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That's not very ice! Blizzard silently patches games hack hole, gives Googler cold shoulder

Blizzard games – played every month by half a billion netizens, apparently – could be hijacked by malicious websites visited by gamers, according to Google's Project Zero team.
Iain Thomson, 23 Jan 2018

Curse of Woz strikes again – first Fusion-io fizzles out, now Primary Data goes down

Primary Data, the storage startup offering a metadata-driven abstraction layer, appears to have gone TITSUP – a Total Inability To Sell Us Products.
Chris Mellor, 23 Jan 2018
CAT solar panels photo SA Mathieson

President Trump turns out the lights on solar panel imports into US

US President Donald Trump has signed an order to place a 30 per cent tariff on the import of parts used to build solar panels.
Shaun Nichols, 23 Jan 2018

Optimus multi-prime is the new rule as OpenSSL transforms crypto policies again

OpenSSL's maintainers have put the squeeze on insecure ciphers, with a raft of changes to how the project's operations.
Richard Chirgwin, 23 Jan 2018

Blockheads changing company names to surf crypto wave get a warning from the SEC

The chairman of the United States’ Securities and Exchange Commission has again taken aim at cryptocurrency speculators, this time warning companies thinking of adding “Blockchain” to their names that his agency is watching them. Closely.
Simon Sharwood, 23 Jan 2018

Electronic voting box makers want kit stripped from eBay – and out of hackers' hands

ShmooconVendor intimidation, default passwords, official state seals for sale. Yes, we're talking about computer-powered election machines.
Iain Thomson, 23 Jan 2018
Integral Memory 512 GB card

Half a terabyte in your smartmobe? Yup. That's possible now

Here's a challenge: do you reckon you can fill half-a-terabyte of memory using only a smartphone?
Richard Chirgwin, 23 Jan 2018
Twilight Zone, 'Time Enough At Last'

Facebook invents new unit of time to measure modern attention spans: 1/705,600,000 of a sec

Video effects designers who work with C++ code have a new unit of time to work with called a "flick."
Thomas Claburn, 23 Jan 2018

A high-energy neutrino, a powerful cosmic ray, and a gamma ray walk into a bar... Where you from, asks the bartender

A new model has traced the origins of high-energy neutrinos, cosmic rays, and gamma rays to powerful jets billowing around supermassive black holes.
Katyanna Quach, 23 Jan 2018
Cloud storage

Microsoft gives backup software vendors 30 days of pain

Microsoft's OneDrive for Business now offers to recover files deleted a month in the past.
Richard Chirgwin, 23 Jan 2018
NASA DLR biofuel mission patch

NASA is sniffing jet fuel over Germany

NASA has started sniffing jet fuel as part of joint experiment with the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft-und Raumfahrt, DLR).
Simon Sharwood, 23 Jan 2018
The UK's sole F-35B in flight. Crown copyright

We're cutting F-35 costs, honest, insists jet-builder Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin aims to knock 14 per cent off the cost of Britain's F-35B fighter jets over the next couple of years, the firm's director of business development told The Register.
Gareth Corfield, 23 Jan 2018
worried techie

Serverless: Should we be scared? Maybe. Is it a silly name? Possibly

What exactly is "serverless"? Like many popular technology terms, the exact definition of serverless is increasingly fluid. Also like many popular technology terms, the fact that the term means different things to different people doesn't sit well in some quarters.
Trevor Pott, 23 Jan 2018
Flick man firing employment

IBM UK's pre-Xmas GTS head-chop: THWACK! Is that it?

IBM's Global Technology Services says it is finally edging closer to a proposed target to base 60 per cent of the workforce in offshore locations, one fifth in nearshore and another fifth onshore.
Paul Kunert, 23 Jan 2018
rupert murdoch

UK competition watchdog: Fox's takeover of Sky 'not in public interest'

Fox's proposed £11.7bn take over of Sky has been deemed not to be in the public interest, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has provisionally ruled today.
Kat Hall, 23 Jan 2018
Shouting match

Sack the Xerox CEO 'immediately', yell activist investors

Activist investors Carl Icahn and Darwin Deacon are linking arms to force Xerox to “explore strategic alternatives” for the business and squeeze out the “old guard” manning the fort should they resist change.
Paul Kunert, 23 Jan 2018
Tea with biscuits.

