The Week in Summary

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We made a new Do Not Track thing – not like you'll use it or anything, huffs emo teen EFF

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is making a second attempt to sell online publishers and ad networks on a Do Not Track specification.
Shaun Nichols, 04 Aug 2015
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OFFICIAL SCIENCE: Men are freezing women out of the workplace

As the Northern hemisphere languishes in summer temperatures, a new study has shown that office climate control systems are giving women the cold shoulder.
Iain Thomson, 04 Aug 2015

Hackers use 'cartons' with 'sticks', may be foiled by 'watermelons'

Gaining an invite to the best of the nearly 60 websites powering the cybercrime underground is only half the fight for researchers; they also need to know that credit cards are called 'cartons', PayPal a 'stick', and bulletproof servers 'watermelons'.
Darren Pauli, 04 Aug 2015
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Chechen women swindle ISIS via social media: 'We need roubles to join you xx'

Chechen rozzers have reportedly arrested a trio of jihadi-baiting women who flirted with ISIS fighters online before conning them out of money they sent to pay for a non-existent rendezvous in Syria.
Team Register, 04 Aug 2015
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Pivotal brings its labs to Asia with JVs in Australia and Japan

EMC Federation member Pivotal will brings its “Labs” consultancy services to Australia and Japan.
Simon Sharwood, 04 Aug 2015
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Google's Moto-v-Microsoft appeal denied

A US appeals court has said that yes, Motorola/Google had chased Microsoft in bad faith over WiFi patents and that the Chocolate Factory still owes Redmond US$14 million.
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Boffins turned off by silicon switch to TILTING MAGNETS

Solid state memory is already a viable technology at a decent scale, but it's hard to make it small enough to replace hard drives.

RIG exploit kit scum pop 27,000 machines a day

The authors of the RIG exploit kit have bounced back after a source code leak and are now again happily infecting computers at the rate of around 27,000 machines a day.
Darren Pauli, 04 Aug 2015
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Nearby exoplanets circle naked-eye-visible star

Just a couple of weeks after NASA announced the “Earth twin” (that might not be), astronomers working at the Italian-operated HARPS-N spectrograph have turned up four exoplanets just 21 light-years distant.

QEMU may be fro-Xen out after two new bugs emerge

The Xen project has revealed another two bugs in the QEMU hypervisor and is now wondering whether the extent to which it should support the buggy code.
Simon Sharwood, 04 Aug 2015
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OS X remote malware strikes Thunderbolt, hops hard drive swaps

BlackHat video Researchers Trammel Hudson and Xeno Kovah have built a self-replicating Apple firmware malware that can infect peripherals to spread to new computers.
Darren Pauli, 04 Aug 2015
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Bound to happen: BIND bug exploits now in the wild

Security bods are nagging anyone running BIND to install last week's patch, as active exploits have started to appear in the wild.
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W3C's bright idea turned your battery into a SNITCH for websites

Website owners keen on tracking netizens, but thwarted by AdBlock or similar, could instead look at the battery charge in people's devices to identify them.
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New South Wales to create Ministry of Truth

The Australian State of New South Wales has created a whole-of-government data analytics centre.
Simon Sharwood, 04 Aug 2015
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New US cyber laws will hit privacy and security, says Homeland Security

The US Department of Homeland Security is hardly what you'd think of as a bunch of whining lefties, but even this agency has come out against the proposed Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act.
Iain Thomson, 04 Aug 2015
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Next-gen secure email using internet's own DNS – your help needed

A group of researchers from the US government and dot-com operator VeriSign are working on a new system for secure email: using domain names.
Kieren McCarthy, 03 Aug 2015

Obsolescence of food is complete: Soylent now comes in bottles

Soylent, the startup dedicated to conquering the universally hated ritual of eating food, now offers a version of its protein-rich nutrient gloop in ready-to-drink bottles.
Neil McAllister, 03 Aug 2015
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Dynamics CRM biz gobble lets bosses play fantasy league ... at work ... using sales reps

Microsoft has gobbled up FantasySalesTeam-maker Incent Games, and will bake the software into its Dynamics CRM product.
Iain Thomson, 03 Aug 2015
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Sick of politicians robo-calling you? Bin your landline, says the FCC

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has clarified its stance on how members of congress can use autodialers. The verdict? Get rid of your landline if you don't want politicians to robo-call you.
Shaun Nichols, 03 Aug 2015
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Websites that ID you by how you type: Great when someone's swiped your password, but...

Debate is raging over the discovery that simple web browser extensions can defeat behavior-based biometric technologies.
John Leyden, 03 Aug 2015

If you installed Windows 10 and like privacy, you checked the defaults, right? Oh dear

Here's a quick FYI: if you installed Windows 10, and in a rush to try out Microsoft's new operating system, you clicked through the default settings without looking, you may want to look again.
Chris Williams, 03 Aug 2015

Re/code apologizes for Holocaust 'joke' tweet

Apple blog Re/code has pulled, and apologized for, a tasteless tweet about the Holocaust. The unfunny gag was cracked after a consortium of German car manufacturers has bought Nokia's maps business.
Kieren McCarthy, 03 Aug 2015

Hacking Trump: Can we not label web vandalism as 'terrorism', please?

Sysadmin Blog American politics are something of a national sport in Canada. No matter who runs for either side, Canadians throw popcorn at the screen and try to pretend our choices are any better.
Trevor Pott, 03 Aug 2015
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HDS storage is faring better than EMC's trad arrays, reckons analyst

Comment HDS storage revenues are declining, but not as much as EMC's core storage business. Joe Tucci's business is doing better in its move to add business outside its trad arrays and HDS is mounting an Internet of Things catch-up, looking to store and analyse the hoped-for IoT data deluge.
Chris Mellor, 03 Aug 2015
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It's Suntory time: Japanese whisky to be distilled in SPAAAAACE

Japanese whisky maker Suntory is to distill its firewater on the International Space Station, as part of an experiment to discover how liquor develops a mellow taste.
Kat Hall, 03 Aug 2015
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Mike Bracken suddenly decides to quit GOV.UK outfit GDS

The head of the Government Digital Service, Mike Bracken, has stepped down after five years in the role.
Kat Hall, 03 Aug 2015
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Be quick or be silent: Social media as a business tool

As many readers know I live in the Channel Islands. A while back someone started a very popular Facebook group called “Bad or Good Jersey Businesses”, and the locals are not backward in coming forward with both bouquets and brickbats for businesses they've recently dealt with.
Dave Cartwright, 03 Aug 2015
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Hey, Apple! 1999 just called and it wants its voicemail avatar back

Siri will soon answer your phone calls, adding a functionality that Orange killed in 2005 when it shut down the still-lamented Wildfire service.
Simon Rockman, 03 Aug 2015
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Internet, schminternet: Boffins propose private 100Gbps HYPERNET

A "hypernet" to be known as the Pacific Research Platform, shuffling data at up to 100Gb/s, will be established between US West Coast laboratories and several supercomputers thanks to a $5m grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).
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What balls! India blocks 0.00008 per cent of web in anti-pr0n move

