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UK private sector joins public in... Escape from DXC Max

Fri, 17/11/2017 - 10:39am
Aviva and Centrica wanted cloud giant love. 1 outsourcer... wasn't ready... to let go

Updated  Insurer Aviva and energy supplier Centrica are the latest big customers to indicate plans to ditch outsourcing giant DXC Technologies, The Register can reveal.…

It's artificial! It's intelligent! It's in my home! And it's gone bonkers!

Fri, 17/11/2017 - 10:01am
Discoursing Descartes with my robotic pet

Something for the Weekend, Sir?  I have awoken to the sounds of electronic growling. Making my way downstairs, I discover teethmarks in the bannister, a pool of oil by the back door and the remains of a torn-open jumbo box of AA longlifes in the kitchen.…

NetApp's back, baby, flaunting new tech and Azure cloud swagger

Fri, 17/11/2017 - 9:29am
By George (Kurian), he's done it

Analysis  There's a new energy at NetApp. The Microsoft Azure NFS deal was a great confidence booster, and the two recent acquisitions of Greenqloud and Plexistor provide stepping stones to a high-performance, on-premises storage future and a stronger hybrid cloud play.…

American Express inks blockchain deal: Will use tech to pay UK folk who bank with Santander

Fri, 17/11/2017 - 9:19am
Ripple effect will later expand, says firm

Blockchain tech found another friend in American Express and UK customers of Santander. Well, sort of.…

'Do the DevOps?' No thanks! Not until a 'blameless post-mortem' really is one

Fri, 17/11/2017 - 9:03am
Can't blame middle managers - they always get the stick

What drives organisations to change their ways? What's the match that lights the powder keg of actually doing something new and different in IT? That's the question I usually get from organisations that want their approach to software to be more "agile", who want to go through "digital transformation", and, yes, "do DevOps".…

Anonymized location-tracking data proves anything but: Apps squeal on you like crazy

Fri, 17/11/2017 - 8:26am
Boffins pinpoint homes based on people's device movements

Anonymized location data won't necessarily preserve your anonymity.…

Fake news ‘as a service’ booming among cybercrooks

Fri, 17/11/2017 - 7:57am
Fake sites spread fake stories to fuel pump and dump or other foul ends

Criminals are exploiting “fake news” for commercial gain, according to new research.…

Apple whispers how its face-fingering AI works

Fri, 17/11/2017 - 7:30am
Secretive biz opens up a little

Apple has let us all in on a little secret: how its deep-learning-based face detection software works in iOS 10 and later.…

Apple reveals how its iPhone X's Face ID works... most of the time

Fri, 17/11/2017 - 7:30am
Convolutional neural networks aren't foolproof nor fully documented, that much is clear

Face ID has been a bit of a thorn in Apple’s side for its iPhone X, no thanks to claims the AI-powered login mechanism can be tricked by cheapish masks or relatives of handset owners.…

Help desk declared code PEBCAK and therefore refused to help!

Fri, 17/11/2017 - 7:02am
Problem Existed Between Chair And Keyboard

On-Call  Why hello there Friday and hello there, also, this week's instalment of On-Call, The Register's weekly column that recounts readers' tales of tech support terror.…

Windows Update borks elderly printers in typical Patch Tuesday style

Fri, 17/11/2017 - 6:15am
Epson old-timers go from dot matrix to not matrix

Updated  Microsoft's latest batch of software updates for Windows has been blamed for a mysterious ailment befalling some poor old Epson dot-matrix printers.…

Tesla launches electric truck it guarantees won't break for a million miles

Fri, 17/11/2017 - 5:40am
Breaker, breaker Electric Ducky, we got ourselves a one-driver convoy. And a new Roadster

Elon Musk has launched the “Tesla Semi”, complete with a guarantee that it will not break down for one million miles of driving.…

All Flash Arrays and latency

Fri, 17/11/2017 - 5:19am
Navigating the hype

Sponsored  There is no doubt it can be difficult to navigate the various claims made by storage vendors when it comes to performance of their products.…

Microsoft can't give away beta cert exams, so starts charging

Fri, 17/11/2017 - 5:02am
Naughty you: 'No show rate is at historic highs' for tests and that pollutes Redmond's data

Microsoft can't give away enough of its beta exams, so it will start charging for them.…

Azure turns on reserved cloudy VMs, without Hotel California clause

Fri, 17/11/2017 - 3:56am
Back to capex spending, but refunds offered to those who bail on multi-year commitments

Microsoft's added reserved instances to Azure, with an out-clause for cloudy quitters.…

WordPress 4.9: This one's for you, developers!

Fri, 17/11/2017 - 2:58am
'New editing experience' called Gutenberg coming too, but it might hate your plugins

WordPress 4.9 has debuted, and this time the world's most popular content management system has given developers plenty to like.…

Hitachi Vantara plans refresh of mid-range and top-end storage in 2018

Fri, 17/11/2017 - 1:55am
It's mostly an IoT-centric system integrator now, but may sprout new scale-out arrays

Hitachi Vantara, the mash-up of Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), Pentaho and the Lumada IoT assets from the Hitachi Insight Group, is working on new scale-out storage products to support its ambition to become a system integrator for analytical workloads and the myriad data sources that feed them.…

Robocall crackdown, choked Lifelines, and pole-climbing: Your new FCC rules roundup

Fri, 17/11/2017 - 1:03am
Fresh round of overhauls, and some aren't happy about it

US broadband watchdog the FCC signed off on a pile of new rules Thursday – including laws that will dictate how telcos handle robocalls, cut access for poor Americans to subsidized phone service, add controversial changes to TV station ownership rules, and regulations for fiber cable installation.…

Hey, cop! You need a warrant to stalk a phone with a Stingray – judge

Fri, 17/11/2017 - 12:28am
Knew we shouldn't have told you about that mobe-tracking gizmo

Analysis  A New York judge has this month told cops that they need to get a warrant before they can use a controversial Stingray phone-tracking gadget to hunt down suspects.…

Kaspersky: Clumsy NSA leak snoop's PC was packed with malware

Thu, 16/11/2017 - 11:59pm
Lab suspects Chinese spyware was on home computer

Kaspersky Lab, the US government's least favorite computer security outfit, has published its full technical report into claims Russian intelligence used its antivirus tools to steal NSA secrets.…