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Ex-military and security firms oppose Home Sec in WhatsApp crypto row

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 16:30:14 GMT

'We are in real trouble if we apply blunt weapons to this'

UK government ministers calling for increased surveillance abilities in the wake of last Wednesday's terrorist attack have encountered opposition from a somewhat unexpected quarter.…

Happy Motherboards day: Here's some (Optane) memory

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 16:00:13 GMT

No benchmarks available from 2D launch of 3D XPoint memory

Hot on the heels of the Optane DC P4800X data centre SSD announcement, Intel makes a move on PC motherboard memory.…

Northamber's Phillips ponders non-exec role after nearly four decades

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 14:50:15 GMT

Profitability? Not just yet...

Northamber chairman David Phillip signalled his intention to take more of a backseat as he announced interim results that suggested profitability remains just tantalisingly out of reach for the veteran distie for now.…

DevOps brings your teams to delivery faster and with better quality

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 14:42:10 GMT

Start with DevOps today across all platforms, tools, and methodologies used

Promo DevOps is a fast-growing market trend, but one that is still not universally understood. Specialist software vendor Clarive has produced an essential eBook guide for organisations interested in DevOps projects but unsure of how to approach them.…

Micron making mucho memory moolah

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 14:01:05 GMT

Quarterly results show a boomtown rat raking in dollars

DRAM and flash fabber Micron had a damn good second fiscal 2017 quarter, raking in increased revenues and a $0.9bn profit on the back of strengthened DRAM and NAND prices.…

UK digital minister Matt Hancock praises 'crucial role' of encryption

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 13:00:13 GMT

Rudd's message to Hancock must've been intercepted...

Digital minister Matt Hancock has praised the "crucial role" of encryption in today's society, just a day after Home Secretary Amber Rudd called for an encryption ban on applications such as WhatsApp.…

HPE starts 'SimpliVity-fying' products, eyes hyperconverged buyers

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 12:42:06 GMT

Pumps out SimpliVity 380 in little, medium and big all-flash versions

HPE is looking to grab a much bigger share of the hyperconverged systems market now it has SimpliVity in its mitts and the SimpliVity 380 is the first product makeover resulting from that acquisition.…

iPhone-havers think they're safe. But they're not

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 12:18:37 GMT

Growing mobile threats affect iOS

Mobile malware is at the highest level yet recorded, infecting 1.35 per cent of all mobile devices in October, according to a study by Nokia out today. The high water mark in October compares to figures of 1.06 per cent in April 2016.…

Activist investor buys Toshiba stock hoping for long-term price rise

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:44:12 GMT

We for one, welcome your advances – investors

A Singaporean activist investor has sunk its teeth into Toshiba, and the financial community appears to be seeing it as a vote of confidence instead of a disruptive force.…

Boffins name 12 new types of cloud in first Cloud Atlas since 1986

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:21:06 GMT

Actual fluffy things in the sky found by digicam-wielding masses, but hosted in AWS

The World Meteorological Organisation has published the first new edition of its Cloud Atlas since 1986 and in so doing named eleven new types of cloud, some identified by digital-camera-wielding citizen cloud wonks.… departments accused of blanket approach to IR35

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:02:41 GMT

Confusion reigns as some departments apply massive crackdown

Government departments have been accused of applying a blanket approach to tax changes under IR35, meaning the majority of contractors are being found within the scope of the legislation by default.…

Manufacturers reject ‘no deal’ Brexit approach

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 10:33:11 GMT

Access to both the single market and the customs union 'key', says EEF

The representative group for manufacturers is calling on the government to reject a "no deal is better than a bad deal" approach to Brexit, warning the UK’s manufacturing sector would bear the brunt.…

