The Week in Summary


Earthquake-sensing smartphone app fires off early alerts of disaster

There's a new smartphone app that could save your life by giving an early warning of an impending earthquake.
Iain Thomson, 13 Feb 2016

Coding is more important than Shakespeare, says VC living in self-contained universe

Close on the heels of Marc Andreessen's anti-colonialism comments about India, a second billionaire Silicon Valley VC has exploded his ego all over the internet.
Kieren McCarthy, 13 Feb 2016
Adobe Photoshop

'Adobe Creative Cloud update ate my backup!'

How about this for bizarre bug of the week: the latest version of Adobe Creative Cloud deletes the first hidden directory in root directories on Macs.
Chris Williams, 13 Feb 2016

iPhones clock-blocked and crocked by setting date to Jan 1, 1970

Watch out: setting the time and date on an Apple iPhone, iPad or iPod to January 1, 1970, may brick the thing.
Shaun Nichols, 12 Feb 2016

This is what it looks like when your website is hit by nasty ransomware

Malware appears to have hijacked the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)'s website – and held it to ransom.
Chris Williams, 12 Feb 2016
GCHQ Benhall doughnut aerial view

Brit spies can legally hack PCs and phones, say Brit spies' overseers

Blighty's spying nerve center GCHQ has a license to hack computers and devices at will, a UK intelligence oversight court has ruled.
Iain Thomson, 12 Feb 2016
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If you're going to protect people's privacy, protect our profits, too – US broadband biz to FCC

Groups representing telcos, cable operators, and wireless carriers are pressing the FCC on its plans for privacy protections in the US.
Shaun Nichols, 12 Feb 2016

Free science journal library gains notoriety, lands injunctions

A repository of 47 million research papers is playing a game of internet cat-and-mouse with publisher Elsevier.
Kieren McCarthy, 12 Feb 2016

PBX phone system hacking nets crooks $50 million over four years

A bloke has admitted laundering millions of dollars for hackers who ripped off US companies by hacking into their telephone systems.
Iain Thomson, 12 Feb 2016
Louisville Kentucky

Louisville says yes to Google Fiber. Funny story: AT&T, TWC didn't want that to happen

The city of Louisville, Kentucky, has approved a plan to bring Google Fiber service to residents and businesses.
Shaun Nichols, 12 Feb 2016

Get out of mi casa, Picasa: Google photo site to join Wave, Code, Reader in silicon hell

Google will shut down Picasa on May 1. Any pictures stored in the online album service will be moved to Google Photos automatically.
Chris Williams, 12 Feb 2016

Reluctant Wikipedia lifts lid on $2.5m internet search engine project

The Wikimedia Foundation has finally disclosed details of its controversial Knowledge Engine grant – and it confirms that Wikipedia is getting seriously into search, despite Jimmy Wales' categorical denial that WMF is “doing a Google”.
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Feb 2016

HPE is going to unleash a Machine on us. Here's how it might play out

Comment At the far end of HPE's storage and compute strategy is the Machine, the dynamically composable infrastructure thing with separately scalable compute, memory/storage and networking resources. It has a huge flat and persistent memory space – storage class memory (SCM) – using Memristor technology.
Chris Mellor, 12 Feb 2016

De-anonymising data should be a criminal offence, says MPs report

A Parliamentary report has called on the government to make the identifying of individuals by de-anonymising data a criminal offence.
Kat Hall, 12 Feb 2016
Scooter, photo Christian Mueller

Mobile: DevOps for IT shops. Minus the upheaval

For those languishing in the doldrums of traditional IT, DevOps-style development offers hope. Or would, if you weren’t too scared to try it.
Matt Asay, 12 Feb 2016
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Want AWS Lambda without the Amazon lock-in? Meet Project Kratos, a San Francisco company which has recently secured $11.5 million venture capital funding, has announced Project Kratos, which "will enable enterprises to run AWS Lambda functionality in any cloud provider, as well as on-premise," according to the project description.
Tim Anderson, 12 Feb 2016

Post-pub nosh neckfiller: The gargantuan Gatsby

It's February, and the weather's crap this side of the equator, so travel with us if you will to South Africa's sunny Cape Town for a wobbly dining experience so substantial it's more of a team sport than a post-pub dining exercise.
Lester Haines, 12 Feb 2016
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The field at the centre of the universe: Cambridge's outdoor pulsar pusher

Geek's Guide to Britain A field full of bits of old wire and an abandoned garden shed: it doesn't look like the place where Nobel prize-wining research was conducted, pushing the frontier of radio astronomy.
Simon Rockman, 12 Feb 2016

Google wins High Court fight with StreetMap over search results self-pluggery

Google has won a High Court case brought by StreetMap over anticompetitive business practices, one of several in the legal pipeline.
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Feb 2016

Philae comet lander officially dead

Scientists have glumly concluded that the Philae lander on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is almost certainly dead, and have given up trying to contact the spacecraft.
Lester Haines, 12 Feb 2016

Skype users were targeted by bad-ad pushing Angler crooks

Cybercrooks have been caught running booby-trapped ads on Skype to redirect users towards an Angler exploit kit trap.
John Leyden, 12 Feb 2016

Microsoft seller Trustmarque seeks private equity sugar daddy

Exclusive Trustmarque is erecting a for sale sign outside corporate HQ as the management team looks for a new private equity backer to fund a buy-out.
Paul Kunert, 12 Feb 2016
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National Pupil Database engorged to 20 million individual kids' records

The UK Department for Eduction has enlarged its mega database containing sensitive personal pupil information to nearly 20 million individual records, according to a Freedom of Information response.
Kat Hall, 12 Feb 2016

HPE StorServe flash capacity boost coming

At a briefing with HPE’s Chris Johnson, VP and general manager for EMEA, we found out that the company’s 3PAR arrays are in line to receive a flash capacity boost to around 8TB per SSD.
Chris Mellor, 12 Feb 2016

Ofcom spent £10m in past 2 years desperately lobbing away sueballs

Updated Communications regulator Ofcom spent nearly £10m over the last two years fighting off legal threats by providers, according to a Freedom of Information response.
Kat Hall, 12 Feb 2016

When it comes to spaffing your login creds, Android biz apps are the business

Business apps for Android are three times more likely to leak login credentials than the average app, according to a new study by security firm NowSecure.
John Leyden, 12 Feb 2016
Our plucky Playmonaut celebrates his riches with a bevy of beauties

Argos offers 'buy now pay in 3 months' deal

If you're one of the estimated 96 per cent of Brits who lives within 10 miles of an Argos outlet,* then you've probably enjoyed the in-store tablet-based catalogue shopping experience, browsing and purchasing goods for immediate collection from the front counter.
Lester Haines, 12 Feb 2016

Send tortuous stand-up ‘nine-thirty’ meetings back to the dark ages

Something for the Weekend, Sir? It begins with a murmur. Despite my best attempts to ignore it for as long as possible, the indistinct mumbling gradually becomes intelligible, forcing me to pay attention.
Alistair Dabbs, 12 Feb 2016
The Black Knight, defeated

IT's Holy Grail, but is DevOps a Poisoned Chalice for sysadmins?

