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Cisco warns: Some products might have WannaCrypt vuln

Here's why infosec needs to quit yelling “if you didn't patch it's your fault” about WannaCrypt: Cisco has announced it's investigating which of its products can't be patched against the ransomware.
Richard Chirgwin, 17 May 2017

Cray dips toe in supercomputing-as-a-service

With AWS, Google, and IBM's Watson already camped in the high-performance cloud business, it's hardly surprising that Cray would tread carefully as a late entrant into the supercomputer-as-a-service business.
Richard Chirgwin, 17 May 2017
Screenshot of Chrome's "Aw, snap!" error message

Chrome on Windows has credential theft bug

Google's Chrome team is working to fix a credential theft bug that strikes if the browser is running on Microsoft Windows.
Richard Chirgwin, 17 May 2017
Cloud desktop

Azure becomes double DaaS-aster zone as VMware loads up

VMware's got the green light to deliver virtual Windows desktops and packaged apps from Microsoft's Azure cloud.
Simon Sharwood, 17 May 2017

IoT needs security, says Microsoft without even a small trace of irony

Still reeling from criticism over the WannaCrypt attack, Microsoft has stuck its hat on a stick and raised it out of the trench to see how its proposals for Internet of Things security might be received.
Richard Chirgwin, 17 May 2017
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Clouds' crazy kinks can spin your wheels and lead you to mistakes

You're probably cocking up the cloud, but clouds themselves are part of the reason why.
Simon Sharwood, 17 May 2017
Thomas the tank engine

Train station's giant screens showed web smut at peak hour

Commuters at Washington DC's Union Station were left unsure if they were coming or going on Monday, when streamed smut started to appear on digital signs during peak hour. And it appears there's a rash of such incidents taking place around the world.
Simon Sharwood, 17 May 2017
Aurora Flight Sciences' ALIAS robot in a simulated 737 cockpit

Robot lands a 737 by hand, on a dare from DARPA

An outfit called Aurora Flight Sciences is trumpeting the fact that one of its robots has successfully landed a simulated Boeing 737.
Simon Sharwood, 17 May 2017
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SAP puts its heads in multiple clouds

SAP's decided the time is right for its cloud to play nicely with other clouds.
Simon Sharwood, 17 May 2017
Flying car illustration. Pic by Shutterstock

Flying robots are great... until they meet flying humans, anyway

The skies of the future could be divided into “manned” and “drone” segments as regulators struggle to work out how commercial drones should interact with traditional human-piloted aircraft.
Gareth Corfield, 17 May 2017
Bundled files, image via Shutterstock

Newbies Komprise hope to krush data sprawl

AnalysisKomprise is a data management startup saying it will save enterprises money by identifying and analysing file/unstructured data sprawl then shift it to cheap on-premises or in-cloud storage. This is a message put out by others, such as Catalogic and Primary Data. It overlaps with the copy data managers, such as Actifio, and the secondary data convergers such as Cohesity.
Chris Mellor, 17 May 2017
The Red Queen

Management's agile, digital (insert buzzword here) strategy ossifying? Blame the Red Queen

"In our country," Alice told the Red Queen in Through the Looking-Glass, "you'd generally get to somewhere else – if you run very fast for a long time, as we've been doing."
Chris Tofts, 17 May 2017
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Travel IT biz reportedly testing 100TB SSDs

Global travel systems business Amadeus is testing 100TB SSDs.
Chris Mellor, 17 May 2017

ICO fines telco £100k for 3.2m mobile phone text spamhammer

The Information Commissioner's Office has fined Fareham telco Onecom Limited £100,000 for sending spam texts.
John Oates, 17 May 2017

Yo, patch that because scum still wanna exploit WannaCrypt-linked vuln

Vulnerable Windows Server Message Block (SMB) shares central to last week's WannaCrypt outbreak are still widely deployed and frequently hunted, security researchers warn.
John Leyden, 17 May 2017

Coming Xeon 'scalable' family will run SAP HANA '1.6 times faster'

Intel says its coming Xeon SPs (scalable processors) will run in-memory SAP HANA workloads 1.59 times faster than a Xeon E7 v4 system*, and has demonstrated Optane DIMMs.
Chris Mellor, 17 May 2017

Britain shouldn't turn its back on EU drone regs, warns aerospace boffin

The UK's ability to successfully export – and import – drone technology relies on our aviation safety regulators staying as closely aligned with the EU as possible, Royal Aeronautical Society UAV committee chairman Tony Henley told The Register.
Gareth Corfield, 17 May 2017
via leeds police. yes really. inflatable penis costume

Leeds cops issue appeal for man-sized todger

West Yorkshire police are seeking a giant penis who may have witnessed a serious assault in Leeds city centre in April.
John Oates, 17 May 2017

Police anti-ransomware warning is hotlinked to 'ransomware.pdf'

Official anti-ransomware advice issued by UK police to businesses can only be read by clicking on a link titled "Ransomware" which leads direct to a file helpfully named "Ransomware.pdf".
Gareth Corfield, 17 May 2017

Samsung Galaxy S8+: Seriously. What were they thinking?

