The Week in Summary

Tech fails miserably in Forbes' most innovative companies

The tech industry feeds off its reputation for being innovative but, according to Forbes at least, it may not be warranted.
Kieren McCarthy, 26 Aug 2016

Having offended everyone else in the world, Linus Torvalds calls own lawyers a 'nasty festering disease'

Coding curmudgeon Linus Torvalds has gone off on yet another rant: this time against his own lawyers and free software activist Bradley Kuhn.
Kieren McCarthy, 26 Aug 2016
Dragon

SpaceX Dragon capsule lands in Pacific carrying 12 moustronauts

The SpaceX team has successfully recovered its Dragon capsule which was sent back to Earth by the International Space Station.
Iain Thomson, 26 Aug 2016
Dorms at a Pegatron factory

Apple is making life terrible in its factories – labor rights warriors

Pressure from Apple to lower costs is driving worsening conditions for workers at the company's manufacturing partners.
Shaun Nichols, 26 Aug 2016
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'Fake CEO' Chinese chap cuffed in $54m fraud probe

Police in Hong Kong have arrested a Chinese man on charges of laundering the proceeds of an online robbery that netted millions of dollars.
Iain Thomson, 26 Aug 2016
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Rackspace finds its $4.3bn sugar daddy

Cloud management provider Rackspace says that it will be going private in a deal that will pay shareholders $4.3bn.
Shaun Nichols, 26 Aug 2016
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Sunny, summery Intel slips out six flashy 3D NAND SSDs

Intel has introduced six new SSDs using 3D NAND technology, with two client products, two data centre drives and two embedded Internet of Things drives.
Chris Mellor, 26 Aug 2016

Google breaks heart, White Knight falls off horse

Analysis Google Fiber was supposed to be the White Knight of US broadband, riding to its rescue. But this horse has bolted. In the opposite direction.
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Aug 2016

Go forth Spitzer! To infinity and....

NASA’s trusty Spitzer Space Telescope is set to enter the next stage of its mission which has been dubbed “Beyond” in October.
Katyanna Quach, 26 Aug 2016
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Uber lost $7m a DAY in the first half of this year

Casual-labour powered carpool dispatcher Uber lost $1.27bn in the first half of 2016, or almost $7m a day. And the losses are increasing.
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Aug 2016
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Bloody Dell! Is EMC going to drop its logo? Answers on a postcard to Brentford

Pics Corrective brand surgery seems to be taking place at EMC’s London HQ already – it may be that Michael Dell is so keen to get his hands on the storage giant that he can’t wait for the ink to dry on the deal.
Paul Kunert, 26 Aug 2016

If you haven't changed your Dropbox password for 4 years, do so now

Dropbox is forcing users to reset passwords that haven’t been changed since mid-2012, when LinkedIn suffered a mega-breach.
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Brocade broadcasts financial success. Well, if you call an 89% profit drop 'success'

Helped by two months of Ruckus Wireless ownership, Brocade's revenues for the third quarter of fiscal year 2016 were up seven per cent annually to $591m, a 13 per cent quarter-on-quarter increase.
Chris Mellor, 26 Aug 2016
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NHS slaps private firm Health IQ for moving Brits' data offshore

Health insurance and financial data management biz Health IQ is the latest outfit to have its wrists slapped by NHS Digital in the UK for failing to comply with data processing rules.
Kat Hall, 26 Aug 2016
Notting Hill Carnival dancer. Pic: Shutterstock

Notting Hill Carnival spycams: Met Police rolls out real-time live face-spotting tech

London’s Metropolitan Police will trial an automated facial recognition system to identify people at this weekend's Notting Hill Carnival as the government continues to drag its feet on the use of the technology.

Corporates ARE sniffing around Windows 10, says Computacenter

Bulky corporate enterprise punters are starting to fall for the, ahem, charms of Windows 10, Computacenter's chief executive claimed today as he flashed his firm’s calendar first half-year trading figures.
Paul Kunert, 26 Aug 2016
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Pure Storage notches up a 93 per cent growth rate. Not bad, not bad

Pure Storage grew revenues 93 per per cent year-on-year in its second fiscal 2017 quarter to a record $163.2m, achieving an annual run rate of $650m; the billion looks attainable. NetApp's all-flash array run rate is about $775m while EMC's is a past a billion dollars.
Chris Mellor, 26 Aug 2016
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A partial de-cloaking of Samsung's mystery Z-SSD

The mysterious Samsung Z-SSD was announced at the Flash Memory Summit, and positioned as a DRAM-NAND gap-filler. This makes it competition for XPoint.
Chris Mellor, 26 Aug 2016

New booze guidelines: We'd rather you didn't enjoy yourselves

New alcohol advice published today reiterates that the recommended maximum intake weekly for male adults should fall from 21 to 14 units - barely enough to fill a bowl with electric soup*.
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Aug 2016

EE looks at its call charges, hikes a bunch, walks off giggling

UK telco EE will next month hike fees for people using their phones outside their price plans, with international calls increasing as much as 60 per cent.
Kat Hall, 26 Aug 2016

Robot babies fail in role as teenage sex deterrents

Robot babies have been found to be an ineffective educational tool for those hoping to prevent teenaged pregnancies.
Simon Sharwood, 26 Aug 2016
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Sysadmin sticks finger in pipe, saves data centre from flood

On-Call Thank Crom it's Friday! At the end of today you can get on with what is best in life, which we hope includes reading this instalment of On-Call, our weekly look at legendary tales of IT gone wrong.
Simon Sharwood, 26 Aug 2016
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Linux turns 25, with corporate contributors now key to its future

On August 25th, 1991, an unknown Finnish developer posted the following to the comp.os.minix newsgroup:
Simon Sharwood, 26 Aug 2016
Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

