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De-anonymising data should be a criminal offence, says MPs report -

Although that could be a bit of a problem under the new EU rules...

A Parliamentary report has called on the government to make the identifying of individuals by de-anonymising data a criminal offence.…

(Fri, 12 Feb 2016 16:04:06 GMT)

Mobile: DevOps for IT shops. Minus the upheaval -

First step on a thousand-mile journey

For those languishing in the doldrums of traditional IT, DevOps-style development offers hope. Or would, if you weren’t too scared to try it.…

(Fri, 12 Feb 2016 15:32:07 GMT)

Want AWS Lambda without the Amazon lock-in? Meet Project Kratos -

Iron.io announces project to beat cloud lock-in; but is it that easy?

Iron.io, a San Francisco company which has recently secured $11.5 million venture capital funding, has announced Project Kratos, which "will enable enterprises to run AWS Lambda functionality in any cloud provider, as well as on-premise," according to the project description.…

(Fri, 12 Feb 2016 15:07:05 GMT)

Post-pub nosh neckfiller: The gargantuan Gatsby -

South African supersized spicy steak sarnie

It's February, and the weather's crap this side of the equator, so travel with us if you will to South Africa's sunny Cape Town for a wobbly dining experience so substantial it's more of a team sport than a post-pub dining exercise.…

(Fri, 12 Feb 2016 14:29:04 GMT)

The field at the centre of the universe: Cambridge's outdoor pulsar pusher -

Radio astronomy, sheds and high-explosive ordnance

Geek's Guide to Britain A field full of bits of old wire and an abandoned garden shed: it doesn't look like the place where Nobel prize-wining research was conducted, pushing the frontier of radio astronomy.…

(Fri, 12 Feb 2016 14:15:54 GMT)

Google wins High Court fight with StreetMap over search results self-pluggery -

Dominant? Yes. Abusive? No, rules the judge

Google has won a High Court case brought by StreetMap over anticompetitive business practices, one of several in the legal pipeline.…

(Fri, 12 Feb 2016 13:37:06 GMT)

Philae comet lander officially dead -

Chances of communication 'close to zero'

Scientists have glumly concluded that the Philae lander on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is almost certainly dead, and have given up trying to contact the spacecraft.…

(Fri, 12 Feb 2016 13:21:09 GMT)

Skype users were targeted by bad-ad pushing Angler crooks -

But fear not – the taint has now been purged

Cybercrooks have been caught running booby-trapped ads on Skype to redirect users towards an Angler exploit kit trap.…

(Fri, 12 Feb 2016 12:58:12 GMT)

Microsoft seller Trustmarque seeks private equity sugar daddy -

Appoints William Blair to run the process for £200m sales firm

Exclusive Trustmarque is erecting a for sale sign outside corporate HQ as the management team looks for a new private equity backer to fund a buy-out.…

(Fri, 12 Feb 2016 12:43:11 GMT)

National Pupil Database engorged to 20 million individual kids' records -

Massive population-wide pupil data slurp also available to private sector

The Department for Eduction has enlarged its mega database containing sensitive personal pupil information to nearly 20 million individual records, according to a Freedom of Information response.…

(Fri, 12 Feb 2016 12:17:36 GMT)

HPE StoreServe flash capacity boost coming -

Near enough 8TB SSDs on the way

At a briefing with HPE’s Chris Johnson, VP and general manager for EMEA, we found out that the company’s 3PAR arrays are in line to receive a flash capacity boost to around 8TB per SSD.…

(Fri, 12 Feb 2016 12:02:09 GMT)

Ofcom spent £10m in past 2 years desperately lobbing away sueballs -

Does regulator have time to make policy?

