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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

How Microsoft can keep Win XP alive – and WHY: A real-world example

Sysadmin blog What if Microsoft announced it's not ending support for Windows XP next Tuesday after all, and instead will offer perpetual updates (for a small fee, of course).
Trevor Pott, 02 Apr 2014

Don't look at Maria's SQL, look at MY SQL, pleads Oracle

Oracle says it has doubled the performance of its open source MySQL database when running over large datasets across more than 40 cores, as it strives to preserve its lead in a market thronging with credible contenders.
Jack Clark, 02 Apr 2014

Systems cock-up plagued new hospital in Melbourne

An Australian hospital is reportedly in chaos after a partnership with a cancer clinic resulted in the collapse of its booking system.
Illistration of single photon setup

Single chip photon source brings quantum comms closer

Down at the “basic research” level, there's a lot the labs can accomplish with quantum mechanics: entanglement, information teleportation, simple quantum computations and more. Now, an international collaboration believes it's brought exploitation of quantum effects closer to a commercial development.
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SmartTV, dumb vuln: Philips hard-codes Miracast passwords

Video Demonstrating once again that consumer electronics companies don't understand security, ReVuln has turned up a hard-coded password in Philips “smart” televisions.
The 10.1 inch Galaxy Tab4

Samsung unveils fourth-generation Galaxy Tabs

Samsung has announced this year's Galaxy Tab range and as has become the case in the world of fondleslabs, not much has changed.
Simon Sharwood, 02 Apr 2014

Extended Random: The PHANTOM NSA-RSA backdoor that never was

Over the last day or so the security press has been touting stories of a second NSA-induced backdoor in RSA's encryption software BSafe. But it appears to be more sound and fury than substance.
Iain Thomson, 02 Apr 2014
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NSW to expand e-voting

New South Wales is set to expand the footprint of electronic voting in its state election, due in 2015, with Spanish vendor Scytl reportedly on the brink of signing a new contract with the state government.
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Crashed NORKS drones discovered by South Korea

South Korean has recovered two crashed drones over the past week which it suspects have been used by Pyongyang spooks to spy on key locations including president Park Geun-hye’s official residence.
Phil Muncaster, 02 Apr 2014

Dark SITH LORD 'Darth Vader' joins battle to rule, er, Ukraine

The Ukrainian Internet Party has announced that a man wearing the costume of the Dark Lord of the Sith is their chosen candidate for the country's presidential elections on 25 May.
Team Register, 02 Apr 2014

MtGox boss Karpeles ordered to Dallas to face bankruptcy probe

MtGox CEO Mark Karpeles has been ordered by a judge to return to the US to face questions over his bankruptcy filing with a Dallas court and how 750,000 Bitcoins went AWOL.
Phil Muncaster, 02 Apr 2014
Our night-vision image of the average middle-aged sex session

Want to see at night? Here comes the infrared CONTACT LENS

University of Michigan boffins have created a tiny light detector that reaches into the infared, and is already small enough to be delivered as a contact lens.
Red Back Spider

El Reg's Deep Outback XP upgrade almost foiled by KILLER ARACHNIDS

Vid Australia's Northern territory, where The Reg is this week doing a Windows XP upgrade at the Wirliyatjarrayi Learning Centre in the remote community of Willowra, is huge and empty.
Simon Sharwood, 02 Apr 2014

Aw, SNAP. It's too late, you've already PAID for your storage array

Blocks and Files When a vendor says it has feature X, how do you know it's true?
Chris Mellor, 02 Apr 2014
Fire flames come from chamber as lid blows off

Middle England trembles before roaring LOHAN

There are only a few days left before our planned "Punch" and "Judy" flights on Saturday 5 April, so a slightly sooty Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team is pleased to report that we've wrapped the final ground-based rocket motor tests in the Rocketry Experimental High Altitude Barosimulator (REHAB) hypobaric chamber.
Lester Haines, 02 Apr 2014

Tell it to me straight, vendors: Are you cheap and easy?

Is it easy? Is is cheap? These are pretty much the only two questions which interest me when talking to a vendor these days – after years of worrying about technology.
StorageBod, 02 Apr 2014

UK regulators: We will be CHECKING UP on banks' IT systems

UK regulators are to conduct a review later this year on how banks and building societies are managing the risk of IT outages affecting their business.
OUT-LAW.COM, 02 Apr 2014
Suitcase bulging with cash

Pivotal goes after Oracle with 'all-you-can-eat' pricing model

Pivotal is going after enterprise incumbents by rejigging its own pricing scheme to make buying its technology simpler for its customers.
Jack Clark, 02 Apr 2014

Get ready for software-defined RADAR: Jam, eavesdrop, talk and target ... simultaneously

HPC blog HPC blog With a big RF transmitter and enough fast computing power, you have the ability to do a lot of different things, as evidenced by a General Electric presentation on "software-defined radar" at the GPU conference this year.
Red tide

Tintri: We have ZERO interest in adding compute to storage

Comment Under new CEO Ken Klein, hybrid array startup Tintri is sticking to its virtualised server-centric networked storage knitting and embracing the cloud as a third tier cold storage vault.
Chris Mellor, 02 Apr 2014
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Dimwit hackers use security camera DVRs as SUPER-SLOW Bitcoin-mining rig

Miscreants are using hacked digital video recorders in a somewhat misguided attempt to mine cryptocurrency BitCoins.
John Leyden, 02 Apr 2014
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Apple: You're a copycat! Samsung: This is really about Google, isn't it?

