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Privacy advocates left out of NHS care.data 'oversight' board -

...while lobbyists keep their seats at the table

Privacy advocates have been secretly expelled from the NHS's care.data discussions group, while lobbyists backed by biotech corporations have kept their places at the table.…

(Mon, 08 Feb 2016 14:10:27 GMT)

Drone-busting eagles to darken Blighty's skies? -

London cops now also eyeing feathered interceptors

The Metropolitan Police have confirmed they're looking into deploying drone-busting eagles, a few days after a Scottish MP called for cops north of the border to investigate the possibility of using feathered interceptors to deal with growing flocks of wild UAVs.…

(Mon, 08 Feb 2016 13:39:05 GMT)

Health Secretary promises NHS £4.2bn to go 'digital' -

Ponder: How much paper was used to promise paperless NHS?

National Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has promised £4.2bn investment to "bring the NHS into the digital age," part of an attempt once again by the department to force the service to go paperless.…

(Mon, 08 Feb 2016 13:26:05 GMT)

LOHAN entertains the crowd at Oz Linux shindig -

Andrew Tridgell serves up choppers, quadplanes and rocket-powered tomfoolery

Our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) mission took to the stage at the linux.conf.au 2016 in Geelong last Friday, as Linux guru and Vulture 2 spaceplane autopilot wrangler Andrew Tridgell gave an entertaining speech on his currently UAV endeavours.…

(Mon, 08 Feb 2016 12:58:06 GMT)

Government hails superfast broadband deal for new homes -

But will house builders do their bit?

The Government has brokered a deal between BT Openreach and The Home Builders Federation (HBF) which means “new build homes [are] to have superfast broadband connectivity”. This is a tad optimistic as there is no legal compulsion for house builders to comply with the new arrangement.…

(Mon, 08 Feb 2016 12:43:06 GMT)

It's official: India bans Facebook's Free Basics -

After months of mud-slinging and open letters

The Indian Telecoms Regulatory Authority (TRAI) has permanently banned Facebook's Free Basics project on "net neutrality" grounds.…

(Mon, 08 Feb 2016 12:35:31 GMT)

Continuous Lifecycle London: Early bird tickets fly off in 21 days -

Three weeks left to save a bundle

There are 21 days until our early bird offer on tickets for Continuous Lifecycle expires, so if you want to save £100s on the best in DevOps, Agile Development and Continuous Delivery, consider yourself warned.…

(Mon, 08 Feb 2016 12:30:11 GMT)

TalkTalk confesses: Scammers have data about our engineers' visits to your home -

Info exploited, say customers

A number of TalkTalk customers have had their maintenance visits data breached by fraudsters in an attempt to gain remote access of their computers, it has emerged.…

(Mon, 08 Feb 2016 11:57:38 GMT)

DataGravity falls to Earth, cuts exec post, lays off staff -

Sucked down into the well of misery

DataGravity has laid off the director of DataGravity Labs and other staff, and is the fourth storage startup to lay off staff this month.…

(Mon, 08 Feb 2016 11:22:11 GMT)

Imagination Tech's chief Hossein Yassaie quits, shares slide -

Longest serving British tech CEO walks the plank

One of the longest-serving tech chiefs in the world, Imagination Technologies’ CEO Sir Hossein Yassaie, has stepped down, with non-exec director Andrew Heath filling his shoes as interim chief.…

(Mon, 08 Feb 2016 10:56:03 GMT)

Bye-bye, BT: Finance director jumps ship -

Latest departure in executive exodus

BT has confirmed that its long-serving finance director Tony Chanmugam is to step down – the latest executive exit from the newly formed BT/EE.…

(Mon, 08 Feb 2016 10:27:11 GMT)

Puppet CEO: No hype in DevOps... except for the overhyped bits -

Depends how you define DevOps

The DevOps market is not overhyped – except for container technology and other bits that are, the head of Puppet Labs told us last month.…

(Mon, 08 Feb 2016 10:03:05 GMT)

