15th > January > 2018 Archive

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ITU aims to to keep the radio on with new satellite regulation fees

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) will next week discuss changes to satellite constellation regulation and fees, an effort needed to keep space useful for communications
Richard Chirgwin, 15 Jan 2018
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Oracle still silent on Meltdown, but lists patches for x86 servers among 233 new fixes

Oracle still has nothing to say about whether the Meltdown or Spectre vulnerabilities are a problem for its hardware.
Simon Sharwood, 15 Jan 2018

OK, Google: Why does Chromecast clobber Wi-Fi connections?

Wi-Fi router vendors have started issuing patches to defend their products against Google Chromecast devices.
Richard Chirgwin, 15 Jan 2018

Hawaiian fake nukes alert caused by fat-fingered fumble of garbage GUI

Bad user interface design has been blamed for Hawaii experiencing a brief spate of nuclear panic over the weekend.
Richard Chirgwin, 15 Jan 2018
Galaxy J1354

Black hole munched galactic leftovers, spewed stars, burped

The black hole at the centre of galaxy SDSS J1354+1327 sucked in gases, “burped” – and then repeated the display.
Richard Chirgwin, 15 Jan 2018

France may protect citizens' liberté with ban on foreigners buying local big data firms

France is considering regulating foreign takeovers of businesses in the data protection and artificial intelligence sectors, minister for the economy Bruno Le Maire said on Friday.
Richard Chirgwin, 15 Jan 2018
KFC Canada's bitcoin bucket

Junk food meets junk money: KFC starts selling Bitcoin Bucket

KFC’s Canadian wing has started selling chicken for Bitcoin.
Simon Sharwood, 15 Jan 2018
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Mozilla offers sysadmins a Policy Engine for roll-your-own Firefox installs

Mozilla’s announced it will add a “policy engine” to the next extended support (ESR) release of its Firefox browser.
Simon Sharwood, 15 Jan 2018

German Bar Association says Nein to patent court block effort

The effort to create a single patent court system for Europe has been given a boost with a response from the German Bar Association arguing that a complaint against the Unitary Patent Court (UPC) should be thrown out.
Kieren McCarthy, 15 Jan 2018
Three candles - suggesting performance graph

Meltdown/Spectre fixes made AWS CPUs cry, says SolarWinds

Log-sniffing vendor SolarWinds has used its own wares to chronicle the application of Meltdown and Spectre patches on its own Amazon Web Services infrastructure, and the results make for ugly viewing.
Simon Sharwood, 15 Jan 2018
Sir Philip Rutnam, permanent secretary of the Home Office

Why did top Home Office civil servant lobby Ofcom for obscure kit ban?

CommentQuestions have been raised over the UK Home Office's most senior civil servant's involvement in the banning of GSM gateways – following botched redactions to freedom-of-information responses by Ofcom.
Gareth Corfield, 15 Jan 2018

Third NAND dimension makes quad bit bucket cells feasible

AnalysisError-checking code use is so much easier with 3D NAND than previous planar NAND that capacity-lifting quad-level cell technology becomes more feasible.
Chris Mellor, 15 Jan 2018

UK.gov denies data processing framework is 'sinister' – but admits ICO has concerns

The government has moved to allay fears over amendments to the Data Protection Bill that critics say could undermine both the law and the powers of the UK’s privacy watchdog.
Rebecca Hill, 15 Jan 2018
Mickey Mouse

Facebook, Twitter supremos ditch Disney as biz steps on their turf

The Walt Disney Company's increasing interest in moving its shows online has forced two Silicon Valley supremos to leave the board.
Rebecca Hill, 15 Jan 2018

Childcare is a pain in the bum and so is HMRC's buggy subsidies site

More than 6,000 parents looking to access financial help with childcare have had difficulties with using HM Revenue and Customs' frequently broken Childcare Choices website.
Richard Priday, 15 Jan 2018

Users clutch refilled Box boxen after 'empty' folder panic

Business user file sync and sharer Box "sank" for some users late last week, who took to forums and social media complaining they could not see any of their files.
Chris Mellor, 15 Jan 2018

Customers reporting credit card fraud after using OnePlus webstore

A large number of OnePlus customers claim to have been hit by fraudulent credit card transactions after making purchases on the phone company's site. And they're unhappy that the company has been slow to address the issue.
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Jan 2018

Facebook settles landmark revenge porn case with UK teen for undisclosed sum

Facebook has settled a case with a 14-year-old girl after the social network hosted revealing pictures of her on a Facebook "shame" page.

220 heads to roll as Steria hacks away at UK.gov back-office IT biz

French outsourcer Sopra Steria plans to make 220 folk redundant from its UK government business as part of a major upheaval of its public sector operation.
Kat Hall, 15 Jan 2018
Techie wields circular saw while standing over the innards of a workstation. Photo by Shutterstock

Storage slingers say: Don't sweat Spectre, Meltdown SANitation

AnalysisSeveral SAN suppliers have said their systems don't need patching against the Spectre and Meltdown bugs. We asked Dell and Pure Storage about the impact of fixes and whether their SANs and Dell's hyperconverged (HCI) systems needed patching.
Chris Mellor, 15 Jan 2018

Microsoft wants to patent mind control

Microsoft has applied to patent a brain control interface, so you'll be able to "think" your way around a computer device, hands free.
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Jan 2018
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UK taxman has domain typo-squatter stripped of HMRC web addresses

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has insisted on having a Panama company trading as the “Whois Foundation” formally stripped of a handful of dodgy web domains, even though the firm instantly offered to hand them over when challenged.
Gareth Corfield, 15 Jan 2018
Ford Dearborn HQ

Ford giving electric car investment a jolt to the tune of $11bn

American auto enormity Ford will increase its investment in electric vehicles to $11bn (£7.97bn) in the next five years, it announced yesterday at the North American International Auto Show.
Richard Priday, 15 Jan 2018

Supermicro crams 36 Samsung 'ruler' SSDs into dense superserver

AnalysisSupermicro has a supernaturally dense thin server with up to half a petabyte of flash using unannounced Samsung SSDs.
Chris Mellor, 15 Jan 2018
Homer Simpson

Now Meltdown patches are making industrial control systems lurch

Patches for the Meltdown vulnerability are causing stability issues in industrial control systems.
John Leyden, 15 Jan 2018

IBM kills Global Technology and Global Business Services: It's all ‘IBM Services’ now

ExclusiveIBM has plans to help its ailing services business with a re-branding exercise that will see its Global Technology Services (GTS) and Global Business Services (GBS) operations emerge as a single entity named “IBM Services.”
Simon Sharwood, 15 Jan 2018

Lenovo inherited a switch authentication bypass – from Nortel

Lenovo has patched an ancient vulnerability in switches that it acquired along with IBM's hardware businesses and which Big Blue itself acquired when it slurped parts of Nortel.
Richard Chirgwin, 15 Jan 2018

Microsoft extends patent protection shield on-premises

Microsoft’s extended its “Azure IP Advantage” litigation protection shield to on-premises technology, by applying it to the Azure Stack hybrid-cloud-in-a-box systems.
Simon Sharwood, 15 Jan 2018

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