Just as the kids in the US are taking to the streets for spooky fun and sugar overloads on Halloween, scientists have rediscovered a long-forgotten species of deer that might just freak you out.
Both Virgin Galactic and Scaled Composites have vowed to continue the private exploration of space after Friday's crash that destroyed SpaceShipTwo, claimed the life of one pilot, and severely wounded another.
Samsung has taken a new tack in its ongoing patent royalty spat with Microsoft, claiming that its former partnership with Redmond should be considered null and void as it could violate US antitrust law.
Microsoft has finally put a date on what will be its first new version of Office for OS X since 2010.
Facebook has changed its stance on Tor traffic and will now provide users with a way to connect to its social network using the anonymizing service.
Updated Richard Branson's commercial space company Virgin Galactic suffered a serious setback on Friday when a test flight of its SpaceShipTwo aircraft crashed during the testing of its rocket motor.
It was a mixed bag of a third calendar quarter for reseller titan Insight Enterprises: sales shot up, as did operating profit, but gross margin was slapped by lower vendor rebates and overheating admin expenses.
Rupert Murdoch’s Sky is looking to become a mobile network in partnership with Vodafone, which would help tout services to the telly company’s five million customers.
Global Q3 2014 iPad sales of have fallen by almost 13 per cent, year on year, against a backdrop of worldwide fondleslab growth, according to analyst figures released on Friday.
All-flash array startup Pure Storage has joined OpenStack, the open source cloud data centre OS body.
Jobs at the Ministry of Justice and the Home Office could be next in line to be offshored to India, the PCS union has warned, with both departments joining a £1bn shared services venture with outsourcing giant Steria.
DDN has embraced the public cloud enemy, so to speak, by adding an S3 interface to its WOS object storage array.
An arbitration court has sided with the Unite union and ordered Fujitsu Services to go open kimono about employee's pay structure, in a bid to aid collective bargaining during the annual pay review.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has been bombarded with homophobic abuse after revealing his sexuality to the world on Thursday.
Salesforce has opened its first European data centre in the UK.
The world’s biggest mobile phone manufacturer has unveiled two new Galaxy devices aimed at halting its falling market share and plummeting profits.
It looks like beardy funnyman Seth Rogen will take on the role of Steve Wozniak in the second biopic of Apple guru Steve Jobs, which has Batman actor Christian Bale slated to take the lead role.
Google’s argument that its .com domain is not relevant in so-called "right to be forgotten" requests in Europe will not stand up in court, according a senior legislator at the European Commission.
Planning to kiss a frog, a newt or a salamander and turn it into Prince Charming? Think again, princess, because a deadly skin-eating fungus is wiping them out across the world.
Photo filter and poster biz Instagram has started serving up those pic and video ads it has been promising for a while now, with marketing from folks like Disney and the CW starting today.
Broadcast The Register’s Tim Phillips is joined by Paul Gregory, from QA, to deliver a live hands-on session on Azure Active Directory on the 25th November at 11am. It’s your chance to learn from the experts and get answers to any questions you might have.
Surfers visiting Popular Science would be well advised to check their systems following an attack that has left the site compromised and harbouring malicious code.
Following mass protests across the country over the past week, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban announced on Friday that he would scrap a planned internet tax.
Review It’s kind of ironic really, that the most expensive, over-the-top version of the iMac ever released should actually turn out to be pretty good value for money.
French cable telecoms operator Numericable has won conditional approval for its multi-billion-euro takeover of Vivendi's SFR mobile network operator, paving the way for the firm to close the deal by the end of the year.
Antique Code Show In the build-up to the Halloween of 1985, Capcom lobbed this little box of horrors into the unsuspecting crowd of arcade dwellers. With mid-'80s goggles on, it’s easy to see why Ghosts ‘n Goblins gathered attention with its spooky but colourful visuals, alongside some memorably atmospheric ditties and effects.
Microsoft has patched a simple 'full-account takeover' flaw in its popular iOS and Android messaging client GroupMe.
It's four months since Facebook first launched its Wedge switch and accompanying FBOSS operating system. Some forms of Wedge are in production and others are in testing, so El Reg decided to talk with Facebook's VP of network engineering, Najam Ahmad, to see where The Social Network is at with its software-defined networking (SDN) efforts.
The PLAID (Protocol for Lightweight Authentication of Identity) cryptography kit appears to be insecure.
Smug humans tend to think fish are the stupidest of all beasties. But that belief has turned out to be a load of barnacles after boffins revealed the true intellect of our fishy friends.
