19th > March > 2014 Archive


Oracle takes an arrow to the EPS: It's that darned strong dollar... again

Oracle is claiming a $9.3bn haul of revenues, up 4 per cent year-on-year, in its third quarter of fiscal 2014 – but that fell short of Wall Street analyst earnings expectations.
Shaun Nichols, 19 Mar 2014

Haunted Empire calls Apple 'a cult built around a dead man.' Tim Cook calls it 'nonsense'

Apple CEO Tim Cook doesn't much like the new book, Haunted Empire: Apple After Steve Jobs by Yukari Iwatani Kane, which paints a picture of today's Apple, as its title implies, as being haunted by the ghost of its former cofounder Steve Jobs, adrift, and based on "a cult built around a dead man."
Rik Myslewski, 19 Mar 2014
Lunch with the ex

Apple patent will see Siri remind you to keep taking your meds

A recently-granted Apple patent seems to lay out some of Cupertino's thinking about the future of Siri and the Internet of Things: and it's spooky.
solar storm

NASA: Earth JUST dodged comms-killing SOLAR BLAST in 2012

Video A new analysis of data from NASA's Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO) by Chinese and Berkeley helioboffins shows that a July 2012 solar storm of unprecedented size would have wiped out global electronic systems if it had occurred just nine days earlier.
Iain Thomson, 19 Mar 2014
Cisco Google screengrab

WebEx gets shiny Chromebook look

Cisco and Google have agreed to play nice in the enterprise, with the two deciding to collaborate to put the WebEx collaboration service on Chromebook machines.
ANU student with quantum comms apparatus

'Software amplifier' boosts quantum signals

Even in quantum communications, adjusting the parameters of Shannon's Theorem can help improve reach and range. A group of Australian National University (ANU) researchers has found a way to extend the reach of quantum communications by improving the signal-to-noise ratio of quantum systems.
Joe Sullivan

Facebook security chief: We're not encrypting everything between our data centers just yet

A couple of weeks ago Facebook scheduled a press powwow with its chief security officer Joe Sullivan to discuss defenses for the social network and its users. Then, a week later, Sullivan's boss made an angry call to the White House to complain about intelligence agents using Facebook as a conduit for spying on people.
Iain Thomson, 19 Mar 2014

Surf's up near Saturn as boffins spot waves on Titan

“At Huntington and Malibu,” the Beach Boys wrote in their classic Surfin' Safari, “They're shooting the pier,” while “At Rincon they're walking the nose.”
Simon Sharwood, 19 Mar 2014
Sony's Morpheus virtual reality headset

Virtual reality? Two can play THAT GAME, says Sony: New headset revealed for the PS4

Pics Sony has revealed Project Morpheus, its virtual-reality headset for the PlayStation 4.
Simon Sharwood, 19 Mar 2014

SPEC puts forward benchmark for accelerated supers

SPEC – the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation – is pimping a new set of benchmarks it says will help HPC users get the most out of their hardware-accelerated systems.

'Zotob' hacker 'Diabl0' arrested in Bangkok after three-year hunt

Farid Essebar, aka Diabl0, has finally been arrested by Bangkok police after three years on the run, on suspicion of causing $4bn worth of damage to Swiss banking systems.
Phil Muncaster, 19 Mar 2014

Eight hour cleansing to get all the 'faggots' and 'bitches' OUT of Github

A small army of politically correct nerds will gather in London this weekend to launch a mission to "clean up" source code hosted by GitHub.
Jasper Hamill, 19 Mar 2014
The USB 3.1 Logo

USB cuts the cord, again, with WiGig-derived wireless spec

The Universal Serial Bus (USB) Implementors Forum has announced that development is under way on a new “Media Agnostic (MA) USB specification.
Simon Sharwood, 19 Mar 2014
ho, ho, ho

A server bonanza is for Christmas, not for life: Xmas boost hides slump

One sequential bounce in EMEA server shipments and revenues doesn't a recovery make, but last year's Chrimbo quarter may have cheered hard-pressed suppliers, judging by the figures.
Paul Kunert, 19 Mar 2014
The Warlipiri Education and Training Trust

Help a hack: What's in your ultimate Windows XP migration toolkit?

