11th > February > 2013 Archive
Competition crowdsources blisteringly-fast software
If you want a massive improvement in the software you use, the cheapest way to get it is to host a competition on TopCoder.
FUD flies as Raytheon reveals social media analysis tool
Defence contractor Raytheon has developed a tool that can mine social media to track and predict individuals' behaviour, according to The Guardian.
New Zealand court hands out second peppercorn downloading penalty
New Zealand’s Copyright Tribunal has handed down its second decision under that country’s controversial “SkyNet” anti-downloading legislation.
Australian Parliament issues summons to Apple, Microsoft, Adobe
The IT Pricing Inquiry being conducted by Australia's House Committee on Infrastructure and Communications has issued summons to Apple, Microsoft and Adobe.
Bangalore's home state takes aim at tech manufacturing
Karnataka, the Indian state that includes the IT hub of Bangalore, has announced several new initiatives planned to enhance the state's technology businesses.
NABERS ... every server needs good NABERS
New South Wales' Office of Environment & Heritage has released a version of its National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) standard for data centres.
AT LEAST two-thirds mobile traffic will be video by 2017 - Cisco report
Global cellular networks are reeling under remarkable growth rates that look like they will be sustained over the next five years, and this will be driven by video, says a recent report.
Illicit phone rings in Sri Lankan inmate's back crack
A Sri Lankan lag at Colombo's Welikada jail was relieved of his illicit mobe after it inconveniently rang during a cell search, alerting officers that he'd concealed it where the sun don't shine.
BYOD is a PITA: Employee devices cost firms £61 a month
Companies are paying £61 a month for every device their workers bring into the office, but less than half of IT departments have any say in mobile strategy these days.
Don't be shy, vendors: Let's see those gorgeous figures
StoragebodOne of the frustrations when dealing with vendors is actually getting real availability figures for their kit. You will mostly get generalisations, such as "it is designed to be 99.999 per cent available" or perhaps "99.9999 per cent available". But what do those figures really mean to you and how significant are they?
Review: HP Spectre XT TouchSmart
El Reg looked at HP's 13in Spectre XT Ultrabook in October last year and liked it a lot. What you're looking at here, then, is a meatier version with a bigger display, touchscreen support, more ports and the inevitable Windows 8. I like it a lot.
Virtual sanity: What if GreenBytes just DUMPED its hardware?
AnalysisShould GreenBytes separate its hardware and software? The storage firm sells an IO Offload Engine which stores deduplicated virty desktop images in its own flash hardware and ships them out to client devices. It's essentially a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) accelerator for storage arrays that runs alongside them and solves the VDI problem with persistent, or full-fat, clones that are larger than the bare bones, can't-be-altered linked clones.
Michelin critics to football blogger: Salaud! Unhand that URL
Michelin restaurant guides have issued a cease-and-desist notice to a blogger who has nabbed the URL michelinguides.com and filled it with photoshopped pictures of European football boss and 1984 European Championship top goalscorer Michel Platini.
Can BlackBerry survive? Well, the woods are still full of bear poo
AnalysisBlackBerry brought its top bosses to Europe this week for its annual Jam developer event on the continent. With the launch of the new BlackBerry OS 10, and its Z10 and Q10 smartphones, now behind it, this is a good time to look at company's realistic prospects.
Playmobil punts bank-heist set to wide-eyed kiddies
El Reg's fave toy manufacturer Playmobil has provoked a miniature rumpus by punting a bank-heist set to children.
Barrall, beam me up: 'Private cloud' biz builds Transporter device
Data Robotics (Drobo) and BlueArc founder Geoff Barrall's new small biz Connected Data has revealed itself after gaining $6m in A-round funding and cash from a Kickstarter launch.
Dead Steve Jobs 'made Tim Cook sue Samsung' from beyond the grave
Apple co-founder Steve Jobs pressured his lieutenants into suing rival Samsung even though they didn't think it was a very good idea, sources have claimed.
Multi-billion Euro broadband fund obliterated by EU budget cut
A €9.2bn fund proposed by Brussels officials to help bring faster broadband to the 27 Member States by 2020 has been obliterated after the European Union agreed to a budget cut that was engineered by Brit Prime Minister David Cameron.
