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Can North Korean nukes hit US mainland? Maybe. But EMP blast threat is 'highly credible'

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 17:03:07 GMT

El Reg talks to experts on Kim's capabilities

Feature When they said a week is a lifetime in politics, they weren't kidding.…

Micron's new storage division lead is third former SanDisk recruit

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 16:39:10 GMT

Anand Jayapalan replaces Darren Thomas

Micron has replaced its storage business unit VP, Darren Thomas, with a former SanDisk exec, Anand Jayapalan.…

DJI's Spark drones to be bricked by September 1 unless firmware updated

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 15:55:04 GMT

There is no 'my way or the highway', just my way

Hackers have boasted that DJI's latest Spark drone firmware update was bypassed in mere hours – including downtime to enjoy the recent solar eclipse.…

Kraut coppers seize 5,000 Donald Trump-shaped dance biscuits

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 15:23:09 GMT

Making raves great again, like, the best you've ever been to

Cops in northwestern Germany have seized 5,000 ecstasy tabs fashioned in the image of Donald J Trump's head, indicating the prez continues to inspire people to seek out an alternative reality.…

End-point backupper Druva stuffs sack with another $80m in VC cash

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 14:58:13 GMT

Funding round lifts startup's profile and firepower

End-point backup and data governance starup Druva has just raked in an $80m funding round less than a year after it pulled in $52m.…

US Navy suffers third ship collision this year

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 14:02:06 GMT

Deaths of sailors prompt admirals to halt all warship ops

The accident-prone US Navy has suspended all of its warship operations around the world following its third collision at sea this year.…

If there's a hole in your S3 bucket, data thieves will be sprayed by Macie

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 13:04:05 GMT

Data loss prevention bot patrols Amazon's cloud storage solution

Analysis Data loss prevention is about to get a whole lot smarter.…

Canadian outsourcer CGI to Nordic BI biz: Fancy €98m cold ones, eh?

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 12:12:08 GMT

Affecto's 1k staff to merge with CGI if all-cash deal goes through

Canadian outsourcer CGI has made an all-cash offer for the Northern European data analytics firm Affecto.…

Fujitsu looking to flog its smartphones biz – report

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 11:41:40 GMT

How's that 'digital transformation' going?

For its latest "digital transformation", Fujitsu is trying to sell off its mobile phone business, according to reports.…

Virgin Media customers complain of outages across UK

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 10:52:05 GMT

Not looking good for cheesed off customers

Updated Virgin Media is seemingly suffering a series of outages accross the country, with aggrieved customers using alternate methods to air their ire at the telco.…

Continuous integration platforms are broken – here's what needs fixing

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 10:32:11 GMT

New survey polls developers' 'unmet needs'

About half of 3,880 participants in the 2016 "State of Agile" industry survey reported using continuous integration. Now new research from Oregon State University and University of Illinois suggests that the platforms still leave a lot to be desired.…

Biz sends apps to public cloud, waves 'bye to on-premises server folk. NO! WAIT!

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 09:41:06 GMT

Cloud cost rises, growth pushes staff demand up again

Research has found businesses need to hire more server staff – but they're in limited supply.…

Cognitive Services, Clippy? AI's silent infiltration of Microsoft's Office stack

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 09:01:12 GMT

Facial and voice recognition – just beware translations

In just over a year, Microsoft has launched and expanded a set of APIs called Cognitive Services, which handle everything from face and emotion recognition, to a Language Understanding Intelligence Service (yes, LUIS for short) and a Custom Decision Service.…

Sofa-jockeys given crack at virtual Formula 1 world championship

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 08:27:05 GMT

This whole 'Esport' thing looks serious – for games developers looking to boost sales

Formula 1 has announced it's getting into “e-sports”, the preferred phrase for competitive computer gaming, with a new “Formula 1 Esports Series” that will see a virtual F1 champion crowned later this year.…

Want a medal? Microsoft 7.2% less bad at speech recognition than IBM

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 08:02:05 GMT

Clash of the machine-learning titans

In a machine learning tug-of-war, Microsoft may have just barely slipped ahead of IBM for speech transcription accuracy.…

Samsung gains ground on smartphones

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 07:31:09 GMT

Emerging markets are where it's at

Following a rocky year of recalls and other exciting events, Gartner has found that phone-slinger Samsung could be doing quite well.…

Disbanding your security team may not be an entirely dumb idea

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 06:58:09 GMT

Plenty of other teams have some security responsibility, so why not end the overlap?

