28th > January > 2013 Archive


Naked intruder cracks one off in Florida rampage drama

Doctors have attempted to determine just what mind-altering substance may have provoked a carnival worker to allegedly jump naked onto a Florida couple's roof, charge into the house, smash a TV, masturbate on the living room floor, defecate on the premises and drink the contents of a wet-dry vacuum cleaner before he finally succumbed to a police taser.
Lester Haines, 28 Jan 2013

Patch often: Cyber-crim toolkits love stinky old gaping holes

More than two in three exploits kits that attempt to inject malware into web surfers' computers were developed in Russia - and at least one in two exploit rather old vulnerabilities.
John Leyden, 28 Jan 2013

SGI slips on Scality's RING, awaits flood of Big Data

Scality's object storage software is being OEMed by SGI so that it can gulp down galactic amounts of unstructured data into its storage arrays.
Chris Mellor, 28 Jan 2013

YouTube and Netflix take on AirPlay, DIAL up the big-screen goodness

Netflix and YouTube have launched a new standard for getting content onto the living-room TV, taking on AirPlay, DLNA, Miracast and WHDi to name just a few.
Bill Ray, 28 Jan 2013

Pop tix touts slung in the cooler for 4 years after £3m web scam

Two crooks posing as online ticket touts have been jailed for swindling nearly £3m out of pop fans' pockets.
John Leyden, 28 Jan 2013

Helium: Can it prevent the onset of Shingles?

Blocks and FilesFilling disk drives with helium gas delays the time when shingled magnetic recording has to be adopted.
Chris Mellor, 28 Jan 2013

Compuware to hedge fund: Take your cheque for $2.3bn and get outta here

After a little more than a month of careful consideration, systems and application performance management software maker Compuware has told Paul Singer, who runs the Elliott Management hedge fund, that he can keep his $2.3bn and that Compuware is not for sale.

Dead Steve Jobs tried to KILL Ashton Kutcher from beyond the grave

Hollywood heartthrob Ashton Kutcher was "terrified" and spent time in hospital after trying too hard to achieve authenticity in his depiction of the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in a new film.
Anna Leach, 28 Jan 2013
Great Wall of China

Filter Great Firewall of China's architects at US borders - petition

A petition hosted by the White House calls for the computer scientists who built the "Great Firewall" of China to be denied entry to the US.
Phil Muncaster, 28 Jan 2013

Star Trek saviour JJ Abrams joins the dark side: Star Wars VII

Star Wars creator George Lucas has given the thumbs-up to the appointment of JJ Abrams as director of the seventh outing for the sci-fi franchise.
Lester Haines, 28 Jan 2013

SanDisk revived by Apple juice after first half bloodbath

SanDisk is continuing its climb back to health after the first half horror show, with revenues and profits both recovering well.
Chris Mellor, 28 Jan 2013
Oric-1. Source: Retro Bytes Portal

The Oric-1 is 30

ArchaeologicThe Oric-1, which was formally launched 30 years ago this week, was produced with one thing in mind: to take on Sir Clive Sinclair at his own game. “The Oric is a competitor for the Spectrum,” one of Oric developer Tangerine Computer Systems’ software team, Paul Kaufman, emphatically told members of the press. “We are convinced that it is a better machine.”
Tony Smith, 28 Jan 2013
Empty phone battery

Reg Readers love their gadgets

2013 is only just beginning and already there's a ton of news surrounding the consumer tech markets.
Andrew Buss, 28 Jan 2013

Chinese upstart smears Android's Ice Cream Sandwich over PCs

A Chinese startup has successfully ported Google's Android OS to Windows, perfect for those who want an Ice Cream Sandwich-shaped box in a Windows desktop.
Bill Ray, 28 Jan 2013

Spammers joyride Doctor Who's Twitter TARDIS, turn man into Shirley Temple

Yet another Doctor Who star's Twitter account has been hijacked to tout dodgy diet pills: this time it's Colin Baker, who played the sixth incarnation of the hero time lord.
John Leyden, 28 Jan 2013

My top tip for Microsoft: Stop charging for Windows Phone 8

Open ... and ShutWhile Microsoft posted solid numbers for Windows 8, anyone paying attention to Intel's quarterly report can see that the writing is on the wall for desktop computing. Perhaps surprisingly, this is also true of the enterprise, generally not an early mover on technology trends. According to a new Appcelerator survey of enterprise IT executives, 2013 marks the first year that enterprises will build more mobile applications than desktop applications.
Matt Asay, 28 Jan 2013
Great Wall of China