The Indian government has got a grip on the Asian nation's masturbation issues and dished out an order to ISPs to block access to a staggering 857 pornography websites.
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German railways upgrade their comms tech from 2G to 4G

German choo-choo chaps Deutsche Bahn are replacing their GSM-R communications technology and has commissioned a consortium of Siemens Convergence Creators and Huawei to sort out the migration of the system across northern Germany's railway lines.
Simon Rockman, 03 Aug 2015
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Will flash save the data centre? Don't spread your wings yet, Vultan

Analysis The all-flash data centre: does it exist? Will it ever?
Chris Mellor, 03 Aug 2015
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Jasper and Microsoft glue together connectivity and Azure

Cloud-based IoT player Jasper has announced a strategic partnership with Microsoft, which will see Jasper’s platform integrated with the tech giant's Azure cloud suite.
Simon Rockman, 03 Aug 2015
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VIAGRA found in Chinese 'Kung Fu rice wine'

China's Liuzhou Food and Drug Administration has warned that distilleries in Liunan District are producing booze contaminated with chemicals used in the production of erectile dysfunction treatment Viagra.
Simon Sharwood, 03 Aug 2015
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Austria joins the long list of Pirate Bay access deniers after court order

An Austrian court has ordered local internet service provider (ISP) A1 Telekom to block access to The Pirate Bay.
Jennifer Baker, 03 Aug 2015
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You know that deal that Kelway bosses said DEFINITELY isn't happening?

Reseller Goliath CDW has acquired the remaining 65 per cent of Kelway, only a month after management swore blind a full-acquisition was definitely not on the cards any time soon.
Kat Hall, 03 Aug 2015
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Hacktivists congratulate Daily Show's Jon Stewart via Donald Trump's website

Canadian hacktivists Telecomix Canada have defaced Donald Trump's website. The message, entitled "Your Moment of Zen, Mr Stewart" is a shoutout to Jon Stewart of the Daily Show for his steady criticism of Donald Trump.
Trevor Pott, 03 Aug 2015
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Quantum's StorNext isn't storing up revenues fast enough

Quantum swung into loss-making territory with its latest quarterly results as reduced revenues couldn't cover existing costs. The StorNext ejector seat, as tape revenues crash and burn, maybe didn't operate fast enough.
Chris Mellor, 03 Aug 2015
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'Cilla Black introduced me to my wife on Blind Date': Channel man's heartwarming story

The managing director of an IT distribution outfit who met his wife 28 years ago on Blind Date has paid tribute to the show's host Cilla Black, who passed away yesterday.
Kat Hall, 03 Aug 2015
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Global spy system ECHELON confirmed at last – by leaked Snowden files

Special Report Duncan Campbell has spent decades unmasking Britain's super-secretive GCHQ, its spying programmes, and its cosy relationship with America's NSA. Today, he retells his life's work exposing the government's over-reaching surveillance, and reveals documents from the leaked Snowden files confirming the history of the fearsome ECHELON intercept project. This story is also published simultaneously today by The Intercept, and later this week we'll have video of Duncan describing ECHELON and related surveillance matters.
Duncan Campbell, 03 Aug 2015
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Sysadmin jailed for a decade after slurping US military docs

A US Air Force contractor has been sentenced to 10 years in prison and three years of supervised release for stealing classified documents, in addition to conspiracy to commit naturalisation fraud.
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Is Nexenta exposing a vast core storage market vulnerability?

Comment Nexenta CEO and evangelist Tarkan Maner has talked about potentially displacing double-digit petabytes of NetApp storage at a global net giant.
Chris Mellor, 03 Aug 2015
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Are users undermining your mobile security efforts?

Mobile security is becoming more of a headache as the crossover between business and personal activity continues to increase, and employees generally expect more freedom. Research suggests, however, that you can only push technology-based protection so far before users rebel and try to find ways around it. To manage risks effectively, you therefore need to address the human factor.
Dale Vile, 03 Aug 2015
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Assessing the power of Intel’s SSD 750 … but check your motherboard before buying

Review Although SSDs have a huge performance advantage over the good, old-fashioned clattering mechanical drive, they have (up till now) been held back because of their reliance on AHCI (Advanced Host Controller Interface) architecture, developed in 2004 for standard disks and, in particular, SATA interfaced disks.
Simon Crisp, 03 Aug 2015

‘Secure’ criminal justice email system relies on obsolete protocols

The Criminal Justice Secure eMail system (CJSM) relies on insecure protocols that some security conscious organisations deliberately block, claims a Register source.
John Leyden, 03 Aug 2015
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'White hats don't want to work for us' moans understaffed FBI

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is struggling to hire computer scientists, according to a Department of Justice audit of the feeb's attempts to implement its Next Generation Cyber Initiative.
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BAD things happen to GOOD robots in America: hitchBot DECAPITATED

hitchBOT, the small robot that hitch-hiked across Canada last year, has been decapitated in Philadelphia.
Simon Sharwood, 03 Aug 2015
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'We fell short' says QLogic CEO in August's understatement-of-the-month contender

As expected from its earlier warning shot, QLogic's first quarter fiscal 2016 results were pretty bad. Revenues of $113.4 million were 5 per cent lower than a year ago, with net income of $2.6 million being 57 per cent down on last year's Q1.
Chris Mellor, 03 Aug 2015

Nokia sells HERE maps to Audi, Daimler and BMW for €2.8 billion

Nokia has announced that a consortium comprising AUDI AG, BMW Group and Daimler AG will drive off into the sunset as joint and owners of its HERE maps unit.
Simon Sharwood, 03 Aug 2015
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Lottery chief resigns as winning combo numbers appear on screen BEFORE being drawn

Aleksandar Vulovic, czar of the Serbian state lottery, has resigned from his position after winning numbers were mysteriously broadcast on television before they had been drawn.
Team Register, 03 Aug 2015
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Linus Torvalds warns he's in no mood to be polite as Linux 4.2 drags

Linus Torvalds' regular Sunday night missive on the state of kernel development has labelled version 4.2 as a bit of a problem child and warned he “might not react politely” to some developer requests.
Simon Sharwood, 03 Aug 2015
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VMware doubling down on OpenStack

The content catalog for late August's VMworld San Francisco has yielded up another nuggetoid of vNews: a new version of VMware Integrated OpenStack.
Simon Sharwood, 03 Aug 2015
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Q2 wins drag Cray back into profit territory

Cray Computer's commanding footprint in the high-performance computing (HPC) market has pitched the venerable vendor back into profitability.