Updated Communications regulator Ofcom spent nearly £10m over the last two years fighting off legal threats by providers, according to a Freedom of Information response.…

(Fri, 12 Feb 2016 11:45:16 GMT)

When it comes to spaffing your login creds, Android biz apps are the business -

300% better at it than non-business apps

Business apps for Android are three times more likely to leak login credentials than the average app, according to a new study by security firm NowSecure.…

(Fri, 12 Feb 2016 11:06:47 GMT)

Argos offers 'buy now pay in 3 months' deal -

Reg reader enjoys deferred payment and free shopping voucher

If you're one of the estimated 96 per cent of Brits who lives within 10 miles of an Argos outlet,* then you've probably enjoyed the in-store tablet-based catalogue shopping experience, browsing and purchasing goods for immediate collection from the front counter.…

(Fri, 12 Feb 2016 10:44:28 GMT)

Send tortuous stand-up ‘nine-thirty’ meetings back to the dark ages -

They’re almost medieval anyway

Something for the Weekend, Sir? It begins with a murmur. Despite my best attempts to ignore it for as long as possible, the indistinct mumbling gradually becomes intelligible, forcing me to pay attention.…

(Fri, 12 Feb 2016 10:04:08 GMT)

IT's Holy Grail, but is DevOps a Poisoned Chalice for sysadmins? -

A journey without end...

DevOps is 2016’s tech holy grail – unified development and operations, both working to deliver what the business needs, quickly, reliably, and adaptably. Done well, DevOps transforms the way organisations work; it helps break down barriers between tech teams, and between technology and the rest of the business.…

(Fri, 12 Feb 2016 09:37:05 GMT)

Big data lakes? Too many ponds, that’s the problem -

Everyone says they'll go big, then puts together a bunch of small silos

In recent chats I had with end users and vendors I found a common pattern that made me think about Big Data analytics and how data is collected, organized and analysed in many organisations. This is also, I think, an explanation for the slow growth of some Big Data companies and slower than expected ROI in some Big Data investments.…

(Fri, 12 Feb 2016 09:23:04 GMT)

Portworx puts storage into containers for your data centre pleasure -

Early edition of product is aimed at DevOps folk

The container movement developers missed out storage, unlike their shipping container cousins – but startup Portworx has put storage in a dedicated container for use by other containers.…

(Fri, 12 Feb 2016 09:12:01 GMT)

Indonesian comms ministry orders 'gay emoji' block -

First they came for the local IM services, then they came for the world's

Indonesia has joined Russia with a crackdown on emoji that depict gay, lesbian, bisexual or transexual people.…

(Fri, 12 Feb 2016 08:44:10 GMT)

When asked 'What's a .CNT file?' there's a polite way to answer -

And then there's the Reg reader way, as used on a chap who 'lost my blue E'

ON-CALL Welcome again to On-Call, the weekly feature in which we share readers' experiences on help desks or out in the field fixing things.…

(Fri, 12 Feb 2016 08:20:08 GMT)

Scariest climate change prediction yet: More time to eat plane food -

Boffins predict jet streams to strengthen, which will mean longer trans-Atlantic flights

Increasingly powerful transatlantic jet streams thanks could by 2050 add a global 2000 hours of extra flight time, says a University of Reading study.…

(Fri, 12 Feb 2016 08:03:05 GMT)

Depressed? Desperate for a ciggie? Blame the Neanderthals -

Prehistoric nookie has knock-on effects

It's now well established that ancient humans interbred with their Neanderthal cousins and their DNA intermingled with ours, but a new genetic analysis has shown that shagging around has had consequences.…

(Fri, 12 Feb 2016 07:33:06 GMT)

Computer Science grads still finding it hard to get a job -

Skills gap? What skills gap?

Computer science grads are still finding it much harder to secure jobs than their peers in other STEM subjects, with one in 10 out of work six months after uni.…

(Fri, 12 Feb 2016 07:03:10 GMT)

Council IT system goes berserk, packs off kids to the wrong schools -

Admissions software piles pressure on anxious parents

Families waiting to find out if their kids have been accepted into their secondary school of choice were bamboozled on Thursday by a computer blunder.…

(Fri, 12 Feb 2016 06:31:04 GMT)

Zero. Zilch. Nada. That's how much Netflix uses its own data centres now -

Eight year migration ends after year spent beating up billing application

Netflix has announced it no longer does any meaningful work in its own data centres.…

(Fri, 12 Feb 2016 06:02:10 GMT)

