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Don't put that duffel bag full of cash in the hotel room safe

Hotel safes are far less secure than guests are led to believe. Widespread use of default codes and other issues mean that it is relatively easy for criminals to get at hotel guests' valuables, security firm G DATA warns. The input panel, in front of the safe, to enter the PIN code or swipe a card through the credit card reader …
John Leyden, 17 Jul 2014
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Red-faced LOHAN team 'fesses up in blown SPEARS fuse fiasco

It's while standing in the corner of the room wearing pointy hats emblazoned with a big "D" that the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team admits today that the blown fuse which scuppered our recent Punch test flight actually went pop back in September last year. Youtube Video Yes indeed, during the test flight of …
Lester Haines, 16 Apr 2014
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Boeing 787 fleet grounded indefinitely as investigators stumped

Boeing's flagship fleet of 787 Dreamliner aircraft will be grounded for the foreseeable future after a preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said the cause of two battery fires had yet to be found, and that Japanese investigators are similarly baffled. "We have not ruled anything out as a …
Iain Thomson, 25 Jan 2013

Amazon legal filing torpedoes Big Blue's spook cloud dreams

Amazon and IBM's tussle for a multi-million dollar government cloud contract has moved to DEFCON 3 when Amazon challenged the CIA's decision to take another look at the two companies' bids. In a complaint filed with the US Court Of Federal Claims on Wednesday, Amazon tried to short-circuit any future attempts by IBM to protest …
Jack Clark, 24 Jul 2013
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LOHAN fans drawn to magnetic coupling

Earlier this week, we published results of some tests on the proposed heater for our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) rocket motor heater, designed to keep the Vulture 2 spaceplane's powerplant toasty at altitude. Click here for a bigger version of the LOHAN graphic We also invited our tech-savvy ballocket mission …
Lester Haines, 22 Mar 2013
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UK investigators finger emergency beacon for 787 Heathrow fire

The initial accident report into the Boeing 787 that caught fire at London's Heathrow airport last week has concluded that the fault likely lies with the aircraft's emergency location beacon, and it recommends disconnecting it as an interim measure. The world's third-busiest airport was shut down for over an hour on Friday after …
Iain Thomson, 18 Jul 2013
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Chinese e-cars to turn London cabs green

Chinese car manufacturer BYD will help to make the streets of London just a little bit greener after signing a deal with the capital’s second largest minicab service to supply the city’s first fleet of electric taxis. Greentomatocars, which describe itself as “London’s second largest quality minicab service”, signed a Memorandum …
Phil Muncaster, 26 Oct 2012
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BOFH: Memory short circuit

There must be something in the water. I've got a shocking case of nominal amnesia which I can't shake and the PFY just isn't helping. True, being locked in a lift for several hours (until I'd fed sufficient pound notes through the doors to the PFY) just prior to the holidays didn't help, but I'm never really any good at getting …
Simon Travaglia, 11 Jan 2008

Why build a cloud when you can get one ready made?

We small business sysadmins don't get the luxury of doing as we are told. If I built all my networks according to all the whitepapers I am given and used the industry best-practice vendors and products, then none of my customers would be able to afford networks at all. Not to put too fine a point on it, the simplest industry …
Trevor Pott, 12 Nov 2013
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Wang charged in inappropriate electricity socket use

Electricity thieves beware: if the battery charge in your phone or laptop is getting a little too low for comfort, don’t just stick your tech gear into the first available plug socket or you could find yourself in the back of a police van. The warning comes from Taipei, where a man by the name of Wang was prosecuted this week …
Phil Muncaster, 22 Feb 2012
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RIP Neil Armstrong: The reluctant American hero

Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, died aged 82 on Saturday after complications from heart surgery. One of the few photos showing Neil Armstrong during the Apollo 11 moonwalk Armstrong on the Moon during the Apollo 11 mission The American astronaut and ace test pilot - born on 5 August, 1930 in Ohio - was best …
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Daily Mail commentard out-tw*ts the Tw*t-O-Tron

Fans of the Twat-O-Tron will be delighted and disturbed in equal measure to learn that one Daily Mail commentard has managed to surpass the hideous turdspurts which emanate from Middle England's automated indignation generator. It's inevitable that any story regarding the murderers of James Bulger will arouse strong feelings, …
Lester Haines, 09 Mar 2010
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Boffins fix dead satellite using 'dirty hack' in space

