14th > July > 2014 Archive


Amazon France routes around free shipping ban with €0.01 charge

Amazon France has come up with a neat way to neuter the nation's ban on free shipping of books.
Simon Sharwood, 14 Jul 2014

We SO DO support Java on XP, maybe even JDK 8, says Oracle

Oracle has issued a statement saying that it absolutely does support Java on Windows XP and may even decide to support JDK 8 on the orphan OS.
Simon Sharwood, 14 Jul 2014

Apache patch: Cisco catches up with ANCIENT Struts2 vuln

Cisco has issued a patch for a four-year-old Apache Struts2 vulnerability.

NBN Co execs: No FTTN product until 2015

NBN Co executives have defended the slow progress of the organisation's fibre-to-the-node rollout, telling a Senate committee it would be “unlikely” for any telco to have a product ready for launch within a year of receiving new policy directions.

Popular password protection programs p0wnable

Researchers have detailed a series of quickly patched vulnerabilities in five popular password managers that could allow attackers to steal user credentials.
Darren Pauli, 14 Jul 2014
Burning copyright symbol. Photo by: Martin Fisch http://www.flickr.com/photos/marfis75/ on flickr"

Murdoch calls for ISPs to be liable for users' activities

News Corporation Australia has used an inquiry by the nation's Senate into a proposed Australia/South Korea free trade agreement to suggest internet service providers become copyright enforcers.
Raspberry Pi b+

NEW Raspberry Pi B+, NOW with - count them - FOUR USB ports

A new Raspberry Pi model has emerged, rectifying one of the most common gripes directed at its predecessors: it now comes complete with four USB 2.0 ports.
Simon Sharwood, 14 Jul 2014
DJI Phantom Quadcopter

Drones face privacy regulation under Oz government plan

A parliamentary report into regulation surrounding the use of drones has recommended that Australia consider creating a tort of privacy invasion – something ruled out by the country's attorney-general George Brandis as recently as April.
Apple's invitation to its September 11 event in China

Apple: No, China. iPhone is NOT public enemy number 1

Updated Chinese state media have been warning that Apple's iPhone is a threat to national security, despite the firm's denials*.
Jasper Hamill, 14 Jul 2014

Microsoft's Lumia 930... a real HANDFUL

First fondle Microkia's new Lumia 930 is quite a handful – in the best way possible.
Simon Sharwood, 14 Jul 2014
Airbus A330 Neo

Airbus promises Wi-Fi – yay – and 3D movies (meh) in new A330

Airbus has promised that its next plane, the A330 Neo, will bring 3D movies into the sky.
Simon Sharwood, 14 Jul 2014

FBI: We found US MILITARY AIRCRAFT INTEL during raid on alleged Chinese hacker

A Chinese entrepreneur has been arrested for attempting to steal information on the United States' Lockheed F-22 and F-35 aircraft and Boeing's C-17 cargo plane.
Darren Pauli, 14 Jul 2014
LG EA93 21:9 monitor

French telco takes on US rival Netflix... with whose dongle?

There were never going to be any prizes for guessing that the first user for Chromecast rival “Cast”, introduced by SoftAtHome in March, is likely to be Orange France Telecom.
Faultline, 14 Jul 2014

iWatch 'due November'... Y'all know what time it is? Now you do

The mythical Apple iWatch will, presumably, tell the time, but that doesn't mean the iThing maker will be punctual in unveiling it, claims an analyst.
Jasper Hamill, 14 Jul 2014
Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos

Blighty's Amazon Cloud Lord: It's a battle of men vs boys, and I ain't no boy

Apple and Google haven't won the cloud yet, according to one particularly chest-thumping interview with Microsoft's chief executive Satya Nadella this week. But who has?
Gavin Clarke, 14 Jul 2014

Canuck reader threatens suicide over exact dimensions of SPAAAACE!

