14th > November > 2013 Archive
Web giants cry foul over US gov's refusal to budge on NSA spy gag orders
Google, Microsoft, Yahoo! and Facebook are still fighting for permission to warn people who are under online surveillance, after their campaign for transparency was derailed by the US Department of Justice.
US mobile spectrum sale latest – Sprint tells rivals: Knock yourself out, guys
Mobile giant Sprint said it will opt out of an upcoming radio spectrum auction which is expected to fetch billions of dollars.
FalconStor shutters Australian office, merges Honkers and China ops
Troubled storage vendor FalconStor has closed its office in Australia and merged its Hong Kong and China operations.
Google grants cloud servers IMMORTALITY (during maintenance)
Google has taken a lead on cloud rivals by granting its virtual machines immortality via a new live migration feature.
DiData adds DCs in three countries
Dimension Data has announced a global expansion of its data centre footprint to help it create a global cloud.
Mandatory HTTP 2.0 encryption proposal sparks hot debate
Most Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) debates pass unnoticed, because they're very dry and detailed. However, a suggestion that the HTTP 2.0 specification might mandate encryption – in a post-Snowden world – is too tasty an idea to go under the radar.
How do spooks build surveillance rigs? In Oz they TENDER for it
Australia's Federal Police force (AFP) has issued a tender for deep packet inspection (DPI) kit capable of processing data encapsulated by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute's ETSI 102 232 format for lawfully-intercepted communications.
Beijing's trainware busted by bustling commuter bunches
The German manufacturer of Beijing subway’s ticket barriers has been forced to fly out engineers to the Chinese capital to deal with problems caused by impatient commuters.
Pwn2Own crackers leave iOS and Samsung mobe security IN RUINS
Researchers attending the PacSec 2013 security conference in Japan have won nearly $70,000 after demonstrating how to compromise iPhones and a Samsung Galaxy S4 running Android in a mobile version of the legendary Pwn2Own hacking contest.
Apple wants $380m for patents, Samsung says $52m. Get a room, you two
Apple and Samsung kicked off the next phase of their high-profile patent infringement case with the two sides far apart on their damage estimates.
Chromebooks, phones ... how PC maker Asus hopes to stay in the black
Trade has been brisk for Taiwanese slab-cum-notebook builder Asustek, but the shine has not yet returned to its financial figures.
Justin BIEBER ploughs cash into NaaS: NARCISSISM-as-a-Service
Justin Bieber has unveiled a social network dedicated to letting self-obsessed teens share pictures of themselves.
Japan set to create DARPA-style agency for military tech
Japan’s wolfish new government may create a DARPA-style agency to research, develop and adapt cutting edge technologies for possible military use.
Look at how many ways we ruin your life, Redmond boasts
Just in time for the end-of-year break, Microsoft has reminded people – and more importantly, their employers – just how easy it is for mobile computing to completely ruin anything approaching a normal life.
BlackBerry to be throttled by own supply chain
Mobile phone makers that can't sell 35 million phones every six months – three per cent of the global market – are doomed, according to Taiwanese analyst outfit Trendforce.
Amazon seeds cloud with apps that flow to streams
re:Invent 2013Amazon Web Services (AWS') big day it ats re:Invent cloud shindig in fabulous Las Vegas may have been headlined by its disruptive entry into the desktop virtualisation market, but the company also announced a new tributary to its cloudy river in the form of the new AppStream service.
Huge Antarctic iceberg: 1 Singapore? 8 Manhattans? This is CHAOS
The Register's standards soviet is today calling for an international symposium of iceberg experts and builders with really, really long tape measures to settle once and for all just how to quantify titanic Titanic-busting ice mountains.
APPLE EATS ITSELF: iPad Mini set to wolf Air's market share
Shipments of Apple's latest bijoux fondleslab are expected to double next year as sales of other models dwindle.
Who's hogging Amazon's cloud CPUs? I'll kill 'em ... oh, look, it was me
re:Invent 2013No one trusts the cloud, not even people who have built their businesses entirely on it – or so Amazon has indicated with a new tool that reveals how individual Amazon Web Services systems are being accessed.
LG’s G2: The phondleslab that wants you to TOUCH ITS BEHIND
ReviewFor all the variation in screen size and the occasional BlackBerry with a keyboard, the design of modern smartphones is remarkably similar: an oblong lump with some sort of button arrangement below the screen and the power and volume controls scattered around the edge.
