30th > September > 2013 Archive
Metasploit creator seeks crowd's help for vuln scanning
Security outfit Rapid7 has decided that there's just too much security vulnerability information out there for any one group to handle, so its solution is to try and crowd-source the effort.
VMware vSAN test pilots: Don't panic but there's a chance of DATA LOSS
VMware's vSAN isn't just giving storage appliance vendors a lot to worry about: it's also giving users plenty to consider because it erases data under some circumstances.
NSA in new SHOCK 'can see public data' SCANDAL!
In the latest round of increasingly-hyperbolic leaks about what spy agencies are doing with data, reports are emerging that the NSA has been graphing connections between American individuals. Moreover, it's using stuff that people publish on their social media timelines to help the case along.
'Outback Rover' could help calibrate satellite sensors
Earth sensing satellites have driven revolutions in farming, mineral exploration and vegetation management, but just like a camera on the ground, they need calibration.
NSA: Yes, some of our spooks DID snoop on overseas lovers
NSA spooks used top secret surveillance techniques to snoop on their partners and check out prospective lovers, according to an official admission made to a US senator.
SpaceX Falcon boosts to glory from Vandenberg space force base
Internet zillionaire Elon Musk has carried out a successful test of his Falcon rocket, launching from the US military space-plex at California's Vandenberg airforce base even as the delayed Cygnus capsule from rival private-space contender Orbital Sciences overcame a software glitch to successfully dock with the International Space Station (ISS).
Windows 8 fans out-enthuse Apple fanbois
Fanbois and Fandroids often attract derision for their slavish devotion to their preferred kit, but may just have been put in the shade by dedicated followers of … Windows 8.
Hong Kong's data centres stay high and dry amid Typhoon Usagi
FeatureWhen Typhoon Usagi rattled into Hong Kong last week, complete with winds over gale force 8, the city state’s data-centre managers had nothing to fear. Typhoons are a regular part of Hong Kong life and local bit barns are designed appropriately, El Reg was told.
Actifio and the curious affair of the AIX copy reduction tech
Actifio seems to having a few problems getting its virtualised file copy reduction technology working with AIX, support for which came with its v6.0 software release.
Nokia demonstrates: White Space ploy can get more 4G handsets into same spectrum
Nokia has successfully demonstrated a 4G LTE network which can hop aside when someone else wants the frequency, opening up the possibilities for dynamically-shared radio spectrum.
Explosion predicted in Myanmar's mobe and slab markets - analysts
Market watchers are predicting an explosion in the handheld device market in Myanmar, driven by rapid infrastructure building, government reforms and the new mobile operator licensees Telenor and Ooredoo.
DEAD STEVE JOBS kills Apple bounce patent from BEYOND THE GRAVE
VidThe late Apple baron Steve Jobs has critically wounded one of his company's key "bounce to update" related patents in Europe.
WHY didn't Microsoft buy RIM? Us business blokes would have queued for THAT phone
Sysadmin blogIn the wake of Microsoft announcing that it's acquiring Nokia, and BlackBerry announcing that it's buying itself out of the public market with Fairfax’s help, I can’t help but come to a single conclusion: Microsoft has missed what could possibly have been the single greatest acquisition in its company’s history.
Sharp whispers its vital statistics: 15.6in 3840 × 2160 IGZO screen for next MacLap Pro?
Will the next MacBook Pro refresh sport a 4K display, one 4,000-ish pixels wide? If Apple wants to ensure that its flagship laptop does indeed feature such a massive resolution screen, Sharp has just the LCD it needs.
Our magnificent Vulture 2 spaceplane: Intimate snaps
The Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team is gearing up to get our magnificent Vulture 2 spaceplane airborne, and while we fiddle with servos and autopilots, we thought you might enjoy a few intimate snaps of the world's first 3D-printed, rocket-powered aircraft.
Fondling slabs during takeoff WON'T end in a fireball of death - report
The Federal Aviation Administration's advisory committee reckons it's safe for air passengers to read ebooks and use tablets during takeoff and landing – as long as the built-in radios remain switched off.
Hundreds of hackers sought for new £500m UK cyber-bomber strike force
The UK's Ministry of Defence wants to recruit an army of computer experts to serve as "cyber reservists" to defend national security.
Clear this week's diary - Twitter just might flash its secret $15bn IPO in public
Twitter hopes to reveal to the world its secret initial public offering (IPO) filing this week, according to sources whispering in the ear of news website Quartz.
OUCH: Google preps ad goo injection for Android mobile Gmail app
The world's biggest advertising company is preparing to push adverts into its Android mobile Gmail client, no doubt to the surprise and alarm of fandroids who thought their private data was recompense enough.
