Articles about Ditch

Correction: There was no hangman's noose, claims Hyperloop countersuit ... it was a cowboy's lasso

An extraordinary fight at tube-travel company Hyperloop One has hit warp speed with a court filing filled with more wild claims. Faced with accusations of physical threats, financial mismanagement and nepotism in a lawsuit from its former CTO Brogan BamBrogan, the company's management has fired back with a 46-page cross- …
Kieren McCarthy, 19 Jul 2016
Mark Holt Trainline

Trainline.com dumps Oracle and Microsoft, gulps AWS Kool-Aid

Interview Mark Holt, CTO at TheTrainline.com, is an unashamed AWS believer. He is dumping all of its legacy tech in a complete migration to the cloud, with the US cloud firm now being its sole supplier. "Now we have an Oracle Exadata Database Machine that we are about to throw in the river,” he says. That move has had tangible results …
Kat Hall, 13 Jul 2016
Twilight Zone, 'Time Enough At Last'

A trip to the Twilight Zone with a support guy called Iron Maiden

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Thank you for submitting a support request. You can put your clothes back on now. In another dimension, logging a call could involve a full invasive strip search. Or perhaps there’d be a sado-dimensional version of Zendesk in which, having determined that a user is raising frivolous issues, sends attitude-corrective electric …
Alistair Dabbs, 01 Jul 2016

Hackers: Ditch the malware, we're in... Just act like a normal network admin. *Whistles*

Hackers almost exclusively use standard network admin tools to move around a compromised network once they’ve broken in using malware or other hacking techniques. Researchers at security startup LightCyber found that 99 per cent of post-intrusion cyberattack activities did not employ malware, but rather employed standard …
John Leyden, 30 Jun 2016
Value pack of two tins of Spam

Amazon slashes mobe prices to get more eyes on lockscreen ads

Amazon has slashed the cost of its mobile handsets in return for customers eyeballing more personalised spam – its latest attempt to foist more e-commerce tat on consumers. The deal is open to Amazon Prime members who will have to sign up to "personalized offers and ads displayed on the phone's lockscreen." Customers will be …
Kat Hall, 30 Jun 2016
Bring out yer dead!

Genes take a shot at rebooting after death

In one of the creepiest bits of science Vulture South has ever encountered, a US scientist has identified 1,000 genes that become active after death. Not just immediately post-mortem, either: some of the genes in question, found in zebrafish, remained active four days after the fish died (and in mice, they were active two days …
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Linux's NFV crew: Operators keen to ditch clunky networks, be 'cool' like, er, Facebook

OPNFV Summit Network operators have a jealous eye on the likes of Facebook and Google and want to ditch their clunky networks to compete for "cooler" consumer services, the head of the open-source network function virtualisation (NFV) project has said. Heather Kirksey is director of the collaborative Linux foundation's OPNFV project – the …
Kat Hall, 23 Jun 2016

Hacker, Bromium donate $30,000 in bug bounty cash to charity

Google hacker Tavis Ormandy and security firm Bromium have handed Amnesty International US$30,000 (£20,443, AU$40,242) in bug bounty cash awarded after the former broke the latter's security controls. Ormandy donated his US$15,000 (£$10,214, A$20,104) winnings under Bromium's hacking challenge, in which researchers were …
Darren Pauli, 22 Jun 2016

FFS, Twitter. It's not that hard

Howto With the news that Twitter is looking for yet another head of product – the fifth in under three years – it's clear the social media company is still at a loss over what to do next with its service. So here is a simple guide to turn things around and go from the company that everyone shakes their heads at to a bastion of the …
Kieren McCarthy, 10 Jun 2016
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It's not us, it's you: Boffins ditch supercomputers in lust for new materials

Physicists from the National Institute of Standards and Technology have created a quantum simulator designed to model complex quantum mechanics phenomena that even the fastest supercomputer could not compute. The researchers created the simulator by trapping up to 219 beryllium ions inside a Penning trap in a bid to study …
Katyanna Quach, 10 Jun 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 …

