Articles about database

police in body armour doing a raid

Scrap London cops' 'racially biased' gang database – campaigners

The database London cops use to rank people's likelihood of gang-related violence is racially biased, a campaign group has said. In a report (PDF) published today, Amnesty International said the Gangs Violence Matrix, set up by the Metropolitan Police in 2012, was not fit for purpose and needs to be dismantled. The group said …
Rebecca Hill, 9 May 2018
car crash skid marks on a rural road heading into the undergrowth

The Agile and the Continuous: Database Drift ... Neat film title but something to avoid

In DevOps the talk is of development and operations, of continuous pipelines and agile updates, of rolling out builds. But it often overlooks something rather critical – the database. Be it in development or production environment, the database is a critical piece of infrastructure. And everybody in an organisation wants a …
Danny Bradbury, 24 Apr 2018
image of Apple and hard drive

Apple unleashes FoundationDB as an open source project

Apple has open-sourced FoundationDB, a distributed ACID-compliant NoSQL datastore, three years after acquiring the company that developed the technology. At the time, developers who used the database voiced resentment that Apple had taken a useful tool off the market and left companies using the software without support. For …
Thomas Claburn, 20 Apr 2018
(An allegedly) Bad dog's police mug shot...

Cutting custody snaps too costly for cash-strapped cops – UK.gov

The UK government has admitted it can only delete custody images from its massive database through a complex manual process, and that it would cost too much to weed out all the images of innocent people by hand. The custody image database now holds around 21 million shots of faces and identifying features like scars or tattoos …
Rebecca Hill, 19 Apr 2018
technician holding a toolbox

Get tooled up before grappling with Google's Spanner database

When companies started to build applications at web scale and needed services to scale to millions of requests across the globe, it quickly became apparent that relational databases just didn't work well enough. So companies like Amazon and Google built their own that could service these requests but without all the features …
Andrew Cobley, 12 Mar 2018

Neo4j graph database boss: 'The mainstream is always under attack'

Emil Eifrem, chief exec of Neo4j, has said that graph databases are at a turning point for so long that you'd imagine he's bored of the line by now. But 2018 might just be the year his predictions come true. Speaking at his firm's Graph Connect event in London last week, Eifrem once again asserted that the graph industry is " …
Rebecca Hill, 6 Mar 2018

A dog DNA database? You must be barking

Police have revealed plans to take the lead on tracking down hounds that attack livestock - a dog DNA database. The National Police Chiefs’ Council’s working group on livestock worrying has issued a report (PDF) saying that 1,928 animals were killed and 1,614 injured by dogs between 2013 and 2017 in five English areas. The …
Rebecca Hill, 22 Feb 2018
Oracle OpenWorld cloud

Oracle: We've stuffed automation in 'pretty much' all our services

Oracle has announced plans to roll out its self-described autonomous technology to all of its Platform-as-a-Service products. The company launched its self-driving database, available in the latest version, 18c, at the OpenWorld conference last year. At the time, execs promised customers "a freedom from drudgery", as the …
Rebecca Hill, 12 Feb 2018

Devs see red after not seeing Big Red on Stack Overflow database poll

Updated The latest Stack Overflow developer survey has invoked ire from Oracle fans after failing to include Big Red in its list of database technologies. The survey, which last year attracted more than 64,000 responses, asks devs about the tools, databases, languages and platforms they use, loathe or want. Last year's results found …
Rebecca Hill, 9 Jan 2018
Amazon data center

Yes sir, no sir, 3 bags NoSQL sir: It's a whizz-bang benchmark ... but WTF does it signify?

Sometimes fast just isn’t fast enough and in the fast moving world of NoSQL databases, what was considered blindingly fast yesterday can be seen as slow today. For instance, Cassandra has always been thought of as a fast solution for ingesting data into a database cluster, but today upcoming systems such as Aerospike and Scylla …
Andrew Cobley, 7 Dec 2017

Data-slurping keyboard app makes Mongo mistake with user data

Another week, another open database left online, but this latest case has shown not only sloppy security but also how much data you’re giving up with some apps. On Tuesday security shop Kromtech released details on a MongoDB database it found unsecured online containing 577GB of data collected by predictive keyboard app AI. …
Iain Thomson, 5 Dec 2017
Oracle acrobatics in the cloud

Oracle rival chides UK councils for pricey database indulgence

County and district councils in the UK – Blighty's municipal governments – risk software bills they can't afford if they use Oracle databases, competing vendor TmaxSoft argues. That turns out to be almost all of them. TmaxSoft, which makes a relational database called Tibero, contends that in an era of austerity, the public …
Man in suit counts out piles of dollars. Photo via Shutterstock

Couchbase CEO: 'No current financing plans' but no IPO date either

Couchbase is going after businesses tracking customer interactions and investing in "digital transformation" amid speculation of an IPO. The database-flinger wants to make sure it ends up on the right side of the consolidation of the NoSQL space, with observers watching it closely now that competitor MongoDB has taken the …
Rebecca Hill, 28 Nov 2017
Data_image_via_Shutterstock

MIT boffins hope to speed up analytics with GitHub-style platform

Boffins at MIT have proposed a GitHub-style collaborative platform to speed up one of the first, most challenging stages of data analysis. When faced with a large dataset, scientists need to first identify the features – individual measurable characteristics – of the variables. It's crucial the chosen features are good …
Rebecca Hill, 3 Nov 2017
Money falling, image via Shutterstock

Open source, says me: Alibaba chucks MariaDB a $27m funding round

Chinese Amazon-chaser Alibaba has chucked a chunk of cash at open-source-database-flinger MariaDB, leading a $27m funding round in the biz. Alibaba is already a core sponsor of the MariaDB Foundation, and the Finnish company already offers Database-as-a-Service solutions on Alibaba Cloud. The continued partnership will give …
Rebecca Hill, 1 Nov 2017
(An allegedly) Bad dog's police mug shot...

Advisory body to 'reconsider' ethics of hanging onto 'mugshots'

The UK's national biometrics ethics advisory body has promised to reconsider the government's use of custody images. The National DNA Database Ethics Group last year raised ethical concerns about the retention and use of "custody images" – which include pics of people who have never been convicted of a crime – on Police …
Rebecca Hill, 31 Oct 2017

MongoDB shoots for $220m in IPO, values NoSQL biz at $1.2bn

MongoDB hopes to rake in as much as $220.8m when it finally goes public – a move expected later today. The NoSQL database company, which started life as 10Gen in 2007, has set its share price at $24, up from previous market estimates of around $21. It is putting 8 million Class A shares on the market, with trading due to …
Rebecca Hill, 19 Oct 2017
Hammer, spanner and screw

PostgreSQL says SCRAM to MD5 authentication

With the release of PostgreSQL 10, the open source database's developers are farewelling the deprecated MD5 in their authentication mechanism. Released late last week, PostgreSQL 10 instead uses an SHA-256 implementation of the Salted Challenge-Response Authentication Mechanism (SCRAM-SHA-256, described in RFC7677). The …

Create a news alert about database, or find more stories about database.

Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2018