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SpaceX Falcon 9 on its launch pad

SpaceX: We NAILED the Falcon 9 landing! The video, on the other hand...

Private spacefaring firm SpaceX is looking for a few good video engineers to help recover footage of the historic Falcon 9 rocket splashdown landing.
Shaun Nichols, 01 May 2014
NASA's new Z-2 spacesuit

Voters pick luminous tech spacesuit as NASA's off-world fashion statement

NASA has announced the winning design to its new line of spacesuits after a public vote on competing style tips.
Iain Thomson, 01 May 2014

Anonymous develops secure data over ham radio scheme

Anonymous – or, at least, entities claiming Anonymous affiliation – has put together a secure communications project using the open source ham-radio Fldigi modem controller.
iPhone forensics beaten image

Thanks for nothing, Apple, say forensic security chaps

Felons wanting to best forensic investigators need only perform a factory reset of all current model iPhones, say forensic security experts.
Darren Pauli, 01 May 2014
VMware Monster VM

VMware's AirWatch plan: chew up 'hairball' Windows, spit out pieces

The chief technology officer of recently-acquired-by-VMware mobile management outfit AirWatch has outlined Virtzilla's plans for one management console to rule them all across mobile devices, desktops of all flavours, applications and even data.
Simon Sharwood, 01 May 2014

Staunch your Heartbleed patching: FreeBSD has a nasty credentials leak

Got FreeBSD? Get busy on the patch, because a problem with its TCP ordering has emerged, with both denial-of-service and data leakage as possible effects.

Canucks' ISPs routing data through snoop heaven USA

A University of Toronto-led transparency project has criticised Canada's ISPs for unnecessarily routing user traffic via the US, even when both the origin and destination of the traffic is within Canada.
Grand Theft Auto IV

Teen jailed for ARMED ROBBERY says he and pals had been inspired by Grand Theft Auto

An Australian gamer will be jailed for two years for armed robbery after using the novel defence that he and his friends had been trying to re-enact the game Grand Theft Auto while drunk.
Simon Sharwood, 01 May 2014

New secure OS will put Tails between NSA's legs

Secure Linux distribution Tails has reached the milestone of a version 1.0 release, after its developers crushed a laundry list of bugs.
Darren Pauli, 01 May 2014
Parliament House Canberra by Flickr user OzMark17 used under CC Share and Share alike licence

Australia told to follow UK's 'Digital by default' strategy

Australia has been told it should adopt the UK's “Digital by default” strategy and a “cloud first” strategy for government IT.
Simon Sharwood, 01 May 2014
Concept art showing lightning strike on Venus. Credit: J Whatmore

Fix capitalism with floating cities on Venus says Charles Stross

As an economist, Charles Stross might just make a very good science fiction writer, because he's just suggested colonising Venus is a fine way to ensure the continuation of the species while also solving the crises afflicting capitalism.
Simon Sharwood, 01 May 2014
Synology's EDS14 rugged internet of things NAS

The Internet of Things gets its own NAS

Some of the many, many, nodes promised to connect to the internet of things are going to do two things: make a lot of data but not always be able to send it anywhere.
Simon Sharwood, 01 May 2014
Uncov chronicles the failure of Web 2.0

Today's bugs have BRANDS? Be still my bleeding heart [logo]

Stob In view of the ongoing security-holed far-too-open source situation, I have decided to convene an emergency meeting of ERCOCC, the El Reg Committee Of Competent Coders, to review what has occurred and how we should go forward.
Verity Stob, 01 May 2014

Chinese iWatchers: Apple's WRISTPUTERS ALREADY in production

Production of the semi-mythical iWatch has already begun, mysterious Chinese production sources have claimed.
Jasper Hamill, 01 May 2014
Bouncer the dog, from Neighbours

Stone the crows, Bouncer! BT defends TV recorder upgrade DELETION snafu

BT has dismissed gripes about a recent upgrade to its television recorder box, after the telco giant's update deleted programmes and came loaded with glitches.
Kelly Fiveash, 01 May 2014
Dragon 32 boot into Basic

