13th > October > 2011 Archive


AOL demos the human-free datacenter

AOL has been operating a trial datacenter that runs without any on-site staff since the start of the month, and reports that the system is resilient and cuts costs.
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Googler squeals: 'We don't get platforms'

The dangers of social platforms have been illustrated yet again, when one of the Mountain View Chocolate Factory's Oompa-Loompas made public a long and detailed rant against his employer on Google+.
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Apple wins for now: no Galaxy 10.1 in Oz

Samsung’s Galaxy 10.1 has been blocked in another jurisdiction, with the Federal Court of Australia granting an interim injunction against the sale of the device down under.
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Amazon Kindle 4

Review Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet was always going to grab the headlines when the retailer revamped its e-book reader line-up last month. But for many book buffs, its low-cost E Ink devices were more interesting.
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Peer-to-peer update makes ZeuS botnets harder to take down

A new strain of the ZeuS crimeware toolkit comes with a peer-to-peer design that lets infected machines bypass centralized servers when receiving updates and marching orders from operators, a researcher said.

Avere punches up file access with 2 more accelerators

Suffering from slow file access speeds? Avere has introduced two faster and more scalable filer accelerators.
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Busting net neutrality may amount to spying, says EU

New EU laws on net neutrality may be necessary to stop internet service providers (ISPs) from infringing individuals' data protection and privacy rights, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) has said.
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BlackBerry stumbles to feet, full of apologies

BlackBerry services are up again, though still processing a considerable backlog of traffic, but now we have a CEO's statement promising the company will try harder in future.
Bill Ray, 13 2011
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iMoney Accounting

iOS App of the Week It must be a sign of the times, but I’m definitely seeing more personal finance apps coming my way recently.
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Pampernaut love-rat space shuttle pilot prangs plane

Former space shuttle pilot Bill Oefelein, famous for being the man at the centre of the romantic rivalry between troubled astronaut Lisa Nowak and air force officer Colleen Shipman - which led to the astonishing nappies, mace and car-park fracas sensation of 2007 - has suffered a mishap at the controls of a small floatplane in Alaska, according to reports.
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C and Unix pioneer Dennis Ritchie reported dead

C programming language inventor Dennis Ritchie is reported to have died.
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Dutch ISP calls the cops after Spamhaus blacklists it

Dutch ISP A2B Internet has filed a complaint with the police after it claimed to have been "blackmailed" by London-based anti-spam outfit Spamhaus.
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City slickers get another 5 years of free Wi-Fi

The City of London has extended its deal with The Cloud for blanket Wi-Fi coverage, including the offer of 15 minutes of free access intended to lure surfers into paying £2 for a day pass.
Bill Ray, 13 2011

Valve chief says Apple will own your living room

Valve Software chief Gabe Newell reckons Apple will soon become a major player in the console biz by launching a product that will own the living room.
Caleb Cox, 13 2011
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Where am I going tomorrow? My 'leccy car charger wants to know

ERIC There’s a definite green tinge to Intel’s European Research and Innovation Conference (ERIC) this year, with a cash-saving electric car charger being touted alongside energy management ideas.
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Chinese whisper of low-cost Kindle-confounding iPad

Given that many a fanboy's assumption that Apple would announce a new-design iPhone earlier this month derived from claims made to market analysts by sources within Chinese component makers, you should probably treat the following with some scepticism.

Cloud file tech finds Big Blue one in bed with it

IBM is OEMing Nirvanix cloud file storage technology, and catapulting Nirvanix into the front ranks of cloud storage service providers.
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The keys to security compliances

Live Today Social networks, local admins, unlatched software, missing USBs: the causes of security problems in your business are often not just the big stuff that tries to get inside the firewall, it's the little problems that are already on the inside.
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Did a Seagate sales bloke just say 5TB drives are coming?

Has a Seagate Middle East sales guy just let slip that 5TB drives will be here in three months?
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Down but not out: Flash in an HTML5 world

Anyone hoping to pronounce Flash dead as Adobe transitions to the brave new HTML 5 world will have been disappointed, based on the company's MAX Conference last week.

IBM's unified V7000 will hook up with just about anything

IBM has added SONAS-style NAS heads to create a Storwize V7000 Unified storage array that complements, it says, both SONAS and its NetApp-sourced N-Series filers.
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One in 10 Brits leaves web passwords in their will

Your gran could pass on her iTunes password along with the family silver as a survey suggests that 11 per cent of Brits have either put internet passwords into their wills or plan to do so.
Ace Combat: Assault Horizon

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon

Review “For good or for ill, air mastery is the supreme expression of military power,” said Churchill, “and fleets and armies, however vital and important, must accept a subordinate rank.”

