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HPCaaS experiment becomes commercial service

After 18 months of experimentation, UberCloud has launched a commercial service to help academic HPC users find cloud-accessible resources for their projects: a kind of HPC-as-a-service matchmaker.

HP: Autonomy overstated 2010 profits, cuts them by 81 PER CENT

HP has filed at the UK's Companies House the results of an audit of the 2010 financial results of two of Autonomy's eight divisions, which says that the UK software firm's revenues were actually just 54 per cent of its initially stated figure, and that their profit figure for the year needs to be cut by a whopping 81 per cent.
Iain Thomson, 04 Feb 2014

Gameover ZeuS adds nasty trick

The password-stealing ZeuS variant, Gameover, is now using encryption to get around perimeter security kit like firewalls and intrusion detection systems.

HP UK: meeting unions over staff redundancy plans

HP has confirmed it will convene with unions reps in a bid to thrash out the number of UK workers that could get the heave-ho over the next 90 days.
Paul Kunert, 04 Feb 2014

Dejected NFL fans seek smut after Super Bowl blowout

A lopsided score in last night's Super Bowl kicked off a sudden spike in traffic as users sought alternative methods of entertainment in the later stages of the game.
Shaun Nichols, 04 Feb 2014
Nvidia Tegra K1 die

Nvidia slips love letter to open source driver devs

Nvidia is cozying up just a little with the open source community, with it emerging in late January that it's kicked some driver code into the Nouveau open source graphics driver project.

Cupertino copied processor pipelining claims Wisconsin U

The patent management arm of the University of Wisconsin-Madison has taken aim at Cupertino over patent infringement in Apple's A7 chip.
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FCC doubles school broadband fund with $2bn boost

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has earmarked a $2bn fund for broadband expansion.
Shaun Nichols, 04 Feb 2014

Democrats introduce net neutrality legislation in Senate and House

In a coordinated move, Congressional Democrats have introduced legislation in the Senate and House of Representatives to enshrine network neutrality principles in law until the Federal Communications Commission rules on the matter.
Iain Thomson, 04 Feb 2014
Photo of Kim Jong-un using an archaic computer

Dead Kim Jong-il's OS makeover takes a page from Dead Steve Jobs

The latest version of North Korea's official operating system has been given a makeover that lends it an all-too-familiar look and feel.
Neil McAllister, 04 Feb 2014
Shot of the D-Wave chip holder - a robotic looking contraption

Boffins say D-Wave machine could be a classic*

First, the world thought that D-Wave hadn't built a quantum computer; then, it thought there was a quantum computer in the box; next, there was disappointment that the D-Wave machine didn't speed things up (but might still be quantum); and now, it starts to look like it's not quantum after all.
fire damaged hard disk drive

THUNDERING GAS destroys disks during data centre incident

A few weeks ago in a Sydney data centre, something started making smoke. As its designers intended, the centre's reservoirs of inert gas started venting to stop any fire spreading.
Simon Sharwood, 04 Feb 2014
Double Facepalm; when one facepalm is not enough.

Super Bowl's SUPER BALLSUP: CBS broadcasts Wi-Fi password

The Super Bowl's security nerve centre was billed as a "secret, first of its kind" unit.
Jasper Hamill, 04 Feb 2014

Google bit barge ordered to set sail for safe waters

The San Francisco member of Google's mystery barge fleet has sailed into stormy waters, with the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (SFBCDC) ordering the ad giant to find a new dock for the craft.
Simon Sharwood, 04 Feb 2014
Duracell Instant Charger

Duracell powers into cloud storage market

The Gillette Company was famously founded on the idea that by giving away razors, but charging for new blades, you can milk customers forever.
Simon Sharwood, 04 Feb 2014

Canadian spookhaus says airport Wi-Fi slurp didn't invade privacy

The chief of the Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC), which has been accused of slurping airport Wi-Fi traffic in a story aired on CBC, has denied wrongdoing to a Canadian Senate committee.
Reading Room British Library, St Pancras by Paul Grundy.

