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Machine-learning craze reaches freelancers: AI skills sought for gigs

Machine learning, Tableau, and user experience design represented the fastest growing skills on freelancing platform Upwork during the third quarter of the year, a finding that makes sense in the context of the accelerating collection of data and the need to present it. "Companies are harvesting explosive amounts of data, and …
Thomas Claburn, 21 Oct 2016
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Today the web was broken by countless hacked devices – your 60-second summary

Updated Today a vast army of hijacked internet-connected devices – from security cameras and video recorders to home routers – turned on their owners and broke a big chunk of the web. Compromised machines, following orders from as-yet unknown masterminds, threw massive amounts of junk traffic at servers operated by US-based Dyn, which …
Chris Williams, 21 Oct 2016
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Duck Google's data grab

Over the summer, Google changed its privacy policy to allow it, with user permission, to associate data from Google services and its Chrome browser with the data it uses to target online ads. As ProPublica noted on Friday, Google in its June 28, 2016 privacy policy replaced a commitment to "not combine DoubleClick cookie …
Thomas Claburn, 21 Oct 2016

DNS devastation: Top websites whacked offline as Dyn dies again

An extraordinary, focused attack on DNS provider Dyn continues to disrupt internet services for hundreds of companies, including online giants Twitter, Amazon, AirBnB, Spotify and others. The worldwide assault started at approximately 11am UTC on Friday. It was a massive denial-of-service blast that knocked Dyn's DNS anycast …
Kieren McCarthy, 21 Oct 2016
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Gartner's seers pass judgement on storage industry leaders

Gartner has published a distributed file systems and object storage magic quadrant with the top three suppliers being Dell EMC, followed by IBM and Scality. The research consultancy defines distributed file systems and object storage as "software and hardware solutions that offer object and/or scale-out file technology to …
Chris Mellor, 21 Oct 2016
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Hewlett Packard Enterprise gives UK boss control of Ireland

After three decades at or near the top of HPE’s Irish ops - latterly the standalone Enterprise organisation - Martin Murphy is to leave the business by the end of February, El Reg can confirm. In a memo to staff, recently installed UK and Ireland managing director Marc Waters, said Murphy had “decided to leave HPE at the end …
Paul Kunert, 21 Oct 2016

Hax0rs sow Discord by using VoIP service to sling malware at gamers

Hackers abused a free VoIP service for gamers to distribute remote-access Trojans and other malware. Miscreants took to Discord and distributed malicious programs including NanoCore, njRAT, SpyRAT to gamers using the chat servers, but that was just one aspect of a wider pattern of abuse. Symantec discovered some groups were …
John Leyden, 21 Oct 2016
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Computacenter Q3 numbers lifted by weak British Pound

The weak British pound worked in Computacenter’s favour during its calendar Q3, as the conversion of Euros generated by ops in mainland Europe helped to lift group revenues and offset “softness” in the UK. The London-listed firm reported a two per cent year-on-year rise in turnover to £735m, more than £400m of which was …
Paul Kunert, 21 Oct 2016

Hapless Network Rail contractors KO broadband in Uxbridge

Hapless Network Rail contractors drove a pile through 30 cable ducts, cutting phone, broadband services and many cell towers in the Uxbridge, Middlesex - potentially knocking services out until next week. Services were cut on Wednesday, with Openreach customers reportedly being told it could take more than a week to fix. Up to …
Kat Hall, 21 Oct 2016
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Hack us and you're basically attacking America, says UK defence sec

Britain is splurging £265m on military cyber security – and that includes offensive capabilities, according to Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon. Speaking at the Royal United Services Institute yesterday, Sir Michael said the investment into the Cyber Vulnerability Investigations programme would “help us protect against …
Gareth Corfield, 21 Oct 2016
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Meet the slimeballs who are openly sabotaging Virgin Media

Snails attacked a Virgin Media broadband cabinet in Shropshire, UK, resulting in sluggish broadband services. The escargot slid into a cabinet on Wednesday and were subsequently flambéd after being electrocuted by the battery. According to an incident report by the Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service, a call was received on …
Kat Hall, 21 Oct 2016
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UK fintech firm reaches for Ireland Brexit escape hatch

A UK fin-tech firm will seek regulation in Ireland if the government doesn’t preserve financial services passporting rights in its EU exit talks. Regulation in Ireland would allow LMAX Exchange, which describes itself as “one of the UK’s fastest growing technology firms”, to keep doing business with other EU member states. …
Gavin Clarke, 21 Oct 2016
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Sky’s CEO drops MVNO bombshell at results conference

