The Week in Summary

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Euro Patent Office prez 'a disgrace to France'

President of the European Patent Office (EPO) Benoit Battistelli is a disgrace to his country, the French National Assembly heard Wednesday.
Kieren McCarthy, 03 Dec 2016

Why your gigabit broadband lags like hell – blame Intel's chipset

Intel's Puma 6 chipset, used in gigabit broadband modems around the world, suffers from latency jitter so bad it ruins online gaming and other real-time connections.
Chris Williams, 03 Dec 2016
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'Toyota dealer stole my wife's saucy snaps from phone, emailed them to a swingers website'

A Texas couple is suing Toyota and one of its car dealerships after one of its staff allegedly stole saucy snaps off their cellphone and emailed them to a swingers website.
Iain Thomson, 03 Dec 2016
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VCs to Trump: You know what would really make America great? Tax breaks for VCs

A group of venture capitalists are asking US President-elect Donald Trump to implement a series of tax cuts and policies they say will bring more funding for startups.
Shaun Nichols, 02 Dec 2016
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Microsoft, IBM, Intel refuse to hand over family jewels to China

Microsoft, IBM and Intel have given Chinese officials short shrift after the government demanded to see their top-secret source code and blueprints.
Iain Thomson, 02 Dec 2016
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Amazon tries again with AppStream because customers didn't like it

Acknowledging that the initial version of application streaming service AppStream failed to appeal to customers, Amazon Web Services is ready to try again.
Thomas Claburn, 02 Dec 2016

Violin Memory axes staff just before Christmas, gives CFO $150k bonus

Violin Memory is cutting staff while rewarding chief financial officer Cory Sindelar with a bonus to persuade him to stay for another two months. Merry Christmas, Silicon Valley style.
Chris Mellor, 02 Dec 2016
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Apple blames air for iPhone 6S's narcolepsy

Apple says a defect caused during manufacturing is to blame for some iPhones randomly shutting themselves down.
Shaun Nichols, 02 Dec 2016
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Reimagine with us, the FT's printed virtual reality guide to Dublin

The Financial Times' latest Google-funded VR project emerges blinking into the daylight tomorrow. Entitled Hidden Cities, this masterpiece of western journalism is a guide to Dublin, but optimised for nerd goggles.
Team Register, 02 Dec 2016
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King's College London staggers from outage, replaces infrastructure services head

Exclusive More than a month after the catastrophic incident that brought King's College London's entire IT system down, the head of infrastructure services, Russell Frostick, is being replaced.
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HMS Queen Lizzie to carry American jets and sail in support of US foreign policy

Britain's new aircraft carrier will operate as a fully fledged offshoot of the US Marine Corps, the UK's ambassador to the US accidentally confirmed on Thursday.
Gareth Corfield, 02 Dec 2016
Ben Mezrich, Once Upon a Time in Russia: The Rise of the Oligarchs and the Greatest Wealth in History

Russia accuses hostile foreign powers of plot to undermine its banks

Russia has accused unnamed foreign spies of launching a concerted effort to undermine its domestic banking system.
John Leyden, 02 Dec 2016
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Exclusive: Team Trump's net neutrality guru talks to El Reg

Interview The newest member of the Trump's Transition Team sounded bemused by the tech blog headlines when we caught up with her today.
Andrew Orlowski, 02 Dec 2016
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Dell EMC kills off VxRack Neutrino

EMC is end-of-lifing its hyper-converged, rack-scale, scale-out, turnkey VxRack Neutrino product.
Chris Mellor, 02 Dec 2016
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Axel Springer boss defends Facebook in fake news controversy

One of Silicon Valley’s harshest and most powerful critics has leapt to its defence over the “fake news” controversy.
Andrew Orlowski, 02 Dec 2016
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Internet of Things alliance LoRa: Licence to WAN? Yes please

Internet of Things folk the LoRa Alliance reckons its LoRaWAN may move from unlicensed to licensed spectrum to help guarantee quality of service, according to reports.
Gareth Corfield, 02 Dec 2016

HPE UK preps the redundancy ride as Chrimbo looms

Cost-cutting at Hewlett Packard Enterprise's CSC-bound services business looks set to continue right up to the point it is sold in the spring, leaked documents have indicated.
Paul Kunert, 02 Dec 2016

Microsoft refuses to join the Zero Outage brigade, Google and AWS keep mum

Microsoft snubbed an invitation to join a brigade of tech titans that linked arms to work on minimising network crashes that can cripple cloud service availability.
Paul Kunert, 02 Dec 2016

Sh... IoT just got real: Mirai botnet attacks targeting multiple ISPs

Analysis The Mirai botnet has struck again, with hundreds of thousands of TalkTalk and Post Office broadband customers affected. The two ISPs join a growing casualty list from a wave of assaults that have also affected customers at Deutsche Telekom, KCOM and Irish telco Eir over the last two weeks or so.
John Leyden, 02 Dec 2016

Plastic fiver: 28 years' work, saves acres of cotton... may have killed less than ONE cow*

Professor David Solomon, the inventor of the polymer banknote, has told vegetarians that they're being "stupid" over their opposition to its trace amounts of animal fat.
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Building IoT London: More speakers, workshops added to programme

We’ve added more speakers to the lineup for Building IoT London and are ready to announce our first two workshops, meaning it’s really a good time to slip a few early bird tickets into your pre-Christmas shopping basket.
Team Register, 02 Dec 2016
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Pure Storage is betting its FlashArray farm on NVMe

+Comment At a high level, Pure believes NVMe is poised to unlock the next generation of performance and density gains, and any modern all-flash array needs to be ready to take advantage. It plans to enable NVMe with tier 1 resiliency and enterprise data services for everyone, refusing to see it as expensive, exotic, high-performance niche technology.
Chris Mellor, 02 Dec 2016

Brexit means Brexit: What the heck does that mean...

