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China can't find anyone smart enough to run its whizzbang $180m 1,640ft radio telescope

There aren't many astronomy jobs that pay very well – but the Chinese authorities are offering just that for the director of scientific operation for its new Five-hundred-metre Aperture Spherical Telescope. At 500m (1,640ft) across, FAST became the world's largest filled-aperture radio telescope when construction finished last …
Iain Thomson, 8 Aug 2017

Copyright zealots FAST to pursue 'far greater' fines for historic piracy

The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) will step up its campaign to penalise pirates by seeking to get back monies lost to “historic” illegal use. FAST claimed it had run educational awareness events to cut down on intentional illegal use of software programmes, but had received 100 reports in the past year of wanton …
Paul Kunert, 19 Oct 2016

China 'evacuates' 9,000 around monster radio 'scope

China will "evacuate" 9,110 residents living within a five-kilometre radius of its new "Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope" (FAST), in order to create "a sound electromagnetic wave environment". The monster radio 'scope - located in the south-western province of Guizhou - is due for completion in September. The …
Lester Haines, 17 Feb 2016

Cops BUST RING, CUFF BLOKES in Skegness RAID

Microsoft and Adobe can rest easily in their beds tonight after the quack crack squad at the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit nabbed two men flogging dodgy software from their secret lair in Skegness. Specialist fuzz from the City of London Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) along with detectives from the …
Paul Kunert, 3 Sep 2014

Never mind the HORSE MEAT, trading standards cuts'll hurt IT crowd, too

The Federation against Software Theft (FAST) and the Trading Standards Institute (TSI) have said they're very concerned about standards budgets in England and Wales being slashed by an average of 40 per cent. While TSI is worried about the next horse-meat scandal or children being harmed by counterfeit toys if trading …

Not so FAST: Another discount software broker BOOTED OUT

Exclusive A second software licence broker has been kicked out of the Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) in what appears to be a crackdown against those selling its members' software at discounted rates. Value Licensing has had its application for renewed membership FAST turned down, it has told The Reg. The company specialises …
Gavin Clarke, 20 Feb 2014
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Every Friday is rat-out-your-boss-for-software-piracy Friday

For The Cure, Friday was a day of love, for most of us it is the gateway to the weekend - but for pirate-haters it is the best time to shop employers using unlicensed software at work. This is the latest statistic from the Ministry of Silly Numbers, aka the Federation Against Software Theft, whose latest research states 34 per …
Paul Kunert, 5 Jul 2013

'Do the right thing and tell on a pirate' - software bods

Anyone in the West Country yearning to dob in a work colleague for illegally downloading software should take heart that a Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) roadshow is coming to a town near you. An anti-piracy whistleblower campaign is kicking off in cider country next month, starting at an event in Bristol where FAST …
Paul Kunert, 26 Jun 2013

Microsoft tops list of software piracy nailed in UK by FAST

The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) - which investigates whistleblowers' allegations of organisations and individuals using pirated software - said half of the copyright-infringement claims it dealt with last year that were settled out of court involved Microsoft wares. The federation today disclosed its stats for the …
Paul Kunert, 29 May 2013
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Homeland Security bungles 'pre-crime' tech test docs

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has been testing its behavioral monitoring CCTV system on the public without the proper paperwork. The Future Attribute Screening Technology (FAST) system uses high-resolution cameras and other “non-invasive” sensors to monitor human behavior, including “cardiovascular signals, …
Iain Thomson, 7 Oct 2011

The Celerra NX3e isn't it

Curiouser and curiouser, Alice said. The Celerra NX3e is not the new mid-range storage system that EMC CFO David Goulden said would be shipping early next year. But it is an EMC low-end Celerra and has been shipping since October 2009, according to people who should know but prefer to remain anonymous. Our updated …
Chris Mellor, 9 Sep 2010
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Software piracy rates fall

Software piracy rates have stayed static in the UK and fallen in many countries around the world despite the recession. The Business Software Alliance - the big vendors' lobby group - said despite an expectation that economic hardship would increase the number of dodgy copies of software in use in fact rates fell in 54 …
John Oates, 12 May 2010
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EMC rains on Pillar's parade

Strangely, on the day Pillar formally announces its faster Axiom with boosted controller performance, EMC has announced denser CLARiiON and Celerra arrays with 2TB drive support. The higher-density CLARiiON CX4s have double the capacity of existing systems in half the floorspace, due to a new rack design. They support 2TB SATA …
Chris Mellor, 19 Jan 2010
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3PAR rolls out adaptive provisioning

3PAR is developing technology to move data blocks automatically between different tiers of storage, according to a person familiar with the situation. With the massive scale of storage forecast to be needed in the future, the ability to keep only the highly active data blocks on the fastest and most expensive tier of storage ( …
Chris Mellor, 9 Oct 2009

Superfast-charging batteries? Whoa there, MIT

New battery technology developed at MIT has made a big media splash today, supposedly offering Li-ion energy storage which could charge up fully "in seconds". However, no such capability has been demonstrated: in fact the kit doesn't seem very important. The ink storm results from the usual advance notices attendant on a …
Lewis Page, 12 Mar 2009
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FAST fingers another Cardiff biz over software compliance

Trading Standards officers and the Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) used new copyright powers earlier this week to probe a business in Cardiff to check its software licensing. The team investigated the unnamed firm on Tuesday, according to FAST. The organisation wrote to 200 businesses in Cardiff in July 2008 warning …
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Mar 2009
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Copyright cops launch MS-happy software compliance tool

Fast Consultancy Services has begun selling a software compliance tool aimed at small to medium-sized businesses in the UK that run Windows-based machines, have Internet Explorer as their default browser and £3,500 to spare. The company, which is a spin off from the Federation Against Software Theft, launched the Fast …
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Feb 2009
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Microsoft promises to slash cost of 'high-end' search

Microsoft has promised to make enterprise search cost effective under a roadmap outlined today, having splashed out $1.3bn on FAST Search and Transfer a year ago. The company's roadmap will see high-end search from FAST integrated with its SharePoint family, covering portal, content management, and business information. Kirk …
Gavin Clarke, 10 Feb 2009

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