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Christmas comes late for fanbois as Apple wearable release slips into early 2015

Apple is not set to unleash a wearable device at Cupertino's iPhone 6 event on 9 September, it has been reported.
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Aug 2014
Alienware's Area 51 system uses the new Haswell processors
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Alienware inserts EVEN MORE ALIEN into redesigned Area-51 gaming PC

Pics Alienware has spent five years honing its Area-51 gaming PC, and - in the process - has sexed up the beast with a menacing new "triad chassis" design.
Team Register, 30 Aug 2014
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Love XKCD? Love science? You'll love a book about science from Randall Munroe

Page File They say you shouldn’t get a fan to review a book and it’s certainly tough to be critical when you pick up the new book from Randall Munroe, the much-loved creator of awesome science webcomic XKCD. What If? is a series of usually ridiculous questions from the public to XKCD’s inbox that Munroe answers using science and mathematics.
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EE fails to apologise for HUGE T-Mobile outage that hit Brits on Friday

Many T-Mobile customers in the UK were without access to the EE-owned network on Friday, after the service went titsup due to a "broken fibre cable".
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Aug 2014

Britain's housing crisis: What are we going to do about it?

Worstall @ the Weekend We talked last week about how macroeconomics is still pretty terrible at telling us what we ought to do about the world around us, which is why I always rather scratch me head at people who insist that rent control is going to be a good way of solving our current housing crisis.
Tim Worstall, 30 Aug 2014
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Are we there yet, are we there yet? Ballmer 'like a small child' upon buying basketball club

Microsoft mogul Steve Ballmer was as happy as a kid on Christmas morning getting a new toy, according to the woman who sold him a basketball team.
Shaun Nichols, 30 Aug 2014
Paris Hilton in Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!
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Buh bye, MSN Messenger. Microsoft finally flicks on KILL SWITCH in China

Microsoft has put its Chinese users on notice that its MSN Messenger product will be axed at the end of October - spelling the end of the road for the 15-year-old IM service.
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Aug 2014

Tim Cook: 'I'd call what's going on in fondleslabs a speed bump'

QuoTW Time Warner Cable did not have a good week this week. A number of folks came out over the week to tell the Federal Communications Commission that they don’t like the idea of the company merging with Comcast. And in the middle of all that, the firm suffered a massive outage that downed a number of big cities on both the East and West Coasts of the US.
Quooker Fusion

Boiling point: Tech and the perfect cuppa

Review Last week, coffee drinkers were treated to some alternative brewing techniques. So, is there any special gadgetry for those with a taste for tea? Jennifer Newton discovers there’s more to letting off steam than meets the eye.
Jennifer Newton, 30 Aug 2014
Artist's image of asteroids and Mars

NASA to reformat Opportunity rover's memory from 125 million miles away

IT administrators at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory are preparing to perform an interplanetary remote wipe and reboot on its Martian Opportunity rover after the decade-old explorer began to get a bit senile.
Iain Thomson, 30 Aug 2014
Angry Birds
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Angry Birds CEO hops into slingshot, goes 'WEEEEE!'

The CEO of the company behind mobile gaming hit Angry Birds has announced his intention to leave the gaming firm.
Shaun Nichols, 29 Aug 2014
Eugene Kaspersky in Sydney

Kaspersky backpedals on 'done nothing wrong, nothing to fear' blather

Russian security software vendor Kaspersky has yanked an article from its website arguing that netizens shouldn't fear state surveillance unless they had done something wrong in the first place.
Iain Thomson, 29 Aug 2014
Intel Core i7-5960X

Intel unleashed octo-core speed demon for the power-crazed crowd

Intel has released its first eight-core desktop chip, the Intel Core i7-5960X processor Extreme Edition, formerly known as Haswell-E, along with two other slightly slower chips.
Iain Thomson, 29 Aug 2014
Photo of the White House at dusk

America's CTO leaving role for Silicon Valley in White House shakeup

The CTO of the United States is set to resign his post, but will remain with the Obama Administration.
Shaun Nichols, 29 Aug 2014

Ninja Pirate Zombie Vampires versus Chuck Norris and the Space Marines

Weekend Big Data Project No fewer than 1,784 of you kindly volunteered to have your brains slurped in the initial stage of the Weekend Register's pioneering attempt to use hefty-data techniques to solve the most pressing puzzle of our era - namely who would win in a fight: pirates, ninjas, zombies, vampires, werewolves, aliens, robots, jedi, various kinds of human troops, and plucky civilians with improvised weapons?
Lewis Page, 29 Aug 2014
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They're not a travelling polka band, they're German HPC kids packing Big Iron

HPC blog Home country Germany was well represented at the recent Student Cluster Competition at the 2014 International Supercomputer Show in Leipzig, Germany.
Samba dancer

Community chest: Storage firms need to pay open-source debts

Storagebod Linux and *BSD have completely changed the storage market. They are the core of so many storage products, allowing startups and established vendors alike to bring new products to the market more rapidly than previously possible.
StorageBod, 29 Aug 2014
Bonaparte Before The Sphinx

Siri: Helpful personal assistant or SERIAL APP KILLER?

Comment In a world of where every mobile device contains a personal assistant, who will need mobile apps?
Chris Mellor, 29 Aug 2014
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Too slow with that iPhone refresh, Apple: Android is GOBBLING up US mobile market

Android made further inroads into the US market at the expense of Apple, according to latest market share snapshot from tech analyst Kantar. Meanwhile, Windows Phone has stalled in 2014.
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Aug 2014
Apple iPad 3 aka new iPad

Larger iPad could target big biz, save Apple from low-end scrum

Analysis As has been increasingly the case with smartphones, the tablet market is shifting away from an Apple/Samsung head-to-head, and becoming a free-for-all.
Wireless Watch, 29 Aug 2014
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FIRST LOOK: Gartner gurus present all-flash prognostications

Gartner's gurus have completed their prognostications and their all-flash array magic quadrant has been released upon an anticipative flash array world - and The Register has seen a copy.
Chris Mellor, 29 Aug 2014
Cryptowall ransomware notice

KER-CHING! CryptoWall ransomware scam rakes in $1 MEEELLION

Victims of the CryptoWall ransomware have been extorted out of at least $1m.
John Leyden, 29 Aug 2014

