Uber $10m checks lawsuit
Uber will pay more than $10m to settle a lawsuit claiming it did not do enough to screen the criminal backgrounds of its drivers.
This year's H-1B visa lottery jammed full in just six days
AnalysisThe US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reports that all of this year's 65,000 H-1B visa applications have now been applied for, as well as 20,000 extra applications for skilled workers – less than a week into the process.
Galaxy S7 sales slay S6
Memory cards matter and waterproofing matters: analyst outfit Counterpoint says sales of the Galaxy S7 are 25 per cent higher than those recorded by the S6 after a month on sale.
Atlassian plans 'mobile companions' for key apps
Atlassian has revealed why it's hung out the 'Help Wanted' sign for iOS and Android developers.
Google adds Cloud Test Lab integration to new Android Studio 2.0
VIDEOGoogle has updated its key Android development tool, Android Studio, to version 2.0 and added cloud test integration, a GPU debugger, and faster emulation and resource allocation.
India starts to pull its weight as an enterprise IT buyer
India's modernising at a frantic rate and has justifiably earned a reputation as one of the planet's top sources of technology talent. But as a market to sell into? It's getting interesting now.
Large Hadron Collider gets 4,500 more data-crunching GPUs
Swiss super Piz Daint is getting an upgrade with 4,500 Nvidia Pascal GPUs, replacing 5,200 existing K20x accelerators.
Man pleads guilty for serving white hat with DoS, swearbot, sex toys
Oklahoma man Benjamin Earnest Nichols faces up to 10 years jail in a United States federal prison and a US$250,000 fine after pleading guilty to launching a distributed denial of service attack against security consultancy mccrewsecurity.com.
Google to admins: We'll tell you when your network is pwned
Google software engineer Nav Jagpal says it will start sharing URLs linked to social engineering, unwanted and malicious software, to help network administrators understand the threats they face.
That naked picture on my PC? Not mine. The IT guy put it there
ON-CALLWelcome again to On-Call, our Friday frolic through readers' experiences of being asked to sort things out in the office, or outside it and outside office hours.
Wikibon goes big on Big Data
CommentWikibon researchers have produced a trio of Big Data reports, so why have the Wikiboners got a hard-on for Big Data?
SANS man lists five security things you're not doing but should
SANS Institute dean of research and head of the SANS Internet Storm Center (ISC) Johannes Ullrich has given systems admins some some light weekend reading with a list of five neglected security controls that "nobody implements".
Breach at childbirth trust
UK childbirth and parenting charity The National Childbirth Trust has apologised after thousands of usernames and email addresses were swiped by hackers.
London to Dover 'smart' road could help make driverless cars mainstream – expert
The creation of new "smart" roads with in-built Wi-Fi technology can be an enabler of the widespread adoption of driverless and connected cars, an expert has said.
Fujitsu Services hacks bonuses to pay for minimum wage hike
ExclusiveFolk at Fujitsu Services Engineering Services Ltd (FSESL) have claimed that changes to their bonuses made to accommodate a rise in the minimum wage will actually leave some of them worse off.
Troubled Azzurri Comms offloaded to AIM-listed Maintel
AIM-listed comms and networking integrator Maintel has conditionally agreed to slurp struggling rival Azzurri Comms for £48.5m - a company that is twice its size.
Field technicians want to grab my tool and probe my things
Something for the Weekend, Sir?There’s a woman at the front door. She has come to twiddle my knobs.
Vendor: Do we need Quality of Service with shared storage arrays?
The Storage ArchitectI recently had a discussion with a vendor (who shall remain nameless) as to whether we really needed Quality of Service (QoS) in shared storage arrays. His thinking went as follows: if we have a storage array and network with sufficient bandwidth/IOPS, then why bother implementing QoS?
Dropping 1,000 cats from 32km: How practical is that?
Our report yesterday into NASA's high-altitude, heavy-lift super pressure balloon (SPB) mission - lofted by a stadium-sized sandwich bag and weighing in at 1,000 cats - prompted the traditional provocative reader input.
SuperMicro, IBM hook up
SuperMicro is developing two new POWER-based servers for IBM, based on the company’s “Ultra” architecture, which currently features dual Xeon E5-2600 v3/4 CPUs. IBM will add them to its LC scale-out server line. The two systems are a storage rich 2 socket 2U box, and a 2 socket, 1U unit with less storage3. They will be GPU and CAPI acceleration-enabled and optimised for cloud and so-callede cognitive workloads. ®
GDS has no real strategy for £450m budget pot, internal plan reveals
ExclusiveConcerns are mounting that the Government Digital Service has no real plan for spending its £450m budget - following a leaked strategy document obtained by The Register.
BOFH: Sure, I could make your cheapo printer perform miracles
Episode 4It's yet another one of those Fridays where ALL I NEED TO DO IS MAKE IT TO 4pm..
