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NASA-backed fusion engine could cut Mars trip down to 30 days

NASA, and plenty of private individuals, want to put mankind on Mars. Now a team at the University of Washington, with funding from the space agency, is about to start building a fusion engine that could get humans there in just 30 days and make other forms of space travel obsolete.
Iain Thomson, 10 Apr 2013
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Intel hints at server processor plans for the rest of this year

The Intel Developer Forum is kicking off in Beijing, China on Wednesday morning, and knowing that everyone can't make it to the Middle Kingdom to talk tech, Chipzilla gave El Reg a preview of what Diane Bryant, general manager of its Data Center and Connected Systems Group, would reveal during her keynote focusing on processors for systems, storage, and networking gear.
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Two new supers go live in Oz

The Pawsey Centre in Western Australia – which among other things will carry the computational burdens of the country's contribution to the Square Kilometre Array Telescope – has begun commissioning its 69 Teraflop Sandy Bridge-based Cray machine due to go live in July 2013.
Richard Chirgwin, 10 Apr 2013

Mozilla devs plotting to put a stake in <blink> tag – at last

Mozilla developers are considering dropping support for the tag from future versions of the Firefox browser, in a move that would see the web rid of the scourge of blinking text once and for all.
Neil McAllister, 10 Apr 2013

Boffins propose photon-swapping entanglement experiment on ISS

Hard on the heels of a Chinese claim to have measured the speed at which entanglement can transfer information, a group led by Austrian Academy of Sciences professor Rupert Ursin proposes testing “spooky action's” speed between Earth and the International Space Station.
Richard Chirgwin, 10 Apr 2013
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Australia gets a space strategy

Australia has itself a space strategy of sorts: nothing grand, but a signal that the dearth of space applications research down under might finally come to an end.
Richard Chirgwin, 10 Apr 2013
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Free online Uni courses pressure vendors to drop training costs

The popularity of massive online open courses (MOOCs) could significantly disrupt vendors' certification models, to the point at which it is no longer possible to charge for education.
Simon Sharwood, 10 Apr 2013
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Microsoft follows Apple into the dock over warranty terms in China

Hot on the heels of Apple’s well publicised run-in with the Chinese authorities over alleged deficiencies in its customer service, Microsoft is now being targeted by state-run media which claims its Surface Pro warranty terms do not comply with local laws.
Phil Muncaster, 10 Apr 2013

US spies' crazytech branch asks chip firm for 8-BIT-PER-CELL memory

The blue-sky researchers who work for the US intelligence branch have handed a contract to magnetic semiconductor firm Crocus Technology to develop memory that stores a whopping 8-bit-per cell memory to help keep the United States' intel secure.
Chris Mellor, 10 Apr 2013

German boffins aim to burn natural gas - WITHOUT CO2 emissions

Top boffins based in Germany - including a Nobel Prize laureate - believe they may be able to largely eliminate carbon emissions while nonetheless permitting the human race to use cheap and convenient fossil fuels as much as it likes: and this doesn't involve any tricky and probably expensive capturing of CO2 which must then be crammed into old gas fields or something.
Lewis Page, 10 Apr 2013

HGST unveils 12Gbit/s SAS SSDs for bankers, gamers and cloud-pushers

Western Digital subsidiary HGST has slapped 12Gbit/s SAS interfaces on three solid-state drives - which it claims is a storage industry first - and they fly, with one model boasting prolonged endurance as well.
Chris Mellor, 10 Apr 2013
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Seoul plans anti-GPS jamming system to thwart NORKS

South Korea is finalising plans to track down and block GPS jamming signals emitted by its increasingly belligerent northern neighbour.
Phil Muncaster, 10 Apr 2013

GE shows off tank-tough tech

GTC 2013Do you have employees who habitually bust up perfectly good tech? These are the people who have a different problem every other week, and they always say, “I don’t know what happened, it just suddenly stopped working. It’s just so weird...” Then they show you a desktop with a motherboard swimming in Coke Classic or a notebook that looks like it took a 10-minute ride in a Home Depot paint-shaker.
Dan Olds, 10 Apr 2013
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Mali to give away .ML domains for free

