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Pics Chip geeks have produced an interactive blueprint of the ARM1 – the granddaddy of the processor cores powering billions of gadgets today, from Apple iPhones to Raspberry Pis, cameras, routers and Android tablets.
In brief ISPs in Sweden cannot be forced to block access to the Pirate Bay – the Swedish search engine used worldwide for pirating software, movies and music.
Come Sunday, the NSA will end its ferocious dragnet surveillance of American citizens' phones, the White House insists.
In brief Volkswagen-owned Audi has suspended two engineers after it emerged the luxury brand's diesel engines had emissions test cheatware installed.
Names, home and email addresses, security questions and answers, and more information on millions of families worldwide have been swiped from a top toymaker's database.
Violin Memory's stock price has plummeted to $1.30 from its IPO level of $7.51 on October 4, 2013. That's an 82.7 per cent fall in 25 months.
Enterprise adoption of Windows-powered computing slabs will make Microsoft the fastest growing tablet computer maker by 2019.
A UK IT manager who bought a gun on the dark web has been jailed for five years for firearm offences.
An ex-pat German Apple worker who stored three month’s worth of his own excrement and urine in his luxury apartment has been given a year's worth of porridge by an Irish court.
A two-man break in at the London offices of children's charity Plan UK has resulted in theft of five computer servers.
Cisco Gold Partner Oni Plc has hired former Logicalis UK boss Tom Kelly to devise a strategy to squeeze more cash out of its bit barn investments by reworking the managed services and cloud practices.
UK internet hub Telecity has successfully completed emergency maintenance on power equipment at its Sovereign House facility.
Online takeaway service Hungryhouse has reset the passwords of thousands of its customers following an apparent data breach at a third party hosting company.
The Investigatory Powers Tribunal, the only judicial body in Britain allowed to hold spies to account, has scrapped its inaugural annual report.
Texas Advanced Computing Centre has won an award for a new data-intensive system that incorporates the beta tested DSSD product from EMC.
You’ve got four days left to make your bid for stage space at next May’s Continuous Lifecycle London conference, hosted by The Register and Heise.
Making DIY custom ROMs for your Windows Phone has just become ridiculously easy.
Episode 17 Episode 17
Something for the Weekend, Sir? Are you thick or what? No, really, how else can you explain why you invest vast sums of money on daft schemes that nobody wants?
Comment An event of cosmic proportions occurred on 18 November when the US congress passed the Space Act of 2015 into law. The legislation will give US space firms the rights to own and sell natural resources they mine from bodies in space, including asteroids.
On-Call Welcome again to On-Call, our weekly wander through readers' recollections of their ramblings to customer sites after being called out to fix stuff.
The FBI has linked a hacker said to be in part behind the plundering of 1.2 billion credentials from some 420,000 websites to the handle "Mr Grey".
KIC 8462852 is a star in the Cygnus constellation about 1500 light years from here. Were it not for the fact that Kepler Space Telescope photos reveal fluctuates in brightness to a degree we've not previously seen in the cosmos, nobody would care.
EU copyright laws will not be overhauled completely but rather reformed in a gradual, balanced and targeted way, EU commissioner for the digital single market Andrus Ansip has said.
Police from the Harbourside local area command in the Australian city of Sydney have 'fessed up to investigating the attempted murder of a spider.
Australia's Attorney-General's Department has again called for industry consultation on its sweeping security overhaul of the telecommunications sector that would force telcos provide the Federal Government with confidential networks plans.
In early November Google chap Benson Leung caused a stir when he wrote an analysis suggesting manufacturers of cables and power adapters weren't paying attention to the USB Type-C spec. Manufacturers' inattention, he worried, might result in devices being damaged as they suck down too much power.
Malwarebytes threat analysis man Jerome Segura says compromised Reader's Digest pages are being used to serve the Angler Exploit kit and trojan backdoors.
Enterprise IT vendors are getting to the swing of the Black Friday and Cyber Monday discount consumption orgies.
More than 26,000 Cisco devices sold by Australia's dominant telco Telstra are open to hijacking via hardcoded SSH login keys and SSL certificates.
