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Atari Games: Gauntlet

Running the Gauntlet: Atari's classic ... now and then

Rumours of a new version of the Atari classic Gauntlet at E3 took me straight back to the arcade circa 1985. I remember being dwarfed as a preteen by the fearsome presence of Gauntlet’s massive cabinet. It dominated the arcade and the rest of the machines in the room with its huge screen and impressive multicoloured keypad. …
Lucy Orr, 16 Jul 2014
An Amazon Prime Air drone

Amazon Prime hot air drone service goes a-recruiting

Online retail monolith Amazon is recruiting for Prime Air - the much-hyped future delivery paradigm whose modest aim is to "get packages into customers' hands in 30 minutes or less using unmanned aerial vehicles". Jobs up for grabs include a software development engineer who'll need "superb technical, research and analytical …
Lester Haines, 21 May 2014

Mystery bidder plunders the whole haul in Silk Road Bitcoin auction

The US Marshals Service says the entire hoard of Bitcoins seized from shuttered online drugs souk Silk Road have gone to a single bidder in an auction held on Friday. The 29,656.51306529 Bitcoins that prosecutors wrested from wallets belonging to Silk Road have an estimated real-world value of around $19m at today's exchange …
Neil McAllister, 02 Jul 2014
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Pickles throws down gauntlet on council data

Eric Pickles has told more than 200 "slow coach councils" that they must put spending data online or face the consequences. The local government secretary reminded them that they have until the end of January to publish data about spending of £500 or more. This includes publishing details of senior pay and councillor expenses, …
Kable, 06 Jan 2011

Chihuahua TERROR: Packs of TINY hounds menace Arizona

Residents of a suburb of Phoenix, Arizona, are battling to reclaim the streets from packs of Chihuahuas which have brought terror to wide-eyed kiddies obliged to run the canine gauntlet on their way to school. According to this chilling report on Fox, gangs of the diminutive mutts numbering as many as 12 roam the streets of …
Lester Haines, 20 Feb 2014
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Playmobil throws down animation gauntlet

The El Reg Bootnotes department's toy manufacturer of choice, Playmobil, has agreeably invited fans to pitch their best miniature animation efforts for the chance to secure £500 and a year's supply of the company's products. Playmobil launched the challenge at the Toy Fair in London, having apparently been rather impressed by …
Lester Haines, 27 Jan 2010
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Clinton throws down the gauntlet to China over Google

Hillary Clinton has demanded that Beijing investigate the widespread hacking attack on Western businesses that has prompted Google to threaten to leave the country. The US Secretary of State made the demand in a speech on internet freedom in Washington DC, in which she claimed the free movement of information strengthened …
Joe Fay, 21 Jan 2010
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The Return of BSOD: Does ANYONE trust Microsoft patches?

Patch early and patch often is the advice of security professionals when it comes to software updates. After all, who needs to be left wide open to hackers and malware writers when the solution is delivered by the software's maker? Yet sysadmins will be increasingly leery of applying such an approach to Windows systems …
Gavin Clarke, 18 Aug 2014

Fanbois shun 'crappy plastic' iPhone 5C

Fanbois have once again queued to obtain the new iPhone in Australia, where an accident of time zones means punters willing to do without sleep can be among the very first in the world to play with Apple's latest. The Reg dropped in to Apple Store Broadway, a Cupertinian outpost in a small mall on the fringe of Sydney's central …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Sep 2013
Mars

Watch out, MARTIANS: 1.3 tonne INDIAN ROBOT is on its way

Indian space-wallahs are celebrating the successful launch of an unmanned mission to Mars. A rocket carrying the Mars probe blasted off from Sriharikota spaceport on the south east coast of India at about 9.08 GMT, about 90 minutes ago at the time of publication. So far, the only crash in the mission was at the Indian Space …
Jasper Hamill, 05 Nov 2013
A detail of the Breaking Bad lab

Modular smartphones floated by Dutch designer chap

There isn't a product, or even a prototype, but if it could be made to work, why not turn the smartphone into a bunch of replaceable modular components on a standard backplane? It may or may not be feasible, but the notion gathered enough attention that the proposal page, on crowdfunding site Thunderclap.it, was hosed by visitor …
Cloud security

Let cloud apps manage your systems – if you have nothing to hide

There are a growing number of cloud-based security and systems management (CSSM) applications available to consumers and small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), and I am ambivalent about their use. On the one hand, I am not fan of things cloudy, especially where they involves trusting US-based companies*. On the other hand, …
Trevor Pott, 12 Jun 2014
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Web pioneer hits critics with Lisp gauntlet

