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Privacy watchdog to probe Oz gov's right to release personal info 'to correct the record'

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 01:06:02 GMT

'Doxing' of Centrelink complainant hurts open government say privacy experts

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner is investigating whether it's acceptable for an Australian government department to release personal data when seeking to correct the public record when clients recount their interactions with government agencies.…

San Francisco uni IT bods to protest Tuesday over cuts, outsourcing

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 00:59:31 GMT

Axed workers vow to spend last day kicking up a fuss in the street

Dozens of IT workers slated to be laid off from their jobs at the University of California, San Francisco are planning a protest this week.…

Microsoft slaps Apple Gatekeeper-like controls on Windows 10: Install only apps from store

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 00:43:35 GMT

Configurable switch on software spotted in latest Insider build

A feature in the Windows Insider Preview Build 15042 allows administrators to block the installation of any Win32 application that is not fetched from Microsoft's software marketplace.…

US Supreme Court set to kill Twitter, Facebook ban for sex offenders

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 23:34:44 GMT

Oral arguments critical of North Carolina law that blocks criminal perverts from social media

The US Supreme Court looks set to kill off a North Carolina law that prevents sex offenders from accessing social media sites, for being unconstitutional.…

LUNAR-CY! SpaceX announces the Moon trip-for-two it'll inevitably miss the deadline on

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 23:05:19 GMT

2018? No. And we're assuming they'll be back in one piece

Two unnamed and presumably very well-heeled people have booked a flight around the Moon using unproven hardware from SpaceX.…

Apple's macOS is the safer choice – but not for the reason you think

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 22:11:55 GMT

Eugene Kaspersky looks forward to a new darker dawn

Apple's Mac operating system may be the safer choice – but only because cybercriminals can't get their hands on people who know how to exploit it.…

Google Chrome 56's crypto tweak 'borked thousands of computers' using Blue Coat security

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 22:04:00 GMT

TLS 1.3 takes down Chromebooks, PCs

Updated The availability of Transport Layer Security protocol version 1.3 was supposed to make network encryption faster and more secure.…

US Air Force terminates Predator drones. Now you will fear the Reaper

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 21:27:52 GMT

Go to your brother, kill him with your gun. Leave him dying at his wedding, dying in the sun

After more than 20 years of service, the US Air Force fly boys have today announced that the MQ-1 Predator drone is going to be phased out within a year.…

Did you buy anything from Microsoft's glum Apple Store knockoff? You may be owed $100

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 20:13:33 GMT

Redmond tosses $1.2m to settle suit over leaky receipts

Microsoft will cough up $1.2m to settle a class-action lawsuit after its retail stores leaked a little too much information about shoppers' payment cards.…

81's 99 in 17: Still a lotta love for the TI‑99/4A – TI's forgotten classic

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 18:29:10 GMT

Retro computing fans mod ancient Texas Instruments machines

Feature The retro computing and gaming scene is seeing no shortage of interest these days. Old fans and curious millennials are flocking to take nostalgia trips on the popular consoles of the 1980s.…

Fujitsu staff will strike from midnight over pay, pensions and layoffs

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 17:04:56 GMT

ACAS conciliation service talks worked well, then

Unionised staff at Fujitsu are downing tools for 24 hours from midnight in protest over cuts to jobs, pay and pensions. It appears the conciliation service ACAS failed to find a common ground that suited all parties.…

Licence-fee outsourcer Capita caught wringing BBC tax from vulnerable

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 17:02:13 GMT

Enforcement officers bully their way to catching 28 offenders per week for £15,000 bonus

Capita, to whom the BBC has outsourced its licence fee shakedown efforts, has been found to be targeting vulnerable people as part of an aggressive bonus scheme for its collectors.…

Softbank gros fromage: ARM will knock out a trillion IoT chips by 2040

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 16:22:12 GMT

Also foresees terrifying 10bn-strong robot army. Hey ho

MWC Japanese mega-corp Softbank expects its processor-designer subsidiary ARM to fire out a trillion chips for the Internet of Things over the next two decades, its CEO told Mobile World Congress.…

Nimble offers AWS and Azure cloud-wrapper

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 16:03:16 GMT

Hybrid pipes and services for Amazon-sippers

Nimble Storage claims Azure and AWS clouds aren't ideal for enterprise transaction apps but says it can fix that by wrapping them inside Nimble Cloud Volumes for a $0.10/GB/month starting price.…

Telco Orange to open bank next month

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:49:06 GMT

Part of trend by operators desperate to reinvent themselves

MWC Frenchie telco Orange is reinventing itself as a bank next month, with plans to offset lacklustre revenue by branching out into the rest of Europe and possibly the UK.…

Post-Brexit five-year UK work visas planned – report

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:33:11 GMT

Plus, an extra 50 'exceptional' folk can get a Tech Nation passport

The UK government is considering a five-year post-Brexit visa scheme that would allow more foreign employees – including those in the tech sector – to work in the UK, according to reports.…

NHS patient letters meant for GPs went undelivered for years

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:13:13 GMT

Yep, half a million

The NHS has been accused of covering up a large data loss involving the loss or mislaying of more than half a million pieces of confidential information.…

Alcatel wants to be Android, but different – and another crack at the Windows market

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 14:52:09 GMT

Smothers back panel in LEDs ... now do we stand out?

