18th > February > 2014 Archive

Hadoop Elephant
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Elders tell cluster tool Apache Spark it's time to quit chillin' in the crib

The Apache Foundation has promoted a fast data-processing tool out of the Apache Incubator in a further sign of the maturity of the Hadoop family.
Jack Clark, 18 Feb 2014
Planetoid crashes into primordial Earth

SPACE VID: Watch JUMBO ASTEROID 2000 EM26 buzzing Earth

Vid If there's nothing on TV tonight, or you're suffering from insomnia, readers of The Register can always tune in to an asteroid flyby, broadcast live online by the Slooh Observatory.

FireEye enters crowded IPS market

Late last week, FireEye took something of a plunge, throwing its hat into the ring of the crowded intrusion prevention system (IPS) market, with a beta of software that adds IPS capability to its virtualised MVX environment.
bug on keyboard
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WordPress two-factor login plugin bug, er, bypasses 2-factor login

The maker of a popular plugin that provides two-factor authentication for WordPress bloggers is preparing an update – after finding a vulnerability in its system. It advises that anyone using two-factor plugins from any vendor need to check their security strength.
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Quantum comms can be made even more secure

Quantum mechanics can be used to create the “perfect” digital signature, but in practice, it's held back by the technical impossibility of retaining quantum states for more than a few seconds. Now, a group of researchers from the UK, Croatia and Greece is proposing a scheme they say would make quantum digital signatures (QDS) not just feasible, but usable.
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Zoom out for a view of malware, say boffins

One of the reasons malware gets past corporate defences is that a single HTTP request can look perfectly innocent. However, according to research to be presented at a security conference next week, those requests reveal themselves if the defender takes a “big picture” view.
Great Wall of China
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Dropbox unblocked in China ... for now

Sync 'n’ share service Dropbox is available again in China almost four years after the Great Firewall decided to block it, but it may struggle to pull in punters given the large number of local rivals that have launched in the meantime.
Phil Muncaster, 18 Feb 2014

Brit boffins brew up blight-resistant FRANKENSPUD

A team of British researchers has announced the results of test cultivation of a blight-resistant potato - a transgenic creation featuring a "gene isolated from a wild relative of potato, Solanum venturii, and introduced by GM methods into the potato variety Desiree".
Lester Haines, 18 Feb 2014

Flappy Bird crosses over into cryptocurrency, big data

The Flappy Bird phenomenon is showing little sign of hitting one last, fatal, pipe as the game has now spawned at least two Bitcoin clones and a big data analysis of gamers' performance.
Simon Sharwood, 18 Feb 2014
The existing, human crewed Caterpillar 797B

Tired of arguing with suits? Get ready to argue with engineers!

Since time immemorial, IT professionals have been told they must serve their employers by delivering infrastructure that ensures both uninterrupted operations and delivers competitive advantage within moments of a new product or service being imagined.
Simon Sharwood, 18 Feb 2014

Tata says USA rejecting HALF of Indians' work visa requests

Indian IT services giant Tata Consulting Services (TCS) has said as many as half of its visa applications to the US are now being rejected as Washington continues to clamp down on immigration ahead of a new bill passing through Congress.
Phil Muncaster, 18 Feb 2014
Diablo Technologies

Diablo boss on IP lawsuit: We are NOT 'engaging in a public pissing match'

Blog Tech startup blogger Willem ter Harmsel spoke with Memory Channel Storage maker Diablo Technologies' Riccardo Badalone yesterday. He updated us on the current state of affairs at Diablo, including the Netlist IP lawsuit and its newly formed links with Sandisk and IBM.

SMELT YOU LATER: Apple announces conflict-free status

Comment Apple has announced that it is now at least partially conflict-mineral-free after confirming that its suppliers use only ethically sourced tantalum.
Tim Worstall, 18 Feb 2014
First Data's Claover an Android based point of sale terminal
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First Data hoiks out custom Android point-of-sale fondleslab

Around half US online transaction revenue goes through payments firm First Data’s systems. They have such a large volume of transaction information they are used as an economic barometer by the US government.
Simon Rockman, 18 Feb 2014
Google Chocolate Factory

Google's paid link settlement plan will lead to fresh wave of abuses, claims Euro rival

Analysis England football managers, who have dynamite news to expose, sometimes wait until late on a Friday afternoon to release juicy details to the press before speeding away from any supposed scandal in their 4x4s.
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Feb 2014
Space Harrier

Vertical take-off and laughing: Space Harrier

Antique Code Show One of the outright joys of retro gaming is being able to look back at some very esoteric design choices and general weirdness that sometimes surrounds old titles: forgotten little segments of youth culture, odd nuances that found their place due to technical limitations, and novel arcade game concepts designed to draw more and more punters in.
Giles Hill, 18 Feb 2014
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Ignore the pie-in-the-sky storage roadmaps. This is what's REALLY afoot

Storagebod Roadmap! Roadmap! Bring out your roadmaps... I’ve now seen roadmaps going way off into the future and it is a pain. As soon as I start speculating about the future of storage, people seem to get very worried about breach of NDAs.
StorageBod, 18 Feb 2014
The existing, human crewed Caterpillar 797B

Ericsson and Kodiak in Europe WALKIE-TALKIE-style push-to-talk push

Push-to-talk company Kodiak has struck a deal with Ericsson to sell the systems it is currently touting to the US market through American firm Cspire to European telcos. The pair are aiming to sell these services to both real mobile network operators and virtual ones.
Simon Rockman, 18 Feb 2014

Robots demanding equal API rights? It's just a matter of time

Blog Somewhere around the world right now as many as 1.2 million people are currently publishing APIs for external use - and that’s just us humans.
Nutanix cloud appliance exploded view
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Would you put a Virtual SAN in a brownfield? Or a minefield?