Hack VMware, score US$75K. Hack Flash, get much less -

Pwn2Own hackerfest names its targets and prizes for 2016

CanSecWest There's US$75,000 up for grabs to hackers who compromise VMware's hypervisor software in an upgraded Pwn2Own contest next month.…

(Fri, 12 Feb 2016 05:02:04 GMT)

Net narks phishing AlphaBay drug logins in clever redirect attack -

If ever you wanted proof there is no honour among thieves, this scam proves it

Netcraft security man Paul Mutton says net narks have spun up a fake version of Alphabay Market, a popular darknet venue, in a bid to steal login credentials.…

(Fri, 12 Feb 2016 04:04:09 GMT)

You can leave your hat on, warbles Rackspace to OpenStack users -

Red Hats enterprise linux OpenStack comes to former AWS-chaser's cloud

Rackspace has announced private-cloud-as-a-service running Red Hat's cut of OpenStack.…

(Fri, 12 Feb 2016 03:01:07 GMT)

VMware hikes vSphere prices, shrinks licence options -

Thousand-dollar increase for vCenter instances, but you get new goodies for the price

VMware's reduced the number of vSphere packages from six to three and increased prices for the survivors.…

(Fri, 12 Feb 2016 02:02:09 GMT)

Dell 'struggling to raise funds for EMC gobble' -

A falling tech market sinks all boats

Dell's US$67bn mega-merger with EMC could be in trouble, with bankers reportedly having trouble raising the funds to foot the acquisition.…

(Fri, 12 Feb 2016 01:04:42 GMT)

Verizon is on cloud none: Comms giant will axe two public services -

Punters told they have until April 12 to save their data

Verizon will shut down two of its cloud services in two months' time.…

(Fri, 12 Feb 2016 00:29:15 GMT)

Facebook-squishing Indian regulator's next move: Open source code -

How's that for colonialism, Andreessen?

Fresh from squashing Facebook's effort to grab the enormous India market, the sub-continent's regulator has another goal in mind: open source software.…

(Thu, 11 Feb 2016 22:55:36 GMT)

Used a cell phone in NYC? The cops probably tracked you -

Report on heavy stingray use could make NYPD blue

Police in New York City used stingray mobile phone trackers on more than one thousand occasions since 2008.…

(Thu, 11 Feb 2016 22:19:01 GMT)

Boffins' gravitational wave detection hat trick blows open astronomy -

A discovery to make Einstein proud

Analysis A 15-year experiment using some of the most advanced technology known to Man has picked up the first detection of a gravitational wave, the first direct measurement of black holes, and the first direct evidence of binary black holes. It has also opened up an entirely new field of astronomy.…

(Thu, 11 Feb 2016 21:37:29 GMT)

Uber, Taskrabbit, other Silicon Valley darlings urge Europe not to screw their business -

47 sharing-economy outfits ask not to be limited by local laws

Uber, AirBnB, Taskrabbit and another 44 online businesses built around the "sharing economy" have written to the European Union urging politicians not to limit their development through new laws.…

(Thu, 11 Feb 2016 20:41:52 GMT)

Time acquires Myspace, creates 2004's most fearsome media giant -

Social networking has-been is Joe Ripp's problem now

Time Inc. said it has acquired what's left of social networking ghost town Myspace.…

(Thu, 11 Feb 2016 20:22:46 GMT)

Sick and tired of modern Windows? Upgrade to Windows 3.1 today – in your web browser -

Over 1k programs and games preserved by Internet Archive

The Internet Archive is taking us back to 1992 with the release of over 1,000 programs and games that run on what was arguably the first mass-market graphical interface: Windows 3.1.…

(Thu, 11 Feb 2016 19:34:34 GMT)

Health and Safety to prosecute over squashed Harrison Ford -

Star Wars production company due in court

The UK's Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has announced it will prosecute the company allegedly responsible for squashing Harrison Ford during filming of Star Wars: The Forces Awakens.

