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Would you believe it? The Museum of Failure contains quite a few pieces of technology

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 07:17:05 GMT

Time to look back on those halcyon days of bad ideas, mindlessly hyped

If you work in Silicon Valley, you might want to look away now. Because one day your work may well feature in the Museum of Failure.…

systemd-free Devuan Linux hits version 1.0.0

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 00:52:37 GMT

Unix greybeards issue release candidate and proclaim init freedom

Devuan, the effort to build a systemd-free version of Debian, has released Devuan Jessie 1.0.0, a release candidate felt to be just about the finished article.…

China 'hacked' South Korea to wreck Star Wars missile shield

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 22:31:09 GMT

FireEye fingers Middle Kingdom infiltration teams

Well-connected security biz FireEye is claiming Chinese hackers are trying to break into South Korea's military to halt the deployment of an anti-ballistic weapons system in the country.…

FCC greenlights small cell free-for-all in the US

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 21:57:05 GMT

New rules wil lower requirements to build wireless cells

America's favorite watchdog the FCC has suggested a set of new rules for installing hardware for 5G wireless broadband networks.…

Alaska dentist 'pulled out patient's tooth while riding a hoverboard'

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 21:25:21 GMT

When this thing gets up to 88 miles per hour, you're going to see some serious sh*t

A dentist in Alaska has been accused of performing a tooth extraction while riding a hoverboard.…

Doctor Who-inspired proxy transmogrifies politically sensitive web to avoid gov censorship

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 20:38:03 GMT

Slitheen tool smuggles browsers into cyber-Tardis

Computer boffins in Canada are working on anti-censorship software called Slitheen that disguises disallowed web content as government-sanctioned pablum. They intend for it to be used in countries where network connections get scrutinized for forbidden thought.…

Base specs leak for Windows 10 Cloud – Microsoft's wannabe ChromeOS assassin

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 19:55:28 GMT

And ahead of mystery launch event in May

The base tech specs for Microsoft's Windows 10 Cloud laptops have leaked out ahead of a rumored launch next month, giving you an idea of their target market. Clue: Google-powered Chromebooks in education.…

Canada says yes to net neutrality – and no to Trump advisor, eh?

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 18:48:23 GMT

Important legal ruling divides North America

Canada's comms watchdog has come out strongly in favor of net neutrality – despite efforts by one of the Trump Administration's key telecoms advisors to tip the scales in the other direction.…

IBM SoftLayer plays hardball in object storage price cuts

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 17:34:25 GMT

Cloud object storage pricing tumbling downhill

+Comment Research house 451 says the cloud price struggle has moved away from virtual machines (VMs) to object storage, and fingers IBM for initiating the round of price cutting.…

Dell backs out of in-cloud backup business by selling Spanning

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:02:08 GMT

Another EMC acquisition let go

Dell has sold its in-cloud backup SW biz Spanning to private equity house Insight Venture Partners, ending just four years of ownership.…

LinkedIn U-turns on Bluetooth-enabled 'Tinder for marketers'

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:22:08 GMT

Pop-up requested permission to share data with nearby devices even when app not in use

LinkedIn irked privacy advocates by dropping a Bluetooth-enabled "Tinder for marketers" feature into its mobile app on Thursday.…

Microsoft offers preview to eye AI IoT analytics for edgelords of new net

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 14:43:05 GMT

Azure Stream Analytics to connect your fridge to the cloud for chilled machinations

Microsoft's commitment to Azure has tickled it to the market's movement towards edge analytics provoked by the wave of IoT devices, and has launched a new analytics service so the twain shall never part.…

Shooting org demands answers from Met Police over gun owner blab

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 14:07:08 GMT

What data did marketing agency subcontractor have access to?

Following The Register's report on the Metropolitan Police breaching its own data protection statement by handing the addresses of tens of thousands of London firearms owners to a marketing agency, the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) has written to the force demanding the decision be investigated.…

US surveillance court declined less than 2 per cent of applications

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:33:10 GMT

2016 figures show only 35 of 1,752 applications were turned down in part or full

The US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) has published its annual report, revealing that less than 2 per cent of surveillance applications made under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) were declined in 2016.…

Peer pressure, not money, lures youngsters into cybercrime – report

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:01:12 GMT

Are teenage dreams so hard to beat?

Teenage hackers get mixed up in cybercrime mostly to gain bragging rights over peers rather than to get rich, according to a new study.…

Exploding femtocells: No need for a full recall, says Vodafone

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:30:13 GMT

Change yours if you're worried, but operator insists issue is limited to earlier models

Vodafone says that anxious customers of its home femtocell box are safe, despite experiencing continuing brownouts. Although Vodafone is replacing the Alcatel-made units on request, it has declined to carry out a full recall.…

A quiet market? Nah, Oracle's to pay $850m for ad-tracking Moat

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:00:09 GMT

Do you know where your advertisements are going? Big Red does

Oracle's acquisition of digital advertising tracking business Moat has been valued at over $850m, according to reports.…

Think politics is tumultuous now? Wait till the transhumanists join in...

