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Galaxy simulation

ENTIRE UNIVERSE created in supercomputer. Not THIS universe (probably)

Researchers at MIT and Harvard have created a a giant virtual universe – 350 million light-years squared – which can be used to simulate the real universe's development from 12 million years after the Big Bang to the present day, or around 13 billion years' worth of expansion.
Iain Thomson, 08 May 2014
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SEC to investors: When dealing in Bitcoin, don't get suckered

Investor.gov, the US Securities and Exchange Commission's investor education and advocacy website, has issued an alert warning investors of the potential pitfalls of investing in Bitcoin and other virtual currencies.
Neil McAllister, 08 May 2014
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FCC logo

FCC MUST protect net neutrality to preserve AMERICA, say Google et al

The biggest names on the web – from Google and Level 3 to Microsoft and Facebook – have urged the US Federal Communications Commission to safeguard net neutrality.
Shaun Nichols, 08 May 2014
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Palm V Portable Keyboard

LinkedIn killing CardMunch biz-card scanning app

Way back in the year 2000, Palm Inc tried to kill off the business card with a feature called “beam” that allowed users of its handheld computers to distribute their contact details by infrared, so that they'd be sucked up into one's contacts file.
Simon Sharwood, 08 May 2014
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BTC MaaS (mining-as-a-service) preps DC pods down under

Australian outfit BTC Corporation is hoping that there's still enough punters wanting in on the Bitcoin goldrush to sustain a mining-as-a-service business.
Richard Chirgwin, 08 May 2014
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Samsung insecure camera screen grab

Samsung's NX300 cam is bad in bed: Snatch victims' pics over the air

The relentless push to differentiate otherwise-mundane products by adding intelligence has tripped up Samsung, after its NX300 camera was found to offer up everything from user location leaks to remote code execution.
Richard Chirgwin, 08 May 2014
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Hadoop the Elephant, Simon Sharwood and Hadoop co-creator Doug Cutting

Hadoop Daddy Doug Cutting says there's an elephant in the room

Not many soft toys make their mark on the worlds of business and technology, but yesterday The Reg beheld “Hadoop”, the toy elephant that gave its name to the big data tool about which we've all heard so much.
Simon Sharwood, 08 May 2014
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Google

Google points big data dollars at cancer

While IBM merely wants to sell stuff to the more esoteric reaches of medical research, Google has stuck a multi-million-dollar toe in the water in its own right, leading a funding round for an outfit called Flatiron Health.
Richard Chirgwin, 08 May 2014
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Robins' inbuilt navigators pecked to bits by AM radio

Humans often claim to be able to sense wireless fields by way of headaches – the so-called WiFi syndrome – but pity the European Robin, whose navigational abilities may be spoiled by electromagnetic radiation.
Richard Chirgwin, 08 May 2014
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Amazon's desktops-in-the-cloud 'Workspaces' switched on in Europe

Amazon Web Services (AWS) “Workspaces” desktop-as-a-service offering was launched last November with a big caveat: the service would be lousy outside of the US.
Simon Sharwood, 08 May 2014
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Goodbye, Mr Dong: Samsung Galaxy S5 boss disappears through trapdoor

Samsung has parted ways with Chang Dong-hoon, the head of its mobile design team.
Simon Sharwood, 08 May 2014
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Cameras for hacks: Idiot-proof suggestions invited

The world of journalism is changing fast, and while the image-hungry internet demands ever more photographs, shrinking budgets mean the days of a hack going into the field with a snapper in tow are pretty much over.
Lester Haines, 08 May 2014
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Wireless Armour Shorts

Brit chap weaves silver bullet for wireless health scare bollocks

Move over, brain-cancer scare-mongers: a Brit physics graduate has taken the kind of material used to create anti-stink exercise gear, run it up as underwear, and is trying to flog it as a Faraday cage for mens' wedding tackle.
Richard Chirgwin, 08 May 2014
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orange hacked.jpg

Orange France hacked AGAIN, 1.3 million victims seeing red

Personal data describing 1.3 million customers of Orange France has been stolen in the second hack to hit the telco this year.
Darren Pauli, 08 May 2014
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McAfee slurp

McAfee accused of McSlurping Open Source Vulnerability Database

Intel security subsidiary McAfee may be in hot water after it allegedly scraped thousands of records from the Open Source Vulnerability Database instead of paying for them.
Darren Pauli, 08 May 2014
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Pimoroni/Cyntech Pibrella

