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Monster Cloud and an angry customer wanting a refund: A Love Story

A Reg reader has passed on the most beautiful email exchange we've seen this year, between himself and backup business Monster Cloud, after the company suddenly bumped up its prices mid-contract. The London-based reseller came under fire from customers earlier this month when customers who had paid £50 for a year's worth of " …

IBM's quantum 'puter news proves Big Blue still doesn't get 'cloud'

In a troubling development today, IBM demonstrates it still hasn't quite grasped this cloud computing thing at all. Big Blue's boffins have built a quantum-computing processor featuring five superconducting qubits, and installed it in the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center in New York. IBM is now inviting people to request access …
Chris Williams, 04 May 2016
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Brocade feeling down

Storage and Ethernet network switch supplier expects weaker Q2 revenues. Brocade has reset Q2 revenue expectations lower, citing a weak SAN market and continued IP networking headwinds. Instead of revenues between $542m to $562m, it now expects them to be between $518m to $528m. This is $523m at the mid-point, 4.4 per cent …
Chris Mellor, 03 May 2016
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WAKE UP, candy ass

Dwayne, "The Rock", Johnson, has released an alarm clock app. The Rock Clock features 25 wake-up calls recorded by Johnson. One exhorts you to "get your candy ass out of bed." The clock has no "Snooze" button, as apparently The Rock gets out of bed before the sun is up in order to have enough time maintain his muscles. ® …
Simon Sharwood, 03 May 2016
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Perth SmartRider public transport cards popped by student researchers

WAHckon University students in the Australian city of Perth have landed in hot water, with one charged by Police, after finding and exploiting severe holes to rewind travel charges incurred using the city's SmartRider public transport smart card. The Murdoch University students reported the flaws to SmartRider operator TransPerth and …
Darren Pauli, 02 May 2016
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PowerShell for Docker

Contain yourselves, Windows admins. Microsoft's cooking up a Docker module for PowerShell. Redmond's Ben Armstrong describes the code you can get here as an "early phase." Just when production code will land is anyone's guess. ® Bearded man sitting at desk reading from his tablet by hi laptop
Simon Sharwood, 02 May 2016
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ICO scolds Scots council

West Dunbartonshire Council has been issued with an ICO enforcement notice. It was told to implement training and guidance or face court action following a data breach that led to a child's medical reports being stolen. The council just west of Glasgow has been audited twice in 2013 and advised to improve its data-handling. …
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The case for ethical ad-blocking

When is ad-blocking ethical? How about when the adtech industry is behaving so unethically it destroys people’s livelihoods? Musician and music rights campaigner David Lowery last year made the incendiary suggestion that musicians should encourage their fans to block the advertising running on music-streaming sites – even …
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Apr 2016
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Tesco data thief in court

A Tesco worker who pilfered customer data will be sentenced in May. Thomas Wengierow, who is 47 and originally from Lithuania – from whence he returned to attend court today – has admitted to emailing himself copies of customer's personal details from Tesco's database while working at Tesco's Baird Avenue centre in Dundee. …
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BOFH: Thermo-electric funeral

Episode 6 "So all I need is the data from yesterday and maybe the day before," the Boss says, handing over his pride and joy. "Ooooooh!" the PFY says. "A *ONE GIG* USB stick! Did you get it from a pound shop in a box of 10?" "I paid 85 quid for this when it first came out!" the Boss says proudly, as if owning IT antiquity was one of …
Simon Travaglia, 22 Apr 2016

Business gadget-makers eyeing modular LG G5 smartmobe

LG has conducted a developer day to interest gadget-makers in developing third-party modules for its LEGO-like G5 smartphone. When we first set eyes on the G5 we called for LG to enable a proper ecosystem for the device. LG officials The Register spoke to at the phone's Australian launch today said an effort to do so is now …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Apr 2016
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Video folk, you'll love the 96TB, 2.6GB/sec LaCie 12big HDD

Seagate's LaCie external storage drives unit has come up with a video editing workstation user's wet dream: 96TB capacity and 2.6GB/sec throughput from a Thunderbolt 3-accessed desktop tower. The 12big Thunderbolt product features: 12 drives bays and 8TB, 7200rpm drive support RAID 5 and 6 support from RAID hardware …
Chris Mellor, 19 Apr 2016
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Sainsbury's hires devs

Sainsbury’s is recruiting 150 devs, engineers and DevOps people. The UK’s second largest retailer, which is increasingly competing online against Amazon and more digital-savvy retail peers and buying Home Retail Group for £1.3bn, will hire software developers, software development managers, DevOps engineers and Agile coaches …
Gavin Clarke, 19 Apr 2016
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Top infosec students square off in inter-uni hackathon contest

