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From The Register on June 24, 2019, 9:17 a.m.

Driving Xtreme Cuts: DXC Technology waves bye bye to 45% of Americas Security divison

50 roles shifted off to India

DXC Technology is sending hundreds of security personnel from the America's division down the redundancy chute and offshoring some of those roles to low-cost centres, insiders are telling us.…

From The Register on June 24, 2019, 8:17 a.m.

I got 25 million problems, but a bulk upload ain't one

It was acceptable in the '80s

Who, Me?  Sunday is gone and Monday is here. To ring in the week, please join us in welcoming the latest addition to the shedload of shame that is The Register's Who, Me? column.…

From The Register on June 24, 2019, 7:17 a.m.

Get a grip on Lambda, Kubernetes, Azure Functions, and more, at Serverless Computing London – save £100s today with blind bird tix

Discount offer expires tonight so hurry, hurry, hurry

Event  If you want to learn how organisations like Lego, Well pharmacy and Bayer are putting AWS Lambda, Function as a Service (FaaS), and Azure Functions to work, you should join us at Serverless Computing London this coming November.…

From The Register on June 24, 2019, 7:17 a.m.

Go fourth and multi-Pi: Raspberry Pi 4 lands today with quad 1.5GHz Arm Cortex-A72 CPU cores, up to 4GB RAM...

...And more, including dual 4K monitor outputs that you'll need new cables for

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has multiplied 3 by 3 and come up with 4: today a new Pi, the Raspberry Pi 4, officially launches with three times the grunt of the previous generation, the Raspberry Pi 3.…

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

Yay, for AI: Autonomous pizza-delivery robots. Nay for AI: Big Brother is real and it's powered by neural networks

Also Waymo is releasing a data set for you self-driving car nerds

Roundup  If you wanna know what's been happening in AI this week beyond what we've already covered, here's a quick roundup...…

From The Register on June 22, 2019, 1:17 a.m.

Chrome ad-blocker crackdown preview due late July. Here's a half-dozen reasons why add-on devs are still upset

Canary channel will let programmers experience tough new limits on extensions

Analysis  An early version of Manifest v3 – Google's controversial revision of Chrome's extensions system that will affect ad and content blockers – should appear in about a month.…

From The Register on June 21, 2019, 11:17 p.m.

'Bulls%^t! Complete bull$h*t!' Reset the clock on the last time woke Linus Torvalds exploded at a Linux kernel dev

Yes, we too would lose our mind over *checks notes* page caches and storage IO

Linux kernel chieftain Linus Torvalds owes the swear jar a few quid this week, although by his standards this most most recent rant of his is relatively restrained.…

From The Register on June 21, 2019, 9:17 p.m.

You're Huawei off base on this, Rubio: Lawyers slam US senator's bid to ban Chinese giant from filing patent lawsuits

Plus: Chinese supercomputer maker Sugon, related orgs added to trade blacklist

Patent attorneys are hopping mad at another effort by US lawmakers to undermine Chinese giant Huawei – this time by excluding it from the American patent system.…

From The Register on June 21, 2019, 7:17 p.m.

Hot desk hell: Staff spend two weeks a year looking for seats in open-plan offices

Cough. I believe you have my stapler

People spend an average of two bloody weeks a year just looking for a frigging desk to work at, thanks to hot-desking.…

From The Register on June 21, 2019, 7:17 p.m.

Enterpise hardware makers cry out as hyperscalers clip infrastructure spending

Still said to be worth around $66.9bn in 2019

IDC has clipped 2019 sales forecasts for the infrastructure kit used to power hyperscalers' cloud services – the one area of the market that helped to prop up old world vendors' hardware revenues.…

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

There's that phrase again: JP Morgan CIO told Autonomy's first HP boss it was 'a shit show'

Eye-opening VP evidence sheds light on state of post-buyout biz

Autonomy Trial  Autonomy staff were so paranoid under Mike Lynch's leadership that they feared their offices had been bugged, former head of HP Software Robert Youngjohns told London's High Court – adding that JP Morgan's CIO reportedly told him: "Autonomy is a shit show."…

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

UK.gov must sort out its crap data and legacy IT, warns spending watchdog

Never mind the robotics and AI bullsh*t

Government plans to throw money at automation and AI to develop public services risk "magnifying" problems around data quality residing in its own legacy systems, the National Audit Office has warned.…

