10th > December > 2013 Archive

TPP leak: US babies following bathwater down the drain

Updated: Singapore talks flopped America is pushing too hard on too many fronts in the Trans Pacific Partnership treaty negotiations, making it unlikely the treaty will be finalised this year, according to a new round of leaked documents from the recent Salt Lake City meetings.

Samsung uncloaks 'industry's first' one-terabyte mSATA SSD

Samsung has revealed what it dubs the "industry's first" one-terabyte solid-state drive in the compact mSATA form factor. From what we know of the SSD landscape, their claim is an honest one – by over a factor of two, seeing as how 480GB mSATA SSDs from Crucial and a few others are the most capacious such drives available in the non-OEM market of which we're aware.
Rik Myslewski, 10 Dec 2013

US cops blew more than $26m buying 1.1m cell phone files from telcos

An investigation by Senator Edward Markey (D-MA) into the monitoring of cellphones has found that US police paid telecommunications companies more than $26m to hand over location information, metadata, and sometimes the content of their customers' messages to cops in the US last year.
Iain Thomson, 10 Dec 2013

'Climate change is like Y2k!' - Oz senator

The Australian government's debate about climate change and carbon pricing has taken a turn for the silly.
Troll in cross hairs

EC competition chief points troll-hunting guns at Nokia

The EU is erecting the “troll-free zone” signs around the tech sector, with European Commission competition chief Joaquín Almunia saying the EC will guard against US-style patent trolling.

Cheap 64-bit Snapdragon hopes to blow Chinese middle class's SoCs off

The king-size potential of the Middle Kingdom's rising middle class has lured another tech company to tailor its offerings to the Chinese market: Qualcomm has announced a low-cost, 64-bit version of its Snapdragon processor targeted squarely at the PRC.
Rik Myslewski, 10 Dec 2013
Cloud security

CyanogenMod Android firmware gains built-in SMS encryption

Users of the CyanogenMod alternative Android firmware gained additional security on Monday, thanks to the integration of Open WhisperSystems' TextSecure protocol.
Neil McAllister, 10 Dec 2013
Original 'Blue Marble' pic taken by Apollo 17 astronauts in 1972

China, Brazil mourn loss of their $250m CBERS-3 satellite after fiery death

Brazil and China have failed in their mission to launch a climate-monitoring satellite into space.
Shaun Nichols, 10 Dec 2013
Cloud security

Cloud vid wrangler Zencoder STRADDLES Amazon and Google

Cloud video encoder Zencoder has taken a deep breath and gingerly straddled two cloud providers in an attempt to offer customers greater infrastructure choice.
Jack Clark, 10 Dec 2013

Telstra tries to hose down “network management snooping” story

Telstra has issued a statement denying that its network management systems are used for mass surveillance.

NYU drops Chen Guangcheng iOS spyware claims

New York University has dropped claims that blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng was given iOS devices pre-loaded with spyware by a supporter on his arrival at the uni last year.
Phil Muncaster, 10 Dec 2013

Chinese hackers targeted G20 in Syria-themed attack

A Chinese hacking group managed to penetrate the networks of five European Union member states in advance of last year’s G20 Summit in a likely bid to lift data on the Syrian crisis, according to FireEye.
Phil Muncaster, 10 Dec 2013

OMG, Andrex KILLED the PUPPY! Not quilty, exclaim bog roll boys

The British bog roll brand Andrex has been forced to deny rumours that it is planning to kill off the iconic Labrador puppy mascot.
Jasper Hamill, 10 Dec 2013
Image of HAL eye from 2001 movie with Chrome logo in eye

Googlers devise DeViSE: A thing-recognising FRANKENBRAIN

You'd think guesswork and advanced science would be natural enemies, but not at Google where a crack team of researchers are trying to mate the two together.
Jack Clark, 10 Dec 2013
Xbox One and chum

Microsoft: Don't listen to 4chan ... especially the bit about bricking Xbox Ones

Microsoft is warning Xbox One owners to not fiddle with the operating system of their shiny new toy in an attempt to run games written for the previous 360 model.
Iain Thomson, 10 Dec 2013

Asleep on the job: Students dream of GROPING RACKS after darkness falls

HPC blog Student Cluster competitions at the annual Supercomputing Conference in Denver, Colorado, are marathons. The students who work their magic on the big iron get a set of scientific applications and some data sets, but they have only 48 hours to submit their best results – all while keeping their self-designed clusters under the 26 amp (@115 volts) power cap.
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One European copyright law-to-rule-them-all? EU launches review

The European Commission is seeking industry views on whether to completely harmonise copyright laws across the EU.
OUT-LAW.COM, 10 Dec 2013

StoreOnce and StoreAll get ProLiant push

HP has pumped up the power of its StoreOnce deduping backup to disk array and StoreAll store-everything-as-objects array with Gen 8 ProLiant servers.
Chris Mellor, 10 Dec 2013
PCS with a red X in front of them

Evil Dexter lurks in card reader, ready to SLASH UP your credit score

Cybercrooks have created an improved version of the Dexter point-of-sale malware that's being blamed for slurping the credit and debit card details of holiday shoppers.
John Leyden, 10 Dec 2013

Teary-eyed snappers recall the golden age of film

Interview For those readers with a tendency to get teary-eyed over the golden age of film, and the days before digital swept physical photographic media into the cutting room bin of history, we're delighted to take a trip down memory lane today with professional photographer Phil Houghton.
Lester Haines, 10 Dec 2013

