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London Internet Exchange members vote to block UK Snoopers' Charter gagging order

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:02:06 GMT

UK peering peers say nope

Members of LINX, the London Internet Exchange – the UK's largest net “peering” point - have rejected proposals that would reshape the company’s constitution and could block members from being consulted about government tapping instructions.…

L'Internet des objets: French firm Sigfox inks deal with Telefonica

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 12:39:09 GMT

World + dog can buy licensed spectrum IoT connectivity

Internet of Things bods Sigfox have struck a global deal with Telefonica to offer their unlicensed spectrum connectivity tech through the telco.…

How Google Spanner's easing our distributed SQL database woes

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 12:12:12 GMT

No scaling limit? Do go on

Storage Architect I've been messing about with databases for a long time. I say "messing about" because I've never been a DBA, but as a systems programmer and storage administrator, I've been on the periphery of the application layer and of course I've deployed many personal databases.…

'Leaky' LG returns to sanity for 2017 flagship

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 11:47:58 GMT

Opportunity knocks ahead of G6 unveiling

So this is how consumer electronics marketing works in 2017.…

Smart Hosting offers up service credit in bid to hang on to clients

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 10:54:25 GMT

Pint-sized outfit which couldn't handle support tickets gives out £10 vouchers

After provoking dissatisfaction from customers during its recent support ticket pile-up, Smart Hosting has apologised and offered £10 in service credit.…

Clone it? Sure. Beat it? Maybe. Why not build your own AWS?

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 10:09:12 GMT

Anything Bezos can do, you can do better, right?

You can't move without IT companies telling you about the "amazing" new technologies and features they've just launched, how you can't live without them, and what a shock it is that you've managed all these years before they were developed. And of course the bigger the company, the more new stuff they tend to pump out and the more critical it is that you sign up NOW.…

Speaking in Tech: Taxing robot labour for benefit glorious taxpayer

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 09:38:08 GMT

Podcast Bill Gates, Microsoft, pay-per-use... this is sounding familiar

Hopping the flash stepping stones to DIMM future

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 09:01:06 GMT

How levels, layers, stacks and DIMMS are boosting speeds

Analysis Up until very recently the main thrust of data access and storage technology development was to make the media faster, hence the move from disk to flash, and flash technology developments to increase capacity.…

Neuromorphic progress: And we for one welcome our new single artificial synapse overlords

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 08:33:10 GMT

August 4th, er, February 20th, 2017: Simple cyber-brain goes online

A team of engineers has built an artificial synapse with the hopes of creating a neural network system with similar processing powers as the human brain.…

Netflix treats security ills with Stethoscope: Open-source self-probing tool

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 07:58:05 GMT

Software scrutinizes device defenses, is better than just yelling IT policies at staff

Netflix has released the source code of a web application called Stethoscope for evaluating the security of mobile and desktop computing devices.…

UPS & drones: Delivery company launches UAV from truck

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 07:32:12 GMT

Hopes to turn terrible triangles into more profitable routes

Delivery company UPS has become the latest concern to experiment with schlepping stuff about by drone, instead of wheeled vehicles.…

How's your online bank security looking? The Dutch studied theirs and... yeah, not great

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 07:02:05 GMT

Just six per cent of banks using DNSSEC on domains

The Dutch banking industry is doing a terrible job of online security, according to the company that runs the country's .nl internet domains.…

DomainMonster mash: Hundreds of websites vandalized after Brit web host server hacked

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 06:29:08 GMT

Small biz wakes up to find online homes defaced

Hundreds of websites have been defaced by hackers who hijacked a web-hosting server run by UK domain registrar DomainMonster.…

Gulp! Drones dodge spray from California's gaping moist glory hole

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 06:04:06 GMT

Spectators swallow hard as cloud seeds flow forth

Vid + pics Drone operators have been gazing in fascination as, for the first time in over a decade, the Lake Berryessa glory hole has been swallowing up excess water and shooting it down into Putah Creek.…

Lenovo to build and run SAP's cloud in China

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 05:32:11 GMT

What China wants, China gets: A biz running a too-big-to-fail cloud

What China wants, China gets – in this case an exception to SAP's usual practice of running its own cloud.…

Cisco edits DNA for even softer switches

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 04:58:05 GMT

You know what they say. Follow the money

Hard on the heels of a second-quarter result in which software subscriptions provided one of the few bright spots, Cisco's revealed a slew of new software-based systems.…

Google devs try to create new global namespace

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 04:36:17 GMT

Universal file sharing is hard because Services and CDNs scramble HTTP. Enter 'Upspin'

Wouldn't it be nice if there was a universal and consistent way to give names to files stored on the Internet, so they were easy to find? A universal resource locator, if you like?…

OpenStack Ocata announced, then briefly withheld

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 03:34:05 GMT

Can build clouds, can't schedule email announcing stablization release

The OpenStack Foundation has announced Ocata, its fifteenth edition. And then tried to un-announce it again.…

