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From The Register on Jan. 23, 2019, 12:17 p.m.

Oz auditor: Number of times failed government biometric project met a milestone = None

Nope, never. We think buying nothing cost us AU$34m, but nobody's sure

How much IT can you buy for AU$34m (£18m, $24m)? None at all, if you're the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission in the market for a biometric system.…

From The Register on Jan. 23, 2019, 11:17 a.m.

Register Lecture: Can big science keep up with discovery?

Lessons from LHC – the world’s largest scientific machine

Reg Lectures  The Higgs Boson particle was first predicted by scientists in 1964 but it wasn't until 2012 that the existence of this fundamental of physics could finally be proven. That was thanks to CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC).…

From The Register on Jan. 23, 2019, 11:17 a.m.

Remember Woolworths? Well it still exists in Oz. And Telstra wants NBN Co to help shove fibre in it

3,000 Woolies sites on list

In one of its first major wins in the enterprise market, NBN Co* has confirmed it will pull fibre to Woolworths' properties in support of a Telstra contract with the supermarket giant.…

From The Register on Jan. 23, 2019, 11:17 a.m.

Court orders moribund ZX Spectrum reboot firm's directors to stump up £38k legal costs bill

Looks like the final act in the grubby Vega+ saga

Just as readers thought the saga of dodgy Sinclair reboot firm Retro Computers Ltd had ended, the High Court has ruled that its current and former directors owe £38,000 in legal costs to two of its founders.…

From The Register on Jan. 23, 2019, 10:17 a.m.

Oracle's priorities for 2019? Repeat this handy mantra: Applications! Automation! Integration!

Mark Hurd eyes up half the world's app market

Analysis  All too aware database sales alone won't sustain it, Oracle's execs are seeking to push Big Red as a one-stop shop for cloudy apps.…

From The Register on Jan. 23, 2019, 9:17 a.m.

White-listing Azure cloud connections to grease your Office 365 wheels? About that...

Dev fears sub-domain abuse – Plus, unofficial patches for trio of Windows zero-days

Microsoft has been accused of ignoring an IT security risk that could be exploited to create legit-looking malware-laden webpages that sport seemingly trusted Azure and Office 365 domain names. Alternatively, the domains potentially could be used to stealthily leak stolen data from networks.…

From The Register on Jan. 23, 2019, 9:17 a.m.

Everyday doings of a metropolitan techie: Stob's software diary

Chronicles of Delphi scribe podcasts, er, scribbles her musings

From The Register on Jan. 23, 2019, 7:17 a.m.

Oracle robbed just about anyone who wasn't a pasty white male of $400m, says Uncle Sam

Lucrative govt IT contracts at risk in discrim legal battle

The US Department of Labor has doubled-down on Oracle, accusing the IT giant of “stark patterns of discrimination” against women and minorities since 2013.…

From The Register on Jan. 23, 2019, 7:17 a.m.

Q. China just landed on its far side, the US woz there 50 years ago – now Europe wants to mine it. A. It's the Moon

Plus: Potential meteoroid snapped crashing into surface during total lunar eclipse

Pic  Within the next six years, the European Space Agency hopes to drill into the Moon and extract oxygen and water, paving the way for folks to eventually live on the rocky satellite.…

From The Register on Jan. 23, 2019, 7:17 a.m.

Qualcomm: Please don't hate us just 'cause we're so freaking excellent

FTC case continues as chipmaker starts defense

Qualcomm has launched its rebuttal of antitrust charges by claiming it's just too damn good at its job.…

From The Register on Jan. 23, 2019, 4:17 a.m.

Build the wall... around your DNS settings, US govt IT staff urged by Homeland Security amid domain hijackings

Anyone still at their posts, please stop these address takeovers... please, helloo? Anyone there?

America's Homeland Security has urged US government departments and federal agencies to shore up their DNS control panels after hackers successfully stormed the barricades.…

From The Register on Jan. 23, 2019, 1:17 a.m.

Ginni, you may have to get out and push: IBM sales, profit stuck in the mud. $13bn is $13bn, tho

Pay no attention to Watson's lackluster performance, look, the share price is up!

IBM on Tuesday delivered its third consecutive quarter of declining revenue, and its shares still surged in after-hours trading.…

From The Register on Jan. 23, 2019, 1:17 a.m.

