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Invasion of the Brandsnatchers: How Nokia and BlackBerry inhabit the afterlife

Analysis Early next year you should able to buy Nokia phones and BlackBerry phones, two of the giant names of the Noughties. None of these phones will be made by Nokia or BlackBerry, and all of them will be Android phones. The famous brands will inhabit new bodies, with the licensees hoping to rekindle some nostalgia both giants once …
Andrew Orlowski, 30 Sep 2016
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Top interview: Dr Patrick McCarthy – boss of the world's future largest optical telescope

Pics + vids Construction has now started on the Giant Magellan Telescope, which will be the world's largest optical viewing device mankind has ever built by using record-breaking mirrors and advanced electronics. Youtube Video The telescope, located high in the Chilean mountains, will be able to show us images with up to ten times the …
Iain Thomson, 30 Sep 2016

Why XPoint SSDs won't meet original speed claims: A guide

Comment Objective Analysis analyst Jim Handy has come up with a theory which he claims explains why Intel and Micron’s 3d XPoint memory will not meet its original performance claims. As Intel marketing droids have said, there is a difference between raw media access latency and SSD product access latency. Handy takes a (heh heh) handy …
Chris Mellor, 29 Sep 2016

Partnership on AI to Benefit People and Society... Doesn't sound sinister at all

RotM Google, Facebook, Amazon, IBM and Microsoft have joined forces to create an AI partnership intended to pacify public fears about the human-replacing technology. The somewhat Soviet-named Partnership on Artificial Intelligence to Benefit People and Society is notable for not including Apple - which is notorious for ploughing …
Kat Hall, 29 Sep 2016
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But is it safe? Uncork a bottle of vintage open-source FUD

“Yeah, but is open source a safe choice?” Surprisingly, I’ve been asked that frequently of late. Larger organisations in particular are giving me the old squinty eye. The folks in these conference rooms and tentacular email threads are often looking to replace decades old stacks of IT and get their “digital transformation” on, …
Michael Coté, 29 Sep 2016

Researchers crack Oz Govt medical data in 'easy' attack with PCs

Australian researchers have laid waste to the Federal Government's plan to criminalise the decryption of anonymised state data sets, just a day after it was announced, by 'easily' cracking government-held medical data. Federal attorney-general George Brandis yesterday announced that it would accept recommendations from the …
Darren Pauli, 29 Sep 2016
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Ordinary punters will get squat from smart meters, reckons report

Smart meters will benefit suppliers nearly twice as much as consumers in terms of cost savings, according to an assessment by the late Department for Energy and Climate Change. The government's £11bn smart meter project will require energy suppliers to offer 53 million meters to homes and small businesses by 2020. Smart meters …
Kat Hall, 27 Sep 2016
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Google tries to cross out XSS attacks by releasing its own test tool

Google has spent more than US$1.2 million (£920,400, A$1.6 million) in the last two years paying researchers for reporting cross-site scripting (XSS) attacks and has kicked off an effort to help crush the threat. XSS attacks are one of the most pervasive and enduring web application security threats because they allow …
Darren Pauli, 27 Sep 2016

NetApp is hyped about its under-wraps hyper-converged system

Albeit late to market, NetApp is developing a hyper-converged infrastructure product, The Register has learned. We're told that NetApp will sell this new gear to ensure the company is not late to the next big inflection point in the storage market: storage-class memory (SCM). Speaking to El Reg from NetApp’s Insight event in …
Chris Mellor, 26 Sep 2016
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Microsoft inserts 'new kind of computer ... into our cloud' for speedier Azure services

Ignite Microsoft is using Intel Altera Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA) chips to speed up Azure services, according to an announcement at the Ignite event under way in Atlanta. FPGA chips aim to combine the performance advantage of hardware with the flexibility of software. They are integrated circuits that can be reconfigured …
Tim Anderson, 26 Sep 2016

The Great British domain name rip-off: Overcharged .uk customers help pay for cheaper .vodka

UK domain name holders are being overcharged while the company behind it wins contracts by undercutting the market in what may be illegal market abuse. In recent months, Nominet has signed a number of contracts with commercial operators of dozens of internet extensions ranging from .boston to .vodka. More deals are in the …
Kieren McCarthy, 26 Sep 2016

London-based Yahoo! hacker gets 11 years for SQLi mischief

A 23-year-old man has been sentenced to two years in prison for his part in a cyber attack on Yahoo! in 2012. Nazariy Markuta, of Harlesden, London, was a member of the D33Ds Company network, which nicked over 450,000 customer email addresses and passwords from Yahoo! after an investigation by the UK's National Crime Agency ( …
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Microsoft: We're hugging trees to save the 'world'

Microsoft is turning over a new leaf and going green. At least, that's what the firm’s chief environmental strategist has claimed as he sketched plans to make its data centres more sustainable and efficient. This is not the first time Microsoft has talked about cleaning up its act, but at a green technology event in Santa …
Dan Robinson, 23 Sep 2016
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Half! a! billion! Yahoo! email! accounts! raided! by! 'state! hackers!'