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

Summer's here, where's Windows 10 19H2? For Microsoft, spring ends whenever the heck it says so stop asking

IF (DateTime.Now > Spring) { WHILE (Windows != Done) Spring++; }

Microsoft enlivened an otherwise deadly dull Windows 10 Insider build by revealing the corporation now defines its own seasons.…

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

Welsh chip slinger IQE's shares drop by a third after blaming Huawei ban for falling revenues

Chief points to strain on global supply chains as earnings miss analyst estimates

Welsh chip and wafer maker IQE's shares fell by almost a third this morning when it warned that the impact of the United States' Huawei ban is likely to be worse than expected.…

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

Bloody vultures! Cheeky Spanish paraglider firm pinched El Reg's mascot

Dios mío, eso es nuestro buitre!

An, er, eagle-eyed Reg reader holidaying in Spain has spotted an uncanny resemblance between this organ's beloved mascot and an equally vulturine logo being used by a peninsular paragliding concern.…

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

Hello Moto! UK Home Office shoves comms giant another £82m to stay on Emergency Services Network gig

More delays ahead for troubled programme

The UK Home Office has extended its Emergency Services Network contract with Motorola, intended to shift blue-light services to 4G.…

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

Red Hat signs off last set of numbers before it is likely gobbled by IBM

Only the Chinese now to sign off $34.5bn slurp

With the EU tipped to approve IBM's $34bn slurp of Red Hat next week, the open-source software house started Q1 of fiscal '20 with double-digit hikes in sales and profit, though its top line fell short of analyst estimates.…

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

Hot desk hell: Staff spend 2 weeks a year looking for open-plan seats

Cough. I believe you have my stapler

People spend an average of two bloody weeks a year just looking for a frigging desk to work at, thanks to hot-desking.…

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

Queue baa, Libra: People will buy what Facebook's selling. They shouldn't, but they will

God money I’ll do anything for you

Something for the Weekend, Sir?  "People love being sold to."…

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

Good old British 'fair play' is the answer to vexed Huawei question, claims security minister

He then doubled down on spies' 'ghost user' backdoor plan

Solving the Huawei 5G security problem is a question of convincing the Chinese to embrace British "fair play", security minister Ben Wallace said yesterday without the slightest hint of irony.…

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

NVMe. We've written about it. You know all about it. But are you using it? We'd love to hear your thoughts

Are you deploying this storage tech – or is it barely on your radar? We want to hear from you either way, please

Reg survey  We've all seen more than enough marketing hype in IT by now, and probably more enough to last several lifetimes.…

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

DXC: We've told UK government that up to 2,150 heads could roll in latest job cuts

'Expect actual number to go to be much less' says firm, as 1k put hand up for voluntary redundancy

Exclusive  DXC Technology has told UK government and Unite that – in a worst case scenario – more than 2,000 locals could be made redundant in the latest round of expense cuts, which could also include the closure of one site.…

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

Alexa, am I having a heart attack? Here's how smart speakers could detect their masters spluttering to death

Urgh, OK Google, call 9... Can you hear me?! CALL 9...arghgh

Digital assistants such as Amazon Alexa and Google Home may be able to automatically detect when someone is having a heart attack, and call for medical help, one day, according to this latest research.…

From The Register on June 21, 2019, 8:19 a.m.

Comms room, comms room, comms room is on fire – we don't need no water, let the engineer burn

Figuratively, of course

On Call  As you shut down and wait for Windows or macOS to spend the usual hour installing updates before your weekend can begin, spare a thought for those on the other end of the phone in The Register's weekly On Call column.…

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

Bollocks or brutal truth: Do smart-mobes make us grow skull horns? We take a closer look at boffins' startling claims

Phone bone grown from shoddy body tone, it's shown

Young people are developing "horn-like" bone spurs, it's claimed, and smartphone-induced posture problems are apparently to blame.…

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

Look, we've tried, but we just can't write this headline without saying boffins have probed Uranus's cold ring

Cluster of rock and ice a sweltering 77K, we're told

Astronomers have measured the temperature of one of Uranus’s rings, dubbed Epsilon, for the first time. The result: the cluster of ice and rock is a nippy 77 kelvin.…

From The Register on June 21, 2019, 2:17 a.m.

