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Microsoft gently leads workhorse Windows Server 1903 for a pad around the paddock

Don't mind me, I'm just the thing you run your business on

KubeCon Europe  While customers gawped at the shiny bauble of Windows 10, Microsoft trotted out the 1903 version of its workhorse big brother, Windows Server.…

Posted on 22 May 2019 | 3:45 pm

US Air Force probes targeted malware attack, blames... er, the US Navy? What?

War crimes trial takes a fresh twist

The US Air Force has opened an investigation into a "malware" infection – which it is blaming on lawyers employed by the US Navy who are working on a war crimes case.…

Posted on 22 May 2019 | 2:59 pm

EE's 5G rollout: Oi, where are your Mates? Yes, we mean the Huawei phones

NSA services switched on next Thursday. No not THAT NSA

EE unveiled a lineup of launch devices this morning for when it flicks the switch on 5G services in six cities, with one notable absence: Huawei.…

Posted on 22 May 2019 | 1:19 pm

Twist my Arm why don't you: Brit CPU behemoth latest biz to cease work with Huawei – report

Leaked staff memo reveals immediate halt to co-operation

Updated  Brit chip designer Arm has now severed its links with Huawei in accordance with US sanctions, depriving the Chinese smartphone maker of a crucial supplier.…

Posted on 22 May 2019 | 12:41 pm

This is a sett-up! Mum catches badger feasting on contents of freezer

Elusive critter loves mashed potato, not so keen on scallops

Compelling evidence for the existence of UK cryptid "the badger" has been recorded in the south-coast town of Gosport – and it appears to have a penchant for ice lollies.…

Posted on 22 May 2019 | 11:59 am

All aboard the Windows Server container train as Google punts out Rapid Release GKE channel

Docker: Hey, remember us? We've got Windows Server containers too!

Kubecon Europe  The ongoing game of tit-for-tat feature updates among the Big Three cloud players continued this week, with Google confirming support for Windows Server Containers at Kubecon.…

Posted on 22 May 2019 | 11:30 am

Another disappointing quarter for Pure Storage as expanded sales team fails to close large deals

Might be some delayed gratification there, friends

Pure Storage sales for its first fiscal 2020 quarter grew 28 per cent on last year, but losses were deeper than expected as those sought after large enterprise wins eluded an expanded salesforce.…

Posted on 22 May 2019 | 10:50 am

Come join the Mirantis Kubernetes party, just be sure to BYOD – the D being distro, not drinks

Because all developers are special, afterall

KubeCon Europe  Darling of the OpenStack world Mirantis has continued its march into Kubernetes with a Bring Your Own Distribution support.…

Posted on 22 May 2019 | 10:05 am

Bring it on, Chipzilla! Nvidia swipes back at Intel in CPU-GPU AI performance brouhaha

Dodgy numbers, new kit verses old... neither side comes out well

The machine-learning-performance beef between Intel and Nvidia has stepped up a notch, with the GPU giant calling out Chipzilla for spreading misleading benchmark results.…

Posted on 22 May 2019 | 9:06 am

Revealed: Facebook, Google's soft-money 'blackmail' to stall Euro fake news crackdown

EU experts claim US tech giants use funding carrot to influence findings

Comment  Facebook and Google used grants and other funding to academics and journalistic organizations to pressure a group of experts in Europe to water down proposals on fake news, it was claimed yesterday.…

Posted on 22 May 2019 | 8:03 am

Mirantis teases Kubernetes-as-a-Service to terrorise bare metal, public clouds, everything in between

KaaS and carry, friend?

KubeCon Europe  At the Linux Foundation's KubeCon this week cloudy services biz Mirantis gave some sneaky previews of its upcoming Kuberentes-as-a-Service product, a technology aimed at self-managing and provisioning multi-cloud clusters.…

Posted on 22 May 2019 | 7:00 am

Uncle Sam to blow millions on mind-control weapon tech that can be fitted without surgery

DARPA eggheads want brain-machine interfaces that work at the speed of soldiers' thoughts. No further comment...

