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Machines making music, translating Chinese, self-driving trucks, and more

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 10:57:10 GMT

Developments for our future overlords

Roundup Welcome to this week's AI roundup. We have news on a machine learning model used by Google to make music that doesn't sound completely bad, improved translation between English and Chinese from Microsoft, and a new test bed for Waymo's self-driving trucks.…

AMD security flaw saga, browsers broken, Lamo dead at 37, and more

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 09:14:12 GMT

It's the week in security

Roundup The lingering fallout of security flaws in AMD processor chipsets has dominated the news this week, and it ain't over yet.…

Nip/Tug: Plastic surgeon accused of mid-surgery 'hardcore' smut binge

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 00:52:27 GMT

Come for the nose job, stay for the... denials of any wrongdoing

A Los Angeles plastic surgeon has been accused of watching porn videos on a screen while performing surgery.…

Oracle botherer Rimini Street brags of swelling fortunes – but hands tied on reinvesting cash

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 23:44:43 GMT

Biz left with fewer reps after limit on sales, marketing spend

Rimini Street, the third-party support thorn in Oracle's side, has reported increased revenue and operating profit in 2017 – but complained unspecified covenants have prevented it from investing in sales staff or marketing.…

Android Oreo mic drop fury: Google ups tempo for Pixel mobe audio fix

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 23:08:57 GMT

Hardware flaws may be amplified by slapdash software, tuning out bug now a priority

Google has escalated the priority and severity rating of a bug that has been silencing microphones on its Pixel smartphones running Android 8.1, aka Oreo.…

FYI: AI tools can unmask anonymous coders from their binary executables

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 21:24:35 GMT

To ensure privacy, stay offline, don't maintain public repos that trace back to you

Talk about the ultimate Git Blame.…

Crypt-NO-coins: US city bans mining funbux on its electrical power grid

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 20:36:05 GMT

New commercial alt-cash crafters turned away from slurping cheap electricity

A city in upstate New York has become the first in America to effectively ban any new commercial-grade cryptocurrency miners from powering up.…

Whois? More like WHOWAS: Domain database on verge of collapse over EU privacy

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 19:58:11 GMT

Governments refuse to get sucked into policy shambles, kibosh DNS GDPR plans

An effort to resolve conflicts between upcoming European privacy legislation and the global Whois service for domain names has, predictably, failed, raising fears that cybercriminals will take advantage of the impasse.…

Konichiw-aaaaargh! Amazon's Japanese HQ raided in antitrust probe

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 19:27:07 GMT

Bezos Bunch under the microscope of anti-monopoly cops

Amazon has had its Japanese headquarters raided by police as the web giant finds itself the focus of an antitrust probe.… told: Draw up code of practice for cops bulk-slurping car plates

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 16:40:13 GMT

CCTV commish welcomes amendment 3 years after first suggested

UK government will be forced to debate a code of practice for cops' use of automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) systems after Labour MPs tabled an amendment to the Data Protection Bill.…

Crooks opt for Monero as crypto of choice to launder ill-gotten gains

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 16:09:13 GMT

Study examines the cutting edge of cybercrime

Crooks are increasingly turning to Monero over Bitcoin, according to a new study on the economics of cybercrime.…

Neural networks whip fleshbag butt at identifying craters

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 15:35:12 GMT

Yeah, well... can they do it on a cold rainy night in Stoke?

A neural network can wipe the floor with fleshy researchers at that most tedious of cosmic tasks – spotting craters.…

To Infinity Storage... and beyond! Cloudian gobbles Italian minnow

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 15:11:12 GMT

Slurps HyperFile chum for file, cloud storage gateway chops

Object storage supplier Cloudian is buying Italian firm Infinity Storage to add file access and cloud storage gateway functionality to its services.…

Birmingham UK to Uber: Want a new licence? Tell us about your operating model

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 14:17:05 GMT

App biz's Nice Guy makeover yet to convince all regulators

Birmingham authorities have asked for more information on Uber's business model and operations before granting it a new licence.…

UK mobe network Three's profits hit by IT upgrade costs

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 13:48:12 GMT

Oh, and billionaire owner Li Ka-shing retires

Mobile operator Three UK reported a fall in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA)* of 2 per cent to £437m for its full-year results – largely due to an IT and network upgrade.…

Phone-free Microsoft patents Notch-free phone

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 13:17:14 GMT

It's your body Notch your mind

"The Notch"* is either the curse of 2018 phone designs – or the only interesting thing about boring phone designs in 2018, depending on how you look at it. Now details of a Microsoft phone patent have emerged that could make future phones less Notchy.…

Brexit in spaaaace! At T-1 year and counting: UK politicos ponder impact

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 12:46:08 GMT

'Entrepreneurs!' 'Elon Musk!' 'Smartphones!' chirps Lord as UK space stares into abyss

Countries are pouncing on space work originally destined for the UK like a “feeding frenzy of hyenas” according to a selection of representatives from the UK industry and education sectors.…

