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ARM talks up fresh CPUs and a GPU, all tuned for AI
Sunday 28th of May 2017 11:01:03 PM

Cortex-A75, A55, and Mali-G72 coming next year

Chip designer ARM on Monday plans to announce its first set of processors based on its DynamIQ microprocessor architecture, in conjunction with a revised GPU chip.…

Microsoft Master File Table bug exploited to BSOD Windows 7, 8.1
Sunday 28th of May 2017 10:00:06 PM

The 1990s called: they want their filepath hack back

Until Microsoft patches this problem, use Chrome: a slip in file-path handling allows attacker to crash Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 with a file call.…

Australian Taxation Office won't penalise Plutus contractors
Sunday 28th of May 2017 08:57:21 PM

If payroll operator accused of AU$165m scam didn't pay, neither will contractors

The Australian Taxation Office has issued guidance to clients of Plutus Payroll, the company accused of AU$165m scam, and says they “will not be penalised” if the company hasn't paid the right amount of tax on their behalf.…

Aruba bugs squashed in seven-vuln splatfest
Sunday 28th of May 2017 07:58:04 PM

ClearPass Policy Manager needs upgrade

In case you missed it: there's a bunch of bad bugs in HPE's Aruba ClearPass Policy Manager.…

Raspberry Pi foundation merges with CoderDojo Foundation
Sunday 28th of May 2017 07:07:57 PM

Two coding-for-kids orgs already overlapped, now plan joint acceleration

The Raspberry Pi Foundation and the CoderDojo Foundation have merged in order to combine forces and accelerate both organisation's mission to teach kids how to code.…

Arista-cats win some, lose some against Cisco
Sunday 28th of May 2017 06:36:42 PM

Upside: it could be all over by September

Both Cisco and Arista have claimed victory in the latest instalment of their intellectual property lawsuit.…

US laptops-on-planes ban may extend to flights from ALL nations
Sunday 28th of May 2017 05:25:45 PM

'Real, sophisticated, threat' may mean ban on flights to and from USA says Homeland Security head John Kelly

United States Homeland Security Secretary Gen. John Kelly says he's considering a ban on laptops in airline cabins from flights that leave all nations, not just Europe and the Middle East as is currently the case.…

BA's 'global IT system failure' is due to 'power supply issue'
Saturday 27th of May 2017 12:41:42 PM

All flights from Gatwick and Heathrow cancelled

British Airways CEO Alex Cruz has said the root cause of today's London flight-grounding IT systems ambi-cockup is "a power supply issue" and that the airline has "no evidence of any cyberattack".…

Sergey Brin building humanitarian blimp for lifesaving leisure
Saturday 27th of May 2017 03:20:05 AM

You may have to wait a decade or more to join him aloft

In a few years, Alphabet president and Google cofounder Sergey Brin is expected to have an airship at his disposal for humanitarian missions and ferrying friends, not necessarily in that order.…

British prime minister slams Facebook and pals for votes
Saturday 27th of May 2017 01:08:13 AM

Nothing new in speech but then that wasn't the point

British prime minister Theresa May used Facebook, Google and social media companies as a vote-winning punch bag on Friday, slamming them for not doing enough to limit extremist content online.…

Andy Rubin teases next week's launch of Essential phone
Friday 26th of May 2017 05:15:31 PM

Is it a Tango? Is it a 360-camera? Or is it a let-down?

Android creator Andy Rubin has been running in stealth mode with his forthcoming smartphone startup Essential, but has now released a teaser picture of his new handset.…

Chipotle: Hackers did to our registers what our burritos did to your colon
Friday 26th of May 2017 05:12:27 PM

Fast food chain cops to POS malware breach

Fast-food chain Chipotle says hackers infected its point of sale terminals to gain access to card data from stores in 47 states and Washington, DC.…

Your job might be automated within 120 years, AI experts reckon
Friday 26th of May 2017 04:49:53 PM

Even AI researcher jobs at risk by the year 2105

Hundreds of AI researchers have taken a glimpse into their crystal balls to try to determine when machines will finally exceed human capabilities.…

TRUMP SCANDAL! No, not that one. Or that one. Or that one. Or that one.
Friday 26th of May 2017 02:45:36 PM

Hackers target The Donald's businesses

The FBI and CIA are investigating an attempted hack on the Trump Organization.…

Bitcoin exchange Coinbase crashes after Asian buying frenzy
Friday 26th of May 2017 02:10:56 PM

Japanese investors rush in after cryptocurrency was made legal

Over the past couple of weeks, the price of Bitcoin has gone up 50 per cent, spiking at over $2,700 per unit on Thursday. Demand has been so great that popular exchange Coinbase has been unable to keep up.…

Done and done: BlackBerry ties up $940m settlement with Qualcomm
Friday 26th of May 2017 01:27:00 PM

Patent case wraps up as sides agree on final tally

Former smartphone king BlackBerry has today finalized its settlement with Qualcomm in their long-running battle over royalty payments.…

Tech firms sends Congress checklist of surveillance reforms
Friday 26th of May 2017 12:25:24 PM

Google, Facebook et al take on Section 702, Apple quiet

More than 30 big internet companies including Google, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft have sent a letter to the chair of the House Judiciary Committee asking for specific reforms to the law used for carrying out mass surveillance.…

It was bound to happen: Amazon launches first grocery store
Friday 26th of May 2017 11:15:02 AM

Buy your bread n' butter from the Bezos Bunch

Amazon has once again expanded its reach in all things commerce, this time with its own take on the grocery store.…

The hold is filled with storage news! Grab a bucket and BAIL
Friday 26th of May 2017 10:08:13 AM

