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Peers told to push for cut-price access to med tech developed with NHS data

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:36:06 GMT

But for Pete's sake, please don’t recommend another new body

The UK's health service should get cheaper rates on healthcare products developed using NHS data, peers have been told.…

Phone fatigue takes hold: SIM-onlys now top UK market

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:05:07 GMT

♫ ♫ "Boredom, boredom, boredom, b'dum b'dum" ♫ ♫

SIM-only contracts are now the most popular kind of mobile deal in the UK, as punters step off the tedious upgrade treadmill.…

'Gimme Gimme Gimme' Easter egg in man breaks automated tests at 00:30

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 11:31:09 GMT

Wow, I see what you did there *rolls eyes*

The maintainer of the Linux manual program man has scrapped an "Easter egg" after it broke a user's automatic code tests.…

Borat creator offers to cover mankini fines. Is nice!

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 11:03:13 GMT

Sacha Baron Cohen steps in after Czech tourists become butt of joke

Borat creator Brit comedian Sacha Baron Cohen has said he'll pay the fines handed to a group of mankini-clad Czech tourists by Kazakhstani authorities.…

London mayor: Self-driving cars? Not without jacked-up taxes, you don't!

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 10:32:14 GMT

And who will build the roads, asks Transport for London

London mayor Sadiq Khan has come out against driverless electric cars, telling Parliament that adoption of the vehicles by Londoners could harm government tax revenues, reduce the number of cyclists – and leave questions over who would build the roads.…

Loake Shoes admits: We've fallen victim to cybercrims

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 10:18:05 GMT

Hold on to your laces, email server was compromised

Miscreants, hackers – call 'em what you will – have pilfered email addresses from an unknown number of Loake Shoes customers.…

Once more unto the breach: El Reg has a go at crisis management

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 09:43:11 GMT

And you can probably guess how that turned out

Hacks played representatives of a hacked company in an incident response exercise run by F-Secure this week.…

When it comes to ML, reports of JavaScript's death are exaggerated

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 09:08:13 GMT

Python is not the be-all and end-all of writing smart algorithms

Machine learning is fast becoming one of the high-growth areas for developers – but what language should you employ, given that so many exist?…

'Urgent data corruption issue' destroys filesystems in Linux 4.14

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 08:35:09 GMT

Using bcache to speed Linux 4.14? Stop if you want your data to live

A filesystem-eating bug has been found in Linux 4.14.…

Crypto-jackers enlist Google Tag Manager to smuggle alt-coin miners

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 08:01:14 GMT

Ad giant has malware detection in its script-hosting service... but Coin Hive isn't flagged

Crypto-jackers using Coin Hive code to secretly mine Monero via computing power supplied by the unsuspecting have found Google Tag Manager to be a convenient means of distribution.…

Microsoft reprieves CodePlex users – you're doomed next week

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 07:30:05 GMT

Read-only doom-day slips, December axe still ohovers

Even a turkey can get a reprieve: Microsoft's CodePlex shut-down date has run late, but is still imminent.…

HP Inc – the no-drama one – is actually doing fine with PCs, printers

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 07:04:07 GMT

Personal gear a more reliable moneymaker than servers. Who knew?

On a day when Meg Whitman, CEO of its sibling HPE, announced her departure from the biz, HP Inc revealed its slow and steady progress in two tough markets.…

Apple: Sure, we banned VPN iOS apps in China, but, um, er, art!

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 06:02:13 GMT

iGiant didn't want to aid censorship, but $10bn in revenue is $10bn in revenue

Apple has told the US government it cooperated with China's demands to block VPN services so it could get other concessions from the Middle Kingdom on human rights.…

Linus Torvalds 'sorry' for swearing, blames popularity of Linux itself

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 04:58:12 GMT

More than 20 pulls a day on his desk, v.4.15 bloating and a Thanksgiving trip to pack for made Linus testy

Linux overlord Linus Torvalds has apologised – a bit – for calling some security-centric kernel contributors “f*cking morons”.…

Iranian military hacker fingered for 'Game of p0wns' HBO leak

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 03:58:04 GMT

Dept. of Justice lamely says 'winter is coming' for Behzad Mesri, aka 'Skote Vahshat'

The United States' Department of Justice has identified a suspect in July's attack on Home Box Office, naming an Iranian national, Behzad Mesri, in an indictment unsealed Tuesday, November 21.…

Microsoft to run VMware on Azure, on bare metal. Repeat. Microsoft to run VMware on Azure.

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 03:03:16 GMT

VMware-certified partners will help as Redmond also starts vSphere-to-Azure migrations

Microsoft has announced it will offer "the full VMware stack on Azure hardware" with the help of an as-yet-unnamed VMware partner.…

Microsoft says Win 8/10's weak randomisation is 'working as intended'

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 01:57:04 GMT

This bug is a feature in 11 out of 12 scenarios

Microsoft has rebutted analysis that suggested its Address Space Layout Randomisation (ASLR) technology could be exploited.…

Wait, did Oracle tip off world to Google's creepy always-on location tracking in Android?

