Articles about California

Medicos could be world's best security bypassers, study finds

Medicos are so adept at mitigating security controls that their bypassing exploits have become official policy, a university-backed study has revealed. The work finds that nurses, doctors, and other medical workers will so often bypass information security controls in a bid to administer rapid health care that the shortcuts …
Darren Pauli, 27 Jun 2016
E8-array

No software changes needed to use E8's screaming fast arrays

Backgrounder If hero numbers are what you want then E8 Storage's 2U box filled with 24 NVMe SSDS can provide them; 10 million 4KB IOPS using RDMA over an Ethernet fabric connecting up to 100 servers. The company provided more information about the product to an IT Press Tour in Silicon Valley, with CEO and cofounder Zivan Ori and product …
Chris Mellor, 23 Jun 2016
Onions

Tor onion hardening will be tear-inducing for feds

The University of California wants to defeat deanonymisation with a hardened version of the Tor browser. The uni boffins are with the Tor Project testing an address space layout randomisation (ASLR) -esque technique dubbed Selfrando. It is hoped the technique described in the paper Selfrando: Securing the Tor Browser against …
Darren Pauli, 23 Jun 2016
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Linux on PS3 white flag

Sony has offered up a settlement in its long-running Linux-on-PS3 class action, and as many as 10 million owners could be in line for a payout. When it first shipped, the PlayStation 3 was celebrated by Penguinistas as the first gaming console that could boot up Linux out-of-the-box. It quickly regretted the decision, because …
Mark Zuckerberg's laptop

Zuck covers up mic and cam pickup because sharing isn't always good

A PR snapshot of Mark Zuckerberg's desk has shown quite how seriously the king of the information sharing economy takes his own privacy. On Tuesday, the Behoodied One shared an at-work picture to celebrate hitting 500 million active monthly users on Instagram. But a closer look by California startup employee Chris Olson shows …
Iain Thomson, 22 Jun 2016
Hot ticket

New York outlaws ticket-hoarding buybots

A New York State law will make it illegal for resellers to use bots that snap up tickets for events en masse. The State Assembly has passed A10713, a measure that makes the use of automated scripts (bots) on ticket-purchasing sites a criminal act. Under the new law, anyone who is found to be using bots to buy tickets will be …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Jun 2016

Meet the 1,000 core chip that can be powered by an AA battery

Six years after University of Glasgow researchers first achieved the feat, an American university has demonstrated a 1,000 core processor. While Glasgow used a FPGA, the “kilocore”silicon produced by the University of California Davis’ VLSI* Computation Lab differs by putting 1,000 independently programmable cores on a single …
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Jun 2016

All aboard the PCIe bus for Nvidia's Tesla P100 supercomputer grunt

ISC Nvidia has popped its Tesla P100 accelerator chip onto PCIe cards for bog-standard server nodes tasked with artificial intelligence and supercomputer-grade workloads. The P100 was unveiled in April at Nvidia's GPU Tech Conference in California: it's a 16nm FinFET graphics processor with 15 billion transistors on a 600mm2 die. …
Chris Williams, 20 Jun 2016
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Get-rich quick trick Twitch snitch: Bots sued for fake video views

Gameplay video streaming biz Twitch has had enough of bots on its network and, after failing to find a lasting tech solution, has started throwing sueballs instead. Bots have become a big problem for Amazon-owned Twitch and its users. The software agents are used to hit up players' online channels and artificially inflate …
Iain Thomson, 18 Jun 2016

Dad of student slain in Paris terror massacre sues Google, Twitter, Facebook for their 'material support' of ISIS

A grieving father has sued Google, Twitter and Facebook, alleging the web giants enabled the Paris terrorist attacks that killed his daughter. Nohemi Gonzalez, 23, was a student spending a semester in the French capital when she and 129 others were murdered by gunmen and suicide bombers aligned with ISIS. She was the only …
Iain Thomson, 17 Jun 2016
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UK's education system blamed for IT jobs going to non-Brits

Immigration is an issue swaying electorates around the world, including Britons, who will next week decide whether to leave the European Union and Americans, who will soon decide whether to vote for Donald Trump as president in November. While this is generally assumed to affect low-pay, low-skilled jobs, it can affect those in …
SA Mathieson, 17 Jun 2016

Official: Microsoft goes to pot, gives weed growers fix they need

Put this in your pipe and smoke it: Microsoft is offering pot growers software tools to help them stay on the right side of America's relaxed laws. Marijuana is legal in Microsoft's home state of Washington, as well as in Oregon, Colorado and Alaska, and is prescribed medicinally (with varying degrees of laxity) in California …
Iain Thomson, 17 Jun 2016
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Space Data dudes say Google lifted Loon balloon tune

