10th > March > 2014 Archive

Bitcoin bloodbath

Mt Gox fielded MASSIVE DDOS attack before collapse

A Japanese newspaper is reporting that during the spectacular collapse of the Mt Gox Bitcoin exchange, the operation's servers were also suffering a large-scale DDOS attack.
tumbling dice
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IBM bets the farm on big data in annual report

IBM is utterly focussed on big data and analytics as its future growth engines, according to its annual report published over the weekend. But the company has hedged a little on the future of its semiconductor and hardware businesses.
Simon Sharwood, 10 Mar 2014
Taking a turn on the Airmec sine wave signal generator

Neil Young touts MP3 player that's no Piece of Crap

Decades of performing may have left Neil Young somewhat shy of the hearing of a 20-year-old, but the poor quality of MP3 still irritates the crazy horse enough to try and do something about it.
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Court allows EFF to keep donor list secret from patent troll

The Electronic Frontiers Foundation in America has won a smackdown against a patent troll that was demanding names of donors to a campaign against its patents.
Steve Jobs and John Sculley
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John Sculley set to take on Apple in India with budget smartmobes

John Sculley, the former Apple CEO best known as the man who fired Steve Jobs, is making a move in the Indian smartphone market with a new venture which will sell Rs.12,000 ($US197) handsets to the masses.
Phil Muncaster, 10 Mar 2014
Parrot Ar.Drone

Plod foils drone drug drop down under

Police in the Australian State of Victoria claim to have stopped a drone that was allegedly attempting to deliver a bag of drugs into a prison.
Simon Sharwood, 10 Mar 2014

Police pen shortage threatens Irish public order

An Irish judge has expressed concerns that a police biro shortage may pose a serious threat to public order in Limerick.
Lester Haines, 10 Mar 2014
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Google facing $5 BEEELLION antitrust fine in India

Google may be in the midst of securing a deal on its long-running search dispute with the European Union, but it’s still facing a possible $US5bn (£3bn) fine from the Competition Commission of India (CCI) over allegations it has abused its market leading position in the internet search space.
Phil Muncaster, 10 Mar 2014
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Cameron pitches UK-Germany 5G collaboration to Cebit

UK prime minister David Cameron has used a speech at the CeBit trade show to announce a UK-Germany collaboration to try and win the race to develop so-called 5G wireless technology.
One of Facebook's flat-pack data centre frames

Get out your Allen keys: Facebook's cooked up flat-pack bit barns

Facebook has revealed the design for its new data centre, to be built in the Swedish town of Luleå.
Simon Sharwood, 10 Mar 2014
Tim Cook

Tim Cook and Israeli PM commune with the GHOST of Steve Jobs

Tim Cook and Benjamin Netanyahu have met up in Cupertino during the Israeli PM's visit to Silicon Valley.
Jasper Hamill, 10 Mar 2014

Show more CANADIAN-MADE PORN, insists Canadian government

Canada's official broadcasting regulator has demanded that adult TV channels show more domestically-produced porn, saying that a flood of foreign smut is dominating their output.
Lewis Page, 10 Mar 2014
Ubuntu RHS teaser

Distro diaspora: Four flavours of Ubuntu unpacked

Review It's nearly spring, which means it's time for the first installment of Ubuntu for 2014.

Cellular desperation in France drives not one, but two SFR offers

While there is merger mania among both fixed and cellular operators around the world for very positive reasons (in the US, Germany, the Netherlands and elsewhere), the desire to acquire in France is fuelled by slightly desperate appetites.
Faultline, 10 Mar 2014
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Beware Abe Lincoln-looking code pros trying to sell you on LOBDOPs

Time spent at the QCon software developer conference and exhibition in London this week comes with certain guarantees.
Wi-Fi 802.11n

Euro cops on free Wi-Fi not-so-hotspots: For pity's sake, don't use them for email

Using free Wi-Fi hotspots poses a data risk to users, the boss of European police agency Europol warns.
John Leyden, 10 Mar 2014
Toshiba MK6465GSX
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Toshiba: Our 2.5-incher does the same job as a 3.5-incher

Toshiba sees life in fast 2.5-inch drives yet, and has followed close on HGST's heels by announcing a 600GB model spinning at 15,000rpm.
Chris Mellor, 10 Mar 2014

Florida bloke cuffed for pit bull shag outrage

A Florida dog-lover earned himself a cuffing last week after allegedly making the beast with two backs with a pit bull, this shock local report recounts.
Lester Haines, 10 Mar 2014

PM Cameron leaps aboard Internet of Thingies

+Analysis Prime Minister David Cameron thinks he has spotted the "Second Industrial Revolution" – and it’s the Internet of Things. Speaking at the start of the CeBIT show in Hannover, Cameron foresaw British software and services companies working up with German engineering and manufacturing companies to turn IoT from a “slogan to a fact”.
Andrew Orlowski, 10 Mar 2014
Firefox OS RHS teaser

