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SCOLD WAR: Kaspersky drags Uncle Sam into court to battle AV ban

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 22:14:29 GMT

Russian biz sues US govt for torpedoing anti-malware tool installations

Embattled Russian security software maker Kaspersky Lab will take the American government to a US federal court to overturn Uncle Sam's ban on its antivirus tools.…

Mozilla's creepy Mr Robot stunt in Firefox flops in touching tribute to TV show's 2nd season

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 21:21:08 GMT

This is the browser maker's Apple U2 moment

Mozilla automatically installed a weird add-on to Firefox on people's computers – an add-on that turned out to be a marketing promotion for the hit telly show Mr Robot.…

Top Silicon Valley tech judge hits alt-F4 under cloud of sex-pest claims

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 19:46:53 GMT

Kozinski walks out, blames his 'broad sense of humor' for downfall

Top US tech judge Alex Kozinski has resigned, effectively immediately, amid claims of sexual misconduct.…

French gov files €10m complaint: Claims Amazon abused dominance

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 18:11:04 GMT

Probe found unfair contracts for sellers

The French government is seeking to fine Amazon €10m (£8.8m) for using its market dominance to unfairly treat vendors.…

Hacks, bribes and bugs: Uber accused of illegal snooping on rivals

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 17:23:08 GMT

Filing: Explosive allegations against ride-hailing biz revealed in letter from former staffer

Uber has been accused of illegal intelligence gathering, using non-attributable hardware and software, impersonating drivers and bugging private events, in an explosive set of allegations from a former staffer.…

Gemalto friendzones Atos: We're with Thales now, get the hint

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 16:55:08 GMT

We'll wait for you! cries spurned suitor

After turning down a €4.3bn (£3.8bn) buyout offer from Atos last week, Dutch security and chip biz Gemalto announced today that it has accepted a €4.8bn (£4.2bn) deal from French defence group Thales.…

UK good for superfast broadband, crap for FTTP – Ofcom

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 16:26:08 GMT

Ahead of only Nigeria when it comes to fibre

Blighty is one of the top countries when it comes to superfast broadband but one of the worst for full-fibre connections, according to an in-depth report by Ofcom comparing the UK with 16 other nations.…

All flasher Tintri makes play for the cash-strapped: Buy 'em drive by drive

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 16:03:10 GMT

Well you do need to start with 13...

Tintri has made a FlexDrive facility available so cash-strapped customers can expand all-flash array capacity one drive at a time.…

Kent woman to season festive dinner with her mother's ashes

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 15:29:06 GMT

All I want (to eat) for Christmas is you

A woman from Kent, England, intends to redefine the meaning of a cremated Christmas dinner this year as she plans serve her mother's ashes with her festive meal.…

Italy leans on Amazon to retrieve €100m in unpaid tax

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 14:57:15 GMT

The MEF came, saw, and conquered Bezos' vaults of cash

Amazon and the Italian government have agreed that the online shopping colossus will pay €100m (£88.3m) in back tax for 2011 to 2015, after a year of arguing.…

Telly boffin Professor Heinz Wolff has died

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 14:31:21 GMT

The Great Egg Race presenter was 89

Obit Professor Heinz Wolff, the bonkers-haired boffin who brought delight and joy to millions of BBC viewers in the 1970s and 1980s, has died aged 89.…

Peak smartphone? iPhone X flunks 'supercycle' hopes

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 13:56:07 GMT

A grand for an animated poo emoji, and a NOTCH?

Anyone hoping that the 10th anniversary iPhone hype – including the revolutionary 3D poo emoji – would reinvigorate consumer interest in the product line may be disappointed.…

One more credit insurer abandons Maplin Electronics

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 13:38:10 GMT

Euler Hermes slashes limits to zero... Worry not, says geek emporium

Exclusive Yet another major credit insurer has abandoned geek emporium Maplin Electronics. Euler Hermes – the biggest trade indemnifier in the tech sector – has entirely removed all lines of coverage, El Reg can reveal.…

Irony's lost on old Pope Francis: Pontiff decrees fake news a 'serious sin'

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 13:17:09 GMT

Oo, awkward

Christmas is typically a busy time of year for the Holy Father, but thankfully Pope Francis has found time to decree that made-up stories are a "serious sin".…

Ugh, stupid power supplies hogging server density, who needs 'em?

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 12:37:10 GMT

Supermicro's battery backup module will fit another rack in

Supermicro has added battery backup power to its disaggregated rack-scale server product line to improve power efficiency and server density ratings.…

Google asks browser rival Vivaldi to post uninstall instructions

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 12:21:06 GMT

Erm, just like Google doesn't. It's an AdWords thing, innit?

