15th > November > 2013 Archive

Google SO CAN scan ALL BOOKS onto its sites - judge

Google has defeated writers who alleged the web giant broke the law when it put extracts from millions of books online for free.
Shaun Nichols, 15 Nov 2013
PostgreSQL 9.2 elephant

Make room, guys. Here comes the Postgres with the mostess on AWS

re:Invent 2013 Amazon has started serving up hot clusters of PostgreSQL on its managed database service, but at a large price.
Jack Clark, 15 Nov 2013
Microsoft Cybercrime Center

Hey, is that CSI: Hackers on TV? Oh, it's Microsoft's Cybercrime Center

Microsoft has built a new home for its Digital Crimes Unit on its Redmond campus to bring together geeks, lawyers, forensic specialists, and law enforcement in tracking down online crooks around the world.
Iain Thomson, 15 Nov 2013

Canadian teens cuffed over alleged Snapchat child sex pics ring

Ten Canadian teens face child pornography charges after allegedly trading explicit photos of young girls that they had surreptitiously saved from sexting-friendly photo-sharing service Snapchat.
Neil McAllister, 15 Nov 2013


Researchers have managed to store data in a qubit – a quantum computer's binary bit – and maintain it in a superposition state, where ones and zeros exist simultaneously, for 39 minutes, beating the previous record of just a few seconds.
Iain Thomson, 15 Nov 2013

Cisco suggests new economic metric: Gross Domestic P0wnage

Cisco has hosted the launch of a new “Cyber Readiness Index” and endorsed its author's belief that nations need to measure the impact of online crime if they are to understand the true impact of technology on their economies and societies.
Simon Sharwood, 15 Nov 2013
Sailfish OS

Jolla's Android-aping Sailfish OS smartphones to land in November

Finnish startup Jolla has revealed when the first batch of its Sailfish OS–based smartphones will be available to customers, along with new information about what software will be on offer when the devices ship.
Neil McAllister, 15 Nov 2013
Lenovo Smartphone S2

WHAT!? Lenovo THIRD-largest smartmober - Chinese grab local kit

The fastest growing smartphone market, China and its environs, appears to prefer locally produced hardware – as strong sales have pushed Lenovo into third place in the worldwide rankings, according to the latest data from Gartner.
Iain Thomson, 15 Nov 2013
Michelin e-wheel

Coroner suggests cars should block mobile phones

The Coroner in the Australian State of Victoria has suggested that cars should include kit that makes it impossible to use a mobile phone.
Simon Sharwood, 15 Nov 2013
Asteroid mining

Boffin says astronauts could hitch to Jupiter on passing asteroids

A Russian space boffin has claimed that astronauts could use asteroids to travel to the furthest corners of the solar system.
Phil Muncaster, 15 Nov 2013
Nutanix NX-3000 server-storage node

Nutanix building elite squad of crack VMware designers

VMware's VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX) certification is one of the rarest and hardest to acquire: only 124 people have ever made it through the rigorous assessment process required to attain the qualification.
Simon Sharwood, 15 Nov 2013

Goodbye cruel world: Robot 'commits suicide' in KITCHEN FIREBALL

A robotic cleaner delivered a damning indictment of life in Hinterstoder, Austria, on Saturday, by trundling onto a kitchen stove where it ended its days as a pile of ashes.
Lester Haines, 15 Nov 2013

Smartphone addicts go floppy under the sheets, warns DOCTOR WANG

Taiwanese doctors have warned that men who are glued to their smartphones late into the night are at risk from suffering erectile dysfunction.
Phil Muncaster, 15 Nov 2013
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Samsung prepping smartphone with curvy three-sided display

Samsung is rumoured to be working on a smartphone with a wraparound three-sided display, as the race to bring out new and exciting designs to snare punters continues unabated.
Phil Muncaster, 15 Nov 2013

SourceForge responds to GIMP grump with crowdsourcing caper

A week after the developers of popular graphics-wrangling app the GIMP bailed from SourceForge rather than endure the many odd ads it encourages, the site has responded with a scheme that makes its users the arbiters of acceptable ads.
Simon Sharwood, 15 Nov 2013
The Ultima Tool Chest

