Fat-fingered admin downs entire Joyent data center
UpdatedCloud operator Joyent went through a major failure on Tuesday when a fat-fingered admin brought down an entire data center's compute assets.
'I was trained as a spy' says Snowden
Government whistleblower Edward Snowden said he was "trained as a spy" by the US government, and that he worked with an assumed name and identity while serving both the CIA and the NSA in overseas positions.
Still using e-mail? Marketers say you're part of DARK SOCIAL
E-mail and SMS hold-outs are a danger to the Internet because they foul up media giants' tracking, according to analysts with an interest in flogging social tracking services to media giants.
That Snowden chap was SPOT ON says China
China is ramping up its war of words with the USA over online espionage, releasing a report by its Internet Media Research Center that – surprise! - concludes Uncle Sam does a lot of spying online.
Skype to become 'Star Trek' style real-time translator, says Redmond
Microsoft has demonstrated real-time translation of conversations conducted over Skype.
Australia iOS ransom gizmo-snatch OUTRAGE not our FAULT: Apple
Apple has denied that a breach of its iCloud service is the reason for an outbreak of ransomware infecting Australian iThing users.
Smut-spreading copyright trolls lose John Doe case
Notorious copyright troll AF Holdings has had a second “copyright shakedown” smacked down, with the US Court of Appeals denying it access to end user data.
Tens of thousands of 'Watch Dogs' pirates ENSLAVED by Bitcoin botmaster
Tens of thousands of pirate gamers have been enslaved in a Bitcoin botnet after downloading a cracked copy of popular game Watch Dogs.
EMC twisting 'young minds' to appreciate clouds
EMC is currently running a series of educational days for its technical, customer-facing people (known as SEs in EMC cant) to help them explain how the company will move on from from exotically-engineered hardware to all manner of cloud enablement capers.
Come with me if you want a lid: Apple bags Terminator-esque LiquidMetal mobe patent
Apple has patented a method of embedding sapphire glass within a bezel made of the new, exciting-sounding (but rather dull) material LiquidMetal.
I saved Pinterest's business and all I have to show for it is a t-shirt
Pinterest is gearing up a bug bounty programme which will pay security researchers to plug holes in the popular kittens'n'cupcakes site.
Did NASA probe detect a KILLER GAMMA-RAY burst in Andromeda?
UpdatedSky watchers are rapidly turning their instruments in the direction of Andromeda, after NASA's Swift spacecraft spotted what looks like a deadly gamma-ray burst spotted at 9:21 PM UMT, May 27.
Police at the door? Hit the PANIC button to erase your RAM
The next time the police kick down a hackers' door, suspects can reach for the Panic button to make it nigh-on impossible for plod to recover any data, even if they freeze their target PCs.
Tesla's top secret gigafactories: Lithium to power world's vehicles? Let's do the sums
Worstall on WednesdayAs we all know, Tesla and SpaceX billionaire Elon Musk – with that forward-thinking "vision" the hyperloop hoper is known for – is touting around plans for a “gigafactory”.
What can The Simpsons teach us about stats algorithms? Glad you asked...
Big Data's Big 5When his class is asked to give an example of a paradox in The Simpsons, Bart offers: "You're damned if ya' do, and you're damned if ya' don't."
Sony Xperia Z2: What we REALLY thought of this Android fondleslab
ReviewWhile Sony seems wedded to a six monthly update cycle for its flagship smartphones – we’ve had the Xperia Z, Z1 and Z2 in the last twelve months – its tablet release schedule is a tad more leisurely. The impressive Xperia Z tablet rocked up in June 2013 and now, just shy of a year later, we have an update: the Z2 tablet.
It's Google's no-wheel car. OMG... there aren't any BRAKES
VidGoogle is building a driverless car that comes sans steering wheel, accelerator pedal or brake pedal, because - it claims - the vehicles don't need those controls.
From production to development databases (and back again)
WorkshopIn many organisations, it isn't just the production database that database administrators (DBAs) have to look after. There are several non-production versions, as well.
