Something to fire up PyTorch fans, Facebook emits code for analyzing human poses, and more
Roundup Hi, here are a few announcements in the AI world from this week. Read on to find out what's happening with PyTorch, which startup Microsoft just bought, and who won OpenAI's Sonic challenge.
The strife of Brian: Why doomed Intel boss's ex86 may not be the real reason for his hasty exit
Comment The sudden and shocking resignation of Intel CEO Brian Krzanick this week over a long-ago affair with a subordinate – banned under company rules – has led to much mirth among Register readers.
Hardened Azure, softened containers, force unlocking iOS 12, 11 iPhones – and more
Roundup This week you had to deal with AI security panic, fake Fortnite, and, if you use OpenBSD, the end of Intel HyperThread support
At last! Apple admits its MacBook Pro butterfly keyboards utterly suck, offers free replacements
Apple has finally admitted the utterfly-mechanism keyoards in its Macook ad Macook Pro laptops are diaolical, and has offered free repairs and replacemets.
Azure North Europe downed by the curse of the Irish – sunshine
Amid forecasts of heat and fears of water shortage in Ireland on Monday, Microsoft was about to confront a drought of a different kind: an Azure service outage.
Meet TLBleed: A crypto-key-leaking CPU attack that Intel reckons we shouldn't worry about
Intel has, for now, no plans to specifically address a side-channel vulnerability in its processors that can be potentially exploited by malware to extract encryption keys and other sensitive info from applications.
Software engineer fired, shut out of office for three weeks by machine
It was only a matter of time before the machines started fighting back. And let's be honest, we all knew the software engineers would be the first to fall.
Smyte users not smitten with Twitter: APIs killed minutes after biz gobble
Updated Twitter, known for its rather rocky relationship with developers, cemented its reputation for missteps on Thursday – by announcing the acquisition of content cleansing and security biz Smyte and almost immediately disconnecting the firm's existing customers.
Great news, cask beer fans: UK shortage of CO2 menaces fizzy crap taking up tap space
A carbon-dioxide shortage in Blighty may rid bars and pubs of that fizzy nonsense taking up the tap space of proper cask beer. [Oy! Some of us like a good lager – ed.]
In huge privacy win, US Supreme Court rules warrant needed to slurp folks' location data
In a decision that will define privacy in the digital age, the US Supreme Court decided 5-4 on Friday that the government needs a warrant to access its citizens' mobile phone location data.
Facebook sends lowly minions to placate Euro law makers over data-slurp scandal
Facebook has once again irked EU politicos by failing to send sufficiently senior staffers to face another grilling on the data-harvesting saga.
BlackBerry continues its gentle slide even as software sales embiggen
BlackBerry's Q1 FY19 revenues are down 9 per cent year-on-year, though nearly 90 per cent of that came from software and services sales.
Norwegian tourist board says it can't a-fjord the bad publicity from 'Land of Chlamydia' posters
An ad campaign branding Norway the "Land of Chlamydia" has been slapped down by tourist bosses.
Why the 'feudal' tech monopolies run rings around competition watchdogs
Interview Competition watchdogs need to move faster and consider the bigger picture to deal effectively with transnational tech behemoths like Google, says BT's former chief lawyer.
Buttonless and port-free: Expect the next iPhone to be as smooth as a baby's bum
Apple prompted complaints when it removed the 3.5mm audio port from iPhones in 2016. Expect future models to be even more radical.
Amazon staffers protest giant's 'support of the surveillance state'
Amazon workers have reportedly called on their bosses to stop selling facial recognition kit to cops and spies, and slammed its links to data analytics biz Palantir.
Cops: Autonomous Uber driver may have been streaming The Voice before death crash
A woman in the driving seat of an autonomous Uber that hit and killed a pedestrian was likely streaming an episode of telly show The Voice on her phone immediately before the collision, according to reports.
Outage? No, phones are playing silly buggers, insists Sainsbury's Bank
Updated Sainsbury's Bank has insisted to The Register that it is not experiencing an IT outage, despite lots of enraged customers asking why their money isn't moving.
