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Oracle CEO Mark Hurd reads 'mean tweets' about his 2025 vision

OpenWorld 2017Oracle co-CEO Mark Hurd appears incapable of shrugging off criticism of his predictions for the state of cloud computing in the year 2025.
Rebecca Hill, 03 Oct 2017

Patch your Android, peeps, it has up to 14 nasty flaws to flog

Another month, another round of Android patches – although October's batch is pleasantly small compared to other recent releases.
Iain Thomson, 03 Oct 2017
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Audit office finds Telstra's universal services were good politics, bad deals

Australia's National Audit Office (ANAO) says Telstra isn't delivering value for money under contracts it won to deliver subsidised telecommunications services in remote areas under the nation's universal service obligation (ISO) program.
Richard Chirgwin, 03 Oct 2017
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Microsoft may have its groove back but it's binned 'Groove'

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's new book says the company has its groove back, yet the company has also decided to kill off the Zune-zombie by sending music subscription service "Groove" to its doom.
Richard Chirgwin, 03 Oct 2017

Un-Delled SonicWall beefs up firewall to wrestle ransomware

SonicWall has updated its product range with an eye on ransomware and mesh networking.
John Leyden, 03 Oct 2017
Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

Bad news! Astroboffins find the stuff of life in space for the first time

Scientists have announced today that a stable organohalogen, a class of compounds normally produced by organisms on Earth, has been detected for the first time in space.
Katyanna Quach, 03 Oct 2017

Hierarchical Storage Management is back. And this time it's cloudy

Data management software vendor Komprise has added extra cold cloud tiers to its data lifecycle manager, which moves data to slower access storage tiers without affecting its accessibility.
Chris Mellor, 03 Oct 2017
Linux long term support roadmap

Linux kernel long term support extended from two to six years

Long-term-support (LTS) editions of the Linux Kernel will henceforth be supported for six years, up from the current two.
Simon Sharwood, 03 Oct 2017

Blockchain, AI, chatbots, cloud … Oracle bingo!

OpenWorld 2017Oracle has launched an enterprise-grade blockchain cloud service, as part of a flurry of announcements at its annual OpenWorld conference in San Francisco.
Rebecca Hill, 03 Oct 2017

Life began after meteorites splashed into warm ponds of water, say astronomers

Life began on Earth only a few hundred million years after the planet’s surface was cool enough for pools of liquid water to form, according to a new study published today.
Katyanna Quach, 03 Oct 2017
drawing of live cat and cat skeleton

Forget the 'simulated universe', say boffins, no simulator could hit the required scale

That “we live in a simulation" trope being advanced by Elon Musk and some folk on the fringes of science? Fuggeddaboutit, because it's impossible to build a simulator that would reproduce what humans already know about quantum systems.
Richard Chirgwin, 03 Oct 2017
Commodore 64 mini

Commodore 64 makes a half-sized comeback

The Commodore 64 is coming back, in a form that owes a debt to both Nintendo's shrunken Mini SNES and thee Vega+ Sinclair ZX Spectrum reboot.
Simon Sharwood, 03 Oct 2017

Nailing a cloud project without killing Bob boils down to not being a tool

Don't be like Bob. You remember Bob, right? Tasked with building the company's cloud. Sinking in a quicksand of managerial buzzword bingo and ever-changing requirements, burdened by a lack of resources. Bob was under pressure, which produced tension at home, and Bob quit the job resulting in the company's cloud project floundering.
Lone Wolf, 03 Oct 2017

Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Self-processing flash drives, we'll need more capacity

InterviewWill object storage using SSDs with embedded servers become a realistic storage/processing technology?
Chris Mellor, 03 Oct 2017
Amber Rudd

Home Sec Amber Rudd: Yeah, I don't understand encryption. So what?

UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd has once again demonstrated she does not know how encryption works, this time by explicitly admitting it to delegates at a Tory party fringe conference where she also hit out at "patronising" techies that "sneered" at politicians.
Kat Hall, 03 Oct 2017
Tony Hall, BBC Director General. Pic: BBC

BBC Telly Tax petition given new Parliament debate date

Parliament has rescheduled its debate on the BBC TV Tax, after it was quietly canned thanks to the UK's snap general election earlier this year.
Gareth Corfield, 03 Oct 2017
Tractor sprays wheat crops under a blue sky. Photo by Shutterstock

Actifio launches v8 of Sky Platform, extends dedupe to cloud crowd

Data-as-a-service firm Actifio has bumped its virtual data pipeline, Sky Platform, to v8.0, extending its coverage to a crowd of public clouds.
Chris Mellor, 03 Oct 2017

Introducing EE4J – Java EE's fling with the Eclipse Foundation

It's been a few weeks since it was announced that Oracle would move Java EE to the Eclipse Foundation and we're already starting to see indications of how it's shaping up.
Maxwell Cooter, 03 Oct 2017

