The Week in Summary

AWS CEO Andy Jassy

We survived today's Amazon news avalanche to bring you this: Yes, a managed Kubernetes service will be a thing

AWS re:Invent On Wednesday in Las Vegas, USA, at Amazon Web Services' sixth annual re:Invent dog-and-pony show, CEO Andy Jassy fulfilled industry expectations and introduced a managed Kubernetes service – Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS).
Thomas Claburn, 29 Nov 2017
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We go live to the Uber-Waymo court battle... You are not going to believe this. The judge certainly doesn't

Uber caught one of its employees trying to steal documents and save them to his personal computer. He resigned.
Kieren McCarthy, 29 Nov 2017

Night before Xmas and all through American Airlines, not a pilot was flying, thanks to this bug

A bug in American Airlines' pilot scheduling software has left the US airline dramatically understaffed for the coming month, particularly around Christmas week.
Shaun Nichols, 29 Nov 2017
Dorado

OceanStor Dorado V3 put through its paces by ESG Labs

Sponsored In 2017 data protection, data growth and hardware costs remain top concerns for those in the market for All Flash Array (AFA) technology.
David Gordon, 29 Nov 2017
Man confused by laptop

Wondering why your internal .dev web app has stopped working?

Network admins, code wranglers and other techies have hit an unusual problem this week: their test and development environments have vanished.
Kieren McCarthy, 29 Nov 2017

As Apple fixes macOS root password hole, here's what went wrong

Code dive Apple has emitted an emergency software patch to address the trivial to exploit vulnerability in macOS High Sierra, version 10.13.1, that allowed miscreants to log into Macs as administrators without passwords and let any app gain root privileges.
Shaun Nichols, 29 Nov 2017
Lauri Love. Pic: Courage Foundation

Unfit to plead before a US court? You may face 'indefinite detention'

Accused Brit hacker Lauri Love may be held in indefinite detention in an American prison if US courts find him unfit to enter a plea, the High Court in London was told this afternoon.
Gareth Corfield, 29 Nov 2017
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Apple and Qualcomm become best pals... lol jk the sueballs keep flying

Apple filed a countersuit against Qualcomm in the Southern District Court of California today for allegedly infringing eight power-efficiency patents.
Andrew Silver, 29 Nov 2017
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NHS England told to get a grip on patient records after £6.6m blunder

NHS England has been slammed after more than 700,000 patient records went undelivered.
Rebecca Hill, 29 Nov 2017
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HPE inks object storage reseller deal in EMEA – with Cloudian

+Comment Not content with having one object storage partner, Scality, HPE has linked arms with a second – Cloudian.
Chris Mellor, 29 Nov 2017

Scotland, now is your time… to launch Brexit Britain into SPAAAACE!

During a third reading of the draft bill for space industries at the House of Lords yesterday, peers debated limiting the British government's power and also plumped for Scotland as the venue for a UK spaceport.
Andrew Silver, 29 Nov 2017

Max Schrems launches privacy NGO, wins €60k within first 24 hours

Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems is crowdfunding a nonprofit that will bring consumer privacy cases to court in a bid to enforce European data protection laws.
Rebecca Hill, 29 Nov 2017
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Lauri Love appeal: 'If he's dead, no victim's going to get anything'

Accused hacker Lauri Love is at a strong "likelihood of suicide" if extradited to America – and that a formerly anonymous co-defendant was tried at home in Australia is good reason for Love to be treated the same way, defence barrister Edward Fitzgerald QC told the High Court today.
Gareth Corfield, 29 Nov 2017

Uber says 2.7 MEEELLION(ish) UK users affected by hack

Uber has finally come up with a figure for the number of UK-based riders and drivers affected by its massive data breach: 2.7 million.
Rebecca Hill, 29 Nov 2017
Group of young people yawning/looking bored. Photo by shutterstock

Can't wait for 5G? Don't then, Gigabit LTE will be around for ages

While 5G suffers the usual, protracted birth pangs, unfashionable Gigabit LTE is going to be how your mobile bits are delivered for ages.
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Nov 2017

Hacked Brit shipping giant Clarksons: A person may release some of our data today

British shipping company Clarkson has 'fessed up to a data breach, saying a miscreant has accessed its systems and the public should expect some of it to be made public.
Andrew Silver, 29 Nov 2017
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FlashBlade runner Pure charges NetApp's legacy filer fortress

