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Boffins splash fluids on special soggy biscuits in anti-flood demo

Chinese boffins from Beijing’s "Silicon Valley" are showing off innovative anti-flood technology – bricks that actually let the water in. Rechsand Science and Technology Group demoed the soggy bricks at its base in Zhongguancun Science Park – home to big-name domestic tech firms Lenovo, Sina and Baidu as well as international …
Phil Muncaster, 07 Nov 2012

Facebook adds Flash to up the tempo of its enormous disk-o-tech

Facebook has updated an open source tool that lets admins wring fast performance cheaply from disk-based arrays fed from PCI-e flash cards. The "Flashcache" tool was updated to version 3.0 by the company on Wednesday. The tool lets the company sit a high-performance cache on PCI-e flash cards to speed access to important data …
Jack Clark, 11 Oct 2013
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Database down! DBA ninjas to the rescue

Database administrators (DBAs) may not be given much attention ninety-nine per cent of the time. But when the database fails for some reason, they become ninjas, (hopefully) restoring the data, recovering the firm's ability to do business, and generally saving the day. This all assumes that you've backed up your database …
Robin Birtstone, 14 May 2014

Report: Climate change has already hit USA - and time is RUNNING OUT

The US government–mandated Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) has released a mammoth 841-page report on the impact of climate change on the US, region by region, focusing on its effects on water, human health, agriculture, urban life, and more. The bottom line: climate disruption – their term – caused by human activities is …
Rik Myslewski, 06 May 2014
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DON'T PANIC says Hynix, China fab explosion is no big deal

Fears that an explosive fire at SK Hynix's Chinese fabs in Wuxi will cause a spike in chip prices are unfounded, says the company. "Currently, there is no material damage to the fab equipment in the clean room, thus we expect to resume operations in a short time period so that overall production and supply volume would not be …
Iain Thomson, 04 Sep 2013

'Polar vortex' or not, last month among the WARMEST Januaries EVER RECORDED

It may come as a surprise to shivering citizens of the US lower 48 who are brittle from the "polar vortex" freeze-out – which is back, by the way – or soggy Brits wringing out from the recent floods, but last month was one of the warmest Januaries on record when measured globally. How warm? It depends upon whose analysis you …
Rik Myslewski, 22 Feb 2014

NetApp will jack up disk prices next month

NetApp is raising disk drive prices as a result of the Thai flooding. Here is NetApp's statement: NetApp empathizes with the people of Thailand as they work to recover from the tragic flooding. We work closely with our hard disk drive suppliers to stay abreast of their recovery efforts and to secure supply to meet our needs. …
Chris Mellor, 06 Jan 2012
Ship in trouble

Leaky security could scuttle global ship-tracking system

Security researchers have found a major flaw in the Automatic Identification System (AIS), a mandatory tracking system for ships, which could leave the 400,000 vessels currently using it globally wide open to terrorists or pirates. Trend Micro’s Kyle Wilhoit and Marco Balduzzi and independent researcher Alessandro Pasta …
Phil Muncaster, 17 Oct 2013
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Brisbane online flood maps woefully inadequate

As floods sweep over South-East Queensland for the second time in two years, Premier Campbell Newman took to the airwaves on 27 January advising citizens to “look at their flood maps” to decide whether they were at risk. To quote News Limited: “residents should check flood maps which would be released on council floods maps [for …
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SDI wars: WTF is software defined infrastructure?

The Software Defined Infrastructure (SDI) war is coming, and it will reshape the information technology landscape like nothing has since the invention of the PC itself. It consists of sub-wars, each important in their own right, but the game is bigger than any of them. We have just been through the worst of the storage wars. …
Trevor Pott, 17 Oct 2014
The Register breaking news

UK student in dock over Anonymous £3.5m PayPal attack

The trial of a British university student accused of participating in attacks by hacktivist collective Anonymous against the websites of PayPal and others has begun in London. Prosecutors say Christopher Weatherhead, 22, was studying at Northampton University when he allegedly took part in "Operation Payback", the packet- …
John Leyden, 23 Nov 2012
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Acer first PC vendor to confirm price hike

Acer has become the first major PC vendor to confirm a price rise in response to flooding in Thailand, which it says has led to a 20 per cent hike in the cost of disk drives. This comes just days after Acer described the outlook for HDD supplies as uncertain, while rivals firms agreed drive component prices would head north, and …
Paul Kunert, 28 Oct 2011

RIP Full Disclosure: Security world reacts to key mailing list's death

The legendary Full Disclosure mailing list, where security researchers posted details of exploits and software vulnerabilities, is shutting down. The service, which had been running for nearly 12 years since July 2002, has been suspended indefinitely after list admin John Cartwright was no longer prepared to put up with the …
John Leyden, 19 Mar 2014

