17th > May > 2012 Archive


Roman roads get the web maps treatment

Classical scholars at Stanford University have created a “Geospatial network model of the Roman world” which offers the chance to calculate journey times along Roman roads in much the same way as is possible on Google Maps and other online mapping services.
Simon Sharwood, 17 May 2012
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Vixie warns: DNS Changer ‘blackouts’ inevitable

Ridding the world of the DNS Changer is proving a long, slow process that won’t be accomplished by July 9, when the court orders granted to the FBI expire and infected users suffer their inevitable blackout.
Team Register, 17 May 2012

AWS CISO needs permission to visit his data centres

Amazon Web Services' General Manager and Chief Information Security Officer Stephen E. Schmidt is not allowed to make unannounced visits to the company's data centres.
Simon Sharwood, 17 May 2012
Intune on the iPhone

Asia leads global BYOD race

Asian IT professionals are racing ahead of their global rivals when it comes to implementing Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies in their organisations, according to new research from BT.
Phil Muncaster, 17 May 2012
Garmin Nuvi 3790T

GPS rival Beidou will cover Asia Pac by end of the year

China will expand its home grown GPS rival Beidou by launching three global positioning satellites that it hopes will make it possible to have the service up and running in Asia Pacific by the end of the year.
Phil Muncaster, 17 May 2012
Sony NEX-7 24.3Mp APS-C compact system camera

Sony NEX-7 24.3Mp APS-C compact system camera

ReviewSony’s NEX-7 is its flagship Compact System Camera that’s been graced with advanced features to justify the high-end price tag for a pocketable interchangeable lens model. Indeed this 24.3Mp APS-C shooter with a built-in OLED electronic viewfinder plus tilting LCD and full manual control, is certainly going to give some DSLRs a run for their money.
Catherine Monfils, 17 May 2012

Hong Kong CERT wants bigger team to tackle cyber threats

Hong Kong’s Computer Emergency Response Team (HKCERT) has called for more resources to help it step up attempts to proactively monitor and deal with attacks on organisations in the special administrative region (SAR) of China.
Phil Muncaster, 17 May 2012
Pennies in a jar. Photo via Shutterstock

Child support IT fail: Deadbeat mums 'n' dads off the hook

Problems with IT systems at the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission (CMEC) have left it unable to report payment arrears properly, the National Audit Office (NAO) has found.

Dell to cut UK workforce

Dell has threatened staff in the UK with redundancy, Channel Register can reveal.
Paul Kunert, 17 May 2012

Google offers up new mobile usage interface to attract ad loot

The Mobile Marketing Association and Google have again gathered smartphone usage, from 40 countries this time, and provided a snazzy interface capable of generating comparison charts of XLS files on demand.
Bill Ray, 17 May 2012

Boffins smash 3Gbps speed barrier with 542GHz T-Rays

Japanese geniuses have maintained a 3Gbit/s radio link at 542GHz, opening up more of the electromagnetic spectrum to the voracious appetite of wireless data.
Bill Ray, 17 May 2012

Mobile net filters block legit content too – campaign group

Mobile operators currently provide filter systems that enable parents to stop children accessing websites deemed to contain content suitable for individuals aged 18 or over. However, the Open Rights Group (ORG) said there are "a number of serious problems" with how those systems work.
OUT-LAW.COM, 17 May 2012

LOHAN starts to feel the barometric pressure

As the design of our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) Vulture 2 spaceplane continues apace, we've been considering just how to fire the aircraft's solid rocket motor at a predetermined altitude.
Lester Haines, 17 May 2012

Soyuz hooks up with Space Station, delivers new 'nauts

VidThe Soyuz spacecraft carrying three new members of Expedition 31 hooked up with the International Space Station this morning without a hitch at 4.36am GMT.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 17 May 2012

Crooks sell skint fanbois potatoes instead of iPhones

Greater Manchester police are appealing for help after a number of people who thought they were laying hands on a shiny new iPhone ended up with a sack of spuds instead.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 17 May 2012