I fart in your general direction! Comet 67P lets rip on Europe's Rosetta probe

Pic Scientists at the European Space Agency (ESA) got lucky when the Rosetta probe, currently orbiting Comet 67P, picked up a massive outgassing from the frozen body.
Iain Thomson, 26 Aug 2016
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Mozilla breathes petition-of-fire at EU copyright laws

The Mozilla Foundation has decided the time is right to scorch the European Union's copyright law, which it says “undermines innovation and creativity on the internet.”
Simon Sharwood, 26 Aug 2016

Google 'Solitaire' ... Just do it

Google has announced that if you type “Solitaire” into its search engine or search app, you'll now have the chance to play an in-browser time-waster it's cooked up.
Simon Sharwood, 26 Aug 2016
This dual view of Jupiter was taken on August 23, when NASA’s Juno spacecraft was 2.8 million miles (4.4 million kilometers) from the gas giant planet on the inbound leg of its initial 53.5-day capture orbit. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS

Juno probe to graze Jupiter on Saturday

Strap in for a bumpy ride, Earthlings: the Juno probe will make its closest approach to Jupiter on Saturday when it comes within just 4,200km of the gas giant's uppermost clouds.
Simon Sharwood, 26 Aug 2016

Snakes on the phone!

Yes, we're basing this whole story on a Tweet. So go and put your complaints about the demise of modern media in the comments.
Simon Sharwood, 26 Aug 2016
The SanDisk connect wireless stick

A USB stick as a file server? We've done it!

Road test Last week Vulture South got its hands on an intriguing SanDisk product called the “Connect Wireless Stick”.
Simon Sharwood, 26 Aug 2016
Monster virtual machine

Redmond reveals Hyper-V 2016 beats vSphere's RAM and CPU count

Microsoft has revealed the scale at which Hyper-V on Windows Server 2016 will operate at release and in so doing has leapfrogged VMware's scalability on headline-grabbing numbers.
Simon Sharwood, 26 Aug 2016
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Muddying the waters of infosec: Cyber upstart, investors short medical biz – then reveal bugs

Analysis A team of security researchers tipped off an investment firm about software vulnerabilities in life-preserving medical equipment in order to profit from the fallout.
Iain Thomson, 26 Aug 2016
Ambulance

Quake-hit Italy: Open up Wi-Fi

Rescuers in Italy are asking people in the country's earthquake ravaged areas to open their Wi-Fi networks.
Shaun Nichols, 26 Aug 2016
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OpenSSL 1.1.0 is out

A new release of the OpenSSL encryption library is out.
Shaun Nichols, 25 Aug 2016
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Sprint learns that a 'rebate' includes paying people money

US wireless carrier Sprint will pay $2.3m to settle allegations it withheld rebates from customers.
Shaun Nichols, 25 Aug 2016

IoT manufacturer caught fixing security holes

In a shocking development, smart lock manufacturer August has been caught promptly patching security holes discovered in its product.
Kieren McCarthy, 25 Aug 2016
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MIT brainiacs triple the speed, double the range of Wi-Fi

Video Researchers at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) think they have perfected a system that dramatically improves Wi-Fi connections by eliminating signal interference.
Iain Thomson, 25 Aug 2016

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's... er, Graphene bubbles – 200 times stronger than Superman

Tiny graphene bubbles can withstand enormous pressures and are 200 times stronger than steel, according to scientists at the University of Manchester in the UK.
Katyanna Quach, 25 Aug 2016

Baltimore cops: We flew high-res camera planes to film your every move

Analysis Police in Baltimore, US, have admitted hiring a third party to fly over the city, constantly recording events with high-resolution cameras.
Kieren McCarthy, 25 Aug 2016

Update your iPhones, iPads right now – govt spy tools exploit vulns

Apple has pushed out an emergency security update for iPhones, iPads and iPods after super sophisticated spyware was found exploiting three iOS vulnerabilities.
Shaun Nichols, 25 Aug 2016
An unhappy man

Both HPs allegedly axed people just for being old, California court told

The two offshoots of Hewlett Packard have been hit with a class action lawsuit in the US, accusing the pre-split IT giant of discriminating against older employees during job culls.
Shaun Nichols, 25 Aug 2016
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Larry Page snuffs out ‘too expensive’ Google Fiber project

Google is drastically scaling back its Fiber initiative because it’s too expensive – and only a fraction of the expected subscribers ponied up.
Andrew Orlowski, 25 Aug 2016

NHS injects tender for PC and peripherals kit with £500m

The UK's NHS has a £500m budget to burn on PCs, printers and monitors in the latest mega framework tender to be dangled in front of ravenous tech suppliers.
Paul Kunert, 25 Aug 2016
EU egg timer, photo via Shutterstock

An ethical Google won't break the internet, leaked EU report finds

Making Google a good corporate citizen and pay creators fairly won’t break the internet, a leaked impact study on copyright suggests.
Andrew Orlowski, 25 Aug 2016

WhatsApp is to hand your phone number to Facebook

WhatsApp has updated its terms and privacy policy for the first time in four years as part of parent company Facebook’s plans to generate cash through app users' data.

