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Traffic lights, fridges and how they've all got it in for us

Mon, 23/06/2014 - 12:06
Interthreat of things

No doubt many of The Reg’s readers are tired of the term “the Internet of Things”. It is both a nebulous term and a vague idea. What it attempts to encapsulate is the masses of networks of automated machines that didn’t traditionally have connectivity, working to manage the environment around them, supposedly for the benefit of everyone.

Categories: Linux News

32,000 motherboards spit passwords in CLEARTEXT!

Fri, 20/06/2014 - 07:29
Supermicro's cure wasn't much better than the disease

Thousands of Supermicro baseboard management controllers (BMCs) continue to spit administrator passwords in cleartext after a patch described as unsuitable was not applied by admins.

Categories: Linux News

Rackspace gives world the servers Google and Amazon keep secret

Fri, 20/06/2014 - 00:02
New OnMetal service pairs Open Compute Project hardware with CoreOS software for OPEN CLOUD NIRVANA

Troubled hosting company Rackspace has brewed up a life-saving potion based around the secret technologies developed by some of the web's giants.

Categories: Linux News

Rising Red Hat reaps rewards of cloud growth

Thu, 19/06/2014 - 20:58
Q1 results buoyed by customer adoption of emerging tech

Open source software vendor Red Hat once again showed strong growth in the first quarter of its fiscal 2015, with rising revenues driven by strong sales to enterprise customers.

Categories: Linux News

Crooks use Synology NAS boxen to mine Dogecoin, yells Dell

Thu, 19/06/2014 - 08:07
US$620,000 snatched by German hacker 'Folio', we're told

Dell says skilled attackers have made a staggering $620,000 in the Dogecoin crypto-currency by exploiting vulnerable Synology network attached storage (NAS) boxes.

Categories: Linux News

ABANDON CLOUD! Docker Linux containers spring a security leak

Thu, 19/06/2014 - 01:16
Root exploit appears, but 1.0 release is safe

A security exploit has surfaced that can allow rogue programs to break out of Docker containers and access files on their host OS, but the flaw has been sealed in the latest version of the tech.

Categories: Linux News

Facebook reveals open network gear to drive WEDGE between itself and Cisco

Wed, 18/06/2014 - 21:11
New switch spells doom, gloom and, yes, more gloom for trad networking vendors

Facebook's director of technical operations, Najam Ahmad, says his company is only "one per cent" done with changing data center hardware, but we reckon that with the reveal of its new open networking equipment projects, Cisco and other incumbents are hoping it will slow down.

Categories: Linux News

Careful with 'fibre speed record' hype: which record's been broken?

Wed, 18/06/2014 - 08:38
91 Gbps seems fast, but isn't much of a record

Last January, NASA's Energy Science Network (ESNet) ran a test that achieved 91 Gbps end-to-end data transfers.

Categories: Linux News

Unisys cozies closer to Intel, 'sunsets' proprietary processor

Tue, 17/06/2014 - 22:55
Software-defined fabric architectures claim another victim

Unisys is hastening the retirement of its proprietary – and geriatric – mainframe processor, beginning with 12 new ClearPath systems based on Intel Xeon processors.

Categories: Linux News

Amazon looks at Google's cheap SSDs, slashes its own prices

Tue, 17/06/2014 - 19:15
Bezos's great deflationary tech machine whirrs on

Sometimes Amazon's entire purpose as a company seems to be to act as a deflationary force on the economy, and this is especially apparent in its cloud services.

Categories: Linux News

Linode busts up Digital Ocean with price-matching speedy server

Mon, 16/06/2014 - 20:41
Penguin vs Penguin as prices plunge in Linux clouds

The world's ferocious appetite for gadgets and computers has worked its magic again, driving storage prices down enough for Linux hoster Linode to cut the price of its servers, making it competitive with young rival Digital Ocean.

Categories: Linux News

Microsoft C# chief Hejlsberg: Our open-source Apache pick will clear the FUD

Mon, 16/06/2014 - 12:58
Redmond goes for deep-cleanse

“Pushing that button was one of the more impactful clicks of my career,” says Microsoft’s C# lead architect Anders Hejlsberg. The click in question was made on stage at Microsoft’s Build conference in April, and its effect was to publish the .NET Compiler platform, codenamed Roslyn, as open source under the Apache 2.0 licence.

Categories: Linux News

Google discovers it must expose itself to compete with AWS

Thu, 12/06/2014 - 23:35
Cloud competition forces Page & Co. to open brain and give some of it to developers

Google is giving away some of its internal technologies in an attempt to beat Amazon in one area where Bezos may be loathe to compete: transparency.

Categories: Linux News

Alienware says it WILL ship a Steam Machine in 2014 – running Windows

Tue, 10/06/2014 - 22:35
Don't expect a fancy controller, either

High-end gaming PC vendor Alienware says it will still put out a Steam Machine console this year, even if it can't ship it with Valve's vaunted mega-controller – and it won't arrive running SteamOS.

Categories: Linux News

Google, Red Hat, Ubuntu, Parallels bet on virtualization's surprising successor

Tue, 10/06/2014 - 21:03
DockerCon Libcontainer caught in open source Linux Containerization love-in

Docker has spun off a key open source component of its Linux Containerization tech, making it possible for Google, Red Hat, Ubuntu, and Parallels to collaborate on its development and make Linux Containerization the successor to traditional hypervisor-based virtualization.

Categories: Linux News

Redmond patches 66 flaws on Patch Tuesday

Tue, 10/06/2014 - 20:57
June update also brings Flash and Surface firmware fixes

Microsoft has released updates for critical flaws in Word, Office, and Internet Explorer, along with firmware updates for its Surface 2 tablet line.

Categories: Linux News