23rd > November > 2012 Archive
Sailboat cracks 100 km/h for first time
A sail-powered boat has cracked 100 km/h for the first time, thanks to a ‘Wing-Sail’ designed by a British consultancy that specialises in wind turbine design.
Hexing MAC address reveals Wifi passwords
UpdateThe default WPA2-PSK passphrase used in some Belkin routers simply replaces a character of the device’s MAC address with another hecxadecimal character, according to security blogger Jakob Lell.
Lenovo set for Chinese smartphone crown in 2013
Chinese PC giant Lenovo is set to oust Samsung as the top smartphone manufacturer in the People’s Republic by next year, thanks to success at the mid-to-low end of the market, according to Gartner.
Apps-for-feature-phones leader BiNu scores more cash
Australian developed mobile platform biNu, which aims to give all mobiles access to smartphone apps, has secured a fresh round of VC funding to further expand into emerging markets.
Israeli deputy PM's social media hacked by pro-Palestine group
Israel's deputy prime minister Silvan Shalom has become the latest victim of the escalating cyber conflict between Israel and Palestine after his social media accounts were hacked and used to issue pro-Palestine propaganda.
Dreamworks open sources animation software
Animation studio Dreamworks has released some of its production animation code under an open source licence.
Barclays Bank buys 8,500 Apple iPads in one go
Barclays Bank has bought no less than 8,500 Apple slabs of fondling loveliness in one go, The Channel can reveal.
South Korean convicted for tweeting Pyongyang propaganda
A simple Twitter-based lampoon almost backfired for one South Korean user this week, after a Seoul court found him guilty of breaking the country’s strict national security law by retweeting North Korean propaganda.
Cyber blaggers autoplunder bulging accounts on Euro pay network
Cybercrooks have developed a Trojan that targets high-value accounts linked to the European SEPA payments network.
Ofcom: White Space. We're bloody serious this time. ONE YEAR
Ofcom has laid out the rules regarding White Space devices, kicking off a consultation process which could see devices on the shelves around the end of next year.
UK.gov to upgrade buying tool after mega cockup downs £1bn deal
Government Procurement Services is to refresh the hardware platform it uses to collate supplier tender submissions to prevent a repeat of the crash that downed a £1bn software and services framework.
Samsung Google Nexus 10 tablet review
Why would you buy a tablet other than an iPad? Obviously, some don’t care for Apple’s locked-in system and others like the way users can dig more deeply into the workings of Android. Good enough reasons, sure, but the truth is that until the day dawns when a tablet is of comparable specification, but substantially cheaper than the iPad, most customers will stick with Apple.
Mint Linux gifts Unity haters with 'Nadia' ... plus her Mate
Ubuntu users with a hankering for Gnome can take comfort: the latest version of Linux distro Mint has been released.
Google Adwords scammer charged premium to call NHS Direct
Premium-rate call regulator PhonePayPlus has fined Red Play Media £50,000 for using Adword adverts to trick surfers into using premium-rate numbers to call non-premium services.
Reg boffins blow lid on sheepsecs
VidMany, many moons ago, Reg boffin Lucy Sherriff provocatively stated that the "comet-tailed" red giant Mira was thundering across the heavens at "roughly 150,000 times" faster than the speed of the average sheep.
IBM insider: How I caught my wife while bug-hunting on OS/2
Part oneThe unholy alliance of IBM and Microsoft unleashed OS/2 25 years ago with a mission to replace Windows, Unix and DOS. Back then, I was a foot-soldier in that war: a contract bug hunter at Big Blue. Here’s how I remember it.
Woz on Microsoft: Whoa! They really changed things drastically. Whoa!
QuotwThis was the week when HP finally realised that maybe slurping Autonomy a year ago wasn't such a good idea after all.
Troubled OCZ now has feds up ass with microscope
Flash storage springbok OCZ, which suddenly lurched into the intensive care ward and ditched its founding CEO, now has less of a spring in its step; it's received news of an SEC probe into the company.
WWII HERO PIGEON crypto message STUMPS GCHQ boffins
Brit spook central GCHQ can't decipher a coded message found on a pigeon that died trying to deliver the missive during WWII, and may have to turn to the public for help.
Channel players hit the pub for Christmas... it's been a long year
Well, it’s nearly over. For a lot of us 2012 has been a tough old annus horribilis.
Exploit broker releases EXPLICIT VIDS of holes in industrial control kit
Malta-based security start-up ReVuln claims to have uncovered a raft of vulnerabilities in industrial control kit from many leading manufacturers.
Missed the cloud bandwagon?
There continues to be a cacophony of marketing noise from technology vendors about their cloud strategies. While the announcements sometimes include messaging for their channel, many partners are still unsure of their future role in the industry.
WANTED: Actual HELPFUL info on price-comparison websites
The Office of Fair Trading has had a word with price-comparison websites, suggesting they up their game to improve consumer trust.
Assault on battery
Something for the Weekend, Sir?When working on-site, I like go into the office early on Thursdays because I have to leave by 5pm. It’s simply essential that I get away in good time on Thursdays. And on Wednesdays. Oh, and Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays.
Russians: Decision on diva Sarah Brightman's space trip in early 2013
Russian space agency Roscosmos has said it will decide early next year if classical singer Sarah Brightman gets to travel to the ISS as a space tourist.
Windows 8: A soaraway Kinect? Or is it Red Ink Friday for Microsoft?
Can Windows 8 and Windows RT slabs bring the Kinect effect to Microsoft?
Super-Earths' magnetic FORCE FIELDS could harbour ALIEN LIFE
A geo-boffinry study has found that super-Earths could have oceans of liquid metal and magnetic shields that protect life on their surfaces.