Do UK.gov wonks understand sci-tech skills gap? MPs dish out Parliamentary kicking
The UK government doesn't know what science and tech skills the economy needs or how Brexit will affect firms' ability to recruit staff, MPs have warned.
El Reg works with Byte Night to put techies out on the streets
The Register is partnering with Byte Night, the annual tech-heavy sleepout fundraiser for Action for Children, the UK charity which has been caring and sticking up for vulnerable young people for 150 years.
Schneier warns of 'perfect storm': Tech is becoming autonomous, and security is garbage
Israel Cyber Week With insecure computers in charge, the healthcare and transportation sectors have become a nexus of security problems, infosec veteran Bruce Schneier warned delegates at Israel Cyber Week.
BOFH: Is everybody ready for the meeting? Grab a crayon – let's get technical
Episode 11 So I'm doing some documentation – which we all know is a waste of my valuable time because everything I do is self-documenting – and the Boss walks in.
Have YOU had your breakfast pint? Boffins confirm cheeky daily tipple is good for you
A major study of Americans has punched another hole in the official British government medical advice that there's no "safe level" of drinking.
Nintendo Labo: After a day spent fiddling with flaps, you may be ready to, er, Lego
There's a scene in Showtime's Billions where a forward-thinking hedge fund manager is interviewing prospective quantitative analysts and gives them a flat-packed cardboard box. The candidates come and go until one finally correctly supposes that the box is impossible to put together, and recognition of this apparently shows the ability to "think outside the box".
Amid 'idiotic blockchain phase,' EY and Microsoft tout smart contracts
In an effort to demonstrate there are actual uses for blockchain technology, global professional services biz EY and Microsoft have teamed up to offer companies a way to manage rights and royalties.
Trainee techie ran away and hid after screwing up a job, literally
On-Call Thank the Valar it’s Friday, because that means the weekend beckons and a new instalment of On-Call, The Register’s weekly reader-contributed tale of tech support tangles.
Don't panic, but your baby monitor can be hacked into a spycam
Security researchers say they can back up a mother's claim that her baby monitor had been remotely hacked and used to spy on her family.
Galloping greenback rocks Red Hat
Red Hat has posted a fine set of results for the first quarter of its 2019 financial year, but offered reduced guidance for the rest of the year and been punished by investors as a result.
Amazon tweaks its word processor for easier online Office edits
Earlier this week we reported that Amazon Web Services appears to be planning the launch of a new end-user computing service that we speculated could be a competitor for Office 365.
Oracle's new Java SE subs: Code and support for $25/server/month
Poll Oracle’s put a price on Java SE and support: US$25/server/month and $2.50/user/month on the desktop, or less if you buy lots for a long time.
Skynet for the win? AI hunts down secret testing of nuclear bombs
AI can detect signs of nuclear weapons testing banned under the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, according to research from the US Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
Canadian utility makes blockchain upstarts bid for their ravenous rigs' electricity supply
One of Canada's largest utilities is planning to make blockchain companies bid for access to electricity.
Big Cable unplugs Cali's draft net neutrality protections yet AGAIN
The lobbying might of Big Cable was on show again this week when a critical net neutrality bill in the California legislature was gutted to remove its most important features.
IBM loses mainframe docs down the back of the web, customers cry 'sabotage'
Earlier this month, IBM's attempt to redesign its website broke links to product documentation – and all hell broke loose.
MOS-SAD: Israeli govt weighs in on Facebook privacy, promises action
Israel Cyber Week Facebook – already kicked around the block by politicians in the US and Europe over privacy in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal – has come under fire from Israel.
Want to know what all that Fortnite hype is about? Whoa, Android fans – mind how you go
With online gaming hit Fornite set to make its debut on Android, malware writers are already playing on the game's hype to ensnare victims.
US Supreme Court blocks internet's escape from state sales taxes
Internet retailers will soon be required to pay state sales tax across the entire United States following a 5-4 decision by the Supreme Court.
