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  • The Week in Summary


    Euro telco standards wonks publish third iteration of open source orchestrator

    The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) has published the third release of OSM, its open source management and orchestration (MANO) stack for network function virtualisation.
    ZTF at Palomar

    576-megapixel 'Zwicky Transient Facility' telescope sees first light

    A sky survey destined to add yet another firehose of data to astronomy saw first light in early November.
    DHS assistant secretary Jeanette Manfra

    US Homeland Security says hardly any Kaspersky software left on federal networks

    Only 15 per cent of US federal agencies still have Kaspersky Lab software anywhere on their networks.

    How can airlines stop hackers pwning planes over the air? And don't say 'regular patches'

    At least some commercial aircraft are vulnerable to wireless hacking, a US Department of Homeland Security official has admitted.
    John Leyden, 15 Nov 2017

    Remember CompuServe forums? They're still around! Also they're about to die

    CompuServe has announced it will remove its forums on December 15th, 2017.
    Simon Sharwood, 15 Nov 2017
    Excel for Windows 10

    It's 2017 – and your Windows PC can be forced to run malware-stuffed Excel macros

    Microsoft and Adobe are getting into the holiday spirit this month by gorging users and admins with a glut of security fixes.
    Shaun Nichols, 15 Nov 2017

    What do Vegas hookers, Colombian government, and 30,000 other sites have in common? Crypto-jacking miners

    Over the past few months there has been an alarming rise in the number of websites running code that silently joyrides computers and secretly makes them mine digital currency for miscreants.
    Iain Thomson, 15 Nov 2017
    Trying to catch money in a net

    Twitter: Finally, there's an affordable way to pay us actual money

    Hoping to extinguish its eleven-year cash bonfire and finally turn a profit, Twitter has introduced premium APIs to allow businesses to make better use of its trove of troll tweets – for a fee.
    Thomas Claburn, 14 Nov 2017

    How about that US isle wrecked by a hurricane, no power, comms... yes, we mean Puerto Rico

    Jessica Rosenworcel, one of the commissioners at America's broadband watchdog the FCC, has reiterated her call for hearings into what is happening with communications on the hurricane-stricken island of Puerto Rico.
    Kieren McCarthy, 14 Nov 2017
    OnePlus 2 backs

    Heads up: OnePlus phones have a secret root backdoor and the password is 'angela'

    Updated An apparent factory cockup has left many OnePlus Android smartphones with an exposed diagnostics tool that can be potentially exploited to root the handsets.
    Shaun Nichols, 14 Nov 2017
    Uber safety marketing

    Uber sued over alleged rapes as #MeToo web rally reveals more sex assault claims

    Two unnamed women allegedly raped by Uber drivers sued the transit app biz today for sexual assault and unlawful business practices.
    Thomas Claburn, 14 Nov 2017

    Donald Trump's tweets: Are they presidential statements or not?

    They are the most dissected, repeated and analyzed statements in the world – but are Donald Trump's tweets formal statements by the President of the United States, or his own personal reflections?
    Kieren McCarthy, 14 Nov 2017

    BT plots to slash pension benefits for 32,000 staff

    BT is proposing to close its defined benefit pension scheme for 11,000 managers and slash contributions to 21,000 frontline staff in a bid to plug a looming £14bn pension deficit.
    Kat Hall, 14 Nov 2017
    Tin can phone

    I'll admit, NetApp's NVMe fabric-accessed array sure has SAS, but it could be zippier

    Analysis NetApp's E570 array supports NVMe over fabrics yet it does not use NVMe drives, potentially slowing data access.
    Chris Mellor, 14 Nov 2017
    Image by beccarra /files/www.shutterstock.com/gallery-1124891p1.html

    Privacy Pass protocol promises private perusing

    Boffins have harnessed privacy-preserving crypto to create a browser extension that allows users to authenticate to services without being tracked.
    Rebecca Hill, 14 Nov 2017
    Houses in shipping containers

    Panzura offers DevOps swots that syncing feeling... with container docks

    File sync and sharer Panzura says containers are stuck executing locally unless the persistent storage they need moves with them to different on-premises or public cloud data centres. But, as luck would have it, it has got the tech to do just that.
    Chris Mellor, 14 Nov 2017

    Windows on ARM: It's nearly here (again)

    It's a milestone in Windows history: the first benchmarks for a new generation of ARM-powered Windows hardware have been sighted in the wild. Geekbench has recorded an instance of a box running Windows 10 on the "Qualcomm CLS" platform.
    Andrew Orlowski, 14 Nov 2017

    Infinidat adds sync, async replication and bans noisy neighbours

    Big-iron array supplier Infinidat's fourth major version of its software adds sync (block) and async (file) replication, file directory quotas and quality of service features to quiet down noisy neighbours.
    Chris Mellor, 14 Nov 2017
    Apple Watch Series 3

    Apple succeeds in failing wearables

    An expensive and clunky-looking watch that can’t tell you the time* is once again clear winner in the failing smart wearables space.
    Andrew Orlowski, 14 Nov 2017