DARPA, the US military's boffinry nerve center, is trying to fulfill the science-fiction dream of developing non-surgical brain-machine interfaces so soldiers can comfortably control weapon systems with their minds.…

Posted on 22 May 2019 | 6:12 am

UK Space Agency cracks open its wallet, fishes out a paltry £2m for Brit plans to return to orbit

Cash for horizontal launchers and PowerPoint slides

The UK Space Agency has flung open the doors on a mighty £2m fund aimed imbuing Blighty with spaceflight capabilities.…

Posted on 22 May 2019 | 5:03 am

Bug-hunter reveals another 'make me admin' Windows 10 zero-day – and vows: 'There's more where that came from'

Vulnerability can be exploited to turn users into system stars, no patch available yet

A bug-hunter who previously disclosed Windows security flaws has publicly revealed another zero-day vulnerability in Microsoft's latest operating systems.…

Posted on 22 May 2019 | 3:59 am

Microsoft Windows 10 'Burger King' build 1903: Have it your way... and it may still leave a nasty taste in your mouth

The May 2019 update is out and it's optional, for a while

Microsoft on Tuesday released Windows 10, version 1903, aka the May 2019 Update, without forcing it on folks.…

Posted on 22 May 2019 | 12:58 am

G Suite'n'sour: Google resets passwords after storing some unhashed creds for months, years

Biz app login details encrypted at rest, though, ad giant insists

Google admitted Tuesday its paid-for G Suite of cloudy apps aimed at businesses stored some user passwords in plaintext albeit in an encrypted form.…

Posted on 22 May 2019 | 12:00 am

if developer_docs == bad then app_quality = bad; Coders slam Apple for subpar API manuals

Sorry state of documentation baffles programmers as iGiant launches new MacBook Pros, promises better keyboards

Apple developers are becoming increasingly vocal about their displeasure with the state of the iGiant's programmer documentation, which they depend upon to craft iOS and macOS software.…

Posted on 21 May 2019 | 9:11 pm

Jeff Bezos finally gets .Amazon after DNS overlord ICANN runs out of excuses to delay decision any further

Persistence pays off for online super-souk, but not for South American states

Analysis  It's taken seven years but online mega-mall Amazon will finally get its hands on the .amazon top-level domain name.…

Posted on 21 May 2019 | 8:25 pm

Microsoft shoves serverless container baby Virtual Kubelet at KubeCon crowds

Touts 'vast improvements' in performance with 1.0 release

KubeCon Europe  The shadow of Microsoft loomed large over KubeCon with the version 1.0 release of its serverless container tech, Virtual Kubelet.…

Posted on 21 May 2019 | 7:30 pm

Looks like we've got ourselves into another fine mesh: Enter the Service Mesh Interface

Microsoft pushing standard for new containery hotness

KubeCon Europe  Microsoft took to the stage at KubeCon in Barcelona today to push its take on the proliferation of mesh technologies that have sprung up around the container-happy tech.…

Posted on 21 May 2019 | 5:10 pm

Now Chinese-made drones rubbing US govt up the Huawei: 'Strong concerns' DJI kit threat to national security

Memo warns of regime having access to American data – remind you of anything?

A US government agency has claimed drones pose a threat to national security in an echo of its wider campaign against all things Chinese.…

Posted on 21 May 2019 | 4:20 pm

Oh 4G, I'm speechless: EE network outage smacks rare breed of customer that talks into their mobile phone

Scottish Virgin Media users also down and out after lunch

Updated  UK mobile operator EE has been struggling to get its VoLTE services back on their feet, after a seven-hour flood of angry complaints from customers unable to place voice calls over the 4G network.…

Posted on 21 May 2019 | 3:21 pm

Oh my Tosh, WD: Storage firms etch for a stretch – 15 more years of fab flash hookup

Plus: Fujitsu and Veeam hook up, cloudy IBM upgrade, Iguazio on Azure, and more

Storage roundup  It's a garage sale of storage info this morning, including faster IBM object storage, Rubrik hiring a Google veteran, Nakivo backup supporting Nutanix AHV systems and much, much more.…

Posted on 21 May 2019 | 2:20 pm

Team OpenCensus or OpenTracing? It'll be neither and both now: Hello, OpenTelemetry

How do open-source projects play nicely? They get off Twitter

KubeCon Europe  Something odd happened at KubeCon 2019. Rather than snipe at each other from the safety of Twitter, two very similar open-source projects opted to pool their ideas into one: OpenTelemetry.…

Posted on 21 May 2019 | 1:22 pm

Honey, hive had it with this drone: Couple lived for years with thousands of bees in bedroom wall

Come for the enterprise tech, stay for the tortured puns

Most of us not fortunate enough to dwell in gated manors in the countryside hive to endure a simple truth – noisy neighbours can bee annoying. One Spanish couple had 80,000 of them, living in their bedroom wall.…

Posted on 21 May 2019 | 12:23 pm

iPhone gyroscopes, of all things, can uniquely ID handsets on anything earlier than iOS 12.2

Cheapskate fandroids get a pass on this one, though

Your iPhone can be uniquely fingerprinted by apps and websites in a way that you can never clear. Not by deleting cookies, not by clearing your cache, not even by reinstalling iOS.…

Posted on 21 May 2019 | 11:25 am

Backup your files with CrashPlan! Except this file type. No, not that one either. Try again...

