26th > February > 2013 Archive
DHS bigwig 'adamantly opposed' to degree fetishism
RSA 2013HR and in-house recruitment types should get rid of the myopic idea that to work in IT you must have been to university, says a Department of Homeland Security honcho.
Boffin shows pics of germs grown on SPOTTY STUDENTS' MOBES
PICSDr Simon Park, a senior lecturer in molecular biology at the University of Surrey, has unleashed untold horror on the world in the form of photos of germ colonies on mobile phones.
India launch puts Canadian microsats into orbit
With India’s successful PSLV (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle) lift-off on February 26, Canada is now boasting the deployment of the world’s first dedicated asteroid-hunting satellite.
Climate scientists link global warming to extreme weather
There has been a healthy debate in the scientific community about the linkage, if any, between the recent spate of extreme weather events and the ongoing increase in global temperatures. Now a group of researchers reports they've uncovered an atmospheric mechanism that lends credence to the argument that, yes, global warming is to blame for at least some of our increasingly mucked-up weather.
Ruby 2.0.0 adds syntax sparkle, boosts performance
The Ruby community announced the first stable release of Ruby 2.0 on Sunday, exactly 20 years to the day since Ruby creator Yukihiro "Matz" Matsumoto first conceived of the language on February 24, 1993.
McAfee dumps signatures and proclaims an (almost) end to botnets
RSA 2013Signature-based malware identification has been around since the dawn of the computer security industry, but McAfee has said it's dumping the system – or rather, adapting it – in an upgraded security suite which will (it claims) virtually eliminate susceptibility to botnets.
BBC World Service in a jam as China blocks broadcasts
The BBC has claimed China is blocking shortwave radio broadcasts of its World Service, in what could be retaliation for its attempts to cover the recent hacking allegations against the People’s Liberation Army (PLA).
North Korean citizens told: Socialist haircuts are a thing... go get some
The North Korean government has issued haircut guidance for its citizens and chosen 28 hairstyles it deems "appropriate" for members of the single-party state. According to the WantChina Times, photos of the 28 haircuts recommended by the totalitarian regime (pictured below) have been issued to salons around the country. The cuts were chosen for being comfortable and resistant to Western influences.
Japanese gov builds APT database to study targeted attack info
The Japanese government will respond to the increasing threats from targeted cyber attacks by building a centralised advanced persistent threat (APT) database designed to aggregate threat intelligence so it can be shared with domestic security organisations and foreign governments.
Who'll do a Red Hat on open-source storage?
StoragebodAre we heading for a Linux moment in the storage world where an open-source "product" truly breaks out and causes the major vendors a headache?
No mobile signal? Blame hippies and their eco-friendly walls
MWC 2013Mobile networks are losing as much as 88 per cent of their bandwidth thanks to energy-efficient walls and windows, we're told. The insulation seals in the heat and keep out the coverage, according to a company flogging a solution.
Welcome to our Wi-Fi: Devicescape reinvents landing page
Wi-Fi leeching tech Devicescape has reinvented the Wi-Fi landing page, popping a notification into the Android menu to alert those users for whom the internet is no longer the web.
Stealthy upstart PernixData mutters incantation... turns flash into SAN
PernixData has opened its kimono, a little - but really we know little more than that it will provide flash storage facilities to virtual machines.
Ericsson and SAP Megazord has no need for your PUNY human phonecalls
MWC 2013Ericsson has signed a deal with SAP to collaborate on bringing about the rise of the machines, with ongoing help from Gemalto, by combining into an unstoppable Megazord capable of communicating with 50 billion acolytes.
Xyratex thrusts a Lustre cluster knuckleduster at Intel's bluster
Storage biz Xyratex is polishing its high-performance computing credentials by acquiring the Lustre trademark, logo, website and associated intellectual property from Oracle. Xyratex said it will support Lustre's community-oriented development.
Nexus 1 put in orbit to prove 'in space, no one can hear you scream'
Surrey-based space boffins have put a Google Nexus 1 into orbit to see how an Android phone copes with the rigours of space - and whether they can hear it scream.
Fujitsu to get oldsters out the house and thoroughly caned
MWC 2013Fujitsu exhibited a prototype of its GPS-enabled walking stick yesterday at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
Intel throws open chip ovens to Altera - but who's next: Apple?
Intel has agreed to start manufacturing programmable chips for Altera in its first outside large-scale manufacturing deal, which could lead to contracts with firms like Apple.
US insurer punts 'bestiality' to wide-eyed kiddies, gasp 'mums'
VideoUS insurance outfit Geico has incurred the wrath of campaigning group One Million Moms for punting a "disgusting bestiality" agenda at wide-eyed kiddies.
Four firms pitch hi-def DRM for Flash cards
Panasonic, Samsung, Sony and Toshiba have begun licensing their new DRM technology for memory cards to anyone who feels the world needs yet another copy protection technology for HD content. They hope many content providers do indeed want a new DRM system, specifically one that secures content but doesn’t prevent content consumers from moving files from device to device, and even lending content to others.
