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Neuromorphic progress: And we for one welcome our new single artificial synapse overlords

A team of engineers has built an artificial synapse with the hopes of creating a neural network system with similar processing powers as the human brain. "The brain is capable of massively parallel information processing while consuming only 1‑100 fJ per synaptic event. Inspired by the efficiency of the brain, CMOS-based …
Katyanna Quach, 22 Feb 2017
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Talos opens box, three Aerospike vulns fly out

Aerospike NoSQL server DBAs, make sure you've rolled out version 3.11.1.1, because the vulnerabilities it fixes have been made public. Cisco Talos made the three-vuln disclosure after the fix landed, including one denial-of-service and two code execution bugs – all easy to trigger by sending crafted packets. In the DoS bug, …
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Meet the chap open-sourcing US govt code – Paul, an ex-Microsoft anti-piracy engineer

Interview In the months ahead, Idaho National Laboratory aims to open-source software for analyzing the quality of cow manure. "It runs a whole bunch of scenarios and numbers and determines what is the most profitable use of the manure that comes out of cows," explained Paul Berg, senior research and development software licensing …
Thomas Claburn, 21 Feb 2017

$350m! shaved! off! sale! price! as! Verizon! swallows! Yahoo!

Yahoo! will be gobbled by Verizon for $4.48bn, $350m cheaper than the initial deal, apparently due to the damage done to the company's value by widely reported successful cyber-attacks. Verizon slashed its acquisition offer in the wake of Yahoo! confessing to cyber-attacks, and the companies will now share the liability for …
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Australia commences critical infrastructure protection consultation

Last month, Australia's federal government established a Critical Infrastructure Centre. Now it's decided to ask what the centre should protect. Attorney-General George Brandis has announced a month-long consultation into the security of the country's critical infrastructure. The statement says the consultation includes …
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Ditching your call centre for an app? Be careful not to get SAP-slapped

SAP has scored what threatens to be a pyrrhic victory in court against one of its own customers. A British court sided with the software giant in a case that threatens to drastically increase the amount of money customers must pay it. A judge ruled that SAP's named-user licensing fees must cover any and all software that …
Gavin Clarke, 20 Feb 2017
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Love lambda, love Microsoft's Graph Engine. But you fly alone

Analysis Much has changed at Microsoft since Steve Ballmer described Linux as "a cancer" in reaction to the open-source flag-flyer's threat to Redmond's money-spinning Windows business. Three years after Redmond's researchers published their whitepaper on distributed graph engine Trinity, Microsoft has announced that it has released …
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Smash up your kid's Bluetooth-connected Cayla 'surveillance' doll, Germany urges parents

Germany's Federal Network Agency, or Bundesnetzagentur, has banned Genesis Toys' Cayla doll as an illegal surveillance device. "Items that conceal cameras or microphones and that are capable of transmitting a signal, and therefore can transmit data without detection, compromise people's privacy," said agency president Jochen …
Thomas Claburn, 17 Feb 2017
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Don’t panic over cyber-terrorism: Daesh-bags still at script kiddie level

RSA USA There’s no need to panic about the threat of a major online terrorist attack, since ISIS and their allies are all talk and no trousers. That's according to the former head of the US National Counterterrorism Center. Matt Olsen, who has also served as the NSA’s top lawyer, told the RSA security conference today that the levels …
Iain Thomson, 16 Feb 2017
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Dirty data, flogged cores: YES, Microsoft SQL Server R Services has its positives

The R language has enjoyed a great reputation in statistical computing and graphics for decades. However, it is also known as something for statisticians. Born around the time of Java, PHP and Python, R lags behind all three by a long chalk on the TIOBE rankings. Yet Microsoft spotted an opportunity in this era of analytics …
Andrew Cobley, 16 Feb 2017
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Identity disorder: Does UK govt need Verify more than we do?

Comment One problem writing about government IT is that after a while it feels a bit like Groundhog Day – a syndrome that must be even more pronounced for the folk working in it. Six years ago I remember clearly being walked through the reasons why the British government needed an online identification tool to enable citizens to use …
Kat Hall, 16 Feb 2017
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GitLab invokes the startup defence to explain data loss woes

When GitLab suffered its database deletion, outage and related failure of five backup tools, the company quickly offered The Register an interview. Which sounded like a good opportunity to learn just how a startup aiming for serious developers, and with US$25m of serious investors' cash in its keeping, could have failed to …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Feb 2017

OK, it's time to talk mass spying again: America's Section 702 powers are up for renewal

Analysis While the entire US political machinery has been caught up with one Trump-based scandal after another over the past three weeks, larger underlying issues are starting to re-emerge. And top of the list is mass surveillance. Section 702 of America's Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) expires at the end of the year – …
Kieren McCarthy, 15 Feb 2017

Rasputin whips out large intimidating tool, penetrates uni, city, govt databases – new claim

A Russian-speaking miscreant dubbed "Rasputin," who potentially hacked into the US Election Assistance Commission and sold access to its systems, has struck again, it is claimed. Rasputin has allegedly infiltrated database servers within 60 organizations, US government agencies, and international universities. These victims …
John Leyden, 15 Feb 2017
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Verizon! surprisingly! OK! with! Yahoo! despite! mega-hack!

