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Meg Whitman OUT at HP ...Inc

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 22:37:16 GMT

Yes, she's giving up her board seat. What did you think we meant?

Meg Whitman has cut her last ties with HP Inc by stepping down as chairwoman of the company's board of directors.…

Reminder: Spies, cops don't need to crack WhatsApp. They'll just hack your smartphone

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 21:58:53 GMT

Need to snoop on chatter? Forget math, just exploit a bug

Police in Germany will forego seeking decryption keys for secure messaging apps, like WhatsApp, and instead simply hack devices to snoop on suspects.…

Tired: Java. Desired: Node. Retired: The suggestion a JavaScript runtime is bonkers

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 20:36:18 GMT

Er, according to these JS framework fans

Node Summit As the Node Summit got underway in San Francisco on Wednesday, Charles Beeler, general partner at Rally Ventures, said the Node community has come a long way since 2012, when everyone was talking about Node and no one was using it.…

Marketing giant Marketo forgets to renew domain name. Hilarity ensues

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 19:10:17 GMT

Red faces all round at dotcom after emails, tracking links go TITSUP

With a perfect dose of irony, a biz that sells automated marketing software online failed to automatically renew its dotcom.…

Wisconsin badgers Apple to cough up half a BEEELLION dollars for ripping off chip designs

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 18:36:38 GMT

Uni in line for a lot of cheddar from Cook and Co

Analysis Apple has been hit with a $506m bill for infringing on CPU design patents belonging to the University of Wisconsin.…

Sensor-rich traffic info shows how far Silly Valley has to drive

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 16:29:08 GMT

You're not getting on this CAN bus

The German auto cartel has flexed its muscles as Silicon Valley tries to encroach on its turf.…

Details of 400,000 loan applicants spilled in UniCredit bank breach

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 16:02:10 GMT

And it only took them 10 months to realise

Italian bank UniCredit admitted on Wednesday that a series of breaches, undetected for nearly a year, exposed the personal data of 400,000 loan applicants.…

Cloud-stitching startup pitches NVMe FPGAs for SSDs

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 15:38:09 GMT

Uses FPGAs as drive controllers

Fast NVMe over Fabric access to flash arrays needs direct access to the target drives, bypassing the X86 array controller, for the lowest latency. FPGAs are being developed to do this.…

Revealed: 779 cases of data misuse across 34 British police forces

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 15:17:06 GMT

Probe finds widespread abuse of cop IT systems by personnel

A freedom-of-information request by Huntsman Security has discovered that UK police forces detected and investigated at least 779 cases of potential data misuse by personnel between January 2016 and April 2017.…

Lenovo sticks Toshiba NVMe SSDs in ThinkSystem server brainpan

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 14:52:07 GMT

Enterprise kit to enable hyperscale and HPC

Toshiba SSDs are being used to speed Lenovo ThinkSystem and ThinkAgile servers.…

HPE boss Whitman among candidates for Uber CEO job – report

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 14:25:08 GMT

Nope, says PR, Meg 'plans to stay ... until her work is done'

Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO Meg Whitman is reportedly high among the names shortlisted to take over as the boss of Uber.…

Three: No fixed date yet for 4G services abroad

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 13:39:04 GMT

Customers whinge it's 'roaming at home like 2012'

Three has said it has yet to fix a date for customers to have access to 4G when using its data roaming service.…

No time for nap, update your QNAP: RAIDed NAS data corruption bug squashed

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 13:28:11 GMT

Not before a push from Oz small biz techie

QNAP has put out a critical NAS firmware fix notice after prolonged pushing by a small business tech IT pro guy in Australia.…

Time-rich netizens marshall ballot-stuffing bots against... Radio Times contest

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 13:04:16 GMT


Internet ballot-stuffing has existed for as long as Rickrolling, if not longer, but it used to be a serious endeavour requiring a certain level of commitment, however misguided.…

Confessions of an ebook eater

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 12:24:07 GMT

In which Chronicles of Delphi scribe Verity gives praise to post-book world

Stob The best way to acquire a programming skill - by "skill" I mean a working understanding of a framework, a language or, shudder, very very bad word coming up, engaging shatter-proof scare quotes, a "paradigm" - is by modifying a colleague's well-written code and making it do something different that you actually need it to do. With the colleague on hand to explain it all, natch.…

Slapping crap bosses just got cheaper: Blighty's Supreme Court nixes tribunal fees

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 11:58:04 GMT

£1,200 upfront cost denied the public access to justice

The Supreme Court has ruled that today's employment tribunal fees are unlawful, opening the floodgates to hacked off employees (and ex-employees) across the country.…

A vendor that doesn’t think AI and ML will fix security? We found one!

