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SGI supercomputer with liquid cooling

Eco-friendly fluid keeps SGI supercomputer cool and moist

Intel and SGI have built a new supercomputer using an advanced coolant from 3M flowing directly over the hardware to slash the running costs of such systems, and possibly to boost performance.
Iain Thomson, 09 Apr 2014
Windows XP boot screen

Citrix, Google kick XP's still-twitching corpse

Citrix and Google have announced a cut-price deal to pipe legacy apps into Chromebooks.
Simon Sharwood, 09 Apr 2014

Like Google, Comcast might roll its own mobile voice network

Google apparently isn't the only company thinking about getting into the wireless networking game. Cable TV and internet giant Comcast has hinted that it's interested luring away some of the mobile carriers' business, too.
Neil McAllister, 09 Apr 2014

Melting permafrost switches to nasty, high-gear methane release

A team of researchers has discovered new evidence that as the permafrost layer that covers 24 per cent of the Northern Hemisphere continues to thaw as global temperatures increase, not only does it release more greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere, but as time goes by the ratio of carbon dioxide (CO2) to methane (CH4) changes from 10:1 to 1:1 as more and more methane is released.
Rik Myslewski, 09 Apr 2014
Fujitsu SoC

New Fujitsu SoC designs shrink supers' power slurp

Fujitsu is pimping system-on-chip (SoC) designs for two new supers it says get 40 per cent more processing punch while slurping half as much power.

Web data BLEEDOUT: Users to feel the pain as Heartbleed bug revealed

All over the world, systems administrators are scrambling to fix the OpenSSL “Heartbleed” bug.
Bitcoin bloodbath

Mt Gox's 'transaction malleability' claim rubbished by researchers

By now, we all know the Magic the Gathering Online Exchange says it came undone because of a gap in the Bitcoin protocol called “transaction malleability”. Now, two ETH Zurich researchers have rubbished that claim.
Chrome browser

Chrome makes new password grab in version 34

Google has announced that Chrome 34 is now stable enough to be promoted to the Stable Channel. In a few days it will therefore become the default version for millions of users.
Simon Sharwood, 09 Apr 2014


A Cornell student has researched just how much pain bee stings create by putting the buzzing creatures down his pants and, um, holding them there.
Simon Sharwood, 09 Apr 2014
China's Tianahe-1A Supercomputer

Russia, India aim to dislodge China from No 1 on top of the 'flops

Russia and India may be about to join forces in taking on a common adversary: China and its floptastic Tianhe-2 beast which currently sits atop the Top 500 supercomputer list.
Phil Muncaster, 09 Apr 2014
Kim Jong-un

NORKS' own smartmobe pegged as Chinese landfill Android

North Korea’s first “home-grown” smartphone, revealed with much pride and hyperbole by state media last year, appears to be little more than a made-in-China piece of landfill Android.
Phil Muncaster, 09 Apr 2014

British Gas applies to wind up UK colo outfit Alphadex

British Gas has filed a petition to wind up UK colocation outfit Alphadex.
Simon Sharwood, 09 Apr 2014
Speed gun cop

Jack the RIPA: Blighty cops ignore law, retain innocents' comms data

British cops are abusing the right to snoop on communications data by holding information on innocent people for far too long, a report from the Commissioner for Interception has found.
Jasper Hamill, 09 Apr 2014
William Shatner in plane sees Gremlin outside window

EE dismisses DATA-BURNING glitch with Orange Mail app

Exclusive British mobile carrier EE has refused to admit there's a problem with its Orange Mail app, even though it appeared to have quickly drained the data allowance on a barely-used PAYG phone.
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Apr 2014

Napster cofounder's Jerk.com accused of acting like ... err ... jerks

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is cracking down on a site they say lifted user information to create smear profiles on a for-profit reputation site.
Shaun Nichols, 09 Apr 2014
Leo 3

How Brit computer maker beat IBM's S/360 - and Soviet spies

IBM announced the System 360 in 1964 and started selling its family of modern mainframes 12 months later. But how do you outsell a problem like IBM?
Gavin Clarke, 09 Apr 2014

IT bods: How long does it take YOU to train up on new tech?

