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Genoans flout terror ban with bumper basil hand baggage policy

2 hours 9 min ago
Sauce on a plane

Heightened security at airports clearly doesn't apply to all liquids, at least not in Italy. An airport in Genoa is now allowing flyers to travel with jars of the local speciality sauce – pesto.…

Microsoft PatchGuard flaw could let hackers plant rootkits on x64 Windows 10 boxen

2 hours 39 min ago
Redmond shrugs, says PC would already need to be thoroughly pwned

Flaws in Microsoft PatchGuard create a means for hackers to plant rootkits on Windows 10, 64-bit OS devices.…

Canadian sniper makes kill shot at distance of 3.5 KILOMETRES

3 hours 13 min ago
He'd have been aiming higher than the top of London's Shard to hit his mark

A Canadian sniper has reportedly shot dead an Islamic State terrorist from the astonishing distance of 3,450 metres – more than two miles away.…

Two Brits nabbed in connection with global plot to hack Microsoft network

3 hours 22 min ago
Organised crime coppers cuff young men

Detectives have arrested two men in the UK this morning in connection with an international "conspiracy" to break into the Microsoft network.…

Hybrid storage newbie: It's storage Jim, but not as you know it

3 hours 57 min ago
Data on flash or disk? Er, it's complicated, says Reduxio

Reduxio, the startup that stories data in unique indexed, tagged and timestamped chunks, has introduced v3.0 software with unified primary and secondary storage.…

Gov.UK pops open tin of AI and robotics research cash

4 hours 19 min ago
Government opens Industrial Strategy linked funding call

The UK government's long-promised Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund is open for business.…

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

5 hours 44 min ago
Flash? It's all flash, mate

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

UCL ransomware attack traced to malvertising campaign

6 hours 14 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

6 hours 27 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 UK consumers find 'fibre' advertising misleading

6 hours 47 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 UK consumers baffled, according to research commissioned by alternative network providers.…

Fujitsu loses Dimes amid plans to save dollars

7 hours 24 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

7 hours 37 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

7 hours 56 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

8 hours 35 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

9 hours 4 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

9 hours 41 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

10 hours 12 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

10 hours 32 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

11 hours 15 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

11 hours 39 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.…