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Data retention soggy with SPAM -

As deadline looms, Govt offers email olive branch for non-compliant sector

Telcos will be required to retain data on spam, failed email, and borked voice over IP phone calls under the Australian Federal Government's looming data retention plan.…

(Tue, 01 Sep 2015 03:35:46 GMT)

Brocade virtualises flow monitoring to Fibre Channel -

'Tapless' traffic analysis

Brocade wants to give Fibre Channel storage infrastructure analytics and monitoring of traffic between servers and storage, to help benchmark application performance and diagnose application problems.…

(Tue, 01 Sep 2015 02:56:09 GMT)

AMD rattles Nvidia's cage with hardware-based GPU virtualization -

15 users, one chip

VMworld 2015 AMD has used the VMworld conference in San Francisco this week to take wraps off a new, hardware-based GPU virtualization tech for virtualized workstations.…

(Tue, 01 Sep 2015 02:32:08 GMT)

Delhi close to issuing city-wide Wi-Fi tender -

Google, Facebook, Cisco et al ready for RFP feeding frenzy

In spite of being under investigation by India's competition regulator, Google has been named among the vendors vying to build Delhi's planned city-wide Wi-Fi network.…

(Tue, 01 Sep 2015 01:56:09 GMT)

Native hypervisor coming to OpenBSD -

Foundation flings cash at effort to craft old-school virtual machine manager

OpenBSD kernel developer Mike Larkin has let it be known he's working on a native hypervisor for the operating system, with the OpenBSD Foundation's support.…

(Tue, 01 Sep 2015 00:56:06 GMT)

VMware eyes hyperconverged model for private clouds -

Cumulus Networks to provide switch OS for EVO software-defined data center

VMworld 2015 With VMware planting its flag in the burgeoning hyperconverged market in a four-way deal with Cumulus Networks, Dell, and Quanta Cloud Technology, The Register speaks to Cumulus.…

(Mon, 31 Aug 2015 23:56:08 GMT)

Human sacrifice. Android Wear syncing with iPhones. Cats and dogs living together. Mass hysteria! -

Google app gives Apple gear a wristjob

Google has released an app to allow Android Wear smartwatches to sync with Apple iPhones.…

(Mon, 31 Aug 2015 23:46:31 GMT)

Printer drivers ate our homework, says NSW Dept of Education -

Failing project passes half-billion mark

A half-billion-dollar IT rollout in the New South Wales Department of Education in Australia has turned into a disaster – with a department official blaming incompatibility between operating systems and printers.…

(Mon, 31 Aug 2015 23:30:04 GMT)

Better crypto, white-box switch support in Linux 4.2 -

Penguinistas pulling a long, cold draught of code

Linux 4.2 hit the wires yesterday, marking the end of its cycle of eight release candidates.…

(Mon, 31 Aug 2015 22:56:08 GMT)

Hypervisors are sooo 2005. For hip containers, you need a 'Microvisor' -

So says VMware as it reveals tiny hv and new cut of vSphere

VMworld 2015 VMware has created a new hypervisor and a new variant of its flagship vSphere product, both aimed at containerised computing and “cloud-native apps.”…

(Mon, 31 Aug 2015 22:12:24 GMT)

What sounds like a silly yoga-fitness-dance craze, and lost $325m in value in 8 years? Zimbra -

Bought for a relative snip by Synacor

Email and collaboration biz Zimbra has lost 93 per cent of its value in eight years, and has been bought by Synacor for just seven per cent of the price Yahoo! paid for the company in 2007.…

(Mon, 31 Aug 2015 21:36:03 GMT)

T-Mobile US CEO calls his subscribers thieves, gripes about 'unlimited' limited tethering -

U ok hun?

T-Mobile US CEO John Legere launched a tirade Sunday over subscribers who make heavy use of tethering on his network.…

(Mon, 31 Aug 2015 21:16:04 GMT)

Google's Chrome to gag noisy tabs until you click on them -

Taking the 'auto' out of auto-play media

Soon, Google's Chrome browser will only play media when a tab is in the foreground, even if it is set to play automatically.…

(Mon, 31 Aug 2015 20:59:11 GMT)

Now India probes Google, threatens $1bn fine over 'biased' search -

Ad giant accused of rigging results to squeeze out rivals

Google has confirmed to The Register it is being probed in India over allegations that it unfairly promotes its own services over rivals in web search results.…

(Mon, 31 Aug 2015 20:51:39 GMT)

Hedvig, Druva, IBM, Catalogic, Nutanix, Arcserve bang storage drums at VMware's rave -

What's the noise from SF?

