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Updated: 34 min 16 sec ago told to tread carefully with transfer of data sets to NHS Digital

Mon, 20/11/2017 - 1:45pm
It’s almost as if it doesn’t have a great track record on patient info and IT projects...

The UK government has been advised against a hasty shift of vital data sets from one quango to another as it aims to centralise medical data collection and management.…

Whew... Toshiba rustles up $5.4bn to avoid delisting

Mon, 20/11/2017 - 1:09pm
Weakens WD position on blocking flash biz sale

Beleaguered Toshiba, facing a Tokyo stock exchange deadline, has planned a $5.4bn share issue to avoid a delisting threat.…

<i>The Independent</i> 'live streamed' space vid recorded in 2015

Mon, 20/11/2017 - 12:38pm
'We naturally regret the human error that led to the mistake'

For reasons unknown, on Sunday The Independent "live streamed" footage from space that was more than two years old.…

How is 55 Cancri e like a Sisters of Mercy gig? Astroboffins: It has atmosphere

Mon, 20/11/2017 - 12:02pm
*No, mate. Just no* New model throws spanner in exoplanet debate

A new physical model has added more support to the theory that the large exoplanet 55 Cancri e has an Earthlike atmosphere.…

ICO probes universities accused of using private data to target donation campaigns

Mon, 20/11/2017 - 11:32am
Students allegedly screened for wealth, tendency to give money

Twenty-four British universities are being probed by the Information Commissioner's Office after being accused of using their ex-students' data to target those most likely to be extra alma to their mater.…

Nouvelle niche: Datos IO adds distributed app fragment recovery

Mon, 20/11/2017 - 11:05am
Who are the RecoverX rivals again? Nice gig

+Comment  Distributed database protector Datos IO has added fractional backup and recovery so you can restore the data you want faster.…

Container ship loading plans are 'easily hackable'

Mon, 20/11/2017 - 10:12am
Look! A pic that's not a metaphor

Security researchers have warned that it might be possible to destabilise a container ship by manipulating the vessel stowage plan or "Bay Plan".…

iPhone X: Bargain! You've just bagged yourself a cheap AR device

Mon, 20/11/2017 - 9:39am
If you take the Apple shaped pill, you'll see things different(ly)

Apple fanbois being fanbois, Apple's new iPhone X isn’t "super expensive" but rather "totally worth it". Or, as chief executive Tim Cook styled it, "a value price... for the technology you’re getting".…

MPs draft bill to close loopholes used by 'sharing economy' employers

Mon, 20/11/2017 - 9:07am
Shafting economy, more like...

A draft UK law bill intended to close loopholes in so-called "gig economy" employment practices has been published today by Parliament's Work and Pensions and Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committees.…

Chainmail tires re-invent the wheel to get future NASA rovers rolling

Mon, 20/11/2017 - 8:34am
'Shape memory alloys' mean tires can roll over sharp objects without permanently deforming

NASA has developed chainmail tires with a memory and thinks they'll do the trick for future rovers.…

It's 2017, and command injection is still the top threat to web apps

Mon, 20/11/2017 - 8:02am
Open Web Application Security Project updated 'top-ten risks' lands on Monday, but we found a late, late draft

The Open Web Application Security Project will on Monday, US time, reveal its annual analysis of web application risks, but The Register has sniffed out the final draft of the report and can report that it has found familiar attacks top its charts, but exotic exploits are on the rise.…

Weekend dealbook: Cavium to Marvell, Toshiba denies ASUS

Mon, 20/11/2017 - 7:29am
Chipmakers could merge to take on BroadQual, Toshiba says its PCs aren't for sale

While you relaxed over the weekend, financiers and execs were busy doing deals, or hosing them down.…

DNS resolver will check requests against IBM threat database

Mon, 20/11/2017 - 6:58am
Group Co-founded by City of London Police promises 'no snooping on your requests'

The Global Cyber Alliance has given the world a new free Domain Name Service resolver, and advanced it as offering unusually strong security and privacy features.…

F5 DROWNing, not waving, in crypto fail

Mon, 20/11/2017 - 6:02am
Bleichenbacher, the name that always chills cryptographers' blood

If you're an F5 BIG-IP sysadmin, get patching: there's a bug in the company's RSA implementation that can give an attacker access to encrypted messages.…

User experience test tools: A privacy accident waiting to happen

Mon, 20/11/2017 - 3:58am
Researchers watch publishers watching you, ignore privacy settings, run over mere HTTP

Researchers working on browser fingerprinting found themselves distracted by a much more serious privacy breach: analytical scripts siphoning off masses of user interactions.…

Some 'security people are f*cking morons' says Linus Torvalds

Mon, 20/11/2017 - 2:04am
Linux Lord fires up over proposal to secure Linux by shutting down wonky processes

Linux overlord Linus Torvalds has offered some very choice words about different approaches security, during a discussion about whitelisting features proposed for version 4.15 of the Linux kernel.…

Brocade undone: Broadcom's acquisition completes

Mon, 20/11/2017 - 12:59am
Regulators happy. Now investors get to see if buying Fibre Channel was a good idea

Broadcom has completed its acquisition of Brocade.…

The Social Network™ releases its data networking code

Sun, 19/11/2017 - 11:42pm
Open/R distributed router software goes open source, with Juniper, Arista aboard

Facebook has sent another shiver running up Cisco's spine, by releasing the code it uses for packet routing.…

If you're big enough, Cisco will cook you a private software SKU

Sun, 19/11/2017 - 10:41pm
Custom big data bundles for Australia's Telstra pop up on product death list

Vulture South last week spotted an oddity in this Cisco end of sale announcement for “Cisco Select UCS Server Accessories”.…

nbn™ to ISPs: share your speeds or we'll share 'em for you

Sun, 19/11/2017 - 9:42pm
nbn™ financials, the speed scandal, and 'what millennials like part 1,096'

NBN Week  Australia's National Broadband Network “speed scandal” was in the news again last week, as nbn™, the company building and operating the network, suggested it should publish its internal speed data to resolve the issue.…