Telstra's bush broadband boxes bugged, bashed, botted

Update Telstra has patched a vulnerability that could have seen regional Australians suffer interception of their internet connections through a remotely-exploitable vulnerability in a series of wireless terminals the nation's dominant telco deploys under its universal service obligation.
Darren Pauli, 03 Aug 2015
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VMAX flashes its virtues for all to see

You wait for a bus forever, then two come along at once. So it is with EMC and SPC benchmarks, and all of a sudden we have both SPC-1 VNX8000 and SPC-2 VMAX 400K.
Chris Mellor, 03 Aug 2015
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Chrome extensions crocked with simple attack

Detectify researcher Mathias Karlsson says attackers can remove Google Chrome extensions, including the popular HTTPS Everywhere extension, if users do nothing else but visit a web page.
Darren Pauli, 03 Aug 2015
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Axis of evil: Facebook uses Google code to slash page load times

Facebook has rolled out an open source project from Google to try and improve its ad-slinging performance on Android.
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China bans HPC and UAV exports, citing national security

China has banned the unlicensed export of supercomputers and certain types of unmanned aerial vehicles.
Simon Sharwood, 03 Aug 2015
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Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations stalled until November

The controversial and secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations have stalled once again.
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Mt Gox's Mark Karpeles arrested in Japan

French-born Mark Karpeles, head of the failed Mt Gox Bitcoin exchange, has been arrested in Japan.
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You must remember: An archive isn't a thing, it's a strategy

The biggest asset your organisation has is its data. And since IT is a world of compromises and paradoxes, the thing you have to work hardest to manage is...your organisation's data.
Dave Cartwright, 02 Aug 2015
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Windows 10 collects colossal 0.375 per cent market share in July

Windows 10 has rocketed to account for 0.375 per cent of the world's PC-driven web traffic, according to ratings firms Netmarketshare and Statcounter.
Simon Sharwood, 02 Aug 2015
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Remote Queensland fibre hookup hopes dashed, for now

Remote communities in Queensland believe they've been dudded out of a promise to give them a connection to the long-haul fibre connections being built as part of Australia's National Broadband Network.

BT Sport website AND app go TITSUP – footie fans weep

Enraged BT Sport subscribers have moaned about severe online disruptions to the service – but the company was yet to explain what had caused the Total Inability To Support Usual Performance (TITSUP) incident.
Kelly Fiveash, 02 Aug 2015
Radar images of asteroid 1999 JD6 obtained on 25 July 2015. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/GSSR

Boffins: Spooky, spinning SPACE PEANUT butters up Earth with close flyby

Vid NASA scientists have captured grainy radar pics of a peculiar-shaped, dark asteroid, dubbed "Space Peanut", which buzzed past Earth last weekend.
Kelly Fiveash, 02 Aug 2015
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Apple chief Cook cooks up rumours after BMW car talks, factory tour

Apple has reportedly been having secret confabs with car maker BMW – with scuttlebutt suggesting the companies flirted with the idea of a possible hook up.
Kelly Fiveash, 02 Aug 2015

Sun? In Blighty? Nah, just build that rooftop data centre, it’ll be fine

On-Call Welcome again to On-Call, our regular tale of things that happen when readers are called in to fix big messes on weekends and evenings.
Simon Sharwood, 02 Aug 2015

OnePlus phone fanbois flock for a shiny phondle

Pics It looked just like the queues you get outside Apple stores. But we were in South Of The River – in deepest Southwark – where Apple doesn't set foot. What was going on?
Andrew Orlowski, 02 Aug 2015
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It's enough to get your back up: Eight dual-bay SOHO NAS boxes

Product Round-Up For a great many people, there is only one place to look when talking about storing data somewhere other than their local storage in their PC, notebook or tablet – and that’s to the cloud.
Simon Crisp, 02 Aug 2015
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Stop forcing benefits down my throat and give me hard cash, dammit

Worstall @ the Weekend This rise of the gig economy might mean that we should redefine the whole concept of being an employee, as compared with being a contractor. There is a political argument going on around this very subject already.
Tim Worstall, 02 Aug 2015
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'How can HP have a dress code if I'm wearing this wacky hat?'

QuoTW We wrap up July with a week of Windows updates, camera controversy and an end to Internet Explorer.
Team Register, 01 Aug 2015
Robots emulate natural locomotion of water strider insects. Pic credit: Wyss Institute at Harvard University

Watch leggy ROBOT INSECT WALK on WATER before JUMPING OFF

Vid Scientists have created a leggy microrobot that mimics the actions of a water strider.
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Aug 2015

New twist in telco giants' fight to destroy the FCC's net neutrality

Analysis When an entire page of a lawsuit is taken up just listing the lawyers on the case, you know you have hit some vested interests.
Kieren McCarthy, 01 Aug 2015

Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Bacon and egg sushi

OK, sliced pork fans. In response to criticisms that our recent culinary trip to Hawaii – in search of the quite remarkable Spam musubi - simply did not feature enough bacon, we today present for your wobbly dining pleasure the very cutting edge of Anglo-Japanese fusion cuisine.
Lester Haines, 01 Aug 2015
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The Q7: Audi’s big SUV goes from tosspot to tip-top

Vulture at the Wheel Too large, too ugly, too late. Luckily (for El Reg’s relationship with Audi) that’s my opinion of the outgoing Q7. Why anyone coughed up good money for a Q7 when for less you could have pretty much the same thing with a VW Touareg badge on the back was beyond me.
Alun Taylor, 01 Aug 2015
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Gay emojis? GAY EMOJIS?! Not here in Russia, comrade

The Russian government is reportedly looking to ban "gay" emoji symbols over fears the same-sex pictures could violate censorship laws.
Shaun Nichols, 01 Aug 2015
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Windows 10: Buy cheap, buy twice, right? Buy FREE ... buy FOREVER

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Microsoft wants to give me Windows 10 for free! Hooray for freebies! OK, some of my software no longer launches or works quite the way it’s supposed to, but I got used to that after upgrading to Windows 8, and then again with Windows 8.1.
Alistair Dabbs, 01 Aug 2015

This hospital drug pump can be hacked over a network – and the US FDA is freaking out

The US Food and Drug Administration has told healthcare providers to stop using older drug infusion pumps made by medical technology outfit Hospira – because they can be easily hacked over a network.
Iain Thomson, 01 Aug 2015
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Uber holds out hand, hails another $1bn – mostly from Microsoft

Unlicensed taxi service Uber has plumped up its war chest with another $1bn, with much of the latest funding round reportedly coming from Microsoft.
Neil McAllister, 31 Jul 2015
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Wait, STOP: Are you installing Windows 10 or RANSOMWARE?

People aren't good at waiting for stuff, and with computer users queueing up to download Windows 10, ransomware purveyors have started to move in.
Iain Thomson, 31 Jul 2015
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It's Friday! Had a good week? It was probably better than Seagate's

In keeping with its warning, Seagate confirmed a revenue and profits decline as its mainstay desktop and notebook drive shipments tumbled for the third straight quarter.
Chris Mellor, 31 Jul 2015

$100m fine? How about, er, $16k? AT&T teabags FCC with its giant balls

AT&T has taken its four-year campaign to avoid liability for throttling its "unlimited" data plans to new heights by proposing that a $100m fine imposed last month be reduced to just $16,000.
Kieren McCarthy, 31 Jul 2015
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James Woods demands $10m from Twitter troll for 'coke addict' claim

Actor James Woods is suing a Twitter troll for wrongly branding him a "cocaine addict." Woods, who says he is not a drug addict, wants $10m in damages.
Shaun Nichols, 31 Jul 2015
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Bitdefender feeling a bit tender: Hackers enter anti-distemper vendor

