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Flash, Sam, wallop: Samsung crashes ahead as top NAND chip flinger

Tue, 21/11/2017 - 7:08am
According to these here estimates, anyway

Samsung increased its market share in the NAND supply world in the third quarter of the year, analysts reckon. According to TrendForce's latest estimates, the suppliers' overall flash shipments for Q3 2017 looked like this:…

AT&T wants to bin 100,000 routers, replace them with white boxes

Tue, 21/11/2017 - 5:58am
Carrier tries to speed networking innovation with 'Disaggregated Network Operating System'

AT&T has launched an audacious attempt to push the networking industry towards software-defined networking and white-box hardware.…

Marvell and Cavium do the deed, vow to breed infra-monster

Tue, 21/11/2017 - 5:03am
Six billion bucks does the trick, now let's see what kind of kit they build together

The rumours were right: Marvell has formally announced it will buy Cavium, for around six billion US dollars, and plans to emerge as an “Infrastructure Solutions Powerhouse”.…

More than half of GitHub is duplicate code, researchers find

Tue, 21/11/2017 - 3:57am
Boffins beware: random samples are therefore useless for research

Given that code sharing is a big part of the GitHub mission, it should come at no surprise that the platform stores a lot of duplicated code: 70 per cent, a study has found.…

Microsoft's memory randomization security defense is a little busted in Windows 8, 10

Tue, 21/11/2017 - 3:02am
RIP ROP? Think again

A Carnegie-Mellon CERT researcher has discovered that Microsoft broke some use-cases for its Address Space Layout Randomisation (ASLR) mechanism, designed to severely hamper hackers' attempts to exploit security bugs.…

Amazon launches Secret Region – so secret it's endorsed by the CIA

Tue, 21/11/2017 - 2:04am
The rest of us just get a 0.04% improvement in EC2 reliability, to a guaranteed 99.99%

Amazon Web Services has launched a Secret Region – which we know about because the CIA has endorsed it.…

AT&T insists it's not sweating US govt block of Time-Warner gobble

Tue, 21/11/2017 - 12:57am
'We don't care, in fact look at this letter about how little we care. Really. Please look at it'

AT&T says it is not worried about the possibility of a US government lawsuit derailing its attempts to acquire Time-Warner.…

Intel finds critical holes in secret Management Engine hidden in tons of desktop, server chipsets

Mon, 20/11/2017 - 11:53pm
Bugs can be exploited to extract info, potentially insert rootkits

Intel today admitted its Management Engine (ME), Server Platform Services (SPS), and Trusted Execution Engine (TXE) are vulnerable to multiple worrying security flaws, based on the findings of external security experts.…

Cops jam a warrant into Apple to make it cough up Texas mass killer's iPhone, iCloud files

Mon, 20/11/2017 - 11:30pm
Here we go again…

Texas Rangers have obtained a search warrant for the contents of a blood-splattered iPhone SE belonging to gunman Devin Kelley who killed 26 people in a murder-suicide at a church.…

Uber slapped with $9m fine for letting dodgy drivers pick up punters

Mon, 20/11/2017 - 10:43pm
Super Cali goes – oh no, wait, this is Colorado

Colorado watchdogs today hit Uber subsidiary Rasier with an $8.9m fine for allowing drivers with felony convictions and/or major moving violations to pick up folks using the ride-hailing app.…

Open-source defenders turn on each other in 'bizarre' trademark fight sparked by GPL fall out

Mon, 20/11/2017 - 9:23pm
Tempest in a teapot scalds FOSS world

Special report  Two organizations founded to help and support developers of free and open-source software have locked horns in public, betraying a long-running quarrel rumbling mostly behind the scenes.…

It was El Reg wot won it: Bing banishes bogus Brit bank banner ad

Mon, 20/11/2017 - 8:06pm
Link to fake TSB site canned after we help raise alarm

Microsoft has axed a Bing search result advert that masqueraded as a legit online banking website – but was in fact a sophisticated phishing operation.…

Germany slaps ban on kids' smartwatches for being 'secret spyware'

Mon, 20/11/2017 - 5:35pm
Hands up, whose parents are listening in on this class?

The German telecoms regulator has banned the sale of children's smartwatches that allow users to secretly listen in on nearby conversations.…

UK.gov to chuck an extra £2.3bn at R&D ahead of Budget

Mon, 20/11/2017 - 4:55pm
No. 10 promises billions (in a few years), doesn't address Horizon 2020

The government has announced an extra £2.3bn in research and development investment by 2021/22, ahead of the Budget this week.…

Liberty and MXC jump into bed, light up joint venture

Mon, 20/11/2017 - 4:27pm
Want to consolidate fragmented market

Cable giant Liberty Global has inked a deal with MXC Capital, an AIM-listed tech investor, to create a buy-and-build IT services business that sells to UK SMEs.…

UK.gov 'could easily' flog 6m driver records to private firms this year

Mon, 20/11/2017 - 4:05pm
DVLA could bring in £15m from fine-wielding corporates

The UK government is driving towards a sale of up to 6 million vehicle records to private parking firms, according to a transport lobby group.…

Nathan Barley blamed for global GDP slump

Mon, 20/11/2017 - 3:38pm
Clueless freelancers and the productivity puzzle

Nathan Barley, the insufferable "self-facilitating media node" of Charlie Brooker's TV series, may be a prime culprit for Britain's lack of productivity growth.…

<i>Another</i> UAV licence price hike? Commercial drone fliers rage over consultation

Mon, 20/11/2017 - 3:05pm
Why bother paying, ask some law-abiding operators

The Civil Aviation Authority is threatening already squeezed British commercial drone operators with another licence fee hike from April, piling another 40 per cent onto their costs.…

Who has 2,000 tickets to the gun show? Cisco's HCIA platform HyperFlex

Mon, 20/11/2017 - 2:42pm
In 18 months, Switchzilla has established itself in hyperconverged market

+Comment  After 18 months of selling, some 2,000 customers are travelling along the Cisco HCIA highway.…

OnePlus 5T is like the little sister you always feared was the favourite

Mon, 20/11/2017 - 2:00pm
This time, the flagship challenger gets it right

Review  OnePlus has settled into the groove of releasing two flagships a year, and this Christmas-time 5T reiteration may well piss off the fans who bought the OnePlus 5 released in the summer. It's better all round, sports the 6-inch 18:9 OLED that's a genuine flagship display... and it's the same price as before. So £499 buys you some absurd specs: 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, and £449 6GB/64GB.…