A year and eight days ago, The Reg was in the room when HP CEO Meg Whitman promised the company would deliver a 3D printer that service providers could wield by the middle of 2014.
Google will destroy vicious POODLE in a pending update to its flagship Chrome browser.
Intel will fork over fifteen whole American dollars to folks who feel that it and HP misrepresented the performance of Pentium 4 CPUs released way back in the year 2000.
Microsoft is starting to make a lot of noise about software-defined storage and the need for storage quality of service.
Russian boffins reckon with the right configuration, lasers can help make rockets more efficient, and could even herald an era of Mach 10 aircraft.
Desktop Linux users beware: IT has noticed you and decided it's time you were properly managed.
Longtime Google exec and former Android boss Andy Rubin, who lately led the Chocolate Factory's robotics efforts, has resigned.
Support staff for Sony's PlayStation 4 have been sent scrambling after users reported issues with the console's latest firmware update.
Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, cofounder of the Pirate Bay, has been found guilty of hacking charges by a court in Denmark, which ruled that he and a 21-year-old accomplice had hacked US technology company CSC to gain access to Danish government servers.
Container-loving Linux vendor CoreOS has made its on-premises Docker container registry software available as a standalone product.
Brazil is moving ahead with plans to build an "anti-NSA" internet cable to Europe, even though it won't make the slightest difference to spying efforts.
Verizon has agreed to pay $64m to settle claims that the mobile carrier overcharged some customers on their bills.
Three years ago, Google splashed out $12.5bn for struggling mobe manufacturer Motorola, and on Thursday the Chocolate Factory completed its sale of Motorola's physical assets to Lenovo for just $2.91bn.
Mobile network EE has announced that higher speed LTE-A is now available in select areas. This will give speeds of up to 150Mbps.
Cost cutting and 88,000 new broadband punters helped BT bank more profits in calendar Q3, although revenues went in the opposite direction as all divisions outside of the consumer wing reported declining fortunes.
One swallow doesn’t make a summer but two certainly does indicate warmer weather is on the way. So too for Quantum, which has just made a profit – the first one after four quarters of losses.
In response to public outcry via Twitter and personal blogs on Wednesday, the Samaritans have announced an opt-out function for their stalker-friendly app Samaritans Radar.
Government health chiefs have admitted to spending millions of pounds furnishing bureaucrats with Apple iPhones and fondleslabs.
Chinese Android mobile firm and fierce Apple rival Xiaomi has nabbed the third place finish in the world’s largest smartphone vendors just three years after first setting up shop.
Analysis Microsoft has announced new APIs and mobile software development kits for Office 365, its cloud platform for email, document storage, and collaboration.
Forget cyber-espionage, cyber-warfare and cyber-terrorism. The biggest threat to Europe’s infrastructure cybersecurity are power outages and poor communication.
Apple dealer CANCOM has announced whopping third-quarter results, way in excess of the same period last year, citing that old favourite "solid business demand".
The Sandworm vulnerability is being actively abused to attack Swiss banking customers, Danish security consultancy CSIS has warned.
Microsoft has released a second clutch of secret blueprints from its server bunkers to Facebook’s Open Compute Project.
Speculation is rife that the Antares rocket accident at Wallops on Tuesday evening was caused by the 1960s-era Russian engines powering the craft, though the official investigations have only just begun.
British consumers could easily hack into controversial new smart meters, allowing them to illegally slash their energy bills, cyber-security experts have warned.
Breaking Fad For a lot of Reg readers, home automation is probably an internal affair – that is, if you're using technology, it's probably to control things inside the home, like heating, lighting and so on. And indeed, that also makes up the bulk of what's available when it comes to the major suppliers.
The prognosis for Northamber’s future is brighter, according to its colourful chairman, despite widening losses and revenues remaining in free fall for fiscal ’14 ended June.
Samsung has promised to shake up its smartphone line-up to try to win back some of the ground it has lost in the sector, after it revealed that its third-quarter operating profit was the lowest in more than three years.
An all-flash networked array can do wonders in speeding up data accesses by applications running in connected servers.
Apple bossman Tim Cook has come out as gay and has vowed to spend the rest of his life helping to "pave the sunlit path" towards equality and justice.
UK consumer patching practices have worsened still further over the last three months, increasing the threat of malware problems, according to a new study by IT security provider Secunia.
A change at the top of HP’s enterprise distie team across both European and UK ops may well help solve the disconnect that occurred when a regionally drafted strategy was executed locally.
