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In the West, we’re worried about shooting down drones. In Russia, drones shoot you

Video Russian engineers have turned a humble drone into a formidable terrifying cataclysmic weapons platform, by, well, strapping a gun to it. The flying gizmo was designed by Russian students in 2016, and completed this year, according to military blog C4ISRNET. Russia’s Federal Service for Intellectual Property later granted the patent to Almaz-Antey, a state-owned arms company. The full design has a wingspan of almost ten feet, weighs around…

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Apple redesigns wireless AirPower charger to be world’s smallest, thinnest, lightest, cheapest, invisible… OK, it doesn’t exist anymore

Apple’s latest foray into wireless charging has ended with the cancellation of the AirPower, the white disc that was supposed to be able to power multiple iThings simultaneously. Two years ago, Apple acquired a New Zealand-based startup called PowerbyProxi as it prepared to develop the AirPower for its various devices. On Friday, the fruit-themed kit-code-cloud biz called it quits, abandoning the project entirely before it could ship. “After much…

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Ignore the noise about a scary hidden backdoor in Intel processors: It’s a fascinating debug port

Researchers at the Black Hat Asia conference this week disclosed a previously unknown way to tap into the inner workings of Intel’s chip hardware. The duo of Mark Ermolov and Maxim Goryachy from Positive Technologies explained how a secret Chipzilla system known as Visualization of Internal Signals Architecture (VISA) allows folks to peek inside the hidden workings and mechanisms of their CPU chipsets – capturing the traffic of individual…

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Citrix mysteriously quiet amid whisperings of senior layoffs: Executives, teams logged out, it is claimed

Virtualization and networking biz Citrix has been quietly cutting jobs in California, North Carolina, and Florida, in the US, The Register has been told, but the company refuses to comment on the claims. We heard earlier this week that Manoj Raisinghani, the VP of product marketing for networking, analytics and security at Citrix has been let go, along with two others who reported to him in Santa Clara, Calif….

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Brit founder of Windows leaks website BuildFeed, infosec bod spared jail over Microsoft hack

The Brit who ran the BuildFeed website of Windows leaks has been handed a suspended prison sentence – along with a former Malwarebytes bod who hacked into Microsoft’s internal OS development networks. Thomas Hounsell, 26, of Station Road, Sleaford, Lincolnshire, and former Malwarebytes researcher Zammis Clark, 24, of Agar Crescent, Bracknell, Berkshire, were convicted of computer misuse offences yesterday. As reported by The Verge, Clark “gained access to a…

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US biz could be allowed to fire up their own data centres beyond the Great Firewall of China

Chinese government could open the local data centre and cloud market to US firms as part of a deal aimed at ending the ongoing trade tariff war between the two countries. The olive branch was revealed at talks between Premier Li Keqiang and representatives of major western business including IBM, Pfizer and BMW, according to the Wall Street Journal. At the moment, western companies can only gain access to…

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Cop watchers to probe UK police sharing data on witnesses’ migration status with Home Office

UK cops’ sharing of data with the Home Office will be probed by oversight bodies following a super-complaint from civil rights groups, it was confirmed today. At the heart of the issue is the way that victims’ and witnesses’ data collected by the police are shared with central government immigration teams. Liberty and Southall Black Sisters last year lodged a super-complaint against the “systemic and potentially unlawful” practices, which…

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How’d your servers get that baby-smooth look? Dutch and Brit cool kids dunk Supermicro systems in mineral oil

It’s not Irn-Bru, but you can’t have everything Asperitas immersion cooling system Dutch liquid cooling specialist Asperitas and British systems integrator Boston have linked arms on a range of server systems based on “immersion cooling” – with the hardware submerged in giant tubs of mineral oil, a dielectric compound very similar to Vaseline or baby oil. Four fully contained standalone systems were presented at CloudFest in Rust, Germany, this…

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Judge puts the $5bn question to HPE: Who else apart from Lynch and Hussain were in on this alleged fraud?

Autonomy Trial If Autonomy’s accounts were fraudulent, an awful lot of people must have been part of the scam, its former CFO Sushovan Hussain’s barrister told the High Court in London yesterday. Sushovan Hussain is being sued in England by HP for $5bn along with the CEO of Autonomy at the time Meg Whitman’s firm acquired it in 2011, Mike Lynch. Both deny any wrongdoing. Paul Casey, Hussain’s counsel,…

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Webinar: Tune in next month to find out how to turn the tables on your data – using analytics

Sponsored webcast The volume of data many organisations have to deal with today is becoming so vast that they can barely make sense of it. The obvious answer is to turn to analytics in the hope of obtaining clear, secure insights into what would otherwise be an unmanageable thicket, although it’s not so simple. The standard approach to analytics still tends to be piecemeal, uneconomical, and inflexible. Tune in…

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