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Another root hole in OS X. We know it, you know it, the bad people know it – and no patch exists

If you're using OS X Yosemite, watch out for malware exploiting a new way to take complete control of your Mac. A vulnerability has been found in Apple's operating system that allows ordinary software on the computer to gain all-powerful root privileges, allowing dodgy apps to install new programs, create users, delete users, …
Chris Williams, 18 Aug 2015

AT&T fingers BT's brass neck, wishes it could throttle it

US telco giant AT&T has slammed BT's efforts to get the US Federal Communications Commission regulator to give it access to AT&T's networks – describing the move as "staggering hypocrisy". The company was responding to the president of BT's US operation, Bas Burger, who complained that the firm has been hampered in its efforts …
Kat Hall, 10 Sep 2015

HP’s controversial sales scheme isn't dead, it's just resting. There – it moved!

HP’s controversial Value System Integrator sales programme hasn’t been taken out the back and murdered, contrary to the wishful thinking from some in the channel – but it is being scaled back. The mechanism started in the public sector in the noughties as a way to beat Dell on pricing, by removing distributors from the supply …
Paul Kunert, 21 Sep 2015

Oh, IT'S ON. IT. IS. ON: Google, Netflix et al square up to telcos in net neutrality showdown

Internet companies have jumped into the lawsuit brought by Big Telco against America's net neutrality rules. The Internet Association, which is the Washington DC lobbying group for the likes of Amazon, Etsy, Facebook, Google, Netflix, PayPal, Twitter, Uber at al, has filed an amicus brief into the ongoing lawsuit against the …
Kieren McCarthy, 21 Sep 2015

Pluto Pic: Is it a DOG? Is it a HEART? Or is it ... is it ... BIGFOOT?

NASA has announced that the New Horizons spacecraft has phoned home after passing behind Pluto. Images and analysis are beaming their way back across the solar system as you read this story. Here at The Reg, meanwhile, we've been gazing at the lovely image of Pluto NASA revealed to the world yesterday. That snap has been …
Darren Pauli, 15 Jul 2015

HP is getting so good now at negative growth, it should patent it

HP CEO Meg Whitman said on Thursday that she was pleased with the company's performance during the third quarter of its fiscal 2015, despite the fact that nearly every reporting segment was down annually. The PC and printer giant missed analysts' estimates on revenue, with total sales for the quarter of $25.35bn, an 8.1 per …
Neil McAllister, 20 Aug 2015
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Oracle and low prices? You read it right – and it's rust-free flash, too

Oracle has booted out the disks in its FS1-2 hybrid flash/disk FS1 array to create the all-flash FS1, a 2-tier flash array scaling from 2TB to 912TB of capacity with "the lowest entry price of any all-flash enterprise-class storage solution." Oracle and low prices; who'd a thought it? The original FS1 1s a scale-up dual- …
Chris Mellor, 08 Sep 2015

ICANN has $60m burning a hole in its pocket – and it needs your help blowing it all

Domain-name overseer ICANN wants your suggestions for how it should spend the $60m it made from auctioning off new dot-words. In a discussion paper [PDF] published today, the wannabe-master-of-the-internet notes that it has $58.8m in a special bank account. Just under half of it stemmed from Google, which paid $25m for the …
Kieren McCarthy, 09 Sep 2015

You gotta be in it to win it: The Register presents its official Programming Competition

Competition Calling all you programmers out there! We have a simple challenge for you – and if you win, you bag yourself a rather smart Smart TV. Read on to find out how you can get involved... Sign up for a trial account with IBM Bluemix. Actually do this now! Check out the competition questions here. Implement and publish your three …
Dave Cartwright, 13 Aug 2015
D-Wave chip

D-Wave: 'Whether or not it's quantum, it's faster'

