24th > October > 2013 Archive


Rackspace hurries out 'Solum', a half-formed platform cloud project

Second-tier cloud operator Rackspace has launched yet another OpenStack project, this time seeking to tear up the nascent platform-as-a-service market.
Jack Clark, 24 Oct 2013

Mozilla CTO blasts WC3 plans to bless anti-piracy DRM tech in HTML5

The co-founder and CTO of Mozilla Brendan Eich has issued a strongly worded statement decrying moves by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) to allow digital rights management plugins to be included in the specifications for HTML5 and future code iterations.
Iain Thomson, 24 Oct 2013
David 'Dadi' Perlmutter

Intel processor chip supremo Perlmutter to quit in February 2014

Intel has announced that David "Dadi" Perlmutter, the executive VP of the Intel Architecture Group, will be leaving the company on February 20, 2014.
Neil McAllister, 24 Oct 2013
Huawei campus Shenzhen crowd

Huawei coming in from the cold in Oz?

A couple of years into its charm offensive, a change of government seems to be thawing the chill that left Chinese vendor Huawei out in the cold in Australia.
Sony Bravia KDL-40V3000 with fire on the screen

Oz Army red-faced after ready ... aim ... FIRE burns suburbs

Australia's Army is combining tight lips with a red face, after it emerged that one of the large-scale bushfires that's hammering the surrounds of Sydney was sparked by live artillery fire.
Jupiterlike low mass exoplanet GJ 504b

HAD IT with Planet Earth? There are 12 alien worlds left to try out

Space boffins have now identified more than 1,000 planets orbiting distant stars – with 12 of them potentially suitable for human life.
Jasper Hamill, 24 Oct 2013

India tops APAC ransomware table with £2.5 BEELLION losses

India has the dubious honour of being named as the ransomware capital of Asia Pacific, with online crime costing the country an estimate $4bn (£2.5bn) in 2012, according to Symantec.
Phil Muncaster, 24 Oct 2013
Supercap power density

Boffins hide supercapacitors on silicon chips

Scientists at Vanderbilt University have created a silicon-based supercapacitor they say could scale all the way from grid-level storage down to consumer electronics.

Beyond the Great Firewall: China's global censorship campaign

China’s fearsome censorship apparatus is increasingly expanding beyond the confines of the Great Firewall to influence media outside its borders, often by online attack, according to a new report from a US Congress-funded think tank.
Phil Muncaster, 24 Oct 2013
Derisive laugh

BT's mobe interference claim laughed off air by ad watchdog

BT misled consumers with a TV ad that wrongly claimed that mobile phones and radios caused interference with wireless networks, the Advertising Standards Authority has ruled.
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Oct 2013
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Anonymous and pals gather in support of girl at centre of rape case

The hacking group Anonymous led a real world protest last night in support of a young woman at the centre of a rape case that was re-opened just three days ago after the online activists ran a campaign publicising its dismissal.
Jasper Hamill, 24 Oct 2013

Vulture 2 paintjob: Kim Jong-un battles flag-waving Brits

It's hats off to all those Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) fans who took time to present proposed liveries for our Vulture 2 spaceplane.
Lester Haines, 24 Oct 2013

Locked into fixed-term mobile contract with variable prices? Not on our watch – Ofcom

Mobile operators who try to increase the price of a mobile phone contract during its term must now allow locked-in customers to escape, says Ofcom.
Bill Ray, 24 Oct 2013
Enterprise 64

Phantom Flan flinger: The story of the Elan Enterprise 128

Archaeologic Despite its name, Intelligent Software also had a nice little sideline designing hardware. Founded in 1981 by international chess champion David Levy and chess writer Kevin O’Connell, the company was best known for its chess programs, in particular Cyrus and SciSys Chess Champion.
Tony Smith, 24 Oct 2013
Microsoft Surface bomb

Surface 2 and iPad Air: Prepare to meet YOUR DOOM under a 'Landfill Android' AVALANCHE

Analysis Within just 24 hours, both Microsoft and Apple have refreshed their tablet lineups for Christmas.
Gavin Clarke, 24 Oct 2013

Oz racehorse shod with 3D-printed titanium hoofwear

Oz boffins have used 3D printing to produce a custom-made set of titanium shoes for a Melbourne racehorse - an example of the "endless possibilities" of the technology.
Lester Haines, 24 Oct 2013
Casio retro watch

Smartwatch deathmatch: Rivals battle for total ARM DOMINATION

Canalys Channels Forum Consumers face a battle for their wrists as mobile vendors and consumer electronics upstarts pile into the wearable tech market over the next few years.
Joe Fay, 24 Oct 2013

LinkedIn: Obviously biz people DON'T use MS Exchange servers. REALLY?