One or more miscreants have been able to slurp and leak usernames and passwords from Bitdefender. The unencrypted login details belonged to some of the security biz's small business customers.
John Leyden, 31 Jul 2015

No, Microsoft: Your one-billion Windows 10 goal is just sad ... really sad

Comment Targeting one million of anything is no longer cool, according to Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg. Only one billion will do.
Matt Asay, 31 Jul 2015
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Sick burn, LOSER! Nvidia recalls Shield gaming slabs over BLAZE RISK

Nvidia has today urged gamers to stop using its eight-inch Shield tablets, and send them back to base, because they are a fire risk.
Iain Thomson, 31 Jul 2015

Petrol cars are dead in the water, says Tesla CTO waving numbers on the back of an envelope

Analysis Gasoline-powered cars are a dying breed, and not because everyone will become a tree-hugging fossil-fuel-hating hippie, but rather thanks to cost.
Kieren McCarthy, 31 Jul 2015
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Oh Jeez, not now! Activist investor threatens Violin Memory

Violin Memory’s board is under attack from the Clinton Group, an activist investor wanting to have talks about “a number of topics germane to creating shareholder value”, meaning an asset or company sale.
Chris Mellor, 31 Jul 2015
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Windows 10 marks the end of 'pay once, use forever' software

Comment Windows 10 is the last version of Windows that will ever be released. If this really is the last version of Windows desktop operating system ever, though, where will Microsoft make its money?
Stuart Burns, 31 Jul 2015

Blue Coat acquires the cloud-crypto monkeys at Perspecsys

Controversial and suspicious netsec outfit Blue Coat Systems has acquired Perspecsys, for the want of some weight in its cloud security portfolio.
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Don't want Windows 10 FILTH on the company network? Step this way

Windows 10 is here. Now, while I have Windows Upgrade Fatigue and I'm in no rush to make the change, plenty of people out there received the upgrade when it arrived. There will certainly going to be a mighty spike in net traffic that day – not least because the upgrade from Windows 7 or Windows 8 is a free one.
Dave Cartwright, 31 Jul 2015

How much of ONE YEAR's Californian energy use would WIPE OUT the DROUGHT?

Analysis That California drought - it's terrible, isn't it? But there's nothing to be done. If it doesn't rain for a few years, and doesn't snow up in the mountains, Californians must just yield to Mother Nature and stop watering their lawns, stop washing their cars, maybe even stop growing those delicious but thirsty almonds.
Lewis Page, 31 Jul 2015
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Interested in building 'community' Mr Corporation? Please swipe here

Feature Money isn’t new to open source. Capitalist pigs have always been quite at home amidst the unwashed developer masses, spinning up companies to capitalise on the success of JBoss, MySQL, and more.
Matt Asay, 31 Jul 2015
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ATTACK of the ZOMBIE SATELLITE: Run radio hams, run!

A satellite launched by the US military has gone rogue and is causing interference to radio hams across Europe.
Adam Banks, 31 Jul 2015

El Reg touches down at the ESA's Spanish outpost, sniffs around

Pics "Are you really going to wear that into the canteen?" That was the perfectly reasonable question posed by Emmet Fletcher, communication officer at the European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC) as my nephew Matt Haines braced himself for lunch sporting a Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) lab coat and pipe.
Lester Haines, 31 Jul 2015
Wireless charging system gives 10kW with no RF

Magnet-wobble wireless charging system dishes out a respectable 10 kW

Canadian wireless power company Elix has announced a system which can generate and transfer 10 kW using magneto-dynamic coupling. It’s big, heavy and noisy, so is aimed at trucks and buses rather than small cars, and is certainly not suitable for desktop gadget charging.
Simon Rockman, 31 Jul 2015
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PagerDuty hacked ... and finally comes clean 21 days later. Cheers

Why not celebrate SysAdmin Day by worrying about a data breach at incident management peddler PagerDuty? An attacker managed to get into the company's systems on 9 July, and a belated 21 days later the company did the decent thing and informed its customers about the incident.
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Uber unleashes $1bn war chest to crack Indian market

Uber is to throw $1bn (£642m) of investment into the Indian market, in an apparent attempt to blast incumbent "sharing economy" taxi biz Ola out of the water.
Kat Hall, 31 Jul 2015
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German spooks want to charge journalists with TREASON for publishing spy plans

Two journalists have been threatened with jail time in Germany for publishing information about the extent of the country’s surveillance activities.
Jennifer Baker, 31 Jul 2015
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Crazy Canucks heat their lab with muahaha-capable server

Review Playing with cool technology is not why either of us chose systems administration as a career. Nor was it something we expected as part of our employment. That said, it is impossible to deny the attraction cool technology has. It is fitting, then, that on systems administrator day we get the chance to publish a review on the kind of hardware that lured us into systems administration in the first place.
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US spied on Japanese PM Abe, Mitsubishi, and so much more

The NSA spied on Japan's prime minister, central bank, finance ministry and major corporations, such as the natural gas division of Mitsubishi, according to documents released today.
John Leyden, 31 Jul 2015
The Windows 10 (optional) full screen Start menu now looks more like 8

Microsoft's Windows 10 Torrent-U-Like updates GULP DOWN your precious bandwidth

Feel like your network bandwidth is slipping away? Windows 10 could be the culprit.
Gavin Clarke, 31 Jul 2015

BOFH: My diary is MINE and mine alone, you petty HR gimps

Episode 9 Episode 9 "Wow, that's like the Matrix!" the Director's PA gasps.
Simon Travaglia, 31 Jul 2015
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Daisy completes Phoenix IT gobble

Acquisition-ravenous Daisy Group has completed its gobble of tech services outfit Phoenix IT Group.
Kat Hall, 31 Jul 2015

Google to French data cops: Dot-com RTBF? Baiser ma DERRIERE

Google has refused to comply with French data cops' demands to apply the European "right to be forgotten" across the globe.
Jennifer Baker, 31 Jul 2015
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UK's first 'DIY DAB' multiplex goes live in Brighton

Britain’s first home-brewed open source-based DAB multiplex has gone live this morning. Six services will be operating on the new mux in Brighton for nine months.
Andrew Orlowski, 31 Jul 2015
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Lying to customers, Unicom? Cough up £200k, do not pass Go

It’s good to know that complaints to Ofcom produce action. A probe into broken promises and lies told by Unicom has seen the company fined £200,000 by the regulator.
Simon Rockman, 31 Jul 2015
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Missing in action: The OpenStackers lost from Gartner's quadrant

The more I look at Gartner's recent Magic Quadrant for x86 server virtualization infrastructure, the more confused I get.
Trevor Pott, 31 Jul 2015
Doctor Who in Listen

Think beyond the Beeb: Gov consultation is crucial for free telly

Breaking Fad Do you like your free-to-air TV? It looks like a reasonable chunk of spectrum will be saved for terrestrial broadcasting at the WRC–15 meeting later this year, but the battle for Freeview is far from over.
Nigel Whitfield, 31 Jul 2015
'Broken Copyright' StockMonkeys.com