Hungry for humbler Pi? Check out kid-friendly LED-laden Pibrella

ReviewThere is no shortage of clip-on boards designed for the Raspberry Pi, almost all designed to make the tiny computer’s GPIO pins more accessible in order to ease the connection of devices to it, particularly ones that operate at voltages that are not Pi friendly.
Tony Smith, 08 May 2014
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Yeah, suck it, Foxconn. 'Pegatron' 'nabs' '15%' of 'iPhone 6' 'production'

Whispers among the iChattering classes today claim Taiwanese factory giant Pegatron has received orders from Apple to crank out a share of iPhone 6 handsets.
Jasper Hamill, 08 May 2014
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The Italian Job, 1969

Traffic light vulns leave doors wide open to Italian Job-style hacks

Hackers may be able to create traffic chaos, just like Michael Caine's loveable rogue in classic Brit film The Italian Job, thanks to an alarming series of flaws discovered in traffic control systems.
John Leyden, 08 May 2014
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Decaying red telephone boxes

Chucking cash at sport and broadband starts to pay off for BT

BT shares climbed three per cent this morning off the back of decent end-of-year results from the one-time national telco, which saw its sales growth outshine market predictions.
Kelly Fiveash, 08 May 2014
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The ULTIMATE space geek accessory: Apollo 15's joystick up for sale

If you're a space geek gamer looking for the ultimate joystick, then feast your eyes on the Apollo 15 "attitude controller assembly" - the stick used by commander David R. Scott to land the Falcon lunar module on the Moon in 1971, and which goes under the hammer later this month:
Lester Haines, 08 May 2014
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Colin Pillinger by Mike Peel

'A proper British BOFFIN': Famous Martian prof Pillinger dies aged 70

British space scientist Professor Colin Pillinger has died at the age of 70, the BBC reports.
Lester Haines, 08 May 2014
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Performing an Oracle database health check? We have a little list

WorkshopEveryone needs a checkup from time to time, and your Oracle database is no exception. A periodic medical can keep it running smoothly, and avoid more serious conditions from developing later.
Robin Birtstone, 08 May 2014
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PSS PCIe card

IBM chip boffins mix phase-change-flash cocktail: Voila! SUPER fast memory card

IBM has gone and surprised us all with a pretty good Phase Change Memory product research and demo effort: a hybrid PCM/NAND server flash card that has at least 12 times lower latency than an enterprise PCIe flash card.
Chris Mellor, 08 May 2014
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National Archive Entrance

UK.gov tweets now national treasures! – National Archives

VideoThe UK’s National Archives has announced that it will be saving YouTube videos and tweets for posterity, to make social media a part of Blighty’s official history.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 08 May 2014
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Sage's 63-year-old CEO says au revoir: 'Life's all about choices'

Seventeen-year company veteran and CEO Guy Berruyer has signalled his intent to hang up his boots from the end of March next year or sooner if a replacement in found beforehand.
Paul Kunert, 08 May 2014
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Candy Crush Saga

King's stocks are candy-crushed as its top toy suffers splurge slump

More than 13 per cent of Candy Crush game-maker King Digital's stock price was wiped off overnight – after it admitted players of its wildly popular mobile app were spending less and less money.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 08 May 2014
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OpenStack Summit

Disks with Ethernet ports? Throw in some flash and you've got yourself a HGST p-a-r-t-y

Western Digital Corp subsidiary HGST is developing Ethernet-connected drives for OpenStack users – and they won't require any application software changes, apparently.
Chris Mellor, 08 May 2014
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don't click

NHS patient data storm: Govt lords SLAP DOWN privacy protections

Vital safeguards for protecting patients' privacy when NHS England records are shared with companies were scrapped by peers on Wednesday night.
Kelly Fiveash, 08 May 2014
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Cost-cutting Barclays bank swings axe on 5,600 IT and ops bods

Barclays will axe about 5,600 IT and operations staffers in 2014 in a massive restructuring effort. The at-risk techies work across the retail and investment arms of the British banking group.
Gavin Clarke, 08 May 2014
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Acer fairly sure it made a profit in Q1. Assuming it got the office tea-bag account right

Ailing Acer has told us "transformation plans" are on track despite generating a profit after tax of just NT$1m - or £19,600 - in the first calendar quarter of 2014.
Paul Kunert, 08 May 2014
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Maxta scheme

Server SAN software upstart Maxta gets Intel's cash inside

AnalysisServer SAN software startup Maxta has gained $25m in a B-round of funding led by Intel's investment arm and Tenaya Capital just as the software-defined and converged storage trends are taking off.
Chris Mellor, 08 May 2014
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Apple's new Cupertino campus - rendering

