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Debian Linux, Android share a bed in upcoming distro

A new Linux distribution is looking to overcome the limitations of Debian on ARM, by running both Linux apps and Android apps in native mode. Produced by the group that created the MicroXwin kernel-based X Windows implementation, the VolksPC distribution is designed to give users an ARM-Debian environment that supports Debian's …
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Forty-five years ago: FOOTPRINTS FOUND ON MOON

45 years ago today - that is, July 20th - the human race left its first bootprint on a body other than the Earth we'd been treading for the last few million years, as Neil Armstrong stepped off the Eagle lunar module's ladder and onto the dusty regolith of the Moon. "That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind …
Iain Thomson, 20 Jul 2014
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Want to beat Verizon's slow Netflix? Get a VPN

Video Yet another person has stepped forward to claim that Verizon is deliberately throttling Netflix traffic, this time with video evidence. Colin Nederkoorn, CEO of software firm Customer.io, alleged in a personal blog post that his Verizon Fios internet connection in New York slows Netflix traffic to a trickle, but runs at full …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Jul 2014
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Unbridled BONKING and rampant ROGERING at YOUR office!

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Youtube Video Sex sex sex, that’s all we think about, apparently. I think I read somewhere that men think about sex every seven seconds. But then you shouldn’t believe everything you read because a person could hardly concentrate on (SEX) matters on a day-to-day basis if this was the case and you would turn into a (SEX) machine …
Alistair Dabbs, 18 Jul 2014
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That stirring LOHAN motto: Anyone know a native Latin speaker?

We asked for it, and we got: in spades. In response to our call for a stirring motto for the proposed Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) embroidered mission patch, we were buried under suggestions from all corners of Regosphere diaspora. A proposed LOHAN mission patch Indeed, so great was the response that it's …
Lester Haines, 18 Jul 2014
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Chromecast hack Rickrolls Google's TV stick

Chromecast-owning households may be set to endure Rick Astley's ghastly oeuvre, thanks to a new device that can hijack victims' TV sticks and insert replacement content. Dan Petro's device, the "Rickmote", is a slick Raspberry Pi box that can knock the Google Chromecast video streaming utility off wireless networks allowing …
Darren Pauli, 18 Jul 2014
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When the robot rebellion comes, this Jibo droid will BORE you to death

Most writers and filmmakers agree that robots in the home is a pretty bad idea because at some point they will try to kill you. But the developers of a new household droid called Jibo want you to forget all those visions of nasty old Arnold Schwarzenegger worn as a fleshy cloak by an inimical droid assassin, because robots can …
Jasper Hamill, 16 Jul 2014
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If BlackBerry killed off its social gaming platform, would anybody notice?

Sticking to its knitting, BlackBerry is closing Scoreloop - the German social gaming platform and tools company it acquired in 2011 for $71m. The Canadian mobile phone company once known as RIM told the Wall Street Journal that this was in line with its focus on enterprise. When BlackBerry bought Scoreloop, it was at the height …
Simon Rockman, 16 Jul 2014
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'Two-speed internet' storm turns FCC.gov into zero-speed website

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has extended the deadline for public comment on its net neutrality proposals – after a flood of traffic borked the agency's website yet again. At the heart of the proposals are rules that could allow huge corporations to pay for prioritized internet traffic. While on the one hand, …
Iain Thomson, 15 Jul 2014
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Japanese artist cuffed for disseminating 3D ladyparts files

NSFW A Japanese artist has been arrested for disseminating "3D printable design files" of her own genitalia, 3DPrint.com reports. Megumi Igarashi, 42, was cuffed by Tokyo Metropolitan Police for allegedly supplying virtual ladyparts via email to a "30-year-old man in Kagawa Prefecture" and "many others" back in March. Igarashi, …
Lester Haines, 15 Jul 2014
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Data retention saves Australia from TERROR says Labor MP

