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64-bit malware threat may be itty-bitty now, but it's only set to grow

Wed, 24/05/2017 - 1:00pm
Upgrade and they will come

The volume of 64-bit malware in the wild remains low even though computers running 64-bit operating systems became ubiquitous years ago.…

'Odour' from AnalTech ramming leads to hazmat team callout

Wed, 24/05/2017 - 12:34pm
Some might say this is fake news. It isn't

An American company implausibly named AnalTech – no, really – has been slammed hard enough for a hazardous materials response team to be called out to deal with the smell.…

AI-powered dynamic pricing turns its gaze to the fuel pumps

Wed, 24/05/2017 - 12:03pm
Shopping as a constant poker game

Analysis  "AI" could soon be making petrol more expensive at times of peak demand like the start of a bank holiday weekend or the school run.…

Speaking in Tech: Depressing WannaCrypt postmortem edition

Wed, 24/05/2017 - 11:34am
At least we'll always have #catsinteslas

8 out of 10 cats fear statistics – AI doesn't have this problem

Wed, 24/05/2017 - 11:01am
Use and abuse of figures

If statistics were a human being, it would have been in deep therapy all of its 350-year life. The sessions might go like this:…

PAH! Four decades of <i>Star Wars</i>: No lightsabers, no palm-sized video calls

Wed, 24/05/2017 - 10:31am
Sort of. Leia's a New Hope

Star Wars New Hope @ 40  When Lucasfilm recently unveiled its tribute reel to the late Carrie Fisher, one of the most memorable monologues in cinema sat right in its center.…

Facebook shares own tools to trap bugs before they break code

Wed, 24/05/2017 - 10:02am
Test management and debugging at scale become a bit less daunting

Facebook on Wednesday plans to introduce a set of open source developer tools to streamline app development testing and bug hunting.…

Channel luvvie Martin Hellawell set to check out of Softcat. Sort of

Wed, 24/05/2017 - 9:33am
IPO? Ticked. 1,079% growth in 11 years? Ticked. Lost the tightness? Nah

Martin Hellawell, the McDonald's-card-toting CEO at mega reseller Softcat isn't quite sailing off into the sunset just yet, but he is preparing to handover the operation once a successor is found.…

Britain's on the brink of a small-scale nuclear reactor revolution

Wed, 24/05/2017 - 9:02am
Sure, there are hurdles, but no £18bn hole on the other side like Hinkley Point

For the first time ever in April, the UK's data centres and clouds ran on electricity generated without burning coal.…

Network-sniffing, automation, machine learning: How to get better threat intel

Wed, 24/05/2017 - 8:39am
When two 'innocent' events on the network are anything but

IT teams can get away with poor service management, outdated software development methods and outdated apps running on legacy tin, but they might want to think twice before skimping on cybersecurity. If you don't stay on top of this stuff, while you might not be found out today or tomorrow, eventually, your customers’ personal details might just turn up on Pastebin.…

GPU-flingers' bash: Forget the Matrix, Neo needs his tensors

Wed, 24/05/2017 - 8:01am
What's a tensor? Glad you asked...

HPC blog  Last week, Nvidia held its biggest ever GPU Technology Conference (GTC). The big walk-away is that GPUs are rapidly becoming an expected and standard component of computing, table stakes in many cases, across the computing platform. Big deal right there and hence the frothiness of much of the coverage.…

EU ministers approve anti-hate speech video rules

Wed, 24/05/2017 - 7:30am
Facebook, Google, Twitter and friends face clampdown

European Union ministers have approved new rules for video that will oblige Facebook, Google, Twitter and others to remove hate speech and sexually explicit videos online or face stiff fines.…

Google starts enterprise support for Chrome, including top SaaS apps

Wed, 24/05/2017 - 6:59am
Lobs deployment tools at sysadmins, complete with Silverlight and ActiveX support

Google is trying to give businesses a reason to ditch Internet Explorer by giving sysadmins a new set of tools for mass deployment of its own Chrome browser.…

LinkedIn finds friends to join its 'Open19' data centre standards effort

Wed, 24/05/2017 - 6:15am
Stacks up against Open Compute with one design for data centres of all sizes plan

LinkedIn wants you to brick it in the data centre by following it and its friends with a new standard for data centre hardware that pushes its ambitions to the edge and into competition with the Facebook-derived Open Compute Project.…

India makes biometrics mandatory for all e-gov projects

Wed, 24/05/2017 - 4:58am
Cloud's just 'recommended', for now, as local industry plans 50 per cent growth by 2025

India's issued three “Guidance Notes” outlining its government's policies for procuring software and entering into alliances and running RFPs.…

Google wants to track your phone and credit card through meatspace

Wed, 24/05/2017 - 4:49am
World's biggest advertising company needs to prove ads are worth the money

Google wants stores to gather purchase data on its behalf, to bolster its case that advertising on the platform works.…

Dodge this: Fiat-Chrysler gets diesel-fuelled sueball from DoJ

Wed, 24/05/2017 - 4:02am
Emissions software scandal flares anew

Fiat-Chrysler, accused of the same kind of software defeat as landed Volkswagen in hot water, is now the subject of a Department of Justice lawsuit.…

Bluemix gives users two months to adopt new rolling deployment tool

Wed, 24/05/2017 - 2:59am
Active Deploy binned in favour of Kubernetes and/or Cloud Foundry

IBM's announced a swift retirement of its Active Deploy service, a facility offered to those who want frequent updates to cloudy applications.…

What's got a vast attack surface and runs on Linux? Windows Defender, of course

Wed, 24/05/2017 - 1:58am
Penguinistas, rejoice: Tavis Ormandy lets you fuzz Windows

Google Project Zero's Windows bug-hunter and fuzz-boffin Tavis Ormandy has given the world an insight into how he works so fast: he works on Linux, and with the release of a personal project on GitHub, others can too.…

What's got a vast attack surface and runs on Linux? Windows Defender, of course

Wed, 24/05/2017 - 1:58am
Penguinistas, rejoice: Tavis Ormandy lets you fuzz Windows

Google Project Zero's Windows bug-hunter and fuzz-boffin Tavis Ormandy has given the world an insight into how he works so fast: he works on Linux, and with the release of a personal project on GitHub, others can too.…