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 00:55:42 GMT

War over Java spills into mobile privacy world

Analysis Having evidently forgotten about that Street View Wi-Fi-harvesting debacle, Google has admitted constantly collecting the whereabouts of Android devices regardless of whether or not they have location tracking enabled.…

Uber: Hackers stole 57m passengers, drivers' info. We also bribed the thieves $100k to STFU

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 00:04:30 GMT

And it happened a year ago, hoped you wouldn't find out

Uber's CEO Dara Khosrowshahi today revealed hackers broke into the ride-hailing app's databases and stole personal information on 57 million passengers and drivers – information including names, email addresses, and phone numbers.…

HPE CEO Meg Whitman QUITS, MAN! Neri to replace chief exec in Feb

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 21:26:34 GMT

Stock tumbles, sales sag, profits wiped out, boss ejects

Hewlett Packard Enterprise boss Meg Whitman is stepping down, and will be replaced on February 1 by company president Antonio Neri.…

While you're preparing to carve Thanksgiving turkey, the FCC will be slicing into net neutrality

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 20:46:43 GMT

Pai will lay out plan this week, vote in December

Analysis Ajit Pai, chairman of America's broadband watchdog, today confirmed what we all knew was coming for months now: a move to tear up the Obama-era's rules on network neutrality in the US.…

Wounded FalconStor flutters back to life

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 18:02:07 GMT

First profit in two years, fresh funding, new faces

FalconStor has confirmed its first profit in more than two years, bagged fresh funding and employed a new bunch of new faces in its exec lounge.…

Digital minister: We're still talking to BT about sorting crap broadband

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:58:06 GMT

Matt Hancock blissfully unaware that deal is on brink of collapse

UK digital minister Matt Hancock has denied that talks with BT to improve poor internet speeds in 1.4 million rural areas have fallen through.…

As Google clamps down, 'Droid developer warns 'breaking day' is coming

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:05:09 GMT

The Chocolate Factory plugs accessibility fudge

Mobile app developers are being forced to rewrite their code as Google attempts to tame Android's Wild West.…

Arm Inside: Is Apple ready for the next big switch?

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 15:32:06 GMT

The hybrid Arm-Intel Mac draws near

One day we'll look back and wonder why it took PCs so long to move from RISC chips that had to pretend to be CISC chips to RISC chips that didn't have to pretend to be anything.…

Level 5 driverless cars by 2021 can be done, say Brit industry folk

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:25:12 GMT

Others reckon Chancellor's taking it a bit too far...

Over the weekend, chancellor Philip Hammond boasted that “fully driverless cars” would be on Britain’s roads in four years’ time. Some in the driverless car industry think this is a dangerous fantasy, while more high-profile driverless car software companies are all in favour of it.…

HPE straps AyyyyyMD chip into 2P/2U server box with Epyc results

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:07:13 GMT

DL385 blasts SPEC benchmark

HPE has upgraded its Opteron-using DL385p server with AMD Epyc processors and used it to notch up a pair of record SPEC benchmarks.…

Don't sweat Brexit, big biz told: Your shiny data protection sticker will remain intact

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 13:29:49 GMT

Survey reveals GDPR training and investment is on the rise

Multinationals whose data protection compliance was rubberstamped by the UK's privacy regulator have been assured they won't be stripped of the authorisation after Brexit.…

National Cyber Security Centre boss: For the love of $DEITY, use 2FA on your emails, peeps

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 13:03:37 GMT

Brit biz bosses, improve your infosec. We'll handle Russia

The chief exec of the National Cyber Security Centre – a branch of the UK's spy nerve-centre GCHQ – has called on everyone to enable two-factor authentication for their emails. This follows revelations that almost the entire population's details are available for sale on the dark web.…

Gulp. HPE's InfoSight self-repairs and makes 'proactive decisions'

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:45:04 GMT

Machine-learning engine stapled to 3PAR arrays

HPE is updating its acquired Nimble Storage InfoSight array management system with a machine learning-driven recommendation engine, and adding InfoSight to 3PAR arrays.…

SagePay's monster wobble... On the third day of sale week, UK retailers start to weep

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:19:50 GMT

Black Friday week? Is that a thing? Er, not for all retailers

What started as a Saturday afternoon nap for SagePay turned into a three-day snooze fest, angering retailers that were as of last night still struggling to process sales in a peak shopping week.…

Royal Bank of Scotland website goes TITSUP*

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 11:57:05 GMT

Another day, another online banking snafu

Updated Users who bank online with the Royal Bank of Scotland are having a tough time logging in this morning.…

Debian package depicts 'Tux the penguin' with sheep in intimate ASCII

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 11:29:10 GMT

User files bug report

A Debian software package containing an "ASCII representation of zoophilia" has been installed automatically on some users' machines.…

Iran the numbers – and Persian internet is the cheapest in the world

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 11:02:13 GMT

Burkina Faso the most expensive, UK in top third cheapest

Tired of continual price hikes on your broadband deal? Then why not move to Iran? According to a study released today, it has the cheapest broadband.…

