6th > March > 2014 Archive


HANA on a minute – is that a 10PB RAM cloud server from SAP? IT IS

SAP is cutting off its legs to save its arms by rejigging its software licensing approach for the cloud.
Jack Clark, 06 Mar 2014

CloudBees bags $11.2m to keep a closer eye on your handy jobs

Continuous integration expert CloudBees has slurped $11.2m in valley cash to fund its Jenkins-based cloud services.
Jack Clark, 06 Mar 2014

Even HTTPS can leak your PRIVATE browsing

HTTPS may be good at securing financial transactions, but it isn't much use as a privacy tool: US researchers have found that a traffic analysis of ten HTTPS-secured Web sites yielded “personal data such as medical conditions, legal or financial affairs or sexual orientation”.

Bitcoin ban row latest: 'Unstable, loved by criminals' Yup, that's the US dollar – Colorado rep

A US Congressman has proposed a ban on the American dollar to mock colleagues who are campaigning against Bitcoin.
Shaun Nichols, 06 Mar 2014
Suitcase bulging with cash

Apple 'hid AUD$9 BILLION' from Australia alone: Report

An Australian newspaper is claiming that analysis of Apple's Irish subsidiary's finances demonstrates Cupertino's skill at offshoring its revenues is saving the company billions it would otherwise have to shell out in tax.
Willem ter Harmsel

Tegile founder: Will we IPO? Yes. And we're NOT another NetApp

Comment As a part of his CEO series, Willem ter Harmsel interviews CEOs of innovative companies in the fields of storage, virtualisation and networking.
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US prosecutors drop hyperlink charges against Barrett Brown

US federal prosecutors have moved to withdraw all but six of the seventeen charges levelled against Barrett Brown.
NASA 'Blue Marble' image of Earth taken on December 7, 1972, by the crew of the Apollo 17 spacecraft

Japanese space boffins set to map the world in 3D

Japan is set to take a major lead in the development of global 3D mapping by stitching together three million satellite images to compile a digital map of the planet.
Phil Muncaster, 06 Mar 2014

Hacking Team snoopware found on US servers

Canada's Citizen Lab has added to its record of uncovering government snooping using Hacking Team's software, has dropped a bombshell: it's accused 12 American data centres of hosting clients deploying the spyware.

Cisco patches enterprise wireless vulns

Cisco has issued patches and mitigation instructions for 16 of its wireless products, to take care of a number of denial of service vulnerabilities and one unauthorised access vulnerability.

Voracious alien flatworm hits French in the escargots

Scientists across la Manche have warned that "the time for action is now" following the first discovery on European soil of an alien flatworm immigrant with a voracious appetite for snails.
Lester Haines, 06 Mar 2014
Grannote fujitsu laptop notebook elderly old users

Delhi police forget passwords to corruption portal, ignore 600 crimes

The Delhi police failed to respond to over 600 complaints forwarded to it by India’s anti-corruption agency for eight years because they couldn’t access a designated online portal.
Phil Muncaster, 06 Mar 2014
The Winklevoss twins, Cameron and Tyler

Winklevoss twins say their Bitcoins will take them to SPAAAAACE

Venture capitalists Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss are the latest thrill-seekers to sign up for seats on Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo rocket plane, and true to form, they have paid for their tickets in Bitcoins.
Neil McAllister, 06 Mar 2014
A VCE vBlock

VCE to offer Whiptail, Nexus 9000 and EMC's ViPR in future vBlocks

When EMC, VMware and Cisco gestated their converged infrastructure lovechild VCE back in 2011, the three were all great buddies.
Simon Sharwood, 06 Mar 2014

Review of UK data protection: Should fines go OVER HALF A MIL?

The UK government should consider raising the level of fines that the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) can impose on organisations that breach the Data Protection Act (DPA), an expert has said.
OUT-LAW.COM, 06 Mar 2014

Blimey! ANOTHER Bitcoin bleed brouhaha

A cryptocurrency exchange called Poloniex has lost more than ten per cent of its entire stash of Bitcoin after allegedly being hacked.
Jasper Hamill, 06 Mar 2014
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Happy 75th birthday, Adam Osborne

Dig through enough archives, old texts, magazine ads or historical archives and you're bound to see one: a bulky plastic oddity that looks vaguely like a portable sewing machine, save for a detachable keyboard and miniscule display sticking out of the front.
Shaun Nichols, 06 Mar 2014
Elgato Thunderbolt Drive+

Vulture wraps claws around Elgato Thunderbolt Drive+ portable SSD

Review It took a bit of persuading to be convinced that Elgato’s Thunderbolt Drive+ drive should end up on the test bench for review. The company had released the, er, "non-plussed" version a couple of years ago and it didn’t quite set the world on fire.
Bob Dormon, 06 Mar 2014
LG D958 G Flex Android handset

Not so shiny shiny: MWC in a post-affluent iPhone world

Live Chat The dynamic of the mobile phone market since about 2007 been shaped by Apple’s iPhone.
Team Register, 06 Mar 2014
Roughly 150kg of gold

Europe floats DIRTY ORE plan, rights groups scoff: It's VOLUNTARY?

