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EU tells Facebook and Twitter: Obey us or we'll start regulating

TheRegister - Thu, 2017-09-28 16:34
Another day, another shot fired at American e-megacorps

The EU Commission has fired a shot across Facebook and Twitter's bows, having issued a proclamation decreeing that "social media platforms" must do more to remove "illegal content inciting hatred, violence and terrorism online".…

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Companies Are Once Again Storing Data On Tape, Just in Case

Slashdot - Thu, 2017-09-28 16:05
An anonymous reader shares a report: To stay up to date in the battle against hackers, some companies are turning to a 1950s technology. Storing data on tape seems impossibly inconvenient in an age of easy-access cloud computing. But that is the big security advantage of this vintage technology, since hackers have no way to get at the information. The federal government, financial-services firms, health insurers and other regulated industries still keep tape as a backup to digital records. Now a range of other companies are returning to tape as hackers get smarter about penetrating defenses -- and do much more damage when they do get in. Rob Pritchard, founder of the Cyber Security Expert consulting firm and associate fellow at the Royal United Services Institute think tank, has noticed the steady resurgence of tape as part of best-practice backup strategies. "Companies of all sizes must be able to restore data quickly if needed," he says, "but also have a robust, slower-time, recovery mechanism should the worst happen." Mr. Pritchard, who works with a range of organizations to improve corporate cybersecurity practices, says: "A good backup strategy will have multiple layers. Cloud and online services have their place, but can be compromised."

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Cloudera serves up 'secret sauce' for unified data management

TheRegister - Thu, 2017-09-28 16:02
CTO: Engineers spend half their time on this, customers need educating on the ingredient list

Cloudera has become the latest company to offer up a set of tools to unify data management, with its SDX framework, which it describes as the platform's "secret sauce".…

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Apple and SK Hynix agree Toshiba terms: Bain to grab chip arm

TheRegister - Thu, 2017-09-28 15:25
Looks like WDC is scuppered apart from legal blocks

+Comment Big flash chip buyer Apple and Korean flash fabber SK Hynix have agreed terms and committed to their Bain-led consortium's buy of Toshiba's flash chip interests.…

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Business hunches are so 1977. Proper data's a lot more grown-up

TheRegister - Thu, 2017-09-28 15:22
Fighting the instinct vs analytics wars

Sponsored In business, should you trust your gut, or go by the numbers? Business mythology and Hollywood favour the gut. Both cite stories about maverick geniuses that ignored everyone’s advice and won big.…

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5,000 People Are Working On Amazon's Digital Assistant Alexa

Slashdot - Thu, 2017-09-28 15:20
Amazon said this week at an event unveiling the next generation Echo device that it has the equivalent of a small town of people -- more than 5,000 -- working on the company's digital assistant, Alexa. From a report: And Amazon's not even at full capacity when it comes to Alexa. The company's job site shows close to 1,100 open positions on a variety of Alexa-focused teams. Voice-activated assistants appear to be the Next Big Thing in the tech world, and Amazon is competing with a who's who of tech giants, including Apple, Microsoft, Google and more. Interestingly, Amazon and Microsoft recently formed a pact that will see the two company's digital assistants gain the ability to talk to one another.

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Tintri wheels out T1000 ROBO flash array to terminate disk ones

TheRegister - Thu, 2017-09-28 15:06
Preconfigured single SKU box to skewer ROBO sales

Skynet's T-1000 is an advanced cyborg assassin prototype with a liquid molecular brain inside a mimetic poly-alloy body. Tintri's T1000 is a storage array for small and medium-sized businesses. Ho hum. Let's talk about the latter.…

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Amadeus booking software outages smack airports across world

TheRegister - Thu, 2017-09-28 14:46
Firm won't explain network failure

A network failure affecting the Amadeus online booking platform is continuing to delay check-ins for passengers around the world, although the firm won't disclose the cause.…

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Refresh Is Sacred

Slashdot - Thu, 2017-09-28 14:40
Several Slashdot readers share a blog post: There are two kinds of client applications: The first kind has a "refresh" or "reload" button to make sure your app's in sync with its server's view of the world. The second kind is broken. Of late, I have to deal regularly with several apps, notably including an emailer and car-sharing service, that lack such a button. I can imagine why -- a customer focused product manager said "Steve Jobs taught us that fewer controls are better and we should just take care of making sure we're in sync with the cloud. So lose the button. Except for, it doesn't work. Apparently nobody in the world is smart enough to arrange flawlessly reliable hands-off client/cloud synchronization. There are times when you just know that what you're seeing on the screen is wrong and if the stupid app would just assume everything it knows is wrong and ask for a brain transplant from its server, things would be OK.

