19th > May > 2011 Archive

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NBN Co lights up on mainland

Australia’s controversial national broadband network took one small step towards actual deployment with the click of a specially-constructed media-stunt red button officially activating the first mainland site in Armidale, NSW yesterday.
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Iran accused of hacking nuke inspectors' phones, PCs

United Nations nuclear officials are investigating reports that Iranian spies may have hacked agency phones and laptops that were left unattended during a recent inspection of that country's uranium enrichment facilities, the Associated Press reported.
Dan Goodin, 19 May 2011
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Sleazy Aussie 'hot babes' network goes MIA

Full blooded, empty-headed, time-rich, girlfriend-poor Aussie blokes, including a trio of North Melbourne footballers, are suffering a savage attack from media and the public over their membership to an exclusive mens-only Facebook group called "the Brocial Network".
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‘We’ll get to the bottom of this’ – HP boss

Hewlett-Packard CEO Leo Apotheker has promised to ferret out those who leaked the memos telling the world the company is in tough times. The memos had warned employees to “watch every penny” and raised concerns of likely layoffs.
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Microsoft calls Intel's Windows 8 comments 'inaccurate'

Microsoft has said that recent comments from Intel software chief Renée James on the next version of Windows were "factually inaccurate and unfortunately misleading."
Rik Myslewski, 19 May 2011
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Sony Vaio VPCF21Z1E 16in laptop

Review Imagine my joy when asked to try out a 3D entertainment centre built into a Sony Vaio notebook. Imagine my disappointment, then, when I discover that the notebook in question is actually too big to fit in my notebook bag.
Alistair Dabbs, 19 May 2011
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HDS fixin' to bring out common storage platform

El Reg understands that Hitachi Data Systems wants to move to having a single storage platform that can cover both high-end and mid-range storage needs.
Chris Mellor, 19 May 2011
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PARIS team to tackle the ultimate post-pint snack

The Register's Paper Aircraft Released Into Space team has been at a bit of loose end since last October, when our Vulture 1 aircraft went down in history as the greatest ever paper plane launch in the history of the known world.
Lester Haines, 19 May 2011
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Wolfram Alpha

iOS App of the Week I’ve been reading a lot about Wolfram Alpha recently, and although you can access this self-styled "computational knowledge engine" directly from the Wolfram website it works well as a self-contained app. Just don’t call it a search engine – they don’t like that.
Cliff Joseph, 19 May 2011
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Amazon US offers gift cards, free shipment for your e-junk

Amazon has launched an online junk shop which allows people to trade electronic goods in exchange for gift cards.
John Oates, 19 May 2011
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Google's Egypt hero: Tech biz, keep out of Arab politics

The Google marketing manager who became a hero during the Egyptian revolution warned Western governments and companies to butt out of the region's politics at a privacy conference in London yesterday.
Joe Fay, 19 May 2011
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Which kind of cloud database is right for you?

Deep Dive In the second of two articles about cloud-based data storage, the focus is on the options available and how to decide on one approach rather than the other. (Part 1 is here).
Philip Howard, 19 May 2011
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Powerline network radio interference debated in Commons

Analysis Interference from PLT was debated in the UK Commons last night. At least an attempt was made to do so: the BIS minister preferred instead to ignore the questions and focus on the bearded minority.
Bill Ray, 19 May 2011
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PS3s overheat after firmware update

Rockstar has turned the heat up on Sony's PlayStation 3 again last night, after a forum post by one of its reps claimed the latest PS3 firmware update, version 3.61, is to blame for reports of older PS3 models overheating and uncontrollably shutting down.
Caleb Cox, 19 May 2011
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Mumsnet founder: Our members are 'very keen' on PORN ...

Mumsnet founder Justine Roberts piled back into the net-nannying debate yesterday, calling on ISPs to do more to guard their youngest customers while confirming that many of her readers are themselves avid smut fans.
Joe Fay, 19 May 2011

Why are Microsoft and Intel slapping and pulling hair?

Analysis For all the cloudy proclamations Microsoft's boss Steve Ballmer has been making of late, the company's bread 'n' butter products remain on the desktop. And that's a fact that Intel, whose lengthy and prosperous partnership with Redmond recently took a major knock, knows only too well.
Kelly Fiveash, 19 May 2011
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Apple App Store apps are often old, vulnerable versions

Apple is publishing outdated software packages, subject to critical security vulnerabilities in some cases, through its App Store.
John Leyden, 19 May 2011
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Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer set to sniff out strangelets

The crews of space shuttle Endeavour and the International Space Station have completed the installation of the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS, or AMS-02) – the $2bn piece of kit designed to "advance knowledge of the universe and lead to the understanding of the universe's origin by searching for antimatter, dark matter and measuring cosmic rays".
Lester Haines, 19 May 2011
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Your PC, our problem

You can tell the difference between business laptops and consumer laptops pretty easily. Not by the specifications, or the price - as USB 3 and hard drive protection become common, often the only visible difference is whether it comes with a fingerprint scanner.
Mary Branscombe, 19 May 2011
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Identity and Passport Service loses its website

The Identity and Passport Service disappeared this morning – it has been absorbed into the Home Office's main site.
John Oates, 19 May 2011
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How to choose the right screen size

How big is big enough? It’s a question many of us have asked, as we cruise the aisles of Currys or John Lewis, looking for a new TV. It’s all too easy to be seduced by a special offer, or by extra features like net connectivity, and end up with a TV that’s larger than you anticipated.
Nigel Whitfield, 19 May 2011
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Three prices up HTC Flyer fondleslab for Brits

Three has priced up HTC's 7in Android tablet, Flyer.
Hard Reg, 19 May 2011
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Cabinet Office outlines gov-portal 'ID assurance' plans

Government departments will begin testing a first prototype of the Coalition's new identity assurance model for its entire online public services space in October this year.
Kelly Fiveash, 19 May 2011
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Desktop virt: Licence to bamboozle?

