11th > November > 2013 Archive

Norks unlikely to beat the USA in the death-ray race

With the world once again excited about the prospect that North Korea is on the way to building electromagnetic pulse (EMP) bombs, it's worth noting that in the last 15 years or so, America's much more sophisticated development effort has yielded relatively little.
Close-up of a woman's lips, slightly pixelated as if on a CRT TV

Singaporeans THANK government for BANNING IaaS site

Singapore has reportedly decided to block infidelity-as-a-service ashleymadison.com, the site with the cheeky motto “Life is Short. Have an affair.”
Simon Sharwood, 11 Nov 2013
Turnbull with Switkowski in Blacktown
7

Turnbull touts construction resumption in YouTube vid

The ongoing game of trying to divine Malcolm Turnbull's intentions for Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN) by noting the differing language he uses on the few occasions he discusses the project continues, after Australia's minister posted a YouTube video in which he denies suggestions he's been trying to kill construction.
Raspberry Pi ARM PC

Personal web and mail server for Raspberry Pi seeks cash

A project that aims to turn the Raspberry Pi into a personal web and mail server has stuck out its hand for crowdsourced cash so it can finish off its platform.
Simon Sharwood, 11 Nov 2013
alibaba logo
3

Chinese shoppers spend £100 MEEEELLION online in SIX minutes

The world’s biggest online shopping day got off to a flyer on Monday with Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba recording 1 billion yuan (£102.5m) in sales on its Tmall site in the first six minutes alone.
Phil Muncaster, 11 Nov 2013
Microsoft Surface bomb

Microsoft advertises Surface, Excel with maths mistake

Microsoft's Surface tablets have again embarrassed the company's bottom line, this time after failing to calculate a simple one accurately.
Simon Sharwood, 11 Nov 2013
Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge
5

New South Wales government promises open data by default

The Australian State of New South Wales has released a new Open Data Policy (PDF) that determines “Data is open by default” in the state and that “Agencies start from a position of data openness, with the prerogative in favour of data release, unless there is a specific, overriding reason for data not to be released in accordance with The Government Information (Public Access) Act (such as in relation to the public interest test).”
Simon Sharwood, 11 Nov 2013
5

Stuxnet infected Russian nuke power plant - Kaspersky

The infamous Stuxnet malware thought to have been developed by the US and Israel to disrupt Iran’s nuclear facilities, also managed to cause chaos at a Russian nuclear plant, according to Eugene Kaspersky.
Phil Muncaster, 11 Nov 2013

Bloke named 'human' demands 'COPSLIE' licence plate

A man named "human" rolled up at New Hampshire Supreme Court last week to argue his right to sport the vanity licence plate "COPSLIE".
Lester Haines, 11 Nov 2013
Ubuntu RHS teaser

Shuttleworth sorry for 'Open source Tea Party' jibe

Ubuntu Daddy Mark Shuttleworth has blogged a pair of apologies for recent transgressions.
Simon Sharwood, 11 Nov 2013
Great Wall of China
3

Microsoft won't run Skype in China - a new JV partner awaits

Microsoft will not take full control of its popular Skype service in China after the end of its joint venture with TOM, contrary to media reports.
Phil Muncaster, 11 Nov 2013

'Burning platform' Elop: I'd SLASH and BURN stuff at Microsoft, TOO

What kind of company would Microsoft be under Stephen Elop, we asked. We have an answer... of sorts.
Gavin Clarke, 11 Nov 2013
App Store's 25 billionth download, credit Apple

Apple kicks iStuff-sniffer out of App Store

Apple has banned an app that allows fanbois to work out which stores have stocks of the latest iPads and iPhones.
Jasper Hamill, 11 Nov 2013
North Anna Power Plant

Rogue US-Israeli cyberwar weapon 'infected Russian nuclear plant'

Stuxnet - the famous worm widely credited with crippling the Iranian nuclear weapons programme for several years - also infected the internal network of a Russian nuclear plant. Unspecified malware has even reached the International Space Station, according to the boss of Russian anti-virus firm Kaspersky Lab.
John Leyden, 11 Nov 2013

Calling all PSYCHICS and ball-gazers: Can YOU predict a Microsoft strategy?