    Estonia cuffs suspect, claims he's a Russian 'hacker spy'

    Russia has denied that a person nabbed by Estonian local authorities was one of its spies. Estonia alleges the suspect had been intent on hacking into the Baltic country’s computer network.
    John Leyden, 14 Nov 2017

    Starting small with burst buffers? DDN says it's got an 'entry-level' one

    DataDirect Networks (DDN) has added a smaller burst buffer product, decreased RAID rebuild times and introduced a cross-product monitoring and management facility to its HPS/supercomputing storage product set.
    Chris Mellor, 14 Nov 2017
    The Wick Lane penstock gates controls the sewage flow through the pipes

    Crap London broadband gets the sewer treatment

    London's Victorian sewer network is to be made accessible to fibre cables under a deal between SSE Enterprise Telecoms and Thames Water.
    Kat Hall, 14 Nov 2017
    Tripping over

    DXC spills AWS private keys on public GitHub

    Miscreants racked up a $64,000 bill on DXC Technologies' tab after a techie accidentally uploaded the outsourcing firm's private AWS key to a public GitHub repo.
    Paul Kunert, 14 Nov 2017

    HPE's Apollo 'Skylaked', will get ARM-wrestling little brother next year

    Some of HPE's supercomputer Apollo servers are Skylaked and can now say hello to an ARM-powered infant sibling.
    Chris Mellor, 14 Nov 2017
    Max Schrems

    EU court advised: Schrems is a consumer in Facebook case, but can't file class-action

    Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems' bid to bring a class-action lawsuit against Facebook has been dealt a blow by the advocate general advising the European Court of Justice.
    Rebecca Hill, 14 Nov 2017
    head of 50s-style robot

    Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat, look out for must-have toys that are 'easily hacked' ?

    Consumer advice outfit Which? has today published a report detailing how easy it is to hack some of the most popular "connected toys" on the market and has called on retailers to stop selling those with "proven security issues".
    Richard Priday, 14 Nov 2017

    80-year-old cyclist killed in prang with Tesla Model S

    An 80-year-old man has died in County Durham, England, after being struck by a Tesla Model S.
    Richard Priday, 14 Nov 2017
    Installing a deadbolt drillbit in the door frame

    Shut the front door: Jewson 'fesses up to data breach

    Builders merchant Jewson has confirmed in writing to customers that their privates could have been exposed in a cyber break-in that occurred late this summer.
    Paul Kunert, 14 Nov 2017
    HMRC photo, Gov.uk

    MPs slam HMRC's 'deeply worrying' lack of post-Brexit customs system

    MPs have today warned of the "catastrophic" scenario of UK taxmen at HMRC failing to have a back-up system in place if its Customs Declaration Service (CDS) programme is not ready in time for Brexit.
    Kat Hall, 14 Nov 2017

    BlackBerry Motion: The Phone That Won't Die

    48-Hour Test The oddly named "Motion" – not an odd word, just an odd choice – is BlackBerry Mobile's second phone as a new venture, a quasi-startup housed within Chinese giant TCL. It's a hefty slab of durable, full-touch, midrange metal modelled after a Scandinavian industrial workshop.
    Andrew Orlowski, 14 Nov 2017

    Sure, Face ID is neat, but it cannot replace a good old fashioned passcode

    Apple's iPhone X is one of several technologies bringing facial biometrics into the mainstream. It seems to have everything bar a heat scanner; the TrueDepth camera projects an impressive-sounding 30,000 infrared dots on to your phiz, scanning every blackhead in minute 3D detail.
    Danny Bradbury, 14 Nov 2017
    Register Lecture Picture

    Politics is going digital, but guns and money still pack a punch

    Reg Lectures Reg readers were introduced to a who's who of digital power players last week, from Kosovo’s king of fake news, and the Silicon Valley entrepreneurs planning floating startup countries, to, of course, grumpy cat.
    Joe Fay, 14 Nov 2017

    Backup, flash and replication: Barracuda buys, Toshiba invests, and WANdisco partners

    Business – it's all about making bigger pies, either by buying in pie and adding it to your own, building a new pie-making plant, or supplying your filling as part of somebody else's pie. Which brings us to Barracuda, Toshiba and WANdiso plus a few short news bites.
    Chris Mellor, 14 Nov 2017
    Robot wearing a business suit

    IBM asks remaining staff to take career advice from HR-bot

    IBM staff are being asked to eat the company's dogfood in the form of an AI-infused career advice chatbot named “Myca”.
    Simon Sharwood, 14 Nov 2017
    Illustration of a "bitcoin" dissolving into numbers. Photo by SHutterstock

    Your attention has value, personal cryptocurrency will advertise it

    Cryptocurrencies open the door to a world where everyone has their price.
    Mark Pesce, 14 Nov 2017
    movie still from zoolander: 'hansel, he's so hot right now. hansel'

