The Week in Summary

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VAMPIRE BAT DRONE transforms wings into legs for SEARCH and RESCUE ops

Vid Swiss researchers, who developed a robot that can walk on its wings across tricky terrain, have shown off their latest prototype which they hope could one day be used in search and rescue operations.
Team Register, 25 Jan 2015

'One day, YOU won't be able to SENSE the INTERNET,' vows Schmidt

Google exec chairman Eric Schmidt misled the world last week by claiming that – one day – the internet will vanish.
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Jan 2015
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Oi, Aussie sports fans! Take that selfie stick and stick it

If you think selfie sticks are a sign of society's descent into a slough of narcissism, get thee to Australia where organisers of sporting events are making it know the telescoping terrors aren't entirely welcome.
Simon Sharwood, 25 Jan 2015
New Horizons spacecraft approaching Pluto

Say 'CHEESE', Pluto! New Horizons probe to snap pics of dwarf planet

NASA's New Horizons spaceship, which has been on its mission to Pluto for nine years now, is expected to begin snapping photos of the icy planet today.
Team Register, 25 Jan 2015
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Game over? Sony FINALLY offers compensation to MEELLIONS of PSN hack victims

Millions of PSN gamers, who were hit by a massive data breach on Sony's Playstation network back in 2011, are finally being offered the opportunity to claim compensation from the company.
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Jan 2015
Woman looks immensely happy while staring into blank screen of unplugged monitor

'People ACTUALLY CONFUSE Facebook and the internet in some places'

QuotW Ex-Googler, Facebook COO and mouthpiece Sheryl Sandberg claimed this week that some users (sorry, people) actually think that Mark Zuckerberg's free-content ad network is the internet.
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Jan 2015
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Ex Machina – a smart, suspenseful satire of our technology gods

Film review It’s not easy to say something new about artificial intelligence in the movies. It’s pretty much a toss-up between the they-could-be-people-too argument of sweet child robot David in A.I. or the sphincter-tightening terror of HAL and the Terminator. But with Ex Machina, we get a more complex picture of our android future packaged in a wickedly smart and funny film that sends up our technology gods at the same time.
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Landlines: The tech that just won't die

Feature For a huge number of Brits, mobiles have become our primary way of communicating, even when we're at home. When a call comes in, we know it's ours. We can reply with a text, or use apps like WhatsApp to communicate with friends abroad. Increasingly, we don't rely on our landline phones and, thanks to lax policing of the Telephone Preference Service (TPS), for many of us, about the only thing they're used for is receiving unsolicited junk calls, or as a safety net so we can call 999 in an emergency.
Nigel Whitfield, 25 Jan 2015

Thailand: 'The nail that sticks up gets hammered down'

The eXpat Files Last time we chatted to an expat in Thailand, our secretive subject stayed schtum about his identity because he was working illegally.
Simon Sharwood, 25 Jan 2015

Uber isn't limited by the taxi market: It's limited by the Electronic Thumb market

Worstall @ the Weekend We've had a look before at that valuation of Uber at $40k bar** and mulled over whether it makes any sense or not. And there's a little snippet of news out that shows that there might be more substance to it than most of us tend to think there is. It could, of course it could, still be just an absurdly over-hyped product of frenzied finance but if this number is true then maybe not.
Tim Worstall, 25 Jan 2015
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SUPERHANDS! Fossils of early human ancestors reveal a GRIPPING development

Ancestors of humans who lived around three to two million years ago appear to have had the ability to use their hands in a very similar way to how we grip tools today, according to a new study from anthropologists.
Team Register, 24 Jan 2015
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Sly peers attempt to thrust hated Snoopers' Charter into counter-terror and security bill

Britain's ISPs have attacked sneaky, proposed amendments to the Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill that were tabled by four peers in Parliament this week – as they mounted an attempt to resurrect the Snoopers' Charter.
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Jan 2015
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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Chickpea stew à la Bureau des Projets Spéciaux

As winter tightens its frosty grip across the land, and a chill wind bites hard to the quick, the moment has arrived to contemplate a hearty post-pub dish designed to fill bellies on a budget and warm the cockles of the heart.
Lester Haines, 24 Jan 2015
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Chunky Swedish ice maiden: Volvo XC60 D4 Manual EE Lux Nav

Vulture at the Wheel Why did the nice man from Volvo find me peering at the dashboard with a torch when he came to collect the XC60 I was testing?
Simon Rockman, 24 Jan 2015
What Linus Torvalds thinks of NVIDIA

'Linus Torvalds is UNFIT for the WORKPLACE!' And you've given the world what, exactly?