DevOps is 2016’s tech holy grail – unified development and operations, both working to deliver what the business needs, quickly, reliably, and adaptably. Done well, DevOps transforms the way organisations work; it helps break down barriers between tech teams, and between technology and the rest of the business.
Noah Cantor, 12 Feb 2016

Big data lakes? Too many ponds, that’s the problem

In recent chats I had with end users and vendors I found a common pattern that made me think about Big Data analytics and how data is collected, organized and analysed in many organisations. This is also, I think, an explanation for the slow growth of some Big Data companies and slower than expected ROI in some Big Data investments.

Portworx puts storage into containers for your data centre pleasure

The container movement developers missed out storage, unlike their shipping container cousins – but startup Portworx has put storage in a dedicated container for use by other containers.
Chris Mellor, 12 Feb 2016

Indonesian comms ministry orders 'gay emoji' block

Indonesia has joined Russia with a crackdown on emoji that depict gay, lesbian, bisexual or transexual people.
Simon Sharwood, 12 Feb 2016

When asked 'What's a .CNT file?' there's a polite way to answer

On-Call Welcome again to On-Call, the weekly feature in which we share readers' experiences on help desks or out in the field fixing things.
Simon Sharwood, 12 Feb 2016

Scariest climate change prediction yet: More time to eat plane food

Increasingly powerful transatlantic jet streams thanks could by 2050 add a global 2000 hours of extra flight time, says a University of Reading study.
Darren Pauli, 12 Feb 2016

Depressed? Desperate for a ciggie? Blame the Neanderthals

It's now well established that ancient humans interbred with their Neanderthal cousins and their DNA intermingled with ours, but a new genetic analysis has shown that shagging around has had consequences.
Iain Thomson, 12 Feb 2016

Computer Science grads still finding it hard to get a job

Computer science grads are still finding it much harder to secure jobs than their peers in other STEM subjects, with one in 10 out of work six months after uni.
Kat Hall, 12 Feb 2016

Council IT system goes berserk, packs off kids to the wrong schools

Brit families waiting to find out if their kids have been accepted into their secondary school of choice were bamboozled on Thursday by a computer blunder.
Chris Williams, 12 Feb 2016
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Zero. Zilch. Nada. That's how much Netflix uses its own data centres now

Netflix has announced it no longer does any meaningful work in its own data centres.
Simon Sharwood, 12 Feb 2016

Hack VMware, score US$75K. Hack Flash, get much less

CanSecWest There's US$75,000 up for grabs to hackers who compromise VMware's hypervisor software in an upgraded Pwn2Own contest next month.
Darren Pauli, 12 Feb 2016

Net narks phishing AlphaBay drug logins in clever redirect attack

Netcraft security man Paul Mutton says net narks have spun up a fake version of Alphabay Market, a popular darknet venue, in a bid to steal login credentials.
Darren Pauli, 12 Feb 2016

You can leave your hat on, warbles Rackspace to OpenStack users

Rackspace has announced private-cloud-as-a-service running Red Hat's cut of OpenStack.
Simon Sharwood, 12 Feb 2016
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VMware hikes vSphere prices, shrinks licence options

VMware's reduced the number of vSphere packages from six to three and increased prices for the survivors.
Simon Sharwood, 12 Feb 2016
Michael Dell, photo: Dell

Dell 'struggling to raise funds for EMC gobble'

Dell's US$67bn mega-merger with EMC could be in trouble, with bankers reportedly having trouble raising the funds to foot the acquisition.
Iain Thomson, 12 Feb 2016

Verizon is on cloud none: Comms giant will axe two public services

Verizon will shut down two of its cloud services in two months' time.
Shaun Nichols, 12 Feb 2016
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Facebook-squishing Indian regulator's next move: Open source code

Fresh from squashing Facebook's effort to grab the enormous India market, the sub-continent's regulator has another goal in mind: open source software.
Kieren McCarthy, 11 Feb 2016
Flying cars in The Fifth Element

Used a cell phone in NYC? The cops probably tracked you

Police in New York City used stingray mobile phone trackers on more than one thousand occasions since 2008.
Shaun Nichols, 11 Feb 2016

Boffins' gravitational wave detection hat trick blows open astronomy

Analysis A 15-year experiment using some of the most advanced technology known to Man has picked up the first detection of a gravitational wave, the first direct measurement of black holes, and the first direct evidence of binary black holes. It has also opened up an entirely new field of astronomy.
Iain Thomson, 11 Feb 2016

Uber, Taskrabbit, other Silicon Valley darlings urge Europe not to screw their business

Uber, AirBnB, Taskrabbit and another 44 online businesses built around the "sharing economy" have written to the European Union urging politicians not to limit their development through new laws.
Kieren McCarthy, 11 Feb 2016
Abandoned building

Time acquires Myspace, creates 2004's most fearsome media giant

Time Inc. said it has acquired what's left of social networking ghost town Myspace.
Shaun Nichols, 11 Feb 2016

Sick and tired of modern Windows? Upgrade to Windows 3.1 today – in your web browser

The Internet Archive is taking us back to 1992 with the release of over 1,000 programs and games that run on what was arguably the first truly mass-market color graphical interface: Windows 3.1.
Kieren McCarthy, 11 Feb 2016
Star Wars: The Complete Saga

Health and Safety to prosecute over squashed Harrison Ford

The UK's Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has announced it will prosecute the company allegedly responsible for squashing Harrison Ford during filming of Star Wars: The Forces Awakens.
Lester Haines, 11 Feb 2016
Indian riot

Cricket can get nasty: India v Pakistan rivalry boils over into cyber-war

The continuing rivalry between India and Pakistan has spilled over into cyberspace, with activity peaking around nationalist holidays and sports fixtures.
John Leyden, 11 Feb 2016
Money falling, image via Shutterstock

Insight Enterprises CEO: our EMEA ops are firing... no not staff

Managed and cloud services picked up some momentum for Insight Enterprises’ EMEA ops in 2015 but not at the pace to offset declines in the traditional hardware and software reselling lines.
Paul Kunert, 11 Feb 2016

Great news, investors of Hortonworks: Only $179.1m net loss in 2015

All that glitters in the world of big data is not necessarily gold - just ask Hadoop-flinging Hortonworks and its army of investors that are today counting the latest annual losses.
Phone cables, photo via Shutterstock

No, HMG, bulk data surveillance is NOT inevitable

It is the topic that they don’t want us to discuss. When it came up in the Joint Committee on the Investigatory Powers Bill there was a desperate attempt to shoot the messenger, William Binney, as an alternative to the debating his message.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Microsoft axes ‘dozens’ more from former Nokia phone biz

Updated Nadella isn’t not done yet. Microsoft has made further redundancies in its the old Nokia phone division, as Finnish paper Helsingen Sanomat reports.
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Feb 2016

Mirantis: OpenStackers, it's us or Amazon...

