17th > July > 2013 Archive

FCC to El Reg: Telstra's 'secret FBI snoop' doc public since 2001

When a “secret contract” between Telstra and the US government emerged last week, it was too juicy to miss.
Graphic depicting the Cluster satellite constellation in action. Credit: ESA

Scientist seeks smartphone snappers to scrub satellite searches

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin at Madison's Space Science and Engineering Center (SSEC) have come up with a novel idea for augmenting weather satellite coverage.
Iain Thomson, 17 Jul 2013

Bungled Hitachi SAN upgrade halts Oregon benefit payments

A bungled Hitachi storage area networking (SAN) upgrade has delayed the payout of over $18 million in benefits in Oregon.
Jack Clark, 17 Jul 2013

Pivotal ships eponymous Hadoop distro to the masses

Pivotal, the spinout from VMware and EMC that's trying to create the application platform of the future, is shipping its first product based on the Hadoop big data muncher.
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Ad man: Mozilla 'radicals' and 'extremists' want to wreck internet economy

Updated Randall Rothenberg, president and CEO of industry group the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), thinks the Mozilla Foundation's policy on third-party cookies is way out of line, and he's taken to the web with a 4,000-word screed essay to make his case.
Neil McAllister, 17 Jul 2013

Wi-Lan loses 3GPP patent suit

Wi-Lan seems a step closer to having to wear the tag “patent troll”, with an East Texas federal jury tossing out its patent suit against Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, HTC and Sony.
Github octodex

GitHub to devs: pick a license, we dare you

When Microsoft announced back in January that its flagship development tools Visual Studio and Team Foundation Service would play nicely with Git, it was a sign that the tool and its online manifestation GitHub had become part of the programming furniture.
Simon Sharwood, 17 Jul 2013

Ground control? My space helmet is FILLING WITH WATER!

Any day now you'll start to see pre-release hype for the George Clooney and Sandra Bullock vehicle Gravity, in which the pair star as astronauts cast adrift in space after a nasty accident interrupts a spacewalk.
Simon Sharwood, 17 Jul 2013
The Register breaking news

D'OH! Use Tumblr on iPhone or iPad, give your password to the WORLD

Exclusive Tumblr's iOS app fails to log users in through a secure (SSL) server, it has emerged. As a result users' plaintext passwords are exposed to anyone able to sniff traffic on any Wi-Fi network an iOS user happens to use to connect to the popular cats'n'grumble free-content platform.
John Leyden, 17 Jul 2013
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Chinese search giant Baidu blows $1.9 BEELION on app store

Chinese search giant Baidu has splashed a cool $1.9 billion (£1.26bn) on popular mobile app store firm 91 Wireless Websoft, in another sign of the growing value of the mobile internet.
Phil Muncaster, 17 Jul 2013

Sony coughs up £250K ICO fine after security fears

Sony has begrudgingly abandoned its fight to contest a £250,000 fine handed down by the Information Commissioner’s Office after its massive 2011 PlayStation Network data breach.
Phil Muncaster, 17 Jul 2013
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Researchers seek Internet's choke points

Cable Internet access really is faster than DSL – but paradoxically, cable users get less of the throughput they think they're paying for.
Temperature-projection chart from 1981's 'Climate Impact of Increasing Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide', overlain with actual temperature readings from the GISS Land-Ocean Temperature Index

Microsoft 'funds' new Oz CO2 trading scheme

CO2 emissions trading schemes are supposed to impose costs on emitters of the controversial gas, the better to reduce the amount of stuff pumped in the atmosphere.
Simon Sharwood, 17 Jul 2013
Manic Miner

Boffins want toilets to become POWER PLANTS

Dr Ioannis Ieropoulos and colleagues from the University of the West of England's Bristol outpost and the Bristol Robotics Laboratory have claimed a world's first: powering a mobile phone with human urine.
Simon Sharwood, 17 Jul 2013

IBM, Accenture play blame game over $1bn project blowout

IBM and Accenture are sniping at one another in public over just who should take the blame - and the fall - for the $AUD1bn blowout of a project to provide the Australian State of Queensland's Department of Health with a new payroll system.
Data Robotics Drobo

VCs take a nasty cold bath on Drobo deal, leave Barrall 'delighted'