Tech Data swings and misses Wall Street moneymen's target

Tech Data's latest quarterly financials show a distributor wrestling with “weaker than expected” IT spending and trying to dip into “pockets of demand” across Europe and the Americas.
Paul Kunert, 25 Aug 2016
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IBM is now selling Spectrum Virtualize free from hardware

We heard IBM might be supplying a software-only storage product and it turned out to be true: Spectrum Virtualize can now be bought without hardware.
Chris Mellor, 25 Aug 2016

Radicalisation? UK.gov gets itself in cluster-muddle over 'terrorism'

Analysis Today's report by a Parliamentary committee called for everyone from the government to the press to combat terrorism by creating "counter-narratives" to those used by ISIS to justify its actions.
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A quarter of banks' data breaches are down to lost phones and laptops

One in four breaches (25.3 per cent) in the US financial services sector over recent years were due to lost or stolen devices, according to a new study.
John Leyden, 25 Aug 2016

Arthur C Clarke award won by Adrian Tchaikovsky

The book Children of Time by British sci-fi author Adrian Tchaikovsky has been announced as the winner of this year’s Arthur C Clarke award.
Katyanna Quach, 25 Aug 2016
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Biz phones 'n' broadband bods Gamma suffer a network TITSUP

Business broadband comms outfit Gamma is experiencing a service outage.
Kat Hall, 25 Aug 2016
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What wedding cake would an engineer make? A LEGO one

Romance isn’t dead. Just ask a Reg-reading engineer who made his own wedding cake... from Lego.
Paul Kunert, 25 Aug 2016
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Nutanix buys anon firm in India. DevOps upstart Calm won't comment...

Nutanix bought a company recently and is days away from announcing another acquisition.
Chris Mellor, 25 Aug 2016
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Nimbus Data dedupe patent

Nimbus Data has been granted a patent covering deduplication.
Chris Mellor, 25 Aug 2016

Pizza delivery by drone 'trialled' in New Zealand

Multinational pizza megacorp Domino's claims it is trialling pizza delivery drones in New Zealand.
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Movers and shakers: Execs take a hike from Lenovo and HPE

A couple of industry greybeards at Lenovo and Hewlett Packard Enterprise have quietly packed their bags for a permanent vacation while another vendor old timer has moved to another channel biz.
Paul Kunert, 25 Aug 2016

Facebook, Twitter and Google are to blame for terrorism, say MPs

A UK parliamentary committee has claimed that Facebook, Twitter and Google are responsible for terrorist attacks in the West by “consciously failing to combat the use of their sites to promote terrorism and killings.”
Andrus Ansip, EU vice-president. Pic: Shutterstock

Top digital Eurocrat issues non-denial about hyperlink non-tax

Comment European Commission vice president Andrus Ansip has denied plans to impose “a tax on hyperlinks”, even though the EU can’t tax hyperlinks, and nobody has asked for URLs to be taxed. URLs, as you might suspect, would be very hard, if not impossible, to “tax” anyway.
Andrew Orlowski, 25 Aug 2016
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The Internet of Cows is moo-ving fast … no bull!

If you worry the Internet of Things is bollocks and that the industry's just milking an old idea, think again: research outfit Arcluster has declared that the “Connected Cow and Farm” market will become a US$10.75 billion concern in 2021, a rather nice jump from today's $1.27 billion.
Simon Sharwood, 25 Aug 2016
Arduino-powered VIVA vest

Vale, LOGO creator Seymour Papert, who taught us that code can be creative play

Back when dinosaurs ruled the Earth and I was a kid, I received the gift of a "100-in-1 Electronics Kit" that taught me the basics of electrical circuit design as I strung pre-cut wires between springy posts. At the very centre of this kit - its beating heart - a single transistor could be wired to work in an amplifier, or AM radio, or tone generator.
Mark Pesce, 25 Aug 2016
Excel on smart phone, photo via RoSonic on Shutterstock

Excel hell messes up ~20 per cent of genetic science papers

Scientific literature often mis-names genes and boffins say Microsoft Excel is partly to blame.
Simon Sharwood, 25 Aug 2016
Chinese Martian probe

Mars to get Chinese delivery. Estimated time of arrival: 2020

The Chinese space program has taken a massive step forward as the country unveiled its design for a rover to scoot across the surface of Mars.
Iain Thomson, 25 Aug 2016
Bait

Microsoft baits new vSphere-to-Hyper-V switch offer

Microsoft is having another go at displacing vSphere.
Simon Sharwood, 25 Aug 2016

Kindle Paperwhites turn Windows 10 PCs into paperweights: Plugging one in 'triggers a BSOD'

Plugging a Kindle Paperwhite into a PC running Windows 10 with the Anniversary Update installed sparks a full system meltdown, it is claimed.
Chris Williams, 25 Aug 2016
Voyager mission logo

Voyager 2's closest Saturn swoop was 35 years ago today

The Voyager mission is celebrating another remarkable milestone, the 35th anniversary of Voyager 2's closest encounter with Saturn.
Simon Sharwood, 25 Aug 2016
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Doing business with Asia? Then worry more about security

Organisations across the Asia Pacific are terrible at information security, a Mandiant report contests.
Darren Pauli, 25 Aug 2016
FACEPALM

NASA's free research trove may have broken arms trafficking rules

Last week, NASA announced that all of its published research would be aggregated into a single portal and published for free.
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Dell trademarks everything it does as 'Cross Cloud'

Dell has filed a trademark for 'Cross Cloud' that covers just about everything it does.
Simon Sharwood, 25 Aug 2016
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Salesforce's NA14 nods again

Salesforce's NA14 instance, the naughty one that crashed and caused data loss has wobbled again.
Simon Sharwood, 25 Aug 2016
Man in tie smashes printer with baseball bat in a field.
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Error: Print job 'Money' failed for laserjet001.lan.hp.com

HP Inc says it will move forward with its plans to cut costs and refocus its business as it posted better than expected quarterly numbers.
Shaun Nichols, 25 Aug 2016
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Windows Update borks PowerShell – Microsoft won't fix it for a week

You'd be forgiven for thinking Microsoft is actively trying to stop people using Windows 10 Anniversary Edition. A patch this week broke one of the key features of the OS: PowerShell.
Iain Thomson, 25 Aug 2016
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China's $30bn VC fund

China has announced the creation of a 200 billion yuan ($30bn) venture capital fund to invest in new and innovative technology. There's only one catch: it is, of course, run by the state.
Kieren McCarthy, 24 Aug 2016
Apple iPhone 6 and 6s