African nation Mali will give away domains in its .ML digital demesne for nothing.
Simon Sharwood, 10 Apr 2013
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Microsoft: Here's some cash, channel. PLEASE sell Office 365

Microsoft is hurling cash at enterprise channel partners to persuade them to convince customers to sign up to Office 365.
Paul Kunert, 10 Apr 2013

Microsoft's telly-over-the-net tech gobbled by Ericsson for mobes

Sweden's telecoms giant Ericsson has bought Mediaroom, the Microsoft-built technology that pipes TV over the internet.
Bill Ray, 10 Apr 2013

EMC dishes up 8 times more cache to hungry Isilon PAN

EMC is adding more performance grunt to its Isilon scale-out cluster Performance Accelerator Node (PAN) by replacing it with a new box featuring eight times more level 1 cache.
Chris Mellor, 10 Apr 2013

Your consent 'almost always' needed when firms use your data to profile you

Organisations "almost always" require individuals' "free, specific, informed and unambiguous 'opt-in' consent" in order to make use of personal data they have previously collected in Big Data projects that involve analysing or predicting the "personal preferences, behaviour and attitudes of individual customers", an EU privacy watchdog has said.
OUT-LAW.COM, 10 Apr 2013

French spies do a Barbara Streisand over secret nuke radio base

A Wiki page about a French military base has gone viral after Gallic spooks tried to censor it.
Jasper Hamill, 10 Apr 2013

Vinyl sales reach 15 year high, Blighty becomes No. 3 music buyer

The UK overtook Germany as the world's third largest music market last year, according to the yearbook from trade association IFPI. The USA and Japan remain the largest two music nations.
Andrew Orlowski, 10 Apr 2013
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How to decide when to pass on PaaS

Most forms of cloud computing are starting to find a place in mainstream IT delivery. Infrastructure as a service (IaaS), for example, is providing greater flexibility and better economy for those wanting to grab server or storage capacity from the cloud.
Dale Vile, 10 Apr 2013
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Capita's top brass bags 20% rise - as IT bods shiver in wage freeze

Capita's top bosses' annual compensation packages rose by a fifth last year - at the same time the UK outsourcing giant's IT Services (ITS) workers had their wages frozen and bonuses scrapped.
Paul Kunert, 10 Apr 2013

Finance bods probe RBS over bank-crippling IT cock-up

A banking watchdog has launched an investigation into the IT meltdown that crippled bank accounts held by millions of NatWest, RBS and Ulster Bank customers in June last year.
Jasper Hamill, 10 Apr 2013

UK ad-slingers spent TWICE as much smearing sales-bluster on mobes in 2012

The amount of cash splurged on mobile advertising in Blighty more than doubled last year to £526m, as the global recession continues to have little effect on the eagerness of marketers to fill folks' every screen with ads.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 10 Apr 2013

Who wants a smart meter to track'n'tax your car? Hello, Israel

Israel is drafting a tender for smart meters to be mandated in every vehicle in the country, tracking drivers to allow for differential taxation, but only once the privacy issues have been resolved.
Bill Ray, 10 Apr 2013

Stop with that LTE-B nonsense... it's NOT a thing - mobe standards guardian

The 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), global custodian of mobile telephony standards up to and including LTE Advanced, has issued a statement insisting that "Advanced" is as, er, advanced as the naming system will go.
Bill Ray, 10 Apr 2013
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Review: Kobo Arc Android tablet

As pocketable Android tablets gather momentum and e-reader manufacturers look to offer a more flexible platform, the twilight zone where both meet is certainly looking lively.
Bob Dormon, 10 Apr 2013

Frightening fondleslabs branded Hannibal Lecter of UK PC market

The classic PC industry in Blighty is down but not yet out for the count, according to the latest IT distribution channel data.
Paul Kunert, 10 Apr 2013

EU competition chief stays in touch with Google via TEXT MESSAGES

Google is on the verge of submitting proposed changes to its business practices to avoid sanctions over allegations it abuses its dominant position in the EU's search market.
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Apr 2013

Yahoo! chats! up! Apple! for! lots! more! iPhone! lovin'!

