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Dodgy installer drops Trojan in Japanese Buffalo update

Buffalo in Japan is red-faced after its Website shipped Trojan-infected Windows driver updates for a bunch of its peripherals, including broadband routers, home NAS, and Bluetooth mice.

Net neut supporters CRASH FCC WEBSITE with message deluge

A protest campaign in support of net neutrality provisions has overwhelmed the the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) website.
Shaun Nichols, 04 Jun 2014
iVEC's Magnus supercomputer

iVEC seeks testers for petascale powerhouse

As it prepares to ramp up to petascale level, the iVEC supercomputer facility in Western Australia is looking for early adopters to run its iron through its paces.
A cow

US dairy biz in a churn over TPP

Farmers, rather than economics or 'net freedom activists, are once again putting pressure on Trans Pacific Partnership negotiators, with the US dairy sector uniting against the proposed treaty.

Linux users at risk as ANOTHER critical GnuTLS bug found

The GNUtls woes continue, with another critical flaw discovered and patched after researchers worked out malicious servers could hijack users of the cryptographic library.
Darren Pauli, 04 Jun 2014

Telstra kills ZOMBIE BOXES all over Australia

The fire that took out a major regional exchange last year has inspired Telstra to start building bigger mobile exchanges for future emergencies – and it's also revealed that there's a bunch of redundant hardware still consuming carbon around the country.
Pixar's claw-worshipping Aliens

Pixar frees its production-grade RenderMan software

Pixar Animation Studios has decided to give away RenderMan, its flagship animation software used to create the likes of Toy Story, Wall-E and – less happily – Cars 2.
Simon Sharwood, 04 Jun 2014
IBM 'through-silicon via' stacked chips

Calxeda co-founder unleashs 48-core ARM SoC

Computex ARM vendor Cavium has revealed 48-core silicon it reckons will pitch it into high-end data centre and server apps.

AMD tops processor evolution with new mobile Kaveri chippery

Deep Tech AMD has unveiled the mobile version of its "Kaveri" desktop processor, topping off its series of processors in which CPUs and GPUs not only reside on the same die, but also work together in shared-memory harmony – or heterogeneity, to be more precise.
Rik Myslewski, 04 Jun 2014

Two more Eagles land in AMD's bird-of-prey aerie

Last month, AMD unveiled its beefy 2nd Generation Embedded R-Series APUs (née "Bald Eagle"), and it has now let the other shoe drop, announcing the line's lower-power siblings, the 2nd Generation Embedded G-Series.
Rik Myslewski, 04 Jun 2014
Adidas Brazuca World Cup ball

Balls to the World Cup: Brazuca wins in the wind

In soccer, the ball matters: Japanese boffins say the new six-panel design to be used in the 2014 FIFA World Cup is the most stable and predictable in many a long year.
Lian Li's PC case desk

Please be seated at your FOUR-LEGGED PC

Computex The show floor at Computex bears a zillion gadgets all trying to catch your eye, but one that really stands out by offering a new way to sit down is the computer case/desk from Taiwan's Lian Li.
Simon Sharwood, 04 Jun 2014
Vrublevsky's Facebook image

Spammer sprung to run Russian national payment system

Russia has reportedly hired a man to develop its national payments system, days after the alleged mastermind of one of the country's biggest pharmacy spam networks was granted early parole.
Darren Pauli, 04 Jun 2014
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

Former Microsoftie becomes US ambassador, opts to swear in on KINDLE

A US ambassador has become the first public official to be sworn into office using a Kindle.
Jasper Hamill, 04 Jun 2014
Sarcasm detector Simpsons

Oh, wow. US Secret Service wants a Twitter sarcasm-spotter

The US Secret Service wants to identify sarcastic tweeters from the serious in a bid that will surely cause its software to sink and buckle.
Darren Pauli, 04 Jun 2014
Dyson Air Multiplier

'Fan docks' are about to become a thing

Computex Yesterday at Computex, Intel announced the new Core M, a new CPU architecture based on a Broadwellian 14nm process, and said it is destined to appear in premium tablets and two-in-one typoslabs.
Simon Sharwood, 04 Jun 2014
Homer Simpson reading on PC

How I poured a client's emails straight into the spam bin – with one Friday evening change

Sysadmin blog By misunderstanding how a single word was being used, I caused a boo-boo that counts as "really stepped in it this time".
Trevor Pott, 04 Jun 2014

Brazilian whacks fast pipes on racks – and more in our student video special

HPC Blog Welcome to the second batch of video profiles of the sixteen university teams competing for supercomputing glory at the ASC14 student cluster-building competition.
Nokia Lumia 630 Windows Phone

LIVE TODAY: Microsoft enterprise mobility summit

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David Gordon, 04 Jun 2014

Piketty thinks the 1% should cough up 80%. Discuss

Worstall on Wednesday Piketty's Capital in the 21st Century has the economics world agog: be the first among your friends to really understand it.
Tim Worstall, 04 Jun 2014
Another still of mechanics Dan Thompson and Gary Ker caught on Street View

'THERE'S BEEN A MURRRDER!' Plod probe Street View 'slaying'

Edinburgh cops investigating an apparent murder caught on Google Street View were delighted to discover it was a hoax perpetrated by a couple of mechanics.
Lester Haines, 04 Jun 2014

Storage AND security? It must be a Reg Live Chat

Live Chat What: Storage, security and the 2014 show
David Gordon, 04 Jun 2014

Amazing never-seen-before photo of colourful hot young stars (Thanks Hubble)

A new composite image from the Hubble Space Telescope has revealed the universe's "grade-school children" – star-forming galaxies 5 to 10 billion light years away.
Lester Haines, 04 Jun 2014