All-flash array startup and packing density expert Skyera has got itself a new version of its skyHawk array, encompassing a threefold increase in capacity.
TD Azlan is quietly and gradually cutting ties with Huawei Enterprise, according to multiple sources close to the matter.
What can the world learn from Google, Twitter and Facebook - apart from how to make millions through ads flinging? How to run a successful open-source project.
Storagebod On the way to "Powering the Cloud" with Greg Ferro and Chris Evans, we got to discussing Greg’s book White Box Networking and whether there could be a whole series of books discussing White Box storage, virtualisation, servers etc and how to build a complete White Box environment.
China has been warned of an approaching robot bubble fuelled by Beijing's desire to massively overdevelop the internal automation market.
The world is now manufacturing just under 42 mobile phones a second thanks to an uptick in global production, IDC's presumably-very-tired handset-counters say.
Microsoft has joined the wearables market with “band”, a fitness-monitor-cum-smartwatch, which is accompanied by a suite of online services dubbed “Microsoft Health”.
Hybrid clouds are the new black: world+dog has decided that some workloads just won't ever ascend into the elastosphere, but that running a private and public cloud from separate control freaks is a dumb idea.
NASA boffins are chuffed as ninepence this week to announce that they have discovered unmistakable signs of a crashed spacecraft far away from the Apollo landing sites on the far side of the Moon.
America's Internet2 research network is embracing the cloud, launching an SDN implementation designed to let academics create their own private clouds.
A new cybercrime tool promises to use credit card numbers in a more human way that is less likely to attract the attention of fraud-detection systems, and therefore be more lucrative for those who seek to profit from events like the Target breach.
Mozilla has released a new app, Stumbler, that “collects GPS data for our location service” by detecting WiFi access points and mobile phone cells towers, then “uses these wireless network locations to provide geolocation services for Firefox OS devices and other open source projects.”
IBM and Twitter have assembled their buzzwords, ranked them into a regiment, and jointly set them loose to march upon a waiting world, by announcing that the avian network will feed data galore to Big Blue's cloudy enterprise big data analytics offerings.
Drupal websites that had not patched seven hours after the disclosure on a "highly critical" SQL injection (SQLi) hole disclosed on 15 October are essentially hosed, the content management tool's developers say.
The Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX) went on a PR offensive on Wednesday to explain what happened in the hacking attack that saw its testers' emails exposed, why its member retailers banned Apple Pay and Google Wallet, and what makes its CurrentC mobile payment system so great.
For the past five days, and the next nine, dozens of government representatives are in Busan, Korea discussing changes to the international telecommunications regime.
Moviegoers will soon be asked to stash their Google Glass before taking in a flick, much like they're asked to pocket their mobile phones today.
Microsoft is putting its Office 365 crown jewels on display, opening up APIs to the environment to attract third-party developers to the platform.
Australia's government has tabled its data retention Bill and outlined a willingness to assist carriers and internet service providers (ISPs) pay for their retention rigs.
Sysadmins: another venerable and nearly-ubiquitous *nix tool, wget, needs patching because of a bug first reported by HD Moore.
Twitch, the streaming site where users show off their gaming prowess to the public, has altered its terms and conditions to ban users from being cheeky by playing in the buff.
The barren husk of BlackBerry is looking to recapture a stake in the smartphone market by going back to its roots as a maker of business communication devices.
Australia's Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has come out in favour of teaching kids of all ages to code.
Australia's Office of the Information Commissioner (OAIC) has released its Annual report of the Information Commissioner’s activities in relation to eHealth 2013–14, complete with a report on two data breaches in the systems used to store personally controlled electronic health records (PCEHRs).
Sit down, open up the laptop, join the advertised SSID, and go online.
Microsoft sent another 3,000 staffers packing on Wednesday, after the third round of layoffs in CEO Satya Nadella's multi-phase restructuring program.
Microsoft has issued new guidance on the POODLE (Padding Oracle On Downgraded Legacy Encryption) SSL vulnerability, including a one-click utility that can automatically disable SSL 3.0 in Internet Explorer.
CurrentC, the mobile payments system being pushed by some of the biggest retailers in the US, has been hacked – before the system is even fully up and running.
Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler has outlined a plan which could lead to a change in the way Americans pay for television and internet services.
Street artist Banksy is renowned for satirizing society through the unexpected, and a battle over his namesake dot-com domain seems to have provided him with another opportunity.
A legal firm has launched a class action against Apple over claims the 2011 MacBook Pro suffered from "random bouts of graphical distortion, system instability and system failures".
