Articles about Lightning

Bloke called Rod struck by lightning for second time

A man called Rod has an unfortunately apt name, having now been struck by lightning twice. Rod Wolfe, 58, lives in Chebanse, a small town outside of Chicago in the United States. Last Saturday, he was standing just outside his house when lightning hit a nearby tree and jumped to his body. He was treated for broken ribs and heart …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Jun 2015

Hacker catches Apple's Lightning in a jailbroken bottle

Apple's Lightning connector protocols have been pried open in what could be a boon for the jailbreaking community. The hack opens access to Apple's serial kernel debugger, previously available on older iDevices, and reportedly gives jailbreak engineers an improved ability to debug kernel issues and iBoot exploits. Apple …
Darren Pauli, 16 Feb 2015
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ZZZAP! Climate change means getting HIT BY LIGHTNING is likelier

Lightning strikes are set to become more frequent if global warming resumes, according to a new study by climate scientists. In an extreme scenario where temperatures climb by 4 degrees Celsius, the increase could be as much as 50 per cent. "With warming, thunderstorms become more explosive," explains David Romps, climatology …
Lewis Page, 14 Nov 2014
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HOVER ROCKET space station podule mission LIGHTNING HOLD DRAMA

NASA has postponed today's launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket – loaded up with supplies for the International Space Station, including a new espresso coffee machine – after an approaching storm started blasting out. The craft was set to liftoff about an hour ago from Cape Canaveral in Florida. Launch postponed due to lightning …
Iain Thomson, 13 Apr 2015
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Benioff promises Wave of Lightning to mobilise Salesforce

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff's keynote at the annual Dreamforce conference in San Francisco is usually a theatrical affair, but his company may have outdone itself this time. The three-hour session featured sets by the ageing Beach Boys, a Hawaiian dance spectacular and blessing ceremony, and a drone delivery by Coca Cola. But …
Iain Thomson, 15 Oct 2014
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LIVE, my beauty, LIVE! Nokia revives dead phone with LIGHTNING powered Frankencharger

Vid It sent a DeLorean back though time, brought Frankenstein's monster to life and nearly got Benjamin Franklin killed, but now the power of lightning has been harvested to charge a mobile phone. White-coated boffins at the University of Southampton were co-opted by Nokia to catch a 200,000-volt spark and step it down before …
Bill Ray, 01 Oct 2013
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Scientists investigate 'dark lightning' threat to aircraft passengers

US Navy scientists are going to rig aircraft with radiation detectors to check if a phenomenon known as dark lightning could be killing aircraft passengers. Dark lightning is the product of the electrical activity caused by thunderstorms and produces intense bursts of omnidirectional terrestrial gamma-ray flashes (TGFs) up to …
Iain Thomson, 12 Jun 2013

Belkin flaunts non-Apple Lightning add-ons

Belkin has announced a couple of iOS accessories for Apple's new lightning connecter, the first third-party products from a name brand to do so. The company's 'Car Charger for Lightning' and 'Charge + Sync Dock' are available for pre-order from tomorrow, both with a price-tag of £25. The latter features a foldaway aux jack, a …
Caleb Cox, 06 Nov 2012
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Harley allows Apple to use 'Lightning' brand on 'playthings'

Apple has acquired the trademark "Lightning" from motorbike makers Harley Davidson, but only for use on a limited set of goods and services, a European trademark filing has revealed. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Apple was granted two European registrations for the "Lightning" trademark last week. The …
Anna Leach, 27 Nov 2012

Lightning strikes USB bosses: Next-gen jacks will be REVERSIBLE

USB is to get a new, smaller connector that, like Apple’s proprietary Lightning jack, will be reversible. Designed to support both USB 3.1 and USB 2.0, the new connector, dubbed "Type C", will be the same size as an existing micro USB 2.0 plug. That’s big improvement over existing USB 3.0 micro "Franken-connector" jacks which …
Tony Smith, 05 Dec 2013
Artist's impression of a lightning storm on Venus. Credit: ESA

Australian boffins have a ball with lightning maths

Scientists at Australia’s CSIRO have put forward a mathematical model which they believe could help explain the origin of ball lightning. While people have observed ball lightning for centuries – at least – explaining it has been so troublesome that it’s attracted a variety of strange hypotheses – all the way to microwave …
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Sculpted 66-pound jubs survive lightning blast, 26ft drop

Lightning has struck a stone sculpture of the goddess Venus and removed her breasts... But in a stroke of divine intervention, the giant stone jubs were saved, despite a 26ft drop. Sculptor Tom Findlay told the NT News that despite the statue's body being destroyed and the 30kg (66lb) breasts being 8m (26ft) above ground, after …
Simon Sharwood, 07 Jan 2013
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Apple Lightning adaptors reveal limitations

