13th > October > 2017 Archive

1
Angry-looking woman croses her arms and glares. Pic by Shutterstock

Boring Barracuda says sales are going swimmingly – again

It's getting predictable. Barracuda has posted yet another year-on-year revenue rise with yet another small profit. Boring is good, though, right?
Chris Mellor, 13 Oct 2017
5
Trying to catch money in a net

Juniper warns of bitter 3rd quarter due to cloud sales crash

Juniper Networks has issued preliminary results for its third quarter and the news is bad: forecast revenue of between US$1,290m and $1,350m won't happen and the company instead believes it will score between $1,250m and $1,260m.
Simon Sharwood, 13 Oct 2017
3
European Union cloud

Citrix switches on nuage français, deutsche wolke, nube española

Citrix has opened a new cloud region somewhere inside the European Union.
Simon Sharwood, 13 Oct 2017
29

Equifax's malvertising scare, Chromebook TPM RSA key panic, Cuban embassy sonic weapon heard at last – and more

RoundupWe almost wanted to feel sorry for Equifax, were it not for the fact that the credit biz takes to IT security like a duck to an acid bath. After a brutal few weeks under the spotlight, on Wednesday night it suffered another hacking scare.
Chris Williams, 13 Oct 2017
62
A handful of euro 1 cent coins

More and more websites are mining crypto-coins in your browser to pay their bills, line pockets

UpdatedSketchy websites are increasingly using cryptocurrency mining as a source of income.
John Leyden, 13 Oct 2017
Grafeas diagram from Google

Google Grafeas can handle the truth: Web giant and pals emit tool to wrangle containers

Managing software applications in large organizations can be quite complicated, particularly for codebases with lots of dependencies.
Thomas Claburn, 13 Oct 2017
Swiss army knife in cloud

Cisco's ACI adds multi-site support, multi-cloud coming next year

Cisco's popped out version 3.0 of its software-defined networking Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) product, but there's a more significant update coming early next year.
Simon Sharwood, 13 Oct 2017
187
Upside down user

Software update turned my display and mouse upside-down, says user

On-CallWelcome again to On-Call, The Register's weekly wander through readers' recollections of tech support traumas.
Simon Sharwood, 13 Oct 2017
4
Resignation letter

Samsung Electronics CEO resigns over bribery scandal

Samsung Electronics vice-chairman and CEO Kwon Oh-hyun has announced his resignation, citing the “unprecedented crisis” of the bribery scandal that saw Samsung vice-chairman Lee Jae-yong jailed for bribery.
Simon Sharwood, 13 Oct 2017
30
The meat ingredients for our WHO neckfiller

Culture, schmulture. DevOps, agile need to be software-first again

"The talks get a little repetitive, don't they?" she said as we were walking out of the elevator and through the lobby, escaping the latest two-day DevOpsDays nerd fest. Unable to resist the urge to mansplain, I meekly volunteered that most of the attendees are first-timers, so, you know, maybe it's new to them.
Michael Cote, 13 Oct 2017
75
Big bill

Beware the GDPR 'no win, no fee ambulance chasers' – experts

The UK's incoming data protection laws could bring with them a wave of "no win, no fee"-style companies, experts have said.
Rebecca Hill, 13 Oct 2017
9
Robot reading photo via Shutterstock

Do you Word2Vec? Google's neural-network bookworm

Several years back, the Google "Brain Team" that was behind Tensorflow hatched another novel neural tool: Word2Vec.
Andrew Cobley, 13 Oct 2017
162
A beaver chewing down a tree

I love disruptive computer jargon. It's so very William Burroughs

Something for the Weekend, Sir?Would you mind leveraging a time unit while I ideate my ecosystem?
Alistair Dabbs, 13 Oct 2017

Toshiba: Dear Western Digital. Let's talk flash fab moolah

Toshiba says it is now talking to Western Digital about joint investment in a flash fab development.
Chris Mellor, 13 Oct 2017
42
No, just stop. Nope. photo by shutterstock

Scouse marketing scamps scalped £70k for 100,000+ nuisance calls

A firm promising to generate leads for businesses has been fined £70,000 for making more than 100,000 nuisance calls – although it has denied using automatic dialling.
Rebecca Hill, 13 Oct 2017
23

Co-op Bank's users moan over online wobbles

UpdatedThe Co-op Bank's online service appears to be experiencing wobbles as customers complain they can't get in.
Andrew Silver, 13 Oct 2017
63
Man gets tie stuck in paper shredder...