It's been a while since I've received a decent flame email, so it's hats off to one Lorne Babcock for this missive which sizzled into my inbox this morning, bemoaning the headline "Beer in SPAAAACE! London Pride soars to 28,000m"...
Lester Haines, 14 Jul 2014
Azure Index

Startups and SMBs: Learn how the cloud can help your business

Promo Microsoft is running a virtual seminar later today to teach startups and other small businesses how to get started with Azure cloud. The event is free and suitable for “developers, IT Pros, Architects, students, hobbyists, and anyone interested in learning about Microsoft Azure”.
David Gordon, 14 Jul 2014
HP SlateBook 14

Reg hardware hunter spots HP SlateBook 14 Android in the wild

Pics July isn’t over yet and so it follows, neither is, er, marketing Christmas*. This time Currys/PC World was playing host to this summer PR tech fest that showcases products that’ll be in stores leading up to festive season.
Bob Dormon, 14 Jul 2014
International Space Station

Chow rocket blasts off for ISS: Awww, freeze-dried ice cream AGAIN

A private space company has launched its third mission: an Antares rocket sending a freighter packed with food – among other things – to the International Space Station.
Jasper Hamill, 14 Jul 2014

UK.gov warned: Small biz bods 'blunted' by broadband bumbling

Small businesses in Britain are missing out on the government's £1.2bn taxpayer-funded broadband deployment project, a lobby group warned today.
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Jul 2014
A proposed LOHAN mission patch

LOHAN seeks stirring motto for spaceplane mission patch

Competition The Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team has decided that in the best tradition of space endeavour, our audacious Vulture 2 spaceplane mission needs a proper embroidered patch so that we may reach for the heavens in style.
Lester Haines, 14 Jul 2014
A fake iPhone with electric shock capabilities

Phab-u-less: Huge MONSTER iPhone 6 not due until 2015 – claim

An analyst has now foretold that the iPhone 6 – an enlarged "phablet" style device – will not be sold until next year. That's the same chap who warned that Apple's long-rumored iWatch won't appear until Christmas this year.
Jasper Hamill, 14 Jul 2014
Panic button on keyboard

July 14, 2015. Tuesday. No more support for Windows Server 2003. Good luck

Any switched-on channel type or IT manager will have this deadline hard wired in their cerebral cortex, but for those in need of an early morning jumpstart - support for Windows Server 2003 ends a year from today.
Paul Kunert, 14 Jul 2014

Test drive Microsoft Azure

Promo Microsoft is running an online class on how to get started with Azure cloud this afternoon. Doors open at 3pm BST.
Phil Mitchell, 14 Jul 2014
Volcano erupting

Two years in the making: Sneak peek at VMware's future VVOL tech

VMware says its virtual volume storage technology – which has spent two years in development – is set to erupt onto the storage array landscape next year, causing profound changes for array controllers.
Chris Mellor, 14 Jul 2014

XSS marks the spot: PayPal portal peril plugged

PayPal has plugged a potentially nasty flaw on its internal portal.
John Leyden, 14 Jul 2014

Calling all headhunters: Logicalis seeks UK chief technology officer

Headhunters are scouring the length and breadth of the UK landscape to find a chief techie officer for managed services bigwig Logicalis, El Chan can report.
Paul Kunert, 14 Jul 2014
Rolex in Live and Let Die

ISPs 'blindsided' by UK.gov's 'emergency' data retention and investigation powers law

The Tory-led government's "emergency" data retention and investigation powers (Drip) bill currently being rushed through Parliament has caught ISPs off guard, it has emerged.
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Jul 2014
Cellular basestation antenna

Rural mobile coverage: Tweeting twits to join chirping tits in UK's national parks

The Mobile Operators Association has signed an accord with National Parks England to improve coverage over the 10 per cent of the UK which falls under the category of the national parks.
Simon Rockman, 14 Jul 2014

Gartner: To the right, to the right – biz sync firms who've won in a box to the right...

