21st > November > 2017 Archive

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Woman sweats... looks worried

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.
Shaun Nichols, 21 Nov 2017
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Keeping a secret photo via Shutterstock

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.
Simon Sharwood, 21 Nov 2017
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Dice fail randomness

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.
Richard Chirgwin, 21 Nov 2017
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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.
Richard Chirgwin, 21 Nov 2017

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”.
Simon Sharwood, 21 Nov 2017
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White boxes

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.
Simon Sharwood, 21 Nov 2017
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Samsung 960

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:
Chris Mellor, 21 Nov 2017
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Cthulu emerges from a printer. Image created by illustrator Andy Davies. Copyright: The Register

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.
Richard Chirgwin, 21 Nov 2017
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‘Oumuamua artist's concept

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.*
Richard Chirgwin, 21 Nov 2017
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A Ransom Note

Bitcoin outfit 'Tether' reveals US$31m BitBuck BitHeist

Bitcoin outfit “Tether” has reported a US$31m BitBuck BitHeist.
Simon Sharwood, 21 Nov 2017
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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.
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Nov 2017
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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?
Chris Mellor, 21 Nov 2017
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Pretty woman looks miffed. Copyright: Danil Nevsky via Shutterstock http://www.shutterstock.com/pic.mhtml?id=149618984&src=id

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.
Gareth Corfield, 21 Nov 2017
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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.
Chris Mellor, 21 Nov 2017
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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.
Richard Priday, 21 Nov 2017
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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.
Andrew Silver, 21 Nov 2017
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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.
Andrew Silver, 21 Nov 2017
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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.
Paul Kunert, 21 Nov 2017
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AI

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.
Chris Mellor, 21 Nov 2017
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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.
Kat Hall, 21 Nov 2017
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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.
Rebecca Hill, 21 Nov 2017
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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.
Chris Mellor, 21 Nov 2017
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The Driven consortium is testing driverless car tech on a Ford Mondeo

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.
Gareth Corfield, 21 Nov 2017
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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.
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Nov 2017
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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.
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Nov 2017
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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.
Kat Hall, 21 Nov 2017
Falcon

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.
Chris Mellor, 21 Nov 2017
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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.
Shaun Nichols, 21 Nov 2017
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HPE CEO Meg Whitman QUITS, MAN! Neri to replace chief exec in Feb

Hewlett Packard Enterprise boss Meg Whitman is stepping down, and will be replaced on February 1 by company president Antonio Neri.

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