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Morgan Stanley: Web firms too fat and ugly to bother investing in

Morgan Stanley has lowered its view on all internet company stocks from "attractive" to just "in-line", warning that sector has to show some more growth if it wants to justify current valuations on shares. In a research note to clients, analysts said that investors had been looking at the total addressable market (TAM) …
What Linus Torvalds thinks of NVIDIA

Torvalds asks 'Why do PC manufacturers even bother any more?'

Linux Lord Linus Torvalds is thinking about making Google's Chromebook Pixel his main computer – once he installs a proper Linux distribution on the machine, that is. Posting on Google+, Torvalds lauded Google's newest creation, writing "... the screen really is that nice" [his emphasis] and that "I think I can lug around this 1 …
Simon Sharwood, 05 Mar 2013

Don't bother competing with ViPR, NetApp - it's not actually that relevant

NetApp doesn't need to compete with EMC's all-singing all-dancing ViPR product. Why not? NetApp only has one storage array product – ONTAP – whereas EMC has an entire family of arrays, which ViPR virtualises into a single resource and delivers to server apps needing storage. Look at it like this: the EMC storage array product …
Chris Mellor, 06 Sep 2013

Java updates too much of a bother? Maybe online banking's just not for you

Security researchers have spotted a surge in attacks against online banking customers, thanks to a new strain of Java-exploiting Trojan Caphaw (aka Shylock). Over the last month or so the malware has targeted customers in at least 24 financial institutions, including Bank of Scotland, Barclays Bank, First Direct, Santander …
John Leyden, 23 Sep 2013

Bother! Breakdown busts bloke's bold boffin-blasted briny boat balloon bid

An IT bloke hoping to fly across the Atlantic in a small boat suspended Up-style beneath a cluster of multicoloured balloons has had his dream dashed, according to reports. Jonathan Trappe lifted off in heavy fog from the US state of Maine on Thursday, hoping that the forecast winds would carry his small yellow lifeboat …
Lewis Page, 16 Sep 2013
The Register breaking news

Fancy some mobile filth? New logo tells you when not to bother

Providers of public Wi-Fi services could soon display a form of trust mark to indicate their networks prevent access to pornographic content, the UK government has said. The government said that some major Wi-Fi providers were looking into the possibility of establishing such a trust mark scheme in collaboration with the UK …
OUT-LAW.COM, 30 May 2013

Congrats on MP3ing your music... but WHY bother? Time for my ripping yarn

Good news. A year on from the ICT debacle at my son’s school, he has ditched the joint and found another place where his skills are more appreciated. Faithful readers may remember - as for all you unfaithful readers, I understand the political parlance is to call you "sluts" - that a couple of days before he was due to embark …
Alistair Dabbs, 27 Sep 2013
The iPad queue London, credit The Register

Don't bother with Big Data – listen to customers instead

Dabbling with big data won't produce insights into how to improve a business as rapidly as listening to customers' interactions with a business, according to Michael Ossipoff, the Director of Capability and Innovation and Australia's dominant telco, Telstra. “Insights wont come from data, they'll come from observation,” Ossipoff …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Aug 2012
The Register breaking news

Don't bother with that degree, say IT pros

Learning to code in your bedroom will prepare you for the IT job market just as well as a three-year degree costing £27,000, professionals said in a survey published today by CWJobs.co.uk. More than half the IT professionals polled said they would not do an IT-related degree today if they were paying the increased fees, which …
Anna Leach, 30 Sep 2011

BlackBerry makes its devilish Android trickery official in OS update

BlackBerry has started to roll out the latest version of its eponymous Operating System. The tiny incremental increase in version numbering (from 10.2.0 to 10.2.1) belies its importance - for this version runs Android apps at full-tilt, thanks to trickery we described back in November and previewed earlier this month. BlackBerry …
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Jan 2014
Planetoid crashes into primordial Earth

