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'Apple's now as big as ALL of America's GDP!' Oh do shut UP, you fools -

Read the numbers any way you want, and take your pick

Worstall on Wednesday Apple's results are out and it's time for the traditional game of trying to work out which nation state the company is richer than. With sales at $58bn for the quarter, and profits of $13.7bn – and depending upon how absurd we want to make our method of measurement – this makes it the same as the US economy, the size of Ireland, or Pakistan, or Luxembourg. Take your pick.…

(Wed, 07 Oct 2015 08:25:07 GMT)

French upstart Rozo: Magic beans will help us become storage giant -

Mojette transform erasure coding-powered filers

A French startup reckons it has the best software technology for scale-out filers because of its bean counter-style erasure coding.…

(Wed, 07 Oct 2015 08:02:04 GMT)

Microsoft, Tesla, build battery that knows how much (energy) you suck -

Bendy chemical cocktails designed to give anything a jolt when it needs one

Engineers from Microsoft, Tesla, and Columbia and Massachusetts universities have teamed up to develop what on paper looks like a revolution in consumer battery technology that meets demands for fast charge, long life, and the ability to bend.…

(Wed, 07 Oct 2015 07:31:27 GMT)

Volkswagen Australia says 77,000 local diesels need software fix -

'Technical solutions to service the vehicles' yet to be determined

Volkswagen Australia has revealed that 77,000 vehicles in Australia carry the emissions-fudging software that has plunged the company into crisis.

(Wed, 07 Oct 2015 07:21:37 GMT)

Sanbolic smoke ball was no mere puff: Citrix preps new Melio release -

Software-defined storage for Citrix workloads ready for brave customers

Citrix says it's ready to let customers loose on its software-defined storage play.…

(Wed, 07 Oct 2015 06:58:08 GMT)

Assange™ offered 'plans for escape by flying fox to Harrods' -

WikiLeaks chief fears extradition by defenestration, GCHQ's grip on smartmobes

Couch-surfer extraordinaire Julian Assange has granted an interview to Australian breakfast radio program “Kyle and Jackie O” in which he characterises his stint in the Ecuadorian embassy as a “siege” and reveals he has banned smartphones at the Ecuadorian embassy as he assumes they are all surveilled.…

(Wed, 07 Oct 2015 06:33:04 GMT)


First evidence discovered by ISS 'naut. Read no further and PANIC

The European Space Agency set eyes a-bulge on Tuesday when it distributed an email with the subject line: "Aliens observed".…

(Wed, 07 Oct 2015 05:56:08 GMT)

Remote code exec hijack hole found in Huawei 4G USB modems -

Ruskies sling malicious packet to trigger denial of service.

Positive Technologies researchers Timur Yunusov and Kirill Nesterov have found since-patched remote execution and denial of service vulnerabilities in a popular Huawei 4G USB modem that can allow attackers to hijack connected computers.…

(Wed, 07 Oct 2015 05:32:04 GMT)

EMC NetWorker 9 emerges from obscurity -

Australian blogger's review rates new release as biggest change ever

Australian backup blogger Preston de Guise has been able to take version nine of EMC's NetWorker backup software for a spin.…

(Wed, 07 Oct 2015 05:03:07 GMT)

Now it's the security industry's turn to be burned by cloud -

Amazon ignites Web Applications Firewall to char security chaff

Amazon has launched web application firewall to help customers guard against common web exploits.…

(Wed, 07 Oct 2015 04:28:03 GMT)

CSC in US$300m Australian services slurp -

Prey company UXC operates a dozen diverse services outfits

CSC is going shopping in Australia, dangling a cheque for AU$428m (US$305m, £200m) to the shareholders of services company UXC.…

(Wed, 07 Oct 2015 04:01:07 GMT)

Hillary 'spear fish' more 'drag net' flung to 11,000 others in one day -

Trio of failures: Targeted phish? No. APT malware? No. Russian? No.

US Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was one of possibly hundreds of thousands to have received allegedly targeted malware sent by Russian hackers.…

(Wed, 07 Oct 2015 02:55:06 GMT)

Robin flies into storage aviary: Will it soar, or is it just winging it? -

Is it a bird? Is it a data plane? No, it's a virtualisation container upstart

A new robin has landed in the storage startup tree, whose song promises to clear up the sprawling horrible inefficient mess that is today's Big Data munching and analysing customer IT infrastructure. If that strikes a chord then read on.…

(Wed, 07 Oct 2015 01:56:08 GMT)

Sysadmins can forget PC management skills, says Microsoft -

Certification for Desktop Infrastructure binned in favour of Devices and Apps course

Microsoft has announced it will retire the MCSE (Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert) certification dedicated to “Desktop Infrastructure”.…

(Wed, 07 Oct 2015 01:28:06 GMT)

Swedish govt appeals court decision guarding thepiratebay.se domain -

Du kan inte fly, pirater!

The Swedish government has decided to appeal a court decision that protected the domain names used by torrent-search site The Pirate Bay from being suspended.…

(Wed, 07 Oct 2015 00:57:08 GMT)

Shutterbug drone biz fined $1.9m for buzzing New York City, Chicago -

Watchdog not happy with cam-bots entering restricted airspace, flying without permits

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has slapped a record fine on a photography company accused of conducting more than five dozen unauthorized drone flights.…

(Wed, 07 Oct 2015 00:16:47 GMT)

Google .supplies .cheap web .properties with 90 top-level .domains to .world via .partners -

But it’s still not selling its own

Fresh from an embarrassing glitch in its system that saw an ex-employee seemingly register Google.com, the search giant is now selling domain names with 90 top-level domains to choose from – such as .business, .world and .gripe.…

(Tue, 06 Oct 2015 23:50:00 GMT)

Vulture-branded LYCRA can be yours, if you're feeling charitable -

Back our lads as they tackle a 90km bike ride

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a very nasty disease. It takes most of its victims young and attacks their central nervous system. Severity and symptoms vary, but the disease progressively disables sufferers and eventually kills them.…

(Tue, 06 Oct 2015 23:02:47 GMT)

Meego, webOS, Sailfish OS, and now Firefox OS: Ex-Nokia man Jaaksi joins Mozilla -

Finn named new boss of 'connected devices'

Mozilla has appointed ex-Nokia man Ari Jaaksi as its new senior veep of connected devices.…

(Tue, 06 Oct 2015 21:58:07 GMT)

Microsoft updates Band semi-smartwatch for fitness fanatics -

Now with added barometer and a better battery

While Microsoft has been bigging up its Surface tablet/laptop rollout, Lumia phones, and HoloLens suite, there was still room for a few add-ons, notably its Band fitness tracker.…

(Tue, 06 Oct 2015 21:39:09 GMT)

AD-NNIHILATION: Apple-approved iOS tool blocks ALL ads in apps, Safari, Apple News -

If you don't mind using someone else's VPN

A new tool approved by Apple and added to the iOS App Store blocks ads in Safari – and, if you trust the tool's makers, even in-app ads and banners in Apple's own software.…

(Tue, 06 Oct 2015 21:26:08 GMT)

Netflix launch brings Australia's biggest ever download deluge -

Bureau of Stats data reveals 230-PETABYTE jump in downloads

The arrival of Netflix in Australia has brought with it the largest-ever spike in downloads recorded in Australia.…

(Tue, 06 Oct 2015 21:14:12 GMT)

Worker drones don't need PCs says Microsoft, give 'em phones instead -

Trio of new Lumia handsets seek to tempt from iOS, Android

Windows Phone has had a very rocky history, but Microsoft thinks it may have found a winning strategy to get its handsets into the business market – let them be PCs.…

(Tue, 06 Oct 2015 21:11:07 GMT)

Sony prepares to lop off semiconductor biz -

Devices division set for overhaul to also include batteries and storage

Sony is reorganizing its devices division, and spinning off its semiconductor business.…

(Tue, 06 Oct 2015 21:02:17 GMT)

Surface Book: Microsoft to turn unsuccessful tab into unsuccessful laptop -

JUST KIDDING, REDMOND – its first proper tab-top is packed with power and $1500 price tag

As expected, Microsoft has updated its Surface Pro fondleslab with a new model powered by Intel's latest silicon. But unexpectedly, it has also produced a laptop version of the platform that is going to make Apple sick.…

(Tue, 06 Oct 2015 19:46:01 GMT)

White House 'deeply disappointed' by Europe outlawing Silicon Valley -

Safe harbor ruling means it's 'open season against American businesses'

The US government is "deeply disappointed" by the European Court of Justice's decision to effectively kill the long-standing "safe harbor" agreement covering the flow of people's personal data across the Atlantic.…