Apparently the Brexit result has caused some IT leaders to look at repatriating data to the UK to “comply with data protection laws and especially GDPR”. But wait a minute – this seems to be more about a lack of understanding of data protection laws. Again.
Frank Jennings, 02 Dec 2016
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HyperGrid's ex-ice hockey player evangelist wants to slot the puck

Analysis It’s said that hockey players wear numbers because you can’t always identify the body from dental records, or that someone went to a fight and a hockey game broke out.
Chris Mellor, 02 Dec 2016
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EU court to determine how Uber's business should be defined

The EU's highest court has begun hearing arguments on how Uber's business should be legally defined in a case that could have widespread implications for other businesses, an expert has said.
OUT-LAW.COM, 02 Dec 2016

It’s Brexploitation! Microsoft punishes UK for Brexit with cloud price-gouging

“My own story would not have been possible but for the democratizing force of Microsoft technology reaching me where I was growing up,” CEO Satya Nadella told shareholders this week.
Andrew Orlowski, 02 Dec 2016
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Microsoft's 'Samaritan' refuses help to hackers doing Win 10 recon

Microsoft hacker Itai Grady has created a tool to help prevent blackhat scouts from stealing Windows credentials, an effort the firm hopes will make network compromises harder to achieve.
Darren Pauli, 02 Dec 2016
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LeEco Le Pro 3: Low-cost, high-spec Droid takes on the big boys with a big fat batt

Review In October, the Chinese firm LeEco announced bold plans to storm the American market with a range of consumer electronic devices, ranging from smartphones to a futuristic electric car.
Iain Thomson, 02 Dec 2016
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Sysadmin figures out dating agency worker lied in his profile

On-Call Thank the Galactic Spirit it's Friday: your correspondent is beat! But not so beat I can't dip into the On-Call mailbag to dredge up another story in which your fellow Reg readers explain how they've rescued clients and colleagues from chronologically-inconvenient computational cock-ups.
Simon Sharwood, 02 Dec 2016

Windows 10 market share growth just barely has a pulse

November lies behind us in all Reg-reading jurisdictions, so it's time to again consider the state of the desktop by gazing at the three services we use to assess desktop operating system market share.
Simon Sharwood, 02 Dec 2016
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Server market slumps as everyone stops buying

Abacus-shuffler IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker for the year's third quarter makes for ugly reading: the firm says just about all categories of server sales have stalled.
Simon Sharwood, 02 Dec 2016

Hackers waste Xbox One, PS4, MacBook, Pixel, with USB zapper

VIDS Hackers are destroying everything from the latest gaming systems, phones, and even cars with a dangerous circuit-frying USB device that could put critical systems at risk.
Darren Pauli, 02 Dec 2016
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Google turns on free public NTP servers that SMEAR TIME

Google's turned on a set of public network time protocol (NTP) servers.
Simon Sharwood, 02 Dec 2016

'AWS is fast, punches above its weight, stings Oracle, but no knockout'

AWS re:Invent Amazon made news in a big way this week, kicking out more than a dozen new features and services for the AWS cloud at its annual re:Invent conference.
Shaun Nichols, 02 Dec 2016
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Shamoon malware returns to again wipe Saudi-owned computers

Thousands of computers in Saudi Arabia's civil aviation agency and other Gulf State organisations have been wiped by the Shamoon malware after it resurfaced some four years after wiping thousands of Saudi Aramco workstations.
Darren Pauli, 02 Dec 2016
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Online criminals iced as cops bury malware-spewing Avalanche

On November 30, simultaneous raids in five countries by the FBI, Europol, and the UK's National Crime Agency (NCA) finally shuttered the Avalanche criminal network that has been spewing malware and money laundering campaigns for the past seven years.
Iain Thomson, 01 Dec 2016
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Trump's FCC will soak net neutrality in gas and toss in a lit match

Supporters of net neutrality are preparing to defend FCC regulations passed two years ago in the face of what is increasingly looking like a determined effort by the Trump Administration to undermine them.
Kieren McCarthy, 01 Dec 2016
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AWS CTO: 'I truly hated the relationship with software tool vendors'

AWS re:Invent Amazon Web Services turned its focus to developers in day two of its re:Invent conference in Las Vegas, kicking out a handful of new features designed to make life easier for those who develop and maintain cloud applications.
Shaun Nichols, 01 Dec 2016
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American supremacy, space, liability, funding, openness – AI gurus lay it all out to US senators

Analysis At a US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation hearing this week chaired by Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), artificial intelligence experts were grilled on how to keep the US ahead of its competitors.
Katyanna Quach, 01 Dec 2016
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Finally. BlackBerry lobs out new BB10 OS update

BlackBerry finally released an update for its BB10 OS, eight months later than promised.
Andrew Orlowski, 01 Dec 2016

Soon only Ticketmaster will rip you off: Concert scalper bots face US ban

The US Senate has unanimously passed a bill that will make it illegal to grab large quantities of online tickets with an automated bot.
Kieren McCarthy, 01 Dec 2016
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Europol cop took terror dossier home, flashed it to the web accidentally

An investigator at Europe's FBI Europol took home a USB stick packed with terror probe documents and accidentally spilled the files on the internet.
John Leyden, 01 Dec 2016
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Cargo capsule goes AWOL, explodes on its way to Space Station

A Progress capsule filled supplies for the International Space Station today blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome spaceport in Kazakhstan. Now its controllers have admitted the MS‑04/65P mission has been annihilated.
Iain Thomson, 01 Dec 2016
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Renewed calls for Tesla to scrap Autopilot after number of crashes

US advocacy group Consumer Watchdog has renewed its demands for a recall of Tesla's Autopilot feature following a number of crashes.
Kat Hall, 01 Dec 2016
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Still too much discretion when it comes to that 'terrorism' stuff, repeats David Anderson QC

There is still too much discretion in what the State is talking about when discussing terrorism, according to the outgoing independent reviewer of terrorism legislation.

Wearable eats wearable: Fitbit 'to buy Pebble' with a steal of a deal

Crowdfunding hero and smart bling pioneer Pebble is about to be acquired by Fitbit. The Information was first with the story, and subsequent reports suggest the price is modest: around $35 to $40m.
Andrew Orlowski, 01 Dec 2016
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Brit upstart releases free air traffic app for drone operators

British startup Altitude Angel has, in conjunction with air traffic control service NATS, launched an air-traffic-as-a-service app for drone operators.
Gareth Corfield, 01 Dec 2016
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Amazonian Athena gifts the AWS team with the wisdom of SaaS on PaaS

Athena, goddess of wisdom, has bestowed her name upon Amazon's new interactive query service for S3 as the company seeks to become more than a mere infrastructure vendor.
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Hull surfers cut off by router attack

Thousands of broadband customers in the Hull area have been left without reliable internet access following a cyber attack.
John Leyden, 01 Dec 2016

RAF Club members emailed fake invoices. Has it been hacked?