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 11:37:04 GMT

RSA reckons crooks know predictability equals death

Machine learning and artificial intelligence will improve security technologies and outcomes, but “won’t move the needle as much as people think”, according to RSA chief technology officer Zulfikar Ramzan.…

Virgin Media's profanity warning triggered by chief exec's name

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 11:24:12 GMT

Cook, Pass, Mockridge

The mere mention of Virgin Media's chief exec Tom Mockridge is enough to trigger the profanity filter in the UK cableco's customer forum, El Reg has discovered.…

Take that, gender pay gap! Atos to offshore hundreds of BBC roles

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 11:02:08 GMT

Beeb bigwig reckons £75m saved in IT could help pay parity. What?

Exclusive Hundreds of IT roles at the BBC are to be offshored to cheaper wage locations, under a £560m contract renewal coming into force with its incumbent outsourcing giant Atos.…

Currys PC World rapped after Knowhow Cloud ad ruled to be 'misleading'

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 10:35:07 GMT

Naughty text still online days after they were told to kill it

Currys PC World has been ordered not to "exaggerate the capability" of its Knowhow Cloud backup after an aggrieved UK buyer found out the hard way that he had to restore each individual file one by one.…

Got some pom-poms handy? seeks a geography cheerleader

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 10:13:05 GMT

Bid to raise discipline's profile after hitching it to big data hype

Whitehall is looking for a geography aficionado to emphasise the role the discipline plays in the UK government's work.…

Speaking in Tech: Lobbying – how sh*t gets done in America

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 09:39:55 GMT

Podcast Plus, crappy UK broadband, meeting Theresa Bae, drone regs and more

Got bot? How to put it to work with Microsoft's Cortana Skills

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 08:37:09 GMT

This is not how Redmond got devs hooked on Windows

Hands on Microsoft made a big deal of Cortana skills at its Build developer conference earlier this year – the business of creating voice interactions with users via the digital assistant built into Windows 10 and also available for iOS and Android.…

O2 admits to throttling network bandwidth for EU data roamers

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 08:02:13 GMT

'Temporary measure' to cope with demand, apparently

O2 has admitted to deliberately throttling its network as a "temporary measure" to combat the demand of Brits using free data roaming abroad.…

An 'AI' that can diagnose schizophrenia from a brain scan – here's how it works (or doesn't)

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 07:01:06 GMT

Simple model reaches 75% accuracy

Analysis Scientists have had a crack at using simple machine-learning software to make psychiatry a little more objective.…

Beijing police quench scum allegedly behind 'Fireball' fraudware

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 06:30:48 GMT

Eleven arrested over malicious browser plug-in that netted nearly US$12 million

Chinese police have moved on the developers of the Fireball adware that infected millions of computers earlier this year.…

SK Telecom makes light of random numbers for IoT applications

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 06:28:11 GMT

Quantum random number generator in a 5 mm chip

Quantum random number generators aren't new, but one small enough to provide practical security for Internet of Things applications is interesting.…

US spies hacked our phones over the air, claim pipeline protesters

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 06:02:04 GMT

Targeting oil demo may have been training exercise for snoops, it is feared

For the past year or so, protesters in North Dakota, America, have been trying to prevent an oil pipeline from being built through Native Americans’ sacred land.…

Crap gift card security helps crims spend your birthday pressie cash

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 05:32:14 GMT

These blokes spent two years studying and warning retail giants of fraud danger

Gift cards' lousy security makes it easy for crooks to spend marks' money, researchers said Tuesday night.…

iRobot just banked a fat profit. And it knows how to make more: By selling maps of your homes

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 05:03:09 GMT

Roomba biz hopes to ink deals with Amazon et al

Analysis Roomba maker iRobot recorded soaring sales and banked rising profits in the three months to July, according to figures revealed on Tuesday.…

IBM killing off its first go at cloud object storage – 20 months after launch

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 03:58:04 GMT

Move your data by August 24th or lose it, then ask if this would happen on-prem

We all know cloud is evolving fast, but IBM's just given us the downside of that speed: a service it switched on in December 2015 will be switched off in August 2017.…

The drinks are on Juniper: Revenue and profits up in Q2 2017

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 02:58:05 GMT

It woz the switches and the cloud wot done it – sales of both soared

Juniper Networks has turned in a solid second quarter, reporting growth in revenue and profitability.…

Qualcomm's neural network SDK made free for all comers

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 02:06:05 GMT

Facebook uses it for AR apparently. What? That's a positive? Our bad

Qualcomm's decided to open up its year-old AI, by making its Neural Processing Engine (NPE) available to all.…