What skills do you need to plan a Microsoft-based IT strategy these days? Palmistry, clairvoyance and Extra Sensory Perception must now be as valuable as any technical skill you've acquired over the years.
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Nov 2013
The Talons of Weng-Chiang

Doctor Who nicked my plot and all I got was a mention in this lousy feature

Doctor Who @ 50 There’s no question: blocked Doctor Who writers and Script Editors - or Story Editors as they were in the very early days - frequently turned to movies and books for inspiration. They regularly resorted to, ahem, "borrowing" plots and ideas from famous flicks and notorious novels for the basis for their Doctor Who stories.
Tony Smith, 11 Nov 2013

Oracle's nemesis MariaDB releases sleekest seal yet to beta

MariaDB has capped off a dazzling year with the release of a beta of Version 10 of the free MySQL replacement.
Jack Clark, 11 Nov 2013

If your bosses tell you you're 'in it together', don't EVER believe them

Blocks and Files Tech titan bosses like John Chambers, Meg Whitman and Joe Tucci often deliver tributes to their employees when reporting quarterly business results. Yet they lay employees off. NetApp says it’s a great place to work, and lays people off. Chambers lays thousands off and gets a pay rise. This leaves a faintly sour taste in the mouth.
Chris Mellor, 11 Nov 2013
A hearty breakfast of scrapple, fried egg on toast, bacon, sausage and fried mushrooms

Martian MOM LAYS another EGG in SPACE - but it's not big enough

India's mission to Mars ran into its first problem today, failing to reach the required apogee of 100,000km when it tried to lift up its orbit.

GoDaddy kicks off gTLD land rush with first domain sales

Domain dealer GoDaddy has begun the first registrations of domains under the ICANN generic top-level domain (gTLD) programme.
Shaun Nichols, 11 Nov 2013
Back of iPhone 5

BIG, CURVY Apple models: Just right for SLAP AND TICKLE

Apple is building a new, larger, curved iPhone which will include pressure-sensitive sensors to detect how hard fanbois squeeze and fondle their small slab, it has been claimed.
Jasper Hamill, 11 Nov 2013

Yet ANOTHER IE 0-day hole found: Malware-flingers already using it for drive-by badness

Security researchers have discovered new zero-day vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer that are already being harnessed by hackers to run a new type of drive-by attack.
John Leyden, 11 Nov 2013
Fuze Raspberry Pi kit

RETRO-GASM: The Fuze electronics kit for the Raspberry Pi

Review Back in the day of the board computers of the late 1970s - your Scrumpi, your Nascom 1, your UK-101 et al - it was customary to build a case for it out of wood. If you were a better equipped "constructor" - what we used to call "makers" in those days - you’d build a box out of metal.
Tony Smith, 11 Nov 2013
XtremIO array and 4 X-Brick nodes
6

XtremIO dear: Dell brags of being cheapest of the big flash four

As EMC prepares for its 14 November launch of its all-flash XtremIO box, Dell has put out a analyst paper explaining that on price – which is what counts in the expensive all-flash storage world – it is the bossdog of flash arrays.
Chris Mellor, 11 Nov 2013
Pigeon crapping on statue
1

UK.gov IT supplier catalogue G-Cloud 4 goes titsup

Gremlins in the system have caused approved government supplier catalogue CloudStore to crash this morning - not that any tech buyers in public sector would have been crying into their cornflakes.
Paul Kunert, 11 Nov 2013

'F-CK YOU GOOGLE+' ukelele missy scoops BIG WAD of $$ - for Google

Update A futile attempt to convince Google to reverse its decision to lock its ID-tracking, data-mining Google+ product into YouTube comments has helped to generate more ad revenue on the vid-sharing site.
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Nov 2013
The RoboRoach with its backpack. Pic: Backyard Brains

Right royal rumpus over remote-control 'RoboRoach'

The makers of a cockroach electronic "backpack" which allows humans to control the movements of the insect via a mobile phone have unsurprisingly come under fire for what some see as a pseudoscientific way to mistreat animals.
Lester Haines, 11 Nov 2013
Doctor Who 50th Anniversary episode poster

Which Who to view? Pick one from two: Doctor Who twin trailers hit the interwebs

Vid The BBC has released two trailers for its 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who, "The Day of the Doctor" and announced that it will hit screens at 7.50pm on 23 November.