Talos opens box, three Aerospike vulns fly out

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 03:01:14 GMT

NoSQL server, but a big unhappy Yes to the question of security worries

Aerospike NoSQL server DBAs, make sure you've rolled out version, because the vulnerabilities it fixes have been made public.…

Cancel your cloud panic: At $122bn it's just 5% of all IT spend

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 02:04:26 GMT

*aaS-es are, however, fattening faster than any other segment of the market

For all the hype about cloud it's a bit of a revenue wimp: the abacus-shufflers of IDC have just told the world that it will account for about five per cent of the world's tech spend in 2017.…

Researchers offer simple scheme to stop the next Stuxnet

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 01:23:12 GMT

Don't get rung out about planting bugs in ladder logic: they should be easy to spot

One of the world's oldest programming styles, the ladder logic that runs on industrial programmable logic controllers, remains dangerously vulnerable to attack, according to boffins from Singapore and India.…

Dying for Windows 10 Creators Update? But wait, there's more!

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:21:03 GMT

Microsoft roadmap lays out second big update for 2017

Microsoft has confirmed it is planning a second major update for Windows 10, which is to be piloted this year, and is seriously considering releasing it before 2018.…

US Homeland Security is so secure even its own staff can't log in

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 22:42:27 GMT

Nothing like a post-holiday IT cockup

US Department of Homeland Security staff returning to work on Tuesday after the Presidents' Day holiday have apparently had a tough time getting computer systems to function.…

Big Blue's big blunder: IBM accidentally hands over root access to its data science servers

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 22:06:02 GMT

Private Docker Swarm keys leak into public containers

IBM left private keys to the Docker host environment in its Data Science Experience service inside freely available containers.…

Google rents out Nvidia Tesla GPUs in its cloud. If you ask nicely, that'll be 70 cents an hour, bud

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 21:07:39 GMT

AWS, GCE price war looming?

Google will this week start offering Nvidia Tesla K80 GPU-equipped virtual machines for its Compute Engine and Cloud Machine Learning hosted services.…

Amid new push to make Pluto a planet again... Get over it, ice-world's assassin tells El Reg

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 20:48:13 GMT

Boffins demand rule rewrite to restore glorified moon's dignity

The ongoing argument over whether Pluto is an actual planet or just a dwarf on the outskirts of the Solar System has heated up again – with a new proposal to reapply planetary status to the distant iceball.…

'Hey, Homeland Security. Don't you dare demand Twitter, Facebook passwords at the border'

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 20:04:19 GMT

Civil liberty groups, security experts, law profs, lawmakers slam looming US policy

Over 50 human rights and civil liberties groups, nearly 100 law professors and security experts, and lawmakers have launched a campaign against digital searches at the US border.…

Meet the chap open-sourcing US govt code – Paul, an ex-Microsoft anti-piracy engineer

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:16:19 GMT

Starting with literally piles of crap (no, not the code)

Interview In the months ahead, Idaho National Laboratory aims to open-source software for analyzing the quality of cow manure.…

Your next PC is… your 'Droid? Remix unveils Continuum-killer

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:44:11 GMT

One device for the next billion, Jide hopes

Jide, the company founded by three ex-Googlers, has shown how a phone can act as a Continuum-style hub. When plugged into an external monitor, the Android device – with the new and as-yet unreleased cut of Jide's Remix OS – allows the user to work with "desktop-friendly" versions of the apps that are already installed on the phone.…

Tosh in deeper financial doo-doo as banks crank up the pressure

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:11:57 GMT

Push for majority stake sale in memory business

Toshiba is looking to raise almost $9bn (‎¥1 trillion) by selling off a majority stake in its memory chip business, according to Reuters, and so repair its finances, which have been devastated by cost overruns in its US nuclear power business.…

These snapshots are Purely Cohesity

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:06:59 GMT

Backup data streams and now snapshots flash between firms

After announcing an initial backup integration between Pure's all-flash array and Cohesity's converged secondary storage a year ago, the two have now gone further with snapshot-level integration.…

Hacking group RTM able to divert bulk financial transfers with malware

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:31:12 GMT

Attacks of great concern to Russian financial institutions

Cybercrime group RTM is deploying complex malware based in the Delphi programming language to target Remote Banking Systems (RBS), a type of business software used to make bulk financial transfers.…

$350m! shaved! off! sale! price! as! Verizon! swallows! Yahoo!

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:09:01 GMT

$4.48bn... cheap! (apols to Alfred E Neuman)

Yahoo! will be gobbled by Verizon for $4.48bn, $350m cheaper than the initial deal, apparently due to the damage done to the company's value by widely reported successful cyber-attacks.…

Big data should be 'part of UK's core national infrastructure' – Civil Service chief exec

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:01:10 GMT

There's an app that maps public toilets – how could it not be core infrastructure?

