NASA's 2015 budget plea: Jobs, pork, small business – OK, science
NASA would receive $17.46bn as its share of the Obama administration proposed budget for fiscal 2015, released on Tuesday, down from the $17.65bn it's receiving this year, but healthily up from the $16.87bn it managed to scratch out in sequester-squeezed 2013.
Google, eBay to Australian gov: 'protect us from our users'
US tech giants Google and eBay have called on the Australian government to give them the same “safe harbour” protections as apply to telecommunications carriers.
Would you work for BlackBerry boss Chen? He says his biz has 50:50 chance of success
Will BlackBerry be able to recover from its recent woes and once again become a profitable company? To hear BlackBerry CEO John Chen tell it, the chances of his turnaround strategy succeeding are about as good as a coin toss.
Wikimedia wants forced disclosures of paid edits
The Wikimedia Foundation will attempt to alter its terms of service so that users who create articles or make edits as part of their jobs or a paid engagement must disclose their affiliation.
GNU security library GnuTLS fails on cert checks: Patch now
The notion that open source software is more likely to be secure because anyone can look at the source code looks just a little less sound today, after a serious bug was discovered in the key GnuTLS security library, impacting hundreds of applications that use it.
Apple CFO's departure signals changing of guard
Apple will soon find itself having to replace the man who oversaw the company's finances through its most prosperous years.
Windows XP market share GROWS AGAIN, outstrips Win 8.1 surge
If you don't believe in the undead, think again: Windows XP may be just over a month from its much-publicised demise but is now Microsoft's fastest-growing operating system in terms of market share.
New design flaw found in crypto's TLS: Pretend to be a victim online
Security researchers have developed a new man-in-the-middle attack against the cryptographic protocol TLS – a protocol that is used to encrypt online banking and shopping, and other sensitive connections, to thwart eavesdroppers.
HTML is a sexually transmitted disease, say many Americans
The Personal Computer Memory Card International Association's eponymous 1990 PCMCIA card standard used to jokingly be decoded as People Can't Memorise Computer Industry Acronyms.
Dark matter killed the dinosaurs, boffins suggest
Comets may not be the product of the Sun exerting its influence over rocks in the Oort Cloud, but may instead be pushed Earth-wards by dark matter.
Aargh! My EYEBALLS are MELLLTING! Curse this DEVIL LAPTOP
According to a recent study, lap-warming, ball-cooking laptops pose yet another threat to users, and this time it crosses the gender divide: "Computer Vision Syndrome".
WHOA: Get a load of Asteroid DX110 JUST MISSING planet EARTH
Updated + vidsAsteroid 2014 DX110 will, on Wednesday, March 5, pass Earth within 345,600km – that's closer than the Moon at 384,400km. The fly-by should be a beauty: the asteroid is a 30m (98ft) space rock that will whizz by at 2106 UTC (1306 PST, 1606 EST).
Chillax, cranky commentards: Anger can KILL YOU
A new study has shown that within the first two hours after an angry outburst, you're five times more likely to suffer a heart attack and four times more likely to have a stroke than if you had kept your cool.
Hey doc, what's the PC's prognosis? A. Long-term growth below zero
The worldwide PC market suffered the "most severe contraction on record" in 2013, which means it is doing better than expected, analyst house IDC said on Tuesday.
BT's IPv6 EXPIRED security certificate left to rot on its website
BT may insist that it is committed to a smooth transition to the new interwebs address system – IPv6 – but a quick glance at the company's corporate website last month left some Brits questioning the one-time national telco's promise.
Hot, fit, SWEATY users stroke Backbeats model, beg: DON'T CALL US
While the new Plantronics Bluetooth sports headset does have a microphone and you can make phone calls – that’s really not the intention.
Got 4G? Wake up, grandad. We're doing 4.5G LTE-A in London - EE chief
Olaf Swantee, the CEO of EE, says that his network is planning a scorching 300Mb/s upgrade to its London coverage using the LTE-A (LTE-Advanced) specification. This will roll out in South London first and then to cover the whole of the area within the M25.
If you don't GRIP it tightly, lonely enterprise cloud will WANDER
At the colo shows of DCW and CEE at the Excel Centre in London last week, it was evident that the body of the data centre is trying to keep fit with efficiency improvements, yet the mind of the cloud is given to wander. It has become quite a problem as users take the initiative and resort to shadow IT solutions as company cloud IT policies lag behind expectations.
John Lewis to respray with coat of Oracle ERP: Don't worry, we won't be 'wall to wall' Larry
The CIO of John Lewis makes no apologies for what he’s about to do. Quite the contrary.
