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NASCAR team red-flagged by ransomware attack

NASCAR, America's favorite no-right-turn racing format, has joined the growing ranks of people hit by, and paying out to fix, ransomware. The Circle Sport – Leavine Family Racing (CSLFR) has admitted paying off ransomware runners after one of its main test computers got infected with Truecrypt malware. The laptop was quickly …
Iain Thomson, 24 Jun 2016

Opera cries foul over Microsoft Edge power-slurping claims

Microsoft's claim that its Edge browser is the thriftiest with power has drawn a sharp response from rival browser biz Opera, who called for open testing to work out which app provides better battery life. Earlier this week, Microsoft released research which, it claims, shows that the Edge browser that comes with Windows 10 …
Iain Thomson, 23 Jun 2016
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Twilio IPO a success

There'll be champagne corks popping at cloudy comms firm Twilio after shares rose 71 per cent on the first day of trading. The company raised $150m after pricing its IPO at $15, but is currently trading at $25.67 a share, up $10.67 or 71 per cent. No doubt there'll be some profit taking at the end of the day, but it's a strong …
Iain Thomson, 23 Jun 2016
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Zuck covers up mic and cam pickup because sharing isn't always good

A PR snapshot of Mark Zuckerberg's desk has shown quite how seriously the king of the information sharing economy takes his own privacy. On Tuesday, the Behoodied One shared an at-work picture to celebrate hitting 500 million active monthly users on Instagram. But a closer look by California startup employee Chris Olson shows …
Iain Thomson, 22 Jun 2016
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Microsoft joins battery-saving browser bandwagon with Edge claims

Microsoft has published new research in which it claims that its Edge browser, bundled with Windows 10, can outperform the competition when it comes to battery life. The lab rats at Redmond set up four identical charged laptops, each using a different browser to stream an identical video. The Laptop running Google Chrome ran …
Iain Thomson, 20 Jun 2016

HP global battery recall

HP is working on a worldwide recall of laptop batteries for the usual reason: they might overheat and catch fire. The batteries shipped with a bunch of different HP and Compaq-branded models sold between March of 2013 and August of 2015, including HP ENVY, Compaq Presario and HP Pavilion. Batteries sold as spares or …
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Contain yourself – StorageOS is coming

DockerCon StorageOS is a UK-based startup offering simple and automated block storage to stateless containers, giving them state and the means to run databases and other applications that need enterprise-class storage functionality without the concomitant complexity, rigidity and cost. It runs as a container in a Linux system and …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jun 2016

Docker taps unikernel brains to emit OS X, Windows public betas

DockerCon Docker will kick off its DockerCon 2016 conference in Seattle this morning with a bunch of announcements: its OS X and Windows Docker clients will be made publicly available as beta software for anyone to try out; out-of-the-box orchestration is coming to Docker 1.12; and integration with Amazon's AWS and Microsoft's Azure is in …
Chris Williams, 20 Jun 2016
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S3 cloudo-filer created

WDC and CTERA have developed a joint product that combines HGST's Active Archive System (S3-compliant, scale-out object storage) with CTERA’s Enterprise File Services Platform. Enterprises and CSPs can launch enterprise file services. The two say customers can have enterprise-grade file sharing, data protection, and branch …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jun 2016
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Apple's 'lappable' iPad Pro concept is far from laughable

Road test “Lapable” is not a word I would ordinarily use, save for the fact that Apple’s applied it to the new iPad Pro nine-incher. The horrid word is an admission that the smaller iPad Pro is not a strong contender as a laptop replacement, but can do the job when required. And in my experience, a very decent job once you take the leap …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Jun 2016
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Lester Haines: RIP

It is with incredible sadness that El Reg must report that Lester Haines, one of our finest story-tellers and an all-round good bloke, passed away on Monday. Lester, who was 55, died of a heart attack at his home in Spain. He will be cremated on Friday 17 June. Readers will know Lester for his biting wit, his piloting of the …
Team Register, 16 Jun 2016
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Cygnus spacecraft on fire

NASA has deliberately set a fire inside a Cygnus spacecraft, after detaching from the International Space Station (ISS) for safety reasons. The capsule is carrying the Spacecraft Fire Experiment, which has ignited a variety of materials to study how they burn and spread in microgravity. The purpose is to help protect future …
Iain Thomson, 15 Jun 2016
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A new Habitat for applications? Chef launches open source app automation project

Chef, IT automation for DevOps, has announced Habitat, an open source project for application automation. Developing and deploying software is too hard, according to Chef co-founder and CTO Adam Jacob. An application may work fine on a developer's laptop or as a prototype on a single VM (virtual machine). "However, if you …
Tim Anderson, 14 Jun 2016

Apple quietly launches next-gen encrypted file system

It didn't get any airtime at the big opening day of the annual Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), but excitement is building around Apple's next-generation file system. Early specs show the system will bring your hard drive into the modern era, most notably by supporting native encryption. It will also time-stamp …
Kieren McCarthy, 14 Jun 2016
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Apple to kill off Mac OS X?