How Ford has slammed the door on Silicon Valley's autonomous vehicles drive

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 10:00:09 GMT

Owning the smartphone-dashboard interface

Detroit and Silicon Valley aren't just 2,000 miles apart – they're on different planets, culturally speaking. One is the home of America's automotive industry, a heavily regulated, ultra-conservative sector focusing on high-volume, low-margin sales. The other houses companies that deal in high-margin information and digital services, acting first and begging forgiveness later. They are also in competition to own what some are calling the next personal computing platform: the car.…

Douglas Coupland: The average IQ is now 103 and the present is melting into the future

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 09:43:13 GMT

We live in 'cloud time' too, says jet-lagged author in speech

A jet-lagged Douglas Coupland, recently departed from "The Lab" in Paris where he was "artist-in-residence" at that mysterious wing of the Google Cultural Institute, whatever that is, declared in a pre-written speech that "the future is already here".…

The 'data driven enterprise' is actually just the enterprise

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 09:21:06 GMT

Making the qualitative quantitative

Many, many moons ago – OK, more than 25 years ago – I studied computing science at university. Yet there are still many instances in my modern life where I find myself thinking back to something I was taught in the 1980s. One recent example was a flurry of conversations and articles about the “data driven” enterprise.…

USA can afford golf for Trump. Can't afford .com for FBI infosec service

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 08:55:09 GMT

So guess what spoofers are doing with the fake site? Yup – getting dupes to log in is supposed to be on of the United States' defences against online criminals. But the FBI-led service is currently the subject of a typosquatting and email attack that could see organisations seeking protection instead send their personal data straight to parties unknown.…

BT hit with £42m fine for Ethernet compensation delays to competitors

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 08:26:02 GMT

Will fork out estimated £300m to rivals who leased unfixed lines

Updated BT has been smacked with a £42m penalty for its failure via Openreach to compensate other telecoms providers for delays to fixing leased line "Ethernet" services, in a decision from Ofcom today.…

Boffins crowdsource hunt for 'Planet 9'

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 08:02:09 GMT

AI isn't ready to find planet beyond Kuiper Belt. So you - yes you - have the chance to scour thousands of images

The Australian National University (ANU) is recruiting citizens to look at hundreds of thousands of images, in case they can find the mooted-but-not-yet-discovered “Planet 9”.…

Trump's America looks like a lousy launchpad, so can you dig Darwin?

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 06:01:07 GMT

The space boom is lifting off and there's only so many places close to the equator with heavy industry and stable government

At some point over the last fortnight, watching the second launch countdown in as many weeks via YouTube livestream, it became clear the Second Space Age - as promised by Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson - had become entirely real. The promised land of cheap(er) commercial payload launches has come to pass.…

Uber-mobile T-boned, rolls onto side

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 05:01:07 GMT

Autonomous car was not at fault, but Uber takes its fleet off the road regardless

Uber's taken its nascent fleet of self-driving cars off the road after one rolled in an accident.…

Toshiba's nuclear power plant business runs out of steam

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 02:58:06 GMT

Westinghouse Electric seeks Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

Toshiba has decided to press the big red button in its attempts to reorganise its nuclear power business, seeking Chapter 11 protection for troubled Westinghouse Electric.…

Cisco denies restraint of trade in Arista-spat, asks court to dismiss case

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 01:28:07 GMT

Under a trade ban, Arista can't sue in America, says Switchzilla

Under fire from Cisco and US trade regulators, Arista has fought back by accusing Switchzilla of anti-trust behaviours. So last week Cisco asked a Californian judge to dismiss the case.…

Converged systems market is so hot it just went backwards

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 00:58:09 GMT

FY 2016 was okay, but Q4 was ugly, which may explain the SimpliVity fire sale and Nutanix's revenue warning

Converged systems are supposed to be the hot spot of the otherwise-troubled server and storage markets. Yet sales just dipped for 2016's final quarter, according to kit-counting firm IDC, and overall growth for the year was tepid.…

Ubuntu 17.04 inches closer to production

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 23:59:43 GMT

Zapus jumping in April

Ubuntu's final beta for version 17.04 has landed.…

Dishwasher has directory traversal bug

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 23:08:45 GMT

Thanks a Miele-on for making everything dangerous, Internet of things security slackers

Don't say you weren't warned: Miele went full Internet-of-Things with a dishwasher, gave it a web server and now finds itself on the wrong end of a bug report and it's accused of ignoring the warning.…

Sources: Misco SOLD to Hilco Capital, care home for the distressed

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 22:30:14 GMT

Failed tech reseller joins same stables as HMV, Jessops, Staples...