LinkedIn has publicly spurned Microsoft by creating a new email-contact-identification app on Apple's iPhone which doesn't integrate with Redmond's Exchange email software.
Team Register, 24 Oct 2013
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AT&T bags 363,000 new customers ... where did THEY come from?

AT&T has had a jolly three months, banking $3.8bn in profits and adding 363,000 new contracts. But it remains unclear from whence those new customers have arrived.
Bill Ray, 24 Oct 2013

Obama to Merkel: No Americans are listening to you on this call

Germany's relationship with the US turned decidedly frosty today after Angela Merkel's government said that the Chancellor's mobile phone may have been tapped by American spies.
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Oct 2013

Selling EMC kit? What you need to know about 2014 programme refresh

Canalys Channels Forum EMC is about to make big changes to its partner programmes, according to Bill Scannell, the company's president for global sales and customer operations.
Simon Sharwood, 24 Oct 2013

Call me maybe: Orange loses a segment as competition bites

Former French monopoly mobile operator Orange has reported that its earnings and revenue are both down, despite increased customer numbers, as price-cutting hits the bottom line.
Bill Ray, 24 Oct 2013

Scared yet, web devs? Google smears malware warnings over PHP.net

Google's Safe Browsing technology is blocking access to PHP.net as a precaution, after apparently detecting that some of its pages were booby-trapped with links to malicious software.
John Leyden, 24 Oct 2013

Profitless scrapbooking site Pinterest adds over $1bn to its book value

Kittens'n'cupcakes site Pinterest has won another $225m in funding that values the firm at an actually incredible $3.8bn.
Whiptail XLR8r appliance

Watch out EMC and vendor pals, Cisco's set to flog you with Whiptail

Blocks and Files El Reg's storage desk is hearing Cisco people saying their partnerships with storage vendors are stronger than ever, following the Whiptail acquisition. They say EMC and other storage array suppliers understand that Whiptail is a UCS-booster, not an array.
Chris Mellor, 24 Oct 2013
Steve Wozniak

Wozniak: Please, whatever you do, DON'T buy me an iPad Air

Apps World If you're wondering what Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak wants for Christmas, here's a clue: anything except one of the latest iPads.
Jasper Hamill, 24 Oct 2013
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Tracing the direction of data centre travel

Interview The data centre has been evolving constantly but for almost 15 years networking has not. But even networking will have to adapt to the times eventually, so The Register sat down with Brocade's Julian Starr to understand where we are and where we are going.
Trevor Pott, 24 Oct 2013

Samsung GROVELS ABJECTLY to Chinese state media

Samsung has apologised to China following an investigation by amusingly-named state telly channel CCTV, showing the South Korean firm's deference to the world's biggest market.
Bill Ray, 24 Oct 2013

They've taken my storage hostage ... now what?

Sysadmin blog There's an encrypting ransomware Trojan making the rounds called Cryptolocker.
Trevor Pott, 24 Oct 2013
Reg, the stuffed hooded vulture, with hat and scarf

The Reg undergoes a Twitter makeover: Come join the squawk

The Register has a new official home on Twitter: @theregister.
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Oct 2013

HP: Yes, we plan to axe another 7,100 European staffers

Exclusive HP has confirmed that more than 7,000 workers in Europe are headed for the chopping block, with sources telling us that a good whack of the cuts will be made in Enterprise Services.
Paul Kunert, 24 Oct 2013
Apple iPad 3 aka new iPad

Microsoft: You've got it all WRONG. It's Apple's iPad playing catch-up with our Surface

Microsoft's corporate mouthpiece and score-settler Frank Shaw has launched a war of words against the iPad, saying that compared to the Surface's pricing and productivity potential, Apple's slablet is "playing catch-up".
Paul Kunert, 24 Oct 2013
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Apple bats away WiLAN cellular data patents sueball

Intellectual property licensing company WiLAN has lost a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple, despite scoring settlements against companies like Dell and HP.

Apple's Hacker Princess really needs to stay away from Idaho cops

Apple has given a job to a "princess hacker" in a move that potentially opens the fruity firm up to police raids... that's if its new employee ever visits Idaho.
Jasper Hamill, 24 Oct 2013
Larry Ellison, photo by Oracle Corporate Communications

Oracle has swallowed BigMachines, but does Salesforce look queasy?

Oracle has scooped up a hosted CRM specialist and one-time Salesforce.com investment.
Gavin Clarke, 24 Oct 2013
HP TouchPad

Wanna buy some patents? HP might sell a few soon - reports

HP is looking to try and shore up the company's financial position by flogging off some of its mobile patents, sources whispered to Bloomberg.

Programmers! How to spot a coder's comment

Readers' corner In our latest raid on El Reg Forums, we turn to 'Parax' (a developer, we guess), who writes:
Drew Cullen, 24 Oct 2013

Finally! How to make Android USABLE: Install BlackBerry OS 10.2

The biggest update to BlackBerry OS 10 so far – version 10.2 – includes more than 300 changes, from new features to fixes for many niggles.
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Oct 2013
Evil Android

Google burns promise of 'no big banner ads'. Don't Be Evil next?

