The Week in Summary

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NVIDIA: Pssst... farmers. Need to get some weeds whacked?

HPC blog While there are always vehicles on the show floor at GTC17, it would seem this is the first time an actual John Deere tractor has been in the mix. But the tractor wasn’t the point, it’s what was attached to the tractor that might be interesting for rural types.
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Ransomware realities: In your normal life, strangers don't extort you. But here you are

As "trendy" as ransomware is at the moment, it's a sobering thought when you remind yourself that in this case you're literally having to deal with some miscreant holding your data to ransom.
Dave Cartwright, 30 May 2017
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GitHub CEO Wanstrath: 'Our goal is no outages'

GitHub has tried to reassure users that it is targeting zero downtime with the help of new data centres and infrastructure software – some being open-sourced.
Gavin Clarke, 30 May 2017
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Shadow Brokers lay out pitch – and name price – for monthly zero-day subscription service

Shadow Brokers, the group that leaked stolen NSA hacking tools including the vulnerability that proved key to the WannaCrypt outbreak, has launched a new exploit subscription service.
John Leyden, 30 May 2017
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Love bots lecture thrills room full of Reg readers

If you’ve ever wondered what the development of AI and robotics might mean for your sex life, you should have been with us last month for our Register Lecture on Sex, AI, Robots and You.
Team Register, 30 May 2017
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UK biz: Oh (yawn) GDPR? Was that *next* May? – survey

UK businesses are risking damaging fines by ignoring the implications of upcoming data protection rules, according to a new survey.
Team Register, 30 May 2017
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Defend yourself against ISP tracking in an Trump-era free-for-all

ISPs in the US have regained to power to snoop on your internet browsing and sell the results to the highest bidder. Congress has passed news rules under President Donald Trump rolling back earlier restrictions on internet service providers - Verizon, AT&T, Comcast and so on - from selling or otherwise sharing your web browsing history with other companies.
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How the Facebook money funnel is shaping British elections

Britons vote for a new government on June 8 and, until recently, election campaigns have been tightly controlled affairs with limits on how much parties can spend per constituency, the requirement to submit detailed accounts and no political advertising on television.
SA Mathieson, 30 May 2017
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Stingy DXC Tech tells staff to breathe in and tighten those belts

Execs at DXC Technology have imposed a series of penny-pinching measures on staff just two months after the tech outsourcing corpse started trading, and amid a redundancy programme.
Paul Kunert, 30 May 2017
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IBM marketeers rub out chopper after visit from CEO Ginni

IBM has tried to erase the photograph of the Big Blue chopper that CEO, president and chairman Ginny Rometty used to fly to the UK R&D labs recently, because it didn’t fit with the corporate austerity message.
Paul Kunert, 30 May 2017
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Dell flexing PC production muscle for server biz

Analysis Dell EMC’s Server business unit is receiving help from Dell’s Client Solutions Group as it aims to take on the original design manufacturers (ODMs) in the Far East, company insiders have told The Reg.
Chris Mellor, 30 May 2017
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DXC Technology warns staff of multiple office closures

DXC Technology is planning to shutter a bunch of sites as part of its mega savings plan, multiple company insiders have told El Reg.
Paul Kunert, 30 May 2017
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I'll take the sandtrooper in white: Meet the rebel scum making Star Wars armour sets for a living

Star Wars New Hope @ 40 Two years ago, the helmet of an Empire Strikes Back stormtrooper fetched $120,000 (£92,736) at US auction.
Gavin Clarke, 30 May 2017
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Apps will need to be re-coded to go faster with storage-class RAM

Oracle Labs has found that applications will need a bit of work before they can really take advantage of storage-class RAM like Intel's Optane.
Simon Sharwood, 30 May 2017
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Seminal game 'Colossal Cave Adventure' released onto GitLab

The classics never die – or so we hope. One classic, Colossal Cave Adventure, is getting a new lease of life on GitLab.
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BA CEO blames messaging and networks for grounding

The catastrophic systems failure that grounded British Airways flights for a day appears to have been caused by networking hardware failing to cope with a power surge and messaging systems failing as a result.
Simon Sharwood, 30 May 2017
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Russian search engine Yandex's Ukraine offices raided for 'treason'

Already under sanctions by the Ukrainian government, Russian search giant Yandex has been raided by the country's security services.
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Plutus Payroll clients given hope pension payments will land

Australia's taxation commissioner Chris Jordan has given contractors impacted by the alleged fraud at Plutus Payroll hope they may yet receive compulsory superannuation payments.
Simon Sharwood, 30 May 2017
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Twice-crashed HPE SANs at Oz Tax Office built for speed, not strength, and turned off error reporting