Russia's sole nuclear power plant operator, Rosenergoatom, has reportedly hit on the idea of building a data centre next to one of its power plants.
Oh, the irony: the New Zealand University that suffered a two-day brownout as a result of a problem with its EMC kit last month sought a possible replacement for the company's products.
Microsoft has killed Dell's user-pwning root certificate and its self-reinstalling .dll with its antivirus Defender tool.
Review For reasons that continue to confound consumers, the two most popular areas for smart-home technologies right now are lightbulbs and plugs.
Feature Kaminario CEO Dani Golan was in the UK yesterday, sporting a brand new EMEA veep and going gung-ho for growth from his scale-out, storage-for-all-seasons data centre flash array.
Competition The November 30 deadline for entering NCC Group’s Cyber 10K challenge is coming up fast – so get those entries in now.
The Nuclear exploit kit has been spotted throwing ransomware CryptoWall 4.0 at innocent netizens' machines, according to a security researcher Brad Duncan, who stated it is the first time he's noticed that particular nasty being distributed by an exploit kit.
Plans to pump an extra £450m for the Government Digital Service to fuel the "digital revolution" was the shock take-away announcement in George Osborne's Spending Review yesterday - from the perspective of technology spend at least.
An online survey of the Royal Air Force’s website aimed at journalists has invited would-be participants to send their banking details using unencrypted email to third-party organisers.
IPB A joint panel of cross-party politicos and peers have been granted a very small window to scrutinise the Home Office's draft Investigatory Powers Bill.
Freeview is safe. For now. Mobile operators with broadband services were denied the 470-694MHz frequency used by the terrestrial TV service.
One-year-old Iguaz.io, an Israeli Big Data startup, has just won a $15m A-round from Magma Venture Partners, JVP and large strategic investors. So what's the magic product that grabbed funding so early in the game?
Lynne Owens has been announced as the new director general of the National Crime Agency.
+Comment HP, no HPE, storage's revenues are down again, continuing a longish slump and, with HP Inc (PCs and printers) now undocked from HPE (the rest), many are asking the question: "What next?"
It may be a couple of rashers too far, but we feel obliged to alert readers to the immediate availability bacon-scented undies, courtesy of purveyors of all things pork J&D's Foods.
Welcome to the DMZ where the world’s two most ubiquitous operating systems meet and eye each other warily. It’s a place where the future platform battles are being shaped.
Our American cousins may be getting stuck in to pumpkin pie today, but Raspberry Pi hopes they'll also appreciate its $5 (£4) Pi Zero computer, which the Blighty outfit launched today.
It has come to our attention that megacorp Hewlett Packard Enterprise is planning to open a private drinking establishment in its new London nerve centre, for the benefit of "employees, officers, guests and persons attending bona fide private functions".
Analysis Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne included several uses of technology in Wednesday’s Autumn Statement and Spending Review.
“Anonymity is like virginity. You don't get it back once you've lost it,” writes one Register reader on Microsoft’s latest raid on your privacy.
The Information Commissioner's Office has raised a tidy £250,000 this week with two more fines for companies flogging nuisance call-blocking services by, yep, you guessed it, making nuisance calls, after receiving over 1,000 complaints.
Samsung's started volume production of 128GB DDR4 RDIMMS.
Having already lived through one virtual reality hype cycle, I’m surprised to find that 2015 has been punctuated of a number of experiences proving that virtual reality may finally be nearing the mainstream. In February, I experienced some of the new head-mounted displays - and found first-generation Oculus Rift unimpressive. Quick on the heels of that, I got a taste of some "immersive video", footage gathered by an expensive, fancy camera that capture a full sphere around the device.
Dodgy developers can have their data-stealing iOS applications boosted to the top ranks of Apple's App Store for as little as US$4000 thanks to services on offer by Chinese hackers.
Capita slurped up £1.8bn in public sector spending last year, a 12 per cent increase on the previous year, according to research from analysts TechMarketView.
