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Fingers crossed! Half a trillion quid in public cash entrusted to ageing gov IT

Nearly half a trillion pounds in tax and other revenues lining the UK government's coffers every year are processed by decades-old IT systems - and the National Audit Office is worried. The auditors, who this week published fresh research [PDF] on public-sector tech, estimated that £480bn of government revenue relied on legacy …
Paul Kunert, 12 Sep 2013
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CLIMATE CHANGE forces women into PROSTITUTION - US politicians

A group of American politicians has introduced a resolution into Congress saying that climate change (among many other bad things it does) forces women into prostitution, and that as a result the USA should use "gender sensitive frameworks" in battling the scourge of global warming. House Concurrent Resolution 36 of the 113th …
Lewis Page, 01 May 2013

As-a-service army lays siege to Microsoft partner gig

Quite a few "WPC newbie" channel businesses were milling around Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference in Houston, Texas last week, the vendor told us - and most of them were cloudy as-a-service startups. Some 15,000 channel partners attended the global gig last week, compared to 16,000 in 2012. A whopping 4,000 of these were …
Paul Kunert, 19 Jul 2013

Nimbus fattens up Gemini twins with smaller flash chips

Nimbus Data has increased the capacity of its Gemini flash arrays by stuffing more smaller flash chips in them; we're talking 48TB in 2U, just pipping Violin's new 6264 array with its 64TiB in 3U. That 64TiB is equivalent to 70.5TB, meaning that Nimbus's new Gemini averages out at 24T/U versus 23.43TB/U for Violin Memory – …
Chris Mellor, 14 Aug 2013

Microsoft Intune hears the call for device management

As Microsoft continues its corporate redefinition as a subscription-driven cloud slinger we should bear in mind that this path includes more than simply Office 365 or Azure. Microsoft's Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) is slated to become an important new buzzword as it wraps up Windows Intune, Azure Active Directory Premium ( …
Trevor Pott, 26 Jun 2014
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VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger's DARKEST FEARS revealed

The USA's Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has published VMware's Form 10-K, the warts-and-all document listed companies are required to file each year offering deep detail on the state of their business. Form 10-Ks are rather less polished than annual reports and therefore offer more penetrating insights into a company' …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Feb 2014
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Redcentric wolfs down InTechnology MS, becomes swing-bellied midmarket fatso

Redcentric has devoured InTechnology Managed Services in a reverse takeover* valued at £65m that creates a relative midmarket channel powerhouse. Under the terms of the deal, first revealed by The Channel this weekend, 80 million shares priced at 80 pence each will be placed with institutional investors to raise £64m and the …
Paul Kunert, 18 Nov 2013
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HAPPY 15th BIRTHDAY, International Space Station! NASA man reveals life on-board

The first section of the International Space Station lifted off atop a Russian rocket 15 years ago. Today, NASA says it's confident the habitat is safe to stay in orbit until 2028, and possibly much longer. "All of the primary structure looks good until 2028," Dan Hartman, deputy program manager for the ISS, told The Register. " …
Iain Thomson, 20 Nov 2013

Microsoft lathers up Windows 8.0 Surface RT for quick price shave

Microsoft is once again slashing the price of its unwanted ARM-based Surface RT fondleslabs. The software giant has shaved 30 per cent off the price of a 32GB RT device now $349 and 25 per cent off the 64GB RT, now $449. A 32GB Surface with a black Touch cover has been cut by 25 per cent to $449 and a 64GB unit with same black …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Jul 2013

Worldwide smartwatch shipments predicted to top 5 million next year

Every so often a press release passes by The Reg's gadget desk which just begs to be filed away and checked against future reality. Today's example: the market-watchers at Canalys ("Insight. Innovation. Impact.") predict that over five million smartwatches will ship worldwide next year. "Smart watches will be the most important …
Rik Myslewski, 16 Jul 2013

Twee...THUD: Boffins build 'The Classifier' to seek out, kill millions of Twitter fakes

Comp sci boffins spent a year buying up more than 100,000 fake Twitter accounts in a bid to help the teeny-tiny text transmitter beef up its spam defences. They also used their research to build a retroactive classifier that sniffed out the fakers so the Big Blue Bird itself could snuff them out. A group of researchers, …
Jasper Hamill, 15 Aug 2013
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How much data must you have before you need Cleversafe? If you have to ask ...

