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Bad news: 43% of login attempts 'malicious' Good news: Er, umm...

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 07:04:05 GMT

Also bad: Unpatched systems, unsecured APIs, IoT gear, anthrax candy, bottomless pits

An extraordinary 43 per cent of all attempted online account logins are malicious, Akamai claims in its latest internet security report.…

Boffins: If AI eggheads could go ahead and try to stop their code being evil, that'd be great

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 06:32:14 GMT

All right! Now let's get regula– uh, debating, study concludes

AI experts have emitted a lengthy report spitballing how intelligent software may be turned against us humans in the near future.…

This job Win-blows! Microsoft made me pull '75-hour weeks' in a shopping mall kiosk

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 06:05:09 GMT

Booth manager claims she was stiffed on overtime, Redmond denies any wrongoing

A former Microsoft retail manager is suing the software giant for making her work long hours without overtime and breaks.…

Australia joins the 'decrypt it or we'll legislate' club

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 04:58:11 GMT

At least it only wants to break crypto after getting a warrant

Australia's home affairs minister Peter Dutton has waded into the global crypto debate, uttering the familiar demand that the tech sector provide what the politicians want while adding that the government will protect Australians from cyber-threats.…

Q: Why did the Cisco cross the network? A: To automate what's on the other side

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 03:31:46 GMT

Switchzilla wants telcos to let it drive all their kit, regardless of who made it

Cisco's extended its Network Services Orchestrator (NSO) and WAN Automation Engine in the hope that service providers will see them as a way to achieve automated management of all the kit in their networks, regardless of who made it.…

Ayyy-EYE! Google code 'predicts heart disease' by eyeballing retinas

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 02:34:10 GMT

Eye see what you did, there, machine-learning boffins

AI researchers at Google have developed algorithms that can assess the risk of heart attacks by analyzing retinal scans.…

Microsoft Australia changes App Store T&Cs to pay GST

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 01:34:29 GMT

When Australians buy apps on the Store, punters' sales taxes will come on shore

Microsoft Australia's taken further steps to ensure that Australia's goods and services tax (GST) is collected on apps sold at the Microsoft Store.…

We sent a vulture to IBM's new developer conference to find an answer to the burning question: Why Big Blue?

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 01:08:58 GMT

'We're Java experts'

Index At the first IBM Index developer conference in San Francisco, California, on Tuesday, I spent the morning at a Kubernetes workshop learning that when apps on the IBM Cloud Container Service fail to deploy, the reason may not be obvious.…

The e-waste warrior, 28,000 copied Windows restore discs, and a fight to stay out of jail

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:08:47 GMT

Tech recycler fights prison term for handing out recovery CDs

A California electronics recycler is fighting to stay out of jail after he admitted copying thousands of Windows reinstallation discs for use with refurbished PCs.…

Test crash dummies: Pearson VUE broke half-way into all-day exam

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 23:20:26 GMT

Trainees spent months prepping for web assessment... that fell over hours in

Imagine you'd just spent 18 months of your life working towards a big certification exam that could make or break your career and, come the big day, the web-hosted test fell over.…

Coinbase, Worldpay, Visa play blame game after dosh vanishes from crypto-fans' pockets

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 22:37:51 GMT

Refunds for missing bank account cash trickle through

Customers of cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase are still virtually in the dark regarding mysterious withdrawals made from their bank accounts that, in some cases, have apparently left some unlucky punters broke and facing overdraft fees.…

Is HCI and ops automation really threatening your job?

