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MariaDB teams up with IBM and Canonical to reinvent the LAMP

L'Inq - Fri, 22/05/2015 - 9:53am

We love LAMP. We're not just pointing at things and saying we love them






UK data watchdog: Massive fines won't keep data safe

El Reg - Fri, 22/05/2015 - 9:29am
We should be able to use threats though

The UK’s data protection watchdog has said issuing fines "left, right and centre" is not the way to ensure privacy.…

NSA Planned To Hijack Google App Store To Hack Smartphones

Slashdot - Fri, 22/05/2015 - 9:28am
Advocatus Diaboli writes: A newly released top secret document reveals that the NSA planned to hijack Google and Samsung app stores to plant spying software on smartphones. The report on the surveillance project, dubbed "IRRITANT HORN," shows the U.S. and its "Five Eyes" alliance: Canada, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia, were looking at ways to hack smartphones and spy on users. According to The Intercept: "The top-secret document, obtained from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, was published Wednesday by CBC News in collaboration with The Intercept. The document outlines a series of tactics that the NSA and its counterparts in the Five Eyes were working on during workshops held in Australia and Canada between November 2011 and February 2012."

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Google I/O: 'Brillo' IoT software set to arrive alongside Android M

L'Inq - Fri, 22/05/2015 - 9:21am

Operating system to target devices with as little as 32MB or 64MB RAM






Celebrating 20 years of juicy Java. Just don’t mention Android

El Reg - Fri, 22/05/2015 - 9:04am
A remarkable past, and a clouded future

Oracle is celebrating 20 years of Java, which was officially announced at the SunWorld conference in San Francisco on May 23 1995. Java 1.0a2 was made available to download. In addition, Netscape’s Marc Andreessen came on stage to announce that Java would be integrated into the Navigator web browser.…

Apple Watch: Software update messes with heart rate sensor readings

L'Inq - Fri, 22/05/2015 - 8:27am

Update time for the techie timepiece






mSpy: We haven't been breached. Customers: Oh yes you have

El Reg - Fri, 22/05/2015 - 8:12am
In fact, we're victim of a ‘predatory attack’, says snooper

Controversial commercial spyware firm mSpy has denied it's been hacked, following an apparent breach of its systems several days ago.…

Hitachi introduces 'trains as a service' in a move towards SDI

L'Inq - Fri, 22/05/2015 - 7:40am

From Paddington to Bristol via real-time analytics






VMware doubles node count for EVO:RAIL hyperconvergenceware

El Reg - Fri, 22/05/2015 - 7:28am
Two THOUSAND desktops a cluster, baby. Uh huh

VMware has released a new version 1.2 of its EVO:RAIL software that turns servers from third parties into hyperconverged screamers.…

Musical Organ Created From 49 Floppy Disk Drives

Slashdot - Fri, 22/05/2015 - 7:08am
ErnieKey writes: A youth club in Germany, called Toolbox Bodensee, has created an unusual musical organ. It is constructed of 49 floppy disk drives all of which combine to play quite a unique sound. It has the ability to be played manually or act as a playback device. If you have a bunch of old floppy drives and want to assemble your own organ, the 3D print files are available for free download on Thingiverse.

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Factory reset memory wipe FAILS in 500 MEELLION Android mobes

El Reg - Fri, 22/05/2015 - 6:58am
Boffins recover crypto keys, plus Google and Facebook tokens

Half a billion Android phones could have data recovered and Google accounts compromised thanks to flaws in the default wiping feature, University of Cambridge scientists Laurent Simon and Ross Anderson have claimed.…

ZX Spectrum 'Hobbit' revival sparks developer dispute

El Reg - Fri, 22/05/2015 - 6:32am
Elves vs. Dwarves argument among retro-devs as Men just get on and play improved game

Sinclair appreciation site World Of Spectrum recently relaunched its forums, after they fell over last year and users were forced to endure a temporary replacement.…

Heroic German rozzers rescue innocent lamb from sordid brothel

El Reg - Fri, 22/05/2015 - 6:01am
Little Knocking Sheep of Horrors

The German fuzz have nabbed a 25-year-old prostitute for keeping her pet lamb in the Munich brothel where she worked.…

HP beats the street on earnings, misses on revenue in Q2

El Reg - Fri, 22/05/2015 - 5:29am
Things are ugly outside the Americas, new China deal might help

HP has announced its results for its second fiscal quarter, and the news is mixed.…

Big sales growth nothing to do with NSA fears - Huawei top brass

El Reg - Fri, 22/05/2015 - 5:02am
Chinese kit-maker has stolen Europe from the yanks

Chinese kit-maker Huawei isn't apportioning swelling sales outside the Middle Kingdom to NSA snooping fears, more that double digit growth in Europe is related to brand recognition a decade after it up shop there.…

DNA On Pizza Crust Leads To Quadruple Murder Suspect

Slashdot - Fri, 22/05/2015 - 4:27am
HughPickens.com writes: In a case straight out of CSI, CNN reports that police are searching for the man suspected in the gruesome slayings of the Savopoulos family and their housekeeper, after his DNA was purportedly found on a pizza crust at the scene of the quadruple murders. They discovered his DNA on the crust of a Domino's pizza — one of two delivered to the Savopoulos home May 14 as the family was held hostage inside — a source familiar with the investigation said. The pizza apparently was paid for with cash left in an envelope on the porch. The next morning, Savvas Savopoulos's personal assistant dropped off a package containing $40,000 in cash at the home, according to the officials and police documents. The bodies of Savopoulos, along with his wife, Amy, their 10-year-old son Philip and the family's housekeeper, Veralicia Figueroa, were discovered the afternoon of May 14 after firefighters responded to reports of a fire. D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier says the killings are likely not a random crime and police have issued an arrest warrant for the 34-year-old Daron Dylon Wint, who is described as 5'7 and 155 lbs and might also go by the name "Steffon." Wint apparently used to work at American Iron Works, where Savvas Savopoulos was CEO and president. The neighborhood is home to numerous embassies and diplomatic mansions as well as the official residence of Vice President Joe Biden and his wife. "Right now you have just about every law enforcement officer across the country aware of his open warrant and are looking for him," says Lanier. "I think even his family has made pleas for him to turn himself in."

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Hacker uses Starbucks INFINITE MONEY for free CHICKEN SANDWICH

El Reg - Fri, 22/05/2015 - 4:02am
Coffee king finds cheeky exploit a bitter taste

Sakurity hacker Egor Homakov has found a way to dupe Starbucks into loading free cash onto the "coffee" chain's payment cards.…

PCI council gives up, dumbs down PCI DSS for small business

El Reg - Fri, 22/05/2015 - 3:02am
Taskforce to try again with new education campaign for simpler security standard

The Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council has created a taskforce charged with improving security among small businesses.…

Fedora 22 Risks Being Delayed Beyond Next Week

Phoronix - Fri, 22/05/2015 - 2:25am
At today's Go/No-Go meeting it was decided that Fedora 22 Final is not ready for release. However, tomorrow that decision will be re-evaluated...

Systemd 220 Has Finally Been Released

Phoronix - Fri, 22/05/2015 - 2:17am
It's taken a while, but systemd 220 has been finally released...
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