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EU bods Oetti and Ansip: We must digitise EVERYTHING

El Reg - Wed, 15/04/2015 - 8:03am
Gov, cars, manufacturing, cars, geo-blocking, cars, and cars

The EU's warring digi-chiefs — Vice President Andrus Ansip and Commissioner Gunter H-dot Oettinger — finally seem to be singing from the same hymn-sheet.…

New Samsung SSD 840 EVO Read Performance Fix Coming Later This Month

Slashdot - Wed, 15/04/2015 - 7:45am
An anonymous reader writes: The Samsung SSD 840 EVO read performance bug has been on the table for over six months now. Initially Samsung acknowledged the issue fairly quickly and provided a fix only a month after the news hit the mainstream tech media, but reports of read performance degradation surfaced again a few weeks after the fix had been released, making it clear that the first fix didn't solve the issue for all users. Two months ago Samsung announced that a new fix is in the works and last week Samsung sent out the new firmware along with Magician 4.6 for testing, which will be available to the public later this month.

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Health apps and wearables make you nervous, not fit, say boffins

El Reg - Wed, 15/04/2015 - 7:38am
Humanity is wasting its time on monitoring life rather than living

The British Medical Journal has staged a debate on the topic “Can healthy people benefit from health apps?”…

Veeam lobs backup bombs, with Cisco lighting the fuse

El Reg - Wed, 15/04/2015 - 7:18am
Free endpoint tool debuts, along with UCS-as-disk-backup appliance idea

Veeam's making waves again, with two new initiatives sure to get backup software rivals – and tin-makers – a little riled.…

Talk is FINNISHed: Nokia to buy Alcatel Lucent for €15.6 billion

El Reg - Wed, 15/04/2015 - 6:54am
Finland to be HQ, Bell Labs brand to stay, €900m in savings flagged after share swap deal goes down

Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent have confirmed rumours about a possible merger by saying it will happen, as “The two companies have entered into a memorandum of understanding under which Nokia will make an offer for all of the equity securities issued by Alcatel-Lucent”.…

Don't collect bugs, invest in fly-spray says bug bounty operator

El Reg - Wed, 15/04/2015 - 6:32am
Money-munching mercenaries blitz bug bounty budgets

Kate Moussouris says security defenders should spend cash to acquire and build the tools of the bug hunting trade rather than dole out cash for warm bodies or endless zero day.…

US Navy Researchers Get Drones To Swarm On Target

Slashdot - Wed, 15/04/2015 - 6:20am
coondoggie writes: The Office of Naval Research today said it had successfully demonstrated a system that lets small-unmanned aircraft swarm and act together over a particular target. The system, called Low-Cost UAV Swarming Technology (LOCUST) features a tube-based launcher that can send multiple drones into the air in rapid succession. The systems then use information sharing between the drones, allowing autonomous collaborative behavior in either defensive or offensive missions, the Navy said.

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Dwarf planet Ceres has TEN bright spots, astroboffins say

El Reg - Wed, 15/04/2015 - 6:02am
Worldlet is no dusty rock thanks to 'active' past producing varied geology

Dwarf planet Ceres has ten bright spots, not just the two that the Dawn spacecraft saw as it approached the worldlet in February.…

Verizon, NetFlix, KFC ad-men pay traffic cons $500k a month

El Reg - Wed, 15/04/2015 - 5:33am
Real time fleecing of instant ad buys is a thing, says researcher

Gergő Varga reckons Verizon, Fedex, and Smirnoff are being robbed half a million dollars a month by advertising scammers.…

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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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.…