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Will containers kill VMs? There are no winners in this debate -

Reg readers couldn’t split the argument – perhaps because we kept coming back to containers inside VMs being sensible

Register Debate Reg readers have a reputation as never being short of an opinion. So, it is with more than a little surprise that we must declare our latest debate, on the motion Containers will kill Virtual Machines, was a tie!…

(Fri, 25 Jun 2021 12:00:05 GMT)

Shareholders give Toshiba chairman the boot following foreign investor voting scandal -

Alleged exec meetings with Japanese government detailed in explosive report

Toshiba shareholders voted to oust chairman Osamu Nagayama and a member of the company's audit committee, Nobuyuki Kobayashi, during their annual general meeting.…

(Fri, 25 Jun 2021 11:28:12 GMT)

BMA warns NHS Digital's own confidentiality guardian could halt English GP data grab unless communication with public improves -

Data law's transparency requirement currently not being met, according to powerful doctors' union

The UK’s influential doctors’ union reckons NHS Digital’s current communication of its controversial plan to extract patients’ medical histories from GP systems is going so well the government agency’s own enforcer of patient confidentiality could step in and halt the programme.…

(Fri, 25 Jun 2021 10:45:21 GMT)

‘What are the odds someone will find and exploit this?’ Nice one — you just released an insecure app -

Who’s to blame: devs or management? And how do we cure application vulnerability epidemic

Feature According to a recently published Osterman Research white paper, 81 per cent of developers admit to knowingly releasing vulnerable apps.…

(Fri, 25 Jun 2021 10:01:10 GMT)

Who would cross the Bridge of Death? Answer me these questions three! Oh and you'll need two-factor authentication -

I'm not the robot, pal, you are

Something for the Weekend, Sir? I have failed the Turing test – again. Apparently I am unable to exhibit intelligent behaviour equivalent to that of a human being.…

(Fri, 25 Jun 2021 08:30:07 GMT)

Ouch! When the IT equipment is sound, but the setup is hole-y inappropriate -

Let me draw a picture for you

On Call The week may be over, but the capacity of users to stick things where they shouldn't is far from exhausted. Welcome to another edition of On Call.…

(Fri, 25 Jun 2021 07:30:08 GMT)

UK cuts ribbon on OpenRAN security and resiliency testing hubs to make sure kit works with 5G infrastructure -

SONIC the, er, edge... hog?

The Ministry of Fun* has (virtually) cut the ribbon on its latest 5G testing centre to verify the security and resilience of OpenRAN kit seeking a place among the UK's 5G network infrastructure.…

(Fri, 25 Jun 2021 06:45:07 GMT)

AWS offers you the opportunity to pay cloud bills before they’ve been issued -

Whatever happened to cloud being a super way to preserve cashflow?

Amazon Web Services has started allowing its customers to pay in advance.…

(Fri, 25 Jun 2021 06:32:06 GMT)

USA bars imports of Chinese polysilicon due to human rights violations -

Made-in-Xinjiang feedstock for solar panels and semiconductors is under scrutiny

The USA's Customs and Border Patrol on Thursday banned imports of silica products widely used in solar panels, but also useful for other silicon wafers, on grounds they were made in the Chinese province of Xinjiang, where it is alleged Muslim-minority Uyghur population conduct forced labor.…

(Fri, 25 Jun 2021 05:49:04 GMT)

Google creates 'optimized' Android for one smartphone — that will only be sold in India -

No word on what this means for Android Go or Android One, but Indian mega-carrier Jio is excited about over-the-air updates, Google Assistant and more

Google has revealed that it has created an “optimised” version of Android designed specifically for one phone — a device to be launched in September by Indian carrier Jio. But the ads giant has not said what the new phone means for its other efforts to create a version of Android tailored to deployment in hardware at prices accessible for people in developing nations.…

(Fri, 25 Jun 2021 05:01:08 GMT)

What’s the big deal with service meshes? Think of them as SDN at Layer 7 -

A technical yet demystifying dive into networking tech you can’t avoid

Systems Approach I remember when I first heard about Service Meshes in 2017, and wondering what the big deal was. Building cloud applications as a graph of microservices was commonplace, and telcos were hard at work inventing yet other ways to chain together virtualized network functions. Service graphs, service chains, service meshes … how many ways do we really need to talk about composing complex systems from a collection of smaller components?…

(Fri, 25 Jun 2021 03:32:10 GMT)

Mars race: China dreams of nuclear rockets, manned bases, and space elevators -

We're looking forward to the late 21st-century colony wars

Over the next quarter century, China wants to set up a permanent base on Mars for "large scale development of the Red Planet," and install a sci-fi carbon-nanotube elevator to shuttle goods between the surface and spacecraft in orbit.…

