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 Wed, 20 Feb 2019 10:27:42 GMT How do you solve a problem like Galileo? With a strap-on L-band payload, of course!

Nigerian and Brit augmented boffinry could save billions

Rejoice, Brexit Galileo worriers! Your hand-wringing is at an end thanks to research by Brighton-based Professor Chris Chatwin and Dr Lasisi S Lawal of Nigeria's Obasanjo Space Center. Kind of.…

 Wed, 20 Feb 2019 09:46:06 GMT AGM X3: Swoon at this rugged interloper mobe then throw it on the floor to impress your mates

Because it'll be fiiiiine... probably

Hands On Hot on the heels of Oppo, Chinese phone maker AGM is the second newcomer to launch in the UK in 2019 hoping to turn a niche into a much more mainstream habitat.…

 Wed, 20 Feb 2019 09:09:11 GMT What has an 'open-door policy' with industry and puts the X into NHS? Brits, let app-happy Matt Hancock tell you

NHSX:'s new tech, data and digital quango

The UK government has plans for another health quango that will not only oversee data, digital and tech procurement but have an "open door" policy with the IT industry.…

 Wed, 20 Feb 2019 08:03:10 GMT Ministry of Defence's new payroll contract is, surprise, surprise, MIA: Missing In Action

Procurement heads fail to finalise specs for replacement deal, extend current agreement with DXC Technology

The Ministry of Defence is set to prolong the British armed forces' payroll, HR, and pensions admin contract with DXC Technology by half a year – because the military's procurement team has run out of time to find a replacement.…

 Wed, 20 Feb 2019 07:01:11 GMT Password managers may leave your online crown jewels 'exposed in RAM' to malware – but hey, they're still better than the alternative

The alternative being memorizing a bunch of really long unique passphrases

A bunch of infosec bods are taking some of the most popular password managers to task after an audit revealed some mildly annoying, non-world-ending security shortcomings.…

 Wed, 20 Feb 2019 06:11:04 GMT Oldest white dwarf star catches amateur's eye – and its dusty ring leaves boffins baffled

J0207 is estimated to be a mere three-billion years old and just 145 light years away

Pic An amateur astronomer has discovered the oldest-known white dwarf star, sitting 145 light years away from Earth in the Capricornus constellation.…

 Wed, 20 Feb 2019 05:03:10 GMT Unearthed emails could be smoking gun in epic GDPR battle against Google, adtech giants

As ICO goes on fact-finding missions over 'concerns' about security, transparency

Privacy warriors have filed fresh evidence in their ongoing battle against real-time web ad exchange systems, which campaigners claim trample over Europe's data protection laws.…

 Wed, 20 Feb 2019 04:11:50 GMT Visited the Grand Canyon since 2000? You'll have great photos – and maybe a teensy bit of unwanted radiation

15 gallons of uranium ore left in the visitors' center for 18 years

Grand Canyon visitors may have been exposed to tiny amounts of bonus radiation from buckets of uranium ore bafflingly placed in the National Park’s museum for nearly 20 years.…

 Wed, 20 Feb 2019 01:29:54 GMT Cut open a tauntaun, this JEDI is frozen! US court halts lawsuit over biggest military cloud deal since the Death Star

Oracle's legal warship drops out of warp, on impulse power for now

A fierce legal battle over the Pentagon's $10bn Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud IT deal was put on ice by a judge Tuesday – after the Department of Defense (DoD) vowed to probe itself regarding the contract.…

 Wed, 20 Feb 2019 00:46:38 GMT New claim dogs Oracle: After $11m of sales, I was unfairly axed before next big deal – because I am a 64yo woman

Fresh harassment allegations hit biz that insists diversity numbers are trade secret

Oracle, facing US government charges that it discriminated against women by paying them less than male colleagues, has been sued yet again for gender and age discrimination by a former sales rep.…

 Tue, 19 Feb 2019 23:43:09 GMT US telcos' best pal – yes, the FCC – urged to dump its dodgy stats, crowd-source internet speeds direct from subscribers

Meanwhile: Commissioner celebrates forcing ISP to remove abusive content ban

A bipartisan group of US senators are trying to force the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to face up to the reality that its statistics for broadband speeds across America aren't worth squat.…

 Tue, 19 Feb 2019 22:43:12 GMT Turn on, tune in, drop out: Apple's whizz-bang T2 security chips hit a bum note for Mac audio

