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Nokia's retro revival 3310 goes on sale and disappears immediately

Thu, 25 May 2017 12:29:06 GMT

People must really love Snake

If you blinked, you missed it.…

Info commish: One year to go and businesses still not ready for GDPR

Thu, 25 May 2017 12:03:08 GMT

Thought £400k TalkTalk fine was big? Try €20m

Companies are unprepared for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into force a year today, and some small businesses "might not even know" a new regime is looming, the UK Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham has warned.…

Lenovo UK boss pulls the chain, flushes himself out of there

Thu, 25 May 2017 11:42:15 GMT

Wang gets the call to arms, stands to attention

Exclusive Lenovo UK boss John Harber has quit just 15 months after taking the hot seat, El Reg can confirm.…

'Cloak and dagger' vuln rolls critical hit against latest Android versions

Thu, 25 May 2017 11:08:00 GMT

Malicious combination of legitimate permissions

A distinct class of Android vulnerability has been unearthed by computer scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.…

The joy and the pain of buying IT

Thu, 25 May 2017 10:02:07 GMT

Those bloody procurement guys did what?

Study You, dear readers, continually tell us in surveys how hard it is to get the investment needed to help you do your jobs effectively. Regardless of the topic – core infrastructure, middleware, management tools, etc – it’s common to hear stories of execs not "getting it", while expecting IT to muddle through as more pressure is piled onto already stretched teams.…

Distro watch for Ubuntu lovers: What's ahead in Linux land

Thu, 25 May 2017 09:01:09 GMT

Elementary OS, my dear penguin?

With the death of Unity, Canonical will focus more attention on Ubuntu servers, Ubuntu in the cloud and Ubuntu in the so-called Internet of Things.…

Industrial Light & Magic: 40 years of Lucas's pioneering FX-wing

Thu, 25 May 2017 08:38:06 GMT

The roots of multithreaded rendering software

Star Wars New Hope @ 40 In the 40 years since the release of the original Star Wars, special effects have changed beyond recognition.…

Your roadmap to the Google vs Oracle Java wars

Thu, 25 May 2017 08:01:11 GMT

'It is happening again'

Analysis The final lap nears in Oracle's epic seven year battle with Google over Java. It's reached the Federal Appeals Circuit, where Oracle is confident that three appeals judges with a strong track record of upholding IP will decide in its favour.…

RightNow founder turned politician gets assault charge after 'bodyslamming' reporter

Thu, 25 May 2017 07:32:07 GMT

Greg Gianforte loses it on election eve

Until Wednesday, Greg Gianforte's life had followed a lovely script: he twice sold software companies for millions, the second time for US$1.5bn when Oracle acquired CRM company RightNow Technologies.…

DARPA orders spaceplane capable of ten launches in ten days

Thu, 25 May 2017 07:00:09 GMT

Boeing to build 'Phantom Express' on heir to Space Shuttle's main engine

The United States Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency has commissioned Boeing to build a spaceplane capable of ten launches in ten days.…

UK ministers to push anti-encryption laws after election

Thu, 25 May 2017 06:30:11 GMT

Anger over Manchester attack may play a part

The UK government will push through orders next month to force all communications companies including Google and Facebook to break data encryption.…

Orbital boffins cut four years off NASA mission to shiniest object in the Solar System

Thu, 25 May 2017 06:00:12 GMT

16 Psyche mission takes a great leap forward

NASA has come up with a cunning plan that will allow it to shave four years of flight time off its mission to the biggest chunk of visible iron in the Solar System, and will use souped-up solar power to get there.…

Apple asks FCC to let it run mm-wave tests - for backhaul?!

