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Hyperconverged leapfrog: Dell EMC borg overtakes Nutanix

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 10:30:16 GMT

Takes hyper-converged infrastructure appliance lead – analyst

Dell EMC overtook Nutanix to become the leading hyper-converged infrastructure appliance shipper in 2017’s first quarter.…

Researchers solve screen glare nightmare with 'moth-eye' antireflective film

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 09:32:06 GMT

£$% ambient... light! Can't see.. darn.. phone... screen

A new anti-glare film could help us see our phones a little bit better on a bright day.…

The good kind of data sharing: Reg empties its storage news warehouse

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 09:03:12 GMT

Products, hookups, support, click relief and more

Here's a storage news item garage sale. Come on in and check out our array of goodies; there's something for everyone.…

Men charged with theft of free newspapers

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 08:37:06 GMT

Bundles of future chip wrappers allegedly nabbed from London rail station

Two men have been charged with theft for allegedly helping themselves to bundles of free newspapers from London Bridge railway station.…

Despite high-profile hires, Apple's TV plans are doomed

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 08:01:12 GMT

It's 'Amazon' how far behind it is...

Opinion Apple has been promising to revolutionize TV for years but hasn't yet found the time to do so. Last week, Apple announced two new and likely expensive hires, former Sony Pictures Television presidents, Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg – who are known for Breaking Bad, The Blacklist and other golden TV shows – to help it transform television.…

Verizon!-owned! Yahoo! bins! AT&T! IDs! for! Tumblr! logins!

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 07:32:06 GMT

Yahoo!,Tumblr users need to register new e-mail addresses

Verizon has moved to unwind an old deal between Yahoo! and AT&T that allowed users to run merged AT&T and Yahoo! e-mail accounts for login to some Yahoo! services.…

Linus Torvalds slams 'pure garbage' from 'clowns' at grsecurity

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 07:01:08 GMT

'I stopped trying to be polite about their BS', says Torvalds who plans Linux 4.12 next week

Linux lord Linus Torvalds thinks he'll be able to give the world version 4.12 of the Linux kernel next week.…

Humanity is doomed: we watch 45 BILLION hours of YouTube a month

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 06:34:05 GMT

And that's just the stuff Google can count on mobile devices

Google's revealed just how perilous humanity's future existence has become, by shedding a light on our YouTube viewing habits.…

UK parliamentary email compromised after 'sustained and determined cyber attack'

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 06:08:21 GMT

Brute force attack on weak passwords, cracked <90 email accounts

The Parliament of the United Kingdom has admitted it experienced a “sustained and determined cyber attack” over the weekend and says <90 email accounts have been compromised as a result.…

SpaceX nails two launches and barge landings in one weekend

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 05:02:08 GMT

Your bike ride/Glastonbury/hookup with a hottie looks a bit less epic now, eh?

No matter what you did over the weekend, you'll struggle to top Elon Musk's after his space trucking venture launched 11 satellites atop two rockets, both of which stuck perfect landings on barges.…

Tavis Ormandy to Microsoft: have another WIndows Defender vuln

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 04:02:09 GMT

Microsoft to Tavis: here's the fix. Any chance we could have a day off?

Google Project Zero bug-hunter Tavis Ormandy has alerted the world to yet another way Microsoft's anti-virus tool Windows Defender could be attacked.…

No-mere-hype hyper-converged systems clock hyper-growth

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 01:58:07 GMT

IDC's tracker finds FlexPods flourishing, Vblocks/VxBlocks faltering

Analyst firm IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Converged Systems Tracker shows overall converged systems revenue for 2017's first quarter increased year over year but only because of bonkers growth in hyper-converged systems.…

Microsoft recommends you ignore Microsoft-recommended update

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 01:11:17 GMT

Left hand quits trying to meet right hand, waves at customers saying 'don't break Skype'

Earlier this month, Microsoft gave the world .NET Framework 4.7 and urged users to install it for the usual reasons: more fun bits to play with and a security improvements.…

VMware's security product to emerge in Q3 as 'App Defence'

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 23:58:09 GMT

Project Goldilocks to whitelist VMs' expected behaviour and snuff 'em if they deviate

VMware's long-expected security product will emerge in Q3 under the name “App Defence”.…

Intel's Skylake and Kaby Lake CPUs have nasty microcode bug

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 23:22:23 GMT

Debian devs noticed errata to deep docs and now the fit's hitting the shan

During April and May, Intel started updating processor documentation with a new errata note, and over the weekend we learned why: Skylake and Kaby Lake silicon has a microcode bug.…

WannaCrypt blamed for speed camera re-boot frenzy, despite lack of ransom debands

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 22:47:57 GMT

USB-toting admin 'upgraded' Windows and Linux systems with something nasty that Police can't really explain

A contractor in the Australian State of Victoria has managed to infect an unknown number of speed cameras with a virus, over sneakernet.…

Capita flogs Asset Services division for £888m

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 07:04:13 GMT

'The reduction in leverage is significant' – Parker

Everyone’s favourite people pimp Capita has permanently outsourced its Asset Services businesses to Link Administration for £888m – a fleeting injection of cash in the bank that will be used to reduce debts.…

Tech giants flash Russia their code blueprints in exchange for access

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 00:57:05 GMT

What could possibly go wrong?

