17th > September > 2014 Archive
Oi! You noisy servers! Talk among yourselves and stop bothering that poor router!
The group behind the RDMA over converged Ethernet standard – RoCE to its friends – is tweaking the spec to support UPD and IP in the stack.
Amazon REINTRODUCES Kindle swindle vulnerability
Amazon has reintroduced and again fixed a flaw into its Kindle management page that allows attackers to commandeer accounts by booby trapping pirated books, researcher Benjamin Mussler says.
Cisco sprinkles Sourcefire goodies on ASA firewalls
Cisco has taken the next step in wrapping the technology it acquired along with Sourcefire, by putting its Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) next-gen firewalls and the FirePOWER technology into the blender and giving it a good spin.
NO SALE! Rackspace snubs all buyout offers, appoints new CEO
Rackspace says it has given up on plans to either sell itself or merge with another company, and to prove it the cloud hosting provider has named a new CEO to lead its next phase of independent operation.
Facebook unleashes inter-cache router code on a waiting world
Facebook has slung another slice of code into the open source world: the software that lets it sling content between caches around the world, fast enough to keep The Social NetworkTM social.
US boffins demo 'twisted radio' mux
Evidence continues to mount that the orbital angular momentum (OAM) of radio waves – “twisted waves” – can be exploited to modulate multiple data streams on the same spatial path.
Canonical, AMD, team up with OpenStack-in-a-rack
AMD and Canonical have announced a new hardware partnership that will see the pair prepare an OpenStack-in-a-rack product.
Credit card cutting flaw could have killed EVERY AD on Twitter
Twitter has patched a flaw in its service that allowed unauthorised users to delete every credit card from all accounts, potentially relieving the company of its advertising revenue, security researcher Ahmed Aboul-Ela says.
First Irish boy band U2. Now Apple pushes ANOTHER thing into iPhones, iPods, iPads
Apple will release iOS 8 – the latest major version of its mobile operating system – today.
Microsoft staff brace for next round of layoffs – expected Thursday
The coffee machines at Microsoft will be taking a hammering from nervous workers after a report that the company will lay off another tranche of staff on Thursday.
Citadel Trojan phishes its way into petrochem firm's webmail
Trusteer researchers are saying that the victims of the latest round of Citadel trojan infections includes one of the largest petrochemical companies in the world.
justWatch sex app promises blind date hookups
Back in the bad old days when men were men and women were, well, a bit more relaxed, new forms of technology generally ushered in equally new ways of watching other folk having sex.
iOS 8 release: WebGL now runs everywhere. Hurrah for 3D graphics!
Today, Apple drops iOS 8, and whilst most of Cupertino’s fanbois will be quantifying themselves with HealthKit, flashing their lights with HomeKit, or configuring their greatly expanded notifications capabilities, one of the most significant changes in its mobile operating system has mostly been ignored by Apple.
POW! Digia straps Qt into ejector seat, gleefully pulls handle
From Trolltech to Nokia and Nokia to Digia, the application framework Qt has had a challenging corporate life even though it retained fans among developers. Now, the language's next phase of life has begun in earnest, spun out of Digia into a separate subsidiary tasked with bringing the commercial and open source Qts back into alignment.
VMware releases XenApp to Horizon porting tool
VMware has released a tool to migrate apps made virtual and portable by Citrix's XenApp into its own Horizon View product.
Hey, Mac fanbois. HGST wants you drooling over its HUGE desktop RACK
Pay $7,000 and you could have a 64TB desktop storage pool connected to your Mac workstation. Its a lot of money, but 64TB is a hellacious amount of storage. Say it costs $1.09/GB, which sounds sort of affordable. Who makes such a box?
Will multi-tier flash arrays come to a data centre near you?
Multi-tier storage is a familiar concept in data centres and large server installations.
