The Week in Summary

Magic Leap

Magic Leap bounds into the Games Developer Conference and... disappears

GDC After months – no, years – of Magic Leap promising to revolutionize the gaming world with its augmented reality technology, this week the company finally launched… sort of.
Kieren McCarthy, 21 Mar 2018

Facebook opens up Big Basin Volta plans to share the server wealth

Facebook has revealed its updated GPU-powered server design known as Big Basin v2 as part of the Open Compute Project.
Katyanna Quach, 21 Mar 2018
John L. Hennessy and David A. Patterson

Google gives its $1m Turing prize to, er, top Google bods: RISC men Hennessy, Patterson

The two engineers who further developed and popularized the concept of RISC microprocessors have won the 2017 ACM Turing Award.
Shaun Nichols, 21 Mar 2018
Air Force roundtable, by Wade Baker

US mulls drafting gray-haired hackers during times of crisis

A US government commission has asked the public for its thoughts on possible changes to the military's selective service rules to allow the conscription of technical talent, including those with computer-oriented skills, regardless of sex or age.
Thomas Claburn, 21 Mar 2018
People whispering

SAP: Psst. Use our predictive analytics in your apps – you won't even know we're there

German ERP giant SAP has launched an Application Edition of its Predictive Analytics software – part of its Leonardo toolkit.
Rebecca Hill, 21 Mar 2018
Nerdy kid in class with hand up

IBM claims its machine learning library is 46x faster than TensorFlow

Analysis IBM boasts that machine learning is not just quicker on its POWER servers than on TensorFlow in the Google Cloud, it's 46 times quicker.
Chris Mellor, 21 Mar 2018

2 + 2 = 4, er, 4.1, no, 4.3... Nvidia's Titan V GPUs spit out 'wrong answers' in scientific simulations

Nvidia’s flagship Titan V graphics cards may have hardware gremlins causing them to spit out different answers to repeated complex calculations under certain conditions, according to computer scientists.
Katyanna Quach, 21 Mar 2018

Seagate's HAMR to drop in 2020: Multi-actuator disk drives on the way

In 2020 Seagate will introduce its first multi-actuator disk drives using Heat-Assisted Magnetic Recording (HAMR) tech with 20TB capacities.
Chris Mellor, 21 Mar 2018
Group of People Waving Filipino Flags in Back Lit

Programming languages can be hard to grasp for non-English speakers. Step forward, Bato: A Ruby port for Filipinos

A Filipino developer is hoping his handmade Ruby port will help bring coding skills to some of the Philippines's poorest communities.
Shaun Nichols, 21 Mar 2018
Picture by Orlok / Shutterstock

UK surgeon suspects his PC was hacked to target Syrian hospital

A British surgeon whose instructions over the internet helped to guide operations in war-torn Aleppo fears his PC was hacked in order to target a makeshift hospital that was subsequently bombed.
John Leyden, 21 Mar 2018
Boom across construction area with sign denying walkers access

Symantec cert holdout sites told: Those Google Chrome warnings are not a good look

Many high profile UK sites still use Symantec certificates just days before Google will begin the process of dropping support for them with the next and upcoming releases of its Chrome browser.
John Leyden, 21 Mar 2018
Photo by Gilmanshin / Shutterstock

HPE burns offering to Apollo 6500, unleashes cranked deep learning server on world+dog

HPE has updated its Apollo 6500 deep learning server with a threefold performance boost over its precursor by stuffing it with eight Tesla V100 GPUs, which speak to each other via Nvidia's NVlink 2.0 interconnect protocol.
Chris Mellor, 21 Mar 2018

Oh bucket! Unpack the suitcases. TRAPPIST-1 planets too wet to support life

New research published in Nature Astronomy has poured, er, cold water on hopes that it may be possible to detect life on Earth-sized planets in the TRAPPIST-1 system.
Richard Speed, 21 Mar 2018

Brit MPs chide You're acting like EU data adequacy prep is easy

In the latest report slamming preparations for the UK’s departure from the European Union next year, and the subsequent transition period, Britain's Commons Home Affairs Committee has said it has “serious concerns” about the future of data flows.
Rebecca Hill, 21 Mar 2018
Older bearded man inputs data from a printed chart into a computer

From spinning rust to SSD: What to wear when things are looking worn

My proper storage friends have a term: “spinning rust”. It’s used to refer to traditional hard disks, which store data by magnetising cells on ferromagnetic layers on rotating discs (“platters”). “Ferro” = iron; iron oxide is the proper name for rust. Geddit?
Dave Cartwright, 21 Mar 2018

Three's a cloud: Toshiba picks its NVMe over Fabrics storage node

Surprise, surprise – flash chip and SSD manufacturer Toshiba has announced NVMe fabric-access flash array software. What's its game?
Chris Mellor, 21 Mar 2018