Ego and CEO are 66 per cent the same

RECAP While Game of Thrones obsessives reveled in that series' fifth episode The Door (hold the door; poor guy), the true nerds were instead staring at a chair. Not just any chair – the chair. The chair of Pied Piper's CEO and in it sat ... no one. Because Jack Barker had been jettisoned and now the boys at Silicon Valley were ready …
Kieren McCarthy, 23 May 2016

EU vetoes O2 and Three merger: Hutchison mulls legal challenge

Hutchison is considering a legal challenge against the EU over its decision today to block the proposed £10.25bn merger between mobile operators Three and O2. "We will study the commission’s decision in detail and will be considering our options, including the possibility of a legal challenge," said Three's owner Hutchison in …
Kat Hall, 11 May 2016

New Firefox versions will make you activate all new add-ons – except one hacker favourite

Mozilla is excluding Flash from a more general clamp-down on the enablement of browser add-ons with the latest edition of Firefox. Firefox’s click-to-activate plugin whitelist, introduced in September 2013, has been removed. This means that users will have to proactively enable add-ons while surfing using Firefox 47.0 beta …
John Leyden, 06 May 2016

Why has Microsoft stopped being beastly to Google?

Analysis "You can't deprive a gangster of his gun" – Noel Coward Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella sees things differently from his predecessor Steve Ballmer. And one of the first thing Nadella saw differently is Microsoft’s relationship to Google. On assuming the hot seat, he couldn’t understand why Microsoft was obviously at war with …
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Apr 2016
Shouting match

Blighty's SMB tech ranks bitterly divided on Brexit

Britain’s membership of the EU has small tech firms divided. A survey of owner-managed businesses by accountant Moore Stephens found 60 per cent of SME owners would vote to stay in the EU with less than one-in-five (17 per cent) supporting Brexit. Mark Lamb, a partner at the firm, said: “Owner-managed businesses are concerned …
Marcus Gibson, 27 Apr 2016
Apple Watch Sport

Apple assumes you'll toss the Watch after three years

Apple has dropped a little hint about the expected working lives of its products, suggesting its Watch will only be used for three years. The three year timeframe gets a mention in a document Cupertino released today titled More answers to your questions about Apple and the environment. One section of the document answer the …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Apr 2016
Reliance free internet from Internet.org

Half of Facebook's Free Basics users ditch the freebie web-lite service for the paid-for real deal

Internet.org aka Free Basics – Facebook's slice of the web for the developing world – has been controversial, but that isn't stopping the social network. The internet service requires a SIM card from a participating mobile operator, and grants free access to Facebook, BBC News, Dictionary.com, er, ESPN and a few other sites. …
Iain Thomson, 13 Apr 2016
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Three to chop off £3bn of its network in bid to woo EU over O2 merger

Three UK is making a last-ditch attempt to win EU approval of its £10.25bn O2 merger with a number of sweeteners, including £3bn in network deals with competitors, according to reports. According to The Telegraph, Three's owner, CK Hutchison, has signed deals with Virgin and Sky that will guarantee space on its expanded mobile …
Kat Hall, 07 Apr 2016
The Fountain of the Fallen Angel (Fuente del Angel Caido) or Monument of the Fallen Angel, a highlight of the Buen Retiro Park in Madrid, Spain. Photo by Anibal Trejo/Shutterstock

Furious English villagers force council climbdown over Satan's stone booty

Outraged villagers in Bucks have forced the local council to ditch plans to shift a millennia-old boulder they believe was originally part of the Devil’s foot. The Soulbury Boot is believed to have been cut off from Satan’s lower quarters in an ancient fight between Lucifer and the locals in Chapel Hill, Soulbury. It is also …
Joe Fay, 31 Mar 2016
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Wait... who broke that? Things you need to do to make your world diagnosable

