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Software glitch, not wind farms, blacked out 60,000 in South Australia

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 23:00:42 GMT

Senate committee told SA Power 'sat on' a problem for a while while SA sweltered

Yet another reason that isn't wind farms has emerged for recent blackouts in the Australian State of South Australia: dodgy software.…

Intel reveals Optane will need a 7th-gen core and a PC-centric launch

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 22:53:31 GMT


The price and precise performance of Intel's Optane storage-class memory still remain officially obscure, but the company has confirmed the PC version of the product will run only on 7th-generation Core i7, i5 and i3 CPUS nestled into certain motherboards.…

BS Detection 101 becomes actual University subject

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 21:12:40 GMT

Uni of Washington says the age of Big Data makes statistical literacy essential

How could El Reg ignore this? – two University of Washington professors have assembled a course to teach students to identify bullshit.…

NZ High Court rules US can extradite Kim Dotcom after all

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 18:03:09 GMT

Kimble's running out of road

The businessman otherwise known as Kim Schmitz, aka "Kimble", aka "Kim Dotcom", has lost his High Court appeal in New Zealand to be extradited to the USA.…

Is your child a hacker? Liverpudlian parents get warning signs checklist

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 17:03:07 GMT

Do they use 'the language of hacking', including referring to themselves as a 'hacker'?

Hot on the heels of Liverpool being awarded the European Capital of Culture for 2008 comes a charity programme, run by YouthFed, titled Hackers to Heroes.…

The stunted physical SAN market – Dell man gives Wikibon forecasts his blessing

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:05:41 GMT

Shrinking before hyperconverged/converged

Analysis Current thinking among vendors with hyper-converged and converged infrastructure offerings is that physical SANs are in decline and their market is shrinking. Chad Sakac, Converged Platforms Division president at Dell EMC, is the latest high-profile prognosticator to push this view.…

Ditching your call centre for an app? Be careful not to get SAP-slapped

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:09:19 GMT

'Indirect' licence court victory – but at what cost?

SAP has scored what threatens to be a pyrrhic victory in court against one of its own customers.…

Beeps, roots and leaves: Car-controlling Android apps create theft risk

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:55:10 GMT

Haven't named and shamed car-makers though

Insecure car-controlling Android apps create a heightened car theft risk, security researchers at Kaspersky Lab warn.…

'At least I can walk away with my dignity' – Streetmap founder after Google lawsuit loss

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:00:12 GMT

Kate Sutton talks to El Reg about search and maps

Interview “The thing that snookered us came eight years after the event,” Kate Sutton of Streetmap told The Register late last week, following the High Court’s ruling that Google’s manipulation of search results did not destroy her business despite that being exactly what happened.…

Surprise! HPE says nothing about ProLiant server hardware for SimpliVity OmniCubes

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:39:07 GMT

HCIA startup denied the full makeover for now

Analysis HPE has closed its SimpliVity acquisition and publicised software porting and migration plans but hasn't said anything about SimpliVity hardware moving to a ProLiant server base.…

BT and Virgin Media claim 'broadband' tax will cost £1.3bn

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:14:45 GMT

Valuation Office Agency needs to revaluate its revaluation

Rivals BT and Virgin Media have joined hands to collective moan that a forthcoming hike to business rates will result in tripling of their collective tax bill to £1.3bn over the next five years.…

UnBrex-pected move: Amazon raises UK workforce to 24,000

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:28:52 GMT

Company didn't confirm whether majority to go to AWS or work, er, warehouse

Amazon has announced its intention to increase its UK workforce to over 24,000 this year.…

Google agrees to break pirates' domination over music searches

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:02:06 GMT tells search engines to demote dodgy websites or face legislation

UK government-hosted talks spanning two Parliaments have culminated in Google and Bing at last agreeing to tweak their search results in response to copyright-holders' concerns, thereby heading off threatened legislation on their conduct.…

NZ firm tucks into $27m on the back of VR 'hologram' promise

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 10:01:10 GMT

You’ll dance with Beyonce in your living room, vows co-founder

Analysis 8i, a New Zealand based company, last week landed a large B funding round that reads like a who’s who in the Virtual reality world. Its aim is to bring holograms to the masses. This doesn’t actually mean what it says, but it’s still pretty cool.…

Love lambda, love Microsoft's Graph Engine. But you fly alone

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 09:34:06 GMT

Open source with a difference, from Redmond

Analysis Much has changed at Microsoft since Steve Ballmer described Linux as "a cancer" in reaction to the open-source flag-flyer's threat to Redmond's money-spinning Windows business.…

New EU rules on portability of online content services move closer

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 09:10:07 GMT

Consumers to be able to access paid-for services when abroad

Planned new EU laws aimed at making online content more accessible to those that subscribe to it are closer to being finalised after a deal struck on the new rules earlier this month was endorsed by representatives of national governments across the EU.…

DraaS-tic times call for DraaS-tic measures in VMware's cloud

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 08:03:13 GMT

Virtzilla debuts disaster-recovery-as-a-service on dedicated hardware

Disaster-recovery-as-a-service (DRaaS) is an obvious service to run in the cloud, as the business of operating secondary sites is costly and complex.…

