The Week in Summary

DJI's drone geofences across Iraq and Syria. Screenshot from Google Earth map

DJI quietly made large chunks of Iraq and Syria drone no-fly zones

Drone bods DJI has quietly released a series of software updates that geofence off large areas of Iraq and Syria – indicating the Chinese firm is covertly helping the US war against Islamic extremists.
Gareth Corfield, 26 Apr 2017
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Netgear says sorry four weeks after losing customer backups

Neatgear has cocked up its cloud management service, losing data stored locally on ReadyNAS devices' shared folders worldwide – and customers have complained to The Register about only being informed four weeks later.
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For the won: Korean DRAMmer llamas SK Hynix earning buckets

Korean DRAMmer and NAND fabber SK Hynix reported revenue rises and record profits in its first 2017 quarter.
Chris Mellor, 26 Apr 2017
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British government has bought a £200m 5G 'academic wet dream'

"5G doesn't mean anything to us," says Kirill Filippov, chief executive of SPB TV, an OTT TV, IPTV and mobile TV provider touting live 360 VR in 4G at this year's Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona.

UK drops in World Press Freedom Index following surveillance and anti-espionage threats

The UK has dropped two places on the World Press Freedom Index following the passing of the Investigatory Powers Act and threats to pursue journalists reporting on national security.

The more ya node: Asia cluster romp's a picture of supercomputer trends

HPC Blog More than 230 university teams vied for only 20 slots in the 2017 Asian Student Cluster Competition (ASC) finals being held this week in Wuxi, China. At 20 teams, this is the largest cluster competition the world has ever seen. Really, it is.
Base jumper photo via Shutterstock

Don't stop me! Why Microsoft's inevitable browser irrelevance isn't

April’s almost done and May here, and you know what that means. Not the end of a month of showers, rather yet-another round of browser stats articles showing, if past trend is an indication of future development, the continued loss of market share by Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and the rise and rise of Google’s Chrome.
Dave Cartwright, 26 Apr 2017
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Reg reader offered £999,998 train ticket from Cambridge to Horley

On the heels of an IT error leading to Great Western Rail advertising a first-class journey from Taunton to Trowbridge for £10,000 comes an exponentially more expensive offer from National Rail.
Apololypse Now smell of napalm in the morning

Victory! The smell of skunkworks in your office in the morning

While it’s easy to start up a few, flashy new DevOps teams, releasing to production each week and flaunting the ball-and-chain of enterprise governance, scaling that change to your organisation will always be challenging, if not crushingly impossible.
Michael Coté, 26 Apr 2017
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Speaking in Tech: Google vs your privacy... part 73(4)iii(b)

Podcast Podcast Google just can’t avoid privacy fights whether its fighting legal requests for emails or fending off criticism from the Electronic Freedom Foundation. This week, Greg, Ed, Melissa and Peter are joined this week by John Rakowski, Director of Product Marketing for Application Performance Management and analytics at …
Team Register, 26 Apr 2017
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Controlled remote access reviews of Optane SSD give qualified yes

Analysis A burst of Optane memory reviews have come out, timed to coincide with Optane retail availability, but none of them answer the "Is it cost-effectively faster than flash?" question.
Chris Mellor, 26 Apr 2017

TVs are now tablet computers without a touchscreen

A few weeks back I turned on my television to find out it had stopped receiving two of the free-to-air channels I watched most often. All of the other channels still resolved with perfect, digital clarity, so I couldn’t work out why these two channels - out of four in packaged in a multichannel broadcast signal - failed to display.
Mark Pesce, 26 Apr 2017
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Amazon: 'Alexa, how do you fix shoddy APIs that keep breaking apps? Asking, er, for a friend'

Developers trying to integrate their applications with the Amazon Echo have suffered headache after headache for the past week, thanks to mystery problems with Alexa APIs.
Shaun Nichols, 26 Apr 2017
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'Grueling' record-breaking VR movie marathon triggers hallucinations

A New Yorker and a transplant from London to the Big Apple last week managed to endure watching virtual reality videos for 50 hours non-stop, setting a Guinness World Record in the process.
Thomas Claburn, 26 Apr 2017
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Boffins supercharge the 'hosts' file to save users plagued by DNS outages

The venerable Domain Name System (DNS) is becoming known for fragility, and keeping track of your own favourite sites' IP addresses is a pain. So a group of researchers want to automate the upkeep of hosts to give users an emergency backup if their provider blacks out.
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Ewe, get a womb! Docs grow baby lambs in shrink-wrap plastic bags

Video Scientists in Philadelphia have created a plastic womb that has successfully incubated eight premature lambs – and the doctors behind the project say they will be ready for human trials within three years.
Iain Thomson, 26 Apr 2017
Tabby cat cuddles roll of one-hundred dollar bills. Photo by Shutterstock
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Juniper's first quarter: Revenue and losses up. Business as usual, then

Juniper Networks has slipped something of a surprise into its Q1 2017 financials, announcing that it's no longer going to break out service provider and enterprise verticals in its reports.
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Interpol unplugs nearly 9,000 Asian command and control networks

An Interpol investigation has revealed a worrying degree of insecurity in south-east Asian countries, with even government-operated web servers infected to operate as command and control systems for bot-herders.
A figure from Amazon's patent for de-composed disks

Amazon may be using disk drives with hot-swappable components

Amazon's won a patent for “Hard disk drive assembly with field-separable mechanical module and drive control”.
Simon Sharwood, 26 Apr 2017

Samsung Smart TV pwnable over Wi-Fi Direct, pentester says

A security researcher is complaining that Samsung isn't making a serious response to a vulnerability in its Smart TVs.

