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BAE Systems' autonomous research aircraft flies itself to Scotland

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:37:52 GMT

Demonstrator dusted off, but will people trust it?

An autonomous aeroplane that uses onboard cameras to "see" events around it is being tested by BAE Systems.…

Micron wheels out 'highest density' SATA SSD on the market

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 15:58:09 GMT

3D TLC latecomer catches up

+Comment Micron has introduced a 5100 line of data centre flash drives and promises it will be the highest-density SATA SSD on the market.…

AWS is coming for UK infrastructure suppliers' lunch – report

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 15:02:09 GMT

Even Google will have trouble hanging on to its sandwich

Traditional IT infrastructure suppliers had better watch out, as Amazon Web Services (AWS) is coming for their lunch, having already doubled its growth in Blighty over the last year - according to research.…

Local TV presenter shouted 'f*cking hell' to open news bulletin

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 14:23:07 GMT

Newcastle firm takes rap on knuckles from Ofcom

A Newcastle TV newsreader opened the station’s Friday night news bulletin by asking to start again before shouting “yes you f*cking do” at off-camera colleagues just 10 seconds after the watershed.…

Yorkshire cyber security firm takes AIM at market listing

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 14:03:37 GMT

These breaches ain't bad for business...

Bradford-based cyber security consultancy ECSC Group is planning to float on AIM next week (14 December).…

In EU, Veritas: Post-Symantec firm flogs data protection 'safety' to biz

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 14:01:06 GMT

Free, free at last and with new software to boot

Veritas has announced a major release of NetBackup, v8.0, and says it's ready to help businesses respond to the 2017 EU General Data Protection Regulations.…

HPE launches two-pronged attack on hyper-converged market

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 12:39:09 GMT

HC 250? HC 380? What are they actually for?

Analysis HP has two hyper-converged systems for two different but overlapping markets – SMB, ROBO, and LOB at the low end, and LOB/data centre at the high end. Both the HC 250 and HC 380 are based on ProLiant server hardware and have different software environments layered on the common Store Virtual SAN. Their branding seems the opposite of what one might expect, though.…

Sigfox IPO? Um, sure! 2017, 2018, whenever, we'll definitely do it

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 12:18:10 GMT

Funding target missed, potential IPO date slips right

Internet of Things connectivity outfit Sigfox has delayed its IPO plans by a year after falling €50m short of its VC funding target.…

Team Trump snubs Big Internet oligarchs

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 11:58:06 GMT

Economic forum shuns Zuck, Google, but finds seat for IBM

Team Trump has announced the composition of the President's Strategic and Policy Forum – and there's no place for internet oligarchs like Eric Schmidt, Larry Page, Jeff Bezos or the world's fifth-richest man, Mark Zuckerberg.…

BlackBerry's final QWERTY floats past the rumour mill

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 11:35:06 GMT

What took you so long?

Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but what if BlackBerry had produced a smart, secure Android QWERTY in 2011, rather than waiting until 2017? A photo purporting to be BlackBerry’s final phone – which happens to be a smart, secure Android QWERTY expected in Q1 next year, popped up at the weekend, inviting counterfactual histories.…

Citizens Advice slams 'unfair' broadband compensation scheme

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 11:00:08 GMT

Suppliers get automatic recompense, punters get nowt

Consumer rights charity Citizens Advice has slammed the UK's broadband compensation scheme which fails to pass on compensation to customers.…

Watch your back, Netflix: Viu on track for 10 million subs next year

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 10:25:10 GMT

iFlix, Viu flicks – they're all coming for Netflix

Analysis Hong Kong pay TV operator PCCW Media claims it has racked up 4 million active users on its OTT video service, Viu, after just one year of activity. An uptake of this pace presents Netflix, which recently made its belated entrance into South East Asia, with an almighty mountain to climb.…

DDN claims burst buffer bashes 'past 1TB/sec bandwidth'

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 10:06:12 GMT

Japanese superdupercomputer kept fed with data by burst buffer beast

This is a we-can-pee-up-the-wall-higher-than-anyone-else story – one which we'd normally give a miss - only the numbers are past 1TB/sec – head-scratchingly high.…

US election pollsters weren't (very) wrong – statistically speaking

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 09:28:11 GMT

Media open season on prediction number crunchers

The media have spoken and they are unimpressed: the polls – this time the US presidential polls – got it woefully wrong, and therefore burn the witch! Or in the absence of witches, let's set fire to Nate Silver, who until around 2am (GMT) on November 9 was the doyen of US polling and go-to person for all US forecasts.…

What's in Hammond's box? Autumn fallout for Britain's tech SMBs

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 08:57:05 GMT

Cash to update 'antiquated network infrastructure'

The Government in its Autumn statement promised to invest £1bn on "digital infrastructure", an extra £2bn annually on UK R&D, and at least £400m on new venture capital funds through the British Business Bank, which it hopes will unlock a further £1bn in private finance for growing firms.…

Beardy Branson's space bird spreads its wings

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 08:28:47 GMT

SpaceShipTwo passes first glide test since 2014 tragedy

For the first time in more than two years, a Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo has been unclipped from its carrier.…

Guessing valid credit card numbers in six seconds? Priceless

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 08:02:06 GMT

Brit researchers find a way to figure out VISA card numbers just by going shopping

Fraudsters can guess credit card numbers in as little as six seconds per attempt thanks to security gaps in Visa's network, academics say.…

Take that, creationists: Boffins witness birth of new species in the lab

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 07:31:11 GMT

Another nail in the coffins of the anti-evolution crowd

A common chant from the anti-evolution crowd is that you can't demonstrate speciation – the creation of new species – in action. Now a team of scientists can do just that for anyone with a few weeks to spare.…

Apple again late to another market others pioneered. Or is it?

