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Mil-spec infosec spinout Cryptonite reveals its network-scrambling tech

Mon, 30/10/2017 - 11:32am
Budding firm funded by US defence departments

Security startup Cryptonite dropped out of stealth ​late last week with a micro-segmentation-based technology designed to prevent​ ​hacker​ ​reconnaissance​ ​and​ ​lateral​ ​movement.…

A shot of storage sambuca, 5ml of bootable bitters, plus a dash of creme de cloud

Mon, 30/10/2017 - 10:50am
It's a storage cocktail and it tastes... well, have a sip

Roundup  Have we got a bit of storage news for you. Our expert mixologist has poured all the bits and pieces into his cocktail shaker, added some ice, and poured the resulting storage fluid into a tumbler because all our highball glasses were in the dishwasher.…

Fresh bit o' Linux to spruce up that ancient Windows Vista box? Why not, we say...

Mon, 30/10/2017 - 10:07am
Q4OS. Oh, gesundheit. Oh, that's the distro, is it...

Review  The Linux distribution Q4OS sounds like textspeak from a teenager from 1997, but it has potential, and it's not a bad option for Linux newbies.…

Algorithms, Henry VIII powers, dodgy 1-man-firms: <i>Reg</i> strokes claw over Data Protection Bill

Mon, 30/10/2017 - 9:32am
Handy guide to best and worst amendments tabled for new law

The House of Lords will today start poring over the UK’s Data Protection Bill, line by line, as it enters committee stage.…

Licensing rejig and standard price rises set for Windows Server 2016

Mon, 30/10/2017 - 9:11am
Be afraid, very afraid

Microsoft stands accused of forcing customers to migrate to cloud services by introducing new licensing terms and raising prices for hosted Windows Server 2016, which could see monthly costs more than doubling.…

Comet 67-P farted just as Rosetta probe flew through the gas plume

Mon, 30/10/2017 - 8:01am
Nasty but nice: gaseous comet innards included water ice!

On July 3rd, 2016 something unusual happened on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko: a fountain of dust erupted out of a hole and spewed all sorts of stuff into space.…

Vietnam bans Bitcoin as payment for anything

Mon, 30/10/2017 - 7:01am
What is it with (mostly) single party states and crimps on cryptocurrency?

The State Bank of Vietman has issued “Information related to the use of virtual currency” that bans use of the cryptocurrency for payments.…

Spare me the confected 'Innovation Theatre' that is hackfests and their ilk

Mon, 30/10/2017 - 5:58am
Sure, the ideas spurt out in a torrent, but they're no longer potent

Secret CIO  I had a vasectomy on Tuesday. After the procedure, as I sat sulking on the couch, sipping a cup of tea and clutching an icepack to the affected area, I thought I would quickly check my emails to see if there was anything that would take my mind off the experience.…