Kids can be so crurl: Lead dev unchuffed with Google's plan to remake curl in its own image

'Why use a copy when the original is free, proven and battle-tested?'

Google is planning to reimplement parts of libcurl, a widely used open-source file transfer library, as a wrapper for Chromium's networking API – but curl's lead developer does not welcome the "competition".…

From The Register on June 21, 2019, 2:17 a.m.

Don't panic: Dixons Carphone's share price crashes 30% after statutory losses hit £329m

CEO talks of 'more pain', 'substantial losses' in Mobile amid industry-wide handset sales meltdown

Beleaguered retailer Dixons Carphone has warned of "more pain" and "substantial losses" in its mobile business in the year to come after reporting a sharp fall in group profits for fiscal '19 ended 27 April.…

From The Register on June 21, 2019, 1:17 a.m.

Shameless Facebook treats its poor human moderators like absolute dirt. But y'know what it does treat right? Robots

If you've dreamed of advancing human obsolescence, your time is at hand

Facebook's software can't catch all the vile content uploaded to its servers by its addicts, which is why the multibollion-dollar antisocial network relies on relatively poorly paid contractors, who work in living hell, to cleanse its pages.…

From The Register on June 21, 2019, 12:17 a.m.

Millions of Windows Dell PCs need patching: Give-me-admin security gremlin found lurking in bundled support tool

Can't spell SupportAssist without 'ass' and 'u' – other makers may be hit, too

Dell's troubleshooting software SupportAssist, bundled with the US tech titan's home and business computers, has a security flaw that can be exploited by malware and rogue logged-in users to gain administrator powers.…

From The Register on June 20, 2019, 11:17 p.m.

A $4bn biz without a live product just broke the record for the amount paid for a domain name. WTF is going on?

Goodbye Sex.com: Voice.com now #1 at $30m

Comment  This week saw the greatest sum ever paid for a domain name: Voice.com was sold in an all-cash deal for $30m to a company called Block.one, more than doubling the previous, longstanding record of $13m for Sex.com.…

From The Register on June 20, 2019, 10:17 p.m.

Digi-dosh exchange Coinbase: Someone tried to pwn our staff via this week's Firefox zero-day security hole

Patch released after crypto-currency biz sounded alarm

The development and release of a critical Firefox security patch this week was, in part, triggered by an attempted cyber-heist of crypto-coin exchange Coinbase.…

From The Register on June 20, 2019, 10:17 p.m.

It's now officially the WhackBook Pro: If the keyboards weren't bad enough, now MacBook Pro batts are a fire risk

Apple issues voluntary recall for godforsaken laptops, again

Apple has urged its fans to stop using certain MacBook Pro models, and has issued a voluntary recall of the notebooks, after they were found to be prone to battery blazes.…

From The Register on June 20, 2019, 8:17 p.m.

Microsoft, you should look away now: Google's cloud second only to AWS in dev survey

Mountain View's white stuff used more than Azure among 7,000 code monkeys

Coders use Google Cloud Platform (GCP) more than Microsoft Azure, though Amazon Web Services (AWS) has a comfortable lead, according to a Developer Ecosystem survey conducted by tools vendor JetBrains.…

From The Register on June 20, 2019, 8:17 p.m.

Must watch: GE's smart bulb reset procedure is a masterpiece... of modern techno-insanity

Read this for 2 seconds. Pause 8 seconds. Read for 2 seconds. Pause 8 seconds...

Video  Being an early adopter can be a frustrating experience as kinks are ironed out, bugs are squashed and interfaces are improved. It comes with the territory. But there is simply no excuse for what General Electric (GE) has done to users of its smart bulbs.…

From The Register on June 20, 2019, 7:17 p.m.

Kubernetes goes in for nip and tuck, comes out with 25 'enhancements': We take a look at v1.15

New release is easier to customize, better performance, complex as hell

A new release of Kubernetes, version 1.15, has gone live with 25 enhancements including support for go modules in Kubernetes Core, a new Events API in alpha and High Availability (HA) improvements.…

From The Register on June 20, 2019, 7:17 p.m.

Hipster yap app chaps Slack finally strap into NYSE: Shares of 'WORK' open at $38.50 apiece

More like 'SHIRK' amirite

Messaging outfit Slack has finally done the deed and gone public with an initial valuation of about $16bn.…

From The Register on June 20, 2019, 6:17 p.m.

