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Cisco splats Bash bug in busy swatting season

Cisco has begun its response to the Bash “Shell Shocked” vulnerability, the 20-year-old bug that's sent the *nix world into a frenzy. It's going to be a long slog for the Borg, but in its advisory, Cisco has so far identified 31 individual products vulnerable to Shell Shocked, compared to seven confirmed not vulnerable. Another …
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NBN Co: Melton trial document SMELLS BAD

NBN Co is still complaining about media and political attention being given to the leaked results of a deployment trial conducted in an area of the Victorian town of Melton. Speaking to the Senate Select Committee on the National Broadband Network, NBN Co CEO Bill Morrow described the leak as having “a bad smell” and reiterated …
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Telstra, Vodafone at odds over data retention

As the government's new national security legislation returns to the House of Representatives to be rubber-stamped, division is emerging among Australian carriers about what metadata they might consider retaining. Data retention isn't in the current tranche of legislation, but the government intends to put its metadata retention …
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Out of stealth, Saisei pitches IP flow controller

Year-old startup Saisei is putting forward an SDN management framework it reckons can free up as much as half of the network performance that now gets sucked up by various overheads. The outfit's FlowCommand network performance enforcement (NPE) software is designed to take IP packet queuing and scheduling out of the performance …
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Internet Transit price falls slowing: Telegeography

IP transit prices are still declining globally, but in bad news for 'net users of all kinds, the declines are slowing. In what could be an indicator of continuing heavy demand for transit services, research company Telegeography says what was once a rapid fall in transit prices has eased considerably. The company says the 50 per …
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Boffins' better blues beat battery blues

All the way from the battery in a pocket to the LED TV on a wall, the colour blue is a problem: blue LEDs are less efficient than the reds or greens that make up the other two primary display colours, and that's a problem for power consumption. Researchers at the University of Michigan are now claiming as much as a fourfold …
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'Trust ASIO': Australia passes spook's charter Part A

Australia's draconian national security legislation has passed the Senate, and with its passage through the House of Representatives next week a certainty, will become law. As well as the “monitor an unlimited number of computers” provisions reported yesterday, the federal government has: Banned the “reckless” (as defined by …
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HP gets appy over SDN

“It works for dating apps, so why not for SDN infrastructure?”, HP might be hoping, with the launch of its software defined networking app store. The SDN App Store, taking sign-ups here, is a shot at putting partners, consulting and support services for SDN applications in one place. Tools like network monitors, virtualised …
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Brandis: NO LIMIT to ASIO network taps

Laws criticised for creating a spooks' warrant for the whole of Australia's Internet - kind of a "spook-envy" of what the NSA says it can accomplish - look like passing before the end of this week, with attorney-general George Brandis declining to limit the scope of ASIO data-tap warrants. As part of its more general ramp-up of …

Investment climate hostile to optical sector: Alca-Lu

Alcatel-Lucent is warning that the telco sector is skewing its investment cycles – and that could have disastrous affects down the track. At issue is that investments in the boring business of science into products don't rate as highly as the more sexy flavour-of-the-month sectors like software defined networks (SDN) and network …
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Sea-Me-We 5 construction starts

Construction has begun on the next major submarine cable, which when it's completed in 2016 will provide a big increase in capacity between South-East Asia and Europe. Sea-Me-We-5 has a design capacity of 24 Tbps, and will run 20,000 km to link Singapore at one end and France at the other. Presuming there are no construction …
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Google to go Loony within the year

Google reckons its Loon balloons are going to be delivering a service within the next year, and has revealed that it's abandoned the radio kit it first tested in favour of LTE. When it first started playing with its stratospheric connectivity in 2013, the Chocolate Factory would only reveal that it had a “3G-like” communications …
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Broadcom looks to 25/50/100 G to drive new chip

Broadcom is lining up its next assault on the cloud-scale Ethernet market, announcing the next iteration of its high-performance switch silicon due to appear in products in 2015. Now sampling with customers, the StrataXGS Tomahawk has a couple of different aims in mind: delivering very high performance and high density switching …

