21st > March > 2013 Archive

Fukushima switchboard defeated by rat

A careless rat is being blamed for a power outage that left the Fukushima nuclear plant's storage tanks without cooling.
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GoPro accused of using DMCA to take down product review

This was supposed to be a great week for extreme camera manufacturer GoPro but instead it has stumbled into a PR nightmare.
Iain Thomson, 21 Mar 2013

Insourced staff paid a pittance but don't want to leave

After the scourge of outsourcing rampaged across the industry in the 1990s and 2000s, you'd think any news of insourcing would be good news for IT professionals, especially those who prefer to work in a nice, warm, in-house IT department rather than the measure-every-minute world of consultancy.
Simon Sharwood, 21 Mar 2013

Another iPhone passcode bypass spell revealed

Apple's recent release of iOS 6.1.3, complete with fix for the weird keypress sequence that allowed access to and export of iPhone address books, seems to have been just a little bit futile after a new bug with the same effects emerged.
Simon Sharwood, 21 Mar 2013

HP re-elects all directors

The decisions to acquire Palm, Autonomy and EDS, all of which are hard to qualify as qualified successes, have failed to result in any of Hewlett Packard's board members losing their seats.
Simon Sharwood, 21 Mar 2013
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Council offers free iPads

A Sydney library is claiming a world first: it's going to add Apple iPads and Samsung Galaxy tablets to its lending shelves.
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Refusal to swallow scuppers woman's tadpole-smuggling plan

A South Korean woman's refusal to swallow scuppered her cunning plan to smuggle tadpoles out of China, Shanghaiist reports.
Lester Haines, 21 Mar 2013
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EMC spits out high-end offsite biz cloud after chugging down Syncplicity

Dropbox beware: Biz juggernaut EMC has launched an enterprise edition of its file sync 'n' share Syncplicity product.
Chris Mellor, 21 Mar 2013
Google Adwords Machine

Google extends trademarks-in-ads policy to whole world

Google has altered its policy on the use of trademarks on AdWords, extending permission for advertisers to use rivals' trademarks in their ads to every nation on earth.
Simon Sharwood, 21 Mar 2013
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NASA chief: Earth is DOOMED if we spot a big asteroid at short notice

Billions of dollars are needed to keep the Earth safe from asteroids like the one that smashed into Russia last month, experts have told the US government.
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Time to put 'Big Data' on a forced diet

Data is big business. These days they've even started calling it “Big Data”, just in case its potential for unbridled magnitude had escaped anyone. Of course, if you have Big Data you need somewhere to put it. Hence storage is also big business.
Dave Cartwright, 21 Mar 2013
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Brit web biz waves white flag in Python trademark bout

UK website hoster Veber has binned its bid to exclusively trademark the word “python” in Europe following talks with the Python Software Foundation (PSF).
Gavin Clarke, 21 Mar 2013
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UK bloke collared at home by bank-raid Trojan probe cops

A 36-year-old from South Croydon, London, has been arrested by cops investigating allegations of fraud involving the bank-account-raiding Tilon Trojan.
John Leyden, 21 Mar 2013
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Young model ruthlessly fingers upskirt iPad petshop pervert

A 22-year-old model used LinkedIn to track down an iPad perv who used the fruity fondleslab to film some upskirt footage of her as she visited a Los Angeles pet shop.
Lester Haines, 21 Mar 2013
HTC One

Review: HTC One

A year ago, I finished off my review of HTC’s One X by predicting great things for it and its maker. And then Samsung’s Galaxy S3 merrily outsold it ten to one. Thing is, that wasn’t a case of me being a colossal twit. The One X is the better phone - it’s better made, better looking and better to use.
Alun Taylor, 21 Mar 2013
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300 UK domains pilfered, MASSIVE security lapse blamed

Exclusive What appears to be a glaringly obvious security hole has been blamed for the snatching of 300 domains hosted by one web-hosting firm last year, The Reg has discovered.
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Dragons' Den badboy's Expansys burns sales, profits up in smoke

Marlow-based online smartmobe dealer Expansys - owned by Dragons' Den moneybags Peter Jones - issued a profit warning this morning citing weaker-than-expected trading conditions.
Paul Kunert, 21 Mar 2013
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Steve Jobs' death clears way for Adobe CTO defection

Long-standing chief technology officer Kevin Lynch has left Adobe, but why?
Tim Anderson, 21 Mar 2013

