27th > November > 2013 Archive

Murchison Widefield Array telescope installation

Juniper bags AARNet fatter pipes and SDN

Juniper has given an elbow to Cisco's ribs down under, nabbing a key AARNet upgrade contract in the long-time Borg-friendly network.

Microsoft pockets a HUGE '$28' on an Xbox One: But NOT REALLY

Analysts claim Microsoft's new Xbox One games console will be a loss-leader – each costing Redmond more to produce than the price tag, once you factor in research'n'development.
Shaun Nichols, 27 Nov 2013
ATLAS illustration of Higgs boson decay

Exotic physics takes an arrow to the knee with new ATLAS results

Far from being the death of physics, the discovery of the Higgs boson in 2012 has set physics on a bunch of new searches – including how the Higgs decays.

Verizon, BT, Vodafone, Level 3 'let NSA jack into Google, Yahoo! fiber'

In October, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden claimed Uncle Sam's spies tapped into the optic-fiber cables linking the data centers of Google and Yahoo!
Shaun Nichols, 27 Nov 2013
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Dropbox is most pleasurable storage cloud for the old in-out

Boffins from the University of Twente and the Politecnico Di Torino have run the rule over five consumer-grade cloud storage services to see which performs best in terms of the load they impose on machines running them.
Simon Sharwood, 27 Nov 2013
Acer Chromebook C720

Want to reach out and touch your Chromebook? How does $299 grab you?

Acer's latest entry in its line of budget Chromebooks is touch-enabled, making it the first time a Chrome OS device has shipped with a touchscreen while still being priced under $300.
Neil McAllister, 27 Nov 2013
Kepler Stable Configuration

NASA shines a light on rehab plan for crocked Kepler probe

With Kepler a little wobbly on its pins, NASA has come up with an idea that will probably sound as if its scientists have reached for the sci-fi. But it's perfectly serious: the agency has tested the idea of using light pressure to help stabilise the spacecraft.

Eurocrats recommend right to sue American companies over snooping

The European Commission is calling for better protection of its citizens' data, against intrusion by American agencies like the NSA.
Julian Assange, photo by Espen Moe

US puts Assange charge in too-hard basket - report

US authorities have decided not to prosecute Wikileaker-in-chief Julian Assange, because to do so would mean also mean prosecutions of US-based media, according to The Washington Post.
Simon Sharwood, 27 Nov 2013
Photo of the KitKat mascot among the Android lawn statues

I'm Feeling LUCKY OR LAZY™? Chrome gets hands-free voice search

Google has developed a Chrome plugin to allow desktop users to activate the browser's voice-controlled web search feature just by saying "OK, Google".
Shaun Nichols, 27 Nov 2013

Sysadmin job ad: 'If you don’t mind really bad work-life balance, this is for you'

Games and comics site Penny Arcade has posted quite possible the worst job ad of all time, for a "Web / Software Developer & Sys Admin" that outlines unashamedly horrid working conditions.
Simon Sharwood, 27 Nov 2013

Beer giant San Miguel to become mobile operator

Asia Pacific brewing giant San Miguel Corporation (SMC) is planning a sideways step into the telecoms space by becoming a mobile operator in its home country of the Philippines next year.
Phil Muncaster, 27 Nov 2013
Jade Rabbit or Yutu lunar rover


China is hoping to land its first rover, Yutu or the Jade Rabbit, on the Moon next month as part of the third stage of its lunar missions.
Team Register, 27 Nov 2013
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VIOLENT video games make KIDS SMARTER – more violent the BETTER

A meta-study carried out by the American Psychological Association has claimed that playing computer games has many positive effects on children and, in some cases, the more violent the game the more beneficial the effect.
Iain Thomson, 27 Nov 2013

Thai man reportedly dies clutching his scorched iPhone 4S

A 28-year-old Thai man has become the latest to die after talking on his iPhone whilst it was charging, according to local media reports.
Phil Muncaster, 27 Nov 2013

Boffins: Bonkless Brits fondling slabs, not each other

Brits are doing it less often than they did twenty years ago, according to researchers from University College, London – and one reason could be the fragmentation of home life.
Cosmic rays hitting Earth

ROBOT SWARM positions itself over EARTH ... to probe our magnetic field

The European Space Agency has successfully deployed its trio of mapping satellites, dubbed Swarm, and is ready to start some serious scanning of the Earth's changing magnetic fields.
Iain Thomson, 27 Nov 2013

Microsoft announces new Skype China partner

Microsoft has announced a new JV partner offering Skype services to users in China, but it's likely to continue monitoring text chats and blocking banned keywords according to local laws.
Phil Muncaster, 27 Nov 2013
Motorola Moto G

