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Boy Scouts get Game Design badge

The Boy Scouts of America have created a merit badge in Game Design.
Simon Sharwood, 11 Mar 2013

IT sector needs to keep getting greener: Alcatel-Lucent study

The IT industry needs to work on efficiency to curb its unrelenting demand for electricity – and even if it does, by 2020 it will be responsible for four per cent of the world's greenhouse gas output, according to an Alcatel-Lucent-funded study.
Richard Chirgwin, 11 Mar 2013
The Playmobil bank set, complete with armed robber

Australia's central Bank hoses down Chinese hack report

Australia's Reserve Bank has confirmed it has been attacked, after a report in the Australian Financial Review claimed its “... computer networks have been repeatedly and successfully hacked in a series of cyber-attacks to infiltrate sensitive internal information, including by Chinese-developed malicious software”.
Simon Sharwood, 11 Mar 2013

Cisco opens in Myanmar as US tech firms eye fresh territory

Networking giant Cisco looks set to be one of the first major Western tech firms to establish a presence in once-isolated Myanmar, after announcing two networking academies designed to train up locals for work in the country’s burgeoning IT sector.
Phil Muncaster, 11 Mar 2013
Microsoft Surface Pro

Microsoft exec selling his Surface tablet

Just when you thought enthusiasm for Windows 8 and the Surface tablet could not possibly get any more tepid, a Microsoft New Zealand employee intends to sell one of the devices.
Simon Sharwood, 11 Mar 2013
Not geeky at all

There's cling-ons on the starboard bow! Trekkies' wallets under attack

PicProject fundraising websites - such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo - provide a wonderful array of dreams into which one can throw excess money. Between the desperate dance troupes and the technically optimistic, a few gems tread the fine line between genius and insanity.
Bill Ray, 11 Mar 2013

Feeling lucky, punk? Storage biz crams virty PCs into RAM

Software house Atlantis has updated its ILIO product, which juggles the storage of virtual desktops in data centres, so that virtualised machines run entirely in a server's memory - sans a SAN or local drives.
Chris Mellor, 11 Mar 2013

Uni profs: Kids today could do with a bit of 'mind-crippling' COBOL

Want a guaranteed job in IT? Learn COBOL, even if it cripples you mentally – that’s the advice of university profs teaching tech.
Gavin Clarke, 11 Mar 2013
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Six things a text editor must do - or it's a one-way trip to the trash

StobWhen I heard, in a tutorial video, the multi-platform programmer's editor Sublime described as "the cool kids' code editor" (or possibly "the Cool Kid's code editor" - the speaker didn't enunciate his capitals and apostrophes very clearly) I was puzzled. As the goto (or, rather, the call-by-reference) consultant on Agile Harlem Shake in the northwest corner of our floor, surely no such assertion could plausibly be made without first interviewing me?
Verity Stob, 11 Mar 2013

EU mulls almost-anonymisation of folks' data to cut biz some slack

Officials from justice departments across the EU have been asked to explore to what extent the pseudonymisation of personal data can be used to "calibrate" businesses' obligations to data protection.
OUT-LAW.COM, 11 Mar 2013
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SOD Big Data! Most of what you're keeping is digital landfill

I've been an industry analyst a long time – and I have seen a lot of "the next big things" come and go. In fact our appetite as an industry for the next big thing rivals that of Simon Cowell in pursuit of the next big star. And just as Simon's "stars" are usually anything but, so too are we in the IT sector often deluded, and ultimately find ourselves short-changed.
Alan Pelz-Sharpe, 11 Mar 2013

UK's £500m web dole queue project director replaced after JUST 4 months

ExclusiveThe Department for Work and Pensions has replaced the project director of Universal Credit, its £500m web-based benefits system, days after denying it's suffering an IT management crisis.
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Mar 2013
The big bad Nexus 6004 40GE fixed port switch

Ethernet switch pitch less of a b*tch as 2012 comes to a close

The Ethernet switch market picked up a tiny bit as last year came to a close, according to various box counters, and the prognosticators at Infonetics Research and IDC were projecting that 2013 would see stronger growth as the move to 10 Gigabit Ethernet begins in earnest in the data center and companies start contemplating using 40GE switches as their new backbones.
Shroud of the Avatar game on Kickstarter

Multimillionaire Brit games dev wants your cash for Shroud of the Avatar

Multimillionaire games developer, moon rover owner and space tourist Richard Garriott has taken to Kickstarter to try to get funding for his new video game.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 11 Mar 2013

Tech fest 'net activists offer free 'Super Wi-Fi': Now go tell the FCC

SXSWA campaign against the selling off of TV spectrum by the national regulator is offering free Wi-Fi, backhauled over newly-released TV spectrum, in the hope that those using it will sign a petition for greater availability.
Bill Ray, 11 Mar 2013
2001: A Space Odyssey

Ten serious sci-fi films for the sentient fan

FeatureZap guns, robots, lightspeed-smashing spaceships and bikini-busting princesses do not real science fiction make. Just ask George Lucas.
Tony Smith, 11 Mar 2013
Stonehenge from the north east

Ancient revellers came to party... and build Stonehenge - boffins

Stonehenge was actually an ancient rave spot for Brits from all over the country, new research has suggested.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 11 Mar 2013
VMSAX detail

Storage fan seeks 'mature' cash cow for 'something more'

Storagebod blogIt may come as a surprise to some people, especially reading this, but I quite like the Symmetrix (VMAX) as a platform. Sure, it's a bit long in the tooth - in marketing speak, "a mature platform". It's also a bit arcane at times - Symmetrix administrators sometimes speak a different language and use acronyms when a simple word might do. But it’s rock solid.
StorageBod, 11 Mar 2013

New UK cyber-champ: Chemist's winning formula cracks 'F1 race hack'

UpdatedA 28-year-old chemist is the new UK Cyber Security Champion after triumphing in a year-long competition that tested computer defence skills.
John Leyden, 11 Mar 2013

Keep calm and carry on flogging: Dell soothes troops as buyout looms

AnalysisWhile IT, finance and private-equity barons plot the fate of tech giant Dell, its employees have to get on with making, selling and supporting the company's myriad products.