Irish Stripe techie denied entry to US – for having wrong stamp in passport

An Irish Stripe worker was denied entry to America because he had a Somalian stamp in his passport, according to the payment-processing biz's CEO.
Thomas Claburn, 26 Apr 2017
Commonwealth Bank

Commonwealth Bank hyperconverges with VMWare and Dell

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia has made a significant investment in VMware's hyperconverged stack.
Simon Sharwood, 25 Apr 2017
Hyundai Android Auto
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Hyundai app security blunder allowed crooks to 'steal victims' cars'

Hyundai has patched its Blue Link smartphone app to stop it blabbing private info that could, it is claimed, be used to break into and steal people's cars.
John Leyden, 25 Apr 2017
Kit Kat bar

Microsoft cracks open patch mega-bundles for biz admins, will separate security, stability fixes

Microsoft has added yet another option to its monthly patch jumble for IT departments.
Shaun Nichols, 25 Apr 2017
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Expedia IT bod gets all-expenses-paid trip to prison after hacking execs' emails for profit

An ex-Expedia IT admin has been fined and jailed for 15 months after he spied on the emails of the travel giant's top brass to make insider trades.
Iain Thomson, 25 Apr 2017

After blitzing FlexiSpy, hackers declare war on all stalkerware makers: 'We're coming for you'

A Brit biz selling surveillance tools that can be installed on phones to spy on spouses, kids, mates or employees has been comprehensively pwned by hackers – who promise similar stalkerware peddlers are next.
Iain Thomson, 25 Apr 2017
Marissa Mayer

Yahoo!'s Marissa! will! eject! with! $186m!.. $185m!.. $184m!..

When Yahoo! boss Marissa Mayer leaves the merged Verizon-AOL-Yahoo! behemoth, as is expected soon, she'll walk away with stocks and cash today worth $186m.
Shaun Nichols, 25 Apr 2017

Uber engineer's widow: Stress and racism killed my husband ... Uber: Let's make flying cars!

Uber can add racism to its long list of corporate culture failings, say lawyers representing one of its software engineers who killed himself last year.
Kieren McCarthy, 25 Apr 2017
NBN fixed wireless tower near Ballarat
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nbn™ demos gigabit-speed fixed wireless services

nbn™, the organisation building and operating Australia's national broadband network (NBN), has demonstrated a 1.1Gbps downstream and 165Mbps upstream connection using its fixed wireless network.
Simon Sharwood, 25 Apr 2017
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WD pulls cash-strapped Toshiba to one side, whispers: 'All right, pal, how much you want?'

Western Digital CEO Steve Milligan says his corporation is willing to help bail out sinking Toshiba.
Chris Mellor, 25 Apr 2017

Pivot3: Acuity hyper-converged with NVMe flash and QoS has landed

Hyper-converged infrastructure supplier Pivot3 is adding an NVMe flash tier with app-priority-based quality of service (QOS).
Chris Mellor, 25 Apr 2017
Crown courtroom. Pic: Shutterstock

Brit behind Titanium Stresser DDoS malware sent to chokey

A Hertfordshire man has been jailed for two years after netting nearly £400,000 from the malware he wrote as a 15-year-old student.
Gareth Corfield, 25 Apr 2017
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Rubrik's tube: Cloud backup protector looks to suck up more cash – report

Storage startup Rubrik claims it is taking the lead in public/private cloud data management and says it is approaching a $100m annual run rate after 18 months of product availability.
Chris Mellor, 25 Apr 2017
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Spotify seeks hardware boffins

Spotify is seeking experienced hardware engineers to create “a category-defining product”, according to a (now removed) job ad.
Andrew Orlowski, 25 Apr 2017
screengrab from Henrique Olifiers kickstarter vid for zx spectrum

Another ZX Spectrum modern reboot crowdfunder pops up

Yet another crowdfunded ZX Spectrum reboot project has emerged – and this one has raised more than £290,000 from backers.
Gareth Corfield, 25 Apr 2017
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Violin Memory steps out of bankruptcy, takes the storage stage again

+Comment Violin Memory is back, as a privately owned company fresh out of bankruptcy.
Chris Mellor, 25 Apr 2017
Linux penguin canape... snacks. Photo by SHutterstock