(Thu, 11 Feb 2016 17:34:05 GMT)

Cricket can get nasty: India v Pakistan rivalry boils over into cyber-war -

Cheer at Test results, find yourself hit by SQL injection

The continuing rivalry between India and Pakistan has spilled over into cyberspace, with activity peaking around nationalist holidays and sports fixtures.…

(Thu, 11 Feb 2016 17:04:04 GMT)

Insight Enterprises CEO: our EMEA ops are firing... no not staff -

Cloud business grows double digits but can't offset sluggish on-prem IT sales

Managed and cloud services picked up some momentum for Insight Enterprises’ EMEA ops in 2015 but not at the pace to offset declines in the traditional hardware and software reselling lines.…

(Thu, 11 Feb 2016 16:37:05 GMT)

Great news, investors of Hortonworks: Only $179.1m net loss in 2015 -

Still burning bank notes, but at least not at both ends

All that glitters in the world of big data is not necessarily gold - just ask Hadoop-flinging Hortonworks and its army of investors that are today counting the latest annual losses.…

(Thu, 11 Feb 2016 16:23:11 GMT)

No, HMG, bulk data surveillance is NOT inevitable -

Painful realities of the Investigatory Powers Bill

It is the topic that they don’t want us to discuss. When it came up in the Joint Committee on the Investigatory Powers Bill there was a desperate attempt to shoot the messenger, William Binney, as an alternative to the debating his message.…

(Thu, 11 Feb 2016 15:59:05 GMT)

Microsoft axes ‘dozens’ more from former Nokia phone biz -

Satya Nadella continues Finning out the herd

Updated Nadella isn’t not done yet. Microsoft has made further redundancies in its the old Nokia phone division, as Finnish paper Helsingen Sanomat reports.…

(Thu, 11 Feb 2016 15:29:09 GMT)

Mirantis: OpenStackers, it's us or Amazon... -

Never mind the rest, we're the only viable open-source choice

Open Stacker Mirantis CEO, Alex Freedland, has given out an anti-Amazon message: “Our outstanding growth is reflective of the huge market opportunity we have in front of us. As AWS continues disrupting the $150 billion dollar cloud infrastructure market, OpenStack will rise up as the only viable open source alternative.”…

(Thu, 11 Feb 2016 15:02:08 GMT)

Docker users clock up 2 billion pulls since 2013 -

The mark of a healthy and active ecosystem

Docker has declared members of its Community have performed 2 billion pulls since 2013, a quadrupling of the total just a year ago.…

(Thu, 11 Feb 2016 14:28:10 GMT)

Google after six-year tax foot-drag: No they're fine about the fine. We're fine. No fine -

£130m tax bill over 10 years biggest settlement outside US

Google has not been fined for taking six years to settle its controversial £130m tax bill with the UK's HMRC, the company confirmed in front of MPs today.…

(Thu, 11 Feb 2016 14:10:13 GMT)

Boffins show Ed Vaizey what superfast means: 50,000x faster than UK broadband -

Data transmission barrier smashing demo

Researchers from University College London's (UCL) Optical Networks Group have demonstrated a 1.125 Tb/s data transmission rate as part of their investigation into the capacity limits of optical transmission systems.…

(Thu, 11 Feb 2016 13:58:08 GMT)

Move over, Google. Here’s Wikipedia's search engine – full of on-demand smut -

Why trawl the world, when the world is inside Wiki?

Wikipedia developers have sketched out designs for a Wikipedia Search Engine, which would give users a one-click replacement for Google search. The search engine could also be embedded in devices such as the Kindle, or smartphones.…

(Thu, 11 Feb 2016 13:40:30 GMT)

Tier me up, tier me down: Cohesity adds cloud spill trays to on-premises array -

Plus SMB support and encryption

Converged secondary storage startup Cohesity has added public cloud tiering, encryption and replication to its clustered storage arrays.…

(Thu, 11 Feb 2016 13:12:25 GMT)

School network manager wins £10,000 in NCC Group Cyber 10K challenge -

Impressed panel with 'holistic' computer solution

The second edition of a business-development focused cyber security challenge, the Cyber 10K, has concluded – with the worthy winner receiving £10,000 to further develop an innovative security dashboard tool.…

(Thu, 11 Feb 2016 12:44:04 GMT)