You only ever discover the inadequacy of your system management, monitoring and diagnosis tools when something goes wrong and there's a gulf between what you want to do and what you need to do. Here are 10 things you can do to maximise your chances of diagnosing the problem when the brown stuff hits the ventilator. Ladies and …
Dave Cartwright, 24 Mar 2016
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AWS's grand plan: It'll slurp your databases, spit them into its cloud

Amazon is to launch its AWS Database Migration Service today, in a bid to slurp big enterprises into the cloud by making it easier to ditch their legacy systems, according to reports. Since the beginning of the year, more than 1,000 databases from “many hundreds” of companies have used an early version of its migration service …
Kat Hall, 15 Mar 2016
Linux holding up Windows

Microsoft has made SQL Server for Linux. Repeat, Microsoft has made SQL Server 2016 for Linux

Microsoft has ported its SQL Server software to Linux and has promised to release it in full by next year. From today, the Windows giant, which once likened Linux to cancer, will show off to a lucky few a preview of its SQL database's core engine for the open-source operating system. The full SQL Server 2016 for Linux will be …
Chris Williams, 07 Mar 2016

Microsoft: Ditch your phone biz and do crazy hardware experiments

Analysis Even if Windows 10 Mobile was flawless, the debate would rage about whether continuing to develop a phone-friendly branch of Windows is the wisest thing Microsoft could do. Microsoft is in a holding pattern while it looks for ways of getting people to write Universal apps. But instead of maintaining a phone platform, there are …
Andrew Orlowski, 07 Mar 2016
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Uh-oh, no mo' dough to 'slow-mo' GoGo: American Airlines aims ammo at Wi-Fi pros

American Airlines has gone to court to ditch its in-flight Wi-Fi provider GoGo and find a better service elsewhere. The US airline has sued GoGo in Texas to trigger a termination clause in its contract with the air-to-ground broadband network. According to the Fort Worth Star Telegram, which covers American's home hub of …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Feb 2016
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No, HMG, bulk data surveillance is NOT inevitable

It is the topic that they don’t want us to discuss. When it came up in the Joint Committee on the Investigatory Powers Bill there was a desperate attempt to shoot the messenger, William Binney, as an alternative to the debating his message. The Joint Committee on which I served heard compelling evidence that collecting …
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We're all really excited about new smartphones, laptops, tablets – said no one ever

We are all perfectly happy with our existing high-end technologies and aren't planning to upgrade any time soon. That's according to Accenture, which carried out a survey of 28,000 people across 28 countries, and found "sluggish demand" for the most popular consumer electronics. Not that we've stopped buying them: "just" 48 …
Kieren McCarthy, 05 Jan 2016
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No £160m for you: BT to receive termination notice from Cornwall before Christmas

The High Court has ruled in favour of Cornwall Council's decision to ditch its 10-year £160m outsourcing deal with BT, following moves by the telco provider to stop the authority canning the deal. Back in August, BT filed an injunction preventing the termination of the agreement after Cornwall sought to formally can the …
Kat Hall, 22 Dec 2015

An on-demand video subscription isn't just for Christmas... Oh. It is

Premium video content is a must have for the Christmas period and to avoid missing out consumers are signing up to a multitude of over-the-top (OTT) services, but this will only be a festive fling for a large proportion. According to results of a recent survey from UK subscription and billing specialist PayWizard, 69 per cent …
Faultline, 21 Dec 2015
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Cisco needs to get off its backside if it's to remain storage king in 2016

As unbelievable as it may sound, Cisco could be the most decisive vendor next year when it comes to the storage market. Every year I tell myself I won’t fall into the “fortune telling” trap again… but then I can’t refrain and I eventually write something about what I think we will be seeing in the near future anyway. The …
Red Hat Linux on Azure

