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Stung by Dynamics 365 hike? Microsoft has a deal for you... just don't expect much

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 10:01:04 GMT

Transitional agreements rolled for CRM subscribers

Microsoft is cutting deals for CRM Online customers in the UK stunned by the price hike when moving on to Dynamics 365.…

NASA's hyperwall wonderwall uses virtual flash SAN

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 09:38:33 GMT

Distributed NVMe SAN solves slow off-node access latency issues

Case study How do get fast parallel data access to 128 compute nodes doing simulation processing off a slow, although massively parallel access data set?…

Don't cut yourself on that Edge: Nexenta containerises DevOps

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 09:06:04 GMT

Please contain your excitement

Software-only storage supplier Nexenta Systems has embraced more containerisation with its NexentaEdge DevOps Edition.…

The Investigatory Powers Act allows the State to tell lies in court

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 09:00:07 GMT

Enshrining parallel construction in English law

Analysis The freshly passed Investigatory Powers Act, better known as the Snoopers' Charter, is a dog's dinner of a law. It gives virtually unrestricted powers not only to State spy organisations but also to the police and a host of other government agencies.…

Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube team to ID terror content

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 08:29:14 GMT

Hash-sharing pact will help them ID violent extremism you see it

Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube have teamed up to share their expertise spotting terrorism-related content, in order to crimp its spread.…

In the three years since IETF said pervasive monitoring is an attack, what's changed?

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 08:02:10 GMT

IETF Security director Stephen Farrell offers a report card on evolving defences

FEATURE After three years of work on making the Internet more secure, the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) still faces bottlenecks: ordinary peoples' perception of risk, sysadmins worried about how to manage encrypted networks, and – more even than state snooping – an advertising-heavy 'net business model that relies on collecting as much information as possible.…

Software can be more secure, says NIST, and we think we know how

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 07:30:10 GMT

Standards org's wish-list probably looks a bit like yours

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has completed its long-running research into cutting software vulnerabilities and dropped the big envelope into the White House letterbox.…

Standards body warned SMS 2FA is insecure and nobody listened

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 07:02:07 GMT

Duo Security says NIST's advice to deprecate out-of-band passwords has been ignored

The US National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) advice that SMS is a poor way to deliver two factor authentication is having little impact, according to Duo Security.…

Apple Watch sales go over a cliff: Down 2.8 meellion per quarter in a year

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 06:24:08 GMT

If a wearable does much more than measure your pulse, it hardly has a pulse

Apple's Watch range sold 1.1m units in 2016's third quarter, a stunning 2.9m fewer than the same quarter in 2015.…

Online advent calendar offers mystery VM every day until Christmas

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 06:02:05 GMT

QEMU serves up festive feast of OS images and oddities like Forth scripts

Here's something fun for Christmas: the folks behind the free and open-source hosted QEMU hypervisor have whipped up an online advent calendar that offers you a new virtual machine to download every day between now and Christmas.…

Printer security is so bad HP Inc will sell you services to fix it

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 05:00:08 GMT

Finally, FINALLY, someone is turning off Telnet and FTP

Printer security is so awful HP Inc is willing to shut off shiny features and throw its own dedicated bodies at the perennial problem.…

Arista CloudVision Portal bug revealed, plus evidence it's been used

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 03:56:10 GMT

You know the drill: face-palm, download, patch, grumble about state of security, relax

Arista customers: if you're running a version of CloudVision Portal (CVP) older than 2016.1.2.1, get an update or risk getting p0wned.…

1.4bn records from HaveIBeenPwned offered for your analytical pleasure

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 02:44:13 GMT

Troy Hunt's Christmas trove is a splendid gift for security and data nerds

Security researcher Troy Hunt had better hope his anonymisation works: he's decided to offer up most of his “HaveIBeenPwned” data set for other security researchers to analyse.…

Cassini tickles Saturn's rings ahead of final death plunge

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 01:42:02 GMT

September set for point of no return

The Cassini space probe has begun a series of orbits designed to swing it through the edges of Saturn's ring system.…

Microsoft boffins think VR visions will rival drugs by 2027

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 01:39:37 GMT

No more search boxes, no work benefits, and your social value will be your data trail

Search as people presently know it – a dialog box for typed queries – will vanish in a decade, according to Susan Dumais, distinguished scientist and deputy managing director of Microsoft Research Lab.…

Engineers say safety features got squished out of cramped Samsung Note 7

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 01:11:47 GMT

Overpacked handset was putting too much pressure on battery

A teardown analysis of the Samsung Note 7 claims that the ill-fated phablet was doomed by a design flaw that squeezed its battery pack to unsafe pressure levels.…

Vocus to build Singapore-Australia submarine cable

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 00:58:26 GMT

40Tbps link should see first light in late 2018

Junior telco Vocus has confirmed it will build a submarine cable linking Singapore and Australia, with a stop in the Indonesian capital Jakarta.…

Nutanix finds Waters flows away

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 00:03:54 GMT

New corporate marketing head joins hyper-converged box and software shifter

Nutanix has a new head of marketing and corporate communications – Raj Badarinath.…

Canada asks citizens: How would you like us to spy on you?