At the announcement of its results this week, Sky said that it was planning MVNO services based on the O2 network, which is run in the UK by Telefonica. Faultline has been forecasting a move by Sky into cellular for the past four years and is surprised that it has taken this long for the move to emerge. The core Sky news was …
Faultline, 21 Oct 2016
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AMD is a rounding error on Intel's spreadsheet and that sucks for us all

On Tuesday, Intel said it expects to bank in the final quarter of the year $15.7bn in sales, plus or minus $500m. That's a billion-dollar swing. Two days later, on Thursday, AMD proudly revealed that its entire revenue for the three months to September 24 was $1.3bn. Just over a billion dollars. AMD is little more than …
Chris Williams, 21 Oct 2016
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Puppet shows its hand: All your software is belong to us

Special report In an episode of Seinfeld from 1996, George is shocked when he discovers his former boss, Mr Wilhelm, has joined a cult, the Sunshine Carpet Cleaners. “Most of the world is carpeted,” Wilhelm intones, vacuum in hand. “And one day, we will do the cleaning.” In sunny San Diego, California, on Thursday, executives from Puppet, …
Thomas Claburn, 21 Oct 2016
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Glued-shut IT wallets hindered UK govt's programmes – study

Efforts by the previous UK government to rein in lavish Whitehall technology spending caused more harm than good in some instances. That's according to a new academic paper, titled Identifying the critical success factors for major government projects that incorporate IT or “digital” developments. It builds upon two …
Kat Hall, 21 Oct 2016

Spam scum ping global blacklists to wreck rep

Malware authors are consulting IP blacklists designed to help fight spam in a bid to avoid detection and increase inbox hit rates. The novel abuse allows malware authors to determine if they have infected clean and benign machines. "This malware is interesting because it contains a hardcoded list of commonly known blacklist …
Darren Pauli, 21 Oct 2016

IBM throws ISP under a bus for Australia's #Censusfail

IBM has blamed a supplier for causing the failure of Australia's online census, which went offline on the very night millions of households were required to describe their disposition. Big Blue's submission (PDF) to Australia's Standing Committees on Economics, which is conducting an Inquiry into the Preparation, …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Oct 2016
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DIY website builder Weebly was secured feebly

Another day, another three major breaches: this time at do it yourself website builder Weebly, which has been revealed as secured feebly, as were FourSquare and Modern Business Solutions. A letter to users kindly forwarded to The Register by reader “Ham” explains the situation Weebly as follows: Weebly recently became aware …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Oct 2016
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Microsoft kinda did OK this quarter – but whatever, Wall Street loves Satya Nadella

Microsoft's first-quarter results for its 2017 fiscal year reveal a four per cent year-on-year fall in profit and 10 per cent dive in operating income. Just before the quarterly results were announced, Microsoft's stock was down about half a per cent to $57.25 a share. Then when the figures landed, and despite the fall in …
Iain Thomson, 21 Oct 2016

Three million debit cards at risk after hackers raid Indian payment systems

A suspected security breach has led banks in India to warn 3.25 million customers to replace their debit cards or change the PINs. National Payments Corporation of India (NCPI), the umbrella organization for the nation's retail IT systems, said customers at 19 banks were affected. We're told 641 people have been defrauded – …
Iain Thomson, 20 Oct 2016

File this: XtremIO to fling forth filer functionality

Analysis XtremIO's rush to revenue glory is going to get accelerated with coming file data services added to its block base. The story starts when Israeli startup XtremIO started developing an all-flash array, block-access product in 2009. The product's capabilities included global in-line deduplication, snapshotting, and InfiniBand …
Chris Mellor, 20 Oct 2016
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Google lights toasty price war under S3's hot and cold data bits

Gobbling data via S3 is what helped make AWS what it is - the world’s single biggest provider of public cloud. Google, lagging AWS somewhat with GCP, today shook up the data storage options on its cloud coupled with an added price drop to help close that gap. Amazon claims to have reduced AWS prices 52 times since 2006 and …
Gavin Clarke, 20 Oct 2016
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Is this the worst Blockchain idea you've ever heard?

Poll The music industry has been a petri dish for some fairly atrocious digital ideas, but few can be as desperate as Blockchain. Is this the worst Blockchain idea you’ve ever heard? We thought the business had scraped rock bottom with blockchain .bc “format”. This got oodles of press, as Imogen Heap was fronting the publicity for …
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Oct 2016
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Will rush for New Radio compromise 5G quality?

