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Your mother has a smooth forehead, Klingon language lovers roar at Paramount

The Language Creation Society is very unhappy about an effort by movie studio Paramount to copyright the language of bumpy-headed Star Trek aliens, the Klingons. In an amicus curiae brief filed with an LA court, the society claims that Klingon is a "living language" and cannot be owned. "The greater whole is a living …
Kieren McCarthy, 29 Apr 2016

Windows 10 handcuffs Cortana web search to Bing and Edge browser

The Cortana search box in the Windows 10 task bar will, from today, always use Bing and Microsoft's Edge browser to find stuff on the web. You can still configure your default browser to be something other than Edge, and you can set the default search engine to be something other than Bing on your Windows 10 PC. But if you …
Chris Williams, 29 Apr 2016
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BOFH: Thermo-electric funeral

Episode 6 "So all I need is the data from yesterday and maybe the day before," the Boss says, handing over his pride and joy. "Ooooooh!" the PFY says. "A *ONE GIG* USB stick! Did you get it from a pound shop in a box of 10?" "I paid 85 quid for this when it first came out!" the Boss says proudly, as if owning IT antiquity was one of …
Simon Travaglia, 22 Apr 2016

FBI boss: We paid at least $1.2m to crack the San Bernardino iPhone

Vid FBI director James Comey today suggested the Feds paid security experts over a million dollars to crack a San Bernardino killer's iPhone. While speaking at the Aspen Security Forum in the UK, Comey was asked how much his agents paid hackers to break into Syed Farook's iPhone 5C. "More than I will make in the remainder of this …
Chris Williams, 21 Apr 2016

Catastrophic 123-reg VPS cockup deletes Ross County FC website

Ross County Football Club's website was among those deleted amid a web-hosting company 123-reg's mega cock-up. Virtual servers vanished for a large number of customers after the hosting firm ran a script containing a catastrophic error at 7am on Saturday 16 April as part of its clean-up process on the 123-reg VPS platform. “ …
Kat Hall, 19 Apr 2016
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Google's 'fair use' mass slurping of books can continue – US Supremes snub writers' pleas

American authors have failed to persuade the US Supreme Court to hear issues raised by the Google book-scanning case. Described as humanity's "last library," Google's 25 million book archive was almost entirely obtained without permissions from authors and publishers, leading to an epic 11-year legal battle. The decision …
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Apr 2016

Brit AI daddy Sir David MacKay dies

Obit David MacKay, or more formally Sir David John Cameron MacKay, FRS, FInstP, FICE, was a true polymath who achieved greatness in the fields of physics, computer science and energy policy. He died of cancer this week aged 48. His Royal Society Biography listed just some of his achievements here: David developed a way to correct …
Drew Cullen, 15 Apr 2016
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Web backup biz Monster Cloud monstered after monster price hike

London-based online backup biz Monster Cloud is under fire from customers after hiking its prices and switching up its subscription plans. We've heard from Register readers who say they paid £50 for a year's worth of "unlimited" cloud-based storage for their files, only to be told on Thursday that they need to pay an extra £30 …
Chris Williams, 15 Apr 2016

Vaizey: Legal right to internet access, sure. But I'm NOT gonna die on the 10Mbps hill

UK digital minister Ed Vaizey has shied away from guaranteeing a legal right to a universal service obligation of 10Mbps by 2020. Speaking in front of a Parliamentary select committee on “Establishing World-Class Connectivity Throughout the UK”, Vaizey said the government will include a legal right to a universal service …
Kat Hall, 14 Apr 2016
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MariaDB enters analytics market while prepping for massive Series C

MariaDB is entering the analytics market with the upcoming release of its big data analytics engine ColumnStore. ColumnStore, which will be available for beta testing in May, is, as you might imagine, a columnar storage engine. Intending to allow massively parallel distributed query execution and data loading, MariaDB has …
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US government updates secure email guide for first time in a decade

The US government's technology agency has updated its secure email guide for the first time in a decade and put it out for a month of public comment. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) guide [PDF] is 81 pages long and provides a surprisingly useful rundown on what to do to get your email secure. Its top …
Kieren McCarthy, 01 Apr 2016

Intel's Broadwell Xeon E5-2600 v4 chips: So what's in it for you, smartie-pants coders

Intel today officially pulls the wraps off its mildly delayed Xeon E5 v4 server processors. These chips follow up 2014’s Xeon E5 v3 parts, which used a 22nm process size and the Haswell micro-architecture. Intel shrunk Haswell to 14nm, and after some tinkering, codenamed the resulting design Broadwell. Server and workstation …
Chris Williams, 31 Mar 2016

