The Week in Summary

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Capita flogs Asset Services division for £888m

Everyone’s favourite people pimp Capita has permanently outsourced its Asset Services businesses to Link Administration for £888m – a fleeting injection of cash in the bank that will be used to reduce debts.
Paul Kunert, 24 Jun 2017

Tech giants flash Russia their code blueprints in exchange for access

Cisco, IBM, HP, McAfee and SAP are among plenty of western technology companies that have been showing their source code to Russian authorities in exchange for the right to sell their products in the country.
Iain Thomson, 24 Jun 2017

Anthem to shell out $115m in largest-ever data theft settlement

Health insurer Anthem has today agreed to pay $115m to settle a class-action suit brought on by its 2015 cyber-theft of 78.8 million records.
Shaun Nichols, 24 Jun 2017
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AES-256 keys sniffed in seconds using €200 of kit a few inches away

Side-channel attacks that monitor a computer's electromagnetic output to snaffle passwords are nothing new. They usually require direct access to the target system and a lot of expensive machinery – but no longer.
Iain Thomson, 23 Jun 2017
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FCC: LEO ISPs A-OK

America's broadband watchdog, the FCC, has approved OneWeb's proposal to launch an ISP on the backs of 720 orbiting satellites.
Shaun Nichols, 23 Jun 2017

US Secretary of State: Я буду работать с Россией по вопросам кибербезопасности

Analysis US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has expressed a willingness to work directly with Russia on cybersecurity and other issues.
John Leyden, 23 Jun 2017

Heaps of Windows 10 internal builds, private source code leak online

Exclusive A massive trove of Microsoft's internal Windows operating system builds and chunks of its core source code have leaked online.
Chris Williams, 23 Jun 2017
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Not Apr 1: Google stops scanning your Gmail to sling targeted ads at you

Google has said it will no longer scan the content of Gmail messages to sell targeted adverts to users of the free service.
Iain Thomson, 23 Jun 2017
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Florida Man to be fined $1.25 per robocall... all 96 million of them

America's comms regulator, the FCC, will fine a Florida Man $120m for flooding the country with nearly 100 million robocalls in three months.
Shaun Nichols, 23 Jun 2017

Virgin Media router security flap follows weak password expose

Virgin Media has urged 800,000 customers to change their passwords to guard against possible hacking attack.
John Leyden, 23 Jun 2017
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ZX Spectrum reboot firm gets £52k court costs order quashed

The £52,000 costs order granted against troubled ZX Spectrum reboot firm Retro Computers Ltd has been set aside by the Senior Courts Costs Office, a branch of the High Court, as the wrangle between RCL and two former directors rumbles on.
Gareth Corfield, 23 Jun 2017

Google to remove private medical data from search results

Google has decided to wipe people’s medical records from its search results - just as its AI branch DeepMind extends its grips on UK patients’ medical records.
Rebecca Hill, 23 Jun 2017
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ICO fines 'Wolf of Wall Street' electrical survey biz for nuisance calls

Electrical survey provider MyHome Installations Ltd, which entered the hall of shame on the Beeb's Rogue Traders for pressure selling to pensioners, is facing a £50,000 fine for nuisance calls.
Paul Kunert, 23 Jun 2017
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Russian hackers selling login credentials of UK politicians, diplomats – report

Russians hackers are trading the email addresses and passwords of top UK politicians and diplomats.
John Leyden, 23 Jun 2017
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IoT coverage for 95% of UK by 2019? We can't even do 4G, Sigfox

French Internet of Things connectivity firm Sigfox says it is partnering with a hitherto unheard-of firm, WND-UK, to cover "95 per cent" of Blighty by 2019.
Gareth Corfield, 23 Jun 2017
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Amazon squares up to Walmart over boycott calls: Talk sh!t, get hit

The fight between Bezos' poster child and Walmart just got real – Amazon has officially called out the groceries juggernaut for petty schoolyard tactics.
Andrew Silver, 23 Jun 2017
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Ex-NASA bod on Gwyneth Paltrow site's 'healing' stickers: 'Wow. What a load of BS'

Current and former NASA scientists have called bullshit on claims seen on alternative "wellness" wallet-relieving blab-blog Goop, run by former famous actress and current linens-for-rich-ladies slinger Gwyneth Paltrow.
Jude Karabus, 23 Jun 2017

BOFH: Putting the commitment into committee

Episode 8 Episode 8 I never cease to be amazed by the seemingly endless possibilities for forming a committee to not do something.
Simon Travaglia, 23 Jun 2017
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Hey blockheads, is an NVMe over fabrics array a SAN?

Analysis What is a SAN and is an NVMe over Fabrics (NVMeF) array a SAN or not? Datrium says not. E8 says... maybe.
Chris Mellor, 23 Jun 2017
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Tory-commissioned call centres 'might have bent data protection laws'

The UK Conservative Party has been accused of pushing its message on potential voters in a way that may have breached data protection laws.
Rebecca Hill, 23 Jun 2017
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Doormat junk: Takeaway menus, Farmfoods flyer, NHS data-sharing letter... wait, what?

