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Java a hot spot – new report

UK consumer patching practices have worsened still further over the last three months, increasing the threat of malware problems, according to a new study by IT security provider Secunia.…


Same strategy, but can the newbies make it work?

A change at the top of HP’s enterprise distie team across both European and UK ops may well help solve the disconnect that occurred when a regionally drafted strategy was executed locally.…


Skyera offering more capacity, less power usage

All-flash array startup and packing density expert Skyera has got itself a new version of its skyHawk array, encompassing a threefold increase in capacity.…


'Can't shift the gear', say Channel whispers

TD Azlan is quietly and gradually cutting ties with Huawei Enterprise, according to multiple sources close to the matter.…


If the web giants need it to work, hey, maybe it'll work

What can the world learn from Google, Twitter and Facebook - apart from how to make millions through ads flinging? How to run a successful open-source project.…


Readers: Could you build a complete data environment off eBay?

Storagebod  On the way to "Powering the Cloud" with Greg Ferro and Chris Evans, we got to discussing Greg’s book White Box Networking and whether there could be a whole series of books discussing White Box storage, virtualisation, servers etc and how to build a complete White Box environment.…


Can't stop the damn things reproducing. Unlike humans

China has been warned of an approaching robot bubble fuelled by Beijing's desire to massively overdevelop the internal automation market.…


327 MEEELLION mobes shipped in Q3, say very tired analysts

The world is now manufacturing just under 42 mobile phones a second thanks to an uptick in global production, IDC's presumably-very-tired handset-counters say.…


Wearable will deliver 'actionable insights for healthier living'

Microsoft has joined the wearables market with "band", a fitness-monitor-slash-smartwatch, which is accompanied by a suite of online services dubbed "Microsoft Health".…


Plug-in for System Centre gives Windows Server control of Bezos' bit barns

Hybrid clouds are the new black: world+dog has decided that some workloads just won't ever ascend into the elastosphere, but that running a private and public cloud from separate control freaks is a dumb idea.…


'What fun!' exlaims NASA boffin who found the LADEE

NASA boffins are chuffed as ninepence this week to announce that they have discovered unmistakable signs of a crashed spacecraft far away from the Apollo landing sites on the far side of the Moon.…


Boffins can slice network into their own private connections for research and fun

America's Internet2 research network is embracing the cloud, launching an SDN implementation designed to let academics create their own private clouds.…


Huge credit card heists mean crims want to cash out - fast

A new cybercrime tool promises to use credit card numbers in a more human way that is less likely to attract the attention of fraud-detection systems, and therefore be more lucrative for those who seek to profit from events like the Target breach.…


As if the civilians who never change access point passwords will ever opt out of this one

Mozilla has released a new app, Stumbler, that "collects GPS data for our location service" by detecting WiFi access points and mobile phone cells towers, then "uses these wireless network locations to provide geolocation services for Firefox OS devices and other open source projects."…


#Enterprise #BigData #Analytics #BuzzwordFest

IBM and Twitter have assembled their buzzwords, ranked them into a regiment, and jointly set them loose to march upon a waiting world, by announcing that the avian network will feed data galore to Big Blue's cloudy enterprise big data analytics offerings.…


SQLi hole was hit hard, fast, and before most admins even knew it needed patching

Drupal websites that had not patched seven hours after the disclosure on a 'highly critical' SQL injection (SQLi) hole disclosed 15 October are hosed, the content management tool's developers say.…


Group opens up (slightly) about Apple Pay rival CurrentC

The Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX) went on a PR offensive on Wednesday to explain what happened in the hacking attack that saw its testers' emails exposed, why its member retailers banned Apple Pay and Google Wallet, and what makes its CurrentC mobile payment system so great.…


Impress at your next dinner party with this primer on what's happening at the ITU gabfest

For the past five days, and the next nine, dozens of government representatives are in Busan, Korea discussing changes to the international telecommunications regime.…


Yes, the National Association of Theater Owners is quite upset

Moviegoers will soon be asked to stash their Google Glass before taking in a flick, much like they're asked to pocket their mobile phones today.…


Put a REST into your calendar

Microsoft is putting its Office 365 crown jewels on display, opening up APIs to the environment to attract third-party developers to the platform.…


Bill pitched as essential anti-terror and crime measure

Australia's government has tabled its data retention Bill and outlined a willingness to assist carriers and internet service providers (ISPs) pay for their retention rigs.…


Directory overwrite bug threatens all *nix boxen

Sysadmins: another venerable and nearly-ubiquitous *nix tool, wget, needs patching because of a bug first reported by HD Moore.…


New rules apply equally to both sexes, as they should

Twitch, the streaming site where users show off their gaming prowess to the public, has altered its terms and conditions to ban users from being cheeky by playing in the buff.…


BlackBerry Classic aims to rekindle the flames

The barren husk of BlackBerry is looking to recapture a stake in the smartphone market by going back to its roots as a maker of business communication devices.…


Comms Minister thinks digital technologies is baked into maths curriculum

Australia's Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has come out in favour of teaching kids of all ages to code.…