Former chair of Australia's Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (JCIS), Labor MP Anthony Byrne, has urged the nation's federal government to implement data retention legislation to prevent what he calls “imminent” terrorist attacks. In a speech to parliament on Monday July 14, Byrne said the government …
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Rural mobile coverage: Tweeting twits to join chirping tits in UK's national parks

The Mobile Operators Association has signed an accord with National Parks England to improve coverage over the 10 per cent of the UK which falls under the category of the national parks. Youtube Video The organisations are predictably keen to emphasise that this will be done without compromising any natural beauty. The move is …
Simon Rockman, 14 Jul 2014
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New Doctor Who episode leaks online as proper trailer debuts

The mess at BBC Worldwide's Miami office that saw scripts for the new series of Doctor Who leak online has worsened, with a whole episode now doing the rounds of torrent sites. Radio Times reports that a “rough black and white edit” of the series' first episode, titled “Deep Breath”, escaped from the BBC's Miami office and …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Jul 2014
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Watch: DARPA shows off first successful test of STEERABLE bullet

Video The military boffins at DARPA have just released footage of their first successful shots of a bullet dubbed EXACTO (EXtreme ACcuracy Tasked Ordnance) that can be steered onto a target when fired from a standard rifle. The video, shot at a government firing range in February and April, shows two .50-cal rounds maneuvering in …
Iain Thomson, 11 Jul 2014
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The final score: Gramophones 1 – Glassholes 0

Something for the Weekend, Sir? What do the following have in common: a hand holding a half-litre carton of milk, the back of a balding head, a grinning selfie taken in a mirror and a wonky street scene with nothing of any interest going on? That’s right, it’s your life – courtesy of Google Glass. A number of colleagues have spent the last few weeks playing …
Alistair Dabbs, 11 Jul 2014
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In space no one can hear you scream, but Voyager 1 can hear A ROAR

Hero space probe Voyager 1 has sent home what NASA is calling a “sound” from the cosmos. The venerable spacecraft – now 19,093,090,914km from Earth at the time of writing and moving further away at a rate of about 15km a second – recorded the “noise” in March. That was when a pressure wave caused by a coronal mass from the Sun …
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'iPhone 6' survives FRENZIED STABBING. Truly, it is the JESUS Phone

Vid A bloke on the internet has attempted to stab to bits what he describes as an Apple "iPhone 6" - but was stopped dead by the gizmo's frontispiece, perhaps fashioned of wondro-material "sapphire glass". Marques Brownlee, a Youtube tech reviewer who goes under the name MKBHD, managed to get his hands on two dummy models of what he …
Jasper Hamill, 8 Jul 2014
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Reg reader fires up Pi-powered anti-cat garden sprinkler system

Vid It's a tip of the hat today to Reg reader Joshua Thumim for putting the humble Raspberry Pi into the service of humanity with a simple but effective feline repellent system. Joshua explained: For the last few years, pretty much every time I (or my two small kids) wanted to use the garden I'd first have to remove 3-5 cat …
Lester Haines, 8 Jul 2014
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Alabama quadchopper hits THREE THOUSAND FEET next to AIRPORT

Vid An Alabama UAV enthusiast has been told by the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) to steer clear of airports after he sent a quadcopter up to 1,100m (3,609 feet) within five miles of Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport (BHM). Michael Mayhew posted an impressive video of the DJI Phantom 2 flight on YouTube, and shared …
Lester Haines, 7 Jul 2014
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Star Wars: These are the 'unknown' actors we were looking for

Just when we were starting to suspect the next instalment of Star Wars would be a celeb-only affair, two relatively unknown actors were announced as cast members. Star Wars casts relative unknowns Pip Andersen and Crystal Clarke Open auditions for an unnamed film that everyone knew was Star Wars: Episode VII were held across …
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F1? No, it's Formula E as electric racing cars hit the track

