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BSkyB to flick switch on network-level smut-'n'-violence filters

BSkyB will switch its broadband service to network-level filtering later this year in a clear move away from giving subscribers control over what content they want their families to access online in their own homes. The telco said that computer-based parental controls were not enough to protect kids who use web-based services on …
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Feb 2013
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Arista touts next-gen switch as malleable as a T-1000 Terminator

Nobody has had his fingers in so much of the data centre pie as Andy Bechtolsheim, founder of Sun Microsystems, Granite Systems, Kealia, and Arista Networks. When Bechtolsheim and his team of techies at Arista say they have come up with their own way of doing software-defined networks (SDN) with their switches, people will stop …

Australian company claims world’s fastest switch

A new Australia company, Zeptonics, has created what it claims is the world’s fastest network switch. The company’s “Zeptomux” bills itself as a “23-to-1 multiplexing switch that operates with a fibre-to-fibre latency (including SFP+s) of ~130ns.” The Zeptomux can achieve that speed over copper or fibre, and uses 10G Ethernet …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Jun 2012
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Well done for flicking always-on crypto switch, Yahoo! Now here's what you SHOULD have done

Yahoo has followed the lead of Google and Microsoft and enabled HTTPS encryption by default for all Yahoo! Mail users. HTTPS by default safeguards privacy over an unsecured internet connection such as a public Wi-Fi network in a cafe or an airport. Done properly the technology also safeguards against state-backed snooping …
John Leyden, 09 Jan 2014

Anonymity ZUCKS: Facebook's Instagram to switch on face tagging

Oversharing narcissists will be able to reveal who is pictured in their cloud-stored Instagram photos - by tagging people in the colour-mangled snaps. The Mark Zuckerberg-owned, retro photo-aging service released version 3.5 of its software today, which adds features making it even more like its parent-company Facebook. …
Jasper Hamill, 03 May 2013
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OCP gets Ethernet silicon interface

HPC interconnect specialist Mellanox has added an Ethernet switch SDK to its contribution to the Facebook-led Open Compute Project. The SDK follows contributions dating back to 2013 to the OCP's networking sub-project, an effort which also attracted participants like Broadcom, Cumulus Networks, and Intel. For that project, …

NORKS switch off 3G data for tourists

Portly peoples' hero dictator Kim Jong-un has put the brakes on North Korea’s efforts to haul itself into the 21st century after appearing to ban mobile internet services for tourists less than a month after a historic decision was taken to relax 3G data restrictions. The news came in the form of a brief update posted by Beijing …
Phil Muncaster, 27 Mar 2013
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Win XP alive and kicking despite 2014 kill switch (Don't ask about Win 8)

Uptake of Windows 8 for desktop computers – which was never particularly fast – has slowed, according to stats for July from web traffic pollsters Net Applications. Microsoft's latest operating system held a 5.4 per cent of the global desktop OS market last month, up 0.3 points on June which was up 0.83 points on May. A glance …
Gavin Clarke, 02 Aug 2013
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The Register flicks switch on Data Centre channel

Our sharper-eyed readers - the sort that care about storage, servers, HPC and the like - will have noticed The Register has launched a Data Centre section. This pulls our enterprise systems coverage together in one place, while our PC, mobile and client news continues under the Hardware banner. You can find links to these …
Joe Fay, 05 Sep 2012
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Canonical bungs kill switch onto Ubuntu's Amazon 'adware'

Canonical is reining in its Ubuntu Linux distro's new Amazon "adware" desktop search feature after penguinistas vented their rage. Ubuntu community manager Jono Bacon has explained in a blog post how users can disable the controversial system that, by default, sends desktop search queries unencrypted to Amazon via Canonical's …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Sep 2012
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Ofcom: Make it easier for punters to switch ISPs

Broadband and landline customers could soon find it a lot simpler to ditch one telco in favour of another, after Ofcom published its proposals on cutting the hassle out of switching providers for punters in the UK. The communications watchdog said today that research showed that 520,000 households in Blighty in the past year had …
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Feb 2012

Fasthosts downed by dicky Dell switch

A number of websites were taken offline yesterday, and remained down this morning, after a load of servers run by Gloucester-based hosters Fasthosts fell over. Services on the hosting side are back up now, but the outage provoked angry responses. It was a faulty Dell switch that took the servers out, Fasthosts CEO Andy Burton …
Anna Leach, 01 Nov 2011
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Experts mull 'kill switch' for stock-wrecking techno-blunders