We've found it – the ULTIMATE man-cave accessory

A shed or workshop is an intensely private place where the normal rules of domesticity do not apply.
Simon Sharwood, 15 Nov 2013
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Emulex throws exec chairman's scalp to activist investors

HBA and Ethernet analysis vendor Emulex has caved in to sustained activist investor pressure over its board makeup and financial discipline and given up the exec chairman’s scalp.
Chris Mellor, 15 Nov 2013
Linux mascot Tuz

Linux backdoor squirts code into SSH to keep its badness buried

Security researchers have discovered a Linux backdoor that uses a covert communication protocol to disguise its presence on compromised systems.
John Leyden, 15 Nov 2013

BOFH: One flew over the PFY's nest

Episode 11 Episode 11
Simon Travaglia, 15 Nov 2013

Vladimir PUTIN officially HARDER than CHUCK NORRIS

Russian prez Vladimir Putin has been awarded a taekwondo ninth-degree black belt, which means he's now officially toppled Chuck Norris from his muscle-bound position as the hardest man on the planet.
Lester Haines, 15 Nov 2013

Google Earth SHOCK: ZERO point ZERO ZERO SIX of world forests disappear each year

The technical team behind Google Earth have partnered with US government boffins to produce dramatic satellite maps showing how the area of the world covered by forests has changed across the years 2000 to 2012.
Lewis Page, 15 Nov 2013

Snappers attack Google Image problem, demand action from EC officials

Google is facing yet more gripes about its business practices in Europe, after a lobby group representing photographers and picture agencies lodged a formal complaint with competition officials in Brussels.
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Nov 2013
Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer installed on the S3 truss on ISS

'Scientists are coming to space with USBs which are infected'

Quotw This was the week when marketing for new games consoles the Xbox One and the PS4 really went into overdrive. Microsoft are hoping to steal a march on Sony by getting its Xbox out a little earlier, but hit a bit of a snag when some of the consoles went out way too early.
Speed gun cop

Tales from an expert witness: Lasers, guns and singing Santas

Feature John Watkinson is an expert witness. Here he explains what it’s about and how it works as one of a number of lines of enquiry by the legal system – each requiring the same amount of rigour.
John Watkinson, 15 Nov 2013
Robots breaking down walls and fixing leaky pipes

Who will recover your data if disaster strikes?

Who here has a disaster recovery plan? OK, that's most of you. How many of you have a disaster recovery plan that isn't "panic"? That's a more reasonable number.
Trevor Pott, 15 Nov 2013

Google spaffs $80m on Sun-powered kit: Calm down, Oracle. It's SOLAR

Google will invest $80m in solar-powered plants as it keeps in mind exactly what may end up powering its data centers in future.
Shaun Nichols, 15 Nov 2013
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¡Bong! Some news events are so momentous they instantly become burned into the memory - as irreversibly as an iOS firmware upgrade. For example, I’ll never forget where I was when the Berlin Wall came down.
Steve Bong, 15 Nov 2013
The Panono team snapped from an airborne Panono

Flying 360° panoramic camera poised for lift-off

Three Berlin-based inventors are rattling the tin to raise funds for their Panono camera – a throwable photoglobe delivering "incredible full-spherical images".
Lester Haines, 15 Nov 2013
BlackBerry logo

BlackBerry on the brink: Security kink sinks rinky-dink Link sync in a blink

Hapless BlackBerry has told users to update its software on their Mac OS X and Windows computers following the disclosure of a fairly serious security flaw.
Shaun Nichols, 15 Nov 2013

Whovians, your Doctor needs you: Take back the Day from One Direction

The Register is issuing a call to arms after learning that the jeggings-clad, floppy-haired boybanders in One Direction, who would never hurt you girl, have decided to livestream seven hours of caterwauling the word "baby" on the very day that Whovians celebrate a half-century of The Doctor.
Jasper Hamill, 15 Nov 2013
Daniel Craig in Skyfall

