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$10bn Oracle v Google copyright jury verdict: Google wins, Java APIs in Android are Fair Use

Google has won the latest round in its long-running battle with Oracle over the use of Java class library APIs in Android. A San Francisco jury today found that Google's reuse of Java's core software interfaces in its own mobile operating system should be considered Fair Use – meaning Google can avoid paying royalties to …

​The hybrid cloud wants your data

Promo A coding competition is coming soon, brought to you by The Register in partnership with IBM. For now all we can tell you is that IBM's Cloudant platform will play a part in the proceedings. So let's get the ball rolling with this call to developers, data science professionals and IT analytic architects to sign up now for a …
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Hungry UK services slinger swallows hosting biz for £65m – sources

UK managed services slinger Pulsant has agreed to fork out £65m for data centre and hosting biz Onyx, multiple sources close to the situation have claimed. A "for sale" sign was erected outside Onyx’s Stockton-on-Tees HQ in January and the process was managed by Deloitte, as we exclusively revealed. “The deal is done,” said …
Paul Kunert, 26 May 2016

Blighty's National Cyber Security Centre cyber-reveals cyber-blueprints

The UK government has released the prospectus for its National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), ahead of the launch of the facility this Autumn. The blueprint [PDF] outlines that the NCSC will act as a hub for sharing best practices in security between public and private sectors, and will tackle cyber incident response. As …
John Leyden, 26 May 2016
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German boffins' clock drops 10 seconds in a billion-and-a-half years

Optical clocks are already so accurate that you can expect them to be out by a second every 15 billion years, but they suffer from frequent downtime. Now a group of boffins from The National Metrology Institute of Germany (PTB, which stands for Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt) reckon they've got that problem licked, by …
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Android might be on the way to the Raspberry Pi

Android might just be coming to the Raspberry Pi. Evidence for the development can be found here in the recently-created android/device/pifoundation/rpi3 directory at android.googlesource.com. It's an empty tree and has been since its creation on April 19th, 2016 by someone called Thomas Joseph Avila who has a google.com …
Simon Sharwood, 26 May 2016

Hulk Hogan's sex tape, a Silicon Valley billionaire, and a $10m revenge plot to destroy Gawker

Analysis It's long been feared that satire may be dead. But the proof seems to have arrived in reports that Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel is secretly funding a Hulk Hogan sex-tape legal case against media outlet Gawker as part of a 10-year revenge fantasy for outing him as gay. The Hogan case was already a weird one: he was …
Kieren McCarthy, 25 May 2016
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Hand the security cookbook to your robot butler: Time to automate

One of the main principles of DevOps is that we break down the silos. Rather than having two individual teams for Development and Operations with conflicting goals, there is one group, all pulling in the same direction. But DevOps is about more than two teams now. Testing should be done throughout, not just plugged in at the end …
Kat McIvor, 25 May 2016
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Brocade tunes up Workflow Composer for network automation

Brocade has unveiled a set of network automation tools it claims will allow admins to script out provisioning and management tasks. Designed for large enterprises and cloud service providers, the Workflow Composer package is a server-based network management system that allows administrators to set scripts for performing …
Shaun Nichols, 25 May 2016

MITRE fighter says CVE delays are no laughing matter, names bug ROFL in branding protest

AusCERT Security man David Jorm has started giving important bugs names, logos and even websites, because MITRE won't assign them Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) numbers. CVE numbers are the tags assigned to bugs and are designed to help the security industry ensure that they're all fixing the same problem. Jorm, of Console …
Darren Pauli, 25 May 2016

Former Sun CEO Scott McNealy has data on 1/14th of humanity

Former Sun CEO Scott McNealy has data on one in 14 humans, wants to get that down to one in seven, but at heart what he really wants is the thin client that Oracle killed when it acquired Sun. McNealy gathered the data in his role as co-founder and executive chairman of Wayin, a software-as-a-service outfit that aims to give …
Simon Sharwood, 25 May 2016
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HPE spins out enterprise services business into CSC

HP Enterprise (HPE) has spun out its enterprise services business into CSC, creating an entity with US26bn of revenue. HPE has made lots of noise about turning around its services division, largely by aggressively reducing its headcount. In this move, HPE will be senior partner in the new entity by revenue and headcount but …
Simon Sharwood, 25 May 2016
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Urika-ka-ka-ka! Cray unveils open source big data box

Supercomputer shop Cray is branching into analytics with tailored high-end systems packing open-source number-crunching software. Cray Tuesday unveiled the Urika-GX ticking some of the best-known technology boxes and due in the second-half of 2016. The Urika-GX is preinstalled with OpenStack and Apache Mesos for cloud and …
Gavin Clarke, 24 May 2016