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 07:06:10 GMT

Cupertino's ambitions to apply machine learning to transportation revealed in letter

Apple's long-rumoured interest in autonomous vehicles appears to be real.…

Elon Musk-backed OpenAI reveals Universe – a universal training ground for computers

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 06:00:09 GMT

Reinforcement learning environment hosts virtualized video games and more

Hoping to teach AI agents the common sense they need to solve arbitrary tasks without specific training, OpenAI on Monday will introduce Universe, a collection of virtualized video games, browser interfaces, and applications that serve as a training ground for code-based decision making.…

IoT camera crew Titathink tells Reg it'll patch GET bug in a week

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 05:03:11 GMT

Apologises for 'serious mistake' in older kit, says latest things are secure

Titathink has become the second vendor to respond to the modified firmware that exposed a variety of surveillance cameras to a malicious URL attack.…

Cyanogen parts ways with its founder

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 03:02:38 GMT

'Consolidation' plan will shutter once office but is hoped to unify dev team

Mobile OS outfit Cyanogen has made further sackings and parted ways with founder Steve Kondik.…

Linus Torvalds finds 163 reasons to wait a week for a new Linux

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 01:02:04 GMT

Kernel devs weren't quiet enough so the world has Linux 4.9 rc8 to consider

Linus Torvalds told the world that if it wanted a new Linux he needed a quiet week. But he didn't get it and now the world has an eighth release candidate of Linux 4.9 to consider.…

NASA wants more satellite surveillance. For science. Promise

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 23:20:11 GMT

Earth imaging gap means Landsat 9's been fast-tracked to 2020

NASA and the US Geological Survey (USGS) are moving to plug the looming gap in its Earth-observation capability by accelerating the Landsat-9 mission by three years.…

Google proudly regards dented shovel as Flash lies supine on the floor

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 22:25:48 GMT

'We'll be back', Choc Factory devs growl at listless body

Google's long-promised farewell-to-Flash took another step last week , with the Chocolate Factory announcing it's off-by-default for most users, in most cases.…

Icelandic Pirate Party asked to form government

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 21:37:33 GMT

We be in uncharted waters now

Iceland's president Guðni Th. Jóhannesson has asked the nation's Pirate Party to form government.…

Euro Patent Office prez 'a disgrace to France'

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 12:23:09 GMT

Battistelli's agency also slapped down by international tribunal for unfair disciplinary hearings

President of the European Patent Office (EPO) Benoit Battistelli is a disgrace to his country, the French National Assembly heard Wednesday.…

Why your gigabit broadband lags like hell – blame Intel's chipset

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 09:32:11 GMT

Software fix coming after Puma 6 code bug hits Virgin Media, Comcast, Arris and other boxes

Intel's Puma 6 chipset, used in gigabit broadband modems around the world, suffers from latency jitter so bad it ruins online gaming and other real-time connections.…

'Toyota dealer stole my wife's saucy snaps from phone, emailed them to a swingers website'

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 01:27:23 GMT

Texas pastor and spouse sue automaker, sales boss cuffed

A Texas couple is suing Toyota and one of its car dealerships after one of its staff allegedly stole saucy snaps off their cellphone and emailed them to a swingers website.…

VCs to Trump: You know what would really make America great? Tax breaks for VCs

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 23:43:13 GMT

Silicon Valley sugar daddies want more cash to throw at startups

A group of venture capitalists are asking US President-elect Donald Trump to implement a series of tax cuts and policies they say will bring more funding for startups.…

Microsoft, IBM, Intel refuse to hand over family jewels to China

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 22:17:27 GMT

US giants balk at demands to reveal source code, schematics

Microsoft, IBM and Intel have given Chinese officials short shrift after the government demanded to see their top-secret source code and blueprints.…

Amazon tries again with AppStream because customers didn't like it

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 20:48:22 GMT

Tired of desktop apps that respond instantly? Banish them to the browser

Acknowledging that the initial version of application streaming service AppStream failed to appeal to customers, Amazon Web Services is ready to try again.…

Violin Memory axes staff just before Christmas, gives CFO $150k bonus

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 19:49:28 GMT

Cash gift-wrapped to keep beancounter sweet for next couple of months

Violin Memory is cutting staff while rewarding chief financial officer Cory Sindelar with a bonus to persuade him to stay for another two months. Merry Christmas, Silicon Valley style.…

Apple blames air for iPhone 6S's narcolepsy

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 18:59:17 GMT

Battery woes blamed on indecent exposure during manufacturing

Apple says a defect caused during manufacturing is to blame for some iPhones randomly shutting themselves down.…

Reimagine with us, the FT's printed virtual reality guide to Dublin

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 18:00:04 GMT

Printed VR, you say?