Watson can't cure cancer ... or all the stuff that breaks IT projects

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 06:56:07 GMT

University spends $62m on AI trial, gets the usual trials that come with failure

A University of Texas audit report last week tipped a bucket on the conduct of a high-profile “Watson to cure cancer” project.…

Connected car in the second-hand lot? Don't buy it if you're not hack-savvy

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 06:02:11 GMT

The first owner might still have access. And the second. And so on

Cars are smart enough to remember an owner, but not smart enough to forget one – and that's a problem if a smart car is sold second-hand.…

Deloitte goes all gooey for SAP HANA on AWS

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 04:58:09 GMT

2,500 suits to be flung off bench to preach ERP on cloud

Deloitte, Amazon Web Services and SAP have cooked up a cloudy consulting confection.…

Oh happy day! Linus Torvalds has given the world Linux 4.10

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 04:02:11 GMT

Complete with faster disk reads, support for more CPUs and the usual grab bag of goodness

Linus Torvalds has given us all version 4.10 of the Linux kernel.…

Big three clouds, Apple, Facebook are buying all the best cloud tech

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 02:06:54 GMT

Tip for entrepreneurs: World could soon need automated cloud-sueball-flinger

Those of you contemplating a cloud startup have two options: get acquired by one of five companies or build an automatic sueball flinger.…

In colossal shock, Uber alleged to be wretched hive of sexism, craven managerial ass-covering

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 01:09:48 GMT

Uber CEO orders investigation into tribulations of engineer Susan Fowler

UPDATED Colour us surprised: a Silicon Valley darling famous for belligerent market entries, raising middle fingers at regulators and having a relaxed attitude to tax has been accused of also completing a bingo-card of bad management that includes sexism, arse ass-covering, empire-building and malicious management.…

Google bellows bug news after Microsoft sails past fix deadline

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:31:14 GMT

Mess in Windows graphics library can give bad hombres access to memory

Google's Project Zero has again revealed a Windows bug before Microsoft fixed it.…

Competition and wholesale costs, not lack of fibre, crimp broadband in Australia

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 23:05:33 GMT

Falls on Akamai's league table can't be automatically pinned on the multi-technology mix

Like the sun rising, the release of a new Akamai State of the Internet report inevitably leads to opinion columns bemoaning Australia's slide on global league tables for broadband speed, most attributing it to the much-hated “multi-technology model” NBN.…

SpaceX blasts back into the rocket trucking business

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 22:57:32 GMT

And then sticks the landing for good measure after pausing a day for hydraulic glitch

Elon Musk's rocket trucking business, SpaceX, is rolling on the celestial highway again after successfully launching a Dragon capsule atop a Falcon 9 rocket, then landing the rocket's first stage back on terra firma.…

Florida Man jailed for 4 years after raking in a million bucks from spam

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 14:32:08 GMT

Miscreant used stolen email accounts to cram crap into inboxes

A marketer who used stolen email accounts to trouser more than a million dollars by spamming people has been sent down for four years.…

Jun-OH-NO! NASA's Jupiter probe in busted helium-valve drama

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 01:28:34 GMT

Science lab stuck on 53-day orbit, unable to catch a closer glimpse of alien gas world

NASA's Juno probe will not venture any closer to Jupiter, and will stay in its current 53-day orbit for the remainder of its mission. That's due to faulty helium valves in the propulsion system, space boffins announced today.…

Paper factory fired its sysadmin. He returned via VPN and caused $1m in damage. Now jailed

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 00:24:11 GMT

34-month sentence and he has to pay his old bosses back

A sacked system administrator has been jailed after hacking the control systems of his ex-employer – and causing over a million dollars in damage.…

BlackBerry sued by hundreds of staffers 'fooled' into quitting

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 22:50:44 GMT

And it's suing Nokia for patent infringement on wireless comms

Long-ago phone-builder BlackBerry has been sued by hundreds of employees who say they were tricked into quitting their jobs.…

Probe President Trump and his crappy Samsung Twitter-o-phone, demand angry congressfolk

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 21:40:28 GMT

The Galaxy S3 is real but is its security FAKE NEWS?

Fifteen members of US Congress have asked the House Oversight Committee to investigate whether President Trump is putting national security at risk by using an insecure phone and holding sensitive meetings in public.…

Huge if true: iPhone 8 will feature 3D selfies, rodent defibrillator

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 20:50:09 GMT

Set aside rational thought, it's Apple click-click story time

With the exciting news that Apple is going to hold a conference in June where it will announce new products – only the 15th time it has done so since 2003 – we felt it was time to write down some wild speculation because, like lemmings, you will click on it and we make money when you do.…

Smash up your kid's Bluetooth-connected Cayla 'surveillance' doll, Germany urges parents

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 19:45:18 GMT

Or switch it off, bin it, bury it, whatever's necessary

Germany's Federal Network Agency, or Bundesnetzagentur, has banned Genesis Toys' Cayla doll as an illegal surveillance device.…

