13th > August > 2012 Archive


Moderate comments or face penalties: ACCC

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has weighed into the row over corporate Facebook pages, telling the The Age it would expect large businesses to be able to act on comments within 24 hours.
MArs' Mount Sharp

Curiosity's new OS upgrade ready to go live

Curiosity Mars Mission Martian robot tourist Curiosity's new operating system will go into production on 13 August after it was successfully uploaded and installed by mission scientists. The boffins had said the remote upgrade represented a major milestone for the craft.
Empty racks awaiting customer kit at HP's Aurora data centre

AGIMO picks two data centre providers

The Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO) has announced two providers for its Whole-of-Government Data Centre Facilities Panel.
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Pixar open sources production animation code, patents

Vid Disney-owned Jobs-derived animation outfit Pixar has open-sourced some of its production software.

Kidney-for-iPad fanboi sues after illness strikes

An 18-year-old Chinese lad who used money from selling one of his kidneys to buy an iPhone and iPad 2 is now suing for compensation of 2.27 million yuan (£227,785).

Intel, Sina and others launch OpenStack-friendly alliance

Burgeoning Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) initiative OpenStack received a welcome endorsement last week when Intel teamed up with some local Chinese players to launch the China Open Source Cloud League (COSCL) – a new alliance which will accelerate development of the project in the huge domestic cloud market.
Lots of cables

Hong Kong has fastest broadband on the planet

Asian countries topped the global broadband charts again in the previous quarter, with plucky Hong Kong knocking long-time champ South Korea from its lofty perch to register the fastest services in the world for both mobile and fixed connectivity.

New Intel Ultrabooks to spray HOT JUICE into mobes

Intel will build wireless charging into its svelte laptops, aka Ultrabooks, and smartphones by the middle of 2013, according to whisperings on Chinese rumour mill Digitimes
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Don't get sued or cuffed on Twitter: Read these top 10 pitfalls

Debates in Parliament, home visits from the police and distressed celebrities have all left tweeters a little unsure as to what is and what is not acceptable by law on Twitter.
BMW 6 Series, image from Rudolf Stricker

BMW slams ad machine into reverse, screeches out of pirate den

Musicians are claiming a small victory in pressuring BMW to rethink its internet advertising policies.
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Cars, lorries stalked via GPS to create live traffic super-map

The Highways Agency is trialling combining GPS tracking with data from its existing sources to provide real-time information to drivers on a 'beta' version of its traffic information map for drivers in England.

NetApp StorageGRID now on cloud nine: Would you put 100PBs in it?

Analysis NetApp continues its slow development of its object storage capability by adding a cloud interface to it.
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Intel: Xeon breaks Calxeda's ARM in Apache benchmark

Intel has hit back at upstart server rival Calxeda, which claimed its ARM-powered servers could out do Chipzilla's machines.
Xbox Live

Alleged 'Xbox 720' dev box eBay'd for $20,100

Would you buy an Xbox 720 development kit for 20 grand? Someone just has - paying in dollars rather than sterling, of course - after the "Microsoft Xbox Durango Development Kit" appeared on eBay last night.

Google to axe 4,000 Motorola Mobility staff

Under Google's leadership a fifth of Motorola staff will be cut, and a third of the offices closed, shifting the focus onto a handful of devices dialling up the innovation.
Bill Ray, 13 2012
HP's ProLiant Gen8 servers

HP test pilots fly secret four-socket Xeon E5 blade in public

Hewlett-Packard has yet to announce a blade server based on Intel's latest Xeon E5-4600 processors for four-socket servers - but that hasn't stopped it bragging about their performance.
Ethernet cables

Watch the cloud get bigger and change its shape

What are the key trends we can discern in cloud networking?

CSC UK waves ta-ta to axed staff, sharpens axe for next round

CSC UK has concluded the 90-day consultation period for workers at risk of redundancy with roughly two thirds of staffers heading for the door voluntarily, insiders claim.

Upstart DEY touts Facebook-style storage for all and sundry

Data juggling upstart DEY Storage claims it can bring Amazon, Facebook and Google-style storage to businesses with a silky software coating.
Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M3 Ultrabook

Acer Aspire Timeline M3 Ultra review

It seems safe to say that Ultrabooks haven’t given the PC market the shot in the arm that Intel was hoping for. The high prices haven’t helped, of course, and there also seems to be some evidence that many people are turned off by the relatively small 13in screens that dominate the Ultrabook category.

