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 Thu, 20 Sep 2018 22:25:53 GMT Developer goes rogue, shoots four colleagues at ERP code maker

Shooter dead and now named by cops, one worker in critical condition, two serious

Cops have named the programmer who went on a gun rampage at WTS Paradigm – a US maker of enterprise resource planning software – this week. He shot four colleagues, leaving one in a critical condition.…

 Thu, 20 Sep 2018 21:59:12 GMT In a race to 5G, Trump has stuck a ball-and-chain on America's leg

China tit-for-tat tariff tiff a terrible thing, warns FCC Commissioner

Comment President Donald Trump's trade war with China may come with a serious cost to America's next-generation cellular networks, a federal regulator has warned.…

 Thu, 20 Sep 2018 19:55:42 GMT Remember when Apple's FaceTime stopped working years ago? Yeah, that was deliberate

Class-action lawsuit over iOS 6 snafu allowed to move ahead

Apple is accused of deliberately shafting people who didn't upgrade their iPhones and iOS, in a class action lawsuit over its FaceTime video-conferencing software.…

 Thu, 20 Sep 2018 16:45:07 GMT NSS Labs fires off anti-malware-testing lawsuit at infosec toolmakers

Alleges CrowdStrike, Symantec, ESET, Anti-Malware Testing Standards Org collusion

NSS Labs has thrown a hand grenade into the always fractious but slightly obscure world of security product testing by suing multiple vendors as well as an industry standards organisation.…

 Thu, 20 Sep 2018 16:05:14 GMT No, that Sunspot Solar Observatory didn't see aliens. It's far more grim

Janitor probed over child sex abuse image allegations, facility reopens

On September 6, the Sunspot Solar Observatory in New Mexico, USA, was evacuated and sealed off without explanation, sparking wild conspiracy theories as to why.…

 Thu, 20 Sep 2018 15:28:21 GMT Securing industrial IoT passwords: For Pete's sake, engineers, don't all jump in at once

If the networked kit needs to work for 10 years, you need to think policy

Comment Cybersecurity has become an increasing priority in operations technology thanks to the growing appetite for the industrial internet of things.…

 Thu, 20 Sep 2018 14:48:03 GMT ServiceNow confirms relational-ship with MariaDB: We're protecting our toolchain

As Finnish DB biz bags fellow MySQL drop-in firm Clustrix

Platform-as-a-service pusher ServiceNow is backing MySQL upstart MariaDB, injecting cash into its coffers and staffers onto its board, partly to protect its own investment as a customer of the database biz.…

 Thu, 20 Sep 2018 13:50:08 GMT Sealed with an XSS: Lloyds Group should avoid cross talk, say IT pros

We're secure, says bank

A pair of IT workers have criticised banks within the Lloyds Banking Group (LBG) for sub-standard security. The group denies anything is amiss, maintaining it follows industry best practice on cyber-security.…

 Thu, 20 Sep 2018 13:29:06 GMT Tech to solve post-Brexit customs woes doesn't exist yet, peers say

Stop us if you've heard this one before...

The UK’s post-Brexit customs arrangements have today come under even greater pressure, as peers warned the tech doesn’t exist to back up the plans.…

 Thu, 20 Sep 2018 12:59:28 GMT Bad weather, baulky booster keep ISS 'naut snacks on the ground

Fresh fruit, fresh batteries stuck on Japanese launchpad as HTV-7 hopes to catch a break

International Space Station astronauts looking forward to feasting on some fresh food have a little longer to wait as Japan’s cargo ship has suffered yet another launch delay.…

 Thu, 20 Sep 2018 12:25:52 GMT Intel co-founder's Silicon Valley pad goes on the market for $22m

Includes vineyard, a separate guest house and Chipzilla history

A California home once owned by Intel founder Robert Noyce where the dining room served as Chipzilla’s boardroom in its early days is up for sale.…

 Thu, 20 Sep 2018 12:11:27 GMT Your deep dive into AWS Lambda, FaaS and more – at our Serverless conference in November

Red alert! Early bird offer finishes in 36 hours

Event If you’re not already using AWS Lambda, Azure Functions or FaaS it’s highly likely they’ll be appearing on your project schedule soon.…

 Thu, 20 Sep 2018 11:57:12 GMT Deliveroo to bike food to hungry fanbois queuing to buy iPhones

Waiting in line for hours and fancy some avocado on toast? Pathetic!