Nokia flings low-end Lumia at developing world

Nokia has officially unveiled the Lumia 510, a budget Windows Phone handset unlikely to excite enthusiasts of the latest tech. With us Westerners distracted by incoming Windows Phone 8 kit, the Finnish firm today set its sights on flooding the developing market with more of yesterday's tech. And after the company pulled the …
Caleb Cox, 23 Oct 2012

Microsoft watches iPads flood into world's offices: Right, remote desktop clients. It's time

Microsoft will release its own apps to manage all the iOS and Android devices that are flooding into organisations as part of the Bring Your Own Device trend. They will be available for download from app stores later this month. The official Remote Desktop (RDP) clients were announced on Monday along with a new RDP client for …
Tim Anderson, 08 Oct 2013
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WD: Thailand floods worse than feared

WD is expecting flooding in Thailand to "significantly impact" disk drive availability this quarter after the situation deteriorated. The HDD giant last week confirmed that facilities close to Bangkok were closed as it dealt with the natural disaster. Rival Seagate is also evaluating the extent of the damage on sub assembly …
Paul Kunert, 17 Oct 2011
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Flood-hit HDD parts supplier resumes production

Major disk drive motor supplier Nidec has resumed production at several facilities in Thailand, but continues to deal with damage to six sites that are still under water. The component giant, which manufactures around three-quarters of the world's HDD motors, confirmed operations were back online at its Rangsit plant in …
Paul Kunert, 08 Nov 2011
Al Gore at Google's 'How Green is the Internet? Summit'

Al Gore: Stop using the atmosphere as 'AN OPEN SEWER'

According to former US vice president and climate activist Al Gore, the world faces "a climate crisis of unprecedented proportions," and the data center industry can – and should – make a tremendous contribution towards averting climate-change disaster. Speaking at Google's "How Green Is the Internet? Summit" at the company's …
Rik Myslewski, 07 Jun 2013
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Micron: PCM? Pah. Gaze upon our MUTANT flashy memory cube

A Micron analysts day revealed the boys from Boise think nothing much will happen with resistive RAM technologies like the Memristor for five years, and that volatile/non-volatile memory configs for servers are going to grow. During the conference itself Micron presented lots of technology goodies. CEO Mark Durkan started out …
Chris Mellor, 10 Feb 2014
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New stats: Blighty's PC market ended 2012 on its KNEES

Retailers and distributors replenished PC stocks cautiously during Q4 last year in a nod to concerns over weak consumer demand for Windows 8 and the perennial threat posed by slablets, according to recent sales and shipment stats. IDC prelim stats show shipments of notebooks and desktops into the channel declined nearly 5 per …
Paul Kunert, 22 Jan 2013
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Flooded fabs to ship 48m fewer disks in Q4

Disk drive shipments are set to plummet by nearly 28 per cent in Q4 – 48 million fewer units than a year ago – in the wake of the devastating flooding in Thailand, says beancounter iSuppli. The ripple effect of the worst flooding in the country for more than half a century is also likely to be felt across many sectors of IT and …
Paul Kunert, 01 Nov 2011

You hear that, Mr Cook? Samsung's profits have gone UP

Samsung Electronics is toasting a massive hike in its Q1 profits fuelled by sales of smartmobes and tabs but warned cheaper kit flooding the market may "dampen" its next quarterly numbers. Sales for the period ended 31 March climbed by 16 per cent to 52.87tn won (£30.7bn), boosting operating profits by 50 per cent to 8.78tn won …
Paul Kunert, 26 Apr 2013
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Flood recedes at Toshiba's Thai fabs

Toshiba Corp expects to crank up Thai production lines early next year at a number of plants on one industrial park as the waters have started to recede. The nine fabs in the Bangkadi Industrial Park build home appliances, semiconductors and lighting products, but Toshiba disk drives are made in the Navanakorn Industrial Estate …
Paul Kunert, 03 Nov 2011
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HDD prices to remain 'inflated' until August

HDD prices are falling eight times more slowly than they rose in the weeks after the flooding in Thailand and look likely to remain inflated until mid-summer. Idealo.co.uk monitored vendors' online average selling prices (ASPs) across its five price comparison portals and found that disk drives went up 100 per cent in 33 days …
Paul Kunert, 16 Mar 2012

CA piles into API management with Layer 7 acquisition

CA Technologies has hopped into API management via the acquisition of Layer 7 technologies as the company continues to reinvent itself for the software-as-a-service era. The acquisition follows a similar move by Intel to acquire Mashery last week, and API Management company Mulesoft's announcement it had trousered a further $37m …
Jack Clark, 22 Apr 2013
The Register breaking news

