9th > December > 2013 Archive


Oz Government: TPP papers will stay secret

Australians interested in knowing just what's going to be in the controversial Trans Pacific Partnership agreement will have to hope someone leaks the latest text, with the government resisting last week's Senate order to produce the documents.
One of DARPA's Bug-Hunting games

DARPA seeks game players to join bug-hunt

DARPA, which last week launched a multi-million-dollar bug hunt, is also trying out the notion of using games to help track down bugs in commercial software.
Mobile Gaming

Chinese gamer plays on while BMW burns to the ground

A Nanjing man was almost burned alive in his BMW because he was so engrossed playing a mobile phone game, according to local reports.
Phil Muncaster, 09 Dec 2013
Michigan University's metal 3D printer

Cheap 3D printer works with steel

The one thing that made 3D printed guns tolerable to the non-gun-owning community was that they were made of plastic, because metal 3D printers were costly. Now, a bunch of scientists from Michigan Tech are showing off a cheap 3D printer that fabricates in metal.
Back of iPhone 5

A whopping one in four Apple fanbois uses OBSOLETE TECH

More than three quarters of all iPhone-toting fanbois have downloaded the latest version of iOS 7, it has been claimed.
Team Register, 09 Dec 2013

'Leaked Intel roadmap' promises... er, gear that could die after 7 months

Storage community website Myce has posted copies of what it claims are leaked Intel SSD roadmap slides, which show two data centre and one professional user SSD products coming in spring 2014.
Chris Mellor, 09 Dec 2013

SGI flutters onto corpse of Starboard Storage, pecks away at assets

The Register is hearing that HPC bods SGI have bought the assets of the failed unified file/block access and hybrid array startup Starboard Storage, which crashed and burned in October.
Chris Mellor, 09 Dec 2013
Apple Store Scottsdale

iSPY: Apple Stores switch on iBeacon phone sniff spy system

Apple has switched on its controversial iBeacon snooping system across 254 US stores.
Jasper Hamill, 09 Dec 2013
Facebook data center - server racks

WTF is... NFV: All your basestations are belong to us

Mobile network operators would have had an easier life if it wasn’t for smartphones and the flood of data traffic they initiated. Apps have led to a massive increase in the volume of data moving back and forth over phone networks - not just from users; the ads in free apps helped too - and operators are struggling to cope.
Tony Smith, 09 Dec 2013
Cloudy sky

Spinning rust and tape are DEAD. The future's flash, cache and cloud

Blocks and Files FCC. That’s the way storage could be going in data centres in the next few years. FCC; flash, cache and the cloud.
Chris Mellor, 09 Dec 2013

Amazon won't break into sweat about Google's cloud. Yet

When Google took the wrapper off its Amazon-like Compute Engine service last week, investors in rival cloud companies – including Amazon – panicked.
Gavin Clarke, 09 Dec 2013

UK.gov declares digital success as PR, food shops redefined as 'tech' businesses

Analysis Are you in PR? Do you sell holidays or food? Congratulations, you're now an internet business!
Andrew Orlowski, 09 Dec 2013

NASA invites you to sleepover: Stay up and watch 'FIREBALL RICH' Geminid shower

NASA is gearing up for the peak of this year's annual Geminid meteor shower on the night of 13-14 December, as debris associated with "weird rocky object" 3200 Phaethon comes to a fiery end in Earth's atmosphere.
Lester Haines, 09 Dec 2013
Killzone: Shadow Fall

Helghast-ly holiday: Killzone Shadow Fall

Review Guerrilla Games’ Killzone: Shadow Fall is almost impossibly good looking, especially considering it’s a launch title. Cityscapes sparkle, foliage is lush and figures cast long shadows. Lens flare is plentiful – so much so that at times I actually found myself squinting.
Mike Plant, 09 Dec 2013

PayPal 13 plead guilty to launching DDoS attacks

Thirteen US defendants last week pleaded guilty to taking part in attacks by Anonymous against PayPal.
John Leyden, 09 Dec 2013
Confused computer keyboard

Microsoft tarts up software licensing to fend off 'a few clicks and a credit card' rivals

Microsoft is trying to make the dark art of software licensing less complicated and more relevant to a cloudier world – but, as always, the devil will be in the detail.
Paul Kunert, 09 Dec 2013

If you want an IT job you'll need more than a degree, say top techies

A degree is not enough to help hopeful youngsters drag themselves off the dole queue and into a plum tech job, according to a survey of IT bigwigs.
Jasper Hamill, 09 Dec 2013

