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Davos Diary: POVERTY disruption in ACTION. Cash-poor? Just mine a #BongCoin!

After last year’s fiasco in the Andes it was a relief to arrive safely for the World Economic Forum's annual gathering in Davos - which is a kind of week-long hackathon with fondue. Here, exclusively for THE REGISTRAR are a few highlights from my diary. Is it really 18 years since the great internet pioneer John Perry Barlow ( …
Steve Bong, 31 Jan 2014
VMware VSAN Concept

Why not build your own VSAN hardware, asks VMware

When VMware launched its virtual storage area network (VSAN), it announced a laundry list of partners it said would be offering tricked-up servers to act as “ready nodes” real soon now. Cisco, Dell, Fujitsu. Supermicro and Inpsur have put up their hands and with “ready nodes”, servers with disk-slots-a-plenty capable of being …
Simon Sharwood, 07 May 2014
Facebook drowning

DON'T PANIC: Facebook returns after 30-minute outage terror

Facebook is recovering from the Cluster-Zuck disaster outage which saw its stock plummet and fans rush into the arms of its sworn enemy, Twitter. The world blazed with anger and indignation after Facebook collapsed, causing its stock to fall by nearly 0.8 per cent in pre-market trading. Luckily for anyone who is craving …
Jasper Hamill, 19 Jun 2014

Cuffing darknet-dwelling cyberscum is tricky. We'll 'disrupt' crims instead, warns top cop

Europe's top cyber-cop has called for a shift in focus from the prosecution of online crims to the disruption of their activities. This comes as crooks increasingly make use of the darknet – private peer-to-peer networks such as Tor – to stay hidden and anonymous; cops find it difficult to work out suspects' true identities and …
John Leyden, 29 Apr 2014
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London teen charged over Spamhaus mega-DDoS attacks

An unnamed London teenager has been charged with a series of criminal offences following a series of denial-of-service attacks against internet exchanges and the Spamhaus anti-spam service last year. The 17-year-old male from London was charged on Friday and faces computer misuse, fraud and money-laundering offences at a hearing …
John Leyden, 30 Jun 2014
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Feedly DDoSed by ransom-threat crims: 'We refused to give in'

News aggregator Feedly has been knocked offline by a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack after refusing to pay criminals to stop the attack. The RSS feed service said on its blog that the attackers had gone ahead with the DDoS after Feedly had refused their demands for money to make it stop. “We refused to give in and …

Robins' inbuilt navigators pecked to bits by AM radio

Humans often claim to be able to sense wireless fields by way of headaches – the so-called WiFi syndrome – but pity the European Robin, whose navigational abilities may be spoiled by electromagnetic radiation. That's the suggestion put forward in this paper in Nature. The frequencies the researchers looked at had nothing to do …
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After Jobs: Apple and the Cult of Disruption

I have a list of some words that really should be banned in polite conversation. The only reason not to ban them is that they're useful indicators, an unambiguous warning that the speakers are going to be a serious waste of our time. The use of any of these words is like wearing a giant invisible hat that says: "I have no …
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Aug 2011

Webscale IT: Learn more from the experts on June 25

Nutanix is hosting a nifty online event on June 25 to discuss web-scale IT for your delectation – and with The Register’s very own Jack Clark as a speaker how could we not be a media partner. Hear first-hand from the pioneers and practitioners of web-scale IT and learn why it's becoming increasingly relevant for the enterprise …
David Gordon, 20 Jun 2014
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EU phone home! Cloudy transatlantic cable coughs, gags, chokes

A major transatlantic cable linking the EU and the US appears to have been cut, causing major problems for cloud operators. Global frontend security service Cloudflare and huge hoster DigitalOcean both reported significant connectivity problems on Monday as a consequence of a fault in the Telia transatlantic cable. Most large …
Jack Clark, 19 May 2014
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Furious MyCloud users descend on WD website as borkage continues

When a Western Digital president mass mails MyCloud users about the ongoing outage, you know it's a serious matter. Angry users generated 33 pages of complaints on WD’s community website after El Reg reported the MyCloud outage last week. Some users say that their devices are not visible while others complain of never-ending “ …
Chris Mellor, 07 Apr 2014
Grumpy cat

Virgin Media goes titsup AGAIN. The cause? Yet MORE DNS strife

Virgin Media has declined to comment on yet another DNS outage that hit some of its subscribers on Monday night. The telco, when quizzed by The Register, admitted that it had suffered yet more downtime woe but refused to explain what was behind the company's recent network wobbles. A spokesman at the Liberty Global-owned cable …
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Jul 2014

CMS Distribution warehouse BORG underway

CMS Distribution says it is working to minimise any impact of the warehouse consolidation taking place this summer. The storage, networking and infrastructure wholesaler currently operates two depots – one in North West London and one in Harrogate – but will now move to a single site in Castleford, West Yorkshire. In a note …
Paul Kunert, 19 Jun 2014