Sm... ck m... glitch up: Coprocess... has nasty... USB ...oun... outp... rruption... roblem

Audio professionals are complaining that the T2 security coprocessor in new Apple Mac models causes annoying audible glitches when using USB-connected recording gear.…

 Tue, 19 Feb 2019 22:04:07 GMT WWW = Woeful, er, winternet wendering? CERN browser rebuilt after 30 years barely recognizes modern web

Berners-Lee's WorldWideWeb code can't handle much, but hey, it now runs in a browser

In preparation for next month's 30th anniversary of the proposal that gave us the world wide web, boffins at the behest of CERN have recreated the world's first web browser, and made it accessible as a modern web page.…

 Tue, 19 Feb 2019 21:26:41 GMT Germany tells America to verpissen off over Huawei 5G cyber-Sicherheitsbedenken

Europeans can't find any evidence of Chinese spying

German is expected to snub US pressure to cut Huawei out of its next-generation 5G networks, rejecting claims that the Chinese manufacturer is a security risk.…

 Tue, 19 Feb 2019 20:33:22 GMT ReRAM biz Crossbar hopes fad-du-jour IoT AI can help it avoid the tracks of Intel's Optane storage chip juggernaut

ReRAM seeks artificial help

Crossbar, developer of Resistive RAM (ReRAM) chips, is setting up an AI consortium to help counter, er, resistance to the technology, speed up its adoption, and hopefully outrun Intel's Optane.…

 Tue, 19 Feb 2019 19:01:10 GMT Pure Storage's would-be Data Domain killer out in March – but it's still shy about the internals

Go on, flash storage bandits – spill your guts

Pure Storage will introduce a shiny new backup box - dubbed ObjectEngine - from as early as next month to pinch sales from veterans including EMC-owned sectoral kingpin Data Domain.…

 Tue, 19 Feb 2019 18:00:14 GMT Git money, git paid: GitHub waves larger wads of dollar bills to tempt bug hunters

Bounty bonanza balloons and beguiles

Social code storage biz GitHub, now a ward of Microsoft, on Tuesday divulged plans to make itself more attractive to hackers by flashing larger sums of cash and offering better indemnity.…

 Tue, 19 Feb 2019 15:57:57 GMT CAST links arms with Software Heritage to tease out your open-source ancestry

Who do you think you are?

Paris-based code botherer CAST Software said today it would buddy up with Software Heritage to tackle the sometimes tricky task of identifying the provenance of open-source code in modern projects.…

 Tue, 19 Feb 2019 14:45:11 GMT Pour $25m in its coffers and the local NAS box gets it. That's backers' hope for public cloud type Nasuni

Newly funded firm competes with NetApp, other on-premises filers

Wannabe killer of on-premises NAS boxen Nasuni has just wolfed down $25m in funding to spread its message and open up new offices.…

 Tue, 19 Feb 2019 14:01:57 GMT Accused hacker Lauri Love loses legal bid to reclaim seized IT gear

Spared court costs as he reveals £120-a-week income

"Mr Love, you're not the victim in this. You brought this on yourself; you're the victim of your own decisions," District Judge Margot Coleman told accused hacker Lauri Love in court today as she refused to return computers seized from him by the National Crime Agency.…

 Tue, 19 Feb 2019 13:05:40 GMT Revealed: Numbers show extent of security fears about security biz Kaspersky Lab

Global sales up 4% but North America element down 25%

Eugene Kaspersky's security biz saw turnover crash by a quarter in North America following the US government's decision to remove the antivirus software from federal systems.…

 Tue, 19 Feb 2019 12:30:13 GMT Splunk does a bunk from Russia: No software and services for you, Putin!

Была́ не была́

Big data analytics outfit Splunk will no longer be big in Russia after the company confirmed plans to stop selling its wares there.…

 Tue, 19 Feb 2019 12:00:13 GMT Uptown func: Serverless types Nuweba trouser $4.8m as investors eye faster FaaS

Optimised function wrangling aims to make AWS's Lambda look like a Lada

Interview Israel-based serverless specialist Nuweba has slurped $4.8m of seed funding from investors keen on the company's bold claims that its tech runs at 10 times the speed of the competition.…

 Tue, 19 Feb 2019 11:23:36 GMT LG folds at prospect of launching bendy phone while Samsung flaunts its upcoming kit on telly

