21st > February > 2014 Archive
Handcuffed Obama administration pokes patent trolls, pleads for Senate legislation
The Obama administration has renewed its call for legislation to combat patent trolls, and has issued three new executive actions that – although limited in scope – underline its intent to do whatever it can without Congressional help, as Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker put it, "to encourage innovation, not litigation."
Violin Memory axes 100 staff, mulls fate of PCIe flash card biz
Violin Memory is laying off staff and hopes to sell its PCIe flash card business as new-broom CEO Kevin DeNuccio tries to get the storage biz profitable.
Nokia may consider merging with Juniper: report
German outlet Manager Magazin Online has reported that Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN), the bits of Nokia Microsoft didn't buy, is considering a transaction of some sort with Juniper Networks.
Apple to beef up its North Carolina megadatacenter – again
Apple has filed plans in Catawba County, North Carolina – where its massive 500,000 square foot data center can be found in the town of Maiden – to add another "tactical data center" to the aforementioned huge installation.
How many mobile apps collect data on users? Oh ... nearly all of them
Could the apps you have installed on your mobile phone be snooping on you? Based on the latest data from app security analytics firm Appthority, it's not merely possible; it's actually more than likely, particularly if you downloaded those apps for free.
Just like Elvis, dead Steve Jobs to appear all over America in 2015
A highly-sensitive leaked US government document reveals Steve Jobs will appear all over America in 2015.
Google picks five teams to share $6 MEEELLION funding in Lunar X Prize
Next year Google could dish out its $30m Lunar X Prize if a private organization manages to safely land a vehicle on the surface of the Moon and trundle it across the lunar regolith. Now the first $6m of that money is up for grabs.
Alliance for Wireless Power to pursue new 50W standard
The Alliance for Wireless Power has announced that Dell has joined the group, and also outlined a plan to revise its technology so it is capable of delivering 50w of power.
Missing matter found by squinting through gravitational lens
Some of the universe's “missing matter” might have been found in an unexpected place: exactly where it ought to be, sitting in galaxies.
Robot army to police football World Cup
Hooligans planning to disrupt the FIFA World Cup in Brazil this summer will have to arm themselves against an unusual foe, after the South American country announced plans to police venues with military-grade robots.
French youth faces court for illegal drone flight
A French youth who used a drone to capture impressive aerial footage of the city of Nancy is facing an appearance before the beak on a charge of "endangering the lives of others".
South Korea green lights Stuxnet-like code weapons to nark Norks
The South Korean government has approved plans to develop a Stuxnet-like virus to disrupt Pyongyang’s missile and atomic capabilities, according to local reports.
Magnets to stick stuff to tablets: Yup, there's an Apple patent application for that
Apple has filed a sweeping patent application with the US Patent and Trademark Office for a "magnetic attachment mechanism" that allows two electronic components to be attached to one another to "augment the functionality of usefulness" of the primary electronic device.
SUSE's new OpenStack is Havana good time with VMware and EMC
SUSE has emitted the third version of its OpenStack distribution, and has taken further strides towards making it a good fit for multi-hypervisor clouds by including full support for VMware's vSphere and EMC's VNX storage arrays.
VMware hyper-converge means we don't need no STEENKIN' OS...
With VMware converging storage - VSAN - and networking - Nicira - into the hypervisor, it’s re-inventing the server operating system.
NHS care.data leaflet shovage: Like a 'notice for Earth's demolition' posted to Alpha Centauri
QuotwThis was the week when Google advised its tech spec-wearing minions not to be "Glassholes".
Toshiba Encore: The Windows 8.1 tablet that might catch on
ReviewWindows tablets have hardly set the world on fire. Limp processors, confusion in the mind of Joe Public over the difference between Windows proper and Windows RT, plus a lack of apps for the user-interface-once-known-as-Metro have all combined to dampen enthusiasm.
Bosses to be banned from forcing new hires to pull personal records
Forthcoming changes to the law will prevent employers, insurers and other organisations from forcing individuals to access personal data held about them by others and reveal the results to the party requesting that information, the data protection watchdog has warned.19 Feb 2014
Hot racks and cool customers: Colocating in the capital
FeatureIn a world where data centre duties are increasingly relocated to lower cost territories in the East and beyond, why would anyone want to set up shop in the heart of London? Even if there was a requirement for your data to be UK-based, surely a location in the shires where rents are lower would make sense.
Years of AWOL Windows Phone features finally show up in video leaks
The first major update to Windows Phone since November 2012 is expected to be revealed in April, but details have already started to emerge.
Reg HPC man relives 0-day rootkit GROUNDHOG DAY
HPC blogThis is a difficult article to write, and I’ve put it off for way too long. But it’s time to bite the bullet and make an embarrassing admission to the Register audience. I’ve been hacked and hacked hard.
Big 20 cash hoovers: Slurp. Floop. Darn. Sluurrrp. Where's our public sector IT dosh?
Half of the top 20 software and IT services (SITS) suppliers to UK.gov saw their public sector biz decline last year as Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude and his merry band of axemen waged war on the oligopoly.
