Researchers from Risk Based Security have Shodanned up a Cabcharge database that was running without security.The taxi fee monopoly has lurched into damage control, telling the Sydney Morning Herald it's contacting the 3,400 Cabcharge Fastcard holders whose details were left lying around in public.RBS's post says the database exposed sensitive information of both customers and drivers.While only the last four digits of credit cards were held, the customer's name, pickup, and dropoff locations and times were all in the database.Driver information included name, ABN, taxi ID, terminal ID, and trip logs.The company sent a statement over to the SMH to the effect that the old information didn't put customer payment information at risk, and claiming that the information hadn't been misused.
The crazy future of transport: in pictures View GalleryFor a jet or rocket to be classified as hypersonic, it must travel at five times the speed of sound, or Mach 5."You could fly long distances over the Earth very, very quickly.The Antipode would travel at 24 times the speed of soundThe team plans to run 10 trials on the rocket, which has a supersonic combustion engine that uses oxygen for fuel, making it lighter than traditional rockets.Boeing and the German space agency are also working on the project with the US and Australian militaries.Earlier this year a concept design for the Antipode, which could travel from London to New York in just 11 minutes at 12,427 miles per hour, was released.The X-15, operated by the United States Air Force and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration secured the official world record for the highest speed ever reached by a manned, powered aircraft.
The next generation of air travel just got a step closer, with the successful completion of a rocket test in the Australian desert that could one day lead to flights from London to Sydney taking as little as two hours.The test is part of a series of ten, run by a team comprised of US and Australian military scientists.At the Woomera Testing Range, they were able to send an experimental scramjet attached to a rocket booster to an altitude of 278 kilometres with a top speed of Mach 7.5 - more than seven times the speed of sound.That's far faster than the 'supersonic' Concorde aircraft ever achieved, and passes the threshold for 'hypersonic travel' instead - defined as travel at more than five times the speed of sound."The practical application of that is you could fly long distances over the Earth very, very quickly but also that it's very useful as an alternative to a rocket for putting satellites into space.""It is a game-changing technology... and could revolutionise global air travel, providing cost-effective access to space," Australia's chief scientist Alex Zelinsky said in a statement.
Google IO 2016 kicks off with a keynote on 18 MayGoogle IO, the company's annual developer conference that gives an insight into what's coming over the next 12 months, kicks off on Wednesday 18 May 2016 .As always, the event begins with a keynote presentation that could reveal all manner of new products, software and technology that Google and its parent company Alphabet have been working on.Chief executive Sundar Pichai and his team are expected to show off updates for Android, Chrome and maybe even some of the company's 'Moonshot' ideas, such as autonomous cars and Google Glass 2.Yes, Google will live stream a video feed from the keynote on YouTube.IO is often a long presentation, somewhere between two and three-and-a-half hours, so you'll want to plan your drinks, snacks and toilet breaks carefully for the rest of the day.IO 2016 is to start at 10am local time, which we have translated into various time zones below:Honolulu: 7am HSTSan Francisco: 10am PDTChicago: noon CDTNew York 1pm EDTLondon: 6pmParis: 7pmAmsterdam: 7pmMoscow: 8pmMumbai: 10.30pmBeijing: 1am Thursday Seoul: 2am Thursday Sydney: 3am Thursday
It currently takes almost an entire day to fly from London to Sydney – and more than that if you count transfers and airport wait times.But that flight length could be cut dramatically to just two hours, after a successful rocket test took the world a tantalising step closer to hypersonic commercial travel today."It is a game-changing technology... and could revolutionise global air travel, providing cost-effective access to space," scientist Alex Zelinsky said in a statement.A series of 10 trials in total will be carried out, with some taking place at Norway's Andoya rocket range in addition to the Australian test centre.The next flight test, scheduled for 2017, will involve a scramjet, a supersonic combustion engine, using oxygen from the atmosphere as a fuel source, making it lighter than those that require fossil fuels.As well as potentially transporting goods and passengers over the Earth, a scramjet could be used to launch satellites, too.
Sydney security tester Jamieson O'Reilly has reported a since-patched vulnerability in popular video platform Vidyo, used by the likes of the US Army, NASA, and CERN, that could see videos leaked and systems compromised.O'Reilly, director of intelligence for consultancy Content Protection, says he picked up the bug during a client test and reported it to the New Jersey video company which has since issued a patch.The company says some 3000 Fortune 100 SMB customers and 39 of the top 100 healthcare networks in the US use the product, together clocking more than 50 million minutes in talk time."I ended up finding an arbitrary file disclosure vulnerability," O'Reilly told The Register."There are a lot of publicly accessible Vidyo endpoints that are probably vulnerable that you can identify using Google."O'Reilly says the patch version 184.108.40.206 has been released to close the hole.
