12th > February > 2014 Archive
Patch Tuesday brings Microsoft fixes and Adobe Shockwave update
Microsoft and Adobe have delivered the February edition of their monthly security updates.
It's a scientific fact: Online comment trolls are sadists
A group of Canadian researchers has given the imprimatur of social-science recognition to a fact that many of us who spend time in internet comment forums have suspected: there's a strong correlation between online trolling and sadism.
Wireless power groups join forces: One spec to rule them all
Two competing wireless power organizations have signed a pact to play nicely with each other in an attempt to defeat their bigger rival.
Home lab operators: Ditch your servers ... now!
At last year's Melbourne VMware user group (VMUG) conference, VMware's Mike Laverick opined that IT pros need a home lab these days, because bosses have stopped shelling out for training.
Microsoft denies reports of scrubbing Chinese-language Bing searches
Microsoft's Bing search engine is returning suspiciously pro-state results for Chinese-language searches even when those searches come from outside of China, activists claim.
'Wind power causes climate change' shown to be so much hot air
The localised weather effects of wind-farms are just that – localised weather effects rather than climate-change engines in their own right, according to new research from Europe.
HP 'clarifies' firmware/support contract rules
A week after upsetting the user community with what looked like a “no patches without payment” policy, HP has moved to “clarify” its position.
Incantations used to summon Magic Quadrants revealed
Analyst firm Gartner has lifted its skirts and explained a little more about how it compiles its controversial Magic Quadrants.
Tinfoil hats proven useless by eleven-year mobe radiation study
A long-term longitudinal study in the UK has concluded that mobile phones are safe, with the publication of a report finding “no evidence of biological or adverse health effects” from using mobiles.
John McAfee declares war on Android
John McAfee has reportedly decided on his next product, according to Silicon Angle, which says the colourful security entrepreneur has produced something called “Cognizant”.
Hear that, Sigourney? Common names 'may not constitute personal data'
Common names of people may not, read alone, constitute "personal data", the Court of Appeal has said.
Bad luck, n00bs: Mozilla to splurge ADS inside empty Firefox tiles
The Mozilla Corporation has announced that it will soon offer the chance to run advertising in its browser.
Google, Foxconn team to build ROBOT ARMY
Contract manufacturer and long time Apple-assembler-extraordinaire Foxconn is now helping Google achieve its ambitious plans in the robotics space, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Trials of 'Iron Man' military exoskeleton due in June
The Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS) project to create an Iron-Man-like exoskeleton has advanced to the point at which trials of a prototype are now expected in June.
Rotten to the core: Apple’s 10 greatest FAILS
FeatureThere has been no shortage of rose-tinted retrospective adulation marking the 30th birthday of the Macintosh over past weeks. Here at El Reg, we’d be the last to deny Apple’s significance and continuing influence on the history of personal computing. But to put everything in perspective, we thought it was worth looking back at some of the occasions when Apple got it wrong.
Vodafone, Moneygram hook up to create mobe money MONSTER
+CommentA deal struck between Vodafone and Moneygram has added 334,000 international agents from whom you can send money to Vodafone's M-Pesa.
So cool it 2.4 gigahertz: BATTERY-FREE comms for international band
Embedded wireless solutions company EnOcean is planning to show the first self-powered transmitter to work at 2.4GHz.
Intel Labs 'geeks' flash Edison kit to El Reg: We do it for the BIRDS
Intel’s recent Edison launch was much more than a tilt at the burgeoning wearables space – Chipzilla has been working on designs for everything from a smart birdfeeder to a paper notebook on which the user can compose emails, according to a chief boffin.
You’re NOT fired: The story of Amstrad’s amazing CPC 464
ArchaeologicIt was a home computer that embodied so many contradictions. It was launched months after the British microcomputer boom of the early 1980s had peaked. It was a rush job: the machine that was revealed to the press in the Spring of 1984 hadn’t even existed nine months previously. It was one of the best-produced British micros of its era, yet it came from a company then known only for dirt-cheap hi-fi products. It shipped when its manufacturer said it would.
Credit card of PayPal PRESIDENT cloned by UK crooks
PayPal president's credit card got hacked on a UK visit, the victim revealed on Twitter.
Someone's snatched my yummy Brit COTTAGE PIE – Viv Reding
Brussels' justice boss Viviane Reding was left feeling decidedly crumby on Monday during a visit to London, after thieves nicked her luggage from an official EU car.