Who needs a supercomputer when you can get a couple of petaflops on AWS?

Or you could run it on-premises three times cheaper says University of Cambridge bod

Descartes Labs, a company which analyses big data, has managed to nab the 136th spot on the top 500 list of the world's fastest supercomputers with $5,000 and an Amazon Web Services (AWS) account.…

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

Autonomy integration was a 'sh!t show', HP director tells court

We're honestly not making this up

Autonomy Trial  A former HP senior director told London's High Court yesterday that the company's post-buyout integration of British software firm Autonomy was referred to internally as a "shit show".…

From The Register on June 20, 2019, 3:17 p.m.

HPE downs Nimble-ful of HCI, lobs third hyperconverged system into its portfolio

The 'd' in dHCI is for 'disaggregated'

HPE has generated a third hyperconverged system from its acquired Nimble Storage tech, providing yet another ProLiant server route to market.…

From The Register on June 20, 2019, 2:17 p.m.

Who needs a supercomputer when you can get a couple of petaflops on AWS?

Or you could run it on-premises three times cheaper says University of Cambridge bod

Descartes Labs, a company which analyses big data, has managed to nab the 136th spot on the top 500 list of the world's fastest supercomputers with $5,000 and an Amazon Web Services (AWS) account.…

From The Register on June 20, 2019, 2:17 p.m.

Shut the barn door: UK data watchdog tells MPs mass slurping by firms is a huge risk to privacy

You need to rifle through my photos why, exactly?

Regulators and campaign groups have warned a UK Parliamentary inquiry that the increasing collection, use and storage of data by corporations poses a serious risk to privacy and security.…

From The Register on June 20, 2019, 1:17 p.m.

Don't panic: Dixons Carphones share price crashes 30% after statutory losses hit £329m

CEO talks of 'more pain', 'substantial losses' in Mobile amid industry-wide handset sales meltdown

Beleaguered retailer Dixons Carphone has warned of "more pain" and "substantial losses" in its mobile business in the year to come after reporting a sharp fall in group profits for fiscal '19 ended 27 April.…

From The Register on June 20, 2019, 1:17 p.m.

Tech jocks tell Trump: Tariff tiff with China will not achieve what you think it will achieve

Think of the children (and our revenues)! plead Dell, HP, Intel and Microsoft

US tech giants Dell, HP, Intel and Microsoft have submitted a plea to have laptops and tablets excluded from the tariffs imposed by the US government on Chinese imports.…

From The Register on June 20, 2019, 12:17 p.m.

Vodafone urges UK.gov to get on with it and conclude review into Huawei

One-third of network dependent on Chinese kit maker

Interview  Vodafone's CTO has urged the government to release the results of its delayed telecoms supply chain review, so that it can get the green light for use of Chinese supplier Huawei in its non-core 5G network.…

From The Register on June 20, 2019, 12:17 p.m.

Now you can have a twist of 2019 in your 2012: Microsoft goes back to the future with Edge on Windows 7/8

It looks like your OS goes out of support in seven months. Would you like a new browser?

The Edge gang has finally grafted versions of Microsoft's take on Chromium into Windows 7, 8 and 8.1.…

From The Register on June 20, 2019, 11:17 a.m.

NetApp wraps Elements HCI and Google Cloud Platform in Data Fabric

New cloud services weaved into portfolio

NetApp has wrapped up Elements HCI and the Google Cloud Platform (GCP) into its Data Fabric en route to building a hybrid multi-cloud orchestration or operating system.…

From The Register on June 20, 2019, 11:17 a.m.

The European Space Agency is going to visit a new comet in 2028. Which one? We haven't discovered it yet

Let's hope it goes better than the Comet 67P mission, eh?

The European Space Agency is embarking on a new mission to a faraway comet floating on the outer edges of the Solar System that is yet to be discovered.…

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

Kids can be so crurl: Lead dev unchuffed with Google's plan to remake curl in its own image

'Why use a copy when the original is free, proven and battle-tested?'

Google is planning to reimplement parts of libcurl, a widely used open-source file transfer library, as a wrapper for Chromium's networking API – but curl's lead developer does not welcome the "competition".…

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

Bureaucratic cockup leads to porn block delay for UK

What a ballsup!