Oz taxation commissioner Chris Jordan has revealed that the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has reached a commercial settlement with HPE over the two outages to its online services caused by 3PAR storage arrays.
Simon Sharwood, 30 May 2017
No foxes allowed

Azure Portal rejects Firefox after certificate revocation SNAFU

Microsoft's Azure Portal has become hostile to some clients, especially the Firefox browser.
Simon Sharwood, 29 May 2017

Popular RADIUS server exploitable with TLS session caching

Sysadmins with FreeRADIUS – the most widely deployed Remote Authentication Dial-In User Service server – in their boxen need to run an upgrade because there's a bug in its TTLS and PEAP implementations.
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Microsoft patched more Malware Protection Engine bugs last week

Microsoft has broken out of its usual cycle to patch more Malware Protection Engine bugs notified privately Google Project Zero.

Internet of snitches: anyone who can sniff 'Thing' traffic knows what you're doing

Princeton boffins reckon the Internet of woefully insecure things yields sensitive information about connected homes with nothing more than a bit of network traffic analysis.

Google can't spare 113 seconds of revenue to compile data on its gender pay gap

After failing in April to shut down reporting of its lawsuit with the United States Department of Labor, Google's told the US court looking into alleged pay discrimination it would be too expensive to find out whether women are underpaid at the advertising behemoth.

EU axes geo-blocking: Upsets studios, delights consumers

Analysis The European Parliament has approved a draft law that geo-blocking, the act of offering an online content service in one European Union (EU) country and that country alone, will be scrapped in the first half of next year.
Faultline, 29 May 2017
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WannaLaugh? Funsters port WannaCrypt to Commodore, Cisco, Nintendo and Tesla

The WannaCrypt ransomware is yet another reminder, if any were needed, that the networks and machines on which society is now so reliant are laughably insecure.
Simon Sharwood, 29 May 2017
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New 'Beaver' web server has exactly ONE user outside China

Netcraft's monthly survey of web-facing computers has turned up an oddity: a new web server called “Beaver” that's used by exactly one web site outside China.
Simon Sharwood, 29 May 2017
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Network Time Protocol updated to spook-harden user comms

The Internet Engineering Task Force has taken another small step in protecting everybody's privacy – this time, in making the Network Time Protocol a bit less spaffy.
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ARM talks up fresh CPUs and a GPU, all tuned for AI

Chip designer ARM on Monday plans to announce its first set of processors based on its DynamIQ microprocessor architecture, in conjunction with a revised GPU chip.
Thomas Claburn, 29 May 2017

Microsoft Master File Table bug exploited to BSOD Windows 7, 8.1

Until Microsoft patches this problem, use Chrome: a slip in file-path handling allows attacker to crash Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 with a file call.
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Australian Taxation Office won't penalise Plutus contractors

The Australian Taxation Office has issued guidance to clients of Plutus Payroll, the company accused of AU$165m scam, and says they “will not be penalised” if the company hasn't paid the right amount of tax on their behalf.
Simon Sharwood, 29 May 2017
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Aruba bugs squashed in seven-vuln splatfest

In case you missed it: there's a bunch of bad bugs in HPE's Aruba ClearPass Policy Manager.
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Raspberry Pi foundation merges with CoderDojo Foundation

The Raspberry Pi Foundation and the CoderDojo Foundation have merged in order to combine forces and accelerate both organisation's mission to teach kids how to code.
Simon Sharwood, 29 May 2017
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Arista-cats win some, lose some against Cisco

Both Cisco and Arista have claimed victory in the latest instalment of their intellectual property lawsuit.
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US laptops-on-planes ban may extend to flights from ALL nations

United States Homeland Security Secretary Gen. John Kelly says he's considering a ban on laptops in airline cabins from flights that leave all nations, not just Europe and the Middle East as is currently the case.
Simon Sharwood, 28 May 2017
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BA's 'global IT system failure' was due to 'power surge'

Updated British Airways CEO Alex Cruz has said the root cause of Saturday's London flight-grounding IT systems ambi-cockup was "a power supply issue*" and that the airline has "no evidence of any cyberattack".
Reg reporter, 27 May 2017
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Sergey Brin building humanitarian blimp for lifesaving leisure

In a few years, Alphabet president and Google cofounder Sergey Brin is expected to have an airship at his disposal for humanitarian missions and ferrying friends, not necessarily in that order.
Thomas Claburn, 27 May 2017