A Midlands NHS group has committed face-palm after face-palm in its efforts to inform residents about its patient data-sharing plans.
Rebecca Hill, 23 Jun 2017
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Smart burglars will ride the surf of inter-connected hackability

Something for the Weekend, Sir? What the world needs now is an intelligent dustbin. It would be the pinnacle of achievement for the Internet of Things sector.
Alistair Dabbs, 23 Jun 2017

Algorithmic pricing raises concerns for EU competition law enforcement

Analysis Algorithms used to track or adapt prices online raise competition concerns, according to a recent submission to the OECD by the European Union.
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Fasthosts' week to forget: 4-day virtual server summer bummer

Fasthosts hasn’t exactly draped itself in glory during this week of the summer solstice, what with the four day blackout of its virtual private server service and a partial eclipse of webmail.
Paul Kunert, 23 Jun 2017
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PC rebooted every time user flushed the toilet

On-Call Welcome yet again to On-Call, The Register's weekly column in which we take readers' tales of odd jobs in odd places, tart them up and present them to you as a bit of light relief on a Friday.
Simon Sharwood, 23 Jun 2017
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Red Hat dons hyperconverged headware

Red Hat's having a crack at a hyperconverged software stack.
Simon Sharwood, 23 Jun 2017
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Facebook gives itself mission to 'bring the world closer' by getting people off Facebook

Analysis Mark Zuckerberg's given Facebook a new mission statement: “To give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together", in the process rediscovering The Social Network™'s original purpose and exposing web utopianism as hopelessly optimistic.
Simon Sharwood, 23 Jun 2017
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NASA? More like NASAI: Brainy robots 'crucial' to space exploration

Autonomous space robots are going to be key to making new discoveries and exploring the furthest reaches of our Solar System and beyond, according to NASA scientists.
Katyanna Quach, 23 Jun 2017
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UK and Ecuador working on Assange escape mechanism

Ecuador's foreign minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa says the country is working with the UK to find a way for Julian Assange to leave its embassy.
Simon Sharwood, 23 Jun 2017
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Amazon adds Hyper-V file support to its storage gateway

Amazon Web Services dominates the public cloud, but its hybrid cloud story is currently weak.
Simon Sharwood, 23 Jun 2017
Arm wrestle - Intel vs. ARM

Qualcomm's server silicon has a cloud customer: Packet

Qualcomm looks to have a customer for the Centriq 2400 , the 48-core CPU it's aiming at the server market: the minor cloud player Packet has signed up “to introduce” the architecture to its customers.
Simon Sharwood, 23 Jun 2017
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Vblock tags in Vxblock: Move is a 'simplification' for punters

Dell EMC's converged infrastructure portfolio is changing. The Vblock – with its Cisco Nexus 1000v switch – is going away, while VxBlocks – with software-defined networking – are taking over.
Chris Mellor, 23 Jun 2017

Apple, LG, Huawei, ZTE, HTC accused of pilfering 'find my phone' tech

A software company that makes tracking tools for military and 911 crews says some of the biggest mobile phone makers on the planet are stealing its technology for their own security tools.
Shaun Nichols, 23 Jun 2017
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Latest Windows 10 Insider build pulls the trigger on crappy SMB1

Microsoft has released the newest build of Windows 10 Insider, version 16226, to developers on its fast-track release list.
Iain Thomson, 22 Jun 2017
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WikiLeaks doc dump reveals CIA tools for infecting air-gapped PCs

WikiLeaks has published online more top-secret documents it has obtained from the CIA describing the agency's hacking tools. This time the dossier details software codenamed Brutal Kangaroo that agents can use to infect targets' air-gapped computers with malware.
Iain Thomson, 22 Jun 2017
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Let's go live to the 3rd circle of Hell – and see what Comcast and Charter are screwing up

A Texas telco says Comcast sabotaged its cable network after it refused a buyout offer.
Shaun Nichols, 22 Jun 2017

Breaking news, literally: Newspaper's quakebot rumbled for fake story

A Los Angeles Times article-writing bot sent shockwaves through the internet Wednesday – by falsely reporting a hefty 6.8M earthquake had hit Santa Barbara county, California.
Katyanna Quach, 22 Jun 2017

Waymo: We've got a hot smoking gun in Uber 'tech theft' brouhaha

Waymo has proof Uber execs knew their star engineer Anthony Levandowski was in possession of designs stolen from Waymo well before Uber acquired Levandowski's self-driving vehicle startup.
Shaun Nichols, 22 Jun 2017
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Lordy! Trump admits there are no tapes of his chats with Comey

President Trump has, in a tweet-burst today, backtracked on his earlier menacing claim that he may have secretly recorded his meetings with then-FBI boss James Comey.
Iain Thomson, 22 Jun 2017

Genoans flout terror ban with bumper basil hand baggage policy

Heightened security at airports clearly doesn't apply to all liquids, at least not in Italy. An airport in Genoa is now allowing flyers to travel with jars of the local speciality sauce – pesto.
Paul Kunert, 22 Jun 2017
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Microsoft PatchGuard flaw could let hackers plant rootkits on x64 Windows 10 boxen

Flaws in Microsoft PatchGuard create a means for hackers to plant rootkits on Windows 10, 64-bit OS devices.
John Leyden, 22 Jun 2017
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Canadian sniper makes kill shot at distance of 3.5 KILOMETRES

A Canadian sniper has reportedly shot dead an Islamic State terrorist from the astonishing distance of 3,450 metres – more than two miles away.
Gareth Corfield, 22 Jun 2017
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Two Brits nabbed in connection with global plot to hack Microsoft network

