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Happy birthday, you lumbering MS-DOS-based mess: Windows 98 turns 20 today

Rose-tinted spectacles ON. Nope, not doing anything

Windows 98 turns 20 today. However, rose-tinted spectacles still don't make a hybrid 16 and 32 bit OS tottering on top of MS-DOS any more appealing.…

Posted on 26 June 2018 | 3:15 am

Uber's London licence appeal off to flying start: No, you cannot do driver eye tests via video link

Amid Greyball and hack cover-up, app biz isn't endearing itself

A contrite Uber told Westminster Magistrates' Court today that it "fully accepts" last year's decision by Transport for London (TfL) to revoke its taxi operating licence as "justified".…

Posted on 26 June 2018 | 2:43 am

SUSE Linux Enterprise turns 15: Look, Ma! A common code base

If you're wondering about versions 13 and 14, ask superstitious folk

SUSE today announced the impending release of SUSE Linux Enterprise 15, featuring a boatload of new toys and a leap in version numbering.…

Posted on 26 June 2018 | 2:27 am

Why aren't startups working? They're not great at creating jobs... or disrupting big biz

We've been living a lie!

If you think we're living in the Golden Age of the Entrepreneur, think again.…

Posted on 26 June 2018 | 1:54 am

UK.gov outsourcers must prove their 'social value' to win contracts

Push to boost supplier diversity after Carillion – but no plans to ditch private sector entirely

The UK government has revealed plans to rate outsourcers on "social value", require them to publish KPIs and meet higher cybersecurity standards to tackle the fallout caused by the collapse of Carillion.…

Posted on 26 June 2018 | 1:27 am

CEO of comms tech biz Daisy splits as sale and IPO talks off the table

Neil Muller leaves corner office, chairman takes controls again

Hot on the heels of the latest acquisitions, Daisy Group CEO Neil Muller has told employees he is exiting as the business, which had been in the frame to IPO or sell up, initiates a refinancing deal.…

Posted on 26 June 2018 | 12:25 am

UK taxman has amassed voice profiles of 5.1 MEEELLION taxpayers

Big Brother Watch questions legal basis for data retention

Campaign group Big Brother Watch has accused HMRC of creating ID cards by stealth after it was revealed the UK taxman has amassed a database of 5.1 million people's voiceprints.…

Posted on 25 June 2018 | 11:50 pm

HMRC: Aria PC's £2m MSN Messenger deals bonanza was VAT fraud

UK taxman urges tribunal to throw out reseller's appeal

Reseller Aria PC's managing director "must have known" that 11 disputed deals his company made a decade ago had a "connection to fraud", an HMRC barrister has told a tax tribunal.…

Posted on 25 June 2018 | 11:20 pm

It's getting more and more Azure'd: For Microsoft, sorry seems to be the hardest word

Overheating data centres, Bing Visual Search, acquisitions – it's the week at Redmond

Microsoft had a week of acquisitions, almost-apologies and Azure absenteeism as 2018 ground to its halfway point.…

Posted on 25 June 2018 | 10:53 pm

So you're doing an IoT project. Cute. Let's start with the basics: Security

And for heaven's sake, don't fall in love with the data

The Internet of Things is going to solve climate change, fix our political system, and ensure that you can always find a parking spot. Some see a future of 15 billion connected devices.…

Posted on 25 June 2018 | 10:29 pm

If you store your data, I tell you I'm your man: You flash some, lose some, all arrays to me

Double up or quit, double stake or split – the storage roundup

If we've played our cards right, you'll be up to date on the storage goings-on of the week. Otherwise you'll be lost in the shuffle. Here's a hand full of aces, kings and queens – and don't forget the joker.…

Posted on 25 June 2018 | 9:54 pm

Lazy parent Intel dumps Lustre assets on HPC storage bods DDN

Chipzilla offloads devs, support teams and contracts

HPC storage supplier DDN has bought Intel's Lustre file system business, including its dev teams and support contracts.…

Posted on 25 June 2018 | 9:03 pm

HTC U12+: You said we should wait and review the retail product. Hate to break it to you, but...

WTF were they thinking?

