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Microsoft's free upgrade offer for Windows 10 expires on 29th July

Free Windows 10 upgrade: Time is running out... should you do it?

Some downsides, but most Windows users will be surprised

Two beer glasses clash and splash frothy beer into the air. Cheers! Photo by Shutterstock

BOFH: Free as in free beer or... Oh. 'Free Upgrade'

Episode 10 Even printer salesmen get the blues

She wants it. She needs it. Shall I give it to her or keep doing it by myself?

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Those backup passwords aren’t for everyone

Still from HBO fantasy miniseries "Game of Thrones". Copyright HBO

Hewlett Packard Enterprise: Brexit, weak pound. A price hike is coming

Exclusive Servers, storage, legacy networking up 6-10% from Monday

Silicon Valley's contribution to the US Republican Convention: Gayness

Analysis Peter Thiel – the great contrarian

Cyanogen Inc 'axes 20%' staff

Clash of Kings hack: 1.8m hit

OneDrive go for Pokemon Go

IT boss 'set up fake companies to charge his employers $2.4m'

Everything's bigger in Texas … including the fraud, allegedly

Samsung: You won't settle? Fine, we'll do this the Huawei

South Korean electronics giant countersues in patent spat

WikiLeaks fights The Man by, er, publishing ordinary people's personal information

If you contributed to the Democrats Jan–May, get identity theft protection now

White House to bung electric car industry $4.5bn in loans

Before you buy that Tesla though…

Revealed: How Dell can afford $67bn for EMC – by selling $650k laptops

World exclusive Ambitious finance plan looks to bring big bucks

Silicon Valley's contribution to the US Republican Convention: Gayness

Analysis Peter Thiel – the great contrarian

Microsoft's 3D Jedi phone explored

Ambitious but doomed UX experiment, I see

Diablo conjures up hell of a DIMM: 128GB NAND pretend-RAM summoned

Up to fourfold two-socket server memory space boost

Intel and pals chuck money at another Fibre Channel killer

+Comment We'll start the NVMe over Fabrics FC slaughter, claims firm

Guess who gets hit hard by IR35 tax clampdown? Yep, IT contractors

More tax, no extra benefits. Ta, HMRC

Third time unlucky? HPE in redundancy talks with UK services staff

Volunteers, walk this way

Free Windows 10 upgrade: Time is running out... should you do it?

Some downsides, but most Windows users will be surprised

World religions stake out positions on Pokemon Go

Worried masses cross-check Revelations, Pokedex, take out insurance

Hewlett Packard Enterprise: Brexit, weak pound. A price hike is coming

Exclusive Servers, storage, legacy networking up 6-10% from Monday

Mellanox plans to SoC it to storage speed with Multi-ARM BlueField

NVMe Fabric adaptor chatter overheard in earnings call

BOFH: Free as in free beer or... Oh. 'Free Upgrade'

Episode 10 Even printer salesmen get the blues

Oh dear, Vodafone: Sales dip in UK

Blames shonky billing migration

Ingram Micro and Tianjin Tianhai: Go on, PROBE us

Proposed $6bn merger 'voluntarily' submitted to US Foreign Investment Commish

She wants it. She needs it. Shall I give it to her or keep doing it by myself?

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Those backup passwords aren’t for everyone

Oracle tools up for cloud wars with sales re-org

'Half focus is no focus'

UK employers still reluctant to hire recent CompSci grads

Even social studies graduates have better job prospects

Forget your RTO*: Real world Disaster Recovery needs garbage bags and bubble wrap

On-Call Reader carried servers onto boats and wrangled dodgy cable to escape Thailand's 2011 floods

Salesforce slurps uptime startup Coolan for global infrastructure scale-out

Why Salesforce needs this stuff when it's outsourced to AWS is anyone's guess

Apple, Facebook and Coinbase coughed data to finger alleged pirate king

Kickass Torrents suspect caught when he bought something on iTunes

Gartner's hype cycle turned upside down to assess Brexit

Brexit will hurt, but less than predicted once we reach the Plateau of Pragmatism

Tesla's Model S autonomous mode may have saved a life

Model S slams on the brakes after pedestrian steps onto gloomy road

Please don't upgrade NSX just now, says VMware

Most recent patch is messing up VMs using Distributed Firewall and Security Groups

We're not looking for MH370 in the wrong place say investigators

Glide-path theory debunked by the company that raised it

AT&T: Money? Oh, sure, no I'm fine – I'm doing great (if you ignore my phone business)