Analysis Pure Storage had a great growth quarter and sees itself taking on NetApp filers with its unstructured data FlashBlade product.
Chris Mellor, 29 Nov 2017

Why does no one want to invest in full fibre broadband, wails UK.gov

The UK government has launched a review to figure out what’s holding back investment in "full fibre" and 5G networks and how policies could help the telco market.
Rebecca Hill, 29 Nov 2017
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24 hours left to save 100s on Continuous Lifecycle tix

You’ve got less than 24 hours to secure blind bird tickets for our Continuous Lifecycle London conference next May for the rock bottom price of £500 plus VAT.
Team Register, 29 Nov 2017
Android

The End of Abandondroid? Treble might rescue Google from OTA Hell

Google's attempt to cure the Android's ever-worsening fragmentation issue and slow updates might actually turn the tide.
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Nov 2017
Files in manager's desk drawers: manila folder marked "Redundancies". Image via shutterstock

Jingle bells, IBM tells more staff it is D-day ?

IBM's Technology Support Services (TSS) teamsters in the Global Technology Services (GTS) UK division are braced for further job cuts as they enter yet another redundancy consultation process.
Paul Kunert, 29 Nov 2017
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The monitoring capability gap

Research Against the backdrop of increasingly crucial and complex IT systems, and a relentless pace of change in the business and technology domains, ensuring that systems are running smoothly and with a good level of performance has become a key imperative. This shines a spotlight on systems monitoring, but how well are organisations doing in meeting requirements in this space?
Dale Vile, 29 Nov 2017
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£160m ploughed into 5G is a fair sum. Shame the tech doesn't really exist

Going by last week's Budget, it looks like the only ones still drinking the 5G Kool-Aid are senior politicians. Perhaps they think it will make them look visionary.
Kane Mumford, 29 Nov 2017
A British Army Watchkeeper drone lands at Parc Aberporth. Crown copyright

Watchkeeper drones cost taxpayers ONE BEEELLION POUNDS

The British Army's notorious Thales Watchkeeper drones have cost the taxpayer a billion pounds over the past 12 years.
Gareth Corfield, 29 Nov 2017
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Two years later, SAP's making ‘progress’ on clearing up S/4HANA ball of confusion

SAP is “getting there” with its efforts to address concerns around deployment of the latest version of its ERP business suite, according to S/4HANA COO Sal Laher.
Rebecca Hill, 29 Nov 2017
Woman says oops after data breach... or spome other mistake, possibly. Illustration by Shutterstock/sergey sobin
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IBM figures out it takes longer than a week to re-wire software

IBM has announced it will again try to wean its cloud off the known-to-be-insecure TLS 1.0 and 1.1, but will also keep them available for some services.
Simon Sharwood, 29 Nov 2017

The six simple questions Facebook refused to answer about its creepy suicide-detection AI

Analysis Facebook is using mysterious software that scours material on its social network to identify and offer help to people who sound potentially suicidal.
Katyanna Quach, 29 Nov 2017
YouTube India logo - not official

No 'Pai-day' for India: nation to adopt strict network neutrality

India has decided to implement a formal Internet neutrality regime.
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Accused hacker Lauri Love's extradition appeal begins

Alleged computer hacker Lauri Love’s appeal against extradition from the UK to the US begins this morning at the Royal Courts of Justice in London.
Gareth Corfield, 29 Nov 2017
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Amazon reveals 'Nitro'... Custom ASICs and boxes that do grunt work so EC2 hosts can just run instances

AWS re:Invent Amazon Web Services has revealed that it spent four years working on a new architecture that offloads networking, storage and management tasks from EC2 host servers to dedicated hardware.
Simon Sharwood, 29 Nov 2017
Bitcoin punch cards

Elon Musk says he's not Satoshi Nakamoto and is pretty rubbish at Bitcoin

In fact he's kinda rubbish at cryptocurrency altogether Tesla, SpaceX, OpenAI and Boring Company boss Elon Musk has denied inventing the blockchain and bitcoin, or being Satoshi Nakamoto.
Simon Sharwood, 29 Nov 2017
Canada

Canadian court gives limited OK to warrantless Stingrays

Canada's domestic spy agency has won permission to continue using IMSI-catchers, in some cases without warrants, following a decision by the country's federal court.
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Twitter's fight to kill Uncle Sam's censorship of spying numbers edges closer to victory

Twitter has won another round in its long-running campaign to publish numbers that the US government insists should be secret.
Thomas Claburn, 29 Nov 2017
Tumbleweed

Hardly anyone uses Australia's My Health Record service

One of the Australian government's signature policies, the electronic health record, has been all-but-abandoned by the healthcare sector.
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Canadian! fella! admits! hacking! Gmail! inboxes! amid! Yahoo! megahack!

