6th > November > 2013 Archive
A-list celebs, biz barons' privates EXPOSED in limo hire hack – report
Personal information, financial records and salacious details about 850,000 celebrities, top executives and other customers were swiped by hackers from a limo-booking software company, it is claimed.
Oil execs, bankers: You'll need this 'bulletproof carbon-nanotube-built' BUSINESS SUIT
A Canadian tailoring house boasts it has developed a bulletproof business suit for risk-prone (or exceedingly unpopular) executives.
Child protection group's creep-catcher passes Turing Test
An international sting has trapped “international Webcam sex tourists” from 65 countries by using an avatar in place of a 10-year-old child to solicit viewers into asking for on-camera sex acts.
Build a hybrid cloud and save 50% ... eventually
OpenStack SummitOrganisations could cut their cloudy costs by as much as 50 per cent by bringing AWS apps back into a private cloud, but repatriation is a tricky task requiring more than just tinkering with APIs, according to outspoken Cloudscaling founder Randy Bias.
Anon hacktivists tear through Philippines govt in web graffiti rampage
Government websites were defaced in the Philippines by hackers who claim affiliation with Anonymous amid a protest against alleged corruption.
Mobe-makers' BLOATWARE is Android's Achilles heel
Android's Achilles Heel is not Google, but vendors who pack their devices chock-full of dodgy software.
Cyber dragnet: Five new HACKERS join FBI's 'most wanted' list
The US Federal Bureau of Investigation has added five new names to its "Cyber's Most Wanted" list, bringing the total number of fugitives urgently wanted in relation to computer and data-related crimes to 17.
Microsoft's so keen on touch some mice FAIL under Windows 8.1
Apple's not the only outfit experiencing upgrade blues: some who made the move to Windows 8.1 are reporting their mice aren't happy in the new version of the metro maze.
RIIIGHT. Sysadmins: Have you ever even MET an overly suave IT guy?
System administrators don't figure a lot in the public imagination, other than as exceptionally dull weirdos or Jurassic Park's villainous Dennis Nedry and his “you didn't say the magic word” mantra.
T-Mobile US brags of cash pile this quarter as biz gambles pay off
T-Mobile US credited a series of risky new business strategies in helping the company to turn in another quarter of solid revenues.
Google preps Chrome password-blab bug fix
A few months after the bug was discovered, Google's decided it should experiment with a fix for its Chrome password exposure bug feature.
We can't go on like this for much longer, boffins cry to data centre designers
The basic equations are easy: as data centres grow they need more computing power, better networking, more electricity and more cooling – a combination which University of California San Diego researchers predict will need whole racks to be shrunk to chip size.
None of your Bezos: Jeff's wife gives one star to journo's Amazon tome
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos' wife has stuck up for him on the site, claiming in a review that a book about the business and Jeff is a "lopsided and misleading portrait".
VMware reverses decision to kill off standalone ThinApp
VMware has reversed its decision to kill off ThinApp as a discrete product.
IBM looks to soften the SoftLayer migration blow
OpenStack Summit IBM expanded its footprint in the big data space with the launch of a new SmartCloud analytics tool this week, whilst urging customers on SmartCloud Enterprise to step up their migration efforts off the platform.
Australia hobbles self in tech tax chase
Australia's new government will not pursue an initiative its predecessor advanced as a way to crack down on technology companies' tax-minimisation schemes.
Microsoft CEO shortlist down to EIGHT ... appropriately enough, perhaps
Microsoft's search committee has reportedly drawn up a shortlist of eight candidates to replace Steve Ballmer.
Huawei was never interested in buying Blackberry
Huawei has acknowledged global geopolitical reality, telling a London conference it's not much interested in the growth-by-acquisition model that's so much a staple of Silicon Valley.
WTF is WRF? Student cluster-wrestlers cram for app SMACKDOWN
SCC 2013It’s crunch time for the students who will be competing at the SC13 Student Cluster Competition in Denver. The 11 university teams – plus one group of plucky high schoolers – are in cram mode now, trying to figure out how to wring every last bit of performance out of their gear.
Storage upstarts, you disappoint me. Are you building SHELFWARE?
StoragebodSitting on the exhibition floor at Powering the Cloud, you sometimes wonder how many of these companies will be still here next year: the sheer volume of flash startups is quite frightening – I can see five of them just from where I am sitting.
Ex-HP VP predicts PC arm sell-off and life as IBM's number 2
InterviewCanalys’s APAC channels conference in Bangkok last week was jam-packed with senior execs, from HP’s Meg Whitman to top dogs from EMC, Cisco and Microsoft and their counterparts in major distributors and resellers.
Thought you didn't need to show ID in the UK? Wrong
One of the first things Britain's home secretary Theresa May did on taking office was to abolish the previous government’s identity cards scheme. But while she made ID cards history, she is in the process of extending Britain’s range of identity document checks.