Detectives have arrested two men in the UK this morning in connection with an international "conspiracy" to break into the Microsoft network.
Andrew Silver, 22 Jun 2017
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Hybrid storage newbie: It's storage Jim, but not as you know it

Reduxio, the startup that stories data in unique indexed, tagged and timestamped chunks, has introduced v3.0 software with unified primary and secondary storage.
Chris Mellor, 22 Jun 2017
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Gov.UK pops open tin of AI and robotics research cash

The UK government's long-promised Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund is open for business.
Rebecca Hill, 22 Jun 2017
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Flash-based and Dell-free: NetApp trots out SolidFire FlexPod

NetApp has introduced an all-flash SolidFire-based FlexPod.
Chris Mellor, 22 Jun 2017
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UCL ransomware attack traced to malvertising campaign

Security researchers have suggested that the ransomware attack on University College London last week was spread through a "malvertising" campaign.
John Leyden, 22 Jun 2017
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Putting AI to work in finance? Think algorithms, ethics first

Events Ethics, algorithms and finance are all key areas for machine learning and AI, which is why we’re chuffed to announce three more excellent speakers who will be joining us at MCubed London in October.
Team Register, 22 Jun 2017
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Research suggests UK consumers find 'fibre' advertising misleading

Adverts using the word "fibre" to describe services deployed over copper lines are leaving UK consumers baffled, according to research commissioned by alternative network providers.
Kat Hall, 22 Jun 2017
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Fujitsu loses Dimes amid plans to save dollars

UK and Ireland boss of Fujitsu, Lucy Dimes, has gone on gardening leave just one year into the job, according to multiple well-placed sources.
Kat Hall, 22 Jun 2017
Aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth under construction in Rosyth. Crown copyright

'No decision' on Raytheon GPS landing system aboard Brit aircraft carriers

The Ministry of Defence has insisted it has made “no decision” to install the US Navy’s JPALS aircraft carrier landing system aboard HMS Prince of Wales, the second of the Royal Navy’s two new 65,000-tonne aircraft carriers.
Gareth Corfield, 22 Jun 2017
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Ailing Brit chip designer Imagination Technologies up for sale

Trouble struck British chip designer Imagination Technologies has confirmed it is for sale amid an ongoing dispute with Apple that has crushed its valuation on the London Stock Exchange.
Paul Kunert, 22 Jun 2017
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Expansys shutters online mobile gadget souk to consumers

Mobile gadget souk Expansys shuttered its digital doors to consumers – a natural conclusion for a business that lost direction under the ownership of lanky Dragons' Den badass Peter Jones in a commoditised space.
Paul Kunert, 22 Jun 2017
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Flash array startup E8 whips out benchmarks, everyone will complain

NVMe over Fabrics flash array startup E8 says its box out-performs Dell EMC and Pure arrays by up to 20 times.
Chris Mellor, 22 Jun 2017
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Numbers war: How Bayesian vs frequentist statistics influence AI

If you want to develop your ML and AI skills, you will need to pick up some statistics and before you have got more than a few steps down that path you will find (whether you like it or not) that you have entered the Twilight Zone that is the frequentist/Bayesian religious war. I use the term "war" advisedly because war, by definition, has moved beyond debate and discussion. "Religious" because the war is based on belief systems, not information.
Mark Whitehorn, 22 Jun 2017
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Cheeky IT rival parks 'we're hiring' van outside 'vote Tory' firm Storm Technologies

Pic A rival of the reseller who threatened to sack Labour-voting employees hired a billboard van to drive past their HQ with the words “we’re hiring – where your vote is your choice” emblazoned on its side.
Gareth Corfield, 22 Jun 2017
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Cluster kids: Meet the students giving all for science and HPC glory

HPC Blog As part of our continuing coverage of the most exciting events in the computer sporting world, Student Cluster Competitions, we like to meet each team individually.
Dan Olds, 22 Jun 2017
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Humanity uploaded an AI to Mars and lets it shoot rocks with lasers

In late 2015 NASA gave the Curiosity Mars rover a software upgrade to let it operate autonomously. The Autonomous Exploration for Gathering Increased Science (AEGIS) code was uploaded because the rover can't be told what to do during the long periods communication with Earth is not possible. A little autonomy, NASA reckoned, could mean Curiosity could do more and perhaps better science.
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jun 2017
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Yes, this is our third Cisco story of the day. It's about 23 bugs you need to fix, stat

We all know the only thing more fun than a WebEx conference is a recorded WebEx conference, which is why WebEx Network Recording Player exists – and if you use it, you need to patch it.

PLATO mission to find alien life is given the thumbs up

The European Space Agency’s PLATO mission hunting for habitable exoplanets has been given the green light to move from blueprint into construction.
Katyanna Quach, 22 Jun 2017
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In the week Uber blew up, Netflix restates 'No brilliant jerks' policy

In 2009, Netflix published what became an influential slide deck explaining its culture, including a policy of not hiring “brilliant jerks” because the benefit of their moments of excellence are outweighed by the cost of their other behaviours.
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jun 2017

Cisco's 'encrypted traffic fingerprinting' turned into a product

Cisco has turned research published nearly a year ago into a product it hopes will protect enterprises against malware hidden in encrypted traffic.
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ITU thinks Blockchain and pals need interoperability

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has decided the time is ripe to start talking about what standards might be developed for distributed ledgers, aka Blockchain and fellow-travellers.
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jun 2017
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Cisco to reveal 'Starship' ride to cloudy server automation heaven