Update The University of Cambridge is due to host a cybersecurity hacking competition between the top UK universities next Saturday (23 April). The hackathon (pdf), which is expected to involve students from 10 UK universities, follows a similar exercise between the University of Cambridge and MIT last month. The latter exercise was …
John Leyden, 19 Apr 2016
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Google's 'fair use' mass slurping of books can continue – US Supremes snub writers' pleas

American authors have failed to persuade the US Supreme Court to hear issues raised by the Google book-scanning case. Described as humanity's "last library," Google's 25 million book archive was almost entirely obtained without permissions from authors and publishers, leading to an epic 11-year legal battle. The decision …
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Apr 2016
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How much faster is a quantum computer than your laptop?

HPC blog I jumped at the chance to interview supercomputing pioneer Bo Ewald and quantum computing whiz kid Murray Thom a few months ago. Although it's been in my “vault of lost content” for a while, the video serves as a good primer for quantum computing and its promise. It turns out that there are three broad categories of problem …

The thing about reality: It's really... persistent

StorageBod I see quite a few posts about this storage or that storage ... how it is going to change everything or has changed everything. And yet, I see little real evidence that storage usage is really changing for many. So why is this? Let’s take on some of the received wisdom that seems to be percolating. Object storage can displace …
StorageBod, 18 Apr 2016
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Admin fishes dirty office chat from mistyped-email bin and then ...?

ON-CALL+POLL Welcome again to On-Call, our weekly (and preponderantly prurient) piece in which readers share horror stories from their workplaces. This week, we're going interactive, because the situation in which reader “Flash” found himself describes an ethical dilemma The Reg feels un-qualified to address. Flash once had a gig “ …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Apr 2016
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Opera Software bid

Chinese bidders are holding out for more shareholders to accept their offer. The Middle Kingdom web firms, which bid $1.23bn for Norwegian mobile phone browser biz Opera, have extended the offer in order to get acceptance from shareholders who own 90 per cent of the stock. Currently the group has approval from 72.19 per cent …
Paul Kunert, 14 Apr 2016

Bumbling execs leave tenders on hotel business centre PCs

ACSC2016 Blundering Australian executives have left sensitive financial documents and tenders in the business centre of prominent luxury Canberra hotel, security man Wayne Ronaldson says. Wayne Ronaldson. Photo: Darren Pauli, The Register The documents were left unprotected in the folders of the Windows desktops and contained …
Darren Pauli, 13 Apr 2016

USB-C adds authentication protocol

The USB 3.0 Promoter Group has announced it has devised and will adopt a new “USB Type-C Authentication specification.” The specification means makers of USB devices will be able to encode them with information about their source and function. When connecting to those devices, machines like computers or phones will be able to …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Apr 2016
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Samsung's dimmer Galaxies can make calls when locked, cabled

A bunch of Samsung Galaxy variants leave their modems open to receiving AT commands over the USB cable, even when they're locked. The vulnerability is discussed by its discoverers at Github. Before you dismiss the vulnerability as a local privilege escalation (which it is), consider how many people would be happy leaving a …
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Retirement funds breached as crims target brokers' un-patched Windows machines

ACSC 2016 Australians are having their retirement savings accounts drained as hackers move to breach broker platforms rather than the tougher target that is banking infrastructure. The Australian Federal Police AFP are investigating a spike in breaches against devices used by brokers who administer boutique, "self-managed" …
Darren Pauli, 13 Apr 2016
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HPE backs Let's Encrypt

Let's Encrypt says it has ended its beta period and gained a new sponsor. The free HTTPS certificate service says that not much will change, other than shedding the "beta" label. "Since our beta began in September 2015 we've issued more than 1.7 million certificates for more than 3.8 million websites," the team said on …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Apr 2016
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Symantec cloud portal goes titsup after database crash

Symantec.cloud is in the middle of rebuilding its portal this lunchtime following a prolonged outage spanning more than 24 hours. The snafu stemmed from a database crash. Problems first surfaced at 1000 UTC (1100 BST) on Monday and dragged on until lunchtime on Tuesday, as detailed in a series of updates to Symantec.cloud’s …
John Leyden, 12 Apr 2016
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GCHQ dabbles in dark arts

UK spy agency GCHQ tried to prevent a Harry Potter book from being leaked online, according to its publisher. Reminding people that the listening post doesn't use its extraordinary broad powers solely in the pursuit of terrorism, publisher Nigel Newton of Bloomsbury recalled how he was approached in 2005 by GCHQ after the …
Kieren McCarthy, 11 Apr 2016
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IBM closes Truven deal

