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Spotted: Bizarre SpaceX rocket-snatching machine that looks like it belongs on Robot Wars

Thu, 23/03/2017 - 11:55pm
Mawhrin-Skel to ride again?

Pic  A robot has been spotted on the landing pad of SpaceX's floating barge Of course I still love you, and the rocket biz is refusing to say what it is for.…

Amazing new WikiLeaks CIA bombshell: Agents can install software on Apple Macs, iPhones right in front of them

Thu, 23/03/2017 - 10:39pm
And in 2009 – just 8 years ago

Startling leaked documents show the CIA could purchase Apple Macs and iPhones, install spyware onto them, and give them to targets.…

We're 90 per cent sure the FCC's robocall kill plan won't have the slightest impact

Thu, 23/03/2017 - 10:28pm
Dumb and dumber, or the lightest of light touches?

The number-one complaint to US comms watchdog the FCC right now is about robocalls – a remarkable 200,000 complaints from consumers last year alone.…

Blinking cursor devours CPU cycles in Visual Studio Code editor

Thu, 23/03/2017 - 8:26pm
Crappy Chromium code is the culprit, we're told

Microsoft describes Visual Studio Code as a source code editor that's "optimized for building and debugging modern web and cloud applications."…

If you were cuffed during Trump's inauguration, cops are trying to crack your smartphone

Thu, 23/03/2017 - 7:55pm
More than 100 mobes will only take a week to access

Vid  The inauguration of President Donald Trump in the US capital was marked by protests, with cops collaring more than 200 people on the day. Now court documents reveal the US government's efforts to crack the arrestees' locked phones and slurp their contents.…

US Senate votes to let broadband ISPs sell your browser histories

Thu, 23/03/2017 - 7:23pm
Hear that? That's the sound of ringing tills, sorry, freedom

The US Senate has voted to kill privacy rules that would have prevented ISPs from selling your browser history, under the fantastic logic that mobile operators aren't under the same restriction.…

CoreOS Tectonic shift: Now you can run it on Azure and OpenStack

Thu, 23/03/2017 - 5:00pm
Biz-friendly Kubernetes tool gets a little easier to automate

CoreOS is extending Tectonic, its enterprise Kubernetes platform, beyond Amazon Web Services and bare metal environments to run on Microsoft Azure and OpenStack cloud infrastructure.…

Android Forums resets passwords after hack

Thu, 23/03/2017 - 4:19pm
Only 2.5 per cent of userbase affected

Add Android Forums to the growing list of web properties that have suffered a security breach.…

As ad boycott picks up pace, Google knows it doesn't have to worry

Thu, 23/03/2017 - 3:38pm
Why the agencies will come crawling back

Analysis  Several US-based advertisers have now suspended their advertising with YouTube, following over 200 pull-outs in the UK and Europe. Google had run big brand advertising on hate videos including jihadist groups. Johnson & Johnson, Verizon, AT&T are the latest to hit pause, or withdraw ad budgets from YouTube altogether. AT&T is one of the top-five advertisers in the US, the New York Times notes. In 2015 it was the third biggest spender with $3.3bn across all media, according to AdAge.…

Lloyds Banking Group to hang up on call centre staffers

Thu, 23/03/2017 - 2:27pm
95 people at risk so far

Call centre staff at Lloyds Banking Group (LBG) are to be axed in the latest expenses purge, company insiders have told us.…

Vodafone's NB-IoT launch dates for Ireland and Netherlands slip

Thu, 23/03/2017 - 1:30pm
Delay may indicate Internet of Things market is less frantic than thought

Vodafone has admitted that the commercial launch of its Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) network in Ireland and the Netherlands has been delayed by a whole season.…

Three to lawyer up unless Ofcom intervenes in spectrum market

Thu, 23/03/2017 - 12:32pm
If we can't buy O2, they must give us MOAR SPECTRUM

Three has renewed calls on Ofcom to intervene in the UK's mobile spectrum market, warning it could lawyer up unless the regulator curbs the proportion of airwaves owned by Vodafone and BT's EE in the forthcoming auction.…

Cambridge wheels out latest smart city platform, ready for devs

Thu, 23/03/2017 - 12:10pm
Got a good Internet of Things problem-solving idea? Try it out with us, says city

Brainbox greenhouse Cambridge has rolled out the latest stage of its smart city network, the Intelligent City Platform, which talks to the city’s existing LoRaWAN Internet of Things network.…

Good news, everyone! Two pints a day keep heart problems at bay

Thu, 23/03/2017 - 11:36am
And yes, total abstinence isn't good for you

Moderate drinking is good for you, a BMJ-published study has found, directly contradicting the advice of the UK government's "Chief Medical Officer", who advised last year there was "no safe level" of drinking. A daily pint reduces risk of a heart attack and angina by a third, a big data study of Brit adults has found, while total abstinence increases the risk by 24 per cent.…

'Clearance sale' shows Apple's iPad is over. It's done

Thu, 23/03/2017 - 10:00am
Cheaper or more sophisticated? Cupertino does neither

Comment  "The iPad is done," writes Europe's shrewdest hardware scribe Volker Weber in the aftermath of Apple's annual revamp of its tablet line.…

Defence in Depth: A 'layered' strategy can repel cold attackers

Thu, 23/03/2017 - 9:26am
Yes, a vest, cardigan and an overcoat

The principle of Defence in Depth (“DiD”), says OWASP, is that “layered security mechanisms increase security of the system as a whole”. That is, if one layer of protection is breached, there’s still the opportunity for the attack to be fended off by one or more of the other layers. If anyone’s ever drawn something that looks like an onion on the whiteboard – a load of concentric layers with your infrastructure in the middle – that’s the concept we’re looking at. It’s actually a military term that’s been adopted by security types in the IT industry who want to be tank commanders when they grow up.…

Yahoo<i>!</i>'s big, fat clustered Google Machine Learning wedding

Thu, 23/03/2017 - 9:02am
Yahoo! open-source code fling builds a better Google, again

Analysis  Yahoo! last month married clustered compute to Google’s machine learning.…

Always wanted to build an imaginary hyperscale network? Now, you can

Thu, 23/03/2017 - 8:34am
MIT's Flexplane: design on the fly without breaking the network

An MIT student has created a scheme to shadow packets as they pass through networks, to help take the risk out of experimenting with changes to network configurations.…

Carnegie-Mellon Uni emits 'don't be stupid' list for C++ developers

Thu, 23/03/2017 - 8:04am
Your hefty guide to avoiding the mistakes everyone makes

Carnegie-Mellon University's Software Engineering Institute has followed-up its secure C programming rules from last year with a similar set of standards for C++.…

eBay dumps users into insecure authentication mechanism

Thu, 23/03/2017 - 7:33am
Dump dongles and move to SMS, says tat bazaar, oblivious to deprecation advice

Web tat bazaar eBay appears to be suggesting its readers adopt known-to-be-insecure practices when logging on to the service.…