19th > December > 2013 Archive

NSA spies should clean up their act, says Prez Obama-picked panel

An independent review board has recommended that the US federal government continue its myriad foreign and domestic surveillance programs, but only if it makes significant changes to protect individual privacy.
Neil McAllister, 19 Dec 2013

United Nations signs off on 'right to privacy in the digital age'

The United Nations (UN) has unanimously voted to adopt a resolution calling for online privacy to be recognised as a human right.
Simon Sharwood, 19 Dec 2013
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Oracle: Our figures say hardware has flatlined, but we assure you it hasn't

Database and wannabe hardware giant Oracle has beat Wall Street expectations after nine disappointing months, and said cloud services are one of its three main growth areas for next year.
Jack Clark, 19 Dec 2013
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Feminist Software Foundation gets grumpy with GitHub … or does it?

A group called The Feminist Software Foundation has accused GitHub of misogyny after it disabled access to a repository containing its first effort: a feminist programming language called “C+=”.
Simon Sharwood, 19 Dec 2013
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Datawind's low cost Aakash tab comes to UK, US

Datawind, the British company behind India’s low-cost Aakash tablet, is spreading its wings with the launch of the device in the UK this week and plans to sell in bricks and mortar stores in the US early next year.
Phil Muncaster, 19 Dec 2013
Facebook drowning

OMG, like, TOTES AMAZEBALLS: Facebook made me fall into SHARK INFESTED SEAS

A Taiwanese woman was so engrossed in checking Facebook on her phone that she walked off a pier and fell into the sea.
Jasper Hamill, 19 Dec 2013
Air-powered LEGO car

Lifesize, driveable AIR-POWERED LEGO CAR hits the road

Vid An Australian entrepreneur and Romanian tinkerer have built an air-powered car out of LEGO.
Simon Sharwood, 19 Dec 2013

China's central bank hit by DDoS after Bitcoin blitz

Angry Bitcoin users are suspected of DDoS-ing the website of China’s central bank following tough new restrictions it levied this week which appear to have forced the world’s biggest Bitcoin exchange into meltdown.
Phil Muncaster, 19 Dec 2013
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Bah! No NSA-proof Euro cloud gang. Cloud computing standards will 'aid data portability'

New cloud computing standards to be developed within the EU should facilitate users' ability to transfer data and services between cloud providers, MEPs have said.17 Dec 2013
OUT-LAW.COM, 19 Dec 2013
Toshiba MK6465GSX

We love a flashy MODEL who's a KEEN READER – Toshiba

Toshiba has a new mid-range SSD built for medium spec read-intensive work that widens its 19nm NAND product range. The HK3R comes hot on the heels of the PX03SN and Tosh says it is optimised for read-intensive applications such as read-caching, error logging, boot, and low-duty storage applications requiring power-loss-protection and end-to-end data protection features.
Chris Mellor, 19 Dec 2013
Monty Python's singing Vikings

Oi, bank manager. Only you've got my email address - where're these TROJANS coming from?

Santander customers are continuing to complain about receiving trojans and other junk to email addresses exclusively used with the bank. The reports began last month, prompting promises of an investigation by Santander. It's still unclear whether email addresses leaked from the bank or one of its affiliates.
John Leyden, 19 Dec 2013
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Soghoian & Greenwald tell EU bigwigs: Fight state snooping on mobe networks NOW

Politicians and regulators in Europe need to decide whether they want a secure mobile phone system or something their own police agencies - as well as spy agencies in the US, China and elsewhere - are able to easily tap into, according to a renowned security and privacy expert.
John Leyden, 19 Dec 2013

Hypnotic wind map captures Earth's heavenly currents

Those readers slumped behind their desks in the traditional pre-Xmas torpor and who are looking for an alternative to watching the clock hands crawling towards Yule liberation are directed towards "earth" - magnificent animated views of the world's wind currents.
Lester Haines, 19 Dec 2013

IBM flashy January announcement: Wanna know what's in it?

Blocks and Files The storage jungle drums are beating and Vulture Central's storage desk thinks it may know a thing or two about an IBM announcement due on 16 January.
Chris Mellor, 19 Dec 2013
2001: A Space Odyssey

Macbook webcams CAN spy on you - and you simply CAN'T TELL

Security researchers have confirmed that MacBook webcams can spy on their users without the warning light being activated.
John Leyden, 19 Dec 2013
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Calling all Spare Rib veterans: Sisters, don't lose your rights!

