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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.
Shaun Nichols, 06 Nov 2013

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.
Shaun Nichols, 06 Nov 2013
Terres Des Hommes' child-like avatar

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 Summit Organisations 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.
Phil Muncaster, 06 Nov 2013

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.
John Leyden, 06 Nov 2013

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.
FBI badge and gun

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.
Neil McAllister, 06 Nov 2013
Remy from Ratatouille

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.
Simon Sharwood, 06 Nov 2013
An example of the 'Overly Suave IT Guy' meme

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.
Simon Sharwood, 06 Nov 2013
Gold iPhone 5s, in'it?

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.
Shaun Nichols, 06 Nov 2013
Google password bug fix screenshot

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.
Red Hat Shadowman logo

Red Hat plants flag in OpenStack for hybrid future

OpenStack Summit Red Hat made a major play for enterprise hearts and minds at the OpenStack Summit this week with a slew of announcements including an update to its cloud management platform, OpenForms, and the beta launch of the hybrid cloud-supporting RHEL OpenStack Platform 4.0.
Phil Muncaster, 06 Nov 2013

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 logo

VMware reverses decision to kill off standalone ThinApp

VMware has reversed its decision to kill off ThinApp as a discrete product.
Simon Sharwood, 06 Nov 2013

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.
Phil Muncaster, 06 Nov 2013

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.
Simon Sharwood, 06 Nov 2013
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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.
Simon Sharwood, 06 Nov 2013
Chart of BlackBerry (BBRY) stock performance on September 20, 2013

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.
Moments of perspiration

WTF is WRF? Student cluster-wrestlers cram for app SMACKDOWN

SCC 2013 It’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.
Discovery makes its exit: NASA

Storage upstarts, you disappoint me. Are you building SHELFWARE?

Storagebod Sitting 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.
StorageBod, 06 Nov 2013

Ex-HP VP predicts PC arm sell-off and life as IBM's number 2

Interview Canalys’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.
Joe Fay, 06 Nov 2013
ISO7816 Tattoo

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.
SA Mathieson, 06 Nov 2013
Sinclair ZX80

Your kids' chances of becoming programmers? ZERO

Part One Almost 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.
Dominic Connor, 06 Nov 2013

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.
Jasper Hamill, 06 Nov 2013
Nexus 5

Google's Nexus 5: Best smartphone bang for your buck. There, we said it

Review Google'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?
Iain Thomson, 06 Nov 2013
Remy from Ratatouille

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.
John Leyden, 06 Nov 2013

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.
Bryan Betts, 06 Nov 2013

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.
Jasper Hamill, 06 Nov 2013

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.
John Leyden, 06 Nov 2013

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.
Joe Fay, 06 Nov 2013
Samsung Galaxy Round

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.
Red Dead Redemption

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.
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Nov 2013

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.
Chris Mellor, 06 Nov 2013
A detail of the Vulture 2's nose structure

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.
Lester Haines, 06 Nov 2013

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.
Rik Myslewski, 06 Nov 2013
Compared to a normal bulb

It's the Inter-THREAT of THINGS: Lightbulb ARMY could turn on HUMANITY

Fujitsu Forum Fujitsu’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”.
Joe Fay, 06 Nov 2013

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.
Paul Kunert, 06 Nov 2013
The new Twitter logo. Pic: Twitter

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...

Comment The shortlist for Microsoft’s next chief executive is apparently a bit shorter.
Gavin Clarke, 06 Nov 2013
Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch 2013

EYE-GASMIC: Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch with Retina Display

Review It’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.
Stephen Dean, 06 Nov 2013
RIM BlackBerry Torch 9800

Prem Watsa takes control of BlackBerry as tech vultures circle firm

Analysis It could only happen at BlackBerry. A white knight rides to the company’s rescue, only for the horse to drop dead underneath him.
Andrew Orlowski, 06 Nov 2013
Doctor Who Locations

Planet hopper: The Earthly destinations of Doctor Who

Doctor Who @ 50 The 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.
Paul Smith, 06 Nov 2013


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".
Lewis Page, 06 Nov 2013
Coho DataStream 1000

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.
Chris Mellor, 06 Nov 2013

Will small biz get a bite of mega UK.gov IT pie? Yes: if it can pass the bulls**t sniff test

Analysis Does the UK government have a chance of being able to push 25 per cent of IT spend onto SMEs as it has promised?
Tim Worstall, 06 Nov 2013
iconia W3 acer

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.

Speaking in Tech: Cisco buys out Insieme. To UNCLOAK data centre tech, just press PLAY

Podcast Podcast This week's podcast brings you piping hot enterprise news. Your hosts Greg Knieriemen and Ed Saipetch – Sarah Vela is out this week – got the scoop on Cisco's new "spin-in" Insieme straight from the horse's mouth when they chatted to Cisco's Amy Lewis and Insieme's Joe Onisick.
Team Register, 06 Nov 2013
Playmobil's Security Check Point

Sysadmins: How do YOU protect your networks against 'friendly fire'?

It will come as no surprise that preliminary analysis of results so far in our latest reader survey (still open here) suggests that corporate networks are going to come under increasing pressure as traffic volumes and patterns evolve.
Dale Vile, 06 Nov 2013

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.
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Nov 2013

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.
Chris Mellor, 06 Nov 2013
Facebook drowning

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.
Jack Clark, 06 Nov 2013
Spiceworld Index image

I survived Spiceworld 2013, heat and all: Here's how I did it

Sysadmin blog My 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.
Trevor Pott, 06 Nov 2013

The future of storage is a horror show - just ignore the biz strategists

Blocks and Files Storage 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.
Chris Mellor, 06 Nov 2013

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.
Shaun Nichols, 06 Nov 2013
D'Artagnan and the three musketeers

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.
Chris Mellor, 06 Nov 2013
School of Rock

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.
Simon Sharwood, 06 Nov 2013
The horse's head from The Godfather

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.
Iain Thomson, 06 Nov 2013

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.
Shaun Nichols, 06 Nov 2013

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.
Neil McAllister, 06 Nov 2013

Inside Intel's secret super-chips: If you've got the millions, it's got the magic

Analysis This 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.
Jack Clark, 06 Nov 2013
Planetoid crashes into primordial Earth

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.
Iain Thomson, 06 Nov 2013
John Chambers at the World Economic Forum 2010

Cisco rolls dice with 'CONTROL EVERYTHING' softy networking launch

Analysis Cisco 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.
Jack Clark, 06 Nov 2013
NBN Co logo

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).
Simon Sharwood, 06 Nov 2013
A shot from Avatar

Ogle high-end 3D models, games in a browser: Ask Amazon, Autodesk, Otoy

Los Angeles–based graphics company Otoy has teamed up with Autodesk to deliver high-quality gaming and graphics applications that run on Amazon Web Services (AWS) and can be accessed from any web browser.
Neil McAllister, 06 Nov 2013