Open Stacker Mirantis CEO, Alex Freedland, has given out an anti-Amazon message: “Our outstanding growth is reflective of the huge market opportunity we have in front of us. As AWS continues disrupting the $150 billion dollar cloud infrastructure market, OpenStack will rise up as the only viable open source alternative.”
Chris Mellor, 11 Feb 2016

Docker users clock up 2 billion pulls since 2013

Docker has declared members of its Community have performed 2 billion pulls since 2013, a quadrupling of the total just a year ago.
Joe Fay, 11 Feb 2016
Google UK office logos

Google after six-year tax foot-drag: No they're fine about the fine. We're fine. No fine

Google has not been fined for taking six years to settle its controversial £130m tax bill with the UK's HMRC, the company confirmed in front of MPs today.
Kat Hall, 11 Feb 2016
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Boffins show Ed Vaizey what superfast means: 50,000x faster than UK broadband

Researchers from University College London's (UCL) Optical Networks Group have demonstrated a 1.125 Tb/s data transmission rate as part of their investigation into the capacity limits of optical transmission systems.
Mark Wahlberg and his come-to-life teddy bear in bed in the movie Ted. Copyright: Universal Pictures

Move over, Google. Here’s Wikipedia's search engine – full of on-demand smut

Wikipedia developers have sketched out designs for a Wikipedia Search Engine, which would give users a one-click replacement for Google search. The search engine could also be embedded in devices such as the Kindle, or smartphones.
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Feb 2016
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Tier me up, tier me down: Cohesity adds cloud spill trays to on-premises array

Converged secondary storage startup Cohesity has added public cloud tiering, encryption and replication to its clustered storage arrays.
Chris Mellor, 11 Feb 2016
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School network manager wins £10,000 in NCC Group Cyber 10K challenge

The second edition of a business-development focused cyber security challenge, the Cyber 10K, has concluded – with the worthy winner receiving £10,000 to further develop an innovative security dashboard tool.
John Leyden, 11 Feb 2016

1Gbps quad-antenna mobile broadband chip dives off Qualcomm's drawing board

California chip designer Qualcomm says it has crafted an LTE modem capable of downloading data at 0.98Gbps, tops.
Chris Williams, 11 Feb 2016
USB Stress Panic Button

Heart Internet in 22-hour TITSUP after data centre power stuffup

Nottingham-based web hosting company Heart Internet has gone TITSUP* due to a power outage at what it claims is "one of the most efficient and resilient data centres in Europe".
Bruce Schneier

Global crypto survey proves govt backdoors completely pointless

In 1999, when a fierce crypto war was raging between governments and developers, researchers undertook a global survey of available encryption products.
Iain Thomson, 11 Feb 2016
Pulling the plug

Automic grasps plug-in, reaches for OpenStack

Automation vendor Automic has clambered onto OpenStack with a plug-in to link its software to the open Cloud platform.
Joe Fay, 11 Feb 2016
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Scale-out storage: Proprietary? commodity? Or both?

There is no doubting that scale-out storage is now thoroughly achievable. Indeed, scale-out is pretty much the norm for object storage, plus it is now the primary option when it comes to huge volumes of file-based NAS, where scale-out means a highly-scalable file system that supports clustering. It is growing in popularity for block storage too.
Bryan Betts, 11 Feb 2016

Amazon's Lumberyard invaded by zombies

A couple of days back Amazon unleashed Lumberyard - a free game engine and development tool locked into Amazon Web Services (AWS).
Lester Haines, 11 Feb 2016
Tony Stark

From Tony Stark to Iron Man: Building tomorrow's IT chief

The proliferation of smartphones, tablets and apps means everyone everywhere has an opinion about IT. Some experts believe the rise of interest in technology is a good thing – but for IT professionals, this attention creates a problem.
Mark Samuels, 11 Feb 2016

Joint Committee on UK Snoopers' Charter: Make like a dictionary and give a definition

IPB The Joint Committee set up to provide pre-legislative scrutiny of Britain's Snoopers' Charter has made 86 recommendations to the government. The recommendation made most often was the one most of us yelled at the screen when we first clapped eyes on it: explain what is meant by these terms.
Robot eye opens. Image via Shutterstock

Don't freak out, but your primary storage has become 'aware'

Comment The term data-aware storage is fairly new to our industry and its definition, as often happens, is not very clear. Of course vendors have their own view of this term.
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EVO:FAIL as VMware quietly shelves its EVO:RAIL recipe

VMware launched VSAN 6.2 yesterday, proclaiming it as the company's new hyperconverged software – and repeating the claim that VSAN adoption makes it number one in the hyperconverged market.
Simon Sharwood, 11 Feb 2016

Bitcoin's governance bungles stain the blockchain's reputation

Civilisation is an agreement. We agree to pay our tax, obey the laws, and generally avoid berserking around the joint. Where these agreements breaks down you get riots that scale into civil wars, then collapse. That’s less of an issue so long as the problem is over there - so that when a culture soils the sheets you don’t have to deal with the stink.
Mark Pesce, 11 Feb 2016
Ada Lovelace

Women devs – want your pull requests accepted? Just don't tell anyone you're a girl

A new study has found that women are more likely than men to have their open-source software contributions accepted – but only when their gender is hidden from project leaders.
Shaun Nichols, 11 Feb 2016
The Kremlin in Moscow. Pic: Pavel Kazachkov

Putin's internet guru says 'nyet' to Windows, 'da' to desktop Linux

The Russian government says it is looking to dump Microsoft and adopt Linux as the operating system for agency PCs.
Shaun Nichols, 11 Feb 2016
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Hollywood gives up speculative invoicing attempt in Australia

Copyright-holders of the film Dallas Buyers Club have given up their pursuit of Australian pirates after a local Judge blocked their efforts at speculative invoicing.
Simon Sharwood, 11 Feb 2016

Boffins freeze brains, then thaw them – and they're in perfect order

Scientists have preserved and recovered cryogenically-frozen brains in near-perfect condition.
Darren Pauli, 11 Feb 2016

Indian telcos ask for details of Facebook-flaying neutrality law

Hard on the heels of India implementing a net-neutrality regulation, its telecommunications carriers have asked the country's regulator to clarify its impact on them.
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Bluetooth direct to the internet: What could possibly go wrong?

The Bluetooth special interest group (SIG) reckons connecting "things" to PCs and smartphones is passé and wants to add direct-to-router connections to its technology.
South Korean flag. Pic: Republic of Korea

South Korea abandons manufacturing enclave in nuclear North

North Korea's launch of a useless satellite atop a thinly-disguised intercontinental ballistic missile has turned out to have immediate terrestrial implications, including some for the technology industries, after South Korea closed a manufacturing enclave in the North.
Simon Sharwood, 11 Feb 2016
The Unha-3-2 launches from Sohae Satellite Launching Station in December 2012. Pic: Official North Korean image

Norks stabilise non-threatening space speck ... for about five minutes

North Korea briefly got its tumbling satellite under control, but before the satellite made any transmissions it started tumbling again.
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Panasonic Toughbooks are so tough they can smoke

Panasonic's the latest company to fall foul of dodgy batteries, finding that the rechargeables shipped with its CF-S10 laptop "may overheat, cause smoke, or may ignite" causing "a risk of a fire or a burn hazard to consumers" and the computer.
Simon Sharwood, 11 Feb 2016

Building automation systems are so bad IBM hacked one for free

An IBM-led penetration testing team has thoroughly owned an enterprise building management network in a free assessment designed to publicise the horrid state of embedded device security.
Darren Pauli, 11 Feb 2016

Celebrities fronting startups again? Now we're interested!