Open source Copyright Hub unveiled with '90+ projects' in the pipeline

The web has grown up without letting people own and control their own stuff, but a British-backed initiative might change all that, offering a glimpse of how the internet can work in the future. Their work will all be open sourced early next year.
Andrew Orlowski, 31 Jul 2015
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Americans care more about EU data protection laws than the French

Around 800 people really do want to compare all the different versions of the EU’s proposed new data protection law.
Jennifer Baker, 31 Jul 2015

Flash deserves to live, says Cisco security man

Don't kill Flash; that's the message from Cisco security veteran John Stewart who says the Adobe team have put in the hard yards into reforming security and needs to weather the current bug storm.
Darren Pauli, 31 Jul 2015

HP insists 'we don't have a global dress code' – while deleting one from its website

HP Enterprise's head of HR says his company does not have a "global" dress code, while his minions quietly remove a webpage on workplace appearance from HP.com.
Chris Williams, 31 Jul 2015
How Philae lands on the comet

Comet 67/P CAKED in LIFE-GIVING RUBBLE, say astroboffins

When the Philae lander failed to touch down cleanly on Comet 67P/Churyumov­-Gerasimenko, the mission looked like a mess. But the probe's four bounces across the comet's surface turn out to have been a blessing in disguise because they've given us more close-ups of 67P than expected.
Simon Sharwood, 31 Jul 2015
The Incredible Shrinking Man

Buffoon in 999 call: 'Cat ate my bacon and I want to press charges'

The West Yorkshire fuzz have released recordings of nuisance calls requesting a cat be arrested for eating a man's bacon and a complaint about a noisy washing machine, as well as a request to identify the actor in Magnum PI*.
Team Register, 31 Jul 2015
The All Apps menu in Windows 10

Windows 10 clients come to Microsoft Virtual Machine Manager

Looking forward to a nice, relaxing Sysadmin Day? If you run Microsoft's Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) 2012, your dat may just have been complicated by the release of two update rollups.
Simon Sharwood, 31 Jul 2015
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Borg patches enterprise ASR router DoS hole

Cisco has closed a hole in its ASR 1000 line of enterprise and service provider-grade routers that could trigger denial of service.
Darren Pauli, 31 Jul 2015
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Sri Lanka braves monsoon with Loon broadband balloons

Service to launch just weeks before monsoon hits, complete with rain and wind a-plenty Sri Lanka has signed up for broadband services delivered by Google's “Project Loon” broadband balloons.
Simon Sharwood, 31 Jul 2015

Kim Dotcom to create Wikimedia-style open source Mega 3.0

File locker mogul Kim Dotcom has signalled he'll soon create a third version of his Mega service.
Simon Sharwood, 31 Jul 2015
Homer Simpson wearing a Glass headset to bed

Google sneaks out new clip-on tech goggles for saddo Glassholes

Google has reportedly been developing a revision of its infamous Glass product for use in the workplace.
Shaun Nichols, 31 Jul 2015
Ownstar

Unlock and start General Motors cars with a $100 box of tricks – hacker

Anyone with $100 spare for electronic components, and some technical skills, can wirelessly track, unlock, and start General Motors cars that have OnStar fitted, it is claimed.
Iain Thomson, 31 Jul 2015
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World's worst exploit kit now targeting point-of-sale systems

Trend Micro researcher Anthony Joe Melgarejo says the sophisticated Angler exploit kit popular in cybercrime circles is now targeting point-of-sale (PoS) systems.
Darren Pauli, 31 Jul 2015
Star Trek: "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield"
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Google, Oracle's endless Java copyright battle extended to ... 2016

The long-running copyright dispute between Oracle and Google over the latter's use of the Java language APIs in its Android operating system will likely drag on for another year or more, based on the latest developments in the case in a US federal court.
Neil McAllister, 31 Jul 2015
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Apple gobbles chunk of CNET, ZDNet – report

Apple is reportedly moving into San Francisco's stinky and noisy trendy South of Market (SoMa) neighborhood – by leasing office space in CBS Interactive's building.
Shaun Nichols, 30 Jul 2015

Giant Facebook SOLAR LASER DRONE to FEED interwebs into YOUR FACE

Pics Facebook's bonkers dream of beaming internet access to remote corners of the globe has taken yet another step – or perhaps that should be flight – closer to reality with its new flying laser drone.
Iain Thomson, 30 Jul 2015
Microsoft monopoly

Edge out rivals? No! Firefox boss BLASTS Microsoft's Windows 10 browser brouhaha

Mozilla chief Chris Beard has fired off a tetchy open letter to Microsoft supremo Satya Nadella – because Windows 10 shunts Firefox users onto Redmond's new Edge web browser.
Neil McAllister, 30 Jul 2015
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FCC swamped by 2,000+ net neutrality complaints against ISPs

The FCC has reportedly received over 2,000 complaints related to alleged violations of its Open Internet rules.
Shaun Nichols, 30 Jul 2015
Brown dwarf

Alien dwarf 'star' flashes her dazzling brown rear at stunned space boffins

Video Astronomers have spotted a brown dwarf almost-star glowing with a dazzling display of aurora similar to the Northern Lights and Southern Lights here on Earth – but hundreds of thousands of times brighter.
Iain Thomson, 30 Jul 2015
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Oracle: Docker container tech will be in the Zone on Solaris

Oracle is the latest company to get on the Docker bandwagon, having announced support for the application container technology to come in a future version of Solaris Unix.
Neil McAllister, 30 Jul 2015
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Derelict TrueCrypt Russia portal 'is command hub for Ukraine spying op'

Malware used to attack Ukrainian government, military, and major news agencies in the country, was distributed from the Russian portal of encryption utility TrueCrypt, new research has revealed.
John Leyden, 30 Jul 2015
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Small number of computer-aided rifles could be hacked in contrived scenario

The internet is reeling today at the "news" that a rare make of computer-aided gunsight can under certain circumstances be hacked into, permitting a hacker to interfere with a suitably-equipped rifle's aim.
Lewis Page, 30 Jul 2015
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Expansion-hungry Equinix posts bumper sales

Net income at US data centre outfit Equinix jumped to $59.5m (£38m) for the company's second quarter of 2015, up from $11.3m (£7.2m) in the same period last year. Meanwhile, sales rose 10 per cent to $666m (£426m) for the three-month period.
Kat Hall, 30 Jul 2015
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Obama endorses 3D TLC flash. How else can you do exaflop computing?