Hackers uncork experimental Linux-targeting malware

Hackers have unleashed a new malware strain that targets Linux-based systems.
John Leyden, 25 Apr 2017
Lauri Love. Pic: Courage Foundation

High Court hands Lauri Love permission to appeal extradition to US

Lauri Love, the alleged hacktivist from Stradishall, Suffolk, England, has been granted permission to appeal against his extradition to the United States.
Land Rover BAR's America's Cup boat for 2017

The brave British boat men hoping to poke Larry Ellison's lads in the eye

We got a sneak peek behind the scenes of the Land Rover BAR sailing team hoping to leave Oracle’s Larry Ellison with a red face in this year’s America’s Cup.
Gareth Corfield, 25 Apr 2017
Sometimes you just need to recharge...

A conference and a workshop: Practical tools to reshape your software future

Promo If you want to get bang up to date on the technology and thinking driving the smartest software operations, you need to join the conference AND workshop sessions at Continuous Lifecycle next month.
David Gordon, 25 Apr 2017
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Microsoft plans summer CRM war opener against Salesforce

Microsoft will this summer start mining LinkedIn as a CRM database using Dynamics 365 in a bid to challenge Salesforce.
Gavin Clarke, 25 Apr 2017
Two beer glasses clash and splash frothy beer into the air. Cheers! Photo by Shutterstock

Man nicked trying to 'save' beer from burning building

A South Dakotan was cuffed after he repeatedly barged past police and firefighters that were trying to deal with a blaze in his apartment block so he could re-enter and rescue his most precious possession - beer.
Paul Kunert, 25 Apr 2017
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Kremlin-backed DNC hackers going after French presidential hopeful Macron

The Russian cyberespionage group blamed for the infamous US Democratic National Committee email leak launched targeted phishing attacks against French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron's campaign as recently as last month.
John Leyden, 25 Apr 2017
The puppets from Team America: World Police gather at a bar for drinks.

Jimbo announces Team Wikipedia: 'Global News Police'

Comment When Henry Kissinger received the Nobel Peace Prize against the backdrop of the US Air Force's secret bombings in Cambodia, the satirist Tom Lehrer declared that satire had become obsolete. If satire died that day, then Jimmy Wales has dug it up, exhumed the corpse, and is giving it a state funeral.
Andrew Orlowski, 25 Apr 2017
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Ex-NSA techies launch data governance tool for future algorithm-slavery

Immuta, a data governance startup in Maryland run by former US National Security Agency technicians, has developed a method to govern how data is used by machine learning algorithms.

Huawei P10 Plus: The bigger brother is the real contender

Review The P10 Plus is the big brother of Huawei’s 2017 flagship the P10. And as you’d expect, it's beefier, heavier and packing a bigger battery, a better camera and display, better antennas for faster LTE, and infrared.
Andrew Orlowski, 25 Apr 2017

IT error at Great Western Railway charging £10k for 63-mile journey ticket

Great Western Rail has been advertising the bargain of a lifetime; a first-class journey from Taunton to Trowbridge for £10,000.
Working on LHC photo copyright CERN

Colliders, containers, dark matter: The CERN atom smasher's careful cloud revolution

CERN made headlines with the discovery by physicists in 2012 of the Higgs boson, paving the way to a breakthrough in our understanding of how fundamental particles interact.
Gavin Clarke, 25 Apr 2017
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A bot lingua franca does not exist: Your machine-learning options for walking the talk

So, you want to create a hugely successful machine-learning startup? Or you've been asked to start investigating ML for your firm? Well, you'd better get programming – but what language should you use? No languages have been designed specifically with ML in mind, but some do lend themselves to the task.
Danny Bradbury, 25 Apr 2017

A very Canadian approach: How net neutrality rules reflect a country's true nature

Analysis Canadians are so reasonable. As far as we're aware there aren't any derogatory terms used by Canadians to describe their continental cousins below them – quite an achievement given the endless efforts by Americans to cajole and rile them at every opportunity.
Kieren McCarthy, 25 Apr 2017
Satan in Hell from South Park

Uber sued by ex-Lyft driver tormented by app maker's 'Hell' spyware

A former Lyft driver is suing Uber alleging the ride-summoning biz spied on his movements and violated privacy, competition, and communications laws.
Thomas Claburn, 25 Apr 2017
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Dark times for OmniOS – an Oracle-free open-source Solaris project

Development of OmniOS – an Oracle-free open-source variant of Solaris – is being killed after five years of work.
Gavin Clarke, 25 Apr 2017
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Car hacking's dynamic duo offers to save others $1m in research

Two famed car hackers claim they can save fellow tinkerers and security researchers a lot of time and money – by handing over their tools and blueprints for free. The pair boast the gear is worth over a million bucks.
Iain Thomson, 25 Apr 2017
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Filer startup Qumulo chosen to help tame the DreamWorks dragon