A Canadian hacker for hire has admitted ransacking webmail accounts for miscreants accused of orchestrating the Yahoo! megahack that hit all three billion Purple Palace user accounts.
Iain Thomson, 29 Nov 2017
Poster for the movie Cable Guy. Copyright:  Columbia Pictures Corporation,

High-freq trade biz sues transatlantic ISP for alleged spiteful cable cut

A New York investment firm is suing its ISP to retain its access to a high-speed international internet link – after the firm was acquired by a company that has a beef with the broadband provider.
Shaun Nichols, 29 Nov 2017
Uber self-driving car on a transport truck
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Uber hack coverup: Your next US state lawsuit arrives in four minutes

Challenged on Monday by US senators to explain its failure to report that it had allowed hackers to grab records on 57 million customers and drivers and then paid hush money in an attempted year-long coverup, Uber has been presented with its second state-backed lawsuit for not alerting authorities to the pilfering.
Thomas Claburn, 29 Nov 2017

FCC boss Ajit defends axing net neutrality by… attacking Cher

Analysis Ajit Pai – the head of America's broadband watchdog, the FCC – has responded to widespread criticism of his plan to tear up net neutrality safeguards by… mocking celebrity tweets.
Kieren McCarthy, 29 Nov 2017
AFP Commissioner Andrew Colvin
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Federal police didn't delete all copies of journalist's metadata

In April, the Australian Federal Police (AFP) apologetically promised it would destroy illegally-collected metadata about a journalist. It's now emerged that it botched the job, and didn't until shown the error of its ways.

Judge stalls Uber trade-secret theft trial after learning upstart 'ran a trade-secret stealing op'

A judge today delayed the start of a trade-secret theft case against Uber – after evidence suggesting the upstart operated a secret trade-secret-stealing unit was revealed at the last minute.
Kieren McCarthy, 28 Nov 2017
Soyuz

Russian rocket snafu may have just violently dismantled 19 satellites

A Russian weather satellite and 18 micro-satellites are right now thought to be at the bottom of the Atlantic ocean after a Soyuz rocket carrying the birds malfunctioned shortly after launch.
Iain Thomson, 28 Nov 2017
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US intelligence blabs classified Linux VM to world via leaky S3 silo

A classified toolkit for potentially accessing US military intelligence networks was left exposed to the public internet, for anyone to find, according to security researchers today.
Iain Thomson, 28 Nov 2017

Pro tip: You can log into macOS High Sierra as root with no password

Updated A trivial-to-exploit flaw in macOS High Sierra, aka macOS 10.13, allows users to gain admin rights, or log in as root, without a password.
Shaun Nichols, 28 Nov 2017

Breaking the storage bottleneck

Webcast On the 6th of December at 10am GMT we're broadcasting live with a webcast that explores the potential of NVMe to help organisations manage the storage bottleneck.
David Gordon, 28 Nov 2017
Exam photo via Shutterstock

GCSE compsci kids' work may not count after solutions leaked online

The new compsci GCSE has been plunged into chaos after solutions to coursework tasks were found leaked online.
Andrew Silver, 28 Nov 2017
CCTV camera trained on a garden. Photo by Shutterstock
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Soon enough, Toshiba drives will stash vid footage of all of us

Toshiba has taken its MG06 10TB enterprise capacity disk-drive technology and used it to update its surveillance line.
Chris Mellor, 28 Nov 2017
Galaxies stretching back into time across billions of light-years of space. The image covers a portion of a large galaxy census called the Great Observatories Origins Deep Survey (GOODS).
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Stephen Hawking's boffin buds buy HPE HPC to ogle universe

Well, would ya look at that? Hewlett Packard Enterprise has retained a customer. Stephen Hawking's Centre for Theoretical Cosmology (COSMOS) has slurped the firm's latest data-crunching HPC system to better understand the universe.
Paul Kunert, 28 Nov 2017
"New and shiny" person lies with eyes closed, covered in grey glitter. Photo by Shutterstock

Someone has fixed the ESX 'VM stun' problem

Comtrade's latest HYCU Nutanix backup product version has a fix for the VM stun problem.
Chris Mellor, 28 Nov 2017

SpaceX 'raises' an extra 100 million bucks to get His Muskiness to Mars

SpaceX has amended an US Securities and Exchange Commission filing from August to reveal it raised cash by selling off about a hundred-million bucks more in equity and stock than previously disclosed.
Andrew Silver, 28 Nov 2017
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HPE and ABB, sitting in a tree, doing lucrative industrial IoT

HPE has an Internet of Things alliance going with industrial giant ABB with the two pushing industrial IoT to make smarter, more efficient industrial products.
Chris Mellor, 28 Nov 2017
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One love, OneSphere: Let's give thanks to the cloud and HPE, all right?