The most shameless press release of the week award goes to Deliveroo for trying to share the limelight with Apple by offering to bike food to fanbois queuing for the latest iPhones released tomorrow.…

 Thu, 20 Sep 2018 11:26:06 GMT Alibaba wants to ship its own neural network silicon by H2 2019

Middle Kingdom calls for international AI arm linkage

Alibaba has created a subsidiary to design and build silicon for artificial intelligence.…

 Thu, 20 Sep 2018 10:56:58 GMT Ubuntu flings 14.04 LTS users a security lifeline, chats some more about Hyper-V

Extended Security Maintenance is here to save the day again (for a price)

Ubuntu-slinger Canonical has assured us that 14.04 LTS users need not fear the impending end of life of the OS next year, and confirmed it will keep security fixes flowing a little while longer.…

 Thu, 20 Sep 2018 10:23:00 GMT EU watchdog sniffing around Amazon's merchant data collection

Not yet an investigation, Margrethe Vestager says

The European Commission is asking whether Amazon's role as a platform that merchants can use to sell products and its role as the merchants' competitor raises antitrust concerns.…

 Thu, 20 Sep 2018 09:53:25 GMT GitLab gets it, grabs $100m to become $1bn firm

Take last year's funding. Multiply it by 5. DevOps ain't cheap

Code repository and DevOps outfit, GitLab, has tipped into the $1bn club thanks to a $100m injection of funding from ICONIQ Capital.…

 Thu, 20 Sep 2018 09:24:49 GMT 30-up: You know what? Those really weren't the days

Happy anniversary, readers, from the original Git it girl

Stob It's 30 years since .EXE Magazine carried the first Stob column; this is its pearl Perl anniversary. Rereading article #1, a spoof self-tester in the Cosmo style, I was struck by how distant the world it invoked seemed. For example:…

 Thu, 20 Sep 2018 08:50:10 GMT Fujitsu says sayonara to UK exec heavyweights

Staff tell El Reg to expect another wave of deck chair rearranging

Exclusive The exit of three senior executives at the top of Fujitsu's Europe, Middle East, India and Africa (EMEIA) management stack has unsettled the workforce who are braced for yet more restructuring.…

 Thu, 20 Sep 2018 08:20:08 GMT Dell in-houses production, dumps Celestica in Ireland

When Irish-made drives are migrating

Exclusive Dell EMC is terminating the contract it had with electronics manufacturer Celestica to take production in-house at its Cork-based facility in Ireland, with hundreds of jobs said to be at risk.…

 Thu, 20 Sep 2018 07:08:13 GMT Congrats on keeping out the hackers. Now, you've taken care of rogue insiders, right? Hello?

And you're doing it in real time, yes? Is that a no?

Comment It's exasperating how each high-profile computer security breach reveals similar patterns of failure, no matter the organization involved.…

 Thu, 20 Sep 2018 06:01:08 GMT No, the Mirai botnet masters aren't going to jail. Why? 'Cos they help Feds nab cyber-crims

Probation, comm service for poachers turned gamekeepers

The three brains behind the Mirai malware, which infects and pressgangs Internet-of-Things devices into a botnet army, have avoided jail.…

 Thu, 20 Sep 2018 05:01:14 GMT Flying to Mars will be so rad, dude: Year-long trip may dump 60% lifetime dose of radiation on you

Cancer, brain damage, a bad back ... it's all for a good cause

A year-long round trip to Mars could give you more than half the maximum radiation dose recommended for an astronaut's entire career, according to data collected by the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter.…

 Thu, 20 Sep 2018 04:01:12 GMT What's that smell? Oh, it's Newegg cracked open by card slurpers

Fresh from British Airways hack, Magecart strikes again

Netizens buying stuff from Newegg had their bank card details skimmed by hackers who, for a whole month, stashed the Magecart toolkit on the dot-com's payment pages.…

 Thu, 20 Sep 2018 02:43:50 GMT Renegade 3D-printing gunsmith Cody Wilson on the run in Taipei from child sex allegations