As if it needed another boost to its marketing efforts, EMC’s Syncplicity can be seen on the right-hand side of Gartner’s Magic Quadrant enterprise file sync and share box with Syncplicity, a timely marketing boost coming on Amazon's entry into the market with its Zocalo service.
Chris Mellor, 14 Jul 2014
Life of Brian

Unionised workers vote to become thorn in HP's side

Some HP workers in the Application Services (AS) division based at Lytham and Warrington have voted against plans to relocate 400 roles to regional delivery centres.
Paul Kunert, 14 Jul 2014
management cloud7

IBM shoots Elastic Storage into SoftLayer cloud

IBM is making its parallel access Elastic Storage available as a service on Big Blue's SoftLayer cloud.
Chris Mellor, 14 Jul 2014

'Big Internet' wades into 'net neutrality' battle with the FCC

Major internet companies have submitted their comments to the US Federal Communications Commission's consultation on new rules for internet discrimination and pricing – the so-called "net neutrality" consultation.
Team Register, 14 Jul 2014
The inflatable approaches a swell-lashed Rockall in 2003

Rockall pod-dweller Hancock beats solo occupation record

Brit adventurer Nick Hancock has broken the Rockall solo occupation record of 40 days – set back in 1985 by ex-SAS bloke Tom McClean.
Lester Haines, 14 Jul 2014
Cartoon of  green skeletal figure reaching out of phone

Gameover ZeuS botnet pulls dripping stake from heart, staggers back from the UNDEAD

The Gameover ZeuS malware is back from the dead just six weeks after a takedown operations that aimed to put a stake through the heart of the botnet, which is linked to the even more infamous CryptoLocker ransomware.
John Leyden, 14 Jul 2014

May: UK data slurp law is fine, but I still need EMERGENCY powers

Home Secretary Theresa May was in combative mode during a hearing with politicians on Monday afternoon as the government's rushed through data retention and investigation powers bill (Drip) was briefly scrutinised.
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Jul 2014
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LightSquared backer sues FCC over spectrum shindy

US hedge fund Harbinger Capital Partners is suing the US government - and specifically the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) - according to the Wall Street Journal (paywall), for its part in the demise of optimistic wireless broadband network LightSquared.
Simon Rockman, 14 Jul 2014

Google Glass HOLED: Techno-specs' inventor jets off to Amazon

An academic turned corporate researcher, described as "the visionary" behind Google Glass, has jumped ship to arch-rival Amazon.
Jack Clark, 14 Jul 2014
The Falcon 9 at Cape Canaveral

SpaceX FINALLY lobs six sats into orbit (don't mention the landing)

Video SpaceX has successfully launched six new communications satellites for Orbcomm after months of delays. However, Elon Musk's rocketeers had less success at landing the used Falcon 9 rocket after its delivery.
Iain Thomson, 14 Jul 2014

Female! ex-Yahoo! coder! says! female! boss! fired! her! for! refusing! sex!

A female ex-Yahoo! employee has filed suit against Maria Zhang, a top company exec, alleging that Zhang retaliated against her and ultimately had her fired from the Purple Palace after she refused Zhang's sexual advances.
Neil McAllister, 14 Jul 2014

Will GCHQ furtle this El Reg readers' poll? Team Snowden suggests: Yes

Poll UK eavesdropping nerve center GCHQ has developed tools to manipulate online polls, ramp up page views for articles, and obtain private photos on Facebook. That's according to Glenn Greenwald's latest trawling of documents leaked by Edward Snowden.
Chris Williams, 14 Jul 2014

Hackers' delight: Hotel cyber-cafe, er, business centers, apparently – US Secret Service

The US Secret Service has quietly warned hotels that malware slingers are increasingly targeting PCs in hotel business centers to harvest sensitive information.
Iain Thomson, 14 Jul 2014

Data retention saves Australia from TERROR says Labor MP

Former chair of Australia's Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (JCIS), Labor MP Anthony Byrne, has urged the nation's federal government to implement data retention legislation to prevent what he calls “imminent” terrorist attacks.

Chinese biz bloke builds his OWN 3,500-mile Tesla charger network

Disappointed at the lack of charging stations for his Tesla S electric car in his home province, a Guangdong-based businessman has responded in typically Chinese fashion: he built his own. And not just one, either.
Neil McAllister, 14 Jul 2014
Airship over NSA datacenter

NIST told to grow a pair and kick NSA to the curb

The US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has been urged to hire more crypto experts so it can confidently tell the NSA to take a hike.
Shaun Nichols, 14 Jul 2014