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Angry punters slip contract shackles in T-Mobile crystal ball bill rumpus

Arbitration service CISAS has decided that T-Mobile's use of precognition in setting prices was cheating - allowing some customers to escape thir contracts - though in other cases CISAS has decided just the opposite. The facts are that the mobile operator pushed up prices by 3.3 per cent, informing customers that this was within …
Bill Ray, 24 Jun 2013
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Sponsored Stories ruck: Zuck chucks 15 bucks at ad photo suck schmucks

Facebook will dish out $15 to lucky users in a court-approved $20m settlement over "sponsored stories" - the little ads that surprised netizens by using their names and photos. US District Judge Richard Seeborg gave the final green light to the offer to end a lawsuit against the online flyers, which automatically hoovered up …
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OK, forget the 3D telly fiasco: 4K is gonna blow you away - say tech giants

IFA 2013 We have mixed opinions regarding the merits of 4K TV viewing here at El Reg. It's something that we have covered in scientific detail. In short, the 4,000-plus-pixel resolution looks great for still images, but misses the point for moving pictures. Reality check aside, that hasn’t stopped world+dog at this year's IFA trade show …
Bob Dormon, 06 Sep 2013
The NSA Unchained

Mandatory HTTP 2.0 encryption proposal sparks hot debate

Most Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) debates pass unnoticed, because they're very dry and detailed. However, a suggestion that the HTTP 2.0 specification might mandate encryption – in a post-Snowden world – is too tasty an idea to go under the radar. The suggestion sparking the debate came from HTTPbis chair, Mark …
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PHABBA-DABBA-DOO! Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Edge, Gear VR – feast your eyes

IFA 2014 So what is a rock band doing on stage at Samsung’s Unpacked 2 mobile event, the prelude to its showing at IFA 2014 in Berlin? As the enormo projections above them show the keyboard solo being played on a Galaxy handset, all becomes clear... sort of. Soundcamp Samsung’s new realtime music solution Soundcamp: Samsung’s new …
Bob Dormon, 04 Sep 2014
Curiosity's first scoop also shows bright object

Mystery martian object is relic of (our) civilisation

NASA has decided the mystery shiny object on Mars merits another day of probing, but is fairly sure it is a piece of plastic from the Curiosity rover. The space agency's explanation for the object says: The rover team's assessment is that the bright object is something from the rover, not Martian material. It appears to be a …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Oct 2012

Bipartisan senator group goes to bat for Apple in Samsung dispute

A bipartisan group of US senators has written to the Obama administration's US trade representative, recommending that he take a closer look at US International Trade Commission's ruling that would bar Apple from importing some of its older iPhones and iPads into the US market. Their reasoning involves what they claim is misuse …
Rik Myslewski, 31 Jul 2013
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Brain surgery? Would sir care for a CHOC-ICE with that?

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Another Easter, another long weekend, another splurge of CVs sent into the ether. Englishmen joke about Bank Holidays reliably bringing rain but the other thing you can count on following a public holiday is an exodus of staff seeking pastures new – or rather, pastures less strewn with the rank, metaphoric faeces of their …
Alistair Dabbs, 25 Apr 2014

Microsoft lathers up Windows 8.0 Surface RT for quick price shave

Microsoft is once again slashing the price of its unwanted ARM-based Surface RT fondleslabs. The software giant has shaved 30 per cent off the price of a 32GB RT device now $349 and 25 per cent off the 64GB RT, now $449. A 32GB Surface with a black Touch cover has been cut by 25 per cent to $449 and a 64GB unit with same black …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Jul 2013
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Google tries to MAP its way out of competition trouble in Brussels

Google's rivals in Europe are fed up with what they see as Mountain View's intransigent attitude towards the now three-year-long regulatory competition probe of its search business. It's been a month since the European Union's antitrust commissioner Joaquin Almunia gave Google's enemies just four weeks to scrutinise the ad giant …
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Nov 2013
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Cluster-grappling kids clash: Battle of the Big Iron in the Big Easy

HPC Blog Two hundred years after the first Battle of New Orleans*, we saw the third, and perhaps most important, tussle the city has ever seen. I am, of course, referring to the SC14 Student Cluster Competition (here's a quick guide on how the youngsters' HPC battles work). This is the seventh time that university students have battled …
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Slippery Google greases up, aims to squirm out of EU privacy grasp

Special Report Google is wriggling desperately to escape new European privacy rules that could force it to take some responsibility for what information it republishes in response to a given search – in particular a search of someone's name. The European Parliament voted in favour of data protection reforms in March, which the EU's press …
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Jun 2014

Move over Microsoft: RealNetworks has a GOOGLE problem

Analysis “When you start a company that has good success, then you step away from it and it doesn’t continue on the trajectory you would like it to be on, your pride kicks in,” says RealNetworks chairman and interim chief executive Rob Glaser. Glaser was explaining why he returned to the company in mid-2012 after a two-and-a-half year …
Tim Anderson, 24 Mar 2014
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The Register's NBN study: a good start, let's ramp it up