4K-ing excellent TV is on its way ... in its own sweet time, natch
Breaking FadThe 2014 IFA tech expo could well go down as pivotal in the yet to be written sputtering history of 4K home entertainment. While most (well, me) take it as read that the large panel market will migrate entirely to 2160p resolution over the coming months, big questions remain over just what you’ll be able to do with all those extra pixels.
eBay promises to refund seller fees after latest MASSIVE OUTAGE
eBay is telling some of its sellers that their fees will be refunded, following Sunday's seven-hour-long outage - which was the latest in a series of technical blunders hitting the online tat bazaar.
Huawei: Our sales in Europe and US are TINY, admits red-faced exec
Huawei’s enterprise biz outside of China is crawling along, hampered in Europe by a slower-than-forecast recruitment of channel partners and in the US by government paranoia concerns over espionage.
UK.gov lobs another fistful of change at SME infosec nightmares
Business secretary Vince Cable has announced a £4m fund to help small businesses fight cyber crime. This has not gone down well with the infosec world.
Will Apple give Chinese iPhone workers cancer? THE TRUTH
Worstall on WednesdayLast weekend's headlines screamed that Chinese workers making Apple's iPhone 6 were developing cancer. Is Apple's greed for ever-greater profits literally killing its Middle Kingdom wage slaves?
Edge Research Lab to tackle chilly LOHAN's final test flight
We're on final approach for the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) ballocket mission to touch down at Spaceport America. Since we're relocating Stateside, it seems appropriate that the final high-altitude test flight should be carried out by our US allies at Edge Research Laboratory.
What TODO with open source: Google, Facebook and Twitter launch collab project
Some of the web’s biggest users of open-source gear have thrown their weight behind a project to make open-source “easier.”
Critical Adobe Reader and Acrobat patches FINALLY make it out
Adobe belatedly pushed out critical updates for its frequently-attacked Reader and Acrobat PDF software packages on Tuesday.
Wanna keep your data for 1,000 YEARS? No? Hard luck, HDS wants you to anyway
HDS' federal subsidiary says it has a Blu-ray optical storage platform for long term data preservation, with 1,000-year M-DISCs in prospect.
NetApp's running with the big dogs: All-flash FlashRay hits the street
NetApp’s all-new FlashRay solid state array has been launched with limited availability and is not yet ready for prime time, having only a single controller, and lacking scale-out features and some ONTAP integration.
Cisco greedily slurps up private cloud-AAS upstart Metacloud
Cisco is buying Metacloud, a startup that promises to spin-up OpenStack clouds both privately and as a service.
Apple flops out 2FA for iCloud in bid to stop future nude selfie leaks
Apple has rolled out two-factor authentication to lock down iCloud accounts, a move designed to prevent a repeat of the Celebgate incident when smutty snaps of nude starlets were leaked from the bowels of 4Chan.
Micron cackles as it unveils its chameleonic FLYING DISK KILLER
Micron has a new M600 client SSD that changes flash type on the fly to accelerate writes.
Big Data's being held back by little talent, says Huawei head techie
Big data projects – seen by some as the tech industry’s latest snake oil and others as a potentially valuable tool to dig up fresh information – is being held back by the lack of data scientists for hire.
'Broken code' costs Yelp half a mil in child privacy dust-up with FTC
The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has fined Yelp after accusing the reviews website of inappropriately gathering personal data on children.
iOS 8 Healthkit gets a bug SO Apple KILLS it. That's real healthcare!
UpdatedSoftware using the super-hyped HealthKit API in iOS 8.0 has been pulled by Apple from the App Store due to a bug in the technology.
Look out, SpaceX! Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin boffins tapped for US rocket launches
Blue Origin, the commercial space company formed by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, has inked a deal with the United Launch Alliance (ULA) to jointly develop a new, US-built rocket engine for future space missions.
What's this 'pay as you go' cloud crap? Dunno about you, but my apps don't work that way
Sysadmin blogAnyone who says public cloud computing is "pay for what you use" is trying to rip you off. The public cloud is pay for what you provision, and that is a completely different thing.
Read IBM's note to staff announcing mandatory training and 10% pay cut
IBM has instituted a new, mandatory training program for some US employees whom management claims don't measure up in the skills department – and participants will be required to give up 10 per cent of their salaries for the privilege.