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Sysadmin figures out dating agency worker lied in his profile

On-Call Thank the Galactic Spirit it's Friday: your correspondent is beat! But not so beat I can't dip into the On-Call mailbag to dredge up another story in which your fellow Reg readers explain how they've rescued clients and colleagues from chronologically-inconvenient computational cock-ups. This week, meet “Hal”, who tells us …
Simon Sharwood, 02 Dec 2016
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NVMe too brigade update: DDN sees limited appeal in NVMe fabrics

Interview How does HPC array vendor DataDirect Networks view NVMe drives and NVMe over Fabrics? We are running a series of interviews with vendors as NVMeF is looking increasingly likely to be the future way to access Fibre Channel SAN storage, replacing the current Fibre Channel implementations, either the hardware or the HBA software …
Chris Mellor, 01 Dec 2016
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PC sales outlook improves: Now terrifying instead of catastrophic

There's no sunrise in sight yet, only a slightly paler night: IDC reckons a lame uptick in convertibles and slim laptops will slow the PC market's collapse. Convertible and slim, sorry, “ultra slim” laptops will make up 63 per cent of notebook shipments by 2020, IDC reckons (by that time, Vulture South wonders, how many new …

Wow. What a shock. The FBI will get its bonus hacking powers after all

Three last-ditch legislative efforts to block the changes to Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure have failed, and from tomorrow the Feds will find hacking your PC a lot less of a hassle. The rule change was introduced by the Supreme Court in April. It will allow the FBI and police to apply for a warrant to a …
Iain Thomson, 30 Nov 2016
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Drive-by web nasty unmasks Tor Browser users, Mozilla dashes to patch zero-day vuln

Updated Mozilla is scrambling to patch a vulnerability in Firefox that is apparently being exploited in the wild to unmask Tor Browser users. Earlier today, a small package of SVG, JavaScript and x86 code popped up on a Tor mailing list that, when opened by Firefox or Tor Browser on a Windows PC, phones home to a remote server and …
Darren Pauli, 30 Nov 2016
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Liquidware gets the job of managing Amazon's cloud desktops

Amazon Web Services has all-but-enlisted desktop virtualisation specialist Liquidware Labs to help manage its cloudy desktops-a-a-service. Liquidware's schtick is monitoring desktop performance, either for the sheer joy of wallowing in action-suggesting metrics or to advance understanding of how to virtualise said desktops and …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Nov 2016

Microsoft's Neon project to redesign Windows for nerd goggles – reports

Microsoft is allegedly revising its Windows 10 design language to embrace the brave new world of virtual reality viewed through techno-spectacles. Having first annoyed desktop PC users by forcing them to use a phone UI (Windows 8), and then annoyed phone users by forcing them to use a desktop UI (Windows 10 Mobile), perhaps …
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Nov 2016

Passengers ride free on SF Muni subway after ransomware infects network, demands $73k

Updated Hard-drive-scrambling ransomware infected hundreds of computers at San Francisco's public transit agency on Friday and demanded 100 bitcoins to unlock data, The Register has learned. Ticket machines were shut down and passengers were allowed to ride the Muni light-rail system for free on Saturday – a busy post-Thanksgiving …
Chris Williams, 27 Nov 2016

Drops the mic... Hang on, hackers could be listening through my headphones?

Experimental malware has highlighted the possibility that hackers might be able to turn headphones into microphones in order to snoop on computer users. Research by computer scientists at Ben-Gurion University, Israel, has revealed that both headphones and loudspeakers present a potential bugging risk. The boffins put together …
John Leyden, 25 Nov 2016
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You want SaaS? Don't bother, darling, your kind can't afford it

Something for the Weekend, Sir? "That member is the wrong way around," confides the gym receptionist in hushed tones, nodding towards a middle-aged fellow ambling into the cardio room. I stare after him, trying to guess how his member might be incorrectly attached. Dressed unfashionably and, I suspect, quite accidentally in a sleeveless side-boob vest, split …
Alistair Dabbs, 25 Nov 2016
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Jingle bells, RM tells, some staff to go away... via Skype

