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Dirty data, flogged cores: YES, Microsoft SQL Server R Services has its positives

The R language has enjoyed a great reputation in statistical computing and graphics for decades. However, it is also known as something for statisticians. Born around the time of Java, PHP and Python, R lags behind all three by a long chalk on the TIOBE rankings. Yet Microsoft spotted an opportunity in this era of analytics …
Andrew Cobley, 16 Feb 2017
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Oracle hatches 'incubator' OpenJDK APIs idea

Experimental and unfinished Java APIs could soon appear in new versions of Java under a plan from Oracle. So-called Incubator Modules have been proposed as a means of inserting promising features into the OpenJDK. OpenJDK is an open-source implementation and reference implementation of Java Standard Edition. Modules would …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Feb 2017
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Meet LogicLocker: Boffin-built SCADA ransomware

Let's start with the “calm down” part of the article: yes, LogicLocker is ransomware designed for programmable logic controllers, but no, the cyber-geddon isn't upon us. LogicLocker is a proof-of-concept written by David Formby, Srikar Durbha and Raheem Beyah of Georgia Tech (Formby and Beyah also disclose an affiliation with …

SaaS-y security outfit CrowdStrike falls out of love with test lab

Updated SaaS-y endpoint protection outfit CrowdStrike has failed in an attempt to prevent the publication of a review detailing its software's qualities. CrowdStrike makes “Falcon”, a platform that combines an agent running on endpoints with a cloudy analytical engine to spot and squash malware and other nasties. Falcon made the list …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Feb 2017
Shouting match

WTF is up with the W3C, DRM and security bods threatened – we explain

Analysis A lengthy battle over the inclusion of digital rights management as a Web standard is coming to a head, with a set of new guidelines planned for early March. Those guidelines will include the latest attempt at compromise between pragmatists and idealists over how to allow control of content online without undermining the …
Kieren McCarthy, 13 Feb 2017
Surface Book

That guy using a Surface you keep seeing around town could be a spy

Microsoft's pointed out that the United States' National Security Agency has added some Surface devices to the nation's okay-for-accessing-secure-information list. That list's proper name is the Commercial Solutions for Classified Program and was created because the US government used to spend years building a secure suite of …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Feb 2017

Streetmap loses appeal against Google Maps dominance judgement

Streetmap has lost its application to appeal against last year’s High Court judgement that Google did nothing wrong by promoting its own Maps product above Streetmap’s. “The bully boys won the day,” said Streetmap, immediately after the judgement was delivered. “This is a sad day for the internet.” Lord Justice Lloyd Jones, …
Gareth Corfield, 07 Feb 2017
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Google tests Android Instant Apps streamed on-demand to mobes

Google has begun testing Android Instant Apps, a mobile application format delivered by streaming rather than as a downloaded file. "Today, a few of these Instant Apps will be available to Android users for the first time in a limited test, including apps from BuzzFeed, Wish, Periscope, and Viki," said Google software engineer …
Thomas Claburn, 25 Jan 2017

Wine 2.0 lands: It's not Soylent for booze but more Windows apps on Linux and Mac OS

Wine, the open source tool that translates Windows API calls into POSIX calls, and therefore lets Windows apps run on Linux, Mac OS and BSD, has reached version 2.0. The tool's developers rate the ability to run Microsoft Office 2013 and 64-bit support on Mac OS as the most significant of the 6,000-plus changes. Support for …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Jan 2017

UK courts experiencing surge in cyber-crime case load

The total cost of fraudulent activity in the UK surpassed a billion pounds for the first time in five years, reaching £1.137bn in 2016 compared to £732m the year before. Fraud against businesses was up sevenfold last year, with inside jobs committed by employees and management the most common method, as measured by alleged …
John Leyden, 24 Jan 2017

Google hardwires its Android app store into new Chromebooks

Google is hardwiring its Android app store, Google Play, into all new Chromebooks. After an initial rollout in just three Chromebooks last year, a webpage listing which Chromebooks support Android Apps has been updated to read: "All Chromebooks launching in 2017 and after, as well as the Chromebooks listed below, will work …
Kieren McCarthy, 23 Jan 2017

Welcome to the Wipe House: President Trump shreds climate change, privacy, LGBT policies on WhiteHouse.gov

With Donald Trump taking over the presidency Friday morning, a different type of transition has also taken place: a digital transition. A novel approach was taken with respect to the Twitter accounts of the president, vice-president and first lady: the accounts were both retained and cloned to new accounts – if you followed @ …
Kieren McCarthy, 20 Jan 2017

Shocking crime surge – THE TRUTH: England, Wales stats now include hacking and fraud