Cisco will next week reveal something called “Project Starship” that it promises will allow greater and easier automation of UCS servers and its HyperFlex hyperconverged appliances, no matter if they run in the data centre, remote office or a small business.
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jun 2017
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Researcher calls the fuzz on OpenVPN, uncovers crashy vulns

OpenVPN has patched a bunch of security vulnerabilities that can be exploited to crash the service or, at a pinch, potentially gain remote-code execution.
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Arista-cats nearly out of the bag as redesigned products okayed

Arista's long slog back to the shelves in America continues with an initial determination from the International Trade Commission okaying its product redesign.
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Homeland Security: Putin’s hackers tried to crack electoral networks in 21 US states

Russian attempts to hack key American election systems are more advanced than first thought, according to Homeland Security officials on Wednesday.
Iain Thomson, 22 Jun 2017
Oracle acrobatics in the cloud

What hardware? Oracle is on cloud nine, er, twelve right now – $200,000,000,000

Oracle says it has finally turned the corner with its cloud compute transition as it reports big gains for the business, both in the quarter and the fiscal year.
Shaun Nichols, 22 Jun 2017

Darkness to fall over North America from a total solar eclipse

America will witness, for the first time in 99 years, a total solar eclipse stretching from coast to coast on August 21.
Katyanna Quach, 21 Jun 2017
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Oz senate committee says 'robo-debt' program was 'set up to fail'

Federal Government senators have rejected a Senate report that describes its “robo-debt” program as “set up to fail”.
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Walmart tells developers to stay away from AWS

Retail giant Walmart says it doesn't want its developer partners using Amazon Web Services to host their cloud apps.
Shaun Nichols, 21 Jun 2017
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OnePlus accused of installing cheat codes for benchmarks with new handset

On Tuesday OnePlus launched its latest smartphone with much hoopla, and the handset has already found notoriety.
Iain Thomson, 21 Jun 2017
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Etsy issues pink slips for almost quarter of staff in quest for profit

Arts and crafts market Etsy announced today that it is cutting more workers in an effort to get its finances back on track.
Shaun Nichols, 21 Jun 2017
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Cybereason snags $100m from Softbank to mount distribution, tech offensive

Cybersecurity startup Cybereason is looking to go to the next level after securing $100m in funding from SoftBank.
John Leyden, 21 Jun 2017
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HPE teases HPC punters with scalable gear

The first fruit of Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s buy of SGI is set to hit the streets in July with the release of a high performance system - the HPE SGI 8600.
Paul Kunert, 21 Jun 2017
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US Air Force resumes F-35A flights despite not knowing why pilot oxygen systems failed

The US Air Force has today restarted flights of F-35As that were grounded by oxygen supply problems, even as it admits that it still doesn’t know what caused the life support systems to malfunction.
Gareth Corfield, 21 Jun 2017
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Speaking in Tech: IT's a GaaS with Trump at top

Podcast Podcast This week Amy and Melissa are joined by special guest Sarah Vela (@orchid8), senior digital communications manager at Forcepoint (@forcepointsec). They discuss new jobs, Trumping government in the cloud, buying Whole Foods with Alexa, pizza on Mars, AirBnB's shifting business model, and how to use LinkedIn.
Team Register, 21 Jun 2017
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Avere: You're going to see tighter integration between us and Google

Analysis NAS acceleration and cloud on-ramp supplier Avere is facing a surging cloud on-ramp business, now at parity with its data centre business, and growing much faster, with a Google relationship looking key.
Chris Mellor, 21 Jun 2017

TalkTalk customers complain of being unable to load Amazon website

Certain UK TalkTalk customers have been unable to load Amazon's website since last week.
Kat Hall, 21 Jun 2017
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Breach at UK.gov's Cyber Essentials scheme exposes users to phishing attacks

Updated The operation behind the UK government's Cyber Essentials scheme has suffered a breach exposing the email addresses of registered consultancies, it told them today.
John Leyden, 21 Jun 2017
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It's fluffy bottom line time at Adobe. That's a good thing, if you were wondering

Adobe has locked customers into its cloud services, and the fluffy white stuff has continued to, well, fluff up both its top and bottom lines.
Andrew Silver, 21 Jun 2017
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Honda plant in Japan briefly stops making cars after fresh WannaCrypt outbreak

Honda said today that it had briefly halted operations at a car plant in Sayama, Japan earlier this week because of the infamous WannaCrypt ransomware.
John Leyden, 21 Jun 2017
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WDC wants in on Japan-backed consortium to buy Toshiba's chip biz

WDC may have a way back into Toshiba's memory business auction although Toshiba has selected the Japanese state-backed INCJ consortium's ¥2tn ($18bn) bid group, which excluded WDC.
Chris Mellor, 21 Jun 2017

Want to learn machine learning in 15 minutes? Start here...

How to If you’ve heard the excitement about machine learning, but aren’t quite sure how it could apply to your business, the best way forward is to rip off the cover and see it working for yourself.
Cheryl Everitt, 21 Jun 2017

Ad 'urgently' seeks company to build national e-ID system

An intriguing, and slightly concerning, job ad has appeared on freelancing website People Per Hour, entitled: "URGENT!!! Delivery of a National e-ID System".
Kat Hall, 21 Jun 2017
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Queen's speech announces laws to protect personal data

The government is to pass new laws to protect personal data and create a commission for countering extremism on the internet, the Queen announced in the annual state opening of Parliament today.
Kat Hall, 21 Jun 2017

Tesla's driverless car software chief steps down

Tesla's driverless car software chief, a former Apple engineer, has quit just six months after he joined Elon Musk's 'leccy car builders.
Gareth Corfield, 21 Jun 2017
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Gov digitisation plans happening too slowly, say IfG policy wonks. Hear that, GDS?

