6th > June > 2014 Archive

Office, IE and Windows in line for critical fixes from Redmond

Microsoft is planning to deliver seven bulletins next week in its scheduled monthly update.
Shaun Nichols, 06 Jun 2014
Left out.

Thanks for nothing, OpenSSL, grumbles stonewalled De Raadt

OpenBSD founder Theo De Raadt said OpenSSL maintainers appeared to have intentionally not informed it about dangerous vulnerabilities found in the platform and patched today.
Darren Pauli, 06 Jun 2014
The two types of plastiglomerate

Plastic is the new rock, say Geologists

Geologists have identified what they say is a new class of rock.
Simon Sharwood, 06 Jun 2014

Oracle sees more SDN light, joins OpenDaylight

Oracle has announced it is joining open source software-defined networking (SDN) effort OpenDaylight as a silver member.
Simon Sharwood, 06 Jun 2014
Google's project tango

TANGO DOWN! Google presents its 3D non-fondle slab to the world

Google has revealed a tablet for Project Tango – the web giant's plan to create devices capable of mapping the space around them in three dimensions.
Simon Sharwood, 06 Jun 2014
Data breach image

US Army loses 16,000 personnel records in South Korea

Sensitive information of more than 16,000 US Army personnel stationed in South Korea, plus data on local employees and job applicants, appears to have been compromised after databases loaded with names, identification numbers and addresses were accessed by unauthorised and unknown parties.
Darren Pauli, 06 Jun 2014
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Tech talk bloke compares girlfriend to irritating Java tool – did he deserve flames?

Poll A programmer was given a right shoeing on Twitter and various blogs for a classy move at a tech event – comparing Apache Maven to a beautiful-but-annoying girlfriend.
Jasper Hamill, 06 Jun 2014
George Bush in Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones scribe George R R Martin will KILL YOU for US$20K

Game of Thrones author George R R Martin is running a crowdfunding campaign in which he promises to kill you for US$20,000.
Simon Sharwood, 06 Jun 2014

The Strippers, Unicorn Computers and Martian Watches of Computex

Computex I've been to plenty of technology shows around the world but never one as diverse as Computex, where you'll find single-board industrial computers side-by-side with strippers.
Simon Sharwood, 06 Jun 2014

Young cluster wrestlers find 'hidden' sweet spot

HPC Blog Cluster-wrestling kids are still battling it out at the Asia Student Supercomputer Challenge (ASC) and Team Shanghai (from Shanghai Jiao Tong University) is hoping to get lucky their second time around. In their first outing, the team did OK, but wasn’t a big winner. However, that same team has travelled to Guangzhou and they believe that they have a much better chance this year.

Server-storage halfblood newbie Nutanix: We're taking on big dog VCE

It’s not the size of the dog in the fight that matters, it’s the size of the fight in the dog - which brings us to converged server/storage system vendor rivals Nutanix and VCE.
Chris Mellor, 06 Jun 2014
Tetris on Game Boy

Happy Birthday Tetris: It's flipping 30

Antique Code Show Forget the oil, forget the gas – even forget the aggressive foreign policy. The commodity that granted Russia its modern day super-wealth is clearly Tetris, which clocks up its 30th birthday today.
Giles Hill, 06 Jun 2014
The servo doused in foam as a fireman, doctors and workers gather around our Playmonaut

Plucky Playmonaut bails out of smoking Vulture 2

Our plucky Playmonaut has decided to take a long weekend off after a servo meltdown during a ground avionics test of our Vulture 2 spaceplane prompted a sharpish exit from the vehicle.
Lester Haines, 06 Jun 2014
HTML versions found online in the UK between 1996 and 2010

Watch this: Using Foundation for responsive design

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David Gordon, 06 Jun 2014

Where do you stand on multi-function network appliances?

Best of breed versus integrated multi-function solutions – it’s a discussion that’s been going on in IT for about 3 decades. Whether the debates occur in the context of software suites, hardware/software appliances, or complete pre-engineered system stacks, there are always vigorous advocates arguing the case for each approach.
Dale Vile, 06 Jun 2014
Network Security

The Death of the Corporate Network Perimeter

In a recent survey over 400 Reg Readers you gave us the inside track on the current state of corporate networks and their ability to handle changing work patterns. In particular, you make the case that your networks are ill prepared to tackle the increasing diversity and sophistication of security threats. As you see it, the days security based around the concept of a strongly defended perimeter are over.
Tony Lock, 06 Jun 2014

The State of Network Infrastructure

Networks are the glue that allow users to function effectively in their daily tasks, yet a recent report by Freeform Dynamics based on a survey of readers of the Register shows many of you are using old equipment that is hard to manage. This begs the question, “does senior management really care about the state of enterprise networks, or are they happy to take it for granted until something breaks”? (Figure 1)
Tony Lock, 06 Jun 2014
NICT's Daedelus security scanner

Controlling Application Access

Report Report Key Points
Dale Vile, 06 Jun 2014
NICT's Daedelus security scanner

Application infrastructure under stress? Have you considered a philosophy transplant?

