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Photo of a future Windows 8.x desktop

Is this photo PROOF a Windows 7 Start Menu is coming back?

Build 2014 Microsoft seems willing to try almost anything to increase the use of Windows 8 these days – including rolling back some of the software's least-loved features, and even giving it away for free in some cases.
Neil McAllister, 03 Apr 2014

GST on online purchases: still 'probably not'

Online shoppers in Australia remain somewhat up in the air over the future of GST on their purchases.
Traffic in Beijing during period of heavy pollution

Greenpeace reveals WORLD'S FILTHIEST CLOUDS – and the cleanest may shock you

Amazon, Twitter and Oracle have been slammed by Greenpeace for their lack of transparency over how they source the energy for their data centers.
Jack Clark, 03 Apr 2014

Nokia: ALL our Windows Phone 8 Lumias will get a cool 8.1 boost

Build 2014 Microsoft's proposed acquisition of Nokia's handset business still has yet to pass regulatory scrutiny in Asia, but that didn't stop former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop from making an appearance at Redmond's annual Build conference on Wednesday to tout the two companies' strong ties and to debut three new phones.
Neil McAllister, 03 Apr 2014
A boat full of Fail
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Indosat fat-thumbs route announcements (again)

Indosat has made an unknown number of networks – in the thousands according to BGPmon, but possibly more – unreachable by announcing itself as their route.
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iiNet to Senate committee: metadata retention an expensive joke

iiNet has tried to swim against the tide of government agencies bent on turning ISPs and telcos into outsourced snoops, telling a Senate committee that proposals for mandatory data retention are intrusive, expensive and impractical.
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Google exposes its Andromeda software-defined networking

Google is exposing the beating heart of its distributed infrastructure to developers of its cloud services.
Jack Clark, 03 Apr 2014

GCX targets small cloud players with new cable

Global Cloud Xchange – formerly Reliance Globalcomm – has announced plans for a new submarine cable joining Tokyo to Silicon Valley.
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Intel's Shenzhen cash-splash signals mobile push

Intel reaffirmed its commitment to China at IDF on Wednesday by announcing a new Shenzhen-based innovation centre and a $100 million fund both designed to promote and accelerate the development of Intel-based devices in the country.
Phil Muncaster, 03 Apr 2014
Lego Monster Fighters Lord Vampyre

Lego is the TOOL OF SATAN, thunders Polish priest

Lego has changed, according to a Polish priest, who has warned that newer sets of the popular Danish toy are actually tools of Satan that can destroy children's souls.
Team Register, 03 Apr 2014
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ICANN boss: 'Russia and China will NOT take over interwebs'

ICANN boss Fadi Chehadé appeared before a House of Representatives committee on Wednesday in an attempt to reassure troubled lawmakers that China and Russia will not take control of the internet once the US government pulls out in 2015.
Phil Muncaster, 03 Apr 2014
Shot of D-Wave's 16 qubit chip

Boffins make noise about D-Wave chip: it seems quantum

Researchers from University College, London, and the University of Southern California, have weighed into the ongoing “is it quantum?” D-Wave debate with an interesting approach, testing the device under a variety of noise conditions.
Feral camel

Driver drama delays deep desert XP upgrade

“EJ”* is a God-fearing man. I know this because, at a tricky point in my attempt to upgrade some Windows XP computers, he asked me to write a letter explaining the Lord could vouch for his words.
Simon Sharwood, 03 Apr 2014
WASP-12b getting devoured by its sun
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Sun-seeking NASA boffins steer FLEETS of satellites... BY HAND

HPC blog HPC blog Looking for something to test your Star Wars video game skills? How about this: launch four satellites and fly them in eccentric orbits around the Earth.
Handshake

Soz, BT: All EE's 4G goodies still won't give you 'seamless voice'

BT can't seem to kick the mobile habit. Since selling O2 (nee BT Cellnet) to Telefonica back in 2002, the former state-owned telco has been in bed with all of the mobile operators. Now it has signed up with EE.
Simon Rockman, 03 Apr 2014

Microsoft in 1-year Windows XP survival deal with UK govt

Whitehall and Microsoft have struck a deal providing emergency cover to tens of thousands of government PCs still running Windows XP after next week’s support cutoff for the ageing OS.
Gavin Clarke, 03 Apr 2014
From Here To ETERNUS
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Fujitsu punts all-flash Eternus box... JUST before NetApp pulls a FASt one

