24th > January > 2018 Archive


It's 2018 and your Macs, iPhones can be pwned by playing evil music

Apple has released security patches for iOS and macOS that include, among other things, Meltdown and Spectre fixes. The new versions should be installed as soon as possible.
Shaun Nichols, 24 Jan 2018
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It's 2018 and… wow, you're still using Firefox? All right then, patch these horrid bugs

Mozilla's Firefox has been patched to address more than 30 CVE-listed security vulnerabilities.
Shaun Nichols, 24 Jan 2018

Samba 4.8 to squish scaling bug that Tridge himself coded in 2009

File and print services project Samba will fix a slew of bugs that have made it hard for the project to scale in version 4.8, due in March.
Simon Sharwood, 24 Jan 2018

Just in the NIC of time, Dell and Netronome enter NFV pact

NIC vendor Netronome and Dell have inked a deal targeting the network function virtualization market.
Richard Chirgwin, 24 Jan 2018
Spit take

Skype, Slack, other apps inherit Electron vuln

UpdatedIf you've built a Windows application on Electron, check to see if it's subject to a just-announced remote code execution vulnerability.
Richard Chirgwin, 24 Jan 2018
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Fresh botnet recruiting routers with weak credentials

Security researchers believe the author of the Satori botnet is at it again, this time attacking routers to craft a botnet dubbed "Masuta".
Richard Chirgwin, 24 Jan 2018

Mass limit proposed so boffins can tell when they've fingered a brown dwarf or a fat planet

The official definition of a planet should be updated to include an upper mass limit, so scientists can agree on whether a large newly found celestial body is either a huge planet – or a tiny failed star.
Katyanna Quach, 24 Jan 2018
Scott Tingle suits up

2018's first spacewalk bugged by software

Apart from a slightly irritating software bug, it seems NASA's first spacewalk for 2018 went smoothly.
Richard Chirgwin, 24 Jan 2018

Electric cars to create new peak hour when they all need a charge

At today's adoption levels, electric vehicles' impact on overall household energy consumption is negligible, but grid planners probably need to look to the future sooner rather than later.
Richard Chirgwin, 24 Jan 2018
Mars storm

NASA rethinking InSight probe mission after dust storm predicted for Mars

It's highly likely that Mars is going to suffer one of its periodical planet-wide dust storms this year – and NASA is concerned the event could disrupt its operations on the Red Planet.
Iain Thomson, 24 Jan 2018

Death notice: Moore’s Law. 19 April 1965 – 2 January 2018

Mark Pesce, 24 Jan 2018
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Elon Musk offered no salary, $55bn bonus to run Tesla for a decade

“Vertically integrated sustainable energy" company Tesla – more on that description later – has revealed a new compensation plan for CEO and founder Elon Musk that will see him work for nothing but could see him earn US$55 billion over the next decade.
Simon Sharwood, 24 Jan 2018
Confiant image of JavaScript fingerprinting code

Maverick internet cop Chrome 64 breaks rules to thwart malvert scum

The largest malvertising campaign in 2017 involved 28 fake ad agencies, which were used to generate about one billion ad views across 62 per cent of ad-supported websites, according to publishing security biz Confiant.
Thomas Claburn, 24 Jan 2018
SDN software-defined networking

Linux Foundation puts all its networking eggs in one basket

The Linux Foundation has decided the time is right for one administrative structure to cover all of its networking efforts, so has created the “LF Networking Fund ” to oversee them all.
Simon Sharwood, 24 Jan 2018
Artist's impression of the TRAPPIST-1 system seen from one of the planets. Pic: ESO / M. Kornmesser

PACK YOUR BAGS! Two Trappist-1 planets have watery oceans, most likely to be inhabitable

A team of scientists have identified two out of the seven planets in the Trappist-1 system as the most likely to be habitable, according to a new study.
Katyanna Quach, 24 Jan 2018

Thorn leaves CGI UK's side: Prez exit 'to pursue other interests'

The UK president of Canadian outsourcing biz CGI, Steve Thorn, has stepped down to "to pursue different career opportunities" after 25 years with the firm.
Kat Hall, 24 Jan 2018

Facebook AI guru alt-tabs out, Nvidia EULA audits, Baidu changes, chip tricks, and more

RoundupWelcome to El Reg's January roundup of AI-related news beyond all the wonderful and terrible things we've covered separately. Drop us a line if you have any machine-learning news or gossip to share.
Katyanna Quach, 24 Jan 2018

£60m, five years late... Tag criminal tagging as a 'catastrophic waste' of taxpayers' cash

The UK's Ministry of Justice's system of monitoring criminals with electronic tags has been blasted as a "catastrophic waste of public money" in a damning report by MPs..
Kat Hall, 24 Jan 2018

TalkTalk starts offering punters choice to shift-shift to O2

TalkTalk has started offering customers the option of moving onto O2 when their contracts expire, as the beleaguered Brit telco plans to ditch mobile.
Kat Hall, 24 Jan 2018

Europe slaps €997m antitrust fine on Qualcomm

UpdatedThe European Commission today slapped a €997m (£872m) fine on Qualcomm for abusing its dominant market position - finding it paid billions to Apple to exclusively use its chips.
Kat Hall, 24 Jan 2018

