The Week in Summary

Croc country cops' mobile facial matching a festival party pop

Cops in crocodile-infested Northern Australia will use facial recognition matched to photos from CCTV and body-worn cameras to capture felons across the vast state.
Darren Pauli, 02 Sep 2015
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Wikimedia sweeps shills

The Wikimedia Foundation has gone on another shill-kill, announcing that it's flicked 381 “paid advocacy” accounts, and pulled 210 articles created by the offending accounts.
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Drone deals DEATH – to deadly starfish

An Australian university is about to start deploying drones on a seek-and-destroy mission. The target? The Crown of Thorns Starfish, which is famously a serious danger to the country's Great Barrier Reef.
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Wanna call Barnaby Joyce a w**ker / gerbil on radio? FINE, says ACMA

It's official: Australians can call their elected representatives “wankers” on air, as long as they mean it as a term of abuse rather than a literal description of their sexual activity.

Big Blue bops modular menace

IBM threat researcher Limor Kessem has found a new modular malware credential stealer that could become a significant enterprise threat.
Darren Pauli, 02 Sep 2015
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Intel goes public with full Skylake lineup

A leak in Japan has led Intel to rush out the full details of its Skylake chip lineup.
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Judge flips class-action switch on Uber drivers' lawsuit against cab biz

A California judge has granted class-action status to a suit filed on behalf of Uber drivers.
Shaun Nichols, 02 Sep 2015
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Groin-melting Fujitsu LifeBook batteries recalled in conflag alert

Fujitsu is recalling a bunch of laptop batteries due to overheating concerns.
Team Register, 02 Sep 2015
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Victims of US gov't mega-breach still haven't been notified

Nearly three months after the US Office of Personnel Management (OPM) discovered its databases had been compromised by Chinese hackers, the government still hasn't notified the employees and contractors affected by the breach.
Neil McAllister, 02 Sep 2015
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Ad watchdog terminates Vodafone's cherry-picked 'unbeatable connecting calls' claims

Blighty's ad watchdog has given Vodafone a ticking off following a complaint from rival carrier Three, which successfully challenged the firm's "unbeatable at connecting calls" claims.
Kelly Fiveash, 02 Sep 2015
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There's no Wayback in Russia: Putin blocks Archive.org

Archive.org, home to the popular Wayback Machine, is again blocked in Russia, according to a site that monitors IP addresses banned in that country.
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VMware bids to bust out of servers and onto Windows desktops

VMworld 2015 VMware's trying to put itself into the Windows desktop management business with its AirWatch mobile device management and identity management products.
Simon Sharwood, 01 Sep 2015
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Bloke clicks GitHub 'commit' button in Visual Studio, gets slapped with $6,500 AWS bill

A web developer from South Africa said a bug in a tool for using Microsoft's Visual Studio IDE with code-sharing site GitHub inadvertently exposed his sensitive data – and the error cost him more than $6,500 (£4,250) in just a few hours.
Neil McAllister, 01 Sep 2015
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Telstra helped scupper new competition laws: report

A change to competition laws that would have given small businesses a lever against the big end of town has been scuppered, with Australia's largest carrier among the successful lobbyists.
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Ex-Secret Service agent who siphoned Bitcoin from Silk Road takes plea deal

A former US Secret Service agent has pleaded guilty to money laundering and obstruction of justice charges stemming from his misconduct during the criminal investigation of Silk Road.
Shaun Nichols, 01 Sep 2015
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Apple: Hey TV people, wanna be in the same place Samsung phones are these days?

Apple is reportedly in talks with television studios to develop original shows for its planned internet video-streaming service.
Shaun Nichols, 01 Sep 2015
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Hidden password-stealing malware lurking in your GPU card? Intel Security thinks not

Fears that malware is hiding in people's graphics chipsets may be overclocked, according to Intel Security.
John Leyden, 01 Sep 2015
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Web giants gang up to take on MPEG LA, HEVC Advance with royalty-free streaming codec

Some of the largest companies in online media have banded together to battle back against excessive patent licensing fees for streaming video.
Neil McAllister, 01 Sep 2015
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Ed Snowden crocked cloud, says VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger

VMworld 2015 Edward Snowden crocked the cloud for everyone, says VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger.
Simon Sharwood, 01 Sep 2015
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New Xen bug uses security feature to destroy security

Xen has revealed details of bug CVE-2015-6654, which it warned about a couple of weeks back.
Simon Sharwood, 01 Sep 2015
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Danwood CEO Francis exits stage left

The CEO brought in by Danwood’s backers to extinguish the financial flames that resulted from half a decade of systemic mismanagement and dodgy bookkeeping practises, has exited.
Paul Kunert, 01 Sep 2015
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Ecuador and Sweden in 'constructive talks' – just don't mention Assange™ by name

How to solve a problem like Julian Assange™ was the veiled topic of debate on Monday when officials from Ecuador and Sweden met for the first time.
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Sep 2015

Mashed together malware threatens Japanese online banking users

Customers of Japanese banks are on the front line of attacks based on a new and sophisticated banking trojan, mashed together from leaked bits of malware code.
John Leyden, 01 Sep 2015

Giant sea scorpion which prowled ancient oceans revealed

Scientists have unearthed the remains of a "bizarre" monster sea scorpion which 460 million years ago prowled the oceans covering what is now North America.
Lester Haines, 01 Sep 2015
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Europe yawns at EU robo-commish Ansip's digital plans

