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Rosetta spots potholes IN SPAAACE: Someone call the galactic council -

Comet 67P is collapsing from within

The Rosetta probe, currently in orbit around Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, has spotted what appear to be massive sinkholes on the comet's surface that are thought to be caused by the cosmic snowball melting in the Sun's rays.…

(Wed, 01 Jul 2015 20:57:10 GMT)

Amazon wrote a new TLS crypto library in just 6,000 lines of code -

At 1/10 the size of OpenSSL, it should be easier to spot bugs

Amazon Web Services has released a new, open source library that implements TLS encryption – the standard behind the secure HTTPS web protocol – using far less code than the prevailing OpenSSL library.…

(Wed, 01 Jul 2015 20:35:32 GMT)

Sprint: Forget all we said about strangling your web video streams -

And can someone replace our brakes? That U-turn we just pulled was hella

US telco Sprint has killed off its attempt to strangle internet video streaming on its so-called "unlimited" phone plan.…

(Wed, 01 Jul 2015 19:53:16 GMT)

Linux Mint 17.2: If only all penguinista desktops were done this way -

Freshness AND familiarity

Review The underlying packages in Linux Mint 17.2, just released, are largely unchanged. What you will find are a lot of improvements and added polish in everyday tools like the update manager, login screen and the Software Sources app.…

(Wed, 01 Jul 2015 19:19:31 GMT)

NASA's New Horizon probe rudely fires its thruster at gnome planet -

She's in the pipe, five by five

NASA's New Horizons space probe has fired its thrusters for the last time to get it into position before it buzzes Pluto on July 14. The little science lab has also detected evidence of methane on the halfling planet.…

(Wed, 01 Jul 2015 19:08:16 GMT)

California's physical hacking mystery sparks FBI investigation -

Chopping up cables is one way of stopping mass surveillance

The FBI is investigating a series of physical attacks on internet cables in California, and revealed that at least eleven have taken place in San Francisco's Bay Area within the last year.…

(Wed, 01 Jul 2015 17:01:08 GMT)

Server guys: Are you running fewer than 200 virtual machines? -

Hyperconverged systems will reduce your technical debt

Mid-sized companies can reduce technical debt and free up IT budgets by switching to hyperconverged infrastructure systems (HCIS) in their next data centre refresh.…

(Wed, 01 Jul 2015 16:47:07 GMT)

Microsoft rushes out latest Windows 10 build. 300 fixes? Pff, whatever -

'Interesting change' seems to mean 'baked-in silliness'

Just one day after releasing Build 10158 of Windows 10 to its Insider "fast ring", Microsoft has replaced it with Build 10159.…

(Wed, 01 Jul 2015 16:35:26 GMT)

In your face, US citizens! Govt can’t save you from corporate eyes -

Tech firms evading ‘basic limits on their ability to collect, monetise data’

Alvaro Bedoya, the founding executive director of the Center on Privacy and Technology at Georgetown Law, has claimed that industry lobbying is shutting down Washington’s ability to protect privacy in the face of the commercial exploitation of consumers' data.…

(Wed, 01 Jul 2015 16:04:09 GMT)

It's all downhill from here: Avalanche spins STT-RAM -

With memory based on the orientation of electrons, scaling is clearly not an issue

Startup Avalanche is sampling an STT-RAM chip offering DRAM/SRAM speed, persistent storage, unlimited endurance and scalability beyond 10nm.…

(Wed, 01 Jul 2015 15:02:07 GMT)

It's the hottest day of the year. So check out John Lewis' Xmas tech range! -

Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way...

