Articles about Acs

'Mirai bots' cyber-blitz 1m German broadband routers – and your ISP could be next

A widespread attack on the maintenance interfaces of broadband routers over the weekend has affected the telephony, television, and internet service of about 900,000 Deutsche Telekom customers in Germany. The German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) issued a statement indicating that the cyber-assault, which was …
Thomas Claburn, 28 Nov 2016
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Microsoft prises open Azure containers, pours in a little Kubernetes

Faced with an increasingly untidy template-base in the Azure Container Service (ACS), Microsoft's decided the best way to get things under control is to open source it and let the community handle things. Over here at GitHub, Redmond explains the open-sourced ACS Engine can generate Azure Resource Manager (ARM) templates for …

Winners and losers: Here's who made the cut for mega TP2 framework

A public sector contracts fat cat and some household PC brands are among the suppliers that failed to directly win a place on a mega pan-government hardware and software framework contract, according to a preliminary list seen by The Register. The Technology Products (TP) 2 agreement, worth up to £4bn over four years, is due …
Paul Kunert, 23 Sep 2016
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ABBA-solutely crapulous! Swedish router-maker won't patch gaping hole

European customer-premises equipment (CPE) kit-maker Inteno has said it isn't going to patch a hole that has been sitting in some of its routers for the last nine months, saying it's not the firm's problem. That's bad news if a European carrier, Inteno's key customers, dropped one of the problematic devices into your home. …
Iain Thomson, 02 Sep 2016
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Jaxa's litany of errors spun Hitomi to pieces

Japan's space agency Jaxa has detailed the litany of errors that ended with the failure of its Hitomi (Astro-H) spacecraft. The agency has published a 90-page discussion of what caused the break-up. Their conclusions are pretty damning for the agency, centring around a lack of protocols to manage a major change in the craft's …

Microsoft has crafted a switch OS on Debian Linux. Repeat, a switch OS on Debian Linux

OCP Summit Put down your coffee gently. Microsoft has today released the source code to an open-source operating system, based on Debian GNU/Linux, that runs on network switches. The software is dubbed SONiC, aka Software for Open Networking in the Cloud. It's a toolkit of code and kernel patches to bend switch hardware to your will, so …
Chris Williams, 09 Mar 2016

Boffins smear circuitry onto contact lenses

University of South Australia associate professor Drew Evans has created proof-of-concept work that could in the future lead to computerised contact lenses. The conducting polymer lens is an early step into what could lead to circuitry being etched into contact lenses. The work is combination of the University's Future …
Darren Pauli, 05 Feb 2016
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Spooks, spyware, Ashley Madison and Windows 10: What you read in 2015

The last 365 days (give or take) have produced more than 11,000 articles on The Register. We covered the biggest tech purchase in history (Dell/EMC for $67bn), the trashing of the US-European Union safe harbour data export deal by European judges, the Ashley Madison hack, and, well, so much more. Big subjects, but what actually …
Gavin Clarke, 01 Jan 2016
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Cisco bitten by Java deserialisation bug, working on patch

November's high-profile Java deserialisation bug has bitten Cisco, with the company announcing vulnerabilities across the board in its huge product line. The problem is so pervasive that it reaches into the most trivial activities of the sysadmin, such as serial number assessment services. The original advisory made by …

ICANN: Just give us the keys to the internet – or the web will disintegrate

Domain system overseer ICANN has embarked on a campaign of fear and fuzzy logic in its latest bid to seize control of the internet from the US government without agreeing to limits on its power. The handover of the critical IANA functions from Uncle Sam to ICANN was due to happen last week, but has been set back a year to …
Kieren McCarthy, 08 Oct 2015
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Microsoft has developed its own Linux. Repeat. Microsoft has developed its own Linux

Sitting down? Nothing in your mouth? Microsoft has developed its own Linux distribution. And Azure runs it to do networking. Redmond's revealed that it's built something called Azure Cloud Switch (ACS), describing it as “a cross-platform modular operating system for data center networking built on Linux” and “our foray into …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Sep 2015

Flexible PRAM: Not a bendy baby carriage, but infinitely cooler

Bendy humans pose problems for wearable IT as devices break when they’re deformed. Flexible computers would be ideal – and a group of Korean boffins has devised some flexible PRAM tech to help with the problem. They work at KAIST, the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, and want to persuade us that having non- …
Chris Mellor, 16 Jun 2015
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THOUSANDS of alleged pirates' addresses to be handed to Dallas Buyers Club

