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Four teachers indicted in Steubenville social media rape case

Ohio's attorney general has announced that four more school staff, including a supervisor, have been indicted for interfering with the investigation of a teenager who was raped in Steubenville last year, attracting the attention of hackers from Anonymous.
Iain Thomson, 26 Nov 2013

Dell exec tells El Reg: Privatization has fired up 'world's largest startup'

SC13 There's a lot of business-building freedom to be gained by escaping the tyranny of the Wall Street moneymen and turning your company into "the world's largest startup," a Dell exec tells The Reg.
Rik Myslewski, 26 Nov 2013

Yahoo! staff! slapped! for! 'snubbing! own! webmail! and! preferring! Outlook!'

Yahoo! staff are catching heat from bosses for largely eschewing the company's own email service in favor of competing software, according to a leaked memo.
Shaun Nichols, 26 Nov 2013
Save Winamp Change.org petition art

Indy devs to AOL: Save Winamp, or at least make it open source

A petition to save the doomed media player Winamp has already garnered more than 15,000 signatures, but the software's parent company has yet to show any signs of reversing its decision.
Neil McAllister, 26 Nov 2013
Ten protestors at the NBN Day of Action

NBN day of action fizzles as just 20 show at Turnbull's office

The day of action in support of Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN) has fizzled out, with just 20 people attending an event at the office of communications minister Malcolm Turnbull. Four of the twenty, including your correspondent, were media. One was a baby.
Simon Sharwood, 26 Nov 2013
Design for the  Orp 1 secure router

NSA-busting secure, open, router seeks cash and code from crowd

Australian embedded systems designer Redfish is hoping to attract funding from the crowd to market a secure routing platform that open-sources both the hardware and software to protect users from unwanted snooping.
Image two from the patent document

Scores of profs give hated US patent law an F minus, demand massive rewrite

A group of 60 or so US law professors have publicly backed an effort to overhaul the US patent system.
Shaun Nichols, 26 Nov 2013

Cow FLATULENCE, gas emissions MUCH WORSE than thought - boffins

A new study has revealed that the amount of methane – a greenhouse gas 20 times more potent but far less prevalent than CO2 – released into the US atmosphere is significantly higher than previously thought.
Rik Myslewski, 26 Nov 2013
Qubit visualisation

Noisy qubits destroy data in order to save it

Scientists from NIST and the University of Copenhagen have persuaded a handful of atoms to get into a tangle by shedding their heat into the outside world.
Qualcomm Atheros AR9004TB

Sweaty palm time at Qualcomm after Beijing launches probe

Qualcomm is the latest US technology giant to find itself in trouble in China, having been placed under investigation in an anti-monopoly probe and suffering from the fallout over NSA spying revelations.
Phil Muncaster, 26 Nov 2013
Strech your supercap

Stretchy capacitive sheaths coming to protect your pay-by-bonk mobe

Researchers in the USA and China are vying for the honour of being first off the block with a fibre-shaped supercapacitor built from carbon nanotubes.
The new Twitter logo. Pic: Twitter

The TWEET got me drunk, Conshtable, I SHWEAR IT

Twitter has taken the odd step of enhancing its age verification routines so that alcohol vendors can “connect with an age-appropriate audience”.
Simon Sharwood, 26 Nov 2013

US and Japanese chip firms team up on MRAM project

A group of over 20 Japanese and US chip companies are joining forces to develop a way to mass produce new low power memory chips that operate ten times faster than DRAM.
Phil Muncaster, 26 Nov 2013
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Supermodel Lily Cole in Impossible partnership with Jimbo Wales, YOU

Supermodel Lily Cole has launched a new social network, dubbed Impossible, that relies on the good nature of strangers to exchange "gifts" on the site for free.
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Nov 2013
Xbox One and chum

XBOX ONE owners rage as HDMI SNAFU 'judders' Brit and Euro tellies

XBOX One owners across Europe are grumpy with Microsoft, which seems to have shoved the new console out the door with settings that make British and European tellies “judder”.
Simon Sharwood, 26 Nov 2013
Pebble smartwatch

ZTE becomes latest to cuff self to smartwatch bandwagon

Chinese phone maker ZTE has become the latest vendor to cuff itself to the smartwatch bandwagon after announcing plans to launch a device in the second quarter of 2014.
Phil Muncaster, 26 Nov 2013

'MacGyver' geezer makes 'SHOTGUN, GRENADE' from airport shop tat

Vid Application developer and part-time security researcher Evan Booth has produced a series of videos showing how an array of apparently deadly weapons can be MacGyver'd from stuff on sale in airport shops.
Iain Thomson, 26 Nov 2013
John McAfee