    Your next laptop will feature 'CMF' technology

    HP Inc says it has flipped its relationship with the PC supply chain, and made colour, materials and finish as important to PCs as CPUs, screen sizes and disk capacities.
    Simon Sharwood, 14 Nov 2017
    Chinese revolutionary panda

    AWS sells local Chinese infrastructure to local partner Sinnet

    Amazon Web Services has sold some of its infrastructure in China.
    Simon Sharwood, 14 Nov 2017

    Think the US is alone? 18 countries had their elections hacked last year

    While America explores quite how much its election was interfered with by outsiders, the news isn't good for the rest of us, according to independent watchdog Freedom House.
    Iain Thomson, 14 Nov 2017

    WikiLeaks is wiki-leaked. And it's still not even a proper wiki anyway

    Julian Assange's WikiLeaks – that bastion of fiercely independent journalism – privately urged the Trump campaign to not concede the 2016 presidential election, to contest the result as rigged, and asked for one of Donald's tax returns so as to appear impartial and nothing whatsoever to do with Russia's meddling in the White House race.
    Shaun Nichols, 14 Nov 2017

    Amazon to make multiple Lord of the Rings prequel TV series

    Amazon's television limb has announced it will make multiple series based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s the Lord of The Rings.
    Simon Sharwood, 14 Nov 2017

    Red Hat opens its ARMs to Enterprise Linux... er, wait, perhaps it's the other way round

    Red Hat Enterprise Linux for ARM reached general availability Monday, underscoring the growing competition confronted by Intel's x86-64 platform in the data center.
    Thomas Claburn, 14 Nov 2017
    Artist's view of a binary black hole. Pic credit: NASA, ESA and G Bacon (STScI)

    Boffins on alert: Brace yourselves for huge gravitational wave coming within a decade

    The most violent gravitational waves in the universe from supermassive black hole prangs will be detected to within ten years, according to research published on Monday.
    Katyanna Quach, 13 Nov 2017
    Phone cables, photo via Shutterstock

    AT&T, Verizon agree to hop into bed and thrust new erections over US

    US telco giants AT&T and Verizon are joining forces to install cellphone towers throughout America.
    Shaun Nichols, 13 Nov 2017

    Dell EMC adds Skylake grunt to supercomputing workhorse server

    Dell EMC has accelerated its workhorse super/high-performance computing C4130 server with newer CPUs and GPUs.
    Chris Mellor, 13 Nov 2017
    The Broadcom BCM2836 chip in the new Pi 2

    Now, now, Qualcomm... Don't play hard to get, grins Broadcom

    Broadcomm says it will continue its efforts to acquire rival chip designer Qualcomm despite a unanimous rejection of its $103bn buyout offer.
    Shaun Nichols, 13 Nov 2017
    Illustration of a small person seated by giant feet

    You, Google. Get in here and explain all this personal data slurping – Missouri AG subpoena

    Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley on Monday said his office is investigating Google's business practices, adding fuel to the long smouldering antitrust fire that the Chocolate factory has been unable to extinguish.
    Thomas Claburn, 13 Nov 2017

    Thousand-dollar iPhone X's Face ID wrecked by '$150 3D-printed mask'

    Video Apple's facial-recognition login system in its rather expensive iPhone X can be, it is claimed, fooled by a 3D printed mask, a couple of photos, and a blob of silicone.
    Iain Thomson, 13 Nov 2017
    Kid nerds photo via Shutterstock

    It's 2017 and the UK's competition watchdog just got a data-tech team

    The Competition and Markets Authority is to assemble a dedicated team to handle the use of algorithms, artificial intelligence and big data in business.
    Richard Priday, 13 Nov 2017
    staff in business suits thrash each other with ring binders

    Productivity through tech, UK firms. More cyber, more cloud, more ERP!

    Low take-up of readily available tech is fuelling Blighty's "deep-seated productivity problems", the club for supposed captains of industry the CBI has said.
    Kat Hall, 13 Nov 2017
    Landfill filled with computers

    Brit cops slammed for failing to give answers on digital device data slurpage

    Police forces have been urged to keep better records on how much data they slurp from the hundreds of thousands of digital devices they seize, and how it is used.
    Rebecca Hill, 13 Nov 2017
    Funnel of cash. Credit: via SXC – /files/www.sxc.hu/profile/Leonardini

    Softbank gets Uber A-OK for $9 BEEELLION investment cash splurge

    Cash-flinging Japanese tech firm Softbank will sink up to ten billion dollars into Uber, following a vote of approval by the taxi app's board.
    Gareth Corfield, 13 Nov 2017
    Spoon feeding

    Qualcomm tells Broadcom: Pfffft! $103bn? You insult the very core of our cores

    Qualcomm's board has unanimously rejected Broadcom's $103bn buyout proposal, slamming its rival's bid as having "dramatically undervalued" the multi-billion-dollar chipmaker.
    Gareth Corfield, 13 Nov 2017

    Silverlight extinguished while Angular wins fans among developers

    Developers are done with Microsoft's Silverlight and Apache Flex, but they've been entranced by Android Studio, the Swift programming language, and Angular, a JavaScript framework.
    Thomas Claburn, 13 Nov 2017