We need to get our house in order first, prez tells press

Samsung has launched TV ads featuring its foldable phone – but its rival chaebol isn't so keen.…

 Tue, 19 Feb 2019 10:30:06 GMT 'Occult' text from Buffy The Vampire Slayer ep actually just story about new bus lane in Dublin

And it's still a better love story than Twilight

Conundrum. You're working on a burning trash pile of a '90s TV show and need some spooky, mysterious language to lorem ipsum into a book of supposedly occult nature. Which tongue has a suitable enough clusterfuck of vowels to make the prop look like it's about to summon Yog-Sothoth?…

 Tue, 19 Feb 2019 09:59:08 GMT Autonomy trial: Key HPE witness might not testify, UK High Court told

Christopher Egan has had enough of giving evidence

Ill-fated British software company Autonomy's one-time US sales chief is reluctant to testify in person against former CEO Mike Lynch, the High Court in London heard yesterday morning.…

 Tue, 19 Feb 2019 09:25:08 GMT Guess who's working on a health data-slurping digital tool? Bzzt! Nope, it's the UK Department for Work and Pensions

Anyone here keen to build tool to get 'right support' for sick, disabled?

The UK's Department for Work and Pensions is drawing up plans for an internal service that allows it to automate slurps of medical data on claimants to dole out health-related benefits.…

 Mon, 18 Feb 2019 16:58:09 GMT Court sees Morissette Meter flip out as Oracle assumes anti-arbitration stance in pay dispute

Isn't it ironic, don't you think?

It is ironic that Oracle, which normally tries to make class-action suits "disappear into arbitration", is now taking an anti-arbitration stance in a pay dispute, a judge in San Francisco said late last week.…

 Mon, 18 Feb 2019 16:03:08 GMT Down productivity tools: Microsoft Teams takes a Monday tumble

If only Slack would go down too, we could get some work done

Updated Microsoft's collaborative Slack-alike, Teams, is having a difficult start to the week, with users unable to log in to share their hopes, dreams and Word documents with their co-workers.…

 Mon, 18 Feb 2019 15:36:10 GMT Surrey Uni mans the space harpoons, and NASA buys more seats on Russian rockets

UK Space spends £18m on internet sat tech

Roundup While NASA finally gave up on the Opportunity Rover, a UK-built space harpoon was fired last week, much to the annoyance of one ex-Shuttle bigwig... and earlier today, the UK agreed to fling money at satellite tech.…

 Mon, 18 Feb 2019 14:41:01 GMT You know the drill: SAP has asked Joe Public to name Munich arena so go forth and be very silly

The combined might of Reg readers can do better than SAPpy McSAPface

German ERP giant SAP has finally latched on to the name-our-thing stunt commonly used to drum up interest in gritters, offering punters the chance to brand Munich's new sports arena.…

 Mon, 18 Feb 2019 14:11:12 GMT HPE wants British ex-CFO to testify in UK Autonomy lawsuit before Uncle Sam sentences him

UK court told firm wants Sushovan Hussain on stand in case he's handed jail time

HPE wants Sushovan Hussain, convicted ex-CFO of infamous British software company Autonomy, to give evidence in HPE's UK lawsuit against former Autonomy CEO Mike Lynch before his own potential US prison sentence.…

 Mon, 18 Feb 2019 13:15:09 GMT Twilight of the sundials: Archaic timepiece dying out and millennials are to blame, reckons boffin

How is there so much villainy wrapped up in one generation?

When was the last time you appreciated a sundial? I'll give you a mo...…

 Mon, 18 Feb 2019 12:20:06 GMT Windows Subsystem for Linux adds pop to release, SAC-T sacked, crypto-jacking apps: It's Microsoft's week

Monero? When is this – 2017?

Roundup Yet more Linux love seeped into Windows 10 over the past week, while admins buffed their rings in readiness for servicing changes and miscreants crept around the Microsoft Store.…

 Mon, 18 Feb 2019 11:48:12 GMT Solder and Lego required: The Register builds glorious Project Alias gizmo to deafen Alexa

Second time lucky?

