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HPE slices and dices globo org chart

Fri, 15/09/2017 - 11:09am
Waves off another exec in the name of progress

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is waving bye to another long standing exec as it puts more meat on the new structure that is part of a wider plan to make more money build a long term operational and financial blueprint.…

NCC hires three Bank of England cyber experts to beef up assurance business

Fri, 15/09/2017 - 10:28am
Intros CENTA - that new money smell

Three of the Bank of England’s cyber specialists have joined NCC Group to lead a newly established threat assurance unit at the UK-based security consultancy firm.…

Rise Of the Tiny Machines: Boffins cook up autonomous DNA sorting robot

Fri, 15/09/2017 - 10:04am
It's coming for your jobs, very, very slowly

ROTM  It's the most eco-friendly DNA walker I know, computer scientist Damien Woods told The Register.…

Farewell Cassini! NASA's Saturnian spacecraft waves goodbye for its Grand Finale

Fri, 15/09/2017 - 9:32am
But the mission is far from over, say scientists

Cassini, one of NASA’s flagship spacecraft, is poised to meet its fiery end today as it plunges down into Saturn’s atmosphere at a speed of 123,000kph (77,000mph) per hour, where it will soon vaporise.…

'All-screen display'? But surely every display is all-screen... or is a screen not a display?

Fri, 15/09/2017 - 9:02am
Sounds like a good idea but looks can be deceptive

Something for the Weekend, Sir?  Right. Right. Right. No, left. I said LEFT! Oh for the love of humanity, swipe left now! My eyes! Sorry, no, I mean "My EARS!"…

Video nasty lets VMware guests run code on hosts

Fri, 15/09/2017 - 8:30am
It's 2017 and SVGA device can p0wn enterprise software. Sigh

VMware's given vAdmins a busy Friday by disclosing three nasties to patch.…

Tech biz must be more export-focused, says defence kit minister

Fri, 15/09/2017 - 8:00am
We like your startups – now help post-Brexit UK and start selling abroad

DSEI 2017  Britain should ramp up exports of defence tech wares after Brexit - and this means more than the traditional guns ‘n’ spyware, according to defence procurement minister Harriett Baldwin MP.…

Facebook let advertisers target 'Jew-haters'

Fri, 15/09/2017 - 7:22am
You are our product, says The Social Network™, and we productised your racism

Facebook has blamed its users for the fact that advertisers on The Social Network™ could target their ads to “Jew-haters” and other anti-Semitic terms.…

User worked with wrong app for two weeks, then complained to IT that data had gone missing

Fri, 15/09/2017 - 7:03am
Lock down your UIs, developers – customisation can confuse cretins

ON-CALL  Welcome again to On-Call, the Friday feature in which we help Reg readers to recount times when they were asked to fix problems that should never have happened.…

Boffin wins (Ig) Nobel prize asking if cats can be liquid

Fri, 15/09/2017 - 5:57am
Why people hate cheese and speaker worn in the vagina also score 'make you laugh, then make you think' awards

2017's Ig Nobel prizes have been awarded, again with the aim of shining a light on science that first makes you laugh and then makes you think.…

AWS users felt a great disturbance in the cloud, as S3 cried out in terror

Fri, 15/09/2017 - 4:57am
S3izure made things tricky for an hour, but was no apocalypS3 to match March mess

The world received an unpleasant reminder of what it's like to live without the cloud on Thursday, after Amazon Web Services' Simple Storage Service fluttered for an hour or so.…

Veritas shrinks Sydney office, slashes 60-something support staff

Fri, 15/09/2017 - 2:44am
Jobs look to be on their way to India

Storage management software vendor Veritas is shrinking its Sydney office, a move The Register understands will mean the loss of over 65 jobs in the support team currently stationed in the Australian city.…

IoT gateways get a benchmark from the TPC

Fri, 15/09/2017 - 2:03am
You're going to run a pair of servers to tend 'things' and pre-analyse their data, OK?

The Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC) has decided the world needs a benchmark for the Internet of Things, or at least for the gateways that will do initial processing of data that things generate.…

Westpac brings authentication system in-house, binning IBM

Fri, 15/09/2017 - 1:52am
Bank wants centrally-managed control over access control

Australian bank Westpac has decided the time is right to bring its Distributed System Access service in-house, rather than continue an arrangement that saw it tended by IBM.…

Chrome to label FTP sites insecure

Fri, 15/09/2017 - 12:58am
It's only 0.0026 per cent of traffic, but it's all in plaintext so deserves a red flag

Google's Chrome browser will soon label file transfer protocol (FTP) services insecure.…

Another month, another malware outbreak in Google's Play Store

Fri, 15/09/2017 - 12:24am
50 apps get pulled as ExpensiveWall malware runs riot in the store

Google has had to pull 50 malware-laden apps from its Play Store after researchers found that virus writers had once again managed to fool the Chocolate Factory's code checking system.…

Google sued for paying women less than men

Fri, 15/09/2017 - 12:10am
Women get the lowly frontend jobs, while the men bask in backend glory

Three former Google employees filed a gender discrimination lawsuit against the company on Thursday over charges of unfair pay and promotion.…

Oracle's Q1: Cloud, great. Hardware, meh. Mergers, unlikely

Thu, 14/09/2017 - 11:32pm
Larry previews 'self-driving' database plans

Oracle kicked off its 2018 fiscal year by reporting more than $9bn in total revenues.…

AWS: Don't be a SAP, get one of our massive HANA boxes

Thu, 14/09/2017 - 10:10pm
Cloud-slinger trots out 4TB instances for in-memory databases

Amazon Web Services has released a new line of server options aimed at companies looking to run in-memory databases like SAP HANA in its cloud.…

Hubble catches a glimpse WASP-12b, an almost pitch-black exoplanet

Thu, 14/09/2017 - 9:51pm
Black planet, black world

Scientists studying WASP-12b, an exoplanet 871 light years from Earth, have determined that it reflects almost no light, making it one of the darkest planets in space.…