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Wanted – GTX 970/780/980

Looking to spend around £100-150 in order to upgrade from my 760 to get better FPS in Destiny 2.

EDIT:
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970, 980, 780

1060 – potentially stretch for this.

Hoping to get something. Thanks all.

Location: London (Central & Uxbridge)

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Wanted – GTX 970/780/980

Looking to spend around £100-150 in order to upgrade from my 760 to get better FPS in Destiny 2.

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970, 980, 780

1060 – potentially stretch for this.

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Wanted – GTX 970/780/980

Looking to spend around £100-150 in order to upgrade from my 760 to get better FPS in Destiny 2.

EDIT:
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970, 980, 780

1060 – potentially stretch for this.

Hoping to get something. Thanks all.

Location: London (Central & Uxbridge)

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For Sale – Samsung TabPro S 12″

Selling as I was given a Surface Pro from work. The Samsung has a better screen I have to admit but unfortunately can’t sell the Surface.
Very good condition, boxed with receipt. Will add some photos later today.

Price and currency: 400
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Location: Bristol
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Artificial intelligence in software testing has arrived

What if software testing could undergo a metamorphosis, becoming better, faster and less expensive all the while letting testers focus on what they excel at? That rosy future could happen, thanks to a sudden interest in artificial intelligence in software testing.

Enterprise solutions provider Infostretch just announced it will offer artificial intelligence in software testing through a brand new service called Predictive and Prescriptive QA. Infostretch isn’t the only option — San Francisco-based startup Appdiff is also bringing machine learning “bots” online as testers. And dinCloud recently announced “James,” a virtual robot QA.

With continuous delivery, continuous integration and DevOps as the hot topics in every software development conversation today, the pressure on testers has never been more intense. “The thing is your crew cannot keep up with the amount of testing that should happen,” Appdiff CEO Jason Arbon said. “That’s one reason for Appdiff. … People can’t keep up any more.”

What about machine learning?

The solution is artificial intelligence in software testing, or more specifically, an AI subset: machine learning. “Today there are tons and tons of test data and it’s very hard for a single person to get through it all,” said Avery Lyford, chief customer officer at Infostretch. “It’s tons of report management now. Where are the real issues and what are the real problems?” That is where artificial intelligence in software testing can come in and help sort through the noise, Lyford said.

Infostretch is offering the Predictive and Prescriptive QA product as a service. With a heavy focus on data analysis, Lyford said the artificial intelligence in software testing tool can help streamline the testing process by ensuring the right information is in the hands of the testers who can then make better decisions. The new service can also be used in conjunction with the company’s QMetry offering.  

AppDiff is taking a slightly different approach, Arbon said. “We’re going from the end user experience backwards,” he said. “AI bots can do tens of thousands of test cases versus 20 to 100 regression test cases. This plays into today’s DevOps plan to iterate quickly.” Using artificial intelligence in software testing, companies will always know if the UI isn’t working or the UX is struggling, he said.

But these aren’t just any bots. Arbon, who previously worked at Google and has a background in software testing, realized a fundamental truth about applications that make bots effective testers. “Almost every app is the same,” he explained. “It’s the same log-in screen, most search boxes look the same, the profile, the shopping carts, there are a lot of similarities.” With that understanding — and the idea that each bot could be trained as a specialist in a single area like just the search box — Arbon was able to create bots that were better than the average tester. “The little bots are specialists on each area of the app and while they’re not as smart as a human might be, they’re the best search testers on the planet.” Arbon, and his colleagues who come from Google and Microsoft, train their bots to test like they did. “It’s like we’ve created a “Google tester” in a box. This replicates what we would do with your app.”

And, amazingly, there may be a silver lining in this for testers, many of whom fear being automated — or AI’d — out of a job. “The folks we work with don’t get fired,” Arbon said. “They get to hand off work and focus on doing things they’re good at.” Or to put it another way, it’s eliminating the grunt work and allowing testers to do the human, creative things they’re better at, said Paul Merrill, principal software engineer in test and founder of Beaufort Fairmont Automated Testing Services, at the Agile2017 conference in Orlando. Lyford sees it as giving testers back that elusive element of time. “We want people to be able to do complicated edge cases, not the routine stuff. This is to augment testers, not replace them.”

SHA-1 hashes recovered for 320M breached passwords

Even while one researcher attempted to highlight the need for better password security, other researchers found an opportunity to prove how easily SHA-1 hashes can be recovered.

