9th > November > 2012 Archive

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Is Telstra setting its sights on Metronode?

Although a Nextgen buy would probably be blocked by Australia’s competition regulator, reports are emerging that Telstra has its eye on the Leighton-owned data centre operation, Metronode.

Conroy says filter demise a win for community consultation

Stephen Conroy, Australia’s Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, as spun the decision not to introduce a comprehensive internet filter as a win for child protection advocates.
Simon Sharwood, 09 Nov 2012
The HP Itanium 9500 server family

HP revs up Integrity, Superdomes for Itanium 9500s

Now that Intel's "Poulson" Itanium 9500 processors are out and Oracle is supporting its database on HP-UX 11i v3 running atop those processors, HP CEO Meg Whitman has two fewer things to worry about. The life of Ric Lewis, the new general manager of the Business Critical Systems division who took over that job late last week, is a whole lot easier, as well – now BCS can get back to peddling Itanium-based servers and boosting HP's bottom line.

Oracle snaps up Instantis to beef up Fusion and Primavera

Oracle has acquired project management software house Instantis, and says it will integrate the company's code into its Primavera and Fusion Applications platforms.
Iain Thomson, 09 Nov 2012
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Google launches third-world mobile web land grab

Google has chosen the Philippines as the first country in which to try out Google Free Zone, a new program aimed at getting phone users in developing nations onto the mobile internet by way of the search giant's ad-supported online properties.
Neil McAllister, 09 Nov 2012
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Apple seeks cooling fan patent for iPhone, iPad

A future iPad – or even iPhone – might have a cooling fan inside, if a just-published patent application ever makes it off the drawing board and into an iOS device.
Rik Myslewski, 09 Nov 2012
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Facebook warehousing 180 PETABYTES of data a year

Facebook’s data warehouses grow by “Over half a petabyte … every 24 hours”, according to an explanatory note The Social Network’s Engineering team has issued to explain a new release of open source code.
Simon Sharwood, 09 Nov 2012
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Ericsson claims TD-LTE record with 223 Mbps squirt

Ericsson is claiming the current speed record for time division multiplexed LTE in a demonstration for China Mobile that hit 223 Mbps.

Malaysia protests rare earth processing plant

Despite promising “Zero harm and sustainable development” and winning a court case permitting it to build a rare earth processing plant, Australian rare earth miner and processor Lynas Corp has failed to win favor from Malaysians who fear its investment will saddle the country with toxic waste.
Simon Sharwood, 09 Nov 2012
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Sony hack boss Schaaff quits

The changes continue at ailing Japanese electronics giant Sony, as Tim Schaaff, president of the firm’s online entertainment business during the massive data breach of 2011, announced his decision to quit at the end of the year.
Phil Muncaster, 09 Nov 2012
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Red peril paranoia hits Twitter

China watchers put two and two together and made five yesterday after pointing fingers at Chinese state-sponsored hackers whom they suspected of trying to break into their Twitter accounts.
Phil Muncaster, 09 Nov 2012

Bargain! Desperate Comet SLASHES price of £4,400 iPod Nano

Pic Comet has generously slashed 97 per cent off the price of an Apple iPod Nano, touting the pocket-stroker at £129 rather than an eye-watering, er, £4,444.
Paul Kunert, 09 Nov 2012
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HP: Look to the East, admins! Lo, it is Project Dawn

Dawn is approaching for HP storage, and the sun will rise on two new low-end 3PAR storage arrays providing a future for legacy EVA array users.
Chris Mellor, 09 Nov 2012
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Japanese car nuts build racecars powered by shouting 'Brrrm! Brrrrrm!'

Vid A team of Japanese car enthusiasts, backed by Nissan, have created a toy racetrack where cars speed along dependent on the driver's ability to imitate a V6 in full throttle.
Bill Ray, 09 Nov 2012
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Amazon Web Services will make it into G-Cloud 3.0, says UK.gov

Amazon Web Services will be on the official list of approved services for used by civil servants through the G-Cloud catalogue - this time for sure.
Gavin Clarke, 09 Nov 2012
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Volkswagen Beetle car review

Retro car designs fall into one of two categories. The Good like the Fiat 500 and the Bad like the 1998 VW Beetle and BMW’s huge Mini. The 1998 Beetle was a particularly bad example with underpinnings that represented a nadir of VW engineering and a body that betrayed its lazy California-penned origins. It was an insult to Ferdinand Porsche, the man responsible for the 1938 original.
Alun Taylor, 09 Nov 2012

Will Santa be working overtime to shift Win 8 kit? No. Yes! Maybe

Cash-strapped punters are unlikely to dig deep for a premium-priced Windows 8 PC this Christmas, says Gartner.
Paul Kunert, 09 Nov 2012
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Judge drops TV ad-block block: So how will anyone pay for TV now?