Exclusive Systemax has offloaded almost all of its Misco-branded European reseller operations to Hilco Capital, a buyer of distressed firms that will add the failing tech supplier to a basket that already contains HMV and Staples, multiple sources have told The Reg.…

UK Home Sec: Give us a snoop-around for WhatApp encryption. Don't worry, we won't go into the cloud

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 21:45:10 GMT

Plus: UK needs those with the right 'hashtags' to stop wrong uploads*

The UK government is once again suggesting encryption has no place in citizens' hands, in the wake of revelations that Westminster attacker Khalid Masood was using WhatsApp shortly before murdering pedestrians with his car, and stabbing a police officer to death.…

Researcher hopes to teach infants with cochlear implants to speak – with an app

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 18:02:08 GMT

Kids who've never heard need 'habilitation' – they've never had a skill to rehabilitate

Getting an AI to understand speech is already a tough nut to crack. A group of Australian researchers wants to take on something much harder: teaching once-deaf babies to talk.…

Bloke whose drone was blasted out of sky by angry dad loses another court battle for compo

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 14:03:12 GMT

Snoopers get shotguns

An appeals court has snubbed a drone owner's demand for $1,500 compensation from a furious dad who blew the flying gizmo out of the sky when it hovered over his family.…

DNA-bothering eggheads brew beer you were literally born to like

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 10:27:14 GMT

Red alert: Science mixed with marketing detected

London-based Meantime Brewing Company, acquired a year ago by Belgian beverage multinational Anheuser-Busch InBev, wants to sell you beer tuned to your taste.…

Astroboffins stunned by biggest brown dwarf at edge of our galaxy

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 08:29:06 GMT

Not big enough to be a proper star; not small enough to be a planet

Pic Astronomers claim to have identified the largest and purest brown dwarf – measuring in at a record-breaking 90 times the mass of Jupiter – hovering around the edges of the Milky Way.…

Ever visited a land now under Islamic State rule? And you want to see America? Hand over that Facebook, Twitter, pal

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 01:01:30 GMT

Uncle Sam turns up the heat on visa hopefuls

US embassies have been told to examine social media accounts of visa applicants who have ever set foot in Islamic-State-controlled areas.…

After London attack, UK gov lays into Facebook, Google for not killing extremist terror pages

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 22:14:50 GMT

PM's spokesman and foreign secretary wave warning finger

In the wake of a terror attack in the heart of London this week that left five dead, the UK government has turned its ire onto online companies – including Google and Facebook – for not doing enough to remove extremist webpages and other content from their services.…

'Windows 10 destroyed our data!' Microsoft hauled into US court

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 20:40:34 GMT

'Dodgy' unwanted operating system update sparks potential class-action lawsuit

Updated Three people in Illinois have filed a lawsuit against Microsoft, claiming that its Windows 10 update destroyed their data and damaged their computers.…

Pure Silicon Valley: Medium asks $5 a month for absolutely nothing

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 19:46:14 GMT

Think of it as being your own mini-VC without shares

Analysis Silicon Valley prides itself on disrupting industries – but it has bitten off more than it can chew by trying to take on an already highly competitive market suffering from major money woes.…

GiftGhostBot scares up victims' gift-card cash with brute-force attacks

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 19:08:00 GMT

Software nasty can burn through 1.7 million account numbers per hour

Cybercrooks are using a bot to automate the process of breaking into and draining online gift card accounts.…

Capacity shortage hits AWS UK micro instances

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:29:59 GMT

Elastic cloud snaps back

Amazon's brand-new UK T2 micro instances reached saturation point on Friday, with users being told the AWS service had run out of local capacity.…

Alternative vet Quartermaine exits Daisy, Daisy...

