19th > March > 2013 Archive

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Juniper goes skinny to pack routers into little racks

Juniper Networks has caught the “smaller is better for routers” bug, kicking off a 300mm form factor member of its PTX family which it says targets the traditional telco exchange, where rackspace was designed for the phone switching kit of the 1970s instead of the computer racks in data centres.

EA Origin vuln puts players at risk

A flaw in EA's Origin game store puts its 40 million or so users at risk of remote execution vulnerabilities
Jack Clark, 19 Mar 2013

Caught on camera: Fujitsu touts anti-terrorist pulse-taking tech

Japanese boffins at Fujitsu have announced a new imaging technology that can take a user’s pulse simply by monitoring the changing brightness of their face, and in so doing potentially stop shifty souls at the airport.
Phil Muncaster, 19 Mar 2013

4K video may wow vidiots, but content creators see pitfalls

GTC 2013 Don't expect ultra-high-resolution 4K video to be broadcast onto your living room wall anytime soon. According to the people responsible to building the equipment that can capture, edit, and encode 4K, there are a number of hurdles to overcome – not the least being storage requirements on the production side.
Rik Myslewski, 19 Mar 2013

Infosec boffins meet to plan nuke plant hack response

Stuxnet gave the world a graphic demonstration just how high the stakes can be when malware hits machinery.
Simon Sharwood, 19 Mar 2013
A solar prominence, credit NASA

World's largest solar collection plant opened in Abu Dhabi

Shams 1, the 100MW solar collector plant that's a cooperative venture between energy investor Masdar, French oil firm Total, Abengoa Solar and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has officially opened for business.
Iain Thomson, 19 Mar 2013
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Researchers find cloud storage apps leave files on smartphones

Researchers at the University of Glasgow have found that cloud storage apps that say they send files to the cloud also leave retrievable versions of files on the devices.
Simon Sharwood, 19 Mar 2013

Holly(oaks) talking head is FUTURE of face messaging, claims prof

A simulated talking head that can apparently express human emotion has been created by engineers in Cambridge, England. Think Red Dwarf meets, er, Hollyoaks.
Kelly Fiveash, 19 Mar 2013

FinFisher spyware goes global, mobile and undercover

Security researchers have warned that the controversial FinFisher spyware has been updated to evade detection and has now been discovered in 25 countries across the globe, many of them in APAC.
Phil Muncaster, 19 Mar 2013
EVault PnP Appliance

Seagate's cloud backup baby gets software boost

Seagate has given its backup-to-the-cloud EVault sub an appliance software boost, probably in a bid to lure in more of that small and medium biz customer goodness.
Chris Mellor, 19 Mar 2013

Storage startups sensible silo sources, says scrutiniser

Orthodoxy declares complexity the enemy of an easy-to-manage and effective data centre.
Simon Sharwood, 19 Mar 2013

Sysadmins: Let's perch on Microsoft Santa's lap, show him our wish list

Sysadmin Blog Griping is easy. Solving problems in an acceptable way is not. I've had a year to chew on what exactly it is about Microsoft's recent moves that bugs me, so it's time to put my money where my mouth is and try to be constructive. Here is my wish list for the next iteration of Windows, offered in the vain hope that someone at Microsoft might listen. Dear Microsoft…
Trevor Pott, 19 Mar 2013
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Fusion-io gobbles Brit Linux SCSI gurus ID7

Fusion-io flogs software to turn a server fitted with its PCIe flash cards into a shared storage appliance. It turns out that the software is based on UK developer ID7's code and Fusion-io has just bought the company.
Chris Mellor, 19 Mar 2013

Paying a TV tax makes you happy - BBC

Comment We're not making this up. TV Licensing™*, the outfit in charge of collecting the BBC's licence fee, has published a new report entitled "TV Licensing Reveals TV Elation Across The Nation".
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Mar 2013
Ship in trouble

Upstart Starboard Storage cuts staff, looks to flog biz

It's a crash, not a burn, but definitely a change of direction for startup Starboard Storage, which has put up a For Sale sign. The apparently rejuvenated Reldata counts none other than LeftHand Networks founder Bill Chambers as its CEO and exec chairman. But it appears staff have been laid off and the company is hardly selling any products. So what happened? El Reg storage desk spoke to Starboard, which confirmed the cuts and its interest in selling the company.
Chris Mellor, 19 Mar 2013
Makerbot Replicator 2 3D printer

Drilling into 3D printing: Gimmick, revolution or spooks' nightmare?

Special report 3D printing, otherwise known as additive manufacturing, is a subject that pumps out enthusiasts faster than any real-life 3D printer can churn out products.
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ARM head legs it from core body: CEO Warren East retires

ARM Holdings' chief executive Warren East is stepping down after nearly 12 years leading the British tech success story.
Gavin Clarke, 19 Mar 2013
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Dot Hill in a dot hole: Disk array builder struggles to stem losses

Disk-array constructor Dot Hill's newly released financial figures for last year reveal a falling revenue trend and a struggle to reel in losses.
Chris Mellor, 19 Mar 2013
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Is UK web speech regulated? No.10: Er. We’ll get back to you

As plastered all over the news yesterday, politicians and anti-tabloid campaigners finally hatched a plan to form a publishing regulator, by royal charter, with the ability to fine misbehaving organs and demand corrections to articles. The letter of the law underpinning the watchdog states it will cover websites; government spin-doctors are saying otherwise.
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Mar 2013
Sony Xperia Z

Review: Sony Xperia Z

How it must gall Sony to find that along with the likes of HTC, ZTE and LG it is now firmly in the second division of Android phone makers, floundering in the spume and wake of the global sales monster that is Samsung.
Alun Taylor, 19 Mar 2013
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eBay chief Donahoe sees his package nearly DOUBLE in size

eBay chief John Donahoe saw his compensation package shoot up 81 per cent last year to a whopping $29.7m as the online bazaar's stock grew 68 per cent.

