Duck and cover: ROSAT is the next re-entry
Space-watchers are looking skywards again as another large piece of space junk approaches re-entry. The 2,400 kg German ROSAT is due to re-enter sometime between October 21 and October 24, according to DLR, the German space agency.
Hacktivists pose growing threat to industrial computing
Members of the Anonymous hacking collective are increasingly interested in attacking industrial control systems used to automate machinery used by factories, power stations, water treatment plants, and other facilities critical to national security, the Department of Homeland Security warned last month.
NBN Co outlines next year of target sites
NBN Co, the company building Australia’s National Broadband Network, has announced the next years’ worth of rollout plans. With 28 new locations added to the company’s announced rollout plans, the organization has more than doubled its published footprint plans.
Solarcars: meet road trains
WSCAfter yesterday's excitement over bush fires at the World Solar Challenge, the race kicked off again at 8am, with 24 teams still competing entirely under their own steam.
Telstra shareholders pass deal with Oz government
Telstra shareholders have, with some quibbles from the floor, approved the proposed $AU11 billion deal between the carrier, the government, and NBN Co.
4chan founder bashes Facebook, Google+ on identity
Web 2.0 SummitThe founder of internet forum 4chan and media-sharing service Canvas has accused Facebook and Google+ of fundamentally misunderstanding how we use identity.
Apple iPhone 4S
ReviewApple’s design language is easily recognisable: clear glass or plastic that’s spray-painted from the inside, a frequent use of aluminium, stainless steel and any colour so long as it’s white or black. But the new iPhone takes this familiarity further, by making the iPhone 4S almost identical to last year’s iPhone 4.
Nimble's iSCSI is more than a flash in the can
CommentIn a world of flash-based and tiered-storage startups, Nimble Storage has gone back in time and re-invented the single-tier iSCSI disk drive array. Sure it has a flash cache, but it's all about being a go-faster iSCSI array rather than being a flash play.
Scottish council leaks names, salaries, info of 900 people
Dumfries and Galloway council mistakenly disclosed personal information on about 900 current and former staff as part of a response to an enquiry made under the Freedom of Information Act.
Nevex reverses cache rules to accelerate apps
Canadian startup Nevex has launched a product which speeds applications by two-tiered solid state caching, which can be faster than just flash caching.
Another piece of analytics puzzle snaps home
BlogFor the last couple of years, I’ve been yammering about how enterprise analytics (or Big Data, or Predictive Analytics) is going to be the next big thing in business and thus enterprise computing. The major vendors, including IBM, Oracle, HP, and Microsoft, are on board along with pioneers like SAS and Teradata. Everyone is busy building out their respective stories, often aided by purchasing specialized ISVs.
My Council Services
Android App of the WeekMy Council Services is an interesting little app designed to let people conveniently report issues with public services or the immediate environment to their local council.
US dating site has no 'goodwill' trademark rights in UK
The High Court rejected claims made by US online dating company Plentyoffish Media that it was entitled to assert rights over UK-registered trademarks because it had high UK visitor numbers to its website.
Apple and Samsung discuss... CPU production deal
Samsung and Apple may be suing each other left, right and centre, but that hasn't stopped them talking about chip production partnerships.
Dell ditches EMC after 10 years
Dell has officially stopped reselling EMC kit and will instead push its own storage kit. Let battle be joined.
Hundreds of Mr A N OTHERs discovered on payrolls
If you take a look at employers' PAYE paperwork, the UK's most popular surnames are getting a run for their money - by an army of Mr Unknowns and Mrs Dummys.
VMware profits more than double in Q3
Server virtualization and soon-to-be cloud juggernaut VMware continues to steamroll over its virtualization rivals and bankroll revenue growth and stunning profit growth this year.
DeLorean goes electric for 2013 roll-out
Great Scott! Doc Brown's DeLorean has jumped back to the future production line and will roll out across roads from 2013.
HTC's iPhone, iPad ban bid derailed by US judge
Legal blows continue to rain down on Google's Android partners. In a preliminary ruling, the US International Trade Commission said Apple isn't infringing the patents of rival HTC Corporation.
