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Data ethics in IoT? Pff, you and your silly notions of privacy

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 21:31:35 GMT

Children will die, companies will shout 'sue me then,' and you'll still be using Facebook

IoT World Congress The future of personal data sharing is that “everything will become as-a-service” and nobody will own any property outright ever again, a gloomy lawyer told a wide-ranging data ethics discussion at IoT Solutions World Congress this afternoon in Barcelona.…

Hangouts flameout bringing the Google blame out

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 20:44:19 GMT

Chocolate Factory's chat app goes dark

Google says it has now resolved the issues that caused its Hangouts meeting service to go down earlier today.…

Not call, Intel – not call: Chipzilla modems in iPhone 7s fall short

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 20:06:51 GMT

New study: You'll get better LTE connections with Qualcomm-equipped mobes

Apple's iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus come with one of two cellular modems, Qualcomm's MDM9645M modem or Intel's XMM7360 modem, depending upon the associated mobile carrier.…

BlackBerry design boss tells El Reg: 'We're not getting out of phones'

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 19:42:16 GMT

Partners 'highly likely' to build and sell BB-flavored QWERTY devices

Analysis The more BlackBerry explains its phone strategy, the more people insist there will never be another BlackBerry. Which must be annoying. Headlines a month ago that the company had “hung up on its handset business” were only half right. Executives reaffirmed to us this week that they expect to see more BlackBerry phones rather than fewer – it’s just that BlackBerry won’t be making them.…

Adobe emits emergency patch for Flash hole malware is exploiting right this minute

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 18:48:11 GMT

Windows folks – how can we say this? UPDATE ASAP

Adobe is advising folks to update Flash Player – as malware is right now exploiting a newly discovered hole in the internet's screen door to hijack Windows PCs.…

Cyber-crooks menacing hospitals are put under the microscope

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 18:22:37 GMT

IT defense overall must be prioritized, says Intel Security’s Raj Samani

Cybercriminals are spreading into the healthcare sector even though the price per stolen medical record remains lower than for comparable financial account crime.…

UK minister promises science budget won't be messed with after Brexit

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 17:21:45 GMT

Ambitious pledges ahead of Article 50 negotiations

Universities and science minister Jo Johnson has promised that the UK government will not "dip into the ringfence" of the allocated science budget to underwrite EU funding following Blighty's departure from the European Union.…

First World Problems: John Lewis clients forced to re-register after website 'upgrade'

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 17:01:04 GMT

Phone staff overwhelmed by middle-class complaints

Customers of John Lewis Financial Services in the UK are still being forced to re-register for the service after a "recent website upgrade" accidentally downgraded the service.…

Microsoft goes back to the drawing board – literally, with 28" tablet and hockey puck knob

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 16:55:27 GMT

Not-a-PC biz touts new PC and Windows 10 Creators Edition

Microsoft today revealed the Surface Studio, a 28" drawing-board-like PC you can stick a hockey-puck-looking dial on to control software. The touchscreen super-fondleslab was announced alongside an updated Surface Book.…

Scale-up SSDs buck the scale-out trend

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 16:30:14 GMT

Daisy-chaining for scale-up SATA SSDs

Well, this is unfashionable: UK-based Integral Memory and Korean Flash storage provider Novachips have co-produced a SVR-PRO SATA III SSD suited for scale-up use.…

Password1? You're so random. By which we mean not random at all -

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 16:00:11 GMT

Campaign says #thinkrandom, but experts demand cyber-security rethink

The UK government has renewed its efforts to persuade consumers to pick stronger passwords.…

20 years to get Amiga Workbench 3.1 update, and only a fortnight to get first patch

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 15:43:08 GMT

What will happen if this momentum continues?

After 20 years, Workbench, the graphical file manager for AmigaOS, received its first update earlier this month, and it's only taken a fortnight to get its first bugfix too.…

Beer, security by design and actual revenue: HPE shows off IoT offerings

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 15:24:11 GMT

Modular Edge servers and augmented reality too

IoT World Congress Beer-as-a-service at American football games is just one of the things Hewlett Packard Enterprise has brought to the Internet of Things playground, its chief IoT technologist, Colin I’Anson, told The Register this morning.…

Hammer hopes to nail software-defined future for Commvault

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 15:03:05 GMT

Adds analytics + biz process automation as losses narrow

Commvault has software-defined storage and business process automation in its future, as it announces a $600,000 net loss on revenues of $156.3m in its latest quarter. The firm is hoping this sets it up for a sustained turnaround.…

Gov.UK goes TITSUP

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 14:49:59 GMT

Workers wait with Whitehall whiteout

The website for the British government has suffered a little TITSUP, that is a total inability to support usual politicking.…

Rise of the photon clones: New method could lead to 'impenetrable' comms

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 14:21:09 GMT

New tech aims to boost security and range of quantum cryptography

Physicists have produced "near-perfect" clones of quantum information that can be used to send and retrieve information securely over long distances through quantum cryptography.…

He ain't heavy: OpenStack 16 cloud bros share LAMP interoperability load

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 14:01:05 GMT

Float prospect of federated alternative to AWS

Openstack Summit OpenStackers have sought to alleviate concerns that applications on rival clouds are locked in and not portable.…

‘We have many IoT customers’ says Huawei CTO

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:39:10 GMT

Czech 'em out

IoT World Congress “Our customer base is growing very fast,” Huawei CTO Wu Chou told The Register at IoT World Congress in Barcelona yesterday. The firm is long on smart Czech streetlights but short, it seems, on customers.…

Vatican and musicians at odds over appropriate use of crematorium leftovers

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:01:10 GMT

Six feet under or on your album shelf? The choice is yours...