CoTW Pirates on copyright, state surveillance and Linux – another joyous week of your comments below the line. Yup, it's Comment of the Week time.
Gareth Corfield, 24 Jan 2015
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Broadmoor: My Journey Into Hell, The Chimes and Cowboys and Indies

Page File El Reg bookworm Mark Diston peruses the pick of publishing this week with a début novel from Anna Smaill whose musicality abounds in the post-apocalyptic tale. Back in the real world, one man apocalypse Charles Bronson tells more tales of life inside, and finally Gareth Murphy tracks the history of the music industry.
Mark Diston, 24 Jan 2015

YOU. Your women are mine. Give them to me. I want to sell them

Something for the Weekend, Sir? A friend of mine had his wife stolen three times this week. The first two times, they gave her back within hours. On the third occasion, however, they seemed determined to hold on to her for a month.
Alistair Dabbs, 24 Jan 2015
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Hibernating NetMundial rattles internet governance world at Davos

The controversial effort by ICANN and the World Economic Forum (WEF) to devise a new internet governance body may have gone into hibernation but it is still causing ructions.
Kieren McCarthy, 24 Jan 2015
X-wings extended on the Falcon 9 rocket

SpaceX makes nice with U.S. Air Force, gets shot at black ops launches

Private rocket firm SpaceX has settled its feud with the US Air Force over the rights to launch national security payloads.
Shaun Nichols, 24 Jan 2015
Artist's conception of a watery asteroid being torn apart white dwarf GD 61

MASSIVE ASTEROID to PLAY CHICKEN with Earth on Monday

NASA has warned skywatchers that a huge asteroid will pass over European and North American skies on Monday and that this will be the biggest space rock to do a fly-by of our planet until 2027.
Iain Thomson, 24 Jan 2015
Containers

Google offers cloudy port for Docker container images

Google has expanded its support for Docker-based Linux containers on its Cloud Platform, with the addition of a new, cloud-based hosting service for private container registries.
Neil McAllister, 24 Jan 2015

Dot-com is dead. Long live dot-com

As you probably know, the internet's domain names are dominated by a single three-letter ending: "com".
Kieren McCarthy, 24 Jan 2015
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China beefs up Great Firewall, snips off VPN access

China's notorious "Great Firewall" is being blamed for widespread reports of virtual private network (VPN) outages in the country.
Shaun Nichols, 24 Jan 2015
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Planning to upgrade your Lumia to Windows 10? Well ... not so fast

The latest word from Microsoft is that owners of Windows Phone 8 handsets won't necessarily be able to upgrade to Windows Phone 10 after all, in an apparent retreat from what the software giant has said previously.
Neil McAllister, 24 Jan 2015
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Someone paid $85,000 for hated GLITTER BOMB FACTORY

We are all in the wrong business, it seems. An Australian man has just made himself an $85,000 payout selling a site that sends out packets glitter after only a few weeks of operations.
Shaun Nichols, 23 Jan 2015
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SURPRISE! Microsoft ships next Windows 10 Preview build early

Microsoft has released the next preview build of Windows 10 to members of its Windows Insider program, slightly ahead of schedule.
Neil McAllister, 23 Jan 2015
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Atlas unplugged! DARPA's unTerminator robot cuts the power cable

Atlas, the 6ft 2in (1.88m), 345lb (156kg) humanoid machine being used in the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC), has had an extensive upgrade and is now free to roam on battery power alone, the defense research group has said.
Iain Thomson, 23 Jan 2015
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ICANN orders re-evaluation of dot-gay

ICANN has ordered that the application for the dot-gay top-level domain be re-evaluated after 54 letters in support of it "inadvertently" fell through the cracks.
Kieren McCarthy, 23 Jan 2015
Beats Music The Sentence

Apple's Beats, Google, and Sony hammered with unpaid royalty claim

New Apple toy Beats Electronics, along with Sony and Google, are among the targets of a lawsuit over claims of unpaid royalties.
Shaun Nichols, 23 Jan 2015

YouTube: Nobody needs to get hurt Zoe, just sign the Ts&Cs

+Comment Google has revived its "our way or the highway" contracts with independent artists and labels, according to popular cellist Zoe Keating.
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Jan 2015
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Why so tax-shy, big tech firms? – Bank of England governor

The governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, has singled out technology companies as being among the worst offenders for tax avoidance.
Kat Hall, 23 Jan 2015
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Then there were 3: Another UK mobile network borged ...

Analysis Telefonica has sold O2 to Three big-daddy Hutchison Whampoa for £10bn - and it pretty much had to. Here's why.
Simon Rockman, 23 Jan 2015

Microsoft: We bought Skype. We make mobiles.. Oh, HANG ON!

