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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. On Itanium CPUs, the same bug can be exploited to crash a process. More details on the flaw, which has been given the designation CVE-2017-17482, are …
John Leyden, 6 Feb 2018
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Crash test dummy? Love the excitement of breaking an OS? Fedora 25 Alpha has landed

If you're a chronic complainer and nit-picker with a spare machine and a willingness to suffer multiple crashes, weird screen artefacts and possible data loss: Fedora 25's alpha has landed ahead of its anticipated November 2016 release. If you want to help the developers by breaking stuff, don't risk dual-boot on OS X if you' …
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FRBs and variable forces: a big week for astronomy

Astronomers trawling through the archives of the Parkes Radio Telescope have turned up a new and mystifying class of intergalactic radio transmissions: FRBs, or fast radio bursts. Similar but not identical to the well-known gamma ray bursts, FRBs appear as flashes that descend through a bunch of wavelengths (from shorter to …
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Windows NT grandaddy OpenVMS taken out back, single gunshot heard

Digital Compaq HP has announced the end of support for various flavours of OpenVMS, the ancient but trustworthy server operating system whose creator went on to build Windows NT. OpenVMS started out as VAX/VMS on Digital Equipment Corporation's VAX minicomputers, then later was ported to DEC's fast Alpha RISC chips – before …
Liam Proven, 10 Jun 2013
Sony NEX-5N 16.1Mp APS-C compact system camera

Sony NEX-5N 16.1Mp APS-C compact system camera

Review Sony's NEX range of compact system cameras have continued expand with the NEX-C3, reviewed recently, appealing to entry-level users keen to get to grips with Alpha optics and a DSLR-sized APS-C sensor. Adding to those niceties at the top end, if you've a grand to spare, there's the 24Mp NEX-7. Yet in the middle, away from the …
Sony Alpha NEX-C3 compact system camera

Sony NEX-C3 compact system camera

Review For years, early adopters have been saying that the mirrorless camera will see off the budget DSLR. Even Nikon, maker of the superb D3100, has entered the fray with the J1 and V1 compacts Arguably, it wasn’t until Sony’s NEX series appeared over a year ago that the somewhat DSLR-resistant mainstream consumer began to see the …
Dave Stevenson, 30 Dec 2011
Sony Alpha SLT-A35 translucent mirror camera

Sony Alpha SLT-A35 translucent mirror camera

Review Sony’s Alpha SLT-35 expands on its translucent mirror camera models that offer similar handling to a DSLR and compatibility with its A mount Alpha range of lenses. The catch with this magic mirror tech is that to keep things compact, you end up with an electronic viewfinder, rather than an optical one. The gains are fast AF and …
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China fires up homegrown petaflops super

The Chinese government has booted up the first of three homegrown, petaflops-class massively parallel supercomputers based on indigenous technology. The Sunway Bluelight – or Divinity Blue-Ray depending on how you want to translate its name from Chinese – is based on a 16-core processor, rumored to be a derivative of the DEC …
Sony Alpha Nex 7 compact system camera

Sony shows next Nex system cameras

Sony has unwrapped this year's additions to its Nex line of compact cameras with interchangeable lenses: the 5N and the 7. Key 5N features include a 16.1Mp APS sensor and a new, grippy rubbery coating for the camera's magnesium alloy body. Sony Alpha Nex 7 compact system camera Nex 7 The 7 likewise sports a more DSLR-like …
Tony Smith, 24 Aug 2011
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Sony teases with lens-switch camcorder prototype

Sony has told World+Dog that its labs are working on an entry-level pro camcorder with interchangeable lenses. Provisionally dubbed the dubbed the "NXCAM", the HD camcorder will come with a sensor that's equivalent to a Super 35mm frame and Sony's E-Mount lens system as used by its consumer-oriented Nex compact cameras and …
Hard Reg, 17 Nov 2010
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Sony updates Nex camera firmware

Sony has posted a firmware update for its Nex compact cameras. The patch, available now from Sony's support site, gives the Nex-3 and Nex-5 the ability to automatically focus any one of 14 lenses designed for the company's Alpha digital SLRs and connected by the Nex cameras' E-mount to A-mount adaptor. Sony Nex plus Alpha …
Tony Smith, 14 Oct 2010
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Sony shows continuous autofocus DSLRs

Sony's second blast of digital SLR-age this morning involves a pair of low-end Alphas - A33 and A55 - that use what appears to be a half-silvered mirror in place of the usual DSLR moving mirror to improve the way the cameras can autofocus moving objects. It also makes the camera smaller, said Sony, since a full mirror box isn' …
Hard Reg, 24 Aug 2010
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Sony intros latest mid-range DSLR pair

Sony has taken the wraps off a fresh pair of Alpha digital SLR cameras, these ones with a 1080p video capture capability. The A580 and the A560 incorporate, respectively, 16Mp and 14Mp new-generation APS sensors linked to the latest Sony image processor chip. Sony Alpha A580 Other features are common to both cameras: 12,800 …
Tony Smith, 24 Aug 2010
Sony Alpha Nex-5

Hands on with Sony's NEX DSLR-quality compact camera

Video Sony UK held a launch party this week for its new NEX-5 and NEX-3 compact digital cameras. The company seems minded to make a dent in sales in the micro four-thirds format as both NEX models accommodate interchangeable lenses and utilise a 14.2Mp APS sensor. Sony NEX Sony's NEX cameras have a detachable flash to keep them …
Bob Dormon, 18 Jun 2010
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Sony shows interchangeable-lens camcorder concept

Having introduced the Nex-3 and Nex-5 compact cameras as concept models back in February then announcing them today, Sony is taking the same approach with a new interchangeable-lens camcorder. So, today we get the mock-up, and an indication that the real thing will arrive some time in the autumn. Sony interchangeable-lens …
Hard Reg, 11 May 2010
Sony Alpha Nex-5

Sony to ship micro four-thirds rival next month

In February Sony declared it was developing a compact camera line with interchangeable lenses, and now the company has revealed it will go on sale next month as the Alpha Nex. The Nex-3 and Nex-5 sport DSLR-quality 23.4 x 15.6mm, 14.2Mp APS image sensors. But the cameras lack a mirror system, so they're rather smaller than …
Tony Smith, 11 May 2010
Sony compact Alpha concept

Sony shows off lens-swap compact

Sony will release its answer to the likes of the Olympus Pen and Panasonic GF1: a premium compact camera with interchangeable lenses. Right now, Sony isn't saying much more than that. It has said the "ultra-compact" will be part of its Alpha range and sport an APS-size image sensor for "DSLR picture quality". It will shoot …
Tony Smith, 22 Feb 2010
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Sony launches almost-flagship DSLR

The Sony Alpha digital SLR range continues to expand, this time with the launch of a cut-down version of the a900 called, cunningly, the a850. Sony_Alpha_A850 Sony's a850: a multi-feature DSLR with - we hope - a pocketable price-tag The Japanese electronics giant promised that the a850 boasts “virtually all” of the same …
James Sherwood, 27 Aug 2009

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