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CORRECTION: Stone Computers

In our article dated 28 September 2015 entitled "High Court judge deciding future of Stone Computers - Will someone please think of the customers", we incorrectly reported that “The future of Stone Computers will be decided by a High Court judge who could rule to place the entire group of companies into administration”. This was …
Team Register, 08 Oct 2015
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It's MY ball! Stone Computers' pre-pack sale placed on ice

Exclusive The pre-pack sale of Stone Computers has been adjourned due to an alleged discrepancy over shareholder voting rights to appoint an administrator, The Channel can exclusively reveal. Directors at the Staffordshire-based PC builder called in administrator Duff & Phelps last month, after defaulting on loan note repayments to the …
Paul Kunert, 23 Sep 2015

Administrator tries to squeeze blood out of Stone Computers' parent

Exclusive Senior execs at financially strapped Stone Computers Ltd (SCL) have bid £28.43m to buy the business in a pre-packaged sale after placing the parent company Stone Bidco into administration. But under pre-pack regs, administrator Duff & Phelps has to allow 45-days for someone else to make a rival offer and Stone founder and …
Paul Kunert, 28 Aug 2015

Joseph Gordon-Levitt to play Edward Snowden in Oliver Stone movie: report

Batman and Inception star Joseph Gordon-Levitt is reportedly set to play Edward Snowden in director Oliver Stone's latest film. Variety reported that Gordon-Levitt, 33 – who shot to fame as a kid in US sitcoms 3rd Rock from the Sun and Roseanne in the '90s – was asked by Stone to play the NSA master blabbermouth and the actor …
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Sep 2014

Apple taxpayers swarm to stone-age iPhone 6+ purely for the bigness

Remember “Peak Apple”? Maybe you haven’t heard the phrase so much lately. Punters are paying the Apple Tax and it’s primarily because Apple has done exactly what it did before … only in a bigger package. Kantar’s smartphone market share numbers for Q1 show the Apple iPhone 6 Plus seized 44% of the US phablet market in only its …
Andrew Orlowski, 07 May 2015
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NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter probe has spotted a rolling stone on Mars. On 3 July, the craft captured the image below, which NASA published this week and says depicts “a path resembling a dotted line from the upper left to middle right of this image is the track left by an irregularly shaped, oblong boulder as it tumbled …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Aug 2014

NetApp's glass-house-stone-throwing exercise

Comment Innovation, eh. Don't we all love it? But what is it? This thought was spurred by reading a blog by NetApp's Matt Watts, UK-based director for technology and strategy, in which he criticized Pure Storage for not being innovative. Pure started with a good product ... but from that initial product how much incremental …
Chris Mellor, 22 Aug 2015
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Telstra's NBN boondoggle nearly set in stone: reports

Reports are emerging that the builder of Australia's national broadband network, NBN Co, has all-but struck a deal with Telstra over access to last-mile copper, plus a separate arrangement to absorb the country's cable broadband networks. The deals are reportedly so advanced they'll be tabled at a cabinet meeting, perhaps even …

Debt hangs heavy on Stone: Yes we make PCs. For the public sector

Stone Computers would appear to be caught between a, er, rock and a hard place: it specialises in building PCs for the public sector, both areas of industry that have fallen on hard times of late. The general PC market has been in continual decline since the second half of 2010 and austerity measures brought in by the coalition …
Paul Kunert, 22 Oct 2013
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PRIMITIVE TOOLS found near MICROSOFT headquarters

Ten thousand years B.G (Before Gates), the primitive, grunting denizens of Redmond were already fashioning crude, unreliable tools, archaeologists say. According to the Seattle Times, more than 4,000 implements were unearthed during recent excavations. Tools including awls, stone flakes and spear points were recovered. The …
Team Register, 13 Sep 2015

Stone Group: Beancounter Harbridge to replace flown Bird as CEO

Stone Group has named its chief bean counter Simon Harbridge as CEO to try to fill the hole left by predecessor James Bird. Bird flew the coop back in October over a disagreement with VC backers RJD Partners, believed to hinge upon the timing of an exit strategy - he wanted out sooner than they did. In a statement issued today …
Paul Kunert, 03 Dec 2012

Troll hunter Rackspace turns Rotatable's bizarro patent to stone

Cloud hosting firm Rackspace has claimed victory over another patent troll, this time not merely by successfully challenging a patent suit, but by actually having the patent in question invalidated. "Rotatable Technologies is now an ex-patent troll," Rackspace VP of intellectual property Van Lindberg wrote in a blog post on …
Neil McAllister, 23 Sep 2014

Stone's veteran CEO Bird flies the nest

Stone Computers has confirmed that longstanding chief exec James Bird has left the building. The search for a successor is well underway but these are big boots to fill - Bird founded Stone in 1991 and has been pretty much at the helm ever since, save a year's absence in 2005. That was the year Bird sold the business to the …
Paul Kunert, 12 Oct 2012
motorised magnetometer system at the Stonehenge survey. Pic credit: Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes Project