IBM Watson Health has closed its $2.6bn acquisition of Truven Health Analytics. The deal is set to bring medical data into Big Blue's health-data business arm, specifically covering "cost, claims, quality and outcomes information." El Reg has provided more information on the acquisition here. ® Bearded man sitting at desk …
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Field technicians want to grab my tool and probe my things

Something for the Weekend, Sir? There’s a woman at the front door. She has come to twiddle my knobs. Here we go, you’re thinking: yet another puerile SftWS column opening with cheap sexual innuendo. Well, not this time, young Bucky. It’s been four years almost to the day since I first began writing these weekly rantings, so it’s about time I put an end to …
Alistair Dabbs, 08 Apr 2016

That naked picture on my PC? Not mine. The IT guy put it there

ON-CALL Welcome again to On-Call, our Friday frolic through readers' experiences of being asked to sort things out in the office, or outside it and outside office hours. This week, a pair of responses to recent On-Call stories in which readers confronted secret directories full of decidedly Not Safe For Work images. Reader “Dave” …
Simon Sharwood, 08 Apr 2016

China's Great Firewall inventor forced to use VPN live on stage to dodge his own creation

The architect of China's Great Firewall was forced to use a VPN to bypass his own creation in a lecture this week on internet safety. Fang Binxing was speaking at his old university, the Harbin Institute of Technology in Heilongjiang, China, when he attempted to access webpages hosted in South Korea as a way to illustrate a …
Kieren McCarthy, 07 Apr 2016
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Samsung in S7 boost brag

Samsung Electronics looks to be back in growth mode. The company today offered guidance for its first quarter, predicting sales of about 49 trillion Korean won and profits of around 6.6 trillion won ($5.6bn; £3.9bn). The well-received Galaxy S7 is suspected as the engine of the company's growth, with the new handset helping …
Simon Sharwood, 07 Apr 2016

Call the doctor... no, call security. Docs' mobiles are hopelessly insecure – study

One in five doctors’ mobile devices might be at risk of leaking sensitive data due to either malware or poor password security practices, according to a new study. Mobile threat device firm Skycure reports that 14 per cent of smartmobes and tablets containing patient data likely have no passcode to protect them. And 11 per …
John Leyden, 06 Apr 2016
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We bet your firm doesn't stick to half of these 10 top IT admin tips

IT is perceived in mixed ways by users. Some look on the amazing stuff it does and think there must be witchcraft going on in there somewhere. Others think that because they configured their Wi-Fi printer and Sky box at home, they're a genius of computing. If you're to preserve order, security and governance in the use of your …
Dave Cartwright, 06 Apr 2016
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Microsoft updates Azure Stack preview

Microsoft has updated the preview version of Azure Stack, its private-cloud-that-behaves-just-like-Azure project. Redmond's being cagey about the upgrade, saying only that if offers Faster VM deployment times Better performance in VM-related actions such as stop, start, delete Incremental stability and reliability …
Simon Sharwood, 06 Apr 2016
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Samsung kind of cracks the 10nm barrier with new 8GB DDR4 slabs

Samsung Electronics has announced it's started baking RAM using a “10-nanometer (nm) class*” process and says the 8GB chips it's emitting are the first in the world to be manufactured in this way. Don't start trying to figure out how 10nm compares to the width of a human hair or the head of a really small pin, because that …
Simon Sharwood, 05 Apr 2016
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Call the Cable Guy: Wireless just won't cut it

Wireless networking is regarded by many as the way to go for corporate networking. No need for expensive structured cabling, no need to re-patch stuff when someone moves desk, and sufficiently secure to make it suitable for corporate use. I am inclined to agree with that last point: rank up the encryption to WPA2-AES and use …
Dave Cartwright, 01 Apr 2016
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Seagate intros Innov8: A USB-powered 8TB external hard drive

Seagate has introduced an 8TB external drive with no need for its own power cord. Like 2.5-inch external drives which abandoned power cords ages ago, the 3.5-inch innov8 draws power from its host through its USB C wire. Seagate says it uses Ignition Boost Technology “which eliminates the need for a power adapter on an 8 TB …
Chris Mellor, 31 Mar 2016
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Ofcom is keeping schtum over BT Openreach plans until end of year

Telecoms regulator Ofcom will not release details of its proposals for greater structural separation of Openreach and BT until the end of the year. In February the regulator stopped short of recommending a full separation of BT and Openreach in its Digital Communications Review. Ofcom will now draft its "proposals for …
Kat Hall, 31 Mar 2016