Engineers and ground controllers at the European Space Agency are overjoyed to announce that they have managed to bring an unexpectedly defunct, critical science satellite orbiting the Earth back to life – by hacking it. Graphic depicting the Cluster satellite constellation in action. Credit: ESA Forget user logins, this is …
Lewis Page, 04 Jul 2011
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Acer recalls 22,000 over microphone flame out fear

Acer has issued a voluntary product recall notice for 22,000 Acer Aspire notebooks in the US, after it emerged that they could overheat and burn their owners. Or maybe not. The voluntary recall, kicked off in association with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, follows a similar European recall back in October. …
Joe Fay, 11 Jan 2010
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Suicide squirrel knocks out Swiss TV

TV and radio were knocked out for a couple of hours in Switzerland on Sunday - after a squirrel got itself electrocuted. The trams stopped running too for a short time in Zurich, the venue for the squirrel-short circuit action. Swiss TV's emergency power back-up was too puny to cope with demand - and many Swiss sports fans were …
Drew Cullen, 25 Aug 2008
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Belkin recalls fire-risk in-car iPod kit

Do you own a Belkin TuneBase in-car iPod dock? Did you buy it after 1 April this year? If so, Belkin would very much like to have it back. It's worried that the thing could catch fire. A washer within the cigarette lighter power adaptor could short out, it said today, causing smoke and, possibly, flames too. Belkin TuneBase FM …
Tony Smith, 23 Oct 2009

Sony recalls burning US laptops

Sony is recalling 73,000* Vaio TZ-series laptops sold in the US, as a possible short circuit of wires near the hinge could burn users. *The BBC reports 440,000 machines in the US and Japan are affected by the recall, but none in the UK. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission is working with Sony to get the machines back. …
John Oates, 04 Sep 2008
Panasonic's 18650 cell

Panasonic releases more capacious, less explosive laptop battery

Panasonic has begun mass-producing a lithium-ion battery for laptops that's rather more capacious charge-wise than current offerings. The battery is built to the so-called "18650" form-factor, which is the standard size - 65mm in length, 18mm in diameter - for the cylindrical cells laptop power pack makers build into the box- …
Tony Smith, 21 Dec 2009
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Intel says warranties evaporate when kit resold

If you're thinking of buying second-hand computer equipment off eBay, you'd better make sure it doesn't have "Intel inside" because – and this is official – Intel regards re-selling its equipment as voiding any warranty. The example we have is an 80GB solid state disk drive, brand new in July last year. A customer bought it from …
Guy Kewney, 11 Feb 2010
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My home is bugged ... with temp sensors to save me cash

In the past, I've eulogised on the joy of metering and tuning my house, being money and carbon-neutral for gas and electricity at home, and my homegrown solar power. This time I scout out new tech, describe upgrading the insulation in my boy's bedroom with aerogel and how I'm monitoring its performance with spiffy iButtons, and …
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Acer recalls potentially overheating Predators

Acer has recalled all of its Predator monster gaming desktop PC in the US after two owners experienced machine meltdown. Neither punter said they were hurt by the incidents, which involved short-circuits within the system that led to "melted internal components and external casing", according to the US Consumer Product Safety …
Tony Smith, 20 Mar 2009
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Villagers cut off as dripping thong sparks brown out

A village in Lincolnshire was cut off after a low flying thong wedged itself on power lines. The skimpy black smalls had been attached to a helium balloon which had become entangled in a power line supplying the village of Leadenham. Locals suggested they may have escaped from the local Polo clubs summer ball. Whilst the barely …
Joe Fay, 31 Jul 2009

Toshiba laptop goes up in smoke

Toshiba has no doubt left Sony feeling a little hot under the collar after announcing that yet another of the laptop battery packs made by its Japanese rival has burst into flames, nuking the notebook good and proper. Although Toshiba kept specific details of the blaze close to its chest, the company confirmed that the incident …
James Sherwood, 19 Jun 2007

Panasonic patches cameras to block rivals' batteries

Panasonic has used a firmware update to prevent punters using batteries bought from other suppliers in its digital cameras. The update, which applies to 16 cameras which between them use three models of Panasonic battery, was posted this week. The company claimed the move had been made to protect its customers, though some will …
Tony Smith, 25 Jun 2009
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Nokia, Heroes writer team up for immersive eco D&D fun

Nokia is to launch a lavish "alternative reality" promotion in partnership with Heroes creator Tim Kring. The phone giant touts 'Conspiracy For Good' as a "multi platform narrative" that's "an immersive experience" - users will be able to play free online games but these blur with real life events, staged and paid for by Nokia …
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Jun 2010
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'Bolt removal issue' hits Hubble spacewalk

