21st > November > 2011 Archive
CSIRO opens tender for Pawsey petascale powerhouse
The CSIRO has opened the tender for petascale iron for the Pawsey Centre, and is conducting an industry briefing in Perth on November 30.
Teacher investigated over mysluttyteacher smut site
A California teacher has been suspended while authorities investigate claims she ran a series of porn websites from a school computer in partnership with a local retired cop.
Scotland Yard e-cops 'fighting to save Xmas'
UK cybercops have managed to dismantle more than 2,000 fraudulent shopping websites that have ripped off thousands.
Hire-car data scraper becomes Catcher in the Rye
Software used to target ads for rental cars has been successfully applied to keeping British youngsters in education or employment after leaving school.
Truly unlimited mobile for $19: How can it be true?
Next year Americans will be able to get unlimited mobile calling, and data, for $19 a month with Republic Wireless, in a deal which is nearly, but not quite, perfect.
Spyhunting US pols to crawl up Huawei and ZTE's ass
US lawmakers have launched an investigation into the threat of cyber espionage from Chinese telecoms firms operating in the US, singling out Huawei and ZTE.
CableJive DockBoss Plus
Geek Treat of the WeekReg Hardware is always inundated with speaker systems for the iPhone and iPod in the run-up to Christmas, but there are still relatively few sets of speakers designed to dock Android phones.
Chief rabbi: Steve Jobs' Apple lust spreads misery, despair
Steve Jobs has created a consumer society that makes many of us sad because we don't have the latest iPhone, said the UK's Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks. Speaking at an interfaith gathering attended by the Queen, Sacks compared the iPad to the tablets of the Ten Commandments that Moses brought down from the mountains.
Virtualised storage: the perfect space-saving solution
In case you have been living under a rock for the past month or so, we are in the middle of a hard drive shortage. Now that we can’t simply add more drives at will, storage utilisation has suddenly become important again.
Coder creates Siri proxy
An enterprising coder has created a proxy server for Apple's Siri, the voice assistant integrated into the iPhone 4S but driven by an Apple server.
SQUID calls 'virtual photons' into real existence
While “vacuum fluctuations” – one of the stranger predictions of quantum physics – have been observed for some time, a team comprising scientists from Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden and the University of University of New South Wales have gone one step further, creating their own photons out of empty space.
Amazon Kindle Fire: $199 to buy, $202 to make
Amazon's Kindle Fire e-book reader tablet costs more to manufacture than the online retailer is charging punters for it.
Nokia's Great Lost Platform
Special ReportNokia has undergone a dramatic convulsion this year, abandoning its two smartphone software platforms, and allying itself with Microsoft. The company’s software was widely seen as uncompetitive, and hadn’t moved with the demands of the market. Nokia has also missed out on the most explosive hardware growth area in recent years. As the company put it, in regulatory filings made this year:
Keep it simple with one-size-fits-all networking
This isn’t the sort of thing that sysadmins usually admit to, but I have recently developed a grudging sort of respect for cable monkeys.
EA sued over broken Battlefield pledge
EA is facing court action after unhappy fans accused the publisher of reneging on a promise to include a free copy of Battlefield 1943 with the PlayStation 3 version of Battlefield 3.
'Occupy Flash' web hippies aim to rid world of Adobe plugin
An "Occupy Flash" website is urging PC users to rip Adobe's ubiquitous media player off their computers and embrace HTML5.
Apple to outship HP in 2012 says analyst firm
Market watcher Canalys has bullishly forecast that Apple will begin to ship more personal computers than current market leader HP at some point during H1 2012.
Bill Gates summoned in antitrust case that WILL NOT DIE
Microsoft chairman Bill Gates will be quizzed in court today in the antitrust suit that will not die - the one first brought by Novell against the firm in 2004.
Swearing fine quashed as teens have heard it all before
Shouting obscenities in public should no longer be considered offensive as teenagers and coppers have heard it all before.
Why have VCs hosed down an obscure startup with cash?
Lookout provides mobile phone protection and management services in a friendly Mozy pre-EMC kind of way, kind of like a helpful uncle, but its revenue potential seems to be making VCs salivate.
Bug silences Samsung Galaxy Nexus
It looks like Vodafone was right to hold off on the release of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. The Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich phone, which went on sale last week, is infuriating punters with a particularly annoying bug.