Google parent company Alphabet has been hit with a lawsuit that claims the Mountain View ads giant stole the idea for its Project Loon network. Space Data Corporation of Chandler, Arizona, claims that it holds patents covering a system for using balloons to carry broadband antennae to power a wireless data network. It has …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Jun 2016
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Workers rejoice! Marx’s vision will become reality, argues SAP veep

Marx’s vision of the lumpen proleteriat casting off their alienating shackles to become masters of their own destiny could be about to become a reality – just as soon as they sign up as Uber and Airbnb vendors. That was the argument put forward by SAP's Eric Verniaut, senior vice president for industries EMEA, at Huawei’s …
Joe Fay, 15 Jun 2016
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Astroboffins' discovery gives search for early life a left hand. Or right

For the first time, astronomers have made an interstellar observation of a molecule that can exist in left- and right-handed versions – which could help unravel how life can come to exist. The discovery was made using two radio telescopes: Green Bank in the USA, and Parkes in Australia. What Brett McGuire (US National Radio …
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Over Ireland? Bothered by Brexit? Find that new home for your cloud

As we all know, the cloud isn't an amorphous, non-geographical blob of computing. Which is a good thing, because there are plenty of legal implications around where your data lives and where it moves both to and from. The point is, of course, that as the cloud isn't just a cloud, your choice of provider is largely dependent on …
Dave Cartwright, 13 Jun 2016
Apple Store SoHo NYC

Thief dresses as Apple Store drone, walks off with $16,000 in iGear

A thief in New York City was able lift more than $16,000 worth of Apple merchandise by dressing up as a store employee. The brazen bloke walked into the SoHo Apple Store location at around 5.30PM on June 1, and took 19 iPhones from the store without being detected. His clever disguise? A blue t-shirt that police said was " …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Jun 2016
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Texans sue Lyft and Uber

Dial-a-ride giants Uber and Lyft are being sued for their abrupt withdrawal from Austin, Texas. Drivers have filed complaints against both Uber [PDF] and Lyft [PDF] in the California Northern District Court, alleging violations of the US Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act. The suits allege that when the …
Shaun Nichols, 09 Jun 2016

Hobbits really did exist – and endured erectus shrinkage, say boffins

A new paper in the journal Nature suggests that a hobbit-sized relative of modern humans shrunk to their diminutive status as a result of being trapped on an island. In 2003, archaeologists working on the Indonesian island of Flores found remains of a humanoid species that would have stood only 3.5 feet (1.06 meter) tall at …
Iain Thomson, 09 Jun 2016

Sysadmin 'fesses up to wrecking his former employer's IT systems

A former sysadmin with HP-spinoff Agilent has pleaded guilty to intentionally damaging the company's systems after he was laid off. Kenneth Kezeor, 47, worked for Varian from 1997 until 2010, when it was bought by Agilent. Two years later, he was laid off as part of a general staff reduction. He did not take the news well, …
Kieren McCarthy, 09 Jun 2016

DevOps is for all, says DevOps pundit-in-chief. He doesn't have it in for the BOFH, honest

One of the architects of DevOps has said being a 900-year-old organisation with a mainframe is no barrier to overhauling your technology operations, even if you're a European outfit that hasn’t seen a green field development since the 19th century. However, Gene Kim, author of DevOps cult classic The Phoenix Project, did give …
Joe Fay, 09 Jun 2016
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Broadcom sues Sony over MPEG, wireless etc patents in PlayStation 4

Chip designer Broadcom is suing Sony over allegations the PlayStation 4 has been using patents without a license. Filing suit [PDF] in the Central California District Court, Broadcom claims that the latest Sony gaming box infringes on ten of its patents covering basic activities performed by a home console, such as decoding …
Shaun Nichols, 08 Jun 2016
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AT&T expanding 5G trials

Want a 10 Gbps 5G wireless connection? Buy a home in a wireless lab, like AT&T's, where it claims to have hit that speed. The operator also says it's expanding the trials it's been conducting with vendors Ericsson and Nokia, with fixed outdoor tests slated for Texas and New Jersey later this year. Nokia's also involved in the …
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US military tests massive GPS jamming weapon over California

The US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) is warning aircraft to stay a few hundred miles away from the Naval Air Weapons Station at China Lake, California, because the military is testing a new gizmo that disrupts GPS – and may also mess with flight control systems. gps jamming map Like Bob Marley, the US military is jammin …
Iain Thomson, 07 Jun 2016
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Salesforce $50m upstart fund

