llebeel writes "London Underground's "next generation" tube train could to do away with sardine like commutes. The body is working with potential suppliers for these trains on a regular basis to work out what they will look like and how they will solve some of the overcrowding problems in the Tube network due to its ever growing number of passengers.
One contender in the bidding to provide that next gen train is German electronics firm Siemens, who has built a "tube train of the future" mock-up, the Inspiro metro train, which rests at the Crystal in the Royal Victoria Dock in East London. If London Underground choose the Inspiro, passenger numbers will be increased by around 10 percent."Link to Original Source
souperfly writes "The Inquirer.net has a list of 21 sites that the RIAA is looking to get shutdown by ISPs this week. The list includes sites filestube, Bomb-Mp3, Mp3skull, Bitsnoop, Extratorrent, Torrenthound, Torrentreactor and Monova, and at least one ISP — Virgin Media in the UK — has confirmed the number of targetted sites.
Before it was thought that only six sites were lined up for a chop."Link to Original Source
TinTops writes "Businesses still running XP should switch to Windows 8 as soon as possible, as Microsoft details its own findings into the relative security of its operating systems:
"If you look at the infection rate on Windows systems you can see older versions are infected more than newer machines. Windows XP is six-times more likely to be infected than Windows 8, even though it has the same malware encounter rate," said Mike Reavey, GM of Microsoft Trustworthy Computing, at the RSA Conference in Amsterdam.
He added: "The downward rate is a sign of secure development practices," he said. "In pretty much every service in Microsoft we have people devoted purely on security, focused on what's going on in the marketplace and what's needed to secure it.""Link to Original Source
llebeel writes "Canonical founder and technology entrepreneur Mark Shuttleworth talks with The INQUIRER about his love for exploration and the deep unknown, including his ambitions to walk on Mars and his certainty that we'll one day find "absolute proof of life elsewhere the universe"."Link to Original Source
girlmad writes "The UK government is looking to recruit IT experts for a cyber reserves army, which will help it defend against the threat of cyber warfare. "This is an exciting opportunity for internet experts in industry to put their skills to good use for the nation, protecting our vital computer systems and capabilities," said the Ministry of Defence. The reserve unit will cover a range of military cyber tactics, including a strike capability to augment the UK's military prowess."Link to Original Source
girlmad writes "The Met Police in London has revealed that officers have to wait 30 minutes every day for their machines to turn on and be ready to use. It's not surprising, considering that the Met assistant commissioner has admitted that the IT systems the police are using date as far back as the 1970s."Link to Original Source
girlmad writes "The UK government’s chief operating officer Stephen Kelly offered a frightening insight into the world of government IT spending this week. According to Kelly, the government spends a crazy £6,000 per year per PC just to maintain the devices, and wastes 3 days per year per person due to slow boot-up times. One PC supplier must be rubbing their hands with glee at this cushy deal."Link to Original Source
llebeel writes "3D printing's ubiquity is being aided by the open source nature of the technology alongside a community of designers, developers and enthusiasts that are taking advantage of 3D printer design blueprints available online, and constructing homemade machines.
We visited New York last week, and met with one of the city's 3D printing community's members; full-time architect Gordon Laplante, who has not only built his own machine, but used it to print out parts to build a much bigger version, all in the comfort of his living room."Link to Original Source
llebeel writes "The INQUIRER: A New York City start-up named Robokeg has showed off a Raspberry Pi and NFC-powered beer keg prototype.
Made up of "three lazy hackers", Robokeg demoed the gadget at the New York Tech Meetup (NYTM) event on Tuesday, offering up some hands-free beer service via a Raspberry Pi PC, which acts as the brain of the machine with 3D-printed parts covering the brawn.
Robokeg said it could one day act as a vending machine at festivals when you don't have your wallet, or in clubs to reduce queue times at the bar. Watch for it at your local pub."Link to Original Source
carlypage3 writes "Benefits claimants in the UK are being forced to use Microsoft's now obsolete Windows XP and Internet Explorer 6 software. The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) states that its online forms are not compatible with Internet Explorer 7, 8, 9 and 10, Safari, Google Chrome or Firefox. As if that wasn't unnerving enough, the Gov.UK website says that users cannot submit claims using Mac OS X or Linux operating systems, either."Link to Original Source
girlmad writes "Judge Birss, who gained renown as the man who forced Apple to run adverts saying Samsung didn't copy the iPad, is back under the spotlight, claiming that we need to take the fight to patent trolls. But he's also warning that the courts might run out of capacity soon to handle the growing number of patent cases."Link to Original Source
illiteratehack writes "Icewarp, a company that has sold messaging software to the US Navy and the British Army, claims that getting existing Microsoft Exchange customers over to Linux is easy once it demonstrates the same features can be had without the need to licensing both the operating system and the messaging server. Given feature parity on Linux, just how long can firms justify paying Microsoft's licensing fees?"Link to Original Source
illiteratehack writes "10 years ago AMD released its first Opteron processor, the first 64-bit x86 processor. The firm's 64-bit 'extensions' allowed the chip to run existing 32-bit x86 code in a bid to avoid the problems faced by Intel's Itanium processor. However AMD suffered from a lack of native 64-bit software support, with Microsoft's Windows XP 64-bit edition severely hampering its adoption in the workstation market."Link to Original Source
girlmad writes "Thousands of PCs have been crippled by a faulty update from security vendor Malwarebytes that marked legitimate system files as malware code. The update definition meant Malwarebytes' software treated essential Windows.dll and .exe files as malware, stopping them running and thus knocking IT systems and PCs offline, leaving lots of unhappy users and one firm with 80% of its servers offline."Link to Original Source
llebeel writes "Gigabyte previewed a mini PC called Brix at a "tech tour" event in London last night, which could see the firm take on the Raspberry Pi.
Boasting what the firm claims is "the same power as a tower PC", the mini computer boasts a choice of Intel Celeron or Core processors as powerful as the Core i7 chip for "low to high power".
However, as yet specs are thin on the ground, but we do know it should launch in the UK within the next month or so.."Link to Original Source