Showing posts from 16 October 2012

BMC stitched up by Singer

16 Oct 2012

With pretty much every half-decent cloud or software company quickly Hoovered up by Oracle, SAP or Microsoft, it’s perhaps a surprise that low-profile storage management software vendor BMC Software is still around.

But perhaps not for too much longer. According to reports, the world’s 20th largest software firm has been put on the block following a campaign led by “activist” shareholder Elliott Management – a hedge fund run by Paul Singer.

Potential suitors include IBM, Oracle and Dell – but not HP, which has probably had its fill of software vendors after its $10.3bn (£6.4bn) Autonomy acquisition.

Now you see me... Meet Mr Pixelhead

16 Oct 2012

Just five years ago, police in Middlesbrough decided to fit loudspeakers to the network of CCTV cameras around the city, so that instead of merely spying on people, they could order them about from the comfort of their own control room.

It didn’t catch on, but it might do now with the advent of advanc­ed facial recognition technology, enabling the donut mun­chers to put a name to faces and boom out their orders.

Now, though, German artist Martin Backes has created an anti-facial recognition balaclava to combat states’ apparent need to spy on everyone. The brown, pixelated, commando-style mask, though, while no doubt effective, only makes the wearer look like they’re suffering from some hideous facial disfigurement that they are too embarrassed to show.

Besides, wouldn’t it be easier and less embarrassing just to wear a Boris Johnson mask?

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Credit: Martin Backes

Animal lovers go hunting for Japanese game

16 Oct 2012

Older readers might be forgiven for thinking that Nintendo’s Pokémon game, surely, does not exist anymore. But they would be wrong.

However, the game has drawn the fire of campaigning animal charity PETA – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals – who claim that the whole pre­mise of the game is “horrible”.

“The difference between real life and this fictional world full of organised animal fighting is that Pokémon games paint rosy pictures of things that are actually horrible,” claimed PETA as it unveiled a new game.

In PETA’s new game, instead of catching mythical creatures, players have to free them. Sounds fantastic.

In 2010, PETA also com­plained about a platform game called Super Meat Boy. It produced a parody called Super Tofu Boy in response.

In turn, the producers of the game – Team Meat – taunted PETA on Twitter: “How many PETA members does it take to change a light bulb? None, PETA can’t change anything...”

Meanwhile, before you next tuck into a cheeky haddock and chips, be sure to read PETA’s “Nine Ways Fish Are Just Like You”.