BOFH: Oh dear. Did someone get lost on the Audit Trail?

Episode 13So I'm walking down the corridor from Mission Control with about a ream of financial paperwork when I notice the Boss coming the other way with the IT Director in tow - never a good sign.
Simon Travaglia, 13 Oct 2017
20
Privacy

Dear America, you can't steal a personality: GDPR godfather talks privacy with El Reg

Interview"Now I've heard that one before. Let me think, where was it... Ah yes. It was Google!"
Andrew Orlowski, 13 Oct 2017
12

Uber begins appeals process to claw back taxi licence in London

Londoners can keep on using the Uber ride-hailing app. For now.
Andrew Silver, 13 Oct 2017
45

Beardy Branson chucks cash at His Muskiness' Hyperloop idea

Richard Branson, the billionaire behind the Virgin brand, has reportedly invested an undisclosed sum in Elon Musk’s barmy Hyperloop supersonic tube train project, seemingly competing with the billionaire ideas man's own firm.
Gareth Corfield, 13 Oct 2017
52
lock

Android ransomware DoubleLocker encrypts data and changes PINs

Crooks have come up with a strain of Android ransomware that both encrypts user data and locks victims out of compromised devices by changing PINs.
John Leyden, 13 Oct 2017
11
Boxer_blow

Bloodied and broken AFA pioneer Violin picks itself up and tries again

AnalysisViolin Systems, the renamed Violin Memory, is like a boxer who could have been a contender and is now chasing redemption, getting up off the floor after what should have been a knockout blow.
Chris Mellor, 13 Oct 2017
68
A Parrot Bebop 2 drone. File picture

Essex drone snapper dealt with by police for steamy train photos

A drone photographer who took pictures of the Tornado steam engine has been given a community punishment by Essex Police in the UK – after Network Rail complained his craft was being flown too close to a railway line.
Gareth Corfield, 13 Oct 2017
1
chess cheating

Quantum's rook-ey move, software pawns and is cheque in mail for tape?

Storage roundupAt the end of this week we can lift the lid just a little on Quantum's mystery Castle storage project, say that the latest 12TB LTO tape format is coming nearer and add a few tidbits about GPDR, NAS in the cloud and Tintri array automation.
Chris Mellor, 13 Oct 2017
24
IK Multimedia AmpliTube on GarageBand

GarageBanned: Apple's music app silenced in iOS 11 iCloud blunder

Apple is working on a fix for a bug in iOS 11 that prevents some peeps from running GarageBand.
Shaun Nichols, 13 Oct 2017
20

Pulitzer-winning website Politifact hacked to mine crypto-coins in browsers

UpdatedPolitifact, the Pulitzer Prize-winning website devoted to checking the factual accuracy of US politicians' words, appears to have been hacked so that it secretly mines cryptocurrency in visitors' browsers.
Iain Thomson, 13 Oct 2017
47

Facebook, Twitter slammed for deleting evidence of Russia's US election mischief

Facebook and Twitter have come under attack for deleting tens of thousands of posts that may provide vital clues to how and to what extent the Russian government was able to able to influence the US presidential elections.
Kieren McCarthy, 13 Oct 2017
60
PWX_image

IT at sea makes data too easy to see: Ships are basically big floating security nightmares

UpdatedIf there's anything worse than container security, it would appear to be container ship security.
Thomas Claburn, 13 Oct 2017
135

FCC Commissioner blasts new TV standard as a 'household tax'

Jessica Rosenworcel, a commissioner at America's broadcast watchdog the FCC, has criticized a proposed set of TV standards as a "household tax," due to its lack of backwards compatibility.
Kieren McCarthy, 13 Oct 2017
120
Cyber

US Congress mulls first 'hack back' revenge law. And yup, you can guess what it'll let people do

Two members of the US House of Representatives today introduced a law bill that would allow hacking victims to seek revenge and hack the hackers who hacked them.
Iain Thomson, 13 Oct 2017

Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2018