VMworld 2015 There's been a whirlwind of supplier announcements in the run-up to VMworld, which takes place between August 29 and September 3 in San Francisco.…

(Mon, 31 Aug 2015 20:09:35 GMT)

VMware's got just one more thing you need to build a software-defined data center -

EVO SDDC takes Virtzilla's best bits to build hybrid clouds

VMworld 2015 For the last couple of years, VMware has been talking up the software-defined data center and saying it can deliver it with vSphere and flagship products like VSAN, NSX, and vRealize.…

(Mon, 31 Aug 2015 19:04:06 GMT)

Muted HAMR blow from Seagate: 4TB whizzbang drive coming 2016 -

Well, it's a start, at least

Analysis Seagate R&D bigwig Jan-Ulrich Thiele says the first Seagate prototype drives built with heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR) will arrive in late 2016 and have just 4TB capacity.…

(Mon, 31 Aug 2015 18:57:51 GMT)

VMware unleashes vCAOS on the world -

VMware's vCloud Air Object Storage with either Google or EMC ViPR

VMworld 2015 VMware is launching a cloud object storage service based on either the public Google cloud, or EMC ViPR for a private cloud alternative.…

(Mon, 31 Aug 2015 18:47:11 GMT)

SolidFire's flash boxes pull into Platform9 -

All abord the private cloud train

Has the OpenStack loco got enough of a head of steam to leave the station? No one knows yet, but here is more evidence of suppliers rushing to support it: SolidFire's all-flash arrays can be integrated into Platform9's Managed OpenStack OSaaS – OpenStack-as-a-Service – offering.…

(Mon, 31 Aug 2015 17:34:29 GMT)

Ex top judge admits he's incapable of reading email, doesn't own a PC -

Clears self of bias on basis someone else read and sent contentious messages

A retired judge presiding over an Australian Royal Commission into corruption in the union movement has admitted he is incapable of sending email and does not own a computer.…

(Mon, 31 Aug 2015 16:39:40 GMT)

Hands on with Windows Server 2016 Containers -

Containers, Docker support are big new features, but the current preview is rough

First Look Microsoft has released Technical Preview 3 of Windows Server 2016, including the first public release of Windows Server Containers, perhaps the most interesting new feature.…

(Mon, 31 Aug 2015 12:01:11 GMT)

The Honor's a defo gamechanger, but good luck buying one -

China sleeps no more ... and she could get tetchy

Analysis China has been threatening to up-end the phone business for a while, without coming up with a convincing end product. Finally, though, it has, and I expect to see a rapid shakeout of top tier handset manufacturers, already reeling from years of losses.…

(Mon, 31 Aug 2015 10:01:12 GMT)

Jailbreaking pirates popped in world's largest iCloud raid – 225,000 accounts hit -

Cheaters, tweakers, hackers and crackers torn up by nasty Cydia bundle.

The largest Apple iCloud raid in history has seen nearly a quarter of a million accounts compromised by malware targeting app pirates.…

(Mon, 31 Aug 2015 07:19:23 GMT)

Boffins unveil open source GPU -

Benchmarks today, real hardware tomorrow?

It's a kitten rather than a roar right now, but if the MIAOW project unveiled at last week's Hot Chips conference can get legs, the next year could see the launch of the world's first “open GPU”.…

(Mon, 31 Aug 2015 06:56:09 GMT)

US to stage F-35-versus-Warthog bake-off in 2018 -

Hipsters to take on steampunks

US brass-hats have decided when the F-35 “Joint Strike Fighter” will finally be ready to take on the ancient A10 “Warthog”: in another three years, give or take a little.…

(Mon, 31 Aug 2015 06:31:38 GMT)

Ruskie ICS hacker drops nine holes in popular Siemens power plant kit -

WinCC HMI control platform used in Natanz, Large Hadron Collider.

