Whitehats pierce giant hole in Microsoft security shield
In late December, Microsoft researchers responding to publicly posted attack code that exploited a vulnerability in the FTP service of IIS told users it wasn't much of a threat because the worst it probably could do was crash the application.
Symantec and Huawei snatch storage benchmark crown
Huawei Symantec has blown EMC and its nearly all-flash VNX off the SPECsfs2008 benchmark throne with a clustered NAS system without using SSDs. Spinning rust rules, OK?
Seagate to buy Samsung's disk drive biz?
Seagate may buy Samsung's hard disk drive business, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Wind turbine farm hack exposed as hoax
UpdatedClaims of a supposed hack against the computers controlling wind turbines run by NextEra Energy Resources, a subsidiary of Florida Power & Light, are increasingly looking like a hoax.
Redaction FAIL: Dull nuke sub document revealed in full
The news media got in a ferment this weekend as it turned out that officials at the UK Ministry of Defence had failed to effectively redact passages in a report on nuclear submarine safety published to the internet. But the revealed text - which had originally been classified only at a low level - is not terribly exciting.
SCHEITERN: Scientologists want to friend schoolkids on Facebook
The Office for the Protection of the Constitution in North Rhine-Westphalia (Germany) believes Scientology is recruiting children through Facebook and other social networks.
UAE looks to block BlackBerry mail, again
Small companies in the UAE will no longer be permitted to use BlackBerry email services, according to local reports, and access will be cut off in the next two weeks.
Yahoo! jacks data retention from 90 days to 18 months
Yahoo! is jacking up the amount of time it holds onto its log file data by a factor of six to 18 months.
Dropbox polishes iPad practice with patch
File-share resource Dropbox tweaked its iPhone and iPad app today, to allow bulk uploads and faster folder access.
Royal Navy hacker claims to have broken into space agency site
Login credentials for database, email and other key systems that a poster claims belong to the European Space Agency were posted on a full disclosure mailing list over the weekend.
Asus N73SV Core i7 Sandy Bridge 17.3in laptop
ReviewAs a multi-media laptop the Asus NX90 is undoubtedly desirable but it's as big as a barge, weighs a ton and costs an arm and a leg. However, now you can get the same Bang & Olufsen sound system, full HD screen and the latest Sandy Bridge i7 processor in the altogether more practical N73.
Microsoft opens Office 365 beta floodgates to the world
Microsoft Office 365 hit public beta yesterday as Redmond uncorked a marketplace to support the long-gestating cloud-based Office suite.
UK is fifth free-est nation on the internet
The UK is the fifth free-est place on the internet, according to a thinktank report. Of those countries assessed, only Estonia, the USA, Germany and Australia offered more internet freeness than Britain.
Citroën lifts lid on looming diesel hybrid
Citroën has stepped its green gears up a level with its first diesel hybrid vehicle, the DS5.
HP prepping Spotify-like music service for iPad-killer?
Having acquired the quite lovely WebOS, Hewlett Packard owns potentially the strongest tablet software of them all, and it's all wrapped up in the TouchPad, the most attractive competitor to the iPad. But HP knows this is not enough.
Pope says gravity proves technology can't supplant God
The Pope has warned the faithful of the folly of thinking that technology could replace the almighty.
EU Data retention directive 'flawed, unlawful'
European state powers to retain data about customers’ telecommunications are set to come in for a kicking with the release of an offical report from the European Commission.
Officials scoop up bacteria bubbling away in Playboy hot tub
An investigation into an outbreak of respiratory illness amongst techies who'd attended Domainfest has found legionella bacteria bubbling away in a hot tub at the Playboy mansion.
Oracle tests find NFC lags in execution
Oracle has been looking at NFC, and decided that the technology needs to be a good deal faster if it is going to have any hope of going mainstream.
Virgin hits 3D screens with fresh range of flicks
It's all very well having a 3D TV and a service to match, but content can be hard to come by. Virgin Media is addressing this, with today's revelation of a new 3D movie line-up available at no extra cost.
Police head-cam TV show debuts in US
Reality TV took its next step at the weekend with the inaugural broadcasts in the USA of new show Police POV, featuring video footage from headcams worn by cops on the job.
UK net banking website falls flat on its bank
Nationwide Building Society's online presence has been floored for the second time in two months.