Sick system saw patients peep into two records

Australia's Office of the Information Commissioner (OAIC) has released its Annual report of the Information Commissioner’s activities in relation to eHealth 2013–14, complete with a report on two data breaches in the systems used to store personally controlled electronic health records (PCEHRs).…


All it takes is 1 angry teen with Wireshark and root access

Sit down, open up the laptop, join the advertised SSID, and go online.…


Nadella creeps close to 18,000-layoff target

Microsoft sent another 3,000 staffers packing on Wednesday, after the third round of layoffs in CEO Satya Nadella's multi-phase restructuring program.…


Azure and Office 365 to end SSL 3.0 support, too

Microsoft has issued new guidance on the POODLE (Padding Oracle On Downgraded Legacy Encryption) SSL vulnerability, including a one-click utility that can automatically disable SSL 3.0 in Internet Explorer.…


Listen for the chuckling from Cupertino

CurrentC, the mobile payments system being pushed by some of the biggest retailers in the US, has been hacked – before the system is even fully up and running.…


Wheeler says web services no different from broadcast channels

FCC chairman Tom Wheeler has outlined a plan which could lead to a change in the way Americans pay for television and internet services.…


Street artist defends someone else's right to use his name

Street artist Banksy is renowned for satirizing society through the unexpected, and a battle over his namesake dot-com domain seems to have provided him with another opportunity.…


We suffered 'random bouts of graphical distortion' - fanbois

A legal firm has launched a class action against Apple over claims the 2011 MacBook Pro suffered from "random bouts of graphical distortion, system instability and system failures".…


'Sorry about the soapbox'

Interview  Joining Actifio and Delphix in the general data copy management space Catalogic has launched its ECX product which classifies and catalogs existing copies instead of creating a master copy.…


'Nerd release' finally staggers past 50 per cent adoption

Half of all fanbois and gurlz have finally installed iOS 8 on their iThings, hammering home the point that Apple's new mobile operating system is much less popular than previous versions.…


China's Memblaze says they've got it in PCIe. Yow

Chinese flash product supplier Memblaze has launched an almost memory-speed server flash card with a 14 microsecond latency - and up to 4.8TB capacity - for the hyperscale market and open compute project applications, according to a company statement.…


It was there all along! Well, sort of there

+Comment  The Government has rushed out its controversial "Orphan Works" licencing scheme – but it’s broken on arrival, and if it doesn't start working almost at once it probably won't get the chance.…


Modest rev rise as profits fall

Western Digital has reported mixed numbers for its latest quarter, with a small revenue rise and a larger profits drop compared with the numbers it reported a year ago.…


'Still a lot of distrust for cloudening among these gov primitives', admit biz chiefs

Outsourcery is crowing about the O-Cloud platform receiving pan government accreditation - IL2 in old money - that will allow it to unleash IaaS and hosted Microsoft apps on tech buyers in the Digital Marketplace.…


OMG, I just need to let my array out a bit

Storagebod  Provisioning and utilisation seem to be a perennial subject — there still seems to be a massive problem with large enterprises who appear to have far too much storage for the amount of data they store. There are many reasons for this, and there is certainly fault on both the customer and vendor side.…


iPhone 6 botherer?

Review  It must sting Samsung that the criticism most often levelled at the manufacturer is that its flagship Galaxy S devices feel cheap and plasticky. And for once the criticism is not just coming from Apple fans.…


They MUST know something others don't. Right?

Analysis  NetApp is pinning FlashRay's future on TLC flash, which everyone else says is not fit for enterprise use. We talked to NetApp to find out how and why it's apparently got hold of secret TLC sauce that no one else has.…


Plus: What exaclty is a 'global computing fabric'?


'Unclassified systems only', claim Presidential residentials

Hackers have disrupted computer operations at the White House after breaking into its unclassified internal network.…


One boss after another leaps out of Universal Credit hot seat

The UK government's deeply troubled Universal Credit omni-dole project is expected to lead to IT write-offs of more than £500m, according to Public Accounts Committee chair Margaret Hodge.…


Hammer head promises improvements

CommVault has reported a depressing set of results as sales headcount and mid-market product and pricing strategy faux pas cause a stumble – another stumble, in fact, as first quarter results were poor too.…


Don't be so sure, so-surers

HPC Blog  So, it looks like IBM has moved its chipworks over to Globalfoundries, as described by Reg hack Tim Worstall here. But what are the implications for IBM's systems business?…


AutoCache provider will slot nicely into Korea Co's offerings

Samsung is buying Proximal Data, a flash caching software company, people close to the situation told The Register, although no formal announcement has been made.…


New iPads look a lot like the old one. There's a reason for that

New iPad Air 2 components cost Apple just one dollar more than the previous model, according to the teardown bods at IHS.…


It's hard enough to peel the onion, are you hard enough to eat the core?

Comment  TOR is the most widely used system for the provision of anonymity for internet users. I'll look at how TOR came about: its beginnings in the US Navy; growth and use by both pro-democracy freedom fighters and the less savoury elements of the internet; and how the NSA may have managed to peel the onion router for the FBI to help it collar its suspects.…