16th > March > 2011 Archive

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Message from South Oz: YouTube not for assaults

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation is reporting that South Australia's government is considering banning the filming of assaults.
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Microsoft and Mozilla edge towards web privacy consensus?

Nothing helps rivals in the private sector find common ground quicker than the threat of government intervention.
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Oracle kills Sun.com after starvation diet

Oracle is killing Sun.com, the online home of Sun Microsystems and one of the oldest dot-com domain names.
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RIM tells users of bloodied BlackBerry to disable JavaScript

Research in Motion has suggested BlackBerry users disable JavaScript to protect themselves against a critical vulnerability that allows attackers to remotely execute malicious code and access confidential data stored on the phone.
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Site-saving workers evacuated from Japanese reactor disaster

Updated The Japanese government has ordered the evacuation of the 50 remaining workers at the Fukushima Daiichi (No. 1) plant, thus bringing at minimum a temporary halt to the efforts to cool the distressed reactors at that increasingly troubled nuclear power plant.
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Intel opens kimono on Sandy Bridge Xeon E3

Intel pre-launched its Sandy Bridge Xeon E3-1200 series of processors on Tuesday, letting the world know that it intends to dominate the new micro server market being created by SeaMicro, Dell, Tyan, Calxeda, and others.
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Make streaming a felony: Obama

The US government is proposing that "infringement by streaming" be made into a felony.
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Thinkflood RedEye remote for iOS

Review There are a number of apps and adaptors, such as the Gear4 Unity, which allow an iPhone to act as a universal remote control for your TV and other home entertainment kit. However, the RedEye from ThinkFlood is the most sophisticated remote control I’ve come across so far for this platform.
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Customising virtualised desktops

Live Now! One of the biggest challenges arising from desktop virtualisation is the experience and demands of the end user. A one size fits all or lowest common denominator desktop approach is rarely a recipe for success when there are a range of use cases and expectations to cater for.
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UK boffins to develop 'Solar Squaddie' electro-uniform

The cash-strapped UK Ministry of Defence is to ally with national boffinry authorities to create a camouflage uniform for soldiers which will generate electricity, so perhaps removing the crippling load of batteries currently carried by troops in combat.
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Flash standard now twice as fast

A new flash interface standard has been published that doubles NAND access speeds to 400MB/sec, making flash even more attractive for consumer devices and business computing.
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Faster, Network! Kill! Kill!

The networking landscape has altered, and altered considerably since the 1970s, a decade that saw both the introduction of shoulder pads and the beginnings of the Ethernet network. In the thirty or so years since, fashion has, thankfully, moved on and so, too, has networking, which is what concerns us here. In particular what’s coming next and what the benefits might be.
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Samsung goes stereoscopic rental mental

Samsung is worried about the lack of 3D content available to showcase its 3D TVs and Blu-ray players, and is to launch a 3D video-on-demand service to keep its customers stocked up with stereoscopic stuff.
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Sexy eco-bulb wins Design of the Year

An "imaginatively sculpted energy saving lightbulb" has secured the UK's Design of the Year award.
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Mozilla to ship Firefox 4 on 22 March

Mozilla looks set to release Firefox 4 on 22 March, unless developers encounter any nasty bugs in their final tests.
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The changing nature of end user computing

Tech Panel Life used to be pretty straightforward. An employee joined the organisation, and they were allocated a desk with a PC on it. The IT department controlled what was on that PC, always knew where it was, and generally had pretty easy access to it.
Dale Vile, 16 2011
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Twitter adds HTTPS opt-in button to micro-blogging service

Twitter has followed in the footsteps of Facebook by offering an opt-in "always on" HTTPS setting to users of its micro-blogging service.
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Bloke with hammer fixes London's Olympic clock

Photo exclusive We're delighted to report that London's high-tech Olympic chronometer is once again counting down to the opening of next year's celebration of performance-enhancing drugs sporting excellence.
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More cocaine found at Kennedy Space Center

NASA officials at the Kennedy Space Center have discovered 4.2 grammes of a "white powdery substance" believed to be cocaine, Space.com reports.
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Intel and Apple: tablet d'hôte

Leader Leader Intel's Android efforts: products, please, not prototypes Is it really news that Intel is encouraging Asian netbook and tablet makers to use its processors in their Android products, as Taiwan's DigiTimes and the many sites citing it believe?
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Privacy group demands answers from Skype

Lobby group Privacy International is demanding Skype improves its VoIP service to properly protect the privacy of its users.
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Vodafone, Three fall under 'magical' iPad 2 spell

Three and Vodafone have joined Orange and T-Mobile - though these two are now essentially one and the same - to sign up to sell the iPad 2 when it arrives in the UK.
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12Mb/sec to a mobile telephone, but is it a new generation?

