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Hyper-converged trashes all-flash: Nutanix out-grows Pure Storage

Fri, 26 May 2017 13:01:40 GMT

$100m+ quarterly loss fuels relentless drive for growth

Nutanix is racing on to the billion dollar revenue mark for next year with a $100m net loss fuelled quarter of growth.…

Scientists are counting atoms to figure out when Mars last had volcanoes

Fri, 26 May 2017 12:41:12 GMT

Astroboffin-in-training makes dating breakthrough

Astroboffins have figured out a new way of dating planets and meteorites by counting individual atoms in rock samples snatched from the depths of space.…

‪WannaCry‬pt ransomware note likely written by Google Translate-using Chinese speakers

Fri, 26 May 2017 12:13:09 GMT

Signs of machine translation spotted by analysts

The ‪WannaCry‬pt extortion notes were most likely written by Chinese-speaking authors, according to linguistic analysis.…

Apple fights off iTunes patent spat appeal

Fri, 26 May 2017 11:52:04 GMT

That bit where you said we didn't have to give them $500m – stick with that

Apple is trying to kill off an attempt by Smartflash to reverse a patent panel's ruling and thereby force Cupertino to hand it $533m in a Federal Circuit dispute.…

Ouch! Latest Qualcomm sueball comes from ... its own shareholders

Fri, 26 May 2017 10:38:06 GMT

Legal flingball fingers Snapdragon 810 debacle

Qualcomm's own shareholders have added to the barrage of lawsuits being fired at the mobile chip giant.…

'Major incident' at Capita data centre: Multiple services still knackered

Fri, 26 May 2017 10:10:33 GMT

Still on knees some 36 hours later

A major outage at a Capita data centre has knocked out multiple services for customers – including a number of councils' online services – for the last 36 hours.…

What happened when 300 DevOps experts took over the QE II?

Fri, 26 May 2017 09:36:04 GMT

Continuous Lifecycle: Fill-up with speaker videos, slides

Events If you couldn’t join us last week for Continuous Lifecycle London 2017, you can still get a flavour of the event with our speakers’ presentations and selected video highlights.…

The revolution will not be televised: How Lucas modernised audio in film

Fri, 26 May 2017 09:06:12 GMT

Thank God for Jedi (and other words I thought I'd never use)

Star Wars New Hope @ 40 The opening sequence of Star Wars is designed to give you a jolt. It's heightened by those moments after the legend "A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away..." has faded, leaving you sitting in a silent, pitch-black cinema auditorium.…

El Reg straps on the Huawei Watch 2

Fri, 26 May 2017 08:36:08 GMT

Sports ready, LTE ready, but still a solution looking for a problem?

Real World Test Back when Captain Scarlet was still fresh, in the 1970s, I wanted a watch that made phone calls. I think I might have drawn one on my arm with a Biro. This has been a sci-fi staple since Dick Tracy in the 1950s. Now I’ve got one, I wonder why I ever wanted it.…

Life is... pushing all the right buttons on the wrong remote control

Fri, 26 May 2017 08:17:58 GMT

Or I could press 'Play' via the evil internet

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Mrs Dabbsy is getting cross. I know this because she has said "grrrr".…

Sysadmin finds insecure printer, remotely prints 'Fix Me!' notice

Fri, 26 May 2017 07:06:01 GMT

Once you're through the web interface the email-to-printer address is easy to find

ON-CALL Well what do you know? The working week is all-but over, which means it is time to share a story from a reader's working life in our weekly On-Call column.…

Japanese lab's 'value-aware' SSDs last longer, recognise images faster

Fri, 26 May 2017 06:36:54 GMT

Special error correction techniques work around degrading drives' dying cells

Japan's Takeuchi Lab has proposed a “value-aware” solid state drive that it says can recognise images faster than rivals, while also extending drives' working life.…

Windows 10 love to see PC market grow again. Future iPhone to be clear. Elvis to re-appear

Fri, 26 May 2017 05:30:07 GMT

Analyst firm IDC just made one of these three improbable predictions for the year 2019

Analyst outfit IDC thinks the PC market will grow again, although things are going to get worse before they get better. And the growth will come because people like Windows 10.…

Battery-hungry cars roll over Lenovo's FY 16/17 bottom line

Fri, 26 May 2017 04:09:27 GMT

Data centre unit 'still under transformation' and losing money, as is mobile business

Lenovo has returned to growth, posting a pleasing set of fourth quarter numbers, but apparently has plenty of work to do in the mobile and data centre markets.…

IBM asks contractors to take a pay cut

Fri, 26 May 2017 02:08:11 GMT

Big Blue is 'shifting service delivery model to dedicated employee workforce' but clients aren't happy

Exclusive IBM is not just banning the hire of new contractors and telling existing contractors they won't get new gigs: now it is telling some current contractors they will have to take a pay cut.…

Init freedom declared as systemd-free Devuan hits stable 1.0.0 status

Fri, 26 May 2017 01:02:10 GMT

Devuan 'Jessie' is done and will get long term support beyond the life of Debian Jessie