Academics claim Google Android two-factor authentication is breakable
Computer security researchers warn security shortcomings in Android/Playstore undermine the security offered by all SMS-based two-factor authentication (2FA).
Tesla 3 orders hit $14bn
Pre-order sales of the Telsa 3 have hit £14bn (£9.9bn), with hundreds of thousands of people having paid $1,000 to reserve the car expected to launch late-2017 launch.
GCHQ is having problems meeting Osborne's 2020 recruitment target
Blighty's surveillance and security agency GCHQ is facing significant challenges in meeting the government's targets for recruitment over the next four years.
What did the one Toshiba desktop SSD say to the other? Our cell size has shrunk
Toshiba is busily upgrading its PC/workstation SSD line at the same time as it’s scaling back its PC product activities.
How Remix's Android will eat the world
InterviewWhich platform will the next billion people on the internet use? Is it more likely to be Microsoft’s Windows squeezed onto low-cost mobile hardware, or a mobile OS given some steroids? Three former Google executives are betting it's the latter.
Soho baroness at Twitter
The UK's digital darling and Baroness of Soho, Martha Lane Fox, has been appointed to Twitter's Board of Directors according to a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.
Costa Rica launches investigation after reports hackers ‘rigged’ 2014 election
Costa Rica is to investigate whether hackers interfered with its 2014 elections.
IBM closes Truven deal
IBM Watson Health has closed its $2.6bn acquisition of Truven Health Analytics. The deal is set to bring medical data into Big Blue's health-data business arm, specifically covering "cost, claims, quality and outcomes information." El Reg has provided more information on the acquisition here. ®
Quick as a flash: A quick look at IBM FlashSystem
The Storage ArchitectIBM completed the acquisition of TMS (Texas Memory Systems) in October 2012. The company (TMS) has a long history of developing memory-based storage products, based initially on DRAM and later SLC and eMLC technology. I looked at the ramsan range years ago as a potential customer and my abiding memory is the relative cost of the hardware compared to today’s all flash systems. However, that was at a time before EMC had started to introduce SLC drives into VMAX and Violin Memory was only a twinkle in the founder’s eye.
Vivaldi Jon: Mobile – yes. Feeds and an ad blocker… probably not
InterviewHats off to any woman or man who is fighting the dumbing down of software.
ISS to host space truck rally
The International Space Station will soon be abristle with docked space trucks, as a SpaceX Dragon resupply vehicle prepares to join its Russian Progress and Orbital ATK Cygnus counterparts mated with the orbiting outpost.
Shall we? Shan't we? Nutanix inches towards IPO
Background + CommentNutanix has filed an updated pre-IPO document indicating it could IPO sooner rather than later this year.
IBM's tops sales staff face long haul...to Hawaii
IBM is whisking its biggest sales hitters in Global Tech Services to Hawaii as a pat them on the back for their efforts, while others in the division head out the door on stat redundancy terms.
Cyber-underworld price list revealed: $500 for company email inbox, $1,200 passports, etc
The underground bazaars for stolen online identities, access to corporate email inboxes, and fake ID are booming, we're told.
Microsoft drives an Edge between Adobe and the web: Flash ads blocked
Microsoft will disable Flash ads by default in new versions of its Edge browser.
ICANN shoots down incoming Cruz missiles
DNS overlord ICANN has responded to an angry letter from three US Congressmen accusing it of failing to answer questions ... by sending a letter that fails to answer their questions.
If only hackers could stop slurping test and dev databases. Wait, our phone is ringing ...
Exposure and loss of sensitive data is happening everywhere these days. One attack surface, as the jargon has it, is sensitive production data used in internal testing and development systems.
Read America's insane draft crypto-borking law that no one's willing to admit they wrote
A draft copy of a US law to criminalize strong encryption, thought to be authored by Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), has been leaked online. And the internet is losing its shit.
Look who's here to solve the Internet of Things' security nightmare – hey, it's Uncle Sam
The US government is working on a "green paper" – the first step in a formal policy process – on the internet of things (IoT).
Dear Windows, OS X folks: Update Flash now. Or kill it. Killing it works
Adobe has published new versions of Flash to patch a vulnerability being exploited right now by hackers to hijack PCs and Macs.
Watch: SpaceX finally lands Falcon rocket on robo-barge in one piece
VideoSpaceX has finally succeeded in landing the first stage of its Falcon rocket at sea – after blasting off more supplies to the orbiting International Space Station.
FBI, Apple continue cat-and-mouse game over iPhones in New York
Despite walking away from a high-profile confrontation, the FBI is not giving up on its cat-and-mouse game with Apple over access to iPhone data, and the issue has now moved to New York.
Lotto 'jackpot fix' code
The Multi-State Lottery's former IT security boss Eddie Tipton smuggled code onto lotto machines that allowed him to predict the numbers drawn on certain days of the month.