    SciNet supercomputer's GPFS trick: We node what you did, burst buffer

    A Canadian supercomputer centre using a fast access parallel file system has stuffed an Excelero burst buffer between this storage and the compute nodes.
    Chris Mellor, 13 Nov 2017

    What will £450k buy you? A new CEO at Softcat

    Ever wondered how much the CEO at a big box shifting reseller gets paid? Wonder no more, for Softcat has revealed its new head honcho Graeme Watt will be on a cool £450,000 yearly base salary.
    Paul Kunert, 13 Nov 2017
    New Rackspace datacenter in Crawley, UK

    Rackspace, HPE pitch pay-as-you-go private cloud

    Rackspace says it will be teaming up with HPE to build a private cloud service that bills customers based on usage.
    Shaun Nichols, 13 Nov 2017

    Mm, sacrilicious: Greggs advent calendar features sausage roll in a manger

    Nothing quite says Christmas like greasy, calorific overindulgence, and this year budget sausage roll shop Greggs is ready to get you in the mood with its "treat-filled" limited-edition advent calendar.
    Kat Hall, 13 Nov 2017
    Alexa photo via Shutterstock

    Audio spy Alexa now has a little pal called Dox

    Updated Amazon's audio surveillance personal assistant device, Alexa, has acquired an external battery pack called Dox.
    Gareth Corfield, 13 Nov 2017
    A group of Playmobil pirates

    Shiver me timbers! 67cm Playmobil pirate ship sets sail for Caribbean

    A Playmobil pirate ship has been launched off the west coast of Africa after stowing away on a full-size Norwegian vessel.
    Rebecca Hill, 13 Nov 2017

    Bristol AI chip designer bags $50m from Valley VC

    AI chip startup Graphcore has announced today a $50m deal with venture capital firm Sequoia Capital.
    Richard Priday, 13 Nov 2017
    scrrengrab of iphone x face id from apple's website

    Augmented reality: Like it or not, only Apple's ready for the data-vomit gush

    This month's release by Apple of the iPhone X with FaceID begins the first wave of consumer products designed from the ground up for continuous awareness of space, place and face - crowning a half a century of research in augmented reality destined to fuse our rising sea of data onto the real world.
    Mark Pesce, 13 Nov 2017

    Back up bod Druva paddles even further up the Amazon

    +Comment Druva has nabbed a new Druva Cloud Platform (DCP) service gig for protecting, governing and looking into data in Amazon Web Services' Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), Simple Storage Service (S3), Elastic Block Store (EBS), and the Relational Database Service (RDS).
    Chris Mellor, 13 Nov 2017
    Munich beer hall with pretzels

    Munich council: To hell with Linux, we're going full Windows in 2020

    Munich city council's administrative and personnel committee has decided to move any remaining Linux systems to Windows 10 in 2020.
    Andrew Silver, 13 Nov 2017
    BT Openreach van

    Openreach fibre plan for 10m premises coming 'before Christmas'

    Openreach chair Mike McTighe says the carrier has concluded its consultation on how to deliver fibre-to-the-premises connections across Britain by the year 2025 and will deliver its plan to do so “before Christmas”.
    Simon Sharwood, 13 Nov 2017

    Qumulo goes all-flash and replicates to AWS

    Scale-out file start up Qumulo has revealed all-flash filer nodes.
    Chris Mellor, 13 Nov 2017
    Bitscope Blade

    Los Alamos National Lab fires up 750-node RPi cluster

    The Los Alamos National Laboratory will this week reveal its latest "High-performance computer" - a cluster of 750 Raspberry Pis.
    Couple shocked by something on a smartphone

    Stop your moaning, says maker of buggy Bluetooth sex toy

    Sex-toy maker Lovsense has told its customers to stop moaning about one of its products, which recorded audio of users as they – ahem – played, and stored it on their Android phones.
    Simon Sharwood, 13 Nov 2017
    Bicep icon

    ARM emulator in a VM? Yup, done. Ready to roll, no config required

    Hacking low-level code on ARM processors just became a little easier after a researcher who operates under the name Azeria Labs put together virtual machines that emulate common hardware.
    The Dream Chaser touches down at Edwards Air Force Base

    Teensy weensy space shuttle flies and lands

    Sierra Nevada Corporation's “Dream Chaser” automated spaceplane has successfully flown and landed.
    Simon Sharwood, 13 Nov 2017
    Oops icon

    Ride-share upstart 'Fasten' revealed as Hive of insecurity

    Boston-based ride-hailing hopeful Fasten has coughed to a million-customer data breach that happened because someone left a database lying around unsecured.
    Road Closed sign

    CopperheadOS stops updates to thwart knock-off phone floggers

    The folk in charge of the hardened Android distribution CopperheadOS have run into problems with licence violations. Over the weekend, they temporarily disabled over-the-air updates for Nexus devices, and pulled some downloads from their website.

