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Professor slams digital efforts of 'website-obsessed' government

El Reg - Wed, 22/06/2016 - 9:06am
Data, platforms, agility, users... buzzwords

A professor of digital governance has slammed Whitehall's IT 'transformation' efforts to date, blaming an obsession with websites for obstructing any real digitally-enabled revamps.…

Three non-obvious reasons to Vote Leave on the 23rd

El Reg - Wed, 22/06/2016 - 8:34am
How I stopped being an avoidnik and got off the fence

Comment  I'm just about old enough to remember the 1975 Europe referendum. Old enough to remember leaflets thudding onto the doormat (for every 'NO', there were three for ‘YES’). Most vividly of all I remember my father and our Austrian GP, who lived a few doors down in Teesside, discussing the EEC as he walked his dog past our house.…

Police ICT Company head: Eat your cloud, cops, it's good for you

El Reg - Wed, 22/06/2016 - 8:04am
Let's put body-worn camera footage in the white'n'fluffy stuff, says Martin Wyke

A national strategy on using public cloud services is needed so British police forces can cope with the increasing weight of unstructured data storage, the head of the Police ICT Company has said.…

Hacker, Bromium donate $30,000 in bug bounty cash to charity

El Reg - Wed, 22/06/2016 - 7:32am
Ormandy's win is Amnesty International's windfall

Google hacker Tavis Ormandy and security firm Bromium have handed Amnesty International US$30,000 (£20,443, AU$40,242) in bug bounty cash awarded after the former broke the latter's security controls.…

Australian 'Bitcoin Founder' Quietly Bidding For Patent Empire

Slashdot - Wed, 22/06/2016 - 7:00am
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Craig Wright, the Australian who claimed to be the inventor of bitcoin, is attempting to build a large patent portfolio around the digital currency and technology underpinning it, according to associates of his and documents reviewed by Reuters. Since February, Wright has filed more than 50 patent applications in Britain through Antigua-registered EITC Holdings Ltd, which a source close to the company confirmed was connected to Wright, government records show. Interviews with sources close to EITC Holdings Ltd, which has two of Wright's associates as directors, confirmed it was still working on filing patent applications and Britain's Intellectual Property Office has published another 11 patent applications filed by the company in the past week. The granting of even some of the patents would be significant for banking and other industries that are trying to exploit bitcoin technologies, as well as dozens of start-ups scurrying to build business models based around it. Patents that Wright has applied for range from a mechanism for paying securely for online content to an operating system for running an "internet of things" on blockchain. A patent schedule, one of a number of documents relating to the applications shown to Reuters by a person close to the EITC Holdings, outlines plans to apply for about 400 in total.

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Intel still chip, chip, chippin' away at the European Commission's anti-trust fine

El Reg - Wed, 22/06/2016 - 6:56am
AMD's complaint: sweet sixteen, never been nixed

Intel's rearguard action to avoid a billion-Euro-plus fine continued this week in a Luxembourg court, with the company arguing that the 2009 European Commission penalty was unfair.…

Who'll guard your personal data post-Brexit?

El Reg - Wed, 22/06/2016 - 6:19am
Regulatory arbitrage and data flows

Britons should remain in the European Union to protect their data, says Rafael Laguna of Open-Xchange.…

Fedora 24 is here. Go ahead – dive in

El Reg - Wed, 22/06/2016 - 6:03am
The complete package?

Review  Fedora 24 is here, packing not just the standard group of changes familiar to any distro update, but also changes to fundamental elements.…

Dr Craig Wright lodges 51 blockchain patents with Blighty IP office

El Reg - Wed, 22/06/2016 - 5:30am
EITC Holdings sources promise hundreds more to follow

Wannabe Bitcoin creator Dr Craig yeah Wright has filed more than 50 patent applications relating to the crypto currency with the UK Intellectual Property Office.…

Boffins map Netflix's Open Connect CDN

El Reg - Wed, 22/06/2016 - 4:56am
Six continents, 233 locations, thousands of servers

Brit boffins have peeled back the covers of how Netflix has built its CDN, by requesting movies from all over the world and working out what the responses told them about the hosts.…

Clouds rain revenue on Adobe's business

El Reg - Wed, 22/06/2016 - 3:56am
Q2 2016 ahead of 2015 by 20 per cent

Adobe's reported continued growth in its cloud subscriptions, but not enough to satisfy investors.…

MSI and ASUS Accused of Sending Reviewers Overpowered Graphics Cards

Slashdot - Wed, 22/06/2016 - 3:30am
An anonymous reader writes from a report via The Verge: TechPowerUp discovered that the MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Gaming X card they were sent for review was running at faster GPU and memory clock speeds than the retail version. This was because the review card was set to operate in the OC (overclocking) mode out of the box, whereas the retail card runs in the more regular Gaming mode out of the box. This may result in an unobservant reviewer accidentally misrepresenting the OC performance numbers as the stock results from the card, lending MSI's product an unearned helping hand. The site found this was a recurring pattern with MSI stretching back for years. Fellow Taiwanese manufacturer ASUS, in spite of having better global name recognition and reputation, has also show itself guilty of preprogramming review cards with an extra overclocking boost. Needless to say, the only goal of such actions is to deceive -- both the consumer and the reviewer -- though perhaps some companies have felt compelled to follow suit after the trend was identified among competitors. The Verge notes that TechPowerUp revealed its finding on Thursday of last week, and has not received any official response from either MSI or ASUS. They did update their story to note that MSI addressed the matter, in a comment provided to HardOCP Editor-in-Chief Kyle Bennett, back in 2014.

