18th > June > 2013 Archive

Let the software run the network

Across the IT industry, vendors are increasingly looking at defining datacentre operations in software.
Danny Bradbury, 18 Jun 2013

New material enables 1,000-meter super-skyscrapers

A Finnish company says that it has solved a problem that has vexed the designers of ultra-tall skyscrapers such as the 828-meter Burj Khalifa in Dubai or the 509-meter Taipei 101 in Taiwan – and we'll pause for a moment to let you guess what that problem might be.
Rik Myslewski, 18 Jun 2013
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Google Brain king slashes cost of AI gear

The architect behind some of Google's mammoth machine-learning systems has figured out a way to dramatically reduce the cost of the infrastructure needed for weak artificial intelligence programs, making it easier for cash-strapped companies and institutions to perform research into this crucial area of technology.
Jack Clark, 18 Jun 2013

Australian unis to test quantum-comms-over-fibre

The University of New South Wales, one of the world's leaders in quantum computing research, will get the chance to put its work to the test in Australia's capital city, Canberra.

Oracle's Ellison outlines plans for Hawaiian Electriclarryland

When legendary Texan alt.rock ensemble Butthole Surfers recorded their (NSFW) 1996 opus Electriclarryland they almost certainly did not imagine a billionaire named Larry would one day buy a Hawaiian island and decide to revive its economy with solar-powered desalination plants and battery-powered cars.
Simon Sharwood, 18 Jun 2013
SMS death threat scam

Internet fraud still stings suckers

Australians fell prey to online scams to the tune of around $AUD93.5 million in 2012, and reported nearly 84,000 “scam-related contacts” to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).
Samsung Galaxy S4

Samsung plans LTE Advanced version of Galaxy S4

Samsung is looking to shake off some poor recent sales forecasts for its flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone with the launch of an LTE Advanced version in South Korea this month, promising data transfer speeds up to double those of the current 4G handset.
Phil Muncaster, 18 Jun 2013

AMD lifts the veil on Opteron, ARM chip plans for 2014

AMD has unfolded its server-chip roadmap for next year, and the road ahead appears to be a sensible motorway with no hair-rasing hairpin turns or unexpected switchbacks – although there is one bright shiny new vehicle on the road.
A screengrab of greyed-out wifi button on iOS6, credit Jong186 on Apple forums

PowerCloud launches new kit, partner program

WiFi upstart PowerCloud Systems (PCS) wants to give hotspots a dose of multiple personality, to make WiFi fit better in the world of multi-tenant networks.
Geak Ring China

'Smart ring' revealed by upstart Chinese mobe-maker

Glasses and smartwatches dominate talk about wearable technology, but there's a new piece of binary bling to consider: a smart ring from new Chinese mobe-maker Geak.
Phil Muncaster, 18 Jun 2013
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When UK.gov asks 'Who's your daddy', companies HAD BETTER reply

Tax authorities and law enforcement agencies are to be able to access information about the owners of UK-registered companies under new rules proposed by the government.
OUT-LAW.COM, 18 Jun 2013
Bill Gates on Australian television program Q&A

Global tax data exchange plan floated to recoup cash

The world's getting serious about multinational tax avoidance, with with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) today delivering a report (PDF) titled “A step change in tax transparency: Delivering a standardised,secure and cost effective model of bilateral automatic exchange for the multilateral context” to the G8 summit.
Simon Sharwood, 18 Jun 2013
Artist's impression of thunder-thighs kicking a lesser dinosaur into touch. Pic: UCL

Fifty, fired and fretful: Three chaps stare down CAREER MORTALITY

Donald* guessed what about to happen as soon as the meeting started, so he got in first with a question.
Simon Sharwood, 18 Jun 2013
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SAP users slack, slow and backward on security

Cross-site scripting, failure to check credentials, directory traversal and SQL injection make up more than three-quarters of vulnerabilities in SAP environments, according to a presentation by ERPScan's Alexander Polyakov to RSAConference Asia Pacific 2013.
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Number of cops abusing Police National Computer access on the rise

The number of Metropolitan Police officers investigated for misusing a controversial police database has more than doubled in the past five years, The Register can reveal.
Jasper Hamill, 18 Jun 2013
person - eyes and fingers showing - behind venetian blinds

Flash flaw potentially makes every webcam or laptop a peephole

A security flaw thought to have been fixed by Adobe in October 2011 has reappeared thanks to a new vulnerability involving Flash Player browser plug-ins.
John Leyden, 18 Jun 2013
Cat 5 cable

Hands on: Hyper-V 3.0, virtual machine high availability and disaster recovery

Live Now Following the success of our first ever Hands on Regcast, we're firing up QA’s Paul Gregory once more to go deep into another feature of Windows Server 2012: using Hyper-V 3.0 to increase the availability of Virtual Machines.
David Gordon, 18 Jun 2013
Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Samsung Galaxy Note 8: Proof the pen is mightier?

