19th > November > 2013 Archive
Salesforce slaps Amazon, Google with glove: 'I'm THE FIRST $1bn-quarter enterprise cloud biz'
Salesforce shares stumbled down 1.5 percent on Monday after the customer relationship management company reported third quarter revenues that narrowly beat analyst expectations.
Google coughs up $17m to end Safari STALKER COOKIE brouhaha
Google has settled its US legal woes over allowing third-party tracking of Safari users without their knowledge and consent for the relatively paltry amount of $17m, to be shared among 37 states and the District of Columbia – aka Washington DC.
Supreme Court can't find barge pole long enough to touch NSA lawsuit
The US Supreme Court has decided that it will not hear a challenge to the NSA's controversial mass surveillance operations.
Nanowire laser is a GaAs, GaAs, GaAs (with a bit of arsenic)
A group of researchers at the Australian National University (ANU) is showing off nanowire-based lasers, as part of the microelectronics world's ongoing search for the best way to integrate electronics and photonics.
'PATHETIC' Galaxy Gear sales skewer smartwatch HYPE-O-GASM bubble
UpdatedDespite its much-ballyhooed kickoff, Samsung has sold far fewer of its Galaxy Gear smartwatches than it would have liked, sources say.
Feds cuff five more suspects in $45m bank mega-cyber-heist
US Federal authorities have arrested five people accused of aiding a massive electronic bank heist in New York earlier this year.
Oz gov sysadmins ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL
Systems administrators in charge of Australian parliamentarians' computers have been dozing at the wheel, don't read The Guardian, and have completely failed to notice PRISM or Edward Snowden, a Senate Estimates hearing has revealed.
Google deletes Maps satellite photos of 14-year-old's unsolved murder
Google has said it is acting quickly to remove distressing images on Google Maps, after the family of a murdered 14-year-old saw his body on the system's satellite photos.
Indonesia turns Twitter into very leaky diplomatic bag
Allegations about Australian spying on Indonesia – or, more accurately, Australia's political response to the allegations – has set the Indonesian president, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, or SBY as he's known to the polysyllabically-challenged, on an epic Twitter-rant.
Old JBoss vuln in the wild, needs patching
JBoss sysadmins need to get busy hardening their systems, with a rising number of attacks against the system, according to Imperva.
'FELSIC materials' find on MARS could rewrite Red Planet's history
A group of researchers have found evidence of large granite deposits on the surface of Mars, an indication that the Red Planet may be more volcanically active than originally believed.
Why not build a cluster out of WORKSTATIONS?
Australia's Monash University has just opened an amazing visualisation facility called Cave 2.
Pile of fanboi cash taking up space in garage? IPHONE UNDERTAKERS are keen to help you
A crafty group of "upcyclers" are looking for funds and phones to start their recycled iPhone craft project and, er, presumably sell it back to you. So if you're struggling to "start a conversation" with a fellow fanboi, this might be for you.
Samsung to throw fat wad of Won at rare earth alternatives
Samsung is ploughing 1.5 trillion won (£869m) into an ambitious decade-long research project, some of which will be used to develop alternatives to rare earths – those substances vital to the manufacture of a huge range of hi-tech products.
CHRISTMAS MIRACLE! Dell's Android PC on a stick to ship with Santa
Dell's Project Ophelia PC-on-a-stick will finally come to fruition “before Christmas”, staff of the newly-privatised entity told The Reg at the Dell Enterprise Forum in Melbourne today.
China challenged to take down all of AWS and Google
Non-profit anti-censorship body GreatFire.org has created a mirrored site that allows users in China to view the recently blocked Reuters site, in a move which could take down thousands of websites in the PRC if the authorities decide to play hardball.
Patent law? It's all about Apples, Newton and iPads
Part 1 of 2As regular readers will know, I'm about as froth-mouthed free market as it is possible to get without descending into Randian lunacy. Yet even I support government interventions into the economy at times: it's only the times and methods used that are to be argued about.
Apple MacBook 13in with Retina display
ReviewIt’s been quite some time since I looked at a new MacBook Pro. However, I spend a lot of my time looking at an old one. I’ve a first generation Unibody model. What a great idea that was. Just unscrew the back for easy access to the RAM and the drive.