Man strives to shatter Call of Duty world record
We all know gamers spend too long on their consoles, but even the craziest of enthusiasts tend to hit the sack when the sun rises. Bedtime, however, was the last thing on one madcap Australian's mind this week, as he attempted to set a world record for the longest videogame marathon known to man.
Pirate cops bust LITTLE GIRL, take her Winnie-the-Pooh laptop
In their zeal to excise the cancer of copyright-infringing downloads, a Finnish anti-piracy group sent police to the home of a nine-year-old girl, where the coppers confiscated her Winnie-the-Pooh laptop.
Warming up the thruster that will ram LOHAN to glorious heights
Our audacious Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) spaceplane project continues to advance on multiple fronts, and while Neil Barnes and Anthony Stirk put together the Special Project Electronic Altitude Release System (SPEARS) control board, we've been doing some more work on the Vulture 2 rocket motor heater set-up.
BlackBerry 10: AWESOME. If the hardware matches it, RIM jobs are safe
OpinionBlackBerry users have a love-hate relationship with their phones. The devices were often forced upon users rather than chosen. At the same time, the handhelds were the most usable and useful communications gadgets you could put in your pocket.
Huawei hawks hundred quid handset hupdate
Huawei's refreshed sub-£100 Android phone, the Ascend G330, will be available in the UK from early December, the manufacturer said today.
Comp sci boffins Venus: HPC newbies post respectable score
SC12Video We spent a few minutes on the last day of the SC12 Student Cluster Competition (SCC) talking to Team Venus from the University of the Pacific. This is not only their first year in the cluster competition, but also the first time any of the students have done anything at all HPC-related.
Apple LTE iPad Mini release slips back in Blighty
Apple's fourth-generation iPad with retina display is now available in the UK, but those who ordered the 4G iPad Mini may end up waiting longer for their shiny new slate than they expected.
APPLE goes on crazy, price-SLASHER Black Friday RAMPAGE
On the day when stores slash prices and punters queue for hours to sweep up tech bargains, Apple has slightly reduced prices on its iPads and MacBooks. Black Friday is bargain bonanza day in the US - and increasingly, the UK - and Apple has tentatively joined the cost-cutting orgy with some 8 to 9 per cent discounts. Form an orderly queue.
NHS Trust ditches in-house servers, chucks 15TB into the cloud
NHS Trust Mersey Care is trying to eke out 15 per cent cost savings by ditching its in-house server farm in favour of SCC's OptimiseCloud platform.
Jubcropgate: El Reg in snake-fondling nude nipslip outrage
El Reg had Middle England choking on its Coco Pops a couple of weeks back following the failure of its jub-detection algorithm (JDA) - an advanced piece of coding designed to protect sensitive readers from an eyeful of unchecked chesticle.
Dogs would say: size is important, shape - not so much
We here on the canine desk at Vulture Central have often pondered the mystery of how it is that dogs - with their own mental lexicon - understand words that relate to fetching specific objects such as "ball" or "bone".
UK student in dock over Anonymous £3.5m PayPal attack
The trial of a British university student accused of participating in attacks by hacktivist collective Anonymous against the websites of PayPal and others has begun in London.
Claranet gulps down rival STH in managed services merge
British managed services player Claranet has hoovered up rival STH Ltd and its subsidiary, Star Technology, in a deal it says values the acquired firm at £55m.
Just bought an Apple product? Need support NOW? Drop an F-BOMB
When you're caught in automated telephone-support hell, there's a magic word you can utter to ensure that you're quickly routed to an actual human being: the "F-bomb".
Bolton biz kingpin tables '7 figure' offer for Comet website
The future of Comet's stores hangs in the balance: but the business brain behind Appliances Online has tabled a million pound plus bid for the website part of the drain-circling retailer.
Don't touch Sony, Panasonic's junk, says credit agency
Panasonic has a better chance than Sony of surviving the global disinterest in new consumer electronics, credit rating agency Fitch said today.
Mystery Chrome 0-day exploit to be unveiled in India on Saturday
A Georgian security researcher is due to present details of an unpatched vulnerability in Google's Chrome browser at the Malcon security conference in India over the weekend.
Cluster compo newcomers slap down winning hand: 6 NVIDIA Tesla cards
SC12Video Here’s a short look at what the team from China’s University of Science & Technology was up to on the last day of the SC12 Student Cluster Competition (SCC). There’s a pretty big language barrier here – one that’s made worse by my inability to speak slowly and clearly after drinking a quart of press room coffee.
The early days of PCs as seen through DEAD TREES
FeatureThirty years ago, Time Magazine broke its 86-year tradition of naming a Man of the Year, and instead anointed its first Machine of the Year: The Computer.
Convert your iPad into a foosball table and relive the dot-com days
Sometimes an idea is so effing brilliant that we face-palm our foreheads and wail, "Why didn't we think of that?"
IBM recasts Power 775
Blue Waters super as big data muncher
IBM has yanked the chain on the petaflopping 'Blue Waters' supercomputer that it was going to install at the University of Illinois this fall because it was too expensive to make at the budgeted price.
Nokia's imaging chief makes surprise exit
Nokia's head of imaging, and the man behind a lot of the features the Finns are hoping will make its Lumia smartphones popular, has left the firm unexpectedly.
IBM warns mainframe shops of 2013 price hike
When your customers pay millions of dollars for your machines and then spend many tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars per month – and sometimes much more – on monthly license fees for your software, you can't just spring a price increase on them one day. You have to give fair warning so they can budget for the price increase.