Google is toying with the idea of allowing big banner ads to run at the top of its search results pages - in a move that apparently breaks an eight-year-old promise.
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Oct 2013

Capita splashes £57.5m on Eye-of-Sauron car-park watchdog biz

Crapita Capita has snapped up a reputation-boosting biz: the integrator will splash £57.5m on ParkingEye, which sells technology to monitor car parks to ensure nobody gets a freebie or goes dogging.
Paul Kunert, 24 Oct 2013
European Union Flag

Euro Parliament votes to end data sharing with US – the NSA swiped the bytes anyway

The European Parliament has voted to halt the Terrorist Finance Tracking Program (TFTP), an agreement to share data on financial transactions in the Continent with the US – after documents leaked by Edward Snowden showed the NSA was hacking the system anyway.
Iain Thomson, 24 Oct 2013

Carl Icahn broadcasts his $150bn Apple shakedown effort to world+dog

Activist investor Carl Icahn has reiterated his recommendation to Apple CEO Tim Cook that Cupertino blow $150bn to buy back company stock, and this time he has shared his reasoning with world+dog.
Rik Myslewski, 24 Oct 2013

Open-source hardware hacking effort 'smacked down' by USB overlords

The USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF), the organisation that oversees the USB standard, has apparently sent the director of a small British electronics firm away with a flea in his ear for daring to suggest how it could make the lives of open-source hardware developers easier and cheaper.
Tony Smith, 24 Oct 2013

Naughty Flash Player BURIED ALIVE in OS X Mavericks Safari sandbox

The Adobe Flash Player plugin runs in a locked-down sandbox under Safari on OS X 10.9 "Mavericks," making Apple the latest major web browser vendor to provide additional security when viewing Flash content on the web.
Neil McAllister, 24 Oct 2013

Intel: Our first five parallel-computing schools are open for business

Chip giant Intel has begun funding research into ways to make applications easier to write for parallel processing systems, and to teach those methods to future generations of computer engineers and scientists.
Tony Smith, 24 Oct 2013
Steve Jobs in a grade-school classroom

Coalition to keep Digital Technologies curriculum

Australia's new government will continue with the development of a new digital technologies curriculum, the nation's first formal effort to teach computer science from kindergarten to year ten in every primary and high school.
Simon Sharwood, 24 Oct 2013
Doctor Who

Doctor Who's 50th year special: North American theater tix on sale Friday

Audiences in the US and Canada will be able to watch the forthcoming Doctor Who 50th anniversary special in theaters on two separate dates in November, the BBC has said.
Neil McAllister, 24 Oct 2013
Suitcase bulging with cash

Samsung swallows $340k fine for renting trolls to TRASH-TALK HTC phones

Taiwan's Fair Trade Commission has fined Samsung 10m New Taiwan Dollars ($340,510) after the South Korean giant hired an army of commentards to diss the handsets of rival HTC and praise its own smartphones.
Iain Thomson, 24 Oct 2013
Bezos headshot

Amazon: Wow, look at this $17bn we made. Uh, oh wait, it's gone already

Amazon has had another great quarter raking in huge revenues and, as usual, has reported a net loss as Bezos & Co poured the cash back into the company's business divisions.
Jack Clark, 24 Oct 2013
iPad mini with Retina display

TWO THIRDS of Retina iPad mini shoppers will weep this holiday season

If someone on your holiday shopping list is a-hankerin' for Apple's just-released iPad mini with Retina display, you may want to get in line with the fanbois on the morning when the li'l fellas finally appear on store shelves sometime in November – there won't be many of them to go around.
Rik Myslewski, 24 Oct 2013
Twitter for Mac Old

Twitter IPO: We want $17 to $20 per share for all our - sorry, your - witterings

Twitter has told US financial watchdog the SEC that it hopes to offer its shares between $17 and $20 apiece, meaning it could bag $1.61bn if the much-anticipated initial public offering is a success.
Iain Thomson, 24 Oct 2013

Cost slashing and biz tweaking lift Avnet from its doldrums

If Avnet's CEO gave his troops a stern talking to following a disappointing fiscal 2013, then they will have breathed a sigh of relief after numbers for the opening three months of the new financial year were filed.
Paul Kunert, 24 Oct 2013
Suitcase bulging with cash

Amazon's cloud cash pile dwarfs Microsoft and Rackspace's best efforts

Amazon reported record revenues from the "other" category of its earnings on Thursday, showing strong growth in its cloud division and highlighting the stranglehold it has on the virtualized compute and storage market.
Jack Clark, 24 Oct 2013