18th > December > 2012 Archive

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DARPA planning 100 Gbps wireless

DARPA (the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) has decided that the 200-276 Mbps wireless technology currently used for military communications, known as the Common Data Link, is not going to live forever, and is inviting companies to submit proposals to boost battlefield wireless to an impressive-if-achieved 100 Gbps.
Richard Chirgwin, 18 Dec 2012

GRAIL orbiters make DEATH DIVE into lunar mountain

The two orbiters that make made up NASA's Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) have smashed into a lunar mountain at a speed of 3,760 mph as part of the mission's last experiment.
Iain Thomson, 18 Dec 2012

Fish grow ‘hands’ in genetic experiment

It’s a pretty safe presumption that hands evolved from fins, since fish evolved long before anything remotely resembling an opposable thumb. Now, a group of Spanish researchers has demonstrated a genetic expression that hints at how it happened.
Richard Chirgwin, 18 Dec 2012

Iran's Ayatollah Khamenei 'likes' Facebook despite ban

Iran is a nation known for its heavy-handed censorship of the internet, but it is still possible to access Facebook from within its borders – particularly, that is, if you happen to be the country's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Neil McAllister, 18 Dec 2012

Football club catches, then punts, Kaspersky name

Australian Rugby League team the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles has changed its name to the Kaspersky Sea Eagles, only to retract the name change hours later after a backlash from fans.
Simon Sharwood, 18 Dec 2012
VMware's monster VM

VCDX: The elite certification just 105 people hold

On 28 February next year in Las Vegas, a group of brave IT professionals will go before a jury of their peers and spend half a day defending themselves and their technical skills. The inquisitors will pull no punches and the process will be brutal. Many of those on trial will be defeated, rejected and fly home chastened. Others will emerge with a prize just 105 people on the planet possess: the VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX) certification.
Simon Sharwood, 18 Dec 2012

Shh! Proxima Centauri can hear us!

In the unlikely case that Proxima Centauri is inhabited, that its inhabitants are technologically developed ahead of Earth, and its inhabitants actually care about us, its media might is just catching up with the stories of 2008.
Richard Chirgwin, 18 Dec 2012
Raspberry Pi

Siri: Can you make a Raspberry Pi open a garage door?

VidA clever coder who goes by the name DarkTherapy has created an iPhone app and interface for the Raspberry Pi that allows it to open a door.
Simon Sharwood, 18 Dec 2012
Whiptail's Dan Crane and James Candelaria

Why is SanDisk joining whip-round for Whiptail?

USB and camera/phone flash chip vendor SanDisk has bought into flash array startup Whiptail. Now why exactly, and how, is SanDisk doing this?
Chris Mellor, 18 Dec 2012

Conmen DID use leaked info of sporty civil servants... to attack HMRC

Criminals used the personal data of 100,000 civil servants that was swiped in early 2010 in an attack on HMRC around the same time, The Register has discovered. Now, almost three years later, the government is still scrabbling around trying to work out whodunnit... and only recently 'fessed up to the individuals concerned that their data had been snaffled.
Anna Leach, 18 Dec 2012
Suitcase bulging with cash

Data-centre procurement ain't what it used to be

The cost of supplying IT services inside businesses has never been more visible, with much marketing attention focusing on the question “Why aren’t you using cloud-based services instead of running your own systems?”
Tony Lock, 18 Dec 2012
Touchscreen Camera Comparison

Forget about fondling that slab... within 2 years, it'll fondle YOU

IBM has released its annual predictions for the next five years of technology, including phones that sniff you for germs and actual fondling through fondleslabs.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 18 Dec 2012

Google unlikely to get kid-glove treatment THIS side of pond - Euro biz players

European web businesses are unlikely to give up the fight against Google's business practices, according to sources involved in the case. Reports at the weekend suggest that Google was close to reaching a closed door settlement with the FTC which would require it only to make voluntary presentational changes, and relieve it from signing a binding consent decree.
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Dec 2012

BT wins another HUGE gov-funded rural broadband deal

Multi-billion pound telecoms giant BT has landed another broadband government subsidy to lay fibre in the countryside: this time for a £56.6m joint local authority project between Herefordshire and Gloucestershire that won't be completed until 2016. That's a whole year behind Whitehall's 2015 "challenging target".
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Dec 2012

Search engines we have known ... before Google crushed them

FeatureRemember when the internet was young, moving your bulky monitor was a two-person job and 1.4MB disks didn't look like a typo? Back then (most) people didn't have to choose which web search engine they were going to use: it came prepared by the operating system maker, such as Microsoft and MSN Search, or the folks you got your broadband from, like AOL Search.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 18 Dec 2012

Hard-up Brit bankers bag endless free Wi-Fi during cig breaks

The City of London will get free unlimited Wi-Fi internet access from The Cloud following a successful six-month trial.
Bill Ray, 18 Dec 2012

END OF THE WORLD IS NIGH: TalkTalk no longer worst ISP in UK

Even Ofcom was surprised to report today that TalkTalk is no longer the UK's number one most bitched about broadband provider. In a sign that the world may actually end this Friday, TalkTalk was ingloriously pushed into second place by Orange.
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Dec 2012

Judge: There'll be no US Samsung ban, BUT no new trial with Apple either

Apple has failed in its attempt to obtain a permanent ban on several Samsung products in the US, but Samsung's accusations of jury misconduct have also been rejected.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 18 Dec 2012
The SPEARS board with a few bits attached

How to put the data centre back together again

The world of business is becoming faster, more competitive and ever more dependent on IT. Transactions and interactions that used to be handled manually between suppliers, the channel and customers are now largely electronic.
Andrew Buss, 18 Dec 2012

What did Capita ITS staff get for Xmas? Elf 'n' safety training

Capita IT Services boss Peter Hands has handed his staff a joyful end-of-year gift: an order to complete about a dozen mandatory training courses by 31 December.
Paul Kunert, 18 Dec 2012

New Year's resolution: Don't use Instagram, it'll sell YOUR photos

Social network Instagram has provoked uproar among its latte-photographing users: it has changed its terms and conditions to grant itself licensing rights to sell all photographs taken by the app.
Anna Leach, 18 Dec 2012

Morgan Stanley cops $5m fine over Facebook IPOcalypse

Morgan Stanley has been fined $5m for allegedly coaching Facebook on how to selectively release its financial information before its market debut.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 18 Dec 2012

Dutch operators: Ugh, we really overdid it on the 4G last night...