Verizon has launched the HTC Thunderbolt, bringing 12Mb/sec data to a mobile phone if you can get coverage, but whether or not it is the first 4G phone is a rather more complicated question.
Bill Ray, 16 2011
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The Register Primer on Enterprise Virtualization

Here's the score, a seven-pager on enterprise virtualization, inspired by an online survey of 301 IT Pros.
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Virgin Media, Readers - an apology

Dear readers, we owe you an apology.
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Soyuz capsule 'nauts touch down safely

Alexander Kaleri, Scott Kelly and Oleg Skripochka returned safely from the International Space Station this morning when their Soyuz TMA-01M capsule touched down on the "frigid" Kazakhstan steppe at 07:54 GMT.
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York Uni exposes students' private info

The University of York has leaked confidential personal information on students due to website security vulnerabilities.
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Internet Watch Foundation: Abuse images takedown speeds up

The number of URLs hosting child abuse content has risen significantly over the last year – but the scale of the problem has not changed, and take-down time has improved dramatically.
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What is Mark Hurd working on?

Blocks and Files Look, this is off the wall, and I'm putting together an absence from the public eye and thoughts from a couple of sources - and maybe wishful thinking - but, here we go; what is Mark Hurd working on at Oracle?

EA dubs Nintendo Wii a 'legacy platform'

EA has described Nintendo Wii as a "legacy platform", a console that picks up dust on the shelf along with the likes of the PS2 and the original Xbox, while HD consoles rule the show.
Caleb Cox, 16 2011
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Review Carpal tunnel syndrome has almost set in since the release of WoW Cataclysm – bash, level, bash, ow, ow – so perhaps change is as good as a rest. Well, one look at Rift and I am left with nightmarish flashbacks of DC Universe another MMO that is ultimately flawed with a levelling cap, a boring character build system and no originality. It was nice to dream for a while that Rift was a decent alternative but the regular sub disappearing out my bank account certainly makes one wonder if either of these games is worth about a tenner a month, especially when World of Tanks is free.
Lucy Orr, 16 2011
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Watchdog disses City of Medway

The Advertising Standards Authority has earned its keep by ruling on the critical matter of whether Medway can describe itself as a city.
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Foreign Office endorses 'free' Microsoft travel advice API

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has endorsed an application programming interface created by Microsoft, after the software giant took the government department's RSS feeds and cobbled together an API.
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Rambus gets Tosh top-up

Toshiba has renewed a five-year memory licensing agreement with Rambus, providing a plentiful flow of royalty dollars to the litigious company.
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Green Parrot to cure YouTube shakes

Google has announced that it has acquired a Dublin firm "specialising in motion based manipulation of film and video" – with an eye to improving the quality of YouTube videos.
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Phone, car companies collaborate to connect cars, phones

Eleven companies want to make it easier to connect your mobile gadgetry to your car, and to get the two talking a common language. They have formed the inevitable industry consortium to do it.
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FTC sanctions behavioural ads firm over deceptive 'opt-outs'

The FTC has settled a complaint with a behavioural advertising firm alleged to have misled consumers into believing they had opted out of its services.
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Google Docs plugs into email, turns 'comments' into 'discussions'

Google has equipped its Google Docs online word processor with a new discussion system designed to enhance collaboration between users. The setup augments the traditional "comments" system popularized by Microsoft Word, letting users not only attach comments to a document, but also readily discuss the document with collaborators via email.
Cade Metz, 16 2011
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Power and cooling in the data centre

Power and cooling are the critical services demanded of a data centre facility, yet diagnosing problems and fixing them while keeping the infrastructure running can be surprisingly difficult. Yet they've never been more important as virtualisation increases the concentration of critical resources in the data centre.
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Fukushima situation as of Wednesday

The situation at the Fukushima Daiichi powerplant has worsened significantly as it becomes clear that one and possibly two reactors there have suffered a breach in primary containment, making the incident definitely the second worst nuclear accident yet seen.
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Gov and ISPs clash over informal policing of net

A row is brewing today between government and ISPs following suggestions that greater informal policing of internet content might be needed, along with a new self-regulatory body to carry out the task.
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OCZ opens wide and swallows Indilinx

Speedy SSD maker OCZ is buying fabless Indilinx, which makes controller software and silicon for SSDs, especially embedded SSDs.
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Still talking about desktops ... haven't we moved on?

