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Faculty Forum / Apple boss pledges to restart innovation
« on: November 24, 2013, 10:49:00 AM »
Apple’s chief executive has defended the company’s record of innovation since he took over from Steve Jobs, saying he expected it would release “several more game changers” and hinting that wearable computers could be among them.

“It’s an area where it’s ripe for exploration,” Tim Cook said last night at the All Things Digital conference, an annual gathering of technology and media executives in the California coastal resort town of Rancho Palos Verdes. “It’s ripe for us all getting excited about. I think there will be tonnes of companies playing in this.”

Source: Internet (The Times)

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Faculty Forum / Steve Jobs: All my work will be obsolete by 2005
« on: November 24, 2013, 10:46:21 AM »
 When he died, acolytes likened him to Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, and even Leonardo da Vinci. But while he lived, Steve Jobs was convinced that his achievements would be quickly forgotten, a newly unearthed interview shows.

“All the work that I have done in my life will be obsolete by the time I’m 50,” he said in a previously unreleased video recorded in 1994, when he was 39. “This is not a field where one paints a painting that will be looked at for centuries, or builds a church that will be admired for centuries.

Source: Internet (Rhys Blakely, The Times)

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A spy network believed to have been controlled from China has hacked into classified documents on government and private computers in 103 countries, according to internet researchers. The spy system, dubbed GhostNet, is alleged to have compromised 1,295 machines at Nato and foreign ministries, embassies, banks and news organisations across the world, as well as computers used by the Dalai Lama and Tibetan exiles.

Source: Internet (Mike Harvey, The Times)

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 A sleek white superyacht ordered by the Apple co-founder Steve Jobs before he died has been seized in an Amsterdam shipyard in a dispute over an unpaid bill.

The Venus — an £80-million-pound toy that the billionaire computer mogul had built by internationally acclaimed ship designer Phillipe Starck — is sailing nowhere fast after a bailiff entered the shipyard this week.

Lawyers for Mr Starck’s company Ubik say he has been paid just two thirds of the €9 million — £7.3 million — he said he was promised when he took the commission.

Source: Internet (Allan Hall, The Times)

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Faculty Forum / Judge caught playing computer games during trial
« on: November 24, 2013, 02:18:44 AM »
 One of the five judges in the trial of Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 77 people in twin attacks in Norway last year, has been caught on camera playing solitaire online during proceedings.

In a video published on the website of newspaper Verdens Gang, one of the three lay judges hearing the case, Ernst Henning Eielsen, can be seen playing the card game on his computer as a Swedish professor testifies to the court.

Source: Internet (The Times)

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 Unidentified cyber-attackers have hacked into the heart of Japan’s political, diplomatic and defence establishment, exposing e-mails and secret documents written by MPs, parliamentary officials and diplomats.

Responding to the news, the US Defence Secretary, Leon Panetta, pressed the Japanese Government to share with other governments information on such cyber-attacks, which are assumed by many Japanese to be the work of the Chinese Government or its agents.

“It is the battlefield of the future,” Mr Panetta said on a visit to Tokyo, “and it’s an important area for all countries to work together in order to develop proper security.

Source: Internet (Richard Lloyd Parry, The Times)

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Faculty Forum / Chinese steal jet secrets from BAE Systems
« on: November 24, 2013, 02:11:25 AM »
CHINESE spies hacked into computers belonging to BAE Systems, Britain’s biggest defence company, to steal details about the design, performance and electronic systems of the West’s latest fighter jet, senior security figures have disclosed.

The Chinese have exploited vulnerabilities in BAE’s computer defences to steal vast amounts of data on the £200 billion F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), a multinational project to create a plane that will give the West air supremacy for years to come, according to the sources. The attack has prompted fears that the jet’s radar capabilities could have been compromised.

Details of the attack on BAE have been a closely guarded secret within Britain’s intelligence community since it was first uncovered nearly three years ago. But they were disclosed by a senior BAE executive during a private dinner in London for cyber security experts late last year.

Source: Internet (David Leppard, The Times)

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 India’s wealthiest software tycoon has announced plans to produce a £20 tablet computer designed to bring iPad-style technology to the country’s masses.

Wipro, the IT giant founded by the tycoon Azim Premji, said that it was developing a touch-screen PC device that would cost a fraction of the 29,500 rupee (£400) starting cost of an Apple iPad in India.

The tablet, aimed at the nation’s rural poor and schoolchildren, is under development at the company’s Electronic City campus in Bangalore, home to a workforce of 11,000 people. A pilot model should be ready early next year, Wipro said.

