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Microsoft recommends you ignore Microsoft-recommended update

Earlier this month, Microsoft gave the world .NET Framework 4.7 and urged users to install it for the usual reasons: more fun bits to play with and a security improvements.
Richard Chirgwin, 26 Jun 2017
Fast Cloud

No-mere-hype hyper-converged systems clock hyper-growth

Analyst firm IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Converged Systems Tracker shows overall converged systems revenue for 2017's first quarter increased year over year but only because of bonkers growth in hyper-converged systems.
Chris Mellor, 26 Jun 2017
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Tavis Ormandy to Microsoft: Have another Windows Defender vuln

Google Project Zero bug-hunter Tavis Ormandy has alerted the world to yet another way Microsoft's anti-virus tool Windows Defender could be attacked.
Richard Chirgwin, 26 Jun 2017
SpaceX barge

SpaceX nails two launches and barge landings in one weekend

No matter what you did over the weekend, you'll struggle to top Elon Musk's after his space trucking venture launched 11 satellites atop two rockets, both of which stuck perfect landings on barges.
Simon Sharwood, 26 Jun 2017
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UK parliamentary email compromised after 'sustained and determined cyber attack'

The Parliament of the United Kingdom has admitted it experienced a “sustained and determined cyber attack” over the weekend and says <90 email accounts have been compromised as a result.
Simon Sharwood, 26 Jun 2017
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Humanity is doomed: We watch 45 BILLION hours of YouTube a month

Google's revealed just how perilous humanity's future existence has become, by shedding a light on our YouTube viewing habits.
Simon Sharwood, 26 Jun 2017
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Linus Torvalds slams 'pure garbage' from 'clowns' at Grsecurity

Linux lord Linus Torvalds thinks he'll be able to give the world version 4.12 of the Linux kernel next week.
Simon Sharwood, 26 Jun 2017
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Verizon!-owned! Yahoo! bins! AT&T! IDs! for! Tumblr! logins!

Verizon has moved to unwind an old deal between Yahoo! and AT&T that allowed users to run merged AT&T and Yahoo! email accounts for login to some Yahoo! services.
Richard Chirgwin, 26 Jun 2017
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Despite high-profile hires, Apple's TV plans are doomed

OpinionApple has been promising to revolutionize TV for years but hasn't yet found the time to do so. Last week, Apple announced two new and likely expensive hires, former Sony Pictures Television presidents, Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg – who are known for Breaking Bad, The Blacklist and other golden TV shows – to help it transform television.
Faultline, 26 Jun 2017
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Men charged with theft of free newspapers

Two men have been charged with theft for allegedly helping themselves to bundles of free newspapers from London Bridge railway station.
Gareth Corfield, 26 Jun 2017

The good kind of data sharing: Reg empties its storage news warehouse

Here's a storage news item garage sale. Come on in and check out our array of goodies; there's something for everyone.
Chris Mellor, 26 Jun 2017

Researchers solve screen glare nightmare with 'moth-eye' antireflective film

A new anti-glare film could help us see our phones a little bit better on a bright day.
Andrew Silver, 26 Jun 2017
VCE VxRail

Hyperconverged leapfrog: Dell EMC borg overtakes Nutanix

Dell EMC overtook Nutanix to become the leading hyper-converged infrastructure appliance shipper in 2017’s first quarter.
Chris Mellor, 26 Jun 2017
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Blighty's first aircraft carrier in six years is set to take to the seas

Britain’s largest ever warship, aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, is due to sail from her Rosyth dockyard on her maiden voyage today.
Gareth Corfield, 26 Jun 2017

Australian govt promises to push Five Eyes nations to break encryption

The Australian government looks set to take a hard line on encryption at this week’s Five Eyes meeting, and encourage the other nations in the network to jump on the back-door band wagon.
Rebecca Hill, 26 Jun 2017

Snoop Dogg swerves Glasto, plays Pure Storage gig #keepitreal

The great and good of the music industry - and Jeremy Corbyn - descended on UK’s lively Glastonbury music festival this weekend, while in another part of the world a hip hop old-timer went on stage to die.
Paul Kunert, 26 Jun 2017

Solving the NVMeF-JBOF-is-not-a-SAN conundrum

Interview An NVME over fabrics controller-less array is not a SAN because it can’t share data. That was the essence of Datrium CTO Hugo Patterson’s view.
Chris Mellor, 26 Jun 2017
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UK Parliament hack: Really, a brute-force attack? Really?

CommentJust under 90 Parliamentary email accounts were compromised by a brute force attack on the parliamentary network over the weekend. And there is a long-established technology which can normally see off this kind of attack.
John Leyden, 26 Jun 2017
Broken optical disk

Dell drops optical drive price-fixing lawsuit against Hitachi

Dell has agreed to drop its suits against Hitachi and Hitachi LG Data Storage after previously alleging it had been part of a conspiracy to fix prices for optical disk drives. There has been no mention of any settlement.
Chris Mellor, 26 Jun 2017
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JFrog leaps, wolfs down CloudMunch

After a $50m investment January 2016, Israel-based software delivery automation vendor JFrog is in acquisition mode – specifically, it's eating some analytics brains.
Andrew Silver, 26 Jun 2017

Games rights-holders tell ZX Spectrum reboot firm: Pay or we pull titles

The owners of the rights to about 200 games to be bundled with the ZX Spectrum Vega+ is withdrawing permission for them to be included with the consoles unless its maker pays royalties for games on a previous device, The Register has learned.
Gareth Corfield, 26 Jun 2017
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Northern Ireland bags £150m for broadband pipes in £1bn Tory bribe

The Democratic Unionist Party is to receive an extra £1bn in funding from Brit taxpayers, including £150m to spend on broadband infrastructure, after it agreed to prop up Theresa May's minority government.
Kat Hall, 26 Jun 2017

Braking news: AA password reset email cockup crashes servers

UK car insurance giant the AA caused all sorts of confusion on Monday after accidentally sending out a "password update" email to people.
John Leyden, 26 Jun 2017

Coraid's Coile resurrects storage biz, swears off VCs' filthy Valley lucre

AnalysisHere's a resurrected startup that isn't a startup anymore and wants nothing to do with VCs, ever – Coraid.
Chris Mellor, 26 Jun 2017

Tremble in fear, America, as Daesh-bags scrawl cyber-graffiti on .gov webpages no one visits

A crew of useful idiots called Team System Dz defaced US government and business websites over the weekend in the name of medieval terror bastards Daesh (aka the Islamic State).
Iain Thomson, 26 Jun 2017
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Robocall spammers, you have one new voicemail message: Cut it out!

UpdatedA US Senator is looking to turn up the heat on a particularly annoying new robocall practice.
Shaun Nichols, 26 Jun 2017

We'll drag Microsoft in front of Supremes over Irish email spat – DoJ

The US Department of Justice has formally asked the Supreme Court to hear its appeal in Microsoft's Ireland warrant legal row.
Shaun Nichols, 26 Jun 2017
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Queensland Police want access to locked devices

The Australian State of Queensland wants the power to force citizens to unlock their devices during a declared terrorist emergency.
Richard Chirgwin, 26 Jun 2017

US engineer in the clink for wrecking ex-bosses' smart meter radio masts with Pink Floyd lyrics

Fueled by beer and bitterness, a US techie logged into his ex-employer's radio towers to sabotage them – and is now behind bars as a result.
Iain Thomson, 26 Jun 2017

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