23rd > December > 2013 Archive

The Pirate Bay changes domain again … TWICE!

The Pirate Bay's ongoing attempts to find safe harbour continue, with the torrent-tracker site hopping to another domain twice in a week.
Simon Sharwood, 23 Dec 2013

RSA comes out swinging at claims it took NSA's $10m to backdoor crypto

RSA has hit back at allegations stemming from Edward Snowden's latest whistleblowing – specifically, the claim that it secretly took US$10m from the NSA in exchange for using the deliberately knackered Dual Elliptic Curve Deterministic Random Bit Generator (Dual EC DRBG) in its encryption products.
Simon Sharwood, 23 Dec 2013
Kim Dotcom

US Department of Justice details Kim Dotcom evidence

The US Department of Justice has released the evidence it hopes will prove that Kim Dotcom is indeed a nefarious pirate.
Simon Sharwood, 23 Dec 2013

Feuding fanbois in a flap over piracy haven in new iOS 7 jailbreak tool

The “evad3rs”, the crackers behind previous “jailbreaks” for Apple operating systems, have released software they say makes it possible to use an iOS 7-powered device with app stores other than Apple's.
Simon Sharwood, 23 Dec 2013
Bill Gates alone on sofa

It's the dream: Bill Gates chucks cash at WEE-IN-YOUR-PHONE project

Bill Gates' charitable foundation has handed British boffins a wodge of cash to help produce a urine-powered battery which can charge a mobile phone.
Jasper Hamill, 23 Dec 2013

Eggheads give two robots vodka and tell them to text each other FOR SCIENCE

Academics have developed a method for delivering text messages through vodka spritzed into the air.
Shaun Nichols, 23 Dec 2013

California OLDSTER in WILD golf course SKATEBOARDING spree

A Californian pensioner has invented a bizarre new golf buggy inspired by a skateboard, which he claims will open up this fusty sport to a younger audience.
Jasper Hamill, 23 Dec 2013

DJANGO UNCHAINED: Don't let 'preview' apps put you off Fedora 20

Review If you're a fan of GNOME 3 and the GNOME Shell, Fedora 20 will be a welcome update. This release sees an upgrade for Fedora's default GNOME spin, bringing the desktop to GNOME 3.10.

Nato, UN, NGOs slug it out with namespace biz bods: IMHO... STFU

A muddy battle over the protection of the acronyms of government bodies and NGOs in domain names has begun... in classic acronym-heavy style.
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Dec 2013

Gift-giving gotchas: How to avoid Xmas morning EMBARRASSMENT

You might think, what with gift buying out of the way, the hard work of the holiday season is largely done. Not so. Before you reach for the wrapping paper and sticky tape, there’s a fair bit more you can do to ensure a trouble- and tantrum-free Christmas Day.
Nigel Whitfield, 23 Dec 2013
Red Dead Redemption

We don't need no STEENKIN' exploit brokers: Let's FLATTEN all bug bounties

Security watchers are proposing the introduction of "flat rate" bug bounties by software vendors to try to stop vulnerability researchers from flogging off flaws to exploit brokers or on the black market.
John Leyden, 23 Dec 2013
A picture of a glacier

Will Amazon spin up its OWN disk-based archive in 2014?

Blocks and Files Amazon's Glacier archive is beginning to look too slow in its data retrieval compared to disk-based services from suppliers like EVault with its LTS2 service and pretty instant retrieval.
Chris Mellor, 23 Dec 2013
EU Kids Online

BT tweaks WORDING of sex-ed web block after complaints

BT has adjusted the wording of one of its web-filtering categories, following The Register's story late on Friday when the telecoms giant admitted that UK parents who don't want their kids to seek advice about their sexuality online could block access over its network.
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Dec 2013

HP: A firmware update is just for Christmas, not for EVA

Meg Whitman's HP has sent a Christmas missive to EVA customers who don't have maintenance deals with the firm explaining that their free firmware updates are now thing of the past.
Chris Mellor, 23 Dec 2013
Pure Storage F320

HDDs? Array with them... All-flash pusher Pure on its plans for 2014

All-flash array startup Pure Storage claims it is now IPO-sized in revenue terms and boasts of a coming fourfold increase in array capacity.
Chris Mellor, 23 Dec 2013
A shot taken with the iPhone 5c

Official: Apple hooks up with WORLD'S LARGEST MOBILE OPERATOR

Apple will soon launch a bid to convert more than 700 million new fanbois and gurlz after belatedly inking a deal with the world's largest mobile phone provider.
Jasper Hamill, 23 Dec 2013

HP: This Xmas, get the SACK... and not the one filled with presents

HP has sent its staff a Christmas missive informing them that some of them could be sacked in early 2014.
Jasper Hamill, 23 Dec 2013
ClusterStor 1500

Xyratex being bought by Seagate in $374m Xmas splurge

Christmas has come early for some: Seagate is aiming to buy HDD test equipment and HPC array maker Xyratex for $374 million in cash.
Chris Mellor, 23 Dec 2013

Click here to BEAT OFF David Cameron's web SMUT ban

A programmer has designed a backdoor which will allow grumble movie lovers to get around UK prime Minister David Cameron's ban on filth.
Jasper Hamill, 23 Dec 2013

HP clampdown on 'unauthorised' server fixing to start in January

Exclusive Hewlett-Packard will start restricting who is allowed to fix its ProLiant servers starting in the new year.
Gavin Clarke, 23 Dec 2013

Samsung: Men, our Gear smartwatch will make you a hit with the sexy ladies

Video Samsung has a new advert for its Gear smartwatch that suggests it's the must-have technology for the latest generation of stalkers and smooth-talking lounge lizards.
Iain Thomson, 23 Dec 2013
Boston Dynamics Atlas

Who's the best-built bot that makes the US military hot? SCHAFT!

Video A Japanese robotics company now owned by Google has won the first stage of the DARPA Robotics Challenge, which is trying to find a new generation of mechanoids to keep fleshy humans safe from harm.
Iain Thomson, 23 Dec 2013
Close-up of a woman's lips, slightly pixelated as if on a CRT TV

Self-destructing selfies? Not so fast! Snapchat now offers one-time Replay

Stealthy selfie service Snapchat has added a new feature to its mobile apps that makes it possible for users to hang onto messages for longer than the senders may have intended.
Neil McAllister, 23 Dec 2013