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HP's Whitman: 'I will turn this company around – by 2016'

During a meeting with financial analysts on Wednesday, HP CEO Meg Whitman said her plan to turn around the ailing company was on track, but the restructuring won't be complete until 2016 and investors should expect HP's earnings to shrink even further before the work is done.
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Red Hat launches community contest to rename JBoss

Red Hat says its JBoss Enterprise Application Platform has evolved to embrace far more than just Java, and to reflect this, it has launched a contest to rename the JBoss Application Server (JBossAS) to something more in line with its current vision of multi-language programming.
Jordan Raskopoulos as Trax, Alex Williams as Julian Assange and Callan Mcauliffe as Prime Suspect

Assange movie portrays leaker as teen rebel

Review A car passes through a foggy forest. In the back seat, memories wash through a floppy-haired teenaged boy's mind. He recalls another night drive, one on which his mother spirited him away before a stepfather could despatch him to live on a creepy cult's hidden commune.
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Big Data skills gap needs filling says tech industry

Oracle OpenWorld Concern is growing in the US technology industry about a skills gap in education and training in the field of data analysis.
High speed winds from a stellar-mass black hole

Boffins get black hole double-vision

The Messier 22 globular star cluster has yielded a messier-than-expected observation: instead of the black hole astronomers expected to find in its centre, there are two.
Moog Minitaur Analogue Bass Synthesiser

ScanJet sings number one hit

What to do does one do with outmoded printers and obsolete computers? Create a machine that plays over saturated, heavy rotation pop hits from Australia, of course.
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Global action takes down tech support scam

Australian, US and Canadian authorities have jointly proclaimed a victory over scammers who call punters and offer unsolicited and unnecessary tech support.
Open-mouthed Burmese python

Boffins prescribe SNAKE VENOM as future pain killer

The venom of the Black Mamba, rated the world's seventh most potent snake poison, has been suggested as a future painkiller for humans.
Griffin Technology StompBox guitar pedalboard for iOS

Griffin StompBox iOS pedalboard review

Music making on Apple's iOS devices has long since migrated from mere display driven ditties to a range of additional hardware better suited to musicians. Alesis, Digitech and IK Multimedia, to name a few, are known music technology brands working the iOS instrument dock market. Nowadays, mainstream iDevice accessory vendors, such as Griffin Technology are vying for position here too.

'It is absolute b*ll*cks that contractors aren't committed'

The academic who penned an Australian study into the working lives of freelance professionals says the results would, if they described full-time employees, mean human resources managers tick all the boxes needed to score a bonus.
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Privacy guardian wants one EU rulebook on ID databases

Organisations tasked with certifying systems individuals use for inputting personally identifying information should have to abide by a "common set of security requirements", an EU privacy body has said.

Romans, Han Dynasty, kick-started climate change

Anthropogenic climate change may not be a recent phenomenon, with researchers reporting ice cores from the first two centuries AD show big spikes in methane prevalence.
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UK.gov to spunk £2m a year policing global cyber-security

BCC The UK will spend an extra £2m every year on improving international computer security defences, including a research centre for businesses and countries to tap into.
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Boffins: Our memory film is like your girlfriend - transparent and cheap

Boffins at Rice University have invented flexible see-through resistive memory that can replace flash drives and be attached to car windscreens or device displays.
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Scottish brainiacs erect wee super-antenna

A spinout from Edinburgh University is touting a mobile-phone antenna smart enough to aim at the nearest base station, and small enough to squeeze into the slimmest smartphone.
Bill Ray, 04 2012

Chief leaves Brit IT giant Phoenix after just 15 months

Phoenix IT Group chief exec Dave Courtley has quit the firm after less than 15 months in the role, the LSE-listed IT services company confirmed this morning.
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Experts mull 'kill switch' for stock-wrecking techno-blunders

Technology and market experts reckon it's a good idea to design "kill switches" to stop computer glitches from causing chaos with stocks, à la Facebook's IPO, but said they better be well-designed.
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Apple: Blue-shirts can fix iOS Maps in their spare time

Concerned that the blue-shirt in the Apple Store isn't paying enough attention to your questions about charger adapters for your iPhone 5?
A video still of the rocket test. Pic: Bloodhound SSC

Whopping supersonic-car rocket rattles idyllic Cornwall

The Bloodhound SuperSonic Car team yesterday pushed the big red button on the "biggest rocket fired in the UK for over 20 years"*.
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From Dr No to Skyfall: The Reg's one month of Bond

Bond on Film It’s 1962 and John F Kennedy and Nikita Khrushchev are facing off over nuclear missiles in Cuba while Telstar bounces the first satellite transmission through space.
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Nokia pumps up Lumia browsing with Xpress

Nokia's server-side compression platform is now open to Lumia users, in beta at least, providing a 75 per cent reduction in traffic, SkyDrive integration as well as an entirely new browsing paradigm.
Bill Ray, 04 2012
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STILL TRUE: Facebook and co to handle taxpayers' ID

Comment Cast your minds back to June 2011 when The Register exclusively revealed the Cabinet Office's plans to allow British citizens to sign into public services online via social networking log-ins such as Facebook.