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 21:41:16 GMT

Let's do a quick reality check

Reg reader survey The march of automation is unavoidable. This is as true in IT as it is in any other profession. From a jobs perspective, some people will win and some will lose. Either way, things will often get shaken up and the status quo threatened.…

US cable giant tries to wriggle out of 'crap ISP' legal battle now that net neutrality is dead

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 20:59:19 GMT

Hold it right there, Charter

Charter still has to answer for selling New Yorkers short on their internet packages, a judge has decided, rejecting the cable giant's argument that the repeal of net neutrality rules in the US means the case is moot.…

Talk about a MINER offense! Crypto-cash crafter clashes with T-Mob US in hipster haven

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 20:21:02 GMT

Watchdog steps in after box found fuzzing up signals

America's comms watchdog, the FCC, has ordered a bloke in Brooklyn, New York, to turn off his cryptocurrency miner – after the box interfered with nearby T-Mobile US cellphone towers.…

Big Blue plumps up storage line with filer and fabrics

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:31:14 GMT

Spectrum goes all NASty, FlashSystem base box getting NVMe fabric access

IBM is adding filer software to its storage offerings, NVMe fabric access to its base all-flash array, and other features across its storage portfolio in a bumper Big Blue storage news day.…

We've built a 4G drone tracking system, beams Vodafone

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 16:47:13 GMT

And how is sir implementing that geofencing idea?

Vodafone is working on an airborne drone detection system based on 4G M2M mobile phone technology, the Brit-based network operator said this morning.…

Qualcomm opens maw, prepares to swallow Dutch chipmaker NXP

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 15:59:10 GMT

Increased offer gives shareholders food for thought

While fending off unwanted advances from a determined suitor, chip-maker Qualcomm has had an increased bid for NXP Semiconductors accepted.…

iPhone X 'slump' is real, whisper supply chain moles

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 14:37:05 GMT

There are now 30 million X-shaped holes in Apple's estimates. Ouch

Samsung has provided confirmation that iPhone X sales are way below Apple's estimates for the much-hyped, tenth anniversary special. The miscalculation could end up benefitting Android owners.…

UK local gov: 37 cyber attacks a minute but little mandatory training

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:27:30 GMT

Campaigners blame gov bods' growing hunger for big data

Britain's local governments were hit by almost 100 million cyber attacks in the last five years, while one in four councils’ systems were successfully breached, according to research.…

Japan's Robo-Bartenders point to a golden future

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:02:14 GMT

Tired travellers floored by perfectly poured pints

Not content with wowing the world with the posterior polishing wizardry of their electronic toilet seats, the Japanese have turned their attention to that other first world problem: pouring of the perfect pint.…

Hot NAND: Samsung wheels out 30TB SSD monster

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 12:35:13 GMT

It's another whopper: Fabulous capacity or blast radius nightmare

Samsung has finally got its 31TB SSD into manufacturing, catching up with Toshiba's similarly well-endowed SAS flash package.…

Flight Simulator's DRM fighter nosedives into Chrome's cache

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 12:06:07 GMT

Flight Sim Labs tips a bucket of fresh aviation fuel onto malware flames

Virtual pilots were excited to download the latest update from Microsoft's Flight Simulator Add-On wrangler, Flight Sim Labs, featuring updates to the Airbus A320 model, but their delight was then tempered with anger.…

Scality CEO: About that C-suite throttling...

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 11:26:08 GMT

'We didn't strictly need a marketing chief or a president or a COO...'

More details have emerged of C-suite axe swinging at Scality with chief marketing officer Paul Turner getting the chop - still he lasted longer than his predecessor.…

Crunch time: Maplin in talks to sell the business

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:53:07 GMT

Pre-pack administration looms if retailer can't find a new parent

Ailing gadget souk Maplin is locked in eleventh-hour talks with a potential buyer of the chain but the company may be placed into the hands of an administrator if an agreement cannot be reached.…

Capita data centres hit by buttload of outages

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:37:13 GMT

'60 is not a high number,' says press handler. O rly?