CEO: 'Claying the ongoing continuous chaos of info into one logical masterpiece'

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 10:33:07 GMT

Yeah? Us neither. Here's another 'anchored benchmark' of a storage round-up

We start this week's collection of storage news with the marketing buzzwords of the month award, which goes to startup Panoply for outstanding excellence.…

Twitter's blue tick rule changes may lower the sueball barrier

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 10:06:11 GMT

Got a few quid and want to launch a lawsuit? Now is a good time

Comment Infamous online cesspit Twitter may have unintentionally made itself easier to sue for the things users write on its site, following recently announced changes to its "blue tick" verification system.…

First XPoint, then Z-NAND: Oh dear, server-makers. SCM is happening

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 09:38:12 GMT

Storage-class memory Nirvana 1.0 could be a 2019 event, says our man

Analysis Storage-class memory (SCM), in the shape of Optane, is already here and, with Samsung's Z-SSD, set to become available for use by servers. What does this mean and when will it actually happen?…

Back to the Fuchsia: The next 10 years of Android

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 09:02:07 GMT

Beyond world domination

Part Two In Part One we described how, after 10 years, Android was uncannily similar to Windows after 20 years.…

Bitcoin outfit 'Tether' reveals US$31m BitBuck BitHeist

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 08:28:07 GMT

Company badly forked up after promising secure 'stable digital currency equivalent'

Bitcoin outfit “Tether” has reported a US$31m BitBuck BitHeist.…

From Vega with love: Pegasus interstellar asteroid's next stop

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 08:03:08 GMT

Out-of-shape ‘Oumuamua only looks like a starship, right?

It's official: the Asteroid 1I/2017 U1, aka "‘Oumuamua", which screamed through the solar system in October 2017 is an interstellar object. And a very strange one at that.*

Patch on way 'this week' for HP printer vulns

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 07:30:07 GMT

RCE? Check. Clear passwords? Check. Interfere with print jobs? Check

Sysadmins have been advised to watch for a coming HP printer firmware update that will plug a remote code execution vulnerability (among others) in its MFP-586 and the M553 printers.…

Flash, Sam, wallop: Samsung crashes ahead as top NAND chip flinger

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 07:08:09 GMT

According to these here estimates, anyway

Samsung increased its market share in the NAND supply world in the third quarter of the year, analysts reckon. According to TrendForce's latest estimates, the suppliers' overall flash shipments for Q3 2017 looked like this:…

AT&T wants to bin 100,000 routers, replace them with white boxes

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 05:58:08 GMT

Carrier tries to speed networking innovation with 'Disaggregated Network Operating System'

AT&T has launched an audacious attempt to push the networking industry towards software-defined networking and white-box hardware.…

Marvell and Cavium do the deed, vow to breed infra-monster

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 05:03:09 GMT

Six billion bucks does the trick, now let's see what kind of kit they build together

The rumours were right: Marvell has formally announced it will buy Cavium, for around six billion US dollars, and plans to emerge as an “Infrastructure Solutions Powerhouse”.…

More than half of GitHub is duplicate code, researchers find

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 03:57:05 GMT

Boffins beware: random samples are therefore useless for research

Given that code sharing is a big part of the GitHub mission, it should come at no surprise that the platform stores a lot of duplicated code: 70 per cent, a study has found.…

Microsoft's memory randomization security defense is a little busted in Windows 8, 10

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 03:02:14 GMT

RIP ROP? Think again

A Carnegie-Mellon CERT researcher has discovered that Microsoft broke some use-cases for its Address Space Layout Randomisation (ASLR) mechanism, designed to severely hamper hackers' attempts to exploit security bugs.…

Amazon launches Secret Region – so secret it's endorsed by the CIA

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 02:04:05 GMT

The rest of us just get a 0.04% improvement in EC2 reliability, to a guaranteed 99.99%

Amazon Web Services has launched a Secret Region – which we know about because the CIA has endorsed it.…

AT&T insists it's not sweating US govt block of Time-Warner gobble

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 00:57:45 GMT

'We don't care, in fact look at this letter about how little we care. Really. Please look at it'

AT&T says it is not worried about the possibility of a US government lawsuit derailing its attempts to acquire Time-Warner.…

Intel finds critical holes in secret Management Engine hidden in tons of desktop, server chipsets

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 23:53:23 GMT

Bugs can be exploited to extract info, potentially insert rootkits

Intel today admitted its Management Engine (ME), Server Platform Services (SPS), and Trusted Execution Engine (TXE) are vulnerable to multiple worrying security flaws, based on the findings of external security experts.…

Cops jam a warrant into Apple to make it cough up Texas mass killer's iPhone, iCloud files

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 23:30:44 GMT

Here we go again…

Texas Rangers have obtained a search warrant for the contents of a blood-splattered iPhone SE belonging to gunman Devin Kelley who killed 26 people in a murder-suicide at a church.…