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Aww: Apple won't be HomePod for Christmas

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 08:03:07 GMT

Sir Jony's nosey speakers delayed until 2018

Apple will fail to deliver its HomePod internet-connected speakers in time for the Christmas shopping season.…

Then there were four: Another draft US law on 'foreign' (aka domestic) mass spying emerges

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 00:42:19 GMT

And this one is… not in favor of snooping on Americans, whoa

The battle over a controversial US government spying program has intensified – with a fourth piece of legislation tackling the surveillance introduced to Congress on Friday.…

Big Cable's pillow talk with FCC to forbid US states from writing own net neutrality rules

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 21:46:39 GMT

You've got the authority, big boy, CTIA tells Pai... And such strong arms

The stomach-churning love-fest between the American cable industry and FCC Ajit Pai continues apace with Big Cable now pillow talking the federal regulator into how to prevent individual US states forming their own net neutrality protections.…

Massive US military social media spying archive left wide open in AWS S3 buckets

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 20:08:18 GMT

Dozens of terabytes exposed, your tax dollars at work

Three misconfigured AWS S3 buckets have been discovered wide open on the public internet containing "dozens of terabytes" of social media posts and similar pages – all scraped from around the world by the US military to identify and profile persons of interest.…

Dick move: Navy flyboy flings firmament phallus for flabbergasted folk

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 19:15:11 GMT

Highway to the donger zone

A US navy pilot in an EA-18G GROWLER is facing stiff action – after crafting a novel flight pattern that left much of central Washington state staring up at an anatomy lesson.…

Shamed TLS/SSL cert authority StartCom to shut up shop

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:29:05 GMT

Chairman tells El Reg nobody will even notice its passing

Controversial certificate authority StartCom is going out of business.…

Speedy roadster for filers hits the road. Don't worry Elon, it's a storage vehicle

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:56:05 GMT

Metadata lookup is super-charged, though, claims infinite-io

Infinite IO has enabled clustering of its metadata accelerators to scale performance.…

New UK aircraft carrier to be commissioned on Pearl Harbor anniversary

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:24:09 GMT

You know, the surprise attack intended to sink aircraft carriers

Her Majesty the Queen will commission the new British aircraft carrier named after her into Royal Navy service in three weeks – on the anniversary of an infamous naval battle where numerous warships were sunk.…

For goodness sake, stop the plod using facial recog, London mayor told

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:03:09 GMT

At least until there's some sort of strategy. Jeez – GLA

London's Metropolitan Police force's use of "intrusive" technologies "without proper regulation" could put a fundamental principle of policing at risk, the London mayor has been told.…

Crewless dinghy signs to UK Ship Register for Middle East mission

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:35:05 GMT

Row, row, robot boat gently laying pipes

The UK Ship Register signed up its first unmanned vessel on earlier this week.…

Lloyds' Avios Reward credit cardholders report fraudulent activity

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:03:09 GMT

Concerns raised over data breach

Thousands of Lloyds Avios Rewards American Express credit card customers have been targeted by fraudsters, the bank has admitted.…

Why Boston Dynamics' backflipping borg shouldn't scare you

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:29:12 GMT

Ruse of the Machines

It's alive, it's terrifying, and it does perfect backflips! Boston Dynamics' gymnastic research robot Atlas has caused a minor panic on social media. With skills like this, surely humans are doomed?…

Connected and self-driving cars are being sent to Coventry

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:57:04 GMT

Finding out how to sail through consecutive green lights

The UK Autodrive connected car consortium will start practical trials of its connected and autonomous cars on the streets of Coventry, it has declared.…

True Telecom busted by Ofcom for 'slamming', misselling and more

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:26:05 GMT

Must cough £300k soon after £87k ICO slapdown

Ofcom handed down a £300,000 fine to business phone and broadband company True Telecom after concluding a year-long investigation yesterday.…

Car tax evasion has soared since paper discs scrapped

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:01:06 GMT

A digital service that works for users, but not government

The abolition of the paper tax disc is costing the UK government £107m due to an increase in car tax evasion.…

OnePlus 5 x T + five short months = Some p*ssed off fanboys

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:29:11 GMT

That flagship you just bought? Here's one better

BBK Electronics' OnePlus venture rolled out its second flagship of 2017 yesterday, the OnePlus 5T going on sale just five months after its predecessor, the OnePlus 5 in June.…

The Reg parts ways with imagineer and thought pathfinder Steve Bong

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:11:11 GMT

He built a plane called Digital Innovation and told readers: 'Come Fly With Me'

The Register is reviewing its relationship with columnist and Shoreditch entrepreneur Mr Steve Bong MBE after Mr Bong admitted to having a close working relationship with the Kremlin this week, in a piece titled Yes, I took Putin's roubles to undermine Western democracy. This is my story

So what does EE's 5G test really signal?

