Elton John's turn as the Pinball Wizard in the 1975 movie Tommy has inspired a scientist to name a newly-discovered crustacean after the British rock star.
On-Call Welcome again to On-Call, our regular reader-contributed tale in which we reveal the odd things you've been asked to do at all hours.
Worstall @ the Weekend What with both the Corbynistas and Sandersistas on their various sides of the pond bringing back into the political mainstream the somewhat discredited ideas of state directed economies and socialism lite, perhaps it's time to have a look at one of the arguments used to bolster those ideas.
Microsoft has swerved a potentially crushing blow to its vanishingly small mobile biz, after a US watchdog swiped away a request to block the import of its Lumia handsets into the country.
Scientists have spotted two central black holes raging and skating around each other in Markarian 231 (Mrk 231) – the nearest galaxy to Earth that hosts a quasar.
Vulture at the wheel Ever since Fiat became FCA – Fiat Chrysler Automotive – there has been something a bit incongruous about the mix of brands. An Italian Jeep takes a bit of getting used to. Refined ride, exceptionally nice leather, a responsive automatic gearbox, multi-link rear suspension.
Uber has hired two security researchers as it shifts gears on its biz strategy with plans to develop driver-free cars.
Feature Readers are advised that a number of the video clips featured in this article contain colourful language of a NSFW nature.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We've closed the poll, and the results for our attempts to weed out candidates for a collective noun for security vulnerabilities are in.
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.
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.
Under-investing cable companies in Germany are to get a €2.7bn hand-out to bring high-speed broadband to the countryside.
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.
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.
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.
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Microsoft has released Build 10532 of Windows 10 as an “Insider” preview.
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.
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.
Fastly, a four-year-old content delivery network start-up, this month landed $75m in venture funding.
“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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A cyclist riding a fixed-gear bike claims to have brought a Google robo-car to a standstill.
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.
Rackspace has decided to manage its VMware cloud with software from upstart AirVM.
The enterprise hardware market is growing. You read that right, growing.
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.
The European Space Agency (ESA) has spotted a boulder buzzing Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko.
Google is making good on its promise to strangle Adobe Flash's ability to auto-play in Chrome.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
Adobe is advising users and administrators running ColdFusion to patch their software following the release of a security fix for an information disclosure vulnerability.
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.
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.
Poll Avid Life Media – the owner of hookup site Ashley Madison – has weeks-old openings for a data analyst and a senior system administrator.
Apple's wristjob is preparing to speed past Fitbit on sales of wearables after just four months, according to IDC.
The European Commission’s antitrust case against Google is wrong “as a matter of fact, law, and economics,” so says, er, Google.
VMware's VSAN is going to support faster flash hardware and is getting replication, stretch cluster and Oracle RAC support.
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.
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.
First Look A Kickstarter project to produce a dual-SIM iPhone is really a separate phone which the iPhone connects to via Bluetooth.
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.
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.
A month ago we announced our first coding competition, The Register's IBM Bluemix Programming Challenge 2015.
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.
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.
Junaid Hussain, the UK fugitive hacker turned ISIS recruiter, has reportedly been killed in a US drone strike in Syria.
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.
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.
Pics AMD will today launch the Radeon R9 Nano, a beefy graphics card designed to run comfortably inside tight spaces.
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.
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.
The recovery in PC sales has been postponed until 2017 – and Microsoft and Windows 10 are partly to blame.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
Amazon.com looks to be changing its hardware strategy in significant ways.
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.
File this under “it was bound to happen one day”: Cisco has spotted a targeted phishing attack based on a popular sysadmin automation tool.
A former FireEye intern has pleaded guilty to creating and selling the Dendroid malware on the raided Darkode criminal forum.
Google's suffered another cloud storage outage.
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.
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?
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.
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.
“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.”
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.
A bunch of home gateway vendors, presumably sourcing their firmware from the same place, can be hijacked using depressingly common hard-coded logins.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It appears someone closely linked to the hacking gang that ransacked adultery website Ashley Madison has accidentally outed him or herself.
Angry Birds maker Rovio has announced plans to lay off 260 employees.
Despite rumblings of secret research projects and hiring sprees, Apple is not going to be building its own cars anytime soon, says one analyst.
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.
Microsoft's corporate veep Yusuf Mehdi reports that Windows 10 is now on 75 million devices, following its general availability four weeks ago.
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.
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.
