30th > April > 2014 Archive

FCC boss Wheeler talks tough on net neutrality with Title II threat

Just days after being accused of gutting net neutrality provisions in the US, the head of the US Federal Communications Commission is vowing to take any measures necessary to prevent a multi-tiered internet.
Shaun Nichols, 30 Apr 2014
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White House to world: We don't hoard IT security vulnerabilities

Backing up the NSA's claim that it was caught by surprise by the Heartbleed OpenSSL bug, the White House has tried to explain the rules under which it allows agencies to hoard security vulnerabilities.
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Grad student creates world's thinnest wires – just three atoms wide

A Vanderbilt University graduate student has created the world's thinnest wires using a beam of electrons, a technique that could usher in new ultra-slim form factors for electronics and possibly help the chip industry build smaller, faster processors.
Iain Thomson, 30 Apr 2014

Oracle melds its 'cloud OS' with OpenStack in Solaris 11.2 release

Former Unix server customers are continuing the march toward Linux and for many there's no looking back, but that hasn't stopped Oracle from continuing development of Solaris Unix – albeit slowly.
Neil McAllister, 30 Apr 2014

Immigration Dept: we have NO IDEA how many people saw asylum-seeker data

Here's why Australia's government wants the telecoms industry to do its metadata collection for it: it can't read its own syslogs.
.NET reference on Live Framework

Go ahead and un-install .Net, but you'll CRIPPLE Windows Server 2012

Microsoft has posted some unusual advice for those considering the removal of the .Net Framework from Windows Server.
Simon Sharwood, 30 Apr 2014
AWS Werner Vogels

Fresh evidence Amazon is ARMing its huge cloud against Intel et al

In early April, Amazon Web Services' chief technology officer Werner Vogels told The Reg that “there is absolutely room for ARM in the data centre” because “power management for ARM is considered state of the art” and AWS is “always looking for efficiency”.
Simon Sharwood, 30 Apr 2014
Stanford's Neurogrid board

Boffins build billion-synapse, three-watt 'brain'

A top-notch supercomputer can beat humans at many things, but they're also energy hogs – which is one reason so much work goes into neural simulation as the basis for computers. Now, Stanford scientists have demonstrated a neural simulation which they say has a million neurons, multi-billion synapse connections – and runs on just three watts.
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Customisation is BAD for the economy, say Oz productivity wonks

Australia's Productivity Commission is complaining that high-value, highly-customised – artesan, in fact – products are a drag on national productivity.

HP's Whitman rues 'biggest failure' at eBay Japan

HP supremo Meg Whitman has admitted that one of her biggest mis-steps in business (to date) was eBay's failure to make its mark in Japan during the 1990s.
Phil Muncaster, 30 Apr 2014

BBC hacks – tweet the crap out of the news, cries tech-dazzled Trust

BBC News reporters should tweet more and use bigger and shinier infographics to bridge the gulf between the corporation and its audience, a W1A-ish report from the BBC Trust recommends.
Andrew Orlowski, 30 Apr 2014

Japan, Europe to shake hands on China-deterring tech deals

Japan looks set to sign a number of agreements with Western allies in the coming weeks, in what appears to be a series of moves designed to keep China in check militarily and in cyber space.
Phil Muncaster, 30 Apr 2014
Near-death...or the London Underground - is it one in the same..?

London Tube has new stop at Azure Station

Microsoft has claimed that while the rest of the industry is falling for or projecting Internet of Things (IoT) hype, it is quietly delivering on the concept's promise right under many Reg readers' feet in the form of a new Azure-powered monitoring rig for the London Underground.
Simon Sharwood, 30 Apr 2014
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ITU says IT industry must become 'resilient' in face of climate change

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations agency responsible for information and communication technologies, has declared the information and communications technologies industries must “design and implement strategies for the sector to better prepare for, respond and adjust to the impacts of short- and long-term climatic manifestations.”
Simon Sharwood, 30 Apr 2014

UK.gov data sell-off row: HMRC denies claims it'll flog YOUR private info

Comment "There is no question of HMRC selling data." That's the promise from Whitehall, which is floating the idea of "sharing" sensitive taxpayer information with private businesses.
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Apr 2014
"334/365 this is a phoooonne!!!" - Lazurite

What HAS BEEN SEEN? OMG it's a thing that looks like an iWatch

Apple has been granted a patent for a new device, and because of the components listed and the sketch accompanying the filing, several sources have said it could be the near-mythical iWatch.
Jasper Hamill, 30 Apr 2014

Up to 500 GP practices to test plans to share patient data

NHS England will trial its new national pseudonymised patient data collection scheme with "between 100 and 500 GP practices" ahead of the full launch of the programme, it has confirmed.
OUT-LAW.COM, 30 Apr 2014

The Big Reg Storage Survey: Share your pain or tales of success

Storage is a major consumer of your IT budgets. It eats ever more of your working day, and it probably accounts for one or two working weekends – time you'd rather spend with your feet up or relaxing with a beer.
Team Register, 30 Apr 2014
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No, it's not a boy band, it's a biz backup suite: A dig into Druva inSync

Review Druva seems to be on a quest right now to get its name seen by as many people as possible; lately I have been bombarded by more inSync banner ads than I can shake a stick at. So it came as no surprise when the Reg asked me to have a look at what the backup and management biz does – and whether it is any good at it.
Dave Cartwright, 30 Apr 2014

Speaking in Tech: What do you MEAN, US court can demand OFFSHORE public cloud data?

