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eBay denies claims it's failing to thwart 'systematic fraud'

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 15:31:27 GMT

Man alleges elaborate scam is slapping money out of online souk's pockets

A campaigner has gone public with his concerns over an alleged scam on eBay.…

Forensic accountants appointed to pore over Post Office IT scandal

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 14:28:13 GMT

Criminal Courts Review Commission confirms investigators in 27 cases

The Criminal Courts Review Commission has confirmed that it has appointed a firm of forensic accountants to assist its investigation into whether sub-postmasters were wrongfully prosecuted due to issues affecting the Post Office's Horizon IT system.…

Risk-free Friday evenings, thanks to Office 365 license management

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 14:00:08 GMT

Only six years overdue

Office 365 administrators have a reason to be happy: Microsoft has finally joined the party on group-based Office 365 licence management, saving time from manual maintenance, or the reliance on scripts and third-party systems.…

Give 'bots a chance: Driverless cars to be trialled between London and Oxford

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 13:32:09 GMT

They'll be on the motorways as well

Driverless cars using UK-made software will be tested on public roads and even motorways between London and Oxford.…

Seagate launches non-flying disk drive for drones

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:56:36 GMT

Ground-based backup of in-flight drone-recorded data

Fly Drive is not about car rental any more, not in our version of disk world at any rate. It's a Seagate disk drive for DJI drones and comes just three months after Seagate and drone-maker DJI announced a partnership to develop storage for drone-recorded images and videos.…

Uber cloaked its spying and all it got from Apple was a slap on the wrist

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:36:08 GMT

Greyball snoopware even 'geofenced' Cupertino

Uber hid its fingerprinting of iPhone users from Apple – techniques that would have had any other app thrown out of Apple's store. Uber retained the information even after the Uber app had been deleted and the phone had been wiped. Uber CEO Travis Kalanick got a personal reprimand from Apple CEO Tim Cook, but the app stayed put, and Uber continues to use fingerprinting worldwide.…

SAP Anywhere goes nowhere, reaches commercial cul-de-sac

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:10:09 GMT

No more UK integrations, existing customers offered support from US team

SAP Anywhere, the "complete front-office software package", is going nowhere quickly in Europe as the service has been closed to new customers.…

Apache Foundation hails Metron as new top level project for cybersecurity

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 11:27:13 GMT

♪ Straight outta Cisco, crazy app framework called Metron, open-sourced so data's not crept on ♪

The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) has announced Metron, a cybersecurity applications framework for centralised monitoring and analysis of network traffic, as its newest top-level project.…

HPC kids battle each other... oh, and tussle with the world's fastest supercomputer

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 11:02:13 GMT

Cold, hard cash and cred up for grabs

HPC Blog This year's edition of the Asian Student Cluster Competition (ASC) is the largest competition of its kind in the world, with 20 teams of university undergrads battling each other, themselves, and the world’s fastest supercomputer, Sunway TaihuLight, to win the Asian Cluster Crown*.…

Nokia plans comeback on back of virtual reality

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:33:11 GMT

Faces off with Facebook Surround 360 kit

Analysis The Nokia as we traditionally know it is no more, and the reborn company of today is pinning a core part of its future business strategy on emerging virtual reality (VR) technologies.…

Not auf wiedersehen – yet! The Berlin scene tempting Brexit tech

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 08:34:05 GMT

A startup paradise?

After Britain voted to leave the EU in June 2016, there was a flurry of articles about how London's tech startups, shocked by the prospect of Brexit, could soon decamp to cheap, fun Berlin.…

While Facebook reinvents Sadville, we still dream of flying cars

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 08:02:05 GMT

Hello? Innovation? You in there, buddy?

Comment The researchers at the Transportation Research Institute at the University of Michigan (UMTRI) sent me what may be the saddest opinion poll in the world. It asks the public: "Would you like a Flying Car?"…

Russian hacker arrested in Spain for bot-herding not election-fiddling

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 07:31:07 GMT

Peter Levashov indicted over Kelihos as Russian carder Roman Seleznev cops 27 years

Last week ended badly for Russian hackers.…

Stanford Uni's intro to CompSci course adopts JavaScript, bins Java

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 07:03:11 GMT

Java's days are numbered – but it's a very large number

In early April, Stanford University began piloting a new version of its introductory computer science course, CS 106A. The variant, CS 106J, is taught in JavaScript rather than Java.…

PC sales are up across Europe. You read that right. PC sales are up

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 06:04:13 GMT

Laptops lead EMEA sales revival, but Brexit-blown Blighty misses out

Sales of personal computers - boring old-school desktop and laptops – are up across Europe.…

SolidFire CEO Dave Wright has left NetApp

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 05:04:20 GMT

CTO Val Bercovici has bailed too

SolidFire CEO Dave Wright has left NetApp, less than eighteen months after the storage company he founded was acquired by the big blue staple.…

