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RSA adds Big Data analytics to security service suite

In just under a month, security folks are coming to San Francisco for the annual RSA show, and if Wednesday's announcement from the company is to go by, one of the major themes at conference will be Big Data.
Iain Thomson, 31 Jan 2013
Air New Zealand plane

First ‘three strikes’ decision handed down in NZ

The Recording Industry Association of New Zealand (RIANZ) is reaching for the porcine lipstick after its first “three strikes” win resulted in a tokenistic fine of a little over $NZ600.
Richard Chirgwin, 31 Jan 2013

Citrix morphs from Windows app virtualizer to all app mobilizer

In its last quarter Citrix has blasted past analyst expectations and produced a very healthy set of results and predicting that revenues will hit the $3bn mark for the year.

Microsoft dev tools to add Linux-style source code versioning

Microsoft's developer tools division has taken another step closer to the open source community, with the announcement that both Team Foundation Server and Visual Studio will soon incorporate support for decentralized source code version control using Git.
Neil McAllister, 31 Jan 2013

Facebook reports revenues up 40% but Wall Street says 'meh'

Mark Zuckerberg must be tearing at his hoodie after Facebook's shares dipped following the release of what are, on the face of it, very respectable quarterly results for his company.
Iain Thomson, 31 Jan 2013

BlackBerry bets fans are willing to upgrade skills

First LookBlackBerry OS 10 is slick, fast, usable and oozes potential, but is sufficiently different from previous that users of older BlackBerries won't see an upgrade as a natural choice, based on what we've seen so far.
Simon Sharwood, 31 Jan 2013

Snooping on movement can reveal smartphone PINs

It’s not the first time boffins have proposed the use of smartphone accelerometers as an attack vector, but it’s scarily efficient: with as few as five guesses, Swarthmore College researchers say they can use phone moments to reveal user PINs.
Richard Chirgwin, 31 Jan 2013
Barbed wire surrounding communications tower

Great Firewall architects fingered for GitHub attack

The Chinese computer scientists who helped build the country’s infamous Great Firewall may have been responsible for a man-in-the-middle attack on users of GitHub after they were named and shamed on the social code sharing site.
Phil Muncaster, 31 Jan 2013

Forget cupcakes: What you find on Facebook and Twitter is TARTS

Sex trade workers have taken to using Facebook and Twitter as a 21st Century phone box by posting calling cards on the networks that show them clearly touting for business.
Kelly Fiveash, 31 Jan 2013

Support for RHEL 3 ends one year from … now!

Red Hat has let it be known that by this time next year it will wash its hands of the third version of its Enterprise Linux.
Simon Sharwood, 31 Jan 2013
Mobile Gaming

Game off: No end to official China console ban

Rumours earlier this week that China was about to overturn a long-standing ban on the sale of gaming consoles appear to have been premature, after the government apparently denied it was planning to lift the ban.
Phil Muncaster, 31 Jan 2013

Report: DDoS attacks now MORE ANGRY, complex and targeted

The days when attackers relied on sheer bandwidth volume alone to knock out websites are over, with miscreants increasingly using application-layer and multi-vector attacks.
John Leyden, 31 Jan 2013

TodDANG! Rampaging monkeys storm Indonesian village

The residents of an Indonesian village were left badly shaken yesterday after a violent incursion by wild monkeys left seven people injured.
Lester Haines, 31 Jan 2013

Comp Sci becomes 'fourth science' in English Baccalaureate

Education Minister Michael Gove has added computer science into the new English Baccalaureate as a "fourth science", putting it on a par with Physics, Biology and Chemistry, the Department of Education announced today.
Anna Leach, 31 Jan 2013

BBC: What YOU spent on our lawyers in Secret Climate 28 debacle

The BBC has revealed the cost to the licence-fee payer of its surreal legal fight to keep a publicly available list from the public. Or at least a small part of the cost we all paid in the affair which became known as "28Gate".
Andrew Orlowski, 31 Jan 2013

Reg Hardware Awards 2012: The Winners...