British prime minister slams Facebook and pals for votes

British prime minister Theresa May used Facebook, Google and social media companies as a vote-winning punch bag on Friday, slamming them for not doing enough to limit extremist content online.
Kieren McCarthy, 27 May 2017
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Andy Rubin teases next week's launch of Essential phone

Android creator Andy Rubin has been running in stealth mode with his forthcoming smartphone startup Essential, but has now released a teaser picture of his new handset.
Iain Thomson, 26 May 2017
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Chipotle: Hackers did to our registers what our burritos did to your colon

Fast-food chain Chipotle says hackers infected its point of sale terminals to gain access to card data from stores in 47 states and Washington, DC.
Shaun Nichols, 26 May 2017
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Your job might be automated within 120 years, AI experts reckon

Hundreds of AI researchers have taken a glimpse into their crystal balls to try to determine when machines will finally exceed human capabilities.
Katyanna Quach, 26 May 2017
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TRUMP SCANDAL! No, not that one. Or that one. Or that one. Or that one.

The FBI and CIA are investigating an attempted hack on the Trump Organization.
Shaun Nichols, 26 May 2017
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Bitcoin exchange Coinbase crashes after Asian buying frenzy

Over the past couple of weeks, the price of Bitcoin has gone up 50 per cent, spiking at over $2,700 per unit on Thursday. Demand has been so great that popular exchange Coinbase has been unable to keep up.
Iain Thomson, 26 May 2017
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Done and done: BlackBerry ties up $940m settlement with Qualcomm

Former smartphone king BlackBerry has today finalized its settlement with Qualcomm in their long-running battle over royalty payments.
Shaun Nichols, 26 May 2017

Tech firms sends Congress checklist of surveillance reforms

More than 30 big internet companies including Google, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft have sent a letter to the chair of the House Judiciary Committee asking for specific reforms to the law used for carrying out mass surveillance.
Kieren McCarthy, 26 May 2017
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It was bound to happen: Amazon launches first grocery store

Amazon has once again expanded its reach in all things commerce, this time with its own take on the grocery store.
Shaun Nichols, 26 May 2017
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The hold is filled with storage news! Grab a bucket and BAIL

Behind every great enterprise and technology news website lies storage, humming away in the background heeded by no one. But the industry never stands still and every week El Reg is inundated with news – some significant, some less so. However, we're not solely a storage 'zine and we need somewhere to stack the shorter bits that wouldn't necessarily make a standalone story but we know you storageheads out there would appreciate. So pull up a pew, pour yourself a mug o' joe, and read on to find out about Bristol Uni's new supercomputer, Intel's SSD wins, Diablo Tech's Memory1 benchmarks, and much more.
Chris Mellor, 26 May 2017

Pirates hack was a hoax, says Disney boss

The supposed "Pirates hack" was only ever a hoax, according to Disney chief exec Bob Iger.
John Leyden, 26 May 2017
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Sainsbury's IT glitch spoils bank holiday food orders

The sun is shining and the prospect of barbecue and beer over the bank holiday is almost in grabbing distance. But customers who ordered their groceries online with Sainsbury's today may be in for a disappointment.
Kat Hall, 26 May 2017
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Brocade goes bye-bye: Out on a high note ahead of Broadcom slurp

+Comment Say goodbye to Brocade as an independent company. It has just published its last quarterly results before being gobbled up and dismembered by Broadcom.
Chris Mellor, 26 May 2017
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'Do not tell Elon': Ex-SpaceX man claims firm cut corners on NASA part tests

A fired SpaceX worker has accused the company of leaning on its employees to forge test records for parts destined for NASA.
Gareth Corfield, 26 May 2017

'President Zuck' fundraiser opens for business

A fundraising vehicle to help get the world's fifth richest man Mark Zuckerberg elected as President of the United States will now take your money.
Andrew Orlowski, 26 May 2017
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Hyper-converged trashes all-flash: Nutanix out-grows Pure Storage

Nutanix is racing on to the billion dollar revenue mark for next year with a $100m net loss fuelled quarter of growth.
Chris Mellor, 26 May 2017
Galaxies stretching back into time across billions of light-years of space. The image covers a portion of a large galaxy census called the Great Observatories Origins Deep Survey (GOODS).

