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Microsoft delays Azure updates so you can catch up with the cloud

In the cloud, we're constantly told, we won't have to bother about staying up to date with new versions of stuff. Our service providers will make non-disruptive upgrades for which we'll be non-disruptively grateful. Except when we're not, as Microsoft has just found out with two cloud service upgrades it has had to delay …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jul 2016
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Google's Nexii stand tall among Android's insecure swill

Nexus devices are, unsurprisingly, the most secure Androids, says security outfit Duo. The devices are regarded as Google's flagship Android device on account of its operating system running the stock Android open source project (AOSP). Android phones from other manufacturers nearly always add custom modifications and are …
Darren Pauli, 15 Jul 2016
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Shocker: Computer science graduate wins a top UK political job

David Davis MP today becomes the highest-achieving computer science graduate in British politics. Strictly speaking, Davis graduate with a BSc in “Molecular Science/Computer Science” in 1971 from the University of Warwick. He is now the Secretary of State for Exiting the EU (or “SSEE-U”), a freshly-minted post. Davis later …
Andrew Orlowski, 14 Jul 2016

Kotkin on who made Trump and Brexit: Look in the mirror, it's you

Interview Two American writers have attempted to grapple with the rise of “populism” exemplified by Donald Trump and Brexit, with both starting (if not finishing) from the Left. Both Death of the Liberal Class by Chris Hedges and The New Class Conflict by Joel Kotkin both make uncomfortable reading for the complacent chatterati. Both …
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Jul 2016
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Bank tech boss: Where we're going, we don't need mainframes

Dutch finance giant ING is moving away from mainframes as “aggressively” as it can, rejecting vendors’ hopes that a little sprinkling of Agile dust will give the venerable platform a new lease of life. Speaking at the DevOps Enterprise Summit in London on Thursday, Ron van Kemenade, CIO ING Bank, detailed the bank’s …
Joe Fay, 01 Jul 2016
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Office 365 falls over in US

Microsoft's Office 365 service appears to be suffering an outage in and around New York City and the US West Coast. User reports from the area, as well as a map from monitoring service DownDetector, show knackered service in the New York and New Jersey areas, plus problems in California and spots of bother elsewhere. Office …
Shaun Nichols, 30 Jun 2016
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ODM for the masses? Facebook's OCP still ain't for you, brother

Go to the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, and you’ll see a strange contraption cobbled together from commodity motherboards purchased from electronics stores. It’s one of Google’s first production servers, built in 1999 when it didn’t have money to waste on dead-end projects like Wave, NexusQ and Buzz. …
Danny Bradbury, 30 Jun 2016

Facebook crushes Belgian attempt to ban tracking of non-users

The Belgium Privacy Commission has lost its effort to force Facebook to stop tracking non-users of the website when an appeals court ruled it was outside its jurisdiction. Back in November, the social network was ordered by a Belgian court to kill tracking cookies within 48 hours for people not signed up to – or logged into – …
Kieren McCarthy, 29 Jun 2016

Docker taps unikernel brains to emit OS X, Windows public betas

DockerCon Docker will kick off its DockerCon 2016 conference in Seattle this morning with a bunch of announcements: its OS X and Windows Docker clients will be made publicly available as beta software for anyone to try out; out-of-the-box orchestration is coming to Docker 1.12; and integration with Amazon's AWS and Microsoft's Azure is in …
Chris Williams, 20 Jun 2016
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Russian government hackers spent a year in our servers, admits DNC

The US Democratic National Committee (DNC) has confirmed that hackers thought to be part of Russian state intelligence have had access to their servers for nearly a year. They have read emails, chat logs, and opposition research documents. The attack was uncovered six weeks ago, after IT admins noticed something strange was …
Iain Thomson, 14 Jun 2016

Australian pre-election leaders' debates take to Facebook, not telly

Update: Opposition says no, now what? Facebook is about to learn the flavour of disappointment, since it apparently reckons a pre-election debate between prime minister Malcolm Turnbull and opposition leader Bill Shorten will let it plant tracking cookies on any Australians who bother to tune in. The prime minister has just announced that following discussions …

Are EU having a laugh? Europe passes hopeless cyber-commerce rules

Analysis The European Commission (EC) has approved a series of ecommerce rules designed to make Europe more competitive online. In true European fashion however, the proposals contain a lengthy series of inconsistent compromises and avoid altogether the most complex policy issues, making them largely worthless. Vice-President for the …
Kieren McCarthy, 27 May 2016
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Hand the security cookbook to your robot butler: Time to automate

