Monday, November 21, 2011

Technical News - 21 November 2011

  • Death toll hits 22 on third days of Egypt clashes
    November 21, 2011
    CAIRO (Reuters) - The death toll in three days of clashes in Cairo and other Egyptian cities between police and protesters against army rule rose to 22 on Monday and threatened to disrupt the first free parliamentary elections in decades.

  • Grand deficit-cutting effort ends with whimper
    November 21, 2011
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican and Democratic leaders of a 12-member congressional "super committee" are set to declare defeat in a joint statement to be released after three months of talks failed to bridge deep divides over taxes and spending.

  • NYC police say arrest "lone wolf" in bomb plot
    November 21, 2011
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York police arrested a 27-year-old man they called a "lone wolf" militant on charges of plotting to build bombs to kill American soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • Hackers 'attack' US water system
    November 21, 2011
    Hackers are believed to have destroyed a pump used to pipe water to thousands of homes in a US city in Illinois.
  • Taming data explosion with data centre convergence
    November 21, 2011
    In today’s information-centric world, every data centre contains a wealth of information that may unlock new ways to improve revenues and gain market share, says Vivekanand from HDS
  • Global economic outlook grim, China tells U.S. trade talks
    November 21, 2011
    CHENGDU, China (Reuters) - Chinese Vice-Premier Wang Qishan warned on Monday the global economy is in a grim state and the visiting U.S. commerce secretary said China would spend $1.7 trillion on strategic sectors as Beijing seeks to bolster waning growth.

  • No Flash for Android 4.0 'Ice Cream Sandwich' just yet
    November 21, 2011
    Is no-Flash in 'Ice Cream Sandwich' a deal-breaker?
  • Pressure for fast action after Spain election win
    November 21, 2011
    MADRID (Reuters) - Spanish Prime Minister elect Mariano Rajoy was under pressure on Monday to give rapid details of his policies to overcome the worst economic crisis for generations as his overwhelming election victory did little to calm the nerves of investors.

  • Why We Are In Political Gridlock: The Private Sector Is Dying
    November 21, 2011
    The fact that the so-called Super-Committee of Congress has failed to reach agreement on a budget deal will surprise no one. The underlying reason why no deal was reached surprises almost everyone: the private sector is dying. The pretexts for the gridlock Barring something unexpected before today’s deadline, the Congressional deficit committee’s failure will be the third in the last 12 months. By law, the Committee’s inability to reach an agreement will trigger $1.2 trillion in automatic spending cuts over 10 years starting in 2013.
  • A Drone Helicopter That Can Land On a Moving Truck
    November 21, 2011


    garymortimer writes with a story (the accompanying video is worth watching) of an unmanned helicopter than can automatically land on a moving surface. Though it's shown landing on a bed of a moving truck, the real purpose is for sea-based use: "This automatic system for take-off, landing and deck-landing of UAVs is the fruit of the joint expertise of Thales and DCNS. Thales is responsible for the positioning system and its interface with the UAV system, the supply of a UAV demonstrator system and slaving of the flight path along a trajectory. DCNS is responsible for predicting the vessel motions, the harpoon system as well as the interface and integration with the vessel."
    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • Motorola launches new Razr version
    November 21, 2011
    The device comes preloaded with the Motorola MotoCast app, which allows users to stream or download content straight from the PC
  • InfoWorld's top 10 emerging enterprise technologies
    November 21, 2011
    Which of today's newest shipping technologies will triumph over the long haul? Here are our best guesses
  • HP's future: All eyes on the outlook for 2012
    November 21, 2011
    Wall Street expects HP CEO Meg Whitman to cut the outlook for 2012, but analysts are increasingly betting that the guidance won't be a total trainwreck.
  • How to cut better deals with SAP
    November 21, 2011
    Here are nine negotiating tips for SAP customers who are hammering out deals with the vendor as the Dec. 31 end of its fiscal year approaches. Insider (registration required)
  • Getting a fast start with agile BI development
    November 21, 2011
    There's heightened interest in agile BI, a rapid development methodology for creating BI systems that involves the end user as early and as often as possible -- and thus saves time and effort. Insider (registration required)
  • VIDEO: Should police remove gang films from web?
    November 21, 2011
    Heidi Alexander MP thinks police should have the powers to remove films on the internet that glamourise gang culture, but some say that would be censorship and even impractical.
  • Saving energy with a press of a button (video)
    November 21, 2011
    Energy Hub's CEO, Seth Frader-Thompson predicts that every home in the U.S. will utilize some form of energy management within 10 years.
  • Google Chromebook Now Available for $299
    November 21, 2011
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    If you have been looking to buy a Google Chromebook but for the unjustifiable price, this news might interest you a bit.
    Acer has dropped the price of their AC700 Chromebook (Wi-Fi) to $299. The product listing on both Amazon.com and Acer.com still mention the old $349 price but once you add the Chromebook to your shopping cart, it uses the reduced price.
    Acer AC700-1099 features an 11.6" screen, Intel Atom N570 Processor, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB SSD hard drive and runs on Google Chrome OS.
    Amazon won’t ship these to India but there are strong hints that Google could officially launch Chromebooks in India in early 2012. Samsung had earlier dropped the price of all their Chromebook models by almost 10%.
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    Digital Inspiration @labnolThis story, Google Chromebook Now Available for $299, was originally published at Digital Inspiration on November 21, 2011 under Google Chrome Os, Gadgets.