Seen from spaaaaace: Boffins check world's oceans for plastic

European Space Agency (ESA) scientists plan to use satellite shortwave infrared (SWIR) sensing to detect plastic litter concentrations in the oceans.
Richard Speed, 21 Mar 2018
Velvet rope behind rolls royce

None of my flash rivals NVMe: Analyst spills tea on who's who in fabric-access NVMe arrays

It may be a surprise to some, but a tech consultancy has said that the existing all-flash array market is in no danger of losing market share to NMVe over Fabrics (NVMeoF) types – saying they're not competing in the same areas. It also said mainstream storage array suppliers would soon be snapping up the NVMeoF startups for their technology.
Chris Mellor, 21 Mar 2018
Bennerley viaduct from drone photo Sustrans

Fancy a viaduct? We have a wrought Victorian iron marvel to sell you

Geek's Guide to Britain The pell-mell expansion of Britain's railways in the 19th century has bequeathed some impressive feats of engineering. Great stone viaducts like those at Calstock in Cornwall and Harringworth near Melton Mowbray get the glory, but for my money it's the iron bridges that are the real marvels.
Alun Taylor, 21 Mar 2018

No, Sierra Leone did not just run the world's first 'blockchain election'

Blockchain enthusiasts may be a little deflated today, after the nation of Sierra Leone took to Twitter to debunk claims it had conducted “the world’s first blockchain election.”
Simon Sharwood, 21 Mar 2018

ESA's Ariel mission will boldly spot exoplanets not seen before

The European Space Agency is launching a mission to find out how planets form and how life emerges in space, it announced on Tuesday.
Katyanna Quach, 21 Mar 2018

Telegram still won't hand over crypto keys it says it does not store

Secure messaging service Telegram says it will appeal a Russian Supreme Court order to hand over encryption keys to the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation – the FSB.
Shutterstock tools

Creaking Chromebooks getting Meltdown protection soon

Older Chromebook owners should keep an eye open for Chrome OS updates, because Google has announced they'll get Meltdown protection soon.
Salesforce Mulesoft acquisition logo mashup fun

Salesforce saddles itself with MuleSoft for $6.5bn

Salesforce has decided to buy API-farmer MuleSoft for a cool US$6.5bn – about a billion bucks above the latter company’s market capitalisation.
Simon Sharwood, 21 Mar 2018

Cambridge Analytica CEO suspended – and that's not even the worst news for them today

For the fourth straight day, Cambridge Analytica is scrambling in the wake of damning media reports.
Shaun Nichols, 21 Mar 2018
Facebook Lite app

Commonwealth Games are just the ticket for Facebook

Facebook may be up to its armpits in alligators, but that hasn't stopped Australia's Gold Coast Council from chumming up with the ad-farm to offer free Wi-Fi to visitors at the upcoming Commonwealth Games.
AMD bloodbath

CTS who? AMD brushes off chipset security bugs with firmware patches

AMD has finally weighed in with its opinion of the security flaws in its Epyc, Ryzen, Ryzen Pro, and Ryzen Mobile chips, identified in a rather over-the-top fashion by CTS-Labs a week ago.
Thomas Claburn, 21 Mar 2018

Now that's a bad trip: 880k credit cards 'likely' stolen by Orbitz hackers

Vacation-booking biz Orbitz has warned that sensitive details on as many as 880,000 credit cards have "likely" been stolen from its servers by hackers.
Iain Thomson, 20 Mar 2018
Woman holding keys

Cluster-f*ck! Etcd DBs spaff passwords, cloud keys to world by default

Software called etcd, used for storing data across clusters of containers, has a problem – it does not implement authentication by default and so poses a security risk if deployed without further fiddling.
Thomas Claburn, 20 Mar 2018
Two execs in a server room. Has to have happened some time heh. Photo by Shutterstock

Windows Server 2019 coming next year and the price is going up

Microsoft has released more information about the new version of Windows Server, including a time-frame for release and a warning on prices.
Shaun Nichols, 20 Mar 2018

FBI raids home of spy sat techie over leak of secret comms source code on Facebook

The FBI has raided the home of US intelligence contractor John Weed who is suspected of leaking classified blueprints online via a fake Facebook account.
Iain Thomson, 20 Mar 2018
Firefox Quantum branding

Mozilla's opt-out Firefox DNS privacy test sparks, er, privacy outcry

Mozilla's plan to test a more secure method for resolving internet domain names – known as Trusted Recursive Resolver (TRR) via DNS over HTTPs (DoH) – in Firefox Nightly builds has met with objections from its user community due to privacy concerns.
Thomas Claburn, 20 Mar 2018

Addicts of Facebook and pals are easy prey for manipulative scumbags – thanks to tech giants' 'extraordinary reach'