(Fri, 25 Jun 2021 02:30:09 GMT)

Google: About that whole getting rid of third-party cookies thing – we're gonna need another year or so -

Plan to reinvent advertising turns out to be more difficult than expected

Google, which makes the only major browser not blocking third-party cookies by default, has revised its commitment to phase out third-party cookies by 2022.…

(Fri, 25 Jun 2021 00:46:09 GMT)

These six proposed bipartisan antitrust laws put Big Tech in the cross-hairs – and a House committee just OK'd them -

Well, it's a start

The US House Judiciary Committee this week approved half a dozen major bipartisan antitrust bills aimed at clamping down on the growing power of Big Tech and its monopolization of some markets.…

(Thu, 24 Jun 2021 23:35:12 GMT)

You won't want that Linux bling if it comes from Pling: Marketplace platform has critical vulnerabilities -

No one wants to be pwned by a drive-by RCE

A Berlin startup has disclosed a remote-code-execution (RCE) vulnerability and a wormable cross-site-scripting (XSS) flaw in Pling, which is used by various Linux desktop theme marketplaces.…

(Thu, 24 Jun 2021 22:00:22 GMT)

Would-be password-killer FIDO Alliance aims to boost uptake with new UX guidelines -

Throws a bone to complex enterprise deployment, too

The FIDO Alliance, which operates with no smaller mission than to "reduce the world's over-reliance on passwords", has announced the release of new user experience (UX) guidelines aimed at bringing the more technophobic on board.…

(Thu, 24 Jun 2021 20:30:05 GMT)

UK's Vodafone network runs trials on standalone 5G in London, Manchester and Cardiff -

These are networks that are not dragged down by LTE core

Vodafone has launched 5G SA (Standalone) trials in London, Manchester, and Cardiff in its largest test of the technology yet.…

(Thu, 24 Jun 2021 20:04:06 GMT)

What you need to know about Microsoft Windows 11: It will run Android apps -

The operating system they said shouldn't exist

Microsoft on Thursday announced Windows 11, or tried to as an uncooperative video stream left many viewers of the virtual event flummoxed by intermittent transmission gaps in the opening minutes.…

(Thu, 24 Jun 2021 19:22:46 GMT)

Russia spoofed AIS data to fake British warship's course days before Crimea guns showdown -

Great powers clash while the rest of us sigh and tut at data feed meddling

Russia was back up to its age-old spoofing of GPS tracks earlier this week before a showdown between British destroyer HMS Defender and coastguard ships near occupied Crimea in the Black Sea.…

(Thu, 24 Jun 2021 18:47:10 GMT)

Lego bricks, upcycled iPhone lenses used in new low-cost, high-res microscope -

Full instructions given away for free, to 'nurture natural curiosity'

A trio of boffins at the Georg August University Göttingen and Münster University have put together a low-cost yet high-resolution microscope for educational users – using smartphone parts and Lego bricks.…

(Thu, 24 Jun 2021 18:01:05 GMT)

Romance in 2021: Using creepware to keep tabs on your partner or ex. Aww -

With this app, I thee stalk

Online stalking appears to be as much a part of modern relationships as lovingly sharing a single spoon and dessert in a dimly lit restaurant or arguing over who should put out the bins.…

(Thu, 24 Jun 2021 17:15:11 GMT)

Report picks holes in the Linux kernel release signing process -

Security procedures need documenting, improving, and mandating - though they're better than they used to be

A report looking into the security of the Linux kernel's release signing process has highlighted a range of areas for improvement, from failing to mandate the use of hardware security keys for authentication to use of static keys for SSH access.…

(Thu, 24 Jun 2021 16:28:05 GMT)

British minister claims technology makes maritime cannibalism obsolete -

Even in a shipboard COVID lockdown, chowing down on ailing cabin boys is apparently no longer a thing

A British government minister has claimed that cannibalism on the high seas should now be a thing of the past, as modern navigation and safety technology have made it very unlikely sailors will find themselves in circumstances where they might want to eat each other.…

(Thu, 24 Jun 2021 15:45:09 GMT)

Researchers find evidence that stress does turn your hair grey, and it can be reversed – you just need a holiday -

But the hair dye market isn't about to implode, there are limits

Researchers have found that stress does indeed turn your hair grey, and that taking a break from all your worries sure would help a lot, even reversing the process – a discovery with potential ramifications for our understanding of the ageing process.…

(Thu, 24 Jun 2021 14:30:07 GMT)

Doggy DNA database adopted by Gloucestershire cops to bring crims to heel -

Pet parents asked to fork over £75 for the privilege, though

Gloucestershire Constabulary has announced it is the first police force in the world to use a centralised doggy DNA database to clamp down on pet theft - but it's relying entirely on a commercial provider for both the tech and the database.…