Beauty firm Avon sticks spike heel into $125m SAP-based sales project

Avon is writing off a massive SAP-based order management project following a failed pilot in Canada earlier this year. The cosmetics giant, famed for its door-to-door sales reps, is writing off development and future rollout of an order management system that has cost $125m and is based on SAP ERP and CRM applications with a …
Gavin Clarke, 17 Dec 2013
WD Caviar Green 2TB

Growing revenues, profits on the up: WD sails on serenely

WD’s latest quarter shows untroubled growth as the disk drive business sails serenely on, untroubled by any flash storm. For its second fiscal 2014 quarter, ended Dec 27, 2013, revenues were a clean $4bn, nicely up from the first quarter’s $3.8bn and the year-ago quarter’s $3.8bn. Net income was $430m, lower than the previous …
Chris Mellor, 23 Jan 2014
Dogecoin

Dogevault praying backups work after confirming attack

Stop us if you've heard this one before, but the day after it went down for mysterious reasons, crypto-currency wrangling site Dogevault.com has confirmed someone stole its kibble. “On the 11th of May, the Doge Vault online wallet service was compromised by attackers, resulting in a service disruption and tampering with wallet …
Simon Sharwood, 14 May 2014

China blocks Google ahead of Tiananmen anniversary

Chinese Web monitor Greatfire.org says the Great Firewall is interfering with Google searches in the Middle Kingdom ahead of the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre. The group says TCP connections to Google IPs are being blocked by the firewall, getting in the way of “search, images, translate, Gmail and almost all …

Report: Climate change has already hit USA - and time is RUNNING OUT

The US government–mandated Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) has released a mammoth 841-page report on the impact of climate change on the US, region by region, focusing on its effects on water, human health, agriculture, urban life, and more. The bottom line: climate disruption – their term – caused by human activities is …
Rik Myslewski, 06 May 2014
A fake iPhone with electric shock capabilities

Shocking 'new iPhone' is also - BZZZZT!! - a Taser-like stun gun

Australia's Customs and Border Protection Service has seized counterfeit iPhones that can't make calls but can impart a nasty electrical shock if pressed against the skin. The agency showed off the shocking fakes yesterday, after arresting a chap who had imported them along with knuckle-dusters, electric shock devices disguised …
Simon Sharwood, 02 May 2014

Graphics pros left hanging as Adobe Creative Cloud outage nears 24 hours

Adobe is struggling to correct a global outage that has already locked customers out of its Creative Cloud online services for nearly 24 hours. The Photoshop maker first tweeted that users were unable to login to their Adobe accounts at 2:22pm Pacific time on Wednesday, and the service was still offline as of 1pm on Thursday. …
Neil McAllister, 15 May 2014

China's 'Deep Panda' crew targets Middle East policy wonks - report

A group of China-based cyber spies have begun targeting national security think tanks, initially targeting analysts focusing on the Asia-Pacific region before switching their focus to Iraq. Infosec threat intelligence firm CrowdStrike warns that a group it dubs Deep Panda has begun targeting think tanks, particularly those …
John Leyden, 08 Jul 2014
Angry old man

Order and shipping woes to hit Juniper in early summer, warns distie

If you have a sudden urge to buy Juniper Networks kit around the beginning of July then you better get your orders in now to "avoid any shipping delays", we're told. Juniper distributor Arrow ECS has contacted the great unwashed in its UK reseller/integrator customer base to warn of the potential void as the switch and router …
Paul Kunert, 12 May 2014
Columns of coins in the cloud

TV rudeboy and Outsourcery boss Linney joins Gov.UK SME panel

The government has enlisted the boss of an SME yet to win any business via G-Cloud to advise on ways to, er, oil the wheels of commerce for other small traders that have similarly found public sector contract success elusive. Dragons' Den star Piers Linney, joint head at AIM-listed, cloudy infrastructure biz Outsourcery, is the …
Paul Kunert, 29 Jul 2014

Faced with stiff competition, Facebook just can't satisfy – report

The latest data on social networks from the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) shows Facebook is about the least popular social network – but that doesn't seem to stop people using the site. "Even with improvements across the board, e-business—and social media in particular - doesn't do well in terms of user …
Iain Thomson, 23 Jul 2014
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Google hit by Monday morning blues: Talk, Hangouts, Sheets crash

Three Google services were gripped by disruption today – just four days after the company dramatically reduced prices for one of its online storage lockers. The web giant's online instant-messenger Talk, video conferencing system Google+ Hangouts, and office spreadsheet app Sheets were unavailable on Monday morning, US West …
Jack Clark, 17 Mar 2014
Allows signals to reack those difficult places

