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NASA to put the stars in your hands with coming-soon-now API portal

El Reg - Wed, 15/04/2015 - 5:02am
Bigger than Justin Bieber and infinitely more interesting

NASA has let it be known its working on an API portal so it can put more data into developers' hands.…

EU To Hit Google With Antitrust Charges

Slashdot - Wed, 15/04/2015 - 4:16am
Bruce66423 sends news that the European Union has decided to hit Google with antitrust charges that could lead to fines of over $6 billion. The EU has been investigating Google for five years now. "The European Commission has highlighted four main areas of concern in its investigation: potential bias in Google’s search results, scraping content from rival websites, agreements with advertisers that may exclude rival search-advertising services and contracts that limit marketers from using other platforms." They're also keeping an eye on Android-related business practices.

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Yahoo<i>!</i> adopts<i>!</i> Ceph<i>!</i> to<i>!</i> underpin<i>!</i> Flickr<i>!</i>, plans<i>!</i> storage-as-a-service<i>!</i> service<i>!</i>

El Reg - Wed, 15/04/2015 - 4:02am
Purple Palace says it will have hundreds of software-defined petabytes by year's end

Strap yourself in, storage-buyers: those pushing a software-defined approach and/or object storage will soon be telling you that their wares are ready for anything because Yahoo!'s exascale photo storage service has re-platformed itself on Ceph. The Purple Palace also says it will soon have hundreds of petabytes under software-defined control and plans a storage-as-a-service service.…

New Horizons Captures First Color Image of Pluto and Charon

Slashdot - Wed, 15/04/2015 - 3:05am
192_kbps writes: NASA published today the first color image of Pluto and Charon captured by the New Horizons probe, revealing a reddish world. "The fastest spacecraft ever launched, New Horizons has traveled a longer time and farther away - more than nine years and three billion miles - than any space mission in history to reach its primary target. Its flyby of Pluto and its system of at least five moons on July 14 will complete the initial reconnaissance of the classical solar system. This mission also opens the door to an entirely new "third" zone of mysterious small planets and planetary building blocks in the Kuiper Belt, a large area with numerous objects beyond Neptune's orbit." The picture is blurry, but far better than the few pixels Hubble can resolve, the image whets the appetite for New Horizon's closest approach on July 14th."

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Apple splats Safari flaw affecting a BEELLION iThings

El Reg - Wed, 15/04/2015 - 3:02am
FTP bug sends doc hunters on nasty detours

Jouko Pynnönen, a security chap with Finnish firm Klikki Oy, has found a since patched bug he says could affect a billion Apple iDevices.…

Cracking Passwords With Statistics

Slashdot - Wed, 15/04/2015 - 2:10am
New submitter pjauregui writes: When users are asked to create a "secure" password, most sites simply demand things like "must contain 1 uppercase letter and one punctuation character." But those requirements often lead to users picking exactly 1 uppercase letter, and using it to begin their password. What was intended to increase randomness is instead creating structure that statistical analysis can exploit. This article starts by asking the reader, "Think like a hacker and ask yourself how fast your passwords might be able to be cracked based on their structure." The author then describes his method for cracking passwords at scale, efficiently, stating that many attackers approach this concept headfirst: They try any arbitrary password attack they feel like trying with little reasoning. His post is a discussion that demonstrates effective methodologies for password cracking and how statistical analysis of passwords can be used in conjunction with tools to create a time boxed approach to efficient and successful cracking.

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30 – count 'em – 30 orgs sign up for Cumulus on Dell networking kit

El Reg - Wed, 15/04/2015 - 2:02am
Is this software-defined networking thing hot? Dell's given us a new number

UPDATE  January 2014, Dell announced it would make it possible to run Cumulus Networks' operating system on its networking gear.…

Microsoft points at Skype, Lync: You two, in my office – right now

El Reg - Wed, 15/04/2015 - 12:57am
One of you needs to clear your desk

Microsoft has confirmed it will roll out Skype for Business – the service formerly known as Microsoft Lync – across its subscription-based Office 365 cloud this month.…

Road To Mars: Solving the Isolation Problem

Slashdot - Wed, 15/04/2015 - 12:09am
An anonymous reader writes: As space technology matures, new missions are being funded and humanity is setting its goals ever further. Space agencies are tackling some of the new problems that crop up when we try to go further away than Earth's moon. This New Yorker article takes a look at research into one of the biggest obstacles: extended isolation. Research consultant Jack Stuster once wrote, "Future space expeditions will resemble sea voyages much more than test flights, which have served as the models for all previous space missions." Long-duration experiments are underway to test the effects of isolation, but it's tough to study. You need many experiments to derive useful conclusions, but you can't just ship 100 groups of a half-dozen people off to remote areas of the globe and monitor all of them. It's also borderline unethical to expose the test subjects to the kind of stress and danger that would be present in a real Mars mission. The data collected so far has been (mostly) promising, but we have a long way to go. The technology and the missions themselves will probably come together long before we know how to deal with isolation. At some point, we'll just have to hope our best guess is good enough.

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It's 2015 and a RICH TEXT FILE or a HTTP request can own your Windows machine

El Reg - Wed, 15/04/2015 - 12:06am
Patch now before someone writes exploits for these bugs

Microsoft has delivered its latest monthly batch of security updates to address flaws in Windows, Office and Internet Explorer.…

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