    Linux 4.14 arrives and Linus says it should have fewer 0-days

    Linus Torvalds has given the world version 4.14 of the Linux Kernel.
    Simon Sharwood, 12 Nov 2017

    Manic miners, hideous hackers, frightful flaws, vibrating mock cock app shock – and more

    Roundup Phew, we made it to the weekend. Let's take a look at everything that went down in IT security beyond what we've already covered this week.
    Iain Thomson, 11 Nov 2017

    Secret HPE AI chip, TensorFlow updates, neural networks writing themselves – and more

    Roundup It's been an interesting fortnight, sorry, two weeks in AI. In addition to what we've already reported, we have news about HPE developing what looks like a neural network accelerator chip, TensorFlow updates, Google's effort to teach software to make software, and other bits and pieces.
    Katyanna Quach, 11 Nov 2017

    Parity's $280m Ethereum wallet freeze was no accident: It was a HACK, claims angry upstart

    A crypto-currency collector who was locked out of his $1m Ethereum multi-signature wallet this week by a catastrophic bug in Parity's software has claimed the blunder was not an accident – it was "deliberate and fraudulent."
    Iain Thomson, 10 Nov 2017
    Two execs in a server room. Has to have happened some time heh. Photo by Shutterstock

    You wanted robo-butlers. Instead, you're getting robo-BOFHs

    Interview Park Place Technologies for the past two years has been working with IT services biz BMC to develop a way to augment its data center service business with machine learning.
    Thomas Claburn, 10 Nov 2017

    Brace yourselves, fanboys. Winter is coming. And the iPhone X can't handle the cold

    Apple's $1,000 iPhone X may have trouble operating in the winter weather.
    Shaun Nichols, 10 Nov 2017

    How did someone hijack your Gmail? Phishing, keylogger or password reuse, we're guessing

    Google has teamed up with computer scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, to find out how exactly hijackers take over its users' accounts.
    John Leyden, 10 Nov 2017
    UN General Assembly

    Microsoft president says the world needs a digital Geneva Convention

    Microsoft president Brad Smith appeared before the UN in Geneva to talk about the growing problem of nation-state cyber attacks on Thursday.
    John Leyden, 10 Nov 2017

    Quantum CEO exits as scale-out storage rescue fails

    It's blood on the boardroom table at Quantum as an activist investor joins the board, the CEO leaves, the scale-out storage revenue rescue strategy fails, revenues turn down, and hopes turn to a software-defined, cloud-native future.
    Chris Mellor, 10 Nov 2017

    Word on the Rimini Street: Software support firm smiles through Oracle pain

    Oracle and SAP support firm Rimini Street has reported an increase in revenues in its first quarterly results since being listed on the NASDAQ.
    Rebecca Hill, 10 Nov 2017
    HP Apollo supercomputer

    HPE gets carried array with HPC: Partners up with DDN

    +Comment HPE and DataDirect Networks are partnering to integrate DDN storage and burst buffer products with HPE's Apollo servers and its DMF workflow manager.
    Chris Mellor, 10 Nov 2017

    Greenhouse gas-sniffing satellite to be built and tested in Britain

    The UK Space Agency has made a deal with Thales Alenia Space to assemble and test a carbon-measuring satellite, the British government announced yesterday.
    Richard Priday, 10 Nov 2017

    Computing in schools improved, but still needs major patching – report

    Computing based education has improved in the UK since 2012 but there's still more to be done, according to the Royal Society
    Richard Priday, 10 Nov 2017
    Stock market image via Shutterstock

    Equifax Q3 results: Not as bad as you might have hoped – hack only cost biz about $87m

    Equifax's latest financials lay bare the costly fallout from the embarrassing security breach that exposed 143 million customers' privates in the US and 15.2 million records in the UK.
    Richard Priday, 10 Nov 2017

    Sean Parker: I helped destroy humanity with Facebook

    The billionaire and former Facebook president Sean Parker now says he regrets helping turn the social network into a global phenomenon. The site grew by "exploiting a vulnerability in human psychology" with its greed for attention and the careful reward system it created to keep users addicted.
    Andrew Orlowski, 10 Nov 2017

    Whomp. Intel's promised fatter Optane drive arrives

    The 750GB version of Intel's Optane P4800X product is becoming available this month, doubling the current 375GB capacity.
    Chris Mellor, 10 Nov 2017

    Capita forced to pay out £66m to investors over Connaught fund farce

    Capita's investment business has been forced to pay up to £66m to investors by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) over its handling of the collapsed Connaught Income Fund.
    Kat Hall, 10 Nov 2017

    Firefox 57: Good news? It's nippy. Bad news? It'll also trash your add-ons

    Open Source Insider Mozilla plans on November 14 to start rolling out Firefox 57, a massive update that just might send many of its users scurrying for the LTS release.