Interview Joining Actifio and Delphix in the general data copy management space Catalogic has launched its ECX product which classifies and catalogs existing copies instead of creating a master copy.
Half of all fanbois and gurlz have finally installed iOS 8 on their iThings, hammering home the point that Apple's new mobile operating system is much less popular than previous versions.
Chinese flash product supplier Memblaze has launched an almost memory-speed server flash card with a 14 microsecond latency - and up to 4.8TB capacity - for the hyperscale market and open compute project applications, according to a company statement.
+Comment The Government has rushed out its controversial “Orphan Works” licencing scheme – but it’s broken on arrival, and if it doesn't start working almost at once it probably won't get the chance.
Western Digital has reported mixed numbers for its latest quarter, with a small revenue rise and a larger profits drop compared with the numbers it reported a year ago.
Outsourcery is crowing about the O-Cloud platform receiving pan government accreditation - IL2 in old money - that will allow it to unleash IaaS and hosted Microsoft apps on tech buyers in the Digital Marketplace.
Storagebod Provisioning and utilisation seem to be a perennial subject — there still seems to be a massive problem with large enterprises who appear to have far too much storage for the amount of data they store. There are many reasons for this, and there is certainly fault on both the customer and vendor side.
Review It must sting Samsung that the criticism most often levelled at the manufacturer is that its flagship Galaxy S devices feel cheap and plasticky. And for once the criticism is not just coming from Apple fans.
Analysis NetApp is pinning FlashRay's future on TLC flash, which everyone else says is not fit for enterprise use. We talked to NetApp to find out how and why it's apparently got hold of secret TLC sauce that no one else has.
Podcast Podcast Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week Sarah is out while Ed and Greg are joined by special guest Sam Johnston, director of cloud and IT Services at Equinix. Join us for a discussion on the joys of European air travel, Equinix's deal with Hitachi Data Systems, Amazon's next steps after yet …
Hackers have disrupted computer operations at the White House after breaking into its unclassified internal network.
The UK government's deeply troubled Universal Credit omni-dole project is expected to lead to IT write-offs of more than £500m, according to Public Accounts Committee chair Margaret Hodge.
CommVault has reported a depressing set of results as sales headcount and mid-market product and pricing strategy faux pas cause a stumble – another stumble, in fact, as first quarter results were poor too.
HPC Blog So, it looks like IBM has moved its chipworks over to Globalfoundries, as described by Reg hack Tim Worstall here. But what are the implications for IBM's systems business?
Samsung is buying Proximal Data, a flash caching software company, people close to the situation told The Register, although no formal announcement has been made.
New iPad Air 2 components cost Apple just one dollar more than the previous model, according to the teardown bods at IHS.
Comment TOR is the most widely used system for the provision of anonymity for internet users. I'll look at how TOR came about: its beginnings in the US Navy; growth and use by both pro-democracy freedom fighters and the less savoury elements of the internet; and how the NSA may have managed to peel the onion router for the FBI to help it collar its suspects.
Worstall on Wednesday HL Mencken once told us that in a democracy the electorate should get what they voted for – and good and hard too. So, on that basis, I present to you a piece on outsourcing, as requested by one Gordon 10.
Apple has patented a fireproof material that could finally banish the misery of mobile phone trouser explosions.
Google's Cloud Platform Live event in the USA next week may offer up some news on how The Chocolate Factory will allow developers to put Kubernetes to work in its own cloud.
Industrial control systems in the United States have been compromised by the BlackEnergy malware toolkit for at least three years in a campaign the US Computer Emergency Response Team has dubbed "ongoing" and sophisticated.
Azure is now helping SAN owners to move snapshots captured on devices provided by EMC, NetApp, HP and Hitachi Data Systems.
A surefire way of holding off that scourge of male health, prostate cancer, is to sleep with lots of women - according to the latest research. However, perhaps unfortunately for those gentlemen inclined that way, sleeping with a lot of other men has quite the opposite effect.
China's Chang'e 5T1 mission has passed its half-way point, rounding the far side of the Moon and beginning its brief trip to Earth for its scheduled October 31 return.
The Internet Society has nominated Alcatel-Lucent to supply kit for a new Internet exchange in Bangkok.
The marvellously-named Indian Department of Electronics and Information technology - DEITY - has created a policy that calls for the nation to create an Internet of Things (IoT) industry worth US$15 billion by 2020.
Cisco has released a hardening guide for its unified computing system (UCS) that reveals the company's servers do most things right - all manner of potentially-insecure services are off by default - but also offers plenty of suggestions to make sure risks don't increase during production.
