18th > April > 2013 Archive


Vint Cerf endorses software-defined networks

One of the reasons for the rise of the Internet was that it was stupid: by throwing buckets of bandwidth at any problem, and attaching the intelligence to the network edge, it could ship bits around vastly cheaper than telco carrier networks.
Richard Chirgwin, 18 Apr 2013

Applicants sought for one-way trip to Martian Big Brother house

A Netherlands-based non-profit group called Mars One is seeking video applications from pioneers willing to take a one-way trip to Mars and become stars in a new interplanetary reality show.
Iain Thomson, 18 Apr 2013

Study: Most projects on GitHub not open source licensed

Code-sharing website GitHub has grown so popular that it and open source are practically synonymous for many developers. But new research shows that most of the projects now on GitHub are released under license terms that are unclear, inconsistent, or nonexistent, leaving their legal status as open source software uncertain.
Neil McAllister, 18 Apr 2013

Apple branded porno-peddling perverts by Chinese Pravda

A state-run Chinese newspaper has attempted to name and shame Apple for allegedly spreading smut in the People's Republic.
Jasper Hamill, 18 Apr 2013
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Project Savanna tames Hadoop big data muncher with OpenStack control freak

Batman and Robin. Peanut butter and chocolate. OpenStack and Hadoop. These are things that go together, with the latter pairing being something that commercial OpenStack distie Mirantis, commercial Hadoop distie Hortonworks, and commercial KVM and Linux distie (and soon to be OpenStack commercializer) Red Hat are putting together under a new OpenStack effort dubbed Project Savanna.
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'Fastest storage in the WORLD' plugged into mighty boffinry Cray

DDN claims it has sold the fastest storage system in the world to the Oak Ridge National Laboratory for its Titan superduperwhoopercomputer, shooting data out faster than 1 terabyte a second.
Chris Mellor, 18 Apr 2013

Black hats attack popular Russian stock-trading software

Security researchers have discovered a strain of malware that targets the QUIK stockbroking application.
John Leyden, 18 Apr 2013

The politics of the data centre

If you ask your Oracle team which infrastructure they want their databases and apps running across, they’ll tell you dedicated. Heaven forbid their IO is interfered with by a lagging virtual infrastructure.
David Gordon, 18 Apr 2013

Londoners in mass test of telly tech savvy as 4G filters mailed out

Some 28,000 London suburbanites will have 40 days to fit their free 4G filters, before Freeview television frequencies are swamped with faked 4G networking signals in a mass test of the British public's ability to plug stuff in.
Bill Ray, 18 Apr 2013
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Hardware hacker unifies 15 retro consoles in format frenzy

Most fans of old-skool videogame hardware rely on emulators for their retro gaming kicks. But not some fellow going by the handle Bacteria. Three years ago, he decided he needed 15 original games consoles in his living room and that he wanted them all in a single box.
Tony Smith, 18 Apr 2013

UK's first copyright swap-shop for cat pics (etc) still yonks away

The UK's Copyright Hub, designed for high-volume legit trading of copyrighted material, will launch in July.
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Apr 2013

T-Mobile UK ordered into humiliating Full Monty strip

T-Mobile UK can no longer describe its "Full Monty" mobile broadband tariff as "unlimited", thanks to a ruling by the advertising watchdog.
Bill Ray, 18 Apr 2013

TREELLION DOLLAR mobe bonk-bank alliance goes for barcodes

The consortium of US retailers hoping to own pay-by-bonk have signed Gemalto to process their payments, revealing that on-screen bar codes lie at the centre of the scheme.
Bill Ray, 18 Apr 2013
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Manual override: Raspberry Pi beginners' books

FeatureThe Raspberry Pi has been out for just over a year now. It has undergone a couple of revisions during that time, most recently around October 2012, but a short while ago I decided it was time I ought to try it out and see what the diminutive, Linux-running micro can do.
Tony Smith, 18 Apr 2013
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Software designers: Lose your inhibitions, embrace complexity

OpinionOne of the most persistent reasons quoted for software project failures is the gap between Business and IT – the lack of common understanding, clear communication and shared culture between those that commission solutions and those that design and deliver them. The discipline of Systems Thinking can narrow the gap by envisaging businesses as complex modular systems providing and consuming services – a universal model easily understood by both business experts and IT practitioners.
Mike Lloyd, 18 Apr 2013
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Dell shuts down channel biz Cheriton over unpaid debt

IT reseller Cheriton Computers has been wound up by US giant Dell over an unpaid five-figure debt.
Paul Kunert, 18 Apr 2013
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TomTom brandishes new strap-on in Amsterdam: The wristnav

PicsSatnav maker TomTom guided the press - along with automotive and retail partners from all corners of the globe - to Amsterdam on Tuesday for the launch of its next gen satnavs and a new sporty lifestyle product range.
Bob Dormon, 18 Apr 2013
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Review: Asus PadFone 2 phone-tablet combo

I thought the first Asus PadFone was a jolly good idea the moment I clapped eyes on it. Sadly it never made it to these shores but the PadFone 2 has. In a nutshell, what we have here is an Android smartphone that can be docked into a dumb tablet giving you not only a choice of two screen sizes but also the convenience of one data connection, and unified app selection and storage.
Alun Taylor, 18 Apr 2013

Ofcom fines TalkTalk AGAIN - a whopping £750k over 'abandoned calls' gaffe

Ofcom has once again fined telco TalkTalk, after the company swamped potential customers with silent calls. It now has to pay £750,000 for failing to comply with UK law.
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Apr 2013
Google Glasses will not be welcome at one Seattle bar

Google Glass will SELF-DESTRUCT if flogged on eBay

Buyers of Google Glass have been warned they cannot sell their pricey new techno-spectacles on eBay or anywhere else.
Jasper Hamill, 18 Apr 2013

