3rd > December > 2013 Archive
Eagle steals crocodile-cam, records video selfie
In-flight videoA juvenile sea-eagle with (sadly) no cinematographic skills whatever has created what could, regardless, be the selfie of the year, stealing a wildlife camera and taking it for a fly.
Microsoft leaks reveal 'Threshold' projects looming in 2015
Microsoft is reportedly planning to launch a series of updates in 2015 that could see major revisions for the Windows, Xbox, and Windows RT platforms.
OCZ successfully sells self to Toshiba
Death-row solid state disk vendor OCZ has sold its brains to Toshiba for $US35m.
Apple gets into Twitter data-mining biz with mystery Topsy buy
In an unanticipated move, Apple has acquired Twitter analytics firm Topsy – though what it plans to do with its latest purchase is anyone's guess.
Salesforce ponies up ANOTHER $1m to settle hackathon headache
Cloud kingpin Salesforce.com is preparing to shell out $1m to settle a dispute over a hackathon contest at last month's DreamForce conference.
Amazon wants in on single-credit-card biz
The mid-November launch of payment startup Coin generated a flurry of press, but in the background, Amazon has also taken an interest in a similar one-card-to-rule-them-all model.
Darth Vader outs self as iPhone fanboi
Darth Vader has posted his first selfie, and appears to use an iPhone to do it.
Stuxnet 2 in the works, claims Iranian news agency
Hold the front page: Saudi Arabian and Israeli spy agencies are developing a worm more powerful than Stuxnet to sabotage Iran’s nuclear program again, after meeting in Vienna last week.
Saturn's moon Titan had swamps, say astroboffins
Titan, the moon of Saturn often present at the top of candidate lists for life-bearing bodies in our near neighbourhood, may once have housed extensive swamps.
They're back: The coffin-punting naked Polish calendar girls
NSFWPolish coffin maker Lindner is continuing its proud tradition of provocatively punting its wares with a 2014 calendar (NSFW) featuring bare naked ladies and plenty of wood.
Google makes Compute Engine official
Google has cut the ribbon on its Compute Engine, bringing it into the world of virtual machines by the hour and into combat with the likes of Amazon Web Services, Rackspace and VMware.
SaaS superstars' cynical sales schemes make them dinosaurs-in-waiting
Distinguished Gartner analyst Robert P. Desisto has offered up an interesting theory: Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) giants are on the way to making themselves so bloated and cynical you'll want to find new sources of software.
Blighty's biz bods get their paws on Nokia phondleslab
Businesses channels will have real but only limited supplies of Nokia’s first tablet in the next few weeks, while the phone giant has signed an exclusive deal with upmarket Blighty retail outfit John Lewis.
We haul big-data-sifter CloudPhysics to the testlab slab
ReviewRegardless of everything else going on in the life of a system administrator, the one thing we lack most is time. So what if there were a single solution to give us all the information we could ever need about our virtual infrastructure in one place?
Tape straightens its tie, speeds away from villain's lair: I think I'll die another day
Declines in the sales of tape media are decreasing and the death of tape has now been postponed - indefinitely.
SLAPPING an iPhone out of a corporate drone's hand: You're not the only one who longs to do it
Sysadmin BlogMicrosoft's Windows Phone platform has received a lot of criticism. The few early enterprise adopters of the Windows Phone 7 platform back in late 2010 gave it a shot with a glimmer of hope that it could replace the iPhone.
Fat-walleted execs? Nope, it's a corporate tax swerve that REALLY ticks Brits off
Tax avoidance rather than executive pay is at the top of the UK public's concerns about business behaviour for the first time.
IT MELTDOWN ruins Cyber Monday for RBS, Natwest customers
RBS, Natwest and Ulster Bank customers were hit by an "IT meltdown" on Cyber Monday that stopped card payments, borked ATMs and closed down online banking, leaving them with no way to pay for anything.
All change at the top of Westcon as CEO Douglas exits
Westcon Group has confirmed that Dean Douglas' four-year plus stint as CEO will end in January when Dolph Westerbos rolls into town amid sliding profits.
Sony PS4 SHATTERS UK console sales SPEED RECORD
The PS4 is officially the UK’s fastest-selling games console. Ever.
