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EU court to determine how Uber's business should be defined

The EU's highest court has begun hearing arguments on how Uber's business should be legally defined in a case that could have widespread implications for other businesses, an expert has said. The Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) has been asked to rule on whether Uber is a transport service provider, information society …
OUT-LAW.COM, 02 Dec 2016
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Microsoft to lift and shift StorSimple data into Azure blobs

Microsoft's ambition to paint the enterprise azure is accelerating, with the news that Redmond's StorSimple arrays will be able to convert the data they store into Azure Blobs. StorSimple started life as a vanilla iSCSI unified storage array that, at the time of its launch, could store VMs, databases or files but also offered …
Simon Sharwood, 01 Dec 2016

What you need to know from re:Invent – FPGAs-as-a-service and more

AWS re:Invent At its re:Invent conference in Las Vegas today, Amazon Web Services tipped its hand to reveal its battle plan for invading new markets. The Jeff Bezos cash machine has kicked out a laundry list of new services and virtual machine instances for AI applications, databases, and software that requires specialized hardware …
Shaun Nichols, 30 Nov 2016
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Nutanix makes thundering great loss, stock market hardly blinks

A thundering great loss: that’s the first thing to notice about Nutanix’s latest quarterly results. It’s more than three times worse than the loss of the previous quarter: $162.2m vs $49.9m and the year-ago quarter’s $38.5m loss; sales grew only 19 per cent sequentially so the rate of loss-making would seem to have accelerated …
Chris Mellor, 30 Nov 2016

UK's new Snoopers' Charter just passed an encryption backdoor law by the backdoor

Among the many unpleasant things in the Investigatory Powers Act that was officially signed into law this week, one that has not gained as much attention is the apparent ability for the UK government to undermine encryption and demand surveillance backdoors. As the bill was passing through Parliament, several organizations …
Kieren McCarthy, 30 Nov 2016
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Turnbull's hand-picked disruptor disrupts disruption by departing

Paul Shetler, the head of Australia's Digital Transformation Office/Agency has resigned. A brief canned statement from the Agency offers no information on the reasons for his departure. Beyond a promise to appoint a replacement “in the new year” and a few boilerplate words expressing thanks for his contribution, there's no …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Nov 2016

Blu Vivo 6: Top value trendsetter marred by Chino-English mangle

Review Does anyone buy phones purely on specs? If so, this one might interest you. If software updates, support, and overall fit and finish can be ignored, then perhaps Blu, a Miami-based phone brand might make you pay attention. That’s because Blu enters the UK market with a £229 5.5-inch model, which on the surface looks an …
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Nov 2016

Have some sympathy for the AT&T devil

Analysis When the first fixed-line phone systems were installed, you paid for everything, but particularly for each minute of each call. Later they had broadband added to the copper and a flat rate began to become the order of the day. As phone calls went to IP, the same applied to calls for the most part. While there are upper limits …
Faultline, 25 Nov 2016
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Big Music goes mad for chat bots and AI

The BPI has embraced the post-human era, with a report of the use of AI in music by consultancy MusicAlly. “AI is enabling the creation of hyper-personalised playlists using contextual data and deep analysis of the relationship between songs, while artists and labels are now using chatbots to engage fan-bases in campaigns,” we …
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Nov 2016
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CompSci boffins offer new bug-rating system to get you home on time

If you're in charge of a couple of thousand boxen, you can't patch every vulnerability report at once, so sysadmins will welcome help sorting out their priorities. That's what a couple of researchers hope to offer in what they call NCVS, the Non-Intrusive and Context-Based Vulnerability Scoring framework: making sense of the …
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AI is all trendy and fun – but it's still a long way from true intelligence, Facebook boffins admit

Researchers at Facebook have attempted to build a machine capable of reasoning from text – but their latest paper shows true machine intelligence still has a long way to go. The idea that one day AI will dominate Earth and bring humans to their knees as it becomes super-intelligent is a genuine concern right now. Not only is …
Katyanna Quach, 22 Nov 2016
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IETF plants privacy test inside DNS

The Internet Engineering Task Force's (IETF's) years-long effort to protect Internet users has taken a small step forward, with one option for better Domain Name System (DNS) privacy reaching the test stage. "Stubby", created by the getdns project team, lets users test encrypted DNS queries. The idea isn't to flick the switch …

Windows cmd.exe deposed by PowerShell

Taking timeworn advice for authors to "murder your darlings," Microsoft has done away with the Windows Command Prompt. The newly released Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14971 for PC has made PowerShell the default command line tool, a promotion that coincides with PowerShell's 10-year anniversary. "In an effort to bring the …
Thomas Claburn, 18 Nov 2016
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Facebook Fake News won it for Trump? That's a Zombie theory

