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Yorkshire cops fail to grasp principle behind BT Fon Wi-Fi network

El Reg - Wed, 23/07/2014 - 7:55am
'Prevent people that are passing by to hook up to your network', pleads plod

Bungling cops in Yorkshire have called upon householders to lock down their Wi-Fi after mistaking a free hotspot user for a piggybacking connection thief.…

Microsoft goes big on open source with Azure alliances

L'Inq - Wed, 23/07/2014 - 7:45am

Adds plug-ins for Packer.io and Opennebula


StubHub ticked off by trans-Atlantic fraudsters says New York DA

El Reg - Wed, 23/07/2014 - 7:42am
US, Canadian and UK authorities expected to reveal details today

eBay's ticket-selling offshoot StubHub has admitted to a breach of some users' security by a ring of fraudsters.…

PayPal post-checkout cash slurp a FEATURE not a BUG

El Reg - Wed, 23/07/2014 - 7:20am
Would you like a super-sized shipping charge with that?

An apparent flaw that lets users add any amount of money onto already processed PayPal transactions is a feature, not a bug, according to the payments giant.…

All those new '5G standards'? Here's the science they rely on

El Reg - Wed, 23/07/2014 - 7:02am
Radio professor tells us how wireless will get faster in the real world

The 5G arms race has commenced, but beneath the duelling “my 5G is faster than your 5G” demos, there's serious work going on – and whatever the future of 5G, that work will change the future of mobility one way or the other.…

Mobile app of the day: Bookatable

Thinq - Wed, 23/07/2014 - 7:00am

If you are looking for a restaurant booking app then Bookatable may appeal, and it might particularly suit if you do a lot of international travel.

Read more: http://www.itproportal.com/2014/07/23/mobile-app-of-the-day-bookatable/

Libinput 0.5 Improves Pointer Acceleration, Adds A Configuration API

Phoronix - Wed, 23/07/2014 - 6:47am
Libinput, the input library designed for use by Wayland compositors and other environments for having common input device handling on Linux, is out with a significant update...

Attackers raid SWISS BANKS with DNS and malware bombs

El Reg - Wed, 23/07/2014 - 6:40am
'Retefe' trojan uses clever spin on old attacks to grant total control of bank accounts

Attackers suspected of residing in Russia are raiding Swiss bank accounts with a multi-faceted attack that intercepts SMS tokens and changes domain name system settings, researchers have warned.…

Second galactic flip-flop pulsar surprises boffins

El Reg - Wed, 23/07/2014 - 6:23am
Radio switched off, gamma rays switched on

Video  “Where did it go?” is the kind of question astrophysicists love to answer, and work by NASA's Fermi gamma-ray space telescope has helped find out what happened to a radio pulsar that seemed to go dark in 2013.…

Oso Disaster Had Its Roots In Earlier Landslides

Slashdot - Wed, 23/07/2014 - 6:18am
vinces99 writes: The disastrous March 22 landslide that killed 43 people in the rural Washington state community of Oso involved the "remobilization" of a 2006 landslide on the same hillside, a new federally sponsored geological study concludes. The research indicates the landslide, the deadliest in U.S. history, happened in two major stages. The first stage remobilized the 2006 slide, including part of an adjacent forested slope from an ancient slide, and was made up largely or entirely of deposits from previous landslides. The first stage ultimately moved more than six-tenths of a mile across the north fork of the Stillaguamish River and caused nearly all the destruction in the Steelhead Haven neighborhood. The second stage started several minutes later and consisted of ancient landslide and glacial deposits. That material moved into the space vacated by the first stage and moved rapidly until it reached the trailing edge of the first stage, the study found. "Perhaps the most striking finding is that, while the Oso landslide was a rare geologic occurrence, it was not extraordinary," said Joseph Wartman, a University of Washington associate professor of civil and environmental engineering and a team leader for the study.

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UK government officially adopts Open Document Format

El Reg - Wed, 23/07/2014 - 6:02am
Microsoft insurgency fails, earns snarky remark from UK digital services head

The United Kingdom government has formally adopted the open document format (ODF) as the standard format for government documents.…

Nadella: Apps must run on ALL WINDOWS – on PCs, slabs and mobes

El Reg - Wed, 23/07/2014 - 5:29am
Phone egg, meet desktop chicken - your mother

Analysis  Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella talked up the big changes he has in store for the company during a conference call with financial analysts on Tuesday. Among his plans are "universal" apps that can run on any Windows platform.…

QEMU 2.1.0-rc3 Has More Bug Fixes

Phoronix - Wed, 23/07/2014 - 5:11am
If all goes according to plan the QEMU 2.1 release will happen next week but before that can happen some last-minute testing is encouraged with the new release of QEMU 2.1-rc3...

