27th > December > 2012 Archive

The male 'Blue moon' butterfly. Image credit: Sylvain Charlat

Chill out, biz barons... your new IT system might not look like the old one

Organisations that wish to update their IT systems and transform their business need to be careful not to be overly prescriptive with suppliers and overlook other important considerations, an expert in resolving IT disputes has said.
OUT-LAW.COM, 27 Dec 2012

Christmas ruined for 2,100 sex offenders booted off online games

Thousands of online gaming accounts linked to convicted sex offenders were shut down in the US this month.
John Leyden, 27 Dec 2012

Motorola pulls out of China, leaves locals behind till of Android shop

Google's hardware arm has shuttered its Chinese Android store, one of the few which lets punters pay for apps, saying its work is done and the competition is too fierce.
Bill Ray, 27 Dec 2012

Feeling poor? WHO took all your money? NOT capitalist bastards?

CommentLies, damned lies and statistics: we all know the saying, but you'd be surprised just how many of these “facts” manage to enter the national consciousness, emerging as Guardian headlines and stories on Radio 4's Today.
Tim Worstall, 27 Dec 2012

Rocket 'Grasshopper' leaps higher than tall building in single bound

Elon Musk's private space program jumped another 40 meters just before Christmas, with the VTVL "Grasshopper" rocket successfully lifting more than its own length into the air and safely setting down again.
Bill Ray, 27 Dec 2012

Osborne stumps up £20m of your cash for wiggly wonder stuff graphene

The Chancellor will allocate up to £21.5m for research into the wonder material graphene, he confirmed today. The cash will be distributed to Cambridge scientists investigating wearable computers, and Imperial College researchers hoping to incorporate the super-strong, super-conductive, super-light material into aeroplanes.
Anna Leach, 27 Dec 2012

Israel plots gigabit fibre-to-home rollout

The Israeli government, via state-owned electricity utility Israel Electric Corp (IEC), is taking tentative steps towards deploying a gigabit-capable fibre-to-the-home network it hopes will cover two-thirds of the country.
Richard Chirgwin, 27 Dec 2012

New WordPress vuln emerges

Sorry to spoil the day for any sysadmins that thought today would be a slow day, but a security researcher has announced a serious vulnerability in the default configuration of a popular WordPress plugin.
Richard Chirgwin, 27 Dec 2012

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