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Cisco denies restraint of trade in Arista-spat, asks court to dismiss case

Mon, 27/03/2017 - 1:28am
Under a trade ban, Arista can't sue in America, says Switchzilla

Under fire from Cisco and US trade regulators, Arista has fought back by accusing Switchzilla of anti-trust behaviours. So last week Cisco asked a Californian judge to dismiss the case.…

Converged systems market is so hot it just went backwards

Mon, 27/03/2017 - 12:58am
FY 2016 was okay, but Q4 was ugly, which may explain the SimpliVity fire sale and Nutanix's revenue warning

Converged systems are supposed to be the hot spot of the otherwise-troubled server and storage markets. Yet sales just dipped for 2016's final quarter, according to kit-counting firm IDC, and overall growth for the year was tepid.…

Ubuntu 17.04 inches closer to production

Sun, 26/03/2017 - 11:59pm
Zapus jumping in April

Ubuntu's final beta for version 17.04 has landed.…

Dishwasher has directory traversal bug

Sun, 26/03/2017 - 11:08pm
Thanks a Miele-on for making everything dangerous, Internet of Things firmware slackers

Don't say you weren't warned: Miele went full Internet-of-Things with a network-connected dishwasher, gave it a web server, and now finds itself on the wrong end of a security bug report – and it's accused of ignoring the warning.…

Sources: Misco SOLD to Hilco Capital, care home for the distressed

Sun, 26/03/2017 - 10:30pm
Failed tech reseller joins same stables as HMV, Jessops, Staples...

Exclusive  Systemax has offloaded almost all of its Misco-branded European reseller operations to Hilco Capital, a buyer of distressed firms that will add the failing tech supplier to a basket that already contains HMV and Staples, multiple sources have told The Reg.…

UK Home Sec: Give us a snoop-around for WhatApp encryption. Don't worry, we won't go into the cloud

Sun, 26/03/2017 - 9:45pm
Plus: UK needs those with the right 'hashtags' to stop wrong uploads*

The UK government is once again suggesting encryption has no place in citizens' hands, in the wake of revelations that Westminster attacker Khalid Masood was using WhatsApp shortly before murdering pedestrians with his car, and stabbing a police officer to death.…

Researcher hopes to teach infants with cochlear implants to speak – with an app

Sun, 26/03/2017 - 6:02pm
Kids who've never heard need 'habilitation' – they've never had a skill to rehabilitate

Getting an AI to understand speech is already a tough nut to crack. A group of Australian researchers wants to take on something much harder: teaching once-deaf babies to talk.…

Bloke whose drone was blasted out of sky by angry dad loses another court battle for compo

Sat, 25/03/2017 - 2:03pm
Snoopers get shotguns

An appeals court has snubbed a drone owner's demand for $1,500 compensation from a furious dad who blew the flying gizmo out of the sky when it hovered over his family.…

DNA-bothering eggheads brew beer you were literally born to like

Sat, 25/03/2017 - 10:27am
Red alert: Science mixed with marketing detected

London-based Meantime Brewing Company, acquired a year ago by Belgian beverage multinational Anheuser-Busch InBev, wants to sell you beer tuned to your taste.…

Astroboffins stunned by biggest brown dwarf ever seen – just a hop and a skip away (750 ly)

Sat, 25/03/2017 - 8:29am
Yeah, we're talking hundreds of light years

Pic  Astronomers claim to have identified the largest and purest brown dwarf ever seen, measuring in at a record-breaking 90 times the mass of Jupiter. And it's hovering fairly nearby in the Milky Way.…

Ever visited a land now under Islamic State rule? And you want to see America? Hand over that Facebook, Twitter, pal

Sat, 25/03/2017 - 1:01am
Uncle Sam turns up the heat on visa hopefuls

US embassies have been told to examine social media accounts of visa applicants who have ever set foot in Islamic-State-controlled areas.…

After London attack, UK gov lays into Facebook, Google for not killing extremist terror pages

Fri, 24/03/2017 - 10:14pm
PM's spokesman and foreign secretary wave warning finger

In the wake of a terror attack in the heart of London this week that left five dead, the UK government has turned its ire onto online companies – including Google and Facebook – for not doing enough to remove extremist webpages and other content from their services.…

'Windows 10 destroyed our data!' Microsoft hauled into US court

Fri, 24/03/2017 - 8:40pm
'Dodgy' unwanted operating system update sparks potential class-action lawsuit

Updated  Three people in Illinois have filed a lawsuit against Microsoft, claiming that its Windows 10 update destroyed their data and damaged their computers.…

Pure Silicon Valley: Medium asks $5 a month for absolutely nothing

Fri, 24/03/2017 - 7:46pm
Think of it as being your own mini-VC without shares

Analysis  Silicon Valley prides itself on disrupting industries – but it has bitten off more than it can chew by trying to take on an already highly competitive market suffering from major money woes.…

GiftGhostBot scares up victims' gift-card cash with brute-force attacks

Fri, 24/03/2017 - 7:08pm
Software nasty can burn through 1.7 million account numbers per hour

Cybercrooks are using a bot to automate the process of breaking into and draining online gift card accounts.…

Capacity shortage hits AWS UK micro instances

Fri, 24/03/2017 - 5:29pm
Elastic cloud snaps back

Amazon's brand-new UK T2 micro instances reached saturation point on Friday, with users being told the AWS service had run out of local capacity.…

Alternative vet Quartermaine exits Daisy, Daisy...

Fri, 24/03/2017 - 5:08pm
Bicycles into the sunset

Brit IT services giant Daisy Group has waved goodbye to former Alternative Networks CEO Mark Quartermaine – just months after it bought the comms and tech integrator, an internal document has confirmed.…

Lloyds Banking Group axing hundreds of jobs AGAIN

Fri, 24/03/2017 - 4:01pm
And that's even before all of those techies are farmed out to IBM

Lloyds Banking Group is throwing more UK techies overboard ahead of the big outsourcing deal with a “single strategic partner” that El Reg previously revealed was IBM.…

Oz companies fume as Enetica outage enters its second day

Fri, 24/03/2017 - 3:17pm
Hosting service's access to .au registry suspended

Australian web service firm Enetica has provoked consternation among customers frustrated about a prolonged outage now entering its second day.…

UK.gov confirms it won't be buying V-22 Ospreys for new aircraft carriers

Fri, 24/03/2017 - 2:11pm
Also confirms earlier operational date for HMS Queen Elizabeth

Britain is not buying V-22 Osprey aircraft to fly from its new aircraft carriers, the government has confirmed.…