18th > October > 2012 Archive


Australia ponders patent refresh to restrain trolls

Australia’s patent system will be overhauled to make life harder for cynical abusers of the patent process.
Natalie Apostolou, 18 Oct 2012

Huawei, ZTE probe showed no evidence of spying

An 18-month investigation by the US House Intelligence Committee into Chinese networking vendors Huawei and ZTE revealed no evidence that either company has been involved in espionage, sources claim.
Neil McAllister, 18 Oct 2012
Array of multicoloured LEDs reminiscent of the matrix

Caltech shrinks optical accelerometers

The practical limit to tracking a smartphone-owner’s movements in real time – beneath the resolution of GPS and associated location-tracking technologies – is the sensitivity of the motion sensor. Researchers at Caltech say they’ve taken a step towards very fine motion sensors, using nano-scale waveguides.
Richard Chirgwin, 18 Oct 2012

Man files FCC complaint over AT&T FaceTime blocking

A San Francisco man has filed a complaint against AT&T with the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) over the carrier's decision to charge customers extra to use Apple's FaceTime video conferencing on its 3G and 4G networks.
Neil McAllister, 18 Oct 2012
Dance Central

Boffins explain research with interpretive dance

Australian scientists have won this year's Dance your PhD competition, an event boffins who explain their work with interpretive dance.
Simon Sharwood, 18 Oct 2012

Barley’s giant genome sequenced and open-sourced

Better beer from genome sequencing is just one possible outcome from research that included the Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics (ACPFG) and the University of Adelaide.
Richard Chirgwin, 18 Oct 2012
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ZTE execs halve pay until profits return

Executives at Chinese telecoms kit maker ZTE have agreed to take a whopping 50 per cent pay cut until the beleaguered firm claws its way back into the black.
Phil Muncaster, 18 Oct 2012

Kiwi spook stood down after Dotcom SNAFU

A senior employee at New Zealand's Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) appears to have been sent on gardening leave, as the Bureau and other government agencies investigate the Kim Dotcom affair.
Simon Sharwood, 18 Oct 2012
Airplane! Source: Paramount Home Entertainment

Air China passenger arrested for in-flight phone abuse

Passengers on Chinese airlines were reminded this week that there’s no such thing as 'Airplane Mode' for mobiles in China, after one unfortunate passenger en route from Canada who repeatedly used his smartphone camera and music player was banged up on arrival by Beijing police.
Phil Muncaster, 18 Oct 2012

IBM claims first with Hadoop data security suite

IBM is launching what it claims is the first data security system for Hadoop, as part of its biggest product rollout of security software and services yet seen from the company.
Iain Thomson, 18 Oct 2012
Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

Chinese 'Thunder God' plant could crush cancer

Scientists believe a plant used for centuries in Chinese medicine may offer a cure for the pancreatic cancer that afflicted Apple talisman Steve Jobs and many others worldwide each year.
Phil Muncaster, 18 Oct 2012
Apple iPod Nano 7G

Apple iPod Nano 7G review

Having sold something like 350 million iPods in the last decade, Apple has quite sensibly stuck to pretty much the same basic designs for most of the iPod range.
Stephen Dean, 18 Oct 2012

Users grumble after Adobe cancels Acrobat X Suite

Adobe has cancelled its Acrobat X Suite – launched just 18 months ago - and now recommends its customers acquire a more expensive product.
Simon Sharwood, 18 Oct 2012
Cornish maiden bearing platter of genuine Cornish pasties. Photo: Cornish Pasty Association

BOFH: Uninterruptible patsy supply

Episode 9"What the fuck just happened?" the Boss garbles, crashing around Mission Control like a madman after dashing down two flights of stairs from the 4th floor boardroom.
Simon Travaglia, 18 Oct 2012

Canonical flings out Ubuntu 12.10 – now with OPTIONAL Bezos suck

Canonical is bowed but undaunted after the bashing it took from Penguins over its recent integration of Amazon searches with its Linux desktop.
Gavin Clarke, 18 Oct 2012
O2 XDA Argon

