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Vodafone Denies Bloomberg Report on Security Flaws in Huawei Equipment

Slashdot - Tue, 2019-04-30 16:00
Vodafone denied a Bloomberg report on Tuesday that stated it had found "backdoors" hidden in Huawei equipment supplied to its Italian business dating back years, per BBC . From a report: What they're saying: Vodafone said the "backdoors" in the report were actually a common industry protocol: "The 'backdoor' that Bloomberg refers to is Telnet, which is a protocol that is commonly used by many vendors in the industry for performing diagnostic functions. It would not have been accessible from the internet. Bloomberg is incorrect in saying that this 'could have given Huawei unauthorised access to the carrier's fixed-line network in Italy.' In addition, we have no evidence of any unauthorised access. This was nothing more than a failure to remove a diagnostic function after development."

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Google Cloud grabs serving spoon, ladles instances loaded with Nvidia’s Tesla T4 GPUs

TheRegister - Tue, 2019-04-30 15:44
For the diner that wants to chow down on ML and analytics data but can't stomach Tesla Volta V100 costs

Google has become the first bringer of clouds to sell server instances equipped with Nvidia’s Tesla T4 GPUs in general availability.…

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Meeeemmory ... prices tanned Samsung's behind: Profits tumble 60% as semiconductor demand in freefall

TheRegister - Tue, 2019-04-30 15:10
Misty water-coloured, er, smartphone biz didn't help either ...

The roller-coaster nature of semiconductor demand caught Samsung napping in calendar Q1 (PDF) resulting in a 60 per cent dive in profits, the lowest haul since the fiery Galaxy Note 7 debacle of 2017.…

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Facing Sharp Questions, Boeing CEO Refuses To Admit Flaws in 737 MAX Design

Slashdot - Tue, 2019-04-30 15:00
Iwastheone shares a report: In a tense and steely news conference, his first since two deadly crashes of 737 MAX airplanes, Boeing Chairman and CEO Dennis Muilenburg faced sharp questioning but refused to admit flaws in the design of the airplane's systems. "We have gone back and confirmed again, as we do the safety analysis, the engineering analysis, that we followed exactly the steps in our design and certification processes that consistently produce safe airplanes," he said. "It was designed per our standards. It was certified per our standards." In the case of the MAX, those processes certified as safe a new flight-control system that was triggered on both the Lion Air and Ethiopian crash flights by a single faulty sensor and then engaged repeatedly to push the nose of each airplane down. Boeing is currently flight testing a software redesign of this system -- Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS). Yet Muilenburg would not concede that there was anything wrong with the original MCAS design, saying only that the system is being "improved" with the software redesign. He said airplane accidents are typically due to "a chain of events," and that "it's not correct to attribute that to any single item."

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Oh dear. Huawei enterprise router 'backdoor' was Telnet, sighs Vodafone

TheRegister - Tue, 2019-04-30 14:37
We all want to see hard proof of espionage. This is absolutely not it

A claimed "backdoor" in Huawei routers used in the core of Vodafone Italy's 3G network was, in fact, a routine implementation of Telnet.…

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Jimmy Fallon Played a Video Game on Air, Meaning That Streaming Your Own Game Gets You Taken Down as a Pirate

Slashdot - Tue, 2019-04-30 14:00
AmiMoJo shares a report: NBC (and the other broadcasters) provides copies of its shows to YouTube's Content ID filter, which is supposed to protect copyright by blocking uploads of videos that match ones in its database of claimed videos. That means that if you own the copyright to something that is aired on NBC, any subsequent attempts by you or your fans to upload your work will be blocked as copyright infringements, and could cost you your YouTube account. The latest casualty of this is the video game Beat Saber. Jimmy Fallon played part of one of Beat Saber's levels, and so no one else cold upload their own gameplay of that level to YouTube without being accused of copyright infringement and blocked. After a lot of fast work by Beat Saber, they managed to get the ban lifted.

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Take a hike: Grab a flask of tea – South Korea is opening hiking trails in the DMZ

TheRegister - Tue, 2019-04-30 13:26
It's all perfectly safe

Has your hiking holiday in Kazakhstan fallen through? Not to worry. The UN has greenlit the opening of trails along the heavily, heavily fortified border that divides South and North Korea.…

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Come friendly bit barns and fall on Slough: Equinix opens £90m data centre in London rust belt

TheRegister - Tue, 2019-04-30 12:32
Say it with us now: Despiiiiite Brexit

Equinix has opened a £90m colocation facility in godforsaken Slough – its ninth around Greater London and 12th in the UK.…

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Hackers Steal and Ransom Financial Data Related To Some of the World's Largest Companies

Slashdot - Tue, 2019-04-30 12:25
Hackers have broken into an internet infrastructure firm that provides services to dozens of the world's largest and most valuable companies, including Oracle, Volkswagen, Airbus, and many more as part of an extortion attempt, Motherboard reported Tuesday. From the report: The attackers have also threatened to release data from all of those companies, according to a website seemingly set up by the hackers to distribute the stolen material. Citycomp, the impacted Germany-based firm, provides servers, storage, and other computer equipment to large companies, according to the company's website. Michael Bartsch, executive director of Deutor Cyber Security Solutions, a firm Citycomp said was authorized to speak about the case, confirmed the breach to Motherboard in an email Tuesday. "Citycomp has been hacked and blackmailed and the attack is ongoing," Bartsch wrote. "We have to be careful as the whole case is under police investigation and the attacker is trying all tricks."

