23rd > September > 2013 Archive

2001: A Space Odyssey

Deep Impact succumbs to 'HAL bug' as glitch messes with antenna

NASA has stopped trying to contact Deep Impact, the comet-pronging probe that in 2005 dropped an “impactor” the size of a coffee table onto comet Tempel-1.
Simon Sharwood, 23 Sep 2013
Oracle engineered systems

Oracle hides ExaLogic price cut

Oracle has removed the blog post we noticed last week in which it announced the price of its Exalogic Elastic Cloud Software (EECS) had been cut from $US20,000 per CPU to half that price.
Simon Sharwood, 23 Sep 2013
The NSA Unchained

'Occupy' affiliate claims Intel bakes SECRET 3G radio into vPro CPUs

Intel has apparently turned up one of the holiest of holy grails in the tech sector, accidentally creating an zero-power-consumption on-chip 3G communications platform as an NSA backdoor.

DeputyDog attack targets latest IE zero day

Security researchers have spotted two new targeted attack campaigns aimed at organisations in Japan, China and elsewhere in Asia, one of which exploits a zero day exploit in Internet Explorer revealed only last week.
Phil Muncaster, 23 Sep 2013

Want FREE BEER for the rest of your life?

We'd all like to save money on beer: we journos perhaps more than most as we are a notoriously thirsty bunch and expense accounts just aren't what they were in the old days.
Tim Worstall, 23 Sep 2013

Mobile broadband 'fastest growing technology in history' says ITU

Mobile networks are fast outrunning fixed broadband in terms of growth, according to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), and that's going to put pressure on wireless spectrum's ability to cope.


Update In a move likely timed to coincide with the opening of Oracle OpenWorld, VMware has made vSphere 5.5 available for download here - but the release of the latest version of its flagship product has been marred by the issuance of a warning to users of vSphere Replication 5.1 NOT to install 5.5.
Simon Sharwood, 23 Sep 2013
Swiss iOS clock

Boffins debate killing leap seconds to help sysadmins

Boffins from the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and the International Bureau of Weights and Measures ( known as the BIPM for its French name: Bureau International des Poids et Mesures) have met to discuss redefining time.
Simon Sharwood, 23 Sep 2013

StorNext gets revamp, Quantum claims 5x data throughput boost

Quantum has taken its StorNext file management system and updated it from top to bottom, making it multi-core processor aware and more scalable so it can handle five times more data than StorNext 4.
Chris Mellor, 23 Sep 2013

Launchpads, catapults... what a load of - WAIT, there's £15m for grabs?

Comment Techies and investors with bright ideas for commercial video, imaging and games businesses can apply for a slice of £15m this month – if they can wade past the quango-ese jargon of "catapults" and "launchpads". It's all intended to commercialise good ideas.
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Sep 2013

Big Blue seeks romantic partners with a view to money, maybe more

IBM has turned dating agent to pair together lonely MSPs and ISVs that want to jump into bed together on specific projects, and from October, Big Blue will try to lure in punters to ogle the services.
Paul Kunert, 23 Sep 2013
Downing Street road sign

The target: 25% of UK gov IT from small biz... The reality: Not even close

The UK government is way off its target of sourcing a quarter of its IT gear and services from small businesses by 2015.
Paul Kunert, 23 Sep 2013

Java updates too much of a bother? Maybe online banking's just not for you

Security researchers have spotted a surge in attacks against online banking customers, thanks to a new strain of Java-exploiting Trojan Caphaw (aka Shylock).
John Leyden, 23 Sep 2013
Violin Force 25120

Violin's data-slurp flash SAN frontend to cram box at furious speeds

Violin Memory is now accelerating disk-drive array-based SANs by using a flash front-end caching box, which also sucks data off the SAN and stuffs it in Violin's own 6000-series flash arrays.
Chris Mellor, 23 Sep 2013
Larry Ellison

Oracle's Ellison talks up 'ungodly speeds' of in-memory database. SAP: *Cough* Hana

OpenWorld Oracle headman Larry Ellison kicked off this year's OpenWorld conference on Sunday by touting the lightning-fast performance of the Oracle 12c database's new in-memory database caching option, and he brought along some brand-new hardware to prove his point.
Neil McAllister, 23 Sep 2013
Sony Xperia Tablet Z

Can't fit slab AND mobe in your tight pockets? 10 tablets with built-in 3G/4G

Product Round-up If you want a tablet that is always connected to the internet, there are several options to consider.
Alun Taylor, 23 Sep 2013

Michael Gove: C'mon kids, quit sexting – send love poems instead

Education Secretary Michael Gove has apparently come over all gooey and romantic by plugging a new app called Love Book that was created by one of his wife's close friends.
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Sep 2013

Hardbitten NYC cops: Sir, I'm gonna need you to, er, upgrade to iOS 7

The New York Police Department's motto, Fidelis Ad Mortem – or "faithful unto death" – could easily pass as the utterance of a fanboi pleading lifelong allegiance to the late Steve Jobs.
Jasper Hamill, 23 Sep 2013

RSA: That NSA crypto-algorithm we put in our products? Stop using that

Security biz RSA has reportedly warned its customers to stop using the default random-number generator in its encryption products - amid fears spooks can easily crack data secured by the algorithm.
John Leyden, 23 Sep 2013

EE still has fastest, fattest 4G pipe in London's M25 ring

RootMetrics has compiled a map of 4G deployments in London which includes a whopping 11,000 crowd-sourced data points and concludes that within the M25*, EE still has the fastest, and broadest, network in town.
Bill Ray, 23 Sep 2013
Dave Akerman's emergency cut-down box

