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Linux kernel security gurus Grsecurity oust freeloaders from castle

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 23:14:28 GMT

No more test patches without a subscription

Linux users, the free lunch is over. Pennsylvania-based Open Source Security on Wednesday decided to stop making test patches of Grsecurity available for free.…

HPE kills off its entire OpenSDN line, pulls plug on customer demos

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 22:13:05 GMT

ISPs told they'll have to find another vendor

Exclusive Hewlett Packard Enterprise has quietly axed its OpenSDN suite, effective immediately.…

Beware of geeks bearing gifts: Evil game guides infect 2 million Androids

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 21:47:31 GMT

Google Play scanners asleep at the switch while morons tap away their security

Ad-displaying malware in nearly 50 apps on the Google Play Store has infected nearly two million phones.…

FCC's Pai: I am going to kill net neutrality in US

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 20:50:52 GMT

Watchdog boss opens can of worms, sticks partisan head in

The head of America's telecoms regulator, the FCC, has vowed to kill off his nation's net neutrality safeguards.…

Try to sell stuff through Facebook Marketplace and get locked out for 72 hours – nice one, Zuck

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 19:50:48 GMT

Bug of the week, perhaps?

Netizens trying to sell items in Facebook Marketplace for the first time were completely locked out of the social network for 72 hours this week.…

Don't install our buggy Windows 10 Creators Update, begs Microsoft

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 19:02:41 GMT

We'll give it to you when it's ready – and it is not

Microsoft has urged non-tech-savvy people – or anyone who just wants a stable computer – to not download and install this year's biggest revision to Windows by hand. And that's because it may well bork your machine.…

Yeah, keep buying those SSDs, grins Seagate: Your data will be on our disks eventually, muaha

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 18:33:47 GMT

Beating flash on $/TB in nearline drives a core strategy

Seagate made a canine evening meal of its third 2017 fiscal quarter – with flattish revenues on the annual compare greeted by a disappointed Wall Street expecting more and marking the shares down 15 per cent. The full year revenue is likely to show an annual decline as well.…

European Court of Justice lays down the law on Kodipocalypse

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:32:06 GMT

In short, stop flogging players with pirate add-ons

Europe's highest court has made it easier for member states to halt the sale of media sticks with preloaded pirate streaming links and add-ons.…

Come celebrate World Hypocrisy Day

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:02:11 GMT

Silicon Valley has a problem with IP. And it won't grow up

Comment Thanks to the World Intellectual Property Organization, today is World Intellectual Property Day 2017. Perhaps this celebration needs a dark companion – World Hypocrisy Day. Here's why.…

Western Digital relocates HQ, sheds jobs

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:01:13 GMT

Orange County loses disk and flash fabber’s HQ as jobs go in transformation opportunity

Western Digital Corp is moving its HQ from Irvine, Orange County in southern California to San Jose in the north of the state, with job losses in both areas.…

Oh dear, Prime Minister! Nearly 100 Beeb bosses make more than you

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:03:05 GMT

MPs find BBC job creation offsets redundo positions

The BBC has given up trying to cut the number of its employees paid more than the British Prime Minister, the UK's National Audit Office has discovered.… throws hissy fit after Twitter chokes off snoop firm's access

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:34:13 GMT

You're helping terrorists, shrieks Amber 'Hashtags' Rudd

Twitter has reportedly blocked a third-party firm used by the Home Office from accessing its firehose, prompting the government to complain that the social network is siding with terrorists.…

Drone maker DJI quietly made large chunks of Iraq, Syria no-fly zones

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:01:12 GMT

Supporting The War Against Terror, one update at a time

Drone bods DJI has quietly released a series of software updates that geofence off large areas of Iraq and Syria – indicating the Chinese firm is covertly helping the US war against Islamic extremists.…

Netgear says sorry four weeks after losing customer backups

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 12:36:13 GMT

Critical design bug caused havoc on 30 March

Neatgear has cocked up its cloud management service, losing data stored locally on ReadyNAS devices' shared folders worldwide – and customers have complained to The Register about only being informed four weeks later.…

For the won: Korean DRAMmer llamas SK Hynix earning buckets

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 12:01:11 GMT

Records highest quarterly operating profit in its history

Korean DRAMmer and NAND fabber SK Hynix reported revenue rises and record profits in its first 2017 quarter.…

British government has bought a £200m 5G 'academic wet dream'

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 11:36:14 GMT

Build it and they will come. Maybe

"5G doesn't mean anything to us," says Kirill Filippov, chief executive of SPB TV, an OTT TV, IPTV and mobile TV provider touting live 360 VR in 4G at this year's Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona.…

UK drops in World Press Freedom Index following surveillance and anti-espionage threats

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 11:02:11 GMT

And Trump's 'fake news' bleating harms US tradition of defending free press

The UK has dropped two places on the World Press Freedom Index following the passing of the Investigatory Powers Act and threats to pursue journalists reporting on national security.…

