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Summit for the readers who are hot for petaFLOPs: Server nodes flashed at SC17

Oak Ridge Top 500-leading system's innards Analysis IBM offered HPC fans at SC17 a gawk at the server tray for the upcoming Summit supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory , Tennessee.…

Clone poster girl Dolly the sheep's arthritis was 'normal for her age'

Boffins say health issues were not related to genetic wizardry New research suggests the arthritis plaguing Dolly the sheep – the first mammal cloned from an adult somatic cell – was normal for her age.…

Royal Navy destroyer leaves Middle East due to propeller problems

For once it's not an engine breakdown A Type 45 destroyer has been recalled to Britain with propeller problems, leaving the Royal Navy's traditional "east of Suez" deployment without proper warship cover.…

'Data is the new oil': F-Secure man on cartels, disinformation and IoT

An unlikely trio? Not according to Mikko Hypponen Questions about cyber influence continue to cloud last year's US presidential elections and recently similar allegations have been levelled against the Brexit vote.…

Sci-Hub domains inactive following court order

'Free science'/pirate site operator 'working on solving DNS issue' Several domains of the controversial academic paper filesharing site Sci-Hub have been made inactive following a court order earlier this month.…

Someone told Google to nuke links to mean reviews of disgraced telco True Telecom

And Mountain View obliged Links to pages slating a telco slapped with multiple fines from UK regulators have been wiped from Google's search results after a claimant asked the search giant to chuck them down a sinkhole.…

This is peak AI: Bot to guest edit Radio 4's Today programme

How will you tell the difference? #F_AI_L The BBC has confirmed that Radio 4's Today programme will conduct an interview with a politician via an AI bot "modelled on Mishal Husain".…

Abolish the Telly Tax? Fat chance, say MPs at non-binding debate

125,000 people tried – and failed Britons simply don't understand that "public sector broadcasting" is a "good for all society", a Labour MP lamented during a Westminster Hall debate on TV licensing.…

Ed Vaizey is right, Matt Hancock hasn't improved broadband

'Hancock pinched all my ideas' jokes former digi minister Comment For all digital minister Matt Hancock's rhetoric about 'full-fibre' investment, Blighty's digital infrastructure still remains unchanged.…

Remember the 'budget' iPhone SE? Apple plans an update – reports

Midget gem Apple hasn't forgotten its miraculous budget iPhone, the iPhone SE, after all. The ornate miniature looks set for an update next year, according to reports.…

Remember the 'budget' iPhone SE? Apple plans an update - reports

Midget gem Apple hasn't forgotten its miraculous budget iPhone, the iPhone SE, after all. The ornate miniature looks set for an update next year, according to reports.…

Wizarding World of Harry Potter awaits Microsoft Office exam winners

Excel Exumai! Hey kids, fancy an all-inclusive break to the magical Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Florida? Well, you're in luck.…

Continuous Lifecycle: Blind-bird tickets set to fly off for good

Just one week left to save £££ Events You've got just one week left to snap up tickets for our two-day conference at Continuous Lifecycle London for just £500 plus VAT.…

Mythical broadband speeds to plummet in crackdown on ISP ads

If I hear 'up to' one more time... Broadband providers will only be able to advertise "average" download speeds if at least 50 per cent of customers are able to receive them at peak times, under new rules announced today by the advertising regulator.…

StorONE 're-invents' storage stack to set hardware free

After 6 years of work, 35 people in StorOne say storage industry's wrong Analysis Israeli storage startup StorONE says it has re-invented the storage stack to set hardware free.…

Stick to the script, kiddies: Some dos and don'ts for the workplace

Get your filthy, fallible hands out of filthy, fallible Github Scripting is now the first choice for clued-up administrators who want to get things done quickly and in an automated fashion. However, scripting does bring its own set of issues.…

'Water on Mars' re-classified as just 'sand on Mars'

Maybe very slightly damp sand, but new look at Martian gullies finds they look like dunes Scientists have revisited a 2015 sighting of water on the surface of Mars and revised the theory to suggest what we saw was sand, and probably not even damp sand at that.…

Sorry 'strange physics' fans, IceCube finds the Standard Model stands

Boffins finds neutrinos sometimes collide with Earth instead of passing through Video Thanks to work at the IceCube instrument in Antarctica, we have learned that Earth has an appetite for high-energy neutrinos: they're more likely to be swallowed' by the planet in collisions with matter than those ...

