29th > January > 2018 Archive

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All your base are belong to us: Strava exercise app maps military sites, reveals where spies jog

In November, exercise-tracking app Strava published a “heatmap” of user activity which it cheerily boasted comprised a billion activities, three trillion lat-long points, 13 trillion rasterized pixels and 10 TB of input data.
Richard Chirgwin, 29 Jan 2018
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Microsoft works weekends to kill Intel's shoddy Spectre patch

Microsoft has implemented Intel's advice to reverse the chipmaker's Spectre variant 2 microcode patches.
Richard Chirgwin, 29 Jan 2018

You publish 20,000 clean patches, but one goes wrong and you're a PC-crippler forever

Security software maker Malwarebytes has emitted two product updates and apologised to users – after its code turned their machines into near-bricks.
Richard Chirgwin, 29 Jan 2018
Dell PowerEdge MX Teaser

Deep sigh... Servers get teaser trailers now

Dell’s proven that even servers can now be the subject of meaningless teaser trailers.
Simon Sharwood, 29 Jan 2018

Zombie … in SPAAACE: Amateur gets chatty with 'dead' satellite

An amateur astronomer hunting the Zuma satellite that SpaceX may or may not have lost has instead turned up signals from a NASA bird thought dead since 2005.
Richard Chirgwin, 29 Jan 2018

Apple whispers farewell to macOS Server

Apple appears to have all but killed macOS Server by deprecating most of what distinguishes it from a desktop OS.
Richard Chirgwin, 29 Jan 2018
Green space alien with sombrero and drink on a sun lounger

Sysadmin crashed computer recording data from active space probe

Who, me?Welcome again to Who, Me? The Register’s new column* in which readers confess to times they performed sub-optimally and broke important stuff.
Simon Sharwood, 29 Jan 2018

Firefox to emit ‘occasional sponsored story’ in ads test

Some users who bravely test betas of Mozilla’s Firefox browser will soon also test an “occasional sponsored story” as the browser-maker tries to re-invent web ads.
Simon Sharwood, 29 Jan 2018

PC not dead, Apple single-handedly propping up mobe market, says Gartner

PC shipments will continue sliding south, reckon Gartner’s mystic mages – but, like Monty Python’s Black Knight, they still refuse to lie down and die.
Gareth Corfield, 29 Jan 2018

Qumulo needed EMEA crew, and an ex-Isilon bunch worked out nicely

Commercial scale-out filesystem startup Qumulo is setting up shop in Europe and using ex-Isilon execs to run its show.
Chris Mellor, 29 Jan 2018

You can't ignore Spectre. Look, it's pressing its nose against your screen

The Spectre processor design vulnerability is here to stay. Even if you choose to ignore it, the problem still exists. This is potentially a very bad thing for public cloud vendors. It may end up being great for chip manufacturers. It's fantastic for VMware.
Trevor Pott, 29 Jan 2018

It knows where the gravel pits and power lines are. So, Ordnance Survey, where should UK's driverless cars go?

UK cartographer the Ordnance Survey (OS) has been selected by the government to help it create an infrastructure for driverless cars.
Richard Priday, 29 Jan 2018

Dodgy parking firms to be denied access to Brit driver database

Rogue private parking firms are to be stripped of the ability to access the UK government's driver database.
Rebecca Hill, 29 Jan 2018

Well done, UK.gov. You hit superfast broadband target (by handing almost the entire project to BT)

The UK government has today hailed the completion of its superfast broadband project as a success – the scheme that has now brought 24Mbps to 95 per cent of the country by almost entirely handing the contracts to monopoly provider BT.
Kat Hall, 29 Jan 2018

Thar she blows: Strava heat map shows folk on shipwreck packed with 1,500 tonnes of bombs

People wearing Strava-enabled fitness trackers appear to have been poking around a Thames shipwreck containing nearly 1,500 tonnes of explosives from the Second World War.
Gareth Corfield, 29 Jan 2018