Eurocrats' proposals to change how Europe's independent TV and film makers do business aren't needed – according to the EU's own research, released on one of the quietest Fridays of the year.
Andrew Orlowski, 01 Sep 2015

Falcon 9 fireworks display grounds SpaceX

The SpaceX launch schedule has been knocked back by a couple of months as a result of the loss of its Falcon 9 CRS-7 mission rocket on 28 June, it has revealed.
Lester Haines, 01 Sep 2015
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Snap out of the snapshot habit, says mutant upstart Reduxio

Surprise! Freshly uncloaked hybrid flash/disk array startup Reduxio says backup snapshots are a problem and its BackDating technology solves that problem. Admit it; you are surprised, aren't you?
Chris Mellor, 01 Sep 2015
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CSC beefs up public sector biz with $390m merger deal

Soon-to-be split CSC is merging its government services biz with US public sector IT outfit SRA for $390m (£254m).
Kat Hall, 01 Sep 2015

Ashley Madison: ‘Our site is full of women, and members are growing’

Embattled adultery website Ashley Madison has launched a rearguard action, claiming new sign-ups and more female members in the aftermath of July’s megahack.
John Leyden, 01 Sep 2015
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Back to school: Six of the smartest cheap 'n' cheerful laptops

Product Roundup The summer’s been and gone already, and it’s the time of year when our brightest and best leave home to enter the hallowed halls of academia. Any young student will need a decent laptop to help them out with essays and other work, but the chances are that most students will also be on a pretty tight budget.
Cliff Joseph, 01 Sep 2015
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Seagate births 8TB triplets and a 2TB mobile nipper

Who says spinning rust is finished? Seagate has rolled out 8TB triplets and a 2TB mobile nipper, using shingled recording on its 8TB Kinetic.
Chris Mellor, 01 Sep 2015
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Microsoft backports data slurp to Windows 7 and 8 via patches

We recently mused, half seriously, whether the entire point of the Windows 10 upgrade was to harvest your personal information. With Microsoft suffering from a serious case of Google envy, perhaps it felt it had some catching up to do.
Andrew Orlowski, 01 Sep 2015
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Infineon CEO admits auto-chip biz may be a takeover target

Former Siemens chip company Infineon may find itself on the shopping list of a bigger semiconductor company, thanks to its strength in automotive.
Simon Rockman, 01 Sep 2015
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NCA targeted by Lizard Squad in apparent DDoS revenge attack

The National Crime Agency's website has been hit by a DDoS attack, in an apparent act of revenge for the body's recent crackdown on users of Lizard Squad.
Kat Hall, 01 Sep 2015
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Apple muscles in on biz world AGAIN – this time with Cisco pact

Apple has inked a deal with networking giant Cisco, as Cupertino beefs up its efforts to pull in more business customers.
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Sep 2015
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No more jaw-jaw, as PRS sues SoundCloud over music streaming

Analysis UK performing rights society the PRS* has told its 111,000 members that it is now reluctantly suing SoundCloud after five years of fruitless negotiations, for refusing to properly compensating its members after streaming their works.
Andrew Orlowski, 01 Sep 2015

Turn-by-turn directions coming to Ordnance Survey Maps

Hands On Satnav-style turn-by-turn directions are coming to the Ordnance Survey's stealth-mode Maps app.
Andrew Orlowski, 01 Sep 2015
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The future of IT is – to deliver automation. Discuss

Sysadmin blog You don't have to be a large enterprise to benefit from technology, though access to seemingly endless resources tends to help. I've worked in SMB IT my whole life and automation changes everything at this level.
Trevor Pott, 01 Sep 2015
Embarcadero's RAD Studio 10

Farewell to Borland C++: Embarcadero releases Delphi and C++ Builder 10

Preview Embarcadero has released RAD Studio 10, including Delphi 10 and C++ Builder 10, a suite of development tools for Windows, Mac and mobile platforms.
Tim Anderson, 01 Sep 2015
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Oh no, startup Massive Analytic unleashes 'artificial precognition'

When Britons do tech startups they don't hold back. London-based Massive Analytic is an artificial intelligence startup that has created Oscar AP, a product they describe as 'artificial precognition'.
Trevor Pott, 01 Sep 2015
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Trumped up lobby group tries to get EU data protection watered down

Late last week, a group labeling itself the European Data Coalition called for Europe’s planned data protection law to be watered down.
Jennifer Baker, 01 Sep 2015
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MoD gets green light to splash £7.8m on Oracle licences

The Ministry of Defence was given the green light to splash £7.8m on Oracle licences this year, according to official gov info.
Kat Hall, 01 Sep 2015
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Mac malware has a neat trick to install itself on OS X fans' machines

Mac malware that relied on a security exploit so small it fitted in a tweet has been upgraded to infect OS X machines after Apple closed that particular hole.
Darren Pauli, 01 Sep 2015

Google bods reform DEMOCRACY in coconut or vitamin water quandry

Google has developed an internal utopian voting system for its office events, which its creator hopes to make an official product.
Darren Pauli, 01 Sep 2015

US mulls unprecedented Chinese sanctions in wake of hacks – report

The US government is reportedly mulling "unprecedented" sanctions against China in response to hacking.
Darren Pauli, 01 Sep 2015
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Canned laughter for Canadians selling cans of air at $15 a pop

A dynamic duo from Canada have claimed to have made thousands of dollars by selling cans full of air online.
Team Register, 01 Sep 2015
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All pixels go: World's biggest sky-gazing camera gets final sign-off

Having won its final funding approval during 2014, the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope has now been granted government approval to start construction.
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Prepare to be Thunderstruck: What if 'deuszu' ISN'T the Ashley Madison hacker?

