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Gartner network hype cycle 2015

SDN hits rock bottom and FCoE is obsolete, say Gartner mages

Fibre channel over Ethernet is obsolete and software-defined networking is making users grumpy rather than delivering promised benefits, according to the new networking version of Gartner's Hype Cycle. The document reckons Wi-Fi's next variant, 802.11ac Wave 2, is just half-way up Gartner's famed hype curve, but Wave 1 and 802 …
Duke University's quantum 90GHz light emitter

Just a quickie, then: Boffins' 11 picosecond spontaneous emission

Boffins from Duke University reckon they've cracked one of the problems that holds back optical computing, with a tiny and very low-powered high-speed-switchable light source. Silicon photonics is making strides to replace copper for communications between chips – both Intel and IBM are on the bandwagon. However, within the …
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Microsoft's Arrow brings pane to Androids

For reasons El Reg doesn't quite understand, Microsoft has decided that the one thing missing from the Android user's life is the Windows phone app launcher experience. Seeking to save Android users from themselves, Redmond has accordingly posted this “garage” project (ie, after-hours coding or "get your staff to create test- …
the EVO:RAIL value prop

HP goes off VMware's EVO:RAIL, stops selling sole appliance

Hewlett Packard has stopped selling its ConvergedSystem 200-HC, the hyperconverged rig based on VMware's EVO:RAIL system architecture. VMware launched EVO:RAIL at VMworld 2014, pitching its combination of compute, storage, core VMware server virtualisation products and a simplified GUI as ideal for smaller businesses or branch …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Jul 2015

Bug hunter reveals Apple iTunes, Mac app store receipt deceit

Vulnerability Lab founder Benjamin Kunz Mejri says he's found a security bug in Apple's Mac and iOS app stores that could be exploited to inject malicious JavaScript code into victims' web browsers. Mejri reported the "application-side input validation web vulnerability" to Apple in early June, and went public with details of …
Darren Pauli, 29 Jul 2015
Voyager's golden record

Voyager's Golden Record now free to download

When NASA launched the two Voyager probes in 1977, it knew that they were on a one-way journey into the galaxy. So on the off chance they encountered another sentient species, NASA equipped both with a golden record full of information about Earth. When we say record, think vinyl, grooves in a disk and the need for a stylus to …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Jul 2015

Citrix CEO retires as activist investor Elliott snatches the wheel

Citrix chief exec Mark Templeton has said he will retire, as activist investor Elliott Management takes a larger role in the company. Templeton joined Citrix in 1995 and has served as its CEO since 2001. But hedge fund Elliott has been among the most vocal in calling for change following what it describes as years of …
Neil McAllister, 29 Jul 2015
Indian mobile use

Indian mobe networks don’t want 700MHz – because they're too poor

While most telcos are baying for more radio spectrum to stuff with mobile internet broadband, the Indian operators are asking their government to hold off. They want the hold not just on the high-frequency 2.6GHz and 3.4GHz spectrum that will be useful for cities, but for the extra-valuable 700MHz spectrum that would give the …
Simon Rockman, 28 Jul 2015

21st century malware found in Jane Austen's 19th century prose

Cisco's 2015 Midyear Security Report has revealed that at least one group of malware-spreading scum has a literary bent. The report found one group of criminals who were hosting a webpage designed to inject exploit code into unpatched browsers. Typically these landing pages have very little on them, often just random text, but …
Iain Thomson, 28 Jul 2015

Record-breaking $502m in sales, BIG LOSSES – OF COURSE IT'S TWITTER

Twitter has managed to collect over half a billion dollars - and somehow throw it all away and more even though it does nothing but run a microblabber portal. But the markets are impressed anyway. The company brought in $502m for the second quarter of its fiscal 2015, which ended on June 30. The figure represented a 60.9 per …
Neil McAllister, 28 Jul 2015

Hacked US Census Bureau staff to take anti-phishing classes

The US Census Bureau has asked for additional IT security training for its staff – including tips on how not to fall for phishing emails – in the wake of last week's server breach. The bureau said in a blog post over the weekend that the hackers who managed to pull employee records from its computers did so by targeting the …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Jul 2015

