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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).
Richard Chirgwin, 23 Mar 2017
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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.
Richard Chirgwin, 23 Mar 2017
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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.
Simon Sharwood, 23 Mar 2017
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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.
Richard Chirgwin, 23 Mar 2017
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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.
Katyanna Quach, 23 Mar 2017
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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.
Simon Sharwood, 23 Mar 2017
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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.
Iain Thomson, 23 Mar 2017
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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.
Simon Sharwood, 23 Mar 2017
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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++.
Richard Chirgwin, 23 Mar 2017
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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.
Richard Chirgwin, 23 Mar 2017
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Yahoo!'s big, fat clustered Google Machine Learning wedding

AnalysisYahoo! last month married clustered compute to Google’s machine learning.
Gavin Clarke, 23 Mar 2017
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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.
Dave Cartwright, 23 Mar 2017
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'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.
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Mar 2017
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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.
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Mar 2017
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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.
Gareth Corfield, 23 Mar 2017
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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.
Kat Hall, 23 Mar 2017
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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.
Gareth Corfield, 23 Mar 2017
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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.
Paul Kunert, 23 Mar 2017
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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.
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Mar 2017
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Android Forums resets passwords after hack

Add Android Forums to the growing list of web properties that have suffered a security breach.
John Leyden, 23 Mar 2017
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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.
Thomas Claburn, 23 Mar 2017
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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.
Kieren McCarthy, 23 Mar 2017
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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.
Iain Thomson, 23 Mar 2017
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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."
Thomas Claburn, 23 Mar 2017
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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.
Kieren McCarthy, 23 Mar 2017
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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.
John Leyden, 23 Mar 2017
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Spotted: Bizarre SpaceX rocket-snatching machine that looks like it belongs on Robot Wars

PicA robot has been spotted on the landing pad of SpaceX's floating barge Of course I still love you, and the rocket biz is refusing to say what it is for.
Iain Thomson, 23 Mar 2017

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