The Week in Summary

Richard Pryor ...Is It Something I Said?
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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 targetted

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

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.
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FBI collars exec who allegedly tried to nick secrets of game fronted by babe Kate Upton

A former games company executive, who allegedly tried to steal trade secrets from his old bosses and flee to China, has been arrested and charged by the FBI.
Shaun Nichols, 26 Aug 2015
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nbn™'s Sky Muster satellite lands in French Guiana

PICS nbnTM, the entity building and operating Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN) is just 34 days away from putting its very own satellite into orbit, and the organisation's communications operatives are starting to reveal a little about the bird.
Simon Sharwood, 26 Aug 2015
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You're hosting Uncle Sam's files in the cloud. You get hacked. This is what happens next

The US government has posted a new set of rules outlining how cloud providers should report IT security cockups that involve Uncle Sam's data.
Shaun Nichols, 26 Aug 2015
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Deja vMware: 'Virty biz to buy its parent EMC' rumor just won't die

Rumors that VMware will buy EMC – which owns 80 per cent of VMware – are back from the dead. And just in time for VMworld 2015, to be held next week in San Francisco.
Chris Mellor, 26 Aug 2015

Krebs: I know who hacked Ashley Madison

It appears someone closely linked to the hacking gang that ransacked adultery website Ashley Madison has accidentally outed him or herself.
Team Register, 26 Aug 2015
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Angry Birds maker Rovio takes aim at staff, axes a third of them

Angry Birds maker Rovio has announced plans to lay off 260 employees.
Shaun Nichols, 26 Aug 2015
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Glaring flaw in Apple car hype-gasm: The iGiant likes to make money

Despite rumblings of secret research projects and hiring sprees, Apple is not going to be building its own cars anytime soon, says one analyst.
Shaun Nichols, 26 Aug 2015
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Channel vets eyeing up investments from atop mount cash

Channel merchant bank MXC Capital is sitting on a pile of cash and finance facilities that will be used to grab minority stakes in managed services outfits, software players and FinTech start-ups.
Paul Kunert, 26 Aug 2015
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Windows 10 now on 75 million devices, says Microsoft

Microsoft's corporate veep Yusuf Mehdi reports that Windows 10 is now on 75 million devices, following its general availability four weeks ago.
Tim Anderson, 26 Aug 2015
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Velostrata gets you on yer bike to the compute cloud

Interview/Analysis Velostrata sounds like a bicycle brand. In fact, it's a compute cloud-bursting startup marrying on-premises storage with public cloud compute and has burst onto the scene from its Israeli base, apparently out of nowhere with $14m in A-round funding.
Chris Mellor, 26 Aug 2015
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Google Images: EU Commish opens new front against Chocolate Factory

In its latest round of questions sent to rivals regarding the activities and workings of Google, the European Commission has turned the spotlight on the search giant’s image grabbing facilities.
Jennifer Baker, 26 Aug 2015
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Outsourcery shutters CRM practice... almost

Cash strapped cloud biz Outsourcery has effectively shuttered its CRM practice to new customers after the majority of its team departed for new pastures.
Paul Kunert, 26 Aug 2015

Back on track! #VMworld, #TFDx and #TECHunplugged

Comment Here we go again! Summer holidays are over (for me, at least) and I’m gearing up for a very hot September! There are a lot of interesting things usually happening in this month, and this is the time when everyone starts to look at the last quarter of the year.
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'Edward Snowden' discovered hiding in Indonesian river by boffins

‪A German biologist has decided to name a new species of crayfish he helped describe in honour of international whistleblower Edward Snowden.‬
John Leyden, 26 Aug 2015
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C For Hell – Day Two: Outage misery continues for furious C4L customers

C4L has zero clue about when its network will return to normal service, nearly two days since the outage first struck the cloud provider.
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Aug 2015

Oh no Wikiwon't: Russians plan own version of 'distorted' Wikiland

Following the country's short-lived ban on Wikipedia, Russian politicians have come up with another wheeze to divert traffic from the encyclopedia site.
Jennifer Baker, 26 Aug 2015
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Gone in 60 seconds – SimpliVity's new promise to the admins

Converged infrastructure "visionary" SimpliVity today released the third version of its modestly-named OmniStack Data Virtualisation Platform, the code that turns its collections of servers and disks into combined storage and compute rigs.
Simon Sharwood, 26 Aug 2015
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Ashley Madison hacked potential competitor, leaked emails suggest