Security researcher Brian Krebs last week named whoever is behind the Twitter account deuszu as likely having had a hand in the Ashley Madison hack. But has Krebs named the right entity?
Asher Wolf, 01 Sep 2015
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Intel, NSF tip dollars into IoT security

America's National Science Foundation has noticed the dodgy security surrounding the Internet of Things, and has splashed US$6 million in two grants to improve, umm, things.
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Data retention soggy with SPAM

Telcos will be required to retain data on spam, failed email, and borked voice over IP phone calls under the Australian Federal Government's looming data retention plan.
Darren Pauli, 01 Sep 2015

Brocade virtualises flow monitoring to Fibre Channel

Brocade wants to give Fibre Channel storage infrastructure analytics and monitoring of traffic between servers and storage, to help benchmark application performance and diagnose application problems.
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AMD rattles Nvidia's cage with hardware-based GPU virtualization

VMworld 2015 AMD has used the VMworld conference in San Francisco this week to take wraps off a new, hardware-based GPU virtualization tech for virtualized workstations.
Neil McAllister, 01 Sep 2015
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Delhi close to issuing city-wide Wi-Fi tender

In spite of being under investigation by India's competition regulator, Google has been named among the vendors vying to build Delhi's planned city-wide Wi-Fi network.
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Native hypervisor coming to OpenBSD

OpenBSD kernel developer Mike Larkin has let it be known he's working on a native hypervisor for the operating system, with the OpenBSD Foundation's support.
Simon Sharwood, 01 Sep 2015
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VMware eyes hyperconverged model for private clouds

VMworld 2015 With VMware planting its flag in the burgeoning hyperconverged market in a four-way deal with Cumulus Networks, Dell, and Quanta Cloud Technology, The Register speaks to Cumulus.
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Human sacrifice. Android Wear syncing with iPhones. Cats and dogs living together. Mass hysteria!

Google has released an app to allow Android Wear smartwatches to sync with Apple iPhones.
Shaun Nichols, 31 Aug 2015
Cthulu springs from HP desktop printer

Printer drivers ate our homework, says NSW Dept of Education

A half-billion-dollar IT rollout in the New South Wales Department of Education in Australia has turned into a disaster – with a department official blaming incompatibility between operating systems and printers.

Better crypto, white-box switch support in Linux 4.2

Linux 4.2 hit the wires yesterday, marking the end of its cycle of eight release candidates.
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Hypervisors are sooo 2005. For hip containers, you need a 'Microvisor'

VMworld 2015 VMware has created a new hypervisor and a new variant of its flagship vSphere product, both aimed at containerised computing and “cloud-native apps.”
Simon Sharwood, 31 Aug 2015
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What sounds like a silly yoga-fitness-dance craze, and lost $325m in value in 8 years? Zimbra

Email and collaboration biz Zimbra has lost 93 per cent of its value in eight years, and has been bought by Synacor for just seven per cent of the price Yahoo! paid for the company in 2007.
Chris Mellor, 31 Aug 2015

T-Mobile US CEO calls his subscribers thieves, gripes about 'unlimited' limited tethering

T-Mobile US CEO John Legere launched a tirade Sunday over subscribers who make heavy use of tethering on his network.
Shaun Nichols, 31 Aug 2015
Web browsers 2015

Google's Chrome to gag noisy tabs until you click on them

Soon, Google's Chrome browser will only play media when a tab is in the foreground, even if it is set to play automatically.
Neil McAllister, 31 Aug 2015
Google faces antitrust charges in the European Union

Now India probes Google, threatens $1bn fine over 'biased' search

Google has confirmed to The Register it is being probed in India over allegations that it unfairly promotes its own services over rivals in web search results.
Shaun Nichols, 31 Aug 2015

Hedvig, Druva, IBM, Catalogic, Nutanix, Arcserve bang storage drums at VMware's rave

VMworld 2015 There's been a whirlwind of supplier announcements in the run-up to VMworld, which takes place between August 29 and September 3 in San Francisco.
Chris Mellor, 31 Aug 2015
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VMware's got just one more thing you need to build a software-defined data center

VMworld 2015 For the last couple of years, VMware has been talking up the software-defined data center and saying it can deliver it with vSphere and flagship products like VSAN, NSX, and vRealize.
Simon Sharwood, 31 Aug 2015
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Muted HAMR blow from Seagate: 4TB whizzbang drive coming 2016

Analysis Seagate R&D bigwig Jan-Ulrich Thiele says the first Seagate prototype drives built with heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR) will arrive in late 2016 and have just 4TB capacity.
Chris Mellor, 31 Aug 2015
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VMware unleashes vCAOS on the world

VMworld 2015 VMware is launching a cloud object storage service based on either the public Google cloud, or EMC ViPR for a private cloud alternative.
Chris Mellor, 31 Aug 2015
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SolidFire's flash boxes pull into Platform9

Has the OpenStack loco got enough of a head of steam to leave the station? No one knows yet, but here is more evidence of suppliers rushing to support it: SolidFire's all-flash arrays can be integrated into Platform9's Managed OpenStack OSaaS – OpenStack-as-a-Service – offering.
Chris Mellor, 31 Aug 2015
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Ex top judge admits he's incapable of reading email, doesn't own a PC