SPACE VID: Watch JUMBO ASTEROID 2000 EM26 buzzing Earth

If there's nothing on TV tonight, or you're suffering from insomnia, readers of The Register can always tune in to an asteroid flyby, broadcast live online by the Slooh Observatory. Slooh's cameras will start streaming commentary and footage of near-Earth space rock 2000 EM26, here and in the player below, from 6pm Pacific …
The Register breaking news

Yes! It's the NFC phone-bonk doorbell app AT LAST

Home owners too lazy to answer the doorbell can relax as the latest innovation from Doorbl puts visitors in touch via a smartphone tapped to the door. The app, available for Android and iOS, links a Near Field Communication tag to a cloud service which lets one know when a visitor is on the doorstep. This assumes the visitor has …
Bill Ray, 09 May 2013

LOHAN chap hooks up with busty stratominx in cosmic pleasure cruise

The Register's Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team has expressed its shock and dismay that member Dave Akerman has chosen to play away from home with a lads' mag busty stratominx. Dave's a veteran of countless balloon launches, and is regularly approached by people in bars asking to be "taken to heaven and back". …
Lester Haines, 07 Mar 2014
Peril Sensitive Sunglasses - Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

SACRILEGE! Hitchhiker's Guide game's back ... and it TWEETS at you

We've all heard that things were better back in the day. But when it comes to computer games, El Reg has uncovered concrete evidence that the past was pretty rubbish. The Beeb has re-released an old text adventure based on Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the day it first hit the shops. What …
Jasper Hamill, 11 Mar 2014
DVD it in many colours

Sony and Panasonic plan 300GB Blu-Ray replacement for 2015

Sony and Panasonic have announced a partnership to develop a new format of optical storage disc for data archiving to replace Blu-Ray, and plan to get a 300GB disc in the market by the end of 2015. In a canned statement the two companies said they had "a proven track record in developing Blu-ray Disc format technologies, and by …
Iain Thomson, 30 Jul 2013
Dropbox IOS

Dropbox outage was caused by 'buggy' upgrade: DDoS us? You hardly know us...

Pranksters latched onto an outage at Dropbox on Friday to push false rumours of a politically motivated hack. A group calling itself 1775Sec claimed that it had taken advantage of a vulnerability to knock out the widely used sync-and-share service. These claims were reported by sections of the media over the weekend. Dropbox …
John Leyden, 13 Jan 2014
The Register breaking news

Indian piracy arrests bother Bollywood BitTorrenters

Indian police arrested four suspected movie uploaders last weekend in what is reportedly the first operation of its kind in the country. The quartet are accused of running a business involving ripping pirated movie DVDs and music CDs and uploading them to a site called Torrentrockerz, which made its money from advertising. The …
John Leyden, 25 Nov 2010

Flappy Bird's ANIMATED CORPSE may spread malware PLAGUE

Cybercrooks have been quick to latch onto the hype about Flappy Bird's demise by laying a variety of malware-based traps. Counterfeit Flappy Bird Android apps packing malware have been spotted all over the web, with sightings by both Trend Micro and Sophos, among others. Trend warns that counterfeit copies of the mobile game …
John Leyden, 12 Feb 2014
Open hands of chimpanzee and human

Hands up if you have one good reason to port enterprise apps to ARM

ARM servers look tantalising. Various CPU vendors offer multi-core silicon at a price that makes Intel go weak at the knees. Those CPUs also slurp so little power that by the time a senior manager reads about them in an in-flight magazine you'll be asked why you're not using them yet. Throw in the fact that Dell and AMD have …
Simon Sharwood, 07 Feb 2014

Nasty holes found in Belkin's home automation kit

Insecure firmware handling, poor communications practises and API vulnerabilities are among a range of vulnerabilities security company IOActive has identified in Belkin's WeMo home automation systems. In its advisory, here, IOActive says it's discovered that the systems leak a hard-coded key and password that Belkin uses to …
The Cesium 133 atomic wristwatch