Comment New storage technologies are needed for exabyte-munching exaflop supercomputers. The same-old-same-old disk tech used for supercomputers won’t do for the exaflop generation promised by President Obama’s US leadership supercomputing order. This is Obama’s moonshot, the equivalent of President Kennedy’s man on the moon vision
Chris Mellor, 30 Jul 2015
HDD_heads

Will the PC glory days ever return, WD asks as its finances slip

Are the glory days gone for good? Will the PC market ever come back? AS WD rues the damage that declining PC disk sales have done to its revenues, that’s a question that will be exercising its product strategists as they ponder its latest results.
Chris Mellor, 30 Jul 2015
Moments of perspiration

Chinese hackers behind OPM megabreach also pwned United Airlines

United Airlines was hacked by same Chinese group that also breached health insurer Anthem and the US government’s Office of Personnel Management (OPM).
John Leyden, 30 Jul 2015
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French dating sites spanked for laissez faire data protection

French privacy watchdog CNIL has spanked 13 dating websites for abuses of data protection law.
Jennifer Baker, 30 Jul 2015
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BT hands £129m back to UK.gov after beating rural broadband targets

Both BT and the Ministry of Fun – or the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, if you prefer – have spun BT’s toeing-the-line-of-a-contractual-obligation as unbridled generosity towards taxpayers.
Simon Rockman, 30 Jul 2015
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Strong ARM scoops up Sansa to boost IoT security

Chipmaker ARM has sealed a deal to buy Israeli Internet of Things (IoT) security specialist Sansa Security. Financial terms of the deal, announced Thursday, were not officially disclosed. However, the WSJ previously reported that around $75m-$85m was on the table.
John Leyden, 30 Jul 2015
Edge first run

Microsoft Edge web browser: A well-presented mea culpa

Review Edge, the new web browser in Windows 10 that was released on Wednesday isn't just a browser: it's an atonement.
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And on that bombshell: Top Gear's Clarkson to reappear on Amazon

Amazon Prime has signed up Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May for a car show intended to rival Top Gear on its streaming service.
Kat Hall, 30 Jul 2015
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Feeding the XPoint cuckoo and finding it a place in the storage nest

XPoint memory is a spectrum-invading cuckoo. Spectrums are great ways to describe a range including different items with differing characteristics. Everyone gets used to the range, then something comes along and forces its way into the spectrum, making existing items shuffle up and down.
Chris Mellor, 30 Jul 2015
Samsung Galaxy S6

What can't sell Galaxy S6s and keeps going down on you? Samsung and its profits

Samsung Electronics's profits fell eight per cent, year on year, in its second quarter of 2015 – as sales of its Galaxy S6 failed to gain traction.
Kat Hall, 30 Jul 2015

Download Fest goers were human guinea pigs in spy tech experiment, admit police

Leicestershire Police has revealed the facial recognition technology it rolled out at Download Festival had no policing utility. Instead it was an experimental assessment opportunity, paid for – and carried out for the sole benefit of – software vendor NEC Corporation.

UK.gov wants to stop teenagers looking at tits online. No, really

Prime Minister David Cameron has declared himself "determined to introduce age verification mechanisms to restrict under 18s' access to pornographic websites" and he is "prepared to legislate to do so if the industry fails to self-regulate."
BT Openreach at work

Never mind falling revenues, BT watchers, look at the footy offering

BT had a mixed quarter, buoyed up mainly by TV subscriptions - and it has taken its results announcement as an opportunity to shore up its broadband position.
Simon Rockman, 30 Jul 2015
Long exposure shot showing patterns made my moving lightsabers

This is TRUE science: Harvard boffins fire up sizzling BACON LASER

A team of Harvard scientists has paved the way for a deadly laser pig weapon by demonstrating that, with a little encouragement, pig fat cells can be made to lase.
Team Register, 30 Jul 2015
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Wanted: beta testers for El Reg’s Android app

Dear Reg reader. Do you have an Android phone? Maybe you downloaded our Android App? Found it wanting - a lot? Help us make it better by joining our beta testers group. it is easy-peasy although you do need a G+ account.
Drew Cullen, 30 Jul 2015

IARPA: Come, quantum computing boffins. We've got cash for you

Nay-sayers may nay-say, but America's Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) reckons research into quantum computing is advanced enough to warrant a five-year program to kick things along.
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Contractors who used Employee Beneficiary Trusts are in HMRC's sights

The British Government closed a window of opportunity for tax-efficient folk about a year ago that was beneficial to, and widely used by, contractors: the Employee Beneficiary Trust.
Team Register, 30 Jul 2015
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Beyond virty boxen and hyperconvergence: Regard the mighty data centres of the future

SANs and filers are facing decline because of the sudden rise of hyper-converged systems and enterprises seeking IT silo simplification.
Chris Mellor, 30 Jul 2015
Micro Machines

The Breakfast (Table) of Champions: Micro Machines

Antique Code Show The last couple of months have seen the release of MotoGP and F1 2015. Just round the corner is the new Xbox exclusive Forza 6, so there are plenty of driving games around if you feel the need for speed.
Lucy Orr, 30 Jul 2015
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'Fix these Windows 10 Horrors': Readers turn their guns on Redmond

Mailbag “Clearly the first year of ‘free’ is really beta testing – what should a sensible IT manager do?” asks one Reg reader Down Under. I’ve heard this from a few of you and collected your thoughts.
Andrew Orlowski, 30 Jul 2015
Cookie Monster

Google turns cookie monster on AdSense, DoubleClick clients

Google has warned its AdSense and DoubleClick customers to sort out their cookie tracking policies before the European Commission gets pissy with them.
Jennifer Baker, 30 Jul 2015

SPUD – The IETF's anti-snooping protocol that will never be used

It's not often that someone crafts a protocol expecting to destroy it, but that's what Cisco distinguished engineer Joe Hildebrand and a bunch of other Internet architecture boffins are doing right now.

Don't want pranksters 'bricking' your Android? Just stop using the internet, duh – Google

Video Trend Micro peeps say they have discovered a security bug that miscreants can exploit to seemingly murder millions of Android smartphones.
Iain Thomson, 30 Jul 2015
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Rackspace cooking up security-secret-sharing cloud cabal

Rackspace is leading an effort to create a new group of top-tier cloud companies that it hopes will share information about security in close to real time.
Simon Sharwood, 30 Jul 2015

Octogenarian accused of performing sex act with a SHRUBBERY

SFW An 81-year-old man from Stratford, Connecticut, has been charged with public indecency after performing a sex act with a shrubbery.
Arizona State U's white laser schematic

Boffins get the inside dope, craft white laser

Arizona State University researchers have crafted a white laser – a neat trick since “white” isn't a colour, but a mix of colours.

Bloke cuffed for blowing low-flying camera drone to bits with shotgun

A father of two girls didn't take too kindly to a camera-equipped quadrocopter hovering over his house and snooping on his kids – so he blasted it out of the sky.
Iain Thomson, 30 Jul 2015
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Critical BIND bug scores PATCH YESTERDAY grading

Gird your loins internet: Attackers now have the ability to disrupt large swathes of the web through a remote denial of service vulnerability found in the most widely used software for DNS servers.
Darren Pauli, 30 Jul 2015
China's FAST radio telescope
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China announces petascale super for FAST radiotelescope

China is planning another petaflop supercomputer, this time to support what will by next year become the world's largest radiotelescope.

