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Speaking in Tech: Just slacking off and keeping things contained

13 hours 9 min ago
Meanwhile, SCOTUS is getting it all wrong. Again

Orange hurls €90m at Israel's Partner to end political bunfight

13 hours 32 min ago
Chief exec’s crowd-pleaser didn’t go down at all well

Orange has been caught in a political storm after trying to stop Israeli mobile network Partner Communications from using its name.…

Flatworm is totally f**cked in the head, and Darwin would be proud

13 hours 49 min ago
All dressed up and no one to blow? Stab yourself in the head with a penis

Bioboffins have found a flatworm, Macrostomum hystrix, that can reproduce by injecting its own head with sperm.…

Samsung/Cheil merger goes on: Soz Elliot, not this time, says court

14 hours 19 min ago
Court cock blocks corporate cock blocking attempt

A court in South Korea has rejected an attempt by US activist fund Elliott Associates to overturn a merger between Samsung and Cheil Industries.…

Goodbye Vulcan: Blighty's nuclear bomber retires for the last time

14 hours 51 min ago
Grand old warhorse finally out to grass – last chance to see

Visit a British air show before September and it's possible you’ll get the opportunity to witness the last Vulcan bomber in flight - and this is definitely the last year you'll get the chance, this time.…

Want to spoil your favourite storage vendor's day? Buy cloud

15 hours 28 min ago
Leaving the premises might just work

Organisations continue to buy storage. In fact, I was talking to a storage salesman not so long ago who was telling me that one of his customers regularly calls asking for a quote for “a couple more petabytes."…

Teaching people to speak English? You just need Chatroulette without the dick pics

15 hours 54 min ago
Fine, you think up a better idea

Worstall on Wednesday  The latest of the X-Prizes is an attempt to increase adult literacy through the power of the mobile phone. Given that our own Prime Minister has been known to think that LOL means “lots of love”, it might not be a bad idea to update digital literacy.…

'Watered down' net neutrality rules could mean 'almost anything'

16 hours 22 min ago
Lobbyists wail and gnash teeth over deal born of darkness

The EU negotiators' proposed new rules on net neutrality – reached in the early hours of Tuesday morning – have caused serious concerns among digital rights activists, who cite loopholes and vagueness.…

ETERNUS embiggens at peak of Mt Fujitsu (it's a drive array, not Tolkien)

16 hours 54 min ago
New high-end beast summoned with old one squashed a bit

Fujitsu's modular array line is being refreshed at the top end, with a third-generation ETERNUS DX8700 S3 product and a new DX8900 S3 array.…

DataDirect introduces its hyper-converged Wolf in Creek clothing

17 hours 25 min ago
Pony-tailed CEO spills beans on his firm's rather racy system

DataDirect is building WolfCreek, a 5 million IOPS converged compute and storage appliance, with vastly enhanced IO processing and 60GB/sec bandwidth.…

Microsoft in Blighty reveals its 78 THOUSAND POUND Surface 3 slabloid

17 hours 51 min ago
That is a VERY expensive LTE option indeed

Microsoft's UK store is offering a £77,777.77 version of its Surface 3 tabletoid.…

A third of iThings open to VPN-hijacking, app-wrecking attacks

18 hours 27 min ago
Masques off: Researchers detail five ways to wreck Apple stuff

A trio of FireEye researchers have reported twin 'app-demolishing' iOS vulnerabilities Apple has partially fixed in its latest update that could wreck core apps such as the App Store and Settings.…

World+dog will soon watch 'at least 200 pr0n vids a year'

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 5:57am
Bored analysts consult 'extensive in-house database' during research

In the year 2020 everyone on the planet will on average watch at least 200 porn videos annually - a 55 per cent increase from 2015 - according to crystal ball-gazers Juniper.…

OpenStack's DevStack inspires Xen to create new 'Raisin' d'être

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 5:30am
Project Raisin spits out external components to stop developer whining

The Xen Project has revealed “Project Raisin” a new offering it hopes will clarify the boundaries between the core of the project and third party components.…

Script-blocker NoScript lets in ANYTHING from googleapis.com

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 5:02am
Whitelisting tool was too trusting, by far

Detectify security researcher Linus Särud has reported a weakness in popular Firefox security tool NoScript that allows attackers to have their malware whitelisted.…

PowerShell for Office 365 powers on

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 4:27am
Web-based CLI is yours for the scripting

Microsoft has powered on PowerShell for Office 365.…

With <i>Hobbit</i> and <i>LoTR</i> in the can, Trolls no longer welcome in New Zealand

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 3:57am
Kiwi parliament passes 'Harmful digital communications bill' outlawing online nasties

New Zealand has become the latest country to think bad online manners are amenable to legislation.…

NSA continues mass slurping of Americans' phone metadata

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 3:28am
Meet the new boss, same as the old boss

The NSA can continue to monitor when and where millions and millions of Americans use their cellphones, and who they're calling and texting.…

Vale Matti Makkonen, SMS dreamer

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 3:02am
Finnish engineer sends last TXT

Matti Makkonen, a figure widely held to have influenced the development of SMS, has died at the relatively young age of 63.…

While city slickers argue about the NBN, rural retailers are smiling

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 2:50am
Expanded wireless footprint eases satellite woes ... when there's no trees in the way

While debate continues in Australian cities about the technology employed to build Australia's national broadband network (NBN), a regional specialist reckons things are on the improve beyond the sandstone curtain.…