RM Education sprinkled some festive cheer among its staffers by confirming in a Skype call with them that redundancies are in the offing. In a statement sent to El Reg, RM managing director Toby Black, confirmed "with sincere regret" that 70 people are to lose their jobs across the business, including 35 from the head office …
Paul Kunert, 24 Nov 2016
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Microsoft's nerd goggles will run on a toaster

Microsoft's nerd goggles require only a humble PC. But then who needs more than 640KB? Redmond has published the minimum requirements needed to run its AR/VR platform and they're surprisingly humble. Microsoft Holographic, which will be part of future Windows 10 releases, requires a PC with a GPU, but not necessarily a new or …
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Nov 2016

HP Inc CEO Dion: Whey-hey, we're on the pull

HP Inc has delivered its first full year of financial results, and they aren't looking good. Profits fell 63 per cent, revenue was down 6 per cent, and its earnings per share were down over a quarter. It had been a difficult year, CEO Dion Weisler acknowledged during Tuesday's earnings call, but the company is now planning to …
Iain Thomson, 23 Nov 2016
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FYI: The FBI is being awfully evasive about its fresh cyber-spy powers

Senior US senators have expressed concern that the FBI is not being clear about how it intends to use its enhanced powers to spy on American citizens. Those are the spying powers granted by Congressional inaction over an update to Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure. These changes will kick in on December 1 …
Iain Thomson, 23 Nov 2016

Emulating x86: Microsoft builds granny flat into Windows 10

Microsoft plans to emulate x86 instructions on ARM chips, throwing a compatibility lifeline to future Windows tablets and phones. The Cobalt project should bear fruit within the year, when the "Redstone 3" release of Windows 10 is due to arrive, Mary Jo Foley reports. Ideally, Microsoft wants everyone to convert their old …
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Nov 2016
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Microsoft promises 'equal access' to LinkedIn to get EC green light for acquisition

Microsoft is offering to crack open access to LinkedIn to secure European Commission approval for its $26bn purchase of the social network for suits. The software giant is reportedly offering competition regulators the continued prospect of open access to LinkedIn’s APIs as well as “allowing” OEMs to install LinkedIn on their …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Nov 2016
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Office Depot halts PC Health Checks amid bogus infection claims

Office Depot has suspended PC Health Check – its malware-scanning service – after it was accused of lying about infections to push antivirus software. Former Office Depot technician Shane Barnett told Seattle TV station KIRO 7 that the PC Health Check service would lie to customers that their otherwise-clean PCs were infected …
Iain Thomson, 22 Nov 2016
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Wikibon invokes the old gods to make six tech predictions for 2017

Analysis Wikibon's chief technology guy, David Floyer, has put out his top six disruptive tech tips for 2017, seeing that ARM and Open CAPI will separately grow at Intel's Xeon expense, the cloud at on-premises' Server SAN expense, and flash at disk drive's expense, while XPoint will be a 2017 dud. Here's his list: AWS will …
Chris Mellor, 21 Nov 2016

Flash? Nu-uh. Seagate nibbles on tiny slice of SSD pie

The utter irrelevance of Seagate as an SSD shipper is shown by TrendFocus's estimated total SSD unit ship numbers for 2016's third quarter, with just 0.1 per cent of the 38.25 million units shipped, 46 per cent up on a year ago. Stifel MD Aaron Rakers has revealed some of the TrendForce numbers. They cover both enterprise and …
Chris Mellor, 21 Nov 2016

Going shopping for a BSOD? We've found 'em in store at M&S

Every time the BSOD flood seems to taper off, yet another bunch arrive in the Vulture South inbox, and for some reason the latest crop seems to have a retail theme. reader "Ozzard", for example, fired in the BSOD below, spotted in a Marks & Spencer, and since it's the right shape for the top spot, here it is. BSOD at Marks …

