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Marc Andreessen has a pretty creepy relationship with Zuck

Silicon Valley is very big on virtual reality right now. But imagine a VR “game” where you can control a company remotely, but without any of the fiduciary duty that the law places on a company executive, or an investor? You don’t need nerd goggles to play this game. For it’s very similar to the relationship that’s emerged …
Andrew Orlowski, 10 Dec 2016
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Fancy that! Google was keen on 'draining the swamp' in 2013

Faced with a report showing Google’s advertising network allowed big brands' ad money to be spent funding criminal operations, Google welcomed initiatives to “drain the swamp” in 2013 - three and a half years ago. But guess what? The swamp’s still here. And it's feeding a different sort of creature now. Today the Wall Street …
Andrew Orlowski, 09 Dec 2016

Has Samsung, er, rounded the corner with Apple court win?

Analysis Some good news has finally fallen the way of Samsung, as the Supreme Court has ruled in favour of the South Korean giant in its ongoing patent spat with Apple - scrapping a $399m damages bill in the latest episode of the hottest legal battle in tech, though certainly not the last. At the heart of this is the idea that instead …
Faultline, 09 Dec 2016

Moscow says writing infrastructure attack code is a thought crime

Malware writers whose wares are used by separate attackers to pop Russian national infrastructure could end up fined and in jail, if a new Russian bill become law. The bill (Number 47571-7, Russian) reported by local media threatens those involved in the manufacture of malware subsequently used in damaging attacks against …
Darren Pauli, 09 Dec 2016
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China is building a full scale replica of the Titanic to repeatedly crash into iceberg

A proposed Chinese theme park has started to build a full-sized replica of the Titanic so tourists can experience over and over again the moment which led to the deaths of 1,500 people – a project endorsed by New Labour minister Peter Mandelson. Construction of the ship began on Wednesday with celebratory fireworks to mark the …
Gareth Corfield, 08 Dec 2016
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Huawei says its NVMe arrays with NVMe drives will be out in 2017

Interview Huawei is a believer in the use of NVMe drives and fabric. Yet it thinks that shared array controller software and hardware will need upgrading to take full advantage of NVMe drives. It does not believe customers are ready to adopt NVMe over fabric-accessed arrays because of problem areas such as routability for ROCE. We asked …
Chris Mellor, 08 Dec 2016
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Playtime's over: Internet-connected kids toys 'fail miserably' at privacy

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and the European Consumer Organization (BEUC) are calling for US and EU data protection authorities to take action against insecure networked toys. Declaring that "My Friend Cayla," a Bluetooth-enabled doll released in 2014, and "i-Que," a connected robot released last year, " …
Thomas Claburn, 08 Dec 2016

Guess King Battistelli's plan to fix the Euro Patent Office. Yep, give himself more power

The president of the European Patent Office has responded to a formal rebuke of efforts to impose his will on the organization by asking for more power. The man who last week was called a disgrace to his country in the French National Assembly has been accused of targeting EPO staff who opposed his reforms and of running sham …
Kieren McCarthy, 08 Dec 2016

Work ends on Open Virtualisation Format

Work has ended on the Open Virtualisation Format (OVF), the Distributed Management Task Force's (DMTF's) packaging format for virtual machines. Version 2.0 of the standard landed in early 2013 and back in June 2016 The Register's virtualisation desk spotted plans to develop version 3.0 with a target delivery date of late 2016 …
Simon Sharwood, 08 Dec 2016
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Privacy is theft! Dave Eggers' big-screen takedown of Google and Facebook emerges

The Circle, Dave Eggers' novel about a society dominated by an omniscient, cult-like Silicon Valley internet company, has been given the big-screen treatment, with the trailer emerging this week. The movie's promo site has a witty parody of the "onboarding" process for a web platform – enjoy the unreadable EULA as it flashes …
Andrew Orlowski, 07 Dec 2016
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Wannabe Cali governor gives up against beach-blocking billionaire VC

With one eye on the governorship of California in 2018, Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom backed down from a fight with billionaire VC Vinod Khosla on Tuesday over controversial access to a beach. At an extraordinary meeting of the normally staid State Lands Commission on Tuesday, a series of lawyers, local residents and …
Kieren McCarthy, 06 Dec 2016
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We grill another storage startup that's meshing about with NVMe

Interview Storage startup Excelero is supportive of NVMe drives and of NVMe over fabrics-style networking. It has a unique way of using NVMe drives to create a virtual SAN accessed by RDMA. An upcoming NASA Ames case study will describe how its NVMesh technology works in more detail. We asked Excelero CTO Yaniv Romem some questions to …
Chris Mellor, 06 Dec 2016
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NASA's hyperwall wonderwall uses virtual flash SAN

