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UK govt steams ahead with £5m facial recog system amid furore over innocents' mugshots

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 06:03:09 GMT

Contract ignores lack of strategy, growing criticism

The UK Home Office has put out to tender a £4.6m ($5.9m) contract for facial recognition software – despite the fact its biometrics strategy and retention systems remain embroiled in controversy.…

Cisco security sales disappoint, DRAM drought dents results

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 05:31:05 GMT

It's okay, though, we've got an iPhone app coming soon says CEO Chuck

For a couple of years now, Cisco has said its future lies in selling more software, but it's not quite working out as planned.…

Bank IT fella accused of masterminding multimillion-dollar insider-trading scam

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 05:03:12 GMT

Consultant was all too app-y to break law, claim investigators

A banking IT expert orchestrated an insider-trading caper that raked in millions of dollars for him and his pals, it was claimed on Wednesday.…

Rowhammmer RAM attack adapted to hit flash storage

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 04:27:10 GMT

Project Zero's two-year-old dog learns a new trick

It's Rowhammer, Jim, but not as we know it: IBM boffins have taken the DRAM-bit-flipping-as-attack-vector trick found by Google and applied it to MLC NAND Flash.…

Space boffins competing for $20m Moon robot X-Prize are told: Be there by March 31 – or bust

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 03:58:11 GMT

Teams get extra wiggle room to hit final deadline

The X-Prize Foundation has cut some slack for teams vying to be the first to land a robot on the Moon and scoop millions of dollars as a result.…

New MH370 analysis again suggests plane came down outside search area

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 03:33:16 GMT

French satellite photos suggest something man-made floated beyond search zones

New analysis of images thought to depict wreckage from missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH 370 suggest the Boeing 777 came down to the north of the area searched during efforts to find the plane.…

Intel's 8th-gen CPUs are called Ice Lake. And so are the 9th-gen

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 02:38:50 GMT

Chipzilla in overlapping naming weirdness mess

Intel's leaked a little detail about its next-generation desktop chips.…

Following flat financials, Telstra pins hopes on NBN renegotiation

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 02:19:38 GMT

Fat dividends that investors love to be diluted, fibre backbone upgrade imminent

Expect more layoffs at Telstra, happening faster: in response to the changes wrought by the National Broadband Network on its business, Australia's colossal carrier has decided to bring forward its cost-cutting programs by a year.…

Read IBM CEO Ginni Rometty's letter to staff: Why I walked from Trump's strategy forum

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:29:26 GMT

Translation: Please don't take away our govt contracts

In November 2016 IBM CEO Ginni Rometty wrote to then-president-elect Donald Trump with a list of ways IBM hoped to help the real-estate tycoon Make America Great Again.…

Cloudflare: We dumped Daily Stormer not because they're Nazis but because they said we love Nazis

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 23:47:25 GMT

Hey, hey, It's cool, Matt, 'they're Nazis' is reason enough

Cloudflare has explained why it made a rare exception to its strident free-speech policy in its decision to cut ties with white supremacist cesspit Daily Stormer.…

10 minutes of silence storms iTunes charts thanks to awful Apple UI

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 22:43:21 GMT

Blank audio a handy workaround to in-car annoyance

A song that consists entirely of ten minutes of silence has cracked the top 50 on Apple's iTunes charts.…

NotPetya ransomware attack cost us $300m – shipping giant Maersk

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 22:15:38 GMT

IT crippled so badly firm relied on WhatsApp

The world's largest container shipping biz has revealed the losses it suffered after getting hit by the NotPetya ransomware outbreak, and the results aren't pretty.…

President Trump to his council of industry CEO buddies: You're fired!

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 20:12:56 GMT

Don't worry, Donald – Dell-EMC-VMware-RSA still has your back

Facing mass defections from CEOs repulsed by President Donald Trump's weak handling of fascists marching in America's streets, the White House has disbanded its manufacturing council.…

Comp sci world shock: Bonn boffin proposes P≠NP proof, preps for prestige, plump prize

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 19:57:19 GMT

Potential math challenge solution greeted with skepticism

Norbert Blum, a computer science professor at the University of Bonn, has proposed a solution to an unsolved math problem that could win him $1m, not to mention professional accolades, if his approach withstands scrutiny.…

Disgraced US Secret Service agent coughs to second Bitcoin heist

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 19:04:20 GMT

Fox, meet henhouse

An ex-Secret Service agent who stole Bitcoins from the Silk Road dark web drugs bazaar he was supposed to be investigating has admitted stealing even more sacks of the digital currency.…

Nokia's comeback is on: The flagship 8 emerges

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:45:13 GMT

Hopes rest on stock, OZO Audio

Hands On To understand the appeal of the first "Nokia flagship" in three years, the Nokia 8, think of what Google was doing with the Nexus line until it caught "Pixelitis"*. Stock Android, monthly updates, decent imaging, and competitively priced. And really no other frills or gimmicks.…

The future of Python: Concurrency devoured, Node next on menu

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:15:26 GMT

Programming language keeps getting fatter amid awkward version 3 split

Analysis The PyBay 2017 conference, held in San Francisco over the weekend, began with a keynote about concurrency.…

Samsung's bantam SSD makes WD's 'passport' drive look passé

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 15:24:06 GMT

Is that 2TB in your pocket or are you just pleased to see me?