So here on the El Reg storage desk, people talk of little else but the Drobo-Connected Data merger at the moment. Just what exactly is the story there?
Chris Mellor, 17 Jul 2013
The Register breaking news

Psssst: If you wanna be rich, make the next privacy Robocop app

Revelations of US spooks monitoring the internet have freaked out consumers so much that privacy protection software will be The Next Big Thing.
Jasper Hamill, 17 Jul 2013

The facts on Trident 'cuts': What the Lib Dems want is disarmament

Analysis So now we have what the Lib Dems insisted upon when they came into government: a detailed, costed review (pdf) of alternative plans for the UK nuclear deterrent apart from simply replacing it like for like.
Lewis Page, 17 Jul 2013
Apple MacBook Air 11-inch 2013

Apple MacBook Air 11-inch 2013: Netbook with next-gen tech

Review “Can’t innovate any more, my ass,” said Apple veep Phil Schiller as he unveiled the redesigned Mac Pro at the company’s Worldwide Developer Conference in June.
Stephen Dean, 17 Jul 2013
Apple's solar array in Maiden, North Carolina

Water, sunshine or pig s***: How will YOU power your data centre?

So you've decided to clean up in Big Data. You're going to have the server farms of all server farms, run the cloud for the world's megacorporations and of course there's this bloke in Silicon Roundabout willing to give you the money. What's your first decision then?
Tim Worstall, 17 Jul 2013

NEC to ditch smartmobe biz after failed Lenovo talks - report

Japanese IT and electronics giant NEC is ready to throw in the towel on its ailing smartphone business after a deal with Chinese PC giant Lenovo failed, according to reports from Japan.
Phil Muncaster, 17 Jul 2013

Will Jocks strap on beefy ARMs to grapple rival racks next year?

Video When the University of Edinburgh decided to enter the gruelling cluster-building competition for students at this year's International Supercomputing Conference, they didn’t have to look far for hardware suppliers eager to feed their need for speed.

Virtualisation extremist? Put down that cable and step away slowly

Virtualisation is everywhere, particularly the data centre, and that's a good thing - if used wisely. Virtualisation can help you milk the greatest possible performance (and hence maximum value) from the physical gear.
Dave Cartwright, 17 Jul 2013
The Register breaking news

Top secret spook court agrees to release 2008 PRISM docs

The secret US court that rules on snooping activities by the country's agencies has granted the Yahoo! motion to reveal its 2008 decision justifying the PRISM project.

Finally, someone's fixed THAT Android hole. Was it your mobe network? No

A new tool attempts to close down the master-key vulnerability in Google Android that allows malicious software to masquerade as legit apps.
John Leyden, 17 Jul 2013

Big boy Fujitsu crushes stroppy upstarts in storage boffins' trials

Fujitsu's Eternus disk array has topped the SPC-2 benchmark charts, with an IBM SVC-Storwize V7000 combination in second place.
Chris Mellor, 17 Jul 2013
Holy Hand Grenade, Monty Python

Tweet like escaping Hell depends on it, Twitter Catholics told

The Catholic Church is handing out indulgences promising time off purgatory in exchange for a simple tweet.
Jasper Hamill, 17 Jul 2013
GCHQ is following you on Twitter, Faceboo, email...

PRISM scandal: Brit spooks operated within the law, say politicos

Claims that Britain's intelligence agency GCHQ circumvented UK legislation by using America's controversial PRISM programme to access the content of private communications are false, parliamentarians concluded today.
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Jul 2013

Oracle releases July patch batch... with 27 fixes for remote exploits

Oracle has pushed out a quarterly patch batch of 89 updates that mean almost all of its enterprise software products need updating for one reason or another.
John Leyden, 17 Jul 2013
The Register breaking news

Admen's suggested tweaks to Do Not Track filed straight into the bin

Web standards chiefs have snubbed an ad industry attempt to water down efforts to prevent people from being tracked across the internet.
Gavin Clarke, 17 Jul 2013
The Register breaking news

You, Google. Get back here and bend over again - EU antitrust chief

Brussels' antitrust chief has demanded Google once again rejigs its web search business - or risk a fat fine for breaching EU competition law.
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Jul 2013

