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Why does the market care so much about Cisco's security biz?

TheRegister - 4 hours 21 min ago
In the land of decline, sustainable growth is king

Analysis Like many enterprise tech dinosaurs, Cisco has clutched at new lines of revenue for some time, positioning its security arm as the centrepiece of a long-talked-about reinvention as a software biz.…

Skilled bad actors use new pulse wave DDoS attacks to hit multiple targets

LXer - 4 hours 52 min ago
In a new report, Incapsula warns about a new type of ferocious DDoS attack that uses "pulse waves" to hit multiple targets. Pulse wave DDoS is a new attack tactic designed by skilled bad actors "to double the botnet's output and exploit soft spots in 'appliance first cloud second' hybrid mitigation solutions."

iOS 11 Has a Feature To Temporarily Disable Touch ID

Slashdot - 4 hours 53 min ago
A new feature baked into iOS 11 lets you quickly disable Touch ID, which could come in handy if you're ever in a situation where someone (a cop) might force you to unlock your device. Cult of Mac reports: To temporarily disable Touch ID, you simply press the power button quickly five times. This presents you with the "Emergency SOS" option, which you can swipe to call the emergency services. It also prevents your iPhone from being unlocked without the passcode. Until now, there were other ways to temporarily disable Touch ID, but they weren't quick and simply. You either had to restart your iPhone, let it sit idle for a few days until Touch ID was temporarily disabled by itself, or scan the wrong finger several times. The police, or any government agency, cannot force you to hand over your iPhone's passcode. However, they can force you to unlock your device with your fingerprint. That doesn't work if your fingerprint scanner has been disabled.

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British Airways waves Bing dong: At least it's not a tech cockup

TheRegister - 4 hours 55 min ago
Wang wag's Croatian beach art highlighted... again

British Airways’ website is displaying a penis carved into a beautiful sandy beach – the same inappropriate erection that was standing over bing.com yesterday.…

CoreOS extends Kubernetes to Microsoft Azure

LXer - 6 hours 6 min ago
CoreOS[he]#039[/he]s Kubernetes distro, Tectonic 1.7, delivers on hybrid cloud by extending container DevOps capabilities across open-source and Azure clouds and data centers.

UK.gov is hiring IT bods with skills in ... Windows Vista?!

TheRegister - 6 hours 15 min ago
And Server 2003. Yep, this is the year 2017 and we're not making this up

Freelance IT type? Know about the gubbins of Windows XP, Vista and Server 2003? Don’t care about all that IR35 guff? We’ve got great news – UK.gov wants to hire you.…

Software definer wants you to befriend the 'BFC', do a bit of 'reverse virtualization'

TheRegister - 6 hours 51 min ago
What's that, TidalScale? The Big Friendly what?

Analysis TidalScale is building a software-defined server product. But how would that work, as it needs to run in a server and you can’t really redefine the server you are running in, can you?…

Docker Can Now Containerize Legacy Apps Running on Mainframes

LXer - 7 hours 20 min ago
The new release comes on the heels of a report last week from Bloomberg that the container company has been raising money, which will result in $75 million dollars being added to its coffers by the end of the month, bringing with it a new valuation of $1.3 billion — up $300 million from its previous valuation.

Infosys CEO quits, citing 'untenable atmosphere' created by critics

TheRegister - 7 hours 28 min ago
Former SAP man Vishal Sikka bails but will be interim CEO's boss

Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka has resigned, effective immediately, but neither he nor the company's board are happy he's going.…

New Immunotherapy Trial Cures Kids of Peanut Allergy For Up To Four Years

Slashdot - 7 hours 53 min ago
Using a new kind of immunotherapy treatment, Australian researchers have managed to cure a majority of the children in their study suffering from a peanut allergy. "The desensitization to peanuts persisted for up to four years after treatment," reports The Guardian. From the report: Tang, an immunologist and allergist, pioneered a new form of treatment that combines a probiotic with peanut oral immunotherapy, known as PPOIT. Instead of avoiding the allergen, the treatment is designed to reprogram the immune system's response to peanuts and eventually develop a tolerance. It's thought that combining the probiotic with the immunotherapy gives the immune system the "nudge" it needs to do this, according to Tang. Forty-eight children were enrolled in the PPOIT trial and were randomly given either a combination of the probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus with peanut protein in increasing amounts, or a placebo, once daily for 18 months. At the end of the original trial in 2013, 82% of children who received the immunotherapy treatment were deemed tolerant to peanuts compared with just 4% in the placebo group. Four years later, the majority of the children who gained initial tolerance were still eating peanuts as part of their normal diet and 70% passed a further challenge test to confirm long-term tolerance. The results have been published in the Lancet Child & Adolescent Health.