A retired judge presiding over an Australian Royal Commission into corruption in the union movement has admitted he is incapable of sending email and does not own a computer.
Simon Sharwood, 31 Aug 2015
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Hands on with Windows Server 2016 Containers

First Look Microsoft has released Technical Preview 3 of Windows Server 2016, including the first public release of Windows Server Containers, perhaps the most interesting new feature.
Tim Anderson, 31 Aug 2015
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The Honor's a defo gamechanger, but good luck buying one

Analysis China has been threatening to up-end the phone business for a while, without coming up with a convincing end product. Finally, though, it has, and I expect to see a rapid shakeout of top tier handset manufacturers, already reeling from years of losses.
Andrew Orlowski, 31 Aug 2015

Jailbreaking pirates popped in world's largest iCloud raid – 225,000 accounts hit

The largest Apple iCloud raid in history has seen nearly a quarter of a million accounts compromised by malware targeting app pirates.
Darren Pauli, 31 Aug 2015
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Boffins unveil open source GPU

It's a kitten rather than a roar right now, but if the MIAOW project unveiled at last week's Hot Chips conference can get legs, the next year could see the launch of the world's first “open GPU”.
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US to stage F-35-versus-Warthog bake-off in 2018

US brass-hats have decided when the F-35 “Joint Strike Fighter” will finally be ready to take on the ancient A10 “Warthog”: in another three years, give or take a little.
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Ruskie ICS hacker drops nine holes in popular Siemens power plant kit

Ilya Karpov of Russian security outfit Positive Technologies has reported nine vulnerabilities in Siemens industrial control system kit used in critical operations from petrochemical labs and power plants up to the Large Hadron Collider.
Darren Pauli, 31 Aug 2015

Linux Foundation releases PARANOID internal infosec guide

Linux Foundation project director Konstantin Ryabitsev has publicly-released the penguinistas' internal hardening requirements to help sysadmins and other paranoid tech bods and system administrators secure their workstations.
Darren Pauli, 31 Aug 2015

Boffins laugh at Play Store bonehead security with instant app checker

An armada of university researchers have devised a novel method of detecting malicious applications on Android app, and by way of demonstration have dug up 127,429 shady software offerings, including some bearing exploits for a whopping 20 zero days.
Darren Pauli, 31 Aug 2015

Friday beers scam up 240 percent, inflicts $1.2 billion in damages

Fake email supplier scams are booming and have inflicted $1.2 billion in damages to businesses globally in the past year according to the FBI.
Darren Pauli, 31 Aug 2015
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Cisco ISE carries HTML authentication bug

Cisco's identified a bug in its Identity Services Engine: its admin portal doesn't properly authorise HTML requests, and that can let an attacker see custom pages an admin has created.
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NASA names New Horizons' next target

NASA has tentatively named the next target for its New Horizons' probe.
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NVIDIA reveals GPUs for blade servers, Linux desktop support

VMworld 2015 NVIDIA has announced the second version of its Grid desktop virtualisation software, complete with a pair of GPUs for blade servers.
Simon Sharwood, 30 Aug 2015
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Slip-streaming Tesla, Oz battery-maker plots home-biz launch

Australian battery researcher and manufacturer Redflow is hoping to get a jump on Tesla, prepping its own entry into the residential battery market.

Dropbox DROPS BOX as service GOES TITSUP worldwide

Dropbox suffered a major outage across the globe today – the company blamed "routine internal maintenance" for the significant wobble, which appears to be ongoing.
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Aug 2015
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Don't go breaking my shrimp: Boffin names crustacean after Elton John's appendage

Elton John's appearance as the Pinball Wizard in the 1975 movie Tommy has inspired a scientist to name a newly-discovered crustacean after the British rock star.
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Aug 2015
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In redneck heaven, internet outages are the American Way

On-Call Welcome again to On-Call, our regular reader-contributed tale in which we reveal the odd things you've been asked to do at all hours.
Simon Sharwood, 30 Aug 2015
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So, was it really the Commies that caused the early 20th Century inequality collapse?

Worstall @ the Weekend What with both the Corbynistas and Sandersistas on their various sides of the pond bringing back into the political mainstream the somewhat discredited ideas of state directed economies and socialism lite, perhaps it's time to have a look at one of the arguments used to bolster those ideas.
Tim Worstall, 30 Aug 2015
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US trade watchdog deep-sixes patent infringement claim against Microsoft

Microsoft has swerved a potentially crushing blow to its vanishingly small mobile biz, after a US watchdog swiped away a request to block the import of its Lumia handsets into the country.
Kelly Fiveash, 29 Aug 2015
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Boffins clock MONSTER BLACK HOLES inside quasar-hosting galaxy near Earth

Scientists have spotted two central black holes raging and skating around each other in Markarian 231 (Mrk 231) – the nearest galaxy to Earth that hosts a quasar.
Team Register, 29 Aug 2015

Jeep Cherokee 2.2: Capable, comfortable ... but just not very Jeep

Vulture at the wheel Ever since Fiat became FCA – Fiat Chrysler Automotive – there has been something a bit incongruous about the mix of brands. An Italian Jeep takes a bit of getting used to. Refined ride, exceptionally nice leather, a responsive automatic gearbox, multi-link rear suspension.
Simon Rockman, 29 Aug 2015
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Uber pulls up to the bumper, plonks Jeep hackers into driving seat

Uber has hired two security researchers as it shifts gears on its biz strategy with plans to develop driver-free cars.
Kelly Fiveash, 29 Aug 2015
Richard Pryor ...Is It Something I Said?

