US Homeland Security boss wants nationwide law for reporting network break-ins
Politicians need to educate themselves about technology and enact new legislation to strengthen America's computer networks against attack, according to the director of US Homeland Security Jeh Johnson.
VXers charge Nintendo fans then p0wn their data
Palo Alto Networks researchers Cong Zheng and Zhi Xu are warning of a new form of malware that is masquerading as a paid Nintendo emulator for Android devices.
Chromecast gains wired Ethernet dongle
Google's released an odd accessory for its Chromecast TV dongle: an Ethernet dongle.
Australian Research Council funds clean tech
Technology research projects have won a decent slice of the latest round of Australian Research Council industry-linked funding – around AU$15.5 million of the $86 million total, by The Register's reckoning*.
NSA snooped on German chancellors for DECADES: Wikileaks
Less than a month after Germany abandoned its probe into alleged NSA spying on Chancellor Angela Merkel, a new Wikileaks drop suggests snooping on the Chancellory goes back decades.
Smartphones are ludicrously under-used, so steal their brains
It looked a lot like a tall drink can. Out of a lens at the top, a beam of green laser light shone onto a reusable takeaway coffee cup, slowing working its way across it, scanning.
Link farmers bust Google search algos
Sophos threat hunter Dmitry Samosseiko says internet lowlife are implanting hundreds of thousands of malicious PDF files a day on compromised websites to build a new cloaking system that foils Google's search algorithm analysis.
IETF doc proposes fix to stop descent into data centre 'address hell'
Address tables in data centres can fill up really quickly, so researchers from Huawei and Marvell have offered up a proposal to make them smaller.
IBM GATE-CRASHES chip world, boldly exclaims: 'We've cracked the 7nm barrier'
IBM has reached a major milestone in its computer chip R&D efforts – by shrinking transistor gates down to 7nm, far below today's proportions.
It's 2015 and VMware tools break VMs if you open two browser tabs
VMware has revealed a couple of nasty bugs in its vRealize Automation products.
Brit boffins teach mere PCs to find galaxies in Hubble pics
As astronomical datasets head towards the petabyte scale, they'll be too big for even crowd-sourced labelling and analysis, so a pair of Brit boffins are working on teaching computers to see and label galaxies in Hubble images.
Intel's tablet CPU share to DROP: analyst
Researchers at Taiwan's Digitimes have bad news for Intel: it just isn't going to sell many chips for mobile devices.
FLYING PIG crash-lands in Utah: Rider survives, bacon saved
Heartwarmingly, news has reached us here on the Register flying-cars-and-related-matters desk that a large flying pig has crashlanded in Utah. The airborne porker's rider suffered only minor injuries.
Sorry, say boffins, the LHC still hasn't sucked us into a black hole
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has still failed to produce microscopic black holes, according to a new analysis of data from the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) collaboration.
Mirantis climbs aboard converged infrastructure bandwagon
OpenStack vendor Mirantis has decided that the converged infrastructure caper looks like a decent idea, so has cooked up its own set of tightly-coupled, pre-configured boxen.
All-flash is a synonym for a tough market
CommentLast week NetApp launched a new line of all-flash arrays (AFAs) called AFF. It’s based on a specialised version of ONTAP, which has added particular optimizations to read/write data paths. It’s not the notorious FlashRay yet, but it’s not that bad and it has something to say... especially if you are already a NetApp customer.
Stay Misty for Me: G-Cloud’s transparency called into question
CommentThe cash flowing through the G-Cloud is rising exponentially, increasing by £400m last year alone to total a very nice £600m. But while the cloudy framework's flexibility and choice is proving increasingly popular with buyers and sellers, it's worth examining what that money is – and isn't – being spent on.
Ditch crappy landlines and start reading Twitter, 999 call centres told
The emergency 999 call system needs a radical digital shake-up to incorporate text and social media responses, the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has said in a report today (July 8).
