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Facebook proposes killing off user voting on policy changes

Facebook is proposing to end its practice of allowing users to vote on corporate policy changes, after a three year experiment in digital democracy.
Iain Thomson, 22 Nov 2012
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.WTF? Governments object to .sucks, .army and .airforce

The world's governments have had their say about new generic top level domains (gTLDs), lodging more than 200 objections laid to proposed new names.
Simon Sharwood, 22 Nov 2012

Patent suit targets Formlabs and Kickstarter

As the world turns increasingly into one in which nobody can do anything without being sued by someone, 3D Systems is suing Formlabs and Kickstarter over alleged patent infringement covering 3D printing.
Richard Chirgwin, 22 Nov 2012

CERN rushes to install new anti-matter hunter

CERN scientists are on an instrument sprint to prep a new anti-matter detector, ALPHA-2, ahead of the facility’s upgrade shutdown in December.
Richard Chirgwin, 22 Nov 2012

One week left before US faces clamp down on piracy

As Americans settle in for the Thanksgiving weekend of food and family, filesharing traffic traditionally shows a modest rise. But those downloading content may look back on this holiday as the last golden weekend of piracy if the major ISPs have anything to do with it.
Iain Thomson, 22 Nov 2012
Predator drone, credit Wikipedia

Human Rights Watch proposes new laws of robotics

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has issued a document titled Losing Humanity: The Case against Killer Robots that argues development of autonomous weapons must be stopped because it represents a threat to human rights.
Simon Sharwood, 22 Nov 2012
Barbed wire surrounding communications tower

Pakistan bans 'immoral' late night mobe deals

Pakistan's Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has banned mobile packages offering cheap late night calls after deeming that they go against the country’s “values”.
Phil Muncaster, 22 Nov 2012

Toshiba boffins build nuke-proof 'bot

Boffins at Japanese electronics giant Toshiba have unveiled a new four-legged robotic invention designed to root around in areas too dangerous for humans, such as Tokyo Electric Power’s stricken Fukushima No.1 nuclear plant.
Phil Muncaster, 22 Nov 2012


A paranormal investigator is probing a sighting in Tunbridge Wells of the legendary "Kentish Apeman" - a hirsute 8ft-tall creature with "red demonic eyes".
Lester Haines, 22 Nov 2012
High-altitude snap from Dave Akerman's Cloud 7 payload

Asus eyes China and Japan for private cloud growth

Taiwanese hardware giant Asus has confirmed it’s eyeing expansion for its burgeoning enterprise cloud services business to China and Japan in 2013.
Phil Muncaster, 22 Nov 2012
Flying into a datastorm Credit: P Widling

Cloud upstart Nirvanix bins another round of US sales bods

Cloud storage biz Nirvanix has laid off some US sales staff as new veep Tina Gravel sweeps through the organisation.
Chris Mellor, 22 Nov 2012

Public sector 2 YEARS behind biz on cloud adoption - suppliers

Public sector adoption of the cloud is some two years behind the private sector and suppliers, as well as government, need to up their game to raise awareness.
Paul Kunert, 22 Nov 2012

Apple DID buy social video network - check out this BONKERS lawsuit

We know that start-up culture isn't all free pizza, statement fish tanks and beanbag snuggling, but an explosive court case in Santa Clara, California, has intimated there might be a darker side to Silicon Valley workplaces than we usually see. The court filing also confirmed Apple's rumoured purchase of the start-up, it has emerged.
Anna Leach, 22 Nov 2012
Double Dragon

Taito's Double Dragon

Antique Code ShowIt was the summer of 1989 in a not-so-sunny Prestatyn Pontins, so the majority of our holiday's evenings were spent in the resort's arcade hall. Being my first foray into the seedy underbelly of cutting-edge - well, for 1987, when the game debuted, at least - videogames, one of the first arcades I ever played was the side-scrolling brawler, Double Dragon.
Andy Davies, 22 Nov 2012
Champagne parachute

Springtime for Red Hat, springtime for Salesforce ...

Open ... and ShutIt has been the best of times for the technology industry, with technology stocks at a 12-year high. But it's about to be the worst of times, at least according to stock market trends.
Matt Asay, 22 Nov 2012
Comet Siding Spring. Pic: NASA

Why did Comet fail? Hint: It wasn't just the credit insurers

Comet's fiscal light was burning less brightly well before OpCapita entered its orbit, but the venture capitalist's involvement snuffed it out entirely.
Eddie Pacey, 22 Nov 2012

McAfee takes time off blogging to concentrate on being chased by police

Followers of on-the-run cybersecurity baron John McAfee will be sorry to hear that he won't be updating his blog for the next few days. The billionaire inventor of McAfee antivirus software told friend Chad Essley this morning that "something had happened" and that he needed to move to another location.
Anna Leach, 22 Nov 2012

London Underground platform Wi-Fi set to cost £2 daily for many

Virgin's underground Wi-Fi network, which stretches to platforms at 72 London Tube stations, will start charging from January: but customers on the right network will continue to get a free ride.
Bill Ray, 22 Nov 2012
WD 4TB Black