John McAfee punted from Portland party pad

IT's funnest guy, John McAfee, is making news again for things that have very little to do with technology.
Simon Sharwood, 26 Nov 2013
Barbed wire surrounding communications tower

Google, please DRILL through Great Firewall of China with your HTTPS LANCE

A non-profit anti-censorship body has called on Eric Schmidt and Google to lead by example and call China’s bluff on web censorship with a simple two-pronged approach.
Phil Muncaster, 26 Nov 2013
Throwboys' iCEO

Why Microsoft absolutely DOESN'T need its own Steve Jobs

Sysadmin Blog Microsoft is a company in transition. Speculation is rampant and everyone in the IT industry seems to have a strong opinion on what Microsoft should – and shouldn't – do.
Trevor Pott, 26 Nov 2013
Soul of a New Machine

Big Data is getting too damn big - and nobody is helping to fix this

Storagebod As vendors race to be better, faster and to differentiate themselves in an already busy marketplace, the real needs of the storage teams can be left unmet - and also those of the storage consumer. At times it is as if the various vendors are building dragsters, calling them family saloons and hoping that nobody notices. The problems that I blogged about when I started out blogging seem still mostly unsolved.
StorageBod, 26 Nov 2013

iCan't quite hear you: Apple teams up with Danish firm to make hearing aids

Apple is working with a hearing aid manufacturer to produce a device using technology similar to that used in the much-derided bluetooth headset. The new kit will allow the hard-of-hearing to stream voice and music directly into the ear.
Jasper Hamill, 26 Nov 2013
Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Samsung and HTC face Android 3D graphics test chart removal SHAME

Benchmark software operation Futuremark has said it believes Samsung and HTC have attempted to rig the results its graphics testing app, 3DMark Android, yields when run on four of the two manufacturers’ most popular devices.
Tony Smith, 26 Nov 2013
Apple MacBook Pro 17in 2009 fusion upgrade in 2013

You DON'T need a new MacBook! Reg man fiddles with Fusion, pimps out vintage Pro

Feature I need a new MacBook Pro… or do I? It’s probably a question that many a Mac user ponders and, given the choices these days, is much more difficult to answer. Having just reviewed the MacBook Pro 13in with Retina Display, I’m not sure I’m ready to commit myself to soldered RAM and the hope that upgrades will appear for its custom SSD form factor.
Bob Dormon, 26 Nov 2013

Angela Merkel's phone was being listened in on by FIVE foreign powers

German chancellor Angela Merkel's mobile was wire-tapped by at least five foreign intelligence agencies, unnamed German security officials have told Focus magazine.
John Leyden, 26 Nov 2013
DDN IME block diagram

DDN: Parallel file systems hit the wall? Let them eat super-duper-charged cache

DataDirect Networks reckons existing parallel file systems will run full tilt into a scalability wall as they get overwhelmed by concurrent file accesses and locks from HPC compute complexes with tens of thousands of cores. A bigger, better and faster cache is needed.
Chris Mellor, 26 Nov 2013
BBC 3D Day of the Doctor

BBC's 3D blunder BLASTED OUR BRAINS – Doctor Who fans

Does the BBC still dislike Doctor Who the way it did back in the 1980s? Its presentation on iPlayer of this past Saturday’s 50th anniversary special, Day of the Doctor, suggests it might do. The 3D version is giving us headaches and eye-strain, allege eager Whovians.
Tony Smith, 26 Nov 2013

Yahoo! co-founder Jerry Yang joins board of Oracle rival Workday

Yahoo! co-founder Jerry Yang is taking a hand in the affairs of fast-growing Oracle and SAP competitor Workday.
Gavin Clarke, 26 Nov 2013
LSI WarpDrive SSD

LSI’s less-explosive Nytro: Smaller bangs for hyperscale DCs

LSI has produced a cost- and power draw-reduced server flash card product line for hyperscale data centres.
Chris Mellor, 26 Nov 2013

We flew our man Jack Clark into Facebook's desert DATA TOMB. This is what he saw

Pictures In the high desert of Oregon, Facebook will store in a cold low-power digital morgue the photos of you, me, and everyone else on its content farm.
Jack Clark, 26 Nov 2013
Barbed wire surrounding communications tower

Schmidt: Social networks will FREE THE PEOPLE of China

China's thirst for social networks will help the country's citizens smash through its rigid state control, Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt has claimed.
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Nov 2013

