Microsoft's Windows 10 Workstation adds killer feature: No Candy Crush

The Register - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 11:29
Now can you remove it from every Start Menu?

Readers with good memories may recall that when Windows NT was launched, it came in Workstation and Advanced Server editions, with the former fulfilling most duties of a server. There were no limits on TCP/IP connections, for example. Just as its developer Dave Cutler intended.…

Dell EMC squashes pair of VMAX virtual appliance bugs

The Register - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 10:58
vApp Manager contained undocumented default account

Dell EMC has patched two serious flaws in the management interface for its VMAX enterprise storage systems, one of which could potentially allow a remote attacker to gain unauthorised access to systems.…

Charity accused of leaving sensitive notes behind after office move

The Register - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 10:34
Yep, it's another case of the unchecked filing cabinet

A counselling charity has been accused of breaching data protection law after confidential files were discovered in an old office building.…

Essex black hat behind Cryptex and reFUD gets two years behind bars

The Register - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 10:03
Goncalo Esteves sobbed as he was sentenced

A 24-year-old Essex man behind the antivirus evasion site, who made an estimated half a million pounds from Bitcoin, has been jailed for two years.…

Arrrgh! Put down the crisps! 'Ultra-processed' foods linked to cancer!

The Register - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 09:26
Just kidding – vague definitions, confounding factors mean you probably shouldn't panic... yet

A study has suggested a link between diets high in ultra-processed foods and an increased risk of cancer – but academics have warned against over-interpreting the results.…

BBC presenter loses appeal, must pay £420k in IR35 crackdown

The Register - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 08:55
IT contractors warned to get house in order

A BBC presenter must pay £419,151 in taxes after a tribunal ruled her contract should have been subject to IR35 legislation - judgment that has been described as a wake-up call for IT freelancers.…

Robot cars will kill London jobs – but only from 2030, say politicans

The Register - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 08:34
London Assembly report shines light on's auto auto plans

The London Assembly has lashed out at driverless cars, declaring that autonomous vehicles could cause "significant job losses" – while figures from the UK's driverless car industry told it that they don't expect Level 4 or 5 (fully autonomous) tech to hit the streets for another decade or more.…

So... Nokia's taking a long, hard look at its health unit

The Register - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 08:09
Not so strategic now

Nokia appears to be revising its ambition to be the data kingpin of the digital health industry. The Finnish telecomms giant has put its Digital Health business up for “strategic review”.…

Mobile phone dealer boss faces 12 years in director limbo

The Register - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 07:36
Did somebody say VAT fraud? Yes, the Insolvency Service did

The boss of an Oxford-based mobile phone dealer who used a carousel scam to defraud the British tax collector from hundreds of thousands of pounds was today banned from holding directorships for 12 years.…

Iran: We have defeated evil nuclear-sensing Western lizards!

The Register - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 06:55
It's not David Icke, it's Ayatollah Khamenei's former top general

Iran has gone full David Icke and accused lizards that "attract atomic waves" of spying for the West.…

FTTP in UK sucks so much it doesn't even rank in European study

The Register - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 06:26
Want high speeds? Go to Latvia

The UK is performing so poorly in fibre penetration that it isn't even included in a European study.…

DevOps, Containers and CD: What happens when theory is put to the test?

The Register - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 05:58
CLL18 delivers reports from the front line

Talk about DevOps, Containers or Agile all you want, but sometimes you’ve just got to zip up your hoodie and do it.…

Zuckerborg, Microsoft, Amazon letting the side down for green energy among hyperscalers

The Register - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 05:28
But they're trying, bless 'em, says IHS Markit report

Data centre operators are going green because renewable energy costs less, receives tax subsidies and customers like the idea, according to a report by analysts at IHS Markit.…

Stephen Elop and the fall of Nokia revisited

The Register - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 04:29
English translation of probe into Finnish phone giant's twilight makes for interesting reading

The first English translation of Operation Elop, an examination by Finnish journalists into the final years of Nokia phones, has reignited debate about the fate of what was Europe's largest and most admired technology company.…

Life's a beach – then you're the comms nexus of the British Empire and Marconi-baiting hax0rs

The Register - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 04:05
Inside Porthcurno's world-spanning telegraphy web

Geek's Guide to Britain I'm sitting on a perfect sandy beach in dazzling winter sunshine which makes it feel two months warmer than it really is. The beach is nearly empty, although a couple of dogs are enjoying the surf. The nearest road peters out a few hundred yards up a steep valley – the only way here is to walk. Porthcurno beach, just a few miles from Land's End in Cornwall, feels pleasantly like it is a long way from anywhere.…

UK names and shames Russia as source of NotPetya

The Register - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 03:33
'Almost certain' assessment enough for official blast from Foreign Office

The United Kingdon's Foreign and Commonwealth Office has formally "attributed the NotPetya cyber-attack to the Russian Government", specifically the nation's military.…

Magic Leap's staggering VR goggle technology just got even better!

The Register - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 03:05
Rony keeps feeding the hype machine! Wow! Woo! Yay! Hoopla! Panowie!

Comment Not content with promising the product he has been hyping for six years, this week the CEO of Magic Leap revealed that his yet-to-ship virtual-reality headset technology will be even better than the previous gibberish he spouted.…

PCI Council and X9 Committee to combine PIN security standards

The Register - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 02:29
One PIN to rule them all, one PIN to find them, one PIN to rule them all and in the darkness bind them

The PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) and financial services standards outfit the Accredited Standards Committee X9 have decided to combine forces on personal-identification-number-handling-rules.…

Look out, WIki-geeks. Now Google trains AI to write Wikipedia articles

The Register - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 02:03
Er, well, ish. Text summarization is still pretty tricky for non-humans, though

A team within Google Brain – the web giant's crack machine-learning research lab – has taught software to generate Wikipedia-style articles by summarizing information on web pages... to varying degrees of success.…

Cisco surges after pricing switches-plus-subscriptions just below old hardware prices

The Register - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 01:28
Borg attack incoming as M&A crew eye repatriated $67bn

The flagship of Cisco's “intent-based networking” push, the Catalyst 9000 switch, is leaping out the door, and Switchzilla delivered other good news on it FY2018 Q2 earnings call.…