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Enterprise IoT security sucks so much, it's made Intel and Arm work together to tackle it

Chip rivals lock lips to make customers happy

Intel on Monday joined hands with Arm, its occasional rival, in an attempt to make the notoriously dismal state of Internet-of-Things security less so.…

Posted on 16 October 2018 | 2:00 am

Bloodhound Super-Sonic-Car lacks Super-Sonic-Cashflow

Plucky Brit land speed record chaser fails to find £25m down the back of the sofa, calls in Administrators

Twenty-one years to the day since Wing Commander Andy Green cracked the land-speed record with ThrustSSC, the UK outfit attempting to go one better with Bloodhound has entered administration.…

Posted on 16 October 2018 | 1:05 am

Outside of Japan, Fujitsu KILLS the K5 cloud with 'immediate effect'

Another old world vendor to rely on hyperscale beasties... in this instance, Azure

Fujitsu has taken the K5 platform for a long walk off a short pier, sending the hybrid cloud service to a watery grave - to stretch the metaphor - just a year and a half after its UK launch.…

Posted on 16 October 2018 | 12:29 am

Microsoft Surface to die in 2019? Not while Redmond keeps making it, er, blush

But you're only in the pink if you're in China

Microsoft’s chief product officer, Panos Panay, took to Twitter today to insist that the Surface line was positively in the pink. In China, at any rate.…

Posted on 15 October 2018 | 11:59 pm

Cease and DE-CIX: German internet operator fights spies, IEEE eyes 802.11 future and more

Also: Juniper and the gang plus AI network research tools

Roundup  German internet exchange operator DE-CIX has again attempted to block the country's spy agency from tapping its network – this time by filing a constitutional complaint.…

Posted on 15 October 2018 | 11:25 pm

In Windows 10 Update land, nobody can hear you scream

Probably because Microsoft has accidentally disabled your audio

Somebody got a little trigger happy with the big red Windows Update button last week as a broken Intel audio driver was unleashed on users “by mistake”.…

Posted on 15 October 2018 | 10:59 pm

The march of Amazon Business has resellers quaking in their booties

'To team up with Amazon is like to team up with the devil'

Canalys Channels Forum 2018  Pity the poor resellers, because Jeff Bezos and his Amazon Business business is coming for their business, and they'll play ball with him at their own peril, so an analyst claims.…

Posted on 15 October 2018 | 10:29 pm

Scanning an Exchange server for a virus that spreads via email? What could go wrong?

Techie gets away with it by saying 'I Love You'

Who, Me?  Just like clockwork, another weekend is over and Monday is here again. To lighten the load, El Reg is offering you the latest instalment of Who, Me?, our weekly sysadmin confessional column.…

Posted on 15 October 2018 | 9:59 pm

Serverless? There’s more than one way to run a function

And more than one place…

Events  Serverless computing might be the way of the future, but to some it can also look suspiciously like a whole new crop of walled gardens.…

Posted on 15 October 2018 | 9:33 pm

Cabinet Office: Forget about Verify – look at our 3,000 designers (and 56 meetups)

Digital government? Not sure how it is for you, but it's been great for us

You may not have many functional digital government services to use here in the UK – but if you did, they would be the prettiest in the world.…

Posted on 15 October 2018 | 9:12 pm

Amazon's sexist AI recruiter, Nvidia gets busy, Waymo cars rack up 10 million road miles

Your two-minute guide to this week in machine-learning world

Roundup  Hello, here's a quick roundup of what's been happening in AI outside of the headlines.…

Posted on 14 October 2018 | 5:01 am

Your RSS is grass: Mozilla euthanizes feed reader, Atom code in Firefox browser, claims it's old and unloved

The Live bookmarks, preview features, that is

When Firefox 64 arrives in December, support for RSS, the once celebrated content syndication scheme, and its sibling, Atom, will be missing.…

Posted on 13 October 2018 | 8:07 pm

Azure goes quiet, Huawei Canada ban urged, US Senators are after Google, and more

Also, Flash fakers seek out crypto marks

Roundup  This week we caught wind of another Facebook blunder, a dodgy Patch Tuesday bundle, and more China trouble.…