Apple 'offered Samsung $30-per-mobe' patent licence truce

Apple offered Samsung a patent licensing deal at $30 per smartphone after warning the South Koreans they were infringing its fruity designs, a court heard.

Lone config file in Mac OS X SIGNALS DEATH OF THE DVD

An avid Mac OS X 10.8 rummager reckons Apple may give the boot to optical drives - a suggestion based merely on the contents of a configuration file.
Game of Thrones

Blinkbox to sell Game of Thrones series 2 by stream

If you can't face waiting any longer for the DVD or Blu-ray release of Game of Thrones' second series, you'll be able to watch it today courtesy of Tesco IPTV service Blinkbox.
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YouTube escapes Google's piracy site smackdown

Analysis Google has admitted its own YouTube operation will not be affected by algorithm changes designed to demote pirate sites.
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Google may face grilling by MPs over 'immoral' tax avoidance

Google could be hauled in front of MPs after the 2011 results for its UK subsidiary showed it paid £6m in corporation tax.
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El Reg probes pregnant Playmobil lass

Plastic figurine giant Playmobil has released its first ever pregnant woman: an oven-bunned redhead with more than a passing resemblance to Lindsay Lohan.
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Colt Technology Services gobbles ThinkGrid

Colt Technology Services has swallowed cloud minnow ThinkGrid for an undisclosed sum to tap up its network of 300 resellers and software developers and the small biz firms it counts as customers.

IBM tells electrons to strictly come dancing in spintronics first

A persistent spin helix sounds like a possessed washing machine rather than a doorway to a massive overhaul in the speed of computer electronics. Yet that's the science behind a breakthrough by IBM boffins, who have used spintronics to store persistent binary data.

HP gears down NonStops for midrange, emerging markets

Hewlett-Packard's NonStop servers tolerate faults even though new CEO Meg Whitman and Wall Street, which is breathing down her neck, can't. And now, in a hope to offset declines on its HP-UX Itanium server business and get its NonStop Integrity machines into emerging markets, HP has trimmed down the configurations and prices on the NonStops so they are within economic reach of more customers.

OpenStack dons a Red Hat

Red Hat just about owns the commercial Linux distribution business and it has a pretty hefty slice of the commercial Java application server racket, too. Now it is taking those products up into the clouds by rolling up a commercial distribution of the OpenStack cloud controller that was created by NASA and Rackspace Hosting two years ago.
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Climate change blamed for rise of LIFE-DRAINING HORRORS*

Climate change could help parasites get nastier and nastier preceding a terrifying global epidemic, possibly.
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AntiLeaks boss: We'll keep pummeling WikiLeaks and Assange

As the nine-day DDoS hammering of WikiLeaks continues, hacking group AntiLeaks, has said that attacks will continue and widen, but have nothing to do with the Trapwire monitoring system the whistle-blowing site has been documenting.
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Kim Dotcom pressing on with Megabox music service plans

Embattled file storage mogul Kim Dotcom says his ongoing court battle with US authorities won't stop him from launching new online businesses "this year," including his planned Megabox music service and possibly even a new, Megaupload-style file sharing site.

ARM tags GlobalFoundries for future chip tech

ARM Holdings, the development company behind the ARM RISC collective that is expected to give x86 a run for its processor money, can't depend on one wafer baker partner, because with the exception of Intel, no one can. And so it is teaming up with GlobalFoundries on future chip tech, mirroring an existing deal with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp.
Empty racks awaiting customer kit at HP's Aurora data centre

TransACT beefs up data centre for Dept of Finance

The Australian Department of Finance and Deregulation has amplified its data centre requirements signing a AUD$8.6 million deal with iiNet owned TransACT for the provision of data centre services.

Designer punked fanbois with asymmetric screw

For a little while, the Apple press fell over itself to analyze the import of a screw that was reportedly going to lock customers and repairers out of the next iPhone forever. The source of the story has now ‘fessed up that to the hoax that set the wires a-buzz.
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Network sniffing algorithm could have fingered 9/11 suspects

A group of researchers has come up with a new algorithm that they say can be used to snoop information networks to trace rumor leaks, locate the source of disease epidemics, and even potentially stop terror attacks.

Boffins create 100,000 DPI image

Perhaps the world’s most famous repurposed centerfold, the Lena test image, is now the world’s smallest test image courtesy of researchers in Singapore.