Case study HPE has enabled DreamWorks Animation to replace legacy storage systems by having Qumulo software running on its Apollo servers.
Chris Mellor, 25 Apr 2017
An open door
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HipChat SlipChat lets hackers RipChat

IRC-for-biz HipChat says a vulnerability in a software library used by its HipChat.com service allowed hackers to access private conversations and customer account information.
Shaun Nichols, 25 Apr 2017
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Webroot antivirus goes bananas, starts trashing Windows system files

Webroot's security tools went berserk today, mislabeling key Microsoft Windows system files as malicious and temporarily removing them – knackering countless PCs in the process.
Iain Thomson, 25 Apr 2017
Stealth_bomber

Northrop Grumman can make a stealth bomber – but can't protect its workers' W-2 tax forms

Northrop Grumman has admitted one of its internal portals was broken into, exposing employees' sensitive tax records to miscreants.
Shaun Nichols, 24 Apr 2017
His master's voice

Lyrebird steals your voice to make you say things you didn't – and we hate this future

Hastening the arrival of a world in which simulation is indistinguishable from reality, startup Lyrebird has announced plans to power up an online service that can imitate a person's voice.
Thomas Claburn, 24 Apr 2017

Swamp-draining Trump pushes ex-AT&T lobbyist to oversee AT&T mega-merger

Analysis One of the most popular applause lines from Donald Trump's presidential campaign was that he would "drain the swamp" – meaning put an end to the corrupt, revolving door of government and private practice that virtually defines modern Washington, DC.
Kieren McCarthy, 24 Apr 2017
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Nikon snaps at Dutch, German rivals: You stole our chip etch lens tech!

Nikon has declared global legal war on rivals it says are ripping off crucial optical technology it developed to print microchips.
Shaun Nichols, 24 Apr 2017

Alert: If you're running SquirrelMail, Sendmail... why? And oh yeah, remote code vuln found

Updated Security researchers have uncovered a critical security hole in SquirrelMail, the open-source webmail project.
John Leyden, 24 Apr 2017
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We're 'heartbroken' we got caught selling your email records to Uber, says Unroll.me boss

Jojo Hedaya, the CEO of email summarizer Unroll.me, has apologized to his users for not telling them clearly enough that they are the product, not his website.
Iain Thomson, 24 Apr 2017
NetApp founder Dave Hitz and SolidFire founder Dave Wright
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It's a Wright off: NetApp confirms SolidFire boss on hiatus, 'will be back' working on other stuff

+Comment NetApp says its SolidFire chief Dave Wright is on hiatus – and his role upon his return will not involve running the storage organization he founded.
Chris Mellor, 24 Apr 2017

eBay denies claims it's failing to thwart 'systematic fraud'

A campaigner has gone public with his concerns over an alleged scam on eBay.
John Leyden, 24 Apr 2017

Forensic accountants appointed to pore over Post Office IT scandal

The UK's Criminal Cases Review Commission has confirmed that it has appointed a firm of forensic accountants to assist its investigation into whether sub-postmasters were wrongfully prosecuted due to issues affecting the Post Office's Horizon IT system.
Cheers photo via Shutterstock

Risk-free Friday evenings, thanks to Office 365 license management

Office 365 administrators have a reason to be happy: Microsoft has finally joined the party on group-based Office 365 licence management, saving time from manual maintenance, or the reliance on scripts and third-party systems.
Adam Fowler, 24 Apr 2017
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Give 'bots a chance: Driverless cars to be trialled between London and Oxford

Driverless cars using UK-made software will be tested on public roads and even motorways between London and Oxford.
Gareth Corfield, 24 Apr 2017
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Seagate launches non-flying disk drive for drones

Fly Drive is not about car rental any more, not in our version of disk world at any rate. It's a Seagate disk drive for DJI drones and comes just three months after Seagate and drone-maker DJI announced a partnership to develop storage for drone-recorded images and videos.
Chris Mellor, 24 Apr 2017

Uber cloaked its spying and all it got from Apple was a slap on the wrist

Uber hid its fingerprinting of iPhone users from Apple – techniques that would have had any other app thrown out of Apple's store. Uber retained the information even after the Uber app had been deleted and the phone had been wiped. Uber CEO Travis Kalanick got a personal reprimand from Apple CEO Tim Cook, but the app stayed put, and Uber continues to use fingerprinting worldwide.
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Apr 2017
Road Closed sign

SAP Anywhere goes nowhere, reaches commercial cul-de-sac

SAP Anywhere, the "complete front-office software package", is going nowhere quickly in Europe as the service has been closed to new customers.
Paul Kunert, 24 Apr 2017
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Apache Foundation hails Metron as new top level project for cybersecurity

The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) has announced Metron, a cybersecurity applications framework for centralised monitoring and analysis of network traffic, as its newest top-level project.
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HPC kids battle each other... oh, and tussle with the world's fastest supercomputer