To fix Intel's firmware fiasco, wait for Christmas Eve or 2018

And cross your fingers: 'TBD' is the scheduled date for hundreds of PC fixes The world's top PC-makers have started to ship fixes for the multiple flaws in Intel's CPUs, but plenty won't land until 2018.…

Samba needs two patches, unless you're happy for SMB servers to dance for evildoers

Big Linux distros have pushed their fixes, but let's not assume everything auto-patches, OK? It's time to patch Samba again - or turn off SAMBA 1, which is never as easy as it sounds.…

Devs working to stop Go math error bugging crypto software

Programming language makes some fuzzy big numbers Consider this an item for the watch-list, rather than a reason to hit the panic button: a math error in the Go language could potentially affect cryptographic libraries.…

Facebook notifications to reveal who saw dodgy Russian election ads

This may explain why you've craved Vlad Putin's borscht recipe since mid-2016 Facebook has revealed it's started work on a tool that will let its members learn if they saw ads published by the Internet Research Agency', the outfit thought to have been behind mass buys of pro-Kremlin propaganda ads ...

Xen Project's plan after AWS goes KVM: Talk up embedded future

AWS explains itself to project Board, keeps its revelations off the record Fresh from the news that Amazon Web Services intends to replace its hypervisor, the Xen Project will tell the world it has a fine future in embedded applications.…

New Standards for Big Data

Verification, credibility and accuracy Sponsored Big data holds great promise: structured and unstructured data harvested, processes and analysed in near-real-time by organisations sifting for new opportunities or seeking to refine existing activities. Data is pouring in: from sensors, shoppers, ...

FCC boss Ajit Pai emits his net neutrality extermination plan

Just in time for Thanksgiving when no one will notice Ajit Pai, head of America's communications watchdog the FCC, has unveiled his "plan to repeal the Obama Administration's heavy-handed regulation of the Internet," referred to by critics as an anti-consumer giveaway to large communications ...

Aussie Catholic School forced into hasty cover-up over suggestive Saint

Off-shored statue offered a curious roll A Catholic School in Australia has been left red-faced after a newly commissioned statue of a revered saint appeared to be offering to share more than a few loaves and fishes with the little children.…

Microsoft scoops Search UI out from the gaping black maw of Cortana

Hmmm. Looks familiar… Microsoft is experimenting with taking Search out of Cortana and making it more Mac-like in the newest Windows 10 build.…

Apple quietly wheels out 'Voxelnet' driverless car tech paper

We'd ask them what it means, but, uh... Apple researchers have released a paper about a "trainable deep architecture", setting out the fruity firm's plans to make autonomous vehicles better at detecting cyclists and pedestrians.…

Permissionless data slurping: Why Google's latest bombshell matters

Are you in control? Comment According to an old Chinese proverb: "When a wise man points at the Moon, an idiot looks at his finger." Google may have been hoping that you were examining a finger, not reading a Quartz story yesterday, which reveals how Android phones send location data to Google ...

You're such a goober, Uber: UK regulators blast hushed breach

MP: Funny, you managed to contact customers when TfL put your licence on hold… Brit regulators, security agencies and MPs have slammed Uber for covering up the massive data breach of 57 million customer and driver records.…

Budget 2017: How to make a downbeat forecast sound better. Say 'tech' a lot?

Trebling comp sci teachers, digi tax evaders clampdown The world is on the brink of a technological revolution,' UK chancellor Philip Hammond declared in Blighty's Autumn budget today. We choose the future; we choose to run towards change, not away from it.'…

Ads watchdog to BT: We say your itsy bitsy, teeny weeny Ts&Cs too small for screeny

Broadband TV spot hid key details in hard-to-read text BT has had its ears boxed by the Advertising Standards Agency after one of its adverts with masses of small print was ruled "likely to mislead".…

Under par: HPE 3PAR US sales are limping

Not so, er, Nimble in the area Comment Did HPE shoot itself in the foot with US 3PAR push? Its fourth quarter results showed storage revenues grew slightly but with sales in the US of the tech limping in a quarter with sales organisation changes.…

