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Phone fatigue takes hold: SIM-onlys now top UK market

Wed, 22/11/2017 - 12:05pm
♫ "Boredom, boredom, boredom, b'dum b'dum" ♫

SIM-only contracts are now the most popular kind of mobile deal in the UK, as punters step off the tedious upgrade treadmill.…

'Gimme Gimme Gimme' Easter egg in <code>man</code> breaks automated tests at 00:30

Wed, 22/11/2017 - 11:31am
Wow, I see what you did there *rolls eyes*

The maintainer of the Linux manual program man has scrapped an "Easter egg" after it broke a user's automatic code tests.…

Borat creator offers to cover mankini fines. Is nice!

Wed, 22/11/2017 - 11:03am
Sacha Baron Cohen steps in after Czech tourists become butt of joke

Borat creator Brit comedian Sacha Baron Cohen has said he'll pay the fines handed to a group of mankini-clad Czech tourists by Kazakhstani authorities.…

London mayor: Self-driving cars? Not without jacked-up taxes, you don't!

Wed, 22/11/2017 - 10:32am
And who will build the roads, asks Transport for London

London mayor Sadiq Khan has come out against driverless electric cars, telling Parliament that adoption of the vehicles by Londoners could harm government tax revenues, reduce the number of cyclists – and leave questions over who would build the roads.…

Loake Shoes admits: We've fallen victim to cybercrims

Wed, 22/11/2017 - 10:18am
Hold on to your laces, email server was compromised

Miscreants, hackers – call 'em what you will – have pilfered email addresses from an unknown number of Loake Shoes customers.…

Once more unto the breach: <i>El Reg</i> has a go at crisis management

Wed, 22/11/2017 - 9:43am
And you can probably guess how that turned out

Hacks played representatives of a hacked company in an incident response exercise run by F-Secure this week.…

When it comes to ML, reports of JavaScript's death are exaggerated

Wed, 22/11/2017 - 9:08am
Python is not the be-all and end-all of writing smart algorithms

Machine learning is fast becoming one of the high-growth areas for developers – but what language should you employ, given that so many exist?…

'Urgent data corruption issue' destroys filesystems in Linux 4.14

Wed, 22/11/2017 - 8:35am
Using bcache to speed Linux 4.14? Stop if you want your data to live

A filesystem-eating bug has been found in Linux 4.14.…

Crypto-jackers enlist Google Tag Manager to smuggle alt-coin miners

Wed, 22/11/2017 - 8:01am
Ad giant has malware detection in its script-hosting service... but Coin Hive isn't flagged

Crypto-jackers using Coin Hive code to secretly mine Monero via computing power supplied by the unsuspecting have found Google Tag Manager to be a convenient means of distribution.…

Microsoft reprieves CodePlex users – you're doomed next week

Wed, 22/11/2017 - 7:30am
Read-only doom-day slips, December axe still ohovers

Even a turkey can get a reprieve: Microsoft's CodePlex shut-down date has run late, but is still imminent.…

HP Inc – the no-drama one – is actually doing fine with PCs, printers

Wed, 22/11/2017 - 7:04am
Personal gear a more reliable moneymaker than servers. Who knew?

On a day when Meg Whitman, CEO of its sibling HPE, announced her departure from the biz, HP Inc revealed its slow and steady progress in two tough markets.…

Apple: Sure, we banned VPN iOS apps in China, but, um, er, art!

Wed, 22/11/2017 - 6:02am
iGiant didn't want to aid censorship, but $10bn in revenue is $10bn in revenue

Apple has told the US government it cooperated with China's demands to block VPN services so it could get other concessions from the Middle Kingdom on human rights.…

Linus Torvalds 'sorry' for swearing, blames popularity of Linux itself

Wed, 22/11/2017 - 4:58am
More than 20 pulls a day on his desk, v.4.15 bloating and a Thanksgiving trip to pack for made Linus testy

Linux overlord Linus Torvalds has apologised – a bit – for calling some security-centric kernel contributors “f*cking morons”.…

Iranian military hacker fingered for 'Game of p0wns' HBO leak

Wed, 22/11/2017 - 3:58am
Dept. of Justice lamely says 'winter is coming' for Behzad Mesri, aka 'Skote Vahshat'

The United States' Department of Justice has identified a suspect in July's attack on Home Box Office, naming an Iranian national, Behzad Mesri, in an indictment unsealed Tuesday, November 21.…

Microsoft to run VMware on Azure, on bare metal. Repeat. Microsoft to run VMware on Azure.

Wed, 22/11/2017 - 3:03am
VMware-certified partners will help as Redmond also starts vSphere-to-Azure migrations

Microsoft is to offer "the full VMware stack on Azure hardware" with the help of an as-yet-unnamed VMware partner.…

Microsoft says Win 8/10's weak randomisation is 'working as intended'

Wed, 22/11/2017 - 1:57am
This bug is a feature in 11 out of 12 scenarios

Microsoft has rebutted analysis that suggested its Address Space Layout Randomisation (ASLR) technology could be exploited.…

Wait, did Oracle tip off world to Google's creepy always-on location tracking in Android?

Wed, 22/11/2017 - 12:55am
War over Java spills into mobile privacy world

Analysis  Having evidently forgotten about that Street View Wi-Fi-harvesting debacle, Google has admitted constantly collecting the whereabouts of Android devices regardless of whether or not they have location tracking enabled.…

Uber: Hackers stole 57m passengers, drivers' info. We also bribed the thieves $100k to STFU

Wed, 22/11/2017 - 12:04am
And it happened a year ago, hoped you wouldn't find out

Uber's CEO Dara Khosrowshahi today revealed hackers broke into the ride-hailing app's databases and stole personal information on 57 million passengers and drivers – information including names, email addresses, and phone numbers.…

HPE CEO Meg Whitman QUITS, MAN! Neri to replace chief exec in Feb

Tue, 21/11/2017 - 9:26pm
Stock tumbles, sales sag, profits wiped out, boss ejects

Hewlett Packard Enterprise boss Meg Whitman is stepping down, and will be replaced on February 1 by company president Antonio Neri.…

While you're preparing to carve Thanksgiving turkey, the FCC will be slicing into net neutrality

Tue, 21/11/2017 - 8:46pm
Pai will lay out plan this week, vote in December

Analysis  Ajit Pai, chairman of America's broadband watchdog, today confirmed what we all knew was coming for months now: a move to tear up the Obama-era's rules on network neutrality in the US.…