Slashdot, SourceForge looking for new owners after parent dumps them on the web's doorstep

DHI Group, the company formerly known as Dice Holdings, has announced that it's selling off its Slashdot Media division following two successive quarters of declining revenue. DHI's main business is running job-listing and recruitment sites, including Dice.com. But in 2012 it acquired Slashdot Media – which includes source …
Neil McAllister, 28 Jul 2015

FCC now regulates ISPs – but don't take your complaints to the watchdog just yet

Net neutrality Tom Wheeler, chairman of America's broadband watchdog the FCC, has insisted that "we know what we're doing," as his regulator gobbles up more and more power. This is despite him acknowledging that the FCC isn't sure how far its authority stretches – and that it doesn't have crucial rules and guidelines in place. At a …
Kieren McCarthy, 28 Jul 2015
Ceres' bright spots  Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA

Three-mile-high pyramid found on alien dwarf world, baffles boffins

Pics and video When it comes to probing dwarfs, NASA's New Horizons Pluto probe has been hogging the limelight. But the Dawn spacecraft orbiting tiny Ceres, which is hidden in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, is back in operation – and has sent back the first full maps of the sort-of planet. Crucially, the latest pictures fail to …
Iain Thomson, 28 Jul 2015
3d_XPOint_structure

Just ONE THOUSAND times BETTER than FLASH! Intel, Micron's amazing claim

Next year, the world will start using products with an amazing new type of memory in them - or so say Intel and Micron, allied to produce the 3D XPoint chippery. This is, we're told, a radical resistive-RAM technology that is bit-addressable, non-volatile, and forms a new memory tier between DRAM and NAND. That means software …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jul 2015
FASTER cable route

60Tbps internet cable from Asia to America will plug into Telx barn

US data center outfit Telx, target of a takeover bid by Digital Realty, has gone offshore for the first time, joining the Google-backed FASTER submarine cable consortium. Telx's Hillsboro server barn in Oregon, US, will be the termination point for an undersea cable that will link the Pacific Northwest to Asia. The fiber-optic …

Oh, Obama's responded to the petition to pardon Snowden. What'll it be?

The US White House has formally declined a citizens' petition to issue a pardon to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. The President Obama-led administration on Tuesday issued its response to the "We The People" petition to grant Snowden a pardon and allow him to return to the United States without facing arrest and further …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Jul 2015
Bank vault

Are smart safes secure? Not after we've USB'd them, say infosec bods

Vulnerabilities in “intelligent cash safe service” Brink's CompuSafe's cash management produces will be demonstrated at the Def Con hacker conference in Las Vegas next week. Brink's CompuSafe offers a “smart safe as a service” technology to major retailers and fast food franchises. This smart safe can communicate how much …
John Leyden, 28 Jul 2015

Moto fires BROADSIDE into the flagship phone's waterline with X Play and Style

Hands On The traditional flagship Android smartphone concept, as offered for instance by Samsung, may be feeling a little wobblier today after Motorola shelled it fore and aft with its new, actual-value X handsets. Apple is currently hoovering up 92 per cent of the profits to be made in the smartphone business, by some counts, and what …
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Jul 2015
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All change at NetApp: One veep joins as another goes fishing

Five sales people have left NetApp simultaneously, including VP Americas channels sales Regina Kunkle. What gives? The background is one of exec changes. Bill Lipsin became NetApp's VP for worldwide channels in May this year, coming to NetApp from Brocade where he was VP for global channels and system integrators from August …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jul 2015

Windows 10 in head-on crash with Nvidia drivers as world watches launch

Microsoft's automatic updates feature in Windows 10 has collided with Nvidia's driver system, sending the new operating system off the rails as it launches. Early adopters are experiencing glitches (particularly in multi-monitor setups), and in some cases crashes, all triggered when Windows 10 automatically updates its …
John Leyden, 28 Jul 2015
Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo

Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo crackup verdict: PILOT ERROR