Researcher Mohamed Baset has reported a zero day flaw that allows hackers to lock a host of Samsung phones with the lost device feature.
Deloitte Access Economics in Australia is pitching the idea – quite possibly correct – that corporate bureaucracy is more costly than government regulation.
Vid Reps from NASA and Orbital Sciences have been furiously explaining themselves at a press conference in the wake of the destruction of Orbital's Antares rocket – and possibly the partial loss of NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.
Google has released the software development kit (SDK) for its Google Fit service.
Telstra has taken the defibrillator to the in-house app store idea, announcing the business-focussed Telstra Apps Marketplace.
Updated with video Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), which lists the formative work behind WiFi among its successes, wants to boost researcher productivity, and has published a free-for-boffins scientific tool called "Workspace" to help.
Cisco is buddying up with three semiconductor companies to push Cat 5e and Cat 6 connections beyond the gigabit mark, to bring the Ethernet world into line with speeds on the table from future WiFi network standards.
Australia has devised a small stick and big stick approach to cyber-bullying material stored on social networks.
Updated Telecoms giant and proud defender of the third estate, Verizon, has entered the media market on its own, bankrolling a new tech news site, SugarString. There is a small catch, however.
Google says it is looking to develop a pill that could help detect the early stages of cancer or heart disease.
The Motion Picture Ass. of America (MPAA) is once again looking to rat out known piracy hotbeds to the US government, both online and in real life – and Canada's largest urban center remains high on its list.
Pics+Vid Orbital Sciences just can't seem to catch a break. Monday's launch of its Antares rocket was scrubbed by a rogue sailboat and on Tuesday the rocket exploded just seconds after launching from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.
Britain's spooks routinely rummage through reams of intelligence data from the NSA and other foreign spy agencies without first having to request a warrant, it has been claimed.
Facebook's shares dropped 10 percent on the news that it is planning to spend more on roughly the same number of users next year.
Social media is something you would think your "future minister" is active on. Not so in Sweden.
After nearly 10 years of development, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has promoted the HTML5 specification to Recommendation status, its highest level of maturation, effectively making the markup language a formal web standard.
EMC is buying cloud storage gateway software biz Maginatics, as predicted, but also plans to buy startup Spanning, which makes cloud-to-cloud data protection technology.
A California hardware store has decided to bring everyone's dystopian nightmares to life by using robots to perform basic customer service.
Security firms are claiming credit for putting the skids under a Chinese cyber-espionage crew thought to have been operating for at least six years.
EMC has birthed another converged system called the Federation SDDC Edition. Star Trek rules in the cloud, okay. This is based on Vblocks with public cloud links.
The US Federal Trade Commission has begun legal action against AT&T over its unlimited data plans, claiming the telco didn't tell customers that their data services would in fact be throttled.
A US newspaper has reacted angrily after it emerged that the FBI impersonated its website in order to locate a target using snoopware.
Apple head honcho Tim Cook has explained why the iPod classic had to die: Apple couldn’t get the parts any more.
"It's too early to tell what areas of growth will be best for Nominet," says Russell Haworth, "but the company has got some smart people, a good board and an active membership base so if we can corral all three, everybody wins."
Just days after acquiring a German review site, Yelp announced on Tuesday that it has taken over Cityvox in France. It’s a clear sign that the company means business in Europe.
YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki has confirmed that the Google vid service is open to introducing subscriptions.
Microsoft is expanding its Data Loss Prevention (DLP) tools. DLP is a way of tagging content to mark it as sensitive data and subject to policy, such as a rule that states “data must be encrypted” or “may not be shared outside the organisation”.
The clock is ticking for tech suppliers wanting to grab a seat on the soon-to-be refreshed UK "ICT Services for Education" framework gravy train, estimated to be worth up to £300m over four years.
Hasn’t Amazon sold mobile phones before? Wasn’t the first third party deal Amazon did in Europe with Carphone Warehouse back in 2001? The answers are no... and yes.
Acer could well postpone cash-raising activities on the Taiwanese Stock Exchange due to some volatility in its share price, according to founder Stan Shih.
Pics The sight of rock stars indulging their interests can sometimes leave onlookers feeling a little queasy – remember McCartney's fondness for Rupert Bear? No? Well let's not go there… However, Brian May, yes he of Queen fame, appeared at Dolby’s private Atmos cinema in London yesterday to tell of where one of his abiding passions has led him.
We cannot allow Hungary to set a precedent with its internet tax, the European Commission’s digital agenda spokesman said on Tuesday.
