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Prisoners built two PCs from parts, hid them in ceiling, connected to the state's network and did cybershenanigans

We are impressed by five prisoners in the US who built two personal computers from parts, hid them behind a plywood board in the ceiling of a closet, and then connected those computers to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction's (ODRC) network to engage in cybershenanigans. Compliments are less forthcoming from …
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Consumers go off PCs as global shipments continue their decline

Global shipments of PCs continue to slow as consumer demand declines, according to preliminary analysis by Gartner, with only "modest" growth visible in the business segment. Only 62.2 million units were shipped during the first three months of 2017, a 2.4 per cent drop compared to the same period of 2016. This is the first …

Nerd Klaxon: Barbican to host Science Fiction exhibition this summer

Interview The Barbican Centre will host a sprawling festival-style Science Fiction exhibition this summer, featuring an immersive range of exhibits from across the breadth of the genre. Curated by Swiss historian and writer Patrick Gyger, who spoke to The Register about the exhibition, the purpose was to explore Science Fiction “as an …
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Homes raided in North West over data thefts from car body repair shops

Two properties in the North West of England were raided this morning as part of an ongoing investigation into nuisance calls related to data thefts from car body repair shops. The pair of search warrants — which had been obtained in court by Information Commissioner's Office — were executed this morning at homes in …
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AWS squares up to Microsoft in chase for MongoDB cloud budgets

Amazon Web Services has joined the chase for MongoDB developers' cloud budgets, announcing new support for NoSQL databases being added to its prize-pony Database Migration Service. In announcing its new support for MongoDB databases as a migration source—and its own DynamoDB as a migration target—the cloudy crew are joining an …

Capgemini set for stalking horse splash of $50m on bankrupt Ciber

French multinational IT consultancy Capgemini is set to gobble Ciber, which has filed for bankruptcy protection under Chapter 11 of the United States bankruptcy code. Capgemini and Ciber announced today that they have entered into an agreement pursuant, which will see the French corporation acquire the North American …

Subpostmasters prepare to fight Post Office over wrongful theft and false accounting accusations

Over 1,000 subpostmasters whom the Post Office accused of dipping into the tills — wrongly, many complained, citing problems affecting the Post Office's Horizon IT system — could be set to join a group litigation order to clear their names. According to the legal firm Freeths, which is leading the action, hundreds of affected …
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Open source Elastic analytics snaps into Google's Cloud Platform

Open-source search analytics are coming to Google's Cloud Platform courtesty of Elastic. GCP will host Elastic's open-source search and analytics platform under a partnership deal, as managed Elastic Cloud. The managed service is due later this year. The Elastic stack – including Elasticsearch, Kibana, Beats and Logstash – …
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Hortonworks CTO's ACID Merge: The impossible dream, realised

Interview Hortonworks believes it's solved duplication issues in its Hadoop spin that menaced users when incrementally merging data. And CTO Scott Gnau reckoned customers are heaving sighs of relief after Hortonworks has realised what must have seemed impossible. Gnau was speaking to The Register at the DataWorks Summit in Munich this …

Teradata pays ex-prez €4.2m to close 'invalid termination' settlement

Data warehousing and business intelligence flogger Teradata has reached a settlement with ousted co-president Herman Wimmer, who alleged he was fired improperly. Following a court order issued by the Augsburg Labour Court in Germany, Teradata has submitted a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission announcing that …

ICO fines 11 big charities over dirty data donor-squeezing deeds

Eleven charities have been fined by the UK's Information Commissioner's Office for their dodgy dealings with donors' personal data. Over the last two years, an ICO investigation into fundraising has found a number of charities operating in breach of the Data Protection Act. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to …
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Hortonworks: Yeah, we'll stay in London... as long as everyone else does

DWS17 Hortonworks' new president, Raj Verma, has stated that his company will retain London as its international headquarters unless its financial sector and telecommunications customers fled the city following Brexit. Speaking yesterday at the DataWorks Summit in Munich, Verma, also chief operating officer, explained his vision for …
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Couchbase swaps CEO for ex-Veritas prez