Fujitsu kicks off field trials for post-K exascale computing processor
Field trials of Fujitsu's prototype exascale post-K supercomputer CPU have begun.
Brit reseller Aria PC's appeal against HMRC VAT fraud finding gets under way
Manchester-based reseller Aria Technology Ltd is appealing against a tax tribunal finding that MD Aria Taheri “knew or ought to have known” that it took part in a VAT carousel fraud.
WannaCry is back! (Psych. It's just phisher folk doing what they do)
An unusually large wave of phishing emails was spewed out this morning, with recipients warned that all their devices had been infected by WannaCry.
Accountants HATE them: Microsoft's Xbox harnesses blockchain to pay games publishers
All aboard the blockchain hypewagon – Microsoft announced today that it has begun using the technology to deal with royalty and digital rights contracts.
By gum, that's chewy: Samsung's NF1 fattens M.2 card capacity with wider gumstick format
Samsung's 8TB next-generation small form factor (NGSFF) NF1 flash card is to be standardised by the JEDEC Solid State Technology Association in October.
Serverless Computing London: Last chance to grab blind bird tickets
Events The agenda for Serverless Computing London goes live next week, so you don’t have long to grab our super value blind bird tickets for the November event.
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich quits biz after fling with coworker rumbled
Intel chief exec Brian Krzanich has quit after his “past consensual relationship” with an employee came to light.
BlackBerry CEO: We need help from the channel to grow
BlackBerry is focusing on luring in more channel partners and developers to maintain growth, CEO John Chen told shareholders at the company's AGM.
Micron: Hot DRAM, we're still shifting piles of kit, but somebody's missing our XPoint
Micron rode strong demand for DRAM and flash to record revenues and profits for its third fiscal 2018 quarter (PDF), but XPoint chip sales to Intel collapsed.
Test Systems Better, IBM tells UK IT meltdown bank TSB
Updated A report into the IT meltdown at TSB has suggested the British bank did not carry out rigorous enough testing and that the problems went beyond previously reported middleware issues.
Dixons Carphone profits drop 24% amid hack 'n' high street struggles
Dixons Carphone's annual pre-tax profits have taken a dive, falling 24 per cent to £382m.
Israel cyberczar drops hints about country's new security initiative
Israel Cyber Week Israel is planning to develop a "state-level cyber-shield" to improve its resilience against hacking and malware, the country's newly appointed cyberczar said on Wednesday.
Qumulo tries to SoC it to nearline with Xeon D integrated systems
Scale-out clustered filer Qumulo has introduced a nearline archive product, the K-144T.
How a tax form kludge gifted the world 25 joyous years of PDF
HTML is the world's most common digital document file format. However, it's not the one everyone turns to when they want to create a precise document that looks, prints and behaves the same on any platform on any device. And it's hardly the format of choice for immediate offline reading, easy sharing or simple portability.
Please tighten your passwords and assume the brace position, says plane-tracking site
Aviation professionals enthusiasts have been told to change their passwords after flight-tracking site flightradar24 warned of a data breach.
Atari accuses El Reg of professional trolling and making stuff up. Welp, here's the interview tape for you to decide...
Legendary games company Atari has accused a Register reporter of making stuff up and acting unprofessionally following an interview earlier this year in San Francisco at the launch of its new games console, the Atari VCS.
VMware set to reveal blockchain, better app store, new AWS client
VMware’s published the content catalogues for its VMworld gabfests in Las Vegas (August) and Barcelona (November) and as usual has leaked a few insights into what it’s working on.
NASA eggheads draw up blueprints for spotting, surviving asteroid hits
The US government has published a report detailing how to prepare for the danger of impacts from asteroids that stray too close to Earth in the next ten years.
Microsoft open-sources UI Recorder tool for Windows 10 developers
Microsoft has given Windows developers a helping hand by releasing a new UI recorder.
HPE: You want full-blown enterprise software on our Edge boxes? You got it
HPE’s Edgeline family got some love from a bunch of software houses today: they have agreed to validate full-blown versions of their enterprise apps on its hardware.