A few thousand Australians will get a cease-and-desist of some kind from the owners of the film Dallas Buyers Club after local internet service provider (ISP) iiNet and its co-defendants lost a Federal Court case. As a result of the loss, Dallas Buyers Club LLC will be able to get the names and addresses of subscribers it …
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Hungry Advanced Computer Software gets swallowed for £725m

Acquisition-hungry Advanced Computer Software (ACS) has itself been acquired by private equity firm Vista for £725m. Vin Murria, chief executive of the healthcare and biz management software and services firm, said the deal would help ACS move to its "next stage of its growth". She said: "ACS' value has grown from £32m to £ …
Kat Hall, 25 Nov 2014
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Can do better: Tech industry report on Australia's tech curriculum

Industry has reacted unkindly to Australia's decision to walk away from previous plans to teach digital technologies – including computation thinking – to all students from kindergarten until the fourth year of high school. A review of Australia's national curriculum, released yesterday, recommended that the recently-created …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Oct 2014
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DARPA collab launches fast cloud-to-cloud provisioning

A DARPA-driven project based on OpenStack has been demonstrated in the US, with the bold claim that it will eventually lead to sub-second provisioning for connectivity between clouds. The world is already familiar with the concept of elastic clouds, with Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and World+Dog offering some variant on such …
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STEALTHY NANOROBOTS dress up as viruses, prepare to sneak into YOUR BODY

US scientists have tackled two main stumbling blocks to the development of injectable nanomachines for medical and scientific use. The breakthroughs were announced in a paper entitled "Virus-Inspired Membrane Encapsulation of DNA Nanostructures To Achieve In Vivo Stability", published in the journal ACS Nano on Tuesday. …
Jack Clark, 22 Apr 2014

Keep your quinoa, hipsters: Boffins back healthy slabs of choc

And there was great rejoicing: scientists researching dark chocolate have identified something even better than a vague correlation between deliciousness and health. Boffins from Louisiana State University have identified the mechanisms that turn chocolate into heart-healthy compounds. The research, presented to a meeting of …

Sysadmins and devs: Do these job descriptions make any sense?

The Australian Computer Society (ACS) has released an ICT Skills White Paper, titled “Common ICT Job Profiles & Indicators of Skills Mobility”, offering definitions of 25 jobs and what they entail. Available after registration here the document was compiled by surveying 3,629 participants and is designed to “provide a clear …
Simon Sharwood, 09 Mar 2014
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Java bug burns Borg

Cisco has asked users of its Secure Access Control System 5.5 or lower to implement an urgent patch, as it has spotted several problems with its RMI implementation. There are three independent bugs: one privilege escalation vuln (CVE ID CVE-2014-0649, here), an unauthenticated user access vulnerability (CVE 2014-0648 here), and …

SEC asks Affiliated Computer Services to step aside, snaps on rubber glove

The Securities and Exchange Commission is probing bean counting methods used by Xerox tentacle Affiliated Computer Services. In a filing, the copier monster confirmed the SEC has been "conducting an investigation of certain accounting practices" at ACS, an outsourcing and data centre management player that Xerox forked out $6. …
Paul Kunert, 08 Oct 2013

Thirteen alleged Anons named and charged by FBI in antipiracy web war

Thirteen further alleged members of web rabble-rousers Anonymous have been charged with masterminding online attacks against corporations and others who oppose internet piracy. Anonymous' "Operation: Payback is a bitch" campaign involved a series of denial-of-service assaults apparently against government and company websites …
John Leyden, 04 Oct 2013

VCE plunges syringe into its channel arm, prepares to fire in a shot

The Virtual Computing Environment (VCE) company will try to get entry level vBlocks shifting by relaunching a channel programme tomorrow with a fresh focus on mid-market sales partners. The four year-old borg created by an alliance between Cisco, EMC and VMware still has just four resellers, three tech alliance partners, three …
Paul Kunert, 16 Sep 2013
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Scientists demo light-controlled semiconductor

US boffins have documented a transition from metal to semiconductor that can be controlled by exposure to light. The researchers, from Washington University in St Louis, created a thin film of gold nanorods coated with zinc oxide. The result: with no illumination, the gold/zinc oxide mix conducted electricity as a metal, but …
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E-reader barons file FCC plea to opt out of disabled-friendly regs