Backing up your VMware environment? A tale of agents and three letter acronyms

Reg TV Is your VMware backup under control? No, we thought not. Virtualisation has achieved many wonderful things - but it has complicated data protection and backup, where organisations see increasing recovery times, a lack of granularity, and inconsistency between back up and disaster recovery regimes.
David Gordon, 15 Nov 2013

MANUAL STIMULATION: Whack me with some proper documentation

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Another day, another app, another incomprehensible user interface. If this was a proper piece of software running on a proper computer rather than a £500 phone, phablet or some similar pharcical phucking phanboi phondleslab, it might be possible to call up a Help menu or leaf through a manual.
Alistair Dabbs, 15 Nov 2013
IMFT 25nm Flash die

Eat our dust, spinning rust: In 5 years, it'll be all flash all the time

Blocks and Files El Reg’s futorologists have looked into the data centre storage area and foresee the banishment of disk drive spindles starting within five years.
Chris Mellor, 15 Nov 2013

Local gov broadband provider in talks with 'interested' bidders

Execs and private equity backers at broadband network service provider Updata Infrastructure UK are "actively" talking to a number of third parties who they say have expressed an interest in the business.
Paul Kunert, 15 Nov 2013
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Check out The Register's Google+ page

Off-site news The Register has taken a billet at Google+. You can find us at http://google.com/+theregister.
Drew Cullen, 15 Nov 2013

Miss Teen US 'sextortion' hacker pleads guilty

A teenage computer science student from California faces a possible prison sentence after pleading guilty to hacking into the webcams of young women, among them Miss Teen USA, Cassidy Wolf.
John Leyden, 15 Nov 2013
closed_sign shut down under collapsed liquidation

'Planned maintenance' CRIPPLES nearly HALF of all Salesforce instances in Europe, US

Botched network maintenance has been blamed for a huge crash at Saleforce’s data centres, taking out customers’ CRM and data services across the US and Europe.
Gavin Clarke, 15 Nov 2013

Murdoch stands between your kids and filth with BSkyB network-level SHIELD

BSkyB's network-level filters are now in place 10 months after it first confirmed plans to follow TalkTalk's strategy that allows subscribers to censor large lumps of the web.
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Nov 2013

Military strategy game? Nope, these 'battle cards' are an EMC sales tool

EMC has issued its sales troops with a set of anti-Pure Storage battle cards – and Pure has responded with a blog heaping praise on EMC.
Chris Mellor, 15 Nov 2013

Investors on Microsoft: What, Ballmer, leaving? Hand me my wallet

Two Microsoft investors have upped their stakes in the firm ahead of the exit of chief executive Steve Ballmer, who announced his retirement a few months ago.

Apple, for one, welcomes its ROBOT factory OVERLORDS

Apple is planning to splurge a whopping $10bn on robots and other flash manufacturing tech to beef up its production process.
Jasper Hamill, 15 Nov 2013
Ferrari F430. Photo © by Rudolf Stricker

DRAM, bam, thank you ma'am: How XtremIO gets its speed

EMC’s XtremIO array has been launched into general availability today. Its details are as we said here and the storing of metadata in memory is key to understanding its speed.
Chris Mellor, 15 Nov 2013
Gone fishing

HP goes fishing for a UK storage boss, hooks HDS sales director

Updated HP has raided Hitachi Data Systems UK and snapped up director Nick Venables to run its local storage division, following a recent shake-up of the team.
Paul Kunert, 15 Nov 2013

Never been a better time NOT to be selling servers

Anyone banking on those Q3 server sales bonuses to pay for that Chrimbo trip to sunnier climes better wrap up warm after a cool wind blew through the EMEA market.
Paul Kunert, 15 Nov 2013

WHO was it that TAMED the WOLF? Heel, Rex! No! Aarrghh!