Analysis Microsoft has given us a glimpse of Windows progress this week – and it was generally well received – particularly the one-year "grace period" allowing Windows 7 holdouts to climb on board for free.
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Jan 2015
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Doomsday Clock says 3 MINUTES to MIDNIGHT, again

+Comment The famous Doomsday Clock, which has been showing anywhere between 17 and two minutes to midnight since 1947, has advanced to three-minutes-to for the third time – on this occasion due to a perceived increase in the menace from human-driven climate change.
Lewis Page, 23 Jan 2015
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Panicked teen hanged himself after receiving ransomware scam email

A 17-year-old college student who suffered from autism hanged himself after receiving a ransomware scam.
John Leyden, 23 Jan 2015
Funnel of cash. Credit: via SXC – http://www.sxc.hu/profile/Leonardini

Kaminario swallows $15m – ONE MONTH after last cash gulp

Comment Not content with raising $53m in a E-round of funding at the end of November, flash array performance king Kaminario raised another $15m at the end of December.
Chris Mellor, 23 Jan 2015
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All-flash case rehash: Modus vs Nimbus lawyers off to DC

Modus, a customer of all-flash array startup Nimbus Data, has failed to have Nimbus’ suit against it for breach of contract dismissed.
Chris Mellor, 23 Jan 2015
Screenshot of Microsoft promotional video touting Office 2013's cloud integration
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Microsoft raids Symantec, snaps up UK licensing sales head

Microsoft has confirmed what the channel already knew: Jay Epton, Symantec director of new routes to market for the UK and Ireland, will be moving across to head up enterprise licensing resellers.
Paul Kunert, 23 Jan 2015
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Snoopy Fujitsu tech KNOWS you'll click that link – before YOU do

The next time you hover over a suspicious link a little too long, or download from a questionable site, you might get a nudge from Fujitsu.
Darren Pauli, 23 Jan 2015
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What was Tim Cook worth to Apple in 2014? $9 MILLION, apparently

Apple more than doubled chief exec Tim Cook's remuneration for 2014, handing him a bulging package worth $9.22m – including his $1.75m (£1.25m) base salary and a $6.7m (£4.5m) bonus.
Kat Hall, 23 Jan 2015

Developers, developers, developers! But WILL they support Windows 10?

Analysis Microsoft has revealed more of its plans for Windows 10, with full release expected towards the end of 2015. The press event focused on eye-catching features like HoloLens, a virtual reality and augmented reality headset, but what really counts is this: will Windows 10 attract developers back to the Windows platform?
Tim Anderson, 23 Jan 2015
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Leaked doc: Europe's justice chiefs forming plans to cosy up to ISPs

Europe’s justice ministers appear to be forming plans to make it easier to access ISPs' data, as part of a series of proposals intended to limit the spread of online radicalising material.
Jennifer Baker, 23 Jan 2015

UK Scouts database 'flaws' raise concerns

Updated Serious concerns have been raised over the security of the Scout Association's database, which holds the contact details of 450,000 young people and volunteer adults, The Register can reveal.
Kat Hall, 23 Jan 2015
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Gov.UK inhaled G-Cloud, spat out framework – ex-lead claims

Whitehall is coming under fire for subsuming the G-Cloud into its coding house GDS (government digital service) at the expense of encouraging uptake of the framework.
Kat Hall, 23 Jan 2015
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Sony blames NORK The Interview cyber strike for delayed Q3 report

Sony plans to delay its third-quarter financial results and has blamed North Korea’s crippling cyber attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment’s business systems.
Gavin Clarke, 23 Jan 2015
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Top US privacy bod: EU should STOP appeasing whiny consumers

A top US law enforcement commissioner has claimed European data protection authorities are too worried about helping consumers instead of robustly enforcing privacy laws.
Jennifer Baker, 23 Jan 2015

Telefónica to offload O2 to Three daddy Hutchison for £10.25bn

Telefónica confirmed this morning it has entered into an “exclusivity agreement” with Hutchison Whampoa that could see it offload subsidiary O2 for up to £10.25bn in cash.
Paul Kunert, 23 Jan 2015
WD RE4 Enterprise disk drive

Seagate's spinning rust most likely to crash, claims backup biz

Online backup bods Backblaze have found Seagate hard disks fail much more than other suppliers, although recent improvements have redressed the situation.
Chris Mellor, 23 Jan 2015
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Symantec data centre security software has security holes

Security bod Stefan Viehböck has detailed holes in Symantec's data centre security platforms that the company plugged this week because they allowed hackers to gain privilege access to management servers.
Darren Pauli, 23 Jan 2015
The Office

Never mind those touch apps, full Office 2016 is coming this year

Microsoft let slip a few more details of its plans for the company's Office productivity suite on Thursday, including hints about when we can expect the next major version of its desktop suite to land.
Neil McAllister, 23 Jan 2015
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SPACE the FINAL FRONTIER: These are the images of COMET PROBE ROSETTA

The European Space Agency (ESA) has released details of the first bushel of studies derived from the Rosetta spacecraft's visit to Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko.
Simon Sharwood, 23 Jan 2015

Is it humanly possible to watch Gigli and Battlefield Earth back-to-back?

Our piece earlier this week on a study which proved The Wizard of Oz is the "most significant" movie ever – by dint of being the flick most referenced in subsequent works – provoked some interesting comments from our ever-lively readers.
Lester Haines, 23 Jan 2015

Adobe finds, patches ANOTHER exploited Flash 0day

Another exploited zero-day vulnerability has been uncovered and patched in Adobe Flash, 24 hours after a second flaw in the popular web trinket was found being used in attack kits.
Darren Pauli, 23 Jan 2015
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Shipping News: Docker 1.5rc1 arrives in port … NOW!

