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Disposable, anonymous servers, via Bitcoin and Python

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 21:34:12 GMT

SporeStack lets developers test applications without a hosting account

Hardware infrastructure, once the foundation of computing giants like IBM, has become an abstract commodity thanks to cloud computing, virtualization, and containerization.…

One in three tech IPOs now trading below their starting price

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 21:05:27 GMT

Or, as they say in the finance world, 'boned'

Around 33 per cent of the technology companies to enter the market in the last ten years are currently valued at a price lower than their IPO mark.…

Fatal Tesla crash probe: No recall needed, says Uncle Sam

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 20:38:13 GMT

Autopilot update cuts prangs by 40 per cent

The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration investigation into a fatal Tesla crash last year has determined that the car manufacturer should face no further action and has improved safety considerably.…

Windows 10 networking bug derails Microsoft's own IPv6 rollout

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 20:10:15 GMT

No pressure, peeps: Techies are awaiting a fix from their Redmond coworkers

A bug in Windows 10 is undermining Microsoft's efforts to roll out an IPv6-only network at its Seattle headquarters.…

Wintel part deux? Microsoft Azure first for Intel Clear Linux

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:06:14 GMT

Stateless Linux data center released into the wilds

An alliance that dominated the PC industry is entering the world of fluffy white stuff and open source: Microsoft Azure is the first public cloud to include an Intel initiated and container-oriented Clear Linux OS.…

IBM, Microsoft, US Govt all to blame for globalisation backlash: Jack Ma

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:47:04 GMT

It's your own fault, Trump-friendly tycoon tells Davos

Silicon Valley’s tech plutocrats have kept a relatively low profile at Davos, the WEF’s schmoozefest for corporate, government and NGO elites. But into the void stepped Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba.…

Oracle slurps enterprise cloud API wrangler Apiary

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:16:51 GMT

Time for REST... and it's only January

Oracle’s first financial splash of 2017 has seen it snap up enterprise API specialist Apiary.…

Cumulus Networks writes its name on a white box

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:00:07 GMT

Badge engineering to make open networking easier for newcomers

Open networking operating system vendor Cumulus Networks is about to start selling hardware – but it's not going to start actually making the stuff.…

Building IoT London: Last chance to catch Early Bird Tix

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:36:07 GMT

Don't learn about IoT, learn how to do IoT

The early bird ticket offer for Building IoT London ends very soon, meaning you’ve got just hours to save a stack of cash on three days with the IoT world’s finest thinkers, doers and developers.…

'Beeeellion-dollar' mastercrooks in hotel, restaurant blitzkrieg

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:52:48 GMT

Carbanak: It's not just a caramel-flavoured choc-trocity. It's also malware

The Carbanak cyber criminal gang is abusing Google’s infrastructure as a conduit for botnet control.…

NCC Group's profit hit by contract cancellations

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:32:13 GMT

UK security firm's chairman steps down

NCC Group’s chairman Paul Mitchell said he would be stepping down as he UK cyber security consultancy announced a drop in profits on Thursday.…

Lord of the Dance set to deliver high kicks at Trump’s big ball

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 13:49:24 GMT

Fearless Flatley flouts inauguration boycott

Fears that Donald Trump inauguration will be more winalot than Camelot have abated, with the news that renowned trad Irish hoofer Michael Flatley will parachute in his Lord of the Dance troupe to Friday’s virtually celeb-free inauguration.…

Korean boffins vow 1,000km-an-hour supertrain

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 13:05:56 GMT

Anything Elon can do…?

Korean boffins want to create the blueprint for a train capable of operating at 1,000km/h (621mph).…

Google loses Android friends with Pixel exclusivity

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 12:26:06 GMT

Maybe it doesn't need friends? But it should worry about fragmenting Android further

Google’s decision to keep premium Android features for itself attracted surprisingly little comment last year - but the dangers are heaving into view. By declaring war on its most important customers, Google risks losing a degree of control over Android, further fragmenting the platform.…

Trump inauguration DDoS protest is 'illegal', warn securobods

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 12:06:02 GMT down?

A software engineer is calling on netizens opposed to Donald Trump to visit the site and overload it with traffic tomorrow.…

I'll have Fabric, Crashlytics... Google crams Twitter mobile dev tools in trolley

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 11:19:43 GMT

Keep yr Digits for now, fam ... we're good

Google is set to acquire Twitter's mobile app development platform, Fabric, and assimilate its team within its own development platform, Firebase.…

Seduced by the Docker side: Microsoft's support could be first shot fired in the Container Wars

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 10:02:07 GMT

Peace, love and Docker or Kubernetes – you must choose

Docker was arguably a dumb thing for you to do with your time last year. Developers loved it but enterprises weren’t so sure.…

ProtonMail launches Tor hidden service to dodge totalitarian censorship

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 09:33:10 GMT

Known oppressive regimes including Egypt, and er... the UK? Oh, the IP Act is law...

