28th > February > 2014 Archive
Mens sana in fibro sano: Virgin Media network-level smut filters are ON
Virgin Media joined the big boys' club today by switching on network-level filters which allow subscribers to prevent perfectly legal material such as pornography from being accessed on their broadband connections.
Microsoft chairman John Thompson: Redmond looks 'like IBM in 1990'
Microsoft's new chairman, ex-IBM vice president John Thompson, has said that he believes Microsoft's corporate culture needs to change if it is to remain competitive.
Apple slams shut TEN code execution holes in QuickTime on Windows
Apple has patched security vulnerabilities in the Windows version of its QuickTime media player that allowed malicious video files to execute arbitrary code.
Passenger jet grounded by two-hour insect attack
Wasps have been found to be the reason an Airbus A330 aborted a takeoff attempt and then made an emergency landing.
RSA rebel conference TrustyCon sells out despite 'dirty tricks'
TrustyConThe TrustyCon security convention in San Francisco today has had a sell-out first show – which generated a $20,000 check for the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
Google coughs up $6.8m for FREE BUSING for San Francisco youth
Google, which has drawn criticism in San Francisco for using public bus stops to pick up passengers for its private employee buses, will donate $6.8m to fund a program that offers low-income youth free rides on the city's Muni public transport system.
Stanford academics unleash Quasar cluster juggler on mega bit barns
ExclusiveFor all their orderly aisles of flickering servers and the reassuring hum of tens of thousands of spinning drives, data centers are terrifically rowdy places.
Government-built malware running out of control, F-Secure claims
TrustyConA surprising number of governments are now deploying their own custom malware – and the end result could be chaos for the rest of us, F-Secure's malware chief Mikko Hyppönen told the TrustyCon conference in San Francisco on Thursday.
Fed chairwoman casts doubt on Bitcoin regulation in the US
The head of the US Federal Reserve has said that her office will not imposing any regulatory controls or restrictions on the Bitcoin cryptocurrency.
Microsoft Research co-develops cloud data scrambler
Researchers from Microsoft, the University of California, Irvine and Brown University have proposed a technology that should make it harder to derive value from data stored in the cloud.
Facebook cans Windows and Firefox Messenger apps
Facebook took another step away from the desktop on Thursday with the announcement that it’s canning its Messenger app for Windows and Firefox from next week.
Booze and bacon sarnies: A recipe for immortality?
Earlier this week, a chilling and extremely newsworthy report established a link between fried meat and Alzheimer's disease.
Google sticks its servers behind genomics alliance
Google is throwing its considerable weight, and cloud servers, behind a global genomics alliance with the aim of advancing medical research for future generations.
Steelie Neelie eats crow, welcomes mere €1bn Euro broadband fund
A year after Neelie Kroes expressed severe displeasure at budget cuts that reduced funding for the Connecting Europe Facility project from €9.2bn to €1bn, the vice-president of the European Commission for the Digital Agenda has welcomed formal allocation of the smaller sum.
VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger's DARKEST FEARS revealed
The USA's Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has published VMware's Form 10-K, the warts-and-all document listed companies are required to file each year offering deep detail on the state of their business. Form 10-Ks are rather less polished than annual reports and therefore offer more penetrating insights into a company's performance.
Software containers for BYOD/mobile device management: Big Tin Can
An environment which runs on a number of mobile platforms seeks to solve lots of the BYOD issues faced by corporates. It creates a balance between locking down a device so completely that people won't or can't use it and leaving the door open to miscreants.
Frenchman eyes ocean domination with floating, mobile Bond villain lair
A French plan for oceanic domination is shaping up nicely with the news that construction is poised to begin on the SeaOrbiter vessel as early as Spring 2014.
Hey, IT department! Sick of vendor shaftings? Why not DO IT, yourself
Secret CIOEnterprise IT departments have been reduced to personal shoppers at best and checkout clerks at worst.
John Lewis unzips mega Oracle ERP package
ExclusiveFlagship British retailer John Lewis is starting a massive ERP rollout on Oracle as part of an ongoing business transformation project.
Battling with Blizzard's new WoW expansion and Diablo revamp
PreviewKerrigan is hunting me down and the Zerg are swarming. Praise the Earth Mother – Chen materialises to rescue me with his Brewmaster skills and calm me down with a tankard of Thunderbrew. Am I hallucinating? No, I’m at the EU Blizzard HQ to talk to the development teams behind the new expansions for World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor and Diablo III: Reaper of Souls.
French silver foxes use Fujitsu's Grandroid mobes... to send each other selfies
One of the features of the Fujitsu Stylistic phone, a device targeted at the older French market and sold by Orange France, is its dedicated social network. The Raku-Raku phones Fujitsu sells in Japan have a similar feature, and the silver-haired beta testers of the er, francophone, will soon be using it to get friendly with Asian grandparents.
