24th > October > 2012 Archive

While sea ice grows, Antarctica sheds land ice

A new satellite survey of Antarctica suggests that some of the continent’s contribution to sea-level rise may be overestimated. However, the land ice melt on the frozen continent is still sufficient to put Australia’s multi-million dollar airstrip at risk.
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Facebook beats analyst estimates, talks up mobile plans

Mobile was the big topic for Facebook during its second quarter as a public company, and execs spent much of their Q3 earnings call on Tuesday trying to convince analysts and investors that the social network has a strong future beyond the desktop.

Apple unsheathes MacBook 13-incher

When Apple released the inelegantly named 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display this June, every Cupertino-watcher knew that it was only a matter of time before the other shoe dropped and its 13-inch sibling got the same retinal treatment – and on Tuesday it did.

Speech systems lawsuit sours Apple's day

While the world glued itself to its iPad Mini press conference and complained that being an early adopter isn’t what it used to be, a Texas company filed a patent infringement complaint against Cupertino over Siri.

Huawei says US stance is 'protectionism'

The Chairman of Huawei's Australian operations, John Lord, has proposed the nation create a national “cyber security evaluation centre” at which “all equipment implemented into major or critical Australian networks can be subjected to the same thorough security assessment.”

Lenovo snaps up ex-Moto staff in mobile push

In a sign of its growing ambition in the mobile device space, Lenovo has recruited scores of ex-Motorola employees made redundant after Google’s decision to close down the firm’s R&D plant in Nanjing.

Oh dear: Apple kicks out South Korea boss

Apple kicked out its head honcho for South Korea just days before the grand unveiling of the much-anticipated iPad Mini and despite the upcoming launch of the iPhone 5 in the country, according to local reports.

Dell flashes more hints about flashy servers

Dell has dropped more hints about just what it will produce as a result of its June 2011 acquisition of RNA networks, again saying server-based flash goodies will enter its storage lineup during 2013.
3D printed bust

How to get your bust in good shape

Feature A 3D printer is a great toy, but only if you have something to print. If you want to address the big issue of “yes, but what can you do”, then just downloading models isn’t any more personal than buying the finished thing online.

Gaping network port with easy-to-guess password? You ARE the 79%

High-profile, sophisticated hackers stealing industrial secrets tend to hog the headlines but opportunistic hackers searching for routine vulnerabilities can create a world of hurt for victims, often small businesses.

Big Data? There's an App Store for that

Open ... and Shut A few months back Cloudera chief executive Mike Olson speculated that the real power of Hadoop "will be delivered through cloud apps vendors." This week Datameer brought Olson's vision to life, releasing a marketplace for buying and selling Big Data analytic applications. While a great deal of work remains for making Hadoop and other Big Data technologies approachable to those outside the Mensa society, Datameer's marketplace is a big step in the right direction.
Matt Asay, 24 2012
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Microsoft has no plans for a second Windows 7 Service Pack

Exclusive Waiting for a second Windows 7 Service Pack? Keep waiting – it doesn't sound like Microsoft will be releasing one.

BYOD for our own staff? That would be 'embarrassing' – HP exec

Exclusive HP will not offer a BYOD programme internally, presumably because it can't take the ignominy of employees potentially turning up with shiny Apple kit: or devices from any other vendor for that matter.

Ailing French memory maker Dane-Elec granted bankruptcy protection

French memory manufacturer and distributor Dane-Elec has bought itself some time to plot a turnaround strategy after being granted bankruptcy protection by a court in its native country.

Amazon quietly un-wipes remotely wiped Kindle

Never let it be said posting your woes on the internet doesn’t yield results. After Linn Nygaard allowed Norwegian blogger Martin Bekkelund to reveal that Amazon had not only wiped her Kindle without warning but had refused to explain precisely why it had done so, the online retail giant has grudgingly relented and re-instated her account and her purchases.
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Windows 8: Is Microsoft's new OS too odd to handle?