Cisco, IBM, HP, McAfee and SAP are among plenty of western technology companies that have been showing their source code to Russian authorities in exchange for the right to sell their products in the country.…

Anthem to shell out $115m in largest-ever data theft settlement

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 00:09:25 GMT

Good day to be an attorney, or a Maserati salesman

Health insurer Anthem has today agreed to pay $115m to settle a class-action suit brought on by its 2015 cyber-theft of 78.8 million records.…

AES-256 keys sniffed in seconds using €200 of kit a few inches away

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 22:58:08 GMT

Van Eck phreaking getting surprisingly cheap

Side-channel attacks that monitor a computer's electromagnetic output to snaffle passwords are nothing new. They usually require direct access to the target system and a lot of expensive machinery – but no longer.…


Fri, 23 Jun 2017 22:11:05 GMT

OneWeb gets green light to pipe internet through 720 orbiting satellites

America's broadband watchdog, the FCC, has approved OneWeb's proposal to launch an ISP on the backs of 720 orbiting satellites.…

US Secretary of State: Я буду работать с Россией по вопросам кибербезопасности

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 21:08:11 GMT

Pish, hackers, smackers, says Rex Tillerson

Analysis US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has expressed a willingness to work directly with Russia on cybersecurity and other issues.…

Heaps of Windows 10 internal builds, private source code leak online

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 20:09:09 GMT

Unreleased 64-bit ARM versions, Server editions among dumped data

Exclusive A massive trove of Microsoft's internal Windows operating system builds and chunks of its core source code have leaked online.…

Not Apr 1: Google stops scanning your Gmail to sling targeted ads at you

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 19:53:52 GMT

Given the amount of data it already has on you, why bother?

Google has said it will no longer scan the content of Gmail messages to sell targeted adverts to users of the free service.…

Florida Man to be fined $1.25 per robocall... all 96 million of them

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 18:25:01 GMT

Record $120m penalty will be doled out by FCC for bonkers binge of junk dialing

America's comms regulator, the FCC, will fine a Florida Man $120m for flooding the country with nearly 100 million robocalls in three months.…

Virgin Media router security flap follows weak password expose

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:34:08 GMT

You're not using the password from the sticker, are you?

Virgin Media has urged 800,000 customers to change their passwords to guard against possible hacking attack.…

ZX Spectrum reboot firm gets £52k court costs order quashed

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:03:12 GMT

Up and down goes the Retro Computers Ltd litigation yoyo

The £52,000 costs order granted against troubled ZX Spectrum reboot firm Retro Computers Ltd has been set aside by the Senior Courts Costs Office, a branch of the High Court, as the wrangle between RCL and two former directors rumbles on.…

Google to remove private medical data from search results

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:22:01 GMT

As DeepMind slurps up more more patient data for Streams

Google has decided to wipe people’s medical records from its search results - just as its AI branch DeepMind extends its grips on UK patients’ medical records.…

ICO fines 'Wolf of Wall Street' electrical survey biz for nuisance calls

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:02:19 GMT

That's a £50k penalty and another shaming for Kent-based MyHome Installations

Electrical survey provider MyHome Installations Ltd, which entered the hall of shame on the Beeb's Rogue Traders for pressure selling to pensioners, is facing a £50,000 fine for nuisance calls.…

Russian hackers selling login credentials of UK politicians, diplomats – report

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:31:10 GMT

They're oldies but could still spill the goodies, say experts

Russians hackers are trading the email addresses and passwords of top UK politicians and diplomats.…

IoT coverage for 95% of UK by 2019? We can't even do 4G, Sigfox

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:55:07 GMT

French firm and new pals WND announce, err, ambitious plans

French Internet of Things connectivity firm Sigfox says it is partnering with a hitherto unheard-of firm, WND-UK, to cover "95 per cent" of Blighty by 2019.…

Amazon squares up to Walmart over boycott calls: Talk sh!t, get hit

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:38:13 GMT

'Tactics like this are bad for business and customers'

The fight between Bezos' poster child and Walmart just got real – Amazon has officially called out the groceries juggernaut for petty schoolyard tactics.…

Ex-NASA bod on Gwyneth Paltrow site's 'healing' stickers: 'Wow. What a load of BS'

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:20:05 GMT

Paltrow, we have a problem

Current and former NASA scientists have called bullshit on claims seen on alternative "wellness" wallet-relieving blab-blog Goop, run by former famous actress and current linens-for-rich-ladies slinger Gwyneth Paltrow.…

Hey blockheads, is an NVMe over fabrics array a SAN?