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:26:04 GMT

Over-hyped tech inches a step closer... maybe

Brit mobile operator EE has proudly announced the success of a "breakthrough test" for 5G, but what do these tests signal for future 5G usage?…

A challenger appears: Specs for Samsung's potential Optane killer

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:02:12 GMT

Z-NAND has near-3D XPoint access latency and could scale capacity faster too

Analysis How does Korean flash and DRAM chipper Samsung's Z-NAND compare to Intel and Micron's 3D XPoint?…

UK private sector joins public in... Escape from DXC Max

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:39:12 GMT

Aviva and Centrica wanted cloud giant love. 1 outsourcer... wasn't ready... to let go

Updated Insurer Aviva and energy supplier Centrica are the latest big customers to indicate plans to ditch outsourcing giant DXC Technologies, The Register can reveal.…

It's artificial! It's intelligent! It's in my home! And it's gone bonkers!

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:01:26 GMT

Discoursing Descartes with my robotic pet

Something for the Weekend, Sir? I have awoken to the sounds of electronic growling. Making my way downstairs, I discover teethmarks in the bannister, a pool of oil by the back door and the remains of a torn-open jumbo box of AA longlifes in the kitchen.…

NetApp's back, baby, flaunting new tech and Azure cloud swagger

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:29:07 GMT

By George (Kurian), he's done it

Analysis There's a new energy at NetApp. The Microsoft Azure NFS deal was a great confidence booster, and the two recent acquisitions of Greenqloud and Plexistor provide stepping stones to a high-performance, on-premises storage future and a stronger hybrid cloud play.…

American Express inks blockchain deal: Will use tech to pay UK folk who bank with Santander

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:19:07 GMT

Ripple effect will later expand, says firm

Blockchain tech found another friend in American Express and UK customers of Santander. Well, sort of.…

'Do the DevOps?' No thanks! Not until a 'blameless post-mortem' really is one

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:03:11 GMT

Can't blame middle managers - they always get the stick

What drives organisations to change their ways? What's the match that lights the powder keg of actually doing something new and different in IT? That's the question I usually get from organisations that want their approach to software to be more "agile", who want to go through "digital transformation", and, yes, "do DevOps".…

Anonymized location-tracking data proves anything but: Apps squeal on you like crazy

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 08:26:09 GMT

Boffins pinpoint homes based on people's device movements

Anonymized location data won't necessarily preserve your anonymity.…

Fake news ‘as a service’ booming among cybercrooks

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 07:57:13 GMT

Fake sites spread fake stories to fuel pump and dump or other foul ends

Criminals are exploiting “fake news” for commercial gain, according to new research.…

Apple whispers how its face-fingering AI works

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 07:30:08 GMT

Secretive biz opens up a little

Apple has let us all in on a little secret: how its deep-learning-based face detection software works in iOS 10 and later.…

Help desk declared code PEBCAK and therefore refused to help!

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 07:02:05 GMT

Problem Existed Between Chair And Keyboard

On-Call Why hello there Friday and hello there, also, this week's instalment of On-Call, The Register's weekly column that recounts readers' tales of tech support terror.…

Windows Update borks elderly printers in typical Patch Tuesday style

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 06:15:14 GMT

Epson old-timers go from dot matrix to not matrix

Updated Microsoft's latest batch of software updates for Windows has been blamed for a mysterious ailment befalling some poor old Epson dot-matrix printers.…

Tesla launches electric truck it guarantees won't break for a million miles

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 05:40:51 GMT

Breaker, breaker Electric Ducky, we got ourselves a one-driver convoy. And a new Roadster

Elon Musk has launched the “Tesla Semi”, complete with a guarantee that it will not break down for one million miles of driving.…

All Flash Arrays and latency

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 05:19:06 GMT

Navigating the hype

Sponsored There is no doubt it can be difficult to navigate the various claims made by storage vendors when it comes to performance of their products.…

Microsoft can't give away beta cert exams, so starts charging

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 05:02:06 GMT

Naughty you: 'No show rate is at historic highs' for tests and that pollutes Redmond's data

Microsoft can't give away enough of its beta exams, so it will start charging for them.…

Azure turns on reserved cloudy VMs, without Hotel California clause

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 03:56:13 GMT

Back to capex spending, but refunds offered to those who bail on multi-year commitments

Microsoft's added reserved instances to Azure, with an out-clause for cloudy quitters.…

WordPress 4.9: This one's for you, developers!

