Google TOO WHITE and MALE, says HR boss, looking in mirror
Google has published its first report on the diversity of its workforce, and the web giant admits it has a lot of work to do.
New dashboard gives eagle's-eye view of Microsoft's security flaws
Microsoft has launched a new dashboard service designed to make it easier for systems admins to view the latest security bulletins for a range of Microsoft software.
Spy platform zero day exposes cops' wiretapped calls
National security boosters have just taken a kick to the ego, with revelations that hackers can access exactly the kind of wiretap kit they believe should be deployed in every ISP and telco around the world.
Still watching DVDs? You're a planet-killing carbon hog!
Here's one idea to get the world moving on carbon abatement: close the remaining DVD video industry and get everybody onto streaming.
Huawei sprinkles more SDN dust on enterprise kit
Huawei has expanded its software-defined networking support with the launch of the snappily-named Huawei Agile Data Center Cloud Connect Solution, which El Reg is reluctantly going to have to shorten to ADCCCS to stay within its keystroke budget.
Jade Rabbit nearly out of hop
The Jade Rabbit (Yutu in Chinese) moon probe is pretty much on its last legs, according to reports emerging from China.
Kid crims don't need to skim: Paywave cards lead fraud rise
Victoria Police's top brass have criticised Australian banks for a rise in contactless credit card fraud arising from stolen tap and go cards.
How about printing your electricity?
Danish boffins have hacked – comprehensively hacked, since the work involves extensive case-modding – an HP inkjet, turning it into a device that can print fuel cells.
The cloud's between your ears, not in your data centre
Hyperscale data centres are wondrous. Gartner's Sydney IT Operations and Data Centre summit this week heard that the likes of Google and Facebook have a sysdamin:server ratio of around 1:24,000, compared to the 1:500 common in the most efficient and virtualised enterprise bit barns. Hyperscale data centres can run at a power usage efficiency rating of a miserly 1.09. These data centres never stop and hardly ever wobble, thanks to designs that assume hardware will sometimes fail and therefore treat servers with the same reverence the rest of us reserve for empty soft drink cans.
MH370 'pings' dismissed as false positives
UpdatedA US Navy official has gone on the record as saying that the “pings” first thought to have come from missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 probably weren't from the aircraft's black box – and has almost immediately been spurned by his bosses.
Samsung wants to 'thingify' your BODY with Simband
Samsung has taken the wraps off a reference design with the idea of “sensorising” the human body, and it's neither a wrist-phone nor a smartwatch.
SAP NetWeaver flaw spews user tables
Russian security researchers have reported a vulnerability in SAP NetWeaver which could allow attackers to gain access to Central User Administration tables.
ProDesk colour 3D printer's secret: It gives hot models great head
Hands onThe botObjects ProDesk3D isn’t the world's first full-colour 3D printer – but at £3,299, it’s substantially the cheapest. As a fused deposition modelling printer, it uses six cartridges to output a full spectrum of colours.
Loved-up shared storage silos in SHOCK SPLIT!
Blocks and FilesA previously uniform shared storage architecture is splintering apart as server virtualisation, dedupe, flash and the cloud shatter the old order – giving us five steps to heaven, or hell, depending on your viewpoint.
About to make a big bet? Don't crash out, cash in with the power of maths
Big Data's Big 5When and how to make change to a successful business or popular website can be a huge risk. Get things right and - at best - nobody notices. Get things wrong, however, and you run the risk of losing business and suffering a damaged reputation.
100% driverless Wonka-wagon toy cars? Oh Google, you're having a laugh
CommentGoogle may have underestimated the difficulty of driving in Europe, and yesterday’s announcement about its driverless cars is evidence that it has.
Azzurri exec set have a brand new CEO: Former BT bigster Chris Jagusz
Ailing integrator Azzurri Communications has charged former SSE Telecoms boss Chris Jagusz with revving up the stalling motor when he returns well oiled from a, er, "summer break".
Welcome to the ISS. Don't mention Ukraine if you ever want to leave
VidThree astronauts, including two space newbies, were blasted off to the International Space Station last night aboard a Soyuz rocket from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
BLAM! IBM drags its NetApp OEM deal horse outside, gunshot heard
IBM has formally sundered its OEM relationship with NetApp, as we earlier suggested it would.
