IT failure downs Stansted systems
Stansted Airport is getting back to normal this morning after an IT failure caused the closure of internet and automatic check-in systems earlier today.
Oracle soothes Sun StorageTek tape users
Oracle is giving a huggy-huggy message to StorageTek tape users, telling them not to worry because Oracle believes in tape.
Aussie MP slapped with $10k phone bill
An Australian politician was slapped with a $10,500 phone bill after his 12-year-old son downloaded soccer and AFL games on his iPhone.
Secret forum reveals Oz firewall backroom dealing
Australia’s plans for a firewall to protect its population from smut on the internet are rapidly evolving from farce to total chaos. Weekly revelations on bulletin boards suggest that Stephen Conroy, the man behind the big idea, does not know what forthcoming legislation on the topic will say, when it will be introduced or how the firewall will work in practice.
US prosecution of McKinnon 'spiteful', says ex-top cop
The senior former policeman in charge of the National Hi-Tech Crime Unit squad which first arrested Gary McKinnon has described the ongoing US prosecution of the Pentagon hacker as "spiteful".
Facebook hires big antitrust lawyer
With antitrust and privacy investigations already underway, Facebook has hired a big legal gun to fight back against regulators' increasing interest in its business.
ParaScale brings direct access to the cloud
Cloud storage software provider ParaScale supports applications running directly on storage nodes - not accessing their data across the cloud. Isn't this contradictory?
No 15K 2.5-inch drives from Western Digital
Western Digital does not intend to bring out an enterprise 15,000rpm 2.5-inch disk drive despite arch rival Seagate having plans to do so.
Thomas Cook offers World Cup Sim card deal
Thomas Cook is running a World Cup promo for South Africa-bound football fans on pre-paid Sim cards, courtesy of a partnership with GO-SIM.
O2, Vodafone list simple iPad data deals
UpdatedO2 has followed Orange and announced its 3G data plans for the iPad. So has Vodafone.
Mafia Wars dons deprived of pit bulls
Aficionados of Facebook punch-up Mafia Wars will no longer be able to deploy pit bulls as part of their arsenal, following intervention by whale-hugging animal rights outfit PETA.
Sony revamps pricey Vaio P netbook
Sony has updated its Vaio P netbook, despite the original's notebook-level pricing and the availability of cheaper netbooks from the same supplier.
QinetiQ lends PARIS a helping hand
We’re delighted to announce today that QinetiQ has splendidly agreed to allow the Paper Aircraft Released Into Space (PARIS) team access to its hypobaric chamber, allowing us to test a highly-classified Vulture 1 release mechanism.
Xsigo scales down server I/O virtualizer
The rack is becoming the new chassis for IT infrastructure, despite the best efforts of the major blade server providers to have their own blade enclosures (incompatible with others' tools and form factors) become the unit of control for a bunch of servers and their switches. Which is why upstart server I/O virtualizer Xsigo Systems is cutting back its I/O Director to deliver an entry box that is suitable for a single rack.
Microsoft ad R&D veep beams self to AOL
A Microsoft veteran has reportedly left the software giant and taken on the role of chief technology officer at AOL.
WiGig gets spec and Alliance endorsement
WiGig is open for business, with a published specification and promotional agreement to push home and office networking up to 60GHz.
ReviewCurse those Icelanders and their volcanoes. I wasn’t surprised when Apple delayed the iPad's UK launch, as friends in the US had told me that the initial shipments in their local Apple Stores had sold out very quickly.
Wireless Gigabit set to become next-gen Wi-Fi?
The Wireless Gigabit Alliance, developer of a wireless data technology that operates in the 60GHz band, has signed up the Wi-Fi Alliance to manage its hardware interoperability programme. The move positions WiGig as a key candidate for the next version of Wi-Fi.
iPad, iPhone driving 'renaissance' in nuclear reactors
The world-renowned Jesus mobe and its new, selectively crippled large version the iPad are well known to be generally the choice of your arty, creative, polo-necked right-on type.
