17th > September > 2013 Archive


KVM kings unveil 'cloud operating system'

Virtualization sucks, because it makes it difficult for an application to get the most out of its underlying infrastructure. And so a startup staffed by the originators of the KVM hypervisor wants to change that with an ambitious open source project called OSv.
Jack Clark, 17 Sep 2013
Sailfish OS

Jolla Sailfish OS to support Android hardware, apps

Finnish smartphone startup Jolla has announced that its Linux-based Sailfish OS mobile platform will be both software and hardware compatible with Android.
Neil McAllister, 17 Sep 2013
Queensland University's Quantum Chip

Boffins demo on-chip entanglement at macro scale

Quantum computing watchers are familiar with the idea of entanglement – the “spooky action at a distance” that gives rise to quantum teleportation. Now, a team led by the University of Queensland is claiming a different kind of first: quantum teleportation between two spots on a single chip.
ETS World Solar Challenge entry

North American teams land in Oz to race for the sun

World Solar Challenge Canada is about to dispatch its World Solar Challenge entry on its trip to Darwin, with the Ecole de Technologie Supérieure of Montréal – ÉTS – sending its tubular Eclipse 8 on its way.
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Pizza drones, mad cyclists and Bitcoin-for-arms traders: A vision of LNDN 2023

Tech quango Nesta and its chums have sketched out a vision of what London might look like in the year 2023.
Jasper Hamill, 17 Sep 2013
New telstra logo

Telstra scrambles to fix voice

Telstra is scrambling to overcome an outage that ABC Radio is reporting has affected “tens of thousands” of business voice services nationwide.
The design of the USB Condom

Chap unrolls 'USB condom' to protect against viruses

A US-based chap has invented a gadget he's calling a USB condom.
Simon Sharwood, 17 Sep 2013
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Facebook reveals plan to WIRE THE PLANET

Facebook and fellow internet.org members Qualcomm and Ericsson have released a white paper that offers a blueprint for a massively scaled-up internet.
Simon Sharwood, 17 Sep 2013

Australia ponders 160,000-seat ERP possibilities

Australia's government has released an information paper titled “Investigation into optimising ERP Systems across the public service” that will consider how the nation's government can best procure, and wield, enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems.
Simon Sharwood, 17 Sep 2013

Live TODAY at 11:00 BST: What's the fuss about flash memory?

Webcast Firstly, to be clear, we're talking about flash of the memory hardware variety, not the software behind those annoying animated ads. This is one of those topics that everyone has heard about, most people have opinions on, but in which myths and misunderstanding are rife.
David Gordon, 17 Sep 2013
The Register breaking news

Anti-drone bods haul MoD to court over SECRET KILLER ROBOTS

The Ministry of Defence is set to face a court hearing next week over its refusal to release information about Britain's lethal unmanned drone missions in Afghanistan.
Jasper Hamill, 17 Sep 2013
Photo of Kermit the Frog at NASA

Angry Brazilian whacks NASA to put a stop to ... er, the NSA

Multiple NASA websites were defaced last week by a Brazilian hacktivist who may have misread the sites' URLs, because he wasn't protesting about the US space agency giving joyrides to inhuman stowaways – he was protesting against NSA spying.
John Leyden, 17 Sep 2013
yellow measuring tape - black writing

How do you choose your vendors?

Sysadmin blog Part of ranking vendors (and their products) involves attaching a certain level of priority to the different categories you judge them on. Everyone is going to value different elements of a supplier relationship differently, so the items on my list should be considered to be "in no particular order." I leave it as an exercise for the reader to create their own procurement spreadsheet of doom and weight the categories listed.
Trevor Pott, 17 Sep 2013
Apple Newton MessagePad

Stylus counsel: The rise and fall of the Apple Newton MessagePad

Archaeologic It will forever be remembered as the butt of a-thousand-and-one jokes about its poor handwriting recognition, but Apple’s MessagePad was bold in its conception. Its legacy is ARM’s conquest of the mobile microprocessor world.
Tony Smith, 17 Sep 2013

Mid East undersea fibre telco hacked: US, UK spooks in spotlight

Belgian telco Belgacom - which operates vital undersea communications cables - says its internal network was compromised, possibly by foreign spooks.
John Leyden, 17 Sep 2013

NetApp exec veep hands his papers in, shuffles off to mystery startup

NetApp's executive vice president of product operations, Manish Goel, is no longer with the company.
Chris Mellor, 17 Sep 2013
WD Arkeia appliance

WD: Between you and me, VARs, small biz may NEVER trust the cloud

Storage specialist Western Digital have asked value-added resellers to take part in its assault on the small-to-medium business (SMB) network backup market.
Tony Smith, 17 Sep 2013
The LOHAN team prepares to launch yesterday

LOHAN hero playmonaut STRANDED on Spanish mountain

Pic The Special Project Bureau's mountain rescue team has been mobilised today to recover our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) playmonaut – stranded since yesterday on the side of a Spanish mountain.
Lester Haines, 17 Sep 2013

Is storage kicking servers in the battle of the bundles?

Converged infrastructure products, integrated computing platforms, single-stack solutions, data centre in a box: whatever you call them, the benefit of buying storage, servers and networking in a single, pre-engineered bundle is that, vendor-wise, when something goes wrong, you've only got one butt to kick.

NSA spooks tooled up with zero-day PC security exploits from the FRENCH

The NSA bought specialist computer hacking tools and research from French security outfit Vupen, according to documents unearthed using the Freedom of Information Act.
John Leyden, 17 Sep 2013

Flash biz Violin plays for $162m shower of notes - will rivals drown it out?

