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The European flag

USA opposes 'Schengen cloud' Eurocentric routing plan

The US Trade Representative is warning Europe not to proceed with the idea of EU data network services that don't cross the Atlantic.
Colinux logo incorporating Tux penguin and Windows

Hyper-V telling fibs about Linux guest VMs

If Microsoft's Hyper-V was found to treat Linux guests as second-class citizens, the resulting storm of controversy would probably generate enough heat and light to make a dent in some climate change models.
Simon Sharwood, 07 Apr 2014

Experian under investigation over data sale to criminal

Data-farmer Experian is under investigation for last year's data breach, in which around 200 million identity records were sold to criminals.
Parrot Ar.Drone

Drone 'hacked' to take out triathlete

A competitor in an Australian triathlon apparently failed to complete an event over the weekend after being felled by an unmanned aerial vehicle.
Simon Sharwood, 07 Apr 2014
bug on keyboard

Microsoft spells out new rules for exiling .EXEs

Microsoft has updated the methodology it uses to define adware, a move designed to make it clearer just what the company considers worthy for removal by its malware tools.
Include Security's Tinder leakage demo

Left swipe! That hot Tinder babe is a malware-flinging ROBOT

Hackers are abusing the popular Tinder dating app to spread malware and survey scams using bots and clever social-engineering trickery.
John Leyden, 07 Apr 2014
Larry Ellison, photo by Oracle Corporate Communications

SPARC and Solaris will live until at least 2019

Oracle has quietly published a roadmap for its legacy Sun SPARC and Solaris platforms.
Simon Sharwood, 07 Apr 2014
Galactic centre image by Fermilab

WIMPs wipe each other out in giant radiating spot at galaxy's centre

Weakly interacting massive particles – WIMPs, one of the candidate hypotheses to explain dark matter – are so hard to find on Earth that nobody's ever seen them. However, a just-released analysis of years of gamma ray data suggests they're at the centre of the Milky Way in enormous numbers.
Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System footprint

India's GPS alternative launches second satellite

India has launched its second navigation satellite, the daintily-named IRNSS-1B.
Simon Sharwood, 07 Apr 2014

Euro trade commish criticises Chinese telecoms subsidies

Chinese government subsidies to its telecoms sector are fundamentally unfair, Europe's top trade official has said - just after he announced that the European Commission has dropped a planned unfair pricing investigation into EU imports of Chinese mobile equipment.
OUT-LAW.COM, 07 Apr 2014
Disney's Beagle Boys

Experian subsidiary faces MEGA-PROBE for 'selling consumer data to fraudster'

Several US states have launched an investigation into a subsidiary of credit reference bureau Experian after a fraudster allegedly bought millions of consumers' personal data from it.
John Leyden, 07 Apr 2014
Roadrunner and Wile E Coyote

Avere SPEC benchmark shows cloud's just as fast as on-premise

Bezos' boys will be pleased while data centre storage admins become fearful; Avere has run a file access benchmark showing file access to Amazon S3 in the cloud is the same as WAN file access to a ZFS data store - and Cleversafe object storage.
Chris Mellor, 07 Apr 2014
Amazon Fire TV and controller

Amazon stuffs games into Fire TV box: Soz, rivals... WE don't need to make cash on hardware

Amazon moved last week to join Apple, Google and Roku as a player in the OTT Set Top space – releasing a box that gives it control of Over The Top TV experiences in the home.
Faultline, 07 Apr 2014
Sagate 6TB Enterprise Capacity Drive

Seagate brings out 6TB HDD, did not need NO STEENKIN' SHINGLES

Seagate sub LaCie has pre-announced a 6TB near line disk drive from its parent and it doesn't appear to use the slow write shingled magnetic recording technology.
Chris Mellor, 07 Apr 2014
An original member of the System/360 family announced in 1964, the Model 50 was the most powerful unit in the medium price range.

Why won't you DIE? IBM's S/360 and its legacy at 50

IBM's System 360 mainframe, celebrating its 50th anniversary on Monday, was more than a just another computer.
Gavin Clarke, 07 Apr 2014

Symantec scratches head over balance sheet, calls in JPMorgan

Reports say Symantec, struggling to reverse a revenue slowdown, has called in JPMorgan Chase & Co. to look at its options and help fend off activist shareholders.
Chris Mellor, 07 Apr 2014
Chinese Buffet self-service

Technology is murdering customer service - legally

Opinion When someone tallies up all the good and bad things that the tech mega-explosion of the last 50 years has brought us, there’s one item I expect to see right at the top of the second column: the slow but steady death of customer service.
Dave Mandl, 07 Apr 2014
LaCie 8big

LaCie bigs up 2big, 5big, 8big... WHOMP: Lands big data on your desk

NAB Seagate sub LaCie has announced 2big, 5big and 8big products using 6TB disks and Thunderbolt connects for stonking big fat and fast performance.
Chris Mellor, 07 Apr 2014
Maurice Moss, IT Crowd

The IT Crowd tops BAFTA nominations with four nods

The final episode of Reg-favourite TV show The IT Crowd is leading this year's BAFTA nominations with four nods.
Samsung flexible curved TV

Rumour: Next Apple iThing to feature 65-inch screen. Four-limb multitouch, anyone?

Apple is rumoured to have ordered some 65-inch LED panels, which some say might be used to build a huge new iTelly.
Jasper Hamill, 07 Apr 2014
Samasung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2

Samsung's thumb-achingly ENORMO Galaxy Note Pro 12.2

Review As if Samsung's Galaxy range of tablets wasn’t broad enough with its plethora of Tab and Note machines in various screen sizes, the company has added a new subgroup: the Galaxy Pro.
Alun Taylor, 07 Apr 2014
M6.5 solar flare in April 2014

'Graceful' solar flare erupts from surface of Sun – NASA vid

Video NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory has released a video of a "graceful" solar flare erupting out of the Sun's surface on 2 April.