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Big Cloud gets bigger: AWS's growth alone in 2018 matched Google's total haul – but Bezos beast is still on the hunt

TheRegister - Tue, 2019-04-30 11:59
AWS Outposts on horizon as infra giants look to cram their hardware in YOUR bit barn

Amazon Web Services bulked up in 2018, jugging down a protein shake of $2.3bn in cloudy infrastructure services revenues – equalling Google's total haul for the 12 months.…

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Boeing boss denies reports 737 Max safety systems weren't active

TheRegister - Tue, 2019-04-30 11:26
If it's Boeing, I'm not going

Boeing has once again been shaken by its 737 Max saga, this time after it was revealed that safety features for the controversial airliner were inactive – which was not what the airlines flying the craft had been led to believe.…

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It's all about the returns: NetApp shutters certain EMEA offices and lays off staff

TheRegister - Tue, 2019-04-30 10:50
You and me baby ain't nothing but mammals, so let's do it like they do 'n' route tech sales through the channel

NetApp has laid off a bunch of staff in EMEA, shuttering certain offices and withdrawing a direct presence in the countries where it is deemed economically viable to sell only via channel types.…

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Pssst.... build your own machine learning computer, it's cheaper and even faster than using GPUs on cloud

TheRegister - Tue, 2019-04-30 10:10
Nvidia's fancy Volta V100 chips not always worth it

If you’ve been thinking about building your own deep learning computer for a while but haven’t quite got 'round to it, here’s another reminder. Not only is it cheaper to do so, but the subsequent build can also be faster at training neural networks than renting GPUs on cloud platforms.…

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Zuul and Kata Containers: OpenStack tosses top-level protonpacks to OS new cats

TheRegister - Tue, 2019-04-30 09:17
Projects lose 'pilot' bit, bask in glow of top-level love

The OpenStack Foundation has announced that Kata Containers and Zuul have been very, very good and so worthy of the moniker "Top-Level Open Infrastructure Project" after the teams met the foundation's lofty goals.…

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Watch live this morning with Western Digital: How to build an infrastructure that’s fit for the future

TheRegister - Tue, 2019-04-30 08:50
Prepare your business for the rewards of AI

Sponsored webcast More and more enterprises of all sizes are understanding the value of cutting edge technologies such as machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) in improving customer experiences and streamlining business processes.…

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Vodafone Says It Found Hidden Backdoors in Huawei Equipment

Slashdot - Tue, 2019-04-30 08:40
For months, Huawei has faced U.S. allegations that it flouted sanctions on Iran, attempted to steal trade secrets from a business partner and has threatened to enable Chinese spying through the telecom networks it's built across the West. Now Vodafone Group has acknowledged to Bloomberg that it found vulnerabilities going back years with equipment supplied by Shenzhen-based Huawei for the carrier's Italian business. From the report: While Vodafone says the issues were resolved, the revelation may further damage the reputation of a major symbol of China's global technology prowess. Europe's biggest phone company identified hidden backdoors in the software that could have given Huawei unauthorized access to the carrier's fixed-line network in Italy, a system that provides internet service to millions of homes and businesses, according to Vodafone's security briefing documents from 2009 and 2011 seen by Bloomberg, as well as people involved in the situation.

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Vertiv: Li-ion already eats 1 in 3 battery sales... let's shove multi-batt box into data centre folk's paws

TheRegister - Tue, 2019-04-30 08:04
Server-cabinet-sized chunk has new management tools

US data centre power biz Vertiv reports that li-ion cells are selling like hot cakes, and are now responsible for a third of its battery business - despite lingering concerns about their safety among some IT pros.…

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Chinese dev jailed and fined for posting DJI's private keys on Github

TheRegister - Tue, 2019-04-30 07:10
Hapless soul repents 'unintentionally' sharing drone makers privates in repo

A Chinese software developer who previously expressed suicidal thoughts has been jailed after putting one of drone company DJI's AES private keys onto Github in plain text.…

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OpenStack wants Airship 1.0 to take flight and move devs up to the cloud without tears

TheRegister - Tue, 2019-04-30 06:31
Automated cloud provisioning joins the mile-high club

The OpenStack Foundation took advantage of its Denver shindig to emit version 1.0 of Airship, a collection of open source tools aimed at simplifying building cloud systems.…

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Why Everyone Is Watching TV With Closed Captioning On These Days

Slashdot - Tue, 2019-04-30 06:30
Jason Kottke: A few months ago I noticed that several friends (who speak English and aren't deaf) routinely watch TV and movies with closed captions and subtitles on. I asked about this on Twitter and the resulting thread was fascinating. Turns out many of you watch TV this way for all kinds of different reasons -- to follow complex dialog in foreign or otherwise difficult accents, some folks better retain information while reading, keeping the sound down so as not to wake sleeping children in tight living spaces, and lots of people who aren't deaf find listening difficult for many reasons (some have trouble listening to dialogue when thereâ(TM)s any sort of non-ambient noise in the background).

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