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A quantum-diamond experimental chip at TU Vienna

Another step forward for diamond-based quantum computers

Building simple quantum gates is common, but creating something that could be built on transistor-like scale is a huge challenge. Now, boffins from the Technical University of Vienna, Japan's National Institute of Informatics, and NTT's Basic Research Labs are offering an architecture they reckon can be scaled up. What the …
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RSA crypto defiled again, with factoring of 768-bit keys

Yet another domino in the RSA encryption scheme has fallen with the announcement Thursday that cryptographers have broken 768-bit keys using the widely used public-key algorithm. An international team of mathematicians, computer scientists and cryptographers broke the key though NFS, or number field sieve, which allowed them to …
Dan Goodin, 07 Jan 2010

Mozilla certification revocation: 107,000 websites sunk by untrusted torpedo

Over 107,000 websites have been consigned to the depths of the untrusted internet after Mozilla's move last week to allow its 1024-bit certificates to expire. The latest shipment of Firefox 32 improved security by killing support for the 1024-bit certificate authority (CA) certificates within the browser's trusted store. Google' …
Darren Pauli, 08 Sep 2014
Artist’s impression of deep blue planet HD 189733b

MARS NEEDS OCEANS to support life - and so do exoplanets

Everyone knows that exoplanets need to be in the sweet Goldilocks spot (“not too hot, not too cold, just right”) next to their sun to support alien life: but now British boffins have said they reckon oceans might be necessary too. Artist’s impression of deep blue planet HD 189733b Researchers at the University of East Anglia …
Neil Cardy's massive bacon sarnie from a cafe on the A90

Eating a fat bacon sarnie? Have a defibrillator handy

A study has grimly concluded that men who fill their faces with more than 75g of processed meat a day are significantly more likely to suffer a fatal heart attack. This terrifying announcement for hardcore bacon lovers is based on a 1997 examination via questionnaire of the dietary habits of 37,035 chaps from Central Sweden. …
Lester Haines, 13 Jun 2014

Steam and Origin gamers knocked offline by SEPARATE DDoS attacks

Valve's online gaming platform Steam and Electronic Arts' Origin were hit by separate DDoS attacks over the weekend. An assault by a crew calling themselves DerpTrolling left EA Origin's online systems intermittently unavailable for around 24 hours while a separate attack knocked steam offline for around an hour on Friday. …
John Leyden, 06 Jan 2014
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Google to double encryption key lengths for SSL certs by year's end

Google is about to start the first upgrade to its SSL certification system in recent memory, and will move to 2048-bit encryption keys by the end of 2013. The first tranche of changes is planned for August 1. The new requirements are laid out in a blog post and a FAQ on the topic. The upgrade, based on the guidelines from …
Iain Thomson, 23 May 2013
The stew on the outdoor fire

A real pot-boiler kicks off Reg man's quid-a-day nosh challenge

It's day one of the El Reg Quid-A-Day Nosh Posse's attempt to survive for five days on a fiver for food in support of Malaria No More UK. I have no doubt our elite team is rising magnificently to the challenge, having prepared their cunning survival plans well in advance. While I await news of how it's going, here's some of my …
Lester Haines, 28 Apr 2014
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US mobile spectrum sale latest – Sprint tells rivals: Knock yourself out, guys

Mobile giant Sprint said it will opt out of an upcoming radio spectrum auction which is expected to fetch billions of dollars. The company on Wednesday revealed it is more than happy with its current portfolio of frequency holdings, and is going to sit back and let its competitors shell out big bucks in order to gain more …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Nov 2013
Apple iPod Touch 5G

Apple reveals bare bones iPod touch

Persistent rumours that Apple is planning a cheap version of the iPhone have a little more substance today, after Apple quietly slipped a new bare-bones model of the iPod touch out the door. The “iPod Touch 16GB” didn't even rate a press release and name and comes in just two colours: black and white. The rear-facing iSight …
Simon Sharwood, 31 May 2013

Arrow tightens belt yet another notch, vows to shed $75m in costs in 2013

The powers that be at Arrow have found another $35m worth of savings to lop off this year as it tries to match costs with the market realities. One of the big four global wholesalers - Ingram Micro, Tech Data and Avnet Inc constitute the others - Arrow reported a one per cent decline in calendar Q1 sales to $4.85bn. Flat is the …
Paul Kunert, 02 May 2013
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Fund-a-mental: The real problem with clouds and managed services

It’s all very well dodging the economic downturn by hopping on the cloud bandwagon, but you might find this also puts you out of reach of the industry’s established funding models. It’s a truism that one of the problems holding back British business is getting access to credit and other forms of funding. The government has done …
Eddie Pacey, 29 Apr 2013

Cloud upstart ProfitBricks tries to undercut Amazon on price

Instead of being drenched by Amazon's cloud, cloud infrastructure biz ProfitBricks is trying to get out in front of the hardbacks'n'hosting monolith and lower its prices before Bezos & Co initiate another price drop. In an attempt to tempt customers away from major cloud operators, ProfitBricks' new on-demand server prices are …
Jack Clark, 31 Jul 2013

Think Amazon is CHEAP? Just take a look at these cloudy graphs...

