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Updated: 40 min 51 sec ago denies data processing framework is 'sinister' – but admits ICO has concerns

January 15, 2018 - 11:18am
Minister says commish is 'free to disregard' framework if it is 'irrelevant'

The government has moved to allay fears over amendments to the Data Protection Bill that critics say could undermine both the law and the powers of the UK’s privacy watchdog.…

Third NAND dimension makes quad bit bucket cells feasible

January 15, 2018 - 10:33am
A view on quad-level cell flash error correction

Analysis Error-checking code use is so much easier with 3D NAND than previous planar NAND that capacity-lifting quad-level cell technology becomes more feasible.…

Why did top Home Office civil servant lobby Ofcom for obscure kit ban?

January 15, 2018 - 10:05am
GSM gateway prohibition was way below Sir Philip Rutnam's paygrade

Comment Questions have been raised over the UK Home Office's most senior civil servant's involvement in the banning of GSM gateways – following botched redactions to freedom-of-information responses by Ofcom.…

Meltdown/Spectre fixes made AWS CPUs cry, says SolarWinds

January 15, 2018 - 9:37am
CPU utilization up, throughput down, but a second fix may have restored normal service

Log-sniffing vendor SolarWinds has used its own wares to chronicle the application of Meltdown and Spectre patches on its own Amazon Web Services infrastructure, and the results make for ugly viewing.…

German Bar Association says Nein to patent court block effort

January 15, 2018 - 9:01am
Good news for UPC advocates, bad news for EPO staff

The effort to create a single patent court system for Europe has been given a boost with a response from the German Bar Association arguing that a complaint against the Unitary Patent Court (UPC) should be thrown out.…

Mozilla offers sysadmins a Policy Engine for roll-your-own Firefox installs

January 15, 2018 - 8:33am
And warms to a kind of speculative execution for Tabs, too. Really.

Mozilla’s announced it will add a “policy engine” to the next extended support (ESR) release of its Firefox browser.…

Junk food meets junk money: KFC starts selling Bitcoin Bucket

January 15, 2018 - 8:02am
Transaction costs more than chicken, which would go cold by the time BTC change hands

KFC’s Canadian wing has started selling chicken for Bitcoin.…

France may protect citizens' liberté with ban on foreigners buying local big data firms

January 15, 2018 - 7:02am
AI and other tech could go on 'not to be acquired' list

France is considering regulating foreign takeovers of businesses in the data protection and artificial intelligence sectors, minister for the economy Bruno Le Maire said on Friday.…

Black hole munched galactic leftovers, spewed stars, burped

January 15, 2018 - 4:59am
Galaxy can turn itself off, then on again

The black hole at the centre of galaxy SDSS J1354+1327 sucked in gases, “burped” – and then repeated the display.…

Hawaiian fake nukes alert caused by fat-fingered fumble of garbage GUI

January 15, 2018 - 4:13am
You'll Pai for this, thunders FCC

Bad user interface design has been blamed for Hawaii experiencing a brief spate of nuclear panic over the weekend.…

OK, Google: Why does Chromecast clobber Wi-Fi connections?

January 15, 2018 - 2:58am
Router vendors sling firmware to protect users from packet floods

Wi-Fi router vendors have started issuing patches to defend their products against Google Chromecast devices.…

Oracle still silent on Meltdown, but lists patches for x86 servers among 233 new fixes

January 15, 2018 - 2:30am
Sun ZFS Storage Appliance users: brace for super-critical fix

Oracle still has nothing to say about whether the Meltdown or Spectre vulnerabilities are a problem for its hardware.…

ITU aims to to keep the radio on with new satellite regulation fees

January 15, 2018 - 2:01am
Keeping geostationary sats chatting is simple. Low-Earth sats need more brains

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) will next week discuss changes to satellite constellation regulation and fees, an effort needed to keep space useful for communications…

Wait, what? The Linux Kernel Mailing List archives lived on ONE PC? One BROKEN PC?

January 15, 2018 - 12:02am
Yup: and all its records of the planet's most-used OS were on one disk

Spare a thought for Jasper Spaans, who hosts the Linux Kernel Mailing List archive from a single PC that lives in his home. And since things always happen this way the home machine died while he was on holiday.…

Intel puts security on the todo list, Tavis topples torrent tool, and more

January 13, 2018 - 11:11am
A quick catch-up on infosec stuff beyond what we've already reported

Roundup The security world is still feeling the aftereffects of last week's CPU design flaw disclosures, which continued to dominate the news this week, even amid the noisy CES jamboree in Las Vegas.…

Let's Encrypt plugs hole that let miscreants grab HTTPS web certs for strangers' domains

January 13, 2018 - 2:40am
Shared hosting oversight bites free SSL/TLS certificate org

Let's Encrypt – a SSL/TLS certificate authority run by the non-profit Internet Security Research Group (ISRG) to programmatically provide websites with free certs for their HTTPS websites – on Thursday said it is discontinuing TLS-SNI validation because it's insecure in the context of many shared hosting providers.…

Feds may have to explain knowledge of security holes – if draft law comes into play

January 13, 2018 - 1:59am
House reps approve bill requiring vuln disclosure reports

The US House of Representatives this week approved a bill that, given further legislative and executive branch support, will require the American government to account for its handling of software and hardware vulnerabilities.…

Yay, it's power play day: Conaway prays USA says 'no way' to Huawei

January 13, 2018 - 12:22am
US House rep proposes govt ban on Chinese mobile tech

A law bill introduced into the US House of Representatives would, if passed, ban Uncle Sam's agencies from using stuff made by Chinese mobile giants ZTE and Huawei.…

Infamous Silicon Valley 'sex party' <i>exactly</i> as exciting as it sounds

January 12, 2018 - 11:57pm
Maybe they should have shoved in some AI love-bots to spice things up

Comment This week, the tech world has been consumed with intrigue over the details of alleged "sex parties" hosted by Silicon Valley's power brokers.…

Dear US taxpayers, 4.5 BEEELLION of your dollars were blown on unapproved IT projects

January 12, 2018 - 10:28pm
Govt CIOs failing to scrutinize techies' spending – watchdog

American government agencies are spending billions of tax dollars on IT projects without getting the proper approval or oversight.…

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