Wireless drops bolstered by DirecTV cash

IETF boffins design a DNS for digital money

Interledger uses familiar concepts to connect digi-currency networks

XtremIO heading for the bin? Total BS, thunders CTO Itzik Reich

EMC slams rumors of scaling, availability headaches

Tight-wad Apple repair techs swapped our damaged iGear with used kit – lawsuit

Help! They switched our used phones with...er… used phones

Official: AMD now stands for Avoiding Miserable Death

Officially on El Reg, that is – Mini-chipzilla in the black after strong console chip sales

EFF declares anti-piracy DMCA unconstitutional in new legal showdown

Controversial Section 1201 of US law comes under fire

Apple Watch craze over before it started: Wrist-puter drags market screaming off a cliff

Sir Jony ive's Waterloo

Fear not, humanity – Saint Elon has finished part two of his world-saving 'master plan'

Sustainability and sharing isn't just some 'silly, hippy thing,' says Musk

Bosses at UK infosec biz Quadsys confess to hacking rival reseller

Sentencing set for September

Nope, we can't find dark matter either, says LUX team

The WIMPs theory is still strong though

UK councils refuse to push data into the cloud

More than two data centres each? Perfectly reasonable

Seagate in 10TB drive brand brainstorm

Helium premium

Stack Overflow takes on technical documentation

Microsoft, Twilio, Dropbox offer support

GOP delegates suckered into connecting to insecure Wi-Fi hotspots

‘I vote Trump! free Internet’

Ransomware gang: How can I extort you today?

Step 1. Improve customer service. Step 2.???? Step 3 PROFIT!!!

All you need for quantum computing at room temperature is some mothballs

Gives debugging a new meaning

HMRC research finds 'resistance' to proposals to shift contractor tax compliance burden

Oh well

Whoa! Shanghai Stock Exchange delays $6bn Ingram Micro takeover

How will you fund this, Tianjin Tianhai?

Speaking in Tech: Hyperconvergence hype, Microsoft, ARM and more

Podcast All the drama this week in tech

BT customers hit by broadband outage ... again

Another power problem, this time at Telehouse North

Need a Brain Lift? Welcome to the Reg Summer School

Reg Events 12 videos to help you top up your grey cells

DDoS, the cloud and you

Who are you rubbing shoulders with?

The cloud ain't making it rain for Intel right now: Tech giants pause server chip sales

Analysis We can always rely on PCs, right? Er...

UK's digital strategy must account for Brexit, say MPs

Let a hundred disrupters bloom

Microsoft and pals re-write arms control pact to save infosec industry

Wassenaar Arangement aims to stop sale of spyware to rogue states, but also goes further

Selfie-proof smartmobes will hit stores for Christmas

Corning's Gorilla Glass 5.0 can survive 80 per cent of 1.6m drops, at least in the lab

Google tests its own quantum computer – both qubits of it

Here's something to like about 2016: 'Quantum Software Engineer' is a job title

Microsoft to rip up P2P Skype, killing native Mac, Linux apps

Redmond decides you'll sound better if its VoIP system runs in the cloud via the browser

Alleged skipper of pirate site KickAss Torrents keel-hauled in Poland

US Justice Department claims site pinched ONE BEELLION DOLLARS of content

Microsoft delays Azure updates so you can catch up with the cloud

It turns out some of you are happy running legacy cloud services Redmond wants killed

WhatsApp goes to Rio (again), but the battle is far from over

Supreme Court lifts block ahead of full hearing; government mulls service regulation

Wavering about Apple's latest security fix? Don't, says Talos

The very image of a remote exploit

Asian nations mull regional 'Europol' in fight against cybercrime

RSA APAC ASEAN ministers flag 'Asiapol' in closed-door talks

Nitwit has fit over twit hit: Troll takes timeless termination terribly

Comment Can Twitter now save itself?

What do you call a spreadsheet with decent numbers for a change? qualcomm_q3_2016.xlsx

China sales, overdue royalties help chip biz right its ship

40 years ago today the US govt sent a taxpayer-funded robot to invade an alien hostile world

Pics Phenomenal photographic proof of planet plundering

Raving mad: Glow sticks are secret weapon in Facebook's 2.1Gbps laser internet drones

Umm-tsch umm-tsch umm-tsch umm-tsch

Everyone's favorite infosec biz – Blue Coat – must cough up $40m to rival in patent rip-off row

From SSL cert blowup to busted infringement appeal

Microsoft ordered to fix 'excessively intrusive, insecure' Windows 10

Updated Vous avez trois mois, Nadella

Firefox to banish hidden Flash files – and kill off sneaky ad snoopers

Browser tightens the screws on Adobe's internet screen door

Internet exchange Linx cuts peering prices by 40% after rip-off claims

Did Netflix's accusations force company's hand?

