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Ding-ding-ding. Round 2 of Toshiba Memory biz bid fight. Where the heck is WDC?

13 hours 41 min ago
4 fighters in the ring... but Western Dig could still jump in

+Comment  There are four bidders for Toshiba’s Memory Business and WDC isn’t one of them.…

No nudity please, we're killing ourselves: Advice to Facebook mods leaks

14 hours 17 min ago
What's allowed and what isn't

A large quantity of Facebook's advice for its English-language content moderators* has been obtained and published by The Guardian newspaper, giving insight into how it handles material on the site.…

Project Gollum: Because NHS Caring means NHS Sharing

14 hours 37 min ago
How we will save the NHS from cyber-ransom

¡Bong!  Even over Skype, the weeping of the National Health Service's Chief Transformation Officer could be heard even over the sound of the breaking waves here on Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman.…

Rubrik CEO: It's a passion project, not a hobby and not a 'job'

15 hours 9 min ago
Bipul Sinha and the Indian ex-pat tech CEO's club

Profile  How did Bipul Sinha, a man with neither entrepreneurial nor operation executive-level tech business experience, become the CEO of a startup?…

GitHub throws open doors on 'app' souk

15 hours 41 min ago
Online store will try to make developer tools work better for businesses

Social code repository GitHub is making it easier for developers to fetch data and spend money.…

Huawei Honor 8 Pro: Makes iPhone 7 Plus look a bit crap

16 hours 5 min ago
And it's under £500...

Review  Towards the end of his long career as an expert summariser on Test Match Special, Fred Trueman would declare: "I just don't know what's going on out there," and light his pipe.…

Parallel programming masterclass with compsci maven online

16 hours 45 min ago
Dr Panda's recent Swiss presentation free to view

HPC Blog  Dr DK Panda is a world-recognised expert on parallel programming and networking. He's a Distinguished Scholar at The Ohio State University and his research group has developed the MVAPICH2 (high performance MPI and MIP+PGAS) libraries for InfiniBand, iWARP, and RoCE with support for GPUs, Xeon Phi, and virtualization.…

The eternal battle for OpenStack's soul will conclude in three years. Again

17 hours 3 min ago
Beyond cars, toasters and American Gods

Comment  After six years as a formal project, OpenStack has survived numerous raids and famines and now finds itself in a not-too-weird space of being boring, on-premises infrastructure. That is, “boring” in the good way of focusing on what users want and fixing existing problems, only chasing shiny objects – cough, PaaS, cough, containers, cough, orchestration – as much as needed.…

Constellations and MIMO to take fibre to a future beyond the terabit

17 hours 40 min ago
Nokia Bell Labs' Dr Laurent Schmalen explains how networks can find a new gear

Interview  A technology that first hit the mass market in 1990s-era modems running over voice networks will soon be boosting submarine fibre speeds around the world.…

Cloud giants 'ran out' of fast GPUs for AI boffins

18 hours 14 min ago
Capacity droughts hit just before conference paper deadlines, say researchers

Top cloud providers struggled to provide enough GPUs on-demand last week, AI experts complained to The Register.…

Telecoms fail in UK takes down passport scanners in Australia

18 hours 24 min ago
Airport chaos as check-in counters revert to archaic manual processes

Updated  International airline passengers in Australia, New Zealand and other nations have been told that problems processing passports at airports today were caused by a telecoms failure in the United Kingdom.…

Code-thief pleads guilty to pinching file system to sell to China

18 hours 43 min ago
DoJ isn't naming names but this was probably an attempt to lift IBM's GPFS

A Chinese national accused of stealing source code to a clustered file system and other intellectual property from an officially-unnamed American company has entered a guilty plea.…

NASA duo plan Tuesday ISS spacewalk to replace the mux that sux

19 hours 9 min ago
All hail Peggy Whitson, hands-on sysadmin – IN SPAAACE

An external comms box on the International Space Station has failed, leading NASA to schedule its first unscheduled spacewalk since 2015.…

Public Cloud makes it to Africa for the first time

Mon, 22/05/2017 - 5:36am
Microsoft plants a flag before Google, AWS and IBM

Microsoft has announced that it will offer Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics 365 from data centres in the South African cities Cape Town and Johannesburg next year.…

<strong>[<abbr title="Not Safe For Work">NSFW</abbr>]</strong> Has AI gone too far? DeepTingle turns El Reg news into terrible erotica

Mon, 22/05/2017 - 5:02am
Some like it bot... but Jilly Cooper, this machine-learning software is not

NSFW  Forget about intelligent machines solving grand problems in healthcare and science – here’s an AI that can write awful gay porn.…

Hi! I’m Foxy! It looks like you want to run Flash. Do you need help?

Mon, 22/05/2017 - 2:58am
Firefox 55 to get all up in your face if a web page needs Adobe's hell-spawn

Developers of the Mozilla's Firefox Web Browser have indicated that version 55, due in August 2017, will be openly hostile to Adobe's Flash plugin.…

Japan (lightly) regulates high-frequency algorithmic trading

Mon, 22/05/2017 - 1:58am
It's more than half of the Tokyo Stock Exchange, but just who's doing what is hard to say

Japan has decided it's high time it got a grip on just who is conducting high-frequency algorithmic trading on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.…

Google cloud glitch hits at Beer O'Clock Friday, fix coming Monday

Mon, 22/05/2017 - 12:58am
Cloud SQL backups being 'forced' instead of automated for 60 hours or more

POLL  Google's got a problem with its Cloud SQL service – about seven per cent of instances using the service's first-generation code aren't backing up properly.…

Yahoo<i>!</i> retires<i>!</i> bleeding<i>!</i> ImageMagick<i>!</i> to<i>!</i> kill<i>!</i> 0-day<i>!</i> vulnerability<i>!</i>

Sun, 21/05/2017 - 11:58pm
Purple Palace pays researcher US$778 bounty per byte

How would you like US$778 per byte for your exploit?…

Netgear 'fixes' router by adding phone-home features that record your IP and MAC address

Sun, 21/05/2017 - 10:43pm
Yeah, that'll be secure for sure

Netgear NightHawk R7000 users who ran last week's firmware upgrade need to check their settings, because the company added a remote data collection feature to the units.…