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No, the cops can't get a search warrant to just seize all devices in sight – US appeals court

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 22:59:13 GMT

Judges frown upon fishing for incriminating data on phones

It's a ruling sending shockwaves through the worlds of privacy, device security, and law enforcement in America.…

Wisconsin advances $3bn bribe incentives package for Foxconn

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 21:21:54 GMT

And only $230,000 a head out of the public purse!

Wisconsin has moved forward a $3bn incentives package to lure manufacturing giant Foxconn to the US state.…

Sorry, but those huge walls of terms and conditions you never read are legally binding

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 20:46:37 GMT

And what finer company than Uber to make that clear

You may never read those lengthy terms and conditions attached to every digital download or app but, in America at least, they are legally binding. Sorry.…

Berkeley boffins build better spear-phishing black-box brusier

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 20:12:54 GMT

Machine learning and code to detect and alert attempts to extract passwords from staff

Security researchers from UC Berkeley and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in the US have come up with a way to mitigate the risk of spear-phishing in corporate environments.…

FTC wants AT&T to kick in $4bn to help balance US budget. Why? Some dodgy ads or something

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 19:26:34 GMT

Telco's TV biz accused of false advertising by trade watchdog

America's trade watchdog is seeking $3.95bn in damages from AT&T over allegations of dodgy marketing by its DirecTV wing.…

Microsoft president exits US govt's digital advisory board as tech leaders quit over Trump

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 17:49:55 GMT

Plus: Steve Bannon fired from White House

Updated Tech leaders today resigned from the US government's digital economy advisory board over President Trump's inability to unequivocally condemn racists.…

Oracle caves, promises to crack open Java EE as v8 crawls ever closer

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:47:42 GMT

Big Red seeks open-source foundation to host platform

Oracle has revealed plans to shift Java Enterprise Edition to an open-source foundation as it promises delivery of version 8 is "approaching".…

NetApp swallows Icelandic cloud management software biz

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:50:05 GMT

Greenqloud’s QStack becomes gets NetApp-ed

NetApp has made one of its relatively rare acquisitions – this time an Icelandic cloud management software house called Greenqloud with its Qstack product.…

So long and thanks for all the phish: Red teams need to be smarter now

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:06:48 GMT

Pen-testers face new challenges as defences evolve

BSides The opening talk at BSides Manchester on Thursday examined how red team tactics are evolving beyond phishing to include a wider variety of methods.…

Q: How many drones are we bombing ISIS with? A: That's secret, mmkay

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:23:36 GMT

But the MoD will happily tell you how many manned jets we're using to do that exact thing

The UK's Information Tribunal has rejected an appeal by campaigners trying to find out how many British Reaper drones are being used for warlike missions in the Middle East.…

Atari shoots sueball at KitKat maker over use of 'Breakout' in ad

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:55:11 GMT

Gaming star strikes

Atari has sued Nestle, accusing it of "blatantly" impinging on its intellectual property by featuring the 1970s video game Breakout in a Kit Kat ad without its permission.…

Last FalconStor CEO survived just six weeks before being replaced

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:27:05 GMT

New CFO too as data protection firm refuses to give in

+Comment It's all change at FalconStor, which has a new CEO and CFO just six weeks after the last chief exec was appointed.…

What weighs 800kg and runs Windows XP? How to buy an ATM for fun and profit

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 11:57:12 GMT

Security researchers pick up angle grinder, drop £2k-plus in B-sides chat

BSides Weighing in at 800kg secondhand, freestanding ATMs - a “safe with a computer on top” - are a logistical nightmare to own and research, security boffin Leigh-Anne Galloway warned delegates at the BSides Manchester infosec conference yesterday.…

So, Nokia. What makes you think the world wants your phones?

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 11:23:04 GMT

HMD chiefs explain their cunning comeback plan

Interview For over 20 years The Register has covered the rise and fall of Nokia phones. The story took a new turn this week with the arrival of a flagship, the first for three years, from the brand's custodians HMD. We spoke to the top executives behind the venture about their plans.

Drive-thru drive-by at McDs after ice cream no-show, say cops

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 11:01:12 GMT

Man pulls out replica rifle after frosty treat disappointment

An irate McDonald’s drive-thru punter was so pissed that he couldn’t get his Sunday morning ice cream fix due to a broken dispenser that he pulled out a replica AR-15 rifle from his car boot in protest.…

Why does the market care so much about Cisco's security biz?

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 10:32:44 GMT

In the land of decline, sustainable growth is king

Analysis Like many enterprise tech dinosaurs, Cisco has clutched at new lines of revenue for some time, positioning its security arm as the centrepiece of a long-talked-about reinvention as a software biz.…

British Airways waves Bing dong: At least it's not a tech cockup

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:58:34 GMT

Wang wag's Croatian beach art highlighted... again

British Airways’ website is displaying a penis carved into a beautiful sandy beach – the same inappropriate erection that was standing over yesterday.… is hiring IT bods with skills in ... Windows Vista?!

