'Frontline workers' of the world, unite! And grab yourselves a Surface Go White Van Man edition

The Register - Mon, 11/12/2018 - 13:13
4G version of Microsoft's budget fondleslab road-ready

Microsoft has confirmed that a 4G version of its budget fondleslab, the Surface Go, will ship this month.…

Sudden Windows 10 licence downgrades to forced Xcode upgrades: The week at Microsoft

The Register - Mon, 11/12/2018 - 12:04
Plus: Warehouse security, Alexa for all, and more

Roundup Aside from the hoo-ha around Windows 10 licences suddenly being downgraded amid an Insider build update, last week brought Row-Level Security to Azure warehouses, Alexa's tanks rolled onto Cortana's lawn and Microsoft prepared to drop support for old versions of Xcode.…

When you play the game of storage arrays, you win or you – where are the visionaries?

The Register - Mon, 11/12/2018 - 11:11
Gartner's magical square: NetApp, HPE still winning, Infinidat joins leader's box

NetApp has replaced HPE as the leading vendor in Gartner's general purpose drive array magic quadrant as Infinidat makes its first appearance in the top dog square.…

Stay classy: Amazon's Jassy gets sassy with Larry

The Register - Mon, 11/12/2018 - 10:49
AWS boss claims consumer division has switched off Oracle data warehouse

Amazon’s consumer business has switched off its Oracle data warehouse and will be almost Big Red-free by Christmas – at least according to AWS boss Andy Jassy.…

Cathay Pacific hack: Airline admits techies fought off cyber-siege for months

The Register - Mon, 11/12/2018 - 10:08
Initial 'suspicious activity' was full-scale data theft, it tells local lawmakers

Fresh from belatedly admitting that 9.4 million passengers’ personal data was stolen by hackers, Hong Kong airline Cathay Pacific has now admitted that it was under attack for three solid months before it took half a year to tell anyone.…

Yikes. UK military looking into building 'fully autonomous' killer drone tech – report

The Register - Mon, 11/12/2018 - 09:09
MoD insists there will always be a human at the wheel

The UK's Ministry of Defence is "actively" trying to create fully autonomous killer drones, according to a report (PDF) by a campaign group.…

Palliative care for Windows 10 Mobile like a Crimean field hospital, but with even less effort

The Register - Mon, 11/12/2018 - 08:28
Dying OS abandoned by carers

Comment Although Microsoft officially supports Windows 10 Mobile, each update breaks new things – and it has reached comical proportions. Or tragic, if you're still using it.…

Western Digital: And when I pull the covers off, behold as NAND becomes virtual DRAM

The Register - Mon, 11/12/2018 - 08:04
Faces off with Intel's Optane, says product bod

Western Digital has been using software to turn SSDs into virtual memory so applications are accelerated without having to deploy DRAM or be constrained by memory capacity.…

SAP slurps up Qualtrics for a cool $8bn, persuades firm not to IPO

The Register - Mon, 11/12/2018 - 07:30
As UK and Ireland user survey suggests awareness of 4-year-old S/4HANA finally on the up

German giant SAP has slurped up "experience management" biz Qualtrics for a cool €8bn cash after reportedly persuading the firm not to IPO.…

Save £100s on DevOps, Containers, Agile and Continuous Delivery NOW

The Register - Mon, 11/12/2018 - 06:20
CLL19 blind bird ticket offer expires soon

Do you want to tap into the most up to date knowledge on DevOps, Containers, Agile and Continuous Delivery, and do it in the most cost-effective way you can. Well it sounds like what you really need is a blind bird ticket for Continuous Lifecycle London 2019.… fishes for likes as it prepares to go solo on digital sales tax

The Register - Mon, 11/12/2018 - 05:54
Critics warn it's complex and off-putting for international firms

Critics have complained that the UK government's proposed digital services tax is complex, confusing and off-putting for international business.…

Dell Corp UK makes 1.46% net profit margin on £1.556bn in sales – 'satisfactory' apparently

The Register - Mon, 11/12/2018 - 05:27
Damn, your expectations for fiscal '18 were that low?

Dell Corporation's UK wing has reported a net profit of £22.77m on a turnover of £1.556bn, according to Profit and Loss accounts (PDF) for fiscal '18 filed with Companies House.…

Huawei Mate 20 Pro: If you can stomach the nagware and price, it may be Droid of the Year

The Register - Mon, 11/12/2018 - 04:40
Scrap the HiCrap and UI, and we'd have a winner

Review When, four years ago, I predicted Huawei was coming to eat Apple and Samsung's lunch, derision swiftly followed. Either it couldn't, or it would take a very long time. For years, Japanese and Korean cars were nasty little tin cans, jokes on wheels, remember?…

Junior dev decides to clear space for brewing boss, doesn't know what 'LDF' is, sooo...

The Register - Mon, 11/12/2018 - 04:06
Probably the best database recovery in the world

Who, Me? The days are drawing in and the mornings are getting darker – so why not take a dose of Who, Me? to help lighten up your day.…

Brit boffins build quantum compass, say goodbye to GPS

The Register - Sun, 11/11/2018 - 03:10
But don't expect one in your mobile phone any time soon

British boffins have developed a self-contained and tamper-proof compass that doesn't rely on GPS signals to provide a highly accurate measure of where it is in the world.…

Eye eye! AI could stop blindness, Facebook's after math, and how to get started in the ML biz

The Register - Sat, 11/10/2018 - 09:18
The week's other news in machine learning

Roundup Hello, here is a very quick roundup of this week's AI goodies you may have missed.…

Irony meters explode as WordPress GDPR tool hacked, cell network hack shenanigans, crypto-backdoors, etc...

The Register - Sat, 11/10/2018 - 03:08
Loads of bonus infosec news for your weekend

Roundup This week we had broken promises in China, broken keys in Steam, and broken ..err, everything in Apache Struts.…

Thank $deity that week's over. Look, here's some trippy music generated from pixels of a Martian sunrise to play us out

The Register - Fri, 11/09/2018 - 19:56
So there is fife on Mars?

Video Scientists in England have documented the five thousandth sunrise spied by NASA’s Opportunity rover in the form of interpretive dance music.…

Bloke jailed for trying to blow up UK crypto-cash biz after it failed to reset his account password

The Register - Fri, 11/09/2018 - 18:33
Would-be bomber thrown in the cooler for six and a half years

A 43-year-old fella has been sentenced to six and a half years in prison for attempted murder – after sending a bomb to a cryptocoin firm in London, England, over its failure to reset his account password.…

I found a security hole in Steam that gave me every game's license keys and all I got was this... oh nice: $20,000

The Register - Fri, 11/09/2018 - 17:39
Sorry kids, it was patched weeks ago by Valve

A bloke has told how he discovered a bug in Valve's Steam marketplace that could have been exploited by thieves to steal game license keys and play pirated titles.…