Nokia: Read our Maps, Samsung – we're HERE for the Gear

Getting Samsung, the world’s biggest smartphone manufacturer, to use Nokia's HERE Maps is a huge win.
Simon Rockman, 29 Aug 2014
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Brit chip biz CSR rebuffs US takeover bid from Microchip Technologies

Fabless Bluetooth chip firm CSR, the second biggest chip design company in Cambridge, has rebuffed a takeover bid by customer and partner Microchip Technology.
Simon Rockman, 29 Aug 2014

SIEMs like a good idea: How to manage security in real time

Live webcast Register now for this webcast that explains how security information and event management (SIEM) can work, what it does, and how to fit it into your existing security environment.
David Gordon, 29 Aug 2014

We need less U.S. in our WWW – Euro digital chief Steelie Neelie

Europe’s digital chief Neelie Kroes will reiterate her commitment to “international governance of the internet” later today – that’s code for a smaller role for the US.
Jennifer Baker, 29 Aug 2014
Pigeon crapping on statue
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Hyper-converged flash appliances are COMING. Here's one I dreamed up earlier...

Hyper-converged server/storage/networking systems use disks for storage. This is a temporary situation and all-flash hyper-converged appliances will come soon.
Chris Mellor, 29 Aug 2014
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Exclusive SPB t-shirt flies into Kickstarter

Our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) Kickstarter tin-rattling is, er, rattling along nicely, and we offer sincere thanks to those who've already chosen to back our audacious spaceplane ballocket launch in New Mexico.
Lester Haines, 29 Aug 2014
Taxi Driver

Uber, Lyft and cutting corners: The true face of the Sharing Economy

Analysis More allegations have emerged of dodgy tactics on the part of car ride app Uber and rival Lyft – this time relating to so-called "brand ambassadors".
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Aug 2014
Sheep muster
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The A-to-Z of storage news: Your quick 'n' dirty tasting menu

The time around VMworld - which runs from 25 to 28 August in San Francisco – saw a frenetic pace of announcements which were obliterated from the main news radar screens by things like VMware’s EVO: RAIL. Here’a catch-up list of many of them.
Chris Mellor, 29 Aug 2014

Euro banks will rip out EVERYTHING and buy proper backend systems ... LOL, fooled ya

European banks are in a "holding pattern" when it comes to integrating the latest technology into their core banking systems, with the majority only carrying out modernisation initiatives when necessary rather than with a view towards long-term transformation, according to a new survey.
OUT-LAW.COM, 29 Aug 2014
Falcon 1 launches from Kwajalein
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Server sales show signs of slight surge

Server sales continue to rise, according to IDC's new Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker, which suggests the long-term outlook for servers might even be half-way decent.
Simon Sharwood, 29 Aug 2014
Ice cream

Ice cream headache as black hat hacks sack Dairy Queen

Ice cream mogul Dairy Queen appears to have been breached with hackers likely stealing credit cards from some of its many US stores.
Darren Pauli, 29 Aug 2014
Storage disks, photo: Gavin Clarke

Like condoms, data now comes in big and HUGE sizes

If condoms were made in a range of different sizes, the old joke goes, the options would be “huge”, “gigantic” and “enormous”.
Simon Sharwood, 29 Aug 2014
Peter Capaldi as Dr Who. Credit: BBC

Ofcom will not probe lesbian lizard snog in new Dr Who series

Ofcom has declined to probe the BBC after it received complaints about the screening of a kiss between a lizard-like character and her human wife during an episode of Doctor Who.
Jasper Hamill, 29 Aug 2014
Galileo

Software bug caught Galileo sats in landslide, no escape from reality

The European Space Agency's (ESA's) embarrassment at having two of its Galileo satnav birds land in the wrong orbit has been blamed on bad programming of the Soyuz craft that hauled the satellites aloft.
Simon Sharwood, 29 Aug 2014
Julie Bishop & Marty Natelagawa
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Australia makes pinkie-promise to end Indonesia spying

Australia has signed a code of conduct to promise not to spy on Indonesia's elected officials in a bid to heal seeping wounds opened by NSA leaks.
Darren Pauli, 29 Aug 2014
Winnie-the-Pooh honey

Feds salute plucky human ROBOT-FIGHTERS

The United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced over US$12,000 in prizes in its “Zapping Rachel” robocall contest, which was held at this year's DEFCON hacking conference in Las Vegas.
Iain Thomson, 29 Aug 2014
Mozilla's 'Tiles' ad format

Mozilla's 'Tiles' ads debut in new Firefox nightlies

The Mozilla Foundation's controversial plan to bring ads into the Firefox browser has commenced, with new nightlies of the Firefox browser now including the Directory Tiles feature that users hated in its last implementation.
Simon Sharwood, 29 Aug 2014
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Suppose they gave a VMworld and vSphere didn't show up?

VMworld 2014 A hypothetical VMworld 2014 attendee utterly unfamiliar with VMware could conceivably have emerged from the event unaware that the company's flagship product is called vSphere.
Simon Sharwood, 29 Aug 2014
Google UK office logos

Google's 'Captain Moonshot': I will BOMB you with DELIVERIES

Google has unveiled a new programme to build autonomous delivery drones that are capable of carrying items into remote areas.
Shaun Nichols, 29 Aug 2014
IT Crowd. Source: Channel 4 / 2entertain
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Gamma's not a goner! UK ISP sorts out major outage

British ISP Gamma Partners is blaming BT for a 13-hour break in its data and communications services but says the problem has now been fixed.
Iain Thomson, 29 Aug 2014
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TROLL SLAYER Google grabs $1.3 MEEELLION in patent counter-suit

Google will pocket a tidy $1.3m in fees after prevailing in a case against a patent holding firm that turned on its customers.
Shaun Nichols, 28 Aug 2014
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Want to buy T-Mobile US? Yours for $35 per share – report

The parent company of US mobile telco bad boy T-Mobile has reportedly decided it will sell the firm, after two failed bids, and has set its price at $35 per share.
Iain Thomson, 28 Aug 2014
Apple panel patent

End of buttons? Apple looks to patent animating iPhone sidewalls

Apple has filed for a patent on technology to put small displays in the sidewalls of a smartphone.
Shaun Nichols, 28 Aug 2014
HP

