28th > November > 2013 Archive

'You're BEAUTIFUL when you're angry' 'You SEXIST PIG!' Xbox One's fresh brouhaha

Microsoft has rewritten an Xbox One web promotion that backfired when it was branded sexist by upset gamers. The tech giant has apologized.
Shaun Nichols, 28 Nov 2013

Mini-cluster competitor configs revealed

SC'13 The students in the Commodity Track of the SC13 Student Cluster Competition in Denver faced quite a challenge last week. They had to build at least a dual-node HPC cluster, but could only spend a total of $2,500 on it.

Meet the Cluster teams: Colorado and Texas

HPC blog Exciting times at the SC13 Student Cluster Competition in Denver this year. Time to take an up close and personal look at two of the most experienced teams in the competition, Colorado and Texas.
Fail whale

New exploding whale vid once again shows true porpoise of internet

As The Reg noted last month, exploding whales have made an important contribution to the Internet.
Simon Sharwood, 28 Nov 2013
Cloud security

THOUSANDS of Ruby on Rails sites leave logins lying around

A security researcher has warned that a Ruby on Rails vulnerability first outlined in September is continuing to linger on the Web, courtesy of admins that don't realise a vulnerability exists in its default CookieStore session storage mechanism.
OCZ Vertex 4 256GB SSD

OCZ goes titsup, flogs own corpse to Toshiba

Solid state disk maker OCZ Technology Group has gone titsup and filed for bankruptcy.
Simon Sharwood, 28 Nov 2013

THIS ONE WEIRD CHIP cuts weight from data centre power bills

A Korean scientist whose CV includes 100 Gbps Ethernet for Finisar says he's created an extremely low-power 100 Gbps clock data recovery (CDR) chip to help cut data centre communications power consumption.
Nook GlowLight

Barnes & Noble's Nook sales take a long walk off a very short pier

Barnes & Noble's ebook efforts continue to falter, with the company's struggling digital division reporting disappointing revenues as it lurches into what could prove to be a difficult holiday season.
Neil McAllister, 28 Nov 2013
bug on keyboard

Microsoft squashes Exchange Server bug

Redmond has issued a patch for Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 to cure a bug that borked its backups.

Ex-Nokia team unveil Jolla smartphone with added Sailfish OS

Jolla, the Finnish startup made up of Nokia executives purged by Stephen Elop, has put its first smartphones on sale, but only for 450 people who come to Finland and pick them up.
Iain Thomson, 28 Nov 2013
Goudsene's quad-copter camera rig


It's easy to get panoramic images from an ordinary still camera, but over on Arxiv, there's a paper that takes panoramas a step further: using cheap video cameras and tiny quad-copters to put together panoramic photos from an aerial perspective.
Hong Kong datacentre asicminer man standing

Hong Kong Bitcoin miners pour datacentre in a FISH TANK

A Hong Kong Bitcoin mining company has hit upon an unusual design for its new datacentre, immersing its server blades in metre-high glass tanks of bubbling cooling liquid.
Phil Muncaster, 28 Nov 2013

Singaporean finn-off 'Newkia' readies Android phones

Singapore-based smartphone biz Newkia, started by a former Nokia APAC boss, has named its first global CEO to help it realise a mission to launch the Android handsets the Finnish firm never could.
Phil Muncaster, 28 Nov 2013

False widow spiders in guinea pig slaughter horror

A British mum has warned against the inexorable spread of the false widow spider after the killer arachnid apparently dispatched a trio of her family's guinea pigs to the hereafter.
Lester Haines, 28 Nov 2013

Google to CyanogenMod: YOU! GIT yore warranty-BUSTING ASS outa Play

Google has taken a dim view of the CyanogenMod Installer, an app that makes it easier to install alternative firmwares on Android phones, leading its developers to pull it from the Google Play Store.
Neil McAllister, 28 Nov 2013
Kinect family gaming

Chinese prof brands gamers no better than drug dealers

A Chinese newspaper has managed to offend most of the nation’s gaming community by quoting an addiction “expert” who likened gamers to drug dealers.
Phil Muncaster, 28 Nov 2013
Cisco MU-MIMO diagram


With 802.11ac Wave 2 due for ratification in December, El Reg had a talk to Cisco's Andrew Myles, Manager of Protocols in the Borg's Wireless Network Business Unit, to get a handle on one of its more interesting characteristics: MU-MIMO.

