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Turing, Hauser, Sinclair – haunt computing's Cambridge A-team stamping ground

El Reg - Mon, 26/09/2016 - 9:59am
From Acorns to bedrooms

Geek's Guide to Britain  King’s Parade in Cambridge looks like the last street on earth to have anything to do with computing. On one side is an absurdly ornate college gatehouse in yellow stone and King’s College Chapel, which combines the barn-like shape of a tiny chapel with the scale and detail of a cathedral.…

Brain plague or estate agents? I know which <i>I'd</i> prefer in Virtual Reality

El Reg - Mon, 26/09/2016 - 9:32am
Utopian dreams of the concept's creators blur into crappy reality

Life in a London firm is tough: it’s full of jewel heists, flying bullets and car chases. Well, this was the case during my last foray into Virtual Reality.…

Brexit at the next junction: Verity's guide to key post-vote skills

El Reg - Mon, 26/09/2016 - 8:59am
Breaking up is hard to do

STOB  Pay attention, campers. I have conducted an impartial analysis of the post-Brexit landscape and identified a list of concrete, must-have programming skills for your edification.…

IO, IO, it's profiling we do: Nimble architect talks flash storage tests

El Reg - Mon, 26/09/2016 - 8:32am
Bi-modal IO distributions a purer way to see array performance

Interview  We interviewed Dimitris Krekoukias, Nimble Storage's global technology and strategy architect, on the subject of storage array performance claims – he has some strong opinions – particularly about Pure Storage's approach to performance.…

Oracle's on-prem cloud plan is mostly Engineered Systems

El Reg - Mon, 26/09/2016 - 8:03am
New on-prem kit coming in December, when we'll learn what the Red Cloud's made of

When Larry Ellison promised on-premises cloud kit identical to Oracle's cloud, we wondered just what form those boxes would take. The answer? Pretty much more of the company's Engineered Systems.…

Apple to crunch iOS 10 local backup password brute force hole

El Reg - Mon, 26/09/2016 - 7:38am
Research finds faster cracking flaw

Apple is brewing a fix to patch an iOS password flaw that allows credentials to be stolen from backups.…

Ask Slashdot: Is My IoT Device Part of a Botnet?

Slashdot - Mon, 26/09/2016 - 7:34am
As our DVRs, cameras, and routers join the Internet of Things, long-time Slashdot reader galgon wonders if he's already been compromised: There has been a number of stories of IoT devices becoming part of botnets and being used in distributed denial of service attacks. If these devices are seemingly working correctly to the user, how would they ever know the device was compromised? Is there anything the average user can do to detect when they have a misbehaving device on their network? I'm curious how many Slashdot readers are even using IoT devices -- so leave your best answers in the comments. How would you know if your IoT device is part of a botnet?

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Dev teaches bot to talk spammers' ears off

El Reg - Mon, 26/09/2016 - 7:23am
Crims are so keen to chat they respond to random hipsterisms and send legit discount codes

Brian Weinreich has been trolling spammers for two years using a bot that fires realistic and ridiculous replies to the pervasive online salespeople.…

The Great British domain name rip-off: Overcharged .uk customers help pay for cheaper .vodka

El Reg - Mon, 26/09/2016 - 7:02am
Time for competition authorities to take a hard look at Nominet

UK domain name holders are being overcharged while the company behind it wins contracts by undercutting the market in what may be illegal market abuse.…

DDN shines up EXAScaler Lustre box with new software

El Reg - Mon, 26/09/2016 - 6:31am
Intel software speeds HPC distributed file work

DataDirect Networks has upgraded its EXAScaler array to run the latest version of Intel’s Lustre software.…

Heathrow airport and stock exchange throw mystery BSODs

El Reg - Mon, 26/09/2016 - 6:01am
Bonus: even more Acorn on show

BSOD WATCH  It's no surprise that public transport delivers up a huge number of BSODs, since transport needs to disseminate lots of information.…

Yahoo<i>!</i> joins<i>!</i> Adobe<i>!</i> Flash<i>!</i> flush<i>!</i> mob<i>!</i>

El Reg - Mon, 26/09/2016 - 5:31am
HTML5 all the way. But nor for ads, so keep those malware shields up, people

Yahoo! has joined the flood of companies flushing Adobe's Flash.…

Window Licensing

Windows Genuine Disadvantage [Vista] - Mon, 26/09/2016 - 5:15am
We are planning to buy One window server 2012 R2 standard license and Cal. So can we use the same cal after using it in physical machine with the continually using it with virtual server. 