Salesforce has set up a $50m incubator to finance startups using its Lightning development platform, and will give them free workspace in its San Mateo office in California. "Based in the Bay Area, the Salesforce Incubator will provide a space for select companies to innovate, collaborate, share best practices and interact …
Iain Thomson, 07 Jun 2016

US Supremes won't halt class-action legal battle against Google Adwords

Google has failed to convince the US Supreme Court to derail a long-running ad-fraud class-action lawsuit. Proceedings will therefore continue against the advertising goliath. Look under "certiorari denied" in Monday's Supreme Court listings [PDF] and you'll find Google, Inc. v. Pulaski & Middleman, et al, meaning the supremes …
Andrew Orlowski, 07 Jun 2016
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That didn't take long: Shareholders sue Oracle in 'fake cloud sales' row

Just days after Oracle was sued by an ex-employee, who accused the IT giant of making up its cloud sales figures, its shareholders are now hauling the company into court. A complaint [PDF] filed on behalf of Oracle stockholders by investor Grover Klarfeld alleges that the database goliath put their investments in the company …
Shaun Nichols, 06 Jun 2016
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Model's horrific rape case may limit crucial online free speech law

Analysis A terrifying case in which an aspiring model was drugged and raped may result in a limit being placed on a critical piece of online free speech legislation in the US. The unnamed woman was contacted through the website Model Mayhem and offered an audition. That audition turned into a nightmare when two men – Lavont Flanders …
Kieren McCarthy, 06 Jun 2016

NetSuite hacker thrown in the cooler for a year, fined $124,000

A hacker has been jailed for a year and fined $124,000 (£86,000) after admitting he infiltrated a protected computer system. He has also had all his computer equipment confiscated and faces a three-year probation period when he gets out. Robert Saunders, 30, repeatedly hacked into the corporate network of cloud business …
Kieren McCarthy, 06 Jun 2016

Google's tentacles stretch into the EU as well as the US

Google can provide a lucrative career option for EU policy advisors, with the UK hosting the busiest revolving door, according to new research. The US-based Campaign for Accountability has identified at least 16 Googlers joining the taxpayer’s payroll, with 64 advisors taking the more lucrative path the other way by joining …
Andrew Orlowski, 06 Jun 2016

Engine warning light appears on Uber's $100m driver settlement

Uber's $100m settlement with thousands of its drivers has spun around, mounted the curb and is careering back toward a California courthouse. Following the filing of objections [PDF] from drivers who take issue with terms of the settlement that they say only favors Uber and plaintiff lead attorney Shannon Liss-Riordan, the …
Shaun Nichols, 04 Jun 2016

Western Digital to axe 507 California staffers

Western Digital is planning to lay off 507 workers, according to paperwork submitted to California's department of employment. Under the US state's Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) system, employers must give a 60-day heads-up to affected staff plus state and local representatives prior to a plant closing …
Chris Mellor, 02 Jun 2016

Tech titans demand free speech law to head off President Trump

Donald Trump has already started bringing America together by forging an unlikely alliance between Republicans in Congress and Silicon Valley. Both groups are working on pushing through a bill aimed at protecting free speech online before the end of the Obama Administration, because neither believe a President Trump would …
Kieren McCarthy, 01 Jun 2016

Theranos CEO: $4.5bn to $0

In a reflection of the complete collapse in confidence of blood-testing company Theranos, its founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes has taken a bit of a hit in her estimated net worth. Having topped the Forbes list of "Richest Self-Made Women" last year with $4.5bn, the publication has re-calculated her value this year to... $0. …
Kieren McCarthy, 01 Jun 2016
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Life after Safe Harbour: Avoiding Uncle Sam's data rules gotchas

Back in the day I used to work for a multi-national company with a big presence in the US. I learned a lot there, from the usefulness of a BA silver card to how to run the tendering process for a big global WAN. I also learned what a big deal our US cousins make of their data export regulations. This doesn't mean, of course, …
Dave Cartwright, 01 Jun 2016

Broadcom, Apple sueballed

Caltech has lobbed a sueball at Apple and Broadcom over its Wi-Fi patents. The case, 2:16-cv-03714-GW-JPR in the Central District Court of California, alleges breaches of US patents 7,116,710, 7,421,032, 7,916,781 and 8,284,833. The focus of the patents is error correction used in 802.11n and 802.11ac – in particular, IRA/ …
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Illinois senator proposes gutting BIPA

The Center for Democracy and Technology is accusing Illinois senator Terry Link of planning to gut protections covering the use of biometric data by the IT sector. The proposals to revise the state's Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) were quietly announced on Thursday night ahead of a weekend that ends with Memorial Day …