Computers4Christians miraculously appears on Ubuntu wiki

Ubuntu's wiki page this morning temporarily played host to a bit of info from religious group Computers4Christians, whose aim is to propagate the use of its operating system to spread the word of the Lord.
Kat Hall, 03 Oct 2017
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

The axeman strikes again: Microsoft has real commitment issues

CommentEver since Satya Nadella took the helm at Microsoft in 2014, his PR people have been grooming him to be an Inspiration Thought Leader, preaching Transformation to the TED Talk classes. This took another step with the global launch of his book Hit Refresh, a "masterpiece" of how to scale up the "growth mindset”. [must-read]
Andrew Orlowski, 03 Oct 2017
Boeing 777--2H6/ER 9M-MRI, an aircraft very similar to the one that operated Flight MH370. Pic: Ryan Fletcher/Shutterstock

MH370 final report: Aussies still don’t know where it crashed or why

Australian air authorities have published their final report into the MH370 mystery, concluding that they’re no wiser about what happened or why than when the Malaysian Airlines flight vanished three years ago.
Gareth Corfield, 03 Oct 2017

Schrems busts Privacy Shield wide open

Privacy activist and student Max Schrems has hailed an Irish Court decision today to refer cross-Atlantic data flows back to the European Court of Justice – all over again.
Andrew Orlowski, 03 Oct 2017

Physicists win Nobel Prize for spotting ripples in fabric of space-time

The 2017 Nobel Prize in physics has been awarded to three researchers crucial to the first detection of ripples in the fabric of space-time – gravitational waves.
Andrew Silver, 03 Oct 2017

Big iron storage supplier Infinidat blags more o' that sweet VC cash

AnalysisMoshe Yanai's Infinidat has gained $95m in third-round funding and wants us to know that it's not a debt-fuelled Silicon Valley extravaganza of a startup like others that have crashed and burned or gone through bought-at-a-discount acquisitions.
Chris Mellor, 03 Oct 2017
Satya Nadella's three bets: AI, Mixed Reality, and Quantum Computing

Ignite: Microsoft drops veil on Honolulu, releases SQL Server on Linux into the wild

Tens of thousands of tourists flocked to Florida's theme park town of Orlando last week, but they weren't there to see Mickey; they were there to imbibe the new wares at Microsoft's Ignite, which focuses on cloud computing and IT administration.
Tim Anderson, 03 Oct 2017
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Call the doctor! WDC's new 14TB spinner has shingled write scheme

WDC has released an Ultrastar 14TB disk drive with host application software managing its shingled writing scheme.
Chris Mellor, 03 Oct 2017

ISIS and Jack Daniel's: One of these things is not like the other

A man was reportedly asked if he was an Islamic State sympathiser after his neighbours mistook a Jack Daniel's flag for the black-and-white terrorist insignia.
Gareth Corfield, 03 Oct 2017
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NFS is now on tap in Azure – and NetApp is Microsoft's provider

NetApp is making NFS available as a service in Microsoft's Azure Cloud, enaabling on-premises NFS-using applications to move into Azure.
Chris Mellor, 03 Oct 2017
Intel CEO Paul Otellini

Ex-Intel boss Paul Otellini dead at age 66

Former Intel CEO Paul Otellini died on Monday aged 66, the chip maker confirmed this morning.
Shaun Nichols, 03 Oct 2017

Azure fell over for 7 hours in Europe because someone accidentally set off the fire extinguishers

Microsoft has explained how a cascading series of cockups left some of its Northern European Azure customers without access to services for nearly seven hours.
Iain Thomson, 03 Oct 2017
Georges Saab at JavaOne '17

Oracle VP: 'We want the next decade to be Java first, Java always'

AnalysisIn the wake of a safe harbor disclaimer insisting Oracle could not be held to anything said during its JavaOne conference keynote on Monday, Georges Saab, veep of software development for the Java platform, talked his way through a Java victory lap.
Thomas Claburn, 03 Oct 2017

Patch your WordPress plugins: Scum are right now hijacking blogs

The plugin gurus at WordFence have this week found three critical security holes in third-party WordPress extensions that are being actively exploited by hackers to take over websites.
Iain Thomson, 03 Oct 2017

Oath-my-God: THREE! BILLION! Yahoo! accounts! hacked! in! 2013! – not! 'just!' 1bn!

With Equifax testifying in US Congress today about its own massive security failings, someone at Yahoo! presumably thought now would be a good time to bury bad news – but some things are too large to hide.
Iain Thomson, 03 Oct 2017

Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull hints at surveillance expansion

Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has hinted that the expansion of the nation's facial recognition databases could include private sector access.
Richard Chirgwin, 03 Oct 2017

Nothing matters any more... Now hapless Equifax bags $7.5m IT contract with US taxmen

Shortly after we all learned of a massive security breach at Equifax in which the personal information of 143 million 145.5 million Americans and sundry Brits and Canadians was plundered by hackers, the US Internal Revenue Service awarded Equifax a no-bid contract – to provide identity verification services for the tax authority.
Iain Thomson, 03 Oct 2017

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