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:26:14 GMT

No, says Datrium, 'cos you can't share data. E8 sort of agrees

Analysis What is a SAN and is an NVMe over Fabrics (NVMeF) array a SAN or not? Datrium says not. E8 says... maybe.…

Tory-commissioned call centres 'might have bent data protection laws'

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:02:10 GMT

Party can expect a call from the Information Commissioner

The UK Conservative Party has been accused of pushing its message on potential voters in a way that may have breached data protection laws.…

Doormat junk: Takeaway menus, Farmfoods flyer, NHS data-sharing letter... wait, what?

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:35:08 GMT

Effort to notify patients falls flat – under pizza pamphlet

A Midlands NHS group has committed face-palm after face-palm in its efforts to inform residents about its patient data-sharing plans.…

Smart burglars will ride the surf of inter-connected hackability

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:02:07 GMT

Let’s invent a dustbin that throws itself away

Something for the Weekend, Sir? What the world needs now is an intelligent dustbin. It would be the pinnacle of achievement for the Internet of Things sector.…

Algorithmic pricing raises concerns for EU competition law enforcement

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 08:22:10 GMT

Illegal offline? It's illegal online

Analysis Algorithms used to track or adapt prices online raise competition concerns, according to a recent submission to the OECD by the European Union.…

Fasthosts' week to forget: 4-day virtual server summer bummer

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 08:13:52 GMT

VPS blinkenlights dim for some of the customers

Fasthosts hasn’t exactly draped itself in glory during this week of the summer solstice, what with the four day blackout of its virtual private server service and a partial eclipse of webmail.…

PC rebooted every time user flushed the toilet

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 07:32:07 GMT

Wiping out the problem needed a brush and a pump, but didn't make a stink

On-Call Welcome yet again to On-Call, The Register's weekly column in which we take readers' tales of odd jobs in odd places, tart them up and present them to you as a bit of light relief on a Friday.…

Red Hat dons hyperconverged headware

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:58:06 GMT

When is a server a hyper-server? When it bundles V12N, RHEL, Gluster and Ansible

Red Hat's having a crack at a hyperconverged software stack.…

Facebook gives itself mission to 'bring the world closer' by getting people off Facebook

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 05:58:12 GMT

Zuckerberg preaches connectivity gospel, sends faithful to do good works

Analysis Mark Zuckerberg's given Facebook a new mission statement: “To give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together", in the process rediscovering The Social Network™'s original purpose and exposing web utopianism as hopelessly optimistic.…

NASA? More like NASAI: Brainy robots 'crucial' to space exploration

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 05:01:12 GMT

Danger, Will Robinson!

Autonomous space robots are going to be key to making new discoveries and exploring the furthest reaches of our Solar System and beyond, according to NASA scientists.…

UK and Ecuador working on Assange escape mechanism

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 03:58:12 GMT

There's an opening and good will to use it, says Ecuadorian foreign minister

Ecuador's foreign minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa says the country is working with the UK to find a way for Julian Assange to leave its embassy.…

Amazon adds Hyper-V file support to its storage gateway

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 02:58:07 GMT

As Azure Stack's launch approaches, AWS bolsters its hybrid storage story

Amazon Web Services dominates the public cloud, but its hybrid cloud story is currently weak.…

Qualcomm's server silicon has a cloud customer: Packet

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 01:58:08 GMT

Rival ARM-wrestling cloud Scaleway has added 64-core Caviums

Qualcomm looks to have a customer for the Centriq 2400 , the 48-core CPU it's aiming at the server market: the minor cloud player Packet has signed up “to introduce” the architecture to its customers.…

Vblock tags in Vxblock: Move is a 'simplification' for punters

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 00:59:09 GMT

We drill into Cisco-Dell-EMC mini-shakeup

Dell EMC's converged infrastructure portfolio is changing. The Vblock – with its Cisco Nexus 1000v switch – is going away, while VxBlocks – with software-defined networking – are taking over.…

Apple, LG, Huawei, ZTE, HTC accused of pilfering 'find my phone' tech

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 00:15:14 GMT

Military comms developer says Android and iOS are trampling its patents

A software company that makes tracking tools for military and 911 crews says some of the biggest mobile phone makers on the planet are stealing its technology for their own security tools.…

Latest Windows 10 Insider build pulls the trigger on crappy SMB1

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 23:21:05 GMT

Redmond adds UI tweaks, more emojis and Edge enticements

Microsoft has released the newest build of Windows 10 Insider, version 16226, to developers on its fast-track release list.…

WikiLeaks doc dump reveals CIA tools for infecting air-gapped PCs

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 21:12:30 GMT

Brutal Kangaroo jumps network breaks, according to leaked classified info

WikiLeaks has published online more top-secret documents it has obtained from the CIA describing the agency's hacking tools. This time the dossier details software codenamed Brutal Kangaroo that agents can use to infect targets' air-gapped computers with malware.…