Readers, we asked you what materials we should use to construct homebrew gadget Project Alias – which deafens smart speakers – and a whopping 40 per cent of you demanded Lego.…

 Mon, 18 Feb 2019 11:05:38 GMT Australian prime minister blames 'state level' baddies for Oz parliament breach

China, Russia, Israel and the US floated as potential culprits

Australia's prime minister has blamed a "sophisticated state actor" for a hack on the country's parliament and some of its prominent political parties.…

 Mon, 18 Feb 2019 10:25:22 GMT What did turbonerds do before the internet? 41 years ago, a load of BBS

Born in a storm of snow, killed off in a blizzard of TCP/IP: The Bulletin Board System

While large chunks of the US used this year's Snowmageddon to binge on streaming TV or tweet selfies with snowmen, take a moment to remember the Great Blizzard of 1978, which led to the first Bulletin Board Service (BBS) taking to the phone lines 41 years ago.…

 Mon, 18 Feb 2019 09:34:49 GMT Here come the riled MPs (it's private, huh), Facebook's a digital 'gangster' ('disingen-u-ous'). Zuckerberg he is a failure (on sharing data)

Na-nana-nana-nana-nana..nanana...nanana.... nana nana*

Tech titans like Facebook, itself described as a "digital gangster", continually fail to address the risks their platforms pose to democracy – so the British government should regulate, MPs have said.…

 Mon, 18 Feb 2019 08:00:10 GMT Techie in need of a doorstop picks up 'chunk of metal' – only to find out it's rather pricey

Seems to us like you would remember an incident like that...

Who, Me? Gather round, dear readers, for a priceless story in this week's column for techies' mishaps.…

 Mon, 18 Feb 2019 07:05:06 GMT Data-spewing Spectre chip flaws can't be killed by software alone, Google boffins conclude

While browsers have got their act together, any other apps interpreting user-supplied code need to be aware of this

Google security researchers have analyzed the impact of the data-leaking Spectre vulnerabilities afflicting today's processor cores, and concluded software alone cannot prevent exploitation.…

 Mon, 18 Feb 2019 06:02:07 GMT Want to create fake web profile pics? This creepy AI tool makes them on demand. Plus predictive policing, and more

Don't panic, we're not all doomed – well, except Nvidia, perhaps

Roundup Here's a summary of what's been going on in the world of machine-learning, beyond what we've already covered, to kick start your week...…

 Mon, 18 Feb 2019 05:02:12 GMT Tens of millions more web accounts for sale after more sites hacked, Mac malware spreads via Windows.exe, and more

Standby for a 'we woz haxx0ed' email from one of these sites this week...

Roundup Let's kickstart your Monday with some lovely juicy computer security and screwups news, beyond what we reported last week.…

 Sat, 16 Feb 2019 01:48:06 GMT After outrage over Chrome ad-block block plan, Google backs away from crippling web advert, content filters

Revised proposals attempt to address worries over Manifest v3 API changes

Google has proposed changes to its Chrome Extension renovation plan that answer some but not all of the concerns its Manifest v3 technical specification.…

 Sat, 16 Feb 2019 01:04:25 GMT How's this for sci-fi: A cosmic river of 4,000 stars dazzles lifeforms as it flows through a galaxy. And that galaxy is the Milky Way

And said lifeforms include us humans on Earth

If you’re living in Earth's southern hemisphere, chances are you may be able to see some of the stars in a newly identified cosmic river that's flowed through the Milky Way for hundreds of millions of years.…

 Fri, 15 Feb 2019 22:15:16 GMT Pokemon No! Good news: You can now ban the virtual pests, er, pets to stop nerds wandering around your property

Lawyers clean up after games biz settles with homeowners sick of zombie players

Pokemon Go will soon let people ban its virtual pets from around their houses following a legal settlement with homeowners fed up with zombie kids.…

 Fri, 15 Feb 2019 21:36:42 GMT Bloke thrown in the cooler for eight years after 3D-printing gun to dodge weapon ban

'I didn’t buy a gun, I built the gun'... Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V, Ctrl+P lands Texas man in the slammer

A Texas fella banned from owning firearms is now behind bars for trying to 3D print a gun for himself.…

 Fri, 15 Feb 2019 20:25:32 GMT Amazon triples profit to $11.2bn, pays ZERO DOLLARS in corp tax – instead we pay it $129m

Yet it's still whining that New York City didn't offer enough for HQ2

Amazon's pre-tax profits more than tripled last year to an extraordinary $11.2bn but, for a second year running, the web giant has paid not a single cent in US federal taxes.…

 Fri, 15 Feb 2019 19:15:11 GMT Oracle throws toys out pram again, tells US claims court: Competing for Pentagon cloud contract isn't fair!