Roll up! Roll up! Come and see the Cloud for UK Public Sector roadshow

Promo Working in IT and the public sector? The Cloud for UK Public Sector roadshow could be just the ticket for you. The roadshows are hosted by Skyscape Cloud Services, possibly the UK’s biggest cloud provider for the public sector, and all sessions feature independent guest speakers and are chaired by a journalist. Taking place …
David Gordon, 24 May 2016
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UK.gov preparing to lob up to £4 BEEELLION at commodity tech

The government’s official procurement arm, Crown Commercial Services, has coughed the contract notice for a multi-year mega framework for commodity tech valued between £2bn and £4bn. The Technology Products 2 buying vehicle is set to go live in November, replacing the previous iteration, which launched in the same month back …
Paul Kunert, 24 May 2016
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Atlassian cuts Bamboo from the cloud, lays pipelines into Bitbucket

Atlassian has further cut off developers’ hopes of some peace and quiet by announcing full mobile apps that will plug them into its key platforms. The announcement came as it kicked off its Atlassian Camp even in Barcelona, where it also announced it was adding pipelining to its cloud-based Bitbucket code repository product, …
Joe Fay, 24 May 2016

Don't tell the Cabinet Office: HMRC is building its own online ID system

HMRC is pushing ahead with its own plans to build an online authentication portal following the decommissioning of the current Gateway portal in 2018, according to multiple sources. One source said the department is building its own authentication capability that will deal with businesses – something the Government Digital …
Kat Hall, 24 May 2016
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Apache TinkerPop made TLP

The Apache Software Foundation has announced TinkerPop™ as its most recent Top-Level Project. Aside from being hilariously named, TinkerPop is a graph computing framework which works with both graph databases and graph analytic systems, ostensibly providing developers with all the tools they need to build all the graph …

Asteroid-sampling spacecraft prepped for September launch

NASA's improbably acronmyed* "Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security – Regolith Explorer" (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft has arrived at Florida's Kennedy Space Center ahead of a September launch on an asteroid-sampling mission. OSIRIS-REx will travel to near-Earth asteroid Bennu, arriving in 2018, and …
Lester Haines, 24 May 2016
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Lost containers tell no tales. Time to worry

Containers are becoming the de facto way of spinning up new services and applications. Many are running on cloud servers which themselves are virtual machines running on bare metal, well... somewhere in the world. For many developers, containers are a way to create hermetically sealed application services. But once started, …
Andrew Cobley, 24 May 2016
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90 days of Android sales almost beat 9 months' worth for all flavours of Win 10

Microsoft has trumpeted the fact that 300 million devices now run Windows 10, but the scale of its failure to extend its operating system dominance into mobile can be seen in the fact that of the 349 million smartphones sold in 2016's first quarter, 293.7m ran Android. And just 2.4m ran Windows Phone. Those numbers come from …
Simon Sharwood, 24 May 2016

Apple: Another bug fix. Er, thanks, GCHQ

GCHQ’s CESG (Communications-Electronics Security Group) assurance arm was behind the report of an OS X bug to Apple that the consumer electronics giant patched last week. The UK’s signals intelligence is perhaps better known in security circles for finding and exploiting software vulnerabilities in order to spy on foreign …
John Leyden, 23 May 2016
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User group spawns home lab how-to community

London's VMware user group (VMUG) has spawned a new community dedicated to the design, construction and operation of home labs. VMUGs are often the scene of discussion about home labs, which VMware folk have in the past suggested are essential for getting ahead now that bosses won't pay for training. The April 2016 meeting of …
Simon Sharwood, 23 May 2016
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Oculus backtracks on open software promise

VR headset company Oculus has backtracked on a promise not to lock down its software to its hardware. In an update put out this week, the company's digital rights management (DRM) system now checks whether the Oculus Rift headset is attached to the computer when playing a game. If it isn't, the game won't play, effectively …
Kieren McCarthy, 20 May 2016
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Tech support locker scam poses as failed Microsoft Update

Cybercrooks have put together a new scam that falls halfway between ransomware and old school browser lockup ruses. The new class of “tech support lockers” rely on tricking users into installing either a fake PC optimiser or bogus Adobe Flash update. Once loaded the malware mimicks ransomware and locks users out of their …
John Leyden, 20 May 2016
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Hacked in a public space? Thanks, HTTPS