Bring Your Own Disks: The Synology DS214 network storage box
ReviewThe Bring-Your-Own-Disks home server market might not be mainstream but it's pretty lively place, with giants like Cisco mixing with obscure Taiwanese box-shifters. And although these quiet, sub-£400 servers make a useful bit of small office kit, the abundance of media awash in family homes and shared digs give them another role - of bringing some order to chaos at home.
What is thy bidding? Han Solo’s shooter goes under the hammer
Assuming you don’t put your faith in ancient weapons and hokey religions, your only option is to pack a good blaster at your side - and what better blaster than Han Solo’s very own DL-44?
The only way is Office: UK Parliament to migrate to Microsoft cloud
UpdateThe UK Parliament is migrating to Office 365, which will become the default option for email, file-sharing, hosted apps and storage services for MPs and parliamentary staff from May 2015.
On the matter of shooting down Amazon delivery drones with shotguns
So no, there will not be an electric quadcopter delivery drone delivering your Cyber Monday packages in 2015: nor even in 2025, most likely, as even Jeff Bezos more or less openly admits if you look at what he actually said.
PC market staging a RECOVERY. (Only joking, it's through the floor)
IDC is forecasting that the technology channel will buy in around 34 million fewer PCs this year than last, and the bad news for anyone making a crust in that sector is that things aren't going to improve any time soon.
Whiting drags himself out of Riverbed, moves to head up global Fusion-io's sales team
Flash furtler Fusion-io has a new sales boss, Ian Whiting, who replaces the retiring company's chief sales officer, Jim Dawson.
Brits won't have to pay for thieves' enormous mobe bills any more
Blighty mobile users are going to be protected from thieves running up huge bills under a new agreement between the government and service providers.
Sony brags: We've hit over 2 MEELLION PS4 console 'sales' worldwide
Proud-as-Punch PlayStation purveyor Sony has cheerfully revealed it has sold more than two million PS4s around the globe.
Calling Doctor Caroline Langensiepen of Nottingham Trent uni
Dear Dr Langensiepen: We learned with interest that one of the assignments you set your students studying Computer Systems (Forensics & Security) at Nottingham Trent University is to write an article in the style of The Register.
Toshiba tweaks SSD model: She's flashy, but she's not dense ENOUGH
Toshiba has rebuilt a 1.6TB SSD originally made with 24nm flash cells and used denser 19nm flash, generating better read performance at the expense of write speed – it wasn't quite made of the write stuff, so to speak.
Losses widen but Daisy Group plans to keep wolfing down companies
Daisy Group may be stepping ever closer to being one of the most hefty comms and tech services outfits in the UK mid-market but all that is just hubris if it can't turn a profit, and seemingly it cannot.
RM to schools: You can have third-party kit, just not from us
Education supplier RM has told customers they can buy discounted third-party hardware from Misco after finally shuttering its own reselling operation and closing the PC production order book.
Indian MOM sails past the Moon on the way to Mars
India's Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), the Mangalyaan craft, has passed the Moon on its way to its ultimate destination, the Red Planet.
Google's new cloud CRUSHES Amazon in RAM battle
If Amazon is an arms dealer, then Google is an army that happens to also sell guns. For this reason, Google's general-availability release of its IaaS cloud is a key moment in the evolution of as-a-service IT, as it represents the arrival of a truly competitive market for rentable compute and storage.
Apple prepping 4K resolution 12.9-inch MaxiPad – report
New rumors that Apple will release a 12.9-inch "MaxiPad" to join its iPad Air and iPad mini lines have surfaced in Asia, with the added wrinkle being that Cupertino will likely offer two models of the big fella, one having a Retina-popping 4K resolution.
Judge upholds UK ban on HTC phones, but HTC One gets a pass – for now
A UK High Court judge has ruled that HTC must stop selling several of its mobile phones in Blighty, but has granted the Taiwanese firm a reprieve for its flagship model, the HTC One, pending HTC's appeal of a recent patent decision against it.
Microsoft expands Dublin bit barn to slurp Euro-Data
Microsoft plans to fork out $230m to add a fourth mega datahall to its Dublin bit-barn campus.
Telstra to kill CAPTCHAs
Telstra has published its latest Disability Action Plan (PDF) and included a commitment to kill CAPTCHAs, aka Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart.
Junior telcos tie knot in NBN Co copper plan
Another day, another stick in the spokes: the Competitive Carriers Coalition (CCC) has taken exception to reports that NBN Co isn't interested in owning Telstra's copper network under the government's fibre-to-the-node network rollout.
Joyent floats commercial support for production Node.js apps