8th > December > 2017 Archive


Looking through walls, now easier than ever

Seeing through walls, a capability available to law enforcement and military authorities for several years, could become a bit more predictable in the future thanks to a technique developed by researchers at Duke University.
Thomas Claburn, 08 Dec 2017

Would-be startup crew charged with stealing employer's tech

Four former Applied Materials employees have been charged with stealing the company's chipmaking technology to use as the basis for their own startup.
Shaun Nichols, 08 Dec 2017
Michael Dell, photo: Dell

Dell makes a loss, but the trend lines look promising for profits

Dell's posted third quarter results that suggest it is on track to deliver its first profit since acquiring EMC.
Chris Mellor, 08 Dec 2017
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VMware and Carbon Black: you complete me, no you complete me

VMware and Carbon Black have joined forces to enhance each other's security wares.
Simon Sharwood, 08 Dec 2017

Cisco acquires Cmpute.io to find low-cost cloud deals

Stop us if you've heard this one before, but Cisco's just made an acquisition.
Simon Sharwood, 08 Dec 2017
Ashlee Vance, Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla is shaping our Future

Elon Musk finally admits Tesla is building its own custom AI chips

Elon Musk has revealed that Tesla, his electric automobile company, is developing its own custom chips for its driverless cars.
Katyanna Quach, 08 Dec 2017
Hard disk drive with hand grenade

Disk drive fired 'Frisbees of death' across data centre after storage admin crossed his wires

On-CallThe working week's winding down once again and that means it's time for another edition of On-Call, The Register's Friday tech support tale recounted by readers.
Simon Sharwood, 08 Dec 2017
Computer mouse as car

Do you suffer from the shame of 'Scroll Jank'? Help is at your fingertips

Microsoft says it will fix "scroll jank" because Edge needs it and Chrome sorted it ages ago.
Simon Sharwood, 08 Dec 2017
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UK border at risk of exposure post Brexit, warn MPs

The UK border could be left exposed after Brexit as departments have failed to plan for new IT systems, according to a damning report by MPs released today.
Kat Hall, 08 Dec 2017
A tree with the roots exposed appears as if it's walking.

Walk with me... through a billion files. Slow down – admire the subset

AnalysisIf you ask your notebook's filesystem how many MP3 files it is storing that haven’t been opened in 30 days, you can find the answer reasonably quickly. But ask an enterprise’s file system when it holds a million files and you have a big problem.
Chris Mellor, 08 Dec 2017

Sloppy coding + huge PSD2 changes = Lots of late nights for banking devs next year

Poorly written code is leaving banks at greater risk of attack and poorly prepared for big changes in the financial sector due to come into effect early next year.
John Leyden, 08 Dec 2017

Shingled out: 14TB helium-filled Toshiba drive floats to market

Toshiba has joined the ranks of helium-filled disk drive makers with a 14TB drive that is not shingled.
Chris Mellor, 08 Dec 2017
Don't be an idiot

YouTuber cements head inside microwave oven

A YouTube stunt imbecile was rescued by firefighters yesterday after cementing his head inside a microwave.
Richard Priday, 08 Dec 2017

Rogue PIs found guilty of illegally snagging personal financial info

Staff at a firm of loss adjusters and two rogue private investigators the biz hired have been found guilty of data protection offences.
Rebecca Hill, 08 Dec 2017

Someone tell Thorpe Lane in Suffolk their internet sucks – they're still loading the page

A street in Suffolk has been revealed as the slowest area in Blighty for broadband, where residents have to wait a painful eight hours to download just 45 minutes of telly.
Kat Hall, 08 Dec 2017

It's a decade since DevOps became a 'thing' – and people still don't know what it means

To everyone with DevOps in their job title (and a quick LinkedIn search turned up 45,597 of you just in my network): folks, you're doing it wrong.
Matt Asay, 08 Dec 2017
Annoyed-looking woman squints at mobile phone screen while in swimming pool.