POLL The self-described “Veteran Unix Admin collective” that in 2014 promised to give the world a cut of Debian without systemd has delivered: Devuan 1.0.0 LTS hit the web today.…

Don't rely on fitness trackers to track number of calories burned

Fri, 26 May 2017 00:15:08 GMT

Study shows energy readings off over 90%

Your fitness tracker might measure a heart rate accurately, but not the amount of calories burned, according to a study published in the Journal of Personalised Medicine.…

Juno's first data causing boffins to rewrite the text books on Jupiter

Thu, 25 May 2017 23:45:05 GMT

Sadly no black monolith found

Scientists were expecting a lot of new data from the Juno space probe orbiting Jupiter, and they haven't been disappointed. The most massive planet in the Solar System is turning out to have a lot of surprises.…

T-Mobile goes Apple/Google route by separating phone numbers and devices

Thu, 25 May 2017 23:30:06 GMT

'Digits' marks a shift for the phone industry

T-Mobile is taking a leaf out of the tech industry book and separating phones from their numbers.…

Congresscritters float benefits for gig workers

Thu, 25 May 2017 23:09:38 GMT

Bill would let contractors get unemployment and paid leave

Two US legislators are drafting bills to provide "gig" contract workers many of the same benefits afforded to those who work full time.…

Apple has finally found someone to support HomeKit

Thu, 25 May 2017 22:56:57 GMT

But Belkin's new bridge only reinforces the problem of a locked-down ecosystem

It's been a year since Apple officially launched its internet-of-things smart-home service – an event that we noted at the time was somewhat undermined by the fact that there were virtually no products that worked with it.…

Three Nigerians sentenced to 235 years in prison for online scamming

Thu, 25 May 2017 22:11:09 GMT

Don't expect princely borrowing emails to stop any time soon

A court in Mississippi has sentenced three Nigerian men to 235 years in prison for running online scams that duped people out of tens of millions of dollars.…

US citizens complain their names were used for FCC robo-comments

Thu, 25 May 2017 21:47:47 GMT

Allegedly astroturfed Americans speak out over net neutrality filings

Fourteen Americans (with the help of an advocacy group) are complaining to the FCC that their names were used without permission to file fake comments on the proposed net neutrality overhaul.…

Microsoft court victory prompts call for data-grabbing regime

Thu, 25 May 2017 20:52:51 GMT

Legislators mull over modernizing legal process for seizing cloud data

The Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism on Wednesday held a hearing to explore the government's inability to have its cake and eat it too.…

Astroboffins spot a new type of galaxy bursting with stars

Thu, 25 May 2017 20:12:15 GMT

Star formation rate is a hundred times faster than our Milky Way

A team of astronomers has stumbled across a new kind of galaxy that may be the missing piece of the puzzle regarding how ancient galaxies grew to such massive sizes.…

Venezuela increases internet censorship and surveillance in crisis

Thu, 25 May 2017 19:12:21 GMT

Latin American country going the China route

Venezuela is increasingly censoring its internet and expanding online surveillance of citizens.…

Cloudflare doubles down on its troll-hunting crusade

Thu, 25 May 2017 18:32:30 GMT

Bounty for invalidating Blackbird Tech patents increases

Cloudflare has today stepped up its efforts to run patent litigator Blackbird Technologies into the ground.…

Capita payments service Pay360 goes TITSUP

Thu, 25 May 2017 17:16:16 GMT

'Major incident' in data centre

Capita Pay360 service, which allows small businesses and councils to accept online transactions such as paying parking fines, has gone down in the UK and Ireland due to a "major incident" in its data centre.…

Domains tainted by RoughTed malvertising reap half a billion hits

Thu, 25 May 2017 16:38:04 GMT

Some of which comes from Alexa top 500 websites

A strain of adblocker-aware malvertising is responsible for a range of scams, exploits and general skulduggery.…

Walkers' Crisps pulls backfiring Tweet campaign that paired Gary Lineker and a bunch of nasties

Thu, 25 May 2017 16:21:02 GMT

Pranksters game promo to feature sex crims, murderers, terrorists....

Walkers' Crisps is desperately scrabbling to clean up a Twitter promo campaign after miscreants gamed it to broadcast videos of Gary Lineker holding up photos of paedophiles, murderers, terrorists and other such scum of the earth.…

Pure's punchy first fiscal 2017 quarter opens door to billion-dollar year

Thu, 25 May 2017 16:04:07 GMT

Moving into co-processing with the big 3 public cloud players

All-flasher Pure Storage has a feeling this could be its first billion-dollar year and is moving into tightly coupled co-processing between Pure and big 3 public cloud players.…

HP Inc CEO reports 'breakthrough' quarter as PC sales shoot up

Thu, 25 May 2017 15:34:04 GMT

Look at me go, Mum!