Fujitsu claims you don’t need to buy special all-flash systems for performance, get it from its cheaper all-flash mid-range DX200 array instead.
Chris Mellor, 03 Apr 2014
Peter Jones, Dragon's Den star
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PRIVATE: Expansys prez quits as Dragons' Den-izen Jones takes gizmotailer off market

Biz celeb Peter Jones, who moonlights as a board member at gadget etailer Expansys in between edgy appearances on TV's Dragons' Den, has confirmed that his company's Euro president is to depart.
Paul Kunert, 03 Apr 2014
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Need a refresher on virtualisation?

HPC Blog HPC Blog This year at GTC, NVIDIA was pushing its Kepler-based GRID GPU tech to virtualise desktops, enabling a “anything, anywhere, anytime, on any device” usage model, but as a side effect delivered lots of guidance for VDI and virtualisation newbies.
StarTech S252SMTB3 2-bay Thunderbolt enclosure
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Hobbyist or hardcore? StarTech dual-bay Thunderbolt enclosure

Review The last couple of Thunderbolt drive reviews we’ve undertaken at Vulture Central tempted us to crack open the enclosures to see what made them tick. In the case of the GTech GDrive, substituting the supplied hard drive with an SSD proved it could turn over some respectable figures in this configuration.
Bob Dormon, 03 Apr 2014

David Cameron defends BT's taxpayer-funded broadband 'monopoly': It's a 'success story'

Prime Minister David Cameron has defended BT's command of the £1.2bn taxpayer-funded deployment of faster broadband access, claiming the one-time national telco had worked hard to make the two-year-late, competition-stifled scheme "a success story".
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Apr 2014

Home Office terminates order for 16,000 PCs from Dell

The Home Office gave Dell just a fortnight to custom build 16,000 PCs but an admin cockup led to the order being shelved, and it is not clear if it will be re-tendered.
Paul Kunert, 03 Apr 2014
WD MyCloud
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WD 'restoring connections' after WEEK of MyCloud outages

WD's MyCloud has been up and down all week, with users unable to connect across the internet to their storage devices.
Chris Mellor, 03 Apr 2014
Picard Facepalm

123-reg shrugs off customer complaints over stealth domain transfer charges

Web hosting outfit 123-reg has dismissed a number of complaints from disgruntled customers who are angry with the company's sudden decision to abandon its promise to keep domain transfers free on its service.
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Apr 2014
Tesla Model S

Tesla cars can now 'do an ET' without hurting anyone's bottom line

Electric car firm Tesla's products are almost as talkative as the company's CEO. They constantly ET* to allow the company to check that the battery is in tip-top condition, the car isn’t being driven badly or that the owner isn’t thinking negative thoughts about Tesla.
Simon Rockman, 03 Apr 2014

'Good job, NSA! You turned Yahoo! into an encryption beast'

Yahoo! has announced major encryption improvements designed to thwart dragnet surveillance efforts by the likes of the NSA.
John Leyden, 03 Apr 2014
Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer installed on the S3 truss on ISS

'Hello, is that the space station? NASA here. Can you put us through to Moscow?'

NASA has cut all ties with Russia's space programme over the crisis in Ukraine, apart from maintaining the International Space Station.

Italy has a clumsy new pirate-choker law. But can anyone do better?

+Analysis New technology means anyone can now create and distribute their creative works, like photos or music, like never before – but, in turn, it also means that anyone can now rip off creators. And yesterday, a range of speakers – from Google to legal experts to enforcement teams – met at the London HQ of law firm Bristows for an update on the state of play across Europe.
Andrew Orlowski, 03 Apr 2014
PhoneShop TV show

Vodafone to spend £100m on 150 new Brit phone shops

Vodafone has said that it plans to add another 150 shops in Blighty and create 1,400 retail jobs in the next 12 months as part of a £100m expansion.
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Steelie Neelie secures MEPs' support for 'net neutrality' – in principle

Members of the European Parliament jockeying for re-election voted for a wave of telecom regulatory measures proposed by Brussels' unelected digital czar today – including the proposal that mobile roaming charges should be axed by the end of next year.
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Apr 2014
Puss considers how to respond to PayPal marketing overtures

