7th > December > 2011 Archive
Oracle whips out Solaris 11 system lasher
Oracle has duly announced the high availability clustering companion to the new Solaris 11 operating system, and as you might expect from a company that is pitching its own SPARC-based "engineered system" stacks, a whole bunch of third-party software and hardware that was supported with the prior Solaris Cluster 3.3 code has not made it into the 4.0 release.
Microsoft seeks to woo developers with Windows 8 store
Microsoft is looking to woo application developers to its Windows 8 software store with more flexible licensing than usual, and a purported larger user base.
Fruit Ninja dev takes Sydney studio
Seven digital media projects have been awarded $AU3 million in funding from the NSW government to help bolster the state’s digital gaming sector.
OWC 6G Mercury Aura Pro Express SSD
ReviewMacs were never made to be messed with. Apple has softened its approach to aftermarket upgrades in recent years, a little, making it easy to switch out both the memory and hard drive in most MacBooks made in the past couple of years. But the MacBook Air is still a bit of an upgrader's island - you can't even bump up the Ram as it's soldered to the logic board.
Headmaster freezes schoolkids for Gaia
Pagan gods traditionally required human sacrifices – preferably of children – and a West Country academy school appears to be leading the way. To give pupils a lesson in "sustainability" they'll never forget, headmaster Rob Benzie of Ansford Academy in Castle Cary, Somerset, ordered a "No Power Day ... as an experiment to see if we can lower our carbon footprint".
Texas Memory Systems gets some enterprise street cred
Texas Memory Systems (TMS) is getting some enterprise cred – by introducing a high-availability, shared-access RamSan flash array.
Solar winds are blowing away the Moon's topsoil - NASA
Solar winds and plasma storms are "sandblasting" the Moon, according to top NASA boffins, causing large amounts of lunar surface material to be blown off into space.
Row over Korean election DDoS attack heats up
A political scandal is brewing in Korea over alleged denial of service attacks against the National Election Commission (NEC) website.
UK.gov uses Experian data to sniff out fraudsters
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) have signed a deal with credit reference agency Experian to use its data to detect fraud and error in the tax credits and benefits systems.
Antique Code ShowI know you played this. Admit it, darn you! Or at least you coveted it from afar as I did, watching my little sister Chloe play it and waiting till she fell asleep to sneak into her room to worship it’s vivid iridescent rays - or as close as you can get with just 4096 colors!
Patent tax break takes effect in April 2013
A 10 per cent corporation tax rate will apply to profits from companies' worldwide trading activities which are attributable to qualifying patents, the Treasury confirmed in draft Finance Bill 2012 legislation published today, establishing the 'Patent Box' tax regime.
IMFT exposes its incredible shrinking NAND
NAND shrinks sounds like a way of describing flash psychoanalysts who sort out NAND neuroses as flash dies go a bit haywire. It actually refers to the shrinking process geometry size of cells in NAND manufacturing.
Oz rail company sold USB keys from lost property in auction
Someone in RailCorp will be nursing a bruised ego after selling a pile of USB keys lost on trains in the authority’s regular lost property auction.
RIM gives up on BBX name after court order
A US court has granted a temporary restraining order banning Research in Motion from using the name BBX for its new operating system.
Thieves plunder apartment for Facebook booty
São Paulo police are warning of the perils of flashing your wealth on Facebook after a teenager's snaps of his electronic equipment and foreign holidays on the social network prompted thieves to rob his family's apartment.
ICO smacks Welsh council with record £130k fine
Data privacy watchdogs have fined Powys County Council £130,000, the highest fine the ICO has ever levied, for failing to protect the personal data of vulnerable young people.
2011's Best... Cars
Round upSky-high petrol prices and environmental concerns are leading to a revolution inside the average car. Across the board, we are seeing increases in power and reductions in emissions and consumption that even a decade ago would have been called fanciful.
Secrets of the asteroid belt: Vesta actually more like a planet
New images of the asteroid Vesta captured by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft indicate it’s more like a planet than a dead rock.
Current Comet owner hit with half year loss
Kesa Electricals, the for-the-moment owner of UK retailer Comet, has announced a loss for the first six months of the fiscal year, as consumer appetite for big electronics flags.
Groupon still on ASA naughty step with more complaints upheld
Groupon has yet again been busted by the Advertising Standards Authority for misleading customers with separate promotions on its website.
New Turing petition calls for criminal pardon
A petition for the UK government to pardon computer pioneer Alan Turing for his criminal conviction for homosexuality has attracted more than 6,000 signatures.
Alec Baldwin kicked off plane for playing with his phone
Alec Baldwin claimed he was booted off a plane at Los Angeles international airport yesterday, after a flight attendant complained about him playing with a game on his mobile phone.