Docker 1.5rc1 is upon us and should be ready to slide down the slipway in the first week of February.
Simon Sharwood, 23 Jan 2015
Kim Dotcom at the NZ parliamentary hearing

KimDotCom flails desperately, launches chat service

Kim Dotcom has set off on his new service to challenge Skype and other video platforms.
Shaun Nichols, 23 Jan 2015
Barratt Brown

FBI-baiter Barrett Brown gets five years in chokey plus $890,000 fine

Barrett Brown is going to be spending a little longer inside than he thought after a Dallas judge threw the book at him on charged related to the hacking attack on private US intelligence firm Stratfor.
Iain Thomson, 23 Jan 2015
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Australia to launch Digital Transformation Office, with no budget

Australia will launch a Digital Transformation Office (DTO) within the Department of Communications “so that government services can be delivered digitally from start to finish and better serve the needs of citizens and businesses.”
Simon Sharwood, 23 Jan 2015
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Google splashes $80k on Chrome 40 bug splatting

Google has patched 62 security vulnerabilities in Chrome 40 and handed out US$88,500 to bug hunters who spotted the problems.
Darren Pauli, 23 Jan 2015
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Only Kinect: Why Microsoft's 3D Windows 10 goggles aren't for Google Glassholes

A pair of 3D ski glasses eclipsed Windows 10 at Microsoft’s next-generation event on Wednesday.
Gavin Clarke, 23 Jan 2015
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Oh what a tangled cloud we weave

The cloud caper's getting more competitive, with four of the industry's bigger players jostling in new and fun ways.
Simon Sharwood, 23 Jan 2015
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Beam me up, Scotty, And VAPORIZE me in the process

Researchers in Germany have formulated a way to transfer information to a 3D printer on a one-time purchase basis, by killing off the original.
Shaun Nichols, 23 Jan 2015
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Swots explain how to swat CPU SNITCHES

A variety of sneaky side-channel attacks have been demonstrated over the years: from measuring the amount of processor power devoted to encryption to using an antenna to pick up stray electromagnetic emissions from computers.
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Verizon posts WANTED poster for copper rustlers

Verizon is sick of having to refresh its copper network merely to replace stolen metal, and for the forth time since 2013 has posted a reward for information leading to arrests.
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Amazon gobbles chips firm Annapurna to speed up cloudy data centers

Amazon has agreed to buy a secretive Israeli chipmaker in an apparent bid to build new custom tech for its massive data centers.
Neil McAllister, 23 Jan 2015
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HOLA HoloLens: Reg man scores face time with Microsoft's holographic headset

First look During Microsoft's Windows 10 preview day, select groups of hacks were stripped of any recording devices or cameras and sent down into the bowels of Building 92 of Redmond's campus to try out the HoloLens, the software giant's new "hologramatic" wearable.
Iain Thomson, 23 Jan 2015
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Nope. That's not our FAKE BOMB say Oz spooks and cops

For at least the third time in as many years, someone carrying real or fake explosives in a security training exercise has lost track of their cargo. Yesterday, that resulted in a full-scale security lockdown at Sydney's Circular Quay, the city's ground zero for tourism thanks to views of the city's iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House.
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Google signs up Sprint and T-Mobile to sell its cellphone plans – report

Google's plans to become a mobile phone operator – which we outlined earlier this month – have grown closer to reality with the news that the search giant has signed deals to run calls and data over Sprint and T-Mobile's network.
Kieren McCarthy, 22 Jan 2015
Photo of billboard marketing Microsoft Surface with Windows RT

Is Windows RT not invited to Windows 10 upgrade party?

With all the hoopla coming out of Microsoft's Windows 10 event in Redmond on Wednesday, there was surprisingly little talk of Windows RT, the feature-limited version of Windows 8.x for ARM-based tablets – and perhaps with good reason.
Neil McAllister, 22 Jan 2015

FCC Commissioner argues for delaying February net neutrality ruling

One of the FCC's five Commissioners has argued that the Commission should delay its net neutrality ruling until Congress has had an opportunity to devise new legislation aimed at resolving the issue.
Kieren McCarthy, 22 Jan 2015

Daisy Group: we'll double our biz inside 5 years

The now privately-owned B2B comms and tech biz Daisy Group is looking for the incoming CEO to plot a course to rule the SME customer space within the next half a decade.
Paul Kunert, 22 Jan 2015
John Chen

FORCE Apple to support BlackBerry hardware, demands John Chen

In a blog post on the BlackBerry website, CEO John Chen has called on regulators to force Apple and Netflix to support Blackberry hardware, claiming this forms part of the ongoing net neutrality debate.
Simon Rockman, 22 Jan 2015
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HDS embiggens its object array by feeding it more spinning rust

HDS has bulked up its HCP object storage offering with an erasure coding capacity tier, remote office and mobile access to objects, filer data stores and OpenStack support. Why? Preparations for the coming Internet of Things, we think.
Chris Mellor, 22 Jan 2015

