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HPE To Spin Out Its Huge Services Business, Merge It With CSC

Slashdot - Wed, 25/05/2016 - 7:00am
itwbennett writes from a report via CIO: Hewlett-Packard Enterprise announced Tuesday that it will spin off its enterprise services business and merge it with IT services company Computer Sciences Corp. (CSC) to create a company with $26 billion in annual revenue. The services business "accounts for roughly 100,000 employees, or two-thirds of the Silicon Valley giant's workforce," according to the Wall Street Journal. In a statement, HPE CEO Meg Whitman said customers would benefit from a "stronger, more versatile services business, better able to innovate and adapt to an ever-changing technology landscape." Layoffs were not a topic of discussion in Tuesday's announcement, but HPE did say last year they would cut 33,000 jobs by 2018, in addition to the 55,000 job cuts it had already announced. The company also split into two last year, betting that the smaller parts will be nimbler and more able to reverse four years of declining sales.

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Citrix dodges death, returns with bigger XenServer and NetScaler

El Reg - Wed, 25/05/2016 - 6:30am
Drinking the software-defined big data kool aid through one pane of glass

Citrix has unified its networking products and made big additions to its virtualisation stack.…

Boffins blow up water with LASERS, to watch explosions in slow-mo

El Reg - Wed, 25/05/2016 - 6:02am
Humanity needs to know more about how matter behaves in extreme conditions

Video  Boffins at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford's PULSE institute have had fun blowing up water jets and droplets with an X-ray laser. For science, of course.…

Former Sun CEO Scott McNealy has data on 1/14th of humanity

El Reg - Wed, 25/05/2016 - 5:02am
He wants it for 1/7th, plus a proper thin client to access it with and for Silicon Valley to come up with some new ideas

Former Sun CEO Scott McNealy has data on one in 14 humans, wants to get that down to one in seven, but at heart what he really wants is the thin client that Oracle killed when it acquired Sun.…

VXer group ramps up malware to attack Indian embassies

El Reg - Wed, 25/05/2016 - 4:04am
"Operation Ke3chang" updates 'Tidepool' malware to target MS Word mess

Attackers have revamped their malware to better target embassy staff, says a Palo Alto Networks security team.…

TSA Replaces Security Chief As Tension Grows At Airports

Slashdot - Wed, 25/05/2016 - 3:30am
HughPickens.com writes: Ron Nixon reports at the NYT that facing a backlash over long security lines and management problems, TSA administrator Peter V. Neffenger has shaken up his leadership team, replacing the agency's top security official Kelly Hoggan (Warning: source may be paywalled) and adding a new group of administrators at Chicago O'Hare International Airport. Beginning late that year, Hoggan received $90,000 in bonuses over a 13-month period, even though a leaked report from the Department of Homeland Security showed that auditors were able to get fake weapons and explosives past security screeners 95 percent of the time in 70 covert tests. Hoggan's bonus was paid out in $10,000 increments, an arrangement that members of Congress have said was intended to disguise the payments. During a hearing of the House Oversight Committee two weeks ago, lawmakers grilled Mr. Neffenger about the bonus, which was issued before he joined the agency in July. Last week and over the weekend, hundreds of passengers, including 450 on American Airlines alone, missed flights because of waits of two or three hours in security lines, according to local news reports. Many of the passengers had to spend the night in the terminal sleeping on cots. The TSA has sent 58 additional security officers and four more bomb-sniffing dog teams to O'Hare. Several current and former TSA employees said the moves to replace Hoggan and add the new officials in Chicago, where passengers have endured hours long waits at security checkpoints, were insufficient. "The timing of this decision is too late to make a real difference for the summer," says Andrew Rhoades, an assistant federal security director at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport who testified his supervisor accused him of "going native" after attending a meeting at a local mosque and that TSA's alleged practice of "directed reassignments," or unwanted job transfers were intended to punish employees who speak their minds. "Neffenger is only doing this because the media and Congress are making him look bad."

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Intel Might Actually Be Done With OpenGL 4.4 In Mesa

Phoronix - Wed, 25/05/2016 - 3:25am
It was just last week that Intel crossed OpenGL 4.2 in Mesa and earlier today the needed Intel OpenGL 4.3 patches landed while tonight there are patches pending for the OpenGL 4.4 changes for Intel's open-source Linux graphics driver...

OpenSUSE 42.2 Alpha Released

Phoronix - Wed, 25/05/2016 - 3:17am
The first alpha release for openSUSE 42.2 Leap is now available...

Wayland 1.11 & Weston 1.11 Up To Release Candidate State

Phoronix - Wed, 25/05/2016 - 3:12am
Bryce Harrington announced the release today of the release candidates for Wayland 1.11 and the reference Weston 1.11 compositor...

