27th > September > 2013 Archive
30 years on: The day a computer glitch nearly caused World War III
Computer problems are an annoyance for us all, but thirty years ago a fault in the Soviet Union's ballistic missile early warning system very nearly caused nuclear war, if not for the actions of Lieutenant Colonel Stanislav Petrov of the Soviet Air Defense Forces.
Amazon adds free Oracle analytics tool to cloud
Just two days after Microsoft made Oracle's technology available on its Windows Azure cloud, Amazon has added a sophisticated diagnostic tech to its own Oracle database service.
PC sales shrank less than expected during back-to-school 2013
Want a shock? Sales of desktop and notebook PCs during the all-important back-to-school period were actually better than expected, according to the latest figures from research firm the NPD Group.
GIANT FLIP-FLOP IN SPACE switches between X-ray and radio emissions
VideoAn unusual pairing of objects called a “low mass X-ray binary” has been spotted by astronomers in which a pulsar shifts between emitting fast radio pulses and X-rays.
Boris Johnson's ex-right-hand man's right hand lands johnson in web slip
London Mayor Boris Johnson's former deputy has been left red-faced after a series of selfies revealing his chap found their way onto Facebook.
'200 million' fanbois using iOS 7 just a week after release - study
Half of all American iOS users have now updated to the latest operating system, analysts have claimed, while Apple itself reckons 200 million devices worldwide are now running iOS 7.
SIM card hacker: Bug is either 'a backdoor, gross negligence, or both'
QuotWThis was the week that Karsten Nohl, the security researcher who found a way to hack into SIM cards with a single text, told El Reg that he was upset that the mobile industry seemed so unconcerned about the vulnerabilities he had reported.
Online bookies must keep punters' cash in separate account
Licensing conditions proposed by the Gambling Commission may not adequately protect customers against the risk of losing their money or credits if gambling operators become insolvent, an expert has warned.
Broadcom fries up '5G' Wi-Fi chips to chuck in your connected car
Broadcom's latest chippery supports 802.11ac and Bluetooth LE too – which the company reckons is good enough to warrant calling it "5G" and snatching a chunk of the automotive market.
OpenDaylight: meet networking's bright newcomer
Few of us have come across the word OpenDaylight in polite conversation lately, however many years we have spent using and managing networks.
TalkTalk's commercial director WalkWalks away from telco
TalkTalk's outspoken commercial director David Goldie has resigned from the company's board after 14 years helping the business grow.
Thorium and inefficient solar power? That's good enough for me
CommentSo we're all back from our hols, noses down to the grindstone for the run into Crimble: time for some idle speculation on the future of our energy production systems. Or if we're to be purist about it, our energy production/transformation systems.
WET SPOT found on MARS: NASA rover says 'high percentage'
NASA scientists have reached a milestone in their quest to find life on the Red Planet after discovering significant traces of water in the Martian soil.
OpenSUSE uncorks a fine Ruby-red Bottle: Beta 13.1 didn't give me a hangover
ReviewThe beta preview of openSUSE 13.1, released this month, shows this distro is waddling in the footsteps of its Linux brethren.
That's a money spinner: iPod wheel patent bout bags bod £2m from Apple
Fruity tech titan Apple (2012 profit: £25bn) has been forced to pay out £2m to a Japanese inventor - after a Tokyo court found its iPod click wheel design infringed his patents.
Reg readers! You've got 100 MILLION QUID - what would you BLOW it on?
Telecoms regulator Ofcom is drawing up its plans for 2014/15, and is looking for suggestions about how it might direct its considerable resources during the period.
Google FAILS in attempt to nix Gmail data-mining lawsuit
Google faces a torrid court battle in the US after a judge ruled that a class action lawsuit brought against the company that challenges its practice of scanning emails for ad-targeting can proceed.
Congrats on MP3ing your music... but WHY bother? Time for my ripping yarn
Something for the Weekend, Sir?Good news. A year on from the ICT debacle at my son’s school, he has ditched the joint and found another place where his skills are more appreciated.
Have PIXmania. In fact, have £59m with it too, Dixons tell German VCs
Dixons Retail has forked out £59m to convince German venture capitalist mutares AG to take loss-making web shop PIXmania off its hands.
