9th > September > 2013 Archive
China's corruption crackdown killing off Unix
China's crackdown on Bo Xilai and other scandal-hit Communist Party outcasts may be making Unix systems less attractive behind the Great Firewall.
Hack Yahoo gave up to China is released from prison
Chinese journalist Shi Tao, who was arrested in 2004 after Yahoo China handed over key data to the authorities, has been released from prison 15 months before the end of a 10 year sentence.
Put down the (cod)piece and step away: Artist cuffed after sculpture cockup
A Swedish artist was involved in a dust-up with the local fuzz, who mistook his sculpture of a pistol loaded with steel penises for a real gun.
Indian spooks snooping without ISP knowledge
India's authorities are carrying out wide-ranging and indiscriminate internet surveillance of their citizens thanks to secret intercept systems located at the international gateways of several large ISPs, according to The Hindu.
Microsoft's VDI deals make Windows Server cheapest desktop OS
Microsoft's licensing policies for virtual desktops (VDI) include two anomalies that make it cheaper to provide Windows Server to end users.
BAN THIS SICK FILCH: Which? demands end to £1.50-per-min 'help' lines
Consumer campaigners at Which? are calling for a ban on costly helpline and customer call-lines.
IRON MAN MUSK: Elon reveals Tony Stark-style 3D design smarts
VideoElon Musk has posted the video of his Iron-Man-esque 3D design process, where he makes rocket parts using a Leap Motion controller and a 3D printer.
Don't tell the D-G! BBC-funded study says Beeb is 'too right wing'
A study funded by the BBC into editorial bias has concluded that it isn't Left Wing enough: it's too friendly to business, and far too hostile to the European Union.
Deutsche Telekom: We don't need no steenkin' set tops
IFA 2013One of the big pieces of news from the IFA in Berlin came out of Deutsche Telekom’s network day, where it showed its progress so far in its search for a set-top-free IPTV world.
Peugeot 208 GTi: The original hot hatch makes a comeback
ReviewBack in the day, Peugeot made a truly great little motor car called the 205 GTi. I owned one, the 1.9-litre version, and absolutely loved it. For charging down narrow B-roads few things on four wheels were faster or more enjoyable.
Ofcom set to fatten up London's White Space TV spectrum
Next year Londoners will get access to 72MHz of unlicensed radio spectrum, all in the prime sub-1GHz band, as Ofcom prepares to open the TV airwaves to anyone with a database handy.
BING! Microsoft plants Xbox Music flagpoles in Android and iOS
Xbox Music is one of Microsoft's best kept secrets - ubiquitous on Microsoft's own consoles but poorly promoted, even on Microsoft Windows Phone devices. But on the eve of the iTunes Radio rollout, Redmond has woken up and remembered that it exists.
Google Nexus 7 2013: Fondledroids, THE 7-inch slab has arrived
ReviewWhen Google launched the Asus-built Nexus 7 Android tablet back in August 2012, it dropped a big mean city-raised alleycat among the budget tablet pigeons. Starting at only £160 for the 8GB version, the Nexus 7 offered performance, style and build quality (kind of) at a price that previously had only bought you shoddy no-name tat with a gutless chip and iffy provenance.
Enterprise storage: A history of paper, rust and flash silicon
The story of data storage is one of ever decreasing circles. What started as holes punched into cards, then into tape, became hard disks, floppy disks, then hard shiny disks, until eventually circles are no longer involved at all.
Google submits YET ANOTHER offer to fix 'search dominance' in EU
Google, in an effort to resolve the European Commission's competition concerns relating to the company's strong grip on the search market in the EU, has submitted yet another revised set of proposals to Brussels' officials.
Smartwatch news: Sleek-but-vaporous timepiece promised by... NISSAN?
Watch out, Apple. Step aside, Samsung. Push off, Pebble. Here comes the latest contender in the smartwatch wrist-grab: er, Nissan.
Vulture 2 autopilot reports for duty
As you can imagine, it's all go here at the Special Projects Bureau's mountaintop headquarters ahead of the imminent arrival of the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team.
