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Last updated: Fri, 19 Jan 2018 02:31:23 GMT

IBM ends its 22-quarter shrinking sales curse: Finally, a whole one per cent uptick
h4Big Blue exits five-year skid, shares falls on uncertain future/h4 pFor 22 quarters in a row, IBM's sales have been shrinking. But not any more. In the final three months of 2017, Big Blue's revenues grew 3.5 per cent compared to year-ago quarter.…/p

Goodbye Netscaler, Xen. Hello Citrix SD-WAN, Citrix Desktop, Citrix...
h4Devs toil away unifying product suites ahead of May rebrand launch/h4 pExclusive Citrix will try to reinvent itself with integrated cloudy products – and ditch some of its long-standing brands in favor of a naming scheme without the Xen badge it has nurtured for years.…/p

You get a lawsuit! And you get a lawsuit! And you! Now Apple sued over CPU security flaws
h4iGiant up next in the Meltdown-Spectre-sueball-a-palooza/h4 pAdd Apple to the list of companies facing a legal backlash in the US over the Spectre and Meltdown CPU security fiasco.…/p!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' --

Plutus Payroll victims asked to explain themselves to receiver
h4Deloitte trying to figure out who to pay first – or maybe who to pay at all/h4 pContractors left out of pocket by the collapse of alleged tax-skimming scammers Plutus Payroll have been asked to provide copious details of their employment history by receiver Deloitte, which appears to have few details of claimants’ status or relationship to Plutus and its associated companies.…/p

Sad-sack Anon calling himself 'Mr Cunnilingus' online is busted for DDoSing ex-bosses
h4Electronics tutor's taunts come back to haunt him/h4 pAn electronics technician pleaded guilty on Wednesday to orchestrating distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks on a former employer and other organizations – and to unlawfully possessing a firearm as a former felon.…/p

Sili-spurned Valley! No way, San Jose! Amazon snubs SF Bay Area in search for HQ2 city
h4Bezos narrows down search for new base to 20 cities, mostly on East Coast/h4 pAmazon has trimmed its list of potential cities where it wants to build its second headquarters, dubbed HQ2. The Bezos Bunch says it has narrowed down a list of 238 proposals to 19 US cities and one in Canada.…/p

Feds charge Barclays trader with fraud in Hewlett-Packard deal
h4Forex head alleged to have manipulated market in 'front-running' scheme/h4 pThe former head of foreign currency exchanges at Barclays New York has been charged in the US with devising and executing a "scheme to defraud HP of money and property", according to an indictment entered yesterday.…/p

DigitalOcean cuts cloud server pricing to stop rivals eating its lunch
h4Faces up to AWS, Google with future per-second billing plan/h4 pFaced with a customer base being lured away by cheaper cloud compute services at its competitors, DigitalOcean has cut prices and increased RAM and SSD storage for its users.…/p!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' --

Home Office admits it sent asylum seeker’s personal info to the state he was fleeing pays £15,500 in damages after failed fact-check/h4 pAn asylum seeker has won £15,500 from the UK’s Home Office after it blabbed confidential information about his persecution in his home country - to authorities in the state.…/p

Scumbag who tweeted vulnerable adults' details is hauled into court
h4Kent bloke 'threatened' privacy watchdog that he'd release more/h4 pA man from Kent, England, has been prosecuted under the UK's Data Protection Act for leaking sensitive police information on Twitter.…/p

Someone is touting a mobile, PC spyware platform called Dark Caracal to governments
h4Hundreds of gigabytes already slurped, say EFF and Lookout/h4 pAn investigation by the Electronic Frontier Foundation and security biz Lookout has uncovered Dark Caracal, a surveillance-toolkit-for-hire that has been used to suck huge amounts of data from Android mobiles and Windows desktop PCs around the world.…/p

F-35 'incomparable' to Harrier jump jet, top test pilot tells iEl Reg/i
h4Naturally we demanded proof – and we got it/h4 pInterview What's it like to fly an F-35 fighter jet? We interviewed the chief British test pilot on a uniquely British flying technique – and then had a play with a full cockpit simulator to find out for ourselves.…/p

DXC confirms veep level shake-up in new world order
h4CEO thanks execs for service... more than most get/h4 pExclusive DXC Technologies is splitting with exec veep and general manager Mike Nefkens - previously the boss for HPE Enterprise Services before the spin merger with CSC - amid a massive shake-down of the exec line-up.…/p!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' --

Google fuels up Chromecast Wi-Fi flooding fix
h4It lands today/h4 pGoogle has confirmed plans to issue a patch for Chromecast and Google Home aimed at resolving a traffic flooding problem that was swamping home networks.…/p

Apple iPhone X: Two weeks in the life of an anxious user
h4A smartphone that plucks at your heartstrings, not always in a good way/h4 pA top-end smartphone isn’t just for Christmas: it’s for 18 months, maybe two years, two-and-a-half at a push. So here at iThe Reg/i, we let the stardust settle around Apple's iPhone X launch before putting the product to test in the field for longer than an afternoon. Fanboi squeals written up just after you peel away the cellophane are no use to anyone.…/p

