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PLATO mission to find alien life is given the thumbs up

11 hours 56 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.…

Arista-cats <i>nearly</i> out of the bag as redesigned products okayed

Thu, 22/06/2017 - 1:02am
International Trade Commission says its kit should be fine to import again

Arista's long slog back to the shelves in America continues with an initial determination from the International Trade Commission okaying its product redesign.…

Homeland Security: Putin’s hackers tried to crack electoral networks in 21 US states

Thu, 22/06/2017 - 12:16am
Senate Intelligence Committee frustrated by lack of details

Russian attempts to hack key American election systems are more advanced than first thought, according to Homeland Security officials on Wednesday.…

What hardware? Oracle is on cloud nine, er, twelve right now – $200,000,000,000

Thu, 22/06/2017 - 12:01am
IT giant's market cap soars after (mostly) strong financials

Oracle says it has finally turned the corner with its cloud compute transition as it reports big gains for the business, both in the quarter and the fiscal year.…

Darkness to fall over North America from a total solar eclipse

Wed, 21/06/2017 - 11:41pm
Grab your camping gear and prepare for August 21

America will witness, for the first time in 99 years, a total solar eclipse stretching from coast to coast on August 21.…

Oz senate committee says 'robo-debt' program was 'set up to fail'

Wed, 21/06/2017 - 11:18pm
Government senators play the 'this is fine' card

Federal Government senators have rejected a Senate report that describes its “robo-debt” program as “set up to fail”.…

Oz senate committee says 'robo-debt' program was 'set up to fail'

Wed, 21/06/2017 - 11:18pm
Government senators play the 'this is fine' card

Federal Government senators have rejected a Senate report that describes its “robo-debt” program as “set up to fail”.…

Walmart tells developers to stay away from AWS

Wed, 21/06/2017 - 8:43pm
Retail giant prefers partners not feed Amazon their cloud cash

Retail giant Walmart says it doesn't want its developer partners using Amazon Web Services to host their cloud apps.…

OnePlus accused of installing cheat codes for benchmarks with new handset

Wed, 21/06/2017 - 8:00pm
Benchmarks aren't useful anyway, says cofounder

On Tuesday OnePlus launched its latest smartphone with much hoopla, and the handset has already found notoriety.…

Etsy issues pink slips for almost quarter of staff in quest for profit

Wed, 21/06/2017 - 7:00pm
Did it decorate notices with glitter and sparkles?

Arts and crafts market Etsy announced today that it is cutting more workers in an effort to get its finances back on track.…

Cybereason snags $100m from Softbank to mount distribution, tech offensive

Wed, 21/06/2017 - 5:59pm
'This deal is the coming of age of the offensive security model'

Cybersecurity startup Cybereason is looking to go to the next level after securing $100m in funding from SoftBank.…

HPE teases HPC punters with scalable gear

Wed, 21/06/2017 - 5:04pm
No you can't have full specs or pricing until next month

The first fruit of Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s buy of SGI is set to hit the streets in July with the release of a high performance system - the HPE SGI 8600.…

US Air Force resumes F-35A flights despite not knowing why pilot oxygen systems failed

Wed, 21/06/2017 - 4:32pm
Take a deep breath. You might have to hold it for a while

The US Air Force has today restarted flights of F-35As that were grounded by oxygen supply problems, even as it admits that it still doesn’t know what caused the life support systems to malfunction.…

Speaking in Tech: IT's a GaaS with Trump at top

Wed, 21/06/2017 - 4:01pm
Plus: Amazon's Whole Foods move, pizza on Mars, Uber chaos, and more

Avere: You're going to see tighter integration between us and Google

Wed, 21/06/2017 - 2:57pm
On-premises data centre not such a big deal any more, it seems

Analysis  NAS acceleration and cloud on-ramp supplier Avere is facing a surging cloud on-ramp business, now at parity with its data centre business, and growing much faster, with a Google relationship looking key.…