Analysis: Cleversafe is the leading object storage supplier, according to an IDC marketscape chart (see below). How did it get there? We talked to Chris Gladwin, its founder, about how and why Cleversafe was started up and how it got where it is. The story starts in 2004 when he sold his second start-up, digital music supplier …
Chris Mellor, 31 Mar 2014

CAE Tech Services top and bottom lines slide in fiscal 2012

Rising overheads and a slowdown in project work hit the top and bottom lines at Watford-based CAE Technology Services in fiscal 2012 ended June. The Cisco and HP Gold certified reseller saw sales dip five per cent on a year ago to £47.3m, according to a filing at Companies House late last week. "This was as a result of 2011 …
Paul Kunert, 09 Apr 2013
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Google asks Blighty to slave over its Maps for FREE

Google is extending its Map Maker editing tool to users in Blighty, so they can help the Chocolate Factory get its maps right. Googlers in the US, France, Australia and over a dozen other countries have been able to add detail to Maps on the browser-based software for as long as five years now, as the tool has spread since its …
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Europe looks to adapt to climate change

European authorities are launching a new programme to investigate ways that the continent can reduce its greenhouse emissions, and adapt to the effects of climate change. The second European Climate Change Programme kicks off today at a conference in Brussels. One of the main aims will be to advocate for a "meaningful global …
Lucy Sherriff, 24 Oct 2005

Hear that? It's the sound of BadBIOS wannabe chatting over air gaps

Computer scientists have brewed up prototype malware that's capable of communicating across air gaps using inaudible sounds. The mesh network capable of covertly communicating without wireless or wired connections was developed by Michael Hanspach and Michael Goetz. It borrows its founding principles from established systems for …
John Leyden, 05 Dec 2013
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US Air Force beats off competition in NSA hacking fight

A four-day hacking competition run by the National Security Agency (NSA) to find the top military system designers and administrators has awarded the 13th annual Cyber Defense Exercise (CDX) prize to a team from the US Air Force Academy. "CDX offers an unparalleled opportunity for some of the nation's top students to showcase …
Iain Thomson, 23 Apr 2013

Firewall-floggers in FLAMING MESS: Where'd our mystery margin go?

If you work in the fields of technology distribution, services and resale, you'll surely hear about cloud, mobile, social and virtual more than anything else. However, it is the changing patterns in security spending that are perhaps most dramatically re-shaping our businesses. Gone are the good old days of pushing traditional …
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Noticed a sudden explosion of analytics firms? So has Microsoft's chairman

One of a series of interviews by Willem ter Harmsel with tech leaders. I recently had the opportunity to speak with John Thompson, newly appointed chairman of the board at Microsoft. After a long career at IBM where he held various executive positions, Thompson became CEO at Symantec, which he helped build into a $6bn company …
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Girlfriend 'tried to MURDER ME with her AMPLE BREASTS'

A German woman is up in court on a charge of "attempted manslaughter with a weapon", after allegedly trying to smother her boyfriend with her ample 38DD assets. Lawyer Tim Schmidt, 30, claims 33-year-old Franziska Hansen forced his head into her voluminous top-hamper while they were making the beast with two backs back in May in …
Lester Haines, 26 Nov 2012
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Phishers adapt old scams to exploit bank turmoil

Scammers are exploiting meltdown in the banking sector in an attempt to trick users into handing over sensitive financial information. Phishing emails commonly pose as security checks from a prospective mark's bank. The latest generation of the scam imitates communiques about bank mergers. US consumer watchdog the Federal Trade …
John Leyden, 12 Oct 2008
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Kick the tyres on UK's swap-shop for cat pics and other copyright stuff

A new online platform to help facilitate the licensing of copyrighted works in the UK is now being piloted. The Copyright Hub centralises information on who individuals and businesses need to contact and gain permission from to "copy, adapt, share or distribute" music, text, images, video or other multimedia that is protected by …
OUT-LAW.COM, 11 Jul 2013
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China prepares to lift 13-year game console ban – report

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has reportedly given the go-ahead for the end of his country's ban on the sale of gaming consoles to its citizens, although under carefully controlled conditions over what games can be sold. "They still need approval from the culture ministry and other relevant government bodies for their products, …
Iain Thomson, 11 Jul 2013
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Phone, internet corps SNUB US government's cybersecurity ABCs

Phone companies and ISPs in the US have convinced a top advisory panel to hold back the American government from forcing a set of basic IT cybersecurity standards on them. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) set up a group of experts to figure out if the communications industry should be forced to adapt 20 "critical …

Acorn founder: SIXTH WAVE of tech will wash away Apple, Intel

Acorn co-founder Hermann Hauser has claimed the world is entering a new "sixth wave" of computing, driven by the arrival of omnipresent computers and machine-learning. Speaking at a Software East event this week, the celebrated computer whiz said we are entering an era where computers are everywhere and often undetectable - …
Jasper Hamill, 16 May 2013

Do you really have to slash and burn to upgrade your storage?