Scientists are counting atoms to figure out when Mars last had volcanoes

Astroboffins have figured out a new way of dating planets and meteorites by counting individual atoms in rock samples snatched from the depths of space.
Gareth Corfield, 26 May 2017
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‪WannaCry‬pt ransomware note likely written by Google Translate-using Chinese speakers

The ‪WannaCry‬pt extortion notes were most likely written by Chinese-speaking authors, according to linguistic analysis.
John Leyden, 26 May 2017
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Apple fights off iTunes patent spat appeal

Apple is trying to kill off an attempt by Smartflash to reverse a patent panel's ruling and thereby force Cupertino to hand it $533m in a Federal Circuit dispute.
Chris Mellor, 26 May 2017
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Ouch! Latest Qualcomm sueball comes from ... its own shareholders

Qualcomm's own shareholders have added to the barrage of lawsuits being fired at the mobile chip giant.
Andrew Orlowski, 26 May 2017
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'Major incident' at Capita data centre: Multiple services still knackered

A major outage at a Capita data centre has knocked out multiple services for customers – including a number of councils' online services – for the last 36 hours.
Kat Hall, 26 May 2017
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What happened when 300 DevOps experts took over the QE II?

Events If you couldn’t join us last week for Continuous Lifecycle London 2017, you can still get a flavour of the event with our speakers’ presentations and selected video highlights.
Team Register, 26 May 2017
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The revolution will not be televised: How Lucas modernised audio in film

Star Wars New Hope @ 40 The opening sequence of Star Wars is designed to give you a jolt. It's heightened by those moments after the legend "A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away..." has faded, leaving you sitting in a silent, pitch-black cinema auditorium.
Alistair Dabbs, 26 May 2017

El Reg straps on the Huawei Watch 2

Real World Test Back when Captain Scarlet was still fresh, in the 1970s, I wanted a watch that made phone calls. I think I might have drawn one on my arm with a Biro. This has been a sci-fi staple since Dick Tracy in the 1950s. Now I’ve got one, I wonder why I ever wanted it.
Andrew Orlowski, 26 May 2017
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Life is... pushing all the right buttons on the wrong remote control

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Mrs Dabbsy is getting cross. I know this because she has said "grrrr".
Alistair Dabbs, 26 May 2017
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Sysadmin finds insecure printer, remotely prints 'Fix Me!' notice

ON-CALL Well what do you know? The working week is all-but over, which means it is time to share a story from a reader's working life in our weekly On-Call column.
Simon Sharwood, 26 May 2017
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Japanese lab's 'value-aware' SSDs last longer, recognise images faster

Japan's Takeuchi Lab has proposed a “value-aware” solid state drive that it says can recognise images faster than rivals, while also extending drives' working life.
Simon Sharwood, 26 May 2017
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Windows 10 love to see PC market grow again. Future iPhone to be clear. Elvis to re-appear

Analyst outfit IDC thinks the PC market will grow again, although things are going to get worse before they get better. And the growth will come because people like Windows 10.
Simon Sharwood, 26 May 2017
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Battery-hungry cars roll over Lenovo's FY 16/17 bottom line

Lenovo has returned to growth, posting a pleasing set of fourth quarter numbers, but apparently has plenty of work to do in the mobile and data centre markets.
Simon Sharwood, 26 May 2017
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IBM asks contractors to take a pay cut

Exclusive IBM is not just banning the hire of new contractors and telling existing contractors they won't get new gigs: now it is telling some current contractors they will have to take a pay cut.
Simon Sharwood, 26 May 2017
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Init freedom declared as systemd-free Devuan hits stable 1.0.0 status

POLL The self-described “Veteran Unix Admin collective” that in 2014 promised to give the world a cut of Debian without systemd has delivered: Devuan 1.0.0 LTS hit the web today.
Simon Sharwood, 26 May 2017

Don't rely on fitness trackers to track number of calories burned

Your fitness tracker might measure a heart rate accurately, but not the amount of calories burned, according to a study published in the Journal of Personalised Medicine.
Katyanna Quach, 26 May 2017
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Juno's first data causing boffins to rewrite the text books on Jupiter

Scientists were expecting a lot of new data from the Juno space probe orbiting Jupiter, and they haven't been disappointed. The most massive planet in the Solar System is turning out to have a lot of surprises.
Iain Thomson, 25 May 2017

T-Mobile goes Apple/Google route by separating phone numbers and devices

T-Mobile is taking a leaf out of the tech industry book and separating phones from their numbers.
Kieren McCarthy, 25 May 2017
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Congresscritters float benefits for gig workers

Two US legislators are drafting bills to provide "gig" contract workers many of the same benefits afforded to those who work full time.
Shaun Nichols, 25 May 2017
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Apple has finally found someone to support HomeKit