Cisco passes around antidotes to noxious NX-OS code execution bugs
Get your ticket to the Cisco catwalk, sysadmins, and watch Switchzilla strut 24 FXOS and NX-OS software security advisories.
Mate, have a Flutter on the Darts: Google's mobe app toolkit for Fuchsia, others emerges
On Wednesday, Google's cross-platform mobile framework Flutter reached Preview Release 1, a designation that places the code somewhere between buggy beta and less buggy 1.0.
Are your IoT gizmos, music boxes, smart home kit vulnerable to DNS rebinding attacks? Here's how to check
A technique for attacking computer networks, first disclosed more than a decade ago, has resurfaced as a way to manipulate Internet-of-Things gadgets, smart home equipment, and streaming entertainment gizmos.
IBM’s McAfee-as-a-service cloudy antivirus wobbled for nearly a day
Updated IBM’s cloud experienced an “unplanned event” that caused its McAfee-as-a-service offering to operate with sub-par performance for nearly a day.
Script kiddie goes from 'Bitcoin Baron' to 'Lockup Lodger' after DDoSing 911 systems
A 23-year-old Arizona man was thrown in the cooler this week after he admitted being the not-quite-infamous website-rattling "Bitcoin Baron".
You've seen the hype. Now you're curious. Why not have a crack at AI using this online lab...
Microsoft has thrown open the doors to its AI Lab, a suite of beginner projects to help developers learn machine learning.
Microsoft Edge bug odyssey shows why we can't have nice things
Updated Earlier this year, Jake Archibald, developer advocate for Google Chrome, found a bug affecting Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Edge – and had two very different experiences trying to get the problem fixed.
Tesla fingers former Gigafactory hand as alleged blueprint-leaking sabotage mastermind
Tesla has sued a bloke it claims was behind an effort to sabotage the electric car maker by leaking its confidential blueprints.
Private sector needs a little sumthin' sumthin' to get it sharing threat intel – US security chap
Israel Cyber Week Bigwigs mulled giving the UK's National Cyber Security Centre, the information assurance division of GCHQ, a regulatory function or even letting it charge for its services - before settling on its current role of encouraging better cybersecurity.
WD's Purple reign continues: 12TB helium disks for vid spy tech
Video surveillance is an insatiable monster, constantly needing more digital storage – and Western Digital is now feeding it 12TB drives.
Microsoft CEO wades into ICE outcry: Cool it, we only do legacy mail
Updated Microsoft's continued efforts to distance itself from a clumsily worded blog post continued today with the publishing of an email from CEO Satya Nadella.
Did you have locking down AI and blockchain as possible Intel SGX uses? If so, congrats...
Israel Cyber Week At the Cyber Week security conference in Israel on Tuesday, chip giant Intel plans to discuss how it is addressing threats to the overexposed tech celebrities known as AI and blockchain.
Microsoft: Blobs can be WORMs in the new, regs-compliant Azure
Microsoft emitted a preview of immutable storage for Azure Storage Blobs yesterday in an effort to win the hearts and minds of industries weighed down by regulation.
Teradata lobs sueball at SAP, alleges HANA based on its 'trade secrets'
Data warehousing biz Teradata has flung a sueball (PDF) at SAP in the District Court for Northern California, alleging the German ERP giant undertook a "decade-long campaign of trade secret misappropriation, copyright infringement and antitrust violations".
JURI's out, Euro copyright votes in: Whoa, did the EU just 'break the internet'?
JURI, European Parliament's legal affairs committee, voted today to approve article 11 of the EU Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market, which allows news publishers to seek payment for reuse of snippets of articles, in a narrow 13:12 vote.
Who dares wins, they say, so Toshiba's SAS drive plans another hit on SATA
Toshiba has sent in a SAS SSD hit team to assault SATA SSDs and their slower interface in the shape of its RM5 vSAS drive.
MSDN unleashes a fresh round of unintentional innuendo bingo
The spirit of Kenneth Williams* is alive and well in the corridors of Redmond, with staffer Raymond Chen detailing some internal Microsoft jargon in a euphemism-heavy MSDN posting.
