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Oracle engineered systems

Oracle reveals cloudy engineered systems

Oracle is rolling out private infrastructure as a service clouds, with capacity-on-demand (CoD) pricing, based on its various "engineered systems" setups.
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Global mercury ban to hit electronics, plastics, power prices

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has signed off on the Minamata Convention, a new global agreement that will ban mercury from most uses by 2020.
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jan 2013
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W3C steps up China outreach with Beijing centre

The Worldwide Web Consortium (W3C) has established a new centre for its activities in China with the aim of encouraging more local developers and companies to get involved in the global debate to shape the future of the web.
Phil Muncaster, 21 Jan 2013
Layers with Carbonate Content Inside McLaughlin Crater on Mars

Martian 'lake' said to hint at 'deep biosphere'

While the Curiosity rover faffs about sending its earthbound doppelganger to help President Obama be inaugurated afresh, NASA's harder-working Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has spotted something interesting at the bottom of a crater, namely clays and other rocks associated with terrestrial lakes and perhaps, just perhaps, life.
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jan 2013

Google pulls 'racist' Make Me Asian app

Google has responded to an online petition by removing an application from its Google Play app store after thousands of netizens suggested it was racist.
Phil Muncaster, 21 Jan 2013
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SimCity to teach SimMaths and SimScience at school

Hot on the heels of news that a Swedish school has decided Minecraft is a great way to teach its kids town planning, games giant Electronic Arts (EA) has does the same by announcing SimCityEDU, a version of the game that embeds the USA's Common Core standards for school curricula in the game.
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jan 2013

Engineers are cold and dead inside, research shows

A study carried out by psychology researchers in Sweden has shown that people who go into engineering are less caring and empathetic than those who enter professions such as medicine.
Lewis Page, 21 Jan 2013

'End of passwords' predictions are premature - Cambridge boffin

Advances in the power of computers won't automatically make passwords obsolete, according to a top computer science researcher.
John Leyden, 21 Jan 2013
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‘Anonymous’ hacks Oz Uni’s email to protest bulk iPad buy

Email servers at the University of Western Sydney, which last year announced it would hand iPads to all staff and over 10,000 incoming students, have been hacked by someone using the name ‘Anonymous’. The University is known to use Microsoft’s live@edu hosted email service.
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jan 2013

Mozilla picks JavaScript titan Eich to lead charge against 'Droid, iOS

JavaScript daddy and Mozilla chief technology officer Brendan Eich is taking over Firefox’s dive into mobile as the open-source shop hits an important juncture.
Gavin Clarke, 21 Jan 2013

X-IO plumps up ISE Station rack to tempt biz barons

X-IO, the sealed SSD/disk drive enclosure supplier, has quadrupled the rack number in its ISE Station product line with an XL model offering 1PB capacity and a million-plus IOPS.
Chris Mellor, 21 Jan 2013

China turns to no-name handsets: Android - without the Google-iness

There could be trouble on the horizon for Google. Consumers in the world's biggest mobile phone market appear to be shunning big-name Android handsets for no-name Androids - with Google stripped out. That's the trend identified by Enders analyst Ben Evans in a must-read blog post here.
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Jan 2013

Tech giants don't invent the future, they package it

Open ... and ShutEnterprise technology vendors have a serious case of "not invented here" syndrome, and it may be challenging the value that they claim to bring to their customers.
Matt Asay, 21 Jan 2013
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We trust computers to fly jets... why not trust them with our petabytes?

Storagebod blogListening to The Register's latest Speaking In Tech podcast got me thinking a bit more about the craze of software-defined networking, storage and whatever next. I wondered if it is a real thing as opposed to a load of hype.
StorageBod, 21 Jan 2013

Oz library finds Lance Armstrong books a new home: The fiction section

An Australian library has announced it will reclassify books by Lance Armstrong as fiction, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
Lester Haines, 21 Jan 2013

Good news, everyone! KDE cookie-scoffing bug smashed after 10 YEARS

A bug in the KDE Linux desktop that made penguin-powered computers spill their cookie jars has been resolved after more than a decade.
John Leyden, 21 Jan 2013

This week's BBC MELTDOWN: Savile puppet haunts kids' TV

The BBC has apologised for airing an episode of kiddies show The Tweenies featuring a puppet "impersonating Jimmy Savile".
Lester Haines, 21 Jan 2013

Web is turning us into kid-ults with no 'private identities' - report

Britons' willingness to post every little detail of their lives online is changing the way their identities are constructed, according to a report from the UK’s chief scientific advisor.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 21 Jan 2013

Forget bonking, now mobes can buy stuff using pay-by-SQUEAK

Chinese ecommerce giant Alibaba has launched a mobile wallet app with a more-than-passing resemblance to Apple's Passbook. It enables fandroids to pay each other over the air and squeaks every time it's used.
Bill Ray, 21 Jan 2013

AT&T 'violates net neutrality' by NOT charging twice for same data

American telco giant AT&T doesn’t want to charge femtocell users twice for the same data, but exempting its customers from the second bill could fall foul of US Network Neutrality, says the Public Knowledge blog, which has demanded an FCC investigation into "data cap abuse".
Bill Ray, 21 Jan 2013

Nokia Siemens Networks plans to flog bonds, raise €700m

Nokia Siemens Networks is planning to go to the public markets to try to get some financing through high-yield bonds for up to €700m (£580m, $930m).
Brid-Aine Parnell, 21 Jan 2013
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WTF is... Weightless?

