22nd > December > 2014 Archive
One third of servers, storage and switches are sold to clouds
Analyst firm IDC reckons that cloud operations – private and public - now account for “almost a third” of the world's spending on servers, storage and ethernet switches.
IsoHunt releases roll-your-own Pirate Bay
Torrent site ISOhunt has created a roll-your-own, open source, version of infamous file-sharing site The Pirate Bay.
Dangerous NTP hole ruins your Chrissy lunch
Critical holes have been reported in the implementation of the network time protocol (NTP) that could allow unsophisticated attackers root access on servers.
Microsoft shutters Office 365's free web site service
Microsoft is terminating its SharePoint Online Public Website service, effective January 2015.
STAY AWAY: Popular Tor exit relays look raided
As foreshadowed last week, Tor network exit nodes have gone down after what appear to be raids by law enforcement authorities.
Working over Christmas? Government tech suppliers will be
The government’s tech procurement arm is asking suppliers to burn candles brightly over the festive season by filling in a 700-question Network Services tender after redrafting it.
Space Commanders lock missiles on Elite's Frontier Devs
Elite: Dangerous, the re-boot of the hit eighties space combat and trading game Elite, launched last week, but the biggest buzz in the wake of its arrival is from disgruntled fans who want a refund.
Hackers pop German steel mill, wreck furnace
Talented hackers have caused "serious damage" after breaching a German steel mill and wrecking one of its blast furnaces.
YEAR of the PENGUIN: A Linux mobile in 2015?
It's nearly impossible to sum up an entire year of developments in something as large and nebulous as the world of desktop Linux, especially in a year like this one which has seen some the best releases that projects like Mint, Fedora and openSUSE have put out to date.
Big Blue stuffs data into backup at GIGABYTES/sec
IBM's TSM backup product goes super-fast when backing up to the Elastic Storage parallel file system, according to company trials. TSM stands for Tivoli Storage Manager, with Elastic Storage being the re-branded GPFS.
Irish data cops will be ROLLING in CASH for 2015
Christmas has come early for Ireland’s data protection watchdog as the country’s Data Protection Minister, Dara Murphy, announced that the office will get a budget of €3.65m for 2015 - just under twice the allocation of €1.89m for 2014.
What's Jimmy Wales going to do with $500k from the UAE?
Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales says he'll "start a foundation" to process a large amount of money he has received from the United Arab Emirates' regime.
Careful - your helmet might get squashed by a Volvo
Volvos will soon be capable of squawking their presence to cyclists wearing a helmet made by the cycling brand POC, letting the Lycra louts get out of the way of the four-wheeled Scandinavian middle lane hoggers.
Care.data's a good thing? Tell us WHY, thunders watchdog
Patient concerns over the delayed NHS Care.data scheme must be addressed if the controversial plan to share GP records is to proceed, an independent watchdog has warned.
BONK for CASH in Brixton and help us EAT the RICH
The Brixton Pound (B£), the private currency for denizens of the slightly more affordable bit of earth next to Clapham, is to adopt near field communications, or NFC, payments.
Sneaky hackers slurped $15 MILLION from banks
Millions of dollars, credit cards and intellectual property have been stolen by a newly discovered group of cyber criminals.
Sound and battery: 20 portable Bluetooth speakers
Product RoundupThe arrival of Bluetooth 4, with its reduced hunger for power and support for audio codecs like aptX and A2DP means that there has been an explosion in the availability of Bluetooth speakers which connect to computers, tablets and smartphones, and are often small enough to be chucked in a bag and taken to the park or beach.
Flash breaks free from the storage flat earth society
NAND used to be the sole prerogative of a two-dimensional flat earth society obsessed with shrinkage, but that approach is running into a technological dead end.
Bitcoin exec gets two years over illegal Silk Road funny money trading
Former Bitcoin Foundation exec Charlie Shrem has been jailed for two years for his part in helping people illegally swap cash for bitcoins on black market site Silk Road.
EU breaks 'legally binding' lobbying register promise
Civil rights groups are claiming the EU Commission has already broken its promises on lobby and reporting transparency, with a framework for lobbyists containing no legally binding elements now set to be implemented.
NUKE HACK fears prompt S Korea cyber-war exercise
The firm running South Korea's nuclear plants has decided to run cyber-war drills following the leak of sensitive data and threats from unidentified hackers.
Symantec becomes Gold OpenStack member - while suing it
Symantec has been announced as the newest Gold member of OpenStack, a status the open source effort says means it “pledge[s] strategic alignment to the OpenStack mission.”
Fancy a .trust domain? How's $150,000 sound?
The NCC Group has revealed how much it expects to sell new .trust domains for: $150,000. And that's just the wholesale price.
Google's first stab at control-free ROBOT car rolls off the line
The engineering wizards in Google's workshops have unveiled the Chocolate Factory's first attempt at a completely control-free robot car, where passengers entrust themselves entirely to the machine.
Split could force NetMundial Initiative back to the drawing board
The controversial NetMundial Initiative (NMI) may be heading back to the drawing board following a meeting of the internet's big cheeses in Washington last week.
Edu-apps may be STALKING YOUR KIDS, feds warn
The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is warning parents after the discovery of possible user-tracking activity by educational software for children.