HP busts out new ProLiant Gen9 servers

Hewlett-Packard has announced the first in a series of new Gen9 servers, racks and blades it reckons turn HP’s existing designs on their head.
Gavin Clarke, 28 Aug 2014

Top beak: UK privacy law may be reconsidered because of social media

The pace of technological change and rise of social media "may make it inevitable" that UK privacy laws need to be revised and updated, the country's most senior judge has said.
OUT-LAW.COM, 28 Aug 2014
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Welcome to the HYPER-converged bubble of HYPE! Enjoy it while it's here, storage folk

Comment The hype around hyper-converged systems is huge. Are we experiencing a hyper-converged systems bubble?
Chris Mellor, 28 Aug 2014
A person measuring her waistline

Tim Cook in Applerexia fears: New MacBook THINNER THAN EVER

Apple is preparing to release a MacBook which tabloid newspapers might describe as "worryingly thin", supply chain sources have claimed.
Jasper Hamill, 28 Aug 2014
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All-flash array shipper Violin plays concerto after re-stringing

+Comment Violin CEO Kevin DeNuccio has cut the flash array shipper's losses to a fraction of what they were in their previous results, and grown revenue over the previous quarter. It’s still lower than a year ago, but a landmark for all that. Violin is no longer on the road to perdition.
Chris Mellor, 28 Aug 2014
IBM Watson QA Power7 cluster

IBM: OK, Watson, you've won Jeopardy. Now, CURE CANCER

IBM has found yet another use for its Jeopardy-winning Watson supercomputer, launching a new system called Watson Discovery Advisor to analyse scientific and medical research.

Racing Post escapes ICO fine after leaking info of 677K punters

UK sports-betting newspaper the Racing Post has received a stern warning – but not a fine – after it emerged that it had aired the private details of more than 677,000 customers as the result of a security breach last year.
John Leyden, 28 Aug 2014

'Stop dissing Google or quit': OK, I quit, says Code Club co-founder

+Comment A founder of the volunteer technology education group Code Club has resigned, claiming she was warned not to criticise the group’s sponsors – which include Google.
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Aug 2014
Groupon office screen
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Groupon sales reps' overtime pay suit not eligible for class action

Groupon sales staff have failed to get class action status for their lawsuit against the firm, which accuses the voucher bazaar of not bothering to pay them for overtime before and after its 2011 IPO.
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Russia-based hackers prime suspects in JPMorgan mega-breach

The FBI has begun investigating a suspected hacking attack against JPMorgan Chase and another unnamed bank that resulted in the leak of gigabytes of sensitive data.
John Leyden, 28 Aug 2014

Samsung Gear S: Quick, LAUNCH IT – before Apple straps on iWatch

Samsung's Gear S appears to have pipped Apple's iWatch to the post.
Jasper Hamill, 28 Aug 2014

Rejoice, Windows fans: Stable 64-bit Chromium drops for Win 7 and 8

Smoother video is on the way for fans of Google's Chrome browser on Windows 7 and 8.
Gavin Clarke, 28 Aug 2014

LOHAN wrapped in vinyl as Kickstarter campaign hits £11k

Our Kickstarter bid to raise £30,000 for the New Mexico launch of our Vulture 2 spaceplane hit £11,734 this morning, shortly after we took delivery of some sample Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) vinyl stickers.
Lester Haines, 28 Aug 2014
Chesterfield’s twisted spire: Local Store Manager, Adam Osowski, with fellow EE employee
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EE plonks 4G in UK Prime Minister's backyard

While EE didn’t win our Monopoly board coverage survey, the formerly fruity network did prove to be top dog for data speeds – and that’s down to having more spectrum than its rivals.
Simon Rockman, 28 Aug 2014
Alun Taylor dons Google tech specs Google Glass

Reg man looks through a Glass, darkly: Google's toy ploy or killer tech specs?

Review Seldom has a device been so reviled and praised at the same time. But is Google Glass the future of wearable connectivity or simply the toy of the self-appointed tech elite?
Alun Taylor, 28 Aug 2014

LOHAN tunes into ultra long range radio

Our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) Vulture 2 spaceplane has taken a massive leap in transmitting power with the installation of a mighty 900MHz ultra long range radio module - the RFD 900u Radio Modem by Oz's RF Design.
Lester Haines, 28 Aug 2014

Pay to play: The hidden cost of software defined everything

An oscilloscope manufacturer this month slapped a hacking enthusiast's website with a DMCA take-down order after he revealed how you could unlock extra, low-cost options in one of the vendor's systems using a series of simple workarounds.
Stuart Burns, 28 Aug 2014
Bees
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Researchers camouflage haxxor traps with fake application traffic

Honeypots just got sweeter after researchers cooked up new digital bait designed to tempt hackers into revealing themselves by tapping into what are faked communications between an enterprise application and its users.
Darren Pauli, 28 Aug 2014
Intel's XMM 6255

Chipzilla gives birth to a TINY comms chip

Intel has shrunk a 3G-plus-power amplifier combo with a 300 square millimetre footprint, which it's targeting at Internet of Things applications.
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AWS Zocalo squares up to box Box, Dropbox, sync 'n' share flocks

Enterprise sync 'n' share appears an unlikely battleground for a rolling brawl between startups and enterprise titans, but that's what's happening out there today.
Simon Sharwood, 28 Aug 2014
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MEN WANTED to satisfy town full of yearning BRAZILIAN HOTNESS

A Brazilian town populated solely by "extremely attractive" women is looking for obedient and well-behaved men to come and, erm, romance them.
Jasper Hamill, 28 Aug 2014
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Netflix releases home-grown DDoS detectors

NetFlix's security team has given the open source treatment to three tools it uses to monitor the internet and gather evidence of planned attacks against its infrastructure.
Darren Pauli, 28 Aug 2014

Microsoft boots 1,500 dodgy apps from the Windows Store

Microsoft has turned 1,500 applications out of the Windows Store, the app bazaar for Windows 8 devices.
Simon Sharwood, 28 Aug 2014
Cisco UCS B200 M3 blade server
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Cisco teases UCS refresh with most of 2014's best buzzwords

September starts next week, and so does the season for flashy mega-launches by huge silicon valley concerns.
Simon Sharwood, 28 Aug 2014
Termination point
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NBN predicts a million premises next year

NBN users are data-hungry beasts, and while the move from early-adopter to mainstream is expanding the number of users on lower-speed plans, around two-thirds of the 210,000 connected customers are on speeds above 25 Mbps.
Solar filament eruption of August 31, 2012
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Neutrinos lay bare solar proton reactions

A key prediction of solar physics, that its nuclear reactions should emit neutrinos with a particular signature, has been confirmed according to scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Double Facepalm; when one facepalm is not enough.