Have you ever bothered to look at who your browser trusts? The padlock of a HTTPS connection doesn't mean anything if you can't trust the other end of the connection and its upstream signatories. Do you trust CNNIC (China Internet Network Information Centre). What about Turkistan trust or many other “who are they” type …
Stuart Burns, 20 May 2016

The Sons of Kahn and the Witch of Wookey

Stob Editor's Note: Verity Stob's Chronicles of Delphi [King James ed.] began in 1996. The most recent translations can be found here: The Sons of Kahn and the assembly language of the internet, here: The Sons of Kahn and the Pascal spring and here: Sons of Kahn: The Apocrypha. Now it came to pass the Sons of Kahn, who did dwell …
Verity Stob, 20 May 2016

Cisco retires Nexus 6000 switches

Cisco will retire its Nexus 6000 switches in mid-2017. The company recently popped out a end-of-life notice for the switches, which were launched in 2013 as part of a push to encourage adoption of 40G Ethernet. These days Cisco is keener on 100G Ethernet, promising to sell you faster kit for the same price as 40G kit. With …
Simon Sharwood, 20 May 2016
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Inside the world's second worst exploit toolkit

Security researchers have lifted the lid on the Nuclear exploit kit, rated the second largest malware-as-a-service toolkit in the world. Nuclear has generated 1.8 million attacks worth $12m in revenue in one month alone, chiefly through slinging the infamous Locky ransomware. The estimated monthly revenue for the developers of …
John Nicholson, 19 May 2016

They take to it later, but when women FLOSS, they mean it

Despite an extreme gender gap in the free/Libre and open-source software community - even more extreme than in general IT - women who work full time in FLOSS stick with it longer than men, according to a recent report. The gap between men and women in the IT industry is well known. The report, "Women in Free/Libre/Open Source …
Katyanna Quach, 19 May 2016
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Australian Federal Police raid former comms minister's office

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has searched the offices of Senator Stephen Conroy, the former Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy. Shadow attorney-general Mark Dreyfus has issued a statement about the “raid” on Conroy's office. Shadow AG Mark Dreyfus has released a statement regarding the AFP …
Simon Sharwood, 19 May 2016
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SAP rolls Cloud Foundry HANA Platform beta

SAP has released a beta version of its Hana Cloud Platform for Cloud Foundry. The software giant yesterday released a Cloud Foundry beta service that works on the Pivotal-inspired open-source cloud. Coming with the beta is support for Java, Node.js, HTML5, MongoDB, Redis, PostgresSQL and RabbitMQ. SAP said this would let …
Andrew Cobley, 19 May 2016
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Mads Torgersen and Dustin Campbell on the future of C#

Exclusive interview At Xamarin's Evolve conference in Orlando, at the end of April 2016, I had a rare opportunity to sit down with Mads Torgersen and Dustin Campbell to discuss the future of the C# programming language. Torgersen is the Program Manager for the C# Language. He maintains the language specification and runs the language design …
Tim Anderson, 19 May 2016

Hew Pack Enterprise: Our OpenStack love affair is strong, but we love Microsoft too

The appeal of Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s Cloud28+ market was limited by its grounding in Helion Open Stack, so support for Microsoft, VMware and Docker tech was confirmed for version two launched today. The market went live in December and has 225 members - service providers, resellers and ISVs - listing 1,000 cloud services …
Paul Kunert, 19 May 2016
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FTC's Jerk ruling against ex-Napster boss upheld by court

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is claiming victory after the US Court of Appeals upheld a verdict it won over reputation site Jerk.com. The court ruled that John Fanning, the former Napster CEO and chairman, deceived customers about data collection and membership benefits of Jerk.com, a social networking/smear website …
Shaun Nichols, 18 May 2016
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Boffins achieve 'breakthrough' in random number generation

Researchers have devised a method of generating random numbers that could shake up computer encryption. University of Texas computer science professor David Zuckerman and PhD student Eshan Chattopadhyay have found that a "high-quality" random number could be generated by combining two "low-quality" random sources. You can …
Katyanna Quach, 18 May 2016
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OpenStack's no science project, but does 'need to be glued together'

Interview A year on from when Gartner asserted that OpenStack was a “science project”, The Register talked to the National Computing Infrastructure's Andrew Howard to see where one of Australia's biggest OpenStack deployments is at. With 30 Petabytes of spinning rust in a 900 square metre data centre, participation in NECTAR, and …

Storage array firmware bug caused Salesforce data loss

Salesforce.com has revealed that a bug in the firmware of its storage arrays was behind last week's data loss incident. The mess started in the company's Washington data centre on May 9th, when admins noticed “a circuit breaker responsible for controlling power into the data center had failed.” “The team engaged the circuit …
Simon Sharwood, 18 May 2016

Queen’s Speech: Digital Bill to tackle radicalisation, pirates

Exclusive A new Digital Bill due to be announced in the Queen’s Speech tomorrow will contain a new 10-year maximum sentencing guideline for online copyright infringement, The Register has learned. Plans for a portmanteau bill were first revealed here back in January. The Bill gathers together a range of unrelated provisions on spectrum …
Andrew Orlowski, 17 May 2016

It's all very well hacking ISIS, Barry, but what about your ISA?