Keen Reg readers may remember that last year we visited the remote Aboriginal community of Willowra and its new Wirliyatjarrayi Learning Centre.
Simon Sharwood, 19 Mar 2014
SolidFIre QOS

SolidFire brings out new Carbon, says it'll make data centres more like clouds

Cloud all-flash array startup SolidFire has announced Carbon, v6.0 of its Elements operating system - claiming it is the "most feature-rich, enterprise-class all-flash storage on the market."
Chris Mellor, 19 Mar 2014
Original 'Blue Marble' pic taken by Apollo 17 astronauts in 1972

What have Cherie Blair, Jonathan Porritt and El Reg's mobile desk got in common?

For all the trumpeting of Silicon Roundabout with its app companies and ecosystem start-ups, or northern California with improved user experiences and social media, the real work in mobile gets done here in old Blighty: specifically, on the silicon fens of Cambridge.
Simon Rockman, 19 Mar 2014

Our Moderately Sized Data analytics engine pooh-poohs Acer '30 second support' claims

Biz customers with broken Acer kit might want to sling a call into the technical centre: then put on the kettle and make a cuppa, because they could be on hold for a lot longer than they were expecting.
Paul Kunert, 19 Mar 2014

Nokia tries to lure Android porters with free Nokia X mobes

Event Nokia has started encouraging Android developers to support its Nokia X platform. The phones, primarily aimed at developing markets, run a highly customised version of Android and to ensure compatibility Nokia has wound up its developer outreach programme.
Simon Rockman, 19 Mar 2014

Blighty goes retro with 12-sided pound coin

In agreeable news for those readers who can remember when it was all trees round here and you could get an enormous paper bagful of gobstoppers for thruppence, The Royal Mint has unveiled a decidedly retro 12-sided design for Blighty's £1 coin.
Lester Haines, 19 Mar 2014

Xenon: Bitmap Brothers' (mega)blast from the past

Antique Code Show Xenon marked the beginning of a distinguished career for The Bitmap Brothers, legendary developers of the Commodore Amiga and Atari ST era. Overhead, vertically scrolling shooters were doing great trade in arcades across the land, and with its exposure on Saturday morning kids’ show Get Fresh (you don’t remember Gaz Top and Gilbert the alien?) Xenon was always going to do well.
Giles Hill, 19 Mar 2014

Cloudera bags $160m from Google Ventures and Mike Dell

Cloudy startup Cloudera has raised $160m from top investors including T Rowe Price and Google Ventures in its latest funding round to expand further into the big data market.

LOHAN bloodhound unleashes solar-powered minitracker

Fans of our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) project with a particular interest in the radio electronics side of spaceplane missions will doubtless enjoy a first look at a new miniature tracker from team member Anthony Stirk - the sleek black PAVA 9.
Lester Haines, 19 Mar 2014

MPs urge UK.gov to use 1950s obscenity law to stifle online stiffies

MPs want Britain's network-level filters to do a better job of censoring access to pornography sites to keep the content away from the prying eyes of children. But, to do that, perfectly legal online smut peddlers need to cooperate.
Kelly Fiveash, 19 Mar 2014
European Union Flag

So. Farewell then Steelie Neelie: You were WORSE than USELESS

+Comment Neelie Kroes' stint as the EU's “Commissioner for a Digital Agenda” ends when the Barroso II Commission closes up shop in the autumn. Perhaps the post should be abolished with her departure.
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Mar 2014

Azure promises to guard virtual machines against migration dangers

Azure support for infrastructure as a service (IaaS) brings with it the ability to move virtual machines between your own data centre and the Azure public cloud. The ability to move workloads – be they properly coded cloud apps or traditional persistent virtual machines – is one of the core aspects of Microsoft's Cloud OS.
Trevor Pott, 19 Mar 2014
The NSA Unchained

NSA spies recorded an entire COUNTRY'S phone calls for a MONTH: Report

The NSA is recording all of the voice calls in one unnamed country and keeping those recordings for 30 days at a time as part of a previously undisclosed rolling wiretap programme, according to leaks recently published in WSJ.
John Leyden, 19 Mar 2014
Crystal ball via http://www.manoftaste.de/

So, Mystic Joe Tucci: Is a hyper-converged tool in EMC's future?