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Linux-loving lecturer 'lost' email, was actually confused by Outlook

TheRegister - 7 hours 55 min ago
And had suits savage an utterly innocent sysadmin for his own ignorance Friday m

ON-CALL Friday means a few things at El Reg: a new BOFH. A couple of beers. And another instalment of On-Call, our weekly column in which we take reader-contributed tales of being asked to do horrible things for horrible people, scrub them up and hope you click.…

Who wants multiple virtual workstations on a GPU in a blade server?

TheRegister - 8 hours 33 min ago
NVIDIA reckons engineering types do, so it's cut a new GPU and software to carve it up

NVIDIA's cranked up the virtual workstation caper by giving the world a new GPU that slots into blade servers, plus software to let it run multiple workstation-grade VMs.…

Under $15 open spec SBC offers Allwinner H5, GbE, and WiFi

LXer - 8 hours 35 min ago
The Orange Pi Zero Plus is a quad -A53 version of the Zero that advances to Gigabit Ethernet. You also get WiFi, USB host and OTG, and Linux/Android images. Shenzhen Xunlong is clearly trying to mess with our minds.

Manipulate IPv6 Addresses with ipv6calc

LXer - 9 hours 49 min ago
Last week, you may recall, we looked at calculating network addresses with ipcalc. Now, dear friends, it is my pleasure to introduce you to ipv6calc, the excellent IPv6 address manipulator and query tool by Dr. Peter Bieringer. ipv6calc is a little thing; on Ubuntu /usr/bin/ipv6calc is about 2MB, yet it packs in a ton of functionality.

Lenovo expects data centre profits in two years, if it can fix China

TheRegister - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 21:57
For now the company is just happy with growth for the first time since buying IBM's servers

Lenovo has reported flat quarter-on-quarter revenue, but is content to have achieved that as it reflects stabilisation in its data centre and mobile businesses.…

How to Install Sensu Monitoring on Ubuntu 16.04

LXer - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 21:49
Sensu is a free and open source tool for composing the monitoring system you need. In this tutorial, we will go through step by step installation of Redis, RabbitMQ and Sensu on Ubuntu 16.04.

The Health Benefits of Wind and Solar Exceed the Cost of All Subsidies

Slashdot - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 21:30
New submitter TheCoroner writes: A paper in Nature Energy suggests that the benefits we receive from moving to renewables like wind and solar that reduce air pollution exceed the cost of the subsidies required to make them competitive with traditional fossil fuels. Ars Technica reports: "Berkeley environmental engineer Dev Millstein and his colleagues estimate that between 3,000 and 12,700 premature deaths have been averted because of air quality benefits over the last decade or so, creating a total economic benefit between $30 billion and $113 billion. The benefits from wind work out to be more than 7 cents per kilowatt-hour, which is more than unsubsidized wind energy generally costs. This study ambitiously tries to estimate the benefits from emissions that were avoided because of the increase in wind and solar energy from 2007 through 2015, and to do so for the whole of the U.S. Millstein and colleagues looked at carbon emissions, as well as sulphur dioxides, nitrogen oxides, and particulate matter, all of which contribute to poor air quality. There are other factors that also need to be considered. A rise in renewables isn't the only thing that has been changing in the energy sector: fuel costs and regulation have also played a role. How much of the benefit can be attributed to wind and solar power, and how much to other changes? The researchers used models that track the benefits attributable to renewable power as a proportion of the total reduction in emissions.

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Where there's smoke there's a Galaxy Note: refurbished Model 4 batteries recalled

TheRegister - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 20:55
Phablets sent to AT&T customers with batteries from FedEx are at risk

Samsung's got another combustible phablets SNAFU on its hands, after the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled the batteries used in its Galaxy Note 4.…

Raspbian Linux OS for Raspberry Pi Is Now Based on Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch"

LXer - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 20:35
As of Wednesday, August 16, 2017, the Raspberry Pi Foundation has released new installation images of its Debian-based Raspbian Linux operating system rebased on Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch" series.

New NIST draft embeds privacy into US govt security for the first time

TheRegister - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 19:57
Federal agency addresses the new world of Alexa, smart cameras and IoT

A draft of new IT security measures by the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has for the first time pulled privacy into its core text as well as expanded its scope to include the internet of things and smart home technology.…

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