Updated Hackers strongly believed to be state-sponsored swiped account records for 500 million or more Yahoo! webmail users. And who knew there were that many people using its email? The troubled online giant said on Thursday that the break-in occurred in late 2014, and that names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, …
Iain Thomson, 22 Sep 2016
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Going hyperconverged? Don't forget to burst into the cloud

Here’s a key benefit of that shiny new hyperconverged box you just bought: it’s supposed to speak the cloud’s language. After all, hyperconverged storage is sometimes viewed as a private cloud in a box, melding storage, networking and compute into a single package with the storage management happening under the hood. It …
Danny Bradbury, 22 Sep 2016

Hewlett Packard Enterprise bigwig chuckles at talk of buyout talks

The number two at Hewlett Packard Enterprise has brushed off talk the slimmed-down organisation could be vulnerable to a takeover, as the company is again linked with “possible” buyers - this time around Huawei, Lenovo, Oracle, Cisco and, er, Dell. Antonio Neri, executive veep and general manager for the Enterprise Group, told …
Paul Kunert, 21 Sep 2016
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Margaret Hodge's book outlines 'mind boggling' UK public sector waste

Review It’s impossible to read former bollocker-in-chief Margaret Hodge’s account of being chair of the government's spending watchdog without repeatedly banging your head against the wall. Hodge presided over the House of Commons’ Public Accounts Committee between 2010-2015, during the coalition government’s austerity programme. …
Kat Hall, 20 Sep 2016

UK.gov oughta get its data-sharing house in order before Digital Economy Bill plans

Analysis The government has a funny notion of how to tackle failure. When it comes to contracts, suppliers that have routinely messed up are handed more deals. When it comes to policy, approaches that have proved unsuccessful get dusted off and pushed with renewed vigour. The author who wrote "the definition of insanity is doing the …
Kat Hall, 19 Sep 2016

Salesforce Einstein: Enterprise AI breakthrough, or CRM Clippy?

Salesforce has unveiled Einstein, a deep learning platform it hopes will form the foundation of all of its future SaaS offerings. Touting years of development and hundreds of millions of dollars in both in-house development and acquisitions, Einstein will be baked into pretty much every major product Salesforce offers. …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Sep 2016
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Elastic acquires predictive analytics firm

Elastic, the company behind Elasticsearch, has acquired behavioural analytics biz Prelert. The Amsterdam-based parent company, with an additional HQ in Mountain View, today announced that it has acquired Prelert and will integrate its analytics technology into the Elastic Stack. The financial terms of the deal were not …
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'Inherent risk' to untried and untested 4G emergency services network – NAO

Plans for a new 4G emergency services network (ESN) to be used in life and death situations by the blue light services have been dubbed as "high risk," in a report from the National Audit Office today. The ESN will replace the expensive Airwave radio system used by the police, fire and ambulance services. It is expected to …
Kat Hall, 15 Sep 2016
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Songsmiths sue US antitrust over Google-friendly rules ruling

Two independent women songwriters are suing the US antitrust department of the Department of Justice over its proposal to rip up songwriters' contracts to make them more Google-friendly. Crucially, in the remarks, the DoJ proposes that both ASCAP and BMI must accept 100 per cent licensing – so Spotify and other giant music …
Andrew Orlowski, 14 Sep 2016
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Sorry Nanny, e-cigs have 'no serious side-effects' – researchers

+Comment More research into electronic cigarettes has reported positively on the devices, finding evidence of their use as smoking cessation aids and finding that they do not appear to cause any serious side-effects. An update to the Cochrane review on electronic cigarettes has restated the findings of the initial research, which was …
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Non-doms pay 10 times more in income tax than average taxpayer group

Comment UK-based non-domiciled taxpayers contributed £6.57 billion in income tax in 2014/15, an average of £56,589 per non-dom over the year compared to the average of £5,152 collected from the remainder of the population. This substantial tax revenue, as well as other benefits brought by wealthy non-doms based in the UK such as …
OUT-LAW.COM, 14 Sep 2016
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Ericsson strikes partnerships with Intel and Google for pay TV

