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.
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.
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.
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.
Un-Delled SonicWall beefs up firewall to wrestle ransomware
SonicWall has updated its product range with an eye on ransomware and mesh networking.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.