More hints that Apple will retire its “Mac OS X” brand have surfaced ahead of its annual developer conference. Support documents published by 9to5Mac indicated the platform will be rebranded macOS, the name of the Mac’s original OS when it launched in 1984, one of four Apple platforms. The others are watchOS, tvOS and iOS. …
Andrew Orlowski, 09 Jun 2016
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Freeze, lastholes: USB-C and Thunderbolt are the ultimate physical ports

USB-C and Thunderbolt are the last mainstream connections devices will need to the outside world, according to analyst firm ABI Research. The company's new Device Connectivity Report predicts that by the year 2020 “Almost half of the smartphones and 93% of laptops will include USB Type-C connectivity.” In coming years we'll …
Simon Sharwood, 08 Jun 2016
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The rise and rise of Australia's community hacking conferences

Special report In Australia and New Zealand, hackers are doing it for themselves by creating vibrant security conferences that run on their own terms and actively avoid the corporate-speak and fear-mongering that characterises so many vendor-led events. These conferences, or "cons", are booming and showcase security skills that rival the …
Darren Pauli, 06 Jun 2016
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African IP address body exec half-apologizes for 'Whites are taking over' race-row email

The former CEO of African regional internet registry Afrinic has apologized for claiming that there was a race-related conspiracy to take over the organization. Adiel Akplogan responded to his original email noting that he had intended it to be a private message. He then apologized "to my many friends and colleagues globally …
Kieren McCarthy, 06 Jun 2016
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Patch NTP against DoS, again

The Network Time Protocol (NTP) organisation pushed out a bunch of patches last Thursday, including one high-severity bug. The vulnerabilities in question are CVE-2016-4957 (another vulnerability in Crypto-NAK found by Cisco), and from Red Hat there's CVE-2016-4953 (an authentication bug), CVE-2016-4954 (server packet spoofing …
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Would YOU start a fire? TRAPPED in a new-build server farm

This Damn War “What’s the smallest fire I could start to be noticed, but not so big that I risk burning down the building?” is one of the stranger thoughts to have entered my head, in many years of working in IT. No, I'm not a closet pyromaniac, so why was I entertaining such thoughts? I had found myself stuck in a data centre on a Sunday …
Tom Baines, 03 Jun 2016
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Lenovo cries 'dump our support app' after 'critical' hole found

Lenovo is warning users to uninstall its Accelerator support application after it was revealed to have what it says are serious interception vulnerabilities. The company is one of five vendors caught pre-installing dangerously-vulnerable OEM software. Duo Security researcher Mikhail Davidov reported the holes that would allow …
Darren Pauli, 02 Jun 2016
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AMD emits gen-7 laptop chips

AMD has officially torn the wraps off its seventh-generation processors for laptops and notebooks. These are, we're told, shipping in volume in gear from Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, and Lenovo. As warned in April, and announced today at Computex 2016 in Taipei, the CPUs use AMD's Excavator architecture as found in Carrizo. AMD's …
Chris Williams, 01 Jun 2016
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These big-name laptops are infested with security bugs – study

Computers from many of the biggest PC makers are riddled with easy-to-exploit vulnerabilities in pre-loaded software, security researchers warn. The research from Duo Security shows that bloatware is not just a nuisance that causes a lag in system boot-up, but a security risk. Laptops from Acer, Asus, Dell, HP and Lenovo all …
John Leyden, 31 May 2016
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Samsung: Don't install Windows 10. REALLY

Updated Samsung is advising customers against succumbing to Microsoft’s nagging and installing Windows 10. The consumer electronics giant's support staff have admitted drivers for its PCs still don’t work with Microsoft's newest operating system and told customers they should simply not make the upgrade. That’s nearly a year after …
Gavin Clarke, 31 May 2016

Surface Book nightmare: Microsoft won't fix 'Sleep of Death' bug

Hands-on In its most recent quarterly earnings report, Microsoft highlighted its increasingly popular Surface line as the growth leader in its More Personal Computing line of business. Surface led the category with 61 per cent growth in constant currency, a rise driven by the top products in the line, the Surface Pro 4 tablet and the …
Addison Snell, 27 May 2016
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Microsoft won't back down from Windows 10 nagware 'trick'

Microsoft is hurt and disappointed that people would think it was trying to “trick” them with a confusing Windows 10 upgrade dialog that scheduled an upgrade without users explicitly agreeing to do so. Redmond recently created a new Windows 10 nagware reminder that presented a dialog asking you to install the OS. But if users …

Hillary Clinton broke law with private email server – top US govt watchdog

A report by the US State Department's Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has found presidential wannabe Hillary Clinton did breach record-keeping laws – by using a personal server for work emails. The watchdog added she was not alone in the practice. The 89-page dossier [PDF] found that three senior State Department figures …
Iain Thomson, 26 May 2016
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Pointless features add to browser bloat and insecurity

