24th > September > 2010 Archive

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Spear phisher targeted eBay employees

Updated This article has been updated to correct erroneous information included in DIICOT's press release and an earlier blog post by Gary Warner.
Dan Goodin, 24 Sep 2010
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Nvidia boss: cloud, ¡Si! Intel, ¡No!

GTC Nvidia chief exec Jen-Hsun Huang sees the computer industry on the cusp of radical changes. And with his company now about 65 per cent devoted to parallel computing, you can easily guess which technology he believes will drive that transformation — and which company he believes will lose.
Rik Myslewski, 24 Sep 2010
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Coalition's quango hit list revealed

A hit list of 177 quangos which the coalition government plans to abolish in order to save money has been revealed.
John Oates, 24 Sep 2010
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Fraunhofer boffins develop 'Titanium foam' endoskeletal implants

Titanium - it's everywhere these days, long having spread beyond its initial uses in aerospace. Fruitbite laptops are cased in it, high-end tools and cutlery are made from it, there's even jewellery.
Lewis Page, 24 Sep 2010
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When double D isn't enough - go 3D

GTC Video Blog The inflatable black cone in the corridor of the GPU Technology Conference, along with the table piled high with 3D glasses, was a dead giveaway. Ok, so it's yet another 3D demonstration. These are fairly common at this conference and the first keynote address was full of astounding graphic routines - all of them in stunning 3D. So what could Micoy (the owners of the aforementioned tent) add to the mix?
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Facebook blames outage on internal config flaw

Facebook has published a detailed explanation of an internal configuration flaw that left the site unavailable for around two and a half hours overnight - the social network's worst downtime in four years.
John Leyden, 24 Sep 2010
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Tribunal orders DWP to release IT contract details

The Information Tribunal has ordered a government department to publish most of the till-now withheld details of a major IT contract, after ruling that the public interest was served better by disclosure than secrecy.
OUT-LAW.COM, 24 Sep 2010
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School caretaker jailed for fitting up colleague

A school caretaker has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for a "wickedly evil and vile plot" to get a workmate sacked by putting child sex abuse images on his laptop.
John Oates, 24 Sep 2010
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Vodafone secures email-flashing barn door

Vodafone has secured the security breach that allowed anyone with a bit of time on their hands to collect subscribers' email addresses and phone numbers.
Bill Ray, 24 Sep 2010
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Daily Mail savages Data Protection Act over stolen dog

The Daily Mail is laying into the Data Protection Act again, this time accusing the legislation of keeping a stolen dog from its rightful owner.
Bill Ray, 24 Sep 2010
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Dell getting serious about networking

Dell has recruited a Cisco vet as the first VP of a boosted networking division.
Chris Mellor, 24 Sep 2010
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Sony Ericsson delays X10 Android 2.1 update

Sony Ericsson has revised its roll-out schedule for Android 2.1 updates to its X10 smartphones.
Tony Smith, 24 Sep 2010
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Review “Time is everything,” said Horatio Nelson. “Five minutes make the difference between victory and defeat.”
Andrew Bailey, 24 Sep 2010
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Channel islanders attack Street View car

Two of Google's Street View cars have been vandalised on the Channel Island of Guernsey.
John Oates, 24 Sep 2010
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CIA used 'illegal, inaccurate code to target kill drones'

The CIA is implicated in a court case in which it's claimed it used an illegal, inaccurate software "hack" to direct secret assassination drones in central Asia.
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Microsoft splatters Hotmail with even more updates

Microsoft has plastered Hotmail with yet more updates, after customers continued to complain about the firm’s recent shaky overhaul of its free web email service.
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Sep 2010
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Second piracy threat lawyers withstand DDoS attack

Updated The attack on a second law firm with a history of involvement in copyright litigation has turned out to be something of a damp squib. Anonymous extended its fight against organisations supporting anti-piracy efforts to solicitors Davenport Lyons on Thursday night, with plans to flood its website with spurious traffic and carry out a defacement.
John Leyden, 24 Sep 2010
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Dell, Samsung Android iPad rivals demo'd

Video For your lunchtime viewing pleasure, we have a couple of items of interest to those of you with an eye on the emerging Android tablet biz.
Hard Reg, 24 Sep 2010

PGI compiles on GPU train

GTC Video Blog The Portland Group (PGI) came in for a fair amount of attention at the 2010 GPU Technology Conference in San Jose. The company announced that it will offer a CUDA C compiler for garden variety x86 based systems. This will allow developers to use the same code they developed using CUDA for GPUs (albeit recompiled) on x86 boxes - including clusters.
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ConLibs get shifty on spam and behavioural ads

Last week, the government published its ideas as to how it would implement the changes to EU Directive 2002/58/EC. In relation to spammers and behavioural advertising it has decided to keep the low privacy standards that were acceptable to the previous New Labour government.
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Nokia E5 Qwertyphone

