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Inktank's founder blabs to El Reg about Ceph's ERASURE TIERS

Red Hat may have just agreed to buy Ceph-backer Inktank, but that hasn't slowed down the open source project.
Jack Clark, 06 May 2014

Symantec: Antivirus is 'DEAD' – no longer 'a moneymaker'

Symantec, a company that has made huge amounts of cash as the largest antivirus software vendor for the last quarter of a century, looks to be getting out of that business and into fixing hacking problems rather than stopping them.
Iain Thomson, 06 May 2014
Space shuttle Atlantis lands at Kennedy Space Center in 2009, at the end of its STS-129 mission to the ISS. Pic: NASA

NASA space shuttle landing site to turn commercial

The Florida facility used by NASA as a landing site for its retired space shuttle fleet could see new life as a commercial spacecraft facility.
Shaun Nichols, 06 May 2014
The ITU's 2014 internet population data

THREE BILLIONTH person to come online in early 2015

Sometime in the first weeks of 2015, someone will become the three-billionth person to connect to the internet.
Simon Sharwood, 06 May 2014
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SCOTUS asked to overturn patent-troll's charter

The tech world – and plenty of others, The Register suspects – is waiting with a little trepidation to hear the outcome of a patent battle between Akamai and Limelight Networks that's currently occupying the brainspace of the US Supreme Court.
Seagate ST-412 disk drive

VMware seasons its cloud with a sprinkling of ye olde spinning rust

Storage on VMware's vCloud Hybrid Cloud Service (vCHS) just got worse, for the best of reasons.
Simon Sharwood, 06 May 2014
Microsoft Surface bomb

Microsoft hints at smaller Surface

Microsoft has invited media to a “small gathering” at which it will discuss its Surface fondleslabs.
Simon Sharwood, 06 May 2014

Casino chain Affinity's credit card system popped AGAIN

US Casino operator Affinity Gaming has had its credit card processing system hacked for the second time in less than a year.
Darren Pauli, 06 May 2014

The amazing .uk domain: Less .co and loads more whalesong

LogoWatch If you're a Brit "at the forefront of the contemporary online landscape", then you've doubtless already eyed the .uk domain - the "short and sharp" dot thingy for "fearless, modern, digital natives", set to launch on 10 June.
Lester Haines, 06 May 2014
NSA parody T-shirt

Scariest NSA revelation yet: Spooks are RUBBISH at CIPHERS

The NSA (yes, that NSA) has triggered a bit of a Tweet-storm, followed by helpless fits of giggles among geeks, by posting a job-ad-Tweet that used a simple Roman-style substitution cipher.

Reg man says '拜拜' to Honkers, ponders Asia's future role in tech world

Phil Muncaster, The Reg's man in Hong Kong, has said his final '拜拜' - that's bye-bye in simplified Chinese - to the special administrative region. Before he moved on, we asked him to assess his two-and-a-bit years covering Asia's technology industries. Here's his assessment on where Asia sits in the technology world. – Ed.
Phil Muncaster, 06 May 2014
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Did cosmic radiation nuke $25 satellite swarm? 100 snoozing Sprites face fiery death

Bad news for lovers of amateur space exploration: a crowd-funded project that managed to send aloft 100 tiny satellites around Earth looks set to fail.
Simon Sharwood, 06 May 2014

Streaming brilliant: Netflix signs access agreement with Verizon

Comment It looks like Netflix has opened the floodgates with its Comcast deal to connect directly to its IP broadband network, and a queue of top-tier operators may have formed – with Verizon at the front.
Faultline, 06 May 2014
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Danger, Will Robinson! Beware the hidden perils of BYOD

When I first became involved with networked PCs, the company I was working with was upgrading its NetWare 2.0a installation to 2.15. We were pushing the boundaries of networking with our three-way gateway connecting Ethernet, Token Ring and PCnet.
Dave Cartwright, 06 May 2014
Emulex losses to Q3 fy2014

Emulex racks up fifth loss-making quarter as FIVE-YEAR Broadcom broadside ends

Analysis It's Emulex's fifth loss-making quarter in a row and a whopping loss at that.
Chris Mellor, 06 May 2014
The full Spanglish breakfast: mealy pudding, bacon, black pudding, sausages, fried egg, toast

El Reg Quid-A-Day Nosh Posse back on the bacon

Pics We're pleased to report that the El Reg Quid-A-Day Nosh Posse has emerged in fairly good shape from last week's Live Below the Line challenge, although team member Toby Sibley hasn't told us whether he walked up the aisle on Saturday or had to be carried by his best man.
Lester Haines, 06 May 2014
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Reg readers wot won it: Five flee reality armed with smart strap-ons