Analysis With OneSphere, HPE has attempted to take a multi-silo, on-premises, hybrid and public cloud pain in the proverbial and "fix it" through one pane of glass.
Chris Mellor, 28 Nov 2017

What's that fresh, zesty fragrance? Oh, Linux Mint 18.3 has landed

Linux Mint 18.3 – aka "Sylvia" – is here to remind users that, hey, sometimes Linux can work a little bit more like Apple, Google and Microsoft software. (Just kidding, don't kill us.)
Andrew Silver, 28 Nov 2017

Researcher: DJI RCE-holes offered me $500 after I found Heartbleed etc on its servers

Updated Chinese drone-maker DJI’s bug bounty programme has been struck with fresh controversy after a security researcher claimed he was offered just $500 for reporting, among others, the years-old Heartbleed vulnerability.
Gareth Corfield, 28 Nov 2017

You mean Google updated its smartwatch OS and nobody noticed?

Google has quietly brought improvements to its wearable OS that users have been asking for three years. And without much fanfare.
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Nov 2017
Rolls Royce Airbus Siemens electric plane

Rolls-Royce, Airbus, Siemens tease electric flight engine project

British aero engine maker Rolls-Royce will team up with Airbus and Siemens to develop hybrid electric-powered flying machines, it has been announced today.
Richard Priday, 28 Nov 2017
A donkey

Lock them up and throw away the (don)key

Eight donkeys were released from an Indian jail yesterday after the law proved itself to be, well, an ass, and imprisoned them for eating the prison officers' plants.
Richard Priday, 28 Nov 2017
Cloud and rockets

VMware-on-AWS bulks up, fails in (good) new ways and even lets you reserve a table

VMware has added new services, and new features, to its bare metal service running in Amazon Web Services.
Simon Sharwood, 28 Nov 2017
Marching, image via Shutterstock

Storage uber alles: SoftBank chucks $20 mill into Nexenta's hat

Software-defined storage biz Nexenta has picked up another $20m in funding.
Chris Mellor, 28 Nov 2017

'Break up Google and Facebook if you ever want innovation again'

If the tech industry wants another wave of innovation to match the PC or the internet, Google and Facebook must be broken up, journalist and film producer Jonathan Taplin told an audience at University College London's Faculty of Law this week.
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Nov 2017
Man in suit counts out piles of dollars. Photo via Shutterstock

Couchbase CEO: 'No current financing plans' but no IPO date either

Couchbase is going after businesses tracking customer interactions and investing in "digital transformation" amid speculation of an IPO.
Rebecca Hill, 28 Nov 2017
man uses blender. Photo by shutterstock
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Right, HPE. You've eaten your hyperconverged Simplivity breakfast. Will it blend?

Interview How does Hewlett Packard Enterprise view hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) now that it has bought and is digesting SimpliVity?
Chris Mellor, 28 Nov 2017

2001: A Stob Odyssey

Stob has obtained access to the unpublished journals of a young British programmer who found herself assigned to the elite team that built the HAL 9000 computer during the 1990s.
Verity Stob, 28 Nov 2017
Chap in suit in slingshot

Three useless UK.gov 'catapults' put in Last Chance Saloon

The UK government’s network of "Catapult" innovation and technology agencies –?which fall under its under the R&D spending umbrella –?show poor governance and dubious value for money, a report by Ernst and Young has concluded.
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Nov 2017

IBM does what IBM does best: Raises the chopper again

Exclusive With the wider ambition to base eight in 10 services personnel to lower-cost wage locations, IBM has commenced the latest job-cutting process in the UK and Ireland.
Paul Kunert, 28 Nov 2017
Mr Creosote prepares to gobble

You've feasted for days but the courses keep on coming: Let's talk storage turkey

Tasty storage dishes for your Thanksgiving table include starter from Hazelcast, entree from HPE, a side from Qubole and dessert from Rubrik. Place your napkins in your lap and start dining.
Chris Mellor, 28 Nov 2017
Car sales person walks away, smiling brightly, from couple looking at car...