Research Are you struggling to keep your applications and networks stable, while everything around them changes? You’re not alone.
David Gordon, 06 Jun 2014
The inflatable approaches a swell-lashed Rockall in 2003

Brit lands on Rockall with survival podule, starts record attempt

Brit adventurer Nick Hancock has finally landed on the North Atlantic island of Rockall, just over a year since a first attempt to conquer the remote granite outcrop ended in failure.
Lester Haines, 06 Jun 2014

How to simplify storage management

Regcast alert What: How to simplify storage management.
David Gordon, 06 Jun 2014
The Moon

Evidence of ancient WORLD SMASHER planet Theia - FOUND ON MOON

Traces of mysterious planet Theia have been found on the surface of Earth's Moon.
Jasper Hamill, 06 Jun 2014
Aston Martin DB5

Vodafone: SPOOKS are plugged DIRECTLY into our network

Vodafone has published a report detailing how cops, g-men and spies around the world tap into its systems – in some cases, directly hooking into phone networks without a warrant.
Simon Rockman, 06 Jun 2014
Photo of the KitKat mascot among the Android lawn statues

Jellybean dominates Play, still seated atop rising KitKat

The KitKat edition of Android now accounts for 13.6 per cent of all devices hitting Google’s Play store, the colossal advertising firm has disclosed.
Gavin Clarke, 06 Jun 2014
Monty Python

I am NOT a PC repair man. I will NOT get your iPad working

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Alistair Dabbs is recovering from the dreaded lurgy, but still none too chipper this week, so we’re happy to let him linger in his bath chair and tartan blanket once again. No doubt his neighbours will be concerned though, if this repeat publication from 2013 is anything to go by.
Alistair Dabbs, 06 Jun 2014
Fight sticker

HP: Customers, partners are fleeing IBM x86 since Lenovo System x bid

HP claims it has bagged hundreds of IBM x86 customers worldwide following Lenovo's $2.3bn bid for Big Blue's System x.
Paul Kunert, 06 Jun 2014

Kcom: Whoops – our traditional carrier biz is going nowhere

Brit telco Kcom this morning issued a stark warning about the state of customer demand for traditional carrier services – as it outlined an unremarkable set numbers for its fiscal 2014 year.
Paul Kunert, 06 Jun 2014

Snooping on a NetApp event: New cloudy OS on its way

Social media can deliver multiple micro-glimpses of previously closed events, like a NetApp analysts event in San Francisco yesterday which revealed a new OS - Cloud ONTAP - and a coming Connect product for mobile access.
Chris Mellor, 06 Jun 2014
Elder Scrolls online - Breton in Stormhaven

Fantastic fantasy four-way fling – and family-friendly fun

Game Theory I'm 300 pages into Brandon Sanderson's Words of Radiance from The Storm Light Archive and I have decided it’s the best fantasy book I've ever read. On Sunday nights I drag my eyes from the page to watch the fourth series of Game of Thrones – I’m all about fantasy at the moment, just call me Lucy Targaryen, Mother of Ferrets.
Lucy Orr, 06 Jun 2014

Canon offers a cloud just for still photos, not anything else. Weird

Japanese camera and printer behemoth Canon has started up a cloud photo storage service called irista.
Chris Mellor, 06 Jun 2014
windows 7 image

Redmond is patching Windows 8 but NOT Windows 7, say security bods

Microsoft has left Windows 7 exposed by only applying patches to its newest operating systems.
Darren Pauli, 06 Jun 2014
Broke - empty pockets

EMC partners fear rebate dive in new channel programme

There will be financial implications for EMC's partners that slip down the accreditation stack from next year, the storage giant's UK and Ireland channel boss Terry Beale has confirmed.
Paul Kunert, 06 Jun 2014
management regulation2

Ofcom's campaign against termination rates continues

Regulator Ofcom is taking another step towards the elimination of mobile termination costs. The Mobile Termination Rate is the amount of money a company earns for handling an incoming call.
Simon Rockman, 06 Jun 2014
IDC total storage Q1 cy2014

Is it THE END OF BIG DATA? Quarta Horribilis for high-end storage

IDC has just revealed one of the worst storage quarters for a couple of years as buyers went on a high-end storage strike.
Chris Mellor, 06 Jun 2014
Uber logo

UBER UBER ALLES: Investors value ride app at $17 BEEELLION

Designer taxi purveyor Uber has inked an investment deal which will value the company at three times the combined salary of every taxi driver and chauffeur in the United States.
Shaun Nichols, 06 Jun 2014

Bechtolsheim's baby Arista Networks soars in stock market debut

Arista Networks has gained in its stock market debut, likely causing some employees at networking giant Cisco's competitive intelligence team to put together some slides on what the implications of a wealthy, publicly-listed competitor are for networking incumbents.
Jack Clark, 06 Jun 2014

Report pegs Apple for October smartwatch release

Apple is reportedly targeting an October release for its much-rumored smartwatch.
Shaun Nichols, 06 Jun 2014
Google Doodle honoring Honinbo Shusaku

Whoops! Google's D-Day Doodle honors ... Japan

Google has apologized for publishing a Google Doodle honoring a Japanese Go player on the 70th anniversary of D-Day, blaming a technical glitch.
Neil McAllister, 06 Jun 2014