It's been a year since Apple officially launched its internet-of-things smart-home service – an event that we noted at the time was somewhat undermined by the fact that there were virtually no products that worked with it.
Kieren McCarthy, 25 May 2017
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Three Nigerians sentenced to 235 years in prison for online scamming

A court in Mississippi has sentenced three Nigerian men to 235 years in prison for running online scams that duped people out of tens of millions of dollars.
Iain Thomson, 25 May 2017
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US citizens complain their names were used for FCC robo-comments

Fourteen Americans (with the help of an advocacy group) are complaining to the FCC that their names were used without permission to file fake comments on the proposed net neutrality overhaul.
Shaun Nichols, 25 May 2017
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Microsoft court victory prompts call for data-grabbing regime

The Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism on Wednesday held a hearing to explore the government's inability to have its cake and eat it too.
Thomas Claburn, 25 May 2017

Astroboffins spot a new type of galaxy bursting with stars

A team of astronomers has stumbled across a new kind of galaxy that may be the missing piece of the puzzle regarding how ancient galaxies grew to such massive sizes.
Katyanna Quach, 25 May 2017

Venezuela increases internet censorship and surveillance in crisis

Venezuela is increasingly censoring its internet and expanding online surveillance of citizens.
Kieren McCarthy, 25 May 2017
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Cloudflare doubles down on its troll-hunting crusade

Cloudflare has today stepped up its efforts to run patent litigator Blackbird Technologies into the ground.
Shaun Nichols, 25 May 2017
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Capita payments service Pay360 goes TITSUP

Capita Pay360 service, which allows small businesses and councils to accept online transactions such as paying parking fines, has gone down in the UK and Ireland due to a "major incident" in its data centre.
Kat Hall, 25 May 2017
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Domains tainted by RoughTed malvertising reap half a billion hits

A strain of adblocker-aware malvertising is responsible for a range of scams, exploits and general skulduggery.
John Leyden, 25 May 2017
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Walkers' Crisps pulls backfiring Tweet campaign that paired Gary Lineker and a bunch of nasties

Walkers' Crisps is desperately scrabbling to clean up a Twitter promo campaign after miscreants gamed it to broadcast videos of Gary Lineker holding up photos of paedophiles, murderers, terrorists and other such scum of the earth.
Gareth Corfield, 25 May 2017
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Pure's punchy first fiscal 2017 quarter opens door to billion-dollar year

All-flasher Pure Storage has a feeling this could be its first billion-dollar year and is moving into tightly coupled co-processing between Pure and big 3 public cloud players.
Chris Mellor, 25 May 2017
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HP Inc CEO reports 'breakthrough' quarter as PC sales shoot up

For the first time in more than half a decade HP Inc has managed to report quarterly growth in both its PC and printer businesses, a point CEO Dion Weisler described as a watershed moment in the company's recent history.
Paul Kunert, 25 May 2017
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Captain Kurian steers good ship NetApp back on course after $8m loss

No drama, no worries, just the slick sounds of a well-oiled machine doing its stuff. That's NetApp with its latest quarterly results.
Chris Mellor, 25 May 2017
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Auntie sh!tcans BBC Store after 18 months

The Beeb is to shut its online paid-for streaming service BBC Store from November, just 18 months after it launched.
Kat Hall, 25 May 2017
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NHS Digital stopped short of advising against paying off WannaCrypt

NHS Digital stopped short of advising health organisations in England not to cough up for the WannaCrypt ransom attack because it couldn't be certain that all hospitals had backed up patient records.
Kat Hall, 25 May 2017

EU pegs quota for 'homegrown' content on Netflix at 30 per cent

The European Parliament has set content quotas for OTT video services like Netflix and Amazon Prime even higher than the Commission originally wanted. 30 per cent of the services' catalog must be European works, Parliament has decreed.
Andrew Orlowski, 25 May 2017
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Drones over London caused aviation chaos, pilots' reports reveal

A pair of errant drones over East London caused so much airspace disruption that flights to Heathrow had to be diverted for fear of collision, it has emerged.
Gareth Corfield, 25 May 2017

Nokia's retro revival 3310 goes on sale and disappears immediately

If you blinked, you missed it.
Andrew Orlowski, 25 May 2017

Info commish: One year to go and businesses still not ready for GDPR

Companies are unprepared for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into force a year today, and some small businesses "might not even know" a new regime is looming, the UK Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham has warned.
Kat Hall, 25 May 2017
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Lenovo UK boss pulls the chain, flushes himself out of there