MWC Alcatel, a brand of Hong Kong-based TCL Communication, has announced the A5 LED at Mobile World Congress, which it claims is "the world’s first interactive LED-covered smartphone."…

Gov wants to make the UK the 'safest place in the world to go online'

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 14:17:05 GMT

Parents today can't deal with bullying, sex, eating-disorders and the sort, because cyber

The government has today announced a “major new drive on internet safety” for which it will enlist the world's largest technology companies in order to make the UK the “safest place in the world for young people to go online.”…

The Psion returns! Meet Gemini, the 21st century pocket computer

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:49:51 GMT

Psion, was a lion, in iron (Reg readers called it)

Exclusive The original Psion designers have returned to put the classic British pocket computer in a modern body.…

Dell offers crunch-in-a-box set of Edge teeth to Internet of Things things

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:29:13 GMT

Trio of Atomic edge boxen to sharpen the Things' bite

Dell has developed the Edge Gateway 3000 Series of boxes so IoT customers can do some data analysis at the edge of their IoT network, to make real-time local decisions about the operations of IoT-monitored machinery and reduce bandwidth needs for data transfer to a central site.…

Low-key Samsung: Psst. We've got new Galaxy tablets and new Gear VR

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:54:06 GMT

You'll have to wait for Galaxy S8

MWC Samsung's press event at Mobile World Congress was subdued in comparison to recent years, reflecting a difficult year for the company, and the conspicuous absence of the forthcoming Galaxy S8 smartphone.…

New prison law will let UK mobile networks deploy IMSI catchers

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:34:11 GMT

Walked past a jail? Expect to become a crime suspect

The Prisons and Courts Bill, introduced to Parliament last week, will force UK mobile networks to deploy fake mobile phone masts around the outside of prisons to snoop on mobile phone users.…

Huawei P10 and P10 Plus: Incremental improvements but a few annoyances

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:18:05 GMT

A quick grip of Huawei's latest flagship phones

Hands On Another year, another Huawei flagship phone. This time it is the 5.1" P10 (€649) and the 5.5" P10 Plus (from €699), following a similar pattern to the 2016 P9 and P9 Plus.…

Splitsville: Toshiba prepares to lose its memory

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:57:05 GMT

Business being split off so stakes can be sold

Toshiba confirms its memory business will be separated from the main Toshiba business in preparation for a part or majority stake sale.…

Linux on Windows 10: Will penguin treats in Creators Update be enough to lure you?

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:28:11 GMT

Ubuntu on Win 10 more useful... but does Microsoft really love Linux

The Windows 10 Creators Update is set for release shortly, and comes with significant improvements to the Windows Subsystem for Linux, also known as Bash on Windows or Ubuntu on Windows.…

HSBC Business internet banking goes TITSUP*

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:53:20 GMT

Company says, er, just go by our Twitter comments

Mondays are a terrible way to start the week, but spare a thought for HSBC customers whose online business banking is not quite so online.…

You're Donald Trump's sysadmin. You've got data leaks coming out the *ss. What to do

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:28:06 GMT

Beating data loss

Sysadmin Blog Imagine yourself as Donald Trump's sysadmin. Trump's first month as President of the United States of America has been notable for the number of information leaks that have occurred. Trump has called these leaks criminal and seems intent on rooting out whistleblowers. Some poor sysadmin is going to be told to prevent these leaks, but just how possible is that in today's world?…

D-Link resolves enterprise switch hacker risk

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:57:12 GMT

Don't wait - update now

D-Link has resolved an authentication bypass flaw in one of its enterprise switches.…

Nimble gets, well, nimble about hyperconverged infrastructure

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:32:12 GMT

Is it going to do HCI... who knows?

Interview After thinking that stand-alone external storage array vendors might need to get into the hyperconverged market, we received a tip that Nimble Storage was thinking that too. So we asked Nimble's CEO, Suresh Vasudevan, a few exploratory questions.…

Tech contractors begin mass exodus in wake of HMRC's IR35 income tax clampdown

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:07:01 GMT

IT transformation and Brexit could mean a perfect storm for gov tech

Public sector contractors in the UK are starting to down tools across a range of projects ahead of the new tax regime in April, leaving numerous projects hanging in the balance.…

HPE's started firing people at Simplivity, say former employees

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:34:04 GMT

Sales, marketing and product management people relieved of their duties, livelihoods

HPE looks to have started writing pink slips for Simplivity people.…

Autonomous cars are about to do to transport what the internet did to information

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:05:17 GMT

Matter is going to move more freely and cheaply than ever before

If a time machine could slingshot us back a quarter of a century to 1992, we’d visit a world in which print and broadcast media chugged along in rude health. Everyone read newspapers, and watched television because, well, what else could you do to stay informed?…

Machines taught how to 'smell' by new algorithm. How will they cope with shower-dodging nerds?