Netflix snubs 'Tech City' for Luxembourg
In another blow to star of the Coalition's "digital economy" strategy, Netflix has decided to base its European HQ in Luxembourg, not "TechCity". Although Netflix is using the UK to spearhead its UK expansion - launching its video-on-demand streaming service here first next year - it will instead be “joining the many internet companies that have found it a great place to do business" in Luxembourg, CFO David Wells said on Monday.
Facebook finally rolls out Timeline feature... but only in NZ
Kiwis are the guinea pigs for Facebook's Timeline feature, which the company announced in September with a lot of fanfare, but is now cautiously rolling out to users of the site.
Brit balloonist reclaims UK altitude record
A proud Brit enthusiast has reclaimed the UK altitude record for a helium-filled meteorological balloon - hitting 40,986m just a few months after Oz student Mark Jessop's globe soared to 40,575m above East Anglia.
Acer CEO: No more 'cheap and unprofitable' products
Acer is plotting a return to profits that partly rests on the success of the ultrabook after revealing it is close to completing its operational and management overhaul.
British athlete puts self on eBay
A British sprinter has put himself on sale on eBay to try to get the sponsorship he needs to run in the London 2012 Olympics.
God particle may be within our grasp
Physicists working on the Large Hadron Collider will be announcing their latest batch of results at a seminar next week.
SSDs choked by crummy disk interfaces
A flash device that can put out 100,000 IOPS shouldn't be crippled by a disk interface geared to dealing with the 200 or so IOPS delivered by individual slow hard disk drives.
Gadget-hackers post how-to on BlackBerry PlayBook jailbreak
Gadget enthusiasts have produced a detailed guide on how to jailbreak BlackBerry PlayBook tablets.
New species of dinosaur discovered... in museum
Bone-bothering boffins have discovered an entirely new species of horned dinosaur, despite having parts of its skull for the last hundred years.
Early 2012 date for UK Kindle Fire debut
Amazon will release the Kindle Fire over here in the UK during January 2012, it has been claimed.
ASA upholds customer complaint against eBuyer
The Advertising Standards Agency has rapped eBuyer over a Wi-Fi internet radio promo that it concluded misled consumers.
Even brilliant sysadmins need help plugging holes
Sysadmin blogWhile we must never allow ourselves to fall into the habit of thinking that security is somebody else's problem, the time has come to accept that external help is required.
HP readies fresh WebOS update
HP CEP Meg Whitman is expected to announce the fate of WebOS next week. If the claimed imminent release of version 3.0.5 of the tablet'n'phone operating system is correct, the omens for the OS may be good.
Man fights felony hacking charge for accessing wife's email
A Michigan appeals court is trying to decide whether the state's anti hacking law should be invoked against a man who broke into his wife's Gmail account to see if she was having an affair.
Dell pulls Streak 7 from US online store
Dell has stressed it is not abandoning the fondleslab market despite deciding to pull the Streak 7 from its online store stateside.
Apple poaches Brit sales boss from HP's PC group
Apple has poached HP PSG channel sales director Trevor Evans to mastermind its assault on the corporate market, The Register can reveal.
Server business stalls in EMEA
Server sellers in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa didn't have as much fun as their counterparts in North America and Asia in the third quarter, according to statistics compiled by the box counters at IDC.
Google hands Britain’s eTown award to Scunthorpe
Google has awarded Scunthorpe the title of Britain’s eTown, the UK locale that saw the strongest growth in AdWords use over the last year.
Yahoo! invests in New York uber studio
Yahoo! is building a production studio in Manhattan in a bid to ramp up in-house content development for distribution across its global platform.
BREAKTHROUGH: Feisty startup slashes chip power by 50%
An impressively staffed startup by the name of SuVolta has teamed up with Japanese heavyweight Fujitsu Semiconductor to create a new chip-baking technique that promises low-power, inexpensive chips created in a highly scalable process and manufactured using equipment that's already ready in chip foundries.
Shoppers a boon for Oz Post
Australia Post has punctured the myth that Internet imports are killing Australian business, telling a conference that most 'net purchases in this country are from local e-tailers.
Eyes on stalks: ancient predator a real monster
A group of scientists working on fossils from Kangaroo Island in South Australia has turned up a Cambrian predator with horror-movie specs: razor serrations in a circular mouth, claws at the front of its head, and compound eyes on stalks.
Bill Gates discusses nuclear development deal with China
Bill Gates is holding talks with the China National Nuclear Corporation about building the first of a new breed of nuclear reactors that are fueled with what is currently considered radioactive waste.