4th > February > 2013 Archive
Analyst says vendors offer pretend reference customers
Gartner senior research analyst Jarod Greene has alleged vendors sometimes suggest he call reference customers that may not exist.
Blobs that swarm spark ‘it’s alive’ hypegasm
A group of scientists led by New York University’s Jérémie Palacci has demonstrated the swarming behaviour of clickbait headline-writers by showing off inanimate objects that swarm a little like living cells.
Euro boffins plan supercomputer to SIMULATE HUMAN BRAIN
The European Commission has selected the Human Brain Project (HBP) as one of its Future and Emerging Technologies and will send it up to €1.19b over ten years so it can build a supercomputer capable of simulating the human brain.
Schmidt slams China as world's most prolific hacker
Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt has strongly criticised China, claiming the country is the world’s most prolific hacker of foreign firms and predicting that its actions will increasingly drive Western tech vendors closer to their governments.
Nordic telco CEO strolls in aftermath of Uzbek spectrum doodah
Lars Nyberg resigned as CEO of TeliaSonera, the main telco of Sweden and Finland, following accusations that he and the board failed to properly investigate the Uzbekistani business with whom TeleSonera worked when expanding into that country.
Twitter clients stay signed in with pre-breach passwords
Twitter has detected a breach and suggested 250,000 users change their passwords. Yet users who heed that advice will still find that apps using the Twitter API, including the company's own, allow access to the service without asking users to enter the new password.
UK minister: 'There must be a limit to what the gov knows about its people'
Any new British privacy law will have to protect citizens' privacy from the government as much as from the media.
Brit boffins GANG-RESEARCH tiny LEDs for 1Gbps network
A consortium of UK universities have banded together to spend some government cash building very small LEDs with a view to creating broadcast networks capable of hitting 1Gbps.
BT to end traffic throttling - claims capacity is FAT
BT has claimed that it will kill off traffic management on its broadband service and stop capping usage limits on all but its entry-level products.
Ten 3D printers for this year's modellers
Product Round-upYou may not know why but you probably want a 3D printer. These are intrinsically cool devices: A mix of engineering, electrical engineering, material science, chemistry, electronics and software.
No solace in view for Quantum
AnalysisIs Quantum going to surprise us all and not have a fourth quarter drop in revenues after climbing out of a trough since its fiscal 2013 year started? Are we going to see the same old, same old pattern or are Gacek's gang going to break out of the box they are in?
US giant Juniper bites off webby arm of Basingstoke's security boys
Brit managed security services player Accumuli has sold its Webscreen Systems Ltd (WSL) subsidiary to US giant Juniper Networks for $10m (£6.37m).
Ofcom ploughs up UK spectrum fields, reseeds them with 4G
Ofcom has published plans to refarm mobile radio spectrum into 4G goodness, letting operators deploy whatever technology they like in their existing holdings as well as the bands on which they're currently bidding.
Wham SAN, thank you ma'am: Adapter biz smacks biggest rival
After Emulex's long, arduous revenues climb, and the simultaneous droop in fortunes of QLogic, it seems it has finally caught up to its high-flying SAN adapter competitor - and if current trends continue, it could even hang on to the top spot. That is, if QLogic's new Rainier product doesn't give it the bounce it needs to prevent it from getting left behind.
Oracle blocks security hole with quick, hot 'n' premature Java update
Oracle has brought forward the timetable of an upcoming Java security update by two weeks in order to block off an in-the-wild security hole.
Samsung: Never mind Steve Jobs, let's snap off a piece of stylus biz
Steve Jobs famously said of tablets: "If it comes with a stylus, you're doing it wrong", but Samsung is betting the vibrating tools will go big and has just bought a 5 per cent stake in stylus-making company Wacom.
Schoolgirl's Hello Kitty catonaut soars to 93,000ft
Pics'n'vidA 13-year-old Hello Kitty fan has made her mark in the world of High Altitude Ballooning (HAB) by sending her fave feline toy to a heady 28,537m (93,625ft).
BlackBerry 10: Good news, there's still time to fix this disaster
First impressionsIf BlackBerry is to complete the greatest comeback since Lazarus, it all depends on how it can lure back former users as well as woo new customers.
NFC SD crew gives up: No one wants our safe bonking tool
The NFC SD consortium - a collaboration attempting to capitalise on the use of removable memory to secure pay-by-bonk transactions - has called it a day seeing that no one wants to secure transactions using a Secure Digital (SD) card.
Android gets tipsy on Wine, runs WINDOWS apps
The man behind Wine, the not-an-emulator which runs Windows applications on Linux, has been showing off an early version for those desperate to run MS Office on their Android device.
'Online sex abuse of children is growing trend', warn Brit net cops
Paedophiles are increasingly targeting kids online and pressuring them to perform sex acts that are recorded on mobile phones, net-cop quango the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) centre warned today.
Biz rivals tussle over customers, former staffers of fallen 2e2
Channel rivals of 2e2 are offering staff at the fallen integrator a lifeline and are tapping up customers wondering what the short-term future may hold for their current tech supplier.
