6th > February > 2018 Archive
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2017 tablet market trended towards torpor
The tablet computer market took a steep dip in 2017 according to analyst firms IDC and Strategy Analytics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.