22nd > September > 2010 Archive
SCADA worm a 'nation state search-and-destroy weapon'
A highly sophisticated computer worm that has burrowed into industrial systems worldwide over the past year may have been a “search-and-destroy weapon” built to take out Iran's Bushehr nuclear reactor, according to news reports published on Tuesday.
RIM's iPad rival 'arrives next week'
Blackberry maker Research in Motion "could" unveil its iPad challenger next week at its developer conference in San Francisco, according to a report citing "people familiar with RIM's plans."
Startup takes WAN optimization to the clouds
There's a new WAN optimization startup in town, taking on the likes of Riverbed, Citrix Systems, Blue Coat, and Cisco Systems with some freshly minted Series A funding and, you guessed it, a cloudy approach to delivering WAN optimization.
Weather gets granular with GPUs
HPC BlogEveryone complains about the weather, but no one is doing anything about it.
Oracle stamps authority on Java roadmap
OpenWorld JavaOneOracle has laid out plans for the future of Java while the official body responsible for stewarding the world's favorite programming language sits in limbo.
UK schools to maintain ICT spending
Most UK schools are set to keep ICT budgets flat next year, according to research by the British Educational Suppliers Association.
Philips 32PFL9705 Ambilight 32in LED backlit TV
ReviewAmbilight, the curious multi-coloured backlighting effect exclusive to Philips, is a remarkable thing. It doesn’t suit every programme – do you really want splashes of colour on the wall around the TV when you’re watching sombre announcements on the news? – but for entertainment it is an impressive, immersive addition.
Youth Justice Board about to face legal onslaught
The Youth Justice Board and the Information Commissioner (ICO) may have reached a polite gentleman’s agreement that, even if the law is being broken, that’s OK for now, because the ICO got it wrong in the first place.
GPU-CPU hybrids promise the moon*
HPC BlogI've been busy all day talking, listening, and maybe even learning a thing or two at the 2010 GPU Tech Conference. The speaker from the NOAA session (topic of another blog) put the move toward GPUs into perspective toward the end of his talk today with two key points.
Europe sets minimum PNR standards
The European Commission has set minimum standards under which countries should agree to exchange airline passenger name information with nations outside the EU.
Head in the clouds
Sysadmin blogThere are two major categories of x86 virtualisation; separate and shared kernel. Separate kernel virtualisation provides greater isolation at the expense of a small virtualisation overhead. Shared kernel virtualisation reduces the overhead required to provide containerised operating systems but with fewer barriers between instances.
US college girls: Fatter roomie helps control 1st-year plumpening
In a groundbreaking study, American researchers reveal that all US college girls tend to find their clothes fitting tighter in their first year as they gain weight. However, in a shock finding, it seems that those who are assigned a plump roommate will embulgen themselves less than those who find themselves living with a skinny.
Leica revamps rangefinder and compact models
Leica has announced some changes to its line-up at Photokina, with its rangefinder stalwart, the M9 getting a titanium makeover and, at the lower end, there are two new cameras, the D-Lux 5 compact and V-Lux 2 superzoom.
Is Seagate poised to go private?
Seagate has been in discussion with a pair of private equity firms about a move off the stock market and back into private ownership, according to reports.
Twitter blames website upgrade for re-introducing XSS hole
Twitter said it identified and fixed the cross site scripting flaw that led to meltdown on Tuesday a month ago, only to undo this fix with a later web site update.
Microsoft hopes divi rise will buy off investors
Microsoft is upping its share dividend by three cents, or 23 per cent, in a move to placate investors who've struggled to see much return on the stock in recent months.
Piracy threats lawyer mocks 4chan DDoS attack
ACS:Law, the firm of solicitors being investigated by authorities over thousands of threatening letters to alleged unlawful filesharers, was attacked by net activists linked to 4chan overnight.
Czechs stop Google Street View
Google will not get permission to continue developing its Street View database of images unless it obeys Czech laws.
Paris brushes off Japanese ejection over coke bust
Paris Hilton was barred from entering Japan this morning after a six hour grilling by immigration officials curious about her position on nose candy.
LG launches low-cost BlackBerry rival
After a cut-price alternative to a BlackBerry? LG may have what you're after: the Curve-esque C300.
Visa looks at NYC wave-pay trial, says 'I wanna be a part of it'
Visa is joining MasterCard in testing proximity payments systems on the New York City Subway, providing pay-at-turnstile functionality, rather than the stored-credit kind used elsewhere.
MS pitches Windows 7 at biz world ahead of Chrome OS release
Microsoft is telling biz punters not to put off upgrading their operating system to Windows 7 while they wait for Internet Explorer 9 to be released.
4chan invades Tea Party website
A website run by the conservative Tea Party movement was overrun by the denizens of 4chan on Tuesday.
Moses' parting of the Red Sea: New sim explains whole thing
Computer-modelling scientists say that there may be a factual basis for the passage in the Bible where God parts the Red Sea in order to allow through Moses and the Israelites and then allows the waters back again to drown the pursuing forces of Pharaoh.
Disability rights activist chains self to tax office desk
OpinionPoor system design and large inflexible bureaucracies are encouraging outraged punters to take the law into their own hands. Is this healthy? Or is government slowly teaching the electorate that the only way to get things sorted is by direct action and being unreasonable?
Swedes brew up 18.5 per cent 'Ace of Spades Porter'
A Swedish brewery has concocted a tipple that packs an impressive 18.5 per cent alcohol content, giving the country's citizens something to conclusively celebrate in the wake of an a depressingly inconclusive election.