Exclusive Lenovo UK boss John Harber has quit just 15 months after taking the hot seat, El Reg can confirm.
Paul Kunert, 25 May 2017
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'Cloak and dagger' vuln rolls critical hit against latest Android versions

Updated A distinct class of Android vulnerability has been unearthed by computer scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.
John Leyden, 25 May 2017
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The joy and the pain of buying IT

Study You, dear readers, continually tell us in surveys how hard it is to get the investment needed to help you do your jobs effectively. Regardless of the topic – core infrastructure, middleware, management tools, etc – it’s common to hear stories of execs not "getting it", while expecting IT to muddle through as more pressure is piled onto already stretched teams.
Dale Vile, 25 May 2017
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Distro watch for Ubuntu lovers: What's ahead in Linux land

With the death of Unity, Canonical will focus more attention on Ubuntu servers, Ubuntu in the cloud and Ubuntu in the so-called Internet of Things.
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Industrial Light & Magic: 40 years of Lucas's pioneering FX-wing

Star Wars New Hope @ 40 In the 40 years since the release of the original Star Wars, special effects have changed beyond recognition.
Lucy Orr, 25 May 2017
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Your roadmap to the Google vs Oracle Java wars

Analysis The final lap nears in Oracle's epic seven year battle with Google over Java. It's reached the Federal Appeals Circuit, where Oracle is confident that three appeals judges with a strong track record of upholding IP will decide in its favour.
Andrew Orlowski, 25 May 2017
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RightNow founder turned politician gets assault charge after 'bodyslamming' reporter

Until Wednesday, Greg Gianforte's life had followed a lovely script: he twice sold software companies for millions, the second time for US$1.5bn when Oracle acquired CRM company RightNow Technologies.
Simon Sharwood, 25 May 2017
Artist's concept of the XS-1 spaceplane

DARPA orders spaceplane capable of 10 launches in 10 days

The United States Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has commissioned Boeing to build a spaceplane capable of 10 launches in 10 days.
Simon Sharwood, 25 May 2017

UK ministers to push anti-encryption laws after election

The UK government will push through orders next month to force all communications companies including Google and Facebook to break data encryption.
Kieren McCarthy, 25 May 2017
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Orbital boffins cut four years off NASA mission to shiniest object in the Solar System

NASA has come up with a cunning plan that will allow it to shave four years of flight time off its mission to the biggest chunk of visible iron in the Solar System, and will use souped-up solar power to get there.
Iain Thomson, 25 May 2017
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Apple asks FCC to let it run mm-wave tests - for backhaul?!

Apple has filed a request with the United States Federal Communications Commission FCC to run wireless tests in spectrum bands associated with 5G.
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Windows is now built on Git, but Microsoft has found some bottlenecks

Microsoft has adopted Git to manage the vast collection of code that is Windows' source, and has shared performance issues it's had to fix along the way.

Ransomware hits Australian hospitals after botched patch

Hospitals connected to Australian State of Queensland's integrated electronic medical record system (ieMR) are suffering outages attributed to patching against a ransomware attack.
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Rackspace demotes a CEO to hire a CEO to replace CEO who quit

Rackspace has named Joe Eazor as its new CEO, replacing the departing Taylor Rhodes and interim CEO Jeff Cotten.
Simon Sharwood, 25 May 2017
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Attempt at building kinder, gentler Reddit downvoted off the Web

Reddit can be a nasty, nasty place. So nasty that in 2015 half a dozen Reddit employees – some who said they'd experienced personal abuse or threats of violence from Reddit members – bailed from the company and set their sights on "rethinking the way communities exist on the internet".
Simon Sharwood, 25 May 2017
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Fat-thumbed dev slashes Samba security

Sysadmins tending Samba need to get patching.
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Machine 1, Man 0: AlphaGo slams world's best Go player in the first round

AlphaGo yesterday one-upped man as it won the first out of three games against Ke Jie, the world’s number one player in Go.
Katyanna Quach, 25 May 2017
Uber self-driving car on a transport truck

Uber New York class action alleges passengers overcharged $7.43m per month

Uber's New York woes are piling up, as the dial-a-ride service has now been sued by riders who believe they were being overcharged.
Team Register, 25 May 2017
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Google, Lyft, IBM mix microservices into management mesh

Microservices architecture, in which monolithic apps get broken down into a set of distinct services, goes well with containers and orchestration.
Thomas Claburn, 24 May 2017

