Home Office seeks Brexit tech boss – but doesn't splash the cash

The Register - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 04:10
£100k to sort borders, immigration, biometrics systems by 2019. Did we mention it's in Croydon?

The reality of the mammoth task facing the Home Office in preparing for Brexit appears to have sunk in – the department is seeking a technology lead for the UK’s exit from the European Union.…

Lo and behold, Earth's special chemical cocktail for life seems to be pretty common

The Register - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 03:01
Maybe its inhabitants are mostly harmless and ordinary too

Earth appears to be unique and inhabited by living creatures, but the building blocks required for life to bloom are actually quite common, according to new research.…

I wish I could quit you, but cookies find a way

The Register - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 02:30
Even Tor fails as cookie bakers get smart and pernicious

Browsers stuck in HTTP aren't blocking the cookies they should…

Blinking internets, Batman! O2 trials 5G over lightbulbs

The Register - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 02:01
Let there be light

Telefonica’s O2 has confirmed that it is experimenting with transmitting high speed data using lightbulbs, the brainchild of an Edinburgh University professor Harald Haas.…

Go Zuck Yourself: Facebook destroys patent suit over timeline

The Register - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 19:18
Chalk one up in court for the Social Network

Facebook has prevailed in a suit over its iconic news feed and claims it ripped off the idea from a patent troll.…

Net neutrality freaks furious over lack of fury at FCC hearing

The Register - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 19:14
Unbelievable that more wasn't made of this non-story

Net neutrality advocates were left furious on Thursday that there wasn't more fury directed at the chair of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) at Congressional hearing despite, the fact he killed off net neutrality several months ago.…

Who was it that hacked Apple? Ozzie Ozzie Ozzie, boy boy boy!

The Register - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 19:02
Protip: don't label your folder of warez as "hacky hack hack"

An overzealous Apple fanboy from Australia plead guilty to criminal charges after he allegedly cracked the Cupertino giant's systems in hopes of landing a job.…

GitHub goes off the Rails as Microsoft closes in

The Register - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 18:59
Ruby shop turns to Go, Java, and Kubernetes for platform makeover

Analysis GitHub invited a handful of journalists to its San Francisco headquarters to explain how the social code hosting biz is evolving from a website into a platform.…

Boffins build the smallest transistor, controlled by an atom

The Register - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 16:20
It has potential, but don't expect anything useful too soon

The world’s smallest transistor can be controlled by a single atom, according to a scientists from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany.…

Juno this ain't right! Chinese hackers target Alaska

The Register - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 16:11
Tsinghua University blamed for espionage attack

An attack on US government facilities in Alaska has been traced back to China's Tsinghua University and a larger hacking effort.…

Your Twitter app stopped working? Here's why

The Register - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 16:02
Social media shifts APIs, starts charging for some features

Is Twitter broken? That's what many are asking today as their favorite apps for the social media service suddenly appeared to stop working.…

Pavilion compares RocE and TCP NVMe over Fabrics performance

The Register - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 14:23
TCP slower but not by much and enables Ethernet use

Analysis Pavilion Data says NVMe over Fabrics using TCP adds less than 100µs latency to RDMA RoCE and is usable at data centre scale.…

Don't you just love Windows 10 refreshes, yells Lenovo

The Register - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 12:34
Chinese biz exploits PC upgrade cycle... for the moment

Windows 10 PC refreshes in business land helped Lenovo report double digit sales growth for the first quarter of its fiscal 2019 earnings - the Chinese giant made hay while the sun shone.…

NetApp flashes numbers at rivals: NAND we're eating your dinner

The Register - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 11:23
EMC, HP rationalising, while IBM, Hitachi, Fujitsu, Oracle just defending installed base

All flash arrays made up just 14 per cent of NetApp's installed base, up from 10 per cent last year, but the firm expects NAND price declines to push that number up higher.…

Distro inferno: Debian's still rocking at 25

The Register - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 10:30
Sleeker, slimmer and now a bit greyer

Hot on the heels of Slackware's quarter century comes the 25th anniversary of the announcement that Debian was incoming.…

Rimini Street slapped with ban in Oracle copyright dispute

The Register - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 09:49
Big Red awarded $30m legal fees as judge slams support biz's 'significant litigation misconduct'

Oracle has won a permanent injunction against Rimini Street, banning it from controversial support practices that have been ruled a violation of copyright laws.…

Arm debuts CPU roadmap for the first time, sort of

The Register - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 09:00
Move reflects desire to develop in the open, says company not developing in the open

Chip designer Arm for the first time in recent memory has presented a roadmap, sparsely detailed through it may be, covering future CPU plans for 5G always-on connected mobile and laptop devices.…

Datrium shifts disasters up the Amazon: Adds DR in AWS for on-prem kit

The Register - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 08:38
Locks out third-party DRaas types with VM-centric cloud stuff

Datrium has introduced disaster-recovery-as-a-service to its existing on-premises DVX system.…

Rejoice! Thousands more kids flock to computing A-level

The Register - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 07:50
Even more impressively, thousands are passing it with good grades, too

It’s that day again, the day when picture editors across the British news media drop everything to find fresh photos of teenagers suspended in mid-air. Yes, it’s A-level results day – and thousands more pupils are passing exams in computing rather than old school ICT.…

Using Microsoft's Hybrid MDM? Er, not for much longer

The Register - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 07:04
You will move to Intune on Azure. You have one year to comply

Microsoft has warned customers managing mobile devices using hybrid MDM that the clock is now ticking for the service and gently reminded them to consider migrating to Intune on Azure?…