Let's play immutable infrastructure! A game where 'crash and burn' works both ways -

Leavin' it to the Netflixes... for now

If you’ve ever had the misfortune to work as a systems administrator (and it doesn’t matter if it’s a Windows or Linux shop) you’ll know the feeling of logging on on Monday morning, checking a few log files and noticing something’s not quite right.…

(Mon, 08 Feb 2016 09:39:46 GMT)

Don't Fedex your tapes, people! We're so fast it's SANdulous – WANrockIT -

Some rather impressive claims here

Bridgeworks says it can make communicating with offsite tape libraries vastly faster than physically shipping tapes, and vastly cheaper if you are using a remote Fibre Channel SAN or site-to-site replication before transmitting data to the tape library.…

(Mon, 08 Feb 2016 09:22:09 GMT)

EU could force countries to allocate 700 MHz band to mobile by mid-2020 -

New law deals with expected growth in mobile internet traffic

New legislation could force EU countries to make sure the 700 MHz band of spectrum is made exclusively available for mobile services by the middle of 2020.…

(Mon, 08 Feb 2016 09:07:12 GMT)

SCO slapped in latest round of eternal 'Who owns UNIX?' lawsuit -

Win for IBM as Judge rules attempt to move case away from contract law is a no-no

The SCO Group has suffered another reversal in its long-running attempt to squeeze some cash out of IBM for allegedly pinching its code and tossing it into Linux and maybe AIX too.…

(Mon, 08 Feb 2016 08:38:05 GMT)

Alibaba security fail: Brute-force bonanza yields 21m logins -

'Crack security team' didn't notice attempt to log in 99 million times

Up to 21 million accounts on Alibaba e-commerce site TaoBao may have been compromised thanks to stolen credentials reused on breached third-party sites.…

(Mon, 08 Feb 2016 08:20:11 GMT)

Europe makes it rain for cloud biz: £30m of gold showered on BT, IBM etc -

And Accenture and Atos and ... wait, no Amazon AWS or Microsoft Azure?

The European Commission has announced what companies will supply the organization with its new cloud services.…

(Mon, 08 Feb 2016 08:01:13 GMT)

Oracle issues emergency patch for Java on Windows -

Yes, Java fixes are a dime a dozen. But this one prevents 'total compromise' of machines

Oracle's fired off an out-of-cycle emergency Java patch to plug a during-installation vulnerability on Windows platforms.…

(Mon, 08 Feb 2016 07:41:06 GMT)

Cisco recalls switches that could short power to the case. And kill you -

You'll never think of 'Cisco Live' in quite the same way again

Cisco is recalling a bunch of industrial Ethernet switches because it discovered the power source wiring could potentially short to the case.…

(Mon, 08 Feb 2016 07:21:04 GMT)

Remember Netbooks? Windows 10 makes them good again! -

And rather better than a US$35 tablet, if you need a Windows 10 machine lurking around

Among the many bizarre and stupid mistakes Microsoft made with Windows 8.x was the decision to require screens to have resolution of at least 1024 x 768.…

(Mon, 08 Feb 2016 07:02:05 GMT)

Norks uses ballistic missile to launch silent 'satellite' -

Glorious starving peoples' rocket attracts UN sanctions and presidential palpitations

The UN Security Council has threatened North Korea with the terrors of the Earth after its weekend ballistic missile test.…

(Mon, 08 Feb 2016 06:32:04 GMT)

London seeks trials of Google's robo-cars -

Deputy Mayor for Transport Isabel Dedring says Google has met city officials

The Greater London Authority has approached Google to seek local trials of the company's autonomous cars.…

(Mon, 08 Feb 2016 06:01:06 GMT)

VMware kicks off new vSphere beta test -

New code's already run at VMworld Europe, so this looks to be the icing on the cake

VMware is looking for people to indulge in some beta testing for a new version of vSphere.…

(Mon, 08 Feb 2016 04:58:10 GMT)

