10th > June > 2014 Archive


GoDaddy to try to GoPublic – again – with $100 million IPO

US-based internet domain registrar GoDaddy is planning to file an initial public offering (IPO) through which it hopes to raise as much as $100m.
Shaun Nichols, 10 Jun 2014
Cryptowall sucks kid

Bitcoin ransomware racket makes bank

Criminals appear to be pocketing hundreds of thousands of dollars with upgraded Cryptowall ransomware that has encrypted scores of hard drives across Britain, America and Australia demanding victims pay hefty Bitcoin ransoms.
Darren Pauli, 10 Jun 2014
iOS 8

New Apple iOS to help fanbois thwart Wi-Fi network spies

Apple says it will tweak the networking stack in its forthcoming iOS 8 smartphone OS that'll put an additional stumbling block in front of advertisers, marketers, and other snoops looking to collect information about you from your mobile devices.
Neil McAllister, 10 Jun 2014

HP targets supercomputers with Project Apollo

HP is imprisoning powerful Intel Xeons inside water-cooled cages ... for science!
Jack Clark, 10 Jun 2014
Image via Chicago Sun Times

Facial recognition tech convicts man in Chicago robbery case

A Chicago man has received a 22-year prison sentence after becoming the first person to be convicted with evidence from the city's facial recognition technology.
Shaun Nichols, 10 Jun 2014
VMware Monster VM

VMware to offer converged compute and storage hardware

Update VMware looks like it is about to start selling hardware.
Simon Sharwood, 10 Jun 2014

Five eyes spies good for us: Tony Abbott

While America has found itself apologising to the world at large – and to some allies, such as Germany – specifically, Australia's government has decided that the “Five Eyes” spook alliance is nothing to apologise for.
paper cut-out men holding hands in linked semi-circle

Cisco pitches small cells into BYOD-heavy enterprises

With the acquisition of UK small-cell outfit Ubiquisys completed last month, The Borg's next step is to line up the channel, and to that end, it's announced a partner program to help carriers convince companies they need indoor 3G/4G cells on their campuses.
Keying unit with attack and decay function knobs and switches

Remember Control Data? The Living Computer Museum wants YOU

If you've got a bunch of old computer languages under your belt, the Living Computer Museum in Seattle, Washington, wants you.
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Crypto-boffins propose safer buddy list protocol

One of the attractions of presence in communications services is that you know someone's available before you try to contact them. The flipside is that presence is also inimical to privacy. Now, a group of researchers has put forward a way to improve privacy of “buddy lists” but still allowing friends to know each others' presence.
Lehel Marcel Lazar

Four years in chokey for Haxxor behind George W Bush NUDE SELFIES

The Romanian taxi-driver-by-day-hacker-by-night who offended the world by publishing stolen nude self portraits of former US president George W Bush has been sentenced to four years jail.
Darren Pauli, 10 Jun 2014
The new hexaquark

Massive news in the micro-world: a hexaquark particle

A German research synchrotron is trumpeting its find of a new exotic particle with six quarks – the largest quark number ever observed.

Cunning Reg reader cracks LOHAN hot coupling condundrum

We invite fans of our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) project to raise a glass or two today to the Reg reader who finally cracked the problem of just how to hook up our Vulture 2 spaceplanes's rocket motor heater.
Lester Haines, 10 Jun 2014
Samsung's 1cm-thick LCD TV

Boob Tube BOFFINS finger Red Button, trigger TELLY MAYHEM

The standards body behind a broadband-powered television system has downplayed talk of dramatic attacks on the security of tens of thousands of smart TVs.
Darren Pauli, 10 Jun 2014

LIVE SHOW: How to simplify storage management

Regcast alert What: How to simplify storage management.
David Gordon, 10 Jun 2014

Torvalds hits 'Go' button for Linux 3.15

Linus Torvalds has pressed the “Go” button on version 3.15 of the Linux kernel.
Simon Sharwood, 10 Jun 2014

Russian Interior Ministry cuffs iPhone ransomware suspects

Russia's Interior Ministry has announced the arrest of two chaps suspected of conducting ransomware attacks on iPhones.
Simon Sharwood, 10 Jun 2014

