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HMS <i>Queen Lizzie</i> to carry American jets and sail in support of US foreign policy

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 5:00pm
She might as well wear the Stars and Stripes at this rate

Britain's new aircraft carrier will operate as a fully fledged offshoot of the US Marine Corps, the UK's ambassador to the US accidentally confirmed on Thursday.…

Russia accuses hostile foreign powers of plot to undermine its banks

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 4:31pm
Let's get ready to rouble

Russia has accused unnamed foreign spies of launching a concerted effort to undermine its domestic banking system.…

Exclusive: Team Trump's net neutrality guru talks to <i>El Reg</i>

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 4:00pm
Bursting the filter bubble with Dr Layton

Interview  The newest member of the Trump's Transition Team sounded bemused by the tech blog headlines when we caught up with her today.…

Dell EMC kills off VxRack Neutrino

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 3:36pm
EOL for hyper-converged, rack-scale, turnkey turkey

EMC is end-of-lifing its hyper-converged, rack-scale, scale-out, turnkey VxRack Neutrino product.…

Axel Springer boss defends Facebook in fake news controversy

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 2:34pm
Zuck finds a friend

One of Silicon Valley’s harshest and most powerful critics has leapt to its defence over the “fake news” controversy.…

Internet of Things alliance LoRa: Licence to WAN? Yes please

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 1:58pm
Coughing up for spectrum might be worth it for quality of service

Internet of Things folk the LoRa Alliance reckons its LoRaWAN may move from unlicensed to licensed spectrum to help guarantee quality of service, according to reports.…

HPE UK preps the redundancy ride as Chrimbo looms

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 1:32pm
Not compulsory... yet! On track to shift 60% of service staff to 'low-cost countries'

Cost-cutting at Hewlett Packard Enterprise's CSC-bound services business looks set to continue right up to the point it is sold in the spring, leaked documents have indicated.…

Microsoft refuses to join the Zero Outage brigade, Google and AWS keep mum

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 12:36pm
Heads in sand time. If service providers don't admit a problem exists, does it?

Microsoft snubbed an invitation to join a brigade of tech titans that linked arms to work on minimising network crashes that can cripple cloud service availability.…

Sh... IoT just got real: Mirai botnet attacks targeting multiple ISPs

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 12:19pm
Now ZyXEL and D-Link routers from Post Office and TalkTalk under siege

Analysis  The Mirai botnet has struck again, with hundreds of thousands of TalkTalk and Post Office broadband customers affected. The two ISPs join a growing casualty list from a wave of assaults that have also affected customers at Deutsche Telekom, KCOM and Irish telco Eir over the last two weeks or so.…

Plastic fiver: 28 years' work, saves acres of cotton... may have killed less than ONE cow*

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 12:03pm
Inventor of polymer banknote: Veggie £5 refuseniks are being 'absolutely stupid'

Professor David Solomon, the inventor of the polymer banknote, has told vegetarians that they're being "stupid" over their opposition to its trace amounts of animal fat.…

Building IoT London: More speakers, workshops added to programme

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 11:45am
Early bird tickets? Don’t mind if I do

We’ve added more speakers to the lineup for Building IoT London and are ready to announce our first two workshops, meaning it’s really a good time to slip a few early bird tickets into your pre-Christmas shopping basket.…

Pure Storage is betting its FlashArray farm on NVMe

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 11:36am
Adoption starts in 2017 and will be leading flash interface protocol by 2019

+Comment  At a high level, Pure believes NVMe is poised to unlock the next generation of performance and density gains, and any modern all-flash array needs to be ready to take advantage. It plans to enable NVMe with tier 1 resiliency and enterprise data services for everyone, refusing to see it as expensive, exotic, high-performance niche technology.…

Brexit means Brexit: What the heck does that mean...

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 11:01am
... for your data?

Apparently the Brexit result has caused some IT leaders to look at repatriating data to the UK to “comply with data protection laws and especially GDPR”. But wait a minute – this seems to be more about a lack of understanding of data protection laws. Again.…

HyperGrid's ex-ice hockey player evangelist wants to slot the puck

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 10:00am
Murphy’s Marrakech Express leads to metaphorical storage goal

Analysis  It’s said that hockey players wear numbers because you can’t always identify the body from dental records, or that someone went to a fight and a hockey game broke out.…

EU court to determine how Uber's business should be defined

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 9:33am
Transport provider... Information purveyor... Both?

The EU's highest court has begun hearing arguments on how Uber's business should be legally defined in a case that could have widespread implications for other businesses, an expert has said.…

It’s Brexploitation! Microsoft punishes UK for Brexit with cloud price-gouging

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 9:04am
Redmond blames currency for UK-hosted Azure hike

“My own story would not have been possible but for the democratizing force of Microsoft technology reaching me where I was growing up,” CEO Satya Nadella told shareholders this week.…

Microsoft's 'Samaritan' refuses help to hackers doing Win 10 recon

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 8:27am
'SAMRi10' script hides the creds hackers crave, making box-to-box jumps harder

Microsoft hacker Itai Grady has created a tool to help prevent blackhat scouts from stealing Windows credentials, an effort the firm hopes will make network compromises harder to achieve.…

LeEco Le Pro 3: Low-cost, high-spec Droid takes on the big boys with a big fat batt

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 8:06am
Stonkingly good grunt, battery life, some rough edges

Review  In October, the Chinese firm LeEco announced bold plans to storm the American market with a range of consumer electronic devices, ranging from smartphones to a futuristic electric car.…

Sysadmin figures out dating agency worker lied in his profile

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 7:32am
I'm tall, handsome, ready to commit and don't know how to operate the ENTER key

On-Call  Thank the Galactic Spirit it's Friday: your correspondent is beat! But not so beat I can't dip into the On-Call mailbag to dredge up another story in which your fellow Reg readers explain how they've rescued clients and colleagues from chronologically-inconvenient computational cock-ups.…

Windows 10 market share growth just barely has a pulse

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 7:02am
Thanksgiving turkey: Free turns out to be what you were willing to pay

November lies behind us in all Reg-reading jurisdictions, so it's time to again consider the state of the desktop by gazing at the three services we use to assess desktop operating system market share.…