Teradata and Nuix are dancing in the dark

Where there is dark data let there be...umm...light data

GMB tests Uber 'self-employed drivers' claim at London tribunal

'Not a technology company and drivers aren't self employed'

Star Trek Beyond: An unwatchable steaming pile of tribble dung

Review Trek works when the struggle is within, not when the fights are fast and furious

Microbe drives tropical butterfly species to a male-killing frenzy

Cannibalistic behaviour also affects evolution

BT internet outage was our fault, says Equinix

Faulty UPS takes out 10 per cent of BT customers

UK.gov digi peeps hunt open source chief

First among penguins

Schrödinger's cat explained with neutrinos

Physicists show quantum weirdness of neutrinos over longest distance yet

Red Hat redraws Ansible Tower so even enterprise managers can get it

Engineering worldview not always ... appreciated in the enterprise

TalkTalk: 9,000 broadband customers did the walk walk last quarter

Installed base of subscribers will continue to shrink post hack, warns analyst

EMC staffers: We are crashing into Dell within weeks

Deal a go-go unless Chinese anti-trust regulators play tough

Los Desaparecidos di Disruption: The Final Days of Conservative 2.0

¡Bong! Special Notes from the underground

Really Scary Telecoms Stuff? Nah – telephony's just an app

How to pick your hosted solutions

Reg readers head to pub to hear about the digital home

Reg Lecture Building internet mousetraps and enchanted umbrellas

Web meltdown: BT feels heat from angry punters

Power outage in London fingered

Question: What's missing in Microsoft's data science professional degree?

Comment Hint: It's relational

Electric Cloud offers cautious corporates Canary choice

Blue/Green also a deployment option

Hacker shows Reg how one leaked home address can lead to ruin

Unrestcon Just don't go on Facebook, people. You're giving yourself up to crims

Microsoft tweaks TCP stack in Windows Server and Windows 10

Ideas dreamed up by BitTorrent and Google people should speed Windows

Spectra Logic preserves black pearls in Amazon's deep freeze

Your cryptic storage crossword clue of the day

VMware/Cisco software-defined spat thaws as ACI comes to vSphere

The two companies are now collaborating nicely, thanks in part to an intern

Torrent is a word, and you can't ban words, rules French court

Google, Microsoft won't have to block searches for 'les torrents'

What's big and red and squashes 276 bugs, 19 of them critical?

A Big Red Oracle Quarterly Patch Dump, that's what!

EU Net Neutrality debate heats up as Tim Berners-Lee weighs in

400,000 submissions received, some critical of carriers claiming 5G costs justify fast lanes

Flaws found in security products from AVG, Symantec and McAfee

Updated Patch frenzy imminent, say researchers, thanks to bad use of code hooking

South Korea mulls TREEELLION-Won fine for Qualcomm

Royalties rumble could cost chip-maker US$880m, a bit less than LG and Samsung pay

An anniversary to remember: The world's only air-to-air nuke was fired on 19 July, 1957

Vid 'Genie' test simulated pocket nukes' potential to evaporate bombers

Microsoft Azure doubles up to $800m a quarter – and is wiped out by dying phone sales

Analysis Win some, you lose some: profit up, revenue down

WordPress admin? Thinking of spending time with the family? Think again

P0wnage party pops plugins, providing plenty of party-pooping projects

After Monday's landing, SpaceX wants to do it in triplicate

Rocketeers apply for two more landing pads, but faces NIMBY challenge

WhatsApp gets another Brazilian whack as magistrate blocks it again

Update National shut-down starts Tuesday, just in time for the Olympics

How's this for irony? US Navy hit with $600m software piracy claim

German software house says sailors are just the wurst

Handover of US internet control to ICANN officially blocked in Republican policy

China, Russia, Iran will 'devour' the web after IANA transition

Correction: There was no hangman's noose, claims Hyperloop countersuit ... it was a cowboy's lasso

Oh, and BamBrogan's a childish drunken misogynist, allegedly

Shock: Apple patents the phone book

Cupertino pondering cellular broadband tech in laptops

Apple kills eavesdrop bug in FaceTime

Flaws also squashed in Safari, iTunes and iOS

What keeps former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani awake at night?

Sketch You WON’T BELIEVE THE ANSWER

Eat me, Michael: 98% of EMC shareholders back Dell mega-gobble

World's biggest tech merger is on

US govt is in, EFF told to take a hike in post-Safe Harbor wrangling over privacy and EULAs

Judge picks friends of court in case studying info safeguards

BlackBerry chief: We don't have to make phones to make phones

If you see what I mean. Do you? Does anyone?

