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Senate slams ad servers for security failings

The US Senate has issued a report calling for the online advertising industry to improve its security against malware attacks, and for lawmakers to legislate tougher penalties should it fail to do so.
Shaun Nichols, 15 May 2014
SpaceX Grasshopper

ULA says to BLAME SPACEX for Ruski rocket rebuff

The United Launch Alliance (ULA) says SpaceX is to blame for a looming diplomatic standoff between the US and Russian space programs.
Shaun Nichols, 15 May 2014
Sonic Screwdriver - Doctor Who

Scots team builds SONIC SCREWDRIVER to repair damaged nerves

A team of scientists and engineers at the University of Glasgow (who are presumably big fans of Dr. Who) are developing a "sonic screwdriver" to help build tissue samples for medicine with a tartan design.
Iain Thomson, 15 May 2014
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Battered Cisco weathers another stormy quarter

Cisco CEO John Chambers said he was "pleased" with the company's performance for the third quarter of its fiscal 2014 – and it beat analysts' expectations yet again – but the networking titan's actual earnings were not much better than last quarter's gloomy results.
Neil McAllister, 15 May 2014
Abbott and Costello dressed as policemen
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Self-proclaimed LulzSec leader to be tried in July

After repeated delays by prosecutors, alleged LulzSec “leader” Matthew Flannery has finally had a trial date set, for July this year, in a case expected to last just two days.
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Microsoft bug hunters kicked 0day own goal

AusCERT A team of Microsoft researchers had kicked an own goal by alerting a third party to a zero day vulnerability that they were unaware also affected Redmond.
Darren Pauli, 15 May 2014
Merlin Data Center Power Room
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Microsoft diverts research funds to data centre efficiency studies

Microsoft has handed out four grants of $US40,000 apiece to university researchers looking into various ways to make data centres more energy-efficient.
Simon Sharwood, 15 May 2014
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Get cracking on STARTTLS says Facebook

Facebook has debunked the idea that SMTP STARTTLS encryption still isn't taking hold, after an analysis of the billions of messages it sends to millions of servers each day.
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Livermore lab opens Catalyst super to industry users

The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory “Catalyst” supercomputer, which started sucking its first electrons in November 2013, is now open for industry workloads.

James Bond producers sign on for Edward Snowden movie

Sony Pictures has announced it has optioned No place to hide, the tome penned by Edward Snowden's amanuensis, to turn it into a movie.
Simon Sharwood, 15 May 2014
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Flappy Bird's seasonal migration pattern will see it return in August

Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen has told CNBC he'll bring the game back in modified form this coming August.
Simon Sharwood, 15 May 2014
Game of Thrones Season One Blu-ray disc set

Game of Thrones written on brutal medieval word processor and OS

That Game of Thrones author George R R Martin writes his tomes and scripts using WordStar has been common knowledge for a while: he blogged about it back in 2011 .
Simon Sharwood, 15 May 2014

Optus buries nasty for NBN Co in its annual results

A strong – almost stunning – rate of 3G-to-4G conversion hasn't stopped Australia's number two mobile carrier Optus losing mobile customers to market leader Telstra, and only its rigorous cost-cutting has allowed the carrier to return a profit for FY 2013-2014.

Portable toilet mistaken for killer Nork drone

In March and April, something resembling an unmanned aircraft appeared over South Korean airspace and came to grief on terra firma. Whatever the unidentified flying object was, it was painted blue.
Simon Sharwood, 15 May 2014
Cellular antenna. Source: Vxla/Flickr
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'Play nice and share': OECD to spectrum owners

It's a given that the world is short of radio spectrum: now, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is calling on new models of spectrum management involving license-holders sharing their spectrum for unlicensed applications, and “incentive auctions” designed to persuade licensees like broadcasters into relinquishing some of their holdings.
Australia China

Latest IE flaw being actively exploited

AusCERT April's Internet Explorer flaw is being exploited, with at least two listed Australian entities targeted by a sophisticated foreign hacking outfit.
Darren Pauli, 15 May 2014
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Convergence as a new new thing

Feature Nearly 20 years ago I was technical editor of a weekly networking and telecoms newspaper. In those days the big word was “convergence” – at that time in the context of telephony and data coming together into a single network infrastructure and protocol set. Here we are in 2014, and that word is once again being bandied about – this time in the much larger context of the entire set of components of the technology infrastructure.
Dave Cartwright, 15 May 2014
BBC Micro

