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  • jkabtech 8:17 pm on November 30, 2017 Permalink |
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    Aussie researchers find easy way to steal sensitive data via USB 

    Be careful what you plug into your computer.

    Australian researchers are warning that USB interfaces can be easily used to silently capture sensitive user data such as keystrokes from computers by monitoring electric crosstalk leakage.

    Yang Su, Yuval Yarom, and Damith Ranasinghe from the University of Adelaide, together with Daniel Genkin from the University of Pennsylvania, tested 50 different computers and external USB hubs and found that nine out of ten devices were vulnerable to the crosstalk issue

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  • jkabtech 12:17 pm on November 30, 2017 Permalink |
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    AFP is sharing a lot more telco data with other countries 

    AGD publishes first report on data retention scheme.

    The amount of telecommunications metadata the Australian Federal Police shared with 21 countries skyrocketed over 2015-16.

    The Attorney-General’s Department today published its annual report

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  • jkabtech 4:17 am on November 30, 2017 Permalink |
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    Maersk’s NotPetya losses could hit $378 million 

    Three businesses hard hit by attack.

    Danish shipping giant AP Moller-Maersk will book losses in the hundreds of millions of dollars after three of its businesses fell victim to the NotPetya destructive malware attack in June this year.

    In its interim report

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  • jkabtech 8:17 pm on November 29, 2017 Permalink |
    Tags: consultant, insider, trading,   

    IT consultant on trial for insider trading at bank 

    Allegedly netted millions for two years.

    A technology project consultant working for a New York City bank is on trial for allegedly passing on confidential information to friends, who used it to earn millions from insider trading activities.

    The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) alleges

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  • jkabtech 12:17 pm on November 29, 2017 Permalink |
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    NBN Co cuts energy used by aggregation, FTTN nodes 

    Early results from power reduction drive.

    NBN Co has raised the ambient temperature inside its aggregation nodes and found a way to automatically switch off unused line cards in node cabinets under a broader push to reduce energy costs across the network.

    The facilities engineering efforts were briefly revealed in the network builder’s latest annual report, but iTnews can now offer more detail on several of the key projects.

    One of the initiatives saw the company adopt a “higher temperature point in our aggregation node sites to reduce our energy consumption”.

    The aggregation nodes are NBN Co’s TANDs (Ten Access Nodes/Depots). The TANDs provide “core networking and data management capabilities” and can be found in five capital cities.

    The operating temperature of the TAND aggregation nodes has been increased from 18 to 21 degrees Celsius.

    “We have done this by improving airflow management using hot/cold aisle air containment measures, including the installation of doors at the end of aisles, to more effectively and efficiently manage equipment cooling,” an NBN Co spokesperson told iTnews.

    The operators of data centres and similar facilities have generally relaxed traditionally stringent rules on how hot they allow their facilities to operate.

    The limit has traditionally been imposed by the equipment makers themselves; operating gear outside the vendor’s recommended temperature range would void the warranty.

    NBN Co’s annual report showed the company is also looking deeper into its network to cut energy consumption.

    The annual report suggested NBN Co is “building capability to turn off idle equipment” within its fibre-to-the-node DSLAMs and optical line terminals (OLTs).

    It is understood the capability will allow NBN Co to automatically identify and power off idle line cards across its network until they are needed for production use.

    Currently when a new street node is provisioned, all line cards within the node are active and powered on.

    However, they may not be utilised fully until end user demand for services connected to that node increases.

    In addition, some line cards are designated “spares” that can be hot-swapped if another line card fails.

    NBN Co is targeting “considerable” energy savings from powering down line cards across the network, though it did not elaborate on its targets.

    Elsewhere, NBN Co said it was “incorporating energy efficient requirements into equipment
    Sourcing” for its forthcoming fibre-to-the-curb (FTTC) network.

    It also said it was “sourcing more energy efficient video wall screens” for the company’s National Operations Centre (NOC).

    NBN Co said that some of the actions were overseen by an ‘energy and carbon
    leadership committee’ that had been set up to help “develop an energy efficient and low
    energy cost NBN”.

    Correction, 5/10, 10.29am: The article incorrectly defined the aggregation nodes as the hosts of NBN Co’s 121 points of interconnect. The aggregation nodes are in fact TANDs (Ten Access Nodes/Depots) rather than PoIs.

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  • jkabtech 4:17 am on November 29, 2017 Permalink |
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    Nokia cuts jobs as VR camera development stalls 

    Halts work on $58,000 virtual reality camera. Nokia plans to reduce up to 310 jobs from its Nokia Technologies unit and halt development of its “OZO” virtual reality camera and hardware, the Finnish company said on Tuesday.The unit has about 1,090 employees and the potential cuts are expected to affect staff in …

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  • jkabtech 8:17 pm on November 28, 2017 Permalink |
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    Cisco buys BroadSoft for $2.2bn 

    In software push.