HP snorage must wake up before biz bosses kick it out of bed

Blocks and Files At the HP analyst day this week, enterprise group executive vice-president Dave Donatelli laid it on the line for subsidiary 3PAR and the StoreOnce team: you gotta help get us out of this place.

Microsoft installs new Win8 evangelism boss – weeks before launch

Microsoft has dipped into its OEM executive pool for a new head of Windows 8 developer evangelism on the eve of the operating system's launch.
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Google handset arm grabs facial recog tech firm

Motorola Mobility, the handset arm of the Googleplex, is acquiring Viewdle, the Valley-based vision specialist offering facial recognition among other things.
Bill Ray, 04 2012
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Iran linked to al-Qaeda's web jihadi crew by old-school phone line

Updated New information has since come to light following the publication of this article, revealing the real identity of the leased line owner.
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Forget Apple's AirPlay - it's Windows 8 you want, says speaker maker

Rather a lot of speakers are touting their support for Apple’s AirPlay Wi-Fi hosted audio streaming technology, but here’s one designed for Windows fans.
Hard Reg, 04 2012
The Pegomastax africanus, courtesy University Chicago

Bone-bothering boffins pull TINY fanged dinosaur from drawers

A two-foot long dinosaur with the beak of a parrot, teeth of a vampire and covered in some sort of bristly quill stuff is the latest new dinosaur to be identified.

HP UK veep Murphy volunteers to jump ship amid staff cuts

HP UK veep Steve Murphy is understood to have taken voluntary redundancy ahead of mass lay-offs at the wobbling tech titan.
Modbook Modbook Pro

$3500 will get 13.3in Mac tablet in your mitts

Years ago, El Reg ran stories concerning rumoured Mac tablets. Apple, of course, never made one and eventually released the iPad instead. But in 2007, US Mac upgrade seller OWC offered to convert an iBook into a tablet for you. Five years on, another company is having a go, this time with a 13.3in MacBook Pro.
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Chinese Nitol botnet host back up after Microsoft settles lawsuit

Microsoft has reached a settlement with the Chinese site linked to the Nitol DDoS botnet.
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Major Freeview EPG revamp to go ahead after appeals rejected

DMOL, the company maintaining the Freeview EPG and the order of stations listed within it, has thrown out two appeals made against the channel listing revamp it proposed in July.

IBM unchains new storage monsters to spook upstart hybrids

IBM has boosted its top-end storage array performance with a new processor - and is upgrading its XIV and Storwize v7000 systems - in its fourth major enterprise systems announcement this year.
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Facebook's CHAIR sat on by 1 billion people ... bitch

It's official: Facebook is like a chair. Or a plane. Or a nation. And it's apparently especially true now that the dominant social network has passed the 1 billion user mark.
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Mobe app makers doubt Windows 8 will be worth the hassle - poll

Programmers are still ambivalent towards Windows 8, according to a new poll, piling pressure on Microsoft to win them over before it is too late.
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Europe UNDER ATTACK in simulated cyber security test

European banks teamed up with information security agencies and governments to run a DDoS cyber-attack preparedness exercise today.
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Google settles epic US book-scanning battle with 5 publishers

Google has settled a seven-year-long dispute with publishers in the United States, bringing to an end a copyright infringement lawsuit first filed against the company in October 2005.

BYOD cheers up staff, boosts productivity - and IT bosses hate it

Costs, security headaches and battles to get different technologies working with each other are stalling Bring-Your-Own-Device schemes in UK offices, according to new figures.

IBM rolls up SAP HANA appliance on SUSE Linux, x iron

With the HANA in-memory database selling like hotcakes among SAP customers and the German software giant offloading the job of configuring and selling the hardware, IBM wants to get a piece of the action, and do so before HP, Dell, and others (excepting Oracle, which has its own appliances) snap up the business.
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Microsoft sets date for Windows Phone 8 unveiling

Microsoft has set the date for the unveiling of its Windows Phone 8 smartphone operating system: October 29, four days after the scheduled Windows 8 launch.
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Samsung claims Apple jury foreman LIED to get REVENGE

Samsung has filed a new, unredacted version of its motion requesting a new trial in its $1bn patent dispute with Apple, revealing allegations that the jury foreman in the original trial engaged in serious misconduct that prejudiced the verdict.
The "Fornax" SGI <i>ceepie-geepie</i> supercomputer

Tizard super goes live in South Oz

South Australia’s Tizard supercomputer has been formally launched, giving eResearch SA a more than six-fold boost in compute power.
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Apple files 'Shake to Print' iOS patent application

Apple has filed a brace of patents that, in part, describe methods to control printing and print settings by having the user physically interact with their iOS device by "shaking, flipping, rotating, spinning, moving laterally or to follow a shape, or combinations of these."
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Intel pushes Atom-fueled storage for homes, SMB

Intel is pushing its Cedar Trail Atom D2550 and D2500 processors as the power behind a range of network-attached storage (NAS) systems aimed at small business and power home users.
Google Docs new file finder

Google rewrites dot-doc death note

Google’s plan to give old Microsoft Office file formats a quiet bullet behind the woodpile seems to have fallen by the wayside, with Mountain View quietly revising its feature announcement.