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Cable thieves cost UK rail £15m a year

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 11:18
Six attacks a day

Copper thieves are costing Network Rail £15m a year and causing 6,000 hours of delays.…

Google will throw open lid on music locker service today

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 11:16
No licence? No problem. Just look at YouTube

Google is expected to barge into the music industry this afternoon with the launch of its own music locker service, without prior approval from record labels.…

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Israeli hover-jeep returns to flight testing

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 11:15
Would you trust a robot to fly out your injured buddy?

The "AirMule" robot hover-jeep being developed in Israel is back in flight tests following modifications: but the radical ducted-fan VTOL craft still has yet to fly untethered.…

Spotify's music manager makeover - does it work?

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 11:15
Join their download club, use your iPod, scratch your head...

Last week, Spotify announced perhaps the biggest overhaul to its service since its launch. It has taken several days to roll out and is very interesting.…

Would Microsoft's Skype buy strengthen Lync or push it off a cliff?

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 11:14
Talk is cheap, and $8bn is a lot

Analysis Is Microsoft preparing to school Skype in technology that it recently described as the "next generation of unified comms", or has the company spotted a hole in its VoIP strategy that can only be filled by an expensive acquisition?…

WTF is... IPv6?

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 11:00
Address to impress

On the 8 June, it’ll be World IPv6 Day – a coordinated effort by major services on the internet, including Google and Facebook, to provide their services using the new version of the Internet Protocol. It’s part of the plans to cope with internet addresses ‘running out'. But just what is IPv6 - and what does it mean for most users?…

IPCC report: Renewables can never meet energy demand

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 10:43
Unless most people die or remain miserably poor

The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has issued teasers ahead of an upcoming report into renewable energy.…

Isilon bigs up up data capacity

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 10:11
3TB disk drives

EMC World Isilon has increased the capacity of its NL nearline archival system to 108TB by using 3TB drives.…

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Space shuttle Endeavour finally off next Monday

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 09:57
Last mission begins on 16 May

NASA has announced that space shuttle Endeavour will finally blast off on its 25th and final mission at 12:56 GMT on 16 May.…

DWP's poor IT systems threaten back-to-work scheme

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 09:55
Multiple closed systems could hobble welfare-to-work programme – supplier

IT issues threaten the effectiveness of the government's single welfare-to-work scheme, according to the Department for Work and Pensions' (DWP) IT training and software provider.…

Adobe Photoshop Express 2.0

Thu, 03/31/2011 - 06:00
Picture this

iOS App of the Week Having taken the plunge into iPhone photography with the Slow Shutter Cam app, I decided my next step should be Adobe's Photoshop Express, which has just been updated to version 2.0.…

Facebook HipHop serves 70% more traffic on same hardware

Thu, 03/31/2011 - 05:16
PHP to C++ Diddy

When Facebook moved its servers to HipHop for PHP – the code transformer it built to convert PHP into optimized C++ – the company's average CPU usage dropped by 50 per cent. And after six months of additional engineering, the tool was about 1.8 times faster.…

Google open source guru: 'Why we ban the AGPL'

Thu, 03/31/2011 - 04:00
Mountain View crawlers spot 31 million open source projects

Google open source guru Chris DiBona says that the web giant continues to ban the lightning-rod AGPL open source license within the company because doing so "saves engineering time" and because most AGPL projects are of no use to the company.…

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Pre-release Windows 8 code hits PC makers

Thu, 03/31/2011 - 00:06
Microsoft prepping IE 10, already?

Microsoft's webOS luvvin' partner HP is among the PC manufacturers getting copies of early Windows 8 code, according to reports.…

Google unleashes (another) Facebook knock-off

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 23:17
'Tell us what you like. Just like you tell Zuckerberg'

Google has unveiled its latest answer to Facebook, and as it turns out, the long-rumored Google +1 project is a shameless knock-off of the Facebook "Like" button.…

Dell, HP badmouth Apple's iPad

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 23:03
'Just absurd' (much like Dell's math)

A top Dell marketeer says that Apple's "magical and revolutionary" fondleslab is doomed to enterprise irrelevancy, and an HP senior vice president blasted Apple's partner policies as being "just absurd."…

Is Samsung imitating Sony?

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 22:57
Researcher's claim: 'I logged your logger' Updated: denied by Samsung

If this is true, it could be the stupidest thing any laptop manufacturer has ever done: NetworkWorld is reporting the discovery of keyloggers on brand-new Samsung laptops.…

Google to NASA: Open source will not kill you

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 22:02
'Time to blow up some robots'

Google open source guru Chris DiBona has called on NASA to use more open source code in its aerospace program, urging the government agency to test free software in unmanned flights and "blow-up some robots."…

Gloves off on Australia's NBN: Turnbull articulates policy

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 21:00
Clarity at last, we think

Telecommunications policy-watchers in Australia have a clear articulation of the federal opposition’s position and plans, after communications spokesman Malcolm Turnbull addressed a Sydney conference on Wednesday.…

Verizon boosts 'selected' US backbones to 100G

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 19:32
Drops E, bE, b/s, b/sec overhead from its Gigabit

Verizon has announced that it will be the first service provider to pump "selected segments" of its US long-haul backbone to 100 Gigabit Ethernet speeds, using Juniper Networks routers and Ciena coherent optical-processing gear.…