Summer breeze makes IT fine, blowing through sysadmins in my mind
CommentSummer is here and IT bods can rejoice because if users aren’t already on their annual two-week holiday then those remaining – the ones with kids – will be soon once schools break up in mid July.
Claranet swallows a couple of tech minnows
Euro managed services outfit Claranet has used some of its£100m + war chest to dip into the Brit tech market, devouring minnows Linux IT and and Biz Continuity/ DR specialist Techgate.
British Airways cracks open its API doors for developers
British Airways is giving developers tentative access to small amounts of its data, launching a scheme to open up some of its APIs.
EU net neutrality deal miraculously keeps everyone happy
Thanks to a 10-hour meeting, it appears that EU negotiators have done the unexpected: created net neutrality rules that keep both digital rights activists and telco operators happy.
Oracle and Xamarin flutter eyelashes at suits with native app deal
Oracle is tapping into the power of native apps and cloud delivery under a development deal with mobile app firm Xamarin.
Everything you know about OpenStack is wrong
When someone talks about "the future of IT infrastructure delivery" the scope of topic is so broad that there's a really good chance they're working with an Etch-a-Sketch that lacks some of the knobs. IT isn't homogeneous. What works for enterprises doesn't work for the SMB. What works for the SMB doesn't work for service providers.
PLUTO: The FINAL FRONTIER – best image yet of remote, icy dwarf planet REVEALED
PicsAs New Horizons hurtles towards its dwarf planet target, NASA boffins have published the most detailed image of Pluto yet.
'I'm COMING for you, DIRTBAG!': Ex-Sony chief Smedley to Kid Lizard hacker
John Smedley, the former head of Sony Online Entertainment, has reacted to a Lizard Squad hacker's lenient sentence with utter fury, and has suggested he may take legal action to bring him back to court.
Privacy campaigners question credibility of NHS ‘endorsed’ apps
Serious concerns have been raised over the credibility of the NHS Health Apps Library, with privacy campaign group MedConfidential having identified at least 60 apps that call into question the body's approval process.
Vodafone tests Ericsson Radio Dots on corporate big cheeses
Vodafone is testing the Ericsson Radio Dot system as part of a push to improve in-building coverage. Aimed at big buildings with lots of mobile phone users, the technology uses CAT 5 Ethernet to connect small antennae throughout the premises, with the radio access network gubbins in a central location.
A quarter of public sector IT workers have never used the cloud
Almost a quarter of UK public sector IT workers are convinced they’ve never actually used the cloud, leaving a big fluffy question mark over Whitehall’s efforts to drag its technology estate into the 21st century.
Wendi the horny dino named after Canadian fossil hunter. Charming!
PicsA very big-boned and horny-faced ceratopsian dinosaur has been dubbed Wendiceratops pinhornensis as a tribute to the work of Canadian fossil hunter Wendy Sloboda.
Cisco spraying $1bn over the UK, hipsters set for well-earned cash injection
Cisco has promised to splurge $1bn (£645m) in the UK over the next five years, investing in 'internet of everything start-ups' as well as promising to buy some real companies, too.
UK politicos easily pwned on insecure Wi-Fi networks
The well-understood risk of insecure, public Wi-Fi networks has been graphically illustrated with demonstration hacks against three prominent UK politicians.
HP: We aren't going to ship any products early next month
Hewlett-Packard will not ship any products during the first week of August as the organisation splits into two operational entities.
SatNad's purple haze could see Lumia 'killed'. Way to go, chief!
Microsoft's CEO has attempted to explain the future of its mobile platform in a latest public statement addressed to staff. But, this being Satya Nadella, such is the verbal haze that it's hard to make out what on Earth's going on.
The END of WINDOWS EVERYWHERE! Is that really what Nadella wants?
CommentSo it's happened. Microsoft will adjust its books and its staff roster to largely erase its purchase of Nokia. Yesterday, CEO Satya Nadella announced an "impairment charge" of $7.6bn related to the acquisition, along with a reduction of 7,800 employees, primarily from "the phone business".
