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Federal Police toss nbn™ under a bus over leaks to Senator

Tue, 28/03/2017 - 9:32pm
'Who leaked the leak? Not us', claim feds, 'talk to them'

The Australian Senate's Committee of Privileges decided yesterday that documents seized from former Senator Stephen Conroy and a staffer last year are covered by parliamentary privilege, and can't be used in any police investigation into who leaked them.…

Racist Tesla staff drilled my buttocks, claims employee in lawsuit

Tue, 28/03/2017 - 8:58pm
Car firm says discrimination claims false, points to promotion

Tesla is facing a lawsuit from an employee at its car factory who is making lurid claims about racial discrimination in the workplace.…

So my ISP can now sell my browsing history – what can I do?

Tue, 28/03/2017 - 8:18pm
Find a good VPN

So, the US House of Representatives has voted away internet privacy (in concert with the Senate), and the legislation will be heading to the White House for Trump's imprimatur. He's expected to sign quickly, so as internet users it's time to get really serious about privacy.…

Boffins invent wacky quantum gizmo prototype for secure mobile payments

Tue, 28/03/2017 - 8:16pm
No, it's not a gun, I swear... I just want to pay for my milk. Let me go!

A “quantum gadget” prototype capable of sending quantum keys using polarized light could make contactless payments on mobile more secure if it can be squeezed into a smartphone.…

Your internet history on sale to highest bidder: US Congress votes to shred ISP privacy rules

Tue, 28/03/2017 - 7:42pm
As House passes law, here's what you should do about it

The US House of Representatives has just approved a "congressional disapproval" vote of privacy rules, which gives your ISP the right to sell your internet history to the highest bidder.…

I need an ISP that offers IPv6. Virgin Media: Whatevs, nerd

Tue, 28/03/2017 - 7:01pm
Not exactly getting with the program

Despite being the third-largest internet provider in the UK, Virgin Media is not exactly looking toward the future.…

Red Hat: OpenStack big, getting bigger, OpenShift fatter than Linux

Tue, 28/03/2017 - 3:59pm
IBM does help, too

OpenStack drove a chunk of Red Hat’s largest deals during the fourth quarter, with cloud proving more lucrative than its trademark Linux business.…

RIP: Antivirus veteran Raimund Genes, 54

Tue, 28/03/2017 - 3:17pm
Trend Micro CTO suffered fatal heart attack

Colleagues and friends are mourning the sudden death of distinguished antivirus industry veteran Raimund Genes last Friday.…

Ex-broadband biz 186k hit by major outage

Tue, 28/03/2017 - 2:49pm
You mean they still have some customers left?

Long-suffering customers of troubled hosting provider 186k are unable to access the firm's hosting and email services in what appears to be a major outage.…

EE scrap connection fee... to hike broadband and telly packages

Tue, 28/03/2017 - 2:34pm
Due to investment in content, it reckons

Mobile operator EE has confirmed it will be hiking the prices of new customer contracts on its broadband and TV packages.…

Oracle doing due diligence on Accenture. Yep, you read that right

Tue, 28/03/2017 - 2:03pm
Big Red hires consultancies to eye up consultancy

Exclusive  Oracle has hired global specialists to explore the feasibility of buying multi-billion dollar consultancy Accenture, sources have told us.…

Apple squashes cert-handling bug affecting macOS and iOS

Tue, 28/03/2017 - 1:38pm
Flaw posed remote code execution risk

Apple has resolved a certification validation vulnerability affecting both macOS and iOS users.…

People may have been wrongly sent back to prison over faulty tags

Tue, 28/03/2017 - 1:06pm
'G4S has introduced further quality checks'

Offenders may have been wrongly sent back to prison because of faulty electronic tags supplied by G4S, the government admitted today.…

Super Micro rack-wrangles a fix for a few data centre PITAs

Tue, 28/03/2017 - 1:04pm
Server, storage and networking wrap

Orchestrating, deploying and managing thousands of servers, storage shelves and switches can provide a persistent PITA*. Server white box supremo Super Micro has a Rack Scale Design (RSD) fix for service providers, telecoms, and Fortune 500 companies dealing with this.…

ICO fines Flybe, Honda for breaking data rules. They were, um, trying to comply with GDPR

Tue, 28/03/2017 - 12:34pm
Protip: Don't ask customers if they want to be contacted by email… by email

The Information Commissioner's Office is baring its teeth as we rocket towards the EU's General Data Protection Regulation coming into effect.…

DevOps hype? Sometimes a pizza really is just a pizza

Tue, 28/03/2017 - 12:01pm
Differentiating between commercial partners, coevolution and clutter

Opinion  Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Four friends are sitting on a sofa, and one says to the others, “I’m hungry, I want to learn how to make pizza.”…

Nuns left in limbo after phone line transfer hell

Tue, 28/03/2017 - 11:56am
Judge Brennan fines Eircom after litany of screwups

A judge has hit Irish telco Eircom with a €16,500 fine, after the former incumbent left a nursing home for retired nuns without phone service for weeks, then overcharged the sisters for the privilege.…

World+dog had 1.4 BEEEELLION of its data records exposed last year

Tue, 28/03/2017 - 11:25am
That's 86% up on 2015... and it's mostly identity theft

Almost 1.4 billion data records were compromised worldwide during 2016, a whopping increase of 86 per cent compared to the year before.…

Google and pals plough $27m into tiery-eyed storage startup Avere

Tue, 28/03/2017 - 11:07am
Adding better public cloud facilities to users' hybrid world

Avere, the filer and public cloud storage accelerator supplier, has scored a $27m E-round of funding, with Google proper providing some of the funds.…

Microsoft beefs up Skype for Business as Amazon Chimes in

Tue, 28/03/2017 - 10:31am
Corporate comms face-off

Microsoft is rounding out its Skype for Business Cloud PBX.…