In what might seem like an exercise stating the blindingly obvious, a report by policy wonks at think tank The Institute for Government has found that gov tech transformation is "happening too slowly" and the online identity platform Verify needs some urgently intervention.
Kat Hall, 21 Jun 2017
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Reg Radicals lecture encompasses far right, libertarians, and mushrooms...

Reg Lectures If the recent election’s clash of centre right and a bit left leaves you cold, perhaps the prospect of libertarians versus transhumanists might make you sit up and take notice.
Team Register, 21 Jun 2017
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F-Secure's Mikko Hypponen on IoT: If it uses electricity, it will go online

Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer at Finnish security company F-Secure, spoke to The Reg at the launch of Sense, a consumer firewall device that aims to "secure your connected things".
Tim Anderson, 21 Jun 2017

Gear, racks, software hacks – what the cluster kids are rockin' at ISC17

HPC Blog The tension is rising at the ISC17 Student Cluster Competition being held this week in Frankfurt, Germany. Eleven university teams are vying for the coveted Ultimate Champion award, the Highest LINPACK award, and the Fan Favourite Prize.
Dan Olds, 21 Jun 2017
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Conservative manifesto disappears offline – then mysteriously reappears

The Conservative Party’s 2017 manifesto was briefly deleted from its website this morning – on the same day that political Britain downs tools for the State Opening of Parliament.
Gareth Corfield, 21 Jun 2017

Challenging dodgy generalisations on IT spending

Reg Reader Research One of the silliest concepts peddled by large industry analyst firms is "The CIO agenda". Listen to some of them and you would get the impression that everyone running an IT department woke up one morning and decided the priority would now be Web 2.0, Enterprise 2.0, grid computing, SOA, cloud, analytics, mobile, IoT, software development, DevOps, or one of the other "critical imperatives" that have been foisted on us over the years.
Dale Vile, 21 Jun 2017
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Toshiba chip biz auction: Picks Japan-Bain fund bid

Toshiba has reportedly picked a home-grown Japanese state-backed fund to buy its memory business, and has frozen out flash foundry joint-venture partner WDC.
Chris Mellor, 21 Jun 2017
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Cloud may be the future, but it ain't all sunshine and rainbows

Yes, cloud might be the future but what truths lie hidden beneath this rock of certainty? You've heard the hype, pros and cons, but there's plenty the average cloud user may not have considered in the clamour to get up there. Our company recently heeded the cloud's call, and this is what we discovered.
Stuart Burns, 21 Jun 2017

Debian 9 feels like home with security upgrades and a flaming vulpine warming your toes

Review The Debian Project has released Debian 9 after two years and, as you might expect for a work that's taken so long, it's quite an overhaul.

BT problems impact Department for Work and Pensions services

Users trying to get through to the Child Maintenance Service have been unable to do so for the past two days because of problems with BT.
Kat Hall, 21 Jun 2017
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Lenovo re-launches data centre range with two new ThinkThing lines

Lenovo reckons its data centre range has never had a refresh quite like it: 25 new products, a couple of new brands and a new CPU to play with as well.
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jun 2017

Researchers take the piss with pee-powered liquid energy project

Boffins in Bristol have the perfect solution to the two most common late-night problems: finding somewhere to urinate and keeping your phone charged.
Kieren McCarthy, 21 Jun 2017
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Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has resigned, says report

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has resigned, according to The New York Times.
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jun 2017
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Anyone want a private YouTube collab-o-tron? Microsoft hopes you do

Microsoft's launched “Stream”, a cloud service perhaps best understood as a private YouTube, with extras.
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jun 2017
Chrome vs. Firefox

Google, Mozilla both say they sped up the web today. One by blocking ads. One with ads

Mozilla's announced that its “Firefox Focus” ad-busting browser has made it to Android.
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jun 2017
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BMC and CA in agreeable acquisition talks – report

BMC and CA are considering a consensual acqui-merger, reports Bloomberg.
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jun 2017
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Apple ups the stakes in patent royalties battle with Qualcomm

Apple is expanding its legal war with Qualcomm to include an attempt at having the chip designer's patents thrown out.
Shaun Nichols, 21 Jun 2017

No, really. You can see through walls using drones and Wi-Fi

Video Drones can perform three-dimensional imaging of objects through walls using Wi-Fi, a team of researchers demonstrated for the first time.
Katyanna Quach, 20 Jun 2017
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Google switches on Sydney cloud region, with a subset of services

Google Cloud Platform's Sydney region is now open for business … but missing lots of services the company's cloud offers elsewhere.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Jun 2017
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Microsoft admits to disabling third-party antivirus code if Win 10 doesn't like it

Windows 10 does disable some third-party security software, Microsoft has admitted, but because of compatibility – not competitive – issues.
Iain Thomson, 20 Jun 2017
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Melbourne Uni hoping to hoist tiny telescope to look at BIG explosions

A couple of years after it was first conceived, a Melbourne University-led infrared astronomy cubesat proposal called SkyHopper is gathering momentum.
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Uber wants your top tips to mend its rotten image