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 07:02:10 GMT

SIGSTINK: User body odor fault

Machines don’t have noses – but they can now attempt to identify scents thanks to a nifty new algorithm.…

Bee boffins prove sesame-seed brain is all you need to play football (well, that explains a lot)

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 06:03:53 GMT

The bee-autiful game

Video The humble bumblebee can be taught how to play soccer, even though its brain is only around the size of a sesame seed.…

Experimental satellite-slinger seeks cargo: What could go wrong?

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 04:58:04 GMT

ESA wants daredevils to help it test the Small Satellites Mission Service atop a Vega launcher

If you've got an application for a small satellite and a stomach for risk, the European Space Agency wants to hear from you. Next year, it's planning a multi-launch demonstration from its Vega spacecraft on a proof-of-concept flight for the Small Satellites Mission Service.…

Google trumpets cloudy Skylake silicon nobody else is running

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 03:58:08 GMT

Intel just doesn't sell this kit yet. Not in the cloud. Not on-premises. Not anywhere

Remember when PC or server-makers would breathlessly announce they'd just become the first, the very first, to get their hands on some new silicon and that doing so made them Terribly Clever? And represented enormous advantage to you, because you could buy that silicon right now instead of waiting, well, weeks for someone else to offer it?…

Citrix releases first ever XenServer Long Term Service Release

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 01:25:41 GMT

Here's a point release to get a bit excited by, plus updates to VMware and Oracle hypervisors

Updates to commercial hypervisors are like buses: none for ages and then two come along at once!…

Google's Project Zero reveals another Microsoft flaw

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:26:46 GMT

Edge, IE can find themselves running unexpected code if cooked by a malicious site

Google's Project Zero has revealed a bug in Microsoft's Internet Explorer and Edge browsers.…

Failed cancer data integration project means labs can't see patient histories

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 22:48:09 GMT

Telstra Health and Australian gov miss deadline in bungled privatised registry rollout

The Australian government's attempt to rush the rollout of a privatised cancer registry has backfired, with Telstra Health unable to meet a March deadline for data integration.…

HPE's Australian tax failures may have been user error

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 22:35:30 GMT

3Par account managers have soothing tales of extremely dumb mistakes

Users of HPE's 3Par kit say the company's private explanation of the twin outages at the Australian Taxation Office suggest the hardware problems may have been caused by user error.…

Energy market operator used urban data only, undershot heatwave forecast by 3°C

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 22:06:10 GMT

South Australia is bigger than France. But AEMO's predictions use two weather stations

Another revelation has emerged that won't reassure large-scale electricity users in Australia: the market operator missed a coming heatwave because it didn't consider State-wide weather forecasts, relying instead on data from just two urban weather stations.…

Git fscked by SHA-1 collision? Not so fast, says Linus Torvalds

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 21:02:46 GMT

Attack is hard, discovery is easy, so fix it right
rather than right now

About that SHA-1 collision: Linus Torvalds has taken to Google+ to emphasise that in Git, its main role is error detection, so “the sky isn't falling.”…

Nokia’s big comeback: Watches, bathroom scales, a 3310 PR gimmick, Snake, erm...

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 20:03:50 GMT

And bargain-basement phones. Wow

MWC Nokia held its long-anticipated phone comeback in Barcelona’s Museum of Contemporary Art – while treating us to an archaeological virtual tour through Nokia’s own ancient history.…

LG, Huawei unwrap 'Samsung Galaxy-killers'

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 17:19:29 GMT

While Samsung’s away, rivals try and sit in the Android King’s Chair

MWC This year’s flagship smartphones will run even faster and have even more features than last year’s flagship smartphones, The Register discovered today.…

Oh my god, it's nearly Monday. Here's some storage news bytes to brighten your weekend

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 14:30:10 GMT

Too enthusiastic? Too enthusiastic

Sunday storage sum-up It's been one of those overwhelming-tidal-waves-of-news weeks. Here's an attempt to catch up.…

BlackBerry's comeback: El Reg gets its claws on the QWERTY KEYone

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 09:58:45 GMT

Big money and a bold design is giving the brand another shot

MWC Fans of the classic BlackBerry-style smartphone can finally get their hands on a worthy keyboard-equipped mobe running Android – and it has the BlackBerry badge.…

Uncle Sam needs you... to debug, improve Dept of Defense open-source software at

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 15:00:09 GMT

You don't hate freedom, do you? You love America, right?

The US Department of Defense wants you to contribute unclassified code to software projects developed in support of national security.…

Brit cops can keep millions of mugshots of innocent folks on file

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 10:01:08 GMT

You can ask to be removed, but it's up to officers to listen, Home Office cheerfully concludes

After unlawfully hoarding millions of mugshots of one-time suspects, police chiefs in England and Wales were this week told to delete the snaps – but only if people in the photos complain. And even then, requests can be easily waved away.…

NSA snoops told: Get your checkbooks and pens ready for a cyber-weapon shopping spree

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 00:38:55 GMT

US Cyber Command boss lays out plans for next decade

NSA and US Cyber Command boss Mike Rogers has revealed the future direction of his two agencies – and for the private sector, this masterplan can be summarized in one word.…