Analysis The US operators have ended their long love affair with sub-1 GHz spectrum, which was so important to their LTE coverage roll-outs, and are leading the world in harnessing high frequency bands to address the challenge of the expected capacity demands of the 5G era. While regulators and operators in some areas – many in Europe …
Wireless Watch, 20 Oct 2016

NCC stirs in 'lumpy' bits of Fox, produces sales gravy. But market still chokes

UK-based infosec outfit NCC Group has weathered a tricky summer period that involved some contract deferrals and cancellations while still managing to post a profit. Group revenues for the four month till the end of September increased £79.6m compared to £58.5m in the same June to September period last year. The increased …
John Leyden, 20 Oct 2016

Dynamic IP addresses are your personal property, CJEU rules

The CJEU has affirmed personal property rights over dynamically allocated IP addresses, a move which brings European data protection laws into play. The case was brought by German Pirate Party politician Patrice Breyer, who first brought an action restraining the German Federal Government from storing IP addresses, allocated …
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Oct 2016

NSA, GCHQ and even Donald Trump are all after your data

Comment As production and usage of data keeps growing globally, it’s worth remembering that the US government wants access to your information and will use warrants, decryption or hacking to get to it. That’s not news and the US government has many tools in its box. Many had already heard of the Uniting and Strengthening America by …
Frank Jennings, 20 Oct 2016

Flash reaches the enterprise tipping point

Comment The use of disk drives to store performance data for enterprises is declining and, flash drives - SSDs - are taking their place. A wave of all-flash array (AFA) to disk array migration is starting to wash across data centres as generations of disk drive arrays give way to ones built with NAND flash drives. The tipping …
Chris Mellor, 20 Oct 2016

Hard-up Brits 'should get subsidy for 10Mbps'

Folks in the UK unable to afford speeds of 10Mbps under the Universal Service Obligation (USO) should be offered a subsidy, the representative body for 370 councils has said today. The Local Government Association is calling on the government to introduce a subsidised broadband service to help anyone facing undue hardship in …
Kat Hall, 20 Oct 2016

Cisco is still making hay while the SAN shines

Cisco is updating its storage networking gear to hopefully improve data protection, increase bandwidth and simplify end-to-end storage management. Away from the storage industry hype around hyper-converged infrastructure, NVMe over fabrics and persistent memory, the legacy SAN area still has room for incremental improvements. …
Chris Mellor, 20 Oct 2016
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Win Server 2016 on AWS

Well that didn't take long: Amazon Web Services (AWS) has flicked the switch and added Windows Server 2016 as an option on its EC2 compute-as-a-service service. AWS offers Windows Server 2016 Datacenter with Desktop Experience, Windows Server 2016 Nano Server, Windows Server 2016 with Containers (complete with pre-installed …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Oct 2016

European Telecoms Standards Institute to World+Dog: please start caring about 5G

5G is on the way – no, really, it's on the way, stop giggling – but outside the telcos and their suppliers, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) is having trouble getting industries to care. That's a problem, because the business case for 5G depends not only on flogging fast broadband dongles, but …

Chicago DC for Digital Realty

Digital Realty has decided to build a new data center in Chicago, and claims the facility will be the eighth largest in the world. The new bit barn will offer "698,000 square feet and 54 megawatts of utility load" and will be 12 stories tall. Chicago's financial services community is the target for the new facility, which is …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Oct 2016
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SimpliVity sheds staff, rattles tin for another $100m from investors

+Comment Hyper-converged infrastructure appliance vendor SimpliVity is working with Morgan Stanley to get more private funding and to launch an IPO possibly in 2017. It has also laid people off. SimpliVity has been making cuts while looking for $100m in extra cash, a source familiar with the matter has told The Register. We have seen …
Chris Mellor, 19 Oct 2016

Brexit killed any hopes of growth in global technology spending

IT vendors across the world can blame Nigel, Boris and other pro-Brexiteers for a reduction in the amount of money that will be splashed on tech in 2016, at least that’s where mages at Gartner have laid the blame. Customers are expected to cough $3.387 trillion on IT this calendar year, which if correct - and it's a big if - …
Paul Kunert, 19 Oct 2016
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Data Domain explodes into floods of cloud tiers

Dell EMC has extended its data protection products with more scalable Data Domain software, Azure support by Networker and extended cloud tiering. We're told Data Domain's deduplicating backup software is now available on Dell's PowerEdge servers. But it was before. What's different? It is now qualified in reference …
Chris Mellor, 19 Oct 2016
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Let's all go down the Strand (our data centre). Kings College London goes TITSUP*