Uber is looking to mend fences with its drivers by adding the option for riders to tip.
Shaun Nichols, 20 Jun 2017
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Tesla death smash probe: Neither driver nor autopilot saw the truck

American crash investigators have thrown open their files on a fatal motorway collision between a Tesla Model S and a truck, confirming Tesla’s earlier statement that its autopilot failed to notice the truck blocking the car’s path.
Gareth Corfield, 20 Jun 2017

Ego stroking, effusive praise and promise of billions: White House tech meeting in full

Monday afternoon saw the first meeting of the "American Technology Council" at the White House, during which most of the country's top tech CEOs gathered around to talk about what could be done to modernize the US government's abysmal IT systems.
Kieren McCarthy, 20 Jun 2017

US is Number One! In sales register hacking attacks, at least

Hacking attacks against sales terminals have risen by nearly a third last year, and the US is still leading the way in being insecure.
John Leyden, 20 Jun 2017

Costa Rica complains of US govt harassment over Pirate Bay domain

The operator of Costa Rica's .cr internet registry has formally complained that it is being harassed by the US government over The Pirate Bay domain on its system.
Kieren McCarthy, 20 Jun 2017

In the Epyc center: More Zen server CPU specs, prices sneak out of AMD

Updated Here it is: the official lineup of AMD's Epyc processors, which will go toe to toe with Intel's Xeons that utterly dominate the data center world.
Chris Williams, 20 Jun 2017
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Cisco hops on machine learning bandwagon with new switches

Cisco is once again making a push to tie its networking hardware deeper into the compute space, this time with "intuitive" boxes that are better able to analyze and control network traffic.
Shaun Nichols, 20 Jun 2017
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Microsoft says Skype outages are over – a few hours too early

Microsoft thought it had fixed global outages for Skype that began yesterday, but so far, no such luck. Skype is still going through ups and downs.
Andrew Silver, 20 Jun 2017
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Hacker exposed bank loophole to buy luxury cars and a face tattoo

A UK hacker who stole £100,000 from his bank after spotting a loophole in its systems has been jailed for 16 months.
John Leyden, 20 Jun 2017
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Microsoft throws its weight behind Parisian AI startup factory

Today, Microsoft announced that it'll be throwing its resources behind fledgling AI devs at a soon-to-launch startup space in Paris called Station F.
Andrew Silver, 20 Jun 2017
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MongoDB tries to entice time-poor devs with new Backend as a Service

MongoDB’s latest offering, Stitch, is aiming to appeal to developers that don’t have the time - or the inclination - to write boilerplate code.
Rebecca Hill, 20 Jun 2017
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A private equity titan has just forked out £700m for IT training biz QA

IT training company QA has been bought out by Europe's largest private equity firm, CVC Capital Partners.
Rebecca Hill, 20 Jun 2017
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Another FalconStor CEO out as storage software firm hunts for growth

FalconStor CEO Gary Quinn has resigned with Todd Oseth coming in to run this somewhat sickly storage software firm.
Chris Mellor, 20 Jun 2017
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Tesco Online IT meltdown: Fails to deliver THOUSANDS of grocery orders

An unspecified UK-wide technical glitch related to the food picking and packaging process left thousands of Tesco online grocery punters without their deliveries today, the retailer has told us.
Paul Kunert, 20 Jun 2017

Oxford profs tell Twitter, Facebook to take action against political bots

The use of algorithms and bots to spread political propaganda is "one of the most powerful tools against democracy", top academics have warned.
Rebecca Hill, 20 Jun 2017
Honeywell's R&amp;D Boeing 757, N757HW, showing detail of the testbed pylon

The Internet of Flying Thing: Reg man returns with explicit shots

Pics How do you tell the world you’re building smart(er) aircraft tech? If you’re Honeywell, you put a bunch of journalists in the front of your converted testbed airliner and take them for a flight 20,000 feet over eastern England, that’s how.
Gareth Corfield, 20 Jun 2017
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Guess who's just locked up £1.5bn Australian prison mega-contract? Our very own Serco

Business Process Outsourcing behemoth Serco is part of the NewPathways consortium that will sketch out, erect and run the largest prison in Australia under a mega-contract dished out today.
Paul Kunert, 20 Jun 2017
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Google may follow Apple, design mobile chips in-house

Comment The smartphone chip market it dominates is nevertheless an increasingly challenging one for Qualcomm. Slowing growth, litigation and rising Chinese competition are among its problems, but also the trend for the largest, richest handset makers to design their own chips.
Wireless Watch, 20 Jun 2017

And now for a little context: Let's talk hyperconverged systems

Broadcast Massively scalable server, storage and cloud orchestration architectures can provide an organisation with a plethora of options when it comes to building new IT systems and services. But they can also add to the age old headache as IT and business decision-makers look to deliver on their business goals.
David Gordon, 20 Jun 2017

'OK, everyone. Stop typing, this software is DONE,' said no one ever

Open Source Insider I recently received an email from an old shared hosting provider. The host wanted to "upgrade" my account to a new server. I had long since stopped using the account for all but one client site that ran a legacy version of Django. I built it ages ago, but it was done. It worked fine and the client was still happy with it. No big deal, I thought, they'll move it to a new server and it'll keep on running.
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Software 'submarine' surfaces data protection for the Nutanix hypervisor crowd