EU negotiator: Crucial data adequacy deal will wait until UK hands in homework
The UK will only be able to get a data adequacy decision from the European Union once it has offered up its new legal framework – and won't get access to the bloc's policing and security databases, Michel Barnier has warned.
Priceless: The cost to BT for bothering you with spam? 1.5 UK pence per email
Brit telco BT has been ordered to pay £77,000 for sending almost 5 million nuisance emails – equivalent to about 1.5p a mail.
Shared, not stirred: GCHQ chief says Europe needs British spies
The head of GCHQ has publicly called for security co-operation with Britain's EU allies to continue after Brexit.
Azure admins free to sync their teeth into database-spreader tool
Microsoft announced general availability of its Azure Data Sync tool this week, which allows data to be synchronised between cloudy Azure SQL databases and on-premises servers.
A pretty and helpful user interface? Nahhh. Is that really you, Samsung?
Samsung isn't the first name most people would associate with slick user interfaces – but its 2018 Android P overhaul could make rivals Apple and Google look shabby.
New Elastifile CEO: Is taking on Amazon's EFS really such a stretch?
Analysis Hybrid cloud filer Elastifile's co-founder and CEO Amir Aharoni has stepped aside and the new incumbent of the stretchy hot seat, former Scality man Erwan Menard, has said the firm will offer cloud native product optimised for each public cloud.
Hot new application for blockchain: How does botnet control sound?
BSides Tel Aviv Blockchain technologies might be abused to create a takedown-resistant infrastructure for botnets.
AI-on-demand as Google Cloud TPUs are rentable for a few bucks a hour
AI developers can now rent Google’s Cloud TPU chips in the US, Asia, and Europe by the hour.
OpenBSD disables Intel’s hyper-threading over CPU data leak fears
OpenBSD has disabled Intel’s hyper-threading technology, citing security concerns – seemingly, Spectre-style concerns.
An AI a day keeps the doctor away... Neural net software gets better at clocking cancer tumors
Baidu's AI researchers have built an algorithm that can spot cancerous tumors in breast tissue using a method that doesn’t rely solely on neural networks.
Mellanox flushes three directors at behest of activist investor
Mellanox has come to terms with the activist investor that's been stalking the company since 2017.
(Cryptographically) sign me up! Android to take bad app checks offline
Google says Android will no longer require an internet connection to check whether applications are legit or potentially malicious.
New Windows Server preview ships with an AI crystal ball
Microsoft’s popped out another preview of Windows Server 2019, Build 17692 to be precise.
PayPal reminds users: TLS 1.2 and HTTP/1.1 are no longer optional
PayPal has reminded merchants that they must support TLS 1.2 and HTTP/1.1 by June 30.
Virtual reality meets commercial reality as headset sales plunge
Shipments of virtual reality kit have plunged, but growth is just around the corner.
Telstra reveals radical restructure plan
Australia's dominant telco, Telstra, will cut 8,000 jobs, flatten its structure by slicing up to four layers of management, turn 1,800 consumer products into 20 (with a similar reduction in the number of enterprise products later), and put its infrastructure into a separate division that could be sold off in the future.
HPE CEO pledges $4bn Edge R&D splurge
Hewlett Packard Enterprise will make a US$4bn bet on edge computing, CEO Antonio Neri confirmed at the Discover CIO conference in Las Vegas today.
Oracle: Think our DB sales are great now? Wait until we actually get the new product out...
Oracle has capped off a solid fiscal year, and, let's be fair, you can forgive it for boasting that big things are coming for its database line in the coming 12 months.
AT&T sends in startup shill to shake up Cali's net neutrality safeguards
Analysis A group claiming to represent the interests of California's tech startups has argued that the US state should allow so-called zero rating services, despite the negative impact it would have on tech startups.
CEO of struggling storage biz Tintri quits
Thomas Barton, CEO of struggling storage array supplier Tintri, has resigned, leaving the California upstart leaderless as it heads toward running out of cash by the end of the month.