(Tue, 06 Oct 2015 19:15:23 GMT)

Cisco hooks Angler Exploit Kit infrastructure -

Shares intelligence widely

Security researchers at Cisco have struck a blow against crooks behind the notorious Angler Exploit Kit, blocking or re-routing access around dangerous domains on the interwebs.…

(Tue, 06 Oct 2015 17:34:50 GMT)

US Cyber Command floats $460m contract to outsource most of itself -

WW3 will be fought by mercenariescontractors

The United States' Cyber Command has floated a $460m contract to outsource pretty much all of its duties, as the nation seeks to bulk up its offensive cyberspace capabilities.…

(Tue, 06 Oct 2015 16:57:13 GMT)

Rackspace turns into a fanatical AWS cloud-flinger -

Here comes the support, and sales, for Bezos fans

Managed cloud computing company Rackspace will now sell and support Amazon’s mighty AWS, echoing a similar partnership with Microsoft.…

(Tue, 06 Oct 2015 16:32:08 GMT)

Teenage backup biz Code42 gets cash bonanza -

Pockets millions to grow forensics and analytics

End-point backer-upper, file-sharer and security monitor Code42 has just raised a huge chunk of cash to grow its business into the big time.…

(Tue, 06 Oct 2015 15:55:07 GMT)

Microsoft's HoloLens: Here by 2016, mere three THOUSAND dollar price -

Redmond shows off geek goggs with 3D shoot-em-up

Microsoft has been showing off its latest toys at a New York press conference – and HoloLens is looking likely to be out by the end of next year.…

(Tue, 06 Oct 2015 15:33:37 GMT)

Safe harbour ruling: RELAX, Facebook and Google will be FINE! -

Data-heavy, medium firms will be hit hardest

The European Court of Justice’s decision to rule the EU-US safe harbour agreement invalid is causing panic among some companies dependent on keeping data flows going ... but Google and Facebook are probably prepared for it.…

(Tue, 06 Oct 2015 14:56:06 GMT)

Phone thieves to face harsher penalties for data theft -

Pictures and texts worth more than a mobe

New laws which value the “emotional harm” of a crime could be brought to bear in mobile theft.…

(Tue, 06 Oct 2015 14:25:05 GMT)

Miss Brittany dethroned for posting 'nude' Facebook pics -

Brief reign for Eugénie Journée

The reign of this year's Miss Brittany, Eugénie Journée, was only marginally longer than that of Prince Louis-Antoine, Duke of Angoulême, after the 23-year-old was stripped of her title as a result of posting rule-busting "nude" photos of herself on Facebook.…

(Tue, 06 Oct 2015 13:55:12 GMT)

Edward Snowden denies making a deal with the Russian secret service -

‘I burnt my life to the ground to work against surveillance’

Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden has not done a deal with the Russian state security agency to acquire political asylum, the whistleblower revealed in a television version of a BBC interview.…

(Tue, 06 Oct 2015 13:26:06 GMT)

THIS is MASSIVE! Less-Masslessness neutrino boffins bag Physics Nobel -

'Flavour'-switching particle has mass ... but how much?

The Nobel Prize in Physics 2015 has been awarded to Takaaki Kajita of the University of Tokyo, and Arthur B McDonald of Queen's University in Canada, with a citation "for the discovery of neutrino oscillations, which shows that neutrinos have mass".…

(Tue, 06 Oct 2015 12:56:11 GMT)

Oracle swaps around its licence police bods' top ranks -

UKII senior chief with solid compliance past takes reins

Oracle’s mighty software enforcement unit is now under new management in the UK, Israel and Ireland.…

(Tue, 06 Oct 2015 12:25:10 GMT)

Silicon Valley now 'illegal' in Europe: Why Schrems vs Facebook is such a biggie -

It's like Humpty, without the King's horses

Analysis Today's victory by Austrian privacy advocate Max Schrems in the European Court has massive repercussions for how the superpowers make law, and how Silicon Valley conducts business. And it may only get worse for America's data processing giants, very soon. Microsoft is challenging the notion that the world's data is by default also the US's data - an idea with inconvenient repercussions for Microsoft, but perhaps more inconvenient repercussions for Microsoft's rivals.…

(Tue, 06 Oct 2015 12:04:10 GMT)

'One Windows' crunch time: Microsoft tempts with glittery new devices -

If devs convinced by single platform, we're in business

Microsoft is announcing new Windows 10 devices at an event in New York today. This is crunch time for the “One Windows” strategy, the idea that presenting developers with something like a single platform across many device types will stimulate a strong ecosystem of applications.…

(Tue, 06 Oct 2015 11:37:08 GMT)

TERROR in the Chernobyl DEAD ZONE: LIFE - of a WILD kind - BURGEONS -

These nuclear wolves will devour us all!