D-Wave is getting ready to drop a new benchmark on Arxiv, which the company says demonstrates its latest 1000-qubit processor outperforming classical machines. And it's bound to provoke the “other side” of the “is it quantum and is it faster?” debate, because the latest paper – the company has posted it here – describes “a …
Spoon feeding

Don't want to upgrade to Windows 10? You'll download it WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT

Microsoft would really, really, really like you to upgrade to Windows 10. So much so that even if you've opted not to request the upgrade, you'll get it anyway, even if you never intend to install it. The software giant confirmed to The Register on Thursday that it's been pushing out the necessary files for the upgrade to …
Neil McAllister, 10 Sep 2015
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It's not broadband if it's not 10 Mbps, says Ovum

Market researcher Ovum has trotted around 30 countries worldwide to find out what makes people like their broadband provider, and reckons the minimum download speed to satisfy users is 10 Mbps. Based on both market performance data and qualitative surveys with end users, the analyst firm reckoned customers also expect three …

Facebook is raking in so much filthy lucre, it can't spend it fast enough

Facebook beat estimates on both revenue and earnings for the second quarter of its fiscal 2015, but investors seemed taken aback by the social network's soaring spending. The firm reported revenue of $4.04bn for the three months ending on June 30, which was up 38.9 per cent from the same period a year ago. Its earnings were …
Neil McAllister, 29 Jul 2015

What Ashley Madison did and did NOT delete if you paid $19 – and why it may cost it $5m+

Add a multimillion-dollar US class-action lawsuit to the growing number of court battles facing the owner of the hacked Ashley Madison website. A class-action complaint [PDF] filed in a US District Court in California this week alleges that Avid Life Media (ALM) neglected to properly secure the highly compromising personal …
Team Register, 25 Aug 2015

It's Friday! Had a good week? It was probably better than Seagate's

In keeping with its warning, Seagate confirmed a revenue and profits decline as its mainstay desktop and notebook drive shipments tumbled for the third straight quarter. Enterprise drive shipments also declined in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015, as did branded (consumer drives), although consumer electronics shipments rose …
Chris Mellor, 31 Jul 2015
Sad Android

Got an Android phone? SMASH IT with a hammer – and do it NOW

Android smartphones can be secretly infected by malware smuggled in via video text messages, allowing criminals to sneak inside as many as 950 million devices. You just need to know a victim's cellphone number to silently inject malicious software in their vulnerable gizmo. Once infected, your mobe's camera and mic can be used …
Iain Thomson, 27 Jul 2015
iOS9 home screen

Apple's iOS 9 public beta lands: El Reg pops it on a slab, strokes it up

First look The Register has slipped the first iOS 9 public beta onto an Apple 'slab to have a bit of a go with the software. It's a solid, if not monumental, update for Apple's mobile operating system. There's nothing too earth-shattering for most users, but since it's going to be a free update for anyone running iOS 8, you're going to …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Jul 2015
DeathWish, Charles Bronson

It's incredibly easy to bump someone off online, and here's how to do it – infosec bod

DEF CON 23 Most of us have had occasional fantasies about killing someone. Now, as governments demand more personal information from citizens online, it has apparently become surprisingly easy to turn that fantasy into a reality, at least on paper – courtesy of some glaring loopholes. Or so says infosec bod Chris Rock, who presented his …
Iain Thomson, 08 Aug 2015
Kitten on the run

RBS sticks it to customers once again as IT woes continue

RBS customers are continuing feel the fall-out from the bank's IT disaster last week which led to 600,000 customer transactions going missing, The Register can reveal. While outstanding payments now appear to have been restored to users' accounts, some customers are reporting on-going issues when attempting to switch from RBS. …
Kat Hall, 23 Jun 2015
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Copy Data Management: What it is and why you might need it

Most infrastructure verticals within the datacenter are undergoing rapid evolution today, but you could be entirely forgiven if you thought data protection stopped evolving some time ago. That's a shame because Copy Data Management (CDM) is the next evolution of this space, and it's worth taking some time to learn about this …
Trevor Pott, 24 Jun 2015