One of the main principles of DevOps is that we break down the silos. Rather than having two individual teams for Development and Operations with conflicting goals, there is one group, all pulling in the same direction. But DevOps is about more than two teams now. Testing should be done throughout, not just plugged in at the end …
Kat McIvor, 25 May 2016

Trad software sales type looking for a break? Atlassian shrugs

Most new companies are likely to opt for cloud-based software, the president of Atlassian said today. And that might just bring a tear to the eye of traditional IT sales bods, given that the company had grown to its $117.9m Q3 revenue off 57,000 companies, without ever having a fleet of besuited sales types. The JIRA and …
Joe Fay, 24 May 2016
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Chrome OS to get Android apps via the magic of containers

Google I/O 2016 Google has pulled the move the software market has been waiting ages for, and built a system to run Android apps on its desktop operating system. The system works by setting up a Linux container in the Chrome operating system that runs a complete version of Android in a locked-down environment to minimize security issues. It's …
Iain Thomson, 19 May 2016

Iraq shuts down internet to prevent exam cheating. The country's entire internet

The Iraqi government is repeatedly shutting down the country's entire internet to prevent students from cheating in their exams. That is the extraordinary conclusion reached by infrastructure experts delving into why the country has experienced a series of three-hour blackouts at the same time each day for three days in a row …
Kieren McCarthy, 17 May 2016

UK.gov is about to fling your data at anyone who wants it. How? Why? Shut up, pleb

Analysis The government is poised to legislate on how it intends to use your data for public services – but its woefully worded “data sharing” consultation suggests it hasn't learnt much from the ongoing controversies of Care.data. Whitehall is due to publish a response to the consultation, set out in Better Use of Data - Consultation …
Kat Hall, 13 May 2016
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Ooh missus, get a grip on my notifications

Something for the Weekend, Sir? YOU LOVE IT YOU SLAG This was, as alert followers of my column may recall, the first SMS text message I ever received on my first ever mobile phone, sometime during the last century. I did not bother to find out who sent it to me. It was a wrong number, of course... but not knowing with absolute certainty ensures that the …
Alistair Dabbs, 13 May 2016

Meet the man who owns his own piece of the internet

In the ultimate sign of online vanity, the billionaire chair of Hong Kong telecoms company PCCW, Richard Li, has bought his own internet address: .richardli. for $250,000 While most are willing to settle for their name under a dot-com (he also owns richardli.com) Mr Li has used the opening up of the internet's namespace to …
Kieren McCarthy, 12 May 2016

Sic transit Mercury Monday

Mercury will transit the Sun today between 11:12 GMT (7:12 AM EDT, 12:12 BST) and 18:42 GMT (2:42 PM EDT; 19:42 BST), with NASA TV offering a live feed from its Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO). The space agency has full details on its coverage of the event here. The European Space Agency (ESA) will also be catching the action …
Lester Haines, 09 May 2016
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Linux Mint to go DIY for multimedia

The Linux Mint project has decided version 18, scheduled for June 2016, will end out-of-the-box installation of multimedia codecs. The reasoning is straightforward: shipping with codecs involves a lot of work that other mainstream distributions don't bother with, instead leaving users to choose what they want post-install. As …
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Auto erotic: Self-driving cars will let occupants bonk on the go

A Canadian car safety expert has introduced the world to a surprising moral panic, warning that if people no longer have to drive their cars, they'll have sex in them instead. The idea that an autonomous vehicle might become a “shaggin' wagon”* comes from Barrie Kirk, Executive Director of the Canadian Automated Vehicles …
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Ireland's tech sector fears fallout of Brexit 'Yes' vote

The Republic of Ireland’s IT industry would be damaged if its second-biggest trading partner Britain left the European Union. Firms are concerned about the impact on exports - particularly if the British economy and sterling hit the skids. Some think Ireland could benefit from international firms wanting an English-speaking …
SA Mathieson, 29 Apr 2016

Windows 10 handcuffs Cortana web search to Bing and Edge browser

The Cortana search box in the Windows 10 task bar will, from today, always use Bing and Microsoft's Edge browser to find stuff on the web. You can still configure your default browser to be something other than Edge, and you can set the default search engine to be something other than Bing on your Windows 10 PC. But if you …
Chris Williams, 29 Apr 2016

Samsung's little black box will hot-wire your car to the internet. Eek!