Case study How do get fast parallel data access to 128 compute nodes doing simulation processing off a slow, although massively parallel access data set? You could employ flash cache burst buffering, as DDN might propose, or try out an NVMe flash drive-based virtual SAN, which is what NASA Ames did in a visualisation situation. NASA's …
Chris Mellor, 06 Dec 2016

Hollow, world! Netflix premieres Java in-memory database toolkit

Just as the National Security Agency in 2005 came to the conclusion that it would be easier to store everything, Netflix has decided to store all of its content metadata with its customers rather than serving data from a central repository and caching frequently accessed data at the network edge. The streaming media service on …
Thomas Claburn, 05 Dec 2016
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Watch your back, Netflix: Viu on track for 10 million subs next year

Analysis Hong Kong pay TV operator PCCW Media claims it has racked up 4 million active users on its OTT video service, Viu, after just one year of activity. An uptake of this pace presents Netflix, which recently made its belated entrance into South East Asia, with an almighty mountain to climb. Viu has every chance of surpassing the …
Faultline, 05 Dec 2016

US election pollsters weren't (very) wrong – statistically speaking

The media have spoken and they are unimpressed: the polls – this time the US presidential polls – got it woefully wrong, and therefore burn the witch! Or in the absence of witches, let's set fire to Nate Silver, who until around 2am (GMT) on November 9 was the doyen of US polling and go-to person for all US forecasts. At which …
Jane Fae , 05 Dec 2016
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What's in Hammond's box? Autumn fallout for Britain's tech SMBs

The Government in its Autumn statement promised to invest £1bn on "digital infrastructure", an extra £2bn annually on UK R&D, and at least £400m on new venture capital funds through the British Business Bank, which it hopes will unlock a further £1bn in private finance for growing firms. The National Productivity Investment …
Marcus Gibson, 05 Dec 2016

Euro Patent Office prez 'a disgrace to France'

President of the European Patent Office (EPO) Benoit Battistelli is a disgrace to his country, the French National Assembly heard Wednesday. "La présence du Français Benoît Battistelli à la tête de l’Office nuit aujourd’hui gravement à l’image de notre pays," stated MP Philip Cordery in an address to the secretary of state for …
Kieren McCarthy, 03 Dec 2016

Why your gigabit broadband lags like hell – blame Intel's chipset

Intel's Puma 6 chipset, used in gigabit broadband modems around the world, suffers from latency jitter so bad it ruins online gaming and other real-time connections. The semiconductor giant is preparing a firmware update to correct spikes of lag and bouts of packet loss that repeatedly flare up in home internet hubs in America …
Chris Williams, 03 Dec 2016

Amazon tries again with AppStream because customers didn't like it

Acknowledging that the initial version of application streaming service AppStream failed to appeal to customers, Amazon Web Services is ready to try again. Introduced in 2013, AppStream offered companies a way to stream Windows desktop apps to users via browser across a variety of devices. It was intended as an alternative to …
Thomas Claburn, 02 Dec 2016
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Russia accuses hostile foreign powers of plot to undermine its banks

Russia has accused unnamed foreign spies of launching a concerted effort to undermine its domestic banking system. Cyber attacks are being combined with fake social media reports about banks going bust, according to Russia's state security agency, the FSB. Servers physically located in the Netherlands and leased to BlazingFast …
John Leyden, 02 Dec 2016
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Axel Springer boss defends Facebook in fake news controversy

One of Silicon Valley’s harshest and most powerful critics has leapt to its defence over the “fake news” controversy. Mathias Döpfner, CEO of the German giant publishing group Axel Springer, says Facebook must retain the liability privileges it enjoys as an internet platform - rather than be reclassified as a publisher. …
Andrew Orlowski, 02 Dec 2016
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Still too much discretion when it comes to that 'terrorism' stuff, repeats David Anderson QC

There is still too much discretion in what the State is talking about when discussing terrorism, according to the outgoing independent reviewer of terrorism legislation. Seeking to limit the growth of public suspicion regarding the State's increasing investigatory powers, it is still necessary to establish a proper definition …
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Sky: Stuff your quad play – customers want separate bills

Sky had a few surprises when it unveiled its new mobile network this week. Rather than half-heartedly selling its network as a second-class bolt-on to Sky's 11 million existing TV and broadband customers, Sky Mobile is going to be a feisty, consumer-friendly MVNO in its own right. Features of Sky Mobile will include rolling …
Andrew Orlowski, 01 Dec 2016
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Microsoft to lift and shift StorSimple data into Azure blobs

Microsoft's ambition to paint the enterprise azure is accelerating, with the news that Redmond's StorSimple arrays will be able to convert the data they store into Azure Blobs. StorSimple started life as a vanilla iSCSI unified storage array that, at the time of its launch, could store VMs, databases or files but also offered …
Simon Sharwood, 01 Dec 2016
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NSW government innovates, with visa workers taking over IT roles