That one phone the FBI wanted unlocked? Here are 63 more, says ACLU

The FBI's promise that the San Bernardino iPhone case was a one-off is looking a tad hollow after the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) found another 63 ongoing cases of the government using an ancient law to enforce unlocking. "The FBI wants you to think that it will use the All Writs Act only in extraordinary cases to …
Iain Thomson, 30 Mar 2016

OK, so the users want corporate apps on the move. Don't Panic

People want to be able to do their job from wherever they happen to be. It's understandable – if you don't need to be in an office chained to your desk then why not work somewhere more convenient? Let's look at five ways to make this achievable. Remote access to local apps At the most basic level you have the traditional …
Dave Cartwright, 30 Mar 2016

Pandora punch-up sees CEO exit, shares drop

A row over the future of music streaming service Pandora has led to the departure of its CEO and the return of the company's founder to the position. Shares in the company have dropped 10 per cent on the news that Brian McAndrews will leave as the company's chief exec, effective immediately, and be replaced by Tim Westergren, …
Kieren McCarthy, 28 Mar 2016

Okay IT pros, change happens. But here's your Reg guide to staying in control

When I started my IT career, the organisations I worked with didn't really do formal change management. And that wasn't really a problem: either they were small enough for it not to matter (we just told the handful of users: “We're about to upgrade X”), or the departments I worked in were sufficiently small and autonomous that …
Dave Cartwright, 23 Mar 2016
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Pope kicks off Easter week by triumphal entry into ... Instagram

The pope has celebrated the most solemn week in the Catholic calendar by expanding his social media presence and signing up to Instagram. In the process, he has also perhaps flagged up where Apple and Google are going wrong in their own social media efforts. Pope Francis has already continued his predecessor’s social media …
Joe Fay, 21 Mar 2016
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Good-on-paper FlashBlade: We've seen the hardware, we've touched the blades

Backstory It's not vapourware, this scale-up Ethernet cluster-in-a-box that Pure calls FlashBlade, but it's sure not hurrying to market. Announced yesterday, March 14, it's expected to be generally available by the fourth quarter, although we understand Pure engineers could take until the end of the year to finally clear it for GA. The …
Chris Mellor, 15 Mar 2016
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It looks good on paper, Pure. Will FlashBlade cut the mustard?

Comment Today Pure Storage is announcing a new product called Flashblade. It’s definitely a bold one. FlashBlade is a new all-flash storage system which is targeted at unstructured data workloads: highly scalable, for files and objects, aimed at serving less latency-sensitive workloads, but still with a lot of IOPS and throughput and …
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Streaming speaker biz Sonos lays offs workers as it finds its voice

Analysis Hi-Fi Wi-Fi streaming speaker supplier Sonos is in a hole and sees Amazon Alexa-style voice control as the way out. The firm has decided to develop its own voice-control system, and this is going to cost a great deal of money. CEO John Macfarlane says: "Voice is a big change for us, so we’ll invest what’s required to bring it …
Chris Mellor, 14 Mar 2016
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Building a fanless PC is now realistic. But it still ain't cheap

When it comes to PC performance the elephant in the room is heat generation. Generally, the cooler a CPU or GPU can be kept the faster it will run, hence mega-overclocked systems running liquid nitrogen cooling systems and producing mind-numbingly high benchmark scores and more clouds than your average Pink Floyd concert. For …
Simon Crisp, 26 Feb 2016
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LaCie bigs up 5big array: Desktop hot storage box gets fatter drives

LaCie has upped the capacity of its 5big storage for professional workstation users to 40TB by moving from 6TB to 8TB disk drives. This Seagate subsidiary positions the desktop, 5-slot 5big with dual Thunderbolt 2 connectivity and hardware RAID as capable of supporting 4K video workflows. It has a bandwidth of up to 1,050MB/ …
Chris Mellor, 26 Feb 2016
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Hands on with Xiaomi's Mi 5: Great smartphone, but when do we get it?

MWC16 Following a hypetastic presentation from Xiaomi Global VP Hugo Barra, your correspondent was among the first to get a quick hands-on with the 5.15” Mi 5, Xiaomi’s newly announced smartphone. Xiaomi is the huge smartphone brand you may not have heard of, if you live outside the far east. It is the bestselling brand in China, …
Tim Anderson, 24 Feb 2016

Android users installed 2 BILLION data-stealing, backdooring apps

Users have downloaded more than two billion data-stealing Android apps, while large swathes of enterprises are reportedly housing malicious iOS apps, according to security firm Proofpoint. The firm found some 12,000 malicious apps across 'authorised' Android app stores, with code to steal data, create backdoors, and wreak …
Darren Pauli, 24 Feb 2016

D&D geeks were right – their old rule books ARE worth something now

The owner of venerable role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) is offering US$50 for high-quality scans of game documents that have so far rolled saving throws against Spells of Digitisation. D&D re-launched in 2014 as version 5.0, but there's still lots of demand for older modules and books. Hence the scanning program …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Feb 2016