Podcast Podcast If you haven't downloaded it before, now's the time to download El Reg's tech news podcast. Your hosts enterprise tech wise guy Greg Knieriemen and web2.0 playa Sarah Vela keep calm on the podcast with special guest, Caroline McCrory, senior director of product development at Gigaom Research.
Team Register, 30 Apr 2014

FBI floats $5 MEELLION bounty for alleged Chinese WMD purveyor

The US State Department has offered a $5m bounty for information leading to the arrest of Chinese businessman Li Fangwei for his alleged role as a major supplier of ballistic missile technology to Iran.
Phil Muncaster, 30 Apr 2014

Interweb has staunched nearly all Heartbleed wounds, says crypto bod

Infosec The Heartbleed password-leaking vulnerability in OpenSSL has almost been eradicated from the web just weeks after its discovery, according to an encryption expert.
John Leyden, 30 Apr 2014
Confused computer keyboard

OK Virtual Instruments, you've made a thing. Must you fill our ears with PR gobbledegook?

Virtual Instruments has launched an "entity-centric solution" amid an unparalleled display of marketing verbiage.
Chris Mellor, 30 Apr 2014

The quid-a-day nosh challenge: Anyone fancy this fungus I found?

The sun has risen on day three of the El Reg Quid-a-Day Nosh Posse's Live Below the Line challenge, and the team's in generally good shape.
Lester Haines, 30 Apr 2014

Cash slump a Seagate problem, or a hard disk industry problem?

Analysis Seagate revenues and profits have slumped in its third fiscal 2014 quarter, reflecting ongoing difficulties in the disk drive market and product transitions.
Chris Mellor, 30 Apr 2014
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EU antitrust bods: Motorola, Samsung too dominant to take on poor little Apple

Motorola and Samsung have escaped with a stern finger-wagging from the EU after using standards-essential patents (SEP) to stop the sale of Apple devices in Europe.
HP cloud

Hey cloud providers, HP wants your server biz back: Here's one we made earlier in Far East

HP is fighting back against the Far East ODMs that are eating into server shipments by inking a deal with Foxconn to build a price conscious box in high volumes for the largest cloudy firms.
Paul Kunert, 30 Apr 2014

Systemax CEO: Can't get consumer biz out of the crapper

It is a new calendar and financial year for shape-shifting box-shuffler Systemax but the same problem remains: it is hamstrung by a "weak" consumer division that is a burden on the relatively fit B2B operation.
Paul Kunert, 30 Apr 2014

Google forges a Silver bullet for Android, aims it at Samsung's heart

The rumours are true: Google is working on a new brand called Silver to seize back control of the Android platform.
Andrew Orlowski, 30 Apr 2014

Ads bandog berates Virgin Media in BSkyB broadband bumf bust-up

Virgin Media was successfully muzzled by rival BSkyB today – for failing to adequately explain the basis of a savings claim it made in a direct mail, and for omitting material that showed the differences between competing services.
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Apr 2014

The Reg Quid-a-Day Nosh challenge: What's the point, exactly?

It's been an entertaining week so far for the El Reg Quid-a-Day Nosh Posse, as team members battle to survive on just £1 per day for food as part of the Live Below the Line challenge.
Lester Haines, 30 Apr 2014
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GOV.UK push in action: Er, FEWER Brits filling out govt forms online

While some Brits appear keener than ever to access services via the internet, the proportion of people who completed government processes online at least once every three months dropped five percentage points in 2013 compared with a year earlier.
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Apr 2014
Curiosity self-portrait at Rocknest in the Gale Crater

NASA's Curiosity rover set to give Mars its THIRD HARD DRILLING

NASA’s Curiosity team has signed off on the newest drilling site for the Martian rover – and plans to stick its third ever hole on the planet into the Windjana rock in the next few days.
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Security guru: You can't blame EDWARD SNOWDEN for making US clouds LOOK leaky

Infosec 2014 Accusations that the revelations from rogue National Security Agency sysadmin whistleblower Edward Snowden have damaged the US technology industry are misplaced, according to influential security guru Mikko Hypponen.
John Leyden, 30 Apr 2014
Google Toilet Paper