Touchy iPhone 6, 6 Plus chips prone to breaking down and giving up

Apple's swanky iPhones can suffer chip failures that can render the touchscreen unusable.
Shaun Nichols, 24 Aug 2016
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Just a little FYI: Small town ISPs want out of FCC privacy rules

An advocate group for rural broadband providers is asking the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to omit small ISPs from its planned privacy rules.
Shaun Nichols, 24 Aug 2016
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Iraq internet shutdowns

Iraq has continued its extraordinary policy of shutting down the entire country's internet in order to prevent exam cheating.
Kieren McCarthy, 24 Aug 2016
Airlander 10 crash

Watch the world's biggest 'flying bum' go arse over tit in a crash

Video The Airlander 10 hybrid – part airplane and part airship – has had a bumpy touchdown after piling into its landing site nose first.
Iain Thomson, 24 Aug 2016

French, German ministers demand new encryption backdoor law

A meeting this week between the interior ministers of France and Germany has focused on the issue of encryption and its potential impact on security.
Kieren McCarthy, 24 Aug 2016
Mobile adverts

Google tells popup ads to p*** off on mobes

Google will be rejigging its search algorithm to downgrade websites that slap up a large advert, aka an "interstitial," before readers can actually get to see the content.
Iain Thomson, 24 Aug 2016

Unlimited mobile data in America – where's the catch? There's always a catch

Analysis Sprint and T-Mobile US are introducing "all you can eat" internet plans, and as you might expect, someone at the Electronic Frontier Foundation in San Francisco is horrified. Somebody always is.
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Aug 2016
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Pow! Right in the Jawbone: Fitbit cleared in tech ripoff legal ordeal

An effort to ban health-tracking Fitbit gadgets in the United States has fallen apart, with a final decision against competitor Jawbone.
Kieren McCarthy, 24 Aug 2016

'Second Earth' exoplanet found right under our noses – just four light years away

Rumours that a terrestrial planet orbiting Proxima Centauri – the Sun’s closest neighbour – may be Earth-like have been confirmed today in a paper published in Nature.
Katyanna Quach, 24 Aug 2016
IBM Headquarters, Armonk, NY

IBM will move stored stuff onto its new flashy boxen for free

IBM has launched more cost-effective Storwize all-flash arrays and announced a Flash In migration program aimed at Dell and EMC customers looking for a warm comfort blanket from Big Blue.
Chris Mellor, 24 Aug 2016

US Treasury to launch pre-emptive strike on EU's Ireland tax probe

The US Treasury is preparing a pre-emptive strike against a long-awaited probe by the European Commission into Ireland's tax arrangements with tech firms such as Apple.
Kat Hall, 24 Aug 2016
Nerd plus dollar, photo via Shutterstock

Same job, different place: US salaries top DevOps pay packet poll

US techies are earning more than their counterparts in Europe, with those in California doing better off than their US peers.
Gavin Clarke, 24 Aug 2016
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Red Hat goes to work on OpenStack network convergence

Red Hat has fully embraced OpenStack’s Neutron in a convergence-targeted virtualisation package.
Gavin Clarke, 24 Aug 2016
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Speaking in Tech: Open Source fixes a Microsoft engineering problem

Podcast Podcast This week Podcast Idol returns with Nick Howell joining Greg and Ed to host this week’s episode where the boys discuss a new browser, layoffs at Cisco and Powershelgl gets open sourced. Our special guest this week is Brian Clifton, a developer at Brave.
Team Register, 24 Aug 2016
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Nimble Storage ticks over nicely but will shareholders want more revs?

Nimble Storage's revenue of $97.1m for the second quarter of its fiscal year 2017 beat its guidance of $93m - $96m, which is good, and it generated a loss of $40m; better than the previous quarter's $42.7m loss but worse than the $30.1m it lost in Q2 last year.
Chris Mellor, 24 Aug 2016
Huawei P8

Huawei's pricey new Honor goes upmarket. Bold move when prices are sliding

Analysis Last year Huawei launched its Honor smartphone into Western markets: a cheap and cheerful way to showcase its advantages. Over in China, the Honor was about yoof, but over here, Huawei followed the well-trodden path by lower cost Asian manufacturers for decades: sell decent tech at low prices and urge the punter to overlook the eccentricities.
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Aug 2016

Irritable Cisco kicks Nutanix out of partner program

Dis is not welcome so we're going to diss it. That's Cisco's view, in a nutshell, of Nutanix jumping on its UCS servers as a means of selling its hyper-converged system software into the Cisco customer base and channel.
Chris Mellor, 24 Aug 2016
Engineer aboard Das Boot U-96 responds to telegraphs

French submarine builder DCNS springs leak: India investigates

India is investigating a security breach affecting its French-built Scorpene-class submarines after more than 22,000 pages covering its secret capabilities were leaked.
Fish hook in a clear light blue tropical ocean. Photo by Shutterstock

Angler hooks German's todger at nudist lake

A plucky German nudist out for a swim at a local lake was left in agony after an angler hooked his worm.
Paul Kunert, 24 Aug 2016
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Vidahost hikes domain name fees by a third, blames Brexit

Domain name biz Vidahost has hiked up the cost of its pricing by 33 per cent, blaming Brexit-induced exchange rate woes.
Kat Hall, 24 Aug 2016
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Gartner's Magic Quadrant mages shake crystal ball, Violin goes topsy turvy

Gartner's latest all-flash array Magic Quadrant contains expected news, a few surprises and a demotion that has prompted a public response from Violin Memory.
Chris Mellor, 24 Aug 2016

False Northern Lights alert issued to entire UK because of a lawnmower

An alert that the Northern Lights would be visible across all of Great Britain last night was wrongly issued because a sit-on lawnmower disturbed scientific instruments.
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Arista slapped with import ban after US Trade Rep lays down law

The US Trade Representative has upheld a ban on all Arista Networks products, following a complaint of patent infringement by Cisco.
Kat Hall, 24 Aug 2016
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MySQL daddy Widenius: Open-source religion won't feed MariaDB

Interview MySQL daddy Monty Widenius has dismissed claims the MariaDB fork is veering away from open source.