Amazon has slurped cloud cash for years, but a recent analysis by El Reg shows that the mega bit-seller charges a surprising premium for some of its services, and is facing stiff competition on price from rivals. Vulture West's floating cloud bureau was recently roused from a beer-soaked sleep by a phone call from the denizens …
Jack Clark, 04 Dec 2013

Enterprise tech market returning, says Arrow CEO Long

Enterprise tech buyers may have started to shake off the residual effects of the recession, judging by the fortunes of sector bellwether Arrow Electronics, whose numbers came in at the high end of expectations. Turnover for the second quarter of fiscal 2013, ended 29 June, went up three per cent to $5.3bn. However it was the …
Paul Kunert, 25 Jul 2013

Blighty's schools shake on new 3-year deal with Microsoft

The Department for Education claims a three-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Microsoft will save schools £10m on licensing over the next three years, in part by "factoring freeware" into the deal. The agreement began 1 January and runs until the end of 2015 giving schools across the UK the option to buy Microsoft …
Paul Kunert, 11 Jan 2013
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How NOT to evaluate hard disk reliability: Backblaze vs world+dog

A few months ago, Brian Beach, a distinguished engineer at cloud backup joint Backblaze, published a set of study-like blog postings relating to his firm's experiences with hard drive lifespan in its 25,000+ spindle environment. The blogs garnered quite a bit of interest due to the subject matter, and provocative titles like: …
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Vint Cerf: 'The internet of things needs to be locked down'

Device manufacturers who are sticking internet connections into everything from TVs to toasters need to lock down their systems with strong authentication, Google's chief internet evangelist Vint Cerf warned the RSA keynote audience. Cerf said he was "frankly astonished" at the range of devices that now come with an internet …
Iain Thomson, 27 Feb 2013

IT chiefs' purses drained, security budget still safe - report

Security looks set to be one part of companies' IT budgets that will be comparatively safeguarded in the recession, if the beancounters at Gartner are to be believed. Global spending is forecast to rise more than 8 per cent this year to $60bn, reaching $86bn by 2016. Gartner research director Lawrence Pingree said that based on …
Paul Kunert, 13 Sep 2012
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BlackBerry App World hits 3bn downloads, 27bn more to go

BlackBerry's app store – BlackBerry App World – has notched up 3 billion downloads, parent company RIM boasted in a upbeat developers' blog post. There are now over 90,000 apps in the store, the post says. Apple's App Store has seen 30 billion downloads as of June and has about half-a-million apps on its books, but the 3 …
Anna Leach, 09 Jul 2012
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Factoring gains won't break strong crypto – Schneier

Concerns that improvements in factoring technology might make it easier to break large key length encryption codes are misplaced, according to noted cryptographer Bruce Schneier. Last year mathematician Dan Bernstein circulated a paper discussing improvements in integer factorization, using specialised parallel hardware, …
John Leyden, 13 Mar 2002
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Latest Java patch is not enough, warns US gov: Axe plugins NOW

Security experts advise users to not run Java in their web browsers despite a patch from Oracle that mitigates a widely exploited security vulnerability. The database giant issued an emergency out-of-band patch on Sunday, but despite this the US Department of Homeland Security continues to warn citizens to disable Java plugins …
John Leyden, 15 Jan 2013
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Quantum crypto still not proven, claim Cambridge experts

Two killjoy researchers from the University of Cambridge have cast doubt on whether quantum cryptography can be regarded as ‘provably secure’ – and are asking whether today’s quantum computing experimentation is demonstrating classical rather than quantum effects. Computer scientists Ross Anderson and Robert Brady have published …
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Privacy expert dismisses PRISM-busting typeface as 'art project'

Attempts to use a mixed-up font that makes machine reading more difficult in order to foil NSA snoopers or hackers are almost certain to fail, according to privacy experts. Sang Mun, a former South Korean Army man who worked in liaison with the US National Security Agency (NSA) during his service, spent a year creating the ZXX …
John Leyden, 24 Jun 2013
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Hitch climate tax to the ACTUAL CLIMATE, says top economist

