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Off your bikie laws: Anonymous to Queensland Premier Newman

Queensland's police force is investigating the posting of an Anonymous-identified video to YouTube protesting the state's anti-bikie laws, and also the publication of premier Campbell Newman's private mobile number and home address online.
Team Register, 04 Nov 2013

Alca-Lu posts loss, share price rises

The combination of American growth, continuing staff cuts and an ongoing restructure last week delivered a narrowing quarterly loss for Alcatel-Lucent.
Julian Assange as Blofeld

Assange anounces candidacy for possible WA Senate by-election

The Wikileaks party, which suffered public division over its decision to direct preferences away from the Australian Greens' very tech-savvy Senator Scott Ludlam in the recent Australian federal election, has caught wind of yet another electoral branding opportunity.
Mars Attacks!

RED planet, INDIAN mission: Space probe prepares for voyage to Mars orbit

UPDATE: Our latest coverage on the Mangalyaan mission, which has now launched, is here.
Bittorrent logo detail

BitTorrent awarded distributed storage patent

BitTorrent has been awarded a patent for something called “Distributed storage of recoverable data”.
Simon Sharwood, 04 Nov 2013

Facebook fans fuel FAGGOT FURY firestorm

Britain's humble and frankly disgusting offal-based meatball – the faggot – led to one man being temporarily chucked off Facebook, after Americans became outraged by what they believed to be blatant gay-hating behaviour on the free content ad network.
Team Register, 04 Nov 2013

Linus Torvalds seeks REDEMPTION for every coded SIN

Linus Torvalds is going away this week. He's not saying where he's going, or why, but “the fact that I'll be traveling with very bad internet connection next week” was enough for the lord of Linux to push version 3.12 of the kernel out the door on Sunday.
Simon Sharwood, 04 Nov 2013
Simpana 10 Content Store

CommVault contemplates analytics play

CommVault's chief operating officer Al Bunte has said his company is considering tuning its flagship Simpana product to participate in analytics workflows.
Simon Sharwood, 04 Nov 2013

Cyber-terrorists? Pah! Superhero protesters were a bigger threat to London Olympics

RSA Europe 2013 Protests from groups such as Fathers4Justice were more of a worry to London 2012 Olympic Games organisers than computer hackers, according to the former chairman of London 2012, Lord Sebastian Coe.
John Leyden, 04 Nov 2013
Submarine HMS Ocelot's control room

Google Street View goes INSIDE a Royal Navy submarine

Retired British submarine HMS Ocelot has become the first submersible to be fully featured on Google's Street View.
Jasper Hamill, 04 Nov 2013

Verizon to Intel Media: Hey chip-fryer. Guess who can help you with OTT TV?

While many of us spend time talking about the technology alternatives that can or will be used to bring content to the masses over the internet, and especially to portable devices – companies like Intel, Verizon and all the US cable TV companies spend more time wondering about the business model that will go with that technology.
Faultline, 04 Nov 2013

Cray scoops Brit switch maker staff and assets from administrator

Cray, the supercomputer maker, has bought intellectual property assets from the collapsed UK switch maker Gnodal and is taking on "the vast majority of staff" to bulk up its European R&D team.
Drew Cullen, 04 Nov 2013

ICO on beefed-up EU privacy rules: Biz bods will need 'explicit consent' to slurp data

Businesses can help ease the transition towards complying with new EU data protection rules by taking a number of steps now, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has said.
OUT-LAW.COM, 04 Nov 2013
Kirk and Spock contemplate castles built in the air

If you're not paying, you're product: If you ARE paying, it's no better

Build your own cloud - 1 There's a saying that's gained some popularity online lately: "If you're not paying for something, you're not the customer; you're the product being sold."

Funds flung at 9-inch fan-built Raspberry Pi monitor

It's hats off today to Alex Eames of RasPi.TV and Dave Mellor from Cyntech, who've Kickstarted their way in spectacular style to an "affordable 9-inch high-def screen for the Raspberry Pi".
Lester Haines, 04 Nov 2013
Motorola G at GSM Arena

Is it TRUE what they say about the 'Moto G'? We FIND OUT on the 13th

Google-owned Motorola’s rumoured lower-cost alternative to the top-of-the-range Moto X looks set to arrive in time for Santa to drop it down a few of the world’s chimneys this year.
Tony Smith, 04 Nov 2013
Motorola Timeport, Nokia 3310, Ericsson T36 and Nokia 6310i

Another 5 years on Nokia's patent CHAIN GANG for Samsung

Nokia has announced that it has gotten Samsung to sign an extension on their patent licensing agreement for another five years, although neither of them is sure how much Sammy will be paying yet.