Almost 17,000 votes were cast by Reg readers when we asked you all to name the best - and the worst - tech products of 2012.
Register Hardware, 31 Jan 2013

LOHAN teases with quick flash of spaceplane

It's with a portentous drumroll and fanfare of trumpets that we reveal today the design of our Vulture 2 spaceplane - the rocket-powered vehicle at the centre of our audacious Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) ballocket mission.
Lester Haines, 31 Jan 2013

'Gaia' Lovelock: Wind turbines 'may become like Easter Island statues'

Former climate change alarmist Dr James Lovelock, famous for popularising the "Gaia" metaphor, continues his journey back to rationality.
Andrew Orlowski, 31 Jan 2013
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Java open-source frameworks 'pose risk' to biz - report

Open-source programming frameworks revolutionised Java development during the last decade, but not enough people know how to use them properly.
Gavin Clarke, 31 Jan 2013

Happy dealers, solid managers. So what's wrong at HP?

What’s going on at HP? CEO Meg Whitman has pulled out the scythe and is whipping it through the troubled hardware titan, chopping out the weak and underperforming bits and clearing a path back to a market-leading position.
Steve Bell, 31 Jan 2013

BT inks 2 more gov-funded broadband deals

BT bagged two more government-subsidised broadband contracts on Wednesday, when it confirmed that work on those separate rural projects would not be completed until 2016.
Kelly Fiveash, 31 Jan 2013
Fusion-io ioScale 3.2TB card

Fusion-io nosedives as Facebook, Apple finish scoffing flash and chips

Flash memory maker Fusion-io's revenue is forecast to decline by 30 per cent from last quarter to the next, ending its meteoric growth.
Chris Mellor, 31 Jan 2013

I watched Excel meet 1-2-3, and beat it fair and square

I remember Lotus 1-2-3 very well. It really was as widely used as all the history-of-Lotus stories claim it was. In fact, back around, say, 1984, when almost no software package had a monopoly, Lotus already had its particular niche locked up tightly.
Dave Mandl, 31 Jan 2013
Halo 3 Kubrick set

How to destroy a brand-new Samsung laptop: Boot Linux on it

Linux users accidentally bricked their new Samsung laptops by booting their favourite open-source OS on the shiny computers.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 31 Jan 2013

Google submits remedy proposals to EU antitrust chief - ICOMP

UpdatedGoogle has submitted a new round of proposals to the competition wing of the European Commission, which has fingered the search giant for possible "dominance abuse", according to ICOMP.
Kelly Fiveash, 31 Jan 2013

New York Times probes China's Premier, gets hacked by Chinese

Hackers "persistently" attacked The New York Times to swipe its passwords after the newspaper claimed Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao's family had amassed a vast fortune.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 31 Jan 2013
Stacking up chips to make tiny Daleks for the data center

Power-mad HPC fans told: No exascale for you - for at least 8 years

I recently stumbled upon a transcript from a very recent interview with HPC luminaries Jack Dongarra (University of Tennessee, Oak Ridge, Top500 list) and Horst Simon (deputy director at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab.) The topic? Nothing less than the future of supercomputers. These are pretty good guys to ask, since they’re both intimately involved with designing, building, and using some of the largest supercomputers to ever walk the earth.
Dan Olds, 31 Jan 2013

Nokia tries its luck with a sub-£150 Win Phone 8: The Lumia 620

Nokia’s latest budget smartphone brings the price of admission to Windows Phone 8 below the £150 mark. From today O2 will sell the Lumia 620 at £149.99 on pay-as-you-go, a bargain considering what’s inside. The network will also chuck in an additional free colour cover.
Andrew Orlowski, 31 Jan 2013

Boffins prep tasty data-cramming 3D metal-sandwich chip

Boffins have constructed a microprocessor architecture capable of packing in up to 1,000 times more data than today’s generation of processors.
Gavin Clarke, 31 Jan 2013

Surface left on shelves as world+dog slurps up small slates

Half a million Microsoft Surface tablets may be gathering dust on shop shelves, it has been claimed.
Tony Smith, 31 Jan 2013

Official: Fandroids are smarter/tighter* than iPhone fanbois

Startling figures show that iPhone owners pay bigger phone bills - but the stats are silent as to whether that's because they make a lot of calls or are just too stupid to notice.
Bill Ray, 31 Jan 2013

Car dashboards get Nokia HERE without a phone in sight

Nokia's recently rebranded mapping platform HERE will be slipped in front of the wheel on Toyota cars from next year, staking a claim in the next mobile battleground.
Bill Ray, 31 Jan 2013

Apple still top for slab-fondlers despite FLOOD of Xmas tablets

Apple is still riding clear at the top of the global tablet market, though it has lost 8 per cent of its share of sales since the same time last year. Its tablet rivals, meanwhile, experienced triple-digit growth compared to the final quarter of 2011.
Anna Leach, 31 Jan 2013
DVD-Ram disc

Commentards Ahoy! How about a Petabyte of storage?