Relying on internet giants' goodwill to stop the spread of misinformation online and prevent the manipulation of netizens has failed, Europe's top data protection watchdog has said, adding that regulators now need to take action.
Rebecca Hill, 20 Mar 2018
Dying Light

BlackBerry Z10 'share-price pump' lawsuit is back from the dead

A US judge has opted to resurrect a case claiming BlackBerry illegally propped up its stock amidst the calamitous Z10 handset release.
Shaun Nichols, 20 Mar 2018

Fire up your app dev skills at Cloud Foundry Summit in Boston

Promo Small to large enterprises around the globe rely on Cloud Foundry to automate and scale cloud applications across multiple clouds, in any language, through their lifecycle. Whether you are new to the platform or have some knowledge but would like to take it to a new level, the Cloud Foundry Summit in Boston, MA from April 18 to 20 looks to be your essential destination.
David Gordon, 20 Mar 2018

Screw luxury fridges, you can now run webOS on your Raspberry Pi

The mighty little OS that could is open source again. LG has revealed webOS OSE (Open Source Edition) under an Apache licence and ported it to the Raspberry Pi hardware.
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Mar 2018
Lauri Love, seen on the Strand in central London after his extradition appeal succeeded

US govt's final bid to extradite Lauri Love kicked into touch

The US government has had its final shot at arguing for the extradition of accused hacker Lauri Love snuffed out by the High Court in London, England.
Gareth Corfield, 20 Mar 2018

We need to talk, Brit Parliamentary committee tells Mark Zuckerberg

The Parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee has demanded Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg “appear before us to give oral evidence” in the fallout over Cambridge Analytica – while an ex-Facebooker is due to spill the beans tomorrow.
Gareth Corfield, 20 Mar 2018

You must be yolking: English pub to launch eggstravagent Yorkshire pudding

A Nottingham pub reckons it has cracked Easter PR with the launch of a Cadbury Creme Egg Yorkshire pud*.
Rebecca Hill, 20 Mar 2018
helium balloons - massive bunch held by man selling them

He He He: Seagate's gasbag Exos spinner surges up to 14TB

Seagate has unveiled a 14TB helium-filled disk drive in the Exos line.
Chris Mellor, 20 Mar 2018
Creepy clown holding balloon in woods

Gartner's top tip to data crunchers on the eve of GDPR? Don't be creepy

Businesses risk losing millions from the investments they made in data and analytics if they don’t respect their customers’ privacy, according to Gartner research director Bart Willemsen.
Rebecca Hill, 20 Mar 2018
Lion does a facepalm in the Maasai Mara National Reserve in kenya

Horn star Sudan, last male northern white rhino, dies aged 45

Sudan, aka "The Most Eligible Bachelor in the World” as per hook-up app Tinder, the last male northern white rhino, shuffled off this mortal coil yesterday, aged 45.
Richard Speed, 20 Mar 2018
A Boeing 777 airliner on landing. Pic: Shutterstock

UK's London Gatwick Airport boasts of driverless vehicle trial

London Gatwick Airport in the UK has declared that it is trialling autonomous cars for moving staff around the airfield.
Gareth Corfield, 20 Mar 2018

Brit police forces spend peanuts on cybercrime training

The police force covering the base of the UK's electronic spy agency, GCHQ, in Cheltenham, England, has admitted that it has spent nothing at all on cybercrime training over the past few years.
Gareth Corfield, 20 Mar 2018

Leading by example:'s secure server setup is patchy at best

The security of UK government websites is inconsistent, and local authorities are among the worst offenders.
John Leyden, 20 Mar 2018
A Greenwich Gateway Level 4 driverless pod, seen on Olympian Way, Greenwich. Pic: Gateway Consortium

British Level 4 driverless pods are whizzing along ... er, a London path

What’s it like to ride in a Level 4 driverless car? About the same as sitting on the bus, really – until you think closely about what a driverless pod whizzing down a riverside cycle path is actually achieving.
Gareth Corfield, 20 Mar 2018
Mezze platter

Cold cuts from Infinidat, Pivot3 and Pavilion Data, plus some dish on ex-Docker boss

Roundup In this week's roundup of bite-sized storage snacks: Infinidat has added a second data protection partnership, NVMe-oF startup Pavilion Data has lost one of its two co-founders, a peer-to-peer storage startup nabbed a Docker high-flier, and Pivot3 downsized its HCI product to a slim 1U shelf.
Chris Mellor, 20 Mar 2018
Big Bang

No, Stephen Hawking's last paper didn't prove the existence of a multiverse

Sorry: Stephen Hawking's last paper doesn't favour the so-called “multiverse”, but there's some cool stuff in it if you ignore the headlines.
Cloud and rockets

VMware ponders baking backup into VSAN

VMware has pondered baking backup and disaster recovery into its VSAN software-defined storage tool.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Mar 2018
Samsung DeX gives you a "Desktop experience" when docked to a full size screen

Samsung’s DeX dock clicks the second time around

First fondle When Samsung gave the world its DeX dock last year, we rated the device a solid, thoughtful job for its feat of allowing a smartphone to deliver a decent desktop experience.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Mar 2018
Man with head in the cloud

OpenMSA: A devops framework for the network admin

Interview In February, network automation company Ubiqube released another network management framework into the open source world. The Register spoke to CTO Hervé Guesdon to understand the company's hopes for its OpenMSA tools.