UK libraries trial free access to scientific research

Hundreds of thousands of journal articles are to be made available to the public in Blighty's local libraries after a government consultation on how to expand access to publicly funded research.
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Anonymous means NO identifying element left behind – EU handbook

A new handbook on European data protection laws contains a different test from the one used by the UK's Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) for determining whether data is personal or anonymised for the purposes of data protection law.
OUT-LAW.COM, 04 Feb 2014

London's King of Clamps shuts down numberplate camera site

The inventor of the much-hated London wheel clamp has shut down a website which advertised a automatic numberplate recognition system which he'd claimed was capable of spotting tax dodgers, disabled people and terrorists.
Jasper Hamill, 04 Feb 2014
Spicerex says roar

Spiceworks scoops $57m in 'last funding round before IPO'

Spiceworks, the Texas-based web-2.0 platform for sysadmins, has announced that it has closed a $57 million round of funding - which it expects to be its last before an IPO.
Trevor Pott, 04 Feb 2014
Open-mouthed Burmese python

EMC's ViPR coils itself ever tighter around firm's storage arrays

EMC is submerging its storage arrays under a layer of software, providing control and data access personalities above and beyond its own physical storage arrays, third-party arrays and commodity hardware.
Chris Mellor, 04 Feb 2014
DayZ survivor game

The revival of survival – the gaming genre that refuses to die

Game Theory In these times of austerity it seems ironic that my free time is being taken up with trying to survive death by hunger and cold. Next I'll be nicked for dumpster diving behind Iceland. I am, of course, in the grips of day 48 of Don't Starve, a perfect gem in the rash of survival games popping up on Steam.
Lucy Orr, 04 Feb 2014

Brocade-funded study says Fibre Channel faster than FCoE

A study funded by Brocade has found that Fibre Channel provides faster access to all-flash arrays than Fibre Channel over Ethernet.
Chris Mellor, 04 Feb 2014

Bangable poster firm Novalia makes printed 'leccy keyboard

The Cambridge company Novalia is working to launch a printed keyboard in the next year. What makes it special is a process which allows x-y printing, which means much more speedy production of the 'boards.
Simon Rockman, 04 Feb 2014

Dell's fellow from Big Blue heads up blue sky division

Comment A now-private Dell appears to have set up a Research Division headed by IBM import Jai Menon.
Chris Mellor, 04 Feb 2014
Hips X-ray

'Maybe we haven't been clear enough about med records opt-out', admits NHS data boss

NHS data chief Tim Kelsey admitted today that the health service had failed to adequately inform patients about how they can opt out of having their GP medical records shared throughout England.
Kelly Fiveash, 04 Feb 2014
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Ceph puts on its Red Hat and dances in the open source sun

Inktank has made its all-singing, all-dancing software-defined storage Ceph product play nicer with Red Hat.
Chris Mellor, 04 Feb 2014

Intel to top execs: Company doing better? OK, have a carrot

Intel has decided to shake up executive pay at the firm to make top employees more accountable for the company's earnings at a time when its main cash cow, the PC market, is struggling to make money.

Facebook turns 10: Big Brother isn't Mark Zuckerberg. It's YOU

Comment Facebook turns 10 this month, which means a bombardment of anniversary pieces lauding the social network. This blabbergasm will stress how Facebook “changed everything” and speculate on how “unimaginable" life might be without Facebook. But Mark Zuckerberg’s greatest achievement isn't financial or technical. Facebook has turned its users into networks of anxious spies.
Andrew Orlowski, 04 Feb 2014

Turkish president mulls $4.5bn Apple fondleslab school deal

Apple boss Tim Cook will meet Turkish President Abdullah Gül tomorrow to discuss a mega deal which will equip 15 million kids with their very own state-sponsored fondleslab.
Jasper Hamill, 04 Feb 2014

BT scratches its head over MYSTERY Home Hub disconnections

BT has been left puzzled after some Infinity customers complained about being abruptly disconnected from the fibre broadband network when using the telco's Home Hub 5 wireless router.
Kelly Fiveash, 04 Feb 2014
Satya Nadella

