17th > December > 2012 Archive
Chinese spacecraft JUUUUST avoids smashing into Toutatis
Chinese probe Chang'e-2 has successfully flown by Toutatis, an asteroid named for the Celtic deity often invoked by cartoon characters Asterix and Obelix.
Report says Cisco offloading Linksys
Cisco's long and inglorious retreat from the consumer business may be about to reach another miserable milestone, after Bloomberg reported Linksys is up for sale.
Ocean seeding a dead duck as carbon solution
Seeding the ocean with iron to encourage plankton blooms works – kind of – but as a carbon sequestration approach, it’s hugely expensive, inefficient and probably ineffective, according to a Sydney University researcher.
Samsung mobes pwned by ANY APP, thanks to chip code hole
A member of an XDA developers forum who calls him-or-herself Alephzain claims to have found a flaw in several Samsung handsets and tablets that could allow attackers to enjoy full access to their RAM.
'Metadatagate' fails to bring down Oz pollie
Time stamps in Adobe Acrobat and Microsoft Word documents briefly became the centre of Australia's political agenda today, after seemingly dodgy dates in a press release were said to point to a conspiracy.
NetApp to build MARS waystation from flash dev's kit
ExclusiveEl Reg hears that NetApp has a CacheIQ SSD product coming out in February next year, which will act as an ONTAP accelerator, like the Avere products.
'We are screwed!' Fonts eat a bullet in Microsoft security patch
UpdatedWindows users were surprised to find that a Microsoft security update stopped fonts from working on their PCs.
Seagate slips out super-silent 2.5in video hard drive
Seagate has decided the set-top box and digital video recorder market is now big enough to warrant having its own special drive - and the Video 2.5 HDD is it.
First Mac OS X fake installer pops up, racks up your mobe bill
Crooks have developed a new Mac OS X-specific Trojan that mimics the behaviour of a legitimate software installer.
Huawei feeds up flash fish, offers juicy Dorado to storage-munchers
Huawei, the Chinese networking and storage supplier, has tripled the performance and capacity of its OceanStor Dorado 2100 flash array as well as adding 10 gig E and QDR InfiniBand access and thin provisioning. Deduplication is not included though.
Taxpayers to cough for Comet staff redundo
The last stores of the once mighty High Street giant Comet are to close by tomorrow but the saga looks set to continue, with taxpayers potentially having to step in to cover redundancy costs.
Hackers warn: We'll hit US banks... again
Hackers who claimed responsibility for a series of denial of service attacks against US banks in September have warned the US they plan to renew their assault shortly.
Musos blast US copyright bods: 'ARTISTS MAKE LOUSY SLAVES!'
The workings of the US Copyright Office rarely provoke a smile let alone a laugh, so brace yourself for this. The agency is shuffling some of its rules, thrown its doors open to the public for comment, and has been livened up by possibly the best submission ever made to any quango.
Review: Eurocom Monster W110ER gaming netbook
It’s hard to see quite who Eurocom thinks will buy its Monster W110ER “gaming netbook”. Surely any gamer sufficiently hardcore to feel the need to be able to take a high-end gaming system around with them - and the W110ER is a high-end machine - will want to play on a larger screen than an 11.6-incher, especially when it’s capable only of a 1366 x 768 resolution?
Mobile devices bring back that old client-server feeling
If you see the phrase “any time, any place, anywhere” in relation to mobile access, and are tempted to point out the language redundancy (any place, anywhere), then you are probably not old enough to remember the birth of client-server in the late '80s and early '90s.
Google close to deal with FTC: May fob off probe with 'tweaks' - report
A lengthy regulatory Stateside investigation of Google's search business practices is reportedly coming to an end with the outcome expected to be favourable for the company and bitterly disappointing for its rivals.
Polar drilling effort hits snag: Boffins' search for life put on ice
The British boffinry team hunting for life under the Antarctic ice-sheet over ancient Lake Ellsworth have run into trouble.
ITU to treaty haters: Enjoy your pricey roaming, boatloads of spam... suckers
WCIT2012According to UN agency the ITU, more than half the world's population will enjoy cheaper international roaming, faster connectivity, less spam and an improved economy.
Samsung gobbles flash upstart for starters ... Servers for main?
Memory and NAND foundry owner Samsung has bought a flash caching software startup called NVELO.