International hunt for American bod after he skips flight home

Cody Wilson, notorious for publishing 3D-printed gun designs online, is believed to be holed up in Taiwan after US cops suspected him of sexually assaulting an underage teenager.…

 Thu, 20 Sep 2018 00:31:07 GMT Upgrade without tears: Download the Windows 10 crash course eBook

Learn everything you need to know about company deployment

Promo Although Windows 10 has been on the scene since 2015, users were at first reluctant to abandon their familiar and usable Windows 7 for the attractions of the bigger and better operating system.…

 Thu, 20 Sep 2018 00:10:32 GMT Oi, you. Equifax. Cough up half a million quid for fumbling 15 million Brits' personal info to hackers

UK watchdog demands max penalty after security snafu

Updated to add The UK's privacy watchdog wants to fine Equifax £500,000 ($660,000) after hackers siphoned off 15 million Brits' info from the credit-score agency's databases.…

 Wed, 19 Sep 2018 23:02:21 GMT Big Cable tells US government: Now's not the time to talk about internet speeds – just give us the money

Consumer groups beg to differ

Big cable companies have told the federal government that "now's not the time" to talk about US internet speeds; despite a new program that will pay them billions of dollars to expand broadband access across the country, and a new proposal that put even more money in their pockets.…

 Wed, 19 Sep 2018 22:59:50 GMT Garbage collection – in SPAAACE: Net snaffles junk in first step to clean up Earth's orbiting litter

EU-funded gizmo clings to trash like a face hugger

Video Scientists have managed to capture a small floating human-made satellite using a net deployed from a spacecraft orbiting the Earth for the first time.…

 Wed, 19 Sep 2018 21:19:10 GMT Holy macaroni! After months of number-crunching, behold the strongest material in the universe: Nuclear pasta

Probably cost a pretty PENNE to run that physics simulation

Good luck sinking your teeth into nuclear pasta. For one it’ll be tricky to get a hold of since it’s the stuff lodged inside neutron stars. Additionally, it may also be the universe’s strongest material.…

 Wed, 19 Sep 2018 20:43:16 GMT FCC's 5G masterstroke little more than big biz cash giveaway – expert

One-size-fits-all pricing in America will expand, not narrow, digital divide

The latest effort by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to expand 5G networks across the United States is little more than a cash giveaway to large telcos and will grow, rather than close, the digital divide.…

 Wed, 19 Sep 2018 18:52:33 GMT Patch for EE's 4G Wi-Fi mini modem nails local privilege escalation flaw

Better update if you leave your laptop unattended in public...

Telco EE's Mini Wi-Fi modem needs to be updated with a recently issued patch.…

 Wed, 19 Sep 2018 17:02:13 GMT Heads up: Get ready to tune in live and watch us probe insider threats menacing today's IT

Your video guide to locking down systems – and then fire questions our way

Promo On September 26 at 10:00 PT / 11:00 MT / 13:00 ET / 18:00 BST we're broadcasting live with an exploration of insider threats to enterprises and other organizations.…

 Wed, 19 Sep 2018 16:00:05 GMT Effortful, tiresome, laborious: Couchbase says latest data platform release can sack off ETL

NoSQL database biz promises to 'keep it simple' for enterprises after real-time analytics

NoSQL database biz Couchbase has promised administrators its latest release will allow them to ditch the laborious extract, transform and load (ETL) process, and analyse info directly from the database.…

 Wed, 19 Sep 2018 15:46:32 GMT A spot of Python in your Azure automation? Step right this way, sir

Python 2 support for runbooks slithers out of preview

Microsoft this week announced something that may have surprised a few devs who'd seen it lurking in Azure for a while – Python 2 support has finally moved out of preview for Azure runbooks.…

 Wed, 19 Sep 2018 14:58:36 GMT National Museum of Computing to hold live Enigma code-breaking demo with a Bombe

Turing-Welchman machine to do its thing – with original wartime operator present

The National Museum of Computing (TNMOC) is going to fire up its replica Enigma code-breaker to decrypt encoded messages sent from Poland – with an original wartime Bombe operator supervising the process.…

 Wed, 19 Sep 2018 14:07:26 GMT IT bods, beware! AWS claims Storage Gateway appliance doesn't need you to manage it