Review Bewildering. That’s the best word to describe Samsung’s small tablet range. Since the second half of 2010, the Galaxy Tab, Galaxy Tab 8.9, Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, Tab 7.0 Plus and Tab 7.7 blurred one into the other, much to the confusion of the average customer and me.
Alun Taylor, 18 Jun 2013

G-Cloud overlord McDonagh gets CBE nod from Queen

Former G-Cloud supremo Denise McDonagh was handed a CBE in Her Maj's birthday honours list at the weekend for services to the IT services industry.
Paul Kunert, 18 Jun 2013
Acer Aspire P3 Ultrabook

Shrinking iPads, Ultrabooks will lead to disk boost: WD boss

WD showed a slide at its annual summit earlier this month that described the current computing market as "very chaotic". That would be a highly relative description, given the storage giant had booked the summit into Istanbul just as a sit-in at a park in the Turkish city had escalated into a three-day battle between protesters and riot police, with satellite skirmishes in other towns and cities across the country.
Joe Fay, 18 Jun 2013
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Spin doctors brazenly fiddle with tiny bits in front of the neighbours

The University of New South Wales, working with Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico, is celebrating what it hopes will be another step towards large-scale quantum computing: a technique that can address single electron qubits separated by mere nanometres.
Un Frog

France Telecom dials up support for its capitaine in Sarkozy gov cash probe

France Telecom’s board is standing by chief executive Stéphane Richard despite the fraud investigation into his time as a top government aide.

Drug gang hacks into Belgian seaport, cops seize TONNE of smack

Police in the Netherlands and Belgium have seized a tonne of cocaine, a tonne of heroin and a suitcase stuffed with €1.3m after uncovering a massive drug smuggling operation that used hackers to break into the systems of shipping companies.
John Leyden, 18 Jun 2013

Microsoft lures buy-curious vixens, corduroys with a cheap fondle

Microsoft is slashing the price on its Windows 8-powered Surface RT tablets to slap the unwanted kit into students' palms.
Gavin Clarke, 18 Jun 2013

O2 averts strike action over mass Capita outsourcing deal

The Communication Workers' Union has called off its strike ballot, scheduled to close today, following a last-minute deal with O2 and outsourcing giant Capita, the details of which haven't been released.
Bill Ray, 18 Jun 2013
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NASA has picked four women and four men for its latest batch of trainee astronauts - and that's the highest percentage of female space rookies ever selected for one class.
closed_sign shut down under collapsed liquidation

Quadrant Visual Solutions goes into liquidation

Quadrant Visual Solutions (QVS) has shut up shop after 25 years in business, having succumbed to the oldest business-killer of all: it ran out of cash.
Paul Kunert, 18 Jun 2013
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Yahoo! joins! rivals! in! PRISM! data! request! admission!

Yahoo! has become the latest big-hitting American tech firm to reveal exactly how much information it has handed to US spooks.
Jasper Hamill, 18 Jun 2013
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Robbing a bank? Carberp toolkit now available for just $5k

Cybercrooks are selling the source code for the Carberp banking Trojan toolkit through underground forums - at just $5,000 a pop.
John Leyden, 18 Jun 2013
What the Tianhe-2 super should look like in its final home

HPC server sales spike: Buyers get chops around juicy cheap flops

ISC 2013 The plain vanilla server racket may have struggled in the first quarter, but sales of machinery aimed at high performance computing workloads -both traditional simulation workloads and new-fangled "Big Data" jobs - bucked the downward trends in the first quarter, according to the latest research from IDC.
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BBC-featured call centre slapped with hefty fine for unwanted calls

A company that is currently featuring on the BBC3 television programme The Call Centre has been fined £225,000 for making nuisance calls to Brits, the Information Commissioner's Office said today.
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Jun 2013

CLOUD TO SUCK UP ALL YOUR CASH: Govts around world slash IT spending

Governments around the world have made plans to cut their IT spending, according to a study, although apparently they're still really keen on the "cloud" and have also shown some interest in "Big Data".
Jasper Hamill, 18 Jun 2013