Exclusive Hard-pressed outsourcing titan Capita wrestled with almost sixty separate outages at its data centres in the space of just half a year, The Register can exclusively reveal.…

A print button? Mmkay. Let's explore WHY you need me to add that

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:03:13 GMT

Come, Morlocks, and step into the world of the design Eloi

With all our attention on the Morlocks – down there with the whirring gears of Kubernetes and steaming clouds – it's easy to lose track of the Eloi: those concierges of productivity that smooth out the rough, upper crust of The Stack to make sure your software is actually usable.…

Sorry, I can't hear you, the line's VoLTE

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 09:35:08 GMT

The path to all-IP calls is not smooth. Just ask EE

EE has improved the reliability of its voice calls after a bumpy transition to an all-IP mobile network, according to network sleuth RootMetrics.…

Veritas loses its Vision, kills global customer knees-up

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 09:02:15 GMT

Warm wine and sarnies to be served up at 'local' Solutions Days instead

Veritas has canned its annual Veritas Vision marketing extravaganza in preference of smaller, regional get togethers for channel and end-user customers.…

Teensy plastic shields are the big new thing in 2018's laptop crop

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 08:35:08 GMT

Webcam shields, security integration, USB-C and micro-desktops are the moderately hot spots for the PC industry

The PC market may be in decline but someone is going to buy about 300 million of them this year. And because The Register knows that plenty of our readers are responsible for PC purchasing, deployment and maintenance … here we are with our annual guide to what's new and notable among the new models from HP, Lenovo and Dell, the top three PC vendors.…

HP starts slinging Apple hardware, tech support vending machines

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 08:02:12 GMT

Add Macs, iPads and iPhones to Devices-as-a-service offering

HP Ink is probably the world's top PC-maker measured by devices shipped, but has nonetheless started to offer and support Apple devices for its customers.…

Why is the networking business dozing through Meltdown/Spectre?

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 07:02:06 GMT

There may be some vulnerable cores in switches, but getting to them is hard

In the seven weeks since The Register broke the news of the Meltdown/Spectre speculative execution vulnerabilities, nearly every corner of the industry has scrambled to patch, re-patch, and work out how to Spectre-proof the world.…

KFC: Enemy of waistlines, AI, arteries and logistics software

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 06:02:12 GMT

Self-driving cars mistake the Colonel for a Stop sign, which is cruel given a software SNAFU's emptied UK eateries

Brits suffering through the nationwide KFC famine can enjoy with wry amusement the fact that an AI can be fooled into thinking an image of Colonel Sanders and the restaurant's logo are a stop sign.…

And lo! Crypto-coins came unto the holy land. And the wise decreed they must all be taxed

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 04:58:08 GMT

Israel decides Bitcoin and pals are property, not currency, and attract biblical levels of tax

The idea that Bitcoin and its ilk create uncontrollable and un-taxable instruments no government can control has been dealt a blow in Israel, where the local Tax Authority has ruled cryptocurrencies are boring old property.…

Year-old vuln turns Jenkins servers into Monero mining slaves

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 02:58:08 GMT

The hip world of continuous integration meets the dark world of crypto-jacking

Here's a salutary reminder why it pays to patch promptly: a Jenkins bug patched last year became the vector for a multi-million-dollar cryptocurrency mining hijack.…

Microsoft ends notifications for Win-Phone 7.5 and 8.0

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 01:45:59 GMT

Sorry to spoil the fun for both of our readers still running them, but support's ended too

Microsoft's all-but-euthanized Windows Phone 7.5 and 8.0.…

Google reveals Edge bug that Microsoft has had trouble fixing

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 00:12:22 GMT

Oh great - because Google's explained how to make Edge run dodgy code

Google has again decided to disclose a flaw in Microsoft software before the latter company could deliver a fix. Indeed, Microsoft has struggled to fix this problem.…

Iiyama reanimates LCD cartel lawsuit corpse, swings it at Samsung

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 18:05:05 GMT

Court of Appeal: Can't kick this out, let's have a trial

LG and Samsung may be getting hot under the collar after an English court agreed that the long-running liquid crystal display (LCD) price-fixing cartel case can be reopened.…

Opportunity knocked? Rover survives Martian winter, may not survive budget cuts

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 16:31:06 GMT

Long-lived robot throws 5,000 sol party. Beancounters not invited

As MER-B, better known as the Opportunity rover, passes the 5,000 sol mark on Mars and approaches the 15th anniversary of its launch (thankfully without the desolate rendition of "Happy Birthday" played by its plutonium-powered successor, Curiosity) it appears the knives are out at NASA.…

Big data fitness plan: What's the deal with DX?