Apple has introduced a Micro USB adaptor for its new Lightning dock connector. Speed freaks will be disappointed to hear it's a USB 2.0 connector. USB 3.0 imposes a less-compact connector than the older version of the bus standard. Since USB 3.0 is essentially two separate buses in one - Superspeed USB and USB 2.0 - its version …
Tony Smith, 12 Sep 2012
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iPhone 5 Lightning cables sticking in USB ports

Owners of the new iPhone 5 are reporting a sticky problem with the new "Lightning" cable used to connect their handsets to power sources or computers sticking in USB sockets. Lightning is Apple's replacement for its 30-pin connector and terminates in a standard type A USB plug, as featured in USB memory sticks and pictured at …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Sep 2012
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Lightning strikes fresh iPad Mini shots

iPhone 5? Old news. It's all eyes on the as-yet-unannounced iPad Mini now. And the rumour mill continues to churn stuff out for them. The latest: a trio of smartphone-shot snaps of the alleged compact slab. Blurry and pale, the three pics posted by Chinese-language site Bolopad are, the site claims, "real machine spy shots", …
Tony Smith, 18 Sep 2012

SanDisk mimics EMC's Lightning

SanDisk has a PCIe server flash card called, as if to mimic EMC, Lightning, developed from its existing Lightning SSDs. The card is available this month from SanDisk resellers with the suggested retail price for the 200GB product of $1,350, $2,350 for the 400GB version. Both have a five-year warranty. EMC introduced its VFCache …
Chris Mellor, 04 Jun 2012
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EMC Project Lightning flash cards promised 'this year'

OpenWorld Oracle divulged at OpenWorld that the Project Lightning server flash card is in beta right now, and weighs in at 320GB of capacity in its initial configuration. OpenWorld Gelsinger Lightning EMC's Project Lightning server flash cache This device plugs into a PCI-Express peripheral slot – hopefully a PCI-Express 3.0 slot with …
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Reply-all email lightning storm STRIKES TWICE at Cisco

Cisco is tackling another email storm today, just weeks after its servers were deluged with millions of "reply-all" messages being sent by the networking giant's staff - with many requesting they be removed from the list. The Register has heard from Cisco workers who are currently in the, er, eye of the storm, which is …
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Oct 2013

OCZ: We will plug Lightning into your Thunderbolt

Hustling flash drive supplier OCZ is putting on a show at Computex in Taipei this week, including a Thunderbolt-connected external SSD called - wait for it - Lightning. Lightning will enjoy very fast transfer speeds from the Intel-designed Thunderbolt interconnect and be a drive for media professionals who can afford Thunderbolt …
Chris Mellor, 06 Jun 2012
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NetApp slaps down Lightning with multi-card flash flush

NetApp is developing a server flash storage offering that will include beefy NetApp steak and not just EMC Lightning sizzle, according to insiders in the company. Our understanding, from people close to the action, is that NetApp server flash software will work with any server PCIe-connected flash memory card, and with multiple …
Chris Mellor, 07 Feb 2012
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Amazon web outage not caused by lightning

Dublin-based energy supplier ESB Networks has dismissed Amazon's claim that a bolt of lightning caused the chain of events that led to its web outage last weekend. The US giant today entered the sixth day of trying to resolve issues created by the crash at its Dublin data centre. First it blamed a lightning striking on a …
Paul Kunert, 11 Aug 2011

THREE vans and FIVE people: that's what Telstra needs to fix one fault

The impact of weather on Telstra's ailing copper network has hit the headlines, with some parts of Canberra told they'll suffer outages well into February. The Fairfax Media reports that storms in early December led to 700 faults in the ACT and another 900 being logged in surrounding areas. The ACT isn't the only location where …
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Levelling the EMC Lightning playing field

Opinion Here's a blogger saying an open industry standard will not be the best way to level the storage array/server flash card playing field and prevent EMC locking in Project Lightning customers, writes Chris Mellor Certainly he has his own interests here but the general argument is worth paying attention to, in my view. If you …
Ted Sanford, 24 Nov 2011
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Gelsinger pops lid on top-secret EMC Lightning code

EMC's Project Lightning code is being produced by a software team in Israel, using – El Reg thinks – Micron hardware. Project Lightning is EMC's placing of its own PCIe-connected flash memory cache card in servers, with its contents controlled by FAST (Fully-Automated Storage Tiering), which passes data to it from a backing EMC …
Chris Mellor, 26 Oct 2011

Can lightning strike twice? Intel has another crack at Thunderbolt

It was a bolt from the blue that failed to electrify the computer market. But despite Thunderbolt's very limited success, Intel is building a new version of the high-speed data-transfer interface - and it's persuaded at least two manufacturers to start using the new tech. Code-named Falcon Ridge, Thunderbolt 2 will run at 20Gb/ …
Jasper Hamill, 05 Jun 2013
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iPhone 6 flip tip slips in Aussie's clip: Apple's 'reversible USB' leaks

