22nd > March > 2013 Archive

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Ubuntu tapped by China for national operating system

Ubuntu is going to become the reference architecture for a Linux distribution, backed and developed by the Chinese government.
Jack Clark, 22 Mar 2013
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Finland a haven for vulnerable SCADA systems

Security researchers in Finland have turned up thousands of unsecured Internet-facing SCADA systems in that country, using the Shodan search engine.

Universe gains an extra hundred million years

Among the mysteries revealed by the first set of papers released out of the Planck telescope data is a new estimate for the age of the Universe: at 13.8 billion years, it's 100 million years older than previously calculated.
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Vietnamese high school kids can pass Google interview

Google engineer Neil Fraser got a bit of a surprise when he visited Vietnam recently to see how schools teach ICT: kids in 11th grade are capable of passing the Chocolate Factory’s notoriously difficult interview process.
Phil Muncaster, 22 Mar 2013

Microsoft, Adobe, wilt during Australian price gouge grilling

Adobe and Microsoft's Australia's managing directors have both struggled to answer hours of tough questions from Australia's Parliamentary inquiry into IT pricing.
Simon Sharwood, 22 Mar 2013
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Hong Kong plans cavernous underground data centres

The Hong Kong government is looking at a novel way of creating new space in which to build data centres in the tiny Special Administrative Region (SAR): digging purpose-built caves.
Phil Muncaster, 22 Mar 2013
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Myanmar gets a taste of Chocolate Factory as Google search lands

Myanmar’s gradual re-integration with the rest of the world has taken another step forward after Google partially unblocked its Play app store and switched on a .mm search engine for the region, ahead of a visit by Chairperson Eric Schmidt.
Phil Muncaster, 22 Mar 2013
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Victoria and Albert museum in narrow escape from Napalm Death

London's Victoria and Albert Museum has canned a planned performance tonight by Napalm Death, amid fears the Brummie grindcore outfit might literally bring the house down.
Lester Haines, 22 Mar 2013

Wind farms make you sick … with worry and envy

Professor Simon Chapman, the public health advocate behind the global push for ugly cigarette packets, has turned his attention to “wind turbine sickness”, the condition caused by infrasound vibrations from the turbines' colossal blades.
Simon Sharwood, 22 Mar 2013
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Experts finger disk-wiping badness used in S Korea megahack

Antivirus firms have identified the main malware behind a major internet attack that hit corporate computer networks in South Korea on Wednesday afternoon. However the source and motives behind the attack remain a mystery. Researchers have dubbed it DarkSeoul.
John Leyden, 22 Mar 2013
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Cop an eyeful of that: Moto bungs 5-megapixel cam into plod radio

Motorola Solutions' MTP6750 is a police radio with a difference: it sports a five-megapixel camera that not only takes pictures but autographs them to stop bent or bungling coppers tampering with the evidence.
Bill Ray, 22 Mar 2013
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Swiss boffins unleash power of graphene on flash mem

A Swiss government research lab has reinvented flash memory using graphene and molybdenite in a way that should be faster, scale smaller, use less energy and yet more flexible than boring old NAND.
Chris Mellor, 22 Mar 2013
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Stephen Fry explains… Alan Turing's amazing computer

It's been almost two years* since Stephen Fry last put his foot in his mouth - but the boy has gone and done it again.
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Mar 2013
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Tech distie Tech Data tears up last THREE years of profit numbers

IT distribution giant Tech Data has ripped up its financial results for the last three years after discovering errors in its UK subsidiary's accounts.
Paul Kunert, 22 Mar 2013
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Review: Renault Zoe electric car

To argue that the electric car has already failed is farcical. To date only one mass-market EV from an established car maker has been launched in the UK: the Nissan Leaf. Even I’m not fully convinced by the Leaf. I think it’s too big, too ugly and too expensive. A revised, cheaper, longer-range Sunderland-built model will address some of those failings, but I can’t see it changing my essential feelings towards it.
Alun Taylor, 22 Mar 2013
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How to survive a UEFI BOOT-OF-DEATH on Samsung laptops

Former Red Hatter Matthew Garrett, who cleared Linux's name when the open-source kernel appeared to cause shiny new Samsung laptops to destroy themselves, has offered a survival guide to avoid similar catastrophes.
Gavin Clarke, 22 Mar 2013

Nvidia unveils Minority Report-style face-bot tech

GTC 2013 Accurately modeling and rendering the ocean is highly complex from a computational perspective – but it’s considerably harder to portray accurately an artificial simulation of the human face, according to Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang in his opening keynote address at the GTC 2013 conference in San Jose.
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UK biz ISP Entanet goes titsup, 'broke' a bit of Blighty's internet

Brit internet and communications provider Entanet is slowing bringing its systems back to life today after they metaphorically keeled over last night.
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Mar 2013
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LOHAN fans drawn to magnetic coupling

Earlier this week, we published results of some tests on the proposed heater for our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) rocket motor heater, designed to keep the Vulture 2 spaceplane's powerplant toasty at altitude.
Lester Haines, 22 Mar 2013
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Oi, Microsoft, where's my effin' toolbar gone?