10 PRINT "Happy 50th Birthday, BASIC" : GOTO 10

Wanna feel old? Thursday marks the fiftieth anniversary of the invention of BASIC, the programming language that took the computing world by storm during the PC revolution of the mid-1970s and 1980s.
Neil McAllister, 01 May 2014

Behold! World's smallest 3D-printer pen Lix artists into shape – literally

A London-based startup has unveiled the world's smallest 3D-printing pen – smaller than a posh fountain pen.
Andrew Orlowski, 01 May 2014
Arcola fuel cell developers kit

Inventors: Feast your eyes on fuel cell tech that'll power up Internet of Thingies

Pics There was more than just talk on offer at Twickenham's Future World Symposium this week. Although there was much to hear about the so-called internet of the things, the connected home, autonomous systems and connected intelligence, there was also plenty to see - and you'll be happy to know we took pictures.
Bob Dormon, 01 May 2014
Bored girl

Hey, marketing drone, what's with the FUD - nothing GOOD to say about your own kit?

Storagebod Are we drifting into another round of the storage wars where FUD starts to fly? It always makes for good copy. The little guy complaining about the big guy, who in turn is complaining about the little guy: David with his sling versus Goliath with his rocket launcher.
StorageBod, 01 May 2014
Toby's lentil and carrot surpise

Quid-a-day Reg nosh posse chap faces starvation diet

As the El Reg Quid-a-Day Nosh Posse's Live Below the Line challenge enters its fourth day, we're delighted to report that team member Toby Sibley has resurfaced - albeit looking a little thinner than when we last spoke to him.
Lester Haines, 01 May 2014

Titsup UK Border IT causes CHAOS at air and seaports in Blighty

Queues of angry travellers were stuck at the UK border last night after a computer glitch forced immigration officers at airports and seaports to resort to manually entering passport details.
Jasper Hamill, 01 May 2014
Sky 3D football

BSkyB broadband growth chopped in HALF

BSkyB saw its broadband customer growth halved in the company's third quarter, for which it partly blamed its takeover of O2's home broadband network where as many as 30,000 subscribers quit the service.
Kelly Fiveash, 01 May 2014
Artist's impression of Beta Pictoris b

Actual spin doctors eye up ALIEN WORLD Beta Pictoris b: Young, hot ... and really FAST

Alien world Beta Pictoris b is spinning so fast that its day lasts just eight hours as its equator whips around at almost 100,000km an hour.

WAN-furtling pays off for app-happy Riverbed

There were contrasting results yesterday from Riverbed, which has a spring in its step, and Imation, which does not, but hopes to have, eventually.
Chris Mellor, 01 May 2014
big brother is shopping for you

Twitter's got a new UK public policy wonk... 'You are the product' Big Brother Watch bloke!

Twitter has hired a well-known privacy campaigner to head up the UK wing of its public policy team.
Team Register, 01 May 2014
Our artist's impression of a Terminator granny astride a mobility scooter

Granny's Guardian: Acorn BBC Micro hero touts OAP watchdog kit

Acorn Computers co-founder Chris Curry has popped up with Canary – a new bit of kit that keeps tabs on oldsters and alerts relatives if something goes wrong.
Jasper Hamill, 01 May 2014
Hewlett's desk

Nexenta beats off rivals as Citrix testlab rates its VDI offering 'cheapest'

Nexenta provides the cheapest VDI, according to data collected in a Citrix testlab by Gartner.
Chris Mellor, 01 May 2014

Two Xerox houses become one: Pair of copycats now big, fat £57m UK firm

Print integrator Xeretec has wolfed down fellow Xerox house Bytes Document Solutions (BDS) for an undisclosed sum.
Paul Kunert, 01 May 2014
Larry Ellison, photo by Oracle Corporate Communications

Larry Ellison looks out from his island paradise and thinks: I wanna buy the LA Clippers

Oracle supremo Larry Ellison and TV's Oprah Winfrey are ready to buy basketball team the Los Angeles Clippers after its owner Donald Sterling was booted out of the sport, it's claimed.