Pic Apple is working on a new reversible USB plug for its next iPhone's charger cable, it's rumored. Australian blogger and iLeak specialist Sonny Dickson has published a photo of what he says will be the charging cable for Apple's forthcoming flagship smartphone, the iPhone 6. The snap shows what appears to be a standard USB plug …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Aug 2014
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Firefox preps processor revamp under Project Electrolysis

Mozilla looks ready to revamp its Firefox web browser so tabs and user interfaces can run in separate processes. The feature has appeared in a nightly testing version of the browser and has been in lengthy development under Project Electrolysis. Developer Dan Mircea says the feature is activated by default in nightly builds and …
Darren Pauli, 18 Jun 2015

EMC's Project Thunder stuffs Lightning in a box

EMC's Project Thunder is boxing up VFCache PCIe flash cards and networking it to servers. VFCache is EMC's PCIe-connected flash memory card, known before launch as Lightning, and functioning as an application-accelerating cache. EMC's Brian Sorby Brian Sorby at the Solid State Storage Symposium EMC's Brian Sorby, the western …
Chris Mellor, 01 May 2012
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Asigra's fast BaaS on-ramp for Cloud Service Providers

Managed and cloud service providers have a lightning fast on-ramp to providing backup services via three Asigra appliances. These are converged backup systems using commodity servers, FreeBSD Unix, the ZFS file system and Asigra's agentless cloud backup and recovery software. There are three models, arranged by capacity: 1800 …
Chris Mellor, 16 Jun 2015
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Freak lightning strike sends app, storage servers back in time

Server vendors, prepare for an attack. Lightning strikes are coming - and they're welding app and storage boxes together in a way that reminds El Reg of the mainframe era. EMC's array-controlled server flash initiative, Project Lightning, is getting ready. There may be announcement before Christmas, but it won't be a happy …
Chris Mellor, 09 Nov 2011
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Lightning catches up with Thunderbird

Mozilla has made a beta of Lighting 1.0 available for download, giving users of its Thunderbird email package a more integrated way of working out what day it is. The Lightning extension adds calendaring to Thunderbird, making the email package more of an alternative for those used to the likes of full fat Outlook. But while …
Team Register, 14 Jan 2010
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Lightning strike grounds Endeavour

NASA has postponed today's planned launch of space shuttle Endeavour following "lightning strikes in the Launch Complex 39A area" of the Kennedy Space Center. Lightning strikes Endeavour launch area. Pic: NASA The agency reports: "None of the strikes hit the shuttle or its external tank and solid rocket boosters, but there were …
Lester Haines, 11 Jul 2009
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Ball lightning is all in the mind, say Austrian physicists

Physicists in Austria say they have solved the conundrum of "ball lightning", mysterious glowing spherical apparitions which baffled boffins have struggled to explain for centuries. According to Josef Peer and Alexander Kendl of the University of Innsbruck, there is in fact no such thing as ball lightning in reality. Rather, …
Lewis Page, 19 May 2010
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Get another loan, fanbois, the new MacBook Pro and iMac are here

Apple has updated its MacBook Pro and iMac lines with improved hardware specs and sharper displays, and the usual four-figure price tag. "The response to the new MacBook and updated 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display has been amazing, and today we are thrilled to bring the new Force Touch trackpad, faster flash storage, and …
Shaun Nichols, 19 May 2015
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OCZ out-flashes EMC's Lightning

OCZ has announced a 16-terrabyte server flash-card whopper that supports vMotion and – spec-wise – tosses EMC's puny 300GB Lightning card out of the pram. OCZ's announcement of the Z-Drive R4 CloudServ is anorexic, detail-wise, but here's the little we've gleaned from it and a couple of other outlets: Capacity ranges from 300GB …
Chris Mellor, 14 Feb 2012
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New iPod nano and touch: Lightning strikes again

It must be tough to be an iPod engineer and have to wait though an hour of iPhone love before your creations are even mentioned at an Apple product-rollout event. But maybe you can console yourself with the old adage of "saving the best for last" – and the two new iPods, if not the best kit that Apple has to offer, are certainly …
Rik Myslewski, 12 Sep 2012
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Nimble not struck by Lightning: We're fine as we are, thanks

Tiered networked storage array startup Nimble Storage won't be struck by the coming EMC Lightning server flash product because its customers don't need it. The Nimble array uses multiple tiers of storage, including NVRAM, flash and disk, to provide large capacity and avoid disk latency when responding to data IO requests, as …
Chris Mellor, 30 Jan 2012

High on bath salts, alleged Norse god attempts tree love

A 41-year-old Florida man is facing a pantheon of charges after allegedly getting hammered on bath salts, declaring himself to be Norse storm god Thor, attempting to commit "a sexual act on a tree", shrugging off two taserings, and assaulting a police officer. According to this report, Kenneth Crowder was spotted this month …
Lester Haines, 20 Apr 2015