Space, the final blunt-tier: Binary system ejected huge 'spliff' asteroid, boffins reckon

Pic 'Oumuamua, the mysterious and oddly shaped interstellar asteroid spotted by astronomers, was probably ejected from a binary star system.
Katyanna Quach, 20 Mar 2018

Apple moves on HSTS abuse in Safari

Apple has moved to block an abuse vector in the WebKit framework that underpins its Safari browser and allows HSTS to be abused to act as a 'supercookie' for user tracking.

Cisco's 'Hybrid Information-Centric Networking' gets a workout at Verizon

Last week, we noted the re-emergence of a sleeper technology, Information-Centric Networking (ICN). we've now learned that Cisco's been hard at work on it: Switchzilla has unveiled a trial implementation with Verizon.

Trump blocks use of Venezuelan Petro cryptocoins in the US

The US has formally banned the trade of Venezuela's new state-backed cryptocurrency.
Shaun Nichols, 19 Mar 2018
Minority report

US cops go all Minority Report: Google told to cough up info on anyone near a crime scene

Efforts to track down criminals in the US state of North Carolina have laid bare a dangerous gap in the law over the use of location data.
Kieren McCarthy, 19 Mar 2018

1 in 5 Michigan state staffers fail phishing test but that's OK apparently

Network security for the US State of Michigan has been rated as "moderately sufficient" in an audit of its Department of Technology, Management, and Budget (DTMB).
Thomas Claburn, 19 Mar 2018

What's going great for Oracle? Cloud. What's not great? Just about everything else

Oracle is shaking off falling revenues in hardware and services by pointing to soaring cloud numbers in the three months to March.
Shaun Nichols, 19 Mar 2018
Cambridge Analytica

BOOM! Cambridge Analytica explodes following extraordinary TV expose

Updated Controversial data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica has been hit with an emergency data seizure order in England following an extraordinary series of events Monday night that revolved around a TV undercover expose.
Kieren McCarthy, 19 Mar 2018

Geoboffins believe gigantic volcanoes kickstarted Mars' oceans

A team of geophysicists have developed a new theory explaining how eruptions from some of the biggest volcanoes in the Solar System could have led to oceans on Mars.
Katyanna Quach, 19 Mar 2018

Bitcoin's blockchain: Potentially a hazardous waste dump of child abuse, malware, etc

Bitcoin's blockchain can be loaded with sensitive, unlawful or malicious data, raising potential legal problems in most of the world, according to boffins based in Germany.
Thomas Claburn, 19 Mar 2018
Pop art style illustration of man exclaiming WHAT? in shock/horror/bemusement.

Anyone fancy testing the 'unlimited' drive writes claim on Nimbus Data's 100TB whopper SSD?

Nimbus Data has introduced its 100TB ExaDrive DC series SSD, the highest-capacity flash drive available.
Chris Mellor, 19 Mar 2018
Uber safety marketing

Uber breaks self-driving car record: First robo-ride to kill a pedestrian

Updated A woman has died after she was hit by one of Uber's autonomous cars in the US.
Shaun Nichols, 19 Mar 2018
Piggy bank photo via Shutterstock

BT: We're shuttering final salary pension scheme

Former UK state-owned telco monopoly BT has confirmed the closure of the defined benefit BT Pension Scheme (BTPS) from the end of May with a "hybrid" replacement waiting in the wings.
Richard Speed, 19 Mar 2018

Coverity Scan code checker's systems crypto-jacked to run cheeky mining op

The systems of freebie open-source code scanning tool Coverity Scan were hacked and abused to run a cryptocurrency mining operation, its operator has confirmed.
John Leyden, 19 Mar 2018

Xilinx to bust ACAP in the dome of data centres all over with uber FPGA

Xilinx is developing a monstrous FPGA that can be dynamically changed at the hardware level.
Chris Mellor, 19 Mar 2018
Flying pig

Another day, another self-flying car pipe dream surfaces

Comment Audi and Airbus are pondering a self-driving car that can also fly, according to the latest Ripley* statement from a hype-filled sector.
Gareth Corfield, 19 Mar 2018
toshiba slide showing 64-layer 3d_nand ssd product

When I'm 64: Toshiba Memory Corp woos data centres with a little TLC... SSD trio

Toshiba is making a play for expanded data centre flash drive sales with a trio of 64-layer 3D NAND products.
Chris Mellor, 19 Mar 2018
We'll get our coats.