Google goes home to Cali to overturn Canada's worldwide search result ban

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 01:28:39 GMT

Confused? We can explain

What should govern the behavior of huge multinationals like Google: the law Google makes for itself, or the laws that people make?…

Cloud-ready storage needs super speeds and super integration

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 01:00:13 GMT

NVMe gives you the speed and reach cloud needs

Promo Cloud computing has raised the bar for all organisations. Users now expect to be able to spin up big workloads and that those applications will be able to go fast with big quantities of data, on-premises and off.…

AMD shocks the world by only losing $16m

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 23:13:25 GMT

Ryzen gets desktops back in the black

AMD wasn't able to turn a profit this quarter, but analysts are bullish on the chipmaker's solid Ryzen CPU sales.…

Retailers would love an NBN backhaul tariff restructure

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 22:56:10 GMT

But it might be hard to persuade the government

When nbn™', the entity building and operating Australia's national broadband network, decided to revise its backhaul price book back in June and the the move was rightly welcomed. But the topic remains so controversial CEO Bill Morrow has flagged further possible changes.…

For one night only: Net neutrality punch-up between Big Cable, Big Web this September

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 22:35:09 GMT

Move over, Mayweather and McGregor

The American spectator sport that is net neutrality has just got its own Rumble in the Jungle.…

Amazing new algorithm makes fusion power slightly less incredibly inefficient

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 22:08:17 GMT

Cool stuff but no breakthrough (yet)

Analysis Google and Tri Alpha Energy, a Californian energy company, say they have come up with an algorithm that appears to help scientists generate hotter plasma more efficiently for nuclear fusion experiments. Keyword: experiments.…

Las Vegas locks down ahead of DEF CON hacking conference

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 21:42:35 GMT

Trust the hookers, don’t trust the Wi-Fi

DEF CON Businesses in Las Vegas are locking down their systems as hackers fly into the fetid hell of Sin City for a trio of security conferences.…

HP Inc, HPE both slapped with racism, ageism lawsuit

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 20:42:22 GMT

IT titans hit by class-action sueballs, dragged toward court

The two offshoots of Hewlett Packard are being sued in the US for allegedly discriminating against African Americans and older workers.…

Want to visit your loved one in jail? How about Skype instead?

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 19:51:39 GMT

Massachusetts jail to kill off in-person meetings for more profitable solution

A jail in the US has taken its embrace of technology a little too far by putting an end to in-person visits – and requiring family members to video conference with their locked-up loved ones instead.…

Luczo's so-so luck: Seagate switches CEOs, sales fall, 600 jobs cut

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 19:12:45 GMT

'Technology shifts present demand variations for the storage industry'

Seagate revenues fell 9.1 per cent in the three months to June 30, aka the fourth quarter of its fiscal 2017 year. It has also changed its CEO, and announced a headcount cut for good measure.…

Intel loves the maker community so much it just axed its Arduino, Curie hardware. Ouch

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 18:20:25 GMT

Translation: It's all yours, ARM. Take it away

Intel's flirtation with the maker community appears to have fizzled out, although the chip giant insists its passion remains.…

Adobe will kill Flash by 2020: No more updates, support, tears, pain...

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 16:43:24 GMT

Buggy multimedia nightmare won't see President Zuckerberg's inauguration

Adobe has officially set a kill date for its beleaguered Flash.…

Hey, hipsters. Amazon has 'space' for 450 new R&D roles in Shoreditch

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 15:44:07 GMT

Mass recruitment

Amazon today announced it plans to "double" its R&D roles in the UK capital. However, it won't say when all of the new roles will be recruited.…

Commvault shifts slowly uphill as it gears into hyperconverged drive

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 15:15:06 GMT

Takes small loss as it vows to deliver the goods later this fiscal year

Commvault grew revenues by 9 per cent year-on-year in its fiscal first 2018 quarter, ended June 30, 2017.…

ALIS in Blunderland: Lockheed says F-35 Block 3F software to be done by year's end

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 14:57:04 GMT

... which is absolutely not what US gov audit-type folk expect

F-35 software development will be finished by the end of this year, Lockheed Martin has said – which contradicts the view of various American government audit agencies.…

Taxi app investor SoftBank said to be driving at multibillion-dollar stake in Uber

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 14:38:05 GMT

Japanese firm wants to tighten grip on Asian ride-share market

Japanese firm SoftBank is reportedly aiming to take a multibillion-dollar stake in Uber, just days after it stumped up cash for Singaporean ride-sharing biz Grab's latest investment round.…

Crappy hacker crew fingered for Bundestag snooping operation

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 14:22:10 GMT

CopyKittens persistent but easy to find, monitor and counter

Security researchers have lifted the lid on a new cyber-espionage crew that has targeted the German Bundestag and Turkish diplomats.…