Technology and market experts reckon it's a good idea to design "kill switches" to stop computer glitches from causing chaos with stocks, à la Facebook's IPO, but said they better be well-designed. The markets have been plagued by a number of high-profile cock-ups, including the crazy day of Facebook's first stock offering, when …
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Mellanox chops 10-gig Ethernet switch, adapter prices

Mellanox Technologies is not happy about the 10 Gigabit Ethernet switch and adapter ramp, and it is doing something about it: slashing its own prices. In the wake of its acquisition of InfiniBand switch-maker Voltaire, Mellanox last year launched its SwitchX converged Ethernet and InfiniBand ASICs for 10GbE and 40GbE switches …

NASA to flip ion engine's 'OFF' switch after brilliant 5.5 year burn

NASA's Evolutionary Xenon Thruster (NEXT), an ion-propulsion engine that has been firing continuously for five and one-half years, is due to be shut down at the end of this month. NASA's Evolutionary Xenon Thruster (NEXT) at the Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio The world's record holder for ion-propulsion longevity: …
Rik Myslewski, 28 Jun 2013
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30 years ago, at flip of a switch, the internet as we know it WAS BORN

Thirty years ago this week the modern internet became operational as the US military flipped the switch on TCP/IP, but the move to the protocol stack was nearly killed at birth. The deadline was 1 January, 1983: after this, any of the Advanced Research Projects Agency Network's (ARPANET) 400 hosts that were still clinging to the …
Gavin Clarke, 03 Jan 2013
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Culture Sec: You - Google. Where's the off switch for all this filth?

The UK government wants the likes of Google, Facebook and Microsoft to do more to stop child-abuse images, hate speech and other offensive material appearing on their websites. Culture Secretary Maria Miller has summoned a number of mobile, web and telecoms companies to a meeting to discuss how the tech titans can halt the …
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Jun 2013

Brocade, Broadcom, Freescale trio aglow in the OpenFlow chateau

Brocade, Broadcom, and Freescale have broadened their backing of a key software-defined networking standard by supporting version 1.3 of the OpenFlow specification throughout their products. The trio announced the move on Monday at the Open Networking Summit in Santa Clara, California. OpenFlow is a software-defined networking …
Jack Clark, 03 Mar 2014

Arista juices switch with x86 server, FPGA, atomic clock

Upstart switch-maker Arista Networks, founded by serial entrepreneur Andy Bechtolsheim, is at it again, mashing up new kinds of iron to tackle problems in the data center. This time, Arista is bundling an atomic clock, a baby x86 server, flash memory, and field programmable gate arrays into its Ethernet switches to create what …
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Apple alert as half China's fanbois consider switch to Galaxy S4

It could be sweaty palm time at Cupertino after new research revealed that more than half of China’s loyal fanbois are thinking of switching their iPhones to a Samsung Galaxy S4, according to new data from market watcher TrendForce. The Taiwanese firm’s research arm Avanti interviewed a representative sample of 3,000 smartphone …
Phil Muncaster, 16 Apr 2013
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FCC ponders: When is it OK to switch off networks?

The FCC wants help deciding who should have the right to switch off mobile networks, and under what circumstances they should be permitted to exercise that right. Right now it's not clear, on either side of the pond, under what circumstances an authority can request a network operator shutdown part of its network, or if the …
Bill Ray, 06 Mar 2012
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Cisco, HP bury hatchet for server, switch hookup

Server giant and networking player Hewlett-Packard and networking giant and server player Cisco seem to have buried the hatchet. Admittedly, it is a pretty small hatchet and they are still brandishing pikes pointed at each other's guts. But they are not fighting. That's because there are plenty of customers that have HP for …

Microsoft's Surface bait-and-switch won't make people buy Windows 8

Microsoft had better hope departing board member Reed Hastings is wrong about Windows. In some parting comments to a group of Dow Jones reporters, Hastings called Microsoft's Surface tablet a "tactic to spur people on, to get Windows 8 really successful." In other words, according to Hastings, Surface is just a means to get …
Matt Asay, 22 Nov 2012

Yahoo! staff! slapped! for! 'snubbing! own! webmail! and! preferring! Outlook!'

Yahoo! staff are catching heat from bosses for largely eschewing the company's own email service in favor of competing software, according to a leaked memo. The AllThingsD blog has published what it says is an internal communication from Yahoo! criticizing employees for failing to switch from Microsoft Outlook to Yahoo! webmail …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Nov 2013

SimpliVity: Your legacy IT stack sucks, wanna switch it for our box?

