7th June 2012 Archive

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Cable cut didn’t send Oz Transit of Venus feed dark

As the world readied to spent hours cyber-slacking to watch the Transit of Venus yesterday, a careless backhoe was being accused of sending NASA’s Alice Springs feed offline.
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Oracle's big cloud announcement, again

If you didn't have much to do this afternoon and tuned into the much-pumped Oracle cloud announcement, you probably were left scratching your head about an hour and a half later if you stuck around (as El Reg is paid to do), wondering what, exactly, Oracle announced and why it took so long to do it.

How to put "Stuxnet author" on your CV

With Stuxnet outed as a government-sponsored project by none other that one B. Obama of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, the world has concrete evidence that states commission the coding of malware.

AMD crashes Windows 8 tablet party with ultrathin hybrid

AMD struggled to make itself heard above all the Intel Ivy Bridge noise at Computex this week, but did manage to introduce new E-Series APUs for the budget notebook and desktop market and show off a solitary Windows 8 tablet hybrid prototype running its new Trinity architecture.
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HDD oligopoly to keep post-flood prices high till 2014

Hard disk drive prices are unlikely to return to pre-flood levels until 2014 despite rising production levels, thanks to surging demand, vendor lock-in and a market dominated by just two suppliers, according to analysts.
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Salary packager plans cloud boomerang

Am Australian company has just deployed hosted CRM but plans to bring it back on-premises, before sending it back out to the cloud in future.
Pleo, the doe-eyed robotic dinosaur

Dinosaurs on a diet shed tonnes

Dinosaurs were probably skinnier and lighter than previously imagined, according to a new paper in Biology Letters.

Dating site eHarmony plays data-breach me-too

Along with the LinkedIn password dump, dating site eHarmony has confirmed that some of its users’ passwords have also been published online, possibly by the same attacker as that obtained the LinkedIn data.
AMD and Nvidia extreme GPUs

AMD and Nvidia extreme GPUs workout

Extreme PC Week Extreme PC Week At the very extreme end of desktop graphics are the dual GPU, frame crunching, power hungry monsters that you won’t give you much change from a grand. The extreme offerings can be a little difficult to find too, as most card vendors only produce a limited range. Instead, they prefer to concentrate on the next …
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Apple taunts Proview with new store plans

Apple looks set to inflame its already tense relationship with IPAD trademark rival Proview by opening a retail store in its home town of Shenzhen, as well as a separate outlet in the western city of Chengdu.

HP gets smart on storage with workload-aware caching

HP says its Gen 8 ProLiant servers use real-time analysis to build "the future of converged storage". But what does it mean? Gen 8 ProLiant servers include workload-aware intelligent caching for virtualised and non-virtualised environments. The server's Smart Storage analyses different types of workload data and dynamically changes to optimise system performance and efficiency.

Vint Cerf: 'COMMUNISTS want to seize the INTERNET'

Comment No less a figure than Vint Cerf has been addressing the US Congress on why the UN can't be allowed to control the internet, whipping up sentiment against a supposed takeover bid and at the same time advocating something at least as controversial.
Bill Ray, 07 2012
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Gov not using 6 MILLION of its software licences

The government's recent end of first year ICT strategy report revealed that in the 12 months from April 2011 to April 2012, the total number of software licences held in the government's assets and services register was 18.4 million. But the total number used was around 12 million, suggesting that 6 million software licences are currently not being used.
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Android Academy cashes in on tests for well-off devs

Developer portal The Android Academy has started issuing certificates to those who know their Nexus-6 from their Max 404, and are prepared to pay £150 to prove it.
Bill Ray, 07 2012
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We'll pull the plug on info-leak smart meters, warns UK.gov

The government plans to place a specific obligation for data security on the suppliers of smart meters as part of its conditions for granting licences to install the technology and use it to monitor customers' energy supplies, it has confirmed.

Facebook techie strokes STEC's hot data flash drive

SSD supplier STEC has built software to bump hot data on disks into server flash caches to get I/O-bound apps running faster.
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Vodafone and O2 to merge mobile networks

O2 and Vodafone will pool their mobile phone masts and antennas to slash costs and reduce the number of physical networks in Blighty to two.
Bill Ray, 07 2012
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LinkedIn admits site hack, adds pinch of salt to passwords

LinkedIn has confirmed that the list of 6.5 million user passwords leaked yesterday is genuine.
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Code glitch floored Reg reader altimeter

Reader Neil Barnes says he's nailed the reason his barometric altimeter failed the Rocketry Experimental High Altitude Barosimulator (REHAB) test last week, and is poised to reprogram the device for another pop in our shed-built hypobaric chamber.

Microsoft takes on the private cloud

Feature To many, private cloud is simply virtualisation plus management. But there is more to it than that.
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'iPhone 5 case' sparks supplier fondle frenzy

Whispers surrounding Apple's next iPhone show no sign of slowing, with the prospect of a 4in display model gaining traction following video of a supposed iPhone 5 backcover that surfaced on the web this week.
Caleb Cox, 07 2012
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O2, Be Broadband axe Pirate Bay access

Telefonica, which owns the O2 brand and fixed-line provider Be Broadband, is implementing a High Court order to block conventional web access to file-sharing search engine The Pirate Bay.
HMRC Tax Calc iOS app

HMRC Tax Calc

iOS App of the Week The Inland Revenue’s latest on-line tax calculator fell flat on its face when it was launched last week – swamped, no doubt, by starving millionaires desperate to know how much their 5 per cent tax cut was worth.