US account holders more likely to switch banks following fraud

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:30:07 GMT

More evidence that security = happy customers

Account holders in the US are more likely to switch banks in the aftermath of fraud, according to a new study.…

Round-filed 'paperless' projects: Barriers remain to Blighty's Digital NHS

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:02:05 GMT

Report: It's not going to save money or anything. Plus we'll still need paper

It was hard to hear UK health secretary Jeremy Hunt’s recent backtracking over his plans for a paperless NHS by 2018, without wondering to what extent digital health documents have contributed to global forest depletion over the last decades.…

UK Snoopers' Charter gagging order drafted for London Internet Exchange directors

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 15:24:07 GMT

Rushed proposal opens rift in internet giants' club

Exclusive London Internet Exchange (LINX) – Europe's major internet traffic hub – faces a growing backlash over changes to its rules that would gag its directors applying secret government orders to monitor networks, under Britain's Investigatory Powers Act.…

Microsoft makes cheeky bid for MongoDB devs on Azure security grounds

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 14:25:06 GMT

Come and use DocumentDB, we've fired up Photoshop

Microsoft is attempting to capitalise on a recent spate of ransom attacks on unsecured MongoDB instances by encouraging developers to switch to working with its own Azure-based DocumentDB system.…

Yee-haw! It's the Friday storage round-up

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 13:35:11 GMT

Getting those pesky ponies into that there corral, yessiree

Not every story is NetApp making a hyperconverged product, or Oracle possibly canning tape products. Here's a roundup of several pieces of news that are nevertheless significant.…

Mystery deepens over Android spyware targeting Israeli soldiers

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 12:59:09 GMT

'Unlikely Hamas is responsible' – researchers

Hackers are continuing to target Israeli Defence Force (IDF) personnel with Android spyware but doubts have emerged that Hamas is behind the cyber-spying operation.…

Nokia's 3310 revival – what's NEXT? Vote now

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 12:42:08 GMT

You loved it, they killed it: Now bring it back

Nokia didn’t once just dominate the world’s handset market, it defined it.…

New Royal Navy Wildcat helicopters can't transmit vital data

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 12:17:10 GMT

Crews have to land and move tactical info around via USB sticks. No, really

Britain's latest military helicopter fleet has still not had a tactical data link capability fitted, two years after the aircraft entered service.…

Hyperconverged market gets hyper-competitive as new riders enter field

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 11:52:13 GMT

But they'll be hard-pressed to catch Dell and Nutanix

Analysis The hyperconverged infrastructure appliance (HCIA) market has become hypercompetitive as the two-horse race between Dell and Nutanix has been blown open with HPE/SimpliVity, NetApp and Cisco chasing them.…

Brit watchdog spanks Microsoft, Amazon, Apple into promising fairer cloud contracts

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 11:22:12 GMT

Smackdown on random hikes and service tweaks

Amazon, Apple and Microsoft have committed to providing cloud storage users with fairer contracts after a crackdown by the UK's Competition Markets Authority (CMA).…

Did Oracle just sign tape's death warrant? Depends what 'no comment' means

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:44:12 GMT

Big Red keeps schtum over the status of StreamLine

Oracle's StorageTek (StreamLine) tape library product range will be end-of-lifed, El Reg has learned.…

A webcam is not so much a leering eye as the barrel of a gun

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:05:40 GMT

It wants to see me stripped

Something for the Weekend, Sir? “Strip it off!” commands a disembodied voice. “We want to see what you’ve got!”…

Errors in Australia's Centrelink debt recovery system were inevitable

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 09:35:12 GMT

... as in all complex systems

Since it announced a crackdown on outstanding debt in June last year, Centrelink has sent debt recovery letters to thousands of Australian welfare recipients. Early reports indicated that around 20 per cent were issued in error, although the true number may be substantially higher.…

UK recruitment biz Coal Intelligent Technology ceases trading

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 09:01:13 GMT

Contractors and staff may be left out of pocket

Contractors and employees at London-based tech recruitment outfit Coal Intelligent Technology may be left out of pocket after the company ceased trading yesterday.…

Installing disks is basically LEGO, right? This admin failed LEGO

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 08:32:06 GMT

This bit goes here, this bit goes there and - huh! - why aren't the lights blinking?

On-Call Welcome to another Friday (!) and therefore to another edition of On-Call, The Register's column in which we let readers vent about jobs gone bad.…

Déjà vu: Euro Patent Office prez ignores yet another formal rebuke

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 08:01:06 GMT

King Battistelli tries to reconstitute Appeals Committee – staff union refuses

The president of the European Patent Office, Benoit Battistelli, is ignoring yet another formal rebuke of his policies by disregarding two decisions by the International Labour Organization.…

What does a complex AI model look like? Here's some Friday eye candy from UK biz Graphcore

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 07:28:12 GMT

Vivid images of machine learning graph processing

Pics Brit chip startup Graphcore has produced sexy images of its graph processing.…