O2 to save the British High Street ... with money-off vouchers

O2 is opening its free voucher scheme to every small retailer in the UK, even those which aren't O2 customers, as long as they're not franchised from a megacorp and have a high-street presence.
Bill Ray, 18 Oct 2012

Ice sheets may stabilise for centuries, regardless of warming

OpinionIce sheets retreating due to global warming often suddenly stabilise for "decades to centuries" no matter that the warming is still going on, scientists have found. The new research would seem likely to have an impact on forecasts seeking to predict sea-level rise in coming times.
Lewis Page, 18 Oct 2012
On-demand streamed music services compared

On-demand streamed music services compared

FeatureAs Microsoft Xbox Music upon the masses this week, streaming over 30 million songs to groovetastic gamers and Windows PC users, we decided to see how it stacks up against the competition.
Caleb Cox, 18 Oct 2012

Tintri, it's the marmite of Virtual Desktops

It seems that an ever-increasing number of companies are using Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). Gartner predicts that by 2012, penetration on the enterprise PC sector will be 60 per cent. The vendors which provide accompanying software and gear are likewise fighting for your investment, as evidenced by the flurry of activity on El Reg storage desk yesterday.
Chris Mellor, 18 Oct 2012

Virgin Media's blighted SuperHub NOW comes with extra squeal (oink)

ExclusiveIf Virgin Media's SuperHub could speak it might well be saying: "Please put me out of my misery, Mr Boss Man". And now the modem/router combi networking box has indeed started to whine, whistle and squeal – perhaps about its inadequacy – to the telco's long-suffering customers.
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Oct 2012

Hold my feet to the fire using open gov data, pleads minister

Head of the Cabinet Office Francis Maude has told journalists that he wants them to pore over government data and hold the feet of ministers "against the fire".
Anna Leach, 18 Oct 2012

One year on, SSL servers STILL cower before the BEAST

The latest monthly survey by the SSL Labs project has discovered that many SSL sites remain vulnerable to the BEAST attack, more than a year after the underlying vulnerability was demonstrated by security researchers.
John Leyden, 18 Oct 2012

Morse! Shoved! Out of! Yahoo! Beneath! Giant! Golden! Parachute!

Yahoo's sacked chief financial officer Tim Morse is going to get a nice little package for his "termination without cause".
Brid-Aine Parnell, 18 Oct 2012

Whose cloud is the open-sourciest... Who cares?

Open ... and ShutJust when you thought it was safe to go back into the water, the thought police are back. For years, the open source community was torn apart by fractious debates over what "open" meant and who was open enough. As we've moved beyond name calling to focus on getting work done, the same old debate has shifted to cloud computing, with a new crop of pundits and evangelists wrangling over who is the cloudiest of them all.
Matt Asay, 18 Oct 2012

Ofcom probe into telcos jacking-up charges halfway through contracts

Mid-contract price rises implemented by telcos are currently being scrutinised by Blighty's communications regulator Ofcom, after it found a number of problems with customer subscriptions to landline, broadband and mobile services.
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Oct 2012

'Four horsemen' posse: This here security town needs a new sheriff

As the overpriced beers flowed and dusk approached in central London pubs surrounding the venue of RSA Europe last week, talk often turned towards the (ISC)2 security certification body.
John Leyden, 18 Oct 2012

McKinnon case is NOT a precedent – says his own lawyer

Solicitors representing Gary McKinnon said that his victory in being saved from extradition does not set a precedent in other cases.
John Leyden, 18 Oct 2012

Google hails hacks to WinPho 8 spoiler event

Crafty Google is hosting an announcement a week on Monday - the same day Microsoft will be formally launching Windows Phone 8. It’s also less than a week after Apple is expected to announced the ‘iPad Mini’.
Hard Reg, 18 Oct 2012