ProtonMail, the privacy-focused email business, has launched a Tor hidden service to combat the censorship and surveillance of its users.…

Can all-flash arrays, spinning disks and hybrid really live together?

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 09:09:11 GMT

AFA without tears

Conventional wisdom says that for performance-sensitive applications, you want all-flash arrays (AFAs), while for less-critical applications and bulk storage, disk is better. How can you use them in conjunction with each other? What would a joint AFA/hybrid/disk environment look like?…

Britain collects new naval tanker a mere 18 months late

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 08:29:00 GMT

Why? 'Umm, er, cable insulation standards,' mutters MoD

Britain’s naval service will receive new fleet support tanker RFA Tidespring more than 18 months late, following delays which left the vessel languishing in a South Korean shipyard.…

What's the biggest danger to the power grid? Hackers? Terrorists? Er, squirrels

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 07:57:07 GMT

Turns out Mother Nature is a killer for power and people

Video For decades now people have been claiming that the power grid could be taken down by terrorists. However, simple statistical analysis shows that the biggest danger isn't online hackers, but squirrels – aka rats with good PR.…

Zuck off: Facebook's big kahuna sues Hawaiians to kick 'em off their land

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 07:29:06 GMT

Stop us if you've heard this one before – billionaire fights to turf people out of private paradise

Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg is suing dozens of families in Hawaii to force them to give up land they've owned for generations.…

Linux is part of the IoT security problem, dev tells Linux conference

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 07:01:11 GMT

Does that 'thing' really need to run Linux, given alternatives have smaller attack surfaces?

The Mirai botnet? Just the “tip of the iceberg” is how security bods at this week's see the Internet of Things.…

Microsoft posts death notices for Windows 7 sysadmin certifications

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 06:30:08 GMT

They'll go in mid-2018. Does that support the 'too insecure for business' message?

In the same week that Microsoft's German tentacle declared Windows 7 a security horror that no business in its right mind would continue to use, the company's also announced it will axe some certification exams for the operating system.…

Chrome dev explains how modern browsers make secure UI just about impossible

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 06:00:12 GMT

The 'LINE OF DEATH' between safe content and untrustworthy stuff is receding every year

Google Chrome engineer Eric Lawrence has described the battle of browser barons against the 'line of death', an ever-diminishing demarcation between trusted content and the no-man's land where phishers dangle their poison.…

NASA fires first shot in plan to bring a chunk of asteroid down to Earth

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 05:01:14 GMT

OSIRIS-REx completes initial big burn on the way to asteroid Bennu

NASA's asteroid-exploration mission OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has taken the left turn at Albuquerque on its way to a near-Earth space rock called Bennu.…

Insecure Hadoop installs next in 'net scum crosshairs

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 04:03:04 GMT

Because MongoDB, Elasticsearch ransomware attacks are sooo last week

Rinse-and-repeat ransomware attacks on data services left unsecured by dozy sysadmins are now hitting Hadoop instances.…

Meet 'Moz://a', AKA Mozilla after it picked a new logo

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 03:03:08 GMT

It woz El Reg wot done it - you picked this one last year

LOGOWATCH When Mozilla floated new logo designs last August The Reg polled readers to ask which of the eight candidates you felt would best represent the open sourcerers.…

Adobe's naughty Chrome telemetry code had XSS problem

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 01:27:07 GMT

Since patched, but a bad look for Adobe when it can't even get snoopware right

Adobe's pushed out a fix for its already-controversial Chrome telemetry extension after Project Zero's Tavis Ormandy found an egregious bug.…

Is Qualcomm price gouging phone makers? Not everyone thinks so

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:58:11 GMT

Dissenting FTC voice sees an Obamaesque assault on tech licensing

Analysis America’s competition commissioners didn’t want to prosecute Google, which operates a monopoly in over a dozen markets, so why are they complaining about Qualcomm?…

Silence is golden: How Google hunts Android malware in the wild

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:29:14 GMT

When mobes and gadgets stop verifying app installations, you're gonna have a bad time

To determine whether a mobile app is potentially harmful, Google listens for the sound of silence.…

Square Kilometre Array precursor shrinks 5TB of data to 22MB – every second!

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:01:08 GMT

Australia's Murchison radio telescope tells Reg how big astronomy 'destroys' big data

Australia's precursor to the Square Kilometre Array has gone from sitting on the slipway to shedding champagne-bottle shards and sliding gracefully into action.…

Uncle Sam sues Oracle for 'screwing over Asian, black and women staff'

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 21:21:18 GMT

Big Red threatened with government IT contract armageddon over pay gap

Oracle could lose its lucrative US government IT contracts after the Department of Labor accused the tech giant of racial and gender discrimination.…

[NSFW] 'Exploding e-cig cost me 7 teeth, burned my face – and broke my sink!'

