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The first Doctor Who, William Hartnell

TWELFTH-CENTURY TARDIS turns up in Ethiopia

More than 100 episodes of Dr Who, featuring William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton, have been unearthed from archives in Ethiopia.
Team Nuon Day One

Dutch oven overcooked in World Solar Challenge

After a stellar start to the World Solar Challenge, the fancied Nuon team from Delft has had to cop a ten minute penalty for breaking speed limits, while Japan's Tokai University entrant has been given a more serious 30 minute penalty.
Going through the airport perv scanner

Police constable 1337 stunned by Lego lookalike

It's not every day that the Venn diagram covering law enforcement, tiny figurines and internet jargon crosses over, but today is such a day.
Team Register, 07 Oct 2013

Hollywood: How do we secure high-def 4K content? Easy. Just BRAND the pirates

Movielabs, the R&D business for Hollywood studios, has just issued a new specification for securing 4K high-def streaming video content, and one of the things that it’s going to demand is forensic watermarking.
Faultline, 07 Oct 2013
Neverfail Architect dependency graph

Failover a dependency rich infrastructure and you bork the lot, right? Not any more

Business continuity bods Neverfail have looked through a keyhole and found themselves a whole new universe. Its Heartbeat business continuity product needs a bit of infrastructure understanding to set up, but there's no tool available to give you that understanding. Until now, thanks to Neverfail's IT Continuity Architect.
Chris Mellor, 07 Oct 2013

Stallman's GNU at 30: The hippie OS that foresaw the rise of Apple - and is now trying to take it on

Analysis GNU fans have celebrated their software movement's thirtieth birthday - a movement that started as rebellious bits and bytes of tools, and is now a worldwide phenomenon.
Gavin Clarke, 07 Oct 2013

Web Daddy Berners-Lee DRMs HTML5 into 2016

Digital Rights Management isn’t just coming to HTML5 but also HTML 5.1 in 2016 – despite objections from critics.
Gavin Clarke, 07 Oct 2013
Tech Data

Tech Data: Computer 2000 brand taken out back and shot...today

The Computer 2000 brand is to be retired from today as the UK arm of Tech Data adopts its parent's name tag.
Paul Kunert, 07 Oct 2013
John Newton

Alfresco's IPO is bad news for tech stock junkies

Analysis UK open-source software biz Alfresco took a big decision in January when it named its first new chief executive in eight years, replacing the British John Powell with the American Doug Dennerline.
Gavin Clarke, 07 Oct 2013

Microsoft's Azure will bring tiers to your eyes

For those of us who have been in IT for a while the term hierarchical storage management (HSM) has become more than a little old fashioned.
Aaron Milne, 07 Oct 2013
High Fidelity Pure Audio

Universal's High Fidelity Pure Audio trickles onto Blighty’s Blu-Ray hi-fis

Universal Music Group’s bid to get us all buying discs again kicks off this month with the release of the first batch of High Fidelity Pure Audio albums – 27 in all.
Tony Smith, 07 Oct 2013
Gone fishing

Cisco tosses cash, APIs at software-pushers: Here, make our customers 'appy

Canalys Channels Forum Independent software vendors are being hotly pursued by Cisco, with the networking giant making hundreds of APIs available so developers can build applications that solve specific problems for customers.
Paul Kunert, 07 Oct 2013
UK internet use minute by minute

Brits spend one in every 12 waking minutes online, say beancounters

Britons spend one in every 12 waking minutes on the internet, causing advertisers to splurge great wads of cash on online marketing, according to an internet advertisers' trade body.

Apple iMac 27-inch 2013: An extra hundred quid for what exactly?

