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Microsoft performs reverse full-hybrid with an on-premises twist

El Reg - Fri, 27/03/2015 - 5:02am
Azure can now backup and run VMware VMs, send own VMs to on-premises storage

Microsoft has made a few changes to its Azure Site Recovery and Azure Backup services.…

Robobug: Scientists Clad Bacterium With Graphene To Make a Working Cytobot

Slashdot - Fri, 27/03/2015 - 4:23am
Zothecula writes By cladding a living cell with graphene quantum dots, researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) claim to have created a nanoscale biomicrorobot (or cytobot) that responds electrically to changes in its environment. This work promises to lay the foundations for future generations of bio-derived nanobots, biomicrorobotic-mechanisms, and micromechanical actuation for a wide range of applications. "UIC researchers created an electromechanical device — a humidity sensor — on a bacterial spore. They call it NERD, for Nano-Electro-Robotic Device. The report is online at Scientific Reports, a Nature open access journal."

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Court recording biz with clients EVERYWHERE has forums breached

El Reg - Fri, 27/03/2015 - 3:55am
Transcripts untouched thanks to forum and user password mismatch

Australian court transcription company "For The Record" – which bills itself as "The No.1 digital evidence recording platform in the world" and says its products are "used in courtrooms throughout North America, Europe and Asia" – has had its forum hacked.…

Google botches another cloud patch, this time messing up App Engine

El Reg - Fri, 27/03/2015 - 3:01am
Not a lot of problems, but third fluff in a few weeks is not a good look

Google's botched another cloud patch.…

Optus must hire checkbox champion after epic router, voicemail borking

El Reg - Fri, 27/03/2015 - 2:14am
No fine as hundreds of thousands of customers affected

Optus has escaped a financial penalty imposed Australia's privacy boss and instead must review its internal security measures after it shipped hundreds of thousands of routers with open internet ports and default credentials, opened voice mails, and marked public scores of private phone numbers.…

Millennial Tech Workers Losing Ground In US

Slashdot - Fri, 27/03/2015 - 2:06am
Nerval's Lobster writes Millennial tech workers are entering the U.S. workforce at a comparable disadvantage to other tech workers throughout the industrialized world, according to study earlier this year from Educational Testing Services (PDF). How do U.S. millennials compare to their international peers, at least according to ETS? Those in the 90th percentile (i.e., the top-scoring) actually scored lower than top-scoring millennials in 15 of the 22 studied countries; low-scoring U.S. millennials ranked last (along with Italy and England/Northern Ireland). While some experts have blamed the nation's education system for the ultimate lack of STEM jobs, other studies have suggested that the problem isn't in the classroom; a 2014 report from the U.S. Census Bureau suggested that many of the people who earned STEM degrees didn't actually go into careers requiring them. In any case, the U.S. is clearly wrestling with an issue; how can it introduce more (qualified) STEM people into the market?

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Hey, you just picked up a Solidfire flash box? Dude, you bought a Dell

El Reg - Fri, 27/03/2015 - 1:58am
The headline kinda works. Look, it's Friday. Texas giant touts upstart's solid-state wares

Dell is selling Solidfire's all-flash arrays to service providers.…

'Bar Mitzvah attack' should see off ancient and crocked RC4 algo

El Reg - Fri, 27/03/2015 - 1:25am
Account creds knicked without need for man-in-the-middle diddle

Security boffin Itsik Mantin has found a new attack based on old weaknesses that is the first 'practical' attack on SSL that does not require man-in-the-middle to steal sensitive data from RC4 algorithms.…

Puppet Labs pulls strings on Docker, AWS and bare metal

El Reg - Fri, 27/03/2015 - 1:22am
Devops without downtime

Puppet Labs is adding code management and updates to its Node Manager in a big refresh in Puppet Enterprise 3.8.…

Ubuntu 15.04 Final Beta Released

Phoronix - Fri, 27/03/2015 - 1:18am
Adam Conrad, on the behalf of the Ubuntu Release Team, tonight announced the final beta of the Ubuntu 15.04 "Vivid Vervet" release...

Google's Dart 1.9 Brings More Async Programming

Phoronix - Fri, 27/03/2015 - 1:16am
Google's Dart team has announced the release of Dart 1.9 today with new async and await support...

Nuclide: Facebook's New Unified IDE

Phoronix - Fri, 27/03/2015 - 1:05am
Facebook today announced Nuclide, its latest open-source project, which is an integrated development environment derived from GitHub's Atom editor...

