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The extent of the Arctic ice cap during the last ice age

Boffins agree: YES we have had an atmospheric warming pause

Good news, climate sceptics: there has been a pause in the rate of atmospheric warming – more than one, in fact. A statistical analysis published in Nature demonstrates a statistical association between the rate of warming over more than a hundred years, and human activity in the same time, and suggests that the most recent “slowdown” could be attributed to the Montreal Protocol's curbs on chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) emissions.
secondary age school kids outside NBN truck

Turnbull appoints Simon Hackett, Justin Milne and Patrick Flannigan to NBN Co board

Australia's communications minister Malcolm Turnbull has followed through on his promise to appoint people with experience delivering “linear infrastructure” to the board of NBN Co, the organisation charged with building Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN).
Simon Sharwood, 12 Nov 2013
Cedric Blancher

Security researcher Cédric 'Sid' Blancher dead at 37

Security researcher Cédric “Sid” Blancher has reportedly been killed in a skydiving accident in France.

Smartphones set fair to OUTNUMBER HUMANS - Ericsson

The growth in smartphone devices has now overtaken that of conventional handsets, accounting for 55 per cent of new mobile subscriptions in the first nine months of 2013. That's according to a new study by telecoms hardware maker Ericsson.
Shaun Nichols, 12 Nov 2013

Rackspace claws fistful of bucks from Amazon-ruled cutthroat cloud bearpit

Rackspace is making less money than before on higher revenues as a vicious cloud market takes a cleaver to what was previously a steady business.
Jack Clark, 12 Nov 2013


Professor David Nutt, a boffin who has advised the UK government on drugs policy and now holds the Edmond J Safra chair in Neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College, London, is brewing a new drug that will replicate the sensations produced by alcohol but also be instantly reversible and not produce hangovers.
Simon Sharwood, 12 Nov 2013

Facebook hitches skirt, flashes 'Cisco-slaying' open network blade

Facebook is leading a charge to displace traditional proprietary networking hardware and software in all of its data centers – potentially threatening the livelihood of large incumbents such as Cisco, Juniper, and Brocade in the wider market.
Jack Clark, 12 Nov 2013
El Reg concept drawing

Big Blue slaps patent curtain in front of green cloud

IBM has gone public with a patent granted on October 1 that it says will help the world create greener cloud computing.
Google Chrome logo

Google to web: SHUT YOUR MOUTH or Chrome 32 beta will do it for you

We're all been there. You fire up a web browser, open loads of tabs for further perusal and suddenly the office is full of noise from an advert proclaiming that in 15 minutes or less you can save on your car insurance – and you've no clue which tab it's in.
Iain Thomson, 12 Nov 2013
Nissan self-driving car

Japanese PM holds on FOR DEAR LIFE in self-driving car

Nissan took one of its self-driving cars onto the congested streets of Tokyo for the first time last weekend, with a rather sceptical looking VIP (very important passenger) in tow.
Phil Muncaster, 12 Nov 2013
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Anonymous Indonesia gets it right, attacks Australian government

Entities using the name and iconography of Anonymous' Indonesian branch claim to have successfully disrupted web sites operated by Australia's security services.
Simon Sharwood, 12 Nov 2013
Steve Wozniak

Woz: Google Glass will be SO COOL... just like BLUETOOTH

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has likened Google Glass to a bluetooth headset, and voiced his doubts that anyone will stick with it for more than a few weeks.
Jasper Hamill, 12 Nov 2013

Japanese anti-nuke groups DoS-bombed by mystery attackers

Over 30 anti-nuclear grass roots groups in Japan have been deluged with millions of spam emails over the past two months in what appears to be a co-ordinated campaign to disrupt and obstruct them.
Phil Muncaster, 12 Nov 2013
The LG G Flex curved smartphone

LG's curvy Flex phablet and its self-healing bottom escapes Korea

LG's Flex, a curvy new phablet said to have a “self-healing” bottom, will escape Korea and go on sale in Europe and Australia.
Simon Sharwood, 12 Nov 2013

MPAA, RIAA: Kids need to learn 3 Rs – reading, writing and NO RIPPING

A collection of copyright enforcement groups including the Motion Picture Ass. of America and the music label body RIAA want to use school time to teach youngsters about the perils of internet piracy.
Shaun Nichols, 12 Nov 2013
CMS event showing characteristics expected from the decay of the Higgs boson

Boffins boggled by ORB-shaped electrons

The electron has delivered up a huge disappointment to fans of the “new physics” by being too round.