BOOGIE BALLMER: Steve Dirty Dances at tearful Microsoft leaving do
A tearful Steve Ballmer bid official farewell to thousands of Microsofties at a stadium bash with a booming sound track.
BlackBerry Black Friday: $1bn loss as warehouses bulge with hated Z10s
BlackBerry endured a catastrophic second quarter as today it announced a $965m loss in those three months. Its revenue from the period was half of the first-quarter takings and half of last year's second-quarter revenue.
Apple tackles iPhone lock-up cockup with iOS 7.0.2
Apple has plugged a gaping security hole in iOS 7 which allowed interlopers to snoop through fanbois' private content.
EMC snaps up ex Symantec veep to rule new HPC skunkworks
EMC has recruited an ex-Symantec exec to lord it over its Emerging Technology Products division. His product brief includes "hybrid Cloud Gateways and High Performance Computing storage" which is fine ... except EMC hasn't got any such products.
Samsung proposes 'remedies' to EU antitrust chief in fine dodge hope
Samsung, the world's biggest smartphone vendor, has submitted a package of concessions to the competition wing of the European Commission in a move to try to offset a massive fine.
LOHAN twangs BRASTRAP to unfetter mighty orbs
Pics+VidCapping a hectic month for the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team - in which we revealed the magnificent Vulture 2 spaceplane, rescued our heroic playmonaut from the side of a Spanish mountain and finally got a rocket motor igniter to go bang at 20,000m - we're delighted to report that the Big Red Abort Switch To Release Aerial Payload (BRASTRAP) doomsday box is up and running and ready to make fire in the sky.
IPCC: Yes, humans are definitely behind all this global warming we aren't having
CommentThe Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says it's more certain than ever that humanity is warming the planet dangerously - despite the fact that a long-running flat period in global temperatures is well into its second decade.
Arrow's Computerlinks gobble - a vendor's perspective
One of the channel's worst kept secrets was finally outed last month as US behemoth Arrow Electronics agreed to snap up Munich-headquartered VAD Computerlinks for a cool €230m.
French data cops to Google: RIGHT, you had your chance. PUNISHMENT time
Uh-oh Google Glassholes: Sugar daddy Intel strokes HUD goggles upstart
Intel has joined an industry-wide drive to make hopeless geeks look totally ridiculous - by ploughing cash into wearable-computing startup Recon Instruments.
LAST CHANCE to get yer cut-price Iridium satellite comms unit
Reader offerBefore heading off to the pub for a well-deserved pint this fine Friday, we'd like to remind readers that you only have a few days left to get 10 per cent off a Rock Seven RockBLOCK Iridium satellite comms unit, as used by our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team, as part of its emergency abort system.
London schoolboy cuffed for BIGGEST DDOS ATTACK IN HISTORY
A British police investigation into the massive DDoS attack against internet watchdog Spamhaus has led to the arrest of a 16-year-old London schoolboy who, it is claimed, is part of an international gang of cyber-crooks.
Global execs name Apple 'most innovative company' – again
When unveiling the soon-to-be-released computer-in-a-can Mac Pro at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference this June, Apple marketing headman Phil Schiller quipped "Can't innovate anymore, my ass," a barb aimed at those observers who accuse Cupertino of having lost its mojo.
Redmond expands fanboi trade-in program to include iPhones
Microsoft has expanded its trade-in program for iOS devices to include iPhones, in addition to iPads.
Microsoft keeps Skype content safe from police data slurping - for now
Microsoft has not yet handed over the content of any Skype conversations to regular law enforcement requests in the last six months, Redmond has revealed.
Valve aiming to take the joy(sticks) out of gaming with Steam Controller
Gaming house Valve has completed its trio of announcements for the week with news of a planned wireless game controller that replaces the traditional thumb-controlled mini joysticks with two force-feedback touchpads and a programmable screen.
Hey, out-of-work BlackBerry bods: How about a job at Motorola?
Those 4,500 BlackBerry employees that CEO Thorsten Heins has promised to send packing may not be out of work for long – if Google has anything to say about it.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 region-locking saga CLEAR AS MUD
On Thursday, we reported that UK mobile-tech shop Clove had noted on its order page for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 that that device would work only with SIM cards issued in the region in which it was purchased. On Friday, it seems that the real situation might be different.