Move over Stephen Fry: a retired Australian rules footballer, motivational speaker and reality television contestant is fronting a startup.

Cisco security kit wide-open to IKE bug

Patch it now and don't wait: Cisco has announced that a bunch of its Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) products are vulnerable to a remote code execution bug.
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Enterprise network spend hits the brakes – and Cisco's OK with that

The financial market turmoil that's characterized 2016 has led Cisco to set modest expectations for the coming three months.
Carly Fiorina

Carly Fiorina makes like HP and splits – ex-CEO quits White House race

After her campaign garnered just four per cent of the vote in the New Hampshire primaries, Carly Fiorina has announced that she has suspended her run to be US commander in chief, but will carry on campaigning.
Iain Thomson, 10 Feb 2016

TTIP: A locked room, no internet access, two hours, 300 pages and lots of typos

A German MP has given an insight into the surreal restrictions imposed around the upcoming US-EU trade deal, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
Kieren McCarthy, 10 Feb 2016

Crims unleashed IRS-stabbing malware in bid to rob 464,000 people

Crooks generated the keys necessary to file tax returns for 101,000 people in the US – allowing the crims to potentially siphon off their victims' rebates.
Iain Thomson, 10 Feb 2016

US Congress locks and loads three anti-encryption bullets

US Congress is preparing no fewer than three new bills over the ongoing encryption debate: one banning end-to-end encryption, one setting up a commission to review the issue, and a third to make sure that it is Congress that gets to decide what happens next.
Kieren McCarthy, 10 Feb 2016

Twitter CEO Jack's off to the settings page, adds robot-sorted tweets

It's official – Twitter is slightly moving away from being a hosepipe of real-time wittering.
Iain Thomson, 10 Feb 2016
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Japanese boffins fire up 100Gbps wireless broadband connection

A group of university researchers in Japan say they have achieved wireless data connections of up to 100Gbps with a new transmitter operating at the submillimetre terahertz frequency range.
Shaun Nichols, 10 Feb 2016
A Coachella School District bus

How one of the poorest districts in the US pipes Wi-Fi to families – using school buses

America's second-poorest school district is also home to a surprising IT program that has won it national acclaim.
Shaun Nichols, 10 Feb 2016

Let Europeans sue America for slurping their data – US Senate

European citizens will soon win the right to sue the US government for snatching their personal and private data.
Kieren McCarthy, 10 Feb 2016
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Data wranglers Trifacta wangle themselves $35m in VC cash

In Brief Self-service-as-a-service start-up Trifacta has proudly announced that it has raised $35m in VC cash for "growth financing".

Andreessen stokes the Facebook Free Basics ‘colonialism’ row

Venture capitalist and Facebook board member Marc Andreessen has stoked the growing row about banning a free data service that gets impoverished rural Indians online.
Andrew Orlowski, 10 Feb 2016

VMware adds dedupe tool to VSAN penknife: You don't need no steenkin' array

VMware has updated VSAN, its virtual SAN software, to version 6.2, adding data protection stuff to catch up with Nutanix and Simplivity hyper-converged infrastructure appliances.
Chris Mellor, 10 Feb 2016
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Three storage upstarts hit back at doom, gloom 'n' layoffs news

Amidst the six-way storage startup staff lay-off gloom, another three companies* are going the other way. Exagrid, owncloud and Simplivity are showing the storage market still has a thirst for great products. Wake up competitors, and smell the coffee.
Chris Mellor, 10 Feb 2016

Hold the miniature presses: Playmobil movie is go

In long-overdue news, it's been announced that 2018 will see the release of a full-blown animated Playmobil movie, the first of a planned trilogy.
Lester Haines, 10 Feb 2016

Coho Data leaps aboard layoffs train: Another startup cuts jobs

Coho Data, the storage startup with the clever storage array that can also compute, has joined the craze and laid off a load of unfortunate staff.
Chris Mellor, 10 Feb 2016

Offers? Opera's board likes Qihoo, says shareholders should too

Opera's board has recommended its shareholders accept a Chinese consortium's buyout offer of $1.2bn, about 53 per cent above where it has recently been trading.
Lumberyard is a complete game development tool based on CryEngine

Amazon launches Lumberyard beta, a free gaming engine, but there is a catch

Amazon has released a beta of Lumberyard, a free game engine and development tool – but with the condition that your game may not read or write data to competing cloud services.
Tim Anderson, 10 Feb 2016
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SAP plugs critical software flaw that could let hackers into factories

SAP has issued a critical software update that plugged 23 security holes on Tuesday, including a fix for security issues in its industrial manufacturing software.
John Leyden, 10 Feb 2016

Met Police wants to keep billions of number plate scans after cutoff date

The Met Police has said it must retain billions of Automatic Number Plate Recognition scans on a colossal database beyond the agreed period of two years.
Kat Hall, 10 Feb 2016

MapR says Q4 revenue embiggenment was down to ex-Oracle chap

San Jose software biz MapR has thanked ex-Oracle executive Matt Mills, who is now the company's president and COO, for its best ever quarterly billings.
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Ready to cook Amazon's Lambda? Google releases preview of Cloud Functions

Google has released an alpha of Cloud Functions, a managed Node.js environment that is reminiscent of Amazon Web Services (AWS)'s Lambda.
Tim Anderson, 10 Feb 2016

Three scoops 'most reliable network' crown, EE takes every other title

Three emerges as the UK’s most reliable mobile operator and EE as the UK’s fastest, in RootMetrics' biannual network survey.
Andrew Orlowski, 10 Feb 2016

ARM pumps fist as profits soar, warns of weaker hand in 2016

Chip designer ARM once again posted bumper annual results, with profits up 31 per cent to £414.8m on revenue of £968m, up 22 per cent.
Kat Hall, 10 Feb 2016

Speaking in Tech: It's all about the flashback to 1982's WangNet

Podcast Podcast #RIPTwitter, down with all the "my tech is bigger than your tech" and prognostications on the future of ONTAP: Welcome to another episode of Speaking in Tech!
Team Register, 10 Feb 2016

Firemen free chap's todger from four-ring chokehold

Firemen from the Spanish town of Dénia, in Alicante, enjoyed an entertaining shout last week when they were called to remove four steel rings from the base of an unfortunate chap's todger.
Lester Haines, 10 Feb 2016
David Caruso as famously sunglasses-lowering cheeseball crime scene investigator Horatio Crane in CSI: Miami. Photo copyright CBS

