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Wounded FalconStor flutters back to life

Tue, 21/11/2017 - 6:02pm
First profit in two years, fresh funding, new faces

FalconStor has confirmed its first profit in more than two years, bagged fresh funding and employed a new bunch of new faces in its exec lounge.…

Digital minister: We're still talking to BT about sorting crap broadband

Tue, 21/11/2017 - 4:58pm
Matt Hancock blissfully unaware that deal is on brink of collapse

UK digital minister Matt Hancock has denied that talks with BT to improve poor internet speeds in 1.4 million rural areas have fallen through.…

As Google clamps down, 'Droid developer warns 'breaking day' is coming

Tue, 21/11/2017 - 4:05pm
The Chocolate Factory plugs accessibility fudge

Mobile app developers are being forced to rewrite their code as Google attempts to tame Android's Wild West.…

Arm Inside: Is Apple ready for the next big switch?

Tue, 21/11/2017 - 3:32pm
The hybrid Arm-Intel Mac draws near

One day we'll look back and wonder why it took PCs so long to move from RISC chips that had to pretend to be CISC chips to RISC chips that didn't have to pretend to be anything.…

Level 5 driverless cars by 2021 can be done, say Brit industry folk

Tue, 21/11/2017 - 2:25pm
Others reckon Chancellor's taking it a bit too far...

Over the weekend, chancellor Philip Hammond boasted that “fully driverless cars” would be on Britain’s roads in four years’ time. Some in the driverless car industry think this is a dangerous fantasy, while more high-profile driverless car software companies are all in favour of it.…

HPE straps AMD chip into 2P/2U server box with Epyc results

Tue, 21/11/2017 - 2:07pm
DL385 blasts SPEC benchmark

HPE has upgraded its Opteron-using DL385p server with AMD Epyc processors and used it to notch up a pair of record SPEC benchmarks.…

Don't sweat Brexit, big biz told: Your shiny data protection sticker will remain intact

Tue, 21/11/2017 - 1:29pm
Survey reveals GDPR training and investment is on the rise

Multinationals whose data protection compliance was rubberstamped by the UK's privacy regulator have been assured they won't be stripped of the authorisation after Brexit.…

National Cyber Security Centre boss: For the love of $DEITY, use 2FA on your emails, peeps

Tue, 21/11/2017 - 1:03pm
Brit biz bosses, improve your infosec. We'll handle Russia

The chief exec of the National Cyber Security Centre – a branch of the UK's spy nerve-centre GCHQ – has called on everyone to enable two-factor authentication for their emails. This follows revelations that almost the entire population's details are available for sale on the dark web.…

Gulp. HPE's InfoSight self-repairs and makes 'proactive decisions'

Tue, 21/11/2017 - 12:45pm
Machine-learning engine stapled to 3PAR arrays

HPE is updating its acquired Nimble Storage InfoSight array management system with a machine learning-driven recommendation engine, and adding InfoSight to 3PAR arrays.…

SagePay's monster wobble... On the third day of sale week, UK retailers start to weep

Tue, 21/11/2017 - 12:19pm
Black Friday week? Is that a thing? Er, not for all retailers

What started as a Saturday afternoon nap for SagePay turned into a three-day snooze fest, angering retailers that were as of last night still struggling to process sales in a peak shopping week.…

Royal Bank of Scotland website goes TITSUP*

Tue, 21/11/2017 - 11:57am
Another day, another online banking snafu

Updated  Users who bank online with the Royal Bank of Scotland are having a tough time logging in this morning.…

Baaa-d moooo-ve: Debian Linux depicts intimate cow-sheep action in ASCII artwork

Tue, 21/11/2017 - 11:29am
User files bug report on age-old package

Linux distro Debian is under fire for distributing a software package containing an "ASCII representation of zoophilia." Specifically, a sheep shagging a cow.…

Iran the numbers – and Persian internet is the cheapest in the world

Tue, 21/11/2017 - 11:02am
Burkina Faso the most expensive, UK in top third cheapest

Tired of continual price hikes on your broadband deal? Then why not move to Iran? According to a study released today, it has the cheapest broadband.…

CEO: 'Claying the ongoing continuous chaos of info into one logical masterpiece'

Tue, 21/11/2017 - 10:33am
Yeah? Us neither. Here's another 'anchored benchmark' of a storage round-up

We start this week's collection of storage news with the marketing buzzwords of the month award, which goes to startup Panoply for outstanding excellence.…

Twitter's blue tick rule changes may lower the sueball barrier

Tue, 21/11/2017 - 10:06am
Got a few quid and want to launch a lawsuit? Now is a good time

Comment  Infamous online cesspit Twitter may have unintentionally made itself easier to sue for the things users write on its site, following recently announced changes to its "blue tick" verification system.…

First XPoint, then Z-NAND: Oh dear, server-makers. SCM is happening

Tue, 21/11/2017 - 9:38am
Storage-class memory Nirvana 1.0 could be a 2019 event, says our man

Analysis  Storage-class memory (SCM), in the shape of Optane, is already here and, with Samsung's Z-SSD, set to become available for use by servers. What does this mean and when will it actually happen?…

Back to the Fuchsia: The next 10 years of Android

Tue, 21/11/2017 - 9:02am
Beyond world domination

Part Two  In Part One we described how, after 10 years, Android was uncannily similar to Windows after 20 years.…

Bitcoin outfit 'Tether' reveals US$31m BitBuck BitHeist

Tue, 21/11/2017 - 8:28am
Company badly forked up after promising secure 'stable digital currency equivalent'

Bitcoin outfit “Tether” has reported a US$31m BitBuck BitHeist.…

From Vega with love: Pegasus interstellar asteroid's next stop

Tue, 21/11/2017 - 8:03am
Out-of-shape ‘Oumuamua only looks like a starship, right?

It's official: the Asteroid 1I/2017 U1, aka "‘Oumuamua", which screamed through the solar system in October 2017 is an interstellar object. And a very strange one at that.*…

Patch on way 'this week' for HP printer vulns

Tue, 21/11/2017 - 7:30am
RCE? Check. Clear passwords? Check. Interfere with print jobs? Check

Sysadmins have been advised to watch for a coming HP printer firmware update that will plug a remote code execution vulnerability (among others) in its MFP-586 and the M553 printers.…