Comtrade Software’s HYCU is an app-aware data protection product tailored for Nutanix’s Acropolis hypervisor (AHV) with fast deployment, backup and recovery.
Chris Mellor, 20 Jun 2017
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Medicxi launches $300m European late-stage life sciences fund backed by Google company

Venture capital group Medicxi has announced a $300m late-stage life sciences fund that is backed by Novartis, the European Investment Fund (EIF) and Verily Life Sciences, the healthcare division of Google's holding company Alphabet.
OUT-LAW.COM, 20 Jun 2017
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Swiss super pushes USA off podium in new Top500 Supers list

A GPU injection to the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre's Piz Daint supercomputer has seen it hit 19,590 TFLOPS and in the process bump the “Titan” machine at the USA's Oak Ridge National Laboratory off the podium for just the third time in the history of the TOP500 list of the world's mightiest supercomputers.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Jun 2017

IBM's contractor crackdown continues: Survivors refusing pay cut have hours reduced

IBM's efforts to crimp the cost of its contract workforce are continuing, The Register has learned.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Jun 2017
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Samsung's 'Magician' for SSDs can let crims run evil code

The CERT Coordination Centre at Carnegie Mellon University has just popped two items onto storage admins to-do lists.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Jun 2017
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NSA had NFI about opsec: 2016 audit found laughably bad security

Second-rate opsec remained pervasive at the United States' National Security Agency, according to an August 2016 review now released under Freedom of Information laws.
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IBM appears to have excess cloud servers to shift at low, low, prices

Cloud computing prices come down regularly, but IBM's just offered a price cut of a sort The Register hasn't seen before – a temporary discount on bare metal servers running just one CPU family.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Jun 2017
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South Korean hosting co. pays $1m ransom to end eight-day outage

A South Korean web hosting company is forking out just over US$1 million to ransomware scum after suffering more than eight days of nightmare.
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Linus Torvalds and Greg Kroah-Hartman both have new Linux in mind

Linux lords Linus Torvalds and Greg Kroah-Hartman have clarified Linux's short term future.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Jun 2017
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Juniper puts an Enforcer on the door and adds Cisco to the guest list

Juniper Networks has announced an upgrade to its Software Defined Secure Networks (SDSN) platform, and among other things it's added cross-platform capabilities.

Stack Clash flaws blow local root holes in loads of top Linux programs

Powerful programs run daily by users of Linux and other flavors of Unix are riddled with holes that can be exploited by logged-in miscreants to gain root privileges, researchers at Qualys have warned.
Iain Thomson, 20 Jun 2017
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Australian Dept Defence pulling kit out of China-owned Global Switch

Paranoia will set the Australian government back AU$200 million between now and 2020, with the country's defence department deciding Chinese part-ownership of data hotel Global Switch represents a security risk.

NASA's Kepler space telescope finishes its original mission catalog

NASA’s Kepler space telescope has finished cataloging possible planets in the direction of the Cygnus constellation.

Intel: Joule's burned, Edison switched off, and Galileo – Galileo is no more

Intel has discontinued three of its offerings for the Internet of Things and embedded device markets.
Shaun Nichols, 20 Jun 2017
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Mexican government accused of illegal phone hacking of citizens

An investigation by Mexican NGOs and a Canadian tech lab has revealed how the Mexican government is illegally targeting the mobile phones of journalists, lawyers and activists to spy on them.
Kieren McCarthy, 19 Jun 2017

WhatsApp app in flap over chap's snap of URL mishap

A developer has found a hole in secure messaging tool WhatsApp's handling of links that could expose some traffic to third parties.
Shaun Nichols, 19 Jun 2017

Uber's New York competitor sued over driver equity scheme

Drivers of Uber-competitor Juno have taken out a class action lawsuit against the company, claiming that it ripped them off with an equity ownership scheme that was designed to attract them to the service.
Kieren McCarthy, 19 Jun 2017
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Varjo promises Oculus-killing VR/AR, but is it the next Magic Leap?

A Finnish startup reckons it has stolen the march on Oculus and other mixed reality forms with a headset capable of both virtual and augmented reality and with a resolution that's on a par with the human eye.
Iain Thomson, 19 Jun 2017
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You can't take the pervs off Facebook, says US Supreme Court

Facebook is a sex offender-friendly zone – by order of the Supreme Court.
Kieren McCarthy, 19 Jun 2017
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US voter info stored on wide-open cloud box, thanks to bungling Republican contractor

A massive cloud-hosted database containing personal information on nearly 200 million people in America was left wide open by consultants hired by the US Republican National Committee, it is claimed.
Shaun Nichols, 19 Jun 2017
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Datos IO gets nimbler vision at board level

Ex-Nimble president and CEO Suresh Vasudevan has joined Datos IO's board.
Chris Mellor, 19 Jun 2017
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Venture capital biz hires former EMC CEO

Former EMC grand fromage Joe Tucci has walked into a special advisor role at venture cap outfit 83North.
Paul Kunert, 19 Jun 2017

2 kool 4 komputing: Teens' interest in GCSE course totally bombs

The number of pupils signing up for GCSE computing has plateaued just years after the qualification was introduced, raising concerns that not enough is being done to help teachers with more difficult courses.
Rebecca Hill, 19 Jun 2017
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Pure suggests dishing out intelligence to dumb storage shelves

Update At Pure's Accelerate conference last week, the company talked about distributing intelligence to its NVMe fabric-accessed storage shelves.
Chris Mellor, 19 Jun 2017
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Microsoft's new Surface laptop defeats teardown – with glue