Chap rebuilds BBC Micro in JavaScript

Matt Godbolt, a developer whose day job sees him work at a securities trading outfit, has used his personal time to rebuild the Acorn BBC Micro in JavaScript.
Simon Sharwood, 15 May 2014
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Japan weather bods rain on using cloud for tsunami warning data-crunching

The agency which predicts tsunamis and earthquakes in Japan has poured cold water on the idea of using the cloud to underpin its supercomputing operations.
Joe Fay, 15 May 2014

WANTED: New head of crashingly expensive, error-prone and frankly cursed one-dole-to-rule-them-all system

Whitehall mandarins are deeply touchy about what historians may eventually consider to be one of the Tory-led coalition government's biggest domestic failures – the widely slammed Universal Credit benefits' system.
Kelly Fiveash, 15 May 2014
Dixons Carphone Warehouse

Dixons and Carphone Warehouse confirm £3.7bn MEGA-BORG

Dixons Retail and mobile phone shop Carphone Warehouse have confirmed their £3.7bn merger after months of talks, creating one of the biggest retailers in Blighty.

Be the next tech hotshot – by staying the hell away from regulators

Column Little else is requisite to carry a state to the highest degree of opulence from the lowest barbarism, but peace, easy taxes, and a tolerable administration of justice: all the rest being brought about by the natural course of things – that's Adam Smith, by the way.
Tim Worstall, 15 May 2014
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I'm still confused about cloud computing

Promo I’ve been working in IT for years now and there’s always a list of stuff to get up-to-date with. Cloud computing is the latest one but I’m so busy I just want somebody to spoon-feed it to me so I can decide whether I need to plan for it.
David Gordon, 15 May 2014
A microscopic view of the biometric shark skin. Pic: James Weaver

Boffins 3D-print biomimetic shark skin

Scientists from Harvard University have used 3D printing to reveal just how sharks lower their energy consumption in a cruise thanks to miniature teeth-like "denticles" on their skin.
Lester Haines, 15 May 2014
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TalkTalk broadband growth WANES as it reports surge in pay-TV customers

TalkTalk watched its broadband growth slip in the budget telco's final quarter, with 136,000 Brits signing up to the service compared with 193,000 new customers in the same three-month period in 2013.
Kelly Fiveash, 15 May 2014

Why faff with a piddly microSD when there's a 2TB vault tempting your selfie-stuffed mobe?

Storage briefs There's been a storm of storage developments this week, so here's a round up of what you may have missed.
Chris Mellor, 15 May 2014
Neutron star collision

Interstellar FIGHT CLUB: Watch neutron star TEAR Goliath a new hole

Vid Ever wanted to see two super-dense neutron stars rip each other apart in a mega-annihilation that leaves nothing behind but a gaping black hole? Now you can, after NASA put together a supercomputer simulation of just such an event in our universe.

Shazam! Record labels shovel $9m into name-that-song app

Three of the world's biggest record labels have clubbed together to invest in London-based name-that-tune firm Shazam.
Jasper Hamill, 15 May 2014

Surprise! Google chairman blasts EU's privacy ruling

Google's chairman Eric Schmidt has attacked judges in the European Union's top court, who ruled earlier this week that the ad giant can be held responsible for the type of personal data that appears on its results pages.
Kelly Fiveash, 15 May 2014
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Fujitsu fills top seat at UK and Ireland biz

Fujitsu’s technology products group lead Michael Keegan is moving up in the world, taking over as head of the UK and Ireland from Duncan Tait.
Nokia Lumia 625 displaying Office app

Windows Phone Live: An enterprise story

Promo “A cloud for everyone, on every device”, Microsoft chief Satya Nadella proclaimed recently, in a variation of the company’s new “mobile first, cloud first” mantra.
David Gordon, 15 May 2014
 An officer of the U.S. Navy uses a sextant to determine his position.