Cisco IOS-XE update time: Squash that DoS bug

Bad error message handling has opened up Cisco's IOS-XE versions prior to 3.13S to a remote denial-of-service (DoS) attack.
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Tired tablets don't tickle the imagination, so sales fall again

Box-counter IDC's latest Quarterly tablet tracker has more bad news for fondleslab fans: sales are down and the market is fragmenting.
Simon Sharwood, 30 Jul 2015

NetApp sees IBM/Cisco VersaStack as 'huge' threat to FlexPod

NetApp has inadvertently leaked competitive intelligence documents to a community newsfeed, and the contents reveal it worries that IBM and Cisco's VersaStack will threaten its FlexPod business and that SolidFire has emerged as a threat.
Simon Sharwood, 30 Jul 2015
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Git a load of this: GitHub now valued at $2 billion

GitHub has received a $250m infusion of venture-capital cash that values the code-sharing website at $2bn.
Shaun Nichols, 30 Jul 2015
DATA RETENTION Guidelines for Service Providers
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Telcos given a breather to meet Oz metadata retention laws

Australian telcos' complaints about the government's rushed data retention implementation schedule have borne fruit, with the Attorney General's Department offering a deadline extension.

US to rethink hacker tool export rules after mass freakout in security land

Proposed changes to the US government's export controls on hacking tools will likely be scaled back following widespread criticism from the infosec community, a government spokesman has said.
Neil McAllister, 30 Jul 2015

Start learning parallel programming and make these supercomputers sing, Prez Obama orders

President Obama has signed an executive order that will pump US government money into American supercomputers just like before but in a more coherent fashion.
Kieren McCarthy, 30 Jul 2015
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Facebook is raking in so much filthy lucre, it can't spend it fast enough

Facebook beat estimates on both revenue and earnings for the second quarter of its fiscal 2015, but investors seemed taken aback by the social network's soaring spending.
Neil McAllister, 29 Jul 2015
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Turnbull's transformers plan business access to YOUR GOV ID DATA

Australia's new Digital Transformation Office (DTO), the digital disruption brainchild of communications minister Malcolm Turnbull, has outlined plans for an ambitious new government-led digital identification plan that will meld government and business data on individuals to create a single digital ID.
Simon Sharwood, 29 Jul 2015

Twitter will delete jokes after a DMCA takedown – but NOT my photos, fumes angry snapper

A photographer is suing Twitter, claiming it refused to remove unauthorized copies of her copyrighted snaps from its social network.
Shaun Nichols, 29 Jul 2015

So just WHO ARE the 15 per cent of Americans still not online?

Analysis According to the most recent survey of online usage by Americans, 15 per cent of adults are still not online.
Kieren McCarthy, 29 Jul 2015

Oh look – Office Mobile apps to go with your shiny Windows 10

Now that Windows 10 has begun shipping to customers who reserved their free upgrades, Microsoft has also announced general availability of the touch-centric Office Mobile apps for the new OS.
Neil McAllister, 29 Jul 2015
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Be wary of that Russian. He might HAMMERTOSS a software nasty at you

Security researchers have blown the lid on another Russian cyberspy crew, rated as the most sophisticated yet by security firm FireEye.
John Leyden, 29 Jul 2015
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Exploding 'laptop batt' IN SPAAACE! Speeding lithium spaffed by nova

Pic For the first time, astronomers have detected lithium spread across space at high speed by an exploding star. The eggheads hope this discovery will solve one of the chemical riddles of the universe.
Iain Thomson, 29 Jul 2015
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Speaking in Tech: Google's snapped – it's gone native in the cloud

Podcast Podcast Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week, Ed, Sarah and Greg review how Google's going cloud native, Cisco shuts down Whiptail and dress codes at HP. Our special guest this week is Matt Brender from Basho to discuss OSCON and developer culture in the enterprise.
Team Register, 29 Jul 2015
You seen him? Hasidim

How to quietly slurp sensitive data wirelessly from an air-gapped PC

Israeli academics have demonstrated how feature-phones can use GSM radio frequencies to wirelessly siphon data from infected "air-gapped" computers.
John Leyden, 29 Jul 2015
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Yelp whelps yelp 'Help!' Chairman ejects, shares plunge 30%, losses grow

Yelp is in full crisis mode as the upstart's chairman is out – and its stock continues to free fall.
Shaun Nichols, 29 Jul 2015
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Top German data cop slaps down Facebook's real name policy

Johannes Caspar, Germany’s Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection, has told Facebook to allow users to use pseudonyms on the free content ad network.
Jennifer Baker, 29 Jul 2015
Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR)

Your voter-trolling autodialer is illegal: The cringey moment the FCC spanks a congresscritter

FCC chairman Tom Wheeler caught the members of the US House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology off guard Tuesday when he told them that one of their favorite campaign tools is against the law to use.
Shaun Nichols, 29 Jul 2015
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Sysadmin Day 2015: Fun things to do – and prizes to win from El Reg

Sysadmin Blog Friday, July 31 is 2015's Systems Administrator Appreciation Day, better known as Sysadmin Day. It is a day during which sysadmins feel sad that nobody remembers there is a day dedicated to them, and they go on being as unappreciated as every other day of the year. The exception being vendors and other sysadmins; they remember to care.
Trevor Pott, 29 Jul 2015

Amazon comes up with delivery-drone zones after watching Fifth Element all night

Amazon has outlined a futuristic plan that would give drones their own 200-foot-thick piece of sky to zoom around in – and deliver packages in super-fast times.
Kieren McCarthy, 29 Jul 2015
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CommVault mired in losses. Will activist investors move in?

Data management specialist CommVault could be open to activist investor activity, said an analyst, after reporting a loss and seeing yearly revenues down on Americas sales inadequacies and foreign currency headwinds.
Chris Mellor, 29 Jul 2015

Cloud busting: Alibaba pumps $1bn into Aliyun, hopes it will rain cash

Chinese Amazon equivalent Alibaba is pumping $1bn (£637m) into its cloudy arm Aliyun, thereby injecting cold, hard cash into its global domination plans.
Kat Hall, 29 Jul 2015
Angry-looking cat. Pic by  Guyon Morée from Beverwijk, Netherlands. licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license

Now listen, Gartner – virtualisation and containers ARE different

Comment Gartner recently released its Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualisation Infrastructure. In it, the mega analyst lumps together hypervisor-based virtualisation and containers. This is wrong, and as I've discussed before virtualisation and containerisation are different.
Trevor Pott, 29 Jul 2015
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MIT boffins identify Tor hidden services with 88 per cent accuracy

Boffins from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have demonstrated a vulnerability in Tor which, if exploited, could lead to hidden services being identified with up to 88 per cent accuracy.
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Peering closer at 3D XPoint memory: What are Intel, Micron up to?

