17th > February > 2014 Archive

Neanderthal display in museum

Without a smartphone your reptile brain gets a workout

Mobility Archaeology A couple of weeks back, I ditched my Galaxy S4 and adopted a Nokia 110 as an experiment to see if modern life is possible without a smartphone. The premise for the test is that I'm worried I'm spending a bit too much time with my phone and could probably disconnect from the online world without.
Simon Sharwood, 17 Feb 2014
Cloud security

Who wants to start a Kickstarter for a more secure Kickstarter? Account data hacked

Crowd-funding site Kickstarter is the latest high-profile Internet property to call on users to reset their passwords, after announcing that an attacker had made off with their account records.
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Anons escape human sewer after billionaire bog roll blag

A denial-of-service attack that knocked a Koch-owned subsidiary offline in 2011 has earned its perpetrators probations and hefty fines.

Malware-flinging Linksys vulnerability confirmed as a HNAP1 bug

Updated The worm called “The Moon”, which began spreading between Linksys home broadband kit last week, has been confirmed as a problem with the devices' HNAP1 implementation, and an exploit has been made public.
Shot of the D-Wave chip holder - a robotic looking contraption
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D-Wave wooing universities down under

While controversy continues over the nature of its machines, quantum computing company D-Wave is wearing out the shoe-leather talking to academic users – and The Register.
K-Glass

Korean boffins launch K-Glass for hands-free Google Glass-ery

Boffins at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) are predicting the end of the smartphone era after launching their answer to Google Glass – a head mounted display (HMD) dubbed K-Glass.
Phil Muncaster, 17 Feb 2014
Eiffel Tower Shenzhen at night

New password system lets planet Earth do the hard work

Log-in credentials derived from geographical information could reduce the majority of data breaches by providing an almost uncrackable replacement for conventional passwords, according to security researchers.
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Foxconn to staff: ‘Put down the drill and launch a start-up!’

Foxconn boss Terry Gou wants to let a hundred flowers blossom at the contract manufacturing giant, with new plans to support up to five spin-off companies every year in a bid to strengthen the firm by supporting entrepreneurship.
Phil Muncaster, 17 Feb 2014

Who OWNS data generated by 'connected cars' sensor slurpers?

The fundamental question of whether the data generated by "connected cars" can legally be owned and who actually acquires ownership in such data at the time when they are generated must be answered before the extent to which companies can make use of that data can be determined, an expert has said.
OUT-LAW.COM, 17 Feb 2014
Dunce

Free space optics gets shiny new snake-oil paint job

A technology more than 15 years old is getting a brand-new publicity brush-up because it's been discovered by the high-frequency trading community.
Windows 9x BSOD

How NOT to evaluate hard disk reliability: Backblaze vs world+dog

HPC blog A few months ago, Brian Beach, a distinguished engineer at cloud backup joint Backblaze, published a set of study-like blog postings relating to his firm's experiences with hard drive lifespan in its 25,000+ spindle environment.

London calling: Date set for launch of capital's very own domain name

You'll never Adam and Eve how many people are apparently set to buy a new .london domain name.
Jasper Hamill, 17 Feb 2014

Devs angrily dismiss Absolute Computrace rootkit accusation

Developers have denied accusations that their Computrace anti-theft software poses a remote wipe risk for the computers the program is designed to protect.
John Leyden, 17 Feb 2014
Chinese Angry Bird toy rip-off

Oh, so you've founded a disruptive storage upstart? Do tell me more

So you’ve founded a new storage business. You’ve got a great idea and you want to disrupt the market. Good for you. But you want to maintain the same old margins as the old crew? Where do we start...
StorageBod, 17 Feb 2014
Nintendo Animal Crossing

Wii got it WRONG: How do you solve a problem like Nintendo?

Game Theory We dedicated gamers are a plucky bunch, happy to scream from the rafters that graphics aren’t everything and that gameplay is king. Trouble is, you need only look to Nintendo’s current plight to see that 95 per cent of our fellow games players – those who fill server upon server with online Call of Duty and Battlefield sessions – tend to disagree.
Mike Plant, 17 Feb 2014

Russian cybercrooks shun real currencies, develop private altcoins

Fraudsters are using private currencies to conduct transactions with each other on Russian-language cybercrime forums.
John Leyden, 17 Feb 2014

Google slurps sound-powered security upstart SlickLogin

Google has bought five-month-old security startup SlickLogin, which specialises in sound-based authentication technology.
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Feb 2014
Roughly 150kg of gold