Calm down, everyone – it's only a Monday storage news blitz

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 04:03:08 GMT

Another weekly roundup of everything happening, from cloud to tape

Storage news, like data growth, is unrelenting.…

Teen charged with 'cyberstalking' in bomb hoax case

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 03:22:03 GMT

Hoaxer kept thumb drive of swatting calls

An 18-year-old dual citizen of the US and Israel has been charged with making a string of online and phone threats against schools and Jewish community centers.…

Huawei to build global cloud with bit barns run by different operators

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 02:28:01 GMT

They'll all look and behave the same, but you won't get one console to rule them all

Huawei's going to stitch together a global cloud based on its cut of OpenStack. It will consist of a patchwork of Huawei-built clouds that the firm itself runs, and Huawei clouds that are run by telcos.…

Linux 4.11 delayed for a week by NVMe glitches and 'oops fixes'

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 01:30:07 GMT

Linus Torvalds reckons 'It's not like another week of letting this release mature will really hurt'

The Register hasn't needed to spend much time covering Linux 4.11 because hiccups haven't happened and Linux daddy Linus Torvalds' comments have been sparse and measured, other than a slightly terse lesson on how to Pull properly.…

Qualcomm's schedule for Windows-capable silicon slips

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:57:10 GMT

'Second half of 2017' becomes 'Q4 2017' and there's only 245 shopping days until Christmas

Qualcomm's plan to kick Intel in the soft underbelly that is the PC market has been delayed.…

CompSci boffins find Reddit is ideal source for sarcasm database

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:18:23 GMT

In pleasing irony, Redditors tag their snark and make themselves ideal test subjects

Over here at El Reg, we think that chatbots are, like, the best thing ever.…

Would you believe it? The Museum of Failure contains quite a few pieces of technology

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 07:17:05 GMT

Time to look back on those halcyon days of bad ideas, mindlessly hyped

If you work in Silicon Valley, you might want to look away now. Because one day your work may well feature in the Museum of Failure.…

systemd-free Devuan Linux hits version 1.0.0

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 00:52:37 GMT

Unix greybeards issue release candidate and proclaim init freedom

Devuan, the effort to build a systemd-free version of Debian, has released Devuan Jessie 1.0.0, a release candidate felt to be just about the finished article.…

China 'hacked' South Korea to wreck Star Wars missile shield

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 22:31:09 GMT

FireEye fingers Middle Kingdom infiltration teams

Well-connected security biz FireEye is claiming Chinese hackers are trying to break into South Korea's military to halt the deployment of an anti-ballistic weapons system in the country.…

FCC greenlights small cell free-for-all in the US

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 21:57:05 GMT

New rules wil lower requirements to build wireless cells

America's favorite watchdog the FCC has suggested a set of new rules for installing hardware for 5G wireless broadband networks.…

Alaska dentist 'pulled out patient's tooth while riding a hoverboard'

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 21:25:21 GMT

When this thing gets up to 88 miles per hour, you're going to see some serious sh*t

A dentist in Alaska has been accused of performing a tooth extraction while riding a hoverboard.…

Doctor Who-inspired proxy transmogrifies politically sensitive web to avoid gov censorship

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 20:38:03 GMT

Slitheen tool smuggles browsers into cyber-Tardis

Computer boffins in Canada are working on anti-censorship software called Slitheen that disguises disallowed web content as government-sanctioned pablum. They intend for it to be used in countries where network connections get scrutinized for forbidden thought.…

Base specs leak for Windows 10 Cloud – Microsoft's wannabe ChromeOS assassin

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 19:55:28 GMT

And ahead of mystery launch event in May

The base tech specs for Microsoft's Windows 10 Cloud laptops have leaked out ahead of a rumored launch next month, giving you an idea of their target market. Clue: Google-powered Chromebooks in education.…

Canada says yes to net neutrality – and no to Trump advisor, eh?

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 18:48:23 GMT

Important legal ruling divides North America

Canada's comms watchdog has come out strongly in favor of net neutrality – despite efforts by one of the Trump Administration's key telecoms advisors to tip the scales in the other direction.…

IBM SoftLayer plays hardball in object storage price cuts

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 17:34:25 GMT

Cloud object storage pricing tumbling downhill

+Comment Research house 451 says the cloud price struggle has moved away from virtual machines (VMs) to object storage, and fingers IBM for initiating the round of price cutting.…

Dell backs out of in-cloud backup business by selling Spanning

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:02:08 GMT

Another EMC acquisition let go

Dell has sold its in-cloud backup SW biz Spanning to private equity house Insight Venture Partners, ending just four years of ownership.…

LinkedIn U-turns on Bluetooth-enabled 'Tinder for marketers'

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:22:08 GMT

Pop-up requested permission to share data with nearby devices even when app not in use

LinkedIn irked privacy advocates by dropping a Bluetooth-enabled "Tinder for marketers" feature into its mobile app on Thursday.…

Microsoft offers preview to eye AI IoT analytics for edgelords of new net

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 14:43:05 GMT

Azure Stream Analytics to connect your fridge to the cloud for chilled machinations

Microsoft's commitment to Azure has tickled it to the market's movement towards edge analytics provoked by the wave of IoT devices, and has launched a new analytics service so the twain shall never part.…

Shooting org demands answers from Met Police over gun owner blab

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 14:07:08 GMT

What data did marketing agency subcontractor have access to?