The more ya node: Asia cluster romp's a picture of supercomputer trends

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 10:24:08 GMT

Small racks, large GPUs

HPC Blog More than 230 university teams vied for only 20 slots in the 2017 Asian Student Cluster Competition (ASC) finals being held this week in Wuxi, China. At 20 teams, this is the largest cluster competition the world has ever seen. Really, it is.…

Don't stop me! Why Microsoft's inevitable browser irrelevance isn't

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 10:07:09 GMT

Your best excuse for using Firefox or Chome is just that

April’s almost done, and May's nearly here, and you know what that means. Not the end of a month of showers – rather yet-another round of browser stats articles showing, if past trend is an indication of future development, the continued loss of market share by Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and the rise and rise of Google’s Chrome.…

Reg reader offered £999,998 train ticket from Cambridge to Horley

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 09:32:31 GMT

More like National Fail amirite?

On the heels of an IT error leading to Great Western Rail advertising a first-class journey from Taunton to Trowbridge for £10,000 comes an exponentially more expensive offer from National Rail.…

Victory! The smell of skunkworks in your office in the morning

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 09:05:05 GMT

Adios, the Canny Guru solving Sphinx-level COBOL riddles

While it’s easy to start up a few, flashy new DevOps teams, releasing to production each week and flaunting the ball-and-chain of enterprise governance, scaling that change to your organisation will always be challenging, if not crushingly impossible.…

Speaking in Tech: Google vs your privacy... part 73(4)iii(b)

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 08:24:13 GMT

Podcast Plus: $120 million in VC funding for a $400 juicer

Controlled remote access reviews of Optane SSD give qualified yes

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 08:06:09 GMT

But what about cost?

Analysis A burst of Optane memory reviews have come out, timed to coincide with Optane retail availability, but none of them answer the "Is it cost-effectively faster than flash?" question.…

TVs are now tablet computers without a touchscreen

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 07:27:05 GMT

And that's good because apps can handle codecs that broadcasters abandon

A few weeks back I turned on my television to find out it had stopped receiving two of the free-to-air channels I watched most often. All of the other channels still resolved with perfect, digital clarity, so I couldn’t work out why these two channels - out of four in packaged in a multichannel broadcast signal - failed to display.…

Amazon: 'Alexa, how do you fix shoddy APIs that keep breaking apps? Asking, er, for a friend'

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 06:38:12 GMT

Devs complain web giant's Skills Kit knackers their code

Developers trying to integrate their applications with the Amazon Echo have suffered headache after headache for the past week, thanks to mystery problems with Alexa APIs.…

'Grueling' record-breaking VR movie marathon triggers hallucinations

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 06:06:09 GMT

Mitigating the side effects just requires removing the headset

A New Yorker and a transplant from London to the Big Apple last week managed to endure watching virtual reality videos for 50 hours non-stop, setting a Guinness World Record in the process.…

Boffins supercharge the 'hosts' file to save users plagued by DNS outages

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 05:29:03 GMT

Chinese Academy of Sciences thinks it has a way to give DNS a backup

The venerable Domain Name System (DNS) is becoming known for fragility, and keeping track of your own favourite sites' IP addresses is a pain. So a group of researchers want to automate the upkeep of hosts to give users an emergency backup if their provider blacks out.…

Ewe, get a womb! Docs grow baby lambs in shrink-wrap plastic bags

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 05:02:13 GMT


Video Scientists in Philadelphia have created a plastic womb that has successfully incubated eight premature lambs – and the doctors behind the project say they will be ready for human trials within three years.…

Juniper's first quarter: Revenue and losses up. Business as usual, then

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 04:03:12 GMT

DRAM prices putting the squeeze on margins

Correction Juniper Networks has slipped something of a surprise into its Q1 2017 financials, announcing that it's no longer going to break out service provider and enterprise verticals in its reports.…

Interpol unplugs nearly 9,000 Asian command and control networks

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 03:01:08 GMT

WordPress plug-in bug exploited in eight countries

An Interpol investigation has revealed a worrying degree of insecurity in south-east Asian countries, with even government-operated web servers infected to operate as command and control systems for bot-herders.…

Amazon may be using disk drives with hot-swappable components

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 02:02:06 GMT

Patent calls for drives in which mechanical bits and electronics aren't bound together

Amazon's won a patent for “Hard disk drive assembly with field-separable mechanical module and drive control”.…

Samsung Smart TV pwnable over Wi-Fi Direct, pentester says

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 01:17:13 GMT

Sammy says trust-known-MACs code is a feature not a bug

A security researcher is complaining that Samsung isn't making a serious response to a vulnerability in its Smart TVs.…