Oz fed police in PDF redaction SNAFU

You can't make this stuff up: one of the lead agencies involved in agitating for Australia to implement a data retention regime has fallen prey to not knowing how to properly redact information in PDFs.
Suspected thigh bone on Mars spotted by Curiosity

Rickety rock deemed unworthy of Curiosity's drill

NASA's plans to conduct its fourth major drilling project have been called off after the proposed target, dubbed Bonanza King, proved unstable.
Iain Thomson, 28 Aug 2014

Oz metadata proposal: no to IP addresses, yes to MAC address logging

Australia's federal government continues to say its proposed (but not yet drafted) metadata retention laws won't impose any new requirements on telecommunications carriers and ISPs.
The new Twitter logo. Pic: Twitter
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Twitter gives ANALYTICS to the unwashed masses

Twitter has announced that it is making its full analytics platform available to everyone.
Shaun Nichols, 28 Aug 2014
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Apple tried to get a ban on Galaxy, judge said: NO, NO, NO

The Apple-Samsung lawsuit in the US continues its inch-wise progress, with Judge Lucy Koh deciding against giving Apple a permanent injunction to stop Samsung selling smartphones – even though by now they are mostly obsolete.
Tactical facepalm

Oz biz regulator discovers shared servers in EPIC FACEPALM

The Australian Securities and Investment Commission, which in 2013 accidentally blocked innocent Websites in an attempt to disrupt financial fraud, has told a government inquiry it didn't actually know what it was doing.
New York City's Manhattan skyline
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New York looks to PROBE TWC over US outage

The Governor of New York is planning to investigate a massive outage which left Time Warner Cable (TWC) customers around the US without service for hours.
Shaun Nichols, 27 Aug 2014
big droplets falling from rain cloud

Dropbox cuts cloud storage prices $10 per terabyte, matching Google and Microsoft

Dropbox has become the latest company to slash its cloud storage costs as the price war in the sector heats up, leaving consumers to reap the cost benefits.
Iain Thomson, 27 Aug 2014

NYC, LA mayors hammer Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger

The mayors of the two largest cities in America have sent letters to US watchdog the FCC expressing their concerns over the proposed merger between cable giants Comcast and Time Warner Cable (TWC).
Shaun Nichols, 27 Aug 2014
Windows XP BSOD

Scratched PC-dispatch patch patched, hatched in batch rematch

Microsoft has reissued a security patch for Windows that previously caused PCs to suffer blue screens of death. The new release comes 10 days after Redmond advised people to uninstall the dodgy update.
Iain Thomson, 27 Aug 2014

Major cyber attack hits Norwegian oil industry

More than 50 Norwegian oil and energy companies have been hacked by unknown attackers, according to government security authorities.
John Leyden, 27 Aug 2014

Speaking in Tech: Live from VMworld

Podcast Podcast This week's episode is brought to you live from VMworld in San Francisco by regular podcaster Sarah Vela with guest co-host Vaughn Stewart, chief technology evangelist of Pure Storage. They are joined by guests David Siles, VP of channels and alliances at Data Gravity and "Professor" Chad Sakac, senior vice president …
Team Register, 27 Aug 2014
Angry old man

Office space outfit Regus suffers 'UK-wide' network outage

Updated Regus has coughed to what appears to be a major network outage affecting its UK-based customers, but the company is yet to explain what has gone wrong.
Team Register, 27 Aug 2014

LOHAN Kickstarter push breaks TWELVE THOUSAND POUNDS

Our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) Kickstarter campaign has reached a healthy £11,000, as we build momentum towards the launch of the Vulture 2 spaceplane at Spaceport America, New Mexico.
Lester Haines, 27 Aug 2014
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Hyperconverged kit is SO HOT right now. $140m sound about right, Nutanix?

The hyperconverged system iron is so hot that there will never be a better time to strike. Nutanix's backers have done just that, handing the company another $140m of E-round funding just seven months after its VC backers gave it $101m.
Chris Mellor, 27 Aug 2014
Dunce

Banking apps: Handy, can grab all your money... and RIDDLED with coding flaws

The whopping 70 per cent of retail and 69 perc ent of financial services apps are vulnerable to data breaches.
John Leyden, 27 Aug 2014
The Moon

HP: We're still running the ARM race with Moonshot servers

Moonshot servers running ARM chips are still very much in Hewlett-Packard’s future, despite challengers dropping out of the data-centre race.
Gavin Clarke, 27 Aug 2014
A boat full of Fail

Time Warner Cable customers SQUEAL as US network goes offline

Time Warner Cable is staggering back to its feet after wrestling with a major network outage that hit a number of big cities in the US on both the East and West Coast of the country this morning.
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Aug 2014
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Qualcomm to get it from both sides? EU probe may be coming – report

Mobile chipmaker Qualcomm could be facing into an antitrust probe from the EU at the same time as it fends off a similar investigation in China, according to Reuters.
An Amazon Coin

Scality likes object storage, puts a RING on it... for the fifth time

+Comment Object storage software startup Scality is adding virtual machine level storage access to its existing file and object access protocols.
Chris Mellor, 27 Aug 2014

Ouch... right in the VIDEO GAME: Lizard Squad attacks XBox, Twitch

The hacker crew calling itself the "Lizard Squad" has followed up on high profile assaults on Sony over the weekend with online attacks on Xbox Live and Twitch, a broadcast platform for gamers.
John Leyden, 27 Aug 2014

Tim Cook: I'm NOT worried about CRAP iPad sales. It's just a 'speedbump'

Tim Cook has claimed the slowdown in fondleslab sales is not a sign of Apple's imminent demise, but merely a "speedbump" along the path to tablet world domination.
Jasper Hamill, 27 Aug 2014
Top view of the Holometer as a Fermilab scientist works on the apparatus