Ilya Karpov of Russian security outfit Positive Technologies has reported nine vulnerabilities in Siemens industrial control system kit used in critical operations from petrochemical labs and power plants up to the Large Hadron Collider.…

(Mon, 31 Aug 2015 05:56:05 GMT)

Linux Foundation releases PARANOID internal infosec guide -

Workstation security tips for system administrators.

Linux Foundation project director Konstantin Ryabitsev has publicly-released the penguinistas' internal hardening requirements to help sysadmins and other paranoid tech bods and system administrators secure their workstations.…

(Mon, 31 Aug 2015 04:56:09 GMT)

Boffins laugh at Play Store bonehead security with instant app checker -

Your malicious payload is cool with Google, just call it something else.

An armada of university researchers have devised a novel method of detecting malicious applications on Android app, and by way of demonstration have dug up 127,429 shady software offerings, including some bearing exploits for a whopping 20 zero days.…

(Mon, 31 Aug 2015 03:56:06 GMT)

Friday beers scam up 240 percent, inflicts $1.2 billion in damages -

Quick and quiet transfers as HR bods rush to pub.

Fake email supplier scams are booming and have inflicted $1.2 billion in damages to businesses globally in the past year according to the FBI.…

(Mon, 31 Aug 2015 02:56:09 GMT)

Cisco ISE carries HTML authentication bug -

Web portal access needs to be restricted

Cisco's identified a bug in its Identity Services Engine: its admin portal doesn't properly authorise HTML requests, and that can let an attacker see custom pages an admin has created.…

(Mon, 31 Aug 2015 01:56:12 GMT)

NASA names New Horizons' next target -

Just another BEEELLION miles to go before probe reaches interesting Kuiper Belt object

NASA has tentatively named the next target for its New Horizons' probe.…

(Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:56:06 GMT)

NVIDIA reveals GPUs for blade servers, Linux desktop support -

VDI-focussed for now, but the street finds its own use for things

VMworld 2015 NVIDIA has announced the second version of its Grid desktop virtualisation software, complete with a pair of GPUs for blade servers.…

(Sun, 30 Aug 2015 23:56:11 GMT)

Slip-streaming Tesla, Oz battery-maker plots home-biz launch -

Redflow tweaks telco electron-buckets to take on Tesla

Australian battery researcher and manufacturer Redflow is hoping to get a jump on Tesla, prepping its own entry into the residential battery market.…

(Sun, 30 Aug 2015 22:56:07 GMT)

Dropbox DROPS BOX as service GOES TITSUP worldwide -

Finger trouble? Firm blames routine maintenance on downtime cockup

Dropbox suffered a major outage across the globe today – the company blamed "routine internal maintenance" for the significant wobble, which appears to be ongoing.…

(Sun, 30 Aug 2015 16:14:41 GMT)

Don't go breaking my shrimp: Boffin names crustacean after Elton John's appendage -

We want what you've been smoking, doc

Elton John's appearance as the Pinball Wizard in the 1975 movie Tommy has inspired a scientist to name a newly-discovered crustacean after the British rock star.…

(Sun, 30 Aug 2015 14:05:42 GMT)

In redneck heaven, internet outages are the American Way -

We're Deep South and something rather odd took out a fibre optic cable

On-Call Welcome again to On-Call, our regular reader-contributed tale in which we reveal the odd things you've been asked to do at all hours.…

(Sun, 30 Aug 2015 10:03:51 GMT)

So, was it really the Commies that caused the early 20th Century inequality collapse? -

Or summat else entirely?

