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US broadband is scarce, slow and expensive. 'Great!' says the FCC

AnalysisFifteen million Americans don't have access to broadband internet. For those that do, the United States has close to the slowest speeds among advanced economies. And for that, Americans pay more than almost anyone else.
Kieren McCarthy, 06 Feb 2018
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T-Mobile US let hackers nick my phone number, drain my crypto-wallets, cries man who lost $20k

A bloke from Washington is suing T-Mobile USA after miscreants were able to steal his phone number and take all his crypto-coins.
Shaun Nichols, 06 Feb 2018
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Skype Logo

Skype for Biz users: Go watch nature vids. Microsoft wants you to get good at migration

Microsoft appears to have edged Skype for Business closer to the edge of a cliff.
Richard Chirgwin, 06 Feb 2018
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Falling asleep in front of computer

Another week, another Cisco-security-kit-needs-a-patch story

Cisco's again asked owners of Adaptive Security Appliances or Firepower Threat Defense Software to patch, after it turned up a new DDOS problem that last patches didn't address.
Richard Chirgwin, 06 Feb 2018
Man vs paperwork. Paper-pusher loses control. Photo by Shutterstock

Dell intranet post said VMware slurp disclosure was mere paperwork

Dell’s revelation it may reverse-merge with its subsidiary VMware or perform other financial contortions has been dismissed as mere compliance-grade paperwork, by … Dell itself.
Simon Sharwood, 06 Feb 2018
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X.509 metadata can carry information through the firewall

VideoA security researcher, who last year demonstrated that X.509 certificate exchanges could carry malicious traffic, has now published his proof-of-concept code.
Richard Chirgwin, 06 Feb 2018
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Women beat men to jobs due to guys' bad social skills. Whoa – you mad, fellas? Maybe these eggheads have a point...

While the world worries about savvy computers taking people's jobs, it may want to focus more on how to retrain its men, who are evidently ill-equipped for work that's increasingly social.
Thomas Claburn, 06 Feb 2018
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Cops find ATM spewing cash, car with dodgy plates, stack of $20 bills and hacking kit inside

US authorities have arrested a pair suspected of being involved in a recent wave of Automatic Teller Machine "jackpotting" heists.
Richard Chirgwin, 06 Feb 2018
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Ghost in the DCL shell: OpenVMS, touted as ultra reliable, had a local root hole for 30 years

Forget Meltdown and Spectre. Someone's found a local privilege escalation in the operating system world's elderly statesman OpenVMS when running it on VAX and Alpha processors.
John Leyden, 06 Feb 2018
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Insurance companies now telling you what tech to buy with um-missable price signals

AnalysisGlobal mega-insurers Allianz and Aon have just given IT buyers and the security industry plenty to ponder by cooking up a deal with Apple and Cisco that makes users of those companies’ kit eligible for a special class of cyber insurance.
Simon Sharwood, 06 Feb 2018
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NASA Image satellite pre-launch

NASA's zombie IMAGE satellite is powered up and working quite nicely

NASA has updated the status of its once-was-lost, now-is-found IMAGE satellite and revealed the bird's power supplies are operational. The space agency will therefore attempt to revive the mission – if it can find money to fund the effort.
Richard Chirgwin, 06 Feb 2018
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2017 tablet market trended towards torpor

The tablet computer market took a steep dip in 2017 according to analyst firms IDC and Strategy Analytics.
Simon Sharwood, 06 Feb 2018
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many faced statue

The many-faced god of operational excellence, DevOps and now 'site reliability engineering'

Someone's been kicking up the "NoOps" ant pile again. There it was, sitting there finally rebuilt after the annual upturning, and The Lord of Cartography, Simon Wardley says: "I think you'll find that the new legacy is going to be DevOps." That said, it is winter, so the ants are moving a bit slower than usual.
Michael Cote, 06 Feb 2018
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Bundled files, image via Shutterstock