The Royal Air Force Club appears to have been the victim of a hack, following members being sent fake invoices for staying at the club's London HQ.
Gareth Corfield, 01 Dec 2016
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Sky: Stuff your quad play – customers want separate bills

Sky had a few surprises when it unveiled its new mobile network this week. Rather than half-heartedly selling its network as a second-class bolt-on to Sky's 11 million existing TV and broadband customers, Sky Mobile is going to be a feisty, consumer-friendly MVNO in its own right.
Andrew Orlowski, 01 Dec 2016
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NVMe too brigade update: DDN sees limited appeal in NVMe fabrics

Interview How does HPC array vendor DataDirect Networks view NVMe drives and NVMe over Fabrics?
Chris Mellor, 01 Dec 2016
Sock with Eugene Kaspersky's face on it, given out by his company

Eugene Kaspersky is now personally defending your feet

How secure are your feet? With these exclusive socks from, er, Kaspersky, your tootsies will never be subject to another bout of ransomware again.
Gareth Corfield, 01 Dec 2016
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Nokia restores ‘Phones’

They’re back. Sort of.
Andrew Orlowski, 01 Dec 2016
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Samsung share plummets – but it’s not because of the Burning Note

Samsung's phone sales have fallen 10 per cent in the last year, but the Note isn't to blame. The analysis comes from market researcher CCS Insight, which says the Korean giant is in decline because it is withdrawing from low-margin volume segments.
Andrew Orlowski, 01 Dec 2016
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Post-IPO Pure doing all right, says NVMe is the new flash

Pure Storage all-flash arrays continue to rise, with revenues up 50 per cent year-on-year in Pure's third fiscal 2017 quarter.
Chris Mellor, 01 Dec 2016
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Clients say they'll take their money and run if service hacked – poll

Further evidence has emerged that hacked firms might subsequently suffer a customer exodus. After TalkTalk's famous data breach, 101,000 of its customers walked.
John Leyden, 01 Dec 2016

Lenovo: If you value your server, block Microsoft's November security update

Lenovo server admins should disable Windows Update and apply a UEFI fix to avoid Microsoft’s November security patches freezing their systems.
Gavin Clarke, 01 Dec 2016
Trump Pepper teaser, photo by Janet Ayers

Woman rescues red pepper Donald Trump from vegetarian chilli

Pic It was just an ordinary evening for Janet Ayers in Portsmouth, preparing a vegetarian chilli for dinner.
Gavin Clarke, 01 Dec 2016
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Office 365 deployments don't secure themselves?

Live Broadcast Office 365 is not intrinsically secure. Its risks are not necessarily greater than they used to be, they're just different — and need to be addressed accordingly.
David Gordon, 01 Dec 2016

European Council agrees to remove geoblocking

The Council of Ministers has agreed on draft regulation to ban unjustified geoblocking in an attempt to remove barriers to e-commerce across the European Union.
OUT-LAW.COM, 01 Dec 2016
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Chap creates Slack client for Commodore 64

A Kiwi chap named Jeff Harris has created a Slack client for the Commodore 64.
Simon Sharwood, 01 Dec 2016

Really weird quantum phenomenon spied lurking near neutron star

Pic A neutron star may have led astronomers to find signs of a strange quantum phenomenon in vacuum space that was predicted more than eighty years ago.
Katyanna Quach, 01 Dec 2016
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Microsoft to lift and shift StorSimple data into Azure blobs

Microsoft's ambition to paint the enterprise azure is accelerating, with the news that Redmond's StorSimple arrays will be able to convert the data they store into Azure Blobs.
Simon Sharwood, 01 Dec 2016
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No, Andy, AWS and Oracle aren't in a database death match

AWS re:Invent Speaking at his opening keynote for the 2016 re:Invent conference, AWS chief Andy Jassy made a point of going after Oracle.
Shaun Nichols, 01 Dec 2016
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Whiffy kitchen after last night's chips? Clear the air with SPACE PLASMA

Fifteen years of plasma experiments on the International Space Station (ISS) could let people enjoy the lusciously unhealthy taste of deep-fried potato chips, without having to smell them first.
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Fatal flaws in ten pacemakers make for Denial of Life attacks

A global research team has hacked 10 different types of implantable medical devices and pacemakers finding exploits that could allow wireless remote attackers to kill victims.
Darren Pauli, 01 Dec 2016
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PC sales outlook improves: Now terrifying instead of catastrophic

There's no sunrise in sight yet, only a slightly paler night: IDC reckons a lame uptick in convertibles and slim laptops will slow the PC market's collapse.
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SHIFT + F10, Linux gets you Windows 10's cleartext BitLocker key

Microsoft is working on a patch for a bug or feature in Windows 10 that allowed access to the command line and, using a live Linux .ISO, made it possible steal BitLocker keys during OS updates.
Darren Pauli, 01 Dec 2016

Inventor of McDonald's iconic Big Mac dies

Michael 'Jim' Delligatti, the inventor of the Big Mac, has died aged 98.
Simon Sharwood, 01 Dec 2016

UCam247 tells El Reg most of its cams aren't vulnerable to GET vuln

IoT security camera vendor UCam247 has contacted The Register to say most devices in the wild aren't vulnerable to the “single URL pwnage” vulnerability.
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Google's Project Zero tweaking Microsoft, because it did fix a bug

For once, a Google Project Zero bug report to Microsoft has resulted in a fix without a public spat. Indeed, this fix happened without any public announcement at all.
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Congrats America, you can now safely slag off who you like online

The US Congress has handed over the Consumer Review Freedom Act, which stops businesses from gagging online reviews of their products or services, to President Obama for his signature.
Iain Thomson, 01 Dec 2016

Imagine every mistake you can make with a new software rollout...