Storagebod I’m a big fan of data networking blogger Greg Ferro, who writes under the moniker Etherealmind. Greg and I are really on the same page with regards to work/life balance but his latest thoughts on that topic struck a chord with me.
Chris Mellor, 09 Apr 2014

Broadband Secretary of SHEEP sensationally quits Cabinet

Culture, media and sport Secretary of State Maria Miller - whose stuffed portfolio included overseeing the rollout of faster broadband networks to country bumpkins - has finally quit her Cabinet post over an expenses row.
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Apr 2014
Ford boot opening kick gesture

Storage heaven or hell: What’s it like in your world?

Tech panel Yep, data volumes are growing, and managing security, access, service levels and costs are more of a pain than ever when it comes to storage. But how bad is it for you?
Tony Lock, 09 Apr 2014
Dell Wyse Cloud Connect Android dongle

Dell Wyse Cloud Connect: Pocket Android desktop

Review When somebody hands you a dongle-sized computer, you might, for a moment, be impressed. But when they then put it in a bag with a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse and suggest you find a monitor somewhere, you might wonder what exactly it is they are trying to sell you.
Bob Dormon, 09 Apr 2014

LOHAN's Punch and Judy show relaunches Thursday

Following last weekend's cancellation of the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) "Punch" and "Judy" test flights due to high winds, the team is relieved to announce that Thursday morning is looking good for a second pop.
Lester Haines, 09 Apr 2014
bug on keyboard

Cyber hostage-takers SCAMMED six times as many people last year

Malware-powered frauds that lock up victims' computers - or worse yet, encrypt files and force them to pay a fee to unlock their information - increased by 500 per cent during 2013, according to a study by Symantec.
John Leyden, 09 Apr 2014

Gov cheerleader Sajid Javid gets nod from PM to park in Miller's spot

Prime Minister David Cameron has hastily replaced shamed Culture Secretary of State Maria Miller with Tory MP Sajid Javid - a man who, according to his Parliamentary voting record, rarely rebelled against the coalition government.
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Apr 2014
Stock ticker board

No, we're not in an IT 'stockapoclyse' – boom (and bust) is exactly what tech world needs

Is this the stockapoclyse, as tech shares crater into the ground and no more money gets invested into the sector? Or is that 20 per cent fall in the largest internet-based companies – Netflix, Flicker and Twitter – that $275bn drop in collective value over the last month, just an overdue correction to recent price run ups?
Tim Worstall, 09 Apr 2014
Mercury-era spacesuit

SPACE RACE auction: $130k raised for spacesuits, Apollo 11 kit

The latest space history auction in New York has raised tens of thousands of dollars selling off spacesuits, spacecraft models and Apollo 11 memorabilia.
Steve Ballmer

Which sweaty exec dreamt up Office for iOS? Ballmer, Ballmer, Ballmer

You wouldn't expect Steve Ballmer to shout "iPad, iPad, iPad" at his staff, but that's exactly what the perspiring madman might have yelled ahead of the release of Office for iOS.
Jasper Hamill, 09 Apr 2014
Windows 8.1 Update  Storeapps Taskbar

Windows 8.1 Update: Throws desktop drones a bone but still as TOUCHY as ever

After months of slowly inflating expectations, Microsoft recently released its follow-up act to Windows 8.1 – the Windows 8.1 Update.
Tim Anderson, 09 Apr 2014

Tech Data shows off perky top and bottom line in fiscal '14....

If you set aside the sales contribution it slurped from acquired SDG and the positive impact of foreign currency exchange conversions, fiscal '14 was a damp squib of a year for Tech Data (TD).
Paul Kunert, 09 Apr 2014

Cray flogs 1PB of TASty storage to German übercomputing boffins, leaves them in tiers

The North German Supercomputing Alliance (HLRN) is buying more than 1PB of tiered Cray storage to hold archived scientific research data.
Chris Mellor, 09 Apr 2014

Revoke, reissue, invalidate: Stat! Security bods scramble to plug up Heartbleed

The startling password-spaffing vulnerability in OpenSSL affects far more than web servers, with everything from routers to smartphones also at risk.
John Leyden, 09 Apr 2014
Angry old man