Cash strapped cloud biz Outsourcery has effectively shuttered its CRM practice to new customers after the majority of its team departed for new pastures.
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.
A German biologist has decided to name a new species of crayfish he helped describe in honour of international whistleblower Edward Snowden.
C4L has zero clue about when its network will return to normal service, nearly two days since the outage first struck the cloud provider.
Following the country's short-lived ban on Wikipedia, Russian politicians have come up with another wheeze to divert traffic from the encyclopedia site.
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.
Ashley Madison ran a hack attack against a potential competitor three years ago, according to leaked emails.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Twitter has decided to suspend API access to Diplotwoops and Politwoops, websites that tracked politicians’ deleted tweets.
People choose predictable Android lock screen patterns just like they pick predictable passwords.
Hybrid clouds are the new black. So much so that Microsoft has three ways to manage them.
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.
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.
IBM is warning corporates to start blocking TOR services from their networks, citing rising use of the encrypted network to deliver payloads like ransomware.
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.
Apple has suffered yet another setback in its Bleak House lawsuits, with another German court deciding to throw out its swipe-to-unlock patent.
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.
Intel is eyeing off the world of Big Data with the latest round of updates to its Parallel Studio Suite.
GitHub is under a distributed-denial-of-service attack being perpetrated by unknown actors.
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).
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.”
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.
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.
AT&T has been accused of grabbing user traffic from its Wi-Fi hotspots for ad injection.
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.
Professor Stephen Hawking thinks he has solved the 40-year-old information paradox – a conundrum of what happens to matter in black holes.
NetApp has dissolved the “global centre of virtualisation excellence” it created in 2010 and ran from its Melbourne, Australia, office.
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.
Add a multimillion-dollar US class-action lawsuit to the growing number of court battles facing the owner of the hacked Ashley Madison website.
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.
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.
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.
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.
NASA's Dawn spacecraft has sent earthwards its "closest-yet views" of dwarf planet Ceres.
New British mobe maker Wileyfox has launched a pair of Cyanogen smartphones.
Now that we have CQL for Cassandra and N1QL for Couchbase, it seems the power of SQL is being opened for NoSQL database developers.
Scientists want to electronically tag the world’s honeybees in a bid to understand the mass death of entire populations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A 3D-printed robot hand for amputees has won the UK heat of this year's James Dyson Award, which recognises university graduate inventions.
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.
Hortonworks is buying dataflow specialist Onyara, making the Hadoop-simplifying tech for use in the Internet of Things (IoT) its third corporate purchase.
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.
Web Summit – one of Europe’s biggest tech events, attracting more than 20,000 visitors – is on the lookout for a new home.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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?
The new director general of the mobile phone operators organisation is Mats Granryd, who will take up his new role on January 1 2016.
Switzerland's top data cop says Microsoft has “gone too far” in abusing people’s privacy.
Europe’s Digital Commissioner wants to know what you think about copyright rules for satellite broadcasters and cable companies.
IBM is attempting to fend off a potentially colossal damages claim in the Australian State of Queensland.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Microsoft has released the first preview of SharePoint Server 2016 and outlined a buzzword-list of new features.
Updated Online “Uber for private investigators” outfit Trustify is upset with The Register for not replicating its messaging with sufficient sycophancy.
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.
Updated Fresh from its victory over Reddit over posts about hallucinogenic psilocybin mushrooms, Russia is now taking on Wikipedia over articles about Marijuana.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Ashley Madison leak may have driven another two people to suicide, police in Toronto, Canada, fear.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Enough already, the EMC/VMware exec exodus is getting too long: VMware CTO Ben Fathi has just quit, and that makes seven.
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.
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.
Startup back-up software-killer Rubrik has got itself a second major release of its system, plus a new cloud back-up cloud gateway.
Russian lawyers have filed a complaint calling for an outright ban – or at least tight restrictions – over the sale of Windows 10 in Russia.
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.
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.
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.
Chris Bryant MP has added his support to the lobby which wants to see Openreach split from BT.
Object storage startup Scality has picked up $45m in D-round funding and is heading for a 2017 IPO.
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.
Update Security researchers have discovered a potential way to steal users’ Gmail credentials from a Samsung smart fridge.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
MILDLY NSFW A Chinese hardware hacker has hidden a penetration-testing toolkit into her high-heeled shoes.
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.
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.
Windows 10 now has 5.95 per cent of the desktop operating systems market, according to the folks at StatCounter.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.