A boffinry brawl is taking place over the origin of the domesticated dog, with a new study suggesting that man's best friend came from Europe, not from the Middle East or East Asia as previously thought.
The second Sonic Screwdriver

Build your own WORKING Sonic Screwdriver... for a UNDER A FIVER

Doctor Who @ 50 The Doctor’s sonic screwdriver has become steadily more iconic as the years progressed. Despite disappearing in the middle of the Time Lord’s career, it’s now firmly – not to say commercially – integrated into the Doctor Who canon. So there’s no more to say on the subject, right?
Bill Ray, 15 Nov 2013

True fact: Britain is losing its brains

Britain has a brain drain problem: it's one of the two countries whose inventors are keenest to leave home, according to a study for WIPO, the World Intellectual Property Organisation.
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Nov 2013

Fukushima fearmongers: It's YOUR FAULT Japan DUMPED CO2 targets

Comment If the Fukushima crisis has proved one thing, it's that nuclear power is safe. Everything that could possibly go wrong did, the accident was agreed to be at the top of the international scale for seriousness, and yet in decades to come scientists will not be able to attribute any deaths to radiation released from the Daiichi plant.
Lewis Page, 15 Nov 2013
Laurel and Hardy on the phone

Google bigs up iOS Gmail app, leaves room for fat fingers of iPad-fondlers

Google has updated its rinky-dink Gmail app to make it easier to navigate on Apple's fondleslabs.
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Nov 2013
Angry woman on mobile

New FCC supremo: Sort out your cell unlocking, mobe giants - OR ELSE

The US telco regulator has told mobile firms to come up with a plan allowing customers to receive unlock codes for their phones when their contracts are up – or it will force them to comply.

File-NUKING Cryptolocker PC malware MENACES 'TENS of MILLIONS' in UK

The infamous Cryptolocker malware, which encrypts your computer files and demands a payment of £534 ($860) to unlock them, may have been sent to "tens of millions" of Brits, Blighty's crime-busters warned today.
Shaun Nichols, 15 Nov 2013
Cloud security

DropBox puts locks on doors, hopes biz bods will buy the house

DropBox is tightening up its service for businesses rather than risk getting kicked out by security-conscious CIOs.
Gavin Clarke, 15 Nov 2013
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Compuware investor lost patience with shake-up, slams down ultimatum

Activist investor Starboard Value has told Compuware it should look for a buyer right now or come up with a new restructuring plan for the firm.
1983 PCN/MRIB UK home computer charts teaser

Dr Wolfram touts coding language to revolutionise mankind ... just like Wolfram Alpha did

Number-crunching software biz Wolfram has bragged about its "most important technology project yet", aside from its Wolfram Alpha math search engine: a branded programming language.
Jasper Hamill, 15 Nov 2013
Bigelow B330

Space hotelier Bigelow wants capitalists to FIGHT comm-MOON-ist takeover

Bigelow Aerospace, sellers of inflatable bubble habitats for infinity and beyond, is filing for an amendment to the 1967 Outer Space Treaty to allow private individuals to own sections of the Moon.
Iain Thomson, 15 Nov 2013
Sony DualShock 4 for PS4

Sony's new PlayStation 4: Early faults ENRAGE some buyers

Some of the thousands of early adopters who shelled out for Sony's PlayStation 4 console, launched today in the US, have already reported mysterious system failures.
Shaun Nichols, 15 Nov 2013
Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition Ultrabook

Dell orbits Linux a third time with revamped Sputnik notebooks

Dell has shipped a second update to its Ubuntu-powered Project Sputnik developer laptop, and its engineers have begun testing other Dell portables with an eye to offering an even more powerful Linux workstation.
Neil McAllister, 15 Nov 2013

Stratfor email, credit-card hacker Hammond thrown in cooler for 10 YEARS

Jeremy Hammond, the hacker who cracked open the database of intelligence organization Stratfor, had hoped for some leniency when he pleaded guilty to one charge of violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.
Iain Thomson, 15 Nov 2013

Who’s Who: a Reg quest to find the BEST DOCTOR

Doctor Who @ 50 As befits a show about a Time Lord, Doctor Who straddles the generations like a colossus. Even if you weren’t there in 1963, you picked up on the Doctor as some point during his travels.
Simon Sharwood, 15 Nov 2013
Image of HAL eye from 2001 movie with Chrome logo in eye

If this doesn't terrify you... Google's computers OUTWIT their humans

Analysis Google no longer understands how its "deep learning" decision-making computer systems have made themselves so good at recognizing things in photos.
Jack Clark, 15 Nov 2013