Samsung is developing a small black box device that will plug into your car under the dashboard and instantly turn it into a smart, connected car. Speaking at its annual Developer Conference in San Francisco, the director of the company's Connected Car program, Val Zinchenko, showcased a rectangular black box roughly three …
Kieren McCarthy, 27 Apr 2016

NASA eyes stadium-sized orb launch: Part 3

NASA is hoping to finally get off the ground with the Super Pressure Balloon mission which has been grounded twice by unfavourable winds at altitude since 1 April. The word from Wanaka Airport, New Zealand, is that there's a launch window between 9 and 11AM local time tomorrow (5 to 7PM EDT or 9 to 11PM GMT tonight). The …
Lester Haines, 26 Apr 2016
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Official: EU goes after Google, alleges it uses Android to kill competition

The EU's competition authority thinks it has a smoking gun against Google. Consumers suffered because Google’s contracts with phone OEMs prevented the market from creating a better Android, the EU Commission alleged today. It has sent a formal Statement of Objections to Google that forces Google to come up with remedies or …
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Apr 2016
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Sneaky Google KOs 'right to be forgotten' from search results

Google has never liked privacy laws, and it really hated Europe’s “Right to be Forgotten” ruling in 2014. The RTBF ruling gave private citizens the right to ask for the removal of search entries that contained personal information that was old and irrelevant, for which there was no public interest. It was a privilege …
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Apr 2016
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Clucking hell! Farcical free-range egg standard pecked apart by app

It’s often said that you can’t fight City Hall: the concentration of power and politics makes even the most open of political systems fight change tooth and nail. You have to work within the system, it’s said, or the system will fight you - and win. That’s a story the system puts out about itself - far better for all concerned …
Mark Pesce, 20 Apr 2016

You Leica? P9 certainly is a Great Leap Forward in imaging... for Huawei

Review Huawei has grabbed the headlines with its audacious partnership with Leica – but does it measure up? Here’s the verdict on the P9: that is, the regular 5.2 inch model, not the larger P9 Plus, which has a few tricks of its own. Once you leave the hype behind – the P9’s dual-camera imaging is good, but not that good. I had hours …
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Apr 2016

Defence in depth: Don't let your firm's security become a boondoggle

Information security (infosec) isn’t a game for amateurs. No one solution will do. Proper information security requires defence in depth: layers of technologies, techniques, best practices and incident response woven together into the tapestry of everyday operations. Unfortunately, hiring professionals is no guarantee that …
Trevor Pott, 15 Apr 2016
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Hey, tech industry, have you noticed Amazon in the rearview?

Sysadmin Blog Dear readers, I apologize in advance for the cursing, horrible metaphors, similes and so forth that will populate this blog. I am writing this after a day of dealing with a network cryptolocker outbreak and finally hitting that wall where I no longer care about anything except venting unto the world that silent rage that has …
Trevor Pott, 12 Apr 2016
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Half of people plug in USB drives they find in the parking lot

A new study has found that almost half the people who pick up a USB stick they happen across in a parking lot plug said drives into their PCs. Researchers from Google, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and the University of Michigan, spread 297 USB drives around the Urbana-Champaign campus. They found that 48 …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Apr 2016
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Vendor: Do we need Quality of Service with shared storage arrays?

The Storage Architect I recently had a discussion with a vendor (who shall remain nameless) as to whether we really needed Quality of Service (QoS) in shared storage arrays. His thinking went as follows: if we have a storage array and network with sufficient bandwidth/IOPS, then why bother implementing QoS? At first this seems like a reasonable …
Chris Evans, 08 Apr 2016
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Optus patches crap credential cock-up in cable modems

Optus has patched a vulnerability in its popular routers that allowed attackers to change administrative passwords without knowing the existing logins. The flaw, reported by The Register, exists in the CG3000v2 cable modem and means attackers could type anything into the current password field to change the code to one of …
Darren Pauli, 04 Apr 2016
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Intel flops out 3D flash SSDs – and says they're the densest ever

Intel has introduced its first 3D NAND SSDs, updating three planar NVMe SSDs with four new models, and claiming to have the industry’s highest density 3D NAND. The existing DC P3500, P3600 and P3700 products use 20nm MLC flash technology, with the P3500 and P3600 dating from June 2014 and the P3700 being introduced in …
Chris Mellor, 31 Mar 2016
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Web ads are reading my keystrokes and I can’t even spel propperlie

Something for the Weekend, Sir? A friend has the willies. He even went on Facebook to tell us about his willies. He’s not normally the kind to get the willies, but willies is what he has. American readers of this column may be disappointed to learn that my friend is neither a fellow of loose morals nor is he, as far as I am aware, multitudinally …
Alistair Dabbs, 18 Mar 2016

Optus cable routers let anyone change passwords, says tech

University of Sydney tech Paul Szabo says Netgear routers provided by Australian telco Optus contain a vulnerability that allows attackers to change admin passwords without knowing the existing credentials. The bug in the CG3000v2 cable modem means attackers could enter anything into the current password field to change the …
Darren Pauli, 17 Mar 2016

Persistent memory: Has HPE got there already?