The Vatican has put itself on a collision course with the rock music industry, after banning the spreading of human ash-ley remains.…

Burgundian iPhone wrecker hit with damages, suspended sentence

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 12:40:11 GMT

Begloved Dijonaise Mac fan attacked Apple store with outsized metal ball

A bellicose Burgundian has been served a six-month suspended sentence and a pile of damages after being driven to distraction by a glitchy iPhone and taking revenge on his local Apple store with a shiny metal ball.…

Seagate bowls out fattened-up spinner

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 12:20:12 GMT

Ups Enterprise's capacity, speeds up data streams

Seagate's sixth generation Enterprise Performance disk drive ups its capacity by 50 per cent to 900GB and increases data transfer speed past 300MB/sec.…

Squeaky bum time for Apple: It hasn’t made enough iPhone 7 Pluses

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 12:00:13 GMT

What went wrong?

Analysis Santa may have an empty sack this Christmas, crushing the dreams of fanbois (and fanfilles). Apple admitted yesterday it was unable to meet the demand for its iPhone 7.…

'Non-state actors*' likely to blame for Dyn mega-attack – US intel chief

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 11:40:12 GMT

Pesky kids

A senior US intelligence chief has said that "non-state actors" – bored kids or crooks* – are likely behind the high-profile attack on DNS provider Dyn last week.…

Exit through the Gift Shop? US copyright chief was assigned to shop till, tweeting

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 11:20:05 GMT

Memos confirm Pallante was locked out of network and office

The US’s top copyright expert since 2011 has been re-assigned to investigating new tills for the gift shop and brainstorming social media strategies on the orders of her new boss, US president Barack Obama appointee Carla Hayden, leaked memos reveal.…

I've arrived on Mars. Argggh, my back!

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 11:00:11 GMT

NASA's spine-tingling experiments spell bad news for astronauts

New research brings more bad news to astronauts thinking about long-haul space flights as spinal muscles shrink after months in space, scientists have found.…

Huawei to OpenStackers: Don't try to chase Amazon, Microsoft and Google

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 10:30:07 GMT

Strike out on your own instead of playing catch-up

OpenStack Summit First came AWS, then Microsoft’s Azure – now Google’s Cloud Platform (GCP). Microsoft’s been playing feature catch-up to AWS since 2008 with the baton passing now to Google under Diane Greene.…

Speaking in Tech: EMC v Pure – Stop bickering with the big dog

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 10:00:05 GMT

Podcast Plus: Cockcroft jumps ship to AWS, Facebook threat to enterprise, and more

Interest rate hikes to fuel bonfire of the Unicorns

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 09:39:07 GMT

Canalys says enterprise startup sales teams will flame out and land in channel

Enterprise startups burning through cash while it's cheap will have to fire their sales teams to survive, according to channel analyst outfit Canalys' founder Steve Brazier.…

The IoT market will grow through cannibalisation, says Tech Mahindra

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 09:05:07 GMT

Less blue-sky thinking, more 'is this profitable?' needed

IoT World Congress What does the Internet of Things actually mean for business? "If a customer is spending $10m on maintenance, I say, 'Give us $8m and... I will bring you better availability of your equipment'," a confident Karthikeyan Natarajan of Tech Mahindra told The Register yesterday.…

EU ruling restricts rights to resell back-up copies of software where originals are damaged, destroyed or lost

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 08:44:22 GMT


Software companies must enable customers that acquire an unlimited licence to use their product to download a copy of that software to replace originals that have been damaged, destroyed or lost, the EU's highest court has ruled.…

Tenable ate FlawCheck for DevOps enhancement

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 08:17:05 GMT

Because Docker container security leaves something to be desired

In order to remain tenable as the security market adjusts to software containers, Tenable Network Security, based in Columbia, Maryland, has acquired FlawCheck, a San Francisco-based company founded last year to make Docker containers more secure.…

Vodafone rapped with RECORD £4.6m fine for failing customers

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 08:02:27 GMT

Biz apologises and blames issues with its IT system

Vodafone has been fined £4.6m for failing customers for mis-selling to customers, inaccurate billing and poor complaints handling.…

