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Small fry Scale offers single-node HCI boxen for the ROBO crowd

El Reg - Tue, 25/10/2016 - 10:59am
That's plenty for Remote and Branch Offices, says firm

Scale Computing is set to announce a single-node configuration of its HC3 hyper-converged infrastructure appliance (HCIA).…

Aussie trams equivalent to 30 skateboarding rhinos

El Reg - Tue, 25/10/2016 - 10:40am
Well knock us off our unicycles, we had no idea!

Reg Standards Bureau  Ever wondered what the equivalent weight of a tram was in skateboarding rhinoceri? The answer is apparently 30, as any Aussie will tell you.…

Linux 4.9 I/O Scheduler Benchmarks On A SSD: Noop vs. CFQ vs. Deadline

Phoronix - Tue, 25/10/2016 - 10:39am
Some Phoronix Premium readers had recently requested some fresh I/O scheduler benchmarks using the Linux 4.9 kernel, so here are those test results...

Generic Governors Support Coming For Intel P-State

Phoronix - Tue, 25/10/2016 - 10:21am
Rafael Wysocki of Intel has been hacking an interesting improvement into the Intel P-State CPU frequency scaling driver for the Linux kernel...

Opera 41 Browser Brings Performance Improvements

Phoronix - Tue, 25/10/2016 - 10:13am
For those still using the Opera web-browser, Opera 41 is now available as the latest stable release and seems primarily focused on performance improvements...

Rowhammer Attack Can Now Root Android Devices

Slashdot - Tue, 25/10/2016 - 10:00am
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Softpedia: Researchers have discovered a method to use the Rowhammer RAM attack for rooting Android devices. For their research paper, called Drammer: Deterministic Rowhammer Attacks on Mobile Platforms, researchers tested and found multiple smartphone models to be vulnerable to their attack. The list includes LG Nexus (4, 5, 5X), LG G4, Motorola Moto G (2013 and 2014), One Plus One, HTC Desire 510, Lenovo K3 Note, Xiaomi Mi 4i, and Samsung Galaxy (S4, S5, and S6) devices. Researchers estimate that millions of Android users might be vulnerable. The research team says the Drammer attack has far more wide-reaching implications than just Android, being able to exploit any device running on ARM chips. In the past, researchers have tested the Rowhammer attack against DDR3 and DDR4 memory cards, weaponized it via JavaScript, took over PCs via Microsoft Edge, and hijacked Linux virtual machines. There's an app to test if your phone is vulnerable to this attack. "Rowhammer is an unintended side effect in dynamic random-access memory (DRAM) that causes memory cells to leak their charges and interact electrically between themselves, possibly altering the contents of nearby memory rows that were not addressed in the original memory access," according to Wikipedia. "This circumvention of the isolation between DRAM memory cells results from the high cell density in modern DRAM, and can be triggered by specially crafted memory access patterns that rapidly activate the same memory rows numerous times."

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Capita's head of tech solutions resigns

El Reg - Tue, 25/10/2016 - 9:41am
Another one bites the dust

The head of Capita’s technology solutions division Simon Furber is the most recent capo to leave the biz.…

Will AI spell the end of humanity? The tech industry wants you to think so

El Reg - Tue, 25/10/2016 - 9:02am
Or is that what the Matrix wants us to think?

Star physicist Stephen Hawking has reiterated his concerns that the rise of powerful artificial intelligence (AI) systems could spell the end for humanity. Speaking at the launch of the University of Cambridge’s Centre for the Future of Intelligence on 19 October, he did, however, acknowledge that AI equally has the potential to be one of the best things that could happen to us.…

The cloud is not new. What we are doing with it is

El Reg - Tue, 25/10/2016 - 8:21am
Envisioning provisioning

Sysadmin blog  In the 10 years since the modern form of public cloud computing went mainstream, it has changed the entire industry's approach to IT. In response, IT's top vendors have had to change as well. Like any technology, however, the public cloud has adapted, evolved, and become something much different than was ever originally envisioned.…

Euro Central Bank backs money laundering rules for virtual currency exchanges

El Reg - Tue, 25/10/2016 - 8:03am
But 'illegal activities might continue to be financed'