ML fails: Loyalty prediction? Not really. And bonus prediction? Oh dear

Hello, wrong number You may never have heard of the NPS but if you have ever answered a question such as: "How likely are you to recommend our company/product/service to your friends and colleagues?" you have entered the Net Promoter Score zone.
CSIRO/ANU image Small Magellanic Cloud

You live in the right galaxy: Milky Way to eat Small Magellanic Cloud even sooner

Astronomers have long known the nearby galaxy, the Small Magellanic Cloud, was being monstered by the Milky Way and the Large Magellanic Cloud. But new imaging captured by the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) has made it clear that the little star-factory has only a handful of billion years left.

Boffins craft perfect 'head generator' to beat facial recognition

Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Informatics have defeated facial recognition on big social media platforms – by removing faces from photos and replacing them with automatically-painted replicas.
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Surprise: Android apps are riddled with trackers

In case you're wondering, yes, there's a good chance at least some of your Android apps have tracked you rather more than you expect.
A 'connected' TV watches over its owner. Pic via shutterstock

Surveillance Capitalism thinks it won, but there's still time to unplug it

On a walk across the show floor at January's Consumer Electronics Show, a friend working in technology for nearly thirty years expressed unease at where it all seemed to be headed.
Mark Pesce, 28 Nov 2017
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Open source nameserver used by millions needs patching

Open source DNS software vendor PowerDNS has advised users to patch its "Authoritative" and "Recursor" products, to squish five bugs disclosed today.

Facebook bends to pressure, opens German center to l?schen abuse, gets yelled at by spies

Facebook has caved to political pressure and announced a new office in Germany to scrub abusive posts from its social network.
Kieren McCarthy, 28 Nov 2017

Give 1,000 monkeys typewriters, they'll write Shakespeare. Give them robot arms, and wait – they actually did that?

Amputee monkeys have been trained to control robotic arms with their minds using an advanced brain-machine interface, a group of researchers has claimed.
Katyanna Quach, 28 Nov 2017
Maurice Moss IT crowd

Apple embraces El Reg! iOS 11 is now biting the hand that types IT

Call it a bug, call it a spellcheck quirk, or call it a wonderful bit of wishful thinking; iPhone owners are all about the IT department these days.
Shaun Nichols, 28 Nov 2017
CAT TELLS OWNER THEY'RE LATE. PHOTO BY SHUTTERSTOCK
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Microsoft postpones VMware-on-Azure details release by two weeks

Microsoft's delayed its big reveal of how it plans to run VMware on Azure by a fortnight, and won't say why.
Simon Sharwood, 28 Nov 2017

Net neutrality nonsense: Can we, please, just not all lose our minds?

Analysis Just because it was inevitable doesn't make it bearable.
Kieren McCarthy, 28 Nov 2017
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Chinese IT security bods accused of siphoning US GPS, biz blueprints

Three Chinese nationals went on a six-year hacking spree against American targets, siphoning financial reports and tech blueprints, US prosecutors allege.
Iain Thomson, 28 Nov 2017

Watch how Google's AI catches shoulder surfers spying on your phone

Video Google researchers claim to have developed an "electronic screen protector" that can alert you when nosy parkers are looking over your shoulder at your phone.
Katyanna Quach, 28 Nov 2017
Uber office in San Francisco

Uber, quit shoveling money into the fire for one second and explain that hack – US senators

Five US senators on Monday asked ersatz taxi biz and lawsuit magnet Uber to provide more details about how it allowed hackers in 2016 to pilfer personal information for 57 million customers and drivers.
Thomas Claburn, 28 Nov 2017

iPhone X Face ID fooled again by 'evil twin' mask

Video Security researchers have once again claimed a simple mask can hoodwink Apple's Face ID authentication system, which graces the tech giant's $1,000 iPhone X.
Iain Thomson, 28 Nov 2017

Bulletproof Coffee lacks bulletproof security: Nerd brain juice biz hacked, cards gulped

The Silicon Valley-backed nutrition upstart specializing in butter-infused coffee says evil code injected into its website was covertly gulping customers' payment card details for months.
Shaun Nichols, 27 Nov 2017
Lego builders, photo by Simone Mescolini, via Shutterstock

Navigating the hybrid cloud maze: Have you agreed on a cost of exit?

