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Washing machine AI? You'll thank AWS, Microsoft, Google (eventually)

The scramble for space driving the commidity race

There's a war brewing in the cloud, and machine learning may well determine the outcome. With infrastructure services trending toward commoditisation, each of the big-three cloud purveyors is racing to augment vanilla IaaS and PaaS with not-so-vanilla machine learning (ML)/artificial intelligence (AI) smarts. Sure, they're way out in front of the market – most enterprises simply aren't doing much with ML – but the hope is that by paving the way to a dystopian future when the machines take over they will make boatloads of money along the way.…

Posted on 27 April 2017 | 9:07 pm

ITU's latest specs show that 5G is not just a wireless network

New standard addresses wireline aspects of low latency 5G

Analysis  We can no longer see 5G as a wireless standard alone. Its heart may still be a 3GPP-defined radio, but to deliver commercial benefits to operators (old or new), wireline links will be as important as wireless ones, and architectural change will be more important than an updated air interface.…

Posted on 27 April 2017 | 8:33 pm

Ransomware up. Breaches up. What do hackers want? Research, prototypes... all your secrets

Verizon super depressing report's in

Cyberespionage and ransomware attacks are on the increase, according to the latest annual edition of Verizon's breach report.…

Posted on 27 April 2017 | 8:08 pm

Peace in our time! Symantec says it can end Google cert spat

It's basically a promise to do better and not mess things up

Symantec is hoping to get its certificates back on Google's trust list.…

Posted on 27 April 2017 | 7:27 pm

FYI: You can blow Intel-powered broadband modems off the 'net with a 'trivial' packet stream

All too easy to choke enemies' gateways, it seems

Broadband modems using Intel's bungled Puma 6 chipset can be overloaded and virtually knocked offline by a trivial stream of packets, it is claimed.…

Posted on 27 April 2017 | 7:01 pm

TalkTalk HackHack DuoDuo PleadPlead GuiltyGuiltyGuiltyGuilty

Met cops gloat after pair admits to pilfering subscriber records

Two chaps in the UK have admitted stealing more than 150,000 customer records from TalkTalk.…

Posted on 27 April 2017 | 6:27 pm

Intel redesigns flawed Atom CPUs to stave off premature chip death

Faulty LPC clock bus timed out

Intel finally has reworked its flawed Atom C2000 chips, which have been failing at a greater-than-expected rate for about a year and a half.…

Posted on 27 April 2017 | 6:02 pm

Citrix-as-a-service plan bore fruit in Q1

Virtual Skype turns out to be a reason to pick up the phone

Citrix has posted a solid first quarter in which it posted modest revenue and profit gains, beat its expected earnings-per-share and said its transition to selling cloudy subscriptions is coming along nicely.…

Posted on 27 April 2017 | 5:33 pm

iPhone lawyers literally compare Apples with Pears in trademark war

'You shall not use the silhouette of any fruit' commands Cupertino idiot tax operation

In the never-ending effort by Apple to think higher of itself, the computer giant has opposed a trademark featuring the silhouette of a pear.…

Posted on 27 April 2017 | 5:03 pm

A switch with just 49 ns latency? What strange magic is this?

Cisco won't blink, but high-frequency traders may get twitchy

Australian company Exablaze has released a switch with claimed latency of just 49 nanoseconds.…

Posted on 27 April 2017 | 3:57 pm

Fistful of flaws blow away SolarWinds network appliances

Five nasties await netadmins

Admins of SolarWinds system management systems can block out a biggish chunk of their diaries to implement a bunch of serious patches.…

Posted on 27 April 2017 | 3:03 pm

Unplug the Bitcoin miner and do us all a favour: Antminer has remote shutdown flaw

‘Antbleed’ attack could crock 70 per cent of all mining. Time to try another flavour?

