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Speed

IPv6 now faster than IPv4 when visiting 20% of top websites – and just as fast for the rest

Accessing websites via IPv6 is not only comparable in speed to IPv4, but is actually faster when visiting one in five of the world's most popular sites, according to German researchers. In a new paper, Vaibhav Bajpai and Jürgen Schönwälder from the University of Bremen looked at the response times for the internet's top 10,000 …
Kieren McCarthy, 28 Jul 2016
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MS warns of ..WSF file worm

Microsoft has pulled apart a current malware campaign, and is warning against e-mails with a double-dotted script file attached. The Nemucod malware isn't new, but what Redmond discusses in this Technet post is a wrinkle designed to trap unwary eyes: a Windows Script File (wsf) attachment with an extra dot in the file …

Facebook in O365 PDA

Microsoft and Facebook have indulged in an awkward Public Display of Affection (PDA) by making it known The Social NetworkTM is an Office 365 user. The Social NetworkTM apparently wants all its tools to be web-based, and available on just about any platform and secure. In the judgement of Facebook CIO Tim Campos, Office 365 is …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Jul 2016
Partnership

IBM caps '20 years' of deep MS love with Surface deal

IBM has become the latest sometime hardware giant to agree to push software giant Microsoft’s client hardware - years after selling off its own client devices business. MS device marketing general manager Brian Hall said in a blog post that IBM had joined the Surface Enterprise Initiative along with consultancy and contracting …
Joe Fay, 12 Jul 2016
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Pollster who called the EU referendum right: No late Leave swing after all

Analysis The EU referendum was a catastrophe for opinion pollsters. Remain’s official pollster, Populus, predicted a ten point margin of victory. Banks commissioned their own private polls, and also predicted victory, only to lose billions within hours as the strength of the Leave vote became clear. However one pollster stands out – …
Andrew Orlowski, 01 Jul 2016
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PM resigns as Britain votes to leave EU

BREXIT The UK has voted to leave the European Union, confounding the polls, the "experts" and the British establishment in the biggest turnout for a vote here in 24 years. Prime Minister David Cameron announced his resignation at 8:30am this morning. The count stands at 51.9 per cent Leave, and 48.1 per cent remain – and more than a …
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Jun 2016

Microsoft releases open source bug-bomb in the rambling house of C

The zombie bugs in programs and libraries at the heart of the Internet's infrastructure often have the C programming language in common. Microsoft Research now wants to add the kind of bounds-checking seen in C# to C, to help splat bugs like “buffer overruns, out-of-bounds memory accesses, and incorrect type casts,” in an add- …

Australian CompSci boffins score Queen's Birthday gongs

Australian technologists have scored awards in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours. Professor Michael Ralph Fellows has been made a Companion In the General Division Of the Order of Australia (AC) for his numerous contributions to computer science but especially for co-founding the “new field of theoretical computer science …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Jun 2016
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Can NetApp's 4KB block writes really hold more data?

COmment NetApp announced compaction as an extra form of data reduction in ONTAP v9.0. What is it? Compaction applies to NetApp’s all-flash FAS arrays. A blog post by Adam Bergh, data centre practise lead at Presidio, explains that multiple IOs can be written more efficiently, from a WAFL space point of view, if they are stored in a …
Chris Mellor, 13 Jun 2016

Hatches sealed on ISS pump-up space podule

The hatches have been closed on the International Space Station's (ISS) Bigelow Expandable Activity Module, following three days' work by astronaut Jeff Williams installing sensors and other hardware inside the pump-up space podule. BEAM will spend two years attached to the orbiting outpost's Tranquility module, as NASA and …
Lester Haines, 09 Jun 2016

Engine warning light appears on Uber's $100m driver settlement

Uber's $100m settlement with thousands of its drivers has spun around, mounted the curb and is careering back toward a California courthouse. Following the filing of objections [PDF] from drivers who take issue with terms of the settlement that they say only favors Uber and plaintiff lead attorney Shannon Liss-Riordan, the …
Shaun Nichols, 04 Jun 2016

TalkTalk scam-scammers still scam-scamming

Updated TalkTalk customers are still being targeted by scammers, following a series of data breaches at the company. In the last four years, TalkTalk has had to admit to four different breaches of data, two directly from the company itself and two others from partners here and in India. Most notorious was its attack in October last …
Kat Hall, 03 Jun 2016
SQL Server 2016 supports hybrid cloud as well as on premises deployment