It might be time for the warlocks of the Web and brewers of JavaScript to revisit their ever-burgeoning developer wish-lists and sweep away the rubbish. Researchers from the University of Illinois have looked at how users and Website designers respond to the feature-list, and their study suggests there's a whole lot of kruft …
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Tech support locker scam poses as failed Microsoft Update

Cybercrooks have put together a new scam that falls halfway between ransomware and old school browser lockup ruses. The new class of “tech support lockers” rely on tricking users into installing either a fake PC optimiser or bogus Adobe Flash update. Once loaded the malware mimicks ransomware and locks users out of their …
John Leyden, 20 May 2016
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Hacked in a public space? Thanks, HTTPS

Have you ever bothered to look at who your browser trusts? The padlock of a HTTPS connection doesn't mean anything if you can't trust the other end of the connection and its upstream signatories. Do you trust CNNIC (China Internet Network Information Centre). What about Turkistan trust or many other “who are they” type …
Stuart Burns, 20 May 2016
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Being an IT trainer is like performing the bullet-catching trick

Something for the Weekend, Sir? I’m on stage with a gun pointing at my heart. There is the sound of nervous shuffling as those sitting in the stalls squirm in their seats. Then silence: the audience quickly falls still and holds it breath. The man armed with the musket is raising the muzzle to take better aim before slowly squeezing the trigger… He pauses. “ …
Alistair Dabbs, 20 May 2016
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'Acts of war in a combat zone are not covered by your laptop warranty'

ON-CALL ON-CALL Welcome again to On-Call, our end-of-week waltz through readers' memories of odd jobs they've been asked to do. This week, reader “Jackson” shared the story of his time working for a very large and old three-letter-company, where he was part of a ““IT service consolidation” project that meant his client's employees …
Simon Sharwood, 20 May 2016
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Chrome OS to get Android apps via the magic of containers

Google I/O 2016 Google has pulled the move the software market has been waiting ages for, and built a system to run Android apps on its desktop operating system. The system works by setting up a Linux container in the Chrome operating system that runs a complete version of Android in a locked-down environment to minimize security issues. It's …
Iain Thomson, 19 May 2016
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Cloudy desktops are as mature as cloudy servers … from 2008!

Desktop-as-a-service in 2016 is about as mature as infrastructure-as-a-service was in 2008, so waiting until it matures is more sensible than diving in now. So says Garter for Technical Professionals' analyst Mark Lockwood, who The Register's virtualisation desk beheld yesterday at the firm's Infrastructure Operations & Data …
Simon Sharwood, 17 May 2016
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Americans cutting back on online activity over security and privacy fears

Nearly half of all Americans have not carried out a normal online task because of security and privacy fears, according to a new survey by the US government. Forty-five per cent of the 41,000 households contacted said they had decided not to do online banking, or buy goods online, or post on social networks because they were …
Kieren McCarthy, 13 May 2016
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Banning computers makes students do better on exams – MIT

Students who have access to computer devices in the classroom do significantly worse than colleagues without them, a study has found. In a study by MIT's School Effectiveness & Inequality Initiative, titled The Impact of Computer Usage on Academic Performance: Evidence from a Randomized Trial at the United States Military …
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Blockchain firm, real bucks

A blockchain start up has landed $1.65m in a seed funding – its second tranche of cash. Fluent, founded in May 2015 and now with $2.5m to its name, will use the new cash injection to expand its engineering team and expand sales. Fluent’s goal is to expand into supply chain management, sending invoices while creating an API and …
Katyanna Quach, 12 May 2016
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Google asks Unicode to look over 13 new emoji showing professional women

Google has decided that emoji need to offer better role models for women and has therefore proposed 13 new ones, all depicting women in the workplace. Google's proposal (PDF) says the company “wants to increase the representation of women in emoji” and therefore suggests “a new set of emoji that represents a wide range of …
Simon Sharwood, 11 May 2016
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Avanti beams at EE

Satellite comms biz Avanti has won a $29m (£20m) deal with EE to supply a satellite network. Under the deal it will provide communications in remote areas and additional network resilience. Mansoor Hanif, director of Radio Access Networks at EE, said the deal will enable the biz to deliver "a truly nationwide 4G network" to …
Kat Hall, 09 May 2016
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Daisy-chained research spells malware worm hell for power plants and other utilities

BlackHat Asia A world-first proof-of-concept worm - if unleashed - could spell disaster for the world’s critical infrastructure, including power utilities by making attacks exponentially more difficult to detect and stop. It is a stand-alone attack but The Register has confirmed a realistic stealthy end-to-end attack scenario can be …
Darren Pauli, 05 May 2016
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ZX Printer's American cousin still in use, 34 years after purchase

Emails are still trickling in with readers trying to trump the almost nineteen-year-old server we found was just being decommissioned back in January. A recent missive from reader Ian piqued our interest because it said he's still running a Timex Sinclair 2040 printer bought in 1982! The 2040's a thermal printer based on the …
Simon Sharwood, 05 May 2016
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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 UK 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. …