posted about 23 hours ago on the register
Price rises were a nightmare, right? Not for everyone! Microsoft UK price rises that kicked in at the start of this year weren't bad news for everyone in the country – IT reseller Softcat saw software sales swell as customers purchased licences early to avoid the hefty hike.…

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It'll probably change next week Analysis  In 2015 we compared, after many years' experience, Microsoft strategy to "a heavily armed octopus trying to shoot itself in the head". But relatively speaking, there's one product category where its hard work is beginning to appear coherent – at least compared to the competition.…

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Lithuanian cuffed and charged Evaldas Rimasauskas, a 48-year-old Lithuanian man, has been charged with defrauding two major US-based internet companies for more than $100m through whaling attacks.…

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With commercial success, npm can afford to be magnanimous npm Inc, the company behind the Node.js package manager and command-line utility known by the same three letters, on Wednesday plans to make its developer collaboration tool known as Orgs free for open source projects.…

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'Turkish crime family' says Bitcoin's also OK Hackers who claim to have gained access to over 300 million iCloud and Apple email accounts are threatening to wipe user data unless Apple pays a ransom.…

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Reg lecture explores what turning on a machine really means If you've wondered how AI and robotics are going to interact with and affect human sexuality – indeed humans full stop – you should really join us on 19 April for our next Register Lecture.…

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That's cold, IBM Word reaches us of Project Baccarat, IBM’s latest redundancy programme for staffers in the Infrastructure Services Delivery division, which shares its name with the card game of chance.…

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Radio frequency testing probes for foreign bodies Rapid7 has upgraded its popular Metasploit pen-testing tool to help IT security teams and consultants probe for IoT-related weaknesses in corporate environments.…

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Operation Top Hat report surfaces from the archives Pics  The Ministry of Defence sent an expedition to Rockall in 1971 to blast the top off the Atlantic islet, a newly released report has revealed.…

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Staff association warns that systems 'increasingly' being used for personal reasons Coppers in England and Wales are "persistently" committing data breaches, according to the Police Federation's head of misconduct.…

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PINs hopes on some good news next year Gemalto warned on Wednesday that its first-quarter revenues will be between 7 to 9 per cent lower compared to the same period of 2016.…

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Developer data meets operations data for – hey presto! – DevOps dashboards Operations people are often quite fond of Splunk, because it gives them bucketloads of useful data about the performance of the kit they tend. Developers are often quite fond of New Relic, because it gives them bucketloads of useful data about the performance of the code they tend, and its impact on the user experience.…

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Looks 'forward to the next spectrum auction'. Yep, sounds about right Three UK's mobile users are ripping through well over 6GB of data a month, prompting questions on whether the increase is sustainable.…

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Plus, Lego tape, the decline of Uber, Brexit for dummies and more!

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You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave Broadband provider Plusnet has been slapped with a £880,000 fine from Ofcom for continuing to bill former customers.…

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Half of system support engineers put at risk in one authority London councils with Capita contracts have sought assurances from the outsourcing business that they will not be affected by its plans to offshore jobs to India.…

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Too many ppl, amirite? Poor old Brit govt ... A security researcher has welcomed the UK's launch of a vulnerability co-ordination pilot while cautioning that a strategy for handling Freedom of Information requests needs to be developed.…

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posted 1 day ago on the register
Don't be bitten by the differences Hybrid IT infrastructures are rapidly becoming the norm. Even if there isn’t a conscious decision to adopt a hybrid of on-premises/cloud networks and servers (for instance, on-premises servers replicating near-real-time to failover partners in the cloud), the adoption of cloud apps is making many setups hybrid by default, even if not by design.…

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There's Reds under the Windows! And that's the way China's government wants it Microsoft's supremo for China has told state-owned China Daily that Redmond's ready roll out version of Windows 10 with extra security features demanded by China's government.…

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Architect proudly displays work for EPO president, gets told to take it down Pics  Very few people have seen the 10th floor of the European Patent Office's ISAR building in Munich since it's been renovated – and for good reason.…

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Maybe we're stupid jerks: company reports record rider traffic in 2017 Throughout its recent sexism and scofflaw scandals, Uber hasn't denied that its culture has some invidious aspects.…

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♪ Botnet knocked down, but it gets up again ♪ Aficionados of salacious smut sites in the UK and Canada are picking up some nasty software that infects systems by using corrupted pop-under adverts.…

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Software-defined-networks from photons up to Layer 3 In January 2016, Juniper Networks swallowed BTI Systems with the aim of bringing software defined network approaches to the optical sphere. One of the fruits of that acquisition has now landed, with the company announcing its Open Cloud Interconnect.…

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Plus: Rubber-ducky rock may split in half one day Pics  Scientists have seen a landslide on a comet for the first time ever, it was announced on Tuesday.…

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Boosted capacity of existing fibre by 2.5x. Coming soon: 32 Tbps per fibre Nokia has lit up a trans-Atlantic fibre for Facebook, in a field trial that showed off 200 Gbps and 250 Gbps wavelengths on a 5,500 km link.…

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