Crime stats for England and Wales have shown a huge year-on-year increase. Don't panic, though: it's due to the inclusion of fraud and computer misuse offences for the first time. In a report published this week, the UK Office for National Statistics (ONS) reckoned there were 6.2 million reported incidents of crime in the 12 …
John Leyden, 20 Jan 2017
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Uncle Sam sues Oracle for 'screwing over Asian, black and women staff'

Oracle could lose its lucrative US government IT contracts after the Department of Labor accused the tech giant of racial and gender discrimination. The DoL has filed a lawsuit [PDF] with the US Office of Administrative Law Judges alleging that Oracle's pay grades violate the labor bod's rules against pay and employment …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Jan 2017
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Europe mulls treating robots legally as people ... but with kill switches

The European Parliament Committee on Legal Affairs has proposed a legal framework for robots that clarifies whether they should have the legal status of people, even as it recommends the inclusion of kill switches in automated systems. "A growing number of areas of our daily lives are increasingly affected by robotics," said …
Thomas Claburn, 13 Jan 2017
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My fortnight eating Blighty's own human fart-powder

The very phrase "food substitute" is enough to strike fear into the hearts of the Full-English loving workforce, and perhaps rightly so. Way back in the summer of 2013, former Reg man Jack Clark took one for the team by surviving on nothing but Soylent for seven nightmarish days and wrote up his experiences so that others …
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Look out, Brussels: Google's moving the goalposts, barks price comparison rival

Google’s leading European competition critics say its search results are a “significant leak in its money-making machines,” drawing regulators attentions to the ad giant’s conflicts of interests. The FairSearch founders, Adam and Shivaun Raff, accuse Google of moving the goalposts in the battle over price comparison engines, …
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Dec 2016
Pacemaker

Fatal flaws in ten pacemakers make for Denial of Life attacks

A global research team has hacked 10 different types of implantable medical devices and pacemakers finding exploits that could allow wireless remote attackers to kill victims. Eduard Marin and Dave Singelée, researchers with KU Leuven University, Belgium, began examining the pacemakers under black box testing conditions in …
Darren Pauli, 01 Dec 2016
Toaster

Microsoft's nerd goggles will run on a toaster

Microsoft's nerd goggles require only a humble PC. But then who needs more than 640KB? Redmond has published the minimum requirements needed to run its AR/VR platform and they're surprisingly humble. Microsoft Holographic, which will be part of future Windows 10 releases, requires a PC with a GPU, but not necessarily a new or …
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Nov 2016

Adult FriendFinder users get their privates exposed... again – reports

Hundreds of millions of Adult FriendFinder (AFF) accounts appear to have been exposed once again. A database of usernames, emails, and passwords of footloose and fancy free members, along with those from associated websites, has leaked and surfaced online. The breach has not been confirmed by the site’s parent company …
John Leyden, 14 Nov 2016
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Facebook agrees to dial back 'racial affinity' ads

Facebook says it will stop allowing advertisers to set display-by-race preferences for certain types of ads. The House of Zuck said in a Friday blog post that it would not remove its "racial affinity" preference outright, but would "build tools to detect and automatically disable" the preference in ads for housing, job …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Nov 2016

IBM: Why our Power9 CPU is going to make data centers great again

HPC blog Rani Borkar, IBM’s vice president of OpenPOWER development, gave attendees at the OpenPOWER Foundation Summit in Barcelona at the end of October a sneak peek at the vendor's upcoming Power9 processor. I captured it on video (see below) to show you what to expect. The first Power9, due in 2017 (probably mid-year but IBM didn’t …
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Toblerone's Brexit trim should be applied to bloatware

Comment Toblerone's decision to keep its post-Brexit price stable by just selling less chocolate for the same price is a tactic the software industry should copy. I offer this suggestion because so much software is "bloatware" packed with features hardly anyone uses, but the inclusion of those features is used to justify the price. …
Simon Sharwood, 09 Nov 2016

UK spying law delayed while Lords demand Leveson amendments

IPBill The UK's Investigatory Powers Bill will not receive royal assent for at least another week as the Houses of Parliament disagree on an amendment regarding the regulation of the press. Despite widespread concerns, the bill – popularly known as the Snoopers' Charter – finished its passage through the House of Lords last week, but …
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HPE OneView's automated on-ramp is easy on the admin

HPE OneView's system on-ramp automates the setting up of ProLiant DL servers as well as HPE's BladeSystem. OneView is management and infrastructure automation software for HPE's BladeSystem; its rackmount chassis holding ProLiant server blades (think C7000 and C3000 enclosures), and Synergy composable infrastructure. V3.0 adds …
Chris Mellor, 07 Nov 2016

UK prison reform report wants hard-coded no-fly zones in drones to keep them out of jail