Insecure hipsters with BEARD ENVY spur facial hair transplant craze
Do you want to look like a hipster hobo but don't have enough fertile facial follicles to grow a Jesus beard?
Two in five Brits cough up for CryptoLocker ransomware's demands
Around two in five people who fall victim to CryptoLocker have agreed to pay a ransom of around £300 to recover their files, according to a survey of victims.
It's a BLOCKBUSTER: Minecraft heads to the silver screen
The creators of smash gaming hit Minecraft have confirmed rumours that the blocktastic game will be turned into a film by Hollywood studio Warner Brothers.
UK man Lauri Love accused of hacking US Federal Reserve
The US government have laid more hacking charges against a Brit alleged to have hacked into the US Federal Reserve.
CarelessDotData: 'The state is not going to do dastardly things' with your privates
QuotwThis was the week when MtGox - Bitcoin exchange extraordinaire - had a major meltdown. The digital currency exchange shut up shop, which its website suggested was because it was about to be acquired, but documents circulating the internet said had something to do with the alleged theft of 750,000 Bitcoins worth millions of dollars.
PayPal row heats up as eBay chair calls Icahn claims 'false and misleading'
eBay chairman Pierre Omidyar has said activist investor Carl Icahn's comments about the firm are "false and misleading" as the row over the fate of PayPal heats up.
Microsoft dangles carrot at SMEs, eases Windows 8 Enterprise licensing
Microsoft is loosening restrictions for business customers who want the full-fat edition of Windows – the Enterprise Edition.
Hitachi Data Systems hands out P45s ... to EXECUTIVES
Cost-cutting Hitachi Data Systems has put a couple of senior execs on notice of redundancy, including UK and Ireland channel bigwig Neill Burton and veep for emerging markets Russell Hill.
BT demands end to Ofcom wholesale broadband subsidies for BSkyB, TalkTalk
UpdatedBT is pressuring communications regulator Ofcom to end what it described as a "pricing distortion" in the wholesale broadband market that has protected rivals BSkyB and TalkTalk for nearly 10 years.
But... you work in IT... Why aren't we RICH?
Something for the Weekend, Sir?“Monetizing is not the goal; growing is.” And with that explanation for his company’s decision to put another £11.5bn of someone else’s money through the shredder, Mark Zuckerberg fired the starting gun for the race to the next dot-com crash.
Bitcoin or bust: MtGox files for bankruptcy protection
Ailing Bitcoin exchange MtGox has filed for bankruptcy protection after admitting it did indeed "lose" 750,000 of its customers' Bitcoins along with 1000,000 of its own – together worth about £283m.
Inquietante testimonio gráfico: Electrosonda orgásmica anal aplicada… ¡a un TORO!
NSFW[Author's note: Since publication of the English-language version of this eye-watering report last week, I've had a few locals moaning that while the snaps were certainly entertaining, they couldn't understand the text.
Ingram chief on $100m SLASH FEST: 'It doesn't take a genius' to see IT market's changing
Lumbering tech distributor Ingram Micro is banking on the biggest restructure in its European history to make the biz leaner and meaner, regional president Gerhard Schultz has revealed.
Anti Gmail data-mining lawsuit hits possible stumbling block
A US judge has thrown a bit of a spanner in the works of a lawsuit brought against Google for allegedly improperly mining data from emails for profit.
Apple fanbois DENIED: Mac Pro deliveries stalled until April
It's the high-end desktop that's been likened to Darth Vader's dustbin. But not even the Force can help fanbois get their hands on a Mac Pro – because Apple has yet again pushed back its delivery date.
Apple beats off troll in German patent fracas
A court in Mannheim, Germany, has ruled in Apple's favor in a patent-infringement lawsuit brought by patent troll non-practicing entity IPCom of Munich.
Who earns '$7k a month' but can't even legally drink? A tech intern!
Tech company interns are paid up to $7,000 a month, making them the most well-compensated trainee worker bees in America, it was claimed today.
Apple to maintain phone profit lead through years of 'enormous transition' – report
Some observers have said that the high-profit party is over for Apple's iPhone now that the global smartphone market is becoming saturated, but the market researchers at IDC would beg to disagree.
Get Quake III running on Raspberry Pi using Broadcom's open-source GPU drivers, earn $10K
Broadcom has released open-source drivers and documentation for the graphics processor that's used in the Raspberry Pi microcomputer, among other devices.
Tom Kelly: IT depts and channel partners FEAR the cloud
IT departments fear that the cloud will lessen their relevance in an organisation, while perceived complexities of selling the fluffy services from vendors has deterred some tech suppliers.
Crap hospital databases next goldmine for cyber-crooks, say Microsoft's botnet slayers
RSA 2014The low levels of security in healthcare IT systems, and the high value of its data, is going to make the sector the next big target for scammers, according to the Microsoft-backed team that takes down botnets.