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The UK isn't ditching Boeing defence kit any time soon

Thu, 28/09/2017 - 12:49pm
Have you seen how dependent our armed forces are on them?

Analysis  The British government is publicly threatening to stop giving defence contracts to American aerospace firm Boeing – even though this is laughably unrealistic.…

'Alternative network provider' CityFibre boosts sales 36%

Thu, 28/09/2017 - 12:36pm
But elsewhere experiences contract delays

UK broadband pusher CityFibre has posted a sales increase of 36 per cent for its half-year results, but has also reported delays to a number of its public sector contracts.…

Dell EMC, Veeam eagerly clamber onto Microsoft's Azure Stack: I love it more. No, I love it more

Thu, 28/09/2017 - 11:51am
Azure Stack and Hyper-V support ignition for MS

Orlando's Microsoft Ignite conference saw Dell EMC and Veeam worshipping at the cloudy on-premises Azure Stack shrine with protection support offerings and more.…

MoD brainbox repo opens up IP treasure chest for world+dog

Thu, 28/09/2017 - 11:03am
Easy Access to some small-but-snazzy UK military ideas

British military boffins are letting world+dog use bright ideas they devised for, among other things, compact antennas, military bouncy castles and a dog-training programme.…

Microsoft downplays alarm over Windows Defender 'flaw'

Thu, 28/09/2017 - 10:35am
Says you'd hafta click through a *boatload* of warnings

Security researchers have uncovered what they believe is a vulnerability that allows malware to completely bypass Windows Defender. Microsoft dismissed the report as of "limited practical applicability" in practice (i.e. a low-risk threat).…

Nokia updates classic comeback mobe 3310

Thu, 28/09/2017 - 10:04am
Now with 3G

Only one phone from the "New Nokia" (aka HMD Global) has made any impact so far, and sadly for the startup's ambitions of returning the brand to market leadership, it's the remodelled classic, the 3310.…

<i>Playboy</i> founder and dressing-gown wearer Hugh Hefner dead at 91

Thu, 28/09/2017 - 9:32am
A moment of silence, please, for the godfather of the jazz mag

As all unabashed masturbators love to point out, pornography has historically driven technological uptake. But before the internet, Playboy was the most famous source in the world. Yesterday its founder, Hugh Hefner, died peacefully at home of natural causes, aged 91.…

You better explain yourself, mister: DARPA's mission to make an accountable AI

Thu, 28/09/2017 - 9:02am
You did WHAT? WHY!

The US government's mighty DARPA last year kicked off a research project designed to make systems controlled by artificial intelligence more accountable to their human users.…

NatWest customer services: We're aware of security glitch

Thu, 28/09/2017 - 8:39am
NatWest PR: No, no, no. That person's info was BAD

Brit retail bank NatWest is backtracking on previous claims that it was aware of a security glitch at the log-in stage that requested customers to enter more digits of their password than existed.…

Ransomware keeping cops, NHS and local UK gov bods awake at night

Thu, 28/09/2017 - 8:05am
Biggest threat next year, Met Police cybercrime boss says

Cybersecurity bods at the Met Police, NHS and the Local Government Association in the UK believe ransomware will be one of the biggest threats facing the British public sector next year.…

IBM launches unified data analytics system, promises machine learning for all

Thu, 28/09/2017 - 7:39am
Big Blue analytics boss wants to automate, automate, then automate some more

IBM has announced a unified analytics system that allows data scientists to work across multiple data stores in ways the company said should eliminate time-consuming data integration and preparation.…

3D selfies? What could possibly go wrong?

Thu, 28/09/2017 - 7:22am
AI boffins find box marked 'Pandora', whack it with the AI-hammer

With the Internet already groaning under the weight of d!ck pics and facial scanning increasingly used instead of passwords, do we really want AI to turn flat images into accurate 3D renderings of their content?…

Mac High Sierra hijinks continue: Nasty apps can pull your passwords

Thu, 28/09/2017 - 7:04am
Apple still hasn't been able to seal up keychain access hole for unsigned applications

A security shortcoming in earlier versions of OS X has made its way into macOS High Sierra despite an expert's best efforts to highlight the flaw.…