Boffins attempt to prove the UNIVERSE IS JUST A HOLOGRAM

How can we tell from the inside of our Universe if it’s actually real or just a hologram? Boffins at Fermilab have set out to answer this thorny question with a new experiment in the National Accelerator Lab called the Holometer.
Apple iPad 3 aka new iPad

HUGE iPAD? Maybe. HUGE ADVERTS? That's for SURE

Apple is preparing to turn its relatively humble fondleslab into a monster hand advertising billboard.
Jasper Hamill, 27 Aug 2014
Pilot atop sinking vintage aircraft
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Telecity boss directed to the exit after a decade at helm of data centre biz

Telecity Group boss Michael Tobin has been hastily unseated from the CEO job he had held at the top UK data centre firm for more than a decade.
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Aug 2014
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Better be Nimble, tech giants, or mutant upstarts will make off with your sales

Hybrid array vendor Nimble Storage saw revenues grow strongly as storage giant incumbents were unable to deliver equivalent price/performance products.
Chris Mellor, 27 Aug 2014
Sacnned and printed in 3d skull

Finally, a practical use for 3D printing: Helping surgeons rehearse

A mix of 3D printing, medical imaging and software which joins the two together is helping reduce the length of time taken to complete certain complex operations.
Simon Rockman, 27 Aug 2014
<coat/> <door> <door/> shirt at Cash'n'Carrion

Securobods warn of wide open backdoor in Netis/Netcore routers

Routers sold under the brand Netis by Chinese security vendor Netcore have a hardcoded password that leaves users with a wide-open backdoor that could easily be exploited by attackers, claim researchers.
John Leyden, 27 Aug 2014
B+ raspberry pi

Raspberry Pi B+: PHWOAR, get a load of those pins

Review You might think that as a purveyor of a nifty compact computer selling in the millions, you’d consider two years after the debut of your first offering that it was high time you tempted back the buyers with a go-faster, more capacious and shinier model. Heck, Apple and others don’t even wait that long: they upgrade products year in, year out.
Tony Smith, 27 Aug 2014
TGV

Nutanix tacks Cloud Connect onto Amazon's cloudy back-end

Nutanix claims its new hyperconverged appliance is like a high-speed train compared to the narrow gauge railway run by its competitors. It can also take you to the cloud.
Chris Mellor, 27 Aug 2014
Smug ginger tom

EE accused of silencing customer gripes on social media pages

EE has dismissed claims that its social media staff are attempting to hush fair criticism levelled at the mobile operator on sites such as Facebook.
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Aug 2014
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PCI Council wants YOU to give it things to DO

Crusaders at the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council have called for submissions into projects for 2015.
Darren Pauli, 27 Aug 2014
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Not so Instagram now: Time-shifting Hyperlapse iPhone tool unveiled

Filtered snap app Instagram has unleashed a new tool that will allow users to shoot and post "time lapse" style videos.
Shaun Nichols, 27 Aug 2014

Goog says patch⁵⁰ your Chrome

Google has dropped 50 patches for its flagship Chrome browser plugging holes and handed $30,000 to a lone bug hunter who reported a dangerous sandbox-busting attack.
Darren Pauli, 27 Aug 2014

Why has the web gone to hell? Market chaos and HUMAN NATURE

Worstall on Wednesday It's possible to have a certain sympathy for Sir Tim Berners-Lee as he looks at what people have done to his glorious world wide web.
Tim Worstall, 27 Aug 2014
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Google ghostly graphics haunt Image search

A slam dunking NBA star and a fatal car crash isn't normally what you'd expect to find when Googling for puppies, but it is exactly what users have received overnight due to some unknown perversion of Google Images.
Darren Pauli, 27 Aug 2014
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Hey FCC, Comcast-TWC merger is bad news for Netflix, says Netflix

Netflix has formally petitioned the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to block the proposed $42.5bn tie-up between US cable giants Comcast and Time Warner Cable (TWC).
Shaun Nichols, 27 Aug 2014
Communication Chambers chart 1

Government report: average Oz user will want 15 Mbps by 2023

With the launch of the report, communications minister Malcolm Turnbull seems to have taken a more generous view of the predictability of the future.
Supercavitating submarines

China building SUPERSONIC SUBMARINE that travels in a BUBBLE

China reportedly wants to enter the world of supersonic transport – under the water.

Ex US cybersecurity czar guilty in child sex abuse website case

A top government cybersecurity official who secretly joined an online pedophile network to swap child sex abuse material and rape fantasies has been convicted.
Iain Thomson, 27 Aug 2014

PhabletPhace: All the cool kids are doing it in Asia

Large smartphones, aka “phablets” have have captured a big (fondle)slab of the mobile phone market in Asia.
EOS Facility at Mt Stromolo
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EOS, Lockheed to track space junk from Oz

EOS Space Systems and Lockheed have struck a deal to jointly develop a space junk tracking centre in Western Australia.
Woodchipper scene from Fargo
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VMware puts VDI in the woodchipper

VMWorld 2014 VMware has outlined a new way to do desktop virtualisation (VDI) that aims to greatly reduce the amount of storage required to deliver desktops from the data centre.
Simon Sharwood, 26 Aug 2014

Broadband slow and expensive? Blame Telstra says CloudFlare

CloudFlare has carried the fail-bucket to Australia and dumped it on incumbent Telstra's doorstep.
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Now that's FIRE WIRE: HP recalls 6 MILLION burn-risk laptop cables

HP has recalled more than six million power leads after the US Consumer Product Safety Commission warned the kit was starting fires.
Iain Thomson, 26 Aug 2014
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Atlantis furtles furious flash-DIMM VDI scorcher

VMworld 2014 Atlantis reckons it can make servers fly faster than anybody else when running virtual desktops. All you need is its USX software and SanDisk flash DIMMs running in an x86 server, an IBM xSeries one in this case.
Chris Mellor, 26 Aug 2014

Google kicks PowerPoint in the fondleslab

Google has launched a new iOS app for Apple's iThings that takes aim at Microsoft's Office for the iPad and a swipe at Apple's productivity software.
Jasper Hamill, 26 Aug 2014
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Comcast-Time Warner merger: CloudFlare's fare flare fair warning