CSI: Let's get out of the lab, interview the suspect, then do a warrantless search

Is CSI a real thing? No, I don't mean the American TV series about investigating crime scenes: that's clearly a very broad-strokes* take on a real job. I'm talking about Continual Service Improvement – that thing that you see on business cards and on LinkedIn profiles from time to time, and think to yourself: “Is that actually a proper job?”
Dave Cartwright, 10 Feb 2016
Node Knockout code

This is why copy'n'paste should be banned from developers' IDEs

Line Break Welcome to the latest instalment of Line Break, the column in which we share ghastly code readers have sadly encountered in the wild.
Chris Williams, 10 Feb 2016

Crypto connoisseurs: Curl up with Princeton's 300-page ode to Bitcoin

Bitcoin boffins have been gifted a 300-page tome on the workings of their favourite crypto-currency as told by the academics of Princeton and Stanford universities.
Darren Pauli, 10 Feb 2016

Bank fail: Ready or not, here's our new software

Today, I was a user Every now and again The Register runs articles from sysadmins around the world about the horrors of working in IT. From time to time, however, it is probably worth reading something from the user's point of view. This is one such story.
Trevor Pott, 10 Feb 2016

Techie the most recession-proof job

Want to survive the next global financial meltdown without being forced to trade your shoes for food? Well, you'd be safest to get a job in tech.
Kat Hall, 10 Feb 2016
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HMRC is to tax OpenStack cloud with UK citizens' data

Britain’s taxman has embraced OpenStack for a fledgling cross-channel digital tax service.
Gavin Clarke, 10 Feb 2016
Night scene of bank station in central london

Open APIs for UK banking: It's happening, people

On Tuesday, an industry-led group published a new framework for supporting the use of open APIs in the banking sector.
OUT-LAW.COM, 10 Feb 2016

Why does the VR industry think 2016 is its year? It's the hardware, stupid

In 1994 this hack had his first taste of virtual reality, shooting pterodactyls in a blocky polygon world, and was assured by the vendor that 1995 would be the year VR really took off.
Iain Thomson, 10 Feb 2016
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SCO's last arguments in 'Who owns Linux?' case vs. IBM knocked out

The end of the near-immortal “Who owns Unix?” case looks to be near after a US judge knocked out the two remaining arguments with which the SCO group hoped to attack IBM.
Darren Pauli, 10 Feb 2016
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FTDI boss hits out at 'Chinese criminal gang' pumping knock-off chips

FTDI's CEO Fred Dart has given a rare interview to explain that the company's sometimes-unpopular anti-counterfeiting practices are part of a fightback against a professional Chinese knock-off operation.
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Is tech monitoring software still worth talking about?

Sysadmin Blog It's 2016, and the number one complaint I hear from sysadmins is still about monitoring software. The complaints have evolved with time, and every organization seems to have its own challenges. Despite this, monitoring software seems to be one of the most universal frustrations in modern IT.
Trevor Pott, 10 Feb 2016

Microsoft quits giving us the silent treatment on Windows 10 updates

Poll Microsoft has agreed to let people know a little more about what they're downloading in their Windows 10 updates.
Chris Williams, 10 Feb 2016
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Gmail growls with more bad message flags to phoil phishers

Google's taking some of the user interface techniques it uses to flag insecure Web pages and applying them to email.
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Intel's Wind River preps server to deliver VMs into home routers

Intel is starting to deliver on its vision of x86-powered modem/routers in the home , as its Wind River subsidiary releases a server dedicated to delivery of functions to virtual customer premises equipment (CPE).
Simon Sharwood, 10 Feb 2016

Flash flushed as Google orders almost all ads to adopt HTML5

Google's getting serious about hastening the oh-so-timely demise of Adobe Flash, telling advertisers they've just under a year to move to HTML 5.
Simon Sharwood, 10 Feb 2016

GSMA outlines thoroughly sensible IoT security rules

About time: the GSM Association has released a bunch of guidelines to try and address the chronic insecurity of the Internet of Things.

Moscow raids could signal end of global Dyre bank trojan menace

One of the worst examples of financial malware appears to have fallen silent after operators were reportedly arrested in Moscow after a rare raid by the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (FSB).
Darren Pauli, 10 Feb 2016

Google binning its search appliance hardware business

Google looks like it has binned its search appliances.
Simon Sharwood, 10 Feb 2016

Bitcoiners are just like everybody else: They use rubbish passwords

Don't pretend you can invent a strong enough, memorable password to protect your Bitcoins: crypto-boffins can crack the so-called "brain wallet."
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Cisco forgets to ship management software with security appliances

Cisco has 'fessed up to forgetting the software needed to manage its Adaptive Security Appliances.
Simon Sharwood, 10 Feb 2016

San Francisco prepares to open source its voting system software

San Francisco, home of the tech startup, is trying to show its tech credentials by becoming the first city to use open source software for elections.
Kieren McCarthy, 10 Feb 2016
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Australian astroboffins reveal hundreds of hidden galaxies

Data collected by Australia's Parkes radio telescope from as far back as 1997 has led astronomers to declare they've discovered hundreds of galaxies hidden from telescopes by the Milky Way.

Dumping chapter and verse on someone's private life online may be outlawed in Utah

Legislators in Utah have proposed a law that would bring serious criminal penalties for those who post others' private information online with the intent to harass.
Shaun Nichols, 10 Feb 2016

Linode SSH key blunder left virtual servers open to man-in-the-middle fiddles for months

Web hosting biz Linode broke the security in its customers' virtual machines, allowing attackers to eavesdrop on SSH connections and hijack them.
Chris Williams, 09 Feb 2016
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2016 tech shakeout starts with CxO exodus

Analysis The rumblings of over-priced tech stocks, made real last month in above-market share falls, have started hitting home with a series of high-profile exits this week.
Kieren McCarthy, 09 Feb 2016

Don't touch that PDF or webpage until your Windows PC is patched

Microsoft has patched 41 CVE-listed security vulnerabilities in its software this month.
Shaun Nichols, 09 Feb 2016

VMware finally gets all its end-user computing ideas together as one

VMware has taken the wraps off what looks like the culmination of several years building an end-user computing business.
Simon Sharwood, 09 Feb 2016

Telstra proclaims free data day to make up for epic TITSUP

A somewhat red-faced Telstra is going to give its customers free data on Sunday to apologise for yesterday's mobile network outage.
Kyle Schwaneke at Microsoft

Microsoft hits the gas in drive to recruit autistic techies

Getting a job if you're on the autistic spectrum can be hard, but Microsoft is keen to hire people with the disorder for its workforce.
Iain Thomson, 09 Feb 2016

Want blazing fast Netflix streams? Book a flight to Northern Europe

Northern Europe and Scandinavia enjoy the fastest streaming speeds for Netflix.
Shaun Nichols, 09 Feb 2016

