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Meltdown, Spectre bug patch slowdown gets real – and what you can do about it

AnalysisHaving shot itself in the foot by prioritizing processor speed over security, the chip industry's fix involves doing the same to customers.
Thomas Claburn, 09 Jan 2018
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Memo man Damore is back – with lawyers: Now Google sued for 'punishing' white men

James Damore, the software engineer fired from Google after ironically firing off a neurotic memo about "neurotic" women, has launched a class-action lawsuit in the US against his former employer.
Iain Thomson, 09 Jan 2018

RIP John Young: NASA's longest-serving 'naut explores final frontier

ObitJohn Young, the first pilot of a space shuttle, and longest serving astronaut in NASA's history, has died at the age of 87 due to complications caused by pneumonia.
Richard Priday, 09 Jan 2018
Inkjet-printed nanothermite

Boffins use inkjets to print explosives

As anybody who's emerged from a car crash in good shape can tell you, it's good to have some explosives around - they pop modern vehicles' air bags. Of course explosives are also hard to manufacture and handle, which is why researchers at Purdue University in the US tried to print them.
Richard Chirgwin, 09 Jan 2018

Mystery surrounds fate of secret satellite slung by SpaceX

SpaceX and Northrop Grumman have refused to address rumors that all may not be well with the classified "Zuma" satellite launched on Monday.
Richard Chirgwin, 09 Jan 2018

India denies breach of its billion-strong 'Aadhaar' ID system

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has refuted claims the country's Aadhaar identification system was hacked as “clearly a case of misreporting being incorrect and misleading”, but has also filed a police complaint against the journalist who reported a breach.
Richard Chirgwin, 09 Jan 2018
Migrating birds in the cloud

Seriously, Reg, you care about a software licensing standard?

Yeah, we know: even the headline probably started you yawning, and the European Telecommunications Standards Institute's (ETSI's) quiet December announcement of a Network Function Virtualisation (NFV) Licensing Management effort doesn't seem that arresting.
Richard Chirgwin, 09 Jan 2018

Facebook gives its 007s license to kill M, its not particularly intelligent AI

Facebook is axing M, the wobbly digital personal assistant tacked onto its Messenger chat app.
Katyanna Quach, 09 Jan 2018
Oracle OpenWorld/JavaOne

Solaris 11.next becomes Solaris 11.4, but new features aren’t set

Much of the world tunes out between Christmas and New Year, and The Register shuts down. But Oracle decided that was the perfect time to reveal a little more about the future of its Solaris operating system.
Simon Sharwood, 09 Jan 2018
Oracle logo on building in Amsterdam

US appeals court trims $50m off Oracle's take in Rimini Street law battle

A US appeals court has knocked $50m off Oracle's $124m winnings in its 2016 copyright case against Rimini Street.
Shaun Nichols, 09 Jan 2018

IBM melts down fixing Meltdown as processes and patches stutter

IBM has scrambled to fix the Meltdown and Spectre bugs, but has struggled to develop processes, reporting tools or reliable patches to get the job done for itself or its clients.
Simon Sharwood, 09 Jan 2018
Wi-fi symbol made out of clouds. Photo by Shutterstock

With WPA3, Wi-Fi will be secure this time, really, wireless bods promise

Wi-Fi security should become a bit less laughable with the pending introduction of the WPA3 protocol this year.
Thomas Claburn, 09 Jan 2018
Fast Cloud

Google kicks itself out of its own cache when serving AMP pages

Google’s come up with a way to kick itself out of URLs served to mobile devices from its cache, an effort that will mean pages from around the web no longer score an unwanted google.com address.
Simon Sharwood, 09 Jan 2018

In 2018, how are the big storage 8 handling the industry's challenges?

AnalysisAll the main storage system players face three large challenges in 2018 – new technologies providing faster data access, data management suppliers aiming to wrap a commoditising abstraction layer around them, and public cloud and public cloud-like vertical stack suppliers aiming to make them irrelevant.
Chris Mellor, 09 Jan 2018
The Windows 10 timeline, coming in Spring 2018

Hold on to your aaSes: Yup, Windows 10 'as a service' is incoming

Another year, another round of Windows 10 updates – most likely 1803 in March, and 1809 in September or thereabouts.
Tim Anderson, 09 Jan 2018
still from trailer for stephen king lawnmower man

1980s sci-fi movies: The thrill of being not quite terrified on mum's floral sofa

2017 saw two major cinematic milestones of different extremes. One was the mega release of Blade Runner 2049, the originally unplanned sequel to, yes, Blade Runner. The other was the more overlooked anniversary of the vastly smaller Tron.
Michael Moran, 09 Jan 2018
man peers at mobile/cell with bewildered expression

