24th > December > 2013 Archive
British Second World War codebreaker Alan Turing receives Royal pardon
Alan Turing, the British mathematician whose work was instrumental in the creation of the calculating machines that helped the Allies break German codes during World War II, has been posthumously pardoned for the offence of “gross indecency”.
Party's over in Waterloo as BlackBerry pulls plug on 2014 Live conference
BlackBerry-friendly IT managers and developers will feel a little lonelier next year, now that the Waterloo, Ontario–based firm has announced there will be no 2014 BlackBerry Live conference.
Ubuntu unleashes dual boot tool for Android mobes'n'slabs
Canonical has just given curious Reg readers something interesting to to do in the dead days between Christmas and whenever you go back to work: figuring out how to dual boot an Android phone.
F-Secure won't speak at imperialist lackey RSA's 2014 conference
Fallout from the allegation that RSA helped the NSA undermine crytpography standards is spreading, with Finnish security vendor F-Secure uninviting itself from the 2014 edition of RSA's eponymous conference.
Acer names Jason Chen as its white knight
Acer has named the man it thinks can dig it out of the hole created by the collapsing PC market.
Snowden: 'I am still working for the NSA ... to improve it'
Edward Snowden believes he is “still working for the NSA right now” and that his actions in recent months don't constitute treason but an effort “to improve the NSA”, according to an interview in The Washington Post.
Ho, ho, HOLY CR*P, ebuyer! Etailer rates staff on returns REJECTED
PicHappy shoppers enjoying the Christmas cheer will be deeply disappointed in online retailer ebuyer.com – after it posted jolly pictures of its staff wearing festive-themed jumpers to show what a heartwarming company it really, really is.
Torvalds: Linux devs may 'cry into our lonely beers' at Christmas
Linus Torvalds has let release candidate five for version 3.13 of the Linux kernel into the wild for some festive footling.
Want access to mobe users' location, camera, phone ID? EXPLAIN YOURSELVES - ICO
Software developers should consider deploying "just-in-time notifications" to inform users about the imminent processing of personal data in mobile applications (apps), the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has said.
HP mounts channel attack on EMC: We're a Bugatti, they're a VW bug
Do you want a VW bus type array or the go-blindly-faster Veyron-type 3PAR array? This is the thrust of an HP attack programme for its channel sales bods to use against EMC – and against VNX arrays specifically.
Let... the SAN shine: 2013 – the year of virtual storage area networks
Sysadmin blogConverged infrastructure – the trend of using one piece of kit for some pretty varied tasks, including networking, computing and storage, software and automation – really took off in 2013, mostly thanks to a group of robust virtual SAN players entering the market.
Note-jotting and mapapp firms VANISH into Apple's MAW
Apple has slurped two companies in a bid to boost the fortunes of its maps app and note-taking services.
Ross Ulbricht: 'Oi! Give me back my $34m in Silk Road Bitcoin booty'
After his arrest in October, 29-year-old Ross Ulbricht maintains that he is not the Dread Pirate Roberts, mastermind of the online drugs marketplace Silk Road. But he also says the Bitcoins the authorities seized from Silk Road belong to him, and the government should give them back.
Snowden to warn Brits on Xmas telly: Your children will NEVER have privacy
Celebrity whistleblower Edward Snowden will hit Britain's TV screens tomorrow to warn families: "A child born today will grow up with no conception of privacy at all."
Android, Chromebooks storm channel as Windows PC sales go flat
Despite all the carping about the slumping PC market, it really wasn't such a bad year for channel computing sales, with devices based on Google technologies pulling ahead as the clear winners.