Thu, 25 May 2017 05:01:12 GMT

No, Apple is not practicing to be carrier. This is how you horn in on 5G

Apple has filed a request with the United States Federal Communications Commission FCC to run wireless tests in spectrum bands associated with 5G.…

Windows is now built on Git, but Microsoft has found some bottlenecks

Thu, 25 May 2017 04:00:38 GMT

300 GB repo handles 8,421 pulls and 1,760 official builds a day, more once GVFS fix is in

Microsoft has adopted Git to manage the vast collection of code that is Windows' source, and has shared performance issues it's had to fix along the way.…

Ransomware hits Australian hospitals after botched patch

Thu, 25 May 2017 03:18:47 GMT

WannaCry? Minister says data is safe, so save your tears for now

Hospitals connected to Australian State of Queensland's integrated electronic medical record system (ieMR) are suffering outages attributed to patching against a ransomware attack.…

Rackspace demotes a CEO to hire a CEO to replace CEO who quit

Thu, 25 May 2017 03:01:10 GMT

Former HO and EMC man Joe Eazor gets the job of completing conversion to services company

Rackspace has named Joe Eazor as its new CEO, replacing the departing Taylor Rhodes and interim CEO Jeff Cotten.…

Attempt at building kinder, gentler Reddit downvoted off the Web

Thu, 25 May 2017 02:04:08 GMT

Chat forums beyond El Reg just do respectful whimsy, so goodbye 'Imzy'

Reddit can be a nasty, nasty place. So nasty that in 2015 half a dozen Reddit employees – some who said they'd experienced personal abuse or threats of violence from Reddit members – bailed from the company and set their sights on "rethinking the way communities exist on the internet".…

Fat-thumbed dev slashes Samba security

Thu, 25 May 2017 01:03:08 GMT

Remote code execution in all versions since 3.5.0, so it's patching time!

Sysadmins tending Samba need to get patching.…

Machine 1, Man 0: AlphaGo slams world's best Go player in the first round

Thu, 25 May 2017 00:44:13 GMT

DeepMind scores another win in marketing its AI

AlphaGo yesterday one-upped man as it won the first out of three games against Ke Jie, the world’s number one player in Go.…

Uber New York class action alleges passengers overcharged $7.43m per month

Thu, 25 May 2017 00:16:41 GMT

Dial-a-ride d-baggery claimed on passenger side too

Uber's New York woes are piling up, as the dial-a-ride service has now been sued by riders who believe they were being overcharged.…

Google, Lyft, IBM mix microservices into management mesh

Wed, 24 May 2017 23:12:42 GMT

Kubernetes cluster cat herding, brought to you by Istio

Microservices architecture, in which monolithic apps get broken down into a set of distinct services, goes well with containers and orchestration.…

FCC revised net neutrality rules reveal cable company control of process

Wed, 24 May 2017 22:54:45 GMT

We take a look inside the campaign to undermine the internet

Analysis The FCC has released a revised version of its plans to tear up net neutrality – and unwittingly revealed the extraordinary influence that the cable industry has over the process.…

Democracy-minded DEF CON hackers promise punishing probe on US election computers

Wed, 24 May 2017 22:36:23 GMT

Voting machine hacking could turn very ugly

Organizers at the DEF CON hacking conference in July are planning a mass cracking of US electronic election machines.…

Feeling Locky, punk? Ransomware grew eight-fold last year

Wed, 24 May 2017 21:04:03 GMT

Days of future past

Ransomware saw a more than eight-fold (752 per cent) increase as a mode of attack in 2016, according to Trend Micro.…

Schiaparelli probe crash caused by excessive spin, report concludes

Wed, 24 May 2017 20:49:51 GMT

Lander exercise was 'very close' to a success

The Schiaparelli probe suffered a botched landing on the Martian surface as it briefly spun out of control, confusing the computer systems onboard, an official report concluded today.…

Intel pitches a Thunderbolt 3-for-all

Wed, 24 May 2017 20:47:11 GMT

Chipzilla says USB standard will be open to the world

Intel is pushing its Thunderbolt 3.0 USB port as the defacto input mode for future PCs.…