The most annoying British export since Piers Morgan: 'Drones' halt US airport flights

Talk about Jersey Whirl... Flying gizmos disrupt ops this evening

It seems the UK's latest pain-in-the-ass craze has made its way stateside again, as alleged sightings of rogue drones brought Newark Liberty International Airport to a halt Tuesday.…

From The Register on Jan. 23, 2019, 12:17 a.m.

You heard the latest Chinese CRISPRs? They are real: Renegade bio-boffin did genetically modify baby twins

Egghead faces criminal rap after Beijing tells of banned experiment

Babies were genetically engineered in test tubes using the CRISPR DNA-editing tool as part of an illegal experiment led by disgraced scientist He Jiankui, the Chinese government confirmed this week.…

From The Register on Jan. 23, 2019, 12:17 a.m.

Plug in your iPhone, iPad, iPod, fire up the App Store: You have new Apple patches to install

Open the door, get on the floor – not so fast if you've an iPhone 4

Apple has emitted a handful of software patches to address security vulnerabilities in iOS, macOS, and various peripherals.…

From The Register on Jan. 22, 2019, 11:17 p.m.

Wow, fancy that. Web ad giant Google to block ad-blockers in Chrome. For safety, apparently

How many ad blocks could an ad slinger block if an ad slinger could block blocks?

Google engineers have proposed changes to the open-source Chromium browser that will break content-blocking extensions, including various ad blockers.…

From The Register on Jan. 22, 2019, 10:17 p.m.

Heads up: Debian's package manager is APT for root-level malware injection... Fix out now to thwart MITM hijacks

Disable redirects before applying update

The Debian Project has patched a security flaw in its software manager Apt that can be exploited by miscreants to execute commands as root on victims' boxes as they update or install packages.…

From The Register on Jan. 22, 2019, 9:17 p.m.

Veeam: Users are crying out for cloud tiers

At least we hope so – 'cos here are some 'infinite' cloudy backup repositories

Veeam has added a Cloud element to its Availability Suite, tiering off old data to object storage in AWS and Azure or on-premises.…

From The Register on Jan. 22, 2019, 9:17 p.m.

Core blimey... When is an AMD CPU core not a CPU core? It's now up to a jury of 12 to decide

Chip giant can't shake off US class-action lawsuit over Bulldozer advertising

A class-action lawsuit against AMD claiming false advertising over its "eight core" Opteron and FX processors has been given the go-ahead by a California judge.…

From The Register on Jan. 22, 2019, 8:17 p.m.

Stage fright or Stage light? Depends how far you dare to open your MacBook Pro's lid

Pursuit of ever skinnier laptops blamed as some post-2016 displays start failing

Apple's Macbook Pro has yet another "fatal flaw" in the form of a flex cable fingered as being the root of a host of display problems.…

From The Register on Jan. 22, 2019, 8:17 p.m.

Les Hackers, en garde! 'Cyber war has begun', France will hack first, its defence sec declares

No plans to surrender... and we're starting a military bug bounty scheme, added Parly

FIC2019  France’s defence secretary Florence Parly today declared “Cyber war has begun.”…

From The Register on Jan. 22, 2019, 7:17 p.m.

[NSFW] Hardworking Americans keep busy during the government shutdown driving up smut traffic

You can make your own Yank joke here

NSFW links  Recent statistics indicate that not is only the US government shutdown lengthening, so too is the amount of time spent in the Washington DC area on, ahem, adult pursuits.…

From The Register on Jan. 22, 2019, 6:17 p.m.

French diplomat: Spies gonna spy – there aren't any magical cyberspace laws that can prevent it

Pragmatic chap looks at reality of international relations

FIC2019  A French diplomat has suggested that future global regulation of cyberspace could exempt spying from regulation "as long as some specific sectors are preserved".…

From The Register on Jan. 22, 2019, 5:17 p.m.

Looks like Uncle Sam has pulled its finger out and appointed a Privacy Shield ombudsperson

White House to nominate former DocuSign boss

The US may have finally complied with the European Commission's repeated requests to name a permanent Privacy Shield ombudsperson, The Register understands.…

From The Register on Jan. 22, 2019, 5:17 p.m.

We all love bonking to pay, but if you bonk with a Windows Phone then Microsoft has bad news

Look, the platform is dead. Will you just move on already?

Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to honour the memory of yet another Windows mobile technology. The rabidly unpopular Microsoft Wallet for the much beloved Windows Phone is for the chop.…

From The Register on Jan. 22, 2019, 4:17 p.m.