Analysis The US ruling that automatically stripping out the ads doesn't cause TV broadcasters irreparable harm might be legally accurate, but logistically it's nonsense and a decision we might all live to regret.
Bill Ray, 09 Nov 2012
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At last, a bionic arm that passes the Beer, Egg and Looks Cool tests

Vid A British man who lost his right forearm in an industrial blending accident has been demonstrating a bionic replacement that's sensitive enough to grasp and pick up eggs without cracking them and strong enough to hold his beer.
Iain Thomson, 09 Nov 2012
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iPhone senses you typing on table, bit of wood etc, turns vibes to text

A Swiss designer says he has created an iPhone keyboard that turns vibrations from fingertips on a tabletop into key-presses.
Bill Ray, 09 Nov 2012
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LOHAN slips BRA over BOOBIES in ballocket backronym buffoonery

Our invitation to readers to come up with a snappy acronym/backronym for our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) mission's electronic control board appears to have awoken the sniggering schoolboy inside some of you.
Lester Haines, 09 Nov 2012
Microsoft Surface

Windows 8, Surface slabs ALREADY need critical security patch

Microsoft will release critical updates for Windows 8 and other software on November's Patch Tuesday next week. The upgrades will arrive within weeks of the Win 8 launch at the end of last month.
John Leyden, 09 Nov 2012
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The Z-Factor: Meet the Simon Cowell of Linux

Open ... and Shut Canonical chief Mark Shuttleworth - a friend and my former boss at Canonical - has never had much love for rival Linux vendor Red Hat. So when he labelled Red Hat Enterprise Linux "legacy" technology during his keynote at LinuxCon in Barcelona, Spain, this week, aligning it with Solaris' faded glory, it was perhaps not surprising.
Matt Asay, 09 Nov 2012
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BOFH: Can't you just ... NO, I JUST CAN'T

Episode 11 "EVERYONE IS A F**KING EXCEPTION!" the PFY snarls - beating me to the very same exclamation by nanoseconds.
Simon Travaglia, 09 Nov 2012
What Linus Torvalds thinks of NVIDIA

The GPL self-destruct mechanism that is killing Linux

Analysis Does one of the biggest-ever revolutions in software, open source, contain the seeds of its own decay and destruction?
Liam Proven, 09 Nov 2012

High school kids wrestle uni students in mini-cluster match

SC12 Now that the US elections are over, it’s obvious that the world’s attention has shifted to the upcoming Student Cluster Competition (SCC), which will kick off next Monday at SC12 in Salt Lake City.
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Assassin's Creed 3 game review

"His name is Desmond Miles and he has brought us to the end." So begins Assassin's Creed 3. Frankly, if you believe this really is the end then you'll believe anything. No, rather than an end, AC3 is a fresh beginning, a place for new hero Connor Kenway to "rise" as the game's tagline puts it – form an orderly queue behind Batman, Mr Kenway.
Mike Plant, 09 Nov 2012
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Navy SEALs from Bin Laden kill unit spanked for video game work

Seven members of US special forces have been slapped on the wrist and had their pay docked for revealing ‘trade secrets’ to a games developer.
Tony Smith, 09 Nov 2012

Apple's 'inaccurate statements and FALSE INNUENDO'

QuotW This was the week when Cupertino finally published that statement on its website about how Samsung never infringed on the iPad, but naturally they buried it for Brits under the fold by resizing the whole front page.
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UK chancellor dishes extra £60m to European Space Agency

The UK is to spend an extra £60m to £70m a year on space technology, by upping its commitment to the European Space Agency (ESA).
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Tomb-raid boffins find golden hoard of the warrior Thracians

Archaeologists in Bulgaria are chuffed today to announce that golden treasures and artifacts produced by the ancient Thracians have been discovered in a subterranean tomb complex in the north of the country.
Lewis Page, 09 Nov 2012