There is not a sysadmin in the world who has not had to deal with a botched software rollout; for most, it is a coming-of-age experience.
Kieren McCarthy, 01 Dec 2016
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Custom silicon, 9PB storage boxes, and 25Gb Ethernet – just another day in AWS hardware

AWS re:Invent AWS says it has moved into building its own silicon to help deliver the throughput for its massive cloud service.
Shaun Nichols, 30 Nov 2016
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NSW government innovates, with visa workers taking over IT roles

The New South Wales (NSW) Public Service Association has hit the ceiling about the Australian state's decision to hire IT staff from overseas for the outsourcing of its ServiceFirst shared service operation.

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

Three last-ditch legislative efforts to block the changes to Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure have failed, and from tomorrow the Feds will find hacking your PC a lot less of a hassle.
Iain Thomson, 30 Nov 2016

Netflix and fill – our coffers: Canada mulls taxing vid streaming giant 5% of subs cash

The Canadian government will consider a new digital tax that would see Netflix required to set aside five per cent of its gross revenues.
Kieren McCarthy, 30 Nov 2016

What you need to know from re:Invent – FPGAs-as-a-service and more

AWS re:Invent At its re:Invent conference in Las Vegas today, Amazon Web Services tipped its hand to reveal its battle plan for invading new markets.
Shaun Nichols, 30 Nov 2016

Cheap virtual box hosters – Amazon's Lightsail is out to destroy you (yes, you, Digital Ocean)

AWS re:Invent Now that it dominates the public cloud market, Amazon is setting its sights lower – on developers deploying small projects – in the hope that these customers will remain within the AWS ecosystem.
Thomas Claburn, 30 Nov 2016
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Jersey sore: Anchor rips into island's undersea cables, sinks net access

Internet speeds on the UK island of Jersey have been slashed – literally – after a ship's anchor destroyed three submarine cables linking the isle to the British mainland.
Iain Thomson, 30 Nov 2016
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How much does HPE's credible IoT bundle cost? Anyone? Hello?

Hewlett Packard Enterprise made a nice claim today: it can cut the time to lob operational tech (IoT devices) on to a network and the cost of doing so – the blockers, it said, to wider enterprise and industrial adoption.
Paul Kunert, 30 Nov 2016
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Qubes goes commercial to keep its secure VM-focused OS dream alive

Financial necessity is forcing the security research group behind Qubes OS to begin establishing commercial funding to support its continued development.
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Android-rooting Gooligan malware infects 1 million devices

A new strain of Android malware is infecting an estimated 13,000 devices per day.
John Leyden, 30 Nov 2016

Tobacco giant predicts the end of smoking. Panic ensues

Comment A few years ago, I interviewed Dr Craig Venter, the man who decoded the human genome, about his plan to save the planet. Venter’s goal was to create a drop-in substitute for hydrocarbon fuels, using genetically modified algae.
Andrew Orlowski, 30 Nov 2016
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Qumulo gets head transplant

Qumulo CEO and co-founder Peter Godman is transitioning to a CTO role as Bill Richter is hired to be the new CEO and Presidenp.
Chris Mellor, 30 Nov 2016

It's sooo much more than a data warehouse! Microsoft beams over new appliance update

Microsoft has made its latest appliance update generally available, reminding users that PolyBase exists and that SQL Server isn't just a boring old data warehouse.
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Nutanix makes thundering great loss, stock market hardly blinks

A thundering great loss: that’s the first thing to notice about Nutanix’s latest quarterly results.
Chris Mellor, 30 Nov 2016
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AWS hops aboard Internet of Things bandwagon

Amazon has jumped aboard the Internet of Things bandwagon, offering to certify its APN Partners as "Amazon IoT Competency Partners", it announced at its AWS re:Invent conference.
Gareth Corfield, 30 Nov 2016
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Gartner: It's tough out there for server-sellers

Gartner's number-crunchers say the server market declined in the third quarter, with only Cisco and the Others supplier category showing revenue growth.
Chris Mellor, 30 Nov 2016
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Well, FC-NVMe. Did this lightning-fast protocol just get faster?

+Comment A walk through the vast and spacious exhibition arena at HPE Discover in London can bring you to Cavium's stand. There Roberto Angelo Polacsek, a senior account exec, will tell you why he believes NVMe over Fibre Channel will be important. Cavium bought Fibre Channel HBA vendor QLogic recently, and Polacsek says its 16Gbps HBAs can be upgraded to add NVMe fabric support, FC-NVMe, for free.
Chris Mellor, 30 Nov 2016
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UCL snags head of Europol for a seminar on privacy

The head of Europol will be contributing to a seminar at UCL on "the state of the current privacy landscape", which will run in January.

Jeremy Hunt: Telcos must block teens from sexting each other

The likes of Facebook must stop under-18s from sending each other sexually explicit pictures, UK health secretary Jeremy Hunt has told a Parliamentary committee.
Gareth Corfield, 30 Nov 2016

UK cops spot webcam 'sextortion' plots: How vics can hit stop

The NCA has said that "at least four young men have taken their own lives" after being targeted by financially motivated webcam blackmailers, while UK police forces are sharing stats and tips in a campaign to combat the rising problem.
John Leyden, 30 Nov 2016
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Virgin Media is so rustic and artisan you get to hand-sort your own spam

Virgin Media has overhauled its botched spam filtering system, which has resulted in UK businesses and customers missing thousands of legit emails.
Kat Hall, 30 Nov 2016
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UK National Lottery data breach: Fingers crossed – it might not be you

Cyber criminals appear to be using passwords and email addresses from previous breaches to gain access to 26,000 online UK National Lottery accounts.
John Leyden, 30 Nov 2016
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UK.gov was warned of smart meter debacle by Cabinet Office in 2012

The government was warned of the risks surrounding its controversial smart meter programme four years ago, according to a leaked internal report seen by The Register, but appears to have largely ignored those concerns.
Kat Hall, 30 Nov 2016
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'Significant' number of HPE OpenStackers flung to SUSE

A "significant" number of Hewlett Packard Enterprise staff are accompanying OpenStack code going to SUSE Linux.
Gavin Clarke, 30 Nov 2016
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'Tesco Bank's major vulnerability is its ownership by Tesco,' claims ex-employee

A former techie at the UK's Tesco Bank reckons the recent high-profile breach may be down to security shortcomings at the bank's parent supermarket.
John Leyden, 30 Nov 2016

