22nd > November > 2013 Archive
'Fatal flaws' in Google's revised search antitrust overhaul, says Foundem
Google calls web search engine results to its own services "triggers".
No bail for 'Silk Road boss' as SIX MURDER-FOR-HIRE CHARGES filed
A federal judge has denied bail to Ross Ulbricht, the alleged mastermind behind the Silk Road online drugs marketplace, amid charges that Ulbricht contracted the murders of six people.
Pro-fibre-to-the-premises protestors call NBN Day of Action
Doing anything next Tuesday, November 26th?
LG: You can stop hiding from your scary SPY TELLY quite soon now
South Korean electronics giant LG has confirmed that some of its smart TVs have been logging their owners' viewing habits without their permission and has promised a patch.
Kiss goodbye to quiet skies: Now FCC ready to OK in-flight cellphone use
The US Federal Communications Commission has indicated that it plans to relax the rules about cellphone use in flights, meaning everyone's going to get an earful in the future.
Sony patents LASER-FIRING Wi-Fi SMARTWIG with sideburn buttons
PicSony has been granted a patent for something it's pleased to call a “SmartWig”.
Richard Stallman decides Emacs should go WYSIWYG
GNU daddy Richard Stallman seems to have found an old To-Do list behind the sofa, because he's posted a message on the GNU forums reviving an old ambition for the venerable EMacs text editor.
New inkjet printer spits out cheap OLED monitors better than your inkjet prints letters
In a presentation at the Printed Electronics USA 2013 Conference in California, local startup Kateeva has shown off a new method of producing OLED screens that it claims will last twice as long as current models and be much cheaper to manufacture in bulk.
French Joli OS surrenders on the desktop, retreats to cloud
Jolicloud, a company headquartered in Paris, France, has surrendered its ambition to give the world a desktop operating system and will henceforth operate only in the cloud.
Pirate Bay co-founder Svartholm Warg to be shipped to Denmark
Beardy Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg will be extradited to Denmark next week to face hacking charges, after a long journey which has already seen him deported from Cambodia to Sweden last year.
Angry Nokia staff protest Microsoft deal in China
Hundreds of Nokia workers in China have protested the firm’s recent decision to sell its devices unit to Microsoft, complaining that they were forced to sign new contracts on worse terms.
The latest stupid yoof craze: Taking selfies - while DRIVING
What could be more stupid than spending your days taking pictures of yourself? Snapping a selfie whilst speeding along the motorway, which is apparently becoming a thing.
Wolfram's new equation: Mathematica+RPi=child geniuses everywhere
Los Bros Wolfram have thrown their weight behind the Raspberry Pi and its mission to get more kiddies coding, by offering up their signature product Mathematica as a free inclusion in future versions of Raspbian.
Fake X-rated Facebook scam vids of Selena Gomez: Man sued
Facebook is suing a man accused of flooding the social network with spam posts and fake applications.
China opens its ears to snooping in foreign tongues
China’s fearsome censorship and surveillance apparatus just got even more intimidating after the introduction of new technology to track communications in regional languages other than the Mandarin/Putonghua spoken in most of the country.
Stolen CREDIT CARD details? Nah... crooks desire your PRIVATES
Prices on underground cybercrime marketplaces are dropping, with credit card details now in less demand than the personal data of individuals, according to a new study.
Wintel must welcome Androitel and Chromtel into cosy menage – Intel
Intel and Microsoft no longer dominate the personal computing industry as the once fearsome Wintel alliance, Intel has acknowledged. Now the chip giant has announced a broad push to get its silicon into devices running Windows' rival operating systems.
Bug bounty upstart thinks there's BIG MONEY in crowdtesting
Security startup CrowdCurity is marketing a cloud-based platform that allows businesses to set up and run their own bug bounty and security testing programmes.
Speedy brother joins Xyratex ClusterStor: And 9000 makes four
Xyratex has added a fourth, high-end storage array to its ClusterStor line, the 9000, which is half as fast again as the previous top array, the 6000.
Doctor Who writers Neil Gaiman and Terrance Dicks talk to The Reg
Doctor Who @ 50Two writers stand at opposite ends of the Doctor Who anniversary - cult graphic novelist and author Neil Gaiman and veteran TV man Terrance Dicks.
Sweet little lies: Rumours from the flash world reach El Reg's scribe
Blocks and FilesRumours was a great Fleetwood Mac album to listen to. Now hear this: El Reg's Storage Rumour Control has three good ones (rumours, not Fleetwood Mac albums – sadly) for your delight.
Apple Schill-er: 'I was shocked - SHOCKED! They went and copied the iPhone'
QuoTWThis week saw the return of the big US patent trial that was once a resounding $1bn victory for Apple and is now a long-running, achingly irritating waste of everyone's time. Nevertheless, they continue to spar in courts all over the world, making lawyers rich instead of spending all their money on actual innovation.
Microsoft gets GIANT GLASS HQ in FINLAND as part of Nokia deal
Nokia has announced that it will be turning its iconic headquarters in Espoo, Finland over to Microsoft as part of the deal to sell its mobile division to Redmond.
FAT PIPE for ALL: Britain’s new tech firms take it from the telcos
Something for the Weekend, Sir?Reeling under the influence of half a bottle of wine and six tots of exclusive Scotch, I’m introduced to a young woman who produces award-winning reality TV programmes involving the over-elaborate and inconceivably incompetent preparation of food by members of the public alongside celebrity chefs who one assumes must no longer be able to earn a living as ordinary chefs.
