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Amazon twangs its Elastic File System at on-premises filer rivals

El Reg - Thu, 30/06/2016 - 8:28am
If people trust Bezos' boys with their data, this is going to rattle a few cages

Amazon has made its Elastic File System (EFS) available, opening up an assault on on-premises filers.…

Points tables unveiled: Who needs sport? Follow HPC kids' summer cluster cup final

El Reg - Thu, 30/06/2016 - 8:02am
Third trophy for South Africa

HPC Blog  The results are in for the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC) 2016 Student Cluster Competition, and we've analyzed them senseless.…

Brexit-bored Brits back to bashing the bishop after ballot box blues

El Reg - Thu, 30/06/2016 - 7:44am
Even footy didn't dampen self-love happy folks' ardour

British people are now bored of Brexit and have returned to using the Internet for what it was made for – pornography.…

Mystery black hole hides by curbing its appetite

El Reg - Thu, 30/06/2016 - 7:30am
Careful, he might hear you

A well-known radio source has turned out not to be the galaxy it's been classified as for 20 years, but a surprisingly quiet black hole.…

2 Million-Person Terror Database Leaked Online

Slashdot - Thu, 30/06/2016 - 7:00am
An anonymous reader writes from a report via The Stack: A 2014 version of the World-Check database containing more than 2.2 million records of people with suspected terrorist, organized crime, and corruption links has been leaked online. The World-Check database is administered by Thomson-Reuters and is used by 4,500 institutions, 49 of the world's 50 largest banks and by over 300 government and intelligence agencies. The unregulated database is intended for use as "an early warning system for hidden risk" and combines records from hundreds of terror and crime suspects and watch-lists into a searchable resource. Most of the individuals in the database are unlikely to know that they are included, even though it may have a negative impact on their ability to use banking services and operate a business. A Reddit user named Chris Vickery says he obtained a copy of the database, saying he won't reveal how until "a later time." To access the database, customers must pay an annual subscription charge, that can reach up to $1 million, according to Vice, with potential subscribers then vetted before approval. Vickery says he understands that the "original location of the leak is still exposed to the public internet" and that "Thomas Reuters is working feverishly to get it secured." He told The Register that he alerted the company to the leak, but is still considering whether to publish the information contained in it.

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Oh, Red Hat. Contain yourself and your 'new innovations' talk

El Reg - Thu, 30/06/2016 - 6:56am
Open-source biz extends Linux sandbox offerings with storage and more

Red Hat Summit  Red Hat is going full tilt after bringing containers and traditional Linux apps together under its management with a raft of announcements.…

Big Blue finds big green in derailing transport

El Reg - Thu, 30/06/2016 - 6:30am
Big bucks in pillaging parking

The transport sector is a booming lucrative playground for cyber criminals that is increasingly fragmented, IBM researchers say.…

Loop Dreams: Top college talents showcase their skills … in cabling

El Reg - Thu, 30/06/2016 - 6:02am
Remember these names, they'll be running copper in the big leagues soon

Students from around the US gathered recently in Louisville, Kentucky to take part in a series of contests based on installing, maintaining, and troubleshooting lines for telco networks.…

Cisco looks to LoRaWAN for IoT device connectivity

El Reg - Thu, 30/06/2016 - 4:56am
Gateway for Things

Cisco has anointed another industry alliance into its Internet of Things embrace, with LoRaWAN…

Hopeless Vic agencies have two years to hit infosec best practice

El Reg - Thu, 30/06/2016 - 3:56am
Or something will happen, as bad as being hacked

Government agencies in the Australian state of Victoria will have two years to move from near ground zero to stand up fully-fledged and updated information security, risk, and governance policies.…

