Articles about Italy

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Four Boys' Own style World War Two heroes to fire your imagination

This week marked the 97th birthday of one of the world's greatest ever airmen, Captain Eric “Winkle” Brown RN, who flew nearly 500 different types of aircraft. Here's a quick look at some notable daredevils from World War Two. Eric “Winkle” Brown Captain Brown began his aviation career after being taken for a flight in a …
Gareth Corfield, 22 Jan 2016

Apple coughs up $350m – 2.3 days of annual profit – to make Italy's taxmen go away

Apple will fork out $350m (318 million euros) to make up for five years of missing tax payments in Italy. It emerged today the iPhone goliath has agreed to cough up the cash, which covers corporation tax owed from 2008 to 2013. California-based Apple had funneled profits from its Italian operation through its offices in …
Chris Williams, 30 Dec 2015

Gamer ransomware grows up, now infecting UK, Euro businesses

Companies across Northern Europe are being smashed by the TeslaCrypt ransomware as net scum switch from extorting individuals to targeting deeper--pocketed organisations. Those worst affected are located in the United Kingdom, France, Italy, and Spain, where a highly capable phishing campaign regularly tosses out juicy baits …
Darren Pauli, 14 Dec 2015
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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

Wick Hill grabs majority stake in networking distie Zycko

The Bank of Rigby has followed up its summer slurp of security virtuoso Wick Hill by similarly taking a majority stake in specialist networking and UC distie Zycko for an undisclosed sum. Rigby Private Equity – part of the Midlands-based business empire amassed by Brummie tycoon Sir Peter Rigby – launched in July, as …
Paul Kunert, 04 Dec 2015

TV broadcast vans drive ESA from Perth

Urban sprawl and interference from TV broadcast vans have obliged the European Space Agency (ESA) to shutter its Perth station in Western Australia, which until now has been handling initial tracking of spacecraft soaring aloft from Kourou, French Guiana. Perth station "hosts a 15-metre antenna with transmission and reception …
Lester Haines, 24 Nov 2015
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NetApp adds in-line dedupe to all-flash FAS arrays

NetApp has updated its Clustered Data ONTAP OS to support in-line deduplication and 3.8TB SSDs. Inline deduplication means data is deduplicated as it lands on the array instead of being initially stored in its full form and then having later, post-process deduplication applied to it. In-line deduplication is more space- …
Chris Mellor, 20 Nov 2015

How Twitter can see the financial future – and change it

Scottish financial trader James Alan Craig has been charged in the US with allegedly using Twitter to manipulate share prices. That charge raises a fascinating question: can Twitter be used to fiddle the stock markets? According to the US Department of Justice, the 62 year old, from Dunragit in Dumfries and Galloway, caused …
Costas Milas, 10 Nov 2015

All cooped up and nowhere to go, US and German spooks spied on each other

Allies US and German spooks cooped up in a windowless structure dubbed the Tin Can have been found secretly spying on each other. The revelations reveal the absurdity of a secret agreement between spy agencies, the NSA and the BND, to operate from a former US base in Bad Aibling, Germany, that was in 2004 handed over to German …
Darren Pauli, 10 Nov 2015
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Sennheiser announces €50,000 headphones (we checked, no typos)

Sennheiser has announced a new pair of headphones it says will cost “around €50,000” (£35,314 or US$54,279). The forthcoming “Orpheus” model boasts silver-plated copper cable and “gold-vaporized ceramic electrodes and platinum-vaporized diaphragms … exactly 2.4 µ thick, the result of extensive research that shows that any …
Simon Sharwood, 04 Nov 2015
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Cheer up: UK mobile networks are perkier than Germany's

The UK's mobile infrastructure is notorious for its hotspots and poor coverage, and we got LTE later than almost everyone else in Europe. But when it works, it actually works better than the Germans'. STL Partners has measured the real world performance of apps and webpages over mobile networks in five European countries. They …
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Oct 2015

Italian court rules in favour of lunchtime porn viewing

Italy's Supreme Court of Cassation has ruled that Fiat was wrong to sack an employee for watching porn DVDs during his lunch break, LiveSicilia reports. Back in 2010, a court in Termini Imerese, Sicily, backed the company's decision to dismiss the man from its local factory for eyeballing smut. Palermo's Court of Appeal …
Lester Haines, 15 Oct 2015
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Alleged Ukrainian botnet herder faces 43 years after Italian job snafu

A Ukrainian man extradited from Italy has gone on trial in New Jersey accused of running a botnet and dealing in stolen credit cards. "Vovnenko commandeered thousands of computers to create a virtual army of hacked computers that he and his conspirators used to break into other networks and steal valuable information," US …
Iain Thomson, 13 Oct 2015
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Rosetta comet boffins: We can explain why there's a rubber ducky IN SPAAACE

