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Magic Leap's staggering VR goggle technology just got even better!

Thu, 15/02/2018 - 8:05am
Rony keeps feeding the hype machine! Wow! Woo! Yay! Hoopla! Panowie!

Comment  Not content with promising the product he has been hyping for six years, this week the CEO of Magic Leap revealed that his yet-to-ship virtual-reality headset technology will be even better than the previous gibberish he spouted.…

PCI Council and X9 Committee to combine PIN security standards

Thu, 15/02/2018 - 7:29am
One PIN to rule them all, one PIN to find them, one PIN to rule them all and in the darkness bind them

The PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) and financial services standards outfit the Accredited Standards Committee X9 have decided to combine forces on personal-identification-number-handling-rules.…

Look out, Wiki-geeks. Now Google trains AI to write Wikipedia articles

Thu, 15/02/2018 - 7:03am
Er, well, ish. Text summarization is still pretty tricky for non-humans, though

A team within Google Brain – the web giant's crack machine-learning research lab – has taught software to generate Wikipedia-style articles by summarizing information on web pages... to varying degrees of success.…

Cisco surges after pricing switches-plus-subscriptions just below old hardware prices

Thu, 15/02/2018 - 6:28am
Borg attack incoming as M&A crew eye repatriated $67bn

The flagship of Cisco's “intent-based networking” push, the Catalyst 9000 switch, is leaping out the door, and Switchzilla delivered other good news on it FY2018 Q2 earnings call.…

Bloke sues Microsoft: Give me $600m – or my copy of Windows 7 back

Thu, 15/02/2018 - 6:06am
Frank Dickman is a hell of a super hero name, we gotta say

A fella in the United States is taking Microsoft to court to get Windows 7 put back on his PC.…

Waddawewant? Free video codecs! When do we... oh, look, the last MPEG-2 patent expired!

Thu, 15/02/2018 - 5:01am
Never again shall an MPEG-2 encoder be chased out of a Linux distro

It's almost of historical interest only, but everywhere except the Philippines and Malaysia, the last MPEG-2 video encoder/decoder patents have expired.…

NetApp’s third quarter revenues charge forward

Thu, 15/02/2018 - 4:04am
Tax charge kills GAAP net income but underlying numbers are strongly positive

George Kurian’s NetApp reported strong third quarter numbers all-flash arrays leading the way to set NetApp up for its first full year annual growth since 2015.…

Sorry, Elon, your Tesla roadster won't orbit for billions of years

Thu, 15/02/2018 - 3:01am
Astroboffins calculate MuskMobile will only last millions of years, has decent chance of bonking Earth, Venus

Explaining why he used his Tesla roadster as the test mass on his Falcon Heavy launch, Elon Musk remarked that he liked the idea of it orbiting for a billion years.…

Roses are red, Ajit Pai is tickled. Broadband from SpaceX gets him out of a pickle

Thu, 15/02/2018 - 1:35am
Musketeers to launch first internet satellites this weekend

SpaceX's plans to become a global ISP took a big step forward after Ajit Pai – the boss of America's comms watchdog, the FCC – gave his blessing for Elon Musk's biz to pop broadband-beaming satellites into orbit.…

Telstra: Don't expect HFC NBN sales to resume before July

Thu, 15/02/2018 - 12:49am
Incumbent rolling in slightly fewer billions this half year

Telstra has no inside information on when nbn™ will end its moratorium on new HFC conections.…

Hate to ruin your day, but... Boffins cook up fresh Meltdown, Spectre CPU design flaw exploits

Wed, 14/02/2018 - 11:50pm
And upcoming hardware changes may not be enough to kill off these security bugs

When details of the Meltdown and Spectre CPU security vulnerabilities emerged last month, the researchers involved hinted that further exploits may be developed beyond the early proof-of-concept examples.…

US govt staffers use personal gear on work networks, handle biz docs on the reg – study

Wed, 14/02/2018 - 10:33pm
As in on the regular, not... oh never mind

Employees of US government agencies are largely ignoring basic security measures.…

Hua-no-wei! NSA, FBI, CIA bosses put Chinese mobe makers on blast

Wed, 14/02/2018 - 10:14pm
No probs, says Huawei: It's a big world, we don't need America

Don't trust the Chinese – that seemed to be the theme at Tuesday's open US Senate Intelligence Committee hearings on Capitol Hill.…

You're decorating it wrong: Apple HomePod gives wood ring of death

Wed, 14/02/2018 - 8:50pm
'Please don’t tell me to oil my wood,' journo begs

Apple HomePod owners say the $349 smart-speaker is prone to damaging wood surfaces.…

Crypto-gurus: Which idiots told the FBI that Feds-only backdoors in encryption are possible?

Wed, 14/02/2018 - 8:06pm
Brilliant boffins back bullsh*tting bureau bollocking

Four cryptography experts have backed a US Senator's campaign to force the FBI to explain how exactly a Feds-only backdoor can be added to strong and secure encryption.…

Three in hospital after NSA cops open fire on campus ram-raid SUV

Wed, 14/02/2018 - 7:29pm
Roses are red, spy agencies are black, US g-men don't fsck around when under attack

Three people are in hospital after a car rammed a barrier at the NSA headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland, today at around 0655 ET (0355 PT, 1155 UTC).…

How flash is panning out in the enterprise

Wed, 14/02/2018 - 6:20pm
Flash! A-aaaah! King of the Impossible!

Flash storage was once a plaything for moneyed-up, high-performance tech elite. No more. Now, it’s finding its way into Joe Average’s enterprise architecture. Here’s where it came from, where it is today, and where it might be going.…

Aching bad: 'Kingpin Granny' nicked in huge prescription drugs bust

Wed, 14/02/2018 - 4:33pm
Raid on 75-year-old's home yields over a thousand pills

Silver surfers are known to rattle from the numerous pills foisted on them by doctors as their health fails, but one Tennessee veteran stands accused of possessing drugs with an altogether different purpose.…

Violets are violet, roses are... rosy, Dell just got $145.8m for selling Mozy

Wed, 14/02/2018 - 3:33pm
Online backup biz slurped by Carbonite

Dell Technologies has agreed to offload cloud backup subsidiary Mozy to web-based storage outfit Carbonite for $145.8m.…

Stop calling, stop calling... ICO goes gaga after home improvement biz ignores warnings

Wed, 14/02/2018 - 3:02pm
Swansea firm carries on direct marketing, lands extra fine

A Welsh home improvement firm has been fined after ignoring a warning to stop contacting people who had opted out of marketing calls.…