FCC revised net neutrality rules reveal cable company control of process

Analysis The FCC has released a revised version of its plans to tear up net neutrality – and unwittingly revealed the extraordinary influence that the cable industry has over the process.
Kieren McCarthy, 24 May 2017
Election hacking

Democracy-minded DEF CON hackers promise punishing probe on US election computers

Organizers at the DEF CON hacking conference in July are planning a mass cracking of US electronic election machines.
Iain Thomson, 24 May 2017
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Feeling Locky, punk? Ransomware grew eight-fold last year

Ransomware saw a more than eight-fold (752 per cent) increase as a mode of attack in 2016, according to Trend Micro.
John Leyden, 24 May 2017
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Schiaparelli probe crash caused by excessive spin, report concludes

The Schiaparelli probe suffered a botched landing on the Martian surface as it briefly spun out of control, confusing the computer systems onboard, an official report concluded today.
Katyanna Quach, 24 May 2017

Intel pitches a Thunderbolt 3-for-all

Intel is pushing its Thunderbolt 3.0 USB port as the defacto input mode for future PCs.
Team Register, 24 May 2017
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Twilio packages code boilerplate to woo devs

Cloud communications service Twilio believes software development doesn't have to play out like Groundhog Day, a film in which a man relives the same day over and over. For developers, that sense of déjà vu is a common experience.
Thomas Claburn, 24 May 2017
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Costs v sales agent? Not just yet, judge tells Retro Computers Ltd

ZX Spectrum Vega firm Retro Computers Ltd has had its attempt to force former sales agent Nick Cooper to hand over extra information in the ongoing court battle between the two postponed today by the London County Court.
Gareth Corfield, 24 May 2017
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HPE flashes out 3PAR, Nimble and MSA kit

HPE has announced new mid-range 3PAR all-flash arrays, fifth generation MSA arrays, Nimble Secondary Flash arrays, and cloud-connected StoreOnce data protection.
Chris Mellor, 24 May 2017
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Hitachi exits mainframe hardware but will collab with IBM on z Systems

Hitachi has stopped building its own mainframes but will supply IBM z Systems loaded with Hitachi VOS3 operating system software.
Chris Mellor, 24 May 2017
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Huawei missed memo that PC's dead – so here are three new notebooks

Hands On Huawei this week launched three Intel devices running Windows 10: a slim notebook, a Surface-a-like 2-in-1, and a conventional 15.6" laptop.
Tim Anderson, 24 May 2017
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HPE's Nimble Secondary Flash Array uses... disk?

Analysis Having acquired Nimble Storage and its hybrid and all-flash arrays, HPE is positioning it as a kind of secondary storage. What does that mean?
Chris Mellor, 24 May 2017

Google now mingles everything you've bought with everywhere you've been

In a move with echoes of the fictional internet giant described in Dave Eggers' The Circle, Google's has begun trawling through billions of personal credit card records, matching them to your browser, location and advertising histories.
Andrew Orlowski, 24 May 2017
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Are telcos' customers expecting too much of IoT connectivity techs?

Some customers are expecting more than can be realistically delivered with licensed spectrum Internet of Things connectivity technologies, a major European telco has warned.
Gareth Corfield, 24 May 2017
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Dixons Carphone: Brexit not a factor as Brits' gadget lust holds strong

Political uncertainty haven’t put punters off purchasing electronic gadgets, Dixons Carphone CEO reported today.
Paul Kunert, 24 May 2017
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WDC flashes the cash in in Tosh Memory biz bid: 2 treeellion yen

+Comment WDC is partnering with a state-backed Japanese fund and bidding ¥2 trillion ($17.9bn, £13.8bn) to buy Toshiba’s Memory Business.
Chris Mellor, 24 May 2017
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64-bit malware threat may be itty-bitty now, but it's only set to grow

The volume of 64-bit malware in the wild remains low even though computers running 64-bit operating systems became ubiquitous years ago.
John Leyden, 24 May 2017

'Odour' from AnalTech ramming leads to hazmat team callout

An American company implausibly named AnalTech – no, really – has been slammed hard enough for a hazardous materials response team to be called out to deal with the smell.
Gareth Corfield, 24 May 2017
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AI-powered dynamic pricing turns its gaze to the fuel pumps

Analysis "AI" could soon be making petrol more expensive at times of peak demand like the start of a bank holiday weekend or the school run.
Andrew Orlowski, 24 May 2017
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Speaking in Tech: Depressing WannaCrypt postmortem edition

