21st > November > 2017 Archive
AT&T insists it's not sweating US govt block of Time-Warner gobble
AT&T says it is not worried about the possibility of a US government lawsuit derailing its attempts to acquire Time-Warner.
Amazon launches Secret Region – so secret it's endorsed by the CIA
Amazon Web Services has launched a Secret Region – which we know about because the CIA has endorsed it.
Microsoft's memory randomization security defense is a little busted in Windows 8, 10
A Carnegie-Mellon CERT researcher has discovered that Microsoft broke some use-cases for its Address Space Layout Randomisation (ASLR) mechanism, designed to severely hamper hackers' attempts to exploit security bugs.
More than half of GitHub is duplicate code, researchers find
Given that code sharing is a big part of the GitHub mission, it should come at no surprise that the platform stores a lot of duplicated code: 70 per cent, a study has found.
Marvell and Cavium do the deed, vow to breed infra-monster
The rumours were right: Marvell has formally announced it will buy Cavium, for around six billion US dollars, and plans to emerge as an “Infrastructure Solutions Powerhouse”.
AT&T wants to bin 100,000 routers, replace them with white boxes
AT&T has launched an audacious attempt to push the networking industry towards software-defined networking and white-box hardware.
Flash, Sam, wallop: Samsung crashes ahead as top NAND chip flinger
Samsung increased its market share in the NAND supply world in the third quarter of the year, analysts reckon. According to TrendForce's latest estimates, the suppliers' overall flash shipments for Q3 2017 looked like this:
Patch on way 'this week' for HP printer vulns
UpdatedSysadmins have been advised to watch for a coming HP printer firmware update that will plug a remote code execution vulnerability (among others) in its MFP-586 and the M553 printers.
From Vega with love: Pegasus interstellar asteroid's next stop
It's official: the Asteroid 1I/2017 U1, aka "‘Oumuamua", which screamed through the solar system in October 2017 is an interstellar object. And a very strange one at that.*
Bitcoin outfit 'Tether' reveals US$31m BitBuck BitHeist
Bitcoin outfit “Tether” has reported a US$31m BitBuck BitHeist.
Back to the Fuchsia: The next 10 years of Android
Part TwoIn Part One we described how, after 10 years, Android was uncannily similar to Windows after 20 years.
First XPoint, then Z-NAND: Oh dear, server-makers. SCM is happening
AnalysisStorage-class memory (SCM), in the shape of Optane, is already here and, with Samsung's Z-SSD, set to become available for use by servers. What does this mean and when will it actually happen?
Twitter's blue tick rule changes may lower the sueball barrier
CommentInfamous online cesspit Twitter may have unintentionally made itself easier to sue for the things users write on its site, following recently announced changes to its "blue tick" verification system.
CEO: 'Claying the ongoing continuous chaos of info into one logical masterpiece'
We start this week's collection of storage news with the marketing buzzwords of the month award, which goes to startup Panoply for outstanding excellence.
Iran the numbers – and Persian internet is the cheapest in the world
Tired of continual price hikes on your broadband deal? Then why not move to Iran? According to a study released today, it has the cheapest broadband.
Baaa-d moooo-ve: Debian Linux depicts intimate cow-sheep action in ASCII artwork
Linux distro Debian is under fire for distributing a software package containing an "ASCII representation of zoophilia." Specifically, a sheep shagging a cow.
Royal Bank of Scotland website goes TITSUP*
UpdatedUsers who bank online with the Royal Bank of Scotland are having a tough time logging in this morning.
SagePay's monster wobble... On the third day of sale week, UK retailers start to weep
What started as a Saturday afternoon nap for SagePay turned into a three-day snooze fest, angering retailers that were as of last night still struggling to process sales in a peak shopping week.
Gulp. HPE's InfoSight self-repairs and makes 'proactive decisions'
HPE is updating its acquired Nimble Storage InfoSight array management system with a machine learning-driven recommendation engine, and adding InfoSight to 3PAR arrays.
National Cyber Security Centre boss: For the love of $DEITY, use 2FA on your emails, peeps
The chief exec of the National Cyber Security Centre – a branch of the UK's spy nerve-centre GCHQ – has called on everyone to enable two-factor authentication for their emails. This follows revelations that almost the entire population's details are available for sale on the dark web.
Don't sweat Brexit, big biz told: Your shiny data protection sticker will remain intact
Multinationals whose data protection compliance was rubberstamped by the UK's privacy regulator have been assured they won't be stripped of the authorisation after Brexit.
HPE straps AMD chip into 2P/2U server box with Epyc results
HPE has upgraded its Opteron-using DL385p server with AMD Epyc processors and used it to notch up a pair of record SPEC benchmarks.
Level 5 driverless cars by 2021 can be done, say Brit industry folk
Over the weekend, chancellor Philip Hammond boasted that “fully driverless cars” would be on Britain’s roads in four years’ time. Some in the driverless car industry think this is a dangerous fantasy, while more high-profile driverless car software companies are all in favour of it.
Arm Inside: Is Apple ready for the next big switch?
One day we'll look back and wonder why it took PCs so long to move from RISC chips that had to pretend to be CISC chips to RISC chips that didn't have to pretend to be anything.
As Google clamps down, 'Droid developer warns 'breaking day' is coming
Mobile app developers are being forced to rewrite their code as Google attempts to tame Android's Wild West.
Digital minister: We're still talking to BT about sorting crap broadband
UK digital minister Matt Hancock has denied that talks with BT to improve poor internet speeds in 1.4 million rural areas have fallen through.
Wounded FalconStor flutters back to life
FalconStor has confirmed its first profit in more than two years, bagged fresh funding and employed a new bunch of new faces in its exec lounge.
While you're preparing to carve Thanksgiving turkey, the FCC will be slicing into net neutrality
AnalysisAjit Pai, chairman of America's broadband watchdog, today confirmed what we all knew was coming for months now: a move to tear up the Obama-era's rules on network neutrality in the US.