EasyJet boss says pre-Chrimbo Gatwick drone chaos cost it £15m

Budget airline cancelled 400 flights, stranding 82,000 customers including a Vulture*

The boss of Squeezyjet Easyjet is "disappointed" by the time it took London's Gatwick Airport to overcome the drone crisis that led to multiple flight cancellations and cost the budget airliner £15m.…

From The Register on Jan. 22, 2019, 3:17 p.m.

Stalk my pals on social media and you'll know that the next words out of my mouth will be banana hammock

Boffins reckon they can predict what you'll say based on your friends' activity online

The phenomenon of "prescient Facebook advertising", so beloved of conspiracy theorists who think social networks listen to your microphone, might instead simply be evidence of how good Facebook's algorithms have become.…

From The Register on Jan. 22, 2019, 3:17 p.m.

NHS England digital boss in hot water over 'puff piece' written about her future employer

Juliet Bauer's article praised GP app biz Livi – but didn't mention she was joining them in April

Departing NHS England digital exec Juliet Bauer has been slammed for writing a "puff piece" that praised her new employer, app biz Livi, without mentioning she would start work there in a matter of months.…

From The Register on Jan. 22, 2019, 2:17 p.m.

Canonical brings some bling to the Internet of Things with Snap-happy Ubuntu Core 18 release

Ubuntu here, there, everywhere

Canonical unleashed Ubuntu Core 18 on the public today following a beta of the locked-down Linux in December.…

From The Register on Jan. 22, 2019, 1:17 p.m.

Dixons Carphone still counting cost of miserly mobile phone sales

Things are, er, looking up though: activist investor Elliott Management is reportedly sniffing around retailer

Distressed retailer Dixons Carphone – reportedly the object of activist investor Elliot Management's affections – today confirmed a 7 per cent tumble in mobile phone sales over the festive period.…

From The Register on Jan. 22, 2019, 1:17 p.m.

Struggling with GDPR compliance? Don't waste money on legal advice: buy a shredder

Oh, and this visitor book. How about a £60 cardboard bin?

There is, it seems, no deterring the General Data Protection Regulation snake-oil sellers, who will happily stick "GDPR compliant" onto whatever they have to hand – including shredders, bins and visitor books.…

From The Register on Jan. 22, 2019, 1:17 p.m.

Surface: Tested to withstand the NFL. Microsoft firmware updates? Not so much

Windows is updating your play-by-play, this may take a while

Microsoft's Surface tablet got an unexpected workout during the recent NFL playoff between the New England Patriots and the Kansas City Chiefs when a frustrated coach flung the fondleslab onto the field.…

From The Register on Jan. 22, 2019, 12:17 p.m.

France wants in on the No Huawei Club while Canuck infosec bloke pretty insistent on ban

Founder warns that 'mediocre employees' may have to go

French parliament is reportedly mulling a ban on Huawei kit being used in next-generation telco networks, potentially heaping further pressure on the Chinese headquartered giant.…

From The Register on Jan. 22, 2019, 12:17 p.m. plans £2,500 fines for kids flying toy drones within 3 MILES of airports

Families playing in gardens targeted with new powers

Families living near airports whose children fly toy helicopters in their gardens could be fined up to £2,500 under new government plans that, er, flew under the radar during the ongoing Brexit chaos.…

From The Register on Jan. 22, 2019, 11:17 a.m.

Get in the bin: Let's Encrypt gives admins until February 13 to switch off TLS-SNI

End-of-life followed 2018 fake Website certificate drama

If you're still using TLS-SNI, stop: a year after a slip-up allowed miscreants to claim Let's Encrypt certificates for domains they didn't own, the free certificate authority has announced the final sunset of the protocol involved.…

From The Register on Jan. 22, 2019, 11:17 a.m.

Want to spin up Ubuntu VMs from Windows 10's command line, eh? We'll need to see a Multipass

Don't need full-fat GUI? WSL doesn't cut it? Canonical has just the ticket

Windows 10 developers have been gifted yet another way of running Linux on their desktop in the form of Canonical's Multipass.…

From The Register on Jan. 22, 2019, 10:17 a.m.

Wall St moneymen on IBM Q4 financials: Don't get your hopes up

Software, Strategic Imperatives found wanting

IBM revenues are expected to shrink for its Q4 of calendar '18 and into 2019 amid worries the mainframe refresh wave has crested and strategic bets still aren't yet big enough to offset declines in legacy tech.…

From The Register on Jan. 22, 2019, 10:17 a.m.