ReviewThe Galaxy S8+ is like a nine course meal of desserts – tiramisus, trifles, ice creams, one after another – that you have to eat with chopsticks and a straw.
Andrew Orlowski, 17 May 2017

Made for each other! IBM awarded $700m outsourcing gig to cut costs at transport giant

Beleaguered Canadian train and plane giant Bombardier has signed a six-year $700m contract with IBM to outsource tech management and, er, cut costs – something Big Blue has expended considerable effort doing itself.
John Oates, 17 May 2017
Micron  9100 NVMe flash drives, 800GB each in the HHHL (standard PCIe card) format

Flash funds: Micron to rain cash on Excelero – sources

We understand Micron has invested in Excelero, the software supplier for its SolidScale all-flash NVME array.
Chris Mellor, 17 May 2017

Ransomware fear-flinger Uiwix fails to light

A ransomware variant, dubbed Uiwix, that abuses the same vulnerability as WannaCrypt has turned out to be something of a damp squib.
John Leyden, 17 May 2017

HGST paints go-faster stripes on Ultrastar flash drive range

HGST has released the Ultrastar SS300, an enterprise server SSD that's 1.6 times faster than its predecessor.
Chris Mellor, 17 May 2017

Posting in an EPYC thread: AMD renames Xeon-bashing Naples

AMD has renamed its Zen-based Naples processor as the EPYC brand, pitching it as a data centre server CPU, and hopes to make inroads into both the dual-socket and single-socket server markets.
Chris Mellor, 17 May 2017

Taking a bite out of our profit, Apple? Let's get legal, says Qualcomm

Qualcomm is suing Chinese iPhone and iPad contract makers it says have stopped paying it royalties at the behest of Apple.
Paul Kunert, 17 May 2017
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Why being late isn't fatal for Samsung Pay

Samsung has finally launched its mobile payments service, Samsung Pay, in the UK. The chaebol acquired the technology by buying LoopPay and launched the service in South Korea in August 2015.
Andrew Orlowski, 17 May 2017

'The last thing I want is a software dev taking control of my craft'

The UK's Department for Transport and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy “don’t understand” how airspace traffic management will work in the future – and UK‑focused drone software startups might be closer to the government view than they like to think.
Gareth Corfield, 17 May 2017

US court decision will destroy the internet, roar Google, Facebook et al

Internet giants Google, Facebook and a wide range of organizations from Pinterest to Kickstarter to Wikimedia have responded furiously to a recent decision by the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that could have huge liability implications for online companies.
Kieren McCarthy, 17 May 2017

Backup crack-up: Fasthosts locks people out of data storage for days amid WCry panic

Fasthosts left some customers without access to their backups for roughly six days – after it tore down systems it feared were vulnerable to the WannaCry malware.
Shaun Nichols, 17 May 2017
Sundar Pichai at Google I/O 2017

Like a celeb going bonkers with botox, Google injects 'AI' into anything it can

Google I/OOn Wednesday, Google kicked off its annual developer conference and media spectacle, Google I/O, at the Shoreline Amphitheater, a stone's throw from its Mountain View, California, headquarters.
Thomas Claburn, 17 May 2017

We're calling it now: FCC votes 2-1 to rip up net neutrality on Thurs

AnalysisDespite more than a million comments opposing it, tomorrow at around 12:00pm Eastern time, the three FCC commissioners will vote 2-1 to approve a so-called "notice of proposed rulemaking" and start on the rocky path to rescinding net neutrality rules.
Kieren McCarthy, 17 May 2017
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Gotcha, Tatcha! Thieves hide in servers to hoover up victims' bank card numbers mid-order

Cosmetics peddler Tatcha is warning customers after hackers were able to compromise its website and harvest payment card details as orders poured in.
Shaun Nichols, 17 May 2017
Kotlin screenshot

Sick of Java and C++? Google pours a cup o' Kotlin for Android devs

Google on Wednesday said it has made Kotlin a first-class language for Android development, alongside Java and C++.
Thomas Claburn, 17 May 2017

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