NO! Radio broadcasters snub 'end of FM' DAB radio changeover

Some of the largest and most influential UK radio operators have joined a campaign opposing the upcoming mandatory digital switchover.
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Nov 2013

BT Sport scores own goal with £897m Champions League footie rights deal

BT massively padded out its investment in the telecom giant's new Sports TV channel on Saturday after it won the rights to show all UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League football matches for three seasons from 2015/16.
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Nov 2013
management project4

Phoenix IT Group in talks to offload Cisco services biz to BT – sources

Phoenix IT Group is quietly negotiating with BT to hand over customers whom it previously provided with Cisco services, sources have told The Channel. This comes in the wake of Phoenix's dramatic and damaging removal from the networking giant's partner channel.
Paul Kunert, 11 Nov 2013
Red Hat Shadowman logo
1

Red Hat halves prices, blackens European skies with OpenShift PaaS

Red Hat has halved the cost of IT on its OpenShift platform cloud engine and expanded commercial support to cover 14 Eurozone countries.
Jack Clark, 11 Nov 2013
XtremIO array and 4 X-Brick nodes
7

EMC's XtremIO array: Everything we know about new all-flash box

Mega-vendor EMC is going to launch its XtremIO all-flash array with general availability on 14 November. It has been on limited or directed availability for a few months and there's a fair amount of information coming out about it.
Chris Mellor, 11 Nov 2013
balaclava_thief_burglar

Blighty's banks prep for repeated kicks to cyber-'nads in Operation Waking Shark II

Financial firms and banks across London will be hit with a cyber war game scenario tomorrow to test how well they could hold up under a major IT attack.
Windows 7

Internet Explorer 11 for Win7 bods: Soz, no HTML5 fun for you

Internet Explorer 11 arrived for Windows 7 last week but some key features are missing, particularly in the field of HTML5-enabled film, TV and audio.
Gavin Clarke, 11 Nov 2013
Dot Hill AssuredSAN 5000

Back to black: Dot Hill climbs out of the dot hole

Storage systems maker Dot Hill is making the most of the economic recovery, slipping back into the black after posting seven-figure losses a year ago.
Chris Mellor, 11 Nov 2013
Facebook
5

Netscape daddy's VC firm dumps $60m of Facebook stock

Facebook director Marc Andreessen's venture capital firm has sold off a chunk of its stake in the social network, netting itself around $60m.
7

Burnt-out Comet's VC backers are looking for more cash

The private equity firm involved in Comet's costly crash is back in the market and trying to convince financiers to part with hundreds of millions for a new investment fund.
Paul Kunert, 11 Nov 2013

GCHQ hijacked LinkedIn profiles to hack Belgian telecoms network – report

British spies intercepted LinkedIn profile pages and injected malware into them to ultimately infiltrate the networks of mobile operators and other telcos in Belgium.
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Nov 2013

Netflix, YouTube video killed the BitTorrent star? Duo gobble web traffic

Streaming video now makes up more than half of internet traffic in North America as more and more internet users shun filesharing sites.
Jasper Hamill, 11 Nov 2013
1

Google brazenly strokes its mobile cloud tools just before Amazon shindig

Google has released two mobile development tools to coax app writers into storing data in the ad giant's cloud services.
Jack Clark, 11 Nov 2013
John McCain

I want NSA chief's head on a plate for Merkelgate, storms Senator McCain

John McCain, the US senator who lost to Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential elections, wants General Keith Alexander, head of the NSA and US Cyber Command, to resign over revelations that US spies bugged the telephone of Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Iain Thomson, 11 Nov 2013

Ding-dong! Bye bye Sunday lie-in, your Amazon package is HERE

Amazon has convinced the United States Postal Service (USPS) to break with tradition and deliver parcels on Sundays.
Shaun Nichols, 11 Nov 2013
australia
2

AGIMO spring cleans data.gov.au and finds a THIRD was JUNK

Australia's Government Information Management Office (AGIMO) has spring cleaned data.gov.au and let us all know that it has found, and disposed of, a colossal pile of junk.
Simon Sharwood, 11 Nov 2013
STEREO image of the Sun. Pic: NASA

Flippin' heck! Magnetic poles of Sun are gyrating: What Earth needs to know

Vid Sun watchers at Stanford say our star is undergoing one of its periodic magnetic polarity changes, leading to a modest peak in solar activity.
Iain Thomson, 11 Nov 2013