Review The original iMac, launched back in 1998, was a breakthrough product that rescued Apple from being sucked into the sort of death spiral that Blackberry is currently speeding down. But now, in 2013, the latest version of the all-in-one desktop computer appears to barely merit a press release from the Apple mothership.
Stephen Dean, 07 Oct 2013

IP rights are for the PRIVILEGED FEW – media studies bods

Comment When it comes to creators' rights, the dividing line between activist zealots and impartial academics on creators and IP seems to have melted away long ago. A case in point: two of El Reg's favourite Media Studies lecturers, the LSE's Bart Cammaerts and Binchung Meng – who first featured here in 2011 – are back (along with one Robin Mansell) with the same political message against creators' property rights – or, as Meng might have it "peer productions" caught "in the web of the commercial market".
Andrew Orlowski, 07 Oct 2013

Investor lobs sueball at BlackBerry, says it 'misled' shareholders

A BlackBerry shareholder has filed a lawsuit accusing the company and its chief exec and CFO of inflating its share price with unrealistic promises about BB10, leading to thousands of investors getting burnt.
Bill Ray, 07 Oct 2013

Tech specs wreck: Details of Google's Nexus 5 smartphone LEAKED over interwebs

A leaked manual for Google's next flagship phone, the Nexus 5, shows a filled-out screen, a faster CPU, more memory and full 4G support, but no shocks, in the ongoing evolution of Android.
Bill Ray, 07 Oct 2013
M-Block self-assembly robot

New Terminator-style 'bots can self-assemble, leap, climb and SWARM

Rise of The Machines Roboticists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have devised a range of self-assembling cube robots, which have no external moving parts.
Entry-level FlexPod

FlexPod upsets VCE in converged storage block-building test - analysts

There are reasons why Cisco's top bod John Chambers gets all the pay he does. One of them is that he has the two top stand-alone storage companies fighting each other to sell more of his UCS servers.
Chris Mellor, 07 Oct 2013
management consumerisation

Vohkus hauls in former Kelway officer as COO

Kelway's former chief bean counter Craig Compton has bagged a seat on the board and keys to the COO's office at south coast-based reseller Vohkus.
Paul Kunert, 07 Oct 2013
Larry Ellison

IPO-leery Avaya was hot to flog self to Oracle, but talks 'fizzled' – report

Avaya's owners tried to sell the networking and telecoms provider to Oracle rather than take it public, according to reports.
Gavin Clarke, 07 Oct 2013
The AMD SeaMicro SM15000 server-storage cluster

AMD's SeaMicro: 'We're the mystery vendor behind Verizon's cloud'

Verizon's ambitious new cloud services sit on an undisclosed number of 512-core SeaMicro appliances from AMD, casting doubt on the conventional belief that clouds can only be made of pizzabox servers provided by low-cost suppliers.
Jack Clark, 07 Oct 2013

Three BILLION people now potential nodes for the transfer of cat videos

By the end of this year 40 per cent of the world will be on the internet, with 30 per cent of today's youth never knowing a world without IP.
Bill Ray, 07 Oct 2013

Spectra unveils TOP SECRET tape-based object store Black Pearl

Spectra Logic is introducing a tape-based object store which uses its Deep Simple Storage Services interface and its mysterious Black Pearl appliance.
Chris Mellor, 07 Oct 2013
Jeff Bezos with a Kindle Fire

Bad for Bezos: Amazon's German workers threaten pre-Christmas strike

Mega etailer Amazon may run into problems over Christmas in Germany, as services union Verdi threatens to strike when it will hurt the company most.
management management4

Acer names Marco Andresen as UK boss... yes, you read that right

Hardware giant Acer is keeping the UK MD's role in the family with Marco Grieco Wang Andresen, currently chief of the operation in Sweden, set to place, er, one cheek in the hot seat from next month.
Paul Kunert, 07 Oct 2013

Apple's new iPhones dope-slap Samsung in US

More data has surfaced that indicates Apple's new smartphones are humbling Samsung's Galaxy S 4 in the US.
Rik Myslewski, 07 Oct 2013

Percona channels Robin Hood, pilfers Oracle MySQL 5.6 tech

MySQL fork Percona Server has trundled into its 5.6 version, lifting many of the paid-for features found in Oracle MySQL 5.6 Enterprise Edition and making them available for free.
Jack Clark, 07 Oct 2013
Nuon Day Two

Nuon, Tokai maintain six-race rivalry

Day Two of the World Solar Challenge has ended with only a handful of the vehicles reaching the checkpoint at Ti Tree, north of Alice Springs.