Security patches done, machines upgraded, the coffee's hot – just in time for storage roundup

Acquisition hints at Nutanix, go-to-market changes at Zerto, subscription pricing intro at Violin Systems, new SW release at Delphix – yep, it's another storage roundup.
Chris Mellor, 23 Jan 2018
Group of young people yawning/looking bored. Photo by shutterstock

I thought there'd be more Instagram: ICT apprenticeships down 20% in five years

The number of youngsters taking up ICT apprenticeships has fallen by nearly 20 per cent over the last five years, according to the UK's Education and Skills Funding Agency.
Kat Hall, 23 Jan 2018

What do people want? If we're talking mainstream enterprise SATA SSDs, reliability, chirps Micron

Micron is looking to boost its high fidelity cred. The vendor has refreshed its three-model 5100 SATA SSD with a two-variant 5200, increasing reliability from two million to three million hours mean time before failure (MTBF).
Chris Mellor, 23 Jan 2018
Unusual cloud over the ocean. photo by shutterstock

Multi-cloud Cloudian controllers now run in AWS, Azure and Google

Cloudian's latest version of its object storage software can run native inside AWS, Google and Azure clouds, enabling a single object store namespace across the on-premises and major public cloud worlds.
Chris Mellor, 23 Jan 2018

Facebook open-sources object detection work: Watch out, Google CAPTCHA

RoTMFacebook has brought us one step closer to a Skynet future made a commitment to computer vision boffinry by open-sourcing its codebase for object detection, Detectron.
Jude Karabus, 23 Jan 2018

Info Commish tells UK.gov we shouldn't let artificial ignorance make all our decisions

Algorithms should not be solely responsible for criminal sentencing, while a change in law may be required to open up public data sets involving health information.
Kat Hall, 23 Jan 2018
Man winces in terror and shock after something unexpectedly horrible happens to him. Photo by Shutterstock

'There was no monetary incentive for this' = not what you want to hear about your tattoo

A database admin liked Brit database tools biz Redgate Software so much that he decided to become a walking billboard and get the company logo tattooed on his arm. Fast forward nine years and his world imploded. Sort of.
Paul Kunert, 23 Jan 2018
salsa + ingredients

IBM Zurich wants to spice up your life with SALSA translation layer

Research gnomes at IBM Zurich say we should take translation layers off storage devices and run many at the same time on a server to get faster IO.
Chris Mellor, 23 Jan 2018
Apple iPhone X poo

29 MEEELLION iPhone Xs flogged... only to be end-of-life'd by summer?

Apple globally shipped 29 million units of the eye-wateringly expensive iPhone X in the two months after it was launched in late 2017, falling short of consensus estimates from analysts.
Paul Kunert, 23 Jan 2018

Aut-doh!-pilot: Driver jams 65mph Tesla Model S under fire truck, walks away from crash

Another Tesla driver needs reminding that the flash motor's Autopilot mode doesn't mean you can ignore what's on the road.
Iain Thomson, 23 Jan 2018
Tinder on a phone

Swipe fright: Tinder hackers may know how desperate you really are

A lack of security protections in Tinder's mobile app is leaving lonely hearts vulnerable to eavesdropping.
Shaun Nichols, 23 Jan 2018

Under fire for its shoddy response, FCC finally wakes up to Puerto Rico

AnalysisAmerica's comms watchdog has finally started reacting to the dire situation in Puerto Rico, months after it was hit by a hurricane.
Kieren McCarthy, 23 Jan 2018

Stripe in Bitcoin hype flight while fans blindly gobble up crypto-cash

RoundupPayment biz Stripe on Tuesday said it plans to phase out support for Bitcoin payments – citing declining interest among merchants and rising transactions times and fees.
Thomas Claburn, 23 Jan 2018

Hey, look who's rushing to weigh in on crypto-coins. Hello, United Nations and European Commission!

Following a warning from America's financial regulator, the European Commission and the United Nations have weighed in on the issue of crypto currencies.
Kieren McCarthy, 23 Jan 2018

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