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F-Secure's Hypponen leads RSA refuseniks to NSA-free infosec chatfest

It was probably inevitable: a group of RSA Conference refuseniks have established a rival conference within walking distance of the original.
Shot of D-Wave's 16 qubit chip

Boffin benchmark battle after D-Wave quantum kit crawls in test

Yet another attempt to benchmark the D-Wave quantum computer – this time, in its 512 qubit configuration – has come up with disappointing results, with the company responding that it was the wrong kind of test.

India's grip on offshoring eases ever so slightly

India's dominance of the offshoring industry has eased ever so slightly, with Mumbai losing its position as the world's second-best place to outsource to Filipino capital Manila, according to the new Tholons 2014 Top 100 Outsourcing Destinations rankings report.
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jan 2014
Opportunity rock

Mystery 'doughnut' materializes in front of Mars rover: 'OH MY GOD! It wasn't there before!'

Scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory are puzzled by a mysterious rock that has appeared in front of the Opportunity rover, Curiosity's never-say-die older sibling.
Iain Thomson, 21 Jan 2014
Skype iPad

Redmond researchers profile Skype scammers

A group of Microsoft researchers has used supervised machine learning to try and improve detection of fraudulent user accounts.
The ISS shown transiting the Sun. Pic: Thilo Kranz/DLR

'We don't use UPS. If we did we'd have huge UPSs and tiny computers'

The heatwave-driven outage at the VLSCI supercomputing facility last week could have been worse than it was, with power cuts also a risk, the facility has confirmed.

EFF claims Vietnam targeted its staff with spear phishing attack

Advocacy group the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has warned of an uptick in targeted malware attacks by “state-aligned actors” in Vietnam against foreign activists and journalists.
Phil Muncaster, 21 Jan 2014

Pregnant? Celebrate your proudest moment ... by 3D-printing a copy of the foetus

Proud parents-to-be with a few bucks to spare might want to consider splashing out on a "3D Baby" - an "adorable baby figurine" of their pre-natal sprog squirted into shape by a 3D printer.
Lester Haines, 21 Jan 2014

Brit boffin tests LETTUCE as wire for future computers

The University of West England has used a lettuce to conduct electricity.
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jan 2014

Bottom falls out of Nokia's network rump

Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) is facing a 19 per cent drop in sales for the last quarter and an even bigger challenge for the coming 12 months: how to win enough new biz to support a company soon to be shorn of its handset division.
Phil Muncaster, 21 Jan 2014
Greg Luck, CTO at Hazelcast

Hazelcast signs Java speed king to its in-memory data-grid crew

In-memory data-grid specialist Hazelcast has landed the guru behind Java caching framework Ehcache as its chief technology officer.
Gavin Clarke, 21 Jan 2014

Hacker breaks into ThrustVPS, launches phishing attack from firm's own servers

Virtual private server firm ThrustVPS has taken the unusual step of admitting it had suffered a phishing attack.
Team Register, 21 Jan 2014
Large Hadron Collider Pop-up Book

Hadron Collider urinal cake tale wins El Reg's LHC book giveaway

Compo Entrants to our soaraway somewhat-Hadron-Collider-themed writing competition have been biting their nails all week, desperate to know who has scooped the awesome "Large Hadron Collider Pop-Up Book: Voyage to the Heart of the Matter" prize. But now, their wait is over.

Don't be a DDoS dummy: Patch your NTP servers, plead infosec bods

Security researchers have responded to recent denial of service attacks against gaming websites and service providers that rely on insecure Network Time Protocol servers by drawing up a list of vulnerable systems.
John Leyden, 21 Jan 2014
Lenovo Yoga 10

Lenovo Yoga 10: Mediocre tech, yes, but beautifully fondleable

Review Do tablets have to be dull, flat slabs? If you are Asus, Apple, Samsung or Nokia, the answer to that question is clearly ‘yes’. Sure, each may boast a decorative lip here, an extra button there, or an unusual profile curve someplace else, but essentially they all look much the same.
Alun Taylor, 21 Jan 2014

Ex-Google, Mozilla bods to outwit EVIL BOTS with 'polymorphic' defence

Startup Shape Security is re-appropriating a favourite tactic of malware writers in developing a technology to protect websites against automated hacking attacks.
John Leyden, 21 Jan 2014