The New South Wales (NSW) Public Service Association has hit the ceiling about the Australian state's decision to hire IT staff from overseas for the outsourcing of its ServiceFirst shared service operation. Last year, ServiceFirst was contracted out to Unisys and Infosys. The PSA says 32 overseas staff had been deployed in …

Netflix and fill – our coffers: Canada mulls taxing vid streaming giant 5% of subs cash

The Canadian government will consider a new digital tax that would see Netflix required to set aside five per cent of its gross revenues. A consultation enthusiastically opened by heritage minister Melanie Joly and titled "Canadian content in a digital world" closed last week, but may not have produced the results she was …
Kieren McCarthy, 30 Nov 2016

Well, FC-NVMe. Did this lightning-fast protocol just get faster?

+Comment A walk through the vast and spacious exhibition arena at HPE Discover in London can bring you to Cavium's stand. There Roberto Angelo Polacsek, a senior account exec, will tell you why he believes NVMe over Fibre Channel will be important. Cavium bought Fibre Channel HBA vendor QLogic recently, and Polacsek says its 16Gbps HBAs …
Chris Mellor, 30 Nov 2016

Jeremy Hunt: Telcos must block teens from sexting each other

The likes of Facebook must stop under-18s from sending each other sexually explicit pictures, UK health secretary Jeremy Hunt has told a Parliamentary committee. Giving evidence to the Health Select Committee about suicide prevention yesterday, Hunt demanded that social media companies must take responsibility for stopping …
Gareth Corfield, 30 Nov 2016
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Virgin Media is so rustic and artisan you get to hand-sort your own spam

Virgin Media has overhauled its botched spam filtering system, which has resulted in UK businesses and customers missing thousands of legit emails. The issues have blighted customers for over a year, since Virgin Media was forced take its email hosting back in-house after Google closed the service used by ISPs last year. Many …
Kat Hall, 30 Nov 2016

CERN concern: Particle boffins join backlash against Euro Patent Office's King Battistelli

The European Organization for Nuclear Research, better known as CERN, has joined the list of organizations and media outlets calling for action against the president of the European Patent Office (EPO). In its weekly staff bulletin, the particle physicists' take issue with Benoit Battistelli for targeting and firing staff. " …
Kieren McCarthy, 30 Nov 2016

Outlook.com is still not functioning properly for some Microsoft punters

Microsoft is still working to resolve "difficulties" faced by its Outlook customers, despite months of complaints about the disappearance of sent emails and 550 Errors. A growing number of complaints threads have been posted to Microsoft's questions page regarding Outlook after recent upgrades to the service. They both precede …
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HPE getting long-term archives taped

Fancy that – flash-loving HPE is getting into big tape boxes. It's extending its high-end tape portfolio by reselling SpectraLogic tape libraries. The Spectra products involved are the T950 and TFinity ExaScale Edition, one of, if not the largest tape libraries in the industry. We're told this will drive down long-term storage …
Chris Mellor, 29 Nov 2016

Huawei Mate 9: The Note you've been waiting for?

Hands On Can you believe Huawei’s luck? Imagine discovering a new planet, populated entirely by Irish people, which has a dozen orbiting satellite moons all harvesting shamrocks, all the year round. That lucky. Through extraordinary timing, the Chinese giant finds itself with the big screen phone category to itself, thanks to its new …
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Nov 2016
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Double-DIMMed XPoint wastes sockets

Analysis A Xitore white paper compares coming XPoint DIMMs and Xitore's own flash DIMMs, and claims each XPoint DIMM needs a companion DRAM cache DIMM, obviously halving XPoint DIMM density. The startup has its own tech to push – NVDIMM-X – but, even so, is revealing about XPoint DIMMery. Doug Finke, director of product marketing at …
Chris Mellor, 29 Nov 2016

Adblock again beats publishers' Adblock-blocking attempts

Adblock Plus is celebrating, but publishers are scratching their heads, after German courts ruled blocking online advertisements is legal. All claims brought by German media cornerstone Spiegel Online against Eyeo GmbH, creators of Adblock Plus, were late last week dismissed by a court in Hamburg, Germany. Seven media houses …
Darren Pauli, 29 Nov 2016
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Hackers crack Liechtenstein banks, demand ransoms

Hackers have days ago breached a Liechtenstein bank and are allegedly blackmailing customers by threatening to release their account data if ransoms are not paid. Attackers obtained account data from Chinese owned Valartis Bank Liechtenstein siphoning information on clients including politicians, actors, and wealthy …
Team Register, 29 Nov 2016