Windows cmd.exe deposed by PowerShell

Taking timeworn advice for authors to "murder your darlings," Microsoft has done away with the Windows Command Prompt. The newly released Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14971 for PC has made PowerShell the default command line tool, a promotion that coincides with PowerShell's 10-year anniversary. "In an effort to bring the …
Thomas Claburn, 18 Nov 2016
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User needed 40-minute lesson in turning it off and turning it on again

On-Call If it's Friday it must be time for me to file On-Call and then start drinking so you can start the last day of the week with one of our always-amusing tales of nasty jobs done at nasty times. This week, reader “Kevin” shared a story from his time working a hell desk late shift. With just a few minutes to go before quitting …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Nov 2016
Kamkar's RPi Zero-based attack

PoisonTap fools your PC into thinking the whole internet lives in an rPi

How do you get a sniff of a locked computer? Tell it you're its gateway to the entire Internet IPv4 routing space. That's the basic principle behind a demo from brainiac cracker Samy Kamkar. Plugged into a victim, his Raspberry Pi Zero-based "PoisonTap" isn't just a network sniffer, it's a backdoor-digger. MacOS users can …

Fujitsu: Rumours of our PC demise have been greatly exaggerated

Japanese tech godzilla Fujitsu has insisted it is not exiting the PC market despite being in talks with Chinese rival Lenovo to offload its devices unit. Speaking at the Fujitsu Forum trade fair event in Munich, head honcho for Fujitsu in Europe, Middle East and India Duncan Tait said: "We are very clearly in the PC business" …
Kat Hall, 16 Nov 2016
HP Inc's Z2 G3 Mini Workstation

HP Ink shrinks workstations to puckish form factor

HP Ink has decided that workstations need to follow the business PC trend of shrinking into form factors resembling the Apple Mini or even the Apple TV. The new HP Z2 G3 Mini Workstation therefore packs fifth-generation Xeons, aka Skylake, into a box just 21.6cm c 21.6cm by 5.9cm (8.5 x 8.5 x 2.28 inches). Cunning Reg readers …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Nov 2016
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Is that your television? Or a zero client running a virtual desktop?

Teradici's launched a new range of zero clients powered by silicon it did not design, a departure from its usual practice the company hopes will spread its PCoIP protocol far and wide. Teradici's meat and potatoes is virtual workspaces delivered as nothing but pixels: all the compute happens in the server and zero clients do …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Nov 2016
Drought

Low-end notebook, rocking horse shit or hen's teeth

A low-end notebook drought is likely coming to a town near you, multiple analysts and tech distributors have told The Reg. NAND flash is one component that has been in short supply in recent months, and glass panel manufacturers are shifting priority to higher margin areas including TVs, sources told us. Tim Coulling, senior …
Paul Kunert, 15 Nov 2016

Race for wireless VR headset heats up

The race is heating up for a wireless virtual reality headset with HTC announcing a $220 add-on to its Vive system that will allow you to unplug from your PC. The "Tether-less VR upgrade kit" attaches to the existing Vive headset and comprises a wireless transmitter and receiver that sits on top of the head strap and a battery …
Kieren McCarthy, 12 Nov 2016

Google's new VR Daydream View will cripple your phone

Google's new Daydream View VR is knocking out users' phones. Early adopters using the headset with Google's new Pixel phones have told El Reg that the phone shuts down within minutes because of thermal issues. A Reddit thread echoes the issue, where one user comments: It's remarkable that any phone is capable of longterm VR …
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Nov 2016

Got a cold flannel? Acer Q3 profits were bigger than cost of your lunch

2016 will forever be remembered for the Brexit vote, the Donald's presidential victory and maybe, just maybe, the year that Acer's bottom line recovery started in earnest. OK, the last one is a long shot. The Taiwanese notebook business has reported calendar Q3 results, and while the top line continued to slide on the prior …
Paul Kunert, 11 Nov 2016
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CIOs: VDI? Maybe, just maybe, it really will be different this time...