The British government is expected to announce an indefinite delay to its controversial legislation requiring age verification from porn users.…

From The Register on June 20, 2019, 9:17 a.m.

Vivaldi to give abusive sites the middle finger with built-in ad blocking

Same digit could be extended at Google as browser chaps 'evaluate the situation'

Amid Google's huffing and puffing over ad blockers, an update to Chromium-based browser Vivaldi puts privacy squarely in its sights.…

From The Register on June 20, 2019, 8:17 a.m.

Arrays in a mangler, need new storage bed: Huawei and the US tech block

A tired Ren Zhengfei'll seek read-and-write heads

Analysis  If the US persists with Huawei's inclusion on its tech export block list, the Chinese firm's storage array production could be hit hard, effectively leaving it scrambling for components after the reprieve ends in August.…

From The Register on June 20, 2019, 7:17 a.m.

NetApp wraps Elements HCI and Google Cloud Platform in Data Fabric

New cloud services weaved into portfolio

NetApp has wrapped up Elements HCI and the Google Cloud Platform (GCP) into its Data Fabric en route to building a hybrid multi-cloud orchestration or operating system.…

From The Register on June 20, 2019, 3:17 a.m.

Bot war: Here's how you can theoretically use adversarial AI to evade YouTube's hard-line copyright-detecting AI

YMMV – and the second M is doing a lot of heavy lifting, here

Analysis  YouTube is understood to use machine-learning algorithms to identify copyrighted material in user-uploaded videos, so that, in theory at least, any artists featured are properly compensated for their work. This system works more or less, though it is not without its controversies.…

From The Register on June 20, 2019, 1:17 a.m.

Net-sweet! Oracle cloud shows some signs of life, just don't ask about the on-prem stuff

Meanwhile, database giant preps free as-a-service program to entice developers

Database giant Oracle beat market expectations for its fiscal Q4 2019 and FY 2019 financial results, reporting $11.1bn in quarterly revenues and $39.5bn for the full year.…

From The Register on June 20, 2019, 12:17 a.m.

If Uncle Sam could quit using insecure .zip files to swap info across the 'net, that would be great, says Silicon Ron Wyden

Senator urges NIST to do something about it

Influential US Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) is not happy about Uncle Sam's employees using insecure .zip files and other archive formats to electronically transfer information.…

From The Register on June 19, 2019, 11:17 p.m.

Google takes the PIS out of advertising: New algo securely analyzes shared encrypted data sets without leaking contents

Plus: MongoDB crams end-to-end crypto into database tech

Google on Wednesday released source code for a project called Private Join and Compute that allows two parties to analyze and compare shared sets of data without revealing the contents of each set to the other party.…

From The Register on June 19, 2019, 10:17 p.m.

The latest FCC plan to boost US broadband? Prevent competition in apartment blocks

Ajit Pai turns logic on its head while doing Big Cable's bidding

America's broadband watchdog, the FCC, has unveiled its latest harebrained effort to boost the availability of internet access across the nation: restrict competition.…

From The Register on June 19, 2019, 9:17 p.m.

Imagine being charged to take a lunch break... even if you didn't. Welcome to the world of these electronics assembly line workers

Tech giant Tyco finally settles for $5m with 'stiffed' staff

Tyco Electronics – a multi-billion-dollar manufacturer of sensors, connectors, and other rugged equipment for defense, aerospace, automotive, IT, and similar industries – has agreed to cough up millions to workers who claimed they were stiffed over lunchtime pay.…

From The Register on June 19, 2019, 8:17 p.m.

Using Oracle WebLogic? Put down your coffee, drop out of Discord, grab this patch right now: Vuln under attack

Emergency security fix emitted for remote code exec hole exploited in the wild

Oracle has issued an emergency critical update to address a remote code execution vulnerability in its WebLogic Server component for Fusion Middleware – a flaw miscreants are exploiting in the wild to hijack systems.…

From The Register on June 19, 2019, 6:17 p.m.

Microsoft emits next year's Windows Server for lucky Insiders... as for the rest of you, see you vNext year

When is semi-annual not semi-annual? Never mind that - check out our WAC, SAC and um... never mind

Microsoft continued its rich tradition of baffling users with its release dates by dropping a fresh build of the semi-annual channel edition of Windows Server vNext unlikely to actually hit until next year.…

From The Register on June 19, 2019, 5:17 p.m.