Verizon will savagely slash its acquisition offer for hacker-ransacked Yahoo! by, wait a minute, just 5.2 per cent, it is claimed. We're hearing that the telecom giant has decided to lower its $4.8bn offer for what remains of the Purple Palace by roughly $250m. According to Bloomberg, the discount will be $250m, while The Wall …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Feb 2017
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Hutchison's 3UK and Google push 3.5 GHz on both sides of the pond

Analysis Some are talking about 3.5 GHz as a 5G band, but Hutchison’s deal to acquire UK Broadband to bolster its 3UK arm is all about the good old fight for LTE spectrum. This deal shows that it is not just the US’s opening of its 3.5 GHz band, via its CBRS scheme, that has thrust this spectrum into the limelight. In many parts of the …
Wireless Watch, 15 Feb 2017
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A spanner in the works: Google's cloud database hits beta, gets prices

Google's close to plugging a long-standing gap in its public cloud, with its Cloud Spanner distributed relational database hitting public beta. In January, we noted that Cloud Spanner, first detailed in a 2012 white paper, had landed as alpha in 2014 but was yet to become a commercial offering. The beta announced February 14 …
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Commissioner kisses Met goodbye, says it's set to be 'best digital police force'

Outgoing London Met police commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe claims to be leaving the service on track to be the "best digital police" force with the arrival of long-awaited smart devices this summer. In his valedictory speech on Valentine's Day at the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies, he said the …
Kat Hall, 14 Feb 2017
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UK website data insecurity worries: Users in bits over car break-up emails

Updated Popular car parts website PartsGateway.co.uk is dangerously insecure, a veteran UK security consultant warns. The warning from Paul Moore comes in the midst of ongoing social media complaints (example here) by customers who say they have received phishing mails containing personal addresses and phone numbers. One of the users …
John Leyden, 14 Feb 2017
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It's over? Pat Gelsinger's post vSphere VMware NSX-T opportunity

Sysadmin Blog VMware has recently announced its financial results for 2016, and for a company that's not just satured but that leads the VM market, it had a very good year. Some of this is attributed to accepting that VMware can't beat AWS, so it might as well join them. But VMware's NSX Network Virtualization arguably led the way, doubling …
Trevor Pott, 14 Feb 2017

Roses are red, violets are blue, fake-news-detecting AI is fake news, too

Analysis The viral spread of fake news and “alternative facts” has rocked Western politics. Oxford Dictionaries chose “post-truth” as its word of 2016, and when a society is scolded by a dictionary wielding a hyphenated word, you know you've collectively screwed up. “The concept of post-truth has been in existence for the past decade, …
Katyanna Quach, 14 Feb 2017
Oracle acrobatics in the cloud

Oracle is red, violets are blue, we hope you'll integrate biz analytics in our cloud soon

At Oracle, the future is cloud. If a product is not in the cloud, it's toast. It's that simple. The command has come down from on high to Oraclers. Be in the cloud or be finding a new job. Here's a great example of that diktat in full effect. Oracle has a thing called the Oracle Data Integrator Enterprise Edition. Well now you …
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Explain! yourself! US! senators! yell! at! Yahoo!

A couple of US senators have accused Yahoo! of not cooperating with their attempts to investigate its now-notorious database security breaches. Republicans John Thune (chair of the US Senate's Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation) and Jerry Moran (chair of its sub-committee for Consumer Protection, Product Safety …

Infosec pros aren't too bothered by Trump – it's his cabinet sidekicks you need to worry about

BSidesSF We're less than a month into Donald Trump's reign in America, and so much has already kicked off. Since we're at the BSides San Francisco infosec conference this week, we asked security pro here to "rate my president." And we'll be honest: many attendees see some good in his appointment, although there is concern about who he …
Iain Thomson, 14 Feb 2017
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IT bosses: Get budgets for better security by rating threats on a scale of zero to Yahoo!