Stop lights, sunsets, junctions are tough work for Google's robo-cars

Hot Chips After cruising two million miles of public roads, Google's self-driving cars still find traffic lights, four-way junctions and other aspects of everyday life hard work.
Chris Williams, 24 Aug 2016
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Google Fuchsia OS eyes non-Linux things

Google’s latest operating system project, Fuchsia, may be largely a mystery, but it reinforces a truth that platform vendors are having, grudgingly, to acknowledge: one operating system does not fit all. For a company which has put so much effort into making Android an OS for all purposes, Google has a remarkable number of potentially conflicting platforms, now including Chrome OS, Brillo and Fuchsia.
Wireless Watch, 24 Aug 2016

Major update drops for popular Pwntools penetration showbag

The third version of the Pwntools exploit showbag has been released, sporting new Android p0wnage functions and a host of additional modules.
Darren Pauli, 24 Aug 2016

No, we haven't found liquid water on Mars, says NASA

The idea that seasonal dark streaks on Mars indicate the presence of liquid water turns out to be a dry argument.
Simon Sharwood, 24 Aug 2016
Oracle's Java is 20 years old

Oracle reveals Java Applet API deprecation plan

Oracle has revealed its interim plan to help Java devs deal with browser-makers' imminent banishment of plug-ins.
Simon Sharwood, 24 Aug 2016

Nuclear fallout shelter becomes cloud storage bunker

French hosting company Online.net has revealed its new data centre resides in a former nuclear fallout shelter.
Simon Sharwood, 24 Aug 2016
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Microsoft drops OMI for Linux to GitHub

Microsoft has added another piece to its Open Management Infrastructure (OMI) jigsaw, publishing Unix/Linux code that implements the Distributed Management Task Force's (DMTF) models and standards.
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Citrix frees NetScaler CPX

Citrix has created a free version of NetScaler CPX, its application delivery controller cooked up for containerised environments.
Simon Sharwood, 24 Aug 2016
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Breaker, breaker: LTE is coming to America's CB radio frequencies

Another industry alliance is gearing up to pitch mobile phone spectrum access to spectrum in the 3.5 GHz band – this time using frequencies formerly devoted to Citizens Band (CB) radio users.
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NIST spins atomic gyroscope to allow navigation without GPS

The United States' National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) thinks it can use a cloud of atoms as a gyroscope.
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Intel douses Wildfire ransomware as-a-service Euro menace

An alliance of cops and anti-malware experts have doused the Wildfire ransomware that plagued users in Belgium and the Netherlands.
Darren Pauli, 24 Aug 2016
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Equation Group exploit hits newer Cisco ASA, Juniper Netscreen

Hungary-based security consultancy SilentSignal has ported a public exploit to newer models of Cisco's Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA).
Darren Pauli, 24 Aug 2016
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VMware reveals vulns

VMware has revealed “important” flaws in VMware Identity Manager and vRealize Automation.
Simon Sharwood, 24 Aug 2016
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Google broke its own cloud by doing two updates at once

Google has explained an August 11th brownout on its cloud as, yet again, a self-inflicted wound.
Simon Sharwood, 24 Aug 2016

Pinterest buys Instapaper

Mobile clipping service Instapaper has become a part of image-centric social network Pinterest.
Simon Sharwood, 24 Aug 2016
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Boffins design security chip to spot hidden hardware trojans in processors

Scientists at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering have designed a new form of application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) designed to spot hidden vulnerabilities deep within a processor's design.
Iain Thomson, 24 Aug 2016

Hacked hookup site Ashley Madison's security was laughable

Ruby Corp, the rebranded parent company of illicit-affair-arranging outfit Ashley Madison, has had to enter into court-enforceable orders with privacy authorities in Canada and Australia, following the findings of a joint investigation in the two countries.
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Australian Federal Police resume NBN raids, this time in parliament

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) is resuming its hunt for documents associated with leaks about the financial position of the National Broadband Network.
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North Korea unveils its home-grown Netflix rival – Manbang

Denizens of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (aka Best Korea) get precious little internet access as it is, but the luck (and loyal) few will now have a Netflix-style streaming service to match similar systems in the decadent rest of the world.
Iain Thomson, 23 Aug 2016
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An end to rude emails?

Email is a fundamental format for modern life, but one that many of us have yet to fully understand.
Kieren McCarthy, 23 Aug 2016

Tesla touts battery that turns a Model S into 'third fastest ever' car

Tesla has launched a new power pack that it claims will make its Model S sedan the third fastest road car ever produced.
Kieren McCarthy, 23 Aug 2016
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If you want to build your own Nvidia-powered self-driving car – or hack one – here's a blueprint

Hot Chips Nvidia is channelling Thunderbirds legend Parker for its latest system-on-chip for self-driving cars.
Chris Williams, 23 Aug 2016

Privacy advocates rail against US Homeland Security's Twitter, Facebook snooping

A proposal to ask people to provide details of their social media accounts before entering the United States has been criticized as "highly invasive" by privacy advocates.
Kieren McCarthy, 23 Aug 2016

Corbyn lied, Virgin Trains lied, Harambe died

Video So, Jeremy Corbyn recorded a message in which he was sitting on the floor of a train traveling between London and Newcastle, claiming it was "ram-packed" (as exampled by his floor sitting) and that was why all of the trains needed to be renationalised.
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Blizzard blighted by another DDoS storm

Blizzard, the game developer behind World of Warcraft and Overwatch, was hit by another DDoS attack on Tuesday.
John Leyden, 23 Aug 2016
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Veeam: You know what's not a disaster? Our software mega-update

The backup and disaster recovery firm Veeam has announced an updated Availability Suit, and the Veeam Availability Platform for the Hybrid Cloud.
Chris Mellor, 23 Aug 2016

Syncsort inhales Cogito, ergo Big Data and Big Iron can be friends

Big iron, big data and cloudy tools biz Syncsort has bought UK software biz Cogito to help it bring IBM mainframe database data into Big Data analytics, and to make the mainframes run better.
Chris Mellor, 23 Aug 2016
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Never heard of NxGn?

