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Oz telcos' club asks: Why the hell does Australia Post, rando councils, or Taxi Services Commission want comms metadata?

8 hours 13 min ago
Tells gov.au: There's your scope creep. Now can we talk about busting cryptography?

When Australia implemented its telecommunications data retention regime, privacy wonks worried about the potential for scope creep. The same warnings have been made about the government's proposed encryption-busting legislation.…

Verity hauls out That Old Time 2018 IT songbook

8 hours 57 min ago
It's sing-along-a-Stob time

Stob It's that time of year, in the northern hemisphere, when IT specialists reluctantly abandon their rugged, outdoor lifestyle, and gather around Mama's upright piano to sing some favourite old songs... with updated, satirical lyrics. Like these.…

Oi! Not encrypting RPC traffic? IETF bods would like to change that

10 hours 2 min ago
RPC over TLS: You know it makes sense

An Internet Engineering Task Force group has turned its attention to how Remote Procedure Calls (RPC) travel over the internet, and decided a bit of (easy) encryption is in order.…

Panasas tells world+dog: We've broken free from chains of proprietary kit

11 hours 7 min ago
HPC pusher bats eyelids at OEM flingers after biggest product refresh in a while

HPC supplier Panasas has introduced a faster file system and non-proprietary hardware design in its biggest product refresh for a decade or more.…

Oi, Elon: You Musk sort out your Autopilot! Tesla loyalists tell of code crashes, near-misses

12 hours 11 min ago
Carmaker's unpredictable 'super cruise control' tech blamed for ton of close calls

Tesla CEO Elon Musk asked the Tesla owners among his millions of Twitter followers last week what aspect of their electric cars they'd most like to see improved or fixed.…

Ethernet patent inventor given permission to question validity of his own patent

13 hours 8 min ago
Well, if anyone knows if he fudged it, it would be him

The inventor of two patents that covers Ethernet switching products has been given permission to question the validity of his own invention.…

Scumbag who phoned in a Call of Duty 'swatting' that ended in death pleads guilty to dozens of criminal charges

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 20:42
Another pair awaiting trial over slaying of Andrew Finch

One of three people charged over the December 2017 “swatting” death of 28-year-old Andrew Finch in the US has pleaded guilty.…

OK Google, what is African ISP Main One, and how did it manage to route your traffic into China through Russia?

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 19:26
Sub cable biz raises hand, 'fesses up to causing BGP hijack drama

Monday's prolonged Google cloud and websites outage was triggered by a botched network update by a West Africa telco, it is claimed.…

It's November 2018, and Microsoft's super-secure Edge browser can be pwned eight different ways by a web page

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 18:02
Look, we're tired of doing these headlines too, but there's patching to do

Microsoft and Adobe have delivered the November edition of Patch Tuesday with another sizable bundle of security fixes to install as soon as you're able to.…

FPGAs? Sure, them too. Liqid pours chips over composable computing systems

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 16:57
Xilinx Alveo cards added to platform list

Liqid has added FPGAs to the list of compute resources its customers can use to compose workload-specific computing systems.…

Another 3D printer? Oh, stop it, you're killing us. Perhaps literally: Fears over ultrafine dust

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 16:16
Bio-boffins bet beastly bad bits bash bronchi

Analysis Scientists are calling for more research into the effect, negative or otherwise, of 3D printers on indoor air quality.…

Russia: We did not hack the US Democrats. But <i>if</i> we did, we're immune from prosecution (lmao)

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 15:07
Hackers are lethal weapons, as in diplomatic... oh forget it

The Russian government has denied having anything to do with hacking the US Democratic party in 2016, although in a court filing this week stressed that even if it did break into the DNC's servers, it is immune from prosecution.…

Microsoft lobs Windows 10, Server Oct 2018 update at world (minus file-nuking 'feature') after actually doing some testing

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 14:11
Autumnwatchers, what a novel concept: 'Extensive internal validation'

Is the Windows October 2018 update here again? Did it ever exist previously? Are we all in a feverish dream where the latest version, build 1809, is stable and fit for purpose, and Patch Tuesday was totally uneventful? Our finger hovers over the "no" button, but we live in hope of someone one day fitted a "yes" key.…

SAP can claim to change its culture, but can it convince customers?

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 11:29
Brit user group presses for info and tools amid licensing fudge

SAP has used its annual British user shindig to big up reforms to internal structures and licensing – but customers wary over indirect access won't be won over easily.…

We definitely don't need more towers, says new Vodafone boss scraping around for €8bn savings

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 09:56
Steady as she goes with 5G

Vodafone's new group CEO has vowed to keep shareholders happy by continuing to pay out dividends in his first earnings conference, despite reporting a €7.8bn loss and falling revenue.…

Open the pod bay doors: Voice of HAL 9000 Douglas Rain dies at 90

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 09:03
2001: A Space Odyssey's villain raised bar for killer robot trope

Canadian actor Douglas Rain has died at the age of 90.…

Data-nicking UK car repairman jailed six months instead of copping a fine

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 08:41
Data Protection Act isn't our only legal weapon, beams ICO

+Comment A UK car industry worker who abused his customer database access to send data to telephone scammers has been sentenced to six months in prison.…

Cloud zeta: Google's data-transfer boxen hit beta in Europe

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 07:43
Rival AWS fluffs US govt cloud, pops up in Italy

Playing catch-up with AWS and Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud has pulled the EU dust covers off its cloud onboarding appliance.…

New appliances from Cisco aim to make branch SD-WAN easier

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 07:02
Optimised Office 365 performance also on cards

Cisco has claimed to be "bringing intent-based networking into every domain", the latest being branch offices which need software-defined WAN capabilities and security.…

Cheeky cheesemaker fails to copyright how things taste

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 06:38
On yer bike, CJEU tells Dutch dairy dealer

The EU's highest court has rejected an attempt to use copyright law to protect the distinct taste of a food product.…