20th > December > 2010 Archive
Cabinet Office claims major savings on ICT
The Cabinet Office has said that freezes on ICT and other spending have saved £500m since May.
Magnetic vortices research uncovers a cool place to put data
German scientists in Munich and Cologne have discovered that stable magnetic vortices in manganese silicon crystals could be used to store data because of quantum mechanical effects.
Bummed-out users give anti-virus bloatware the boot
One in four users turned off their anti-virus protection in response to performance problems after they installed security software, according to a survey by security software firm Avira.
Nvidia Tegra 2 hailed as Honeycomb CPU of choice
Samsung's Galaxy Tab 2 will run on Nvidia's Tegra 2.
Jamie Oliver website offers graphic recipe for 'Pussy'
NSFWTousle-haired mockney belly-robber Jamie Oliver has been let down by his website's IT staff today, after they failed to effectively remove a distinctly NSFW web-2.0 user uploaded recipe for "Pussy".
English Defence League membership list stolen
The personal details of English Defence League supporters have been stolen in a hacking attack on its website, it was reported today.
Mexico mounts ROBOTIC ALIEN INVASION of US back yard
In what might be - but one has to say almost certainly isn't - the opening move of a gutsy yet doomed invasion campaign, a Mexican robotic surveillance drone has crashlanded in an American back yard.
MSE releases revamped freebie malware scanner
Microsoft has released a new version of its freebie security scanner tool last week, following the conclusion of a five-month beta testing program.
Microsoft's Office nagware dead in icy water
Microsoft quietly yanked its Office nagware program off the interwebs last week.
EU expresses 'private concerns' about Intel buyout of McAfee
Brussels could kick-start an anti-trust investigation into Intel’s planned $7.68bn buyout of anti-virus software maker McAfee Inc.
flights website grounded by snow
British Airways' website was up and down this morning, which is still more than can be said for its aircraft.
No more books on Ireland's banned book list
It’s the end of the world as we know it! Or at least, the end of book-banning craic in Ireland, which for some of the god-fearing citizens of that country possibly amounts to much the same thing.
Missile defence FAIL: US 'kill vehicle' space weapon flunks test
The US Missile Defence Agency has suffered another embarrassing failure in a live test conducted last week over the Pacific.
New UN committee could hand governments internet control
The endgame in the long-running battle over who is to control the internet may be upon us, with the appointment of a little-reported but highly significant new UN committee to look into initiatives for policing the internet.
Pirate Bay backer takes case to Supreme Court
Crispbread heir and erstwhile neo-Nazi Carl Lundström is heading to the Supreme Court in Sweden to dispute the sentence and damages award meted out to him in The Pirate Bay appeals verdict last month.
Car immobilisers easily circumvented by crafty carjackers
Weak cryptography means that car engine immobiliser technology has become easy for crooks to circumvent.
Use eGovernment to lower costs, says EU Commission
European governments must make greater use of the internet in the way they work or risk increasing the cost of doing business and alienating the young, the European Commission has said.
'Porn lock' heralds death of WikiLeaks, internet, democracy, universe
AnalysisThe British government wants to gag WikiLeaks, and is drawing up Orwellian plans to exploit fears over the effect of online smut on children to achieve that aim.
eBay buys into German fashion club
eBay has lashed out $200m for a German online "fashion club" as the international tat bazaar looks to consolidate its position as the top destination for fashion fans who don't feel the need to actually try on clothes before they buy them.
MEGA DINO-WHALE from 'Valley of the Whales' exhibited
Bone-griffling boffins in the States are chuffed to announce their new and magnificent, fully assembled 50-foot-long prehistoric carnivorous dinomegawhale fossil.
UK domain registry breaks 9 million
The .uk has just broken nine million active domain names, Nominet announced today.
'Don't panic: We're still Delicious,' says Yahoo!-owned Web2.0 outfit
Social bookmarking service Delicious won't be shutdown by Yahoo! but is looking to sell its Web2.0 wares to a new suitor.
Google Nexus S out Wednesday
Carphone Warehouse is knocking back the release of the Samsung-Google Nexus S a couple of days.
Nasuni grabs cloud development cash
Probably the last storage venture capital cash raising exercise of 2010 is following the dash to the cloud by pumping $15m into cloud filer startup Nasuni.
Spamhaus DDoS blamed on shady Russian hosts, not Anonymous
Anti-spam organisation Spamhaus has recovered from a denial of service attack over the weekend.
Server workloads to go '70% virtual' by 2014
By 2014, more than 70 per cent of all server workloads installed that year will be plunked down not on a bare metal piece of iron, but on a virtual or logical machine of some kind, according to the (virtual) box counters at IDC.
Assange lawyers fume over leaked rape case docs
Lawyers for Julian Assange are "angry" and "concerned" that someone leaked confidential Swedish police files detailing the rape allegations against the WikiLeaks founder, according to a report citing conversations with his legal team, and the team intends to launch a formal complaint with the Swedish authorities.
Google open sources '$5m' in Java Eclipse tools
Google will open source two of the Java Eclipse coding tools it acquired with its purchase of Java-obsessed outfit Instantiations.
Microsoft answers Google MapReduce with 'Dryad' beta
Microsoft has released a beta version of its Dryad platform, a Windows-happy answer to Google's MapReduce distributed number crunching platform.