We're going to use your toothbrush to snoop on you, says US spy boss

The Internet of Things is a godsend for the US intelligence services, according to Director of National Intelligence and professional splitter-of-hairs James Clapper.
Kieren McCarthy, 09 Feb 2016

Google crafts custom networking CPU with parallel computing links

Updated It appears Google has quietly built an in-house processor with close ties to parallel computing and networking.
Chris Williams, 09 Feb 2016

Sophisticated malware-as-a-racket fraudsters have been scamming businesses for 10 years

Security researchers have lifted the lid on the Poseidon Group, a global cyber-espionage gang in operation since at least 2005.
John Leyden, 09 Feb 2016
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How cybercrooks made $330K from ransomware without really trying

The small cybercrime ring behind the CryptoWall 3.0 ransomware was able to collect more than $330,607 in ransom from 670 victims, according to new research.
John Leyden, 09 Feb 2016
Adobe Animate CC replaces Flash Professional

Don't mention the F word: Adobe releases Animate CC

Adobe has released Animate CC, formerly known as Flash Professional, as part of its effort to move away from its proprietary plug-in and runtime in favour of HTML5 Canvas and WebGL.
Tim Anderson, 09 Feb 2016
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SwiftStack's multi-modal 'we're so much better than you' FUD play

Comment If you want a Swift-compliant object storage system, then SwiftStack is the best you you can get. So says, er, Swiftstack itself.
Chris Mellor, 09 Feb 2016

Obama govt proposes 33% hike in cyber-security spending

The outgoing Obama administration has proposed increasing federal cyber-security spending by $5bn, or around a third, in the hope of reaching $19bn in 2017.
John Leyden, 09 Feb 2016

NASA charges up 18-prop electric X-plane

NASA is working towards getting an electric-powered multiprop experimental aircraft off the ground, with an eye to future "greater fuel efficiency, improved performance and ride quality and aircraft noise reduction".
Lester Haines, 09 Feb 2016

Getting a grip on Puppet: A guide for beginners

QA's Kat McIvor will be taking to the stage at Continuous Lifecycle London to talk about automating security. But her skills don't end there. If config management's your thing, here's Kat's take on getting started with Puppet.
Kat McIvor, 09 Feb 2016

HPE beefs up entry MSA with a bit of flash

HPE has added SSDs to its entry-level MSA array, re-priced some SSDs, and brought out a new, denser filer, all intended to help customers with limited budgets.
Chris Mellor, 09 Feb 2016
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Virgin Media spoof email mystery: Customers take to Facebook

Customers of Virgin Media who are increasingly convinced their service provider has been victim of a security breach have formed a Facebook group to share their experiences and push for answers.
John Leyden, 09 Feb 2016
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Don't you see these simple facts? Destroy Facebook and restore human Liberty

FoTW What could be more warmly received on this brisk winter's day than a delicious, heartfelt bellow of rage from a Commentard who could bear it no more.
Jude Karabus, 09 Feb 2016

Intelligence Committee marks Gov's Snoopers' Charter: See me after class

The Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament has warned the Government that it needs to make "substantive amendments" to its draft Investigatory Powers Bill, before proceeding to outline changes which don't appear to be very "substantive" at all.
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Irish kids get first-person view of 1916 uprising... via Minecraft

Irish schoolchildren will no longer have to experience the Republic’s blood and fire birth through grainy black-and-white pics and film reels - they can experience it through the full colour lumpenly pixelated reality of Minecraft instead.
Joe Fay, 09 Feb 2016
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Violin Memory offers starter kits to tempt flash storage virgins

Violin Memory has two flash array starter bundles to give enterprises "an easy and affordable way" into all-flash array performance.
Chris Mellor, 09 Feb 2016
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DataGravity CEO, on layoffs: A little pruning doesn't hurt

Comment Fresh fruit blosssoms on new wood and a little pruning doesn't hurt. So said John Joseph, DataGravity's president and founder as he discussed the recent headcount reduction.
Chris Mellor, 09 Feb 2016
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Private clouds kinda suck, you know?

Sysadmin Blog Are enterprises really starting to act like service providers? If you ask vendors, social media and "thought influencers" hired to speak at conferences, the answer is yes. I'm not so sure.
Trevor Pott, 09 Feb 2016

Ballmer schools SatNad on Microsoft's mobile strategy: You need one

The world’s wealthiest activist shareholder, Steve Ballmer, has offered another critique of Microsoft, the company he helped build.
Andrew Orlowski, 09 Feb 2016

What took you so long, Twitter? Micro blogging site takes on the trolls

Twitter is seeking to stamp out the anonymous bullies and trolls who blight the “social” media site. Today the company announced the Twitter Trust & Safety Council, comprising more than 40 organisations and outside experts.
Drew Cullen, 09 Feb 2016
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Actifio CEO talks about growth, quietly sacks bunch of staff

Copy data reduction startup Actifio has laid off some staff, the fifth storage startup we've heard about this month to do so.
Chris Mellor, 09 Feb 2016
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Silent Nork satellite tumbling in orbit

North Korean "Earth observation" satellite Kwangmyongsong-4 is "tumbling in orbit", according to US officials, suggesting a second failure by Pyongyang to get a functioning satellite aloft.
Lester Haines, 09 Feb 2016
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Amazon UK boss is 'most powerful' man in food and drink

"He doesn’t run any supermarkets and his market share in groceries is minuscule. But Chris North gives grocery the shivers.”
Drew Cullen, 09 Feb 2016
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Imation: Data storage? No, come to us for, er, investment advice

Analysis Activist investor-controlled Imation is setting up an investment advisor subsidiary and putting $20m into an offshore investment fund controlled by the activist investor controlling Imation.
Chris Mellor, 09 Feb 2016

Russian ATM-popping gang used nation state cybercrook tactics

Cybercrooks are increasingly adopting tactics from more advanced hackers in order to steal millions of dollars from banks and other financial institutions.
John Leyden, 09 Feb 2016

Ex-TalkTalker TalkTalks: Records portal had shared password. It was 4 years old

Exclusive Fraudsters who attempted to scam TalkTalk customers by using records of their maintenance engineer visits are thought to have bought that info from current or former staff.
Kat Hall, 09 Feb 2016
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Dell PowerEdge R730: Reg rack monkeys crack smiles over kindness of engineers

Review Dell is a company with many arms: it does servers, laptops, desktops and like its competitors, tries to have those arms positioned in as many different areas of IT as possible. The server arm has extended us a Poweredge R730 2U server to review and it has served as a good reminder of why Dell servers are so popular.
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Canonical reckons Android phone-makers will switch to Ubuntu

Canonical is courting Google’s Android partners in the hope they'll break ranks with the Chocolate Factory and deliver devices powered by Ubuntu.
Gavin Clarke, 09 Feb 2016
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Nokia kicks off pre-MWC race with tech show-and-tell

And then there were four: the Big Five mobile network vendors are reduced to a quartet, though Cisco will be hoping that its new alliance with Ericsson will admit it to the inner circle, while Samsung and NEC remain hopeful of harnessing virtualisation to improve their radio access network (RAN) business.
Wireless Watch, 09 Feb 2016