Adobe chomps down more fat subs revenue, points sucking straw at all your delicious customer data

CEO: Stitching together customer profiles in real time is the game-changer

Price increase or new customers? That was the question analysts quizzed Adobe on last night as subscription profits swelled in Q2 ended 31 May - the response from its chief bean counter was "both".…

From The Register on June 19, 2019, 4:17 p.m.

Microsoft, you should look away now: Google's cloud second only to AWS in dev survey

Mountain View's white stuff used more than Azure among 7,000 code monkeys

Coders use Google Cloud Platform (GCP) more than Microsoft Azure, though Amazon Web Services (AWS) has a comfortable lead, according to a Developer Ecosystem survey conducted by tools vendor JetBrains.…

From The Register on June 19, 2019, 3:17 p.m.

PowerPoint to start telling you that your presentation is bad and you should feel bad

Ugh. Fly In, again? Really? And step away from the Comic Sans

Microsoft PowerPoint is set to strip away the last vestiges of humanity from presentations with tweaks to its Designer functionality and a coach to help users "deliver the perfect presentation".…

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

NASA's JPL may be able to reprogram a probe at the arse end of the solar system, but its security practices are a bit crap

Office of the Inspector General brings lab back down to Earth

NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab still has "multiple IT security control weaknesses" that expose "systems and data to exploitation by cyber criminals", despite cautions earlier this year.…

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

Open-source chat plat toasts rival after picking up $50m in funding: 'The better Slack does, the better Mattermost does'

Collaboration software hot with investors

Mattermost, the open-source take on enterprise instant messengers like Slack and Teams, has trousered an impressive $50m in funding, less than five months after pocketing a cool $20m.…

From The Register on June 19, 2019, 1:17 p.m.

Azure flock can stop faffing over bastion hosts: Microsoft has made it noob-friendly

PaaS the parcel: Click-and-forget fortification of Redmond's cloud

Those suffering sphincter-tightening terror when opening a port to their VMs have been soothed by Microsoft in the form of Azure Bastion.…

From The Register on June 19, 2019, 12:17 p.m.

UK's GDS head Kevin Cunnington leaves to tell world+dog how (not) to do digital

Verify not mentioned in list of Government Digital Service man's 'achievements'

The boss of the gaffe-prone Government Digital Service, Kevin Cunnington, is leaving to head the newly created International Government Service – presumably to tell the rest of the world how to talk a lot about digital while actually doing very little.…

From The Register on June 19, 2019, 11:17 a.m.

It's all in the wrist: Your fitness tracker could be as much about data warfare as your welfare

Tick, tick, boom?

Column  Last year I bought one of those nifty new fitness tracker wristwatches. It counts my steps and gives a me bit of a thrilling buzz on when I've reached my daily goal. A small thing, but it means a lot.…

From The Register on June 19, 2019, 11:17 a.m.

Brave urges UK's data watchdog to join Ireland in probing claim Google adtech breaches GDPR

Privacy browser reckons personalised advertising = personal data processing

Lawyers for the privacy-focused Brave browser have written to the UK's Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) with what they claim is evidence that Google's online ad-selling policies break the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – namely Article 5(1)(f).…

From The Register on June 19, 2019, 10:17 a.m.

*Spits out coffee* £4m for a database of drone fliers, UK.gov? Defra did game shooters for £300k

And guess who picks up the bill

Comment  A government database intended to store the personal details of around 150,000 drone fliers is set to cost around £4m plus to buy and £2.8m to maintain – despite a similar database costing Defra just £300k a year.…

From The Register on June 19, 2019, 9:17 a.m.

As above, so below: El Reg haunts Scaleway's data centre catacombs 26 metres under Paris

Going underground, where the servers are caged and there's water around

Feature  Parisian cloud and web-hosting outfit Scaleway invited The Register to poke around an underground data centre last week as part of the company's inaugural ScaleDay shindig.…

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

With speakers from iRobot, BBC, Lego, the worlds of Google, AWS and Azure, and more, do not miss Serverless Computing London 2019

Agenda revealed – get your tickets today for November conference

Event  We’re thrilled to announce the first tranche of conference speakers for Serverless Computing London, which will return to the UK capital from November 6 to 8.…

From The Register on June 19, 2019, 7:17 a.m.

