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RAF F-35B ZM137, visiting the UK in 2016. Crown copyright

Yes, British F-35 engines must be sent to Turkey for overhaul

Britain’s F-35B fighter jets currently cost around $123m each – and British officials are quite content that the only engine overhaul facility for the stealth aircraft’s engines is located in Turkey.
Gareth Corfield, 19 Oct 2017
NYPD

NYC cops say they can't reveal figures on cash seized from people – the database is 'broken'

Updated New York City cops claim they can't tell anyone how much cash they have seized from people under civil asset forfeiture laws – because its database is knackered.
Iain Thomson, 18 Oct 2017
Satya Nadella

You're doing open source wrong, Microsoft tsk-tsk-tsks at Google: Chrome security fixes made public too early

A few weeks ago, Google paid Microsoft $7,500 after Redmond's security gurus found, exploited and reported a vulnerability in the Chrome browser – a flaw that would allow malicious webpages to run malware on PCs.
Iain Thomson, 19 Oct 2017
Child in shock in front of computer. Photo by Shutterstock

What the fdisk? Storage Spaces Direct just vanished from Windows Server in version 1709

Support for Storage Spaces Direct, Microsoft's version of VSAN, has been stripped from the latest build of Windows Server 2016, version 1709, which was released on Tuesday.
Chris Mellor, 18 Oct 2017
Linux on multiple devices

Samsung to let proper Linux distros run on Galaxy smartmobes

Samsung has announced it will soon become possible to run actual proper Linux on its Note8, Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones – and even Linux desktops.
Simon Sharwood, 19 Oct 2017

ARM chip OG Steve Furber: Turing missed the mark on human intelligence

"Brains are massively parallel. We each have just under 100 billion neurons inside our heads, all running at the same time. And they are hugely connected, with 1015 synapses connecting the neurons together. The way forward in computing is parallelism. There is no other option."
Alistair Dabbs, 19 Oct 2017
Uranus

Hate to break it to you, but billions of people can see Uranus tonight

Attention, inhabitants of the northern hemisphere of our fragile home world. You're about to get one of the best peeks at Uranus in years – because the strange alien planet will reach opposition with the Sun and be at the closest point in its orbit to Earth.
Iain Thomson, 19 Oct 2017
closed sign

Misco UK chops majority of workforce, pulls down shutters

Misco UK has laid off 300 staff, as expected, after ceasing to trade and appointing administrative receiver FRP Advisory to pick through the ashes of the loss-making business.
Paul Kunert, 19 Oct 2017

Please replace the sword, says owner of now-hollow stone

The legendary sword has been pulled from the stone – but the owner wants it back and a crowdfunding campaign has been set up to replace the blade.
Gareth Corfield, 18 Oct 2017

SpaceX gives free ride to replacement for Facebook's fried satellite

Spacecom and SpaceX have settled their differences over a burned satellite. The Israeli company has once again signed Elon Musk's company for launch services.
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YouTube sin-bins account of KRACK WPA2 researcher

The YouTube account of the researcher behind the KRACK WPA2 Wi-Fi vulnerability was restored early on Thursday hours after it was shut down for violating "community guidelines".
John Leyden, 19 Oct 2017
Tired IT worker rubs his eyes

You can't find tech staff – wah, wah, wah. Start with your ridiculous job spec

In a recent IDG survey, the number of execs worried about a skills gap in IT grew from 49 per cent in 2016 to 60 per cent this year. Other surveys shore up this finding as well: a Cloud Foundry Foundation survey from late 2016 had 64 per cent of respondents worried about getting the skilled staff needed.
Michael Cote, 19 Oct 2017

US-CERT study predicts machine learning, transport systems to become security risks

The Carnegie-Mellon University's Software Engineering Institute has nominated transport systems, machine learning, and smart robots as needing better cyber-security risk and threat analysis.

BoundHook: Microsoft downplays Windows systems exploit technique

Features of the Intel MPX designed to prevent memory errors and attacks might be abused to launch assaults on Windows systems, security researchers claim.
John Leyden, 18 Oct 2017

EU: No encryption backdoors but, eh, let's help each other crack that crypto, oui? Ja?

The European Commission has proposed that member states help each other break into encrypted devices by sharing expertise around the bloc.
Rebecca Hill, 19 Oct 2017
sad kids

Hackers can track, spoof locations and listen in on kids' smartwatches

Tests on smartwatches for children by security firm Mnemonic and the Norwegian Consumer Council have revealed them to be riddled with flaws.
John Leyden, 18 Oct 2017
Stack of cash

FYI Google is shelling out $10k A DAY in court fines for not handing over folks' private email

Google and the US government are quarreling over just how much money the Chocolate Factory must pay in daily fines while it appeals against a search warrant for email held overseas.
Shaun Nichols, 19 Oct 2017
IBM PC

IBM broke its cloud by letting three domain names expire

Back in September, IBM was left red-faced when its global load balancer and reverse DNS services fell over for 21 hours.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Oct 2017

Didn't install a safety-critical driverless car patch? Bye, insurance!

Tinkering with your future driverless car's software and failing to install safety-critical updates will invalidate your insurance, under a newly proposed British law.
Gareth Corfield, 19 Oct 2017
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Microsoft Azure ████ secret ██ █████ ██ US govt's ███ ███ centers

Microsoft's Azure cloud has been approved to host classified-level applications for the US government.
Shaun Nichols, 18 Oct 2017

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