The chief executive of the Civil Service, John Manzoni, says the UK needs to begin to consider the "collection and storage of data as part of [our] core national infrastructure".…

Kubernetes and Prometheus fleshes out CLL deep dive lineup

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:34:55 GMT

Take your pick of our six workshops

We’ve added the final session to our workshop lineup for Continuous Lifecycle London, giving you six options for diving deep into the technologies and tools driving cutting edge software development and deployment.…

Capita swallows £50m blow after writing down historic contracts

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:03:09 GMT

A fabulous start to the year!

Everyone's favourite cuddly outsourcing corp Capita is writing off a cool £50m worth of assets related to certain deals with customers after a "comprehensive review across its major contracts" base.…

EE unveils sky domination plans with drones, balloons

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:27:06 GMT

Plus emergency response vehicles for ESN backup

EE has revealed plans to launch balloon and drone "air masts" to connect remote parts of the UK in the wake of disasters such as major flooding, in its yet-to-be-patented technology unveiled today.…

TeamSpy hackers get the crew back together after four-year hiatus

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:54:09 GMT

Remote-control app hijacked for use as snooping tool – again

Cybercrooks have once again begun slinging malware that subverts elements of the legitimate TeamViewer remote control app to snoop on victims.…

ARM embraces Brit and Swedish upstarts in Softbank NB-IoT push

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:28:04 GMT

And they've already got an integrated modem to show for it

Japanese-owned chipmaker ARM has bought Swedish firm Mistbase and Brit biz NextG-Com – staking its flag firmly on the NB-IoT narrowband communications standard.…

EU privacy gurus peer at Windows 10, still don't like what they see

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:11:53 GMT

Article 29 has 'concerns' about Microsoft's data slurp

The EU’s top privacy body has been probing Windows 10, but isn’t satisfied, even after Microsoft agreed to tweak the consent settings.…

Suffering ceepie-geepies! Do we need a new processor architecture?

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:03:46 GMT

Well... if machines're gonna learn learn learn learn learn...

Backgrounder Do we need a new processor architecture? Graphcore says that machine learning computation is different from existing computational types, and will be broad enough in its usage for – as well as accelerated significantly by – a dedicated processor architecture.…

Automated, insight cannot be: Jedi master of statistics was good – but beware the daft side

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:02:05 GMT

Hans Rosling is gone, but dashboards and graphs are dangerous to knowledge

So, farewell then Hans Rosling, educator and "Jedi master of data visualisation". For in a world increasingly addicted to alternative facts, you pioneered software – Gapminder – and a viewer-friendly approach with bubble charts that allowed you to communicate simple important messages about the world through the medium of the Ted Talk.…

NASA extends trial of steerable robo-stunt kite parachute

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:33:06 GMT

Why chase balloons for hundreds of miles when you can drop the payload outside?

NASA will soon be testing high-altitude parachute systems that let astroboffins land valuable scientific research payloads from altitudes of 60,000 feet.…

Mulesoft set to be first tech IPO of 2017? We'd forgotten they existed...

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:58:13 GMT

Just over $180m in revenue, it turns out... and gross profit of $138m!? Oh, net loss though...

App integration software business Mulesoft is set to make its initial public offering after revealing its financials.…

Apple to Europe: It's our job to design Ireland's tax system, not yours

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:27:10 GMT

Cupertino says no

Apple has filed its defence against the European Commission's claim it owes €13bn in back taxes in Ireland.

European Space Agency slaps CC licences on its pics and vids

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:02:11 GMT

Space. The Final Frontier (for copyright). These are the free images and videos of the ESA

The European Space Agency has flung the data doors open: from today, it's adopted an open access policy for its trove of images and videos.…

Uber hires Obama's attorney-general to review its workplaces

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 07:03:05 GMT

CEO Travis Kalanick uses alternative diversity facts to prove Uber's goodness

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has appointed Eric Holder, once United States attorney-general under Barack Obama and now a partner of law firm Covington & Burling, to conduct a review of the “specific issues relating to the work place environment raised by Susan Fowler, as well as diversity and inclusion at Uber more broadly.”…

Drop the F-bomb, get your coding typos auto-corrected

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 05:58:08 GMT

El Reg surveys fun stuff that's popped up on GitHub and beyond

Git, Bad, Ugly It's a slow day, the boss is absent enduring the travails of analysts with lunches to offer, so Vulture South found itself wandering around the odd corners of GitHub.…

You're doing Hadoop and Spark wrong and they will probably fail

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 03:58:09 GMT

Developers want the new shiny, users forget integration and then along come the vendors ...

Your attempt at putting Hadoop or Spark to work probably won't work, and you'll be partly to blame for thinking they are magic.…

Australia commences critical infrastructure protection consultation

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 03:29:57 GMT

The plan is to build a database of 'stuff we don't want bombed'

Last month, Australia's federal government established a Critical Infrastructure Centre. Now it's decided to ask what the centre should protect.…