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Russian mega-telco exec: 'No business case' for 5G

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 02:56:04 GMT

It's all just for attention at MWC. Buuuuuuurrrrrnnnnnn

While the 5G enthusiasts often hit the headlines with visions of AI-driven robots and virtual reality, many operators remain sceptical of the new business models 5G will drive, at least in the short term. Vasyl Latsanych, CMO at Russia's largest telco, MTS, echoed the sentiments Wireless Watch hears from many of its MNO research contacts – that 5G, for now, remains a series of what-ifs, with no clear answers.…

Recruiters considered really harmful: Devs on GitHub hit with booby-trapped fake job emails

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 02:19:58 GMT

All the more reason to reject new_position_offer.docx

Recruiters are known to be a bit of a pain in the ASCII in the tech world – but how about these ones: bogus headhunters attempting to infect GitHub-using software developers.…

nbn™ to offer 100Mbps fixed wireless service

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 01:39:02 GMT

Rural businesses will be living the dream in 2018

nbn™, the entity building and operating Australia's national broadband network (NBN), has announced it will launch a 100Mbps fixed wireless service in 2018.…

Don't believe the hype: UK's £455m Government Digital Service lacks a clear role – fresh audit

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:04:31 GMT

Got nine-figure problems but a strategy ain't one

The track record of the UK's Government Digital Service has come under fire by the National Audit Office, which today said it has “unclear accountabilities".…

Silicon Valley staffing agency boss charged with H‑1B visa fraud

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:01:58 GMT

CEO and pal faked letters from Cisco, Brocade, Stanford, prosecutors claim

Jayavel Murugan, CEO of staffing agency Dynasoft Synergy, is accused of faking letters from Silicon Valley bosses so he could ship cheap foreign workers into America.…

Kiwi cable goes live, and it's nowhere near a volcano

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 22:56:09 GMT

Tasman Global Access sees the light

An NZ$100 million submarine cable has given New Zealanders a bit more diversity in their connections to the outside world.…

Chinese giant ZTE slips off US export sh*tlist – and it only cost $900m

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 22:23:31 GMT

Tech dragon cleared after admitting to sanction violations

The US Department of Commerce has scrapped trade restrictions that left Chinese tech monster ZTE unable to import components from America.…

Bloke is paid to scour hashtags for threats, spots civil rights boss's tweets, gets fired, sues

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 21:53:05 GMT

State investigator, Oregon DoJ attorney lash out in lawsuits

A chap whose job was to investigate threats on social networks is suing the Oregon Department of Justice – for allegedly retaliating against him after his online sleuthing led him to the agency's own director of civil rights.…

Florida Man can't pause cycle on Samsung 'exploding' washing machine lawsuit

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 18:57:11 GMT

Suds to be you, Kenny

Samsung was handed a rare win this week when a judge decided not to pause its defense of a lawsuit over faulty washing machines.…

BDSM sex rocks Drupal world: Top dev banished for sci-fi hanky-panky

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 18:38:13 GMT

Gor blimey, guvnor!

A prominent contributor to the open source Drupal content management system has been asked to distance himself from project because "his belief system is inconsistent with [the] project's goals."…

Samsung Galaxy S8: Slimmer bezels, a desktop mode – and yet another me-too AI pal

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 18:24:42 GMT

And it doesn't explode ... hopefully

Pics Samsung arguably made the best Android phone last year – but it lost any bragging rights by committing one of the biggest consumer electronics PR disasters in history.…

SimpliVity customers spurned by HPE welcomed into loving arms of Nutanix

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:02:06 GMT

Seductive twofer licence deal if you switch

Nutanix wants SimpliVity customers upset by HPE's purchase to move across to them instead.…

VMware, Citrix to have a crack at desktops on docked smartphones

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 15:00:12 GMT

Samsung Galaxy S8 can do it natively. Desktop virtualization might make it even better

VMware's going to have a crack at delivering desktops through smartphones.…

IBM: Those 2 redundancy schemes? We need to 'improve margins' and right quick

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 14:36:05 GMT

There’s nothing wrong with our forecasti.... Er, pardon us for a minute

Exclusive IBM UK has tried to justify running two redundancy schemes concurrently in the Infrastructure Services Delivery team, telling staff that financial pressures forced its hand and it may take similar action again.…

Windows 10 Creators Update: Clearing the mines with livestock (that's you by the way)

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 13:42:07 GMT

First look at this iteration's more grown-up aspects

Microsoft's big Windows 10 Creators Update platform release is now available if you want it, but the long-promised UX makeover and People Experience feature will wait for a future update to Windows. Probably this year, but possibly not.…

Strange Mirai botnet brew blamed for powerful application layer attack

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 13:31:08 GMT

Varmints cooked up variant after malware code went public

Hackers have created a potent new variant of the Mirai IoT malware.…

Learn to use machine learning

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 13:00:07 GMT

Chatbots are boring. What’s next?