Ever wanted to be a Playmonaut? El Reg's <i>Vulture 2</i> spaceplane sim reveals what it's like

El Reg - Wed, 23/07/2014 - 5:00am
Our Tennessee X-Plane ace sets up virtua-ballocket shot

Last month, we put out call for an X-Plane Plane-Maker bod to enter into a simulating relationship with our Vulture 2 spaceplane team.…

VeloCloud stitches together virty WAN

El Reg - Wed, 23/07/2014 - 4:28am
Not so much wide area as wide aerial

A startup called VeloCloud has taken the wraps off a cloudy WAN-as-service offering designed to help enterprises wean themselves off branch networks using private WAN services like MPLS or T1 links.…

Linux 3.17 To Fix Up ASPM, Bring Other PCI Changes

Phoronix - Wed, 23/07/2014 - 4:26am
Bjorn Helgaas, the PCI subsystem maintainer for the Linux kernel, sent in a very early Linux 3.17 kernel merge window pull request due to being on holiday the next few weeks...

UK Cabinet Office Adopts ODF As Exclusive Standard For Sharable Documents

Slashdot - Wed, 23/07/2014 - 4:17am
Andy Updegrove writes: "The U.K. Cabinet Office accomplished today what the Commonwealth of Massachusetts set out (unsuccessfully) to achieve ten years ago: it formally required compliance with the Open Document Format (ODF) by software to be purchased in the future across all government bodies. Compliance with any of the existing versions of OOXML, the competing document format championed by Microsoft, is neither required nor relevant. The announcement was made today by The Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude. Henceforth, ODF compliance will be required for documents intended to be shared or subject to collaboration. PDF/A or HTML compliance will be required for viewable government documents. The decision follows a long process that invited, and received, very extensive public input – over 500 comments in all."

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UK Cabinet Office Adopts ODF As Exclusive Standard For Sharable Documents

Slashdot - Wed, 23/07/2014 - 4:17am
Andy Updegrove writes: "The U.K. Cabinet Office accomplished today what the Commonwealth of Massachusetts set out (unsuccessfully) to achieve ten years ago: it formally required compliance with the Open Document Format (ODF) by software to be purchased in the future across all government bodies. Compliance with any of the existing versions of OOXML, the competing document format championed by Microsoft, is neither required nor relevant. The announcement was made today by The Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude. Henceforth, ODF compliance will be required for documents intended to be shared or subject to collaboration. PDF/A or HTML compliance will be required for viewable government documents. The decision follows a long process that invited, and received, very extensive public input – over 500 comments in all."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








UK Cabinet Office Adopts ODF As Exclusive Standard For Sharable Documents

Slashdot - Wed, 23/07/2014 - 4:17am
Andy Updegrove writes: "The U.K. Cabinet Office accomplished today what the Commonwealth of Massachusetts set out (unsuccessfully) to achieve ten years ago: it formally required compliance with the Open Document Format (ODF) by software to be purchased in the future across all government bodies. Compliance with any of the existing versions of OOXML, the competing document format championed by Microsoft, is neither required nor relevant. The announcement was made today by The Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude. Henceforth, ODF compliance will be required for documents intended to be shared or subject to collaboration. PDF/A or HTML compliance will be required for viewable government documents. The decision follows a long process that invited, and received, very extensive public input – over 500 comments in all."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








UK Cabinet Office Adopts ODF As Exclusive Standard For Sharable Documents

Slashdot - Wed, 23/07/2014 - 4:17am
Andy Updegrove writes: "The U.K. Cabinet Office accomplished today what the Commonwealth of Massachusetts set out (unsuccessfully) to achieve ten years ago: it formally required compliance with the Open Document Format (ODF) by software to be purchased in the future across all government bodies. Compliance with any of the existing versions of OOXML, the competing document format championed by Microsoft, is neither required nor relevant. The announcement was made today by The Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude. Henceforth, ODF compliance will be required for documents intended to be shared or subject to collaboration. PDF/A or HTML compliance will be required for viewable government documents. The decision follows a long process that invited, and received, very extensive public input – over 500 comments in all."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








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