Analysis Meg Whitman dropped a pair of teasers in the latest earnings call, with a new hyperconverged appliance mentioned plus a persistent memory game-changer. What is that? It's an hor d'oeuvre before the XPoint entrée. Persistent memory is a holy grail, the hoped-for love child of DRAM and non-volatility that meshes forgetful …
Chris Mellor, 08 Mar 2016
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AMD to fix slippery hypervisor-busting bug in its CPU microcode

Analysis AMD will release on Monday new processor microcode to crush an esoteric bug that can be potentially exploited by virtual machine guests to hijack host servers. Machines using AMD Piledriver CPUs, such as the Opteron 6300 family of server chips, and specifically CPU microcode versions 0x6000832 and 0x6000836 – the latest …
Chris Williams, 06 Mar 2016

Surprise! That blood-pressure app doesn't measure blood pressure

Quantified self types not only fill Twitter feeds with reports from every walking, running, breathing and bonking app around – but the spewed data isn't always particularly accurate. In a letter published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), a bunch of US medical academics decided to test AuraLife's …
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Commodity flash just as good as enterprise drives, Google finds

If you're loading up a heap of flash drives for your data centre, don't bother with “enterprise-class” SLC (single level cell) technology, because cheaper MLC (multi-level cell) drives will do the job just as well. However, the data centre biz needs new techniques to predict drive failures, because the unrecoverable bit error …
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Linux lads lambast sorry state of Skype service

Linux users are piling on Microsoft after the long-neglected Skype client on the open-source OS suddenly lost the ability to join calls from other versions of the software. Since Monday, users running the latest Linux build of Skype have been unable to chat to friends who are using Skype for OS X and Windows, it appears. Fed …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Feb 2016

Meet Barra's baby: Xiaomi arrives with a splash

MWC16 Xiaomi is heading West, and its new Mi 5 flagship brings Galaxy quality for £250 to Western markets this Spring. The Mi 5 shows a major investment in design - as the company told us at tedious length in Barcelona today. “Ceramic is up to 8H on the Mohs scale,” Xiaomi phone chief Hugo Barra told us, extolling the virtues of …
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Feb 2016

Browser made by China's top search engine leaks almost everything

Sit down, so you don't injure yourself falling down in surprise: the browser provided by China's Baidu is a privacy nightmare. That's the conclusion of Canada's Citizen Lab, which watched the wire while the browser was running and needed a lie-down itself from what it found. Baidu is China's top search engine and, like Google …
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Comodo's 'security' kit installed a lame VNC server on PCs on the sly

Google's Project Zero has found yet another blunder in Comodo's internet "security" software – a VNC server enabled by default with a predictable password. Earlier this month, Googler Tavis Ormandy pointed out that Comodo's custom web browser, dubbed Chromodo, was about as unsafe as a lace condom thanks to terrible security …
Iain Thomson, 18 Feb 2016

US Congress locks and loads three anti-encryption bullets

US Congress is preparing no fewer than three new bills over the ongoing encryption debate: one banning end-to-end encryption, one setting up a commission to review the issue, and a third to make sure that it is Congress that gets to decide what happens next. Leading member of the Senate Intelligence Committee Dianne Feinstein …
Kieren McCarthy, 10 Feb 2016

Brit spies want rights to wiretap and snoop on US companies' servers

The US and UK authorities are holding secret negotiations that would allow British domestic spies to tap into servers in the Land of the FreeTM when investigating Her Majesty's citizens. A draft proposal, seen by the Washington Post, would allow MI5 to get access to data stored on overseas computers run by American firms, and …
Iain Thomson, 05 Feb 2016
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While we weren't looking, the WAN changed

Sysadmin Blog: Wide Area Networking (WAN) solutions are not discussed enough in the tech press. We babble incessantly about consumer broadband, or some new top end fibre speed achieved in a lab, but this is merely a fraction of the story. There is a very real revolution in WAN connectivity that is occurring right now, today. It goes largely …
Trevor Pott, 05 Feb 2016

Former tech PR Jeremy Hunt MP ordered by judge to delete tweet

The Secretary of State for Health (and former technology PR) Jeremy Hunt, got himself into a bit of bother with a judge after sending a tweet during the Frances Cappuccini manslaughter trial. On the only the second day of the trial, Hunt had used the microbabble platform to link to a news report of the case, and commented that …