Techies building UK web smut age check tools: You'll get a spec next week

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 12:17:24 GMT

Citizens not keen on having habits tracked are watching closely

A spec for online age verification is due to be published on Monday, a decision backers hope will pacify opponents of the smut checks.…

Brit retailer Currys PC World says sorry for Know How scam

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 11:29:08 GMT

Forced punters to cough extra £40 for pre-configured laptops

Currys PC World today apologised for forcing customers to pay an extra £40 for pre-configuration on their laptops that they didn't request – a dodgy practice brought to light by consumer charity Which?…

Hello, Spotify? Are you on? Perils and pratfalls of own-brand hardware

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 11:08:59 GMT

Streaming monolith starts move into home gear

Analysis As Spotify nears an IPO, it is edging towards making home music gear, with a voice-powered speaker the most likely debutant.…

Who knew? Fabric access NVMe arrays can work with Spectrum Scale

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 10:33:07 GMT

Parallel access filesystem for disks gets new life

Case study IBM Spectrum Scale (GPFS) started out as a parallel access filesystem for disk-based arrays – so some may have expected it to fall over and die in the face of lightning fast access NVMe SSD and NVMe fabric access arrays.…

I couldn't give a Greek clock about your IoT fertility tracker

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 10:09:05 GMT

Pop this in your mouth and say 'Rastapopoulos'

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Like to get wet, confides (or asks) the manufacturer in suitably moist English.…

Brace yourselves, netadmins, there's a new cable on the market

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 09:56:34 GMT

Meet our new roundup of networking news, this week feat. Cisco, Juniper and more

This week's network-news-in-five minutes has Palo Alto Networks acquiring a startup, a slew of Cisco switches, Juniper's fabric fetish, network monitoring and more.…

Just hours left to save hundreds on hours of CD, DevOps and more

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 09:41:12 GMT

Continuous Lifecycle earlybird offer facing chop at midnight

Events We’ll be pulling down the shutters on our earlybird ticket offer for Continuous Lifecycle London this evening, meaning you’ve got just hours left to save £100s on conference and workshop tickets.…

Taxpayers chuck burnt-out Bongs* millions of pounds to 'decelerate'

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 09:30:12 GMT

Come and chillax with us, nontrepreneurs!

The taxpayer is helping fund a "Decelerator" for burnt-out startups in London's Shoreditch to help them "reflect and reprioritise".…

Hate to add to the wanky jargon – but your digital transformation is actually a bolt-on

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 09:07:14 GMT

Earth-shattering change to biz? You'll be the judge of that

It's hard to believe there once was a more innocent time when if somebody used the phrase "digital transformation" you might think they were being pretentious about making the switch from renting films on DVD delivered in the post to Amazon Prime downloads. But there's still a lot of confusion around the term – even more so when people start to ask organisations that have started down that path whether it has worked.…

Happy days are here again: 2017 set record for infrastructure sales

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 08:03:11 GMT

$142 billion in kit shipped last year, half from Dell, Cisco and HPE

Analyst firm Canalys has claimed 2017 saw record shipments of data centre infrastructure.…

Office junior had one job: Tearing perforated bits off tractor-feed dot matrix printer paper

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 07:02:12 GMT

And he couldn’t do that, until tech support showed printers and staplers don’t mix

On-Call Why look at that! Friday is upon us, which means it’s time to read this week’s edition of On-Call, our weekly column featuring Register readers’ recollections of tech support jobs gone wrong.…

Ugh, of course Germany trounces Blighty for cyber security salaries

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 06:04:06 GMT

Britons never, never, never shall be wage slaves. Oh wait

Cyber security professionals in Germany earn on average 17 per cent more than their UK counterparts.…

Google buffs Chrome Enterprise with new tub of PartnerShine™

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 05:03:05 GMT

Face it, you're not going to adopt ChromeOS without integrating stuff you already run

Google’s beefed up Chrome Enterprise, its US$50-a-year management service for Chrome OS devices.…

Cyborg fined for riding train without valid ticket

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 03:57:07 GMT

Subcutaneous smart card doesn’t cut it in Sydney

A self-described “cyborg” who slipped a public transport smartcard under his skin has pled guilty to riding trains without a valid ticket and copped a fine, plus costs.…

One in three Android Wear owners also uses ... an iPhone

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 01:45:07 GMT

Which may be why Google’s changed the name to ‘Wear OS’

LogoWatch LogoWatch Google’s re-branded Android Wear, the cut of Android for wearable devices, as “Wear OS by Google” and added the tag line "make every minute matter".…

Boffins find sign of water existing deep into Earth's mantle by looking at diamonds

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 00:44:06 GMT

How far down does water drip?

Water covers most of the Earth’s surface and flows deep beneath it as well. But how deep it travels is unknown.…

FYI: There's a cop tool called GrayKey that force unlocks iPhones. Let's hope it doesn't fall into the wrong hands!