How times change. When the Cloud Industry Forum first started surveying cloud take-up, about seven years ago, most businesses still weren’t using any cloud services. Its latest survey, published this spring, revealed that nearly 90 per cent of organisations are using cloud, each one deploying three cloud-based services.
David Gordon, 27 Nov 2017
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That $10,000 Facebook bug: Photos shafted, addicts screwed by polls

A security researcher found a way to delete any picture on Facebook, irrespective of whether it's public or private, by cunning use of polls.
Iain Thomson, 27 Nov 2017
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AT&T, Comcast trash, kill Nashville's Googley broadband cable rules

An American city's efforts to make it easier for Google and upstart ISPs to compete against cable giants has been unceremoniously unplugged.
Shaun Nichols, 27 Nov 2017

Facebook, Google, IBM, Red Hat give GPL code scofflaws 60 days to behave – or else

Facebook, Google, IBM, and Red Hat on Monday will give free-software license violators two months to mend their ways before going nuclear.
Thomas Claburn, 27 Nov 2017
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Barracuda gobbled up by private equity sharks

Private equity biz Thoma Bravo is buying slow-growth Barracuda Networks for $1.6bn in cash.
Chris Mellor, 27 Nov 2017
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HPE GreenLake: Enterprise takes another splash at pay-as-you-go private cloud

Businesses want cloud-style IT, HPE declared as it pushed out GreenLake on-premises everything-as-a-service models – an evolution of its Flex Capacity pay-per-use infrastructure.
Chris Mellor, 27 Nov 2017
Installing cables on London Underground

Another way to avoid eye contact: 4G on the Tube expected 'in 2019'

Transport for London promises to have 4G mobile coverage on the London Underground during 2019 following successful tests this summer.
Richard Priday, 27 Nov 2017
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SAP fondlers: IoT? Machine learning? Woah there, we still don't understand licensing

Brit SAP users have little interest in adopting the German enterprise resource planning giant's self-branded "digital innovation system", Leonardo, citing licensing concerns as a barrier, according to a survey.
Rebecca Hill, 27 Nov 2017

Huawei's Honor 9: The only mobe of its spec asking 'why blow £500?'

Long-Term Test It's become a bit of cliché that in recent years low-cost Chinese phones have been "disrupting" a market that belonged to high-margin, high-cost flagship makers like Samsung and Sony. But what happens when a Chinese phone vendor "disrupts" itself?
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Nov 2017
Man uses virtual reality goggles on toilet
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Unreal, man: Amazon pitches new 3D VR kit at dev newbies

Amazon announced a preview for its new AR, VR and 3D app editing and hosting service, Sumerian, today. It is hoping new augmented and virtual reality web developers will pick its new cloud-based platform over Unity3D and Unreal Engine.
Andrew Silver, 27 Nov 2017
Radar screen.Pic: Flickr/NATS Press Office/CC BY-NC

Logicalis lands mega air traffic computer deal. Yes, that Logicalis

Troubled integrator biz Logicalis has scooped itself a contract to supply the UK's main air traffic control firm with key IT infrastructure equipment and services.
Gareth Corfield, 27 Nov 2017
Tom Baker Doctor Who

Tom Baker returns to finish shelved Doctor Who episodes penned by Douglas Adams

The fourth and finest Doctor, Tom Baker, has reprised the role to finish a Who serial scuppered in 1979 by strike action at the BBC.
Richard Currie, 27 Nov 2017
drone

Thou shalt use our drone app, UK.gov to tell quadcopter pilots

As Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle announce their engagement today, equally thrilling news is also breaking across Britain: new laws forcing drone operators to register.
Gareth Corfield, 27 Nov 2017
NHS hosptial photo, by Marbury via Shutterstock

Looking for scrubs? Nah, NHS wants white hats – the infosec techie kind

The UK's National Health Service will pay white hat hackers up to £20m to protect its IT systems, it announced today.
Richard Priday, 27 Nov 2017
Business man dressed as a clown

Don't shame idiots about their idiotically weak passwords

Attempting to scare people by telling them their password choices are stupid or easily guessable is counterproductive: because it serves only to reassure them that they are just like everyone else.
John Leyden, 27 Nov 2017

Vanity, thy name is: M1SCO company car reg plates for sale

Whichever fool once proclaimed money can’t buy one class clearly wasn’t privy to the inventory of now defunct tech reseller Misco Group that was recently put up for sale by private equity backer Hilco Capital.
Paul Kunert, 27 Nov 2017

