18th > September > 2013 Archive


LinkedIn joins Yahoo!, Google in squeezing gov for NSA request info

LinkedIn has joined Yahoo! and Google in lobbying the US government to let it tell the public how many super-secret requests from spies it gets for user data.
Jack Clark, 18 Sep 2013
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Study finds fraudsters foist one-third of all Tor traffic

People who access the internet through the anonymizing Tor network are much more likely to be up to no good than are typical internet users, according to a study by online reputation–tracking firm Iovation.
Neil McAllister, 18 Sep 2013

TPG floats fibre cherry-pick

Second-tier ISP TPG is eyeing the big league, announcing a plan to use its fibre network to connect a 100 Mbps fibre-to-the-building service to high-density apartments around Australia.

Open ZFS wielders kick off 'truly open source' dev group

A bunch of companies that rely on ZFS to power their products have banded together in a new open source cabal that says it will offer a "truly open source" version of the filesystem.
Simon Sharwood, 18 Sep 2013

Redmond cash splash follows mobile hash

Microsoft has decided to fling handfuls of cash at its shareholders, in the form of a 22 percent increase in its quarterly dividend, and renewing its $US40 billion share buyback program.

THE TRUTH about beaver arse milk in your cakes: There's nothing vanilla about vanilla

Sweden's food watchdog has confirmed to horrified netizens that, yes, ooze from beavers' back-passages is used to add a vanilla flavour to cakes, ice creams and drinks - and has been for years.
Jasper Hamill, 18 Sep 2013
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China's 'Big Vs' disown selves online to avoid new gossip laws

The Chinese government’s unprecedented crack down on online rumours is forcing some of those with verified accounts on the country’s hugely popular weibo microblogs to lower their profile by giving up their verified status.
Phil Muncaster, 18 Sep 2013
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'Honker Union' sniffs 270 hacktivism targets

Infamous Chinese hacktivist group Honker Union has shortlisted a whopping 270 Japanese targets for attack today - the anniversary of the Manchurian Incident, which was the precursor to the Japanese invasion of China.
Phil Muncaster, 18 Sep 2013

Microsoft puts something hard and sensitive in your pocket

Microsoft says one of the big selling points for Windows Phone is that some customers like the idea of using its software everywhere.
Simon Sharwood, 18 Sep 2013

DARPA: You didn't think we could make a Mach 6 spaceplane, so let us have this MACH TEN job

In this post-Space Shuttle world, it often seems that the dream of a spacecraft which could reach orbit without expensively throwing most of itself away is receding rather than drawing closer.
Lewis Page, 18 Sep 2013
Shot of Palm Folio

‘Priceless’ unique Palm ‘FAILEO’ laptop goes under the hammer

Pics It was the product that was almost immediately dubbed the ‘Faileo’. It was announced but never released. And it can now be yours - if you pony up enough cash to beat other bidders to a one-of-a-kind auction item.
Tony Smith, 18 Sep 2013
Dr Adam Baker

So, rocket boffin Dr Adam Baker: Will we live long and prosper in SPACE?

Interview Recently, El Reg gave you a rundown of the key players in the new commercial space race: companies like Armadillo, Bigelow, Mars One and Virgin Galactic, which are chasing the space-tourist dollar, and the likes of Excalibur Almaz, Masten Space Systems, Reaction Engines and SpaceX, which have more serious applications in mind.
Shaun Dormon, 18 Sep 2013
Three monkeys

So you think you know all about configuration management

David Norfolk is practice leader with responsibility for development and governance at Bloor Research International. He is on the committee of the BCS Configuration Management Specialist Group.
David Norfolk, 18 Sep 2013
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Got it taped: The business of tape-based disaster recovery

Feature For many SMEs, tape disappeared from their landscape as a data storage choice ten or more years ago. Domestically, it exists, if at all, as a legacy item with perhaps a car stereo chewing its way through a selection of fondly regarded C-90s. Still, this lack of public visibility by no means indicates that tape has come to the end of its spool.
Bob Dormon, 18 Sep 2013
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Apple beckons fanbois back into its golden era... of, er, 2010

As the world mutters about Apple's uncertain future, the fruity firm has offered out-of-date fanbois a way to relive its glorious past.
Jasper Hamill, 18 Sep 2013
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Phil Collins' daughter 'will give you A VIRUS' – security bods

Phil Collins' actress daughter is the celebrity most likely to give your equipment a nasty virus, security firm McAfee has warned.
Jasper Hamill, 18 Sep 2013

Gorillas, StorageBeers, sexy flash models: It's all here in Speaking in Tech

Podcast Podcast It's another episode of El Reg's podcast, bringing you news, views, and rumours about enterprise kit, hot flash models (the enterprise kind, don't be a perve), consumer baubles, hip-hop gorilla memes, next week's StorageBeers (at London's Lamb and Flag pub from about 17:30 on 25 September, all welcome) and more...
Team Register, 18 Sep 2013

