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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.
Drew Cullen, 18 Nov 2015

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.
Kieren McCarthy, 18 Nov 2015

ISIS operates a crypto help desk – report

Radical group ISIS is running a help desk to assist jihadists to use encrypted communications, NBC reports.
Darren Pauli, 18 Nov 2015

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.
Iain Thomson, 18 Nov 2015

'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.
Kieren McCarthy, 18 Nov 2015

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).
Richard Chirgwin, 18 Nov 2015
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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.
Iain Thomson, 18 Nov 2015
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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.
Richard Chirgwin, 18 Nov 2015

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.
Richard Chirgwin, 18 Nov 2015
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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.
Simon Sharwood, 18 Nov 2015

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.
Simon Sharwood, 18 Nov 2015
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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).
Simon Sharwood, 18 Nov 2015
UNSW entanglable atom on silicon

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.
Richard Chirgwin, 18 Nov 2015

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.
Darren Pauli, 18 Nov 2015
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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.
Chris Mellor, 18 Nov 2015

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.
OUT-LAW.COM, 18 Nov 2015

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.
Chris Mellor, 18 Nov 2015

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".
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Nov 2015

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.
Lester Haines, 18 Nov 2015
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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.
Dominic Young, 18 Nov 2015

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.
Chris Mellor, 18 Nov 2015
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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.
John Leyden, 18 Nov 2015

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.
Gavin Clarke, 18 Nov 2015

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?
David Gordon, 18 Nov 2015

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.
Lester Haines, 18 Nov 2015
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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.
Joe Fay, 18 Nov 2015
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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.
Alexander J Martin, 18 Nov 2015
Microsoft's Connect event in New York targets cloud developers

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.
Tim Anderson, 18 Nov 2015
Archer cracks the ISIS mainframe's password

Speaking in Tech: Anonymous’s ‘total war’ on ISIS – how effective can it be?

Team Register, 18 Nov 2015
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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.
John Leyden, 18 Nov 2015

£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.
Lester Haines, 18 Nov 2015

Google extends search tendrils to cover data in apps

Google has expanded its search feelers into content stored inside apps.
Kieren McCarthy, 18 Nov 2015
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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.
Simon Sharwood, 18 Nov 2015
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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.
Shaun Nichols, 18 Nov 2015
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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.
Simon Sharwood, 18 Nov 2015

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.
Richard Chirgwin, 18 Nov 2015

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.
Iain Thomson, 18 Nov 2015

Bangladesh shuts down its internet during war crimes trial

The government of Bangladesh shut down its internet for an hour earlier today in response to the announcement of the death penalty in a high-profile war crime trial.
Kieren McCarthy, 18 Nov 2015

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