Desktop Virtualisation Desktop virtualisation presents many technical choices but they could turn out to be the easy bit. Licensing the software is where it all gets difficult, especially when the software is Microsoft Windows.
Tim Anderson, 19 May 2011
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Logitech outs tablet add-ons

Logitech has outed a couple of tablet-centric accessories: one a rebadged Zagg iPad case - the metal one with the built-in keyboard - and a separate keyboard-stand combo, the Logitech Tablet Keyboard.
Hard Reg, 19 May 2011
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Microsoft blames old update for Xbox 360 issue

Microsoft has responded to yesterday's reports that the forthcoming firmware update could cause games to stop working, claiming the issue is related to a previous update instead.
Caleb Cox, 19 May 2011
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O2 money-phone set to go live this year

O2 will be working with Wave Crest, FIS, Intelligent Environments and Visa Europe to get its O2 Money product into a mobile phone before the end of 2011.
Bill Ray, 19 May 2011
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Stuxnet-style SCADA attack kept quiet after US gov tests

Security researchers decided to cancel a planned demonstration of security holes in industrial control systems from Siemens following requests from the German manufacturer and a security response team.
John Leyden, 19 May 2011

Coder claims logs show WebOS netbook in pipe

One WebOS developer has claimed to have found proof that HP is working on a WebOS-based tablet.
Tony Smith, 19 May 2011
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Microsoft fails to turn punters on to WinPho 7

Microsoft and its hardware partners shifted a mere 1.6m Windows Phone 7 handsets during the first three months of 2011.
Tony Smith, 19 May 2011
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Interstellar space 'full of Jupiter-size orphan planets'

A team of astronomers has identified a novel new kind of galactic wanderer - lone, Jupiter-sized planets expelled from forming solar systems and drifting in the empty void between the stars.
Lester Haines, 19 May 2011
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Is Quantum shopping itself around?

Comment Quantum's full year and fourth quarter results came in pretty much as expected, but they do position the storage company for interesting possibilities and Motley Fool picked up on one of those; a NetApp acquisition of Quantum.
Chris Mellor, 19 May 2011
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Eight New Yorkers sue Baidu for $16m

Baidu is being sued by eight New York residents, who filed a lawsuit yesterday against the company accusing the search engine of censoring internet information in collusion with the People's Republic.
Kelly Fiveash, 19 May 2011
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Amazon heralds unstoppable rise of the e-book

E-books are now outselling hardbacks and paperbacks combined, Amazon.com claimed today.
Tony Smith, 19 May 2011
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Schmidt explains the Google way to self-erasure

Google bent over backwards yesterday to show that it has learned its lessons and is really finally taking individuals' concerns over privacy seriously. Honestly.
Joe Fay, 19 May 2011
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Tablet PCs bashed but not beaten by media tablets

Fans of old-style tilt'n'swivel screen tablets will undoubtedly be disheartened to hear from market watcher iSuppli that their favoured form of fondleslab will be massively outshipped by iPad-style stuff in the years to come.
Tony Smith, 19 May 2011
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Snort team aim to scent malformed email attachments

Interview The developers behind Snort, the open source intrusion detection system, are pushing ahead with a project to develop a system for detecting malformed documents in a bid to provide early warnings about targeted attacks.
John Leyden, 19 May 2011
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RHEL 6.1 lays foundation for future servers

Commercial Linux distributor Red Hat has moved the 6.1 release of its Enterprise Linux from beta to prime time.
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Simply viewing Apple kit provokes religious euphoria

A team of British neuroscientists has confirmed what IT atheists have known for years - that the brains of Jobsian cult members respond to the sight of Apple products in much the same way that religious believers respond to religious imagery.
Cade Metz, 19 May 2011
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Mickos: Amazon and Eucalyptus still rule the cloud

Nobody said running a cloud startup was going to be easy. But surely, it was never supposed to be this hard.
Gavin Clarke, 19 May 2011
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Eureka! Google breakthrough makes SSL less painful

Google researchers say they've devised a way to significantly reduce the time it takes websites to establish encrypted connections with end-user browsers, a breakthrough that could make it less painful for many services to offer the security feature.
Dan Goodin, 19 May 2011
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US admiral reveals safety plan for Zombie Apocalypse

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released a report on how to prepare for the zombie apocalypse.
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Schmidt: 'Elites' not 'common men' fret over net privacy

In the end, Eric Schmidt can't help but undermine his own defense of Google's data collection and retention policies.
Cade Metz, 19 May 2011
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Kaspersky wants Interpol for the web

The world needs an Internet Interpol, as well as enforceable online identities and an “Internet passport”, Eugene Kaspersky has told the AusCERT 2011 conference this week.
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FTC, Canada bust internet scammers

Working with Canadian law enforcement, the Federal Trade Commission is trying to shut down a Canadian-based online scam it says is worth US$450 million.
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OSI set to expand open source mission

The Open Source Initiative (OSI), defender of the open-source faith, will soon expand its reach, embracing representatives from other open-source groups and the world of business.
Gavin Clarke, 19 May 2011