UK tech whale Micro Focus: Share price halves as CEO quits, sales slide

The brief tenure of Micro Focus CEO Chris Hsu came to an abrupt end today when he quit following a sales slide and confirmation of execution missteps since the purchase of HPE’s Software division.
Paul Kunert, 19 Mar 2018
Neon sign says 'Open'

Private Internet Access VPN opens code-y sarong, starting with Chrome extension

VPN tunneller Private Internet Access (PIA) has begun open sourcing its software.
Richard Speed, 19 Mar 2018
Money explosion photo via Shutterstock

Nice little Nesta egg: Former lottery quango took cash from Google

Former UK lottery quango Nesta pocketed cash from Google to set up a Big Tech-friendly think tank.
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Mar 2018
Stef Hoffer

Here is how Google handles Right To Be Forgotten requests

RTBF trial Google allows software engineers, as well as its dedicated Right To Be Forgotten (RTBF) operatives, to make decisions about which search results ought to be deleted on request – and places such requests onto its internal bug-handling systems.
Gareth Corfield, 19 Mar 2018
Airbus A350-1000

Breaking up is hard to do: Airbus, new bae Google and clinging on to Microsoft's 'solutions'

Airbus won't eradicate Microsoft Office from its entire user base after all it seems: the Defence, Space and Helicopters units will retain the on-premises version due to the "legal and national security implications" of storing sensitive data in the cloud.
Paul Kunert, 19 Mar 2018
Weightlifting button on keyboard

Sysadmin held a rack of servers off the ground for 15 mins, crashed ISP when he put them down

Who, me? Welcome to the ninth edition of Who, me? In case you’ve come late to the party, it’s The Register’s Monday column featuring readers’ tales of stuffing things up.
Simon Sharwood, 19 Mar 2018

Facebook suspends account of Cambridge Analytica whistleblower

Updated Chris Wylie, the whistleblower who has alleged the knowingly improper use of Facebook data by Cambridge Analytica, says The Social Network™ has suspended his account.
Simon Sharwood, 19 Mar 2018
China will see you on the dark side of the moon

China to offer recoverable satellites-as-a-service

China’s told the world it plans to get into the recoverable satellite business.
Simon Sharwood, 19 Mar 2018
Project ACRN logo

Linux Foundation backs new ‘ACRN’ hypervisor for embedded and IoT

The Linux Foundation has announced a new hypervisor for use in embedded and internet of things scenarios.
Simon Sharwood, 19 Mar 2018
Microsoft Edge browser

Windows 10 to force you to use Edge, even if it isn't default browser

Microsoft’s about to test a new feature of Windows 10 that will force users to employ its Edge browser under some circumstances.
Simon Sharwood, 18 Mar 2018

Facebook confirms Cambridge Analytica stole its data; it’s a plot, claims former director

Analysis Facebook has “suspended” any business with controversial analytics firm Cambridge Analytica (CA) and its holding company, following claims by CA’s former director that the social media ad slinger’s data was purloined and used for political dirty tricks.
Iain Thomson, 18 Mar 2018

Nest reveals the first truly connected home

Comment After years of hype, the connected home is finally here thanks to a range of new products available this week from Google-owned Nest.
Kieren McCarthy, 17 Mar 2018

Machines making music, translating Chinese, self-driving trucks, and more

Roundup Welcome to this week's AI roundup. We have news on a machine learning model used by Google to make music that doesn't sound completely bad, improved translation between English and Chinese from Microsoft, and a new test bed for Waymo's self-driving trucks.
Katyanna Quach, 17 Mar 2018

AMD security flaw saga, browsers broken, Lamo dead at 37, and more

Roundup The lingering fallout of security flaws in AMD processor chipsets has dominated the news this week, and it ain't over yet.
Iain Thomson, 17 Mar 2018

Nip/Tug: Plastic surgeon accused of mid-surgery 'hardcore' smut binge

A Los Angeles plastic surgeon has been accused of watching porn videos on a screen while performing surgery.
Shaun Nichols, 17 Mar 2018

Oracle botherer Rimini Street brags of swelling fortunes – but hands tied on reinvesting cash

Rimini Street, the third-party support thorn in Oracle's side, has reported increased revenue and operating profit in 2017 – but complained unspecified covenants have prevented it from investing in sales staff or marketing.
Rebecca Hill, 16 Mar 2018
Woman telling you to be quiet

