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Former Googler claims he was fired for opposing discrimination

The lawsuit sparked by the sexist screed penned by former Google employee has a bitter sequel, after another former Google employee has sued on grounds his opposition to Damore's memo and other discriminatory acts at the company saw him dismissed. In a complaint (PDF) filed on February 21st 2018, former Googler Tim Chevalier …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Feb 2018

Oh, Bucket! AWS in S3 status-checking tool free-for-all

Amazon Web Services has signalled it's still worried about poorly configured buckets in its Simple Storage Service (S3) by making one of the tools to manage them free. AWS suffered last year after a rash of data leaks caused by customers who had improperly configured their S3 storage. It's an easy mistake to make because the …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Feb 2018

AMD lures Cisco's server CTO into Epyc new data center gig

Exclusive AMD's push into servers has accelerated just a little after the chip-designer wooed Cisco's chief technology officer for UCS servers to join its ranks. Raghunath Nambiar joined AMD earlier this month in the role of corporate veep in the silicon scribblers' Datacenter Ecosystems and Solutions team. He's quite a catch because …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Feb 2018
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Microsoft Australia changes App Store T&Cs to pay GST

Microsoft Australia's taken further steps to ensure that Australia's goods and services tax (GST) is collected on apps sold at the Microsoft Store. The company last week quietly updated its App Developer Agreement from version 8.1 to 8.2, with the changelog noting that the new version "Updated tax language to: (i) grant …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Feb 2018

Test crash dummies: Pearson VUE broke half-way into all-day exam

Imagine you'd just spent 18 months of your life working towards a big certification exam that could make or break your career and, come the big day, the web-hosted test fell over. Well, for some newbie docs, that nightmare scenario today became all too real: blundering online exam provider Pearson VUE went TITSUP* during a day …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Feb 2018

Teensy plastic shields are the big new thing in 2018's laptop crop

The PC market may be in decline but someone is going to buy about 300 million of them this year. And because The Register knows that plenty of our readers are responsible for PC purchasing, deployment and maintenance … here we are with our annual guide to what's new and notable among the new models from HP, Lenovo and Dell, the …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Feb 2018
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HP starts slinging Apple hardware, tech support vending machines

HP Ink is probably the world's top PC-maker measured by devices shipped, but has nonetheless started to offer and support Apple devices for its customers. This was not a decision to compete against its own products. Instead it is an extension of another HP product, namely the Device as a Service offering that sees HP procure, …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Feb 2018
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Microsoft ends notifications for Win-Phone 7.5 and 8.0

Microsoft's all-but-euthanized Windows Phone 7.5 and 8.0. The company last week reminded users that support had ended for the aforementioned versions of its mobile operating system and then delivered the bad news that "On February 20, 2018, Mobile Push Notification services will be turned off for Windows Phone 7.5 and Windows …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Feb 2018

Google reveals Edge bug that Microsoft has had trouble fixing

Google has again decided to disclose a flaw in Microsoft software before the latter company could deliver a fix. Indeed, Microsoft has struggled to fix this problem. Detailed here on Google's Project Zero bug-tracker, the flaw impacts the just-in-time compiler that Microsoft's Edge browser uses to execute JavaScript and makes …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Feb 2018
Oracle acrobatics in the cloud

Oracle open-sources DTrace under the GPL

Oracle appears to have open-sourced DTrace, the system instrumentation tool that Sun Microsystems created in the early 2000s and which has been beloved of many-a-sysadmin ever since. As noted by developer Mark J. Wielaard, this commit by an Oracle developer shows that something is afoot. Big Red recently listed DTrace as one …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Feb 2018
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Developer recovered deleted data with his face – his Poker face

Who, Me? Welcome to the fifth edition of Who, Me? It's a new Register weekly column in which readers confess to times their skills fell just a little – or a lot – short of what was required to stop things going pear-shaped. This week, meet "Dom", who back in the 1990s learned the "Clarion" programming language. Which wasn't much use …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Feb 2018
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Microsoft reveals 'limitations of apps and experiences on Arm' – then deletes from view

Microsoft published a webpage listing Windows 10's "limitations of apps and experiences on Arm," earlier this month – and then mysteriously pulled it. The document appeared at last on Thursday, February 15. It now redirects to …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Feb 2018

Google's robo-CTRL-ALT-DEL failed, hung networks and Compute Engine for 90 minutes