E-reader manufacturers have petitioned to exempt themselves from accessibility regulations applied to communication services - and the FCC wants to know what you think about that. The claim comes from Amazon, Kobo, and Sony, who all claim that browsing or e-mail capability is just a distraction as their devices exist purely to …
Bill Ray, 07 Aug 2013

Industry doubts schools’ ability to teach Digital Tech curriculum

Feedback from industry groups and educators on the latest draft curriculum for teaching computing in Australia doubts whether the nation's schools, and teachers, are ready to teach a proposed new Digital Technologies curriculum that teachers’ organisations have criticized as too focused on computational thinking. Australia's …
Simon Sharwood, 09 Jul 2013
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Australian government launches cloud strategy

Australia's minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy has launched the country's first national cloud computing strategy – and has hooked the success of cloud computing in this country to the success and continued rollout of the government's fibre-based National Broadband Network. Announcing the National …

Hemp used to make graphene-like supercapacitors

A group of scientists from the University of Alberta have created a process that makes graphene-like nanomaterials out of hemp waste, suitable for use in supercapacitors. While graphene is already known to be a good energy store, it's also expensive, so commercial supercapacitors use activated carbon electrodes. According to a …
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Swiss boffins unleash power of graphene on flash mem

A Swiss government research lab has reinvented flash memory using graphene and molybdenite in a way that should be faster, scale smaller, use less energy and yet more flexible than boring old NAND. Molybdenite is MoS2, molybdenum disulfide, which is similar to graphite and also has a lubricating effect. Atomically it is a …
Chris Mellor, 22 Mar 2013

El Reg bundles your gaming past into brace of ebooks

Games, we love 'em. We've played a fair few of them over the years too. And while we've seen graphics evolve from barely distinguishable bunches of pixels to elegantly sculpted and rendered 3D models, and virtual arenas expand from the limits of a screen's resolution to take in entire cityscapes, one thing is constant among all …
David Gordon, 19 Mar 2013
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Advanced Computer Software gulps down Computer Software Holdings

Advanced Computer Software Group has hoovered up accounting software outfit Computer Software Holdings from HgCapital LLP for £110m in an all-cash deal. The healthcare and biz management software and services firm added that the buyout of CSH was the company's biggest acquisition to date. “The business and many of the …
Team Register, 08 Mar 2013

ACMA flags more ‘agile’ regulatory future

The days of “black letter law” regulation are numbered, according to ACMA chairman and CEO Chris Chapman, with technology changing and converging faster than legislation can keep up. Delivering the ACS / Telecommunications Society Charles Todd Oration yesterday, Chapman said the fast-moving telecommunications environment …
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Scientists find safer way to store hydrogen

Australian scientists have come up with a clever way of storing hydrogen that they feel could make it a viable portable fuel source. Hydrogen is abundant: pass a current through water and you'll make some. Hydrogen-powered fuel cells have therefore been advanced as a potential replacement for the internal combustion engine and …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Aug 2012
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High Schools putting kids off IT careers, deepening skills shortage

High School teaching of IT as a career actually puts kids off pursuing careers in the field, according to John Ridge, Executive Director of the Australian Computer Society Foundation Trust Fund (ACSF). Ridge says general computer literacy courses in early high school are important and welcome, as employers expect some level of …
Simon Sharwood, 08 Aug 2012
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Council fined £70k after burglars nick vulnerable kids' files

The UK's privacy watchdog has fined the London Borough of Barnet £70k ($111k) after the local authority lost extremely sensitive information about young children for the second time in two years. The latest loss occurred when a social worker took paper records home to work on them out of office hours. The staffer’s home was …
John Leyden, 17 May 2012
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Advanced Computer Software gobbles Fabric Technologies

Advanced Computer Software Group has acquired London-based services reseller Fabric Technologies for £4.6m in cash. The firm will be incorporated into ACS' 365 Managed Services division, also based in the capital, adding some 160 mid-market clients in bank and other professional services. Vin Murria, chief exec at ACS - a …
Paul Kunert, 01 May 2012
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Plastic that SELF-REPAIRS using light unleashed by prof

Self-repairing plastic that can heal cuts and scratches on its own surface has been presented at a meeting of the American Chemistry Society. Inspired by human skin, the new material could make for self-healing cars and smartphones, that change colour when damaged and can close over "wounds" of its own accord. Professor Marek …
Anna Leach, 27 Mar 2012
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Judge orders O2 to name suspected smut burglars