The UK's Ministry of Justice has revealed it is trying to have drone-makers hard code prison locations into their products, to ensure jails become no-fly zones. A new report on Prison Safety and Reform (PDF) says “Over the past year there has also been a sharp rise in the number of drones used to fly and drop contraband over …
Simon Sharwood, 04 Nov 2016
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WordPress daddy Matt Mullenweg says Wix.com 'explicitly contravenes the GPL'

WordPress daddy Matt Mullenweg says the editor offered by drag-and-drop website-builder Wix.com “explicitly contravenes the GPL” (GNU General Public License) and “is built with stolen code, so your whole app is now in violation of the license.” Mullenweg made that accusation, and plenty more, in a post that accuses Wix of …
Simon Sharwood, 31 Oct 2016

Amazon unleashes on-prem-VM-to-cloud application teleporter

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has revealed a new on-prem-VM-to-cloud teleporter that aims to help organisations take virtualised workloads to its cloud. The “AWS Server Migration Service will replicate your server’s volumes to the cloud, creating a new Amazon Machine Image (AMI) for each one.” There's no expectation cutover will …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Oct 2016
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 04, 2014: Pogba of France and Hoewedes of Germany during the World Cup Quarter-finals game between France and Germany in the Estadio Maracana. NO USE IN BRAZIL.

New measurement alert. The Pogba: 1,200Pg = NHS annual budget

Reg Standards Bureau Reporting on NHS expenditure today, the BBC's health correspondent Nick Triggle coined The Register's newest unit of measurement: The Pogba (Pg). The NHS is the second biggest area of public spending behind welfare. Last year, the Treasury handed over £118bn to the Department of Health in England - that is enough to buy more …
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Facebook's un-Liked ~900 security flaws in five years

Facebook has paid security researchers US$5million in five years, after they found vulnerabilities in its platforms and quietly disclosed them under its bug bounty program. The Social Network™ runs a well oiled bounty program and pays generously when it receives notice of flaws and working proof-of-concepts, provided they are …
Darren Pauli, 14 Oct 2016
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French programmers haul Apple into court over developer rules

Nexedi, an open source software company based in France, has filed a lawsuit against Apple in Paris alleging that Apple's App Store contract is unfair. In a blog post, founder and CEO Jean-Paul Smets and UI designer Sven Franck said that the company has undertaken the lawsuit to force Apple to improve its support for the …
Thomas Claburn, 07 Oct 2016

OK Google, Alexa, why can't I choose my own safe, er, wake word?

Analysis One of the oddest things about this week's Google hardware launch was to constantly hear the same phrase over and over again from everyone in the same room: "OK Google." Why? Because the ad giant has chosen that phrase to wake up its digital assistant, whether on the new Pixel phone or the new Google Home. OK Google. OK Google …
Kieren McCarthy, 05 Oct 2016

Four US states demand restraining order to stop internet power handover to ICANN

Four states' attorneys general have filed suit to prevent the transition of critical internet functions from the US government to non-profit ICANN this Friday. The lawsuit from Arizona, Texas, Oklahoma and Nevada seeks a temporary restraining order that would prevent the IANA contract from expiring on September 30. (If or when …
Kieren McCarthy, 29 Sep 2016
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BBC to demand logins for iPlayer in early 2017

The BBC is going to require users to log in to access content on iPlayer from early 2017. As part of the BBC iD programme the corporation intends to use watchers' personal accounts to collect data on its audience's interests to tailor its programming. The BBC stated: “TV Licensing will have access to the information but … it …
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Are you sure you want to outsource IT? Yes/No. Check this box to accept Ts&Cs

Migrating to an outsourced IT service including cloud is a great opportunity to outsource responsibility for IT and employees while simultaneously increasing efficiency and decreasing cost. At least, that’s the theory. The reality can be a lot more sobering. The SSP outage should serve as a reminder that while cloud can be …
Frank Jennings, 21 Sep 2016
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VMware flings vCenter Server away from Windows, if you want

VMware has released vSphere 6.0 Update 2m, with the main feature being a vCenter Server for Windows to vCenter Server Appliance migration tool. vCenter is VMware's key management application and comes in two flavours. vCenter Server for Windows runs on Microsoft's famous operating systems and lets you manage VMs. VMware has …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Sep 2016
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DDoSers do it more now, but they do it less fiercely*

The number of distributed denial of service attacks has doubled over the last 12 months. Akamai reports that Q2 saw a 129 per cent year-on-year increase in total DDoS attacks. During the second quarter, Akamai mitigated a total of 4,919 attacks, one of which (against a media company) reached an eye-watering 363n Gbps. Although …
John Leyden, 15 Sep 2016
An unhappy man

