22nd > May > 2014 Archive


Microsoft: Pssst, small resellers, want to sling our cloud?

Microsoft is preparing to give its channel partners another way of selling Azure to their customers.
Jack Clark, 22 May 2014

Hackers lay claim to exploit that defeats iPhone anti-theft tools

A pair of security researchers claim to have found a flaw which could allow an attacker to remove security measures on lost or stolen iPhones.
Shaun Nichols, 22 May 2014
Oliver Twist

IANA starts handing out recovered IPv4 addresses

As IPv4 address-exhaustion shambles ever closer, IANA has begun handing out recovered addresses.

Valve's Steam streaming service lets you play games on the toilet

Games maker Valve has launched Steam In-Home Streaming, a new service that allows Steam subscribers to view and play games that are running on their primary PCs on devices located anywhere in their homes.
Neil McAllister, 22 May 2014

Robotics evangelist: 'Personal robots' should be invisible beings

Solid Personal robots are fast approaching reality, says one robotics evangelist – but not as the humanoid servants so often portrayed in futuristic fantasies.
Rik Myslewski, 22 May 2014

NBN Co is a big turn-off … for copper

NBN Co has announced it will start switching off copper connections to homes and businesses in some parts of Australia.
Simon Sharwood, 22 May 2014
Cartoon of  green skeletal figure reaching out of phone

Malware-as-a-service picks Android apart

Quite possibly the most expensive and capable Android malware the world has yet seen is for sale at $US5000 on underground markets, replete with software-as-a-service support.
Darren Pauli, 22 May 2014
Nest Protect

Google's NEST can't stand the heat, needs patch for use in kitchen

A couple of weeks back, Google's recently-acquired Internet of Things division Nest stopped selling its smoke detectors because the devices could, under some circumstances, fail to report a fire.
Simon Sharwood, 22 May 2014
internet explorer 8

Redmond slow to fix IE 8 zero day, says 'harden up' while U wait

Microsoft has decided not to rush out a fix for an IE 8 zero-day first identified seven months ago, instead telling users to harden up their browsers.
Darren Pauli, 22 May 2014
bug on keyboard

Cisco slurps security scanner

Cisco has continued the expansion of its security portfolio with the acquisition of malware analysis outfit ThreatGRID.
Azure Index

Microsoft started herding IT pros to Azure at TechEd 2014

TechEd North America has wrapped up for 2014, and many IT pros have been left with the impression that Microsoft's cloud solution Azure has gone from optional to mandatory. With that in mind, the word 'Azure' is going to appear many times in this article.
Adam Fowler, 22 May 2014
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Cloudy plague will KILL storage vendors, say Gartner mages

“Peak Array” theory, the idea that today's storage vendors and their products don't have long to live, has received another endorsement from the on-stage Mages at analyst outfit Gartner's IT operations and data centre summit in Sydney.
Simon Sharwood, 22 May 2014
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'Anons' cuffed by Australian Federal Police

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) claim to have arrested two chaps who conducted defacement and denial of service attacks on Indonesian and Australian government websites while using the name and iconography of Anonymous.
Simon Sharwood, 22 May 2014

Boffin fights fire with EXPLOSIVES instead of water

When you blow out a candle, you stop the fire by separating the flame from its fuel source.
Simon Sharwood, 22 May 2014

European Grid Infrastructure project condenses shared cloud

After a three-year project, the European Grid Infrastructure project has pulled the big red switch on its federated cloud, which it says pools the resources of academic iron in 19 EU countries.

CERN and MIT chaps' secure webmail stalled by stampede of users

A bunch of CERN alumni has taken time out of the weighty world of particle physics to take another shot at cracking the e-mail encryption nut.
Airbus A380 lift-off. Picture courtesy of Airbus

Fuel for jets DOES grow on trees

Western Australian farmers who have spent decades planting trees to try and combat salinity might get a payoff: providing jet fuel to Perth airport.

China to become world's No 1 economy. And we still can't see why

Special Report China will become the world's biggest economy this year, overtaking the United States in GDP. As the FT drily notes, "Most economists previously thought China would pull ahead in 2019."
Andrew Orlowski, 22 May 2014
Cygnus constellation position

Permabit: Our flashy dedupe is everywhere, heh heh. Thanks Pure!

