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Failed cancer data integration project means labs can't see patient histories

February 26, 2017 - 11:48pm
Telstra Health and Australian gov miss deadline in bungled privatised registry rollout

The Australian government's attempt to rush the rollout of a privatised cancer registry has backfired, with Telstra Health unable to meet a March deadline for data integration.…

HPE's Australian tax failures may have been user error

February 26, 2017 - 11:35pm
3Par account managers have soothing tales of extremely dumb mistakes

Users of HPE's 3Par kit say the company's private explanation of the twin outages at the Australian Taxation Office suggest the hardware problems may have been caused by user error.…

Energy market operator used urban data only, undershot heatwave forecast by 3°C

February 26, 2017 - 11:06pm
South Australia is bigger than France. But AEMO's predictions use two weather stations

Another revelation has emerged that won't reassure large-scale electricity users in Australia: the market operator missed a coming heatwave because it didn't consider State-wide weather forecasts, relying instead on data from just two urban weather stations.…

Git <code>fsck</code>ed by SHA-1 collision? Not so fast, says Linus Torvalds

February 26, 2017 - 10:02pm
Attack is hard, discovery is easy, so fix it right
rather than right now

About that SHA-1 collision: Linus Torvalds has taken to Google+ to emphasise that in Git, its main role is error detection, so “the sky isn't falling”.…

Nokia’s big phone comeback: it’s got everything except phones

February 26, 2017 - 9:03pm
Wearables and VR and, er Android

MWC Nokia held its long-anticipated phone comeback in Barcelona’s Museum of Contemporary Art, but then took us through an archeological virtual tour through Nokia’s own ancient history.…

LG and Huawei unwrap their 'Galaxy-killers'

February 26, 2017 - 6:19pm
While Samsung’s away, rivals try and sit in the Android King’s Chair

MWC This year’s flagship smartphones will run even faster and have even more features than last year’s flagship smartphones, The Register discovered today.…

Oh my god, it's nearly Monday. Here's some storage news bytes to brighten your weekend

February 26, 2017 - 3:30pm
Too enthusiastic? Too enthusiastic

Sunday storage sum-up It's been one of those overwhelming-tidal-waves-of-news weeks. Here's an attempt to catch up.…

BlackBerry's comeback: hands on with the KEYone

February 26, 2017 - 10:58am
Big money and a bold design is giving the brand another shot

MWC Fans of the classic BlackBerry style phone have finally got one running Android - never mind sliders and touch screens with the BlackBerry badge.…

Uncle Sam needs you... to debug, improve Dept of Defense open-source software at

February 25, 2017 - 4:00pm
You don't hate freedom, do you? You love America, right?

The US Department of Defense wants you to contribute unclassified code to software projects developed in support of national security.…

UK cops can keep millions of mugshots of innocent folks on file

February 25, 2017 - 11:01am
You can ask to be removed, but it's up to officers to listen, Home Office cheerfully concludes

After unlawfully hoarding millions of mugshots of one-time suspects, UK police chiefs were this week told to delete the snaps – but only if people in the photos complain. And even then, requests can be easily waved away.…

NSA snoops told: Get your checkbooks and pens ready for a cyber-weapon shopping spree

February 25, 2017 - 1:38am
US Cyber Command boss lays out plans for next decade

NSA and US Cyber Command boss Mike Rogers has revealed the future direction of his two agencies – and for the private sector, this masterplan can be summarized in one word.…

Engineer who blew lid on Uber's toxic sexist culture now menaced by creepy 'smear campaign'

February 25, 2017 - 12:56am
Who could possibly have a grudge against Susan Fowler?

The engineer who claims Uber is rife with sexism and lying executives has said someone is researching her background for a smear campaign.…

Don't worry about Privacy Shield, it's fine. Really. I promise, says US trade watchdog head

February 24, 2017 - 11:57pm
It's not fine

The acting head of the US Federal Trade Commission, Maureen Ohlhausen, has sought to assure people that the critical Privacy Shield data-sharing agreement will hold up despite President Trump's recent executive orders on immigration.…

Toxic Uber sued after driver allegedly tried to rape passenger in car

February 24, 2017 - 10:22pm
Taxi app maker liable because its cabbies are interchangeable with robots, lawsuit claims

Uber, facing scrutiny for its "toxic" culture of sexual harassment and for alleged trade secret theft from Alphabet's Waymo, has been hit with yet another lawsuit alleging that one of its drivers attempted to rape a passenger.…

Pai, Pai, Mr American spy: FCC supremo rips up privacy protections for broadband punters

February 24, 2017 - 9:53pm
No need for ISPs to tell you what info they're slurping up

New rules due to take effect next week that would have required your ISP to obtain consent before selling your private details have been killed off by the new chair of the US Federal Communications Commission.…

Surveillance software boss thrown in the clink for cooking the books

February 24, 2017 - 9:13pm
Comverse CEO Kobi sent down for a record 2.5 years after back-dating stock options

The head of a defunct surveillance and communications software company has been given the longest-ever prison sentence for back-dating stock options.…

Finally proof that Apple copies Samsung: iPhone 7 Plus halts, catches fire like a Galaxy Note 7

February 24, 2017 - 8:29pm
Teen's shock as Jesus mobe turns into hottest tech

Vid Demonstrating yet again that Apple trails Samsung in mobile phone trends, an iPhone 7 Plus owner has reported that her prized possession recently blew up on her.…

Brocade SAN sales butchered by hyper-converged upstarts

February 24, 2017 - 7:44pm
Fibre Channel revenues flag as Broadcom acquisition spooks IP network buyers

It was a double whammy. Brocade saw hyper-converged infrastructure eat into its SAN networking sales as Broadcom acquisition-caused uncertainty drove IP Networking sales downwards too.…

Mysterious Gmail account lockouts prompt hack fears

February 24, 2017 - 6:31pm
Something happening here, what it is ain't exactly clear

Updated A substantial number of Gmail users have been affected by a potential but unconfirmed hack of unknown origin or purpose.…

Artificial intelligence 'will save wearables'!

February 24, 2017 - 6:01pm
Can you hearable me?

When a technology hype flops, do you think the industry can use it as a learning experience? A time of self-examination? An opportunity to pause and reflect on making the next consumer or business tech hype a bit less stupid?…

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