A new branded bug (sigh) has landed, specific to an ASIC-based Bitcoin miner: dubbed “Antbleed”, it allows remote shutdown of hardware sold by a company called "Bitmain".…

Posted on 27 April 2017 | 2:03 pm

Homebrew crypto SNAFU on electrical grid sees GE rush patches

Boffins turned up hard-coded password in ancient controllers

General Electric is pushing patches for protection relay bugs that, if exploited, could open up transmission systems to a grid-scale attack.…

Posted on 27 April 2017 | 1:59 pm

FTP becoming Forgotten Transfer Protocol as Debian turns it off

Distro download servers are too hard to run and users ignore them anyway

Debian is shutting down its public File Transfer Protocol (FTP) services, because hardly anybody uses them any more and they're hard to operate and maintain.…

Posted on 27 April 2017 | 12:57 pm

Australia' Smart meter leaders lag in securing devices

Centre for Internet Safety calls for consumer safeguards

Default passwords, unpatched firmware, unencrypted traffic: according to a report from a Canberra University research organisation, Australia's smart electricity meter rollouts are characterised by n00b-level security gaffes.…

Posted on 27 April 2017 | 12:39 pm

Chipotle may have banished E coli, but now it has a new infection

Another reason to feel queasy when leaving – bank-card-stealing malware

The last quarter has been a trying one for Mexican fast-food chain Chipotle. People are returning to its restaurants after the great 2015 E coli outbreak, but now customers are being struck by a different kind of virus.…

Posted on 27 April 2017 | 11:58 am

Linux kernel security gurus Grsecurity oust freeloaders from castle

No more test patches without a subscription

Linux users, the free lunch is over. Pennsylvania-based Open Source Security on Wednesday decided to stop making test patches of Grsecurity available for free.…

Posted on 27 April 2017 | 11:14 am

HPE kills off its entire OpenSDN line, pulls plug on customer demos

ISPs told they'll have to find another vendor

Exclusive  Hewlett Packard Enterprise has quietly axed its OpenSDN suite, effective immediately.…

Posted on 27 April 2017 | 10:13 am

Beware of geeks bearing gifts: Evil game guides infect 2 million Androids

Google Play scanners asleep at the switch while morons tap away their security

Ad-displaying malware in nearly 50 apps on the Google Play Store has infected nearly two million phones.…

Posted on 27 April 2017 | 9:47 am

FCC's Pai: I am going to kill net neutrality in US

Watchdog boss opens can of worms, sticks partisan head in

The head of America's telecoms regulator, the FCC, has vowed to kill off his nation's net neutrality safeguards.…

Posted on 27 April 2017 | 8:50 am

Try to sell stuff through Facebook Marketplace and get locked out for 72 hours – nice one, Zuck

Bug of the week, perhaps?

Netizens trying to sell items in Facebook Marketplace for the first time were completely locked out of the social network for 72 hours this week.…

Posted on 27 April 2017 | 7:50 am

Don't install our buggy Windows 10 Creators Update, begs Microsoft

We'll give it to you when it's ready – and it is not

Microsoft has urged non-tech-savvy people – or anyone who just wants a stable computer – to not download and install this year's biggest revision to Windows by hand. And that's because it may well bork your machine.…

Posted on 27 April 2017 | 7:02 am

Yeah, keep buying those SSDs, grins Seagate: Your data will be on our disks eventually, muaha

Beating flash on $/TB in nearline drives a core strategy

Seagate made a canine evening meal of its third 2017 fiscal quarter – with flattish revenues on the annual compare greeted by a disappointed Wall Street expecting more and marking the shares down 15 per cent. The full year revenue is likely to show an annual decline as well.…

Posted on 27 April 2017 | 6:33 am

European Court of Justice lays down the law on Kodipocalypse

In short, stop flogging players with pirate add-ons

Europe's highest court has made it easier for member states to halt the sale of media sticks with preloaded pirate streaming links and add-ons.…

Posted on 27 April 2017 | 4:32 am

Come celebrate World Hypocrisy Day

Silicon Valley has a problem with IP. And it won't grow up

Comment  Thanks to the World Intellectual Property Organization, today is World Intellectual Property Day 2017. Perhaps this celebration needs a dark companion – World Hypocrisy Day. Here's why.…