Samsung hauls in chiefs for 'CRISIS awareness' confab – report

Reports have surfaced that Samsung is calling together 600 of its global managerial staff for a "Crisis Awareness" meeting to be held in mid-December.
Rik Myslewski, 28 Nov 2013
An email ad for the Telecom Australia Computerphone

Sinclair's FORGOTTEN Australia-only micro revealed!

In early 1980s Australia if you wanted a home computer, chances are you were a Commodore user, a TRS-80 user or … a Commodore user. Famous British micros from the likes of Sinclair and Oric never really got a foothold down under, leaving the field to the Vic 20, C64 and the occasional local contender like Microbee.
Simon Sharwood, 28 Nov 2013

DVLA declares J14 HAD on BU14 SHT and SL14 AGS

Blighty's Drivers and Vehicles Licensing Authority (DVLA) has announced a list of vehicle registration numbers which won't be available to wags looking to take advantage of the latest "63" and upcoming "14" plates.
Lester Haines, 28 Nov 2013

Microsoft hires Pawn Stars to shaft Google

Microsoft has turned its guns on the Google Chromebook as the "Scroogled" campaign enters its nastiest phase yet.
Jasper Hamill, 28 Nov 2013
Apple MacBook Air 13-inch 2013

Mass Effect: Ten lightweight laptops that won’t bust your back

Product Roundup The arrival of Intel’s Haswell processors this year promised a new generation of ultraportable laptops that would be slimmer, lighter and provide better battery life than ever before.
Cliff Joseph, 28 Nov 2013
MacPup in action

DEATH-PROOF your old XP netbook: 5 OSes to bring it back to life

My son's school has decreed that next year he'll need a computer of some sort.
Simon Sharwood, 28 Nov 2013

Managing your business devices through System Center 2012

Free live training Today at 11am GMT, we will broadcasting a live training session to show you one way of solving the business-critical challenge of managing multi-vendor devices. You'll be able to watch it below for free from the comfort of your desk/sofa/bed.
David Gordon, 28 Nov 2013
workman in high vis jacket bent over, super-imposed on cloud background

Dropbox dropouts and biz rebels: Stay in control ... inhale your own cloud

Build your own cloud - part 2 In part one, I looked at how cloud services can fail you, using the example of the demise of Google Reader and the ensuing feed-ing frenzy.

Google: YouTube fights off HUGE ASCII PHALLUS MENACE

The integration of YouTube comments with Google Plus has led to a new wave of obscene comment spam and more junk, Google has admitted.
John Leyden, 28 Nov 2013
Honor Blackman as Pussy Galore

Exciting new BRAZILIAN PUSSY FINGERED by overjoyed boffins

Flabbergasted investigators say that a previously unknown, very exciting Brazilian pussy was right under their noses but they have only just realised it.
Lewis Page, 28 Nov 2013
Artist's impression of thunder-thighs kicking a lesser dinosaur into touch. Pic: UCL

COMPLETE, FIFTY-FOOT DINOSAUR sold to MYSTERIOUS, reclusive bidder for £480k

A rare skeleton of one of the largest creatures ever to walk the Earth has been sold at auction for nearly half a million quid to a mystery buyer.
Gavin Clarke, 28 Nov 2013
Terror at 20,000 feet

Weird PHP-poking Linux worm slithers into home routers, Internet of Things

Symantec has stumbled across a worm that exploits various vulnerabilities in PHP to infect Intel x86-powered Linux devices. The security biz says the malware threatens to compromise home broadband routers and similar equipment.
Shaun Nichols, 28 Nov 2013

PS4 with Black Friday underway: TOUGH, you CAN'T HAVE ONE!

