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<i>Doctor Who and the Dalek</i>: 10-year-old tests BBC programming game

12 hours 41 min ago
Young VB warrior commandeers Daleks

Doctor Who has been pressganged into the BBC’s “Make it Digital” push to help kids understand computers rather than just playing with them. Its answer: an educational video game.…

You can crunch it all you like, but the answer is NOT always in the data

13 hours 6 min ago
Hear that, 'data journalists'? Our analytics prof holds forth

Evidence-based decision making is so clearly sensible because the alternative — making random decisions based on no evidence — is so clearly ludicrous.…

Visual voicemail hack makes your messages a snack

13 hours 40 min ago
Rate limiter patch is a fun MEELLION-user DoS banhammer

Ruxcon  Sydney penetration tester Shubham 'Shubs' Shah has urged US and European researchers to probe their telco's voicemail security after he found accounts held by local telcos Vodafone and Optus were open to attack.…

Microsoft pulls <i>another</i> dodgy patch

14 hours 14 min ago
Redmond makes a hash of hashing add-on

Another Patch Update Tuesday, another red face for Microsoft, which has again been forced to pull a patch to prevent nasty side-effects.…

'LulzSec leader Aush0k' found to be naughty boy not worthy of jail

14 hours 46 min ago
15 months home detention leaves egg on feds' faces as they grab for more power

The man that Australia's Federal Police once described as "a self-proclaimed leader of the group ‘Lulz Security’ (Lulzsec) has been sentenced to 15 months of home detention, after a local magistrate decided he was just a very naughty boy.…

Sysadmin with EBOLA? Gartner's issued advice to debug your biz

15 hours 10 min ago
Start hoarding cleaning supplies, analyst firm says, and assume your team will scatter

Analyst firm Gartner has departed from its usual areas of expertise to issue advice on how to combat the Ebola virus.…

FCC, Google cast eye over millimetre wireless

Mon, 20/10/2014 - 5:29am
The smaller the wave, the bigger 5G's chances of success

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is firing up an investigation into millimetre-wave frequency spectrum allocations, and Google has filed an application to fool around with the same band.…

Oz privacy comish says breaches could double this year

Mon, 20/10/2014 - 5:14am
Åustralian outfits have already 'fessed up to sixty breaches since March 2014

The office of Australia's Federal Privacy Commissioner has received 60 voluntary data breach notifications in the six months since 12 March compared to 71 received in the 2014 financial year.…

STONER SHEEP get the MUNCHIES after feasting on £4k worth of cannabis plants

Mon, 20/10/2014 - 5:00am
Baaaaaa! Fanny's Farm's woolly flock is high, maaaaaan

A flock of sheep that are about to meet their maker at the abattoir got high on cannabis plants worth £4,000, after the drugs were ditched in a Surrey field.…

ICT ministers mark out net-regulation patch ahead of ITU plenipot

Mon, 20/10/2014 - 4:02am
Busan Declaration looks like a statement of intent

The ITU has kicked off three weeks of wrangling over the future of the Internet – the 2014 Plenipotentiary – with a ministerial statement that's likely to spark concerns about the direction of the coming summit.…

WAITER! There's a Flappy Bird in my Lollipop!

Mon, 20/10/2014 - 2:45am
New Android release includes frustrating, derivative, Easter Egg

Google's practice of leaving Easter Eggs in Android appears to have continued, with a chap spotting a Flappy Bird clone in the new version 5.0, aka Lollipop, release.…

FIRST standards to clean up messy CERTs

Mon, 20/10/2014 - 1:29am
Sharing is caring, but not for Blighty

The global gathering of incident responders FIRST is spearheading a global standards effort to reform and unify the operations of government and large enterprise computer emergency response teams (CERTs).…

NBN Co adds 'burbs to copper map, claims 'speed up' rollout

Mon, 20/10/2014 - 12:36am
140 lucky locations won't get fibre

NBN Co has re-designated 140 suburbs from fibre-to-the-premises to fibre-to-the-node, a move it says will deliver high-speed connections to the target locations earlier than would otherwise have been a case.…

Human spaceships dodge ALIEN BODY skimming Mars

Mon, 20/10/2014 - 12:35am
Odyssey orbiter yet to report, though, comet's trailing trash poses new threat

Comet Siding Spring has passed Mars, apparently without incident to the human-built machines in the neighbourhood of the ochre orb.…

Austrian telco trials G.fast as 'interim solution'

Sun, 19/10/2014 - 11:58pm
Commercial services planned for 2016, long-term plan calls for fibre

Telekom Austria is the latest outfit to trumpet the virtues of the yet-to-be-ratified G.fast standard, announcing that a deployment trial conducted with Alcatel-Lucent achieved speeds beyond 100 Mbps per household.…

vSphere meets iCylinder in new VMware update

Sun, 19/10/2014 - 11:05pm
Virtzilla to support Mac Pro with patches and something called 'vSphere .NEXT'

VMware has emitted a small update to ESXi that, among other things, adds support for the Mac Pro.…

No sail: NASA spikes Sunjammer

Sun, 19/10/2014 - 10:23pm
'Solar sail' demonstrator project binned

Reports are emerging that NASA has decided not to go ahead with next year's Sunjammer mission, which was to demonstrate the use of “solar sail” propulsion.…


Sun, 19/10/2014 - 7:50pm
Fossil find proves it first happened 385 million years ago

Primitive, lake-dwelling armoured fish "invented" internal fertilisation and copulation 385 million years ago in Scotland, a top palaeontologist has found.…

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Sun, 19/10/2014 - 5:48pm
Purple Palace got selective hearing, much?

Yahoo! has finally developed a Flickr app for Apple's iPad – but the move has upset Microsoft Windows' fans who have accused the Purple Palace of having "selective hearing" about its userbase.…

Whisper chief: 'We're not infallible but strive to do right by our anonymous users'

Sun, 19/10/2014 - 3:55pm
ILLEGAL ACTIVITY? 'Limited info is shared with Feds'

Whisper's CEO Michael Heyward responded late on Saturday to claims that his company's anonymous messaging app was quietly tracking the location of its users.…