Google crowdsources card index for 'humanity's last library'
Google has responded to criticism of the quality of its books metadata - by inviting anyone to write anything they want. Before you read on, remember that Google Books could become the world's digital library by default - it's been called "the last library" - since nobody is likely to do the scanning ever again.
Panasonic expands Micro Four Thirds range
Panasonic has introduced the Lumix DMC-GH2, the latest addition to its growing range of Micro Four Thirds interchangeable lens cameras. This model raises the game of this format in a number of ways with its 16.1Mp CMOS sensor set to satisfy stills shooters.
Apple iPod Shuffle 4G
ReviewThe iPod Shuffle's entire history is a testament to the fact that Apple doesn't always get products right. The fact it exists at all shows Steve Jobs was wrong to say that consumers don't really want low-cost, plug'n'go music players. They do, and if the number of Shuffles seen on lapels and bagstraps around the capital is anything to go by, they're downright keen on them.
Xerox joins HP in printing by email
Xerox will issue an email address to any Extensible Interface Platform print, enabling printing by email without requiring drivers or even a local connection to the printer.
Bristol Council mulls mixed FOSS, Microsoft upgrade
A Bristol City councillor is trying to convince the council’s cabinet to adopt open source software alongside Microsoft’s Office and Windows 7.
Trojan poses as skeleton key jailbreak utility
Miscreants have created a Trojan that poses as a rumoured jailbreak utility for the latest iPhones.
T-Mobile to fling Froyo at Samsung Galaxy S guys
T-Mobile UK has confirmed that its Samsung Galaxy S smartphone customers will be getting Android 2.2 at the end of the month.
Lettuce head e-fit draws a blank
Hampshire Police have not received a single phone call or other lead on the whereabouts of the lettuce-headed burglar, despite his lactucan locks appearing on more media outlets than Paris Hilton's last upskirt shot.
Blighty's carriers to field Windows Phone 7
All of Britain's mobile phone networks will offer Windows Phone 7 handsets "later this year", Microsoft has revealed.
GPU Tech Conference - Tuesday show recap
GPU Tech Video BlogWe had NVIDIA's Ujesh Desai give us a recap of the day's events at the GPU Technology Conference. He's the VP of product marketing for all NVIDIA products - we covered that topic in detail right off the bat. In the accompanying video, we talked about how the GPU conference has taken off this year, hit on some of the announcements unveiled today and some of the sessions we attended.
From Cameron to Gazza, everyone loves Angry Birds
David Cameron is, it seems, a big fan of Angry Birds, which has also ensnared footballer Gazza, though we don't know if either of them has opted for the Eagle.
China's Nebulae supercomputer - zero to second in 3 months
HPC BlogThose of you interested in what it really takes to bring up a massive system don't want to miss the "Lessons Learned Deploying the World's First GPU-Based Petaflop System" session.
Portable, rapid DNA analysis tech developed
Mobile fingerprint-checking equipment is already controversial before it has even rolled out widely. An announcement today may presage the next such row, as developers say they will soon roll out a "compact" machine based on "a small, single chip" which will massively reduce the amount of time taken to check a DNA sample.
Seagate straddles two horses in next gen disk race
Seagate has patented a technology that combines heat-assisted magnetic recording and patterned media.
Vodafone shares subscriber info with world+dog
Vodafone has been caught taking liberties with customers' email accounts, and it seems at least some of the customers aren't happy about the practice.
AT&T chief: 'All your iPhone are belong to us'
It's commonly accepted that AT&T's iPhone exclusivity will end soon when Apple adds Verizon to its US carriers — but AT&T's chief exec isn't worried, citing the fact that his subs are trapped.
Power Assure revs data center power control wares
Power Assure, a startup founded in 2007 that came out of stealth mode last summer, wants to take control of your data center. Or, more precisely, it wants to sell you a power management tool that allows you to do so and radically reduce the amount of juice you consume.
Facebook OKed by Canada privacy czar (for now)
Facebook has resolved the data-sharing issues that lead to an investigation by Canada's privacy commissioner, according to the commissioner herself. But she says her work with Facebook isn't over.
IE captain flees Microsoft for Google
After fifteen years of work on Internet Explorer, browser architect Chris Wilson is leaving Microsoft for Google.
Flaws on ESPN Fantasy Football site make cheating a snap
ESPN's Fantasy Football site is riddled with flaws that allow players to rig games, a security researcher says.
Google frees Gmail updates from Android
Google has freed Gmail updates from its Android mobile operating system, releasing a new version of its email app to the Android Marketplace. Previously, Gmail updates were only released with new versions of the OS.
Oracle preps Google and Microsoft Office challenger
OpenWorldThe Google and Microsoft Office two-way online productivity tussle is about to turn into a three way, with Oracle pitching a pro-Java, anti AJAX-option.
Google's Microsoft browser outlives Wave nonsense
Google has removed the beta tag from Chrome Frame, the Internet Explorer plug-in that turns Microsoft's browser into a Google browser.
IGF and crazy cabbies pull world together
Internet Governance ForumHaving spent three days grumbling and moaning about the Internet Governance Forum 2010, I pre-decided it was time to highlight the good stuff, the reason why people from 107 different countries bothered to attend.
Red Hat revenues bulge 20%
Commercial Linux and middleware distributor Red Hat continued to grow at a nice clip in its second fiscal quarter ended on August 31, with sales up 19.7 per cent to $219.8m. But even after keeping cost growth under this level, a much higher tax bill compared to the year-ago quarter walloped the company's net income, which fell by 18.2 per cent to $23.7m.