Tower ProLiants on the warpath: HPE takes on Dell 'n' white-box gang in SMB space

HPE has taken on Dell and the white boxers in the desktop and tower server space with promises of special, low-priced deals and faster ships.
Chris Mellor, 06 Feb 2018
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NHS hosptial photo, by Marbury via Shutterstock

Vast majority of NHS trusts have failed cyber security assessment, Brit MPs told

Every single one of the 200 NHS trusts in the UK so far assessed for cyber security resilience has failed an on-site assessment, MPs on the Public Accounts Committee were told yesterday.
Kat Hall, 06 Feb 2018
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Tired disappointed woman working at office desk with a laptop

UK PM Theresa May orders review of online abuse laws in suffrage centenary speech

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has ordered a review of British laws governing online communications in her latest shot at big tech firms.
Rebecca Hill, 06 Feb 2018
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IBM: About those agreed voluntary redundancies ... we were just kidding

IBM's latest redundancy programme for Global Technology Services staff in the UK and Ireland "descended into near farce" after it reopened the voluntary element and told those it had previously agreed to let leave that they now are not going anywhere.
Paul Kunert, 06 Feb 2018
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Ex-Chipzilla exec Arms biz to SoC it to Intel in the data centre

Carlyle Group-backed Ampere Computing, run by ex-Intel president Renée James, has launched a server-grade Arm system-on-a-chip to take on Chipzilla.
Chris Mellor, 06 Feb 2018
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UK web grocer Ocado takes £500k hit after robo-warehouse tech splurge

Middle-class Brit online supermarket nirvana Ocado posted losses of £500,000 for 2017, down from £12m profit the previous year – largely thanks to its "transformation" into a technology provider flogging robot-operated warehouses.
Kat Hall, 06 Feb 2018
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Game of Thrones

UK Home Office grilled over biometrics, being clingy with folks' mugshots

Brit Home Office bods have denied that retaining millions of custody images of people who were never charged falls foul of case law, while asserting that automatic deletion is not technically possible.
Rebecca Hill, 06 Feb 2018
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Dell goes on Epyc server journey with AMD

Dell is producing one- and two-socket rackmount servers using AMD Epyc processors alongside its Xeon SP server family.
Chris Mellor, 06 Feb 2018
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Assange

Assange fails to make skipped bail arrest warrant vanish

"Mr Assange is not present at court today," said the judge who denied the cupboard-dwelling WikiLeaker's latest bid to make legal proceedings against him go away.
Gareth Corfield, 06 Feb 2018
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Rubrik swallows Datos IO, shuffles in distributed DB backup

Extremely well-funded startup Rubrik has bought distributed database backer-up and fellow startup Datos IO.
Chris Mellor, 06 Feb 2018
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Newsflash! Faking it until you make it is illegal in Silicon Valley: Biz boss pleads guilty

It turns out bullshitting your way to fame and fortune is illegal in California's playground of tech startups, rather than a viable business model. Who knew?
Thomas Claburn, 06 Feb 2018
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Adobe: Two critical Flash security bugs fixed for the price of one

Adobe has issued an emergency security patch for two bugs in its Flash player – after North Korea's hackers were spotted exploiting one of the flaws to spy on people investigating the creepy hermit nation.
Iain Thomson, 06 Feb 2018
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MY GOD, IT'S FULL OF CARS: SpaceX parks a Tesla in orbit (just don't mention the barge)

VideoAfter years of setbacks, SpaceX today successfully launched its Falcon Heavy three-in-one rocket and delivered into orbit its cherry-red payload – Elon Musk's very own Tesla Roadster.
Iain Thomson, 06 Feb 2018
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2017 Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon

Lenovo literally has a screw loose – so it's recalled flagship Carbon X1 ThinkPads

Lenovo has recalled its flagship Thinkpad X1 Carbon laptops because some may literally have a screw loose.
Simon Sharwood, 06 Feb 2018

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