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OpenSSL 'high' severity flaw just a puny DoS risk

OpenSSL patched a “high” severity flaw as part of a patch batch on Thursday that turned out to be nowhere near as scary as widely feared. Fortunately, fears the software update might address another Heartbleed have been confounded. The worst of the flaws – dubbed ClientHello (CVE-2015-0291) – is simply a DoS risk, as an advisory …
John Leyden, 19 Mar 2015
Visual Studio

Microsoft open sources MSBuild, aims for cross-platform dev tools

Microsoft’s build engine, MSBuild, has been published as open source on GitHub and will be ported to Linux and the Mac. A build engine is used by developers to compile libraries and applications from source code. Using MSBuild, developers can define the build process in XML files, including pre-processing, compilation and post- …
Tim Anderson, 19 Mar 2015

Opera buys mobe friendly VPN app bods SurfEasy

Norway-based Opera Software has set sail across the North Atlantic to acquire Toronto-based VPN-men SurfEasy, for an undisclosed sum. Opera is now producing a suite of applications through which you can "securely" read The Reg on desktop and mobile, and is set to expand its product line to include privacy-management services …
crash test dummies

Hello? Police? Yes, I'm a car and my idiot driver's crashed me

New cars sold in the EU will soon be able to call the emergency services without human intervention. A new law approved by MEPs on Tuesday will make the so-called eCall system obligatory for all new car models sold in the EU from April 2018. eCall uses the Europe-wide 112 emergency number to call the emergency services …
Jennifer Baker, 19 Mar 2015
Bank vault

Banks defend integrity of passcode-less TouchID login

Royal Bank of Scotland and NatWest have played down claims by a security researcher that their new Touch ID banking login feature might be circumvented, arguing the hack would only be possible with jail-broken iPhones — the use of which is not recommended. Last month, RBS and NatWest became the first UK-based banks to offer …
John Leyden, 19 Mar 2015
Uber - living the dream

German court slaps down Uber's ride-sharing app

A German court has slapped Uber with a nationwide ban on its ride-sharing app Uberpop – again. The ruling means the app is no longer allowed, as it enables users to be ferried around by drivers who do not hold the requisite professional licences – a requirement under German law. The company's other services are still permitted …
Kat Hall, 19 Mar 2015
Toilet

UK.gov crackpots: Let's build vapourware-based sharing economy CITIES

The creation of entire "sharing economy" cities, mandatory use of Airbnb and Uber for civil servants, and the "opening up" of UK.gov's vapourware Verify service to business are just some of the latest crackpot "sharing economy" recommendations from the government. The response from the Department for Business, Innovation and …
Kat Hall, 19 Mar 2015
Lightning

The storage is alive? Flash lives longer than expected – report

StorageBod The Tech Report has been running an ‘SSD Endurance Experiment’ utilising consumer SSDs to see how long they last and what their "real world" endurance really is. It seem that pretty much all of the drives are very good and last longer than their manufacturers state. It's a fairly unusual state of affairs – something in IT that …
StorageBod, 19 Mar 2015

Oracle salesmen get SEVENFOLD salary boost for flogging its cloudy aaS produce

Exclusive Oracle salesmen are being awarded bonus packages up to seven times larger than their salaries in return for getting customers to buy its as-a-service (aaS) offerings, a source has told The Register. The company reported a total rise in Oracle cloud revenue of 33 per cent - $527m - for the three months to February 28. How Oracle …
Gavin Clarke, 19 Mar 2015
2001: A Space Odyssey

GCHQ: Ensure biz security by STOPPING everyone from TALKING

GCHQ is advising organisations to consider stripping staff of smartphones and memory sticks in order to make themselves less exposed to cyber attacks. The advice from the intelligence agency's CESG (Communications-Electronics Security Group) information assurance arm comes against a backdrop of increased concerns about the theft …
John Leyden, 19 Mar 2015

Apple's portable power podule patent promises paroxysms of fanboi joy

Possibly realising that devices with a limited battery life can be annoying, Apple has filed a patent for a portable power system with a potential endurance of days, not hours. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published the patent (Number 8980491) assigned to the fruity firm for a design of a “portable and …
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FlashRay founder Pawlowski flees NetApp