Register Roundtable Sometimes technology visions bubble along under the radar, quite often scorned then, following a change of name or emphasis, ubiquitous. Utility computing became the cloud, and we know how that’s taken off. Groupware became collaboration. Thin clients have morphed into VDI, and… Well, seems like a good time to get a bunch of …
Joe Fay, 11 Nov 2016
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Reg meets 'Lokihardt', quite possibly the world's best hacker

Power of Community If Jung Hoon Lee is not the world's best hacker, he can't be far from the top of the dais: the 22 year-old South Korean better known as Lokihardt has an uncanny knack for finding zero-day exploits in the world's most popular and most secure systems. Lee is a fixture at global hacking competitions like Pwn2Own and PwnFest where …
Darren Pauli, 11 Nov 2016
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HPE and SimpliVity may be at church door

Meg Whitman’s big storage play could soon be realised with sources claiming Hewlett Packard Enterprise is to bid between $3.8bn to $3.9bn for Simplivity. SimpliVity is the number two startup in the hyper-converged infrastructure appliance (HCIA) market which, in turn, is the strongest growth market in storage. Dell-EMC is the …
Chris Mellor, 09 Nov 2016
HP's forthcoming Elite X3 Windows Phone

HP Elite x3 phablet: The three-in-one business has been waiting for?

Review HP is making a hugely ambitious return to smartphones, billing the Elite x3 as “one device that’s every device”. No pressure, then. The proposition is that the Elite x3 is a phone that doubles as a PC and tablet replacement. Once connected to an external display, keyboard and mouse, either wirelessly or via a dock, this hefty …
Andrew Orlowski, 08 Nov 2016
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Was IoT DDoS attack just a dry run for election day hijinks?

Comment The distributed denial of service attack that took down DNS provider Dyn, and with it access to a chunk of the internet, was one of the largest such assaults seen. The attack exploited Internet of Things devices – notably webcams built by XiongMai Technologies. The gadgets had default login passwords that allowed them to be …
John Oates, 08 Nov 2016
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Mythbuntu busted as last two devs working on media centre distro quit

The developers behind Mythbuntu, a Linux distribution dedicated to melding the open source digital video recorder MythTV with Ubuntu Linux, have called it quits. The project's death notice offers a simple reason for the distro's demise: the team working on it has shrunk from ten to just two, the remaining maintainers want to …
Simon Sharwood, 07 Nov 2016
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Lenovo hires tech 'big brains' to turn around crappy sales

With sales shrinking in every corner of the portfolio and staff losing their jobs, Lenovo said Thursday it has hired some of the industry's "top minds" – presumably to help it figure a way out of its perfect storm. The Chinese giant has reported an 8 per cent year-on-year drop in Q2 revenue to $11.2bn, though this was up 12 …
Paul Kunert, 03 Nov 2016

Cisco's subscriber management software needs immediate patch

Service providers using Cisco' Prime to manage consumers' networks need to run in a critical patch. The vulnerability Cisco turned up gives a remote attacker full administrative privileges over the system, thanks to its Web GUI. A crafted HTTP request to a particular URL lets an attacker “obtain a valid session identifier for …
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Privacy Commission wants new rights for personal data control

In August, The Register called for the Australian government to put in place an independent agency to oversee use of citizens' data. In a report released today, the country's Productivity Commission (PC) has called for the same thing. The PC makes the call in its draft Data Availability and Use report, announced here. It calls …
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Windows 10 market share stalls after free upgrade offer ends

Windows 10's market share has stalled, according to all three of the traffic-measurement tools The Register tracks at the start of each month. Our three sources are Netmarketshare, StatCounter and analytics.usa.gov. All three investigate web traffic to determine operating system prevalence, with the third source only …
Simon Sharwood, 02 Nov 2016
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Microsoft ends OEM sales of Windows 7 Pro and Windows 8.1