Moto G: Google's KitKat bruiser could knock out, bury Landfill Android

Analysis Two weeks ago Motorola launched a cheap-as-chips Android phone that by common consent, isn't actually nasty. Quite rightly, the new Motorola Moto G has shot to the top of the picks of smartphones in the sub-£150 price point. In fact, you can pick one up without contract from Amazon for £135.
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Nov 2013
IDC object storage marketscape

IDC's explicit snapshot: Everyone who's anyone in object storage: In 3D

Analyst IDC has ranked object storage suppliers in a pretty 3D marketscape chart, and Cleversafe leads the pack.
Chris Mellor, 27 Nov 2013

WTF is the Internet of Things and how insurers will use it against you

Sysadmin Blog What is "the internet of things" and why should we care? Put simply, the internet of things is a catch-all term for ultra-low-power embedded devices that mostly consist of sensors and control systems.
Trevor Pott, 27 Nov 2013
Micron HMC chip during manufacture

Micron: Our STACKED SILICON BEAUTY solves the DRAM problem

Dratted multi-core CPUs. DRAM is running into a bandwidth problem. More powerful CPUs has meant that more cores are trying to access a server’s memory and the bandwidth is running out.
Chris Mellor, 27 Nov 2013
Kobo Arc 10HD Android tablet

Kobo Arc 10HD: The bookworm's fondleslab?

Review If you’re in the tablets game, then delivering hi-res models in various form factors seems to have been this year’s preoccupation. Among the myriad hordes pushing out Android fondleslabs are those in the ebook sector – and Canadian e-ink vendor Kobo has done just that, with a screen that's even sharper than the new iPad Air.
Bob Dormon, 27 Nov 2013

Hey, boffins, Google wants you to train your AI on VIDEO GAMES

"Honestly, we never thought feeding our nascent artificial intelligence systems with hours and hours of simulated violence could lead to anything bad. It's really a huge surprise!"
Jack Clark, 27 Nov 2013
A map of Europe's solar potential

Euro computer emergency teams need better support – ENISA

Europe – via ENISA, the EU network and information security agency – is setting its shoulder to the Sisyphean task of trying to align its various national Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs).
Sony PS4

PS-PHWOARRR: We review Sony’s next-gen PlayStation 4

Review Taking the PlayStation 4 out of its box, my first thought was that it’s monolithic: the kind of object that 2001: A Space Odyssey’s hairy, belly scratching apemen would have danced around in worship.
Mike Plant, 27 Nov 2013

How STEVE JOBS saved Apple's bacon with an outstretched ARM

Feature The chip designers at ARM Holdings have turned the computing world upside down, shaken Intel to its core, pulled AMD into its orbit, and broadened its range beyond mobile into every nook and cranny of the digital world, from toys to servers.
Rik Myslewski, 27 Nov 2013
Measuring up Apple

HOT AIR leads to RISES: Apple shares soar after iPad, MacBook releases

Peak Apple The price of Apple's stock has hit the highest point since January following the release of new ranges of iPads and Macbook Pros.
Jasper Hamill, 27 Nov 2013
Twitter girl

NSA spied on 'radicalisers' porn surfing so as to discredit them, reveals Snowden

The NSA spied on the porn-surfing habits of firebrand Muslims as part of a plan to discredit "radicalisers", it has emerged.
John Leyden, 27 Nov 2013

Telcos can be forced to turn copyright cop, block websites – EU law man

ISPs across Europe can be instructed to block websites that provide access to pirated material, an EU advocate general said in a non-binding court opinion published yesterday.
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Nov 2013
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Judge rules investors can sue Meg Whitman and HP over Autonomy

HP and its chief Meg Whitman will have to face claims from a shareholder class action lawsuit alleging the exec and her firm knew statements from Autonomy's management were misleading before the acquisition.

Tech Data goes for big gun credit man amid accounts probe

Tech Data UK has opted for a big hitter to head up its credit function amid the continued probe into accounting irregularities.
Paul Kunert, 27 Nov 2013
Visual Studio

Visual Studio 2013: 50 Shades of Grey not a worry for MONSTER dev TOOL

Review How good is the latest iteration of Microsoft’s monster development tool, Visual Studio 2013?
Tim Anderson, 27 Nov 2013
Starship Enterprise

HP storage bods: We're not up there with EMC, but we're CRUSHING IBM

HP’s annual storage sales are growing much faster than IBM’s, but are eclipsed by the revenue growth of storage front-runners EMC and NetApp.
Chris Mellor, 27 Nov 2013
Microsoft Surface bomb

Hello! Still here! Surface 2! Way better than iPad! says slightly desperate Microsoft

Microsoft has attempted to revive the fortunes of its ailing fondleslab Surface 2 with a comparative ad campaign that pits the blue tablet against the latest iPad.
Jasper Hamill, 27 Nov 2013

Speaking in Tech: Amazon showed me a 1980s HAIR METAL bar

Podcast Podcast It's another of our weekly Wednesday tech podcasts, hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week Sarah is out enjoying Thanksgiving while Ed and Greg cook up a podcast with special guest Brian Gracely, who is EMC senior director of global solutions marketing and co-host of all-things-cloud podcast …
Team Register, 27 Nov 2013

Halfway through Meg Whitman's HP turnaround time: Is it working?

