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Submission + - New organisation set to drive open cloud standards (

Golygydd Max writes: "After the debacle of The Open Cloud Manifesto a couple of years ago, there has been little talk of a co-ordinated effort on open standards and the cloud. According to Cloud Pro, a new group, The Open Cloud Initiative, is attempting to fill the vacuum and start promoting open standards in the cloud community"

Submission + - Pfizer in massive $1.6b Wyeth IT integration spend (

DMandPenfold writes: Pfizer has spent $1.6bn on system integration around its mammoth acquisition of rival Wyeth two years ago, including on a global enterprise resource planning rollout.

The pharmaceutical giant said yesterday it has spent the money over 2009 and 2010, “primarily” on system integration and consulting costs.

A large part of the work is understood to concern a global SAP rollout. Pfizer reportedly made a strategic decision to move to a centralised SAP enterprise resource planning platform in 2009, following the Wyeth acquisition. Wyeth had already begun a transition to SAP ERP globally, having moved from multiple instances of JD Edwards


Submission + - BP oil spill foreseeable on monitoring system (

DMandPenfold writes: The BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico had been clearly foreseeable on its monitoring systems, but those systems lacked proper alarms to alert tired engineers..

That is a final verdict of the US Oil Spill Commission, tasked by president Barack Obama with investigating the disaster. In its report published today, it blamed serious errors and cost-cutting decisions by BP and lead partners Transocean and Halliburton, and called for an industry and regulatory overhaul to prevent future accidents.

Open Source

Submission + - LSE delayed Linux system finally launches Feb 14 (

DMandPenfold writes: The London Stock Exchange’s delayed Linux-based trading system has finally been given a go-live date of 14 February, for the exchange’s main cash markets.

The launch date announcement comes as the LSE put the highly-publicised December outage of the system — which already runs on its Turquoise anonymous trading venue — down to “human error”. It declined to give more details.


Submission + - I, for one, welcome our new patent overlords (

ChiefMonkeyGrinder writes: A significant event took place yesterday: potentially the biggest software patent troll of all has finally woken from its slumbers: Today Intellectual Ventures enforced its rights and filed patent infringement complaints in the US District Court of Delaware against companies in the software security; dynamic random access memory (DRAM) and Flash memory; and field-programmable gate array (FPGA) industries. Intellectual Ventures was founded by Microsoft, Intel and a Seattle based lawfim.
United Kingdom

Submission + - Cloud will create thousands of IT jobs (

ChiefMonkeyGrinder writes: Cloud adoption could help the UK achieve economic benefits of £100.7 billion over the six-year period from 2010 to 2015, according to a study by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR). Cloud could also create thousands of new jobs, says CEBR. In the UK, 289,000 jobs are expected to be generated cumulatively over the 2010 to 2015 period, contributing to the more than 2.3 million jobs that are expected to be created across France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK. The net annual figure for all five economies is forecast to be 446,000 new jobs.

Submission + - Wikileaks Julian Assange arrested in London (

ChiefMonkeyGrinder writes: The UK Metropolitan Police arrested the 39-year old founder of Wikipedia this morning on the basis of a European Arrest Warrant, as he voluntarily turned himself into a police station. He will appear in Westminster Magistrates’ Court later. Assange is accused by the Swedish authorities of sexually assaulting two women. He has said the charges are wrong and are part of a campaign against him as Wikileaks reveals a raft of confidential government communications.

Submission + - Will Mark Zuckerberg Prove He's Open Source's BFF? (

ChiefMonkeyGrinder writes: Facebook Messages integrates with Microsoft Office, but open source has been overlooked. Glyn Moody calls on the open source community to petition Mark Zuckerberg to encourage Facebook to support open formats. "Put bluntly, Mr Zuckerberg owes open source a big 'thank you' — or, rather, 41 billion of them."

Submission + - Modeling software showed BP cement as unstable (

DMandPenfold writes: Advanced modelling software analysed the cementing conditions for BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil well as unstable, days before the blast that killed 11 oil rig workers and let millions of barrels of oil spill into the Gulf of Mexico.

Halliburton, the company that carried out the cement job, used its own modelling software called OptiCem, to support arguments that more stability...


Submission + - Man loses $20 million after taking laptop for repa (

ChiefMonkeyGrinder writes: A New York couple have been charged with defrauding a wealthy musician to the tune of $20 million (£12.3 million) after he innocently visited their computer servicing company to have a virus removed from his laptop. The couple cooked up a bizarre plot involving Opus Dei — the Catholic organisation central to The Da Vinci Code — in order to extort the musician out of money.

In 1750 Issac Newton became discouraged when he fell up a flight of stairs.