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Apple quietly wheels out 'Voxelnet' driverless car tech paper

We'd ask them what it means, but, uh...

Apple researchers have released a paper about a "trainable deep architecture", setting out the fruity firm's plans to make autonomous vehicles better at detecting cyclists and pedestrians.…

Posted on 23 November 2017 | 5:58 am

Permissionless data slurping: Why Google's latest bombshell matters

Are you in control?

Comment  According to an old Chinese proverb: "When a wise man points at the Moon, an idiot looks at his finger." Google may have been hoping that you were examining a finger, not reading a Quartz story yesterday, which reveals how Android phones send location data to Google without you even knowing it.…

Posted on 23 November 2017 | 5:09 am

You're such a goober, Uber: UK regulators blast hushed breach

MP: Funny, you managed to contact customers when TfL put your licence on hold…

Brit regulators, security agencies and MPs have slammed Uber for covering up the massive data breach of 57 million customer and driver records.…

Posted on 23 November 2017 | 4:15 am

Budget 2017: How to make a downbeat forecast sound better. Say 'tech' a lot?

Trebling comp sci teachers, digi tax evaders clampdown

“The world is on the brink of a technological revolution,” chancellor Philip Hammond declared in the Autumn budget. “We choose the future; we choose to run towards change, not away from it.”…

Posted on 23 November 2017 | 3:47 am

Ads watchdog to BT: We say your itsy bitsy, teeny weeny Ts&Cs too small for screeny

Broadband TV spot hid key details in hard-to-read text

BT has had its ears boxed by the Advertising Standards Agency after one of its adverts with masses of small print was ruled "likely to mislead".…

Posted on 23 November 2017 | 3:07 am

Under par: HPE 3PAR US sales are limping

Not so, er, Nimble in the area

Comment  Did HPE shoot itself in the foot with US 3PAR push? Its fourth quarter results showed storage revenues grew slightly but with sales in the US of the tech limping in a quarter with sales organisation changes.…

Posted on 23 November 2017 | 2:44 am

Possible cut to British F-35 order considered before Parliament

MoD claims it's still committed but warns of 'uncertainty'

Rising costs might force the UK to reduce its order of F-35 fighter jets, the House of Commons has been told.…

Posted on 23 November 2017 | 2:05 am

Peers told to push for cut-price access to med tech developed with NHS data

But for Pete's sake, don’t recommend another new body

The UK's health service should get cheaper rates on healthcare products developed using NHS data, peers have been told.…

Posted on 23 November 2017 | 1:36 am

Phone fatigue takes hold: SIM-onlys now top UK market

♫ "Boredom, boredom, boredom, b'dum b'dum" ♫

SIM-only contracts are now the most popular kind of mobile deal in the UK, as punters step off the tedious upgrade treadmill.…

Posted on 23 November 2017 | 1:05 am

'Gimme Gimme Gimme' Easter egg in man breaks automated tests at 00:30

Wow, I see what you did there *rolls eyes*

The maintainer of the Linux manual program man has scrapped an "Easter egg" after it broke a user's automatic code tests.…

Posted on 23 November 2017 | 12:31 am

Borat creator offers to cover mankini fines. Is nice!

Sacha Baron Cohen steps in after Czech tourists become butt of joke

Borat creator Brit comedian Sacha Baron Cohen has said he'll pay the fines handed to a group of mankini-clad Czech tourists by Kazakhstani authorities.…

Posted on 23 November 2017 | 12:03 am

London mayor: Self-driving cars? Not without jacked-up taxes, you don't!

