29th > May > 2014 Archive

Google sign outside Mountain View headquarters

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.
Shaun Nichols, 29 May 2014
IE8 patch

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.
Neil McAllister, 29 May 2014
security fail

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.
Darren Pauli, 29 May 2014
Broken CD

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 campus Shenzhen

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.
The Yutu lunar rover

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.
australian credit cards fraud contactless

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.
Darren Pauli, 29 May 2014
DTU's fuel-cell printer

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.
Dell Humidor Inside Two

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.
Simon Sharwood, 29 May 2014
The zone where Australian planes are searching for MH370 debris

MH370 'pings' dismissed as false positives

Updated A 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.
Two teenage girls - one whispering in other's ear

Rich bitch sorority girls actually more likely to put out than low-class 'sluts': Study

Devastating news on the "science" wires today, as authoritative profs of a sort have discovered that low-class poor girls well known to be "sluts" are actually less likely to give it up than posh sorority girls from wealthy families are.
Lewis Page, 29 May 2014
Simband concept drawing

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 security vulnerabilities

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.
Darren Pauli, 29 May 2014
3D print head with mixing

ProDesk colour 3D printer's secret: It gives hot models great head

Hands on The 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.
Simon Rockman, 29 May 2014
Storage step 5

Loved-up shared storage silos in SHOCK SPLIT!

Blocks and Files A 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.
Chris Mellor, 29 May 2014

About to make a big bet? Don't crash out, cash in with the power of maths

Big Data's Big 5 When 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.
Mark Whitehorn, 29 May 2014

100% driverless Wonka-wagon toy cars? Oh Google, you're having a laugh

Comment Google may have underestimated the difficulty of driving in Europe, and yesterday’s announcement about its driverless cars is evidence that it has.
Andrew Orlowski, 29 May 2014

Watch this: A webinar about classic GUI design patterns

Video Youtube Video
David Gordon, 29 May 2014

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".
Paul Kunert, 29 May 2014
The Soyuz TMA-13M rocket is launched, as seen in this 30-second exposure at the Baikonur Cosmodrome. Credit:  NASA/Joel Kowsky

Welcome to the ISS. Don't mention Ukraine if you ever want to leave

Vid Three astronauts, including two space newbies, were blasted off to the International Space Station last night aboard a Soyuz rocket from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
Team Register, 29 May 2014
School of six finger threadfin fish

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.
Chris Mellor, 29 May 2014
Windows XP

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.
Tom Brewster, 29 May 2014
Microsoft has a dozen data centers, including one in China run by 21Vianet

Developers: Your chance to get hands on with Microsoft Azure

Promo Microsoft’s Cloud Camp, an all-day event, is taking place in Victoria, central London on 2 June. Event and registration details for this free of charge training day are here.
David Gordon, 29 May 2014
Near-death...or the London Underground - is it one in the same..?

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.
Kelly Fiveash, 29 May 2014
TX4 Black Cab

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.
Nokia Lumia 630 Windows Phone

Prize draw: Win a Nokia Lumia 630!

Promo Microsoft is running an exclusive prize draw for registrants to Business Transformed, the company’s enterprise mobile virtual event on June 4, 10am. Five people, who must be UK residents, will each win a Nokia Lumia 630 handset – simply sign up to the event and you are entered into the prize draw.
David Gordon, 29 May 2014

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.
OUT-LAW.COM, 29 May 2014
No sign

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.
Kelly Fiveash, 29 May 2014
LSI WarpDrive section

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.
Chris Mellor, 29 May 2014

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.
Paul Kunert, 29 May 2014

Google's driverless car: It'll just block our roads. It's the WORST

Comment Driverless 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.
Chris Mellor, 29 May 2014
Atlantis USX and VSAN

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.
Chris Mellor, 29 May 2014
Nervous girl bites nails

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.
Paul Kunert, 29 May 2014
Bruce Schneier

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.
John Leyden, 29 May 2014
Marc Benioff

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".
Gavin Clarke, 29 May 2014
Oculus Rift being tested by the Norwegian army

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.
Jack Clark, 29 May 2014
Apple earbuds

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.
Shaun Nichols, 29 May 2014
Steam engine

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.
Neil McAllister, 29 May 2014

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".
Jack Clark, 29 May 2014
Sony Tablet S

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.
Shaun Nichols, 29 May 2014
Edward Snowden

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.
Neil McAllister, 29 May 2014

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.
Jack Clark, 29 May 2014

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.
Rik Myslewski, 29 May 2014

'Hello? Hello? Yes, I'm calling you on my WEB BROWSER'

Mozilla says it will soon begin experimenting with a new streaming video communications system that users can access using only their web browsers.
Neil McAllister, 29 May 2014