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The cooler side of the Big Bang

Quantum graphity – not gravity – is a fairly recent and, as far as I can tell, quite obscure angle on cosmology, but some University of Melbourne and RMIT researchers are proposing a test for the theory, and at the same time, proposing a different model for the formation of the universe.
Richard Chirgwin, 21 Aug 2012
Predator drone, credit Wikipedia

Work for the military? Don't be evil, says ethicist

Engineers should refuse to work on killer robots, says Australian ethicist Dr Robert Sparrow.
Simon Sharwood, 21 Aug 2012

Facebook sued by Chinese firm over Timeline

Chinese web firm Cubic Network is set to sue Facebook for nicking the idea and name behind its Timeline feature, after being prompted to do so by some friendly US lawyers.
Phil Muncaster, 21 Aug 2012
Barbed wire surrounding communications tower

India shutters sites and social media accounts

India's government is blocking up to 250 web sites and social media accounts as part of on-going efforts to arrest the spread of damaging rumours which it believes are designed to incite sectarian violence.
Phil Muncaster, 21 Aug 2012

Sharp to shunt two telly factories

Ailing Japanese electronics giant Sharp is set to offload two of its manufacturing plants, shedding thousands more jobs than was originally feared, according to the latest reports from Tokyo.
Phil Muncaster, 21 Aug 2012

News Ltd's Australian chief demands copyright overhaul

The head of News Ltd's Australian outpost has urged for an overhaul of copyright laws to take on the “copyright kleptomaniacs” and “digital suckers” that are robbing the Australian economy of AUD$1.37 billion annually in pirated film and TV content.
Natalie Apostolou, 21 Aug 2012
Darksiders II

Darksiders II

ReviewTypically, the only death I have any time for in my life is Terry Prachett's characterisation of Death and his constant fascination with humanity's foibles. Unsurprisingly, the Death of Darksiders II is a different incarnation altogether, a less bleak and more blood thirsty kinda guy.
Lucy Orr, 21 Aug 2012

'Sex and the female brain are connected' - shock discovery

In a discovery sure to stir intense discussion, scientists in Canada say they have discovered a powerful chemical signal embedded in semen which acts directly upon the brains of female mammals - apparently including humans.
Lewis Page, 21 Aug 2012

Netflix puts end to fumbling, penetrates Scandinavia

For the first time in a while Netflix has said something that has not crashed its share price, and has lifted it instead: it plans to launch its online movie service in the fourth quarter in the four countries of Scandinavia – Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland. It confirmed that the cost of doing so will mean that it makes a small loss for the fourth quarter. Once again the offering will include both local and global content offerings.
Faultline, 21 Aug 2012

NetApp: Flash as a STORAGE tier? You must be joking

Completing its array-to-the-server flash vision, NetApp is rolling out server flash caching software, reselling Fusion-io server flash cards, and validating seven third-party server flash products with its ONTAP arrays.
Chris Mellor, 21 Aug 2012

North Tyneside: Mega-outsourcing deal will SAVE jobs

North Tyneside council is to outsource all its ICT services, along with finance, procurement, revenues and benefits, customer services and human resources to mega-services provider Balfour Beatty.
Government Computing, 21 Aug 2012

Everything Everywhere bags 4G monopoly in UK - for now

Everything Everywhere, the UK's largest mobile operator, will get a monopoly on 4G services in the UK, starting on 11 September and lasting at least until next year's spectrum mega-auction.
Bill Ray, 21 Aug 2012

PayPal drops into McDonalds, begs meat-guzzlers to give it a bonk

Thirty McDonalds outlets* in France will be accepting PayPal, using the eBay-owned processor's mobile client, as companies race to become the default mobile payment platform whether customers want it or not.
Bill Ray, 21 Aug 2012

ICO has yet to begin probing cookie violators

UPDATEDAccording to a freedom of information (FOI) request submitted by PC Pro magazine, 320 websites have been reported to the privacy watchdog through its online submission tool since a year's 'grace period' ended on 26 May. However, none of those sites have been investigated.
OUT-LAW.COM, 21 Aug 2012

Channel survey: Biz in 2012 LOADS better than last year

Back in late spring, we ran a survey of channel players looking at how business has been developing and the outlook for the future. Well the results are in and make for some interesting reading.
Andrew Buss, 21 Aug 2012

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love IPv6

StobIPv4 addresses are a rapidly dwindling commodity [...] ICANN distributed the last big chunks of available IPv4 addresses to the five continental Regional Internet Registries earlier this year. The RIRs in turn are running out of supplies to allocate to ISPs and other network operators - El Reg
Verity Stob, 21 Aug 2012

Apple, Samsung brass hats' patent spat chitchat falls flat

Apple and Samsung's chief execs have discussed their US patent trial but they weren't able to sort out their differences, a lawyer for the South Korean chaebol said yesterday.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 21 Aug 2012

Morning stampede of workers lulled by 'new' virty shiny box

GreenBytes has turned its Solidarity flash array into what it's called an IO Offload Engine: a bit of gear purpose-built for weathering storms on storage networks caused by thousands of virtual desktops booting up and such like. Sitting in front of a storage array, taking care of the heavy IO lifting, it is sold to service providers in a pay-per-use scheme.
Chris Mellor, 21 Aug 2012

UK watchdog snaps on glove to probe Tesco's 'security fails'

The UK's privacy watchdog has opened a tentative probe into the alleged security shortcomings of Tesco's website.
John Leyden, 21 Aug 2012