It's been a long haul but Permabit, which licenses its Albireo deduplication technology to storage-related suppliers, is finally seeing its fortunes rise.
Chris Mellor, 22 May 2014
The northern end of the huge water-filled pit, showing the coal seams in the rock at Broken Cross Muir opencast coal mine

You know all those resources we're about to run out of? No, we aren't

Comment Among the more surprising things that the BBC revealed to us last week was that the UK was going to run out of coal within the next five years. Given that the island is pretty much built on a bed of coal, this is something of a puzzler.
Tim Worstall, 22 May 2014
Rubber bands

EMC's Project Nile: Elastic Cloud Storage isn't stretchy enough to fit me

Storagebod EMC have finally turned Project Nile into a product and given it the wonderful name of “Elastic Cloud Storage”; there is much to like about it. But before I tell you about those, I’ll point out one thing.
StorageBod, 22 May 2014

How not to let your Oracle database spin out of control

Workshop Growing pains: How not to let your Oracle database spin out of control Oracle databases are a lot like children. They toddle along quite nicely, being polite and well behaved, until suddenly, they hit a massive growth spurt. They become teenagers and can make their administrators' lives a living hell. They double in size overnight, sprout schemas in weird places, and everything gets a lot more complex. They need a lot more intensive management. The database administrator becomes like a parent, trying to keep a monster under control.
Robin Birtstone, 22 May 2014
racks of Fujistu lettuce

Why are Fujitsu and Toshiba growing lettuce in semiconductor plants?

Fujitsu’s foray into growing lettuce is not meant to be a revenue stream, but rather a necessary step in convincing farmers to start utilising ICT, the tech giant’s boss has told us.
Joe Fay, 22 May 2014

Watch this! A webinar about Extended Hyper V Replica

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David Gordon, 22 May 2014
Ericsson phone in Tomorrow Never Dies

Silent Circle raises $30m to make more anti-snoop smartphones

Silent Circle, the privacy mobile firm that touts anti-snooping hardware and software, has raised $30m in new capital and added a few new faces to its board.
Nokia Lumia 625 displaying Office app

Concerning Windows Phone and its relevance to the larger business

Nokia Lumia 630: Will enterprises bite?
Dale Vile, 22 May 2014

Facebook wants to LISTEN IN on the songs and vids playing in YOUR living room

Facebook is rolling out a creepy new feature that will - with a user's permission - tap into the mic on their mobile device and listen into music and television playing in the background.
Kelly Fiveash, 22 May 2014
Still from downwards-facing camera on the EDGE 11 flight

El Reg chats with stormchasing Edge Research Lab

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Lester Haines, 22 May 2014
Wolf-Rayet star explodes in a Type IIb supernova


Astroboffins have confirmed for the first time that Wolf-Rayet supermassive stars can die in a violent explosion known as a Type IIb supernova, using a global rapid response protocol to capture the moment.
Wolfenstein: The New Order

Wolfenstein: The New Order ... BLAM-BLAM! That guard did Nazi that coming

Game Theory I doubt very much when Philip K. Dick wrote The Man in the High Castle that he imagined the very same subject matter could be dealt with in such a rip-roaring, gore splattering, dual-wielding romp. The victorious Nazis are no match for Wolfenstein's B.J. Blazkowicz.
Lucy Orr, 22 May 2014

Hang on, lads. I've got a great idea, says NetApp as it teeters on the edge

NetApp revenues are not exactly flourishing, and the storage biz admits it's facing a decline. As the company reveals its end-of-year figures, will the cloud finish off NetApp, or give it a chance to really boost sales?
Chris Mellor, 22 May 2014
Blasphemous Password

eBay slammed for daft post-hack password swap advice

eBay has been criticised for its advice to consumers on choosing a strong password in the wake of a megabreach that prompted it to tell millions of users to change their passwords.
John Leyden, 22 May 2014
Rebecca & Fiona - Bullets

Spotify boasts 10 million paying subscribers ... Um, is that all?