Speaking in Tech: The limitations of Android's crypto

Podcast Podcast This week our Podcast Idols Peter Smallbone and Melissa Gurney join Greg and Ed to talk Black Friday, auto shopping, Android encryption and the big AWS show.
Team Register, 30 Nov 2016
Nuclear War

Chernobyl cover-up: Giant shield rolled over nuclear reactor remains

The world's largest moving structure has been moved to cover up the melted-down reactor which caused the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in the former Soviet Union.
Gareth Corfield, 30 Nov 2016

What's the first emotion you'd give an AI that might kill you? Yes, fear

As artificially-intelligent software continues to outperform humans, it's natural to be anxious about the future. What exactly is stopping a neural network, hard at work, from accidentally hurting or killing us all?
Katyanna Quach, 30 Nov 2016

CERN concern: Particle boffins join backlash against Euro Patent Office's King Battistelli

The European Organization for Nuclear Research, better known as CERN, has joined the list of organizations and media outlets calling for action against the president of the European Patent Office (EPO).
Kieren McCarthy, 30 Nov 2016
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Aw, how sweet: Google Brain claims to clock diabetic eye diseases just like a proper doc

Machines can detect diabetic retinopathy – a leading cause of blindness from diabetes – from retinal scans to the same degree of accuracy as ophthalmologists, according to a paper published by Google Brain.
Katyanna Quach, 30 Nov 2016

UK's new Snoopers' Charter just passed an encryption backdoor law by the backdoor

Among the many unpleasant things in the Investigatory Powers Act that was officially signed into law this week, one that has not gained as much attention is the apparent ability for the UK government to undermine encryption and demand surveillance backdoors.
Kieren McCarthy, 30 Nov 2016
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Six car-makers team to build European 'leccy car charge bar network

Six auto-makers have signed a memorandum of understanding that will see them build a network of electric car charging stations across Europe.
Simon Sharwood, 30 Nov 2016
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Banks' bid to board iPhones' NFC chips rebuffed

The four Australian banks attempting to use iPhones' near-field communications chips for their own payment services, and not Apple Pay, have all-but failed.
Simon Sharwood, 30 Nov 2016
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PayPal proffers patch for OAuth app hack hole

Paypal has patched a phishing vulnerability that could allow attackers to steal any OAuth token for its payment apps and gain access to accounts.
Team Register, 30 Nov 2016
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Bare metal switches racked up a whole $23m of sales in H1 2016

Bare metal switches are mostly still in lab deployments, it seems: according to analyst IHS Markit, sales of branded bare metal switches hit US$23m.
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Spinning rust supply chain seizes up after BIG disk demand spike

Storage analyst outfit Trendfocus says that the hard disk industry has just posted its best growth in seven years, but that it comes with its own problems.
Simon Sharwood, 30 Nov 2016
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Turnbull's hand-picked disruptor disrupts disruption by departing

Paul Shetler, the head of Australia's Digital Transformation Office/Agency has resigned.
Simon Sharwood, 30 Nov 2016
Swiss army knife in cloud

Microsoft adds SDN automation to System Center's Virty Manager

Microsoft's J.C. Hornbeck has valiantly tried to announce VMM SDN Express for Microsoft System Center VMM: a bundle of automation scripts covering SDN stack deployment; setup inputs; and a dummy parameters file.

GET pwned: Web CCTV cams can be hijacked by single HTTP request

An insecure web server embedded in more than 35 models of internet-connected CCTV cameras leaves devices wide open to hijacking, it is claimed.
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systemd free Linux distro Devuan releases second beta

The self-proclaimed “Veteran Unix Admins” forking Debian in the name of init freedom have released Beta 2 of their “Devuan” Linux distribution.
Simon Sharwood, 30 Nov 2016
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Drive-by web nasty unmasks Tor Browser users, Mozilla dashes to patch zero-day vuln

Updated Mozilla is scrambling to patch a vulnerability in Firefox that is apparently being exploited in the wild to unmask Tor Browser users.
Darren Pauli, 30 Nov 2016
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Has Canadian justice gone too far? Cops punish drunk drivers with NICKELBACK

Police in Canada says it will be punishing drunk drivers by not only arresting them, but forcing them to listen to corporate boy band Nickelback on the way to the cop shop.
Shaun Nichols, 30 Nov 2016
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Need to tailor Swift for servers? Software upstart claims to have 'perfect' assistant

Deploying server-side Swift applications isn't necessarily as fast as the programming language's name suggests.
Thomas Claburn, 30 Nov 2016

Another Canadian uni hit by ransomware, students told to keep Windows PCs away

Carleton University in Ontario, Canada, has confirmed it has been hit by a ransomware infection that crippled some of the Windows machines on its main campus.
Iain Thomson, 29 Nov 2016

Doctor AI will see you now: US military vets will be diagnosed by deep-learning bots

The US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has signed a five-year deal with Flow Health, an AI company, to develop personalized healthcare plans for veterans using deep learning.
Katyanna Quach, 29 Nov 2016
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ExoMars probe snaps photos of your next dystopian home world when Earth goes to crap

Video The European Space Agency's ExoMars orbiter has beamed back its first photos and sensor readings of the Red Planet after circling the harsh dust world.
Iain Thomson, 29 Nov 2016
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Ommm... devs, align your Chakra, whispers Microsoft, you don't need Google's V8...

