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UK.gov's Brexiteers warned not to push for divergence on data protection laws

37 min 45 sec ago
As PM lacks specifics on UK’s desired ‘adequacy-plus’ deal

British government ministers have been told not to peddle the idea that trade agreements are incompatible with continued compliance with European data protection laws.…

US docs show Daimler may have done a Dieselgate – German press claims

1 hour 19 min ago
Mercedes maker's cars detect when it is on a test routine

American investigators are looking into car company Daimler's use of engine management software that is alleged to help its vehicles pass emissions tests, according to reports.…

Storage snow big deal? Products vendors hope will sleigh, pole position startups and more

2 hours 41 min ago
Ice to meet you, storage fans. This was your week

In this week's roundup we hitch a brief ride on a sledge to the South Pole, and watch the movements in frozen flash, hot HCI, supercooled software and more.…

Farts away! Plane makes unscheduled stop after man won't stop guffing

3 hours 6 min ago
Flatulence takes the wind out of budget Dutch airline's wings

An elderly man's flatulence forced his flight to make an emergency stop after a fight broke out over his barrage of bottom burps.…

Good luck, have fun: Thanks Xeon SP, now SPEC benchmarks blurt out hundreds of results

3 hours 55 min ago
We're supposed to sift through this without a tool?

Comment  Ah, the good old days of server benchmarks, when CPU variations were few and clock rates ruled the roost. Now we have four different Xeon SP CPU families, one with two model lines, and each family has its own set of CPUs with differing core counts, threads and clock rates.…

Brain emerging from hibernation? Feed it with <em>The Register</em> Lectures

4 hours 21 min ago
Spring menu includes Deception, Spitfires and Existential Risk…

Spring is on the horizon, the sap is rising and if you’re anything like us, your brain is emerging from its winter hibernation and looking for sustenance.…

UK.gov calls on the Big Man – GOD – to boost rural broadband

4 hours 57 min ago
Digi Sec decrees: Thou shalt put a mast on your spire to boost connectivity

The governent is looking towards the heavens in its bid to redeem rural broadband speeds, having exhausted all other options.…

Oracle open-sources <code>DTrace</code> under the GPL

5 hours 31 min ago
Which makes lots of sysadmins' fave tracing tool cool for Linux

Oracle appears to have open-sourced DTrace, the system instrumentation tool that Sun Microsystems created in the early 2000s and which has been beloved of many-a-sysadmin ever since.…

Juniper's 2018 spring collection: switches, security, and subs

6 hours 1 min ago
Daaahlink! Cloud was so 2017. This year is about multicloud

Juniper Networks has taken the tube labelled 'multicloud' out of the paint-box and applied a liberal coat to the latest updates to its switching products.…

Developer recovered deleted data with his face - his Poker face

6 hours 57 min ago
Salesperson-suddenly-turned-coder learned social skills can be more important than technical skills

Who, Me?  Welcome to the fifth edition of Who, Me? It's a new Register weekly column in which readers confess to times their skills fell just a little - or a lot - short of what was required to stop things going pear-shaped.…

Microsoft guts doc on 'Limitations of apps and experiences on ARM'

Mon, 19/02/2018 - 6:02am
Over the weekend it said no Windows customisation, no Hyper-V. That's gone now

Microsoft has altered a document that listed Windows 10's "Limitations of apps and experiences on ARM".…

Google's robo-CTRL-ALT-DEL failed, hung networks and Compute Engine for 90 minutes

Mon, 19/02/2018 - 3:58am
And then along came a good old flesh and blood human!

Chalk up another one for good old humans: Google's admitted that an automation failure was the root cause of a 93-minute outage of its Compute Engine in the us-central1 and europe-west3 zones of its cloud on January 18th, 2018.…

Arista <i>almost</i> done with Cisco workarounds as revenue and profit soar

Mon, 19/02/2018 - 1:49am
Borg attack repelled, Microsoft and cloud are now Prime Directive (and cash source)

Customer certification delays resulting from its ongoing patent lawsuit brought by Cisco have delayed some of its revenue, but upstart Arista Networks still turned in a tidy result for Q4 2017 and for the full year.…

Crims pull another SWIFT-ie, Indian bank stung for nearly US$2m

Mon, 19/02/2018 - 1:24am
City Union Bank now reckons it has ‘adequate enhanced security’

A year after the SWIFT international bank transfer system enhanced its security, another breach has emerged: an Indian bank has confirmed that criminals gained access to its systems and made transfers totalling US$1.8 million.…

Australia's new insta-pay scheme has insta-lookup of any user's phone number

Mon, 19/02/2018 - 1:08am
PayID operator says it's a feature that sends money to the right person. It's a bug that harvests data, say others

Updated  The brand-new app implementing Australia’s New Payment Platform (NPP) system has a user enumeration flaw, but the organisation responsible for it considers it to be a feature.…

nbn™'s HFC fix will see connections tested from March to July 2018

Sun, 18/02/2018 - 10:50pm
Writes to residents to announce on-site inspection

nbn™, the company building and operating Australia's national broadband network (NBN), has advised households connected to its hybrid fibre-coax network to expect a visit between March 7th 2018 and July 27th 2018.…

Global security crackdown, a host of code nasties, Brit cops mocked, and more

Sat, 17/02/2018 - 11:52am
It's the week in security

Roundup  Here's a summary of this week's security news beyond what we've already reported.…

Reinforcement learning woes, robot doggos, Amazon's homegrown AI chips, and more

Sat, 17/02/2018 - 10:04am
Why machines aren't really superhuman at all

Roundup  Hello! Here's a brief roundup of some interesting news from the AI world from the past two weeks, beyond what we've already reported.…

James Damore's labor complaint went over about as well as his trash diversity manifesto

Sat, 17/02/2018 - 1:39am
When the lawyer thinks you're cruel, that's Damore. When you're thrown on the street with a cloud at your feet...

Google was well within its rights when it dumped controversial bro-grammer James Damore in mid-2017.…

Hands up who HASN'T sued Intel over Spectre, Meltdown chip flaws

Sat, 17/02/2018 - 12:42am
Chipzilla says class-action lawsuit tally stands at 32

Intel says it is facing 32 separate class-action lawsuits following the revelations it shipped millions of processors with security design flaws dubbed Meltdown and Spectre.…