Red Hat launches dedicated enterprise cloud platform

Red Hat has launched a dedicated cloud platform for companies that want their developers to focus on coding. For $48,000 a year, the Linux distro provides a high-availability cluster with five nodes, four application nodes, 48TB of bandwidth, premium support, and 100GB of data. You can buy additional nodes for $12,000 a piece …
Kieren McCarthy, 15 Dec 2015
Lumia 950 XL

Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950XL: Clear thoughts of Continuum with a snazzy camera

Review There’s only one reason you might want to buy either of the new flagship Microsoft Lumias. Straight off the bat, we can tell you it's not the party trick Continuum, where your phone doubles up as an ARM-based PC to run Microsoft Office. Nor is that reason Windows 10 – which is still buggy, bereft of significant new benefits …
Andrew Orlowski, 08 Dec 2015
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NZ Uni EMC broke considered ditching EMC before SNAFU

Oh, the irony: the New Zealand University that suffered a two-day brownout as a result of a problem with its EMC kit last month sought a possible replacement for the company's products. A request for information titled Storage Systems Refresh explains that “The University’s existing VNX5700’s storage arrays are reaching the …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Nov 2015
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GCHQ's CESG team's crypto proposal isn't dumb, it's malicious... and I didn't notice

Comment Hang on: you want to use a phone number as an identity certificate? Forgive me, everybody, for not realising the obvious – and for not realising why GCHQ's information security arm CESG's pet proposal RFC 6509 hasn't progressed. The reason is simple: it's a damn stupid idea. Here's the relevant quote: ”a user’s identity is …

Aussies' distinctive Strine down to drunk forefathers

Australians' distinctive accent – known affectionately as "Strine" – was formed in the country's early history by drunken settlers' "alcoholic slur". This shock claim, we hasten to add, comes from Down Under publication The Age, which explains: The Australian alphabet cocktail was spiked by alcohol. Our forefathers regularly …
Lester Haines, 28 Oct 2015

Finally, with W10, Microsoft’s device strategy makes sense

Analysis Microsoft stubbornly refuses to let go of making hardware, but now the reasons why CEO Satya Nadella has not followed his clear instinct to ditch devices (except Xbox) are becoming clearer. We have analysed many times why Microsoft should not make smartphones and tablets, mainly because of conflicts of interest with the OEM …
Wireless Watch, 28 Oct 2015
Torus

You know what storage needs? More doughnuts to flatten us up

The hierarchy of adapters, switches, routers and directors involved in storage networking is unwieldy, complex and costly and needs replacing with a flatter scheme of direct connections between servers and storage devices. That’s the networking message from start-up Rockport Networks. It says that current fat tree and spine- …
Chris Mellor, 19 Oct 2015
Passenger plane exploding on the gournd

Self-driving vehicles might be autonomous but insurance pay-outs probably won't be

Something for the Weekend, Sir? I enjoy travel but I do not fly well – especially if the aeroplane’s wings are rusted, the tail has been attached with vinegar and brown paper, and the undercarriage is still sitting in the ditch it fell into at the end of the departure airport’s runway some 300 miles away. As you might have guessed, I am a big fan of the TV …
Alistair Dabbs, 17 Oct 2015
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception

Noughty by nature: Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection and Rock Band 4

Game Theory It's the noughties all over again as two franchises from very different genres, Uncharted and Rock Band, are repackaged and re-released for a new generation of consoles. Find out if Nathan Drake's quips and Rock Band's licks still have what it takes to rise to the top of the charts. Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception Uncharted …
Mike Plant, 09 Oct 2015
Quantum logic gate

Australian boffins say Quantum Pentiums are on the horizon

Australian boffins have overcome one of quantum computing's big problems by building a gate comprised of two qubits in silicon, using techniques very similar to those used to manufacture whatever device you're using to read this story. Building a quantum logic gate in silicon is a big deal because hitherto it's only been …
Simon Sharwood, 06 Oct 2015