Maverick programmer and venture capitalist Paul Graham is challenging all comers to beat him after finally releasing a working version of his Lisp update – called Arc. Best known for his pioneering early 1990s work on web development and spam filters, Graham announced in 2001 he was working on an economic version of Lisp, one of …
Phil Manchester, 07 Feb 2008
iPad Air component thicknesses

Apple Store workers' inner journey revealed

Australia's location close to the International Date Line and Apple's policy of putting new products on sale at the same time everywhere in the world mean The Reg's Australian office gets the world's first look at fanboi reaction to new kit from the fruit factory. We do so at Apple Store Broadway, an Apple Store about three …
Simon Sharwood, 01 Nov 2013

Tilera throws gauntlet at Intel's feet

Upstart mega-multicore chip maker Tilera has not yet started sampling its future Tile-Gx 3000 series of server processors, and companies have already locked in orders for the chips. That is how eagerly hyperscale data center operators are anticipating some alternative to power-hungry Xeon processors from Intel and Opteron …
The Four Horsemen Apocalypse ride up the grassy mound that adorns the WinXP desktop

The... Windows... XPocalypse... is... NIGH

The XPocalypse is upon us, gentlebeings, and those of us who must keep XP around are doomed! Or so some very expensive marketing pushes would have us believe. As you know by now, I have to keep some XP systems around. In some cases they'll probably be around for a decade or more. If you believe the breathtaking hyperbole of …
Trevor Pott, 08 Apr 2014
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Borland throws down Gauntlet to software defects

Software is unstable, full of bugs and bloated. Developers spend so much time adding new features that software testing is a last minute thing. Even the mantra of "designed secure" has failed to really improve the quality of software - just witness the number of day zero attacks against Microsoft. Enter Borland, which believes …
Ian Murphy, 15 Dec 2006

Samsung whips out 12.2-inch 'Professional' iPad killers

Samsung has taken aim at the professional end of the tablet market with a new line of "Pro" tablets – including two 12.2-inch models – and in doing so has thrown down the gauntlet to not only all other Android tablet manufacturers, but to Apple and Microsoft as well. "What we always hear consistently is that people want to do …
Rik Myslewski, 07 Jan 2014
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US court ungags Yelp reviewer who dissed builder

Negative reviews are okay, a Virginia court has ruled in a case hailed as a triumph for free speech. Justices Lemons, Goodwyn and Powell of the Supreme Court of Virginia ruled (PDF) that a woman's negative review of a building contractor on Yelp should not be taken down until a court has ruled that it is libellous. A 7 December …
Anna Leach, 04 Jan 2013
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Hunt tosses 27 cities into broadband cash bunfight

Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt has laid down the gauntlet for 27 cities to bid for £50m government funds to be in with a chance of gaining "ultrafast" broadband networks by 2014. A strict set of criteria was laid out by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) today. The cash pile was allocated by Chancellor George …
Kelly Fiveash, 04 May 2012
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CarelessDotData: 'The state is not going to do dastardly things' with your privates

This was the week when MtGox - Bitcoin exchange extraordinaire - had a major meltdown. The digital currency exchange shut up shop, which its website suggested was because it was about to be acquired, but documents circulating the internet said had something to do with the alleged theft of 750,000 Bitcoins worth millions of …
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Ultimate bacon sarnie scrap starts to sizzle

Our challenge to readers to provide proof of the ultimate bacon sarnie looks set to provoke even more controversy than the matter of the zenith of sliced pork/bread assemblages has already caused. In case you've missed the porcine polemic, our Bauernfrühstück versus bacon sarnie post-pub nosh deathmatch had experts up in arms as …
Lester Haines, 12 Sep 2012
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Schmidt: 'Android mobes are a great Christmas present to an iPhone user!'

This was the week when Eric Schmidt had a lot to say for himself, first posting an informative guide for all the many friends he has who've been trying to migrate from iPhones over to Android. Mr Google informed the world via Google+: Many of my iPhone friends are converting to Android. The latest high-end phones from Samsung …
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Cisco throws California virt-server gauntlet

The gauntlet has been thrown. Cisco Systems launched its "California" Unified Computing System today in a 14-city IPTV extravaganza, with the key partners it has tapped to provide components to the system showing up to talk - and talk a lot - about what this all means. Pity that all this talk was a little light on the details …
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US rocketeer thunders to 121,000ft

A US rocketeer's mighty thruster has thundered to 121,000ft above Nevada, in the process returning some seriously impressive footage. Derek Deville's Qu8k soared from the launchpad at Black Rock Desert on 30 September. Here's the full-fat vid of the mission, and there's a shorter version right here: Qu8k was built to take a …
Lester Haines, 10 Oct 2011
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Apple to Google Maps: ‘Get lost’