Amazon has dashed the festive dreams of kiddies across Britain after warning that anyone who plans to buy a new PS4 from the online souk will only receive it after Christmas.
Jasper Hamill, 28 Nov 2013
Harry Potter in his invisibility cloak

BT performs INSOURCERY on outsourced staffers to secure cash savings

BT has scooped up 282 workers from Securitas, who had been outsourced by the security firm to provide front desk support across England, Scotland and Wales for the telecoms giant.
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Nov 2013

You have a Skype voicemail. PSYCHE! It's just some fiendish Trojan-flinging spam

A spam run of fake Skype voicemail alert emails actually comes packed with malware, a UK police agency warns.
John Leyden, 28 Nov 2013

Phoenix IT Group blames former CEO and economy for woes

Phoenix IT Group chairman Peter Bertram fingered his former CEO and the fragile economic recovery as reasons why trade remains damp and profits have yet to rebound in a more meaningful way.
Paul Kunert, 28 Nov 2013
Two mobiles man

BT fattens flabby Global Services biz to puff and huff way to £32bn

Falling sales at BT's global services division has forced the company to make a bold shift in its strategy in that part of the business by expanding its investments abroad.
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Nov 2013

Think unpatched Win XP hole's not a big deal? Hope you trust your local users

An unpatched vulnerability in Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 creates a means for hackers to gain admin rights on vulnerable Windows XP machines, Microsoft warned on Wednesday.
John Leyden, 28 Nov 2013
iPhone 4

Apple dodges data privacy sueball: Fanbois didn't RTFM*, says judge

A US judge has thrown out an Apple user lawsuit over data privacy, saying that the former fanbois and gurlz had failed to show any evidence that they knew about Apple's privacy policies before they bought their iPhones.
Muscular man stripping off his shirt

Salesforce stuffs CRM dollars into Benioff's package

No wonder Marc Benioff is feeling relaxed. Salesforce is increasing his multi-million-dollar package by more than a fifth.
Gavin Clarke, 28 Nov 2013

EMC: Backup is BROKEN, do you hear me? Now buy this other thing

Comment EMC says backup is broken, and that infrastructure should now be able to protect itself using intelligence it possesses. It is hoping users will move towards copy data management and away from leaving idle data in silos waiting for something to happen.
Chris Mellor, 28 Nov 2013
Stock ticker board

Fujitsu: Sayonara, London Stock Exchange... You're not worth the money

Japanese giant Fujitsu is to yank its shares from the London Stock Exchange in a move that will help it cuts costs and which recognises the shifting sands in global financial markets.
Paul Kunert, 28 Nov 2013
Broken record

Looks like Google may ask you to PAY for YouTube music - report

Google appears to be readying YouTube for a music subscription service, after intriguing references were spotted in the app by the Android Police blog.
Team Register, 28 Nov 2013

Why BURN Facebook after reading when you can 'save it for later'?

Facebook is reportedly working on a new feature that allows its users to save links to news stories that are shared on the free content ad network so that they can return to read them later.
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Nov 2013

Samsung to spend ENTIRE budget of London 2012 OLYMPICS... on ADS

Samsung is preparing to embark upon a mammoth advertising campaign which will see it spend a whopping $14bn (£8.57bn) this year.
Jasper Hamill, 28 Nov 2013

Beastie Boys parody sueball tennis ends after toy firm yanks Girls

A video featuring a parody of the catchy Beastie Boys song Girls* has been removed by a San Francisco-based toy company after it tried to sue the rappers – who themselves had complained about it being used for commercial purposes.
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Nov 2013
Artist’s visualization of the environment around M101 ULX-1

'This BLACK HOLE just isn't BLACK AT ALL' snarl boffins

Boffins have found that a nearby black hole is not living up to its name at all by shining as brightly as it possibly can and showing scientists just how much more there is to learn about the astronomical phenomenon.
Photo of Microsoft Surface Windows 8 Pro, with Touch Cover

Microsoft Surface slabs borked by heat-induced DIM SCREEN OF DEATH

The latest generation of Microsoft Surface tablets are overheating, causing the screens to dim to the point they are unusable - but it's OK, people, Microsoft is onto it and a fix is coming.
Paul Kunert, 28 Nov 2013
management regulation1

