16th > March > 2009 Archive


Cloudera floats commercial Hadoop distro

Face it: You want to launch your own Google and get your hands on some of that (easy?) internet money. Well, now's your chance to take a stab at it.

HP in NonStop rack server chase

Hewlett-Packard today is rolling out an entry configuration of its NonStop fault tolerant machines based on rack-mounted servers instead of the more expandable and more expensive blade-style NonStop iron the company has been peddling recently.
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Discovery en route to ISS

Space shuttle Discovery blasted off last night from Kennedy Space Centre at 19:43 EDT (23:43 GMT) on its STS-119 mission to the International Space Station.
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Pandemonium at NYC 'Top Model' audition

WSA Fears that the exciting world of international modelling had lost its edge following Naomi Campbell's apparent retirement from bitchslapping pugilism were evidently groundless - a fact confirmed by a New York audition for America's Next Top Model which ended in panic and chaos with six people injured and three cuffed.
Freecom ToughDrive Sport

Freecom pitches tough hard drive at sporty types

Freecom has rolled out a 2.5in external hard drive designed to "endure even the toughest conditions", the company claimed.
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Lead roof thief eyeballed targets on Google Earth

A builder who used Google Earth to pinpoint lead roofs across south London and subsequently made off with £100k's worth of the valuable metal has been handed an eight-month suspended jail term, the Telegraph reports.
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Scottish Parliament pr0n law faces angry opposition

Last week, the long-awaited Scottish extreme porn bill (pdf) was published — s34 of the Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Bill — and it hasn’t gone down well at all.
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NASA pimps Google Mars

Users of the Martian part of Google Earth will be delighted to hear that it has received enhancements. The new virtual-Mars features include historical maps of the red planet, and up-to-date imagery from spacecraft in orbit above it.
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National Express to 'ban' trainspotting

An almighty war of words has broken out between National Express and The Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA) over alleged plans to see trainspotters ejected from platforms along the East Coast line.

Mystery chip found inside talking iPod Shuffle's earphones

Discovery of an as-yet-unidentified chip inside a dissected pair of new iPod Shuffle earphones has sparked rumours that the control-less player can only be driven by Apple-approved cans.

Sega Mega Drive to be revived next month

Thumbs at the ready, because the Sega Mega Drive’s set to make a comeback within weeks.
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Coroners & Justice Bill chewed a new one by opposition

If you seek a textbook example of how not to draft law in 21st century Britain, then look no further than the Coroners and Justice Bill which emerged from committee stage last week in the House of Commons. That’s the pretty unanimous view of both Conservative and Lib Dem MPs, whose job it was to wrestle with the intricacies of this legislation over the last few weeks.
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BBC Click paid cybercrooks to buy botnet

BBC Click has admitted paying cybercrooks thousands of dollars to buy access to a botnet as part of a controversial cybercrime investigation, broadcast over the weekend.
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TfL cans mobiles on the tube plan

Transport for London has given up on plans to get mobile phones working underground.
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Guns N' Roses blogger faces music prison

A Los Angeles man who pleaded guilty in December to illegally uploading nine Guns N’ Roses songs onto his music site could be thrown in the slammer for six months if federal prosecutors in the case get their way.
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Doc-in-chief targets 'passive drinking' with price hike

Government chief medical officer Sir Liam Donaldson has gone ahead and demanded the government jack up the price of alcohol to 50 pence a unit.
Joe Fay, 16 2009
Konigsegg Quant

Supercar maker pitches 'leccy sportster with stunning spec

'Leccy Tech Swedish supercar maker Koenigsegg is probably best know in the UK for the time one of its CCXs tried to do for The Stig by spearing backwards off the Top Gear test track in Dunsfold.
Dell Inspiron Mini 12

Dell Inspiron Mini 12 notebook-not-netbook

Review With the evolution of the netbook now progressing at such a rate that it would probably make Darwin mutter darkly about wishing the Bible was right, hardly a month, week, day passes without a new sub-species crawling from the primordial ooze.
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DARPA to build nothingness detector for tunnel sniffing

Renowned US military tech bureau DARPA has issued a request for an ultrasensitive gravity-measuring instrument which could be mounted in a low flying aircraft and detect underground tunnels.
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Right-wing Oz politico in nude snaps rumpus

A right-wing Australian politician has protested that nude snaps published (NSFW) in Oz's Sunday Telegraph are not her in a state of advanced undress as captured by a former boyfriend back in the mid-1970s.
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Industry ponders fate of Wacky Jacqui's überdatabase

Home Office officials will today meet industry respresentatives to discuss delays to a consultation on plans to massively expand government surveillance of the internet, sources say.

Samsung parades 'sleek' handset

Despite packing in much of the latest in mobile phone technology, Samsung’s most recent handset is far from bulky – in fact it’s quite sleek.
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Upper-atmos ion drive dart sat launch delayed

Updated A new European satellite which will fly aerodynamically through the extreme upper reaches of the atmosphere, using ion rocket propulsion to maintain orbital speed, has been held up on the launch pad with just seconds left on the countdown.