Contributors to the iconic feminist magazine Spare Rib, which ran from 1972 to 1993, have been warned not to sign away their rights.
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Dec 2013
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BT warned: Speed up Openreach repairs or face PUNITIVE FINES

BT's Openreach division has been repeatedly slammed by other telcos for failing to adequately fix faults in a timely manner - and now the UK's communications watchdog has waded in.
Kelly Fiveash, 19 Dec 2013

Zuckerberg IN COURT: Judge rules Facebook investors CAN sue for IPO non-disclosures

A US judge has decided that Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg and a bunch of banks will face a lawsuit accusing them of misleading investors about its $16bn initial public offering.
Microsoft Surface bomb

Microsoft yanks Surface 2 DIM SCREEN of DEATH fix in update snafu

A software update supposed to stop Surface slabs overheating has been yanked by Microsoft – because it’s making matters worse.
Gavin Clarke, 19 Dec 2013
Soyuz VS06 with Gaia space observatory blasts off from Europe's Spaceport

Euro satellite to count a BEELLLION stars, find origin of Milky Way

The European Space Agency's billion-star mapper Gaia blasted off this morning aboard a Soyuz rocket on its mission to study millions of suns.

First China banned Bitcoin. Now its crooks are using malware to steal traders' wallets

Cybercrooks have developed a strain of malware that actively targets BTC China and other Bitcoin exchanges.
John Leyden, 19 Dec 2013

World+dog: Network level filters block LEGIT sex ed sites. Ofcom: Meh

Analysis Inevitably, as network-level filters are switched on by Britain's biggest telcos, reports are suggesting that the systems are wrongly blocking sex education websites.
Kelly Fiveash, 19 Dec 2013
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Never mind software-defined HYPE, 2014 will be the year of REALLY WEIRD storage boxen

Storagebod As as we come to the end of another year, it's worth looking forward to see what – if anything – is going to change in the storage world next year, because this year has pretty much been a bust as far as innovation and radical new products are concerned.
StorageBod, 19 Dec 2013

Casino DDoS duo caged for five years after blackmail buyout threat

A pair of cyber-extortionists who attempted to blackmail a Manchester-based online casino with threats of unleashing a debilitating denial of service attack have been jailed for five years and four months.
John Leyden, 19 Dec 2013

Code-busters lift RSA keys simply by listening to the noises a computer makes

Computer scientists have shown how it might be possible to capture RSA decryption keys using the sounds emitted by a computer while it runs decryption routines.
John Leyden, 19 Dec 2013

Crooks target Target: 40 MILLION bank cards imperiled in cyber-heist

Target says 40 million credit and debit card accounts are at risk after crooks infiltrated the US megastore chain's payment systems.
Shaun Nichols, 19 Dec 2013

IBM's secret weapon to battle Google, Amazon, Microsoft clouds: A HOLLYWOOD STAR

IBM has bought Emmy-winning bulk data transfer biz Aspera to ease the shipping of large files from on-premises boxes to remote data centers including those operated by cloud providers.
Jack Clark, 19 Dec 2013

Proposed California law demands anti-theft 'kill switch' in all smartphones

California may soon become the first US state to require mobile phone makers to include a feature that can remotely disable their handsets in the event they are stolen.
Neil McAllister, 19 Dec 2013

ARM server chip upstart Calxeda bites the dust in its quest for 64-bit glory

Updated ARM server chip designer Calxeda has shut down as one of its executives told The Register: "We simply ran out of money."
Jack Clark, 19 Dec 2013

Australia's new year tech headlines … for 2015!

Technology predictions are a dime a dozen at this time of year, because vendor-land stops even releasing press releases about version 6.3 of its products. With that news-making tactic abandoned, vendors and their PR armies move on to “predictions” offering searing insights.
Simon Sharwood, 19 Dec 2013
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Google: Surge in pressure from govts to DELETE CHUNKS of the web

Governments, judges, cops and politicians are continuing to lobby Google to tear down online material critical of their operations, we're told.
Shaun Nichols, 19 Dec 2013