23rd > December > 2010 Archive
Of Wikileaks and data theft
Private First Class Bradley Manning may be one of the most celebrated whistleblowers ever but he is also, if he really is the Wikileaks source, a damn fine data thief. The corollary of that is that the United State military is a an awful guardian of classified data.
Serial acquirer Kelway hoovers up ISC Computers
ICT services group Kelway has breached the £300m turnover mark after hoovering up ISC Computers.
MS warns over zero-day IE bug
Microsoft warned on Wednesday of a new zero-day vulnerability in Internet Explorer.
Skype still staggering after major blackout
Skype is the process of recovering from a major outage that left users across the world unable to log into the VoIP service on Wednesday.
Councils show true grit in the face of ... FOI requests
Local Councils may not be getting any cannier at ordering in salt to coat the roads during the current unprecedented cold spell – but they’re certainly getting a lot cleverer at covering their tracks when it comes to answering Freedom Of Information requests.
Boffins build medical control centre with Kinect
Microsoft's Xbox 360 Kinect add on isn't just for gaming. Swiss scientists have used open source drivers to develop a prototype remote control mechanism for medical equipment.
Yahoo! buzzing over 'nonce Pope's' Christmas message
Yahoo!'s buzz service took a pop at the papacy overnight, apparently informing its readers: "Nonce Pope to deliver Christmas message on the BBC".
Stephen Fry security whoopsie leads to prank fart book order
ExclusiveHoppity-skippety technology commentator of all our hearts Stephen Fry has made a regrettable security blunder.
Hackers get to work with Apple's AirPlay
It's been a busy week or so for coders hacking AirPlay, Apple's media streaming protocol. We've seen code posted to allow streaming from Macs to Apple TVs, from iPads to Linux boxes running XBMC, and now we have an iPad-to-Windows link enabled.
London's tube demands faster-than-NFC ticketing
London Underground has been telling NFC World that existing NFC implementations just aren't fast enough, so it will be sticking with plastic cards for a while.
LG pitches Blu-ray media streamer ahead of CES
In a bid to beat the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) rush, LG has today announced some of the products it will announce at the show in Las Vegas next month.
Asus to punt Core i5 Windows 7 tablet
Asus has revealed that the tablet it is going to announce at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) next month will run Windows 7 and pack in an Intel Core i5 processor.
Apple iPad 2 said to sport über speaker
Apple's iPad 2 will be slightly smaller than the current model, be a little less curvy - think of the latest, flat-backed iPod Touch rather than the angular iPhone 4 - but don't expect it to sport either the rumoured USB port or SD card slot.
Dell buys Big Blue-based health cloud piccy firm
Dell is buying InSite One, a SaaS (Storage-as-a-Service) for the US health market, and getting a cloud storage services platform extensible to other markets.
Double-clicking patent takes on world
Hopewell Culture & Design reckons it owns the act of double-clicking, and is suing Apple, Nokia, Samsung and just about everyone else for breaching its patent.
ICO waves stick at climate boffins over FoI compliance
The Information Commissioner's Office has made its first move to force a public sector organisation to improve its compliance with the Freedom of Information Act.
DARPA working on eyes-in-the-back-of-your-head hat
Maverick Pentagon boffins have decided to build a miraculous gadget – perhaps as small and lightweight as a pair of sunglasses – which will endow the user with zoom vision, various forms of nightsight, and act as a heads-up display besides. Perhaps best of all, the proposed kit would also offer "full sphere awareness" – that is, eyes in the back of your head.
Microwaved hard disc, run-over PC and other data disasters
Recovering data after a user had somehow managed to microwave a hard disk or dropped a PC from a second floor window were among the more unusual data recovery problems successfully tackled by Disklabs during 2010.
Steve Jobs gets Obama love
Steve Jobs is the kind of rich guy America should celebrate, according to Barack Obama.
Hacker charged over siphoning off funds meant for software devs
An alleged hacker has been charged with breaking into the e-commerce systems of Digital River before redirecting more than $250,000 to an account under his control.
Massive new US spy airship 'could be used to carry big cargoes'
The huge LEMV* surveillance airships now being built by British designers for the US Army may be able to carry substantial cargoes as an alternative to sky-spy equipment, according to reports.
Santander mixes up 35,000 bank statements
The High Street bank Santander has blamed printers for a blunder that saw it send 35,000 bank statements to the wrong addresses.
IBM strikes panglossian license deal with Voltaire
Maybe IBM should just stop fooling around and buy Mellanox Technologies already.
Mozilla betas facelifted open source license
Mozilla has released a beta version of the MPL 2.0, the first update to its open source license in more than a decade.
HPC mavens sell excess super cycles
Supercomputing labs the world over are feeling the budget pressure like the rest of us, especially those supported by public funds. With this in mind, OCF – an HPC system integrator based in Sheffield – has come up with a plan that will help labs make a little money to cover their cost: sell capacity to outsiders for a fee.
UN defends human right to WikiLeaked info
The United Nations has responded to the ongoing WikiLeaks kerfuffle, urging member states to – ahem – remember the basic human right to access information held by governments and other public authorities.
Oracle revisits Sparc T processor roadmap
Three weeks ago, Oracle co-founder and chief executive officer, Larry Ellison, gave us all a preview of the upcoming Sparc T series processor roadmap as part of the rollout of the Sparc SuperCluster, an Exadata-style parallel database machine based on the current Sparc T3 processors. In the wake of Ellison's revelations, Rick Hetherington, vice president of hardware development at Oracle, did a Q&A interview with Oracle PR that shed a little more light on the Sparc T chip roadmap.