It's Satya! Microsoft VP Nadella named CEO as Bill Gates steps down

Microsoft’s new CEO is the executive running its $20bn server, tools and cloud computing businesses: Satya Nadella.
Gavin Clarke, 04 Feb 2014

Yet ANOTHER Brit MOBE tower BORG: Three and EE ink network-sharing deal

A new deal between EE and Three will apparently see the two British mobile operators sharing their cellular networks, according to reports.
Simon Rockman, 04 Feb 2014

Tech Data to close lid on accounting nightmare TOMORROW

Tech Data is about to wake up from the restatement nightmare that has troubled senior execs for nearly 11 months when it reports delayed fiscal '13 numbers tomorrow.
Paul Kunert, 04 Feb 2014
IBM's System x3100 M4

IBM nearly HALVES its effective tax rate in 2013 - report

IBM has managed to legally reduce its tax payouts by billions of dollars after sending its profits through a Netherlands subsidiary that acts as a holding company for more than 40 of its firms worldwide, according to Bloomberg.

Dimension Data hoovers up NextiraOne's Euro operations

Dimension Data has hoovered up certain subsidiaries of comms and networking integrator NextiraOne after the deal was given the green light by the European Commission's Mergers and Acquisitions team.
Paul Kunert, 04 Feb 2014

Just as we said it would: HP clamps down on server fixers

Exclusive Hewlett-Packard’s policy of clamping down on third-party and budget server support has swung into effect.
Gavin Clarke, 04 Feb 2014

ARM posts sterling revenue growth, but moneymen spank it anyway

UK chip designer ARM Holdings PLC announced its financial results for the fourth quarter of 2013 on Tuesday, and despite solid revenue growth and a positive guidance, the company behind the chips that power the vast majority of the world's smartphones and tablets was spanked by The City's moneymen.
Rik Myslewski, 04 Feb 2014

Sons of Sun roar 'Freedom!', uncloak server-switch

Cisco's embattled business gained another nimble competitor on Tuesday as startup Pluribus Networks bellowed "Freedom!" and lobbed a Frankenswitch over the networking giant's ramparts.
Jack Clark, 04 Feb 2014
Asus Chromebox, front view

Asus unveils dirt-cheap Chromebox desktops with Haswell chips

Plenty of vendors offer Chromebooks, but if mobility isn't your bag, Asus has announced a compact Chrome OS desktop at a price that's hard to beat.
Neil McAllister, 04 Feb 2014

Samsung reveals prices, availability dates of 'Pro' tablets

Samsung has announced that three of the four "Pro" tablets it unveiled at last month's Consumer Electronics Show are now available for pre-order, and will ship and be on shelves of US brick-and-mortar stores next Thursday, February 13.
Rik Myslewski, 04 Feb 2014
White flag

Google and Cisco sheath swords in patent-war deal

Google has signed another patent-licensing deal, this time with Cisco, signaling that it has had enough of the Great Patent War litigation frenzy – for the moment, at least.
Iain Thomson, 04 Feb 2014

California high school hackers expelled for grade tampering, test thievery

A group of students have been kicked out of a California high school over charges that they hacked teachers' computers in order to change their grades.
Shaun Nichols, 04 Feb 2014
Ross Ulbricht

Alleged Silk Road kingpin slapped with indictment in NY

The man thought to be behind the Silk Road drug bazaar has been indicted in a New York district court, and charged with narcotics conspiracy, engaging in a continuing criminal enterprises, conspiracy to commit computer hacking, and money laundering conspiracy.
Jack Clark, 04 Feb 2014

Apple's nonexistent iWatch to bag $17.5 BEEELION in first year alone – analyst

Apple CEO Tim Cook has been relentlessly repeating to world+dog that fanbois should expect new kit in entirely new product categories this year, and now one analyst has come out with a prediction of what at least one of those items could bring to Apple's top line in the first year of its existence: a cool $17.5bn.
Rik Myslewski, 04 Feb 2014

Oi, Android devs! Facebook wants your apps to be more secure

Facebook has released the source code of a software library that's designed to make it easier for developers to implement fast, secure cryptography in their Android apps.
Neil McAllister, 04 Feb 2014