Ashley Madison ran a hack attack against a potential competitor three years ago, according to leaked emails.
John Leyden, 26 Aug 2015
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Aviva phone hacker jailed for 18 months over revenge attack

A senior techie has been jailed for 18 month after he was convicted of hacking into hundreds of phones at insurance firm Aviva, an act of sabotage designed to extract revenge against a firm that supplied security services to the insurance giant.
John Leyden, 26 Aug 2015
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Nimble Storage revenues soar as mainstream rivals experience droop

Nimble Storage had another successful quarter in terms of revenue, beating its own estimates: the figure of $80.1m in its second fiscal 2016 quarter was 49 per cent higher than a year ago, and 12 per cent more than the previous quarter.
Chris Mellor, 26 Aug 2015
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Ads watchdog slams Mind Candy for upselling subscriptions to kids

UK entertainment company Mind Candy has been slammed by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) for targeting membership ads at kiddies in an attempt to up-sell its paid-for content.
Kat Hall, 26 Aug 2015
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Booked that expensive holiday yet Mr Server Maker? Maybe just a day trip for now

The EMEA server market is on fire, but not in a good way – both shipments and factory revenues declined in Q2 amid the currency issue and uncertain business climate.
Paul Kunert, 26 Aug 2015
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Britain’s device-theft capital is now … lovely Leicestershire

Leicestershire – slap-bang in the middle of rural England – has leapfrogged London as the UK’s electronic device-theft capital, according to a comparison of police force stats.
John Leyden, 26 Aug 2015
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Speaking in Tech: Big Blue's big libido tops the Ashley Madison league

Podcast Podcast Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week we cover Intel, more Ashley Madison fallout, hangouts, IPOs and much, much more. Our special guest this week is Mark Twomey (aka Storagezilla).
Team Register, 26 Aug 2015

Ebuyer MD Carlisle exits following board level bust up

Online tech bazaar Ebuyer has waved goodbye to UK MD Stuart Carlisle following a disagreement over strategic direction – he wanted to open bricks and mortar retail stores, and the powers that be, well, didn’t.
Paul Kunert, 26 Aug 2015
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It's all go for Softcat's £500m IPO, Credit Suisse, Jefferies hired

Tech reselling steamroller Softcat is edging ever closer to flotation on the London Stock Exchange after appointing brokers to manage the process, insiders have told El Chan.
Paul Kunert, 26 Aug 2015
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Perhaps the AIpocalypse ISN'T imminent – if Google Translate is anything to go by, that is

Worstall on Wednesday There's been quite the little chortle in this part of Central Europe this week regarding the actions of a tourist board in Moravia.
Tim Worstall, 26 Aug 2015
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Can't get a woop, woop! Twitter gives politicians nice Gaffe-Delete button

Twitter has decided to suspend API access to Diplotwoops and Politwoops, websites that tracked politicians’ deleted tweets.
Jennifer Baker, 26 Aug 2015
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Android in user-chosen lockscreen patterns are grimly predictable SHOCKER

People choose predictable Android lock screen patterns just like they pick predictable passwords.
John Leyden, 26 Aug 2015
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Relax, System Center users, Microsoft won't herd you to Azure Stack

Hybrid clouds are the new black. So much so that Microsoft has three ways to manage them.
Simon Sharwood, 26 Aug 2015

Boffins promise file system that will NEVER lose data

Six MIT research boffins have demonstrated a system capable of recovering all data in the event of a crash that was previously constrained to high-end theory.
Darren Pauli, 26 Aug 2015
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NHS site defaced with screed protesting Syrian conflict

A UK National Health Service (NHS) site on which the organisation posts patients' stories describing their experience with illness has been defaced by an entity calling itself “Moroccanwolf” who claims the attack is an act of protest regarding western governments' lack of humanitarian actions in Syria.
News team, 26 Aug 2015

The Onion Router is being cut up and making security pros cry

IBM is warning corporates to start blocking TOR services from their networks, citing rising use of the encrypted network to deliver payloads like ransomware.

Why Nobody Should Ever Search The Ashley Madison Data

Analysis Some readers of the Register – or perhaps their spouses or significant others, or their bosses or colleagues or other people who may think they want to know if someone is "trustworthy" – may have heard that it is now possible to search online for evidence that a person may have been using the website Ashley Madison. Some users of that site may have been hypothetically considering possibly having an extramarital or otherwise illicit affair, though the mere fact of a person being registered with the site does not, of course, indicate any such thing.