Avnet sales slip but EMEA operation's off the hook - for now

Avnet Technology Solutions is on the slide again as its sales and operating profit went south in Q2 fiscal ’15. The distie’s latest president has clearly got his work cut out to turn in consistent and sustainable growth.
Paul Kunert, 22 Jan 2015
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Lies, damn lies and Wikipedia: Murder suspect NOT a Plaxo founder – ex-staffer

News reports which claim that Minh Nguyen, who has been arrested for murder, was one of the founders of the address-book-in-the-cloud, Plaxo, appear to be based on an erroneous Wikipedia entry that had been repeatedly edited.
Team Register, 22 Jan 2015

Dell director Poskett leaves Dell for new role at … Dell

Less than two months after rocking up as Dell UK’s public sector enterprise solutions director , Dave Poskett is set to perch his backside on a new hot seat at, erm, the Texan tech baron.
Paul Kunert, 22 Jan 2015
Ghost Recon Future Soldier

Netlist and Diablo set for legal jaw-jaw, not a war-war

Somebody has been knocking a few heads together, it seems. Netlist’s flash tech shipping injunction stopping Diablo Tech’s business with SanDisk could be lifted – if settlement talks set for 12 February are successful.
Chris Mellor, 22 Jan 2015
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LEAKED: Samsung's iPHONE 6 KILLER... the Samsung Galaxy S6

Newly leaked specifications for the Samsung Galaxy S6 show the South Korean company taking the fight back to Apple. The expected flagship is expected to debut a year after we saw the S5 at Mobile World Congress.
Simon Rockman, 22 Jan 2015
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Big Blue weeps as another 8% slips off its storage scales

Comment When is Big Blue's storage slide going to end? IBM's latest quarterly and full year fiscal 2014 results show an unabated fall in storage hardware revenues, with an eight per cent annual decline to $864m in the fourth quarter of 2014.
Chris Mellor, 22 Jan 2015
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LEAKED Qualcomm processors reveal sexy new specs

Specs of the new Qualcomm 820 and 600 family processors have leaked out ahead of the Mobile World Congress.
Simon Rockman, 22 Jan 2015
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Nimble CEO lifts lid on sales veep saga. It ain't pretty

Nimble Storage and Eric Mann, its now ex-senior vice president for worldwide sales, parted ways because of travel overload and an exec team misfit, at least according to the company's CEO.
Chris Mellor, 22 Jan 2015
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Free Windows 10 could mean DOOM for Microsoft, and the PC biz

Analysis First the good news: Windows 10 will be free – for one year.
Gavin Clarke, 22 Jan 2015
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ULLtraDIMM dam plus inventory oops smacks SanDisk’s Q4 growth

+Comment The expansion of SanDisk’s business nearly stopped in its latest quarter, with revenue growth stalled and profits down as it lost a major customer, experienced troubles in its supply chain and the ULLtraDIMM injunction took hold. Just a temporary setback guys, nothing to see here, move along folks.
Chris Mellor, 22 Jan 2015

Oz father and son team plan suborbital spaceplane

An Australian father and son team is attempting to develop a radical low Earth orbit spaceplane ultimately intended as a "space courier service" to return payloads from aloft.
Lester Haines, 22 Jan 2015
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FIVE Things (NOT 10: these are REAL) from the WINDOWS 10 event

Analysis Microsoft offered a teaser of its work across its three main platforms yesterday, enough to give us an insight into how well Operation Relevance is going. It’s very much a work in progress. Here are the five key points on Windows 10 and the accompanying strategy.
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Jan 2015
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Tat bazaar eBay confirms: THOUSANDS of workers will be AXED

Loss-making online tat bazaar eBay finally confirmed it will throw thousands of workers overboard and review options to sell or float the Enterprise side of the business.
Paul Kunert, 22 Jan 2015

EMC parachutes EMEA bigwig into UK boss role

EMC has unloaded UK managing director responsibilities onto EMEA head Adrian McDonald on an interim basis following the defection of James Petter to flash adversary Pure Storage.
Paul Kunert, 22 Jan 2015
CES 1980: telly it like it is

2015: The year of MAD TV science, but who can keep up?

Breaking Fad The dust may have settled on the latest International CES, but we’ll be suffering aftershocks from the show for years to come. As an event, this year’s trade show was about the next and the new, rather than the here and the now – and there was plenty of consternation to be heard amid the bluster.
Steve May, 22 Jan 2015
Lost

2015 and IBM: But it wasn't supposed to be like this...