Twitter WLTM UK-based pro lobbyist with GSOH - is ready for ads

As Twitter prepares to become an ad-stuffed free content network, the company is hiring a lobbyist for its UK office to "manage" public policy in Europe.
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Jan 2014

Lenovo haggling with IBM over price of System X... AGAIN

High-flying PC maker Lenovo has confirmed it has re-taken a seat at the negotiating table with an unnamed server vendor, widely believed to be IBM.
Paul Kunert, 21 Jan 2014

Intel offloads home-grown internet TV system to Verizon

Intel has managed to offload its pay-TV startup OnCue, after deciding last year it would rather sell it off than try to launch the service itself.
TDK TMR hard disk drive read/write head

The future of storage: disk-based or just discombobulated?

The disk drive industry went bananas in 2013, driven hard by cloud storage and flash, both sending the problems of bulk, nearline data storage disks' way.
Chris Mellor, 21 Jan 2014

No one's likely to get rich selling disks in '14... but it won't stop 'em trying

Storagebod As we ended 2013, we saw both winners and losers in the world of flash, for example: Violin Memory crashing as it struggled to increase sales and reduce burn; yet Pure Storage seem to be on a stellar rise - and hiring like maniacs, I hear.
StorageBod, 21 Jan 2014

KCOM-owned Eclipse FAILS to cover up the password 'password'

Exclusive A Register reader has exposed another privacy howler at KCOM - this time involving its Exeter-based ISP Eclipse Internet, which displays passwords in plain text to users via a webpage.
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Jan 2014
On-edge view of the Milky Way's star formation

Our Milky Way galaxy is INSIDE OUT. Just as we suspected, mutter boffins

New data from the European Space Agency's Gaia-ESO project has confirmed that the Milky Way galaxy grew from the inside out, backing up theories espoused in the standard model of the Big Bang.

Nimble set to conquer Japan after sealing Toshiba distie deal

Hybrid flash/disk drive array flogger Nimble Storage has won Toshiba as its master distie for Japan, virtually assuring it of success there.
Chris Mellor, 21 Jan 2014

Mobile money biz Fundamo founder moves on

Hannes van Rensburg, the founder of mobile money company Fundamo, is to leave the business at the end of the month.
Simon Rockman, 21 Jan 2014
hitahi t7k500 hard disk drive

And the winner of the most reliable disk drive award is ...

The folks at backup-as-a-service outfit Backblaze have again done something astounding: they've not only looked at log files but analysed them, this time to figure out which vendor's disk drives offer the longest working life.
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jan 2014

Display tech based on EYEBALLS could reduce teens' mobe-fiddling

Kids just can't help fiddling with the brightness and contrast on their smartphones. That's the result of the latest survey carried out by pollmeisters Ipsos MORI.
Simon Rockman, 21 Jan 2014

98.8% of Overland shareclutchers say OMG, YES to Tandberg takeover

Overland Storage shareholders have overwhelmingly voted in favour of the Tandberg Data takeover by Overland.
Chris Mellor, 21 Jan 2014
Screenshot of Microsoft promotional video touting Office 2013's cloud integration

Office 365 Microsoft's fastest growing business, ever - Microsoft

Office 365 is the “fastest growing business” in Microsoft’s history, the software giant has claimed.
Gavin Clarke, 21 Jan 2014

Buying EMC? Better get a quote from a channel partner

EMC execs aim to crush any lingering conflict in the technology business channel* by preventing internal reps from quoting configuration and prices to all bar the largest customers that it sells to directly.
Paul Kunert, 21 Jan 2014
Roller shutter

LogMeIn: We're stopping our free offering from, errrm, NOW

Angry users of the free version of LogMeIn have reacted furiously to plans to turn the remote desktop access service into a paid subscription product.
Jasper Hamill, 21 Jan 2014

Viv Reding: That French Google fine? Pfft - it's pocket money

Brussels' justice commissioner Viviane Reding may still be licking her wounds after her efforts to rewrite the EU's 19-year-old data protection law hit the skids late last year, but it hasn't stopped her from saying that companies like Google should be whacked with much bigger fines.
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Jan 2014
SAP co-CEO Bill McDermott