Thanks heavens it’s only for photo-tagging: Apple has tossed yet another gauntlet onto the ground in its ongoing spat with Google, dropping Google Maps out of iPhoto for iOS and opting for OpenStreetMap instead. The move was the subject of speculation for a few days before being announced on the OpenStreetMap Foundation blog. …
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Gaping hole in NAI's Gauntlet firewall

Experts are calling it a security manager's nightmare. For the second time in as many years, a hole has been discovered in Network Associate's Gauntlet firewall software that makes it possible for intruders to turn the security system against the very networks it was designed to protect, SecurityFocus has learned. On Tuesday …
Kevin Poulsen, 05 Sep 2001
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MPs: 'Chilling' new libel law will CENSOR THE TRUTH online

A proposed overhaul to the UK's stringent libel law could have "a chilling effect on those publishing material online", an influential human rights committee warned today. The tabled amendments to the law of defamation could force website owners to take down defamatory material on request even if there is a valid legal defence …
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Dec 2012
Space Invader

Twenty classic arcade games

I’d better say it from the outset: picking 20 all-time arcade game classics is a nightmarish task, not simply because of the almost endless array of titles available to choose from, but because of all the really good ones you have to omit. Space Invader Here then, are the titles that made the cut, either because they have had …
Giles Hill, 05 Mar 2013
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Sugar-daddy love runs out for hard-up Valley firms

For many startups, getting Series A funding isn't the problem. The problem is using that cash to clear the increasingly high hurdles investors are imposing on early stage startups for the Series B round. For as recent funding data shows, venture capitalists remain willing to spread bets at the Seed and Series A rounds of funding …
Matt Asay, 21 Feb 2012

OpenStack dons a Red Hat

Red Hat just about owns the commercial Linux distribution business and it has a pretty hefty slice of the commercial Java application server racket, too. Now it is taking those products up into the clouds by rolling up a commercial distribution of the OpenStack cloud controller that was created by NASA and Rackspace Hosting two …
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The 10 best … Windows Server 2012 features

Microsoft's Windows Server 2012 is out. For many systems administrators, the question about this latest iteration of Microsoft's server family is not "What's new?" but "Why care?" Server 2008 R2 is a great operating system, while Server 2012 bears the stigma of Metro and the Windows 8 controversy. But the answer to "why care" …
Trevor Pott, 10 Jan 2013
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2,000 dot-word bids rocket ICANN onto $350m cash pile

The upcoming expansion of the internet's domain name system could see more than 2,000 new top-level domains come into existence, according to policy overseer ICANN. The organisation revealed at the weekend that it has received 2,091 applications for its controversial new gTLD programme, and could see up to 214 more before it …
Kevin Murphy, 08 May 2012
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Earth orbit for £1,000? You must be joking

We're obliged to all those readers who sent in suggestions as to just what El Reg's new Special Projects Bureau should be doing with its multi-billion pound budget and mountain fab bunker complex, and the first thing that caught our eye was the N-Prize – "a challenge to launch an impossibly small satellite into orbit on a …
Lester Haines, 04 Jul 2011
Apple New iPad 3 tablet

Apple tightens grip on tablet market with iPad 2 and 3 pincer move

Following the launch of Apple’s new iPad the company has been criticised again for the lack of design overhaul, with some arguing this will inhibit sales. But the 7 March actually saw yet another Apple masterstroke – for two reasons. Firstly, while largely unchanged on the outside, the New iPad’s launch focused on the software …
Salman Chaudhry, 23 Mar 2012
President Bill Clinton showing off his boots and his brains at Dell World

Dell shoots for number one in servers, adds OpenStack to public cloud

It is Dell World day two, and company founder, chairman, and CEO Michael Dell took the stage a half-hour late to talk, once again, about the repositioning of the company that bears his name to be a bigger player in the IT racket. He also invited former President Bill Clinton, who spoke for what seemed like about three hours …
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Visually challenged throw down gauntlet

Geeks penalised by Budget Resident whippersnapper Kieren McCarthy continues to cause trouble with his inflammatory prose. This week it's the visually challenged who are after his blood. John Buckley writes in the 'no-one likes a joke more then me and my wife' style: I read the Reg regularly and normally enjoy your coverage and …
Lester Haines, 09 Mar 2001
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HP alliance throws down Java gauntlet to Sun