Sky customer dinged for livestreaming pay-per-view boxing to Facebook

A Sky subscriber who illegally streamed a pay-per-view boxing match to Facebook has copped a plea with the broadcaster.
Andrew Orlowski, 09 Jan 2018
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Japanese giant NEC gobbles Brit IT firm Northgate for £475m

Japanese multinational NEC has splashed £475m on UK-based IT provider Northgate Public Services.
Kat Hall, 09 Jan 2018

Seagate's CES splash, ClusterStor-like dash and Ripple crypto-cash

The number-two disk drive supplier is starting 2018 at a gallop with a dense, ClusterStor-like array, a raft of consumer drives at CES and upgraded estimates for its first-quarter results.
Chris Mellor, 09 Jan 2018

Devs see red after not seeing Big Red on Stack Overflow database poll

UpdatedThe latest Stack Overflow developer survey has invoked ire from Oracle fans after failing to include Big Red in its list of database technologies.
Rebecca Hill, 09 Jan 2018

How are the shares, Bry? Intel chief cops to CPU fix slowdowns

Intel's boss has finally admitted software fixes to address the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities in most modern CPUs will incur a performance hit.
John Leyden, 09 Jan 2018

BlackBerry and Baidu buddy up on autonomous autos

Chinese web search emperor Baidu is to join forces with deposed king of phones BlackBerry, adding its embedded QNX operating system to the Chinese firm's open-source self-driving platform.
Richard Priday, 09 Jan 2018
women laughing

MPs sceptical of plan for IT to save the day after UK quits customs union

MPs have slammed government's approach of touting tech "as its magic solution to customs post Brexit" in a Parliamentary debate.
Kat Hall, 09 Jan 2018
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Veritas veteran becomes new big cheese at Symantec spin-off

Greg Hughes has been hired as head honcho at the private equity-owned storage spin-off from Symantec, Veritas.
Chris Mellor, 09 Jan 2018

SAP customers won't touch the fluffy stuff... so here's another on-prem HR data tool

SAP has revealed it is working on a new on-premises human capital management system, admitting that many of its customers are still not ready for the cloud.
Rebecca Hill, 09 Jan 2018

Barracuda snags email security biz ahead of private equity plunge

Backup and security biz Barracuda made the largest profit it has seen in more than three and a half years in its third fiscal 2018 quarter, its last as a public company.
Chris Mellor, 09 Jan 2018

US Congress seizes net neutrality, stuffs it into a bipartisan black hole

The number of US senators supporting an effort to overturn the repeal of America net neutrality rules has jumped to 40, setting up a Congressional vote on the issue in early spring.
Kieren McCarthy, 09 Jan 2018

FBI says it can't unlock 8,000 encrypted devices, demands backdoors for America's 'public safety'

FBI Director Christopher Wray has picked up where he left off last year with a new call for backdoors in encryption exclusively for law enforcement.
Iain Thomson, 09 Jan 2018

Oracle WebLogic hole primed to pump Monero

An Oracle WebLogic vulnerability fixed in October last year is being exploited on unpatched machines to mine Monero, a cryptocurrency, and other lesser-known imaginary coins.
Thomas Claburn, 09 Jan 2018
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Teach citizens IoT dangers, engineering students cybersecurity, Uncle Sam suggests

The US Department of Commerce (DoC) and Department of Homeland Security have put out a draft cybersecurity report that recommends, among other things, that the American government fund a public awareness campaign on IoT security, and make cybersecurity a compulsory part of future engineering degrees.
Kieren McCarthy, 09 Jan 2018
A car passenger not enjoying the drive

Don't just grab your CPU bug updates – there's a nasty hole in Office, too

Patch TuesdayIn case you've been hiding under a rock for the entirety of this new year (and we don't blame you if you have) there are a handful of major security flaws that have been dominating the news, and feature prominently in this month's Patch Tuesday update load.
Shaun Nichols, 09 Jan 2018
Dodgeball's 'Bold Strategy' scene

Good lord, Kodak's stock is up 120 per cent. How? New film? Oh. It launched a crypto-coin

Camera film relic Kodak is trying to reinvent itself in the most 2018 way possible: by launching its own cryptocurrency.
Shaun Nichols, 09 Jan 2018

CPU bug patch saga: Antivirus tools caught with their hands in the Windows cookie jar

Microsoft's workaround to protect Windows computers from the Intel processor security flaw dubbed Meltdown has revealed the rootkit-like nature of modern security tools.
John Leyden, 09 Jan 2018

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