Electric motorsport is finally getting some of the attention given its internal combustion engine brother with the first day of testing of the new Formula E taking place at Donington Park Racing Circuit in Derby. It will be a while before we see an actual race in the UK, though. That’s not going to be until 27 June 2015, and …
Simon Rockman, 7 Jul 2014
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SolidRun pitches upgradeable SBC into the IoT fray

Another single-board contender has emerged to challenge the Raspberry Pi's title as lightweight champion of the world, with a pitch that it supports processor and memory upgrades in a single-board-computer form factor. SolidRun is offering a 1 GHz ARM v7 processor as the base level CPU on a new HummingBoard board, which it says …
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Phone motion sensors can receive data

Video Boffins from the University of Oulu in Finland and Huazhong University in China have put together a prototype that uses an Android smartphone's magnetometer as a short-range one-way communications channel. The applications for such a system are limited, of course: magnetic fields decay very quickly, so the system has a range of …
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IDC interview: The five stages of business mobility

Youtube Video It has long been a familiar feature of everyone’s working life but really we are all still waiting for mobile working to come of age. There has been plenty of progress, the advent of 4G and the uptake of cloud services having led to a big change of attitude in the last couple of years, but generally few UK …
Eira Hayward, 5 Jul 2014
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ISC’14: Ever wanted to build data-crunching beast to beat them all?

HPC blog The ISC’14 Student Cluster Competition closed out last week in Leipzig. What a ride... It was an outstanding competition, with story lines straight from Hollywood. If John Hughes were still making movies, he’d be writing the script and shopping it around the big studios right now. (For those of you who don’t know what a Student …
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Royal Navy parks 470 double-decker buses on Queen Elizabeth

Today saw her Maj QE2 smash a bottle of Islay malt whisky over her floating namesake at Fife's Rosyth dockyard, as she hailed "a new phase" in Blighty's glorious naval history. The carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth is a 280-metre-long behemoth which promises a maritime capability equal to that of its voracious appetite for taxpayers …
Lester Haines, 4 Jul 2014
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You 'posted' a 'letter' with Outlook... No, NO, that's the MONITOR

Something for the Weekend, Sir? “Sorry to bother you. Are you busy?” Instinctively, I look at my watch. Here we go. Bet you he’s going to ask me to fix something trivial. “Don’t worry, Bill,” I reply. “What’s up?” “The computer web isn’t working.” Ah bless, the guy’s long past retirement age but still hangs in there. In fact, he’s a bit of an entrepreneurial …
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ANGRY ALIENS hit by BEBO SPAMGASM probably don't exist

The world is breathing a collective sigh of relief today as interstellar war with aliens from the well-known prospective "Goldilocks" worlds orbiting the star Gliese 581 has been averted – because the planets don't actually exist. Youtube video of the planets orbiting Gliese 581 In the heady early days of the search for planets …
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Start packing your bags for a Windows Server 2003 migration

Windows Server 2003 is due to reach the end of its life in July next year. Microsoft will no longer support the software, which means no further patches or security updates and a security risk and compliance headache for businesses. A surprising number of companies will be affected unless they get their act together and prepare …
Eira Hayward, 4 Jul 2014
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iPhone user SHAMEGASM: 'I beg of you', delete sex app from my purchase list

The developer of a vibrator app has told guilty self-touching fanbois that it cannot wipe away their sinful past. Users flocked to Apple's App Store to write five-star reviews of a free app called iVibe Massager. Only it seems they were not basking in post-orgasmic bliss, but wallowing in shame. They tried to barter with the …
Jasper Hamill, 4 Jul 2014
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You CAN'T bust into our login app's password vault, insists Roboform

Password management company RoboForm has tweaked how the mobile version of its password manager works in response to criticism by a security expert. Yet the firm rejects further criticisms that its technology might easily be circumvented. IT security contractor Paul Moore discovered a pair of what he argues are potentially …
John Leyden, 3 Jul 2014
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Watch the videos of the Microsoft enterprise mobility event