Ingram slams 'soft' Euro retail market
Ingram Micro is forecasting modest fiscal Q3 growth aided by a currency tailwind on the back of weakened consumer demand in Europe and biz woes in Oz.
Connected TV watched in 42m homes
Across the US and Europe, 42m homes are already accessing internet services through their TVs, market watcher Strategy Analytics reckons.
Sony BDP-SX1 portable Blu-ray player
ReviewJust as DVD players inevitably shrank to become portable, so have the Blu-ray successors. Whether this actually makes difference to you depends on how many Blu-ray discs you have and how much you might want to watch them away from home.
Paul Ceglia loses another lawyer in Facebook spat
A firewood salesman who is locked in a legal spat with Facebook in a dispute over ownership of the dominant social network has lost another lawyer working on his case.
Canon's fresh 18Mp DSLR flirts with film-makers
Canon today unveiled its latest digital SLR refresh, with an 18.1Mp full-frame snapper aimed at pro sports and studio photographers.
Yahoo! tech! boss! quits!
Yet more corporate chess pieces have been moved at Yahoo!, which yesterday replaced its CTO Raymie Stata with Ash Munshi.
FSF takes Win 8 Secure Boot fight to OEMs
PC makers are being lobbied to install Windows 8 on machines in a way that will afford users the freedom to boot Linux or any other operating system.
HP disties warn of price hikes
Prices on HP server, storage and networking kit could rise when planned rebate cuts for enterprise distributors that sell to the largest resellers kick in next year.
iPhone 4S: Our *hit list
Apple's new phone, and OS, is out and positively reviewed by our colleagues at Reg Hardware, but we're also hearing about some less-popular features and omissions worthy of attention.
Hackers expose Citibank CEO's privates
Hacktivists have published a dossier of personal information on the head of Citigroup in retaliation for the cuffing of protesters at an Occupy Wall Street demo.
Google leads shoppers into pay-by-wave future
Macy's is to join the growing list of American retailers who'll accept payment with the tap of the telephone, or card, but no one is talking about the latter these days.
Apple iOS 5.0 downloads drive all-time UK net traffic high
BT said its UK internet infrastructure was pumping data at a rate of up to 80Gb/s more than usual on the night Apple released iOS 5.
App Store groupthink is bad news for small devs
Open.. and ShutTwo years ago The Register's Andrew Orlowski, writing for the New Statesman, poked crater-sized holes in the notion that "long tail" economics were good for musicians. In 2011, it's equally clear that the long tail* is bad business for app developers, brands, and, well, everyone. The internet has not diffused the ability to make money; it has concentrated it.
Man 'drinks 2 pizzas' before skidding off road
A Kentucky man is facing drugs charges after driving into a ditch before telling officers he'd "drunk too much pizza" for lunch.
Facebook flashplodders lose appeal against 4-yr jail stint
Appeals brought by two young men nabbed for inciting violent disorder via Facebook during the England riots in August have been dismissed.
COMPAREX swallows Indian firm IRIS
Microsoft large account reseller COMPAREX has acquired Indian software and IT services firm IRIS Unified Technologies for an undisclosed sum.
Fast SANs seek speedy networks
The fastest storage area network (SAN) on the planet needs the fastest server-storage network links available. So what are they?
Team Philippines solar car in self-combustion drama
WSCDay three of World Solar Challenge and the big news point was a solarcar catching fire at Tennant Creek, NT. The Register's eyewitness on the scene, Richard Flint, racing manager and driver of the Durham Uni team, reports:
Robot resolves Rubik's Cube in record time
Robots can beat humans at Jeopardy, fly our planes and even go to war for us, so they'll surely take over the world eventually. First thing's first, though - they'll have to beat our Rubik's Cube record. Oh wait, one just did.
Vodafone turns its back on '360
Vodafone will be pulling the plug on its Vodafone 360 brand at the end of 2011, giving up on the dream of being a one-stop shop for customer services and identity aggregation.
