Ubuntu splats TITSUP bug spread in update
A simple library update turned into a white-knuckle ride for Ubuntu sysadmins, who have lit up Reddit and StackOverflow to complain that their 'net connections went TITSUP (Total Inability To Support Usual Performance).
TRAPPIST-1's planets are quiet. Quiet as the grave, in fact
Boiled dry or extra-terrestrial snowballs, it turns out that the multi exoplanets orbiting the star dubbed TRAPPIST-1 are almost certainly inhospitable to life.
Huawei picks SUSE for assault on UNIX big iron
Huawei's tightened its relationship with SUSE for extremely high reliability computing, while also denting Microsoft's and Red Hat's prospects.
Fake mobile base stations spreading malware in China
Chinese phishing scum are deploying fake mobile base stations to spread malware in text messages that might otherwise get caught by carriers.
NASA to fire 1Gbps laser 'Wi-Fi' ... into spaaaaace
NASA hopes to use lasers to shoot data to and from the International Space Station and Earth at gigabit-per-second rates by 2021.
LinkedIn starts piping sales data to Salesforce and Dynamics
LinkedIn has revealed a new version of its SaaSy Sales Navigator that pipes activities from the network into Salesforce.com.
Microsoft loves Linux so much, its OneDrive web app runs like a dog on Windows OS rivals
Ever since Satya Nadella took over the reins at Microsoft, the Windows giant has been talking up how much it loves Linux – but it appears this hasn't trickled down to its OneDrive team.
eBay dumps users into insecure authentication mechanism
Web tat bazaar eBay appears to be suggesting its readers adopt known-to-be-insecure practices when logging on to the service.
Carnegie-Mellon Uni emits 'don't be stupid' list for C++ developers
Carnegie-Mellon University's Software Engineering Institute has followed-up its secure C programming rules from last year with a similar set of standards for C++.
Always wanted to build an imaginary hyperscale network? Now, you can
An MIT student has created a scheme to shadow packets as they pass through networks, to help take the risk out of experimenting with changes to network configurations.
Yahoo!'s big, fat clustered Google Machine Learning wedding
AnalysisYahoo! last month married clustered compute to Google’s machine learning.
Defence in Depth: A 'layered' strategy can repel cold attackers
The principle of Defence in Depth (“DiD”), says OWASP, is that “layered security mechanisms increase security of the system as a whole”. That is, if one layer of protection is breached, there’s still the opportunity for the attack to be fended off by one or more of the other layers. If anyone’s ever drawn something that looks like an onion on the whiteboard – a load of concentric layers with your infrastructure in the middle – that’s the concept we’re looking at. It’s actually a military term that’s been adopted by security types in the IT industry who want to be tank commanders when they grow up.
'Clearance sale' shows Apple's iPad is over. It's done
Comment"The iPad is done," writes Europe's shrewdest hardware scribe Volker Weber in the aftermath of Apple's annual revamp of its tablet line.
Good news, everyone! Two pints a day keep heart problems at bay
Moderate drinking is good for you, a BMJ-published study has found, directly contradicting the advice of the UK government's "Chief Medical Officer", who advised last year there was "no safe level" of drinking. A daily pint reduces risk of a heart attack and angina by a third, a big data study of Brit adults has found, while total abstinence increases the risk by 24 per cent.
Cambridge wheels out latest smart city platform, ready for devs
Brainbox greenhouse Cambridge has rolled out the latest stage of its smart city network, the Intelligent City Platform, which talks to the city’s existing LoRaWAN Internet of Things network.
Three to lawyer up unless Ofcom intervenes in spectrum market
Three has renewed calls on Ofcom to intervene in the UK's mobile spectrum market, warning it could lawyer up unless the regulator curbs the proportion of airwaves owned by Vodafone and BT's EE in the forthcoming auction.
Vodafone's NB-IoT launch dates for Ireland and Netherlands slip
Vodafone has admitted that the commercial launch of its Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) network in Ireland and the Netherlands has been delayed by a whole season.
Lloyds Banking Group to hang up on call centre staffers
Call centre staff at Lloyds Banking Group (LBG) are to be axed in the latest expenses purge, company insiders have told us.
As ad boycott picks up pace, Google knows it doesn't have to worry
AnalysisSeveral US-based advertisers have now suspended their advertising with YouTube, following over 200 pull-outs in the UK and Europe. Google had run big brand advertising on hate videos including jihadist groups. Johnson & Johnson, Verizon, AT&T are the latest to hit pause, or withdraw ad budgets from YouTube altogether. AT&T is one of the top-five advertisers in the US, the New York Times notes. In 2015 it was the third biggest spender with $3.3bn across all media, according to AdAge.
Android Forums resets passwords after hack
Add Android Forums to the growing list of web properties that have suffered a security breach.
CoreOS Tectonic shift: Now you can run it on Azure and OpenStack
CoreOS is extending Tectonic, its enterprise Kubernetes platform, beyond Amazon Web Services and bare metal environments to run on Microsoft Azure and OpenStack cloud infrastructure.
US Senate votes to let broadband ISPs sell your browser histories
The US Senate has voted to kill privacy rules that would have prevented ISPs from selling your browser history, under the fantastic logic that mobile operators aren't under the same restriction.
If you were cuffed during Trump's inauguration, cops are trying to crack your smartphone
VidThe inauguration of President Donald Trump in the US capital was marked by protests, with cops collaring more than 200 people on the day. Now court documents reveal the US government's efforts to crack the arrestees' locked phones and slurp their contents.
Blinking cursor devours CPU cycles in Visual Studio Code editor
Microsoft describes Visual Studio Code as a source code editor that's "optimized for building and debugging modern web and cloud applications."
We're 90 per cent sure the FCC's robocall kill plan won't have the slightest impact
The number-one complaint to US comms watchdog the FCC right now is about robocalls – a remarkable 200,000 complaints from consumers last year alone.
Amazing new WikiLeaks CIA bombshell: Agents can install software on Apple Macs, iPhones right in front of them
Startling leaked documents show the CIA could purchase Apple Macs and iPhones, install spyware onto them, and give them to targets.