IBM was wrong to force UK workers off final salary pensions – judge

A UK High Court judge has said that IBM breached its duties to Brit workers with a company pension by kicking a quarter of them off its final salary scheme in 2009.
Fawlty Towers

TripAdvisor for the disabled: Euan's Guide quietly launches

A social network with a difference launched last week. The website, Euan's Guide, is a kind of TripAdvisor for the disabled and was created by a motor neurone disease sufferer.
Andrew Orlowski, 09 Apr 2014

Anatomy of OpenSSL's Heartbleed: Just four bytes trigger horror bug

Analysis The password-leaking OpenSSL bug dubbed Heartbleed is so bad, switching off the internet for a while sounds like a good plan.
Chris Williams, 09 Apr 2014
Stuart Parkin of IBM

Brit IBM prof gets life-changing 'Tech Nobel' for work in spintronics

A Brit boffin at IBM’s Almaden Research Centre has won a Finnish prize for spintronics research which led to a thousandfold increase in disk capacity.
Chris Mellor, 09 Apr 2014

VMware gets Wanova Citrix with new Horizon Suite

VMware today announced the updated Horizon Suite 6, its great white hope end-user computing suite, and now offers the ability to deliver apps and manage virtual desktops from the same tool.
Simon Sharwood, 09 Apr 2014

Insight CEO: Everything that's cloudy is GOLD

Exclusive A "sickness" at the core of the IT channel - an over reliance on back-end-loaded vendor rebates - threatens to render many tech suppliers irrelevant. But there is a cure, it is fluffy, white and called the cloud.
Paul Kunert, 09 Apr 2014

'Monstrous' Apple kicked us off iAd, claimed we are its RIVAL – Brit music upstart

Apple has been accused of hobbling an up-and-coming British firm by booting it off the iAd advertising platform.
Jasper Hamill, 09 Apr 2014
Red Hat Shadowman logo

Speaking in Tech: Red Hat, Cisco sitting in a tree, m-e-r-g-i-n-g?

Podcast Podcast It's El Reg's tech news podcast with hosts Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week, the whole crew is together with special guest Aaron Delp of SolidFire.
Team Register, 09 Apr 2014

Just what could be inside Dropbox's new 'Home For Life'?

Dropbox has decided that file storage is boring and is now describing itself as a "Home For Life".
Jack Clark, 09 Apr 2014
Solar Impulse 2

Solar-powered aircraft unveiled for round-the-world flight

After 12 years of research and testing, the Swiss engineering team Solar Impulse has unveiled the craft that will take a round-the-world- trip powered solely by photovoltaic power cells.
Iain Thomson, 09 Apr 2014

SEC slaps HP with $108 MEEELION fine over bribe scandal

HP has agreed to a $108m settlement with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to settle charges that company representatives paid off government officials in order to obtain contract deals.
Shaun Nichols, 09 Apr 2014
bug on keyboard

Uh oh! Here comes the first bug in the Windows 8.1 Update

Microsoft has suspended distribution of April's Windows 8.1 Update to some enterprise customers after a bug was discovered that could bork affected machines' ability to receive future updates.
Neil McAllister, 09 Apr 2014
New USB SuperSpeed Type C cable

USB reversible cables could become standard sooner than you think

There's usually a significant delay between a new technology hardware standard being finalized and seeing it in commercial systems, but the latest update to the USB spec looks like it's going to be rolled out much faster than people think.
Iain Thomson, 09 Apr 2014

Microsoft's Azure cloud LASHED by BT's private cables

Microsoft's Azure cloud is being hooked into BT's private fibre cables giving security-focused organizations another way to access Microsoft's technology.
Jack Clark, 09 Apr 2014
Somali pirates storm the box

Linode raises Hourly Billing flag against Digital Ocean pirates

Linux server hosting provider Linode has introduced hourly billing after being buffeted by fierce competition in the hosting and cloud markets.
Jack Clark, 09 Apr 2014
Malcolm Turnbull

Turnbull leaves Australia's broadband blackspots in the dark

Australians without broadband are no closer to being able to understand when, or if, the nation's National Broadband Network (NBN) will make fast data connections available, after Australia's Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull issued a new Statement of Expectations document to NBN Co, the entity charged with building the network.
Simon Sharwood, 09 Apr 2014