17th > November > 2017 Archive
Hey, cop! You need a warrant to stalk a phone with a Stingray – judge
AnalysisA New York judge has this month told cops that they need to get a warrant before they can use a controversial Stingray phone-tracking gadget to hunt down suspects.
Robocall crackdown, choked Lifelines, and pole-climbing: Your new FCC rules roundup
US broadband watchdog the FCC signed off on a pile of new rules Thursday – including laws that will dictate how telcos handle robocalls, cut access for poor Americans to subsidized phone service, add controversial changes to TV station ownership rules, and regulations for fiber cable installation.
Hitachi Vantara plans refresh of mid-range and top-end storage in 2018
Hitachi Vantara, the mash-up of Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), Pentaho and the Lumada IoT assets from the Hitachi Insight Group, is working on new scale-out storage products to support its ambition to become a system integrator for analytical workloads and the myriad data sources that feed them.
WordPress 4.9: This one's for you, developers!
WordPress 4.9 has debuted, and this time the world's most popular content management system has given developers plenty to like.
Azure turns on reserved cloudy VMs, without Hotel California clause
Microsoft's added reserved instances to Azure, with an out-clause for cloudy quitters.
Microsoft can't give away beta cert exams, so starts charging
Microsoft can't give away enough of its beta exams, so it will start charging for them.
All Flash Arrays and latency
SponsoredThere is no doubt it can be difficult to navigate the various claims made by storage vendors when it comes to performance of their products.
Tesla launches electric truck it guarantees won't break for a million miles
Elon Musk has launched the “Tesla Semi”, complete with a guarantee that it will not break down for one million miles of driving.
Windows Update borks elderly printers in typical Patch Tuesday style
UpdatedMicrosoft's latest batch of software updates for Windows has been blamed for a mysterious ailment befalling some poor old Epson dot-matrix printers.
Help desk declared code PEBCAK and therefore refused to help!
On-CallWhy hello there Friday and hello there, also, this week's instalment of On-Call, The Register's weekly column that recounts readers' tales of tech support terror.
Apple whispers how its face-fingering AI works
Apple has let us all in on a little secret: how its deep-learning-based face detection software works in iOS 10 and later.
Fake news ‘as a service’ booming among cybercrooks
Criminals are exploiting “fake news” for commercial gain, according to new research.
Anonymized location-tracking data proves anything but: Apps squeal on you like crazy
Anonymized location data won't necessarily preserve your anonymity.
'Do the DevOps?' No thanks! Not until a 'blameless post-mortem' really is one
What drives organisations to change their ways? What's the match that lights the powder keg of actually doing something new and different in IT? That's the question I usually get from organisations that want their approach to software to be more "agile", who want to go through "digital transformation", and, yes, "do DevOps".
American Express inks blockchain deal: Will use tech to pay UK folk who bank with Santander
Blockchain tech found another friend in American Express and UK customers of Santander. Well, sort of.
NetApp's back, baby, flaunting new tech and Azure cloud swagger
AnalysisThere's a new energy at NetApp. The Microsoft Azure NFS deal was a great confidence booster, and the two recent acquisitions of Greenqloud and Plexistor provide stepping stones to a high-performance, on-premises storage future and a stronger hybrid cloud play.
It's artificial! It's intelligent! It's in my home! And it's gone bonkers!
Something for the Weekend, Sir?I have awoken to the sounds of electronic growling. Making my way downstairs, I discover teethmarks in the bannister, a pool of oil by the back door and the remains of a torn-open jumbo box of AA longlifes in the kitchen.
UK private sector joins public in... Escape from DXC Max
UpdatedInsurer Aviva and energy supplier Centrica are the latest big customers to indicate plans to ditch outsourcing giant DXC Technologies, The Register can reveal.
A challenger appears: Specs for Samsung's potential Optane killer
AnalysisHow does Korean flash and DRAM chipper Samsung's Z-NAND compare to Intel and Micron's 3D XPoint?
So what does EE's 5G test really signal?
Brit mobile operator EE has proudly announced the success of a "breakthrough test" for 5G, but what do these tests signal for future 5G usage?
The Reg parts ways with imagineer and thought pathfinder Steve Bong
The Register has severed ties with columnist and Shoreditch entrepreneur Mr Steve Bong MBE after Mr Bong admitted to having a close working relationship with the Kremlin this week, in a piece titled Yes, I took Putin's roubles to undermine Western democracy. This is my story
OnePlus 5 x T + five short months = Some p*ssed off fanboys
BBK Electronics' OnePlus venture rolled out its second flagship of 2017 yesterday, the OnePlus 5T going on sale just five months after its predecessor, the OnePlus 5 in June.
Car tax evasion has soared since paper discs scrapped
The abolition of the paper tax disc is costing the UK government £107m due to an increase in car tax evasion.
True Telecom busted by Ofcom for 'slamming', misselling and more
Ofcom handed down a £300,000 fine to business phone and broadband company True Telecom after concluding a year-long investigation yesterday.
Connected and self-driving cars are being sent to Coventry
The UK Autodrive connected car consortium will start practical trials of its connected and autonomous cars on the streets of Coventry, it has declared.
Why Boston Dynamics' backflipping borg shouldn't scare you
It's alive, it's terrifying, and it does perfect backflips! Boston Dynamics' gymnastic research robot Atlas has caused a minor panic on social media. With skills like this, surely humans are doomed?
Lloyds' Avios Reward credit cardholders report fraudulent activity
Thousands of Lloyds Avios Rewards American Express credit card customers have been targeted by fraudsters, the bank has admitted.
Crewless dinghy signs to UK Ship Register for Middle East mission
The UK Ship Register signed up its first unmanned vessel on earlier this week.
For goodness sake, stop the plod using facial recog, London mayor told
London's Metropolitan Police force's use of "intrusive" technologies "without proper regulation" could put a fundamental principle of policing at risk, the London mayor has been told.
New UK aircraft carrier to be commissioned on Pearl Harbor anniversary
Her Majesty the Queen will commission the new British aircraft carrier named after her into Royal Navy service in three weeks – on the anniversary of an infamous naval battle where numerous warships were sunk.
Speedy roadster for filers hits the road. Don't worry Elon, it's a storage vehicle
Infinite IO has enabled clustering of its metadata accelerators to scale performance.
Shamed TLS/SSL cert authority StartCom to shut up shop
Controversial certificate authority StartCom is going out of business.
Dick move: Navy flyboy flings firmament phallus for flabbergasted folk
A US navy pilot in an EA-18G GROWLER is facing stiff action – after crafting a novel flight pattern that left much of central Washington state staring up at an anatomy lesson.
Massive US military social media spying archive left wide open in AWS S3 buckets
Three misconfigured AWS S3 buckets have been discovered wide open on the public internet containing "dozens of terabytes" of social media posts and similar pages – all scraped from around the world by the US military to identify and profile persons of interest.
Big Cable's pillow talk with FCC to forbid US states from writing own net neutrality rules
The stomach-churning love-fest between the American cable industry and FCC Ajit Pai continues apace with Big Cable now pillow talking the federal regulator into how to prevent individual US states forming their own net neutrality protections.