Super Cali goes ballistic, considers taxing Netflix

More than 40 cities in California are considering a tax on streaming services – dubbed a Netflix tax – claiming that the tax system needs updating for the internet era. The news comes as AT&T announces a new streaming service, DirectTV Now, which the company hopes will see people discard their cable boxes altogether for over …
Kieren McCarthy, 28 Nov 2016
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Loyalty card? Really? Why data-slurping store cards need a reboot

Loyalty cards – the little buggers are everywhere these days. When British supermarket chain Tesco launched its Clubcard back in 1995, it was a forward-looking idea, so much so that Lord Ian MacLaurin, then Tesco chairman, suggested that he knew more about his customers after three months than he did after 30 years in the retail …
Sooraj Shah, 28 Nov 2016

Have some sympathy for the AT&T devil

Analysis When the first fixed-line phone systems were installed, you paid for everything, but particularly for each minute of each call. Later they had broadband added to the copper and a flat rate began to become the order of the day. As phone calls went to IP, the same applied to calls for the most part. While there are upper limits …
Faultline, 25 Nov 2016
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Hello, SAN-shine. You and NVMe are going to have a little chinwag

Analysis A sea change is gathering pace in storage, powered by NVMe drive-level and fabric-level connectivity, the two declaring war on data access latency, and combining to bring data closer to compute and get more applications running in servers faster. The change we are facing is that from the SAS/SATA drive array accessed over …
Chris Mellor, 25 Nov 2016

Integrator fired chap for hiding drugs conviction, told to pay compo for violating his rights

Can you fire someone for not telling you they have a criminal record and did time for dealing drugs? Australian system integrator Data#3 has just been told the answer to that question is “no”, under some circumstances. As a report (PDF) on this case explains, in late December 2014, Data#3 hired a chap known only as “Mr. AW” as …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Nov 2016
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Poison .JPG spreading ransomware through Facebook Messenger

Checkpoint has found an image obfuscation trick it thinks may be behind a recent massive phishing campaign on Facebook that's distributing the dangerous Locky ransomware. The security firm has not released technical details as the flaw it relies on still impacts Facebook and LinkedIn, among other unnamed web properties. The …
Darren Pauli, 25 Nov 2016
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Melbourne man arrested for broadcasting fake messages to pilots

Melbourne man Paul Sant has been charged with unauthorised broadcasting over to pilots over radio bands restricted to aviation users, causing one plane to abort a landing to Tullamarine Airport. Sant, 19, is alleged to have placed 16 separate transmissions to pilots at Tullamarine and Avalon airports between 5 September and 3 …
Darren Pauli, 24 Nov 2016
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Meet the Loughborough 'emo' boffins who predicted Trump's victory

This has not been a good year for opinion pollsters, most of whom failed to predict either Britain’s vote to leave the European Union or the election of Donald Trump as US president. To be fair, both were close races. Wise pollsters offer probabilities rather than certainties: FiveThirtyEight’s Nate Silver, who successfully …
SA Mathieson, 24 Nov 2016
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A closer look at HPE's 'The Machine'

Analysis HPE is undertaking the single most determined and ambitious architectural redesign of a server’s architecture in recent history in the shape of The Machine. We'll try to provide what Army types call a sitrep about The Machine, HPE's "completely different" system: its aims, its technology and its situation. Think of this as a …
Chris Mellor, 24 Nov 2016
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No super-kinky web smut please, we're British

Film censors in the United Kingdom will be able to ban Brits from accessing websites that stream especially kinky X-rated videos, if a proposed change in the law gets up. The Digital Economy bill, which is due to penetrate the statute books in early 2017, is set to include a provision that will allow the British Board of Film …
Iain Thomson, 24 Nov 2016
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Surprise, surprise. BT the only Universal Service Obligation provider in town

BT is the only player to offer its services for universal coverage of 10Mbps by 2020, but has also placed a number of conditions on doing so, head of comms regulator Ofcom Sharon White has said. Speaking at the Culture, Media and Sports Committee hearing, White said BT has expressed interest in delivering the government's …
Kat Hall, 23 Nov 2016
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Not fake news: Facebook reinvents SVG

Thanks to Facebook, you too can festoon your mobile applications with high-quality, low-overhead vector animations. The social media and data-harvesting giant on Tuesday released its Keyframes library for exporting Adobe After Effects animations so they can be rendered in Android and iOS apps. Facebook developed Keyframes for …
Thomas Claburn, 23 Nov 2016

Talend CEO: Profit? We're a few years off... But we're cash-flow positive

Interview Founded in France in 2005, Talend made its initial public offering on the NASDAQ in July, listing as a French company although it's now headquartered in Redwood City, south of San Francisco. It was only the fifth technology IPO of the year, raising questions as to how fruitful the listing might be. But Talend raised $94m, and …