Chairman grabs CEO's chair at British Airways' IT and comms supplier

KCom Group recorded a first-half year profit slide on the back of infrastructure and fibre optic investments with a downturn in business broadband and large enterprise integration work not helping.
Paul Kunert, 26 Nov 2013

These lucky people get paid to play CYBER WAR GAMES

Some lucky infosec professionals will be taking part in a cyber war game designed to test the readiness of NATO countries to respond to "large scale cyber attacks targeting information infrastructures" in the pretty city of Tartu in Estonia.
John Leyden, 26 Nov 2013

Apple supplier's '11-hours-a-day' toilers have '1 day off a month'

A Hong Kong rights group has accused supplier Biel Crystal of mistreating workers who are making touchscreens for Apple, Samsung and other smartphone makers.
Apple iPad Mini 2013

Samsung's bid to halt grinding wheels of justice in Apple case denied

A judge overseeing the interminable patent battle between Samsung and Apple has denied the South Korean firm's latest bid to stall proceedings.
Jasper Hamill, 26 Nov 2013
Beer taps

Hey, Microsoft, why don't you grab a beer with us?

Opinion The IT community can be a wealth of information and support. There is always someone out there that has an opinion - good or bad - or a problem that is similar to yours.
2001: A Space Odyssey

Is that you, HAL? No, it's NEIL: Google, US Navy pour money into 'associative' AI brain

NEIL hasn't slept or eaten in four months, it's just browsed the internet and tried to figure out connections between aircraft and aircraft carriers, or hot dogs and buns.
Jack Clark, 26 Nov 2013
Angry woman on mobile

Romance is dead: Part-time model slings $1.5bn SUEBALL at Match.com

Online dating website Match.com is being sued by a woman in Florida, who has brought a $1.5bn class-action lawsuit against the company in which she alleges that photos of her and thousands of others were used without permission on fake profiles.
Team Register, 26 Nov 2013

Dropbox joins Linux patent protection hit squad

A company launched to defend Linux on PCs and servers is turning its attention to venture-backed cloud startups and mobile.
Gavin Clarke, 26 Nov 2013

City of London cops ARREST 6 suspected to be MICROSOFT COUNTERFEIT RING

The cops have cuffed six people from Barton-upon-Humber and the surrounding area on suspicion of flogging counterfeit Microsoft gear online, the City of London (CoL) police has confirmed.
Paul Kunert, 26 Nov 2013
Photo of the KitKat mascot among the Android lawn statues

Got a NAKED Jelly Bean Samsung S4 or HTC One? Maybe it's time for a KitKat

Google has begun to roll out version 4.4 of its Android KitKat software to Google Play editions of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One.
Team Register, 26 Nov 2013

KILO-MACH SONIC BOOM probed in fireball embers of 1572AD SUPERNOVA

Many thousands of years ago, far away in the constellation Cassiopeia, a white dwarf star blew up with cataclysmic violence. Much, much later, in the year 1572 when good Queen Bess was on the throne, the light of the supernova reached Earth. Now, astronomers probing the vast cloud of slowly cooling gases left behind say they have made a remarkable series of discoveries.
Lewis Page, 26 Nov 2013

PC market: ABANDON HOPE all ye who enter here

If PC makers were despondent that slablets of every type continue to hog consumer spending this year, then 2014 will bring little relief - and may finally shove those teetering on the brink of the abyss over the edge.
Paul Kunert, 26 Nov 2013
Twisted Metal

BIG IRON cluster warriors put pedal to HOT METAL

HPC blog We saw an interesting assortment of gear from the teams competing in the SC13 Standard (Big Iron) Track of the Student Cluster Competition.
HP Slate 21

HP’s ENORMO-SLAB: The Slate 21 MONSTER tablet

Review Hewlett-Packard’s first attempt at an Android tablet, the Slate 7, was a cheap, wretched and irredeemably awful device. So when I heard that the Palm killer’s follow-up fondleslab was to be a 21-inch affair, my reaction was one of incredulity mixed with foreboding.
Alun Taylor, 26 Nov 2013
iBuyPower Steam Box

Valve pal iBuyPower touts cut-price Steam box as powerful as PS4 or Xbox

Californian games PC maker iBuyPower has become one of the first vendors to take the wraps off an upcoming box based on Valve’s Steam OS.
Tony Smith, 26 Nov 2013
Intel SSD 520

Intel puts fledgling internet telly service up for sale

Intel is reportedly asking for around $500m for the internet TV service it never quite managed to launch, OnCue.
Parliament in the clouds

Cabinet Office: Hey, forget those multi-BILLION pound deals...