Whether it’s new storage architectures, software defined networking (SDN) or cloud computing, the assumption is you start with bucket-loads of cash and either a slash 'n' burn approach to your existing set-up or develop a green field site into which you can install the latest all-singing, all-dancing technology. But what if this …
Bryan Betts, 11 Jun 2014
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Trying to kill undead Pushdo zombies? Hard luck, Trojan is EVOLVING

The crooks behind the Pushdo botnet agent have developed variants of the malware that are more resistant to take-down attempts or hijacking by rival hackers. Dell SecureWorks and Damballa warned (PDF) on Wednesday that the latest variant of Pushdo comes packed with a fallback mechanism for cases where zombie clients are unable …
John Leyden, 17 May 2013

EMC chief: Why today's IT channel will soon cease to exist

If I had to suggest just one hallmark of the IT channel, I would choose stability. The various organisations that make up the chain have clearly defined roles and well-established business models. But this state of affairs is about to undergo a period of great change. This change has already started, but the pace is set to …
Philippe Fossé, 02 Apr 2013

How Facebook flipped the data centre hardware market

The rise of Facebook helped to ruin the data centre hardware market, caused IBM to sell its x86 business to Lenovo, spurred HP to embark on an ambitious "Moonshot" server, and encouraged Dell to go private. With the recent acquisition of WhatsApp, it's also adding momentum to the drive of OTT mobile messaging, which is …
Jack Clark, 20 Feb 2014
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HP cloud overlord backs UK distie Westcoast as it flogs its fluff to small biz

Small biz customers have been bitten by the cloud bug but large enterprises and government types are altogether less open to outsourcing IT or broadcasting their data into the electronic ether. At least, that's the view from HP's cloud overlord Michael Clifford, who, unsurprisingly, is giving his backing to a fluffy white …
Paul Kunert, 17 Oct 2013
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Infosec bods scorn card-swiping Coin over security fears

All-in-one digital payments start-up Coin has issued a robust defence of its technology following criticism from an infosec firm. Coin offers a single combined credit/debit/loyalty/store card that's paired with a user's mobile phone. The Coin app requires that you take a picture of the front and back of the card, type in your …
John Leyden, 18 Nov 2013

Wireless traffic-info networks could save BEEELIONS per year

A newly released study contends that adding wireless communication between cars and traffic-sensing infrastructure could add up to an annual savings of €11.4bn ($15bn) in accident prevention, fuel, and pollution costs – and that's in Germany alone. "The benefits of networking are great, particularly in situations where hidden …
Rik Myslewski, 21 Jun 2013

How to shop wisely for the IT department of the future

If your IT department is inefficient it is entirely possible that the responsibility does not properly belong with the nerds who run it. It is human nature to cast about for blame, but chances are the problem of IT cost overruns and project delays lies with the business. An inability to reach the promised "agile" nirvana so …
Trevor Pott, 11 Mar 2014
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Lenovo plans clip-on physical keyboard for tablets

Tablet owners have so far had to opt for keyboard docks to take their typing physical. However, that may be about to change after recently published Lenovo patents revealed an interesting clip-on. Lenovo handgrip keyboard for tablets As you can see from the designs, the keyboard features a clamp and can be used in a multitude …
Caleb Cox, 29 May 2012

Let the software run the network

Across the IT industry, vendors are increasingly looking at defining datacentre operations in software. Whether it is VMware with its software-defined datacentre concept or Microsoft with its Virtual Machine Manager product, they are bringing home the benefits of abstracting key datacentre functions away from the hardware. …
Danny Bradbury, 18 Jun 2013
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Penguins in spa-a-a-ce! ISS dumps Windows for Linux on laptops

The crew of the International Space Station (once they've fixed their leak) will trade their old Windows XP laptops for Debian-powered systems to use in their Operations Local Area Network (Ops LAN). The six-person ISS has over 140 laptops on board, around 80 of which are working at any one time, along with a variety of internal …
Iain Thomson, 10 May 2013
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Integration gets back on track with the vertical stack

What is the role of integrated stacks, in which compute, networking, storage and management are vertically integrated? And how do you avoid vendor lock-in? Let's get the discussion started with three expert submissions, one from an analyst, one from an IT practitioner and one from a vendor. And tell us what you think in the …
Team Register, 13 May 2013