Chinese Bitcoin exchange DISAPPEARS, along with £2.5 MEEELLION

Chinese Bitcoin exchange GBL has shut down, taking with it over 25 million yuan (£2.5m, $US4.1m) of investors’ money, in another warning to those who don’t look before they leap with the digital currency.
Phil Muncaster, 12 Nov 2013

Virgin Media to hike broadband prices by nearly 7 per cent

Virgin Media is set to jack up its broadband prices early next year by nearly 7 per cent.
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Nov 2013

Mixed bag of motors lifts India's budget Mars shot

India's budget* Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) last week thundered heavenwards from Sriharikota spaceport atop a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), en route to a rendezvous with the Red Planet in September 2014.
Lester Haines, 12 Nov 2013
Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag

SHIVER ME TIMBERS, it’s Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag

Review A little bit of colour goes a long way in Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag. It's a game that takes the series’ parkour-heavy gameplay away from the bleak, ice-covered setting of the American plain, and drops it into the steamy, sunny Caribbean.
Mike Plant, 12 Nov 2013
iPad mini with Retina display

HUMANITY STUNNED - Apple Retina iPad Mini arrives. A solemn moment

OMFG! It's true! All the signs and portents have borne fruit. After the ritual disembowelling of an Apple support tool, auguries foretold that on this day a new iPad should come forth, and lo, the Apple stores verily did shut down. Then as the day dawned, behold, even such an iPad did appear.
Team Register, 12 Nov 2013

Every man, woman and child in the UK paid HP £21 last year

The government spends billions of pounds on IT every year. While individual projects often make the news when investigated by auditors and select committees, the overall picture is less well-known.
SA Mathieson, 12 Nov 2013
The orbital trajectory of India's Mangalyaan Mars probe

Our MOM's LATEST EGGS: 'Looking GOOD', chuckle Indian space boffins

India's soaraway cunning-as-a-weasel Mars probe mission - Mangalyaan, aka Mars Orbiter Mission or MOM - is back on track. Astroboffins at the sub-continental space agency ISRO say that previous problems with the probe's fuel feed have been overcome and the spacecraft is now periodically reaching heights of more than 100,000km above planet Earth.
Lewis Page, 12 Nov 2013

Day 2: Gov web catalogue CloudStore still in darkness

Older methods are sometimes still the best and public sector buyers that want to buy services via CloudStore have been advised to email enquiries to the Cabinet Office.
Paul Kunert, 12 Nov 2013

Stale Blackhole leads to dried-up spam, claim badhat-probers

Security researchers at Trend Micro reckon that Blackhole, cybercrooks' preferred tool for running drive-by download attacks from compromised websites, is no longer being updated. This means the utility - which was available for rent at around $50 a day - has quickly gone stale.
John Leyden, 12 Nov 2013

Hyenas FACEBOOK each other with their ARSES: FACT

Whiffy bacteria found in hyenas' anal secretions function as a natural social network, boffins claim.
Jasper Hamill, 12 Nov 2013
fire damaged hard disk drive

Server, server in the rack, when's my disk drive going to crack?

Cloud backup outfit Backblaze has cobbled together all the data it's gathered from the 25,000 or so disk drives it keeps spinning and drawn some conclusions about just how long you can expect disks to survive in an array.
Simon Sharwood, 12 Nov 2013
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ETERNAL PATENT WAR: Apple and Samsung locked in battle again

Apple and Samsung will head back to court in California today to argue over just how much the fruity firm should get in damages after a jury last year decided that the Korean company infringed its patents.
BMW i3

ULTIMATE ELECTRIC driving machine? Yes, it’s the BMW i3 e-car

First Drive People can sometimes behave like sheep. They will go somewhere, do something or buy a certain product simply because other people are doing so or because they recognise the brand. Call it consumer herd mentality. It’s one reason why the Toyota Prius sells so well in the States.
Alun Taylor, 12 Nov 2013
Surface Pro 2 with keyboard, photo Gavin Clarke