Comment Facts all come with points of view Facts don't do what I want them to Talking Heads The internet is filled with things that aren’t true, the world discovered this week. Gosh. Who would have thought it? The platforms’ propagation of bogus “news” is the latest "blame anyone except us" theory to account for the election of …
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Nov 2016
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vSphere 6.5 goes GA, gains surprise powers to predict the future

VMware's quietly revealed that vSphere 6.5 is now generally available and therefore on-sale to world+dog. VSphere 6.5's had a long gestation. The Register understands an early version of the upgrade was used to run infrastructure for VMworld Europe 2015. A beta commenced in February 2016 and the update was then formally …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Nov 2016

The solution to security breaches? Kill the human middleware

Versus16 It's a computer security truism that human beings are the biggest network threat. Sysadmins have always assumed that means users, but it may be time to take a long, hard look in the mirror. At the Versus conference in San Francisco on Thursday – a conference that its organizers say they set up to challenge the security status …
Kieren McCarthy, 17 Nov 2016
Drought

Low-end notebook, rocking horse shit or hen's teeth

A low-end notebook drought is likely coming to a town near you, multiple analysts and tech distributors have told The Reg. NAND flash is one component that has been in short supply in recent months, and glass panel manufacturers are shifting priority to higher margin areas including TVs, sources told us. Tim Coulling, senior …
Paul Kunert, 15 Nov 2016

Brace yourselves! Blighty is turning to AI for help

The UK government is looking at ways to revamp its digital services with the help of machine learning and AI, according to a new report released by the Government Office for Science. AI is the biggest trend taking over technology, and with the looming presence of autonomous vehicles and robots, governments are beginning to …
Katyanna Quach, 11 Nov 2016
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Just what everyone needs right now – an HPE chat bot wrapped in a Docker container, right?

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has a bot for you. The company has taken GitHub's Hubot code and wrapped it in a Docker container, to promote the conceit of ChatOps, a model for combining communication tools with DevOps automation. At the DevOps Enterprise Summit in San Francisco on Monday, Daniel Perez, software engineer at HPE, …
Thomas Claburn, 09 Nov 2016

Silicon Valley's oligarchs got a punch in the head – and that's actually good thing

Comment Looking for silver linings from the Election of President Donald J Trump? There may not be many – but I might just have found one. A Republican trifecta (controlling the White House and both Houses) would be the big news today as it signals a "change election", and it hasn't happened since 1928. But Trump is Trump, so that isn …
Andrew Orlowski, 09 Nov 2016
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Amazon pitches 'safe and responsible' AWS at suits

Sandwiched between its third-quarter results and re:Invent conference, Amazon's been pitching AWS as production-ready. Amazon wheeled out a host of corporate big names and government super-users to testify to AWS's suitability beyond pure dev and test at a London event on Tuesday. AWS chiefs sought to reassure the suits of …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Nov 2016
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Brexflation: Lenovo, HPE and Walkers crisps all set for double-digit hike

A second wave of double-digit price hikes are coming to a reseller or retailer near you from the start of next month, both Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Lenovo have confirmed. Since the referendum, the UK's currency has fallen from $1.49 to £1 to $1.21, a drop of 18.7 per cent and many IT makers have reacted, from the cloud …
Paul Kunert, 08 Nov 2016

'Trust it': Results of Signal's first formal crypto analysis are in

Encrypted SMS and voice app Signal has passed a security audit with flying colours. As explained in a paper titled A Formal Security Analysis of the Signal Messaging Protocol [PDF], published by the International Association for Cryptologic Research, Signal has no discernible flaws and offers a well-designed and compromise- …
Darren Pauli, 08 Nov 2016

Vuln hunter finds nasty shared server god mode database hack holes

Dangerous since-patched vulnerabilities in MySQL, MariaDB, and Percona's Server and XtraDB Cluster have been found that, when chained, allow attackers in shared environments complete compromise of servers. The database servers are among the world's most popular and count all major tech giants as customers including Google and …
Darren Pauli, 03 Nov 2016

HTML 5.1 signed off

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has declared the HTML 5.1 spec is now a "Recommendation", the body's jargon declaring it is done, dusted, signed off and utterly complete. The full spec is here for your reading pleasure and the list of new features is here. Among the more interesting new bits, the <picture> and srcset …
Darren Pauli, 02 Nov 2016
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Coding will win you the election, narcissistic techies boasted to Hillary