Ask Trevor Pott ANYTHING about Office 365

Live Chat Our favourite sysadmin Trevor Pott has been digging deep into Office 365 in recent weeks.
Andy Goddard, 18 Jun 2013
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UK telcos chuck another £1m at online child abuse watchdog

Britain's largest ISPs have agreed to contribute a further £1m to the Internet Watch Foundation, following a meeting with Culture Secretary Maria Miller about child sex abuse images and videos found online.
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Jun 2013

Brit biz-gobbling comms giant Daisy Group splutters with indigestion

Biz broadband and comms giant Daisy Group has faced a challenging 12 months as its operating losses widened and organic growth stalled.
Paul Kunert, 18 Jun 2013

HP PCs 'n' printers boss steps down, replaced by Aussie

HP has snatched the reins of its bogged-down global PC and printer biz from exec Todd Bradley, just a year after stitching the units together, as it struggles to compete in the mobile slablet world.
Paul Kunert, 18 Jun 2013
The phone

Huawei unwraps Ascend P6: World's slimmest smartphone

Huawei's latest handset ticks all the right boxes, and is only 6mm thick, but surrounded by headlines about government intrusion, the timing of the launch could've been a lot better for a company that was being accused of government spying well before PRISM made it fashionable.
Bill Ray, 18 Jun 2013
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Apple's screw-up leaves tethered iPhones easily crackable

iPhones being used as Wi-Fi hotspots are open to attack because of lax security protocols in the automatic password generation system Apple has in place, according to new research from the University of Erlangen in Germany.
Iain Thomson, 18 Jun 2013

Nvidia stretches CUDA coding to ARM chips

ISC 2013 Nvidia's new CUDA 5.5 release aims to overcome the inherent mathematical suckiness of the ARM architecture by unleashing the powers of GPUs working in conjunction with those popular low-power chips – and not just ones from Nvidia.

Ex-HTC execs launch UK-based smartphone maker Kazam

As struggling smartphone maker HTC continues to reel from what looks like a mass exodus of executives, two former HTC execs have announced that they are forming their own smartphone company with the goal of "disrupting the status quo."
Neil McAllister, 18 Jun 2013
management cloud7

GE partners with Amazon for 'industrial internet'

GE has announced a cloud-based analytics platform for net-connected devices as the manufacturing giant tries to forge a set of technologies for what it terms "the industrial internet".
Jack Clark, 18 Jun 2013

Tor users locked out of Facebook after wave of dodgy traffic

Users of the Tor traffic anonymizing service are currently locked out of Facebook after a flood of dodgy traffic triggered an automatic lockdown by the social network's security systems.
Iain Thomson, 18 Jun 2013
Soylent unappetizing

Soylent days and soylent nights

Green beans, chilli con carne, fresh mackerel, olives, zucchini, pork belly stuffed with chilli and garlic – these are some of the things we've been thinking of during our self-imposed Soylent diet. Clearly, we're not the right market for the stuff.
Jack Clark, 18 Jun 2013
Ubuntu smartphones

Canonical unveils Carrier Advisory Group for Ubuntu phones

Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu Linux distribution, has announced the formation of a Carrier Advisory Group (CAG) to help advocate for the open source OS as a smartphone platform.
Neil McAllister, 18 Jun 2013

Remote code execution vuln appears in Puppet

Puppet Labs has blasted out a security advisory about a vulnerability in the popular infrastructure management tool Puppet.
Jack Clark, 18 Jun 2013

Increased cell phone coverage tied to uptick in African violence

The increasing availability of cell phone coverage in Africa is contributing to an increase of violence on that continent, a recent study contends.
Rik Myslewski, 18 Jun 2013
secondary age school kids outside NBN truck

It's time to suck the marrow from the NBN debate

Australia has, for the past decade, enjoyed a vivid but not-always productive debate on appropriate broadband infrastructure for the nation. The Reg wants to set that to rights.
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Google mounts legal challenge to surveillance gag orders

Google has filed a legal petition "respectfully requesting" the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) release it from a gag order, and allow the company to tell users how often the NSA comes calling for data.
Iain Thomson, 18 Jun 2013

TypeScript 0.9 arrives with new compiler, support for generics

Microsoft on Tuesday announced TypeScript 0.9.0, the latest version of its JavaScript killer alternative web language, which Redmond describes as the "largest update to TypeScript to date."
Neil McAllister, 18 Jun 2013
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Kiwi telco Two Degrees to roll out 4G in 2014

Junior New Zealand telco Two Degrees Mobile is getting ready to roll out 4G, with deployment to start in 2014.