Huge SUPERHENGE erection found near Blighty's Stonehenge

For years, archaeologists and tourists in Britain have stood enthralled by the great stone circle at Stonehenge, a relic of a lost culture about which we know very little. Now researchers say that Stonehenge was once dwarfed by a nearby, much bigger rock-hard erection. In order to make this discovery with as little disruption …
Team Register, 07 Sep 2015

Stone shatters kid Rock: Gamers not as flush as they used to be

Stone Group has killed off the Rock Group operation, which built hefty gaming laptops and notebooks, claiming it saw "no potential" in its future. Staffordshire-based PC builder Stone bought the assets of Rock Group in late May 2008 after the firm was placed into administration by Nick Boardman, who founded the business some 16 …
Paul Kunert, 29 Oct 2012

Stone Group CEO Bird flies the coop in dispute

PC supplier Stone Group's founder and long-standing CEO James Bird is leaving the organisation, The Channel understands. Sources in the sector claim Bird informed private equity backers RJD Partners of his plans to exit the organisation some months ago and is currently working a notice period that is believed to end in November …
Paul Kunert, 13 Sep 2012

Stone Computers sales catch cold as public sector keeps sneezing

Staffordshire-based PC builder Stone Computers ground out a profit in calendar 2011 as it chopped admin expenses to offset the general market decline in public sector IT spending. One of the last bastions of the once mighty Brit community of PC makers, Stone saw sales slide to £65.5m from £69.7m in 2010 and operating profits …
Paul Kunert, 05 Oct 2012
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Boffins: Proto-humans had stone spears HALF a MILLION YEARS BC

An international team of boffins has shown that early proto-humans were using stone spearpoints much earlier than had been believed. Special crossbow used to shoot stone-tipped spears into a dead springbok This was achieved by demonstrating that stone points found in South Africa decades ago had been used as spear heads. " …
Lewis Page, 16 Nov 2012
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Sharon Stone greets returning US troops ... with a web vid

A wave of frenzy failed to greet Hollywood star Sharon Stone when she officially welcomed home US troops from serving duty in Iraq and Afghanistan today - with a video posted on Facebook. It would seem that these days a sleb need only offer such a heart-warming message via a social network. In 1954 it was very different when …
Team Register, 16 Nov 2011

Systems meltdown plunges US immigration courts into pen-and-paper stone age

A massive computer failure at the US Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) is reportedly wreaking havoc on US immigration courts, with application outages continuing well into their second week. The agency issued an alert on April 14 warning immigration lawyers that certain key systems were down, but the New York Post …
Neil McAllister, 22 Apr 2014

Slippery Windows Updates' SOAP bubbles up SYSTEM priveleges

Blackhat 2015: Microsoft has bungled Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), according to hackers Paul Stone and Alex Chapman, with insecure defaults that let them hijack OS updates. Attackers that have previously gained admin privilege on a target system can elevate themselves to system-level access by skipping the normal signed update …
Darren Pauli, 07 Aug 2015
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Stone the crows, Bouncer! BT defends TV recorder upgrade DELETION snafu

BT has dismissed gripes about a recent upgrade to its television recorder box, after the telco giant's update deleted programmes and came loaded with glitches. A reader told The Register that he only got a two-day warning that everything on his BT Vision kit would be wiped when the software was upgraded. Exactly that happened, …
Kelly Fiveash, 01 May 2014
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Jabra Stone 2 Bluetooth headset

Accessory of the Week I've never been a fan of Bluetooth headsets, but Jabra's Stone 2 is one of the first I've tried that I'd consider using regularly. Jabra Stone 2 Jabra's Stone 2: the design is 'boomless'... For one thing, it's more discreet than many of its ilk. There's no big black block poking out of your ear, blue light flashing for all to …
Tony Smith, 15 Jul 2011
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Appeals court cracks open Google AdWords v Rosetta Stone case

Google may be liable for direct and contributory trade mark infringement as well as trade mark dilution because of the way it allowed a language learning software company's trademarks to be bought as "keyword advertising" terms by others, a US court has ruled. The US Court of Appeals overturned (47-page/122KB PDF) a district …
OUT-LAW.COM, 13 Apr 2012
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BORN to HURL: Man's shoulders are head and shoulders above apes, gorillas, chimps etc

Top-level bone fondlers delving back into humanity's remote past say that the key adaptation which lifted us from the ruck of other primates was a change to the shoulder permitting us - among other things - to play cricket by hurling balls and wielding bats. "These changes in the shoulder, which were probably initially driven …
Lewis Page, 09 Sep 2015
Hand precision grip

