We're grateful to Reg reader Mike Brady for the following link to a Novell spoof video poking fun at the XP flying people ad campaign. It's short, so we won't spoil it for you.
Find it here and enjoy. ®
A Brit who tried to sue Dixons Carphone over the 2018 hack of 10 million customers' details, including 5.9 million payment cards, has had his case booted out of the High Court.
Not only was Cardix owner DSG Retail Ltd almost completely successful in its application to strike out Darren Warren's case against it, the one count Dixons didn't succeed on saw the case relegated to the county court because of its low value.
Warren wanted to sue the retailer over a digital break-in that saw nearly 6,000 point-of-sale terminals infected with malware. DSG discovered the data-slurping malware almost a year after it was planted, prompting a £500,000 fine from the Information Commissioner's Office.
SAP customers need to change the way they operate to shift their ERP systems to the cloud, according to the CEO of the Americas' SAP Users' group (ASUG).
Responding to the results of a joint survey between ASUG and German-speaking user group DSAG, which showed some scepticism towards SAP's lift-and-shift package, Geoff Scott said users would have to look again at how they had customised their SAP ERP systems to fit their business processes.
"The traditional on-prem, highly customised ERP solution, absolutely, positively has to give way to a more SaaS-based ERP solution," he said.
The UK's data watchdog has defended its approach to regulating government health technologies during the pandemic as "pragmatic."
In its annual report, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) said it had supported public health innovation, reflecting the flexibility of data protection law.
The watchdog had come under fire early in the pandemic as campaigners saw a lack of oversight over the introduction of the Test and Trace system. In June last year, the Open Rights Group (ORG) instructed lawyers to lodge a complaint with the ICO over the rollout of the system, arguing it breached the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
Quick UDP Internet Connections (QUIC), the alternative to Transmission Control Protocol advanced as a fine way to speed up web traffic, struggles to deliver that outcome without considerable customisation.
So write Alexander Yu and Theophilus A. Benson of Brown University in a paper [PDF] titled "Dissecting Performance of Production QUIC". The paper was presented in April 2021, and on Monday a summary yesterday reached the blog of the Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC) – the regional internet address registry for the Asia-Pacific.
The paper explains that QUIC was designed to speed up the web (which is one reason it recently became an IETF standard) but asserts that most tests of the protocol "have only used unoptimized open-source QUIC servers on non-tuned kernels". The authors deem the resulting analyses "unrepresentative of production deployments which raises the question of whether QUIC actually outperforms TCP in practice" because many big QUIC users employ custom code.
Chinese antitrust watchdog, State Administration of Market Supervision (SAMR), announced Tuesday it has started investigating price gouging in the automotive chip market.
The regulatory body promised to strengthen supervision and punish illegal acts such as hoarding, price hikes and collusive price increases. SAMR singled out distributors as the object of its ire.
In the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, prices for items such as hand sanitizer, face masks, toilet paper and other health-related items saw startling inflation that required legal intervention.
Sponsored Thirty years ago, the industry birthed networked antivirus (NAV), which later morphed into endpoint protection (EP), managed using endpoint protection platforms (EPPs). More recently, this era has faded as endpoint protection and response (EDR) and managed detection and response (MDR) services become the industry standard.
Now, in 2021 the dial has turned yet again and enhanced EDR has arrived, closely followed by extended detection and response (XDR), which adds network and cloud monitoring to the mix.
Each generation is bigger and better than the last, taking in more types of endpoints with more integration and visibility between the different layers in the security hierarchy. Having trouble keeping up? Nobody could accuse the security industry of lacking creativity when it comes to inventing initialisms that promise to stop the rot afflicting endpoints, a category that now includes an expanding family of connected and mobile devices and not only PCs and servers.
US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) chairman Gary Gensler has described cryptocurrency as "rife with fraud, scams, and abuse in certain applications" and called for more government regulation to protect investors in the assets.
Speaking at the Aspen Security Forum, an annual three-day conference in Aspen, Colorado, Gensler accepted that cryptocurrency "has been and could continue to be a catalyst for change in the fields of finance and money," but warned it remains "highly speculative" and used as a medium of exchange mostly in situations when users wish to launder money, evade sanctions and/or tax, or enable extortion.
He also worried that cryptocurrencies are treated as investments, but lack investor protections.
VMware has offered its customers the chance to use its flagship ESXi hypervisor running on SmartNICs.
The virtualization giant yesterday announced an "Early Access Program" for Project Monterey – the effort to run ESXi on network accelerators and treat the devices as just another host that can run virtual machines and be managed by vSphere and vCenter.
Plenty of network accelerators – a term The Register uses here because the industry is split on whether to call them SmartNICs, data-processing units or infrastructure processing units – run CPUs that use the Arm architecture. Project Monterey is therefore important to VMware, both in the context of its desire to become a player in 5G infrastructure and in its wish to have accelerators improve performance of more conventional data centres – just as they've done for hyperscalers. VMware also hopes to ensure vSphere remains relevant as Arm platforms become more prevalent for enterprise workloads.
China's government has again expressed its severe dislike of gaming, and one of the nation's major purveyors of such entertainment has reacted by limiting the time that can be spent on the pastime.
Beijing has never been entirely comfortable with gaming. In 2013, China sought to define gaming addiction so it could be treated, after previously having regulated internet detox camps to ensure that they got results – but without brutalising those felt to need an intervention to curb their online activities. In 2019, industry analysts suggested China was a key backer of World Health Organisation attempts to define gaming-related disorders as comparable to drug or gambling addictions
Not for the first time, Microsoft has followed Apple's lead and will not bring staff back to its offices until October at the earliest.
The Windows giant confirmed to The Register it won't fully reopen its campuses in the United States before October 4 or later, citing concerns over the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. And with variants of the COVID-19 bio-nasty swirling around America and the wider world, from next month those who do set foot inside a Microsoft building must first show proof of vaccination.
"As we have done since the beginning of the pandemic, we continue to closely track new developments and adapt our plans as this situation evolves, keeping employee health and safety top of mind," a spokesperson told us.
Activision Blizzard on Tuesday announced new leadership for Blizzard Entertainment group following a recent sex discrimination and harassment lawsuit filed by California's Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) and an employee walkout demanding better working conditions.
"Starting today, J. Allen Brack will be stepping down as the leader of the studio, and Jen Oneal and Mike Ybarra will co-lead Blizzard moving forward," the video games goliath said in a letter to the Blizzard community.
An Activision Blizzard spokesperson confirmed to The Register that Jessie Meschuk, the company's head of global human resources – a department accused in the aforementioned lawsuit of failing to take harassment complaints seriously – has also stepped down.
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