The Register

Subscribe to The Register feed The Register
Biting the hand that feeds IT
Updated: 23 min 43 sec ago

TikTok to cough up $92m to settle data privacy sueballs over harvesting too much data

Sat, 2021-02-27 00:06
Or about five days of annual operating profit

ByteDance, the parent company of TikTok, has offered to pay less than $100m to settle multiple privacy class-action lawsuits in the US.…

Categories: Technology News

Choose your fighter! March Mammal Madness pits poor, innocent critters against each other in mortal combat

Fri, 2021-02-26 23:01
Not literally and all in the name of education

Ever idly wonder if a marmot could bring down an ant-eater? Would a fox be foxed by a badger? Could a badger out-badger a fox?…

Categories: Technology News

Imperva pretty adamant that security analytics aggregator product Sonar is not 'one dashboard to rule them all'

Fri, 2021-02-26 21:48
Uh huh... it's a good time to be in enterprise security analytics

Tired of keeping up with security alerts from your system? Worried that your Security Operations Centre (SOC) is getting deluged in low-level reporting? Fear not: Imperva has produced an aggregator aggregation product that sits over the top of all your other alert-generating security software.…

Categories: Technology News

Apple's latest macOS Big Sur update stops cheapo USB-C hubs bricking your machine

Fri, 2021-02-26 21:01
Still, it's probably best to stick with eye-wateringly expensive official peripherals

In addition to various minor bug fixes, Apple's 11.2.2 update to macOS Big Sur addresses an issue where newer MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models could be damaged by dodgy third-party USB-C accessories.…

Categories: Technology News

Bezos denied: New Glenn launch pushed into 2022 after Space Force says no

Fri, 2021-02-26 20:00
Also: Old age a bigger risk for Branson's passengers as Virgin Galactic slips again

What do you buy the richest man in the world? A ticket to ride on Elon Musk's rocket, judging by the latest delay announced by Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin.…

Categories: Technology News

Huawei to Hell: Embattled Chinese comms giant said to be revving up for a move into the electric vehicle market

Fri, 2021-02-26 19:06
Though company insists it is 'not a car manufacturer'

With its carrier and mobile businesses in turmoil, and no sign of a reprieve from crushing US sanctions, China's Huawei is reportedly lurching into the growing electric vehicle market.…

Categories: Technology News

Bloody Dell! The humble notebook made the difference between a crappy fiscal 2021 and a good one

Fri, 2021-02-26 18:17
Yes, we will never mention the death of the PC again, at least until next time

Dell Technologies spent tens billions of dollars to diversify its kit bag beyond computers, yet it was the humble notebook that broke its sales records in 2020.…

Categories: Technology News

<i>Valheim</i>: How the heck has more 'indie shovelware with PS2 graphics' sold 4 million copies in a matter of weeks?

Fri, 2021-02-26 17:14
Now, this might shock you, but it's something we like to call 'fun' (if you have friends)

The RPG Greetings, traveller, and welcome back to The Register Plays Games, our monthly gaming column. Loath as I am to feature another early access survival-exploration-crafting adventure for the second month in a row, February's sleeper smash-hit, Valheim, has forced my hand. So onwards, now, to the 10th realm of Norse mythology. Yeah, there was an extra one, didn't you hear?

Categories: Technology News

Rude awakening for SaaS giants Salesforce, Workday as both find 20% growth isn't good enough for market

Fri, 2021-02-26 16:18
Yeah, you did great, but you should have done better

Salesforce shares slid yesterday despite posting revenues of $5.82bn for Q4 of its fiscal '21, up 20 per cent on the same period last year.…

Categories: Technology News

USA, Germany, UK: From systems engineer to data centre mechanics guru, here are this week's jobs

Fri, 2021-02-26 15:28
Worldwide vacancies if you're looking for work – and free ads if you want workers

Job Alert We're running free job ads to try and keep techies in gainful employment during these testing times.…

Categories: Technology News

EDB tries to crowbar graph, JSON, and time-series data models into PostgreSQL – but can they pull it off?