Storage giant EMC, rival upstart Pure Storage trade new charges

Play hard? We’ll show you playing hard. First EMC sued flash storage upstart Pure Storage for alleged improper staff recruitment and use of EMC proprietary data (PDF), charges which Pure denied. Even as the startup has hit back with some serious allegations of its own, EMC lobbed another sueball at Pure the very same day, alleging the minnow infringed five of EMC's patents.
Chris Mellor, 28 Nov 2013

Why a plain packaging U-turn from UK.gov could cost £3bn a year

Analysis According to friendly "leaks" passed to newspapers overnight, the government may force cigarette manufacturers to sell their wares in plain packaging after yet another review, despite rejecting the policy earlier this year. But the gambit is unlikely to withstand the scrutiny of the Chancellor.
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Nov 2013
Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange in The Fifth Estate

Assange flick The Fifth Estate branded 'WORST FILM OF THE YEAR'

Julian Assange hero flick The Fifth Estate has proved the year’s biggest film loser.
Gavin Clarke, 28 Nov 2013
Solar flare from sunspot AR1339

WATCH LIVE: Comet ISON DESTROYED by Sun, NASA brains fear

Live video It's being billed as an epic battle between two cosmic forces - and The Reg is pleased to point our readers to a free ringside seat.
Jasper Hamill, 28 Nov 2013
Plane crash

Krakoom! OCZ flies into the ground. Time to salvage the engines and look around

Blocks and Files Ryan Petersen made OCZ a high-flyer: and then nearly piloted it into the ground. Replacement CEO Ralph Schmitt did crash-land the damaged business, but was unable to repair it and get it flying again. Bankruptcy beckons.
Chris Mellor, 28 Nov 2013

Google decides Chromecast TV-stick apps are a whole NEW THING

Google is making it simpler to find media apps for Chromecast: just as another startup seeks to confront the ad giant in the TV dongle market with its own crowd-sourced option.
Gavin Clarke, 28 Nov 2013

Meet the cluster teams: Chinese Fortune Rookies, Team Venus 2.0

HPC blog Here's another up close and personal look at two of the Standard Track (Big Iron) teams that competed for the SC13 Student Cluster Competition in Denver crown (there still isn't any actual crown, however.)
Cat 5 cable

Meet the cluster teams: Team Quokka and Team Germany

HPC blog We had a couple more first time teams competing in the Student Cluster Competition at SC13 in Denver last week. These two teams traveled overseas in an attempt to grab cluster glory and haul it back home. ('Cluster glory' will comfortably fit in the overhead bin on most airplanes.)
Steve Bennett

Symantec BACKS OUT of Backup Exec.cloud

Symantec's resellers have reportedly been given notice to stop providing annual subscriptions to Backup Exec.cloud by 6 January.
Chris Mellor, 28 Nov 2013

Happy Thanksgiving, Apple. Now how about THREE more patent legal battles for dessert?

Apple was this week hit with a number of patent infringement lawsuits regarding its sensors designs, Wi-Fi connectivity and even chirpy Siri.
Jasper Hamill, 28 Nov 2013
Steve Ballmer

Report says Microsoft has divided CEO list into possibles and probables

Microsoft's search for a CEO has reportedly whittled down its list of candidates to just two, says Bloomberg.
Simon Sharwood, 28 Nov 2013

Sceptic-bait E-Cat COLD FUSION generator goes on sale for $US1.5m

Leonardo Corp says it's now accepting pre-orders for its “energy catalyzer” product, with delivery expected within four months.
Comet ISON (Credit: Adam Block/Mount Lemmon SkyCenter/University of Arizona)

RIP Comet ISON: ???-2013. We hardly knew ye

Comet ISON plunged towards the Sun today and didn't emerge to tell the tale.
Simon Sharwood, 28 Nov 2013
VMworld 2013

I dived deep into the VMware community. Here's what I found...

Sysadmin blog The VMware community is more complex than any other IT community I've studied. El Reg sysadmin blogger Phoummala Schmitt has given a fantastic look at the stark contrast between the VMware and Microsoft communities. I am going to delve into the details of the VMware community a little more thoroughly.
Trevor Pott, 28 Nov 2013