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."
Rik Myslewski, 21 Feb 2014
Stradivarius violin reproduction

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.
Chris Mellor, 21 Feb 2014

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.
Simon Sharwood, 21 Feb 2014

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.
Rik Myslewski, 21 Feb 2014
2001: A Space Odyssey

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.
Neil McAllister, 21 Feb 2014
Throwboys' iCEO

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.
Simon Sharwood, 21 Feb 2014
Astrobotics rover

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.
Iain Thomson, 21 Feb 2014

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.
Simon Sharwood, 21 Feb 2014
Artist's impression of Planck; Pic: ESA

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.
Phil Muncaster, 21 Feb 2014

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".
Lester Haines, 21 Feb 2014
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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.
Phil Muncaster, 21 Feb 2014

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.
Rik Myslewski, 21 Feb 2014
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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.
Simon Sharwood, 21 Feb 2014
Drivers Kenjiro Shinozuka and Kouhei Sagawa celebrate Team Tokai's win

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.
Chris Mellor, 21 Feb 2014
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NHS care.data leaflet shovage: Like a 'notice for Earth's demolition' posted to Alpha Centauri

Quotw This was the week when Google advised its tech spec-wearing minions not to be "Glassholes".
Toshiba Encore Windows 8.1 tablet

Toshiba Encore: The Windows 8.1 tablet that might catch on

Review Windows 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.
Alun Taylor, 21 Feb 2014
Man in an orange jumpsuit clutches prison bars. Image by Shutterstock

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
OUT-LAW.COM, 21 Feb 2014
Generator output meters

Hot racks and cool customers: Colocating in the capital

Feature In 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.
Bob Dormon, 21 Feb 2014

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.
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Feb 2014

Reg HPC man relives 0-day rootkit GROUNDHOG DAY

HPC blog This 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.
Paul Kunert, 21 Feb 2014
iPhone 2.2.1 update

BOFH: He... made... you... HE made YOU a DOMAIN ADMIN?

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Simon Travaglia, 21 Feb 2014
Ubuntu RHS teaser

'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.
Jack Clark, 21 Feb 2014
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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.
Jasper Hamill, 21 Feb 2014
Monk piece of string

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.
Jack Clark, 21 Feb 2014
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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.
Jasper Hamill, 21 Feb 2014
Netflix House of Cards remake

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.
The GNOME 3 Shell with apps

Sanity now: Gnome 3.12 looking sensible - at least in beta

Review The GNOME team has released the first beta of GNOME 3.12, the next major release for the popular desktop and UI environment.
Groupon office screen

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.
New EMC VNX range

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.
Chris Mellor, 21 Feb 2014

Antarctic glacier 'melted JUST as fast LONG before human carbon emissions'

Top boffins from the British Antarctic Survey say that the Pine Island Glacier - famous as a possible major cause of global-warming-powered sea level rises - was melting just as fast thousands of years ago as it is melting today.
Lewis Page, 21 Feb 2014
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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.
Reput's app: what are your honest feelings about it?

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.
Alistair Dabbs, 21 Feb 2014

Terrifying photo special: 'Electric Cannon' anal orgasmo-probe in use ... on a BULL

NSFW For 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.
Lester Haines, 21 Feb 2014

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.
Paul Kunert, 21 Feb 2014

Red Hat kicks Piston out of Red Hat Summit, then performs $13,000 U-turn

Exclusive In 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.
Jack Clark, 21 Feb 2014

Just how much bang does a FAS8040 box give you for 500,000 bucks

Blocks and Files A 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.
Chris Mellor, 21 Feb 2014
Suresh Vasudevan

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

Updated2 Apple has updated its mobile operating system iOS to patch a bug that blows apart the integrity of encrypted connections.
Chris Williams, 21 Feb 2014

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.
Iain Thomson, 21 Feb 2014

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.
Rik Myslewski, 21 Feb 2014
Sailfish OS

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.
Neil McAllister, 21 Feb 2014

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.
Shaun Nichols, 21 Feb 2014

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.
Iain Thomson, 21 Feb 2014