El Reg bundles your gaming past into brace of ebooks

Games, we love 'em. We've played a fair few of them over the years too. And while we've seen graphics evolve from barely distinguishable bunches of pixels to elegantly sculpted and rendered 3D models, and virtual arenas expand from the limits of a screen's resolution to take in entire cityscapes, one thing is constant among all the games we've enjoyed: cracking gameplay.
David Gordon, 19 Mar 2013
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Software bug halts Curiosity: Nuke lab bot in safe mode

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is parked in "safe mode" again after being laid low by a software bug. The fault was triggered by an unexpected command-file size, which the machine detected before it was too late.
The Office

Email and collaboration checkpoint

Tech Panel With all the talk about Twitter, Facebook and other forms of social media, it’s all too easy to forget that for the vast majority of businesses, communications and collaboration are built on email. Whatever your personal opinion, the reality out there is that this is mainly Microsoft Office clients talking to an Exchange and SharePoint powered backend.
Team Register, 19 Mar 2013
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Then there were 3: Micron slowly 'wipes out' NAND flash rivals

Hands up who thought Samsung was the world's leading flash shipper? Well, according to a Micron VP, it is his company that's the biggest shipper of NAND flash in the business, bigger than both Samsung and Hynix.
Chris Mellor, 19 Mar 2013
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MongoDB developers 10Gen tool-up NoSQL database

MongoDB has been given a search engine, analytical features, and broader reporting capabilities as steward 10Gen tries to make the NoSQL database more accessible.
Jack Clark, 19 Mar 2013
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Phone, internet corps SNUB US government's cybersecurity ABCs

Phone companies and ISPs in the US have convinced a top advisory panel to hold back the American government from forcing a set of basic IT cybersecurity standards on them.
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Chameleon botnet grabbed $6m A MONTH from online ad-slingers

A web analytics firm has sniffed out a botnet that was raking in $6m a month from online advertisers.
John Leyden, 19 Mar 2013
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Apple fixes iOS passcode-bypass hack with 6.1.3 update

It has taken Apple a little over a month and two updates to do it, but the latest iOS 6.1.3 update means your beloved iDevice can now be safe again from nimble-fingered thieves.
Iain Thomson, 19 Mar 2013
The Tesla K20 GPU coprocessor card

Nvidia stretches Tesla GPU coprocessors from HPC to big data

GTC 2013 Graphics chip maker Nvidia has barely begun to put a dent in the traditional high performance computing segment with its Tesla GPU coprocessors and it is already gearing up to take on new markets. The next target is big data, and as with parallel supercomputing, Nvidia is hoping to get the jump on rivals Intel and AMD, which peddle their respective x86 and GPU coprocessors.
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Report: AWS gets $600m contract to build CIA spook cloud

Amazon has signed a contract with the CIA that will see Bezos and Co. help the intelligence agency build a big yellow cloud, according to reports.
Jack Clark, 19 Mar 2013

Nvidia's 2015 Tegra ARM chip promises '100X' speed-up

GTC 2013 Nvidia has fleshed out details about its next Tegra mobile processor, code-named Logan, and revealed that its long-running 64-bit ARM "Project Denver" effort will yield its first fruit from Logan's follow-on, code-named Parker.
Rik Myslewski, 19 Mar 2013
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First sale doctrine survives US Supreme Court

Dead tree books have kept one of their few advantages over e-books, with the US Supreme Court upholding the first sale doctrine, which states that the publisher's exclusivity over a book ends with its purchase.

Nvidia to stack up DRAM on future 'Volta' GPUs

GTC 2013 Nvidia wants to own an ever-increasing part of the computing racket and will be adding 3D memory stacking to its future graphics processors to make them more power-efficient and to boost their performance.
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Researcher sets up illegal 420,000 node botnet for IPv4 internet map

An anonymous researcher has taken an unorthodox approach to achieve the dream of mapping out the entire remaining IPv4 internet - and in doing so broken enough laws around the world to potentially put him or her behind bars for thousands of years.
Iain Thomson, 19 Mar 2013
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Microsoft responds to Chinese software contract bribery claims

Microsoft has responded to the WSJ's accusations that its business partners bribed Chinese officials in exchange for software contracts, by noting that it is reviewing the allegations and may find dirt.
Jack Clark, 19 Mar 2013

Virty market share race reaches the bend and heeeeere comes Oracle

Think virtualisation and it's hard not to think VMware. And Microsoft, which Gartner's vice president and distinguished analyst Thomas Bittman yesterday said has around 19 or 20 per cent of the market, compared to VMware's 75 per cent or so.
Simon Sharwood, 19 Mar 2013