In what will inevitably be seen as a direct challenge to Sun, Hewlett-Packard yesterday emerged as the ringleader of a group of companies pushing "an open, vendor-neutral standards process for real-time extensions to Java". HP also rolled out a new family of Java products for the embedded market, which are available for licence …
John Lettice, 03 Nov 1998

Oracle, SAP under attack: How cloud upstarts steal their lunch

After more than 20 years coining it, the Goliaths of the lucrative enterprise software world are about to meet their Davids: nimble rivals touting technology at a sensible price. And as we shall see, with customers jumping on cheaper services, ultimately the giants could be destroyed by their reliance on expensive support …
Gavin Clarke, 07 May 2013

Acer racks up Xeon E5s, picks fight with US server bad boys

It has been a while since Taiwanese server and PC maker Acer has made some noise in the server racket, but the company is plodding along after planting its seeds on United States soil in February 2011 with a revamping of its Xeon-based servers. Acer targeted Europe first – back in March 2010 – as the flag bearer for Advanced …
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Southampton Uni climbs aboard LOHAN spaceplane project

The Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team is delighted to announce today that a heavyweight team of postgraduate students from the University of Southampton will be tackling the design of our Vulture 2 spaceplane. Click here for a bigger version of the LOHAN graphic Regular readers will recall that we recently popped …
Lester Haines, 15 Dec 2011
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AMD engineering another Opteron-like leap

It is not as much fun to be in the server part of Advanced Micro Devices these days, with Intel surging in the server racket and expanding out to switching and storage with its Xeon processors and Intel more or less counting the substantial innovations that AMD's engineers crafted for the Opterons a decade ago. The good news if …
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Wired defines the storage 'PornYear'

Wired has thrown down the gauntlet to El Reg's Standards Soviet by defining the storage "PornYear" - equivalent to 0.94 petabytes. Yes indeed, forget Jubs, Linguine, and the theoretical maximum velocity of a sheep in a vacuum - the future will be measured by the number of millions of hours of HD vid smut you can theoretically …
Lester Haines, 23 Feb 2010
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The real reason most source is closed? Open is hard

As much as 95 percent of the world's software is written for internal, enterprise use, rather than by vendors for sale, a point famously made by Eric Raymond in The Cathedral and the Bazaar. Much of this software, in turn, has no proprietary value for the enterprises that develop it. So why isn't the world deluged with …
Matt Asay, 22 Jun 2011

PC-makers hope for Windows 8 hero to sweep up sales

In the current tight economic climate, manufacturers of PCs and laptops are eagerly looking forward to the arrival of Windows 8 to rescue their sales. It's worked before: the launch of Windows 7 in 2009 got off to a galloping start, more than doubling equivalent sales of Vista two years earlier. A few corporates even advanced …
Chris Bidmead, 06 Jun 2012
Dark Souls

Dark Souls

Plunging from a treacherous rampart, slowly succumbing to the poisonous bite or bludgeoned by a monstrous ice giant – Dark Souls wants you dead. And it doesn't care how. Dark Souls Shanking of the colossus That should come as no surprise, of course. Anyone who dared play last year's Demon's Souls knows all too well that death …
Andrew Bailey, 11 Oct 2011
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Apple iCloud: Same old cage, new height

Redmonk analyst Michael Cote argues that the cloud is all about speed, at least in the enterprise. For many others, however, the cloud has promised much more: it has become shorthand for freedom from vendor lock-in at the device level, so that data is free to roam between devices without the chokeholds of operating systems or …
Matt Asay, 09 Jun 2011
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Dear Dell and Microsoft: You're not Apple

Dell has always been a first-class choice for budget-minded CIOs. The company grew to prominence by shaving everything – including R&D costs – from the bill of materials for its utilitarian, corporate machines. Today, despite four years of attempts to invigorate its brand with consumers, Dell remains a consumer-computing laggard …
Matt Asay, 24 May 2011
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Wake up, Linux hippies: No one 'morally obligated' to give back

For years, open-source advocates – including me – have demanded greater open-source contributions from the world's largest beneficiaries, from Google to Morgan Stanley and the US Department of Defense. Now Amazon is on the firing line for not giving back commensurate with the benefits it receives from various open-source …
Matt Asay, 31 May 2011
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Watchdog takes hard line on 'adult film xtras' ad

The Advertising Standards Authority has ruled that an advert for "adult movie xtras" was not strictly honest in offering wannabe porn studs a substantial money shot. The ad, in an unnamed men's magazine, read: "Act out your fantasies on film, Earn Big Bucks. Adult movie xtras needed now! Call 08714 XXXXXX or 08714 XXXXXX www. …
Lester Haines, 17 Feb 2010