Next-gen telco protocol Diameter has last-gen security – researchers

Some of the well-known weaknesses of SS7 Roaming Networks have been replicated in the next-gen telco protocol, Diameter.
John Leyden, 08 Dec 2017
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Cost-hurling IBM seeks more volunteers for employment bonfire

It wasn't only staff in IBM's Technical Services Support (TSS) unit that this week received the memo urging volunteers to come forward to toss themselves on the redundancy heap, folk in IS Delivery (ISD) got it too.
Paul Kunert, 08 Dec 2017
Newly passed out 2Lts from 6 RIFLES on Salisbury Plain Training Area. Crown copyright, 2013

New Capita system has left British Army recruits unable to register online

UpdatedCapita's infamous Recruitment Partnership Project (RPP) for the Ministry of Defence has finally gone live, five years after the first deal was signed – and, surprise, surprise, it is riddled with bugs and missing critical functionality.
Gareth Corfield, 08 Dec 2017

UK.gov law resources now untrustworthy, according to browsers

The SSL certificate on the criminal justice and court listing site justice.gov.uk expired yesterday, causing browsers to now warn users that their information is at risk.
Richard Priday, 08 Dec 2017
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AI researcher pulls best Blue Steel in Yves Saint Laurent fragrance ad

An AI researcher has taken time out of his busy schedule to appear in an ad for Yves Saint Laurent's scent for men called Y.
Kat Hall, 08 Dec 2017

EU toys with Pandora's Box if it reopens e-commerce directive

ExclusiveEuropean policy makers are considering the unthinkable and reopening the EU's e-commerce directive, according to multiple sources. UK industries have been invited to contribute their thoughts, on the basis that the directive will be amended in the lifetime of this Parliament.
Andrew Orlowski, 08 Dec 2017
woman yawns

If you're bored of the WDC-Toshiba flash fab saga, reports suggest it may be over soon

+CommentSuppressed hints and whispers suggest that Toshiba and WDC are finally about to agree a deal ending their dispute over Toshiba's right to sell its flash fab joint-venture stake and the way it's being done.
Chris Mellor, 08 Dec 2017
People looking sceptical

UK.gov's plans for data processing framework create new risks, says watchdog

A set of clauses the government slipped into the Data Protection Bill "go beyond" their stated ambition and "create different risks", the information commissioner has said.
Rebecca Hill, 08 Dec 2017
Safra Catz, Oracle

Oracle's Safra Catz joins Mickey Mouse board

Animation goliath Disney has added Oracle's co-CEO Safra Catz to its growing list of senior tech exec board members.
Rebecca Hill, 08 Dec 2017

Hitchcock cameo steals opening of Oracle v Google Java spat

Oracle's long-running legal battle to get what it believes is it's fair share from Google's Android reopened this week – the second time an Appeals Court on Federal Circuit has examined the issue. The first hour overran with a bumpy ride for Google.
Andrew Orlowski, 08 Dec 2017

US Section 702 spying rules get deadline extension until April

Proving that nothing is what it seems when it comes to mass surveillance, the hard deadline of December 31 for the controversial section 702 spying program has been moved overnight to April 26.
Kieren McCarthy, 08 Dec 2017
Mats Jarlstrom

Oregon will let engineer refer to himself as an 'engineer'

Mats Järlström, a Swedish electronics engineer living in Oregon, who was fined last year for referring to himself as an engineer and doing math without a license has tentatively won the right to use the term in communications with the state.
Thomas Claburn, 08 Dec 2017

Android flaw lets attack code slip into signed apps

Researchers say a recently patched vulnerability in Android could leave users vulnerable to attack from signed apps.
Shaun Nichols, 08 Dec 2017

Japanese quadcopter makes overworked employees clock out

A Japanese company is using a quadcopter drone to help its employees know when to pack it in for the day.
Shaun Nichols, 08 Dec 2017

SpaceX to try reusing both rocket and spacecraft for historic ISS mission

In a first for the company, SpaceX is planning to launch a supply mission to the International Space Station using both a pre-flown first stage rocket and a Dragon capsule that has already been in orbit.
Iain Thomson, 08 Dec 2017

FCC backtracks on helping with neutrality fraud investigation

After supposedly reversing course to assist New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's investigation into fake comments submitted during the net neutrality comment process, the Federal Communications Commission has doubled back on itself.
Thomas Claburn, 08 Dec 2017

Tired of despairing of Trump and Brexit? Why not despair about YouTube stars instead?

It's a reality of life that some people have a lot of money and some very little.
Kieren McCarthy, 08 Dec 2017

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