Intel hits AMD with patent breach claim

AMD piled more worries on its shareholders and partners today when it revealed that Intel is threatening to pull a 2001 cross-licensing agreement between the two firms.
Joe Fay, 16 2009
Samsung NC10

How to backup and restore your netbook

Having a small-capacity solid-state drive in your netbook may be limitation but it has one advantage: it's easy to back up. We don't mean copying a few files over to a safe place, but duplicating the entire drive, operating system and all, ready to drop it all back on if the worst comes to the worst.
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Scientology spokesman confirms Xenu story

A Scientology spokesman has confirmed that Scientologists believe that mankind's problems stem from brainwashed alien soul remnants created millions of years ago by genocidal alien overlord Xenu. The admission follows years of attempts to dismiss the story, first leaked by defectors, as anti-church propaganda.

Tosh touts latest Camileo camcorders

Toshiba has extended its Camileo pocket camcorder range with two HD models, each so compact and light that you’ll think it’s started flogging non-functioning demo models.
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Symbian shows release plan

The Symbian Foundation has laid out a version release schedule, and a development timetable that calls for five iterations to be in production at a time.
Bill Ray, 16 2009

HTC 'Maple' to unfold next month?

HTC may unveil a 3G BlackBerry-style handset at a mobile phone industry shindig in the US next month, it’s been rumoured.

Storage software bucks hardware sales trend

While disk array sales might have been slammed in the fourth quarter of 2008, IDC reckons that the very profitable business of selling software add-ons for storage devices managed to show some growth despite the economic slowdown.

Satyam loses Oz contract

Australian telco Telstra is pulling the plug on a A$32m contract with Satyam and handing the work to EDS.
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iPhone developers gifted lovely free extension

Developers who stumped up $99 to become part of the iPhone application ecosystem are to have their subscription extended for a couple of months, while rumours bubble that Apple is planning to offer a more exclusive iTunes experience.
Bill Ray, 16 2009
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Geo-located malware appears over the horizon

Malware authors have incorporated technology designed to find the geographic location of prospective marks as a tactic to enable more convincing social engineering scams.

HP skims another 10% off some EDS workers' pay packets

Hewlett-Packard has confirmed its EDS employees in the US and Puerto Rico will have their base salaries cut an additional ten per cent for April 2009 only.
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Microsoft's Azure cloud suffers first crash

Microsoft wanted to offer people the full cloud experience. Well, now it has.
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Better metrics needed for security, says expert

BOSTON — The security industry has done a poor job of finding ways for companies to measure their security, but that does not mean that collecting data is not valuable, the former head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's cyber group told attendees at the SOURCE Boston conference on Thursday.

Lenovo 'Vaio P clone' not a Vaio P clone, claims Lenovo

When a picture of a pocket-sized widescreen Lenovo netbook emerged recently, we suspected the firm had simply decided to follow in Sony’s footsteps. But Lenovo has claimed it designed its machine long before the Vaio P was introduced.
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iPod Touch torches tyke's trousers

A US district court judge is being asked to award a 15-year-old boy $225,000 (£160,000) because his iPod exploded in his pants.

Cisco throws California virt-server gauntlet

The gauntlet has been thrown. Cisco Systems launched its "California" Unified Computing System today in a 14-city IPTV extravaganza, with the key partners it has tapped to provide components to the system showing up to talk - and talk a lot - about what this all means. Pity that all this talk was a little light on the details about exactly what a California system is and what it will cost.
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Web scam hoodwinks web founding father

Even the inventor of the world wide web isn't immune from online crime.
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Hollywood retrofits MacGyver into feature flick

American TV action hero and world's greatest improvisational engineer MacGyver is set to hit the big screen — just as soon as Hollywood jerry-rigs a script.
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Google inspires behavioral ad-zapping Firefox add-on

Last week, when Google rolled out its new interest-based advertising behavioral ad targeting operation, it enveloped the world's web surfers in the sort of cookie conundrum we've come to expect from these privacy-hedging ad schemes.
Cade Metz, 16 2009
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Google open sources poor man's Web2.0rhea

Google has open sourced Jaiku under the Apache 2.0 license, just sixteen months after paying $12 million for the would-be Twitter rival.
Cade Metz, 16 2009
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New DNS trojan taints entire LAN from single box

Internet security experts are warning of a new rash of malware attacks that can hijack the security settings of a wide variety of devices on a local area network, even when they are hardened or don't run on Windows operating systems.
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Google clones search ad machine on photo sharer

Google is now showing text ads when users search for public pics on its Picasa photo-sharing site.
Cade Metz, 16 2009
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Red Hat patent app sparks open source lockdown fears

A recently uncovered Red Hat patent application for dynamic message routing on XML has some open-source advocates theorizing the company has quietly forsaken its promise to claim Linux IP only for defensive purposes.