Ericsson resurrects not-spot swatter

Mobile phone hardware firm Ericsson has relaunched its Radio Dot indoor mobile base station, aimed at networks which want to provide indoor coverage for major corporate clients. The radio dot uses CAT5/6/7 to link to the radio unit The radio dot uses CAT5/6/7 to link to the radio unit Radio Dot is a system of small antennas …
Simon Rockman, 30 Jun 2014
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Extortion racket borks Basecamp servers with 20Gbps web bombing

Users of Basecamp's project management software experienced an outage this morning, with more possible in the future, after the company was blown off the internet in a distributed denial-of-service attack when it refused to pay off crooks. The attack hit at 0846 Central Time (1346 UTC) on Monday and knocked the company's servers …
Iain Thomson, 24 Mar 2014
Nevada plate for Google car

'Disruptive innovation' is nonsense? Not ALWAYS, actually

If the theory of disruptive innovation is wrong then why do companies act as if it's true? Proof is rather in the pudding after all..... The latest topical shouting match in my corner of the economics-meets-tech world is an essay by Jill Lepore in the New Yorker. All this talk of “disruptive innovation” is just that – talk – …
Tim Worstall, 02 Jul 2014
Great Wall of China

Communist party boss blames Kunming knife attack on VPNs

The Communist Party’s chief official in western China’s Xinjiang region has blamed online videos and virtual private networks (VPNs) for the knife attack at Kunming station last week that left 29 dead and dozens injured. Speaking during a meeting at the annual National People’s Congress in Beijing last week, Zhang Chunxian …
Phil Muncaster, 10 Mar 2014
Zombie cloud

Microsoft teams up with Feds, Europol in ZeroAccess botnet zombie hunt

Microsoft has teamed up with the FBI to launch a renewed attempt to disrupt the operations of the infamous ZeroAccess botnet. ZeroAccess is responsible for infecting over two million computers, specifically targeting search results as part of a click-fraud scam that Redmond estimates is costing online advertisers $2.7m a month. …
John Leyden, 06 Dec 2013

Kick us as hard as you like, RIGHT IN THE CYBERS, says Japan

Japan will today follow the UK’s lead by carrying out a major cyber security drill which will see ethical hackers attempt to infiltrate and disrupt 21 government departments. The drill is designed to test the country’s emergency response capabilities to the full as Tokyo prepares to host the games in 2020. London carried out a …
Phil Muncaster, 18 Mar 2014
Oracle frankenstein

Oracle rewrites 'the brain' of its database to take on SAP

Oracle's future is its rival's past, but the database giant isn't worried because the changes it has made to let its database store data in speedy consumer memory afford far more backwards compatibility than does SAP HANA. With the launch of the Oracle Database In-Memory tech on Tuesday, the world's most influential data- …
Jack Clark, 10 Jun 2014

Cellular desperation in France drives not one, but two SFR offers

While there is merger mania among both fixed and cellular operators around the world for very positive reasons (in the US, Germany, the Netherlands and elsewhere), the desire to acquire in France is fuelled by slightly desperate appetites. For French operators, the disruption caused by two years of cellular market-share-grabbing …
Faultline, 10 Mar 2014

XP, Win7, Win8, App V…making Microsoft migration simple

XP to 7, XP to 8, anything to App V: changes in the data centre, the need for security, BYOD and impending upgrades mean that many of you are going through a desktop refresh. The potential for disruption and delay is huge: lost settings, migration of data, incompatible legacy apps all turn what should be a bonus for users into a …
David Gordon, 05 Nov 2013

Why it's time to wrap brains around software-defined networking

Software-defined networking has generated lots of noise in recent months, thanks in no small part to the fact that VMware and Cisco don't know whether it's okay to send one another Christmas cards any more. That pair, and plenty of others, are talking up software-defined networking (SDN) as a must-have technology for anyone so …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Mar 2014
Red pen

Phoenix IT Group shares plunge on loss of £2m contract

A brief statement from Phoenix IT Group confirming it has lost a £2m contract with a supplier sent the share price into free fall this morning and caused a big dent in the market cap. The loss-making IT services firm - a third party maintainer which also sells direct to customers - provided very little colour around the …
Paul Kunert, 28 Oct 2013
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Google exposes its Andromeda software-defined networking

Google is exposing the beating heart of its distributed infrastructure to developers of its cloud services. The company announced on Wednesday that developers using the us-central1-b and europe-west1-a zones of its Google Compute Engine infrastructure-as-a-service will now be running their apps directly on top of Andromeda, …
Jack Clark, 03 Apr 2014
Dunce

GCSE Computing teachers cry victory as board decides NOT to bin tech teens' work

Frustrated GCSE Computing teachers who battled against OCR's shambolic handling of cheating claims say they are relieved to see the awarding body has finally reached a "common sense" decision on the matter. The exam board, which is part of Cambridge Assessment, had backtracked on an earlier notice that had said that it had …
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Jul 2014

BT: Whew, we've been cleared of major privacy breach. Oh SNAP, another webmail blunder

BT has been cleared of a serious data protection violation by the UK's privacy watchdog, The Register has learned. A probe into the one-time national telco's webmail system was carried out by the Information Commissioner's Office after a whistleblower exposed evidence that appeared to show BT's customer email accounts were being …
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Jul 2014

Murdoch: I'm a Jawbone fanboi - and it's going to help me live to 100!

