Bloke sues Microsoft: Give me $600m – or my copy of Windows 7 back

The Register - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 01:06
Frank Dickman is a hell of a super hero name, we gotta say

A fella in the United States is taking Microsoft to court to get Windows 7 put back on his PC.…

Waddawewant? Free video codecs! When dowe .. oh, look, the last MPEG-2 patent expired!

The Register - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 00:01
Never again shall an MPEG-2 encoder be chased out of a Linux distro

It's almost of historical interest only, but everywhere except the Philippines and Malaysia, the last MPEG-2 video encodeer/decoder patents have expired.…

NetApp’s third quarter revenues charge forward

The Register - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 23:04
Tax charge kills GAAP net income but underlying numbers are strongly positive

George Kurian’s NetApp reported strong third quarter numbers all-flash arrays leading the way to set NetApp up for its first full year annual growth since 2015.…

Sorry, Elon, your Tesla roadster won't orbit for billions of years

The Register - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 22:01
Astroboffins calculate MuskMobile will only last millions of years, has decent chance of bonking Earth, Venus

Explaining why he used his Tesla roadster as the test mass on his Falcon Heavy launch, Elon Musk remarked that he liked the idea of it orbiting for a billion years.…

Roses are red, Ajit Pai is tickled. Broadband from SpaceX gets him out of a pickle

The Register - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 20:35
Musketeers to launch first internet satellites this weekend

SpaceX's plans to become a global ISP took a big step forward after Ajit Pai – the boss of America's comms watchdog, the FCC – gave his blessing for Elon Musk's biz to pop broadband-beaming satellites into orbit.…

Telstra: Don't expect HFC NBN sales to resume before July

The Register - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 19:49
Incumbent rolling in slightly fewer billions this half year

Telstra has no inside information on when nbn™ will end its moratorium on new HFC conections.…

Hate to ruin your day, but... Boffins cook up fresh Meltdown, Spectre CPU design flaw exploits

The Register - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 18:50
And upcoming hardware changes may not be enough to kill off these security bugs

When details of the Meltdown and Spectre CPU security vulnerabilities emerged last month, the researchers involved hinted that further exploits may be developed beyond the early proof-of-concept examples.…

US govt staffers use personal gear on work networks, handle biz docs on the reg – study

The Register - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 17:33
As in on the regular, not... oh never mind

Employees of US government agencies are largely ignoring basic security measures.…

Hua-no-wei! NSA, FBI, CIA bosses put Chinese mobe makers on blast

The Register - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 17:14
No probs, says Huawei: It's a big world, we don't need America

Don't trust the Chinese – that seemed to be the theme at Tuesday's open US Senate Intelligence Committee hearings on Capitol Hill.…

You're decorating it wrong: Apple HomePod gives wood ring of death

The Register - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 15:50
Roses are red, your countertop's ruined, Cupertino has more trouble a-brewin'

Apple HomePod owners say the $349 smart-speaker is prone to damaging wood surfaces.…

Crypto-gurus: Which idiots told the FBI that Feds-only backdoors in encryption are possible?

The Register - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 15:06
Brilliant boffins back bullsh*tting bureau bollocking

Four cryptography experts have backed a US Senator's campaign to force the FBI to explain how exactly a Feds-only backdoor can be added to strong and secure encryption.…

Three in hospital after NSA cops open fire on campus ram-raid SUV

The Register - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 14:29
Roses are red, spy agencies are black, US g-men don't fsck around when under attack

Three people are in hospital after a car rammed a barrier at the NSA headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland, today at around 0655 ET (0355 PT, 1155 UTC).…

How flash is panning out in the enterprise

The Register - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 13:20
Flash! A-aaaah! King of the Impossible!

Flash storage was once a plaything for moneyed-up, high-performance tech elite. No more. Now, it’s finding its way into Joe Average’s enterprise architecture. Here’s where it came from, where it is today, and where it might be going.…

Aching bad: 'Kingpin Granny' nicked in huge prescription drugs bust

The Register - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 11:33
Raid on 75-year-old's home yields over a thousand pills

Silver surfers are known to rattle from the numerous pills foisted on them by doctors as their health fails, but one Tennessee veteran stands accused of possessing drugs with an altogether different purpose.…

Violets are violet, roses are... rosey, Dell just got $145.8m for selling Mozy

The Register - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 10:33
Online backup biz slurped by Carbonite

Dell Technologies has agreed to offload cloud backup subsidiary Mozy to web-based storage outfit Carbonite for $145.8m.…

Stop calling, stop calling... ICO goes gaga after home improvement biz ignores warnings

The Register - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 10:02
Swansea firm carries on direct marketing, lands extra fine

A Welsh home improvement firm has been fined after ignoring a warning to stop contacting people who had opted out of marketing calls.…

HTC phone supremo leaves months after Google guts firm for best and brightest

The Register - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 09:32
Handset division headless

Chialin Chang, president of smartphones at HTC, has resigned. No successor has been announced.…

Roses are red, Kaspersky is blue: 'That ban's unconstitutional!' Boo hoo hoo

The Register - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 09:05
New front opens in Russian firm's legal fight with US gov

Kaspersky Lab, the antivirus house, now claims that the US government's ban on its products amounts to punishment without trial.…

Big Blue levels up server sextet with POWER9 for IBM i, AIX, HANA, Linux

The Register - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 08:37
Fighting the Xeon SP tide

IBM is bashing out a set of go-faster POWER9 servers in the face of mounting competition from Xeon SP systems.…

Roses are red, Facebook is blue. Think private means private? More fool you

The Register - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 08:04
NY court rules pics can be accessed if relevant to litigation

Privacy settings on Facebook do not protect users from handing over photos, posts or metadata that is relevant to a court case, a New York judge has ruled.…