Brit reseller Kelway chops off some heads to shed costs

UK IT reseller Kelway is getting its house in order to remove duplication across the business, following a growth spurt during the last seven years that involved as many acquisitions.
Paul Kunert, 18 Sep 2013
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You thought slinging Photoshop into the cloud would fail? Look who's laughing NOW

Despite banking a smaller cash haul than it managed this time last year, Adobe's share price rallied last night - as it crashed through the one million cloud subscriber mark.
Paul Kunert, 18 Sep 2013

Official crackdown on Apple fanboi 'shanty town' ahead of London iPhone launch

Exclusive The British authorities have told two of Blighty's most passionate Apple fanbois to remove a "shanty town shack" they have constructed outside London's Regent Street Apple Store.
Jasper Hamill, 18 Sep 2013
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MPs: This paperless health service plan isn't worth the paper it isn't written on

MPs doubt that the Health Secretary's plans to make the NHS paperless by 2018 will be on time and budget, based on Whitehall's shambolic handling of the abandoned electronic health care record system.
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Sep 2013

Everyone's waving their 5-inchers: BlackBerry outs new supersized Z30

Slumped phone giant BlackBerry has announced its fourth BlackBerry OS 10 mobe: the Z30, a five-inch OLED-touchscreen device.
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Sep 2013

One year to go: Can Scotland really declare gov IT independence?

In one year’s time, the people of Scotland will vote on whether to leave the United Kingdom. They will vote yes or no for numerous reasons … and the viability of Scotland’s government IT is not likely to be one of the most prominent.
SA Mathieson, 18 Sep 2013

Just how flash is your enterprise storage rig?

Minipoll Enterprise storage is really important. Flash is the hot new storage technology. So surely the use of flash in enterprise storage infrastructures is the hottest, most important issue of the moment?
Team Register, 18 Sep 2013
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DRAMA at 75,000 FEET: Our Playmonaut's TERROR PLUNGE from EDGE of SPACE

Pics We're delighted to report that our plucky Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) playmonaut pilot is safe and well, following his dramatic rescue yesterday from a Spanish mountainside.
Lester Haines, 18 Sep 2013

Live Reg TV: Windows Azure on your terms

Hands-on On October 10 at 11:00 BST,we’re broadcasting a live, hands-on training session on Windows Azure that you can enjoy for free from the comfort of your own chair.
David Gordon, 18 Sep 2013

Meet the Unmagnificent Seven: The critical holes plugged in Firefox update

Firefox maker Mozilla has pushed out a new version of its web browser in which multiple security vulnerabilities have been fixed - and seven of them are rated as critical.
John Leyden, 18 Sep 2013
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BLAST OFF! Antares launches Cygnus on commercial cargo test mission

The launch of a commercial rocket carrying a spacecraft with cargo intended for the International Space Station has successfully blasted off from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in eastern Virginia.
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Sep 2013

Our second attempt to give LOHAN a good banging: Live tomorrow

The Register's mighty Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team is gearing up for a second test flight of our Vulture 2 spaceplane's vital rocket motor igniter assembly, following Monday's dramatic first attempt which unfortunately ended on a Spanish mountainside without the essential test firing carried out.
Lester Haines, 18 Sep 2013

Leaked docs: NSA 'Follow the money' team slurped BANK records, CREDIT CARD data

The NSA doesn't only hoover up your emails, web surfing habits and phone call metadata – they also harvest your credit card records and banking transactions.
John Leyden, 18 Sep 2013

Google fluffs DEATH DEFEATING startup Calico

Google has helped found a company that will focus on life extension technologies, presumably because if you die, then you can't click on ads.
Jack Clark, 18 Sep 2013

Open source Android fork Cyanogen becomes $7m company

Independent Android firmware project CyanogenMod has become a company, thanks to a $7m Series A financing round led by Silicon Valley venture firms Benchmark Capital and Redpoint Ventures.
Neil McAllister, 18 Sep 2013
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Telstra to DNS-block botnet C&Cs with unknown blacklist

Telstra is preparing to get proactive with malware, announcing that it will be implementing a DNS-based blocker to prevent customer systems from contact known command-and-control servers.
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Oracle revenues miss expectations – AGAIN

Oracle posted lower than expected revenue for the first quarter of its 2014 financial year, making it the third consecutive quarter that the database giant has missed analyst expectations.
Jack Clark, 18 Sep 2013
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BlackBerry Messenger to launch on Android, iOS this weekend

BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) will be available for download on Android and iOS devices beginning this weekend, the struggling Canadian smartphone maker has announced.
Neil McAllister, 18 Sep 2013

Victorian agencies criticised for poor telecomms management

Victoria's Departments of Human Services and Justice and Victoria Police have come under fire from the state's auditor-general for poorly managing a combined annual telecommunications spend of $AUD13 million.