What would you say about a start-up that wants to junk all the complex, multi-layered stack clutter of today's data centres and start again with one basic scale-out OmniCube building block. Nuts right? Only it's Doron Kempel and he co-founded and sold Diligent to IBM for $200m in 2008 – so we're paying attention. The start-up is …
Chris Mellor, 21 Aug 2012

Analogue switch-off hits London today

Londoners: don't forget to retune your Freeview kit today, be it a set-top box, a telly with an integrated digital tuner, or a tuner dongle or card hooked up to a PC. Ditto, if you own a BTVision or TopUp TV box. The Crystal Palace transmitter, for years the capital's main source of TV signals, will begin cutting off stations' …
Tony Smith, 04 Apr 2012
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Swinburne flicks switch on $AU3 million GPU

Swinburne University has brought a new 120 teraflop GPU-based supercomputer from SGI to help cope with astronomers' ever-increasing need for lots of computing power. The 636 Intel GPU, 121 NVIDIA GPU, quad-InfiniBand machine, gSTAR, is one of just six similar grunt-boxes in Australia. The power boost over Swinburne’s previous …
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Save Ofcom! Telcos and consumer groups call for end to legal disputes

Consumer groups and two telcos have written to the government in support of Ofcom's attempts to revamp its appeals process and stop legal challenges from obstructing its rulings. Which?, Consumer Futures, Three and TalkTalk have all signed a letter to culture secretary Maria Miller and business secretary Vince Cable that says …

NEC, Alca-Lu win Sea-Me-We 5 build contracts

NEC and Alcatel-Lucent are to divvy up the planned Sea-Me-We 5 submarine cable build. The cable's consortium has awarded hundreds of millions of dollars worth of build contracts for the anticipated 2016 switch-on. The new 20,000-km cable is planned to run from Singapore to France via the Middle East, and will have a design …
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'Kill switch' flaw found in top web weapon, victims sigh with relief

Security researchers have discovered a vulnerability in a top DDoS attack tool that provides a handy means to neutralise onslaughts. The Dirt Jumper Distributed-Denial-of-Service (DDoS) Toolkit is one of the most popular attack tools available. It was deployed in a digital siege against security news website KrebsonSecurity.com …
John Leyden, 15 Aug 2012
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Apple finally flips switch on HTTPS by default in App Store

Apple has finally enabled secure App Store logins for mobile users, months after the issue was first reported to the consumer electronics giant. Google researcher Elie Bursztein noticed that Apple's App Store protocols weren't secure back in July 2012, when he reported the issue to Cupertino. The App Store iOS app was running …
John Leyden, 11 Mar 2013

Microsoft loosens strings on Office 365, drops kimono on upgrade options

Microsoft has unveiled the first in a series of planned updates to its Office 365 licensing plans for potentially easier upgrades. The Office 365 blog has outlined the options, announced at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference in July as “transition SKUs”, for users to upgrade. The Switch plans come with certain …
Gavin Clarke, 05 Aug 2013

SkyDrive is dead! All hail Microsoft OneDrive! Happy now, Uncle Rupe?

Microsoft has completed the transition of its SkyDrive cloud storage service to its new branding, henceforth to be known as OneDrive. Beginning on Wednesday, users who navigate to the URL of the former SkyDrive website are redirected to the newly rebadged OneDrive site. The new site has a user interface that's virtually …
Neil McAllister, 20 Feb 2014

Mastercard, Syniverse target holiday payment security with mobile verification system

It’s ironic that when people are abroad so many people switch off their mobile phones' data and so many banks switch off customers' credit cards. But a deal between Syniverse and Mastercard aims to keep both switched on. You’ll have heard of Mastercard but are less likely to know about Syniverse unless you work in the mobile …
Simon Rockman, 12 Mar 2014

Quantum blames LTO-6 switch-hit for crappy tape sales

After a three-quarter revenue decline trend, Quantum seems to be turning a corner: revenues are up, losses are down, and the outlook for the next quarter is more good news. Quantum makes tape and disk and software data protection and file management and access hardware and software products. It earned revenues of $147m in its …
Chris Mellor, 25 Oct 2012

Smartphone addicts go floppy under the sheets, warns DOCTOR WANG

Taiwanese doctors have warned that men who are glued to their smartphones late into the night are at risk from suffering erectile dysfunction. Increasing numbers of men in their 20s are visiting their urologist with ailments more commonly found in the middle aged, according to WantChinaTimes. The report details one young couple …
Phil Muncaster, 15 Nov 2013
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Botnet army flicks 'off' switch at UK crime agency website

The UK's Serious Organised Crime Agency's website has been taken offline following a DDoS attack that started last night and is still going on. SOCA decided to take the site down itself around 10pm last night to stop the distributed denial of service attack from bothering other connected websites. "We took the site off …
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AWS flicks switch for S3-to-Glacier migration