Avere shrugs at bespoke clouds, bolts Glacier onto its NAS range
Avere, the filer accelerator supplier, has integrated cloud storage into its NAS universe, including Amazon's Glacier, with a single file namespace including on-premise and cloud storage.
Former BT and IBM GS president rocks up at Logicalis
Logicalis Group has brought in former Logica and BT exec Gary Bullard as CEO to replace outgoing boss Ian Cooke, who is set to retire from the role and become the firm's non-exec chairman.
How to relieve Microsoft's Surface RT piles problem
Somewhere in Redmond (at least metaphorically speaking) are several very large piles of unsold Surface RT tablet components.
JUST LIKE US: Hackers who work for gov seem almost... ORGANISED
State-sponsored hackers are looking less like traditional hacking crews and more like military units as they share infrastructure and adopt strict hierarchies, according to new research.
Facebook, the BIGGEST WINDBAG on the planet? It'll blow $300m trying
When Facebook's new Iowa data center goes live in 2015, it will be powered by 100 per cent renewable energy, the social network says.
UK public auditor, scourge of tax-dodging big biz, hosts its site on ... Amazon
The National Audit Office may have highlighted government suppliers that pull levers to minimise corporate tax, but it failed to mention it too works with at least one such organisation.
A-DOH!-BE hack: Facebook warns users whose logins were spilled
Facebook is using a list of hacked Adobe accounts posted by the miscreants themselves to warn its own customers about password reuse.
El avión Buitre 2 rinde homenaje a nuestros amigos españoles
Hoy queremos rendir homenaje a los miembros españoles del equipo de la misión Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) - un avión de alta tecnología que pretendemos lanzar a la estratosfera con un motor de cohete.
Apple faces €1bn tax probe in Italy, claim legal eagle insiders
Apple will be investigated in Italy for allegedly owing almost £1bn to the Euro nation's taxman, it was claimed last night.
Are you experienced? The Doctor Who assistants that SUFFERED the most
Doctor Who @ 50There is a range of events the Doctor’s companions can expect to encounter, from meeting his most arch of enemies to being flung bodily through time and space, and undergoing various forms of attack.
First the Yanks, now us: In-flight mobe use WON'T kill us all, say Eurocrats
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is to ease the rules limiting the use of electronic devices in aircraft passenger cabins.
A startup could've made a better Obamacare site, says CloudFlare boss
The White House claims its sickly medical insurance portal healthcare.gov is finally finding its feet – but after weeks of stability problems, one web specialist has told The Reg: a startup would have done better.
Show us your Cook: Size is everything for Apple iWatch fans, apparently
The Apple iWatch will come in two different sizes to fit the differing needs of fanbois and gurlz, it has been claimed.
POWER SOURCE that might END humanity's PROBLEMS: A step forward
Boffins have come up with a new way to bottle up the energy of a star, using an antenna to keep ultrahot plasma stable - and taking a big step towards cheap, clean, everlasting energy for the human race.
Eric Schmidt joins board of weighty biz journal The Economist
Eric Schmidt has joined the board of The Economist Group for a three-year run after a shareholder vote, the group has announced.
Microsoft FAILS to encrypt data centre links despite NSA snooping
Microsoft has admitted it doesn't yet encrypt "server-to-server" communications, although it plans to review its security arrangements in the wake of ongoing revelations about NSA spying.
Brit ISPs ordered to add more movie-streaming websites to block list
The UK’s biggest ISPs must block customers from accessing another two unlicensed movie-streaming sites, SolarMovie and Tubeplus.
Hackers steal 'FULL credit card details' of 376,000 people from Irish loyalty programme firm
A hack attack against an Irish loyalty programme firm, Loyaltybuild, has led to the theft of the full credit card details of at least 376,000 consumers, says the country's data protection watchdog.
How d'ya make a JPMorgan banker cry? Ask him questions on Twitter
Twitter trolls have sent a grosse fromage from JPMorgan scuttling back to his ivory tower after hijacking a public question and answer session.
BROADBAND will SAVE THE ECONOMY, shriek UK.gov bods
The government claimed today that a £1.2bn investment of taxpayer money in the deployment of fast broadband networks would return £20 for every £1 spent from the public purse.
