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El Reg contemplates the ultimate cuppa

As regular readers know, we at the SPB are tireless in our pursuit of culinary excellence, and many of you share our penchant for gourmet grub, including the pinnacle of pork perfection that is the bacon sarnie. Last year, you responded magnificently to our invitation to submit nominations for the ultimate sliced-pig-in-bread …
Lester Haines, 08 Feb 2013

How to kill trolls and influence Apple people: A patent solution

Having decided that the patent problem is an attempt to solve a public goods problem, as we did in part 1, let's have a look at the specific ways that we put our oar into those perfect and competitive free markets. It's worth just noting that patents and copyright are not, absolutely not, the product of some fevered free market …
Tim Worstall, 06 Jan 2014

Google gets closer to EU antitrust deal over search dominance 'abuse'

Google is closing in on a deal with competition officials in the European Commission which stops far short of formal sanctions, after the EU's antitrust chief Joaquin Almunia said today that he was negotiating a settlement agreement with the ad giant. Almunia's office is working on "the precise drafting of the proposed …
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Oct 2013
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The Infosmack on: Designing for VMware

This week we have another Infosmack Deep Dive, with hosts Nigel Poulton and Chris Evans. With their guests they debate the merits of building new technology form the ground up specifically for VMware, versus taking existing technology and bending and twisting it to work well with VMware. Listen using the Reg media player below …
Drew Cullen, 08 Jul 2011
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Stuxnet: 'Moral crime' or proportionate response?

Delegates at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas are sharply split on the merits (or otherwise) of malware like Stuxnet that can be used offensively to take down infrastructure. Stuxnet was the first malware that was publicly acknowledged to have been designed to take down physical equipment – in this case, Siemens supervisory …
Iain Thomson, 26 Jul 2012
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Facebook and IM apps abused to spread social-climbing worm

Security watchers are warning users about a new worm that spreads via Facebook's instant messaging feature and also inserts itself under the guise of misleading messages on other social networking websites and IM services. The malware typically arrives in the form of a private Facebook IM that points towards a malware-loaded …
John Leyden, 21 May 2012
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Reboot the formula: F1 and FIFA tweaked for another year

FIFA and F1 in the same review packed column – why, it must be nearly Christmas! Elsewhere we go dungeon crawling with Dragon’s Crown and get soaked through to the skin in Rain. FIFA 14 Another year, another FIFA. The arrival of FIFA 14 was so predictable that I’m not quite sure why EA doesn’t simply announce FIFA 15, 16 and 17 …
Mike Plant, 14 Oct 2013
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Judge: Big Five ISPs must block The Pirate Bay

As expected, the High Court has ordered British ISPs to block access to The Pirate Bay. Five ISPs – Virgin Media, TalkTalk, BSkyB, Everything Everywhere and Telefonica – are involved in this case, which was brought by nine record labels. In February, Justice Arnold gave the labels the green light to pursue blocking orders. Back …
Team Register, 30 Apr 2012

Raise a beer: Titans of tech fill out 'Worst CEOs' list

Tech bosses were rapped for drinking beer during conference calls, wearing hoodies in the boardroom and losing huge amounts of money in a round-up of 2012's worst CEOs. The list was compiled by Professor Sydney Finkelstein of the Tuck School of Business at US Ivy League school Dartmouth College. Speaking to Bloomberg TV, Prof …
Anna Leach, 11 Jan 2013
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Foxtel and Austar set to play nice with IPTV guys

Australian subscription TV incumbents Foxtel and Austar are set to offer selected exclusive content to ISPs in a bid to smooth the path to a green light for their $AU1.9 billion merger. The Australian reports that the duo will be offering movie and lifestyle content for IPTV services as a way to placate the qualms of the …
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Live or let dial - phones ain’t what they used to be

Shut up shut up shut up. Some annoying tit is typing away on his laptop as I’m trying to snooze on the train – except it doesn’t sound like he’s typing so much as rummaging through a bag of Scrabble tiles. It’s a horrible clattery, clickety, plasticky noise. Shut up shut up shut up, you twat. I’m on the train heading home after …
Alistair Dabbs, 28 Jun 2013
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Groups argue over merits of flaw bounties

Vulnerability researchers, software makers, and security companies that buy information about software flaws found little in common during a panel discussion on Wednesday debating the merits of vulnerability-purchasing programs. The discussion, wrapping up the first day of the CanSecWest Security Conference, left software …
Robert Lemos, 06 Apr 2006
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William Shatner confirms Devon town actually prostitute free

