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Dodgy software will bork America's F-35 fighters until at least 2019

The F-35 multirole fighter won't be close to ready before 2019, the US House Armed Services Committee was told on Wednesday.
Iain Thomson, 24 Mar 2016

US bank fended off 513 trojans last year alone

The most beleaguered bank in the United States was hit with 513 financial trojans last year, says Symantec threat bod Candid Wueest.
Darren Pauli, 24 Mar 2016

Patch Java now, says Oracle. Leave the Easter chocolate until later

Oracle is urging Java users to upgrade, ASAP, to crimp a very nasty bug in the desktop and browser plug-in versions of the software.
Simon Sharwood, 24 Mar 2016
Mellanox optical cable breakout

OmniPath a threat? Paugh, says Mellanox, feel our gorgeous 200 Gbps

Mellanox reckons it can shrug off the threat posed by Intel's OmniPath technology, announcing silicon photonics-based devices running at 50 Gbps per QSFP lane for a total of 200 Gbps.
Richard Chirgwin, 24 Mar 2016

US State Department sextortionist gets 57 months in cooler

A former US State Department official has been handed 57 months prison for hacking the email accounts of women and forcing them into sending him sexual photographs.
Darren Pauli, 24 Mar 2016
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Disaggregated hyperconvergence thinks storage outside the box

If you thought hyper-convergence is all about putting everything in one box, think again: some users are now asking for disaggregated hyper-convergence that sees the storage put back out on the network.
Simon Sharwood, 24 Mar 2016
Cat from Cisco TV ad

Time to SIP from Cisco's patch pool, to fix a memory leak

Cisco's urging SIP users to patch their software, after discovering a remotely-exploitable denial-of-service vector in a memory leak.
Richard Chirgwin, 24 Mar 2016

Security education outfit EC-Council dishes out ransomware online

Senior threat intelligence man Yonathan Klijnsma says the website of the EC-Council, the organisation responsible for the Ethical Hacker certification, is serving the dangerous Angler exploit kit to infect PCs.
Darren Pauli, 24 Mar 2016
New MH370 search map

MH-370 search loses sharpest-eyed robot deep beneath the waves

The ongoing search for Malaysian Airlines flight MH-370, the 777 that disappeared in March 2014, has suffered a very significant setback with the loss of its main instrument for scanning the seabed.
Simon Sharwood, 24 Mar 2016

Only 0.1% of you are doing web server security right

Venerable net-scan outfit Netcraft has issued what cliché would describe as “a stinging rebuke” to sysadmins the world over, for ignoring HTTP Public Key Pinning (HPKP).
Richard Chirgwin, 24 Mar 2016
A garden gnome depicted stretched out across picnic table... with a pipe in one hand while the other props him up. Has a confrontational look in his eye...

Gnome shrinks the upgrade footprint with version 3.20 release

Gnome has emitted its first major upgrade in six months with the release of Gnome 3.20.
Richard Chirgwin, 24 Mar 2016

Brit upstart Arkivum: We're the smart AaaS you're looking for

Arkivum, a UK-based data storage startup, is offering its AaaS: Archive-as-a-Service. It's competing successfully with public cloud and large-scale on-premises tape libraries by offering escrow-based guaranteed storage in its cloud.
Chris Mellor, 24 Mar 2016
Bristol's massive MIMO testbed

Bristol boffins blast 1.59 Gbps down ONE 20 MHz channel

VIDEOIn what's being touted as a “5G breakthrough”, University of Bristol researchers have demonstrated that MIMO (multi-in, multi-out) antenna arrangements can be scaled up to more than 100 transmitters.
Richard Chirgwin, 24 Mar 2016
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Computers shouldn't smoke. Cigarettes aren't healthy for anyone

On-CallWelcome again to On-Call, our series in which readers share memories of nasty jobs they've been asked to do. On-Call usually appears on Friday, but Easter means nobody will be around to read it. So here we are on Thursday.
Simon Sharwood, 24 Mar 2016
LTO-2 tape cartridge

Riddle me this: What grows as it shrinks? Answer: LTO tape

The LTO (linear tape-open) organization has released a tape shipment report showing capacity shipped grew almost 18 per cent from 2014 to 2015, while unit shipments have been declining since 2008.
Chris Mellor, 24 Mar 2016

Web hosting and domain name merchant UK2 Group puts up for sale sign

Hosting and domain name registrar UK2 Group is using the services of an investment banker to find a buyer - the second such attempt in a year, sources have claimed.
Paul Kunert, 24 Mar 2016
Man rools out fibre cable from a large wooden cable reel on a suburban street. Pic via Pixabay