Flash array startup Violin Memory wants to raise $162m in a stock-market debut, according to paperwork filed for its IPO.
Chris Mellor, 17 Sep 2013

Ghastly! Yahoo! Groups! gripes! grip! grumpy! gremlin! grumblers!

Thousands of Yahoo! users are clogging up the site's customer feedback forums with complaints about its makeover of Groups, an online discussion board system. Some are upset the redecoration job has locked out the blind and disabled folk.
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Sep 2013

Tightwad music spaffer Pandora opens box for Wall St to fill with cash

Controversial webcaster Pandora, under fire for running its music streaming business with the iron grip of a plantation owner, is returning to Wall Street for a cash injection.
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Sep 2013
Miley Cyrus twerking

Twerking 'ell! Google BUMPs and grinds way to another app slurp

Google has bought mobile app maker Bump – the outfit behind photo-sharing tech Flock – for an undisclosed sum.
Team Register, 17 Sep 2013

Peak Apple: Has ANYONE at all ordered a new iPhone 5c?

Apple has failed to disclose the sales figures for its new iPhone for the first time since 2009, sending fanbois and investors into a spiral of doubt and fear.
Jasper Hamill, 17 Sep 2013
Grand Theft Auto

It's Grand Theft Auto 5 day: Any of you kids remember GTA the First?

Antique Code Show Grand Theft Auto 5 – one of the most keenly anticipated video games ever – was officially released today, although a few people apparently got their packages a few days ago.
Giles Hill, 17 Sep 2013
The tweaked artwork of our two winners' signs

Oh snap – AWS daddy disses IT's 'old guard': You're so 2000-and-late

AWS Enterprise Summit 2013 Amazon Web Services boss Andy Jassy has fired back at the technology "old guard" for coming late to cloud bearing "ill-advised" offerings while committing his team to a two-year features rollout to win big customers.
Gavin Clarke, 17 Sep 2013
Four of EMC/XtremIO's Project X all flash arrays

Storage players' lovechild VCE flashes fresh flash additions

VCE, the lovechild of Cisco, EMC and VMware, hits the storage world with a trio of announcements: a pair of VNX2 and vSphere 5.5 implants; Oracle-specific Vblock; and a VDI Vblock using XtremIO all-flash array technology.
Chris Mellor, 17 Sep 2013

Psst.. Know how to hack a mobe by radio wave? There's $70k+ in it for you

A second Mobile Pwn2Own hacking competition, in which experts discover and exploit security flaws in handhelds for prizes, will take place at the PacSec 2013 conference in Japan in November.
John Leyden, 17 Sep 2013
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NetApp unveils ONTAP cluster-shuffler: Do it with any vendor, in public or private

NetApp is hoping to turn cloud agnostics into ONTAP believers with its new "seamless cloud data management" product, Clustered Data ONTAP.
Chris Mellor, 17 Sep 2013
SOURCE: http://www.sxc.hu/photo/959469

Cloud storage: Is the convenience worth the extra expense?

Sysadmin blog Judging by my inbox, quite a few businesses have taken to heart my warnings about the legal issues that arise when you allow your data to be exposed to US jurisdiction.
Trevor Pott, 17 Sep 2013
Roaring lynx

Securo-boffins link HIRED GUN hackers to Aurora, Bit9 megahacks

Security researchers have linked the “Hackers for hire” Hidden Lynx Group with a number of high-profile attacks, including an assault on net security firm Bit9, as well as the notorious Operation Aurora assault against Google and other hi-tech firms back in 2009.
John Leyden, 17 Sep 2013
Photo of Jean-Baptiste Quéru

Former! Android! Open! Source! Boss! Takes! Job! At! Yahoo!

The former head of the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) at Google has jumped ship to the competition.
Neil McAllister, 17 Sep 2013
Cat 5 cable

Joyent turns cloud into a Riverbed content-delivery network

Midsize cloud Joyent has partnered with network appliance vendor Riverbed to create a "Content Delivery Cloud" to give developers on a budget a way to push data closer to users and reduce load times.
Jack Clark, 17 Sep 2013

Dog bites man: Apple's Macs trounce all Windows PCs in customer love

Once again, Apple's Macs – desktops and laptops – have outscored any and all windows PCs in a customer-satisfaction survey: the American Consumer Satisfaction Index (ACSI).
Rik Myslewski, 17 Sep 2013
Funnel of cash. Credit: via SXC – http://www.sxc.hu/profile/Leonardini

IBM proffers $1bn for Linux development on Power

After opening up its Power chips to bit fiddlers through an ARM-style licensee model, IBM is pouring $1bn into Linux development on the architecture.
Jack Clark, 17 Sep 2013
Windows 8.1 retail packaging

Microsoft relents: 'Go ahead, install Windows 8.1 on clean PCs'

Updated Microsoft says that in addition to offering Windows 8.1 as a free update for Windows 8 users in October, it will also be easier for customers to buy versions of Windows 8.1 that don't require an upgrade from a previous edition of the OS.
Neil McAllister, 17 Sep 2013

Redmond slips out temporary emergency fix for IE 0-day

Stepping outside its normal Patch Tuesday cycle, Microsoft has rolled out an emergency fix to an Internet Explorer bug that was under active malware attack.

Life … moves … in … slow … motion … for … little … critters … like … flies

The smaller the creature and the faster its metabolic rate, the slower it perceives time, say a group of researchers from Ireland and the UK.
Rik Myslewski, 17 Sep 2013