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 23:26:28 GMT

Le Canada demande aux citoyens: Comment aimeriez-vous que nous vous espion?

The Canadian government is asking citizens to weigh in on its plans for digital surveillance programs.…

CloudFlare warns of another massive botnet, er, flaring up

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 22:41:39 GMT

DDoS attacks on the horizon as White House cybersecurity report issues recommendations

CloudFlare has warned of another massive botnet that appears to be ramping up and targeting the US West Coast.…

Bloke sold cash register code to restaurants that deliberately hid sales from taxmen

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 22:03:33 GMT

Now he's coughing up $3.5m after POS POS crackdown

A salesman sold cash register software that allowed business bosses to cheat on their taxes.…

Hollow, world! Netflix premieres Java in-memory database toolkit

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 21:16:00 GMT

Store modestly sized databases locally and avoid cache maintenance

Just as the National Security Agency in 2005 came to the conclusion that it would be easier to store everything, Netflix has decided to store all of its content metadata with its customers rather than serving data from a central repository and caching frequently accessed data at the network edge.…

If your smart home gear hasn't updated recently, throw it in the trash

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 20:43:54 GMT

Paul Vixie on how to survive the impending IoT security nightmare

When was the last time your smart thermostat, lights, hub, camera, or power socket was updated? If it was a while ago, you may want to think about chucking it in the garbage.…

US axes $722m takeover of chip biz by Chinese investors. Thanks, Obama!

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 20:10:37 GMT

National security fears spark executive order

President Obama has issued an executive order to kill the proposed acquisition of semiconductor specialist Aixtron by Chinese investors.…

Datrium: $55m burning hole in its pocket and raring to go global

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 17:12:08 GMT

Open convergence guys make mad dash for growth

Datrium has gained $55m C-round funding to grow its business to global scale.…

BAE Systems' autonomous research aircraft flies itself to Scotland

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:37:52 GMT

Demonstrator dusted off, but will people trust it?

An autonomous aeroplane that uses onboard cameras to "see" events around it is being tested by BAE Systems.…

Micron wheels out 'highest density' SATA SSD on the market

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 15:58:09 GMT

3D TLC latecomer catches up

+Comment Micron has introduced a 5100 line of data centre flash drives and promises it will be the highest-density SATA SSD on the market.…

AWS is coming for UK infrastructure suppliers' lunch – report

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 15:02:09 GMT

Even Google will have trouble hanging on to its sandwich

Traditional IT infrastructure suppliers had better watch out, as Amazon Web Services (AWS) is coming for their lunch, having already doubled its growth in Blighty over the last year - according to research.…

Local TV presenter shouted 'f*cking hell' to open news bulletin

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 14:23:07 GMT

Newcastle firm takes rap on knuckles from Ofcom

A TV newsreader in Newcastle, England, opened the station’s Friday night news bulletin by asking to start again before shouting “yes you f*cking do” at off-camera colleagues just 10 seconds after the watershed.…

Yorkshire cyber security biz ECSC Group to debut on AIM exchange

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 14:03:37 GMT

These breaches ain't bad for business...

Bradford-based cyber security consultancy ECSC Group is set to float on the AIM stock exchange on December 14.…

In EU, Veritas: Post-Symantec firm flogs data protection 'safety' to biz

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 14:01:06 GMT

Free, free at last and with new software to boot

Veritas has announced a major release of NetBackup, v8.0, and says it's ready to help businesses respond to the 2017 EU General Data Protection Regulations.…

HPE launches two-pronged attack on hyper-converged market

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 12:39:09 GMT

HC 250? HC 380? What are they actually for?

Analysis HP has two hyper-converged systems for two different but overlapping markets – SMB, ROBO, and LOB at the low end, and LOB/data centre at the high end. Both the HC 250 and HC 380 are based on ProLiant server hardware and have different software environments layered on the common Store Virtual SAN. Their branding seems the opposite of what one might expect, though.…

Sigfox IPO? Um, sure! 2017, 2018, whenever, we'll definitely do it

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 12:18:10 GMT

Funding target missed, potential IPO date slips right

Internet of Things connectivity outfit Sigfox has delayed its IPO plans by a year after falling €50m short of its VC funding target.…

Team Trump snubs Big Internet oligarchs

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 11:58:06 GMT

Economic forum shuns Zuck, Google, but finds seat for IBM

Team Trump has announced the composition of the President's Strategic and Policy Forum – and there's no place for internet oligarchs like Eric Schmidt, Larry Page, Jeff Bezos or the world's fifth-richest man, Mark Zuckerberg.…

BlackBerry's final QWERTY floats past the rumour mill

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 11:35:06 GMT

What took you so long?

Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but what if BlackBerry had produced a smart, secure Android QWERTY in 2011, rather than waiting until 2017? A photo purporting to be BlackBerry’s final phone – which happens to be a smart, secure Android QWERTY expected in Q1 next year, popped up at the weekend, inviting counterfactual histories.…

Citizens Advice slams 'unfair' broadband compensation scheme

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 11:00:08 GMT

Suppliers get automatic recompense, punters get nowt

Consumer rights charity Citizens Advice has slammed the UK's broadband compensation scheme which fails to pass on compensation to customers.…

Watch your back, Netflix: Viu on track for 10 million subs next year

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 10:25:10 GMT

iFlix, Viu flicks – they're all coming for Netflix

Analysis Hong Kong pay TV operator PCCW Media claims it has racked up 4 million active users on its OTT video service, Viu, after just one year of activity. An uptake of this pace presents Netflix, which recently made its belated entrance into South East Asia, with an almighty mountain to climb.…

DDN claims burst buffer bashes 'past 1TB/sec bandwidth'

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 10:06:12 GMT

Japanese superdupercomputer kept fed with data by burst buffer beast

This is a we-can-pee-up-the-wall-higher-than-anyone-else story – one which we'd normally give a miss - only the numbers are past 1TB/sec – head-scratchingly high.…

US election pollsters weren't (very) wrong – statistically speaking

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 09:28:11 GMT

Media open season on prediction number crunchers

The media have spoken and they are unimpressed: the polls – this time the US presidential polls – got it woefully wrong, and therefore burn the witch! Or in the absence of witches, let's set fire to Nate Silver, who until around 2am (GMT) on November 9 was the doyen of US polling and go-to person for all US forecasts.…

What's in Hammond's box? Autumn fallout for Britain's tech SMBs

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 08:57:05 GMT

Cash to update 'antiquated network infrastructure'

The Government in its Autumn statement promised to invest £1bn on "digital infrastructure", an extra £2bn annually on UK R&D, and at least £400m on new venture capital funds through the British Business Bank, which it hopes will unlock a further £1bn in private finance for growing firms.…

Beardy Branson's space bird spreads its wings

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 08:28:47 GMT

SpaceShipTwo passes first glide test since 2014 tragedy

For the first time in more than two years, a Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo has been unclipped from its carrier.…

Guessing valid credit card numbers in six seconds? Priceless

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 08:02:06 GMT

Brit researchers find a way to figure out VISA card numbers just by going shopping

Fraudsters can guess credit card numbers in as little as six seconds per attempt thanks to security gaps in Visa's network, academics say.…

Take that, creationists: Boffins witness birth of new species in the lab

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 07:31:11 GMT

Another nail in the coffins of the anti-evolution crowd

A common chant from the anti-evolution crowd is that you can't demonstrate speciation – the creation of new species – in action. Now a team of scientists can do just that for anyone with a few weeks to spare.…

Apple again late to another market others pioneered. Or is it?

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 07:06:10 GMT

Cupertino's ambitions to apply machine learning to transportation revealed in letter

Apple's long-rumoured interest in autonomous vehicles appears to be real.…

Elon Musk-backed OpenAI reveals Universe – a universal training ground for computers

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 06:00:09 GMT

Reinforcement learning environment hosts virtualized video games and more

Hoping to teach AI agents the common sense they need to solve arbitrary tasks without specific training, OpenAI on Monday will introduce Universe, a collection of virtualized video games, browser interfaces, and applications that serve as a training ground for code-based decision making.…

IoT camera crew Titathink tells Reg it'll patch GET bug in a week

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 05:03:11 GMT

Apologises for 'serious mistake' in older kit, says latest things are secure

Titathink has become the second vendor to respond to the modified firmware that exposed a variety of surveillance cameras to a malicious URL attack.…

Cyanogen parts ways with its founder

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 03:02:38 GMT

'Consolidation' plan will shutter one office but is hoped to unify dev team

Mobile OS outfit Cyanogen has made further sackings and parted ways with founder Steve Kondik.…

Linus Torvalds finds 163 reasons to wait a week for a new Linux

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 01:02:04 GMT

Kernel devs weren't quiet enough so the world has Linux 4.9 rc8 to consider

Linus Torvalds told the world that if it wanted a new Linux he needed a quiet week. But he didn't get it and now the world has an eighth release candidate of Linux 4.9 to consider.…

NASA wants more satellite surveillance. For science. Promise

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 23:20:11 GMT

Earth imaging gap means Landsat 9's been fast-tracked to 2020

NASA and the US Geological Survey (USGS) are moving to plug the looming gap in its Earth-observation capability by accelerating the Landsat-9 mission by three years.…

Google proudly regards dented shovel as Flash lies supine on the floor

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 22:25:48 GMT

'We'll be back', Choc Factory devs growl at listless body

Google's long-promised farewell-to-Flash took another step last week , with the Chocolate Factory announcing it's off-by-default for most users, in most cases.…