Iran's top brass deny nuking US bank websites

Iran has denied computers on its soil were behind denial-of-service attacks against American banks. US national security officials allege the websites of JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup and Bank of America were slowed by assaults launched from Iran. The G-men didn't say whether the attackers were backed by the Middle Eastern nation's …
John Leyden, 24 Sep 2012
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Hitachi GST unzips to reveal hard internal 4TB whopper

Hitachi GST has a 4TB desktop disk drive on sale in Tokyo, although no product announcement has been made. This would be the world's first 4TB internal drive. As reported by Xbit Labs, the Deskstar 5K4000 is a 4TB drive with a 32MB cache and 6Gbit/s SATA interface. It features Advanced Format and Coolspin technology, spinning at …
Chris Mellor, 12 Dec 2011
The Register breaking news

Brit anti-terror hotline hacker teen pleads guilty

A teenage computer crook faces prison after admitting hacking offences, including breaking into former British Prime Minister Tony Blair's electronic address and phone book. Junaid Hussain, 18, of Birmingham, swiped the sensitive information after unlawfully accessing a GMail account used by Katie Kay, a Blair aide. The hacker, …
John Leyden, 03 Jul 2012
The Register breaking news

Call centers under attack in targeted cyber-blackmail scheme

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has cautioned public-safety call centers against the rise of so-called telephony denial of service (TDoS) attacks, which it says have the potential to cripple local telephone exchanges. The warning was issued in March in a confidential Situational Awareness Update that was obtained by …
Neil McAllister, 01 Apr 2013
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Altcoins will DESTROY the IT industry and spawn an infosec NIGHTMARE

Much has been written about how Bitcoin will affect libertarian society, banks, money and government, but there are some other effects that bear consideration: what it will do to the IT industry. Imagine you've always lusted after the highest of high end graphics cards. Why pay £500 for something that's only for improving the …
Simon Rockman, 27 Jan 2014
The Register breaking news

DDoS crooks: Do you want us to blitz those phone lines too?

Cybercrooks are now offering to launch cyberattacks against telecom services, with prices starting at just $20 a day. Distributed denial of attacks against websites or web services have been going on for many years. Attacks that swamped telecoms services are a much more recent innovation, first starting around 2010. While DDoS …
John Leyden, 02 Aug 2012
globalisation

EMC hikes drive prices, blames Thai flood tragedy

El Reg has been sent a copy of a letter from EMC to its Velocity channel partners saying disk drive prices will rise 5 to 15 per cent from 1 January, 2012. It is apparent the price rise is due to drive shortages caused by the Thailand flooding. This has caused retail drive prices to rise and impacted many disk drive OEM deals as …
Chris Mellor, 20 Dec 2011
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Disk prices double after flood - and could 'double again'

Hard disk prices doubled in the past fortnight following the severe flooding in Thailand and could potentially rise by the same amount again, channel sources have warned. The world's second largest producer of drives behind China, Thailand, is dealing with the aftermath of flooding that has killed 380 people, inundated 14,000 …
Paul Kunert, 03 Nov 2011
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Cyber crims smash through Windows into the great beyond

Windows has been a beleaguered piece of software over the years. That is because malicious hackers, like everyone else, want to walk the simplest path to the greatest glory. Microsoft’s operating system has been the most popular one for the past 20 years, so it has attracted the most malware. One IT professional told The …
Tom Brewster, 29 May 2014
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Floods? What floods? Seagate to open new Thai disk fab

Despite the devastating and deadly floods in Thailand, Seagate will spend $30m (£19.1m) to finish building a new disk read-write head plant in the south-east Asian nation. The 29,800m2 plant will be in Nakhon Ratchasima province in the country's north east. This region has been hit twice by severe flooding, once in October 2010 …
Chris Mellor, 12 Dec 2011
The Register breaking news

Hacktivists, blackhats snatch sixguns from whitehats' holsters

Tools designed for testing server and network defences are being snapped up by hacktivists to launch denial-of-service attacks on websites. More and more assaults are concentrating on knackering web apps and the HTTP server software running it, rather than simply flooding the underlying stack with bogus traffic to exhaust …
John Leyden, 20 Sep 2012
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Drama as Thai frogmen struggle to save world PC market

The Thai government has dispatched a crack squad of navy divers in a bid to glean WD factory equipment currently lost below metres of flood water. It is now more than a month since the flooding devastated parts of the country with 562 people confirmed dead, four million households affected and 14,000 factories inundated – …
Paul Kunert, 16 Nov 2011
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Nvidia hit by GPU slump, too