Microsoft has released an early version of Node-ChakraCore for macOS, following a similar release for Linux at Node Summit in July.
Thomas Claburn, 29 Nov 2016
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Internet Archive preps Canadian safe haven to swerve Donald Trump

It's something many Americans have talked about – moving to Canada to escape President Donald Trump – but now the Internet Archive is preparing to do just that.
Kieren McCarthy, 29 Nov 2016

Outlook.com is still not functioning properly for some Microsoft punters

Microsoft is still working to resolve "difficulties" faced by its Outlook customers, despite months of complaints about the disappearance of sent emails and 550 Errors.
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Give BAE a kicking and flog off new UK warships, says review

A government-commissioned review into naval shipbuilding has torn into BAE Systems – while hinting that the number of British fighting warships should be increased, albeit with a sting in the tail.
Gareth Corfield, 29 Nov 2016
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HPE: Keep cool, cloud peeps. Store hot data in on-premises flash

HPE is pushing its 3PAR Flash Now initiative to customers to buy 3PAR StoreServ all-flash storage array technology starting at $0.03 per usable Gigabyte per month. It claims this is a fraction of the cost of public cloud alternatives.
Chris Mellor, 29 Nov 2016

Heard of Brexit? The UK vows to join Europe’s Patent Titanic

Comment Astonishment has greeted the UK’s promise to join Europe’s Unified Patent Court despite Brexit. It’s a stunning victory for the nation's powerful legal lobby. The FT euphemistically notes that “the legal system” will be around “£200m a year” richer. Meaning: you know who will be £200m richer.
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Nov 2016
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HPE: We're 'opening floodgates' for Synergy orders... a year after launch

Hewlett Packard Enteprise's composable infrastructure is going into mainstream distribution in January, a year after the covers were first lifted off the machine – with some added fluffy white stuff and hyper-converged extensions.
Paul Kunert, 29 Nov 2016

Oh no, software has bugs, we need antivirus. Oh no, bug-squasher has bugs, we need ...

Flaws in security products are among the most commonly encountered desktop software vulnerabilities, according to a new study.
John Leyden, 29 Nov 2016
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Channel partner programmes: Sure you're getting good deal?

Sponsored Recent history is littered with reseller liquidations and relationship break-ups, the sort that make the Brangelina divorce look like a kids’ party. Resellers have had to adapt to commoditisation, internet-based competition, mixed direct and indirect models, the emergence of cloud-based services and the complex demands of an increasingly tech-savvy customer base that wants services geared specifically to their business.
David Gordon, 29 Nov 2016
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K2 promises faster data avalanche with NVMe drives

Interview NVMe adoption by array and storage software vendors is shaping up to be one of the single biggest transitions in the storage industry as the long-lived Fibre Channel SAN becomes the NVMeF SAN.
Chris Mellor, 29 Nov 2016
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UK Parliament waves through 'porn-blocking' Digital Economy Bill

MPs have passed the UK government's controversial Digital Economy Bill, which will force internet service providers to impose blocks on porn sites that do not include mandatory age checks or feature kinky sex acts.
Kat Hall, 29 Nov 2016
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Investigatory Powers Act signed into UK law by Queen

IPBill Queen Elizabeth II today signs off on Parliament's Investigatory Powers Act, officially making it law in the UK.
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Student clusterers blow off steam with VR space shooter at SUSE booth

HPC Blog There was some time for fun at the recently concluded SC16 Student Cluster Competition. Fortunately for us, right next to where the competition was held stood the SUSE booth, which was equipped with a great VR "space pirate" shooter. This, of course, captured our students' attention – particularly one from Team Munich.

Vegans furious as Bank of England admits ‘trace’ of animal fat in £5 notes

Slacktivist vegetarians and vegans have been writing strongly worded tweets after the Bank of England confirmed that there are animal fats in the new polymer £5 notes.
Gareth Corfield, 29 Nov 2016
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HPE getting long-term archives taped

Fancy that – flash-loving HPE is getting into big tape boxes. It's extending its high-end tape portfolio by reselling SpectraLogic tape libraries.
Chris Mellor, 29 Nov 2016

Huawei Mate 9: The Note you've been waiting for?

Hands On Can you believe Huawei’s luck? Imagine discovering a new planet, populated entirely by Irish people, which has a dozen orbiting satellite moons all harvesting shamrocks, all the year round. That lucky.
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Nov 2016
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Bletchley Park Trust vows to shore up insecure website

The Bletchley Park Trust has promised that a website revamp due in January will address security concerns highlighted by a security expert on Sunday.
John Leyden, 29 Nov 2016
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Scality reinvents the RING, adds extra Amazon S3 polish

If you're in the object storage game, you'd better ensure your kit has Amazon S3 functionality and security. Storage software flogger Scality is no fool and says it has improved both with its latest RING 6.4 version.
Chris Mellor, 29 Nov 2016
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Confirmation of who constitutes average whisky consumer helps resolve dispute

The average consumer of Scotch whisky is reasonably well informed and reasonably observant and circumspect member of the general public who has an average level of attention, the EU's General Court has confirmed in ruling over a trade mark dispute.
OUT-LAW.COM, 29 Nov 2016
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R3 four flew: What's driving banks to flee blockchain consortium?

Analysis The value of distributed ledgers and blockchain tech to the financial sector has again come under the spotlight following the departure of several entities from prominent blockchain consortium R3: namely Goldman Sachs, Santander, Morgan Stanley and the National Australian Bank.
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Double-DIMMed XPoint wastes sockets

Analysis A Xitore white paper compares coming XPoint DIMMs and Xitore's own flash DIMMs, and claims each XPoint DIMM needs a companion DRAM cache DIMM, obviously halving XPoint DIMM density.
Chris Mellor, 29 Nov 2016
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50 years on, the Soviet-era Soyuz rocket is still our favorite space truck

On 28 November 1966, Soviet engineers cheered as the first Soyuz rocket lifted off from the Motherland and made it into space.
Iain Thomson, 29 Nov 2016
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Ofcom to force a legal separation of Openreach

The regulator Ofcom has decided to force a legal separation of Openreach from BT, after the former broadband monopoly failed to offer voluntary proposals that addressed its competition concerns.
Kat Hall, 29 Nov 2016

New Euro-net will let you stream Snakes on a Plane on a *!#@ plane

Inmarsat, Deutsche Telekom, Nokia and Thales say they have successfully conducted tests of a network capable of delivering in-flight broadband across all 28 (current) European Union nations.
Simon Sharwood, 29 Nov 2016
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Google's Chromecast Audio busted BT home routers – now it has a fix

Google has kicked out a workaround of sorts for Chromecast Audio devices that have been causing BT routers to constantly reset themselves.
Shaun Nichols, 29 Nov 2016
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RIP HPE's The Machine product, 2014-2016: We hardly knew ye

HPE lab boffins have finally, after years of work, built a proof-of-concept prototype of their fairytale memory-focused computer, The Machine. The achievement is bittersweet.
Chris Mellor, 29 Nov 2016