Outfit which will save your Freeview TV from 4G interference stands up

The UK's mobile networks, in agreement with Ofcom and the Ministry of Fun, have set up a company to spend the £180m assigned to make sure that Freeview reception isn't knocked off the air by 4G.
Bill Ray, 18 Oct 2012

Sanitary towel firm's 'CEO' sets traumatised man straight

Sanitary towel outfit Bodyform has gained itself some serious internet kudos with a video response to a Brit chap's complaint that women's periods are not a rollercoaster ride of joy and outdoor activity, as the firm's ads suggest.
Lester Haines, 18 Oct 2012
Suitcase bulging with cash

Microsoft plans big licencing price hikes, shifting to per-Device model

Microsoft is planning to spread a unique brand of festive cheer before Christmas by bumping up the price of Client Accessing Licenses (CAL).
Paul Kunert, 18 Oct 2012

Nokia earnings pain masks intact war chest, brewing counterattack

Nokia reported another painful quarter today and warned of more to come. The Finnish phone giant reported sales were down 19 per cent year-on-year to €7.2bn for Q3, with an operating loss of €576m. On the positive side the war chest of net cash is unperturbed at €3.6bn, and Nokia's networks division and feature phones did well.
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Oct 2012

UltraViolet universal movie format still a no-show

UltraViolet, Hollywood’s attempt to tie physical media to movie downloads through an online locker, now has more than 5m accounts under its belt, but it’s still not ready for prime time: it’s key feature, a universal file format, is still not ready to be rolled out.
Tony Smith, 18 Oct 2012

Insider 'fesses up: Amazon's Glacier cloud is made of ... TAPE

IP ExpoIt's October and that show has come around again – IP Expo, the successor to Storage Expo. This year, the UK's "premier IT trade show" took place in Earl's Court, and saw a busy floor with lots of stands, lots of lead-hunting stand staff and the usual assortment of attention-grabbing oddities, like a man dressed as an HP Cloud, cupcakes and an angel.
Chris Mellor, 18 Oct 2012

Canonical to Windows XP cliff-clingers: Ubuntu safety net's ready... now jump

The 25th of October is an auspicious date on the Microsoft calendar. It's not just the date Redmond intends to release Windows 8; it's also the same date that Microsoft released Windows XP, back in 2001.
Gavin Clarke, 18 Oct 2012
A Star Wars Imperial Stormtrooper on guard

Google data center spies on ITSELF: 'Like a boring version of Doom'

Google has drawn back the curtain on one of its US data center complexes, with a Street-View-style tour of its tentacle in Lenoir, North Carolina.
Lester Haines, 18 Oct 2012
007 Legends

Slideshow: A History of James Bond in 20 Games

As the latest James Bond game - 007 Legends - shoots its way to shop shelves this week ahead of Skyfall's release on 26 October, we decided jump aboard the nostalgia train with a look back at Bond-theme games from yesteryear.
Caleb Cox, 18 Oct 2012

BBC Watchdog crew sink teeth into dodgy PC repair shops

The reputation of the UK's computer repair industry took another hammering last week following a BBC Watchdog investigation into two Worcestershire-based computer repair firms.
John Leyden, 18 Oct 2012
Giant impact, common at the end of planet formation

Moon was formed when PLANET SMASHED INTO EARTH

That old theory that the Moon was formed out of fragments of Earth blasted into space after a massive planetary collision 4.5 billion years ago has gained support from two new studies.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 18 Oct 2012
Ubuntu RHS teaser

Ay caramba, Ubuntu 12.10: Get it right on Amazon!

ReviewThere's much to admire in Canonical’s Quantal Quetzal, which continues to refine and improve the Unity desktop, but you'd be forgiven if you missed the positives thanks to the late injection of a little Bezos since Ubuntu 12.04.
Scott Gilbertson, 18 Oct 2012

Citrix lowers sword, will take more time on 'Project Avalon' virty PC broker

Citrix Systems is hosting its Synergy partner and user conference in Barcelona this week, and has done a core dump on them with a barrage of announcements intended to demonstrate that Citrix, too, is down with the modern, post-PC, cloudy world.