EMC Avamar gets jiggy wit Data Domain
EMC's 6.0 release of Avamar protects virtual machines faster and can use a boosted central Data Domain data store, as well as Avamar's own Data Store (now doubled in capacity).
El Reg buried under unmade sci-fi movie entries
We're closing the nominations for the greatest sci-fi film never made, having received well over 1,000 individual emails and comments suggesting just which written work you'd like to see brought to the silver screen.
Leaked US cables finger Chinese army hackers for cyber-spying
Leaked US diplomatic cables have provided some of the first hard evidence that the US is engaged in a heated cyberespionage battle with China, a conflict diplomats reckon is showing few signs of cooling off.
Semi sales air-kiss $300bn in 2010
The prognosticators at chip market watcher Gartner have had a tough time trying to predict what the world's appetite for semiconductors would be in 2010, but they knew one thing for sure. People are hungry for the electronic gadgets and gizmos that have lots of chips in them, and the numbers were going to be up from 2009 and would set a new record revenue level for the industry.
Hauppauge offers global vision with Broadway 2T
Here in Blighty, we’re lucky enough to have on-line services such as the BBC iPlayer to watch our favourite TV shows again on-line, but travel abroad and access to those services is verboten.
Yahoo! Buzz! Given! Mercy! Bullet!
Yahoo! is pulling the plug on its Buzz service, making it the latest service/product/wild goose chase to be shuttered by the company.
Tim Berners-Lee: Coalition mustn't be 'lazy' on open data
W3CThe inventor of the World Wide Web told The Register today that it would be a great disappointment to see open data projects such as the data.gov.uk example, and the seemingly doomed data.gov version over in the US, closed in an effort to cut costs.
Blighty's Skylon spaceplane faces key tech test in June
A British firm seeking to build a radical spaceplane – the Skylon – able to fly to orbit from a runway takeoff without any jettisoning of fuel tanks or boosters says that it will test its main technical special sauce this year.
European Space Agency plays down hack impact
The European Space Agency has confirmed that a hacker breached its network over the weekend, while playing down the significance of the hack.
Westminster Abbey cashes in on Royal Wedding with ... App
Today, Prince William and Kate Middleton gave 'royal approval' to Abbey 3D, an app that offers a tour of Westminster Abbey in 3D, even showing users areas that are off-limit on Wedding Day. Bless.
'Fierce competition' drives Apple's iPhone 6 changes
If you're hoping that the iPhone 5 will be a thoroughly redesigned handset, one analyst says to chill: the next iPhone will make only "slight modifications" to the iPhone 4 when it ships in the fourth quarter of this year. For bigger changes, you'll have to wait for 2012's iPhone 6.
Google to close pre-YouTube Video service
Google is shutting down its YouTube-predecessor Google Video, according to an email sent to users.
Bull, SGI tag team on Japanese nuke petaflopper
French supercomputer maker Bull, working in conjunction with sometime partner and sometime rival Silicon Graphics, has landed a contract to supply Japanese fusion researchers with a supercomputer rated at nearly 1.3 petaflops of number-crunching oomph and based on a future "Sandy Bridge" Xeon processor from Intel.
Iran lays blame for Stuxnet worm on Siemens
A senior Iranian commander has accused the German engineering firm Siemens of helping the US and Israeli to build the Stuxnet computer worm that infiltrated his country's nuclear facilities.
Apple smears Web2.0rhea across online support
Apple has moved its online support discussion forum into Web 2.0–land by inaugurating a new social-networking service called Apple Support Communities (ASC).
Microsoft's Word fight opens in US Supreme Court
Microsoft has tried to persuade judges in America's top court that those defending against patent litigation cases should be held to a lower burden of proof than at present.
Lawsuit targeting RockYou data breach gets green light
A federal judge has declined to dismiss a lawsuit filed against social-media application developer RockYou for exposing the personally identifiable information of 32 million of its users, which the site stored unencrypted when it suffered a major security breach 16 months ago.
HP quietly revamps ProLiant SL hyperscale servers
Dell makes a lot of noise about its bespoke servers cobbled together by its Data Center Solutions unit, and this gets under Hewlett-Packard's skin a bit considering that it is the largest shipper of servers in the world and it has its own quasi-custom, dense, energy-efficient servers aimed at hyperscale customers, too. So you might think that HP would make some noise about the new ProLiant SL machines at one of the recent press and analysts events it has hosted.