DDoS trends: Bigger, badder but not longer

10Gbps is the new norm, warns Arbor Networks

Carbon Black snaps up cloud-dwelling threat-sniffing 'next-gen AV'

Will confer new name on Confer

Docker Cloud under fire after DDoS attacks slam DNS, knacker websites

Updated Container biz blames downtime on traffic flood

IoT baby monitor style hacks still a threat

UK watchdog barks at careless consumers

Big Blue's boxes: No IBM storage numbers, but it's a drop

+Comment Quarterly storage hardware revs continue slow slide

Three pence in a pound awaits Steljes' trade creditors

Administrator's Statement of Affairs doc confirms AV distie owed £6.7m at collapse

UK South East Coast Ambulance slammed for creaking emergency dispatch IT

Control centre staff reverting to pen and paper, says union

FibreChannel dead? Nonsense, says Brocade, here's our Gen 6 kit

Eyes NVME, flash farms with 128 Gbps-capable ports

Blighty's Coastguard goes into battle against waterborne Pokemon

As Reg news team snare art desk menacing Charizard

Top IT bod Sally Howes leaves the UK's National Audit Office

How are the government's beancounters going to audit 'agile' now?

Your antivirus doesn't like Ammyy. And fraudsters will use that to RAT you out (again)

If you seek ... trojans

UK 'emergency' bulk data slurp permissible in pursuit of 'serious crime'

EU court opinion in lead Brexiter's Gov legal challenge

Kepler's K2 mission confirms 104 Earth-like planets

Fancy a 24-day year?

Ex-CTO: Yes, Nutanix is buying PernixData

Exclusive Standalone VMware cacher's dream is over

Envy NVMe? Mangstor flashes $5m cash to bulk up array line

NVMe over fabrics flasher finds fund

VCs: Can't see an IPO or acquisition for your startup? Don't throw in the towel

Comment There's a third way, cash-flingers

Scalr hosting hit with outage

Server records deletion causes website woes

EMC: Sales flat but wallets fat. Ready to vote on the merger?

EMC-Dell deal Shareholders... it's Dell or, er, Dell, right?

ASUS first Asian PC maker to warn of price hikes... in 2.5 months

Exclusive Profiteering PC peeps? Nah, it's the 'special' relationship with US

MPs tell BT: Lay more fibre or face split with Openreach

'Compelling evidence' BT Group 'exploiting... vertical integration'

Software can be considered 'goods' for purpose of commercial agent rules – High Court

Software suppliers can be forced to pay damages

Governments Googling Google about you more than ever says Google

Chocolate Factory welcomes 'improvements' in surveillance laws

Maxthon web browser blabs about your PC all the way back to Beijing

Now that's a little rude

Harvard gives solar batteries performance-enhancing vitamins

B2-inspired molecule powers up flow batteries

If managing PCs is still hard, good luck patching 100,000 internet things

Clouds want dumb things, Intel wants smart things and you'll need both

LTE-U vs. WiFi fight gets closer to a settlement

Broadcom brief the FCC on the last sticking point slowing spectrum-sharing agreement

Guilt by ASN: Compiler's bad memory bug could sting mobes, cell towers

Telco, embedded systems may inherit remote vulns

World-Check terror suspect DB hits the web at just US$6750

Last month's borked Couchdb breach delivers more pain to Thomson Reuters

Oz boffins cook quantum computing out of mothballs

Burned naphthalene hosts room-temperature qubits

Dying! Yahoo! writes! off! half! of! the! $1bn! it! paid! for! Tumblr!

'Still some value there' Gartner analyst tells El Reg as web biz writhes in pain

VMware promises multi-cloud connection and management products

Virtzilla CEO Gelsinger rates Q2 'good' as it hits $7bn run rate and new products take off

Drone bloke cuffed after gizmo stops firemen tackling forest inferno

Blaze-gawping flying cam shoos away vital helicopters

Hardball hacker thrown in the cooler for 46 months for guessing rival team's password

Years in the clink and it wasn't even a good club

What's big, blue and red all over? IBM. Profit, z Systems down, cloud up

Blockchain, AI, analytics ... if it's a buzzword, it's the future

For $800 you can buy internet engineers' answer to US government spying

Open-source CrypTech board launches in Berlin

What will laws on self-driving cars look like? Think black boxes and 'minimum attention'

German government and United Nations plan for the future

How to scam $750,000 out of Microsoft Office: Two-factor auth calls to premium-rate numbers

Tech giants scramble to fix pricey loophole

Opera sells open-source Chromium browser for $600m to Chinese bods

Did, er, did they check what was inside the box?

Grab a pick: Space mining's the next generation gold rush

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