Pope resigns months after launching social networking effort
Pope Benedict announced his resignation today, becoming the first pope to relinquish the leadership of the Catholic Church in six centuries - and just months after becoming the first pontiff to join Twitter.
Microsoft Surface Pro launch: It's easy to sell out of sod all stock
Microsoft’s Surface Pro went on sale on Saturday, but stockists almost immediately ran into shortages, provoking anger and frustration among potential fondlers.
Curiosity raises mighty robotic fist, punches hole in Mars
PicNASA's nuclear Mars truck Curiosity has punched a hole in the planet for posterity with its robotic arm drill.
Bit9 hacked after it forgot to install ITS OWN security product
IT security biz Bit9's private digital certificates were copied by hackers and used to cryptographically sign malware to infect the company's customers.
Music to investors' ears: Storage upstart Violin to go public?
Blocks and FilesViolin Memory, the front runner in the shared all-flash array market, has been heading for an IPO for some time. According to reports, the Mountain View storage firm filed to go public last September, but the timing and price of the offering had not yet been determined.
iOS 6.1 KNACKERED our mobile phone networks, claim Vodafone, Three
UpdatedVodafone has urged iPhone 4S owners to not upgrade to iOS 6.1, the latest available, because it believes the software jams 3G and phone connections.
Don't get 2e2'd: How to survive when your IT supplier goes titsup
AnalysisI used to know a finance director who had a favourite mantra: “Minimise fixed costs.”
'Let anyone be administrator' bug in VMware snapped shut
VMware has published a security update for its virtualisation software including its ESX, Workstation, Fusion and View products.
Men's rights activists: Symantec branded us a 'hate group'
A men's issues website has cried foul after it was apparently classified as a "hate" site by Symantec.
Cat cuffing: Japanese cops collar suspect for mass murder e-threat
Japanese cops have cuffed a suspect in a high-profile cyber threat and computer hacking case that had police examining a cat for clues at one stage of the investigation. Police said a memory stick found on a cat's collar led them to make the arrest.
UK financial watchdog bends Autonomy over for fresh probe
HP-owned software house Autonomy faces more probing, this time by the Financial Reporting Council (FRC).
Mellanox shoots higher and lower with long-haul switches
InfiniBand and Ethernet switch maker Mellanox Technologies, recently hammered because it missed its latest quarterly results big-time and gave a weak forecast for the first quarter, is sticking to its switched-fabric knitting and expanding its product portfolio, making good on its promise to flesh out a series of long-haul switches to link data centers scattered around campuses or separated by relatively large distances.
Samsung laptops can be NUKED by ANY OS – even Windows: new claim
New Samsung laptops that destroyed themselves when booting Ubuntu Linux can be bricked by ANY operating system – including Windows – according to a top embedded developer.
Microsoft's Azure SQL Reporting FAIL
UpdatedMicrosoft's Azure cloud is grappling with an "unexpected outage" in its SQL Reporting component.
Zombie CISPA cybersecurity bill rises from Congressional grave
The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), which President Obama threatened to veto for its lack of privacy protection, has been resurrected by its sponsors and will be reintroduced to the US House of Representatives this week.
Linux Foundation ships UEFI Secure Boot workaround
The Linux Foundation's open source workaround for Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) Secure Boot has shipped, and while it's not necessarily the easiest way to boot Linux on UEFI-enabled PCs, its authors claim it should now work with any bootloader and any distribution.
Apple said to develop curved glass iWatch with Foxconn
A weekend flurry of speculative articles stoked the Apple "iWatch" rumor mill, perhaps indicating that Cupertino is secreting some well-placed leaks to pump up interest in what it hopes might be its Next Big Thing™.
Chrome OS code suggests Chromebook Pixel could be real
The video that leaked last week purportedly showing a new, high-resolution Google Chrome OS device called the Chromebook Pixel prompted lots of debate, with many skeptics decrying it as a hoax. But Reg reader Jan-Willem Aldershoff claims there's strong evidence that such a device may indeed be in the works, based on analysis of Google's source code.