Docker shocker: It's got a commercial product, and is ready to SELL IT

DockerCon 2015 The themes of Docker's past conferences has been increasing adoption of the container tech, but the theme of this year's DockerCon was moving beyond experimentation and into production deployment. By extension, it was also about how Docker plans to make money. The startup is well-heeled, having received enough venture cash in …
Neil McAllister, 24 Jun 2015
Scotty - Star Trek

I cannae dae it, cap'n! Why I had to quit the madness of frontline IT

Sysadmin blog It took a massive hack attack against the United States government resulting in the theft of up to 14 million 21.5 million records to make me realise why I want to quit working in IT. Over the past year I've significantly drawn down my involvement in day-to-day IT operations, and I'm much happier for it. The US Office of …
Trevor Pott, 09 Jul 2015

Dwarfworld PLUTO may not have a real DOG on it - but it does have a TAIL

Dwarf planet Pluto has a "tail", according to the latest information from the New Horizons probe - a plasma tail caused by the solar wind. New Horizons carries a tool called the Solar Wind Around Pluto (SWAP) instrument that, as the craft swung behind Pluto last week, was asked to sniff around for signs of charged particles …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Jul 2015

IT Lab slips a ring on JMC IT

London-based managed service provider IT Lab has spread its tentacles to the north-west by subsuming Manchester outfit JMC IT. The combined organisation will employ some 300 staff servicing 750 clients including Somerset House, Talis Capital, the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce and Liverpool FC. Peter Sweetbaum, CEO of …
Paul Kunert, 27 May 2015

Cop shops mock cop for cop stop flop: He'll cop it for copping it up - top cop

A man pulling over drivers while pretending to be a cop has been charged after being rumbled by one of his targets, who was himself an off-duty cop. Authorities in northeast Ohio said a man impersonating a police officer was caught and charged this week. Howard Maldonado, 42, faces a charge of impersonating a police officer, …
Kat Hall, 05 Aug 2015

US mega-hack: White House orders govt IT to do what it should have done in the first place

In response to this week's data breach at the US Office of Personnel Management, the White House has ordered federal agencies to immediately deploy state-of-the-art anti-hacker defenses – things like installing security patches, and not giving everyone the admin password. This groundbreaking cyber-edict comes after dossiers …
Chris Williams, 13 Jun 2015
Flash Gordon

It pays to fake it: Test your flash SAN with a good simulation

It is pretty obvious that storage systems vary. You could reply, with some justification: “No shit, Sherlock!” What is less obvious and more useful to know, however, is how and why they vary and how the variation – not just between all-disk, hybrid and all-flash arrays but even between different arrays of the same class – can …
Bryan Betts, 21 May 2015

It's the end of life as we know it for Windows Server 2003

Windows Server 2003 will pass out of Microsoft support on July 14, 2015. Different organisations report different numbers, but all agree that there are millions of Server 2003 servers still running in the wild. Microsoft says there are 11 million Server 2003 servers still running. Gartner says eight million. Several internet …
Trevor Pott, 18 May 2015

Plod wants your PC? Brick it with a USB stick BEFORE they probe it

Criminals, activists, and whistle-blowers have a new tool to help foil police by shutting down laptops before they are examined. "USBKill" is a script that turns an innocent-looking thumb drive into a kill switch that, when unplugged, forces computers to shut down. Author "Hephaestos" (@h3phaestos) says their tool will prevent …
Darren Pauli, 05 May 2015

Ransomware scum find the sweet spot to coin it without copping it

RSA 2015 RSA chief information security officer David Martin says ransomware scum may have reached the sweet spot between extorting users and avoiding law enforcement heat. Martin says ransomware extortionists' demands top out at about US$10,000, a sum sufficiently low to get reluctant companies to pay and to prevent time-poor police …
Darren Pauli, 30 Apr 2015
Sundar Pichai talks Brillo and Weave and Google I/O 2015