Revamp the network to cope with explosion in mobile kit

Expert Clinic Three experts; three different views; that's what you get when the three look at the impact of the substantial rise in the number of mobile devices accessing the network. All these devices send traffic across the network and much if it hits servers and causes storage transactions. Ethernet set up as a fabric can help here. But it has to be upgraded so that its architectural traffic flow assumptions, the number of addresses, its security, bandwidth and management don't become problems

Nokia's NFC-stocked Symbian smartphone surfaces

Nokia has brightened up its Symbian range with the introduction of a NFC smartphone that shouldn't put much of a dent in your wallet.
Caleb Cox, 13 2011

An ode to rent-a-nerds and cable monkeys

Sysadmin blog Writing an article for El Reg takes between two hours and several weeks of research. Different articles have different origins. I usually have some techie-type problems occurring that could make for an interesting article, but every so often I get a bug about something and dive into a pile of off-topic research.
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Social net sites do wonders for crooks, spooks and bosses

RSA Europe Social networks make obtaining sensitive background information on people as a prelude to stealing their identities – and running attacks on corporations – easier than ever before.
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Spotify 'sold soul' to boy king Zuckerberg

Comment I can't quite recall serial entrepreneur Michael Robertson ever running a big, successful, profit-making internet business – and his latest radio venture seriously misjudges both the medium and the market. But as a pundit, he occasionally airs views that others are too timid to articulate. Robertson takes aim at digital music companies "selling their souls" to Facebook, and lands at least one arrow on the bullseye.
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NHS orgs not keen on UK gov's mega-intranet

NHS organisations in England are showing a reluctance to consider future use of the Public Service Network (PSN), according to officials and a supplier taking part in its early implementation.
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Ubuntu Server 11.10 leaps onto OpenStack clouds

Right on time, the Ubuntu Server 11.10 operating system has tiptoed out onto the intertubes and wants to play with your workloads.
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Future wars will be over water not fuel, warns Intel sage

ERIC If you think you’ve seen the thinnest, smallest form factors computers can go into, Intel CTO of Datacentre and Connected Systems Group and senior fellow Steve Pawlowski reckons you’re dead wrong.
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Dennis Ritchie: The C man who booted Unix

Obituary It was 1968 and students and workers were on the march, protesting against the Vietnam War, with the western world seemingly teetering on the brink of revolution.

RIM: 'Faulty switch took out faulty-switch-proof network'

Blackberry bosses held a short press conference at 10am EST (15.00 GMT) today to calm investors, answer media questions and shed (a little bit) more light on the faulty switch that caused the three-day service outages across the UK, Europe, Africa and Latin America.
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Fretting Googler retracts anti-Google+ rant

A Google engineer who accidentally published a long rant about the failings of Google+ has since issued an apologetic make-up piece, explaining why he has taken the piece down, how kind Google are for not immediately firing him and that really Steve Yegge is a lowly oompa-loompa who knows nothing and to whom nobody should pay any attention, least of all the media who have been lapping up his 4,700-word rant in a frenzied blood lust.
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Microsoft whips Apple with global Xbox TV deals

If the Xbox Live network was a cable operator it would be the largest such operator in the world, with 35 million customers, which is why Microsoft is turning the Xbox into an over-the-top TV delivery device – something it has dreamed of ever since it first made the Xbox one of its IPTV Mediaroom set-tops.
Faultline, 13 2011
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Citrix buys cloudy storage biz ShareFile

Server and application virtualization juggernaut Citrix Systems has bought ShareFile, which runs a cloudy document sharing service aimed at businesses, not at consumers.
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Galleon chief Rajaratnam gets 11 years in the slammer

Raj Rajaratnam, the former heard of the former Galleon hedge fund that was the epicenter of several insider trading rings that came to light two years ago , was sentenced in New York today to 11 years in prison for his kingpin role.
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Ubuntu One client now available for Windows

Canonical has moved its Ubuntu One file-synchronization service for Windows out of beta, with the new build of the operating system.
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Flashback trojan targeting OS X shuns virtual machines

Underscoring the growing sophistication of Mac-based malware, a trojan preying on OS X users has adopted several stealth techniques since it was discovered last month.

AMD 'unleashes' unlocked FX processor family

AMD has released its long-expected AMD FX processor line, and – as also expected – they're shipping them unlocked, thus warming the cockles of overclockers' hearts. Early testing, however, reveals others' cockles to be somewhat chilly.
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Quigley defends FTTP to parliamentary committee, again

NBN Co CEO Mike Quigley and federal opposition communications spokesperson Malcolm Turnbull have spent another half-hour or so sparring over whether or not FTTN should be deployed as an interim step towards the National Broadband Network’s fibre-to-the-premises policy target.
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OccupySF BOFH runs protest network on pedal power

Since the end of September, a small – but growing – group of protestors has set up camp outside the Federal Reserve Bank building on San Francisco’s Market Street to demonstrate against corporate greed, government inaction, and the squeezing of the middle and lower classes.
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IRS audits Google for funneling profits to Ireland

The US Internal Revenue Service is auditing strategies that Google uses to cut its tax bill by about $1 billion a year by funneling profit into subsidiaries located in territories with low or non-existent rates, according to a published report citing unnamed officials.

The exaggerated “death of text”

It’s time to put to bed the idea that SMS costs millions per Gigabyte – a game I have played in the past, along with many others – now that every major mobile carrier in Australia has plans with text allowances stretching all the way up to “unlimited”.
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Carriers move to shore up safe harbour

Australia’s peak carrier and service provider body, the Communications Alliance, is seeking “friend of the court” (amicus curiae) status in the “iiTrial” High Court appeal.
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ACCC to appeal Google decision

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has decided it will appeal against the decision that recently let Google off the hook in relation to misleading advertisements in Australia.
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Solar car teams bask in Darwin sunshine

WSC The El Reg's elite Special Projects Bureau team touched down in a very hot and sticky Darwin yesterday, as teams challenging for the World Solar Challenge crown prepared their vehicles to face the vast interior of Oz.