SUPERHANDS! Fossils of early human ancestors reveal a GRIPPING development

Ancestors of humans who lived around three to two million years ago appear to have had the ability to use their hands in a very similar way to how we grip tools today, according to a new study from anthropologists. Power "squeeze" gripping and forceful precision employed by humans were understood to relate to a reduction in tree …
Team Register, 24 Jan 2015
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Account at HSBC? BAD LUCK, no iPhone bonk-banking for you

British high street bank HSBC denies it has been frozen out of Apple Pay, after its customers were surprised to learn they could not join in the mass British bonk-banking bonanza earlier today. In a statement, HSBC told the Register it had always been the plan to launch at the end of July. The bank also insisted the two-week …
Kat Hall, 14 Jul 2015
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HTTP/2 is now utterly officially official

HTTP/2 was signed off back in February, but the spec took its final step towards becoming a standard on Thursday US time with the publication of rfc7540. RFCs - request for comments - are counterintuitively named because as the Internet Engineering Task Force explains, “Once an RFC is published, it is never revised. If the …
Simon Sharwood, 15 May 2015
Mars' Point Lake

Black Beauty Martian meteorite IS a SPOT-ON match with Red Planet's DARK PLAINS: boffins

Scientists believe that a recently discovered Martian meteorite – dubbed Black Beauty – is representative of the "bulk background" of rocks on the surface of Mars. The 4.4 billion-year-old space stone, known as NWA7034, was found in the Moroccan desert several years ago. Black Beauty Mars meteorite A chip from Black Beauty. …
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Feb 2015
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The 'vampire squid' wants a bankers' blockchain

Whether Bitcoin is an existential threat to the world of currency and banking probably depends on the style of tinfoil hat you wear, but the “Vampire Squid” - Rolling Stone's name for investment merchant bank Goldman Sachs - isn't taking any chances. Goldman and several of the most moneyed moguls the world has to offer the …

The UN made privacy a human right – but that's not good enough for Team Snowden

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has backed calls to make privacy a basic human right. Y'know, Article 12 of the United Nations' declaration of human rights states that "no one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy," but whatever. It seems Snowden wants all governments, including those not in the UN, to …
John Leyden, 28 Sep 2015

Firefighters deliver trapped student from GIANT GERMAN LADYPARTS

A US foreign exchange student has become a deserved internet celeb after firefighters extracted him from a giant vagina in the southwestern German city of Tübingen. According to Erick Guzman, who kindly posted snaps of the incident on Imgur, his chum decided it was a bright idea to get down and dirty with Peruvian artist …
Lester Haines, 23 Jun 2014
Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude against bakdrop of '70s stone facade with old axes hung up on wall (background by Michael Coghlan, licensed under CC 2.0

All hail Mad Frankie Maude, noble Lord of Cabinet Office Axemen

Former Cabinet Office minister and architect of the coalition government's IT spending controls Francis Maude has been handed a life peerage. The announcement means Mad Frankie can can continue to wield his axe against the IT "oligopoly" behind the scenes and in perpetuity from the House of Lords. Maude announced he would be …
Kat Hall, 15 May 2015
Cnidaria jellyfish

Twitter co-founder wraps tentacles around Q&A market, squirts out Jelly

Twitter co-founder Biz Stone launched a search app dubbed Jelly on Tuesday that he hopes will conquer the already packed-like-sardines online Q&A market. The concept behind the app appears to rely on Facebook and Twitter hive minds. Stone stopped short of calling it that, however, preferring instead to say that "Jelly is …
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Jan 2014
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Four CEOs in four years at Intrinsic Tech. How's that working out?

Intrinsic Technology isn’t giving backer RJD Partners a clear exit path after woeful financials showed the business is moving backwards – still, this is the havoc you can wreak when you swap four CEOs in as many years. The infrastructure services outfit staged a management buy-out in the summer of 2011 led by then CEO Mike …
Paul Kunert, 17 Sep 2015

Boffins identify world's (possibly) first flowering plant

US and European plant boffins have identified what may be the world's first flowering plant, an aquatic species which once grew abundantly in freshwater lakes in what is now Spain. The team, led by Indiana University paleobotanist David Dilcher, examined more than 1,000 fossilised specimens of Montsechia vidalii, dating back …
Lester Haines, 18 Aug 2015

DVRs at the ready tonight: El Reg's motor Vulture is on the tellybox

Keen Reg readers will doubtless wish to line up one of their TV tuners* tonight to capture Inside Out at 19:30 on BBC1 (sadly only in London). The programme is to feature our own Simon Rockman, mobile and motoring correspondent, expounding on the experience of driving an electric car in the nation's capital. Here's a short …
Lewis Page, 19 Jan 2015