Distributed web host CloudFlare says its costs rise dramatically in places where telcos have little to no competition.
Shaun Nichols, 26 Aug 2014
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Next blockbuster you watch could be rendered on Google: Star Trek fx biz Zync gobbled

Google has confirmed its gobble of Zync, a cloud-based special effects rendering service.
Iain Thomson, 26 Aug 2014
NVIDIA's 64-bit ARM SoCs

Honey, I shrunk the workstation … into a Chromebook

VMworld 2014 VMware, Google and Nvidia have teamed up with a plan to bring the most demanding desktop apps to relatively piddly Chromebooks.
Simon Sharwood, 26 Aug 2014
Galileo

Galileo! Galileo. Galileo! Galileo frigged-LEO: Easy come, easy go. Little high, little low

The European Space Agency (ESA) says it is working “relentlessly” after an “injection anomaly” pushed its two new Galileo sat-nav satellites into the wrong low Earth orbit (LEO).
Simon Sharwood, 26 Aug 2014
Panic button on keyboard

Super Cali signs a kill-switch, campaigners say it's atrocious

California's governor Jerry Brown has signed off on a bill that requires any manufacturer selling smartphones in the Golden State to install a kill switch capable of bricking the handset.
Iain Thomson, 26 Aug 2014
Isilon 3-node S200

EMC slings Isilon onto a forklift, shifts it into Emerging Technologies

EMC is moving its Isilon scale-out storage systems into its Emerging Technologies division, alongside its DSSD, XtremIO and ViPR gear.
Chris Mellor, 26 Aug 2014

Cleversafe CEO: We would tell you about the 8TB drive, but...

Hot on the heels of the light-on-details announcement about Seagate's 8TB hard disk drive, The Register pressed Cleversafe CEO John Morris on whether his firm would be using the enormo capacity drives.
Chris Mellor, 26 Aug 2014
LG re-invents the pen thing
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LG pokes G3 Stylus at Samsung's Galaxy Note

The mobile phone company once known as "Lucky Goldstar" has taken a trip back into the past and will launch a phablet with a stylus at German phonefest IFA.
Simon Rockman, 26 Aug 2014
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That 8TB Seagate MONSTER? It's HERE... (You'll have to squint, 'cos there are no specs)

Seagate is shipping an 8TB disk drive to selected OEM customers including object data-storing CleverSafe, with general availability next quarter. Tech details are sparse, however.
Chris Mellor, 26 Aug 2014

Experimental hypersonic SUPERMISSILE destroyed 4 SECONDS after US launched it

The US military has been forced to destroy a top secret hypersonic weapon just four seconds after its test flight begun.
Jasper Hamill, 26 Aug 2014
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Show Mother Russia you love her: Click HERE and AHHH NYET!

Software being offered to patriotic Russians as a way to attack Western governments, especially the US, is actually loaded with malware that attacks supporters' computers, security researchers warn.
John Leyden, 26 Aug 2014
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Apple promises to lift Curse of the Drained iPhone 5 Battery

Apple has started a free battery replacement scheme for fanbois whose iPhone 5s were cursed with premature power drainage.
Jasper Hamill, 26 Aug 2014
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VMware EMC partner Cisco inks reselling deal... with Simplivity

Cisco has fired a ship-killer of an Exocet missile at VMware’s EVO:RAIL by doing a server reselling deal with Simplivity.
Chris Mellor, 26 Aug 2014
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Next moneybags kingpins of tech: Fondleslab game devs

The fondleslab games market is set to grow to a comparatively mammoth $13.3bn by the end of the decade, new research from Juniper has predicted.
Jasper Hamill, 26 Aug 2014

Will It Blend? Maybe. BlackBerry’s secret comeback weapon

Former smartphone giant BlackBerry has another trick up its sleeve for its comeback, alongside the oddest looking phone in recent years. The Passport is expected to be unveiled next month, along with an intriguing bit of software, the as-yet-unannounced BlackBerry Blend.
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Aug 2014
DNS? It's a real bind

DNS cockup locks Virgin Media customers out of ntlworld.com email

Virgin Media customers who retained their old @ntlworld.com email addresses are currently blocked from accessing their accounts after the cable company appeared to have made an embarrassing DNS blunder.
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Aug 2014

Loss of unencrypted back-up disk costs UK prisons ministry £180K

The UK's Ministry of Justice has been fined £180,000 following the latest in a series of failures involving how prisons handle private information.
John Leyden, 26 Aug 2014
A fake tattoo on the leg of Canberra Raiders footballer Sandor Earl, sent by Huawei as an April Fool

Huawei: 'Tizen has no chance', Windows Phone is 'difficult'... it's Android all the way

+Comment Richard Yu, the head of Huawei's consumer business group, has said that he sees an Android future for the company.
Simon Rockman, 26 Aug 2014
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‪‪Email list hack flap at 'sleep with a stranger' site Couchsurfing‬

‪CouchSurfing’s email distribution system was breached before messages ostensibly promoting a rival hospitality exchange were sent to many of its one million members.‬
John Leyden, 26 Aug 2014

Sin COS to tan Windows? Chinese operating system to debut in autumn – report

A home-grown "China operating system" (COS) to challenge rivals such as Microsoft, Google and Apple could be available as soon as October 2014, the country’s state-run Xinhua News Agency has said.
OUT-LAW.COM, 26 Aug 2014

Our LOHAN spaceplane ballocket Kickstarter climbs through £8000

Our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) Kickstarter campaign got off to a flying start over the weekend, attracting 160 backers who pledged a total of £6,000 toward the New Mexico launch of the Vulture 2 spaceplane.
Lester Haines, 26 Aug 2014
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One for the road: Alfresco gulps $45m pre-IPO VC shot

Alfresco software is beefing up the sales push with one last shot of venture-capital courage before going public.
Gavin Clarke, 26 Aug 2014
Logitech gaming keyboard and mouse

Six of the best gaming keyboard and mouse combos

Product round-up I would like to think my gaming skills make me invincible but if I ever do get pwned it’s always easiest to blame the hardware.
Lucy Orr, 26 Aug 2014
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VMware's high-wire balancing act: EVO might drag us ALL down

Comment In the battle for the software-defined data centre, one of VMware's challenges is how to deliver software-defined/controlled storage without screwing up parent EMC's hardware-based storage revenues.
Chris Mellor, 26 Aug 2014
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Researcher details how malware gives AV the slip

Researcher James Wyke has discovered throw-off tactics used by malware to frustrate investigators.
Darren Pauli, 26 Aug 2014
What Linus Torvalds thinks of NVIDIA

Linux turns 23 and Linus Torvalds celebrates as only he can

Linus Torvalds released issued Linux 3.17 rc-2 on Monday.
Simon Sharwood, 26 Aug 2014
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Attack flogged through shiny-clicky social media buttons

Web admins beware: social media buttons that load scripts from unknown external sites could see your sites foisting the FlashPack exploit kit to visitors.
Darren Pauli, 26 Aug 2014
Sony Smart Watch

Wearables market set to EXPLODE... Wait, is that a STRAP-ON chair?