A Canadian economist has an idea to tackle global warming so simple, it’s stunning no one has thought of it before. Ross McKitrick, Professor of Economics at the University of Guelph in Ontario, an IPCC expert reviewer and one of its leading critics, proposes a carbon tax with the rate tied to climate response. He explained the …
Andrew Orlowski, 04 Jul 2013
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iPhone 5 sales curbed by lack of smashable screens – report

Sales of the iPhone 5 on the first weekend of its release were lower than expected because the phone is so innovative, not because customer interest is tailing off, reports newswire Bloomberg. The iPhone 5 sold 5 million units in its first three days of sale: and while the huge figure is an increase on the 4 million iPhone 4Ss …
Anna Leach, 25 Sep 2012
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What you need to know about moving to the Azure public cloud

In case you hadn't heard, Microsoft is trifling with this "cloud" thing. It even has a new strategy, Cloud OS, discussed in the first part of this three-part series. Cloud service providers, the focus of part two, are important to Microsoft's plans as well. But Microsoft's plans do not end there: the company has gone and built …
Trevor Pott, 11 Dec 2013
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Eclipse Xtends Java

The Eclipse Foundation has quietly launched a new language, Xtend, which it says is designed to address shortcomings of Java without replacing it. The aim of Xtend is to create more readable code, to add features that Java needs but doesn’t have, and to offer “a convenient alternative in situations where Java doesn’t shine”. …
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How do you solve a problem like LibreOffice: From Excel to slab fever

A senior bod behind LibreOffice says the open-source suite's spreadsheet app lags behind much-nippier rival Microsoft Excel - but the hardware acceleration announced this month should close that gap. And that acceleration could give the freely available productivity suite a leg up on tablets, smartphones and other mobile gadgets …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Jul 2013
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BT seeks apartment dwellers to sign-up to 'superfast' FTTP trial

BT is on the lookout for around 1,000 residential buildings to sign up to a pilot to allow the national telco to test superfast broadband speeds in apartment blocks. The company said it needed to carry out the pilot on buildings in areas where its broadband had already been laid. Fibre-to-the-premises will then be blown into …
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Jan 2012

What are quantum computers good for?

The problem with trying to explain quantum computing to the public is that you end up either simplifying the story so far as to make it wrong, or running down so many metaphorical rabbit-burrows that you end up wrong. So The Register is going to try and invert the usual approach, and try to describe quantum computing at a more …
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Piles of unshiftable HP fondle-slabs choke Best Buy

Crates of HP fondleslabs are mounting up stateside at Best Buy as it emerged the retailer has shifted less than one-tenth of its 270,000 strong unit order. Evidence is mounting that HP's shiny slate, dubbed the OuchPad in the US, is failing to capture the attention of shoppers on both sides of the Atlantic, as indicated by …
Paul Kunert, 17 Aug 2011
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Benefits of boozing outweigh harms, says survey

Trick-cyclists in Seattle have confirmed a poorly acknowledged reality: that for many people, the benefits of drinking – even heavy drinking, on occasion – outweigh the downsides. Psychologists at the University of Washington, conducting the study, contend that this is a matter of perception rather than reality and have dubbed …
Lewis Page, 05 Jul 2011
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Hero Playmonaut lost at sea as SPEARS ditches in Channel

It's with heavy hearts that we report the loss of the Special Project Bureau's heroic playmonaut, after the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) balloon launch on Saturday ended in the English Channel off the coast of Sussex. Click here for a bigger version of the LOHAN graphic The flight was intended to test the Special …
Lester Haines, 04 Dec 2012
Acer Iconia A500

Acer insists fondleslab 'fever' is fading

Acer has once again claimed that punters are turning back to notebooks, tempted by the likes of Windows 8 and the ultra-skinny machines chip maker Intel calls "ultrabooks". The PC giant is seeking to spin this as a sign that consumer interest in tablets is waning. Yes, tablet fever is cooling down, Acer chairman JT Wang is …
Tony Smith, 25 Aug 2011
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'Predictably random' public keys can be cracked - crypto boffins

Cryptography researchers have discovered flaws in the key generation that underpins the security of important cryptography protocols, including SSL. Two teams of researchers working on the problem have identified the same weak key-generation problems. However, the two teams differ in their assessment of how widespread the …
John Leyden, 16 Feb 2012
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UK Channel insolvency rates soar to nine-year high

Insolvency rates in the UK channel are at the highest level seen since the dotcom bubble burst, official figures have confirmed. The UK economy is looking shaky: inflation is rising, government is forging ahead with harsh public sector cuts and High Street retailers are going into meltdown; parts of the channel are also showing …
Paul Kunert, 08 Jul 2011
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Open source team creates apocalypse survival kit