  • Olympus: Panel finds no criminal links yet in M&A deals
    November 21, 2011
    TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Olympus Corp said on Monday that a third-party panel appointed by the company to look into an accounting scandal has, so far, found no evidence that funds from its M&A deals went to organised crime syndicates or that "yakuza" gangsters were involved.

  • UK web blacklist blocks access to file-sharing site Fileserve
    November 21, 2011
    UK ISPs blocked access to Fileserve over the weekend, after the UK's web blacklist filter blocked all downloads from the site after a reporting error.
  • Gates to testify in $1B lawsuit against Microsoft (AP)
    November 21, 2011
    AP - Microsoft's Bill Gates was set to testify Monday in a $1 billion antitrust lawsuit accusing the software maker of duping a competitor prior to its rollout of Windows 95.
  • Marshall Herskovitz: World War II the Key to America's Energy Future
    November 21, 2011
    Leading up to our awards ceremony on December 7, 2011, Katerva will be interviewing experts and thought leaders in several different areas of sustainability.
  • Swedish Pirate Party Member To Be EU's Youngest MP
    November 21, 2011


    First time accepted submitter genjix writes "In a few weeks Amelia Andersdotter will be the second Pirate Party member to take a seat at the European Parliament in Brussels. The 24-year-old Swede was voted in more than two years ago, but due to bureaucratic quibbles her official appointment was delayed. TorrentFreak catches up with the soon-to-be youngest MEP to hear about her plans and expectations."
    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • Exclusive: Taliban, Pakistan said to have started peace talks
    November 21, 2011
    ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan's Taliban movement, a major security threat to the country, is holding exploratory peace talks with the U.S.-backed government, a senior Taliban commander and mediators told Reuters Monday.

  • Inmates harass victims via Facebook (AP)
    November 21, 2011
    In this photo taken Nov. 4, 2011, Karen Carrisosa is seen with a photo of her and her husband Larry, at the site where he was killed in Sacramento, Calif.  Carrisosa  became concerned  when officials found a  Facebook posting from Corcoran State Prison inmate Fredrick Garner who is serving a 22-year, involuntary manslaughter sentence for killing Larry 11 years ago.   Carrisosa is a victim of a disturbing trend: Inmates who use smuggled mobile devices or work through third parties to access social networking sites giving them the ability to harass their victims and victim's families. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)AP - Lisa Gesik hesitates to log into her Facebook account nowadays because of unwanted "friend" requests, not from long-ago classmates but from the ex-husband now in prison for kidnapping her and her daughter.


  • Will Apple's AMD Trinity-based MacBook Air see the light of day?
    November 21, 2011
    An attack of the MacBook Air clones in underway, funded largely by Intel's $300M Ultrabook Fund. Will it push Apple to jump ship for AMD? We'll have to wait until next year to find out.
  • What I want from a Kindle smartphone
    November 20, 2011
    Analysts say that a Kindle smartphone is in the works for the 2012 holiday season. How can Amazon make its handset stand out from the rest? CNET's Bonnie Cha has a few ideas.
  • Oracle: HP Paying Intel to Keep Itanium Going
    November 20, 2011
    Hewlett-Packard has secretly contracted with Intel to keep making Itanium processors so that HP can maintain the appearance that "a dead microprocessor is still...