Trustmarque swallows Scot services house Opin Systems

Top table Microsoft Gold partner Trustmarque Solutions has devoured Glasgow-based tech services and consultancy minnow Opin Systems for an undisclosed sum.
Paul Kunert, 09 Dec 2013

Crown Representative: SME biz is huge... but I don't have exact figures

The Crown Representative for SMEs is talking big about working with small tech suppliers, but even he can't detail in a transparent way the exact financial benefits of doing so.
Paul Kunert, 09 Dec 2013

EU legal eagle Legal: Data protection reforms 'very bad outcome' for citizens

Attempts by Brussels' Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding to rewrite Europe's 18-year-old data protection law ahead of 2014's EU elections took a significant knock on Friday, after a key tenet of the proposed rules faced surprise objections on human rights grounds.
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Dec 2013

This one time at Apple Camp... Tech titan offers to school US fanbois on coding

Apple Stores across the US will offer fanbois an hour of computer programming lessons this week in a bid to boost the nation's digital economy.
Jasper Hamill, 09 Dec 2013
HP 3PAR StoreServ 7450

HP fleshes out faster, flashier 3PAR storage gear

HP Discover conference HP is opening its Discover Conference in Barcelona today with a revved-up deduping backup array; a faster-searching array; and a faster flash 3PAR array: a StoreOnce, StoreAll and StoreQuicker, if you like.
Chris Mellor, 09 Dec 2013
Kindle Big Brother

Oi, Obama. Rein your spooks in, demands web giants' alliance

Eight web heavyweights have banded together to call on the US and other governments to rein in indiscriminate surveillance by state security agencies.
John Leyden, 09 Dec 2013
Street Fighter

Developer CEO 'liable for copyright infringement' over unlawful tool

The chief executive of a software company in Germany has been found liable for copyright infringement after software developed by the company was amended in an open source environment to allow copyright-protected material to be accessed unlawfully.
OUT-LAW.COM, 09 Dec 2013

Where do HPC brainbox students go after ULTIMATE VICTORY?

HPC vid We’ve been following these student cluster competitions for several years now (since 2010, to be more specific).
Shot of female priest avatar in World of Warcraft

To fel with you! There's an NSA spook in my World of Warcraft

The NSA placed spies in the massively multiplayer online role-playing game World of Warcraft in a bid to tackle info-swapping terrorists, it has emerged.
Jasper Hamill, 09 Dec 2013
Samuel L Jackson locates late passengers with RFID

How UK air traffic control system was caught asleep on the job

A big outage that struck Britain's air traffic control system on Saturday was due to a technical fault with a touch screen interface provided by Frequentis, The Register has learned.
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Dec 2013
management analysis3

Tech Data granted one more stay of execution by NASDAQ

The NASDAQ Panel has granted Tech Data a final extension until the end of March to get its accounts up-to-date or face an embarrassing and costly de-listing.
Paul Kunert, 09 Dec 2013

'Don't hate on me for my job!' Googlers caught up in SF rent protest ruckus

One of Google's gilded buses that shuttles staff from San Francisco to its Mountain View HQ was this morning waylaid by anti-gentrification protestors.
Jack Clark, 09 Dec 2013

IBM turns plastic bottles into life-saving 'ninja' MRSA, fungus fighters

Video IBM nanomedicine researchers working with Singapore's Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) have come up with a method for recycling plastic bottles – specifically those made with polyethylene terephthalate (PET) – to defeat drug-resistant fungal infections as well as bacterial infections such as MRSA.
Rik Myslewski, 09 Dec 2013
Artist's concept of Curiosity

NASA Mars tank Curiosity rolls on old WET PATCH, sighs, sniffs for life signs

Pic The latest data from the Curiosity rover released by NASA shows the rover is trundling through what was once a large fresh-ish water lake that could have supported life as we know it – although radiation levels on the surface may have caused any organisms some problems.
Iain Thomson, 09 Dec 2013
3-rotor WWII Enigma

FreeBSD abandoning hardware randomness

In yet another washup from the Snowden revelations, the developers of FreeBSD have decided to take several steps backwards in their crypto work, to stop using hardware random number generators (RNGs).
Grace Hopper

Grace Hopper gave us COBOL, 'debugging' and inspiration. So Google gave her a Doodle

Google has created a homepage doodle to mark the 107th anniversary of Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper's birth.
Shaun Nichols, 09 Dec 2013
Windows 8 new start screen

It's true, the START MENU is coming BACK to Windows 8, hiss sources

Microsoft's forthcoming wave of Windows updates will streamline the OS and will even see the return of the much-missed Start menu, according to new reports.
Neil McAllister, 09 Dec 2013