A little experiment from us: we are rounding up comments on a couple of articles - and turning them into articles. Some might call this stretching the material - social media types might call it amplification. But we think that not all of our commentards are mad - and many have very interesting insights to share. Today, we mine our comments from Martin Glassborow's column, "How about a Petabyte of storage". Tomorrow, we turn to Trevor Pott and reactions to his prognostications on Windows Server 2012.
Lucy Sherriff, 31 Jan 2013

WORLD temporarily FREED from BURDEN of TWITTER!

Twitter is broken for an unknown number of its 500-million-strong userbase.
Kelly Fiveash, 31 Jan 2013

'Silent but deadly' Java security update breaks legacy apps - dev

An application developer reports that the latest Java 7 update "silently" deletes Java 6, breaking applications in the process.
John Leyden, 31 Jan 2013

NHS IT bods 'walk out' in pay row with crashed UK tech giant 2e2

A number of contractors from collapsed UK tech giant 2e2 refused to turn up for work in NHS IT today after their January pay was withheld, it is claimed.
Paul Kunert, 31 Jan 2013

Apple to stop European shipments of Mac Pro on March 1?

Apple will discontinue shipping its long-neglected Mac Pro tower to the EU, EU candidates, and European Free Trade Association (EFTA) member states on March first, sources tell 9to5Mac.
Rik Myslewski, 31 Jan 2013
Dell's Active System 800

Dell control freaks its own hardware stacks, VMware and Microsoft hypervisors

The ownership of Dell, the company, may be in flux, but Dell's aspirations in the software business are clear, and with the launch of a new control freak for Dell Active Infrastructure integrated systems, Dell wants companies to use its system and hypervisor management tools instead of alternatives from hypervisor makers such as VMware, Microsoft, and some day Red Hat.

Senators propose permanent ban on internet sales and access tax

Two members of the Senate Commerce Committee have introduced a mini-bill that would permanently block both taxes on internet access and "multiple and discriminatory taxes" against e-commerce.
Iain Thomson, 31 Jan 2013

Customer service rep fired for writing game that mocks callers

David Gallant, a worker at the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and gaming hobbyist, has been fired for lampooning dealings with customers during his day job in a game called I Get This Call Every Day.
Iain Thomson, 31 Jan 2013
Drop bears: Australia's most deadly creature

Boffins propose satnav tracking for 'KILLER KOALAS'

A confession: when Australians meet tourists worried their holidays will be disturbed by dangerous animals – sharks, spiders, snakes, crocodiles and jellyfish are all prevalent here in Vulture South – they often slip in a mention of a little-known but very menacing marsupial: the drop bear.
Simon Sharwood, 31 Jan 2013

Competition watchdog seeks NBN forecast data

The ACCC (Australian Competition and Consumer Commission) is setting itself the task of analysing the revenue forecasts for Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN), and has written to NBN Co requesting the release of a bunch of data to help.
Richard Chirgwin, 31 Jan 2013
The Eurora supercomputer built by Eurotech and Nvidia

Italian 'Eurora' supercomputer pushes the green envelope

The "Eurora" supercomputer that was just fired up in Italy may not be large, but it has taken the lead in energy efficiency over designs from big HPC vendors like Cray and IBM.

Microsoft: Old Internet Explorer is terrible and 'we want to help'

As every web developer knows, one of the biggest headaches of building modern, standards-compliant web pages is getting them to look and work right in Internet Explorer. Well, coders, apparently Microsoft feels your pain, because it has released a new set of free tools to help you do just that.
Neil McAllister, 31 Jan 2013

ESA proposes 3D printing on the moon

One of the challenges with constructing a moon base is the extravagant expenditure needed to boost the necessary materials from Earth. The European Space Agency is now considering an alternative proposal: feeding moon rock to a 3D printer.
Richard Chirgwin, 31 Jan 2013
A blade server from the UV2 super

SGI not selling off NUMAlink – so forget that idea

Thanks to belt-tightening and the shifting of $50m low-margin deals out another quarter, supercomputer and dense rack server maker Silicon Graphics turned in a relatively decent second quarter of its fiscal year 2013.

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