'Bank couriers' who stole money from OAP cancer sufferer jailed

Two men have been jailed following their conviction for running a series of courier fraud scams in south London, Surrey and Sussex.
John Leyden, 03 Apr 2014
T Platforms GPU Blade

Sod Bitcoin - solving graph problems is the new GPU-flogger

HPC blog HPC blog These GTC conferences, the annual GPU-fest sponsored by NVIDIA, are my favorite events of the year. Why? It’s how the event is organized. At GTC, real-world researchers, analysts, and other customers present the vast majority of sessions, not corporate mouthpieces.
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Juniper Networks waves axe at 6% of workforce

A twitchy Juniper Networks can't seem to sit still for very long before wielding the job-cuts axe. This time it's letting go of six per cent of its workforce around the world.
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Apr 2014
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Fujitsu on hunt for UK directors after re-jig

Fujitsu is in headhunting mode to fill some senior positions in the UK following a revamp of the company structure, El Chan can reveal.
Paul Kunert, 03 Apr 2014
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Signiant to SkyDrop files into Amazon and Azure clouds

Signiant, a supplier of large (100GB and up) file transfer services to media companies, has launched a new product it calls SkyDrop to send the files to Amazon or Azure instead.
Chris Mellor, 03 Apr 2014
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Crayon pleads with channel: Help us build our UK biz

SAM specialist and global Microsoft licensing solutions partner (LSP) Crayon is looking to cosy up to a small bunch of resellers and SIs via a sales referral model.
Paul Kunert, 03 Apr 2014

Wanna attend Apple's June developers' shindig? Ask yourself, 'Do I feel lucky?'

Updated Apple has announced that its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) will be held from June 2 through 6 this year in San Francisco – but if you want to attend, you'll need, as Alfred P. Doolittle sang in My Fair Lady, "a little bit of bloomin' luck."
Rik Myslewski, 03 Apr 2014
Photo of Stephen Elop at Build 2014

In three hours, Microsoft gave the Windows-verse everything it needed

Analysis In a three-hour session at Build 2014, Microsoft pulled itself further clear of the wreckage created by the company's ex-Windows 8 chief Steve Sinofsky.
Andrew Orlowski, 03 Apr 2014
money trap conceptual illustration

Your files held hostage by CryptoDefense? Don't pay up! The decryption key is on your hard drive

A basic rookie programming error has crippled an otherwise advanced piece of ransomware dubbed CryptoDefense – but the crap coders are still pulling in more than $30,000 a month from unwary punters.
Iain Thomson, 03 Apr 2014

I QUIT: Mozilla's anti-gay-marriage Brendan Eich leaps out of door

Updated Brendan Eich has stepped down as CEO of Firefox-maker Mozilla Corporation – after it emerged he controversially backed a ballot measure that outlawed same-sex marriage in California.
Neil McAllister, 03 Apr 2014
Bounty hunters
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How much is a security bug report worth to Facebook? About $2,100

Facebook wasn't the first to offer security researchers bounties for reporting vulnerabilities – but the social network reports it paid out $1.5m in 2013 for bug reports, and says it is increasing the amount of cash on offer in the coming year.
Iain Thomson, 03 Apr 2014
Azure logo

What Microsoft means by mobile first, cloud first: Build Android, iOS apps with Azure cloud

Build 2014 Microsoft has blurred the division between the desktop systems programmers use to develop software and remotely provisioned compute and storage gear so much that you have to squint to detect a difference.
Jack Clark, 03 Apr 2014

HIDDEN OCEAN of LIVING SOUP found on Enceladus, moon of Saturn

Pics Analysis of the gravity field of Saturn's moon Enceladus, conducted by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, all but confirms that an ocean of water the size of Lake Superior lies underneath its shell of ice.
Rik Myslewski, 03 Apr 2014
The El Gordo galaxy

Does my mass look big in this? Roly-poly galaxy El Gordo more porky than first feared

Pic The latest data from the Hubble space telescope has shown that the furthest fattest galaxy yet spotted is 43 per cent more massive than first thought and was formed by two huge galaxies colliding.
Iain Thomson, 03 Apr 2014
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Microsoft vows to save devs from unspeakable cloud screw-ups

Build 2014 Microsoft has added a rollback feature to its cloud-based SQL Database to protect developers from themselves.
Jack Clark, 03 Apr 2014