Comment EMC could be getting into hyper-converged systems via VMware and software-defined hardware components, though the storage firm is yet to confirm industry rumours.
Chris Mellor, 19 Mar 2014

Speaking in Tech: Finally a PROPER use for drones: TOILET PAPERING your house

Podcast Podcast It's another episode of El Reg's techcast, hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week, Eddie and Sarah have bailed on the show so Greg is joined by Cisco's Amy Lewis to chew on the tech news of the week and to dig into Amy's work history.
Team Register, 19 Mar 2014
Marc Whitten

Ex-Xbox gros fromage joins wireless speaker whizzkids Sonos

Microsoft’s chief Xbox product officer Marc Whitten has joined streaming Wi-Fi speaker biz Sonos as its chief product officer.
Chris Mellor, 19 Mar 2014

Plusnet wants resellers' SME customers and is willing to pay

Biz broadband and calls provider Plusnet has called on distie DMSL to muster dealers that want to flog its services to SMEs weeks after the latest web wobble.
Paul Kunert, 19 Mar 2014

Osbo's booze, bingo, biz and big data Budget

Budget Day 2014 Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne presented what he described as a Budget for "the makers the doers and the savers" - and let's not forget the bingo players - in today's economy statement to Parliament.
Kelly Fiveash, 19 Mar 2014
Jar Jar Binks in <i>Star Wars</i>

Star Wars movie to start shooting in UK this summer

The shadowy figures behind the newest instalment of the Star Wars franchise have slipped out a few more details about the movie as they announced that filming will start at Blighty's Pinewood Studios in May.

Kent Police fined £100k for leaving interview vids of informants in old cop shop

Kent Police have been fined £100,000 after interview tapes and other confidential information were found abandoned at a former police station.
John Leyden, 19 Mar 2014
Gmail Compose UI upgrade

Gmail data-mining lawsuits fail to get class action status

Google has made its job of defeating a series of lawsuits over the privacy of its Gmail service much easier now that the judge has agreed that the cases can't be combined into a class action lawsuit.
Columns of coins in the cloud

Dragon's Den star's cloudy biz still losing MEEELLLLLIONS

It was a year of frenzied activity for AIM-listed Outsourcery in 2013 but none of this translated into bottom line goodness as the cloud provider's losses again outstripped sales.
Paul Kunert, 19 Mar 2014

Ex-Autonomy boss Mike Lynch goes nuclear: Claims HP 'misleads' its own shareholders

Mike Lynch, former chief of HP-owned Autonomy, tossed an explosive shareholder letter onto the internet today – just hours before HP's annual investors' meeting in Santa Clara, California.
Jack Clark, 19 Mar 2014

RIP Full Disclosure: Security world reacts to key mailing list's death

The legendary Full Disclosure mailing list, where security researchers posted details of exploits and software vulnerabilities, is shutting down.
John Leyden, 19 Mar 2014

Virtual-reality Dev Kit 2 game goggles by Oculus – now with less vomit!

Virtual reality gaming-goggles maker Oculus has released a new model of its Rift headset for software developers.
Shaun Nichols, 19 Mar 2014
Angry woman on mobile

It's not you, it's EE: UK mobile network goes titsup, blames gremlins

Updated Brits on the UK cell network EE are reporting dodgy connections, delayed text messages and other problems tonight. Some users are unable to make calls even though they have a full signal strength showing on their mobiles.
Chris Williams, 19 Mar 2014

Australia's 'repeal day' de-regulated SPOOKS

Australia's government yesterday declared that it will stage a "repeal day" next week, a day of Parliamentary proceedings largely given over to sweeping aside legislation said to be obsolete, idle, and/or superseded by newer laws.
Tim Berners-Lee and Edward Snowden

ROBO-SNOWDEN: Iraq, the internet – two places the US govt invaded that weren't a threat

Pics Whistleblower Edward Snowden has appeared on stage at a TED conference in Canada via a remote-controlled robotic screen – and was hailed as a hero by the Web's founding father Sir Tim Berners-Lee.
Iain Thomson, 19 Mar 2014
The 2010 baseline map of Australia’s soil organic carbon stocks showing the national and state and territory estimates and their uncertainty range.

CSIRO breaks Australia into 90m x 90m grid to map soil carbon

CSIRO has published what probably amounts to one of the largest datasets ever assembled in Australia: an assessment of organic soil carbon on a 90 metre x 90 metre grid, nationwide.

Turnbull to add speed test app to MyBroadband web site

Australia's communications minister Malcolm Turnbull today delivered a speech at The Australian Information Industry Association's (AIIA's) Navigating Analytics Summit.
Simon Sharwood, 19 Mar 2014

We're being royalty screwed! Pandora blames price rise on musos wanting money

Streaming music biz Pandora will raise the price of its One subscription service, blaming a jump in royalties it has to pay out to record labels.
Shaun Nichols, 19 Mar 2014