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Flash firm Kaminario lays off half of UK team

Mon, 17/07/2017 - 12:38pm
EMEA boss called it a day, says CEO, amid 'changes' to Euro beachhead

Kaminario has left UK sales in the hands of an sales engineer and a chief technology officer following the redundancy of more than half of the local staff, a number of sources have told The Register.…

Presto crypto: IBM releases gruntier, faster Z14 mainframe

Mon, 17/07/2017 - 12:20pm
Secure shelter under expanded cryptographic umbrella

IBM has launched its latest, newest, biggest, baddest mainframe, the z14 system.…

Jesus walks away after 7,000lb pipe van incident

Mon, 17/07/2017 - 11:56am
Local cops issue ticket afterwards

Jesus has miraculously survived a great weight from the heavens that should have crushed him to death, according to Florida TV.…

Media mogul Murdoch's 'Sky dataset' swallow poses 'grave threat'

Mon, 17/07/2017 - 11:25am
UK peers want ICO to ensure info cannot be misused

The proposed £11.7bn takeover of Sky by Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox is a "grave threat" to the democratic process, members of the UK's House of Lords have claimed.…

Nearly three-quarters of convicted TV Licence non-payers are women

Mon, 17/07/2017 - 10:58am
Good old Capita keeps Auntie's purse overflowing

Nearly three-quarters of TV Licensing criminal convictions in the UK last year were secured against women, according to data gathered by an anti-Telly Tax campaigner.…

Facebook users pwnd by phone with account recovery vulnerability

Mon, 17/07/2017 - 10:32am
Another lonely day, with no one but FB, oh... I'll send an SMS to the world

Facebook account recovery using pre-registered mobile numbers is poorly implemented and open to abuse, according to critic James Martindale.…

UK.gov snaps on rubber gloves, prepares for mandatory porn checks

Mon, 17/07/2017 - 10:11am
Smut regulator also to be set up

The government is poised to usher in mandatory porn checks this week, with reports it will require users to provide details from a credit card to prove they are over 18.…

The hidden horse power driving Machine Learning models

Mon, 17/07/2017 - 9:05am
When owning tin is a cheap(er) alternative to expensive cloud

Machine Learning is becoming the only real available method to perform many modern computational tasks in near real time. Machine Vision, speech recognition and natural language processing have all proved difficult to crack without ML techniques.…

UK.gov embraces Oracle's cloud: Pragmatism or defeatism?

Mon, 17/07/2017 - 8:30am
Home Office happy as Larry

Analysis  Oracle recently launched its dedicated Government Cloud in the UK - duly wheeling out the Home Office as an example of an early adopter. But to what extent are its new services just vendor lock-in under a cloudwash veneer or a change for the better?…

Brit neural net pioneer just revolutionised speech recognition all over again

Mon, 17/07/2017 - 8:05am
Deep learning with Dr Tony Robinson

Profile  One of the pioneers of making what's called "machine learning" work in the real world is on the comeback trail.…

Radiohead hides ZX Spectrum proggie in OK Computer re-release

Mon, 17/07/2017 - 7:27am
Unclear if code was first mistaken for avant garde instrumental

Rock deities Radiohead have snuck a program for the Sinclair ZX Spectrum into a re-release if their seminal 1997 album “OK Computer”.…

Redis releases respectable revision, tiptoes through tricky political terminology

Mon, 17/07/2017 - 7:02am
Database more adept at replication, memory control

Redis, the moderately popular in-memory open-source database has just hit its 4.0.0 milestone, to the delight of some.…

Three Microsoft Outlook patches unpatched, users left to DIY

Mon, 17/07/2017 - 6:30am
It's 2017 and attachments with "..." in their names caused crashes

Microsoft has withdrawn at least three of the patches released at the end of June and early July, but left it to users to find out for themselves.…

SAP rips and replaces South African bosses amid corruption probe

Mon, 17/07/2017 - 6:03am
Investigation launched into allegations of kickbacks-for-contracts

SAP has installed an acting managing director and acting chief financial officer at its scandal-hit South Africa subsidiary.…

Google unleashes 20m lab-created blood-thirsty freaks on a city. And this is a good thing, it says

Mon, 17/07/2017 - 5:23am
Infected sterile males will help kill off the population

Google’s healthcare arm Verily announced just before the weekend it will release twenty million sterile male mosquitoes into the wild, in Fresno County, California.…

Ashley Madison throws US$11.2m on the bed to mop up leak affair

Mon, 17/07/2017 - 4:58am
Life is short, have a quick buck

Dating site for cheaters Ashley Madison has thrown US$11.2 million on the bed to make its 2015 data leak go away.…

Linus Torvalds may have damned <code>systemd</code> with faint praise

Mon, 17/07/2017 - 4:05am
He's definitely set Linux 4.13 ball rolling, with Intel Canonlake support and scaled-up Xen VMs

Linux 4.13 is under way. Linus Torvalds pulled one of his semi-surprises by announcing release candidate one on Saturday, rather than issuing his usual Sunday evening missive.…

Burglary in mind? Easy, just pwn the home alarm

Mon, 17/07/2017 - 2:58am
'Have to admit, it's getting better' ... no, actually, it's not

It's Monday, and infosec-watchers are showing their age by calling internet of things security disclosures “a broken record”. This time, it's a home security system that's remotely p0wnable.…

Microsoft reveals first Windows Server Insider Build

Mon, 17/07/2017 - 2:22am
New software-defined and containerised toys, ahead of September's first full release

Microsoft's revealed the first fruits of its plan to deliver twice-yearly updates to Windows Server by revealing the first-ever Insider build of the OS.…

DARPA's robot sat-fixing program survives sueball strike

Mon, 17/07/2017 - 1:39am
Aerospace firm says there's no market for this stuff, wants to build it anyway

Aerospace company Orbital ATK has failed in a legal bid to halt a DARPA contract for robotic satellite maintenance devices and will instead see if the White House can help it to bring the work to the private sector.…