Analysis Two years in, is Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman’s recovery plan bearing green shoots?
Gavin Clarke, 27 Nov 2013
Bezos headshot

Amazon fires up worldwide Read Replicas for hosted MySQL

Developers that use the hulking Amazon Web Services infrastructure cloud can now shift Read Replicas of data into other global data center hubs.
Jack Clark, 27 Nov 2013
GCHQ Benhall doughnut aerial view

GCHQ was called in to crack password in Watkins child abuse case

It was operatives at British intelligence agency GCHQ who cracked the password on the laptop of "determined paedophile" Ian Watkins, a court heard on Tuesday.
John Leyden, 27 Nov 2013
A map of Europe's solar potential

Google tries to MAP its way out of competition trouble in Brussels

Google's rivals in Europe are fed up with what they see as Mountain View's intransigent attitude towards the now three-year-long regulatory competition probe of its search business.
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Nov 2013

Rare BLOWJOB-GIVING APES 'face extinction from interacting with HUMANS'

The rare Bonobo ape - formerly known as the pygmy chimpanzee - faces a serious menace to its continued survival due to the activities of humans, scientists say.
Lewis Page, 27 Nov 2013

What are you, APPLE? Storage upstart patents filesystem wrapper tech

Cloud storage upstart Nasuni has been granted a patent for its UniFS file system, which layers a filesystem onto a public cloud storage provider’s object storage systems.
Chris Mellor, 27 Nov 2013
The new Twitter logo. Pic: Twitter

Twitter mobs attack wrong celebrity Ian Watkins after child abuse case

A furious online hate mob has attacked Steps singer H after trying to launch a hate campaign against a different celebrity musician who pled guilty to a string of vile child sex offences.
Jasper Hamill, 27 Nov 2013
F-16 falcon fighter jet

Small software firm wins $28.4m after lobbing sueball at LOCKHEED MARTIN

Titchy software company Command Technology has managed to win $24.8m in a settlement from the mighty Lockheed Martin for unfair competition.
Container ship in Hamburg harbour

World Trade Organisation chief warns global deals are ABOUT TO TANK

The World Trade Organisation head Roberto Azevedo has warned that the first potential global deal in over 10 years – which deals with issues like tariffs on goods, food security and faster global trade – hangs in the balance after talks in Geneva.

Partners to Microsoft: We are NOT ready for cloudy stuff yet

Microsoft has delayed and in some cases completely scrapped a raft of cloudy changes to its Partner Network that were due to be put in place from as early as January.
Paul Kunert, 27 Nov 2013
A yellow female kuda seahorse


Seahorses may appear to be magical, happy underwater creatures, but they're actually vicious predators, capable of catching even the fleetest of their prey unawares despite the fact that they're terrible swimmers.
A Plainfin Midshipman

Fishy fishers' fishing figures fingered using Google Earth Gulf pics

A scientist has used Google Earth to uncover a Middle Eastern fish scam which could mean that six times more sea dwellers are caught than is officially reported.
Jasper Hamill, 27 Nov 2013

COMET ISON's sun dive climax: RENDEZVOUS with DESTINY

Vid - Updated NASA has released a nifty video of Comet Ison as it makes its way inexorably towards its closest encounter with the Sun in just over three hours now at 18:44 GMT, 28 November.
Lester Haines, 27 Nov 2013
opensuse 13 beta 1 screen shot

OpenSUSE 13.1: Oh look, a Linux with YOU in mind (and 64-bit ARMs)

Review Linux distro OpenSUSE 13.1 is a modest but important update that concentrates on stability and overall polish.
Sign outside the National Security Agency HQ

Microsoft, HURTING after NSA backdooring, vows to now harden its pipe

Microsoft is scrambling to encrypt its data centers' interlinks – after a fresh Snowden leak suggested the NSA and GCHQ tapped into the cables and intercepted sensitive network traffic.
Iain Thomson, 27 Nov 2013

Just who is Apple's most frustrated fanboi? Surprise – it's GOOGLE

Major Apple customer Google says it has been forced to go it alone when supporting a large-scale deployment of Macs.
Jack Clark, 27 Nov 2013

Bitcoin value breaks $1,000 barrier in FRENZIED HYPEGASM

Heavy trading on Bitcoin exchanges has pushed the price up to over $1,000 for the first time.
Iain Thomson, 27 Nov 2013

Small-biz bosses: Want staff plans from Obama Care site? See ya in 2014!

The beleaguered US HealthCare.gov portal has been dealt yet another setback: small-business owners will not be able to use the medical insurance marketplace to buy plans for staff for another year.
Shaun Nichols, 27 Nov 2013