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EMC dives into Iron Mountain's cloudy backup lair

The Register - Thu, 2015-04-23 11:57
Ferrous Hillock offers cloud backup, replication and DR

Backup, replication and DR services are being offered to EMC customers by backup bods Iron Mountain, thanks to it hosting Data Domain and Avamar replication targets in its data centres.…

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Qt Creator 3.4.0 Released

Slashdot - Thu, 2015-04-23 11:40
jones_supa writes: Qt Creator 3.4.0 has been released with many new features. Qt Creator is a C/C++ IDE with specialized tools for developing Qt applications, and it works great for general-purpose projects as well. The new version comes with a C++ refactoring option to move function definitions out of a class declaration, auto-completion for signals and slots in Qt5-style connects, experimental Qt Test and Qt Quick Tests support in the Professional and Enterprise edition, support for 64-bit Android toolchains, and various other improvements. More details on the new version can be found in the official announcement and the changelog.

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Citrix – Sorry, we didn't realise job cuts would knacker results

The Register - Thu, 2015-04-23 11:28
Redundancies and FX volatility cut down profits by 48%

Citrix dropped the ball in Q1 by underestimating the short-term effects of chopping hundreds of staffers as part of a company-wide restructure, and the challenge posed by the swollen dollar.…

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USGS: Oil and Gas Operations Could Trigger Large Earthquakes

Slashdot - Thu, 2015-04-23 11:27
sciencehabit writes: The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has taken its first stab at quantifying the hazard from earthquakes associated with oil and gas development. The assessment, released in a preliminary report today, identifies 17 areas in eight states with elevated seismic hazard. And geologists now say that such induced earthquakes could potentially be large, up to magnitude 7, which is big enough to cause buildings to collapse and widespread damage. Update: 04/23 15:56 GMT by T : New submitter truavatar adds: At the same time, the Oklahoma Geological Survey released a statement explicitly calling out deep wastewater injection wells to Oklahoma earthquakes, stating "The OGS considers it very likely that the majority of recent earthquakes, particularly those in central and north-central Oklahoma, are triggered by the injection of produced water in disposal wells."

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The huge flaw in Moore’s Law? It's NOT a law after all

The Register - Thu, 2015-04-23 11:03
From homemade nitroglycerine to Intel: Meet Gordon Moore

Critics have had half a century to pick apart and predict the end of Moore’s Law, which marked its Big Five Zero birthday this week.…

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New Sampling Device Promises To Make Blood Tests Needle-Free

Slashdot - Thu, 2015-04-23 11:03
Zothecula writes: Though the pain they cause is minor and fleeting, a lot of people still find something pretty unsettling about needles. When it comes to conducting a routine blood test, US-based company Tasso Inc. believes that these unpleasant pricks can be removed from the equation completely. Its ping pong ball-sized HemoLink blood sampler can be operated by the patient at home, and needs only to be placed against the skin of the arm or abdomen for two minutes to do its job.

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Cortex-A9 Sitara EVM gains Android KitKat BSP

Linux Today - Thu, 2015-04-23 11:00

 LinuxGizmos: Adeneo has released an Android KitKat 4.4.4 BSP for the TI Sitara AM437x EVM kit in both a free binary version and a commercial version with source code.

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Traffic App Waze To Alert L.A. Drivers of Kidnappings and Hit-and-Runs

Slashdot - Thu, 2015-04-23 10:46
An anonymous reader writes: Traffic-alert app Waze has announced a partnership with Los Angeles to share information on hit-and-runs and kidnappings taking place across the city, alongside traffic data and road closure updates. The deal forms part of a data-sharing agreement between L.A. authorities and the Google-owned tech startup detailed yesterday by the city's mayor Eric Garcetti. He assured that the data provided to the city by Waze would be "aggregated" and completely anonymous. According to the councillor the collaboration was mutually confirmed on Monday following a "very good meeting" between Waze and LAPD chief officer Charlie Beck. This move signals a considerable turn of events after Beck argued at the end of last year that the traffic alert app posed a danger to police due to its ability to track their location. The complaint followed the shooting of two police officers in New York after the shooter used the app to track his targets.

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New Privacy Concerns About US Program That Can Track Snail Mail

Slashdot - Thu, 2015-04-23 10:05
Lashdots writes: A lawyers' group has called for greater oversight of a government program that gives state and federal law enforcement officials access to metadata from private communications for criminal investigations and national security purposes. But it's not digital: this warrantless surveillance is conducted on regular mail. "The mail cover has been in use, in some form, since the 1800s," Chief Postal Inspector Guy J. Cottrell told Congress in November. The program targets a range of criminal activity including fraud, pornography, and terrorism, but, he said, "today, the most common use of this tool is related to investigations to rid the mail of illegal drugs and illegal drug proceeds." Recent revelations that the U.S. Postal Service photographs the front and back of all mail sent through the U.S., ostensibly for sorting purposes, has, Fast Company reports, brought new scrutiny—and new legal responses—to this obscure program.

