11th > February > 2013 Archive


Competition crowdsources blisteringly-fast software

If you want a massive improvement in the software you use, the cheapest way to get it is to host a competition on TopCoder.
Richard Chirgwin, 11 Feb 2013

FUD flies as Raytheon reveals social media analysis tool

Defence contractor Raytheon has developed a tool that can mine social media to track and predict individuals' behaviour, according to The Guardian.
Simon Sharwood, 11 Feb 2013

New Zealand court hands out second peppercorn downloading penalty

New Zealand’s Copyright Tribunal has handed down its second decision under that country’s controversial “SkyNet” anti-downloading legislation.
Richard Chirgwin, 11 Feb 2013
Parliament House Canberra by Flickr user OzMark17 used under CC Share and Share alike licence

Australian Parliament issues summons to Apple, Microsoft, Adobe

The IT Pricing Inquiry being conducted by Australia's House Committee on Infrastructure and Communications has issued summons to Apple, Microsoft and Adobe.
Simon Sharwood, 11 Feb 2013

Bangalore's home state takes aim at tech manufacturing

Karnataka, the Indian state that includes the IT hub of Bangalore, has announced several new initiatives planned to enhance the state's technology businesses.
Simon Sharwood, 11 Feb 2013
Google Lenoir datacentre with Oracle tape libraries

NABERS ... every server needs good NABERS

New South Wales' Office of Environment & Heritage has released a version of its National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) standard for data centres.
Simon Sharwood, 11 Feb 2013

AT LEAST two-thirds mobile traffic will be video by 2017 - Cisco report

Global cellular networks are reeling under remarkable growth rates that look like they will be sustained over the next five years, and this will be driven by video, says a recent report.
Faultline, 11 Feb 2013

Illicit phone rings in Sri Lankan inmate's back crack

A Sri Lankan lag at Colombo's Welikada jail was relieved of his illicit mobe after it inconveniently rang during a cell search, alerting officers that he'd concealed it where the sun don't shine.
Lester Haines, 11 Feb 2013
Sky's Sainsbury's iPad shopping trolley

BYOD is a PITA: Employee devices cost firms £61 a month

Companies are paying £61 a month for every device their workers bring into the office, but less than half of IT departments have any say in mobile strategy these days.
Bill Ray, 11 Feb 2013

Don't be shy, vendors: Let's see those gorgeous figures

StoragebodOne of the frustrations when dealing with vendors is actually getting real availability figures for their kit. You will mostly get generalisations, such as "it is designed to be 99.999 per cent available" or perhaps "99.9999 per cent available". But what do those figures really mean to you and how significant are they?
StorageBod, 11 Feb 2013
HP Spectre XT TouchSmart 15-4000ea Ultrabook

Review: HP Spectre XT TouchSmart

El Reg looked at HP's 13in Spectre XT Ultrabook in October last year and liked it a lot. What you're looking at here, then, is a meatier version with a bigger display, touchscreen support, more ports and the inevitable Windows 8. I like it a lot.
Alistair Dabbs, 11 Feb 2013

Virtual sanity: What if GreenBytes just DUMPED its hardware?

AnalysisShould GreenBytes separate its hardware and software? The storage firm sells an IO Offload Engine which stores deduplicated virty desktop images in its own flash hardware and ships them out to client devices. It's essentially a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) accelerator for storage arrays that runs alongside them and solves the VDI problem with persistent, or full-fat, clones that are larger than the bare bones, can't-be-altered linked clones.
Chris Mellor, 11 Feb 2013

Michelin critics to football blogger: Salaud! Unhand that URL

Michelin restaurant guides have issued a cease-and-desist notice to a blogger who has nabbed the URL michelinguides.com and filled it with photoshopped pictures of European football boss and 1984 European Championship top goalscorer Michel Platini.
Anna Leach, 11 Feb 2013

Can BlackBerry survive? Well, the woods are still full of bear poo

AnalysisBlackBerry brought its top bosses to Europe this week for its annual Jam developer event on the continent. With the launch of the new BlackBerry OS 10, and its Z10 and Q10 smartphones, now behind it, this is a good time to look at company's realistic prospects.
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Feb 2013

Playmobil punts bank-heist set to wide-eyed kiddies

El Reg's fave toy manufacturer Playmobil has provoked a miniature rumpus by punting a bank-heist set to children.
Lester Haines, 11 Feb 2013

Barrall, beam me up: 'Private cloud' biz builds Transporter device

Data Robotics (Drobo) and BlueArc founder Geoff Barrall's new small biz Connected Data has revealed itself after gaining $6m in A-round funding and cash from a Kickstarter launch.
Chris Mellor, 11 Feb 2013

Dead Steve Jobs 'made Tim Cook sue Samsung' from beyond the grave

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs pressured his lieutenants into suing rival Samsung even though they didn't think it was a very good idea, sources have claimed.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 11 Feb 2013
neelie kroes

Multi-billion Euro broadband fund obliterated by EU budget cut

A €9.2bn fund proposed by Brussels officials to help bring faster broadband to the 27 Member States by 2020 has been obliterated after the European Union agreed to a budget cut that was engineered by Brit Prime Minister David Cameron.
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Feb 2013