Motorola monsters Apple's swipe-to-unlock patent in German court

Apple has suffered yet another setback in its Bleak House lawsuits, with another German court deciding to throw out its swipe-to-unlock patent.

Devs are SHEEP. Which is good when the leader writes secure code

Programmers with security chops are seen as more productive and influential workers whom other coders strive to emulate, according to security researchers from North Carolina State University and Microsoft Research.
Darren Pauli, 26 Aug 2015
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Intel adds big data functions to math libraries

Intel is eyeing off the world of Big Data with the latest round of updates to its Parallel Studio Suite.
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GitHub wobbles under DDOS attack

GitHub is under a distributed-denial-of-service attack being perpetrated by unknown actors.
Simon Sharwood, 26 Aug 2015
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VMware refreshes its Fusion and Workstation desktop hypervisors

As predicted by El Reg, VMware will have new desktop hypervisors to show off at VMworld next week (although we did get our guess about new names wrong).
Simon Sharwood, 26 Aug 2015
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Xen urges another upgrade to get OpenStack humming

Xen 4.4.3 is upon us and the Xen Project recommends “that all users of the 4.4 stable series update to this latest maintenance release.”
Simon Sharwood, 26 Aug 2015
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Your smartphone can be a 3D scanner, say boffins

Video Microsoft Research and Oxford University are showing off a chunk of software that turns smartphones into 3D scanners – running fast enough that if it's released, it'll be handy for 3D printing enthusiasts.
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'Web brothel' CEO, staff cuffed on prostitution rap – clue: the website is called Rentboy.com

The New York City offices of Rentboy.com were raided by US federal agents on Tuesday – and several staff arrested including the chief exec. The website claims to be the world's largest online directory of male escorts.
Shaun Nichols, 26 Aug 2015
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AT&T accused of Wi-Fi interception, ad injection

AT&T has been accused of grabbing user traffic from its Wi-Fi hotspots for ad injection.
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Spanking Spam King: Sanford Wallace faces jail for Facebook flood

The Las Vegas man known as the "Spam King" is now facing a stretch behind bars after pleading guilty to spamming tens of millions of people on Facebook –despite being legally barred from doing so.
Shaun Nichols, 25 Aug 2015

Prof Hawking cracks riddle of black holes – which may be portals to other universes

Professor Stephen Hawking thinks he has solved the 40-year-old information paradox – a conundrum of what happens to matter in black holes.
Iain Thomson, 25 Aug 2015

NetApp dissolves global centre of virtualisation excellence

NetApp has dissolved the “global centre of virtualisation excellence” it created in 2010 and ran from its Melbourne, Australia, office.
Simon Sharwood, 25 Aug 2015
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Ex-HP top aide in the clink for racking up $1m on company credit cards

A former HP employee was sentenced on Monday to 21 months in prison, after having charged unauthorized personal expenses to her company credit cards to the tune of nearly $1m.
Neil McAllister, 25 Aug 2015

What Ashley Madison did and did NOT delete if you paid $19 – and why it may cost it $5m+

Add a multimillion-dollar US class-action lawsuit to the growing number of court battles facing the owner of the hacked Ashley Madison website.
Team Register, 25 Aug 2015
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Fiery old geysers FOUND ON MOON: Volcanic past explained

The night sky on Earth in its early years was very different, with our Moon glowing red with fire in the sky. Now scientists think they've worked out why.
Iain Thomson, 25 Aug 2015

Tens of thousands of Popcorn Time movie streamers menaced by anti-piracy fleet

A pro-copyright lobbying group is threatening to sue some 50,000 to 75,000 people in Norway for using Popcorn Time movie-streaming apps.
Shaun Nichols, 25 Aug 2015
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Taiwan Supreme Court rules former TSMC exec leaked chip secrets to Samsung

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has reportedly won a lawsuit against a former employee over claims that he leaked details of the chip fabber's 28-nanometer process technology to archrival Samsung.
Neil McAllister, 25 Aug 2015
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Still 3D printing with one material? We can use TEN, say MIT eggheads

Video Designers at MIT have used off-the-shelf components and some nifty software to build a cheap combination 3D printer and scanner unit that can use ten different materials at a time.
Iain Thomson, 25 Aug 2015

NASA's Dawn gets intimate with Ceres

NASA's Dawn spacecraft has sent earthwards its "closest-yet views" of dwarf planet Ceres.
Lester Haines, 25 Aug 2015
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Wileyfox smartphones: SD card, no bloatware, Cyanogen, big battery – yes to all!