King's College London has been borked over the last day or so due to a failure at its Strand data centre. The issue is impacting users across all of KCL's campus locations, and the university has announced that its IT Services team is continuing to work on the recovery of the data centre systems while HPE continues to work …

Brexit? No impact at all, chuckles reseller juggernaut

The storm clouds Softcat pointed to gathering over the industry in the months prior to the EU referendum didn’t rain on the firm’s parade after all, judging by financial results outlined to the City today. The mid-market reseller said in the spring that business confidence could be dented by political uncertainty, but as it …
Paul Kunert, 19 Oct 2016
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Buck up, You need to get a grip on failing shared services centres - PAC

MPs have urged the Cabinet Office to get a grip on its embarrassing efforts to consolidate departments' back offices into two privately owned shared services centres. Moves to shift departments' back office servers and ERP systems were announced to much fanfare four years ago - but have yet to save the government any cash …
Kat Hall, 19 Oct 2016

Oh God, here comes the artificially intelligent boss bot – look busy!

Finnish IT services firm Tieto has added software to a leadership team that oversees a recently formed data-focused business group. The bot, or "artificial intelligence agent," is referred to as Alicia T. It will have "the opportunity to participate in team meetings and cast a vote on business direction," according to the …
Thomas Claburn, 19 Oct 2016
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Vodafone Australia promises fixed-line broadband over NBN

As widely anticipated, Vodafone's Australian tentacle has announced it's getting into the fixed-line broadband business. The carrier will offer services to those lucky enough to enjoy connection to Australia's national broadband network. The company's canned statement says the services will mean customers are "always …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Oct 2016
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Oracle's quarterly security release offers 253 patches

Oracle has released its quarterly patch dump, this time offering 253 fixes for 76 products. Of those, 15 have a Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) score of 9.0 or over, making them critical. Interestingly, Oracle's short-form announcement of the patch dump includes this warning regarding critical bugs. Italics are …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Oct 2016

DNS infrastructure sprinting to IPv6 while users lag

IPv6 might be moving slowly among the general community, but it's penetrating the Internet infrastructure at a much higher rate. In an article published at his Potaroo blog, Internet address Registry for the Asia Pacific region chief scientist Geoff Huston has published the results of a study into how many servers in the …

Facebook is writing a Mercurial server in Rust. This is not a drill

Between Git and Mercurial, the two most popular distributed version control systems in use today for managing software development, Git gets most of the attention. Git was created by Linus Torvalds, which gives it a pedigree. And it has benefited from the popularity of commercial services built around the technology, like …
Thomas Claburn, 18 Oct 2016
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Open-source storage that doesn't suck? Our man tries to break TrueNAS

Review Data storage is difficult, and ZFS-based storage doubly so. There's a lot of money to be made if you can do storage right, so it's uncommon to see a storage company with an open-source model deliver storage that doesn't suck. I looked at TrueNAS from iXsystems, which, importantly, targets the SMB and midmarket with something …
Trevor Pott, 18 Oct 2016
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NHS patients must be taught to share their data, says EU lobby group

Bemoaning the results of a survey showing that more than a third of people don't trust the NHS with their personal information, a new EU-funded lobby group has stressed the need for a “new culture of openness” in allowing patient data to be shared between studies. eTRIKS, which describes itself as “the result of a …

Spinal Tap’s bass player sues former French sewer

Actor, writer and director Harry Shearer, who played Derek Smalls in the band Spinal Tap, is suing the owners of the movie This Is Spinal Tap over royalties. The 1984 film is often cited as the best comedy of all time. The band was formed in 1978, and was lampooning TV the following year. In his lawsuit, Shearer claims the …
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Oct 2016

VSAN users get file access with DataSphere: It's a computing resource 3-way

+Comment Primary Data is providing file services for VSAN and its block-based storage. VSAN is VMware's virtual SAN software, which aggregates storage on connected servers to provide a virtual shared block storage array. It is used in many hyper-converged infrastructure appliance (HCIS) systems, such as Dell EMC's VxRail. Primary Data' …
Chris Mellor, 18 Oct 2016
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It's good to talk, UK banks told after massaging cyberattack figures

Top techies at British banks are being encouraged to share information about cyberattacks following revelations that the financial sector is under-reporting breaches to regulators. According to the UK's Financial Conduct Authority, only five attacks were reported in 2014, a figure that has soared to 75 so far this year. But …
John Leyden, 18 Oct 2016