Astronaut Mike Massimino yesterday used some good, old-fashioned brute force to resolve a "bolt removal issue" during the fourth STS-125 mission spacewalk on the Hubble Space Telescope. Mike Good and Mike Massimino during yesterday's fourth spacewalk. Pic: NASA Massimo and Mike Good (see pic) were tasked with replacing a low- …
Lester Haines, 18 May 2009
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Hubble fired up and ready for action

NASA yesterday re-activated the Hubble space telescope's back-up computer system, following a few problems coaxing the venerable spare kit into life. The decision to press the on button means Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 observations should resume tomorrow, followed by Advanced Camera for Surveys Solar Blind Channel …
Lester Haines, 24 Oct 2008
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Hubble's main camera back in action

The Hubble space telescope's main camera is back in action following the reactivation last week of the flying eye's backup computer system. On Saturday morning, the 'scope's science computer commanded the Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 out of the safe mode in which the instrument had been slumbering since a computer failure on 16 …
Lester Haines, 27 Oct 2008
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Power grid takedown: A new how-to

A well targeted attack against a small power grid subnetwork might result in a cascading failure across the entire US West Coast electricity grid, according to a Chinese academic. A team led by Jian-Wei Wang, a network analyst at China's Dalian University of Technology, discovered the potential weakness after using publicly …
John Leyden, 16 Sep 2009

Lithium-ion battery beater to debut in 'major' laptop release

Left-field battery developer ZPower has signed up a "major notebook computer" manufacturer, which will release a laptop fitted with its silver-zinc power packs next year. Unsurprisingly, perhaps, ZPower isn't saying who it is. Still, it's a coup for ZPower, which has been trying to persuade the world for a few years now that it …
Tony Smith, 07 Oct 2008

Nokia battery recall to cost Matsushita up to $172m

Nokia's decision to recall 46m mobile phone batteries is going to cost their manufacturer, Matsushita, up to $172m, the Japanese company admitted today. Matsushita - better known for its Panasonic brand - said it would shoulder the ¥10-20bn ($86-172m) cost of the battery replacement programme. It said the burden wouldn't force …
Tony Smith, 24 Aug 2007
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Prof: 'Taser-proof vests put cops in danger'

An Arizona inventor has been granted a patent on his Taser-proof fabric, which he intends to sell to police officers to protect them from villains toting electric stunguns. However, it has been argued that protective garments of this sort will in fact endanger policemen's lives. News of the patent for Greg Schultz's Thor Shield …
Lewis Page, 21 Oct 2008
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US flight authorities tighten rules on gadget battery storage

Travelling to the US? Make sure you've packed your gadgets' rechargeable batteries properly, as new rules governing what power cells you can take with you are now in force. The bottom line is don't keep batteries in luggage you plan to check in, unless they're installed within a device. Spare batteries must be packed in your …
Tony Smith, 02 Jan 2008
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Yahoo! mines search logs for banner ad targeting

When brand new CEO Carol Bartz told the world that search is a "very valuable part" of Yahoo!'s business, she meant it. Today, the struggling web portal introduced new money-making tools that allow advertisers to target web display ads according to user search activity. So, in addition to serving you ads in direct response to …
Cade Metz, 24 Feb 2009
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Vauxhall recalls self-combusting Corsas

Vauxhall will re-recall over 200,000 Corsas suffering a fault in the anti-lock brake system which can provoke spontaneous combustion, the Evening Standard reports. The company last March recalled model Cs, Tigra Bs and Combo Cs with registrations beginning 53, 54 or 55, having deduced that water penetration into the cars' ABS …
Lester Haines, 20 Aug 2007
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Kyocera recalls exploding PalmOS phone battery

Kyocera has issued a recall today for 140,000 batteries used in its 7135 PalmOS smartphone after a customer received "a minor burn injury". "The recalled batteries can short-circuit and erupt with force or emit excessive heat, posing a burn hazard to consumers," the company says in a statement. Owners should stop using the …
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Jan 2004
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Nokia batteries not safe either – Belgian watchdog

The name Nokia seems to be synonymous with exploding phones these days. Last week another woman was sent to hospital with light injuries after the battery of her Nokia mobile phone exploded. There have been more 20 such incidents in the last year, according to Nokia. But the batteries in all exploding phones were non-original …
Jan Libbenga, 10 Nov 2003
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SCA and SDO go to OASIS