SURPRISE: Telstra STILL wants all its promised NBN booty

The once-imminent deal between Telstra, NBN Co and the government is, once again, less imminent than communications minister Malcolm Turnbull would like. In fact, in spite of what have been interpreted as hopeful signals in the past, Telstra's position has changed not one iota since last year's election brought to power a …

Brocade's Vyatta gets OpenDaylight controller

Brocade has added another piece to its SDN jigsaw, launching the OpenDaylight controller under its Vyatta platform. A big chunk of the company's pitch for the controller is that it offers a low-risk entry to SDN, with the company aiming to let customers migrate current workloads to an SDN environment gradually rather than in a …

Yahoo! Slurps! Indian! Google! Docs! Lookalike!

Yahoo! has picked up Bangalore company Bookpad in a deal described as strengthening the Yahoo! Mail service. Bookpad is responsible for a service called Docspad, an online file editing operation, which would give the Purple Palace a little bit of the kind of functionality people have learned to expect from competitors like Gmail …
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Google goes Dutch with new €600 MEELLION DC

Google is to splash the cash in The Netherlands to build a new €600 million (more than $US770 million) data centre behind the dike. To be located in Eemshaven, the Chocolate Factory attributes the choice of location to the stability of Dutch energy supplies, according to Reuters. Google already operates DCs in Ireland, Finland …

Chipzilla promises $6 billion to upgrade Israeli plant

Israel is to sling Intel a handy US$300 million and a ten-year tax break to persuade Chipzilla to stroll out of the Mediterranean and upgrade a chip plant in the country. Intel says it's spending US$6 billion to upgrade the fab, and according to Reuters it will be hiring an additional 1,000 staff in its Kiryat Gat facility, in …
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Radisys plants flag in NFV biz

Radisys has joined the SDN/NFV race, launching a combo of chassis and software targeting mobile operators. Available in six-slot, 640 Gbps throughput or 14-slot, 2 Tbps throughput versions, the company's T100 chassis can be filled with either its A2470 switch blade (with integrated packet classification and load balancing) or …
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MOM: CHEAP Mars ship got it right first time. Nice one, India

India has become the first nation to achieve a successful insertion to Mars orbit on its first attempt, after an epic 10-month trek by its cunning Mangalyaan (aka Mars Orbiter Mission, or MOM) spacecraft. The mission that marked India as a genuine deep-space power is also a miracle of low-cost space exploration, setting the …

Microsoft sets up bug bounties for online services

Having tasted the fruit of the crowd's tree of knowledge, Microsoft has decided it likes it, and is expanding its bug bounty program to cover a broad range of online services. In this post at Technet, Redmond lists a bunch of domains that are eligible for the expanded bug bounty, including online Outlook, Office365, Sharepoint, …
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Telstra puffs Cisco cloud into Honkers and Singapore

Telstra has announced two new offshore Intercloud POPs and has signed with Equinix for connections in Sydney and Melbourne. Under the international expansion, the carrier says it's going to kick off operations in Hong Kong and Singapore. The Cisco-powered Intercloud solution, launched in Australia earlier this year, is based on …
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Colias robots SWARMING out of the lab

Video Greybeards of the IT industry will remember RoboCode, the Java programming teaching game that let you set virtual robots in battle with each other. How about teaching a bunch of real robots how to swarm? That's the aim of the University of Lincoln's Colias project, which provides relatively low-cost – £25 a pop – micro-robot …
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Comms Alliance preps vectored VDSL2 connection rules

The Communications Alliance has published drafts two key standards associated with the introduction of vectored VDSL2 services to the Australian market. Once the standards are formally adopted, they will provide the specs permitting vectored VDSL2 modems to be connected to the network; and requires that line filters support the …
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MediaTek takes aim at Arduino with IoT wearables project

MediaTek is dipping its toe in the murky waters of the Internet of Things, announcing a lab initiative with software and hardware development kits targeting the wearables market. The MediaTek Labs program is based on the Linkit Developer Platform, which puts the Aster MT2502 system-on-chip together with an operating system ( …