Both HPs allegedly axed people just for being old, California court told

The two offshoots of Hewlett Packard have been hit with a class action lawsuit in the US, accusing the pre-split IT giant of discriminating against older employees during job culls. The suit was filed with the US Northern District Court in San Jose, California, this week by four plaintiffs on behalf of former employees. It …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Aug 2016
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DCIG mid-market array guide: Why we left those companies out

Analysis Conversations with DCIG have revealed why seemingly obvious companies and their products were left out of a mid-range storage array buyers' report. DCIG analyst Ken Clipperton told us about the inclusion/exclusion criteria DCIG used when compiling its report. The initial criteria for selecting suppliers and products were: …
Chris Mellor, 23 Aug 2016

Adblock Plus blocks Facebook block of Adblock Plus block of Facebook block of Adblock Plus block of Facebook ads

Those hoping for a quick resolution to the cat-and-mouse game between Facebook and Adblock Plus will be disappointed to know that the back-and-forth battle shows no signs of letting up. On Tuesday, Facebook changed its desktop website so that visitors would see ads on pages even if they are running an ad-blocking plugin. It …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Aug 2016
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Intel's latest diversity report shows numbers at a standstill

Intel’s latest Diversity and Inclusion mid-year report shows that numbers of African American and Hispanic people have hardly changed, despite the company’s $300m pledge to achieve full representation by 2020. Although the number of female workers have slowly been rising – especially for those in more senior roles – the same …
Katyanna Quach, 11 Aug 2016
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Hilton hotels' email so much like phishing it fooled its own techies

Hilton hotels' HHonors loyalty program has shipped an email so similar to a phishing email it tricked its own IT shop into advising that it was a scam. The email was an attempt to get customers to confirm their contact details by logging into their accounts and revising their stored contact details. One user reported the …
Darren Pauli, 11 Aug 2016
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Again with the cheap internet access in India, Facebook?

Facebook's trying to bring affordable internet access to rural India again. The company has dangled a programme called “Express Wi-fi” at Internet.org, the platform it used for its Free Basics programme. India banned that service on net neutrality grounds. The Register notes that the "Express WiFi" page at Internet.org offers …
Simon Sharwood, 08 Aug 2016
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First Wi-Fi box ever is chosen as Australia's best contribution to global history

The National Museum of Australia (NMA) has chosen Wi-Fi hardware as Australia's greatest contribution to world history. The NMA will shortly host an exhibition titled A History of the World in 100 Objects featuring a variety of artefacts from the British Museum and other institutions, and chose to add an Australian object. …
Simon Sharwood, 03 Aug 2016

Google-backed Thread, OCF form alliance for Internet of Things sanity

The internet of things standards mess has become a little saner, with the news that the Google-backed Thread Group will interoperate with the Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF). The two clans have said they will "work together in their mission to advance the adoption of connected home products" and make their technologies " …
Kieren McCarthy, 01 Aug 2016

Give .gay to the gays, roars exiting ombudsman

The independent ombudsman at DNS overseer ICANN has used his last day on the job to fire a broadside over the ".gay" top-level domain. In a ruling published on his own website, Chris LaHatte argues that the organization's board should reject a recommendation by its own governance committee (BGC) and should grant special …
Kieren McCarthy, 29 Jul 2016

Huawei P9 Plus: Leica-toting flagship gets a big brother

Review The P9 Plus deserves to be Huawei’s real flagship of 2016, and given the price tag, it’s a belter. Like the iPhone Plus, it feels like a very different beast to its smaller sibling. In a nutshell, you can save a small fortune by opting for the P9 Plus over an iPhone or Samsung’s Galaxy S7, but you’ll miss out on the latter’s …
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Jul 2016
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Trial to store benefits claimants' personal data on blockchain slammed

A government experiment to store the information of benefits claimants using blockchain tech has been slammed by experts, who have warned it could expose highly sensitive personal data. London-based fintech company GovCoin Systems has partnered with Barclays, RWE npower and University College London to trial blockchain …
Kat Hall, 12 Jul 2016
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Use Brexit to save smokers' lives and plug vaping, say peers

The government should take advantage of Brexit to save lives, the House of Lords heard last week. Conservative peer Baron (Martin) Callanan, who tabled the motion being debated to withdraw the EU’s latest vaping regulations, said smoking policy should no longer be driven by the interests of Big Pharma, and called on the …
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Jul 2016

Martha Lane Fox: Brexit is all about MEEEEeeee!

Comment Some people think the main issue in the UK’s decision to leave the European Union was sovereignty and self-determination. Others think it was migration. Others think it was class. But you’re all wrong. The main issue in Brexit is Martha Lane Fox – and we have her word for it. Into this Broken Brexited Britain strides the niece …
Andrew Orlowski, 04 Jul 2016