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Updated 2017-10-20 10:34
Vodafone, EE and Three overcharging customers after contracts expire
Citizens Advice finds over-65s most likely to be stung Folk with mobiles on Vodafone, EE and Three are being stung by an average £22 per month for staying on their contracts after their handsets have been paid off, according to Citizens Advice.…
DXC slashes meal allowances for travelling troops: Please sir, may I have some more?
Watch the client eat (smallish) steak as you munch on bread roll In the pursuit of ways to further squeeze its overheads, DXC Technologies has issued a fresh directive to the troops by further clipping travel costs and capping client entertainment.…
Ubuntu 17.10: We're coming GNOME! Plenty that's Artful in Aardvark, with a few Wayland wails
You've got to admit, Canonical has guts For the first time in recent memory, there are some very big changes in the latest release of Ubuntu: 17.10. And it's not all to do with going, er, GNOME.…
Your data will get hacked anyway so you might as well give up protecting it
Spend the money on freezing your brain Something for the Weekend, Sir? Flee! Flee! It’s the return of the frozen heads!…
Canadian spooks release their own malware detection tool
Canuck NSA/GCHQ equivalent open-sources 'Assemblyline', to make us all as safe as Canada Canada's Communications Security Establishment has open-sourced its own malware detection tool.…
Boss visited the night shift and found a car in the data centre
It needed an oil change, natch, and the mainframes didn't mind ON-CALL Another week is coming to an end and that means it's time for On-Call, The Register's Friday column in which we share readers' stories of being asked to do the unthinkable to satisfy the incorrigible.…
Windows 10 Fall Creators Update tackles IT's true menace: Cheating gamers
Also some security stuff, too Microsoft's latest major Windows 10 release prides itself on keeping out those who want to meddle with your code, be they malicious hackers or lazy gamers looking for an easy leg up.…
Hack apps, attack code drawbacks for cash stacks, Google yaks
An attempt was made Google is offering cash to those who can find, exploit and report bugs in its Android apps, or similarly hack other programs in its Play Store.…
Rackspace ends discount hosting for open source projects
Clarifies axe fell only on new applicants, not existing users, after fanatical disappointment Rackspace has ended a program under which it offered “generous discounts on hosting for more than 150 OSS projects and communities”, but flubbed the announcement.…
Red (Planet) alert: Future astro-heroes face shocking adventures on Martian moon Phobos
You may want to resist current plans to discharge a base on the surface Vid Strong solar eruptions may be blasting the Martian moon Phobos with an avalanche of electrically charged particles, charging parts of it to hundreds of volts, and hampering attempts to land on and study the alien landscape.…
HPE quits cloud servers, two weeks after telling El Reg it wouldn't do that
Company also plans 'consolidation' of product lines, locations and languages HPE has quit the business of providing custom servers to big cloud operators.…
MH 370 search to resume as Malaysia makes deal with US oceanographic company
No-find-no-fee search to cover area recommended by new analyses of likely landing spot Malaysia has struck a deal with US Company Ocean Infinity to resume the search for missing airliner MH370.…
Make America late again: US 'lags' China in IT security bug reporting
Mind the gap The US is starting to fall well behind China in terms of the speed at which organizations are alerted to reported security vulnerabilities, according to a study out this week by threat intel biz Recorded Future.…
Japan finds long, deep tunnel on the Moon
With fewer meteors, lower radiation and better weather, this is a nice place for a colony Japan's lunar orbiter has found a long, deep tunnel under the Moon's surface.…
IBM broke its cloud by letting three domain names expire
Hang on? Isn't Big Blue betting the company on a clever cloud? Yup. It is. Sigh Back in September, IBM was left red-faced when its global load balancer and reverse DNS services fell over for 21 hours.…
Facebook tackles race hate problem head on with programming tool
Clashing threads put in their place by RacerD In Facebook's advertising business, a race condition might be construed as an ethnic descriptor used to prevent purchased ads from being displayed to a particular racial group.…
Apple Cook roasted for Chinese app takeaway
Cruz missile targets iPhone head honcho for pulling software from shelves at Middle KIngdom's behest A pair of senior US Senators are calling out Apple CEO Tim Cook for what they call "enabling the Chinese government's censorship and surveillance of the internet."…
Hate to break it to you, but billions of people can see Uranus tonight