HPC Blog This year's edition of the Asian Student Cluster Competition (ASC) is the largest competition of its kind in the world, with 20 teams of university undergrads battling each other, themselves, and the world’s fastest supercomputer, Sunway TaihuLight, to win the Asian Cluster Crown*.
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Nokia plans comeback on back of virtual reality

Analysis The Nokia as we traditionally know it is no more, and the reborn company of today is pinning a core part of its future business strategy on emerging virtual reality (VR) technologies.
Faultline, 24 Apr 2017
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Not auf wiedersehen – yet! The Berlin scene tempting Brexit tech

After Britain voted to leave the EU in June 2016, there was a flurry of articles about how London's tech startups, shocked by the prospect of Brexit, could soon decamp to cheap, fun Berlin.
David Matthews, 24 Apr 2017
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While Facebook reinvents Sadville, we still dream of flying cars

Comment The researchers at the Transportation Research Institute at the University of Michigan (UMTRI) sent me what may be the saddest opinion poll in the world. It asks the public: "Would you like a flying car?"
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Apr 2017
Angry Judge

Russian hacker arrested in Spain for bot-herding not election-fiddling

Last week ended badly for Russian hackers.
Simon Sharwood, 24 Apr 2017
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Stanford Uni's intro to CompSci course adopts JavaScript, bins Java

In early April, Stanford University began piloting a new version of its introductory computer science course, CS 106A. The variant, CS 106J, is taught in JavaScript rather than Java.
Thomas Claburn, 24 Apr 2017

PC sales are up across Europe. You read that right. PC sales are up

Sales of personal computers - boring old-school desktop and laptops – are up across Europe.
Simon Sharwood, 24 Apr 2017
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Calm down, everyone – it's only a Monday storage news blitz

Storage news, like data growth, is unrelenting.
Chris Mellor, 24 Apr 2017
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Teen charged with 'cyberstalking' in bomb hoax case

An 18-year-old dual citizen of the US and Israel has been charged with making a string of online and phone threats against schools and Jewish community centers.
Shaun Nichols, 24 Apr 2017
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Huawei to build global cloud with bit barns run by different operators

Huawei's going to stitch together a global cloud based on its cut of OpenStack. It will consist of a patchwork of Huawei-built clouds that the firm itself runs, and Huawei clouds that are run by telcos.
Simon Sharwood, 24 Apr 2017
Penguin road sign

Linux 4.11 delayed for a week by NVMe glitches and 'oops fixes'

The Register hasn't needed to spend much time covering Linux 4.11 because hiccups haven't happened and Linux daddy Linus Torvalds' comments have been sparse and measured, other than a slightly terse lesson on how to Pull properly.
Simon Sharwood, 24 Apr 2017
Qualcomm

Qualcomm's Windows-capable silicon will land later rather than sooner

Qualcomm's plan to kick Intel in the soft underbelly that is the PC market will come later rather than sooner.
Simon Sharwood, 24 Apr 2017

CompSci boffins find Reddit is ideal source for sarcasm database

Over here at El Reg, we think that chatbots are, like, the best thing ever.
Katyanna Quach, 24 Apr 2017

Would you believe it? The Museum of Failure contains quite a few pieces of technology

If you work in Silicon Valley, you might want to look away now. Because one day your work may well feature in the Museum of Failure.
Kieren McCarthy, 22 Apr 2017
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systemd-free Devuan Linux hits version 1.0.0

Devuan, the effort to build a systemd-free version of Debian, has released Devuan Jessie 1.0.0, a release candidate felt to be just about the finished article.
Simon Sharwood, 22 Apr 2017
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China 'hacked' South Korea to wreck Star Wars missile shield

Well-connected security biz FireEye is claiming Chinese hackers are trying to break into South Korea's military to halt the deployment of an anti-ballistic weapons system in the country.
Iain Thomson, 21 Apr 2017
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FCC greenlights small cell free-for-all in the US

America's favorite watchdog the FCC has suggested a set of new rules for installing hardware for 5G wireless broadband networks.
Shaun Nichols, 21 Apr 2017

Alaska dentist 'pulled out patient's tooth while riding a hoverboard'

A dentist in Alaska has been accused of performing a tooth extraction while riding a hoverboard.
Shaun Nichols, 21 Apr 2017
Doctor Who – The Girl Who Died. Pic credit: BBC

Doctor Who-inspired proxy transmogrifies politically sensitive web to avoid gov censorship

Computer boffins in Canada are working on anti-censorship software called Slitheen that disguises disallowed web content as government-sanctioned pablum. They intend for it to be used in countries where network connections get scrutinized for forbidden thought.
Thomas Claburn, 21 Apr 2017
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Base specs leak for Windows 10 Cloud – Microsoft's wannabe ChromeOS assassin

The base tech specs for Microsoft's Windows 10 Cloud laptops have leaked out ahead of a rumored launch next month, giving you an idea of their target market. Clue: Google-powered Chromebooks in education.
Iain Thomson, 21 Apr 2017
Bob and Doug McKenzie of Canada

Canada says yes to net neutrality – and no to Trump advisor, eh?