Brian Pawlowski, the founding and lead tech head for NetApp’s wannabee high-flying FlashRay all-flash array, has left the company after a 20-year stint, and become a VP in a new venture. Beepy, as he is known, was an SVP and member of NetApp’s technical staff, and NetApp’s chief technology officer from August 2006 to May 2012. …
Chris Mellor, 19 Mar 2015
Three  UK Passports

Home Office splashed £35m trying to escape e-Borders contract

Exclusive The Home Office has so far splashed £34.6m in legal costs to extract itself from the disastrous £750m e-Borders contract run by Raytheon, The Register can reveal. In 2007, the Home Office contracted the defence company to design its e-Borders technology system to provide secure border control. However, by 2010 it had terminated …
Kat Hall, 19 Mar 2015
Microsoft's telepresence teaser

Skype squares up to Cisco again with new round of 'Room Systems'

Cisco issues regular blog posts pointing out that its unified communications products outsell Microsoft's, but it now looks like Redmond's decided not to take that lying down because it's announced one of the new things Lync will do now that it's become Skype For Business is offer more “room systems”. Microsoft's teamed up with …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Mar 2015
Windows 10 lock screen

Windows 10 build 10041: 99 bugs on the wall, fix a bug, add a feature, 114 bugs on the wall

Pics Microsoft has released build 10041 of Windows 10, the first major update since January’s build 9926 went public. The test version is part of the US giant's “Windows Insider” program which lets enthusiasts install preview builds as they are ready. The Insider program offers “Fast” and “Slow” versions, with Fast builds more …
Tim Anderson, 19 Mar 2015

IBM's OpenPower gang touts first proper non-Big Blue-badged server

GTC 2015 The OpenPower Foundation unveiled new hardware – including its first commercially available server – at its first OpenPower Summit on Wednesday, a mini-event nestled within Nvidia's GPU Technology Conference in California. The foundation has also forged a relationship with the Facebook-led Open Compute Project, which operates in …
Chris Williams, 19 Mar 2015
Glasshole

Analyst dons Tim Cook mask, thinks: Glass went well for Google. Let's do that, too

Apple is possibly looking to develop its own augmented reality headset. Industry analyst Gene Munster speculates that Cupertino is brewing up its own device to compete with the likes of Google Glass. "Based on conversations with industry contacts within the virtual and augmented reality spaces, we believe Apple has a small team …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Mar 2015
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There's gold in dem hills: 1000s of two-byte domains hit market

More than 20,000 rare two-character domain names have been put onto the open market today by domain registry Rightside. The company has the rights to sell domains under 38 different endings, including .lawyer, .rocks, .band, .social and .ninja, with just over 30 of them live. Having received permission from domain name …
Kieren McCarthy, 19 Mar 2015
Crop of doctor with pen and clipboard

Premera Blue Cross is sick after hackers plunder their servers

Health insurance firm Premera Blue Cross has admitted that it has become the latest victim of data theft after hackers targeted its IT department's servers in what's been dubbed a "sophisticated attack". On May 5 last year online hackers successfully penetrated Premera's defenses and cracked servers containing personal, …
Iain Thomson, 19 Mar 2015
Illegal drugs

Shock development: Darkweb drug n' gun dealers are untrustworthy

In a turn of events that should shock nobody, the operators of one of the largest darknet drug markets have apparently run off with user funds. The Evolution underground market, which sold guns, drugs, and a cornucopia of illicit merchandise, went dark. A self-described administrator said on Reddit that the site's owners have …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Mar 2015
Zombie rising from the grave

Zombie SCO shuffles back into court seeking IBM Linux cash

The SCO vs. IBM case has once again thrust up an undead limb up from deep beneath the soil. The case hinges on just who owns Unix and has been burbling along since before Facebook was founded. Most of the world's population long since lost interest in SCO's contention that IBM and Novell pinched bits of its code and tossed them …
Simon Travaglia, 18 Mar 2015
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Apple orders white box servers from Taiwan for data centre refresh