The European Commission has released a draft for a programme to regulate the use of conflict materials.
Shaun Nichols, 06 Mar 2014

Roll up, roll up for the Commentards' Ball

Commentards' Ball We here at El Reg have much love for our vociferous, knowledgeable, occasionally somewhat foam-flecked commentards - even if they/you don't absolutely always love us.
Jasper Hamill, 06 Mar 2014
WOS7000 Archive Node

DDN unveils Wizard of WOS: Not beardy Steve – object storage, silly

DataDirect Networks has extended its WOS object storage product with a global data protection facility and an archival node, claiming WOS now supports the entire unstructured data lifecycle.
Chris Mellor, 06 Mar 2014
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Botnet masters using Tor to hide control tools for ZOMBIE SLAVES

The Tor anonymisation network is being used to hide 900 botnet and cybercrime-related hidden services, according to Kaspersky Lab.
John Leyden, 06 Mar 2014
hand holdin retro telephone

Tech Data dials up operations man for Europe

Tech Data (TD) continues to bulk out the management team post accountancy probe, hauling in former Ingram Micro UK boss Johan Vandenbussche to head up Operations across Europe.
Paul Kunert, 06 Mar 2014
Jamie at his school

Blighty teen boffin builds nuclear reactor INSIDE CLASSROOM

A British teenager has become the youngest person to build a nuclear fusion reactor.
Jasper Hamill, 06 Mar 2014
credit card-sized buddi attached to belt loop of denim jeans

Hey, MoJ, we're not your Buddi: Brit firm abandons 'frustrating' crim-tagging contract

Talks between the UK Ministry of Justice and British firm Buddi for a new system to electronically tag criminals have broken down after Buddi's founder claimed the MoJ wanted a system that was a "figment of their imagination".

PayPal mudslingfest TELEVISED: Icahn and Donahoe go on telly

The fight between activist investor Carl Icahn and eBay over the fate of PayPal has hit the media, after Icahn claimed that he'd "never seen worse corporate governance" at another firm.

Squidge-droids maker updates iRobot for SUCK, SCRUB action

Video How do you get to sell 10 million robots? By appealing to the laziness in us...
Bob Dormon, 06 Mar 2014

Care Bears... share: NHS England promises to heal careless data-sharing plans

NHS England is still reeling from accusations that the health service – among other things – allowed a consultancy outfit to pump sensitive patient data onto Google servers.
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Mar 2014

Apple to grieving sons: NO, you cannot have access to your dead mum's iPad

A bereaved man has launched a legal bid to force Apple to unlock his late mother's two-year-old iPad.
Jasper Hamill, 06 Mar 2014

Getty offers 35 MILLION images for free – if you jump (em)bed with it

Photo giant Getty Images has announced it will allow 35 million of its images to be embedded on non-commercial sites such as blogs, message boards and social networks.
Andrew Orlowski, 06 Mar 2014
A boat full of Fail

Phisherman's friend: Confused hacktivists deface FAKE BANK SITE

Anon hackers have been caught boasting about defacing a counterfeit Yorkshire Bank website.
John Leyden, 06 Mar 2014

Global Warming IS REAL, argues sceptic mathematician - it just isn't THERMAGEDDON

Interview The "certainty" that underpins European and UK climate policy may be wildly misplaced, as the models that the climate science establishment presents to politicians as evidence run far too hot.
Andrew Orlowski, 06 Mar 2014

Boston court confirms Peeping Tom's right to upskirt

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has ruled that upskirting is not prohibited under existing state law, the Boston Globe reports.
Lester Haines, 06 Mar 2014

Bloke rattles tin for giant 3D two-headed beast

We suspect that the Kickstarter-funded 3D printer bubble is fast approaching burst point, as hopefuls queue up to rattle their tins and get their necks in the DIY-extruded trough.
Lester Haines, 06 Mar 2014
VMware's monster VM

VSAN emerges at a WHOPPING 32 nodes and two MEEELION IOPS

VMware has revealed the details of its virtual storage area network, the prosically-named VSAN.
Simon Sharwood, 06 Mar 2014

Newsweek knocks on door of dad-of-six, tells him he invented Bitcoin

Updated The mysterious inventor of Bitcoin is a middle-aged Japanese-American family man named Satoshi Nakamoto, Newsweek has breathlessly alleged.
Jack Clark, 06 Mar 2014
Photo of a stack of Google Chromebooks

Google offers up its own Googlers in cloud channel chumship trawl

Google has expanded its cloud reseller program as the web giant tries to enlist the channel to help it diversify its business away from search.
Jack Clark, 06 Mar 2014

MEEELLIONS of unloved iPhone 5Cs gather dust in warehouses – report

Apple may be sitting on as many as three million unsold units of its little-loved iPhone 5c, according to reports from the Taiwanese electronics manufacturing industry.
Neil McAllister, 06 Mar 2014
hands waving dollar bills in the air

Linux cloud world's best kept secret DigitalOcean just bagged $37m

Cut-price virtual-server hosting biz DigitalOcean has banked a whopping $37.2m from Andreessen Horowitz and other valley investors.
Jack Clark, 06 Mar 2014

VMware wanted to keep its VSAN pricing secret – now it's all over the web

VMware launched its VSAN virtual storage array today, and the feedback was generally positive – with one sticking point: VMware's decision to withhold pricing information until "the week of March 10."
Trevor Pott, 06 Mar 2014
9.7-inch Apple iPad 2 (left) and 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab (right)

US judge Koh won't ban old Samsung gear, tells Apple: Your patents aren't that amazing

A US judge has struck down Apple's request for an injunction banning the import of Samsung gadgets that had infringed its patents.
Shaun Nichols, 06 Mar 2014

So long, Samsung! TSMC is fabbing Apple's A8 chip, insiders claim

The next generation of Apple's custom system on a chip (SoC) for mobile devices will be manufactured by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) rather than Samsung, and so will several other chips to be used in the forthcoming iPhone 6, a report has claimed.
Neil McAllister, 06 Mar 2014