New British mobe maker Wileyfox has launched a pair of Cyanogen smartphones.
Simon Rockman, 25 Aug 2015
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Using SQL techniques in NoSQL is OK, right? WRONG

Now that we have CQL for Cassandra and N1QL for Couchbase, it seems the power of SQL is being opened for NoSQL database developers.
Andrew Cobley, 25 Aug 2015
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Boffins unwrap honeybee black box recorder project

Scientists want to electronically tag the world’s honeybees in a bid to understand the mass death of entire populations.
Gavin Clarke, 25 Aug 2015
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Qualcomm sells L-Band spectrum to Vodafone, Three for massive profit

As we reported in June, Qualcomm has been looking to sell its 1452-1492MHz spectrum – and it seems it's found willing buyers in the form of Vodafone and Three.
Simon Rockman, 25 Aug 2015
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BYOD? More like CYOD as companies still set the parameters

Companies are rapidly expanding the volume of mobile devices used by their employees. The number of devices enrolled in business grew by 72 per cent during the whole of last year, compared with 2013.
Andy Favell, 25 Aug 2015
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Mobile device screens recorded using the Certifi-gate vulnerability

Vulnerable plug-ins have been installed on hundreds of thousands of Android devices, allowing screens to be recorded, according to data from the scanning tool which discovered that the so-called Certifi-gate vulnerability is already being exploited in the wild.
John Leyden, 25 Aug 2015
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The container-cloud myth: We're not in Legoland anymore

Everything is being decoupled, disaggregated and deconstructed. Cloud computing is breaking apart our notions of desktop and server, mobile is decoupling the accepted concept of wired technology, and virtualisation is deconstructing our understanding of what a network was supposed to be.
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3D-printed robot hand grabs Dyson award for UK

A 3D-printed robot hand for amputees has won the UK heat of this year's James Dyson Award, which recognises university graduate inventions.
Kat Hall, 25 Aug 2015
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Vodafone UK rocks the bloat with demands for vanilla Android

Vodafone UK wants to sell Android phones which are as close to stock (as Google intended) as possible, and the red company's favourite device for this is the Moto G.
Simon Rockman, 25 Aug 2015
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Hortonworks bags US-gov inspired Big Data tech

Hortonworks is buying dataflow specialist Onyara, making the Hadoop-simplifying tech for use in the Internet of Things (IoT) its third corporate purchase.
Gavin Clarke, 25 Aug 2015
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ExaGrid growing in parallel, adds global GRID back-up to appliance software

ExaGrid's growth is a reminder that Data Domain is not having everything its own way in the deduping back-up-to-disk market. V4.9 of ExaGrid's appliance software has global deduplication across all NAS shares and appliances in a scale-out GRID, along with parallel Oracle database back-up.
Chris Mellor, 25 Aug 2015
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Web Summit looks at new homes ... this time with sun and decent Wi-Fi

Web Summit – one of Europe’s biggest tech events, attracting more than 20,000 visitors – is on the lookout for a new home.
Jennifer Baker, 25 Aug 2015
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SMEs in the firing line as fake invoice scams skyrocket

UK small businesses need to be on heightened alert for fake invoices, following an alarming increase in this type of scam in the first six months of 2015.
John Leyden, 25 Aug 2015

Visitors no longer welcomed to Scotland's 'Penis Island'

Visitors disembarking at the ferry terminal on the Scottish Isle of Bute are sadly no longer greeted with a Gaelic sign reading: "Welcome to Rothesay – The doorway to the beauty of Penis Island", after the local council moved swiftly to correct a balls-up and add a missing accent.
Lester Haines, 25 Aug 2015
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'Hans free' mobe gag crowned Fringe's funniest

Peterborough funny man Darren Walsh has secured the 2015 "Funniest Joke of The Fringe" title with the splendid: "I just deleted all the German names off my phone. It's Hans free."
Lester Haines, 25 Aug 2015

C For Hell: Data centre meltdown for irate customers as C4L GOES TITSUP

Updated C4L has been battling a major outage for the best part of a day and customers are becoming increasingly angry about the lengthy downtime.
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Aug 2015
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UK.gov: Size matters, and we like it SMALL but MORE

