26th > November > 2012 Archive
Kim Dotcom claims entrapment by US authorities
Kim Dotcom says he is about to go on the offensive, after the news that some of the files prosecutors allege Megaupload.com knew were pirated and did not remove were only present because courts had asked they be retained to assist another investigation.
Acid oceans DISSOLVING sea life
The shells of tiny sea snails called pteropods, or “sea butterflies”, are dissolving thanks to the acidification of sea water brought about to increasing levels of CO2 in the ocean, according to researchers from the British Antarctic Survey BAS).
HP denies Syria, Iran spy tech claims
HP has been forced to deny that it broke strict export sanctions by selling technology to Syria and Iran, but admitted that its network of channel partners may have done so without its knowledge.
Driverless trucks roam Australian mines
Mining company Rio Tinto has turned to driverless trucks to operate mines in Western Australia.
Google, Apple, and Microsoft downed in Pakistan
Pakistan’s web users were left high and dry over the weekend after nearly 300 high profile sites including Google.com.pk, Microsoft.pk, Apple.pk and Yahoo.pk were hacked and defaced by what appears to be a mixture of Pakistani and Turkish attackers.
Heroic Register reader battles EXPLODING COMPUTER
A heroic Reg reader who battled an exploding computer to save his son's homework (and possibly his life) has written in to share the harrowing tale of a power supply unit gone MAD.
Datawind insists $42 tab isn't Chinese
British tech firm Datawind has been forced to deny reports from India at the weekend that its low-cost Aakash 2 device, marketed as an innovative locally-made product, was actually bought off-the-shelf from China.
Brocade drill-down: Replacement for Klayko in the wings
Storage networking and Ethernet supplier Brocade has done good, with record fourth quarter and full year results; pats all round boys. But you're still stuck in a mature market rut with no breakout yet visible.
ICO: Anonymised data doesn't HAVE to guarantee your privacy
Data anonymisation does not have to provide a 100 per cent guarantee to individuals' privacy in order for it to be lawful for organisations to disclose the information, the UK's data protection watchdog has said.
Seagate private equity whispers begin... AGAIN
Seagate is reported to be talking to private equity firms about shifting off the stock market and back into private ownership. This would be the second time it has held such talks, so it's anybody's guess if anything will come of it.
Microsoft applies for patent for 'Google Goggles'-type AR specs
Microsoft has applied for a patent for its very own Google Goggles-alike Terminator-style tech, which will slap facts and figures over everything you see.
Flash is dead ... but where are the tiers?
StoragebodFlash is dead: it's an interim technology with no future. But yet it continues to be a hot topic and technology. I suppose I ought to qualify that. Flash will be dead in the next five to 10 years and I’m talking about the use of flash in the data centre.
Intel edu-tablet sales forecast slashed - supply chain whispers
In another bit of mobile-market slippage, Intel is said to have cut in half the number of its StudyBook educational tablets that it believes it will sell in the next two years.
Galapagos tortoise 'Lonesome George' might NOT be last of his kind
"Lonesome George", the giant tortoise believed to be the last of his species when he died in June, may not have been as lonseome as they say.
Drop Box and Dropbox, begs new sync 'n' share start-up
Yet another start-up touting its own cloud-based file sync 'n' share for business has popped up. Egnyte says its got a Cloud Control product does the same thing as Box and DropBox, but with more security and control.
P-P-P-Pick up our PENGUIN-POWERED Pi PIPER of Python
How-toTurning the Raspberry Pi into a music player is old hat, but turning it into a personalised DJ is slightly more difficult if a lot more interesting.
New table-munching worm ravages Iranian biz databases
A new strain of malware is thrashing corporate databases in the Middle East, claiming the vast majority of its victims in Iran.
Hefty beauty GAGA gets voluptuous new undercarriage
Our autonomous lawnmower has had a hard summer, with brains, brawn and even her skeleton delayed, but despite failing to manage 2012's growth, she's still on track to wreak graminoid havoc - if just a little later than hoped.
Where were the bullet holes on OS/2's corpse? Its head ... or foot?
Part twoMy last piece on OS/2 was in part a mea culpa, a history of my part in its downfall. However, I can't claim all the credit. In fact, if I'm honest, there were hundreds of reasons why OS/2 failed, and most of them had nothing to do with me. So, here are some of the real corkers.
Jock and Awe: Scottish schools' sixty-mil 'slab splurge
Scottish ministers are seeking suppliers for up to £60m of tablets and notebooks.
Pong creator turns nose up at Nintendo Wii U
Atari founder Nolan Bushnell has doubts over the long-term success of the Nintendo Wii U, after admitting he doesn't get the tablet-controlled console.
Cambridge boffins fear 'Pandora's Unboxing' and RISE of the MACHINES
Boffins at Cambridge University want to set up a new centre to determine what humankind will do when ultra-intelligent machines like the Terminator or HAL pose "extinction-level" risks to our species.