Ubuntu says i386 to be 86'd with Eoan 19.10 release: Ageing 32-bit x86 support will be ex-86

Think we're at RISC of overdoing the Intel puns

Ubuntu is set to drop support for the i386 processor architecture beginning with its next release.…

From The Register on June 19, 2019, 6:17 a.m.

After years of listening, we've heard not a single peep out of any aliens, say boffins. You think you can do better? OK, here's 1PB of signals

Massive data dump, code release for E.T. hunters

After years of listening to the cosmos, scientists have failed to pick up any sign of alien civilizations. So, the experts have dumped online a petabyte of signals picked up from the Breakthrough Listen project so nerds like you and me can rifle through the readings and have a crack at finding E.T.…

From The Register on June 19, 2019, 3:17 a.m.

Youtube Queue Chrome extension booted out of store for search engine hijacking, revealing Google's lax dev checks

Follow us down the rabbit hole in uncovering who is possibly responsible

Google has removed a Chrome extension called Youtube Queue from its official online store for violating its program policies following complaints it was hijacking users' web searches.…

From The Register on June 19, 2019, 2:17 a.m.

Deepfake 3.0 (beta), the bad news: This AI can turn ONE photo of you into a talking head. Good news: There is none

Watch Rasputin sing like, uh, Beyonce, Einstein natter away...

Videos  Remember that artificially intelligent software that could transform lifeless still images, such as portrait paintings, into moving heads? Well, you can now take a single photo or picture of someone and animate it to make them say specific words and sentences, using AI algorithms.…

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

Spin the wheel and find today's leaky cloud DB... *clack clack... clack* A huge trove of medical malpractice complaints

150,000 personal records on people, including US veterans, upset with their healthcare

In what has become a depressingly common occurrence, the personal information of hundreds of thousands of people may have fallen into the wrong hands because yet another organization did not secure a cloud-hosted database.…

From The Register on June 18, 2019, 11:17 p.m.

HPE: Since y'all love cloud subs so much, we'll throw all our boxes into GreenLake by 2022

'Customers want tech as a service, they also want it on their terms' – at least 50% correct, there, Ant

HPE – the company that failed to cut it in the public cloud and offloaded its Enterprise Services biz a few years back – wants to make its whole portfolio available to buy as-a-service by 2022.…

From The Register on June 18, 2019, 11:17 p.m.

Awoogah! Awoogah! Firefox fans urged to update and patch zero-day hole exploited in the wild by miscreants

Just make sure you're running the latest version

Mozilla has released an emergency critical update for Firefox to squash a zero-day vulnerability that is under active attack.…

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

HPE unveils Primera storage tech, vows 100% availability – anyone fancy breaking, er, putting that to the test?

We can't decide if Primera sounds like a Thundercats character or a 1990s eurodance hit

HPE has pitched Primera, a new high-end storage platform, at mission-critical applications, and may eventually edge out the 3PAR line.…

From The Register on June 18, 2019, 9:17 p.m.

Cyber-IOU notes. Voucher hell on wheels. However you want to define Facebook's Libra, the most ridiculous part is its privacy promise

Digital currency tokens coming to WhatsApp, Messenger next year

Comment  Facebook – the global ad business pilloried repeatedly over the past 15 years for privacy disasters – on Tuesday announced a scheme to allow account holders to buy credits and spend the digitized funds online through a network of partners, under a "strong commitment to privacy."…

From The Register on June 18, 2019, 7:17 p.m.

Fancy a fondleslab dab? Adobe pulls oilcloth off new iPad-first Fresco painting, drawing app

Photoshop-compatible files, 3 types of brushes in touchy app

Adobe has unveiled Fresco, the new drawing and painting application – previously known as Project Gemini – that should be out later this year.…

From The Register on June 18, 2019, 7:17 p.m.

Delicious irony: Hacked medical debt collector AMCA files for bankruptcy protection from debt collectors

The tables are turned, database tables that is

The healthcare debt collector ransacked by hackers, who gained access to millions of patients' personal information, has filed for bankruptcy protection.…

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

DDN wheels out big chungus of a storage box, the disgustingly scalable EXA5

Up to hundreds of petabytes per filesystem, thanks to Lustre

Tintri's California-based data-nomming daddy, HPC player DDN, has squeezed out the latest crop of appliances in its EXAScaler product family, EXA5.…

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

Freaking out about fiendish IoT exploits? Maybe disable telnet, FTP and change that default password first?