Death, taxes, DXC job cuts: Three of life's sure bets

DXC Technologies is spreading some festive cheer by dangling voluntary redundancy (VR) terms in front of customer support teams, according to a confidential document seen by The Register.
Paul Kunert, 27 Nov 2017
Doctor examines virtual brain

Neural networks: Today, classifying flowers... tomorrow, Skynet maybe

If there's a poster child for machine learning, it's neural networks. We gave a practical introduction to the topic here, but this time I'll take a different approach and explain the background to how neural networks, er, work.
Mark Whitehorn, 27 Nov 2017
Pokemon toys

Pokémon GO caused hundreds of deaths, increased crashes

Pokémon GO killed at least two people and spiked rates of car accidents and injuries, according to a study of the game's impact on just one United States city.
Simon Sharwood, 27 Nov 2017

Yahoo! Groups! Go! TITSUP! for! Days!

Administrators of Yahoo! Groups have complained that the service has become unstable and unreliable.
Simon Sharwood, 27 Nov 2017
Great Hall of the People, seat of Communist party government in Beijing, China. Photo by Shutterstock

China plots new Great Leap Forward: to IPv6

China has claimed it invented IPv6, according to state-controlled newswire Xinhua.
MOSCOW, RUSSIA, JANUARY 2017: Russian traditional toy - Matryoshka with a portrait of Putin and Trump. showcase souvenir kiosk Editorial credit: dimbar76 / Shutterstock, Inc.
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Russian regulator says да to Uber/Yandex merger

The Federal Antimonopoly Service of the Russian Federation has given its approval to the combination of Uber's services with those of local Google analog Yandex.
Simon Sharwood, 27 Nov 2017
Alice in Alice's Adventures Underground. Pic credit: Jason Joyce

Boffins pack more info onto photon for faster quantum key distro

Researchers have packed extra information onto single photons to speed up quantum key distribution (QKD) systems.
Epic Fail

nbn? pauses hybrid fibre-coax build and will fix current connections

+Comment nbn?, the company building and operating Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN), has announced that it will remediate parts of its hybrid fibre-coax and pause new rollouts
Simon Sharwood, 27 Nov 2017
Password

.GIF garage Imgur plugs 1.7 million-subscriber creds breach

The world's self-described “most awesome” collection of images, Imgur, has confessed to leaking 1.7 million user records in 2014.
tesla truck

Tesla reveals a less-long-legged truck, but a bigger reservation price

Tesla's revealed more details about its forthcoming “Semi” electric truck, including a starting price of US$150,000.
Simon Sharwood, 26 Nov 2017
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Exim-ergency! Unix mailer has RCE, DoS vulnerabilities

Sysadmins who tend Exim servers have been advised to kick off their working weeks with the joy of patching.
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Team Trump goes in to bat for Google and Facebook

Donald Trump's former policy chief Steve Bannon wanted to limit the power of Silicon Valley's plutocrats, but US trade negotiations have just thrown a protective arm around them.
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Nov 2017
The Dragonfire laser turret mockup at DSEI 2017. Pic: MBDA

Military test centre for frikkin' laser cannon opens in Hampshire

British miltech boffinry outfit Qinetiq has opened a testing centre named the Dragonworks for the building and tweaking of giant laser cannon.
Gareth Corfield, 24 Nov 2017

UK spy court ruled immune from judicial review – for now

The UK's Court of Appeal has ruled that the body that oversees the nation's intelligence agencies cannot be held subject to a judicial review under active laws.
Rebecca Hill, 24 Nov 2017
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Plans to thwack Official Secrets Acts smacked: Journo-gagging reform postponed

Proposals to reform and rewrite Britain's aged Official Secrets Acts have been postponed for at least a year, the government's Law Commission has confirmed to The Register.
Duncan Campbell, 24 Nov 2017

Activist investor rages at Mellanox for dismissing Marvell's advances

Analysis InfiniBand/Ethernet tech supplier Mellanox is being targeted by an activist investor pissy that it rejected overtures from Marvell.
Chris Mellor, 24 Nov 2017

Forget Sesame Street, scientists pretty much watched Big Bird evolve on Galápagos island

New research has documented a species of finch evolving on the Galápagos island of Daphne Major, 1,000km off the west coast of Ecuador, in just two generations.
Andrew Silver, 24 Nov 2017
Value pack of two tins of Spam