Dell Australia managing director steps down

Joe Kremer, Dell's veep and managing director for Australia and New Zealand, has called it a day.
Simon Sharwood, 10 Jun 2014
Comparison between ThruChip Communications' ThruChip Interface (TCI) and through-silicon via (TSV)

Semiconductor boffin: 3D NAND don't need NO STEENKIN' TSVs

Blocks and Files Chip analyst Jim Handy of Objective Analysis took exception to several issues raised in a recent 3D NAND story, and El Reg storage desk asked him a few short questions for clarification.
Chris Mellor, 10 Jun 2014
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One EURO PATENT COURT ruling for all from 'early 2015'

New EU rules have been created which allow the judgments of new unified patent courts (UPCs) to have legal effect from early 2015.
OUT-LAW.COM, 10 Jun 2014

Silent, spacious and... well, insipid: Citroën's electric C-Zero car

Review French car manufacturer Citroën's logo represents the pioneering gear system designed by André Citroën. The company has a long history of innovation from the Traction Avant to the amazing DS – so is Citroën's C-Zero electric car similarly pioneering?
Simon Rockman, 10 Jun 2014
Aerial still of the Dallas Cowboys stadium

Texan parks quadcopter atop Dallas Cowboys stadium

Lester Haines, 10 Jun 2014

HP Simplivity buyout rumours: Could it be worth HALF a BILLION?

HP is said to be in talks to buy Simplivity, a startup whose main offering is the Omnicube converged server/storage/networking systems.
Chris Mellor, 10 Jun 2014

Facebook's new self-destructing pic app SELF-DESTRUCTS

Facebook mistakenly hit the button to unleash a new app called Slingshot that's similar to Snapchat – clumsily releasing it early on Apple's iTunes store yesterday.
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Jun 2014
StoreOnce 6500

HP unveils federated backup that won't get your back up ... it hopes

HP Discover Meg Whitman's mega firm is federating backup appliances to ease the pain of managing multiple silos and claims management overhead is reduced by 75 per cent through no more "physical mapping of backup jobs to individual backup appliances".
Chris Mellor, 10 Jun 2014

Stephen Fry MADNESS: 'New domain names GENERATE NEW IP NUMBERS'

Autocue extraordinaire Stephen Fry has cheerily claimed new domain registrations "generate new IP numbers which so far show no sign of giving out".
Team Register, 10 Jun 2014

UK govt preps World War 2 energy rationing to keep the lights on

The UK government will today set out Second World War-style measures to keep the lights on and avert power cuts as a "last resort". The price to Britons will be high.
Andrew Orlowski, 10 Jun 2014

Zuckerberg and other directors sued over GIGANTIC PACKAGES

A disgruntled shareholder is suing Mark Zuckerberg and other top Facebook execs over what he claims are unreasonably generous payment terms.
GCHQ as seen on Google Earth

Chrome OS leaks data to Google before switching on a VPN, says GCHQ

The sexy-named Communications Electronics Security Group (CESG) – the bit of GCHQ that helps Brits protect stuff from foreign spies (never mind Blighty's) – has issued fresh advice for securing BlackBerry OS 10, Android and Chrome OS 32.
Simon Rockman, 10 Jun 2014
Apple Mac App Store

Apple seeks 'friendly' mouthpiece after losing tight-lipped Cotton spinner – report

Apple has launched a bid to become friendlier to the outside world after losing famously reticent publicity chief Kate Cotton.
Jasper Hamill, 10 Jun 2014
Dancing telephone

Apple is KILLING OFF BONKING, cries mobe research dude

A new report by Juniper Research makes much less bullish predictions of NFC uptake than we’ve seen before – and the report’s author, Windsor Holden, blames Apple for snuffing out hopes of future pay-by-bonk and such wireless stuff.
Simon Rockman, 10 Jun 2014
Canary Wharf at night

Bank of England plans to shove cyber-microscope up nation's bankers

The Bank of England today announced it plans to penetrate Blighty’s banks to test the security of their critical computer systems.
texting while driving