Atomic clocks come to your wrist

Smartwatches? Who'd bother now that personal atomic clocks are on the agenda? The timepiece in question is called the Cesium 133 and has been announced by high-end Hawaiian watch outfit Bathys Hawaii. The watch is said to contain “a single chip” wherein resides “a laser, a heater, a sealed cavity of cesium gas, a microwave …
Simon Sharwood, 03 Oct 2013
iBuyPower Steam Box

Valve pal iBuyPower touts cut-price Steam box as powerful as PS4 or Xbox

Californian games PC maker iBuyPower has become one of the first vendors to take the wraps off an upcoming box based on Valve’s Steam OS. It is, of course, a high-end PC in a console-style box - which is, after all, what today’s next-generation games consoles are. It just happens to run Linux rather than Windows, though the …
Tony Smith, 26 Nov 2013
Artist's concept of Curiosity

NASA quandary: Should Curiosity channel Fast and Furious for Martian dune-buggy jump?

NASA scientists are preparing to put Curiosity through its toughest challenge yet, scaling a meter-high sand dune that could leave the Mars rover stranded, immobilized. Dingo Gap Let's go off-road! The boffins behind Curiosity are looking for the best possible route to the rover's next goal, Mount Sharp, but the two routes …
Iain Thomson, 05 Feb 2014
The Register breaking news

The public cloud ... why bother?

Given the amount of noise around cloud computing at the moment, the signal can be difficult to discern. One question that tends to be forgotten in the debate is – why should you bother? Is it just about the money, as some pundits would have you believe? Given that the public cloud is not going to be right for everything, when …
Nathan Coates, 09 Mar 2011
FBI badge and gun

Got a TorMail account to avoid Uncle Sam's web snoops? About that...

It appears the US Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) has a copy of a server used by TorMail – a hidden email service that tries to keep its users anonymous. In a court filing [PDF] that emerged this week, it's said FBI agents obtained the contents of a TorMail server last summer. According to the statement, submitted by a US …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Jan 2014
NASA image depicting lava flows on Heard Island

Oz volcano's lava lake spills from crater

Australia's only active volcano is rumbling fiercely, with new NASA photos revealing its lava lake has overflowed its crater. The volcano in question, Big Ben, is happily located on Mawson Peak in the remote southern reaches of the Indian Ocean on Heard Island, an Australian territory. People only bother to visit Heard and its …
Simon Sharwood, 01 May 2013
Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak

Ancient video of Steve Jobs launching the first Apple Mac found

Long-lost footage of Steve Jobs launching the first Apple Macintosh in 1984 has been dug out of storage and shown in full for the first time in 30 years. The video shows the Apple godhead addressing the Boston Computer Club just days after his famous speech to shareholders at Cupertino. Time magazine journalist Harry McCracken …
Jasper Hamill, 27 Jan 2014
Ultrastar He6

Million-dollar new disk tech could be USELESS for array vendors

We've seen a lot of innovation in disk drive technology over the past year or so, tech into which millions of dollars of R&D as well as large amounts of time and effort have been poured. But from where we're standing at the beginning of 2014, it may ultimately be totally useless for storage array vendors. I'm thinking of …
Chris Mellor, 13 Feb 2014

Apple shouldn't bother with TV...

Can nobody rid of us the barefoot CEO? He may be gone, but Steve Jobs continues to manipulate the press from the beyond – this time through his biographer, Walter Isaacson. The Steve Jobs biography launches the hype for Apple's next great product, a TV. "It would be seamlessly synced with all of your devices and with iCloud... …
Andrew Orlowski, 25 Oct 2011

NASA invites you to sleepover: Stay up and watch 'FIREBALL RICH' Geminid shower

NASA is gearing up for the peak of this year's annual Geminid meteor shower on the night of 13-14 December, as debris associated with "weird rocky object" 3200 Phaethon comes to a fiery end in Earth's atmosphere. The agency has organised a live chat with astronomer Bill Cooke and chums from 23:00 EST on the 13th until 03:00 EST …
Lester Haines, 09 Dec 2013

