19th > January > 2018 Archive


Goodbye Netscaler, Xen. Hello Citrix SD-WAN, Citrix Desktop, Citrix...

ExclusiveCitrix will try to reinvent itself with integrated cloudy products – and ditch some of its long-standing brands in favor of a naming scheme without the Xen badge it has nurtured for years.
Simon Sharwood, 19 Jan 2018

IBM lifts its 22-quarter shrinking sales curse: Finally, a whole 1% uptick

For 22 quarters in a row, IBM's sales have been shrinking. But not any more. In the final three months of 2017, Big Blue's revenues grew 3.5 per cent compared to year-ago quarter, the first such rise in about six years.
Shaun Nichols, 19 Jan 2018

Linux's Grsecurity dev team takes blog 'libel' fight to higher court

Open Source Security, Inc., the maker of the Grsecurity Linux kernel patches, suffered a setback last month when San Francisco magistrate judge Laurel Beeler granted a motion by defendant Bruce Perens to dismiss the company's defamation claim, with the proviso that the tossed legal challenge could be amended.
Thomas Claburn, 19 Jan 2018
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Nervy nuke-armed nation fires missile with 5,000km range

India has successfully tested a surface-to-surface ballistic missile.
Simon Sharwood, 19 Jan 2018
Emirates A380s at Dubai airport

A380 saved as Emirates orders another 20 planes, plus 16 options

Three days after warning the A380 might not have a future, Airbus says it will likely keep making the plane into the 2030s.
Simon Sharwood, 19 Jan 2018

Two things will survive a nuclear holocaust: Cockroaches and crafty URLs like ғасеьоок.com

It's been known for a long while that people can use similar-looking non-Roman characters to create internet addresses that look similar to real ones.
Kieren McCarthy, 19 Jan 2018

Text bomb, text bomb, you're my text bomb! Naughty HTML freezes Messages, Safari, etc

A specially crafted webpage will knacker Apple's Messages and Safari software on iOS and macOS, allowing miscreants to spread merry mischief by texting fans a link to the dastardly HTML.
John Leyden, 19 Jan 2018

Baywatch hero drone saves silly struggling swimmers Down Under from going down under

VideoAustralian politicians are claiming a world first after a drone saved two teenagers from drowning in heavy surf.
Iain Thomson, 19 Jan 2018

.UK overseer Nominet abandons its own charitable foundation – and why this matters

Special reportNominet, which runs the UK's domain-name registry, has abandoned its own charitable foundation, raising questions about the organization's direction and accountability.
Kieren McCarthy, 19 Jan 2018
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Have three WINEs this weekend, because WINE 3.0 has landed

Version 3.0 of Wine Is Not an Emulator – aka WINE – has arrived, and offers all sorts of new emulation-on-Android possibilities.
Simon Sharwood, 19 Jan 2018
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User had no webcam or mic, complained vid conference didn’t work

On-CallWelcome again to On-Call, The Register’s weekly reader-contributed tales of facepalm-worthy failures in the field of tech support.
Simon Sharwood, 19 Jan 2018

Don't panic... but our fragile world is drifting away from the Sun

As the Sun ages and sheds mass, the gravitational pull it exerts on its planets weakens.
Katyanna Quach, 19 Jan 2018

You may not be a software company, but that isn't an excuse to lame-out at computering

I don't begrudge organisations who want us to start calling them "software companies". People are free to do whatever they like with such trivial labels, I guess. But the tick of such labelling has always been an annoyance to me.
Michael Cote, 19 Jan 2018

Why did I buy a gadget I know I'll never use?

