Two British journalists detained in southeast Turkey

Reuters: Technology - Fri, 2015-08-28 07:34
DIYARBAKIR (Reuters) - Turkish police have detained two British journalists from Vice News for reporting from the predominantly Kurdish southeast without government accreditation, security sources said on Friday.
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Ask Slashdot: Advice On Enterprise Architect Position

Slashdot - Fri, 2015-08-28 07:28
dave562 writes: I could use some advice from the community. I have almost 20 years of IT experience, 5 of it with the company I am currently working for. In my current position, the infrastructure and applications that I am responsible for account for nearly 80% of the entire IT infrastructure of the company. In broad strokes our footprint is roughly 60 physical hosts that run close to 1500 VMs and a SAN that hosts almost 4PB of data. The organization is a moderate sized (~3000 employees), publicly traded company with a nearly $1 billion market value (recent fluctuations not withstanding). I have been involved in a constant struggle with the core IT group over how to best run the operations. They are a traditional, internal facing IT shop. They have stumbled through a private cloud initiative that is only about 30% realized. I have had to drag them kicking and screaming into the world of automated provisioning, IaaS, application performance monitoring, and all of the other IT "must haves" that a reasonable person would expect from a company of our size. All the while, I have never had full access to the infrastructure. I do not have access to the storage. I do not have access to the virtualization layer. I do not have Domain Admin rights. I cannot see the network. The entire organization has been ham strung by an "enterprise architect" who relies on consultants to get the job done, but does not have the capability to properly scope the projects. This has resulted in failure after failure and a broken trail of partially implemented projects. (VMware without SRM enabled. EMC storage hardware without automated tiering enabled. Numerous proof of concept systems that never make it into production because they were not scoped properly.) After 5 years of succeeding in the face of all of these challenges, the organization has offered me the Enterprise Architect position. However they do not think that the position should have full access to the environment. It is an "architecture" position and not a "sysadmin" position is how they explained it to me. That seems insane. It is like asking someone to draw a map, without being able to actually visit the place that needs to be mapped. For those of you in the community who have similar positions, what is your experience? Do you have unfettered access to the environment? Are purely architectural / advisory roles the norm at this level?

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Manchester skeptics annexed in hostile digital power grab

The Register - Fri, 2015-08-28 07:23 takeover by mysterious 'Sophie' reveals flaws in site organisation rules

The Greater Manchester Skeptics Society (GMSS) has been obliged to start up a new group on, after someone with a very different agenda took over its profile on the social networking site.…

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Computacenter CEO: Currency headwind? Yep, that hurt alright

The Register - Fri, 2015-08-28 07:08
But Brit sub strikes back to steady top line, and RDC sale beefs up profits

For a business, not losing sales ground in these uncertain economic times might be considered something of an achievement in itself. If so, Computacenter bosses will be downing celebratory doubles this morn.…

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U.S., China stress positives ahead of Xi trip

Reuters: Technology - Fri, 2015-08-28 07:07
BEIJING (Reuters) - China and the United States stressed the positives in their complex relationship on Friday during meetings between U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice and Chinese officials ahead of a U.S. visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping next month.

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Jury mulls fate of defendant in New Hampshire prep school rape trial

Reuters: Technology - Fri, 2015-08-28 07:03
CONCORD, N.H. (Reuters) - A New Hampshire jury is set to begin its first full day of deliberations on Friday in the trial of Owen Labrie, a former student at an elite prep school accused of raping a 15-year-old freshman girl on campus days before his graduation.
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IoT server is loaded with Linux "Candi"

Linux Today - Fri, 2015-08-28 07:00

 LinuxGizmos: Logic Supply's Atom N2800 based "CC150" industrial IoT gateway is loaded with a version of the Linux-based IoT Server software from Candi Controls.

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Violin's breakeven within reach, but revenues still falling

The Register - Fri, 2015-08-28 06:37
There’s only so much lipstick you can put on this pig

It's like looking at a drawing of an iceberg when you know the bulk of it is under water; Violin Memory's revenues and net income I mean. Look at all that red ink below the profit waterline!…

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Accused U.S. 'flash crash' trader fails to have UK extradition case postponed

Reuters: Technology - Fri, 2015-08-28 06:30
LONDON (Reuters) - A London-based day-trader accused by the United States of market manipulation that contributed to the Wall Street "flash crash" in 2010, failed to persuade a court on Friday to postpone his extradition hearing.
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Best president ever! How Trump's love of hyperbole could backfire

Reuters: Technology - Fri, 2015-08-28 06:06
NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Manhattan real estate lawyer John Mechanic remembers the summer day a decade ago when Donald Trump gave him a tour of a vacant retail space inside the Trump Tower on a glittering stretch of Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.