Plans to bring virtual currency exchanges and digital wallet providers within the scope of EU anti-money laundering (AML) legislation have been backed by the European Central Bank (ECB).…

Microsoft: Watch out millennials for evil Security Essentials

El Reg - Tue, 25/10/2016 - 7:30am
Scammers: 'Gunna be lit, fam'

Microsoft is warning of fake copies of its Security Essentials that if executed will throw a fake blue screen of death, pwn machines, and lead users to technical support scams.…

Swedes ban camera spy-drones for anything but crime fighting

El Reg - Tue, 25/10/2016 - 7:01am
Bike-mounted cams on the ground are just fine, though

The Swedish judiciary has ruled that camera drones are surveillance devices, meaning their pilots will have to get a seldom-issued permit to use them for private flights.…

Harvard Researchers Print World's First Heart-On-A-Chip

Slashdot - Tue, 25/10/2016 - 7:00am
Harvard University researchers have successfully 3D printed the first heart-on-a-chip with integrated sensors that are capable of measuring the beating of the heart. Gizmodo reports: The printed organ is made of synthetic material designed to mimic the structure and function of native tissue. It is not designed to replace failing human organs, but it can be used for scientific studies, something that is expected to rapidly increase research on new medicine. The medical breakthrough may also allow scientists to rapidly design organs-on-chips to match specific disease properties or even a patient's cells. Organs-on-chips, also known by the more technical name microphysiological systems, replicate the structure and function of living human organs. Each is made of a translucent, flexible polymer that lets scientists replicate biological environments of living organs. The chips are also clear so that the scientists can see an inner-working into how the organs work. A large part of the breakthrough was actually developing six different printable inks capable of integrating sensors within the tissue being printed. In one continuous printing process, the team 3D printed materials into a heart-on-a-chip with integrated sensors. The sensors were capable of measuring the beating of the heart. The new study has been published today in Nature Materials.

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Graduate recruitment site exposed 50,000 CVs sent to Virgin Media UK

El Reg - Tue, 25/10/2016 - 6:33am
Kid schools telco: 'So have you heard of access controls?'

Virgin Media has shuttered a kindergarten-grade bug in a third party website that exposed up to 50,000 résumés it's received over the years, complete with names, street and email addresses of applicants.…

Accountant falls for sexy Nigerian email scammer, gives her £150k he cheated out of pal

El Reg - Tue, 25/10/2016 - 5:58am
Brian Ridpath has 419 problems, but the potentially fictional Lisa Johnson ain't one

A lonely beancounter has been jailed after he fell for what appears to be a classic Nigerian email scam, and conned £150,000 out of a friend so he could bankroll his fake damsel in distress.…

Amazon unleashes on-prem-VM-to-cloud application teleporter

El Reg - Tue, 25/10/2016 - 5:29am
Erm … didn't Amazon just make a deal with VMware for something similar? Yes, it did

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has revealed a new on-prem-VM-to-cloud teleporter that aims to help organisations take virtualised workloads to its cloud.…

WiGig spec hints at 5G offering 8 Gbps over 10 metres

El Reg - Tue, 25/10/2016 - 4:58am
Wi-Fi Alliance certification program kicks off with Intel, Qualcomm chipsets to the fore

The WiFi Alliance reckons it's bestowed on a waiting world the first hint of what 5G will look like, and apparently it's a radio link that can manage 8 Gbps over 10 metres.…

Data management services have to get proactive – Acronis

El Reg - Tue, 25/10/2016 - 4:32am
Aggressive data protection services needed, as every business's data gets hyperscale

Comment  Acronis CEO Serguei Beloussov thinks data protection services have to stop being reactive and become active managers of data integrity, security and storage.…

Windows Btrfs Driver Updated With New Capabilities (WinBtrfs)

Phoronix - Tue, 25/10/2016 - 4:08am
For those needing to access a Btrfs file-system from a Microsoft Windows OS, the independent WinBtrfs project provides a native driver for being able to access Btrfs from Windows...

Iceland's Pirate Party tops polls ahead of national elections

El Reg - Tue, 25/10/2016 - 4:02am
Manifesto silent on copyright, calls for privacy, anonymity and open data in open formats

The Pirate Party looks set for a successful outing in the coming weekend's Icelandic elections.…

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