Amazon tries to shut .book in face of authors, publishers

Amazon's recent moves to gain ownership of certain new generic top-level domain names have caused anger among writers and publishers. The company wants to take control of addresses including ".book," ".author" and ".read".
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Mar 2013
Samsung flexible OLED

'Wireless charging' in Galaxy S4 will betray Samsung's best pal

Samsung will embrace Qi wireless charging for its highly anticipated Galaxy S4 flagship smartphone, due to emerge on Thursday, we're told.
Bill Ray, 11 Mar 2013
Dell EquaLogic blade array internals

Dell's having a fiddle with Violin Memory - but will it flash the cash?

Blocks and FilesLast week was all about the flash - with Plextor, Violin Memory, EMC, Samsung and Seagate all involved in the action. But what do you think about Dell making its dalliance with Violin Memory into something a little more permanent?
Chris Mellor, 11 Mar 2013

1 in 7 WinXP-using biz bods DON'T KNOW Microsoft is pulling the plug

A large number of Microsoft customers are in for a rude awakening on 8 April 2014.
Gavin Clarke, 11 Mar 2013
Mushroom cloud schematic

Backup upstart Actifio flicks the safety off in storage standoff

Funding for data-battling upstart Actifio is mushrooming: it's just scooped another $50m from investors eager to take part in what looks likely to be a lucrative stock-market debut in a year or two.
Chris Mellor, 11 Mar 2013


England's world-famous White Cliffs of Dover have squared up to invading forces for centuries - but visitors to the seafront are warned to expect a more modern-day incursion: French mobile networks armed with steep roaming charges.
Bill Ray, 11 Mar 2013

Apple finally flips switch on HTTPS by default in App Store

Apple has finally enabled secure App Store logins for mobile users, months after the issue was first reported to the consumer electronics giant.
John Leyden, 11 Mar 2013

Deja vote: Iran blocks VPN use ahead of elections

Iranian authorities have blocked the use of most virtual private network (VPNs) to stop people in the country from circumventing the government's internet filter, three months before the country holds its presidential election.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 11 Mar 2013

Blighty's IT support services to decline in 2013, 2014, 2015....

2013 will be a "make or break year" for some IT firms in the declining UK support services space, according to the venerable beancounters at TechMarketView.
Paul Kunert, 11 Mar 2013

New Apple TV may hint at Apple-Samsung divorce

The latest iteration of the Apple TV – that "hobby" project first of Steve Jobs then later Tim Cook – includes a downsized A5 processor that may hint at progress in Cupertino's ongoing effort to distance itself from rival Samsung.
Rik Myslewski, 11 Mar 2013

Marvel: 'Come and get 'em! 700 first-issue comics! FREE!'

SXSWComics-juggernaut Marvel's servers may be overheating at this very moment: it's currently giving away over 700 first issues of some of its most famous comics to anyone with an internet connection.
Iain Thomson, 11 Mar 2013

Self-healing chips survive repeated LASER BLASTS

Modern high-speed integrated circuits can be fragile things. Even a single fault can often render them completely inoperable. But a team of researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) says it has developed an "immune system" for chips that can allow circuits to route around problems and keep working in the face of failures – even ones as catastrophic as being blasted with a high-energy laser.
Neil McAllister, 11 Mar 2013
The CX420-S1 squeezing out a server node and a power supply

Fujitsu makes Windows Server 2012 see double

Small and medium-sized businesses want high availability (HA) capability for their core applications, just like the largest enterprises do. But server clustering can be intimidating and expensive, so Fujitsu has rejiggered some of its Primergy hyperscale dense servers to support the clustering of Windows-based servers inside of a single chassis, and to take advantage of shiny new HA features of Microsoft's Windows Server 2012.

Tripwire buys nCircle

IT security firm Tripwire has agreed to acquire vulnerability management specialists nCircle. Terms of the deal, announced Monday, were undisclosed.
John Leyden, 11 Mar 2013

EMC rakes in more and more storage biz, followers fiddle feebly

EMC continues its seemingly inexorable raking in of more and more storage business, according to the trackers at IDC, which also places most other mainstream players far behind the global juggernaut.
Chris Mellor, 11 Mar 2013

Jennifer Lopez gets you more Facebook friends than Iron Maiden

Liking Jennifer Lopez will get you more Facebook friends than Iron Maiden, straight men like professional wrestling more often than they like Glee, and Mormons are more agreeable than fans of Timmy from South Park.
Richard Chirgwin, 11 Mar 2013

Microsoft Flash FLIP-FLOP: it's now IE10 default for Win8, WinRT

UpdatedMicrosoft has had an apparent change of heart with regard to Adobe Flash content on Windows 8 and Windows RT: it has announced that it will now allow most Flash content to run by default in Internet Explorer 10 on both operating systems.
Neil McAllister, 11 Mar 2013

Earth bombarded by interplanetary SLIME MONSTERS

Invaders from an unknown planet entered Earth's atmosphere on December 29 last year, riding in a fiery comet that burst 10km above Sri Lanka.
Iain Thomson, 11 Mar 2013

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