The Register
13 Nov 2016

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  • Race for wireless VR headset heats up
    Sat, 12 Nov 2016 15:56:04 GMT

    Now Vive joins Oculus and Sulon in effort to escape PC connection

    The race is heating up for a wireless virtual reality headset with HTC announcing a $220 add-on to its Vive system that will allow you to unplug from your PC.…

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  • 2016 in a nutshell: Boffins break monkeys' backs to turn them into tragic shuffling cyborgs
    Sat, 12 Nov 2016 11:32:08 GMT

    Spine chilling

    Scientists trying to find a cure for spinal injuries have claimed a notable success.…

  • Physicists create the world's tiniest magnifying glass to see atomic bonds
    Sat, 12 Nov 2016 08:30:13 GMT

    And Trump's tiny hands

    The world’s tiniest magnifying glass made with gold nanoparticles is powerful enough to see the individual chemical bonds between atoms, according to research published on Friday.…

  • Mark Zuckerberg is dead – Facebook confirmed
    Fri, 11 Nov 2016 23:01:18 GMT

    Social networking giant so very sorry

    A day after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg declared it's a "crazy idea" that fake Facebook news may have influenced the election – never mind the persuasive power of its ads – the web giant took to issuing fake death notices.…

  • FCC wants a word with AT&T about that zero-rated DirecTV streaming
    Fri, 11 Nov 2016 22:56:02 GMT

    Not mentioned: Why it wasn't discussed when they approved the $50bn merger

    The FCC is taking issue with AT&T over its plans to launch DirecTV as a zero-rated streaming video service.…

  • Facebook agrees to dial back 'racial affinity' ads
    Fri, 11 Nov 2016 21:32:05 GMT

    And all it took was a few AGs and lawmakers to make them do it

    Facebook says it will stop allowing advertisers to set display-by-race preferences for certain types of ads.…

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  • Russia shoves antitrust probe into Microsoft after Kaspersky gripes about Windows 10
    Fri, 11 Nov 2016 21:17:42 GMT

    Друг познаётся в беде́

    The Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) is investigating whether Microsoft abused its position in the market with Windows 10 – after Moscow-based Kaspersky complained to the watchdog and EU regulators.…

  • Drubbed Grubhub bub scrubs anti-Donald-dubbed snub sub-hubbub
    Fri, 11 Nov 2016 19:55:17 GMT

    Demand that bigots resign was really a call for tolerance, food delivery upstart CEO insists

    Following the election of Donald Trump, Matt Maloney, CEO of food delivery service Grubhub, sent a message to employees decrying Trump's behavior and warning that similar behavior from employees would not be tolerated.…

  • UK privacy watchdog sends poison pen letter to Zuckerberg et al
    Fri, 11 Nov 2016 19:40:07 GMT

    Column makes case for holding social media giants to account

    The UK's Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham has fired another warning shot at Facebook over its paused plans to share data with WhatsApp, writing a newspaper column in which she outlines her concerns.…

  • Spain's Prime Minister wants to ban internet memes. No, really
    Fri, 11 Nov 2016 19:12:48 GMT

    So you won’t be able to, you know, mock Mariano Rajoy like this…

    Pics Spain's ruling Popular Party has proposed banning internet memes. No word of a lie.…

  • Google's new VR Daydream View will cripple your phone
    Fri, 11 Nov 2016 17:25:07 GMT

    Mmmm, soft, tactile, sensuous fabric… wait, why is your head on fire?

    Google's new Daydream View VR is knocking out users' phones. Early adopters using the headset with Google's new Pixel phones have told El Reg that the phone shuts down within minutes because of thermal issues.…

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  • Got a cold flannel? Acer Q3 profits were bigger than cost of your lunch
    Fri, 11 Nov 2016 16:55:11 GMT

    Three straight quarters of bottom line swelling. Looks and smells like a recovery. Sort of

    2016 will forever be remembered for the Brexit vote, the Donald's presidential victory and maybe, just maybe, the year that Acer's bottom line recovery started in earnest. OK, the last one is a long shot.…

  • Red squirrels! Adorable, right? Wrong – they're riddled with leprosy
    Fri, 11 Nov 2016 15:50:36 GMT

    Fluffy tree-dwellers carry ancient disease, say boffins

    Blighty's dwindling population of red squirrels is riddled with leprosy, according to new research.…