Customers shocked to find swathes of data deleted

CrashPlan has banned a bunch of file formats from its online backup system aimed at small businesses.…

Posted on 21 May 2019 | 10:26 am

50 years ago: Apollo 10 takes an unplanned spin above the lunar surface – and sh!t gets sweary

Putting the 'blue' in blue moon

Part two  As you sup your evening pint or enjoy some lunchtime refreshment, depending on your timezone, cast your mind back 50 years to when Apollo 10 did the "everything" part of "everything but land" and nearly ended NASA's lunar ambitions for good.…

Posted on 21 May 2019 | 9:26 am

Wanted: Big iron geeks to help restore IBM 360 mainframe rescued from defunct German factory by other big iron geeks

Why random plans made in pub shouldn't always be acted upon

Three men we can safely call geeks are looking for help to restore an IBM 360 mainframe they rescued from a soon-to-be-demolished factory in Germany.…

Posted on 21 May 2019 | 8:10 am

Ahem, ahem... AI engine said to be good as human docs at spotting lung cancer developing

New convolutional neural network did just as well as radiologists in clinical settings

Deep learning algorithms can help doctors predict a patient’s risk of lung cancer, according to fresh research published on Monday.…

Posted on 21 May 2019 | 7:03 am

Big payout for Dell, Apple et al as Toshiba Mem 'prepares' to buy them out ahead of IPO

But not Bain; Bain is there for the long haul

Silicon printer Toshiba Memory Holdings is reportedly planning to buy out major shareholders including Apple, Dell, Kingston and Seagate, as it prepares to try its luck in the public markets.…

Posted on 21 May 2019 | 6:04 am

Where there's a will, there's Huawei: US govt already eases trade ban with 90-day reprieve

Temporary General License buys time for Chinese tech giant, customers, suppliers

The US government on Monday gave Huawei temporary permission to obtain technology from American organizations so that the Chinese giant can continue to maintain and repair existing deployments of its products around the world, and push US-sourced software updates to people's phones.…

Posted on 21 May 2019 | 1:19 am

Lyft, Uber drivers boost app surge prices by turning off, tuning out – and cashing in

Cyber-cabbies bag more dosh from fares by gaming demand versus supply

Analysis  Drivers for ride-hailing apps Lyft and Uber have organized for better pay through collective action – and not by unionizing.…

Posted on 20 May 2019 | 11:48 pm

Do Not Track is back in the US Senate. And this time it means business. As in, fining businesses that stalk you online

Republican Senator preps proposed legislation ahead of hearing

Analysis  New legislation that would put teeth into the web's Do Not Track option for internet users, by fining companies that ignore it, will be introduced this week in the US Senate.…

Posted on 20 May 2019 | 9:16 pm

FCC boss blesses T-Mobile US-Sprint merger amid sketchy promises, lashings of incoherency

American tech regulation reduced to: If the telcos want it, it must be a good thing

Analysis  America's Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is likely to approve a controversial $26bn merger between the third and fourth largest US mobile carriers, T-Mobile and Sprint, sparking claims of regulatory inconsistency and coziness with the mobile industry.…

Posted on 20 May 2019 | 8:27 pm

Salesfarce to Failsforce: Salesforce database blunder outage enters day three as fix falters

El Reg tunes into customer conference calls to hear SVP of engineering apologize

Three days on, Salesforce.com has yet to fully recover from an outage that began on Friday.…

Posted on 20 May 2019 | 7:25 pm

All nodes lead to Rome: Epyc leak spills deets on second-gen Zen 32-core AMD server chippery

But what is the significance of lower clock speeds?