Weightless, the would-be world standard that allows devices to talk to devices without human intervention, reaches its first major release milestone this spring.
Tony Smith, 21 Jan 2013
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IBM to pump Power Systems through Tech Data, Ingram Micro

Big Blue is boosting the size of the Stateside distribution channel that sells its Power Systems servers and enterprise storage by inking master distributor agreements with Ingram Micro and Tech Data. With the new deal, IBM is hoping to boost its profile among small and midrange businesses in particular, a growing market which is projected to be worth $160bn in 2013.

Polish knights slay Virut, the brazen virus army that has its own EULA

Security researchers have decapitated a spam-spewing network of hacked computers by pulling the plug on the central command-and-control servers. The compromised PCs were infected by the Virut virus and were being remotely controlled from these servers by miscreants.
John Leyden, 21 Jan 2013

Germany's RTL pulls free-to-air channels off terrestrial TV

Germany's largest commercial broadcaster is getting out of broadcasting, on Earth at least, citing spiralling costs and an uncertain future as mobile phone operators grab all the good spectrum.
Bill Ray, 21 Jan 2013
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Holy classic car auction, Batman! They sold THE Batmobile!

The original Batmobile has been snapped up at auction for $4.2m (£2.6m, €3.2m) by a fan of the 1960s television series.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 21 Jan 2013

Fraud cops collar two blokes accused of dodging bank's 2-factor auth

Indian police have arrested two men who allegedly circumvented a bank's two-factor authentication protection and looted online accounts.
John Leyden, 21 Jan 2013

Game over for Atari? One life left as biz files for bankruptcy protection

Atari Interactive Inc has sought protection from US creditors, 41 years after Nolan Bushnell’s gaming legend was born with Pong.
Gavin Clarke, 21 Jan 2013
Axcient cloud

Backers: What's this, another cloud storage upstart? Here, have $20m

Another day, another cloud storage startup. This one's Axcient, which is in the cloud backup game and has just scored itself $20m in Series D funding. That seems surprising. It's already Axcient's fourth funding round and it's a lot of greenbacks. What's taking the company so long and why does it need so much money to get off the ground?
Chris Mellor, 21 Jan 2013

Kim Dotcom's locker may be full, but the cupboard is bare

CommentDo you fancy your chances with Kim "Dotcom" Schmitz's new online file locker? It's staggeringly unoriginal in every respect - it's even called Mega, like his last one - but I'll propose we think about it in a new way. So I haven't come to mock the rotund self-promoter, but rather to talk about what might happen if its users were to throw themselves at the service to share copyrighted content.
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Jan 2013

First Google wants to know all about you, now it wants a RING on your finger

Top Google bods are mulling over using cryptographic finger-ring gadgets and other ways for users to securely log into websites and other services.
John Leyden, 21 Jan 2013

Time Warner Cable to Netflix: We want your 3D films, not your network

Internet video service Netflix is apparently refusing to provide HD content - which includes its 3D and Super HD movies - to networks which refuse to be a part of its Open Connect content delivery network, prompting cries of partiality as private networks spread.
Bill Ray, 21 Jan 2013
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DataStax cranks up Facebook NoSQL to 3.0 with enterprise features

DataStax, the company that was founded to take the Cassandra NoSQL data store created by Facebook commercial and therefore usable by mere enterprise data centers, is keeping to its cadence and is rolling up a new release of its DataStax Enterprise Edition.

Student claims code flaw spotting got him expelled from college

A Canadian computer science student is claiming he was expelled after identifying a gaping security hole in administrative software his college was using.
Iain Thomson, 21 Jan 2013

Australian spooks want mobile dev to build ... something

The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) seems set to equip Australian spooks with mobile apps.
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jan 2013
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Telstra inks 4G roaming deal for Hong Kong travelers

Australian business travellers to Asia received a boost at the tail end of last week after telco giant Telstra announced the availability of 4G international roaming in Hong Kong courtesy of operator CSL.
Phil Muncaster, 21 Jan 2013

ACCC spikes gadget price-fix

Australia’s competition regulator, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), has politely declined a request by a retail buying group to set minimum prices on a bunch of electrical and electronic gadgets.
Richard Chirgwin, 21 Jan 2013

Rackspace to build custom servers, storage for cloud biz

Open Compute 2013Rackspace Hosting is getting into custom server design, and it is working with manufacturing partners with the Open Compute Project to get its tweaked versions of servers, storage arrays, and racks created by Facebook to run the social network manufactured by multiple suppliers.

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