Address gate criteria, conflicts of interest – then we can play

Oracle is pushing America's Court of Federal Claims to rule in its favour and issue a judgment saying the Pentagon erred in its decision to offer its $10bn cloud contract to a single vendor.…

 Fri, 15 Feb 2019 18:04:12 GMT Missed Valentine's Day? Take your beloved to a Visual Studio 2019 launch event instead

Romantic Redmondians pick 14 February to announce April go date for the code wrangler

Devs seeking the perfect gift for that special someone were thrown a lifeline yesterday, with the announcement of Visual Studio 2019's launch date and a fresh preview of the development toolset.…

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 Wed, 20 Feb 2019 04:30:00 EST Kubernetes Workshop at @KubeSUMMIT | #CloudNative #Containers #DevOps #Serverless #Docker #Kubernetes
"There is a huge interest in Kubernetes. People are now starting to use Kubernetes and implement it," stated Sebastian Scheele, co-founder of Loodse, in this interview at DevOps at 19th Cloud Expo, held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.

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 Wed, 20 Feb 2019 03:00:00 EST Neo4j Launches Commercial Kubernetes Application | @KubeSUMMIT @neo4j #CloudNative #Serverless #Kubernetes
GCP Marketplace is based on a multi-cloud and hybrid-first philosophy, focused on giving Google Cloud partners and enterprise customers flexibility without lock-in. It also helps customers innovate by easily adopting new technologies from ISV partners, such as commercial Kubernetes applications, and allows companies to oversee the full lifecycle of a solution, from discovery through management.

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 Tue, 19 Feb 2019 17:30:00 EST The Great Public Cloud Correction | @CloudEXPO @Hostway @ESayegh #Cloud #Infrastructure #Serverless #DataCenter
Signs of a shift in the usage of public clouds are everywhere. Previously, as organizations outgrew old IT methods, the natural answer was to try the public cloud approach; however, the public platform alone is not a complete solution. Complaints include unpredictable/escalating costs and mounting security concerns in the public cloud. Ultimately, public cloud adoption can ultimately mean a shift of IT pains instead of a resolution. That's why the move to hybrid, custom, and multi-cloud will become more and more prevalent. At the heart of this technology trend exists a custom solution to meet the needs and concerns of enterprise organizations, including compliance, security, and cost issues. The "new normal" of enterprise clients is a world of hybrid and multi-cloud solutions, and it is slowly changing the IT technology landscape. Better tools, better management, and easier adoption are emerging. For instance, such as AWS Outposts and Azure Stack. These are big-time, in-demand technologies in the enterprise space, and as these options evolve, we can expect that additional hybrid solutions and integrations will emerge from the market landscape.

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 Tue, 19 Feb 2019 09:00:00 EST 20 Most Popular Sessions at @KubeSUMMIT | #HybridCloud #CloudNative #Serverless #Containers #DevOps #AWS #Lambda #Docker #Kubernetes #HybridCloud
As you know, enterprise IT conversation over the past year have often centered upon the open-source Kubernetes container orchestration system. In fact, Kubernetes has emerged as the key technology -- and even primary platform -- of cloud migrations for a wide variety of organizations. Kubernetes is critical to forward-looking enterprises that continue to push their IT infrastructures toward maximum functionality, scalability, and flexibility.

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 Sun, 17 Feb 2019 19:15:00 EST Hybrid Cloud and Serverless Case Studies | @KubeSUMMIT @Platform9Sys #Serverless #Containers #DevOps #Docker #Kubernetes
Serverless applications increase developer productivity and time to market, by freeing engineers from spending time on infrastructure provisioning, configuration and management. Serverless also simplifies Operations and reduces cost - as the Kubernetes container infrastructure required to run these applications is automatically spun up and scaled precisely with the workload, to optimally handle all runtime requests. Recent advances in open source technology now allow organizations to run Serverless and Kubernetes reliably, at scale, also on on-premises and private cloud infrastructure. The ability to achieve the benefits of Serverless on existing infrastructure - and not having to rely solely on public clouds - has greatly increased the adoption of Serverless across industries, including financial services, IoT, retail, healthcare, and more. Serverless offers an incredible opportunity for business accelerate innovation and reduce operational costs - both for green field applications, as well as for established organizations with legacy applications and technical debt.

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