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If hypervisor is commodity, why is VMware <i>still</i> on top?

The Register - Thu, 2015-04-23 10:02
Microsoft and open-source rivals lose it in the labs

The hypervisor is a commodity. VMware's ESXi, Microsoft's Hyper-V and the open-source community's Xen and KVM are all right and proper tools for virtualising workloads. Does that mean we should all stampede away from expensive proprietary hypervisors and dine on the open-source freebies? This being IT, the answer is "it depends".…

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10 Best Changes in Ubuntu 15.04, Year???s Biggest Release

Linux Today - Thu, 2015-04-23 10:00

 FOSSbytes: There are a lot of changes incorporated for you in Ubuntu 15.04.

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Infosec bods can now sniff out the NSA's Quantum Insert hacks

The Register - Thu, 2015-04-23 09:23
Sneaky state-sponsored snoopery can be picked up by counting HTTP packets

Security researchers have developed a method for detecting NSA Quantum Insert-style hacks.…

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Wellness App Author Lied About Cancer Diagnosis

Slashdot - Thu, 2015-04-23 09:23
Freshly Exhumed writes: Wellness advocate Belle Gibson, who translated her high profile as a cancer survivor into publishing success, has admitted her cancer diagnosis was not real. Ms Gibson, 23, who claimed to have healed terminal brain cancer by eating wholefoods, made the admission in an interview with the Australian Women's Weekly. The success of Gibson's book, The Whole Pantry, and her smartphone application, which advocates natural therapies, has been largely dependent on her high-profile as a cancer survivor. Sadly, we've seen this sort of behaviour before. It would seem that Belle Gibson has emulated Dr. Andrew Wakefield in knowingly decieving the public in ways that could possibly be dangerous to the health of believers.

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Massive TalkTalk data breach STILL causing customer scam tsunami

The Register - Thu, 2015-04-23 09:01
Fall-out from massive February data theft continues

A fresh wave of scammers appear to be targeting TalkTalk customers, following a massive data theft earlier this year, The Register has learned.…

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Microsoft's Open Source Team Invites You to Celebrate the Release of Debian 8 Jessie

Linux Today - Thu, 2015-04-23 09:00

 softepedia: All those who will attend Debian 8's party will learn about the new features implemented in the acclaimed operating system, as well as how the Microsoft Azure cloud infrastructure can help bring Debian projects to hyperscale.

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EU leaders to pledge rescue for migrants, but no fix for problem

Reuters: Technology - Thu, 2015-04-23 08:56
BRUSSELS/ROME (Reuters) - European Union leaders will effectively reverse a cutback in rescue operations the Mediterranean on Thursday to try to prevent record numbers of people drowning as they try to flee war and poverty in the Middle East and Africa.






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Deutsche Bank fined record $2.5 billion in rate rigging probe

Reuters: Technology - Thu, 2015-04-23 08:49
LONDON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. and British regulators fined Deutsche Bank a hefty $2.5 billion and its key London subsidiary pleaded guilty to benchmark interest rate rigging on Thursday as it became the latest financial group to settle allegations of misconduct.
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POS Vendor Uses Same Short, Numeric Password Non-Stop Since 1990

Slashdot - Thu, 2015-04-23 08:42
mask.of.sanity writes: Fraud fighters David Byrne and Charles Henderson say one of the world's largest Point of Sale systems vendors has been slapping the same default passwords – 166816 – on its kit since 1990. Worse still: about 90 per cent of customers are still using the password. Fraudsters would need physical access to the PoS in question to exploit it by opening a panel using a paperclip. But such physical PoS attacks are not uncommon and are child's play for malicious staff. Criminals won't pause before popping and unlocking. The enraged pair badged the unnamed PoS vendor by its other acronym labelling it 'Piece of S***t.

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NetApp’s Raijin deal was driven by simple value for money

The Register - Thu, 2015-04-23 08:39
Two million dollars worth of kit now delivered

Comment NetApp is supplying Data ONTAP storage for use on an Aussie supercomputer (Raijin), which already uses DDN storage, and we wondered about the whys and wherefores of adding three new hardware platforms and two new operating systems.…

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U.S. jobless claims rise for third straight week

Reuters: Technology - Thu, 2015-04-23 08:34
WASHINGTON, (Reuters) - The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits rose last week for a third straight week, but the underlying trend continued to point to a solidly improving labor market.






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