HP exec: 'CYOD' will TEAR APART the IT dept as we know it

Corporations are close to handing staff credit notes to buy or choose their own technology in a trend that will bust classic IT departments and supply chains, HP's top boss for Europe reckons.
Paul Kunert, 07 Apr 2014
Mobile Broadband

Lycamobile launches 'unlimited' 4G for £12 a month. Great. Now where can I get a signal?

Mobile phone networks need to learn what the word “unlimited” means. Both Three and Lyca claim to offer “unlimited” mobile broadband, neither of them do.
Simon Rockman, 07 Apr 2014
management strategy2

As Azzurri closes in on CEO successor, sales director splits

South coast integrator Azzurri Communications is going to be a sales director and board member lighter after Craig Wellman handed in his notice to split by the early summer.
Paul Kunert, 07 Apr 2014

Nominet bins Optical Express' appeal against 'It ruined my life' website

Optical Express has failed to silence an outspoken critic of the High Street optician, after Nominet chucked out an appeal against the owner of a website that attacks the company's laser eye surgery business.
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Apr 2014

Vint Cerf wanted to make internet secure from the start, but secrecy prevented it

The NSA acted as a barrier to the rollout of encryption as standard from the very inception of the internet back in the mid 1970s.
John Leyden, 07 Apr 2014
Man wrinkles his eyes in an expression of pain, annoyance or dsicomfort

Furious MyCloud users descend on WD website as borkage continues

When a Western Digital president mass mails MyCloud users about the ongoing outage, you know it's a serious matter.
Chris Mellor, 07 Apr 2014

Veteran Brit tech distie Chessington HQ to become 28 flats

Tech distie Northamber has submitted plans to transform its Chessington-based sales and marketing HQ into 28 residential apartments with scenic views overlooking an, er, industrial park.
Paul Kunert, 07 Apr 2014
Password Assistant

The Great Hash Bakeoff: Infosec bods cook up next-gen crypto

Cryptographers are limbering up for a competition aimed at developing a next-generation password hash to create a better means for websites to store users' login credentials.
John Leyden, 07 Apr 2014
Oracle's Iron Man 2 ad

Oracle smacks JD Edwards help site with cease and desist order

Updated A JD Edwards technical reference and help site has been forced to close after being sent a cease-and-desist letter from Oracle.
Jack Clark, 07 Apr 2014
iPhone Battery

Samsung slurps up full charge in 30 seconds with bio-battery

Vid A two-year-old Israeli startup, StoreDot, thinks it has cracked the problems of limited battery life with a smartphone battery made of biological structures that can recharge in around 30 seconds.
Iain Thomson, 07 Apr 2014

Apple execs: 'Consumers want what we don't have'

The latest patent row between Apple and Samsung is showing the unpleasant details of the ongoing market battle between the two consumer electronics giants.
Shaun Nichols, 07 Apr 2014

Mad Raspberry Pi boffins ripped out its BRAINS and SHRANK them for your pleasure

The makers of the micro-sized Raspberry Pi teaching computer have come up with an even smaller version of the device, this time aimed at hardware hobbyists and device builders who want to create their own printed circuit boards (PCBs).
Neil McAllister, 07 Apr 2014
Red Hat Shadowman logo

Google loads Red Hat Enterprise Linux into its cloud

Red Hat Enterprise Linux customers can now shift their licenses from on-premise gear up into Google's cloud as well as Amazon's.
Jack Clark, 07 Apr 2014

Qualcomm uncloaks new chips for 'ultimate connected mobile computing experiences'

Qualcomm has announced two new 64-bit processors in its Snapdragon line, both aimed at high-end smartphones and tablets, and both "designed to deliver the ultimate connected mobile computing experiences in video, imaging and graphics," the company modestly says.
Simon Rockman, 07 Apr 2014

Apple sued in Texas troll territory for iMovie patent infringement

Apple has been sued by a small Texas firm for patent infringement related to how it tags, stores, and assembles video content in its consumer-level video-editing app, iMovie.
Rik Myslewski, 07 Apr 2014
Life of Brian

Internet is a TOOL OF SATAN that destroys belief, study claims

A US computer scientist has released a study claiming to have found out why so many Americans are abandoning their religious faith and says it's the internet's fault.
Iain Thomson, 07 Apr 2014

In Australia, protesting against Brendan Eich will be a CRIME

Come to Australia, Brendan Eich: our freedom-of-speech government wants to protect you against the pesky business of community outrage.
hands waving dollar bills in the air

Major tech execs fling cash at heretical AI company Vicarious

Credible artificial intelligence startup Vicarious has taken in more money as accomplished billionaires fling cash towards what could be a hugely significant technology.
Jack Clark, 07 Apr 2014
Sorry we're closed

Beat it, freetards! Dyn to shut down no-cost dynamic DNS next month

Domain-name service provider Dyn has announced that it will discontinue its last remaining free services, effective May 7.
Neil McAllister, 07 Apr 2014
One of the few photos showing Neil Armstrong during the Apollo 11 moonwalk

Get your MOON GEAR: Auction to feature Space Race memorabilia

Looking to own a piece of space history? Have a spare $50,000 to spend? You may be in luck, as a US auction house is placing a series of artifacts from the US and Soviet space programs on the block.
Shaun Nichols, 07 Apr 2014