Honey, the satnav app says you're to leave at 6am... Yup. I'll have that coffee off you

For all the cleverness of location-based services, which will tell you the best places to eat and sleep when you arrive somewhere strange, most people just do the same job and complete the same journey every day.
Simon Rockman, 15 May 2014
Bored girl
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ARRAY WITH YOU! Storage is growing... but you'll have to make way for new tech

Storagebod Despite my enthusiasm about recent upgrade announcements, there’s a part of me that wonders: who really cares about arrays these days?
StorageBod, 15 May 2014
Super Mario Galaxy 2

Philips lobs patent sueball at Nintendo in US: Seeks to BAN Wii U

Electronics manufacturer Philips has launched a legal bid to ban sales of the Wii U in the United States after filing a suit alleging the Nintendo consoles and other Wii kit had infringed two of its patents.
Jasper Hamill, 15 May 2014
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Hey, who wants a 40TB all-flash Pure box? I dunno, you got $160k?

Pure Storage has given birth to two more all-flash arrays, and updated its storage software by adding data protection features.
Chris Mellor, 15 May 2014
Vodafone advert

Video review: Our sysadmins drink in the latest SIP phones

As I've mentioned before, it's hard to make phones sexy, especially SIP phones.
Swarm of Auklets

Caringo greases up CAStor-based software, slips out Swarm7

Object storage startup Caringo has released its new Swarm7 storage software, promising to offer object, file, block and Hadoop support “out of the box.”
Chris Mellor, 15 May 2014

FCC mulls two-speed internet, axing net neutrality ... unless you convince it otherwise

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has set the ball rolling on new rules that could allow companies to pay for prioritised internet traffic.
Kelly Fiveash, 15 May 2014

FCC headman Wheeler calls for an 'open internet' – but what the %$#@! does he mean?

Analysis Just how "open" is US Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler's "open internet"? To paraphrase ex-President Bill Clinton's famous weasel words, "It depends upon what the mean of 'open' is."
Rik Myslewski, 15 May 2014

'My house is on fire m8 lol' ... 911 texting tested in the US

Injured, on fire, or under fire citizens can now text the emergency services in a new pilot program in the US.
Shaun Nichols, 15 May 2014
Mars

NASA agonizes over plan for Mars rock sample return mission

America's top rock hounds are gathering in Virginia to decide where on Mars they want NASA's next rover to land – not just so it can survey the Red Planet but also so that it can send back useful samples.
Iain Thomson, 15 May 2014

Graphics pros left hanging as Adobe Creative Cloud outage nears 24 hours

Updated Adobe is struggling to correct a global outage that has already locked customers out of its Creative Cloud online services for nearly 24 hours.
Neil McAllister, 15 May 2014
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OpenStack kingpin Rackspace hires bankers to help it mull 'inbound strategic proposals'

Updated Rackspace has retained Morgan Stanley to help it evaluate "inbound strategic proposals".
Jack Clark, 15 May 2014

Apple updates OS X Mavericks, iTunes, Podcasts for iOS

Apple has released updates for OS X Mavericks and iTunes – versions 10.9.3 and 11.2, respectively – plus an update for the rudimentary Podcasts app for iOS, now at version 2.1.
Rik Myslewski, 15 May 2014
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EFF blows Snapchat a raspberry in gov't surveillance report

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has issued its fourth annual "Who Has Your Back?" report, ranking internet companies on how they respond to government data requests; Snapchat, Amazon, and AT&T sit at the bottom of the ratings.
Neil McAllister, 15 May 2014
Mi Pad

Xiaomi launches Mi Pad fondleslablette – your (legal) move, Apple

Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi, whose CEO models himself on Steve Jobs, has released a tablet the same size and shape as an iPad mini with the somewhat-derivative name Mi Pad.
Iain Thomson, 15 May 2014
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You, YES YOU, could be Australia's very own Edward Snowden

The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) is hiring system administrators and its efforts to do so offer a hint of the technologies the nation's enemies need to crack.
Simon Sharwood, 15 May 2014
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FCC eases rules for big telcos ahead of spectrum auction

The US Federal Communications Commission is being praised by large telcos following the introduction of new rules for the upcoming wireless spectrum auctions.
Shaun Nichols, 15 May 2014
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How exec snatched $6m budget from his infosec team because he couldn't see ROI

AusCERT The Australian Information and Security Association (AISA) is testing the security chops of 150 executives on Australian boards in an effort that may prove information security is only a "top priority" after a breach.
Darren Pauli, 15 May 2014