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WannaCrypt: Roots, reasons and why scramble patching won't save you now

Fri, 2017-05-19 13:28
Watch your backup

I became a Solaris system administrator in the 1990s: first proper job out of university. I read a lot about the Morris Worm – believed to be the first of its type, and of interest to me because the Sun-3 kit I looked after was vulnerable.…

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What's 'amazing', cloudy and splattered in red ink? It's quarterly Salesforce results time

Fri, 2017-05-19 13:01
Sales bounce by a quarter for Q1... oh the vanity

Just when you’d thought Salesforce had quit its habit of posting quarterly losses, the biz swung back into the red during its first quarter of 2017/18 - on the back of bumper growth.…

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Man sues date for cinema texting fiasco, demands $17.31

Fri, 2017-05-19 12:23
'Defendant’s behaviour is a threat to civilised society', claims Texan

A Texan is suing his date for the cost of a cinema ticket after she upset him by sending a bunch of texts to a pal while watching Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2.…

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Broadcom bid for Toshiba Memory Business – report

Fri, 2017-05-19 11:57
Bain and KKR also get stuck into Tosh flash biz sale

Broadcom is gearing up to deliver a $20bn (2.2 trillion yen) bid for Toshiba’s Memory Business, reports Bloomberg.…

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‪There's a ransom-free fix for WannaCry‬pt. Oh snap, you've rebooted your XP box

Fri, 2017-05-19 11:27
Sooo... that's not gonna work for you mate

Windows XP PCs infected by WannaCrypt can be decrypted without paying ransom by using a new utility dubbed Wannakey.…

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DXC Technology looks to lighten the payroll six weeks after launch

Fri, 2017-05-19 11:01
Normal service resumes for trigger-happy CSC and HPE Ent Services

It was only a matter of time before DXC Technology – the corporate pile-up between CSC and HPE’s former Enterprise Services division – began using staff cuts to lighten the overheads. And so it begins.…

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Dell EMC man: Hyperconverged is love, hyperconverged is life, but won't kill SAN yet

Fri, 2017-05-19 10:37
Hold the forklift, Chad Sakac tells El Reg

Analysis Hyperconverged infrastructure appliances (HCIAs) are ready to take on the bulk of data centre x86 workloads but won't necessarily kill off the SAN.…

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Julian Assange wins at hide-and-seek game against Sweden

Fri, 2017-05-19 10:00
Probe suspended after tiring of waiting for him to come out

Updated Sweden's director of public prosecutions has today suspended an investigation into Julian Assange regarding rape allegations.…

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Sweden drops Julian Assange rape probe

Fri, 2017-05-19 10:00
More details to follow...

Sweden's director of public prosecutions has today dropped the rape investigation into Julian Assange.…

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Bye bye MP3: You sucked the life out of music. But vinyl is just as warped

Fri, 2017-05-19 09:29
You scratch mine, I'll scratch yours

Something for the Weekend, Sir? When I was younger, I had a chronic problem with fluff gathering in awkward-to-reach places.…

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IBM CEO flouts £75 travel restriction in Big Blue chopper

Fri, 2017-05-19 08:54
Hursley R&D team do their part to entertain Ginni

IBM’s glorious leader Ginni Rometty – also known in some corners as the axe woman – this week cocked a snook to the corporate directive on travel restrictions by flying into the Hursley-based R&D centre in a Big Blue chopper.…

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Kill Google AMP before it KILLS the web

Fri, 2017-05-19 08:25
Trust, independence, credibility - we've heard of those

Open source insider There's been a good deal of on-going discussion about Google AMP – Accelerated Mobile Pages.…

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Faking incontinence and other ways to scare off tech support scammers

Fri, 2017-05-19 07:37
Fleshy VMs, voices in your head and asking what the scammer is wearing also work

ON-CALL If it's Friday, it must be time for On-Call, our weekly column that recounts readers experiences of being asked to dodgy jobs at dodgy times for dodgy reasons.…

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Plutus Payroll clients and staff fell for plausible business model fairy tales

Fri, 2017-05-19 06:57
Free payroll service claimed to make money with commissions and short term loans

Fallen Australian payroll-services-for-contractors company Plutus Payroll convinced clients and staff that it had hit upon a business model let it fund free payroll services with clever money market plays, commission deals with financial services companies and by selling workers' details to marketers.…

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And finally, monsieur, a wafer-thin hologram ... Sir, it is only wafer thin

Fri, 2017-05-19 06:27
'World’s thinnest hologram' touted by boffins

A group of scientists has developed the “world’s thinnest hologram” – a thousand times thinner than a human hair, they claim.…

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You'll get a kick out of this: Qualcomm patents the 'Internet of Shoes'

Fri, 2017-05-19 06:01
Web-connected sneakers? We imagine a lot of sole searching when/if these get hacked

Chip-and-lawsuit designer Qualcomm has drawn up a patent on blueprints for an internet-connected shoe.…

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Phishing scum going legit to beat browser warnings

Fri, 2017-05-19 05:30
Now that Chrome and Firefox call out HTTP, phisherpholk are getting certified

Browser-makers' decision to put big red warning lights in the faces of users when they hit sites too slack to use HTTPS is backfiring a little, as crooks are accelerating their use of encryption.…

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Mi casa es su casa: Ubuntu bug makes 'guests' anything but

Fri, 2017-05-19 05:01
Overly accommodating Linux distro can't enforce access policy

Recent versions of the Ubuntu Linux distro fail to limit system access for guest accounts.…

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Windows Server's footprint shrunk to reduce Azure bills

Fri, 2017-05-19 03:41
On-prem rules say Windows Server barely runs in 32 GB, but cloud is another matter

Microsoft's quietly revealed that it's shrunk Windows Server's footprint, at least when you run it in Azure.…

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What is dead my never die: a new version of OS/2 just arrived

Fri, 2017-05-19 02:00
Game of Clones: ArcaOS 5.0 promises to pick up where OS/2 Warp and eComStation left off

An outfit called Arca Noae has released a new version of IBM's venerable OS/2 operating system, named ArcaOS 5.0.…

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