William Shatner has apologised to the burghers of Ilfracombe for claiming, on national TV, that the Devon seaside town is a hotbed of prostitution. However, Shatner undermined the earnestness of his apology by insisting someone must be having sex in the resort for "something of value", the Daily Mail reports. The erstwhile …
Joe Fay, 20 Jun 2012

Australian Police want in-house social network

The Police Force in the Australian state of New South Wales wants to build its very own social network. The Force isn’t just bandwagon-hopping: the tender (registration required) for the network says it’s already done that, with decent results: The organisation’s ITC department, Business and Technology Services (BTS) recently …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Aug 2012
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Greens promise free WiFi for Sydney

New South Wales' local government elections aren't the forum for massive IT&T debates, but the Greens have at least given technologists something to sway their votes with a promise to introduce free WiFi in the City of Sydney and adjoining Marrickville local government area. The Greens' plan calls for the City of Sydney to …
Simon Sharwood, 05 Sep 2012
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Google nixes extra wireless attachments to its new Kansas fibres

Google has rejected overtures from a Kansas non-profit to integrate their wireless solution for the digitally challenged, saying that it didn't fit into their licensing model. Connecting for Good is a non-profit organisation aiming to get people in Kansas connected, and had hoped to work with the Chocolate Factory which is in …
Bill Ray, 02 Jul 2012

There's a tide of unstructured data coming - start swimming

Whether you prefer to define the known size of our planet’s total digital universe in petabytes or even zettabytes, we can all agree the collective weight of data production is spiralling ever upwards. While we focus on the relative merits of transactional versus analytical databases, the unstructured data that fails to fall …
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Are you a hot BABE in heels and a short skirt? SCIENCE is for YOU

The EU have clearly acknowledged that there is a problem with getting women into areas like science and technology. Issues such as educational bias, the lack of role-models and certain sorts of institutional sexism have all been cited as problems in the past, and at national level the topic has been discussed at conferences such …
Anna Leach, 22 Jun 2012
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Vodafone admits giving C&W the eye

Vodafone has admitted eyeing up Cable & Wireless Worldwide, but says the relationship is still at the coy-glances stage with talks of a quick merger being premature. Responding to press speculation, Vodafone says it would be prepared to pay cash for Cable & Wireless, should the company prove attractive enough. Rules governing …
Bill Ray, 13 Feb 2012
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Barnes & Noble hires Microsoft’s legal nemesis

Barnes & Noble has hired David Boies to join its legal team in a fight with Microsoft at the US International Trade Commission over alleged Android patent infringements. Boies, chairman of the Boies, Schiller & Flexner law firm, represented the US Department of Justice back at the turn of the millennium in its successful …
Iain Thomson, 01 Dec 2011

Z30: The classiest BlackBerry mobe ever ... and possibly the last

It can't be very helpful for a manufacturer to launch a new phone amid speculation that the device could be its last. With $1bn written off on its little-loved predecessor the Z10, and the future of BlackBerry so uncertain, the new Z30 has been given a very low-key launch. And yet it turns out to be a very attractive phone …
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Oct 2013
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Samsung fails to get Galaxy Tab ban in US lifted pending appeal

Samsung has been denied a stay on the preliminary injunction against the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the US. The Korean firm was trying to hold up the ban on the fondleslabs until it had a chance to appeal the ruling, but US Judge Lucy Koh said that the injunction would go ahead. Judge Koh originally denied Apple the chance to stop …
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Kinect connect rate outstrips Sony PS3 Move

Microsoft shipped around 8m Kinect Xbox add-ons during 2010, trouncing its earlier forecast of 5m units. An impressive performance, perhaps, until you see the next number provided, like the above, by market watcher IHS iSuppli: those shipments led to over-the-counter sales of 6.36m Kinects. So, as of the start of January this …
Tony Smith, 01 Mar 2011
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Microsoft's anti-Android Twitter campaign draws ire, irony

Microsoft has launched a repeat of a Twitter-based anti-Android marketing stunt that it first tried last year, but this year's campaign seems to have netted the software giant more than it bargained for. On Wednesday, Redmond's official Windows Phone Twitter feed at @WindowsPhone laid into Google's mobile OS for being vulnerable …
Neil McAllister, 05 Dec 2012
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Fujitsu QUITS bid for superfast broadband gov funds

Fujitsu has walked away from bidding for a slice of the £530m Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) pie that the government set aside to improve the country's broadband network. The move leaves incumbent BT as the only provider to have successfully secured state investment to date for the project. "At the moment there are no bids …
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Jul 2012
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Dell Wyse Cloud Connect: Pocket Android desktop

