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Russian botnet suspects cuffed over romantic MMS spyware allegs

El Reg - Fri, 19/09/2014 - 8:32am
Avast! Belay that 'RomanticVK' order - there be MONSTERS

Russian cops have arrested two mobile botnet cybercrime suspects as part of an ongoing investigation that's reckoned to be the first of its kind in Russia.…

Scotland votes no, so cool your boots tech firms

L'Inq - Fri, 19/09/2014 - 8:23am

Saves the mobile firms a bit of worry

Object Storage Alliance launched. Problem: 3 vendors haven't joined

El Reg - Fri, 19/09/2014 - 8:03am
See here, me IBM mateys, why d'ye languish with these scurvy curs?

After complaining for some time that its message is not understood, the object storage industry has set up an Object Storage Alliance – only to have three suppliers refuse to join.…

Larry Ellison steps down as Oracle CEO after 37 years

L'Inq - Fri, 19/09/2014 - 8:03am

Mark Hurd and Safra Catz take the reins as Ellison focuses on product

Google Apple grapple brings crypto cop block to Android

El Reg - Fri, 19/09/2014 - 7:25am
Belike tears of joy to this old seadog's eyes, laddie

Google is set to build default encryption into its new Android fondleslabs in a bid to foil police forensics (and maybe to copy or catch up with Apple).…

Who's that at the door, storage box flingers? It's the hard drive makers. No, they are not smiling

El Reg - Fri, 19/09/2014 - 7:04am
Nice treasure chest ye have there. Shame if it fell overboard

Analysis  Hard drive makers are, metaphorically speaking, shifting from being gunsmiths to arms dealers. In other words, their customers, who take the drives and put them in boxes, better watch out.…

The Myths and Realities of Synthetic Bioweapons

Slashdot - Fri, 19/09/2014 - 7:04am
Lasrick writes Three researchers from King's College, London, walk through the security threats posed by synthetic and do-it-yourself biology, assessing whether changes in technology and associated costs make it any easier for would-be terrorists to pursue biological weapons for high-consequence, mass- casualty attacks (and even whether they would want to). "Those who have overemphasized the bioterrorism threat typically portray it as an imminent concern, with emphasis placed on high-consequence, mass-casualty attacks, performed with weapons of mass destruction (WMD). This is a myth with two dimensions."

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iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus go on sale in the UK

L'Inq - Fri, 19/09/2014 - 7:00am

Join a queue if you don't want a 3-4 week wait

Mobile app of the day: The Good Pub Guide 2015

Thinq - Fri, 19/09/2014 - 7:00am

The Good Pub Guide 2015 brings reviews of thousands of pubs to your fingertips, and the app boasts sophisticated search facilities.

Read more: http://www.itproportal.com/2014/09/19/mobile-app-of-the-day-the-good-pub-guide-2015/

Stray positrons caught on ISS hint at DARK MATTER source

El Reg - Fri, 19/09/2014 - 6:29am
Landlubber scope-gazers squint to horizons and see anti-electron count surge

Data gathered by the International Space Station's (ISS') Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) is being cautiously suggested as useful evidence for the existence of dark matter.…

Oi, London thief. We KNOW what you're doing - our PRECRIME system warned us

El Reg - Fri, 19/09/2014 - 6:01am
Aye, shipmate, it be just like that Minority Report

Italian boffins claim to have devised a method of predicting future crime trends in London using creepy footfall data collected by a mobile phone provider.…

Europeans Came From Three Ancestry Groupings

Slashdot - Fri, 19/09/2014 - 5:33am
Taco Cowboy writes A recent study by researchers at Harvard Medical School and the University of Tübingen in Germany has found that present day Europeans are descendants of three different groups of people — A near east farmer group, an indigenous hunter gatherer group, and an ancient North Eurasian group from Siberia. "Nearly all Europeans have ancestry from all three ancestral groups," said Iosif Lazaridis, a research fellow in genetics in Reich's lab and first author of the paper. "Differences between them are due to the relative proportions of ancestry. Northern Europeans have more hunter-gatherer ancestry — up to about 50 percent in Lithuanians — and Southern Europeans have more farmer ancestry." The most surprising part of the project, however, was the discovery of the Basal Eurasians. Before Australian Aborigines, New Guineans, South Indians, Native Americans and other indigenous hunter-gatherers split, they split from Basal Eurasians. The study also found that Mediterranean groups such as the Maltese, as well as Ashkenazi Jews, had more Near East ancestry than anticipated, while far northeastern Europeans such as Finns and the Saami, as well as some northern Russians, had more East Asian ancestry in the mix.

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Monitors monitor's monitoring finds touch screens have 0.4% market share

El Reg - Fri, 19/09/2014 - 5:31am
Not four. Point four. Count yer booty again, Microsoft

Market monitor IDC's latest word on monitors goes some way to explaining limp enthusiasm for Windows 8: people just aren't buying touch-screen monitors.…

Why Oracle CEO Larry Ellison had to go ... Except he hasn't

El Reg - Fri, 19/09/2014 - 5:03am
Silicon Valley's veteran seadog in piratical Putin impression

Analysis  What's the difference between God and Larry Ellison? God doesn't think he's Larry Ellison.…

Man buys iPHONE 6 and DROPS IT to SMASH on PURPOSE

El Reg - Fri, 19/09/2014 - 4:41am
Yarrrgh! 'Tis Antipodean insanity, ye crazy swab

First Crack  In the queue to buy the iPhone 6 today, Vulture South met a chap named Alex McCredie, the founder of Sydney iThing repair company FixPod.…

Study: Chimpanzees Have Evolved To Kill Each Other

Slashdot - Fri, 19/09/2014 - 4:24am
sciencehabit writes A major new study of warfare in chimpanzees finds that lethal aggression can be evolutionarily beneficial in that species, rewarding the winners with food, mates, and the opportunity to pass along their genes. The findings run contrary to recent claims that chimps fight only if they are stressed by the impact of nearby human activity—and could help explain the origins of human conflict as well.

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Gigantic bazaar Alibaba WILL turn share price up to 11, er, $68 for biggest IPO ever in US

El Reg - Fri, 19/09/2014 - 4:01am
Hopeful cap'ns seek PILES O'DOUBLOONS in NYSE debut

Chinese internet giant Alibaba has set the price of its shares to the max for what is shaping up to be the largest initial public offering (IPO) in US history.…

Samsung unlocks Knox at zero bucks

El Reg - Fri, 19/09/2014 - 3:03am
The race to zero in the mobile device management market has begun

Samsung has dropped the cost of its mobile device management (MDM) suite Knox to $0.…

Google bloke Beer buzzes iOS 8, OS X in bug-busting bonanza bash

El Reg - Fri, 19/09/2014 - 2:14am
Apple's turn to get the drinks in, amirite?

Apple has crushed a tonne of bugs across its products including 53 vuln fixes in iOS 8 and a heap of others in OS X Mavericks, the majority reported by Google researcher Ian Beer.…

Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

Slashdot - Fri, 19/09/2014 - 2:01am
First time accepted submitter jvschwarz writes There was a time when I had rack-mount systems at home, preferring old Unix boxes, Sun-3 and early SPARC machines, but have moved to low-power machines, Raspberry Pi systems, small NAS boxes, etc. Looks like some are taking it to another level. What do other slashdotters have in their Home Datacenter?

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