Two specifications that may have some impact on rationalising the practical realities of service development and building within SOA have now reached the point where they are to go forward to OASIS, the Organisation for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards, as the first step towards becoming accepted standards. …
Martin Banks, 23 Mar 2007
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Buzzword bingo for Microsoft's Oslo

Packing as many buzzwords as possible into a single news announcement might prove you're "on message" but won't disguise the fact your strategy lags every major player in town. And so to Microsoft's Oslo, a project spanning planned server and tools products announced Tuesday using at lest eight well-worn industry acronyms and …
Gavin Clarke, 30 Oct 2007
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Time to move on from Chinook to the real MoD cock-ups

The British government has issued yet another damning report into a famous and long-running Ministry of Defence clusterfuck, the case of the Mark 3 Chinook helicopters. Meanwhile, far more expensive procurement errors - in which the chance to improve matters didn't pass by long ago - continue to be largely ignored. A Chinook on …
Lewis Page, 04 Jun 2008
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Mashups haunted by past experience

I have lived through re-orgs, outsourcing and off-the-shelf applications being shoehorned into niche markets by over-zealous management. The latest trend in software, though, is for user-generated mashups. Recently Serena Software announced its user-friendly mashup tool. According to Serena, its tools will "let non-IT staff …
Aubry Thonon, 18 Jan 2008
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RealNames goes titsup.com

According to cynical old-timers in this business, once you've shaken hands with Microsoft - you should count your fingers. Or the rest of your arm. RealNames Corp., the VC-funded wheeze that promised to short-circuit the DNS system by doing an exclusive deal with Microsoft, has announced that it will cease trading as of today …
Andrew Orlowski, 13 May 2002
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Show us Windows source, States ask judge

The US States still pursuing Microsoft have upped the ante by asking the judge to force Microsoft to show them Windows' source code, their reasoning being that they need this to verify whether or not Microsoft is telling the truth when it says that producing a stripped-down and/or IE-free version of Windows isn't technically …
John Lettice, 13 Feb 2002
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How do you make a Compaq notebook go 'woof'?

Compaq is to recall around 55,000 battery packs which are a fire risk. The recall and replacement programme affects batteries made by Sony inside Compaq's Armada E500 and V300 machines. They can short-circuit, making them overheat, smoke and possibly catch fire, the Houston PC maker said today. The faulty batteries were …
Linda Harrison, 27 Oct 2000
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Kingston factory to shorten memory chain

A cunning plan by memory firm Kingston Technology means that a $100 million investment in clean room technology will shorten the supply chain for modules from eight weeks to 10 days. John Tu, co-founder of the firm, talked yesterday about how its Payton subsidiary, which involves clean room technology and a capital investment …
Mike Magee, 09 Sep 2000
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Dell recalls fire hazard notebook batteries

Dell today recalled up to 27,000 notebook batteries that are suspected of being a fire risk. The voluntary recall affects models sold in the Americas from June 22 to September 15, and in Europe, the Middle East and Africa between June 22 and October 4. The batteries, which have the potential to short-circuit, overheat and …
Linda Harrison, 13 Oct 2000
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Live mouse found inside PC

Computer repairman Gary Taylor had a surprise in store when he turned up to fix a faulty PC - he discovered a real mouse inside. A report in today's Sun details Gary's amazement when he found a rodent nested underneath the PCs hard drive. The mouse had made a nest with pieces of chewed wire, and this process had caused the …
John Leyden, 04 Apr 2001
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Power failure leads to BTo blackout

BT Openworld went titsup yesterday afternoon after power problems at a data centre in Ealing crippled the service. One reader was told by tech support that BT Openwoe's ADSL service was "down for half the country" yesterday afternoon hitting both home and business users. Unfortunately, no one at BT Openwound was available to …
Tim Richardson, 17 Jun 2003
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Redbus offers 'sincerest apologies' for loss of service

Redbus has offered its "sincerest apologies" for the loss of service following yesterday's power failure at its Harbour Exchange facility in London yesterday. The statement issued this afternoon reads: Incident Report for occurrence on Tuesday 1st March 2005 at Redbus Interhouse Facility, Harbour Exchange Square, London Time …
Tim Richardson, 02 Mar 2005
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BBC abandons science

BBC TV's venerable science flagship, Horizon, has had a rough ride as it tries to gain a new audience. It's been accused of "dumbing down". That's nothing new - it's a criticism often leveled at it during its 42 year life. But instead of re-examing its approach, the series' producers have taken the bold step of abandoning …
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Oct 2006