Feinstein-Burr's bonkers backdoor crypto law is dead in the water

A proposed piece of US legislation that would have required American tech companies to cripple the encryption in their products is dead in the water. The daft bill was championed by Senators Richard Burr (R‑NC) and Dianne Feinstein (D‑CA) in February following an increasingly rancorous debate over encryption, and at one point …
Kieren McCarthy, 27 May 2016
Verizon workers on the picket line

Verizon, union make peace after 35,000 strike techies put telco on hold

Verizon has reached a deal that will end the six-week strike by many of its network technicians. The US Department of Labor (DOL) says it has brokered a deal for a four-year contract between Verizon and the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). Verizon workers …
Shaun Nichols, 27 May 2016

Dedupe, dedupe, dedupe dedupe dedupe... Who snuck in to attack Microsoft Edge?

Security researchers have discovered a means to use previously unknown vulnerabilities found in in-memory deduplication to attack otherwise well-defended systems. The well-known standard compression technique, which is ubiquitous as a way of reducing the memory footprint across virtual machines, is also a by-default feature …
John Leyden, 27 May 2016

$10bn Oracle v Google copyright jury verdict: Google wins, Java APIs in Android are Fair Use

Google has won the latest round in its long-running battle with Oracle over the use of Java class library APIs in Android. A San Francisco jury today found that Google's reuse of Java's core software interfaces in its own mobile operating system should be considered fair use – meaning Google can avoid paying royalties to …
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The Schmidt's hit by the fan: Alphabet investor sues Google bigwigs over EU antitrust ruckus

An Alphabet shareholder is suing company executives – including exec chairman Eric Schmidt, CEO Larry Page, and president Sergey Brin – for their roles in Google's EU antitrust case. Robert Jessup has filed suit [PDF] in a California state court against more than three dozen people, including the Google cofounders and long- …
Shaun Nichols, 26 May 2016
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Craig Wilson just can't catch a break. Tries to leave HPE, finds self back again

Will someone please spare a thought for industry old-timer Craig Wilson, the former UK boss of Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services who - we are told - was glad to escape the firm’s internal politics. Wilson departed the job in autumn 2014 amid a reorg that saw Jacqui Ferguson take change of the local operation, returning from …
Paul Kunert, 25 May 2016
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iPhone 'Error 53' plaintiffs say Apple not giving reimbursements

A class of iPhone owners say that Apple has not lived up to its promise to reimburse customers for bricked handsets. A filing [PDF] in the California Northern District Court seeks to move forward with a class action case against the Cupertino iPhone maker on behalf of customers whose phones were locked when a February firmware …
Shaun Nichols, 25 May 2016
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Google-backed solar electricity facility sets itself on fire

A troubled heliostatic power station is set to hit the anti-renewables meme-factories, after misaligned mirrors set the tower on fire. The Google-backed, US$2.2 billion Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System generates power by focussing sunlight on boilers at the top of three 140-metre (439-foot) towers and using the …

Republicans threaten to derail internet transition

Republican congressmen are increasing their efforts to delay transition of a critical piece of internet infrastructure from the US government to a non-profit organization based in California. For the third time, a House Appropriations subcommittee has included a provision in a must-pass bill that would prevent the Department …
Kieren McCarthy, 19 May 2016

Theranos bins two years of test results

The controversial blood-testing company Theranos has voided two years of results and issued tens of thousands of corrected reports, further undermining its credibility and raising serious questions over its future. The discarded results were run both on traditional testing machines and on Theranos' "revolutionary" Edison …
Kieren McCarthy, 19 May 2016
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Anon attack Turkish hospital

Elements of Anonymous have pledged to launch attacks on Turkish medical facilities. Attacks against Turkey's hospitals are billed as a reprisal against recent ransomware attacks on Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, and Methodist Hospital in Henderson, Kentucky. The malware attacks were the work …
John Leyden, 19 May 2016
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Google: 'Here to stay on business cloud... but a long way to go'

Google is “very serious” about enterprise cloud – according to Google’s head of enterprise cloud. Diane Greene, Google senior vice president for enterprise business, is reported to have made the claim during a side-event at the firm’s annual I/O Conference in San Francisco, California. And, while she didn’t name names, Greene …
Gavin Clarke, 19 May 2016

NASA's stadium-sized sandwich bag overflies Oz

The NASA Super Pressure Balloon (SPB) which lifted off from New Zealand earlier this week is heading for the open Indian Ocean, having traversed the south of Australia. According to the handy tracking map, the mighty orb and its payload were earlier today travelling west at an altitude of 108,970ft (around 33,220m). The …
Lester Haines, 19 May 2016