Review  "There will be no HTC U12," the man from HTC told journalists in briefings ahead of the launch of this year's flagship. "And no U12++." Company executives stressed that, for 2018, there would be just one flagship, and the HTC U12+ was it.…

Posted on 25 June 2018 | 8:34 pm

GDPR forgive us, it's been one month since you were enforced…

… and we still aren’t accepting EU users

A month after the enforcement date of the General Data Protection Regulation – a law that businesses had two years to prepare for – many websites are still locking out users in the European Union as a method of compliance.…

Posted on 25 June 2018 | 8:02 pm

Software changed the world, then died on the first of the month

Brief didn't call for two-digit dates. What to blame? Bad brief or lousy testing?

Who, me?  Welcome again to Monday, and therefore to a new edition of “Who, me?”, The Register’s confessional column in which readers own their errors.…

Posted on 25 June 2018 | 7:26 pm

Qualcomm still serious about Windows 10 on Arm: Engineers work on '12W' Snapdragon 1000

Dev kit leak seemingly backed by techies' job descriptions

Qualcomm is seemingly working on another high-end 64-bit Arm-compatible system-on-chip for Windows 10 PCs – the Snapdragon 1000.…

Posted on 25 June 2018 | 7:08 pm

Smartphone batteries can reveal what you typed and read

Power trace sniffing, a badly-designed API and some cloudy AI spell potential trouble

A group of researchers has demonstrated that smartphone batteries can offer a side-channel attack vector by revealing what users do with their devices through analysis of power consumption.…

Posted on 25 June 2018 | 6:31 pm

Oracle Linux now supported on 64-bit Armv8 processors

Big Red wants ‘very viable server/cloud platform for Arm’ so adds MySQL, Docker, Java efforts under way too

Oracle’s announced that the version of its GNU/Linux for Arm processors is now generally available and signalled its intentions to help “build out a very viable server/cloud platform for Arm.”…

Posted on 25 June 2018 | 5:52 pm

Net's druids thrash out specs for an independent IETF

This matters because right now there's no formal structure, which makes things tenuous

The Internet Engineering Task Force has taken another step on its road to independence, publishing a for-discussion proposal covering its likely administrative arrangements.…

Posted on 25 June 2018 | 5:02 pm

Ubuntu reports 67% of users opt in to on-by-default PC specs slurp

Early data reveals most users run a single CPU, 4GB of RAM, one 1080P monitor

Ubuntu has reported on data collected using the new user-profiling “feature” in version 18.04 of its GNU/Linux distribution.…

Posted on 25 June 2018 | 3:57 pm

AT&T offloads a bunch of data centres for a billion bucks

Carrier will still control customers and offer colo services in 29 bit barns

AT&T has followed the emerging trend of carriers getting out of the data centre infrastructure business by offloading 31 colocation assets to Brookfield Infrastructure for US$1.1 billion.…

Posted on 25 June 2018 | 2:58 pm

Linus Torvalds tells kernel devs to fix their regressive fixing

And get their timing right so that fixes aren't features

Linus Torvalds has given the Linux kernel development community a bit of a touch-up, after finding some contributions to Linux 4.18 complicated the kernel development process.…

Posted on 25 June 2018 | 1:58 pm

India tells its banks to get Windows XP off ATMs – in 2019!

And do some pretty basic security hygiene before then

The Reserve Bank of India has given that country's banking sector a hard deadline to get Windows XP out of its ATMs: June 2019.…

Posted on 25 June 2018 | 12:53 pm

The week that QoS in networking, aka WAN, RAN, thank you ma'am

Aruba gets the SD-WAN bug, Huawei patches slowly and so much more

Roundup  Nokia has claimed a first by demonstrating a cloud-based radio access network (RAN) running on an operational carrier network.…

Posted on 25 June 2018 | 9:01 am

Something to fire up PyTorch fans, Facebook emits code for analyzing human poses, and more

Including: Microsoft hoovers up Bonsai startup

Roundup  Hi, here are a few announcements in the AI world from this week. Read on to find out what's happening with PyTorch, which startup Microsoft just bought, and who won OpenAI's Sonic challenge.…

Posted on 24 June 2018 | 2:16 am

The strife of Brian: Why doomed Intel boss's ex86 may not be the real reason for his hasty exit

Had the board just had enough of Krzanich?