Comment Can you remember where you were when the Berlin Wall came down, Mrs Thatcher resigned, or – um – David Cameron "learned" some HTML for an hour? Perhaps the first two, but maybe not the third. Yet in Silicon Valley's bubble, the latter signified a "Sputnik moment" for humanity. New disclosures from WikiLeaks highlight Big Tech' …
Andrew Orlowski, 01 Nov 2016

No nudes, bloated apps, Android sucks and 497 other complaints about Apple to the FTC

Exclusive Apple and its products prompted almost 500 complaints to the US Federal Trade Commission in the past 22 months – a number that suggests the iGiant has cut the rate at which consumers express dissatisfaction. That of course doesn't include social media ire about the new MacBook Pro. The Register sent a Freedom of Information …
Thomas Claburn, 28 Oct 2016
Speed

Windows Server 2016 persistent memory support supercharges storage IO

Analysis The best IO is... no IO. Windows Server 2016 has code to supercharge data storage IO speed by not treating it as IO anymore. It uses storage-class memory (SCM) as a persistent store, one that is on the memory bus, close to the CPU, and doesn't lose its contents when power is lost, an NVDIMM-N type device. That can be …
Chris Mellor, 28 Oct 2016

Quantum heaves sigh of relief as red ink washes away

Made it! Quantum is back in profit after five loss-making quarters. It made $3.8m profit on revenues of $134.7m in its second fiscal 2017 quarter; they were $117m a year ago, with a net loss of $11.2m, and $116.3m in the previous quarter, which saw a $3.8m loss. Finally all that hard work in building up StorNext revenues …
Chris Mellor, 27 Oct 2016

WD gets flash boom bang from SanDisk swallow

+Comment WD's disk and SanDisk-boosted flash sales boomed as overall revenues in its first fiscal 2017 quarter rose to $4.7bn, up 40.6 per cent on the year-ago $3.4bn. But it reported a net $366m loss. Why a loss? A year ago it made a profit of $283m on lower revenues. This time around there were charges associated with WD’s recent …
Chris Mellor, 27 Oct 2016
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EU ruling restricts rights to resell back-up copies of software where originals are damaged, destroyed or lost

Software companies must enable customers that acquire an unlimited licence to use their product to download a copy of that software to replace originals that have been damaged, destroyed or lost, the EU's highest court has ruled. The right to access a replacement for damaged, destroyed or lost software exists in this way under …
OUT-LAW.COM, 26 Oct 2016
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'Outpaced' ASIO was infiltrated by Soviets

The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) has publicly admitted for the first time it was infiltrated by Soviet spies during the Cold War. The admission in a new historical volume is 27 years in the making since the end of the Cold War spanning 1975 to 1989. Australian National University senior fellow Doctor …
Darren Pauli, 26 Oct 2016

Government Digital Service under review after rural payments cockup

Whitehall's spending watchdog is to review the achievements of the Government Digital Service in light of the Rural Payments Agency's IT disaster. In an update note on the Rural Payments Agency's Common Agricultural Policy IT system on Monday, the National Audit Office said it will shortly be undertaking a review of GDS's …
Kat Hall, 24 Oct 2016
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Machine-learning craze reaches freelancers: AI skills sought for gigs

Machine learning, Tableau, and user experience design represented the fastest growing skills on freelancing platform Upwork during the third quarter of the year, a finding that makes sense in the context of the accelerating collection of data and the need to present it. "Companies are harvesting explosive amounts of data, and …
Thomas Claburn, 21 Oct 2016
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Hack us and you're basically attacking America, says UK defence sec

Britain is splurging £265m on military cyber security – and that includes offensive capabilities, according to Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon. Speaking at the Royal United Services Institute yesterday, Sir Michael said the investment into the Cyber Vulnerability Investigations programme would “help us protect against …
Gareth Corfield, 21 Oct 2016

IBM throws ISP under a bus for Australia's #Censusfail

IBM has blamed a supplier for causing the failure of Australia's online census, which went offline on the very night millions of households were required to describe their disposition. Big Blue's submission (PDF) to Australia's Standing Committees on Economics, which is conducting an Inquiry into the Preparation, …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Oct 2016
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The Internet of Things is 'dangerous' but UK.gov won't ride to the rescue

The Internet of Things is “dangerous”, according to some bloke trying to rebrand it as the “Internet of You” – and the government ain't going to pass new laws to sort it out. According to a press release, one Jim Hunter of Greenwave Communications quite rightly warned the Broadband World Forum this morning that putting …
Gareth Corfield, 19 Oct 2016

Data integrity and failover in the hybrid cloud

Discussions of information security tend to revolve around keeping confidential information confidential: preventing intruders from compromising the protection of the systems and gaining access to data they're not entitled to see. But there's more to security than just keeping information secret: it's a three-pronged concept. …
Dave Cartwright, 19 Oct 2016

Do businesses get the IT service they deserve?