A team of open source enthusiasts is putting together instructions for how to build 50 tools essential to establishing – or reestablishing – a civilization. The Global Village Construction Set (GVCS) is being developed by the Open Source Ecology (OSE) group, and includes such basic tools as a well drill, steam engine, and brick …
Iain Thomson, 17 Nov 2011
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US tech-sector job stats flattened by Verizon strike

A strike by 45,000 workers at telecom giant Verizon helped flatten job creation in the US economy in August – literally. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has issued its monthly jobs report, and says that not only did the US economy fail to add any net-new workers last month, it also revised the number of jobs created in June and …
Oracle Exalytics appliance

Oracle starts peddling Exalytics in-memory appliance

Oracle has begun shipping its Exalytics in-memory appliance, and if you are thinking about using one of these devices, you had better brace yourself for an intense negotiation about deep price cuts, as well as writing a big check to Oracle even after you get a good deal. Exalytics ain't cheap. And that is not necessarily a …
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Lost laptops cost companies $50k apiece

A single lost or stolen laptop costs a business an average of nearly $50,000. At least, that's the word from an Intel-sponsored study by the Ponemon Institute. That figure is based on Ponemon's recent voluntary survey of 28 US companies reporting 138 separate cases of missing laptops. Value of missing kit was mathmagically …
Austin Modine, 23 Apr 2009
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A handy guide to cloud service measurement

Calculating Return On Investment (ROI) for internal IT services is messy. Businesses want costs justified on a service-by-service basis. This approach has its flaws; IT service delivery is more than the sum of its parts. Much black magic is involved in lashing various aged and often incompatible systems together. Replacing or …
Trevor Pott, 06 May 2011
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Quantum computing spectre looms over ecommerce

Two team of boffins have independently set up quantum computers running proof of concept versions of an algorithm for factorisation. The development poses a threat to the security of the cryptographic codes, based on public key cryptography, that protect ecommerce. Both teams used rudimentary laser-based quantum computers to …
John Leyden, 14 Sep 2007

Drobo B1200i: The heavy-duty array even your mum could use

Drobo has jumped in to the enterprise storage market with the B800i and the B1200i iSCSI appliances designed to be the simplest devices of their kind. For the past month, I have put the larger of the two - the 12-disk Drobo B1200i - to the test. It has both served in my test lab and been pressed into production; I've tormented …
Trevor Pott, 01 Jan 2013
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Oz boffins in quantum computing breakthrough

If you think testing a chip with a gazillion transistors is a challenge, try testing a handful of qubits in the quantum computing world. To confirm all the possible states of just eight qubits needs four billion or so measurements. The problem of characterization, as it is known, is the target of a technique developed by a team …
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Will cloudy Cirtas be a rainmaker?

Can it cross the chasm? Cirtas, a cloud storage startup, has hired a professional CEO and secured a $22.5m B-round funding boost. The two-year-old company now has to sustain its momentum and prove its technology's worth. The market for cloud storage gateways is unproven, but technology start-ups are convinced that if cloud …
Chris Mellor, 25 Jan 2011
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IBM bit-twiddlers want point releases for big iron

The bit-twiddlers took over IBM's server business a year and a half ago, and it appears that they are starting to think about systems as if they were code, as if they could do dot releases in a nearly steady stream and keep their revenues from spiking up and crashing down all the time. It has taken a long time for IBM to build a …

Wyse words mate

Next year is Wyse’s 30th anniversary. The company rose to fame during the 1980s with terminal emulation thin clients, and although it had a brief flirtation with own-brand PCs it is its focus on thin clients that has made this company famous. Today, Wyse specialises in the client side of remote computing and desktop …
Trevor Pott, 27 Oct 2010
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Stumbling Lenovo turns in record loss

Stumbling PC giant Lenovo saw sales and profits fall further than expected in the fourth quarter. The firm, which owns the ThinkPad brand, said sales fell 26 per cent to $2.8bn in the fourth fiscal quarter of 2009. Gross profit was down 49 per cent to $285m. Factoring in restructuring charges and other costs Lenovo made a pre- …
John Oates, 21 May 2009
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Overland hurls PwC auditors overboard

Overland Storage management seems to have taken exception to PricewaterhouseCoopers' auditing of its accounts and fired the firm. For the past two financial years PwC has added a stern warning to the accounts, saying that there was substantial doubt about Overland's ability to continue as a going concern. While even accountants …
Chris Mellor, 20 Oct 2009