NoSQL business Couchbase has replaced Bob Wiederhold as its chief executive officer with former Veritas president Matt Cain. Wiederhold had been CEO since 2010, and will remain at the company as its executive chairman, but will no longer be at the helm as Couchbase makes its long-promised initial public offering. Mountain …

Rackspace launches cloud consultancy service while firing staff

Hot on the heels of a global haircut of its workforce, Rackspace is moving into the professional services space as it chases those "digital transformation" pennies. It's calling the new thing "Global Solutions and Services", or GSS, and will ostensibly be offering access to its architects and engineers to customers to "plan, …
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Oracle breaks silence to deny 'even considering' buying Accenture

Oracle has seemingly backed away from a potential acquisition of Accenture, and is now claiming it had "never even considered it". The denial follows The Register's report last week that Oracle had brought in some bean-counters to do due diligence on a potential deal, which would of course have been an immensely bold, …

Mediaeval Yorkshirefolk mutilated, burned t'dead to prevent reanimation

Archaeologists investigating human bones excavated from the deserted mediaeval village of Wharram Percy in North Yorkshire have suggested that the villagers burned and mutilated corpses to prevent the dead from rising from their graves to terrorise the living. Although starvation cannibalism often accounts for the mutilation …
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Thank Souq for that! Jeff Bezos now world's second richest

Amazon chief Jeff Bezos has surpassed clothing tycoon Amancio Ortega and Berkshire Hathaway chairman Warren Buffett to become the world's second-richest person. That is richest in terms of net worth, as each of Bezos' shares in Amazon rose $18.32 yesterday, netting him $1.5bn after his company announced its plans to acquire …
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Is Jassy just jazzing on AWS database migration numbers? Smells fishy...

Analysis Amazon Web Services chief Andy Jassy doesn't often tweet, but when he does it's usually to applaud the popularity of AWS's database migration service. On New Year's Eve Jassy bragged that the service had captured more than 16,000 databases from its rivals since launch on 15 March, 2016. According to him, earlier this month, …

Home Office accused of blocking UK public's scrutiny of Snoopers' Charter

The UK's Home Office has been accused of making "it near to impossible to provide a meaningful response" to the public consultations which campaigners fought legal battles to have included in the Investigatory Powers Act. In an open letter to Amber Rudd, the Home Secretary, lawyers and civil society campaigners complained that …
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ICO fines Flybe, Honda for breaking data rules. They were, um, trying to comply with GDPR

The Information Commissioner's Office is baring its teeth as we rocket towards the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into effect. As the relevant data protection authority in the UK, the ICO will be responsible for regulating the nation's data economy when GDPR kicks in, which means ensuring businesses …
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Douglas Coupland: The average IQ is now 103 and the present is melting into the future

A jet-lagged Douglas Coupland, recently departed from "The Lab" in Paris where he was "artist-in-residence" at that mysterious wing of the Google Cultural Institute, whatever that is, declared in a pre-written speech that "the future is already here". Speaking to an audience of Konica Minolta customers in Berlin, the author of …

Bloke, 48, accused of whaling two US tech leviathans out of $100m

Evaldas Rimasauskas, a 48-year-old Lithuanian man, has been charged with defrauding two major US-based internet companies for more than $100m through whaling attacks. Rimasauskas, from Vilnius, was arrested late last week by Lithuanian authorities on the basis of a provisional arrest warrant, according to the US Department of …

Coppers 'persistently' breach data protection laws with police tech

Coppers in England and Wales are "persistently" committing data breaches, according to the Police Federation's head of misconduct. Technologies from the Police National Computer (PNC) systems through to the Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) databases are "increasingly being used by officers for non-work related reasons …

ICO scolds UK councils: GDPR is coming. Are you ready? Pop quiz says you're not

Councils in the UK have work to do ahead of the EU's General Data Protection Regulations, according to the Information Commissioner's Office's department for good practice. The survey, which was conducted at the end of last year, quizzed 173 councils and found that many were not prepared for the more stringent data regime, …
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Home Office admits it's preparing to accept EU ruling on surveillance

The UK Home Office has acknowledged that it is preparing to accept a landmark EU ruling from last year which restated that access to retained data must only be given in cases of serious crime, unlike the range of cases provided for under the new Investigatory Powers Act. When the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) …

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