The desktop computer remains a fixture in just about every business – a fixture that still needs to be maintained, secured and eventually, refreshed. At the same time, the pressures to provide more flexible, cost-effective access to corporate systems is leading organisations to look at mobile and cloud computing desktop alternatives.
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Wi-Fi security befuddles clueless home users

Two out of five UK home users don't have a clue about how to change the security settings of their home wireless network.

TV judge holds court over Wii modchip case

Here's a video clip of a televised court case about a pay dispute between a man and his neighbour over the modification of a Wii console.
Caleb Cox, 16 2011
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Euro police smash online paedophile ring

A huge paedophile network behind a Netherlands-based online forum called boylover.net has been smashed and 184 suspects have been arrested, following a worldwide police operation.
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Hadron Collider 'could act as telephone for talking to the past'

Spurs-a-jingle boffins in America say that the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), most puissant matter-rending machine ever assembled by humanity, may also turn out to be the first time machine ever built. According to the physicists' calculations, instruments at the mighty particle-smasher may soon detect signs of "singlets" which it has not yet generated, sent back from their creation in the future.
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SGI talks Windows on Altix UV

Supercomputer and general-purpose server maker Silicon Graphics has shed some light on its support for Microsoft's Windows Server on its "UltraViolet" Altix UV 1000 supercomputers.
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Teen charged for Facebook birthday hoax that drew 200,000

Australian police arrested a Sydney teenager and accused him of posting an invitation to Facebook that generated 200,000 positive replies to a girl's 16th birthday party.
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Drizzle: Big-Data-happy MySQL fork debuts

Drizzle – a lightweight fork of Oracle's MySQL database for cloud computing – has been released by open sourcers.
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Jon Bon Jovi accuses Steve Jobs of murdering music biz

Aging 80s hair-band demigod Jon Bon Jovi knows who killed the increasingly moribund music market: Apple CEO Steve Jobs.
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Cloud.com revs open source data center makeover kit

Cloud.com has released a new version of its CloudStack platform, a means of transforming your existing data center setup into an Amazon EC2–like "infrastructure cloud".
Cade Metz, 16 2011
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Microsoft malware removal tool takes out Public Enemy No. 4

Microsoft this week used its Malicious Software Removal Tool to take out the fourth-biggest threat in automated program's history, which dates back to at least 2005.
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'iPad cads' dash fanboi fondleslab hopes

If you've tried and failed to snag the latest Cupertinian shiny-shiny – aka the iPad 2 – perhaps the reason is not merely the herd of legitimate iPad purchasers crowding Apple's retail stores. Perhaps you've been outmaneuvered by what the New York Post has labeled "iPad cads".
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Telstra restores Japan cable link

Telstra International has reported that all services have been fully restored to its undersea cable infrastructure in Japan.
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News Corp to trade music for games, readies MySpace sale

News Corp is poised to enter the social gaming sector to get a slice of some of the action Zynga is enjoying with its FarmVille success.
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Skyhook vows to take Google suit to bitter end

The CEO of Skyhook Wireless has vowed to take the company's lawsuits against Google to the bitter end and – "one way or another" – get its location services onto every Android phone.
Cade Metz, 16 2011
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GaleForce blows into the cloud

It seems like everyone who ever sold a system or network management tool is now repositioning themselves as a controller of clouds. Gale Technologies, which you probably never heard of because it hasn't been marketing itself for very long, is coming to clouds from the network side and expanding out into controlling all physical and virtual resources, including provisioning of servers, storage, networking, operating systems, and applications.
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Sony wins subpoena for PS3 hacker's PayPal records

A federal judge in San Francisco has given Sony permission to subpoena the PayPal records of George Hotz, the hacker being sued for jailbreaking the company's PlayStation 3 game console.