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Britons ambivalent about driverless car tech, survey finds

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 10:25am
But the one we do want is to summon them via an app

A third of Brits would use a fully driverless car, a third would not, and the majority want to summon them via an Uber-style app, according to polling carried out for the UK Autodrive consortium.…

Virgin Media only adds another 127,000 homes to Project Lightning

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 10:05am
Lightning by name... not on track to hit 800k 2017 target

UK cable biz Virgin Media added just 127,000 extra peeps to its superfast broadband programme during its second quarter – putting the outfit behind its 2017 target for the £3bn Project Lightning network expansion.…

You had ONE job: Italian firefighters suspected of starting blazes for cash

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 9:37am
That's just Sicily

Firefighters in Sicily have been accused of starting fires for money.…

Mediocre Britain: UK broadband ranked 31st in world for speed

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 9:04am
Behind Bulgaria and Romania. But spare a thought for Yemen

Broadband in Blighty ranks 31st in the world, with average speeds of 16.51Mbps, according to a comprehensive analysis.…

Foot-long £1 sausage roll arrives

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 8:37am
You can keep your artichoke and pineapple artisan pork pastries

Hungry punters fed up with over-priced, under-sized artisan sausage rolls will be pleased to hear a foot-long (30.48cm) meat feast has now arrived costing, um, £1.…

Let the Optane SAN shine? NVMeF kid E8 whips out sharers' pack

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 8:02am
Ups accessing server count, gives 'em shared, writeable, multi-appliance volumes

NVMe over Fabrics array startup E8 is adding Optane drive support and providing shared writeable, multi-appliance volumes for up to 96 servers.…

Cisco's server CTO says NVMe will shift from speed to capacity tier

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 7:33am
Raghunath Nambiar says data centres will be asked to do more with more

Interview  NVMe storage is becoming denser, faster, than other forms of storage and will therefore become a capacity tier according to Cisco's chief technology officer for UCS Raghunath Nambiar.…

Florida man is world's fastest flasher: Just 53 quintillionths of a sec

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 7:03am

Physicists at the University of Central Florida have developed the world's fastest X‑ray pulse, at 53 attoseconds.…

Tech giants warp eco standards to greenwash electronics, rake in cash

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 6:27am
How IT titans hijack manufacturing standards to put sales before planet

Analysis  The makers of high-tech hardware have subverted green manufacturing standards to line their pockets while making their products look more environmentally responsible.…

China can't find anyone smart enough to run its whizzbang $180m 1,640ft radio telescope

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 6:01am
'We need a superhero,' sighs prof – and anyone can apply

There aren't many astronomy jobs that pay very well – but the Chinese authorities are offering just that for the director of scientific operation for its new Five-hundred-metre Aperture Spherical Telescope.…

Engineer gets 18 months in the clink for looting ex-bosses' FTP server

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 5:27am
Chap admits he carried on accessing confidential email, schematics after qutting

An engineer has been jailed for 18 months after admitting to stealing blueprints from his former employer's FTP server.…

Google's macho memo man fired, say reports

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 5:04am
CEO Sundar Pichai says screed crossed a line and violated company policy

The Google staffer who penned an anti-diversity tract has reportedly been fired.…

Core-blimey! Intel's Core i9 revealed to reach 36 cores at 4.2 GHz

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 2:57am
Core i7 users will tell you they're faster, but forget about the >$250 premium you'll pay

Intel's offered some more detail about the Core i9 range of desktop CPUs it announced in May.…

Avaya re-structures its re-structuring plan, also re-structures CEO

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 2:01am
COO Jim Chirico to take control with debt down by over $3bn, revenue flat, outlook mixed

Avaya's revealed a re-structured re-structuring plan and a new CEO.…

US Homeland Security CIO hits ctrl-alt-delete after just three months

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 12:57am
Staropoli lasts just under nine Mooches

The chief information officer of America's Department of Homeland Security has become the latest Trump administration appointee to resign.…

Big question of the day: Is it time to lock down .localhost?

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 12:21am
IETF considering making a new .onion

A proposal to tightly lock down localhost as a reserved top-level domain name has bubbled up to the surface again at the Internet Engineering Task Force.…

Heavy clouds in IT world make it rain gold for UPS box manufacturers

Mon, 07/08/2017 - 10:03pm
Data centers need good uptime, and good uptime means backup power – ka‑ching!

The growth in cloud computing services is creating a financial windfall for perhaps an unlikely source: backup battery vendors.…

Hackers could exploit solar power equipment flaws to cripple green grids, claims researcher

Mon, 07/08/2017 - 9:19pm
Holes fixed after lengthy buck-passing party

A Dutch researcher says he found a way to cause mischief on power grids by exploiting software bugs in solar power systems.…

Hotspot Shield VPN throws your privacy in the fire, injects ads, JS into browsers – claim

Mon, 07/08/2017 - 8:20pm
CDT tries to set fed trade watchdog on internet biz

The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT), a digital rights advocacy group, on Monday urged US federal trade authorities to investigate VPN provider AnchorFree for deceptive and unfair trade practices.…

Dems fightin' words! FCC's net neutrality murder plot torn apart

Mon, 07/08/2017 - 7:39pm
Illegal, ill-conceived, flawed. You eejit, Ajit

A group of 11 Congressmen and women have torn into plans to get rid of America's net neutrality rules in a scathing letter [PDF] sent to US broadband watchdog the FCC.…