When somebody hands you a dongle-sized computer, you might, for a moment, be impressed. But when they then put it in a bag with a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse and suggest you find a monitor somewhere, you might wonder what exactly it is they are trying to sell you. Dell Wyse Cloud Connect Android dongle Mini USB – fancy seeing …
Bob Dormon, 09 Apr 2014
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Station to station: Ten DAB-Bluetooth combo radios

When Apple changed its longstanding 30-pin iPod connector to the Lightning interface, an industry died. The ubiquitous iPod dock – that for years had appeared on just about any piece of consumer audio gear – was no longer a necessity and with more Android users out there than ever before, only a few manufacturers would offer a …
Bob Dormon, 16 Dec 2013

Overland Storage takes market hit on ITC's initial patents ruling

Overland Storage has lost the initial determination of a trade violation case it was hoping to win and its shares have dived off a cliff. Is this a bungee jump with a bounce back, or a one way street? Overland makes tape and disk-based data protection gear and Snap-brand filer and block access arrays for the SMB market. It's …
Chris Mellor, 25 Jun 2012
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Business Cloud Summit preps for launch

It’s called the Business Cloud Summit and it’s about how Cloud Computing changes the way we all do business. But what about the technology behind the Cloud that enables us to realise the potential of the Cloud model – and the people who deploy and develop that technology? This year’s Business Cloud Summit in London on December 5 …
Phil Mitchell, 28 Nov 2011
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Business Cloud Summit countdown

On December 5, London's annual Business Cloud Summit kicks off with a Technology and Developer stream helmed by The Register’s own Tim Phillips. Better still, we've persuaded the organisers to give away 20 free conference passes*. The first 20 of you heading across to http://www.businesscloudsummit.com/ and entering the code ‘ …
Miatta Momoh, 11 Nov 2011
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Microsoft preps 13 updates for August Patch Tuesday

Microsoft is fuelling up 13 bulletins for release next week, including an update that guards against critical flaws in Internet Explorer. Another "critical" bulletin affects Windows server operating systems, and addresses a code-execution risk on unpatched systems. Also of note is an update restricted to newer versions of …
John Leyden, 05 Aug 2011
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SpectraLogic smacks back at Overland for 'unwarranted' lawsuit

Tape library vendor SpectraLogic has filed its response to on-the-ropes storage biz Overland's lawsuit, which accused Spectra of patent infringements. Overland is suing European tape automation supplier BDT through the International Trade Commission (ITC) for patent infringement and trade violation and has also sued several of …
Chris Mellor, 06 Sep 2012
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No Samsung ban for Apple in US

A US court has rejected Apple's bid to get an early ban on Samsung products in the country. The iPhone-maker was looking for a preliminary injunction against the Korean firm's products based on patent infringements. To succeed in winning a ban, Apple needed to show that it would be harmed more by Samsung continuing to sell …
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Samsung asks for US Galaxy Nexus ban to be lifted pending appeal

Samsung has filed an appeal against the US ban on the Galaxy Nexus phone that will take the Google mobe off the market for nearly two years. US judge Lucy Koh awarded the preliminary injunction on the phone to Apple on Friday, blocking imports of the Nexus until the trial starts, currently scheduled for March 31, 2014. Apple …
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Sydney Uni boffin wants database to track smokers

Open access journal PLOS Medicine has staged a debate on the topic of licenses for smokers. The advocate of the case for a licence, Simon Chapman, is Professor, Director of Research and Associate Dean of the University of Sydney’s School of Public Health, argues that prescriptions are a temporary licence to possess and use …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Nov 2012
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Universal Music sued by its artists over downloads dosh

A class-action lawsuit by artists against the world’s largest record company has been given the green light by a judge. The dispute, which pits Universal Music against a number of its featured artists, sounds arcane – but an estimated $2bn (£1.25bn) in royalties is at stake. Universal treats a digital download or ringtone as a …
Andrew Orlowski, 03 Nov 2011
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Rotten to the core: Apple’s 10 greatest FAILS

There has been no shortage of rose-tinted retrospective adulation marking the 30th birthday of the Macintosh over past weeks. Here at El Reg, we’d be the last to deny Apple’s significance and continuing influence on the history of personal computing. But to put everything in perspective, we thought it was worth looking back at …
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Hulu still flirting with suitors despite Yahoo! pull out

Yahoo! is believed to have pulled out of negotiations to acquire Hulu, leaving Dish, Google and Amazon all still vying for the asset. The Wall Street Journal reports that Hulu's powerhouse owners are still mulling over the merits of selling. Hulu is owned by News, Walt Disney, Comcast/NBCUniversal and private equity firm …
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'Daddy, can I use the BLACK iPAD?': Life with the Surface Pro 2