SAP: Those growth targets we talked about? Give us another 2 years

SAP has delayed its 2015 growth goal by two years because of an uptick in cloud and software maintenance at the expense of its core business.
Gavin Clarke, 21 Jan 2014

So Dr Dre, Jimmy Iovine and Trent Reznor walk into a bar

Today finally sees the launch of the much-delayed and much-hyped anticipated Beats Music service in the USA. Its parentage alone assures the service plenty of attention: the lead UI designer is Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails and it's a venture from the headphone manufacturer owned by producers Dr Dre and Jimmy Iovine.
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Jan 2014
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Enormo reseller SCC rejgs exec chairs for growth spurt

Specialist Computer Centres (SCC) has initiated a restructure to spearhead a four-year growth plan, say our sources in vendor land.
Paul Kunert, 21 Jan 2014
Back of iPhone 5

Pay-by-bonk? YEP, it's an Apple patent now...

Apple has filed a patent which defines how iPhones can make secure payments using a combination of NFC and a separate data connection – and it could lead to a new payments system for iTunes.
Simon Rockman, 21 Jan 2014
DNS? It's a real bind

DNS poisoning slams web traffic from millions in China into the wrong hole

A widespread DNS outage hit China on Tuesday‪, leaving millions of surfers adrift.‬
John Leyden, 21 Jan 2014
Youku screenshot

China forces users to upload videos under their real names

Any Chinese netizens who want to post videos to Chinese sites online will have to do so under their real names from now on, the official regulator has said.
Visual Studio

Microsoft empties a can of BUG SPRAY on Visual Studio 2013, hands sticky result to devs

In keeping with its new rapid-cadence philosophy, Microsoft has shipped the first update to Visual Studio 2013, a bug fix collection that adds no significant new features.
Neil McAllister, 21 Jan 2014
Nest Labs' The Nest

If you reckon Google will never tap into Nest's Wi-Fi thermostats, guess again

Video Nest, the smart-home sensor maker that Google just bought for $3.2bn in cash, has hinted that it may change its longstanding policy of keeping customer data private.
Iain Thomson, 21 Jan 2014

Chin up, BlackBerry. We know who still loves you: The cuddly Pentagon

Ailing BlackBerry has received a new vote of confidence from the US Department of Defense, which has reaffirmed its commitment to the Canadian firm's platform for a major mobile communications initiative due to launch this year.
Neil McAllister, 21 Jan 2014
Australian Hanagars Database

Data.gov.au 'getting somewhere' says Australia's CTO

Data.gov.au, Australia's open government data portal, has enjoyed a significant injection of new data in the form of 2,500 new spatial datasets.
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jan 2014
hands waving dollar bills in the air

Just as Google, Microsoft catch up with Amazon cloud prices, Bezos whips out the axe on S3 again

Amazon has slashed the price of its mainstay cloud-based storage service, S3, undercutting rival offerings from Google and Microsoft.
Jack Clark, 21 Jan 2014

Players, insert coin: PlayStation 4, Xbox One top up AMD's coffers

AMD's provision of processors for Microsoft's Xbox One and Sony's PlayStation 4 consoles appear to have worked its magic on the chip maker's bottom line.
Rik Myslewski, 21 Jan 2014

Did Microsoft actually put 'get repeatedly pwned by Syrian hackers' on its 2014 todo list?

Another week, and yet another successful compromise of Microsoft's servers by the so-called Syrian Electronic Army. And this time it's Redmond's revamped Office blog that got vandalized.
Iain Thomson, 21 Jan 2014

Diablo Technologies’ boss: 'As a CEO I have made a lot of mistakes'

With IBM adopting Diablo Technologies' Memory Channel Storage (MCS) for its gen 6 X-servers, we thought it timely to have a look at the background to this through a Willem ter Harmsel interview with Ricardo Badalone, Diablo Technologies' CEO.
Scrooge McDuck

Startup-land finds a sympathetic ear in Canberra

Startup-land's liking for gifts of scrip as a way to keep wages and burn rate low has found sympathy within Australia's Treasury, which has opened a public consultation on the topic of employee share schemes.
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jan 2014

MPAA spots a Google Glass guy in cinema, calls HOMELAND SECURITY

An Ohio man is crying foul after he was detained and interrogated by the feds – because he wore a Google Glass headset in a movie theater.
Shaun Nichols, 21 Jan 2014