Fri, 2021-02-26 14:22
Specialist databases will still be necessary, analyst says

EDB, a prominant backer of the PostgreSQL open-source database, expects to focus on graph, JSON, and time-series data in the upcoming autumn release. Analysts, however, are sceptical about its ability to optimise for different data models ahead of built for purpose databases.…

Categories: Technology News

HPE urges judge to pick through Deloitte-bashing report it claims demolishes Autonomy founder's defence

Fri, 2021-02-26 13:39
Plus: Full ruling in $5bn High Court case expected by end of Q1

Hewlett Packard Enterprise wants a High Court judge to formally consider a damning report which found that Deloitte auditors committed misconduct when they signed off British software firm Autonomy's annual accounts.…

Categories: Technology News

ESA mulls sending waves of robot explorers into dark depths of lunar lava tubes

Fri, 2021-02-26 12:54
Lidar-equipped spherical probes or solar panel-powered cranes, perhaps?

The European Space Agency is investigating sending an army of autonomous rovers into underground caves and lava tubes on the Moon.…

Categories: Technology News

Google looks at bypass in Chromium's ASLR security defense, throws hands up, won't patch garbage issue

Fri, 2021-02-26 11:58
Engineers write off GC abuse because Spectre broke everything anyway

In early November, a developer contributing to Google's open-source Chromium project reported a problem with Oilpan, the garbage collector for the browser's Blink rendering engine: it can be used to break a memory defense known as address space layout randomization (ASLR).…

Categories: Technology News

Seagate UK customer stung by VAT on replacement drive shipped via the Netherlands

Fri, 2021-02-26 11:15
Well, Brexit meant Brexit

One of the consequences of Brexit came back to bite a Seagate customer in the UK who was forced to pay import VAT and brokerage fees on a replacement drive still under warranty that was this month shipped from the Netherlands.…

Categories: Technology News

Half a million stolen French medical records, drowned in feeble excuses

Fri, 2021-02-26 09:30
A bitter pill best swallowed with eight gallons of swimming pool water

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Those files I promised you? Oh, I'm sorry, they accidentally got taken out with the recycling. A gull swooped down and snatched them out of my hands. They were lost in a tsunami. No, a forest fire. An earthquake. Actually, to tell the truth, my mum put them in the washing machine.

Categories: Technology News

A word to the Wyse: Smoking cigars in the office is very bad for you... and your monitor

Fri, 2021-02-26 08:15
A matte-black terminal? Neat! Where can I get one?

On Call Dark Mode is all the rage nowadays, but screens of the blackest black go back further than you might think, as we'll discover in another episode of On Call.…

Categories: Technology News

We need a 20MW 20,000-GPU-strong machine-learning supercomputer to build EU's planned digital twin of Earth

Fri, 2021-02-26 07:27
And this machine will be used to *check notes* study climate change. Study it or cause it?

Computer scientists attempting to build computational replicas of Earth to tackle climate change and environmental disasters reckon they will need a 20MW supercomputer with 20,000 GPUs to run a full-scale simulation.…

Categories: Technology News

Zuck chucks Myanmar military out of Facebook and Instagram

Fri, 2021-02-26 05:57
Is The Social Network™ finally declaring a stance in democracy and politics

In the latest instalment of Myanmar vs. the internet, Myanmar's military junta has been banned from both Facebook and Instagram. Businesses affiliated with military personnel were also banned.…

Categories: Technology News

VMware reports ‘progress on potential spinoff from Dell’, beats expectations for Q4 and full FY2021

Fri, 2021-02-26 04:56
Containerised Tanzu portfolio starts to make serious sales progress

VMware has closed its 2021 financial year with $11.8bn of annual revenue, $3.3bn of it earned in Q4.…

Categories: Technology News