A Delta IV Heavy heads for space at last while New Horizons' fumes OK for 'future missions'

Also: Is that an aerospike in your pocket or are bells more your thing?

Roundup  An expendable Delta IV Heavy finally took off at the weekend while reusability darlings SpaceX and Blue Origin both continued to suffer slippages. Meanwhile, New Horizons still has plenty of gas in the tank.…

From The Register on Jan. 21, 2019, 6:17 p.m.

Cisco and Pure shove mini AI in FlashStack converged systems

Entry-level AIRI equivalent

Pure Storage and Cisco have linked arms to build a converged FlashStack system for AI, a kind of AIRI microMINI but one that will run at half the speed.…

From The Register on Jan. 21, 2019, 5:17 p.m.

Clone your own Prince Phil, says eBay seller hawking debris left over from royal car crash

Lot fetched almost £66k before being deleted

A cheeky eBay seller sought to cash in on the love Great Britain bears for everyone's favourite dithering racist royal by attempting to auction debris from the crash Prince Philip was involved in last week.…

From The Register on Jan. 21, 2019, 4:17 p.m.

French data watchdog dishes out largest GDPR fine yet: Google ordered to hand over €50m

CNIL brands ad personalisation consent invalid, slams lack of transparency

Google has been fined a mammoth €50m by the French data protection watchdog for GDPR violations in a victory for Max Schrems' privacy group NOYB.…

From The Register on Jan. 21, 2019, 3:17 p.m.

Just forget what Gartner said about AI in June 'cos CIOs are all over it now apparently

Are these the stats you were looking for? Reverse ferret by tech research giant

Reverse ferret. Months after Gartner researchers confirmed a pitifully low proportion of CIOs were actually unleashing AI into the wild, the latest survey paints an entirely different picture.…

From The Register on Jan. 21, 2019, 3:17 p.m.

EU will have agreed a tech tax by March, says French finance minister

Bruno le Maire confident despite 'hesitant' nations

The French finance minister has said he expects the European Union to agree on a digital services tax by March – a year after the bloc's initial proposal.…

From The Register on Jan. 21, 2019, 2:17 p.m.

Fujitsu says UK Foreign Office can't count in lawsuit over loss of £350m comms contract

Department's response? We might have made a typo

Fujitsu has accused the Foreign Office of being unable to count after mandarins awarded a £350m IT outsourcing contract to incumbent rival Vodafone.…

From The Register on Jan. 21, 2019, 1:17 p.m.

Ever feel like all your prayers go unheard? The Catholic Church has an app for that

Move over One-Click shopping, Click to Pray is here

Pope Francis of the Catholic Church has launched the "Click to Pray" app, designed to connect the faithful via smartphones and fondleslabs.…

From The Register on Jan. 21, 2019, 1:17 p.m.

Western Digital deploys heatsink on remodelled M.2 to tempt gamers

Bringing a 'tangible, next-level competitive boost' apparently...

Western Digital has remodelled its M.2 SN720 mobile and edge device gumstick SSDs into a faster SN750 gamers' drive with a heatsink option.…

From The Register on Jan. 21, 2019, 12:17 p.m.

Big Red's big pay gap: $13,000 gulf between male and female Oracle staffers – reports

Women allegedly paid 13% less in bonuses, 33% less in stock value

Oracle is under fire for allegedly paying women staffers $13,000 less on average than their male counterparts.…

From The Register on Jan. 21, 2019, 11:17 a.m.

Microsoft's Master Chief calls time on Cortana as a standalone AI platform

Plus: Retail services win for Azure and 365, new toy for XAML UWP devs, and more

Roundup  Culling Cortana, poking Phone users and feeding the UWP XAML developers – it's all in a week's work for Microsoft.…

From The Register on Jan. 21, 2019, 11:17 a.m.

Big problems? How could AI and machine learning help?

Get a deep discount on deep learning

Events  If you’ve got a problem and you suspect part of the answer might come in the form of AI, machine learning or data science, you should really join us at MCubed 2019.…

From The Register on Jan. 21, 2019, 10:17 a.m.

Apple hardware priced so high that no one wants to buy it? It's 1983 all over again

The iPhone time machine takes us back 36 years... to the Apple Lisa

Feature  Dearly beloved, please join us in taking a moment to remember the Apple Lisa, a 36-year-old experiment in seeing just how much Apple could charge for hardware.…

From The Register on Jan. 21, 2019, 9:17 a.m.

