18th > February > 2014 Archive
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.
SPACE VID: Watch JUMBO ASTEROID 2000 EM26 buzzing Earth
VidIf 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
Diablo boss on IP lawsuit: We are NOT 'engaging in a public pissing match'
BlogTech 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
CommentApple has announced that it is now at least partially conflict-mineral-free after confirming that its suppliers use only ethically sourced tantalum.
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.
Google's paid link settlement plan will lead to fresh wave of abuses, claims Euro rival
AnalysisEngland 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.
Vertical take-off and laughing: Space Harrier
Antique Code ShowOne 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.
Ignore the pie-in-the-sky storage roadmaps. This is what's REALLY afoot
StoragebodRoadmap! 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.
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.
Robots demanding equal API rights? It's just a matter of time
BlogSomewhere 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.
Would you put a Virtual SAN in a brownfield? Or a minefield?
Sysadmin BlogIn 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Computer expert and broadcaster Ian McNaught-Davis dies at 84
ObitIan 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.
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.
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.
El Reg gives it a wrist at MWC: From not-so-smartwatch to the selfie-taker
MWC 2014Several new smartwatches are set to be shown at Mobile World Congress, demonstrating software improvements since CES at the start of the year.
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.
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.
Clueless over your heaps of unstructured data? You could soon whip out 'DIY tool'
AnalysisDataGravity 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.