SELECT features FROM bumf... What's new in MS SQL Server 2016

Microsoft has released SQL Server 2016, adding new security features, improved query profiling, Hadoop integration, hybrid cloud capabilities, and R analytics to its database server, along with numerous other improvements. Calling SQL Server a "database server" does not do justice to its scope. The main components are: …
Tim Anderson, 01 Jun 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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Ansible adds .1 to Ansible 2.0, de-betas networking

Ansible has pushed out version 2.1 of its eponymous automation platform, with a large part of the update consisting of peeling off beta stickers on features it announced earlier this year. The vendor unveiled a foray into networking back in February at its London AnsibleFest. That technical preview has now been formalised as a …
Joe Fay, 27 May 2016

VXer group ramps up malware to attack Indian embassies

Attackers have revamped their malware to better target embassy staff, says a Palo Alto Networks security team. The "Operation Ke3chang" campaign is slinging the TidePool malware which it has quietly upgraded over recent years. Researchers Micah Yates, Mike Scott, Brandon Levene, Jen Miller-Osborn and Tom Keigher say the group …
Darren Pauli, 25 May 2016
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MS IDs new Word macrovirus

Microsoft's turned up a new malicious Word macro doing the rounds. In this blog post, Redmond says it got its hands on a document containing a form built from malicious VBA scripts. “The VBA modules look like legitimate SQL programs powered with a macro; no malicious code found there … However, after further investigation we …
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MS to kill GWX nagware

Microsoft has promised to kill its aggressive Get Windows 10 nagware promotion in July, when the year-long free upgrade scheme ends. “On July 29th, the Get Windows 10 app that facilitates the easy upgrade to Windows 10 will be disabled and eventually removed from PCs worldwide,” the company said. The GWX popup uses aggressive …
Andrew Orlowski, 06 May 2016

Bug hype haters gonna hate hate hate: Badlock flaw more like Sadlock

The Badlock flaw in Windows and Samba file servers has been revealed after weeks of hype and anticipation. It is not as critical as feared, but it's still an annoyance. Fixes and mitigations are available today. In late March, we were alerted to what was described as a "crucial security bug" in Windows and Unix-flavored SMB …
Chris Williams, 12 Apr 2016

Russian rocket roll-out and raising revealed

The Russian space agency Roscosmos has released a nice video of the roll-out and raising of the Soyuz-2-1a launcher, which is poised to lift an unmanned supply vehicle to the International Space Station. The Soyuz is due to depart Baikonur Cosmodrome tomorrow at 22:23 local time (16:23 GMT, 12:23 EDT), carrying a Progress MS …
Lester Haines, 30 Mar 2016

Steve Jobs, MS Office, Israel, and a basic feature Microsoft took 13 years to install

tropeR laicepS You know the cliches: software is always late, and some features take longer to implement than others. The software feature you’re about to read about has only taken 13 years to implement, and turned out to be one of the most politically explosive we’ve ever covered. Cast your mind back to the beginning of 2002. Apple was in …
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Mar 2016
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Web servers should give browsers a leg-up, say MIT boffins

Latency plus complexity, rather than bandwidth, are what strangles Web performance, and a bunch of MIT boffins reckon browsers haven't kept up. To get around that, they've proposed a scheme called Polaris – not the same thing as the Mozilla browser privacy project – to focus on the order in which page objects are loaded. The …

Flash storage: Has the hype become reality?

Comment Is the flash storage business a hype-filled wonderland or is flash-based technology making real inroads into IT? Flash arrays provide much faster access to data, because of SSD’s lower latency compared to disk drives but they are more expensive to buy. This can be justified by looking at potentially lower total cost of …
Chris Mellor, 09 Mar 2016
Container meltdown

Backup bods at Microsoft lose CA audit data after server crash

Microsoft is asking its certificate authority (CA) affiliates to send it their own copies of audit data after a MS system crash resulted in data loss. Microsoft lost audit data for about 147 roots after a system crash. The incident had the knock-on effect of generating query emails to scores of affected (temporarily disavowed …
John Leyden, 04 Mar 2016
Bug

OpenBSD website operators urged to fix mind-alteringly bad bug

Someone has offered* OpenBSD's maintainers an important peace-of-mind patch for the operating system's HTTP daemon. It's not a security exposure they've fixed, but something vastly worse: the daemon defaulted to Comic Sans for its 404 “page not found” messages. You think that's not bad? Here's how Peter Krantz, who fixed the …
Boeing 737 Max

Pilot posts detailed MS Flight Sim video of how to land Boeing 737

Vid An actual airline pilot has posted a how-to video explaining the best way to land a Boeing 737. Commercial pilot Tim Morgan responded to a question posed on Q&A site Quora. “What should I do if the pilot passes out and I (with no flight training) have to land the plane?”, the question asks. Morgan's answer is footage from …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Feb 2016
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Router configurations suck (power out of mobile devices, that is)