Cyber crims smash through Windows into the great beyond
Windows has been a beleaguered piece of software over the years. That is because malicious hackers, like everyone else, want to walk the simplest path to the greatest glory.
Sacre BLEURGH: Google thinks London's Victoria station is on the PARIS Metro
Google Maps is sloppily displaying the French Metro symbol for some route options on the subway London Underground.
London officials declare cabbie-bothering Uber is legal – for now
Transport for London (TfL) has said that it doesn’t think that the app used by Uber drivers is in breach of the law by allowing them to use GPS and navigation to calculate charges, but it wants to refer the issue to the UK High Court.
Watchdog puts UK gov IT on RED alert. Yes, that's a bad thing
The UK government's "G-Cloud" project is one of more than 20 IT-related government-run projects that have been given a "red" or "amber/red" status by the Major Projects Authority (MPA), a watchdog that oversees government projects.
How to strip pesky copyright watermarks from photos ... says a FACEBOOK photo bod
A Facebook software engineer who published a detailed guide to stealing photographs online – by explaining how to remove watermarks and ignore any copyright restrictions – has been shamed into removing the blog post.
Seagate in surprise $450m LSI Flash gobble
Wow! Didn’t see that one coming; Seagate has scooped up the LSI flash business from Avago, rewriting the flash product supply business at a stroke, and speeding the concentration of flash product supply into fewer hands.
Accounts probe stings IT distie giant Tech Data on the bottom line
The residual effects of Tech Data's accountancy blunder have emerged in the distribution goliath's figures for the first quarter of its new fiscal year.
Google's driverless car: It'll just block our roads. It's the worst
CommentDriverless cars will solve congestion. Driverless cars will improve road efficiency; driving along closely behind each other in platoons. Driverless cars will stop you waiting at the kerb for a taxi. Yeah, yeah; it’s all drivel.
Atlantis hopes to sink fangs into EMC's ViPR with boosting product
VDI startup Atlantis has moved on and now reckons its ILIO USX product plus VSAN can take on EMC's all-singing, all-dancing software-defined ViPR storage abstraction layer.
Will IBM System x sink without trace before Lenovo can grab the helm?
It's squeaky bottom time for Lenovo execs waiting to get their hands on IBM's System X division, as Big Blue's sales train continues to head south, making sporadic station stops at Double Digit Declines-ville and Commodity Central.
TrueCrypt turmoil latest: Bruce Schneier reveals what he'll use instead
The TrueCrypt project abruptly imploded on Wednesday – leaving folks in the infosec world scratching heads and scrambling to recommend alternatives.
Microsoft, Salesforce thump table in cloud tie-up talks – report
Salesforce is in talks over a cloud tie-up with Microsoft, a company its chief once branded the "evil empire".
Linux Foundation flings two full-time developers at OpenSSL
The Linux Foundation's new elite tech repair team has named its initial areas of focus as it works to find and seal holes in widely-used open source software.
The iPhone of the future will know you BY YOUR EARS
Apple is looking to develop a set of earbuds which will be able to automatically detect and play content for multiple users.
Valve says no Steam Machines until 2015, fingers crossed
Video-game kingpin Valve has announced that its Steam Machine console hardware will likely be delayed by as much as a year, owing to ongoing development of the device's ambitious controller.
Confirmed: Salesforce partners with 'evil empire' Microsoft
Salesforce is teaming up with Microsoft, a company Salesforce chief Marc Benioff used to call the "evil empire".
Clingy fondleslab owners TORPEDO industry forecasts
With tablet owners keeping their devices longer and passing older models on to friends and family, industry analysts ave been forced to rethink their ambitious predictions for market growth.
Snowden never blew a whistle, US spy boss claims
NSA leaker Edward Snowden says he repeatedly raised concerns with his superiors and with oversight groups that the scope of the NSA's domestic surveillance programs was too broad, but the government claims that isn't the case.
Cloud Foundry Foundation swells to thirty-three members
More companies have knocked at the door of Pivotal's floating cloud fortress and, after proffering almost $100,000 each, have been welcomed into the Cloud Foundry Foundation.
Intel unveils kit to speed evolution of digital driving
Intel has announced a new "application-ready platform" that it says will help automakers get customized in-vehicle systems up and running more quickly and efficiently.