Ooh, my machine is SO much faster than yours... Oh, wait, that might be a bit of a problem...

Techie's speed test ends up bringing sales reps' work to a screeching halt

Monday morning has rolled round once again, which can only mean one thing – Who, Me?…

From The Register on Jan. 21, 2019, 9:17 a.m.

The lighter side of HMRC: We want your money, but we also want to make you laugh

Junior staffers, cold fingers get blamed for missed payments in taxman's annual attempt at humour

It's well known that the UK's taxman would like a bit more dosh to fill its coffers – but it doesn't want to come across as a humourless leech.…

From The Register on Jan. 21, 2019, 7:17 a.m.

Looming EU copyright rules – tackling Google news article scraping, installing upload filters – under fire from all sides

The question now is: Will it move forward or not?

Analysis  The future of a critical change in European copyright law is under doubt after negotiations designed to clarify wording have left all sides frustrated.…

From The Register on Jan. 21, 2019, 6:17 a.m.

A latte trouble brewing. Bio-boffins reckon 60% of coffee stocks are going to get flushed

Wake up sheeple, climate change is going to make waking up a lot more unpleasant

Coffee plants, the source of the warm brown elixir powering millions of people worldwide using the magic of caffeine, are at risk of extinction which is Kona be a massive problem for addicts.…

From The Register on Jan. 20, 2019, 4:17 p.m.

Dear humans, We thought it was time we looked through YOUR source code. We found a mystery ancestor. Signed, the computers

Well, computers programmed by AI-wielding bio-boffins

The human genome is hiding secrets that point to a mystery ancestor alongside our hominid cousins the Neanderthals and Denisovans, according to AI software.…

From The Register on Jan. 20, 2019, 10:17 a.m.

Amazon shareholders revolt on Rekognition, Nvidia opens robotics lab, and hot AI chips on Google Cloud

The week's other stories in AI

Roundup  Hello, here’s a very quick roundup of some of the interesting AI announcements from this week. Read on if you like robots and GPUs.…

From The Register on Jan. 19, 2019, 2:17 p.m.

DDoS sueball, felonious fonts, leaky Android file manager, blundering building security, etc etc

Plus, Safari security foiled by… a finger swipe?

Roundup  This week we wrangled with alleged Russian election meddling, hundreds of millions of username-password combos spilled online, Oracle mega-patches, and cliams of RICO swap-gangs.…

From The Register on Jan. 19, 2019, 8:17 a.m.

The Iceman cometh, his smartwatch told the cops: Hitman jailed after gizmo links him to Brit gangland slayings

Killer jailed for life after fitness kit data tips off plod

Avid runner and hitman Mark Fellows was this week found guilty of murder after being grassed up by his Garmin watch.…

From The Register on Jan. 19, 2019, 12:17 a.m.

IBM HR made me lie to US govt, says axed VP in age-discrim legal row: I was ordered to cover up layoffs of older workers

Big Blue brands claim 'outlandish' in non-denial denial

A former senior executive at IBM has claimed she was ordered to lie to the US government about just how many older workers Big Blue was laying off.…

From The Register on Jan. 19, 2019, 12:17 a.m.

Tens to be disappointed as Windows 10 Mobile death date set: Doomed phone OS won't see 2020

Microsoft to hang up support on 10 December

Microsoft has formally set the end date for support of its all-but-forgotten Windows 10 Mobile platform.…

From The Register on Jan. 18, 2019, 10:17 p.m.

DNAaahahaha: Identical twins' 23andMe, Ancestry genetic tests vary wildly, shocking absolutely no one

Identical sisters with same genetic makeup get completely different results from test kits

Mail-order genetic testing kits, which are all the rage right now, have been put through their paces by identical twins, and the results are baffling.…

From The Register on Jan. 18, 2019, 8:17 p.m.

US midterms barely over when Russians came knocking on our servers (again), Democrats claim

Лучшая защита – нападение?

Russian hackers attempted to infiltrate the Democratic National Committee (DNC) just after the US midterm elections last year, according to a new court filing.…

From The Register on Jan. 18, 2019, 6:17 p.m.