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 08:38:10 GMT

And Server 2003. Yep, this is the year 2017 and we're not making this up

Freelance IT type? Know about the gubbins of Windows XP, Vista and Server 2003? Don’t care about all that IR35 guff? We’ve got great news – wants to hire you.…

Software definer wants you to befriend the 'BFC', do a bit of 'reverse virtualization'

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 08:02:07 GMT

What's that, TidalScale? The Big Friendly what?

Analysis TidalScale is building a software-defined server product. But how would that work, as it needs to run in a server and you can’t really redefine the server you are running in, can you?…

Infosys CEO quits, citing 'untenable atmosphere' created by critics

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 07:25:12 GMT

Former SAP man Vishal Sikka bails but will be interim CEO's boss

Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka has resigned, effective immediately, but neither he nor the company's board are happy he's going.…

Linux-loving lecturer 'lost' email, was actually confused by Outlook

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 06:58:06 GMT

And had suits savage an utterly innocent sysadmin for his own ignorance

On-Call Friday means a few things at El Reg: a new BOFH. A couple of beers. And another instalment of On-Call, our weekly column in which we take reader-contributed tales of being asked to do horrible things for horrible people, scrub them up and hope you click.…

Who wants multiple virtual workstations on a GPU in a blade server?

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 06:20:32 GMT

NVIDIA reckons engineering types do, so it's cut a new GPU and software to carve it up

NVIDIA's cranked up the virtual workstation caper by giving the world a new GPU that slots into blade servers, plus software to let it run multiple workstation-grade VMs.…

Lenovo expects data centre profits in two years, if it can fix China

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 03:57:04 GMT

For now the company is just happy with growth for the first time since buying IBM's servers

Lenovo has reported flat quarter-on-quarter revenue, but is content to have achieved that as it reflects stabilisation in its data centre and mobile businesses.…

Where there's smoke there's a Galaxy Note: Refurbished Model 4 batteries recalled

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 02:55:39 GMT

Phablets sent to AT&T customers with batteries from FedEx are at risk

Samsung's got another combustible phablets SNAFU on its hands, after the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled the batteries used in its Galaxy Note 4.…

New NIST draft embeds privacy into US govt security for the first time

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 01:57:09 GMT

Federal agency addresses the new world of Alexa, smart cameras and IoT

A draft of new IT security measures by the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has for the first time pulled privacy into its core text as well as expanded its scope to include the internet of things and smart home technology.…

Australian money cops gain powers to regulate cryptocurrency

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 01:06:14 GMT

Money laundering and terror finance laws will stretch to cover digi-dollars

Australia has decided digital currencies need the same level of regulation enjoyed by other currencies.…

US cops point at cell towers and say: Give us every phone number that's touched that mast

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 23:52:46 GMT

Verizon says basestation dumps increasingly popular

US telecoms giant Verizon says police are increasingly asking it to cough up massive dumps of cellphone data rather than individual records.…

What code is running on Apple's Secure Enclave security chip? Now we have a decryption key...

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 22:48:07 GMT

Ladies and gentlemen, start your ARM disassemblers

Apple's Secure Enclave, an ARM-based coprocessor used to enhance iOS security, became a bit less secure on Thursday with the publication of a firmware decryption key.…

Tomorrow, DreamHost will square up to US DoJ to avoid handing over 1.3m IP addresses of anti-Trump site visitors

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 22:32:16 GMT

Data demand 'breaks First and Fourth Amendments'

Efforts by US prosecutors to identify up to 1.3 million people who accessed an anti-Trump protest website is unconstitutional, a court will hear on Friday.…

Don't panic, Chicago, but an AWS S3 config blunder exposed 1.8 million voter records

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 20:47:40 GMT

Personal info spills from another poorly secured Amazon service

A voting machine supplier for dozens of US states left records on 1.8 million Americans in public view for anyone to download – after misconfiguring its AWS-hosted storage.…

FYI: Web ad fraud looks really bad. Like, really, really bad. Bigly bad

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 19:47:57 GMT

Except at quality titles like El Reg, of course, cough

John Wanamaker, an American department store merchant who died almost a century ago, is noted for saying: "Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is I don't know which half."…

Judge yanks plug out of AT&T's latest attack on Google Fiber

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 19:19:16 GMT

Judge throws out lawsuit seeking to prevent rollout of broadband cables

AT&T's legal battle to stop Google rolling out broadband internet in Louisville, Kentucky, has been halted in its tracks.…

I say, BING DONG! Microsoft's search engine literally cocks up on front page for hours

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:59:11 GMT

Johnson, get a load of this

SFW Some of the dozens of users of Bing today spotted a lewd sand carving semi-hidden in the Microsoft search engine's front page splash photo.…

London cops urged to scrap use of 'biased' facial recognition at Notting Hill Carnival

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:01:05 GMT

Year-on-year deployment isn’t really a trial, say privacy groups

London's Metropolitan Police have been urged to back down on plans to once again use facial recognition software at next weekend's Notting Hill Carnival.…

Virtual assistant backlash imminent so buy them anyway

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:09:08 GMT

Say what now, Gartner?