Twilio packages code boilerplate to woo devs

Wed, 24 May 2017 19:59:33 GMT

Call proxy service aims to appeal to businesses with mobile workers

Cloud communications service Twilio believes software development doesn't have to play out like Groundhog Day, a film in which a man relives the same day over and over. For developers, that sense of déjà vu is a common experience.…

Costs v sales agent? Not just yet, judge tells Retro Computers Ltd

Wed, 24 May 2017 18:36:11 GMT

ZX Spectrum-themed game console firm didn't quite win court order, either

ZX Spectrum Vega firm Retro Computers Ltd has had its attempt to force former sales agent Nick Cooper to hand over extra information in the ongoing court battle between the two postponed today by the London County Court.…

HPE flashes out 3PAR, Nimble and MSA kit

Wed, 24 May 2017 17:33:07 GMT

Joins Dell EMC, NetApp, Pure to upgrade all-flash arrays

HPE has announced new mid-range 3PAR all-flash arrays, fifth generation MSA arrays, Nimble Secondary Flash arrays, and cloud-connected StoreOnce data protection.…

Hitachi exits mainframe hardware but will collab with IBM on z Systems

Wed, 24 May 2017 16:04:04 GMT

Big Blue's big iron to be loaded with Hitachi's OS software

Hitachi has stopped building its own mainframes but will supply IBM z Systems loaded with Hitachi VOS3 operating system software.…

Huawei missed memo that PC's dead – so here are three new notebooks

Wed, 24 May 2017 15:33:12 GMT

Touchscreens? Who needs 'em?

Hands On Huawei this week launched three Intel devices running Windows 10: a slim notebook, a Surface-a-like 2-in-1, and a conventional 15.6" laptop.…

HPE's Nimble Secondary Flash Array uses... disk?

Wed, 24 May 2017 15:16:09 GMT

What are they banging on about?

Analysis Having acquired Nimble Storage and its hybrid and all-flash arrays, HPE is positioning it as a kind of secondary storage. What does that mean?…

Google now mingles everything you've bought with everywhere you've been

Wed, 24 May 2017 15:03:09 GMT

(And everything you've seen) Welcome to 'Closing the Loop'

In a move with echoes of the fictional internet giant described in Dave Eggers' The Circle, Google's has begun trawling through billions of personal credit card records, matching them to your browser, location and advertising histories.…

Are telcos' customers expecting too much of IoT connectivity techs?

Wed, 24 May 2017 14:38:05 GMT

Also, here's why LTE-M gained ground over NB-IoT in Europe

Some customers are expecting more than can be realistically delivered with licensed spectrum Internet of Things connectivity technologies, a major European telco has warned.…

Dixons Carphone: Brexit not a factor as Brits' gadget lust holds strong

Wed, 24 May 2017 14:06:13 GMT

Gloom and doom? Consumers still shopping with us, trills CEO

Political uncertainty haven’t put punters off purchasing electronic gadgets, Dixons Carphone CEO reported today.…

WDC flashes the cash in in Tosh Memory biz bid: 2 treeellion yen

Wed, 24 May 2017 13:49:01 GMT

Partners with state-backed Japanese funds

+Comment WDC is partnering with a state-backed Japanese fund and bidding ¥2 trillion ($17.9bn, £13.8bn) to buy Toshiba’s Memory Business.…

64-bit malware threat may be itty-bitty now, but it's only set to grow

Wed, 24 May 2017 13:00:10 GMT

Upgrade and they will come

The volume of 64-bit malware in the wild remains low even though computers running 64-bit operating systems became ubiquitous years ago.…

'Odour' from AnalTech ramming leads to hazmat team callout

Wed, 24 May 2017 12:34:09 GMT

Some might say this is fake news. It isn't

An American company implausibly named AnalTech – no, really – has been slammed hard enough for a hazardous materials response team to be called out to deal with the smell.…

