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A ramble through some solutions for the Anthropocene

The Unnatural Worldrsquo;s look at human planet management is messy, but so are we.

New IoT Botnet Discovered, 120K IP Cameras At Risk of Attack

The Persirai IoT botnet, which targets IP cameras, arrives hot on the heels of Mirai and highlights the growing threat of IoT botnets.

Yes, Windows patches are a mess, but you should still install...

With a zero-day Word exploit nipping at our heels, it’s time to work around the recent crop of bugs and get your Windows systems patched.  Windows and Office patches have presented many challenges the past few months.

February Patch Tuesday was dropped, then Microsoft came back with an obviously forgotten Flash patch. March had a big batch of bugs.

And April has had more than its fair share of bugs, too, including one that dismantles Windows Update on certain AMD Carrizo computers.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Ansible’s rise is fueling Red Hat’s reinvention

Ask a Red Hat salesperson what is her favorite product to sell, and she’ll probably tell you OpenShift.

Close on its heels, however, is Ansible, the open source automation platform Red Hat acquired in late 2015.

Ansible has been on a tear of late, quickly rising to become the hottest devops tool in the market.The question is why.

A bigger question, however, is what it means for Red Hat.

For a company that thrives deep in the bowels of enterprise infrastructure, Ansible (and OpenShift) represent a march toward a simpler way to deliver IT.[ The cloud storage security gap—and how to close it. | The InfoWorld Deep Dive: How to make document sharing really work in Office 365. ]Popular with the geeks The reason Ansible is so popular within Red Hat’s field is that it’s wildly popular with enterprise IT. How popular? Well, Ansible already finds its way into a third of all Red Hat deals, as Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst indicated on the company’s most recent earnings call.

That is staggering when you consider that Red Hat didn’t acquire Ansible until late 2015, and Ansible didn’t even exist as a project until 2012 or as a company until 2013.

For Ansible to be contributing in a significant way to Red Hat’s $2 billion-plus in annual revenue is a major accomplishment.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Twitter sues the US government for demanding it unmask an ‘alt’...

Twitter is suing the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and alleging the government is misusing an investigative tool as part of an internal witch-hunt to uncover who is behind a Twitter account critical of the immigration service.The lawsuit, filed on Thursday in California, comes on the heels of a report that visitors to the U.S. could soon be routinely asked to hand over email and social media account passwords to the immigration service.[ Have a tech story to share? If we publish it, we’ll send you a $50 American Express gift card — and keep you anonymous. Send it to offtherecord@infoworld.com. | We've all been there: 7 hardware horror stories from the help desk. | Follow Off the Record on Twitter and subscribe to the newsletter. ]In its lawsuit, Twitter says that U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection have demanded it hand over information regarding the @alt_uscis Twitter account.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Free for all: CoreOS joins Docker in donating container core

Hot on the heels of Docker’s container runtime becoming a Cloud Native Computing Foundation project, CoreOS has also donated its container runtime to the CNCF.Rkt, aka Rocket, was conceived as the container runtime for CoreOS and its Linux distribution.
It was built to stand apart from Docker with better security and a stronger focus, while maintaining cross-compatibility with Docker images.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Need booze or bandages immediately? Alexa can get it for you...

When you're in desperate need but can't be bothered to leave the house.

On the heels of Zika comes its deadlier relative, yellow fever,...

Outbreaks in Brazil are raging close to urban areas that could spark another big issue.

AMD Naples server processor: more cores, bandwidth, memory than Intel

Two-socket server chip coming in second quarter.

CloudPets’ woes worsen: teddy bears’ microphones pwned

Warnings about leaky Bluetooth Web API proven all-too-accurate Hard on the heels of its data leak, connected teddy bear outfit CloudPets is under scrutiny, this time for not securing its toys against remote exploitation via the Bluetooth Web API.…

Google will add Assistant to non-Pixel smartphones this week

Google Assistant might be the future of voice-controlled intelligence on our Google devices, but Google hasn’t made it easy to get it.

There are versions of it on Google Home, the new LG watches, and in Allo chats, but if you wanted the full mobile Assistant experience, you had to commit to buying one of Google’s Pixel phones.That’s all about to change with a coming Play Services update. Right on the heels of LG’s declaration that the G6 would be the first third-party smartphone to feature Assistant, Google announced that it would be bringing its voice-activated concierge to all phones running Android Nougat and Marshmallow.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Tesla posts a Q4 loss but the company’s revenue grows amid...

Tesla plans 3 more Gigafactories, will have service, manufacturing expenses.