Your kids' chances of becoming programmers? ZERO
Part OneAlmost overnight in the early 1980s, hordes of British kids embraced programming, as did many adults, delivering the most IT-literate workforce in the world. It was a big reason why the nosediving economy of the '70s and '80s didn’t crash and burn. Well, that or Thatcherism, you choose.
Apple patents technology to STALK YOU in your own HOME
Apple has been granted a patent for technology which will detect movement around the user's home and automatically change the settings of light switches or other household devices accordingly.
Google's Nexus 5: Best smartphone bang for your buck. There, we said it
ReviewGoogle's successor to the Nexus 4 is out and it's the first handset to carry the Android 4.4 operating system, aka KitKat. If you want to get hold of one you'll have to wait however – the Google Play store has sold out for the next few weeks, and even if you did order one at launch it may not be shipped out until November 8. So is it worth the wait?
It's the Shiz: Mutant RAT spotted gnawing at SAP apps
Cyber-crooks are making the first steps towards using advanced malware to target mission-critical corporate ERP applications, such as SAP.
Space-saving ideas for improving storage performance
Once upon a time pretty much the only thing a storage manager had to worry about was running out of capacity.
Anonymous hacktivists' Million Mask March protest hits London
London cops made 11 arrests last night as thousands of supporters of the hacktivist group Anonymous led protests outside Buckingham Palace.
Crowdfunded audit of 'NSA-proof' encryption suite TrueCrypt is GO
A fundraising effort to pay for an independent, professional security audit of TrueCrypt, the popular disk encryption utility, has raised enough money to pay for an arguably long overdue audit of the security software.
McDonalds ponders in-store 3D printing for Happy Meal toys
McDonalds is considering whether 3D printers could be used in its stores to produce the pocket-sized toys which are a key part of their Happy Meals.
Samsung: Get ready to BEND OVER – foldable fondleslabs 'by 2016'...
Samsung has stuck a timeline on its introduction of foldable screens on phones and tablets at its Analyst Day in Korea today, aiming to bring the tech out in late 2015 or early 2016.
Virgin Media suffers growing pains as Cable Cowboy daddy settles in
Virgin Media reported flat sales and an operating loss to the City this morning as the telco adjusts to living under the roof of cable giant Liberty Global.
EMC lobs sueball at Pure, tells court: Look what they told EL REG
Just days before it launches its XtremIO flash array, EMC is suing flash array startup Pure Storage for allegedly improperly recruiting EMC staff, and also accuses it of encouraging ex-EMCers to use its confidential data – and it has cited The Register in its complaint.
Vulture 2 spaceplane STRIPPED to the bone
The Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team is preparing the Vulture 2 aircraft for its eye-catching paintjob, and while we rattle tins of primer and fiddle with wet-and-dry, we thought you might enjoy some intimate bare-bones views of our magnificent spaceplane.
Cisco partners with Wilocity on hyper fast 5-gigabit Wi-Fi tech
Networking giant Cisco and 60GHz 802.11ad Wi-Fi pioneer Wilocity have announced a partnership to collaborate on "new network topologies and a new class of wireless solutions" based on Wilocity's 5Gb/sec wireless technology.
It's the Inter-THREAT of THINGS: Lightbulb ARMY could turn on HUMANITY
Fujitsu ForumFujitsu’s CTO has sketched a nightmare vision of lightbulbs turning on their human masters in massive denial of service attacks if industry doesn’t get a grip on the security of the “internet of things”.
More Azzurri execs run for the hills, turnover keeps sliding
The exit of two more senior figures at Azzurri Comms has spooked the company's sales floor amid falling fiscal '13 turnover and customers expressing concerns about handing projects to the firm.
Twitter, Facebook and pals keep BEELLIONS from treasury with exec pay tax break – report
Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and other tech firms will shelter billions of dollars in profits from taxation with the executive stock options they have planned for the next few years.
Microsoft CEO shortlist claim: It's just Elop, Bates, Mulally, Nadella and...
CommentThe shortlist for Microsoft’s next chief executive is apparently a bit shorter.
EYE-GASMIC: Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch with Retina Display
ReviewIt’s true, as Rik Myslewski pointed out recently, that the two new MacBook Pro with Retina Display models aren’t drastically different from their predecessors. However, the eye-gasmic, 2880 x 1800 hi-res screen of the original 15-inch model helped it to win El Reg’s Laptop of the Year for 2012, so you could argue that it ain’t broke and it don’t need fixing.
Prem Watsa takes control of BlackBerry as tech vultures circle firm
AnalysisIt could only happen at BlackBerry. A white knight rides to the company’s rescue, only for the horse to drop dead underneath him.
Planet hopper: The Earthly destinations of Doctor Who
Doctor Who @ 50The Doctor has often stated that the Earth is quite his favourite planet, and it’s by far his most frequent destination. Yet judging by his televised adventures, he has seen surprisingly little of it.
