31st > July > 2012 Archive

The asymmetry implicit in Internet data retention

As we speak, apathetic Australians are failing to lodge submissions objecting to the government’s ill-defined data retention proposals.

Marlinspike demos MS-CHAPv2 crack

Security researcher Moxie Marlinspike has turned his attention to VPNs based on Microsoft’s MS-CHAPv2 protocol, demonstrating software at Defcon that can capture and crack passwords.

Siri sued again as Taiwan uni cries foul over patents

Apple’s know-it-all voice-operated assistant Siri is in more legal trouble after a Taiwanese university launched a patent infringement lawsuit against it in a Texas court.
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Chinese student's smut obsession lands 2,000 in JAIL

Chinese police have smashed a major internet porn site and arrested more than 2,000 suspected users after being alerted to its existence by a mother who spied on her son after she noticed his school grades were slipping.

HTC leaves South Korea to Samsung, LG et al

Mobile device biz HTC has abandoned its operations from Samsung’s home market of South Korea, in yet another blow to the beleaguered Taiwanese handset giant.
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Nintendo 3DS XL review

Review Nintendo has supersized its 3DS with a 4.9in screen that's almost twice the size area of its predecessor. The handheld goes on sale this week, but if you're unsure whether its worth the upgrade, here's what we thought after a weekend of gaming on it.
Caleb Cox, 31 2012

Solar, wind, landfill to make cheapest power by 2030

Solar and wind technologies will be the cheapest way to make electricity by 2030, according to a new Australian Energy Technology Assessment from the Australia’s Bureau of Resources and Energy Economics.
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Sellers flogging vid games to underage kids face jail, unlimited fine

Traders which supply video games without displaying the age rating could face two years in jail and an unlimited fine.

IBM crashes, Cisco soars, at Brisbane airport

IBM has been deported from Brisbane Airport’s data centre, with its X-series servers shoved on a flight to oblivion as the red carpet was rolled out for the triumvirate of VMware, EMC and Cisco.
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Lords blast UK.gov's fixation on broadband speed over reach

The British government's broadband policy is failing to create a built-to-last national network because it is too fixated on speed, a House of Lords committee has concluded.
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London CGI firm scores DON'T-HIT-the-PEDESTRIAN test contract

The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) has awarded animation firm Jelly a contract for CGI technology.
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Go Daddy big daddy gone

Warren Adelman has quit as chief executive of market-leading domain names and hosting company Go Daddy after less than eight months on the job.

Samsung's projector phone lights up UK

Samsung illuminated British shelves this week with the Galaxy Beam, the company's new Android handset with a built-in projector.
Caleb Cox, 31 2012
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Ever considered putting a rocket up someone's backside?

Many of us - most, perhaps - have carelessly spoken of putting a rocket up someone's backside. But now, a pioneering Australian researcher has shown that in fact this would be a highly unwise act: not only would the recipient of the combustibles be unlikely to be galvanised into helpful activity, he or she might also wind up in the cooler helping the police with their enquiries.
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Ex! interim! CEO! leaves! Yahoo! after! second! snub!

Ex-interim Yahoo! chief Ross Levinsohn is leaving the ailing web firm behind after losing out on the top spot to fragrant Googler Marissa Mayer.
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Ingram Micro and Westcoast ink Microsoft SPLA deal

Microsoft has handed the Service Provider Licensing Agreement (SPLA) contract to Westcoast and Ingram Micro, The Channel can reveal.

Toshiba: Strong yen CHEWED our tripled profit, spat out loss

Despite a massive hike in operating profit, Toshiba's overall results for the quarter are at a loss as restructuring costs and the high rate of Japanese yen ate into the cash.

Freeview EPG revamp set for September

You'll need to retune your Freeview set-top boxes and TVs yet again this coming September. DMOL, the organistion that provides the Freeview EPG, is rejigging the terrestrial broadcasting servicer's channel listing.
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Tesco in unencrypted password email reminder rumble

Tesco's admission that it still merrily emails passwords to punters in plain text has alarmed anyone with a grasp of computer security.
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'Ex climate sceptic' Muller's latest BEST stuff is the worst so far

Analysis Richard Muller's Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature (BEST) project, which began with goodwill from all corners of the climate debate, has made a series of bold announcements (without benefit of peer review) to the effect that global warming is definitely serious and definitely caused by humans. This has aroused derision among formerly supportive climate sceptics, caused an eminent climatologist to abandon the project, and even drawn criticism from generally alarmism-sympathetic media commentators.
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Virgin Media nukes downloads after SuperHub 'upgrade'

Virgin Media has dismissed claims that a software update for its SuperHub kit is at fault after punters complained their downloads are being damaged.
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OFT probes Expedia and pals over hotel room price-fixing

Expedia, Booking.com and InterContinential Hotels Group may have broken EU competition law by restricting the ability of travel agents to discount the prices of room-only hotel accommodation, thereby squeezing out their competition.