The government looks set to wave its procurement wand and make one-third of its £45bn per year procurement spend appear to go to SMEs by 2020.
Kat Hall, 25 Aug 2015

Net neutrality: How to spot an arts graduate in a tech debate

Analysis Arts and humanities graduates are schooled for years in metaphor and analogy - and these are very useful skills for understanding the world. But what happens when an approach based on metaphor and analogy meets hard science and engineering reality? And what happens when the chosen metaphor doesn't fit?
Andrew Orlowski, 25 Aug 2015
Mats Granryd is the new GSMA Director General

GSMA appoints Mats Granryd as new director general

The new director general of the mobile phone operators organisation is Mats Granryd, who will take up his new role on January 1 2016.
Simon Rockman, 25 Aug 2015

Swiss watch: Cuckoo-clock cops threaten Win 10 whup-ass can pop

Switzerland's top data cop says Microsoft has “gone too far” in abusing people’s privacy.
Jennifer Baker, 25 Aug 2015

Should all Europeans be able to watch Estonian football? Consultation launched

Europe’s Digital Commissioner wants to know what you think about copyright rules for satellite broadcasters and cable companies.
Jennifer Baker, 25 Aug 2015
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IBM tries to dodge $1bn sueball for deal won with 'ethical transgressions'

IBM is attempting to fend off a potentially colossal damages claim in the Australian State of Queensland.
Simon Sharwood, 25 Aug 2015

Carders fleece $4.2 million from Victoria's MyKi transport agency

Scammers have inflicted some AUD$4.2 million in damages of damage to Public Transport Victoria (PTV) by buying and selling MyKi travel cards loaded with cash stolen from credit cards.
Darren Pauli, 25 Aug 2015
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Prognosticator, for one, welcomes our new robot work colleagues

On a scale of one to ten on The Reg’s own fear-o-meter, concerns about a future in which humans are mere canon fodder - or even worse - sources of nutrients for robots overlords rank pretty highly, but there’s nothing to be scared about people.
Paul Kunert, 25 Aug 2015
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If new NetApp CEO George Kurian has a plan it's under his hat

Newly-appointed NetApp CEO George Kurian today made his first appearance before the press outside the USA and hinted at the directions in which he plans to take the company.
Simon Sharwood, 25 Aug 2015

FBI probed SciFi author Ray Bradbury for plot to glum-down America

Among the many things the FBI of the 1950s and 1960s thought was corrupting America's youth and harbouring communism was, apparently, the science fiction scene.

Cortana Android beta goes public

Microsoft's Cortana-on-Android project, first announced in May, has now evolved to the point at which the virtual assistant has been released as a beta.
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Microsoft issues first SharePoint 2016 preview

Microsoft has released the first preview of SharePoint Server 2016 and outlined a buzzword-list of new features.
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AshMad search outfit Trustify to El Reg: 'Trust us, we're the good guys'

Updated Online “Uber for private investigators” outfit Trustify is upset with The Register for not replicating its messaging with sufficient sycophancy.
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VMware quietly sneaks out NSX 6.2 update and/or bug-blast

VMware has quietly let NSX 6.2 out the door, so those of you hoping for a big software-defined networking (SDN) announcement at VMworld next week can probably resign yourself to a dull keynote.
Simon Sharwood, 25 Aug 2015

What's Russia smoking? Kremlin bans Wikipedia for dopey article

Updated Fresh from its victory over Reddit over posts about hallucinogenic psilocybin mushrooms, Russia is now taking on Wikipedia over articles about Marijuana.
Simon Sharwood, 25 Aug 2015

Body-worn cameras a 'Pandora's Box' says ex Vic Police chief Nixon

Gartner: The Former police commissioner for the Australian state of Victoria, Christine Nixon, says body-worn cameras are a 'Pandora's Box' that cause more problems than they fix.
Darren Pauli, 25 Aug 2015

Qualcomm flashes Snapdragon 820's bits again – this time it's DSP

Qualcomm has lifted the veil a little further from its upcoming Snapdragon 820 mobile system-on-chip, sharing details of its new digital signal processor (DSP).
Neil McAllister, 25 Aug 2015
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BT commences trials of copper-to-the-home G.fast broadband tech

The first customers were connected in a BT trial of its 330Mbps "G.fast" ultrafast broadband in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire today. The test, which was announced in July, will later be extended to Swansea, Gosforth and Newcastle.
Simon Rockman, 25 Aug 2015
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Court rules FTC can prosecute companies over lax online security

The Third Circuit US Court of Appeals in Philadelphia has ruled that the Federal Trade Commission does have the right to prosecute firms who mishandle their customers' data.
Iain Thomson, 25 Aug 2015
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Researcher says Australian parliaments have failed to protect privacy for 14 years

Long-time – and by now somewhat despondent – privacy advocate Roger Clarke says successive Australian governments have ignored the privacy impacts of nearly every national security measure passed by parliament since 2001.