Android Oreo mic drop fury: Google ups tempo for Pixel mobe audio fix

Google has escalated the priority and severity rating of a bug that has been silencing microphones on its Pixel smartphones running Android 8.1, aka Oreo.
Thomas Claburn, 16 Mar 2018
Illustration of someone taking off a mask

FYI: AI tools can unmask anonymous coders from their binary executables

Talk about the ultimate Git Blame.
Thomas Claburn, 16 Mar 2018
Bitcoin ban

Crypt-NO-coins: US city bans mining funbux on its electrical power grid

A city in upstate New York has become the first in America to effectively ban any new commercial-grade cryptocurrency miners from powering up.
Shaun Nichols, 16 Mar 2018

Whois? More like WHOWAS: Domain database on verge of collapse over EU privacy

An effort to resolve conflicts between upcoming European privacy legislation and the global Whois service for domain names has, predictably, failed, raising fears that cybercriminals will take advantage of the impasse.
Kieren McCarthy, 16 Mar 2018
Monopoly photo via Shutterstock

Konichiw-aaaaargh! Amazon's Japanese HQ raided in antitrust probe

Amazon has had its Japanese headquarters raided by police as the web giant finds itself the focus of an antitrust probe.
Shaun Nichols, 16 Mar 2018
ANPR reading number plate of car on motorway told: Draw up code of practice for cops bulk-slurping car plates

UK government will be forced to debate a code of practice for cops' use of automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) systems after Labour MPs tabled an amendment to the Data Protection Bill.
Rebecca Hill, 16 Mar 2018
money laundering

Crooks opt for Monero as crypto of choice to launder ill-gotten gains

Crooks are increasingly turning to Monero over Bitcoin, according to a new study on the economics of cybercrime.
John Leyden, 16 Mar 2018
Wide angle image makes the moon look much bigger than the earth

Neural networks whip fleshbag butt at identifying craters

A neural network can wipe the floor with fleshy researchers at that most tedious of cosmic tasks – spotting craters.
Richard Speed, 16 Mar 2018

To Infinity Storage... and beyond! Cloudian gobbles Italian minnow

Object storage supplier Cloudian is buying Italian firm Infinity Storage to add file access and cloud storage gateway functionality to its services.
Chris Mellor, 16 Mar 2018
Uber self-driving car on a transport truck

Birmingham UK to Uber: Want a new licence? Tell us about your operating model

Birmingham authorities have asked for more information on Uber's business model and operations before granting it a new licence.
Rebecca Hill, 16 Mar 2018
Three store maidenhead

UK mobe network Three's profits hit by IT upgrade costs

Mobile operator Three UK reported a fall in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA)* of 2 per cent to £437m for its full-year results – largely due to an IT and network upgrade.
Kat Hall, 16 Mar 2018
Vic and Bob as Noddy Holder and Dave Hill

Phone-free Microsoft patents Notch-free phone

"The Notch"* is either the curse of 2018 phone designs – or the only interesting thing about boring phone designs in 2018, depending on how you look at it. Now details of a Microsoft phone patent have emerged that could make future phones less Notchy.
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Mar 2018

Brexit in spaaaace! At T-1 year and counting: UK politicos ponder impact

Countries are pouncing on space work originally destined for the UK like a “feeding frenzy of hyenas” according to a selection of representatives from the UK industry and education sectors.
Richard Speed, 16 Mar 2018

Techies building UK web smut age check tools: You'll get a spec next week

A spec for online age verification is due to be published on Monday, a decision backers hope will pacify opponents of the smut checks.
Rebecca Hill, 16 Mar 2018
Currys PC World shop sign. Pic: Shutterstock

Brit retailer Currys PC World says sorry for Know How scam

Currys PC World today apologised for forcing customers to pay an extra £40 for pre-configuration on their laptops that they didn't request – a dodgy practice brought to light by consumer charity Which?
Kat Hall, 16 Mar 2018

Hello, Spotify? Are you on? Perils and pratfalls of own-brand hardware

Analysis As Spotify nears an IPO, it is edging towards making home music gear, with a voice-powered speaker the most likely debutant.
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Mar 2018
Woman shrugs. Photo by sHutterstock

Who knew? Fabric access NVMe arrays can work with Spectrum Scale

Case study IBM Spectrum Scale (GPFS) started out as a parallel access filesystem for disk-based arrays – so some may have expected it to fall over and die in the face of lightning fast access NVMe SSD and NVMe fabric access arrays.
Chris Mellor, 16 Mar 2018
Leonidas, king of Sparta, as portrayed by Gerard Butler in the film 300. Pic copyright: Warner Bros

I couldn't give a Greek clock about your IoT fertility tracker

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Like to get wet, confides (or asks) the manufacturer in suitably moist English.
Alistair Dabbs, 16 Mar 2018
Network scientists

Brace yourselves, netadmins, there's a new cable on the market

This week's network-news-in-five minutes has Palo Alto Networks acquiring a startup, a slew of Cisco switches, Juniper's fabric fetish, network monitoring and more.