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Half-life Wife is angry. She has begun swearing loudly through gritted teeth and is shaking her fist in a threatening manner.
Alistair Dabbs, 22 Mar 2013

Software glitch WIPES OUT listings of 10,000 eBay sellers

eBay has confessed to The Register that a software bug destroyed the listings of 10,000 merchants in Britain, the US, Germany and Australia.
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Mar 2013

Quantum tries to attract HOT TV stars ... by adding object storage to archive

Quantum is introducing a 2-tier archive inside its StorNext data management product for TV biz types. The new gear has disk-based object storage front-ending a tape library, providing both nearline and long-term archive stores with automated movement between them.
Chris Mellor, 22 Mar 2013
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China Mobile spaffs £4.4bn on 4G 'trial'... before it even has a licence

China Mobile will build 200,000 LTE base stations, covering 500 million people and costing 41.7 billion yuan, despite the fact that 4G licences won't be awarded until the end of 2013.
Bill Ray, 22 Mar 2013
Nvidia is taking hybrid computing another step forward with its Kayla card
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Calm a CARMA drama chameleon: Barça super waves ARMs, GPUs

GTC 2013 Over the last few years, we’ve seen a steadily growing buzz surrounding the use of ARM processors in PCs, servers and supercomputers.
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Adware-flinging Yontoo yahoos target Mac users: You like trailers, right fanboi?

Miscreants are coining it by infecting fanbois beloved Apple boxes with a well-known ad-injecting Trojan previously only found on Windows machines.
John Leyden, 22 Mar 2013
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Goblinproofing One's Chicken Coop hailed oddest book title

The splendidly titled Goblinproofing One's Chicken Coop has won The Bookseller's Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year.
Lester Haines, 22 Mar 2013
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MasterCard stings PayPal with payment fee hike

PayPal, Google Wallet and other online payment systems face higher transaction fees from MasterCard in retaliation for their refusal to share data on what people are spending. Visa is likely to follow suit.
Bill Ray, 22 Mar 2013

ARM's new CEO: You'll get no 'glorious new strategy' from me

ARM Holdings is the kind of quiet success story Britain excels at, and really the sort of thing the data-fiddlers of Silicon Roundabout should aspire to be doing.
Gavin Clarke, 22 Mar 2013
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Ex-state attorney general probes Tech Data CEO's sale of $2m shares

A firm of legal eagles is investigating whether distie giant Tech Data violated state or federal laws by making accounting errors that will wipe millions off its bottom line from recent years.
Paul Kunert, 22 Mar 2013
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GE puts new Nvidia tech through its paces, ponders HPC future

GTC 2013 A top General Electric techie gave a presentation at the GPU Technology Conference this week in San José, California, and discussed the benefits of Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) for InfiniBand and its companion GPUDirect method of linking GPU memories to each other across InfiniBand networks.
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Reliant on Dell for PCs? Start looking around, says Gartner ball-gazer

Can it really be that enterprise customers should make sure they have an emergency raft ready to head to the shores of rival PC makers should Dell jettison its desktop and notebook portfolio when it goes private?
Paul Kunert, 22 Mar 2013
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Brussels 'mulling probe' into brutal Apple negotiations with networks

The EU is examining Apple's deals with network operators, to ensure it's playing fair - but hasn't yet opened an official investigation.
Bill Ray, 22 Mar 2013
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News scraper Meltwater loses US court case

Headline-scraper Meltwater has lost another court case, this time in the US. The Associated Press brought the case in a federal court, with Judge Denise Cote arguing that the service had stolen an unfair advantage over its rivals by refusing to take out a license for headlines and excerpts.
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Mar 2013
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Apple debuts two-step verification for Apple IDs

Apple is now offering two-factor authentication to Apple ID users.
John Leyden, 22 Mar 2013
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FCC Chairman Genachowski to step down

Julius Genachowski, chairman of the US Federal Communications Commission, announced at a Friday-morning meeting that he will step down from his position as referee in a number of ongoing telecommunication battles, one of the hottest being internet control versus internet freedom.
Rik Myslewski, 22 Mar 2013
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Hoboken CTO admits bugging boss for political leverage

The IT boss for the city of Hoboken, New Jersey – one of New York's closest and most underrated neighbors – is facing 15 years in the Big House after pleading guilty to harvesting the emails of the mayor and her staff to inform their political rivals.
Iain Thomson, 22 Mar 2013

Google patent filing suggests Glass will be ULTIMATE REMOTE

Google's Project Glass computing specs could solve one of technology's most enduring problems – finding where you put the remote control.
Iain Thomson, 22 Mar 2013
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Dongle smut Twitstorm claims second scalp

Life can imitate a Charlie Brooker drama, after all.
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Mar 2013