Hey, we'll do 4G for £15, says O2 (just mind how you go on the 1GB limit)
O2 is touting a new low-cost, low-limit route to 4G mobile broadband, and slipped in a few price rises for good measure. It's still not quite as low as Three UK.
Amazon turns screws on French publisher: Don't feel sorry for Hachette, it's just 'negotiation'
Amazon has admitted that it’s restricting the sales of books from publisher Hachette over a contract dispute and defended the restrictions as a legitimate negotiating tactic.
Readers' choice: What every small-business sysadmin needs
Sysadmin blogIn response to a previous article, a number of readers have submitted their views on essential systems administration tools. A few responses stand out from the rest.
Microsoft's 'CEO of no' on Xbox: NO SALE
Microsoft’s new chief executive has told us what he’s not going to do - sell Bing or Xbox - but not what is he going to do. So far, all we’re hearing is a lot of "no".
LG G3 fights off screen-res war rival Samsung with quad-HD cutie: In pictures
Hands onIn London on Tuesday, LG took the wraps off its new G3 Android smartphone. Just like waiting for buses, LG put all its bullet points in threes, kicking off with the display, camera and design as a trio of core features.
ICO raps UK Student Loans Co for leaking MEDICAL files and more
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has criticised Blighty's Student Loans Company for handing students' medical reports and other private files over to the wrong people.
What's up, Zuck? Facebook asks Brussels to probe its GIGANTIC WhatsApp deal
Facebook has asked the competition wing of the European Commission to probe its $19bn buyout of WhatsApp in a move to apparently nullify a host of investigations being sparked in multiple EU nations.
US DoJ to appeals court: Haha, no, seriously – Apple totally inflated ebook prices
The US Department of Justice has urged an appeals court to uphold the verdict against Apple that found the fruity firm had violated antitrust laws and conspired with book publishers to fix the price of ebooks.
IBM shows off phase-shift LIQUID METAL storage tech
IBM Edge 2014Attendees at last week's IBM's Edge 2014 conference in Las Vegas heard all about liquid metal storage. But don't think of Terminator 2-style shape shifting – think state shifting instead.
A budget phablet, what a curious thing: Reg puts claws to the Lumia 1320
ReviewMy bit of London is phablet city... or phondleslab city, if you prefer. But it isn't the media luvvies* or the bankers or the barristers who live here who carry the phablets, it's the people who work for them.
High court finds Newzbin's 'ops' man liable for copyright infringement
The High Court has found a man liable for copyright infringement carried out on the file-sharing Newzbin websites and ruled that he is also part of a conspiracy to infringe copyrights and defraud film studios.
Google crafts neural network to watch over its data centers
Google has put its neural network technology to work on the dull but worthy problem of minimizing the power consumption of its gargantuan data centers.
Rap chap tapped for $3 BEELLION: Apple buys Dr Dre's Beats
Apple, ending weeks of speculation, has confirmed it will acquire Dr Dre's Beats Electronics for $3bn (£1.79bn).
TrueCrypt considered HARMFUL – downloads, website meddled to warn: 'It's not secure'
The website of popular drive-encryption software TrueCrypt has been ripped up and replaced with a stark warning to not use the crypto-tool. It's also distributing a new version of the software, 7.2, which appears to have been compromised.
iiNet trial killed ISP-content talks, says Brandis
Australia's government is “actively pursuing” the issue of online piracy, but the talks once pursued between government and ISPs remain a dead duck, according to an exchange in a Senate Estimates hearing yesterday.
Amazon's cloud reign may soon come to an end, says Gartner
The worshipers of Gartner's famed Magic Quadrant have shuffled forth from their back-office tomb clutching jeweled calculators and have proclaimed Amazon the One True Cloud, although they added that it now faces strong competition.
Germany says 'nein' to NSA hacking prosecution
Officials in Germany are not planning to pursue charges over allegations that the NSA was spying on German citizens and government officials.