Would you hire a hacker to run your security? 'Yes' say Brit IT bosses
More than two in three IT professionals would consider ex-hackers for security roles, providing they have the right skills to do the job, a survey has found.
ATOM SMASHER ON A CHIP technology demonstrated
Stanford uni scientists have created a particle accelerator on a chip smaller than a grain of rice (albeit one that won't actually accelerate particles).
Wireless-charging power struggle latest: Qualcomm invades rival to kill upstart
Despite founding a wireless charging standards body - the Alliance for Wireless Power - chip-designer Qualcomm has joined the board of competing body the Wireless Power Consortium in the hope of trouncing a third rival, the Power Matters Alliance.
Watch BLUBBERING BILLION-DOLLAR BALLMER: Microsoft goodbye love-gush leaks
VideoFootage of a teary and emotional Steve Ballmer professing his love for Microsoft at a farewell bash has hit the web.
HP gazes at own navel in UK boss search: We name tipped contenders
Folk inside HP are placing bets on which exec will fill the boots soon to be vacated by UK boss Nick Wilson. Long-standing loyalists Andy Isherwood and Martin Hess are said to be the main contenders.
First Twitter, now Candy Crush King. So who ISN'T 'filing a secret IPO'?
King.com, the Brit mobile gaming firm behind the smash-hit amusement Candy Crush Saga, has reportedly filed for an initial public offering (IPO) in the US.
Microsoft to kill Select Agreement rebates, rain cash on cloud deals
From tomorrow, Microsoft will put a bullet in Select Agreement rebates handed to UK business partners as part of a wider shake-up of the overall fees structure.
ZERO-G DINOSAUR made from bits and bobs by space station flight engineer
An astronaut and expert robotics engineer serving aboard the International Space Station has built a dinosaur from odds and ends salvaged from around the orbiting outpost.
How to break out of the storage hardware zoo
With enterprise storage now costing significantly more to run than it does to buy according to many estimates, the need to cut those operational costs – or at least to slow their rise – is paramount.
Google: Thanks for the billions in revenue, UK. Here are your taxes, that's ... £11m
Google paid Britain £11.2m in corporation tax in 2012, the company confirmed today.
APPLE is the new COCA-COLA: Bubble-beverage globocorp beaten by Foxconn rebrander
Apple and Google have overtaken Coca-Cola to be named the number one and two brands in the world, respectively, according to a bunch of consultants.
BlackBerry ripped itself apart wooing CIOs AND iPhone fanbois - insiders
Rows over whether BlackBerry was at its best as a hardware or software company led to years of paralysis, and the departure of its twin CEOs, insiders now claim.
Facebook sharpens ad-shifting tool: Soon users will eat creepily SPECIFIC ad-gloop
Facebook is refining its algorithm to better serve up tailored advertising to its userbase in yet another move to satisfy its actual customers: advertisers.
Hyperscaling gives you power when you need it
Hyperscale computing, or simply hyperscaling, is a concept that has begun to be talked about relatively recently.
Microsoft follows Amazon in gaining critical US gov certification
Microsoft has gained a US federal government certification that makes it easier for agencies to buy cloud services from Redmond.
Sceptical markets snub Violin Memory: Can the flashy biz bounce back?
CommentViolin's IPO was a right debacle: investors judged the stock was worth a fifth less than the valuation of the bankers backing the public offering. What are they seeing that the bankers didn't?
Windows Phone market share hits double digits in UK and France
Microsoft has been gobbling up market share in Europe, with nearly one in eight phones in the UK now running Windows Phone and one in ten in France.
Apple, AT&T settle 'bait and switch' iPad 3G data plan lawsuit
Apple and AT&T have agreed to a proposed settlement of a class-action lawsuit that may drop forty bucks into your pocket should you have purchased a 3G-enabled iPad before June 7, 2010.
Sweet murmuring Siri opens stalker vulnerability hole in iOS 7
It has not been a good week for Apple on the security front, and there's no relief in sight after an Israeli researcher found a way to access a locked iPhone's contacts and messages database using Siri.
GreenBytes' chairman and CEO resigns
GreenBytes, the deduping VDI software supplier that runs on flash hardware, has abruptly lost its Chairman and CEO, Steve O'Donnell.
Distributed systems boffins flock to RICON West
Database denizens, infrastructure priests, and cloud herders are all preparing to descend on San Francisco for the RICON West distributed systems conference.
NSA's Project Marina stores EVERYONE'S metadata for A YEAR
New details from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden have shown the existence of Project Marina, a metadata collection system that collects details on the activity of almost all internet users, regardless of whether they are legitimate subjects for enquiry or not.