Click here to BEAT OFF David Cameron's web SMUT ban

A programmer has designed a backdoor which will allow grumble movie lovers to get around UK prime Minister David Cameron's ban on filth. Anyone using Chrome can now employ a simple extension called Go Away Cameron to bypass the new network-level "safety" filters implemented by the UK's biggest ISPs: TalkTalk, Sky and this week, …
Jasper Hamill, 23 Dec 2013

Ditch your boring iPhone for a hot Android piece, says Google's TOTALLY UNBIASED Eric Schmidt

Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt has shown that as a marketer, diplomat and technical writer, he makes a pretty good figurehead/roving-technology-talker-upper – by penning Eric’s Guide: Converting to Android from iPhone. That'll be the Android mobile operating system from Google. There's precious little in the guide you …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Nov 2013
Photo of Kim Jong-un using an archaic computer

Dead Kim Jong-il's OS makeover takes a page from Dead Steve Jobs

The latest version of North Korea's official operating system has been given a makeover that lends it an all-too-familiar look and feel. The Norks have maintained a state-sponsored Linux distro – RedStar Linux – since 2010. The earliest version looked like a fairly stock KDE desktop Linux, for its time. But with the new version …
Neil McAllister, 04 Feb 2014
Jolicloud Jolibook

French Joli OS surrenders on the desktop, retreats to cloud

Jolicloud, a company headquartered in Paris, France, has surrendered its ambition to give the world a desktop operating system and will henceforth operate only in the cloud. The company has been around since 2009 and has crafted a cloudy environment that conceptually resembles Chrome OS, inasmuch as offers not much more than a …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Nov 2013
The Register breaking news

HP plugs password-leaking printer flaw

Security flaws in a range of HP printers create a way for hackers to lift administrator's passwords and other potentially sensitive information from vulnerable devices, infosec experts have warned. HP has released patches for the affected LaserJet Pro printers to defend against the vulnerability (CVE-2013-4807), which was …
John Leyden, 08 Aug 2013
Nadella

FINALLY Microsoft releases Office for iPad – but wait there's a CATCH

Microsoft has, after years of speculation, released some of its Office applications for Apple iPad owners – but you'll need an Office 365 subscription to use them in anything other than a lobotomized form. Nadella Nadella holds his first press conference since taking former CEO Steve Ballmer's crown The Apple App Store now …
Iain Thomson, 27 Mar 2014
Vulture

Vultures circle to feast on carcass of free remote desktop service LogMeIn

A number of vulture firms have swooped in to feast on the desktop access carcass left by the death of LogMeIn's free service. El Reg was, frankly, shocked by the level of outrage yesterday after LogMeIn decided it would no longer allow techie types to use its service to access their desktops remotely for free. We received a …
Jasper Hamill, 22 Jan 2014
EMC president Pat Gelsinger

VMware CEO Gelsinger: How we'll beat Amazon Web Services

VMware is at a crossroads. Few doubt the benefits it has brought to the data centre, or even to smaller organisations who appreciate how virtualisation helps to simplify operations of a more modest server fleet. But the technology world is also fascinated by the public cloud, which offers fast and cheap access to servers on …
The Yutu lunar rover

China confirms Jade Rabbit lunar rover has conked out

The Yutu rover delivered in China's first moon-probe mission has popped its clogs and will become a permanent fixture of the lunar landscape. "China's first lunar rover, Yutu, could not be restored to full function on Monday as expected, and netizens mourned it on Weibo, China's Twitter-like service," China News Service reports …
Iain Thomson, 12 Feb 2014

MagicPlay creator crafts Raspberry Pi demo

Hard on the heels of the release of MagicPlay, the BSD-licensed alternative to Apple's AirPlay, comes the inevitable Raspberry Pi demonstrator. Why bother? Because some people are impatient: MagicPlay's creators, DoubleTwist, hope that the streaming-over-WiFi software will become as popular as AirPlay and get built into speakers …
Barnes and Noble Nook HD