Samsung docs tease 11.8in, 2560 x 1600 tablet

Further products have been unveiled through the Samsung Apple legal spat, this time an upcoming 11.8in Samsung tablet with a 2560 x 1600 display.
Caleb Cox, 31 2012

Fusion-io straps on NetApp feedbag for cache feeding frenzy

NetApp and Fusion-io are working to link flash-accelerated servers with NetApp arrays and dynamically move data from the arrays to Fusion's ioMemory flash cards in the servers using NetApp's VST technology.
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Boy cuffed after Twitter troll's drown threat to Olympic diver Tom Daley

A teenager has been arrested on suspicion of malicious communications after Brit Olympic diver Tom Daley was swamped by abusive tweets.

Arrow aims at IT, finance bods to shoot down $20m in spending

Arrow Electronics hopes to save a further $20m in overheads as it battens down the hatches for a "period of slow growth".

Disk demand after Thai floods drains away - unlike Seagate's coffers

Seagate may not have done as well as it had hoped to do in its latest quarter, which was down on the previous three months, but its $1bn earnings are still much, much better than a year ago.
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Pair collared after 'mobe giant hacked, info on 8.7 million sold'

Police have arrested two South Koreans who allegedly leaked the personal information of 8.7 million mobile phone subscribers. The pair have been charged with hacking into the systems of KT Corp, the country's second biggest mobile carrier, and selling on the data.
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Google+ mission creep continues with Hangouts slotted into Gmail

Google's social networking mission creep continued with Gmail on Monday when the ad giant slotted its Google+ Hangouts function into its web email service.
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Isaacson fights outing of heart-to-heart chats with Steve Jobs

Biographer Walter Isaacson is fighting a subpoena to unlock his unpublished interviews with Steve Jobs in the Apple ebook price-fixing case.

Cloudy emails up in smoke for FIVE days after fire knackers Giacom

UK cloudy firm Giacom's data centre has been knocked offline by a fire at a nearby electricity substation.

'My work here is done, tata!' - Calyx Managed Services chief

Calyx Managed Services (MS) is splitting with CEO Martin Mackay after less than two years in the seat. Former Azzurri ops director Steve Clark will replace him.
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Olympic athletes compete in RAYGUN SHOOTING for the first time

Thus far, we here at the Register have struggled to hang much of a tech angle on the ongoing London Olympics. As there are also few obvious Paris Hilton angles to be found on the 2012 spectacle-fest, and few Vultures have any deep expertise in sports or physical exercise, we have thus far confined ourselves to a few pieces on stadium construction, IT kit in use etc.
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Hooper's copyright hubs - could be a big British win with BBC backing

Analysis A British copyright swap-shop may turn out to be one of the coalition government's unexpected success stories.

Sony slides expose saucy Xperia slate

Sony looks set to launch a Tablet S successor after internal slides escaped its HQ and revealed a lighter, thinner, brawnier device, known only as the Xperia Sony Tablet.
Caleb Cox, 31 2012
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Brit cops manacle another journalist in computer hacking probe

A 37-year-old man has been arrested by Met police officers investigating alleged computer hacking.
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Giant idol 'STRUCK DOWN by the Wrath of God' unearthed in Turkey

Top archaeologists are chuffed as ninepence this week to announce that they have unearthed a massive statue - perhaps as tall as 4m when it was erect - which was probably an "idol" tumbled down by a terrible race of warriors referred to in the Bible as "the rod of my [God's] anger, in whose hand is the club of my wrath".
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Neurotrash creativity 'expert' created Dylan quotes from thin air

A self-appointed expert who used brain scans to "demystify" human creativity has admitted he was overly creative in his "journalism". Jonah Lehrer confessed that he made-up quotes he had attributed to Bob Dylan, and has quit his job at the New Yorker magazine.
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Microsoft: Gmail rival Outlook.com will 'look good on your iPad' 

Microsoft has launched a successor to its venerable Hotmail web-based email service, in hopes that a revamped UI, integration with social networks, and tighter ties to the software giant's cloudy online services will woo users away from rivals, in particular Gmail.
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Anonymous declares war after French firm trademarks its logo

A French company trying to trademark the Anonymous logo and slogan for commercial purposes has inspired an angry response from a team claiming to be affiliated with the hacking group.
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NASA's nuclear Mars tank prepares for high pucker-factor landing

Pics NASA's Mars Science Laboratory team is working on a landing procedure for Red Planet rover Curiosity, due to touchdown on the dust world this weekend.
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Romney promises to announce VP choice via mobile app

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has yet to announce his choice for vice president, but when he does, he says smartphone users will be the first to hear about it.
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Zynga managers fingered in insider trading lawsuit

A class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of investors over alleged insider dealing by the senior management team at Zynga.
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Tracking Android phones is easy, says researcher

To save time, battery life and processor cycles, smartphones don’t rely on “pure” GPS to fix their locations – they get help from location data in the mobile network. Research presented at Black Hat in Las Vegas last week cautions users that this represents a serious security vulnerability.
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Qubits turn into time travellers

A group of scientists from Spain’s Institute of Fundamental Physics has made the world just that little bit more weird, proposing a form of quantum entanglement that spans not just space, but time.