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Trump's new telecoms chief bins broadband subsidies for the poor

Sun, 05/02/2017 - 10:45pm
Net neutrality's taken a hit, too

The Trump administration's propensity for bold and sudden action reached the United States Federal Communications Commission on Friday, as commissioner Mignon Clyburn and the Commission's chair Ajit Pai clashed over an end-of-week “news dump” that has profound policy implications.…

Chrome 56 quietly added Bluetooth snitch API

Sun, 05/02/2017 - 9:41pm
Trust us, says Google, we understand privacy

+Comment  When Google popped out Chrome 56 at the end of January it was keen to remind us it's making the web safer by flagging non-HTTPS sites.…

HPE SAN causes four-day outage at Australian Tax Office

Sun, 05/02/2017 - 4:34am
Online services mostly back after HPE team installs new SAN

Updated  HPE's crack repair squad has laboured for over four days to replace kit at Australia's Taxation Office, with no guarantee that the Office's online services would be back online come Monday.…

Trump's immigration clampdown has Silicon Valley techies fearing for their house prices

Sat, 04/02/2017 - 2:10pm
Don't worry too much, suggest real-estate bods

America's technology world is still trying to sort out the kerfuffle caused by President Trump's anti-refugee and seemingly anti-Muslim immigration crackdown.…

Mars isn't the garbage wasteworld you think it is: Swirling polar ice cap photographed

Sat, 04/02/2017 - 8:11am
Santa's second home revealed in space snaps

Pics  Mars is not quite the featureless red wasteland scientists once thought it was. New images from the European Space Agency’s Mars Express probe orbiting the Red Planet have revealed delicate swirls of ice at the alien world's north pole.…

Thought your data was safe outside America after the Microsoft ruling? Think again

Sat, 04/02/2017 - 12:42am
US court decides Google must cough up emails held abroad

The US Department of Justice will be happy campers this weekend. A court in Pennsylvania has ruled that Google must obey domestic search warrants for data stored overseas.…

New SMB bug: How to crash Windows system with a 'link of death'

Sat, 04/02/2017 - 12:14am
Security researcher publishes exploit code after Microsoft drags feet on fix

US CERT on Thursday issued a security advisory warning that all currently supported versions of Windows are vulnerable to a memory corruption bug that can be exploited to crash computers from afar.…

FYI: Ticking time-bomb fault will brick Cisco gear after 18 months

Fri, 03/02/2017 - 11:32pm
Replacement units will be on their way – just don't call it a recall

Updated  Cisco has issued a warning that an electronic component used in versions of its routing, optical networking, security and switch products prior to November 16, 2016 is unreliable – and may fail in the next year and a half, rendering affected hardware permanently inoperable.…

Comcast staffers join walkout over Trump's immigration crackdown

Fri, 03/02/2017 - 9:46pm
Not even cable giants immune to employee protest

Add Comcast to the ranks of companies whose workers have come out against President Trump's crackdown on Muslim immigrants.…

Uncle Sam probes SpaceX – but crack nothing to be alarmed about, we're told

Fri, 03/02/2017 - 9:07pm
Boeing not safe for humans yet, either, apparently

Boeing and SpaceX craft designed to take humans into orbit suffer fractures, according to a leaked report by the US government's General Accountability Office.…

Microsoft foists fake file system for fat Git repos

Fri, 03/02/2017 - 8:22pm
No more days off after typing 'git clone'

To lighten the burden of massive Git source code repositories, Microsoft has created a virtualized file system that allows developers to interact with large codebases without sending excessive amounts of data across the network.…

USA! USa! Udia! India! India! Apple nudges iPhone production base

Fri, 03/02/2017 - 7:25pm
Only 8,500 miles off, President Snowflake

Apple has agreed to open a new iPhone assembly factory in India. Officials in the nation say Apple will spin up factories in the Karnataka province.…

Awoogah, enterprise bods: Tintri recruits Echo Alexa speechbot

Fri, 03/02/2017 - 6:44pm
Bleeding – speaking – edge of sysadmin interface development

Listen up. Storage array vendor Tintri has a video demonstrating that speech-recognizing Amazon Echo's Alexa can be used to trigger array system management ops. Is this a profound industry first, ushering in a whole new sysadmin landscape, or just eye candy-style gimmickry?…

New US Net Neutrality law coming 'within three months' – advisor

Fri, 03/02/2017 - 5:32pm
What the FCC did next

Interview  US Congress could be discussing net neutrality legislation within three months, replacing controversial FCC-created regulations, according to an academic with the ear of the administration.…

Sophos update borks systems at London NHS trust

Fri, 03/02/2017 - 4:42pm
Rubber gloves on as techies probe root cause

Updated  An anti-malware update from Sophos caused borked systems at University College London Hospitals (UCLH) on Thursday.…

Fears Windows code-signing changes will screw up QA process

Fri, 03/02/2017 - 4:01pm
Developers remain unconvinced by CASC's novel innovation

Changes introduced this week that mean code-signing certificates for Windows can only be sold in hardware form or run through a cloud-based "service" are continuing to be a concern for some developers.…

White-knight investors or capitalist cannibals? VIEX vexes Quantum

Fri, 03/02/2017 - 3:32pm
Board takeover still on the cards

In another wonderful example of the US capitalist system's ability to enable businesses to eat each other for short-term shareholder reward, an activist investor is looking to take over Quantum's board and restore shareholder value.…

Brexploitation? Adobe gets creative with price hikes

Fri, 03/02/2017 - 3:02pm
It's all the fault of the GBP, says US titan... doesn't mention Mr Farage

Adobe, the developer of overpriced software for creative types, is just about to get a whole lot more expensive in the UK with steep rises set to be introduced from next month.…

Don't let cloud slurp all your data. Chew it on the edge, says HPE

Fri, 03/02/2017 - 2:29pm
Imagine playing office football with a compute rack on castors

Public cloud will become unaffordable for players who reckon the best thing to do with industrial data is shovel it en masse into the white 'n' fluffy stuff, reckons HPE.…

Chinese hackers switch tactics for spying on Russian jet makers

Fri, 03/02/2017 - 1:58pm
New spear-phishing method for copy-pasting military hardware

Chinese state-sponsored hackers are targeting military and aerospace interests in Russia and Belarus.…