Some may even glimpse the ring Attention, inhabitants of the northern hemisphere of our fragile home world. You're about to get one of the best peeks at Uranus in years – because the strange alien planet will reach opposition with the Sun and be at the closest point in its orbit to Earth.…
Facebook, Google and pals may be hit with TV political ads rules
Election security is national security, says senator as US law shakeup proposed Facebook and Google, along with other online publishers, may soon be required in the US to disclose funding for paid political ads.…
FYI Google is shelling out $10k A DAY in court fines for not handing over folks' private email
Judge rules in battle over seizure of overseas Gmail files Google and the US government are quarreling over just how much money the Chocolate Factory must pay in daily fines while it appeals against a search warrant for email held overseas.…
Lucky Canada. Google chooses Toronto as site of posthuman urban lab
Town has an API, but no cars Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs venture has chosen Toronto as its urban laboratory – one in which humans may ultimately be optional.…
Tezos crypto and $232m initial coin offering risks implosion – reports
Expert's protip: 'Hope is not an investment strategy' If you threw money at the blockchain startup Tezos during its $232m initial coin offering fundraising round in July, here's something you can learn for future investments.…
Mohawks fling patent infringement sueball at Microsoft and Amazon
Tribe has sovereign immunity to legal challenges A Native American tribe in New York is going after Microsoft and Amazon for infringing its patents.…
SAP reassures market: Cloud is sustainable, just don't look at our wheezing bookings
Q3 profits and revenues up but execs grilled over cloudy future Enterprise giant SAP has reported an increase in both revenues and operating profits for the latest quarter – but execs were forced to explain a slowdown in cloud bookings.…
GE goes with Apple: Not the Transformation you were looking for, Satya?
Macs, iOS cheaper in long run – that means trouble Comment While Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella trots the world plugging his book on “transformation”, some of the biggest enterprises in the world are “transforming” themselves ... away from Microsoft.…
Oh, Lenovo! 1,000 staff strapped to redundancy cannon
US and China in the firing line Lenovo is laying off a little more than 1,000 employees with the majority of heads set to roll in the US and China.…
Review: Magic Leap and Fantasy Funding Fiasco
Another extraordinary performance from the 'tech company' Comment Performance art company Magic Leap has astonished and wowed critics with its latest outing: a $500m funding round.…
Breakfast at Jeffrey's: UK CEO admits Voda 'slightly lost its mojo'
Also slags off BT, backs Ofcom, keeps mum on Liberty tie-up "Basically the message is Vodafone is back," says UK chief executive Nick Jeffrey, a message he's so eager to convey at a breakfast briefing hosted by the company that it almost sounds as if the lady doth protest too much.…
Taste the Redmond: Dell strengthens its Azure Stackery
On-premises Microsoft cloud gets 14G servers for more oomph Dell is updating its AzureStack offering with the latest 14th generation PowerEdge servers.…
Power: The ultimate web-based commodity
Reg Lecture reveals what it is, where to find it Events If you've ever wondered who really controls today's upside-down, digital-soaked world, you should really join us next month when we consider "The Secrets of Power in the Digital Age".…
Survey: Tech workers are terrified they will be sacked for being too old
Industry age bias a source of constant worry Almost half of tech workers in the US, like Hollywood stars, live in constant fear that age will end their careers, according to a new poll.…
YouTube sin-bins account of KRACK WPA2 researcher
Only to be mysteriously restored hours later The YouTube account of the researcher behind the KRACK WPA2 Wi-Fi vulnerability was restored early on Thursday hours after it was shut down for violating "community guidelines".…
You can yacht be serious: Larry might be planning his own version of America’s Cup
Positioning it as 'World Series' of yachting Oracle CTO Larry Ellison is reportedly launching his own world boat racing title – just months after his team was spanked at this year’s America’s Cup.…
It's hip to be in Gartner's square: Poor Panasas out on its NAS
Qumulo, HGST, StorageCraft move in, crack open craft beers In Gartner's perennial game of musical chairs, otherwise known as its annual magic quadrant exercise, the latest object storage square ushers three in and one out.…
Misco UK chops majority of workforce, pulls down shutters
Administrator blames credit insurance cuts, online rivals for collapse Misco UK has laid off 300 staff, as expected, after ceasing to trade and appointing administrative receiver FRP Advisory to pick through the ashes of the loss-making business.…
Didn't install a safety-critical driverless car patch? Bye, insurance!