Review Under Nokia's new naming regime all future handsets will fall into one of four series; X for entertainment, N for high-end smartphones, C for consumer handsets and E for business and enterprise. Each handset's place within its series will be denoted by a number between 1 and 10.
Alun Taylor, 24 Sep 2010
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Microsoft injects more juice into Office Web Apps

Microsoft claimed yesterday that more than 20 million people have accessed its Office Web Apps service in the past 100 days.
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Sep 2010
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Pirate Bay appeal finally drops anchor in court

The Pirate Bay appeal will finally have its day in court next week, nearly a year and a half on from the high-profile trial that saw the four operators of the notorious BitTorrent site hit with a guilty verdict.
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Sep 2010
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Ellison smacks lips over chips, NetApp

Oracle boss Larry Ellison said he'd love to have the 60 per cent of NetApp's business that plugs NetApp boxes into Oracle software, hinting that a NetApp purchase could be on his mind.
Chris Mellor, 24 Sep 2010

How do you copy 60m files?

Sysadmin blog Recently I copied 60 million files from one Windows file server to another. Tools used to move files from system to another are integrated into every operating system, and there are third party options too. The tasks they perform are so common that we tend to ignore their limits.
Trevor Pott, 24 Sep 2010
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Moms stand firm against antenna madness

The American town of Hempstead, Long Island, has decreed that phone masts can't be placed within 1500 feet of children, making coverage nearly impossible.
Bill Ray, 24 Sep 2010
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419ers take council for £100k

A Scottish local authority lost £102,000 to an African gang after being duped by a targeted letter scam.
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The BSA's fading twentieth-century piracy fight

Open...and Shut The Business Software Alliance (BSA) has been wringing its hands about software piracy since 1988, but victory may soon be at hand.
Matt Asay, 24 Sep 2010
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Mimecast digs its way into the information bank

Analysis Mimecast is recasting itself as an information banker and looking for new types of data it could store and new ways to mine the banked information.
Chris Mellor, 24 Sep 2010
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Sex Party proposes new classification system for Oz

The Australian Sex Party (ASP) today issued a direct challenge to what it sees as Australia’s narrow, repressive and intolerant regulations governing the censorship of erotic material. In the process, it may find it has set the ball rolling on a debate with global ramifications.
Jane Fae , 24 Sep 2010
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Apple's 11.6in MacBook Air release imminent?

Apple's previously rumoured 11.6in MacBook Air may be nearing release.
Tony Smith, 24 Sep 2010
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Twitter joke appeal adjourned

Paul Chambers, the Twitter joke marytr, began his appeal against a widely ridiculed conviction for sending a message "threatening" to blow Doncaster airport "sky high" on Friday.
John Leyden, 24 Sep 2010
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VoIP hacker sentenced to 10 years

A Venezuelan citizen on Friday was sentenced to 10 years in US federal prison for hacking into the networks of telecommunications companies and then routing millions of minutes of voice over IP calls over their systems.
Dan Goodin, 24 Sep 2010

Google Percolator – global search jolt sans MapReduce comedown

Google Caffeine — the revamped search infrastructure recently rolled out across Google's worldwide network of data centers — is based on a distributed data-processing system known as Percolator. Designed by Google and, until now, jealously guarded by Google, Percolator is a platform for "incremental processing" — a means of continually updating the company's epic search index without reprocessing the entire thing from scratch.
Cade Metz, 24 Sep 2010
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Design mavericks show and tell

Video: 100% Design Smaller than last year, but still beautifully formed, 100% Design is back again, the highlight in the London Design Festival itinerary. Here, the way we do life is rethought with lateral takes on home and work environments. Prototypes abound with design concepts taking shape and new materials fashioned to deliver anything from eye candy to eco-friendliness.
Bob Dormon, 24 Sep 2010
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Most smartphoners don't give a flip about apps

Apple has over 250K offerings in its iTunes App Store, and the Android Market around 80K — but a new survey has shown that only 12.4 per cent of handset users cite the number of available apps as an influence on their decision of which phone to buy.
Rik Myslewski, 24 Sep 2010
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Apple in 873-page legal claim to word 'Pod'

Apple really, really, really wants exclusive rights to the word “Pod,” in names for tech products, the company has argued in an 873-page legal brief filed earlier this week.
Dan Goodin, 24 Sep 2010
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Google 'recently extended' Apple search deal

Google "recently extended" its search deal with Apple, according to a new interview with Mountain View boss Eric Schmidt.
Cade Metz, 24 Sep 2010
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IBM 'one atom, one bit' storage breakthrough

If you've been hankering for a multi-terabyte USB thumb drive, you may be in luck: IBM scientists have developed a technique that could — eventually — help increase data-storage densities by orders of magnitude.
Rik Myslewski, 24 Sep 2010
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Apple now world's second-largest company

Apple is now the world's second-largest company, in terms of market value.
Rik Myslewski, 24 Sep 2010
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Men sentenced to prison for Comcast hijack

Two of the three men convicted of commandeering the comcast.net domain name have been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison.
Dan Goodin, 24 Sep 2010