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Attempt at building kinder, gentler Reddit downvoted off the Web

Thu, 25/05/2017 - 2:04am
Chat forums beyond El Reg just do respectful whimsy, so goodbye 'Imzy'

Reddit can be a nasty, nasty place. So nasty that in 2015 half a dozen Reddit employees – some who said they'd experienced personal abuse or threats of violence from Reddit members – bailed from the company and set their sights on "rethinking the way communities exist on the internet".…

Fat-thumbed dev slashes Samba security

Thu, 25/05/2017 - 1:03am
Remote code execution in all versions since 3.5.0, so it's patching time!

Sysadmins tending Samba need to get patching.…

Machine 1, Man 0: AlphaGo slams world's best Go player in the first round

Thu, 25/05/2017 - 12:44am
DeepMind scores another win in marketing its AI

AlphaGo yesterday one-upped man as it won the first out of three games against Ke Jie, the world’s number one player in Go.…

Uber New York class action alleges passengers overcharged $7.43m per month

Thu, 25/05/2017 - 12:16am
Dial-a-ride d-baggery claimed on passenger side too

Uber's New York woes are piling up, as the dial-a-ride service has now been sued by riders who believe they were being overcharged.…

Google, Lyft, IBM mix microservices into management mesh

Wed, 24/05/2017 - 11:12pm
Kubernetes cluster cat herding, brought to you by Istio

Microservices architecture, in which monolithic apps get broken down into a set of distinct services, goes well with containers and orchestration.…

FCC revised net neutrality rules reveal cable company control of process

Wed, 24/05/2017 - 10:54pm
We take a look inside the campaign to undermine the internet

Analysis  The FCC has released a revised version of its plans to tear up net neutrality – and unwittingly revealed the extraordinary influence that the cable industry has over the process.…

Democracy-minded DEF CON hackers promise punishing probe on US election computers

Wed, 24/05/2017 - 10:36pm
Voting machine hacking could turn very ugly

Organizers at the DEF CON hacking conference in July are planning a mass cracking of US electronic election machines.…

Feeling Locky, punk? Ransomware grew eight-fold last year

Wed, 24/05/2017 - 9:04pm
Days of future past

Ransomware saw a more than eight-fold (752 per cent) increase as a mode of attack in 2016, according to Trend Micro.…

Schiaparelli probe crash caused by excessive spin, report concludes

Wed, 24/05/2017 - 8:49pm
Lander exercise was 'very close' to a success

The Schiaparelli probe suffered a botched landing on the Martian surface as it briefly spun out of control, confusing the computer systems onboard, an official report concluded today.…

Intel pitches a Thunderbolt 3-for-all

Wed, 24/05/2017 - 8:47pm
Chipzilla says USB standard will be open to the world

Intel is pushing its Thunderbolt 3.0 USB port as the defacto input mode for future PCs.…

Twilio packages code boilerplate to woo devs

Wed, 24/05/2017 - 7:59pm
Call proxy service aims to appeal to businesses with mobile workers

Cloud communications service Twilio believes software development doesn't have to play out like Groundhog Day, a film in which a man relives the same day over and over. For developers, that sense of déjà vu is a common experience.…

Costs v sales agent? Not just yet, judge tells Retro Computers Ltd

Wed, 24/05/2017 - 6:36pm
ZX Spectrum-themed game console firm didn't quite win court order, either

ZX Spectrum Vega firm Retro Computers Ltd has had its attempt to force former sales agent Nick Cooper to hand over extra information in the ongoing court battle between the two postponed today by the London County Court.…

HPE flashes out 3PAR, Nimble and MSA kit

Wed, 24/05/2017 - 5:33pm
Joins Dell EMC, NetApp, Pure to upgrade all-flash arrays

HPE has announced new mid-range 3PAR all-flash arrays, fifth generation MSA arrays, Nimble Secondary Flash arrays, and cloud-connected StoreOnce data protection.…

Hitachi exits mainframe hardware but will collab with IBM on z Systems

Wed, 24/05/2017 - 4:04pm
Big Blue's big iron to be loaded with Hitachi's OS software

Hitachi has stopped building its own mainframes but will supply IBM z Systems loaded with Hitachi VOS3 operating system software.…

Huawei missed memo that PC's dead – so here are three new notebooks

Wed, 24/05/2017 - 3:33pm
Touchscreens? Who needs 'em?

Hands On  Huawei this week launched three Intel devices running Windows 10: a slim notebook, a Surface-a-like 2-in-1, and a conventional 15.6" laptop.…

HPE's Nimble Secondary Flash Array uses... disk?

Wed, 24/05/2017 - 3:16pm
What are they banging on about?

Analysis  Having acquired Nimble Storage and its hybrid and all-flash arrays, HPE is positioning it as a kind of secondary storage. What does that mean?…

Google now mingles everything you've bought with everywhere you've been

Wed, 24/05/2017 - 3:03pm
(And everything you've seen) Welcome to 'Closing the Loop'

In a move with echoes of the fictional internet giant described in Dave Eggers' The Circle, Google's has begun trawling through billions of personal credit card records, matching them to your browser, location and advertising histories.…

Are telcos' customers expecting too much of IoT connectivity techs?

Wed, 24/05/2017 - 2:38pm
Also, here's why LTE-M gained ground over NB-IoT in Europe

Some customers are expecting more than can be realistically delivered with licensed spectrum Internet of Things connectivity technologies, a major European telco has warned.…

Dixons Carphone: Brexit not a factor as Brits' gadget lust holds strong

Wed, 24/05/2017 - 2:06pm
Gloom and doom? Consumers still shopping with us, trills CEO

Political uncertainty haven’t put punters off purchasing electronic gadgets, Dixons Carphone CEO reported today.…

WDC flashes the cash in in Tosh Memory biz bid: 2 treeellion yen

Wed, 24/05/2017 - 1:49pm
Partners with state-backed Japanese funds

+Comment  WDC is partnering with a state-backed Japanese fund and bidding ¥2 trillion ($17.9bn, £13.8bn) to buy Toshiba’s Memory Business.…