Autopilot guides Texan plane home from a dizzying 30,000m
In some highly encouraging news for The Reg's Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team, a Texan high-flyer recently used the ArduPilot Mega (APM) 2.6 to guide a glider back to base from a heady 30,780m (101,000ft).
Google WILL wriggle away from Euro probe... but THEN what?
AnalysisGoogle seems on course to win an remarkable victory over competition regulators in Europe. The deal could potentially seal in Google's dominance over the search business for five years, forbidding further prohibitive action against it - and setting a high barrier for potential startup competitors across a range of sectors.
Company selling you out? You've been TUPE-ed
Everyone on your team is called into an obligatory meeting by the boss, and no one knows what it’s about. Just for once, there really is something worth hearing: your manager announces that you and everyone you work with are on your way out.
Top-level execs get itchy feet at privately owned Dell
The game of musical exec chairs has started at privately owned Dell, with board-level bigwig Steve Felice exiting for pastures new and big changes happening across the channel organisation.
Decades ago, computing was saved by CMOS. Today, no hero is in sight
SC13The general chair of the SC13 supercomputing conference thinks the semiconducting industry has reached a tipping point more radical – and uncertain – than it has gone through in decades.
Samsung says knickers to poor Gear sales claim, eyes pants to sell more
Samsung has scoffed at claims that it has sold hardly any of its shiny, pricey Galaxy Gear smartwatches.
From the Dept of You are Old: 'Selfie' officially 'Word of the Year'
It's official: "Selfie" is Oxford Dictionaries' Word of the Year 2013, proving the "runaway winner" of the crown following its elevation back in August to Oxford Dictionaries Online.
Carl Icahn: I don't want to fight with Tim... but I will
Investment guru Carl Icahn says he doesn't want to fight with the management of Apple, but he won't abandon his sizeable financial concern in the firm either.
Bitcoin price soars after US Senate hearing on 'legit' currency
The price of Bitcoin has soared to astronomical heights after a US Senate hearing on the "promises and risks" of the crypto-currency.
GALACTIC YO-YO: Doctor Who’s trips to Earth... and beyond
Doctor Who @ 50We’ve seen how much of a tendency the Doctor has for visiting Earth relative to other planets in the universe, so what are the trends over his own timeline in his movements between Earth and elsewhere? When has the series felt most tied to our planet?
3CX PBX for Windows: Everything you ever wanted from a phone system
ReviewBack in the 1990s when I started to work with telephone and voicemail systems it was all pretty straightforward: install some analogue or ISDN lines and write a vast cheque for a PBX.
Dropbox: We're worth $8 BILLION and we'll sell you a 3 per cent slice
File-sharing and online storage firm Dropbox is looking to raise $250m in additional funding, which would value the company at a level that's astronomical even for a tech firm - $8bn.
Men have LARGE APPENDAGES, are OXYGEN THIEVES: Science
Knobbly male hooters are much larger than women's diminutive noses because of lean muscle mass, a new study has uncovered.
Barclays says soz for titsup website, bank app
Barclays UK has spent this morning on Twitter apologising to customers frustrated by a crashed banking app and online outage that occurred over the past two consecutive days.
Apple BIGGEST LOSER in Blighty's Battle of Fondlers
A tear in the space time continuum caused slab sales growth to slip in Q3 – or perhaps it was just that retailers and distributors decided to order fewer ageing devices ahead of planned product refreshes.
The REAL JUICE behind leaked BlackBerry OS: Android apps to slip in without protection
AnalysisBlackBerry may have “solved” its app problem - but at the expense of the health of its native BB10 app market.
Lavabit founder: Feds ORDERED email providers to stay open
Lavabit's founder has claimed other secure webmail providers who threatened to shut themselves down in the wake of the NSA spying revelations had received court orders forcing them to stay up.
What took you 2 years? LSI finally rolls out next-gen SandForce kit
LSI has finally brought the drawn-out development process for the next generation SandForce controller to a close. It now has third-generation controllers supporting four times bigger flash drives and both PCIe and SATA interfaces from a single ASIC. Bye-bye SAS.
It's the games, STUPID: Sony makes 'about $18' on each PlayStation 4
According to a teardown report from analyst IHS, Sony is making just $18 on each Playstation 4. This may not sound like much, but it marks a massive improvement from the days in which the Japanese firm made huge losses on the sale of games consoles.
Brit graphene maker poised to go public: Yes, wonder stuff WILL float
A British startup whose goal is to seriously expand production of graphene and push Blighty to the front of a global race goes public on Wednesday.