And Oracle E-biz suite makes 3: Package also vulnerable to exploit used by cryptocurrency miner
h4Hat trick!/h4 pA third Oracle enterprise package has been patched against a crypto-mining exploit.…/p

M&S extends customer support contract with, er, Capita
h4Web chat? On the phone? Online? That'll be UK IT's Mr Nasty you are talking to/h4 pDespite ditching other tech suppliers in a consolidation push, Marks & Spencers – purveyor of Brit middle-class dreams – has extended a customer support agreement with everyone's fave outsourcing titan, Capita, for £70m.…/p

What do voters want? An IRL Maybot? Sure, give that a whirl
h4Tory council candidate moots an even more robotic PM – for the 'more personable touch'/h4 pA local Tory candidate has suggested the party creates a chatbot to up its digital cred and boost engagement with voters. Its name? Theresa Maybot.…/p!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' --

NHS: Thanks for the free work, Linux nerds, now face our trademark cops
h4Devs quit, suggest Britain's health service bosses used them to bag Microsoft deal/h4 pThe small team behind an ambitious NHoS Linux project are calling it a day, citing receipt of a trademark infringement warning from the UK Department of Health's (DoH) "brand police" as the "final straw."…/p

Intellectual Property Office drops, er, patently cool cartoon to teach kids about trademarks
h4Hey, iReg/i can entertain children. IP freely, anyone, IP freely?/h4 pHow do you get seven-year-olds interested in intellectual property? Anyway, indeed, why would you want to? No matter, the UK's Intellectual Property Office has launched a cartoon answering the question no one has ever asked.…/p

The Register Lecture: The Secret Spitfires
h4/h4 pWhen Britain’s future hung in the balance in 1940, a covert army of men, women and children set to work in network of sheds, garages and bus depots across Britain building desperately needed Supermarine Spitfires for the RAF’s war effort.…/p

The Register Lecture: Detecting deception
h4/h4 pBillions of pounds are lost annually to lies. As we become more digital and more connected through web, devices and social the reach of liars and the consequences of their actions assume bigger and more personal proportions - compromised bank accounts, stolen personal data and lost intellectual property.…/p

The Register Lecture: What will drive our cars when the combustion engine dies
h4/h4 pIt’s the end of the road for the internal combustion engine, right? Volvo will only make electric and hybrid vehicles after 2019 while Britain, France, Germany and others have pledged to stop the sale of and petrol vehicles during the next 20 years.…/p!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' --

All aboard the Vomit Comet: Not the last train to Essex, but a modded 727 for weightless flight
h4All that stands between you and zero g is skill and a rubber duck/h4 pAnyone who has grown up watching the antics of Apollo astronauts aboard Skylab or the acrobatics of Shuttle and ISS crews has likely dreamed of experiencing weightlessness. Ideally in a way that doesn't involve either a sickening drop in an elevator or alarming turbulence over the Atlantic.…/p

How many Routemaster bus seats would it take to fill Wembley Stadium?
h4Potential iReg/i Standards Soviet entry? Let's take a closer look/h4 pA strong contender has emerged for an addition to iThe Register/i Standards Soviet's list of officially approved weights and measures: the Routemaster Fleet.…/p

VTech fondleslabs for kids 'still vulnerable' despite sanctions
h4Researchers claim flaws remain more than two years later/h4 pNew InnoTab child learning devices still have the same security flaw first found by researchers at Pen Test Partners two years ago.…/p

Former Cisco CEO John Chambers says insects are the new lobsters
h4Only a venture capitalist could say something like that – but that’s what Chambers is now/h4 pFormer Cisco CEO John Chambers has launched his very own venture capital firm.…/p

Mozilla edict: 'Web-accessible' features need 'secure contexts'
h4If an API or feature needs the 'net, it needs HTTPS under Mozilla's new plan/h4 pMozilla has decided to further locking down the Internet with the announcement that developers can only access new Firefox features from what it calls “secure contexts”.…/p!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' --

Red Hat slams into reverse on CPU fix for Spectre design blunder
h4Microcode mitigations trigger system wobbles, penguinistas warn/h4 pTechies are scratching their heads after Red Hat pulled a CPU microcode update that was supposed to mitigate variant two of the Spectre design flaw in Intel and AMD processors.…/p

Software that predicts whether crims will break the law again is no better than you or me
h4Court sentencing tool under the microscope/h4 pSoftware that predicts how likely a criminal will reoffend – and is used by the courts to mete out punishments – is about as smart as a layperson off the street.…/p

North Korea's finest spent 2017 distributing RATs, wipers, and phish
h4And sent them mostly to South Korea, naturally/h4 pSouth Korea was the target of a barrage of malware campaigns last year.…/p

YouTube turns off cash tap for automatic video nasties
h4Beer money channels that made under $100 a year are also out of the Partner Program/h4 pYouTube’s changed its rules to exclude low-traffic channels from its Partner Program, the scheme that sees it share ad revenue with video-makers.…/p