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  • Steve Case: Give Startups Easier Access To Capital (Video)
    November 20, 2011
    Steve Case, the founder of AOL and now an investor in Zipcar, Living Social and other startups, has some ideas on how to get the economy going again - and it starts with entrepreneurship.
  • Half of adults believe social media sites hurt youth?
    November 20, 2011
    If the results of a recent telephone survey are to be taken at face value - a reasonably big if, in my opinion - roughly half of American adults believe that Facebook, Twitter and their ilk are harmful to the social development of today's young people.
  • Apple and jail made cool
    November 20, 2011
    Apple, Steve Jobs, Richard M. Stallman, nerds, and Microsoft ... a heady mixture that Gibbs decides to stir this week
  • Razer Partners With China's Tencent for Games on Blade Laptop
    November 20, 2011
    Gaming hardware manufacturer Razer is partnering with China's Internet firm Tencent for games to run on its newest 17.3-inch (43.9 centimeters) gaming laptop.

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  • JavaScript JVM Runs Java
    November 20, 2011


    mikejuk writes "The world of software is made slightly crazy because of the huge flexibility within any computer language. Once you have absorbed the idea of a compiler written in the language it compiles, what else is there left to gawp at? But... a Java Virtual Machine JVM written in JavaScript seems like another level of insanity. A lone coder, Artur Ventura, has implemented a large part of the standard JVM using JavaScript and you can check the code out on Github. Notice this isn't a Java to JavaScript translator but a real JVM that runs byte code. This means it could run any language that compiles to byte code." Bonus: on Ventura's website is a set of visual notes from a talk he gave titled "My Language Is Better Than Yours."
    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • The Cloud, Day 9: Hey! Where'd My Cloud Go?
    November 20, 2011
    The cloud is great as long as you have a stable, fast Internet connection. But, if the Internet disappears, so does everything you rely on.

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  • McAfee threats report: Android is in the crosshairs
    November 20, 2011
    Yet another report proves that Android is the biggest target for mobile malware.
  • Mobile network optimization mkt to touch $3 bn
    November 20, 2011
    Infonetics forecasts that the market, including 2G/3G optimization and 4G SON software, will grow to almost $3.0 billion by 2015
  • Water Utility Hacked: Are Our SCADA Systems at Risk?
    November 20, 2011
    A cyber attack against an Illinois water utility illustrates the weaknesses in our SCADA networks and the need to step up our cyber defenses to protect them better.

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  • 'Modern Warfare 3' Takes on the Hackers
    November 20, 2011
    The popular game's developers have banned thousands of cheaters. The future of warfare will be all about cyber space.
  • Halo Remake Honors Xbox 10-Year Anniversary
    November 20, 2011
    Halo was among the first games available for the Xbox way back when. Ben Kuchera says Microsoft's decision to purchase Bungie, the maker of the iconic first-person shooter, "one of the savviest moves in video game history."
    The game looked much more advanced than its peers, and showed off the power of the system, even as a launch title. You could play against up to four players in splitscreen, and you could network multiple systems together to play massive multiplayer games.

  • More Details Emerge About the Dutch Research Scandal
    November 20, 2011
    More details have emerged about the research scandal in the Netherlands, in which prominent Erasmus Medical Center cardiovascular researcher Don Poldermans was fired for scientific misconduct. Anonymously leaked portions of a report from the Erasmus Medical Center investigation first appeared on Scribd over the weekend. Later an executive summary of the report, dated November 16, appeared on the Erasmus website. All the documents are in Dutch. Here is a brief summary, based on help received from Google Translate, Babel Fish, and native Dutch speakers.
  • Galaxy Nexus outdoes iPhone in browsing, but not graphics
    November 20, 2011
    The upcoming Ice Cream Sandwich Google phone renders Web pages faster, but can't keep up with Apple's GPU.
  • VIDEO: India's Silicon Valley moves ahead
    November 20, 2011
    For more than two decades the city of Bangalore has been growing as an international technology hub, but now new challenges are facing the sector.
  • Cloud Computing's Vendor Lock-In Problem: Why the Industry is Taking a Step Backward
    November 20, 2011
    For more than a decade, IT managers and advocates have been working tirelessly to enable solutions based on common standards and protocols that can be built, supported, swapped out and replaced, regardless of vendor. And they almost succeeded -- until lately.
  • Recommended Reading
    November 20, 2011

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