Putin to battle Snowden for Nobel Peace Prize
Russian prez Vladimir Putin and whistleblower Edward Snowden have been nominated for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, Reuters reports.
Inside Facebook's engineering labs: Hardware heaven, HP hell – PICTURES
10 years of FacebookFacebook's hardware development lab is either a paradise, a business opportunity, or a hell, depending on your viewpoint.
Google! and! Facebook! IDs! face! Yahoo! login! BAN!
Yahoo! doesn't want to play nice with Google and Facebook anymore. The result: the pair of competing free-content ad networks will be booted off Yahoo!'s turf.
Dell charges £16 TO INSTALL FIREFOX on PCs – Mozilla is miffed
The Mozilla Foundation has begun an investigation after tech juggernaut Dell appeared to be asking customers to pay more than £16 ($27) to install its free web browser Firefox on newly purchased Dell kit.
Hundreds of folks ready to sue Bitcoin exchange MtGox
Over 400 people have expressed an interest in joining a class action lawsuit against Bitcoin exchange MtGox, according to a British-based law firm.
Very fabric of space-time RIPPED apart in latest Hubble pic
Spiral galaxy ESO 137-001 is ramming through the Norma galaxy cluster so hard it's spilling its guts out, leaving bright blue streaks of its own gases behind.
CIA snoops snooped on Senate to spy spy torture report – report
CIA officers allegedly hacked into the US Senate Intelligence Committee's computers to find out what the oversight committee had found out about its controversial detention and treatment of terror suspects.
Shape-shifting box shifter Systemax made cash... from non-IT kit
A write-off of deferred tax assets helped to widen losses at ailing Systemax during Q4 as the tanking consumer biz in North America more than offset sales growth in the Industrial Products division.
KCOM caught in yet ANOTHER customer privacy snafu
Hull-based telco KCOM has coughed to another privacy clanger - this time admitting to wrongly sharing some of its customers' email addresses with other subscribers.
NASA robot plans mid-2020s trip: Europa. Wet, radioactive life forms (hopefully). Bliss
NASA is plotting a mission to send its robotic lander to Europa, one of Jupiter's moons and the place deemed most likely to host life.
Brit Bitcoin dev: I lost 'over £200k' when MtGox popped its socks
A leading British Bitcoin dev who claims to have lost more than £200,000 in the collapse of MtGox says he has written to Japanese police asking them to take action.
Psssst. Don't tell the Bride, but BBC Three is about to be jilted
BBC Three fans seeking their fix of that ugly phenomenon chillingly known as factual entertainment will soon only be able to watch programmes commissioned for that channel on the iPlayer, Auntie has said.
OpenText says punters want low latency, sovereignty certainty
Last week, OpenText joined the growing number of international software outfits to stretch its cloud to Australia. Vulture South spoke to engineering senior VP Muhi Majzoub about the decision to host a local data centre.
Don't be shy, we know you've got .NET code. Why not run it on our Linux cloud – Red Hat
Red Hat plans to welcome Microsoft Windows .NET workloads onto its on-premises app-hosting cloud OpenShift Origin – as it attempts to close the gap between its technology and Pivotal's Cloud Foundry.
Big Content wants Aussies blocked from Netflix
Australia's television rights-holders are increasingly agitating against locals accessing Netflix by presenting apparently-US IP addresses to the streaming service.
Your 'funny' cat pics are weighing down the web, so here's a better JPEG encoder from Mozilla
Mozilla has announced a new open-source JPEG encoding library, which it says could significantly reduce the amount of network traffic used by the web.
Roku flashes $50 HDMI TV web dongle at anyone sick of Google's stick
Gadget maker Roku is touting a Streaming Stick video-playing dongle that plugs directly into HDMI televisions.
Tech policy battle: Australian Industry Group vs. Information Industries Association
Two big lobby groups have just released their visions for Australia's future economy, and agree on the need for reform that will help Australia's technology sector to improve its performance.
Facebook, Instagram give dodgy online gun sales the BULLET
Bowing to public pressure, Facebook and Instagram have announced new policies aimed at curbing the sale of firearms and other legally questionable items via their online services.
Asian messaging companies are closing in on WhatsApp
While the world picked its jaw from the floor after Facebook decided to fork out $US19 billion for WhatsApp, operators of other messaging services probably broke into huge grins. And the grinners were probably in Asia, where several local players have been quietly amassing loyal user bases that look like they could rival Facebook's new fiefdom.