Qualcomm bucks global chip biz slump - report
Phone chip-maker Qualcomm defied the semiconductor industry decline to show double-digit year-on-year growth at a time when almost all of its rivals saw their sales slide, and the market as a whole dipped.
2012 in the channel: The year we sold EVERYTHING as a service
Few people would argue that this year has been one of very big highs and lows. From a personal perspective, 2012 will be remembered for the Olympics and Ryder Cup (great), weather (expletive deleted!) and the continued challenges of the economy, especially in the Eurozone.
Apotheker: HP board was just as culpable for Autonomy buy
Leo Apotheker reckons he shouldn't be forced to single-handedly carry the can for HP's calamitous acquisition of Autonomy when there are a bunch of board members that were equally at fault.
Micro-computer bakers open Raspberry Pi shop
The Raspberry Pi Foundation has opened an online software shop tied to its cheap-as-chips micro-computer.
Coming soon to a theme park near you: Shocking ANTI-PIRACY NAG ADS
While the world's economic powerhouse China uses the muscle of the state to strengthen its intellectual property industries, Britain is apologetic and embarrassed about its own.
Samsung, LG 'lose confidence' in OLED TV tech
Don’t expect reasonably priced OLED TVs to hit the market for a fair few years yet. Do, however, expect 4K x 2K Ultra HD LCD TVs to be all the rage in 2013.
Look out, Flash! Phase-change RAM IS HERE ... in Nokia mobiles
Micron is shipping phase-change memory to Nokia for use in its Asha smartphones.
Sorry, Apple - China's just not that into your iPhone 5
Apple sold 2 million iPhone 5s in the three days in China after the device went on official sale on Friday. It's a sales figure that is solid, but will not see buyers in the east Asian country replacing Apple's lucrative markets of Europe and the US in a hurry.
Germany sets date for Google vs newspapers smackdown
Google and the German newspaper industry will fight it out in a public hearing on 30 January, Angela Merkel's government announced today.
BEELLIONAIRE Paul Singer slings $2.3bn into Compuware
UpdatedNew York-based hedge fund Elliott Management has been on the hunt for undervalued software companies in which to invest. A few years back, it tried to buy Novell and failed in the attempt. But last month Elliott started amassing shares in Compuware, a systems and application management software maker, and now it wants the whole enchilada.
Here's a free tip, Cisco: DON'T buy NetApp unless you're crazy
Blocks and FilesHungry Cisco may gobble Citrix, NetApp and Rackspace, according to Bloomberg. But why on Earth would Cisco buy NetApp? We'll tell you why that's a crazy idea.
It's official: Mac users are morally superior to Windows users
The online donation–management company Qgiv has analyzed the charitable-giving patterns of 165,000 people and found that Mac users are far more benevolent than Windows users.
Anonymous hacks Westboro Baptists over Sandy Hook protests
Anonymous has posted personal data of many members of the Westboro Baptist Church and is promising to shut down the religious sect after it announced plans to protest the funerals of those killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School last week.
Quadriplegic woman demos advanced mind-control of robot arm
Scientists from the University of Pittsburg report amazing success with a new kind of brain interface that allows a quadriplegic woman to demonstrate fine motor controls with a robot arm.
Oracle upgrades Big Data Appliance with Xeon E5s
Database giant Oracle is trying to keep the myriad NoSQL and alternative data stores and big data munchers like Hadoop at bay by commercializing and integrating a bunch of proprietary and open source software onto preconfigured x86-based servers that it sells in appliance fashion. Oracle has not talked about how well or poorly these machines are selling, but the company has upgraded the underlying iron in the machines and the NoSQL database that is at the heart of the software stack – and that's a good indication that Oracle thinks the Big Data Appliance is worth continued investment.
North Korea's satellite a dud, say US astroboffins
North Korea may have successfully launched a satellite into orbit, as reported last week, but it might as well have deployed a pile of scrap metal, US-based astroboffins say.
Australia gets new CIO and CTO
Australia’s Government Information Management Office (AGIMO), the nation's top technology policy body, is splitting into distinct policy and services delivery arms, after the departure of Australian Government Chief Information Officer Ann Steward led to a restructure.
Sprint offers $2.2bn to acquire second half of Clearwire
Sprint, which already owns 51.7 per cent of wireless broadband service provider Clearwire, has announced a deal to acquire the remaining (nearly) half in a deal that would pay $2.97 per share to that company's minority shareholders – a deal that is in no way a slam dunk.