Industrial systems scrambling to catch up with Meltdown, Spectre
h4Some confessions, but 'watch this space' is the more common reaction - when there is one/h4 pVendors of industrial systems have joined the long list of vendors responding responses to the Meltdown and Spectre processor vulnerabilities.…/p!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' --

Broadcom confirms anti-trust probe, professes zero worries
h4Says probe doesn't impact wireless lines, leaving about a gazillion other products in play/h4 pBroadcom has confirmed it's under investigation by the United States' Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over antitrust issues, but doesn't believe that's going to affect its business.…/p

Poison ping pong prompts patch from Cisco
h4Switchzilla has fixes for appliances, voice portal, Nexus switch OS/h4 pCisco admins, it's your weekly patch notice.…/p

Crypto-cash exchange BitConnect pulls plug amid Bitcoin bloodbath
h4BTC plunge, er, sorry, market correction leaves faithful shaken but not deterred/h4 pAmid a cryptocurrency price correction that has seen the price of Bitcoin drop by half from its mid-December peak, UK-based cyber-cash lending and exchange biz BitConnect said it is shutting down.…/p

Free gift for all readers: Google's AutoML launch translated into plain English (where possible)
h4It's an image-recognition thing/h4 pGoogle today tore the covers off something called Cloud AutoML, a new service that's part of its "mission to democratize AI."…/p

Make Apple, er, America Great Again: iGiant to bring home profits, pay $38bn in repatriation tax
h4Triumphant Trump touts terrific tax tactic/h4 pApple announced today it will start to repatriate back to America some of the massive profits it accumulated outside the USA – and will use the cash to Make America Great Again.…/p!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' --

Hehe, still writing code for a living? It's 2018. You could be earning x3 as a bug bounty hunter
h4Oh, yeah, and learning new tricks and protecting stuff, sure/h4 pEthical hacking to find security flaws appears to pay better, albeit less regularly, than general software engineering.…/p

Hey. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube. Get in here... so we can shake your hands – US Senate cyber-terror panel
h4So much for that grilling/h4 pThe US Senate's commerce committee basically gave executives from Twitter, Facebook and YouTube a back-rub at a hearing on Wednesday morning.…/p

Who's using 2FA? Sweet FA. Less than 1 in 10 Gmail users enable two-factor authentication
h4Your daily dose of digital depression/h4 pUsenix Enigma It has been nearly seven years since Google a target="_blank" href=""introduced/a two-factor authentication for Gmail accounts, but virtually no one is using it.…/p

HTML5 may as well stand for Hey, Track Me Longtime 5. Ads can use it to fingerprint netizens
h4This language is wired for sound/h4 pUsenix Enigma HTML5 is a boon for unscrupulous web advertising networks, which can use the markup language's features to build up detailed fingerprints of individual netizens without their knowledge or consent.…/p

SAP boss promises to cull marketing dross on community network
h4Bill McDermott admits hub was seen as a 'channel to promote corporate messages'/h4 pCEO Bill McDermott has pledged to improve the SAP Community network previously slammed by members for offering a crap user experience and being another mechanism to push marketing messages.…/p!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' --

New Quantum head honcho thrown in at the deep end
h4CEO Patrick Dennis has his work cut out/h4 pComment There's a new president and CEO at Quantum, with the board hoping for a dose of Patrick Dennis magic to fire up the company and return it to growth and profits.…/p

Sueball smacks AMD over processor chip security flaw silence
h4CEO, CFO in crosshairs after shareholder 'losses'/h4 pAMD stands accused of "artificially inflating" its stock price by not making public a CPU design flaw the tech world now knows as Spectre, according to a class-action lawsuit brought on behalf of investors.…/p

France to lend Brexit Britain sore souvenir of Norman yoke – the Bayeux Tapestry
h4Prez Macron expected to agree loan when he meets PM/h4 pThe French government will agree to lend the UK its most famous memento of the Norman conquest of England after Blighty leaves the EU.…/p

Former Santander bank manager pleads guilty to computer misuse crimes
h4Customer details spilled to boyfriend/h4 pA former Santander bank manager has pleaded guilty to £15,000 worth of computer misuse crimes after her boyfriend talked her into giving him illicitly obtained customer information.…/p slammed for NHS data-sharing deal with Home Office
h4Flouts doctors' guidelines, doesn't properly balance public interests, MPs told/h4 pThe UK health service's NHS Digital has been accused of operating to a "lower standard of confidentiality" than rest of NHS, in a heated hearing about a deal that requires patient info to be handed over for immigration enforcement.…/p!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' --

Another day, another Spectre fix slowdown: What to expect if you heart ZFS
h4Blogger records 7-8% toll on read IOPS/h4 pThe widely used ZFS file system software is slowed down in both read IOPS and throughput by Intel CPU microcode fixes for the Spectre processor design flaws, one set of numbers suggests.…/p

PPI-pusher makes 75 MEEELLION nuisance calls, lands £350k fine
h4Firm slapped for 'blatantly ignoring telemarketing laws'/h4 pA company that made 75 million nuisance calls in just four months has been handed a £350,000 fine from the UK's data protection watchdog.…/p