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Oracle promises SLAs that halve Amazon's cloud costs

Wed, 20/09/2017 - 3:37am
Larry Ellison also pledges 'Autonomous Database' to cut the cost of – gulp – the people who run databases

Oracle chair and chief technology officer has pledged to undercut Amazon Web Services pricing by 50 per cent for infrastructure-as-a-service and platform-as-a-service, in part by increasing use of automation.…

macOS High Sierra more like 'Cry Sierra' for Mac-wielding beta testers

Wed, 20/09/2017 - 12:03am
Early issues arise with new version of OS X 10.13

Apple's next version of the macOS, High Sierra, aka 10.13, is due for general release next week, and users running the beta have already noticed a pair of issues that could cloud the rollout.…

Inept bloke who tried to sell military sat secrets to Russia gets 5 years

Tue, 19/09/2017 - 11:12pm
Bumbling fool not so much Jason Bourne as Johnny English

A contractor who tried to sell trade secrets on military communication satellites to the Russians has been sent down for five years. Incredibly, it could have been longer after prosecutors alleged that he was also planning to kill his wife.…

Congress battles Silicon Valley over upcoming US sex trafficking law

Tue, 19/09/2017 - 9:47pm
Crunch hearing reveals wide gulf in views, evildoer is Backpage

The first Congressional hearing into a proposed law that would make American companies liable for online sex trafficking has lain bare the depths of the disagreement between lawmakers and tech giants.…

Uber Cali goes ballistic, calls online ads bogus: These million-dollar banners are something quite atrocious

Tue, 19/09/2017 - 8:25pm
Advertising firm sued by taxi app maker

Updated  Uber has filed suit against one of its advertising partners, alleging it bilked the ride-sharing giant out of "tens of millions" of dollars.…

Viacom exposes crown jewels to world+dog in AWS S3 bucket blunder

Tue, 19/09/2017 - 7:59pm
Passwords, server schematics and encryption keys up for grabs in open file store

Updated  Media monster Viacom has been caught with its security trousers down. Researchers found a wide-open, public-facing misconfigured AWS S3 bucket containing pretty much everything a hacker would need to take down the company's IT systems.…

Itching to stuff iOS 11 on your iPhone? You may want to hold off for a bit

Tue, 19/09/2017 - 7:25pm
Apps are gonna break. Plus of course, Apple always screws up the first iteration

Apple's latest iOS version is out today – iOS 11 – but before you rush into updating, you'll want to check that it doesn't destroy any of your favorite apps.…

Sprint, T-Mobile US reignite mega-merger talks (again)

Tue, 19/09/2017 - 5:44pm
You want more competition, America? Here's another all-powerful telco monolith

Sprint and T‑Mobile US are in talks to create a third major US wireless carrier.…

Ofcom to crack down on telcos' handling of nuisance callers

Tue, 19/09/2017 - 1:54pm
Also wants to extend consumer protection to cover more broadband services

UK telecoms regulator Ofcom is to introduce a series of measures to clamp down on providers' handling of nuisance calls, billing accuracy, general complaints handling and support for vulnerable customers.…

DXC squeezes suppliers for extra margin, issues ultimatum

Tue, 19/09/2017 - 1:26pm
That is IT, stationery, toilet rolls, etc 'give us discounts' says outsourcing biz

The procurement team at DXC Technologies might consider giving courses on how not to win friends or influence people after sending suppliers an ultimatum: cough better financial terms or else.…

Stack Overflow + Salary Calculator = your worth

Tue, 19/09/2017 - 1:01pm
In case you were wondering what Git, SQL and JS skills will get you, new online tool measures your value

Developers may be no more curious about salaries than any other set of workers, but their high degree of variation in terms of education, skillset and experience – not to mention the often ill-defined nature of their work – gives them ample reason to be curious about pay among their peers.…

Now EE's challenging UK regulator's mobile spectrum proposals

Tue, 19/09/2017 - 12:44pm
Joins Three in telling Ofcom: See you in court

EE has officially launched its legal challenge against Ofcom's spectrum proposals, a move prompted by Three's judicial review formally submitted earlier this month.…

Google parks old pay-to-play auction in front of European Commission – reports

Tue, 19/09/2017 - 12:09pm
You want a remedy? Here's our remedy

Google appears to have revived an "auction-based fix" to vertical search competition complaints, according to Reuters.…

Ethereum will have transaction chops of Visa in 'a couple of years', founder claims

Tue, 19/09/2017 - 11:31am
Starcraft on the blockchain? What a time to be alive

Blockchains might be a bit slow today, but one of Ethereum's founders predicts that in "a couple of years" the popular network will have the same transaction capacity scale as Visa.…

BoJo, don't misuse stats then blurt disclaimers when you get rumbled

Tue, 19/09/2017 - 10:54am
Norgrove was right: post-Brexit gross £350m a week? Nope

As we all know, there are "lies, damned lies, and statistics". No doubt that line will be pulled out again to bolster the case for British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson against Sir David Norgrove, head of the UK Statistics Authority, who has made it clear he's unimpressed with Boris's use of the stats.…

Black screen of death after Win10 update? Microsoft blames HP

Tue, 19/09/2017 - 10:14am
OEM factory images create 'incorrect registry keys'

Microsoft is pointing the finger of blame at HP Inc's factory image for black screens of death appearing after a Windows Update.…

What's that, Equifax? Most people expect to be notified of a breach within hours?

Tue, 19/09/2017 - 9:46am
Go on, you're the breach expert

Equifax hasn't found time for a houseclean and is making claims of authority and competence about security breaches that, following its own recent high profile breach, come off as pretty cringeworthy.…

Programming in the Middle Ages: Docker makes a lovely pair of trousers

Tue, 19/09/2017 - 9:14am
Lest we forget

Stob  These days we hear a lot about luring the young away from happy, fulfilling careers and into the world of programming. The kids have been freed from the tedious yoke of the boring and 'Microsoft-heavy' ITC syllabuses courtesy of popular hero Michael Gove.…

Why being 'boring' is a university AI spinout's route to success

Tue, 19/09/2017 - 8:31am
DeepMind doesn't stoop, you still conquer

The world of artificial intelligence changed in early 2014 when Google paid £400m for DeepMind Technologies, a company founded by neuroscientist and polymath Demis Hassabis.…

European Commission proposes more powers for EU's infosec agency

Tue, 19/09/2017 - 8:11am
Cross-border cybersecurity certification scheme planned

The European Commission has proposed an expansion in the role of ENISA, the EU's cybersecurity agency.…