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The Game Makers Apprentice

Australian government wants IT apprentices

Australia's Federal Government has opened its 2013 ICT Apprenticeship Program, and hopes bright young people who can spell HTML and pass a security clearance will jump at the chance to earn up a wage of around AUD$40k (actual pay varies by agency and seniority) slaving away amid crushing bureaucracy advancing the cause of the nation in the progressive environment of the public service.

IT departments are BRATTY TEENAGERS

IT Departments behave like bratty teenagers by insisting they know best and must always figure out their own way to get anything done, according to Doug Mueller, a Corporate Architect at BMC Software.
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Baidu opens R&D lab in Singapore

China’s search giant Baidu is following Google's polyglot path by opening its first tech lab in Singapore.

Lawyers try to seize Chinese IPAD trademark

Apple may be waiting some time yet before it gets the rights to use the IPAD name in China after reports from the region suggested that lawyers of its court room opponent Proview are requesting temporary seizure of the trademark until they are paid.

Why one storage admin fears Justin Bieber

What are storage admins afraid of? We imagine failed backups, wee-hours SMS alerts and vendor maintenance bills are high on the list, with rampant data growth a constant low-level worry. Warbling teen pop idols? Probably not so much.

Nokia set to axe China R&D jobs

Nokia’s woes in the world’s biggest mobile market are set to continue after reports emerged that the ailing Finnish firm has been forced to purge some of its Chinese R&D team as part of the 10,000 lay-offs announced last month.
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Apple disappoints at first Black Hat briefing

Black Hat 2012 Apple's first Black Hat presentation was one of the most highly anticipated talks at this year's infosec gathering in Las Vegas, but many delegates were left feeling more than a little short-changed.

China denies US chopper tech espionage claim

The Chinese government has hit back at claims that technology used in its first fleet of attack helicopters was illegally sold to it by a US defence contractor.
HP Envy 4-1010ea Ultrabook

HP Envy 4-1010ea 14in Ultrabook review

HP made quite a fuss when it launched its Spectre Ultrabook back in May, and whilst we praised its gleaming, glass design we also noted that the Spectre was a bit on the porky side for what was meant to be an ‘ultraportable’ laptop. It was also burdened by a £1200 price-tag that might make even Apple blush.
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Microsoft bundles BlueHat finalist tech into anti-exploit tool

Microsoft has beefed up one of its anti-exploit tools with technology from a $200K contest finalist.
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'We asked firms if they were looking at Windows 8, most laughed'

QuoTW This was the week when Microsoft's latest operating system Windows 8 got what can only be described as a bashing from the folks over at Gartner.

BOFH: Shove your project managementry up your mailbox!

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UK's HECToR supercomputer in 27PB MEGA-storage boost

HECToR, the Edinburgh-based supercomputer used by UK researchers to tackle science's more thorny mathematical problems, is having petabytes of disk and tape storage installed in a massive storage expansion.
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How do you measure up at the Olympics?

In Rome in 1960, a very strange thing happened in the men’s 100m freestyle Olympic swimming final: the man who recorded the fastest time was given the silver medal.
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Hidden Grand Canyon-sized ICE-HOLE hastens Antarctic melt

Vid A geoboffin and glacioboffin team have discovered a Grand-Canyon-sized chasm hidden under the ice in West Antarctica that they believe is helping the ice to melt.
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Natwest freezes debit cards, online banking in fresh cock-up

Another IT cock-up at Natwest halted customers' debit card transactions last night and took down online services.
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Gobble gabblers: 'Seagate will put up $1 BEEELION for OCZ'

Reports that HHD Seagate is going to buy OCZ have been around for weeks, but now there's a price tag of a billion bucks being floated around. This comes after last week's rumours sent OCZ stock into overdrive, adding about $68m to the company's share value, according to Reuters. Seagate itself is worth $11bn.
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Chip and PIN keypads 'easily fooled' with counterfeit cards

Black Hat 2012 Retail Chip and PIN devices might easily be attacked using a specially prepared chip-based credit card, according to security researchers.
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Twitter airport bomb joke conviction binned in common-sense WIN

A bloke found guilty of tweeting a "menacing" joke about blowing up a UK airport has had his conviction quashed by the High Court today. A collective sigh of relief was heard moments later from comedians addicted to the micro-blogging website.

IT support bod? Whatever you earn, it's not enough

Something for the weekend, Sir? It might amuse you to read that one of the senior IT support managers at one of my client workplaces confessed this week that his experience of IT support 'from the other side' was disappointing. By 'from the other side', of course, I mean as a user: my colleague is not a spectral secret shopper from beyond the grave.
LSI WarpDrive SSD

Wall Street gives LSI 16% fist-bump for quadrupling flash revenues

Integrated circuits and storage systems biz LSI scored $622m in revenues in its second 2012 quarter, 26 per cent higher than a year ago and 6 per cent higher than the first quarter after "better-than-expected growth". Profits were $59m, 11 per cent up on the year-ago profit number but $16m less than the first quarter. But the market seemed pleased with the result, as evidenced by the jump in share price of 16 per cent, according to Bloomberg.
Ingram Micro

World's biggest distie Ingram admits it can't keep up growth in UK

Ingram Micro reckons the double-digit sales growth it filed for the UK and Germany in Q2 – helping soften the top line declines across Europe – is not sustainable.
Smarter Memory

Watch Smarter: video guide to... SSD installation

Smarter Storage An SSD is arguably the best hardware upgrade you can instal on any laptop or desktop PC. These hard drive replacements come in a range of capacities and prices delivering instantly noticeable improvements in performance along with enhanced reliability.