(Thu, 24 Jun 2021 13:45:11 GMT)

Google pushes bug databases to get on the same page for open-source security -

Chocolate Factory proposes common interchange format for vulnerability data

Google on Thursday introduced a unified vulnerability schema for open source projects, continuing its current campaign to shore up the security of open source software.…

(Thu, 24 Jun 2021 13:00:08 GMT)

Treaty of Roam finally in ashes: O2 cracks, joins rivals, adds data roaming charges for heavy users in EU -

That's £3.50 per GB for anything over 25GB

Updated We didn't see this on the side of a bus. Five years to the day that Britain heard the results of the Brexit referendum, O2 has caved as the last of the UK's Big Four networks to re-introduce roaming charges in Europe for its customers.…

(Thu, 24 Jun 2021 12:36:45 GMT)

The present is virtual, the future should be too -

Containers are visitors from hyperscale-land. They should respect your ways when you invite them in

Register Debate Welcome to the latest Register Debate in which writers discuss technology topics, and you – the reader – choose the winning argument. The format is simple: we propose a motion, the arguments for the motion will run this Monday and Wednesday, and the arguments against on Tuesday and Thursday.

(Thu, 24 Jun 2021 12:00:07 GMT)

Stop. Look... Install Linux? The Reg solves Microsoft's latest Windows teaser -

Going backwards to the future

Fans eagerly awaiting the emission of Windows 11 have been treated to a teaser of today's big event, ending with Microsoft giving us all... the finger?…

(Thu, 24 Jun 2021 11:32:04 GMT)

UK watchdog fines biz £130k for 900,000+ direct marketing calls to folk who had opted out -

Colour Coat accused of lying, being rude and aggressive, and hanging up on cold-call victims

A home improvement biz based in East Sussex is facing a fine of £130,000 for making upwards of 900,000 unsolicited marketing calls to individuals and businesses that had enrolled on the Telephone Preference Service (TPS).…

(Thu, 24 Jun 2021 10:47:06 GMT)

Hungover Brits declare full English breakfast the solution to all their ills -

For the 3% who craved sweet and sour pork balls, it might be time to stop drinking

British revellers have been asked for their favourite hangover cures, with some frankly bizarre results.…

(Thu, 24 Jun 2021 10:01:09 GMT)

UK urged to choo-choo-choose hydrogen-powered trains in pursuit of carbon-neutral economic growth -

Meanwhile, Porterbrook's Hydroflex trials continue

A railway pressure group is calling on the UK government to throw its weight behind a new fleet of hydrogen-powered trains to help modernise existing rolling stock and get the nation's transport policy back on track.…

(Thu, 24 Jun 2021 09:14:06 GMT)

Fashion titan French Connection says 'FCUK' as REvil-linked ransomware makes off with data -

Attack on an internal system shouldn't put customers at risk, biz claims

Cheeky clothing firm French Connection, also known as FCUK, has become the latest victim of ransomware, with a gang understood to be linked to REvil having penetrated its back-end - making off with a selection of private internal data.…

(Thu, 24 Jun 2021 08:30:12 GMT)

Enterprise databases deployed in Kubernetes? Proceed with caution, warns seasoned analyst -

Deploying the ultimate stateful code in a stateless environment is a 'tricky business' IDC guru opines

A leading analyst has warned big, non-tech companies against database deployments in the Kubernetes, dubbing the approach as “emerging technology” for enterprises.…

(Thu, 24 Jun 2021 07:28:04 GMT)

India tweaks telecoms laws to make itself an even more attractive offshoring destination -

Allows cloud PABXs, VPNs, and data sharing, so that locals can participate in multinational workflows

India’s department of telecommunications has tweaked some rules in the hope they make the nation a more attractive offshoring destination. The revised rules make it possible for call centres and similar businesses to use resources in the cloud, and more easily operate as part of global customer service organisations.…

(Thu, 24 Jun 2021 06:58:09 GMT)

Advert for coronavirus 'destroying' air 'purifier' exterminated by UK watchdog -

If only it were that easy

The UK’s advertising watchdog has given a socially distanced, liberally hand-sanitised slap to a firm marketing a gizmo it claimed could clear the air of the coronavirus that causes the COVID-19 respiratory disease.…

(Thu, 24 Jun 2021 06:26:12 GMT)

Mysterious ‘security update’ to Google Drive cloud storage locker will break links to some files -

Admins given a whole month to sort it out. Choose wisely — after July 23rd, users won't be told what's happening

Google has advised administrators of its Workspace productivity suite that it’s set to improve security of its Drive cloud storage locker, but that the fix will break links to some files.…

(Thu, 24 Jun 2021 05:06:10 GMT)