Facebook floats BOLT to jolt code out of bit bloat
Facebook has open sourced a binary optimization and layout tool, itself optimized into the acronym BOLT, in the hope it can make large applications faster.
Public, private, hybrid cloud? Take a dip in our GreenLake HPE urges
At its Discover conference on Tuesday Hewlett Packard Enterprise rolled out a managed service for private, public and hybrid clouds starting with AWS, Microsoft Azure and Azure Stack.
Microsoft Azure Europe embraced the other GDPR: Generally Down, Possibly Recovering
Updated Microsoft Azure tumbled over in northern Europe – and services have effectively stayed down for unlucky customers for around five hours.
AI caramba! Nvidia devs get a host of new kit to build smart systems
Nvidia has released a bunch of new tools for savvy AI developers in time for the Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition conference in Salt Lake City on Tuesday.
Verizon promises to stop selling its subscribers' location data... for now
Verizon has promised to stop selling user location data to third parties in response to a privacy campaign by US Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR).
Apple takes $9m kick down under after bricking iPhones
Apple is facing a $9m (AUS) slap-on-the-wrist for kicking out a firmware update that disabled some repaired iOS devices in Australia.
Visa fingers 'very rare' data centre switch glitch for payment meltdown
Visa has said a “very rare” partial network switch failure in one of its two data centres led to the fiasco earlier this month that caused millions of transactions in Europe to be declined.
Cisco snags potential customer-sniffing biz for an undisclosed sum
Cisco is to slurp up cloudy indoor location services biz July Systems to add to its Wi-Fi platform and boost customer experience capabilities.
Shiny new Capita boss to UK.gov: I know you are but what am I?
The boss of troubled outsourcer Capita has painted a glossy coat on its woes to MPs, while attempting to turn the spotlight on the government – as the firm sold off a £160m chunk of business and bagged yet another Whitehall contract.
Senior judge: Put AI in charge of reviewing social media evidence
A senior British judge has said that "technology has created many of our current [evidence] disclosure problems" – and then added that AI will fix them.
Cray slaps an all-flash makeover on its L300 array to do HPC stuff
Cray has announced the L300F, an all-flash array for high-performance computing functioning as a speed booster for ClusterStor installations.
UK footie fans furious as Sky Broadband goes TITSUP: Total inability to stream unfair penalties
The Sky Broadband service took an unscheduled half-time break last night, leaving residents of the UK Midlands unable to stream sporting action from Russia.
Cryptography is the Bombe: Britain's Enigma-cracker on display in new home
The UK National Museum of Computing will open its new Bombe gallery this weekend at Bletchley Park in Milton Keynes after a successful crowdfunding campaign to put the WWII code-breaking machines on display.
Google-free Android kit tipped to sell buckets
Some optimists are betting on Google own-brand devices to save the smartwatch. Others are betting that new generations of Google-free Android-based hardware will do the same thing. And one of the latter is IDC.
Ailing ZX Spectrum reboot firm kicks crisis meeting into long grass
A key shareholders' meeting has been adjourned, prolonging the Retro Computers Ltd ZX Spectrum Vega+ saga for another fortnight.
Um, excuse me. Do you have clearance to patch that MRI scanner?
Israel Cyber Week Healthcare regulations oblige medical equipment vendors to focus on developing the next generation of technologies rather than addressing current cybersecurity issues, according to experts presenting at the eighth Israel Cyber Week.
Capita admits it won't make money on botched NHS England contract
Embattled outsourcing giant Capita has made a loss of £140m trying to deliver on a seven-year contract to upgrade back-office support in the NHS – and never expects to turn a profit on it.
Adobe’s e-signature service to go bi-cloud: Adds Azure to AWS
Adobe is taking its “Sign” electronic signature service into Microsoft’s Azure cloud, in addition to its current arrangement that sees the service run in Amazon’s cloud.
National ID cards might not mean much when up against incompetence of the UK Home Office
The Windrush immigration papers scandal barred Caribbean-born Britons from public services and in some cases deported them because they lacked sufficient documentation.