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Prosecutor seeks to summon Murdoch in Deutsche Bank trial

Reuters: Technology - Fri, 2015-08-28 06:04
MUNICH (Reuters) - Munich prosecutors requested that 30 additional witnesses including Rupert Murdoch, publisher Friede Springer and Axel Springer Chief Executive Mathias Doepfner be summoned in a trial against Deutsche Bank executives.
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Mass redundancy marathon nearly over at HP

The Register - Fri, 2015-08-28 06:03
Brit heads to roll over the finish line... mostly in Enterprise Services

HP is making what looks to be a final round of UK redundancies before it breaks apart and is seeking volunteers to jump rather than be pushed.…

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Security researcher claims he knows the hacker who hacked Ashley Madison - Fri, 2015-08-28 05:56 The online adultery website, Ashley Madison was hacked by the Twitter user with the name "Thadeus Zu," according to a Brian Krebs. Brian Krebs who is a security researcher said that Twitter account's owner based on past postings to the social media side and other Twitter information that led him to believe he's part of the "Impact Team" responsible for the hack attack on Ashley Madison.
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Paul Vixie On DNS Security & Botnet Takedowns - Fri, 2015-08-28 05:53 The Internet infrastructure pioneer and CEO of Farsight Security comes to the Dark Reading News Desk at Black Hat to discuss the state of DNS security, the .bank TLD, how money rules everything, and how to use passive DNS to limit collateral damage of botnet takedown operations.
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BACS Bank Holiday BALLS UP leaves employees cashless

The Register - Fri, 2015-08-28 05:34
Planning to go away this weekend? Not anymore

Update Thousands of employees expecting to be paid ahead of the bank holiday weekend have been left without their salaries due to a cock up with the Bankers' Automated Clearing Services (BACS) payment system.…

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ISRO Successfully Launches Satellite Into Geostationary Orbit

Slashdot - Fri, 2015-08-28 05:30
vasanth writes: Indian Space Research Organization (Isro) on Thursday cleared all doubts on its cryogenic capabilities, successfully launching the Geostationary Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-D6), placing GSAT-6, a 2,117kg communication satellite in orbit. The GSLV D-6 is the second consecutive successful launch of the GSLV series with indigenous cryogenic upper stage. ISRO had on January 5, 2014 launched GSLV D-5, after a similar attempt failed in 2010. For the country, ISRO perfecting the cryogenic engine technology is crucial, as precious foreign exchange can be saved by launching communication satellites on its own. Currently ISRO flies its heavy communication satellites by European space agency Ariane. ISRO has already perfected its Polar Launching Vehicle for launching lighter satellites, with decades of success stories. It has already put 45 foreign satellites of 9 nations into orbit. ISRO is to put 9 satellites in space using the PSLV launcher for the United States in 2015-2016.

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Ending standoff with North Korea boosts South's President Park

Reuters: Technology - Fri, 2015-08-28 05:14
SEOUL (Reuters) - Beset by crisis, scandal and a sluggish economy in the first half of her single five-year term, South Korean President Park Geun-hye's approval rating soared in a poll released on Friday after a pact with North Korea brought back the rivals from the brink of conflict.
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Wow, Barcelona really has a problem with tech disruptors. Watch out Airbnb

The Register - Fri, 2015-08-28 05:02
Another pillar of the 'sharing economy' in the city's crosshairs

Fresh from sending the Uber question* to the European Court of Justice, it appears the city of Barcelona is now spoiling for a fight with another tech disruptor – this time lodgings lister Airbnb.…

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Honor 7 – heir apparent to the mid-range Android crown

The Register - Fri, 2015-08-28 04:21
Huawei's nicely honed handset with nowt left out

Review With a starting price of £249, the Honor 7 is a quality phone that offers astonishing value for money: and it could be a genuine game-changer for how people buy phones. Not only is it (comfortably) the standout product in its price range, it also has the kind of features associated with much more expensive models, and a few unique tricks of its own that make it nicer to use.…

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Higher prices dent Putin's sky-high popularity: paper

Reuters: Technology - Fri, 2015-08-28 04:20
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russians' concern about rising prices has eroded President Vladimir Putin's approval ratings but these remain extremely high, the daily Vedomosti reported on Friday.

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