Disbanding your security team may not be an entirely dumb idea, because plenty of other people in your organisation already overlap with their responsibilities, or could usefully do their jobs.…

Security outfit Root9B on the brink after default, may de-list

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 06:28:12 GMT

Listed company's creditors are circling so it's auctioning assets

Colorado security startup Root9B is teetering on the edge, with its creditors sending over a foreclosure nastygram after it defaulted last week.…

German court reveals reason for Europe-wide patent system freeze

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 06:00:09 GMT

Was it the EPO? Brexit? Insufficient support? Yes

The German federal court has finally revealed why it ordered a halt to the ratification of the Europe-wide Unitary Patent Court.…

Microsoft rolls its own hyperconverged appliance program

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 05:30:08 GMT

'Windows Server Software-Defined' program signs HPE, Lenovo, Fujitsu and Supermicro

Microsoft's revealed it's signed up several server vendors to make hyperconverged appliances running Windows Server natively.…

Boffins blast beats to bury secret sonar in your 'smart' home

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 05:02:13 GMT

Your Amazon Echo could live a double life as an echo-location device

Researchers at the University of Washington have devised a way of conducting surreptitious sonar surveillance using home devices equipped with microphones and speakers.…

Open AWS S3 bucket leaked hotel booking service data

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 03:57:04 GMT

Groupize denies report by researchers at Kromtech, but locks down repo anyway

Another day, another unsecured AWS storage bucket leaking corporate data, this time from hotel booking service Groupize.…

Phisherfolk dangle bait at dot-fish domain

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 01:51:08 GMT

Gill us now

Netcraft 'net watchers have cast a fly over the lake of generic TLDs, and turned up the first .fish domain dedicated to – wait for it – phishing.…

Private sub captain changes story, now says reporter died, was 'buried at sea' – torso found

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 00:10:34 GMT

Crowdfunded submersible story somehow gets weirder

The story of a Danish inventor and a missing Swedish journalist has taken a bizarre turn, as Peter Madsen now claims he buried Kim Wall at sea.…

Groundhog Day! ACCC again calls for truth in broadband advertising

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 23:20:55 GMT

100 Mbps? Call it the 60 Mbps customers might actually experience at peak hour

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has fired off its latest salvo in its decades-long argument with the telco industry about internet speed claims in Australia, telling them to advertise typical speeds rather than theoretical maxima.…

Google's Android 8.0 Oreo has been served

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 22:34:34 GMT

The Chocolate Factory's mobile operating system comes with saccharine emoji filling

Google on Monday released Android 8.0 Oreo, the latest update to the world's most widely used operating system, as measured by internet usage.…

Who needs 5G? Qualcomm, Ericsson and Verizon hit 1Gbps with LTE gear

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 22:14:20 GMT

Trio squeezes a bit more life out of current-gen broadband standard

A group of researchers working for Verizon, Ericsson and Qualcomm say they have hit a record 1.07Gbps download rate with LTE hardware.…

Uh oh, scientists know how those diamonds got in Uranus, and they're telling everyone!

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 21:47:08 GMT

Stanford researchers figure out how icy outer planets make it rain gemstones

Researchers from Stanford have shown how the frigid, high-pressure atmospheres of the planets Uranus and Neptune can create a "rain" of diamonds.…

Science fiction great Brian Aldiss, 92, dies at his Oxford home

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 21:20:10 GMT

Super SF writers don't last all summer long

Obit Brian Aldiss OBE, one of the most popular and prolific science fiction writers of his generation, has passed way at his home one day after his 92nd birthday.…

China's cyber court opens for business; a gavel-free zone?

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 19:39:47 GMT

Focus is to be specifically on online cases

China has just opened a new court that will solely deal with internet-related cases.…

Hackers scam half a million from Enigma digital currency investors

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 18:53:26 GMT

Sucky security leaves MIT cryptoboffins red-faced

Cunning hackers have successfully duped investors out of almost $500,000 after compromising the servers of the online currency platform Enigma.…

10% of UK's top firms would be screwed in a cyber attack – survey

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 17:04:50 GMT

And just 6% say they're fully prepared for GDPR

Most of the UK's top businesses are underprepared for new data protection rules, while 10 per cent have no response plan for a cyber attack, according to a government survey.…

Bizzby balls-up: Handyman app spams customer's details to world+dog

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 17:02:12 GMT

Reuben from Hartlepool, today's your unlucky day

Handyman-finding UK app Bizzby appears to have sent a number of people an unsolicited email containing the full name and address of one of its subscribers.…

IT reseller Misco UK shutters warehouse and distie centre

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 16:34:00 GMT

Clawing its way out of the red

Misco is shuttering its UK warehouse and distribution centre in Greenock, Scotland, in a bid to drag the P&L accounts out of the red.…