Following The Register's report on the Metropolitan Police breaching its own data protection statement by handing the addresses of tens of thousands of London firearms owners to a marketing agency, the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) has written to the force demanding the decision be investigated.…

US surveillance court declined less than 2 per cent of applications

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:33:10 GMT

2016 figures show only 35 of 1,752 applications were turned down in part or full

The US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) has published its annual report, revealing that less than 2 per cent of surveillance applications made under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) were declined in 2016.…

Peer pressure, not money, lures youngsters into cybercrime – report

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:01:12 GMT

Are teenage dreams so hard to beat?

Teenage hackers get mixed up in cybercrime mostly to gain bragging rights over peers rather than to get rich, according to a new study.…

Exploding femtocells: No need for a full recall, says Vodafone

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:30:13 GMT

Change yours if you're worried, but operator insists issue is limited to earlier models

Vodafone says that anxious customers of its home femtocell box are safe, despite experiencing continuing brownouts. Although Vodafone is replacing the Alcatel-made units on request, it has declined to carry out a full recall.…

A quiet market? Nah, Oracle's to pay $850m for ad-tracking Moat

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:00:09 GMT

Do you know where your advertisements are going? Big Red does

Oracle's acquisition of digital advertising tracking business Moat has been valued at over $850m, according to reports.…

Think politics is tumultuous now? Wait till the transhumanists join in...

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 11:30:05 GMT

The tech-fulled radicals redesigning society

Reg Lecture Politics and society is about to get stranger and we're not even talking about what's going on in Westminster.…

WDC flirting with Japan funds to bolster bid for Toshiba's memory biz

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 11:00:12 GMT

Pursuing extra financial firepower to see off rivals

Western Digital Corporation (WDC) is aiming to bulk up its bid for Toshiba's memory biz with state-backed funding support.…

Cloud students, pay attention! Exam plans promise fresh skills

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 10:00:11 GMT

Going native

Anyone looking to deploy cloud in any meaningful way will struggle to find skilled practitioners. It's a situation faced by so many enterprises, no matter what cloud system is being deployed.…

Ministry of Justice scraps 'conviction by computer' law

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 09:30:13 GMT

Election nixes online court plans – for now

The controversial "conviction by computer" Parliamentary Bill has been scrapped ahead of June's general election, according to reports.…

Farewell Unity, you challenged desktop Linux. Oh well, here's Ubuntu 17.04

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 09:00:05 GMT

GNOME all the way, baby

Review The arrival of Ubuntu 17.04 this month was completely overshadowed by Mark Shuttleworth's decision to abandon the Unity desktop for a stock GNOME Shell interface.…

Not the droids you're looking for – worst handsets to resell

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 08:30:06 GMT

Six months later and you've lost 70 per cent of the RRP

iPhones maintain their resale value much better than Androids. That much you probably already know – but which are the worst droids to resell?…

(You can't) buy one now! The flying car makes its perennial return

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 08:01:13 GMT

There's a steering wheel in my pants. It's driving me nuts

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Stop squeezing my knob. No seriously, I've had enough.…

Drunk user blow-dried laptop after dog lifted its leg over the keyboard

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 07:32:09 GMT

Urine a wee spot of dribble, sysadmin says when offered stinking fused mess

On-Call Welcome again to On-Call, our Friday re-telling of readers unforgettable on-the-job experiences.…

Q. Why is Baidu sharing its secret self-driving sauce? A. To help China corner the market

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 07:03:59 GMT

Web giant wants to accelerate collaboration amid Western competition

Analysis Chinese tech powerhouse Baidu plans to "open up" its self-driving car designs to help automakers in China overtake Western rivals.…

Script kiddies pwn 1000s of Windows boxes using leaked NSA hack tools

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 06:38:08 GMT

Vulnerable unpatched systems expose exploitable SMB networking to world+dog

The NSA's Equation Group hacking tools, leaked last Friday by the Shadow Brokers, have now been used to infect thousands of Windows machines worldwide, we're told.…

Wait – we can explain, says Moby, er, Docker amid rebrand meltdown

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 06:01:13 GMT

Now, now, don't be mean about Moby, dicks

Docker seemingly became Moby this week, a rebranding exercise that sparked more confusion than clarity among those following container software.…