Whitehall and Microsoft negotiate NHS Windows XP hacker survival plan
ExclusiveWhitehall is negotiating a deal with Microsoft to prevent thousands of NHS computers from falling victim to hackers targeting Windows XP from April.
2e2 debt recovery specialist finds... £2,000 in six months
The administrator of 2e2 has recouped just a tiny fraction of the debts owed to the integrator, a Progress Report has revealed.
SME storage challengers emerge one feature at a time
Sysadmin BlogThe storage market is in the middle of an evolution. To what, nobody knows, but a whole lot of people expect to get very rich between now and when we've got it all figured out. The only market that matters to most companies is the enterprise, because that's where the big margins are. One sales junket, lots of terabytes sold. Enterprise vendors have the marketing budgets, they get the press.
Scotland to test mobe signals slammer jammer
A pilot scheme to test mobile phone signal blocking technology in Scottish prisons will go live in two jails in the next few weeks, Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill announced.
PayPal 'n' Google's FIDO drops 'simpler, stronger' secure login spec
The FIDO (Fast IDentity Online) Alliance has marked its first anniversary with the publication of specifications for technology it hopes will simplify authentication and reduce password headaches.
AIM-listed Coms hoovers up Actimax for £3.4m
Acquisitive cloud-based telephony player Coms Plc has hoovered loss-making comms dealer Actimax in a cash splurge that could rise to £3.4m depending on results.
Flappy Bird's ANIMATED CORPSE may spread malware PLAGUE
Cybercrooks have been quick to latch onto the hype about Flappy Bird's demise by laying a variety of malware-based traps.
Steelie Neelie: ICANN think of more 'credible' rules for internet. (Cough *NSA* cough)
EU vice president Neelie Kroes wants the US to slacken its grip on how the internet is managed in the aftermath of revelations about mass surveillance of innocent citizens.
Broker accuses FAST of scaring users off secondhand software
The Federation Against Software Theft is talking up the dangers of buying recycled software, claiming that existing laws are insufficient to protect firms that opt for recycled licences.
Random car shutdowns force Toyota to recall Prius hybrids - AGAIN
Toyota is recalling nearly two million of its Prius hybrid cars worldwide because of a software fault that can make the car slow down or even stop while it's being driven.
Apple pushes back release date for 'dustbin chic' Mac Pro
It has been described as Darth Vader's dustbin, but that hasn't stopped fanbois from salivating over the new Mac Pro.
Buy IT Direct: Sales up by a third, but IT kit NOT behind boom
Buy IT Direct, one of the last major independent tech e-tailers of size, pushed up turnover by more than a third in '13 but told us demand for kitchen appliances and baby products were largely behind the bounce.
Dell staffers head for exit armed with redundo cheques
The first wave of Dell folk to volunteer to leap from the privately owned biz with a redundancy parachute, swept over parts of the organisation last week – and by all accounts the numbers exceeded management targets.
Judge: Odds of bankrupt Lightsquared sorting itself out are 'zero'
Bankrupt wireless company LightSquared is hoping to submit a restructuring plan that its creditors can agree with by this Friday, although the judge in the bankruptcy case thinks it's unlikely the firm will get everybody on board.
Another day, another VDI appliance: ScaleIO intros Nytro-driven kit
VDI is becoming a vendor obsession. Just days after Fusion-io's ioVDI product we have an another VDI appliance using EMC's ScaleIO technology with LSI flash, Supermicro servers and Mellanox networking which they claim can boot 1,000 virtual desktops in 12 minutes at a price per desktop of an entry-level business PC.
IBM job cuts: Big Blue starts 'slaughter' of Indian and European workforce
IBM has begun slicing away at its workforce in India and Europe, as the company tries to shift its business to more lucrative, higher-margin technologies.
China confirms Jade Rabbit lunar rover has conked out
The Yutu rover delivered in China's first moon-probe mission has popped its clogs and will become a permanent fixture of the lunar landscape.
Elitist approach still paying off for Apple in mobile market
Android and iOS increased their domination of the smartphone market in 2013, with over 95 per cent of all sales in what proved to be the industry's first billion-unit shipment year, according to the latest research.
Grimly determined Cisco reports weak earnings
Networking giant Cisco has reported weak results in line with its own muted expectations as it continues to face difficulties in emerging markets.