'Sons of Solaris' Joyent welcome Ubuntu into their cloud
Sun refugee camp and cloud operator Joyent has partnered with Canonical to bring tailored Ubuntu images into its technically sophisticated cloud.
TONGUES OUT if you want to LICK Steve Jobs' BACKSIDE
We bet there are millions of fanbois who would sacrifice one of their favourite appendages for the chance to lick Steve Jobs' face.
Microsoft taps up Level 3, Equinix, AT&T for direct Azure Cloud lines
Cloud computing is all well and good but it's hopeless if the network connection between the customer and the data center is useless, so Microsoft has followed in Amazon's footsteps by fixing this weakness.
We nearly MISSED OUT on iOS7 redesign: But someone snatched Jony Ive from the jaws of quit
Apple design chief Jony Ive almost quit his industrial design course, it has been revealed, meaning that in a parallel universe Apple iStuff would have looked a bit less... like this.
Amazon fuses LoveFilm, subs service, calls it Prime Instant Video
Amazon has decided to fold its Prime delivery service into its LoveFilm Instant video streaming library to make a single Prime Instant Video subscription for Brits.
Sanity now: Gnome 3.12 looking sensible - at least in beta
ReviewThe GNOME team has released the first beta of GNOME 3.12, the next major release for the popular desktop and UI environment.
Groupon plans MORE losses next quarter: Will lob wads of cash down marketing's maw
That brief period where it looked like voucher bazaar Groupon might actually make some money could be over already. The site has forecast a quarterly loss for its next financial results as it turns to advertising to try to keep its fortunes on track.
Daddy EMC pushes past VMware, muscles into Microsoft Hyper-V shops
EMC has joined a Microsoft Cloud OS Accelerate programme and is going solo into the Windows cloud market – without subsidiary sidekick VMware.
Bolshy investor pushes Juniper Networks into restructuring plan
Juniper Networks has bowed to pressure from hedge fund Elliott Management, accepting demands from the fund, apparently including appointing two directors it proposed.
You’re a LIAR and a CHEAT... la-la-la, I can't hear your lawyers
Something for the Weekend, Sir?Interactive Lard. Remember the name: one day they will be huge.
Terrifying photo special: 'Electric Cannon' anal orgasmo-probe in use ... on a BULL
NSFWFor the benefit of those readers feeling frankly tired of the internet this fine February Friday, we're delighted to present a picture special so bereft of an IT angle that we're not even going to bother attempting to concoct a vaguely tenuous link.
Entanet calls on equity firm Mobeus to back £14m MBO
Wholesale internet connectivity services provider Entanet has completed a £14m managed buyout with the backing of private equity firm Mobeus.
Red Hat kicks Piston out of Red Hat Summit, then performs $13,000 U-turn
ExclusiveIn the past two hours, Red Hat has booted cloud upstart Piston out of the upcoming Red Hat Summit, changed its mind minutes after The Register started asking questions – and has now waived Piston's $13,000 summit sponsorship bill.
Just how much bang does a FAS8040 box give you for 500,000 bucks
Blocks and FilesA just-announced two-node NetApp FAS8040 cluster scored 86,072.33 IOPS [PDF] on the SPC-1 random I/O storage benchmark, with linear scale-out extrapolation suggesting it could do better than the FAS6240's performance.
I'd rather hire lesser but 'agreeable' bod than arrogant rocket scientist
As a part of a CEO series, Willem ter Harmsel interviews CEOs of innovative companies in the fields of storage, virtualisation and networking.
Update your iThings NOW: Apple splats scary SSL snooping bug in iOS
Updated2Apple has updated its mobile operating system iOS to patch a bug that blows apart the integrity of encrypted connections.
Uni of Maryland hacked: 300,000 SSNs of staff, students, alumni swiped
Former and current staff and students at the University of Maryland are going to be getting a free year of credit score protection after hackers slurped the names, social security numbers, dates of birth, and university identification numbers for 309,079 people.
Intel, Sun vet births fast, inexpensive 3D chip-stacking breakthrough
A startup headed up by former Intel chip architect, Sun Sparc CTO, and Transmeta cofounder David Ditzel has developed a way to allow communication in 3D stacked chips without the expense and fabrication hassles of creating physical connections between the layers.
Jolla announces Sailfish OS 1.0, says Android love-fest soon to come
Just a few months after the launch of its first handsets, Finnish smartphone startup Jolla has announced that Sailfish OS, the Linux-derived operating system that powers its devices, has reached version 1.0.
Self-forming liquid metal just like a TERMINATOR emerges from China lab
Scientists in China say they have developed a way to manipulate liquid metal substances into self-assembling shapes and forms.
Google's 1Gbps fiber 'not driving' Time Warner Cable's sudden Austin speed increase
Time Warner Cable (TWC) is to upgrade its network in Austin, Texas over the summer to allow internet speeds of up to 300Mbps, but says this has nothing to do with Google's decision to make the city its third installation of 1Gbps fiber.