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:08:30 GMT

Bicycles into the sunset

Brit IT services giant Daisy Group has waved goodbye to former Alternative Networks CEO Mark Quartermaine – just months after it bought the comms and tech integrator, an internal document has confirmed.…

Lloyds Banking Group axing hundreds of jobs AGAIN

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:01:31 GMT

And that's even before all of those techies are farmed out to IBM

Lloyds Banking Group is throwing more UK techies overboard ahead of the big outsourcing deal with a “single strategic partner” that El Reg previously revealed was IBM.…

Oz companies fume as Enetica outage enters its second day

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:17:48 GMT

Hosting service's access to .au registry suspended

Australian web service firm Enetica has provoked consternation among customers frustrated about a prolonged outage now entering its second day.… confirms it won't be buying V-22 Ospreys for new aircraft carriers

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 14:11:05 GMT

Also confirms earlier operational date for HMS Queen Elizabeth

Britain is not buying V-22 Osprey aircraft to fly from its new aircraft carriers, the government has confirmed.…

Google pulls Hezbollah YouTube channel after we told them about the drone ads

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:19:58 GMT

All the tools you need

Until just minutes before we hit publish on this story, Google was using a YouTube channel run by a fan of Hezbollah to promote potentially lethal drones.…

Profitless Twitter starts rumour of paid-for Tweetdeck option

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:40:42 GMT

Gotta do something to break even, right?

Twitter, the profitless microblogging website, has floated the idea of offering a paid-for version of its Tweetdeck product – and this is going down amongst the site’s users like a cup of lukewarm vomit.…

There's just a week to show us how AI really works in business

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:38:09 GMT

M3 call for papers has a week to run

Events There are just seven days left until we close the call for papers for M3, and we would really love to hear how you’re putting artificial intelligence, machine learning and predictive analytics to work in business.…

I've Been Moved: IBMers in same division slapped with 2nd redundo scheme in 2 months

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:05:12 GMT

Deathly Hallows Mark ii

IBM UK appears to have fired the starting gun on a 2.0 redundancy programme for the Infrastructure Services Delivery division – before the first one has even concluded.…

Ofcom wants automatic compensation for the people when ISPs fail

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:25:06 GMT

Watchdog proposes fines for everyday repairs, installations and appointments are missed

Ofcom has begun consulting on the UK government's desire to compensate consumers and SMEs when telco companies fail, as set out in the Digital Economy Bill, even though the Bill hasn't reached the Royal Assent stage yet.…

Did you know: Crimelords behind DDoS attacks offer customer loyalty points?

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:51:09 GMT

Tweaking business models for greater 404 kerching

The DDoS attack business has advanced to the point that running an attack can cost as little as $7 an hour, while the targeted company can end up losing thousands, if not millions of dollars.…

Why do GUIs jump around like a demented terrier while starting up? Am I on my own?

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:01:06 GMT

Ever so lone lone lone lone a-lonely

Something for the Weekend, Sir? “For heaven’s sake, stop waggling it in my face! Kuh-rist, keep still! Right – you’ve asked for it!”…

MPs slam 'dismal' cost savings of government procurement body

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:26:05 GMT

Crown Clown Commercial Service

The UK government body created to save cash buying common goods and services centrally has so far provided "dismal" savings for the taxpayer, the Committee of Public Accounts said in a report today.…

Gov may need to splash £245m per year on IT contractors – NAO

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:01:04 GMT

Please come back freelancers, forget IR35: all is forgiven

The government will need to splash £145m per year on 2,000 digital staff - or £244m using contractors - if it is to meet the serious shortfall in skills, according to the National Audit Office.…