Samsung has introduced a 2TB T5 portable SSD you can stick in your shirt pocket.…

PayPal, accused of facilitating neo-Nazi rally, promises to deny hate groups service

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:58:09 GMT

Charlottesville events force biz to defend acceptable use policy

PayPal has vowed to pull its online payment services from sites linked to hate, violence and intolerance in wake of the weekend's tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia.…

Ubuntu sends trash to its desktop's desktop

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:28:13 GMT

Canonical picks up after Apple – 17 years later

Canonical is shifting around the trash can icon on the upcoming Ubuntu 17.10 release, which might give some a sense of déjà vu.…

Vaping ads flout EU rules, even if to promote healthier lifestyles

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:12:14 GMT

Watchdog admits it's a legal minefield

Comment The UK's advertising watchdog says that generic lifestyle campaigns urging people to improve their health by vaping instead of smoking may fall foul of EU law.…

HBO Game Of Thrones leak: Four 'techies' arrested in India

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:27:09 GMT

GoT suspects cuffed

Four arrests connected with the leak of an unaired Game of Thrones episode have been made in India.…

Toshiba must allow Western Digital access to joint-venture assets

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:04:59 GMT

Tear down the wall, Tosh, says Cali Court

Western Digital Corp has notched up another win in its attempt to force Toshiba to talk turkey about selling its Memory Business to WD, or a bid group with its JV partner in it.…

Oh no, EE! More UK mobile customers face sluggish roaming abroad

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:27:09 GMT

How are we supposed to enjoy our holiday without streaming?

EE customers not on the firm's top-end data tariff have complained they are receiving sloth-like speeds of 2Mbps when using data abroad.…

Pssst, wanna know a secret? MongoDB has confidentially filed for IPO, reports suggest

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:57:11 GMT

Oracle-chaser expected to go public later this this year

NoSQL business MongoDB has filed confidentially for IPO, according to reports.…

Web-enabled vibrator class action put to bed

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:33:13 GMT

The plaintiffs must be buzzing

The case against sex toy maker We-Vibe, which agreed to pay out $3.75m for tracking owners' use, has finally been put to bed, with a judge yesterday signing off the settlement.…

She's arrived! HMS Queen Lizzie enters Portsmouth Naval Base

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:59:08 GMT

65,000 tonnes and 4.5 acres of British sovereign territory – but is she worth it?

Pics Britain’s newest warship, its biggest warship of all time, HMS Queen Elizabeth, entered Portsmouth Harbour for the first time this morning.…

Och. Scottish Parliament under siege from brute-force cyber attack

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:37:12 GMT

Unidentified hackers attempt to bust open email accounts

Hackers are trying to break into Scottish Parliament email accounts weeks after similar campaigns against Westminster.…

Speaking in Tech: Tomorrow's infosec fiasco is a 'we're not a company any more' fiasco

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:03:06 GMT

Podcast Wannacry is just the beginning

Loss-making storage survivor Sphere 3D looking at 'strategic alternatives'

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:36:05 GMT

We think it probably doesn't involve listening to Sonic Youth

Sphere 3D is "reviewing strategic alternatives", a sign that it’s open to a sale or being split up.…

Not another Linux desktop! Robots cross the Uncanny Valley

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:00:11 GMT

Machine Learning meets human response

Britons are getting old: baby boomers combined with a low 1970s birth rate saw the proportion of our population 65 or older increase between 1975 and 2015 from 14.1 to 17.8 per cent. That number’s expected to hit a quarter of the population by 2045, says the Office for National Statistics.…

Guess who's hiking their prices again? Come on, it's as easy as 123 Reg

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:30:08 GMT

Yeah, we used a variation of the headline before. And what?

