16th > May > 2014 Archive

Mathematical formula for base station caching

Boffins suggest storage be baked into mobile base stations

In the race to keep mobile performance in line with user demands, carriers around the world are spending big on splitting their cellular networks into ever-smaller chunks. New research suggests that adding some spinning rust to base stations could help improve efficiency, at lower cost.
4 racks of V7000 boxes

PostgreSQL 9.4's secret weapon? YES, IT'S A NEW FILE FORMAT!

Judging by the latest beta version of the open source PostgreSQL database, the differences between SQL and NoSQL approaches are fading over time.
Jack Clark, 16 May 2014
Broken CD with wrench

FSF slams Mozilla for 'shocking' Firefox DRM ankle-grab

The Free Software Foundation says it is "deeply disappointed" in Mozilla's decision to support digital rights management (DRM) software in future versions of its Firefox browser and has published an open letter condemning the move.
Neil McAllister, 16 May 2014
iTunes App Store Hall of Fame

In-app redemption codes spotted in iOS App Store

Apple is now allowing some developers to offer redemption codes for in-app purchases on its iOS platform.
Shaun Nichols, 16 May 2014

Dogecoin off the leash after Doge Vault admits server attack

Cryptocurrency exchange Doge Vault has confirmed it has lost about seventy per cent of Dogecoin it held on its customers' behalf.
Simon Sharwood, 16 May 2014
Curiosity Mars rover's latest hole in Mars

Curiosity GOUGES AND SCORCHES Mars with drill and laser

Nuclear-powered space tank Curiosity as struck another blow for humanity by scorching Mars with seven smears of its mighty lasers.
Simon Sharwood, 16 May 2014
Autodesk Spark open 3D printer

Autodesk to release 'open' 3D printer

Design software specialist Autodesk is taking a step into the wonderful world of hardware, after announcing it intends to released a 3D printer.
Simon Sharwood, 16 May 2014

AWS brings Workspaces to Australia at a premium price

Amazon Web Services has flicked the switch on its 'Workspaces' desktop-a-as-service offering in its Sydney region.
Simon Sharwood, 16 May 2014

Giant pop can FOUND ON MOON

Getting a man on the Moon was one of the 20th century's crowning achievements and a feat that hasn't been matched by any government, let alone a private company.
Jasper Hamill, 16 May 2014
Pfeiffer Consulting 'Smartphone OS User Experience Shootout' – Cognitive Load Comparison: iOS 7 vs. Android (Samsung)

Boffins run iOS apps on Android hardware

Boffins from Columbia University have shown off a tool called “Cider” that runs iOS apps inside Android.
Simon Sharwood, 16 May 2014
Red plastic funnel

IBM accidentally invents new class of polymers

IBM says its research arm accidentally invented the first new class of polymers the world has known for decades.
Simon Sharwood, 16 May 2014

Urinating teen polluted 57 Olympic-sized swimming pools - cops

A Portland teen collared last month for urinating in a reservoir at the cost of 38 million gallons of lost drinking water has raised some interesting scientific questions.
Lester Haines, 16 May 2014
Godzilla movie 2014

Smash 'n' grab: Fighting GODZILLA in your lounge? Read this first

Antique Code Show My Japanese friends suggest the new American Godzilla looks too fat and bloated. Maybe it’s something to do with MacDonald’s Japan now serving churros.
Lucy Orr, 16 May 2014
Angry old man

Who's going to look after the computers that look after our parents?

How do you see aging? Is it a second childhood in the Golden Girls/Last of the Summer Wine mould? Or do you imagine it more like Logan’s Run, with the years being ticked down in silicon before you’re permanently retired?
Joe Fay, 16 May 2014

EMC's DSSD rack flashers snub Fibre Channel for ... PCIe

Blocks and Files The rack-scale flash array technology EMC gained in its DSSD gobble connects to a server using PCIe. That's according to an interview by Barrons with EMC’s product ops head Jeremy Burton.
Chris Mellor, 16 May 2014

Adobe blames 'maintenance failure' for 27-hour outage

Adobe has blamed a maintenance failure for the 27-hour outage in its Creative Cloud suite that left video and photo editors unable to log into online services.

Cloud computing is FAIL and here’s why

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Adobe’s spectacular FAIL over the last 48 hours confirmed, rather than revealed, cloud computing to be so unreliable as to be positively dangerous. Cloud computing is shite. It takes over everything you’ve got, then farts in your face and runs away giggling.
Alistair Dabbs, 16 May 2014
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Event: How to build an open cloud

Reg Live TV It’s a hybrid world. But proprietary clouds are hard to integrate and less flexible. On the other hand, you’re already using them...
David Gordon, 16 May 2014
Playmobil's Security Check Point

Locking it down: Steps to Oracle database security

Workshop How secure is your Oracle database? One of the DBA's roles is to ensure that the database is reliable and available, and to maintain the integrity of its data. Adequate system security is a big part of that process, and the more that you can do to lock down your database, the happier your compliance department and IT director will be.
Robin Birtstone, 16 May 2014

BuzzGasm: Cloud Internet Of Stuff As-A-Service!