For the first time in more than half a decade HP Inc has managed to report quarterly growth in both its PC and printer businesses, a point CEO Dion Weisler described as a watershed moment in the company's recent history.…

Captain Kurian steers good ship NetApp back on course after $8m loss

Thu, 25 May 2017 15:02:12 GMT

Final quarter is third in a row to show revenue and profit growth

No drama, no worries, just the slick sounds of a well-oiled machine doing its stuff. That's NetApp with its latest quarterly results.…

Auntie sh!tcans BBC Store after 18 months

Thu, 25 May 2017 14:29:44 GMT

Customers offered Amazon vouchers or a full refund

The Beeb is to shut its online paid-for streaming service BBC Store from November, just 18 months after it launched.…

NHS Digital stopped short of advising against paying off WannaCrypt

Thu, 25 May 2017 14:04:07 GMT

Trusts may have had corrupted backups... or none at all

NHS Digital stopped short of advising health organisations in England not to cough up for the WannaCrypt ransom attack because it couldn't be certain that all hospitals had backed up patient records.…

EU pegs quota for 'homegrown' content on Netflix at 30 per cent

Thu, 25 May 2017 13:34:05 GMT

Streaming service argues it'll result in lower quality work

The European Parliament has set content quotas for OTT video services like Netflix and Amazon Prime even higher than the Commission originally wanted. 30 per cent of the services' catalog must be European works, Parliament has decreed.…

Drones over London caused aviation chaos, pilots' reports reveal

Thu, 25 May 2017 13:01:10 GMT

Heathrow flights were diverted to avoid errant UAVs

A pair of errant drones over East London caused so much airspace disruption that flights to Heathrow had to be diverted for fear of collision, it has emerged.…

Nokia's retro revival 3310 goes on sale and disappears immediately

Thu, 25 May 2017 12:29:06 GMT

People must really love Snake

If you blinked, you missed it.…

Info commish: One year to go and businesses still not ready for GDPR

Thu, 25 May 2017 12:03:08 GMT

Thought £400k TalkTalk fine was big? Try €20m

Companies are unprepared for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into force a year today, and some small businesses "might not even know" a new regime is looming, the UK Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham has warned.…

Lenovo UK boss pulls the chain, flushes himself out of there

Thu, 25 May 2017 11:42:15 GMT

Wang gets the call to arms, stands to attention

Exclusive Lenovo UK boss John Harber has quit just 15 months after taking the hot seat, El Reg can confirm.…

'Cloak and dagger' vuln rolls critical hit against latest Android versions

Thu, 25 May 2017 11:08:00 GMT

Malicious combination of legitimate permissions

Updated A distinct class of Android vulnerability has been unearthed by computer scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.…

The joy and the pain of buying IT

Thu, 25 May 2017 10:02:07 GMT

Those bloody procurement guys did what?

Study You, dear readers, continually tell us in surveys how hard it is to get the investment needed to help you do your jobs effectively. Regardless of the topic – core infrastructure, middleware, management tools, etc – it’s common to hear stories of execs not "getting it", while expecting IT to muddle through as more pressure is piled onto already stretched teams.…

Distro watch for Ubuntu lovers: What's ahead in Linux land

Thu, 25 May 2017 09:01:09 GMT

Elementary OS, my dear penguin?

With the death of Unity, Canonical will focus more attention on Ubuntu servers, Ubuntu in the cloud and Ubuntu in the so-called Internet of Things.…

Industrial Light & Magic: 40 years of Lucas's pioneering FX-wing

Thu, 25 May 2017 08:38:06 GMT

The roots of multithreaded rendering software

Star Wars New Hope @ 40 In the 40 years since the release of the original Star Wars, special effects have changed beyond recognition.…

Your roadmap to the Google vs Oracle Java wars

Thu, 25 May 2017 08:01:11 GMT

'It is happening again'

Analysis The final lap nears in Oracle's epic seven year battle with Google over Java. It's reached the Federal Appeals Circuit, where Oracle is confident that three appeals judges with a strong track record of upholding IP will decide in its favour.…

RightNow founder turned politician gets assault charge after 'bodyslamming' reporter

Thu, 25 May 2017 07:32:07 GMT

Greg Gianforte loses it on election eve

Until Wednesday, Greg Gianforte's life had followed a lovely script: he twice sold software companies for millions, the second time for US$1.5bn when Oracle acquired CRM company RightNow Technologies.…

DARPA orders spaceplane capable of 10 launches in 10 days

Thu, 25 May 2017 07:00:09 GMT

Boeing to build 'Phantom Express' on heir to Space Shuttle's main engine

The United States Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has commissioned Boeing to build a spaceplane capable of 10 launches in 10 days.…

UK ministers to push anti-encryption laws after election

Thu, 25 May 2017 06:30:11 GMT

Anger over Manchester attack may play a part

The UK government will push through orders next month to force all communications companies including Google and Facebook to break data encryption.…

Orbital boffins cut four years off NASA mission to shiniest object in the Solar System

Thu, 25 May 2017 06:00:12 GMT

16 Psyche mission takes a great leap forward

NASA has come up with a cunning plan that will allow it to shave four years of flight time off its mission to the biggest chunk of visible iron in the Solar System, and will use souped-up solar power to get there.…

Apple asks FCC to let it run mm-wave tests - for backhaul?!

Thu, 25 May 2017 05:01:12 GMT

No, Apple is not practicing to be carrier. This is how you horn in on 5G

Apple has filed a request with the United States Federal Communications Commission FCC to run wireless tests in spectrum bands associated with 5G.…