Scientists Say The Asteroid That Killed The Dinosaurs Almost Wiped Us Out Too

Slashdot - Thu, 30/06/2016 - 3:30am writes: Conventional wisdom states that mammalian diversity emerged from the ashes of the Cretaceous/Tertiary mass extinction event, ultimately giving rise to our own humble species. But Joshua A. Krisch writes at This Week that the asteroid that decimated the dinosaurs also wiped out roughly 93 percent of all mammalian species. "Because mammals did so well after the extinction, we have tended to assume that it didn't hit them as hard," says Nick Longrich. "However our analysis shows that the mammals were hit harder than most groups of animals, such as lizards, turtles, crocodilians, but they proved to be far more adaptable in the aftermath." Mammals survived, multiplied, and ultimately gave rise to human beings. So what was the great secret that our possum-like ancestors knew that dinosaurs did not? One answer is that early mammals were small enough to survive on insects and dying plants, while large dinosaurs and reptiles required a vast diet of leafy greens and healthy prey that simply weren't available in the lean years, post-impact. So brontosauruses starved to death while prehistoric possums filled their far smaller and less discerning bellies. "Even if large herbivorous dinosaurs had managed to survive the initial meteor strike, they would have had nothing to eat," says Russ Graham, "because most of the earth's above-ground plant material had been destroyed." Other studies have suggested that mammals survived by burrowing underground or living near the water, where they would have been somewhat shielded from the intense heatwaves, post-impact. Studies also suggest that mammals may have been better spread-out around the globe, and so had the freedom to recover independently and evolve with greater diversity. "After this extinction event, there was an explosion of diversity, and it was driven by having different evolutionary experiments going on simultaneously in different locations," Longrich says. "This may have helped drive the recovery. With so many different species evolving in different directions in different parts of the world, evolution was more likely to stumble across new evolutionary paths."

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China swaps cyber czars

El Reg - Thu, 30/06/2016 - 2:56am
Lu Wei steps down, Xu Lin steps up

China has a new Internet chief, after Lu Wei abruptly stepped down.…

Trans-Pacific FASTER fibre fires first photons, finally

El Reg - Thu, 30/06/2016 - 1:56am
Google-backed cable ready for service

Backed by Google and built by NEC, the FASTER consortium submarine cable has been lit up.…

DMCA Notices Remove 8,268 Projects On Github In 2015

Slashdot - Thu, 30/06/2016 - 1:25am
An anonymous reader writes: Github's transparency report for 2015 shows that the site received many DMCA notices that removed more than 8,200 projects. "In 2015, we received significantly more takedown notices, and took down significantly more content, than we did in 2014," Github reports. For comparison, the company received only 258 DMCA notices in 2014, 17 of which responded with a counter-notice or retraction. In 2015, they received 505 takedown notices, 62 of which were the subject of counters or withdrawals. TorrentFreak reports: "Copyright holders are not limited to reporting one URL or location per DMCA notice. In fact, each notice filed can target tens, hundreds, or even thousands of allegedly infringing locations." September was a particularly active month as it took down nearly 5,834 projects. "Usually, the DMCA reports we receive are from people or organizations reporting a single potentially infringing repository. However, every now and then we receive a single notice asking us to take down many repositories," Github explains. They are called 'Mass Removals' when more than 100 repositories are asked to be removed. "In all, fewer than twenty individual notice senders requested removal of over 90% of the content GitHub took down in 2015."

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Compare Your Linux System's OpenGL Performance Side-By-Side With The Radeon RX 480

Phoronix - Thu, 30/06/2016 - 1:00am
Here are some 1080p OpenGL results (as opposed to our plethora of 1440p and 4K data today) for the brand new Radeon RX 480 and available via so you can easily compare your own Linux system(s) performance against these reference numbers using the open-source driver stack...