Black and blue: The rise of the riotous Richard Pryor

Feature Readers are advised that a number of the video clips featured in this article contain colourful language of a NSFW nature.
Phil Strongman, 29 Aug 2015

FORKING BitcoinXT: Is it really a coup or just more crypto-FUD?

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Bitcoin is about to fork off. Too forking right, some of you may cheer. But a great many Bitcoin “users” – miners, developers, retailers and spenders – are against the idea. If you ask them about it, they’ll tell you they don’t like being forked about. Some of them say they couldn’t be forked.
Alistair Dabbs, 29 Aug 2015

Company in shambles, marriages ruined. My work here is done, says Ashley Madison CEO

Noel Biderman has quit as chief exec of Avid Life Media, the parent of adultery website Ashley Madison. If you can't think why, or don't know what Ashley Madison is by now, then you must have been living under a rock for the past month – and we'd be grateful if you could let us join you.
Team Register, 28 Aug 2015
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Baltimore lawyers vow to review 2,000 FBI Stingray snoop cases

Defense attorneys in Baltimore, US, are planning to reexamine 2,000 police arrests made with the assistance of Stingray – the cellphone surveillance equipment that identifies and logs mobile device owners within range.
Shaun Nichols, 28 Aug 2015

Associated Press sues FBI for impersonating its site to install spyware

The Associated Press is suing the FBI over allegations government agents used a fake news story to plant malware on the PCs of suspected criminals.
Shaun Nichols, 28 Aug 2015
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Drum roll, please .... Results are in for the collective noun for security vulns

We've closed the poll, and the results for our attempts to weed out candidates for a collective noun for security vulnerabilities are in.
John Leyden, 28 Aug 2015
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India, Myanmar lead the way as mobile bandwidth consumption mushrooms

Mobile data usage is exploding. In an update to its Mobility Report, Ericsson said mobile broadband subscriptions had passed three billion in Q2 2015, and the year-on-year traffic growth for the same period is 55 per cent.
Simon Rockman, 28 Aug 2015
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Startup BlueData in the green after pocketing millions from Intel et al

Big data startup BlueData has to get bigger pockets; it’s just trousered $20m in C-round funding from Intel Capital, existing investors and a secret strategic investor.
Chris Mellor, 28 Aug 2015
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Germany to fork out BEELLLIONS for farmers' broadband

Under-investing cable companies in Germany are to get a €2.7bn hand-out to bring high-speed broadband to the countryside.
Jennifer Baker, 28 Aug 2015

Spaniard claims WWII WAR HERO pigeon code crack. Explain please

A 22-year old Spaniard claims that he's cracked a previously unsolved WWII coded message. Others have claimed this before and there's nothing particularly solid to back up the latest effort, but let's have a look at it anyway.
John Leyden, 28 Aug 2015
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NCA arrests six Lizard Squad users after gaming firms, retailers targeted

The National Crime Agency has arrested six users of a Lizard Squad DDoS attack tool, which had been used against a national newspaper, a school, gaming companies, and a number of online retailers.
Kat Hall, 28 Aug 2015

Vodafone: Dammit Britain, your emergency services need 4G!

Despite not being part of the bid to supply the future Emergency Services Network, Vodafone wants to see public services using its 4G, and has commissioned a YouGov survey (something companies do when they want to put numbers in press releases) of front line workers, such as police officers, nurses, and social workers.
Simon Rockman, 28 Aug 2015
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Win10 Insider build 10532: Avoid if you run Chrome 64-bit

Microsoft has released Build 10532 of Windows 10 as an “Insider” preview.
Tim Anderson, 28 Aug 2015
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Storage boosters: Six mSATA format SSDs on test

Product Round-up The M.2 format for SSDs seems to be hogging all the headlines of late and the form factor may well be the future for storage for thin and light notebooks, tablets and nano-sized PCs. Yet the market is still gearing up to support it, so devices that can accommodate the format are still pretty thin on the ground, albeit improving all the time.
Simon Crisp, 28 Aug 2015
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Administrator tries to squeeze blood out of Stone Computers' parent

Exclusive Senior execs at financially strapped Stone Computers Ltd (SCL) have bid £28.43m to buy the business in a pre-packaged sale after placing the parent company Stone Bidco into administration.
Paul Kunert, 28 Aug 2015
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Channel surfers and the irresistible rise of Content Delivery Networks

Fastly, a four-year-old content delivery network start-up, this month landed $75m in venture funding.
Tom Baines, 28 Aug 2015
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Google watchers react furiously to ad flinger’s competition case defence

“The data mentioned in Google’s blog is frankly suspicious," or so said Thomas Vinje, legal counsel for FairSearch Europe – a group of organisations lobbying against the ad flinger's online search dominance – in response to Google’s defence of its EU anti-trust case yesterday.
Jennifer Baker, 28 Aug 2015
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Manchester skeptics annexed in hostile digital power grab

The Greater Manchester Skeptics Society (GMSS) has been obliged to start up a new group on Meetups.com, after someone with a very different agenda took over its profile on the social networking site.
John Leyden, 28 Aug 2015

Computacenter CEO: Currency headwind? Yep, that hurt alright

For a business, not losing sales ground in these uncertain economic times might be considered something of an achievement in itself. If so, Computacenter bosses will be downing celebratory doubles this morn.
Paul Kunert, 28 Aug 2015
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Violin's breakeven within reach, but revenues still falling