The big question. You are happily trundling along with Windows 7 and everything is fine. Should you upgrade to Windows 8, at Microsoft's tempting price of £24.99, or $39.99, for a downloadable copy?

Publicity Stunt of the Week: Ten bizarre phone insurance claims

Here, apparently, are the UK’s ten oddest insurance claims made regarding mobile phones.
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Hackers get 10 MONTHS to pwn victims with 0-days before world+dog finds out

Hackers exploit security vulnerabilities in software for 10 months on average before details of the holes surface in public, according to a new study.

Speaking in Tech: What's it LIKE to be snarfed by Microsoft?

Podcast Podcast This week on Speaking in Tech, there's something for everyone: from electronics, storage and OpenStack playas to tape-heads and enterprise biz types. Tune in to hear Ed Saipetch, fresh from Structure Europe 2012, and Greg Knieriemen with another of El Reg's enterprise tech-casts. This week, Sarah Vela is playing away …
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Noisy whales made FAR MORE oceanic racket than humans do

Interesting news today on the whale/ocean-noise beat, as boffins have calculated that back when the oceans were full of whales they were hugely noisier than they are today. Rising levels of human-caused noise in the oceans, which have long been theorised to be a source of distress for cetaceans, are very quiet by comparison to the massed whale music of yesteryear.
DataCore CEO George Teixeira and chairman Ziya Aral

Can a 'one-trick' software firm survive in era of converged engorgement?

Why is DataCore the only dedicated software SAN virtualisation appliance vendor left standing? The answer lies in a skewed revenue geographic model, staff majority ownership of the company and a fair amount of luck.
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Facebook donates cash seized from spammers to cyber CSI lab

Facebook has donated $250k it seized from spammers to an academic centre of excellence in the fight against cybercrime.
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Apple slips bomb into ITC filing: Samsung being PROBED by US gov

The United States government is investigating whether Samsung is misusing the standards-essential patents that it holds, rival Apple said in a document it filed with the International Trade Commission on Monday.
Apple iPad Mini

Panel production problems may stop iPad Minis getting into fans' mitts

Woe to you, Apple fanboy, you may not be able to get your hands on a shiny new iPad Mini because Apple may not be able to ship enough of them to go round.

How Bodyform's farting 'CEO' became a viral sensation

Our story last week on just how the "CEO" of sanitary towel firm Bodyform set one traumatised man straight on the truth about women's periods raised a few eyebrows among cynical Reg commentards.
Raspberry Pi ARM PC

Raspberry Pi SoC drivers now fully open source

The Raspberry Pi is now host to the “first ARM-based multimedia SoC with fully-functional, vendor-provided fully open-source drivers”, the organisation behind the credit-card sized computer said today.
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Adobe plugs up buffer overflow holes in Shockwave update

Adobe released a patch for its Shockwave Player software on Tuesday, addressing six security vulnerabilities that might easily lend themselves to malware-pushing exploits.
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Cloudera's Project Impala rides herd with Hadoop elephant in real-time

Hadoop World There are a lot of gripes about the Hadoop Big Data muncher, and one of them is that it was designed as a batch-oriented system. A number of different add-ons to Hadoop have been created to try to make it more like more familiar relational databases (such as HBase) and their SQL query languages (Hive). But even these do not offer the kind of real-time performance that businesses expect. And so, for the last two years, Cloudera has been working on distributed parallel SQL query engine that will slide into the Hadoop stack and turn it into a real-time query engine.
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EC: Microsoft didn't honour browser-choice commitment

Microsoft has failed to comply with its commitments to offer people the chance to ditch Internet Explorer, the European Commission has said in a preliminary Statement of Objections that it has fired off to Microsoft HQ.
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Live Chat: Windows 8 and Surface unboxed at last!

Live Chat This Thursday Microsoft officially tried to become just a little bit more like Apple.

SAP happy enough, despite lack of massive lawsuit win this year

German software maker SAP reported a massive plunge in Q3 profits but an operational slip was not to blame, just a one-off gain from its lawsuit with Oracle a year ago.