  • Yeah, that '50bn IoT devices by 2020' claim is a load of dog toffee
    Fri, 11 Nov 2016 15:23:06 GMT

    IDTechX report takes a swipe at other analysts' 'hype bubble'

    The Internet of Things is mostly a hype bubble, with real-world spending and deployments being just a fraction of their predicted level, according to a report by analysts IDTechEx.…

  • Testing times: Between some IoT code and a hard place
    Fri, 11 Nov 2016 14:50:05 GMT

    Embedded bugs are hard to catch

    Radbot Every company has its ups and downs. Those downs could be exploding phones or a sudden unmovable overstock of Clinton merchandise (or conversely an uptick in Trump-the-statesman t-shirt demand). Bigger organisations can better absorb the illness of a member of staff or a surge in demand beyond all expectations, although no one is totally immune.…

  • Trumped? Nope. Ireland to retain corporate tax advantage over the US
    Fri, 11 Nov 2016 14:15:05 GMT

    Senior economic adviser to president-elect says rate to be cut to 15-20 per cent

    Despite plans by president-elect Donald Trump to repatriate American multinationals' funds, Ireland's corporate tax advantage over the US is likely to persist.…

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  • Join the Q: British intel agencies seek tech-savvy apprentices
    Fri, 11 Nov 2016 13:43:10 GMT

    GCHQ, MI5 and MI6 offer 'alternative to university'

    GCHQ, MI5 and MI6 are searching for would-be Qs, technically minded apprentices keen to cut their teeth working for British intelligence. Would-be tech quartermasters have until 14 November to get in their security service apprenticeship applications for this year's scheme.…

  • Met Police issues 350m tender for future IT procurement framework
    Fri, 11 Nov 2016 13:14:12 GMT

    Following a proven and successful model... er, hang on

    London's Metropolitan Police is set to copy the UK government's cockup-ridden digital services framework by developing its own, according to a contract published, for some reason, on the Welsh government website.…

  • SimpliVity results scream 'I'm perfect for you, HPE!'
    Fri, 11 Nov 2016 12:47:03 GMT

    But no formal announcement on wedding

    "No comment" is what SimpliVity usually says to questions about a rumoured takeover by HPE (it's what HPE says too).…

  • Russian banks floored by withering DDoS attacks
    Fri, 11 Nov 2016 12:17:06 GMT

    IoT blamed. Again.

    At least five Russian banks weathered days-long DDoS attacks this week.…

  • Google Pixel pwned in 60 seconds
    Fri, 11 Nov 2016 11:43:09 GMT

    Chinese teams kill Safari, laugh at four-second Flash hack

    Power of Community The Google Pixel fell to a team of Chinese hackers alongside Apple Safari and Adobe Flash at the PwnFest hacking competition in Seoul on Friday.…

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  • Software biz boss on harassment charges represents himself, says I want a jury
    Fri, 11 Nov 2016 11:15:00 GMT

    And, allegedly, he was only harassing bloody lawyers too

    The managing director of software firm Gravy Solutions represented himself at a case management hearing on Thursday morning, where he stands accused of harassing staff members of solicitors' firm Kemp Little.…

  • Fancy 15 hours of DevOps learnings, and lunch?
    Fri, 11 Nov 2016 10:58:05 GMT

    Enjoy the world’s biggest DevOps online event, alongside experts, live.

    Promo It’s one thing logging onto a 15 hour online event covering the world of DevOps. It’s quite another watching it live in the comfortable offices of one of the main sponsors with complimentary food and drinks from morning until evening. Plus happy hour.…

  • Google's crusade to make mobile web apps less, well, horrible
    Fri, 11 Nov 2016 10:31:14 GMT

    No chance of making people on the web less horrible, though

    Chrome Dev Summit At SFJazz – the first freestanding jazz arts center in the US – on Thursday in San Francisco, Google riffed on the virtues of Progressive Web Apps as a vehicle for efficient and engaging content delivery.…

  • A cardboard desk? I won’t stand for it (actually I will)
    Fri, 11 Nov 2016 10:00:07 GMT

    Just imagine if virgins came flat-packed too

    Something for the Weekend, Sir? This week, I have been worried about getting it to stand up.…