Facebook tells Viz to f**k right off

UPDATED Facebook has "unpublished" the page pertaining to legendary Brit comic Viz, citing a breach of the social network's terms and community standards. Viz revealed the shock news on Twitter earlier today, prompting one fan to suggest: "Couldn't you disguise yourselves by posting child pornography or right wing nut job content?" …
Lester Haines, 16 Feb 2016
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Send tortuous stand-up ‘nine-thirty’ meetings back to the dark ages

Something for the Weekend, Sir? It begins with a murmur. Despite my best attempts to ignore it for as long as possible, the indistinct mumbling gradually becomes intelligible, forcing me to pay attention. “Is it now?” I glance at my watch surreptitiously as being seen to do so could make it difficult later to claim ignorance of the time. I shrink down, don …
Alistair Dabbs, 12 Feb 2016

How Symantec scuppered Veritas sell-off six ways to Sunday

A champagne bottle's crack, a splash, and cheers rang out as the good ship Veritas was launched on the banks of Symantec's river – sent off to steam the data storage seas own with a new owner: the Carlyle Group. It's had an inauspicious launch: Symantec had to cut the price tag for Veritas by $800m due to "uncertainties" and a …
Chris Mellor, 01 Feb 2016
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Ofcom's head is dead against Three and O2's merger

Ofcom chief exec Sharon White has decided to tell everyone what she really thinks about the possible £10.5bn merger between O2 and Three – and it turns out the regulator-in-chief is not a fan. Hong Kong’s CK Hutchison announced its intention to acquire O2 from Telefónica last year. However, the European Commission has opened …
Kat Hall, 01 Feb 2016
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I love you. I will kill you! I want to make love to you: The evolution of AI in pop culture

Stephen Hawking is scared. "The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race," Hawking has said. With the creeping integration of soft AI into our lives in the form of Siri and personalized ads on social media, these computational mini-minds serve as a constant reminder that the evolution …
Lucy Orr, 29 Jan 2016
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Reg readers battle to claim 'my silicon's older than yours' crown

When Simon Sharwood revealed that an Aussie operator has just retired a server that been running flawlesssly since 1997, we figured it would prompt a slew of one-upmanship comments, and we were right. What we weren’t quite prepared for were the diversions that one aging server prompted into the nature of time, space travel, …
Joe Fay, 29 Jan 2016
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Land Rover Defender dies: Production finally halted by EU rules

The iconic Land Rover Defender is to cease production today after 33 years in continuous production. Built by Jaguar Land Rover at its Solihull factory, the Defender can trace its roots through the original Series vehicles back to 1948, making it one of world’s first four-wheel-drive vehicles. The Land Rover was conceived by …
Gavin Clarke, 29 Jan 2016
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Google DeepMind cyber-brain cracks tough AI challenge: Beating a top Go board-game player

A Google-designed artificial intelligence system has for the first time beaten a top human player at the board game Go. A team of researchers from Google DeepMind said in a Nature article [PDF] that their AlphaGo program is not only able to beat 99 per cent of all previous Go-playing systems, but has also beaten Fan Hui – …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Jan 2016
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AMX backdoors US govt's comms system with Batman-inspired surveillance mode

AMX, which supplies communications kit for the White House, US military, and several of the largest corporations, built a superhero-themed surveillance backdoor into its products. An analysis of the AMX NX-1200 communications controller by researchers at SEC Consult showed the device had a "setUpSubtleUserAccount" function. …
Iain Thomson, 21 Jan 2016

IRA’s former political wing takes aim at Apple over back tax

Ireland’s republican party Sinn Féin has declared it has no intention of giving Apple any wriggle room over an upcoming European ruling that could leave it liable for billions in back taxes. Ireland is braced for an election - and starting 100th anniversary commemorations of the Easter 1916 rising against British rule. Some …
Joe Fay, 21 Jan 2016
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European human rights court rules mass surveillance illegal

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled that mass surveillance is illegal, in a little-noticed case in Hungary. In a judgment last week, the court ruled that the Hungarian government had violated article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights (the right to privacy) due to its failure to include "sufficiently …
Kieren McCarthy, 20 Jan 2016

Server retired after 18 years and ten months – beat that, readers!