Comedy domain and hosting biz 123 Reg will hike its prices 20 per cent later this year.…

Months after breach at the 'UnBank' Ffrees, customers complain: No one told us

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:03:08 GMT

Yet 'alternative' UK financial service has complied with law

Customers of UK financial services firm FFrees said they were unaware of a breach that took place there four months ago until a security researcher got in touch with them.…

Xen fixes guest privilege escape and plenty more

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:33:10 GMT

Crashes, data leaks and foul corruption also fixed

Xen admins, get busy: the open source hypervisor's issued fixes for bugs that range from data corruption and leakage up to privilege escalation.…

How are you feeling today? Don't tell us, save for it this handy emotion-detection code

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:01:12 GMT

Now computers can sense anger from more than furious button mashing

Computer eggheads from Italy's University of Bari have developed what they claim is "the first open-source toolkit for emotion recognition from text."…

Lenovo thought PC salesfolk could sell servers and was wrong by about $500m

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 06:30:10 GMT

'Over-integration' saw x86 business fail to launch

In Q3 2014m, the last period before offloading its x86 server business to Lenovo, IBM had server revenue of US$2.33bn, across x86 and its more exotic architectures. And in Q1 2017 IBM still had server revenue of $831.5m. Lenovo hauled in $731.5 which, once we do the math of IBM's old revenue minus Lenovo's current cash count, is a difference of about 750m.…

How to build your own DIY makeshift levitation machine at home

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 06:04:07 GMT

All you need is a 3D printer, ultrasonic transducers, an Arduino, patience...

Engineers at the University of Bristol in the UK have published a rough guide to building a simple levitation chamber that uses sound waves to suspend objects.…

Batteries that don't burn at the drop of a Galaxy Note 7? We're listening

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 05:24:13 GMT

Zinc-air batteries are hard to charge: boffins think new catalysts can fix that

Sydney University boffins reckon they've got a handle on how to stop batteries catching fire: quit using lithium ions.…

Love cloudy HPC? Microsoft does, slurps Cycle Computing

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 04:58:05 GMT

CPU-wrangler found fame on EC2, becomes Azure business

Cycle Computing, a twelve-year-old company which has carved out a niche spinning up big-iron-like CPU collections on public clouds, has been acquired for an undisclosed sum by Microsoft.…

Strip club selfie bloke's accidental discharge gets him 6 years in clink

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 04:03:11 GMT

Club Lust bathroom shootup in, you guessed it, Florida

A Florida man has been sent to prison for six years and five months after he shot up a strip club toilet while taking a selfie.…

Red Hat banishes Btrfs from RHEL

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 02:54:14 GMT

ZFS On Linux adds the proper crypto Google wants before considering Btfrs for Android

Red Hat has banished the Btrfs, the Oracle-created file system intended to help harden Linux's storage capabilities.…

When is a Barracuda not a Barracuda? When it's really AWS S3

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 02:26:09 GMT

Now you can replicate backups to Barracuda's actually-Amazonian cloud

Barracuda's backup appliances can now replicate data to Amazon’s S3 cloud silos.…

Russian malware scum post new rent-an-exploit

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 01:56:12 GMT

Unpatched browser, plug-in bugs targeted by and with 'Disdain' kit

WebEx on Firefox is among the targets of a new exploit kit that's started circulating on Russian nastyware exchanges.…

Azure Stack will need special sysadmins, says Microsoft

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 01:02:04 GMT

'Operator' to wrangle on-prem cloud, with paid course coming soon, natch

Microsoft reckons its forthcoming Azure Stack on-premises cloud needs a special breed of sysadmin to keep it humming.…

Creepy backdoor found in NetSarang server management software

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 22:58:08 GMT

Do you use this suite? If yes: A July 18 update screwed over your security

Researchers at Kaspersky Lab have found a well-hidden backdoor in NetSang's server management software.…

Intel's diversity numbers are out – and that 'push' has become more of a 'gentle nudge'

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 22:27:27 GMT

Plus: 10nm+ 9th-gen Core family codenamed Ice Lake

Intel says it is still on track to meet its 2020 workplace diversity targets even as the pace of its efforts to include women and underrepresented minorities slowed.…

Swinburne Uni slings SGI, picks DellTel for new 4,140 core super

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 22:18:37 GMT

'OzSTAR' to speed search for gravitational waves using LIGO data

Australia's Swinburne University has signed up for a new supercomputer, to help spearhead efforts to detect gravitational waves.…

A glimpse of life under President Zuckerberg? Facebook CEO's boffins censor awkward Q&A

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 21:26:08 GMT

Human cell study AMA on Reddit all cleaned up

Money can't buy you love, but it can remove criticism, at least in the hallowed world of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.…

Revealed: The secret CEO texts that tell the tale of Uber-Waymo's self-driving tech spat

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 20:58:12 GMT

Court docs give insight into execs' relationship

Analysis Hundreds of unsealed text messages between former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick and self-driving engineer Anthony Levandowski have revealed an intriguing insight into the relationship between the two – and raised more questions about whether they conspired against Levandowski's former employer.…

Taken a while but finally here's the first proper smart-home gizmo

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 20:20:51 GMT

And it's a light bulb from Ikea

Comment It's been three years since we, here at El Reg, first started taking the introduction of a new generation of "smart home" devices seriously – and that was mostly focusing on the security implications.…