Ericsson said at IBC this week that it will partner Google to allow Android TV set tops to work with its MediaFirst TV Platform. It will also partner Intel to look for ways of bringing video processing more efficiently to the cloud. It has been re-engineering Microsoft’s Mediaroom since it acquired it three years ago, and many …
Faultline, 12 Sep 2016

Wait, wait – I got it this time, says FCC as it swings again at rip-off US TV cable boxes

US comms watchdog the FCC has published its revised plans to kill the multi-billion-dollar cable box rip-off. In a fact sheet [PDF], chair Tom Wheeler reiterates the same arguments he made back in January when he first proposed forcing cable companies to publish their data streams in an open format so competitors could offer …
Kieren McCarthy, 09 Sep 2016
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You should install smart meters even if they're dumb, says flack

The UK’s controversial smart meter programme will only succeed in saving consumers cash if people are made aware of the benefits, says Rob Smith, head of policy and public affairs at Smart Energy GB. Some 53 million smart meters are due to be installed in residences and small businesses by the end of 2020, at an estimated cost …
Kat Hall, 09 Sep 2016

Fight over internet handover to ICANN goes right down to the wire

The US government's plan to hand over control of critical internet functions at the end of the month is heading for an extraordinary showdown next week, as Congress debates whether to block it. The current IANA contract is due to expire on September 30, at which point the organization that has run the contract for the past 20 …
Kieren McCarthy, 08 Sep 2016
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Hitsniffer customers hit by outage over former colleagues' ownership spat

Customers of analytics business Hitsniffer have been left in the lurch following its collapse after arguments over ownership of the service. Peter Laird, who runs the financial side of Hitsniffer, and Armin Nikdel Kourkah, its programmer, are engaged in a dispute over Hitsniffer's holding rights, leaving customers without any …

Inside our three-month effort to attend Apple's iPhone 7 launch party

It's been a number of years since an Apple PR staffer secretly admitted to one of our reporters that The Register was on a blacklist. We also learned that they were under strict instructions never to admit to the blacklist – presumably because it would make one of the world's largest companies look, you know, pathetically …
Kieren McCarthy, 07 Sep 2016

Star Trek film theory: 50 years, 13 films, odds good, evens bad? Horta puckey!

Star Trek @ 50 So how many Star Trek fans does it take to change a lightbulb? As long as there are two, four, six or eight of them, it doesn’t matter. But you can forget about decent illumination if there are one, three, five, seven or nine of them. Thirteen episodes in - and 50 years ago on Thursday after the original series that spawned …
Tony Smith, 07 Sep 2016
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Publishing military officers' names 'creates Islamic State hitlist'

The Ministry of Defence has been accused of creating an Islamic State hitlist by publishing the names and ranks of Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force officers. Made available to the public since the 18th century, the Army and Navy Lists contain the names, service numbers, ranks and date of seniority of every serving officer …
Gareth Corfield, 06 Sep 2016

EU will force telcos to offer 90 days of 'roam like home' contracts

The European Union has published draft plans to force telcos across the EU to offer customers free roaming for at least 90 days a year. Last year the EU decided to abolish roaming fees from June 2017, after years of negotiations with European telcos. But today the plans contain a "fair usage" concession which mean users can …
Kat Hall, 06 Sep 2016
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Spinning that Brexit wheel: Regulation lotto for tech startups

The reality of running a new business or doing something innovative is that you're hunting for cracks and niches that others have not yet filled – spaces too small for the big girls and boys already in the market. And many of those niches are fragile, formed in part by chance, opportunistic spaces in the current markets and …

Google swats Nexus 5X vulnerable fastboot memory dump flaw

Google has patched a bypass hole in Nexus 5X devices that allowed attackers to dump memory from locked phones. IBM X-Force research lead Roee Hay says exploiting the flaw was simple and required a device be put into fastboot mode. "The vulnerability would have permitted an attacker to obtain a full memory dump of the Nexus 5X …
Darren Pauli, 04 Sep 2016

When Irish eyes are filing: Ireland to appeal Europe's $15bn Apple tax claw-back

The Irish government formally decided to appeal the European Commission's $14.5 billion back-tax demand on Friday. "There are some very important principles at stake in this case," said the country's finance minister Michael Noonan. "A robust legal challenge before the courts is essential to defend Ireland's interests." "The …
Kieren McCarthy, 02 Sep 2016
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So Nutanix has fessed up to PernixData slurp. Now what?