The Register has learned, thanks to a post to a semi-private mailing list, of a server that has just been decommissioned after running without replacement parts since 1997. The post, made by a chap named Ross, says he “Just switched off our longest running server.” Ross says the box was “Built and brought into service in …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Jan 2016
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Seagate floats out 10TB HDD filled with lifting gas

Seagate has caught up with WDC’s HGST unit and built a 7-platter, 10TB disk drive filled with helium gas. Western Digital Corporation (WDC) introduced its own 10TB Ultrastar He10 drive in December last year. This was a standard PMR tech drive, unlike the Ultrastar Archive Ha10 announced in June 2015, which used shingled …
Chris Mellor, 13 Jan 2016
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Fan belts only exist, briefly, in the intervals between stars

Book review It's a full four years since it was published, but Reg contributor Geoffrey G Rochat has finally gotten around to reading George Dyson's worthy tome Turing’s Cathedral. He finds it's not just a Best Book list lurker, but something actually worth reading. Ostensibly about the beginnings of computers, Turing’s Cathedral is chock- …
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Seagate's new drives are so shiny, we should call them ... bling buffers

Seagate is showing three stylishly packaged external disk drive products at the CES 2016 hypemare in Las Vegas this week. The three are: 2TB Backup Plus Ultra Slim; interesting acronymic possibility – BPUS. Bagpuss, perhaps? 1TB LaCie Chromé; a solid state drive being angled like the accent LaCie Porsche Design mobile and …
Chris Mellor, 05 Jan 2016
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Researcher claims Facebook tried to gag him over critical flaw

A security researcher who found a critical flaw in Instagram is claiming that Facebook's chief security officer Alex Stamos tried to get him fired over the discovery. Earlier this year Wes Wineberg, a contractor with enterprise security intelligence firm Synack, received a tip on IRC about an Instagram server with an open …
Iain Thomson, 18 Dec 2015
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After Death Star II blew: Dissecting the tech of Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens

Star Wars special Despite the quasi-disaster of The Phantom Menace run of films, expectations are high for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In 1977, Star Wars achieved a rare feat in sci-fi film history – going boldly where Star Trek went before, and establishing a look and feel so distinct and so powerful it spawned a whole culture. Not just …
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Huawei: Hey, storage bigshots – we're coming for your top 3 spot

China is coming to shake up our cosy storage world, with Huawei hoping for a top three supplier spot by 2018. Fan Ruiqi, Huawei’s storage products president, told Reuters: “We don't want to just be number one in China ... We want to be at least the top three in the world by 2018” in the storage business. That means acquiring …
Chris Mellor, 08 Dec 2015
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Weather finally cooperates with NASA, ISS resupply launch successful

A couple of Raspberry Pis are on the way to the International Space Station at last, after a resupply launch delayed three times due to bad weather finally hauled itself into orbit. The original launches suffered rain last Thursday and high winds on Friday and Saturday, but things finally went smoothly Sunday evening for the …
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Are CIOs condemned to 'interesting' times in 2016?

CIO Manifesto Whether you believe in five year plans, or think forecasting for 2016 is something best done next January, we all should have some feel for how next year is going to pan out. The group of IT execs we got around a table last month were mostly positive about next year, not only expecting budgets to go up, but that the work next …
Dominic Connor, 02 Dec 2015
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Outsourcer didn't press ON switch, so Reg reader flew 15 hours to do the job

On-Call Welcome again to On-Call, our weekly wander through readers' recollections of their ramblings to customer sites after being called out to fix stuff. This week, reader Tim shares a tale from “About 7 years ago when I was working for a software-as-a-service company based in the UK.” Things were going well and the company was …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Nov 2015
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GDS £450m investment probably an 'accounting fudge' – gov IT analyst

Plans to pump an extra £450m for the Government Digital Service to fuel the "digital revolution" was the shock take-away announcement in George Osborne's Spending Review yesterday - from the perspective of technology spend at least. It came as particularly unexpected as the body's top brass left en masse several months ago …
Kat Hall, 26 Nov 2015
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It's come to this for IBM: Watson is now a gimmick app on the iPhone

Remember when IBM's Watson was touted as a revolutionary machine learning platform that would help revolutionize the medical, science and business intelligence fields? Big Blue's expensive pet project has been showcased as a solution for everything from biomedical research to solving poverty to killing the spreadsheet. Now, …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Nov 2015

Terrorists seek to commit deadly 'cyber attacks' in UK, says Chancellor Osborne

Following Prime Minister David Cameron's re-announcement of funding increases for UK security personnel, Chancellor George Osborne delivered a speech today to GCHQ workers explaining that the increase is necessary as ISIL is seeking to "develop the capability" to launch deadly cyber attacks against British infrastructure. How …

IBM bets POWER8 processor farm on hardware acceleration

SC15 For 50 years, Moore’s Law held good. The axiom, formulated by Intel founder Gordon Moore in 1965, stated that overall processor power would double every year. In 1975 this was revised to every two years. But in July this year, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich revealed in an earnings call that in the wake of the introduction of 14nm …
Drew Cullen, 16 Nov 2015