Now you'll have to learn a new name for "in-situ" processing SSD developer (formerly NxGn Data), which has dubbed itself NGD Systems.
Chris Mellor, 23 Aug 2016

EU ministers look to tighten up privacy – JUST KIDDING – surveillance laws

European ministers are debating a clampdown on encryption and a further increase in surveillance in response to mounting terrorist threats.
John Leyden, 23 Aug 2016
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Simplivity delivers storage quadruplets: Meet all-flashery and better DR

SimpliVity has announced an all-flash hyper-converged system and upped its single system VDI count from 2,000 to 4,000.
Chris Mellor, 23 Aug 2016
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Microsoft, Lenovo cross-licensing love-in: Android mobes knocked up with... Office apps

Lenovo’s signed a second patent licensing agreement with Microsoft, loading Redmond’s productivity software on its Android devices.
Gavin Clarke, 23 Aug 2016
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DCIG mid-market array guide: Why we left those companies out

Analysis Conversations with DCIG have revealed why seemingly obvious companies and their products were left out of a mid-range storage array buyers' report.
Chris Mellor, 23 Aug 2016

NASA tried turning lost spacecraft STEREO-B off and on again... but it didn't work. True story

NASA has managed to reestablish a connection with the STEREO-B spacecraft after contact was lost in October 2014.
Katyanna Quach, 23 Aug 2016
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Ireland's govt IT: Recession and job cuts forced us to adapt

Ireland was hit hard by the global financial crunch of 2007 and 2008. It was the first of the EU member states to slip into recession immediately following the bursting of the economic bubble.
SA Mathieson, 23 Aug 2016

The TPC-C/SPC-1 storage benchmarks are screwed. You know what we need?

Comment The storage benchmarking world is broken because there are no realistic and pratical storage benchmarks with realistic workloads customers can apply to systems.
Chris Mellor, 23 Aug 2016
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Dropbox IPO prospect

Bloomberg reports Dropbox has talked to advisors about an IPO.
Chris Mellor, 23 Aug 2016
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Data-viz biz Tableau Software brings ex-AWS exec to the table

Data-visualisation business Tableau has announced that a former AWS executive, Adam Selipsky, is to come in as the new president and CEO in September as the company seeks to transform itself into a grown-up business.

Beardy Ed Vaizey: 'I can't let go. I like the tech sector'

Interview One month after Theresa May swept into government, former culture and digital minister Ed Vaizey is relatively sanguine about getting the sack.
Kat Hall, 23 Aug 2016
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Facebook backup, anyone?

Acronis TrueImage 2017 has announced it can incrementally backup Facebook to protect a user's timeline and photos.
Chris Mellor, 23 Aug 2016
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Think you’re a trailblazer in tech? Prove it

Promo If you’re a young tech startup just itching for recognition, you should probably know that you have just 17 days to get your entry in for the 2016 Tech Trailblazers awards.
Team Register, 23 Aug 2016

Ovation claps together private cloud storage service with HGST, Versity basis

An Ovation Data Services private storage cloud for media and entertainment and oil and gas industries is based on HGST's Active Archive System and Versity Storage Manager.
Chris Mellor, 23 Aug 2016
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Kaspersky launches its own OS on Russian routers

Kaspersky Labs has finished building its eponymous operating system after four years of quiet development.
Darren Pauli, 23 Aug 2016
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Mozilla's trying on seven hot new spring/summer logo looks

LOGOWATCH Poll Mozilla's attempt to find a new logo has reached the point at which it is willing to share seven new hot spring/summer looks with the world*.
Simon Sharwood, 23 Aug 2016
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KFC-scented sunscreen

The restaurant chain formerly known as Kentucky Fried Chicken has released bottles of sunscreen perfumed with the odour of its eponymous product.
Simon Sharwood, 23 Aug 2016

'NSA' hack okshun woz writ by Inglish speeker trieing to hyde

The perpetrator behind the dumping of tools penned by the probably-the-NSA hacking squad called"Equation Group" appears to be a native English speaker, according to linguistic data researcher Shlomo Argamon.
Darren Pauli, 23 Aug 2016
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Crims share vulns but vendors don't. This needs fixing

Interview Attackers like to re-use code, but vendors don't find out because they don't share, according to Centrify's David McNeely.
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Container OS for RPi

If you feel like doodling with Docker on your Raspberry Pi, get thee to the home of Hypriot OS, a Debian derivative designed to run Docker on the famous single-board computer.
Simon Sharwood, 23 Aug 2016
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Cisco's upsell plan: tell you your old kit is not as secure as its new kit

Cisco is having its super-colossal global sales conference this week and some of the 20,000 staff are letting some details of future Borg strategies slip onto social media.
Simon Sharwood, 23 Aug 2016
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Google to block web views from using its OAuth

Google's decided that web-views should no longer be able to use OAuth requests, and is deprecating them in Android, iOS, Windows and OS X as of October.