Intel Unite: For the workers of the world and their absentee bosses
PicsEver keen to sell an extra chip, Intel has been pushing its Unite platform in London this week. It’s all part of the plan to bring “compute to the boardroom” as Chad Constant, the company’s biz client platforms head honcho explained.
Pro-privacy titan Caspar Bowden dies after short cancer battle
Highly regarded independent privacy researcher Caspar Bowden has died after a short battle with cancer.
Feared OpenSSL vulnerability gets patched, forgery issue resolved
The promised patch against a high severity bug in Open SSL is out, resolving a certificate forgery risk in many implementations of the crypto protocol.
Symantec selling Veritas to private equity firm – report
Symantec’s soon-to-be-split-off Veritas business is destined for private equity ownership, according to Bloomberg.
Never mind the redundancies as Capita splashes cash on Barrachd
Everyone's favourite outsourcer Capita has snapped up business intelligence outfit and IBM VAR Barrachd for an undisclosed pile of cash.
Apple to end telco iPhone sales monopoly in Britland
Nobody likes to be in the grip of a large, cold-hearted corporation that can abuse its dominance to dictate terms... just ask fanbois Apple.
Samsung's latest 2TB SSDs have big hats, but where's the cattle?
CommentSamsung’s 2TB SSDs have long warranties, but not much capacity for total lifetime data written.
I cannae dae it, cap'n! Why I had to quit the madness of frontline IT
Sysadmin blogIt took a massive hack attack against the United States government resulting in the theft of up to 14 million 21.5 million records to make me realise why I want to quit working in IT. Over the past year I've significantly drawn down my involvement in day-to-day IT operations, and I'm much happier for it.
Why the USS NetApp is a doomed ship
CommentNetApp last month changed chief executives, and in May laid off just over 500 people. Some believe this is the start of great new things and a turnaround for NetApp. I disagree.
Five lightweight Linux desktop worlds for extreme open-sourcers
ScreenshotsLinux long ago reached parity with Windows and OS X. That's great for the average user looking to make the switch from either platform to Linux. Indeed distros like Ubuntu, with its Unity desktop, make switching relatively painless.
The Empire Strikes Back: Disney tractor-beams StarWars.co.uk from Brit biz
Disney has won ownership of just about every possible Star Wars UK domain name in a decision by the registry operator Nominet.
Microsoft emits Office 2016 for Apple Macs (you'll need Office 365)
Microsoft has released Office 2016 for Mac, which will include new versions of Word, Excel, OneNote, Outlook, and PowerPoint for Apple computers. To get the suite right now, you'll need an Office 365 subscription.
Wow, another NSA leak: Network security code appears on GitHub
The NSA today revealed it has uploaded source code to GitHub to help IT admins lock down their networks of Linux machines.
Want to be an unpaid SLAVE for Tim Cook? How to get the iOS 9, El Capitan public betas
Apple has - out of the goodness of its heart - allowed everyone, not just developers, to help it get its new El Capitan and iOS 9 betas debugged. For no money.
Gartner, Gartner, on the wall? Who is the fairest IT backup biz of all?
Gartner geeks have issued another rapturous rectangle, otiose oblong, or even a queer quartet of spell-binding squares to do with enterprise backup software and integrated appliances. Yes, it's magic quadrant time again.
US govt now says 21.5 million people exposed by OPM hack – here's what you need to know
The US Office of Personnel Management has come clean on the full extent of the massive data breach that it first disclosed in June, and it's far worse than what was initially thought.
NASA chooses ace SPACE PILOTS who'll take the USA back into manned flight
NASA has chosen the astronauts who will be first in the upcoming return by America to manned space operations. All four are veteran space fliers and former military test pilots.
Clever cluster-wrangling proto-boffins told to set their LAMMPS on PyFR
HPC BlogAs the kickoff for the ISC’15 student cluster-building competition approaches, it’s a good time to take a look at what the undergrads will actually be doing. But first, let’s talk a little bit about the format of this specific competition, in which students are challenged to build and benchmark HPC systems from scratch against the clock.