It was nice to start today with more than $5,000 pledged on Pozible for The Register's NBN study – but we're still $94k-plus shy of the target, and our intent is serious. The main reason we decided to try to crowd-fund a study is simple: with enough money, it can be completely removed from any partisan considerations. With money …
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EC: Motorola abused its patents in Apple iPhone spat

Google's Motorola Mobility division was dealt another blow in Europe on Monday, when the European Commission (EC) informed the company that its use of standard-essential patents (SEPs) likely constitutes a violation of EU antitrust rules. The preliminary decision comes following two yearlong investigations launched in April 2012 …
Neil McAllister, 06 May 2013
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Minnesota store CUPBOARD was full of rocks FOUND ON MOON

Small pieces of the moon have turned up in a Minnesotan basement and no one is quite sure how they got there. The five samples of Moon rock along with a small Minnesotan flag were transported from the Moon after Neil Armstrong's historic first visit to the Earth's satellite. But the rocks haven't been given quite the respect …
Anna Leach, 27 Nov 2012

Credit insurer sets up 'task force' in wake of enormo UK IT biz failures

Trade credit insurer Atradius is setting up a specialist task force to analyse UK channel companies that have a high debt-to-assets ratio or have VC backing in the wake of recent high-profile and costly failures. As world + dog knows, High Street giant Comet hit the wall in December owing creditors £257m, costing the UK …
Paul Kunert, 15 Apr 2013

BlackBerry slams Z10 returns report as 'false and misleading'

BlackBerry president and CEO Thorsten Heins has fired back at an article in The Wall Street Journal which cites a report that returns of the Z10 are outnumbering sales – and that report was just the latest bad news for the beleaguered smartphone manufacturer. "Return rate statistics show that we are at or below our forecasts and …
Rik Myslewski, 12 Apr 2013
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Apple-v-Samsung $1bn iPhone fine: 'Jury foreman was biased'

Apple's billion dollar patent court victory should be dismissed, Samsung say, because the jury foreman in the case was biased. Samsung's call for a retrial in the fight between the two tech giants will be heard on 6th December by judge Lucy Koh in the same San Jose court where the original verdict was handed down. New …
Anna Leach, 09 Nov 2012

Verizon Terremark backs Xen-CloudStack combo for clouds

Hot on the heels of the open source Xen hypervisor being moved over to the Linux Foundation as an official collaborative project, Citrix Systems, which has controlled the Xen community as well as the open source CloudStack cloud controller that is one of the viable alternatives to OpenStack, has scored the Terremark cloud …
Andy Scarland's effort: with egg and brown sauce

So, just what is the ultimate bacon sarnie?

It's fair to say that the question of just what makes the ultimate bacon sandwich has proved somewhat controversial with hungry Reg Readers. Our Bauernfrühstück v bacon sarnie post-pub nosh deathmatch prompted a furious scrap over the comparative merits of back versus streaky, brown sauce versus ketchup and butter versus, well, …
Lester Haines, 31 Aug 2012
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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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Continued lack of women in tech bemoaned by ex-techie lady MP

The number of women enrolled in training courses preparing them to work in the tech industry has not changed for 30 years, an MP has told the House of Commons. Ahead of a debate last Friday on “attracting girls to ICT careers”, Labour MP and former shadow minister for innovation Chi Onwurah warned that Britain's tech sector was …
Jasper Hamill, 30 Apr 2013
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The Infosmack on: Designing for VMware

Podcast 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

Alibaba comes again with Android-unfriendly mobile OS

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group has unveiled a new plan to reinvigorate its home-grown mobile operating system (AMOS) after a high profile fall-out with Google last year effectively prevented the world’s major handset makers from partnering on the OS. The cloud-based AMOS, formerly known as Aliyun OS, hit the ropes last …
Phil Muncaster, 16 Apr 2013
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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
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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

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
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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

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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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
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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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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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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
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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

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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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

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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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
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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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Are you a hot BABE in heels and a short skirt? SCIENCE is for YOU

Updated 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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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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Reboot the formula: F1 and FIFA tweaked for another year

Game Theory 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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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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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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Live or let dial - phones ain’t what they used to be

Something for the Weekend, Sir? 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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Business Cloud Summit countdown

Event 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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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 gets curious about AMD merits

Dell has started asking consumers if they would prefer AMD rather than Intel chips in their PCs. The Intel-only vendor has set up an online quiz entitled "Intel vs. AMD Research Survey", asking users about the pros and cons of the two companies' chips. "If you were purchasing a new personal computer for your household today, …
Linda Harrison, 02 Jul 2001
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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 …