11th > December > 2012 Archive


Is 'activestor' Icahn circling sickly HP?

Active investor Carl Icahn – who has done more than his fair share of shaking up companies that he believes are not run properly – is rumored to be mulling a stake in HP. Hopefully not through its heart.

Russian ransomware strikes Queensland doctor

A medical practice in the Australian state of Queensland, the Miami Family Medical Centre, has been hit by ransomware said to originate in Russia.
Simon Sharwood, 11 Dec 2012

GhostShell hackers release 1.6 million NASA, FBI, ESA accounts

The hacking collecting GhostShell has announced it has finished operations for the year, but has signed off with a dump of around 1.6 million account details purloined from government, military, and industry.
Iain Thomson, 11 Dec 2012
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Dell tunes up servers for high freaky traders

When you run a high-frequency trading operation, milliseconds are millions of dollars lost or gained. So speed is just as important as the algorithm you come up with to make your trades. That's why supercomputer makers Appro (just eaten by Cray), Silicon Graphics, and Penguin Computing in 2010 launched special overclocked servers aimed at HFT shops, and IBM followed suit a year later. And for many HFT workloads, the number of cores doesn't matter nearly as much as a high and consistent clock speed.

New transistor tech could beat silicon and save Moore's Law

IEDMBoffins at MIT's Microsystems Technology Laboratories have developed the world's smallest transistor made of indium gallium arsenide, a substance they say could replace silicon as the go-to material for building tomorrow's ultra-fast, ultra-small microchips.
Neil McAllister, 11 Dec 2012

Toshiba reveals spin transfer RAM

Toshiba has revealed it has developed a model for transfer torque magnetoresistive random access memory (STT-MRAM)  and has claimed it has, for the first time, beaten the power requirements of static random-access memory (SRAM).
Simon Sharwood, 11 Dec 2012

Last moon landing was 40 years ago today

No matter how impressed you are by Curiosity's martian trundlings or the various private space programs showing us all the final frontier isn't just the province of governments, the fact remains that as of today it's 40 years since a human set foot on the moon.
Simon Sharwood, 11 Dec 2012

Bye Bye Moto: Google pulls plug on Motorola Korea

Motorola Mobility has followed Taiwanese handset giant HTC out of the South Korean market, as parent company Google looks to streamline its operations and return the business to profitability.
Phil Muncaster, 11 Dec 2012

Parliament: Snoop Charter plan 'too sweeping', 'misleading', 'suspicious'

Theresa May's communications data draft bill is far too broad and needs to be slimmed down, concluded MPs and peers who have spent many months scrutinising the Home Secretary's lambasted plans to massively increase the surveillance of online activity in the UK.
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Dec 2012
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Storage disks now shipping at over 7 Exabytes a quarter

IDC's third quarter 2012 disk storage tracker reports that shipped disk storage capacity passed 7 exabytes for the first time in a total disk storage market that grew 3.7 per cent to just under $7.9 billion in revenues.
Chris Mellor, 11 Dec 2012

Huawei to build R&D centre in Nokia’s back yard

Shenzhen-based telecoms giant Huawei has revealed plans to double its European workforce and set up a new R&D centre in Nokia’s backyard of Finland, in a clear sign of the growing global footprint of Chinese smartphone vendors.
Phil Muncaster, 11 Dec 2012
Mildura is still marked in the wrong place on Apple's iOS6 maps

Apple's iOS 6 maps STILL muddle Mildura

Travellers relying on their iPhones and iOS 6 to find the Australian town of Mildura are now in less danger finding themselves in a hostile, waterless, environment.
Simon Sharwood, 11 Dec 2012
Earthworm Jim

Earthworm Jim

Antique Code ShowI can’t think of one person I’ve met who didn’t enjoy the run and gun fun of Earthworm Jim. Released in 1994 on both the Super Nintendo and Sega Megadrive (Genesis) it made my eyes pop. The graphics were revolutionary (and surreal) and it’s certainly one of the most popular platform games ever made. It went on to spawn a cartoon show, and several remakes and sequels, as well as a lot of really epic vinyl toys based on his facial expressions and striking poses.
Lucy Orr, 11 Dec 2012