Blueprints revealed: Oracle crams Sparc M7 and InfiniBand into cheaper 'Sonoma' chips

Hot Chips 2015 Oracle revealed on Monday the details of its new bargain-basement Sparc processor code-named Sonoma. The blueprints were shown at this year's Hot Chips semiconductor conference in Cupertino, California – and we've got a copy of the slides.
Chris Williams, 24 Aug 2015
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Dude, you're getting a few thousand custom Dells!

Dell has launched a new business line of custom servers to companies with unique needs and those that don't quite want the server volume of "hyperscale" data centers.
Neil McAllister, 24 Aug 2015

Manhattan-sized iceberg splits from glacier – and spotted FROM SPACE

Pic One of Earth's biggest icebergs ever seen has been discovered by orbiting satellites. The huge freeze-blob was just carved out from Greenland's Jakobshavn Glacier, and slid into the ocean.
Iain Thomson, 24 Aug 2015

Big trouble in big China: Crashing economy in Middle Kingdom body slams US tech stocks

The Dow Jones Industrial Average shed more than 1,000 points in the first few minutes of trading on Monday, as the effects of China's economic woes spilled over onto Wall Street.
Neil McAllister, 24 Aug 2015
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Coho Data containering in the dock – now with added Google, Splunk

Coho Data storage arrays will be able to run Docker containers directly on the storage nodes and use Google’s Kubernetes interface for configuring and deploying microservices.
Chris Mellor, 24 Aug 2015
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EU Commish demands proof of Google's evil from rivals, customers

It’s the anti-trust case that keeps on giving. The European Commission has sent out yet more questionnaires to Google's rivals to ask about the Chocolate Factory’s alleged anti-competitive behaviour.
Jennifer Baker, 24 Aug 2015
Blackmail

More deaths linked to Ashley Madison hack as scammers move in

The Ashley Madison leak may have driven another two people to suicide, police in Toronto, Canada, fear.
Iain Thomson, 24 Aug 2015

Intel Security hires ex-Cisco and Avaya man to run global channels

Intel Security - the company formerly known as McAfee - has hired ex-Avaya global channel overlord Richard Steranka to run the rule over its worldwide partner network.
Paul Kunert, 24 Aug 2015
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Mohawk Valley, NY to become the new Silicon Valley in fab fab deal

A deal between SUNY Poly (State University New York), the state of New York, GE and Austrian sensor and analog IC company AMS will see an East Coast US chip fab built to research and make nano-scale devices.
Simon Rockman, 24 Aug 2015
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City of Edinburgh Council in £186m outsourcer swap

City of Edinburgh Council has walked away from a 15-year outsourcing relationship with BT to jump into bed with CGI in a £186m long-term IT outsourcing agreement.
Kat Hall, 24 Aug 2015

Twenty years since Windows 95, and we still love our Start buttons

Microsoft released Windows 95 on 24th August 1995, followed a week later by Office 95, and accompanied by a publicity campaign featuring the Rolling Stones song Start Me Up.
Tim Anderson, 24 Aug 2015

White Stork mates with ISS, delivers bundles of resupply joy

Japan's space truck Kounotori 5 ("White Stork 5") today successfully docked with the International Space Station (ISS), bearing 4.5 tonnes of scientific kit and supplies.
Lester Haines, 24 Aug 2015
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Seventh bigshot flings self out of EMC Federation window

Enough already, the EMC/VMware exec exodus is getting too long: VMware CTO Ben Fathi has just quit, and that makes seven.
Chris Mellor, 24 Aug 2015
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Insiders BAFFLED: HP split-up inexplicably NOT a disaster

The separation of HP, the biggest ever of its kind in tech corporate history - with a similarly enormous potential for disaster - is going through without any operational explosions, dumfounded insiders familiar with the process have told the Register.
Paul Kunert, 24 Aug 2015
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That thing we do in the UK? Should be ILLEGAL in the US, moans ex-State monopoly BT