Spotify says it now has 10 million paying subscribers and 40 million active users. The last official user numbers were released in March last year, when it said it had five million active users.
Andrew Orlowski, 22 May 2014

Brit named HP chief of staff to CEO Whitman

The head of HP's PC and printer business in Blighty, Paul Hunter, is moving to a new role as CEO Meg Whitman's right-hand man.
Paul Kunert, 22 May 2014
A road train parked up at Waukhope

How technology tracks parcels every step of the way

A lot has changed since the '80s. Back in the day, your product arrived when it arrived, often within weeks rather than days and you didn’t get the chance to check where it was.
Robin Birtstone, 22 May 2014
Apple's new Cupertino campus - rendering

Expulsion from Garden of Steven: Apple staffers tossed out of Fruit Loop

It you work for Apple, you're probably very excited about the supersized "spaceship" headquarters set to touch down in Cupertino.
Jasper Hamill, 22 May 2014

BT and Neul ink gov-funded deal: Milton Keynes to be test bed for Internet of Stuff

A taxpayer-subsidised project to run a test network for Machine-to-Machine communications – aka the Internet of Things – is getting underway in Milton Keynes, with kit being supplied by Brit telco BT and wireless bods at Neul.
Kelly Fiveash, 22 May 2014
EE Eagle - more fun that  "I spy"

EE unleashes birds of prey onto unsuspecting customers

EE have released an Eagle, a Buzzard, a Kite and an Osprey. Sadly a Vulture is missing from the avian ensemble, but we can let that pass. These are devices rather than birds – the Eagle is a tablet and the other items are portable Wi-Fi hotspots.
Simon Rockman, 22 May 2014
A hash

EBAY... You keep using that word 'ENCRYPTION' – it does not mean what you think it means

Confusion reigns over whether or not the 145 million "encrypted" user account passwords swiped from eBay can be practically cracked by crooks.
John Leyden, 22 May 2014

Apple vows to squash iMessage SMS-KILLER

Apple has 'fessed up to an iMessage problem that occasionally clobbers iPhone-toting fanbois if they use non-iOS mobes and vowed to fix it.
Jasper Hamill, 22 May 2014
Parliament in the clouds

Oracle emerges from bureaucratic sludge clutching crucial cloud certificate

Oracle has gained a crucial federal certification that will make it easier for US government agencies to buy cloud services from the database giant.
Jack Clark, 22 May 2014
hands waving dollar bills in the air

eBay says database leak dump offers are fake

Cybercrooks are offering to sell "stolen copies" of the leaked eBay database through an advert posted through Pastebin.
John Leyden, 22 May 2014

Google Fiber says it's happy to let Netflix onto its 'fast lane' for free

In a clear knock on recent shenanigans by US broadband providers, the Chocolate Factory's Google Fiber division has said it doesn't charge extra for an internet "fast lane," and streaming-video companies are even free to host their servers in Google Fiber's own data centers.
Neil McAllister, 22 May 2014
Samsung logo

Report: Samsung joining virtual reality race with Galaxy headset

Samsung is reportedly developing a virtual reality headset for use with its Galaxy line of mobile devices.
Shaun Nichols, 22 May 2014

HP says 'turnaround remains on track', cuts thousands of workers

HP has handed in a tepid set of financial results with a surprise note saying it expects to lay off even more employees, as the company trudges down an unknown path into a new IT world.
Jack Clark, 22 May 2014

MIPS maneuvers for world+dog adoption with open source foundation

A new open source non-profit foundation dubbed prpl (pronounced purple) has been set up in an effort to promote the use of the MIPS architecture in everything from data centers to individual devices.
Iain Thomson, 22 May 2014
Boeing 787 Dreamliner on the tarmac in United livery

Boeing CEO says no more 'moonshots' after 787 Dreamliner ordeal

After weathering a decade of delays, cost overruns, and technical difficulties with its latest high-tech aircraft, Boeing CEO James McNerney says the company isn't planning any more ambitious gambles like the 787 Dreamliner, but will instead focus on cutting costs and increasing production.
Neil McAllister, 22 May 2014
Carmack Oculus

Oculus boss: True virtual reality is 'a decade or two' away

Fans of William Gibson who want their own pair of virtual reality sunglasses will have to wait a lot longer to realize their dreams, according to Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe.
Iain Thomson, 22 May 2014
Borked computer keyboard

Better safe than sorry: SourceForge pushes password reset

Open Source software portal SourceForge is asking users to change their passwords following an update to the site's security systems.
Shaun Nichols, 22 May 2014

Autodesk CEO: '3D printing has been way overhyped'

Solid 3D printing may be all the rage these days, but the headman at one of the world's leading 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software and services companies thinks its promise has been overblown.
Rik Myslewski, 22 May 2014