2nd > May > 2014 Archive

SpaceX wins court injunction to block US Air Force buying Russian rockets

SpaceX has won an injunction blocking the United Launch Alliance (ULA) from buying rocket equipment from Russia to service its contract with the US Air Force for orbital launches.
Iain Thomson, 02 May 2014
Broken CD with wrench

Early! Do! Not! Track! Adopter! Yahoo! Says! It's! Rubbish, Bins! It!

Yahoo! has done an about-face on its stance toward the controversial Do Not Track browser privacy standard, announcing that it will no longer recognize users' DNT settings across any of its online properties.
Neil McAllister, 02 May 2014

Study: Users don't much care about Heartbleed hacking dangers

Despite dire warnings from security experts and a massive public awareness campaign, users are less aware of the Heartbleed flaw than other recent security threats.
Shaun Nichols, 02 May 2014

Jodee 'One.Tel' Rich spruiks .CEO sites for email LIKE A BOSS

Jodee Rich, a technology entrepreneur best known for his part in the spectacular collapse of Australian mobile telco One.Tel, has thrust himself into inboxes around the world with an offer to register for the .CEO global top-level domain (GTLD).
Simon Sharwood, 02 May 2014
Apple email attachment

Researcher says Apple fibs about crypto for iOS email attachments

Apple has been busted for falsely claiming that email attachments sent from iOS are encrypted.
Darren Pauli, 02 May 2014
EMC federation logo

EMC formalises its Federation

For a year or so now EMC has described its core storage business as “EMC II” (for information infrastructure) and positioned the overarching “EMC” brand as applying to a “federation” of companies including VMware, RSA and Pivotal.
Simon Sharwood, 02 May 2014
A fake iPhone with electric shock capabilities

Shocking 'new iPhone' is also - BZZZZT!! - a Taser-like stun gun

Australia's Customs and Border Protection Service has seized counterfeit iPhones that can't make calls but can impart a nasty electrical shock if pressed against the skin.
Simon Sharwood, 02 May 2014

Sony on the ropes after revising losses UP to $1.3 BEEELLION

Japanese electronics stalwart Sony has posted a preliminary net income loss of ¥130 billion ($1.3bn, £770m) for the year to March 31, 2014 – its third downward revision in less than 12 months, and another blow to CEO Kazuo Hirai’s attempts to turn the company around.
Phil Muncaster, 02 May 2014

Script fools n00b hackers into hacking themselves

Security experts have warned Facebook users in India not to fall for a new scam which tricks victims into “self cross-site scripting” by promising access to a tool which will let them hack their friends’ accounts.
Phil Muncaster, 02 May 2014
A crowd, photo by Ben Schumin

VMware loses top community man Troyer

VMware's community manager, John Troyer is leaving VMware. Troyer is striking out to create a new, vendor-neutral community called TechReckoning, and will fund this venture by freelance consulting with vendors on how they can build up communities of their own.
Trevor Pott, 02 May 2014
gold ingot usb hub

Creating your GOLDEN statue of NICOLAS CAGE FINALLY possible

Lack the physical dexterity, design skills, workshop and talent necessary to make your own golden jewelry? None of that will stop you now!
Simon Rockman, 02 May 2014
WinDev 19 is the boxed software you'll want to take everywhere

French software developers are all beautiful women

Development tools outfit PC Soft has given the world a look at software developers in its native France, and most appear to be beautiful young women wearing not very much.
Simon Sharwood, 02 May 2014
Spam image

Boffins pen 'Guide to better spamming'

Ignoring the manual and keeping your 'bot nimble are some of the tips a quartet of security researchers have recommended to help spam reach inboxes more effectively.
Darren Pauli, 02 May 2014
Zork1 running on IBM 5150

Source code for world's first MUD, Essex Uni's MUD1, recovered

The source code for MUD1, a multi-user dungeon created at the University of Essex in 1978, and generally held to have been the world's first online multi-player game, has been recovered.
Simon Sharwood, 02 May 2014
Another grab showing images from the camera at altitude

Classified LOHAN payload is four-eyed beast

As regular readers know, the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team likes a nice bit of imaging kit, and we can now reveal that the classified payload which flew atop our recent "Judy" test flight was in fact a prototype four-eyed beast capable of capturing hi-def panoramic video.
Lester Haines, 02 May 2014
management consumerisation

Licensed to BILL: How much should you cough for software licences?

Storagebod “Yet another change to a licensing model. You can bet it’s not going to work out any cheaper for me," was the first thought that flickered through my mind during a presentation about GPFS 4.1 at the GPFS UG meeting in London.
StorageBod, 02 May 2014
NHS Files on a desk

Aah, that warm sharing feeling. Just don't let the cloud rain on your firm

Data is the lifeblood of every business. Without it we would know nothing of our products, our customers, our processes, our policies, our staff or our financial state.
Dave Cartwright, 02 May 2014
What car shall I drive today?

Look what's screeching into the Internet of Stuff: SELF-DRIVING CARS

Pics Semiconductor maker Freescale is a notable player in embedded processing for the automotive industry, among other things, so it was perhaps no great surprise to find various car components on its stand at the Future World Symposium this week in London.
Bob Dormon, 02 May 2014
Woman looks immensely happy while staring into blank screen of unplugged monitor

Please work for nothing, Mr Dabbs. What can you lose?

Something for the Weekend, Sir? “So,” murmured the blonde in the now-deserted restaurant late the other evening as she lazily traced the rim of her wineglass with her middle finger before looking up to fix her eyes on mine, “what excites you?”
Alistair Dabbs, 02 May 2014

'25,000 Windows Server 2003 boxes' must be upgraded A DAY to meet OS support death date

About 11 million systems are running Windows Server 2003, according to HP estimates – some 438 days before Microsoft pulls down the shutters on support for the OS.
Paul Kunert, 02 May 2014

Now is 'the wrong time to send hundreds of millions of dollars to Kremlin' - SpaceX boss

Quotw This was the week when Tim Cook tried to tantalise his legions of fanbois once more with the promise of... er... a new device.