Picking apart the circuits in the ARM1 – the ancestor of your smartphone's brain

Pic Ever since the silicon blueprints of the ARM1 – the grandfather of today's smartphone processors – were recovered in November, hardware guru Ken Shirriff has been poring over the layout and reverse-engineering the landmark chip.
Chris Williams, 09 Feb 2016

France joins India in telling Facebook to just Zuck off

Monday June 8th will go down as a bad day in Facebook history, after France joined India by telling the social network to Zuck off.
Simon Sharwood, 09 Feb 2016

Microsoft researchers smash homomorphic encryption speed barrier

Exclusive Microsoft researchers, in partnership with academia, have published a paper detailing how they have dramatically increased the speed of homomorphic encryption systems.
Iain Thomson, 09 Feb 2016

Scary RAM-gobbling bug in SQL Server 2014 exposed by Visual Studio online outage

Microsoft techies have pinpointed the SQL query that smashed the software giant's Visual Studio Team Services offline for several hours.
Chris Williams, 09 Feb 2016
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Ready for a nostalgia kick? Usborne has put its old computer books on the web for free

UK publishing house Usborne is giving out its iconic 1980s programming books as free downloads.
Shaun Nichols, 09 Feb 2016

Brits best French in Euro securo pwn party

Brits are less likely than the French to be p0wned by malware, phishing, or to have their privacy violated by some wretched online service, but are far more vulnerable than the Dutch, the European Union's numbers office has found.
Darren Pauli, 09 Feb 2016

GitHub fixes 102 flaws, pays out $95k under bug bounty program

GitHub says it has paid out US$95,300 over two years under its bug bounty program.
Darren Pauli, 09 Feb 2016
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LIGO boffins set to reveal grav-wave corker

After weeks of speculation, the stage is set for Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) boffins to announce their findings.
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Fleet of 4.77MHz LCD laptops with 8088 CPUs still alive after 30 years

The can of worms we opened when we learned of the server switched off after eighteen years and ten months' service is still wriggling, as a reader has contacted us to tell of nearly 30-year-old laptops still in service.
Simon Sharwood, 09 Feb 2016
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It's 2016 and a font file can own your computer

Updated Cisco-owned Talos has announced a bunch of font library bugs present in apps running on Windows and Linux, affecting client and-server-side machines.
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Telstra mobile in continental TITSUP

UPDATE Australia's dominant carrier, Telstra, is experiencing a total inability to support usual performance (TITSUP) on its mobile voice and data networks.
Team Register, 09 Feb 2016

Verizon!–Yahoo! takeover! inches! ahead!

Verizon has decided its Yahoo! strategy is important enough to occupy the attention of the CEO of its AOL business unit.
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Atlassian creates new Android, iOS development teams

DevOps darling Atlassian has created new development teams for iOS and Android, and is seeking principal developers to lead both.
Simon Sharwood, 09 Feb 2016

Did a hacker really pwn the FBI, US Homeland Security and the DoJ?

Water cooler My Twitter feed's blowing up! My dad's calling about it because even the New York Times is writing about it. The FBI, the US Dept of Homeland Security and the Dept of Justice all got hacked over the weekend? What the hell, man?
Shaun Nichols, 09 Feb 2016

Microsoft crams more tools into its Azure-in-a-box technical preview

Barely a week after releasing the first preview of its cloud-in-a-box Azure Stack, Microsoft has doubled down with new tools for the code base.
Iain Thomson, 08 Feb 2016

Security? We haven't heard of it, says hacker magnet VTech

Insecure kiddie-IoT-tat merchant VTech has decided its insecurity is its users' fault.
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Anova takes small slice of failing AOptix

Free-space optics vendor AOptix is reportedly on skid row, with Anova Technologies catching part of the company on the way down.
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CSIRO says it's not firing scientists, it's re-balancing

Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has published a correction of recent reports about redundancies at the government-funded outfit.
Simon Sharwood, 08 Feb 2016

Facebook cares about you, yes you, so much it won't give up on India

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has taken to Facebook – of course! – to vent about India's decision to ban its neo-colonialist virtual land grab Free Basics internet-on-ramp.
Simon Sharwood, 08 Feb 2016

Trane thermostat is a hot spot for viruses on home networks

That shiny Internet of Things thermostat might look oh-so cool on the wall, but new research from Cisco shows it could be harboring a whole host of ugly malware.
Iain Thomson, 08 Feb 2016

AdBlock Plus, websites draft peace deal so ads can bypass blockade

The developer of AdBlock Plus is in talks with website owners to seal a deal that would allow more adverts to bypass the ad-blocker and appear in people's browsers.
Shaun Nichols, 08 Feb 2016

Imation flogs off IronKey to Kingston

Imation has unravelled one of ex-CEO Mark Lucas's recovery strategy acquisitions and sold the IronKey business to Kingston. It's also received a non-compliance listing notice from the New York Stock Exchange; its valuation not being high enough.
Chris Mellor, 08 Feb 2016
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Labels to artists: You'll get a penny, so go away

Two of the three major record labels last week promised to share some of the money from the windfall they may receive from a Spotify IPO with artists. Neither said how much will land in the busker's hat. But the implication was that this was an act of munificence, and whatever the amount is, they should be jolly grateful.
Andrew Orlowski, 08 Feb 2016

Inside Adwind: A DIY malware toolkit used by 1,800 crooks to spy on 443k victims

Security researchers have lifted the lid on Adwind – a malware-as-a-service platform which has hit more than 400,000 users and organisations across the globe.
John Leyden, 08 Feb 2016

New Relic launches autism at work programme, signs up interns

New Relic has become the latest software company to take a good look at its recruitment and training programmes and see how it might help people on the autism spectrum into tech jobs.
Joe Fay, 08 Feb 2016

Are Indians too stupid to be trusted with free Internet?

Comment Spurred on by wealthy white activists, the Indian telecoms regulator TRAI has stepped in to save poor Indians from themselves. Western elites think they shouldn’t get free internet.
Andrew Orlowski, 08 Feb 2016
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Those converged infrastructure vendors are cannibals, I tell you

Commodity server shipments are booming but there is a sting in the tail for specialist vendors, who are seeing their hardware sales cannibalised.
Drew Cullen, 08 Feb 2016
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Toshiba and Samsung both ponder opening new 3D flash fabs

+Comment Financially troubled Toshiba is building a new 3D flash fab while Samsung is delaying an expansion of its 3D NAND fab capabilities.
Chris Mellor, 08 Feb 2016

Big hybrid iron swinger Infinidat bigs up its own growth

Infinidat, Moshe Yanai’s attempt to re-invent monolithic arrays in hybrid array, super-reliable form, had a good final 2015 quarter and wants everyone to know it's growing while competitors are lagging.
Chris Mellor, 08 Feb 2016
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Fake Flash update malware targets gullible Apple users

Security watchers have spotted a shareware scam targeting Apple users that features malicious code signed with a legitimate Apple developer certificate.
John Leyden, 08 Feb 2016

Privacy advocates left out of NHS 'oversight' board

Privacy advocates have been secretly expelled from the NHS's discussions group, while lobbyists backed by biotech corporations have kept their places at the table.
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Drone-busting eagles to darken Blighty's skies?

