12th > November > 2012 Archive
Google hit with $AUD200k defamation damages
An Australian man defamed by links on Google that associated his name with images of and articles about a criminal has been awarded $AUD200,000 damages.
Intel plans Core i7 bare bones mini-PCs
Intel has launched the first unit in a range of bare bones mini-PCs it says will first appeal to system integrators creating digital signage solutions and then eventually excite businesses of almost any size.
Tech support blog removes Toshiba manuals after legal letter
An Australian blogger whose site offers an archive of service manuals for laptop computers has complied with a request from Toshiba Australia's lawyers to remove the company's documentation from his site.
India gets $25 Android tablet
The long-awaited low cost Aakash 2 tablet from UK firm Datawind has finally been officially launched in India, complete with several new hardware enhancements which the government will be hoping helps spur student learning.
China's IP boss says West distorts piracy problem
China’s IP boss has hit out at ‘unfair’ Western media reports criticising the country’s record on intellectual property rights and piracy, claiming that foreign tech companies wouldn’t build their kit in the PRC if the problem was as bad as it is portrayed to be.
TXT war hits India in time for Diwali holiday
Indians preparing to celebrate the nation's most important holiday, Diwali, may have to do so without being able to text friends and family after an ugly TXT war erupted among Indian telcos.
Quarter of Brits don't believe that cell towers improve phone reception
Just over three-quarters of UK residents recognise that being near a base station improves one's mobile reception, which makes one wonder how the rest think cellular phones work.
Judge: Your boss has no right to your emails held by a third party
Staff emails can’t just be accessed by a company whenever it feels like it, a UK High Court Judge has ruled, in what could be a guiding case on email privacy.
iPhones now 'safe' for Restricted UK.gov info, but not Secret
UK government departments have a green light to use iPhones and other iOS 6 devices for handling sensitive emails. The move may encourage civil servants and ministers to toss their BlackBerries to the wind, provided they don't have to read anything that's more than mildly important.
Mini retail empire Micro Anvika implodes, one shop to be shopped
The administrator of Micro Anvika is continuing to trade the operation out of two stores on London's Tottenham Court Road - one of which will close within weeks - as it mulls over offers for the remnants of the retailer.
Hong Kong web host jailed for DDoS stunt
A Hong Kong IT business owner has been banged up for nine months after launching distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks on a Hong Kong Stock Exchange web site in a botched attempt to market his firm’s anti-DDoS service.
Slideshow: A History of Intel x86 in 20 CPUs
Would there have been a PC revolution had Intel decided in the late 1960s to stick to making memory chips and turn its back on microprocessors? Almost certainly, but the company did get into CPUs and IBM chose its 8088 chip to build into its first Personal Computer, the 5150.
EU proposed emergency alert system won't work on iPhone
Europe is shuffling towards an international agreement on emergency alerts delivered to our mobile phones, but if current plans continue you might not ever know you received one.
Comet administrator Deloitte triggers ejector seats under 330 staff
Comet administrator Deloitte has swung the axe for the first time since it was brought in to take control of operations with 330 support staff getting the chop.
One in four don't clean their stinky old browsers - especially Firefoxers
Nearly one in four netizens are using outdated web browsers and are therefore easy pickings for viruses and exploit-wielding crooks.
When GiffGaff falls over, is it even news any more?
PollCut-price operator GiffGaff had another minor network outage last week, this time knocking out text messaging for some customers. Meanwhile, here in the Vulture Towers, debate raged as to whether this qualifies as news - given how often GiffGaff falls apart - so we thought we'd put it to a popular vote so you can tell us
How to spot a terrible tech boss within SECONDS
Part 2Having been an occasionally competent manager I know that nowhere in the spectrum from micromanagement to management-by-email suits everyone.
Man, 19, cuffed after burning Remembrance poppy pic is Facebooked
A 19-year-old man from Aylesham, near Canterbury in Kent, was arrested last night after a picture of a burning poppy was reportedly posted on Facebook.
Ofcom sets auction timetable: UK's 4G monopoly will end in June
Ofcom has drafted the legislation to open up two 4G bands next year, with bidders required to register by 11 December, the auction in January and the awards in June.
Vendors must break code of silence on software's biggest FAILS
Open ... and ShutDevelopers love to complain about vendor infomercials at conferences and in press articles, and rightly so. No one wants to have marketing pitches shoved down their throats. They're boring and quite possibly counterproductive.