Business Transformed – conference in full On June 4, Microsoft ran an enterprise mobility conference in London. Among the speakers were a tech-anthropologist, an IDC analyst and Microsoft execs and customers. As media partner for the event The Register was there to video the proceedings. Above is the webcast of the whole …
David Gordon, 3 Jul 2014
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Xiaomi: Hidden Android dragon is growing fast, despite being unknown in the West

Xiaomi - the fastest growing mobile phone manufacturer - is now Number Three in China and setting its sights on the top spot. The company has said through its blog that it sold 26.11 million phones in the first six months of the year and has set a target of 60m phones for the full year. The figure shows extraordinary growth of …
Simon Rockman, 2 Jul 2014
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Brit SPACE HEDGEHOG team flies student Mars payload

We're pleased to report that the team behind the 2013 space hedgehog drama - which saw a knitted mascot dramatically go awol over Blighty - has finally got a cluster of student experiments in the air without mishap. Last March, CASSiE (Cosmic Ambassador for Space Science and Engineering) accompanied 70 miniprojects packed into …
Lester Haines, 2 Jul 2014
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NASA: Satellite which will END man-made CO2 debate in orbit at last

Updated NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory 2 (OCO-2) not only managed to lift off today, it also achieved successful separation from its booster stack and got into orbit. Youtube Video The satellite – which will study the absorption of sunlight by carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere – is the third attempt to get a CO2-measuring craft …
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NASA flying saucer vids show fire in the sky

NASA has released some entertaining short video clips from last Saturday's test of the Low Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD), showing how the future Mars payload delivery tech flight featured a mighty thruster, some hot airbag action and a while lot of a-whoopin' and a-hollerin'. The LDSD launched below an enormous helium- …
Lester Haines, 1 Jul 2014
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BBC offers briefest of teasers for the next Doctor Who

The BBC has released the briefest of brief teasers for the new series of Doctor Who, coming in at just 15 seconds of Peter Capaldi’s first turn behind the wheel of the Tardis. Youtube Video We can, I suppose, count ourselves lucky that the teaser features some actual talking, although there’s only some time to squeeze in a …
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And now for someone completely brilliant: Stephen Hawking to join Monty Python on stage

Renowned physicist and boffin of the highest order Stephen Hawking is to join famous 1970s British surrealist comedy group Monty Python on stage in the comedians' first live show in decades. Youtube Video A video intro at the press conference featured some gentle ribbing from Mick Jagger about the fact that the Python crew – …
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Facebook dumps AWS, moves Instagram's images to own bit barns

Facebook has migrated Instagram's colossal collection of images out of Amazon Web Services and into its own bit barns. News of the move comes in this interview with Facebook infrastructure engineer and Open Compute Foundation program development chap Charlie Manese conducted by Australian hyperscale compute appliance startup …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Jun 2014
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Intel, Ford: Project Mobii will harpoon unsafe, unauthorized drivers

Intel and the Ford Motor Company have announced a joint effort to equip the automaker's vehicles with cameras – but not ones that will survey the driving environment; instead, interior-mounted eyes will keep their gaze on you and your passengers. The in-vehicle camera effort comes with a whale of a name: Project Mobii, for …
Rik Myslewski, 26 Jun 2014
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LOHAN laid bare in intimate interview

Vid podcast Fans of our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) project might enjoy an interview I did earlier this week with Christiaan van Vollenstee of DIY Drones. The chat, beamed live from the SPB's mountaintop HQ on Wednesday, features discussion of various aspects of our audacious ballocket mission and a particularly fine pair …
Lester Haines, 26 Jun 2014
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What enterprise mobility means for my business

Promo Youtube Video On June 4 Microsoft UK held its Business Transformed summit in London to share the love for Windows Phone and Windows 8.1. We have already covered some of the speakers in two previous articles (here and here). In this outing we zoom in on the customer panel discussion that rounded off the conference. The Register …
David Gordon, 26 Jun 2014