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 11:30:05 GMT

The tech-fulled radicals redesigning society

Reg Lecture Politics and society is about to get stranger and we're not even talking about what's going on in Westminster.…

WDC flirting with Japan funds to bolster bid for Toshiba's memory biz

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 11:00:12 GMT

Pursuing extra financial firepower to see off rivals

Western Digital Corporation (WDC) is aiming to bulk up its bid for Toshiba's memory biz with state-backed funding support.…

Cloud students, pay attention! Exam plans promise fresh skills

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 10:00:11 GMT

Going native

Anyone looking to deploy cloud in any meaningful way will struggle to find skilled practitioners. It's a situation faced by so many enterprises, no matter what cloud system is being deployed.…

Ministry of Justice scraps 'conviction by computer' law

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 09:30:13 GMT

Election nixes online court plans – for now

The controversial "conviction by computer" Parliamentary Bill has been scrapped ahead of June's general election, according to reports.…

Farewell Unity, you challenged desktop Linux. Oh well, here's Ubuntu 17.04

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 09:00:05 GMT

GNOME all the way, baby

Review The arrival of Ubuntu 17.04 this month was completely overshadowed by Mark Shuttleworth's decision to abandon the Unity desktop for a stock GNOME Shell interface.…

Not the droids you're looking for – worst handsets to resell

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 08:30:06 GMT

Six months later and you've lost 70 per cent of the RRP

iPhones maintain their resale value much better than Androids. That much you probably already know – but which are the worst droids to resell?…

(You can't) buy one now! The flying car makes its perennial return

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 08:01:13 GMT

There's a steering wheel in my pants. It's driving me nuts

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Stop squeezing my knob. No seriously, I've had enough.…

Drunk user blow-dried laptop after dog lifted its leg over the keyboard

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 07:32:09 GMT

Urine a wee spot of dribble, sysadmin says when offered stinking fused mess

On-Call Welcome again to On-Call, our Friday re-telling of readers unforgettable on-the-job experiences.…

Q. Why is Baidu sharing its secret self-driving sauce? A. To help China corner the market

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 07:03:59 GMT

Web giant wants to accelerate collaboration amid Western competition

Analysis Chinese tech powerhouse Baidu plans to "open up" its self-driving car designs to help automakers in China overtake Western rivals.…

Script kiddies pwn 1000s of Windows boxes using leaked NSA hack tools

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 06:38:08 GMT

Vulnerable unpatched systems expose exploitable SMB networking to world+dog

The NSA's Equation Group hacking tools, leaked last Friday by the Shadow Brokers, have now been used to infect thousands of Windows machines worldwide, we're told.…

Wait – we can explain, says Moby, er, Docker amid rebrand meltdown

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 06:01:13 GMT

Now, now, don't be mean about Moby, dicks

Docker seemingly became Moby this week, a rebranding exercise that sparked more confusion than clarity among those following container software.…

Web celeb product whores told to put on the red light – or else

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 05:29:12 GMT

And would you believe it? The Kardashians are front and center

America's trade watchdog has warned more than 90 celebrities that they need to disclose when they are paid to promote a product – or risk facing an investigation.…

Cuffing Assange a 'priority' for the USA says attorney-general

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 05:10:28 GMT

Charges against white-haired-one have reportedly been drafted

United States attorney-general Jeff Sessions says the Trump administration will make it “a priority” to arrest leakers, including Julian Assange.…

Hard-pressed Juicero boss defends $400 IoT juicer after squeezing $120m from investors

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 05:02:07 GMT

Crushed CEO says critics are comparing apples with oranges

Meet this week's bonkers startup Juicero – the San Francisco maker of a $400 fruit juicer that's bagged $120m in funding from investors.…

New MH370 analysis again says we looked in the wrong places

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 04:20:07 GMT

Drift tests on actual 777 part show plane probably hit ocean north of search area

Australian scientists have released a new analysis of debris from missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 and again asserted that the search for the Boeing 777 was conducted in the wrong place.…

Microsoft promises twice-yearly Windows 10, O365 updates – with just 18 months' support

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 02:36:06 GMT

Sysadmin holidays cancelled in March and September, starting in 2020

Updated Microsoft's explained how often it intends to offer “feature updates” to Windows 10: twice a year in March and September.…

China successfully launches its first robot space truck

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 01:20:49 GMT

Tianzhou-1 will now refuel the Tiangong-2 orbital lab as China prepares a proper space station