A top judge in Blighty has ordered telco Telefonica to hand over the names of O2 broadband customers suspected of sharing porn online. In the High Court Mr Justice Arnold handed victory to copyright-chasing law firm Golden Eye International and the British smut-flick house Ben Dover Productions. Telefonica (the parent company …
Anna Leach, 27 Mar 2012

Crossley cops two-year suspension

Andrew Crossley of bankrupt practice ACS:Law has received a two-year suspension from the Solicitors’ Regulatory Tribunal over the techniques he used to pursue alleged file-sharers. The business model followed by the now-defunct firm was to target individuals it accused of file sharing, sending them invoices payable to ACS:Law …
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ICO smacks Welsh council with record £130k fine

Data privacy watchdogs have fined Powys County Council £130,000, the highest fine the ICO has ever levied, for failing to protect the personal data of vulnerable young people. The Information Commissioner’s Office got out the big stick to punish the Welsh council after it sent details of a child protection case to the wrong …
John Leyden, 07 Dec 2011
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Cisco wants to build your cloud

Networking giant and server wannabe Cisco Systems put the word out on the street that it was making a big cloud announcement today, but if you were expecting the company to launch a big wonking public cloud and take a run at the Amazon compute cloud juggernaut, you can forget it. What Cisco did do was introduce its CloudVerse …
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Acquisitive reseller plots 'buy and build' trajectory

The boss at acquisitive software reseller and managed service provider m-hance claims the Microsoft mid-market channel is ripe for consolidation. Mark Thompson was brought on board as CEO by Fiona Timothy, chairman at Calyx – acquired by Better Capital in September 2010 – having previously worked together in the management …
Paul Kunert, 02 Nov 2011
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Are IP addresses personal data?

Let’s revisit that old chestnut: “Is an IP address you use in an internet session personal data about you?” The reason: I have just come across two legal references which relate to copyright infringement where the argument that an IP address is personal data was accepted. The first reference I found was the Monetary Penalty …
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ICANN rescues time zone database

The internet once again knows what time it is, after ICANN took over responsibility for the Time Zone Database. Earlier this month, the long-time custodian of the database David Olsen took its FTP server offline after being threatened with a copyright trolling. The lawsuit had been initiated by astrology software vendor …
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Hubble snaps dark matter warping spacetime

The Hubble Space Telescope has taken a 19-hour snapshot of galaxies whose images have been warped by the presence of the baffling interstellar substance known as "dark matter", residing in an intervening galactic cluster. The image, released Thursday, shows the cluster – known prosaically as MACS J1206.2-0847, or simply MACS …
Rik Myslewski, 14 Oct 2011
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Chaos feared after Unix time-zone database is nuked

The internet's authoritative source for time-zone data has been shut down after the volunteer programmer who maintained it was sued for copyright infringement by a maker of astrology software. David Olson, custodian of the Time Zone and Daylight Saving Time Database, said on Thursday he was retiring the FTP server he's long …
Dan Goodin, 07 Oct 2011
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Two solicitors fined and suspended for file-sharer letters

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has suspended two lawyers and fined them £20,000 each for sending out thousands of letters accusing people of illegally sharing files. Davenport Lyons partner David Gore and Brian Miller, a former partner at the firm, faced six allegations of breaching the Solicitors' Code of Conduct and …
John Oates, 03 Aug 2011
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LulzSec says it will partner with media on Murdoch emails

LulzSec has abandoned plans to release a cache of News International emails it claimed to have acquired during a redirection attack on The Sun website earlier this week. Instead the group says it plans to release select batches of the emails via a "partnership" with select media outlets, an approach akin to that applied by …
John Leyden, 21 Jul 2011
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Ghost of 'ACS:Law' threatens alleged Greek filesharers

Controversial law firm ACS:Law – or someone posing as the firm – has returned with threats to sue alleged filesharers, this time outside the UK. Andrew Crossley, the sole principal behind ACS:Law, was declared bankrupt back in May. The bankruptcy filing occurred shortly after a UK case against alleged filesharers who had …
John Leyden, 21 Jul 2011
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LulzSec hacker Sabu: Murdoch emails 'sometime soon'

The promised dump of its emails from News International by hacktivist group LulzSec failed to materialise on Tuesday. However a prominent affiliate of the group told El Reg that the release had only been delayed, rather than postponed. The UK end of the Murdoch media empire was hacked on Monday night, so that surfers visiting …
John Leyden, 20 Jul 2011