IETF spikes government metadata collection with DNS request crypto plan

El Reg - Wed, 25/05/2016 - 2:44am
RFC calling for DNS encryption would make it much harder for spooks to know where you surf

DNS requests and responses – part of what many countries regard as “metadata” that they want collected for law enforcement – should be encrypted to protect users from surveillance.…

Pastejack attack turns your clipboard into a threat

El Reg - Wed, 25/05/2016 - 1:58am
CTRL-V vector turns "not evil" into "evil" without the target noticing

Once, you could use HTML/CSS to manipulate the clipboard, but it was not a good way to do so. Now a security bod has worked out how to do it in JavaScript and reckons it's a lot more dangerous.…

Toyota Forms 'Strategic Partnership' With Uber

Slashdot - Wed, 25/05/2016 - 1:50am
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Toyota and Uber are forming a "strategic partnership" which will include an investment by the Japanese automaker in the San Francisco-based ride-sharing company. Under the agreement, Uber drivers can lease their vehicles from Toyota and cover their payments through earnings generated as Uber drivers. Toyota says it will invest an undisclosed sum in Uber, which is already the most valuable technology startup in the world. A partnership between Toyota and Uber could help the ride-sharing company solve a lingering question surrounding its self-driving ambitions, namely where its going to get a fleet of cars to equip with its autonomous technology. Toyota, which is the world's largest car manufacturer, is taking self-driving technology very seriously. It recently established the Toyota Research Institute to develop AI technologies in two main areas: autonomous cars and robot helpers for around the home. Last month, Google, Ford, Volvo, Lyft and Uber joined a coalition to help spur the development of self-driving cars, ultimately to make them arrive to the market faster. Meanwhile, Apple made an investment in Uber's Chinese rival Didi.

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Facebook adds new names to Telecom Infra Project

El Reg - Wed, 25/05/2016 - 1:31am
TIP is the iceberg

Facebook's Telecom Infra Project (TIP) has signed up a bunch of carriers and vendors.…

HPE spins out enterprise services business into CSC

El Reg - Wed, 25/05/2016 - 1:25am
Breaking up is not hard to do

HP Enterprise (HPE) has spun out its enterprise services business into CSC, creating an entity with US26bn of revenue.…

Apple To Open Up Siri To Developers, Release An Amazon Echo Competitor

Slashdot - Wed, 25/05/2016 - 1:07am
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BGR: According to a new report from The Information, Apple is finally ready to let Siri grow up. Specifically, the publication relays that Apple will finally offer official Siri APIs to developers, thus paving the way for third-party integrations, the kind that Amazon Echo users can't seem to get enough of. Things like ordering an Uber or pizza are currently impossible, because Siri is locked down by Apple. What's more, Apple is also reportedly working on a standalone device meant to compete with the Amazon Echo and Google's recently unveiled Google Home. If that's true, it's huge news -- Apple has been lacking any kind of smart home hub until now, but a Siri-powered device would be a serious play to get Apple into our homes. Google is the latest tech giant to announce a virtual home assistant. It unveiled Google Home, a small round gadget with microphones and speakers that listen and respond to your questions and commands.

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Microsoft bans common passwords that appear in breach lists

El Reg - Wed, 25/05/2016 - 12:33am
Azure Active Directory no longer allows the likes of 'M!cr0$0ft' to gain entry

With LinkedIn providing yet more fodder for attackers' rainbow tables and login bots, Microsoft has decided to start blocking too-common passwords.…

E Ink Creates Full-Color Electronic Paper Display

Slashdot - Wed, 25/05/2016 - 12:23am
SkinnyGuy writes: The reflective display company finally figured out how to make those ultra tiny balls produce 32,000 colors in one super-low-powered display. It's a breakthrough for E Ink, display advertising and, maybe someday, e-readers and digital photo frames. The new prototype display, which can be manufactured in an array of sizes, features a 20-inch, 2500 x 1600 resolution and is equally as power-efficient as the monochromatic display. E Ink Holding's Head of Global marketing Giovanni Mancini said it can be powered with solar cells used in bus stop signage, for example. Some of the limitations center around the resolution and refresh rate. As of right now, the resolution is only 150 pixels per inch (ppi), which is about half the resolution of a typical 6-inch, monochromatic E ink display. It also takes about two seconds to fully resolve images, which is pretty slow when compared to today's e-readers. The company is currently only focused on using the new color display for commercial signage.

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iPhone 'Error 53' plaintiffs say Apple not giving reimbursements

El Reg - Wed, 25/05/2016 - 12:11am
Filing challenges the attempt to throw out class action suit

A class of iPhone owners say that Apple has not lived up to its promise to reimburse customers for bricked handsets.…

Pastejacking Attack Appends Malicious Terminal Commands To Your Clipboard

Slashdot - Tue, 24/05/2016 - 11:40pm
An anonymous reader writes: "It has been possible for a long time for developers to use CSS to append malicious content to the clipboard without a user noticing and thus fool them into executing unwanted terminal commands," writes Softpedia. "This type of attack is known as clipboard hijacking, and in most scenarios, is useless, except when the user copies something inside their terminal." Security researcher Dylan Ayrey published a new version of this attack last week, which uses only JavaScript as the attack medium, giving the attack more versatility and making it now easier to carry out. The attack is called Pastejacking and it uses Javascript to theoretically allow attackers to add their malicious code to the entire page to run commands behind a user's back when they paste anything inside the console. "The attack can be deadly if combined with tech support or phishing emails," writes Softpedia. "Users might think they're copying innocent text into their console, but in fact, they're running the crook's exploit for them."

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Apple hires crypto-wizard Jon Callas to beef up security

El Reg - Tue, 24/05/2016 - 11:21pm
Preparing for President Trump or Clinton

Apple has added a security star to its firmament with the hire of Jon Callas to its security team.…

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