Did Google order staff to 'steal' web ad cash from publishers? THE TRUTH

Google has denied allegations made by a self-styled “former Google employee” – who claimed he was ordered to take part in “theft of money” from “thousands upon thousands” of publishers using Google AdSense.
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Apr 2014
A US Army M1A1 Abrams tank heads out on a mission from Forward Operating Base MacKenzie in Iraq on October 27, 2004

Fusion-io takes DIMM view of flash cards ... Diablo goes for broke

Fusion-io's chief operating officer Lance Smith is going around lancing the boil that is the flash DIMM – flash memory interfaced to a server's memory bus instead of its slower PCIe interface – but he's facing a challenge from Diablo Technologies.
Chris Mellor, 30 Apr 2014
Red Hat Shadowman

Red Hat snaps a Ceph-ie: Upstart Inktank gobbled for $175m

Open-source slinger Red Hat has bulked up its cloud storage arsenal by buying Inktank, the main developer of Ceph for about $175m in cash.
Jack Clark, 30 Apr 2014
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PARTY TIME! MIT slips $100 to each student ... in Bitcoin

Students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will each be handed $100 of Bitcoin in a bid to create a crypto-currency economy within the university.
Jasper Hamill, 30 Apr 2014

eBay cops $3 BILLION tax bill after moving its profits back onshore

Online tat bazaar eBay has copped a $3bn tax bill after bringing $9bn of cash held overseas back to the US. The firm hopes to use the remaining money to fund potential acquisitions at home.
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6TB - big? Pah! Seagate plans to put out 8TB and 10TB MONSTERS

We got all excited about Seagate's latest 6TB drive but, really, we haven't seen anything yet. It has been revealed that the spinning rust company is anticipating 8TB and 10TB drives later this year.
Chris Mellor, 30 Apr 2014

Google in NOT EVIL shocker: Bins student email ad scanning

Google has taken the astonishing decision to stay partly true to its founding promise after deciding to stop scanning kids' emails.
Jasper Hamill, 30 Apr 2014
Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook UNVEILS VEIL for 'anonymous' logins

If you've ever been hesitant to login to an app or website using your Facebook ID because you don't know what consequences clicking that blue button will actually have, Mark Zuckerberg says he feels your pain.
Neil McAllister, 30 Apr 2014
Jeffrey Katzenberg

DreamWorks CEO: Movie downloaders should pay by screen size

Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of film studio DreamWorks, has suggested that Hollywood should move to a new pay-per-screen-inch pricing model as movie downloads become more popular.
Iain Thomson, 30 Apr 2014

You've heard of the internet, right? Well this here might just be the INTERCLOUD

Equinix has removed one of the most intractable stumbling blocks in cloud computing's evolution from a high-price, differentiated market into one of low-cost utilities – by making it trivial for customers to suck data out of one provider and pour it into another.
Jack Clark, 30 Apr 2014
The Tanami Desert en route to Willowara

TELEPOCALYPSE as Australian carriers shed jobs with horrible speed

While Australia's telco industry has become accustomed to the constant slim-down drive at incumbent Telstra and number-two Optus, an accumulation of bad news further down the food chain will narrow the options for the country's telco professionals.
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NBN Co must wait until mid-2015 for fast cable modems

The word “Gigasphere” just entered the lexicon of those who watch progress of Australia's National Broadband Network, after Cable Labs, the US-based outfit that oversees development of data-over-TV-cable standards picked the word to describe the technology formerly known as DOCSIS 3.1.
Simon Sharwood, 30 Apr 2014
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iiNet cans cloud security and storage services

iiNet has, of late, signalled an intention to build on its reputation as a carrier by offering subscription services. Yet the internet service provider yesterday cancelled two such services, namely the security-as-a-service “Protection Pack”.
Simon Sharwood, 30 Apr 2014
Google Docs for iOS

Google sees Microsoft's iPad bet, raises with fondleslab Docs and Sheets

Google is bringing its Docs and Sheets applications to Apple's iOS as a pair of standalone apps for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.
Shaun Nichols, 30 Apr 2014
Xbox One

After 13 year console ban Xbox One set for official launch in China

Microsoft has confirmed that its Xbox One games console will be officially launching in China.
Shaun Nichols, 30 Apr 2014

Facebook-backed spec lets apps link to other apps on mobes

Facebook and a handful of partners have lent their support to App Links, a new, cross-platform, open source system for linking content from mobile apps directly to other mobile apps.
Neil McAllister, 30 Apr 2014
Fritz Pfleumer with his magnetic tape recorder

Sony nanotechnicians invent magnetic tape that stores 148 Gb per square inch

Researchers at Sony have developed a new kind of magnetic tape that can store 74 times the data of current designs, dramatically cutting the amount of room needed for backup libraries.
Iain Thomson, 30 Apr 2014