Win Or Lose, Discrimination Suit Is Having an Effect On Silicon Valley

Slashdot - Fri, 27/03/2015 - 12:25am
SpzToid sends word that the Ellen Pao vs. Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers discrimination case wrapped up yesterday. No matter what the outcome turns out to be, it has already affected how business is being done in Silicon Valley. "'Even before there's a verdict in this case, and regardless of what the verdict is, people in Silicon Valley are now talking,' said Kelly Dermody, managing partner at Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, who chairs the San Francisco law firm's employment practice group. 'People are second-guessing and questioning whether there are exclusionary practices [and] everyday subtle acts of exclusion that collectively limit women's ability to succeed or even to compete for the best opportunities. And that's an incredibly positive impact.' Women in tech have long complained about an uneven playing field — lower pay for equal work, being passed over for promotions and a hostile 'brogrammer' culture — and have waited for a catalyst to finally overhaul the status quo. This trial — pitting a disgruntled, multimillionaire former junior partner against a powerful Menlo Park, Calif., venture capital firm — was far from the open-and-shut case that many women had hoped for. More gender discrimination suits against big tech firms are expected to follow; some already have, including lawsuits against Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc."

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GAO Denied Access To Webb Telescope Workers By Northrop Grumman

Slashdot - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 11:44pm
schwit1 writes In a report as well as at House hearings today the GAO reported that Northrop Grumman has denied them one-on-one access to workers building the James Webb Space Telescope. "The interviews, part of a running series of GAO audits of the NASA flagship observatory, which is billions of dollars overbudget and years behind schedule, were intended to identify potential future trouble spots, according to a GAO official. But Northrop Grumman Aerospace, which along with NASA says the $9 billion project is back on track, cited concerns that the employees, 30 in all, would be intimidated by the process." To give Northrop Grumman the benefit of the doubt, these interviews were a somewhat unusual request. Then again, if all was well why would they resist? Note too that the quote above says the cost of the telescope project is now $9 billion. If the project was "back on track" as the agency and Northrop Grumman claim, then why has the budget suddenly increased by another billion?

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PayPal To Pay $7.7 Million For Sanctions Violations

Slashdot - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 11:03pm
jfruh writes PayPal may not be a bank, but it's still legally required to follow regulations on transferring money — but the company has admitted to a number of violations, including allowing transfers to an individual specifically sanctioned by the U.S. State Department for helping proliferate nuclear weapons. From Ars: "On Wednesday afternoon, PayPal reached a settlement with the US Treasury Department, agreeing that it would pay $7.7 million for allegedly processing payments to people in countries under sanction as well as to a man the US has listed as involved in the nuclear weapons black market. The company neither confirmed nor denied the allegations, but it voluntarily handed over its transaction data to the US Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)."

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Metadata laws pass so it's time to STOP READING LISTICLES

El Reg - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 10:58pm
Attorney-general George Brandis is fibbing about the impact of his pet law

Rugby player Sonny Bill Williams is a role model for many, a fact that's not gone un-noticed by the purveyors of a dubious fitness supplement who've created an ad that looks an awful lot like a news story about the athlete. Williams has nothing to do with the ad or the product. He's just been used to get people clicking. And if you do click on the link to the “story”, you're taken to a page on which you're offered the chance to buy the supplement.…

Bye bye, booth babes. IT security catwalk RSA nixes sexy outfits

El Reg - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 10:41pm
Wouldn't wear it in the CEO's office? Don't wear it on the show floor

The organizers of this year's RSA security conference have made at least one thing clear to exhibitors: no booth babes.…

Australia Passes Mandatory Data Retention Law

Slashdot - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 10:20pm
Bismillah writes Opposition from the Green Party and independent members of parliament wasn't enough to stop the ruling conservative Liberal-National coalition from passing Australia's new law that will force telcos and ISPs to store customer metadata for at least two years. Journalists' metadata is not exempted from the retention law, but requires a warrant to access. The metadata of everyone else can be accessed by unspecified government agencies without a warrant however.

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By Odin, Parallels thinks cloud service providers should buy Odin

El Reg - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 10:18pm
Virty vendor's automation biz ascends to Valhalla

Parallels is changing its branding again – partly – this time to help customers better distinguish between its virtualization software and service provider businesses.…

Git 2.4.0-rc0 Does A Ton Of Polishing

Phoronix - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 10:01pm
An early preview release of Git 2.4 is now available but it doesn't add too many features as this cycle has organically found itself doing a ton of polishing and bug fixing...