Intel phone boss: 'Multi-core detrimental to Android mobes'

Intel’s head of mobile has dissed handset-makers that have already adopted multi-core processor architectures, saying that most implementations so far are actually “detrimental”.
Joe Fay, 07 2012
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NASDAQ offers $40m to Facebook IPOcalypse investors

NASDAQ has offered Facebook investors a $40m apology pot for technical glitches that messed up the public sale of the social network's shares - much to the annoyance of rival exchanges.

Ambulance-chasing resellers will die on life support

In challenging economic times it’s fair to say that every company’s primary job is to stay afloat. Even in the information security industry, which was shielded better than most from the worst effects of the global recession, the survival instinct is still clearly visible.
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Touchscreens to get finger friendly

Haptic technologies are so advanced these days that we will soon see feel touchscreen displays make physical buttons appear and disappear when needed.
Caleb Cox, 07 2012

Windows 8: Not even Microsoft thinks businesses will use it

Analysis Like Thelma and Louise, executives at Microsoft's Windows division have no doubts about which direction they want to point the car. It's pedal to the floor, and over the cliff as fast as they can drive.

Hungry reseller bags HMRC big cheese as COO

Kelway has poached HMRC bigwig Steve Lamey to take on the role of chief operating officer to oversee services transformation at the acquisitive London-based reseller.
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1,000 Foxconn iPad workers trash dorms in riot against guards

A riot broke out at a Foxconn workers' dormitory in Chengdu after hundreds of workers got involved in a clash with security guards, according to reports from Chinese human rights website Molihua [English version in the Want China Times here].
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Molyneux chisels away at social experiment

Peter Molyneux's new studio 22Cans is ready to launch its first game, Curiosity, an app that looks at how social media is used to spread information, apparently.
Caleb Cox, 07 2012
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Hackers, bloggers 'bunged cash to spin for Iran 2.0'

CyCon 2012 The Iranian government is investing heavily in hacking expertise and online propaganda in order to promote its way of life under the country's post-Islamic Revolution regime - as well as using its new resources to tighten up control and surveillance of its citizens.
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Space shuttle Enterprise makes final voyage – to New York

Crowds of locals and tourists turned out yesterday to see space shuttle Enterprise come to her final rest at her floating museum home.
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Microsoft 'hardens' Windows Update from Flame penetration

Microsoft has "hardened" its Windows Update system after researchers discovered the Flame virus can infect PCs by offering itself as an update masquerading as official Microsoft software.
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New London Bus API arrived at approximately ... 15.00

This afternoon, Transport for London opened up an API to share the data normally displayed in bus shelters with one and all, so expect a deluge of route-planning apps just in time for the Olympics.
Bill Ray, 07 2012
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10m years ago there was less CO2 - but the Earth was WARMER

Scientists are puzzled today by the discovery that millions of years ago levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere were lower - and yet, temperatures were higher than today's.
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Samsung 'to launch Galaxy S III in US', snubs Apple's ban bid

Samsung has said that its Galaxy S III smartphone will launch in the US, despite Apple's attempts to get it banned.

HTC torches forecasts as stock tsunami floods skint Europe

HTC has slashed its Q2 top and bottom line estimates as it clears the glut of stock in the supply chain and acknowledges weakened demand in Europe.
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Bill Gates' used car sells for $80,000

Proving that the pixie dust of fame can enhance the value of most anything, a 33-year-old Porsche 911 Turbo once owned by Bill Gates was sold at auction for far above its estimated value.
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Samsung plunges $500k into Linux Foundation

Samsung has opened a new front in the mobile wars against Apple by upping its investment in Linux and its mobile software. Samsung will plough half a million dollars into the Linux Foundation and get a seat on the not-for-profit's board of directors by becoming a Platinum member of the Foundation, it has been announced.
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Bradley Manning in court as lawyers wrestle over secret docs

Bradley Manning, the US soldier charged with leaking confidential government and military documents to whistleblowing platform WikiLeaks, returned to court yesterday for the first day of a pretrial hearing as lawyers argued over what documents were relevant to his case.
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MPAA sympathetic to returning legitimate Megaupload files

The Motion Picture Ass. of America has indicated it wouldn't oppose users of the now-defunct Megaupload file-sharing service retrieving their data – if it isn't pirated.
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LinkedIn users buried in spam after database leak

LinkedIn users are being bombarded by spam emails after the social network was hacked and hashed passwords of users dumped online.

Samsung slams down $1.9bn for mobile chip fab

Memory and processor chip maker Samsung Electronics is plunking down 2.25 trillion Korean won (about $1.9bn) to beef up its chip-making capacity, and rumors are doing the rounds that it has tapped the head of its semiconductor ops to be the new CEO of the company.
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US Navy uncloaks stealthy underwater solar cells

Scientists at the US Navy Research Laboratory (NRL) are developing solar cells that can work effectively up to nine meters underwater, powering marine systems for long periods of time.

SUSE Linux and Canonical invade Windows Azure

There's more to Microsoft's announcement that it will support Linux on its new Azure infrastructure cloud than sleeping with the enemy. While Red Hat Enterprise Linux is conspicuously absent from the list of supported Linuxes, the fact remains that Red Hat doesn't exactly need any help from Microsoft, and that SUSE Linux and Canonical, the companies behind their respective Enterprise Server 11 and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Linux releases, need all the help they can get as they try to take on Shadowman.
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Last.fm tell users to change passwords IMMEDIATELY

Last.fm users are the latest internet community to get the “change your password” message as the music streaming site investigates a “leak of some user passwords”.

Flame gets suicide command

The controllers of the Flame malware have apparently reacted to the publicity surrounding the attack by sending a self-destruct command.