Celeb gossip site TMZ was pushing malware at innocent surfers -

Goss'n'dross outfit hit by malvertising misfits

Celeb goss and dross site TMZ has been serving the world's worst exploit kit to its 30 million monthly visitors after malvertising scum compromised its advertising chain.…

(Mon, 08 Feb 2016 04:02:13 GMT)

Thirty Meter Telescope needs to revisit earthly fine print -

492-mirror loses permit to build on Hawaiian sacred site

Hawaii's planned Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project has been formally sent back to square one in its construction approval process.…

(Mon, 08 Feb 2016 02:30:10 GMT)

If you're reading this on your phone, pray you're in Singapore -

LTE speed data from 15 million phones puts New Zealand ahead of USA, UK and Australia

If you're reading this on your phone, pray you're in Singapore, New Zealand, Hungary or Israel, because they're the four nations where LTE networks deliver the fastest downloads. Clasp your hands and look heavenwards again if you live in the United Kingdom or United States , as those nations come in 29th and 55th respectively in Open Signal's State of LTE report for 2015's fourth quarter.…

(Mon, 08 Feb 2016 01:31:11 GMT)

Reports: First death from meteorite impact recorded in India -

Claims blast broke windows

One man is dead and three injured following a reported meteorite strike in India.…

(Mon, 08 Feb 2016 00:58:04 GMT)

NBN activations to rise from 10,000 per week to 8,400 ... wait, what? -

Ex-CTO unpicks growth numbers

Last Friday, nbnTM congratulated itself on a positive user experience and a record number of activations.…

(Mon, 08 Feb 2016 00:28:09 GMT)

Canonical and Spain's BQ team to put Ubuntu on a tablet -

Tablet, schmablet, this is a converged experience. Or something

Canonical is hoping to put Ubuntu into the hands of slab-fondlers who want something that can double as a near-desktop.…

(Sun, 07 Feb 2016 23:58:13 GMT)

No patches for code exec holes in Netgear management box -

Metasploit modules unleashed.

Two dangerous un-patched remote code execution vulnerabilities that allow access to God-mode system privileges have been reported in Netgear's ProSafe Network Management 300 management software.…

(Sun, 07 Feb 2016 23:01:46 GMT)

Foxconn to slurp Sharp for US$5.6 BEELLION -

All done bar the paperwork

Foxconn's CEO Terry Gou says Sharp will be slurped into the Chinese manufacturer's maw by the end of February.…

(Sun, 07 Feb 2016 22:27:06 GMT)

Reports of Twitter's death greatly exaggerated says CEO -

Hints of new curated timeline leads to #RIPtwitter chatter, followed by smackdown

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has mostly quashed rumours that the struggling social network is introducing an algorithmically-curated timeline.…

(Sun, 07 Feb 2016 21:53:44 GMT)

Submarine cable cut lops Terabits off Australia's data bridge -

The PPC-1 cable is out of service until March ... if a ship to fix it can be found

Another of the submarine cables connecting Australia to the world, for data, has broken.…

(Sun, 07 Feb 2016 21:20:51 GMT)

Hyper-converged softie biz Atlantis axes staff -

CEO says it's just business as usual

Hyper-converged software supplier Atlantis has cut its staff numbers.…

(Sat, 06 Feb 2016 21:19:45 GMT)

That's cute, Germany – China shows the world how fusion is done -

Heats hydrogen more than three times hotter than the sun

Days after the German chancellor triggered the creation of hydrogen plasma for less than a second, China has announced that one of its fusion reactors has broken the record for plasma creation.…

(Sat, 06 Feb 2016 07:01:12 GMT)

FTC: Duo bought rights to Android game – then turned it into ad-slinging junkware in an update -

Pair settles in case of legit app gone bad

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has settled its case against a pair of developers accused of purchasing an Android game and turning it into an adware faucet.…

(Sat, 06 Feb 2016 00:56:09 GMT)