China's ambition to launch a permanently-crewed space station is a little closer today after the nation successfully launched its first robot space truck.…

Tesla's latest car crash: Its 'meritless' lawsuit against ex-Autopilot bod

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 00:24:13 GMT

Musketeers bag $100,000 after hitting the brakes on allegations

Less than three months after Tesla sued a former manager, claiming he'd stolen its blueprints and tried to poach staff, the flash automaker has settled out of court.…

Nuh-uh, Google, you WILL hand over emails stored on foreign servers, says US judge

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 22:31:12 GMT

If you can access them in California, so can the Feds

Google has been ordered by a US court to cough up people's private Gmail messages stored overseas – because if that information can be viewed stateside, it is subject to American search warrants, apparently.…

FYI – There's a legal storm brewing in Cali that threatens to destroy online free speech

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 21:37:25 GMT

Row over Yelp review menaces web immunity

Analysis Tech giants and rights groups have flooded the California Supreme Court with a dozen friend-of-the court briefs pleading for the reversal of a defamation ruling that threatens online speech protections.…

'We should have done better' – the feeble words of a CEO caught using real hospital IT in infosec product demos

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 20:54:24 GMT

Understatement of the month: 'Mistakes were made'

The CEO of computer security biz Tanium has admitted his staff logged into hospital networks and accessed live IT systems during product demos with potential customers.…

Trump's self-imposed cybersecurity deadline is up: What we got?

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 19:42:33 GMT

Quick clue: President Snowflake is a compulsive liar

Analysis On January 6, president-elect Donald Trump had a meeting with the heads of the intelligence services and came out with one action point: cybersecurity.…

For the first time ever, Verizon sheds subs: 300,000 punters walk out

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 19:08:30 GMT

Don't worry guys, Yahoo! is coming to the rescue

Verizon today turned in financial results of a nightmare first quarter of 2017 that saw the nation's top wireless carrier shed more than 300,000 postpaid subscribers.…

Ofcom chisels away at BT Openreach's cold, dead hands

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 17:06:06 GMT

We WILL make you open up infrastructure access, vows regulator

Ofcom has set out exactly how it plans to prise open BT's grip on the UK's telecoms infrastructure, in a move designed to make it easier for competing telcos to install fibre broadband connections.…

Union elevates Fujitsu job cutting protest to Japanese embassy

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 16:52:21 GMT

Ambassador, with these 1,800 layoffs, Fuji really is spoiling us

Unite the Union wants Japan's ambassador to the UK to intervene in the long-running dispute with Fujitsu over the company's proposals to axe almost two thousand employees locally.…

Google's 'adblocker' is all about taking back control

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 16:28:12 GMT

Watch out, whitelist mafia, you might be swimming with the fishes

The world's biggest digital advertising company Google is reportedly building an ad-blocker into Chrome – and it's already attracted the attention of Europe's most important competition regulator.…

Online ad scam launders legions of pirates and pervs into 'legit' surfing

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 16:00:09 GMT

Traffic Alchemist turns base metal into gold

An elaborate online ad scam that disguised junk traffic as views on reputable sites has been costing advertisers as much as $7m per month.…

The pain in your chest? That'll be Big Tech's AI arrow of love

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 15:22:04 GMT

Welcome to Lex: AWS's AI-as-a-platform-service

If you couldn't feel the love this week, you're lacking a heart.…

What a To-Do! Microsoft snuffs out Wunderlist

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 14:45:06 GMT

Another day. Another strategy...

If a week is a long time in politics, it must be an eternity at Redmond, where the strategy team is seemingly obliged to create a new one every few minutes. Here's another for you.…

Tesla hit by class action sueball over autopilot software updates

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 14:08:03 GMT

Claimants say features not included, updates were dangerous

A class-action lawsuit has been launched against Tesla on the basis that updates to its cars' autopilots are "vapourware."…

Mastercard launches card that replaces PIN with fingerprint sensor

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 13:35:09 GMT

Sweet MFA... but there's no documentation available for users

Mastercard has unveiled its new biometric card which adds a fingerprint sensor to the chip as a replacement security measure to the four-digit PIN.…

Flaws found in Linksys routers that could be used to create a botnet

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 13:00:04 GMT

Engineers working on firmware updates

Multiple models of Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Routers have vulnerabilities that might be exploited to create a botnet, security researchers at IOActive warn.…

EU plans for blockchain 'observatory' raise concerns, says expert

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 12:33:08 GMT

€500,000 to improve expertise and regulatory capacity

The European Commission plans to set up an observatory and forum on blockchain and distributer ledger technology (DLT) to help it understand what role public authorities should play in developing and helping uptake of the technologies.…