The National Transport Safety Board has today given its verdict on last year's fatal Virgin Galactic crash, suggesting the cause of the tragic accident was human error and a lack of safety training. The NTSB determined that the probable cause was manufacturer Scaled Composite's failure to mitigate against the human factor of …
Kat Hall, 28 Jul 2015

Puppet draws back the curtain on devops magic with funky gfx and UI

“Less magic, more visibility” is what Puppet Labs reckons devops devotees need. Announcing the company's Puppet Enterprise 2015.2, the company's director of marketing communications Tim Zonca told The Register the rapid turnaround ideal of the devops world has a trust problem that the new code is trying to address. Someone …
Angela Merkel's eyes

Bundestag won't reveal web block list on 'national security' grounds

Official sources in Berlin are refusing to publish details of the 100,000 websites blocked in the Bundestag, because revealing them would “endanger national security”. The block is primarily meant for the executive branch of the institution, but in practice affects all lawmakers working in the Bundestag. Following a serious …
Jennifer Baker, 28 Jul 2015
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At last we know for sure. Blighty's 'best mobile network' is ...

The biannual survey of mobile networks conducted by RootMetrics has found that EE still leads the pack, and provides the best mobile phone coverage. RootMetrics' report said that “EE earned a clean sweep of all six UK RootScore awards including Overall Performance, Network Reliability, Network Speed, Mobile Internet, Call, and …
Simon Rockman, 28 Jul 2015
Glorious future of China

Google Californian warehouse workers file to form union

Workers at a Google Express warehouse in San Francisco have filed to form a union, citing poor conditions, low wages, and lack of benefits. The Teamsters Local Union 853 announced that 140 workers at the facility have filed for a representation election. Google Express Services, operated by Swiss HR biz Adecco, provides …
Kat Hall, 28 Jul 2015
Marconi-Stille steel tape recorder

So what exactly sits behind Google’s Nearline storage service?

Comment How is Google’s retrieval service for non-essential data, Nearline, with its three-second retrieval latency, viable at the same cost as Amazon’s Glacier, when it uses tape with a 3-5 hour retrieval latency? Tape is cheap – but slow – and Google can't be using the stuff for Nearline. We think Nearline uses either Blu-ray …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jul 2015
iglu_blaze

X-IO erects its iglu over the data management market

X-IO, the supplier of just-won't-fail ISE storage boxes, has added a data management services head unit which can support up to 11 ISE blocks, calling it an iglu. ISE, the Integrated Storage Elements, come in disk (100 and 200), all-flash (800) and hybrid flash/disk (700) variants, have a five-year sealed box warranty and …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jul 2015

Amazon threatens UK with James Blunt, muscles into music streaming

Not content with crushing the high street, touting cloud services, and dominating e-books, Amazon has launched a music streaming service set to rival Spotify and Apple Music in the world of heavily marketed, mediocre pop acts. Amazon Prime members will now have access to one million songs and hundreds of playlists, it said. …
Kat Hall, 28 Jul 2015
Bitcoin payphone

'Untraceable' VoIP caller ID-spoofing website accepts Bitcoin

A new VoIP service allows you to hide who you are by being web-based, having no registration checks, allowing you to spoof caller identity, and pay by Bitcoin. Bitphone calls itself the Bitcoin Payphone. As well as taking Bitcoin, the service accepts more than forty other altcoins. Users can pay with a Bitcoin transfer from a …
Simon Rockman, 28 Jul 2015
Funnel of cash. Credit: via SXC – http://www.sxc.hu/profile/Leonardini

Desperate Microsoft PAYS Win Server 2003 laggards to jump ship

Exclusive Microsoft is paying customers to dump Windows Server 2003, The Register has learned. The software giant is so desperate for the thousands who missed its July 14 extended support cut-off date to get off the legacy server operating system, it’s decided to start eating the costs. Microsoft is giving away Windows Server 2012 …
Gavin Clarke, 28 Jul 2015
Speed