The Mozilla Foundation has published its 2014 annual report and while revenues are up, the numbers show the outfit is now very dependent on Yahoo! for future income and has declining market share.
IOActive security bod Sofiane Talmat has found two since-patched privilege escalation vulnerabilities in Lenovo System Update utility.
Logowatch South Korean web portal Naver is considering a legal tilt at Hewlett Packard Enterprise over just who first decided a green rectangle makes a good corporate insignia.
Indian researchers from Xerox and the International Institute of Information Technology at Hyderabad have used the sport of Cricket to develop a novel approach to interpreting human movement recorded by video.
It's what we all assumed, but quietly hoped wasn't quite this bad.
Alphabet-owned Nest says there is no truth to the allegation that its internet-connected home CCTV cameras continue to record video even when switched off.
UK registry operator Nominet is planning to increase the cost of .uk domains by 50 per cent starting 1 March 2016, raising questions over its historic nonprofit status.
Samsung is nipping in the bud talk of selling its mobile network business.
Microsoft and French research organization Inria have jointly published the source code for a more secure implementation of TLS – a first step in hopefully increasing the security of millions online.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise is buddying up to Microsoft on public cloud, chief executive Meg Whitman has confirmed.
UK internet hub Telecity on Thursday plans its third shot at fixing a power systems problem that fried customers' servers.
The Software Freedom Conservancy is turning to open source citizens to fund its operations and reduce its reliance on big tech. The GPL campaign group is making the change, it claims, because its campaigning has put it at odds with corporate sponsors.
An inspection by the Interception of Communications Commissioner's Office (IOCCO) into the targeting by Police Scotland of journalists' sources under anti-terrorism powers without a warrant has concluded the actions were committed with a disregard for human rights regulations, and were "reckless".
Contrary to password storage security standards, BT-owned Plusnet is still delivering plaintext strings back to forgetful users, and seems to have no plans to tidy itself up any time soon – despite years of warnings from security experts and the advice of GCHQ.
The Dell-EMC acquisition was announced on 12 October this year, with Dell buying EMC along with its 80 per cent holding in VMWare.
Autumn Statement Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne failed to mention IR35 even once during his Autumn Statement to MPs on Wednesday at lunchtime – despite the government recently floating new rules to crackdown on freelancers' tax arrangements.
In a shock announcement, Chancellor George Osborne has today pledged £450m in extra funding to the Government Digital Service.
Podcast Podcast Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week, with Sarah still on her travels, Amy Lewis joins Eddie and Greg to talk Dell/EMC, storage stocks, the wild world of storage (featuring Pure and Nimble), and bad certificates. Our special guest this week is Chuck Hollis, SVP at Oracle.
A London furniture design outfit has trousered a £25k Innovate UK grant to prototype "the office desk of the future".
Google has released Android Studio 2.0 Preview, a major update to its IDE for developing Android applications.
It was an inauspicious start to life as a standalone entity for HP Inc - the breakaway computer and printing business - as it forecast lower than expected profits, based on depressed market demand.
Analysis Brocade has jogged along nice and evenly for four years now, at around $2.25bn annual revenues with steadily rising profits, and its fiscal 2015 added a similar fifth year of pretty decent results.
Hilton Worldwide has confirmed that malware found its way onto point-of-sale systems that targeted payment card information.
Internet provider Eclipse has been hit by a DDoS attack, the second wave of an attack which began on Monday.
NSFW Two Thai women were cuffed yesterday and charged with drugging and robbing two tourists in the beach resort of Pattaya.*
Internet hub Telecity has failed to overcome the recent power fault responsible for frying computer hardware and denting UK internet traffic.
Google has said it took measures to preempt the lengthy antitrust probes currently being carried out by the European Commission. Oddly, that approach failed.
Analysis Windows anniversaries are a bit like Halloween. You can bring out a Vista or Windows Me to scare the children into bed on time. Microsoft Windows turned 30 this month, and blogs are full of nostalgia.
A district judge last week denied two activist groups the chance to file a supporting motion in a copyright case. In a stinging and derisive rejoinder, he compared their complaints to those of a spoilt boy.