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Airlines Suffer Worldwide Delays After Global Booking System Fails

Slashdot - Thu, 2017-09-28 14:00
rastos1 writes: Airlines worldwide were forced to delay flights Thursday as a global flight-bookings system operated by Amadeus IT Group SA suffered what the company called a "network issue." Major carriers including British Airways, Deutsche Lufthansa AG, Cathay Pacific Airways and Qantas Airways were among those reportedly impacted by the outage. Singapore's Changi airport said via Twitter that a technical issue affecting some operators was delaying the check-in process, with boarding passes having to be issued manually. "Amadeus confirms that, during the morning, we experienced a network issue that caused disruption to some of our systems," the Madrid-based company said in a statement. Technical teams took immediate action to identify the cause of the issue and services are "gradually being restored," it said.

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HPE confirms Belfast-based 3PAR engineering office to close

TheRegister - Thu, 2017-09-28 13:53
No, we're not switching focus to Nimble, spokesman says

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is to shutter its 3PAR engineering office in Belfast, Northern Ireland, but the firm emphasised the move does not mean it is shifting focus from 3PAR to Nimble storage.…

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Patch alert! Easy-to-exploit flaw in Linux kernel rated 'high risk'

TheRegister - Thu, 2017-09-28 13:24
Urgent security triage needed

A flaw has been found in the way the Linux kernel loads ELF files.…

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The UK isn't ditching Boeing defence kit any time soon

TheRegister - Thu, 2017-09-28 12:49
Have you seen how dependent our armed forces are on them?

Analysis The British government is publicly threatening to stop giving defence contracts to American aerospace firm Boeing – even though this is laughably unrealistic.…

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'Alternative network provider' CityFibre boosts sales 36%

TheRegister - Thu, 2017-09-28 12:36
But elsewhere experiences contract delays

Broadband pusher CityFibre has posted a sales increase of 36 per cent for its half-year results, but has also reported delays to a number of its public sector contracts.…

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Rejects Trump Bias Claims

Slashdot - Thu, 2017-09-28 12:00
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has dismissed comments made by Donald Trump that the site has always been against him. From a report: The US president accused the social network of "collusion" on Twitter, branding it "anti-Trump". He made the same claim against the New York Times and the Washington Post. Facebook will shortly hand over 3,000 political adverts to congressional investigators probing alleged Russian meddling in the US election. The site believes the ads were probably purchased by Russian entities during and after the 2016 presidential contest. Facebook, Twitter and Google have been asked to testify before the US Senate Intelligence Committee on 1 November about the allegations of Russian interference. Mark Zuckerberg has made it clear in the past that he doesn't like Donald Trump -- or at least, his policies. "This statement shows frustration, I think. Not just with the president, but at the atmosphere swirling around Facebook at the moment -- commentary that is painting it as a burden on the electoral process, and maybe even on society as a whole. He's trying to show all the good -- as he sees it -- that Facebook has done.

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Dell EMC, Veeam eagerly clamber onto Microsoft's Azure Stack: I love it more, no, I love it more

TheRegister - Thu, 2017-09-28 11:51
Azure Stack and Hyper-V support ignition for MS

Orlando's Microsoft Ignite conference saw Dell EMC and Veeam worshipping at the cloudy on-premises Azure Stack shrine with protection support offerings and more.…

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MoD brainbox repo opens up IP treasure chest for world+dog

TheRegister - Thu, 2017-09-28 11:03
Easy Access to some small-but-snazzy UK military ideas

British military boffins are letting world+dog use bright ideas they devised for, among other things, compact antennas, military bouncy castles and a dog-training programme.…

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Microsoft downplays alarm over Windows Defender 'flaw'

TheRegister - Thu, 2017-09-28 10:35
Says you'd hafta click through a *boatload* of warnings

Security researchers have uncovered what they believe is a vulnerability that allows malware to completely bypass Windows Defender. Microsoft dismissed the report as of "limited practical applicability" in practice (i.e. a low-risk threat).…

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