“Daddy, can I use the black iPad?” my four-year-old daughter asks as she spots the Surface Pro 2 I'm reviewing for The Reg. She has, without knowing it, encapsulated Microsoft's problem on Surface in a nutshell. I’d been passing the Surface Pro 2 around to friends and family at a weekend gathering to garner their feedback. …
Gavin Clarke, 12 Nov 2013
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BOFH: Climb the corp ladder - and use your boss as a bullet shield

"It's like progress bars," I say to the PFY during a discussion about the relative merits of the company management as we ride the lift to the CEO's office to fix some laptop crisis. "All too often the bar itself bears no relationship whatsoever to the amount of time you're going to wait. In the same way the salary of a manager …
Simon Travaglia, 22 Feb 2013
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Marry Microsoft, analyst tells Nokia

In what looks suspiciously like part of a carefully-planned PR campaign, an investment analyst who follows Nokia has written to Microsoft and Nokia urging them to form a partnership. The memo, from Berenberg Bank's Adnaan Ahmad, recommends Nokia sign an exclusive partnership with Microsoft for Windows Phone 7, and was obtained …
Andrew Orlowski, 02 Feb 2011

EMC chugs down flash freshman XtremIO for $430m

Israeli business newspaper Globes is reporting EMC has bought Israeli-headquarted NAND array startup XtremIO for $430m, giving EMC boss Joe Tucci a nice flashy toy to brandish at EMC World in Las Vegas later this month. That's a heck of a payout for investors who have put just $25m into the startup which has not yet shipped a …
Chris Mellor, 10 May 2012
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Apple faces Germany ban after court no-show

Sales of iPhones and iPads are on the brink of being banned in Germany as a result of a court battle over Apple's alleged infringement of Motorola patents - but the fruity fondleslab maker reckons it can get the injunction suspended even though it failed to turn up. The German hearing on Friday was brought about by Motorola …
Bill Ray, 07 Nov 2011

UK climate expert warns of 3-5 degree warmer world by 2100

The current goals for limiting climate change to a two-degree rise in global temperatures will not be met, and the planet should prepare for twice that rise in temperature and maybe more according to Sir Robert Watson, former head of the IPCC and former Chief Scientific Adviser for the UK's Department for Environment, Food and …
Iain Thomson, 06 Dec 2012

Reselling in the recession: Make the CIO your best buddy

We all know times are pretty tough economically at the moment and the channel is no different from anywhere else. This climate has forced new ways of thinking and improved strategies for coping with industry-wide spending constraints. Increasingly, to be successful, channel partners need to have conversations with the Chief …
Tim Ayling, 20 Aug 2012
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World's first Win 8 malware 'bootkit' to debut next week

A security researcher said that he has developed malware for Microsoft's forthcoming Windows 8 operating system that is able to load during boot-up when it's run on older PCs. Peter Kleissner said Stoned Lite – as the latest version of his bootkit is called – doesn't bypass defenses that will be available to people using Windows …
Dan Goodin, 18 Nov 2011
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AT&T merger with T-mobile countdown restarted

The FCC has restarted the review process looking at the impact of AT&T's merger with T-Mobile USA, which should now complete in early December if nothing else goes wrong. The review was started in April, and was supposed to take 180 days, but the FCC halted the countdown on day 83 to provide AT&T with more time to submit its …
Bill Ray, 30 Aug 2011
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Australian coalition promises digital pigeonhole for all

Australian coalition promises digital pigeonhole for all Policy document outlines procurement, industry assistance plans Australia's government-in-waiting opposition parties have released their “Policy for E-Government and the Digital Economy”. Available here as a PDF, the policy offers the following four “policy measures”: …
Simon Sharwood, 02 Sep 2013
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Get your numbers right, NBN Co tells Economist

The Economist Intelligence Unit, which The Register had reason to criticize back in February, is still on the attack regarding Australia’s planned National Broadband Network. Touting the latest edition of its nearly-$AU3,000 international broadband study, the EIU pulled out the “screaming red” headline stop, labeling Australia’s …
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Dick estate gets stiffed

The family estate of science fiction writer Philip K Dick has dropped a vexing lawsuit against movie producers Media Rights Capital and filmmaker George Nolfi, the team behind the film The Adjustment Bureau. In October the Philip K Dick family launched a legal attack against The Adjustment Bureau team, which wouldn't agree to …