Barnes & Noble knock Nook slate down to £79

Barnes & Noble has knocked a further 20 quid off the price of its Nook HD and HD+ tablets as it continues to try to shift existing stocks of the gadgets. Originally introduced in September 2012, the 7-inch and 9-inch Nook tablets were priced at launch at £159 for a 16GB HD and £226 for the same-capacity HD+. Both tablets, …
Tony Smith, 04 Sep 2013

Imagination brings real-time hyper-realistic ray tracing to mobile kit

Imagination Technologies has launched its new PowerVR Wizard GPU series, complete with hardware-accelerated ray tracing, and has also announced the first member of that new product family, the PowerVR GR6500. "This opens up the potential of highly photorealistic, computer generated imagery to a host of new real-time applications …
Rik Myslewski, 18 Mar 2014
Samsung Galaxy Gear

'PATHETIC' Galaxy Gear sales skewer smartwatch HYPE-O-GASM bubble

Despite its much-ballyhooed kickoff, Samsung has sold far fewer of its Galaxy Gear smartwatches than it would have liked, sources say. According to BusinessKorea, the smartphone kingpin has sold just 50,000 of the wrist-mounted gadgets since launching them in September, which translates into global sales of 500-800 units per day …
Neil McAllister, 19 Nov 2013

The REAL JUICE behind leaked BlackBerry OS: Android apps to slip in without protection

BlackBerry may have “solved” its app problem - but at the expense of the health of its native BB10 app market. Android apps can now be installed without conversion, and run at near-native speed on BlackBerry devices, after the latest leaks of BlackBerry OS 10.2.1. Of course, BlackBerry would prefer developers to write native …
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Nov 2013
Motorola StarTAC

HELLO LENOVO. Do you really, really want to make smartphones?

Lenovo has bought third place in today's smartphone market by acquiring fallen giant Motorola. Not a bad performance since it only created its 'MIDH' mobile division three years ago. But is this really a prize worth fighting for? Lenovo took the No.1 spot in PCs last year from HP with a huge home advantage in China, where it …
Andrew Orlowski, 31 Jan 2014
The Register breaking news

Transfield scores Sydney NBN build contract

Northern Territory partner Syntheo might be having trouble matching the pace demanded of it by NBN Co, but the builder of Australia's National Broadband Network is apparently satisfied with Transfield Services, announcing a new contract with the latter covering Sydney. In a brief statement to the Australian Securities Exchange, …

Legal bruiser Reback joins Google battle in Europe

The famous American legal bruiser Gary Reback has once again waded into the battle against Google in Europe again. The search giant is currently thrashing out a behind-closed-doors remedy with the European Commission in order to fend off a full Statement of Objections. But the deal's critics say Google’s proposed remedy merely …
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Dec 2013
Tesco Hudl

Shopping list for Tesco: Eggs, milk, bread, tablets (the £60 7in Android kind)

It has a silly name, but a surprising price. Tesco’s new seven-inch Android tablet, the Hudl, will cost a mere 60 quid and a stack of Clubcard points. Well, when a Google Nexus 7 will set you back £199, every little helps. Ahem. The Hudl incorporates a 1440 x 900 LCD, 1.5GHz quad-core CPU, dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4 …
Tony Smith, 23 Sep 2013

Amazon DENIES launch of iPhone-killing freebie smartphone

Amazon won't be launching a freebie phone later this year, in fact it won't launch any phone this year and has no future plans to give hardware away, ever. The story started on Friday as an exclusive from ex-WSJ journo Amir Efrati, and spread across the blogosphere like wildfire as it sounded feasible and came from "people …
Bill Ray, 09 Sep 2013

Slip your SIM into a plastic sheath, WIPE international call charges

A sticker slapped onto a SIM card can cut international calls by 98 per cent, and guarantee a 50 per cent saving on business spending, without changing numbers or phones. The sticker comes from BiBiTel, and is really a second SIM which sits between the handset and the operator SIM. Most commands are passed straight through, but …
Bill Ray, 16 Oct 2013