Govt: Citizens, we know you want 10Mbps. This is the last broadband scheme for that

The government has said it will not conduct another national broadband roll-out programme in order to meet its promise that every citizen in Blighty will have access to 10Mbps by 2010.
Kat Hall, 24 Mar 2016

Researchers find hole in SIP, Apple’s newest protection feature

Security researchers have discovered a vulnerability that creates a means for hackers to circumvent Apple’s newest protection feature, System Integrity Protection (SIP).
John Leyden, 24 Mar 2016
VMware nutella

VMware VSAN: When good enough more than passes muster

Last week I attended SFD9 and the last session of the week was with VMware about VSAN 6.2. This is not a review of the product or an analysis about single features; there are plenty of them already. Instead I’ll talk about what a product like VSAN 6.2 means for the entire SDS/HCI market.
Enrico Signoretti, 24 Mar 2016
Pennies in a jar. Photo via Shutterstock

Creaking Surrey distie Northamber: Windows 10 ate my hamster

AIM-listed tech distie Northamber’s sales are again withering on the vine, with blame falling on Microsoft’s Windows 10 and pesky human beings who are failing to buy more computers.
Paul Kunert, 24 Mar 2016
Riot police in London. Pic: Steve Jackson

Met police commissioner: Fraud victims should not be refunded by banks

A senior police commissioner has complained that it would be wrong to interpret his comments about preventing online fraud victims from claiming compensation as a proposal for online fraud victims being unable to claim compensation.
Alexander J Martin, 24 Mar 2016
Water Treatment Centre pipe sluices off water. Photo by Joe Jungmann, released into the public domain

Water treatment plant hacked, chemical mix changed for tap supplies

Hackers infiltrated a water utility’s control system and changed the levels of chemicals being used to treat tap water, we're told.
John Leyden, 24 Mar 2016
Pebble Time

Pebble axes quarter of its workers after fitness pivot

Smartwatch trailblazer Pebble is laying off a quarter of its staff to refocus on the fitness segment of the wearables market.
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Mar 2016
Burj_Khalifa sideways

Pure Storage to punt out supersized FlashArray system

Pure Storage’s Accelerate event in San Francisco earlier this month previewed a coming high-end FlashArray//m system with more than three times the usable capacity of the current range-topping m70.
Chris Mellor, 24 Mar 2016
Dispatchers are vital to co-ordinating on the ground activities

Ello ello ello: Bungling Met cops blew £100m on failing tech wheezes

ExclusiveThe Met Police has admitted to having spent more than £100m on 37 technology projects that have been either stopped or need to be "corrected" as part of its "project cull" strategy.
Kat Hall, 24 Mar 2016
An eraser

Kelway's American owners to import CDW International brand to UK

Philip Kelway Doye's middle name will disappear from his firm's corporate HQ on 4 April and be replaced with CDW International, its American parent’s brand for global ops.
Paul Kunert, 24 Mar 2016
EU egg timer, photo via Shutterstock

EU ministers to demand more data access after Brussels attacks

Following the terrorist attacks in Brussels, European Union ministers are planning on a new security-driven push for access to communications data – including a dedicated international data sharing platform.
Alexander J Martin, 24 Mar 2016
Second-generation iPod shuffle

Dell presses shuffle, revamps UK channel

Dell has given its channel team a lick of paint with some mid-level management shuffling at the UK organisation, El Chan can reveal.
Paul Kunert, 24 Mar 2016
A preview of the new Skype UWP app

Microsoft introduces yet another Skype for Windows 10

Microsoft has announced a new Universal Windows Platform Skype app for Windows 10, alongside the three existing Skype apps – one for video, one for messaging and the long-standing desktop app.
Tim Anderson, 24 Mar 2016
Cat in a box, image via Shutterstock

Oracle traps its cloud inside own tin boxes

Oracle is throwing one stone at two birds troubling its business: cloud and falling server sales. That stone: cloud in a box.
Gavin Clarke, 24 Mar 2016
management research

Atlassian finally gives users Bitbucket code search

Atlassian has finally delivered code search for its Bitbucket code management product, putting an end to a multi-year, increasingly grumpy wait for its users.
Joe Fay, 24 Mar 2016
Road closed