It was déjà vu all over again in a California court yesterday as Apple and Samsung rehashed the same old arguments in a new patent trial, with the odd twist.

Twitter scoops up Brit telly analytics outfit SecondSync

Twitter has bought British company SecondSync as it continues to ramp up its efforts to elbow its way into the lucrative television market by keeping conversations about the box buzzing on the micro-blogging site.
Kelly Fiveash, 02 Apr 2014
RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360

BlackBerry ditches T-Mobile US after iPhone advert spat

BlackBerry has said that it won't be renewing its licences with T-Mobile US after the operator apparently tried to lure its customers away from its handsets and onto Apple's Jesus mobes.

Speaking in Tech: Storage is FLEEING the public cloud in Asia

Podcast Podcast Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week, Eddie the Prodigal Son returns with our special guest Michael Heffernan, Director of Infrastructure Technology for Asia Pacific at Hitachi Data Systems.
Team Register, 02 Apr 2014

HPC boffins: Our HOT MODELS will help you cope with DISASTER

HPC Blog What’s the most common and costly type of natural disaster? If you answered "floods and tsunamis” you’d be right on the money.
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VMware channel guru steps out of channel for first time in career

VMware's UK and Ireland channel boss Ed Dolman is taking on a new role to run one of the virtualisation kingpin's enterprise end-user sales teams.
Paul Kunert, 02 Apr 2014
Fusion-io ioSgale 3.2TB card

MySQL daddy Monty talks up Fusion-io's data-stuffed flash

Fusion-io can cram more data into its ioMemory flash storage without cramping performance – at least that’s what it’s claiming about its NVM Compression technology.
Chris Mellor, 02 Apr 2014

'Dads from the Midwest' pull down their email-spaffing LinkedIn plugin

A controversial browser plug-in that offered to reveal LinkedIn users’ private email addresses has been withdrawn by its developers, at least for now.
John Leyden, 02 Apr 2014

Hey, Michael Lewis: Stop DEMONISING Wall Street’s SUPERHUMAN high-speed trading

Yesterday's energetic debate on CNBC between BATS Global Markets president William O'Brien and Flash Boys author Michael Lewis and IEX's Brad Katsuyama put the cat among the pigeons over high-frequency trading.
Tim Worstall, 02 Apr 2014

UK storage integrator Glasshouse Tech goes titsup

Glasshouse Technologies has called the administrators into its UK ops after directors exhausted all possible solutions to heal the sickly infrastructure services integrator.
Paul Kunert, 02 Apr 2014

Chin up, tech world. Gartner says it'll be OK

The good news for anyone selling tech to pay the bills is that market demand is bouncing back, although retailers in particular will need to run faster to stand still as customers opt for cheaper devices.
Paul Kunert, 02 Apr 2014
Samsung Galaxy S4 Active

Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini tech specs REVEALED

Hot on the heels of the Samsung Galaxy S5 and new Galaxy tablets we can expect the Galaxy S5 Mini, Active and probably Zoom, according to a recent report.
Simon Rockman, 02 Apr 2014
Home Networking

Who's up for yet another software-defined net protocol? Cisco wants to see some hands

Cisco has unveiled an openly defined protocol for controlling network hardware, but it lacks an essential ingredient: participation from other network hardware makers.
Jack Clark, 02 Apr 2014
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What took you so long Apple? 26 remote exec bugs die in OS X Safari

Apple has fixed 27 vulnerabilities in its Safari web browser for OS X computers, 18 of which were uncovered by Google's Chrome Security Team. All but one of the flaws allow miscreants to execute arbitrary code on victims' computers.
Shaun Nichols, 02 Apr 2014
Google bus protests in San Francisco

Puking! protester! forces! Yahoo! 'techie! scum!' to! ride! vile! bile! barf! bus! to! work!

Pic Gangs of protesters halted Silicon Valley commuter buses in Oakland, California, this morning – with one group calling itself The Red Son swarming over a Yahoo! coach and one member throwing up over the windscreen.
Iain Thomson, 02 Apr 2014

Back off, Siri! Microsoft debuts Halo beauty Cortana

Build 2014 Windows Phone took center stage at the opening keynote of Microsoft's Build developer conference on Wednesday, with the main spotlight falling on Cortana – a new personal digital assistant designed to compete head-to-head with Apple's Siri and Google's Google Now.
Neil McAllister, 02 Apr 2014

Amazon sets FIRE to your living room in bid to shake up TV streaming

After months of speculation, Amazon has finally released a $99 set-top box that'll tout TV programs, music, and games to subscribers.
Iain Thomson, 02 Apr 2014
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Ubuntu N-ONE: 'Storage war' with Dropbox et al annihilates cloud service

Linux distro biz Canonical is shutting down its Ubuntu One online file and music storage service.
Shaun Nichols, 02 Apr 2014