Google's 'FASTER' 9000km, 60Tbps Transpacific Fiber Optics Cable Completed

Slashdot - Thu, 30/06/2016 - 12:45am
An anonymous reader writes from a report via 9to5Google: Google and an association of telecom providers have announced that the FASTER broadband cable system that links Japan and the United States is now complete. The system is the fastest of its kind and stretches nearly 9,000 km across the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, starting in Oregon and ending in two landing spots in Japan. The association consists of Google, China Mobile International, China Telecom Global, Global Transit, KDDI, Singtel, and supplier NEC Corporation. The estimated construction cost of the project was $300 million in 2014. At 60 terabits per second, FASTER will help "support the expected four-fold increase in broadband traffic demand between Asia and North America." The system uses a six-fiber pair cable and the latest 100Gbps digital coherent optical transmission technology. The service is scheduled to start on June 30, 2016, and will help increase the connectivity between Google's data centers scattered around the globe.

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FCC Says TV Airwaves Being Sold For Wireless Use Are Worth $86.4 Billion

Slashdot - Thu, 30/06/2016 - 12:05am
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: The U.S. Federal Communications Commission said on Wednesday the price of 126 MHz of television airwaves taken from broadcasters to be sold for wireless use in an ongoing auction is $86.4 billion. The FCC disclosed the price in a statement after completing the first part of an auction to repurpose low-frequency wireless spectrum relinquished by television broadcasters. The so-called "broadcast incentive" spectrum auction is one of the commission's most complex and ambitious to date. In this round, called a reverse auction, broadcasters competed to give up spectrum to the FCC for the lowest price. In the next stage, the forward auction, wireless and other companies will bid to buy the airwaves for the highest price. If wireless companies are unwilling to pay $86.4 billion, the FCC may have to hold another round of bidding by broadcasters and sell less spectrum than had been expected, analysts said. The Wall Street Journal points out that $86.4 billion is more than the market cap of T-Mobile and Spring combined. It's roughly double the amount raised in the last FCC auction, where ATT spent $18.2 billion and Verizon spent $10.4 billion. It's highly likely we'll see multiple rounds stretching into 2017 that will eventually match the supply with the demand.

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Honey, why are porno apps on your Android?! Er, um, malware did it!

El Reg - Wed, 29/06/2016 - 11:54pm
Mobes face Hummer summer bummer

Security researchers are warning about the continuing spread of Hummer, a powerful trojan that roots handsets, downloads pornographic applications, and displays pop-up ads at random intervals.…

Telstra restarting long-stalled ADSL investment

El Reg - Wed, 29/06/2016 - 11:30pm
Wait, what?

Telstra CEO Andy Penn, while promising to spend AU$250 million improving the Telstra network, has, without much fuss, re-started investment in ADSL infrastructure.…

Tesla Admits Defeat, Quietly Settles Model X Lawsuit Over Usability Problems

Slashdot - Wed, 29/06/2016 - 11:20pm
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BGR: We can talk about how innovative Tesla is for days on end. Indeed, there's no disputing the fact that the company, in injecting a bit of Silicon Valley ingenuity into the tried and true auto design process, has completely turned the auto industry on its head. At the same time, Tesla helped kickstart the EV revolution, even causing traditional automakers like Porsche and BMW to start taking electric cars more seriously. But in Tesla's zeal to move extraordinarily quickly, problems have inevitably begun to creep in. Specifically, quality control issues still seem to be plaguing the Model X. According to a recent report, avowed Tesla fan named Barrett Lyon recently returned his Model X and filed a lawsuit against Tesla arguing that the Model X was "rushed" and released before it was ready for sale. Now comes word that Tesla has since quietly settled the lawsuit. "In Lyon's lawsuit," Fortune writes, "he claimed the cars doors opened and closed unpredictably, smashing into his wife and other cars, and that the Model X's Auto-Pilot feature posed a danger in the rain. He also shared a video that shows the car's self-parking feature failing to operate successfully." Tesla's response: "We are committed to providing an outstanding customer experience throughout ownership. As a principle, we are always willing to buy back a car in the rare event that a customer isn't completely happy. Today, the majority of Model X owners are loving their cars."

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