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National Audit Office report blasts's 'muddled' STEM strategy

The Register - 40 min 42 sec ago
More people have skillz, but not in fields that need them

The UK government's "muddled" attempt to boost skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) risks wasting taxpayers' money, according to a report by the National Audit Office today.…

One of VR's most annoying problems could be solved soon - CNET - News - 1 hour 3 min ago
Trying to navigate a room while wearing a VR headset? A company named Occipital has a self-contained solution to that problem.

SPEC SFS 2014 benchmark smashed by storage newbie

The Register - 1 hour 12 min ago
NVMe over Fabrics shows its razor sharp performance teeth

NVMe-over-Fabrics fanboy startup E8 has whupped other suppliers' behinds with a SPEC SFS2014 filer benchmark.…

Biggest vuln bombshell in forever and storage industry still umms and errs over patches

The Register - 1 hour 36 min ago
Does it run in VMs, containers, systems running external code? Just. Patch. It

Analysis A growing consensus among storage hardware appliance vendors is that, since they don't run external software on their hardware, they don't need to stick performance-hindering patches into their operating systems.…

Shafted by bosses, disdained by punters, loved by hackers – yes, it's freelance workers

The Register - 2 hours 40 sec ago
Turns out they are a top target for phishers

Usenix Enigma Gig economy workers – the fancy new way to describe short-term freelance serfs like Uber drivers and Deliveroo riders – are well in the sights of hackers.…

Belgium 'abduction': Woman uses phone map to provide her location

BBC Technology News - 2 hours 16 min ago
A 19-year-old woman finds her location in Charleroi in Belgium and alerts her brother.

YouTube toughens advert payment rules

BBC Technology News - 2 hours 46 min ago
The video-clip platform will require creators to have more than 1,000 subscribers to feature adverts.

Destroying the city to save the robocar

The Register - 2 hours 51 min ago
The fight for our public space

Special Report Behind the mostly fake "battle" about driverless cars (conventional versus autonomous is the one that captures all the headlines), there are several much more important scraps. One is over the future of the city: will a city be built around machines or people? How much will pedestrians have to sacrifice for the driverless car to succeed?…

Heathrow's air traffic radio set for shiny digital upgrade from Northrop

The Register - 3 hours 31 min ago
With built-in web servers. Yup, you read that right

Heathrow Airport is to get new air traffic control radio systems with a surprising amount of internet connectivity baked into them.…

'No evidence' has done much to break up IT outsourcing

The Register - 4 hours 3 min ago
Carillion scandal part of a long tradition of big supplier addiction

The scandal around Carillion has put the UK government's addiction to outsourcing in the spotlight. Yet it is a practice that has been going on for many decades - not least in public sector IT.…

Wanna motivate staff to be more secure? Don't bother bribing 'em

The Register - 4 hours 24 min ago
Also, don't get the BOFH to publicly smack them with a LART

Usenix Enigma It's frustrating getting users to keep information and systems secure on a daily basis. However, don't try any smart gimmicks – particularly offering wedges of cash or other prizes for good behavior.…

VMware’s NSX world domination plan advances with not-just-point release

The Register - 4 hours 42 min ago
Version 6.4 brings the NSX GUI to the vSphere client

VMware’s made no secret of its ambitions for its NSX network virtualization product, which it thinks has the potential to be bigger than server virtualization as organisations start to spread resources out across multiple clouds and on-premises bit barn.…

Another round of click-fraud extensions pulled from Chrome Store

The Register - 5 hours 2 min ago
More than 500,000 users stung

A security researcher has claimed that half a million Chrome users have been hit by four malicious browser extensions pushing click and SEO fraud.…

OnePlus disables credit card payment after fraud reports - CNET - News - 5 hours 26 min ago
Customers reported suspicious activity on their credit cards after making purchases on OnePlus' website.

Bitcoin: South Korea sways cryptocurrency prices - but how?

BBC Technology News - 5 hours 47 min ago
The Asian nation has been a big adopter of virtual currency, so developments there have a global impact.

Google's 'QUIC' TCP alternative slow to excite anyone outside Google

The Register - 6 hours 36 sec ago
Multiplexing-over-UDP idea has hit the standards track, but is mostly ignored

Google's contribution to Internet standards, the fast-than-TCP thanks to multiplexing QUIC protocol, has yet to extend much beyond the Chocolate Factory, according to a German report into its adoption.…

Samsung gifts 2018 Winter Olympics athletes a special Note 8 - CNET - News - 7 hours 32 sec ago
The company only made around 4,000. Sadly, it looks like you have to be a world-class athlete to get one.

Flying on its own, Thunderbird seeks input on new look

The Register - 7 hours 7 min ago
Brings in designers to apply a new coat of UI before world thinks it looks too shabby to run

Now that the open source email client Thunderbird is sleeping in a separate bed from Mozilla, the project has called on outside help for a UI redesign.…

YouTube adds stricter rules for creator ad monetization - CNET - News - 7 hours 53 min ago
Every video in its elite ad program will be scrutinized by human reviewers, while the bar has been raised for joining the program.

Storage Spaces Direct cheapens itself, hardware-wise, adds Optane support

The Register - 8 hours 1 min ago
Good news – assuming software-defined storage is still viable after Meltdown/Spectre

Microsoft’s released a new Windows Server Insider Preview Build – number 17074, to be precise – and the most notable new bits are in the Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) software-defined storage code.…

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