Canada's comms watchdog has come out strongly in favor of net neutrality – despite efforts by one of the Trump Administration's key telecoms advisors to tip the scales in the other direction.
Kieren McCarthy, 21 Apr 2017
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IBM SoftLayer plays hardball in object storage price cuts

+Comment Research house 451 says the cloud price struggle has moved away from virtual machines (VMs) to object storage, and fingers IBM for initiating the round of price cutting.
Chris Mellor, 21 Apr 2017
Getting _out_of_the_cloud

Dell backs out of in-cloud backup business by selling Spanning

Dell has sold its in-cloud backup SW biz Spanning to private equity house Insight Venture Partners, ending just four years of ownership.
Chris Mellor, 21 Apr 2017
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LinkedIn U-turns on Bluetooth-enabled 'Tinder for marketers'

LinkedIn irked privacy advocates by dropping a Bluetooth-enabled "Tinder for marketers" feature into its mobile app on Thursday.
John Leyden, 21 Apr 2017
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Microsoft offers preview to eye AI IoT analytics for edgelords of new net

Microsoft's commitment to Azure has tickled it to the market's movement towards edge analytics provoked by the wave of IoT devices, and has launched a new analytics service so the twain shall never part.

Shooting org demands answers from Met Police over gun owner blab

Following The Register's report on the Metropolitan Police breaching its own data protection statement by handing the addresses of tens of thousands of London firearms owners to a marketing agency, the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) has written to the force demanding the decision be investigated.
Gareth Corfield, 21 Apr 2017
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US surveillance court declined less than 2 per cent of applications

The US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) has published its annual report, revealing that less than 2 per cent of surveillance applications made under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) were declined in 2016.

Peer pressure, not money, lures youngsters into cybercrime – report

Teenage hackers get mixed up in cybercrime mostly to gain bragging rights over peers rather than to get rich, according to a new study.
John Leyden, 21 Apr 2017
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Exploding femtocells: No need for a full recall, says Vodafone

Vodafone says that anxious customers of its home femtocell box are safe, despite experiencing continuing brownouts. Although Vodafone is replacing the Alcatel-made units on request, it has declined to carry out a full recall.
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Apr 2017
Oracle acrobatics in the cloud
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A quiet market? Nah, Oracle's to pay $850m for ad-tracking Moat

Oracle's acquisition of digital advertising tracking business Moat has been valued at over $850m, according to reports.
Jamie Bartlett delivering Register Summer Lecture

Think politics is tumultuous now? Wait till the transhumanists join in...

Reg Lecture Politics and society is about to get stranger and we're not even talking about what's going on in Westminster.
Joe Fay, 21 Apr 2017
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WDC flirting with Japan funds to bolster bid for Toshiba's memory biz

Western Digital Corporation (WDC) is aiming to bulk up its bid for Toshiba's memory biz with state-backed funding support.
Chris Mellor, 21 Apr 2017
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Cloud students, pay attention! Exam plans promise fresh skills

Anyone looking to deploy cloud in any meaningful way will struggle to find skilled practitioners. It's a situation faced by so many enterprises, no matter what cloud system is being deployed.
Maxwell Cooter, 21 Apr 2017

Ministry of Justice scraps 'conviction by computer' law

The controversial "conviction by computer" Parliamentary Bill has been scrapped ahead of June's general election, according to reports.
Gareth Corfield, 21 Apr 2017
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Farewell Unity, you challenged desktop Linux. Oh well, here's Ubuntu 17.04

Review The arrival of Ubuntu 17.04 this month was completely overshadowed by Mark Shuttleworth's decision to abandon the Unity desktop for a stock GNOME Shell interface.
Obi wan droids

Not the droids you're looking for – worst handsets to resell

iPhones maintain their resale value much better than Androids. That much you probably already know – but which are the worst droids to resell?
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Apr 2017
The Jetsons Food Machine

(You can't) buy one now! The flying car makes its perennial return

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Stop squeezing my knob. No seriously, I've had enough.
Alistair Dabbs, 21 Apr 2017
Dog waits on a Welcome mat. photo by sHutterstock

Drunk user blow-dried laptop after dog lifted its leg over the keyboard

On-Call Welcome again to On-Call, our Friday re-telling of readers unforgettable on-the-job experiences.
Simon Sharwood, 21 Apr 2017

Q. Why is Baidu sharing its secret self-driving sauce? A. To help China corner the market

Analysis Chinese tech powerhouse Baidu plans to "open up" its self-driving car designs to help automakers in China overtake Western rivals.
Katyanna Quach, 21 Apr 2017

Script kiddies pwn 1000s of Windows boxes using leaked NSA hack tools

The NSA's Equation Group hacking tools, leaked last Friday by the Shadow Brokers, have now been used to infect thousands of Windows machines worldwide, we're told.
Iain Thomson, 21 Apr 2017

