Sultan of Sound, Dr. James Flanagan, Passed Away Aged 89

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Pioneer Looks To Laserdisc Tech For Low-Cost LIDAR




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Ada Lovelace and Her Legacy

C Code. C Code Run. Run, Code, RUN!
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Another Neurodegenerative Disease Linked To a Prion




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For Future Wearable Devices, the Network Could Be You

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New Cellphone Surveillance Safeguards Imposed On Federal Law Enforcement




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NASA To ‘Lasso’ a Comet To Hitchhike Across the Solar System

evilviper writes: Traveling around space can require a lot of fuel, to help fight the fuel bill NASA has a spacecraft concept that would hitch a free ride on one of the many comets and asteroids traveling across our solar system. Comet Hitchhiker, developed at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, would feature a reusable tether system to replace the need for propellant for entering orbit and landing on objects.

The spacecraft would first cast an extendable tether toward the object and attach itself using a harpoon attached to the tether. Next, it would reel out the tether while applying a brake that harvests energy while the spacecraft accelerates. This allows Comet Hitchhiker to accelerate and slowly match the speed of its ride, and keeping that slight tension on the line harvests energy that is stored on-board for later use, reeling itself down to the surface of the comet or asteroid. A comet hitchhiker spacecraft can obtain up to ~10 km/s of delta-V by using a carbon nanotube (CNT) tether, reaching the current orbital distance of Pluto (32.6 AU) in just 5.6 years.

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Equinix edged around Wedge, fell back into proprietary embrace

Global data operator Equinix has sniffed around the white box networking scene, but found traditional suppliers are innovating more quickly and still have an edge.

So says chief technology officer Ihab Tarazi as Chief Technology Officer, who this week told The Reg that the company has considered Facebook’s Wedge switches.

Wedge switches run another Facebook invention, the “FBOSS” Linux distribution dedicated to shuffling packets about.

Facebook’s ambition is to turn vanilla servers into decent switches, in part because it feels networking vendors aren’t entirely forthcoming with granular details about how their devices work.

Equinix’s interest in networking comes from its peering and Cloud Exchange operations. The latter connects multiple clouds, using Equinix bit barns as hubs. Peering is a very handy tool for carriers and content providers, as it helps to get content closer to its consumers.

The bit barn operator therefore shops from the scary end of networking companies’ catalogs, and Tarazi said it prefers Juniper for data-centre-to-data-centre links and Arista for shorter hops.

Both companies, he said, are beating out white box switches.

“Every time we look at Wedge, Juniper or Arista leapfrogs it,” Tarazi said.

Equinix has unusual needs, and Wedge is perhaps designed for a different set of unusual needs. That Facebook’s open alternative isn’t quite cutting at Equinix is not therefore a sign the project is foundering.

It is, however, perhaps a hint that commercial networking vendors remain very attuned to the needs of their larger clients and understand how to keep them satisfied. ®

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Borg bashes destabilising DoS bug in USC kit

Cisco has patched a denial of service vulnerability in its unified computing platform.

The remote file-overwrite vulnerability exist in the Cisco Management Controller and Cisco UCS Director unified infrastructure software.

Borg security bods say there are no workarounds for the vulnerabilities other than to patch.

“Cisco Integrated Management Controller Supervisor and Cisco UCS Director contain a remote file overwrite vulnerability that could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to overwrite arbitrary system files, resulting in system instability or a denial of service condition,” they say in an advisory.

The vulnerabilities exist in JavaServer Pages input thanks to lax sanitisation of specific JSP pages.

Systems running default configurations are affected. Admins should upgrade to version 1.0.0.1 are affected.

Borg boffins rate the flaw a 7.8 severity score. ®

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Amazon slurps Elemental

Amazon Web Services has acquired “software-defined video” player Elemental for an undisclosed sum.

According to Elemental’s announcement, the transaction is expected to complete in Q4 of 2015.

The Information reckons Amazon will fork over US$500 million in cash for the acquisition.

Elemental’s specialty is on-the-fly video formatting – for example, to take content intended for TV broadcast and give it a profile suitable for streaming to PCs, tablets, or smartphones.

Getting Elemental into the AWS Cloud will give Amazon a platform it can sell to media and entertainment companies, meaning they don’t have to set up their own public or private clouds for content formatting.

Not that AWS is going to scare away potential customers by only offering services on its own cloud: Elemental’s statement says the two will collaborate to create “solutions for customers leveraging on-premises assets, hybrid architectures, and cloud.”

Elemental claims more than 700 media customers, and supported 4K Ultra HD delivery for the BBC’s 2014 World Cup coverage.

The nine-year old company will retain its existing branding and Portland, Oregon headquarters. ®

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