US condom rules 'will cause nasty RED RINGS on porn stars' todgers'

City of Angels porn actors will in future be required to sport condoms for their performances after Los Angeles County voters gave the thumbs up to the "Safer Sex in the Adult Film Industry Act", aka "Measure B".
Lester Haines, 09 Nov 2012
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HORNY ALIEN vegetarian monsters once ROAMED CANADA

Paleoboffins have discovered a new terrifying, alien, twin horned dinosaur that roamed the earth 78 million years ago.
Borked computer keyboard

A bitter spill to swallow, or 'how to smeg up your keyboard'

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Trouble at mill. Someone’s password isn’t working.
Alistair Dabbs, 09 Nov 2012
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Computer sports betting pool: WIN PILES OF virtual CASH!

SC12 As the greatest event in computer sports – the SC12 Student Cluster Competition (SCC) – prepares to kick off next week, tension is rising worldwide. Hordes of fans and industry insiders are analysing the computing tasks, picking their favorite team or teams, and arguing about it with their friends and even their enemies.
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Apple-v-Samsung $1bn iPhone fine: 'Jury foreman was biased'

Apple's billion dollar patent court victory should be dismissed, Samsung say, because the jury foreman in the case was biased. Samsung's call for a retrial in the fight between the two tech giants will be heard on 6th December by judge Lucy Koh in the same San Jose court where the original verdict was handed down.
Anna Leach, 09 Nov 2012

Microsoft to biz: Just so you get off XP, we don't mind if you go Win 7

Despite the shiny, consumer-friendly crayon box of Surface and the Glee-style TV ads, Microsoft wants us to know that Windows 8 has a serious side, and is perfect for the enterprise. But it seems that a lot of its business-class features might be inaccessible to the very people it is attempting to target.
Gavin Clarke, 09 Nov 2012
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Groupon redundancy special offer tips, shares plunge

Groupon has disappointed expectations once again, driving its shares down nearly 17 per cent to an all-time low.
Dom Joly

20 years of GSM digital mobile phones

Twenty years ago today, on 9 November 1992, Nokia launched the world's first commercially available GSM digital mobile phone - the Nokia 1011 - strengthening consumer interest in the world of mobile connectivity. The candybar device - which weighed a whopping 475g and could sustain a conversation for no more than 90 minutes - also introduced text messaging, viewable on the handset's two-line display.
Caleb Cox, 09 Nov 2012

Microsoft's touching Xmas gift for Brits: MORE licensing price hikes

Microsoft has wrapped up a bunch of pre-Chrimbo licensing price hikes for channel partners to deliver to customers at the start of next month.
Paul Kunert, 09 Nov 2012
Boxer defeated. Pc credit: Sergey Barkov via SXC
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FalconStor brings in bankers after ELEVEN crummy quarters

Struggling data protection and virtualisation SW vendor FalconStor recorded more losses for its third 2012 quarter and has appointed Wells Fargo to look at "strategic alternatives" for the company; code for a possible break-up or outright sale.
Chris Mellor, 09 Nov 2012
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Top IT bods bail out of new Universal Credit online dole system

The Department for Work and Pensions has strenuously denied that its Universal Credit project will be derailed by the departure of key IT employees.
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Nov 2012
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Bloke flogged $1.2m of pirated Microsoft gear on eBay, say Feds

A US man has been charged with selling counterfeit Microsoft software valued at more than $1.2m.
John Leyden, 09 Nov 2012
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Swedish boffins: An ICE AGE is coming, only CO2 can save us

A group of Swedish scientists at the University of Gothenburg have published a paper in which they argue that spreading peatlands are inexorably driving planet Earth into its next ice age, and the only thing holding back catastrophe is humanity's hotly debated atmospheric carbon emissions.
Lewis Page, 09 Nov 2012
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Analyst: There are LOADS of iPhone 5s, Apple is keeping them back

Apple is not short on iPhone 5s but is likely to be holding them back artificially for commercial reasons, an analyst said today.
Anna Leach, 09 Nov 2012
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FOlA judges: Secret 28 who made the BBC Green will not be named

As expected, the BBC has won its legal battle against blogger Tony Newbery.
Andrew Orlowski, 09 Nov 2012