VMware ramps crusade to make sysadmins redundant
VMworld EuropeHaving already made major revisions to its ESXi hypervisor, vSphere add-ons, and vCloud extensions in the 5.0 releases that came out over the summer, VMware isn't making any blockbuster announcements at VMworld Europe in Copenhagen this week – unless you count some management tools for infrastructure and platform clouds that will mesh with the other 5.0 software and make the VMware stack more complete and self-serving.
Vodafone customers fume over iPhone 4S delays
UK iPhone lovers who chose to pre-order the iPhone 4S from Vodafone, so they could use the souped-up Jesus mobes before anyone else, have been left fuming as shops fill with stock while their promised iPhone packages have yet to arrive.
Breathe life into your cyber security campaign
Ah, another day, another government initiative designed to educate users about cyber risk.
Never mind the flash cache: EMC is flush with cash
EMC damn near sold $5bn (£3.2bn) worth of hardware, software and services in 2011's third quarter and is on track for an almost $20bn (£12.7bn) revenue haul this financial year.
Brits forced to join waiting list for iPhone 4S
Brits will have to reserve a iPhone 4S if they want to ensure they'll get hold of the slightly souped-up Jesus mobe within the next few days - but chances are they won't make the waiting list anyway.
Intel pitches stalking smartphones
ERICIntel CTO Justin Rattner wants your phone to follow your every move, know where you want to go and what you do when you get there and basically fling at you a non-stop stream of information relevant to what's going on in your life.
Gartner predicts global double-dip recession
Analysts at Gartner are prophesying a global double-dip recession that will test the mettle of corporate CIOs and squeeze budgets, but predict that businesses will continue to invest in IT.
Blow for McKinnon as extradition treaty ruled 'not biased'
Extradition arrangements between the US and UK are not biased against British suspects, a review of the controversial extradition treaty concluded on Tuesday.
HP pushes out OS update for 'defunct' tablet
HP has pushed out an WebOS update for its TouchPad, a tablet seemingly stuck twixt life and death.
RIAA-led mob threatens innovation, Senator warns
Web 2.0 SummitAttempts by the content industry to pass legislation like the Protect IP Act are the greatest threat to technology innovation, a senior US Senator told delegates at the Web 2.0 summit in San Francisco.
Apple 'prepping smaller iPad'
Apple may be prepping a smaller, lower-cost iPad, perhaps as both a defensive parry to Amazon's $199 Kindle Fire and a less-pricey offering to cost-conscious emerging markets.
HP fortifies VirtualSystem arsenal
HP is expanding its line of preconfigured, virtualization-ready VirtualSystem machines and offering financing and design and implementation services for the more fully fluffed up CloudSystems – which are VirtualSystems gussied up with cloudy management software and self-service portals.
Michael Dell declines to eat his Apple (humble) pie
Web 2.0 SummitOn the day Apple releases its quarterly results, which are broadly expected to make it the most valuable company the world, Michael Dell attempted to explain his infamous comment that Apple should be shut down and sold off.
Stuxnet-derived malware found infecting SCADA makers
Organizations involved in the making of systems that control oil pipelines and other critical infrastructure have been infected with malware directly derived from the Stuxnet worm that targeted Iran's nuclear program, security researchers said.
Apple slips, moneymen pounce
Apple has released its financial results for its fourth fiscal quarter, and in doing so it handed conservative Wall Street prognosticators a rare win: Cupertino failed to meet or exceed analysts expectations for the first time in many a moon.
OPERA review serves up a feast for physics geeks
Let’s get the “big news” out of the way first: there’s a lot of excitement due to one paper published on Arxiv.org, which asks whether the CERN OPERA experiment – the one that seemed to detect superluminal neutrinos – took into account the “satellite reference frame” in its calculations.
Will litigants chase Oz smut-watchers?
What started out looking like another industry strategy to hunt down BitTorrent users via their ISPs for mass lawsuit is turning into a PR problem for its proponents.