Dutch operators are waking with something of a hangover following panicked bidding on 4G telephony licences in the overcrowded Netherlands market. The country’s 4G spectrum auction altogether generated nearly €3.8bn.
Bill Ray, 18 Dec 2012

Plasma boffins' POWERFUL wind now a key clue to fiery Sun

Boffins have attempted to recreate astrophysical turbulence in the laboratory, so they can study the force that forms stars, carries heat across galaxies and troubles the edge of the Earth's magnetosphere.
Anna Leach, 18 Dec 2012
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UK gov probes Comet crash: Public, private sectors LOST £257m

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills plans to probe the administration of Comet, whose collapse has left the private and public sector out of pocket to the tune of £257m.
Paul Kunert, 18 Dec 2012

Facebook: 'No merit' to claim we broke German privacy law

Facebook has hit back at a watchdog that claimed the website broke German law by requiring users to reveal their real names. The independent privacy protection agency ULD in Kiel, north Germany, yesterday ordered an end to the social network's policy on real names.
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Dec 2012

Naked Scarlett Johansson pic snatch bloke gets 10 YEARS

A US man who hacked into the email accounts of celebrities including Scarlett Johansson and Mila Kunis and later leaked their nude photos has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 18 Dec 2012
Fujitsu's social robot teddy bears

So, you want to get closer to the workers with social media?

We often hear how social networking has the potential to revolutionise the way we communicate and collaborate in business.
Lucy Sherriff, 18 Dec 2012

Microsoft to Moto: We'll give you $1m a year for your patents

Microsoft and Googorola are having a slight difference of opinion when it comes to how much Redmond should pay for Motorola Mobility's video and Wi-Fi patents.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 18 Dec 2012
Fujitsu K supercomputer

Big bad boxes drive explosive growth for HPC in Q3

The server market as a whole is having its issues, with both virtualization and the jittery global economy holding down physical box counts – and therefore revenues – more than they might otherwise be. But the supercomputer market is chugging right along. Networks keep getting faster, virtualization has yet to touch its boxes, and software is getting better at scaling across larger systems - and it's all leading to increased demand.

Samsung drops five European anti-Apple injunction requests

Samsung has withdrawn its request for injunctions to ban sales of Apple's iDevices in five European countries.
Rik Myslewski, 18 Dec 2012
RL-10A rocket engine powering the Centaur stage of the Mars Science Laboratory mission

Secrets of an ad broker: NoSQL, millisecond auctions and FLASH ARRAYS

Typically a web page featuring online ads is built with space set aside for the ad. A user clicks on the page's URL and it's presented to that user in real time and the spaces are populated with pre-built and stored ads. So far so ordinary, only with online ad-broker Tapad the ads are not pre-stored at all.
Chris Mellor, 18 Dec 2012

Facebook to debut auto-play video ads in 2013

Facebook users have a new form of advertising to look forward to in 2013, when the social network will begin inserting full-motion video ads into their news feeds.
Neil McAllister, 18 Dec 2012

Twitter passes 200 million monthly users

Microblogging site Twitter has passed a major milestone: it now has over 200 million monthly active users.
Rik Myslewski, 18 Dec 2012

Report: US telcos cashing in on data caps and poor competition

The increasing use of data-capping and high data charges on US networks is less about easing network congestion or funding investment and more about increasing profits, according to a new analysis by the non-partisan New America Foundation think tank.
Iain Thomson, 18 Dec 2012
Piledriver Opteron node for the SM15000

AMD plunks custom Opteron into SM15000 microservers

AMD's SeaMicro microserver and fabric unit has started shipping the "Piledriver" Opteron server nodes for its new SM15000 machines, announced in September sporting quad-core "Ivy Bridge" Xeon E3 processors as well as promising the then-impending Piledrivers.

EU launches formal Microsoft privacy policy probe

The European Union has opened a formal investigation into whether recent changes to Microsoft's Services Agreement are in violation of EU data privacy law.
Neil McAllister, 18 Dec 2012

Yahoo!'s Mayer, Apple's Cook 'Person of the Year' finalists

Time magazine has revealed its "shortlist" for its annual Person of the Year award – the honoree to be revealed this Wednesday morning – and for reasons known only to the editors of that 89-year-old clarion of democracy, Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer and Apple CEO Tim Cook are among the eight finalists.
Rik Myslewski, 18 Dec 2012

Instagram back-pedals in face of user outrage

Instagram has responded to the storm of protests from its users over proposed changes to its terms and conditions by promising to alter the language it uses and guaranteeing that it won't sell user's photos.
Iain Thomson, 18 Dec 2012

Ellison: Oracle will grow hardware biz soon

It is hard to watch the continuing decline in the Oracle systems business and not be concerned, but that is precisely what Oracle co-founder and CEO Larry Ellison wants you to do. Oracle is focusing on making the Sun businesses it has pruned (as distinct from the ones it has culled) profitable, and will worry about growth later. Like two quarters from now.

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