The wrist computer market has grown by almost 700 per cent this year, the brainy bods at Canalys have claimed.
Jasper Hamill, 26 Aug 2014
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Three quarters of South Korea popped in online gaming raids

Three quarters of South Korea's population have been compromised in a massive data breach affecting 27 million people.
Darren Pauli, 26 Aug 2014

Intel in Taiwanese IoT tie-tup

Intel has attracted another name to its SDN and Internet of Things strategies, this time in Asia.
Fast growth of NSA datasets

New Snowden leak: How NSA shared 850-billion-plus metadata records

Documents leaked by Edward Snowden suggest during the noughties, the NSA massively expanded the information it shared with its Five Eyes allies and other agencies.
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Akamai warns: SMB security remains major risk

Security offerings for small businesses need to look more like those offered to enterprises, according to Akamai global security senior director Fran Trentley.

Harvard boffins 'reverse-engineer' Chinese censorship

A group of researchers has stung China's censorship regime, building a “fake” social network to reverse-engineer the workings of the “great firewall”.
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In-flight slab-fondling and mobe-stroking in Australia at last

Australian gadget-owners rejoice, you can now keep your devices switched on from “gate to gate” on Qantas and Virgin Australia flights.
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Oz metadata retention won't include URLs: report

Updated The Australian government has reportedly circulated a private brief outlining how it intends to define “metadata”, according to The Australian.
HP

Judge nixes HP deal for director amnesty after $8.8bn Autonomy snafu

HP's plan to defend its directors in the Autonomy scandal – and present a united front against the Brit business's former execs and their auditors – has been thrown into doubt by a US judge.
Iain Thomson, 25 Aug 2014
Landing sites on Rosetta's comet

Euro space boffins narrow down lander sites on comet doing 135,000km/h toward Sun

The European Space Agency has identified five possible sites where its Rosetta spacecraft could probe comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
Playmobil reconstruction of the Moderatrix whipping errant commentator

Docker's VMware tryst is about giving sysadmins the whip hand

VMworld 2014 Docker's often been cast as an enfant terrible so talented that it makes mature predecessors suddenly look a bit old, slow and irrelevant.
Simon Sharwood, 25 Aug 2014
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Amazon Twitch snatch catches Google the gobbler off guard

Amazon has confirmed its purchase of Twitch, the pose-streaming startup beloved of gamers, in a $970m deal which appears to confirm that video gaming is a spectator sport as well as a participatory one.
Iain Thomson, 25 Aug 2014
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6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)

1. Facebook has declared war on "click-baiting headlines", slamming them as "spammy".
Chris Williams, 25 Aug 2014
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EMC to toss Avamar and other code into its VMware's EVO boxen

EMC is designing a version of the EVO:RAIL hyper-converged appliance VMware announced today but isn't in a rush to get it to market but is looking forward to winning back the business the likes of Nutanix are currently taking from it.
Simon Sharwood, 25 Aug 2014
Tactical facepalm

Intelligence blunder: You wanna be Australia's spyboss? No problem, just walk right in

The Australian Security Intelligence Service, ASIS, has seemingly demonstrated a peculiar weakness in its access control systems.
Killzone: Shadow Fall

Sony's 'Lizard Squad' battered PlayStation Network staggers to feet

Sony says it has beaten off the latest attack against its PlayStation Network – this time by the hacktivist group that calls itself the lizard Squad" – and insists all of the user information it stores is safe.
Iain Thomson, 25 Aug 2014

GitHub.io killed the distro star: Why are people so bored with the top Linux makers?

LinuxCon 2014 Matthew Miller is a little concerned. As the new project leader for the Fedora Linux distribution, he thinks Fedora 20 is great and Fedora 21, when it ships, will be the best release ever. But he worries that to everyone else, Fedora – and Linux distros in general – are getting a little, well … boring.
Neil McAllister, 25 Aug 2014
Beats headphones

IT blokes: would you say that LEWD comment to a man? Then don't say it to a woman

Opinion It’s not news that, being a male dominated industry, women face a lot of challenges working in IT. We have to overcome sexism, stereotypes and sometimes outright harassment.
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VMware's MARVIN emerges as 'EVO' for branch offices and web-scale rigs

VMworld 2014 VMware has confirmed its long-suspected move into converged infrastructure hardware by announcing “EVO:RAIL”, a new “ hyper-converged infrastructure appliance” the company says “is the first solution in a family” of such offerings.
Simon Sharwood, 25 Aug 2014
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VMware to release own version of OpenStack

VMworld 2014 VMware has moved to defuse the threat OpenStack poses by developing its own distribution of the cloudy collation called VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIOS).
Simon Sharwood, 25 Aug 2014
Monopoly testing
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You, El Reg and a doctor walk into a Monopoly Pubcrawl chinwag

Live Chat You've no doubt been enjoying El Reg's scintillating coverage of our magnificent 3G/4G data Monopoly pub crawl, so now's your chance to quiz GWS chief Dr Paul Carter on the whole shebang.
Simon Rockman, 25 Aug 2014
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This is how I set about making a fortune with my own startup

Doing my own 'ting I'm not a brilliant businessman nor a star academic nor a rocking developer, but I'm reasonable at a couple of those things and currently have a well-paid contract in the City (i.e. banking) where I have spent most of the last 20 years in a variety of BigCos.
Eve in the Garden of Eden talking to a rather angry God on Snapchat

So, Apple won't sell cheap kit? Prepare the iOS garden wall WRECKING BALL

Opinion It’s that time of year again, when Apple’s annual iPhone launch is looming and the mobile chattersphere becomes entirely dominated again by one handset maker.
Wireless Watch, 25 Aug 2014
Ford Mondeo has an LED headlight

Bright lights, affordable motor: Ford puts LED headlights onto Mondeo

Vulture at the Wheel Ford has announced its first car with dynamic LED headlights, which apparently provide as much light as Xenon bulbs – and last for the lifetime of the vehicle.
Simon Rockman, 25 Aug 2014

Brookhaven boffins boggle at baryons

It's a long way from being a “discovery”, but it's getting physicists excited: the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) at Brookhaven National Lab is accumulating evidence that could point to so-called “strange” Baryons.