Mozilla-Microsoft spat latest: Firefox yanks Cortana away from Bing

Mozilla has upped the stakes in its squabble with Microsoft over user choice, having released a new version of Firefox that can sneakily subvert internet searches fed to Windows 10's Cortana personal assistant. Firefox 40, which shipped on Tuesday, comes with "a fresh new look for Windows 10" that includes "bigger, bolder …
Neil McAllister, 11 Aug 2015
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US eco watchdog's shock warning: Fresh engine pollution cheatware tests coming

Car makers have been warned by regulators that all light vehicle models in the US will be inspected to make sure no manufacturers are gaming air pollutions tests, Volkswagen-style. A week ago the The US Environmental Protection Agency revealed that Volkswagen had used engine management software to detect when a motor was …
Iain Thomson, 25 Sep 2015
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Wikiland turns to Shapps and says ‘those emails you wanted, we deleted them, sorry’

Wikimedia UK, the national charity supporting Wikipedia and its sister projects, has told the MP and former Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps he can't see internal emails he has requested under the Data Protection Act ... because it has deleted them. One of the charity's own staff was censured after being involved in …
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Aug 2015
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Intruder alert: Cyber thugs are using steganography to slip in malware badness

Common or garden cybercrooks have taken to using steganography – the art of hiding secret information within another image or message file – to run a click-fraud scam. Steganography has long been the stuff of spy trade-craft and cypherpunk novels, but now cybercrooks have made the practice downmarket by applying it to the Lurk …
John Leyden, 08 Aug 2014

Teenage backup biz Code42 gets cash bonanza

End-point backer-upper, file-sharer and security monitor Code42 has just raised a huge chunk of cash to grow its business into the big time. Code42 was founded back in the stone age, 2001, making the company a relatively aged 14. In 2013, it took in its first funding, a substantial $52m in A-round. This was 12 years after it …
Chris Mellor, 06 Oct 2015

Mozilla to whack HTTP sites with feature-ban stick

Insecure websites will be barred from using new hardware features and could have existing tools revoked, if Mozilla goes ahead with a push towards HTTPS. Webmasters that don't turn on HTTPS could be excluded from the new features list under a Mozilla initiative designed to rid the net of careless clear text gaffes, sending a " …
Darren Pauli, 04 May 2015

You thought it was dead – but Flappy Bird may return: Millions prepare to poke own eyes out

Dong Nguyen, creator of cult game Flappy Bird, has told Rolling Stone he's got three more games in the works. The magazine travelled to Vietnam to meet Nguyen, who tells the story of Flappy Bird's rise and how he found it hard to appreciate its success. Nguyen also told the magazine he's working on three new games. One is “an …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Mar 2014
Slow downloads

Nokia boss smashes net neutrality activists

MWC 2015 Nokia's CEO has ridiculed the idea of a one-speed “neutral” internet, arguing that some IP packets are simply more important than others. Connected cars, for example, will need near-instant response times if they are to avoid accidents, said Rajeev Suri, speaking to media and analysts at the Mobile World Congress, Barcelona. …
Andrew Orlowski, 03 Mar 2015
Vodafone bird box signal repeater

What sort of tit builds non-bird bird boxes? Vodafone

Vodafone is installing mobile cell sites in bird boxes, although our feathered friends will not be allowed inside. The company has form in providing improved coverage for avians, with special care taken to look after nesting falcons. The new bird box is a signal repeater, something only the licenced networks are allowed to …
Simon Rockman, 01 Jun 2015

Compromised Cisco routers spotted bimbling about in the wild

More than a dozen compromised router infections have been found in the wild, all targeting Cisco kit as part of sophisticated attempts to hack into corporate and government networks. Once considered only a theoretical risk, the finding of malware-infected routers by FireEye/Mandiant shows that the threat is all too real. A …
John Leyden, 15 Sep 2015

How to evade Apple's anti-malware Gatekeeper in OS X and really ruin a fanboy's week

The myth that Macs are inherently more secure than Windows PCs has taken another hit. Patrick Wardle, a former NSA staffer who now heads up research at crowdsourced security intelligence firm Synack, has found a new route around Apple's defensive Gatekeeper technology. Apple's Gatekeeper utility is built into OS X, and is …
John Leyden, 01 Oct 2015
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WikiLeaks reveals searchable trove of Sony Pictures documents

Wikileaks has decided Sony Pictures is worthy of its attention by releasing 30,000 documents it says were lifted from the company's servers during the infamous 2014 attack. Wikileaks' justification for publishing the new trove is that Sony “is a member of the [Motion Picture Association of America] MPAA and a strong lobbyist on …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Apr 2015

Lost WHITE CITY of the MONKEY GOD found after 500 years

In a scene straight from Raiders of the Lost Ark, archaeologists believe they have found the fabled lost White City of the Monkey God in Honduras. Aided by former Special Air Service (SAS) soldiers, the team of scientists uncovered the location in the Mosquitia jungle, along Honduras's eastern coast, over 500 years after the …
Kat Hall, 04 Mar 2015