Google asked rival browser Vivaldi to add uninstall instructions on its website download page – something Google doesn't do itself – after deactivating Vivaldi's advertising account earlier this year.…

UK reaches peak Bitcoin as BIN FIRM accepts cryptocurrency

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 11:54:08 GMT

'It's not a publicity stunt,' says

People have bin going mad for Bitcoin lately and, as it appears some refuse to see sense, companies are queueing up to get on the bandwagon.…

Container-flinger pushes Win 10 transformer for legacy apps

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 11:05:13 GMT

It’s a container Jim, but not as we and Docker know it

UK startup Cloudhouse has taken on the Windows migration crowd with a product to take Windows 7 era applications, wrap them inside an operating system interface code layer, and make them Windows 10-compliant.…

PHWOAR, those noughty inks: '0.1%' named Stat of The Year

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 10:03:49 GMT

Sheffield boffins win UK prize, Kardashian's '69' scoops international gong

The Royal Statistical Society has bestowed the coveted title of UK statistic of the year on 0.1 per cent – the percentage of land that's densely built on in the nation.…

All I want for Christmas is compute: Enterprise server demand rising

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 09:33:13 GMT

White boxers a constant and growing threat

Slumping enterprise data centre server sales are set to recover in 2018 driven by the Purley refresh cycle and the need for more compute.…

'I knew the company was doomed after managers brawled in a biker bar'

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 09:01:08 GMT

Plus: It’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye, or freezes off their toes


They're baaaack: Avaya outlasts Chapter 11

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 07:04:12 GMT

Debt restructuring checked off, $300 million in the kitty

Almost a year after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, Avaya last Friday announced the process has completed.…

Another AI attack, this time against 'black box' machine learning

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 05:04:10 GMT

The difference between George Clooney and Dustin Hoffman? Just a couple of pixels

Would you like to join the merry band of researchers breaking machine learning models? A trio of German researchers has published a tool designed to make it easier to craft adversarial models when you're attacking a “black box”.…

Windows 10 bundles a briefly vulnerable password manager

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 03:04:10 GMT

Keeper exposed punters to drive-by click-jack pwnage

Google Project Zero's Tavis Ormandy has turned up a howling blunder in a password manager bundled with Windows 10.…

No hack needed: Anonymisation beaten with a dash of SQL

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 01:01:06 GMT

Melbourne researchers warn government: don't publish data down to the individual, ever

Governments should not release anonymised data that refers to individuals, because re-identification is inevitable.…

Google ramping up AI in China, Nvidia's Titan V, Intel's hip-hop misstep

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 23:56:10 GMT

And more in your machine-learning news summary

Roundup Here's your quick guide to news in the AI world beyond what we've covered this week.…

Merry Xmas, fellow code nerds: Avast open-sources decompiler

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 22:06:07 GMT

RetDec will turn binaries into something more legible

Malware hunting biz and nautical jargon Avast has released its machine-code decompiler RetDec as open source, in the hope of arming like-minded haters of bad bytes and other technically inclined sorts with better analytical tools.…

Top Silicon Valley tech battle judge probed over sex pest claims

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:26:14 GMT

Alex Kozinski accused of showing women clerks porn, sexually harassing staff

A misconduct inquiry has been opened into top US tech judge Alex Kozinski over allegations that he showed female law clerks pornography and repeatedly asked inappropriate sexual questions.…

Facebook confesses: Facebook is bad for you

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 19:49:22 GMT

Grazing FB is ruining your life, admits social network after probing its army of addicts

Facebook has just publicly slapped itself upside the head, admitting that its very existence is often detrimental to the wellbeing of its users.…

Oi, force Microsoft to cough up emails on Irish servers to the Feds, US states urge Supremes

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 18:55:34 GMT

AGs pressure America's top court to make Redmond hand over overseas messages

Microsoft should not be able to “shield evidence” held on Irish servers from US prosecutors, a group of 35 US state attorneys general has argued.…

Pest control: Eggheads work to help RoboBees dodge that fly-swatter

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:58:04 GMT

Whoosh... gust of wind - sorry chaps, I'm out

Engineers and programmers working on a robot bee project could soon have the faux insects behaving more like real bees, according to engineers and roboticists at Cornell and Harvard.…

Poor NASA sods sent to spend Xmas in Antarctic ahead of satellite launch

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:02:08 GMT

In search of cold, hard facts, scientists prep 470-mile adventure

A NASA team is heading on a trip arcing around the South Pole to check that their new satellite's measurements from space are just as good as their own back on terra firma.…

A million UK homes still get crappy broadband speeds, groans Ofcom

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 15:32:10 GMT

Some 4% of properties trundle below 10Mbps

Just over a million premises in Blighty, or 4 per cent of properties, cannot get speeds of 10Mbps, according to a comprehensive report by regulator Ofcom.…