DRAM, it's good to be in storage... for some

So after a week of replicating, virtualising, backing up and inhaling and puffing out data to the cloud it is time to check what has been happening in the land of storage.
Chris Mellor, 29 Jan 2018

Blockchain bros' London powwow: Regulation, education, oversaturation

BlockchainWeekThe hype around blockchain is just as frustrating for people trying to legitimise the technology as it is for those watching from the sidelines – but behind the fluff, its proponents argue there's real potential.
Rebecca Hill, 29 Jan 2018

UK infrastructure firms to face £17m fine if their cybersecurity sucks

Infrastructure firms could face fines of up to £17m if they do not have adequate cybersecurity measures in place, the UK government has announced today.
Kat Hall, 29 Jan 2018
A train passes in Moulsford, OXFORDSHIRE - midsomer murders town

'Bitcoin heist' shock: Cops seek 4 for aggravated burglary in Midsomer Murders town

A gang of armed robbers reportedly burgled a village home belonging to Bitcoin traders in an Oxfordshire, England.
Richard Priday, 29 Jan 2018
The Lovell Telescope, credit Mike Peel; Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics, University of Manchester

UK's iconic Jodrell Bank Observatory nominated as World Heritage Site

Jodrell Bank Observatory has been nominated as the UK's entry for World Heritage status.
Richard Priday, 29 Jan 2018

What do you press when flaws in Bluetooth panic buttons are exposed?

Security researchers have uncovered flaws in Bluetooth-based panic buttons that, in a worst-case scenario, make the affected kit "effectively useless."
John Leyden, 29 Jan 2018

You can blame taxes for a profit nosedive, but Seagate... the taxman didn't flatten your sales

Seagate reported essentially flat revenues and a fall in profits in its disappointing second fiscal 2018 quarter.
Chris Mellor, 29 Jan 2018
Man confused by laptop

Dell sell-off saga gets weird: Subsidiary VMware may buy parent in 'reverse merger'

Dell's future has been thrown for yet another loop. Dell's virtualization subsidiary VMware is reportedly looking to buy out its parent Dell so that the tech titan can avoid a second IPO.
Shaun Nichols, 29 Jan 2018
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Intel alerted Chinese cloud giants 'before US govt' about CPU bugs

Intel warned Chinese firms about its infamous Meltdown and Spectre processor vulnerabilities before informing the US government, it has emerged.
John Leyden, 29 Jan 2018
Tommy Lee Jones delivers implied facepalm. From No Country for Old Men  Copyright Miramax Pictures. 2007.

Trump White House mulls nationalizing 5G... an idea going down like 'a balloon made out of a Ford Pinto'

A proposal by the Trump administration to effectively nationalize next-generation 5G networks in America triggered an angry reaction from the mobile industry, former government officials, and federal regulator the FCC.
Kieren McCarthy, 29 Jan 2018

Fella faked Cisco, Microsoft gear death – then sold replacement kit for millions, say Feds

A US bloke allegedly defrauded Cisco and Microsoft by faking problems with computing and networking gear he didn't own to trick the tech giants into sending him replacements.
Thomas Claburn, 29 Jan 2018

Can't login to Skype? You're not alone. Chat app's been a bit crap for five days now

A bunch of Skype users are unhappy that they're been unable to sign into the VoIP service for several days.
Shaun Nichols, 29 Jan 2018

US Pentagon scrambles after Strava base leaks. Here's a summary of the new rules: 'Secure that s***, Hudson!'

The American military has ordered a review of its grunts' personal electronics – after the Strava fitness app used by soldiers revealed base locations and other operational security gaffes.
Iain Thomson, 29 Jan 2018

Timeout everyone. Y'all know that Musk's $500 'flamethrower' is literally a Boring blowtorch?

You've got to hand it to Elon Musk – the guy could sell pork pies at a rabbinical convention.
Iain Thomson, 29 Jan 2018
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HP coughs up $6.5m to make dodgy laptop display lawsuit go away

HP has settled a class-action lawsuit in the US over the failing screens in some of its Pavillion notebooks.
Shaun Nichols, 29 Jan 2018

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