Telly bigwigs try to close down Aereo streaming service - again

A US appeals court has refused to rehear major broadcasters' arguments for temporarily shutting down TV streaming service Aereo while another court decides whether or not it's legal.
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Tumblr's iOS fix for clear-text password login howler was WEEKS LATE

Tumblr has urged users of its iOS app to put down that latte and start updating their software and changing their passwords. But it appears the selfies-rich pic app only copped to the problem and issued the fix a full two weeks after a Reg reader had first contacted it about the issue.
John Leyden, 17 Jul 2013
The Register breaking news

Now you can be the NSA: Snoop on a Google Glass hipster with a QR code

A security flaw discovered in Google Glass ultimately allowed miscreants to eavesdrop on the wearer's wireless internet connection - using just a QR code.
John Leyden, 17 Jul 2013

HP the only PC maker to bleed distie sales in Blighty

Distributors in Blighty reported PC growth across all of the major vendor lines in Q2 with just one exception - HP posted a double-digit decline.
Paul Kunert, 17 Jul 2013

Speaking in Tech: We chat to Microsoft man about THAT Ballmer memo

Podcast Podcast In the latest Speaking in Tech podcast, your hosts Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela chat to special guest Marc Farley of Microsoft. The team grill Marc about what he's been up to lately (on holiday, by the sounds of things) before getting into the nitty-gritty of VMware ditching open-sourcers Zimbra, Steve …
Team Register, 17 Jul 2013
The Register breaking news

Spotify strikes back at Radiohead - but artists are still angry

Earlier this week Thom Yorke sparked widespread debate over the rates Spotify pays artists by pulling his music from the streaming service as a gesture of protest. Spotify has now replied to artists upset by its chickenfeed payouts.
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Jul 2013

Tech tables turned! Now it's the Puppet pulling Geppetto's strings

System administration and IT automation tool maker Puppet Labs is making its second acquisition ever - and has snapped up partner Cloudsmith.

BT slammed for FAILING to explain why its broadband investment has shrunk

BT's policy supremo was mauled this afternoon by MPs demanding to know why the telecom giant's investment in the UK's government-subsidised broadband deployment had dramatically shrunk.
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Jul 2013
Dell chairman and CEO, Michael Dell

Dell warns stockholders that Icahn's plan would 'hamstring' company

The battle for control of Dell between the company's eponymous founder and investor Carl Icahn is in its endgame, with both sides making last-ditch attempts to win over stockholders for Thursday's vote on Michael Dell's plans to take the firm private again.
Iain Thomson, 17 Jul 2013
Photo of a stack of Google Chromebooks

Google conjures dedicated memcache within platform cloud

Google has added a dedicated memcache service to its platform cloud, giving the company's technology more of the characteristics of clouds operated by Amazon and Microsoft.
Jack Clark, 17 Jul 2013
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Intel reports growth in PC sales and makes mobile top priority

Intel's latest quarterly results came in slightly below analysts' expectations but carry promising news for Chipzilla's PC business, and new CEO Brian Krzanich says things are looking promising for the firm.
Iain Thomson, 17 Jul 2013

Russian mobile operators say 'nyet!' to Apple, 'da!' to Samsung

VimpelCom, the last of the "Big Three" Russian mobile carriers to stock the iPhone in its stores, has reportedly discontinued the device, leaving all of Russia with just one retail supplier for Cupertinian kit.
Neil McAllister, 17 Jul 2013

Apple flushes poker apps after prod from Australia

In 2001 Australia passed the Interactive Gambling Act 2001, a law the then-conservative government created in a “won't somebody think of the children” knee-jerk reaction to worries about the possible effects of the early-ish internet.
Simon Sharwood, 17 Jul 2013

Dragged-out Lenovo server deal whacks IBM's earnings for 2013?

IBM has never admitted that it has been trying to sell its System x and BladeCenter server business to Chinese PC and system maker Lenovo, which also took its venerable and usually unprofitable PC business over at the end of 2004.

Google teases hush-hush Android event on July 24

Google on Wednesday began sending out somewhat cryptic email invites to a press event on July 24 that could herald big news for mobile device fans.
Neil McAllister, 17 Jul 2013