IBM said it reckoned on earnings per share of $15.75-16.50 for this year, when it announced its fourth quarter earnings on Tuesday.
Gavin Clarke, 22 Jan 2015
Paul Graham installs a Parallel Networks cell for EE in Cumbria

EE data network goes TITSUP* after mystery firewall problem

Updated Mobile network operator EE appears to have been hit by a nation-wide outage.
Kat Hall, 22 Jan 2015
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Brain-train kid game settles with FTC over 'unsupported' claims

The US Federal Trade Commission has struck a settlement with an educational games developer over a complaint regarding its claims about the effectiveness of its products.
Shaun Nichols, 22 Jan 2015
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Open-source Java pals Groovy and Grails seek moneybags backer

Two major open source Java projects, Groovy and Grails, are looking for new sponsors.
Tim Anderson, 22 Jan 2015

Netadmin wanted for 'terrible, terrible, awful job nobody wants'

Calling network administrators: do you want more stress? A fuller inbox? More demanding and ever-moving objectives?Then apply to be the next network administrator at the Children's Specialty Center of Nevada!
Darren Pauli, 22 Jan 2015
The Valley - code

Your anonymous code contributions probably aren't: boffins

There's no such thing as an anonymous programmer: your coding style can unmask you, according to research led by Drexel University Comp. Sci. PhD student Aylin Caliskan-Islam.
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Big software players talking common microservices definitions

Big software outfits are looking to define microservices, the concept of decomposed applications enabled by containerisation.
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jan 2015
Chicken Jalfrezi and rice with a beer. Pic by Shutterstock

Drinking to forget? OK. But first, eat a curry... QUICK!

If you've had the kind of Patch Tuesday that ends in a mass attack of BSODs, new vulns in Java and someone advertising your routes as traversing Norfolk Island, you're quite likely to head for the pub and thence to a curry.

4Chan man Moot logs off as admin for last time

The founder of web cesspit 4chan has bailed from the site he created.
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jan 2015

Flash zero day under attack

A zero day Flash vulnerability is being actively exploited by criminals using the popular Angler exploit kit.
Darren Pauli, 22 Jan 2015
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How do you solve a problem like Willowra?

One of the things we've had to consider as we plot our return to Willowra, and our mission to improve the performance of the network in the Wirliyajarrayi Learning Centre, is what kind of hardware to use.
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jan 2015
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RHEL on VCE is ESA's new tech launchpad

The European Space Agency (ESA) has rolled Red Hat Enterprise Linux into its ESA Cloud, an ongoing cloud computing rollout.
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Remote code execution vulns hit Atlassian kit

Software development software house Atlassian has patched critical vulnerabilities found in all versions of its Confluence, Bamboo, FishEye, and Crucible products.
Darren Pauli, 22 Jan 2015
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Google spent record cash lobbying Congress in 2014 – report

Google poured a record amount of cash into lobbying the US Federal Government last year, outspending its tech rivals and even the major telecommunications companies, a nonprofit group has found.
Neil McAllister, 22 Jan 2015
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Australian traffic lights need better security says auditor-general

The Auditor-General of the Australian State of New South Wales (NSW) and the state's roads bureaucrats are at loggerheads over whether or not traffic signal infrastructure is vulnerable to attacks over the Internet.
The F-35B in the hover. Credit: Lockheed

US military finds F-35 software is a buggy mess

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) remains the problem child of the US military, with some operational tests abandoned in 2014, and buggy software proving a headache.

NO WARRANTS NEEDED for metadata access, argues Oz A-G

Australia's attorney-general has suggested that no warrants should be needed to access the nation's planned trove of telecommunications metadata, because the data isn't an invasion of privacy to rank with entering a home.
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jan 2015
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Turn your head and cough (up your details), HealthCare.Gov has sprung a leak!

Researchers have spotted a security lapse on the healthcare.gov site that leaves users vulnerable to data harvesting.
Shaun Nichols, 22 Jan 2015
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Net neutrality bunfight heads to Congress, with predictable results

Not one but two Congressional hearings over net neutrality have taken place this week, sparking a wave of letters, commentary, and advocacy but precious little resolution.
Kieren McCarthy, 22 Jan 2015
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Windows 10: The Microsoft rule-o-three holds, THIS time it's looking DECENT

Analysis The old adage that you never install a Microsoft product until version three appears to be holding true in operating systems with Windows 10. Windows 8 was a disaster, Windows 8.1 a waystation, but Windows 10 is looking like a very solid system.
Iain Thomson, 22 Jan 2015
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Oracle opens Uncle Larry's cut-price bit barn emporium

Oracle has pledged to be the planet's lowest-cost provider of core data centre equipment.
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jan 2015
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Snowden SLAMS iPhone, claims 'special software' tracks users

Word out of Russia is that whistleblower Edward Snowden refuses to use an Apple iPhone over fears that the handsets are built to remotely track and transmit data about users.
Shaun Nichols, 21 Jan 2015
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Turnbull says big telcos should subsidise bush comms

It looks like the federal government is getting its feet in a tangle, trying to reconcile the public good of the National Broadband Network with free-market doctrine.
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Judge to Dish Network: your Hopper's hip, it ain't no Aereo

A US judge has shot down a motion to ban Dish Network's Hopper TV streaming service under the Supreme Court's recent ruling that shut down streaming startup Aereo.
Shaun Nichols, 21 Jan 2015
Hololens