PEAK APPLE: Fondleslab giant no longer world's biggest biz

Apple has lost the title of world's biggest company after a share slide allowed oil giant ExxonMobil to take the top spot.
Jasper Hamill, 18 Apr 2013

Boffins build ant-sized battery, claim it's tough enough to start a car

Electronics continue to shrink to ever smaller sizes, but researchers are having a tough time miniaturising the batteries powering today’s mobile gadgets. Step forward, bicontinuous nanoporous electrodes.
Tony Smith, 18 Apr 2013

Cyberthugs put YOUR PC to work as Bitcoin-mining SLAVE

The recent volatility in the value of Bitcoins hasn't prevented cybercriminals from cooking up new ways to distribute malware engineered to mine the currency using compromised computers.
John Leyden, 18 Apr 2013

Magic mystery malware menaces many UK machines - new claim

Security researchers have found malware that communicates using an unknown protocol and is largely targeting UK businesses.
John Leyden, 18 Apr 2013
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Shuttleworth: Canonical is fast and easy with OpenStack clouds

Mark Shuttleworth, the founder of the Ubuntu distribution of Linux, has wanted to turn his creation into a cloud platform for years, he said during his keynote at the OpenStack Summit in Portland, Oregon on Wednesday.

EMC jazzes up its archive offerings

EMC's released a spring boost for its Data Domain backup deduping package as well as updating its SourceOne file and email archiver.
Chris Mellor, 18 Apr 2013

Zycko shown door after Meraki Euro distie review

Meraki - which was recently swept off its feet by Cisco - has given distie Zycko the heave-ho and replaced it with Ingram Micro across Europe.
Paul Kunert, 18 Apr 2013

Nokia: OK, Q1 has been weak, but there's 'underlying' profit

Nokia warned of a weaker first quarter last year and duly delivered. Sales were €5.85bn in Q1 2013 with an operating loss of €150m.
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Apr 2013

Gridstore does classic founder-to-CTO jive

Scale-out filer storage start-up Gridstore's founder is shuffling sideways to the CTO spot as his firm recruits a new CEO.
Chris Mellor, 18 Apr 2013

'Leccy-stealing, grid-crippling hackers could TAKE DOWN EV-juicing systems

Hack in the BoxHackers may soon starting abusing electric car charger systems to cripple the electricity grid or as part of money-making scams, a security researcher warns.
John Leyden, 18 Apr 2013

Facebook launches data center ticker tape

Facebook has heaped pressure on major data center operators to be more transparent, publishing a dashboard that gives up-to-the-minute figures on the efficiency of the social network's gigantic bit barns.
Jack Clark, 18 Apr 2013
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South Korean gov splashes $22m on memory R&D project

Samsung and five other South Korean tech firms are set to team up on a $22 million government-backed project to research new memory chip technology.
Phil Muncaster, 18 Apr 2013

Feds urged to probe four US cell big boys over Android holes

UpdatedThe four biggest US cell networks could face a government probe, following allegations that security updates for Android smartphones have been held back, leaving millions of Americans vulnerable to hackers.
Gavin Clarke, 18 Apr 2013

US House of Representatives passes CISPA by 288-127

The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) has been approved by the US House of Representatives, despite a last-minute gaffe from its co-sponsor.
Iain Thomson, 18 Apr 2013

Amazon: S3 cloud contains two trillion objects

Amazon Web Services now has over two trillion objects within its S3 storage cloud, just one year after Bezos & Co. smashed through the one-trillion ceiling.
Jack Clark, 18 Apr 2013

Java 8 release date slips again, now planned for 2014

Oracle has redoubled its efforts to address the recent spate of vulnerabilities related to Java running in web browsers, but the renewed focus on security has had an unfortunate side effect – namely, that Java 8 will no longer ship by its planned September 2013 release date.
Neil McAllister, 18 Apr 2013

Microsoft CFO quits as quarterly results fail to sparkle

Microsoft has released its financial results for the third financial quarter of 2013 and the results make uncertain reading for CEO Steve Ballmer, who is also about to lose his chief financial officer Peter Klein.
Iain Thomson, 18 Apr 2013

AMD posts mediocre numbers, cites 'difficult market environment'

UpdatedAMD released its financial results for the first quarter of its fiscal year 2013, which bracketed the Wall Street moneymen's predictions with revenues a tad higher than forecast and the all-important earnings per share (EPS) a tad lower.*
Rik Myslewski, 18 Apr 2013

Kepler continues exoplanet bonanza

Data from the Kepler space telescope has yielded yet more Earth-like planets, with a University of Washington researcher identifying a second “habitable zone” super-Earth orbiting the star dubbed Kepler-62.
Richard Chirgwin, 18 Apr 2013

Another quarter, another $14bn in revenue for Google

Google announced an impressive start for its fiscal 2013 on Thursday, reporting first-quarter revenues of $13.97bn – an eyebrow-raising 31 per cent increase from the same quarter last year.
Neil McAllister, 18 Apr 2013

Big Blue misses Q1 targets big-time thanks to systems shortfall

Big Blue did not turn in the numbers that it expected in the first quarter thanks to more than $400m in mainframe systems, related software, and intellectual property licensing deals that rolled over into the second quarter. In the quarter ended in March, revenues were off 5.1 per cent, to $23.41bn, and net income fell by 1.1 per cent to $3.03bn.

Microsoft betting on smaller Windows 8 devices and subscriptions

Microsoft's current financial team has been laying out the company's future strategy, and is hoping that a new rash of smaller Windows 8 PCs and cloud revenues will secure Redmond's future.
Iain Thomson, 18 Apr 2013

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