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 20:41:12 GMT

'Healthy' smoking puts American bloke in hospital

NSFW pics A man claims his e-cigarette exploded mid-puff, blew out seven of his teeth, gave him second-degree facial burns, wrecked his bathroom, and put him in intensive care.…

Google harvests school kids' web histories for ads, claims its Mississippi nemesis

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 20:19:07 GMT


Google is once again facing allegations that its cloud for education may be harvesting and selling information on school kids.…

College fires IT admin, loses access to Google email, successfully sues IT admin for $250,000

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:50:18 GMT

Sacked techie claims school retaliated over race complaint

Shortly after the American College of Education (ACE) in Indiana fired IT administrator Triano Williams in April, 2016, it found that it no longer had any employees with admin access to the Google email service used by the school.… departments are each clinging on to 100 terabytes of legacy data

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:01:13 GMT

Recreating old work to the tune of £500m per year

Some Whitehall departments are saddled with more than 100 terabytes of legacy data, and are wasting time recreating old work at a cost of £500m per year, according to a Cabinet Office report.…

Inspur inspires DDN to be its HPC reseller

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:23:07 GMT

Sitting in a tree, K I S S I N G

DDN has signed a deal for Inspur to sell tested and configured systems to worldwide HPC customers, using DDN storage alongside Inspur servers, networking, software and services.…

UK, you Cray. Boffins flex ARM in 'first-of-its-kind' bonkers HPC rig

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:57:04 GMT

£3m granted for 'emerging architectures' supercomputing mashup

A fellowship of four UK universities, along with HPC veteran Cray and the Met Office, have been handed £3m to build a 10,000+ ARM core supercomputer.…

'Ancient' Mac backdoor discovered that targets medical research firms

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:35:13 GMT

More secure than PC? Ha!

Security researchers at Malwarebytes have discovered a Mac backdoor using antiquated code that targets biomedical research facilities.…

Exclusive billionaires' investment club leads Collibra's $50m Series C

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:02:09 GMT

Belgian data governance business only loses a single board position too, sweet

Belgian data governance business Collibra has today announced the closure of its Series C round, almost tripling its venture capital funding.…

Red Hat's OpenShift Container Platform openly shifts storage into the hands of devs

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:30:06 GMT

Dynamically allocate without an admin over your shoulder

Enterprise Linux biz Red Hat has revised its OpenShift Container Platform to include support for dynamic storage provisioning in local and remote applications.…

Euro space agency's Galileo satellites stricken by mystery clock failures

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 13:57:14 GMT

One in eight have stopped, admits org's director general

Europe's GPS-alike system Galileo is suffering a number of unexplained clock failures on its satellites, the European Space Agency has admitted.…

Ooooh, that's NASty. Security-watchers warn over man-in-the-middle risk

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 13:21:49 GMT

Small flaws, but they add up

Vulnerabilities in a network attached storage (NAS) devices made by QNAP Systems create a potential means for hackers to steal data and passwords, execute commands or drop malware on vulnerable kit, say security researchers.…

Hyperconvergered-ception: HPE swallows SimpliVity

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 12:56:08 GMT

Hyperconverges hyperconverger, thereby converging market

Analysis SimpliVity, the second-placed hyperconverged infrastructure appliance startup, has been bought by HPE for $650m, setting the stage for mainstream vendor dominance of the hyperconverged market.…

Blockchain: A digital 'golden section' that's the 'gestalt of its pieces'

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 12:33:44 GMT

More adventures in fintech

Logowatch From the world of fintech comes some momentous news.…

Irish flash extender startup goes 3D

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 12:12:15 GMT

Navigator and Pathfinder beget Aviator

Flash drive life extender NVMdurance has enlarged its market by developing techniques for extending the life of 3D flash drives.…

Japan's terrifying techno-toilets will be made foreigner friendly, vow makers

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:24:08 GMT

Hallelujah for the planned ISO symbol standard!

Japan’s electronic toilet-makers have vowed to clean up the baffling symbols on their techno-khazis so anyone can crimp one off in the Land of the Rising Sun “with peace of mind”.…

Speaking in Tech: Japan launches rocket with 2 laptops, 8 people

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:57:11 GMT

Podcast That'll end well...

Digital transformation?! Your boss's PowerPoint New Year resolution, deconstructed

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:39:10 GMT

Dear Leader flips eye-popping Uber and Tesla figures

Hey, it's the new year. Time to let those annual planning slides shimmy over you, washing away the dangling tickets of last year like a purifying clean install. Somewhere amid pictures of robots shaking hands with meat-maws and millennials writing on glass walls will, no doubt, be the details of your firm's "digital transformation".…