Amazon DENIES launch of iPhone-killing freebie smartphone
Amazon won't be launching a freebie phone later this year, in fact it won't launch any phone this year and has no future plans to give hardware away, ever.
Apple prepares to unleash iPhone 5S, 5C for the GREAT BRAWL OF CHINA
Apple will launch an assault on the booming Chinese smartphone market tomorrow with the announcement of two new iPhones.
Brit online property bazaar Zoopla ponders BILLION-pound flotation
British online property portal Zoopla is reportedly considering a stock market listing that could value it at £1.3bn.
Ofcom's head Ed may yet run the Beeb: UK gov 'mulls axing BBC Trust'
Is Ofcom boss Ed Richards' middle name "Lucky"?
Ultralight party balloons in WEEK-LONG marathon flight
A couple of ultralight balloon payloads have for the past week traced suggestive paths over Europe, and continue to transmit from the skies over Belarus and Bulgaria (click pic for a bigger version):
NSA slides reveal: iPhone users are all ZOMBIES
Spooks at the US National Security Agency (NSA) can't believe we're all paying for the equipment it's using to spy on us, describing Steve Jobs as Big Brother and iPhone buyers as "zombies".
Sophos pulls out spade, fills in holes in Web Appliance
Sophos has pulled out the weeds in its web-scanning software after Core Security identified multiple holes in its Web Protection Appliance versions 3.8.0, 3.8.13 and 3.7.9 and earlier.
Reelin' in the years: Tracking the history of magnetic tape
Anniversary featureToday marks the 80th anniversary of the first patent filing for a magnetic tape recording medium, though the tech I worked with was a bit more recent than that. Still, it has been quite some time since I last went shopping for tape.
Verizon finally drags FCC into court fisticuffs to end one-speed internet for all
Broadband provider Verizon and US watchdog the FCC will face off in court today in a crunch battle for net neutrality – a longstanding principle that guarantees a fair and level playing field for all on the web.
The bank that likes to say... crash: TSB's online banking goes titsup on launch day
The newly single Trustee Savings Banks (TSB) has been hit with major website problems on the first day of its split from Lloyds.
ICAHN'T with this guy: Activist investor gives up battle with Big Mike
Activist investor Carl Icahn has announced that he and his partner Southeastern Asset Management are giving up the fight to stop Michael Dell from taking the PC maker private.
'Beat the lie detectors' trainer sentenced to 8 months in jail
An Indiana man was jailed for eight months on Friday for charges arising from allegations he coached federal job applicants and criminals on how to beat lie detector tests.
Can't get enough of flashy upstarts, can you, WD? Firm pays $685m for Virident
Western Digital has bought PCIe flash array supplier and startup Virident for $685m in cash and given it to its HGST subsidiary to add to its stable of flash businesses.
Microsoft does a U-turn, releases Windows 8.1 to developers early after all
After facing a backlash from developers concerned that they wouldn't get early access to the latest versions of Windows, Microsoft has released builds of Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 to its MSDN and TechNet subscription programs, more than a month ahead of the updates' official launch date.
Kamikaze Moon mission on track as NASA grips its tumbling LADEE
VideoNASA has confirmed that its LADEE (Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer) probe is back on track for lunar orbit after being temporarily left tumbling by a power surge which occurred shortly after its launch.
Telstra's Thodey is NBN kingmaker after Oz election
With Saturday's emphatic election result putting almost certain to put Malcolm Turnbull into the communications ministry, the business of rejigging the National Broadband Network is about to begin in earnest.
Malware culprit fingered in mysterious Tor traffic spike
Security researchers believe they have identified the botnet responsible for a recent spike in traffic on the anonymizing Tor network, but the exact purpose of the malware remains unclear.
Gartner complains no public cloud is good enough for business
No public cloud fits the stringent criteria required for "enterprise" use, according to the soothsayers at Gartner, though Amazon is far ahead of the competition.