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A todger, a 2.5kg dumbbell, the fire brigade... and the inevitable angle grinder

Mon, 18/09/2017 - 3:03pm
German joins growing list of blokes saved by a saw

A German chap is in recovery mode after firefighters battled tirelessly for three hours to free his member from a dumbbell weight.…

Apocalypse now: Ad biz cries foul over Apple's great AI cookie purge

Mon, 18/09/2017 - 2:31pm
It'll break the internet, cries Madison Ave

Fear of the Adpocalypse has died down in recent months - but new platform Apple releases have revived it.…

Downloaded CCleaner lately? Oo, awks... it was stuffed with malware

Mon, 18/09/2017 - 1:46pm
OK, OK, well the 2.27 million victims were not Reg readers

Antivirus firm Avast has admitted inadvertently distributing a trojanised version of CCleaner, a popular PC tune-up tool, for nearly a month, infecting an estimated 2.27 million users.…

TfL hackathon showed data can keep transport running and people safe

Mon, 18/09/2017 - 1:19pm
Analytics is about the journey AND destination

Sponsored  If software is eating the world, then hackathons are its fast-food restaurants. Groups of developers come together for short periods to try to solve pressing problems. This happens in sectors from healthcare to retail, and now it's happening in transportation too.…

Brit ministers jet off on a trade mission to tout our digital exports...

Mon, 18/09/2017 - 12:11pm
...We import two-thirds of our digital. That! is! a! disgrace!

In a desperate attempt to improve our international trade prospects, UK digital minister Matt Hancock has jetted off on a "cyber trade mission" to "tap huge markets in Singapore and promote UK fintech sector in Tokyo."…

Sure, HoloLens is cute, but Ford was making VR work before it was cool

Mon, 18/09/2017 - 11:16am
Elizabeth Baron found genuine use for virtual reality in the design process

Interview  In an era defined by Microsoft, Facebook, Google, Apple and Samsung, it's understandable, easy even, to become complacent and look only to Silicon Valley for tech innovation and leadership. Smartphones, touchscreen, mega search, the app economy... if all these things and more didn't come from a handful of US tech firms, they were certainly popularised and monetised by them.…

Microsoft Office 365 Exchange issues for users across Europe

Mon, 18/09/2017 - 10:04am
Expect problems and delays

Updated  Microsoft customers across Europe are reporting problems connecting to Exchange Online, including an inability to connect as well as time lags.…

The developers vs enterprise architects showdown: You shall know us by our trail of diagrams

Mon, 18/09/2017 - 9:52am
Old McDonald had a server farm, EA, EA, Oh!

One of the more wizened roles in IT is the enterprise architect, or, “EA” for those in a hurry. Meanwhile, those cowpokes over in the wide open office plans of DevOps country have little regard for these EA types.…

New HMRC IT boss to 'recuse' herself over Microsoft decisions

Mon, 18/09/2017 - 9:12am
UK taxman's CDIO Jacky Wright currently on 'sabbatical'

Exclusive  The UK's incoming Chief Digital Information Officer of HMRC is to recuse herself from making any decisions regarding Microsoft, as she is on sabbatical from the company under a two-year placement with the taxman.…

DXC Technologies mails another corp message (GULP)

Mon, 18/09/2017 - 8:03am
No, not redundos or cost cutting... bonuses for the 'top performing' little people

Repeated redundancy programmes and the imposition of penny pinching measures can make a workforce glum, no matter how many fancy dress days a company offers: DXC Technologies might have realised this.…

Veritas considers 'restructuring' another two offices, with 350+ pink slips possible

Mon, 18/09/2017 - 7:02am
Plans hiring too, but the 'We closed Sydney because of real estate costs' line looks thin

“Veritas” is the Latin word for truth, a fact we mention because data management software vendor Veritas has offered The Register a revised explanation for the closure of its support desk in Sydney, Australia, after we received information that told a different story.…

WordPress has adverse reaction to Facebook's React.js licence

Mon, 18/09/2017 - 5:58am
Automattic is willing to delay an update and rewrite code if it means legal certainty

Automattic, the company behind hosting service WordPress.com, has decided to stop using Facebook's React.js library, citing legal concerns.…

Microsoft teases web-based Windows Server management console

Mon, 18/09/2017 - 4:31am
Project 'Honolulu' gives some PowerShell-only jobs a GUI and hyperconverges Windows

Microsoft's Ignite gabfest kicks off in a fortnight and Redmond will use it to show off a shiny new Windows Server admin GUI that includes tools previously only available in PowerShell.…

Noise-canceling headphones with a DO NOT DISTURB light can't silence your critics

Mon, 18/09/2017 - 2:48am
Jabra's Evolve 80 will hush your office, but the red warning ring is mere bling

Ears-on test  The Register's Sydney eyrie will soon be demolished, so Vulture South needs a new office and we're probably going to nestle into a shared workspace.…

Linux 4.14 'getting very core new functionality' says Linus Torvalds

Mon, 18/09/2017 - 12:25am
Memory management wonks, this release is for you. And also you Hyper-V admins

Linus Torvalds has unsentimentally loosed release candidate one of Linux 4.14 a day before the 26th anniversary of the Linux-0.01 release, and told penguinistas to expect a few big changes this time around.…

VMworld schwag heist CCTV didn't work <i>and</i> casino wouldn't share it

Sun, 17/09/2017 - 11:27pm
Disappearance of anti-Nutanix buttons becomes 'happened in Vegas, stays in Vegas' thing

The alleged theft of marketing material uncomplimentary to hyperconverged heavyweight Nutanix appears to have become a cold case.…

Equifax's IT leaders 'retire' as company says it knew about the bug that brought it down

Sun, 17/09/2017 - 10:35pm
Company tried to find and patch vulnerable systems, but we know what happened next

Equifax's chief information officer and chief security officer “are retiring” and the company has admitted it knew Apache Struts needed patching in March, but looks to have fluffed attempts to secure the software.…

The architecture for sharing tokens across blockchains promises traction

Fri, 15/09/2017 - 11:44pm
After lightning fundraising round, Cosmos puts Ethereum high on dev roadmap

In April, the Cosmos project raised about $17m in half an hour on the promise to someday let users freely share tokens among Bitcoin, Ethereum and other popular blockchain protocols.…

Portland posts full report on Uber's dirty dealings with Greyball

Fri, 15/09/2017 - 11:36pm
No further penalties for ride-sharing giant, however

The city of Portland, Oregon has released its full report on illegal operations by ride-sharing company Uber in 2014.…

Senators call for '9/11-style' commission on computer voting security

Fri, 15/09/2017 - 11:00pm
Horse, meet stable door

Two US senators on Friday introduced legislation to set up the National Commission on the Cybersecurity of the United States Election Systems, to examine the possibility that people tried to hack the 2016 election.…