Something for the Weekend, Sir?It could get steamy in here. I have stripped off the layers and am now looking to turn up the heat. I’m looking forward to an afternoon of delightful tenderness with plenty of oohs and aahs.
Alistair Dabbs, 19 Jan 2018
A cloud hovers above a hand

Make it rain: NetApp sets up Cloud Infrastructure biz unit

NetApp is setting up a Cloud Infrastructure business unit, giving it FlexPod, SolidFire and StorageGRID, and hiring a cloud services hotshot to run it.
Chris Mellor, 19 Jan 2018

Digital mortgage service sounds handy, right? Oh, it's through UK.gov's Verify

The UK government is cracking on with plans for a digital mortgage service to be launched this year, which will allow borrowers to sign mortgage deeds online via the Government Digital Service's deeply flawed Verify identity programme.
Kat Hall, 19 Jan 2018

Take a bow, TalkTalk, Post Office, Vodafone! You win most-whinged-about telcos award

TalkTalk, Post Office and Vodafone were the most-complained-about telecoms service providers in the UK between July and September 2017, according to an Ofcom report released today.
Richard Priday, 19 Jan 2018
IBM CEO 'Ginni' Rometty

Bigger Blue: Tonic for Ginni as IBM actually does OK in storage

AnalysisDiving into IBM's fourth-quarter and full-year results show its storage surge has now run a whole year and possibly pushed Dell EMC into a "Refuse to Lose" channel campaign to regain sales momentum.
Chris Mellor, 19 Jan 2018
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Court throws out BT's plans to reduce pension rates

Plans by BT to cut its huge pension deficit have been thrown out by the High Court in England. The UK's incumbent telco had wanted to shift the rate used to calculate final salary pension payments.
Kat Hall, 19 Jan 2018
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IBM turns panto villain as The Reg tells readers: 'It's behind you!'

The meltdown in corporate spin at IBM was apparent last week after the flames of publicity were fanned by The Register's report on the firm's proposals to redeploy tens of thousands of Global Technology Services staff.
Paul Kunert, 19 Jan 2018

Anglo, French space agencies sitting in a tree, K I S S I N G

The British and French space agencies have agreed to team up on more missions together.
Richard Priday, 19 Jan 2018
US Supreme Court

There are other, legal ways to nab Microsoft emails, privacy groups remind Supremes

Allowing Uncle Sam to seize emails stored in Microsoft's Irish data centre would violate foreign data protection laws and risk setting a damaging precedent, the US Supreme Court has been told.
Rebecca Hill, 19 Jan 2018

Apple: The exclusive sales channel for an, er, AI toothbrush

Word reaches us of an, er, AI-driven revolution taking place in dentistry but you’ll only be able to get you hands on Colgate’s Smart Electronic E1 Toothbrush from Apple as it is the exclusive sales channel.
Paul Kunert, 19 Jan 2018

Is the writing on the wall for on-premises IT? This survey seems to say so

Research outfit 451 has run a survey that should get the pulses of on-premises IT suppliers beating faster.
Chris Mellor, 19 Jan 2018
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Internet giants removing 70 per cent of reported hate speech, crows European Commission

Tech firms are removing more hate speech faster than before – so now EU lawmakers want them to improve their feedback to users.
Rebecca Hill, 19 Jan 2018

Talk about a positive mental pl-attitude: WD Ultrastars shed disks without hit to capacity

Western Digital Corp's HGST unit has brought out 4 and 6TB nearline platter-reduced disk drives with an 8TB drive on the way.
Chris Mellor, 19 Jan 2018

OnePlus minus 40,000 credit cards: Smartmobe store hacked to siphon payment info to crooks

OnePlus today confirmed thieves siphoned tens of thousands of people's credit card numbers from its online store.
Shaun Nichols, 19 Jan 2018

America restarts dodgy spying program – just as classified surveillance abuse memo emerges

AnalysisThe US Senate reauthorized a controversial NSA spying program on Thursday – and then, because it's 2018 and nothing matters any more, embarked on a partisan battle over a confidential memo that outlines Uncle Sam's alleged abuse of surveillance powers.
Kieren McCarthy, 19 Jan 2018
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In Soviet California, pedestrian hits you! Bloke throws himself in front of self-driving car

While commuter buses ferrying Apple and Google employees have been rerouted to avoid being shot at – reportedly with a pellet gun – GM Cruise has had less success keeping one of its self-driving cars out of harm's way.
Thomas Claburn, 19 Jan 2018

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