Compare The Market can't touch web filth extension - simples

Price comparison biz Compare The Market has lost its bid to seize the domain name comparethemarket.xxx.
Kevin Murphy, 17 May 2012

Off-the-shelf forensics tool slurps iPhone data via iCloud

ElcomSoft has updated its mobile forensics software to include the ability to retrieve online backups from Apple iCloud storage.
John Leyden, 17 May 2012

UK.gov IT slasher axes himself - after 5 months in new job

Former tech-spending axeman Ian Watmore is leaving the civil service just five months after taking up a new role as the permanent secretary at the Cabinet Office.
Anna Leach, 17 May 2012
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iOS App of the WeekAfter happily tapping away with Figure just recently, I decided to try and find some other simple apps that might be fun for musically challenged people like me. SoundBrush is well named, as its clever interface allows you to doodle with sound in the same way that you would sketch with a simple painting app.
Cliff Joseph, 17 May 2012

Distie business: Lines get blurry for channel big boys

In the early '70s to mid-'80s, Rank Audio Visual – a division of the Rank Organisation – was a large distributor of audio visual and photographic equipment, theatre lighting and 8, 16 and 35mm film. It later progressed to the distribution of pre-recorded video cassettes. But what does a man with a gong have to do with the distribution business?
Eddie Pacey, 17 May 2012

HP frogmarches new Xeon, Opteron chips into ProLiants

In the wake of Intel's launch of the entry Xeon E5-2400 processors for two-socket servers earlier this week, X86 server juggernaut Hewlett-Packard wants to keep its name in the mind of customers who might be shopping for systems from rivals Dell, IBM or Fujitsu.
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Microsoft books stall at Appule - the Mac expo stiffed by Apple

Microsoft has signed up for the Appule Personal and Professional User Live Expo, which Apple has so far snubbed.
Paul Kunert, 17 May 2012

UK man to spend year in the clink for Facebook account hack

A British man has been jailed for a year after hacking into the Facebook account of a US citizen.
John Leyden, 17 May 2012

Steve Jobs' death clears way for rumoured 4in 'iPhone 5' screen

The next Apple iPhone will have an enlarged 4-inch screen, according to well-placed anonymous sources.
Anna Leach, 17 May 2012

Pinterest valued at $1.5 BILLION, bags $100m in funding

Cupcake and kitten-laden photo site Pinterest has bagged $100m in funding from a bunch of investors led by Japanese online retailer Rakuten.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 17 May 2012

Team up or miss out: Why the channel needs partners

Cloud computing is growing at a stratospheric rate. IDC Enterprise recently reported that businesses are earmarking as much as one-third of their IT budgets for cloud computing products and services.
Lawrence Walsh, 17 May 2012
Data breach

Council fined £70k after burglars nick vulnerable kids' files

The UK's privacy watchdog has fined the London Borough of Barnet £70k ($111k) after the local authority lost extremely sensitive information about young children for the second time in two years.
John Leyden, 17 May 2012

Adobe sucks on Oracle brain drain for HTML5 game gain

Adobe seems to be juicing its software gaming credentials against HTML5 by grabbing some hard-core Sun Microsystems talent as they slip out Oracle's back door.
Gavin Clarke, 17 May 2012

Google, French watchdog to hook up over privacy

Google will meet CNIL next week to chat about the French regulator's ongoing concerns over the web giant's revamped privacy policy.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 17 May 2012

Google Knowledge Graph straddles semantic web and Star Trek

Google’s battle to retain search supremacy is seeing it roll something it claims will take us closer to the "computers of Star Trek".
Gavin Clarke, 17 May 2012
Commodore MOS Kim-1

Pre-Pet Commodore micro up for grabs on eBay

Readers, you now have 12 hours or so to bid for a slice of computing history: a Kim-1 single-board computer, released some 36 years ago by the company that would become a key part of Commodore.
Tony Smith, 17 May 2012
DVD it in many colours