Don't count out Overland Storage: Borged mixed tape biz = PROFIT at last
AnalysisWe expected declining revenues and another loss and Overland didn’t disappoint. First fiscal 2014 quarter revenues of $10.6m were down 9 per cent on the annual compare and 12 per cent compared to the previous quarter. On the other hand, its new acquisition means it pulls a lot of resources out of the tape biz and into the more profitable parts of the storage world.
Juniper Networks hires engineering expert as new CEO
Juniper Networks has hired a replacement for its CEO Kevin Johnson, who confirmed his plan to retire from the company in July this year.
Departing Ballmer shakes up Microsoft's top engineering boffins
Steve Ballmer has shuffled some Microsoft top boffins around, using his closing days as CEO to cement his massive summer re-org.
Bitcoin mining rig firm claims $3m revenue in just FOUR DAYS
It is said that during a gold rush, the people who make the real money are the ones selling the spades.
Tablet-types drive demand for all-in-one desktop PCs
More than a third of desktop computer sales in Britain are all-in-one machines, up from a quarter during the first half of the year.
Colt Technology Services bigwigs exit stage left
Colt Technology Services exec director Simon Walsh and some of his lieutenants have exited the business, The Channel can reveal.
Profits ONTAP? Not exactly, but storage giant NetApp can exhale now
Whew, that was close: NetApp grew its second quarter revenues by a whisker but bumped up profits nicely as customers continued to buy its gear.
IBM. HUMAN-crushing SUPERCOMPUTER Watson. The Cloud. You know where THIS is going
IBM is exposing the super computer brain that crushed puny humans in a TV quiz show to the entire internet.
Look! GNOME 3.10 (with Fedora 20). Did we mention GNOME 3.10?
ReviewThe biggest development in Fedora 20 (aka Heisenbug), which recently hit beta, isn’t something unique to Fedora at all. It’s the GNOME 3.10 desktop.
Google: The Man RUMMAGED all your data (and a load MORE that's SECRET)
Google says it is handing twice as much user data to governments as it was three years ago.
Concerning Spiceworks' evil plans for world domination
AnalysisSpiceworld 2013 In the first article in my two-part series on Spiceworks I discussed the company's ambitions for "owning the stack". Not only does it own the coalface administrator's eyeballs, it is starting to own the relationships that VARs, MSPs, and CSPs have with those coalface admins, each other, other vendors and, increasingly, access to line-of-business resources. In this article I will explore how Spiceworks intends to accomplish this.
HUBBLE turns TIME MACHINE: Sees GLINT in the Milk(yway)man's EYE
PicImages from the Hubble space telescope suggest for the first time how our galaxy, the Milky Way, developed. And its scientists have put together a photo of how the night sky could have looked 11 billion years ago if humans and Earth had been around.
Amazon forms THE VIRTY DOZEN to assassinate rival flash cloud servers
re:Invent 2013A week after Rackspace launched its own range of flash-stuffed cloud servers, Amazon has come along and, as usual, ruined the market by pushing out a dozen instances that are bigger, faster, and cheaper than what its competitor offers.
Om-nom-nom-nom! Google's Cookie Monster DEVOURS MORE DRIVES
PicGoogle is exporting its data import service beyond US borders, giving sysadmins an easier way to upload large amounts of information into the company's infrastructure cloud.
Oh Mr Darcy! You're PRESSING MY BUTTONS
Teaching kids to appreciate classic literature? There is now, perhaps inevitably, an app for that called “Stride & Prejudice”.
Oz government science funding to rise...
The federal government is sending mixed signals to the science community, with key science funding legislation offering an upwards blip to the Australian Research Council, followed by a sharp fall.
Microsoft, Cisco: RC4 encryption considered harmful, avoid at all costs
Microsoft has urged the Windows world to dump the once trusty but now distrusted RC4 encryption algorithm – and pick something stronger. Cisco has also told its customers to "avoid" the cipher.
DE-MON-STRATE! How a DALEK SAVED AUSTRALIA from a Dr Who drought in 1977
Doctor Who @ 50The trike inside the racing Dalek belonged to Kerrie Dougherty’s little brother Geoffrey, who had left it on the front porch of his Sydney home alongside his smaller, older set of wheels.
Amazon opens doors to Kinesis: The Hotel California of the cloud
re:Invent 2013The more data you put in a cloud, the harder it is to migrate away. And so Amazon's new "Kinesis" data ingester is a neat piece of technology, and at the same time a canny way to turn Amazon Web Services into the Hotel California of the cloud.