SCREW you, GLASSholes! Microsoft unveils HoloLens

Windows 10 will include full support for a new piece of Microsoft hardware – the HoloLens – Microsoft's first foray into augmenting reality with holograms.
Iain Thomson, 21 Jan 2015
Bart Simpson

Microsoft will give away Windows 10 FREE - for ONE year

Microsoft is planning a big push for Windows 10 and will be giving away the new operating system to Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows Phone 8 users in the first year of release.
Iain Thomson, 21 Jan 2015
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Evernote says goodbye to Hello, shuts lid on Peek

Evernote, which makes a useful free form database with over 100 million users, has taken an axe to some little used services and platforms, while extending its new chat service to iDevices.
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Jan 2015
Dunce

Microsoft: Flunked our test? Fear not, techies...

Microsoft knows all about second chances – just look at Windows 8.1 – and now it is giving techies who failed the Certified Professional exam the first time around another bite of the cherry.
Paul Kunert, 21 Jan 2015
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Pure Storage confirms EMEA veep Rose has left the building

It is a strange world when the EMEA* organisation of a business boasts about meteoric growth and then parts with the boss of that region – but this is exactly what Pure Storage has done.
Paul Kunert, 21 Jan 2015
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Memory market climbs out of toilet: ASML reports beefy financials

Shares in semiconductor production equipment maker ASML hit a record high this morning after it beats analysts’ top and bottom line forecasts, suggesting the sector’s no longer stuck in the U-bend.
Paul Kunert, 21 Jan 2015
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Microsoft just saved Windows Phone... Now stop whining

Analysis It's always jam mañana for Windows Phone owners. In 2011, the "Apollo" update (which became Windows Phone 8.0) would bring new riches. Then it was 8.1. Now it's mid-year before Windows Phone 10 devices can storm the market.
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Jan 2015
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Capita IT Services raises the axe AGAIN

Crapita Capita IT Services is to shutter the last surviving office for hosting unit OPENHIVE, and has given the resident staffers notice of redundancy.
Paul Kunert, 21 Jan 2015

Copycat drug souk Silk Road 2.0: Another man cuffed

A Washington man accused of helping in the management of the copycat site Silk Road 2.0 has been charged with conspiracy to distribute heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine.
Kat Hall, 21 Jan 2015

Eurovision tellybods: Yes, you heard right – net neutrality

The European Broadcasting Union, which organises the annual Eurovision musical telly glitterfest, has rounded up a group of “civil society” pressure groups to send a letter to EU leaders demanding net neutrality.
Jennifer Baker, 21 Jan 2015
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Windows 10, day ZERO ... Will Nadella be the HERO?

Remember 21 January, 2015: it will go down in history either as the date that made Microsoft or the reason why victory in mobile was put on hold for another two years.
Gavin Clarke, 21 Jan 2015
Mars Attacks!

Facebook: Yo 'people'! Zap fake news on our giant ad farm, would'ja?

Facebook has asked its users (sorry, people) to flag up posts on the free-content ad network that they think are hoaxes masquerading as news items.
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Jan 2015
War of the Worlds

Elon Musk SNOWED UNDER with Googley DOLLARS for Space Internet

SpaceX has confirmed a meaty injection of cash from Google and Fidelity, after it was reported that the ad giant was closing in on an investment deal of up to $1bn with Elon Musk's firm.
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Jan 2015

God bless Brit biz spending, gushes Computacenter

In spite of a currency headwind and economic fragility on the continent, Computacenter exited calendar 2014 with an ever so slightly swollen top line, aided by a UK sales bounce in product reselling and tech services.
Paul Kunert, 21 Jan 2015

'Success'? Verify FAILED for 40% in self-assess tax trial

As many as 40 per cent of online self assessment tax users were unable to identify themselves in a trial of the government's gaffe-prone Verify identity assurance system by HMRC.
Kat Hall, 21 Jan 2015
Press photo Credit: E. Brun

SECRETS of the LOST SCROLLS unlocked by key to HEALTHY BOOBS

Carbonised scrolls from a Roman library destroyed in a volcanic eruption are being read using a cunning X-ray technique more commonly employed in medical screening for breast cancer, boffins have announced.
Lewis Page, 21 Jan 2015
Artist's impression of Dawn flying past the dwarf-planet Ceres

NASA probe snaps increasingly detailed shots of MOIST DWARF goddess

NASA's Dawn spacecraft has transmitted a series of images of the dwarf planet Ceres - part of its first ever mission to the biggest body in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.
Kat Hall, 21 Jan 2015
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Mega-firm Carphone Dixons toasts £375m profit forecast

Dixons Carphone Warehouse has raised its profit expectation for its first financial year 2014/15 to £355m-£375m, following a bumper Christmas trading period.
Kat Hall, 21 Jan 2015
Genie

Will fondleslab's fickle finger of fate help Windows 10?