Architect of Apple's total-silence public relations policy leaves

Apple has one of the simplest public relations policies in human history: keep everything secret until the CEO announces it.
Jasper Hamill, 08 May 2014
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Carphone Warehouse, Dixons embroiled in £3.7bn merger rumour

Sir Charles Dunstone once told your humble correspondent that he would never have more than 50 shops.
Simon Rockman, 08 May 2014
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Copyright minister: Those missing TWO copyright exceptions? We're still on track

Just this morning it appeared that the government had quietly dropped two of the five changes it wants to make to UK copyright law - but copyright minister Viscount Younger has just released a statement saying it "remains firmly committed to implementing each of these important exceptions".
Andrew Orlowski, 08 May 2014
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Candle in the dark

Britain'll look like rural Albania without fracking – House of Lords report

The UK needs to get a move on and exploit its rich shale gas resources to avoid losing its energy intensive industries, the House of Lords' economics committee has reported.
Andrew Orlowski, 08 May 2014
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Houses of Parliament at night-time

HM Treasury: Look at our SME-friendly contracts ... that we just gave to a multinational

Her Majesty's Treasury appears to be using smoke and mirror tactics to promote the government's wider SME agenda, after splitting up a major contract into multiple towers but handing the beefiest deal to a huge corporate.
Paul Kunert, 08 May 2014
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Printed key

Net tech bods at IETF mull anti-NSA crypto-key swaps in future SSL

Standards stewards on the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) are planning to drop RSA key exchanges from TLS 1.3, the next revision of SSL.
John Leyden, 08 May 2014
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Plastic Japanese gun arsenal

Japanese cops arrest man with five 3D printed guns at home

Japanese police have arrested a 27-year-old man after finding he had manufactured five handguns using a commercial 3D printer, two of which they say were capable of firing.
Iain Thomson, 08 May 2014
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Want a twenty-buck smartphone? Go to China, says ARM exec

According to ARM, smartphone price differentials are spreading rapidly, with the low-end approaching a floor of around twenty bucks thanks to downward pressure coming from – where else? – China.
Rik Myslewski, 08 May 2014
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Snapchat logo

That NAKED SELFIE you sent on Snapchat? You may be seeing it again

The developers behind the Snapchat photo-sharing app have agreed to a settlement with the US Federal Trade Commission over allegations of collecting and mishandling user data.
Shaun Nichols, 08 May 2014
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Apple: We'll tell users when the Feds come looking for their data

Apple has updated its procedures for dealing with police investigations into its users' data, and has promised to let individuals know when they are being probed – most of the time, that is.
Iain Thomson, 08 May 2014
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Comcast dragged into muck in Oracle's Solaris fix-it lawsuit

Comcast is caught in the crossfire in Oracle's ongoing lawsuit against Solaris fix-it companies Maintech and Terix, but the broadband giant is trying to stay out of it – illegally, Oracle claims.
Neil McAllister, 08 May 2014
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management governance3

Pivotal fluffs up *sigh* Cloud Foundry *sigh* cloud for battle in the *sigh* cloud

What is old is new again, as yet another company makes a bet that platform-as-a-services clouds are the future and Amazon Web Services's infrastructure-as-a-service tech is the past.
Jack Clark, 08 May 2014
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Azure logo

Did Microsoft just paint TechEd Australia Azure?

Earlier this week, Microsoft announced that TechEd Australia 2014 is going to drop the format of a few days in one place and instead run as a two-day event in each of Sydney and Melbourne.
Adam Fowler, 08 May 2014
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DataStax logo

Cassandra can FINALLY predict the future

The company behind the Cassandra database has partnered with a big-brained computer science company to add real-time analytics to its technology.
Jack Clark, 08 May 2014
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DNA

Boffinry breakthrough: First self-replicating life with 'alien' DNA

After 15 years of trying, researchers have created a living, self-replicating, "semi-synthetic" organism with DNA that contains not just the four paired bases that occur in all living things, but also an alien base pair created in the labs.
Rik Myslewski, 08 May 2014
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$3.2bn Apple deal would make hip-hop mogul Dr Dre a BEEELLLIONAIRE

Insiders claim that Apple is close to acquiring Beats Electronics, the headphones-and-streaming-music company founded by music mogul Jimmy Iovine and rapper Dr Dre, in what would be the largest purchase in Apple's history.
Neil McAllister, 08 May 2014

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