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Targeted Spam

Ever had to register to buy online - and been PELTED with SPAM?

Spam has been a fact of life, on a par with death and taxes, for many years now. To be blunt, spammers don’t particularly care about us. They don’t have any sense of reason or shame that we can appeal to, and they have no incentive to be accommodating. We’re not their customers. In fact they make their money from selling us, not selling to us, so they have an excellent motive not to help us.
Dave Mandl, 02 Jan 2013
Yesterday's launch of the TerreStar 1 satellite. Pic: ESA

I tried to buy a satellite and all I got was this lousy $67,000

Back in 2010 a hugely optimistic plan to buy a satellite raised $67,000 in donations, way short of the needed $1.3bn, but as media interest faded the founder has kept himself busy spending the cash.
Bill Ray, 02 Jan 2013

Merde! Paris Apple Store in €1m armed raid on New Year's Eve

Apple's flagship Paris store was raided on New Year's Eve by armed robbers, who made off with iThings worth up to one million euros.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 02 Jan 2013

Microsoft scrambles to thwart new Internet Explorer 0-day attack

Microsoft has pushed out a temporary fix to defend against a zero-day vulnerability that surfaced in attacks launched last week.
John Leyden, 02 Jan 2013
Thunderbolt Performance Chart

Thunderbolt interface strikes YOUR PC: What's the damage?

Thunderbolt has been available on Intel-based motherboards for around six months and although Apple has featured it on its computers since 2011, peripherals with this interface have appeared at a glacial pace. But the ice appears to be melting now. Besides a range of hubs and adapters that take advantage of Thunderbolt's versatility, more and more storage devices now feature the interface. So what's it like on a PC and how does the touted 10Gbps speed really measure up against the more commonly found data transfer protocols?
Simon Crisp, 02 Jan 2013

UK games market clutches chest, bleeds out sales in 2012

Retailers have blamed a lack of good video games in the summer of 2012 along with a patchy, uneven release schedule for the 17 per cent shrinkage in the value of the UK games market last year. Worth £1.9bn in 2011, the sector brought in £1.6bn in 2012 according to stats released today by the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA).
Anna Leach, 02 Jan 2013
2000AD Prog 1 snippet

Making MACH 1: Can we build a cranial computer today?

Monitoris an occasional column written at the crossroads where the arts, popular culture and technology intersect. Here, we look back at 2000AD's MACH 1 - the first secret agent with his own, in-body computer.
Tony Smith, 02 Jan 2013

What's THAT, you say? Apple MIGHT be making a NEW iPHONE, iOS?

Apple is now testing the next version of its iPhone and accompanying software, according to developers or anyone with an ounce of common sense.
Bill Ray, 02 Jan 2013

HP itching to flog flaccid biz units: Are Autonomy, PSG in firing line?

Hewlett-Packard is considering selling or spinning out its weak business units but warned investors that any deals may not go smoothly.
Gavin Clarke, 02 Jan 2013

Facebook fixes 'Peeping Tom' webcam bug - AFTER 5 MONTHS

Facebook had a busy time over the holiday period fixing several security flaws, including a webcam-related vulnerability that allowed hackers to record video from a user's web camera and post it on their timeline.
John Leyden, 02 Jan 2013

SECRET RIM patent cheque to Nokia revealed at last - and it's a big 'un

RIM handed Nokia a first payment of €50m to put an end to the companies' patent disputes, and plans to pay ongoing royalty payments, the firm revealed in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
Brid-Aine Parnell, 02 Jan 2013

How an Amazon engineer's slip-up started a 20-hour Netflix cock-up

An Amazon engineer hit the wrong button on Christmas Eve, deleting critical data in its load balancers and ultimately knackering vid streaming biz Netflix for 20 hours.
Anna Leach, 02 Jan 2013

Samsung ordered to cough mobe sales figures to world+dog

Samsung has failed to keep under wraps sales totals for its Android-powered phones that are locked in a patent dispute with Apple.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 02 Jan 2013

Firms 'coughed $39 BEEELLION' for system software in 2012

The system infrastructure software racket is a steady business and a profit center for the IT industry, and according to projections from IDC, this space is on track to grow steadily over the next few years.

Intel's set-top TV effort snags on cable

Intel's plans for a set-top box that would provide US television viewers' nirvana – being able to subscribe to the good stuff and not a bundle of useless channels – is being delayed by, amazingly enough, the cable industry.
Iain Thomson, 02 Jan 2013

Movie oldsters FAIL at internet: Online Oscar voting 'too complex'

Attempts to introduce electronic voting for the Oscars are going awry.
John Leyden, 02 Jan 2013

Ubuntu for smartphones aims to replace today's mobes, laptops

Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu Linux operating system, has announced a new version of Ubuntu designed specifically for smartphones.
Neil McAllister, 02 Jan 2013

Leaping hedgehog probes planned for Martian moon Phobos

Researchers at Stanford University and NASA are designing spiky spherical probes to bounce across the Martian moon Phobos and prepare the way for possible astronaut colonization.
Iain Thomson, 02 Jan 2013

Apple to upgrade to '5G WiFi' this year?

Apple will reportedly upgrade its Macs this year to include "5G WiFi", a technology that will increase wireless connectivity to speeds "in excess of a gigabit per second," according to Cupertino's purported chip partner, Broadcom.
Rik Myslewski, 02 Jan 2013

Israel taps teens to become 'interceptors' in cyberwarfare

Israel has launched a new nationwide program aimed at training teenagers to carry out cyberwarfare operations.
Neil McAllister, 02 Jan 2013

Mellanox trips on faulty InfiniBand cables in Q4

InfiniBand and Ethernet switch and adapter maker Mellanox Technologies said after the market closed on Wednesday that the company was not going to make its revenue targets for the fourth quarter and full 2012 year – in part because of the jittery economy but mostly because of a bug in InfiniBand cables.

Delay climate mitigation, escalate the costs: study

Which would hurt less: a global carbon price of $US20 now, or a $US100 carbon price in 2020?
Richard Chirgwin, 02 Jan 2013
Manx flag

ARM server hype ramps faster than ARM server chips

AnalysisIf I didn't have to man El Reg's systems desk for a paycheck and had a little venture capital to blow, I might start a company called Leg Systems, headquartered on the Isle of Man – not because of its tax haven status (which is eroding), but because my company would sell ARM-based systems and say that we wouldn't charge an arm and a leg for them.

Exploding stars drive Galactic geysers

The truly enormous jets of matter flung out from the centre of the Milky Way galaxy are not, as previously believed, the detritus of a supermassive black hole. Rather, the “galactic geysers” are caused by stars forming and exploding at the centre of the galaxy.
Richard Chirgwin, 02 Jan 2013

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