'Zombie hunter' task force unleashed on the UK tech biz

A special force of crack zombie hunters swings into action today to rid old Blighty of the shuffling scourge of undead firms surviving only to pay the interest on debts. The mission of the task force, whose formation was revealed by The Channel last month, is to build a profile of private equity backed businesses in the IT …
Paul Kunert, 13 May 2013
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Pizza drones, mad cyclists and Bitcoin-for-arms traders: A vision of LNDN 2023

Tech quango Nesta and its chums have sketched out a vision of what London might look like in the year 2023. Nesta, which used to be called the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts, roped in blue-sky thinkers from the engineering firm Arup (which designed the Sydney Opera House's structure), as well as various …
Jasper Hamill, 17 Sep 2013
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Firefox to spit out third-party cookies

The Mozilla Foundation has set up camp alongside Apple in the “cookies are bad” section of the Internet, decreeing that three versions hence its flagship Firefox browser won't accept cookies from anyone other than the publisher of websites it visits. That version will be number 22 and is due for release on June 25th, 2013. That …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Feb 2013

Bill Gates' nuclear firm plans hot, salty push into power

The nuclear power firm being hailed by Bill Gates as the answer to mankind's future energy needs is planning a proprietary approach to an old atomic idea to further its global ambitions. TerraPower is an offshoot of patent holding company Intellectual Ventures, which was co-founded by former 14-year Microsoftie Nathan Myhrvold. …
Iain Thomson, 25 Jul 2013

Portugal’s prosecutor punts P2P case

Portugal has decided that personal P2P file-sharing is legal, and that an IP address isn’t sufficient evidence to launch actions against users, reports Exame Informatica. APACOR, the Portuguese entertainment trade association, had launched a complaint against two thousand P2P users it accused of illegally sharing movies, the …
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Microsoft issues manual on Brits to Cambridge exports

The US Army prints one to acclimatise troops serving in Britain instructing corn-fed GIs on how to avoid going about insulting HM The Queen. Now, Microsoft has produced a field manual for US staff serving at its Cambridge research facility on the etiquette, foibles and slang found in our British Isles. Redmond is reported to …
Gavin Clarke, 18 Mar 2013
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Architect pitches builder-bothering 'Print your own house' plan

WikiHouse, the "print your own open source pad" project, has called for contributors and cash to help it establish an online archive of downloadable dwelling designs. The site’s aim is nothing short of the democratisation of the construction industry: to allow, in short, “anyone to design, download and 'print' CNC-milled houses …
Tony Smith, 01 Mar 2013
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$3500 will get 13.3in Mac tablet in your mitts

Years ago, El Reg ran stories concerning rumoured Mac tablets. Apple, of course, never made one and eventually released the iPad instead. But in 2007, US Mac upgrade seller OWC offered to convert an iBook into a tablet for you. Five years on, another company is having a go, this time with a 13.3in MacBook Pro. If you really …
Tony Smith, 04 Oct 2012
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Indian IT exporters coin windfall profits as rupee plunges

India has in recent weeks descended into a financial crisis, but despite dire economic warnings, industry watchers believe that the period of instability could actually benefit the country’s IT services giants and their outsourcing customers. Wednesday saw the Indian rupee fall to another new low, dropping over two per cent to …
Phil Muncaster, 23 Aug 2013
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US govt cuts squeeze crucial computer science, shoot country in foot

The US is shooting itself in the return-on-investment foot by tightening the screws on support for research on advanced computing systems. That was the message expressed loud and clear by a trio of HPC heavyweights during a "Retrospective on Supercomputing Technologies" session celebrating the 25th anniversary of the SC13 …
Rik Myslewski, 22 Nov 2013

How to kill trolls and influence Apple people: A patent solution

Having decided that the patent problem is an attempt to solve a public goods problem, as we did in part 1, let's have a look at the specific ways that we put our oar into those perfect and competitive free markets. It's worth just noting that patents and copyright are not, absolutely not, the product of some fevered free market …
Tim Worstall, 06 Jan 2014
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Insurance giant: IT dealers will survive the downturn

The UK boss at credit insurer Euler Hermes reckons that although channel insolvencies may edge up again next year, B2B resellers are in comparatively rude health. The number of IT dealers hitting the wall returned to levels not seen since the dot-com bust during the first half of 2011 and are forecast to remain high as the …
Paul Kunert, 05 Dec 2011

Why did your outsourced IT fall over? Cos you weren't on Twitter

The days of signing off an IT contract then kicking back and scoffing peanuts for the next three years are over. Executives will have to constantly monitor their outsourcers - even if it means using social networks - if they want to get value for money, according to Gartner analysts in a startling report for 2013. Companies …
Anna Leach, 29 Jan 2013