Pass gets a fail: Simple Password Store suffers GnuPG spoofing bug
Security researcher Marcus Brinkmann has turned up another vulnerability in the GnuPG cryptographic library, this time specific to the Simple Password Store.
How to stealthily poison neural network chips in the supply chain
Computer boffins have devised a potential hardware-based Trojan attack on neural network models that could be used to alter system output without detection.
And that is definitively that ... for now. 5G's carrier features frozen
Meta-standards group the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) last week rubber-stamped the first "frozen" 5G standards.
Flash industry weather forecast anticipates a stormy few years ahead
Analyst firm IDC has predicted revenue for the flash storage industry will decline for three years.
♬ Finland, Finland, Finland, the country for new cloud DCs ♬
Suomeen sovellusten kehittämistä ... sorry, let's have that in English: Google has opened its sixteenth cloud region, taking the Google Cloud Platform to the Nordic region via a data centre in Finland.
Here's some phish-AI research: Machine-learning code crafts phishing URLs that dodge auto-detection
An artificially intelligent system has been demonstrated generating URLs for phishing websites that appear to evade detection by security tools.
Donald Trump trumped as US Senate votes to reinstate ZTE ban
The United States Senate has passed an amendment that reinstates the ban on Chinese telecoms concern ZTE doing business with US-based companies.
Splunk acquires VictorOps to take it – and you – into site reliability engineering
Last week Splunk spent $120m to acquire VictorOps, a DevOps incident management outfit.
HPE: Only 5% of our kit is sold as-a-service. So now we're really getting our aaS in gear
Just a single digit percentage of Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s annual sales come from stuff sold as-a-service – that is, products you pay for depending on how much you use them.
It's time for TLS 1.0 and 1.1 to die (die, die)
As TLS 1.3 inches towards publication into the Internet Engineering Task Force's RFC series, it's a surprise to realise that there are still lingering instances of TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1.
Fraudster admits she was OPM dealer: Leaked US govt staff files used to bag cash, car loans
A woman has fessed up to using people's personal information, leaked online from the US government's Office of Personnel Management mega-hack, to take out loans and open bank accounts.
Yubico snatched my login token vulnerability to claim a $5k Google bug bounty, says bloke
Yubico has apologized to a security vulnerability researcher who had complained the dongle peddler lifted his work to nab a $5,000 Google bug bounty.
Now Microsoft ports Windows 10, Linux to homegrown CPU design
Updated Microsoft has ported Windows 10 and Linux to E2, its homegrown processor architecture it has spent years working on mostly in secret.
Not so private eye: Got an Axis network cam? You'll need to patch it, unless you like hackers
Researchers have detailed a string of vulnerabilities that, when exploited in combination, would allow for hundreds of models of internet-linked surveillance cameras to be remotely hijacked.
From here on, Red Hat's new GPLv2 software projects will have GPLv3 cure for license violators
Red Hat on Monday said all of its newly initiated open-source projects that adopt GPLv2 or LGPLv2.1 licenses will be expected to include the GPLv3 "cure" provision.
Microsoft shoves US govt IT contract where ICE throws kids: Out of sight in a chain-link cage
Microsoft removed and then replaced a reference to its work for the US government's immigration authorities in the wake of a national outcry over a new policy of separating children from their asylum-seeking parents at the border.
Apple hauled into US Supreme Court over, no, not ebooks, patents, staff wages, keyboards... but its App Store
The US Supreme Court will scrutinize an antitrust lawsuit against Apple, opening the door for the computing giant to escape censure over its app store policies and potentially millions of dollars in claims.
PC nerds: Can't get no SATA-isfaction? Toshiba flaunts NVMe SSD action
Toshiba has claimed its new consumer NVMe SSD blasts the performance cobwebs off SATA SSDs.
Asylum seeker spreadsheet data blurt: UK Home Office loses appeal to limit claimants
The British Home Office's bid to reduce the number of potential claimants from a 2013 data breach that exposed the personal details of thousands of asylum seekers has been knocked back by the Court of Appeal.
