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Former Santander bank manager pleads guilty to computer misuse crimes

January 17, 2018 - 4:24pm
Customer details spilled to boyfriend

A former Santander bank manager has pleaded guilty to £15,000 worth of computer misuse crimes after her boyfriend talked her into giving him illicitly obtained customer information.… slammed for NHS data-sharing deal with Home Office

January 17, 2018 - 4:15pm
Flouts doctors' guidelines, doesn't properly balance public interests, MPs told

The UK health service's NHS Digital has been accused of operating to a "lower standard of confidentiality" than rest of NHS, in a heated hearing about a deal that requires patient info to be handed over for immigration enforcement.…

Another day, another Spectre fix slowdown: What to expect if you heart ZFS

January 17, 2018 - 3:35pm
Blogger records 7-8% toll on read IOPS

The widely used ZFS file system software is slowed down in both read IOPS and throughput by Intel CPU microcode fixes for the Spectre processor design flaws, one set of numbers suggests.…

PPI-pusher makes 75 MEEELLION nuisance calls, lands £350k fine

January 17, 2018 - 2:55pm
Firm slapped for 'blatantly ignoring telemarketing laws'

A company that made 75 million nuisance calls in just four months has been handed a £350,000 fine from the UK's data protection watchdog.…

Ofcom cracks on with spectrum auction rules, despite Three's legal challenge

January 17, 2018 - 2:26pm
UK telcos continue appeal to lower spectrum cap

UK comms regulator Ofcom is cracking ahead with plans for the forthcoming spectrum auction – despite further delays posed by Three's Court of Appeal challenge.…

Going soft: Kaminario exits the hardware business

January 17, 2018 - 1:52pm
Software-centric business model to reach disruptive industry price point

Kaminario has announced it will leave the hardware business, and said Tech Data will build the certified appliance hardware needed to run its software.…

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

January 17, 2018 - 1:23pm
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.…

SPEC SFS 2014 benchmark smashed by storage newbie

January 17, 2018 - 12:51pm
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

January 17, 2018 - 12:27pm
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

January 17, 2018 - 12:03pm
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.…

Destroying the city to save the robocar

January 17, 2018 - 11:12am
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

January 17, 2018 - 10:32am
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

January 17, 2018 - 10:00am
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

January 17, 2018 - 9:39am
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

January 17, 2018 - 9:21am
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

January 17, 2018 - 9:01am
More than 500,000 users stung

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

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

January 17, 2018 - 8:03am
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.…

Flying on its own, Thunderbird seeks input on new look

January 17, 2018 - 6:56am
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.…

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

January 17, 2018 - 6:01am
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.…

Google sinks cash into more submarine cables, plans more data centres

January 17, 2018 - 5:04am
South America, Europe and Asia get pipes, DCs for Finland, Honkers and Hollywood

Google has made more investments in submarine cables, sinking money into three due to come online in 2019.…

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