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South Australia blacked out by bad bespoke software, not wind farms

The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) says wind-powered electricity generation's “intermittency” had nothing to do with the blackouts following South Australia's catastrophic storms in late September. In its ongoing investigation of what caused the “system black” event on 28 September, the AEMO says the storm caused a …

South Australian mega-storm blacks out whole state

An “unprecedented” storm in South Australia blacked out the entire state yesterday, and the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) is warning another low pressure system will cross the state today. The attack by the Syrian Electronic Army's weather control unit – no, that's not right – the storm took down high-voltage power …

Win 95 code gaffe nearly made Stuxnet Suxnet, say infosec blokes

RSA 2015 [Please see the bootnote on this story, which we've added post-publication. The code shown at the conference does not appear to marry up with the claims made by the speakers. – ed.] Super-worm Stuxnet could have blown its cover and failed its sabotage mission due to a bug that allowed it to spread to ancient Windows boxes, …
Darren Pauli, 24 Apr 2015
Nick Hancock and his survival podule atop Rockall. Pic: Nick Hancock

Storm-battered Rockall adventurer recalls 'worst experience of my life'

Brit adventurer Nick Hancock has admitted he's "never been so scared", after enduring a storm last week that blew a good part of his food supplies off the North Atlantic islet of Rockall. Hancock landed on the granite outcrop on 5 June, hoping to spend 60 days in a survival podule, in the process breaking the occupancy record …
Lester Haines, 7 Jul 2014
The inflatable approaches a swell-lashed Rockall in 2003

Rockall batters plucky Brit adventurer

Plucky Brit adventurer Nick Hancock has been forced to plan an early departure from the North Atlantic islet of Rockall after a storm deprived him of a large part of his vital supplies. He tweeted yesterday: Got battered by weather last night. Lost 4 barrels kit inc food. Need to come off early. Looking at options with @ …
Lester Haines, 3 Jul 2014
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Apache Foundation embraces real time big data cruncher 'Storm'

The Apache Foundation has voted to accept the “Storm” real time data processing tool into its incubator program, the first step towards making it an official part of the Foundation's open source offerings. Storm aims to do for real time data processing what Hadoop did for batch processing: queue jobs and send them off to a …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Sep 2013
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NASA's Mars rovers feel effects of TITANIC DUST STORM

A huge Martian dust storm tracked from orbit by NASA has affected both Curiosity and Opportunity, the agency's active rovers on the planet's surface. Nearly planetwide mosaic of dust storm by Mars Reconnaisance Orbiter Stitched together shot of Mars during the storm. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS The Mars Reconnaissance …
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Freshly reburied Storm zombies burst up out of graves again

Security watchers have spotted a malware-seeded spam run that bears all the hallmarks of a new generation of the infamous Storm worm. If verified, the campaign will represent the return of a strain of malware that was endemic between January 2007 and April 2008 before falling into disuse. The worm may have been a victim of its …
John Leyden, 4 Jan 2011
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Blackberry Storm 2 9520 touchscreen smartphone

Review The original BlackBerry Storm launched around this time last year as Research-in-Motion’s premier handset and quickly lost no time in dividing opinion along Marmite-style lines. Mostly, people either loved or hated its innovative SurePress 'floating' touch screen, which made crystal clear the distinction between a brush a press …
Dave Oliver, 2 Dec 2009

BlackBerry Storm 2 blows to Vodafone

Wi-Fi is finally en route to the BlackBerry Storm, following Vodafone’s confirmation that the Storm 2 will hit in its stores later this month. Can't see the video? Download Flash Player from Details of the Storm 2 – aka the BlackBerry 9520 - have been floating around for months. But the handset’s manufacturer, …
James Sherwood, 15 Oct 2009

Storm 2 gets 'spongy' touchscreen

Research in Motion (Rim) has redesigned the Storm smartphone’s screen to provide an improved touchscreen experience, an anonymous blogger has claimed. Can't see the video? Download Flash Player from The original Storm’s touchscreen worked liked one big button, physically moving down one or two millimetres each …
James Sherwood, 24 Aug 2009

Snaps show BlackBerry Storm 2 with Wi-Fi

The evidence is mounting that Research in Motion’s second-generation BlackBerry Storm will indeed feature Wi-Fi, a technology missing from the phone's predecessor. Storm_2_WiFi Wi-Fi's widely expected to be coming to the Storm 2 Source: Rim has already confirmed plans for a Storm 2, but a German blogger has …
James Sherwood, 12 Aug 2009

BlackBerry Storm 2 demo'd on web

A video has appeared online in which a second-generation Blackberry Storm is apparently demonstrated. Can't see the video? Download Flash Player from Research in Motion (Rim) has already confirmed plans for a Storm 2. The model shown in the video is numbered the 9550 and codenamed 'Odin'. The Storm was codenamed …
James Sherwood, 22 Jul 2009

BlackBerry Storm 2 spotted in wild

Pictures of Research in Motion’s recently confirmed second-generation Storm smartphone have surfaced online. Storm_2_001 The Storm 2: touch-sensitive buttons are new The Storm 2 takes many visual cues from the original model, but we did notice several changes from the first-generation model. Storm_2_002 Is it slightly …
James Sherwood, 15 May 2009
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Uni students invent 'radiation-proof' cloth for Moon tents

In news which could be a boon for the fledging inflatable Moon habitat tent podule industry, a group of textiles students from North Carolina say they have invented a radiation-proof, solar power generating fabric ideal for lunar camping. As regular Reg readers will be well aware, most of the universe is too radioactive for …
Lewis Page, 12 May 2009

RIM confirms Storm 2

Research in Motion (RIM) plans to release an updated version of its first touchscreen BlackBerry, the Storm, the firm’s CEO has confirmed. Jim Balsillie told Reuters that a next-generation Storm is in the works. The new handset will be part of RIM's continuing push into the retail marke, he added. Over 50 per cent of RIM’s …

Wi-Fi BlackBerry Storm rumour blows in

The BlackBerry Storm’s lack of Wi-Fi support is arguably its most disappointing feature. But all that will change if rumours of a Wi-Fi capable model prove true. Called, unimaginatively, the Storm 2, “a source very close to the issue” has told website Slash Gear that US network operator Verizon has given the Storm’s …
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Boffins: Atlantic temperature ruled by dust, not CO2

American scientists say that variations in atmospheric dust levels affect the temperature of the Atlantic ocean far more than global warming. Research indicates that 70 per cent of the change in Atlantic temperature over recent decades has resulted from reduced dust, rather than climate change. The new analysis comes from …
Lewis Page, 27 Mar 2009

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