7th > December > 2017 Archive
OVH goes TITSUP again while trying to fix its last TITSUP
European web hosting outfit OVH has reported its second major outage and Total Inability To Support Usual Performance* in a month and admitted the new outage was caused by its attempts to fix the cause of the last one.
Software vendors line up Kubernetes tasting menu for devops
With the advent of KubCon and CloudNativeCon in Austin, Texas, on Wednesday, assorted enterprise vendors have chosen this week to flog their latest devops-oriented wares, before the impending holiday torpor leaves IT folks too distracted, weary or inebriated to care.
Inside Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 for PCs, mobes: Cortex-A75s, fat caches, vector math, security stuff, and more
Qualcomm's flagship Snapdragon 845 system-on-chip will include an isolated security core for handling sensitive personal information, among other new features.
The search for the 'next billion' users also targets the first billion
Google's efforts to find its “next billion” users has been revealed to also be an effort to build services for the first billion.
VW's US environment boss gets seven years for Dieselgate scam
Former Volkswagen executive Oliver Schmidt has been sentenced to 84 months in a United States federal prison for his role in the “dieselgate” software scandal that saw vehicles deliver test results that indicated their emissions met US standards when in fact they were smoke-belching jalopies.
VMware adds management to its Cloud Foundation
VMware's added management wares to its hybrid cloud bundle, Cloud Foundation.
Games-mart Steam halts Bitcoin payments
Online games-mart Steam has stopped accepting Bitcoin payments.
'Drunk' developers delay software vendor's release
Russian software vendor Arusoft claims it delayed a product release because its developers were drunk.
Opportunity rover survives Martian winter for eighth time
It has been the week of long-lived space hardware: first came the news of Voyager 1's thrusters working after 37 years without use and now NASA's cautiously suggested that the Opportunity rover on Mars will be fit to roll into its 14th year of red planet operations.
Muzzle our public watchdog much? UK.gov Data Protection Bill adds affect the ICO
The UK’s data protection watchdog has raised concerns with the government over new clauses slipped into the Data Protection Bill at the last minute, which critics say could undermine the law.
DXC Technologies UK boss quits
Just months after Nick Wilson landed in the UK hot seat at Frankenfirm DXC Technologies - the merger between CSC and HPE’s outsourcing division - he has quit, multiple sources have told The Reg.
Yes sir, no sir, 3 bags NoSQL sir: It's a whizz-bang benchmark ... but WTF does it signify?
Sometimes fast just isn’t fast enough and in the fast moving world of NoSQL databases, what was considered blindingly fast yesterday can be seen as slow today. For instance, Cassandra has always been thought of as a fast solution for ingesting data into a database cluster, but today upcoming systems such as Aerospike and Scylla are wiping the floor with Cassandra in benchmarks.
Public cloud backup kid throws a Spanning out of the Dell EMC works
AnalysisPublic cloud backupper Spanning says it has a new release of innovation energy now that Dell has shopped it to private equity.
Behold, ye unworthy, the brave new NB-IoT logo
LogowatchProgress on deploying the NB-IoT connectivity tech may have stalled but the GSM Association doesn’t want you worrying your little head about that. Instead, take a look at the shiny new logo they’ve come up with for NB-IoT!
IBM opens emergency escape hatch to TSS volunteers
IBM is seeking volunteers in Technology Support Services (TSS) to throw themselves down the redundancy chute by the end of the year.
Toucan play that game: Talking toy bird hacked
The same researchers whose hack on the My Friend Cayla doll prompted regulatory action have followed up with a hack on a talking toy robot bird.
Hortonworks takes ex-sales manager to court over non-compete allegations
Hadoop-slinger Hortonworks has sought a court order against former enterprise sales manager Ben Rudall that would permit it take forensic images of his personal phone and his cloud storage account.
OK Google: A stranger with stash of pirated films is spamming my Google Team Drive
Google seems powerless to stop its Google Drive file sharing service being exploited by a spammer who has linked other users to their stash of pirated movies, among other dubious files, users have complained.
Yes, Britain has an urban-rural 4G schism. This is what it looks like
Real world performance gleaned from thousands of British mobiles sheds light on how LTE in the boondocks performs outside major urban areas. And it may not be as bad as you think.
Europe Commission thunders: Tech firms must do more to remove extremist content
The European Commission has urged the likes of Google, Facebook and Twitter to do more to remove extremist content - or face further regulation.
Sky regulators brace for millions of Xmas toy drone sales
The Civil Aviation Authority reckons a million and a half consumer drones will be sold over Christmas – and the aviation regulator hopes new dronies will read and obey the law of the skies.
Cloudian pops NAS joystick on HyperStore object boxes
Cloudian says you can store unstructured data files on its HyperStore object storage, through a HyperFile NAS Controller, and not burden primary data filers with the stuff, saving lots of lovely money and getting loads of scalability.
Meet the woman with a supernatural affinity for stiff lovers
It takes all sorts to make a world and some on the fringes of life often turn up on daytime TV. And so El Reg was fascinated by the story of Amethyst Realm, who dumped a human in the, er, physical realm to become a ghostbuster banger.
HMS Queen Lizzie formally joins the Royal Navy
Britain’s biggest ever aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, has been formally commissioned into the Royal Navy, with Her Majesty attending the ceremony in person.
IT buyer? Had enough of pesky resellers cold calling? You aren't alone
IT buyers are pestered by between nine and 40 unsolicited sales calls from resellers each and every day, collectively wasting hours of their life that they’ll never get back.
AI smarts: IBM pushes out 'faster than X86' POWER9 servers
IBM has launched its first POWER9 server, the dual-socket AC922, saying it is designed for compute-intensive AI work, speeding frameworks like Chainer, TensorFlow and Caffe.
Florida Man… pockets Uber cash to keep quiet about data breach
A 20-year-old Florida man who lives with his mom was the "security researcher" that Uber paid off last year not to reveal a massive hack of its systems.
Bitcoin price soars amid technical troubles for exchanges
The price of Bitcoin (BTC) continued to soar on Thursday, creating chaos among those trying to buy and sell the cryptocurrency currency due to service trouble at several exchanges.
Don't rely on us to protect the open internet, warns FTC Commissioner
One of the US government's top regulators has warned that her department is in no position to take on the mantle of protecting the open internet if its sister organization, the FCC, votes on repealing net neutrality regulations later this month.
Apple gets around to patching all the other High Sierra security holes
Apple has released a security update to address nearly two dozen vulnerabilities in macOS High Sierra.
Los Angeles police tell drivers not to trust navigation apps as wildfires engulf area
As wildfires continue to rage around Los Angeles, the local police have asked drivers to be somewhat skeptical about navigation apps.
Microsoft emergency update: Malware Engine needs, erm, malware protection
Microsoft has posted an out-of-band security update to address a remote code execution flaw in its Malware Protection Engine.
Euro Patent Office ignores ruling and refuses entry to vindicated judge
Despite having conclusively won two tribunals and been publicly supported by the International Labour Organization (ILO) demanding his immediate reinstatement, on Thursday patent judge Patrick Corcoran was refused entry to the European Patent Office's (EPO) headquarters.
Security industry needs to be less trusting to get more secure
Delegates to Black Hat Europe have been encouraged to turn conventional security thinking on its head by practicing security through distrust.