  • Slacker or Team playa? Microsoft's Mr Business takes on messaging's corporate raider
    Fri, 11 Nov 2016 09:31:44 GMT

    PostIt notes down for the big communications face-off

    The early days of the internet provided ways to chat, bicker and "collaborate" with others in the world, and decades later we're still working on making that experience better.…

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  • CIOs: VDI? Maybe, just maybe, it really will be different this time...
    Fri, 11 Nov 2016 09:00:06 GMT

    Tech bosses endorse thin clients, throw hands in the air over millennials

    Register Roundtable Sometimes technology visions bubble along under the radar, quite often scorned then, following a change of name or emphasis, ubiquitous. Utility computing became the cloud, and we know how that’s taken off. Groupware became collaboration. Thin clients have morphed into VDI, and… Well, seems like a good time to get a bunch of CIOs together and thrash out just what’s going on here.…

  • Top of the bots: This AI isn't a cold, cruel killing machine – it's a pop music hit machine
    Fri, 11 Nov 2016 08:31:08 GMT

    Cyber-crooner tries to prove code can be creative too

    Feature AI are often seen as cold, calculating machines, devoid of any warmth or humanity. One way to make AI more relatable and human-like could be encouraging them to take part in human activities like making music.…

  • Google: If you think we're bad, you should take a look at Apple
    Fri, 11 Nov 2016 08:01:10 GMT

    Ad monster whines to EC about antitrust probe into Android

    Google has responded to the European Commission's complaint that it is abusing its market power with the Android mobile phone operating system by griping that Microsoft and Apple are worse.…

  • Brace yourselves! Blighty is turning to AI for help
    Fri, 11 Nov 2016 07:39:10 GMT

    AI will improve UK government's digital services, apparently

    The UK government is looking at ways to revamp its digital services with the help of machine learning and AI, according to a new report released by the Government Office for Science.…

  • Reg meets 'Lokihardt', quite possibly the world's best hacker
    Fri, 11 Nov 2016 07:22:09 GMT

    Korean chap finds flaws in moments, scores $100k apiece for fun

    Power of Community If Jung Hoon Lee is not the world's best hacker, he can't be far from the top of the dais: the 22 year-old South Korean better known as Lokihardt has an uncanny knack for finding zero-day exploits in the world's most popular and most secure systems.…

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  • UK Ministry of Defence splurges 280,000 on online 'good ideas' form
    Fri, 11 Nov 2016 06:58:13 GMT

    Off-the-shelf service absorbs improbable quantity of our cash

    A webpage form on the UK Ministry of Defence’s GEMS employee suggestion website cost taxpayers nearly £280,000.…

  • Britain must send its F-35s to Italy for heavy overhauls, decrees US
    Fri, 11 Nov 2016 06:32:13 GMT

    And ship the engines to Turkey for overhauls and upgrades

    Britain will have to send its supersonic F-35 fighter jets to Italy for heavy overhauls, the UK Ministry of Defence has confirmed to The Register.…

  • Angry user demands three site visits to fix email address typos
    Fri, 11 Nov 2016 05:57:10 GMT

    Four-hour round trips averted by just pretending email had reached its destination

    On-Call Welcome again to On-Call, our week-ending wander through readers' tales of horrible problems they've been asked to fix at horrible times.…

  • Russia to block LinkedIn over data domiciling issues
    Fri, 11 Nov 2016 05:01:08 GMT

    LinkedIn says regulator sent letter to the wrong office

    Russia looks to be on the verge of blocking access to LinkedIn because it claims the site isn't complying with its law requiring Russians' personal data to be stored on Russian soil.…

  • What strange madness is this? Microsoft makes patch data RESTful
    Fri, 11 Nov 2016 03:58:08 GMT

    Redmond's new security bulletin feed aims to stop cut and paste data dredging

    Microsoft's replaced its eyeball-friendly Security Bulletins page with a new Security Updates Guide that pipes out machine-readable bug data over a RESTful interface.…

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  • This week's biggest shock: The race to 200Gbps has been won
    Fri, 11 Nov 2016 03:02:11 GMT

    We know, we know, we didn't predict this one, either

    Comment As we reported today, Mellanox announced today it has broken through the 200Gb/sec barrier. We're told it will ship an end-to-end 200Gb/s interconnect solution in the first half of 2017.…