The European Court of Justice has been asked to rule on the issue of whether or not dynamic IP addresses constitute private data.
A rejig within HP’s Enterprise Group aimed at making the tech tanker more agile – and no doubt cutting some costs to boot – will see all sales teams consolidated under a single UK and Ireland overlord.
A worker at a US government contractor is suspected of being the second leaker who turned over sensitive documents on the US government's terrorist watch list to journalist Glenn Greenwald, according to recent reports.
HDS has started competing with EMC Vblocks and NetApp Flexpods with an offering its own managed, on-premises cloud-in-a-box.
Amazon hopes a new dongle will revive its flagging video ambitions.
UK High Street retailer Argos, which recently made a big deal of sexing up its store, is suffering from a major online outage right now.
Following a protest by tens of thousands of people on Sunday, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has promised to cap a proposed new internet tax.
A Scottish distillery is celebrating the return of the first ever space-matured batch of whisky.
TechEd Europe Microsoft's TechEd Europe conference is under way in Barcelona, and this morning Microsoft corporate VP Joe Belfiore showed new management features in the forthcoming Windows 10.
Distie veteran and colourful channel figure Johnny Ellis is to exit the UK and lreland sales director’s office at Arrow ECS with the intent of ploughing his furrow in another area of the industry.
Russia is "likely" sponsoring a hacking outfit that targets foreign governments and security organisations, the US intelligence firm FireEye claims.
The Apple Watch will require daily charging thanks to its poor battery life, Apple CEO Tim Cook has admitted.
Ty McConney is a NetApp corporate veep for flash solutions, handling its EF flash array, all-flash fabric-attached storage (FAS) and FlashRay. We sat down at a press meeting and grilled him about all-flash arrays (AFAs) from NetApp.
Promo Time is running out to attend Microsoft’s huge conference – Future Decoded – in London’s ExCeL centre on 10 to 12 November.
Qualified IT worker? Fancy working in Europe? Come on over... but only to the UK, Italy and Germany.
Orbital Sciences was forced to scrub the launch of a Cygnus cargo-craft to the International Space Station yesterday when a sailboat wandered into the area.
+Comment Cable giant Netflix and other big firms are using calls for greater net neutrality to drive down the prices they pay, according to recently published research.
Review This year’s update to Apple’s full-size iPad looks like a minor one. With headline changes like a Touch ID sensor, a faster processor, and a further reduction in thickness and weight, it is tempting to write off the mods as a little window dressing to raise the iPad’s profile in time for the winter sales fest.
Businesses that send spam text messages, make nuisance calls or carry out other types of unsolicited direct electronic marketing activity could be fined up to £500,000 if their actions cause "annoyance, inconvenience or anxiety", under new plans unveiled by the UK government.
Exclusive Canonical is spinning its own OpenStack distro to simplify deployment of Linux clouds and ensure its place in an expected cloud winners' club.
Microsoft looks to have created a version of Windows Server that runs on ARM processors.
A pair of Intel security researchers will tomorrow delve into a class of dangerous vulnerabilities they found last month that allowed forged RSA certificates to be created by abusing the Mozilla Network Security Services (NSS) cryptographic library.
The UK's Met Office has settled on Cray as the vendor for its next supercomputer, with a 16 petaflop XC40 machine* to be shared between the Met Office and Exeter Science Park.
The super bright minds at CERN have unearthed a massive cache of old photos - and they need your help working out what on earth is going on in some of them.
Researchers from NTT in Japan have demonstrated what they hope will be that company's contribution to the definition of a new ampere: single electron transfer in silicon, at relatively high speed in a charge-confining trap.
NetSuite CEO Zach Nelson has attributed last week's estimates-busting results are partly due to enthusiasm for cloudy software, but also partly due to difficulties finding people to hire.
Security research and development bod Patrick Wardle has released a tool to reveal executables that automatically boot in Mac OS X.
Microsoft is going to try to bake Skype into Internet Explorer.
The 2014 game of “leapfrog with fibre speed records” has a new and probably temporary leader, with boffins from China, the US and The Netherlands claiming a 255 Tbps record in a single fibre over 1 km.
Big Switch is pitching a starter kit for the BCF bare-metal-plus-SDN combo it launched at the end of September.
When Apple honcho Tim Cook took to the stage to introduce Apple Pay, he promised it would simplify the way people pay for goods and services, but the road to that goal has not been smooth since.