Twitter titsup: Our failover was actually just FAIL ALL OVER

Twitter fell offline last night for several hours because - the company has now confirmed - redundancy in the micro-blogging site's data centres failed to kick in.
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Samsung plonks universal search BACK into Galaxy S IIIs

Samsung today conceded it was wrong to remove the universal search function from Galaxy S III phones in its latest software update - and has promised punters in the UK another firmware patch will restore the functionality.
Caleb Cox, 27 2012
Microsoft Surface tablets

Surface slab WILL rub our PC-making pals the wrong way – Microsoft

Microsoft’s tablet-like-laptop Surface will compete with machines from PC partners, thus jeopardising manufacturers’ commitment to Windows 8. That’s the bottom line revealed in Microsoft’s latest SEC filing for Wall St’s moneymen.

Twitter impostors stop at NOTHING to drag athletes through mud

Analysis Malware-slingers and mischief-makers are ramping up the creation of fake celebrity profiles on social networks in time for the start of the Olympics on Friday. El Reg spoke to "reputation managers" of the stars about the problem.
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Money can't buy open-source love... only code can

Open ... and Shut Money can't buy you happiness, but Meteor, a web-apps startup focused on enterprise app development, seems to think it can buy it an open-source community.
Matt Asay, 27 2012
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Samsung snubs slump, slurps stunning smartmobe sales

Strong smartphone sales banked Samsung a $4.56bn profit in the three months to 30 June, according to its latest bean counting exercise. The South Korean giant posted a 48 per cent year-on-year rise in net income in preliminary results announced last night [PDF].
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Samsung: 'Apple's proto-iPhone Jony is a Sony phone phoney'

Samsung is pulling out all the stops in its patent battle with Apple. The latest allegation, which emerged in a court filing submitted yesterday, is that Apple based its iPhone 4 design on some early sketches that appear to borrow from a Sony design.
Caleb Cox, 27 2012

Gov unveils plans for 2013 launch of ANOTHER software framework

Government Procurement Services has opened up on the development of yet another mega public-sector software framework.

Zuckerberg: Facebook phone "makes no sense"

Whispers of a dedicated Facebook phone have been crushed by head honcho Mark Zuckerberg, who says it "wouldn't make much sense".
Caleb Cox, 27 2012
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Google: Oops, we've STILL got Street View's slurped Wi-Fi data

Google has apologised after discovering it still has some payload data slurped from unsecured Wi-Fi networks via its controversial Street View spycars.
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Tony Blair bod's Gmail hack teen gets 6 months

Teen hacker Junaid Hussain was sentenced to six months in a youth detention lock-up today for breaking into an email account linked to Tony Blair among other attacks.

QLogic: We can't flog adapters when no one's buying servers

QLogic, in the stagnant and low-growth adapter businesses, has announced weak quarterly results, and is pinning its hopes on ASICs and soon-to-be-revealed new server-based products unlike anything it has produced before.

Capita IT Services second-in-command Hewitt leaves today

Capita IT Services has told its workforce that operations director Russ Hewitt – the man in charge of the Unity cost cutting and change programme – is leaving today.
Fujitsu K Supercomputer

Fujitsu: We'll go on the 'offensive' in fight for IT dollars

Japanese tech conglomerate Fujitsu had exactly as bad a first quarter of fiscal 2012 as it expected when it warned investors back in April. The company says it will be more aggressive in its pursuit of growth now that its home country is on the mend after of last year's earthquake and tsunami – and despite the uncertainties in Europe and an economic slowdown in the United States.
Ouya Android games console

Ouya Android console gets OnLive onboard

The much hyped Ouya Android console has attracted the attention of cloud-gaming outfit OnLive, which confirmed it will be available on the Rubik's Cube-sized box from launch.
Caleb Cox, 27 2012

Oracle cans IBM attack ad after ticking off from watchdog

Oracle has pulled an attack advert that claimed its Exadata system is twenty times faster than IBM Power systems - because it isn't, and an advertising watchdog wasn't impressed.
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Paying by iPad, sir? Apple buys US security firm for $350m

Apple has forked out about $350m in cash for a security company that makes embedded security solutions for mobile devices, according to an SEC filing.
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Google taking orders for Kansas City gigabit fiber network

Google is ready to flip the switch on its new gigabit residential fiber network in Kansas City – that is, provided the locals can rally enough of their neighbors to pre-register to justify wiring up the houses.
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World celebrates System Administrator Appreciation Day

In a tradition started twelve years ago, the IT community is celebrating another global System Administrator Appreciation Day (SAAD), a time to recognize the talents for your favorite BOFH.
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Google adds handwriting to mobile search site

Fondleslab not getting enough love? Google has unveiled a new way to tickle your favorite shiny object, in the form of handwriting recognition for its search homepage.
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Skype denies system upgrade enables in-call spying

Skype has issued a formal denial to reports that it has been allowing law enforcement to listen in on users' calls following a change in its system architecture.