18th > November > 2015 Archive
Cray hoists Docker containers into supercomputers
SC15Everyone loves Docker, including Cray, which today announced the addition of container-based virtualization to its official software stack.
Seized: Fake EFF .org linked to hackers hitting NATO, White House PCs
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has been awarded control of its namesake domain, which was being used to install malware on people's computers.
ISIS operates a crypto help desk – report
Radical group ISIS is running a help desk to assist jihadists to use encrypted communications, NBC reports.
CloudFlare CEO blasts Anonymous claims of ISIS terrorist support
Matthew Prince, CloudFlare's cofounder and CEO, has hit back at Anonymous, which claimed his firm backs ISIS by keeping terror websites up and running.
'Shut down the parts of internet used by Islamic State masterminds'
AnalysisUS Congressmen have called on America's broadband regulator to figure out how to shut down websites and social media accounts used by the Islamic State.
Game of Photons: Boffins make ICE with FIRE
Laser refrigeration, that counter-intuitive application of the technology, has taken an important step towards reality, with scientists from the University of Washington chilling water by 36°F (20°C).
Google, didn't you get the memo? Stop trying to make Google+ happen
Google+ has been a lot of things in its four years on our computers – a sort-of social network, an identity manager for other Google platforms, and something of an industry joke. Now Google is trying again with the portal that wouldn't die.
Microsoft working hard to unify its code base, all the way down to the IoT
MS Ignite AUWindows CE might seem like a bad dream from this distance, but a IoT developer speaking at Microsoft's Ignite gabfest in Australia have told The Register it represents a starting point that now positions Redmond well to respond to the Internet of Things.
Hey Cortana, how about you hide my app from the user?
MS Ignite AUIt's a way off yet, but one of the endpoints for Cortana, Microsoft's take on the digital assistant you can fall in love with, is to be a primary interface between multiple applications.
Coffee fixes the damage booze did to your liver, study finds
If your liver's packing it in after a lifetime of boozing, changing your poison may yet keep you alive a little longer.
Nano-NAS market dives into the cloud
Small networked storage systems are in trouble: kit-tallyer IDC says sales declined in Q3 2015 and now sit at under 334,000 a quarter.
Dell and EMC customers happy about prospect of Dell/EMC merger
Dell and EMC customers like the idea of a Dell/EMC merger and largely plan to spend more with the combined companies, according to analyst outfit the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG).
Belling that cat: Oz boffins pass entanglement test
Entanglement is easy to generate, but if you want to prove you have entanglement - and that's one of the many holy grails of quantum computing - you have to pass what's called "Bell's inequality test". Doing it in silicon is even better, and that combination has the corks popping at the University of New South Wales.
Eric S Raymond releases hardened, slimmer NTP beta
Dogged developer and open source champion Eric S Raymond has announced a beta of a refined version of the network time protocol code as open source following financial backing.
Behold, the fantasy of infinite cloud compute elasticity
CommentCloud computing has elements of a fool’s paradise. We’re told it’s elastic, infinitely elastic even, with thousands of virtual servers spun up in minutes. But there's just one problem ... this is palpable nonsense, short-term excess capacity being mopped up by early entrants to a large resource.
MPs to assess tech feasibility of requirements under draft surveillance laws
IPBThe UK government published a draft Investigatory Powers Bill earlier this month in a bid to close gaps it has said exist in the surveillance powers available to the UK's intelligence and security services.
Overland Storage by any other name would still make losses (and has)
CommentOverland Storage ... sorry, Sphere 3D these days after the acquisition, continues on its merry way with no appreciable change in its progress – revenues are still falling and losses are deepening.
Apple's design 'drives up support costs, makes gadgets harder to use'
Apple's design has fallen from the high standards set by Donald Norman and Bruce Tognazzini, reckon... er, Donald Norman and Bruce Tognazzini. The two UX gurus and former Apple alumni now think "Apple is giving design a bad name".