SCIENCE and RELIGION AGREE! LIFE and Man ARE from CLAY
Topflight boffins say they have discovered that life - or anyway the necessary complex precursor chemicals without which life cannot appear - probably originated in ancient "clay hydrogels".
Storage upstart Coho Data decloaks from stealth, slurps $25m
Ex-stealthy startup Coho Data, developer of a “flash-tuned scale-out storage architecture designed for the private cloud that delivers unparalleled performance at public cloud capacity pricing,” has collared $25m in B-round funding.
Will small biz get a bite of mega UK.gov IT pie? Yes: if it can pass the bulls**t sniff test
AnalysisDoes the UK government have a chance of being able to push 25 per cent of IT spend onto SMEs as it has promised?
Acer suffers terrible let-down after unexpected withdrawal of Wang
Shares of Acer fell by their daily limit in Taiwan after the company announced that chief exec JT Wang was abandoning ship and it was going to cut seven per cent of its staff to try to save some money.
Google's secret search offer to EU antitrust chief LEAKED by rivals
Google may have struck a deal with Brussels' competition chief to keep details of the ad giant's revised package of concessions over its search biz secret, but - perhaps inevitably - a copy of the offer has been leaked to The Register and other publications.
Supercomputer-maker Cray offers cold storage to hungry Big Data boys
Supercomputer supplier Cray is offering archival storage for cold data with automated movement across four storage tiers.
Hey, Presto! Facebook spills petabyte-munching SQL brain sauce online
Facebook has come through on its promise to publish its Hive-beating "Presto" analysis software as open source.
I survived Spiceworld 2013, heat and all: Here's how I did it
Sysadmin blogMy second Spiceworld has wrapped up. I've safely returned home to Edmonton, trading the smothering humidity and overwhelming heat for a far more civilized 15cm of snow. This year's Spiceworld has some differences from the last; the biggest change being that it has moved into the Austin convention center. In many other ways Spiceworld remains Spiceworld, wild and whacky as ever.
The future of storage is a horror show - just ignore the biz strategists
Blocks and FilesStorage was actually simple, before disk-to-disk backup came along and started spoiling the party. Now we need a storage magician to take the horror out of the storage horror show.
Cisco gobbles Insieme, belches software-defined network clouds
Cisco has unveiled the secret weapon it'll use to assault the software-defined networking world – a new blob of technology from startup Insieme to converge network hardware and virtualized applications.
Fujitsu fattens its all-in-one data protection box by 300 per cent
Like the three musketeers and their “one for all, all for one” motto, Fujitsu has its “all for one, one for all” CS8000 data protection appliance for mainframes and servers. It's just been strengthened with a 300 per cent capacity increase to 15PB online and a 50 per cent throughput increase.
FACE IT: attempts to get Oz kids into IT jobs are FAILING
National ICT Australia (NICTA) this week announced that GroupX, a Queensland-derived effort to get more kids into information and communications technology careers in Australia, will go national and run for four years.
Make him a wiki he can't refuse: MafiaLeaks takes on the Godfathers
An anonymous group of brave – some might say suicidal – Italians has set up MafiaLeaks, an information-gathering website modeled on its wiki namesake that invites tipsters to report members of the Cosa Nostra.
Google's MYSTERY barges floating off US shores: The TRUTH
Google has shed more light on just what it plans to do with a pair of floating barges off either coast of the US.
Pebble smartwatch app guys! Put your mind at WRIST: New SDK + iOS 7 alerts
Pebble smartwatches gained new capabilities on Wednesday, thanks to a second version of the Pebble software development kit (SDK) and a new iOS app that handles improved iOS 7 notifications.
Inside Intel's secret super-chips: If you've got the millions, it's got the magic
AnalysisThis year, Intel announced a strategic change in its philosophy: if you show it a mountain of cash, it will ship you chips with customized processor instructions or altered clock speeds.
Another DEVASTATING Chelyabinsk METEOR STRIKE: '7x as likely' as thought
NASA has revealed fresh research on the Chelyabinsk meteorite that exploded over Russia in February, and the findings aren't good: not only does it look like the astronomic models about the number of similar-sized things reaching Earth are wrong, but also the damage they can do is much greater than expected.
Cisco rolls dice with 'CONTROL EVERYTHING' softy networking launch
AnalysisCisco has revealed its response to the piranha-like software-defined networking technology that threatens to devour its margins and reduce the worth of its proprietary hardware.
Microsoft Australia calls fibre-to-the-premises 'best outcome' for NBN
Microsoft's Australian managing director Pip Marlow has reportedly told an event staged by the Committee for Economic Development of Australia that the nation's new government should not proceed with its policy of a fibre-to-the-node National Broadband Network (NBN).