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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.…

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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.…

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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.…

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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.…

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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.…

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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.…

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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?…

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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.…

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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.…

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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.…

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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.…

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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.…

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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.…

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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.…

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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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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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Nice tech, but shame on Microsoft, Alibaba's spinners Analysis  Researchers from Microsoft and Chinese cyber-souk Alibaba separately claimed this week that their artificially intelligent software is as good as, if not better than, humans at understanding the written word.…

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No active exploits, but crashes are happening in the wild Back in 2000, a bug crept into the Internet Systems Corporation's BIND server, and it lay unnoticed until now.…

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Attorneys General go to court to save internet protections Twenty-two US State Attorneys General filed a lawsuit on Tuesday to undo the Federal Communications Commission's rejection of net neutrality in America.…

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Nobody gets 100 Mbps, so nobody buys 100 Mbps, so nobody needs 100 Mbps. QED Australia's federal government yesterday tabled its response to recommendations put by the parliamentary committee on the National Broadband Network, and has mostly rejected its recommendations.…

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Medics say they couldn't wait for backups to be pulled as ransomware ransacked kit A US hospital paid extortionists roughly $60,000 to end a ransomware outbreak that forced staff to use pencil-and-paper records.…

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Big Red finally delivers patches for its x86 boxes – and for Java Oracle has told users of its SPARC-powered platforms that they have the Spectre processor bug.…

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Who's up for warrantless surveillance of Americans? No? A number of US senators from both sides of the aisle have said they will filibuster an effort to approve the continuation of a controversial American government spying program.…

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This is a work of fiction, says engineer's lawyer The engineer at the center of a massive self-driving car lawsuit – brought by Google-stablemate Waymo against Uber – neglects his kids, is wildly disorganized, and has a large selection of bondage gear, his former nanny has sensationally alleged.…

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Micro patch rejuvenates abandoned Office add-on Microsoft Equation Editor was sentenced to death on January 9, 2018 at the age of 17, when a software update from Redmond removed five files necessary for the application to function.…

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