Samsung SSD 840 series storage review
When Samsung launched its first true consumer SSD, the 470, it was met with a generally good reception. Yet the timing of its release pretty much coincided with the arrival of drives using the second generation of LSI’s SandForce controller and its 6Gb/s SATA 3 interface. Hence, the 470 having a 3Gb/s SATA 2 interface was no match for this new breed in terms of performance.
10,000 cities, 1 salesman, 6 nodes: It's LittleFe cluster CRUNCH TIME
SC12Video It was the last day of last week’s SC12 Student Cluster Competition, and Pennsylvania university students Team Slippery Rock chatted to us during the LittleFe battle. In this competition track, teams of university students (plus a high school team) pushed their six-node LittleFe mini-iron to the limit, attempting to find the best solution to a 10,000-city Travelling Salesman* problem.
Applied Micro shows off X-Gene ARM server prototypes
Applied Micro Circuits is not yet shipping its first X-Gene ARM-based processor aimed at servers, and it is going to be a while yet before it can get the processors into the field. But because there is so much at stake, Applied Micro can't afford to be left out of any conversations about ARM Holding's attack on the data center. The reason? It has invested very heavily (at least relative to its size) in this X-Gene project.
Gangnam Style beats Bieber Baby, becomes biggest timewaste EVER
Op op op op oppan, sexy lady - Gangnam Style!
'007' job ad for an assassin appears on official UK.gov website
Pranksters advertised a job vacancy for an official assassin on a UK government website to fool wannabe James Bonds into applying.
Nexus 4 actually has 4G: But only in Canada, and potentially ILLEGAL
The Nexus 4, Google's surprisingly cheap Android flagship, has another trick up its sleeve: an LTE radio which can be activated from some hidden settings.
Facebook tries to stop its staff using iPhones in 'dogfood' push
Facebook's campaign against the Apple iPhone has moved up a notch: staff are urged to grab an Android gadget and bug test the social network's mobile app as more punters plump for Google's operating system.
Girlfriend 'tried to MURDER ME with her AMPLE BREASTS'
A German woman is up in court on a charge of "attempted manslaughter with a weapon", after allegedly trying to smother her boyfriend with her ample 38DD assets.
SQL database start-up flings out code peanuts to tempt biz
NuoDB, a start-up which claims to be offering the industry’s only "emergent" elastically scalable database, has made the firm's beta trial available to the public via a freemium business model. It plans to launch the product by the end of the year.
Phone with Facebook hardware button lobbed out by Nokia
Nokia's latest Series 40 blower, a dual-SIM model aimed at developing markets, has a Facebook button, the first device from the Finns to feature such an innovation.
Phoenix IT Group signs £40m desktop support win
Phoenix IT Group has inked a five-year £40m desktop support deal with an unnamed customer, the troubled firm revealed today.
At last: The brain-controlled helicopter
Brain-controlled helicopters could be ready for Santa's elves to drop down US chimneys in time for Christmas this year.
Venus EXPOSED in predawn threesome with Saturn and Mercury
Any stargazers who manages to get out of bed early tomorrow morning will see Venus, Saturn and Mercury together in the predawn sky.
SPEARS fired up for explosive climax
Our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) project reached a major milestone over the weekend with the completion of the first Special Project Electronic Altitude Release System (SPEARS) control board.
Fanboi droves use iPads to buy more iPads on Black Friday
Apple's iPad was used by one in every 10 online shoppers on Black Friday, according to IBM's Holiday Benchmark report.
Mall lurk man: Apple smashes Microsoft in Black Friday fondle wars
Anecdotal evidence suggests Apple may have beaten Microsoft in the Black Friday faceoff for consumers' dollars.
Their One Year Mission: To boldly find the effects of null G on humans
NASA and Roscosmos have decided on two veteran 'nauts for a prolonged one-year-long mission on the International Space Station.
Claimed $400m Google buyout is fake, ICOA boss warns
It was a lousy start to the post-Thanksgiving weekend for the management of US hotspot provider ICOA after the company fell victim to what looks like a classic pump-and-dump stock scam.
Defence Signals Directorate offers BYOD advice
Australia's signals intelligence agency, the Defence Signals Directorate (DSD), has published two sets of guidelines for Australian government agencies contemplating a bring your own device (BYOD) regime.
How IT will evolve to photonics
Replacing electronics with photonics will one day be an important way to run IT while consuming far less power than is the case today. But while that idea looks great on paper, the research is still young.
Microsoft supporting Surface with Windows RT until 2017
Microsoft has set date on the end of mainstream support for its Surface tablet running Windows RT as April 11, 2017, with Office products likely to get similar support.
China to strut eight-core Godson-3B MIPS chip in early 2013
People talk about Moore's Law as if server chip manufacturers had to obey it like some kind of cosmic speed limit. In reality, Moore's Law is an idealized goal, and one that is increasingly difficult to attain year after year for server microprocessors.