Suse has kicked out a new version of its enterprise-grade commercial Linux distribution, Suse Linux Enterprise 12, more than five years after the last major-version release.
Yet another round of Shellshock attacks is emerging, according to the SANS Internet Storm Center – this time, botnets are tapping hosts over SMTP.
Microsoft yesterday pressed the ON button for Azure Australia, and one of the things the Redmondian outpost was keen to point out was that it was the only cloud in Australia to have earned the Australian federal government's Industry Security Registered Assessors Program (IRAP) certification.
Amazon wants you to help it figure out what books it should publish and sell on its e-book store.
Analysis Whisper's CEO has attempted to undercut criticism of his company by suspending its editorial team and penning a lengthy response to accusations of privacy abuses and user tracking.
Twitter outperformed analysts' revenue estimates again this quarter, but investors, dismayed by another quarter of deep losses and slowing user growth, battered the company's stock anyway following its third-quarter 2014 earnings report.
NetApp has extricated Riverbed from some nasty Whitewater rapids that threatened to drag it under and pummel it on the rocks below.
NetApp has updated its ONTAP operating system release into what it calls a data fabric spanning private, hybrid, and public clouds, and includes a SW-only Cloud ONTAP edition running in public clouds.
Analysis The nomination of former Google lawyer Michelle Lee to run the US Patent and Trademark Office has been hailed as a victory for Silicon Valley. In 2007 Lee said the patent system was "out-of-balance" and needed "to be remedied". But does she still think that?
Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) has come up with a new way to keep selling hardware in the cloud age, by creating a compute-as-a-service service that will live in Equinix's 32-nation-strong bit barn network.
Astronomers have caught the first pictures of a star in the early stages of going nova after a Japanese amateur skywatcher alerted the community to a new star showing up in the heavens.
With cloud storage rapidly becoming a commodity, Microsoft has taken the next logical step in the file-syncing bunfight, doing away with storage quotas altogether for paying customers of its subscription Office 365 offerings.
A US airline delayed a flight on Sunday evening after an unidentified person somewhere in or around Los Angeles International Airport picked a rather unfortunate name for a Wi-Fi hotspot.
A dark cloud hanging above Avnet’s Asian and EMEA computing components biz cast a shadow over the relatively decent start to fiscal ’15 for the Technology Solutions division.
Interview OpenStack-using startup SwiftStack has got itself $16m in B-round funding, raising the total cash invested amount to $23.6m. Why should we care?
In a blow against hypervisor lock-in, Recovery-ware startup Zerto has extended its VMware hypervisor-based technology to embrace Hyper-V, providing cross-hypervisor replication from VMware to Hyper-V or vice versa.
Samsung has decided to stop pushing its light emitting diode business outside of South Korea, despite reckoning it would be a growth area a few years ago.
It was the largest shark ever seen on Planet Earth - the size of some World War II combat submarines - but until now no-one really knew whether a stray Megalodon was still lurking somewhere out there in the ocean.
Acquisitions helped swing the sales dial north for Ingram Micro during calendar Q3 but the cost of the latest company-wide transformative activities took a chunk out of profits, the world’s largest tech distie has confirmed.
Security experts including Bruce Schneier and Whitfield Diffie are teaming up with privacy advocates to form a new privacy group that aims to champion privacy against the growing tide of intrusive government surveillance.
Growth has returned to the disk drive business if Seagate's latest quarterly results are anything to go by.
Anyone looking to cash in on the zeitgeist by buying the domain name ebola.com has left it too late, because the domain name has sold for more than $200,000.
Promo If you want an extra dose of fireworks this autumn, get yourself down to Twickenham Stadium on 6 November for IBM DeveloperConnect 2014.
Apple's OSX 10.10 – aka Yosemite – is silently uploading users' unsaved documents and the email addresses of their contacts to Apple's iCloud, according to security researcher Jeffrey Paul.
Apple Watch? Bah humbug. Bonk to pay? Boring.
Reg Events It's difficult to speak openly about how to squeeze the best out of your suppliers. On the one hand, you always suspect there's more you could be doing. On the other, you don't want to give away your secrets.
German warehouse workers haven’t given up on the idea that striking will help them to win their pay dispute with Amazon.
Game Theory With every passing moment of Sunset Overdrive you can almost feel developer Insomniac Games' collective relief at it being let off the leash. It's the antithesis to the rather dowdy, oppressive affair that was Resistance.
Electro-car kingpin and spacecraft mogul Elon Musk has warned that meddling with Artificial Intelligence risks "summoning the demon" that could destroy humanity.