Comment  The sudden and shocking resignation of Intel CEO Brian Krzanich this week over a long-ago affair with a subordinate – banned under company rules – has led to much mirth among Register readers.…

Posted on 23 June 2018 | 10:57 pm

Hardened Azure logins, softened containers, leaky encrypted images on Macs – and more

Plus: Crypto-cash and keeping up with McAfee

Roundup  This week you had to deal with AI security panic, fake Fortnite, and, if you use OpenBSD, the end of Intel HyperThread support

Posted on 23 June 2018 | 8:12 pm

At last! Apple admits its MacBook Pro butterfly keyboards utterly suck, offers free replacements

FYI: This article was typed o a roken Apple quirky keyoard – ad it loody well shows

Apple has finally admitted the utterfly-mechanism keyoards in its Macook ad Macook Pro laptops are diaolical, and has offered free repairs and replacemets.…

Posted on 23 June 2018 | 12:21 pm

Azure North Europe downed by the curse of the Irish – sunshine

Microsoft data center went sideways this week for hours with cooling issue

Amid forecasts of heat and fears of water shortage in Ireland on Monday, Microsoft was about to confront a drought of a different kind: an Azure service outage.…

Posted on 23 June 2018 | 11:57 am

Meet TLBleed: A crypto-key-leaking CPU attack that Intel reckons we shouldn't worry about

How to extract 256-bit signing keys with 99.8% success

Intel has, for now, no plans to specifically address a side-channel vulnerability in its processors that can be potentially exploited by malware to extract encryption keys and other sensitive info from applications.…

Posted on 23 June 2018 | 10:44 am

Software engineer fired, shut out of office for three weeks by machine

HAL 9000 is here – and it's plugged into your HR system

It was only a matter of time before the machines started fighting back. And let's be honest, we all knew the software engineers would be the first to fall.…

Posted on 23 June 2018 | 10:33 am

Smyte users not smitten with Twitter: APIs killed minutes after biz gobble

Clients of online abuse-fighting upstart cry foul over being 'royally screwed'

Updated  Twitter, known for its rather rocky relationship with developers, cemented its reputation for missteps on Thursday – by announcing the acquisition of content cleansing and security biz Smyte and almost immediately disconnecting the firm's existing customers.…

Posted on 23 June 2018 | 8:38 am

Great news, cask beer fans: UK shortage of CO2 menaces fizzy crap taking up tap space

Brit booze barons worry they will have to go carbon dry-oxide

A carbon-dioxide shortage in Blighty may rid bars and pubs of that fizzy nonsense taking up the tap space of proper cask beer. [Oy! Some of us like a good lager – ed.]

Posted on 23 June 2018 | 8:21 am

In huge privacy win, US Supreme Court rules warrant needed to slurp folks' location data

A digital era defining decision

In a decision that will define privacy in the digital age, the US Supreme Court decided 5-4 on Friday that the government needs a warrant to access its citizens' mobile phone location data.…

Posted on 23 June 2018 | 7:06 am

Facebook sends lowly minions to placate Euro law makers over data-slurp scandal

We wanted actual C-suiters, growls EU committee

Facebook has once again irked EU politicos by failing to send sufficiently senior staffers to face another grilling on the data-harvesting saga.…

Posted on 23 June 2018 | 4:54 am

BlackBerry continues its gentle slide even as software sales embiggen

Strong showing for that and services in Q1 '19 results

BlackBerry's Q1 FY19 revenues are down 9 per cent year-on-year, though nearly 90 per cent of that came from software and services sales.…

Posted on 23 June 2018 | 3:58 am

Norwegian tourist board says it can't a-fjord the bad publicity from 'Land of Chlamydia' posters

No claps for you: Marketing director slams condom ad

An ad campaign branding Norway the "Land of Chlamydia" has been slapped down by tourist bosses.…

Posted on 23 June 2018 | 2:39 am

Why the 'feudal' tech monopolies run rings around competition watchdogs

Rather than break up Google, can we try owning our data?