Posted on 13 October 2018 | 1:36 pm

It's the real Heart Bleed: Medtronic locks out vulnerable pacemaker programmer kit

A pulse-racing tale of biotech bug fixing

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising health professionals to keep an eye on some of the equipment they use to monitor pacemakers and other heart implants.…

Posted on 13 October 2018 | 12:47 pm

NASA's Chandra probe suddenly becomes an EX-ray space telescope (for now, anyway)

Aging kit kicks into safe mode, 65,000+ miles away

October is shaping up to be a lousy month for NASA. First, the Hubble space telescope went into hibernation. Then a Russian Soyuz rocket failed to get its astronauts and kit up to the orbiting International Space Station. And now the American agency's Chandra X-ray Observatory, tens of thousands of miles from Earth, is kaput – temporarily, we hope.…

Posted on 13 October 2018 | 11:00 am

AI's next battlefield is literally the battlefield: In 20 years, bots will fight our wars – Army boffin

'Humans are going to be a lot less visible ... will be just one species of intelligent beings'

The notion of deploying armed human soldiers on the ground to fight wars will disappear over time, according to one of America's top military scientists.…

Posted on 13 October 2018 | 10:16 am

Now this might be going out on a limb, but here's how a bug left '685 million' netizens open to website hacks

Tinder subdomain flaw turns into massive everybody flaw

Bug-hunters have told how they uncovered a significant security flaw that affected the likes of Tinder, Yelp, Shopify, and Western Union – and potentially hundreds of millions of folks using these sites and apps.…

Posted on 13 October 2018 | 9:34 am

Facebook mass hack last month was so totally overblown – only 30 million people affected

Good news: 20m feared pwned are safe. Bad news: That's still 30m profiles snooped...

Facebook users can relax and get back to interacting with quality content and authentic individuals on the social network.…

Posted on 13 October 2018 | 8:27 am

GDPR stands for Google Doing Positively, Regardless. Webpage trackers down in Europe – except Big G's

Wait.... this wasn't in the script

In a US Senate hearing that went little reported this month, America's antitrust chiefs warned that Europe's tough General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) had benefited the companies it was designed to tame.…

Posted on 13 October 2018 | 8:14 am

Microsoft reveals xlang: Cross-language, cross-compiler and coming to a platform near you

A lovely bit of open-source interop for the weekend

Language interoperability efforts are underway at Microsoft in the form of the open-source xlang, which builds on the approach taken with WinRT.…

Posted on 13 October 2018 | 5:19 am

That 'Surface will die in 2019' prediction is still a goer, says soothsayer

Message for the fu-ture-ture-ture

Canalys Channels Forum 2018  Microsoft is still going to ditch or spin off the Surface line in 2019, insists the analyst who first made the prediction a year ago, despite the line-up's annual refresh this month.…

Posted on 13 October 2018 | 4:16 am asks: Are sadistic AI price-bots ganging up on you?

Come with me if you want to be ripped off

Twenty years ago, the internet was promised to level the playing field allowing small fry to compete with the bigger, entrenched players. But online digital markets have tended towards monopoly, or a small number of dominant firms.…

Posted on 13 October 2018 | 3:36 am

It is 2018 and the NHS is still counting the cost of WannaCry. Carry the 2, + aftermath... um... £92m

Bigwigs report lots of progress in the cash-flinging department

The UK's Department of Health and Social Care released a progress update this week on the hesitant efforts to deal with shonky NHS IT.…

Posted on 13 October 2018 | 2:55 am

Samsung: Swanky hardware alone won't save a phone maker

Try being useful to customers

Interview  Samsung has responded to a saturated market – and the mortal threat of Huawei – by ramping up its mid-range phones and promising much more rapid repairs.…

Posted on 13 October 2018 | 2:01 am

HP Ink CEO: That $550m Apogee buy was to stop rivals slurping it

Oh, and we need A3 sales skillz

Canalys Channels Forum 2018  Spending $550m on Apogee was as much a defensive measure to stop rivals buying the print services dealer as it was to beef up its place in the copier market, HP Inc chief Dion Weisler has said.…