It's like looking at a drawing of an iceberg when you know the bulk of it is under water; Violin Memory's revenues and net income I mean. Look at all that red ink below the profit waterline!
Chris Mellor, 28 Aug 2015
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Mass redundancy marathon nearly over at HP

HP is making what looks to be a final round of UK redundancies before it breaks apart and is seeking volunteers to jump rather than be pushed.
Paul Kunert, 28 Aug 2015
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BACS Bank Holiday BALLS UP borks 275,000 payments

Update III Potentially millions of employees expecting to be paid ahead of the Bank Holiday weekend have been left without their salaries due to a cockup with the Bankers' Automated Clearing Services (BACS) payment system.
Kat Hall, 28 Aug 2015

Wow, Barcelona really has a problem with tech disruptors. Watch out Airbnb

Fresh from sending the Uber question* to the European Court of Justice, it appears the city of Barcelona is now spoiling for a fight with another tech disruptor – this time lodgings lister Airbnb.
Jennifer Baker, 28 Aug 2015
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Honor 7 – heir apparent to the mid-range Android crown

Review With a starting price of £249, the Honor 7 is a quality phone that offers astonishing value for money: and it could be a genuine game-changer for how people buy phones. Not only is it (comfortably) the standout product in its price range, it also has the kind of features associated with much more expensive models, and a few unique tricks of its own that make it nicer to use.
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Aug 2015
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Another chance to win a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive

Caption Competition In an act of supreme kindness, we are giving you another chance to win a 6TB Western Digital Hard Drive – in this week’s Vulture Caption Competition.
Simon Rockman, 28 Aug 2015
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Met Police to slash hundreds of IT jobs, hands £216m outsourcing gig to Steria

Hundreds of back office IT jobs at the Metropolitan Police Service are to be made redundant under a ten-year £216m outsourcing deal with Steria, which will see service delivery moved out of the capital.
Kat Hall, 28 Aug 2015
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Spooks, plod and security industry join to chase bank hacker

A group of security boffins have joined police and intelligence spooks in a clandestine mission to identify those behind distributed denial of service (DDoS) extortion attacks against major banks.
Darren Pauli, 28 Aug 2015
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New low for humanity: ONE BEELLION lost souls log on to Facebook in one day

Humanity reached a new low point last Monday, 24 August: on that day a billion of your fellow homo sapiens logged on to Facebook, which subsequently decided humans can't be trusted to do their own shopping.
Simon Sharwood, 28 Aug 2015

What time is it Oxford Dictionaries? How about almost ‘beer o’clock’

The online tentacle of Oxford Dictionaries has earned itself some big up rispek from El Reg by including "beer o'clock" in its latest quarterly update of new terms muscling their way into our beloved lingo.
Lester Haines, 28 Aug 2015
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Google robo-car suffers brain freeze after seeing hipster cyclist

A cyclist riding a fixed-gear bike claims to have brought a Google robo-car to a standstill.
Simon Sharwood, 28 Aug 2015

Malvertising maniac messes MSN, serves corrupted creative

A chap who might just be the world's worst malvertising marauder has popped MSN, potentially compromising some of the site's 10 million daily visitors with an exploit kit so capable it p0wns almost half of those who encounter it.
Darren Pauli, 28 Aug 2015
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Rackspace looks to have bypassed vCloud Director upgrade

Rackspace has decided to manage its VMware cloud with software from upstart AirVM.
Simon Sharwood, 28 Aug 2015
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The enterprise hardware market is growing. You read that right. Growing

The enterprise hardware market is growing. You read that right, growing.
Simon Sharwood, 28 Aug 2015
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Indian State shuts off mobile internet to stop rumours fuelling riots

An activist's call for the Indian State of Guajarat to restrict access to WhatSapp and mobile internet has been heeded by local authorities, in the hope that restricting communications will quell violence. Authorities complied with that request.
Simon Sharwood, 28 Aug 2015
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Rosetta probe spots Comet 67P being buzzed by boulder

The European Space Agency (ESA) has spotted a boulder buzzing Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko.
Simon Sharwood, 28 Aug 2015

Google makes it official: Chrome will freeze Flash ads on sight from Sept 1

Google is making good on its promise to strangle Adobe Flash's ability to auto-play in Chrome.
Shaun Nichols, 28 Aug 2015
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BitTorrent kills bug that turns networks into a website-slaying weapon

BitTorrent has fixed a flaw in its technology that quietly turns file-sharing networks into weapons capable of blasting websites and other internet servers offline.
Shaun Nichols, 28 Aug 2015
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Primary Data's DataSphere storage silo-masking software revealed

Primary Data, Fusion-io founder David Flynn's startup, is unveiling its DataSphere product: universal data access software that masks multiple hardware and multiple vendor silos, to provide a single virtualized data sphere containing different tiers of data.
Chris Mellor, 27 Aug 2015
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Travel back to the 19-Z80s this weekend

The early 1980s gave the world its first taste of cheap, user-friendly micro-computers and saw the likes of the Sinclair Spectrum, Commodore 64 the Atari 400 and 800 and the TRS-80 find their way into homes around the world.
Simon Sharwood, 27 Aug 2015
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Tegile's new faster fatter flash box flings self at big data analytics

Tegile is, or rather was, a hybrid flash/disk array startup alongside Nimble Storage and Tintri. All three have been growing furiously, offering near-flash array speed with disk economics for bulk data. There are four products in Tegile's hybrid array line-up:
Chris Mellor, 27 Aug 2015

Google tells iOS 9 app devs: Switch off HTTPS if you want that sweet sweet ad money from us