Mother of All Whistlers: Virgin Media superhub. Listen to recordings

AudioVirgin Media is resorting to sending its subscribers to Maplins and other electrical outlets to deal with its now long-standing whistling power supply problem that has blighted the company's troublesome* SuperHub modem/router combi kit.
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Dec 2012

Silicon Roundabout £50m THING to spew 200 startups A YEAR

Prime Minister David Cameron and Mayor of London Boris Johnson have unveiled plans to establish a £50 million "technical and creative institute" around the area dubbed the Silicon Roundabout at Old Street in London.
OUT-LAW.COM, 11 Dec 2012

The Sons of Kahn and the assembly language of the internet

StobEditor's Note: Verity Stob's Chronicles of Delphi [King James ed.] began in 1996. The most recent translations can be found here: The Sons of Kahn and the Pascal spring and here: Sons of Kahn: The Apocrypha.
Verity Stob, 11 Dec 2012

Another Usenet download haven axed, Leeds pirates avoid jail

Two Leeds brothers behind the pirate download links website filmzzz.com have received suspended prison sentences for copyright infringement.
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Dec 2012

Yo, storage geeks: Fancy a bit of scale-out fun time?

StoragebodRecently I’ve been playing with a new virtual appliance; well new to me in that I’ve only just got my hands on it. It’s one of the many that our friends in EMC have built and it is one which could do with a wider audience.
StorageBod, 11 Dec 2012

Boffins spot 7 ALIEN WORLDS right in our galactic backyard

Boffins are putting together a new catalogue of all the confirmed planets that could harbour extraterrestrial life, with seven worlds in our Milky Way making the list so far.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 11 Dec 2012

Deputy PM: Rip up Snoop Charter, 'go back to the drawing board'

Home Secretary Theresa May said she will "accept the substance of recommendations" for her draft surveillance law after the Deputy Prime Minister told her to rewrite it - and a parliamentary report slammed it as "suspicious" and "too sweeping".
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Dec 2012
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Review: Samsung Series 9 super slim notebook

Samsung has taken an expensive legal hit from Apple over copying design elements in the iPhone. Yet with the Series 9, Samsung has created something a bit special. The entire Ultrabook concept took its inspiration from the Apple MacBook Air, of course. But Samsung's Series 9 has developed a confident design language of its own.
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Dec 2012

OMG: RIM adds VoIP to its stealth social network

As of today teenagers and other BlackBerry users will be able to make free voice calls to each other - if they're on RIM's stealth 'social network in hardware', BBM.
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Dec 2012

The latest tech firm to be accused of tax dodging: Microsoft

UpdatedMicrosoft is the latest tech firm to be tarred with the "immoral" tax-dodger brush after a report accused Redmond of funneling £1.7bn in UK revenues through Luxembourg and Ireland in order to legally avoid paying tax here.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 11 Dec 2012

Big Data in creepy hook-up with big-game whales

Open ... and ShutMy son has a problem. One might even say an addiction. No, it's not to pornography, alcohol or drugs. It's to a massively multiplayer game, one that he can't seem to stop playing, in large part because the game's developer is crunching massive quantities of Big Data to learn exactly what will keep him on the hook.
Matt Asay, 11 Dec 2012

Project delays slam Redstone sales, profits fly as costs fall

The much-used phrase that revenue is vanity and profit is sanity is applicable to Redstone's half year numbers - the P&L was back in the black - helped by cost-cutting - but the top line was hammered.
Paul Kunert, 11 Dec 2012

Look out, world! Are you ready for John McAfee: THE MOVIE?