The Financial Times' latest Google-funded VR project emerges blinking into the daylight tomorrow. Entitled Hidden Cities, this masterpiece of western journalism is a guide to Dublin, but optimised for nerd goggles.…

King's College London staggers from outage, replaces infrastructure services head

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 17:30:12 GMT


Exclusive More than a month after the catastrophic incident that brought King's College London's entire IT system down, the head of infrastructure services, Russell Frostick, is being replaced.…

HMS Queen Lizzie to carry American jets and sail in support of US foreign policy

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 17:00:08 GMT

She might as well wear the Stars and Stripes at this rate

Britain's new aircraft carrier will operate as a fully fledged offshoot of the US Marine Corps, the UK's ambassador to the US accidentally confirmed on Thursday.…

Russia accuses hostile foreign powers of plot to undermine its banks

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:31:25 GMT

Let's get ready to rouble

Russia has accused unnamed foreign spies of launching a concerted effort to undermine its domestic banking system.…

Exclusive: Team Trump's net neutrality guru talks to El Reg

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:00:04 GMT

Bursting the filter bubble with Dr Layton

Interview The newest member of the Trump's Transition Team sounded bemused by the tech blog headlines when we caught up with her today.…

Dell EMC kills off VxRack Neutrino

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 15:36:27 GMT

EOL for hyper-converged, rack-scale, turnkey turkey

EMC is end-of-lifing its hyper-converged, rack-scale, scale-out, turnkey VxRack Neutrino product.…

Axel Springer boss defends Facebook in fake news controversy

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:34:13 GMT

Zuck finds a friend

One of Silicon Valley’s harshest and most powerful critics has leapt to its defence over the “fake news” controversy.…

Internet of Things alliance LoRa: Licence to WAN? Yes please

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:58:12 GMT

Coughing up for spectrum might be worth it for quality of service

Internet of Things folk the LoRa Alliance reckons its LoRaWAN may move from unlicensed to licensed spectrum to help guarantee quality of service, according to reports.…

HPE UK preps the redundancy ride as Chrimbo looms

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:32:07 GMT

Not compulsory... yet! On track to shift 60% of service staff to 'low-cost countries'

Cost-cutting at Hewlett Packard Enterprise's CSC-bound services business looks set to continue right up to the point it is sold in the spring, leaked documents have indicated.…

Microsoft refuses to join the Zero Outage brigade, Google and AWS keep mum

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 12:36:07 GMT

Heads in sand time. If service providers don't admit a problem exists, does it?

Microsoft snubbed an invitation to join a brigade of tech titans that linked arms to work on minimising network crashes that can cripple cloud service availability.…

Sh... IoT just got real: Mirai botnet attacks targeting multiple ISPs

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 12:19:08 GMT

Now ZyXEL and D-Link routers from Post Office and TalkTalk under siege

Analysis The Mirai botnet has struck again, with hundreds of thousands of TalkTalk and Post Office broadband customers affected. The two ISPs join a growing casualty list from a wave of assaults that have also affected customers at Deutsche Telekom, KCOM and Irish telco Eir over the last two weeks or so.…

Plastic fiver: 28 years' work, saves acres of cotton... may have killed less than ONE cow*

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 12:03:08 GMT

Inventor of polymer banknote: Veggie £5 refuseniks are being 'absolutely stupid'

Professor David Solomon, the inventor of the polymer banknote, has told vegetarians that they're being "stupid" over their opposition to its trace amounts of animal fat.…

Building IoT London: More speakers, workshops added to programme

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 11:45:07 GMT

Early bird tickets? Don’t mind if I do

We’ve added more speakers to the lineup for Building IoT London and are ready to announce our first two workshops, meaning it’s really a good time to slip a few early bird tickets into your pre-Christmas shopping basket.…

Pure Storage is betting its FlashArray farm on NVMe

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 11:36:14 GMT

Adoption starts in 2017 and will be leading flash interface protocol by 2019

+Comment At a high level, Pure believes NVMe is poised to unlock the next generation of performance and density gains, and any modern all-flash array needs to be ready to take advantage. It plans to enable NVMe with tier 1 resiliency and enterprise data services for everyone, refusing to see it as expensive, exotic, high-performance niche technology.…

Brexit means Brexit: What the heck does that mean...

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 11:01:08 GMT

... for your data?

Apparently the Brexit result has caused some IT leaders to look at repatriating data to the UK to “comply with data protection laws and especially GDPR”. But wait a minute – this seems to be more about a lack of understanding of data protection laws. Again.…

HyperGrid's ex-ice hockey player evangelist wants to slot the puck

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 10:00:08 GMT

Murphy’s Marrakech Express leads to metaphorical storage goal

Analysis It’s said that hockey players wear numbers because you can’t always identify the body from dental records, or that someone went to a fight and a hockey game broke out.…