Microprocessor and GPU maker Advanced Micro Devices said yesterday that its financial results had been whacked by an unexpected downturn in discrete graphics processor sales in the fourth quarter, and Nvidia now says it had the same problem. In a statement, Nvidia put the blame squarely on the disk shortage that has been caused …
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WD dries out flood-trashed fab, pumps out first disks

WD has partially restored hard disk production at one of its flood-hit fabs in Thailand and expects to start pumping water from its second facility within ten days. The drive maker said that power at one of its buildings in Bang Pa-In - which had been under six feet of water since 15 October - was restored on 26 November and …
Paul Kunert, 02 Dec 2011
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Tosh Thai hard drive plant swamped

Toshiba is facing a long-term shutdown of its Thai disk drive plant due to more than a metre of water in the factory. The waterlogged fab is in the Navanakorn Industrial Estate Zone, next door to a flooded Western Digital plant. Toshiba said the depth of water has damaged machinery in the assembly line. It is working to prepare …
Chris Mellor, 24 Oct 2011
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Yahoo! bureau! chief! sacked! for! Mitt Romney! racism! jibe!

Yahoo! News' Washington bureau chief has been sacked after he joked that Republican US presidential wannabe Mitt Romney was "happy to have a party with black people drowning". The quip was made as the right-wing party held its National Convention and Hurricane Isaac barrelled across the southern state of Louisiana, bringing days …
Team Register, 30 Aug 2012
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Flood-hit Thai disk fabs to pour out 140m drives

The production of hard disk drives is nearing full capacity after flooding last year in Thailand sent shockwaves through the supply chain, with output set to reach around 80 per cent of pre-flood levels. A Digitimes report, citing industry sources, claimed that production would increase to somewhere between 140 and 145 million …
Phil Muncaster, 24 Feb 2012
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Massive PC shortages to hit this Xmas

PC shortages will likely dampen retail sales this Christmas as a result of the shortfall in hard drive production caused by killer flooding in Thailand. Analysts claimed this week that 48 million fewer disks will be shipped this quarter, but had reckoned the PC supply chain has sufficient stocks to see it through to next year. …
Paul Kunert, 04 Nov 2011
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Post-Profit Prophet RUSSELL BRAND is the HUMBLE CHRIST of STARTUPS

Some news events are so momentous they instantly become burned into the memory - as irreversibly as an iOS firmware upgrade. For example, I’ll never forget where I was when the Berlin Wall came down. I was still a schoolboy: in prep school in Geneva, trying to buy heroin. But 23 years later, everything about that day comes …
Steve Bong, 15 Nov 2013
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When the lights went out: My 'leccy-induced, bog floor crawling HORROR

Feeling old? Clapped out? Weary of the cut and thrust of everyday work? Looking for a role that pays shitloads of dosh while demanding no relevant experience or demonstrable skill, but chairmanship of the Co-Op bank remains tantalisingly out of your league due to your clean living and good character? Tough. Get back to work like …
Alistair Dabbs, 06 Dec 2013
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Microsoft execs warn of PC sales drop in crucial Q4

Senior Microsoft executives are warning that PC sales in the last quarter will be lower than expected, saying the effects of the floods in Thailand are having a lingering impact. CFO Tami Reller told a JPMorgan Chase & Co. conference that the flooding was causing the PC industry more serious problems than had been expected. …
Iain Thomson, 11 Jan 2012
Charlie Rose (L) and Larry Page (R) at TED 2014 in Vancouver

'It is disappointing that the government secretly did this stuff'

This was the week when legendary security mailing list Full Disclosure closed down after 12 years when admin John Cartwright threw in the towel in utter exasperation. The service where security researchers could post details of exploits and vulnerabilities is closing after Cartwright reached the end of his tether with running …
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Thai floods threaten Seagate hard drive supply chain

Seagate is assessing the potential impact of flooding in Thailand on the production of hard disks that forced arch rival WD to temporarily halt manufacturing this week. Severe flooding has reportedly killed at least 280 people, inundated homes, disrupted transport links and caused chaos at utilities close to WD's facility, which …
Paul Kunert, 14 Oct 2011
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Embiggened x86 servers help Super Micro set revenue records

Last year was not an easy one for whitebox king Super Micro, which makes a living selling x86 servers as well as the components for those who want to compete with it. But the latest record-breaking revenues and improving profit picture shows the company has overcome its setbacks. Last fiscal year, the company was hurt when Intel …

Hurricane Sandy smacks the Big Apple around

Extreme weather is something we are getting used to here in New York City, and what is clear as we all walk outside to assess the damage from Hurricane Sandy is that the aging infrastructure in the Big Apple was not designed to sustain this kind of hit. Thankfully, this was a Category 1 hurricane with limited amounts of rain, …