Source: Internet (Robin Pagnamenta, The Times)

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Faculty Forum / India launches £29 tablet computer
« on: November 24, 2013, 02:05:58 AM »
 It is the nation that produced the world’s cheapest car.

Now India is hoping to do for tablet computing what the Tata Nano set out to do for motoring.

A £29 device which has been dubbed the world’s cheapest tablet computer was unveiled today in Delhi — the cornerstone of a government scheme which ministers claim will help bring the technology into the homes of millions of poor schoolchildren in the country’s villages and urban slums.

The tablet, called Aakash, meaning “sky” in Hindi, will initially be manufactured in a pilot run of 100,000 units.

Source: Internet (Robin Pagnamenta, The Times)

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Faculty Forum / US experts helped develop virus that hit Iran
« on: November 24, 2013, 02:00:32 AM »
 Computer malware to sabotage Iran’s nuclear programme and stop Tehran developing an atomic bomb was designed by American and Israeli experts, it was claimed yesterday.

The Stuxnet computer worm, the most sophisticated cyberweapon ever made, crippled uranium enrichment facilities across Iran last year and set the country back five years in the nuclear arms race.

Source: Internet (James Hider, The Times)

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Faculty Forum / Oil terminal disconnected after ‘computer virus attack’
« on: November 24, 2013, 01:56:14 AM »
Iran said yesterday that its oil industry had become the latest target of cyber-attacks by enemies of the Islamic republic.

Officials claimed that the oil ministry and the national oil company had been attacked by a computer virus reminiscent of the Stuxnet worm unleashed against Iran’s nuclear programme two years ago. The country’s main export terminal had been disconnected from the internet as a precaution, they added.

Nobody has claimed responsibility for the Stuxnet virus, but the regime has blamed Israel and the United States for that and for the recent assassinations of several nuclear scientists.

Source: Internet (Martin Fletcher, The Times)

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Faculty Forum / Gang stole $45m from bank with computers
« on: November 24, 2013, 01:52:36 AM »
An international criminal organisation stole $45 million in a giant bank heist that has been uncovered by British investigators and law enforcement agencies from New York to Kuala Lumpur.

The robbery targeted two Middle Eastern banks and was carried out in co-ordinated strikes on December 22 last year and again over two days in February.

No gelignite exploded to crack a safe wall, no guards were taken hostage, no getaway car was required to spirit away the cash. Instead, the criminal gang behind one of the largest bank heists in history stole the money by withdrawing it from cash machines.

Source: Internet (Will Pavia, The Times)

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Faculty Forum / Scientists to build entire ‘human brain’
« on: November 24, 2013, 01:50:25 AM »
 S cientists are to create the world’s first simulation of a whole human brain, using the most powerful computer built.

The machine will allow researchers to study the brain right down to the level of individual cells and the molecules within them.

A key aim of the Human Brain Project, funded by the European Union, will be to find new insights into neurological diseases ranging from Alzheimer’s to depression, and to test novel drugs and other treatments. Another will be to see if such a machine might be able to generate a new form of human-like intelligence.

“The aim is to simulate the entire human brain,” said Professor Henry Markram, head of the neural microcircuitry laboratory at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland, who is leading the project.

“The complexity of the brain, with its billions of interconnected neurons, makes it hard for neuroscientists to truly understand how it works.

Source: Internet (Jonathan Leake, The Times)

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Faculty Forum / China ‘develops viruses to attack computers’
« on: November 24, 2013, 01:43:56 AM »


China has established special “information warfare units” to develop viruses that can attack targeted computer systems and networks, according to a Pentagon report on Chinese military capabilities published yesterday.

Examining the increasing threat posed by Chinese cyber warfare activities, the Pentagon revealed that the new units are run by China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) but are also linked to the country’s civilian information technology professionals.

The report, which is an annual review for Congress of China’s military modernisation programme, said last year numerous computer systems around the world, including in the US, were the target of “intrusions”.

Source: Internet (Michael Evans, The Times)

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 A “happy and outgoing” 12-year-old girl hanged herself in protest after being sent to bed for arguing with her brother about use of the family computer, an inquest ruled yesterday.

Jessica Jevons was found hanging by a pink dressing gown chord by her twin brother Patrick on the landing of the family home 15 minutes after a “demonstration of annoyance”, Bolton Coroners Court heard. She was already dead.

Police concluded that she had positioned herself so that the next person to ascend the staircase would be “shocked into responding”.

Source: Internet (John Simpson, The Times)

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