Posted on 13 October 2018 | 12:57 am

300,000 BT pensioners await Court of Appeal pension scheme ruling

RPI or CPI? A percentage point really can make all the difference

Can UK telco giant BT move its pension scheme increases off the RPI inflation measure and onto CPI? Earlier this year the High Court said no, but now the telco and 300,000 of its pensioners are awaiting the Court of Appeal’s verdict on this thorny question.…

Posted on 13 October 2018 | 12:20 am

Shortages, price rises, recession: Tech industry preps for hard Brexit

Is it Project Fear? Tech trade doesn't seem to think so

Canalys Channels Forum 2018  Product shortages, additional price hikes and a recession could become a reality if the UK crashes out of the European Union without any sort of trade agreement in place. This was the message that came loud and clear at this week's Canalys Channels Forum in Barcelona.…

Posted on 12 October 2018 | 11:09 pm

Powerful forces, bodily fluids – it's all in a day's work

Faulty fluoroscopes and malfunctioning monitors make for an On Call two-fer

On Call  It’s Friday at long last and that means it’s time for On Call, our regular trip down readers’ memory lanes.…

Posted on 12 October 2018 | 9:59 pm

Take my advice: The only safe ID is a fake ID

So says Alex... Graham... Dan...

Something for the Weekend, Sir?  My name is McLeod. Graham McLeod. If you're looking me up in a list, you'll find me under M as "McLeod, Graham".…

Posted on 12 October 2018 | 9:08 pm

Juniper shows its intent with Dev, er, no, sorry, make that... EngNet

Preaching network-as-software, bidding farewell to the CLI

Juniper Networks has taken the wraps off what will be one of the year's biggest efforts for the biz: the EngNet network software developer toolset and its associated education, technical exchange, APIs, training, and ecosystem.…

Posted on 12 October 2018 | 8:05 pm

Yale Weds: Just some system maintenance, nothing to worry about. Yale Thurs: Nobody's smart alarm app works

'Smart' home tech now only a half-accurate description

Yale Security UK says it is repairing its online systems after some unplanned maintenance turned into a total outage – and prevented folks from controlling their Yale smart home alarms via its smartphone app.…

Posted on 12 October 2018 | 7:04 pm

Broadcom, its baffling $19bn CA biz gobble, and the fake Pentagon memo crying about national security

Senator calls for real probe into 'Chinese-controlled' outfit

The “weirdest acquisition ever” – Broadcom's $19bn proposed takeover of CA Technologies – ran into a rather strange road-bump this week: a fake US military memo passed around American politicians on Capitol Hill.…

Posted on 12 October 2018 | 1:25 pm

With sorry Soyuz stuffed, who's going to run NASA's space station taxi service now?

SpaceX, Boeing running behind schedule, and don't get me started on SLS

Comment  Thursday's failed Soyuz launch, carrying kit and astronauts to the International Space Station means NASA is fast running out of options for shipping stuff into orbit. Especially since its homespun solutions aren't living up to their earlier promise.…

Posted on 12 October 2018 | 11:53 am

WebSphere and loathing in New York: IBM yanks buggy application server security fix from admins

Patched server, or working server. Pick one...

IBM has withdrawn a patch for a significant security vulnerability in its WebSphere Application Server after the code knackered some systems.…

Posted on 12 October 2018 | 10:52 am

Microsoft Windows 10 October update giving HP users BSOD

Auto-updates come with a sting

Updated  Microsoft on Tuesday posted KB4464330 (Windows 10 1809 Build 17763.55) in an effort to halt the damage done by last week's Windows 10 version 1809 update, but it hasn't quite worked.…

Posted on 12 October 2018 | 8:41 am

Bloke gets six months for fixing up Russia's US election trolls with bank accounts, fake identities

Pinedo avoids serious time after spilling beans to Mueller on account sales

A California man who provided bank accounts to Russian online trolls seeking to monkey with America's 2016 elections will spend the next six months or so behind bars.…

Posted on 12 October 2018 | 8:36 am

Here you go, cloudy admins: Google emits NATty odds 'n' sods

Incremental titbits aimed at time-poor techies

Google Cloud Next  Google has released another handful of networking features for its cloud, including Cloud NAT, which lets devs build cloud-based services that do not have public IP addresses.…