Epic Games forums breached, salted passwords nabbed

Information on some 808,000 Unreal Engine and Unreal Tournament forum accounts, including email addresses, birth dates, and private messages, have been stolen from Epic Games.
Darren Pauli, 23 Aug 2016
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Software-defined networking is dangerously sniffable

Software-defined networking (SDN) controllers respond to network conditions by pushing new flow rules to switches. And that, say Italian researchers, creates an unexpected security problem.
Bing Melbourne Mistake

Microsoft's maps lost Melbourne because it used bad Wikipedia data

Microsoft has laid part of the blame for Bing Maps' mis-location of the Australian city of Melbourne by a whole hemisphere on Wikipedia.
Simon Sharwood, 23 Aug 2016

Fujitsu: Why we chose 64-bit ARM over SPARC for our exascale super

Hot Chips Fujitsu chose 64-bit ARM CPU cores for its upcoming exascale supercomputer for two reasons: Linux and the ability to customize its own processors.
Chris Williams, 23 Aug 2016

Your wget is broken and should DIE, dev tells Microsoft

Well, that didn't take long: within a week of applause for Microsoft's decision to open-source PowerShell, a comment-war has broken out over curl and wget.
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Indian techies told to prepare for tax sprint

National Goods and Services Tax means everything needs tweaking India recently introduced a national goods and services tax (GST)* and the nation's techies are now scrambling to prepare for its implementation.
Simon Sharwood, 23 Aug 2016
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Californian gets 50 months in prison for Chinese 'technology spy' work

A sting operation by the US Department of Homeland Security has netted one California woman a 50-month sojourn in prison after she was found guilty of trying to break the US Arms Export Control Act.
Iain Thomson, 23 Aug 2016

Australia Post says use blockchain for voting. Expert: you're kidding

A prominent privacy consultant has criticised Australia Post's intervention in the Australian State of Victoria's inquiry into electronic voting.
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HPE patches NonStop admin

HPE NonStop sysadmin? Using the Perl or PHP scripting languages for operating system services? Get patching: the company's just patched 45 vulnerabilities dating back as far as 2013.

Microsoft's HoloLens secret sauce: A 28nm customized 24-core DSP engine built by TSMC

Hot Chips Microsoft today revealed a first look at the inside of its Holographic Processing Unit (HPU) chip used in its virtual reality HoloLens specs.
Chris Williams, 22 Aug 2016
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Google cloud in five-hour unplanned cloud PITSTOP

Google's Compute Engine has suffered a five-hour Partial Inability To SupporT Optimal Performance (PITSTOP) incident.
Simon Sharwood, 22 Aug 2016
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Chocolate Factory exudes Nougat as Android 7 begins rollout

Google is starting its rollout of Android 7, codenamed Nougat, but you're only going to get it if you're running one of the newer models of the firm's Nexus devices.
Iain Thomson, 22 Aug 2016
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Maxta goes Freemium and enlarges VP count with new hires

Determined to stand clear of the noise in the hyper-converged market and forge itself a distinctive identity, Maxta has announced a freemium business model for its MxSP hyper-converged software.
Chris Mellor, 22 Aug 2016

'Neural network' spotted deep inside Samsung's Galaxy S7 silicon brain

Hot Chips Samsung has revealed the blueprints to its mystery M1 processor cores at the heart of its S7 and S7 Edge smartphones.
Chris Williams, 22 Aug 2016
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Sharp's new CEO warns of job losses amid 'optimization'

The new CEO of Sharp Electronics has warned that there will be job losses at the consumer electronics company amid a broader restructure.
Kieren McCarthy, 22 Aug 2016

IPv6 tipping point

IPv6 has hit a major tipping point: it now accounts for more than 50 per cent of the traffic carried by US mobile networks.
Kieren McCarthy, 22 Aug 2016
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Gaze in awe at Elon Musk’s historic 156-foot erection

SpaceX has retired the first rocket it managed to land in one piece and erected the remains on Sunday outside the company's US headquarters.
Iain Thomson, 22 Aug 2016

$3bn Renesas bid for Intersil

Japanese chipmaker Renesas is reportedly planning to buy US-based competitor Intersil for $3bn.
Kieren McCarthy, 22 Aug 2016
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Das ist empörend: Microsoft slams umlaut for email depth charge

A bug in Outlook 2016 is making it harder for German users to get their email.
Kieren McCarthy, 22 Aug 2016

Software exploits overrated - it's the humans you need to be watching

Video Weak passwords and phishing offer far easier mechanisms for breaking into most organizations than exploiting software vulnerabilities.
John Leyden, 22 Aug 2016
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Actifio adds replication tool to its data copy Swiss army knife

Actifio has added replication to its copy data management software, calling it StreamSnap.
Chris Mellor, 22 Aug 2016
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Labour election 2FA fail

Britain's Labour party has sent its members both parts of a two-factor authentication code in the same plain-text email.
Gareth Corfield, 22 Aug 2016
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Microsoft buys Genee's lamp, tips it into Office 365, smashes lamp

Microsoft has bought aspiring digital assistant start-up Genee and will roll it into Office 365.
Gavin Clarke, 22 Aug 2016
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Irish Olympics' officials digital devices seized in Rio

Laptops and mobile phones of a trio of Ireland’s Olympics’ officials have been taken by Rio police. The Brazilian cops are believed to be investigating the illegal sale of Games tickets.
Gavin Clarke, 22 Aug 2016
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Honor 8: Huawei targets millennials with high-spec cheapie. 3 words – Food pic mode

Hands on Huawei might be the third biggest smartphone seller on the planet but it has very little traction outside Asia. The Chinese firm is hoping the Honor 8 will change that.
Iain Thomson, 22 Aug 2016
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Former RN flagship HMS Illustrious to be sold for scrap – report

Aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious will be sold for scrap in spite of efforts to preserve her for the nation as a museum ship, according to reports.
Gareth Corfield, 22 Aug 2016
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Four in five Android devices inherit Linux snooping flaw

A previously identified Linux flaw, which allows anyone to hijack internet traffic, also affects 80 per cent of Android devices.
John Leyden, 22 Aug 2016
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HPE sharpens knife for next salami-slicing staff redundo round