Podcast Podcast This week Ed Saipetch, Melissa Gurney and Amy Lewis are joined again by special guest Chris Wysopal, security guru and co-founder and chief technology officer of Veracode.
Team Register, 24 May 2017
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8 out of 10 cats fear statistics – AI doesn't have this problem

If statistics were a human being, it would have been in deep therapy all of its 350-year life. The sessions might go like this:
Mark Whitehorn, 24 May 2017
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PAH! Four decades of Star Wars: No lightsabers, no palm-sized video calls

Star Wars New Hope @ 40 When Lucasfilm recently unveiled its tribute reel to the late Carrie Fisher, one of the most memorable monologues in cinema sat right in its center.
Mark Pesce, 24 May 2017
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Facebook shares own tools to trap bugs before they break code

Facebook on Wednesday plans to introduce a set of open source developer tools to streamline app development testing and bug hunting.
Thomas Claburn, 24 May 2017
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Channel luvvie Martin Hellawell set to check out of Softcat. Sort of

Martin Hellawell, the McDonald's-card-toting CEO at mega reseller Softcat isn't quite sailing off into the sunset just yet, but he is preparing to handover the operation once a successor is found.
Paul Kunert, 24 May 2017
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Britain's on the brink of a small-scale nuclear reactor revolution

For the first time ever in April, the UK's data centres and clouds ran on electricity generated without burning coal.
Marcus Gibson, 24 May 2017
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Network-sniffing, automation, machine learning: How to get better threat intel

IT teams can get away with poor service management, outdated software development methods and outdated apps running on legacy tin, but they might want to think twice before skimping on cybersecurity. If you don't stay on top of this stuff, while you might not be found out today or tomorrow, eventually, your customers’ personal details might just turn up on Pastebin.
Danny Bradbury, 24 May 2017
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GPU-flingers' bash: Forget the Matrix, Neo needs his tensors

HPC blog Last week, Nvidia held its biggest ever GPU Technology Conference (GTC). The big walk-away is that GPUs are rapidly becoming an expected and standard component of computing, table stakes in many cases, across the computing platform. Big deal right there and hence the frothiness of much of the coverage.
Shahin Khan, 24 May 2017

EU ministers approve anti-hate speech video rules

European Union ministers have approved new rules for video that will oblige Facebook, Google, Twitter and others to remove hate speech and sexually explicit videos online or face stiff fines.
Kieren McCarthy, 24 May 2017

Google starts enterprise support for Chrome, including top SaaS apps

Google is trying to give businesses a reason to ditch Internet Explorer by giving sysadmins a new set of tools for mass deployment of its own Chrome browser.
Simon Sharwood, 24 May 2017
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LinkedIn finds friends to join its 'Open19' data centre standards effort

LinkedIn wants you to brick it in the data centre by following it and its friends with a new standard for data centre hardware that pushes its ambitions to the edge and into competition with the Facebook-derived Open Compute Project.
Simon Sharwood, 24 May 2017
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India makes biometrics mandatory for all e-gov projects

India's issued three “Guidance Notes” outlining its government's policies for procuring software and entering into alliances and running RFPs.
Simon Sharwood, 24 May 2017
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Google wants to track your phone and credit card through meatspace

Google wants stores to gather purchase data on its behalf, to bolster its case that advertising on the platform works.
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Dodge this: Fiat-Chrysler gets diesel-fuelled sueball from DoJ

Fiat-Chrysler, accused of the same kind of software defeat as landed Volkswagen in hot water, is now the subject of a Department of Justice lawsuit.
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Bluemix gives users two months to adopt new rolling deployment tool

IBM's announced a swift retirement of its Active Deploy service, a facility offered to those who want frequent updates to cloudy applications.
Simon Sharwood, 24 May 2017
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What's got a vast attack surface and runs on Linux? Windows Defender, of course

Google Project Zero's Windows bug-hunter and fuzz-boffin Tavis Ormandy has given the world an insight into how he works so fast: he works on Linux, and with the release of a personal project on GitHub, others can too.
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How good are selfies these days? Good enough to fool Samsung Galaxy S8 biometrics

Chaos Computer Club's "Starbug" has taken a look at the Samsung Galaxy S8's iris-scanning authentication feature and found you can beat it with a photograph.
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Java Daddy James Gosling goes to work for Amazon Web Services

Java creator James Gosling has announced he now works for Amazon Web Services.
Simon Sharwood, 24 May 2017
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Last week: 'OpenVPN client is secure!'
This week: 'Unpatched bug in OpenVPN server'

French security outfit Sysdream has gone public with a vulnerability in the admin interface for OpenVPN's server.

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