Possible cut to British F-35 order considered before Parliament

MoD claims it's still committed but warns of 'uncertainty' Rising costs might force the UK to reduce its order of F-35 fighter jets, the House of Commons has been told.…

Peers told to push for cut-price access to med tech developed with NHS data

But for Pete's sake, don't recommend another new body The UK's health service should get cheaper rates on healthcare products developed using NHS data, peers have been told.…

Phone fatigue takes hold: SIM-onlys now top UK market

♫ "Boredom, boredom, boredom, b'dum b'dum" ♫ SIM-only contracts are now the most popular kind of mobile deal in the UK, as punters step off the tedious upgrade treadmill.…

Phone fatigue takes hold: SIM-onlys now top UK market

♫ ♫ "Boredom, boredom, boredom, b'dum b'dum" ♫ ♫ SIM-only contracts are now the most popular kind of mobile deal in the UK, as punters step off the tedious upgrade treadmill.…

'Gimme Gimme Gimme' Easter egg in man breaks automated tests at 00:30

Wow, I see what you did there *rolls eyes* The maintainer of the Linux manual program man has scrapped an "Easter egg" after it broke a user's automatic code tests.…

Borat creator offers to cover mankini fines. Is nice!

Sacha Baron Cohen steps in after Czech tourists become butt of joke Borat creator Brit comedian Sacha Baron Cohen has said he'll pay the fines handed to a group of mankini-clad Czech tourists by Kazakhstani authorities.…

London mayor: Self-driving cars? Not without jacked-up taxes, you don't!

And who will build the roads, asks Transport for London London mayor Sadiq Khan has come out against driverless electric cars, telling Parliament that adoption of the vehicles by Londoners could harm government tax revenues, reduce the number of cyclists – and leave questions over who would build ...

Loake Shoes admits: We've fallen victim to cybercrims

Hold on to your laces, email server was compromised Miscreants, hackers – call 'em what you will – have pilfered email addresses from an unknown number of Loake Shoes customers.…

Once more unto the breach: El Reg has a go at crisis management

And you can probably guess how that turned out Hacks played representatives of a hacked company in an incident response exercise run by F-Secure this week.…

When it comes to ML, reports of JavaScript's death are exaggerated

Python is not the be-all and end-all of writing smart algorithms Machine learning is fast becoming one of the high-growth areas for developers – but what language should you employ, given that so many exist?…

'Urgent data corruption issue' destroys filesystems in Linux 4.14

Using bcache to speed Linux 4.14? Stop if you want your data to live A filesystem-eating bug has been found in Linux 4.14.…

Crypto-jackers enlist Google Tag Manager to smuggle alt-coin miners

Ad giant has malware detection in its script-hosting service... but Coin Hive isn't flagged Crypto-jackers using Coin Hive code to secretly mine Monero via computing power supplied by the unsuspecting have found Google Tag Manager to be a convenient means of distribution.…

Microsoft reprieves CodePlex users - you're doomed next week

Read-only doom-day slips, December axe still ohovers Even a turkey can get a reprieve: Microsoft's CodePlex shut-down date has run late, but is still imminent.…

HP Inc – the no-drama one – is actually doing fine with PCs, printers

Personal gear a more reliable moneymaker than servers. Who knew? On a day when Meg Whitman, CEO of its sibling HPE, announced her departure from the biz, HP Inc revealed its slow and steady progress in two tough markets.…

Apple: Sure, we banned VPN iOS apps in China, but, um, er, art!

iGiant didn't want to aid censorship, but $10bn in revenue is $10bn in revenue Apple has told the US government it cooperated with China's demands to block VPN services so it could get other concessions from the Middle Kingdom on human rights.…

Linus Torvalds 'sorry' for swearing, blames popularity of Linux itself

More than 20 pulls a day on his desk, v.4.15 bloating and a Thanksgiving trip to pack for made Linus testy Linux overlord Linus Torvalds has apologised – a bit – for calling some security-centric kernel contributors f*cking morons'.…

Microsoft to run VMware on Azure, on bare metal. Repeat. Microsoft to run VMware on Azure.

VMware-certified partners will help as Redmond also starts vSphere-to-Azure migrations Microsoft has announced it will offer "the full VMware stack on Azure hardware" with the help of an as-yet-unnamed VMware partner.…