'Only NUCLEAR power can SAVE HUMANITY', say Global Warming high priests

Four of the best-known scientists espousing the belief that humanity's carbon emissions are an immediate and deadly threat have issued a statement begging their fellow greens to support nuclear power.
Lewis Page, 04 Nov 2013
Tim Cook

Tim Cook stands firmly behind pro-LGBT, anti-discrimination law

Tim Cook has demanded Congress pass a bill banning workplace discrimination against gay or transgender people.
Jasper Hamill, 04 Nov 2013
Photo of Microsoft Surface Windows 8 Pro, with Touch Cover

Last call for Microsoft TechDays Online

Promo So here is our final promo for Microsoft TechDays Online - which runs over three days this week from 6-8 November.
David Gordon, 04 Nov 2013

It's all in the fabric for the data centre network

IT infrastructure is worth exactly nothing if the network doesn't work. The network designs we have grown so comfortable with over the past 15 years or so are wholly inadequate if you are building a cloud or merely undergoing a refresh that will see more virtual machines packed into newer, more capable servers.
Trevor Pott, 04 Nov 2013
Ultrastar He6

HELIUM-FILLED disks lift off: You can't keep these 6TB BEASTS down

WD subsidiary HGST's first helium-filled drive goes on sale today: the 6TB Ultrastar He6, which is the highest capacity 3.5-inch drive available.
Chris Mellor, 04 Nov 2013
Screenshot from Doctor Who serial "The Green Death"

Digital deviants: The many MAD COMPUTERS of Doctor Who

Doctor Who @ 50 The Doctor has always made use of a range of remarkable technologies in his travels, including the Tardis, his Sonic Screwdriver and a whole host of homebrewed devices and contraptions. But there’s one area of technology that he seems to have trouble with, and that’s computers.
Neil McAllister, 04 Nov 2013
bug on keyboard

That time when an NSA bloke's son borked the ENTIRE INTERNET...

It's 25 years since the Morris Worm taught the world that computers were capable of contracting viruses.
John Leyden, 04 Nov 2013

LOHAN's mighty thruster poised for hot coupling

As the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team preps our Vulture 2 spaceplane for a quick paintjob, we're still mulling just how best to connect the aircraft's rocket motor heater to its external battery supply.
Lester Haines, 04 Nov 2013

Apple will FAIL in corporate land 'because IT managers hate iPads'

Apple's "very limited success" in penetrating the corporate enterprise market with the iPad reflects the lack of control IT managers feel they have over the device, as well as the dominance of Windows.
Paul Kunert, 04 Nov 2013

UK.gov BANS iPads from Cabinet over foreign eavesdropper fears

iPads and mobile devices have been banned from Cabinet meetings over concerns the mobile devices could be compromised by foreign governments trying to spy on top level government meetings, the Mail on Sunday reports.
John Leyden, 04 Nov 2013
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Startups? Silicon Valley? SHELDONVILLE? It's the dotcom bubble again!

There has probably never been a better time to launch a startup in Silicon Valley. In fact, it’s the dotcom boom era all over again.

Blighty promises £49m to get more British yoof into engineering careers

The British government plans to spend £49m on trying to encourage kids into engineering to make up the skills shortage in the industry.
2001 HAL poster

IT'S ALIVE! IT'S ALIVE! Google's secretive Omega tech just like LIVING thing

Exclusive One of Google's most advanced data center systems behaves more like a living thing than a tightly controlled provisioning system. This has huge implications for how large clusters of IT resources are going to be managed in the future.
Jack Clark, 04 Nov 2013
iPad Air

iPad 4 is so OVER: 5 times as many fanbois now using iPad Air - survey

App design and research firm Fiksu has claimed that five times more fanbois are using iPad Airs than the iPad 4 after their release late last week.
Jasper Hamill, 04 Nov 2013
Days of the Doctors

Staying power: The small screen spans of the eleven Doctor Whos

Doctor Who @ 50 Here we see the total running times of each Doctor’s regular episodes in which they were the lead – so not counting return appearances with a later Doctor; Patrick Troughton and Jon Pertwee in The Five Doctors, for instance.
Paul Smith, 04 Nov 2013
VMware's monster VM

Yellow-bellied journo dons black tie, sees flip side of VMWorld

Sysadmin blog As I write this, VMworld San Francisco 2013 is two months behind me. I went, I saw, I schmoozed, and I came away from the event unsettled.
Trevor Pott, 04 Nov 2013

Nuke-whisperers stuff terabytes of flash into heretical 'Catalyst' super

Three technological heavyweights have come together to spin-up a radically different supercomputer cluster designed to crunch "big data" workloads rather than the simulation and modeling jobs of typical HPC rigs.
Jack Clark, 04 Nov 2013
Dark Blue Window - detail of Windows Server logo

Want a Microsoft cloud subscription? You'll need to be 'committed'

Microsoft has updated its software licensing with a bundle to woo “highly committed” customers who build their clouds using Windows.
Gavin Clarke, 04 Nov 2013