Promo Artificial Intelligence has crested the top of the Gartner hype cycle, and is on the lips of every technical marketing exec. Companies are doing things with it, but many projects are still proving out the concepts. You can’t talk about the weather these days without a gimmicky, gee-whiz weather chatbot trying to impress you with its opinion on the rain – and sometimes getting it wrong. And let’s just pretend Microsoft Tay never happened.…

Hertfordshire primary school girls prepare for World Robotics Champs

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 12:29:05 GMT

And they need some financial help getting there. Fancy chucking a few quid in?

A pair of primary school girls from Hertfordshire will represent the UK in the World Robotics Championships finals next month – if they meet their crowdfunding target.…

Avaya's $3.7m bankruptcy bonus plan slammed by watchdog

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 11:59:19 GMT

US Trustee suspects rewards for 11 execs are more an employee retention scheme

The US federal bankruptcy has slammed telco Avaya for its decision to award 11 execs $3.7m (£3m) in bonuses after the company filed for bankruptcy protection earlier this year.…

Speaking in Tech: Elon Musk and the AI apocalypse

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 11:03:26 GMT

Podcast Plus: Vegemite. Don't slather it on. Just a smear

Home Office accused of blocking UK public's scrutiny of Snoopers' Charter

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 10:35:14 GMT

Open letter to Amber Rudd: more time needed to read '413 pp of dense legal text'

The UK's Home Office has been accused of making "it near to impossible to provide a meaningful response" to the public consultations which campaigners fought legal battles to have included in the Investigatory Powers Act.…

One in five mobile phones shipped abroad are phoney – report

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:55:07 GMT

Buy sh*t, get hit

Nearly one-fifth of mobile phones and one-quarter of video game consoles shipped abroad are fake, according to a report by the the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).…

Virgin Media suspends 4 staff over misreporting connections

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:20:03 GMT

Shakes up top brass after 142k misrepresented in £3bn Project Lightning

Virgin Media has admitted to overstating its £3bn Project Lightning superfast broadband rollout by 142,000 premises – a move that has led to the suspension of four staff and a reshuffle of its top brass.…

UK's 'homebrew firmware' Chinooks set to be usable a mere 16 years late

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:05:05 GMT

After burning hundreds of millions into the bargain

The Ministry of Defence has started replacing the flight control software on its all-but-useless Chinook Mk.3 special forces helicopters, a mere 16 years after bungled attempts to bake its own software without involving manufacturer Boeing.…

ZX Spectrum Vega Plus backers complain of months-long refund delays

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 08:03:24 GMT

But mouthpiece then denies they're a spokesman

Backers of the troubled ZX Spectrum Vega+ handheld gaming console have told The Register of long delays and seemingly ignored messages when requesting refunds from the company behind the project, Retro Computers Ltd.…

Inside Intel's Optanical garden

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 07:33:05 GMT

What you see and what you might actually get could differ

Analysis Intel has now had its brace of Optane P4800X SSD and M.2 2280 motherboard card releases and we’ve learned there is no straightforward performance comparison with equivalent flash product – Intel is eschewing that on the grounds of Optane being a significantly different storage product.…

Microsoft wants screaming Windows fans, not just users

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 07:03:09 GMT

And it might be winning them: Windows Insiders program has cracked the ten million mark

Microsoft's revealed it doesn't just want Windows users, it wants Windows fans. As in queue-all-night, constantly-offer-unsolicited-feedback, faint-at-the-sight-of-pop-stars fans.…

ESA picks final two ExoMars landing site candidates

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 06:28:06 GMT

Welsh corner of Mars makes the final list, along with once-wet Oxia Planum

The European Space Agency has narrowed its candidate list of landing sites for the ExoMars rover to two choices.…

'Trash-80' escapes the dustbin of history with new TRS-80 emulator

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 06:02:07 GMT

Run the classic Model III on Windows

Antique Code Show If you get misty-eyed over the expression 20 IF N=1 GOTO 10 (or reach for the pen to correct me), there's another open source TRS-80 BASIC emulator available.…

FBI secures guilty plea from Russian bot-herder

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 05:27:08 GMT

Ebury infections for fun and profit, sentencing in August

A Russian citizen behind “tens of thousands” of Ebury trojan infections has entered a guilty plea in the US and will face sentencing in August.…

ETSI widens scope of mobile edge standard

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 05:02:04 GMT

Mobile base stations to be treated as computers in their own right

The European Telecommunications Standards Institute has decided its Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) effort needed a bigger brief, so it's renamed it as Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC).…

What a time to be alive: drone pooper-scoopers are a thing now

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 04:26:08 GMT

Who needs a plastic bag and civic pride when two drones can do the job?

Finding dog poo in public places and picking it up before it can besmirch a sole probably isn't high on the list of things humanity needs to get better at, but that hasn't stopped Dutch folk throwing two drones at the problem.…

Boffins give 'D.TRUMP' an AI injection

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 04:02:05 GMT

A statistical model for cluelessness named after the president. Because why not?