Nvidia's skirt-chasing chips ogle babes, eyeball Twitter and YouTube

GTC 2013 Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang’s GPU Technology Conference 2013 keynote was a typical whirlwind slideshow of all the pies the graphics processor maker has its fingers in these days.
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Cyberspies send ZOMBIES to steal DRUGS from medical research firms

Cyber-espionage crews have been targeting the lucrative medical and life science industries using custom malware and spear-phishing, according to new research.
John Leyden, 21 Mar 2013
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Boffin road trip! The Reg presents Geek's Guide to Britain

Geek's Guide to Britain Which country is credited with designing more than half of the world’s most important inventions. Is it Germany, home of the VW? Japan, birthplace of the Walkman? The US, land of NASA and Google? No: Britain.
Gavin Clarke, 21 Mar 2013
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Give Google a COLD HARD SLAP - web rivals' plea to Euro watchdog

The European Commission is under fresh pressure to stop Google from allegedly stifling rivals by favouring its own products in its search engine results.
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Mar 2013
FabricCache from QLogic
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QLogic: 3 words - caching SAN adapter. Just blew your mind, didn't we?

QLogic has announced its transparent adapter-based flash caching aimed at accelerating applications that access a SAN for data.
Chris Mellor, 21 Mar 2013
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Joyent tools up for Amazon battle

After almost a year of continuous technical development, Cloudant is taking the wraps off of a database-as-a-service product served out of data centers operated by Joyent – a product that looks to be technically superior to its nearest as-a-service rival, Amazon's DyanamoDB.
Jack Clark, 21 Mar 2013
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Stop excluding vulnerable Brits from digital agenda - MPs

MPs are pushing for a parliamentary debate on the large number of elderly, disabled and poor Brits who don't have access to the internet.
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Mar 2013
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Syrian hacktivists hijack BBC Weather feed

Syrian hacktivists took over the BBC Weather Twitter account on Thursday afternoon.
John Leyden, 21 Mar 2013

Space probe spies MYSTERY 'Cold Spot' in very fabric of cosmos itself

Top international boffins poring over a newly-produced sky map of the microwaves released when the entire universe exploded into being out of soup have confessed themselves baffled by a mysterious "cold spot" on the chart whose existence today's science cannot explain.
Lewis Page, 21 Mar 2013
Oracle co-president Mark Hurd explaining the Platinum service level price
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VC firm asked Mark Hurd if he wants to run Dell - report

Former disgraced HP chief Mark Hurd is the man VC Blackstone would plonk at the top of Dell should it scupper a bid by Michael Dell and chums to take the enterprise tech firm private again.
Paul Kunert, 21 Mar 2013
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TeamSpy snooped on governments, big biz undetected for 10 years

Computer security researchers say they have uncovered a decade-long espionage campaign against governments, businesses and human-rights activists in Eastern Europe and beyond.
John Leyden, 21 Mar 2013
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EMC rakes in more of the world's storage, others struggle

EMC is controlling more and more of the world's disk storage and Oracle is controlling less and less, according to trackers at Gartner.
Jack Clark, 21 Mar 2013
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Schmidt calls China's attempts to take over internet 'egregious'

Google's executive chairman Eric Schmidt has told an audience in India that China is the worst example of a nation trying to take over and censor the internet.
Iain Thomson, 21 Mar 2013
Apple is using entirely renewable energy for its data centers

Apple: Our data centers are green. The other 98% of what we do ...

After a vigorous campaign by Greenpeace to highlight the carbon-spewing computer halls of the cloud giants, Apple has announced it is feeding its data centers entirely with renewable energy.
Jack Clark, 21 Mar 2013
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Microsoft reports on how often it helps police with their enquiries

Microsoft has joined the list of companies opening up about its cooperation with THE MAN with its own report on how often it helped out the police last year, and says it'll issue updates on the situation every six months.
Iain Thomson, 21 Mar 2013
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Bitcoin prices spike on Euro woes

The well-publicised idea that Cyprus could pinch ten per cent of all local savings accounts to help pay for its government's budgetary woes seems to have sparked a rush of interest in the crypto-currency Bitcoin.
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NBN collapses* into chaos*

Australia's National Broadband Network, due for completion in 2021, has announced a three-month delay in its fibre-to-the-premises construction schedule, which if not recovered would represent a miss of a couple of percent on the project's timing.
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Apple exec says music labels, Hollywood, 'old fashioned' on copyright

The head of Apple's Australian operations, Tony King, has told an Australian Parliamentary inquiry into information technology pricing that rights holders of music and filmed entertainment have an “old fashioned” attitude to retailing.
Simon Sharwood, 21 Mar 2013