Opinion/Interview The Register does not endorse any particular viewpoint contained in this interview. We will update readers on the court's decisions as the case unfolds.
Comment Pure Storage is set to build converged server and storage systems "to compete with commodity server hardware", said CEO Scott Dietzen, as the highly funded startup enters the next phase of its development.
A patients' group has urged doctors to automatically opt their patients out of the new "care.data" scheme until the patients give consent for the disclosure of their medical data.
Analysis The SIM card is the most potent instrument of control in the mobile carrier’s hands, controlling the relationship with the customer and giving it unmatched information about how its users behave.
The Lumia 830, which is already available in the UK, is another midrange Lumia (from Microsoft, but it retains the Nokia brand) fighting for your attention. It squeaks in at under £300 SIM-free (it's £279 on PAYG at EE) or is free on contracts at around £25/month.
A Tor exit node has been found slapping malware onto downloads as users exit the hidden network and enter the public web.
Swingbellies: Take heed! An international team of top boffins say they have found that sunlight can reduce weight gain - and that they can duplicate the effect with a skin cream.
The Mozilla Foundation staged a Mozilla Festival in the UK over the weekend, and one of the projects developers delivered was a port of Firefox OS working to the Raspberry Pi.
BAE Systems, which has been working with the US Navy on its futuristic railgun weapon project, has suggested the Mach 7 electromagnetic metal-slinger could be useful for the next generation of the US Army's Bradley Fighting Vehicle.
First Fondle Here's something new from Apple: a product launch without a queue, excited fanbois or, indeed, much enthusiasm at all.
The European Court of Justice has decided that even an unauthorised video can be embedded by a third party without creating a new infringement.
Redditor “tottenham12712” has pieced together a scary scenario for VMware users: ESXi might be feeding dud data to backup software.
Verizon Wireless is monitoring users' mobile internet traffic, using a token slapped onto web requests, to facilitate targeted advertising even if a user has opted out.
HP has put its stamp on the world of OpenStack clouds, with its Helion OpenStack community edition code general availability, as of today.
OpenSUSE has rolled up its Factory and Tumbleweed into a single project that will carry the name Tumbleweed from November 4.
Microsoft has, as expected, pressed the Big Blue Button to enliven the Australian “geo” of its Azure cloud service.
Infections from the Backoff point-of-sale malware are still rising in America, according to security bods from Damballa.
Something just a little bit remarkable happened last week.
Australia's trade minister has taken a swipe at critics of the Trans Pacific Partnership, accusing them of spreading “misinformation” about a trade treaty that's been kept as secret as possible since its inception.
The US Federal Trade Commission has shuttered a New York-based tech support business, after scammers allegedly hoodwinked Facebook and Microsoft users into paying hundreds of dollars for tech advice from Pairsys Inc.
AT&T has been getting plenty of stick in the US, after it decided to disable Apple's SIM carrier-switching feature and greedily grab a customer's new iPad for good.
Elevation and Vertigo may be songs that hit the high notes for Apple boss Tim Cook's chums U2, but the same can't be said for sales of iTunes music right now, which have reportedly nosedived since the start of 2013.
HP is reportedly on the lookout for an Asian suitor to buy a majority of the company's stake in its China-based H3C Technologies.
A damning security critique against Samsung's US government-approved Knox system has been dismissed by the South Korean tech giant.
CoTW Can we build an app that automatically delivers large quantities of human excrement to Apple's doorstep? That is the question frothing on fanbois' lips as we enter another Comment of the Week.
Downrange As opposition to the Association of Chief Police Officers' campaign to impose random spot checks on lawful gun owners' security arrangements grows, El Reg managed to get some responses out of the police chiefs' trade union.
Apple Pay has reportedly been refused by not one but two leading US main-street pharmacies - apparently because their parent company is developing its own payment system.
Review Greater individual control over personal finance is booming, with the British Bankers Association (BBA) reporting 5.7 million transactions a day are now made from smartphones. This is transformational stuff, but it’s not all about current account apps. Personal finance guru Jennifer Newton follows the money and finds the best apps for creative accounting.
Vulture at the Wheel Peugeot’s recent mid-sized hatchbacks have been a less than inspiring bunch. The 307 and the original 2007 model year 308 were dull, globulous mediocrities and not very well screwed together to boot. The all-new 308 however is a rather more interesting bag of bananas.
eXpat Files If it's Sunday it must be time for another instalment of The eXpat Files, our weekly chat with a fellow reader who decided to move to another country in search of adventure, career advancement, and something else to do on weekends.