    UK Home Sec thinks a Minority Report-style AI will prevent people posting bad things

    Comment The Home Secretary believes artificial intelligence will soon be used to stop people posting on the internet pre-emptively with a kind of Minority Report-style "precrime" unit.
    Andrew Orlowski, 10 Nov 2017

    WikiLeaks drama alert: CIA forged digital certs imitating Kaspersky Lab

    The CIA wrote code to impersonate Kaspersky Labs in order to more easily siphon off sensitive data from hack targets, according to leaked intel released by Wikileaks on Thursday.
    John Leyden, 10 Nov 2017
    An unhappy driver

    Uber loses appeal against employment rights for workers

    Taxi firm Uber has today lost its appeal against a ruling that its drivers should be classed as workers rather than self-employed.
    Kat Hall, 10 Nov 2017

    Automatic for the people: Telcos forced to pay for giving you crap services

    Purveyors of crap broadband services could have to shell out £142m in compensation, under an automatic redress scheme due to be brought in by regulator Ofcom.
    Kat Hall, 10 Nov 2017
    Belt with antique looking cellphone strapped to it in a brass pouch

    BOFH: But soft, what light through yonder window breaks?

    Episode 15 “I don’t know what to say,” the Boss says, looking confused.
    Simon Travaglia, 10 Nov 2017
    android logo

    Android at 10: How Google won the smartphone wars

    Part One It was an anniversary that prompted much reflection. The Platform had completely triumphed and was now ubiquitous, relied on by people all over the world. You could find the Platform in almost every conceivable kind of device, from cars to TVs. Although Apple had once been the pioneer, it now had to settle for life in the Platform's shadow: as a high-margin boutique, catering to a wealthy minority. The Platform was what everyone else used.
    Andrew Orlowski, 10 Nov 2017
    Register Lecture Picture

    History shows why geeks will never, ever, ever... get along

    Register Lecture You know that geeks tend to atomise into warring camps, exchanging flames, tweets and worse. But did you know that real live academics have studied this phenomenon?
    Joe Fay, 10 Nov 2017

    The day I almost pinned my tushie as a Google Maps landmark

    Something for the Weekend, Sir? Facebook wants to look at my nuts.
    Alistair Dabbs, 10 Nov 2017

    ZX Spectrum Vega firm's lawyers targeted by empty-handed backers

    Disgruntled customers of ZX Spectrum Vega+ firm Retro Computers Ltd have complained to the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority (SRA), alleging ringfenced company funds are being diverted into its legal battles.
    Gareth Corfield, 10 Nov 2017
    Palace of Westminster

    UK.gov: IT contracts should be no more than 7 years. (Not 18, Fujitsu)

    The British government has once again told departments to break their addiction to big contracts, specifying that deals with suppliers should be no longer than a paltry seven years.
    Kat Hall, 10 Nov 2017
    Optical Communications and Sensor Demonstration

    NASA shoots for 200Mbps networks on swarming satellites

    Orbital ATK will on Saturday* launch a Cygnus spacecraft on a supply mission to the International Space Station, with one of its payloads being a pair of CubeSats that NASA hopes can demonstrate 200 megabits per second downloads, from space, and how small satellites can be operated in harness to build networks or complex machines.
    Simon Sharwood, 10 Nov 2017

    Metal 3D printing at 100 times the speed and a twentieth of the cost

    Comment A new machine will print metal parts at a tenth of the cost of today's manufacturing systems, potentially launching a revolution in small part production, its creators claim.
    Kieren McCarthy, 10 Nov 2017

    System Center's first semi-annual release debuts

    Microsoft's released the first semi-annual version of System Center.
    Simon Sharwood, 10 Nov 2017
    Please ignore this sticky note

    User asked help desk to debug a Post-it Note that survived a reboot

    On-Call Welcome again to On-Call, in which The Register christens each new Friday with a reader-contributed tale of being asked to fix the unthinkable.
    Simon Sharwood, 10 Nov 2017
    Harry potter wizards unite

    Harry Potter to get the Pokémon GO treatment

    If you're not keen on augmented reality, Harry Potter, kids whose lives seem to be lived through mobile devices, or all of the above: brace yourself.
    Simon Sharwood, 10 Nov 2017

    Inmarsat aircraft Wi-Fi lift off set to fill coffers

    Brit satellite biz Inmarsat has doubled its statutory profits and grown its revenues, thanks mainly to its in-flight Wi-Fi offerings.
    Gareth Corfield, 10 Nov 2017
    Qualcomm Snapdragon 820

    Qualcomm touts deal with Chinese giants to really consider using $12bn of its chips

    Qualcomm says it has struck a deal, of sorts, with four major smartphone vendors in China that could possibly be worth $12bn.
    Shaun Nichols, 10 Nov 2017

    Hey, Nvidia – who loves you, and who do you love? A. Cloud giants

    Nvidia's fortunes continue to rise, with the graphics card slinger reporting record revenue of $2.64bn, as well as rising profit, in its third quarter of the year.
    Katyanna Quach, 10 Nov 2017

    Samsung shows off Linux desktops on Galaxy smartmobes

    Video Samsung's shown a little more of its plans to run fully-fledged Linux desktops on its 8-series Galaxy smartmobes.
    Simon Sharwood, 10 Nov 2017
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    'Sticky runway' closes Canadian airport