Yahoo! and Apple are reportedly in secret talks to take their relationship to the next level with more iThing integration.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 10 Apr 2013

Achtung! German Amazon workers out on strike

Hundreds of workers at web bazaar Amazon’s central depot in Germany have walked out on strike in protest over working conditions and pay.
Jasper Hamill, 10 Apr 2013

Therapy for 2e2 survivors: Online confab on 12 April at 2pm BST

Live ChatIT contractor 2e2 collapsed under the weight of more than £270m in debt in January.
Gavin Clarke, 10 Apr 2013

'Close to one in three - sorry, one in eight - SMEs are software pirates'

More than one in ten of Blighty's small biz owners admit to being shameless software pirates, the Business Software Alliance reckons.
Paul Kunert, 10 Apr 2013

Attack of the CYBER NORKS! Pyongyang in frontal assault online

As the Korean peninsula flirts with supposed nuclear war, North Korea has been accused of launching cyber-attacks on banks and TV broadcasters in the south.
Jasper Hamill, 10 Apr 2013

Inuit all along: Pirate Bay flees Sweden for Greenland

The Pirate Bay has set sail for Greenland after receiving a tip-off suggesting the Swedish authorities were about to seize its current domain.
Jasper Hamill, 10 Apr 2013
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Dell shareholder: 'Rush' is because Michael D wants to buy

Dell shareholder Southeastern Asset Management has said that the board's assessment of the buyout deal offered by Michael Dell and Silver Lake is flawed and it's only rushing to sell because Michael Dell wants to buy.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 10 Apr 2013
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Oracle to resell Fujitsu 'Athena' Sparc64-X servers ... worldwide

Solaris customers looking to upgrade their Sparc server iron will have a second set of choices now that Oracle has admitted that it will be reselling the Fujitsu "Athena" servers that use the Japanese company's Sparc64-X processor.

ACLU documents shows free access to emails for IRS tax police

With the US Tax Day less than a week away, the ACLU has released a not-very-comforting Freedom of Information Act request return from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) showing just how easy it is for the tax agency to read people's online communications without a court-issued warrant.
Iain Thomson, 10 Apr 2013

DropBox adds single sign-on

DropBox has implemented single sign-on as the company strives to get inside enterprises before larger companies commodify its file storage technology.
Jack Clark, 10 Apr 2013

Office for Android, iOS pushed back to late 2014?

Post-PC professionals who are hoping for a version of Microsoft Office for their Android or iOS fondleslabs may have to wait another year or more, if new information purportedly leaked from Redmond proves to be correct.
Neil McAllister, 10 Apr 2013

Foxconn's revenue down on slowing iPad, iPhone sales

Earnings are down at Hon Hai Precision Industry, the Taiwanese electronics manufacturing giant better known as Foxconn, leaving analysts wondering whether the slump bodes bad news for the company's biggest partner, Apple.
Neil McAllister, 10 Apr 2013

Google brings in blue-chip VC firms for 'Glass Collective'

Google is hoping its Project Glass augmented-reality headsets will be the next big thing and has convinced two of the most venerable VC firms to put their money behind the venture, creating what they're calling the "Glass Collective."
Iain Thomson, 10 Apr 2013

Windows 8 has put the world's PC market to sleep - IDC

The global PC market is dwindling, and Windows 8 could be to blame, according to the beancounters at IDC.
Jack Clark, 10 Apr 2013

Oracle cuts down Big Data Appliance to make pilots cheaper

It is hard to imagine a rack of servers and switches being too much of a machine for a pilot Hadoop system, but that is exactly what prospective customers have been telling Oracle. And so it is offering a cut-down "starter" version of its Big Data Appliance with a much lower price point.
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Australia's alternative NBN plan: some taxpayer-friendly questions

Last Tuesday, Australia's coalition announced its alternative national broadband network (NBN) plan, offering fibre to the node as the dominant mode of delivery.

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