Irish Stripe techie denied entry to US – for having wrong stamp in passport

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:30:10 GMT

Snub says more about misunderstanding rules than anti-immigrant trends, though

An Irish Stripe worker was denied entry to America because they had a Somalian stamp in their passport, according to the payment-processing biz's CEO.…

Commonwealth Bank hyperconverges with VMware and Dell EMC

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 23:36:23 GMT

ServiceMesh is still there. But the VSANs are landing to help an automation push

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia has made a significant investment in VMware's hyperconverged stack.…

Hyundai app security blunder allowed crooks to 'steal victims' cars'

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 23:27:11 GMT

Remote locate, unlock, and start vehicles – using a fixed encryption key... ouch

Hyundai has patched its Blue Link smartphone app to stop it blabbing private info that could, it is claimed, be used to break into and steal people's cars.…

Microsoft cracks open patch mega-bundles for biz admins, will separate security, stability fixes

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 22:31:16 GMT

IT bods can separate monthly updates with new controls

Microsoft has added yet another option to its monthly patch jumble for IT departments.…

Expedia IT bod gets all-expenses-paid trip to prison after hacking execs' emails for profit

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 22:05:06 GMT

Blames pricey SF rent for $350,000 insider-trading scam

An ex-Expedia IT admin has been fined and jailed for 15 months after he spied on the emails of the travel giant's top brass to make insider trades.…

After blitzing FlexiSpy, hackers declare war on all stalkerware makers: 'We're coming for you'

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 21:04:24 GMT

App dev ransacked after gang used test/test login, it is claimed

A Brit biz selling surveillance tools that can be installed on phones to spy on spouses, kids, mates or employees has been comprehensively pwned by hackers – who promise similar stalkerware peddlers are next.…

Yahoo!'s Marissa! will! eject! with! $186m!.. $185m!.. $184m!..

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 19:54:11 GMT

Burning down the Purple Palace has its rewards

When Yahoo! boss Marissa Mayer leaves the merged Verizon-AOL-Yahoo! behemoth, as is expected soon, she'll walk away with stocks and cash today worth $186m.…

Uber engineer's widow: Stress and racism killed my husband ... Uber: Let's make flying cars!

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 19:18:47 GMT

Taxi app upstart pushed father-of-two to suicide, say lawyers

Uber can add racism to its long list of corporate culture failings, say lawyers representing one of its software engineers who killed himself last year.…

nbn™ demos gigabit-speed fixed wireless services

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 18:44:08 GMT

nbn™ still thinks hardly anyone needs gigabit broadband but wants to show it's ready anyway

nbn™, the organisation building and operating Australia's national broadband network (NBN), has demonstrated a 1.1Gbps downstream and 165Mbps upstream connection using its fixed wireless network.…

WD pulls cash-strapped Toshiba to one side, whispers: 'All right, pal, how much you want?'

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 18:29:27 GMT

We'll bung you a tenner to tide you over, no worries, mate

Western Digital CEO Steve Milligan says his corporation is willing to help bail out sinking Toshiba.…

Pivot3: Acuity hyper-converged with NVMe flash and QoS has landed

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:29:12 GMT

High priority apps get first dibbs at fast SSD storage

Hyper-converged infrastructure supplier Pivot3 is adding an NVMe flash tier with app-priority-based quality of service (QOS).…

Brit behind Titanium Stresser DDoS malware sent to chokey

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:25:58 GMT

20-year-old Herts man slapped with two years' stripey suntan time

A Hertfordshire man has been jailed for two years after netting nearly £400,000 from the malware he wrote as a 15-year-old student.…

Rubrik's tube: Cloud backup protector looks to suck up more cash – report

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:58:11 GMT

Now supports cloud-native apps in AWS, Azure

Storage startup Rubrik claims it is taking the lead in public/private cloud data management and says it is approaching a $100m annual run rate after 18 months of product availability.…

Spotify seeks hardware boffins

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:16:12 GMT

For something you never knew you wanted

Spotify is seeking experienced hardware engineers to create “a category-defining product”, according to a (now removed) job ad.…

Another ZX Spectrum modern reboot crowdfunder pops up

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:02:18 GMT

FPGA-based project has scored £290k so far

Yet another crowdfunded ZX Spectrum reboot project has emerged – and this one has raised more than £290,000 from backers.…

Violin Memory steps out of bankruptcy, takes the storage stage again

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:46:11 GMT

Now a privately owned debt-free company

+Comment Violin Memory is back, as a privately owned company fresh out of bankruptcy.…

Hackers uncork experimental Linux-targeting malware

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:20:04 GMT

SSH... it's Shishiga

Hackers have unleashed a new malware strain that targets Linux-based systems.…

High Court hands Lauri Love permission to appeal extradition to US

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:00:02 GMT

Meanwhile, US continues to bury its head in the sand over letter from 114 MPs

Lauri Love, the alleged hacktivist from Stradishall, Suffolk, England, has been granted permission to appeal against his extradition to the United States.…