17th > September > 2013 Archive
KVM kings unveil 'cloud operating system'
Virtualization sucks, because it makes it difficult for an application to get the most out of its underlying infrastructure. And so a startup staffed by the originators of the KVM hypervisor wants to change that with an ambitious open source project called OSv.
Jolla Sailfish OS to support Android hardware, apps
Finnish smartphone startup Jolla has announced that its Linux-based Sailfish OS mobile platform will be both software and hardware compatible with Android.
Boffins demo on-chip entanglement at macro scale
Quantum computing watchers are familiar with the idea of entanglement – the “spooky action at a distance” that gives rise to quantum teleportation. Now, a team led by the University of Queensland is claiming a different kind of first: quantum teleportation between two spots on a single chip.
North American teams land in Oz to race for the sun
World Solar ChallengeCanada is about to dispatch its World Solar Challenge entry on its trip to Darwin, with the Ecole de Technologie Supérieure of Montréal – ÉTS – sending its tubular Eclipse 8 on its way.
Pizza drones, mad cyclists and Bitcoin-for-arms traders: A vision of LNDN 2023
Tech quango Nesta and its chums have sketched out a vision of what London might look like in the year 2023.
Telstra scrambles to fix voice
Telstra is scrambling to overcome an outage that ABC Radio is reporting has affected “tens of thousands” of business voice services nationwide.
Chap unrolls 'USB condom' to protect against viruses
A US-based chap has invented a gadget he's calling a USB condom.
Facebook reveals plan to WIRE THE PLANET
Facebook and fellow internet.org members Qualcomm and Ericsson have released a white paper that offers a blueprint for a massively scaled-up internet.
Australia ponders 160,000-seat ERP possibilities
Australia's government has released an information paper titled “Investigation into optimising ERP Systems across the public service” that will consider how the nation's government can best procure, and wield, enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems.
Anti-drone bods haul MoD to court over SECRET KILLER ROBOTS
The Ministry of Defence is set to face a court hearing next week over its refusal to release information about Britain's lethal unmanned drone missions in Afghanistan.
Angry Brazilian whacks NASA to put a stop to ... er, the NSA
Multiple NASA websites were defaced last week by a Brazilian hacktivist who may have misread the sites' URLs, because he wasn't protesting about the US space agency giving joyrides to inhuman stowaways – he was protesting against NSA spying.
How do you choose your vendors?
Sysadmin blogPart of ranking vendors (and their products) involves attaching a certain level of priority to the different categories you judge them on. Everyone is going to value different elements of a supplier relationship differently, so the items on my list should be considered to be "in no particular order." I leave it as an exercise for the reader to create their own procurement spreadsheet of doom and weight the categories listed.
Stylus counsel: The rise and fall of the Apple Newton MessagePad
ArchaeologicIt will forever be remembered as the butt of a-thousand-and-one jokes about its poor handwriting recognition, but Apple’s MessagePad was bold in its conception. Its legacy is ARM’s conquest of the mobile microprocessor world.
Mid East undersea fibre telco hacked: US, UK spooks in spotlight
Belgian telco Belgacom - which operates vital undersea communications cables - says its internal network was compromised, possibly by foreign spooks.
NetApp exec veep hands his papers in, shuffles off to mystery startup
NetApp's executive vice president of product operations, Manish Goel, is no longer with the company.
WD: Between you and me, VARs, small biz may NEVER trust the cloud
Storage specialist Western Digital have asked value-added resellers to take part in its assault on the small-to-medium business (SMB) network backup market.
LOHAN hero playmonaut STRANDED on Spanish mountain
PicThe Special Project Bureau's mountain rescue team has been mobilised today to recover our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) playmonaut – stranded since yesterday on the side of a Spanish mountain.
Is storage kicking servers in the battle of the bundles?
Converged infrastructure products, integrated computing platforms, single-stack solutions, data centre in a box: whatever you call them, the benefit of buying storage, servers and networking in a single, pre-engineered bundle is that, vendor-wise, when something goes wrong, you've only got one butt to kick.
NSA spooks tooled up with zero-day PC security exploits from the FRENCH
The NSA bought specialist computer hacking tools and research from French security outfit Vupen, according to documents unearthed using the Freedom of Information Act.