BBC joins war against Flash, launches beta HTML5 iPlayer

It may not be the definitive decision which propels humanity towards our inevitable end, but in a post on the Beeb's internet blog, James East, the Media Playout Product Manager, stated that his team is now confident they can "achieve the playback quality you'd expect from the BBC without using a third-party plugin." HTML5 has …

Here are the God-mode holes that gave TrueCrypt audit the slip

Google Project Zero hacker James Forshaw has found a pair of privilege-elevation holes in the once-popular TrueCrypt encryption package. The bugs have been patched in spinoff app Veracrypt, so if you want to stay secure, you may want to shift over to that package. The flaws are not the fabled backdoors feared lurking in the …
Darren Pauli, 29 Sep 2015
Sonic glasses in Doctor Who – Witch's Familiar. Pic credit: BBC

Devious Davros, tricksy Missy and Dalek Clara delight in The Witch's Familiar

TV Review Readers please note: THIS IS A POST-UK BROADCAST REVIEW – THERE WILL BE SPOILERS! Kelly says: Yeah, yeah, yeah. So it turns out Clara and Missy escape from the death-by-Dalek shocker in the first episode of this two-parter for the opening of Doctor Who, Season 9. Vortex manipulator For The Win. And the TARDIS is also intact …
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Sep 2015
China

Sino the times, as Microsoft makes Baidu default search engine in China

Microsoft is cosying up with Chinese search engine Baidu in a deal which will see it ditch Bing as the default browser for Windows in the Middle Kingdom. Baidu is the dominant search engine in China with 600 million users, after Google was effectively booted out of the country. In a blog announcing the move, Microsoft's head …
Kat Hall, 24 Sep 2015

You call THAT safe? Top EU legal bod says data sent to US is anything but

The top advisor to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has said the current agreement between the EU and US is not worth the paper it’s written on . Advocate General Yves Bot’s opinion on the so-called Facebook vs Europe case is not legally binding, but the court’s final ruling almost always follows his advice. The case was …
Jennifer Baker, 23 Sep 2015
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Our cookies save you from TERRORISTS, Facebook thunders to Belgian judge

Facebook's long-anticipated privacy case in Belgium has begun, with lawyers for the country's privacy regulator asking the judge not to be “intimidated” by The Social NetworkTM. The regulator's set the rhetoric-rheostat to “high”, accusing the advertising network of acting like America's NSA in the extent of its spying on …

Ad-blocking super-weapon axed by maker for being TOO effective

The developer behind the wildly popular Peace ad blocker for Apple's iOS has pulled it from the App Store after claiming it was too effective. Indie dev Marco Arment said in a blog post that his creation had been blocking more ads than he had anticipated, to the point where he worried he was harming publishers. "Achieving …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Sep 2015
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, speaking at the 2015 F8 conference

Facebook profiles? They're not 'personal data' Mr Putin

With less than a week until a new Russian data localisation law comes into effect, Facebook is making a last-ditch effort to avoid compliance. The rules forcing companies to keep Russians’ personal data on Russian soil becomes law on 1 September. It is not yet clear what sanctions, if any, will be handed out for non-compliance …
Jennifer Baker, 27 Aug 2015

Should all Europeans be able to watch Estonian football? Consultation launched

Europe’s Digital Commissioner wants to know what you think about copyright rules for satellite broadcasters and cable companies. On Monday, digi veep Andrus Ansip launched a public consultation on his favourite topic – geoblocking. The consultation asks whether 22-year-old EU rules that define where and how satellite …
Jennifer Baker, 25 Aug 2015
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UK.gov issues internal 'ditch Oracle NOW' edict to end pricey addiction

Exclusive Whitehall bean counters have ordered government departments to find fresh ways to end their reliance on Oracle. The Cabinet Office is understood to have formally contacted central agencies within the last month and asked them to look for ways to “get rid of Oracle". No. 10 is believed to be concerned about the amount civil …
Gavin Clarke, 05 Aug 2015