Brijesh Jaiswal

The law is an ass: Mooning banned at arse end of the world

El Reg - Mon, 26/09/2016 - 5:02am
'Obscene songs' also get the ban-hammer in the Australian State of Victoria

Buttnote  Public service announcement: if you're going on a bender in the Australian city of Melbourne, do not indulge in the practice of “mooning”, because you could end up with your arse in jail (and the rest of you).…

Google rushes in where Akamai fears to tread, shields Krebs after world's-worst DDoS

El Reg - Mon, 26/09/2016 - 4:15am
600 Gbps traffic flood overwhelmed CDN

Google has provided free distributed denial of service attack (DDoS) mitigation services to security publication Krebs on Security, stepping in after Akamai withdrew support.…

Which Programming Language Is Most Popular - The Final Answer?

Slashdot - Mon, 26/09/2016 - 3:39am
An anonymous Slashdot reader writes: Following a common technique among political pollsters, a technology columnist combined the results from various measures of programming language popularity for a more definitive answer about the most important languages to study. He used IEEE Spectrum's interactive list of the top programming languages, which lets you adjust the weight given to the number of job listings and number or open source projects, then combined it with the TIOBE Index (which is based on search engine results), and the PYPL Index, which checks the number of tutorials for each programming language on Google. The results? "The top cluster contains Java, C, Python, and C++. Without a doubt, you should attain familiarity with these four languages." He points out they're not tied to a specific programming platform, unlike languages in the second cluster -- JavaScript, C#, PHP, and Swift -- while the last two languages in the top 10 were Objective-C and R. "The C-family of languages still dominates. Java, C++, C, C#, and even Objective-C are all C-based languages. If you're only going to learn one language, you should pick one of those." But his ultimate advice is to "learn multiple languages and multiple frameworks... Programming is not just an intellectual exercise. You have to actually make stuff."

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Desktop virtualisation kit-calculator goes open source

El Reg - Mon, 26/09/2016 - 2:42am
Andre Leibovici's out of time, so it's your turn to step up

Virtualisation identity Andre Leibovici has open-sourced his desktop virtualisation (VDI) infrastructure calculator.…

Australian Signals Directorate seeks offensive people

El Reg - Mon, 26/09/2016 - 2:39am
Pen testers, devs, and other infosec bods with all skills wanted

The antipodean spy agency the Australian Signals Directorate is seeking cleaning staff information security personnel for offensive and defensive operations.…

Avaya explains its 'hyper-segmentation' approach to security

El Reg - Mon, 26/09/2016 - 2:27am
It's time to make Layer 2 scaleable again

Interview  It's way too easy to get past a firewall, map out an enterprise's network, and start tapping IP addresses looking for vulnerable machines – so why are we using Layer 3 addressing as the basis of the enterprise network?…

Amazon Pursues More Renewable Energy, Following Google, Apple, And Facebook

Slashdot - Mon, 26/09/2016 - 1:39am
An anonymous Slashdot reader writes: Amazon will open a 100-turbine, 253-megawatt wind farm in Texas by the end of next year -- generating enough energy to power almost 90,000 U.S. homes. Amazon already has wind farms in Indiana, North Carolina, and Ohio (plus a solar farm in Virginia), and 40% of the power for AWS already comes from renewable sources, but Amazon's long-term plan is to raise that to 100%. But several of the world's largest tech companies are already pursuing their own aggressive renewable energy programs, according to Fortune. Google "has said it's the largest non-utility purchaser of renewable energy in the world. Apple claims that in 2015, 93% of its energy came from renewable sources, and its data centers are already 100% run on renewables (though that claim does rely on carbon trading). Facebook, which also uses Texas wind facilities, is aiming for 50% of its data center power to come from renewables by 2018. Even slightly smaller companies like Salesforce have made big commitments to renewable energy." Last year for the first time utilities actually bought less than half the power produced by wind farms -- because tech companies, universities, and cities had already locked it down with long-term contracts.

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