    Canadian airport Goose Bay has closed due to a “sticky runway”.
    Simon Sharwood, 10 Nov 2017

    The NAKED truth: Why flashing us your nude pics is a good idea – by Facebook's safety boss

    Poll Amid days of intense debate over about its controversial plan to block revenge porn on its social network, Facebook sought to calm fears about the program.
    Iain Thomson, 10 Nov 2017

    Judge bins sueball lobbed at Malwarebytes by rival antivirus maker for torpedoing its tool

    Security software slinger Enigma has lost a key legal battle against antivirus maker Malwarebytes, which blocks and deletes Enigma's products from PCs.
    Iain Thomson, 10 Nov 2017

    Online outrage makes Logitech drop a brick: Now it will replace slain Harmony Link gizmos

    Logitech is now offering to replace free of charge the connected home hubs it will automatically brick early next year.
    Shaun Nichols, 09 Nov 2017

    Learn client-server C programming – with this free tutorial from the CIA

    WikiLeaks has shoved online more internal classified stuff nicked from the CIA – this time what's said to be the source code for spyware used by Uncle Sam to infect and snoop on targets' computers and devices.
    Shaun Nichols, 09 Nov 2017

    US government seizes Texas gun mass murder to demand backdoors

    While US President Donald Trump thinks it's too early to discuss gun control in the wake of Sunday's Texas church massacre – America's latest mass shooting – his Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is just fine exploiting the murder-suicide of 26 people to push for backdoors.
    Iain Thomson, 09 Nov 2017

    Boffins: We can identify you by your typing, and we're gonna sell the tech to biz, govt – yay!

    Concerned that browser cookies fall short when it comes to tracking mobile devices and their owners on the internet, computer-science boffins believe they can recognize phone-toters using only their keystrokes and accelerometer data.
    Thomas Claburn, 09 Nov 2017

    Alexa, please cause the cops to raid my home

    We all assume that intelligent devices will either serve our every need, or try to kill us, but what if they just want to party?
    Kieren McCarthy, 09 Nov 2017
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    Squeezing in little Quake between builds? Not any more: Facebook Bucks up Java compile tool

    Citing the social network's need for speed, Facebook senior software engineer Jonathan Keljo says the company's developer tools group has revisited how its Buck open-source build tool compiles Java code and made it faster still.
    Thomas Claburn, 09 Nov 2017
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    It's splitsville for Panasas' blades: It's better for the metadata, kids

    Analysis Panasas has separated out its Director blades in its latest ActiveStor iteration and put them in an ActiveStor Director 100 controller component product line to scale performance and capacity separately.
    Chris Mellor, 09 Nov 2017
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    Activists launch legal challenge against NHS patient data-sharing deal

    A civil rights group has launched a legal challenge in the UK against a deal that asks the NHS to share patient data for immigration enforcement.
    Rebecca Hill, 09 Nov 2017

    MongoDB update plugs security hole and sets sights on the enterprise

    Document database-flinger MongoDB has long positioned itself as the dev's best friend, but after ten years it is now fluffing itself up for the enterprise.
    Rebecca Hill, 09 Nov 2017

    Dell EMC: Our mid-range arrays aren't dead. Now, join our loyalty scheme!

    +Comment Dell EMC has retrofitted flash to its SC array, added deduplication to its Unity array and devised a loyalty programme to keep its mid-range array customers onboard.
    Chris Mellor, 09 Nov 2017

    Jet packs are REAL – and inventor just broke world speed record in it

    A British inventor has set a new world record for fastest speed in a body-controlled, jet engine-powered suit.
    Richard Priday, 09 Nov 2017

    Uni staffer's health info blabbed in email list snafu

    The University of East Anglia has been involved in a personal data breach for the second time in five months.
    Richard Priday, 09 Nov 2017
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    Want to provision a new VM on Azure? Get in line

    Multiple Microsoft customers have for the past nineteen hours been unable to provision new virtual machines in Azure's UK West and UK South regions.
    Andrew Silver, 09 Nov 2017
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    Irish priests told to stop bashing bishops

    The annual general meeting of Ireland’s Catholic Priests has been told to ease up on attacking their seniors, amidst increasing concerns over the future of the Church in the country.
    Clodagh Doyle, 09 Nov 2017

    How do you like them Apples? Farewell sensible sized fones, forever

    Some ominous news if you like your phones small and unobtrusive. Apple’s “Plus” model has outsold its regular iPhone sibling for the first time. Canalys estimates Apple shipped 5.4 million iPhone 8 units in Q3, but 6.3 million units of the larger iPhone 8 Plus.
    Andrew Orlowski, 09 Nov 2017
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    NASA tells The Reg: For crying out loud. We're not building flying taxi software for Uber

    NASA has smacked down reports that it is working with Uber on a flying car, or software for that flying car, or indeed, software for any firm after several announcements from the ride-hailing biz yesterday had the tech press aflame with excitement.
    Andrew Silver, 09 Nov 2017