Doctor Who: From Edwardian grump to Malcolm Tucker and back again
Doctor Who @ 50Since Doctor Who returned in 2005, its producers have loved showing the Doctor’s previous selves, from the pen and ink portraits in Human Nature’s Journal of Impossible Things and the Cybermen’s infostamps in The Next Doctor, to the curious, multiple incarnation runaround in the Doctor’s personal time stream in The Name of the Doctor.
US govt cuts squeeze crucial computer science, shoot country in foot
SC13 AnalysisThe US is shooting itself in the return-on-investment foot by tightening the screws on support for research on advanced computing systems.
Rotund dotcom copies Miley Cyrus on XBox Day!
Do you regularly trawl through Facebook only to find an acquaintance of yours posing in a photo where he's sunning himself on holiday, sipping cocktails and pawing at women in skimpy bikinis? Do you add a comment to said snap calling your chum a "jammy git"?
Lead ONTO your pencil: Bill Gates pours cash into graphene condoms
A graphene condom so thin that blokes won’t look for excuses to avoid using it is on its way, thanks to Bill Gates.
Berners-Lee: 'Growing tide of surveillance' is destroying the internet
Tim Berners-Lee has warned that snooping spooks are destroying the free spirit of the internet.
Can't wait for 4G? Take heart, 5G is on the way
Mobile data volumes have increased 50 per cent in the year to June, having doubled over the year before that - so the crunch will always be with us. 5G just one of many data applications for spectrum that Ofcom wants you to think about.
Oh GEE-Cloud: Billions of pounds of fresh tech frameworks on way
Professional buying group Government Procurement Services is in a race to roll out a bunch of tenders for multi-billion pound hardware and software frameworks before public sector year-end.
Mystery traffic redirection attack pulls net traffic through Belarus, Iceland
Tons of internet traffic is being deliberately diverted through locations including Belarus and Iceland, and intercepted by crooks or worse, security experts fear.
PANIC OVER DROOPING house prices hits MEMBER-shaped estate
Residents of an estate in Wirral fear house prices might be seriously affected by the revelation that their sleepy corner of Merseyside resembles a giant gentleman's undercarriage when viewed from aloft.
Ultimate Doctor Tom Baker REGENERATES, RETURNS to WHO
Doctor Who @ 50Tom Baker is reportedly breaking his legendary Who hiatus to appear in tomorrow’s BBC TV special, the Day of the Doctor - marking Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary. And you'll be able to check El Reg tomorrow for coverage.
British visa website goes TITSUP... just before XMAS HOLIDAYS
The UK Border Agency has admitted its Visa4UK website has collapsed after the world and their aunt tried to log on.
Google puts Dr Who's Tardis onto Street View - and you can get INSIDE
Of all the places and eras Doctor Who could visit, it seems he's decided to land in modern day Earls Court, London.
Euro chief of scandal-smacked Serco leaves as cop probe continues
It is a case of out with the old and in with the er...old after Jeremy Stafford, the European boss at outsourcing giant Serco, got on his bike, leaving current UK COO Andrew White as his replacement.
Google: Hey, devs - grab ahold of our Chromecast pipe and work it
Google is working on a webbified development to build the “next generation” of Chrome Apps.
Best Start Schools 'superhead' quits amid probe into tech contracts
The man dubbed a "superhead" in charge of five London schools has resigned months after being suspended as Hackney Council continues to probe the distribution of tech contracts.
You can't have that many! China scuppers US, EU tech tariff talks
The EU and the US have accused China of continuing to block attempts to get rid of trade tariffs on technology goods by asking for far too many exclusions.
Meet the man who'll TAKE OVER if UK faces CYBER ATTACK
The delayed launch of the national Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) is getting back on track with the appointment of its new director, Chris Gibson. This comes after the project was delayed until next year.
Spotify reckons it's worth $4 BILLION - and Netflix investor agrees
In the latest WTF valuation, music streaming site Spotify has raised around $250m in fresh funding, valuing the firm at a hefty $4bn.
Vintage wine laid down in 1600 BC was 'psychotropic'
The people of ancient Canaan were far more bibulous than anyone has previously suspected. Boffins have dug up 3,700-year-old wine jugs from an ancient cellar in a large Canaanite city called Tel Kabri, which is not far from the vineyards of modern Israel.
Meet the FOUR-TON DINO that made little Tyrannosaurs SOIL THEMSELVES
Before the T. rex held the world in the palm of his tiny, tiny clawed hands, another newly discovered dinosaur was terrorising the planet 98 million years ago.
Stewardess first to book $250k Virgin Galactic 'space trip' with BITCOINS
Brit entrepreneur Richard Branson's space-faring venture Virgin Galactic will now accept Bitcoins.
Moto's DIY smartphone Ara to be 3D PRINTED in exclusive new deal
Motorola has signed a multi-year deal with materials-printing firm 3D Systems to put together parts for its snap-together modular smartphone known as Project Ara.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5 ships, but still no RHEL 7 in sight
Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6.5 has reached general availability following a six-week beta period, making it the first minor release of RHEL 6 to ship since version 6.4 in February.
Those Xbox One first-day glitches: GREEN screens of DEATH, disc crunching
As inevitably happens when a new piece of tech gear goes on sale, some machines suffer malfunctions – and Microsoft's Xbox One games console is no different.
'High impact' Gmail password security hole blew accounts wide open
VidGoogle has fixed a "high impact" security bug in Gmail's password reset system that could have left any account wide open to a crafty hijacker.
Poor Intel TV dies on vine, its fancy pop-up shops turned into cafes, cinemas
Intel will open three pop-up retail locations in US cities this holiday season, but they won't be the kind of stores that some Intel execs originally envisioned.
XBOX ONE and PS4, you'll make us RUN OUT of INTERNET
Web puritans Blue Coat are predicting that the end of internet days because of the release of Xbox One and rival PlayStation 4 gaming consoles.