Thanks to all Reg readers who took part in our competition to win a Durovis Dive, which turns a smartphone into a virtual reality headset.
Simon Rockman, 06 May 2014

CTERA gets bitten by EMC's snake, develops ViPR compatibility

Deep breath: cloud storage gateway and cloud services platform product startup CTERA has gone and got itself snake-bitten – it’s now ViPR compatible.
Chris Mellor, 06 May 2014

50+ crowd are wolfing down tablets: Silver foxes are even migrating to the Twitters

As outlined by the recent surveys by UK comms watchdog Ofcom (PDF) and tech services company Kana, not only are older people using tablets, they are also using the internet more.
Simon Rockman, 06 May 2014

Hacktivists hijack BNP Twitter account, crayon over leader Griffin's too

Hacktivists from Anonymous took over the Twitter feeds of the extreme British National Party and its controversial chairman Nick Griffin over the weekend.
John Leyden, 06 May 2014
Belly Button

Oi, EMC users! HALVE your weight with this WEIRD OLD TIP

HP has released a product to import data from ENC VNX and CLARiiON CX4 arrays into its 3PAR storage, allowing customers to move to Meg W's StoreServ arrays – and, at least according to HP, dealing with storage obesity en route.
Chris Mellor, 06 May 2014

Don't let hackers know Mandiant founder checks his email on an iPad. Oh.

Infosec 2014 Mandiant boss Kevin Mandia says he has cut back on email and only uses an iPad to check his inbox as he fends off counterattacks from hackers.
John Leyden, 06 May 2014

Review: GFI Cloud eliminates need to nursemaid Windows

How do you take care of a network's worth of PCs if you are short of time and resources?
Trevor Pott, 06 May 2014
Photo of Apple iPhone 5C in a range of colors

PEAK APPLE: Mystery upstart to hurl iLord from its throne 'by 2020'

Venture capitalist Fred Wilson reckons Apple will no longer be the top dog of tech by 2020.
Jasper Hamill, 06 May 2014

ARM targets enterprise with 32-core, 1.6TB/sec bandwidth beastie

Updated ARM has released more details about the innards of its cache-coherent on-chip networking scheme for use cases ranging from storage to servers to networking – specifically, its CCN-5xx microarchitecture family and its newest member, the muscular CoreLink CCN-508.
Rik Myslewski, 06 May 2014
PayPal inStore app in action

Tesco to tout its own smartphone – now THAT'S an unexpected item in the bagging area

Tesco is preparing to launch its own high-end smartphone later this year, chief executive Philip Clarke revealed today.
Simon Rockman, 06 May 2014

Paragon Group consumes tits-up print house Service Point

Specialist print biz Paragon Group has acquired Service Point UK, saving the jobs of "more than" 400 staff less than a fortnight after it was placed into administration.
Paul Kunert, 06 May 2014

Experienced HPC compo kids welcome eager Brazilians to cluster-wrestling match

HPC blog In our last story, we looked at the local Chinese undergrads who are competing for cluster-building glory at the Asian Student Supercomputer Challenge (ASC14) in Guangzhou, but there are plenty of competitors who are keen to grab the title and take it home – to the United States, steamy Brazil or even to the slopes of the Urals in Yekaterinburg.

SAP cloaks HANA in terabyte dress for VMware's dance hall

Updated VMware and SAP have partnered to let a virtualized breed of the in-memory data muncher HANA run on customer-owned hardware as well as in the public cloud.
Jack Clark, 06 May 2014

EMC aims Elastic Cloud Storage band at Amazon, Google

EMC World EMC is in Vegas to gamble, and had all of its software-defined storage bets on show at its EMC World storagefest – everything from Project Nile and ViPR 2.0 to its massively scale-out ScaleIO server SAN.
Chris Mellor, 06 May 2014

How to tune your Oracle database's performance

Workshop It's the call that every Oracle database admin (DBA) dreads: the "too slow" call. Users, or their managers, may argue that online performance is so bad that it stops staff from doing their jobs. Batch jobs such as billing runs may run too slowly. Customers may be walking away from an Oracle-driven ecommerce site because pages are taking too long to refresh.
Robin Birtstone, 06 May 2014
Stained glass angels

Gods of tech distribution smile on Blighty in Q1

Distributors in almost half of the countries across Western Europe failed to register sales growth during Q1 but those with ops in Blighty were not among them.
Paul Kunert, 06 May 2014