156K spam text-sending firm to ICO: It wasn't us, Commissioner

The UK's Information Commissioner's Office has fined Hamilton Digital Solutions £45,000 for sending spam text messages, it announced today, despite its protestations that a third party had been responsible.
Richard Priday, 24 Nov 2017
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Dark fibre arts: Ofcom is determined to open up BT's network

Analysis BT has long been accused of jealously guarding its infrastructure. But forcing it to open up its network to competitors and break its market dominance has been an aim of Ofcom for some time.
Richard Priday, 24 Nov 2017
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Business as usual, says Aruba veep after Meg exits daddy HPE

"No change to Aruba" was veep Morten Illum's public verdict on the news that Meg Whitman was stepping down from the top spot at Aruba's parent company, Hewlett Packard Enterprise.
Gareth Corfield, 24 Nov 2017

Seek 'passion' and tech skills will follow, say recruiting security chiefs

Plugging the infosec skills gap with expensive consultants or by trying to hire already skilled people won't fix recruitment headaches, Thom Langford, CISO at Publicis Groupe, insisted at the #IRISSCERT conference in Dublin this week.
John Leyden, 24 Nov 2017

Digital Entrepreneur Awards help UK tech cop an eyeful of... WTF?

When it comes to women in tech, it's fair to say the sector has a bit of an image problem.
Kat Hall, 24 Nov 2017
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UK emergency crews get 4G smartmobes as monkeys attempt to emerge from Reg's butt

The British emergency services are to be equipped with 4G phones thanks to a new handheld device contract with Samsung worth up to £210m.
Richard Priday, 24 Nov 2017
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EU's data protection bods join the party to investigate Uber breach

The massive Uber data breach will be discussed by the European Union's data protection authorities next week.
Rebecca Hill, 24 Nov 2017
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BOFH: The trouble with, er, windows installs

Episode 16 "What you're looking for is plausible deniability," I say to the Boss.
Simon Travaglia, 24 Nov 2017

'Treat infosec fails like plane crashes' – but hopefully with less death and twisted metal

The world has never been so dependent on computers, networks and software so ensuring the security and availability of those systems is critical.
John Leyden, 24 Nov 2017

Another toothless wonder? Why the UK.gov's data ethics centre needs clout

Amid myriad bodies offering advice, opinions and rulings on the use of data springing up all over the shop, the government used the Budget to announce plans to create yet another.
Rebecca Hill, 24 Nov 2017
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A certain millennial turned 30 recently: Welcome to middle age, Microsoft Excel v2

Thirty is a ripe old age, maybe older than a good chunk of Register readers. Even for those of you for whom Excel is a spring chicken, how many applications or even operating systems are you still using of a similar age outside the Office suite?

10 years of the Kindle and the curious incident of a dog in the day-time

Something for the Weekend, Sir? A little worse for wear after the first Christmas party of the season, I stagger up the driveway to be met at my own front door by... a Kindle.
Alistair Dabbs, 24 Nov 2017
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Munich council finds €49.3m for Windows 10 embrace

The city of Munich will spend €49.3m (£43.9m/ $58.4m) going all-in on Windows after local politicos agreed to call time on the failing 15-year open source project.
Andrew Silver, 24 Nov 2017
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Linus Torvalds on security: 'Do no harm, don't break users'

Linus Torvalds has offered a lengthy explanation of his thoughts on security, in which he explained a calmer and more detailed version of his expletive-laden thoughts on the topic earlier this week.
Simon Sharwood, 24 Nov 2017
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Fujitsu imagines adjusting your rear view mirror for better hearing

Fujitsu Ten, the Japanese giant's automotive outfit, has developed technology that turns sheets of glass into speakers and thinks it could be used to help drivers talk on the phone without disturbing passengers.
Simon Sharwood, 24 Nov 2017

Boss made dirt list of minions' mistakes, kept his own rampage off it

On-Call Welcome again to On-Call, The Register's Friday column in which we share readers' tech support morality tales.
Simon Sharwood, 24 Nov 2017
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SurfaceBook 2 battery drains even when plugged in

Microsoft's acknowledged an embarrassing issue with its SurfaceBook 2 laptop – its battery can drain even while plugged into its power pack.
Simon Sharwood, 24 Nov 2017
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Firefox to warn users who visit p0wned sites

Mozilla developer Nihanth Subramanya has revealed the organisation's Firefox browser will soon warn users if they visit sites that have experienced data breaches that led to user credential leaks.
Simon Sharwood, 24 Nov 2017

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