Twitter jacks up IPO price range as the blabbergasm begins

Twitter upped its initial public offering price range to $23 - $25 on Sunday, an updated filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission shows.
Kelly Fiveash, 04 Nov 2013
BlackBerry bleeding

Happiness-challenged BlackBerry dumps CEO, gives up on sale

Thorsten Heins' brief reign at the top of BlackBerry (BB) all but ended today as the company formerly known as RIM dumped its chief exec and took down the "For Sale" sign outside its HQ.
Paul Kunert, 04 Nov 2013
Google's data centre in Hamina, Finland

Google lobs another €450m at cool Finnish data centre

Google has said that it's planning to spend an extra €450m ($607m, £380m) on its data centre in Finland over the next few years.
Steve Wozniak

Steve Wozniak: 'I wish to God that Apple and Google were partners'

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has called upon Samsung, Google and Apple to abandon their differences and start working together for the good of the tech world.
Jasper Hamill, 04 Nov 2013

The Schmidt hits the Man: NSA spying on Google servers? 'OUTRAGEOUS!'

Google's executive chairman Eric Schmidt has branded the NSA's alleged surveillance of web giants' data centers "outrageous".
Shaun Nichols, 04 Nov 2013

IBM menaces Twitter IPO with patent infringement BOMBSHELL

In the same SEC filing in which Twitter announced that it will boost its IPO share-price range to $23 to $25, up from $17 to $20, it also revealed a bit of news that may worry potential investors: a patent contretemps launched by IBM.
Rik Myslewski, 04 Nov 2013

Readers! Here's your chance to join the Celebrity Pro-Am Cluster Challenge

SCC'13 For the first time, HPC professionals will compete against the SC13 Student Cluster Competition (SCC) teams in a winner-take-all cluster showdown. The new event, dubbed the “Celebrity Pro-Am Cluster Challenge”, will begin right after the students turn in their last SCC results on Wednesday afternoon, November 20.
Swiss alps

Switzerland to set up 'Swiss cloud' free of NSA, GCHQ snooping (it hopes)

Swisscom, the Swiss telco that's majority owned by its government, will set up a "Swiss cloud" hosted entirely in the land of cuckoo clocks and fine chocolate – and try to make the service impervious to malware and uninvited spooks.
Iain Thomson, 04 Nov 2013
Amazon Kindle Fire

Amazon throws Kindle sale party after FAA aeroplane gadget fondle ruling

Amazon is offering a discount on its Kindle handhelds in what the web bazaar says is a celebration of relaxed FAA rules on using electronic gadgets on airplanes.
Shaun Nichols, 04 Nov 2013
Artist's impression of Kepler-10b. Pic: NASA

Galaxy is CRAMMED with EARTH-LIKE WORLDS – also ALIENS (probably)

Fresh data from the Kepler space telescope shows at least a fifth of stars surveyed have Earth-like planets in a "Goldilocks" orbit – a habitable sweet spot that's not too hot or too cold for liquid water – and that's just the stars we can see.
Iain Thomson, 04 Nov 2013

HP: Our NonStop servers will be rock solid – even when running on x86

HP has announced that it plans to port its fault-tolerant NonStop server technology to the x86 architecture, in a move that should both reduce price tags in the NonStop product line and help HP further distance itself from Intel's all-but-stagnant Itanium platform.
Neil McAllister, 04 Nov 2013
Steam engine

No, it's NOT Half-Life 3 – it's Valve's lean, mean STEAM MACHINE

Pics Video game maker Valve has let loose the first photographs of its prototype Steam Machine hardware, in addition to sharing a few more details about its plans for the upstart, PC-based console.
Neil McAllister, 04 Nov 2013

Apple scrambles to fix buggy Mavericks apps

Apple is readying a spate of updates to a number of apps that shipped with its latest version of OS X, Mavericks, which launched on October 22 at the low, low price of gratis.
Rik Myslewski, 04 Nov 2013

If it wasn't on Twitter, there's NO point talking to us: One in 10 Americans confess

According to a new study, of the 16 per cent of US adults who use Twitter, half get news from the microblogging site that's preparing for an IPO, expected this Thursday, that should set its value at up to $13.6 billion.
Rik Myslewski, 04 Nov 2013
Bon Jovi

Sysadmins! Microsoft now offers $100k for tales of your horrible infections

It may have been a latecomer to the practice of offering cash rewards for reporting code flaws, but Microsoft is making up for lost time with an expansion of its security bug bounty program.
Iain Thomson, 04 Nov 2013
John Chen

This month's BlackBerry CEO vows: I won't axe the smartphone-making biz

Newly appointed BlackBerry CEO John Chen has wasted no time letting the world know that he has big plans for the troubled Canadian firm – and shutting down its ailing smartphone division isn't one of them.
Neil McAllister, 04 Nov 2013