The Chernobyl "Dead Zone": a terrible wasteland swept clean of life by a foolish humanity's meddling in things best left alone. Or is it?…

(Tue, 06 Oct 2015 11:20:11 GMT)

Rights groups: Darn you Facebook with your 'government names' -

ZuckerBorg can assimilate us, but not on those terms

The ZuckerBorg's continued refusal to assimilate anyone who won't provide their "real" name to the site has provoked an angry letter from 75 human rights, digital rights, LGBTQ and women's rights advocates.…

(Tue, 06 Oct 2015 10:58:05 GMT)

EU flings cash from €80bn pot at Seagate-led HPC storage project -

Commish: Quick, grab some exascale cash

+Comment Data storage giant Seagate is launching a SAGE European Exascale HPC project with nine partners to find ways for storage systems to work with exascale compute mills, as part of a multi-billion-dollar EU research and innovation programme.…

(Tue, 06 Oct 2015 10:23:13 GMT)

French hacks go after new surveillance law … with the help of the ECHR -

Meanwhile, plans are afoot to extend it beyond France

A collection of French journos have teamed up to take a new surveillance law to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), claiming it infringes "the rights and freedoms of journalists".…

(Tue, 06 Oct 2015 10:05:11 GMT)

GCHQ's exploding doughnut threatens to ooze into innocent field -

Uncontrollable g-men crawl to local council on bended knee

GCHQ's £330m headquarters in Gloucestershire, which was built in 2003, is already inadequate for the jam-packed Doughnut's workers – leading the agency to apply for planning permission to build more offices on its car park.…

(Tue, 06 Oct 2015 09:38:05 GMT)

Google Chromecast 2015: Puck-on-a-string fun ... why not, for £30? -

Streamer, you know you are a streamer

Review OK, so we all know what Google’s Chromecast is, yes? Someone at the back – why are they always at the back – seems unsure. In a sentence, then, Chromecast is a small Wi-Fi-connected slug that you slip into a spare HDMI port on your TV, and which plays video and audio under the direction of a remote control app.…

(Tue, 06 Oct 2015 09:04:04 GMT)

Safe Harbour ruled INVALID: Facebook 'n' pals' data slurp at risk -

Time to get off the jet ski and get the lawyers on the blower

In a landmark ruling that will have far-reaching repercussions, Europe’s highest court has ruled that data sharing between the EU and US under the Safe Harbour framework is invalid.…

(Tue, 06 Oct 2015 08:30:44 GMT)

If the Internet of Things scares you now: Cisco's CEO is bent on hooking up robots, EVERYTHING -

New boss talks of factories, pipelines, power sub-stations

On Monday, in his first major speech as new CEO of Cisco, Chuck Robbins was clear about one thing. He pretty much wants everything on Earth to be networked and connected together.…

(Tue, 06 Oct 2015 07:58:11 GMT)

Avast antivirus hole patched after public Project Zero slap -

Man-in-the-middle diddle leads to remote execution fiddle

Google Project Zero hacker Tavis Ormandy has found a since-patched vulnerability in Avast antivirus that allows attackers to gain remote code execution privileges.…

(Tue, 06 Oct 2015 07:32:06 GMT)

GCHQ's SMURF ARMY can hack smartphones, says Snowden. Again. -

Uber-leaker tells BBC's Panorama stuff he's told others before

Whistleblower Edward Snowden has given an interview to BBC investigative programme Panorama in which he's added further detail on an array of tools named after the Smurfs* that allow UK intelligence agencies to hack smartphones.…

(Tue, 06 Oct 2015 06:58:12 GMT)

Potent OWA backdoor scores 11,000 corporate creds from single biz -

DLL hell means all your Outlook Web Access user creds can be siphoned

Security researchers Yonatan Striem-Amit and Yoav Orot say attackers have cooked a dangerous backdoor capable of hosing organisations using Microsoft Outlook Web Access (OWA).…

(Tue, 06 Oct 2015 06:27:11 GMT)