And who will build the roads, asks Transport for London

London mayor Sadiq Khan has come out against driverless electric cars, telling Parliament that adoption of the vehicles by Londoners could harm government tax revenues, reduce the number of cyclists – and leave questions over who would build the roads.…

Posted on 22 November 2017 | 11:32 pm

Loake Shoes admits: We've fallen victim to cybercrims

Hold on to your laces, email server was compromised

Miscreants, hackers – call 'em what you will – have pilfered email addresses from an unknown number of Loake Shoes customers.…

Posted on 22 November 2017 | 11:18 pm

Once more unto the breach: El Reg has a go at crisis management

And you can probably guess how that turned out

Hacks played representatives of a hacked company in an incident response exercise run by F-Secure this week.…

Posted on 22 November 2017 | 10:43 pm

When it comes to ML, reports of JavaScript's death are exaggerated

Python is not the be-all and end-all of writing smart algorithms

Machine learning is fast becoming one of the high-growth areas for developers – but what language should you employ, given that so many exist?…

Posted on 22 November 2017 | 10:08 pm

'Urgent data corruption issue' destroys filesystems in Linux 4.14

Using bcache to speed Linux 4.14? Stop if you want your data to live

A filesystem-eating bug has been found in Linux 4.14.…

Posted on 22 November 2017 | 9:35 pm

Crypto-jackers enlist Google Tag Manager to smuggle alt-coin miners

Ad giant has malware detection in its script-hosting service... but Coin Hive isn't flagged

Crypto-jackers using Coin Hive code to secretly mine Monero via computing power supplied by the unsuspecting have found Google Tag Manager to be a convenient means of distribution.…

Posted on 22 November 2017 | 9:01 pm

Microsoft reprieves CodePlex users – you're doomed next week

Read-only doom-day slips, December axe still ohovers

Even a turkey can get a reprieve: Microsoft's CodePlex shut-down date has run late, but is still imminent.…

Posted on 22 November 2017 | 8:30 pm

HP Inc – the no-drama one – is actually doing fine with PCs, printers

Personal gear a more reliable moneymaker than servers. Who knew?

On a day when Meg Whitman, CEO of its sibling HPE, announced her departure from the biz, HP Inc revealed its slow and steady progress in two tough markets.…

Posted on 22 November 2017 | 8:04 pm

Apple: Sure, we banned VPN iOS apps in China, but, um, er, art!

iGiant didn't want to aid censorship, but $10bn in revenue is $10bn in revenue

Apple has told the US government it cooperated with China's demands to block VPN services so it could get other concessions from the Middle Kingdom on human rights.…

Posted on 22 November 2017 | 7:02 pm

Linus Torvalds 'sorry' for swearing, blames popularity of Linux itself

More than 20 pulls a day on his desk, v.4.15 bloating and a Thanksgiving trip to pack for made Linus testy

Linux overlord Linus Torvalds has apologised – a bit – for calling some security-centric kernel contributors “f*cking morons”.…

Posted on 22 November 2017 | 5:58 pm

Iranian military hacker fingered for 'Game of p0wns' HBO leak

Dept. of Justice lamely says 'winter is coming' for Behzad Mesri, aka 'Skote Vahshat'

The United States' Department of Justice has identified a suspect in July's attack on Home Box Office, naming an Iranian national, Behzad Mesri, in an indictment unsealed Tuesday, November 21.…

Posted on 22 November 2017 | 4:58 pm

Microsoft to run VMware on Azure, on bare metal. Repeat. Microsoft to run VMware on Azure.

VMware-certified partners will help as Redmond also starts vSphere-to-Azure migrations

Microsoft has announced it will offer "the full VMware stack on Azure hardware" with the help of an as-yet-unnamed VMware partner.…

Posted on 22 November 2017 | 4:03 pm

Microsoft says Win 8/10's weak randomisation is 'working as intended'

This bug is a feature in 11 out of 12 scenarios

Microsoft has rebutted analysis that suggested its Address Space Layout Randomisation (ASLR) technology could be exploited.…

Posted on 22 November 2017 | 2:57 pm

Wait, did Oracle tip off world to Google's creepy always-on location tracking in Android?