Credit card fraud is in decline while ad fraud is poised for growth, according to a new study on the business of cybercrime out Tuesday. Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s (HPE) study provides a detailed look into the inner workings of cybercriminal organisations, their business functions, motivations, and more. The IT giant posits …
John Leyden, 17 May 2016
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Microsoft .NET Core update asks developers: How you doin'?

Microsoft has released RC2 (Release Candidate 2) of .NET Core and ASP.NET Core, the next-generation version of the .NET platform which is open source and cross-platform. This is a bigger update than the RC2 name implies. Since the release of RC1 in November, Microsoft has introduced new command-line tools for .NET Core, called …
Tim Anderson, 17 May 2016
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Hewlett Packard Enterprise hiring temps to cover for redundancies - sources

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is hiring temps to cover gaps caused by the exit of hundreds of techies it recently axed, some of whom provided services to clients including the Department for Work and Pensions. This is according to multiple insiders, who told us the picture might have been worse had HPE not halted some of the job …
Paul Kunert, 17 May 2016
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Mozilla gathers more MOSS

The Mozilla Open Source Support (MOSS) program has been expanded to give a hand to non-Mozilla projects. The Mozilla Foundation announced the change on May 11. As well as open source projects that Mozilla “uses or relies on”, the group has created a MOSS “Mission Partners” track that's “open to any open source project in the …
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Nokia offers up 10 Gbps HFC demo

Nokia Networks has applied the paddles to the chest of cable broadband, pumped in the volts, and sent it sprinting at 10 Gbps. While the company says the proof-of-concept work demonstrates the viability of CableLabs' DOCSIS 3.1 roadmap, it's not yet working directly with the group. The company showed off a demo of its XG- …
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PHP pioneer and Zend co-founder enlists for AWS big-data mission

Andi Gutmans, a pioneer in scripting language PHP and co-founder of Zend Technologies, has joined Amazon’s cloud. Gutmans has become general manager of the NoSQL Group, part of the AWS data services unit. According to his LinkedIn profile, Gutmans is “working on the next generation of NoSQL database”. Gutmans blogged here: “ …
Gavin Clarke, 16 May 2016
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Dell opens Oracle exit route for SAP data shops

Dell has turned its Oracle database migration suite into an exit out of Larry Ellison’s empire. Dell’s SharePlex Oracle-to-Oracle replication suite has been updated so that SAP customers can now jump from the Big Red One to the ERP giant’s Hana in-memory database. You can also use the Dell suite to move to EnterpriseDB …
Gavin Clarke, 16 May 2016

ZFS comes to Debian, thanks to licensing workaround

The ZFS file system has come to popular Linux distribution Debian, but in a way the distro's backers think won't kick up another row over compatibility of open source licences. Ubuntu 16.04 added ZFS, despite pre-release grumblings from Richard Stallman to the effect that anything licensed under the GNU GPL v2 can only be …
Simon Sharwood, 16 May 2016
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Google reveals the Chromium OS it uses to run its own containers

Google's decided the Chromium OS is its preferred operating system for running containers in its own cloud. And why wouldn't it – the company says it uses it for its own services. The Alphabet subsidiary offers a thing called “Container-VM” that it is at pains to point out is not a garden variety operating system you'd ever …
Simon Sharwood, 16 May 2016
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Yet another SE Asia bank hit by a SWIFT credentials hack

Cybercrooks have once again broken into the SWIFT financial transaction network and stolen money from another bank. The breach – victim and amount looted undisclosed – comes as the fallout from February’s $81m Bangladesh reserve bank cyber-heist continues to spread. The second robbery was uncovered by investigators looking …
John Leyden, 13 May 2016
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Super-slow RAID rebuilds: Gone in a flash?

Analysis RAID rebuilds are too slow with 4, 6 and 8 and 10TB drives. So erasure coding is coming in to shorten the failed disk data rebuild time and also use less capacity overhead. What happens when SSDs are used instead of disk drives? Will RAID be more or less acceptable than with disk drives? Intuitively we expect a flash array to …
Chris Mellor, 13 May 2016