12th > February > 2013 Archive
US company aims patent-gun at Australia’s e-health system
The Australian government’s long and often troubled effort to introduce a personal electronic health record system has run into a patent snag, with Delaware-based MMRGlobal asserting both state and federal governments are infringing its patents.
Amazon cloud spin-off 'inevitable,' says Oppenheimer
AnalysisAmazon Web Services must be spun-off from its mothership to prevent it losing out on cloud customers, one analyst has argued – but a break-up could render AWS toothless, says The Reg.
Watchdog casts an eye over ‘throttling’
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is taking an interest in the “net neutrality” debate in Australia, according to the Australian Financial Review.
F5 Networks scarfs up LineRate Systems for SDN smarts
Another software-defined networking startup has been scarfed up before it got rolling very far on its own. In this case, network-acceleration and load-balancing juggernaut F5 Networks has acquired LineRate Systems, whose founders have spent the better part of the last decade figuring out how to shape traffic way up in the stack to improve application performance.
Apple releases fix for iPhone 4S iOS 6.1 connectivity cockup
If you're an iPhone 4S owner experiencing 3G connectivity problems since updating to iOS 6.1, Apple says it has a fix.
Not done yet: Oracle to ship revised Java fix on February 19
If at first you don't succeed, and all that... Oracle now says the emergency Java Critical Patch Update it rushed out the door on February 1 didn't fix all of the issues it had originally intended to address, and that a revised patch including fixes for the remaining flaws will ship on February 19.
Twitter translated to LOLCATZ: Strangely this had not been done
If you've got nothing better to do than faff around on Twitter, you're likely to be the sort who will enjoy having your Twitter account translated into Lolcatz, the language. Not your actual tweets, nor the tweets of anyone else, but just the various commands and buttons that furnish the page around the tweets.
Shocked jocks' O2 calls crossed with Brummies, now everyone's cross
O2 customers in Birmingham have been listening in to callers in Scotland with the kind of crossed lines not usually experienced on a telephone network for decades.
Rogue Squadron: Unit of X-wings Kickstarts in response to Death Star
A duo of Empire-hating rebels have realised the Kickstarter Death Star is a threat to the Rebel Alliance and they're looking for all like-minded galactic citizens to chip in for a fleet of $11m X-Wings.
Mind out, Apple: Ericsson leads charge against the SIM
Gemalto and Ericsson have partnered to create SIM-less mobile phones aimed at machines rather than people - though the technology and techniques developed will be well-received in Cupertino.
3 million Freesat receivers now out there, and boxes to get YouTube
Freesat is celebrating the sale of three million reception-capable devices, and will be showcasing an HTML5 YouTube client on its new "
" boxes really quite soon now.
Seagate: We'll bring down HAMR in 2014 ... this year, you get shingles
Seagate aims to ship enhanced capacity shingled magnetic recording (SMR) disk drives later this year and bring in Heat-Assisted Magnetic Recording (HAMR) technology next year, a full two years earlier than supposed. Possibly this is its riposte to the helium gas attack mounted by WD subsidiary HGST.
Clash of the Titans: Which of you has the GREATEST HOME LAB?
Last week's article about home labs and their career-enhancing powers produced some interesting comments from readers about their home labs.
Montana TV warns of ZOMBIE ATTACK in epic prank hack
Pranksters managed to hack a TV emergency alert system in Montana on Monday to broadcast an on-air audio warning about the supposed start of a zombie apocalypse.
Is social networking good for anything more than cat pics?
Sysadmin blogLinkedIn made money in 2012. By all accounts it has done better than it had the year before, and as a result its stock price has soared. Despite this, I have some serious questions about the service, even as my fellow technorati fall all over themselves to heap praise upon the company.
BT copper-cable choppers cop 16 months in the cooler
Two men have been jailed for 16 months for nicking large volumes of copper cable from BT's network. The pair posed as workmen to swipe the metal, cutting off telephone and internet connections to hundreds of homes and businesses.
Turkey prepares to hand $5bn to US biz for intelligent electricity
Turkey will spend $5bn over the next two years creating a smart grid to cope with increased energy consumption, and buying plenty of American kit with which to do it.
Cache 'n' carry: What's the best config for your SSD?