Pics Findings from the European Space Agency's Rosetta probe solved the riddle of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko's unusual shape. They have proof that the comet is in fact two planetary bodies joined at the hip. ESA's Rosetta probe took ten years to reach its target last July and, when it did, the science team had a bit of a shock …
Iain Thomson, 28 Sep 2015
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Apple CEO: We've hoovered up your cash faster than ever before

Apple has sold more than 13 million new iPhones in just three days, the company crowed announced on Monday. The new iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus models went on sale on Friday and set a new record as fanbois scrambled to pick up their newest bauble. “Sales have been phenomenal, blowing past any previous first weekend sales …
Jennifer Baker, 28 Sep 2015

Saudi Arabia: They liked Hacking Team so much they tried to buy the company

The Saudi Arabian government came close to buying a majority stake in Italian surveillance software firm Hacking Team last year. Wafic Saïd – a UK-based, Syrian-born businessman who is friends with the Saudi royal family – and Ronald Spogli, a former US ambassador to Italy, who indirectly owned a stake in Hacking Team, tried …
John Leyden, 28 Sep 2015
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Gold bugs, concrete bog roll holders and frolic-friendly furniture: What IS it with designers?

100% Design The 100% Design Show is all about innovation. This year there's a strong emphasis on things pretending to be other things, and furniture made out of stuff you wouldn't normally expect it to be made out of. Some of it's even quite comfortable... App One Design App One don't make apps, which is confusing in itself, but rather …
Steve Caplin, 25 Sep 2015
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Nine of the world’s fastest GPU supercomputers

When it comes to groundbreaking innovations in supercomputing over the last decade, there are few shifts that made bigger waves than the introduction of heterogeneous computing. Coupling high-performance host processors with a graphic-processing boost has helped several top-ranked supercomputers achieve performance and energy …
Team Register, 23 Sep 2015
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Homeland Security in CYBER POPE 'net chatter-check bulk up

Pope Francis – who landed in the US on Tuesday to bring salvation to those suffering through Cupertino's malefic advertising – is the subject of considerable cybersecurity concern. We cannot say whether this is a coincidence or not. According to Dave Weinstein, the deputy director of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security …
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Mobile phones are the greatest poverty-reducing tech EVER

Worstall on Wednesday I have mentioned before around here that the mobile phone seems to be, in terms of reducing poverty, the finest invention humanity has ever come up with. Details of exactly how it does so are here, talking about sardine fishermen off Kerala, and my discussion of the overall economic effect is here, just to revisit that overall …
Tim Worstall, 23 Sep 2015

The UK IS better than Europe, FACT! (at implementing cybersecurity measures)

Cloudsec Initial analysis of the European cybercrime scene shown to The Register suggests a growing concern about the threat from targeted attacks, with British enterprises significantly ahead of their European counterparts in terms of cybersecurity measures. The research, commissioned by Trend Micro to better appreciate the security …

Game, set and DEATHMATCH: Drone TERROR ORDEAL at US Open tennis tournament

Tennis fans faced a terrifying nightmare Thursday evening after a drone was flown and crashed into an empty section of seats at the US Open, injuring no one. As the authorities scrambled to deal with the flying menace, hapless teacher Daniel Verley, 26, was seized, and formally charged four hours later when New York cops …
Kieren McCarthy, 04 Sep 2015
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Prepare to be Thunderstruck: What if 'deuszu' ISN'T the Ashley Madison hacker?

Security researcher Brian Krebs last week named whoever is behind the Twitter account deuszu as likely having had a hand in the Ashley Madison hack. But has Krebs named the right entity? Attribution isn't that easy and Krebs has gone out on a limb. Take, for example, Krebs' belief that a fondness for the AC/DC tune …
Asher Wolf, 01 Sep 2015

Tech Data: screw you Wall St, we're a high flying distie

Walloping Wall Street expectations is becoming a bit of a habit for Tech Data - tighter cost controls beefed up operating profit, and higher than expected sales led to a double digit spike in the share price. The world’s second largest tech distie suffered at the hands of currency exchange rates - like the rest of the US-based …
Paul Kunert, 21 Aug 2015
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Don't fight the cistern: Voda takes the plunge with plumbers’ parking app

The Vodafone bright ideas department, xone, has been testing its car-tracking system with a plumbing company in London, potentially saving the pipe/washer-related enterprise "£100,000 a year". It’s the job of xone to tinker with new technology and then work out how to sell it. The Drivexone is a device which contains a GSM …
Simon Rockman, 17 Aug 2015
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Hacking Team mulled stopping Ethiopia sales – because of idiot g-men

Hacking Team failed to take effective action to investigate or stop reported abuses of its technology by the Ethiopian government against dissidents, according to Human Rights Watch. A review of internal company emails leaked as part of a highly-publicised breach against the controversial spyware-for-government firm in July …
John Leyden, 17 Aug 2015
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Budget UHD TVs arrive – but were the 4Kasts worth listening to?