The police are WRONG: Watching YouTube videos is NOT illegal

Some of you may already be familiar with our sub-editor Gareth Corfield's work as he is usually the man behind our social-media presence.
Gareth Corfield, 25 Aug 2014
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Brit Sci-Fi author Alastair Reynolds says MS Word 'drives me to distraction'

In August last year, one-time-sysadmin and now SciFi author Charles Stross declared Microsoft Word ”a tyrant of the imagination” and bemoaned its use in the publishing world.
Simon Sharwood, 25 Aug 2014
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NIST to sysadmins: clean up your SSH mess

NIST has taken a look at how companies use Secure Shell (SSH), and doesn't much like what it sees.
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Hack skirmish grounded Sony exec's flight after FAKE bomb scare

As Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks hosed not only Playstation Network but also XBox and Battle.net networks, it has emerged that a fake bomb threat grounded US flight 362, while Sony Entertainment Online chief John Smedley was aboard the aircraft.
Darren Pauli, 25 Aug 2014
Ross Ulbricht

Three new charges laid against alleged Silk Road kingpin

Three additional charges have been laid against alleged Silk Road kingpin Ross Ulbricht including narcotics trafficking and identity fraud, according to an indictment filed Thursday.
Darren Pauli, 25 Aug 2014
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Ex-IBM CEO John Akers dies at 79

Obituary Former IBM CEO John Akers has died in Boston aged 79.

Leak: Intel readies next round of NUC

Slides of what's widely reported to be the next iteration of Intel's NUC have hit the Web courtesy of fan site Fanless Tech.
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China hopes home-grown OS will oust Microsoft

The world's about to get a new operating system, if reports out of China are correct: the Middle Kingdom hopes to kick off its own operating system in October 2014.
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Big content seeks specialist court for copyright cases

Australia's music lobby has stepped up its calls for intervention against unauthorised copying, asking the government to establish a special court system devoted to copyright.
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BBC goes titsup: iPlayer to News websites down – Auntie working to fix it

Updated The BBC's web servers fell over today, taking down its online news and iPlayer services – but it's unclear whether the outage relates to the significant Distributed Denial of Service attack hitting Sony's gaming network right now.
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Aug 2014
Zombie cloud

Shoot-em-up: Sony Online Entertainment hit by 'large scale DDoS attack'

Sony is suffering a major Distributed Denial-of-Service attack on its network, the company's Online Entertainment boss confirmed today.
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Aug 2014
DeLorean from Back to the Future 3

Your move, sucker! Microsoft tests cloud gaming system that cuts through network lag

Microsoft researchers have developed software that, they say, cuts through network delay issues in cloud gaming systems.
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Aug 2014
ISIS Islamists in Iraq

No, thank you. I will not code for the Caliphate

¡Bong! Late last year, in a dimly lit meeting room...
Steve Bong, 24 Aug 2014

Silicon Valley jolted by magnitude 6.1 quake – its biggest in 25 years

Pics A magnitude 6.1 earthquake shook northern Californians out of bed today at 3.20am, shutting down power and wrecking homes in the state's wine country.
Chris Williams, 24 Aug 2014

AMD unveils 'single purpose' graphics card for PC gamers and NO ONE else

Chip giant AMD took the wraps off the latest in a series of graphic cards on Saturday when it revealed the Radeon R9 285, which it claims is speedier than rival Nvidia GTX 760.
Team Register, 24 Aug 2014

'I'll dance on their graves at 1 MILLION operations per second'

CoTW Welcome to The Register's new Comments of the Week feature. Here you'll find the best – and worst – of the stuff written below the line by El Reg's bafflingly diverse field of commentards. Just remember: we love you all. Even when your fellow commentards don't.
Gareth Corfield, 24 Aug 2014

Sony DENIES PlayStation Network WOBBLES despite gamer GRIPES

Updated An unknown number of gamers have been kicked off of Sony's PlayStation Network, but the company is continuing to insist that its service is stable.
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Aug 2014

My big reveal as macro-economics analyst: It's a load of COBBLERS

Worstall @ the Weekend Welcome to the first Worstall at the Weekend, where I get to spout off on whatever I jolly well please: where the aim is to leave something at least potentially gravid with further thought and discussion rather than that sterile deposit one ends up with inside the barber's weekend supplies.
Tim Worstall, 24 Aug 2014
Telephone

BT customers face broadband and landline price hikes

BT's broadband and landline tariffs are set to balloon by more than 6 per cent, the one-time state monopoly has said.
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Aug 2014

Cracking copyright law: How a simian selfie stunt could make a monkey out of Wikipedia

Analysis That so-called Macaca nigra monkey selfie isn’t in the public domain, no matter what Wikipedia wants you to think. In fact, the encyclopedia's stance on the matter could backfire and hit it in the pocket.
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Aug 2014
Dead Kennedys: Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables, The Early Years - Let Them Eat Jellybeans compilation cover

Weekend reads to tickle your intellectual palate: From Nazis to Invisibility

Page File El Reg's avid bookworm Mark Diston chews his way through some of the latest releases from the publishing world.
Mark Diston, 24 Aug 2014
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Cutting cancer rates: Data, models and a happy ending?

In theory, the definitive treatment for early stage cancer patients should be surgical resection. Just get in there and cut the tumour out. If the lump is small and well-constrained, then surgical removal is all that should be needed. Unfortunately, this isn’t usually what happens.