    Cisco Systems will buy software company BroadSoft for US$1.7 billion (A$2.2 billion) in a deal that boosts Cisco’s collaboration tools and helps the company diversify its offerings away from switching and routing.

    Shares in BroadSoft, which specialises in software used by major cable and telecommunications networks, rose 1.35 percent after Cisco offered US$55 per share for the company, giving shareholders a premium of 2 percent to last Friday’s closing share price.

    The offer price is more than 25 percent higher than where BroadSoft shares were trading before August reports that the company was exploring a potential sale.

    The purchase gives Cisco a stronger foothold in selling products to big telecom firms which can then provide integrated mobile, video, voice and other forms of electronic communications to their small and medium-size business customers.

    Rob Salvagno, Cisco’s vice president of corporate development, said BroadSoft’s cloud-based products will improve Cisco’s collaboration portfolio. Cisco’s current products in that unit such as WebEx are based on premise.

    Cisco shares also rose about 1 percent.

    “This is a smart acquisition that gives Cisco more firepower to sell into its massive installed base over the coming years,” said Daniel Ives, chief strategy officer at research firm GBH Insights.

    The deal, valued at US$1.9 billion including debt, is expected to close during the first quarter of 2018, the companies said in a statement.

    After the deal, BroadSoft employees will join Cisco’s unified communications technology group.

    Cisco, like other large technology companies, has been focusing on high-growth areas such as security, the internet of things and cloud computing.

    BroadSoft provides software and services that enable mobile, fixed-line and cable service providers to offer unified communications over their IP networks.

    BroadSoft has historically sold its products to large telecommunications companies such as Verizon Communications and AT&T, which then resell the software to their business customers. Cisco and BroadSoft share a lot of customers, Salvagno added.

    The BroadSoft deal is Cisco’s second major acquisition this year following a US$3.7 billion deal for privately held AppDynamics in March.

    “With BroadSoft, Cisco will be able to cover a wider swath of the market,” Drexel Hamilton analyst Brian White said.

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  • jkabtech 12:17 pm on November 28, 2017 Permalink |
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    ASIC skills up on data exfiltration via wi-fi 

    ‘Emerging’ vector for market crime.

    The Australian Securities and Investments Commission is investing in its capability to investigate “technology-related crime” such as unauthorised use of wi-fi to access or exfiltrate data.

    Outgoing ASIC chairman Greg Medcraft today said market crimes perpetrated with the aid of technology were an “emerging risk” and area of enforcement that the commission was looking at.

    “An emerging risk is technology-related crime where people will hack into a wireless network at a law firm to gain inside information and then potentially offer that for sale on the darknet,” Medcraft said.

    “This area of market crime is probably one that we really need to be on to going forward.

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  • jkabtech 4:17 am on November 28, 2017 Permalink |
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    AirTrunk opens $200m Sydney data centre 

    Linked gallery: Behind the scenes at AirTrunk’s Sydney data centre “Mammoth” facility built in just 10 months.

    Startup data centre provider AirTrunk has launched its “mammoth” 64,000 square metre Sydney facility after spending more than $200 million and 10 months on the first phase of the construction.

    The first phase boasts 20MW of capacity and AirTrunk today announced it was breaking ground on a second phase, which will add 10MW when it launches in mid-2018.

    AirTrunk claims to be Australia’s largest carrier-neutral data centre. By contrast, NextDC’s S1 facility is 12MW and Digital Realty’s Erskine Park facility is 6MW.

    The massive Sydney facility took 460,000 hours of work over 44 weeks, using 1350 tonnes of steel, 9000 cubic metres of concrete and 50km of cable.

    The site’s master plan includes scope for more than 80MW of IT load and 30 modular data halls across four construction phases, and will employ 180 staff at its completion.

    AirTrunk is also launching a site in Melbourne with a maximum capacity of 50MW, and is already eyeing expansion into Asia.

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  • jkabtech 8:17 pm on November 27, 2017 Permalink |
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    Behind the scenes at AirTrunk’s Sydney data centre 

    Startup data centre provider AirTrunk launched its new Sydney facility on Wednesday 20 September (read the full story here).

    The 64,000 square metre facility in the Sydney suburb of Huntingwood cost more than $200 million to construct and took 44 weeks to build.

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  • jkabtech 12:17 pm on November 27, 2017 Permalink |
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    Lack of ISP readiness halts DNS secure key change 

    No new date for key rollover.

    An update to the digital security key for the domain name system (DNS) has been postponed due to a lack of readiness from some network operators.

    The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) had originally scheduled the key rollover for the top-level DNS on October 11 this year, extensively communicated the change, and provided a testing platform for operators as well.