World's 'most green' supercomputer in red-hot battle between Intel, Nvidia
AnalysisNon-profit consortium CINECA has deployed what may be the greenest supercomputer in the world at its Bologna centre in Italy. Called Eurora, the new machine claims it can perform 3,150 megaflops per watt, compared to the 2,499.44 achieved by Green-500 king the Beacon supercomputer at the National Institute for Computational Sciences and University of Tennessee.
Tick-tock, TalkTalk: Users face fourth day of titsup broadband
TalkTalk customers are piling up complaints on the company's social network pages and forums after days of paralysed connections in the south east of England.
BANG and the server's gone: Man gets 8 months for destroying work computers
A peeved employee took revenge on his company by repeatedly spraying Cillit Bang into its servers in a three-year campaign that caused £32,000 of damage.
Report: Over 1.5 million UK drivers will have hydrogen cars by 2030
Hydrogen fuel cell cars won’t hit the market until 2015, but with the right investment in infrastructure, more than a million and a half of us could be driving one by 2030, with annual sales topping 300,000 vehicles, an evaluation conducted by government and industry has forecast.
Netflix tempts binge viewers with House of Cards pilot freebie
Netflix is making the pilot episode of its made-for-IPTV series House of Cards free to anyone to watch, whether they’re one of the streaming service’s 33 million subscribers or not.
'Broke' Estonian suspect pleads guilty to DNSChanger click fraud scam
An Estonian man has pleaded guilty to involvement in the DNSChanger click fraud scam. The Trojan infected 4 million computers worldwide, netting cybercrooks an estimated $14m in the process.
Dutch tech services outfit Imtech takes €100m write-down
IT technical and managed services provider Imtech is warning of a financial writedown of at least €100m due to "possible irregularities" at its Polish sub.
Daisy, Computacenter turn down purchase of stricken 2e2
The prospect of 2e2 administrator FTI selling the entire UK operation of the stricken integrator in one swoop was dealt a blow this weekend after several key suitors walked away from a deal.
Unlucky for you: UK crypto-duo 'crack' HTTPS in Lucky 13 attack
Two scientists say they have identified a new weakness in TLS, the encryption system used to safeguard online shopping, banking and privacy. The design flaw, revealed today, could be exploited to snoop on passwords and other sensitive information sent by users to HTTPS websites.
Google frenches Gallic media with €60m and some 'help'
Eric Schmidt, chairman of Google has dropped a little sweetener to the French media as Google's legal tussle over "a link tax" rumbles on.
Cisco revs up Nexus switches to 40GE with fresh ASICs
Cisco has vowed to push 40GE Ethernet switches into the mainstream while also improving its 10GE/40GE Nexus boxes.
Oracle ponies up $2.1bn for Acme Packet to bully its way into unified comms
If Oracle sees a good idea and a pile of money sitting underneath it, and that idea is adjacent to something Oracle is already doing, then cofounder and CEO Larry Ellison gets out a bigger pile of money and pounces. And that is precisely what Oracle has done with its first big deal of 2013 as it snaps up unified communications software maker Acme Packets for $2.1bn.
Hard drive sales to see double-digit dive this year
Hard drive sales will take a nose drive in 2013, according to a report by the market analysts at IHS.
HP jumps on Chromebook bandwagon with 14-incher
HP has become the latest hardware vendor to release a low-cost laptop based on Google's Chrome OS, topping rivals Acer, Lenovo, and Samsung by shipping its version of a Chromebook with a generous 14" screen.
Apple loses bid to 'cut in line' in Samsung patent dust-up
A US Federal appeals court has rejected Apple's request to expedite its appeal requesting a ban on a passel of its über-enemy Samsung's smartphones from the US market.
Kirk to beam up chat with ISS astronaut on Thursday
Las month El Reg reported on a Twitter exchange between William Shatner, a lot of people's* favorite fictional astronaut, and his fellow Canadian Chris Hadfield, who is currently ensconced in the International Space Station.
Australia joins hunt for corporate tax dodgers
Australia's government has signalled it will try to publish details of how much tax multinationals pay in the island nation.
Day of the Trifid: VPAC fires up new HPC cluster
The Victorian Partnership for Advanced Computing (VPAC), a consortium of Australian universities, has flipped the switch on 45.9 Teraflops of a new $1.22 million HP-based cluster to cope with rising workloads from partners La Trobe University and RMIT, and its other customers.
Anon claims ‘d0x’ on bank execs
As part of its ongoing campaign following the suicide of RSS inventor and activist Aaron Swartz, Anonymous has published the names and login details of what it says are 4,000 US banking executives.
Opscode guts Chef control freak to scale it to 10,000 servers
Opscode is in a race with Puppet Labs to become a next-generation management tool, and its latest Chef product, which does configuration, change, and cloud management, is used by some of the name-brand hyperscale cloud application operators out there. As part of the launch of the Chef 11 tool, Facebook is outing itself as a customer, joining the ranks of Amazon and Google, and tens of thousands of other IT shops of all shapes and sizes, which already use code.