Cray ends battle with Appro by ingesting it alive

Cray is going to top off a pretty good year financially if it can get the many-petaflopping Titan and Blue Waters supercomputers accepted at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Illinois.
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'Bundle' signals from SPACE seize control of small car in Germany

An internet hookup intended for interplanetary use has been used by an astronaut on the International Space Station to drive a small lego car located in a laboratory in Germany.
Anna Leach, 09 Nov 2012
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Walmart workers filmed playing iPad frisbee

Four Walmart employees were said to have been sacked this week after filming themselves deliberately throwing what they claim are boxed iPads around one of the supermarket chain's stockrooms.
Caleb Cox, 09 Nov 2012
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This is Frankfurt calling: Scattered outbreaks of hot crunchiness

SNW Europe This is the second installment of El Reg's coverage of StorageNetworkWorld Europe, aka Powering The Cloud, bringing you another smorgasbord of storage goodness from the biggest storage show in the old coutries. Some of it's hot, and some is even crunchy... so dip in.
Chris Mellor, 09 Nov 2012
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SEC staffers slammed for serious security snafus

There are red faces at the Securities and Exchange Commission after a report highlighted computer security failings by agency staff that forced it to spend $200,000 to check whether it had lost critical information.
Iain Thomson, 09 Nov 2012
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US whacks sanctions on Iranians for web, TV censorship

The US has announced sanctions against Iran's communications minister and three other Iranians, as well as five companies and government departments in the Middle Eastern nation, for censoring the internet and media.

Worried dad invents pepper-spray iPhone case

An Arizona man concerned for the safety of his college-bound daughter has created a personal-protection device that she's sure to carry with her everywhere: an iPhone case that doubles as a pepper-spray shooter.
Rik Myslewski, 09 Nov 2012
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NetApp feeds HPC monster: How much cache? That would be telling

NetApp has boosted its high performance computing style storage arrays, the "not-ONTAP" E-Series arrays, by adding a solid state drive cache, better data protection and new network connectivity options. But the storage vendor is keeping quiet on flash cache capacity.
Chris Mellor, 09 Nov 2012
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Bitcoin Friday sale event kicks off with deep discounts

A group of businesses from  the Bitcoin community have teamed up to offer their own version of a "Black Friday" sale, with the twin aims of increasing awareness of the digital currency and stimulating the economy around it.
Neil McAllister, 09 Nov 2012

Cisco sets ex-CIA spook to hunt down leaking staffer

Updated Cisco appears to be rather annoyed that one of its staff has been leaking memos to the press, and its vice president of global labs (and former CIA operative) Michael Quinn has sent a chilling email to staff warning he will hunt down the culprit.
Iain Thomson, 09 Nov 2012
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Astroboffins spot smiley face on Mercury

It may not be an image as mysterious as the "Face on Mars" spotted by Viking I in 1976, but NASA's MESSENGER Mercury orbiter has snapped a shot of whimsical smiley-faced crater on that desolate planet.
Rik Myslewski, 09 Nov 2012
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Forget what vendors think: What’s YOUR vision for the data centre?

Research Given the chance, any IT vendor or service provider will launch into their company’s vision for the future... your future.
David Gordon, 09 Nov 2012
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China blocks all Google services as new leader anointed

The Great Firewall of China swung shut on Google this Friday as the Communist Party prepares to anoint its new leader, with search, Gmail, and other subdomains run by Google completely dead.
Iain Thomson, 09 Nov 2012
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DDN pulls muzzle off hybrid Big Data gobbler

DataDirect Networks has announced its SFA7700 hybrid flash and disk drive scale-out filer appliance for Big Data and high-performance computing-type applications. It's the latest in a series of Big Data announcements that take into account the convergement trend, and DDN must be hoping that its latest beastly appliance can hold its own against other flashy filers on the market.
Chris Mellor, 09 Nov 2012
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Fedora 'Spherical Cow' delayed by bugs, Secure Boot

Delays continue to plague development of the popular Fedora Linux distribution, with Fedora 18's original November ship date now pushed back to January 2013 at the earliest.
Neil McAllister, 09 Nov 2012
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Microsoft Surface Touch keyboards self-destruct – and more

It appears that your brand-spanking-new Microsoft Surface may need more than the security patch The Reg told you about – you may also need a physical patch for its Touch Cover keyboard.
Rik Myslewski, 09 Nov 2012