Taxpayers chuck burnt-out Bongs* millions of pounds to 'decelerate'

The taxpayer is helping fund a "Decelerator" for burnt-out startups in London's Shoreditch to help them "reflect and reprioritise".
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Mar 2018
Bolt and screw on metal surface

Hate to add to the wanky jargon – but your digital transformation is actually a bolt-on

It's hard to believe there once was a more innocent time when if somebody used the phrase "digital transformation" you might think they were being pretentious about making the switch from renting films on DVD delivered in the post to Amazon Prime downloads. But there's still a lot of confusion around the term – even more so when people start to ask organisations that have started down that path whether it has worked.
Billy MacInnes, 16 Mar 2018
Data center

Happy days are here again: 2017 set record for infrastructure sales

Analyst firm Canalys has claimed 2017 saw record shipments of data centre infrastructure.
Simon Sharwood, 16 Mar 2018
Dot matrix printer with continuous stationery

Office junior had one job: Tearing perforated bits off tractor-feed dot matrix printer paper

On-Call Why look at that! Friday is upon us, which means it’s time to read this week’s edition of On-Call, our weekly column featuring Register readers’ recollections of tech support jobs gone wrong.
Simon Sharwood, 16 Mar 2018

Ugh, of course Germany trounces Blighty for cyber security salaries

Cyber security professionals in Germany earn on average 17 per cent more than their UK counterparts.
John Leyden, 16 Mar 2018

Google buffs Chrome Enterprise with new tub of PartnerShine™

Google’s beefed up Chrome Enterprise, its US$50-a-year management service for Chrome OS devices.
Simon Sharwood, 16 Mar 2018
Robot as person illustration via Shutterstock

Cyborg fined for riding train without valid ticket

A self-described “cyborg” who slipped a public transport smartcard under his skin has pled guilty to riding trains without a valid ticket and copped a fine, plus costs.
Simon Sharwood, 16 Mar 2018
Wear OS logo

One in three Android Wear owners also uses ... an iPhone

LogoWatch LogoWatch Google’s re-branded Android Wear, the cut of Android for wearable devices, as “Wear OS by Google” and added the tag line "make every minute matter".
Simon Sharwood, 16 Mar 2018

Boffins find sign of water existing deep into Earth's mantle by looking at diamonds

Water covers most of the Earth’s surface and flows deep beneath it as well. But how deep it travels is unknown.
Katyanna Quach, 16 Mar 2018
Woman uses headphones with her iPhone. Photo by Shutterstock

FYI: There's a cop tool called GrayKey that force unlocks iPhones. Let's hope it doesn't fall into the wrong hands!

A secretive unlocking tool offered to cops and government agents has some computer security bods worried over its privacy implications.
Shaun Nichols, 16 Mar 2018
DHS and FBI diagram of Dragonfly attack UI

We're Putin our foot down! DHS, FBI blame Russia for ongoing infrastructure hacks

The US Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Thursday issued an alert warning of ongoing cyber-attacks against the West's energy utilities and other critical infrastructure by individuals acting on behalf of the Russian government.
Thomas Claburn, 15 Mar 2018
Solar storm - Shutterstock

You always wanted to be an astronaut, right? Careful: Space is getting more and more deadly

Space is getting deadlier. The amount of radiation has increased from previous solar cycles, according to new measurements made by a team of researchers.
Katyanna Quach, 15 Mar 2018

ProtonMail posts workaround for Turkish government block

Encrypted email provider ProtonMail says its service has been blocked in Turkey, but can still be accessed via a VPN, DNS, or Tor.
Shaun Nichols, 15 Mar 2018
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Mulled EU copyright shakeup will turn us into robo-censors – GitHub

Code-repository GitHub has raised the alarm about a pending European copyright proposal could force it to implement automated filtering systems – referred to by detractors as "censorship machines" – that would hinder developers working with free and open source software.
Thomas Claburn, 15 Mar 2018

Airbus CIO: We dumped Microsoft Office not over cost but because Google G Suite looks sweet

Interview Collaboration rather than cost is the reason Airbus has given Microsoft’s old-world Office app bundle the heave ho and is migrating 130,000 staff – the entire workforce – to Google’s G Suite.
Paul Kunert, 15 Mar 2018

Take that, com-raid: US Treasury slaps financial sanctions on Russians for cyber-shenanigans, 2016 election meddling

The US Treasury is freezing the assets of 19 people and five groups from Russia who launched cyber-attacks and interfered with America's elections.
Shaun Nichols, 15 Mar 2018

Intel: Our next chips won't have data leak flaws we told you totally not to worry about

Intel has claimed its future processors – shipping as early as the second half of this year – will be free of the security design flaws it totally told you not to fret about.
John Leyden, 15 Mar 2018
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Uber hopes to butter up Brit transport chiefs with lots of lovely data

Much maligned not-a-taxi biz Uber has pledged to hand over travel data to Transport for London.
Rebecca Hill, 15 Mar 2018

Google to 'forget me' man: Have you forgotten what you said earlier?

