16th > December > 2013 Archive
Sensation: Chinese Jade Rabbit FOUND ON MOON
China's Jade Rabbit (Yutu) moon rover is on Luna's surface and ready to roll.
Pirate Bay ties up in Peru
Notorious bittorrent tracker The Pirate Bay has moved again, taking up residence in Peru.
NSA alleges 'BIOS plot to destroy PCs'
Senior National Security Agency (NSA) officials have told US news magazine program “60 Minutes” that a foreign nation tried to infect computers with a BIOS-based virus that would have enabled them to be remotely destroyed.
Old Apple Safaris leave IDs and passwords for scavengers to peck
The fun folks at Kaspersky Labs' Securelist blog have found something nasty in Apple's Safari Browser, which they say lists user IDs and passwords in plaintext.
Brilliant Brit bloke builds breakfast-belching BACON DRONE
In what is described as "a breakthrough moment for humanity", a British bloke has constructed a tricopter designed to remotely deliver a full English breakfast of bacon, egg, sausage, mushroom and tomato ketchup.
Munich signs off on Open Source project
The German city of Munich has declared that its famous move to open source software is over and a success.
Twitterers rally round #CensoredUK - to demand more porn
SFWTwitter campaigners have launched an impassioned campaign to save grumble flicks from being snuffed out by Blighty's creeping internet censorship.
Steelie Neelie: EU biz can use YOUR private data WITHOUT PERMISSION
Businesses should be allowed to process part-anonymised, or pseudonymised, data without the consent of individuals whose data it is in certain circumstances, a senior EU official has said.
Cambs prof scoops $3m Fundamental Physics prize
Stephen Hawking's successor at Cambridge University, Michael Green, and his fellow theorist John Schwarz at Caltech, have won the second Fundamental Physics Prize.
Station to station: Ten DAB-Bluetooth combo radios
Product roundupWhen Apple changed its longstanding 30-pin iPod connector to the Lightning interface, an industry died. The ubiquitous iPod dock – that for years had appeared on just about any piece of consumer audio gear – was no longer a necessity and with more Android users out there than ever before, only a few manufacturers would offer a Lightning dock alternative.
Why storage needs Quality of Service
Storage consolidation looks great on paper. Direct-attached storage is notorious for its inefficiency, with some arrays being just 40 per cent occupied or even less.
How did hybrid flashy bods Nimble Storage's IPO go so smoothly?
AnalysisNimble Storage provided an object lesson in IPO pricing and pricing on Friday, showing that investors love flash/disk hybrid storage startups even while disliking pure flash storage plays.
That Google ARM love-in: They want it for their own s*** and they don't want Bing having it
AnalysisGoogle, Facebook, and likely other major tech firms are investigating ARM-compatible chips to drive low-power servers, which could ultimately shakeup the types of processors that sit inside data centres.
Is Google prepping an ARMY of WALKING ROBOTS?
Google has snapped up military robotics firm Boston Dynamics, famed for its animalistic creations including WildCat and Cheetah.
Security guru Bruce Schneier to leave employer BT
ExclusiveNoted security guru Bruce Schneier, who has spent a great deal of energy publicly analysing the Edward Snowden leaks into the activities of the NSA and allied spy agencies, is to leave UK telco BT.
Yahoo! boss! Mayer! sez! soz! for! lengthy! mail! outage!
Yahoo! chief Marissa Mayer appeared to be furious with her company late on Friday when she took to the Purple Palace's official Tumblr blog to apologise to users of its email service, who were locked out of their accounts for several days.
Red Hat snuggles up to Dell with 'enterprise grade' OpenStack offer
Dell and Red Hat will work together to propagate OpenStack clouds running the Linux distro, in what the PC maker claims is a first.
Nominet seeks royal approval for pisspoor .uk domain name push
Dot-UK registry Nominet has been repeatedly attacked by some online businesses in Britain that have accused the company of trying to cash in on the seemingly unpopular arrival of second-level namespaces.
Excise Xmas prezzie indecision MISERY with El Reg’s gift guide²
Christmas is special. When else will you spending lots of money you don’t have buying things they don’t deserve for people you don’t like?
Analogue radio will CONTINUE in Blighty as Minister of Fun dodges D-Day death sentence
A keynote speech by Culture and Comms Minister Ed Vaizey at the Go Digital conference had been billed for weeks as “D-Day” for UK radio. But in the end, Vaizey kicked the DAB can down the road, setting no new date for a switchover from analogue to digital radio, nor any new threshold for such a switchover.
Unlocking CryptoLocker: How infosec bods hunt the fiends behind it
CryptoLocker, the Bitcoin-hungry ransomware menace that has become 2013’s most infamous malware, was likely created by a single hacker crew in Russia or former Eastern bloc states and is heavily targeting US and UK systems, researchers have exclusively revealed to The Register.
Striking Amazonians warn: Don't rely on us for Christmas pressies
Amazon workers in Germany are preparing to go on strike once again, in the middle of the busy holiday period, backed by a delegation demonstrating outside Amazon HQ in Seattle.
Microsoft's cloudy chief: Azure reliability knocks your own kit for six
InterviewMicrosoft ships an update to Azure every three weeks. Scott Guthrie, Microsoft's vice president for Windows Azure, reckons it's adding features and capacity in an effort to catch up with Amazon.
Netlist sues Diablo and SMART Storage after whistleblower reveals alleged IP theft
Hi-performance memory biz Netlist says it has a whistleblower's letter from inside Diablo Technologies claiming that Diablo stole Netlist's most valuable proprietary technology, HyperCloud, developed over six years at a cost of $65m.
Avago Technologies chomps up LSI for BEELLLIONS - in CASH
Christmas has come early for LSI investors. Avago Technologies is buying LSI for $6.6bn – and they're paying cash.
Violin cuts strings with CEO: Don Basile axed post-IPOcalypse
Violin Memory has fired its CEO Don Basile as the company's shares slumped more than 60 per cent following its IPO and horrendous quarterly financial results.
Turnbull's NBN is startup-land's litmus test
Opponents of the Australian government's policy to build a National Broadband Network (NBN) with anything other than fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) came up well and truly empty last week.
MongoDB rival RethinkDB gets $8m in filthy valley lucre infusion
Upstart RethinkDB has slurped $8m as venture capitalists bet that its tech can put major NoSQL document store MongoDB out to pasture.