FeatureThe idea of using a low-capacity SSD to store the most frequently accessed files or parts of files in order to access them more quickly than a mechanical hard drive can serve them up - a technique called SSD caching - has been around for some time, but it wasn’t until the arrival of Intel’s Smart Response Technology with the company’s Z68 chipset, released in 2011, that the technology began to be implemented in personal machines rather than servers.
Only way to stop the iPad: Flash-disk mutant SPEED FREAKS
With the rise of the iPad and the growing desire among consumers and enterprise for sexy and speedy gadgets, it seemed that flash gits were holding all the cards.
Still-living, unincarcerated Ted Nugent invited to Barack Obama gig
Ted Nugent - the rocker famed for deploying Marshall stacks and hunting rifles to equally deadly effect - will attend Barack Obama's State of the Union address later today.
New cunning linguist computer has got ancient tongues licked
Boffins have put together a new computer system that attempts to translate protolanguages, the ancient "parent" tongues from which modern languages evolved.
#Forwhy: American Express lets you pay by tweet
Credit card company American Express has launched a service that lets customers buy things using Twitter.
Dish boss on ad-skipping service: 'I don’t want to kill ads'
Dish reckons the legal action taken against its ad-skipping service only proves it's innovating in the right direction and is ahead of its time.
UK doesn't have the SKILLS to save itself from cyber threats
The National Audit Office (NAO) has published a report announcing that the UK doesn't have enough skilled workers to protect it against online attacks and asking Blighty's schoolkids to step into the breach.
Time to rid ourselves of the tech channel zombies
One thing is certain, we’re all going to die at some point while encountering high and low points along the way. Life is a journey, with no guaranteed time of departure. And business is no different.
Billionaire baron Bill Gates still mourns Vista's stillborn WinFS
Five years after he stepped down from day-to-day involvement in Microsoft, co-founder and chairman Bill Gates has revealed his frustration that Windows Vista's database-like file system never saw daylight.
Tesla vs Media again as Model S craps out on journo - on the highway
Californian electric car maker Tesla Motors - well known for tangling repeatedly with the BBC (and the Register) over coverage of battery vehicles which it did not deem positive enough - is now in a row with the New York Times after one of the paper's journalists wrote a stinging review of its new Model S.
VMware pulls more control freakage into vSphere stack
Sometimes, it takes a bundle to make a bundle.
NASA melts mysterious 'metal Martian flower' myth
On Friday the internet was all a-flutter over a mysterious metallic-looking object that the Mars rover Curiosity snapped last month, but an analysis by NASA claims to have identified how it came to be.
Apple CEO Cook: 'Bizarre' shareholder lawsuit a 'silly sideshow'
Apple CEO Tim Cook has a low opinion of a lawsuit filed by Greenlight Capital hedge-fund honcho David Einhorn that seeks to prevent Apple from amending its charter to allow the issuance of preferred stock without the approval of its shareholders.
Amazon adds DNS Failover to Route 53
Amazon has encroached further onto the turf of traditional web-hosters with a DNS Failover upgrade to its Route 53 DNS service.
DropBox seeks to woo IT admins with team data controls
Dropbox is changing its cloud storage service to reassure IT administrators that they can control their users and not have sensitive information taking wing out of their corporate servers.
Coming soon: Open source JavaFX for iOS, Android
Oracle says it plans to open source the Android and iOS implementations of its JavaFX UI platform "over the next couple months," which it says will allow Java developers to use the technology to write cross-platform smartphone apps for the first time.
Adobe buckles, cuts prices ahead of Australian inquiry
If only we’d all known it would be so easy: in the wake of being summonsed by the Australian parliament’s inquiry into IT pricing, Adobe has cut the price of its Creative Cloud suite to Australian users.
Permafrost melt to boost atmospheric CO2 faster than thought
A new study has shown that melting Arctic permafrost will "release climate-warming carbon dioxide gas into the atmosphere much faster than previously thought," the University of Michigan warns.
Pertino uncloaks, fires 'cloud network engine' at Cisco
Plucky startup Pertino Networks has taken aim at Cisco's Meraki with the release of its new network-as-a-service, ummm, service.
Kiwi Coroner says Coca-Cola helped kill woman
New Zealand’s Coroner for Dunedin, David Cerar, has reportedly found excessive consumption of Coca-Cola helped to kill a woman.
Fire danger as iOS mislocates towns, again
The failings of Apple Maps are in the spotlight again, after an app that uses the service fell foul of its infamous inability to find decent-sized towns.