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 16:20:11 GMT

Shaping up for transformation

Over the last few months people have stopped saying “digitalization” or “digital transformation” and abbreviating it “DX.” The industry is full of abbreviations and ephemeral jargon, and the most irritating part of this latest addition, for those of us in receiving end of the phrase “DX”, is they don’t know what “DX” means.…

Facebook's big solution to combating election ad fraud: Snail mail

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 15:58:13 GMT

Lo-tech brainwave 'won't solve everything', says biz

In the face of increasing public pressure to address election fraud, Facebook has come up with a novel way to check who's buying advertising on its site – snail mail.…

When Samsung reveals the S9 at MWC, at least try to act surprised

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 15:00:27 GMT

Is there anything you don't already know?

There's rarely such a thing as a "genuine" phone leak in our experience – glimpses of unreleased models are carefully choreographed by professionals months in advance.…

*Wakes up in Chrome's post-adblockalyptic landscape* Wow, hardly anything's changed!

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 13:59:05 GMT

Web still looking pretty toxic

You read it here first: the much-feared Chrome adblockalypse is likely be a soaking wet squib – with many kinds of digital irritant permitted.…'s Brexiteers warned not to push for divergence on data protection laws

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 13:22:10 GMT

As PM lacks specifics on UK’s desired ‘adequacy-plus’ deal

British government ministers have been told not to peddle the idea that trade agreements are incompatible with continued compliance with European data protection laws.…

US docs show Daimler may have done a Dieselgate – German press claims

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 12:40:06 GMT

Cars detect when it is on a test routine – reports

American investigators are looking into Mercedes maker Daimler's use of engine management software that is alleged to help its vehicles pass emissions tests, according to reports.…

Storage snow big deal? Products vendors hope will sleigh, pole position startups and more

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 11:18:04 GMT

Ice to meet you, storage fans. This was your week

In this week's roundup we hitch a brief ride on a sledge to the South Pole, and watch the movements in frozen flash, hot HCI, supercooled software and more.…

Farts away! Plane makes unscheduled stop after man won't stop guffing

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 10:53:33 GMT

Flatulence takes the wind out of budget Dutch airline's wings

An elderly man's flatulence forced his flight to make an emergency stop after a fight broke out over his barrage of bottom burps.…

Good luck, have fun: Thanks Xeon SP, now SPEC benchmarks blurt out hundreds of results

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 10:04:11 GMT

We're supposed to sift through this without a tool?

Comment Ah, the good old days of server benchmarks, when CPU variations were few and clock rates ruled the roost. Now we have four different Xeon SP CPU families, one with two model lines, and each family has its own set of CPUs with differing core counts, threads and clock rates.…

Brain emerging from hibernation? Feed it with The Register Lectures

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 09:38:13 GMT

Spring menu includes Deception, Spitfires and Existential Risk…

Spring is on the horizon, the sap is rising and if you’re anything like us, your brain is emerging from its winter hibernation and looking for sustenance.… calls on the Big Man – GOD – to boost rural broadband

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 09:02:06 GMT

Digi Sec decrees: Thou shalt put a mast on your spire to boost connectivity

The governent is looking towards the heavens in its bid to redeem rural broadband speeds, having exhausted all other options.…

Oracle open-sources DTrace under the GPL

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 08:28:06 GMT

Which makes lots of sysadmins' fave tracing tool cool for Linux

Oracle appears to have open-sourced DTrace, the system instrumentation tool that Sun Microsystems created in the early 2000s and which has been beloved of many-a-sysadmin ever since.…