    ICANN said the update was an important step in keeping the global DNS safe and secure, but at the same time warned operators that they had to be ready for the change, or their users would be unable to look up domain names and reach large parts of the internet as a result.

    Despite the publicity around the issue, ICANN now says new data shows internet providers and network operators are not yet ready for the change.

    Rather than go ahead and risk internet breakage for 750 million people – or a quarter of all internet users that use DNS security extensions that depend on the functioning credentials – ICANN decided to postpone the key rollover.

    “We would rather proceed cautiously and reasonably, than continue with the roll on the announced date of 11 October,” ICANN chief executive Göran Marby said.

    “It would be irresponsible to proceed with the rollover after we have identified these new issues that could adversely affect a significant number of end users.”

    The issues identified by ICANN include providers not configuring their resolver software properly, and a bug in an unnamed but widely-used program not updating the key automatically as expected as per RFC 5011.

    If the validating resolver in question has an incorrect implantation of RFC 5011, or if its automated trust anchor update protocol is incorrectly configured, then updates during the key rollover might not work properly.

    Should that happen, domain name resolution will fail after the key rollover.

    ICANN hopes providers will sort out the issues and hopes to reschedule the key rollover to take place in the first quarter of next year, but the organisation has not set a specific date yet.

    The current key for the DNS remains secure and can be used until the new one can be deployed, ICANN said.

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  • jkabtech 4:17 am on November 27, 2017 Permalink |
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    Vodafone to upgrade cell sites with massive MIMO 

    Credit: Vodafone Australia. Following field trials in Sydney.

    Vodafone is set to begin upgrading selected cell sites at the end of next year with new antennas capable of a minimum three-fold increase in site capacity.

    The telco began a three-day field trial on Wednesday of massive multiple input multiple output (massive MIMO) technology made by Huawei at a cell site near Cronulla in Sydney’s south.

    Massive MIMO is considered a 5G foundation technology. It uses large numbers of small antennas grouped together.

    It is often combined with another technology called beamforming, which allows radio signals to be better directed towards users in the coverage area of that cell.

    Vodafone’s field trial is using a custom antenna system with “32 small internal radio frequency transceivers” and beamforming enabled. However, it is servicing only eight devices/users.

    The telco is running the trial using 20MHz of its 1800MHz spectrum, which is currently used for 4G.

    With that field trial configuration, Vodafone said cell site throughput had reached 656Mbps on the first day, increasing to 717Mbps.

    “When you look at a 20MHz carrier in a traditional antenna system, typically that’s 150Mbps of capacity that is shared across multiple users within an area,” Vodafone’s general manager of technology strategy, Easwaren Siva, told iTnews.

    “What you’re seeing here in this demo is a 4x increase in capacity of that same

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  • jkabtech 8:17 pm on November 26, 2017 Permalink |
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    Many junior scientists need to take a hard look at their job prospects 

    Permanent jobs in academia are scarce, and someone needs to let PhD students know.

    25 October 2017Article toolsPDFRights & Permissions

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  • jkabtech 12:17 pm on November 26, 2017 Permalink |
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    Sway 1.0 is not going to support the Nvidia proprietary driver 

    Drew DeVault’s Blog Nvidia sucks and I’m sick of it Published 2017-10-26 on Drew DeVault’s blog — Permalink

    There’s something I need to make clear about Nvidia. Sway 1.0, which is therelease after next, is not going to support the Nvidia proprietary driver,EGLStreams, or any other proprietary graphics APIs. The only supported driverfor Nvidia cards will be the open source nouveau driver. I will explain why.

    Today, Sway is able to run on the Nvidia proprietary driver. This is not and hasnever been an officially supported feature – we’ve added a few things to try andmake it easier but my stance has always been that Nvidia users are on theirown for support. In fact, Nvidia support was added to Sway without my approval.It comes from a library we depend on called wlc – had I’d made the decision onwhether or not to support EGLStreams in wlc, I would have said no.

    Right now, we’re working very hard on replacing wlc, for reasons unrelated toNvidia. Our new library, wlroots, is better in every conceivable way for Sway’sneeds. The Nvidia proprietary driver support is not coming along for the ride,and here’s why.

    So far, I’ve been speaking in terms of Sway supporting Nvidia, but this isan ass-backwards way of thinking. Nvidia needs to support Sway. There areLinux kernel APIs that we (and other Wayland compositors) use to get the jobdone. Among these are KMS, DRM, and GBM – respectively Kernel Mode Setting,Direct Rendering Manager, and Generic Buffer Management. Every GPU vendorbut Nvidia supports these APIs. Intel and AMD support them with mainlined1,open source drivers. For AMD this was notably done by replacing theirproprietary driver with a new, open source one, which has been developed incooperation with the Linux community. As for Intel, they’ve always been friendlyto Linux.