HP shareholders bay for blood in $19 BEELLION writedown aftermath
UpdatedHewlett-Packard investors are rearing up against Meg Whitman’s board, demanding senior heads roll over several multi-billion-dollar failed acquisitions, including HP's 2011 $11bn buy of Brit software company Autonomy - which it wrote down to the tune of $8.8bn late last year.
Apple to cough up $100m after kids rinse parents' credit cards on apps
Parents whose credit cards took a hammering after their kids went on iTunes spending sprees are in line for some compensation from Apple - in a lawsuit settlement that could cost the fruity biz $100m.
Black hat greed reducing software vulnerability report rate
RSA 2013HP has kicked off the round of reports that accompany each RSA conference with its analysis of security vulnerabilities, and has revealed that although the overall trend is positive, the growing market for zero-day flaws is reducing the number of the most serious problems that are disclosed.
Trekkies detect Spock's Vulcan homeworld ORBITING PLUTO
Trekkies have seized a poll in which the public voted on names for two of Pluto's moons - ensuring a winning moniker is Vulcan.
Review: Sony Vaio Duo 11 Ultrabook
The other day, a friend sent me a Picasa link to photos he'd taken at a recent vintage motorcycle show. It was a wide ranging display of classic engineering imagination put to work to power a rider on two wheels. Similarly, it’s those variations on a theme that Windows 8 has spurred among mainstream computer makers, as they all have a stab at producing the quintessential convertible laptop. And much like the efforts of those early motorcycle pioneers, it seems that nobody’s quite sure how you make a laptop and a tablet work together. After all, if they knew, they’d all be doing it the same way, surely?
Wi-Fi hotspots, phone masts: Prepare to be assimilated by O2's Borg
MWC 2013Telefonica, owner of the O2 brand in the UK, has been showing off technology to integrate mobile phone networks with Wi-Fi.
Engine Yard plugs multiple IaaS players into back end
Platform-as-a-service Engine Yard has expanded its technical capabilities so developers can rapidly switch their apps between multiple infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) clouds.
So a health boss, a GM veep and Qualcomm's big cheese walk into a bar
MWC 2013The GSMA, which represents the world's mobile networks, tries to get people from outside the industry to give speeches at its annual Mobile World Congress shindig - preferably ones unlikely to upset anyone.
That Firefox OS mobe: The sorta phone left behind after a mugging
MWC 2013Mobile World Congress - the mobile networks' annual shindig - was getting unwieldy when 10,000 attendees and exhibitors hobbled between yachts in Cannes harbour, so it was moved to Barcelona.
Cloudera sends in the auditors – for Hadoop
Techies need tools to manage cranky Hadoop clusters, and business managers need to manage and report on access data stored in Hadoop to appease cranky auditors. And so, as part of an update to its CHD4 stack on Tuesday at the Strata conference in San Francisco, Cloudera is previewing a new data visualization and auditing tool that adds this much-needed feature to its big data muncher. The update also includes better data archiving and tweaked Hadoop cluster management tools.
Inside Intel's deal to let FPGA biz Altera use its 22nm TriGate fabs
AnalysisA little over two years ago, upstart FPGA maker Achronix Semiconductor scored a big win over its rivals, Altera and Xilinx: it talked Intel into letting it use its cutting-edge chip factories to etch field-programmable gate array (FPGA) chips using Chipzilla's 22-nanometer TriGate process.
Google+ goes single sign-in, exec roasts Zuck's 'frictionless sharing'
Google+, which is the ad giant's "network thingy", can now be used to sign into third-party apps, the company confirmed today.
Google Chrome feature helps you silence noisy tabs
Google has helped lower the blood pressure of internet users across the world with an experimental Chrome feature that makes it easy to identify which of your open tabs is blaring out noise.
Symantec reports early Stuxnet variant first went live in 2005
RSA 2013A new report from Symantec claims that Stuxnet is not a recent piece of malware, but was in action trying to cripple Iran's nuclear program way back in 2005.
Microsoft finally ships Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7
Following a protracted development process, Microsoft has at last shipped the release version of Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7, with the new browser due to begin rolling out to customers via Windows Update within the next few weeks.
Mobile data prices rise as capacity crunch bites – ACCC
The capacity crunch in Australia’s mobile airwaves has brought a response from carriers, with the ACCC reporting that real prices for mobile broadband services reversed their long-standing trend and rose in 2011-2012.
Malaysian hackers deface 30+ sites hosted by Melbourne company
A group of hackers identifying themselves as Johor Hacking Crew have defaced 30+ sites hosted by Melbourne company ServersInSeconds.com.au.
Intel takes on all Hadoop disties to rule big data munching
Look out Cloudera, MapR Technologies, EMC, Hortonworks, and IBM: Intel is the new elephant in the room. Intel has been dabbling for the past two years with its own distribution of the Hadoop stack, and starting in the second quarter it will begin selling services for its own variant of the Hadoop big data muncher.
Stop saying 'Cyber Pearl Harbor,' RSA boss pleads
RSA 2013Art Coviello, executive president of RSA, used the opening keynote of the RSA conference to criticize the habits of some in the industry for spreading fear, uncertainty, and doubt (FUD) as a marketing tool.