In South Korea the new normal future of work is ... a 52-hour work week! (Down from 68) -

New rules kick in for small businesses on July 1 and, despite three years’ warning, the government still sees a need for extra support

South Korea, long known for tolerating extremely long working hours, is on track to reduce the number of hours employers can require from their workforce to 52 per week from July 1st.…

(Thu, 24 Jun 2021 04:32:10 GMT)

Chromebook boom won’t outlive COVID-19 pandemic, says IDC -

Tablets also flattened as punters resume spending on real-world fun

Chromebook sales will continue to boom in 2021, but as the COVID-19 pandemic recedes punters will decide they have more exciting ways to spend their money.…

(Thu, 24 Jun 2021 02:54:08 GMT)

Hubble Space Telescope may now depend on a computer that hasn't booted since 2009 -

Perhaps instrument-halting failure is due to compute and interconnect hardware, not memory, after all

The Hubble Space Telescope may need to boot up a backup computer that's been dormant since 2009 to carry on operations.…

(Thu, 24 Jun 2021 01:10:11 GMT)

Three things that have vanished: $3.6bn in Bitcoin, a crypto investment biz, and the two brothers who ran it -

We got hacked and we'll be right back, duo said ... two months ago

Up to $3.6bn in Bitcoin has disappeared from a South African cryptocurrency investment outfit as well as the two brothers who ran it.…

(Wed, 23 Jun 2021 23:47:05 GMT)

Euro court rules YouTube not automatically liable for users illegally uploading copyright-protected material -

It has to take action on takedowns though, prelim ruling on long-running Sarah Brightman spat finds

Europe's leading court has partly sided with YouTube regarding copyrighted works posted illegally online in a case that touches on "profound divisions" in how the internet is used.…

(Wed, 23 Jun 2021 22:01:12 GMT)

Apple scrambles to quash iOS app sideloading demands with 'think of the children' defense -

And if that doesn't work, terrorism or satanic panic next?

Apple, fearing regulators will force it to allow people to sideload whatever apps they like on their own iOS devices, has published a paper arguing about the importance of its oversight. The iGiant also sent a letter to US lawmakers warning of supposed harm if its gatekeeping is disallowed.…

(Wed, 23 Jun 2021 21:15:07 GMT)

Google bestows improved device management tools, authentication options on Chrome OS admins -

IT managers told when punished Chromebooks are about to die

Psychologist Abraham Maslow didn't mention Chromebooks when contriving his hierarchy of needs, and yet they have become essential to ordinary life during the pandemic, with the cheap computing devices being used for homeschooling and remote working.…

(Wed, 23 Jun 2021 20:15:08 GMT)

John McAfee dead: Antivirus tycoon killed himself in prison after court OK'd extradition, says lawyer -

British-American infosec renegade faced trial in America for tax evasion

British-American software tycoon John McAfee was found dead in his cell in a Barcelona prison on Wednesday.…

(Wed, 23 Jun 2021 19:52:44 GMT)

Google set to face fresh sueball over its Play Store revenue commission after probe by several US states – report -

Suit may be filed as soon as next week

Google is reportedly facing a new civil antitrust suit following a Play Store investigation by several US states.…

(Wed, 23 Jun 2021 19:30:12 GMT)

Anyone still using cash? British £50 banknote honouring Alan Turing arrives -

Bank of England flies pride flag as it launches new note

The UK's new £50 note has entered circulation on the 109th anniversary of the birth of its subject, the mathematician and computer scientist Alan Turing.…

(Wed, 23 Jun 2021 18:45:09 GMT)

The Linux Foundation dives into machine learning with Open Voice Network, dataset licence launches -

Looks to improve the simplicity with which such things are shared

The Linux Foundation has announced two projects with which it aims to help settle the choppy waters of machine learning: the Open Voice Network (OVN), and the CDLA-Permissive-2.0 licence for machine learning datasets.…

(Wed, 23 Jun 2021 18:01:05 GMT)

Samsung pushes out single console all-in-one RAN kit for cramped European markets -

Smaller physical footprint to tempt carriers needing to build out 5G

Space may be the final frontier, but for telecoms operators it is a pressing concern, particularly those based in countries where land comes at a premium, most notably the UK. Enter Samsung, which has introduced its first all-in-one antenna and radio unit for the European market.…

(Wed, 23 Jun 2021 17:13:06 GMT)

Intrepid squid mission may help in kraken riddle of why zero-g makes astronauts sick -

Boffins looking for changes to cephalopods' symbiotic relationship with bioluminescent bacteria on ISS

Immunology boffins in the US are hoping to learn the secret of how to keep humans well enough for long enough to live on the Moon or travel to Mars by sending some tiny squid into space.…

(Wed, 23 Jun 2021 16:32:07 GMT)