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Check in my all-flash server-storage system? You must be mad! I'm taking it on-board

Thu, 14/09/2017 - 8:08am
Carry on, X-IO: Suitcase-sized Axellio for the edge computing crowd

X-IO has devised a portable Axellio all-flash server/storage system that you can take on an airline, with the flash in the overhead locker and the main enclosure in checked luggage in the hold.…

Protect your business from ransomware robbers

Thu, 14/09/2017 - 7:40am
The inevitable kick in the arse

Promo  Two much-publicised ransomware attacks earlier this year, including one on the NHS, have raised the profile of the ransomware menace that hangs over businesses of all sizes.…

Chirpy, chirpy, cheap, cheap: Printable IoT radios for 10 cents each

Thu, 14/09/2017 - 7:20am
Backscatter boffins get Things talking over kilometres

One of the favoured low-power radio techniques in Internet of Things research is “backscatter communications”: the transmitter sends a signal to a Thing, and the Thing modulates its data onto the reflection, and that's then decoded by a receiver.…

AMD Ryzen beats Intel Core i7 as a heater (that's also a server)

Thu, 14/09/2017 - 6:58am
Distributed cloud company now working on Ryzens that warm your shower

French cloud concern Qarnot wants to use AMD processors to heat water.…

Scientists produce a map marking water hotspots on the Moon

Thu, 14/09/2017 - 6:29am
Just landed on the Moon and fancy a drink? Step on up

Scientists have created the first map that traces the water content on the surface of the Moon, in the hopes that it may come in handy for astronauts searching for drinking water or fuel.…

DARPA lays out cash-splash to defibrillate Moore's Law

Thu, 14/09/2017 - 6:02am
Electronics resurgence program gets US$75 million more for 2018

The United States' Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) wants to find the electronics industry's next iteration of Moore's Law and has loaded up a US$75 million defibrillator to jolt industry into making it happen.…

New Horizons probe awakens to receive software upgrade

Thu, 14/09/2017 - 5:01am
Kuiper-belt-bound craft needs a few weeks of tweaks to prepare for Space Duck 2.0

The New Horizons probe has successfully ended its five-month hibernation and resumed chats with its mission controllers.…

Shoddily-set-up Elastisearch hosting point-of-sale malware

Thu, 14/09/2017 - 4:02am
Sigh. Admins of free AWS instances just didn't tick the right boxes.

Lazily-configured software has again created a security incident, this time resulting in 4,000 instances of open source analytics and search tool Elasticsearch inadvertently running PoS-stealing malware.…

Trello boards the desktop with Mac and Windows apps

Thu, 14/09/2017 - 2:58am
Says this will send you to 'Trellotopia'. Seriously. Who writes this stuff?

Trello has figured out that there's life beyond the confines of a browser, so has created desktop apps for MacOS and Windows.…

Missed patch caused Equifax data breach

Thu, 14/09/2017 - 2:09am
Apache Struts was popped, but company had at least TWO MONTHS to fix it

Equifax has revealed that the cause of its massive data breach was a flaw it should have patched weeks before it was attacked.…

Windows 10 Creators Update will add app-level privacy controls

Thu, 14/09/2017 - 1:16am
Enterprises can lock down Telemetry a little more

Microsoft's taken another small step towards addressing those worried about Windows 10's impact on their privacy by adding more controls over what apps can do in the Creators Update of the OS.…

Trump blocks China-backed Lattice Semiconductor buyout

Thu, 14/09/2017 - 12:31am

The Trump administration has blocked the purchase of a US semiconductor company by a Chinese investment firm, citing national security concerns.…

Bespoke vending machine biz Bodega AI trips cultural landmine

Thu, 14/09/2017 - 12:16am
Plan to dehumanize shopping taken as threat to beloved mom-and-pop stores

A startup called Bodega AI, facing an unanticipated Twitter tempest, has rushed to reassure people that it isn't out to kick mom-and-pop stores to the curb.…

Facebook posts put Pharma Bro Martin Shkreli in prison as a danger to society

Wed, 13/09/2017 - 11:44pm
Nope, not over the securities fraud, or the drug price hike

Martin Shkreli, the obnoxious smirking hedge fund manager nicknamed Pharma Bro, is going to jail after a series of Facebook posts convinced a judge that he's a menace to society.…

Intelligence director pulls national security BS on spying question

Wed, 13/09/2017 - 11:28pm
Senator Wyden not happy with continued obfuscation

The director of national intelligence (DNI) has refused to say whether US spying agencies are using legislation specifically intended to cover only foreigners in order to spy on American citizens.…

Apple bumps up price on iPad Pro as flash costs climb

Wed, 13/09/2017 - 10:26pm
Cupertino Idiot Tax gets a $50 increase to cover chip charges

Apple has raised the price on much of its iPad Pro tablet line.…

Signs of ground ice found on ancient protoplanet asteroid Vesta

Wed, 13/09/2017 - 9:44pm
Scientists reignite the idea of water-bearing asteroids bringing oceans to Earth

Scientists have found evidence that there may be ground ice on Vesta, the brightest asteroid visible from Earth.…

Pennsylvania cops deploy electronics sniffer dog to catch child abusers

Wed, 13/09/2017 - 9:29pm
Hard drive hound ready for duty

Sniffer dogs have been used to detect drugs and explosives for years, but now Delaware police have a new type of K-9 – one trained to sniff out hard drives and electronic storage devices.…

Credit reference agencies faulted for poor patching

Wed, 13/09/2017 - 9:12pm
Hold our beers, Equifax

Experian and Annual Credit – an organization set up by Equifax, Experian and Transunion to meet US consumer finance regulations – left themselves exposed to a serious vulnerability in Apache Struts earlier this year.…

Uber loses bid to avoid trial in Waymo case

Wed, 13/09/2017 - 9:04pm
Sorry bros, you'll have to tell it to the jury – and give us the Stroz Report too

Uber has lost a pair of appeals at the center of its ongoing trade secrets case with the Alphabet-owned Waymo Inc.…