Amazon Web Services has turned on a new facility that allows migration of data from its S3 cloud storage service to its new Glacier cloud archive service. Glacier was launched a few weeks ago, and offers cloud storage at $0.01/Gb/month for most US regions ($0.011 in some North California areas and Ireland, and $0.012 in Tokyo), …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Nov 2012

Apple fanbois make it 'official', hook up with Internet of Fridges Things

Apple has joined the Internet of Things after naming an air conditioning unit as the first fruity-certified smart appliance. The Chinese manufacturer Haier's Tianzun air conditioner has been granted MFi status, which has nothing to do with the defunct British DIY chain. Rather, it is Apple's certification programme for AirPlay …
Jasper Hamill, 16 Jan 2014
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WAR ON PORN: UK flicks switch on 'I am a pervert' web filters

Prime Minister David Cameron will today gaily announce that Brit adults will be forced to ask their ISP for permission to view web grumble flicks. The system will also ensure people typing in "abhorrent search terms" for stuff online will receive a "warning" along with some helpline numbers - although a former child protection …
Jasper Hamill, 22 Jul 2013
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Help a US gov't agency switch to open source, win $3 million

The US Department of Veterans Affairs is looking to upgrade the 25-year-old software that powers its nationwide health care system, and it's betting real money that open source is the way to do it. To that end, the agency is sponsoring a contest in which three entrants will be awarded prizes of up to $3m each, provided they can …
Neil McAllister, 11 Jan 2013

No anon pr0n for you: BT's network-level 'smut' filters will catch proxy servers too

BT's new network-level nudie no-no filter system will block access to sites promoting proxies and anonymisers, The Register has learned. However, the one-time national telco has insisted that it won't choke VPN connections over its network now that its Parental Controls service, using DNS lookup technology, is in place. On …
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Dec 2013

Intel and Asus put the dual boot in, offer 2-in-1 lapslab WinDroid

Intel is attempting to knock rivals' SoCs off with a dual-boot platform that lets you flip between Windows 8.1 and Google’s mobile operating system on the same device. The chip giant announced delivery of dual-OS at CES 2014 with PC partner Asus, with the PC maker delivering the laptop/tablet hybrid to run it on: the 2-in-1 …
Gavin Clarke, 10 Jan 2014
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Researchers pitch switch to electronic prescriptions

Sydney health researchers are calling for the rapid implementation of electronic prescriptions in the country’s hospitals, to try and cut the rate of errors resulting from doctors’ poor handwriting. According to Johanna Westbrook, director of health systems and safety research at the University of New South Wales’ Australian …
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Explicit shots: China's gorgeous flop-tastic Tianhe-2 supercomputer

Some of the feeds and speeds of the Chinese government's Tianhe-2 massively parallel ceepie-phibie supercomputer leaked out in May and then even more came out a week later ahead of the planned big splash at the International Super Computing shindig in Leipzig, Germany. But El Reg has some juicy pics of some of the key components …

IT bods: Windows XP, we WON'T leave you. Migrate? Chuh! As if...

It's not going to be easy to pry open the death grip of IT bods on the last copies of Windows XP, according to Spiceworks, whose survey had a whopping 33 per cent of tech professionals planning to keep the OS on at least one device after its end of life. The social business network for IT pros, much beloved of sysadmins, quizzed …
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Optus hits LTE switch in Newcastle

Huawei Australia is inching closer to securing the national tender for Optus’ LTE rollout following its placement as technology partner for the commercial rollout of an LTE network in Newcastle and surrounding areas. The commercial contract follows extensive trails between the Chinese vendor and the carrier for LTE deployment …

Ex-Amazon brain, ex-Cisco bigwig eager to smash lock to networking throne room

In another indication of changes in the networking market, two startups are teaming up to give companies greater choice in the tech they want to use to lash together their computers, threatening the businesses of incumbents like Cisco. The tie-up between Cumulus Networks and Midokura was announced on Wednesday and will see a …
Jack Clark, 20 Mar 2014

Feedly coughs to cockup, KILLS Google+ login as users FLEE

Did Feedly just witness thousands of users unplugging from its service in disgust over its abrupt decision to force everyone to login via a Google+ ID? The answer to that question appears to be yes. Feedly said it had listened to the feedback - which looks to have been universally negative - and decided to reverse the tweak …
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Nov 2013
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Magnetic slurry could deliver heatsink-as-a-service

Serious water-cooled gamer-rig types will probably get busy experimenting with iron filings, water and magnets, to see if they can maker-reproduce research that uses magnets to create what amounts to a switch-on, switch-off heatsink. In a paper co-authored by researchers from MIT and Australia's University of Newcastle, the …