Former state-owned monopoly BT is calling for tough rules to force US telecoms companies to let rivals – such as, err, BT – have access their networks.
Kat Hall, 24 Aug 2015
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Crossing the Rubrikon: Rubrik sets out its rules of engagement

Startup back-up software-killer Rubrik has got itself a second major release of its system, plus a new cloud back-up cloud gateway.
Chris Mellor, 24 Aug 2015

Směrť Špionam! BAN Windows 10, it SPIES too much, exclaim Russians

Russian lawyers have filed a complaint calling for an outright ban – or at least tight restrictions – over the sale of Windows 10 in Russia.
John Leyden, 24 Aug 2015
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Ten extreme data centres. OK...nine

Data centre technology moves at a glacial pace, and haven’t always been considered the sexiest technology in the world. However, recently, thanks to the cloud and Edward Snowden – the patron saint of the data centre – data centres have become a lot more extreme. So here’s just as taste of the data centres at the edge of technology and in some cases the edge of the world.
Marcus Austin, 24 Aug 2015
Samsung steels the internet meme

Samsung emits Galaxy S6 Edge+ 'inboxing' video

Unboxing and teardowns used to be something that fanbois did, but marketing savvy Samsung has hijacked the genre with a video of its own. Calling it an “inboxing”, the video shows the phone being assembled, not by a worker on a production line, but by a well-dressed man in the kind of setting you only see in carefully crafted videos.
Simon Rockman, 24 Aug 2015
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Lenovo exec: Yes we can get IBM's server biz out of the crapper

Interview Lenovo Europe president Eric Cador is banking on a major overhaul of its enterprise supply chain – among other things – to help the x86 business it acquired from IBM “recover” lost ground.
Paul Kunert, 24 Aug 2015
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Shadow minister for Fun calls for Openreach separation

Chris Bryant MP has added his support to the lobby which wants to see Openreach split from BT.
Simon Rockman, 24 Aug 2015
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Scality funding approaches escape velocity

Object storage startup Scality has picked up $45m in D-round funding and is heading for a 2017 IPO.
Chris Mellor, 24 Aug 2015
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Open sourcerer Mirantis taps up Intel for $100m worth of funding

Chipzilla Intel has led a funding injection of $100m (£64m) into open source cloudy operating system Mirantis, part of its move into the world of OpenStack.
Kat Hall, 24 Aug 2015

Samsung smart fridge leaves Gmail logins open to attack

Update Security researchers have discovered a potential way to steal users’ Gmail credentials from a Samsung smart fridge.
John Leyden, 24 Aug 2015
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Shingled drives get SpectraLogic archive down to 9 cents/GB

Spectra Verde DPE is a Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR)-based NAS disk platform for high-density bulk storage at costs as low as 9 cents/GB raw.
Chris Mellor, 24 Aug 2015
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Sony Xperia M4 Aqua 4G: The Android smartie that can take its drink

Review Read any technology site and the advice is pretty unequivocal: if you want an Android smartphone for less than £200 that’s not an import, then buy the Mk 3 Motorola Moto G.
Alun Taylor, 24 Aug 2015
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Hacker slaps Dolphin, Mercury browsers, squirts zero day

Mobile security guy Rotologix has popped two popular not-Chrome not-Firefox Android browsers, gaining the power to commit remote code execution using zero-day flaws.
Darren Pauli, 24 Aug 2015

Even 'super hackers' leave entries in logs, so prepare to drown in data

Gartner: Super hackers basically don't exist, your incident response plan sucks, and you should relish the opportunity to drown in data: such are the lessons from incident response fanatic Anton Chuvakin.
Darren Pauli, 24 Aug 2015
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Yammer security sub-standard says US Veterans' Affairs Dept

America's Veterans Affairs inspector general has sideswiped the department for what it says is “improper” use of Yammer, Microsoft's inside-the-firewall Twitter clone.