    Nvidia, on the other hand, have been fucking assholes and have treated Linuxlike utter shit for our entire relationship. About a year ago they announced

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  • jkabtech 4:17 am on November 26, 2017 Permalink |
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    Amazon.com Announces Third Quarter Sales Up 34% to $43.7B 

    Amazon – Press Room – Press ReleasePress ReleasesInvestor RelationsCareersBlogReturn to Amazon.comTransformationsOpportunitiesEconomic ImpactIn the CommunityOur InnovationsWorking at AmazonSustainabilityPress ReleasesInvestor RelationsCareersBlogReturn to Amazon.comTransformationsOpportunitiesEconomic ImpactIn the CommunityOur InnovationsWorking at AmazonSustainabilityAbout AmazonPress RoomPress ReleasePress Release<< BackAmazon.com Announces Third Quarter Sales up 34% to $43.7 Billion

    SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct. 26, 2017– Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced financial results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2017.

    Operating cash flow increased 14% to $17.1 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $15.0 billion for the trailing twelve months ended September 30, 2016. Free cash flow decreased to $8.1 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $9.0 billion for the trailing twelve months ended September 30, 2016. Free cash flow less lease principal repayments decreased to $3.5 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $5.3 billion for the trailing twelve months ended September 30, 2016. Free cash flow less finance lease principal repayments and assets acquired under capital leases decreased to an outflow of $1.0 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with an inflow of $3.8 billion for the trailing twelve months ended September 30, 2016.

    Common shares outstanding plus shares underlying stock-based awards totaled 503 million on September 30, 2017, compared with 496 million one year ago.

    Net sales increased 34% to $43.7 billion in the third quarter, compared with $32.7 billion in third quarter 2016. Net sales includes $1.3 billion from Whole Foods Market, which Amazon acquired on August 28, 2017. Excluding Whole Foods Market and the $124 million favorable impact from year-over-year changes in foreign exchange rates throughout the quarter, net sales increased 29% compared with third quarter 2016.

    Operating income decreased 40% to $347 million in the third quarter, compared with operating income of $575 million in third quarter 2016. Operating income includes income of $21 million from Whole Foods Market.

    Net income was $256 million in the third quarter, or $0.52 per diluted share, compared with net income of $252 million, or $0.52 per diluted share, in third quarter 2016.

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  • jkabtech 8:17 pm on November 25, 2017 Permalink |
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    Massachusetts is considering leaving the Eastern Time Zone 

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  • jkabtech 12:17 pm on November 25, 2017 Permalink |
    Tags: Breaking, , , Rents, Rising, Tenants   

    Rising Rents Are Pushing More Tenants Past the Breaking Point 

    “,”url”:”https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-26/rising-rents-are-pushing-more-tenants-past-the-breaking-point&#8221;,”twitterText”:”Rising rents in the U.S. are pushing more tenants past the breaking point”,”twitterHandle”:”markets”

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  • jkabtech 4:17 am on November 25, 2017 Permalink |
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    First possible interstellar object detected in our solar system 

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  • jkabtech 8:17 pm on November 24, 2017 Permalink |
    Tags: Framework, Graphcool,   

    Introducing the Graphcool Framework 

    Including GraphQL Database, Permission System, real-time Subscriptions and Cloud Native runtimeWe couldn’t be more excited to introduce the Graphcool Framework, the next big step forward in the evolution of Graphcool (and it’s now open-source).

    Based on our learnings from building and operating the Graphcool Backend-as-a-Service platform for almost two years, the Graphcool Framework is the fastest way to build and deploy production-ready GraphQL backends.

    5 minute demo of the Graphcool FrameworkA complete GraphQL FrameworkThe Graphcool Framework is a comprehensive collection of building blocks covering the entire spectrum of developing modern, data-centric GraphQL APIs including:

    GraphQL database: A GraphQL database that allows you to query, mutate & stream data via the GraphQL CRUD API. It also contains a powerful database migration tool that lets you define and evolve your data model using GraphQL SDL.Powerful permission system: Protects your GraphQL API with a powerful permission system based on rules you define in terms of simple GraphQL permission queries.GraphQL subscription API: With the Graphcool Framework, realtime functionality (based on GraphQL subscriptions) comes for free. Your mutations automatically publish subscription events to the event gateway which forwards updates to all subscribed clients.A server(less) architecture designed for today’s cloudTo be able to deliver all of these features without restricting your choice of programming language and developer workflow, we had to rethink what a web development framework actually is. Instead of being a framework that you can extend with code written in the same language (like Ruby on Rails, Express.js or Laravel), the Graphcool Framework is a set of infrastructure components that solve all the hard problems of building a GraphQL API.

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  • jkabtech 12:17 pm on November 24, 2017 Permalink |
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    Anaconda 5.0 Released 

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