And I heard a great voice saying: Behold, the hybrid tabernacle is with men

AWS has wheeled out a hardware appliance for feeding hybrid clouds to non-techies – a pre-loaded Dell EMC box for its Storage Gateway.…

 Wed, 19 Sep 2018 13:23:59 GMT Microsoft's collaboration software Teams works on its collaboration hardware Surface Hub

Coming soon to a massive jumped-up whiteboard near you

Microsoft has finally made its Teams collaborative software available for the big-bastard-screen Surface Hub.…

 Wed, 19 Sep 2018 12:53:13 GMT Man cuffed for testing fruit with bum cheek pre-purchase

Brings new meaning to try before you buy

Anyone that’s ever had a penchant for using their buttocks to test the ripeness of a peach, plum or squash in a supermarket pre-purchase might have some sympathy for a US chap that was arrested for allegedly doing just that.…

 Wed, 19 Sep 2018 12:23:13 GMT Why waste away in a cubicle when you could be a goddamn infosec neuromancer on £50k*?

Basically what UK.gov is selling as it moves to plug skills gap

The UK government is expanding a programme that aims to get more Brits to consider careers in information security.…

 Wed, 19 Sep 2018 11:55:08 GMT Brits pay £490m extra for mobes they already own – Citizens Advice

4 million people keep paying for contracts that include handset charges

Brits forked out £490m extra on their last mobile phone contract because of bundled handset charges that continued long after the device was paid for, Citizens Advice has said.…

 Wed, 19 Sep 2018 11:25:13 GMT Microsoft Azure gains Availability Zones and Immutable Blobs

It's WORM storage all round as Immutability goes to General Availability

Microsoft has announced two more Azure availability zones and hit the red button on Immutable Storage in what must have been a breathless few days for its Azure team.…

 Wed, 19 Sep 2018 11:09:01 GMT Mobile, on wheels, or in the cloud... how do you want to do AI?

Whatever you choose, you can learn more at MCubed

Events Machine learning and artificial intelligence have moved out of the realms of academia into the world of real business – and the myriad applications and platforms that implies.…

 Wed, 19 Sep 2018 10:25:12 GMT Mickey D serves up stump speech to settle sceptical investors

We've got a $90bn run rate, never mind the debt

Michael Dell has touted his behemoth's performance in a pitch supporting the company's return to the stock exchange.…

 Wed, 19 Sep 2018 09:59:06 GMT Apple hands €14.3bn in back taxes to reluctant Ireland

Funds to be held in escrow as govt appeals EU 'state aid' ruling

Apple has paid the Irish government €14.3bn in back taxes after the European Commission ruled that arrangements between the pair had broken the state aid rules.…

 Wed, 19 Sep 2018 09:41:04 GMT When should I run backup, robot overlord? Autonomous Hadoop and NoSQL backup is now a thing

Imanis Data bets data management farm on backupbot

Machine learning data management company Imanis Data has introduced an autonomous backup product powered by machine learning.…

 Wed, 19 Sep 2018 09:05:50 GMT Who ate all the PII? Not the blockchain, thankfully

GDPR be praised, new product keeps personally identifiable information off the chain

Dutch security firm Gemalto has said its blockchain product, slated to pilot later this year, will keep personal data off the blockchain.…

 Wed, 19 Sep 2018 08:32:07 GMT Dive into the ecosystem of the future at Arm TechCon 2018 – and save cash with El Reg

Catch up with new developments – plus get a reader discount on your ticket

Promo Back for its 14th consecutive year, Arm TechCon is the essential event showcasing all the latest advances in the Arm architecture that underpins everything from silicon design to software development and internet of things (IoT) solutions.…

 Wed, 19 Sep 2018 08:11:06 GMT London tipped to lead European data market. Yes, despite Brexit!

Report puts English capital ahead, Frankfurt close behind

London will remain the most important European market for data, according to a report from data centre giant Equinix – even with Brexit looming and Frankfurt catching up.…

 Wed, 19 Sep 2018 07:02:05 GMT Put your tin-foil hats on! Wi-Fi can be used to guesstimate number of people hidden in a room

No doubt this'll be used to sell data to advertisers

Video Wireless network gear can be used to estimate the number of people hidden behind walls, according to fresh research out of America.…