Chalk up another one for good old humans: Google's admitted that an automation failure was the root cause of a 93-minute outage of its Compute Engine in the us-central1 and europe-west3 zones of its cloud on January 18th, 2018. Google's classified the outage as a "network programming failure" and said autoscaler didn't do its …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Feb 2018
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nbn™'s HFC fix will see connections tested from March to July 2018

nbn™, the company building and operating Australia's national broadband network (NBN), has advised households connected to its hybrid fibre-coax network to expect a visit between March 7th 2018 and July 27th 2018. An "inspection and maintenance notice" sent to your correspondent said a physical inspection is necessary "to …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Feb 2018
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Microsoft's System Center successor edges closer to Hawaii 1-0

Microsoft has offered Windows admins a second look at Project Honolulu, its web-based System Center successor. A new preview of the app landed earlier this week. Microsoft's positioned Honolulu as a more modern face for Windows Server, a way of surfacing useful PowerShell functions without having to resort to the CLI and also …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Feb 2018
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Apple to devs: Code for the iPhone X or nothing from April onwards

The Apple rumour mill has buzzed with speculation that less-than-completely-astounding sales of Cupertino's latest iPhone, the X, mean it might not be long for this world. But Apple's now obliterated such theories with an overnight update to its app submission instructions that makes it plain the X is here to stay. "Starting …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Feb 2018
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If this laptop is so portable, where's the keyboard, huh? HUH?

On-Call Welcome again to On-Call, in which The Register tries to liven up Fridays with reader-contributed stories of tech support traumas. This week, meet "Norman" who just last year took a frankly astounding support call at the law firm where he then worked. "One of my users called to complain about her upgrade from an old desktop …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Feb 2018

If you don't like what IBM is pitching, blame Watson: It's generating sales 'solutions' now

Exclusive IBM is not just telling the world it needs "cognitive" computing: the company has bet the future of its own services business on Watson-branded services. Internal documents seen by The Register reveal the tech goliath has developed something it calls "cognitive solutioning," to be deployed when Big Blue is asked to do a job …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Feb 2018

Ubuntu wants to slurp PCs' vital statistics – even location – with new desktop installs

Poll Desktop computers powered by future versions of Ubuntu GNU/Linux may collect information on the PCs – unless users opt out. "We want to be able to focus our engineering efforts on the things that matter most to our users, and in order to do that we need to get some more data about sort of setups our users have and which …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Feb 2018

UK names Russia as source of NotPetya, USA follows suit

Updated The United Kingdon's Foreign and Commonwealth Office has formally "attributed the NotPetya cyber-attack to the Russian Government", specifically the nation's military. "The decision to publicly attribute this incident underlines the fact that the UK and its allies will not tolerate malicious cyber activity," said a February- …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Feb 2018
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PCI Council and X9 Committee to combine PIN security standards

The PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) and financial services standards outfit the Accredited Standards Committee X9 have decided to combine forces on personal-identification-number-handling-rules. Today, both have their own standards, which is a pain for organisations like banks that follow rules set by both …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Feb 2018

IBM declares it's the 'backbone of the world's economy'

IBM believes it is "the backbone of the world's economy" and has told its services staff to hold their heads high and behave accordingly as the company rolls out new services offerings it hopes will let it dodge the implosion of outsourcing. But the company's plans are far from finished and staff have been told to be patient …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Feb 2018

Microsoft working to scale Blockchain for grand distributed ID scheme

Microsoft's wanted a really good federated identity scheme ever since the early 2000s, when it gave the world Project Hailstorm, aka ".Net My Services", to let a web of online services know a little about you and the information you are happy to share with others. Hailstorm passed, swept back years later as Geneva Server and …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Feb 2018

Mars is red, Earth is blue. Here's a space laser story for you

NASA has decided to use fragments of Martian meteorites for target practice ahead of the Mars 2020 mission, then send one back to Mars. The instrument doing the shooting is called SHERLOC - short for "Scanning Habitable Environments with Raman and Luminescence for Organics and Chemicals" - an instrument scheduled for the Mars …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Feb 2018
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Roses are red, violets are blue, VMware's made a new vSphere for you

VMware's still trying to encourage upgrades to version 6.0 and 6.5 of its vSphere platform, but that hasn't stopped it from working on a new version too. The Register understands that new effort will likely emerge as vSphere 6.7 and probably appear in the second quarter of 2018 now that a beta program announced in October 2017 …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Feb 2018

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