High-heeled hacker builds pen-test kit into her skyscraper shoes

MILDLY NSFW A Chinese hardware hacker has hidden a penetration-testing toolkit into her high-heeled shoes.
Darren Pauli, 24 Aug 2015
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Apple recalling iPhone 6 Pluses to correct their iSight

Apple is asking owners of its iPhone 6 Plus phablet to check the device's serial number, because some batches of the device are producing blurry photos. Cupertino says the problem is attributable to “a component that may fail causing your photos to look blurry.” If that's the case, entering your serial number here will reveal if you own one of the faulty devices or just need to find yourself a microfibre cloth and buff your phablet's lens.
Simon Sharwood, 24 Aug 2015
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NBN cost blows out by at least AU$10bn and FTTN isn't launched yet

Communications minister Malcolm Turnbull has presented a cost overrun greater than AU$10 billion in the National Broadband nNetwork's (NBN's) peak funding requirements as a win because the former government's plan would have been worse.
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Windows 10 market share growth slows to just ten per cent

Windows 10 now has 5.95 per cent of the desktop operating systems market, according to the folks at StatCounter.
Simon Sharwood, 24 Aug 2015

ShoreTel shooting for cloudy consistency with new suite

Back in 2012, unified communications outfit ShoreTel acquired a rival named M5 in order to get itself into the cloud. M5 had unified communications as a service (UcaaS) at the time and ShoreTel didn't.
Simon Sharwood, 24 Aug 2015
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Does Linux need a new file system? Ex-Google engineer thinks so

Former Googler Kent Overstreet has announced that a long-term project to craft a new Linux file system is at a point where he'd like other developers to pitch in.
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Amazon to trash Flash, as browsers walk away

Amazon – the retail juggernaut, not the cloud juggernaut – has flicked Flash ads citing the increasing number of ways they're blocked at the browser as its reason.
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NBN Co yet to make a single fibre to the node connection but is eyeing off G.fast

nbnTM, the company building Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN), has released its results for FY 2015 and says it has met all of its targets.
Simon Sharwood, 24 Aug 2015
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Telstra News spews banking trojan after malvertising attack

Australia's dominant telco, Telstra, has been serving one of the world's most dangerous hacking tools after its news site was infected with malvertising.
Darren Pauli, 24 Aug 2015
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Get your virtual pass to VMWorld with Simplivity

Promo Want to go to VMworld but can’t afford the fare to San Francisco or get the boss to sign it off on expenses?
David Gordon, 23 Aug 2015
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Ashley Madison spam starts, as leak linked to first suicide

Part of the near-inevitable wash-up from the Ashley Madison hack has begun, with people reporting getting emails offering to save them from embarrassment, and a possible suicide in the USA.
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US air force general teaches Aussies how to counter cyber threats with intelligence

Promo Have you ever wondered how the bad guys think? HP wants to show you exactly how they think at its Security Innovation Tour.
David Gordon, 23 Aug 2015
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EMC Federation's attack blogger Chuck Hollis departs for Oracle

Chuck Hollis, VMware's chief strategist for storage and availability, and former EMC global marketing chief technology officer, has announced he's leaving the EMC Federation for a gig as senior veep at Oracle.
Simon Sharwood, 23 Aug 2015
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Suffering a comms blackout in the loo? Now you don't have to

Ever wanted to shoot the shit with “friends and strangers” while on the bog? Fear not because the Pooductive app has emerged that allows you to do just that, AND it’s free.
Paul Kunert, 23 Aug 2015
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The good burghers of Palo Alto are entirely insane

Worstall @ the Weekend El Reg treated us last weekend to the tale of the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park in Palo Alto, where the owner has a small ethical dilemma to deal with. The 4.5 acre site is apparently worth $55 million and the city council would like to buy it, but they've only got $39 million. The dilemma is that if he sells to the city council, then the people who live in the mobile homes get to stay there in affordable housing and if he sells at market value, then they all get turfed out and the new development will presumably be populated by stock rich techie types.
Tim Worstall, 23 Aug 2015
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Brit hydro fuel cell maker: our tech charges iPhone 6 for a week

Brit-based hydrogen fuel cell maker Intelligent Energy (IE) reckons it has developed an iPhone that can run for a week after one charge of the battery - which might just help massage the loss-making firm’s bottom line.
Paul Kunert, 23 Aug 2015
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Sysadmin ignores 25 THOUSAND patches, among other sins

On-call And that's one of the easier chores our reader found himself faced with in a new temp job. Most weekends, our On-Call feature looks at the odd situations readers find themselves in when called to do something on a client site or in the dead of night.
Simon Sharwood, 23 Aug 2015

Post-pub nosh neckfiller: The Ugandan 'rolex'

Our latest expedition into wonderful world of wobbly dining takes us to Uganda, where street vendors punt the popular "rolex", according to one Reg reader who, having tried one in the capital Kampala, reckoned it was a good fit for post-pub dining.
Lester Haines, 23 Aug 2015