Pics It might be hard to believe that during the hottest week of the year so far, the great and the good of the PR world (is that an oxymoron?) are setting out their stalls with Christmas fare. Yet it’s not as daft as it sounds: the magazine world, in particular, needs to plan its spreads and this is a way for the great and the good of the press to get a glimpse of what’s coming.…

(Wed, 01 Jul 2015 14:03:39 GMT)

The blessing and the curse of Big Data -

It's what infrastructure is really for

Sysadmin blog Companies more familiar with technology are more likely to use the reporting and analytics features of their software. This isn't something new, and it didn't start with computers. Computers make reporting and analytics easier, but every business needs hard data if they are to grow.…

(Wed, 01 Jul 2015 13:14:56 GMT)

Congratulations! You survived the leap secondocalypse -

Tweets mistimed, AWS outed, yet world somehow continues turning. Albeit more slowly

The leap second did not break the internet, it wasn’t the second coming of the Y2K bug and nor did it challenge the world’s financial markets or make the Greek situation any worse.…

(Wed, 01 Jul 2015 13:05:02 GMT)

‘Clandestines' prompt British border blockade in France -

National Barrier Asset set to appear across the Channel

Four kilometers of Blighty's National Barrier Asset – a collection of temporary security barriers – has been deployed to Coquelles, the location of the Channel Tunnel terminal in France, to provide additional border security to the UK.…

(Wed, 01 Jul 2015 12:44:10 GMT)

Google red-faced after Photos app labelled black people 'gorillas' -

Machine learning is hard AND deeply offensive

Google's new Photos software automatically labelled images of black people as "gorillas". The web goliath has since apologized.…

(Wed, 01 Jul 2015 12:20:05 GMT)

Don't start reading the last rites for monolithic storage just yet -

But other tech can simply do the job better, sorry

Monolithic storage arrays may well claim that rumours of their death have been exaggerated, but that doesn't mean that they aren't entering the digital care-home for the soon-to-be-departed.…

(Wed, 01 Jul 2015 12:00:08 GMT)

Speaking in Tech: Just slacking off and keeping things contained - Podcast Meanwhile, SCOTUS is getting it all wrong. Again (Wed, 01 Jul 2015 11:45:05 GMT)

Orange hurls €90m at Israel's Partner to end political bunfight -

Chief exec’s crowd-pleaser didn’t go down at all well

Orange has been caught in a political storm after trying to stop Israeli mobile network Partner Communications from using its name.…

(Wed, 01 Jul 2015 11:22:07 GMT)

Flatworm is totally f**cked in the head, and Darwin would be proud -

All dressed up and no one to blow? Stab yourself in the head with a penis

Bioboffins have found a flatworm, Macrostomum hystrix, that can reproduce by injecting its own head with sperm.…

(Wed, 01 Jul 2015 11:05:08 GMT)

Samsung/Cheil merger goes on: Soz Elliot, not this time, says court -

Court cock blocks corporate cock blocking attempt

A court in South Korea has rejected an attempt by US activist fund Elliott Associates to overturn a merger between Samsung and Cheil Industries.…

(Wed, 01 Jul 2015 10:35:22 GMT)

Goodbye Vulcan: Blighty's nuclear bomber retires for the last time -

Grand old warhorse finally out to grass – last chance to see

Visit a British air show before September and it's possible you’ll get the opportunity to witness the last Vulcan bomber in flight - and this is definitely the last year you'll get the chance, this time.…

(Wed, 01 Jul 2015 10:03:09 GMT)

Want to spoil your favourite storage vendor's day? Buy cloud -

Leaving the premises might just work

Organisations continue to buy storage. In fact, I was talking to a storage salesman not so long ago who was telling me that one of his customers regularly calls asking for a quote for “a couple more petabytes."…

(Wed, 01 Jul 2015 09:26:45 GMT)

Teaching people to speak English? You just need Chatroulette without the dick pics -

Fine, you think up a better idea

Worstall on Wednesday The latest of the X-Prizes is an attempt to increase adult literacy through the power of the mobile phone. Given that our own Prime Minister has been known to think that LOL means “lots of love”, it might not be a bad idea to update digital literacy.…

(Wed, 01 Jul 2015 09:00:07 GMT)

'Watered down' net neutrality rules could mean 'almost anything' -

Lobbyists wail and gnash teeth over deal born of darkness

The EU negotiators' proposed new rules on net neutrality – reached in the early hours of Tuesday morning – have caused serious concerns among digital rights activists, who cite loopholes and vagueness.…

(Wed, 01 Jul 2015 08:32:07 GMT)