Protestors beg Google not to build censored Project Dragonfly search engine

Anti-censorship demo reaches Chocolate Factory's London HQ

A small handful of protesters turned up outside Google’s London HQ today to protest against the ad company’s censored search engine, developed as part of an unholy bargain to gain access to the Chinese market.…

From The Register on Jan. 18, 2019, 5:17 p.m.

Atlassian barges into the billion dollar club with a cheery G'Day!

Aussie Jira flinger celebrates a bonzer quarter

Atlassian, home of Jira, Trello and Bitbucket, has rounded out calendar 2018 with over $1bn in revenues as it continues to persuade customers that the cloud is really where they’d like to be.…

From The Register on Jan. 18, 2019, 5:17 p.m.

Veritas bowls two for Tooley, not out: Northern Europe role split

UK and Nordics each get their own boss

Privately owned shape-shifting Veritas has removed its northern European head Jason Tooley and split the role in two, externally hiring one person to run the UK and one to oversee the Nordics.…

From The Register on Jan. 18, 2019, 4:17 p.m.

WD you like to know the damage? Analyst predicts sales dip ahead for Western Digital

NAND revenues and disk drive topline downbound until mid-year - Wells Fargo

The slump in Western Digital's SSD and disk drive sales is forecast to deepen for the current and next quarters, according to analysts.…

From The Register on Jan. 18, 2019, 3:17 p.m.

Say GDP-Aaargh, streamers: Max Schrems is coming for you, Netflix and Amazon

Apple and others also in firing line as complaints filed

Streaming services aren't complying with EU data protection law - namely the General Data Protection Regulation's right of access - according to a fresh suite of complaints aimed at the likes of Netflix, Amazon and Spotify.…

From The Register on Jan. 18, 2019, 2:17 p.m.

Microsoft partner portal 'exposes 'every' support request filed worldwide' today

No customer data visible but hell's bells, Redmond, what have you borked now?

Exclusive  Alarmed Microsoft support partners can currently view support tickets submitted from all over the world, in what appears to be a very wide-ranging blunder by the Redmond-based biz.…

From The Register on Jan. 18, 2019, 1:17 p.m.

Black Horse slowed down: Lloyds Banking Group confirms problem with 'Faster' payments

Friday morning is an ideal time for transfers to have a glitch, agree customers

Lloyds and Halifax bank customers have been warned not to make repeat transactions as the group grapples with a technical glitch with Faster Payments.…

From The Register on Jan. 18, 2019, 1:17 p.m.

Vodafone signs $550m deal with IBM to offload cloud biz

Up to 750 staff transferring to Big Blue. Good luck people... you might need it

Vodafone is offloading its cloud and hosting unit to IBM in a $550m eight-year outsourcing deal that will include up to 750 staff packing their bags as they're sent off to new employer Big Blue, sources say.…

From The Register on Jan. 18, 2019, 12:17 p.m.

Lawyers' secure email network goes down, firm says it'll take two weeks to restore

And could wipe users' inboxes during that fortnight of faffery

Barristers and court prosecutors have been left scratching their heads this morning after Egress Technologies' CJSM email system went down – with the firm saying it could take up to a fortnight to fully restore it.…

From The Register on Jan. 18, 2019, 12:17 p.m.

Lords of the DNS remind admins about Flag Day, Juniper likes Watson and more

PING, PING, PING … it's your networking roundup for the week

Roundup  To cure some persistent security, implementation, and performance problems in the Domain Name System, the lords of the DNS have proclaimed older implementations as end of life.…

From The Register on Jan. 18, 2019, 11:17 a.m.

I used to be a dull John Doe. Thanks to Huawei, I'm now James Bond!

We'll know for sure when Huawei reveals a shoe-shaped smartphone

Something for the Weekend, Sir?  The name's McLeod. Alessandro McLeod. I am a spy for the secret services.…

From The Register on Jan. 18, 2019, 10:17 a.m.

At 900k lines of code, ONOS is getting heavy. Can it go on a diet?

'Net greybeard Douglas Comer talks SDN with El Reg

Interview  Software Defined Networking (SDN) has changed the landscape of networking, but along the way it has created its own problems. Doug Comer of Purdue University thinks disaggregating SDN controllers like the Open Source Network Operating System (ONOS) could be a way forward.…

From The Register on Jan. 18, 2019, 9:17 a.m.

Are you sure your disc drive has stopped rotating, or are you just ignoring the messages?

Did this story make you angry? Y/N

On Call  Roll up, roll up, to On Call, your weekly instalment of fellow readers’ tech triumphs and frustrations.…

From The Register on Jan. 18, 2019, 8:17 a.m.