Home devices are so poorly guarded, attackers don't even need sophisticated tools

While netizens and journalists worry about criminals and spies using sophisticated cyber-weapons to hijack Internet of Things devices, basic security protections are being overlooked – and pose a far greater threat.…

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

Ahhhhh! What year is it?! Users left without direction or clue after Google Calendar 404s

Hint: The pub is that way >>>

Google Calendar has gone TITSUP* with no sign given as to when it should be unborked.…

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

Get your coat, you've pulled a Pull Panda: GitHub goes home with code collab specialists

What next? Tugging the Test Plans? Grappling with GitLab?

Microsoft-owned GitHub has waved a big bunch of bamboo shoots at code collaboration outfit Pull Panda.…

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

UK.gov whacks export ban on 'grotesque' crab made by famous Brit potter bros

What? We're not afraid it'll attack us in our sleep. Are you?

Blighty's Ministry of No Fun Allowed* has continued to live up to its nickname by slapping an export ban on a fugly crab ornament that by all rights should be locked in a chest and slung into the deepest abyss never to be seen again.…

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

Dev darling Docker embraces Windows Subsystem for Linux 2

Microsoft's risky strategy: Develop on Windows, deploy to Linux

Docker has published details of what its container technology will look like for developers working on Windows, after the release of Microsoft's Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 (WSL 2) that is currently in preview.…

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

Who bought the most powerful commercial supercomputer? Come on, it's Total-ly obvious

Well, oil be damned. Faster computers, faster apocalypse?

French oil and gas supermajor Total will be seeking to pump even more flammable stuff out of the ground after purchasing the world's most powerful commercial supercomputer from IBM.…

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

Virty boys Parallels bring machine learning, Windows Server 2019 support to RAS VDI line

AI know what you did last summer

Windows-on-Mac flinger Parallels gave its Remote Application Server (RAS) a slapping with the wet fish of AI this morning with the release of version 17, featuring Session Pre-Launch.…

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

Parliament IT bods' fail sees server's naked OS exposed to world+dog

Contents were cached by Google so we can all point and giggle

Someone in the Parliamentary Digital Service managed to leave a server so completely exposed to the internet that Google indexed the Windows machine’s operating system.…

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

Video: The future of faster enterprises

The benefits of cloud in a fast-moving future

Promo  Amazon Web Services is launching a series of videos to illustrate the various ways its cloud can help businesses innovate and prosper.…

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

Freaking out about fiendish IoT exploits? Maybe stop disable telnet and change that default password first?

Home devices are so poorly guarded, attackers don't even need sophisticated tools

While netizens and journalists worry about criminals and spies using sophisticated cyber-weapons to hijack Internet of Things devices, basic security protections are being overlooked – and pose a far greater threat.…

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

Brit hosting provider tsoHost takes needleful of 'unauthorized code' to the servers, suffers week of outages

GoDaddy offspring admits to security breach, takes sweet time with emergency patching

UK hosting provider tsoHost is recovering from a week of major service disruption, after discovering "unauthorized code" was "injected into servers" in one of its data centres.…

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

What price the Moon? Tips from the past might save the present

Also: The Bennu Thrill Show - coming to an asteroid near you

Roundup  What price a boot on the Moon? Or maybe six robot wheels? There's a number for the former in this week's round-up of all things spacey.…

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

Boffins' neural network can work out from your speech whether you'll develop psychosis

Software trained from patient transcripts. The 'normal' dataset? From, er, Reddit

Machine-learning algorithms can help psychologists predict, with 90 per cent accuracy, the onset of psychosis by analyzing a patient's conversations, according to this research here.…

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

Finally, an AI that can reliably catch and undo Photoshop airbrushing. Who made it? Er, Photoshop maker Adobe

Talk about poacher turned gamekeeper

Video  Artificial intelligence built by Adobe can detect how an image may have been manipulated using, er, Adobe Photoshop, and predict what a doctored picture should have looked like.…

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

Smash GandCrab: Free tools released to decrypt files scrambled by notorious ransomware

Bitdefender teams up with FBI, cops to rescue Windows PC documents

Victims of the latest incarnations of the GandCrab ransomware now have a way to reclaim their files without paying a penny to extortionists, thanks to the release of a decryption tool.…