A Rowhammer ban-hammer for all, and it's all in software

A group of German researchers reckon they've cracked a pretty hard nut indeed: how to protect all x86 architectures from the “Rowhammer” memory bug.
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OVH's northern customers offered steamy southern summer holiday

The lights are on at French cloud concern OVH's new bit barns in Australia and Singapore, but for now only current customers are allowed to board the bare metal.
Simon Sharwood, 29 Nov 2016
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Liquidware gets the job of managing Amazon's cloud desktops

Amazon Web Services has all-but-enlisted desktop virtualisation specialist Liquidware Labs to help manage its cloudy desktops-a-a-service.
Simon Sharwood, 29 Nov 2016

Adblock again beats publishers' Adblock-blocking attempts

Adblock Plus is celebrating, but publishers are scratching their heads, after German courts ruled blocking online advertisements is legal.
Darren Pauli, 29 Nov 2016
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Hackers crack Liechtenstein banks, demand ransoms

Hackers have days ago breached a Liechtenstein bank and are allegedly blackmailing customers by threatening to release their account data if ransoms are not paid.
Team Register, 29 Nov 2016
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AWS milking its cattle to herd code into an updated Chalice

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has quietly flicked the iteration counter on its Chalice Python serverless development framework to 0.4 and 0.5.

Cisco stre...tches vulnerability disclosure timeline out to 90 days

Cisco's decided it's going to give 90 days' grace on vulnerability disclosures, to let (mostly) commercial vendors catch up with their bug-fixes.
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Netflix and spill: Web vid giant kills password masking in tests

Netflix is testing a new feature that, for some subscribers, shows their passwords in plain text as they are typed in – and potentially when folks revisit the site.
Shaun Nichols, 29 Nov 2016

Inside Android's source code... // TODO – Finish file encryption later

Looking at the storage encryption Google has implemented in Android Nougat (7.0) through the metaphor of the glass that's either half full or half empty, cryptography expert Matthew Green sees Google's glass as all but drained.
Thomas Claburn, 29 Nov 2016
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If you have a problem, if no one else can help – and if you can find them – maybe you can hire DARPA's A-Teams

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the research arm of the US military, has today announced a new program aimed at using AI to bring together skills from humans and machines to solve problems more effectively.
Katyanna Quach, 29 Nov 2016

Behold, your next billion dollar market: The humble Ethernet cable

Global spending on Ethernet cables will soon cross the $1bn threshold, say analysts.
Shaun Nichols, 29 Nov 2016
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Shields wins out in battle of UK channel overlords at Dell EMC

Dell EMC has finally confirmed Sarah Shields as president elect of its UK and Ireland channel.
Paul Kunert, 28 Nov 2016

Microsoft goes all Tiananmen Square on its Chinese AI assistant

Microsoft has confirmed that it censors its Chinese language digital assistant.
Kieren McCarthy, 28 Nov 2016

Super Cali goes ballistic, considers taxing Netflix

More than 40 cities in California are considering a tax on streaming services – dubbed a Netflix tax – claiming that the tax system needs updating for the internet era.
Kieren McCarthy, 28 Nov 2016

'Mirai bots' cyber-blitz 1m German broadband routers – and your ISP could be next

A widespread attack on the maintenance interfaces of broadband routers over the weekend has affected the telephony, television, and internet service of about 900,000 Deutsche Telekom customers in Germany.
Thomas Claburn, 28 Nov 2016
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'NBN leak' documents sent to Jason Claire are privileged, says House of Reps committee

Some of the “NBN leak” documents seized by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) are covered by parliamentary privilege, says the House of Representatives Privileges Members' Interests Committee, which yesterday published its report into the documents.
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BlackBerry-driven robo-car spins its RIMs across Canada

Video Today, a trio of self-driving cars – including a BlackBerry-powered ride – hit the streets in Canada for the first time. The autonomous vehicles will be tested by their manufacturers to assess their safety and control systems in the real world.
Iain Thomson, 28 Nov 2016
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SwiftStack, Cohesity add public cloud on-ramps

+Comment On-premises IT storage suppliers are actively working to water down the importance of on-site hardware by building on-ramps to the public cloud.
Chris Mellor, 28 Nov 2016

Canadian cops cuff 11-year-old lad after Grand Theft Auto gets real

Police in Ontario, Canada, got a shock on Saturday night when they pulled over a speeding driver and found an 11-year-old child hopped up on video games behind the wheel.
Iain Thomson, 28 Nov 2016

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

Microsoft is allegedly revising its Windows 10 design language to embrace the brave new world of virtual reality viewed through techno-spectacles.
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Nov 2016
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Creaking Royal Navy is 'first-rate' thunders irate admiral

Comment Admiral Sir Philip Jones, head of the Royal Navy, has written how "you'd be forgiven for thinking that the RN had packed up and gone home" in response to the kicking the naval service has received in the press recently.
Gareth Corfield, 28 Nov 2016
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Dell EMC UK and Ireland commercial boss quits

Dell EMC today told the workforce that UK exec Tim Griffin is standing down to pursue pastures new – the second senior exec to exit the business in as many months.
Paul Kunert, 28 Nov 2016
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It's a date: Hard-pressed Samsung prepares for shareholder love-in

Samsung's top brass will go public tomorrow about ways to beef up shareholder value on the back of continued calls from activist investor Elliott Management's to break up the South Korean business.
Paul Kunert, 28 Nov 2016

Lib Dems to oppose porn checks in Blighty's Digital Economy Bill

The Liberal Democrats are to oppose plans to impose strict age regulations on porn sites in the UK's forthcoming Digital Economy Bill – describing the measures as something the "Russian or Chinese governments" would impose.
Kat Hall, 28 Nov 2016
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We wanna give IoT folk kilobit data rates, beam NB-IoT telcos

MBBF2016 Mobile operators are quite comfortable with NarrowBand Internet of Things and hope it will funnel more and more IoT customers into their arms – but not all of them understand the market, it seems.
Gareth Corfield, 28 Nov 2016
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Fujitsu pivots from chips to leaves with salad-as-a-service

Fujitsu has launched a joint venture to supply the snowbound, sausage-and-root-veg-loving residents of Finland with scrummy salad all year round as part of its efforts to make farming a cloud-based endeavour.
Joe Fay, 28 Nov 2016
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Storage newbie: You need COTS to really rock that NVMe baby