Sysadmin Blog In my previous article I looked at the various virtual SANs on the market. In this article, I'm going to take a look at the issues they face trying to get customers to migrate from existing storage solutions. Brownfield conversion strategies are an issue for all players.
Trevor Pott, 18 Feb 2014
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Rigby dynasty to retain control at SCC - 'no IPO for us'

SCC CEO James Rigby plans to pass the privately owned biz to the next generation of the clan rather than co-crafting a retirement plan with his brother based on a flotation or trade sale.
Paul Kunert, 18 Feb 2014

HP 'KNEW' about Autonomy's hardware sales BEFORE the whistle blew: report

HP knew about Autonomy's hardware and reseller sales long before a whistleblower pointed them out and the company wrote down its acquisition by $8.8bn, the Financial Times has claimed (paywall), citing emails and Deloitte audit reports.
NHS Files on a desk

Top Brit docs wade into GP data grab row, demand 'urgent' NHS England talks

Pressure is mounting on NHS England to stall its incoming data grab of GP-stored medical records, after another health body said that the government needed to improve public awareness of the controversial scheme.
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Feb 2014
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Oracle scores mixed bag in Rimini Street software IP 'theft' ruling

Oracle has been handed a partial victory in its IP violation case against software support provider Rimini Street.
Gavin Clarke, 18 Feb 2014
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Tech Data: We need ethics, and we've found the right man

It comes to something when a corporation is forced to appoint a chief ethics and compliance officer but that is exactly what distributor Tech Data has done, weeks after completing its costly accounting investigation.
Paul Kunert, 18 Feb 2014
Diver peers through sub window. credit: Alexander Rist  http://www.sxc.hu/profile/OwnMoment

Swollen-bellied Riverbed spears trout of doubt: Opnet buyout blues over

Riverbed, the WAN optimising and cloud storage gateway biz, has announced a sparkling new Steelhead appliance and pretty shiny results as it recovers from digesting an acquisition. Which first? Let’s go for the revenues and earnings.
Chris Mellor, 18 Feb 2014
The BBC's Computer Programme

Computer expert and broadcaster Ian McNaught-Davis dies at 84

Obit Ian McNaught-Davis, star of the BBC's The Computer Programme, has died at the age of 84. His funeral is being held in London this afternoon.
Team Register, 18 Feb 2014
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Microsoft UK seeks infrastructure guys for BYOD workshops

Promo Microsoft wants to teach “nervous” IT pros how to manage and secure all those troublesome non-corporate devices used by their co-workers.
David Gordon, 18 Feb 2014
BBC Testcard

BBC: Hey, Atos, old buddy. Here's a cheque for £285m, fill your boots

The BBC has tossed £285m of licence fee payers' cash at a beefy tech services deal with integrator Atos after the planned rollout of a brand new tower framework to house multiple suppliers hit the buffers.
Paul Kunert, 18 Feb 2014
Borg
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HDS inks deal with Symantec: Plans to borg archive tech for DO-IT-ALL product set

Hitachi Data Services has extended a deal with Symantec to OEM its NetBackup and Enterprise Vault software so it can supply a single storage array, server, data protection and archiving software product set.
Chris Mellor, 18 Feb 2014

El Reg gives it a wrist at MWC: From not-so-smartwatch to the selfie-taker

MWC 2014 Several new smartwatches are set to be shown at Mobile World Congress, demonstrating software improvements since CES at the start of the year.
Simon Rockman, 18 Feb 2014

Better late than never: Monster 15-core Xeon chips let loose by Intel

Intel's long-reigning top dog in the x86 server market, the Xeon E7 "Westmere-EX" of April 2011, can finally enjoy a well-deserved retirement: its "Ivy Bridge–EX" replacement, prosaically named the Xeon E7 v2 series, has finally arrived.
Rik Myslewski, 18 Feb 2014
Candy Crush Saga

App-maker King hopes to CANDY-CRUSH $500m from IPO

Candy Crush Saga-maker King Digital Entertainment has filed for an initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange, which it hopes will raise $500m for the firm.
DataGravity analytics
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Clueless over your heaps of unstructured data? You could soon whip out 'DIY tool'

Analysis DataGravity appears to be working on a kind of GUI-driven SQL for unstructured data so small to medium businesses can run data analytics, possibly without having to hire data scientists – although this has not been confirmed.
Chris Mellor, 18 Feb 2014
Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch 2013

Apple patents touch-sensitive controls for MacBook

Apple has filed for a patent on a system which places the controls for a notebook computer within the outer bezel of the screen.
Shaun Nichols, 18 Feb 2014
LLCD laser space broadband

NASA's orbiting space-broadband probe LADEE beams back Moon snaps

NASA's LADEE (Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer) probe orbiting the Moon has sent its first images of the lunar surface and the surrounding stars as it fine-tunes its navigation system.
Iain Thomson, 18 Feb 2014
Glasshole

Google warns Glass wearers: Quit being 'CREEPY GLASSHOLES'

Google has updated its information website for its Glass Explorer programme to include a list of "dos and don'ts" for its head-mounted computers, including one rather unexpected admonition.
Neil McAllister, 18 Feb 2014
Scrooge McDuck
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Upstart Postmates surfs $16m valley funding on backs of 'slave' couriers

San Francisco delivery company Postmates bagged $16m in funding from eager investors today – though an inspection of worker feedback shows that the startup is not as well-loved by some of its couriers.
Jack Clark, 18 Feb 2014
NSA parody T-shirt

Fine, you can mock us: NSA spies back down in T-shirt ridicule brouhaha

The NSA and Department of Homeland Security have abandoned efforts to shut down an internet site selling parodies of its logos on T-shirts, coffee cups and bumper stickers.
Iain Thomson, 18 Feb 2014