CenturyLink slashes prices to guarantee its megacloud future

When your entire market is hellbent on destroying itself through an endless death march of price cuts, you're faced with a choice, either you hold on tight and keep cutting, or you get into another business.
Jack Clark, 01 May 2014
Amusement park slide

WD results confirm it: Disk buyers ARE spending less

Is there a disk drive sales slump? Seagate's latest quarterly results suggested it and now WD's results confirm it. Enterprise disk drive buyers are spending less money.
Chris Mellor, 01 May 2014
Spitfire cockpit

Dick enters the cockpit, takes controls at NTS

Capita IT Services is waving goodbye to Jonathan Lassman, the long-serving managing director at security reseller NTS UK, which Crapita acquired roughly six weeks ago.
Paul Kunert, 01 May 2014

Ofcom snatches spectrum from SPIES for mobile broadband

UK regulator Ofcom has put together a guide (PDF) for how radio spectrum should be used.
Simon Rockman, 01 May 2014

Serco issues shares to plug finance gap after profit warning

Serco is looking to plug the gap in its finances from weaker-than-expected results via a share placement estimated to haul in £100m worth of filthy lucre.
Paul Kunert, 01 May 2014

Microsoft's Azure cloud goes a bit wobbly in West Europe

Admins in Microsoft's Azure cloud data centre for West Europe in Amsterdam, Netherlands, have spent the morning battling severe problems in the gear that supports Redmond's main cloud service.
Jack Clark, 01 May 2014

Google said to have hired Calxeda's chief fabric architect

Exclusive Google has hired one of ARM chip designer Calxeda's chief architects, according to a source with knowledge of the matter.
Jack Clark, 01 May 2014

Microsoft: You know we said NO MORE XP PATCHES? Well ...

Microsoft has released patches for the latest critical security vulnerability plaguing Internet Explorer, including for Windows XP – despite months of claiming that it would never release another patch for the outdated OS past April 8 of this year.
Neil McAllister, 01 May 2014
Denmark Minecraft map vandalised

Denmark dynamited by cunning American Minecraft vandals

Updated Last week, the Danish government put a 1:1 scale replica of its country online at Minecraft and invited players to politely explore the land of Lego and Carlsberg. Gamers being what they are, you can guess what happened next.
Iain Thomson, 01 May 2014

Google Glass teardown puts rock-bottom price on hardware

A teardown report on Google Glass is raising eyebrows over suggestions that the augmented reality headset costs as little as $80 to produce.
Shaun Nichols, 01 May 2014
Snapchat logo

Snapchat updates fap-snap sharing app ... now with more Chat

Self-destructing photo sharing service Snapchat has added real-time messaging and video chat to the latest versions of its mobile apps, in a move seemingly designed to make it more competitive with the likes of BBM and WhatsApp.
Neil McAllister, 01 May 2014
John Legere

T-Mobile US added more subscribers in last quarter than top three competitors combined

Shares in US mobile operator T-Mobile rose by more than 7 per cent on news that the firm added 2.4 million customers to its books and increased its revenues by 47 per cent in the last quarter. The news moved its outspoken CEO John Legere to profanity.
Iain Thomson, 01 May 2014
iPad Photos app

Tablet boom quiets down a bit as growth slows

The meteoric rise in tablet sales could be tapering off a bit as analysts at IDC saw quarterly shipments fall short of forecasts.
Shaun Nichols, 01 May 2014

Cloud-hungry firms swarm into Pivotal's Cloud Foundry Foundation

Pivotal's fledgling foundation for its Cloud Foundry technology is proving popular even before it opens for business, with a new group of large tech companies announcing they are signing up for membership.
Jack Clark, 01 May 2014