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So much for the 'alien megastructure' theories Tabby's star – formally KIC 8462852 – has attracted a new and possibly-plausible explanation for its excess of twinkle: the remnants of a planet destroyed in a collision.…

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Open season on open services It is open season on open services as net scum migrate from sacking MongoDB databases to insecure ElasticSearch instances.…

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Search the universe with qbsolv Want to fool around with some quantum-ish computing? D-Wave has open sourced a software tool that prepares optimisation problems to run on its hardware.…

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Anonymity just got harder It just got a lot harder to evade browser fingerprinting: a bunch of boffins have worked out how to fingerprint the machine behind the browser, using only information provided by browser features.…

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Stunned security experts tear strips off president-elect pick hours after announcement US president-elect Donald Trump's freshly minted cyber-tsar Rudy Giuliani runs a website so insecure that its content management system is years out of date and potentially utterly hackable.…

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DNS servers are crashable BIND users, get patching: there are three serious vulnerabilities you need to splat.…

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US Dept of Commerce green paper reveals that, er, it's a bit of a mess The US Department of Commerce has published a green paper [PDF] on the Internet of Things, the first step in a process to develop formal governmental policies on the technology.…

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Hard Rock Hamilton claims Cole Train was modeled on him – and he wants damages A former football player, professional wrestler, and motivational speaker is suing Microsoft, claiming an iconic character in Redmond's Gears of War game ripped off his likeness.…

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♪ Stop your messin' around, better think of your future ♪ The transition team for US president-elect Donald Trump has announced that former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani will advise the incoming administration on how to secure America's digital infrastructure.…

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Tragic decline is slowing, though, say IDC beancounters Santa's sack was bulging over Chrimbo, but it wasn't due to PC-shaped presents – computer sales slipped again in the final quarter of 2016, capping off five consecutive years of market shrinkage.…

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Eonite hopes to get ahead of a rapidly moving market with top tracking software A Silicon Valley startup is hoping to get ahead of the rapidly moving VR market with software that offers what companies have been chasing for the past few years: inside-out tracking.…

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Parting gift by outgoing US prez A last-minute rule change signed off by the outgoing Obama administration has made it much easier for the NSA to share raw surveillance data with more than a dozen government agencies.…

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Crystal ball, that is Clairvoyant Gartner has once again dusted off the crystal ball in its quarterly global IT spend divination ritual to predict a 2.7 per cent year-on-year increase in 2017.…

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Screw you, guys, we're going home Security exploit peddlers Shadow Brokers announced their retirement on Thursday – and released 58 tools for hacking Windows PCs for free by way of a parting gift.…

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Randall Stephenson makes case for yuuuge merger AT&T boss Randall Stephenson has been spotted at Trump Tower in New York City – reportedly in an effort to sell the president-elect on his company's plan to buy Time Warner.…

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Database pwned, cyber-forensics outfit admits The Israeli company that found fame when it was fingered as a potential source of hacking software used by the FBI to crack open an iPhone has itself been hacked.…

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Kaymera: building on shoulders of a giant, claim The arrival of a security hardened version of Google’s suppoed "iPhone killer" Pixel phone from Kaymera has received a sceptical reception from one expert.…

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If Exagrid pulls it off, it'll be a first Exagrid, whch produces deduping disk backup target arrays, announced record revenue for the fourth 2016 quarter; its 12th,consecutive cash-positive quarter.…

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EyePyramid operation targeted politicians and business leaders A hacking operation featuring the EyePyramid trojan successfully compromised the systems of numerous high-profile Italian targets, including two former prime ministers, say Italian police.…

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Pockets of growth in Europe fail to prevent overall decline EMEA geography purpose-built backup appliance sales shrank 9 per cent annually in the third 2016 quarter, through there were pockets of growth.…

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Back In Black coming to BBC 2 soon The BBC has announced that it will this year broadcast Terry Pratchett's last story: His own.…

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Big Blue coats DS8880 boxen with cognitive paint IBM has announced all-flash versions of three DS8880 monolithic arrays revealed last year, with increased flash capacities and a coat of cognitive marketing paint.…

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Nothing to with gov shifting to its cloudy services, apparently LogoWatch  Confused commuters disembarked at Westminster tube this morning to discover the station at the seat of power had been rebranded "Webminster" in a "hilarious" guerilla marketing campaign by Amazon Web Services.…

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DevOps, Containers, CD? We’ve got it all Reg Events  We’re chuffed to be able to reveal the first tranche of speakers for Continuous Lifecycle, our three day-extravaganza of DevOps, Continuous Delivery, Containerization and Agile in May.…

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Computer said yes, sales peeps said yes, speed checker said: Noooo Concerns are growing that some customers switching to BT fibre broadband may not be able to receive the service, despite the ISP "availability" checker saying otherwise – leading some to mistakenly sign up for the service.…

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