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 02:58:09 GMT

'New editing experience' called Gutenberg coming too, but it might hate your plugins

WordPress 4.9 has debuted, and this time the world's most popular content management system has given developers plenty to like.…

Hitachi Vantara plans refresh of mid-range and top-end storage in 2018

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 01:55:08 GMT

It's mostly an IoT-centric system integrator now, but may sprout new scale-out arrays

Hitachi Vantara, the mash-up of Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), Pentaho and the Lumada IoT assets from the Hitachi Insight Group, is working on new scale-out storage products to support its ambition to become a system integrator for analytical workloads and the myriad data sources that feed them.…

Robocall crackdown, choked Lifelines, and pole-climbing: Your new FCC rules roundup

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 01:03:52 GMT

Fresh round of overhauls, and some aren't happy about it

US broadband watchdog the FCC signed off on a pile of new rules Thursday – including laws that will dictate how telcos handle robocalls, cut access for poor Americans to subsidized phone service, add controversial changes to TV station ownership rules, and regulations for fiber cable installation.…

Hey, cop! You need a warrant to stalk a phone with a Stingray – judge

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:28:12 GMT

Knew we shouldn't have told you about that mobe-tracking gizmo

Analysis A New York judge has this month told cops that they need to get a warrant before they can use a controversial Stingray phone-tracking gadget to hunt down suspects.…

Kaspersky: Clumsy NSA leak snoop's PC was packed with malware

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 23:59:05 GMT

Lab suspects Chinese spyware was on home computer

Kaspersky Lab, the US government's least favorite computer security outfit, has published its full technical report into claims Russian intelligence used its antivirus tools to steal NSA secrets.…

US govt to use software to finger immigrants as potential crims? That's really dumb – boffins

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 23:29:12 GMT

Algorithms will label innocent people terrorists, DHS warned

A group of 54 computer scientists and academic researchers on Thursday asked the US Department of Homeland Security to rethink its plan for employing software algorithms to determine whether immigrants to the country should be admitted or deported.…

Parity: The bug that put $169m of Ethereum on ice? Yeah, it was on the todo list for months

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 23:06:33 GMT

Just didn't get round to fixing it – our bad

Alt-coin wallet software maker Parity has published a postmortem of the bug that put millions of dollars of people's Ethereum on ice – and has admitted it knew about the flaw for months. It just hadn't got round to fixing it.…

Australian Broadcasting Corporation leaks passwords, video from AWS S3 bucket

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 22:20:18 GMT

'Advance video content' and years of backups dangled in the cloud

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) has joined the long list of organisations to leak sensitive data from a poorly secured public-facing Amazon Web Services S3 bucket.…

Amazon Key door-entry flaw: No easy fix to stop rogue couriers burgling your place unseen

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 21:45:04 GMT

Patch incoming, hardware recall required to fully address underlying problem

Analysis Amazon has pushed out an emergency security update to its door-unlocking system called Key – which is used by couriers to let themselves into people's homes to drop off packages inside when folks are out.…

Oracle scrambles to sew up horrid security holes in PeopleSoft's Tuxedo

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 20:34:12 GMT

Nothing like unauth'd hijacking, Heartbleed-style bugs to patch ASAP

Oracle has published an out-of-band software update to address a handful of security flaws in parts of the PeopleSoft HR software.…

Drone maker DJI left its private SSL, firmware keys open to world+dog on GitHub FOR YEARS

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 19:42:47 GMT

Plus AWS creds, S3 silos filled with sensitive customer info

Chinese drone maker DJI left the private key for its dot-com's HTTPS certificate exposed on GitHub for up to four years, according to a researcher who gave up with the biz's bug bounty process.…

Sparks fly as Databricks buddies up with Microsoft in the cloud

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 17:05:05 GMT

Analytics biz now a first-party service on Azure

Databricks and Microsoft are getting cosy in the cloud, in a move that will give the Spark-wrangling company access to a new set of customers.…

Warren 'Mr Moneybags' Buffett offloads huge chunk of IBM investment

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:31:09 GMT

Is the Oracle of Omaha cutting his losses?

Legendary investor Warren Buffett appears to be cutting his losses on his IBM investment, slashing his shares by one-third in the last quarter.…

Backup Exec juices dedupe offering, flaunts sign-up cloud model

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:15:05 GMT

GDPR compliance and deduped cloud backend

Backup Exec, Veritas' SME backup product, now sports a subscription-based payment scheme, deduping cloud backends and offering GDPR compliance help.…

Fear not, driverless car devs, won't force you to write Trolley Problem solutions

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:03:13 GMT

MPs kick the ethics question back into touch

AEV Bill A new law won't force driverless cars' software developers to explicitly consider the infamous Trolley Problem – but the UK government may later decide to implement something similar.…

Pawnbroker pwnd: Cash Converters says hacker slurped customer data

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:31:11 GMT

Details from decommissioned UK webshop scoured

Pawnbroking and secondhand goods outlet Cash Converters has suffered a data breach.…

New, revamped Terdot Trojan: It's so 2017, it even fake-posts to Twitter

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:56:13 GMT

You've grown so much, you piece of @£$

Terdot, a banking Trojan that has been around since mid-2016, has been re-engineered with updated information and credential thievery as well as social media account monitoring functionality.…