Ageing star sucked retinue member to death, evidence indicates

Astroboffins have spotted the first evidence of a happily digesting red giant star that recently devoured one of its planets, one of the many apocalyptic fates that could happen here on Earth.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 21 Aug 2012

Dell speeds EqualLogic arrays: Stuff spindles, let's add some flash

Spindles are clearly not speedy enough, as Dell is adding flash to two mid-range EqualLogic arrays to speed up VDI, data warehousing and OLTP data access.
Chris Mellor, 21 Aug 2012

Pure makes rugged radio Move

Pure toughened up its radio range for travel-minded music fans this week, unveiling the Move 400D, a compact rugged digital and FM radio with an emphasis on enduring battery life.
Caleb Cox, 21 Aug 2012

PayPal co-founder sells out of foundering Facebook at VAST profit

One of Facebook's earliest investors has sold around $400m worth of shares in the company – which has seen its value halved since going public in May this year.
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Aug 2012

Amazon tries to freeze out tape with cheap 'n' cloudy Glacier

Amazon is digging deeper into the enterprise with a data back-up and archival service designed to help kill off tape.
Gavin Clarke, 21 Aug 2012

McAfee puts Barnaby Jack on car-jacking hackers' case

McAfee has put together an elite team of researchers to investigate how to go about protecting car systems from next-generation hacking attacks.
John Leyden, 21 Aug 2012

Samsung spends $4bn tarting up Texas factory

Samsung has said it will invest around $4bn to renovate its US chip factory so it can increase production of the semiconductors used in smartphones and tablets.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 21 Aug 2012

SimpliVity: Your legacy IT stack sucks, wanna switch it for our box?

What would you say about a start-up that wants to junk all the complex, multi-layered stack clutter of today's data centres and start again with one basic scale-out OmniCube building block. Nuts right? Only it's Doron Kempel and he co-founded and sold Diligent to IBM for $200m in 2008 – so we're paying attention.
Chris Mellor, 21 Aug 2012

QLogic to launch Transformers-style adapter cards: They're also flash caches

QLogic is adding flash storage to its server adapter cards so they become PCIe-connected flash caches, speeding up SAN I/O-bound applications in the servers with read I/O acceleration.
Chris Mellor, 21 Aug 2012

Huawei: Half a million IOPS? Pah, we can do better

Huawei has captured the SPC-1 crown for disk drive and flash arrays with a 600,000-plus IOPS result for its Dorado5100 all-flash array.
Chris Mellor, 21 Aug 2012

Merde! French Prez palace blueprints nicked from cable layer

An unlucky cable worker lost the ground plans for France's most important government buildings when his USB stick was nicked.
Anna Leach, 21 Aug 2012

Creepy skull find proves Man penetrated Asia 60,000 years ago

PicBone-bothering boffins have stumbled across an ancient skull in a Laos cave that puts modern human migration through Southeast Asia 20,000 years sooner than previously thought.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 21 Aug 2012
workman in high vis jacket bent over, super-imposed on cloud background

Drilling into Amazon's tape-killing Glacier cloud archive

Blocks and FilesAmazon Glacier is a series of cloud vaults holding customer archive data that isn't based on tape libraries. Instead it appears to use object storage and is set to be the largest object storage implementation in history in a very short time.
Chris Mellor, 21 Aug 2012
Sony PS Vita handheld games console

Sony PlayStation Vita sales crawl

Sony has suffered significantly disappointing sales of its PlayStation Vita since launch, flogging a mere 2.2m units, a third of the number Nintendo's 3DS achieved at the same point in its lifecycle.
Caleb Cox, 21 Aug 2012

RIM reshuffles UK and European team ahead of new OS

RIM is reshuffling its European management team ahead of the launch of BlackBerry 10, with a new UK boss and the creation of a new, EU-wide managing director.
Iain Thomson, 21 Aug 2012
Web browsers 2015

Google launches Octane JavaScript benchmark suite

Always in search of new ways to show off the work they've done to improve performance of the Chrome browser, Google's Chrome team has unveiled a new JavaScript benchmark suite, called Octane.
Neil McAllister, 21 Aug 2012
Broken CD with wrench

Dell quarterly revenues down 8% on poor desktop performance

Wall Street analysts were expecting a drop off in Dell's business and they won’t be disappointed, with the company reporting revenues down 8 per cent for the second quarter of the year.
Iain Thomson, 21 Aug 2012
Preston McAfee Magic Formula

Do Telstra’s call centre cuts add up?

Telstra has announced it will close call centres in Lismore and downsize another in Townsville, and cut other jobs around the nation.
Simon Sharwood, 21 Aug 2012
Locked-in by Frits, hikingartist.com

Sex rating Facebook page publishers jailed

Two men who erected a Facebook page which allowed users to rate the sexual prowess of women have been jailed.
Simon Sharwood, 21 Aug 2012

Greens launch anti-TPP Internationale

The increasingly-unpopular Trans-Pacific Partnership – saviour of all that’s right and good in American IP protection or, if you prefer, a mandate for the US to extend its plain-silly intellectual property regimes to pastures new – is under renewed pressure from Green parties in Australia, New Zealand and Canada.
Richard Chirgwin, 21 Aug 2012

Dell expects slow Windows 8 demand in enterprise

Microsoft is betting big that Windows 8 will revive its flagging fortunes, but the feedback from Dell is that the new operating system will be a consumer release, and it's not expecting too much impact from Redmond's Surface tablets either.
Iain Thomson, 21 Aug 2012

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