Mighty 4 Terabyte whopper crashes down on the desktop

WD has released a 4TB desktop drive, an extension of its Caviar desktop range, now branded the WD Black.
Chris Mellor, 22 Nov 2012
Raspberry Pi ARM PC

Raspberry Pi seller calls for hack match contestants

UK-based hardware hackers have just over a week to apply for Hackday, a tournament tuned to the Raspberry Pi micro-motherboard.
Tony Smith, 22 Nov 2012

Microsoft's Surface bait-and-switch won't make people buy Windows 8

Open... and ShutMicrosoft had better hope departing board member Reed Hastings is wrong about Windows.
Matt Asay, 22 Nov 2012
My house in Los Narros, during a snowy January 2007

Extreme teleworking: A Reg hack reports from the internet's frontier

"You lucky, lucky bastard," was how a fellow Reg hack responded to my announcement back in 2004 that I was upping sticks and establishing a Vulture Central outpost in rural Spain, far from the rain-lashed shores of Blighty.
Lester Haines, 22 Nov 2012

Fanbois: The Next Generation. YOUR CHILDREN belong to Apple now

One in two members of the next generation are Apple fans, a study by Nielson has revealed, showing that almost half of under-12s questioned want an iPad in the next six months.
Anna Leach, 22 Nov 2012

Judge to Apple: You WILL tell Samsung what you got from HTC

A US judge has told Apple it had better cough up its whole unredacted licensing agreement with HTC in the fruity firm's case against Samsung, a move that could help the Korean company fight a potential sales ban in the country.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 22 Nov 2012

Can supermodel Heidi Klum save Windows 8? Not so fast

FeatureThis year's MTV European Music Awards had everything: slinky supermodel presenter Heidi Klum, swathes of preposterous pop stars, and, er, an enormous Windows 8-powered video wall.
Steve Bell, 22 Nov 2012
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Microsoft said to be building Apple TV adversary

Microsoft has an Apple TV-style set-top box in its labs, it has been claimed. The gadget it said to be an inexpensive Windows 8-based unit designed to provide access to Xbox Live entertainment services and run casual games rather than major releases.
Caleb Cox, 22 Nov 2012

Plan to let you phone people up from within Facebook

Orange customers in France will soon be able to tap on a Facebook contact to give them a call, and even set up conferences, without sharing phone numbers with anyone.
Bill Ray, 22 Nov 2012
Asus VivoBook S200 11.6in touchscreen Windows 8 notebook

Asus VivoBook S200 11.6in touchscreen notebook review

A few months ago I tried a preview of Windows 8 on my 11.6in HP Pavilion and frankly it made about as much sense as a vegetarian bacon sandwich. Why? Because, without a touch screen the Windows 8 Metro Modern UI lacks a crucial ingredient. Armed with only a keyboard and mouse, facing a wall of tiles just gets in the way.
Alun Taylor, 22 Nov 2012

Team Venus disappears at computer sports smackdown

SC12Video It was an exciting start to the real-time, non-stop 48-hour cluster challenge, in which the teams of undergrads design and assemble a small cluster and race to demonstrate the greatest sustained performance across a series of applications.
Dan Olds, 22 Nov 2012

Boffins: Jurassic avians were more like Angry birds than modern ones

Bone-bothering boffins say that early birds were actually fairly rubbish at flying, so much so that they couldn't get airborne unless they jumped off from a high point or otherwise gained a helping push.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 22 Nov 2012

Legal wigs to sort out rules on internet defamation, contempt

In the wake of Lord McAlpine's lawyers threatening to sue thousands of Twitter users for libelling his name with false allegations of child abuse, as well as the multiple issues surrounding tweets that may be in contempt, the Attorney General has clarified that the same legal framework applies on the internet that applies offline.
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Nov 2012

BBC Newsnightmare: Opera chief brought in as new DG

The BBC has brought in its one-time head of news to succeed George Entwistle as the Corporation's new director-general, after the previous incumbent lasted just 54 days in the job.
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Nov 2012

RIM shares jump as analyst decides it isn't as dead as he thought

Analyst Peter Misek has told investors he thinks RIM could yet pull out of its nosedive, predicting a 20-30 per cent chance of BlackBerry 10 gaining significant market share.
Bill Ray, 22 Nov 2012

Nickers nab Assassin's Creed cache in Benelux blag

Thieves made away with a lorryload of Assassin's Creed 3 copies bound for the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg this week.
Caleb Cox, 22 Nov 2012

Italians deploy fearsome SPY MANNEQUINS to win Fashion Wars

Don't think you can escape personalised adverts by switching the computer off. Luxury shops have started to use seeing-eye mannequins that harvest data about customers in the real world and - yes - target ads so they can sell more.
Anna Leach, 22 Nov 2012

Firefox and Opera squish big buffer overflow bugs

It's time to update alternative browser software again, with new releases of Firefox and Opera out this week. Firefox 17, released Tuesday, features improved support for social networking functions, such as Facebook Messenger, as well as new features to prevent blacklisted extensions from running without user permission. Support for Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard), a five-year-old version of Apple's desktop operating system, has been dropped.
John Leyden, 22 Nov 2012
Mike Lynch

