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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
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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
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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 …
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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
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It's all Me, Me, Me! in Doctor Who's The Woman Who Lived but what of Clara's fate?

TV Review Readers please note: THIS IS A POST-UK BROADCAST REVIEW – THERE WILL BE SPOILERS! Gavin says: No surprise, then, that Ashildr turns bad. If we’ve learned anything about vampires, it’s that their world-weary, callous and arrogant demeanour comes from outliving everybody else. Ashildr predictably hits the wrong track, having …
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Oct 2015
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'Get a VPN to defeat metadata retention' is good advice. Sometimes

With the kind-of-launch of the Australian government's telecommunications data retention regime, there's been a plethora of advice everywhere – from “lad mags” to the tech press to political parties – with one theme: “get a virtual private network” (VPN). Which moves Vulture South to idly wonder: do people know that a VPN on …

Steve Ballmer praises Twitter job cuts after buying 4% stake in ailing micro-blab site

Erstwhile Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer revealed on Friday that he had recently acquired a 4 per cent stake in troubled micro-blurting site Twitter. The news came in a tweet from Ballmer who congratulated Twitter on its decision earlier this week to cut costs by lopping off 8 per cent of its workforce. Good job @twitter,@ …
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Oct 2015
An angry mob

Microsoft now awfully pushy with Windows 10 on Win 7, 8 PCs – Reg readers hit back

Updated Have you noticed Microsoft being a little too eager in pushing its Windows 10 upgrade lately? You're not alone. The Reg news tip inbox has been awash the past few days with readers reporting that the newest version of Windows has been forcing itself onto computers amid other operating system updates, and sometimes even …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Oct 2015
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After Burner: Sega’s jet-fighting, puke-inducing arcade marvel

Antique Code Show It was 1986, and the world went bonkers for Top Gun: that film about pleasant young chaps learning the flight ropes of F-14 Tomcats. New-wave synth poppers Berlin sang Take My Breath Away while straddling decommissioned aircraft; Tom Cruise apparently began a longstanding attempt to disguise his diminutive stature; and …
Giles Hill, 15 Oct 2015

Drunk driver live-streams her slow journey home

Video US woman Whitney Beall has been arrested by Florida police after live-streaming herself drunk driving. The City of Lakeland Police department says that on Saturday it “... began receiving 911 calls from viewers of Periscope about a possible drunk driver using the social media APP Periscope to broadcast herself.” Officers …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Oct 2015

LOHAN chews the fat with US TV station over Spaceport's FAA-ilure

The Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) mission and its epic struggle to get clearance to launch at Spaceport America got a bit of airtime on Saturday night on Albuquerque TV station KRQE. As you can see, reporter Emily Younger miraculously managed to get a statement out of Spaceport America: Spaceport America …
Lester Haines, 12 Oct 2015
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OH GROSS! The real problem with GDP

Worstall @ the Weekend Last week, when I wrote a column about the nature of cold hard cash from a rabid free marketeer point of view, commenter Chris Miller asked about the intricacies of GDP: is it actually a bad measure of how well-off we all are or is it used just because it's simple to calculate? Basically, the answer is “yes”. With a few minor …
Tim Worstall, 11 Oct 2015
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Ofcom chief warns that carrier aggregation may be bad for consumers

Analysis The mergers of O2 and Three, and BT and EE, could drive prices up for consumers and be A Bad Thing. This is the warning given by Ofcom boss Sharon White in a presentation to the London School of Economics this week. She warned that fewer mobile operators could lead to prices rising. The mergers of telcos is pretty much the …
Simon Rockman, 09 Oct 2015
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How much do UK cops pay for Microsoft licences? £30 a head or £137? Both

Coppers are wasting millions on negotiated software licences, with some forces paying more than four times more than other constabularies of a similar size for Oracle and Microsoft licences, The Register can reveal. According to a Freedom of Information response from 10 police forces of differing sizes, some constabularies …
Kat Hall, 09 Oct 2015
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HP boss hopes MS Surface Book will jack up notebook prices

Canalys Channels Forum HP Inc’s boss welcomed Microsoft’s foray into the high-end notebook market this week, if it helped vendors push up price tags across the board. However, Dell big wig Marius Haas gave a chillier welcome to the Microsoft Surface Book yesterday. Dell and HP announced last month that they would both resell Microsoft’s Surface …
Joe Fay, 08 Oct 2015
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Vulture-branded LYCRA can be yours, if you're feeling charitable

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a very nasty disease. It takes most of its victims young and attacks their central nervous system. Severity and symptoms vary, but the disease progressively disables sufferers and eventually kills them. MS Australia raises funds to research the disease in the hope of finding a cure, and also provides …
Team Register, 06 Oct 2015

Miss Brittany dethroned for posting 'nude' Facebook pics

The reign of this year's Miss Brittany, Eugénie Journée, was only marginally longer than that of Prince Louis-Antoine, Duke of Angoulême, after the 23-year-old was stripped of her title as a result of posting rule-busting "nude" photos of herself on Facebook. Ms Journée, a law student at the University of Rennes, was crowned …
Lester Haines, 06 Oct 2015
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Redcentric lines up COO as new CEO

Managed services outfit Redcentric has confirmed operations chief Fraser Fisher is to jump into the CEO chair in the not-too-distant future. In a statement to the City, the AIM-listed firm its revealed succession plans with current head Tony Weaver to step down on 9 November when interim results are filed. Weaver is to remain …
Paul Kunert, 30 Sep 2015
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Microsoft to splurge $75m on computer training for kids

Microsoft announced on Wednesday (September 16) that it would dish out $75m to teach kids computer science. The cash will be funnelled out over the next three years through the company’s YouthSpark programme. The aim is “to increase access to computer science education for all youth, especially for those from under- …
Jennifer Baker, 18 Sep 2015
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Why the 'Dancing Baby' copyright case is just hi-tech victim shaming

Analysis Silicon Valley's great triumph has been persuading people to give up their rights, and be happy to do so. And tech oligarchs aren't worried about fighting dirty to make it happen: victim shaming is now part of the arsenal. Modern technology – and in particular the miracle of the internet – has allowed billions of people to …
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Sep 2015
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Homeland Insecurity: OIG audit identifies numerous deficiencies

An Office of the Inspector General audit into the US Department of Homeland Security has identified a range of deficiencies across the agency, which is responsible for America's cybersecurity. The 36-page audit (PDF) was published with the positive title "[Department of Homeland Security (DHS)] Can Strengthen its Cyber Mission …
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Twitter sued for 'reading' private direct messages

Twitter is being sued for invading users' privacy over its practice of replacing hyperlinks in direct messages with its own "t.co" short links. Californian Wilford Raney filed a class action lawsuit [PDF] against the company in San Francisco this week and is seeking millions of dollars in damages. According to Raney, Twitter …
Kieren McCarthy, 15 Sep 2015