We’ve received plenty of feedback from Reg readers over the years telling us that business managers and execs often don’t get IT. Sometimes it’s not listening to advice and requests for budget from the IT team, on other occasions it’s not heeding warnings on security exposures, capacity running out, and other forms of risk. …
Matt Proud, 18 Oct 2016

Hello |FNAME|, this is the Obama-bot Drupal chat module speaking

The White House has open-sourced the bot that president Obama uses to automatically respond to messages sent on Facebook Messenger Yours for the forking on GitHub the bot is, says White House chief digital officer Jason Goldman, “a Drupal module, complete with easy steps and boiler plate code.” “This will enable Drupal 8 …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Oct 2016
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Google TensorFlow AI bots drafted into Ocado call centre service

Like so much in Britain, you can credit the weather for this. Ocado has rolled out AI using Google’s open-source TensorFlow to improve service at its customer call centre. The online food retailer took six months to build and install a system based on machine learning., using Python, C++, Kubernetes on Google Compute with …
Gavin Clarke, 14 Oct 2016

All-flash storage: Tech's ready, is it safe to move yet?

All-flash arrays are arguably coming of age, but in an early market, with lots of vendors jostling for position and making all kinds of promises, you need to be careful when evaluating options. While most of the historical challenges have been largely neutralised or at least made significantly smaller, there are still some …
Dale Vile, 14 Oct 2016
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Adding trendy tech SIEM to a hybrid computing setup

As I write this, Security Information and Event Monitoring is considered rather hip and cool. Everyone's talking about it, and the vendors of SIEM software are promoting the life out of it. The thought process that prompts consideration of SIEM is: “No matter what I do to protect myself, an attack is possible so I need to pre- …
Dave Cartwright, 14 Oct 2016
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First look at Windows Server 2016: 'Cloud for the masses'? We'll be the judge of that

Review Microsoft has released Windows Server 2016, complete with container support and a brand new Nano Server edition. What is the essence of Windows Server 2016? First, a quick look at the context. Server 2016 follows the same pattern as previous releases, in that it follows a new release of the Windows desktop operating system, in …
Tim Anderson, 12 Oct 2016
Desktop as a service

No, software-as-a-service won't automatically simplify operations and cut costs

Software-as-a-service (SaaS) is sold to line of business people as a way to get the applications they need, without all the hassle, time and expense required to have an IT department build and run an application. But while off-the-shelf SaaS can do an awful lot for a business, doing SaaS well needs ancillary tools that SaaS …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Oct 2016
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Yahoo! spymasters! patent! biometric! online! ad! tracking! IRL!

Privacy sell-out Yahoo! has filed patents for roadside billboards outfitted with biometric spy cameras and microphones to collect data from passers-by. The NSA's bed warmer described a billboard that contained video and audio collection capabilities, and even retina scans and speech recognition to determine what viewers are …
Darren Pauli, 09 Oct 2016
Shouting match

GDS shouting matches so severe team takes to talking by hand signals

Images Communication has now become so difficult at meetings of the UK Government Digital Service's (GDS) Platform-as-a-Service team, they've been forced to implement hand signals to prevent the "less dominant or newer members of the group" from being shouted down. In a blog post today by Dan Carley, GDS explained how it has …

Invasion of the virus-addled lightbulbs (and other banana stories)

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Yikes, all I have to do is go away for a couple of weeks and all hell breaks loose. But at least it’s the right kind of hell: that is, the veritable technological hell that I’ve been predicting in these columns for years. First off as I sit back in my late-vacation sun lounger to read the news on my tablet is that the Krebs on …
Alistair Dabbs, 07 Oct 2016

How does a hybrid infrastructure fit my accreditations?

Security-related certifications such as ISO 27001 and, more particularly, the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS), have stringent requirements regarding the controls on infrastructure, how data is routed and stored around it, and so on. Particularly in the cloud components of a hybrid setup, the control you …
Dave Cartwright, 06 Oct 2016
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Google melts 78 Android security holes, two of which were critical

Google has crushed 78 Android security flaws in its October bug blitzkrieg, repairing critical core Android services along the way. The patch parade sees the tech giant return to a high-double-digit patch run after issuing only 47 fixes last month and a whopping 103 in August. The updates are split into essential Android …
Darren Pauli, 05 Oct 2016