Let's give this points in the Academic Sense of Humour stakes for 2017: the wryly-named Data-mining Textual Responses to Uncover Misconception Patterns, or D.TRUMP, looks to automate the process of working out just how confused someone might be, from how they answer open-response questions.…

It's ESXi time for critical VMware patches

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 02:55:09 GMT

Three to do, pronto, unless you like guest-host escape mirth

VMware's reported three bugs that probably deserve your urgent attention.…

Pirate of the Caribbean to play Hacker of the Caribbean

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 02:04:06 GMT

Johnny Depp to play John McAfee in biopic depicting A-V man as Colonel Kurtz

POLL Nobody's confirmed anything except Big Mac himself, but John McAfee reckons he's going to be played by Captain Jack Sparrow himself, Johnny Depp.…

Alabama joins anti-web-smut crusade with mandatory opt-out filters

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:50:41 GMT

Republican politico has something of an obsession with onanism

Yet another American state has seen legislation introduced to include mandatory anti-pornography filters on any internet-capable device – or else.…

As a shock to absolutely no one, Uber is mostly pasty, male at the top

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:01:12 GMT

Rain is wet, sky is blue, Oracle is expensive, etc

Uber has published its first ever diversity report today, revealing that the car-hailing biz is, unsurprisingly, dominated by white males like most major American technology companies.…

Court smacks Telstra over wholesale pricing

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 23:06:31 GMT

No NBN revenue top up for you, says regulator

Australia's Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is crowing today after the nation's Federal Court agreed with its ruling on how much dominant telco Telstra can charge for wholesale services on its fixed line networks.…

Press 1 for bill shock, 2 for outages... AWS touts call-center management-as-a-service

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 22:45:43 GMT

All your calls are belong to us

Amazon Web Services on Tuesday introduced Amazon Connect, a hosted contact center service that allows any business to consign customers to voice jail with minimal effort.…

Robots are killing jobs after all, apparently: One droid equals 5.6 workers

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 22:22:46 GMT

So much for the utopian techno future, according to this study

Industrial robots are depressing wages and increasing unemployment, according to a paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, a private, non-profit, non-partisan research organization in America.…

US Customs sued for information about border phone searches

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 21:47:48 GMT

Would you mind telling me what you're doing with my phone?

US Customs and Homeland Security are being sued to get them to hand over the rules by which people have their electronic devices seized and searched at the border.…

Federal Police toss nbn™ under a bus over leaks to Senator

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 21:32:38 GMT

'Who leaked the leak? Not us', claim feds, 'talk to them'

The Australian Senate's Committee of Privileges decided yesterday that documents seized from former Senator Stephen Conroy and a staffer last year are covered by parliamentary privilege, and can't be used in any police investigation into who leaked them.…

Racist Tesla staff drilled my buttocks, claims employee in lawsuit

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 20:58:59 GMT

Car firm says discrimination claims false, points to promotion

Tesla is facing a lawsuit from an employee at its car factory who is making lurid claims about racial discrimination in the workplace.…

So my ISP can now sell my browsing history – what can I do?

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 20:18:37 GMT

Find a good VPN

So, the US House of Representatives has voted away internet privacy (in concert with the Senate), and the legislation will be heading to the White House for Trump's imprimatur. He's expected to sign quickly, so as internet users it's time to get really serious about privacy.…

Boffins invent wacky quantum gizmo prototype for secure mobile payments

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 20:16:39 GMT

No, it's not a gun, I swear... I just want to pay for my milk. Let me go!

A “quantum gadget” prototype capable of sending quantum keys using polarized light could make contactless payments on mobile more secure if it can be squeezed into a smartphone.…

Your internet history on sale to highest bidder: US Congress votes to shred ISP privacy rules

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 19:42:20 GMT

As House passes law, here's what you should do about it

The US House of Representatives has just approved a "congressional disapproval" vote of privacy rules, which gives your ISP the right to sell your internet history to the highest bidder.…

I need an ISP that offers IPv6. Virgin Media: Whatevs, nerd

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 19:01:43 GMT

Not exactly getting with the program

Despite being the third-largest internet provider in the UK, Virgin Media is not exactly looking toward the future.…

Red Hat: OpenStack big, getting bigger, OpenShift fatter than Linux

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 15:59:07 GMT

IBM does help, too

OpenStack drove a chunk of Red Hat’s largest deals during the fourth quarter, with cloud proving more lucrative than its trademark Linux business.…

RIP: Antivirus veteran Raimund Genes, 54

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 15:17:15 GMT

Trend Micro CTO suffered fatal heart attack

Colleagues and friends are mourning the sudden death of distinguished antivirus industry veteran Raimund Genes last Friday.…

Ex-broadband biz 186k hit by major outage

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:49:57 GMT

You mean they still have some customers left?

Long-suffering customers of troubled hosting provider 186k are unable to access the firm's hosting and email services in what appears to be a major outage.…