Got a Toshiba laptop? Get it off your lap, then read this recall notice

Toshiba is recalling the battery packs in 39 notebook models over fears they could be prone to catching fire. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says that the recalled battery packs - built by Panasonic - were shipped in 91,000 notebooks in the US and 10,000 in Canada between June 2011 and January 2016. The …
Shaun Nichols, 30 Mar 2016
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1.5M Verizon Enterprise customer records selling on forum after breach

Some 1.5 million Verizon Enterprise customer records have been stolen and are being sold on a criminal hacking forum, according to reports. A trusted seller on a popular but shadowy unnamed criminal forum asked for US$100,000 for the database or US$10,000 for batches of 100,000 records, investigative blogger Brian Krebs …
Team Register, 29 Mar 2016
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Docker goes native with Windows, Mac beta

Docker has decided the time is right for native desktop versions of its eponymous wares. The idea is to simplify what Docker's developer relations director Mano Marks says (video below) is a “dependency hell” created by the multi-layer installation currently required – installing Docker Toolbox, then installing Docker Machine …
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Amazon WorkSpaces two years on: Are we ready for cloud-hosted Windows desktops?

Amazon Web Services (AWS) released WorkSpaces, Windows desktop-as-a-service, towards the end of March 2014. We took an early look, but encountered several niggling problems. "Don't dive in: it will get better," was my conclusion. It is time for another hands-on, but first a quick recap. WorkSpaces provides a Windows desktop …
Tim Anderson, 28 Mar 2016
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Wait... who broke that? Things you need to do to make your world diagnosable

You only ever discover the inadequacy of your system management, monitoring and diagnosis tools when something goes wrong and there's a gulf between what you want to do and what you need to do. Here are 10 things you can do to maximise your chances of diagnosing the problem when the brown stuff hits the ventilator. Ladies and …
Dave Cartwright, 24 Mar 2016
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Microsoft introduces yet another Skype for Windows 10

Microsoft has announced a new Universal Windows Platform Skype app for Windows 10, alongside the three existing Skype apps – one for video, one for messaging and the long-standing desktop app. A preview of the new Skype UWP app A preview of the new Skype UWP app The Skype story on Microsoft's reinvented Windows platform is …
Tim Anderson, 24 Mar 2016

PC World's cloudy backup failed when exposed to ransomware

The shortcomings of consumer-grade backup services in protecting against the scourge of ransomware have been exposed by the experiences of a UK businesswoman. Amy W, who runs a small business in the Newbury, Berkshire area, was convinced that the KnowHow cloud was the only backup technology she'd ever need1 when she bought a …
John Leyden, 22 Mar 2016
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So where has the legal 'right' to 10Mbps broadband gone?

Analysis UK Chancellor George Osborne's budget may have provided a sprinkling of sweeteners for businesses and middle class savers alongside the headline-grabbing sugar tax last week, but details on digital infrastructure plans were distinctly lacking. No mention was made of the Universal Service Obligation (USO) in the 148-page …
Kat Hall, 21 Mar 2016
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Druva boxes clever

Druva has extended its base in end-point data protection to cover cloud apps Box, Google Work and Office 365. If you're working on your mobile smart device and desktop, Druva's inSync product will protect your data on that device. Now, if you are using Box, Google Work (Google Drive, Google Docs and Gmail) or Exchange Online …
Chris Mellor, 21 Mar 2016
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Slack smackback: There's no IRC in team (software), say open-sourcers

Open-source software is not possible without collaboration and collaboration is not possible without communication. Collaborative communication in open source projects typically means some form of distributed chat. In the past, and indeed the present for most projects, that has meant IRC. IRC has some disadvantages, though, …
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vAdmins vJoice! vSphere finally gets a modern web client

VMware's popped out its second update to vSphere 6.0 and addressed a long-time vAdmin gripe by adding a new web interface that doesn't rely on old-school plugins. The new VMware Host Client is an all HTML-5 affair. The new code is derived from a “Fling” VMware posted a few weeks back (Flings are useful-but-unsupported code …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Mar 2016

Microsoft Surface Book: Shiny slab with a Rottweiler grip on itself

Review I've always wondered what people who pay more than £2,000 for a Windows laptop are thinking when they boot the machine. It's a bit like paying a fortune to gain admission to a secret and exclusive members club, only to discover once you're in, that it's run by the bloke who does the pub quiz on a Tuesday night at your local …
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Mar 2016