Breaking Fad When you can buy a 4K telly at the supermarket, along with your bangers and mash, you know Ultra HD has entered the mainstream. Retail giant Asda is now stocking the Polaroid-branded P55D600, a 55-inch Ultra HD screen for just £699. If you want to really push the boat out, you can heft the 65-inch version into your wonky-wheeled …
Steve May, 14 Aug 2015
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AMD patent filing hints at FPGA plans in the pipeline

With Intel in the process of buying venerable FPGA-maker (field programmable gate arrays) Altera and adding FPGA-like customisability to some Xeon silicon, the industry has been anticipating a response from AMD. And perhaps the first fruit of that response are now emerging. A report from Italy's Bits and Chips says the company …
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Austria joins the long list of Pirate Bay access deniers after court order

An Austrian court has ordered local internet service provider (ISP) A1 Telekom to block access to The Pirate Bay. Following a case brought by copyright holders IFPI Austria (Federation of the Austrian Music Industry), the Commercial Court of Vienna on Friday issued a court order to the ISP to block access to four copyright …
Jennifer Baker, 03 Aug 2015
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Italy: Human rights are so old hat. The future's in internet rights

Access to the internet is a fundamental right of all persons. So says a new Italian Declaration of Internet Rights, which incorporates a 14-point manifesto drawn up by a parliamentary committee following a public consultation. Although not legally enforceable, many of the articles of the declaration (PDF) directly relate to …
Jennifer Baker, 29 Jul 2015
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Hurrah! Windfarms produce whopping ONE PER CENT of EU energy

The colossal, hugely expensive windfarms that are spread across huge areas of Europe's land and sea, which are projected to drive up household energy bills by more than 50 per cent in coming years, have achieved ... almost nothing in terms of reducing EU carbon emissions. We here on the Reg energy desk only noticed this …
Lewis Page, 27 Jul 2015

So what the BLINKING BONKERS has gone wrong in the eurozone?

Worstall @ the Weekend A while ago, one of The Register's anonymous cowards posted a question about inflation. Can anyone explain why printing truckloads of money was the correct thing to do for UK and USA while restricting the money supply and austerity was the necessary [thing] for every other advanced country in Europe? Was it simply that all …
Tim Worstall, 26 Jul 2015

You can secretly snoop on someone if they butt-dial you – US judges

A US court of appeals has ruled that phone calls started by accident in your pocket – so-called butt dialing – can be lawfully recorded. The Ohio Sixth Circuit appeals court found in favor [PDF] of a woman who recorded the conversations of a colleague who had unknowingly dialed her number before entering a meeting. James …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Jul 2015

Hark, the Hacking Team angels sing, it’s not us who’ve actually sinned

The Hacking Team pushed out a new statement on Wednesday, moaning that the only victim of the mega-breach against its systems is Hacking Team itself. Eric Rabe, the firm's chief marketing and communications officer, complained that the controversial outfit is “being treated as the offender, and the criminals who attacked the …
John Leyden, 22 Jul 2015
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Yep, world+dog's spies are in our network, says Vodafone as it bares all

Vodafone has updated its annual report on what it must do to comply with the law enforcement disclosures in the countries where it operates – and is considering more detailed disclosures. Most interestingly, it has looked at publishing how often a government has asked it to intercept calls and block or intercept data. This …
Simon Rockman, 16 Jul 2015
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ZOMBIE Commodore PET lurches out of its 1970s grave – as a FONDLESLAB

Video The Commodore PET, a beloved micro-computer of the late 1970s, is coming back - as an Android phablet. A new website, Commodoresmart.com, has appeared to spruik the device which offers a 5.5 inch screen at 1920x1080, 8MP front and 13MP rear cameras, an eight-core CPU, 3GB of RAM, Android 5.0 and the chance to use two SIMs for …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Jul 2015

Microsoft starts switching on paid Wi-Fi service with latest Windows 10 preview

Microsoft has shipped another preview build of Windows 10 to the Windows Insider program's Fast release ring – the fourth in two weeks – but the single new feature is access to a paid Wi-Fi service that is only available to a small fraction of testers. "We're getting close to release now," Windows 10 ambassador Gabe Aul said …
Neil McAllister, 10 Jul 2015