New law defines who pays if your auto auto prangs itself Tinkering with your future driverless car's software and failing to install safety-critical updates will invalidate your insurance, under a newly proposed British law.…
Yes, British F-35 engines must be sent to Turkey for overhaul
Also, the US negotiates fighter jet purchase contracts on our behalf Britain’s F-35B fighter jets currently cost around $123m each – and British officials are quite content that the only engine overhaul facility for the stealth aircraft’s engines is located in Turkey.…
MongoDB shoots for $220m in IPO, values NoSQL biz at $1.2bn
Trading due to begin on NASDAQ today MongoDB hopes to rake in as much as $220.8m when it finally goes public – a move expected later today.…
Let's dig into how open source could KO the Silicon Valley chat silos
Open Xchange boss maps out IMAP scheme Interview There's never been a better opportunity for the world to start untangling itself from the giant Silicon Valley data harvesters than now. Last week, we revealed a plan to embed open-source chat into three quarters of the world's IMAP servers.…
You can't find tech staff – wah, wah, wah. Start with your ridiculous job spec
And stop hiring floorspace in San Fran, London for Pete's sake In a recent IDG survey, the number of execs worried about a skills gap in IT grew from 49 per cent in 2016 to 60 per cent this year. Other surveys shore up this finding as well: a Cloud Foundry Foundation survey from late 2016 had 64 per cent of respondents worried about getting the skilled staff needed.…
IT resellers, this is your future: Shifting driverless cars within 5 years
Yeah or maybe not Canalys Channels Forum Tech resellers who are on occasion – and perhaps cruelly – compared to sheepskin jacket-wearing secondhand car dealers, might just be getting into game after all, if a veteran channel analyst is to be believed.…
Flash in the enterprise is in a solid state. Where is it going next?
Flash forward Sponsored Sales of purpose-built storage appliances are falling, markedly, according to IDC, revenue and capacity falling respectively by 16.2 per cent and 14.9 per cent in the analyst’s latest quarterly tracker in September.…
ARM chip OG Steve Furber: Turing missed the mark on human intelligence
Ten mice and a million cores are going to prove it "Brains are massively parallel. We each have just under 100 billion neurons inside our heads, all running at the same time. And they are hugely connected, with 10 synapses connecting the neurons together. The way forward in computing is parallelism. There is no other option."…
Microsoft exec says ARM-powered Windows laptops have multi-day battery life
For now, consider the new Surface Book 2 with mere 17-hour life and Intels inside Microsoft says testing of Qualcomm-powered laptops running Windows 10 is well advanced and suggest it will be possible to use the devices for multiple days without charging their batteries.…
Stealth web crypto-cash miner Coin Hive back to the drawing board as blockers move in
We've got something much more ethical anyway, say devs Malwarebytes has had enough of Coin Hive's alt-currency-generating browser-side code, and is now automatically blocking it.…
Citrix endorses tool that lets vSphere manage Xen Server
In Citrix's world, you'd do this to leave vSphere. In the real world? This is silo-saving Citrix has endorsed a third-party product that lets you manage its Xen Server virtualization stack with VMware's vCenter Server.…
EU: No encryption backdoors but, eh, let's help each other crack that crypto, oui? Ja?
You scratch my PKCS, and I'll scratch yours The European Commission has proposed that member states help each other break into encrypted devices by sharing expertise around the bloc.…
SpaceX gives free ride to replacement for Facebook's fried satellite
Israel's Spacecom still loves Elon enough to also pay for future launch Spacecom and SpaceX have settled their differences over a burned satellite. The Israeli company has once again signed Elon Musk's company for launch services.…
US-CERT study predicts machine learning, transport systems to become security risks
You've been warned The Carnegie-Mellon University's Software Engineering Institute has nominated transport systems, machine learning, and smart robots as needing better cyber-security risk and threat analysis.…
Australian government launches review of .au domain
Minister doesn't mention scandals at current operator, says it's time to modernise Australia will conduct a review of how the nation's .au top level domain is managed.…
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