'Brit Bill Gates' Lynch: Only Mad Leo Apotheker understood Autonomy

The origins of Autonomy's declining fortunes can be traced back to the moment HP axed its former hapless CEO Leo Apotheker, claims Mike Lynch, the founder of the Brit software firm.
Paul Kunert, 22 Nov 2012
Tim Cook, photo by JStone via Shutterstock

Apple chief Cook is highest paid CEO in America

Apple CEO Tim Cook has hit the executive-compensation trifecta, having slotted in at number one in CNBC's "Highest Paid CEOs" list.
Rik Myslewski, 22 Nov 2012
Starwars Lightsaber

Lawrence 'Empire Strikes Back' Kasdan to pen future Star Wars script

Disney's plans to dramatically expand the Star Wars franchise may concern stringent Jedi enthusiasts, but the fact that it has now signed up Lawrence Kasdan - co-writer of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, not to mention Raiders of the Lost Ark - to script one of its forthcoming films, will surely be music to fans' ears.
Caleb Cox, 22 Nov 2012

NASA's Mars rovers feel effects of TITANIC DUST STORM

A huge Martian dust storm tracked from orbit by NASA has affected both Curiosity and Opportunity, the agency's active rovers on the planet's surface.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 22 Nov 2012
Quanta QCT server racks

NoSQL's CAP theorem busters: We don't drop ACID

CAP theorem* holds no fear for six engineers building FoundationDB, the industry’s latest NoSQL candidate. The difference? It adheres to the principles of ACID** found in relational, which previous NoSQLers have tried to replace.
Gavin Clarke, 22 Nov 2012

APPLE reveals complete updated blueprints of SPACESHIP JOBS

PicsHours after it was revealed that the completion of Apple's planned office doughnut would be delayed until at least 2016, the Cupertino city council posted revised plans for the eco-Stalinist structure, first sketched by Steve Jobs and now widely known as the "Spaceship".
Rik Myslewski, 22 Nov 2012

eBay: It's safe to buy busted lava lamps and bug-infested rugs again

eBay has resolved a cross-site scripting bug on its website that independent experts warned posed a significant risk of fraud to users of the auction site. The XSS flaw meant that, once logged into a seller account on eBay, an attacker could insert an XSS exploit code into a listing of an item for sale.
John Leyden, 22 Nov 2012

Data cops seek 'urgent clarification' on new Facebook advertiser plans

Facebook never fails to whip up a frenzy about privacy each time it proposes changes to its personal-content advertising platform. This time around users are slowly starting to complain about the risk to security posed by the company's plans to help "improve the quality of ads."
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Nov 2012

Thanksgiving in orbit: Irradiated turkey, yam-and-marshmallow mix

Irradiated smoked turkey and thermo-stabilized yams are on the menu for astronaut Thanksgiving on the International Space Station today. American commander Kevin Ford and his two Russian crewmates Evgeny Tarelkin and Oleg Novitskiy will tuck into a special bag of food prepared for the holiday, and get the day off from normal duties.
Anna Leach, 22 Nov 2012

Plan your BLACK FRIDAY CHARGE: Google shop maps go desktop

Google Maps' indoor offerings - floor plans, often of shops or other public spaces, until now browsable on Android devices only - are now browsable in browsers too, so one can plan a day out down to the smallest detail.
Bill Ray, 22 Nov 2012

FCC plans to make Twitter, mobile networks disaster proof

The Federal Communications Commission is to have a series of talks around the US to figure out how to stop mobile network outages during natural disasters.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 22 Nov 2012

Team Taiwan: We're ready to win this thing

SC12Video I’ve covered Taiwan’s National Tsing Hua University (NTHU) Student Cluster Competition team for three years now. And every time I talk to them they’re personable, friendly, and modest.
Dan Olds, 22 Nov 2012

No iMacs on Black Friday, Grey Thursday or even Cyber Monday

Most consumers in the US will by now be stuffed with piles of turkey and lashings of booze, but retailers are banking on people's hunger and thirst for deals returning on Black Friday,
Paul Kunert, 22 Nov 2012

ACCC calls for liberalised copyright in Oz

Australia’s Competition and Consumer Commission is siding with citizens over copyright holders – at least a little bit.
Richard Chirgwin, 22 Nov 2012

Sandy 'Mary Celeste' Island undiscovered - again

It’s the story of a tiny little Coral Sea island that’s gone all around the world: a group of scientists on expedition visit the spot where the island is marked on the maritime charts, only to find it doesn’t exist.
Richard Chirgwin, 22 Nov 2012

Google avoids tax with ‘Double Irish Dutch Sandwich’

Australia has become the latest nation to decide it wants tech companies to pay more tax, after David Bradbury, Assistant Treasurer and Minister Assisting for Deregulation, declared Google uses a “Double Irish Dutch Sandwich” to pay as little tax as possible on its Australian operations.
Simon Sharwood, 22 Nov 2012

WIMP-seeking detector flooded

A South Dakota-based dark matter experiment has taken a large step towards go-live, with a detector lowered into its water tank ahead of observations beginning next year.
Richard Chirgwin, 22 Nov 2012

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