Google grand fromage Eric Schmidt: Backing climate denier lobby a 'mistake'

Google has become the latest tech giant to wonder if backing the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is such a good idea. Last month, Microsoft withdrew its support for the group, saying it was no longer participating in the organisation's Communications and Technology Task Force. Google is another high-profile member …
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Harper review says ACCC telco functions need new regulator

The federal government is considering a competition review that suggests ditching the current telco competition regulator in favour of a new body. Key to the telecommunications reforms is the ACCC's more general role in regulating access to monopoly infrastructure, which also covers rail, ports and the like. In the …
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Moon landing was real and WE CAN PROVE IT, says Nvidia

It's only a product promo, but it's a smart one: Nvidia reckons the judicious application of its graphics technology can debunk one of the world's favourite “moon landing was a hoax conspiracies”. As a demo of the VXGI – voxel based global illumination – technology included in the company's new Maxwell graphics architecture, a …
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Oz carrier Tiger Air takes terror alerts to new heights

If you plan to fly in Australia, at least try to act as if you take the threat of terrorism seriously, or you might get hauled off the plane, handed over to the cops, and banned from an airline. It's with some incredulity that The Register reports that one Oliver Buckworth, who doodled that “In a land of melting ice-cream, sandy …
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Your location info is too revealing: data boffins

A group of researchers partly supported by SAP has taken a look at one of the big problems with so-called “anonymised” data: the way spatial correlations in mobile data can be used to re-identify individuals in large data sets. Location data is the big problem, the Singapore-led group says: even if the resolution of a phone's …

Cherry Creek overflows with HPC goodness at Uni of Nevada

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas, has signed a deal giving it access to a year-old TOP500 and Green500 supercomputer, the Intel-built Cherry Creek which has arrived at the city's Switch Supernap. In a partnership with Switch, the university says it will be offering the machine for private sector research as well as its own …
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Surprise: if you work from home you need the Internet

In surprising-no-really-it's-surprising research from NBN Co, Australians with slow internet services apparently get frustrated trying to work from home, so they unnecessarily condemn themselves to the frustration of commuting instead. In a study announced here, the network builder has slung some funds in the direction of Evolve …
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CloudFlare ditches private SSL keys for better security

CloudFlare has announced the outcome of what it says is two years' work – switching on Keyless SSL – which lets customers encrypt their web traffic via the company's services without having to hand over their private SSL keys. In this blog post announcing the service, cofounder and CEO Matthew Prince explains that “the only way …

Apple pours a cup of JavaScript for its Automator robot

Apple has quietly started toying with the idea of using JavaScript as a task automator in the Yosemite version of OS X. In this pre-release API document, Cupertino outlines JavaScript for Automation. It's an OSA component that the document says “can be used from Script Editor, the global Script Menu, in the Run JavaScript …
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Dotcom owns up: my name was 'poison'

In the wake of his failure to make a dent in New Zealand politics, Kim Dotcom has said his name alone spoiled the chances for the alliance of the Internet Party and the Mana Movement. The result was truly dismal: the Internet Party failed to secure a seat, and Mana's leader Hone Harawira lost his seat, as New Zealand's …

A3Cube turns RAM up to 11 with FORTISSIMO kit

A3Cube has fleshed out another part of its plans for high performance interconnect, adding an I/O access system to the RONNIE data plane technology it launched in February 2014. As explained to El Reg when it hit, RONNIE provides direct, switchless connection between nodes using PCIe NICs, claiming around 900 nanosecond latency …

Apple's Cook: We have never allowed g-men access to Apple servers

Apple has made some amendments to its privacy policy, and has used the occasion to run an open letter from CEO Tim Cook explaining the changes. Taking a swipe at Google and others, Cook tells the world that since Apple's income is products, not profiles, “we don’t build a profile based on your email content or web browsing …
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Spies would need SUPER POWERS to tap undersea cables

The Register has found itself subject to a certain amount of criticism for this author's scepticism regarding whether the NSA has been snooping on optical fibre cables by cutting them. Glenn Greenwald's recent “NSA cut New Zealand's cables” story is illustrative of credibility problems that surround the ongoing Edward Snowden …
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Boffins plot global (browser) cookie crumb trail

