30th > November > 2017 Archive

Coal miners

Hey girl, what's that behind your Windows task bar? Looks like a hidden crypto-miner...

Miscreants have found a way to continue running cryptocurrency-crafting JavaScript on Windows PCs even after netizens browse away from the webpage hosting the code.
Shaun Nichols, 30 Nov 2017

Nokia 'not currently' talking about nor arranging Juniper buy

Nokia Networks has denied a rumour that it's planning to make an offer for Juniper Networks.
Richard Chirgwin, 30 Nov 2017
A view of Microsoft's rebuilt Redmond Campus

Microsoft to rebuild Redmond campus, including cricket pitch

PollApple built a spaceship, Amazon's tendered for a town and now Microsoft's announced a “multi-year campus refresh project” that will see it splash US$150m to renovate 6.7 million square feet of its offices, add eight new buildings and lay a cricket pitch.
Simon Sharwood, 30 Nov 2017
His master's voice

Mozilla releases voice dataset and transcription engine

Mozilla has revealed an open speech dataset and a TensorFlow-based transcription engine.
Richard Chirgwin, 30 Nov 2017

Today in non-depressing news: Boffins build biggest quantum sims

Two teams of researchers have created the world's largest publicly known quantum simulators – a type of quantum computer – each containing more than 50 qubits to model complex interactions between matter that cannot be performed with a conventional supercomputer.
Katyanna Quach, 30 Nov 2017

Dawn of The Planet of the Phablets in 2019 will see off smartphones

Analyst outfit IDC has predicted the smartphone era will soon end, with 2019 to see the dawn of the phablet age.
Simon Sharwood, 30 Nov 2017
Satan in Hell from South Park

What do Tensor Flow, Caffe and Torch have in common? Open CVEs

Dabblers with prominent artificial intelligence tools have been warned and/or reminded to check their dependencies because some have open vulnerabilities.
Richard Chirgwin, 30 Nov 2017

From DevOps to No-Ops: El Reg chats serverless computing with NYT's CTO

DevOps, a combination of development and operations, may have to be rethought because ops is on the outs.
Thomas Claburn, 30 Nov 2017

Want a new HDMI cable? No? Bad luck. You'll need one for HDMI 2.1

The HDMI forum has released the HDMI 2.1 spec, and promised it can deliver 48Gbps if you buy new cables that support the jump from HDMI 2.0s 18Gbps.
Richard Chirgwin, 30 Nov 2017
Apple ARKit demo scene

Win 10 creators update offers new reality opportunity

Microsoft’s recent release of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, with virtual and augmented reality built in, is a big moment. Microsoft was one-half of the duo with Intel – nicknamed Wintel - that during the 1990s made business computing a mass movement. Windows headsets paired with x86 PCs also promises this mass-market for augmented reality. Only this time, the field is substantially different.
Tim Anderson, 30 Nov 2017

The plucky local Mom 'n’ Pop phone maker faces death

People are spending a little more on their phones, squeezing local and niche phone manufacturers.
Andrew Orlowski, 30 Nov 2017

Ad-filtering fiend Eyeo: Morning has broken, like the first morning

InterviewWhen I last interviewed Eyeo comms chief Ben Williams a year ago, the smell of gun smoke and scorched flesh hung in the air. Our piece was headlined: Adblock overlord to Zuckerberg: Lay down your weapons and surrender.
Andrew Orlowski, 30 Nov 2017
Auctioneer with hammer

Today is your last chance to pick up a piece of channel history

The old saying "a fool and his money are soon parted" clearly doesn't spring to mind as bidding starts to simmer on the Misco car registration plate that went under the hammer last week.
Paul Kunert, 30 Nov 2017

Used iPhone Safari in 2011-12? You might qualify for Google bucks

Consumer rights advocates have launched a class action lawsuit against Google, claiming the biz took millions of iPhone users' personal information illegally.
Rebecca Hill, 30 Nov 2017

A day will come when Azure Active Directory 'classic' portal is killed. But it is not this day

UpdatedFor reasons unknown, Microsoft has decided at the last minute not to pull the plug on the old Azure Active Directory portal just yet.
Andrew Silver, 30 Nov 2017
Pointing finger, photo via Shutterstock

Uber hack: EU data protection bods launch taskforce

The European Union’s group of data protection watchdogs has launched a taskforce into the Uber data breach that affected 57 million users worldwide.
Rebecca Hill, 30 Nov 2017

Crown Prosecution Service is coming for crooks' cryptocurrency

"If criminals believe they can hide their ill-gotten assets online they are very much mistaken."
Andrew Silver, 30 Nov 2017

Core blimey: Dell dunks hyperconverged server lines in Skylake

AnalysisDell is increasing the performance of its hyperconverged product lines by adding 14G PowerEdge servers amid triple-digit VxRail revenue growth. Is this just a short-term spurt or something deeper?
Chris Mellor, 30 Nov 2017
Man types something into Mac while sipping a glass of lemon water. Not a brilliant idea. Photo by SHutterstock

Oops: LinkedIn country subdomains SSL cert just expired

UpdatedLinkedIn's country subdomain SSL certificate has expired – apparently as of about noon GMT today.
Andrew Silver, 30 Nov 2017
Lauri Love and girlfriend Sylvia Mann outside the Royal Courts of Justice. Pic: Richard Priday

Lauri Love's US extradition appeal judges reserve decision

London's High Court has reserved judgment on the extradition of accused hacker Lauri Love after hearing this morning that his appeal should be granted because conditions in the US prisons he may be sent to are "unconscionable".
Gareth Corfield, 30 Nov 2017
web snoop

UK.gov admits Investigatory Powers Act illegal under EU law

Police forces will no longer be able to grant themselves access to surveillance data if new government proposals to the Snooper's Charter are accepted.
Rebecca Hill, 30 Nov 2017

That 70s Show: Windows sprouts Sets and Timeline features

Microsoft isn't short of good ideas – but getting good ideas into Microsoft products, which then stay alive for a long time, is another thing.
Andrew Orlowski, 30 Nov 2017

Crypto-cash souk Coinbase forced to rat out its high rollers to probing US taxmen

Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase will be turning over information on 14,000 of its users to the IRS – Uncle Sam's tax collectors – thanks to an order from a US court.
Shaun Nichols, 30 Nov 2017
No, just stop. Nope. photo by shutterstock

Google Chrome vows to carpet bomb meddling Windows antivirus tools

By mid-2018 Google Chrome will no longer allow outside applications – cough, cough, antivirus packages – to run code within the browser on Windows.
Shaun Nichols, 30 Nov 2017

Protecting your data from ransomware

SupportedWell, there’s a surprise. The National Audit Office’s report into the WannaCry ransomware and its effect on the NHS came out in late October. It points the blame at – wait for it – the NHS. Despite warnings, trusts had not prepared themselves with the basic patches necessary to avoid what ended up being an unsophisticated attack.
Robin Birtstone, 30 Nov 2017

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