Reader pollAntivirus pioneer John McAfee, who found himself at the centre of Central America's hottest manhunt in recent history, has sold the exclusive film rights to his life story.
John Leyden, 11 Dec 2012

Microsoft notices Xbox gamers actually slack-jawed TV fans, adds 43 new apps

Everyone's been waiting for a game-changing Apple TV product to come riding over the hill, but it could be Microsoft that captures the internet TV market first.
Anna Leach, 11 Dec 2012

Phoenix IT Group injects fresh blood, hopes to heal from accounting boo-boos

Troubled Northampton-based player Phoenix IT Services has quietly introduced new blood to the organisation.
Paul Kunert, 11 Dec 2012

Sheryl Sandberg offloads $41.5m in Facebook shares in just 6 weeks

Facebook's Chief Operating Officer has divested herself of MORE Facebook shares, ditching just under a million on Friday and netting a cool $26.2m. A little something for Christmas, perhaps?
Anna Leach, 11 Dec 2012

YES! It's the TARDIS PC!

No, it won’t allow you to enter the Vortex, “that mysterious region where time and space are”, as Terrance Dicks so aptly put it, “one.” Nor, even if you max out the available storage options, will it give you space enough to hold the entire Matrix. Its CPU is not APC.
Tony Smith, 11 Dec 2012

Dr Alex Moulton: 'An inspiration for generations of engineers'

ObitDr Alex Moulton, the engineer and inventor famous for designing small-wheeled bicycles and car suspension gear, has died at the age of 92.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 11 Dec 2012

Stephen Hawking gets $3m physics prize from Mail.ru tycoon

Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has won a Russian entrepreneur's $3m special Fundamentals Physics Prize for his lifetime of achievements.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 11 Dec 2012
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Pica8 bundles up OpenFlow controller, switches for SDN newbies

Ethernet switch maker Pica8 was one of the vendors that first jumped onto the OpenFlow software-defined networking bandwagon. But with all the major switch makers making noise about how they are doing SDN, Pica8 has to do something. Its rivals are setting up SDNs using open source OpenFlow virtual switches or controllers or by tweaking their existing network management tools to break the control planes from the data planes in their switches and routers. So Pica8 has bundled up its switches with the Ryu open source OpenFlow controller and the Open VSwitch virtual switch to create a complete SDN stack.

'Kids' apps STILL siphoning too much info from mobes' - FTC boss

Mobile apps are still collecting children's personal details from their phones without their consent, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) warned today in a report on privacy intrusions.
Anna Leach, 11 Dec 2012

Bio-integrated circuitry melds man and machine

IEDMIf you want to marry rigid silicon with soft, stretchy human tissue, it's best to create silicon devices that can conform, stretch, and live in harmony with living flesh.
Rik Myslewski, 11 Dec 2012

Girl gang targets Microsoft's Seattle stores for $5,000 theft spree

Seattle police are on the lookout for a group of female thieves who are targeting Microsoft retail stores on its home turf.
Iain Thomson, 11 Dec 2012
Diane Bryant, GM of Intel, holds an Atom S1200

Intel launches Atom S Series at servers

As expected, Intel is closing out the year in the server arena with the launch of its "Centerton" Atom S Series processor, what the company's top brass is billing as the first Atom-based processor aimed at servers.

Microsoft rolling out Windows Phone 8 update in Europe

European Windows Phone 8 customers have reportedly begun receiving the first over-the-air update to Microsoft's latest mobile OS, just six weeks after the platform's formal launch on October 29.
Neil McAllister, 11 Dec 2012

Attacker steals ‘old passwords’ from Oz defence academy site

An attack on Australian Defence Force Academy systems operated by the University of New South Wales (UNSW), has spilled 20,000 user records.
Richard Chirgwin, 11 Dec 2012

Samba 4 arrives with full Active Directory support

The team behind the Samba Project has released version 4.0 of its open source Windows interoperability software suite, the first version to offer full compatibility with Microsoft's Active Directory protocols.
Neil McAllister, 11 Dec 2012

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