HPE is aiming its guns at 220 roles in the UK and Ireland in what appears to be becoming its quarterly firing exercise at the biz.
Kat Hall, 22 Aug 2016
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Sex ban IT man loses appeal – but judge labels order 'unpoliceable'

+Comment Former IT contractor John O'Neill has lost his appeal against the Sexual Risk Order imposed on him last year – but the judge said the 24 hours' notice he had to give police in advance of having sex was “unpoliceable”.
Gareth Corfield, 22 Aug 2016
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Microsoft's kinder, gentler collaboration war: Evernote, you're first

The collaboration wars are back, only – for now – they're more like a bush battle, where the hindmost are picked off first.
Gavin Clarke, 22 Aug 2016
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Backup biz Arcserve: Private equity... there's nothing like it

Private equity ownership has given anodyne old backup biz Arcserve a huge energising kick in the behind.
Chris Mellor, 22 Aug 2016
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Kaminario partners MongoDB

All-flash array biz Kaminario has become a certified MongoDB Partner.
Chris Mellor, 22 Aug 2016
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London cops hunt for drone pilots who tried dropping drugs into jail

Cops have seized drones being used to fly drugs into London's Pentonville prison – and are now on the hunt for the people operating them.
Gareth Corfield, 22 Aug 2016
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Is security keeping pace with continuous delivery?

Broadcast On the September 27 2016 at 11am we're running a live broadcast that will explore the changing game of application security.
Phil Mitchell, 22 Aug 2016
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Swiss firm shrugs in defeat as Avnet preps to swallow Premier Farnell

Swiss components distributor Dätwyler will not be filing a counter-bid to acquire British distributor Premier Farnell, after its last offer was trumped by Avnet.
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Paper mountain, hidden Brexit: How'd you say immigration control would work?

At some point in the next few years we will be in a post-Brexit world, and the UK will have regained complete control of its borders. Or maybe not. At this juncture, it's worth taking a long hard look at how that might work.
John Lettice, 22 Aug 2016
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LTE-U’s window is closing and bigger 5G disputes may be coming

One of the presumed outcomes of the 5G process is full convergence of licensed and unlicensed spectrum, with one or more air interface standards which can span both, using frequencies entirely flexibly according to requirement. This is a very long way off, if the current quarrels over extending LTE into licence-exempt bands are anything to go by.
Wireless Watch, 22 Aug 2016
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UK.gov depts in post-Mad Frankie Maude landgrab over IT spending controls

Analysis Government departments are winning significantly more exemptions to splash the cash on expensive IT projects since the departure of former Cabinet Office minister Francis “Mad Frankie” Maude last year, according to a Register analysis.
Kat Hall, 22 Aug 2016

German minister seeks facial recognition at airports, train stations

Germany's interior minister Thomas de Maiziere wants facial recognition systems in the country's airports and train stations to identify terror suspects.
Darren Pauli, 22 Aug 2016

Little ARMs pump 2,048-bit muscles in training for Fujitsu's Post-K exascale mega-brain

Hot Chips ARM is bolting an extra data-crunching engine onto its 64-bit processor architecture to get it ready for Fujitsu's Post-K exascale supercomputer.
Chris Williams, 22 Aug 2016

Google killing app format used only by The 1%

Chalk up another fail for Google, which has decided it's time to do away with Chrome apps on Windows, Mac OS and Linux.
Simon Sharwood, 22 Aug 2016
Surprised by smartphone

Beauty site lets anyone read customers' personal information

Popular online cosmetics site Strawberrynet has asked customers if a function that allows anyone to retrieve its customers names, billing addresses, and phone numbers with nothing more than an email address is a bug or a feature.
Darren Pauli, 22 Aug 2016
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Five-storey Blue Screen Of Death spotted in Thailand

Windows crashing and producing the Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) is seldom pleasant, or convenient.
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Samsung's out of Milk

Samsung has decided to shutter its "Milk" streaming music service
Simon Sharwood, 22 Aug 2016
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I got the power – over your IoT power-point

The latest “your IoT security is rubbish” takes the world one step closer to “burn it all and try again”: a “smart” electrical outlet that's actually a whole-of-network attack vector.
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IOActive turns up the most SOHOpeless router so far

It could be the worst router in the world: a cheapie from China that IOActive reckons is completely pwnable all ways from Sunday.

Systemd adds filesystem mount tool

The developers behind Systemd, the alternative to sysvinit, have added a mount tool to their user space bootstrapper.
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Mechanical Phish auto-exploit auto-patch kit lands on GitHub

One of the top-three in DARPA's recent cyber-challenge, Mechanical Phish, has been open sourced at GitHub.
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FireEye probes Clinton foundation hack: Reports

Hillary Clinton's charitable foundation has hired security colossus FireEye to investigate a possible breach, Reuters reports.
Team Register, 22 Aug 2016
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NASA wants to sell International Space Station to private enterprise

NASA has signalled its intention to offload the International Space Station (ISS) some time in the 2020s.
Simon Sharwood, 22 Aug 2016
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Radio astronomy pioneer dies at 92

One of the pioneers of Australian radio astronomy, Owen Bruce Slee, has died in Australia aged 92.
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OpenFlow controller design killing SDN, say network boffins

OpenFlow's architecture is inefficient, and caps performance while sucking unnecessary power.
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MacPorts project leaving Apple’s OS Forge

Apple's Mac OS Forge is losing one of its highest-profile non-Apple projects, with the news that MacPorts is moving to GitHub.

Doorkeeper OAuth vuln

A popular open source OAuth 2 provider for Rails, "Doorkeeper", needs patching after two security researchers independently turned up token revocation errors in it.
Bing Melbourne Mistake

Microsoft can't tell North from South on Bing Maps

Microsoft has misplaced Melbourne, the four-million-inhabitant capital of the Australian State of Victoria.
Simon Sharwood, 21 Aug 2016