Troy Hunt is well-known for running the website Have I Been Pwned (HIBP), which compiles data from data breaches in order to allow users to easily check if any of their passwords has been cracked. Hunt wanted to give users “more options” to search their passwords, and added an option to HIBP allowing users to search the SHA-1 hashes of passwords. This is what Hunt did for nearly 320 million passwords he added to HIBP recently.

Hunt admitted that using SHA-1 hashes was not the most secure path.

“What this means is that anyone using this data can take a plain text password from their end (for example during registration, password change or at login), hash it with SHA-1 and see if it’s previously been leaked,” Hunt wrote in a blog post. “It doesn’t matter that SHA-1 is a fast algorithm unsuitable for storing your customers’ passwords with because that’s not what we’re doing here, it’s simply about ensuring the source passwords are not immediately visible.”

Both “for research purposes and of course to satisfy [their] curiosity while using this opportunity as a challenge,” the CynoSure Prime password research collective attempted to recover the SHA-1 hashes used on the passwords dumped by Hunt.

“Out of the roughly 320 million hashes, we were able to recover all but 116 of the SHA-1 hashes, a roughly 99.9999% success rate,” CynoSure wrote in its analysis. “In addition, we attempted to take it a step further and resolve as many ‘nested’ hashes (hashes within hashes) as possible to their ultimate plaintext forms. Through the use of MDXfind [a proprietary hash finding utility] we were able to identify over 15 different algorithms in use across the pwned-passwords-1.0.txt and the successive update-1 and update-2 packages following that.”

Kyle Hanslovan, CEO of Huntress Labs, a cybersecurity managed services provider based in Baltimore, said “the techniques used by CynoSure Prime are not overly sophisticated, thus it’s extremely likely threat actors have done the same. What’s most impressive about Cynosure Prime’s research is the speed they normalized the data, cracked the hashes, and analyzed the results.”

Keep in mind that this data is associated with accounts that have already been potentially compromised, and is therefore somewhat dated.
Leigh-Anne Gallowaycyber security resilience lead, Positive Technologies

Rod Schultz, chief product officer at Rubicon Labs, provider of secure identity for IoT and based in San Francisco, noted the SHA-1 hashes had not been reversed and that SHA-1 has been deprecated due to “its vulnerability with collisions.”

“A hash algorithm maps information to what is supposed to be a unique fingerprint (a mapping space). When a mapping is found to not be unique, then we call this a collision, as two different pieces of information are now colliding in the mapped space,” Schultz told SearchSecurity via email. “It is possible to take a fingerprint and find the original password, reverse the mapping, but only with precomputed tables. This is what the researches have done, and it’s possible because SHA-1 has a mapping space that is no longer big enough.” 

Experts say SHA-1 hashes don’t increase risk

Gabriel Gumbs, vice president of product strategy at STEALTHbits Technologies, a data security software company based in Hawthorne, N.J., said in his own research over the years, he has found that many passwords released by Hunt “were already known about and exchanged on the dark web.”

“These were passwords that had already been compromised in real world breaches, so Troy’s call was not just a personal one, but one based on his best judgement having been in the information security field for some time,” Gumbs told SearchSecurity. “Any additional measures to obfuscate the information while allowing checks against the data continue to allow some to think that SHA-1 is still acceptable for use. Could Troy have done things differently? Possibly, but the outcome would not likely lead to a renewed conversation about password security.”

Leigh-Anne Galloway, cyber security resilience lead at Positive Technologies, an enterprise security company based in Framingham, Mass., said it’s important to remember that “none of the usernames associated with the passwords or the passwords themselves were released by crypto busters.”

“These only become an issue where they are associated with a username or other piece of personal information that could lead to a nefarious individual obtaining the username, which would still require some effort to reverse engineer,” Galloway told SearchSecurity. “In order to obtain the password for a user, you would need to know the salt (a random piece of data) used in the generation of the hash itself. Also keep in mind that this data is associated with accounts that have already been potentially compromised, and is therefore somewhat dated.”

Gumbs said SHA-1 has been known “since 2005 to not be a secure mechanism for hashing passwords any longer.”

“And since the first proof of concepts that found weaknesses in SHA-1, several more have been produced in the last decade,” Gumbs said. “There is no additional risk added by the researchers, in fact, they are likely doing more to bring awareness to the very real and existing risk of continuing to use the hashing function.”

For Sale – Ubiquity AC Pro + (others to be added)

I have for sale 2 X Ubiquity AC Pro access points in excellent condition.

They are 100 times better than the consumer AP’s and they have been very stable.