Man sues boss for 'condemning him to eternal damnation'
An American man has brought a wrongful dismissal suit over his former employer's attempt to make him wear the number of the beast - in the guise of a safety record sticker.
RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 Qwerty smartphone
ReviewThere’s been a rash of activity from RIM recently, with a range of subtly different BlackBerry models designed to appeal to different segments of the smart phone market. The Curve 9360 is towards the budget end but still packs in a full Qwerty hard keyboard, 5Mp camera and the latest version of BlackBerry’s OS.
Inside the mysterious US satellite hacking case
AnalysisThe cause and perpetrators behind interference against two US scientific satellites remains unknown to American military commanders more than three years after the mysterious event.
New 'plasma lamps' to replace fluorescent bulbs, LEDs
Boffins hope to be rolling in cash after finding a new way to use plasma to make light bulbs.
Swedish political party pledges War On Wolves
A new political party has launched on a single issue platform: all wolves must die. At least within the borders of Sweden.
YouTube-linked microwave shows vids as it nukes
Students have found a way to spice up microwave meals by attaching a tablet to their radiation-oven, playing YouTube videos while the food cooks.
Japanese boffins demo sound-powered vibe lights
Boffins at the University of Tokyo have been demonstrating LED lights driven by directional sound waves, but reckon the technology for delivering electricity has even better applications.
Women love phone cams, for snapping pics of cute babies
The précis of a recent survey for AdAge by JWT Intelligence, titled "Always On Women: A Survey of how women are using technology today" will have many women spitting blood.
Atomic time boffins build better second-watcher
US researchers recently named the atomic clock at the UK's National Physical Laboratory (NPL) in London the most accurate atomic timepiece on the planet.
Kindle Fire demand hits iPad rivals not iPad
Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet is being portrayed as the first real competition Apple's iPad has had, but initial evidence from potential tablet buyers suggests it's Apple's rivals who really need to worry.
NASA nuclear Mars tank launch delayed by one day
The launch of the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL), which contains the Curiosity rover, has been delayed by a day to November 26.
Kindle hackers give Nook a thorough rooting
Gadget enthusiasts have managed to root the Nook Tablet.
Azlan hits pause in top table's musical chairs
Azlan has confirmed its revamped management line-up that will lead the business from the start of next month.
Spanish firemen grapple naked stairs sex Brit
A 49-year-old British tourist was rescued by "surprised" Tenerife firemen after an energetic shag ended with her dangling naked by her ankle from a flight of holiday apartment stairs.
Virtual server farm goes titsup TWICE in a month
UK hosting firm Fasthosts has suffered its second outage in a couple of weeks as its virtual private servers went down on Sunday afternoon.
Google guru blasts Android virus doomsayers as 'charlatans'
Google's open-source program manager has launched an entertaining rant against firms offering mobile security software, accusing them of selling worthless software and of being "charlatans and scammers".
UK.gov ends 'speed dating' romps with tech suppliers
Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude has labelled the public sector's old way of procuring IT products as a "speed dating approach" and added that UK.gov needed to learn from its European neighbours such as Germany and France.
Fujitsu parades 16-core Sparc64 super stunner
SC11Ahead of the SC11 supercomputer conference in Seattle last week, recently awakened supercomputing giant Fujitsu rolled out the kicker: a commercialized version of the K supercomputer that is at the top of the flops charts in the world right now.
Floods really will bring armageddon in 2012, insist resellers
PC shortages are affecting the UK earlier than expected but the rapid swing from inventory overload to relative hardware famine has led to some customers dismissing resellers' warnings as sales opportunism.
Royal Mail fights to address website outages
Parts of the website for the Royal Mail still aren't operational today, after the site reportedly went down over the weekend.
Gov web boss: Our sites look like bleak council estates
The Cabinet Office's freshly uploaded digital boss Mike Bracken is on a mission to sex-up government services online.
Tech Data battens down hatches for miserable Xmas
Tech Data is cutting costs to reflect the leaner economic climate and in anticipation of modest single digit sales growth over the Christmas quarter.
Rumoured iPhone 5 'will have 4in screen' against Jobs' wish
iPhone 5 will grow 8mm in length to accommodate a new 4in screen, according to rumours on iLounge that conjure the shape of the next Jesus mobe out of the mists of speculation.
