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Welcome to the Wipe House: President Trump shreds climate change, privacy, LGBT policies on WhiteHouse.gov

Fri, 20/01/2017 - 8:22pm
We're gonna have the best 404s! The greatest 404s!

With Donald Trump taking over the presidency Friday morning, a different type of transition has also taken place: a digital transition.…

Rap for crap WhatsApp trap flap: Yack yack app claptrap slapped

Fri, 20/01/2017 - 8:08pm
Security gurus condemn sensational reporting of encryption backdoor-that-wasn't

Computer security experts and cryptographers have accused The Guardian of overblowing what was reported to be a backdoor in WhatsApp's encryption.…

General Electric plays down industrial control plant vulnerabilities

Fri, 20/01/2017 - 5:30pm
Only a local hacker in a facility would be able to run an attack

General Electric (GE) has pushed out an update to its industrial control systems following the discovery of vulnerabilities that create a way for hackers to steal SCADA system passwords.…

IBM is letting storage hardware revenues slip gently off into the night

Fri, 20/01/2017 - 5:00pm
Benign neglect, managed decline, whatever

Analysis  <IBM's fourth quarter and full year 2016 results showed the now traditional storage hardware revenue decline, while all-flash array and software-defined storage revenues grew double digits.…

Trump's 'cyber tsar' Giuliani among creds leaked in mass hacks

Fri, 20/01/2017 - 4:33pm
We've got four more years, people

Passwords used by Donald Trump's incoming cybersecurity advisor Rudy Giuliani and 13 other top staffers have been leaked in mass hacks, according to a Channel 4 investigation.…

XIV goes way of the dinosaurs as IBM nixes fourth-gen storage array

Fri, 20/01/2017 - 4:00pm
Incoming FlashSystem A9000 with 3D TLC makes it obsolete

IBM is not going to develop a fourth-generation XIV storage array because an upcoming FlashSystem A9000R using 3D flash can be sold for the same cost as disk.…

Sigfox veep: Our gear will be less pricey than kit for NB-IoT customers

Fri, 20/01/2017 - 3:30pm
As for that fabled IPO? May happen 'when market is right'

French Internet of Things connectivity folk Sigfox are still hoping for a 2018 IPO – but it is not an "end in itself", a company rep told The Register.…

All the cool kids are doing it – BT hikes broadband and TV bills

Fri, 20/01/2017 - 3:02pm
Move 'unjustified', says analyst

BT is to hike its broadband and TV prices in an inflation-busting increase that will come into force this April.…

Elementary, my dear IBM: When will Watson make money?

Fri, 20/01/2017 - 2:31pm
Big Blue talks 'silver threads'

IBM Watson has taken heat from Wall Street for not adding to Big Blue's revenue as the company reported a 19th successive quarter of decline.…

Lords slam 'untrammelled' data sharing powers in Digital Economy Bill

Fri, 20/01/2017 - 2:04pm
'Deeply concerned' about possibility of sharing citizen info with companies

A House of Lords committee has slammed the "inappropriate" and "untrammelled" powers laid out in the Digital Economy Bill to share citizen data across the public sector.…

Chinese chip shop looks hot to trot as Tsinghua drops $30bn on factory

Fri, 20/01/2017 - 1:32pm
Largest fab in the Middle Kingdom to be surrounded by huge 'international city'

China’s flash-fancying Tsinghua Unigroup is going to build a $30bn-plus flash fab.…

The rise, fall, and rise (again) of Microsoft's killer People feature

Fri, 20/01/2017 - 1:01pm
Here's what's in Build 15014

Microsoft has removed the much-anticipated "People Experience" from current beta builds of Windows 10, and will release it later this year instead of this spring.…

StorageCraft gobbles Exablox to become data management monolith

Fri, 20/01/2017 - 12:33pm
Data protection SW biz buys filer hardware startup

Analysis  Backup SW biz StorageCraft has bought Exablox, a startup making scale-out deduping filer arrays using underlying object storage software.…

AWS offers $20 bribe to derps who buy old IoT condom-o-matic dunce dobbers

Fri, 20/01/2017 - 12:02pm
Internet of Things: Make ordering johnnies great again

Amazon Web Services is so desperate to shift its AWS Internet of Things Buttons that it is offering free AWS credits, tech support and even design services to anyone who buys them – and has relaunched its "enterprise program" to boot.…

Yet another committee gives UK.gov a lashing for digital strategy delay

Fri, 20/01/2017 - 11:34am
It's so important they held a 'three-week consultation'... over the Christmas hols

At the current rate Julian Assange is more likely to see the light of day than the government's digital strategy – with a second Parliamentary committee having criticised its long-overdue publication.…

DirecTV Now plagued with faults, but uptake not slowing

Fri, 20/01/2017 - 11:02am
AT&T's streaming service only behind HBO's despite user complaints

AT&T's freshly hatched DirecTV Now OTT streaming service is forecast by most industry analysts to hit around 1 million subscribers after one year, following its launch at the end of November, but here at Faultline Online Reporter we believe the service has the potential to take off on a much bigger scale – providing it can overcome some initial obstacles.…

Toshiba scrambles to start chip biz minority stake sale – reports

Fri, 20/01/2017 - 10:34am
US nuclear power plant fiasco prompts fears of writedown

Reuters is reporting that Toshiba has started its chip business minority stake sale process.…

Seven pet h8s: Verity is sorely vexed

Fri, 20/01/2017 - 10:03am
Where's pocket Bjarne Stroustrup when you need him?

Stob  Peter Wayner, a tech columnist, claims to have identified the seven most vexing problems in programming. According to his subheadings, these are: multithreading, closures, "too big data", np-completeness, security, encryption and identity management.…

My hole is a private thing – see for yourself

Fri, 20/01/2017 - 9:01am
I am guilty of too much clouded thinking

Something for the Weekend, Sir?  My neighbours are staring at my hole and shaking their heads disapprovingly. They were a little surprised to receive my invitation to view my orifice, and it may not be as big as theirs, but I needed their advice on how to fill it.…

Unbreakable Locky ransomware is on the march again

Fri, 20/01/2017 - 8:41am
Necrus botnet wakes up and starts fresh malware-cano

Cisco is warning of possible return of a massive ransomware spam campaign after researchers noticed traces of traffic from the hitherto dormant Necrus botnet.…