It appears as if Microsoft has been following the Apple playbook in creating another laptop whose components you can never replace.
Andrew Silver, 19 Jun 2017

Fancy buying our aircraft carrier satnav, Raytheon asks UK

American defence firm Raytheon has said it is in talks with the Ministry of Defence to put the US Navy’s “satnav for F-35s” system onto new British carrier HMS Prince of Wales.
Gareth Corfield, 19 Jun 2017
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Putting (machine) learning and (artificial) intelligence to work

MCubed Blue sky thinking is great, but if you’re interested in what machine learning and AI means for your business right now, you should really join us at MCubed London in October.
Team Register, 19 Jun 2017
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Hotheaded Brussels civil servants issued with cool warning: Leak

If he listened to the latest advice from HR types working for the European Commission, Brexit secretary David Davis may today be sat in a darkened room, dressed in cabana wear, as talks with the EU’s chief negotiator begin.
Paul Kunert, 19 Jun 2017

Scottish govt mulled scrapping £178m car-crash IT system

The Scottish government has considered scrapping its disastrous £178m rural payments IT system, according to an internal report.
Kat Hall, 19 Jun 2017
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Is your research hot or not? US boffins create ‘Tinder for preprints’

Boffins have created an app that lets users rate academic preprints and find people with similar academic tastes - and hope to use the results to spot trends in academic publishing.
Rebecca Hill, 19 Jun 2017

Jaguar Land Rover ropes in Gorillaz to help it lure 5,000 'electronic wizards'

Jaguar Land Rover has enlisted a cartoon musician to help it fill what it says are 5,000 electronics and software vacancies across the firm.
Gareth Corfield, 19 Jun 2017
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Cluster-wrestling kids pimp their HPC rides in Frankfurt

HPC Blog Eleven teams at the ISC17 Student Cluster Competition will go head to head live in glamorous Frankfurt, Germany, this week. Yep, this one goes to 11.
Dan Olds, 19 Jun 2017
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We grill high-end backup kid on its cloudy data protection stake

Interview Datos IO has a unique approach to data protection that is at odds with legacy media-server-based data protection and the use of purpose-built backup appliances.
Chris Mellor, 19 Jun 2017
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Brit uni blabs students' confidential information to 298 undergrads

The University of East Anglia has sent almost 300 undergraduates an email detailing other students' extenuating circumstances.
Rebecca Hill, 19 Jun 2017
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Migrating to Microsoft's cloud: What they won't tell you, what you need to know

“Move it all to Microsoft’s cloud,” they said. “It’ll be fine,” they said. You’ve done your research and the monthly operational cost has been approved. There’s a glimmer of hope that you’ll be able to hit the power button to turn some ageing servers off, permanently. All that stands in the way is a migration project. And that is where the fun starts.
Sonia Cuff, 19 Jun 2017

Report estimates cost of disruption to GPS in UK would be £1bn per day

The UK stands to lose £1bn per day in the event of a major disruption to the Global Positioning System (GPS), according to a government report.
Kat Hall, 19 Jun 2017
Cisco logo falling off Cisco building

When corporate signage goes BAD

LogoBotch Thanks to a sharp-eyed Reg reader in Norway who snapped the local Cisco offices, everyone can cop an eyeful of the unfortunate rebranding exercise that happened after it bought Tandberg in 2010.
Paul Kunert, 19 Jun 2017
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Elon Musk reveals Mars colony rocket capable of bringing pizza joints to the red planet

Elon Musk has published his blueprint for “Making Humans a Multi-Planetary Species” by establishing a self-sufficient city on Mars.
Simon Sharwood, 19 Jun 2017
Google's sample heat map for VR videos

Virtual reality audiences stare straight ahead 75% of the time

YouTube's revealed the secret to making an engaging virtual reality video: put the best parts right in front of the audience so they don't have to move their heads.
Simon Sharwood, 19 Jun 2017
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Israel gets spooky with national quantum lab

Israel has entered the quantum communications arms race, announcing it's going to build a national demonstrator for “spooky” communications.
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Gartner confirms what we all know: AWS and Microsoft are the cloud leaders, by a fair way

Gartner has published a new magic quadrant for infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) that – surprising nobody – has Amazon Web Services and Microsoft alone in the leader's quadrant and a few others thought outside of the box.
Simon Sharwood, 19 Jun 2017
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It's 2017, and UPnP is helping black-hats run banking malware

Another banking malware variant has been spotted in the wild, and it's using UPnP to pop home routers to expose unsuspecting home users, recruited as part of the botnet.
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Internet boffins take aim at BGP route leaks

One of the most persistent bugs in internet infrastructure, route leaks in the border gateway protocol (BGP), is in the sights of a group of 'net boffins with their new Internet-Draft.
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Google plans to scrub 'inflammatory' and terror vids from youTube

Google's revealed its plans to remove terror-related content from YouTube and decided the investment community should hear about it before the rest of us.
Simon Sharwood, 19 Jun 2017
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That's random: OpenBSD adds more kernel security

OpenBSD has a new security feature designed to harden it against kernel-level buffer overruns, the "KARL" (kernel address randomised link).

Backdoor backlash: European Parliament wants better privacy

A committee of the European Parliament is pushing back against the anti-encryption sentiment infesting governments around the world, with a report saying citizens need more protection, not less.

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