Watch an AI robot program itself to, er, pick things up and push them around

Why can't robots just learn to do things without being told?

Vid  Robots normally need to be programmed in order to get them to perform a particular task, but they can be coaxed into writing the instructions themselves with the help of machine learning, according to research published in Science.…

From The Register on Jan. 18, 2019, 7:17 a.m.

Microsoft blue biz bug bounty bonanza beckons

Azure DevOps Services invites hackers to test its limits

There's more money to be made from bug hunting in Microsoft code after Redmond announced its 10th active bug hunting reward scheme, the Azure DevOps Bounty Program.…

From The Register on Jan. 18, 2019, 5:17 a.m.

Friday fun fact: If Stegosauruses had space telescopes, they wouldn't have seen any rings around Saturn

Bet you were expecting a rude ring pun here? Well, not today

Saturn’s characteristic rings may only be as old as 100 million years, and thus formed during a time when dinosaurs still roamed on Earth.…

From The Register on Jan. 18, 2019, 3:17 a.m.

Old bugs, new bugs, red bugs … yes, it's Oracle mega-update day again

Out of 284 flaws, 33 are rated critical. Big Red admins have big patches ahead

Oracle admins, here's your first critical patch advisory for 2019, and it's a doozy: a total of 284 vulnerabilities patched across Big Red's product range, and 33 of them are rated “critical”.…

From The Register on Jan. 18, 2019, 2:17 a.m.

Got a Drupal-powered website? You may want to get patching now...

Open-source CMS gets a pair of critical fixes

Drupal has issued a pair of updates to address two security vulnerabilities in its online publishing platform. The vulns are a little esoteric, and will not affect most sites, but it's good to patch just in case you later add functionality that can be exploited.…

From The Register on Jan. 18, 2019, 12:17 a.m.

Twitter. Android. Private tweets. Pick two... Account bug unlocked padlocked accounts

Cock-up went unnoticed for two Olympics, one World Cup, an EU referendum, and a US presidential election

Twitter has fessed up to a flaw in its Android app that, for more than four years, was making twits' private tweets public. The programming blunder has been fixed.…

From The Register on Jan. 17, 2019, 11:17 p.m.

Man drives 6,000 miles to prove Uncle Sam's cellphone coverage maps are wrong – and, boy, did he manage it

Amazing how a big cash payout focuses the mind

A Vermont state employee drove 6,000 miles in six weeks to prove that the cellular coverage maps from the US government suck – and was wildly successful.…

From The Register on Jan. 17, 2019, 10:17 p.m.

FCC: Oh no, deary me. What a shame. Too bad, so sad we can't do net neutrality appeal during the US govt shutdown

Not so fast, there, Ajit...

America's broadband watchdog, the FCC, has asked the courts to postpone an appeal against its net neutrality repeal out of "an abundance of caution" due to the partial US government shutdown.…

From The Register on Jan. 17, 2019, 9:17 p.m.

It’s baaack – Microsoft starts pushing out the Windows 10 October 2018 Update

Set to update automatically? Say hello to my little friend…

Select Windows 10 devices are now automatically downloading Microsoft’s troubled 1809 update, according to the support page for the operating system.…

From The Register on Jan. 17, 2019, 9:17 p.m.

Red Hat gets heebie-jeebies over MongoDB's T&Cs squeeze: NoSQL database dropped from RHEL 8B over license

'The Server Side Public License v1 does not meet standards'

MongoDB justified its decision last October to shift the free version of its NoSQL database software, MongoDB Community Server, from the open-source GNU Affero General Public License to the not-quite-so-open Server Side Public License (SSPL) by arguing that cloud providers sell open-source software as a service without giving back.…

From The Register on Jan. 17, 2019, 8:17 p.m.

Oxford University reportedly turns off its Huawei money tap

No more Chinese tech vendor grants for at least three to six months, compsci students told

Oxford University is reportedly suspending all research grants and donations from Chinese tech giant Huawei, according to a Chinese newspaper.…

From The Register on Jan. 17, 2019, 7:17 p.m.

Tech giant to spend $500m dealing with housing crisis caused by tech giants

Redmond to throw cash at the problem, hopes some might stick to affordable homes

Microsoft has revealed it is to spank the best part of $500m on attempting to deal with the lack of affordable housing in the Seattle area.…

From The Register on Jan. 17, 2019, 6:17 p.m.