Unknown and unseen to most users, your smartphone is “talking” in its sleep, and that can sap your battery. The problem? Routing advertisements, one of the fundamental operating principles of the Internet, can demand enough communications to have a noticeable impact on battery life. Router advertisements are multicasts that …

Sick and tired of modern Windows? Upgrade to Windows 3.1 today – in your web browser

The Internet Archive is taking us back to 1992 with the release of over 1,000 programs and games that run on what was arguably the first truly mass-market color graphical interface: Windows 3.1. It's hard to imagine the enormous leap that was Windows 3.1 now that even our smart phones run an operating system that is an order …
Kieren McCarthy, 11 Feb 2016
Blackhat

Russian ATM-popping gang used nation state cybercrook tactics

Cybercrooks are increasingly adopting tactics from more advanced hackers in order to steal millions of dollars from banks and other financial institutions. The first of the two cybercrime groups, dubbed Metel, are mostly active in Russia. The group’s typical modus operandi involves gaining control over machines inside a bank …
John Leyden, 09 Feb 2016
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Fleet of 4.77MHz LCD laptops with 8088 CPUs still alive after 30 years

The can of worms we opened when we learned of the server switched off after eighteen years and ten months' service is still wriggling, as a reader has contacted us to tell of nearly 30-year-old laptops still in service. Reader “Holrum” says he has “a couple dozen Toshiba T1000 laptops from the mid 1980's still fully functional …
Simon Sharwood, 09 Feb 2016

Three: We won't hike prices if you say yes to £10.5bn O2 merger

Three has promised it will not raise prices for customers if it is allowed to hop into bed with O2 in its proposed £10.5bn in an open letter hitting back at regulators' fears over the deal. In the letter, Hong Kong-based CK Hutchison, which owns Three UK, promises it will not raise the price for consumers of a voice minute, a …
Kat Hall, 04 Feb 2016

T-Mobile US's BingeOn does break net neutrality, says law prof

The T-Mobile US Binge On video service does in fact break network neutrality and so is illegal. That's according to Stanford law professor Barbara van Schewick, who has gone to the trouble of writing 51 pages of analysis [PDF] over the controversial throttled service to reach her conclusion. "Binge On undermines the core …
Kieren McCarthy, 04 Feb 2016
Fyke Net

The network: Your next big storage problem

Comment A few days ago I had an interesting chat with Andy Warfield at Coho Data and the topic of the network/storage relationship came up several times. (Quick disclaimer: I'm currently doing some work for Coho). In a couple of my latest articles (here and here), I talked about why many large IT organizations prefer PODs to other …
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PDF redaction is hard, NSW Medical Council finds out - the hard way

Australian public sector agencies have a persistent problem trying to redact PDFs: this time, the guilty party is the Medical Council of NSW. The council breached the privacy of a doctor and her son, the Medical Tribunal found earlier this month, because it mishandled redacting their names out of a PDF it published on its …
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Rubrik's cube: Storage firm founder drenches us in upstart Kool-Aid

Comment The intellectual firepower at the top of Rubrik’s founding engineering team is exceeded only by the relentless promotion of the company, its founders, engineers and prospects by CEO Bipul Sinha, a VC partner. We met Rubrik during a Silicon Valley IT press tour in December 2015. After drinking coffee and enjoying doughnuts ( …
Chris Mellor, 05 Jan 2016
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Apple had more CVEs than any single MS product in 2015, but it doesn't really matter

A count of the number of CVEs (Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures) issued on different platforms in 2015 has concluded that Apple was the most-advisoried operating system of the year, leading to gloating headlines that OS X is the “most vulnerable” of the lot. According to CVE Details, Mac OS X (all versions) apparently had …
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Facepalm time: MS Office update wipes custom Word autotext

A Microsoft Office update has pranged customised copies of Word. The upgrade for Word version 16.0.6366 renames users' Normal.dotm file. This means a new and empty Normal.dotm is created when Word is restarted after the update is applied, giving people the impression their customizations have been lost. Complaints are landing …
Gavin Clarke, 21 Dec 2015
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Microsoft extends Internet Explorer 8 desktop lifeline to upgrade laggards

Exclusive Don’t worry if you miss Microsoft’s January deadline to dump “legacy” versions of Windows and Internet Explorer. MS has a New Year's treat in store for you. Microsoft has quietly begun offering Custom Support Agreements (CSAs) to those running old combinations of its browser and client after January 12, 2016. The Register has …
Gavin Clarke, 14 Dec 2015