Gartner has predicted a backlash against virtual assistants like Siri – but recommends that businesses deploy them anyway.…

Russia's answer to Buckminster Fuller has a buttload of CGI and he's not afraid to use it

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 14:36:52 GMT

Gyroscopic trams, bunkerbeds! Enter the 'dope' world of Dahir Semenov

Earlier this week, Mashable, a clickbait site for millennials, showcased a novel urban transport system. It got very excited, calling it "dope" and the "future of transportation".…

Making money is so DRAM easy for some memory-flingers

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 14:07:10 GMT

Another record revenue quarter ... even as drought eases

While we are recovering from the global DRAM shortage, there's still enough of a drought for chip-slingers to rake in record revenues.…

London council 'failed to test' parking ticket app, exposed personal info

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:55:04 GMT

Authority fined £70k after missing URL manipulation

A London council has been fined £70,000 after design faults in its TicketViewer app allowed unauthorised access to 119 documents containing sensitive personal information.…

Apple bag-search class action sueball moves to Cali supreme court

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:26:09 GMT

Anti-shrinkage policy could add millions to firm's wage bill

Apple may have to pay its employees extra for time it spends rifling through their personal belongings at work, if it loses a long-running lawsuit that is now in front of the Californian Supreme Court.…

Celeb-backed music gambit rebrands as 'Roxi', prays for IPO

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:00:04 GMT

Electric Jukebox has a dildo and wants £100m

The company behind what was dubbed the "most ridiculous digital music launch in history" is rebranding its product and hoping to raise $100m by selling shares to the public.…

HPE sales chief Peter Ryan abandons ship amid downsizing ploy

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:28:13 GMT

CSO said to have quit to spend more time with family in UK

HPE global sales chieftan Peter Ryan has quit the company after just over a year of relentless travel away from his family in the UK.…

Singapore court awards $2.9m over bad job reference

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:05:13 GMT

Damages calculated on potential earnings

Singapore's High Court has awarded S$4m* dollars ($2.9m, £2.25m) to a former insurance agent after a letter of reference lost him a potential new job.…

Nine months and a lot more b*llocks to go before new EU data protection rules kick in

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 10:42:08 GMT

Info commish hits back at fake GDPR news

The UK’s information commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, has apparently become so infuriated with inaccurate claims about incoming data protection rules that she is penning a series of blogposts to “bust the myths”.…

NetApp, you went all-flash, never go all-fla... Hey, wait. It's working

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 09:38:04 GMT

Slight biz uptick, steady results should keep CEO smiling

NetApp has managed to go back to what it used to do do reliably: churn out revenue and profit increases as its customer base lapped up new kit.…

Defra recruiting 1,400 policy wonks to pick up the pieces after Brexit

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 09:03:04 GMT

Prising IT systems from decades of EU lawmaking

Exclusive Defra – the UK government's Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs – is hiring 1,400 "business policy" folk so it can untangle itself from Europe after Brexit, according to multiple insiders.…

What'll we do tonight, Kieran? Same thing we do every night, Tintri....

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 08:34:11 GMT

... try to take over your public cloudy worlds (one array at a time)

Newly-IPO’d Tintri has made its storage array bigger, better and faster by extending it out to the AWS and IBM clouds, speeding specifically Storage vMotion, upping its scalability limit and predicting future capacity and compute needs.…

Ads regulator raps PC repair biz for massaging malware infection rates

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 08:00:05 GMT

Stop running that or we'll say stop again, so help me god

An online PC repair shop was yesterday given a small ticking off by the Advertising Standards Agency – the UK's notoriously gummy marketing watchdog – for claiming that one in three PCs are blighted by malware on a daily basis.…

Ten spacecraft – from Venus Express to Voyager 2 – all tracked same solar flare

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 07:26:09 GMT

We hardly noticed at first, but records revealed plenty about how star-stuff sails solar winds

On October 14th, 2014, the Sun decided it was time for a coronal mass ejection, the irregular hiccups that see it belch out astounding quantities of magnetised plasma. And after careful analysis, we've now fingerprinted the plasma's passing using no fewer than ten spacecraft.…

Scrutiny? We've heard of it. Dot-UK supremo Nominet goes dark

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 07:01:12 GMT

Even limited board reports now scrapped in favor of worthless 'updates'

The operator of the .uk top-level domain, Nominet, has become the latest internet registry to vote itself into greater secrecy.…

Smyte might brighten fraud plight: How machine-learning can be used to thwart crooks

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 06:31:10 GMT

Security works better when you write your own rules

Analysis Carousell, a mobile-friendly classified ads market, has to deal with fraud.…