22nd > February > 2014 Archive

'Polar vortex' or not, last month among the WARMEST Januaries EVER RECORDED

It may come as a surprise to shivering citizens of the US lower 48 who are brittle from the "polar vortex" freeze-out – which is back, by the way – or soggy Brits wringing out from the recent floods, but last month was one of the warmest Januaries on record when measured globally.
Rik Myslewski, 22 Feb 2014
Google sign outside Mountain View headquarters

Google nets Spider.io to thwart fraudsters

Google is looking to boost the security and fraud prevention arms in its advertising business with the acquisition of London's Spider.io.
Shaun Nichols, 22 Feb 2014
Mars One colony development

Muslim clerics issue fatwa banning the devout from Mars One 'suicide' mission

A religious row has broken out over Mars One's plans to send volunteers to the Red Planet on a one-way mission that will be televised for the world's entertainment.
Iain Thomson, 22 Feb 2014

Harvard student thrown off 14,000-core super ... for mining Dogecoin

A Harvard University student is in hot water for using the Ivy League school's 14,000-core supercomputer to mine Dogecoins.
Shaun Nichols, 22 Feb 2014
NHS Files on a desk

Microsoft asks pals to help KILL UK gov's Open Document Format dream

The UK Cabinet Office is close to adopting Open Document Format (ODF) as the official standard for government documents, but it hasn't happened yet – and it won't, if Microsoft has anything to say about it.
Neil McAllister, 22 Feb 2014

Something rotten stalks the Cloud Kingdom

Sysadmin Blog A good lord builds his castle to both serve as the center of commerce for his lands and to offer protection to his people in case of an attack. The peasants have neither the resources nor the knowledge to defend themselves, and they look to their lords for help.
Trevor Pott, 22 Feb 2014