Nokia's phone division burned us so badly we HAD to flog it, says CEO
Nokia’s smartphone strategy was unaffordable, the company’s chairman said at an extraordinary general meeting today, defending the €5.44bn sale of the phones division to Microsoft.
Possibly EXPLODING or GLORIOUS Comet ISON: The (GIF) MOVIE
.GIFRetired teacher Bruce Mellin in the US has snapped a few shots of comet ISON on its way towards its potential doom or glory at solar perihelion later this month.
Delia and the Doctor: How to cook up a tune for a Time Lord
Doctor Who @ 50As a theme tune, Ron Grainer’s music for Doctor Who needs no introduction. But to describe this unique piece of electronic music as solely Ron Grainer’s composition would be a disservice to the considerable musical contribution made by Delia Derbyshire, who in 1963 set about realising the original score at the BBC’s Radiophonic Workshop.
How to succeed in business: First, get Netscape kingpin to lob you some cash
InterviewWe have a new storage scribe – new to El Reg, that is: Willem ter Harmsel, who runs Indigo Infrastructure in Amsterdam. He not only interviews storage, virtualisation and networking startups, he also talks to the people who've put money into them – so you should gain some insight into how to get at that funding.
Salesforce, HP pit newly grown 'Superpods' against Amazon jungle
Salesforce is partnering with Hewlett-Packard in a huge strategic nudge to make Marc Benioff’s cloud company more like Amazon.
Arista wants Cisco Catalyst 6500 scalp. Price on head? $35bn
This month has been a biggie for data networking launches, with Cisco uncloaking Application Centric Infrastructure - its answer to the software defined network (SDN) - along with the new Nexus 9000 switch series. (My colleague Jack Clark has penned a fine analysis of Cisco’s ACI strategy here.)
Samsung pulls Galaxy S3 update as users moan: It's PANTS
Samsung has suspended the Android 4.3 software upgrade for Brit Galaxy S3 owners after the over-the-air update borked a bunch of mobes.
Micron takes on Intel with 'breakthrough' processor for streaming data
Memory specialist Micron has announced a new accelerator processor that it claims outperforms Intel's chips when it comes to dealing with streaming data.
Dark horse shocker: Verizon first to ship KitKat update for Moto X
Motorola's Moto X will be one of the first smartphones to be upgraded to Android 4.4 "KitKat," and in a surprising break with tradition, customers on Verizon Wireless will be the first to receive the update.
Samsung v Apple: Titans await jury verdict on damages of MILLIONS
A jury will begin deciding today exactly how much money Samsung owes Apple for ripping off key elements of the iPhone.
Gates chokes up, WEEPS to Microsoft shareholders amid talk of CEO hunt
Bill Gates today delivered an emotional speech to the Microsoft shareholders, choking up as he described his history with the company and the search for a successor for his friend Steve Ballmer.
Obamacare website 'either hacked or will be soon', warns infosec expert
Hackers have thrown multiple attacks at US President Obama's medical insurance bazaar HealthCare.gov since it went live in October, according to a senior US government official.
Telco CenturyLink is moved to tiers: Biz gobbles Tier 3 cloud shop
Cloud provider Tier 3 has been snapped up by CenturyLink, fleshing out the telco's cloud portfolio and marking another sign of confidence in the Cloud Foundry platform technology.
US watchdog snaps on thick gloves to probe Tesla's FIREBALL e-cars
America's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened a formal investigation into the safety of the Tesla S electric car after a second vehicle of that model apparently burst into flames.
Salesforce boss Benioff foretells grim, unrelenting hyper-capitalist future
CommentSalesforce chief Marc Benioff seems perpetually surprised that the world doesn't recognize him.
Arduino-powered probes ArduSats launched in space: Listen in to beacon
With ArduSat 1 and ArduSat X pushed out of the hatch of the International Space Station and now in orbit, the project's organisers are calling on people with radio kit to help track the tiny satellites.
Intel: 'Y'know that GPU-accelerated computing craze? Fuggedaboutit'
SC13From Intel's point of view, today's hottest trend in high-performance computing – GPU acceleration – is just a phase, one that will be superseded by the advent of many-core CPUs, beginning with Chipzilla's next-generation Xeon Phi, codenamed "Knights Landing".