Berlin pours bucket of flat beer on Patriot missile hack report

Hackers hijacked German Patriot missiles stationed in Turkey on the Syrian border, according to reports since rebutted by the Government. The extraordinary claims suggest attacks were detected when "unexplained" orders were given to the weapons through two supposed weak spots. Germany's Defence Department told Die Welt says …
Darren Pauli, 08 Jul 2015
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KILLER! Adobe Flash, Windows zero-day vulns leak from Hacking Team raid

Updated Confidential source code stolen from Hacking Team, and subsequently leaked online, has revealed new and extremely serious software vulnerabilities that are exploited by the spyware maker to infect victims' computers. The security holes are used to inject malicious code into PCs; that code installs surveillance tools to monitor …
Chris Williams, 07 Jul 2015
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Export control laws force student to censor infosec research

An ethical hacking student at the University of Northumbria has claimed that the university's ethics board and the Wassenaar Arrangement have forced him to delete some references to exploits from his final year dissertation. Grant Willcox, a BSc student studying Ethical Hacking for Computer Security, claimed in a blog post …
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Samsung ousts Apple as top US smartmobe biz

In figures for the three months to the end of May, Kantar Worldpanel says that Samsung took a bite out of Apple's US market share to overtake the fruity firm. This is as much down to continued strong sales of the Galaxy S5 as to the introduction of the Galaxy S6. Carolina Milanesi, Chief of Research & Head of US Business, told …
Simon Rockman, 01 Jul 2015
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Microsoft to offload display ads biz to ... hang on, AOL?

Microsoft has retreated from its online display ads business having struck a deal with AOL. Under the plans, announced on Monday, Redmond will hand off ads sales and management on several of its prime online properties to AOL. Fnancial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. AOL will take over ads for such sites as MSN …
Neil McAllister, 30 Jun 2015

Three-way EU Big Data privacy wrestling match kicks off

The EU will take a big step towards finalising measures to protect its citizens' privacy today, as negotiators from member states, the European Commission, and the European Parliament will come together for the first time to thrash out an agreement on the EU’s planned data protection law. The Parliament agreed its position on …
Jennifer Baker, 24 Jun 2015

Why is it that women are consistently paid less than men?

Worstall @ the Weekend There is undoubtedly a gender pay gap in our society. Even a number of them across our various societies. In the US the usual number given is that women make 77 cents on the dollar that men do and here in the UK we've recently had a government shouting that the part time gender pay gap is as much as 37 per cent. This could …
Tim Worstall, 21 Jun 2015

Grumpy EU ministers agree shaky pact on new data protection law

EU states' justice ministers seemed to be competing to sound the most disappointed as they grudgingly agreed to move forward on a new data protection law. Although a compromise general approach was reached, most countries found fault with the text of the proposed General Data Protection Regulation – quite a feat considering …
Jennifer Baker, 15 Jun 2015

Europol operation crushes phiendish global phishing ring

Police have arrested 49 men from Spain, Nigeria, and Cameroon in connection with electronic bank account raids that plundered some €6 million across Europe. The men were arrested as part of Operation Triangle, an effort involving police from Spain, Italy, and Poland together with authorities in Belgium, the UK, and Georgia. …
Darren Pauli, 12 Jun 2015

ISS 'nauts quit orbiter and aim for Kazakhstan splashdown

Three astronauts aboard the International Space Station are leaving the orbiter and landing in Kazakhstan this afternoon. Their departure was delayed after an earlier rocket failure. No longer will Italy's first woman in space sip piss-derived espressos while her team eats caviar and showers us meagre planet-dwelling apes with …
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Gonna RUB MYSELF against the WALL: Microsoft's Surface Hub 84" monster-slab

Pics Microsoft will take orders for its ridiculo-sized Surface Hub, a huge wall-mounted touchscreen, from July 1, albeit at hefty prices - but it won't be shipping direct to punters. The smaller of the two debut Surface Hub models is a 55-inch, 1080p-resolution version that Microsoft says is designed for offices, small conference …
Neil McAllister, 10 Jun 2015
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Gasping for an Apple Watch? You'll have to tremble and shake for two more weeks

Apple plans to expand sales of the Apple Watch to new markets later this month, even though it will still be a couple of weeks before it can catch up with its existing backlog of orders. The Cupertino firm said its coveted wrist accessory will go on sale in Italy, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, and Taiwan …
Shaun Nichols, 04 Jun 2015
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My life under Estonia's digital government

There is much government talk about the economic importance of enabling a digital society. Yet little coherent in the UK seems to materialise – bits here and there imperfectly integrated and with insufficient commitment. Just think of the multiple UK initiatives over the years. That such slow progress is a given calls into …
Charles Brett, 02 Jun 2015