Speed freak: Kingston HyperX Predator 480GB PCIe SSD

Review If evidence from last/early this year’s large technology shows is anything to go by, then 2015 might just be the year that consumer PCIe SSD market begins stirring – something that's long overdue. Kingston HyperX Predator 480GB HHHL PCIe SSD Kingston's HyperX Predator, the company's fastest SSD to date PCIe-based drives, …
Simon Crisp, 28 Jul 2015
Zuckerberg

Facebook pumps up ENTIRELY SELFLESS, altruistic Internet.org

Facebook is getting more push behind its totally altruistic Internet.org scheme, which will - incidentally - let it slurp up free content and personal information from billions of poor people worldwide while spattering them with ads. The Internet.org programme has said it is inviting more mobile operators to take part in the …
Kat Hall, 28 Jul 2015
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Blighty tablet sales plunge 31 per cent in saturated market

The free fall descent of the tablet distribution market accelerated for the second quarter of 2015, with channel fondleslab sales plunging by 22 per cent to 2.3 million across Western Europe. Sales in the UK nosedived by 31 per cent to 410,100 units, according to the quarterly research on distribution sales compiled by analyst …
Kat Hall, 28 Jul 2015

EU data protection tsar spams lawmakers with his unwanted opinions

The EU's independent privacy watchdog has stuck his oar into negotiations on a new EU-wide data protection law. Despite having no formal role in drafting the new Data Protection Regulation, European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) Giovanni Buttarelli has sent his unsolicited recommendations to the three institutions involved …
Jennifer Baker, 28 Jul 2015
Panic button

Biometric behavioural profiling: Fighting that password you simply can't change

Security researchers have developed a browser extension that supposedly defeats biometrics based on typing patterns, with the exercise designed, in part, to promote greater awareness about the emerging technology and the privacy risk it might pose. Biometric behavioural profiling allows a site to collect metadata about how a …
John Leyden, 28 Jul 2015
Data center

Chat about Safe Harbour all you like, the NSA's still the stumbling block

The EU’s Justice Commissioner met her US counterparts last week in an effort to break the stalemate over data protection rights. Věra Jourová and US Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker met to discuss the revision of the so-called Safe Harbour agreement, a legally enforceable but voluntary code of conduct for US businesses that …
Jennifer Baker, 28 Jul 2015

Cybercrime forum Darkode returns with security, admins intact

Crime forum Darkode has relaunched with renewed security two weeks after it was obliterated in a global police raid that shut down the site and saw members arrested. The English-speaking forum, established in 2007, was a major player in the cybercrime underground where vetted members could buy and sell zero days, trojans, and …
Darren Pauli, 28 Jul 2015
Ford's GT only has a V6

Ford's parallel PARCing: Motor giant tries to craft new tech just like Xerox

Ford is scared of the future. It has to figure out how to survive in a time when manually driving your car to work is as archaic as commuting by horse. The motor company is running research projects to look at how the future might be multi-modal, with car-share schemes, folding electric bikes, and self-driving cars. There is a …
Simon Rockman, 28 Jul 2015
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LinkedIn users rebel after personal data siphon crimped

LinkedIn has reversed a recent decision to make it harder for members to download information about those who've decided to connect with them on the business-centric social network. The company's original decision removed a facility that allowed users to more-or-less-instantly download a .CSV file of all their connections. The …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Jul 2015

Hole in (Number) Two: MYSTERY golf-course pooper strikes again

A spectre is haunting Stavanger Golf Club, a spectre which has been defecating into specific holes on the course. Groundskeeper Kenneth Tennfjord has complained that the Norwegian location he tends is being terrorised by someone "who, for unknown reasons, hates the game of golf. Alternatively, the person may have a fetish or …
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Xen reports new guest-host escape, this time through CD-ROMs

The Xen Project has reported another guest/host escape bug, its third for the year including the VENOM vuln and the XSA-135 SNAFU. The new vuln glories in the name XSA-138, aka CVE-2015-5154 and means “An HVM guest which has access to an emulated IDE CDROM device (e.g. with a device with "devtype=cdrom", or the "cdrom" …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Jul 2015