NVMe drives need NVMe fabrics to give shared arrays the data access latency killing benefits of NVMe. Unlike Nimble architect Dimitris Krekoukias, storage startup E8 believes putting NVMe SSDs in today’s all-flash arrays will be futile; it claims we need NVMe fabrics to get the NVMe performance boost.
Chris Mellor, 28 Nov 2016

How-to terror manuals still being sold by Apple, Amazon, Waterstones

WH Smith was quick to remove DIY terror manuals from the digital shelves of its online stores after El Reg highlighted their sale but other retailers have demonstrated less of a knee-jerk reaction.
Paul Kunert, 28 Nov 2016
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Ransomware scams cost Brits £4.5m per year

More than 4,000 Brits have had their computers infected with ransomware this year, with over £4.5m paid out to cyber criminals, according to Action Fraud.
John Leyden, 28 Nov 2016
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Continuous Lifecycle London: 60 hours to get your proposals in

The call for papers for Continuous Lifecycle London 2017 closes this Thursday, so you've got less than 60 hours to give us your take on DevOps, Containerization, Continuous Delivery and Agile in the real world.
Team Register, 28 Nov 2016

UK's Universal Service voucher scheme urged to shift monopoly away from BT

An MP is calling on the UK government to introduce a voucher scheme for universal broadband connectivity of at least 10Mbps, as a means of more effectively boasting rural broadband speeds.
Kat Hall, 28 Nov 2016

Half-ton handbuilt CPU heads to Centre for Computing History

A 42,000-transistor CPU weighing half a ton and built by hand from full-sized components has been installed at the Centre for Computing History in Cambridge, England.
Gareth Corfield, 28 Nov 2016
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Pound's plunge opens UK's tech SMBs to foreign buyouts - analyst

The £24bn purchase of Brit tech success ARM Holdings by Japan giant Softbank this summer was a contentious affair.
Gavin Clarke, 28 Nov 2016
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Rivals' keyword marketing activity censured by High Court

Online marketing activity carried out separately by two rival bathroom retailers respectively infringed trade mark and passing off rights, the High Court in London has ruled.
OUT-LAW.COM, 28 Nov 2016
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100k+ petition: MPs must consider debating Snoopers' Charter again

A petition to Parliament requesting the repeal of the Investigatory Powers Act has received the 100,000 signatures required to make Parliament “consider” debating the issue.

Blu Vivo 6: Top value trendsetter marred by Chino-English mangle

Review Does anyone buy phones purely on specs? If so, this one might interest you. If software updates, support, and overall fit and finish can be ignored, then perhaps Blu, a Miami-based phone brand might make you pay attention.
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Nov 2016
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Loyalty card? Really? Why data-slurping store cards need a reboot

Loyalty cards – the little buggers are everywhere these days. When British supermarket chain Tesco launched its Clubcard back in 1995, it was a forward-looking idea, so much so that Lord Ian MacLaurin, then Tesco chairman, suggested that he knew more about his customers after three months than he did after 30 years in the retail business.
Sooraj Shah, 28 Nov 2016
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No spoilers! Norway won't tell Snowden if US will snatch him on a visit

Whistleblower Edward Snowden will not visit Norway to pick up the Ossietzky Prize, awarded for “outstanding efforts for freedom of expression”, after the nation's Supreme Court decided its foreign ministry does not have to say in advance whether the Russian resident would face extradition.
Simon Sharwood, 28 Nov 2016

The Internet Society is unhappy about security – pretty much all of it

The Internet Society (ISOC) is the latest organisation saying, in essence, “security is rubbish – fix it”.

ESA: Sorry about Schiaparelli, can we have another €400 mill?

Later this week in Lucerne, Switzerland, the European Space Agency (ESA) will ask its 23 member states' ministers for a €400 million top-up to its ExoMars program.
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The future often starts as a toy, so don't shun toy VR this Christmas

An acquaintance recently asked if he should buy his child an expensive virtual reality system for Christmas, worried that it would be used for little more than gaming. I put his fears to rest, informing him that simply having an amazing device like that at hand - regardless of how it gets used - changes the way you think.
Mark Pesce, 28 Nov 2016

Shhhhh! If you're quiet, Linus Torvalds might release new a Linux

The world almost certainly needs to wait another week for Linux 4.9, says the operating system's overlord Linus Torvalds.
Team Register, 28 Nov 2016
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Japan investigating defence network break-in

Japanese defence officials are investigating a reported penetration of the country's high-speed Defence Information Infrastructure (DII) network.
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Icelandic Pirate Party's coalition talks run aground

Iceland's Pirate Party is still in with a chance of profoundly influencing Icelandic politics, after a second set of coalition talks collapsed over the weekend.
Simon Sharwood, 28 Nov 2016
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Phishing tackle ships data catch to net sharks

A malware writer is running YouTube ads for a phishing tool they have secretly backdoored to steal victims' information.
Team Register, 28 Nov 2016
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Microsoft update servers left all Azure RHEL instances hackable

Microsoft has patched flaws that attackers could exploit to compromise all Azure Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) instances.
Darren Pauli, 28 Nov 2016
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India added 240m phones/year build capacity in just one year

Between September 2015 and October 2016 India opened 38 new mobile phone factories with a combined peak output of 248m handsets a year.
Simon Sharwood, 28 Nov 2016
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Alibaba's lights are on in Australia, but hardly anyone is home

Alibaba's Aliyun cloud may have switched on in Australia, but hardly anyone is home: the company has hired only a modest support team and is yet to hire the consultants, evangelists and other staff to help it achieve its stated aim of encouraging organisations to take their on-premises apps into the cloud.
Simon Sharwood, 27 Nov 2016

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

Updated Hard-drive-scrambling ransomware infected hundreds of computers at San Francisco's public transit agency on Friday and demanded 100 bitcoins to unlock data, The Register has learned.
Chris Williams, 27 Nov 2016

Geo-boffins say 'quake lifted bits of New Zealand by 8 metres, moved at 3km/second

VIDEOS New Zealand's geoscience agency GNS Science has released videos showing the fault lines that ruptured during the recent earthquakes that moved the nation two metres north.
Simon Sharwood, 27 Nov 2016

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