Infographic! We all love stuff, and now all stuff is a service on the Cloud Internet Of Stuff As-A-Service™! To see what tomorrow's connected future holds today, click on our amazeballs infographic and prepare to have your brains explode right out of your ears! Wow!!!
Colin Furze joyfully showing off his fully retractable Wolverine claws

Time-rich Brit boffin demos DIY crazytech WOLVERINE talons

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International Space Station

US space-station crisis: 'We have enough of our own problems' sighs Russian deputy PM

Quotw Google was dealt a blow this week when a US Appeals Court overturned an earlier ruling that Oracle’s Java software interfaces (APIs) are copyrighted.
<i>Star Wars</i> clapboard on the first day of shooting

Internet rejoices over Star Wars, um, clapboard pic

Pic Production company Bad Robot has tweeted the very first picture from the set of the new Star Wars movie, which may or may not be called Star Wars Episode VII: The Ancient Fear.
Team Register, 16 May 2014
Peter Gutmann

Crypto-guru slams 'NSA-proof' tech, says today's crypto is strong enough

AusCERT History is filled with companies shamed by their shoddy cryptography implementations – even though the underlying maths is bang on.
Darren Pauli, 16 May 2014
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Fujitsu chief disses Amazon’s ‘threatening’ enterprise attack

Amazon is a threat to enterprise tech firms like Fujitsu not because of its tech nous but because of its willingness to operate at zero cost to expand its business, the Japanese giant’s president has told The Reg.
Joe Fay, 16 May 2014

NASA preps flying saucer ballocket flight

NASA has announced it's poised to do an airborne test of its Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) - a test platform for technologies that may one day safely deposit larger payloads on the surface of Mars.
Lester Haines, 16 May 2014
Uber logo

WORLD LOSES MIND: Uber valued at TEN BEEELLION DOLLARS, Pinterest pegged at $5bn

San Francisco-startup and bane of taxi drivers Uber is in talks for funding that would value the startup at an astronomical $10bn.

GCHQ grants security clearance to Samsung's Knox mobe security

The official containerisation solution for security on Samsung phones and tablets has passed muster with GCHQ. It’s now deemed safe enough for UK government employees to get a Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy S3 S4 or Galaxy S5 all of which run the Korean firm's KNOX software.
Simon Rockman, 16 May 2014

Builder could lose golden ticket to Google's King Cross chocolate factory

Google will not start work on its swanky London headquarters for another three years, the head of the firm which won the main contract for its construction has admitted.
Jasper Hamill, 16 May 2014
You should always take tablets with water

Intel shows off tech bubbles, low-power yacht racing and... a DIRECT solar charger

Pics In London this week, Intel’s Innovation Future Showcase not only presented a glimpse of how the chip giant reckons we’ll be interacting with the world in years to come, but, more soberly, allowed visitors to toy with some forthcoming products and current offerings.
Bob Dormon, 16 May 2014
Sphere 3D

Overland Storage, 'miracle' flirty virty Sphere 3D jump in bed

Perennial loss-making Overland Storage will merge with Canadian company Sphere 3D.
Chris Mellor, 16 May 2014

Bolshy investor takes another bite of Apple, ups stake to $4.4 BEEELLLION

Carl Icahn has now slurped more than 7.5 million Apple shares, raising his stake in the fruity firm to a whopping $4.4bn.
Jasper Hamill, 16 May 2014
Hacker No.1 Shirt

So you reckon you're a leet infosec warrior. Now you can prove it, pal

Defend Blighty from malware, show online crooks who's boss, bank a pay cheque, and sip a martini. It's not quite James Bond, but if you reckon you're up to the job, good news:
Jasper Hamill, 16 May 2014

Users folder vanished after OS X 10.9.3 update? Here's a fix

Updated, Take Two If you updated to OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 after it was released on Thursday, did your Users folder disappear from the Finder listing of the root level of your startup volume? Happened to some; didn't happen to others. Go figure.
Rik Myslewski, 16 May 2014

Titsup Russian rocket EXPLODES, destroys $275m telly satellite

Video It's red faces all round at the Russian space agency after its latest Proton rocket launch failed midflight, destroying a very expensive satellite that was due to beam digital TV all over the former Soviet Union.
Iain Thomson, 16 May 2014

Oracle buys desktop software virtualiser GreenBytes

Oracle is buying desktop software virtualiser GreenBytes, which uses ZFS technology, for an undisclosed sum.
Chris Mellor, 16 May 2014
Photo of Google Glass version 2

Google Glass GOES GLAM, grabs Gap guru

In a move that could signal a looming consumer-market push for Glass, Google has hired former Gap and Calvin Klein executive Ivy Ross to lead its augmented-reality project.
Shaun Nichols, 16 May 2014
Pinky and the Brain

Baidu poaches Google Brain inventor for Silicon Valley AI project

The creator of Google's massive machine learning system has been hired by the Chinese search-and-more company Baidu as its new chief scientist.
Iain Thomson, 16 May 2014

Net neutrality foes outspent backers by over three to one – and that's just so far

The companies who oppose net-neutrality regulations are pumping far more resources into their lobbying efforts than those who support the measures.
Shaun Nichols, 16 May 2014

Real, hovering SPEEDER BIKE can be YOURS for cheaper than a house

If you've ever wanted to ride a hovering motorbike like the ones featured in Return of the Jedi, you'll soon be able to get one step closer to your dream – provided you have the spare coin lying around.
Neil McAllister, 16 May 2014

Google Maps can now tell cyclists how HIGH they will get

Google has added elevation information for cyclists into its online Google Maps offering, a boon for those biking in unfamiliar areas, as well as for those who – like your humble Reg reporter – are well past their prime.
Rik Myslewski, 16 May 2014