Unify to axe 3,800 employees, blames the cloud

Unify, the company formerly known as Siemens Enterprise Communications (SEC), is to ditch half its workforce as it pursues a future based on flogging services and software.
Paul Kunert, 04 Jun 2014

Speaking in Tech: Unix beards, coders in hoodies - we're live at HDS Summit

Podcast Podcast Our regular podcast was recorded live this week at the HDS Influencers Summit, where host Greg Knieriemen has a panel chock-full of those very people – including at least one person who appears to have been in hiding over the past few months... But after emerging in Moscow Airport (we kid, we kid) Colorado Springs, he …
Team Register, 04 Jun 2014
The two Wicked Lasers fired up

Feds crack down harder on 'lasing'. Yep, aircraft laser zapping... Really

Vid The FBI has announced it is extending a trial campaign that offers a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest of anyone indulging in "lasing" – the increasingly popular sport of zapping aircraft with lasers.
Lester Haines, 04 Jun 2014
Care-O-bot 3 serves a drink

Get ready for Europe's ROBO-BUTLERS: Billions of €€€s pledged to electro-slave dream

Pic The EU has announced a hefty billion-euro investment fund for robotics research, which it hopes will create 240,000 new jobs across the economic region.

EU's year-long, muddled search for a privacy head rumbles on

The European Union is yet to find a replacement for its current data protection boss Peter Hustinx, who was supposed to vacate the post in January but stayed on after it became clear that none of the candidates were suitable successors.
Kelly Fiveash, 04 Jun 2014

Queen's Speech: Computer Misuse Act to be amended, tougher sentences planned

The final session of Parliament before next year's General Election was opened by the Queen today, who told MPs and peers that the Tory-led coalition government had 15 bills tabled.
Kelly Fiveash, 04 Jun 2014
FalconStor CEO Gary Quinn

'Member when we were running out of cash? Whew... thank goodness that's over – FalconStor

Comment FalconStor is moving on from its near-death experience last year, when, according to CEO Gary Quinn, it had just six months of cash left. The new chief now plans to build on its recovery by returning the firm to its roots with a unified software product.
Chris Mellor, 04 Jun 2014
Titanboa constricts Anthracosuchus balrogus croc

Monster croc 'the BALROG' tussles with mighty Titanoboa snake

Pic A mighty ancient croc that battled monster snakes has been named after the mythical creature of the deep that was nearly Gandalf the Grey’s downfall – the Balrog.
Still from Miley Cyrus music video for Wrecking Ball

Indie record labels to haul YouTube before the European Commission

Indie record labels say they will lodge a formal competition complaint with the European Commission over Google-owned YouTube's alleged bully-boy tactics.
Andrew Orlowski, 04 Jun 2014
Crystal ball via http://www.manoftaste.de/

Ericsson: There'll be over 9 BILLION mobe subscribers by 2019

Smartphones accounted for 65 per cent of the phones which sold in 2014 so far, and by 2016 the number of smartphones in use will overtake the number of basic feature phones. Of the 6.8 billion mobile phone connections in the world, 2.6 billion are mobile broadband.
Simon Rockman, 04 Jun 2014

CONFIRMED: Sophos shifting threat response work to India

Updated Sophos has confirmed it is moving the "majority of its [computer security] threat response work" to India.
John Leyden, 04 Jun 2014

Russians turn Raspberry Pi into fully-fledged autopilot

Anyone with an interest in Raspberry Pis and autopilots – in common with the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team – should nip down to Indiegogo to check out the Navio: an impressive-looking autopilot shield for the diminutive fruity computer.
Lester Haines, 04 Jun 2014

Good news for gamers who don't leave the house: SanDisk debuts 24/7 Extreme PRO SSD

+Comment Gamers are told to take note: SanDisk has souped its Extreme line of SATA interface consumer SSDs to the Extreme PRO – which has doubled capacity, slightly increased speed and an eye-catching 10-year warranty.
Chris Mellor, 04 Jun 2014
Cartoon of  green skeletal figure reaching out of phone

New software nasty encrypts Android PHONE files and demands a ransom

Miscreants have brewed the first file-encrypting strain of ransomware that infects Android smartphones.
John Leyden, 04 Jun 2014

Apple? More like FAP-PLE: Fanbois are the BIGGEST PERVS, say people who know

Slab-fondling Apple fanbois have been outed as the world's biggest perverts, a new study from grumble site Pornhub has claimed.
Jasper Hamill, 04 Jun 2014

TrueCrypt hooked to life support in Switzerland: 'It must not die' say pair

Two programmers hope to resurrect development of disk-encryption tool TrueCrypt after its original developers quit the project.
John Leyden, 04 Jun 2014
GoPro HD Hero

Former Microsoft exec Bates bounces to GoPro

Portable video camera maker GoPro has made former Microsoft executive Tony Bates its president in the run up to its IPO.
Jack Clark, 04 Jun 2014
hands waving dollar bills in the air

Women found just TWO out of every HUNDRED US tech startups

Just 2 per cent of US technology startups and less than 1 per cent of UK startups are founded by a female entrepreneur, according to researchers.
Shaun Nichols, 04 Jun 2014
Hologram communication - Star Wars

Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi! 3D HOLO-PHONE hinted in Amazon vid

Amazon plans to unveil a new device later this month, according to a video posted to the e-tailer's official YouTube channel.
Neil McAllister, 04 Jun 2014
TrackingPoint ShotView on Glass

Gunmaker finds KILLER APP for Google Glass

A US firearms manufacturer is touting a system that would allow a shooter to aim and fire a device via a wearable headset such as Google Glass.
Shaun Nichols, 04 Jun 2014

China puts Windows 8 on TV, screams: 'SECURITY, GET IT OUT OF HERE!'

China has stepped up its war on Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system with a report in state-backed media that questions the security of the software.
Jack Clark, 04 Jun 2014