Oracle boss prevented from Brexit Britain trip due to US shutdown

Mark Hurd confesses: I didn't take my passport – but usually that's not an issue

Forget cyber security or emergency hamburgers – the real impact of the US government shutdown is only just beginning.…

From The Register on Jan. 17, 2019, 5:17 p.m.

Oracle exec: Open-source vendors locking down licences proves 'they were never really open'

'They used to be seen as the good guys, and Oracle was the bad guy'. So that means... everyone is the bad guy now?

Open-source vendors that haven't already switched to less permissive licences will do so this year as the move to the cloud threatens their business models, a senior Oracle exec has said.…

From The Register on Jan. 17, 2019, 5:17 p.m.

Top GP: Medical app Your.MD's data security wasn't my remit

Prof Maureen Baker told tribunal info security and clinical safety are two separate things

The founders of medical symptom-checker app Your.MD knew that a number of key medical information databases were "open to anyone who knows the URL", emails seen by a London tribunal have revealed.…

From The Register on Jan. 17, 2019, 4:17 p.m.

Campaigners get go-ahead to challenge exemption UK gave itself over immigrants' data

Sueball lobbed at Brit government over Data Protection Act

The High Court has agreed to hear a campaign group's case against the UK's Data Protection Act, which they say leaves immigrants with fewer rights over their data.…

From The Register on Jan. 17, 2019, 3:17 p.m.

Slack to fend off the collaboration competition with... a new logo

Hipsters choke on pumpkin spice latte as the beloved original is tipped into a dumpster

Hipster laptop lids are in for a scraping as messaging-for-millennials platform, Slack, has taken a beating with the rebranding stick.…

From The Register on Jan. 17, 2019, 2:17 p.m.

Oh snap: AWS has only gone and brought out its own Backup

Has it gotten backuppers backs up? You bet it has

Amazon has rolled out its own backup service for AWS apps and data, a move that will inevitably hit independent suppliers of backup for the cloud computing service right in the wallet.…

From The Register on Jan. 17, 2019, 1:17 p.m.

Cortana and Search to innovate separately in an amicable Windows 10 Insider split

Microsoft introduces the Schrödinger Linux Subsystem. (It might work. It might not.)

Hot on the heels of a patch for the version of Windows 10 that Microsoft hopes will undo the woes of 2018 comes a fresh insider build to break stuff just a few days before the company's bug bash.…

From The Register on Jan. 17, 2019, 1:17 p.m.

Like, subscribe and comment: Sage takes a breath as cloud sales bounce

'Ecncouraging' numbers as it switches from licensing to subs push

Shape-shifting accounting software biz Sage issued a trading update this morning and the good news - for investors at least - is that it didn't contain any nasty surprises, but did highlight a bounce in cloud sales.…

From The Register on Jan. 17, 2019, 12:17 p.m.

Happy Thursday! 770 MEEELLLION email addresses and passwords found in yuge data breach

Now is a good time to get a password manager app

Infosec researcher Troy Hunt has revealed that more than 700 million email addresses have been floating around “a popular hacker forum” - along with a very large number of plain text passwords.…

From The Register on Jan. 17, 2019, 11:17 a.m.

Diplomat warns that tech industry has become a pawn as politicos fight dirty

They see AI, cybersecurity as 'battle fronts' - and rising populism will make it worse - former UN official

Oracle OpenWorld  Technology and cyber security will be the "battle fronts" of global competition, and artificial intelligence will become crucial to the US-China trade war, a former UN official has said.…

From The Register on Jan. 17, 2019, 10:17 a.m.

Most munificient Apple killed itself with kindness. Oh. Really?

Why the battery story doesn't add up

Analysis  Apple’s iPhone slump may be down to the company’s generosity and kindness - according to Apple-friendly blogger Jon Gruber.…

From The Register on Jan. 17, 2019, 9:17 a.m.

Having AI assistants ruling our future lives? That's so sad. Alexa play Despacito

It's Amazon how quickly these monopolies begin

Column  At the annual spectacular of crap that we optimistically term the Consumer Electronics Show, I found myself locked into a room with Alexa.…

From The Register on Jan. 17, 2019, 8:17 a.m.

South Korea says mystery hackers cracked advanced weapons servers

No idea who could have been behind this one...

The South Korea Ministry of National Defense says 10 of its internal PCs have been compromised by North Korea unknown hackers .…