Tegile arrays tire of SAS backplane, cosy up to hunky newcomer NVMe

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 16:02:11 GMT

It's all NVMe-me-me nowadays

Tegile is moving on from SAS backplanes and has developed an N-Series array product line with NVMe flash drives.…

Get hyped: Cisco makes $320m intentions known to startup Springpath

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 15:34:12 GMT

Will supply the software for Netzilla's HyperFlex HCIA line

Cisco is buying Springpath for $320m and will have the startup supply the software for its HyperFlex hyperconverged products.…

Intel stuffs extra cores into latest mobile Series U Core i5 and i7 chips

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 15:01:09 GMT

Hello? Yes, I want a fondleslab that does things like a workstation, please

Intel has wheeled out its 8th Generation Core processors, a refresh of its Core i5 and i7 chips, and their base specs wouldn’t look out of place in a desktop PC circa 2012.…

How offsite solutions can complement NAS setups

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 14:42:07 GMT

Match made in The Cloud

Sponsored Storage is a growth area in IT, as the volume of data generated by users and applications keeps on expanding at an increasing rate, while legislation dictates that organisations must retain some types of data for regulatory purposes and cannot just delete it all to free up capacity.…

British snoops at GCHQ knew FBI was going to arrest Marcus Hutchins

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 14:00:06 GMT

WannaCry killer had been working with the spy agency

Secretive electronic spy agency GCHQ was aware that accused malware author Marcus Hutchins, aka MalwareTechBlog, was due to be arrested by US authorities when he travelled to United States for the DEF CON hacker conference, according to reports.…

The sky is blue, water is wet and UK PC shipments are down

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 13:01:10 GMT

Political uncertainty blamed for crap Q2

Brexit and the general election were highlighted by Gartner as being among the reasons why the good folk of Britain purchased far fewer PCs in Q2.…

NVMe? You should. Mangstor hauls in $7.1m for array development shop

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 12:04:07 GMT

And Austin-based firm is hiring

Stuttering NVMe-over-Fabrics startup Mangstor has raised $7.1m and is hiring.… to treat online abuse as seriously as IRL hate crime

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 11:25:11 GMT

Think twice before you fire that foul-mouthed Twitter tirade

The UK's Crown Prosecution Service has pledged to tackle online abuse with the same seriousness as it does hate crimes committed in the flesh.…

Energy firm slapped with £50k fine for making 1.5 million nuisance calls

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 10:49:13 GMT

Telephone Preference Service – check it or feel the ICO's wrath

A UK firm offering people energy-saving solutions has been fined after making almost 1.5 million unsolicited calls without checking if the numbers were registered on the UK's opt-out database.…

How are you improving software development and deployment?

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 10:41:11 GMT

Tell us what you’re doing - or not doing - with DevOps, Containers, Agile

The call for papers for Continuous Lifecycle 2018 is open now, and we really want to hear what’s happening out in the real world.…

The rice of cloud, avocado of virtualization and salmon of doubt: Let's eat storage sushi

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 10:23:05 GMT

It's a week's worth of storage nutrition, so let's tuck in

We've got a few storage news sushi snacks to start off your week. Get your chopsticks out and lift up each of these little beauties to get a taste of who's doing what in the land of the data-baiters, virtualizer commercializers and the cloud crowd.…

75 years ago, one Allied radar techie changed the course of WW2

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 09:49:08 GMT

And he risked being executed by his own side in the process

Would you give up your comfy technical desk job to join a military raid into hostile territory? Would you jump at the chance to put your world-leading technical knowledge to use in the most extreme of circumstances, even if your own side was under orders to shoot you if you got captured?…

HPE memory options rising by double digits... from today

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 09:13:05 GMT

Meanwhile, DRAM makers toasting record sales hauls

HPE is hiking server memory prices by up to 20 per cent from today, according to communications with the channel, seen by us.…

LG schtum over whether Europeans can get the powerhouse phablet V30

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 08:43:05 GMT

Why not?

Europeans, once so smug about the global success of GSM, have had to get used to advanced mobile networks and devices arriving in the US first.…

NVMe fabrics could shuffle traditional arrays off to the graveyard

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 08:10:10 GMT

With the array controller out of the data path, who needs it?

Opinion NVMe-over-Fabrics (NVMeF) shared storage access could kill the legacy storage array business – unless vendors get inventive and somehow continue to supply charged-for data management services alongside NVMeF data access.…

Fujitsu's Australian cloud suffers storage crash, outage

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 07:38:39 GMT

User tells of significant data loss

Fujitsu Australia has confirmed that its data centre in the Australian suburb of Homebush has experienced an outage.…