The Metropolitan Police have confirmed they're looking into deploying drone-busting eagles, a few days after a Scottish MP called for cops north of the border to investigate the possibility of using feathered interceptors to deal with growing flocks of wild UAVs.
Lester Haines, 08 Feb 2016
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Health Secretary promises NHS £4.2bn to go 'digital'

National Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has promised £4.2bn investment to "bring the NHS into the digital age," part of an attempt once again by the department to force the service to go paperless.
Kat Hall, 08 Feb 2016

LOHAN entertains the crowd at Oz Linux shindig

Our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) mission took to the stage at the 2016 in Geelong last Friday, as Linux guru and Vulture 2 spaceplane autopilot wrangler Andrew Tridgell gave an entertaining speech on his currently UAV endeavours.
Lester Haines, 08 Feb 2016

Government hails superfast broadband deal for new homes

The Government has brokered a deal between BT Openreach and The Home Builders Federation (HBF) which means “new build homes [are] to have superfast broadband connectivity”. This is a tad optimistic as there is no legal compulsion for house builders to comply with the new arrangement.
Drew Cullen, 08 Feb 2016

It's official: India bans Facebook's Free Basics

The Indian Telecoms Regulatory Authority (TRAI) has permanently banned Facebook's Free Basics project on "net neutrality" grounds.
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Continuous Lifecycle London: Early bird tickets fly off in 21 days

There are 21 days until our early bird offer on tickets for Continuous Lifecycle expires, so if you want to save £100s on the best in DevOps, Agile Development and Continuous Delivery, consider yourself warned.
Joe Fay, 08 Feb 2016

TalkTalk confesses: Scammers have data about our engineers' visits to your home

A number of TalkTalk customers have had their maintenance visits data breached by fraudsters in an attempt to gain remote access of their computers, it has emerged.
Kat Hall, 08 Feb 2016
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DataGravity falls to Earth, cuts exec post, lays off staff

DataGravity has laid off the director of DataGravity Labs and other staff, and is the fourth storage startup to lay off staff this month.
Chris Mellor, 08 Feb 2016

Imagination Tech's chief Hossein Yassaie quits, shares slide

One of the longest-serving tech chiefs in the world, Imagination Technologies’ CEO Sir Hossein Yassaie, has stepped down, with non-exec director Andrew Heath filling his shoes as interim chief.
Andrew Orlowski, 08 Feb 2016
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Bye-bye, BT: Finance director jumps ship

BT has confirmed that its long-serving finance director Tony Chanmugam is to step down – the latest executive exit from the newly formed BT/EE.
Kat Hall, 08 Feb 2016
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Puppet CEO: No hype in DevOps... except for the overhyped bits

The DevOps market is not overhyped – except for container technology and other bits that are, the head of Puppet Labs told us last month.
Joe Fay, 08 Feb 2016
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Let's play immutable infrastructure! A game where 'crash and burn' works both ways

If you’ve ever had the misfortune to work as a systems administrator (and it doesn’t matter if it’s a Windows or Linux shop) you’ll know the feeling of logging on on Monday morning, checking a few log files and noticing something’s not quite right.
Andrew Cobley, 08 Feb 2016

Don't Fedex your tapes, people! We're so fast it's SANdulous – WANrockIT

Bridgeworks says it can make communicating with offsite tape libraries vastly faster than physically shipping tapes, and vastly cheaper if you are using a remote Fibre Channel SAN or site-to-site replication before transmitting data to the tape library.
Chris Mellor, 08 Feb 2016
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EU could force countries to allocate 700 MHz band to mobile by mid-2020

New legislation could force EU countries to make sure the 700 MHz band of spectrum is made exclusively available for mobile services by the middle of 2020.
OUT-LAW.COM, 08 Feb 2016

SCO slapped in latest round of eternal 'Who owns UNIX?' lawsuit

The SCO Group has suffered another reversal in its long-running attempt to squeeze some cash out of IBM for allegedly pinching its code and tossing it into Linux and maybe AIX too.
Simon Sharwood, 08 Feb 2016

Alibaba security fail: Brute-force bonanza yields 21m logins

Up to 21 million accounts on Alibaba e-commerce site TaoBao may have been compromised thanks to stolen credentials reused on breached third-party sites.
Darren Pauli, 08 Feb 2016
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Europe makes it rain for cloud biz: £30m of gold showered on BT, IBM etc

The European Commission has announced what companies will supply the organization with its new cloud services.
Kieren McCarthy, 08 Feb 2016

Oracle issues emergency patch for Java on Windows

Oracle's fired off an out-of-cycle emergency Java patch to plug a during-installation vulnerability on Windows platforms.
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Cisco recalls switches that could short power to the case. And hurt you

Cisco is recalling a bunch of industrial Ethernet switches because it discovered the power source wiring could potentially short to the case.
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Remember Netbooks? Windows 10 makes them good again!

Among the many bizarre and stupid mistakes Microsoft made with Windows 8.x was the decision to require screens to have resolution of at least 1024 x 768.
Simon Sharwood, 08 Feb 2016
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Norks uses ballistic missile to launch silent 'satellite'

The UN Security Council has threatened North Korea with the terrors of the Earth after its weekend ballistic missile test.
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London seeks trials of Google's robo-cars

The Greater London Authority has approached Google to seek local trials of the company's autonomous cars.
Simon Sharwood, 08 Feb 2016

VMware kicks off new vSphere beta test

VMware is looking for people to indulge in some beta testing for a new version of vSphere.
Simon Sharwood, 08 Feb 2016

Celeb gossip site TMZ was pushing malware at innocent surfers

Celeb goss and dross site TMZ has been serving the world's worst exploit kit to its 30 million monthly visitors after malvertising scum compromised its advertising chain.
Darren Pauli, 08 Feb 2016
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Thirty Meter Telescope needs to revisit earthly fine print

Hawaii's planned Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project has been formally sent back to square one in its construction approval process.
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If you're reading this on your phone, pray you're in Singapore

If you're reading this on your phone, pray you're in Singapore, New Zealand, Hungary or Israel, because they're the four nations where LTE networks deliver the fastest downloads. Clasp your hands and look heavenwards again if you live in the United Kingdom or United States , as those nations come in 29th and 55th respectively in Open Signal's State of LTE report for 2015's fourth quarter.
Simon Sharwood, 08 Feb 2016

Reports: First death from meteorite impact recorded in India

One man is dead and three injured following a reported meteorite strike in India.
Darren Pauli, 08 Feb 2016
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NBN activations to rise from 10,000 per week to 8,400 ... wait, what?

Last Friday, nbnTM congratulated itself on a positive user experience and a record number of activations.