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Musk's Tesla to buy Musk's SolarCity for US$2.8 billion

El Reg - Wed, 22/06/2016 - 2:56am
Elon? Yes, Elon? Would you like to buy my business? Sure, Elon, name your price

Tesla has made a US$2.8 billion offer for another Elon Musk-founded company, home photovoltaic specialist SolarCity.…

Google turns to codeless tap factor authenticaton

El Reg - Wed, 22/06/2016 - 1:57am
Possible bug in screen lock requirement

Google has set up an easier two factor authentication system to allow staff to login with a tap instead of codes.…

The State Of Wayland For KDE Plasma 5.7

Phoronix - Wed, 22/06/2016 - 1:53am
There are a lot of Wayland support improvements to find in the upcoming release of KDE's Plasma 5.7...

BusyBox 1.25 Released

Phoronix - Wed, 22/06/2016 - 1:34am
The unstable BusyBox 1.25.0 release was made available today for testing purposes...

Indie Dev TinyBuild Lost $450K To Fraudulent Sales Facilitated By G2A

Slashdot - Wed, 22/06/2016 - 1:25am
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Paste Magazine: Indie developer TinyBuild, the studio behind Punch Club, Party Hard and SpeedRunners, had thousands of their game codes stolen through fraudulent credit card purchases, which then wound up on, a site that allows people to resell game codes. The basic idea behind G2A is straightforward and pretty harmless: with the amount of game codes sold through Steam, the Humble Store/Bundle, and more, the site gives consumers a place to sell unwanted game codes. However, in doing so, G2A has created a huge black market for game codes sales. As TinyBuild described in their blog post on the matter, the common practice for scammers is to "get ahold of a database of stolen credit cards on the dark web. Go to a bundle/3rd party key reseller and buy a ton of game keys. Put them up onto G2A and sell them at half the retail price." This allows scammers to make thousands of dollars while preventing any profit from reaching the game developers because, once the stolen credit cards are processed, the payments will be denied. G2A states that TinyBuild's retail partners are the ones selling the codes on G2A, not scammers, despite the thousands of codes they lost through their online store to fraudulent credit card purchases. In 2011, TinyBuild was in the news for uploading their own game, a platformer called No Time To Explain, to the Pirate Bay.

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Oz 'gifted education' program pitching WiFi, vax scare stories

El Reg - Wed, 22/06/2016 - 12:56am
Victoria's Dept of Education vetting questioned

An educational support group attacked for anti-vaccination views is also a fierce opponent of WiFi in schools.…

3 Million Strong Botnet Grows Right Under Twitter's Nose

Slashdot - Wed, 22/06/2016 - 12:45am
An anonymous reader writes: Somebody created a botnet of three million Twitter accounts in one single day, and Twitter staff didn't even flinch -- even if the huge 35.4 registrations/second should have caught the eye of any IT staffer. Another weird particularity is that the botnet was also synchronized to use Twitter usernames similar to Twitter IDs. Couple this with a gap of 168 million IDs before and after the botnet's creation, it appears that someone specifically reserved those IDs. The IDs were reserved in October 2013, but the botnet was registered in April 2014 (except 2 accounts registered in March 2014). It's like Twitter's registration process skipped 168 million IDs, and someone came back a few months later and used them. [Softpedia reports:] "The botnet can be found at @sfa_200xxxxxxx, where xxxxxxx is a number that increments from 0 000 000 to 2 999 999. All accounts have a similar structure. They have "name" instead of the Twitter profile handle, display the same registration date, and feature the text "some kinda description" in the profile bio field. Additionally, there are also two smaller botnets available as well. One can be found between @cas_2050000000 and @cas_2050099999. Sadbottrue says it was registered between March 3 and March 5, 2015. The second is between @wt_2050100000 and @wt_2050199999, and was registered between October 23 and November 22, 2014." Both have 100,000 accounts each. Theoretically, these types of botnets can be used for malware C and C servers, Twitter spam, or to sell fake Twitter followers. At 3 million bots, the botnet accounts for 1% of Twitter's monthly active users.

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Maine town plans to become 'Gigabit Island'

El Reg - Wed, 22/06/2016 - 12:06am
Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale...

A small community on an island off the coast of Maine says that it wants to give Gigabit internet service to all 560 of its residents.…

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