War over Java spills into mobile privacy world

Analysis  Having evidently forgotten about that Street View Wi-Fi-harvesting debacle, Google has admitted constantly collecting the whereabouts of Android devices regardless of whether or not they have location tracking enabled.…

Posted on 22 November 2017 | 1:55 pm

Uber: Hackers stole 57m passengers, drivers' info. We also bribed the thieves $100k to STFU

And it happened a year ago, hoped you wouldn't find out

Uber's CEO Dara Khosrowshahi today revealed hackers broke into the ride-hailing app's databases and stole personal information on 57 million passengers and drivers – information including names, email addresses, and phone numbers.…

Posted on 22 November 2017 | 1:04 pm

HPE CEO Meg Whitman QUITS, MAN! Neri to replace chief exec in Feb

Stock tumbles, sales sag, profits wiped out, boss ejects

Hewlett Packard Enterprise boss Meg Whitman is stepping down, and will be replaced on February 1 by company president Antonio Neri.…

Posted on 22 November 2017 | 10:26 am

While you're preparing to carve Thanksgiving turkey, the FCC will be slicing into net neutrality

Pai will lay out plan this week, vote in December

Analysis  Ajit Pai, chairman of America's broadband watchdog, today confirmed what we all knew was coming for months now: a move to tear up the Obama-era's rules on network neutrality in the US.…

Posted on 22 November 2017 | 9:46 am

Wounded FalconStor flutters back to life

First profit in two years, fresh funding, new faces

FalconStor has confirmed its first profit in more than two years, bagged fresh funding and employed a new bunch of new faces in its exec lounge.…

Posted on 22 November 2017 | 7:02 am

Digital minister: We're still talking to BT about sorting crap broadband

Matt Hancock blissfully unaware that deal is on brink of collapse

UK digital minister Matt Hancock has denied that talks with BT to improve poor internet speeds in 1.4 million rural areas have fallen through.…

Posted on 22 November 2017 | 5:58 am

As Google clamps down, 'Droid developer warns 'breaking day' is coming

The Chocolate Factory plugs accessibility fudge

Mobile app developers are being forced to rewrite their code as Google attempts to tame Android's Wild West.…

Posted on 22 November 2017 | 5:05 am

Arm Inside: Is Apple ready for the next big switch?

The hybrid Arm-Intel Mac draws near

One day we'll look back and wonder why it took PCs so long to move from RISC chips that had to pretend to be CISC chips to RISC chips that didn't have to pretend to be anything.…

Posted on 22 November 2017 | 4:32 am

Level 5 driverless cars by 2021 can be done, say Brit industry folk

Others reckon Chancellor's taking it a bit too far...

Over the weekend, chancellor Philip Hammond boasted that “fully driverless cars” would be on Britain’s roads in four years’ time. Some in the driverless car industry think this is a dangerous fantasy, while more high-profile driverless car software companies are all in favour of it.…

Posted on 22 November 2017 | 3:25 am

HPE straps AyyyyyMD chip into 2P/2U server box with Epyc results

DL385 blasts SPEC benchmark

HPE has upgraded its Opteron-using DL385p server with AMD Epyc processors and used it to notch up a pair of record SPEC benchmarks.…

Posted on 22 November 2017 | 3:07 am

Don't sweat Brexit, big biz told: Your shiny data protection sticker will remain intact

Survey reveals GDPR training and investment is on the rise

Multinationals whose data protection compliance was rubberstamped by the UK's privacy regulator have been assured they won't be stripped of the authorisation after Brexit.…

Posted on 22 November 2017 | 2:29 am

National Cyber Security Centre boss: For the love of $DEITY, use 2FA on your emails, peeps

Brit biz bosses, improve your infosec. We'll handle Russia

The chief exec of the National Cyber Security Centre – a branch of the UK's spy nerve-centre GCHQ – has called on everyone to enable two-factor authentication for their emails. This follows revelations that almost the entire population's details are available for sale on the dark web.…

Posted on 22 November 2017 | 2:03 am

Gulp. HPE's InfoSight self-repairs and makes 'proactive decisions'

Machine-learning engine stapled to 3PAR arrays

HPE is updating its acquired Nimble Storage InfoSight array management system with a machine learning-driven recommendation engine, and adding InfoSight to 3PAR arrays.…