So it appears the rumours were true as Nutanix finally announces the acquisition of both PernixData and calm.io, a startup focused on DevOps automation. Naturally the blog post and press release from Nutanix puts a positive spin on things, with talks of shared vision, shared ambition and a “like-spirited” approach to IT …
Chris Evans, 01 Sep 2016

BT boils over, blows off Steam, accuses Valve of patent infringement

UK telecoms goliath BT is suing games developer and publisher Valve, alleging the Steam service infringes multiple patents. In a complaint [PDF] filed with the Delaware district court, BT accused Valve of ripping off four technologies it has patented related to the operation of cloud services (in this case, Steam). This is the …
Shaun Nichols, 31 Aug 2016
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Newest Royal Navy warship weighs as much as 120 London buses

The Royal Navy's newest offshore patrol vessel, HMS Forth, is now fitting out in Glasgow – and we're told she weighs as much as 120 London buses. Forth, the first of the RN's Batch 2 River-class patrol ships, was launched in mid-August after being loaded onto a 160-wheel remote control trolley. She was then driven at a …
Gareth Corfield, 31 Aug 2016

Tegile gets IntelliFlash into a cluster duster

Tegile is launching its all-flash, clustered, IntelliFlash CP (Cloud Platform) at VMworld 2016. This is a rack-scale system for large enterprises looking to set up a private cloud and, Tegile says, involves multi-controller clusters and NVMe. Individual systems are clustered together with a single global namespace. They will …
Chris Mellor, 29 Aug 2016
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An ethical Google won't break the internet, leaked EU report finds

Making Google a good corporate citizen and pay creators fairly won’t break the internet, a leaked impact study on copyright suggests. The 200 page impact assessment (IA), leaked to Statewatch, addresses the thorny issue of content sharing platforms such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. “Some online service providers refuse …
Andrew Orlowski, 25 Aug 2016
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MySQL daddy Widenius: Open-source religion won't feed MariaDB

Interview MySQL daddy Monty Widenius has dismissed claims the MariaDB fork is veering away from open source. Rather, the chief technology officer of MariaDB corporation called his firm’s embrace of a commercial licence for part of MariaDB "critical" to delivering new revenue and for the continued development of open-source software. …

Major update drops for popular Pwntools penetration showbag

The third version of the Pwntools exploit showbag has been released, sporting new Android p0wnage functions and a host of additional modules. The Python development library is the brainchild of the Gallopsled CTF team, which wrote the toolset to help fellow security types build faster exploits for penetration testing and …
Darren Pauli, 24 Aug 2016

New UK trade deals would not compensate for loss of single market membership

Analysis The UK could lose out on a 4 per cent boost to gross domestic product (GDP) if it was no longer a member of the EU single market, with particular repercussions for the financial services industry, according to an influential think tank. The 4 per cent figure is based on the UK defaulting to membership of the World Trade …
OUT-LAW.COM, 18 Aug 2016
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Windows 10 needs proper privacy portal, says EFF

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has called on Microsoft to offer a “single unified screen” on which Windows 10 users can control how Windows 10 deals with their personal information and monitors their use of the OS. The organisation has listed the long list of nasty nagware tactics Microsoft used to get people running …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Aug 2016

Australian States stutter in coding-for-kids bandwagon-jump

Australia's schools have gone crazy for coding, but kids in different states will be offered different programs that may use some, all or none of the national Digital Technologies Curriculum. The Register has tracked that curriculum's development, because most stakeholders in the local technology industries argued it was A …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Aug 2016
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Chip giants pelt embedded AI platforms with wads of cash

Analysis Artificial intelligence and machine learning engines are underpinning many emerging applications and services, from making sense of big data for enterprises, to supporting hyper-personalized consumer content, or virtual reality gaming. The current challenge is to move AI from the supercomputer to the mobile device, supporting …
Wireless Watch, 17 Aug 2016

How Brussels works: if you can’t beat them, join rewrite an EU directive

Analysis The biggest European telcos are poised to use Brussels to enact their revenge on American internet platforms, and on OTT providers like WhatsApp, the Eurocrats’ house journal The Financial Times claims. This isn’t exactly news, as a “sop to telcos” was exactly how we described what to expect last year, after we were leaked a …
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Aug 2016

EU privacy czars mull privacy regulation for Skype, WhatsApp

The tussle over the future of the ePrivacy Directive is warming up: while tech and telcos want the directive relaxed or scrapped, the European Union is considering extending it to cover services like WhatsApp and Skype. Last month, the GSMA published a joint industry statement asking Europe to scrap the e-Privacy Directive; …
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Seagate's flash advice: Don't buy the foundry when you can get the chips for cheap

Analysis As well as launching several new flash products, Seagate revealed the four pillars of its flash product strategy at the August 9-11 Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara. These were: Foundry independence Essential IP for system-wide use of flash Portfolio expansion Top-level cloud supplier Let's have a waltz around the …
Chris Mellor, 12 Aug 2016