The future of long-distance travel is looking more exciting than ever -- forget Amtrak, we'll have a Hyperloop.The effort, a collaboration between U.S. and Australian military research teams, involves hypersonic technology able to take planes from Sydney to London in a mere two hours.According to the AFP, the Hypersonic International Flight Research Experimentation team sent an experimental rocket to an altitude of 278 kilometers during a trial yesterday, hitting speeds of Mach 7.5.The team s goal has been creating an engine able to fly at Mach 7, eventually leading to the development of a commercial plane that could take travelers very long distances in relatively tiny amounts of time.The research team will be conducting a total of 10 trial runs in South Australia at Woomera, and at Andoya Rocket Range in Norway.As such, the contraption is lighter and faster than typical rockets that have to transport a bunch of fuel.
Cloud-based platforms are making it easier for firms to find the people they need from a global talent pool, and for freelancers to advertise their skills.She picks up around four to 10 jobs a month via 90 Seconds, a cloud-based video production platform with a network of over 5,000 freelancers in 70 countries."With millions of experts from all around the world, people can get help with their business within minutes of posting a project," says Matt Barrie, chief executive of Sydney-based Freelancer.com, whose clients include Nasa.Freelancer.com also offers a Local Jobs service which it describes as "Uber for local jobs", allowing companies to find freelancers within a 30-mile 50km radius, and not just for the typical online work involved in the gig economy, but for location-based tasks, such as deliveries."You need to be thoughtful as to where and how you share high-risk data."Growing marketSuch concerns aside, the gig economy is clearly booming and set for rapid growth.
The livestock on these far-flung farms are monitored infrequently – sometimes only once or twice a year – meaning they often fall ill or get into trouble without anyone knowing.A two-year trial, which starts next month, will train a farmbot to herd livestock, keep an eye on their health, and check they have enough pasture to graze on.Sick and injured animals will be identified using thermal and vision sensors that detect changes in body temperature and walking gait, says Salah Sukkarieh of the University of Sydney, who will carry out the trial on several farms in central New South Wales.The robot, which has not yet been named, is a more sophisticated version of an earlier model, Shrimp, which was designed to herd groups of 20 to 150 dairy cows.Australian Centre for Field RoboticsLadybird: war on weedsDuring the trial, Sukkarieh and his colleagues will fine-tune the robot s software to make it adept at spotting ailing livestock, and to ensure that it can safely navigate around trees and over mud, swamps and hills.Every advance in robot technology stirs up fears about human redundancy, says Sukkarieh, but farm labouring vacancies are increasingly difficult to fill and can be replaced by jobs in robot maintenance.
Apple is to the tech world what Disney is to the world of entertainment media.A "must-have" for Apple's cult-like fanboys and fangirls stretching from Los Angeles to New York.London to Sydney.The long lines have become as ubiquitous a sight at Apple stores during product launches as the once-bitten Newton's apple that has been the company's logo since the days of flying toaster screen savers and mouse pads.The U.S. is home to most of the world's Apple Stores.Here's where Apple has real estate in markets around the world.
The S-30 / Orion hybrid carrying the HiFiRE 5B experimentAustralia's venerable Woomera rocket range last week hosted a successful hypersonic test in which the experimental HiFiRE rocket hit Mach 7.5 and an apogee of 278 km.The data-gathering experiment wasn't testing a hypersonic motor – sorry Sydney to London in two hours fans – but rather carried instruments to observe the aerodynamics of flight at speeds up to 9,200 km/h.The HiFiRE 5B experiment was conducted to measure boundary layer transition on a three-dimensional body reaching hypersonic speeds.It was a repeat of the HiFiRE 5 launch in April 2012, which only reached Mach 3 after the second-stage rocket failed.HiFiRE is a joint project between Australia's Defence Science and Technology Organisation, the US Air Force Research Laboratory, Boeing, and the University of Queensland.Here's the launch:As this design document PDF on NASA's site explains, the experimental part of last week's shot was the payload carrying an instrument package.
Speaking last week's Infrastructure Operations & Data Centre Summit in Sydney, Butler said the days of buying a server to handle a specific workload are nearly gone.Instead, you'll soon shop for collections of components that can be assembled into rigs capable of handling different workloads at different times.Each buyer will end up with a different cocktail, Butler said, a concept HP and Cisco currently call composable infrastructure.Another big change he predicts is photonics inside the chipset, to speed communications over the motherboard.We are not despondent but believe the company needs to demonstrate it can build on the assets it acquired, he said.Taiwan and China's big ODMs will, he said, bid for your business with workload-specific boxes tailored to different needs.