Posted on 22 November 2017 | 1:45 am

SagePay's monster wobble... On the third day of sale week, UK retailers start to weep

Black Friday week? Is that a thing? Er, not for all retailers

What started as a Saturday afternoon nap for SagePay turned into a three-day snooze fest, angering retailers that were as of last night still struggling to process sales in a peak shopping week.…

Posted on 22 November 2017 | 1:19 am

Royal Bank of Scotland website goes TITSUP*

Another day, another online banking snafu

Updated  Users who bank online with the Royal Bank of Scotland are having a tough time logging in this morning.…

Posted on 22 November 2017 | 12:57 am

Debian package depicts 'Tux the penguin' with sheep in intimate ASCII

User files bug report

A Debian software package containing an "ASCII representation of zoophilia" has been installed automatically on some users' machines.…

Posted on 22 November 2017 | 12:29 am

Iran the numbers – and Persian internet is the cheapest in the world

Burkina Faso the most expensive, UK in top third cheapest

Tired of continual price hikes on your broadband deal? Then why not move to Iran? According to a study released today, it has the cheapest broadband.…

Posted on 22 November 2017 | 12:02 am

CEO: 'Claying the ongoing continuous chaos of info into one logical masterpiece'

Yeah? Us neither. Here's another 'anchored benchmark' of a storage round-up

We start this week's collection of storage news with the marketing buzzwords of the month award, which goes to startup Panoply for outstanding excellence.…

Posted on 21 November 2017 | 11:33 pm

Twitter's blue tick rule changes may lower the sueball barrier

Got a few quid and want to launch a lawsuit? Now is a good time

Comment  Infamous online cesspit Twitter may have unintentionally made itself easier to sue for the things users write on its site, following recently announced changes to its "blue tick" verification system.…

Posted on 21 November 2017 | 11:06 pm

First XPoint, then Z-NAND: Oh dear, server-makers. SCM is happening

Storage-class memory Nirvana 1.0 could be a 2019 event, says our man

Analysis  Storage-class memory (SCM), in the shape of Optane, is already here and, with Samsung's Z-SSD, set to become available for use by servers. What does this mean and when will it actually happen?…

Posted on 21 November 2017 | 10:38 pm

Back to the Fuchsia: The next 10 years of Android

Beyond world domination

Part Two  In Part One we described how, after 10 years, Android was uncannily similar to Windows after 20 years.…

Posted on 21 November 2017 | 10:02 pm

Bitcoin outfit 'Tether' reveals US$31m BitBuck BitHeist

Company badly forked up after promising secure 'stable digital currency equivalent'

Bitcoin outfit “Tether” has reported a US$31m BitBuck BitHeist.…

Posted on 21 November 2017 | 9:28 pm

From Vega with love: Pegasus interstellar asteroid's next stop

Out-of-shape ‘Oumuamua only looks like a starship, right?

It's official: the Asteroid 1I/2017 U1, aka "‘Oumuamua", which screamed through the solar system in October 2017 is an interstellar object. And a very strange one at that.*

Posted on 21 November 2017 | 9:03 pm

Patch on way 'this week' for HP printer vulns

RCE? Check. Clear passwords? Check. Interfere with print jobs? Check

Sysadmins have been advised to watch for a coming HP printer firmware update that will plug a remote code execution vulnerability (among others) in its MFP-586 and the M553 printers.…

Posted on 21 November 2017 | 8:30 pm

Flash, Sam, wallop: Samsung crashes ahead as top NAND chip flinger

According to these here estimates, anyway

Samsung increased its market share in the NAND supply world in the third quarter of the year, analysts reckon. According to TrendForce's latest estimates, the suppliers' overall flash shipments for Q3 2017 looked like this:…

Posted on 21 November 2017 | 8:08 pm

AT&T wants to bin 100,000 routers, replace them with white boxes

Carrier tries to speed networking innovation with 'Disaggregated Network Operating System'

AT&T has launched an audacious attempt to push the networking industry towards software-defined networking and white-box hardware.…

Posted on 21 November 2017 | 6:58 pm