Virgin Media to splurge BEELLIONS on UK network infrastructure expansion

Virgin Media temporarily pushed BT's shares down more than 2 per cent on Friday, after it announced a juicy £3bn cash injection into Britain's internet infrastructure. The cable company, which was bought by John Malone's Liberty Global roughly 18 months ago, promised to bring broadband speeds of 152 Mbps to four million more …
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Feb 2015
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Lightning crashes: How to manage server flash caches

What does it mean for a storage array to manage server flash drives as will happen with EMC's Project Lightning? Let's look at an EMC VNX doing FAST VP (Fully-Automated Storage Tiering for Virtual Pools) tiering of data on the one hand and a VNX supporting connected server flash drives on the other. In-array tiering With in- …
Chris Mellor, 31 Jan 2012
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DARPA scientists demand lightning on tap

Sometimes it's not so easy being a mad scientist. Narrow-minded colleagues disparage your theories using harsh terms like "crackpot" and "ethically dubious". Persons in charge of critical supplies vital to your experiments - morticians, gravediggers, the people who run the brain depositary* - refuse to cooperate. Even once these …
Lewis Page, 21 Dec 2009
Bye bye Olympia

Infosec turns 20 to face battle with BSides, RSAC Unplugged

Infosec 2015 Infosec, the annual IT security trade show, wheeled out the rock stars of the Infosec world for its 20th anniversary this week. Bruce Schneier and John McAfee – the Paul McCartney and Keith Moon of the cybersecurity world – both keynoted as the show return to its original home in Olympia, London following an extended sojourn at …
John Leyden, 04 Jun 2015
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Tinder Plus charges oldies MORE to ogle young hotties' pics

Hookup app Tinder has launched a premium service charging older users more dosh to mingle with potential mates still in their prime. The new Tinder Plus app will allow users new features including looking up previously-rejected matches and checking out potential partners in other cities. Dubbed "Passport", the location feature …
Shaun Nichols, 03 Mar 2015
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The storage is alive? Flash lives longer than expected – report

StorageBod The Tech Report has been running an ‘SSD Endurance Experiment’ utilising consumer SSDs to see how long they last and what their "real world" endurance really is. It seem that pretty much all of the drives are very good and last longer than their manufacturers state. It's a fairly unusual state of affairs – something in IT that …
StorageBod, 19 Mar 2015
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It's here, the 4TB FLASH drive: SanDisk rips sheet from the Optimus MAX

SanDisk has announced a new 4TB flash drive, double the capacity of the biggest solid-state drive available today. The 4TB Optimus MAX – which sounds like the big bad brother of an Optimus Prime toy – follows the 2TB Optimus Eco, a technology SanDisk acquired when it bought SMART Storage. The new SSD can take three full drive …
Chris Mellor, 29 Apr 2014
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Power your temperature sensor with this BONKERS router hack

The Internet of Things world could power a lot of things with WiFi signals, if only access points broadcast all the time instead of when they've got something to say. There's a bucket of research into scavenging ambient signals to power junk stuff things, and WiFi is a popular energy source, but it's intermittent. As the …

Lightning to thunder with speed-creep beating V8 roar

'Leccy Tech UK electric car company Lightning is to fit its upcoming two-seaters with digitally recorded V8 engine noise in a bid to help pedestrians and other road users hear the otherwise silent sportscars coming. And it'll aid the driver too, the company told Register Hardware, by preventing accidental speeding. Lightning GT Lightning's …
Alun Taylor, 07 Nov 2008
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NetApp nails 11PB Oz supercomputer storage deal

NetApp is supplying ONTAP FAS, E-Series and EF-Series arrays to boost data capacity and access for Australia's NCI Raijin supercomputer. NCI is Australia's National Computing Infrastructure organisation and the Raijin system "is a Fujitsu Primergy high-performance, distributed-memory cluster." It comprises: 57,472 cores (Intel …
Chris Mellor, 20 Apr 2015
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DRONE ALONE: US Navy secretary gives up on manned fighters

The secretary of the US Navy has said the F-35 Lightning II, the product of the Joint Strike Fighter program, “should be, and almost certainly will be, the last manned strike fighter aircraft the Department of the Navy will ever buy or fly.” Speaking at the Sea-Air-Space 2015 conference on Wednesday, secretary Ray Mabus said ( …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Apr 2015

Speaking in Tech: Go on, call us LEGACY! We solved your little startup problems 15 YEARS ago

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise This week, Speaking in Tech regulars Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela have fled for Dell World, which leaves Greg Knieriemen running the show. Greg is holed up in Paris with special guests Mark Twomey, aka Storagezilla, technical director at EMC, and Francois Zimmerman, HDS chief …
Team Register, 19 Nov 2014