Posted on 12 October 2018 | 7:45 am

Samsung Galaxy A9: Mid-range bruiser that takes the fight to Huawei

Chaebol charges back against Chinese SIM-only onslaught

Hands On  Samsung has launched the Galaxy A9 – its most comprehensive offensive against the twin threats of SIM-only subscribers and Chinese giant Huawei. The fightback involves a stronger mid-range, trade-ins, and promises better turnaround for faults and repairs.…

Posted on 12 October 2018 | 7:38 am

Apple opens Dialog box of cash: $600m deal for a chunk of chip biz's power-management-fu

Staff snapped up and IP licensed by iPhone giant

Apple has agreed to hand $600m over to Dialog Semiconductor in return for a slice of the chipmaker's business and brains.…

Posted on 12 October 2018 | 7:05 am teams up with Five Eyes chums to emit spotters' guide for miscreants' hack tools

Crouching tiger, hidden APT

The UK's National Cyber Security Centre and its western intel pals have today put out a report spotlighting the most commonly wielded hacking utilities.…

Posted on 12 October 2018 | 5:58 am

Put on your clogs, take a close look at what DevOps fave Puppet flung out this week

New bits from Amsterdam

Config management and automation outfit Puppet rolled out a slew of updates to its DevOps toolset in front of a crowd of excitable engineers at its Puppetize Live event in Amsterdam this week, with an eye on security and automation.…

Posted on 12 October 2018 | 4:46 am

Cloud data warehouser Snowflake has just trousered another $450m

Startup now valued at $3.5bn

Cloud data warehouser Snowflake has raised nearly half a billion dollars in its latest tranche, taking total funding to $923m.…

Posted on 12 October 2018 | 4:08 am

You can hear a PIN drop... All quiet on the mobile broadband speed front, says network watcher OpenSignal

UK operators this summer look much like they did last year

Monitoring biz OpenSignal has found no major gains in mobile broadband performance since spring in its latest quarterly UK survey [PDF] as network operators focus their investments more carefully ahead of the upcoming 5G spectrum auction.…

Posted on 12 October 2018 | 3:17 am

Does Google make hardware just so nobody buys it?

Pixel Slate: Nero for a Day

Comment  Common sense says you can't make a Veblen good out of a dumb computer terminal – but that isn't going to stop Google trying.…

Posted on 12 October 2018 | 2:26 am

In the two years since Dyn went dark, what have we learned? Not much, it appears

DNS infrastructures still vulnerable to attacks

The majority (72 per cent) of FTSE 100 firms are vulnerable to DNS attacks, nearly two years after the major Dyn outage.…

Posted on 12 October 2018 | 2:06 am

Slow your roll: VMware urges admins to apply workarounds to DoS-inducing 3D render vuln

Take your foot off the accelerator, admins told

VMware has warned users about an "important" denial-of-service vuln in ESXi, Workstation and Fusion that hinges on a problem with 3D rendering.…

Posted on 12 October 2018 | 1:43 am

Mozilla grants distrusted Symantec certs a stay of execution, claims many sites yet to make switch

Delay 'in the overall best interest' of Firefox users

Mozilla has postponed its plans to distrust all legacy digital certificates from Symantec, spreading dismay in security circles.…

Posted on 12 October 2018 | 12:34 am

Russian rocket goes BOOM again – this time with a crew on it

'Nauts safe, but the ISS may have to be abandoned

Updated  The post-Space Shuttle era of reliability spearheaded by Russian space agency Roskosmos came to an abrupt end this morning as the booster carrying the Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft to the International Space Station failed a few minutes after launch.…

Posted on 11 October 2018 | 11:42 pm

The Obama-era cyber détente with China was nice, wasn't it? Yeah well it's obviously over now

Middle Kingdom is a rising threat once again – research

Infosec pros might have already noticed some familiar IP address ranges in their system logs – China has returned to the cyber-attack arena.…

Posted on 11 October 2018 | 11:11 pm

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 owners: So, about that other broken update…

Fondleslabs continue to be borked by flaky firmware

Unhappy Surface Pro 4 owners continue to fill Microsoft's support forums with complaints over an update that is leaving the touchscreen untouchable.…

Posted on 11 October 2018 | 9:54 pm