Worstall @ the Weekend What with both the Corbynistas and Sandersistas on their various sides of the pond bringing back into the political mainstream the somewhat discredited ideas of state directed economies and socialism lite, perhaps it's time to have a look at one of the arguments used to bolster those ideas.…

(Sun, 30 Aug 2015 08:00:04 GMT)

US trade watchdog deep-sixes patent infringement claim against Microsoft -

InterDigital ain't 'appy with ITC decision

Microsoft has swerved a potentially crushing blow to its vanishingly small mobile biz, after a US watchdog swiped away a request to block the import of its Lumia handsets into the country.…

(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 18:38:15 GMT)

Boffins clock MONSTER BLACK HOLES inside quasar-hosting galaxy near Earth -

Double-trouble collision a few 100,000 years away, apparently

Scientists have spotted two central black holes raging and skating around each other in Markarian 231 (Mrk 231) – the nearest galaxy to Earth that hosts a quasar.…

(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 15:22:17 GMT)

Jeep Cherokee 2.2: Capable, comfortable ... but just not very Jeep -

So Italian it probably has Venetian glass

Vulture at the wheel Ever since Fiat became FCA – Fiat Chrysler Automotive – there has been something a bit incongruous about the mix of brands. An Italian Jeep takes a bit of getting used to. Refined ride, exceptionally nice leather, a responsive automatic gearbox, multi-link rear suspension.…

(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 13:01:13 GMT)

Uber pulls up to the bumper, plonks Jeep hackers into driving seat -

Make driver-free cars more secure? Good luck with that!

Uber has hired two security researchers as it shifts gears on its biz strategy with plans to develop driver-free cars.…

(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 12:46:41 GMT)

Black and blue: The rise of the riotous Richard Pryor -

Paradigm puncher ... Is It Something I Said? hits 40

Feature Readers are advised that a number of the video clips featured in this article contain colourful language of a NSFW nature.

(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 11:01:08 GMT)

FORKING BitcoinXT: Is it really a coup or just more crypto-FUD? -

Let's unleash a new craptocurrency

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Bitcoin is about to fork off. Too forking right, some of you may cheer. But a great many Bitcoin “users” – miners, developers, retailers and spenders – are against the idea. If you ask them about it, they’ll tell you they don’t like being forked about. Some of them say they couldn’t be forked.…

(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 09:00:10 GMT)

Company in shambles, marriages ruined. My work here is done, says Ashley Madison CEO -

Noel Biderman quits hacked biz

Noel Biderman has quit as chief exec of Avid Life Media, the parent of adultery website Ashley Madison. If you can't think why, or don't know what Ashley Madison is by now, then you must have been living under a rock for the past month – and we'd be grateful if you could let us join you.…

(Fri, 28 Aug 2015 22:33:20 GMT)

Baltimore lawyers vow to review 2,000 FBI Stingray snoop cases -

Why yes, we do bill by the hour... why do you ask?

Defense attorneys in Baltimore, US, are planning to reexamine 2,000 police arrests made with the assistance of Stingray – the cellphone surveillance equipment that identifies and logs mobile device owners within range.…

(Fri, 28 Aug 2015 21:11:39 GMT)

Associated Press sues FBI for impersonating its site to install spyware -

Meanwhile, the EFF learns: in Russia, government malware pwns you!

The Associated Press is suing the FBI over allegations government agents used a fake news story to plant malware on the PCs of suspected criminals.…

(Fri, 28 Aug 2015 20:01:23 GMT)

Drum roll, please .... Results are in for the collective noun for security vulns -

It's a fix! A security fix!

We've closed the poll, and the results for our attempts to weed out candidates for a collective noun for security vulnerabilities are in.…

(Fri, 28 Aug 2015 18:51:58 GMT)

India, Myanmar lead the way as mobile bandwidth consumption mushrooms -

Number of mobile subs hits 7.2 billion (well, 4.9 billion really)

Mobile data usage is exploding. In an update to its Mobility Report, Ericsson said mobile broadband subscriptions had passed three billion in Q2 2015, and the year-on-year traffic growth for the same period is 55 per cent.…

(Fri, 28 Aug 2015 16:02:13 GMT)

Startup BlueData in the green after pocketing millions from Intel et al -

Here comes 'Hadoop-as-a-Service'

Big data startup BlueData has to get bigger pockets; it’s just trousered $20m in C-round funding from Intel Capital, existing investors and a secret strategic investor.…

(Fri, 28 Aug 2015 15:33:04 GMT)

Germany to fork out BEELLLIONS for farmers' broadband -

Companies getting assistance with infrastructure

Under-investing cable companies in Germany are to get a €2.7bn hand-out to bring high-speed broadband to the countryside.…

(Fri, 28 Aug 2015 14:47:05 GMT)