Wait – we can explain, says Moby, er, Docker amid rebrand meltdown

Docker seemingly became Moby this week, a rebranding exercise that sparked more confusion than clarity among those following container software.
Thomas Claburn, 21 Apr 2017

Web celeb product whores told to put on the red light – or else

America's trade watchdog has warned more than 90 celebrities that they need to disclose when they are paid to promote a product – or risk facing an investigation.
Kieren McCarthy, 21 Apr 2017
Assange

Cuffing Assange a 'priority' for the USA says attorney-general

United States attorney-general Jeff Sessions says the Trump administration will make it “a priority” to arrest leakers, including Julian Assange.
Simon Sharwood, 21 Apr 2017
Orange juice squeezing

Hard-pressed Juicero boss defends $400 IoT juicer after squeezing $120m from investors

Meet this week's bonkers startup Juicero – the San Francisco maker of a $400 fruit juicer that's bagged $120m in funding from investors.
Shaun Nichols, 21 Apr 2017
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New MH370 analysis again says we looked in the wrong places

Australian scientists have released a new analysis of debris from missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 and again asserted that the search for the Boeing 777 was conducted in the wrong place.
Simon Sharwood, 21 Apr 2017
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Microsoft promises twice-yearly Windows 10, O365 updates – with just 18 months' support

Updated Microsoft's explained how often it intends to offer “feature updates” to Windows 10: twice a year in March and September.
Simon Sharwood, 21 Apr 2017
China's robot space truck Tianzhou-1 lifts off

China successfully launches its first robot space truck

China's ambition to launch a permanently-crewed space station is a little closer today after the nation successfully launched its first robot space truck.
Simon Sharwood, 21 Apr 2017
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Tesla's latest car crash: Its 'meritless' lawsuit against ex-Autopilot bod

Less than three months after Tesla sued a former manager, claiming he'd stolen its blueprints and tried to poach staff, the flash automaker has settled out of court.
Iain Thomson, 21 Apr 2017

Nuh-uh, Google, you WILL hand over emails stored on foreign servers, says US judge

Google has been ordered by a US court to cough up people's private Gmail messages stored overseas – because if that information can be viewed stateside, it is subject to American search warrants, apparently.
Shaun Nichols, 20 Apr 2017

FYI – There's a legal storm brewing in Cali that threatens to destroy online free speech

Analysis Tech giants and rights groups have flooded the California Supreme Court with a dozen friend-of-the court briefs pleading for the reversal of a defamation ruling that threatens online speech protections.
Thomas Claburn, 20 Apr 2017
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'We should have done better' – the feeble words of a CEO caught using real hospital IT in infosec product demos

The CEO of computer security biz Tanium has admitted his staff logged into hospital networks and accessed live IT systems during product demos with potential customers.
Iain Thomson, 20 Apr 2017

Trump's self-imposed cybersecurity deadline is up: What we got?

Analysis On January 6, president-elect Donald Trump had a meeting with the heads of the intelligence services and came out with one action point: cybersecurity.
Kieren McCarthy, 20 Apr 2017
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For the first time ever, Verizon sheds subs: 300,000 punters walk out

Verizon today turned in financial results of a nightmare first quarter of 2017 that saw the nation's top wireless carrier shed more than 300,000 postpaid subscribers.
Shaun Nichols, 20 Apr 2017
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Ofcom chisels away at BT Openreach's cold, dead hands

Ofcom has set out exactly how it plans to prise open BT's grip on the UK's telecoms infrastructure, in a move designed to make it easier for competing telcos to install fibre broadband connections.
Gareth Corfield, 20 Apr 2017
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Union elevates Fujitsu job cutting protest to Japanese embassy

Unite the Union wants Japan's ambassador to the UK to intervene in the long-running dispute with Fujitsu over the company's proposals to axe almost two thousand employees locally.
Paul Kunert, 20 Apr 2017

Google's 'adblocker' is all about taking back control

The world's biggest digital advertising company Google is reportedly building an ad-blocker into Chrome – and it's already attracted the attention of Europe's most important competition regulator.
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Apr 2017

Online ad scam launders legions of pirates and pervs into 'legit' surfing

An elaborate online ad scam that disguised junk traffic as views on reputable sites has been costing advertisers as much as $7m per month.
John Leyden, 20 Apr 2017
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The pain in your chest? That'll be Big Tech's AI arrow of love

If you couldn't feel the love this week, you're lacking a heart.
Gavin Clarke, 20 Apr 2017

What a To-Do! Microsoft snuffs out Wunderlist

If a week is a long time in politics, it must be an eternity at Redmond, where the strategy team is seemingly obliged to create a new one every few minutes. Here's another for you.
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Apr 2017
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Tesla hit by class action sueball over autopilot software updates

A class-action lawsuit has been launched against Tesla on the basis that updates to its cars' autopilots are "vapourware."
Gareth Corfield, 20 Apr 2017