Microsoft withdrew downloads for its latest official edition of Windows 10, version 1511, after it meddled with people's privacy settings.
Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand, experienced two days of Total Inability To Support Usual Performance (TITSUP) after failures in its EMC equipment.
Technology on the telly is often made-up rubbish: every CCTV camera in the world is online, progress bars never pause, passwords can be brute-forced in moments and mobile phones never drop out unless faults enhance the dramatic effect. The language used to describe it is worse: the likes of CSI:Cyber routinely make stuff up. And don't get us started on Stephen Fry.
Microsoft's revealed that gutting Nokia has made a dent in its diversity data.
Brainiac hacker Samy Kamkar has developed a US$10 gadget that can predict and store hundreds of American Express credit cards and use them for wireless transactions, even at non-wireless payment terminals.
A second root certificate has been found in new Dell laptops days after the first backdoor was revealed.
Amazon.com appears to be asking some of its customers to reset passwords after a breach of some sort.
The programmers behind internet privacy tool Tor are asking supporters to donate money to bankroll future development.
Analysis Dell ships Windows computers with software that lets websites slurp up the machine's exact specifications, warranty status, and other details without the user knowing.
Cops probing the TalkTalk mega-hack arrested a teen in south Wales on Tuesday.
Comment The UK Chancellor George Osborne last week announced that the British government plans to double cybersecurity spending and establish a single National Cyber Centre.
The extradition hearing of rotund web baron Kim Dotcom finally ended Tuesday, having taken three times longer than expected.
Ex-Disney IT staffers in Florida have accused the Mickey Mouse outfit of discrimination, and now hope to sue their former bosses.
Tech Data continued to pile on the pounds dollars in its latest quarterly financials – but only if the crushing currency burden and the impact of exiting operations in Latin America were discounted.
Comment NetApp, the company usually known for its FAS appliances, is putting a lot of effort into making its object storage platform, StorageGRID, more competitive. And it’s coming around to what I’ve been saying for a long time now: end users need “Flash & Trash” or, put more professionally, a two-tier storage strategy.
Pics and vid The was much whooping and popping of champagne corks yesterday at Amazon supremo Jeff Bezos' space outfit Blue Origin: the company's New Shepard rocket successfully performed a VTOL flight – a vertical takeoff and landing.
A malvertising campaign exploiting online videos to fling poison at netizens actually lasted for two months rather than the 12 hours previously reported, according to new research which suggested the previously unfavoured medium may be ripe for exploitation.
Uber has indicated that it would seek an intervention from the UK government if Transport for London was to force the controversial taxi/app company to introduce a "five minute wait" rule.
Lenovo has scored a small win in its battle against big rival HP Inc by poaching an exec to run the product and channel teams across EMEA.
Live webcast How relevant is NoSQL in the Enterprise? Join us live on 17 December at 11:00 GMT to find out.
Urban sprawl and interference from TV broadcast vans have obliged the European Space Agency (ESA) to shutter its Perth station in Western Australia, which until now has been handling initial tracking of spacecraft soaring aloft from Kourou, French Guiana.
Fontdeck, a service which provided fonts to websites, is to close. Fonts can no longer be purchased, and existing fonts will no longer be served after 1 December 2016.
Europe is being hypocritical by derailing the Safe Harbour data protection agreement - because its own protections for citizens against indiscriminate surveillance are worse than the USA’s.
Systemax has gone public with the cost of dotting the Is and crossing the Ts in the closure of its remaining North America Technology Group (NATG), and it's going to be pricey. Very pricey.
We're certain that some of you - in common with Vulture South's own Simon Sharwood - do occasionally rise from your PCs and mount mighty two-wheeled steeds for a bit of healthy outdoor exercise.
In just over a decade Randall Munroe has become firmly established and it’s safe to say adored as the author of xkcd.
Fox-IT, a Dutch cyber security firm, has been acquired for €133.25m (£93.5m) by NCC, which is declaring its intention to become a big dog in the global cyberpack.
London's Science Museum is trumpeting its forthcoming exhibition Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Genius, which opens its doors on 10 February next year.
