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Grubby, tortuous, full of malware and deceit: Just call it Lionel because the internet is MESSY

So what are we going to do about it? Anything?


Reg Lectures Trolls, fake news, Russian bots, radicals – there's plenty to put you off going online.

And there's many a politician ready to clamp down on and control the internet, in an attempt to conquer these dark forces bruising our society, systems and discourse.

But attempting to control the internet isn't just wrong – it's counterproductive, according to University of East Anglia Law School senior lecture Paul Bernal.

Paul, author of the newly published The Internet, Warts and All, will discuss this idea with Register readers at our September 27 lecture in central London.

Along the way Bernal will propose that we shouldn't just accept the evils of fake news and trolls but that – to conquer them – we must embrace them. You can purchase tickets via Eventbrite here.

The setting for our evening is The Rugby Tavern, 19 Great James Street, London, WC1N 3ES. Doors open at 6.30pm with the lecture starting at 7pm and running for 45 minutes. Audience Q&A with Paul will follow a 45-minute pit stop for refreshments. ®

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Euro court rules YouTube not automatically liable for users illegally uploading copyright-protected material

It has to take action on takedowns though, prelim ruling on long-running Sarah Brightman spat finds

Europe's leading court has partly sided with YouTube regarding copyrighted works posted illegally online in a case that touches on "profound divisions" in how the internet is used.

The case, Frank Peterson and Elsevier Inc. v Google LLC and Others, was first brought by German music producer Peterson against the YouTube platform in the German courts in 2009.

In 2008, a number of recordings of songs from the album A Winter Symphony by singer Sarah Brightman – which he claimed he owned various rights to – were posted on YouTube without his permission. Songs from live performances of Brightman's tour were also posted online.

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Apple scrambles to quash iOS app sideloading demands with 'think of the children' defense

And if that doesn't work, terrorism or satanic panic next?

Apple, fearing regulators will force it to allow people to sideload whatever apps they like on their own iOS devices, has published a paper arguing about the importance of its oversight. The iGiant also sent a letter to US lawmakers warning of supposed harm if its gatekeeping is disallowed.

The letter is directed at members of the House Judiciary Committee and its Antitrust Subcommittee, who on Wednesday held a markup hearing to amend and vote on the advancement of six antitrust bills intended to rein in Big Tech.

"We are concerned that many provisions of the recent package of antitrust reform legislation would create a race to the bottom for security and privacy, while also undermining innovation and competition," wrote Timothy Powderly, Apple senior director of government affairs for the Americas [PDF].

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Google bestows improved device management tools, authentication options on Chrome OS admins

IT managers told when punished Chromebooks are about to die

Psychologist Abraham Maslow didn't mention Chromebooks when contriving his hierarchy of needs, and yet they have become essential to ordinary life during the pandemic, with the cheap computing devices being used for homeschooling and remote working.

Perhaps in recognition of that, Google has added a bevy of new features that it says are designed to improve fleet management and security.

IT managers responsible for administering fleets of Chromebooks can now see a visualisation of when their kit will reach end-of-life, and thus need replacing. Google has committed to providing eight years of software updates for Chrome OS devices, after which they'll cease to receive security patches and new features.

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John McAfee dead: Antivirus tycoon found lifeless in prison after court OKs extradition

UK-born wild man of infosec faced trial in America for tax evasion

John McAfee was found dead in his cell in a Barcelona prison on Wednesday, according to the Catalan justice department.

Spain’s high court – the Audiencia Nacional – had just hours earlier agreed to his extradition to America to stand trial for alleged tax evasion.

The 75-year-old, British-born former antivirus baron, who founded McAfee Associates in the late 1980s and made his millions before more or less retiring in the mid-1990s, was being held at a prison in Sant Esteve Sesrovires following his arrest at Barcelona airport in October 2020.

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Google set to face fresh sueball over its Play Store revenue commission after probe by several US states – report

Suit may be filed as soon as next week

Google is reportedly facing a new civil antitrust suit following a Play Store investigation by several US states.

The suit – which may be filed as early as next week and is being led by Utah, Tennessee, North Carolina, and New York – is believed to focus on the Chocolate Factory's requirement that all apps distributed through its marketplace use Google's own payment tools, which take a 30 per cent commission.

Work on the suit is said to have commenced last year and is likely to be filed in North Carolina, which has served as the venue for multiple app store disputes in recent months. These include, ironically, a suit filed by Epic Games against Google.