Got Ancient exploit but nowhere to use it? Try the horrid GRX network

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 07:40:07 GMT

Audio: Aussie hacker shows even NSA hacks haven't schooled some telcos

Ruxcon They've been warned for years, but scores of telcos are still making bone-headed configuration mistakes in their GPRS Global Roaming Exchange (GRX) networks, leaving mail and FTP servers vulnerable.…

Possible reprieve for the venerable A-10 Warthog

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 07:20:07 GMT

Report says supply chain is ramping up for refurb and electronics upgrade

“Uglier things have been spotted in the sky, but not by reliable witnesses” – and, in the case of the A10 “Warthog”, it'll be the ugliest thing in the sky for a lot longer than the US Air Force wanted.…

LASER RAT FENCE wins €1.7m European Commission funds

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 06:56:10 GMT

Liverpool John Moores University thinks crop-munching pests deserve light relief, not poison. Or Brexit, presumably

The European Commission (EC) has found €1,777,985 for research on rat-repelling laser fences.…

Spoiler alert: We'll bet boffins still haven't spotted aliens

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 06:33:07 GMT

Spectral modulation looks like 233 coincidences too many

As any followers of the “Tabbi's Star” controversy will tell you, put “aliens” in a media release and you're bound to get the clicks.…

Samsung ties Thread into two new IoT Artik chips

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 05:56:09 GMT

It's goodbye Artik 1 and hello Artik 7

Samsung has expanded and updated its IoT hardware with the release of the low-end Artik 0 and high-end Artik 7 modules – both of which support the Thread protocol for the first time.…

VXer turns to ancient freemium model to flog keylogger, malware tools

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 04:56:12 GMT

'Researcher' sells spamming, trojan wares

Malware has been spotted using the freemium model more than 30 years after it was introduced.…

Atlantis, stateless virtual desktops, and containers

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 03:56:07 GMT

Not a lot of difference and we support the one, so let's support the other

Atlantis is integrating its virtual workspace (desktop) into the Citrix management suite and is also providing a software product to manage and provision compute, networking, storage and data services for containers.…

Google fibre: Subs up, Revenue up, expansion over

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 03:30:07 GMT

Access CEO asks Google Maps for nearest exit

Google's taken another step in winding back its fibre rollouts, and Craig Barratt, CEO of the operation, is showing himself the door.…

This is not a drill: Hackers pop stock Nexus 6P in five minutes

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 02:56:13 GMT

Keen hackers at Mobile Pwn2Own

The Nexus 6P appears to have been hacked with attackers at the Mobile Pwn2Own contest installing malware without user interaction in less than five minutes.…

'Outpaced' ASIO was infiltrated by Soviets

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 02:31:13 GMT

Spy agency faced 'incredible growth' in spies in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, book reveals

The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) has publicly admitted for the first time it was infiltrated by Soviet spies during the Cold War.…

Juniper revenue up, but profit slips for Q3

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 01:56:10 GMT

A cloudy forecast points towards a flattish Q4

Juniper's turned in a Q3 2016 quarter revenue of US$1.285 billion, up 3 per cent on the same period last year, but with GAAP profits down by 13 per cent to $172.4 million.…

Akamai rides on the botnet's back to US$584 million quarter

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 01:30:55 GMT

Security biz up, content distribution down

Cloud computing security has driven a 6 per cent year-on-year revenue growth for Akamai, up from $US551 million last year to $584 million for Q3 2016.…

IBM Australia didn't stress-test #censusfail router and blocked password resets

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 00:56:10 GMT

IT Crowd jokes aside, who okayed this mess?

If Vulture South wasn't running short-staffed yesterday, we'd have stayed with the Senate Committee hearings inquiring into Australia's Census outage on August 9, and caught this gem:…

Benioff on being hacked: We're looking into some next-gen fax machines

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 00:30:04 GMT

Salesforce CEO talks diversity, investments and, yes, making the world a better place

Marc Benioff is many things. But a whiner is not one of them.…

Disaster in Cupertino: Apple only made US$9bn last quarter

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 23:56:09 GMT

'Holy s**t, Tim!' - profits have slipped to a mere 'bonkers'

Apple once again saw revenues drop, as 45.5 million iPhone 7 sales were not enough to boost its fourth-quarter earnings.…

US judge rubber-stamps Volkswagen's 'Dieselgate' settlement

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 23:01:44 GMT

475,000 Americans will get trade-in value plus $5k to $10k compensation

Volkswagen's proposed US “Dieselgate” remedies can go into effect, a US judge said, approving the disgraced auto-maker's US$14.7 billion settlement.…

Asterisk users need to patch DoS bug

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 22:30:04 GMT

Overlap dialling lets attacker shut down system

Asterisk users need to get busy with a patch.…

Low-power transistors hint at alternative to battery bonfires

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 21:56:39 GMT

Cambridge researchers envision electronics that thrive on a starvation diet

Since 1965, transistors have followed a path predicted by Gordon Moore, becoming more densely packed year after year. The result has been a steady improvement in CPU performance. Batteries, however, haven't advanced at the same pace.…