Our LOHAN rocket ship team exits Spain with a bang

Pics+Vid It's been a hell of a couple of weeks at the Special Project Bureau's mountaintop headquarters, as we took delivery of our Vulture 2 spaceplane, welcomed the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team to sunny Spain and then spent a frantic 10 days putting things together, blowing stuff up and rescuing lost playmonauts from inhospitable mountainsides.
Lester Haines, 23 Sep 2013
Tesco Hudl

Shopping list for Tesco: Eggs, milk, bread, tablets (the £60 7in Android kind)

It has a silly name, but a surprising price. Tesco’s new seven-inch Android tablet, the Hudl, will cost a mere 60 quid and a stack of Clubcard points. Well, when a Google Nexus 7 will set you back £199, every little helps. Ahem.
Tony Smith, 23 Sep 2013
The buttons on a mobile phone glow in the dark

How I hacked SIM cards with a single text - and the networks DON'T CARE

Karsten Nohl, the security researcher who broke into SIM cards with a single text, has told The Register he is dismayed by the mobile industry's lukewarm response to his revelations - and has revealed, for the first time, exactly how he did it.
Bill Ray, 23 Sep 2013
Grad Theft Auto 5

Grand Theft Auto V: Violent, sweary and amazingly ambitious

Game Theory It’s rare that I walk out in the mean streets of London and experience carpet-bombing marketing for a videogame, but that’s exactly what happened this week. Something called Grand Theft Auto V is now available to purchase apparently, so I thought I might start with that.
Mike Plant, 23 Sep 2013
Cloud security

CloudBees straddles firewall with VPN connection

Cloud startup CloudBees has launched a technology that lets customers of the developer-oriented cloud connect their sensitive on-premises resources to the company's cloud via VPN.
Jack Clark, 23 Sep 2013
Pure Storage F320

Pure poaches NetApp preacher

Vaughn Stewart used to be NetApp's chief blogger, but it seems he's now evangelising for all-flash upstart Pure Storage.
Chris Mellor, 23 Sep 2013
Workers in a Foxconn plant, credit: Steve Jurvetson from Menlo Park, USA

Foxconn: 11 hurt in 'personal' fights between workers

Eleven Foxconn workers were hurt after a "large fight" broke out among them near the Nintendo, Dell and Nokia supplier's factory last week, the firm has confirmed.
Jasper Hamill, 23 Sep 2013
Apple iPhone 5c: back, front, and side views

Great Fall of China: iPhone 5C sales lag as blinged-up 5S sells out

Peak Apple Apple has failed to conquer the Chinese market with the iPhone 5C, its (slightly) cheaper and more garishly coloured release.
Jasper Hamill, 23 Sep 2013

New iPhone sells out, millions in hands of lucky fans, Cook cock a hoop ...

Updated Apple has given itself a pat on the back after shifting nine million of its latest iPhone 5S and 5C models over their first weekend on sale.
Jasper Hamill, 23 Sep 2013

How many apps does it take to back up your data?

Sysadmin blog What is the better approach to backups: a single service that can back up everything on your network or a collection of applications for backing up different items?
Trevor Pott, 23 Sep 2013

Steve Jobs' boyhood home may become protected historical shrine

The modest Silicon Valley ranch-style home where Steve Jobs spent his boyhood may soon be designated as an officially protected historical property. Not that the garage of 2066 Crist Drive, Los Altos, California isn't already a venerated shrine among the Apple faithful – it's where the Two Steves, Jobs and Wozniak, created the Apple 1 computer.
Rik Myslewski, 23 Sep 2013

BlackBerry inks deal to go private for $4.7bn

BlackBerry – or, as the struggling Canadian smartphone manufacturer has been renamed by the chattering classes, "Beleaguered BlackBerry" – has signed a letter of intent to be taken private by a consortium led by Fairfax Financial Holdings of Toronto, Ontario.
Rik Myslewski, 23 Sep 2013
Surface Pro 2 with docking station

Microsoft: Surface is DEAD. Long live the Surface 2!

Undeterred by its critics, Microsoft has torn the wraps off Surface 2: its upgraded Windows 8-powered tablets, now with faster processors, better graphics, a load of new accessories, and not one but two kickstand positions.
Iain Thomson, 23 Sep 2013

Apple ups revenue estimates in wake of nine million–phone weekend

In a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, Apple has announced that it now expects its revenue to come in at the high end of the range it projected when it announced its financial results for its third fiscal quarter of 2013 this July.
Rik Myslewski, 23 Sep 2013
School of Rock

New digital curriculum draft softens CompSci emphasis

A new work-in-progress draft of Australia's draft Digital Technologies curriculum contains many edits that respond to industry criticism of previous efforts as overly dependent on computational thinking and too vague for teachers to implement.
Simon Sharwood, 23 Sep 2013
Steam coming from a boiling kettle

Valve shows Linux love with SteamOS for gamers

Games publishing house Valve is making three announcements this week about plans to expand its gaming business, and the first piece of news is that it's launching a royalty-free flavor of Linux that can be used by hardware vendors for console systems.
Iain Thomson, 23 Sep 2013

It's official: Firm numbers show firm global lead of pricey iPhone 5s

There's been a tsunami of speculation about the relative sales figures for Apple's iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, but now that the first firm numbers are in, it's abundantly clear that among the fervent fanbois who couldn't wait to get their hands on Apple's latest shiny-shiny, the flagship 5s is the clear winner.
Rik Myslewski, 23 Sep 2013
Hawaiki Cable Route

Kiwi cable signs TE SubCom for build

A proposed submarine cable for New Zealand has signed TE SubCom as its build contractor.