Nvidia drops veil on game-changing might of VGX

HPC blogWhat’s a “holy crap” moment? For me, it’s when I see or hear (or do) something that has far-reaching and previously unforeseen consequences. I’ve had at least two of these moments (so far) at the GTC 2012 conference. The first was when Jen-Hsun Huang, in his keynote presentation, tossed up a slide about Kepler and this new thing they’re calling VGX.
Dan Olds, 17 May 2012

BBC shrinks Red Button: Loses 8 channels after the Olympics

The BBC will be dropping eight of its Red Button channels after an Olympic splurge, focusing on IPTV content instead of the alternative electronic programme guide that the Red Button had become.
Bill Ray, 17 May 2012

Finally a real use for NFC: Heart monitor in a credit card

VidWe've seen heart monitors built into mobile phones and puck-sized Bluetooth kit, but now iMPak Health has got one down to the size of a credit card and used wireless technology to transfer the data.
Bill Ray, 17 May 2012

SGI skips future Xeon E7s, lobs E5-4600s into UV2 supers

Supercomputer and cluster maker Silicon Graphics has fallen hard for Intel's new "Sandy Bridge-EP" Xeon E5-4600 processors for four-socket servers.

Acronis creates new roles for biz and M&A hotshots

Data protection software supplier Acronis has created two new roles on its executive team: senior vice president in corporate development and SVP in global business development. The move suggests the firm is anticipating a spike in growth and is preparing itself to make a few acquisitions, or even positioning itself to be acquired.
Chris Mellor, 17 May 2012

Seeing ads on Wikipedia? Then you're infected

Surfers who see ads when they visit Wikipedia are likely infected with malware, the online encyclopedia warns.
John Leyden, 17 May 2012

Mutant number-crunchers win cluster popularity contest

HPC blogHybrid computing has come a very long way in a relatively short period of time. My first exposure to hybrids came at SC08 in the lovely city of Austin, Texas. Earlier that year, the Roadrunner system at Los Alamos National Lab had achieved two milestones: 1) It was the first system to break through the petabyte barrier; and 2) It was the first high-profile hybrid system.
Dan Olds, 17 May 2012

You can feed 800 VMs off 1 of our boxes, startup brags

Apparently, just adding a tincture of Tintri to your virtualised server-storage array pathway gets those VMs running like super-charged rockets. The firm says a European customer is running 800 virtual machines off one Tintri box, leaving a NetApp array chastened in the background.
Chris Mellor, 17 May 2012

Seagate, WD need to get a firm grip on solid disks

Blocks and FilesSTEC is touting its great CellCare flash endurance, and it is great, reinforcing a view that it and OCZ make natural flash market buy-in points for Seagate and Western Digital.
Chris Mellor, 17 May 2012
Dell's FX100 Remote Access Device thin client

Dell forges GPU-enriched virty rack workstation

Like everyone else on the planet, you want a rocketsled to do your work. The faster, the better. But if Dell has its way, it may not be on top of or underneath your desk, but sitting in a rack in a data center. And it may not be a rocketsled as much as a rocketbus, with multiple people using it at the same time.

Whitman said to be planning massive HP job cuts

New(ish) HP CEO Meg Whitman has been at the helm for long enough to come up with a longer-term plan for the company, and according to various rumors, her plan will look eerily familiar to HPers who remember the early years of ex-CEO Mark Hurd: job cuts, predominantly in services.

Symantec releases software as Amazon Machine Image

Symantec has made its new O3 cloud identity and access control suite available as an Amazon Machine Image (AMIs), the company's first foray into selling software as a hosted virtual machine.
Simon Sharwood, 17 May 2012

Hybrid computing just like FLESH-EATING bacteria

HPC blogHybrid computing (using CPUs plus GPUs to accelerate processing speed/throughput) and necrotizing faciitis (a flesh-eating bacterial* infection) have more in common than is typically thought. Both exhibit high growth rates, and both are incredibly difficult to stop once they get started.
Dan Olds, 17 May 2012
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Governments may hit social networks with cyber attacks

Social networking operators like Facebook and Twitter need to consider themselves much more vulnerable to attacks – not because they are more vulnerable or more attractive to criminals than previously, but because states are now actors in security threats.
Richard Chirgwin, 17 May 2012

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