Databases

Before Computers: Notched Card Databases

It is hard to remember that practical computers haven’t been around for even a century, yet. Modern computers have been around an even shorter period. Yet somehow people computed tables, kept ledgers, and even wrote books without any help from...

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Turecaller Gets Its Own Free Voice Calling Feature

Truecaller is a popular service that’s used by millions of people across the globe to screen calls. It has a massive database of numbers so incoming calls can be filtered through the list to let the user know who’s calling them as well...

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A Plan To Stop Breaches With Dead Simple Database Encryption

Database giant MongoDB has a new encryption scheme that should help slow the scourge of breaches.
Related topics: Computer Security

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Exposed Database Reveals Personal Information Of 1.6 Million Job Seekers - Cnet

Let's hope their current employers aren't reading this.

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Apple Just Hinted That Several Macbook Updates Might Still Arrive This Year

Apple has filed for several new Mac models with the Eurasian Economic Commission database; in the past, these registrations have been a precursor to product announcements only a few months later. As noted by MacRumors, the seven model numbers are...
Related topics: Apple, MacBook

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This Site Makes It Ridiculously Easy To Experiment With Apache Kafka

Apache Kafka is a fascinating product that solves a problem that almost nobody has. If the Internet is a series of tubes (RIP Ted Stevens), Apache Kafka is the pipe that connects high-volume applications with their external components, like...

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Oracle Launches Exadata X8 With Automated Indexing, Performance Improvements

Exadata is part of Oracle's plan to popularize its Autonomous Database and convince enterprises to use the converged infrastructure to consolidate.
Related topics: Oracle

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Mongodb Continues To Win With Atlas

The data that companies need to analyze is changing. Rather than just organizing information into tidy rows and columns for SQL queries, users and developers are now looking for databases to be more adaptable, so that they can access and build upon...

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Have I Been S0ld? Troy Hunt's Security Website Is Up For Acquisition

'Time to grow up,' says geek behind breach database Troy Hunt, inventor and operator of the popular security website Have I Been Pwned (HIBP), is putting the service up for sale.…

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‘this Is A Bombshell’: Facial Recognition Data Collected By Us Customs Agency Hacked

“Even if you 100% trust the US government with your biometric information (which you shouldn’t) this is a reminder that once your face is scanned and stored in a database, it’s easily shared across government agencies, stolen by...
Related topics: Hackers, Computer Security

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Obtained Records Show Ice Is Using Alpr Databases To Reconstruct Targets' Lives

ICE has full-blown access to license plate databases around the nation, as well as its own direct hookup to the largest ALPR database itself -- the one compiled by ALPR manufacturer Vigilant. It places almost no restrictions on searches of these...

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Customs And Border Protection Photo And License Plate Database Hacked

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CPB) disclosed earlier today that hackers have breached a database of travelers photos and license plates, according to the Washington Post. The agency declined to say how many people might have had their...
Related topics: Tech Photos, Hackers, Computer Security

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Firefox Fires Blockers At Trackers, Exim Tackles Command Exec Flaw, And Rdp Pops Up Yet Again

Plus, Citrix catches sueball after employee data hacked Roundup  It wasn't just fake CIA agents, database mega-hacks and Bing flings in the security world last week. Here are a few tidbits beyond what you've read in El Reg.…
Related topics: Firefox, Hackers, CIA, Bing

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What Will The E-verify Program Be Used To Surveil Next?

Authored by David Bier via Cato.org, E-Verify is the federal government’s attempt to create an electronic national identification system. It is capable of checking government databases to verify information—often including a photo—on every...
Related topics: Tech Photos

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Microsoft Pulls Open Facial Recognition Dataset After Financial Times Investigation

Earlier this week, Microsoft removed a database of more than 10 million faces, intended as a test and training dataset for facial recognition algorithms, according to a report by the Financial Times. Known as MS Celeb, the database contained more...
Related topics: Microsoft, Algorithms

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Boffins Stole Our 3d Files – And Gave Them All To Facebook's Ai Eggheads, Claims Lithuanian Biz

Planner5D wants lots of Zuck's bucks as compensation Facebook used a purloined database of 3D objects for its AI projects, according to a Lithuanian company that spent years and millions of dollars compiling the dataset.…
Related topics: Facebook, Social Media

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Who Left A Database Of Emails, Credit Cards, Plain-text Passwords, And More Open To The Web This...

Business IT giant that services Apple, Cisco, and others, exposed 264GB of info IT gear distributor Tech Data is the latest company to expose an insecure database, jam packed with personal and sensitive information, to the public internet for anyone...
Related topics: Credit Cards, Apple, Cisco

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Microsoft Discreetly Wiped Its Massive Facial Recognition Database

Microsoft has been vocal about its desire to properly regulate facial recognition technology. The company's president, Brad Smith, appealed directly to Congress last year to take steps to manage the tech, which he says has "broad societal...
Related topics: Microsoft

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What Will The E-verify Program Be Used To Surveil Next?

E-Verify is the federal government’s attempt to create an electronic national identification system. It is capable of checking government databases to verify information—often including a photo—on every U.S. resident. Right now, the system...
Related topics: Tech Photos

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Jewish Dating App Jcrush Exposed User Data And Private Messages

A security lapse at JCrush, a dating app designed for the Jewish community, left a databases open without a password, exposing sensitive user records and private messages to anyone who knew where to look. The site’s backend database had around...

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