We need to talk about mathematical backdoors in encryption algorithms

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:24:07 GMT

Yo, NSA maths chaps, can you hear me? – Black Hat man

Security researchers regularly set out to find implementation problems in cryptographic algorithms, but not enough effort is going towards the search for mathematical backdoors, two cryptography professors have argued.…

Microsoft's 'Surface Phone' is the ghost of Courier laughing mockingly at fanbois

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:34:08 GMT

New hinge design looks back not forward

The handful of fans anticipating a Microsoft "Surface Phone" should brace themselves for disappointment.…

Russia could chop vital undersea web cables, warns Brit military chief

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:05:06 GMT

ACM Sir Stuart Peach is right – but only to a point

The head of the British Armed Forces, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, has warned that Russia could cut off the UK by severing undersea communications cables.…

Brit film board proposed as overlord of online pr0nz age checks

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:04:06 GMT

Campaigners say body 'will be pushed to block' large number

The British Board of Film Classification will be responsible for regulating age checks for UK users of online porn websites, if the government gets its way.…

BlackBerry won't kill BB10 until 2020, pulls regular Priv updates

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:45:10 GMT

Thank you for your support

BlackBerry has announced "continuing support" for the legacy BB10 OS phones it once made – but won't be updating its first Android phone, the Priv, regularly any more.…

BT, Sky bury hatchet with deal to sell each other's telly channels

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:14:06 GMT

Intended to boost former state monopoly's 'ailing TV service'

BT and Sky have set aside their long-running feud and signed a deal to sell their channels on each other's platforms in the UK.…

Former Intel EMEAR sales director takes Chipzilla to tribunal

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 10:40:11 GMT

Claims unfair dismissal, sex discrimination, withholding bonuses

Intel Corp's former Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Russia (EMEAR) sales director, who lost her job a year ago, is making an employment tribunal claim against the company which includes a series of accusations including sexual discrimination.…

UK needs a 'digital twin' to keep track of its data assets – report

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 10:12:09 GMT

... and companies need to share their info nicely

The UK needs high-quality, standardised and more open data to improve its national infrastructure – and companies need to get used to sharing, a report has said.…

Erase 2017 from your brain. Face ID never happened. The Notch is an illusion

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 09:43:09 GMT

Under-glass fingerprint sensors are HERE

Apple is said to have made a virtue out of a necessity with its iPhone X – creating the notorious "Notch" to house a sophisticated facial-recognition system, Face ID.…

Guess who's developing storage class memory kit? And cooking the chips on the side...

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 09:08:07 GMT

Huawei ... who, who, who, who? I really wanna know

Analysis Huawei has made a move towards storage class memory that suggests it believes infrastructure driven by the tech is not only possible but inevitable.…

Kubernetes 1.9 version bump is near – with APIs to extend the system

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 08:03:10 GMT

Latest container wrangling bits should drop on Friday

Assuming a handful of lingering issues can be resolved, the open-source Kubernetes project will introduce version 1.9 on Friday.…

Engineer named Jason told to re-write the calendar

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 07:02:08 GMT

Dentist’s office disapproved of perceived personalisation

On Call Welcome again to On-Call, The Reg’s Friday column celebrating readers’ stories of being asked to fix the unfeasible.…

Sigh. It's not quite Star Trek's Data, but it'll do: AI helps boffins clock second Solar System

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 05:28:07 GMT

Kepler-90 has same number of planets as our Sun

Our Solar System is no longer the largest known planetary system in the Milky Way – after scientists confirmed the existence of an eighth planet, Kepler-90i, around a Sun-like star on Thursday.…

Xen Project says new version 4.10 has found balance between security and novelty

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 04:04:05 GMT

Splendid isolation for VMs, and a hand for ARM servers

The Xen Project has released version 4.10 of its hypervisor.…

Ex-Microsoft intern claimed one of her fellow temps raped her. Her bosses hired him

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 02:57:05 GMT

Woman's nightmare revealed in discrimination lawsuit

An ex-Microsoft worker has accused the US software giant of bungling her internal complaint that a fellow employee raped her while she slept.…

Cable Labs gives OpenStack, and itself, some help on the edge

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 02:02:11 GMT

Serverless functions running on a set-top box could be a thing before long

CableLabs, the organisation that figures out to help pay TV operators sweat their networks, has launched OpenStack installers for its software-defined networking and network function virtualization efforts.…

Oracle swallows sales spurt from one of its niche categories: Cloud

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 00:28:05 GMT

Lot of invoices to customers, still a small slice of database giant's biz

Oracle topped analyst expectations and continued its push into the cloud computing space with another strong quarter.…