China may axe 13-year console ban, games OK for kids after all

China may scrap a 13-year ban on the sale of games consoles in the country, according to a government source.
Anna Leach, 28 Jan 2013

Lotus 1-2-3 rebooted: My trip back to the old (named) range

AnalysisLotus 1-2-3, released on 26 January 1983, was not the first spreadsheet. That achievement belongs to VisiCalc, invented by Dan Bricklin at Harvard, programmed mainly by Bob Frankston, and released for - surprise - the Apple II in 1979.
Tim Anderson, 28 Jan 2013
LLNL's Sequoia BlueGene/Q super being assembled by IBM

IBM fuels up more Power7+ servers for impending launch

The details are a bit sketchy, but we can smell the hydrazine and it looks like IBM is getting ready to launch the next wave of Power7+ systems.
Mount Rainier

QLogic hops around, waits to hitch a ride on flash-boosted bus

Server adapter biz QLogic is bouncing around like it often does in its third quarter, but revenues are down and it is hoping that the imminent arrival of Mount Rainier will boost to its business.
Chris Mellor, 28 Jan 2013
Google Lenoir datacentre with Oracle tape libraries

Google reveals TAPE-TASTIC data centre in saucy vid

VideoA new video from internet search giant Google shows off the tape libraries where all the "important stuff" is looked after in its new Lenoir data centre. And it looks like the tape it has chosen is the very same stuff it used to restore lost emails during The Great Gmail Out(r)age of 2011.
Chris Mellor, 28 Jan 2013

Japan promised Ultra HD TV broadcasts two years early

Japanese telly addicts will get to see the 2014 FIFA World Cup in glorious Ultra HD. As a result, they’ll get 4K x 2K broadcast content beamed into their homes two years earlier than expected.
Tony Smith, 28 Jan 2013

UK tech biz QiComm's CEO fights money laundering charge

The owner of UK tech integration biz QiComm, who is accused of money laundering, has told The Channel he has done nothing wrong.
Paul Kunert, 28 Jan 2013

Anons hack Asteroids into US DoJ website in Swartz death protest

The Anonymous hacking collective attacked a US Justice Department website over the weekend to protest against the prosecution of Reddit co-founder Aaron Swartz.
John Leyden, 28 Jan 2013

Apple users: Only Apple can track us! Not Google

UK Apple fans are suing Google for tracking them online against their will over a five-month period.
Anna Leach, 28 Jan 2013

AT&T spaffs $1.9bn on secondhand cell-phone spectrum

AT&T wants to give Verizon $1.9bn, and some lumps of regional radio spectrum, in exchange for a decent chunk of 700MHz to add to its growing portfolio of low-frequency cell-phone network goodness.
Bill Ray, 28 Jan 2013

Apple releases iOS 6.1, adds LTE carriers, tweaks security

Apple has released iOS 6.1, which adds LTE support for more carriers worldwide, but not much more in terms of features for a release that's graced with a full "dot-digit" numerical upgrade.
Rik Myslewski, 28 Jan 2013

Microsoft teases possible Jan. 29 launch for Office 2013

An old adage holds that nobody on their deathbed ever said, "I wish I'd spent more time at the office." But more time is exactly what Microsoft is offering in a new ad campaign that appears to tease a January 29 launch date for Office 2013 and its accompanying refresh of Office 365.
Neil McAllister, 28 Jan 2013

HP launches security service for after the horse has bolted

HP is getting into the lucrative security remediation sector with a consultancy service designed to minimize the effects of a successful attack, collect evidence for prosecution, and help recover what has been stolen or corrupted.
Iain Thomson, 28 Jan 2013
secondary age school kids outside NBN truck

NBN Co trials migration incentives

Last week, NBN Co – the company building Australia’s National Broadband Network – announced trials of a $AU108 migration incentive for retailers.
Richard Chirgwin, 28 Jan 2013
Stanford's jet-noise simulation needed a milliion cores

Stanford super runs million-core calculation

Stanford University engineers are claiming a record for the year-old Sequoia supercomputer, after running up a calculation that used more than a million of the machine’s cores at once.
Richard Chirgwin, 28 Jan 2013

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