Google has told iOS 9 app developers to disable Apple's enforcement of HTTPS-only connections – or their in-app Google ads won't show up on up-to-date iPhones and iPads.
Chris Williams, 27 Aug 2015
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Still using ColdFusion? Really? Well, you'll want to install this patch

Adobe is advising users and administrators running ColdFusion to patch their software following the release of a security fix for an information disclosure vulnerability.
Shaun Nichols, 27 Aug 2015

German spies sold out citizens to the NSA in exchange for super-snoop-ware XKeyscore

German weekly Die Zeit has published documents that reveal how the country’s domestic spies did a deal with the NSA to get their mitts on souped-up surveillance software.
Jennifer Baker, 27 Aug 2015
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Apple will reveal new iPhone on Sept 9 – this is what it may look like

Pics Apple has sent out invites for a press conference next week where it will unveil new iPhones – quite possibly the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus.
Shaun Nichols, 27 Aug 2015

Vote now: Who can solve a problem like Ashley Madison?

Poll Avid Life Media – the owner of hookup site Ashley Madison – has weeks-old openings for a data analyst and a senior system administrator.
John Leyden, 27 Aug 2015
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Apple's fruity wristjob breathes down Fitbit's neck

Apple's wristjob is preparing to speed past Fitbit on sales of wearables after just four months, according to IDC.
Gavin Clarke, 27 Aug 2015

Google: Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right, here I am – stuck in the middle of EU

The European Commission’s antitrust case against Google is wrong “as a matter of fact, law, and economics,” so says, er, Google.
Jennifer Baker, 27 Aug 2015
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VMware' s VSAN to support flashDIMMs and NVMe

VMware's VSAN is going to support faster flash hardware and is getting replication, stretch cluster and Oracle RAC support.
Chris Mellor, 27 Aug 2015
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Obi: These ARE the 'droids you're looking for

Former Apple CEO John Sculley is to launch a pair of Android phones. The SF1 and SJ1.5 are mid-range and low-end devices respectively from the company Obi Worldphone.
Simon Rockman, 27 Aug 2015
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HP's 3PAR trifecta soups up entry-level, AFAs and software

HP has replaced its 7000 series 3PAR StoreServ array with a gen-5 ASIC-based StoreServ 8000, starting at $19,000. It's also added a top-end 20800 starter config, a lower-cost 20000 all-flash product, and enhanced its StoreServ OS.
Chris Mellor, 27 Aug 2015

Take two mobes into the shower? I didn't before, but I do now

First Look A Kickstarter project to produce a dual-SIM iPhone is really a separate phone which the iPhone connects to via Bluetooth.
Simon Rockman, 27 Aug 2015
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Intel keeps droning on, as PC sales continue to tumble

Intel has chucked $60m (£39m) at Chinese drone company Yuneec in a bid to combat the downward spiral in global PC sales, the latest cash-splashing exercise by the chipzilla.
Kat Hall, 27 Aug 2015
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First pics of flagship Lumias for 18 months released … or maybe not

Images of the first flagship Lumia phones for 18 months have popped up on Twitter ... or have they? Renowned technology "leaker" Evan Blass posted two images of models described as the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL.
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Aug 2015
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The Register IBM Bluemix programming challenge: The winner!

A month ago we announced our first coding competition, The Register's IBM Bluemix Programming Challenge 2015.
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Facebook profiles? They're not 'personal data' Mr Putin

With less than a week until a new Russian data localisation law comes into effect, Facebook is making a last-ditch effort to avoid compliance.
Jennifer Baker, 27 Aug 2015
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DDN: Quicker storage access passes HPC buck to CPU makers

Comment At a DDN user group meeting in Frankfurt earlier this year, Alex Bouzari said high-performance computing (HPC) exhibits an enduring tug-of-war between compute and storage.
Chris Mellor, 27 Aug 2015
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Fugitive UK hacker turned ISIS recruiter killed in Syria

Junaid Hussain, the UK fugitive hacker turned ISIS recruiter, has reportedly been killed in a US drone strike in Syria.
John Leyden, 27 Aug 2015
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Scrapheap challenge: How Amazon and Google are dumbing down the gogglebox

Breaking Fad Online video content is becoming increasingly popular, thanks to the likes of iPlayer, Netflix and Amazon. For many of us, those services make it possible to find something to watch whenever we want. With Netflix and Amazon throwing huge amounts of money at their own original productions, it's likely that more and more people will be considering a subscription a worthwhile addition to their monthly expenses.
Nigel Whitfield, 27 Aug 2015

Win10 PCs still stuck on slow boat from China, warehouses empty

Windows 10 consumer PCs will not show up in big numbers at Brit retailers’ stores until the middle of next month, multiple sources have told us.
Paul Kunert, 27 Aug 2015

Nano – meet her: AMD's Radeon R9 4K graphics card for non-totally bonkers gamers, people

Pics AMD will today launch the Radeon R9 Nano, a beefy graphics card designed to run comfortably inside tight spaces.
Chris Williams, 27 Aug 2015
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Legal eagles accuse Labour of data law breach over party purge

The Labour Party's membership purge, which has seen it weed out 3,000 "infiltrators", could be in breach of the Data Protection Act, legal experts have warned.
Kat Hall, 27 Aug 2015
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Roll up, roll up, as LG launches stealthy Bluetooth keyboard

A keyboard which rolls up four rows of almost full-sized keys into a stick has been launched by LG at the IFA trade show.
Simon Rockman, 27 Aug 2015
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Windows 10 blamed (partly) for stalled PC sales recovery

The recovery in PC sales has been postponed until 2017 – and Microsoft and Windows 10 are partly to blame.
Gavin Clarke, 27 Aug 2015
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Capita IS good for former O2 staff. Oh yes it IS!