The rollout of the Ministry of Justice's troubled £250m National Offender Management IT system was restarted again earlier this year - The Register can reveal.
Interview IBM buying Cleversafe could mark the start of the endgame for independent object storage suppliers. We talked to Philippe Nicolas, who was Scality’s Director of Product Strategy until earlier this year and is now a storage industry advisor. We asked him questions about the state of the object market and its suppliers.
Exclusive Oracle has admitted it is axing its UK software support centre – in a move sources say will shift all European support work to Romania and cut "more than 1,000" support staff.
Sysadmin Blog Researchers think they have figured out how Sony was hacked. Long story short: the hackers knew what they were doing and covered their tracks with some clever, but really basic, tricks. I'm not particularly surprised by this, but I am surprised that others are surprised by it.
Google has launched a preview of version 2.0 of Android Studio, the Alphabet subsidiary's development tool for Android apps.
A funny thing happened over the weekend: Microsoft made its latest Windows 10 download – billed as its first major update – disappear. And it hasn't come back.
Special report The debate over encryption has become particularly intense following the deadly attacks in Paris.
Update VMware has reported a nasty bug that means virtual machine backups may not work.
Currently, there are as many mobile subscriptions as people in the world, and every second, 20 new mobile broadband subscriptions are activated. This, and the increased video consumption on mobile devices, is pushing data consumption to new heights - mobile data traffic in Q3 2015 was 65 per cent higher than the previous year, according to Ericsson’s latest version of its bi-annual Mobility Report.
Two British suspects have been arrested accused of running the refud.me encryption site VXers use to evade antivirus.
An article by the UK Prime Minister's chief speechwriter suggests Silicon Valley is happily aiding "tech-savvy jihadists."
The world's most complex sales till malware has been discovered ... after it ripped millions of bank cards from US retailers on the eve of post-Thanksgiving shopping frenzies.
British penetration tester Andrew Tierney says he has found dangerous vulnerabilities in network-connected alarm systems sold by the UK's self-proclaimed market leader CSL DualCom.
Adobe's announced it will close Revel, its Flickr-like cloudy photo storage service.
A task force assembled by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has revealed its suggestions for personal drone registration in the US.
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This is different from hosting how exactly? Amazon Web Services has flicked the switch on “EC2 Dedicated Hosts” - a new cloud service that offers “physical servers fully dedicated for your use.”
Russia has again pointed out, pointedly, that Wikipedia contains content it doesn't want its citizens to see.
Dell has published a guide on how to remove the web security backdoor it installed in its Windows laptops and desktop PCs.
EMC Information Infrastructure CEO David Goulden has written to customers promising “minimal disruption to existing product lines” as EMC and Dell become one.
Updated The rogue root certificate in new Dell computers – a certificate that allows people to be spied on when banking and shopping online – will magically reinstall itself even when deleted.
Australia's dominant telco, Telstra, has waded into one of the storage industry's favourite markets, medical imaging, with a cloud service that may not make it a lot of friends.
Dell ships computers with all the tools necessary for crooks to spy on the owners' online banking, shopping, webmail, and more.
The first six months of 2016 will see an upsurge in pilot rollouts of Windows 10, Gartner has predicted.
Google received more than 65 million removal requests for search results containing alleged copyright violations in the space of the past month.
The skeleton of a six-year-old infant unearthed in Austria is challenging the theory that syphilis was imported into Europe from the New World by the ship's crew of Christopher Columbus.
A brace of supposed porn apps for Android actually push ransomware or steal personal data from mobile device, cloud security firm Zscaler warns.
An unknown number of TalkTalk Business customers have been unable to access their email messages for days, after the budget telco's servers went down on Friday.
Analyst outfit CCS Insight's annual crystal ball gazing exercise is always informative and occasionally uncanny, such as when it predicted Three would buy O2, and BT would respond by snapping up EE.
EE may have a pretty pathetic customer service record, but the company is hoping to cheer up its 27-million-strong subscriber base by potentially allowing them to block ads on their mobile phones.