Mobe-orists, beware: Stroking while driving could land you a £4k fine

Drivers who stupidly use their mobile phones while barrelling along Britain's roads could be hit with much bigger fines if measures unveiled today by the government come into force.
Team Register, 10 Jun 2014
The chinese characters for China as used in the new .中国  domain

Pictures of elite 'Chinese military hacker' published

'Putter Panda' hack crew part of PLA SIGINT apparat, allege security bods American security bods have unmasked a shady state-sponsored Chinese hacking group dubbed Putter Panda.
Jasper Hamill, 10 Jun 2014

Egghead dragged over coals for mining Bitcoin on uni supercomputer

The US National Science Foundation has suspended a researcher for using two university computers to mine Bitcoins.
Simon Rockman, 10 Jun 2014
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'CAPTAIN CYBORG': The wild-eyed prof behind 'machines have become human' claims

For 14 years, The Register has been chronicling the publicity stunts of Kevin Warwick, an attention-seeking academic with a sideline in self-mutilation*. In fact, Warwick has been making improbable claims to the press for much longer than that: over twenty years. But the world has continued to relay Warwick's stunts and soundbytes unskeptically.
Andrew Orlowski, 10 Jun 2014

Container-friendly Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 hits general availability

On Tuesday, Red Hat announced general availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7, a version that it immodestly claims will "redefine the enterprise operating system."
Neil McAllister, 10 Jun 2014
Oracle frankenstein

Oracle rewrites 'the brain' of its database to take on SAP

Oracle's future is its rival's past, but the database giant isn't worried because the changes it has made to let its database store data in speedy consumer memory afford far more backwards compatibility than does SAP HANA.
Jack Clark, 10 Jun 2014

Google to acquire satellite eye-in-sky Skybox for $500m

Google has entered into an agreement to acquire its Mountain View, California neighbor Skybox Imaging, a five-year-old satellite imagery and data-analysis startup.
Rik Myslewski, 10 Jun 2014

Redmond patches 66 flaws on Patch Tuesday

Microsoft has released updates for critical flaws in Word, Office, and Internet Explorer, along with firmware updates for its Surface 2 tablet line.
Shaun Nichols, 10 Jun 2014

Google, Red Hat, Ubuntu, Parallels bet on virtualization's surprising successor

DockerCon Docker has spun off a key open source component of its Linux Containerization tech, making it possible for Google, Red Hat, Ubuntu, and Parallels to collaborate on its development and make Linux Containerization the successor to traditional hypervisor-based virtualization.
Jack Clark, 10 Jun 2014
Alienware Steam Machine

Alienware says it WILL ship a Steam Machine in 2014 – running Windows

High-end gaming PC vendor Alienware says it will still put out a Steam Machine console this year, even if it can't ship it with Valve's vaunted mega-controller – and it won't arrive running SteamOS.
Neil McAllister, 10 Jun 2014
Marc Benioff

Salesforce slings software for … sigh … wearables

Salesforce chief Marc Benioff runs his business from his phone and is annoyed that his favorite hotels don't recognize him when he walks in the door.
Jack Clark, 10 Jun 2014

Cheap, backwards-compatible PCIe 4.0 on track for 2015 2016

PCI-SIG Development of the fourth generation of PCI Express – unsurprisingly dubbed PCIe 4.0 – is moving along nicely, but don't expect the final specification to be completed until at least late 2015 or more likely early-to-mid 2016.
Rik Myslewski, 10 Jun 2014
HP cloud

HP plots Amazon assault with bellicose Helion channel army

HP is building a clone army to take on Amazon's mammoth cloud.
Jack Clark, 10 Jun 2014

Kiwis get cracking with gigabit residential broadband

While Australians wait for a copper network “upgrade” that can't be guaranteed to deliver better than 25 Mbps, a speed war has broken out across the Tasman, with residential gigabit plans arriving at wholesale prices that could see households pay under $NZ100 per month.
Image from Google's Street Art collection

Put down that sandblaster: Google adds street art to online gallery

Google is adding a street art collection into its Art Project archives.
Shaun Nichols, 10 Jun 2014