Surface sales 'modest' so far, Ballmer modestly admits
UpdatedSales of Microsoft’s Windows RT-based Surface tablet are off to a “modest” start according to chief executive Steve Ballmer.
BBC places news chief and her deputy beyond use in Savile row
The BBC's director of news Helen Boaden and her deputy Steve Mitchell have "stepped aside" as the corporation investigates Newsnight's handling of a report on child sex abuse by BBC presenter Jimmy Savile.
European HP workers take IT giant to court over 'high handed' job cuts
HP's European Works Council* is suing the firm and terminating its works council agreement with the global giant, claiming HP has obstructed the European consultation process over its mega redundancy programme. It now plans to negotiate a new agreement under more recent legislation.
Liberator: the untold story of the first British laptop part 1
ArchaeologicIn 1985, the UK home computer boom was over. Those computer manufacturers who had survived the sales wasteland that was Christmas 1984 quickly began to turn their attention away from the home users they had courted through the first half of the 1980s to the growing and potentially much more lucrative business market.
Unexpected curiosity cripples Molyneux app
Veteran British games developer Peter Molyneux's latest mobile game, Curiosity, has been dogged by issues after an unexpected million or so downloads led to server overload. The development studio 22 Cans has appealed for fan donations to improve the service.
Star Wars VII: The Disney Movie signs Toy Story III script genius
Disney's newest, shiniest cash-cow, Star Wars VII, has picked up a writer in the shape of Little Miss Sunshine director Michael Arndt.
English Defence League website 'defaced, pwned' by hacktivists
Hacktivists claim to have hacked and defaced the website of the far-right group English Defence League.
Elemental origins glimpsed in 12 beellion year old supernova
Scientists have found the remnants of two supernovae that appear to have occurred in the universe’s infancy, shedding new light (pardon the pun) on reality’s formative years and the origins of matter.
Goatse.cx opens up again - as an email provider
SFWNotorious shock site of a bygone internet Goatse.cx has pulled opened its doors as an email provider.
Take action on climate change or the panda gets it
Giant pandas could starve to death as climate change wreaks havoc on their only food source, bamboo.
'Perfect' INVISIBLE SHED stuns boffinry world
Invisibility cloaks - or, more correctly, sheds - inched a little closer to reality this week with the revelation that scientists have made an object flawlessly invisible.
Samsung turns screws on Apple, hikes A6 processor price 20%
Samsung has hiked the price of processors used in Apple's iDevices by 20 per cent and the fruity firm has had to suck it up, Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo said.
Nvidia launches not one but two Kepler2 GPU coprocessors
SC12The wait for the "Kepler2" GPU coprocessors based on the company's GK100 GPUs is over. That's the good news.
RIM sets date for BlackBerry 10 reveal
Research in Motion has finally set an official launch date for BlackBerry 10. The full reveal will take place at event to be held on 30 January 2013.
Coders grill Herb Sutter on future of C++ at Microsoft
"The world is built on C++ and so is Microsoft," proclaimed Herb Sutter at Microsoft's Build conference last week in Seattle, Washington.
Google to refund some pre-price drop Nexus 7 buyers
Google, like Asus, will compensate folk who purchased a Nexus 7 just before it reduced the tablet's price, on 29 October.
Accelerators tag team in Top500 supercomputer CPU smackdown
SC12This fall's Top500 supercomputer sites ranking continues the smackdown between massively parallel supercomputers based on CPUs and somewhat less-massive machines using a mix of CPUs and accelerators. In this round, the hybrid ceepie-geepies, which mix CPUs and GPU coprocessors, have the CPU-only boxes on the ropes – and the ceepie-xeephies, which mix CPUs and Intel's Xeon Phi x86 coprocessors, are hitting them with the metal chair.
UK's planned copyright landgrab will spark US litigation 'firestorm'
ExclusiveThe UK faces a "firestorm" of international litigation if the government's copyright land-grab goes ahead, American artists and photographers have warned.
Microsoft rolls out always-on Skype for Windows Phone 8
Microsoft has dropped Skype for Windows Phone 8 into its app store, the pocket-sized version of its desktop counterpart.