  • Panicked WH Smith kills website to stop sales of how-to terrorism manuals
    Fri, 11 Nov 2016 02:00:40 GMT

    One title bought by MP Jo Cox murder suspect

    Exclusive Prominent British bookseller W H Smith voluntarily shut its website for emergency "maintenance" last night after being warned by The Register that it was selling a range of DIY terror manuals – such as the Improvised Munitions Handbook that offer procedures for making bombs and explosive booby-traps.…

  • Make phishing great again: Hackers prod US think tanks, NGOs amid Trump win shockwaves
    Fri, 11 Nov 2016 01:57:11 GMT

    Russians – of course – blamed

    With half of America celebrating the victory of the Republicans and President-elect Trump, and the other half mourning the result, a targeted phishing campaign engulfed various US think tanks and NGOs the week.…

  • Nvidia's financials have great numbers. Yuge numbers. The best numbers, believe me
    Fri, 11 Nov 2016 00:56:11 GMT

    Make America INT8 again

    Nvidia continued its run of solid financials Thursday by turning in a $2bn quarter.…

  • Recruitment giant PageGroup hacked, Capgemini dev server blamed for info leak
    Fri, 11 Nov 2016 00:25:58 GMT

    Someone's definitely looking for a new job

    Exclusive Global recruitment giant PageGroup says a hacker infiltrated its network and accessed job applicants' personal information.…

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  • Terror plot spy project helps Kinetica crank up database speed
    Thu, 10 Nov 2016 23:02:13 GMT

    Ingest billions of records per minute with no indigestion

    HPC blog Kinetica presented its in-memory database solution at the recent OpenPOWER European Summit in Barcelona, and served up some benchmark results. You can see the entire presentation in the video below, but here are a few highlights.…

  • AWS: We're gonna make mobile apps great again with Lambda functions
    Thu, 10 Nov 2016 22:43:33 GMT

    The best apps will come from America, using Amazon, which will be paying all that tax

    Amazon Web Services is rolling out new Mobile Hub features aimed at simplifying the development of secure mobile apps.…

  • Sony: Get out Comedy Central, MTV – we've built a wall around Vue, the greatest wall ever
    Thu, 10 Nov 2016 22:27:14 GMT

    And Viacom's gonna pay for it!

    Sony is set to axe a handful of popular TV networks from the PlayStation Vue streaming service.…

  • Silicon Valley VCs: We're gonna make California great again – on its own
    Thu, 10 Nov 2016 21:42:40 GMT

    Move over Brexit, this is Calexit

    With protests against Donald Trump's US presidential election victory turning violent in California, a group of venture capitalists from Silicon Valley are funding an initiative to allow the Golden State to cede from the US.…

  • The hated Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal will soon be dead. Yay?
    Thu, 10 Nov 2016 20:59:13 GMT

    Commerce pact became a political football – but was it really that bad?

    The Trans-Pacific Partnership is almost certainly dead. Or at least America's role in it is.…

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  • Mellanox: We're gonna make InfiniBand great again – 200Gbps great
    Thu, 10 Nov 2016 20:29:28 GMT

    So great, offload as much as possible from CPUs, the greatest interconnect ever

    InfiniBand will go from 100Gbps to 200Gbps next year – and The Register spoke to Mellanox's marketing veep Gilad Shainer to find out what to expect.…

  • The state of today's machine learning: Short, wide, deep but not high
    Thu, 10 Nov 2016 19:34:24 GMT

    A gentle guide to where we're at with AI

    Comment Remember that kid in middle school who was deeply into Dungeons & Dragons, and hadn't seen his growth spurt yet? Machine learning is sort of like that kid – deep, wide, and short – and not so tall.…

  • IBM: Why our Power9 CPU is going to make data centers great again
    Thu, 10 Nov 2016 18:01:31 GMT

    Big Blue starts making performance promises

    HPC blog Rani Borkar, IBM’s vice president of OpenPOWER development, gave attendees at the OpenPOWER Foundation Summit in Barcelona at the end of October a sneak peek at the vendor's upcoming Power9 processor. I captured it on video (see below) to show you what to expect.…

  • Chirp! Let's hear it for data over audio
    Thu, 10 Nov 2016 17:01:56 GMT

    British low tech finds the places high tech can't reach

    Low tech sometimes succeeds where high tech fails – as one ingenious company is proving.…

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