Google puts Android on a diet, names it after the first thing it sees under the sink ... yes, Brillo

Google I/O Google is going after the Internet of Things with Android-based software aimed at powering a broad range of connected gizmos. We've heard rumors that the Chocolate Factory was planning a move into the IoT market, but Google platforms senior veep Sundar Pichai formally announced the effort at the Google I/O conference in San …
Neil McAllister, 28 May 2015

ICANN running the global internet? It's gonna be OK, it's gonna be OK, US Congress told

US Congress was soothed Wednesday morning over the fundamental shift of the IANA contract, which oversees the running of the global internet, from the US government to non-profit domain overlord ICANN, but significant questions remain. In a hearing called by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, ICANN's smooth-talking CEO …
Kieren McCarthy, 08 Jul 2015

Patreon patrons: It's password-reset time

Popular Internet patronage and crowd-funding site Patreon has been popped, with user data stolen. This short notice at the site says, however, that it didn't keep credit card numbers on-site, and believes that the most important user data remains protected – “all passwords, social security numbers and tax form information …
Apple Watch lineup

Apple Watch shipments: Pick a number, double it. Hey, it worked for them

Blogger and analyst Carl Howe estimates Apple has planned an initial production run of 3.1 million sparkling wrist jobs, and forecasts that the “Apple Watch product line will become its most profitable ever, with gross margins exceeding 60 per cent". In a detailed blog post, Howe does admit however that "in truth, projections …
Simon Rockman, 21 Apr 2015

HTC in crisis: How did it get to this point? How did it get this bad?

Analysis HTC's financial figures for its second quarter of 2015 look horrific. HTC says it lost 24 cents (or pence) for every dollar (or pound) of revenue it received. After four quarters of slender profits, the business just fell off a cliff. The Taiwanese giant's share price has halved from £146.5 ($224.63) to £68.50 ($105.03). If …
Andrew Orlowski, 08 Jul 2015
Telstra copper in broken pit

Telstra passes on NBN billions, plays it safe

Technology pundits were left scratching their heads yesterday when Telstra walked away from bidding for up to A$56 billion in NBN fibre build contracts. Both Telstra and NBN had previously talked about Australia’s biggest telco installing some of the new fibre network. Last week nbnTM launched the nation’s first fibre-to-the- …
Bill Bennett, 29 Sep 2015

Let it go, let it go: How global DNS could survive in the frozen lands outside US control

The plan to move control of the top-level of the internet from the US government to California non-profit ICANN has received broad approval following a month-long public comment period. The group responsible for guiding the fate of the "names" aspect of the critical IANA contract – the bit that oversees the global DNS – has …
Kieren McCarthy, 26 May 2015
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Relax, it's just Ubuntu 15.04. AARGH! IT'S FULL OF SYSTEMD!!!

Review Systemd is here. It’s arrived in Vivid Vervet, the latest, just-released distro of Ubuntu – 15.04. Most users will notice very little overall difference in this latest Ubuntu release, but it’s this change that packs the biggest punch. There are a couple of new things that make 15.04 worth the upgrade from previous versions, but …

'Disruptive Innovation'? Take this theory and stuff it: MIT Profs

Comment "Disruption" – Silicon Valley's favourite buzzword for intimidating other, profit-making parts of the economy – has taken a knock. Founder Clayton Christensen, a Harvard business Prof, spawned a consultancy and investment company off the back of his 1998 business bestseller, The Innovator's Dilemma. The buzzwords "disruptive …
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Sep 2015
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DfID becomes second ministry to SPURN Cabinet Office IT scheme

Exclusive The Department for International Development is the second Whitehall ministry to shun the Cabinet Office's major back office outsourcing deals, The Register can reveal. The news raises serious questions around the viability of the privately-run shared services centres, both operated by business process outsourcing biz "arvato …
Kat Hall, 28 Sep 2015

ICANN banked $60m from dot-word auctions. Just what exactly is it going to spend it all on?