Posted on 27 April 2017 | 4:02 am

Western Digital relocates HQ, sheds jobs

Orange County loses disk and flash fabber’s HQ as jobs go in transformation opportunity

Western Digital Corp is moving its HQ from Irvine, Orange County in southern California to San Jose in the north of the state, with job losses in both areas.…

Posted on 27 April 2017 | 3:01 am

Oh dear, Prime Minister! Nearly 100 Beeb bosses make more than you

MPs find BBC job creation offsets redundo positions

The BBC has given up trying to cut the number of its employees paid more than the British Prime Minister, the UK's National Audit Office has discovered.…

Posted on 27 April 2017 | 2:03 am throws hissy fit after Twitter chokes off snoop firm's access

You're helping terrorists, shrieks Amber 'Hashtags' Rudd

Twitter has reportedly blocked a third-party firm used by the Home Office from accessing its firehose, prompting the government to complain that the social network is siding with terrorists.…

Posted on 27 April 2017 | 1:34 am

Drone maker DJI quietly made large chunks of Iraq, Syria no-fly zones

Supporting The War Against Terror, one update at a time

Drone bods DJI has quietly released a series of software updates that geofence off large areas of Iraq and Syria – indicating the Chinese firm is covertly helping the US war against Islamic extremists.…

Posted on 27 April 2017 | 1:01 am

Netgear says sorry four weeks after losing customer backups

Critical design bug caused havoc on 30 March

Neatgear has cocked up its cloud management service, losing data stored locally on ReadyNAS devices' shared folders worldwide – and customers have complained to The Register about only being informed four weeks later.…

Posted on 27 April 2017 | 12:36 am

For the won: Korean DRAMmer llamas SK Hynix earning buckets

Records highest quarterly operating profit in its history

Korean DRAMmer and NAND fabber SK Hynix reported revenue rises and record profits in its first 2017 quarter.…

Posted on 27 April 2017 | 12:01 am

British government has bought a £200m 5G 'academic wet dream'

Build it and they will come. Maybe

"5G doesn't mean anything to us," says Kirill Filippov, chief executive of SPB TV, an OTT TV, IPTV and mobile TV provider touting live 360 VR in 4G at this year's Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona.…

Posted on 26 April 2017 | 11:36 pm

UK drops in World Press Freedom Index following surveillance and anti-espionage threats

And Trump's 'fake news' bleating harms US tradition of defending free press

The UK has dropped two places on the World Press Freedom Index following the passing of the Investigatory Powers Act and threats to pursue journalists reporting on national security.…

Posted on 26 April 2017 | 11:02 pm

The more ya node: Asia cluster romp's a picture of supercomputer trends

Small racks, large GPUs

HPC Blog  More than 230 university teams vied for only 20 slots in the 2017 Asian Student Cluster Competition (ASC) finals being held this week in Wuxi, China. At 20 teams, this is the largest cluster competition the world has ever seen. Really, it is.…

Posted on 26 April 2017 | 10:24 pm

Don't stop me! Why Microsoft's inevitable browser irrelevance isn't

Your best excuse for using Firefox or Chome is just that

April’s almost done, and May's nearly here, and you know what that means. Not the end of a month of showers – rather yet-another round of browser stats articles showing, if past trend is an indication of future development, the continued loss of market share by Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and the rise and rise of Google’s Chrome.…

Posted on 26 April 2017 | 10:07 pm

Reg reader offered £999,998 train ticket from Cambridge to Horley

More like National Fail amirite?

On the heels of an IT error leading to Great Western Rail advertising a first-class journey from Taunton to Trowbridge for £10,000 comes an exponentially more expensive offer from National Rail.…

Posted on 26 April 2017 | 9:32 pm

Victory! The smell of skunkworks in your office in the morning

Adios, the Canny Guru solving Sphinx-level COBOL riddles

While it’s easy to start up a few, flashy new DevOps teams, releasing to production each week and flaunting the ball-and-chain of enterprise governance, scaling that change to your organisation will always be challenging, if not crushingly impossible.…

Posted on 26 April 2017 | 9:05 pm

Speaking in Tech: Google vs your privacy... part 73(4)iii(b)

Plus: $120 million in VC funding for a $400 juicer

Posted on 26 April 2017 | 8:24 pm

Controlled remote access reviews of Optane SSD give qualified yes

But what about cost?