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Anyone still using cash? British £50 banknote honouring Alan Turing arrives

Bank of England flies pride flag as it launches new note

The UK's new £50 note has entered circulation on the 109th anniversary of the birth of its subject, the mathematician and computer scientist Alan Turing.

Initially announced two years ago, and unveiled back in March, the note is due to become available in bank branches and ATMs over the coming days.

Its arrival completes the Bank of England's range of polymer notes, and the clock is ticking down to 30 September 2022, at which point the previous paper versions of the £20 and £50 notes cease to be legal tender (although it is expected that deposits using the older notes will be still be accepted.)

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The Linux Foundation dives into machine learning with Open Voice Network, dataset licence launches

Looks to improve the simplicity with which such things are shared

The Linux Foundation has announced two projects with which it aims to help settle the choppy waters of machine learning: the Open Voice Network (OVN), and the CDLA-Permissive-2.0 licence for machine learning datasets.

"Voice is expected to be a primary interface to the digital world, connecting users to billions of sites, smart environments and AI bots," said Mike Dolan, senior veep and general manager of projects at the Linux Foundation. "It is already increasingly being used beyond smart speakers to include applications in automobiles, smartphones and home electronics devices of all types.

"Key to enabling enterprise adoption of these capabilities and consumer comfort and familiarity is the implementation of open standards. The potential impact of voice on industries including commerce, transportation, healthcare and entertainment is staggering and we're excited to bring it under the open governance model of the Linux Foundation to grow the community and pave a way forward."

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Samsung pushes out single console all-in-one RAN kit for cramped European markets

Smaller physical footprint to tempt carriers needing to build out 5G

Space may be the final frontier, but for telecoms operators it is a pressing concern, particularly those based in countries where land comes at a premium, most notably the UK. Enter Samsung, which has introduced its first all-in-one antenna and radio unit for the European market.

Introduced at the company's Samsung Networks: Redefined shindig, the One Antenna Radio incorporates a 3.5GHz Massive MIMO radio unit with several passive antennas tuned for mid and low-band spectrum.

These components are usually two distinct elements within a RAN. By consolidating them into a single unit, Samsung said it will allow carriers to more efficiently use limited space, thanks to its simpler cabling and smaller physical footprint.

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Intrepid squid mission may help in kraken riddle of why zero-g makes astronauts sick

Boffins looking for changes to cephalopods' symbiotic relationship with bioluminescent bacteria on ISS

Immunology boffins in the US are hoping to learn the secret of how to keep humans well enough for long enough to live on the Moon or travel to Mars by sending some tiny squid into space.

While this may seem like a slightly counterintuitive plan, the reason the squid were chosen as test subjects is perfectly sensible and not because NASA is joining in with some informal "Be Mean To Sealife" week for US government bodies – despite the US Air Force's recent efforts to kill snails with missiles and the US Navy's decision to set off big explosions in the Atlantic.

Rather, the sickness-studying whitecoats are trying to find out if watching how Hawaiian bobtail squid react to zero gravity will help them understand why it upsets the way humans react to germs.

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Spacey McSpaceface: Artemis takes shape ahead of '2021' launch – but first you need to name the crash-test dummy

Next up, the rocket stage to send mannequin to the Moon

The stacking of NASA's monster Moon rocket is continuing in Florida with the launch vehicle stage adapter placed atop the newly vertical core stage.

The component was winched up to around 76 metres by one of the cranes inside NASA's Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) before being slowly lowered onto the core stage of the Space Launch System (SLS).

The component has been sitting around for a while, having arrived at Kennedy Space Center from NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center almost a year ago. Its purpose is to connect the core stage to the Interim Cryogenic Propulsion Stage (ICPS) that will send the Orion capsule and its European Service Module off on a jaunt to the Moon.

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Campaigners warn of an 'algorithm-driven censorship' future if UK Online Safety Bill gets through Parliament

MPs and activists join forces to fight 'dangerous' legal threat

MPs and anti-censorship campaigners have warned that the British government's Online Safety Bill "mistakes the medium for the message" and will result in algorithms censoring anyone who posts something on social media that could get a Silicon Valley company into trouble.

The newly formed group, under the slogan "legal to type, legal to say", is made up of David Davis MP, campaign group Index on Censorship, media law barrister Gavin Millar QC, and others.

They warn that the Online Safety Bill's "duty of care" approach to tech platform regulation will crush the rights of Britons to speak freely and safely online.

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