Apple's future bit barns look to be built around white box servers from Taiwan, according to a Digitimes report. The Taiwanese outlet notes that Apple recently clambered aboard the Open Compute Project, and says local white-box server makers have recently received orders from Cupertino. Those orders are to replace servers in …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Mar 2015
Spy hides in dustbin, lifts lid to take photograph

'All browsing activity should be considered private and sensitive' says US CIO

The CIO of the United States has floated a plan to make HTTPS the standard for all .gov websites. “The majority of Federal websites use HTTP as the primary protocol to communicate over the public internet,” says the plan, which also states that HTTP “create a privacy vulnerability and expose potentially sensitive information …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Mar 2015
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit

Gigabit web streaming in 2016? Live tests say yes

Gigabit network speeds over your existing internet connection are looking good for early 2016, apparently. That's according to Comcast, whose VP of access architecture addressed the Cable Next-Gen conference in Denver on Tuesday. Jorge Salinger told attendees that the cable giant was already testing the technology in the field …
Kieren McCarthy, 18 Mar 2015

Let's get patchin' now, everybody's watchin' how, baby fix Safari with me

Apple has pushed out an largish update for security flaws in its Safari browser. The Cupertino giant said that the Safari 8.0.4, 7.1.4 and 6.2.4 patch would address 17 CVE-listed vulnerabilities in the browser. The collective update, which patches the newest version of Safari along with older copies on legacy OS X versions, …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Mar 2015
Sir Terry Pratchett

Web geeks grant immortality to Sir Terry Pratchett – using smuggled web code

The death of Sir Terry Pratchett last week left many fans bereft, but some canny geeks have devised a system to ensure his name lives on in everyday web traffic. In Pratchett's 2004 book Going Postal, the deceased inventor of the "clacks," a form of communications system for sending data over large distances, is immortalized by …
Iain Thomson, 18 Mar 2015
Chinese fence

The West's cloud giants toss escape rope over Great Firewall – and China's not happy

The Chinese government is clamping down on cloud services provided by some of the world's biggest tech companies because they are being used to evade the Great Firewall. Activists outside China have admitted that they use US cloud providers like Microsoft and Amazon to hide encrypted packets in seemingly innocuous accounts in …
Iain Thomson, 18 Mar 2015

CSC's ServiceMesh named as source of bank exec bribe

ServiceMesh, a cloud policy company acquired by CSC in 2013, has been named as the source of a bribe allegedly paid to a former Australian bank executive. Keith Robert Hunter yesterday appeared in the New South Wales (NSW) Local Court in connection with payments he allegedly received while he worked at The Commonwealth Bank (CBA …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Mar 2015
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Speaking in Tech: Why doesn't Facebook just stop doing stuff?

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week we jump into Facebook's posting rules, Google's "Nearline" storage, Blackberry tablets and Gold Apple watches. Our special guest this week is tech guru Stephen Foskett from Tech Field Day. Our special guest …
Team Register, 18 Mar 2015
Sony's new PlayStation 4

Wanna stream live TV to your Playstation? Get a Vue of Sony's new stuff

Sony has formally launched its subscription-based service that streams TV channels to Playstation consoles. The Japanese entertainment giant said its Playstation Vue package (teased late last year) is now online in a limited rollout to viewers in New York City, Chicago, and Philadelphia. The $50-$70 monthly service brings …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Mar 2015
Angus Highland cow

HP's great cloud server cattle roundup with Foxconn begins

Think servers, you think Hewlett-Packard – the world’s number-one by market share. HP makes $3bn a quarter on such machines; by virtue of owning Compaq, HP claims it made the industry’s first PC server, the SystemPro in November 1989. Aside from some claims on software and cloud, HP’s history is as original equipment maker (OEM …
Gavin Clarke, 18 Mar 2015
Belgian cricket. Original pic: Simon Blackley

We need copyright reform so Belgians can watch cricket, says MEP

Battle lines are forming over the EU’s promised copyright reforms, with Brussels’ lobbying machine going into overdrive. On Thursday, the European Film Agency Directors (EFAD), a network of directors of 28 film agencies based inside the European Union, begged the EU Commission to drop its plans for a major copyright overhaul, …
Jennifer Baker, 18 Mar 2015
James Franco clutches puppy alongside Seth Rogen in a still from The Interview

NORK internet outage was payback for Sony hack – US politician

A North Korea network outage last December came in retaliation for the Sony hack, a US lawmaker claims. Michael McCaul of Texas – Republican chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee – linked disruption of North Korea's thin internet pipe to the earlier devastating attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment. “There were …
John Leyden, 18 Mar 2015
K2

What else has Kaminario got under its kimono?

