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Bad benchmarks bedevil boffins' infosec efforts

A group of operating systems specialists has said that sloppy benchmarking is harming security efforts by making it hard to assess the likely performance impact of security countermeasures.
Richard Chirgwin, 16 Jan 2018

Canada charges chap alleged to run stolen data-mart Leakedsource

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police has announced it has cuffed and charged a man for selling stolen identities and passwords at LeakedSource.com.
Simon Sharwood, 16 Jan 2018
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China's first space station to – ahem – de-orbit in late March

Predictions are firming up for when China's Tiangong-1 spacecraft will make its final re-entry-crash-and-burn.
Richard Chirgwin, 16 Jan 2018
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Developer plots server virtualization comeback for XenServer

Moves are afoot to revive Xen Cloud Platform (XCP), the open source version of XenServer that existed independently of Citrix before the company released its code to the Xen Project and made its own efforts open source.
Simon Sharwood, 16 Jan 2018

Drone perves defeated by tinfoil houses

If a drone-creeper is snooping on you, you could catch them by grabbing the video stream – but what if it's encrypted?
Richard Chirgwin, 16 Jan 2018
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Airbus warns it could quit A380 production

Airbus has reported its most prolific year to date in terms of deliveries, but also warned that it needs a new buyer of its flagship A380 if it is to continue production.
Simon Sharwood, 16 Jan 2018
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ServiceNow unleashes its 'Kingston' release

ServiceNow has slipped into 2018 by slipping out a new release of its platform.
Simon Sharwood, 16 Jan 2018
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Veeam buys AWS EC2 instance backup and recovery biz

Veeam has announced the acquisition of N2WS, an IaaS startup, whose board includes Veeam co-founder and President Ratmir Timashev, for $42.5mn cash.
Chris Mellor, 16 Jan 2018

Capita's UK military recruiting system has 'glitches' admits minister

A defence minister has told Parliament that Capita’s pisspoor Defence Recruiting System (DRS) has “glitches”, following reports from The Register giving a glimpse inside the shambolic system.
Gareth Corfield, 16 Jan 2018
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Hey Europe, your apathetic IT spending is ruining it for everyone

Listless IT spend in Europe is dragging down the pace of global recovery, according to the latest prediction from entrail-prodders Gartner.
Kat Hall, 16 Jan 2018
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Causes of software development woes

Research"Agile development" can mean different things to different people. To some it's about easing up on traditional rigour, and even legitimising a quick-and-dirty approach to getting stuff out of the door. To others it's about implementing a different kind of rigour, in order to bust project backlogs in a more robust manner, and generally keep up with constantly changing business demands.
Dale Vile, 16 Jan 2018

Amount of pixels needed to make VR less crap may set your PC on fire

Put on a virtual reality headset and it's hard to believe that your visual system is being stretched beyond its limit. Individual pixels are still visible and the narrow field of view makes it feel like you're wearing ski googles.
David Matthews, 16 Jan 2018
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New Mirai botnet species 'Okiru' hunts for ARC-based kit

A new variant of the notorious Mirai malware is exploiting kit with ARC processors.
John Leyden, 16 Jan 2018

Frenchman comes eye to eye with horror toilet python

A lucky Frenchman has narrowly avoided having his todger bitten by a python that crawled up his U-bend.
Gareth Corfield, 16 Jan 2018

DXC execs: Here's another deadline for skills profiling

DXC Technologies' employees still reluctant to upload their "skill profile" onto a company database they fear will be used in the next big redundancy rounds yesterday got a ticking off from top brass.
Paul Kunert, 16 Jan 2018

Xiaomi the money: China's latest IPO star tastes of bubble tea

AnalysisXiaomi's rush to go public is as much a sign of a speculative bubble as Bitcoin mania. Will it have a happy ending?
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Jan 2018

UK's Just Eat faces probe after woman tweets chat-up texts from 'delivery guy'

A customer of takeaway delivery firm Just Eat has alleged a driver from an eatery used her phone number to ask her for a date.
Rebecca Hill, 16 Jan 2018

Wave Tata, Capita: You've lost mega-contract to rival outsourcer

Financial services slinger Prudential is to kick Capita to the curb, cutting short a 15-year mega deal and switching the administration of its life and pension policies to Tata Consultancy Services.
Paul Kunert, 16 Jan 2018
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Drone crashes after operator failed to spot extra building site crane

A pilot flying a 3D Robotics Solo drone let his autonomous aircraft fly itself into a crane that some inconsiderate person erected on a building site.
Gareth Corfield, 16 Jan 2018

Facebook, Schrems case cost Irish data watchdog €2m – reports

The Irish Data Protection Commissioner has forked out almost €2m in the long legal battle involving Facebook and privacy activist Max Schrems, according to reports.
Rebecca Hill, 16 Jan 2018
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Private submarine builder charged with murder of journalist

Danish submariner Peter Madsen has today been charged with the murder of journalist Kim Wall.
Richard Priday, 16 Jan 2018
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Android snoopware Skygofree can pilfer WhatsApp messages

Mobile malware strain Skygofree may be the most advanced Android-infecting nasties ever, antivirus-flinger Kaspersky Lab has warned.
John Leyden, 16 Jan 2018

Upset Equation Editor was killed off? Now you can tell Microsoft to go forth and multiply: App back from the dead

Microsoft Equation Editor was sentenced to death on January 9, 2018 at the age of 17, when a software update from Redmond removed five files necessary for the application to function.
Thomas Claburn, 16 Jan 2018

Butt plugs, mock cocks, late pay and paranoia: The world of Waymo star Anthony Levandowski… by his kids' nanny

The engineer at the center of a massive self-driving car lawsuit – brought by Google-stablemate Waymo against Uber – neglects his kids, is wildly disorganized, and has a large selection of bondage gear, his former nanny has sensationally alleged.
Kieren McCarthy, 16 Jan 2018

US senators vow to filibuster FBI, er, NSA's domestic, errr, foreign mass spying program

UpdatedA number of US senators from both sides of the aisle have said they will filibuster an effort to approve the continuation of a controversial American government spying program.
Kieren McCarthy, 16 Jan 2018
Oracle acrobatics in the cloud

Oracle says SPARCv9 has Spectre CPU bug, patches coming soon

Oracle has told users of its SPARC-powered platforms that they have the Spectre processor design flaw.
Simon Sharwood, 16 Jan 2018
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Hospital injects $60,000 into crims' coffers to cure malware infection

A US hospital paid extortionists roughly $60,000 to end a ransomware outbreak that forced staff to use pencil-and-paper records.
Iain Thomson, 16 Jan 2018

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