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systemd'oh! DNS lib underscore bug bites everyone's favorite init tool, blanks Netflix

A few Penguinistas spent a weekend working out why they can't get through to Netflix from their Linux machines, because when they tried, their DNS lookups failed.
Richard Chirgwin, 24 Jul 2017

Kill something, then hire cleaners to mop up the blood if you want to build a digital business

Kill something, find a leader, stop thinking about apps and start thinking about products, get seriously good at agile development and realise there is no finish line.
Simon Sharwood, 24 Jul 2017
Angry Judge

Al Capone was done for taxes. Now Microsoft's killing domain-squatters with trademark law

Bit-by-bit, Microsoft is hitting back at an international domain-squatting/drive-by-hacking operation by taking over the domains involved.
Richard Chirgwin, 24 Jul 2017
Car with supercharger

Boffin supercharges FPGAs with timing signal tweak

A Swedish researcher has discovered a new way to optimise FPGA performance, with as much as a five-fold boost on offer.
Richard Chirgwin, 24 Jul 2017

Gone daddy gone: GoDaddy offloads its cloud businesses

GoDaddy is killing its clouds.
Simon Sharwood, 24 Jul 2017

Microsoft hits new low: Threatens to axe classic Paint from Windows 10

Satya Nadella had us all fooled but good with his kinder, gentler, people-empowering Microsoft act. But now we can see the company's reverted to type by threatening to kill venerable graphics app Paint after the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.
Simon Sharwood, 24 Jul 2017
Fairphone 1

Repairable-by-design Fairphone runs out of spare parts

Fairphone, the effort to build a smartphone that “puts social values first” by using exploitation-free factories, conflict-free minerals and being gentle to the planet by being easy to repair, has ended support for its first phone.
Simon Sharwood, 24 Jul 2017
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I want to break free! Kubernetes has a life beyond containers

The move to containerisation has been built on a simple formula: containers mean Docker and container management means Kubernetes. Let's disregard the first part of that formula and concentrate on the second half – the rise of Kubernetes as the container management software of choice, running on servers.
Maxwell Cooter, 24 Jul 2017

UK ministers' Broadband '2.0' report confuses superfast with 10Mbps

A report by MP Grant Shapps into the state of broadband in Blighty has been criticised for doing more harm than good, as the research appears to conflate superfast broadband (24 Mbps) with 10Mbps broadband – the Universal Service Obligation goal.
Kat Hall, 24 Jul 2017
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Nationwide’s online banking goes down again

Nationwide UK customers have been unable to see payments on their online banking systems since this morning, in the latest in a string of digital glitches at the bank.
Rebecca Hill, 24 Jul 2017
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Find your happy place: Fedora 26 has landed

ReviewFedora 26, released recently, is a welcome update on the already very nice 25.
Scott Gilbertson, 24 Jul 2017

What sort of silicon brain do you need for artificial intelligence?

The Raspberry Pi is one of the most exciting developments in hobbyist computing today. Across the world, people are using it to automate beer making, open up the world of robotics and revolutionise STEM education in a world overrun by film students. These are all laudable pursuits. Meanwhile, what is Microsoft doing with it? Creating squirrel-hunting water robots.
Danny Bradbury, 24 Jul 2017

FUKE NEWS: Robot snaps inside drowned Fukushima nuke plant

PicsTEPCO, the operator of Japan's stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant, has revealed photos of the facility's flooded interior.
Simon Sharwood, 24 Jul 2017
ISO7816 Tattoo

You don't call, you don't text: SIM-flinger Gemalto warns of 9% sales drop

Security software-maker Gemalto has once again issued a trading update, warning its second quarter revenue will fall 9 per cent to €742m (£663m) compared with the same period in 2016.
Kat Hall, 24 Jul 2017

AlphaBay and Hansa: About those dark web marketplaces takedowns

AnalysisA US Federal Bureau of Investigation veteran has spoken out on the international police ops that led to the takedown of dark web drug souks AlphaBay and Hansa, giving an insider's look at the process.
John Leyden, 24 Jul 2017
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Brits must now register virtually all new drones and undergo safety tests

New British drone owners will have to register their craft with the state and pass a mandatory safety test, according to a government announcement sneaked out over the weekend.
Gareth Corfield, 24 Jul 2017
man rolls his eyes on mobile phone

Virgin Mobile has in-continent data roaming problems – peeved customers

Virgin Mobile customers enjoying their summer hols have been perturbed to discover their data roaming isn't working on the continent.
Kat Hall, 24 Jul 2017

Expect the Note 8 to break the bank (and your wallet)

Samsung’s Note 8, due to be unveiled in a month, will burst through the $1,000 (c. £920) price point, and may well become the first mass market phone in that price bracket in the UK. It’s also likely to be a monster, with a 6.3 inch diagonal display.
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Jul 2017

HoloLens: Microsoft brags about AI chip in next-gen techno-goggles

Microsoft will upgrade its HoloLens gizmo with a mysterious chip to handle machine-learning on the space-age goggles.
Andrew Silver, 24 Jul 2017
Office Space

US vending machine firm plans employee chip implant scheme

An American company is offering its hapless employees microchip implants as a substitute employee ID card.
Gareth Corfield, 24 Jul 2017

Briton admits to router hack that DDoSed Deutsche Telekom

An as yet unnamed 29-year-old pleaded guilty on Friday to charges relating to the hijacking of more than 1.25 million Deutsche Telekom routers, according to reports in the German press.
John Leyden, 24 Jul 2017

Cyber arm of UK spy agency left without PGP for four months

UK spy agency GCHQ’s cyber security arm, CESG, was left without PGP encryption for more than four months, according to a government report.
Kat Hall, 24 Jul 2017

Alexa, why aren't you working? No – I didn't say twerking. I, oh God...

Hands-onNo wonder Silicon Valley is excited about the Amazon Echo.
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Jul 2017

Crims snatch 5.5 million social security numbers from Kansas govt box

Hackers have lifted not only the social security numbers and personal information of half a million jobseekers in Kansas – but also records on more than five million people from nine other US states.
Iain Thomson, 24 Jul 2017

China crams spyware on phones in Muslim-majority province

The Chinese government is requiring citizens in Xinjiang province to install spyware on their mobile phones and is enforcing the policy with police spot-checks, according to several online reports.
Kieren McCarthy, 24 Jul 2017
A donkey

Democrats (still a thing, apparently) are super unhappy about AT&T's Time-Warner merger

Democrats in US Congress oppose AT&T's acquisition of Time-Warner and any other proposed big-time telco gobbles.
Shaun Nichols, 24 Jul 2017

Pathetic patching leaves over 70,000 Memcached servers still up for grabs

If you're running the caching service Memcached, and particularly if you're exposing it to the public internet for some reason, please make sure you've patched it. Tens of thousands of vulnerable systems haven't.
Iain Thomson, 24 Jul 2017
NASA Houston mission control

Apollo center fundraiser: That's one small check from man, one giant leap for our peace of mind

An online fundraising campaign is asking for $250,000 to cover the costs of preserving and maintaining a historic control room used for NASA's Apollo missions.
Shaun Nichols, 24 Jul 2017
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TechnologyOne says City of Brisbane ignored its own reviews

Australian ERP software vendor TechnologyOne has escalated a long-running row with Brisbane City Council, threatening to sling an AU$50 million sueball at the city.
Richard Chirgwin, 24 Jul 2017

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