RTBF trial The man demanding Google deletes search links to interviews he gave about a criminal offence he committed has been accused of giving “demonstrably false” answers in court by Google’s barrister.
Gareth Corfield, 15 Mar 2018
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Researchers slap SAP CRM with vuln combo for massive damage

A pair of recently patched security vulnerabilities in SAP NetWeaver Application Server Java* could have been combined to hack customer relationship management (CRM) systems.
John Leyden, 15 Mar 2018
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NHS Digital heads accused of being 'suppliers', not 'custodians' of UK patient data

The heads of the Digital arm of the UK's National Health Service have been accused of acting as suppliers, rather than guardians, of the data belonging to patients under their care by handing address information to the Home Office for immigration enforcement.
Kat Hall, 15 Mar 2018
Small truck skids towards side of road as wheel comes loose. Photo by shutterstock

Oh no, something went boom. What's our disaster recovery plan?

Sponsored Disaster recovery systems mostly suck. There are a seemingly unlimited number of them, but finding ones that aren't either utterly maddening or ruinously expensive is rare. Fortunately, ease of use is starting to be a product dimension that the storage industry is competing on again, so options are emerging.
Trevor Pott, 15 Mar 2018
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MailChimp 'working' to stop hackers flinging malware-laced spam from accounts

Email newsletter distribution service MailChimp has promised to act on the abuse of accounts to send (frequently) malware-tainted spam.
John Leyden, 15 Mar 2018
Image by Mark Bennetts to plough £67m into gigabit broadband for all and sundry

The UK government has unveiled its £67m broadband voucher scheme, flinging £3,000 at SMEs to set up gigabit connections and handing £500 ones to regular folk*. After that users have to stump up the rest in ongoing rental fees.
Kat Hall, 15 Mar 2018
Juling Crater on Ceres (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA/ASI/INAF)

Veteran NASA probe Dawn: Winter is coming on Ceres (sort of)

There is icy activity on the surface of dwarf planet Ceres, according to researchers studying observations from NASA’s probe, Dawn.
Richard Speed, 15 Mar 2018

Openreach hiring thousands more engineers

BT's Openreach is to hire 3,500 trainee engineers in a bid to support its 'full-fibre' proposals for Britain.
Kat Hall, 15 Mar 2018
Green space alien with sombrero and drink on a sun lounger

Fermi famously asked: 'Where is everybody?' Probably dead, says renewed Drake equation

If we ever detect signals from extraterrestrial civilisations, they are likely already dead, a somewhat downbeat update to the venerable Drake equation suggests.
Richard Speed, 15 Mar 2018

VPN tests reveal privacy-leaking bugs

A virtual private network recommendation site decided to call in the white hats and test three products for bugs, and the news wasn't good.
Qantas Boeing 737-838, VH-VZR

Boeing ships its 10,000th 737

Boeing has revealed that the 10,000th 737 rolled off the production line this week.
Simon Sharwood, 15 Mar 2018

Blackout at Samsung NAND factory destroys chunk of global supply

PC-and-server-makers spent most of 2017 complaining about profit erosion due to shortages of key components.
Simon Sharwood, 15 Mar 2018

Microsoft starts buying speculative execution exploits

Microsoft has created a new class of bug bounty specifically for speculative execution bugs like January's Meltdown and Spectre processor CPU design flaws.

Patent quality has fallen, confirm Euro examiners

An extraordinary letter from nearly 1,000 patent examiners has confirmed what critics of the European Patent Office (EPO) have been saying for some time: patent quality has fallen thanks to a determined push by management to approve more of them.
Kieren McCarthy, 15 Mar 2018

Trump’s immigration policies costing US tech jobs says LogMeIn CEO

President Trump’s immigration policies are costing the United States technology jobs, rather than their intended effect of growing them, according to Bill Wagner, the CEO of LogMeIn.
Simon Sharwood, 15 Mar 2018

Kepler krunch koming: Super space 'scope's fuel tank almost empty

NASA has announced the Kepler Space Telescope has almost exhausted its fuel supply.

Ex-Samsung man to serve 6+ years in prison for embezzlement

A former Samsung exec is headed to prison after losing his appeal on charges of wire and tax fraud.
Shaun Nichols, 15 Mar 2018

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