Shivering boffins nail Earth's coldest spot

US researchers have announced they've identified the coldest place on Earth recorded to date - a spot in Antarctica which in August 2010 hit a decidedly chilly -93.2°C
Lester Haines, 10 Dec 2013
Happy child at Christmas with a tablet

UK fondleslab surge slowing, says sales-sniffing specialist

British punters continue to favour fondleslabs, but all the signs are that the rocketing growth in sales seen in recent years is a ghost of Christmas past.
Tony Smith, 10 Dec 2013
AllSeen Alliance

Open source bods magic up Qualcomm tech to unlock Internet of Things

The Linux Foundation has established an industry-wide initiative to create an accessible-to-all framework for the Internet of Things - or the “Internet of Everything”, as the Foundation now wants us to call it.
Tony Smith, 10 Dec 2013
Snapchat logo

Snapchat seeks to muzzle 'third founder' leaks in lawsuit over who invented it

Selfie service Snapchat has filed a temporary restraining order against Frank Reginald Brown, a former friend and frat brother of co-founders Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy, who claims that he helped come up with the idea for the company.

Malware+pr0n surge follows police op to kill illicit streaming sites

City of London Police are claiming credit for the suspension of 40 ad-funded websites that provided unauthorised access to copyright-protected content – but may have caused a rise in the number of web ads carrying malware or promoting pornography.
John Leyden, 10 Dec 2013
Mexican drug gang Victim on YouTube

MPs: Ancient UK Border Force systems let GANGSTERS into Blighty

The UK Border Force relies on a 20 year old IT system which is on the verge of collapse to secure Britain's borders, a government report has revealed.
Jasper Hamill, 10 Dec 2013

Universal Credit: £40 MILLION and counting's been spaffed up the wall on useless IT gear

The chaotic IT implementation of the one-dole-to-rule-them-all benefits system will lead to millions of pounds of taxpayers' money being wasted, secretary of state for work and pensions Iain Duncan Smith admitted to MPs.
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Dec 2013
Synology RS3614xs+

Is it a NAS? Is it a SAN? No. It's Synology's Rackstation 'NASSAN'

Today Synology launches the RackStation RS3614xs+, the latest addition to their XS+ line of devices aimed at SMEs. What sticks out to me is the shift in marketing tone, pitching the RS3614xs+ as "a midpoint between NAS and SAN".
Trevor Pott, 10 Dec 2013
Artist's image of asteroids and Mars

Blighty could put a (WO)MAN on MARS by 2040, says sci minister

British science minister David Willetts reckons there'll be a human on Mars within 30 years - and Blighty could help to put them there.

Linux Voice journos hit crowdfunding target

A brief update on the crowdfunding efforts of three British journalists, who left Linux Format to launch a new magazine. They have hit their £90,000 launch target for Linux Voice, 14 days before deadline.
Drew Cullen, 10 Dec 2013
Printed key

French gov used fake Google certificate to read its workers' traffic

A French government agency has been caught signing SSL certificates and impersonating Google.
John Leyden, 10 Dec 2013

Dell feels cold probe of US Dept of Justice amid Syria PC sales claims

US authorities are investigating claims of embargo-busting sales of Dell computers to the Syrian government.
Gavin Clarke, 10 Dec 2013

Google embiggens its fat vid pipe Chromecast with TEN new supported apps

Google has announced that ten more media apps now include support for its Chromecast streaming media device.
Neil McAllister, 10 Dec 2013
President Obama takes selfie at Nelson mandela's funeral

Mandela memorial. Yup, let's SNAP A SELFIE, say grinning Obama, Cameron

Pic The word "selfie" officially entered the English language this year, but in etiquette terms taking a photo of yourself is still a social minefield.
Iain Thomson, 10 Dec 2013

Exploits no more! Firefox 26 blocks all Java plugins by default

The latest release of the Firefox web browser, version 26, now blocks Java software on all websites by default unless the user specifically authorizes the Java plugin to run.
Neil McAllister, 10 Dec 2013

G.Fast startup readies silicon as standard signed off

With G.fast getting formal ITU consent as G.9700 and G.9701, the race will be on to ship production hardware to the standard, and that's helped an Israeli silicon startup raise $US10 million in funding from US and Israeli ventures.
bug on keyboard

How's it going, Microsoft users? Patching your PCs? You SHOULD be

Patch Tuesday Brace yourselves, users and administrators, Microsoft and Adobe have released another monthly batch of critical security updates for their products.
Shaun Nichols, 10 Dec 2013
Artist's image of asteroids and Mars

Mars One's Red Planet foray is still on – but not until 2018

Mars One, the not-for-profit foundation dedicated to establishing a human colony on Mars, won't be able to launch its first mission to the Red Planet until later than originally planned.
Neil McAllister, 10 Dec 2013
Evil Android

Thought your Android phone was locked? THINK AGAIN

Android has taken another step to cement its place behind Java in the world of repeatedly-vulnerable software, with German group Curesec discovering that an attacker can get past users' PINs to unlock the phone.

We'll predict your EVERY MOVE! Facebook's new AI brain talks to El Reg

Facebook wants to know what you're going to do before you do it, and has hired a big-brained boffin to give it the AI chops to do this.
Jack Clark, 10 Dec 2013

Google puts kibosh on Hong Kong data center plan, says it's too costly

Google has confirmed that it has abandoned plans to build a new data center in Hong Kong, citing the cost and difficulty of acquiring land for the facility.
Neil McAllister, 10 Dec 2013