'Daddy, can I use the BLACK iPAD?': Life with the Surface Pro 2

Review “Daddy, can I use the black iPad?” my four-year-old daughter asks as she spots the Surface Pro 2 I'm reviewing for The Reg. She has, without knowing it, encapsulated Microsoft's problem on Surface in a nutshell.
Gavin Clarke, 12 Nov 2013
Doctor Who

Ten top stories from New Who

Doctor Who @ 50 We’ve already listed the stories that mark the very best that the many production teams behind the classic years of Doctor Who during the 1960s, 70s and 80s brought to our TV screens. It seems only fair, then, to do the same for the rebooted series’ run.
Tony Smith, 12 Nov 2013

Exit stage left: Two more Insight big cheeses clear their desks

Change remains the order of the day at Insight Enterprises after it emerged that another couple of senior figures are on the way out.
Paul Kunert, 12 Nov 2013

Feeling twitchy about nasty IE 0-day? Microsoft promises relief today

An unpatched flaw in Internet Explorer that become the topic of a high-profile warning over the weekend will be patched later on Tuesday, Microsoft promises.
John Leyden, 12 Nov 2013
Google Chocolate Factory

Google makes Gmail EVEN NOISIER, or should that be nosier?

Google has added more intrusive buttons to its email service as it continues to try to spread its ad goo across its vast online estate.
Team Register, 12 Nov 2013
Xbox One and chum

XBOX One SHOT DEAD by Redmond following delivery blunder

Microsoft has accidentally shipped a small number of Xbox Ones several weeks ahead of the official release date - and banned at least one gamer's new console from connecting to Xbox Live.
Jasper Hamill, 12 Nov 2013

Three Men in a Tardis

Stob Significant anniversaries bunch together like buses. Three are assaulting me simultaneously, give or take a month or two.
Verity Stob, 12 Nov 2013
Stock ticker board

Morgan Stanley: Web firms too fat and ugly to bother investing in

Morgan Stanley has lowered its view on all internet company stocks from "attractive" to just "in-line", warning that sector has to show some more growth if it wants to justify current valuations on shares.
HAF supported by most HDS arrays

HDS unveils embiggened array: We HAF vays of making you flash

HDS has updated its HAF all-flash array, doubling the size of its proprietary SSDs to 3.2TB and the resulting maximum capacity to 38.4TB. It has picked the week of EMC's XtremIO announcement to release the news.
Chris Mellor, 12 Nov 2013

Titsup CloudStore reanimated... without the search function

Government tech services catalogue CloudStore is back up and running, albeit with a limited search capability.
Paul Kunert, 12 Nov 2013
Playground spring horse

TalkTalk's broadband base continues to fall as TV subs grow

TalkTalk reported flat sales during its second quarter as some of the budget telco's subscribers switched off the ISP in favour of a rival provider.
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Nov 2013

Trustwave gobbles up Application Security, gorges itself on tech

Data security biz Trustwave has acquired fellow data security provider Application Security, a startup that specialises in automated database security scanning technologies.
John Leyden, 12 Nov 2013
Apple iPad Air

AIR TIME! Our expert cosies up with the new top-end iPad

Review The reception that greeted the launch of the iPad Air was rather more muted than the gangbusting opening weekend of the iPhone 5S. Sure, it was slimmer and lighter than its predecessor, and had a faster processor, but that’s the sort of thing you take for granted with any update.
Stephen Dean, 12 Nov 2013

New Retina iPad Mini not sold out HOURS after launch - world REELS

Analysts worldwide are increasingly dumfounded today as it appears that the new Retina iPad Mini from Apple has not, according to Apple's online stores, sold out within hours of becoming available.
Team Register, 12 Nov 2013
Apple iPad Air

Apple's new iPad Mini: ALREADY set for Black Friday PRICE SLASH

The new iPad Mini Retina has barely been available to buy for a few hours but already retailers are talking about discounts.
Jasper Hamill, 12 Nov 2013

Cable Cowboy chats up Chipzilla with eye on its pay-TV biz

US media mogul John Malone, whose cable company owns Virgin Media, is reportedly talking with Intel about the possibility of scooping up the chipmaker's pay-TV service.
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Nov 2013