Pothole campaigner sprays Surrey street with phallic paintings

A tarmac vigilante with a tin of spray paint has attempted to shame a local council into filling-in potholes in Cock Lane, Fetcham, England, by daubing penises the length of the thoroughfare.
Team Register, 24 Mar 2016
Man rools out fibre cable from a large wooden cable reel on a suburban street. Pic via Pixabay

Your broadband speeds are up by 6Mbps, boasts UK watchdog Ofcom

The average home broadband speed in the UK increased to 28.9Mbps, up by 6Mbps from a year ago – according to the latest annual research from Ofcom.
Kat Hall, 24 Mar 2016

Violin Memory CEO and board member splash $180k on firm's shares

Violin Memory CEO Kevin DeNuccio has spent $37,500 to buy 75,000 shares of Violin at an average $0.50 share price, demonstrating his visible commitment to the company.
Chris Mellor, 24 Mar 2016

Microsoft did Nazi that coming: Teen girl chatbot turns into Hitler-loving sex troll in hours

Microsoft's "Tay" social media "AI" experiment has gone awry in a turn of events that will shock absolutely nobody.
Shaun Nichols, 24 Mar 2016

HPE, Microsoft throw readies at fat $73.5m Mesosphere funding round

In BriefThe snuggles between Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and Microsoft continue; this time with the companies getting in on the Series C funding round of cluster management startup Mesosphere.
Alexander J Martin, 24 Mar 2016

US charges Iranians with hacking into an NY dam, blasting banks offline

The US Department of Justice (DoJ) has charged seven Iranian hackers over a string of high-profile distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks against banks.
John Leyden, 24 Mar 2016

Tech's big dogs snarl at UK.gov over Snoopers' Charter

IPBThe biggest internet businesses in the free world have written to the British government to politely urge that its Investigatory Powers Bill is improved.
Alexander J Martin, 24 Mar 2016

When Strongbox bought Strongbox: Behind the Crossroads sale

Have you heard of ETI-NET? We hadn't either, yet it counts EMC as a customer for its data protection services, has more than 2,000 product installations worldwide, and it prompted the Strongbox archival product sale by Crossroads.
Chris Mellor, 24 Mar 2016
Clint Eastwood bounty hunter

Uber explains itself after 'moving the goalposts' on its new bug bounties

It has been less than a week since Uber launched its bug bounty program and already security researchers are calling foul.
Iain Thomson, 24 Mar 2016
Railway line split. Pic: Ian Sane

Wobbly Acer goes two-legged to steady itself

Acer is to split into two in an effort to stabilize an uncertain recovery.
Kieren McCarthy, 24 Mar 2016
Cat lies exhausted in front of a sandwich board advertising an internet cafe, with all manner of tech companies' branding plastered all over it: Google, Yahoo, Facebook, MSN , Skype, ,Opera, Ventrilo, Twitter, MIRC!!!

Top! tip! for! Yahoo! – 'Fire! your! board! of! directors!'

The activist investor firm who first pushed for the sale of Yahoo!'s core search business now wants to oust its board of directors.
Shaun Nichols, 24 Mar 2016

French scream sacré bleu! as US govt gives up the internet to ICANN

The French government has slammed the agreement to move the domain name system out from under US control and hand it to Californian non-profit ICANN.
Kieren McCarthy, 24 Mar 2016
Apple iPad 3 aka new iPad

iPad bricked by iOS 9.3? Don't worry, we'll get through this together

UpdatedEarlier this week, word broke of a bug in Apple's iOS 9.3 update that was leaving some iPad 2 tablets unable to function.
Shaun Nichols, 24 Mar 2016
Spruce Goose

Coho CTO on Pure's FlashBlade: Oh-ho, that's a no-go no-no

CommentAndy Warfield, Coho Data's cofounder and CTO, thinks Pure Storage's FlashBlade design is misconceived.
Chris Mellor, 24 Mar 2016
Doctors run to save patient. Photo by Shutterstock

Wait... who broke that? Things you need to do to make your world diagnosable

You only ever discover the inadequacy of your system management, monitoring and diagnosis tools when something goes wrong and there's a gulf between what you want to do and what you need to do. Here are 10 things you can do to maximise your chances of diagnosing the problem when the brown stuff hits the ventilator.
Dave Cartwright, 24 Mar 2016
GCP Next16

Ad giant Google thinks its cloud biz could be bigger than its adverts

GCP NextGoogle's third cloud developer conference is winding down, and two things are clear – that Google is willing to spend what it takes to become a major cloud player, and that it has a long way to go.
Iain Thomson, 24 Mar 2016

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