Comment Last week I attended Storage Field Day 7. One of the companies I met at the event was Kaminario, producer of an all-flash array (AFA). This start-up has a potentially good product, with its own pros and cons, but the question here is: Is “good” still enough to have a serious chance of success in this market segment? A few words …
Oliver Twist

Not in the Budget: Spooks beg UK.gov for £111m brown envelope

Blighty's intelligence agencies have held out the begging bowl to Parliament for a handout of £111m before April. In a written ministerial statement today Cabinet Office minister and Paymaster General Francis Maude sought Parliamentary approval for the additional funds. He said the money reflects a number of "in-year budgetary …
Kat Hall, 18 Mar 2015
True 3D Technology

A day may come when flash memory is USELESS. But today is not that day

The era of flash memory is anticipated to run out of road in the 2020s and newer technologies involving resistance and electron spin are poised to take over, delivering higher capacities, greater speed and DRAM-style addressability. Some people ask if one of these new technologies could actually unify dynamic memory (RAM) and …
Chris Mellor, 18 Mar 2015
sign post pointing to trail in two different directions

MOVE IT! 10 top tips for shifting your data centre

The scenario's a hauntingly familiar one. You're the IT person who's just been told by the boss: “We're moving the kit to <insert name of whatever data centre he's signed up with in a panic>, now get on and do it.” I've done more than my fair share of migrations from on-premise systems to data centres – and more often than not …
Dave Cartwright, 18 Mar 2015
Samsung 850 EVO 1TB SSD

MacBooks slimming down with Sammy's new 3D NAND diet pills

The 3D NAND revolution starts here. According to reports, Apple has signed a deal with Samsung to use its 3D V-NAND SSDs in future MacBooks, expected some time in 2016. The Korean Times estimates the deal is worth billions of dollars. Instead of having a single 2D or planar layer (as most current MLC flash dies do) 3D NAND has …
Chris Mellor, 18 Mar 2015
Broadcom BCM88770

Broadcom targets terabit switch markets with fat StrataDNX chipset

Broadcom wants a bigger footprint in the router and switch market with the next iteration of its top-line silicon, the StrataDNX line. While conceding that merchant silicon isn't going to push Cisco or Juniper Networks out of the network core where the biggest traffic flows exist, Broadcom reckons the ability to support beyond- …

Fatally flawed RC4 should just die, shout angry securobods

Security researchers have banged another nail into the coffin of the ageing RC4 encryption algorithm. The latest password recovery attacks against RC4 in TLS by Christina Garman of Johns Hopkins University, Prof. Kenny Paterson and research student Thyla van der Merwe (both of Royal Holloway, University of London) show that …
John Leyden, 18 Mar 2015

My self-driving cars may lead to human driver ban, says Tesla's Musk

GTC 2015 Self-driving cars are "almost a solved problem," Tesla Motors boss Elon Musk told the crowds at Nvidia's GPU Technology Conference in San Jose, California. But he fears the on-board computers may be too good, and ultimately encourage laws that force people to give up their steering wheels. He added: "We’ll take autonomous cars …
Chris Williams, 18 Mar 2015
Android icon desktop toys

$30 Landfill Android mobes are proof that capitalism ROCKS

Worstall on Wednesday I've mentioned around here before that the shipping container has been one of the most revolutionary technologies of our times. Similarly, I've said that the mobile phone has had a vast effect on human wealth. The TL;DR version of mobes is that 10 per cent of the population with a mobile increases GDP by 0.5 per cent each and …
Tim Worstall, 18 Mar 2015