What a clockup! Apple's Swiss clock knock-off clocks up $21m fine
Apple has paid 20m Swiss francs (£13m, $21m) to Switzerland's national railway operator, which holds the rights to the distinctive clock-face design used in the new iPad.
Blizzard blasts 'frivolous' security lawsuit
World of Warcraft developer Blizzard has said claims made in a lawsuit which alleges it engaged in "deceptive and unfair" business practices are entirely "without merit".
Did hackers uncover Petraeus' saucy affair webmails before FBI?
FBI agents may not have been the first to rumble the affair between CIA director David Petraeus and his biographer that led to the four-star general's resignation on Friday.
Mellanox stretches InfiniBand across campuses, metro areas
SC12With InfiniBand on the march, taking market share away from Ethernet in the upper echelons of the supercomputer racket, Mellanox Technology could sit back and enjoy itself a little. But instead, the company is tweaking its InfiniBand lineup to make its switches and adapters more appealing and to keep InfiniBand rolling.
Hey, start-ups: Why do you only cater to storage SIZE QUEENS?
StorageBod BlogOne of the most impressive demonstrations I saw at SNW Europe was from the guys at Amplidata. On their stand, they had a tiny implementation of Amplistor with the back-end storage being USB memory sticks. This enabled a quick and effective demonstration of their erasure encoding protect and the different protection levels on offer; pull one stick and both video streams kept working, pull another and one stopped, while the other kept playing.
AWS lands in Sydney, at a price
Amazon Web Services (AWS) has confirmed that it now offers cloud services from data centres in Australia, albeit at higher prices than it charges in all but two of its other regions. Australians often find global vendors charge more on their shores than they do elsewhere, a practice that has come to be known as "[Insert vendor name] tax".
Kim Dotcom's Mega pops up AGAIN, now in New Zealand
Embattled internet tycoon Kim Dotcom has emerged with yet another a new domain for the promised revival of his Megaupload file-sharing site, this time located in his adopted home nation of New Zealand.
Report: McAfee founder wanted for murder in Belize
John McAfee, the founder of the antivirus software firm that still bears his name, is wanted in Belize in connection with the murder of American expatriate Gregory Faull, who was found dead on Sunday.
Intel uncloaks 'highest performance' desktop processor
UpdatedIntel has released what it calls its "highest performance Extreme Edition processor," along with a new "Extreme Series Intel Desktop Board" into which to plop it.
CSIRO scales 50 Mbps wireless broadband to 16 nodes
Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has revealed that new trials of its Ngara wireless broadband system have scaled a single base station from six to 16 users.
Acer lowballs on price with Celeron-powered C7 Chromebook
Google has added a third laptop to its current Chrome OS range with the Acer C7, a budget Chromebook that will sell for under $200 in the US from Tuesday and will arrive in the UK shortly.
Intel Xeon Phi battles GPUs, defends x86 in supercomputers
SC12Intel's Xeon Phi might have started out with the goal of creating an x86-based graphics engine, but it ended up defending the x86 architecture's hegemony in high-performance computing against the onslaught of GPU coprocessors from Nvidia and AMD.
Ninefold fires back at AWS with US launch
With Amazon’s worst-kept-secret finally becoming a live service in Australia, upstart provider Ninefold has announced the launch of its first presence in America.
New report warns of SCADA CYBERGEDDON*
The industrial control system fright machine is getting another kick along today, via a survey by Russian vendor Positive Technologies.
Want to improve your software testing? Automate the tools, love-up the developers
We all know the traditional problem with software testing: it happens too late, and often in a rush, as users badger developers for delivery. If a software project runs over deadline, the chances are that the testing will suffer.
Oracle: Get your Red Hat Linux patches from us, it's easier
In the latest episode in its ongoing pissing match with leading Linux vendor Red Hat, Oracle has set up a new service that allows Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) customers to more easily browse the source code of changes Red Hat has made to its version of the Linux kernel.
'iPhone 5S' said to begin trial production next month
This December, Apple's Asian product assemblers will begin the first trial-production batch of its next version of the iPhone, said to be dubbed the iPhone 5S, in preparation for large-scale shipments (大舉出貨) to begin in the first quarter of next year.
Supersymmetry takes an arrow to the knee
Supersymmetry isn’t quite dead yet, but the latest results out of the Large Hadron Collider are giving it some trouble.