LinkedIn sinkin': $10bn gone in one day as shares plummet 40% -

But oddly enough it's not as bad you think. Plus Salesforce, Tableau and others fall

A rough start of the year for tech stocks was amplified Friday when job-based social media company LinkedIn saw its shares plummet over 40 per cent, wiping $10bn off its value thanks to weak earnings.…

(Fri, 05 Feb 2016 23:31:48 GMT)

BlackBerry axes 200 jobs – including a third of its HQ staff -

Troubled smartphone biz's latest recovery plan: Paying fewer people

One-time smartphone giant BlackBerry has laid off 200 of its remaining employees in a pair of cuts.…

(Fri, 05 Feb 2016 22:21:22 GMT)

Forget Tiger Woods – here's Cyber Woods: Robot golfer hits hole-in-one during tournament -

Quaffs oil at the 19th hole

Vids and pic A robotic golfer has pulled off a feat that most fleshy humans have never managed – scoring a hole-in-one at one of the most famous golf courses in the US.…

(Fri, 05 Feb 2016 21:55:08 GMT)

Ducks, Lord of the Rings, movies and maths: The GCHQ Xmas puzzle solutions revealed -

Much easier when you know the answers

GCHQ has posted the answers to its Xmas puzzle, a five-part crypto extravaganza that saw 600,000 people start but just three win – and even they didn't get it all right.…

(Fri, 05 Feb 2016 20:58:37 GMT)

Roll up, roll up to the Malware Museum! Run classic DOS viruses in your web browser -

Relive simpler times for some Friday fun

The Internet Archive has opened a new collection dubbed the Malware Museum that lets you run old DOS-era viruses in your web browser.…

(Fri, 05 Feb 2016 20:30:12 GMT)

Brit spies want rights to wiretap and snoop on US companies' servers -

And American agents would get access to UK systems

The US and UK authorities are holding secret negotiations that would allow British domestic spies to tap into servers in the Land of the FreeTM when investigating Her Majesty's citizens.…

(Fri, 05 Feb 2016 19:56:54 GMT)

Reminder: iPhones commit suicide if you repair them on the cheap -

Bloke bricked his handset after running afoul of Apple security policy

An iPhone owner says his handset bricked itself after it was repaired and updated to the latest version of iOS.…

(Fri, 05 Feb 2016 19:30:22 GMT)

EMC creates a Star Trek holodeck ... and uses it to simulate a data center -

Yeah, we guess ... that's useful

EMC can now simulate the interactions going on inside a data center using virtual servers.…

(Fri, 05 Feb 2016 18:28:44 GMT)

Asigra becomes an Oracle reseller -

5,000 customers before this move. How many after?

Backup software supplier Asigra is shipping its software with Oracle's ZFS Storage Appliance hardware.…

(Fri, 05 Feb 2016 17:33:11 GMT)

Head transplant candidate sells souvenirs to fund operation -

Mugs, phone cases…and hats

A Russian man who has volunteered to undergo the world’s first head transplant has begun selling souvenirs to fund the op, after the world’s billionaires failed to pick up the tab.…

(Fri, 05 Feb 2016 17:01:06 GMT)

Disney World-area University admits massive data breach -

It's a fraud world after all

The University of Central Florida (UCF) has admitted that hackers who broke into its systems may have snaffled the personal details of more than 60,000 staff and students.…

(Fri, 05 Feb 2016 16:26:11 GMT)

Microsoft explanation for Visual Studio online outage leaves open questions -

Five hour lockout caused by errant stored procedure

Microsoft has posted a resolution report on a recent problem with Visual Studio Team Services, a cloud-based code repository and developer collaboration platform.…

(Fri, 05 Feb 2016 16:03:11 GMT)

Docker revs up Engine, hits 1.10 -

Liberty, security, granularity

Docker pushed the latest version of its eponymous containerization platform out the door late yesterday, with a heavy emphasis on security.…

(Fri, 05 Feb 2016 15:36:03 GMT)