Red dwarf superflares batter formerly 'habitable' exoplanet
Humanity may have to rethink colonisation plans for exoplanet Kepler-438b, since what was hailed earlier this year as a candidate to support life as we know it, has now been declared decidedly inhospitable.
BlackBerry Priv: After two weeks on test, looks like this is a keeper
Two-week testI seem to have spent my life getting through, testing, and handling a lot of phones. A lot. But I hate phones. I hate all the hundreds of them I have lying around my house and the countless thousands of pounds I have spent on them.
EMC enables data movement from the white fluffy stuff
Cumulo Hopkintus is forming new product shapes as cloud winds strengthen in the data centre. There’s no bending with these gales, and EMC is having to go with the flow, enabling data movement off its arrays and into the public cloud.
Blackhole's back: Hated exploit kit returns from the dead
The seemingly long-defunct Blackhole Exploit Kit has resurfaced in a fresh run of drive-by download attacks, according to research carried out by security firm Malwarebytes.
Telecity's engineers to spend SECOND night fixing web hub power outage
UpdatedTelecity engineers will tonight make a second attempt to fix broken power systems at its critical Sovereign House internet facility.
The digital workplace transformation: Sooner than you think
Regcast after hoursWhat does the digital workplace transformation really mean? Will we still go to work, or will our work travel with us? How will we learn to be creative in an age of automation, and how will we be collaborate if we don’t see each other regularly?
Rise of the handy machines: UK gears up for first Robotics Week
The UK Robotics and Autonomous Systems Network (UK-RAS Network) tentacle of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is inviting humans to get involved in the first UK Robotics Week, scheduled to run from 25 June - 1 July 2016.
Want to boost your payslip? Get DevOps on your business card
Getting DevOps onto your business card can make a serious difference to your standard of living, if a salary report from Puppet Labs is anything to go by.
eBay scammer steals identity of special agent investigating him
A cybercriminal who ran a mere eBay scam became a more significant collar for the US Department of Justice after he successfully stole the identity of the special agent investigating him.
Microsoft revamps its developer tools with a new cloud focus
Microsoft has announced new developers tools and services at its Connect event under way in New York. The forked, open source version of the .NET platform, called .NET Core, is now at Release Candidate status, as is ASP.NET 5.0, Microsoft's web application framework.
Mixing ERP and production systems: Oil industry at risk, say infosec bods
Black Hat EuropeHackers might be able to bridge the gap between supposedly air-gapped systems in oil and gas production by pivoting from enterprise planning onto production systems.
£2.3m ZANO nano-drone crowdfunded project crashes and burns
The company behind the troubled ZANO nano-drone project has pulled the plug, leaving thousands of Kickstarter backers in the lurch.
Google extends search tendrils to cover data in apps
Google has expanded its search feelers into content stored inside apps.
Lawyers use anti-piracy law to get website blocked over corporate ID brouhaha
Australian law firm Moray & Agnew has written to internet service providers (ISPs) in an attempt to have them block a site hosted in India, citing the new provisions of Australia's Copyright Act that target pirate websites as justifying the ban.
FTC zaps more scammer loopholes with ban on wire transfers, cash cards
The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued new restrictions on how marketers can accept payments, in hopes of curbing the most popular ways scammers collect cash from victims.
Kick off the festive season, with Reg-style hijinks in Sydney
Christmas is nearly upon us, and Vulture South has a little party planned in concert with SimpliVity.
Uber Australia is broke: 'We don't pay tax because we don't generate revenue'
The Netherlands is the natural place for Uber to bill its Australian customers, Airbnb only lives in Ireland because it's got the best skills pool, and Bermuda is beloved of Chevron merely because it has a good maritime safety record.
Hacking group Strontium dogs NATO and government targets
There's a new hacking team out there that's proving surprisingly good at getting into government systems using social engineering tactics coupled with zero-day attacks in assaults that can last as long as a year.