Systemax goes Dutch, devours SCC Netherlands

Shape-shifting box shuffler Systemax has swallowed SCC's "sub-scale" Dutch division for an undisclosed sum.
Paul Kunert, 02 May 2014

El Reg Quid-A-Day Nosh Posse crawls towards finish line

The El Reg Quid-A-Day Nosh Posse has entered the final furlong, with less than 24 hours to go before members can enjoy something considerably more substantial than the meagre rations which have sustained them since Monday.
Lester Haines, 02 May 2014
Windows XP boot screen

Hackers ZERO IN on ZOMBIE XP boxes: Get patching, Internet Explorer 8 users

A newly uncovered attack specifically targeting out-of-support Windows XP machines running Internet Explorer 8 is being used to hack potential victims in multiple industries across Europe and North America, according to security researchers.
John Leyden, 02 May 2014
management strategy2

Bytes Tech Group in 'early' talks with acquisition target

Bytes Technology Group (BTG) is courting management at a software services target as the ink still dries on yesterday's contract to offload its Xerox concessionaire.
Paul Kunert, 02 May 2014
Windows XP boot screen

Win XP war, huh! What is it good for? Enormo IT reseller Insight

A currency tailwind in EMEA, PC munching customers fleeing from Windows XP support doom on both sides of the Atlantic, and far leaner restructuring charges lifted Insight Enterprises' Q1 2014 financials.
Paul Kunert, 02 May 2014

Evidence-based Tweets will SAVE the WORLD - and your waistline

The ¡Bong! Interview As every entrepreneur reaches mid-life, it’s natural that one’s thoughts begin to turn to one’s one’s “legacy”. Here, the Bongster has an impressive list of achievements to inspire future generations.
Steve Bong, 02 May 2014
iOS 6 and 7

Apple tips Shiraz down all its techies' throats (that's the rumoured name for OS X 10.10)

Apple is apparently working full pelt on redesigning OS X to match its iOS cousin in time for a big reveal at June's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco.
Jasper Hamill, 02 May 2014
Home Screen on LG Vu

OUCH... right in the Androids! Google hit by another antitrust sueball

Google is facing a new antitrust class action lawsuit in the US over its "illegal monopoly" on internet and mobile search.
neelie kroes

Steelie Neelie's 'Airbus of chips' plan taxis for June take-off

Plans for an “Airbus of chips” – aimed at doubling the number of processors made across Europe by 2020 – will be unveiled next month.
Gavin Clarke, 02 May 2014

Nominet boss quits after rough patch at helm of dot-UK registry

The boss of troubled dot-UK registry Nominet has quit her job.
Kelly Fiveash, 02 May 2014

Oh Sony. Have we learned NOTHING from SuperAIT?

Blocks and Files It's deja freakin' vu all over again, as the grim spectres of AIT and Super AIT tape are coming alive again. Meanwhile the good ship Sony is sinking in the west, the crew distracted by a tape technology sideshow.
Chris Mellor, 02 May 2014
Man wrinkles his eyes in an expression of pain, annoyance or dsicomfort

British Gas 'in talks' to outsource tech services desk, whispers insider

British Gas has dropped a bombshell among its techies after informing them of plans to outsource some or all of its service desk.
Paul Kunert, 02 May 2014

ZeniMax lobs sueball at Oculus, says space cowboy Carmack rustled its code

ZeniMax Media is suing virty headgear maker Oculus, claiming the start-up's CTO John Carmack is using intellectual property he developed for the games manufacturer in his new company's fancy glasses.
Iain Thomson, 02 May 2014

ARM tests: Intel flops on Android compatibility, Windows power

ARM has rolled out a battery of test results that fire two shots across the bow of Intel's x86 dreadnought now sailing into Android waters.
Rik Myslewski, 02 May 2014

Docker ported into Hadoop as benchmarks show SCREAMING FAST performance

The Hadoop community is working on patches that will bring the popular app-containerization technology Docker into the data management system, and independent benchmarks are showing the tech has a huge speedup over traditional virtualization approaches.
Jack Clark, 02 May 2014
The new Twitter logo. Pic: Twitter

Twitter tunes out trashy Tweeters with much-needed muting module

Twitter is reportedly testing a new feature which could allow users to selectively "mute" Tweets from accounts they are following.
Shaun Nichols, 02 May 2014
Badger, badger, badger

Watch out, Yahoo! EFF looses BADGER on sites that ignore Do Not Track

In the wake of Yahoo!'s decision to stop honoring browsers' Do Not Track signals, the Electronic Frontier Foundation has released a new blacklisting tool that will automatically block tracking cookies from sites that refuse to support DNT.
Neil McAllister, 02 May 2014
Hawking and Daughter

Stephen Hawking: The creation of true AI could be the 'greatest event in human history'

Pioneering physicist Stephen Hawking has said the creation of general artificial intelligence systems may be the "greatest event in human history" – but, then again, it could also destroy us.
Jack Clark, 02 May 2014
Space X Dragon in Orbit

SpaceX touts latest gear: new module, rocket demo

Vid Private spaceflight company SpaceX is preparing to unveil the Mark II build of its Dragon capsule.
Shaun Nichols, 02 May 2014
The Mondoshawn, genetically perfect beings in <i>The Fifth Element</i>

Super-heavy element 117 DOES exist – albeit briefly. Got any berkelium handy?

Scientists at Germany's GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research have successfully recreated a new type of element, paving the way for its admission into the periodic table.
Iain Thomson, 02 May 2014