BSides SF What do you reckon US government regulations on computer security look like? If you selected outdated, contradictory and avoidable, congrats, you're an industry veteran – or you were paying attention to a talk this morning at the BSidesSF 2017 infosec conference. In a presentation titled "Swimming upstream: regulation vs …
Iain Thomson, 13 Feb 2017
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If you need an in-mem analytics cruncher – and, hey, who doesn't? – Microsoft Graph Engine is now open source

Microsoft Graph Engine, the in-memory-store-slash-computation engine, has been released under the open source MIT license. The GitHub repository contains the source code of Graph Engine and its graph query language, Language Integrated Query, which is already utilized by the Academic Graph Search API in Microsoft Cognitive …
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Bloke, 27, arrested, tech gear seized by cops over UK Sports Direct hack

Exclusive A 27-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the hacking of Sports Direct's internal website for employees, The Register can reveal. The man, who has not been identified, was cuffed on suspicion of computer misuse offences amid an investigation into the attack on the UK's largest sports retail business last September …
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Say a stealthy 'hi' to Gluent, Tachyum and VAST Data

Analysis Three storage startups have hoved into view: Gluent, Tachyum and VAST Data. Gluent is a data silo virtualiser, liking RDBMS to Hadoop data for easier and simpler data analysis. Tachyum aims to, it appears, defeat Moore's Law by devising a new data processing architecture, and VAST Data, the stealthiest of the three, must be …
Chris Mellor, 13 Feb 2017

Oracle refuses to let Java copyright battle die – another appeal filed in war against Google

Oracle has brought its legal war with Google back to life, alleging Android's Java framework ripped off Big Red's copyright. According to a lengthy court document filed today by the database giant, and obtained by El Reg, Oracle will once again make its case that Google violated copyrights it holds on core Java libraries. The …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Feb 2017

Run this in April: UPDATE Azure SET SQLthreat_detection = 'generally available'

Microsoft says it will fully power up its Azure SQL Database Threat Detection service this spring. This technology, which has been in preview mode for the past year or so, monitors for suspicious database activities, and raises the alarm if malicious access is detected. It has been two years in the making, and will enter …

Instapaper in 31-hour outage, says it needs a week to restore all data

Web scrapbook Instapaper has suffered a 30-plus hour outage and is warning of a week-long restore time. Instapaper allows users to save "all of the interesting articles, videos, cooking recipes, song lyrics, or whatever else you come across while browsing” and then makes those clippings available on any device on which you …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Feb 2017
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Explained: Apple iCloud kept 'deleted' browser histories for over a year

Apple appears to have fixed a flaw in iCloud that retained a copy of deleted Safari browsing history data synced from local devices for more than a year. On Thursday, Russian computer forensics software biz Elcomsoft said that its forensic software was able to recover Safari browser history records that had been stored in …
Thomas Claburn, 10 Feb 2017
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SQL Server on Linux? HELL YES! Linux on Windows 10? Meh

Once the second biggest enemy of Linux (SCO Group takes top honours), Microsoft is positively giddy about not just supporting Linux but actually building tools that run Linux in Windows and about putting previously Windows-only software on Linux. You can run Ubuntu inside Windows 10, install CoreOS and Docker containers inside …
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Cattle that fail, not pets that purr – the future of servers

Microsoft, Amazon, Google, others all telling us to move server loads to the cloud. Most of us with on-premise servers haven't designed things in a cloud friendly way and - call us old sentimentalists - have heaped time, love and workloads on our tin. Thus, today, we talk of such servers as “pets” while cloud providers talk of …
Adam Fowler, 09 Feb 2017
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Mag publisher Future stored your FileSilo passwords in plaintext. Then hackers hit

UK magazine publisher Future's FileSilo website has been raided by hackers, who have made off with, among other information, unencrypted user account passwords. FileSilo.co.uk is a website Future's mag subscribers can log into to download materials, such as Photoshop templates and graphics, for tutorials published in its print …
Shaun Nichols, 09 Feb 2017

Vivaldi and me: Just browsing? Nah, I'm sold

Some time late last year, without most of us really noticing, the Vivaldi browser became genuinely, startingly useful. I’d met the Opera Software founder Jon von Tetzchner two years ago when he unveiled Vivaldi's technical preview. Jon has always one of the more thoughtful and engaging founders you meet. But what was he doing …
Andrew Orlowski, 08 Feb 2017

Another day, another cloud price cut – from partly free to all free

IBM has revealed that the standard tier Bluemix Lift service is now free. Which sounds great save for one small problem: the service was just about free already. Bluemix lift is a database migration service that Big Blue says “makes it easy to quickly, securely and reliably migrate your database from on-premises data centers …
Darren Pauli, 08 Feb 2017