AI-powered dynamic pricing turns its gaze to the fuel pumps

Wed, 24 May 2017 12:03:08 GMT

Shopping as a constant poker game

Analysis "AI" could soon be making petrol more expensive at times of peak demand like the start of a bank holiday weekend or the school run.…

Speaking in Tech: Depressing WannaCrypt postmortem edition

Wed, 24 May 2017 11:34:06 GMT

Podcast At least we'll always have #catsinteslas

8 out of 10 cats fear statistics – AI doesn't have this problem

Wed, 24 May 2017 11:01:13 GMT

Use and abuse of figures

If statistics were a human being, it would have been in deep therapy all of its 350-year life. The sessions might go like this:…

PAH! Four decades of Star Wars: No lightsabers, no palm-sized video calls

Wed, 24 May 2017 10:31:06 GMT

Sort of. Leia's a New Hope

Star Wars New Hope @ 40 When Lucasfilm recently unveiled its tribute reel to the late Carrie Fisher, one of the most memorable monologues in cinema sat right in its center.…

Facebook shares own tools to trap bugs before they break code

Wed, 24 May 2017 10:02:02 GMT

Test management and debugging at scale become a bit less daunting

Facebook on Wednesday plans to introduce a set of open source developer tools to streamline app development testing and bug hunting.…

Channel luvvie Martin Hellawell set to check out of Softcat. Sort of

Wed, 24 May 2017 09:33:05 GMT

IPO? Ticked. 1,079% growth in 11 years? Ticked. Lost the tightness? Nah

Martin Hellawell, the McDonald's-card-toting CEO at mega reseller Softcat isn't quite sailing off into the sunset just yet, but he is preparing to handover the operation once a successor is found.…

Britain's on the brink of a small-scale nuclear reactor revolution

Wed, 24 May 2017 09:02:11 GMT

Sure, there are hurdles, but no £18bn hole on the other side like Hinkley Point

For the first time ever in April, the UK's data centres and clouds ran on electricity generated without burning coal.…

Network-sniffing, automation, machine learning: How to get better threat intel

Wed, 24 May 2017 08:39:12 GMT

When two 'innocent' events on the network are anything but

IT teams can get away with poor service management, outdated software development methods and outdated apps running on legacy tin, but they might want to think twice before skimping on cybersecurity. If you don't stay on top of this stuff, while you might not be found out today or tomorrow, eventually, your customers’ personal details might just turn up on Pastebin.…

GPU-flingers' bash: Forget the Matrix, Neo needs his tensors

Wed, 24 May 2017 08:01:07 GMT

What's a tensor? Glad you asked...

HPC blog Last week, Nvidia held its biggest ever GPU Technology Conference (GTC). The big walk-away is that GPUs are rapidly becoming an expected and standard component of computing, table stakes in many cases, across the computing platform. Big deal right there and hence the frothiness of much of the coverage.…

EU ministers approve anti-hate speech video rules

Wed, 24 May 2017 07:30:12 GMT

Facebook, Google, Twitter and friends face clampdown

European Union ministers have approved new rules for video that will oblige Facebook, Google, Twitter and others to remove hate speech and sexually explicit videos online or face stiff fines.…

Google starts enterprise support for Chrome, including top SaaS apps

Wed, 24 May 2017 06:59:08 GMT

Lobs deployment tools at sysadmins, complete with Silverlight and ActiveX support

Google is trying to give businesses a reason to ditch Internet Explorer by giving sysadmins a new set of tools for mass deployment of its own Chrome browser.…

LinkedIn finds friends to join its 'Open19' data centre standards effort

Wed, 24 May 2017 06:15:24 GMT

Stacks up against Open Compute with one design for data centres of all sizes plan

LinkedIn wants you to brick it in the data centre by following it and its friends with a new standard for data centre hardware that pushes its ambitions to the edge and into competition with the Facebook-derived Open Compute Project.…