Benchmarks of engineering samples of AMD's second-generation Zen-based server processor silicon, codenamed Rome, have once again found their way online.…

Posted on 20 May 2019 | 6:24 pm

UK's planned Espionage Act will crack down on Snowden-style Brit whistleblowers, suspected backdoored gear (cough, Huawei)

Obscure legal doc catapulted to prominence by Home Sec

UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid has announced an Espionage Bill, charging ahead with new laws intended to criminalise any British copycats of Edward Snowden – and allowing a future crackdown on Huawei.…

Posted on 20 May 2019 | 5:29 pm

Sophos tells users to roll back Microsoft's Patch Tuesday run if they want PC to boot

Yes, the one with the critical security fixes

Brit security software slinger Sophos has advised its customers to uninstall Microsoft's most recent Patch Tuesday run – the same patches that protect PCs and servers against the latest Intel cockups.…

Posted on 20 May 2019 | 3:15 pm

Boeing admits 737 Max sims didn't accurately reproduce what flying without MCAS was like

Turning off trim control software in training wouldn't give realistic results – report

Boeing has admitted that pilot training simulators for the controversial 737 Max did not accurately reproduce what happened if the infamous MCAS system went gaga.…

Posted on 20 May 2019 | 2:28 pm

UK mobile companies score £220m cashback from Ofcom over spectrum fee dispute

Court rules regulator should cough for 'wrongful' increase

Vodafone, O2, Three and EE have won a case against Ofcom claiming that the UK comms regulator's increase in spectrum fees was unfair.…

Posted on 20 May 2019 | 1:58 pm

SoftIron unleashes the Accepherator. Geddit? It's an erasure coding accelerator for Ceph

FPGAs bring sweet relief to overworked CPUs

Open-source storage enthusiasts at SoftIron have trotted out a low-cost hardware accelerator designed to take over from the CPU on erasure coding duties.…

Posted on 20 May 2019 | 1:30 pm

Mind the crane: Windows Server containers loaded up on the Azure Kubernetes Service

Let's lift again, like we did last summer, let's shift again, like we did last year

From the department of "and about time too" comes news that Microsoft's Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) now supports Windows Server containers, in preview form at least.…

Posted on 20 May 2019 | 12:58 pm

Swedish prosecutors request Assange detention: First step to European arrest warrant

Swedes' EAW could be a starter or a main

Sweden's deputy director of public prosecution Eva-Marie Persson has asked a district court for a detention order for Julian Assange on suspicion of rape.…

Posted on 20 May 2019 | 12:29 pm

When two become one: 200 boffins contribute to first Ultima Thule paper

China adds to Beidou constellation while India preps radar-imaging satellite

Roundup  While SpaceX twiddled its thumbs and NASA salivated at the prospect of a return to the Moon, last week China put another satellite into space and the New Horizons gang published its first batch of findings.…

Posted on 20 May 2019 | 11:59 am

EMEA mortal: UK NetApp boss Thurlow has split

UK head honcho swap follows European shakeup

Following a substantive restructure across EMEA, NetApp has hired Chris Greenwood - its now former director of north east Europe, Russia and Turkey - to head up operations in the UK and Ireland.…

Posted on 20 May 2019 | 11:26 am

Whisky business: Microsoft's spirited attempt to develop hooch with AI

Plus: Azure galore, and Your Phone app can now munch through mobile data

Roundup  Monday is here once again, an excuse to take a look at the news from Redmond that you might have missed in the past seven days.…

Posted on 20 May 2019 | 10:52 am

Let adware be treated as malware, Canuck boffins declare after breaking open Wajam ad injector

If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck then...

Analysis  The technology industry has numerous terms for sneaky software, including malware, adware, spyware, ransomware, and the ever adorable PUPs – potentially unwanted programs. But there isn't always a clear difference between malware and less threatening descriptors.…

Posted on 20 May 2019 | 10:05 am

Microsoft's Azure Portal: A boat load of updates, but is it too ambitious?

The spiritual successor to the Windows GUI

Microsoft has made numerous updates to its Azure Portal, partly to accommodate new features announced at its Build developer conference, and partly in an attempt to improve the user interface.…

Posted on 20 May 2019 | 9:12 am

Google's cunning AI linguist, Uncle Sam drills ML skills into .mil, Intel's iffy CPU claims

Plus: AI-generated whisky – I'm sorry Dave, I can't drink that

Roundup  Let's get you up to speed on the latest AI news, beyond what we've already covered lately.…

Posted on 20 May 2019 | 8:40 am