MapR seeks DevOps love: Stateful storage WLTM Docker containers

MapR says it is has immediate availability for the industry's first persistent storage for containers that offers complete state access to files, database tables, and message streams from any location. The MapR Converged Data Platform for Docker includes the MapR Persistent Client Container (PACC). MapR trots out the cliché …
Chris Mellor, 07 Feb 2017
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Centiq to in-memory SAP HANA users: Psst. Meet us in the public cloud

SAP HANA managed services biz Centiq is launching its cloud-readiness service to help users of the in-memory RDBMS figure out if they should move to the public cloud. According to Centiq, businesses using HANA often overlook the snapshotting, replication and availability requirements for non-standard cloud services. Its new …
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RethinkDB is dead? Rethink that thought: NoSQL database is back

RethinkDB has bounced back from the passing of its corporate parent last year to land under the protection of The Linux Foundation and a more business-friendly software license. The Cloud Native Computing Foundation on Monday said it had purchased the source code for the RethinkDB database and relicensed it under the Apache …
Thomas Claburn, 07 Feb 2017

You better layer up, Micron's working on next-generation XPoint

Micron is working on two next-generation XPoint products, a new memory, and extending 3D flash beyond 64 layers. At an analysts' day it talked about its 3D NAND technology development. It is shipping its gen-1 3D NAND with 32 layers and 384Gb die capacity and moving towards its second generation with 64 layers and 256Gb …
Chris Mellor, 03 Feb 2017
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Fused box: Look who's containerizing storage, security and apps

Comment Containerized apps will gravitate to using containerized system services such as storage and security. In the DevOps world, containerized apps run inside hosts, and system services such as security and storage are containerized as well. Outside that ideal world, these services are often linked to containers by some interface …
Chris Mellor, 03 Feb 2017

Particle accelerator hacked: Boffins' hashed passwords beamed up

UPDATE The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) is investigating a computer security breach at the Australian Synchrotron that saw hackers steal scientists' usernames and passwords Friday. Hackers of as yet unknown origin hit systems hosting the web portal where researchers from ANSTO and third parties can …
Darren Pauli, 03 Feb 2017
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Is it the beginning of the end for Visual Basic? Microsoft to focus on 'core scenarios'

Microsoft program manager Mads Torgersen has posted about the company's programming language strategy, stating that the plan for Visual Basic has shifted from co-evolution with C# to a focus on "core scenarios". Torgersen outlines the strategy for the three pure .NET languages, C#, VB, and F#. C#, says Torgersen, is used by …
Tim Anderson, 02 Feb 2017
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Survey: Teamwork promises faster delivery of database change

Promo By working closely together, development and operations teams are improving the speed and quality of application development. But what about the database? How many DevOps teams have extended a DevOps approach to their database development? Redgate surveyed more than 1,000 SQL Server database professionals across a range of …
Nicole Segre, 02 Feb 2017
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Hard numbers: The mathematical architectures of Artificial Intelligence

Pity the 34 staff of Fukoku Mutual Life Insurance in Japan, diligently calculating insurance payouts and brutally replaced by an AI system. If you believe the reports from January, the AI revolution is here. In my opinion, the goings-on in Japan cannot possibly qualify as AI, but, in order to explain why, I have to explain …
Mark Whitehorn, 02 Feb 2017
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It's holistic, dude: How to dodge the EU's £17m data regulation sting

Sysadmin blog Holistic IT is hard. There are those among us who want to purchase hardware, software, services or so-called turnkey "solutions" – as vendors call them – bearing logos and stickers and otherwise don't require any architect-level thinking. None of us wants to dive deep into compliance regimes to understand what we need to do. …
Trevor Pott, 02 Feb 2017
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Wanna protect your data center? Take tips from the US Secret Service

Usenix Enigma 2017 Data center managers should take some tips from the US Secret Service when protecting vital servers from hackers, says someone who has been through a White House lockdown. In a presentation at Enigma 2017, Nathaniel Gleicher – a former director for cybersecurity policy at the National Security Council and now head of …
Iain Thomson, 02 Feb 2017

Fresh and fast little flashers from NetApp

NetApp has launched two new all-flash FAS arrays, won a top 3 SPC-1 storage benchmark result, and announced a new flash capacity guarantee programme. The all-flash FAS (AFF) A200 and A700s join the existing A300 and A700, which came into view in September. Place the A200 under the A300 on your mental NetApp AFF positioning map …
Chris Mellor, 01 Feb 2017
Oracle acrobatics in the cloud

Oracle to driver developers: 'Come play with our interface'

Oracle has taken DPI, the data access layer in its node-oracledb driver, refactored it, and used it to give C/C++ developers an API to its Oracle Call Interface. Called ODPI-C, the library, on GitHub, is designed to let those developers write for the Oracle Call Interface (OCI) in the languages with whichi they are most …