TGI Monday: Brocade profits up, Scality and Tegile fattening up

Tracking storage supplier and association news is like standing underneath a waterfall; you get deluged. Of course, the main stories stand out but there are lots of others that are worthy of note.
Chris Mellor, 17 Feb 2014
Uncov chronicles the failure of Web 2.0
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Cisco HAUNTED by $655m memory components snag

Cisco has swallowed huge costs to attempt to firefight heavily degraded memory components found in the company's kit - but it's refusing to bad-mouth the supplier behind the tetchy chips.
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Feb 2014

Reg readers fret over misty-eyed LOHAN

Our heads-up last week on the Vulture 2 spaceplane's miniature Raspberry Pi camera (Picam), prompted some readers to express concerns that we were heading for trouble in the imaging department.
Lester Haines, 17 Feb 2014
Dyson DC37 vacuum cleaners

Samsung flings sueball at Dyson for 'intolerable' IP copycat claim

Update Samsung is looking for 10 billion won ($9.43m) in compensation from Dyson after the vacuum maker dropped its patent lawsuit against the Korean firm.

Ericsson and Ciena ink SDN development and distribution deal

Telecoms giant Ericsson will develop capabilities targeting software-defined networking and IP-optical convergence under a distribution deal with network specialist Ciena.
Gavin Clarke, 17 Feb 2014
Infinidat Web Page

Infinidat quietly files THIRTY-NINE patents. Let's take a closer look

A secretive Israeli startup staffed by ex-XIV people is filing patents like there’s no tomorrow. Infinidat is all about object storage for big data, and has EMC Symmetrix inventor and XIV founder Moshe Yanai on its board.
Chris Mellor, 17 Feb 2014
Scotland
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Capita and Updata ink £325m Scottish PSN deal

Capita and Updata Infrastructure UK pipped BT and a joint bidding team from Vodafone and Virgin Media to scoop up the mega Scottish Wide Area Networking (SWAN) framework gig.
Paul Kunert, 17 Feb 2014
Volcano erupting

From 0 to ERUPTION in 60 days: You thought that volcano was COLD?

Volcanoes can become ready to blow in less time than scientists had previously thought, but their magma is usually kept in a cool, near-solid state.
Apple Store Scottsdale

Reports pump fuel into iCar gossip: Apple in 'talks' with Tesla

Apple and Tesla reportedly met to discuss a deal that could clear the way for a Cupertino-designed iCar.
Jasper Hamill, 17 Feb 2014

Google, Apple pop a cap in that Flappy Birds crapp app flapp

Apple and Google have apparently launched a campaign to shut down the fledgling Flappy Bird clone industry after banning copycat games from app stores.
Jasper Hamill, 17 Feb 2014

Dell's cash-saving voluntary redundo axe ker-chunks into Europe

Dell has confirmed that the Voluntary Separation Programme it kickstarted across the Atlantic before Christmas has finally crossed the pond.
Paul Kunert, 17 Feb 2014
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IPO? Don't know what you're talking about, says Spotify as it seeks IPO report guru

Spotify has advertised for a new "external reporting specialist", fueling rumors that the online music streaming biz is getting ready for a stock-market debut.
twitchpokemon

HELL is other people ... Thousands play SAME Pokemon game on TV. Mayhem ensues

Live vid What happens if you take a beloved Gameboy game from the late 1990s and wire up the controls to a 75,000-strong chatroom that anyone can enter? The answer is progress, albeit of the achingly slow form.
Jack Clark, 17 Feb 2014

Angela Merkel: Let US spies keep their internet. The EU will build its own

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has lent her support to the idea of building out new European data networks to help keep Europeans' email and other data out of the hands of US spies.
Neil McAllister, 17 Feb 2014
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Tasmanian Liberals fear NBN policy will kill their election hopes

Updated Four weeks out from an election in the Australian state of Tasmania, the leader of the opposition Liberal party leader Will Hodgman has staged a “gaffe” by telling a colleague the issue of the National Broadband Network (NBN) could cost his party the election in front of TV cameras.
Bitcoins

MtGox claims to have a fix ready for Bitcoin withdrawal woes

Bitcoin exchange MtGox says its customers should soon be able to withdraw Bitcoins from their accounts again, although the company is still not sure just how long the process of restoring access will take.
Neil McAllister, 17 Feb 2014

Syrian Electronic Army slurps a MILLION reader passwords from Forbes

Forbes.com has become the latest media outlet to fall to an attack by the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) with the account records of more than a million people swiped.