Flashing upstarts tempt tech titans' throbbing disks
Blocks and FilesShould mainstream disk array vendors buy the flash startups, which are going to take their lunch money, now or later?
No chance now to save Phobos-Grunt Mars mission
The window to contact the stranded Phobos-Grunt and send it on its mission to the Martian moon has now closed.
Is your small biz the best at mobile boffinry? Prove it
Are you working for the UK's most innovative mobile company? Would you like the legal right to say so? Then you're in luck, as that's the prize in a new government competition.
Breaking news: Man lands on Moon!
Facebook's frictionless sharing apps are dredging up decade-old news stories and putting them at the top of national news sites.
Seafaring boffin bots in record-breaking bid to chart Pacific
James Gosling's wave-powered robot company has launched four bots on a record-breaking epic across the Pacific.
Flood-hit WD takes half-billion kidney punch from Seagate
Beset by Thai floods, WD has just been hit by an amazing arbitration court decision which means it has to pay Seagate $525m - if the decision survives appeal.
San Diego Baywatch rules out exploding dead whale
A dead beached whale in San Diego is going to be sticking around for another few days as authorities wait for better tides to help them shift the 50-foot (15m) cetacean.
Sony signs Voda as Vita connecta
Sony shook hands with Vodafone today, naming the network its "preferred provider" of 3G for the PlayStation Vita in Europe.
Ice Cream Sandwich WILL get Flash
Android version 4, AKA Ice Cream Sandwich, will get a Flash player for its browser later this year, but it will be the last mobile platform to have one - from Adobe at least.
Larger Kindle Fire coming soon, say moles
If you're thinking of plopping down a brace of Benjamins for a 7-inch Kindle Fire this holiday season, you might think of waiting a couple of months for the 8.9-inch version, which looks increasingly likely to be released next spring.
AMD smacks Xeon 5600s with Opteron 6200s
AnalysisAdvanced Micro Devices is currently winning the core count battle in the x86 server-chip war with the just-announced and now shipping "Interlagos" Opteron 6200s, which cram 16 cores into a big fat G34 socket. That's the same G34 socket that the prior generation Opteron 6100s used, so adopting the new chip is a snap for those server makers who did Opteron 6100 boxes. Ditto for the forthcoming Opteron 4200s, which plug into the existing C32 sockets.
Smart meters blamed for Wi-Fi, garage opener interference
Smart meters issued by an electric utility in Maine are interfering with a wide range of customers' electronic devices, including wireless routers, cordless phones, electric garage doors, and answering machines.
eBay slurps Hunch to match ads with shoppers
eBay has bought data-mining firm Hunch in a move to increase the effectiveness of personally targeted ads on the online auction house’s sales site.
'Organized' hack targets AT&T wireless subscribers
Hackers used automatic scripts to target AT&T wireless subscribers in an unsuccessful attempt to steal information stored in their online accounts, company officials said.
iiNet buys a slice of Canberra for $60m
Acquisition-hungry ISP iiNet has snapped up the pioneering triple-play fibre network TransACT Communications for $AU60 million, just a fraction of the value of the carrier’s network asset investment.
Manning to get day in court
December 16 has been named as the date for the first hearing in the military trial for PFC Bradley Manning, a mere 18 months after he was first arrested.
Robot ostrich spy outpaces world’s fastest sprinters
Researchers are building a prototype design that would enable a two-legged robot modeled on an ostrich to run at around 50mph. In simulations, it can already outpace human sprinters.
Oracle says HP is paying Intel to prop up Itanium
The legal spat between Itanium system maker HP and software and now systems maker Oracle has heated back up, with Oracle filing papers in California's Superior Court alleging that HP was paying Intel to keep the Itanium processor alive.
Not so fast: Italian boffins say neutrinos not faster than light
A team of 68 scientists led by the Gran Sasso National Laboratory in Italy claims to have refuted the OPERA faster-than-light neutrino result, even as the OPERA researchers are generating a new buzz by releasing their newer, more-finely-calibrated short-pulse tests that seem to confirm their original statement.
BSA marks down SOPA: ‘must try harder’
SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act, is increasingly looking like an orphan: the Business Software Alliance has decided the legislation is looking over-the-top.