ETERNUS embiggens at peak of Mt Fujitsu (it's a drive array, not Tolkien) -

New high-end beast summoned with old one squashed a bit

Fujitsu's modular array line is being refreshed at the top end, with a third-generation ETERNUS DX8700 S3 product and a new DX8900 S3 array.…

(Wed, 01 Jul 2015 08:00:03 GMT)

DataDirect introduces its hyper-converged Wolf in Creek clothing -

Pony-tailed CEO spills beans on his firm's rather racy system

DataDirect is building WolfCreek, a 5 million IOPS converged compute and storage appliance, with vastly enhanced IO processing and 60GB/sec bandwidth.…

(Wed, 01 Jul 2015 07:29:05 GMT)

Microsoft in Blighty reveals its 78 THOUSAND POUND Surface 3 slabloid -

That is a VERY expensive LTE option indeed

Microsoft's UK store is offering a £77,777.77 version of its Surface 3 tabletoid.…

(Wed, 01 Jul 2015 07:03:03 GMT)

A third of iThings open to VPN-hijacking, app-wrecking attacks -

Masques off: Researchers detail five ways to wreck Apple stuff

A trio of FireEye researchers have reported twin 'app-demolishing' iOS vulnerabilities Apple has partially fixed in its latest update that could wreck core apps such as the App Store and Settings.…

(Wed, 01 Jul 2015 06:27:08 GMT)

World+dog will soon watch 'at least 200 pr0n vids a year' -

Bored analysts consult 'extensive in-house database' during research

In the year 2020 everyone on the planet will on average watch at least 200 porn videos annually - a 55 per cent increase from 2015 - according to crystal ball-gazers Juniper.…

(Wed, 01 Jul 2015 05:57:08 GMT)

OpenStack's DevStack inspires Xen to create new 'Raisin' d'être -

Project Raisin spits out external components to stop developer whining

The Xen Project has revealed “Project Raisin” a new offering it hopes will clarify the boundaries between the core of the project and third party components.…

(Wed, 01 Jul 2015 05:30:10 GMT)

Script-blocker NoScript lets in ANYTHING from googleapis.com -

Whitelisting tool was too trusting, by far

Detectify security researcher Linus Särud has reported a weakness in popular Firefox security tool NoScript that allows attackers to have their malware whitelisted.…

(Wed, 01 Jul 2015 05:02:08 GMT)

PowerShell for Office 365 powers on -

Web-based CLI is yours for the scripting

Microsoft has powered on PowerShell for Office 365.…

(Wed, 01 Jul 2015 04:27:11 GMT)

With Hobbit and LoTR in the can, Trolls no longer welcome in New Zealand -

Kiwi parliament passes 'Harmful digital communications bill' outlawing online nasties

New Zealand has become the latest country to think bad online manners are amenable to legislation.…

(Wed, 01 Jul 2015 03:57:57 GMT)

NSA continues mass slurping of Americans' phone metadata -

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss

The NSA can continue to monitor when and where millions and millions of Americans use their cellphones, and who they're calling and texting.…

(Wed, 01 Jul 2015 03:28:06 GMT)

Vale Matti Makkonen, SMS dreamer -

Finnish engineer sends last TXT

Matti Makkonen, a figure widely held to have influenced the development of SMS, has died at the relatively young age of 63.…

(Wed, 01 Jul 2015 03:02:11 GMT)

While city slickers argue about the NBN, rural retailers are smiling -

Expanded wireless footprint eases satellite woes ... when there's no trees in the way

While debate continues in Australian cities about the technology employed to build Australia's national broadband network (NBN), a regional specialist reckons things are on the improve beyond the sandstone curtain.…

(Wed, 01 Jul 2015 02:50:51 GMT)

Small change to Medium takes large axe to passwords -

'This login will self-destruct in 15 minutes'

Let's file this under “what could possibly go wrong?”: blogging platform Medium has decided to skip passwords in favour of a one-time-pad* single-use-token approach.…

(Wed, 01 Jul 2015 02:26:04 GMT)

Former L0pht man 'Mudge' leaves Google for Washington -

Obama lures hacker out of the roof with gig establishing software transparency lab