Flash biz Violin plays for $162m shower of notes - will rivals drown it out?
Flash array startup Violin Memory wants to raise $162m in a stock-market debut, according to paperwork filed for its IPO.
Ghastly! Yahoo! Groups! gripes! grip! grumpy! gremlin! grumblers!
Thousands of Yahoo! users are clogging up the site's customer feedback forums with complaints about its makeover of Groups, an online discussion board system. Some are upset the redecoration job has locked out the blind and disabled folk.
Tightwad music spaffer Pandora opens box for Wall St to fill with cash
Controversial webcaster Pandora, under fire for running its music streaming business with the iron grip of a plantation owner, is returning to Wall Street for a cash injection.
Twerking 'ell! Google BUMPs and grinds way to another app slurp
Google has bought mobile app maker Bump – the outfit behind photo-sharing tech Flock – for an undisclosed sum.
Peak Apple: Has ANYONE at all ordered a new iPhone 5c?
Apple has failed to disclose the sales figures for its new iPhone for the first time since 2009, sending fanbois and investors into a spiral of doubt and fear.
It's Grand Theft Auto 5 day: Any of you kids remember GTA the First?
Antique Code ShowGrand Theft Auto 5 – one of the most keenly anticipated video games ever – was officially released today, although a few people apparently got their packages a few days ago.
Oh snap – AWS daddy disses IT's 'old guard': You're so 2000-and-late
AWS Enterprise Summit 2013Amazon Web Services boss Andy Jassy has fired back at the technology "old guard" for coming late to cloud bearing "ill-advised" offerings while committing his team to a two-year features rollout to win big customers.
Storage players' lovechild VCE flashes fresh flash additions
VCE, the lovechild of Cisco, EMC and VMware, hits the storage world with a trio of announcements: a pair of VNX2 and vSphere 5.5 implants; Oracle-specific Vblock; and a VDI Vblock using XtremIO all-flash array technology.
Psst.. Know how to hack a mobe by radio wave? There's $70k+ in it for you
A second Mobile Pwn2Own hacking competition, in which experts discover and exploit security flaws in handhelds for prizes, will take place at the PacSec 2013 conference in Japan in November.
NetApp unveils ONTAP cluster-shuffler: Do it with any vendor, in public or private
NetApp is hoping to turn cloud agnostics into ONTAP believers with its new "seamless cloud data management" product, Clustered Data ONTAP.
Cloud storage: Is the convenience worth the extra expense?
Sysadmin blogJudging by my inbox, quite a few businesses have taken to heart my warnings about the legal issues that arise when you allow your data to be exposed to US jurisdiction.
Securo-boffins link HIRED GUN hackers to Aurora, Bit9 megahacks
Security researchers have linked the “Hackers for hire” Hidden Lynx Group with a number of high-profile attacks, including an assault on net security firm Bit9, as well as the notorious Operation Aurora assault against Google and other hi-tech firms back in 2009.
Former! Android! Open! Source! Boss! Takes! Job! At! Yahoo!
The former head of the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) at Google has jumped ship to the competition.
Joyent turns cloud into a Riverbed content-delivery network
Midsize cloud Joyent has partnered with network appliance vendor Riverbed to create a "Content Delivery Cloud" to give developers on a budget a way to push data closer to users and reduce load times.
Dog bites man: Apple's Macs trounce all Windows PCs in customer love
Once again, Apple's Macs – desktops and laptops – have outscored any and all windows PCs in a customer-satisfaction survey: the American Consumer Satisfaction Index (ACSI).
IBM proffers $1bn for Linux development on Power
After opening up its Power chips to bit fiddlers through an ARM-style licensee model, IBM is pouring $1bn into Linux development on the architecture.
Microsoft relents: 'Go ahead, install Windows 8.1 on clean PCs'
UpdatedMicrosoft says that in addition to offering Windows 8.1 as a free update for Windows 8 users in October, it will also be easier for customers to buy versions of Windows 8.1 that don't require an upgrade from a previous edition of the OS.
Redmond slips out temporary emergency fix for IE 0-day
Stepping outside its normal Patch Tuesday cycle, Microsoft has rolled out an emergency fix to an Internet Explorer bug that was under active malware attack.