A virtual reality trip to Mars developed by Fusion and Nvidia will be released free this fall.Earlier in the day, I'd watched Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak pull off the same stunt.Courtesy of Nvidia and Fusion At Nvidia's big GPU Technology Conference in San Jose last month, Woz donned a VR headset at a remote location and bounced around Mars in the Rover while a crowd of several thousand watched on a giant screen.I got to do the same thing later in the day in a booth where a long line of people waited patiently for their own Mars trip."You're putting someone into a 3-dimensional time machine.When he got the idea for the project, Fusion's Reyes reached out to Sydney Do of MIT, who co-authored a report on the feasibility of a private Mars mission program.Reyes said he emailed the authors of the reports, and over the course of about 18 months worked with NASA's Langley Research Center and Johnson Space Center, finally reaching an agreement with NASA at the end of 2015.
Uber knows this very well, because that context provided the company with an interesting bit of insight about human psychology.It is this last permission that Uber head of economic research Keith Chen talks about during his guest appearance on NPR s The Hidden Brain podcast, in which he stated that the ride-sharing service keeps tabs on battery life in order to know when to go into energy-conservation mode.According to Chen, people think it is capricious and unfair when they open the Uber app and see a 2x price hike, though a ride with a 2.1x price hike feels more logical, like there is a smart algorithm in the background.We absolutely don t use that to kind of like push you a higher surge price, but it s an interesting kind of psychological fact of human behavior, said Chen.The human behavior Chen likely referred to is how people behave during moments of panic versus moments of calm, the former of which seems to instigate erratic action.Unfortunately, it is the former that Uber got in trouble with in 2014, when surge pricing was turned on at the same time as a hostage situation in downtown Sydney, Australia.
A newspaper has published what it said was recordings of a key minister discussing using president Dilma Rousseff's impeachment to halt a massive probe into embezzlement.2.China is trying to smooth US trade ties after Donald Trump's threats.Republican presidential hopeful Trump said that he would restrict Chinese imports with a 45% tariff.3.Wood is quoted in The Sydney Times saying child actors are regularly "preyed upon" by "vipers" in Hollywood.5.US Senator Bernie Sanders will get a major voice in shaping the Democratic Party's platform at its summer convention, picking six committee members.8.The director of the World Health Organization just issued a chilling warning.
For years, Harvest Automation has been building compact robots that transport and organize potted plants, whereas agricultural startup Spread hopes to make fully automated farms a reality in Japan by mid-2017.And then there s Shrimp, a four-wheeled-machine that helps herd cattle.Shrimp is pretty simple though, capable of herding smaller groups of 20-150 dairy cows, according to New Scientist, so the robot can t capably manage medium or large herds, like they have in the Australian outback, where ranches can be so huge that it s only practical for to monitor livestock a few times a year.This lack of human resources and remarkable expanse of land has lead Australian engineers to develop a farmbot designed to herd and monitor large herds of livestock, while scanning the ground s color and texture to determine the quality of the pasturelands.Australian Centre for Field RoboticsUniversity of Sydney s Salah Sukkareih told New Scientist that the farmbot will utilize thermal and vision sensors to identify swings in body temperature and walking patterns in sick or injured animals.Sukkareih previously helped develop a farmbot named Ladybird that could distinguish between crops and weeds, and extract the latter.
Gabriel ScanuAustralia is the sixth-largest country in the world, a continent-sized island with 16,000 miles of coastline and some of the most striking terrain on the planet.Gabriel Scanu s Instagram offers a stunning overview of it all—literally.His Instagram teems with sheer cliffs, lunar deserts, and turquoise waves photographed from above with a drone.For me that s a really interesting concept and it allows you to view landscapes in a different light.He s flown it over Sydney, Melbourne, and other parts of Southern Australia, and he posted gorgeous photos of the Matterhorn and other European locales during a vacation there.He s fond of beaches, but you ll find shots of the desert, the mountains, and other gorgeous landscapes.
Every year, the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney, Australia, hosts an event called Vivid Sydney: A festival of light, music and ideas.This year, it s constructed a giant tunnel, known as the Cathedral of Light, which runs along the edge of the gardens—and there s a rather large surprise waiting at the end.Prime photo op.Oh hai Sydney Opera House.
Every year, the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney, Australia, hosts an event called Vivid Sydney: a festival of light, music and ideas.This year, it s constructed a giant tunnel, known as the Cathedral of Light, which runs along the edge of the gardens — and there s a rather large surprise waiting at the end.Prime photo op.Oh hai Sydney Opera House.
One example - a couple of years back, someone swore to me that they knew of at least one system in use that could still calculate in pounds, shillings and pence -- which meant the code must have have been somewhere around 45 years old and still running unchanged.It pretty much managed it, at least in the richer parts of the world.Your PC is already not your father's PC anyway: that beige box with a floppy disk drive has been replaced with a sleek notebook that splits into two or does other kinds of gymnastics as required.One option, for those that can, is to spread the risk by making PCs just one part of a broader business: that way selling PCs becomes a good way of getting a foot in the door to then sell the more expensive enterprise gear.Have your say in the reader comments.As a global site, this editorial publishes on Monday at 8am AEST in Sydney, Australia, which is 6pm Eastern Time on Sunday in the US.