Mastercard launches card that replaces PIN with fingerprint sensor

Mastercard has unveiled its new biometric card which adds a fingerprint sensor to the chip as a replacement security measure to the four-digit PIN.
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Flaws found in Linksys routers that could be used to create a botnet

Multiple models of Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Routers have vulnerabilities that might be exploited to create a botnet, security researchers at IOActive warn.
John Leyden, 20 Apr 2017
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EU plans for blockchain 'observatory' raise concerns, says expert

The European Commission plans to set up an observatory and forum on blockchain and distributer ledger technology (DLT) to help it understand what role public authorities should play in developing and helping uptake of the technologies.
OUT-LAW.COM, 20 Apr 2017

HTC seeks salvation with squeezy design

Former critics' darling HTC will unveil its 2017 flagship on 16 May, hoping that a squeezy case will win back buyers.
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Apr 2017
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Less than four weeks till DevOps' finest assemble in London

Events There's just four weeks till we throw open the doors for Continuous Lifecycle London 2017, so if you want to enjoy three days of the best in DevOps, Containers, Agile, CD and more, act now.
Team Register, 20 Apr 2017
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Trump's lips sealed on surveillance, complains EU privacy chief

The US administration has been keeping schtum regarding President Trump's plans to adhere to promises made by Obama's government on how EU citizens' data would be protected from the NSA's mass-surveillance activities.

Infinidat puts array to the test, says it 'wrecks' Pure and EMC systems

Infinidat has run performance tests against Pure and EMC all-flash arrays and surpassed them with its array.
Chris Mellor, 20 Apr 2017
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Microsoft shrugs off report that Edge can expose user identities from JS Fetch requests

Updated An independent researcher claims to have uncovered a security flaw in Microsoft Edge.
John Leyden, 20 Apr 2017
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Have we got a new, hip compound IT phrase for you! Enter... UserDev

Users are those strange creatures who break the computer you put on their desks, and for whom software that has worked perfectly in the test lab suddenly decides to crash.
Dave Cartwright, 20 Apr 2017
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No middle ground, no compromise: VMware blocks Cisco's SDN play

VMware's recent decision to block third-party virtual switches on its platform could put a serious crimp in, among others, Cisco's plans for Software-Defined Networking (SDN).
Trevor Pott, 20 Apr 2017

Apple's zippy silicon leaves Android rivals choking on dust

Steve Jobs once said that "innovation has nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have" – it's all about how you spend it.
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Apr 2017
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Can you make a warzone delivery drone? UK.gov wants to give you cash

The Ministry of Defence is looking for drone startups to throw their hats into the ring for a Just-Eat-for-bullets ‘bot competition.
Gareth Corfield, 20 Apr 2017
Green data centre

You just sent an on-prem app to the cloud and your data centre has empty racks. What now?

On-premises data centres are expensive to build and operate, which is one reason public cloud is so attractive … albeit not so attractive that organisations will immediately evacuate on-premises data centres.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Apr 2017
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AWS v Oracle: Mark Hurd schooled on how to run a public cloud that people actually use

Amazon's AWS infrastructure boss has slapped down Oracle co-CEO Mark Hurd after the latter boasted that Big Red needs fewer data centers because its systems are, apparently, twice as good.
Shaun Nichols, 20 Apr 2017
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Ambient light sensors can steal data, says security researcher

Security researcher Lukasz Olejnik says it is possible to slurp sensitive data with the ambient light sensors installed in many smartphones and laptops.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Apr 2017
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SPY-tunes scandal: Bloke sues Bose after headphones app squeals on his playlist

A chap in Chicago is suing headphone maker Bose after discovering how much personal information its app was phoning home to base – this slurped data includes songs listened to, for how long, and when.
Iain Thomson, 20 Apr 2017

Opportunity rover gets bored of spot it's explored since 2014

The thirteen year-old Opportunity rover is moving on from the region of Mars it's been exploring since 2014.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Apr 2017
STAR robot surgeon

Accept for a second that robot surgeons exist. Who will check they're up to the job – and how?

Medical robots should be split into different categories of autonomy, just as driverless cars are, a group of academics proposed Wednesday in Science Robotics.
Katyanna Quach, 20 Apr 2017
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Computer games to become medal sport at Asian Games

Gold medals will be awarded to players of computer games at the 2022 Asian Games.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Apr 2017
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Riverbed slurps Xirrus to take SD-WAN all the way to Wi-Fi

Riverbed has acquired Xirrus for an undisclosed sum and will now try to build a software-defined WAN that stretches all the way to Wi-Fi access points.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Apr 2017
Facebook F8, Day Two

Zuckerberg's absolutely mental: Brain sensors that read YOUR MIND at 100 words a minute

F8 2017 Facebook sees such promise in virtual reality that it has taken to celebrating products and services that don't exist outside laboratory settings, like brain interfaces, augmented reality glasses, and "hearing" through one's skin.
Thomas Claburn, 20 Apr 2017

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