Mudge, a once-feared and now-respected member of the "L0pht" hacker collective, is headed to Washington to set up a software version of Underwriters' Laboratory.…

(Wed, 01 Jul 2015 01:59:12 GMT)

Identity protection outfit LifeLock picked, popped -

Refer-a-friend page gets new 'feature'

Security researchers Eric Taylor and Blake Welsh have disclosed a cross-site scripting vulnerability in US identity protection company LifeLock.…

(Wed, 01 Jul 2015 01:14:10 GMT)

Former VMware staffer blows whistle on government pricing plan -

Virtzilla and partner Carahsoft to pay US$75 MEELLION in overcharging settlement

VMware and Carahsoft, a company that bills itself as “Your Trusted Government IT Solutions Provider”, will repay US$75.5 million to the US government for what the Department of Justice (DoJ) characterises as “misrepresenting their commercial pricing practices and overcharging the government on VMware software products and related services.…

(Wed, 01 Jul 2015 00:57:26 GMT)

Sprint: Our 'unlimited' mobe plan has one tiny limit: High-quality video -

600Kbps cap strangles streaming to snail's pace

US phone carrier Sprint is offering an unlimited data plan that carries one important caveat: throttled data rates for video.…

(Wed, 01 Jul 2015 00:24:10 GMT)

Yikes! Facebook will run on TELEPATHY, claims Zuck, in Q&A -

Takes questions from Schwarzenegger and Hawking. Similar guys, really

Not content with wading into virtual reality with his Oculus gobble, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants you to be able to update your Facebook status with the unaided power of your mind, the Behoodied One said in a Q&A session on Tuesday.…

(Tue, 30 Jun 2015 23:37:22 GMT)

Apple gets around to fixing those 77 security holes in OS X Yosemite -

Your OS X box can still be owned by, well, just about everything

Apple has released a series of security updates to address 77 CVE-listed security vulnerabilities in OS X Yosemite.…

(Tue, 30 Jun 2015 22:22:48 GMT)

IBM gets green light to sell off chips biz to GlobalFoundries -

US regulators furrow brows, frown, nod

IBM looks to be in the clear to sell off its ailing chippery division to GlobalFoundries after US regulators gave the deal the nod on Tuesday.…

(Tue, 30 Jun 2015 21:11:11 GMT)

UH OH: Windows 10 will share your Wi-Fi key with your friends' friends -

Tell a pal your password ... and their FB mates will get it too

A Windows 10 feature, Wi-Fi Sense, smells like a security risk: it shares Wi-Fi passwords with the user's contacts.…

(Tue, 30 Jun 2015 20:59:21 GMT)

'This ruling does nothing to change the facts' thunders Apple in latest price-fix appeal blow -

The fact that you broke the law?

Apple has lost its appeal of a federal court decision that found it broke antitrust law by colluding with publishers to fix the prices of ebooks.…

(Tue, 30 Jun 2015 20:17:07 GMT)

HP's split surgeon Bill Veghte splits from HP -

Antonio Neri ascends to top of Enterprise Group

Bill Veghte, the HP exec who since October has led the company's effort to split into two separate businesses, is parting ways with the firm.…

(Tue, 30 Jun 2015 20:04:57 GMT)

Uber execs charged, will stand trial in France -

Uberpop = explosion de la bulle

French prosecutors have charged two key Uber executives with deceitful commercial practices, operating an illegal taxi service, and illicit storage of personal data.…

(Tue, 30 Jun 2015 19:36:46 GMT)

Radian Memory Systems decloaks, says it'll twin DRAM and flash -

Small funding but big ideas - and a patent for co-operative flash memory control

Stealthy upstart Radian Memory Systems is coming out at the Flash Memory Summit in August, and is developing storage memory software to be used in enterprise, hyperconverged, and cloud computing environments.…

(Tue, 30 Jun 2015 17:14:10 GMT)

Fireworks expected from Oracle at Flash Memory Summit -

Mentions for wine, wiener dogs and wetsuits also possible during presentation

Comment Oracle is giving a keynote pitch at the Flash Memory Summit, indicating it's got something NAND-like up its sleeve.…

(Tue, 30 Jun 2015 16:41:08 GMT)