Analysis Asking what we know about Intel/Micron's XPoint memory announced yesterday is maybe the wrong question. What don't we know about it?
Chris Mellor, 29 Jul 2015

Let's all binge on Blake’s 7 and help save the BBC ... from itself

Analysis BBC please take note: Sky’s decision to play Netflix at its own game seems to be paying off.
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Jul 2015
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Italy: Human rights are so old hat. The future's in internet rights

Access to the internet is a fundamental right of all persons. So says a new Italian Declaration of Internet Rights, which incorporates a 14-point manifesto drawn up by a parliamentary committee following a public consultation.
Jennifer Baker, 29 Jul 2015
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Capita cracks open the bubbly after 10 per cent sales jump

This year's huge Capita spending spree boosted the company's sales by 10 per cent to £2.28bn, according to the outsourcing giant's first-half results for 2015.
Kat Hall, 29 Jul 2015
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A third of workers admit they'd leak sensitive biz data for peanuts

A third of employees would sell information on company patents, financial records and customer credit card details if the price was right.
John Leyden, 29 Jul 2015
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A hybrid upstart trying to sink its fangs into Docker: Apcera

Interview With Apcera's new chief architect for security Jim Reno, formerly of CA Technologies, bedded down in his role, the company's taking aim at one of Docker's in-room elephants. The Register talks to CEO Derek Collison about how IT shops can trust what's in Docker containers.
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Sue us for Safari ad tracking? You'll be lucky, peons, cackles Google

The UK's Supreme Court has granted Google permission to appeal against a ruling giving Apple Safari users the right to sue the Chocolate Factory over its adbot tracking.
Kat Hall, 29 Jul 2015
IT Crowd's Roy: "Have you turned it off and on again?"

Windows 10: A SYSADMIN speaks his brains – and says MEH

Sysadmin blog It's Windows 10 day. That means it's time for a completely biased and in-no-way-even-remotely-objective assessment of Windows 10.
Trevor Pott, 29 Jul 2015
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Mobiles? What are they? Nokia immerses itself in virtual reality cameras

Always looking for a new angle, Nokia has launched itself into the movie equipment business with a 360-degree camera called OZO, capturing stereoscopic 3D video through eight synchronised global shutter sensors as well as spatial audio through eight integrated microphones.
Simon Rockman, 29 Jul 2015

Microsoft admits critical .NET Framework 4.6 bug, issues workaround

Microsoft has published a workaround for a critical bug in the .NET Framework 4.6 that can result in incorrect parameters being passed, with unpredictable results.
Tim Anderson, 29 Jul 2015
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W3C's failed Do Not Track crusade tumbles to ad-blockers' Vietnam

The World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) Do Not Track (DNT) proposal, to give users a way to tell web sites not to track them, recently reached its "Last Call" stage.
Ofcom has great power over mobiles

Ofcom wants to ease the pain of switching mobile networks. Good luck

UK regulator Ofcom has started a consultation aimed at consumers to find out how hard it is to switch mobile phone networks, and eventually put in place processes which reduce the pain of switching, while also eliminating “slamming” where a company fraudulently migrates a customer.
Simon Rockman, 29 Jul 2015
Grand Fromages at Reggio Parmagiano

Moshe's Infinidat happy to SHOUT about its progress

Moshe Yanai's Infinidat startup, which came out of stealth in April with its InfiniBox array, is bragging about its growth.
Chris Mellor, 29 Jul 2015
Windows 10 on Surface 3

MORE Windows 10 bugs! Too many Start menu apps BREAK it

An issue with the new Windows 10 Start menu means that those with more than 512 application shortcuts will have missing entries.
Tim Anderson, 29 Jul 2015
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Hurrah! Uber does work (in the broadest sense of the word) after all

Worstall on Wednesday There's a certain, perhaps too cynical strain in economics, best exemplified by Mancur Olson, who was prone to pointing out that all governments are just bandits living off the population they oppress.
Tim Worstall, 29 Jul 2015

Let kids delete their online rants, demand campaigners

Ministers have backed a campaign designed to give young people greater deletion rights over the stupid content they generate as youngsters.
Kat Hall, 29 Jul 2015
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Flippin' heck, meet the Internet of Things wallpaper

British inventor Andrew Fentem has come up with a way of cheaply turning fabric into large active displays.
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Jul 2015
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Researchers say Anthem health hack has Beijing's fingerprints

The case for a Beijing-orchestrated hack of health insurer Anthem has firmed up with new details suggesting that the sophisticated hacking group responsible for the heist shared zero days with rival outfits.
Darren Pauli, 29 Jul 2015
Windows 10 with its revived Start menu

Windows 10: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE to Microsoft's long apology for Windows 8

Review Take a deep breath. This is it, the big one: Microsoft has released Windows 10, which will make everything good again after Windows 8.
Tim Anderson, 29 Jul 2015
BT Openreach at work

BT broadband in broad-based brownout and TITSUP incidents

If you can't reach a chum in the UK, chances are they've fallen victim to a substantial outage that's hit BT's voice and broadband services. Or a Total Inability To Support Usual Performance (TITSUP) incident.
Simon Sharwood, 29 Jul 2015
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Thought YOU'd had rude service in France? Ce n'était RIEN, M'sieu Pantalons Malodorants

France’s data protection authority, CNIL, has put nationwide tech appliance store, Boulanger, on notice following the discovery of some less than flattering records on customers.
Jennifer Baker, 29 Jul 2015

Malvertising campaign hits 10 MEELLION users in 10 days

Cyphort researcher Nick Bilogorskiy says 10 million users may have been infected in as many as 10 days, thanks to a deadly malvertising and exploit kit campaign.
Darren Pauli, 29 Jul 2015
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World-beating TWO-QUADRILLION-WATT LASER fired by boffins

Nuclear fusion researchers at Osaka University in Japan claim they have made history by firing the world's most powerful laser – emitting a two-quadrillion-watt beam albeit for a very, very brief period of time.
Iain Thomson, 29 Jul 2015
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SDN hits rock bottom and FCoE is obsolete, say Gartner mages

Fibre channel over Ethernet is obsolete and software-defined networking is making users grumpy rather than delivering promised benefits, according to the new networking version of Gartner's Hype Cycle.
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Just a quickie, then: Boffins' 11 picosecond spontaneous emission

Boffins from Duke University reckon they've cracked one of the problems that holds back optical computing, with a tiny and very low-powered high-speed-switchable light source.
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Microsoft's Arrow brings pane to Androids

For reasons El Reg doesn't quite understand, Microsoft has decided that the one thing missing from the Android user's life is the Windows phone app launcher experience.
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HP goes off VMware's EVO:RAIL, stops selling sole appliance

Hewlett Packard has stopped selling its ConvergedSystem 200-HC, the hyperconverged rig based on VMware's EVO:RAIL system architecture.
Simon Sharwood, 29 Jul 2015
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Bug hunter reveals Apple iTunes, Mac app store receipt deceit

Vulnerability Lab founder Benjamin Kunz Mejri says he's found a security bug in Apple's Mac and iOS app stores that could be exploited to inject malicious JavaScript code into victims' web browsers.
Darren Pauli, 29 Jul 2015
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Australian Cyber Security Centre uses discredited data to quantify infosec threats

The cost of “cyber attacks” in Australia appears to be stabilising and the country has never been subject to an attack at the national scale, but the government's Cyber ForceTM (not its real name) is still pitching the growth of the threat.
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Voyager's Golden Record now free to download

When NASA launched the two Voyager probes in 1977, it knew that they were on a one-way journey into the galaxy. So on the off chance they encountered another sentient species, NASA equipped both with a golden record full of information about Earth.
Simon Sharwood, 29 Jul 2015

Citrix CEO retires as activist investor Elliott snatches the wheel

Citrix chief exec Mark Templeton has said he will retire, as activist investor Elliott Management takes a larger role in the company.
Neil McAllister, 29 Jul 2015