Fee fie Firefox: Mozilla's lawyers probe Dell over browser install charge

Mozilla has put its legal department to work on a preliminary investigation into claims that Dell is charging £16 to install freeware browser Firefox on new PCs.
Jasper Hamill, 10 Mar 2014
Fail whale

Twitter plugs protected accounts bug to flush out stalkers

Twitter has killed a bug that had allowed some stalkers on the micro-blogging site to view protected tweets via SMS or push notifications.
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Mar 2014

Heroic Playmonaut wowed by LOHAN's bulging package

Pics Following the recent successful fitting and testing of our Vulture 2 spaceplane's Raspberry Pi and Picam rig, the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team is relieved to announce that we've wrapped the permanent installation of the rest of the aircraft's avionics.
Lester Haines, 10 Mar 2014

Not just for Glasswipes: Google to drop SDK for all Android wearables

SXSW Google is preparing to release a new SDK for makers of wearable devices in the hope of running Android into a myriad of accessories.
A nearby star stands out in red in this image from the Second Generation Digitized Sky Survey by WISE

X marks the... They SAID there was a mystery planet there – NASA

Boffins have long hypothesised the existence of a large, but thus far unseen, celestial body in our Solar System, somewhere beyond the orbit of Pluto, but NASA's WISE survey has found no sign of the mysterious "Planet X".

'Hacked docs' prove MtGox has 1 MILLION Bitcoins, claim blog-snatchers

Hackers have released what they claim are genuine documents which they say prove the stricken exchange still controls almost a million Bitcoins.
Jasper Hamill, 10 Mar 2014
Playmobil's Security Check Point
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Security: It's knowing what you don't know

Live Reg TV Some vendors will tell you that security problems are solved by sticking a device on the edge of your network, but we all know that 100 per cent security is a fantasy.
David Gordon, 10 Mar 2014
Bletchley Park Manor House, photo: Gavin Clarke

Bletchley Park board member quits amid TNMOC split-off spat

A Bletchley Park Trust board member has stepped down in protest against the charity's failure to sort out a long-running dispute with the National Museum of Computing.
Jasper Hamill, 10 Mar 2014
Homer Simpson reading on a tablet

Dammit internet... you promised naked videos of my Facebook friends

Hundreds of people have been tricked into installing Trojan malware after clicking on a new Facebook scam that falsely promises naked videos of their "friends".
John Leyden, 10 Mar 2014
PayPal

eBay rejects Carl Icahn's board nominees as 'inexperienced'

eBay has rejected both of Carl Icahn's nominees for its board, saying they're not qualified for the job – and has urged its investors to do the same.
Virgin Media Digital Media Centre

Got a Netgear router from Virgin Media? Change your admin password NOW

A Wi-Fi security flaw leaves Virgin Media subscribers' wireless connections vulnerable to takeover by hackers.
John Leyden, 10 Mar 2014
Photo of the Starship Enterprise's sick bay

Does Apple's iOS 7 make you physically SICK? Try swallowing version 7.1

Apple has released its first major update for iOS 7 — version 7.1, natch — which brings "improvements and bug fixes" to iDevices, including better Touch ID fingerprint recognition, the option to further reduce the on-screen animations that sickened some users, and a boost to performance on the iPhone 4.
Rik Myslewski, 10 Mar 2014
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TSMC sole supplier of Apple's A8? NO WAY, says Samsung, US TOO

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) may not have the exclusive contract to fab Apple's next-generation mobile processor, the A8, after all, as had previously been suggested.
Neil McAllister, 10 Mar 2014
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Basho's CEO, CTO and chief architect leave the NoSQL upstart

Exclusive Riak database steward Basho has lost its chief executive, its chief architect, and now its chief technology officer in the past three months. But we're assured that the upstart's distributed system dream will be kept alive and well.
Jack Clark, 10 Mar 2014
snowden SXSW

Snowden: You can't trust SPOOKS with your DATA

Video Irony meters exploded when NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, addressing the SXSW conference via video link today, urged programmers to encrypt their data to protect it from, er, prying eyes.
Iain Thomson, 10 Mar 2014
Suitcase bulging with cash

Wanna make 15 bucks? Assimilate someone into the Google Apps BORG

Google is offering an incentive for Google Apps users in the US and Canada to spread the word about the online productivity suite, in the form of a cash reward for each new customer they refer.
Neil McAllister, 10 Mar 2014
Great Wall of China

Communist party boss blames Kunming knife attack on VPNs

The Communist Party’s chief official in western China’s Xinjiang region has blamed online videos and virtual private networks (VPNs) for the knife attack at Kunming station last week that left 29 dead and dozens injured.
Phil Muncaster, 10 Mar 2014
Data Center GM Diane Bryant weighing old and new cables
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Intel and pals whip out 1.6Tbit/s cable: Come on baby, light my fibre

Intel is touting an optical cable capable of carrying 1.6Tbps through data centers: it'll give network builders blistering fast transfer speeds in the short term, and allow the chip giant to re-think how servers are built in the long-term.
Jack Clark, 10 Mar 2014