Pope resigns months after launching social networking effort

Pope Benedict announced his resignation today, becoming the first pope to relinquish the leadership of the Catholic Church in six centuries - and just months after becoming the first pontiff to join Twitter.
Joe Fay, 11 Feb 2013

Microsoft Surface Pro launch: It's easy to sell out of sod all stock

Microsoft’s Surface Pro went on sale on Saturday, but stockists almost immediately ran into shortages, provoking anger and frustration among potential fondlers.
Gavin Clarke, 11 Feb 2013

Curiosity raises mighty robotic fist, punches hole in Mars

PicNASA's nuclear Mars truck Curiosity has punched a hole in the planet for posterity with its robotic arm drill.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 11 Feb 2013

Bit9 hacked after it forgot to install ITS OWN security product

IT security biz Bit9's private digital certificates were copied by hackers and used to cryptographically sign malware to infect the company's customers.
John Leyden, 11 Feb 2013

Music to investors' ears: Storage upstart Violin to go public?

Blocks and FilesViolin Memory, the front runner in the shared all-flash array market, has been heading for an IPO for some time. According to reports, the Mountain View storage firm filed to go public last September, but the timing and price of the offering had not yet been determined.
Chris Mellor, 11 Feb 2013
Mountain Lion

iOS 6.1 KNACKERED our mobile phone networks, claim Vodafone, Three

UpdatedVodafone has urged iPhone 4S owners to not upgrade to iOS 6.1, the latest available, because it believes the software jams 3G and phone connections.
Anna Leach, 11 Feb 2013

Don't get 2e2'd: How to survive when your IT supplier goes titsup

AnalysisI used to know a finance director who had a favourite mantra: “Minimise fixed costs.”
Dave Cartwright, 11 Feb 2013
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'Let anyone be administrator' bug in VMware snapped shut

VMware has published a security update for its virtualisation software including its ESX, Workstation, Fusion and View products.
John Leyden, 11 Feb 2013

Men's rights activists: Symantec branded us a 'hate group'

A men's issues website has cried foul after it was apparently classified as a "hate" site by Symantec.
John Leyden, 11 Feb 2013

Cat cuffing: Japanese cops collar suspect for mass murder e-threat

Japanese cops have cuffed a suspect in a high-profile cyber threat and computer hacking case that had police examining a cat for clues at one stage of the investigation. Police said a memory stick found on a cat's collar led them to make the arrest.
John Leyden, 11 Feb 2013
Mike Lynch

UK financial watchdog bends Autonomy over for fresh probe

HP-owned software house Autonomy faces more probing, this time by the Financial Reporting Council (FRC).
Anna Leach, 11 Feb 2013

Mellanox shoots higher and lower with long-haul switches

InfiniBand and Ethernet switch maker Mellanox Technologies, recently hammered because it missed its latest quarterly results big-time and gave a weak forecast for the first quarter, is sticking to its switched-fabric knitting and expanding its product portfolio, making good on its promise to flesh out a series of long-haul switches to link data centers scattered around campuses or separated by relatively large distances.

Samsung laptops can be NUKED by ANY OS – even Windows: new claim

New Samsung laptops that destroyed themselves when booting Ubuntu Linux can be bricked by ANY operating system – including Windows – according to a top embedded developer.
Gavin Clarke, 11 Feb 2013
Azure Index

Microsoft's Azure SQL Reporting FAIL

UpdatedMicrosoft's Azure cloud is grappling with an "unexpected outage" in its SQL Reporting component.
Jack Clark, 11 Feb 2013

Zombie CISPA cybersecurity bill rises from Congressional grave

The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), which President Obama threatened to veto for its lack of privacy protection, has been resurrected by its sponsors and will be reintroduced to the US House of Representatives this week.
Iain Thomson, 11 Feb 2013

Linux Foundation ships UEFI Secure Boot workaround

The Linux Foundation's open source workaround for Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) Secure Boot has shipped, and while it's not necessarily the easiest way to boot Linux on UEFI-enabled PCs, its authors claim it should now work with any bootloader and any distribution.
Neil McAllister, 11 Feb 2013

Apple said to develop curved glass iWatch with Foxconn

A weekend flurry of speculative articles stoked the Apple "iWatch" rumor mill, perhaps indicating that Cupertino is secreting some well-placed leaks to pump up interest in what it hopes might be its Next Big Thing™.
Rik Myslewski, 11 Feb 2013
Chromebook Pixel a hoax?

Chrome OS code suggests Chromebook Pixel could be real

The video that leaked last week purportedly showing a new, high-resolution Google Chrome OS device called the Chromebook Pixel prompted lots of debate, with many skeptics decrying it as a hoax. But Reg reader Jan-Willem Aldershoff claims there's strong evidence that such a device may indeed be in the works, based on analysis of Google's source code.
Neil McAllister, 11 Feb 2013

Public told to go to hell, name Pluto's two new moons

A poll has been opened to decide the names for two newly discovered moons of Pluto, and so far the response has been phenomenal, the SETI Institute told El Reg.
Iain Thomson, 11 Feb 2013

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