Anonymous claims Parliament Wi-Fi hack during London protest

Anonymous hacktivists have claimed they used laptops to launch cyber attacks against the British government whilst attending a protest in Parliament Square last week, The Register has learned.
Jasper Hamill, 12 Nov 2013
Maxta Index Logo

Maxta chucks vSAN out of stealth and into El Reg review suite

Exclusive Maxta has officially come out of stealth, and its first stop has been our very own testing lab.
Trevor Pott, 12 Nov 2013
Houses of Parliament at night-time

NAO: £4bn of gov work doled out to just 4 outsourcing giants

In spite of the Cabinet Office's tough talk about binning hefty suppliers whose performance is crappy, four outsourcing giants caught up in contractual issues have amassed £4bn of government business.
Paul Kunert, 12 Nov 2013
Photo of Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition Ultrabook

Dell aims for cloudy orbit with Sputnik Ubuntu developer project

Dell is taking another stab at making the Sputnik Ultrabook it converted from Windows to Ubuntu even cloudier for developers.
Gavin Clarke, 12 Nov 2013
T-Mobile modem

T-Mobile US to raise nearly $2bn in share sale to splurge on spectrum

T-Mobile US has announced it will be selling off a bunch of new stocks to bring in nearly $2bn to spend on spectrum.

Why build a cloud when you can get one ready made?

We small business sysadmins don't get the luxury of doing as we are told. If I built all my networks according to all the whitepapers I am given and used the industry best-practice vendors and products, then none of my customers would be able to afford networks at all.
Trevor Pott, 12 Nov 2013
BlackBerry bleeding

Android in FOUR out of 5 new smartphones. How d'ya like dem Apples?

The latest numbers from analyst house IDC on global smartphone sales during the third quarter of the year make good reading for Google and Microsoft – but it appears that Blackberry is dead in the water.
Iain Thomson, 12 Nov 2013
big droplets falling from rain cloud

Swish PaaS Bosh: Sons of VMware spin up Pivotal One cloud platform

VMware spin-off Pivotal has released a platform-as-a-service along with a suite of analysis applications, bringing greater competition to a quiet corner of the market.
Jack Clark, 12 Nov 2013

Host Minecraft on Shard Gaming? Grab your data RIGHT NOW before it goes completely titsup

Game-server hosting biz Shard Gaming has abruptly shut down, irritating punters who depended on the service and highlighting the risks of off-premises systems.
Jack Clark, 12 Nov 2013

Mainstream Chrome spits ARM, Intel apps on the fly from cross-platform code

Google has shipped the stable release of version 31 of its Chrome web browser, and with it the first generally available version of its Portable Native Client (PNaCl) compiled-code technology for the web.
Neil McAllister, 12 Nov 2013
Nasal Ranger

Denver robocops fit Nasal Ranger to perceive potent pot puffing pollution

Pic Colorado is one of two US states to legalize the sale of marijuana but this has led to an increase in complaints about the smell of skunk wafting through neighborhoods – so the authorities are using technology to cyborg up their inspectors.
Iain Thomson, 12 Nov 2013
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Facebook makes Adobe fans change their horrible, horrible passwords

Facebook has scanned millions of email address and password pairs hackers dumped online from Adobe's user account database – so that it can force its social networkers to change their passwords if they used the same logins details for both websites.
Shaun Nichols, 12 Nov 2013
Steve Ballmer

Microsoft's EAT-your-OWN-YOUNG management system AXED

Microsoft may soon be a much nicer place to work, thanks to the company's announcement that it's doing away with its infamous "stack ranking" employee performance reviews.
Neil McAllister, 12 Nov 2013
Woz with Apple II, photo: Gavin Clarke


The Computer History Museum has scored something of a coup, publishing – with Cupertino's permission – the source code for the Apple II's DOS, version 3.1.
Azure Index

Servers coming online at Microsoft's Australian Azure data centre

Work on Microsoft's promised Australian data centre for its Azure cloud service has reached the stage at which servers are being installed.
Simon Sharwood, 12 Nov 2013
2001: A Space Odyssey

Boffins look down back of Amazon Web Services, find a SUPERCOMPUTER

What runs faster than the majority of the world's supercomputers, costs less, and was used to research organic solar-power cells? The answer is Megarun, a 1.21-petaflop super that was spun up by Cycle Computing in the AMAZON CLOUD.
Jack Clark, 12 Nov 2013