Press baron Rupert Murdoch has revealed he wears a Jawbone UP, the fitness-tracking bangle beloved of "quantified self" pushers and fitness fans. Murdoch revealed his Jawbone habit in a speech delivered to Australia's Lowy Institute, a think tank established by billionaire Frank Lowy whose Westfield shopping mall empire brings …
Simon Sharwood, 01 Nov 2013

Nominet bins Optical Express' appeal against 'It ruined my life' website

Optical Express has failed to silence an outspoken critic of the High Street optician, after Nominet chucked out an appeal against the owner of a website that attacks the company's laser eye surgery business. The unsuccessful action taken by DCM (Optical holdings) Ltd, which owns Optical Express, is the latest in a series of …
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Apr 2014
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Microsoft pulls its crowd-control tech from out of the shadows

Microsoft pushed its Windows Azure load balancing technology into general availability amid a widespread DNS disruption. The rollout of "Traffic Manager" was announced on Thursday, and the tech lets admins apply a policy engine to DNS queries to domain names hosted on Azure. The tech works by redirecting user queries to a …
Jack Clark, 23 Nov 2013

Feds hunt 30-year-old alleged to be lord of Gameover botnet

The FBI has released a wanted notice for 30-year-old Russian national Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev, whom they allege to be the mastermind behind both the Gameover ZeuS and the even more infamous CryptoLocker ransomware. A US indictment has been unsealed against the suspect following an FBI-led takedown operation that disrupted …
John Leyden, 03 Jun 2014

Microsoft buries Sinofsky Era... then jumps on the coffin lid

The path to redemption in 2014 lies not through baptism, but blogging. Former Merrill Lynch dotcom analyst Henry "what a POS*" Blodget agreed to a lifetime ban from the finance industry – but bounced back with a blog. And perhaps one-man wrecking crew Steve Sinofsky, former President of the Windows Division at Microsoft, can …
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Jan 2014
New MH370 search map

New MH370 search zone picked using just seven satellite 'handshakes'

Australia's Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has published a detailed analysis of efforts to find Malaysian Airways Flight 370. The 64-page report (PDF) explains that just seven “handshakes” between the plane and satellite systems are being analysed. The analysis is extensive: The UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch, Boeing, …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Jun 2014
Google Fiber

Google teases more cities with bonkers-fast fiber broadband rollouts

Google has named nine areas in the US that could be added to its high-speed fiber internet connection service. The ad giant said that the new markets will be considered for broadband rollouts this year, with final decisions to be taken at the end of 2014. The nine candidates include the cities of Charlotte, NC; Nashville, TN; …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Feb 2014
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Parliament network prang: 'Supplier done it', no Office 365 yet

A botched network upgrade at the Houses of Parliament caused comms bottlenecks, web outages and continuing capacity woes – and could yet delay the full rollout of Office 365 for our lords and masters. Director of Parliamentary ICT Joan Miller emailed staff on 4 March to apologise for the "frustrating and inconvenient" episode …
Paul Kunert, 12 Mar 2014
Columns of coins in the cloud

HP-Foxconn wave cloud kit under the nose of Google, Facebook et al

As many as 20 cloud titans that order servers by the container load are fixed in HP's server team's sights – as a joint venture between contract manufacturer Foxconn and the PC giant begins. The duo's alliance was forged last week: the aim is to give HP a better shot at competing against Taiwanese assembly lines that churn out …
Paul Kunert, 07 May 2014
The two Wicked Lasers fired up

FBI offers $10,000 bounty for arrest of laser-wielding idiots

While laser pointers are very useful for presentations and distracting cats, the FBI is fed up with idiots using them to try to blind airline pilots, and is offering $10,000 to anyone who provides information leading to an arrest. Laser blinding aircraft pilot Blinded by the light "Aiming a laser pointer at an aircraft is a …
Iain Thomson, 11 Feb 2014
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Auntie remains MYSTIFIED by that weekend BBC iPlayer and website outage

BBC techies have no idea why the load on its database "went through the roof" last weekend, when Auntie was struck by a huge, two-pronged outage that caused its iPlayer service and website to go titsup. During the downtime, the Beeb was pretty reticent on social media about what had gone wrong, preferring instead to simply post …
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Jul 2014