Apple loses UK 'Samsung copied us' appeal: Must publicly GROVEL

Apple has lost an appeal over a UK ruling that said Samsung fondleslabs don't copy iPad's design and the fruity firm better put out an ad that says so.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 18 Oct 2012

Twitter censors bow to police, suppress Nazi tweets

Twitter has blocked access to a banned Neo-Nazi group in Germany after a request from the local police.
Team Register, 18 Oct 2012

Ancient 16m-yr-old beastie caught riding on much bigger flying mount

A new 3D x-ray technique has revealed a tiny jumping wingless arthropod making a break for freedom after hitching a ride on a mayfly's wing - only to be caught in a drop of amber and frozen for the next 16 million years.
Anna Leach, 18 Oct 2012

Cray bags InfiniBand, Lustre smarties from SystemFabricWorks

For the past decade, SystemFabricWorks of Austin, Texas, has been doing development work on high-speed networks and storage systems as well as system integration work for vendors and big supercomputing labs. So that it can focus on its system integration work, SFW has come to an arrangement with supercomputer maker Cray, which has aspirations in storage that match its ability to deliver petascale computing, to have its top experts join Cray and help build up its product line.

Google shares dive as profits reported down 20%

Google caused something of a stir by releasing its quarterly financials ahead of schedule – and the results aren't good.
Iain Thomson, 18 Oct 2012
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Good news for Relational DBAs

CommentThose advocating emerging technologies and ideas often talk as if IT is a zero sum game. When something new comes along, the assumption is that something old needs to move aside to make way. We have seen this happen on a number of occasions in the data management space, with frequent claims relational databases becoming less and less important.
Dale Vile, 18 Oct 2012

Newsweek succumbs to ad slippage, will kill print pub

Citing "the challenging print advertising environment," Newsweek – which will turn 80 next year – has announced that it is canning its print publication and transforming itself into a single, worldwide digital edition, Newsweek Global.
Rik Myslewski, 18 Oct 2012

Apple ordered to open its books on iPhone, iPad profits

The judge in the ongoing Apple versus Samsung patent trial has ruled that Cupertino must disclose financial information on the profitability of its iPad and iPhone lines so that proper damages can be assessed.
Iain Thomson, 18 Oct 2012

Google rolls out new, cheaper Chromebooks 'for everyone'

Google announced the latest generation of its Chromebook browser appliances on Thursday, featuring a higher-resolution screen, an ARM processor, and a tablet-challenging list price of $249.
Neil McAllister, 18 Oct 2012
The desert north of Lass Vegas, as captured by the T.B.A.C

Outback Communities Authority plans NBN extension

The Outback Communities Authority (OCA), a government agency that provides services to remote areas in the Australian State of South Australia, will shortly endorse a strategy to build a wireless network for remote areas of the State.
Simon Sharwood, 18 Oct 2012

AMD posts $157m loss, will lay off 15% of workers this quarter

One week ago, AMD warned investors that its financial results for its third quarter of 2012 were going to be worse than it had previously estimated, with revenues down about 10 per cent from the previous quarter rather than the 1 per cent, plus or minus 3 per cent, that they had forecasted earlier.
Rik Myslewski, 18 Oct 2012
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Alt root user suing ICANN over dot-Web

A company called Image Online Design is suing ICANN over rights to the .Web gTLD, to try and prevent the Internet names administrator from giving the domain to anybody else.
Richard Chirgwin, 18 Oct 2012
Jolly good former IBM Fellows, Jai Menon and Don Ferguson

Dell dream team fantasizes about flashy and easy infrastructure

The enterprise strategy event in San Francisco hosted by Dell on Thursday was not just a coming out party for a new line of converged systems from the Texan titan, but also a coming out party for a new executive team responsible for enterprise products.

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