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Flash-based and Dell-free: NetApp trots out SolidFire FlexPod

1 hour 10 min ago
Flash? It's all flash, mate

NetApp has introduced an all-flash SolidFire-based FlexPod.…

UCL ransomware attack traced to malvertising campaign

1 hour 40 min ago
Researchers finger trojan-slinging AdGholas group

Security researchers have suggested that the ransomware attack on University College London last week was spread through a "malvertising" campaign.…

Putting AI to work in finance? Think algorithms, ethics first

1 hour 52 min ago
More speakers join MCubed Lineup

Events  Ethics, algorithms and finance are all key areas for machine learning and AI, which is why we’re chuffed to announce three more excellent speakers who will be joining us at MCubed London in October.…

Research suggests consumers find 'fibre' advertising misleading

2 hours 13 min ago
Alt-net providers call for ads to be reviewed

Adverts using the word "fibre" to describe services deployed over copper lines are leaving consumers baffled, according to research commissioned by alternative network providers.…

Fujitsu loses Dimes amid plans to save dollars

2 hours 49 min ago
UK and Ireland boss nowhere to be seen

UK and Ireland boss of Fujitsu Lucy Dimes has gone on gardening leave just one year into the job, according to multiple well-placed sources.…

'No decision' on Raytheon GPS landing system aboard Brit aircraft carriers

3 hours 3 min ago
We've already got one tried and tested system, huffs MoD

The Ministry of Defence has insisted it has made “no decision” to install the US Navy’s JPALS aircraft carrier landing system aboard HMS Prince of Wales, the second of the Royal Navy’s two new 65,000-tonne aircraft carriers.…

Ailing Brit chip designer Imagination Technologies up for sale

3 hours 21 min ago
Clash with tech titan continues

Trouble struck British chip designer Imagination Technologies has confirmed it is for sale amid an ongoing dispute with Apple that has crushed its valuation on the London Stock Exchange.…

Expansys shutters online mobile gadget souk to consumers

4 hours 1 min ago
'Dragon'-owned biz shifts focus to B2B market

Mobile gadget souk Expansys shuttered its digital doors to consumers – a natural conclusion for a business that lost direction under the ownership of lanky Dragons' Den badass Peter Jones in a commoditised space.…

Flash array startup E8 whips out benchmarks, everyone will complain

4 hours 30 min ago
NVMe over Fabrics box bashes Dell EMC, Pure and Infinidat

NVMe over Fabrics flash array startup E8 says its box out-performs Dell EMC and Pure arrays by up to 20 times.…

Numbers war: How Bayesian vs frequentist statistics influence AI

5 hours 7 min ago
Not all figures are equal

If you want to develop your ML and AI skills, you will need to pick up some statistics and before you have got more than a few steps down that path you will find (whether you like it or not) that you have entered the Twilight Zone that is the frequentist/Bayesian religious war. I use the term "war" advisedly because war, by definition, has moved beyond debate and discussion. "Religious" because the war is based on belief systems, not information.…

Cheeky IT rival parks 'we're hiring' van outside 'vote Tory' firm Storm Technologies

5 hours 38 min ago
Strapline on van: 'Where your vote is your choice'. Meow!

Pic  A rival of the reseller who threatened to sack Labour-voting employees hired a billboard van to drive past their HQ with the words “we’re hiring – where your vote is your choice” emblazoned on its side.…

Cluster kids: Meet the students giving all for science and HPC glory

5 hours 58 min ago
If LINPACK would pack wood... and other computer sports posers

HPC Blog  As part of our continuing coverage of the most exciting events in the computer sporting world, Student Cluster Competitions, we like to meet each team individually.…

Humanity uploaded an AI to Mars and lets it shoot rocks with lasers

6 hours 41 min ago
Curiosity Rover's autonomous operation experiments have been a great success, say astro-boffins

In late 2015 NASA gave the Curiosity Mars rover a software upgrade to let it operate autonomously. The Autonomous Exploration for Gathering Increased Science (AEGIS) code was uploaded because the rover can't be told what to do during the long periods communication with Earth is not possible. A little autonomy, NASA reckoned, could mean Curiosity could do more and perhaps better science.…

Yes, this is our third Cisco story of the day. It's about 23 bugs you need to fix, stat

7 hours 5 min ago
Troll your WebEx-loving execs with a crafted recording file

We all know the only thing more fun than a WebEx conference is a recorded WebEx conference, which is why WebEx Network Recording Player exists – and if you use it, you need to patch it.…

PLATO mission to find alien life is given the thumbs up

7 hours 37 min ago
ESA to start the construction of space telescope network

The European Space Agency’s PLATO mission hunting for habitable exoplanets has been given the green light to move from blueprint into construction.…

In the week Uber blew up, Netflix re-states 'No brilliant jerks' policy

Thu, 22/06/2017 - 5:59am
Forget free sushi, gyms or Steve Jobs clones. Netflix values fearless sharing

In 2009, Netflix published what became an influential slide deck explaining its culture, including a policy of not hiring “brilliant jerks” because the benefit of their moments of excellence are outweighed by the cost of their other behaviours.…

Cisco's 'encrypted traffic fingerprinting' turned into a product

Thu, 22/06/2017 - 4:57am
Borg's boxen can now figure out if there's malware lurking in encrypted traffic

Cisco has turned research published nearly a year ago into a product it hopes will protect enterprises against malware hidden in encrypted traffic.…

ITU thinks Blockchain and pals need interoperability

Thu, 22/06/2017 - 3:57am
Calls for standards-setting conference to consider security, privacy, whatever other regs distributed ledger types want

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has decided the time is ripe to start talking about what standards might be developed for distributed ledgers, aka Blockchain and fellow-travellers.…

Cisco to reveal 'Starship' ride to cloudy server automation heaven

Thu, 22/06/2017 - 2:46am
Borg plans 'AI-assisted operations in IT', but first we get new HCI boxen for ROBO

Cisco will next week reveal something called “Project Starship” that it promises will allow greater and easier automation of UCS servers and its HyperFlex hyperconverged appliances, no matter if they run in the data centre, remote office or a small business.…

Researcher calls the fuzz on OpenVPN, uncovers crashy vulns

Thu, 22/06/2017 - 1:56am
Patches for servers and clients already out there – get updating just in case

OpenVPN has patched a bunch of security vulnerabilities that can be exploited to crash the service or, at a pinch, potentially gain remote-code execution.…