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Trump cybersecurity order morphs into 2,200-plus-word extravaganza

Thu, 09/02/2017 - 9:00pm
Expanded executive order calls for no fewer than 10 reports

The latest draft of a cybersecurity executive order to be signed by President Trump has become an unusually precise, report-ordering extravaganza.…

Clusters f**ked: Insecure Hadoop file systems wiped by miscreants

Thu, 09/02/2017 - 8:28pm
Weak default settings attract data deletion attacks despite warnings

Administrators of Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) clusters have evidently not heeded warnings that surfaced last month about securing software with insecure default settings.…

Comcast lied and now it must STFU: Its cable broadband is not 'the fastest' in the US

Thu, 09/02/2017 - 8:19pm
Ad watchdog hits out at telco's alternate facts

Lying Comcast will no longer be able to advertise its cable internet service as the "fastest" following a decision from the US National Advertising Review Board.…

Macs don't get viruses? Hahaha, ha... seriously though, that Word doc could be malware

Thu, 09/02/2017 - 7:34pm
Files spotted using Python code to infect Apple machines

Hackers are menacing Apple Mac users with Word documents laced with malicious macros that install malware.…

Prepare your popcorn: Wikipedia deems the <i>Daily Mail</i> unreliable

Thu, 09/02/2017 - 5:32pm
Stage set for Jimbo Wales vs Paul Dacre. Who will win?

Welcome, Mr Dacre. Wikipedia editors have voted to put The Daily Mail in the sin bin – alongside The Register.…

Dell's XtremIO has a new reseller in Japan – its all-flash rival Fujitsu

Thu, 09/02/2017 - 5:01pm
*slow clap*

Check this baby out.…

EMC exile Russo scales Iron Mountain to be crowned CTO

Thu, 09/02/2017 - 4:28pm
Former VMAX product head finds refuge

Fidelma Russo has been appointed CTO at data management firm Iron Mountain, Storage Newsletter reports.…

OK, 2016 wasn't the best, but look for a buyer? That's Cray

Thu, 09/02/2017 - 4:06pm
Slowing market sparks ideas... but only in analysts' minds

+Comment  A poor year for Cray was rescued by its fourth 2017 quarter’s results.…

Life after antivirus: Reinventing endpoint security

Thu, 09/02/2017 - 3:38pm
Multilayered defence

Promo  Security professionals still talk about “antivirus defences,” but in the space of a handful of years what is meant by this term has undergone a dramatic shift.…

Windows 10: What is it good for? Microsoft pitches to devs ahead of Creators Update

Thu, 09/02/2017 - 2:38pm
Gaming, mixed reality, Cortana Skills on the agenda as MS continues to plug UWP

Microsoft briefed developers on the updates to the Windows 10 platform at an online Developer Day in preparation for the Creators Update, set for release later this year.…

Docker polices secrets, in Iron Man suit no less

Thu, 09/02/2017 - 2:00pm
Container wrangler can now shield your sensitive privates

Secrets management can present problems for those working in containerized environments. Storing secrets – API keys, SSH keys, TLS certificates and other sensitive data used for authentication and authorization – within a container image may be the path of least resistance but doing so is insecure. Anyone with access to the container image will have access to the secrets within.…

Cardiff researchers get £250k to monitor Brexit hate crime on Twitter

Thu, 09/02/2017 - 12:54pm
Pre-crime snoops study spread of cruel chatter

Cardiff University's Social Data Science Lab has been awarded a £250,000 grant to set up a centre to monitor “Brexit-related hate crime” on Twitter.…

That's cute. AI and IoT need 'ethics regulation', mumbles Lib Dem baron

Thu, 09/02/2017 - 12:27pm
Government kindly but firmly puts him back in his box

A Liberal Democrat peer has suggested that the Internet of Things needs government regulation in the UK.…

Oh my Tosh: Bids up to $3.6bn for memory biz as deadline approaches

Thu, 09/02/2017 - 12:07pm
Forget WD – bigger stake in joint flash fab would make more sense

Reuters is all over the Toshiba memory division 20 per cent stake sale, reporting incoming bids up to $3.6bn.…

Brought to you by UK.gov: 'Most ambitious programme of change of any government anywhere in the world'

Thu, 09/02/2017 - 11:44am
Don't be afraid. It's just that year-late digital strategy

Cabinet Office minister Ben Gummer has today unveiled the government’s long-delayed digital strategy, calling it "the most ambitious programme of change of any government anywhere in the world”.…

USMC: We want more F-35s per year than you Limeys will get in half a decade

Thu, 09/02/2017 - 10:56am
American general wants rid of his Harriers tout suite

The head of US Marine Corps aviation wants to buy more F-35Bs per year than the UK will receive in the next five.…

SQL Server on Linux? HELL YES! Linux on Windows 10? Meh

Thu, 09/02/2017 - 10:02am
Like GNU running in Windows – outrageous. And pointless

Once the second biggest enemy of Linux (SCO Group takes top honours), Microsoft is positively giddy about not just supporting Linux but actually building tools that run Linux in Windows and about putting previously Windows-only software on Linux.…

Cattle that fail, not pets that purr – the future of servers

Thu, 09/02/2017 - 9:34am
Four paws bad! Time to break the emotional attachment

Microsoft, Amazon, Google, others all telling us to move server loads to the cloud. Most of us with on-premise servers haven't designed things in a cloud friendly way and - call us old sentimentalists - have heaped time, love and workloads on our tin.…

Memory1: All right, Sparky, here's the deal: We've sorted your DRAM runtimes

Thu, 09/02/2017 - 9:04am
Inspur and Diablo smash those datasets

Analysis  Chinese server vendor Inspur has cut Spark workload runtimes in half by bulking out DRAM with Diablo Technologies' Memory1 technology.…

Euro bloc blocks streaming vid geoblocks

Thu, 09/02/2017 - 8:31am
Now your soaps can come on holiday, too

European Union citizens will soon be able to carry their streaming video subscriptions across borders, without virtual private networks but not necessarily for free.…