The Information Commissioner's Office has served up penalty of £80,000 to a PPI claims company that sent more than 1.3 million spam texts.
Security experts have poured scorn on claims by developers of the Telegram messaging app – said to be popular amongst the cadres of the so-called Islamic State – that it’s more secure than its rivals.
Sysadmin Blog If you want to hack someone's network then learn your target. This starts with recon. What does your target run? What information can you find out about them? Remote scanning will tell you lots about a target system ... unless their sysadmins are good and have changed all the banners to throw you off.
Austria's highest court is poised to consider whether the Schrems vs Facebook case should be granted class-action status.
Those readers who believe that death will finally deliver them from the attentions of utility companies are advised not to pop their clogs in Ireland, or at least not in County Kerry.
Technology certification management provider Pearson VUE has copped to a computer security breach after malware compromised its Credential Manager System.
A cheeky Brit has agreeably decided that if the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) is going to charge filmmakers to submit their work for certification, he's going to make the longest possible film of paint drying ever to hit the silver screen, and oblige the censors sit through every minute of it.
Cisco is to hoover up London-based video conferencing and collaboration tech outfit Acano for $700m.
Feature The exploitation of online advertising networks by malware-flingers is expected to cause up to $1bn in damages by the end of this year, but despite ongoing regulatory efforts, it is not clear to whom the liability for these enormous losses will fall.
Sysadmin Blog Two months ago hyper-converged infrastructure appliance startup SimpliVity sued its rival Springpath. I know next to nothing about the lawsuit – nor do I want to – but the whole thing has caused commentators and armchair analysts everywhere to ask what exactly SimpliVity does that is unique.
The Paris climate talks hope to set out how we can reduce the amount of carbon we’re pumping into the atmosphere. But emissions cuts alone may not be enough. Atmospheric CO2 is the blanket that keeps our planet warm and any further emissions will mean more global warming. Observations in recent years show that warming is accelerating, that polar ice and glaciers are all melting, that sea level is rising … it all looks rather bleak.
A couple of weeks ago El Reg carried an article by Mark Pesce about the likely evolution of Cyber Insurance. Reg reader and insurance industry veteran Tom Whipp agreed with most of his sentiments, but wasn’t so keen on his conclusions and demanded his stint on the Reg soapbox. So, take it away Tom.
Four researchers have found two thirds of the most popular Android apps indulge in seemingly-useless covert chatter with remote servers.
Cisco has announced a major refresh of its certification programs, all of which will henceforth include material on cloud, the internet of things, cloud, “network programmability” and “business transformation”.
File this one under "if you can't beat 'rm, hire 'em": Intel has hired Doctor Venkata “Murthy” Renduchintala.
Telecoms giant BT has been rebuked by the UK's industry regulator for attributing some of the "acquisition costs" associated with its takeover of EE to all of its UK business divisions, including Openreach.
Kaspersky investigation unit boss Ruslan Stoyanov says a Russian cyber scum group of just 20 professional hackers have have made a tidy US$790 million in three years by emptying the world's bank accounts.
Ten auditors from the lauded Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology have given TrueCrypt a security tick after completing a comprehensive six-month audit under contract from the German Government.
The native OpenBSD hypervisor promised in September has emerged.
Persons using the name and iconography of online activist collective “Anonymous” (PUTNAIOOACA) are appealing to recently-dethroned world leaders to help them in a fight against Japan's dolphin slaughter program.
Security types impatient for gifts under the Christmas tree may find that major upgrades to the popular Nmap and Wireshark infosec tools sate their appetite for new toys.
United Airlines' frequent flier points for bugs plan has come in for criticism from a researcher who says the airline didn't respond to news of a critical bug report for five months, and then only after he threatened to go public.
Damballa researchers Willis McDonald and Loucif Kharouni say the attackers who flayed Sony Pictures with disk-cleansing malware may have stayed hidden using newly-uncovered anti-forensics tools.
Microsoft may be hustling the world onto Windows 10 just as fast as it can, but it seems there's residual demand out there for Windows 8.1 and Windows 7.