The chairman of ICANN has finally been pushed into revealing his plans for the $60m the domain-name overseer has banked from auctioning off the rights to dot-words. The $60m (£40m) – or $58,819,832 to be precise – was raised from organizations competing to set up registries for new generic top-level domains like .ping ($1.5m), . …
Kieren McCarthy, 17 Apr 2015
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CIOs: Tell us about your biggest disaster and how you survived it

Reg roundtable Walt Disney said “a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you”. Well, for all his talents, Walt wasn’t attempting to secure an aging IT system while evolving a vision to “digitalise” his company and secure its future in the long-term. We suspect that’s what many of our senior readers are doing, though, and …
Team Register, 02 Oct 2015
The Mondoshawn, genetically perfect beings in <i>The Fifth Element</i>

NASA announcement of MAJOR MARS DISCOVERY imminent: WHAT can it be?

Poll The clock is counting down to NASA's imminent announcement as to just what the "major" discovery it has made on Mars could be. But there's still time left for us here at the Register to run one of our AI neural network bigdata analytics crowdsauce investigations, which should infallibly furnish the answer well beforehand. We …
Lewis Page, 28 Sep 2015
A new-style Office Add-in, written in JavaScript

You lucky devs: It's Microsoft Office 2016 ... and VBA lives on

Microsoft is rolling out a consistent JavaScript API across the Windows, Mac and mobile version of Office. Exploring Office development is like looking at a cross-section of an old tree; you'll find different layers from different eras, each carefully preserved for compatibility. Run the just-released Word 2016, enable the …
Tim Anderson, 01 Oct 2015
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'It's the Enzo the world as we know it and VDI feel fine' is VMware's new desktop tune

On Tuesday, Citrix kicks off its annual Synergy conference. So on Monday, VMware put out an announcement about its own end-user computing goodies. That announcement is called “Project Enzo” and is billed as offering “unified management of on-premises and cloud-based virtual workspace services”. What's a virtual workspace? That's …
Simon Sharwood, 12 May 2015
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Masses of Brit IT bods embroiled in leak riddle

Mystery surrounds the origin of a leak on Pastebin containing what looked like the full contact details on tech personnel at hundreds of UK organizations. The leaked document features names of people, the firms they worked for, email addresses, and phone numbers (mobile and landline). It surfaced on Sunday, and purported to …
John Leyden, 15 Sep 2015

Only paying for Microsoft software that you use? It's coming

Microsoft is starting to take customers’ software usage rates very seriously in the cloudy era. It has to, otherwise punters may well endure the upheaval of taking their business elsewhere. Previously, Microsoft sold a licence that covered multiple products over multiple years and didn’t track consumption levels. But with …
Paul Kunert, 22 Sep 2015
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Cambridge University Hospitals rated 'inadequate' due to £200m IT fail

Cambridge University Hospitals has been placed under special measures by the NHS regulator, after a failed £200m IT project plunged its finances into the red and left it unable to deliver key services. Health watchdog Monitor flagged the trust as "inadequate", following concerns about staffing levels, delays in outpatient …
Kat Hall, 22 Sep 2015
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Infrastructure Readiness? It's time to get realistic

Temperature Check Many IT professionals believe their IT infrastructures are coping pretty well with current business requirements, but they are also aware that new and changing needs will lead to future capability gaps, if they are not doing so already. They also know that doing more of the same is not the answer in many areas. New architectures …
Dale Vile, 10 Sep 2015
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When the IT department is 'just another supplier'

The traditional approach to IT within the average company is to have a central group that manages the technology and applications. This makes perfect sense, in principle: the underpinning technology has always been complex and has required a certain skill level in order to keep it running, patched and up to date. But things …
Dave Cartwright, 09 Sep 2015