Privacy laws covering the use of personally-identifiable information are, on a global scale, creating a dizzying patchwork of cookie-cutter cookie-serving companies created to sniff our Web browsing. That's one conclusion of research led by Marjan Falahrastegar at Queen Mary University, London. The group, which included …
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BitTorrent's peer-to-peer chat app Bleep goes live as public alpha

Bleep, the BitTorrent peer-to-peer chat client, is now out in the wild in the form of a public Alpha version. First released to registered pre-alpha users in July, Bleep was then in Windows versions only. Now it's gone to release, the organisation has added Android and Mac versions. As BitTorrent explains here, Bleep lets users …
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Mathematica hits the Web

Wolfram wants to broaden the appeal of its Mathematica product, adding a fully-online version to the existing standalone software applications. Announcing the online version in this blog post, Stephen Wolfram says it's a zero-configuration browse-and-login version of the product that replicates most of the features of the …

Sweden orders TWO PETAFLOP supercomputer

Sweden's KTH (Royal Institute of Technology) is continuing its Cray fandom, placing a US$13 million order for an XC super and taking the institute into the petascale era. Cray first got its foot in the door at KTH in 2010, with a 93 teraflop-rated XT6m midrange system. The XT6m was replaced with a 305 TF XE6, which went in …
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POW! Digia straps Qt into ejector seat, gleefully pulls handle

From Trolltech to Nokia and Nokia to Digia, the application framework Qt has had a challenging corporate life even though it retained fans among developers. Now, the language's next phase of life has begun in earnest, spun out of Digia into a separate subsidiary tasked with bringing the commercial and open source Qts back into …
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US boffins demo 'twisted radio' mux

Evidence continues to mount that the orbital angular momentum (OAM) of radio waves – “twisted waves” – can be exploited to modulate multiple data streams on the same spatial path. Researchers from the University of Southern California are claiming an impressive 32 Gbps transmission, albeit over a distance of 2.5 metres, using …
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Facebook unleashes inter-cache router code on a waiting world

Facebook has slung another slice of code into the open source world: the software that lets it sling content between caches around the world, fast enough to keep The Social NetworkTM social. First discussed last year at Usenix, “Mcrouter” handles “all traffic to, from, and between thousands of cache servers across dozens of …

Cisco sprinkles Sourcefire goodies on ASA firewalls

Cisco has taken the next step in wrapping the technology it acquired along with Sourcefire, by putting its Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) next-gen firewalls and the FirePOWER technology into the blender and giving it a good spin. The idea is to run up a combination of firewall, application control, intrusion prevention and …
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Oi! You noisy servers! Talk among yourselves and stop bothering that poor router!

The group behind the RDMA over converged Ethernet standard – RoCE to its friends – is tweaking the spec to support UPD and IP in the stack. RDMA - remote direct memory access - has become increasingly important in large-scale data centres, since it lets data move between different servers' user space without having to drop down …
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Xpliant targets white-label Ethernet switch vendors with shiny new silicon

Ethernet silicon vendor Xpliant – currently being digested by Cavium in an acquisition due to conclude in 2015 – is hoping to knock Broadcom out of its spot at the heart of the Ethernet switch market. The upstart, launched in 2011, says it'll have sample silicon in Q4 2014 for an architecture designed to combine speed and …

Attackers tapping on SNMP door to see if it's open

Google's DNS IP address is being spoofed by an attacker, apparently in an attempt to DDoS hosts vulnerable to a flaw in the SNMP protocol. The SANS Internet Storm Center noticed the traffic trend emerging on September 15, and in this post discusses what's going on. The attack is trying to take over SNMP hosts that have left …
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'Speargun' program is fantasy, says cable operator

The washup from yesterday's Dotcom-Snowden-Greenwald saga rolls on, with Southern Cross Cable Network angrily denying that New Zealand's spooks, the NSA, or anybody else for that matter has worked a tap into its cables. The company's response came in response to Glenn Greenwald's accusation that New Zealand's Government …