The Cabinet Office has insisted the multi-billion pound software and hardware framework that is about to surface will complement and not overshadow its cloud-first policy.
Paul Kunert, 26 Nov 2013
Google's Mountain View headquarters

Google faces fresh privacy gripes for splashing your G+ mug over ads

Google is facing yet another privacy protest in Europe, after Mountain View recently tweaked its terms of service to allow it to plaster its users' profile names and photos over ads.
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Nov 2013

Infinio CEO: It's VNAS not VSAN. Chuh!

CEO interview blog Centralised storage often represents the performance bottleneck of the data centre stack. The storage array sits far away from the application and has to deal with changing I/O from multiple applications. As a result, latency to a busy storage array is high and performance can be unpredictable.
Man wrinkles his eyes in an expression of pain, annoyance or dsicomfort

CIOs, IT chiefs: ARRGH! What do you MEAN, HR just bought 400 iPads and didn't tell us

CIOs and IT bods are in the dark over tech budgets as lines of biz people sidestep them to deploy their own projects, according to a survey by the Corporate Executive Board.
Paul Kunert, 26 Nov 2013
European Union Flag

European Parliament reports HACK ATTACK, turns off public Wi-Fi

The European Parliament has disabled its public Wi-Fi network following the detection of a suspected hacking attack which has been linked to the exposure of weak security practices at the institution by a French media outlet.
John Leyden, 26 Nov 2013
International Space Station

Gift-laden Russian cargoship blasts off, heads for International Space Station

A new Russian Progress cargoship, loaded up with nearly three tonnes of food, fuel, supplies and holiday gifts for the International Space Station's crew launched from Baikonur last night.

HIDDEN SHRINE from 500 BC found, may crack Buddha's birthday riddle

A team of archeologists have dug up the oldest Buddhist shrine in the world, literally shedding light on the birthplace of Buddha.
Jasper Hamill, 26 Nov 2013

Microsoft bans XXXXBOX gamers for CURSING in online combat

Microsoft has announced that it will silence swearing and cursing players on its Xbox Live online gaming service.
Jasper Hamill, 26 Nov 2013
Motorola Moto G

SCREW IT, says Motorola: Moto G mobe goes on sale two months EARLY

Motorola has offered an early Christmas present to its US customers by making its new, low-cost Moto G handset available for preorder in time for the holidays.
Neil McAllister, 26 Nov 2013
Spitzer pics of comet ISON 500m km from the Sun

Thanksgiving ROAST in SPAAACE: Comet ISON faces FIERY SUN DEATH

On November 28, while many Americans will be sitting down to roast turkey and all the trimmings, Comet ISON faces being slowly cooked to death as it passes within a million miles of the Sun's surface.
Iain Thomson, 26 Nov 2013
Xbox One and chum

Microsoft: SORRY for the BORKED Xbox One disc drives, here's a free game

Microsoft is offering a free game download to players whose new Xbox One consoles suffering from broken disc drives.
Shaun Nichols, 26 Nov 2013
The Tanami Desert en route to Willowara

Going bush Down Under? Your fave cat vids can come too!

The Vulture South team has just driven from Darwin to Adelaide to cover the World Solar Challenge, the biennial car race that aims to accelerate the development of solar technology.

Docker 0.7 has a lover in every port: Containerizer cozies up to Linux distros

Containerization tech Docker is now supported by all the major Linux distros, making it easier for developers to adopt the lightweight app packaging and shipping tool.
Jack Clark, 26 Nov 2013

Solar vendors GOUGE non-US customers

The infamous “Aussie Tax” might be getting squeezed in the IT industry, but it's alive and well in other tech markets.

GTA San Andreas: Now smack that disobedient hooker on your PHONE

While copies of the latest version of Grand Theft Auto V are flying off the shelves, Rockstar isn’t sitting on its laurels. It's announced it will bring the much-loved San Andreas 2004 version to phones and fondleslabs.
Iain Thomson, 26 Nov 2013

Ditch IP from TPP, says Aust Digital Alliance

The Australian Digital Alliance (ADA) has joined its voice to those warning that the Trans Pacific Partnership treaty negotiations are heading into dangerous waters. The treaty text is such a mess, the ADA warns, that the IP provisions should simply be ditched.

Wait, what's that shuffling from 2013's gloom? It's a bloodied but unbowed HP

The near unthinkable has happened. Despite a troubled year for the PC industry and a generally poor outlook for the next one, HP has managed to report good news for its fourth quarter, beating expectations both for the quarter and for fiscal 2013.
Neil McAllister, 26 Nov 2013