If you can get Dell, HP Inc, Lenovo or any other PC-maker to sell you a PC running Windows 7 Professional or Windows 8.1, please let us know how you did it because Microsoft no longer sells the operating system to OEMs. Redmond's Windows lifecycle webpage has long-since flagged October 31, 2016 as the date on which Windows 7 …
Simon Sharwood, 02 Nov 2016

A sorry Brexcuse! Systemax blames Brexit for car crash Q3 results

Sickly supplier Systemax has blamed Brexit for its latest car crash financials as losses in the UK mounted in the wake of the EU referendum. The once mighty reseller reported falling year-on-year sales at its European Technology Group (ETG) for Q3 ended September, down 6.3 per cent to $226.5m. Trading output across the region …
Paul Kunert, 01 Nov 2016
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Cheap, lousy tablets are killing the whole market says IDC

It sounds like a big number, but the 43 million tablets that shipped in Q3 2016 are a disaster for vendors, according to prognosticator IDC. The overall market declined 14.3 per cent year-on-year, the analyst house says, dragged down by poor sales at the top end of the market, with consumers switching to cheapies. There's a …

America has one month to stop the FBI getting its global license to hack

In one month, an obscure procedural rule tweak will come into effect allowing US cops and federal agents to potentially hack any computer in the world using a single warrant issued anywhere in America. No one in Congress has voted on this legal update. It means a warrant granted somewhere within the US can be executed on the …
Iain Thomson, 31 Oct 2016

Royal Horticultural Society's PC is rooted for all to see

Entries are thinning out for our irregular roundup of Blue Screens of Death, so the series will take a break (unless, of course, readers flood us with amusing sightings). Let's start at Sunglass Hut, in New York City, from Bob: BSOD at Sunglasses Hut Dave from Guernsey spotted this in the Houston, Texas mall called The …
IT Crowd's Roy: "Have you turned it off and on again?"

Hell desk thought PC fire report was a first-day-on-the-job prank

On-Call Welcome to another instalment of On-Call, The Register's last-day-of-the-week look at all the fun of fixing stuff. This week, we're going back to the first day on the job for reader “Jerome”, who like many readers got his start in IT on an in-house help hell desk. Jerome says he was properly trained and eased into the job by …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Oct 2016

WD gets flash boom bang from SanDisk swallow

+Comment WD's disk and SanDisk-boosted flash sales boomed as overall revenues in its first fiscal 2017 quarter rose to $4.7bn, up 40.6 per cent on the year-ago $3.4bn. But it reported a net $366m loss. Why a loss? A year ago it made a profit of $283m on lower revenues. This time around there were charges associated with WD’s recent …
Chris Mellor, 27 Oct 2016

Let's praise Surface, not bury it

Comment Yes, I know the new Surface kit unveiled by Microsoft (hands-on and roundup) is both lavishly over-engineered and ludicrously expensive. You know that. We all know that. But that's not the point. The Surface extravaganza is a good thing. Faced with a mortal threat, Microsoft is doing something it should have done years ago – …
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Oct 2016
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Fujitsu seeks PC exit, finds willing buyer in Lenovo

Fujitsu is in talks with Lenovo to offload its PC arm to its Chinese rival. If the talks are successful, Fujitsu will continue to sell and support own-brand PCs, designed and made by Lenovo. The two companies are looking to the Development Bank of Japan to bankroll the deal. Fujitsu is currently the 10th biggest PC …
Drew Cullen, 27 Oct 2016

AMD will sell server CPUs at Happy Meal prices so you can supersize servers

AMD has deployed a team of folks to charm enterprise server users ahead of the debut of its Zen designed-from-scratch x86 processor microarchitecture and the message they're sending is that the new silicon represents a chance to supersize servers. As explained to The Register by Vinay Sinha, AMD's senior director for …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Oct 2016