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Head of US military kit-testing slams F-35, says it's scarcely fit to fly

Mon, 03/04/2017 - 7:02am
Gun: fail. Flight: fail. Software: fail. Schedule: fail. Budget: fail. Plus 270 more fails

Now-retired Dr Michael Gilmore, until recently the Director of Test and Evaluation for the US military, has published his final evaluation of the F-35 program, and it's a treat.…

Dell warns PC slowdown threatens transition to infrastructure sales

Mon, 03/04/2017 - 6:32am
Form 10-K says Dell's manufacturing methods are losing relevance and sales integration is slow

Dell has released its new Form 10-K, the annual warts-and-all disclosure of every possible risk a public company faces, and suggests that slowing PC sales are a risk to its strategy of becoming an infrastructure technology leader.…

Banking group denied access to iPhones' NFC chips for alt.Apple.Pay

Mon, 03/04/2017 - 6:04am
Apple told tribunal it wouldn't abide by a ruling against it

The four Australian banks that wanted to start their own mobile payments service using the near-field communications chips inside iPhones have been rebuffed, partly because Apple said that even if a ruling went against it the company would not have allowed them access to the chippery.…

Bank cartel denied access to iPhones' NFC chips for alt.Apple.Pay

Mon, 03/04/2017 - 6:04am
Apple told tribunal it wouldn't abide by a ruling against it

The four Australian banks that wanted to start their own mobile payments service using the near-field communications chips inside iPhones have been rebuffed, partly because Apple said that even if a ruling went against it the company would not have allowed them access to the chippery.…

Assange™ keeps his couch as Ecuador's president wins election

Mon, 03/04/2017 - 5:01am
Opposition candidate planned to find leaker-in-chief another bolt-hole

Julian Assange will sleep easy tonight – assuming he sleeps at all – after Ecuadorian president Lenín Moreno Garcés retained power.…

Make America Wait Again: Trump hasn't stopped H-1B visas

Mon, 03/04/2017 - 3:58am
Candidate Trump promised to make tech companies hire Americans first, but the deadline for action in 2017 has passed

Applications for the United States' H-1B visas open tomorrow, as usual. Which isn't what many expected after president Donald Trump made reform of skilled workers visas one of his key campaign promises.…

Boeing and Airbus fly new planes for first time

Mon, 03/04/2017 - 2:27am
Stretched 787 stretches its wings and A319neo Euro-hops.

Airbus and Boeing have both debuted new commercial jets.…

Snakes and bats cause more blackouts than criminal haxors

Mon, 03/04/2017 - 2:01am
The rogue forklift is mightier than the keyboard, says Australian report

Blackouts in Australia can be caused by snakes, birds, bats, and cats, but precious few by Russian hackers.…

That sound you hear is Splunk leaking data

Mon, 03/04/2017 - 12:58am
Visit a malicious web page and JavaScript extracts user names

Splunk has patched a slip in its JavaScript implementation that leaks user information.…

DDR5 to jump off the drawing board in 2018

Sun, 02/04/2017 - 11:58pm
Standards org confirms RAM will double density, speed, become persistent

The JEDEC Solid State Technology Association has revealed that a full standard for DDR5 memory will arrive in June 2018, along with a new NVDIMM-P standard to house the memory, connect it to computers and protect the contents of RAM.…

Cisco boxen hang after 213-and-a-half days

Sun, 02/04/2017 - 11:05pm
ASA and Firepower kit have death clock. Fix it by rebooting

If you're the lucky owner of Cisco Firepower or Adaptive Security Appliance devices, check the version number and see if you need to reboot your kit.…

Cambridge Analytica arrives in Australia to STEAL our democracy!

Sun, 02/04/2017 - 10:59pm
Firm that claims credit for Trump and Brexit arrives to pitch marketers and pollies

The company has repeatedly claimed it helped Donald Trump win the US presidency and got the Brexiters' "Leave" cause over the line has arrived in Australia.…