Analysis  A burst of Optane memory reviews have come out, timed to coincide with Optane retail availability, but none of them answer the "Is it cost-effectively faster than flash?" question.…

Posted on 26 April 2017 | 8:06 pm

TVs are now tablet computers without a touchscreen

And that's good because apps can handle codecs that broadcasters abandon

A few weeks back I turned on my television to find out it had stopped receiving two of the free-to-air channels I watched most often. All of the other channels still resolved with perfect, digital clarity, so I couldn’t work out why these two channels - out of four in packaged in a multichannel broadcast signal - failed to display.…

Posted on 26 April 2017 | 7:27 pm

Amazon: 'Alexa, how do you fix shoddy APIs that keep breaking apps? Asking, er, for a friend'

Devs complain web giant's Skills Kit knackers their code

Developers trying to integrate their applications with the Amazon Echo have suffered headache after headache for the past week, thanks to mystery problems with Alexa APIs.…

Posted on 26 April 2017 | 6:38 pm

'Grueling' record-breaking VR movie marathon triggers hallucinations

Mitigating the side effects just requires removing the headset

A New Yorker and a transplant from London to the Big Apple last week managed to endure watching virtual reality videos for 50 hours non-stop, setting a Guinness World Record in the process.…

Posted on 26 April 2017 | 6:06 pm

Boffins supercharge the 'hosts' file to save users plagued by DNS outages

Chinese Academy of Sciences thinks it has a way to give DNS a backup

The venerable Domain Name System (DNS) is becoming known for fragility, and keeping track of your own favourite sites' IP addresses is a pain. So a group of researchers want to automate the upkeep of hosts to give users an emergency backup if their provider blacks out.…

Posted on 26 April 2017 | 5:29 pm

Ewe, get a womb! Docs grow baby lambs in shrink-wrap plastic bags


Video  Scientists in Philadelphia have created a plastic womb that has successfully incubated eight premature lambs – and the doctors behind the project say they will be ready for human trials within three years.…

Posted on 26 April 2017 | 5:02 pm

Juniper's first quarter: Revenue and losses up. Business as usual, then

DRAM prices putting the squeeze on margins

Correction  Juniper Networks has slipped something of a surprise into its Q1 2017 financials, announcing that it's no longer going to break out service provider and enterprise verticals in its reports.…

Posted on 26 April 2017 | 4:03 pm

Interpol unplugs nearly 9,000 Asian command and control networks

WordPress plug-in bug exploited in eight countries

An Interpol investigation has revealed a worrying degree of insecurity in south-east Asian countries, with even government-operated web servers infected to operate as command and control systems for bot-herders.…

Posted on 26 April 2017 | 3:01 pm

Amazon may be using disk drives with hot-swappable components

Patent calls for drives in which mechanical bits and electronics aren't bound together

Amazon's won a patent for “Hard disk drive assembly with field-separable mechanical module and drive control”.…

Posted on 26 April 2017 | 2:02 pm

Samsung Smart TV pwnable over Wi-Fi Direct, pentester says

Sammy says trust-known-MACs code is a feature not a bug

A security researcher is complaining that Samsung isn't making a serious response to a vulnerability in its Smart TVs.…

Posted on 26 April 2017 | 1:17 pm

Irish Stripe techie denied entry to US – for having wrong stamp in passport

Snub says more about misunderstanding rules than anti-immigrant trends, though

An Irish Stripe worker was denied entry to America because they had a Somalian stamp in their passport, according to the payment-processing biz's CEO.…

Posted on 26 April 2017 | 12:30 pm

Commonwealth Bank hyperconverges with VMware and Dell EMC

ServiceMesh is still there. But the VSANs are landing to help an automation push

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia has made a significant investment in VMware's hyperconverged stack.…

Posted on 26 April 2017 | 11:36 am