Strip Capita of defence IT contract unless things improve – Brit MPs
A Parliamentary committee has called for Capita to be stripped of its military recruiting IT contract unless its performance improves, as part of a wider call for UK defence spending to increase.
HPE pulls sheets off largest Arm-based supercomputer Astra
HPE is building the world's largest Arm-based supercomputer, Astra – 2.5 petaFLOPS from 2,592 HPE Apollo 70s – for Sandia National Labs in the US, where it will run advanced modeling and simulation workloads in areas including national security and energy.
Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to mark the life of Slack for Windows Phone
Users of the Windows Phone incarnation of the popular collaborative messaging platform Slack have been advised to look elsewhere.
Hortonworks Data Platform update flicks on containerisation
Data management firm Hortonworks has enabled containerisation in the latest release of its Data Platform, while announcing a set of extended cloud deals with Microsoft, Google and IBM.
Google says Pixel 2's narcoleptic display is being fixed in June update
Some Pixel 2 owners are still waiting for a fix for dead screens six months after the issue was first reported.
E3 aside, the team at Redmond were busy last week with a smattering of the good, the bad and the frankly odd.
'90s hacker collective man turned infosec VIP: Internet security hasn't improved in 20 years
Interview It has been 20 years since Chris Wysopal (AKA Weld Pond) and his colleagues at the Boston-based L0pht* hacker collective famously testified before the US Senate that the internet was hopelessly insecure.
Audi chief exec arrested over Dieselgate car emissions scandal
Audi chief executive Rupert Stadler has been arrested in Germany over the software-enabled Dieselgate emissions scandal, according to reports.
Brit mobile phone users want the Moon on a stick but then stay on same networks for aeons
Chinese brands have been eyeing Western markets for some time, but in the UK customer inertia means many punters stick with what they know.
Pwned with '4 lines of code': Researchers warn SCADA systems are still hopelessly insecure
BSides London Industrial control systems could be exposed not just to remote hackers, but to local attacks and physical manipulation as well.
What can you do when the pup of programming becomes the black dog of burnout? Dude, leave
The DevOps community is focused on this thing called "culture". By this, I always take them to mean the processes, norms, and HR policy that an organization has in place.
It's roundup time – like scouring the local paper for pics of your kid, but with storage firms
Storage companies big and small are always announcing something or other big and small, whether that's sick new tech, astonishing customer numbers or an incremental update to software that is going to totally revolutionise the way you stash data.
What's all the C Plus Fuss? Bjarne Stroustrup warns of dangerous future plans for his C++
Interview Earlier this year, Bjarne Stroustrup, creator of C++, managing director in the technology division of Morgan Stanley, and a visiting professor of computer science at Columbia University in the US, wrote a letter inviting those overseeing the evolution of the programming language to “Remember the Vasa!”
Developer’s code worked, but not in the right century
Who, me? Why hello there Monday! And hello, therefore, to a new instalment of “Who, me?”, The Register’s column in which readers confess to their c*ckups.
Google cuts price of cloudy interconnects from partners
Google has formally launched its Partner Interconnect product, priced for customers too small to afford 10 Gbps interconnect links.
Tintri teeters on the edge of oblivion
Storage array supplier Tintri is circling the drain as it issues preliminary first fiscal 2019 quarter results and issues dire warnings, really dire warnings, about its prospects.
AWS seeks ‘startup launch’ experience for end-user services
AWS looks to be up to something in the end-user computing market.
US-CERT warns of more North Korean malware
The United States Department of Homeland Security's Computer Emergency Response Team (US-CERT) has warned against another malware campaign it says originates from North Korea.
Linux literally loses its Lustre – HPC filesystem ditched in new kernel
Linux has literally lost its Lustre – the filesystem favoured by HPC types has vanished in the first release candidate of version 4.18 of the Linux kernel.
FACE/OFF: Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission bins NEC-built biometrics project
The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) has unplugged a biometric identification project.
Google cloud VMs given same IP addresses ... and down they went
Google gave some of its cloud customers a rotten weekend by breaking a bunch of virtual machines.