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The launch explosion, captured in a Sea Launch video

Fat-fingered admin downs entire Joyent data center

Updated Cloud operator Joyent went through a major failure on Tuesday when a fat-fingered admin brought down an entire data center's compute assets.
Jack Clark, 28 May 2014
Edward Snowden, NSA whistleblower

'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.
Shaun Nichols, 28 May 2014

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.
The chinese characters for China as used in the new .中国  domain

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.
Simon Sharwood, 28 May 2014
How Microsoft sees Skype

Skype to become 'Star Trek' style real-time translator, says Redmond

Microsoft has demonstrated real-time translation of conversations conducted over Skype.
Simon Sharwood, 28 May 2014

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.
Simon Sharwood, 28 May 2014
Troll in cross hairs
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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.
Pirate Flag

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.
Darren Pauli, 28 May 2014

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.
Simon Sharwood, 28 May 2014

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.
Jasper Hamill, 28 May 2014
Pinterest security
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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.
Darren Pauli, 28 May 2014
Andromeda at 12 and 22 microns. Pic: NASA

Did NASA probe detect a KILLER GAMMA-RAY burst in Andromeda?

Updated Sky 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.
USB Stress Panic Button

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.
Darren Pauli, 28 May 2014

Tesla's TOP SECRET gigafactories: Lithium to power world's vehicles? Let's do the sums

Worstall on Wednesday As 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”.
Tim Worstall, 28 May 2014
Bart Simpson

What can The Simpsons teach us about stats algorithms? Glad you asked...

Big Data's Big 5 When 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."
Mark Whitehorn, 28 May 2014
Sony Xperia Z2 tablet

Sony Xperia Z2: What we REALLY thought of this Android fondleslab

Review While 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.
Alun Taylor, 28 May 2014

US sheddies knock up flying plastic toolbox

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Lester Haines, 28 May 2014
Red Hat Shadowman logo
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Watch this! RHEL 7 - The new release preview

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David Gordon, 28 May 2014

It's Google's NO-WHEEL car. OMG... there aren't any BRAKES

Vid Google 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.
Kelly Fiveash, 28 May 2014
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From production to development databases (and back again)

Workshop In 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.
Robin Birtstone, 28 May 2014
Micro SIM Card

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.
Simon Rockman, 28 May 2014
Amazon Kindle 3

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.
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Readers' choice: What every small-business sysadmin needs

Sysadmin blog In 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.
Trevor Pott, 28 May 2014
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

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".
Gavin Clarke, 28 May 2014
LG G3 Android smartphone

LG G3 fights off screen-res war rival Samsung with quad-HD cutie: In pictures

Hands on In 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.
Bob Dormon, 28 May 2014

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.
John Leyden, 28 May 2014
Facebook
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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.
Kelly Fiveash, 28 May 2014
iPad iBooks app

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.
Terminator 2
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IBM shows off phase-shift LIQUID METAL storage tech

IBM Edge 2014 Attendees 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.
Chris Mellor, 28 May 2014
Pebble Steel

Speaking in Tech: Did our podcast lift Red Hat shares? Stranger things have happened

Podcast Podcast Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week, the whole crew is together again to wreck more tech – and after last week's episode apparently inflated Red Hat's share price by 40 cents, we wonder what, er, earthquakes are about to hit today.
Team Register, 28 May 2014

A budget phablet, what a curious thing: Reg puts claws to the Lumia 1320

Review My 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.
Andrew Orlowski, 28 May 2014

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.
OUT-LAW.COM, 28 May 2014
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Watch this: A webinar about VMWare's PowerCLI

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David Gordon, 28 May 2014
Google co-founder Sergey Brin in front of crossed out HAL 9000 eye

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.
Jack Clark, 28 May 2014
Dr Dre Beats Solo

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).
Shaun Nichols, 28 May 2014
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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.
Neil McAllister, 28 May 2014
Burning copyright symbol. Photo by: Martin Fisch http://www.flickr.com/photos/marfis75/ on flickr"

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.
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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.
Jack Clark, 28 May 2014

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.
Shaun Nichols, 28 May 2014
Bring out your dead - Monty Python

Telstra backs a couple of percent of NICTA's budget

Australia's incumbent telco, Telstra, has put forward a touch over a million dollars with negotiable extensions to research body NICTA, which is at risk of being a casualty of the Australian government's cuts to science, research, and education.