    Not even ordering pizza is safe from the browser crypto-mining scourge

    A total of 2,531 of the top 3 million websites (1 in 1,000) are running the Coin Hive miner, according to new stats from analytics firm Red Volcano.
    John Leyden, 09 Nov 2017
    Bus jump from 'Speed'

    Self-driving bus in crash just 2 hours after entering public service

    A self-driving bus has been involved in a collision, barely two hours after being introduced into public service for the first time.
    Gareth Corfield, 09 Nov 2017

    Vodafone signs deal with CityFibre to connect 5 million homes with full fibre

    Vodafone has inked a deal for a full-fibre network built by CityFibre, which could connect up to 5 million premises over the next eight years.
    Richard Priday, 09 Nov 2017
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    Oh dear, DXC: Outsourcer loses two UK.gov contracts

    Exclusive The Department for Work & Pensions has not renewed a pair of contracts it held with Frankenfirm DXC Technologies – a loss the outsourcing business was lamenting in its latest financial results.
    Paul Kunert, 09 Nov 2017

    OVH data centres go TITSUP: Power supply blunders blamed

    Updated Power outages have brought some OVH data centres to their knees, and unspecified issues have broken optical cable routing in Europe.
    Andrew Silver, 09 Nov 2017

    Who'd a thunk it? IBM has a hyperconverged play – feel the POWER

    .NEXT In the hyperconverged infrastructure appliance space, x86 rules. This might appear to exclude IBM, having sold its x86 servers to Lenovo, but you'd be surprised.
    Chris Mellor, 09 Nov 2017

    New tech for Ops crew: Scanning containers for open-source vulns

    Black Duck has launched a product that provides automatic detection of known open source vulnerabilities for containers.
    John Leyden, 09 Nov 2017

    Openreach boss says he'd take a burning effigy on the chin

    Interview "Look, if you can't get decent broadband, it is a real pisser," said Openreach boss Clive Selley in response to a Devon village's decision to burn an effigy of one of its vans on bonfire night.
    Kat Hall, 09 Nov 2017

    Take Kubernetes, and bish bash BOSH, you've got Container Runtime

    Announcing its updated and renamed Kubernetes and BOSH (Kubo) project as Container Runtime (CFCR) last month, Cloud Foundry said the project would give users greater "choice".
    Maxwell Cooter, 09 Nov 2017
    SDN software-defined networking

    Google's software-defined network – and its significance – both just accelerated

    Google last week announced that it has started using version 2.1 of its Andromeda software-defined networking stack.
    Simon Sharwood, 09 Nov 2017
    IBM's guide for how products should look with its new corporate font, plex

    IBM's next turnaround tool is ... a new open-source font?

    IBM's decided the time is right for a new corporate font.
    Simon Sharwood, 09 Nov 2017
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    Microsoft, Intel cook kit to secure firmware in servers and beyond

    Microsoft's revealed its working with Intel on a “cryptographic microcontroller” to secure its cloud servers and the many firmware-using components within.
    Simon Sharwood, 09 Nov 2017
    Pen Test Partners' data-stealing screen

    Evil pixels: Researcher demos data-theft over screen-share protocols

    It's the kind of thinking you expect from someone who lives in a volcano lair: exfiltrating data from remote screen pixel values.
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    Microsoft pals up with partners for threat-hunting

    Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection first landed as a public preview in September, and now its general availability, Microsoft has announced a bunch of partners to give it cross-platform support: Bitdefender for Linux and macOS, Lookout for iOS and Android, and Ziften for macOS and Linux).

    Brit moron tried buying a car bomb on dark web, posted it to his address. Now he's screwed

    A British teenager who tried to order a car bomb on the dark web and get it delivered to his address has been found guilty this week.
    Iain Thomson, 09 Nov 2017

    Intel's super-secret Management Engine firmware now glimpsed, fingered via USB

    Positive Technologies, which in September said it has a way to drill into Intel's secretive Management Engine technology buried deep in its chipsets, has dropped more details on how it pulled off the infiltration.
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    Quantum computers could crack Bitcoin, but fixes are available now

    An international group of quantum boffins reckons Bitcoin could be broken by the year 2027.

    NASA reconfirms 2019 will see first launch of Space Launch System

    Vid NASA has reconfirmed it hopes to stage the first flight of its Space Launch System and Orion spacecraft in December 2019, but also conceded such a big build could run late.

    Card shark Intel bets with discrete graphics chips, shuffles AMD's GPU boss into the deck

    Intel will be making its own discrete graphics cards, and it has hired away the head of AMD's GPU unit to lead the effort.
    Shaun Nichols, 09 Nov 2017
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    KVM? Us? Amazon erases new hypervisor from AWS EC2 FAQ

    Amazon Web Services has quietly edited its FAQ in which it revealed it has created a new KVM-based hypervisor and will use it instead of Xen for future instances.
    Simon Sharwood, 09 Nov 2017

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