Pro Evo-lution shocker: Samsung SSDs focus on endurance over capacity

Samsung's new 860 Pro and Evo SSDs have virtually the same capacity and performance as the 850 line, but with much higher endurance.
Chris Mellor, 24 Jan 2018
Chap riding unicorn while using a smartphone and throwing away money

Cold calling director struck off for ‘flagrant’ breach of duties

The cash-splashing director of a nuisance call biz has been struck off for 12 years after breaking telemarketing rules and trading while insolvent.
Rebecca Hill, 24 Jan 2018
Wide angle image makes the moon look much bigger than the earth

Google yanks cash firehose from Lunar X Moonshot comp. The actual Moon shot one

Google has pulled its financial backing from the Lunar X wheeze to get a privately funded spacecraft to the Moon after finally conceding that none of the five entrants were likely to make it there.
Gareth Corfield, 24 Jan 2018

Camels disqualified from Saudi beauty contest for Botox-enhanced pouts

Twelve cheating camels have been disqualified from a Saudi beauty pageant for having Botox injections to enhance their pouts.
Kat Hall, 24 Jan 2018
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The Register, Heise launch Serverless Computing London Conference

EventsSituation Publishing and Heise Medien are launching Serverless Computing London 2018, a three day conference that will bring together together experts and practitioners in one of the tech world’s hottest new areas.
Team Register, 24 Jan 2018

H-1B visa hopefuls, green card holders are feeling the wrath of 'America first' Trump

Following President Donald Trump's demands for a crackdown on H-1B visas, there has been a radical shift in how US immigration officials handle applications for the program.
Iain Thomson, 24 Jan 2018
Strom Clouds

White box, anyone? Big Switch pumps Big Cloud Fabric updates as pretty Big Deal

Big Switch Networks has updated its Big Cloud Fabric to support hyperconverged (HCI) and software-defined storage (SDS) products so they don't need to use shonky old proprietary networking hardware.
Chris Mellor, 24 Jan 2018
Man eats toast while looking at watch, clearly late for something. Photo by Shutterstock

What's GDPR? Survey suggests smaller firms living under rocks as EU privacy regs loom

The European Union's incoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has still not registered with more than half of small companies and a third of medium-sized firms, according to a UK government survey.
Rebecca Hill, 24 Jan 2018

France gives les citoyens the right to cock up official paperwork

France has reportedly passed a law to allow hapless citizens the right to make admin screwups in their dealings with the state – and not have those mistakes held against them.
Gareth Corfield, 24 Jan 2018

Hawaii governor: I wanted to tell everyone nuke alert was fake – I just forgot my password

Red faces over Hawaii’s false nuke alert got even redder this week, as the governor admitted he knew it was a mistake – but couldn’t alert citizens because he didn't know his Twitter password.
Rebecca Hill, 24 Jan 2018
Woman in hospital (in hospital gown) covers face with hands

NHS deploys Microsoft threat detection service on just 30,000 devices

UpdatedNHS Digital has yet to explain why it has taken months to roll out Microsoft's Enterprise Threat Detection Service (ETDS) to only about two per cent of the UK health service's targeted installed base.
Paul Kunert, 24 Jan 2018
Stamped word 'nope'

Commvault's record revenues walloped by US tax law tweaks

Commvault has reported record quarterly revenues but took a dramatic GAAP thrashing due to US tax law changes.
Chris Mellor, 24 Jan 2018
The Doctor from Star Trek: Voyager

NHS outages KO Welsh GP services and Manchester A&E

A data centre glitch has left doctors in Wales unable to access their patients’ details – while a similar outage in Manchester, England, has placed severe strain on hospitals’ accident and emergency departments.
Gareth Corfield, 24 Jan 2018

You want wires with that? Burger King backs, er, net neutrality

VidIt is possible for a policy issue to jump the shark?
Kieren McCarthy, 24 Jan 2018

Biker nerfed by robo Chevy in San Francisco now lobs sueball at GM

A motorcyclist is suing General Motors in the US after he was knocked off his motorbike by one of the automaker's self-driving cars.
Iain Thomson, 24 Jan 2018

Pope wants journalism like the Catholic church wants child sex abuse probes: Slow, aimless...

Take it easy with those hard-hitting exclusives and investigations, said the Pope this week, lumping inconvenient quality journalism with fake news and clickbait.
Shaun Nichols, 24 Jan 2018

Biggest Washington DC lobbyist is now a tech giant (yes, it's Google)

For the first time, an internet company has become the largest lobbyist in Washington DC.
Kieren McCarthy, 24 Jan 2018
Pebble Time

Look on the bright side, Pebble fans. At least your gizmo will work long enough for you to get beach body ready

Fitbit says it will formally end support for Pebble hardware this summer.
Shaun Nichols, 24 Jan 2018

Bell Canada Canucks it up again: Second hack in just eight months

Executives at Bell Canada have been left with faces redder than their nation's flag – after their subscriber database was hacked for the second time in eight months.
Iain Thomson, 24 Jan 2018

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