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 00:05:14 GMT

And how it works doesn't leak. Gulp!

A secretive unlocking tool offered to cops and government agents has some computer security bods worried over its privacy implications.…

We're Putin our foot down! DHS, FBI blame Russia for ongoing infrastructure hacks

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 23:30:09 GMT

Alert adds detail to 'Dragonfly' cyber-attack disclosed last year

The US Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Thursday issued an alert warning of ongoing cyber-attacks against the West's energy utilities and other critical infrastructure by individuals acting on behalf of the Russian government.…

You always wanted to be an astronaut, right? Careful: Space is getting more and more deadly

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 22:47:03 GMT

For those planning an out-of-this-world trip, radiation is on the rise

Space is getting deadlier. The amount of radiation has increased from previous solar cycles, according to new measurements made by a team of researchers.…

ProtonMail posts workaround for Turkish government block

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 21:59:35 GMT

In Constantinople it works, not good news for the Turks

Encrypted email provider ProtonMail says its service has been blocked in Turkey, but can still be accessed via a VPN, DNS, or Tor.…

Mulled EU copyright shakeup will turn us into robo-censors – GitHub

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 20:43:24 GMT

Code-sharing websites may be forced to install automatic infringement filters

Code-repository GitHub has raised the alarm about a pending European copyright proposal could force it to implement automated filtering systems – referred to by detractors as "censorship machines" – that would hinder developers working with free and open source software.…

Airbus CIO: We dumped Microsoft Office not over cost but because Google G Suite looks sweet

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 19:45:28 GMT

Top exec talks to El Reg on shifting 130,000 staff

Interview Collaboration rather than cost is the reason Airbus has given Microsoft’s old-world Office app bundle the heave ho and is migrating 130,000 staff – the entire workforce – to Google’s G Suite.…

Take that, com-raid: US Treasury slaps financial sanctions on Russians for cyber-shenanigans, 2016 election meddling

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 18:57:42 GMT

Но все же никакого сговора

The US Treasury is freezing the assets of 19 people and five groups from Russia who launched cyber-attacks and interfered with America's elections.…

Intel: Our next chips won't have data leak flaws we told you totally not to worry about

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 18:28:41 GMT

Meltdown, Spectre-free CPUs coming this year, allegedly

Intel has claimed its future processors – shipping as early as the second half of this year – will be free of the security design flaws it totally told you not to fret about.…

Uber hopes to butter up Brit transport chiefs with lots of lovely data

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 15:51:21 GMT

App biz flings travel info at capital's transport regulator ahead of licensing decision

Much maligned not-a-taxi biz Uber has pledged to hand over travel data to Transport for London.…

Google to 'forget me' man: Have you forgotten what you said earlier?

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 14:59:08 GMT

To forget, or not to forget? That is the question

RTBF trial The man demanding Google deletes search links to interviews he gave about a criminal offence he committed has been accused of giving “demonstrably false” answers in court by Google’s barrister.…

Researchers slap SAP CRM with vuln combo for massive damage

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 13:38:07 GMT

Directory traversal + log injection = I can see your privates

A pair of recently patched security vulnerabilities in SAP NetWeaver Application Server Java* could have been combined to hack customer relationship management (CRM) systems.…

NHS Digital heads accused of being 'suppliers', not 'custodians' of UK patient data

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 13:19:13 GMT

Compliance with Home Office data-slurp not cool, say MPs

The heads of the Digital arm of the UK's National Health Service have been accused of acting as suppliers, rather than guardians, of the data belonging to patients under their care by handing address information to the Home Office for immigration enforcement.…

MailChimp 'working' to stop hackers flinging malware-laced spam from accounts

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 11:56:10 GMT

What can you do about it for now? Sweet 2FA

Email newsletter distribution service MailChimp has promised to act on the abuse of accounts to send (frequently) malware-tainted spam.… to plough £67m into gigabit broadband for all and sundry

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 11:41:14 GMT

Handouts from March but you're on your own for line rental fees

The UK government has unveiled its £67m broadband voucher scheme, flinging £3,000 at SMEs to set up gigabit connections and handing £500 ones to regular folk*. After that users have to stump up the rest in ongoing rental fees.…

Veteran NASA probe Dawn: Winter is coming on Ceres (sort of)

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 10:28:09 GMT

Jumped-up asteroid experiencing 'icy activity'

There is icy activity on the surface of dwarf planet Ceres, according to researchers studying observations from NASA’s probe, Dawn.…

Openreach hiring thousands more engineers

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 09:34:29 GMT

But will that prevent another burning effigy?

BT's Openreach is to hire 3,500 trainee engineers in a bid to support its 'full-fibre' proposals for Britain.…

Fermi famously asked: 'Where is everybody?' Probably dead, says renewed Drake equation

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 09:03:08 GMT

We can't see alien radio signals because they were snuffed out

If we ever detect signals from extraterrestrial civilisations, they are likely already dead, a somewhat downbeat update to the venerable Drake equation suggests.…