Booming Ballmer bellows 'bulls**t' over Microsoft's cloud revenue run rate

Microsoft's biggest individual shareholder – its erstwhile CEO Steve Ballmer – has complained in classic ballsy fashion about the software giant's lack of disclosure about its cloud biz. According to Bloomberg, Ballmer said that profit margins and sales were a "key metric" that should be reported by MS. He added that the firm …
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Dec 2015
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Wikimedia tries AI to catch bad edits

The Wikimedia Foundation has a problem with new editors: the tools it created to help with quality control was hostile to newbies, and rejected too much of their work. A new artificial intelligence (AI) tool created for Wikipedia quality assessments is therefore designed to help participants assess whether their edits are …
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MSFT boffins bust mobile data bottlenecks with iOS app

Microsoft Research boffins in Singapore and India have put up a novel idea: an app designed to identify where a smartphone's downloads are suffering and route around the problem without bothering the network operator. The researchers reckon the mobile network has forgotten one of the prime directives of the Internet: to route …

Finding security bugs on the road to creating a verifiably secure TLS lib

Microsoft and French research organization Inria have jointly published the source code for a more secure implementation of TLS – a first step in hopefully increasing the security of millions online. The software library emerged from a project called MiTLS, whose website mitls.org is curiously missing in action at time of …
John Leyden, 25 Nov 2015
Cortana

Hey Cortana, how about you hide my app from the user?

MS Ignite AU It's a way off yet, but one of the endpoints for Cortana, Microsoft's take on the digital assistant you can fall in love with, is to be a primary interface between multiple applications. The idea is that instead of opening an Excel spreadsheet to find a datum you need, copying it, switching to e-mail, and sending it to the …
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Microsoft working hard to unify its code base, all the way down to the IoT

MS Ignite AU Windows CE might seem like a bad dream from this distance, but a IoT developer speaking at Microsoft's Ignite gabfest in Australia have told The Register it represents a starting point that now positions Redmond well to respond to the Internet of Things. Mitch Denny, CTO of Readify and a .NET developer for several years, is …

BOFH: We're miracle workers. But you want us to fix THAT in 10 minutes?

Episode 16 "What do you mean 'why's it not working'," the PFY asks. "I mean WHY ISN'T IT WORKING? What's happened?" the Boss snaps, expecting an excuse that will be both technical and understandable to someone with his level of tertiary education. "Nothing's happened, it's all the same as usual," the PFY responds, suspecting – as we all …
Simon Travaglia, 13 Nov 2015
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MS Future Decoded conference, or The Empire Strikes Back

Microsoft wants to rid itself of the image as the default option of lazy corporate IT professionals (like me), even though that is still the core business of the horde of partner, customers and devs it brought to Excel. But as we hear from our round tables, less growth is coming from that direction, so the Biz day pushed …
Dominic Connor, 12 Nov 2015
Microsoft Band

Microsoft Band 2 wrist watchers in pay-first-ship-much-later rage

Microsoft’s online shipping and delivery service is in the dock, this time angering fans of Redmond’s Windows wearable. Hopeful owners of the Band 2 are complaining about Microsoft having taken their money but not delivered the goods. Band 2 is due to launch in Canada on 20 November, but the firm has been taking orders with …
Gavin Clarke, 09 Nov 2015
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Microsoft may join Mozilla and retire SHA-1 in 2016

Microsoft has decided to follow Mozilla down the path to better security, bringing forward the end-of-life date for SHA-1 hashing. SHA-1 has long been suspect, but in 2015 the ease and effectiveness of attacks against it have grown to the point where everyone with good sense is making their excuses and leaving the room. …
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Oracle: Fight for the right to be third to Amazon's AWS

Mark Hurd reckons Oracle and one “other” will own all the cloud pies in 10 years. Hurd seems to have based this statement on his belief that by 2025, 80 per cent of “production apps” will be on the cloud. Oracle is big on production apps, ergo Oracle will be big on the cloud. Oracle is a member of the old guard and it’s the …
Gavin Clarke, 28 Oct 2015
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What would you give to create Vulture Sweat?

What would you give to create Vulture sweat? We're hoping you'll give a few dollars because this is a very good cause. Reg APAC Editor Simon Sharwood will make some Vulture Sweat this coming weekend, as he participates in the “Gongride”, the annual bike ride from Sydney to the nearby city of Wollongong. At 83kms and 415 …
Team Register, 26 Oct 2015