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Google Cloud plays GTA in Snowball fight with AWS

Wed, 19/07/2017 - 6:33am
That's the Google 'Transfer Appliance', to get data out of your bit barn and into its cloud

Google's started a Snowball fight with Amazon Web Services by announcing a “Transfer Appliance” to get data out of your data centre and into its cloud.…

Watson AI panned, 5¼ years of sales decline ... Does IBM now stand for Inferior Biz Model?

Wed, 19/07/2017 - 6:04am
Ginni's still grinning, of course

Analysis  If there's one thing you can give IBM credit for, it's Big Blue's ability to put on a brave face. Not only has its Watson offering been skewered by Wall Street analysts, it's also just reported its 21st straight quarter of revenue decline.…

Australia releases MH370 sea floor data but search is still off

Wed, 19/07/2017 - 4:57am
Minister celebrates lovely pictures of the sea floor, says he hopes new info is found

Geoscience Australia, the nation's agency for recording and sharing geographic and geological data, has released the first tranche of data captured during the search for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370.…

Solaris, Java have vulns that let users run riot

Wed, 19/07/2017 - 4:03am
What's big, red and has 308 patches, 30 of them critical? Oracle's quarterly patch dump

Oracle's emitted its quarterly patch dump. As usual it's a whopper, with 308 security fixes to consider.…

SQL Server 2017's first rc lands and - yes! - it runs on Linux

Wed, 19/07/2017 - 2:58am
Penguinistas knock, Redmond lowers the Drawbridge

Microsoft's long, gentle embrace of Linux continues with the first release candidate of SQL Server 2017.…

Rapid7 slurps security orchestration biz Komand

Wed, 19/07/2017 - 1:58am
When a problem comes along, you must whip it. Without having to get off your chair

Rapid7 is the latest vendor to jump on the orchestration and automation bandwagon, announcing it's buying upstart outfit Komand to plump out its range.…

Nutanix CEO smacks down VMware exec over claim it's a new Enron

Wed, 19/07/2017 - 12:54am
Yeah, the one that went down in flames for enormous financial naughtiness

The ongoing spat between VMware and Nutanix has flared again, with the latter company's CEO Dheeeraj Pandey hitting Twitter to smack down Lee Caswell, Virtzilla's veep for Products, Storage and Availability.…

Let's harden Internet crypto so quantum computers can't crack it

Tue, 18/07/2017 - 11:59pm
Draft blends asymmetric public/private key encryption and one-time pad analogs

In case someone manages to make a general purpose quantum computer one day, a group of IETF authors have put forward a proposal to harden Internet key exchange.…

Foxtel choked on 65,000 new sign-ups to watch Game of Thrones

Tue, 18/07/2017 - 11:20pm
Authentication system
couldn't handle the load

Australian pay TV broadcaster Foxtel has explained why it couldn't broadcast the new season Game of Thrones without trouble: more than 60,000 new subscribers swamped its systems.…

Guess who's here to tell us we're all totally wrong about net neutrality? Of course, it's Comcast

Tue, 18/07/2017 - 10:37pm
Cable giant shares its thoughts on costs, freedom

Analysis  Comcast has barreled into the fight over net neutrality by arguing that the current rules impose "onerous" regulations and "substantial costs that undermine investment."…

Iranian duo charged with hacking US missile simulation software biz

Tue, 18/07/2017 - 10:03pm
Blokes allegedly lifted, cracked export-restricted rocketry design app to tout it in Iran

Two Iranian nationals have been charged with hacking a US defense technology maker to steal and sell its rocketry simulation software.…

Google G-Suite spotted erecting stiff member vetting tool

Tue, 18/07/2017 - 9:46pm
App verification signage aims to give phishing the finger

Stung by phishing attacks aimed at G Suite users earlier this year, Google has armored its cloud with extra security layers.…

It's A-OK for FBI agents to silence web giants, says appeals court

Tue, 18/07/2017 - 8:21pm
One step back – but several steps forward possible in battle against NSL gagging orders

Gagging orders in the FBI's National Security Letters are all above board and constitutional, a California court has ruled.…

Now your boss can tear you a new Glasshole: Google's techno-specs reborn as biz gear

Tue, 18/07/2017 - 7:50pm
Those that can, do. Those that can't, return in enterprise form

Google Glass, the Chocolate Factory's shotgun wedding between technology and fashion, debuted to great fanfare on skydivers at Google IO 2012, launched with timidity in May, 2014 and collapsed under the weight of ridicule and naive expectations in January, 2015.…

China's censorship cyber-missiles shoot down pics flying through WhatsApp, chat apps

Tue, 18/07/2017 - 7:34pm
Death of Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo reveals new powers

China has expanded its censorship tools to strip out images from chat messages in transit through its networks.…

Don't let this snap-drag-on: Qualcomm waves white flag to Apple

Tue, 18/07/2017 - 6:35pm
CEO Mollenkopf opens door for settlement in licensing battle

The CEO of Qualcomm says he hopes to settle his company's licensing dispute with Apple out of court.…

CoinDash crowdfunding hack further dents trust in crypto-trading world

Tue, 18/07/2017 - 6:13pm
$7m pilfered from investors, white hats on the trail

More than $7m was stolen by hackers on Monday from folks investing in a cryptocurrency startup.…

The Lord saw that man was wicked and sent a flood of storage news

Tue, 18/07/2017 - 3:47pm
He told El Reg to build an ark conveniently summing it all up

Another storage news flood has been washing over us. In between the waves we caught our breath and penned this catch-up.…

One-quarter of UK.gov IT projects at high risk of failure

Tue, 18/07/2017 - 3:03pm
Digital borders, digital tax and raft of MoJ projects singled out

One-quarter of the UK government’s major IT programmes worth a total lifetime cost of £8bn are at high risk of failure, according to a Register analysis of the major project watchdog's annual report of 143 government programmes worth over £455bn.…

Me-ow! Ruski tech titan Yandex open-sources ML library CatBoost

Tue, 18/07/2017 - 2:58pm
Something to do with categories, not feline antidepressants

Russia's tech behemoth Yandex has open-sourced its first machine learning library, CatBoost.…