Watch a bank-raiding ZeuS bot command post get owned in 60 seconds

Vid Web thieves may get more than they bargained for if tech pros follow the lead of one researcher – who demonstrated how to hack the systems remote-controlling the infamous ZeuS crime bot in 60 seconds.
Darren Pauli, 06 May 2014
Illustration of an atom

Atom, GitHub's code editor based on web tech, goes open source

Code-sharing site GitHub has announced that Atom, its highly customizable code editor, has left beta and its full source code is now available to world+dog under the MIT open source license.
Neil McAllister, 06 May 2014

RBS Group hopes £750m IT shakeup splurge will prevent next bank mainframe meltdown

RBS Group has spent £750m overhauling its IT – which includes replacing the systems at the heart of its mainframe mega-meltdown in 2012.
Gavin Clarke, 06 May 2014
A U-2 "Dragon Lady" takes off from the Osan Air Base, South Korea, flightline Oct. 21, 2009, during the base Air Power Day air show. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson)

Cold War spy aircraft CRASHED Los Angeles' air traffic control

The Federal Aviation Administration has claimed a major glitch that grounded dozens of flights last week was caused by a Cold War-vintage reconnaissance aircraft.
Jasper Hamill, 06 May 2014

Nokia: What to do with our euro BEELLIONS... Eh, let's spaff some on connected cars

Nokia has just announced that one of the things it is going to do with its newly acquired money mountain is to invest $100m of it (€71.7m, £58.9m) in connected cars.
Simon Rockman, 06 May 2014

Twitter jitters: Investors turn into quitters as shares hit the sh...

Shares in Twitter fell more than 11 per cent today as the six month lock-up period for early investors and staff expired.
Simon Rockman, 06 May 2014
Mark Zuckerberg

Iran brands Facebook boss Zuckerberg an 'American Zionist', bans WhatsApp

Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg, whose company recently bought WhatsApp for an eye-watering $19bn, has reportedly been described as an "American Zionist" in Iran.
Team Register, 06 May 2014

Samsung will ... sigh ... appeal $119m Apple patent verdict

Thought the years-long court battle between Apple and Samsung had come to a close with last week's verdict, did you? Bad news, then; Samsung has announced that it will be appealing the $119m jury ruling.
Shaun Nichols, 06 May 2014
Traffic in Beijing during period of heavy pollution

US broadband providers holding last-mile traffic ransom, ISP alleges

Consumer broadband providers in the US are deliberately ignoring traffic congestion on their networks, resulting in dramatically degraded service to customers, one major ISP has claimed.
Neil McAllister, 06 May 2014

VMware brings Cloud Foundry up on vCHS as EMC spins-up CF-based software

VMware has finally launched Cloud Foundry on its vCloud Hybrid Service cloud alongside a broader partnership with big daddy EMC.
Jack Clark, 06 May 2014

Report: Climate change has already hit USA - and time is RUNNING OUT

The US government–mandated Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) has released a mammoth 841-page report on the impact of climate change on the US, region by region, focusing on its effects on water, human health, agriculture, urban life, and more.
Rik Myslewski, 06 May 2014
Apple patent on reactive buttons

Apple files patent for typo-sensing buttons

Apple has patented a system for detecting when a user may have inadvertently pushed a button on a device.
Shaun Nichols, 06 May 2014
Epson Moverio

Epson takes on Google Glass with wired 'augmented reality' glasses

Think Epson and you've probably got printers on your mind, but the firm also makes wearable computing devices, and has released its latest effort in the area for less than half the current price of Google's forthcoming Glass headware.
Iain Thomson, 06 May 2014
Photo of the Acer Chromebook C720 with 4th generation Intel Core i3 processor

Google buddies up with Intel for this year's big Chromebook push

Intel, Google, and several hardware partners held a press event in San Francisco on Tuesday to announce a fresh batch of devices based on Chrome OS, the launch of which Intel said made it "the No. 1 microprocessor in Chrome OS systems."
Neil McAllister, 06 May 2014

App.net: 'Good news, we've made money; bad news, we're all fired'

Ad-free social network App.net has clawed enough cash from subscription revenues to let it be "profitable and self-sustaining," – albeit without any employees.
Jack Clark, 06 May 2014
Oculus Rift being tested by the Norwegian army

Norwegians trial Oculus Rift in tanks: The ultimate battlefield simulator

Gamers might be excited about using Oculus Rift virtual reality goggles for simulated combat, but the Norwegian army is trying it out for real as a way to maneuver its tanks without exposing the crew.
Iain Thomson, 06 May 2014