CES flicks the off switch on massager award… and causes a buzz

The Register - Fri, 01/11/2019 - 05:00
It's not the messiah, it's just very naughty metadata

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Withdrawal at the last moment isn't the most reliable method of avoiding trouble or embarrassment. This was certainly the experience at CES this year when judges very suddenly rescinded an Innovation Award it had given for Lora DiCarlo's Osé Robotic Massager.…

No plain sailing for Anon hacktivist picked up by Disney cruise ship: 10 years in the cooler for hospital DDoS caper

The Register - Fri, 01/11/2019 - 04:05
Healthcare networks pummeled amid drama over teen girl's custody

Five months after he was found guilty of orchestrating a distributed denial-of-service attack against US healthcare providers, the self-styled Anonymous hacker Martin Gottesfeld has been sentenced to 121 months in prison.…

Amazon Mime: We train (badly) an AI love bot using divorce bombshell Bezos' alleged sexts to his new girlfriend

The Register - Fri, 01/11/2019 - 03:19
Why? For science!

Within hours of announcing that he and his wife are divorcing, what's alleged to be Amazon tycoon Jeff Bezos' steamy texts to his new girlfriend were leaked online.…

If I could turn back time, I'd tell you to keep that old Radarange at home

The Register - Fri, 01/11/2019 - 02:03
Because this comp is counting down to something...

On Call Friday has come around, reliable as ever, to mark the end of that most dreaded thing, the first full week after New Year.…

What's the fate of our Solar System? Boffins peer into giant crystal ball – ah, no, wait, that's our Sun in 10bn years

The Register - Fri, 01/11/2019 - 00:53
50-year theory finally confirmed by European space craft

A scan of the heavens has shown space is littered with the crystallized remains of stars, and our own sun is expected to go the same way, too. Yes, turning into a crystal ball.…

If you wanna learn from the IT security blunders committed by hacked hospital group, here's some weekend reading

The Register - Thu, 01/10/2019 - 23:04
Database intrusion should not have succeeded, probe finds, but...

The theft of 1.5 million patient records, including those of Singapore's Prime Minister, from the city state's SingHealth hospital group by hackers could probably have been stopped had the IT department not been so useless, an inquiry has found.…

Americans are just fine with facial recognition technology – as long as they get shorter queues

The Register - Thu, 01/10/2019 - 21:58
The younger generation leads the fight against face matching

Surprise, surprise, most Americans believe the US government shouldn't limit the use of facial recognition technology, particularly if it's convenient for them or used for their protection.…

Dozens of .gov HTTPS certs expire, websites offline, FBI on ice, IT security slows... Yup, it's day 20 of Trump's govt shutdown

The Register - Thu, 01/10/2019 - 21:02
Hackers may be rubbing their hands with glee

The IT impact of the ongoing partial US federal government shutdown has begun to show up in the form of degraded computer security. According to internet services biz Netcraft, more than 80 TLS certificates used on .gov websites have expired and have not been renewed.…

Cyber-insurance shock: Zurich refuses to foot NotPetya ransomware clean-up bill – and claims it's 'an act of war'

The Register - Thu, 01/10/2019 - 19:19
Snack company client disagrees, sues for $100m

US snack food giant Mondelez is suing its insurance company for $100m after its claim for cleaning up a massive NotPetya ransomware infection was rejected – for being "an act of war" and therefore not covered under its policy.…

Gartner: Not a very merry Christmas for PC market as chip shortage bites, small biz vanishes

The Register - Thu, 01/10/2019 - 18:42
If you're not Lenovo, HP or Dell it has been a year of shrinkage

Global PC shipments slumped 4.3 per cent in the final quarter of the year as computer manufacturers had a very unhappy festive season.…

Unexpected final boss for games kit SpatialOS: Unity blasts GDK and possibly games built using it out of the cloud

The Register - Thu, 01/10/2019 - 17:20
Brit-based maker of real-time online gaming platform left in legal limbo

Improbable, the UK-based maker of the SpatialOS Game Development Kit (GDK) for the Unity game engine, on Thursday warned that all Unity-based titles integrating its GDK are now violating Unity's Terms of Service.…

Two out of five Silicon Valley techies complain Trump's H-1B crackdown has hit 'em hard

The Register - Thu, 01/10/2019 - 15:44
End of fast processing upsets the Apple cart (and workers at other Silicon Valley giants)

Restrictions placed on US work visas by the Trump administration are upsetting employees in one of America's most profitable industries: technology.…

Reddit locks out users with poor password hygiene after spotting 'unusual activity'

The Register - Thu, 01/10/2019 - 14:13
Forum admin blames recycled credentials for 'security concern'

Some Redditors have been locked out of their accounts over a mysterious security problem that the internet forum's admins have blamed on people reusing old passwords.…

Disk drive unit ships slowly spinning down

The Register - Thu, 01/10/2019 - 12:38
This is the age of the SSD

Disk drive units sank from 104.8 million in Q4 of 2017 to 88-89 million in the fourth quarter of 2018, according to a preliminary report from research house TrendFocus.…

Oracle's in-house lawyer denied access to Uncle Sam's procurement docs in JEDI legal battle

The Register - Thu, 01/10/2019 - 11:21
You can’t stop the change: Chalk one up to AWS as judge agrees with Big Red's rival

Oracle's in-house counsel has been denied access to sealed information in its legal battle over the Pentagon's $10bn cloud contract after a judge sided with AWS in what will be one of many smaller battles in the case.…

Good news: Microsoft's Azure Data Box Disk is here. Bad news: UK South Storage is having a liedown

The Register - Thu, 01/10/2019 - 10:45
The cloud giveth and the cloud taketh away

Microsoft Azure's UK South storage region developed a distinct wobble today.…

Amazon takes aim at MongoDB with launch of Mongo-compatible DocumentDB

The Register - Thu, 01/10/2019 - 09:59
Move comes after open-source biz mooted new licence to stop cloud giants ripping off its tech

Amazon has sent a shot across the bow to open-source upstart MongoDB today as it announced a document database with Mongo compatibility.…

Baddies linked to Iran fingered for DNS hijacking to read Middle Eastern regimes' emails

The Register - Thu, 01/10/2019 - 09:04
'Almost unprecedented' attacks use the old man-in-the-middle diddle – infoseccers

Infosec biz FireEye has suggested Iran may be responsible for what it claims are DNS hijacking attacks aimed at snooping on the contents of Middle Eastern governments' email inboxes.…

Everything you ever wanted to know about NVMe

The Register - Thu, 01/10/2019 - 08:52
Unshackle your data from slow disks

eBook Promo If you are trying to find the best way to boost the performance of your top-tier applications, look no further than Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe).…

Windows 10 Insiders sent on quest deep into Registry to fetch goblet of Reserved Storage

The Register - Thu, 01/10/2019 - 07:36
It's dangerous to go alone, take these WSL tweaks too

Microsoft dropped a fresh Windows 10 Insider Build last night, which brought some welcome tweaks to the Windows Subsystem for Linux and enabled Reserved Storage.…