Keelhauling through the week's movers and shakers

Behind every great enterprise and technology news website lies storage, humming away in the background heeded by no one. But the industry never stands still and every week El Reg is inundated with news – some significant, some less so. However, we're not solely a storage 'zine and we need somewhere to stack the shorter bits that wouldn't necessarily make a standalone story but we know you storageheads out there would appreciate. So pull up a pew, pour yourself a mug o' joe, and read on to find out about Bristol Uni's new supercomputer, Intel's SSD wins, Diablo Tech's Memory1 benchmarks, and much more.…

Pirates hack was a hoax, says Disney boss
Friday 26th of May 2017 09:00:05 AM

'You are without a doubt the worst pirate I’ve ever heard of'

The supposed "Pirates hack" was only ever a hoax, according to Disney chief exec Bob Iger.…

Sainsbury's IT glitch spoils bank holiday food orders
Friday 26th of May 2017 08:41:38 AM

Hoping to stock up for a barbecue? Tough

The sun is shining and the prospect of barbecue and beer over the bank holiday is almost in grabbing distance. But customers who ordered their groceries online with Sainsbury's today may be in for a disappointment.…

Brocade goes bye-bye: Out on a high note ahead of Broadcom slurp
Friday 26th of May 2017 08:31:13 AM

Revenues increase as it faces dismemberment

+Comment Say goodbye to Brocade as an independent company. It has just published its last quarterly results before being gobbled up and dismembered by Broadcom.…

'Do not tell Elon': Ex-SpaceX man claims firm cut corners on NASA part tests
Friday 26th of May 2017 08:11:05 AM

Firm: Not what he was saying before we sacked him

A fired SpaceX worker has accused the company of leaning on its employees to forge test records for parts destined for NASA.…

'President Zuck' fundraiser opens for business
Friday 26th of May 2017 07:38:55 AM

"I'm Commander-in-Chief, bitch!"

A fundraising vehicle to help get the world's fifth richest man Mark Zuckerberg elected as President of the United States will now take your money.…

Hyper-converged trashes all-flash: Nutanix out-grows Pure Storage
Friday 26th of May 2017 07:01:40 AM

$100m+ quarterly loss fuels relentless drive for growth

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

Scientists are counting atoms to figure out when Mars last had volcanoes
Friday 26th of May 2017 06:41:12 AM

Astroboffin-in-training makes dating breakthrough

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

‪WannaCry‬pt ransomware note likely written by Google Translate-using Chinese speakers
Friday 26th of May 2017 06:13:09 AM

Signs of machine translation spotted by analysts

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

Apple fights off iTunes patent spat appeal
Friday 26th of May 2017 05:52:04 AM

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

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

Ouch! Latest Qualcomm sueball comes from ... its own shareholders
Friday 26th of May 2017 04:38:06 AM

Legal flingball fingers Snapdragon 810 debacle

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

'Major incident' at Capita data centre: Multiple services still knackered
Friday 26th of May 2017 04:10:33 AM

Still on knees some 36 hours later

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

What happened when 300 DevOps experts took over the QE II?
Friday 26th of May 2017 03:36:04 AM

Continuous Lifecycle: Fill-up with speaker videos, slides

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

The revolution will not be televised: How Lucas modernised audio in film
Friday 26th of May 2017 03:06:12 AM

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

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

El Reg straps on the Huawei Watch 2
Friday 26th of May 2017 02:36:08 AM

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

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

Life is... pushing all the right buttons on the wrong remote control
Friday 26th of May 2017 02:17:58 AM

Or I could press 'Play' via the evil internet

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

Sysadmin finds insecure printer, remotely prints 'Fix Me!' notice
Friday 26th of May 2017 01:06:01 AM

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

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

Japanese lab's 'value-aware' SSDs last longer, recognise images faster
Friday 26th of May 2017 12:36:54 AM

Special error correction techniques work around degrading drives' dying cells

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

Windows 10 love to see PC market grow again. Future iPhone to be clear. Elvis to re-appear
Thursday 25th of May 2017 11:30:07 PM

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

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

Battery-hungry cars roll over Lenovo's FY 16/17 bottom line
Thursday 25th of May 2017 10:09:27 PM

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

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

IBM asks contractors to take a pay cut
Thursday 25th of May 2017 08:08:11 PM

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

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

Init freedom declared as systemd-free Devuan hits stable 1.0.0 status
Thursday 25th of May 2017 07:02:10 PM

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

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

Don't rely on fitness trackers to track number of calories burned
Thursday 25th of May 2017 06:15:08 PM

Study shows energy readings off over 90%

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

Juno's first data causing boffins to rewrite the text books on Jupiter
Thursday 25th of May 2017 05:45:05 PM

Sadly no black monolith found

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

T-Mobile goes Apple/Google route by separating phone numbers and devices
Thursday 25th of May 2017 05:30:06 PM

'Digits' marks a shift for the phone industry

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

Congresscritters float benefits for gig workers
Thursday 25th of May 2017 05:09:38 PM

Bill would let contractors get unemployment and paid leave

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

Apple has finally found someone to support HomeKit
Thursday 25th of May 2017 04:56:57 PM

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

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

Three Nigerians sentenced to 235 years in prison for online scamming
Thursday 25th of May 2017 04:11:09 PM

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

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

US citizens complain their names were used for FCC robo-comments
Thursday 25th of May 2017 03:47:47 PM

Allegedly astroturfed Americans speak out over net neutrality filings

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

Microsoft court victory prompts call for data-grabbing regime
Thursday 25th of May 2017 02:52:51 PM

Legislators mull over modernizing legal process for seizing cloud data

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

Astroboffins spot a new type of galaxy bursting with stars
Thursday 25th of May 2017 02:12:15 PM

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

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

Venezuela increases internet censorship and surveillance in crisis
Thursday 25th of May 2017 01:12:21 PM

Latin American country going the China route

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