Interview  Competition watchdogs need to move faster and consider the bigger picture to deal effectively with transnational tech behemoths like Google, says BT's former chief lawyer.…

Posted on 23 June 2018 | 1:32 am

Buttonless and port-free: Expect the next iPhone to be as smooth as a baby's bum

Wot? No Lightning?

Apple prompted complaints when it removed the 3.5mm audio port from iPhones in 2016. Expect future models to be even more radical.…

Posted on 23 June 2018 | 1:05 am

Amazon staffers protest giant's 'support of the surveillance state'

Letter to Bezos: 'We refuse to contribute to tools that violate human rights'

Amazon workers have reportedly called on their bosses to stop selling facial recognition kit to cops and spies, and slammed its links to data analytics biz Palantir.…

Posted on 23 June 2018 | 12:33 am

Cops: Autonomous Uber driver may have been streaming The Voice before death crash

Reports say she was watching reality TV at time of fatal impact

A woman in the driving seat of an autonomous Uber that hit and killed a pedestrian was likely streaming an episode of telly show The Voice on her phone immediately before the collision, according to reports.…

Posted on 22 June 2018 | 11:57 pm

Outage? No, phones are playing silly buggers, insists Sainsbury's Bank

But customers believe days of problems go deeper than that

Updated  Sainsbury's Bank has insisted to The Register that it is not experiencing an IT outage, despite lots of enraged customers asking why their money isn't moving.…

Posted on 22 June 2018 | 11:18 pm

Do UK.gov wonks understand sci-tech skills gap? MPs dish out Parliamentary kicking

And don't even ask about Brexit

The UK government doesn't know what science and tech skills the economy needs or how Brexit will affect firms' ability to recruit staff, MPs have warned.…

Posted on 22 June 2018 | 10:35 pm

El Reg works with Byte Night to put techies out on the streets

Join tech luminaries and Jenny Agutter for a night on the tiles

The Register is partnering with Byte Night, the annual tech-heavy sleepout fundraiser for Action for Children, the UK charity which has been caring and sticking up for vulnerable young people for 150 years.…

Posted on 22 June 2018 | 10:04 pm

Schneier warns of 'perfect storm': Tech is becoming autonomous, and security is garbage

Tel Aviv treated to Brucey's bonus views

Israel Cyber Week  With insecure computers in charge, the healthcare and transportation sectors have become a nexus of security problems, infosec veteran Bruce Schneier warned delegates at Israel Cyber Week.…

Posted on 22 June 2018 | 9:36 pm

Have YOU had your breakfast pint? Boffins confirm cheeky daily tipple is good for you

Study of Americans shows light drinking is still better than none

A major study of Americans has punched another hole in the official British government medical advice that there's no "safe level" of drinking.…

Posted on 22 June 2018 | 8:32 pm

Nintendo Labo: After a day spent fiddling with flaps, you may be ready to, er, Lego

But for real, this kit is great for fooling kids into liking STEM

There's a scene in Showtime's Billions where a forward-thinking hedge fund manager is interviewing prospective quantitative analysts and gives them a flat-packed cardboard box. The candidates come and go until one finally correctly supposes that the box is impossible to put together, and recognition of this apparently shows the ability to "think outside the box".…

Posted on 22 June 2018 | 8:09 pm

Amid 'idiotic blockchain phase,' EY and Microsoft tout smart contracts

Blockchain might actually prove helpful for a change

In an effort to demonstrate there are actual uses for blockchain technology, global professional services biz EY and Microsoft have teamed up to offer companies a way to manage rights and royalties.…

Posted on 22 June 2018 | 7:30 pm

Trainee techie ran away and hid after screwing up a job, literally

He was young, eager to please and forgot that size matters

On-Call  Thank the Valar it’s Friday, because that means the weekend beckons and a new instalment of On-Call, The Register’s weekly reader-contributed tale of tech support tangles.…

Posted on 22 June 2018 | 7:01 pm

Don't panic, but your baby monitor can be hacked into a spycam

Researchers confirm hardware vulnerable to remote attacks

Security researchers say they can back up a mother's claim that her baby monitor had been remotely hacked and used to spy on her family.…

Posted on 22 June 2018 | 6:30 pm