood for the decision trees</h4> <p><strong>How to</strong> If you’ve heard the excitement about machine learning, but aren’t quite sure how it could apply to your business, the best way forward is to rip off the cover and see it working for yourself.…</p>
Ad 'urgently' seeks company to build national e-ID system
<h4>People Per Hours alert does not specify which government</h4> <p>An intriguing, and slightly concerning, job ad has appeared on freelancing website People Per Hour, entitled: "URGENT!!! Delivery of a National e-ID System".…</p>
Queen's speech announces laws to protect personal data
<h4>Tories dump a number of manifesto pledges</h4> <p>The government is to pass new laws to protect personal data and create a commission for countering extremism on the internet, the Queen announced in the annual state opening of Parliament today.…</p><!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' -->
Tesla's driverless car software chief steps down
<h4>Chris Lattner 'wasn't the right fit', says Elon Musk-led biz</h4> <p>Tesla's driverless car software chief, a former Apple engineer, has quit just six months after he joined Elon Musk's 'leccy car builders.…</p>
Gov digitisation plans happening too slowly, say IfG policy wonks. Hear that, GDS?
<h4>Verify needs to be addressed, Pope is Catholic, etc</h4> <p>In what might seem like an exercise stating the blindingly obvious, a report by policy wonks at think tank The Institute for Government has found that gov tech transformation is "happening too slowly" and the online identity platform Verify needs some urgently intervention.…</p>
Reg Radicals lecture encompasses far right, libertarians, and mushrooms...
<h4>Let’s leave the polyamorists out of this for now</h4> <p><strong>Reg Lectures</strong> If the recent election’s clash of centre right and a bit left leaves you cold, perhaps the prospect of libertarians versus transhumanists might make you sit up and take notice.…</p>
F-Secure's Mikko Hypponen on IoT: If it uses electricity, it will go online
<h4>Want a more secure PC? Try Windows 10 S, says CRO</h4> <p>Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer at Finnish security company F-Secure, spoke to <i>The Reg</i> at the launch of Sense, a consumer firewall device that aims to "secure your connected things".…</p>

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