Only reason I am selling them is because upgraded to the AC HD variants (company pays for it).

Both were purchase in July 2016

Looking for £100 incl each via PPG / BT or COC.

Pictures to follow soon.

Price and currency: Various
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: BT / PPG / COC
Location: Hounslow / Heathrow
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For Sale – Ubiquity AC Pro + (others to be added)

I have for sale 2 X Ubiquity AC Pro access points in excellent condition.

They are 100 times better than the consumer AP’s and they have been very stable.

Only reason I am selling them is because upgraded to the AC HD variants (company pays for it).

Both were purchase in July 2016

Looking for £100 incl each via PPG / BT or COC.

Pictures to follow soon.

Price and currency: Various
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Location: Hounslow / Heathrow
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For Sale – Ubiquity AC Pro + (others to be added)

I have for sale 2 X Ubiquity AC Pro access points in excellent condition.

They are 100 times better than the consumer AP’s and they have been very stable.

Only reason I am selling them is because upgraded to the AC HD variants (company pays for it).

Both were purchase in July 2016

Looking for £100 incl each via PPG / BT or COC.

Pictures to follow soon.

Price and currency: Various
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: BT / PPG / COC
Location: Hounslow / Heathrow
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Big Switch-HPE partnership opens chances for enterprise SDN

Hewlett Packard Enterprise could better its chances of taking its open switching hardware to mainstream enterprises through a partnership with Big Switch Networks Inc., a developer of software-based networking products.

The companies announced this week that HPE would sell and support Big Switch software on its Altoline switches, which also run products from Big Switch rival Cumulus Networks. The Big Switch-HPE partnership will make the company’s products available on Altoline 6960, 6941 and 6921 leaf-spine switches.

Adding Big Switch as an option on Altoline hardware is important because the vendor — along with Cumulus — is starting to gain traction among enterprises, according to Gartner’s latest Magic Quadrant for Data Center Networking. Today, the biggest users of products in which networking software is separate from the underlying hardware are financial institutions, carriers and cloud providers operating data centers many times larger than the average enterprise data center.

“To date, we’ve only observed HPE take Altoline into extra, extra-large environments,” said Gartner analyst Andrew Lerner. “So, this [latest partnership] certainly could have a big impact on the market, but only if HPE positions the Big Switch offerings prominently in the enterprise.”

Big Switch offerings in HPE partnership

HPE will offer two Big Switch products: Big Cloud Fabric and Big Monitoring Fabric (BMF). The latter is a network packet broker, and the former is orchestration software for switches in a network fabric.

Big Switch has sold BMF to a small number of enterprises that use the product in noncritical applications, according to Gartner. Because BMF is relatively risk-free, Big Switch has used it to build trust with skittish customers.

HPE’s credibility with businesses could bolster Big Switch’s reputation in the market. Gartner said it believes HPE’s primary long-term role in data center networking will be as a systems integrator and reseller, versus a direct competitor to other vendors.

Last year, HPE announced a reseller agreement with Arista, which provides switches mostly to operators of mega-scale data centers. With Big Switch, HPE can sell BMF to enterprises without competing with the Arista-HPE partnership.

“The Big Switch NPB [network packet broker] offering is a stand-alone and dedicated use case that HPE could position in a way that doesn’t conflict with Arista,” Lerner said. “So, there’s a bit more potential enterprise impact with BMF on Altoline.”

Gartner has seen more enterprises using software-based networking products that run on another vendor’s hardware. The analyst firm estimated 1,000 companies have licensed the bundles for production environments.

Roughly 30% of Cumulus’ more than 500 paying customers are enterprises, according to Gartner. The rest are service providers. Cumulus’ flagship product is a Linux-based network operating system, called Cumulus Linux.

Lumina makes debut as SDN consultant

In other SDN-related news, startup Lumina Networks Inc. made its debut in the market with an SDN controller bought from Brocade Communications Systems Inc., which is in the process of selling itself to chipmaker Broadcom.

The controller, which is 100% open source, is built on specifications set by the OpenDaylight Project. The group focuses on creating an open source code base for the major components of an SDN platform. Communication service providers are the primary users of OpenDaylight-based technology.

“Lumina is more of a network-operator play, and not large enterprise,” Lerner said.

Lumina said it would contribute to the open source community future enhancements to the controller. The company’s revenues will mostly come from network development services that help service providers build production systems based on OpenDaylight.

Andrew Coward, who was Brocade’s vice president of business strategy, is CEO of Lumina, which is headquartered in San Jose, Calif.