Wonder why you live longer than a chimp? Thank your MOTHER IN LAW

Grandmothers are the secret behind humans' living such long lives compared to our near relatives the apes, a computer simulation has revealed.

Equanet asks Propaganda firm to help it shed box-shifter tag

Mid-market reseller Equanet has charged brand consultancy Propaganda with helping to shake off its box-shifter image.
Inside of O2's new space

Apple retail boss Browett bags $1.74m of shares

The allure of leading Apple's store strategy, coupled with a generous restricted stock package of 100,000 shares, currently valued at $623 a unit, saw Browett flee the CEO's office at Dixons Retail in January.

Unisys tastes red ink in mouth after pension chop-slap

Mainframe and services provider Unisys has spent years cleaning up its finances, getting its debt reduced and costs in line with sales so it can show Wall Street some profits. And in the third quarter, weaker demand for short-term services engagements and continuing softness in business with the US federal government held down sales in the third quarter, pushing Unisys into the red.
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Judge GIVES APPLE THE FINGER in multitouch iDevice patent case

Samsung is allowed to make phones that enable users to use two fingers on the screen at once, ruled a Dutch judge today, kicking out Apple's infringement claim over its multitouch patent.
PlayStation Network

Latest PS3 hack hits Sony with massive migraine

News that the PlayStation 3 has been jailbroken, again, is hardly a shocker. However, the latest hack makes Sony's battle against piracy a very tricky task, experts claim.
Caleb Cox, 24 2012

EMC flat-lining as economy continues to circle drain

EMC has scraped year-on-year revenue and profit hikes for its third 2012 quarter but reported ever-so-slightly lower numbers than the second quarter, a pattern not seen in the past two years.
Microsoft Surface tablets

Surface tablets snapped up on pre-order, but no camping in the street

They may not be sleeping on the street in hopes of being the first to get their mitts on it, but Brits do seem enthusiastic about the new Microsoft Surface tablet.
Super Micro's 4-node FatTwin server

Super Micro bends metal for Super Hadooper data munchers

King of the whiteboxers Super Micro, which is also one of the dominant suppliers of raw system components to other whiteboxers, has launched a line of clusters preconfigured to run the Hadoop big data muncher at the same time that it has reported its financial results for the first quarter of fiscal 2013 ended in September.
Dell's Zinc ARM server

Dell lends Apache ARM software efforts a hand

The hardware engineers at Dell's Data Center Solutions custom server unit have bent some metal around Calxeda's EnergyCore ARM server processors and donated a box to the Apache Software Foundation so it can tweak and tune the Apache web server as well as the Hadoop data munching stack and the Cassandra NoSQL data store to run on the EnergyCore EXC-1000 processors and their integrated Layer 2 networking switch.
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Microsoft mixes Hortonworks Hadoop with Windows and Azure

Hadoop World After a year of beta testing, Microsoft is rolling out the first preview editions of its Apache Hadoop integration for Windows Server and Azure in a marriage of open source and commercial code.
NASA Earth Observatory image of a likely volcanic eruption on Heard Island's Mawson peak

Australian volcano starts to blow

One of Australia's two active volcanoes seems to be erupting.

MYOB users didn't want no steenking cloud

Australian accounting software vendor MYOB* has released the newest version of its much-used small business bean-counting app.
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US-CERT warns DKIM email open to spoofing

US-CERT has issued a warning that DomainKeys Identified Mail (DKIM) verifiers that use low-grade encryption are open to being spoofed and need to be upgraded to combat attackers wielding contemporary quantities of computing power.
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Corruption claims put IT contracting under the spotlight

Two corruption scandals in the Australian tech sector came to a head yesterday, turning a harsh spotlight on how government bodies go about contracting out IT services.

Imation cutting 20 per cent of workforce amid losses

Imation is slashing one fifth of its workforce as part of a cost cutting programme and exploring "strategic options" for its consumer electronics biz.