Asus pitches 9in netbook
After years spent telling us 10in netbooks are what we want, Eee PC maker Asus has relaunched its old 8.9in machine, the Eee PC 900.
Physicist unmasks 99-year-old mistake in English dictionaries
An Australian physics prof has discovered a 99-year-old error in the Oxford English Dictionary - repeated in most dictionaries worldwide - and is having it corrected.
Ofcom hands out free radio spectrum
15MHz of abandoned radio spectrum will be given away by Ofcom, despite being right beside the 3G frequencies.
EMC tempts storage buyers into its federation
EMC is going to federate globally distributed storage arrays into a single system using VPLEX front-end virtualising boxes, and is presenting this as a big step towards private cloud computing.
Dodgy Facebook pages used to power 'spam a friend' joke scam
Oz filmmaker to flog virgins for TV doco
An Australian filmmaker is taking a bit of stick over his plan to make a documentary in which participants auction their virginity, Oz's Daily Telegraph reports.
Doctors aim to have Chief Medical Officer struck off
Doctors will this week mount a court battle for the chance to have Sir Liam Donaldson, the Chief Medical Officer, struck off for his role in a disastrous computer system.
Obama planning a Dept of Truthiness?
Is the Obama Administration preparing the ground for a Ministry of Truthiness? The President's latest wide-ranging speech at Hampton University made a halt at a very strange outpost, before moving on to education. Obama, it seems, is vexed by the idea of conspiracy theories. Apparently people aren't thinking the right thoughts.
Airport plods seize man with electric vibro-pleasure shoes
Bumbling Pakistani security operatives have detained a man at Karachi airport for attempting to board a plane with a pair of electrical vibro-massage shoes.
Twitter bomb joker found guilty
UpdatedA man who jokingly threatened to blow Doncaster airport "sky high" back in January has been found guilty of sending a threatening message.
NFC will help you find your car - if you're next to it
The search for a problem that only Near Field Communications can solve now sees an NFC-equipped key fob which can interact with a mobile phone to report a car's mileage, fuel level, tyre pressure and location... or what it was last time the fob looked.
Belkin intros Kindle-illuminating e-book light
Belkin has created a clip-on reading light for Amazon's Kindle e-book reader.
Alleged Jobsian email promises iPad printing
According to Steve Jobs, one of the iPad's more-glaring deficiencies - its inability to easily print - will be remedied. Someday.
Evaporating Adaptec sells RAID business
Adaptec is selling its RAID channel storage business to PMC-Sierra for $34m, but will keep its Aristos ASIC technology business as it looks for ways to invest its $400m cash pile.
BI benchmark outs HP Superdome 2 details
More details of HP's forthcoming Tukwila Itanium 9300 servers have come to light thanks to TPC-H data warehousing benchmark test results that HP has just published.
HP's webOS tablet 'due in Q3'
HP will release a tablet based on Palm's webOS in the third quarter, according to a report citing an "HP insider."
White House devs overlooked gaping Drupal vuln
A researcher has uncovered a potentially serious vulnerability in the open-source content management system used by the White House website and thousands of other sites.
Followers vanish as Twitter tw*ts tweet bug
Twitter has squashed a bug that allowed users to force any other Twittering netizen into "following" them on its popular micro-blogging service, and in doing so, its engineers temporarily removed follower lists, leaving countless people feeling extremely unpopular.
Ubuntu Unity interface flashed for speed freaks
Canonical has unveiled a streamlined Ubuntu-Linux interface for those wanting almost instant web gratification.
Cloud to drive a quarter of server sales
The cloudy infrastructure bandwagon is so crammed full of server makers and cloud hosting providers that no one can see where it is heading. And so the box counters at IDC grabbed the reins this morning and gave them a good firm yank.
Brocade notches up EMC Ethernet win
EMC aims to supply a converged network product set, featuring Ethernet products from Brocade and Cisco.
Code-execution bug found in Apple Safari
The latest version of Apple's Safari browser contains a critical bug that allows attackers to install malware on end user machines, security researchers have warned.