Being transferred to Capita in 2013 was the best thing for the O2 staff involved, despite the ongoing redundancy scheme, Ronan Dunne, the mobile network's chief executive, has told The Register.
Simon Rockman, 27 Aug 2015
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Acer honourary chairman Shih would 'welcome' takeover bid

Stan Shih, the man who founded Acer and returned to rescue the business when it fell on hard times, would be receptive to a takeover bid but – despite its continued troubles – warned it won’t be sold on the cheap.
Paul Kunert, 27 Aug 2015

Space paparazzo captures bipolar butterfly

The Hubble Space Telescope has captured a striking portrait of nebula PN M-29 – less prosaically dubbed the "Twin Jet Nebula", or "cosmic butterfly" if you're feeling particularly poetic.
Lester Haines, 27 Aug 2015
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If anyone’s going to benchmark the IoT, it’s us, says TPC

The Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC) has set up a working group looking at the Internet of Things, with the aim to possibly develop hardware and software benchmarks.
Chris Mellor, 27 Aug 2015
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Security for those who know they can't win the security war

In a post-Snowden world most IT people are painfully aware that most of us would not win a fight against a well-funded organisation, or government, that wants the data on your network, laptop or device.
Stuart Burns, 27 Aug 2015
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Ins0mnia bug means malicious iOS apps WILL NEVER DIE

A newly discovered vulnerability allows an iOS application to continue to run for an unlimited amount of time, even if an application gets terminated by a user.
John Leyden, 27 Aug 2015
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ClearSky: Keeping your premises free of unwanted clouds

Interview Dump your on-premises SAN and fly to the cloud via an all-flash on-ramp: that's the message from startup ClearSky Data. Enterprises should access all their data, throughout its lifecycle, via a fully-managed service and, implicitly, hit the eject button on their on-premises data-storage equipment.
Chris Mellor, 27 Aug 2015

Hardened Linux stalwarts Grsecurity pull the pin after legal fight

The gurus behind the popular and respected Linux kernel hardening effort Grsecurity will stop providing free support for their stable offering. In future, only paying sponsors will get stable patches to shore up their kernels' defenses.
Darren Pauli, 27 Aug 2015

French woman gets €800 a month for electromagnetic-field 'disability'

Despite dispute over the very existence of the syndrome, it has emerged that a French court has recognised a 39-year-old woman’s disability claim for “hypersensitivity to electromagnetic waves”.
Jennifer Baker, 27 Aug 2015
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Amazon mobile strategy pivots with swipes at in-app buys, own hardware

Amazon.com looks to be changing its hardware strategy in significant ways.
Simon Sharwood, 27 Aug 2015

Malware menaces poison ads as Google, Yahoo! look away

Feature Online advertising has become an increasingly potent threat to end-user security on the internet. More hackers than ever are targeting the internet's money engine, using it as a powerful attack vector to hide exploits and compromise huge numbers of victims.
Darren Pauli, 27 Aug 2015
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Cisco's RAT-catchers spot sysadmin-targeted phish

File this under “it was bound to happen one day”: Cisco has spotted a targeted phishing attack based on a popular sysadmin automation tool.
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FireEye intern VXer pleads guilty for Darkode droid RAT ruse

A former FireEye intern has pleaded guilty to creating and selling the Dendroid malware on the raided Darkode criminal forum.
Darren Pauli, 27 Aug 2015
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Google Cloud in nine-hour storage SNAFU

Google's suffered another cloud storage outage.
Simon Sharwood, 27 Aug 2015
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VMware appoints development chief as new CTO

Imagine for a moment that you're a top-tier enterprise vendor and a week before your big annual conference, the one at which you try to impress the pants off the world, your chief technology officer (CTO) departs.
Simon Sharwood, 27 Aug 2015
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Why is the smart home insecure? Because almost nobody cares

It's easy to laugh-and-point at Samsung over its latest smart-thing disaster: after all, it should have already learned its lesson from the Smart TV debacle, right?
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Verizon wants to smartify old cars

Black, grey, and white hats associated with car hacking are flying in the air today, with Verizon announcing it's going to vastly expand their attack surface.
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D-Wave: 'Whether or not it's quantum, it's faster'

D-Wave is getting ready to drop a new benchmark on Arxiv, which the company says demonstrates its latest 1000-qubit processor outperforming classical machines.
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The Raspberry Pi is succeeding in ways its makers almost imagined

“Grandpa is getting pretty old. Out there all alone on that farm, he has no one to look in on him, just to see if he’s ok. He’ll use the landline, but he’s beyond of the range of mobile, and he’s never been really great with computers. No Skype or emails. Grandpa does have internet. So I built this for him.”
Mark Pesce, 27 Aug 2015

The most tragic thing about the Ashley Madison hack? It was really 1% actual women

When the Ashley Madison databases were splashed all over the internet by hackers, it emerged that about 31 million accounts on the Tinder-for-affairs website were created by men. And about 5 million by women.
Team Register, 27 Aug 2015
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Password 'XXXXairocon' pops Wi-Fi routers from ASUS, ZTE and others

A bunch of home gateway vendors, presumably sourcing their firmware from the same place, can be hijacked using depressingly common hard-coded logins.