Just two and half years ago Microsoft dropped Windows 8 on the world, playing Redmond’s card in the touch-tablet game against Apple’s iPad and Google’s Android.
Gavin Clarke, 21 Jan 2015
Tek Gear Twiddler III remote handheld keyboard

Come and Twiddle Tek Gear's one handed keyboard

Review Over the years a plethora of keyboard alternatives have crossed the El Reg hardware desk, but none has had the utility, or longevity, of the Handykey Twiddler. This third incarnation has been a decade in the making, and arrived a year late, but with small hands and a willingness to learn it could make wearable computing practical.
Bill Ray, 21 Jan 2015
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Cheer up UK mobile grumblers. It's about to get even pricier

You may not think being a mobile phone customer in Britain is much fun, what with rural Not Spots, the world's most irritating advertising campaigns*, and LTE arriving later (and rolling out slower) than anywhere else. Readers are quick to complain.
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Jan 2015
The final page of that Facebook storyboard

Facebook worth more than Portugal? Hell, it's worth a LOT more than THAT

Worstall on Wednesday As an esteemed editor said, one not a million miles away from here, the fact that Facebook has commissioned a report showing what vast amounts of wonderful, beneficial economic activity it is responsible for indicates that the company in fact contributes nothing. Stands to reason, that does. And even once one allows for a certain cynicism on the part of the said editor it is actually true that this report is a great big pile of steaming effluent, one to rival the worst morning-after-an-overly-brisant-curry outrage.
Tim Worstall, 21 Jan 2015
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Alan Turing's LOST NOTEBOOK goes under the hammer

Auction house Bonhams says it has a lost Alan Turing notebook for sale.
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jan 2015

It's 2015 and default creds can brick SOHO routers

A hacker has detailed a series of tricks that can silently reboot or brick routers or activate admins functions.
Darren Pauli, 21 Jan 2015
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GDS builds UNICORN HERDER, plays with Puppets

The United Kingdom's Government Digital Service (GDS) has built a Unicorn Herder, plays with puppets and is messing about with pretend (virtual) computers.
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jan 2015

Wizard of Oz OFFICIALLY 'most significant movie' EVER, says PNAS

Researchers have used an interesting yardstick to determine that The Wizard of Oz is the most "significant" US movie ever, pipping Star Wars and Psycho into second and third spots in the significance league table.
Lester Haines, 21 Jan 2015
Obama outlines NSA reforms

Obama makes net neutrality pledge in State of the Union

US President Barack Obama has mentioned net neutrality in the State of the Union address, and identified online security as a key future challenge.
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jan 2015

Network virty comes to VMware's cloud

VMware's made some tweaks to its vCloud Air public cloud.
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jan 2015
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SoShabby GoDaddy flings patch at domain hijack hole

Domain goliaths GoDaddy has rushed to plug a vulnerability that allowed attackers to hijack registered sites.
Darren Pauli, 21 Jan 2015
Photo of rapper Hammer and crew performing at Dreamforce 2012

It's a very freaky cloud, the kind you don't take home to mother

Imagine for a moment you're a sysadmin that's embraced VMware for server virtualisation, so you have a fleet of well-used servers and the ability to dial them up and down as required.
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jan 2015

Prosecutors have 'EVISCERATED' my defense, cries Silk Road lawyer

An attorney for accused and/or alleged Silk Road boss Ross Ulbricht complained that his defense of his client was "completely eviscerated" on Tuesday after the judge in Ulbricht's ongoing trial for drugs and conspiracy offenses negated much of the evidence presented last week.
Neil McAllister, 21 Jan 2015
The Mouse-Box - a PC in a mouse

Polish chap builds computer into a mouse

The specs aren't going to excite gamers, but Polish developer Przemysław Strzelczyk and his team have built a decent working computer into a Mouse.

Data centre hunger gives Ethernet switch market a boost

Market research outfit Infonetics reckons the data centre Ethernet market is set for a shake-up as 25 Gbps and 50 Gbps drive the migration from 10 Gbps products.
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Tap sat app gap, yaps Inmarsat chap: Orbiting bird API opened to devs

Satellite communications oldie Inmarsat is to open up its systems to third-party developers – and wants them to create new ways to use its communications grid to link ships, aircraft, and machine-to-machine data traffic.
Iain Thomson, 21 Jan 2015
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Ailing AMD battered by goodwill, inventory charges

AMD emerged from a bloody fourth quarter of its fiscal 2014 on Tuesday, reporting revenues down and profits sapped by painful one-time accounting charges.
Neil McAllister, 21 Jan 2015

Notorious skin-flick master Max Hardcore goes limp over namesake dot-com

Notorious blue-movie director Max Hardcore has decided he will not bid for his namesake dot-com, seven years after it was seized by the US government.
Kieren McCarthy, 21 Jan 2015
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ONE in A HUNDRED reported bugs exploited, says Cisco

Cisco's latest annual security report has found a mix of the usual things and emerging trends: people are still naive, there's too much unpatched software out there, and there are new threat types emerging as attackers respond to defences.
Zombie rising from the grave

Ad agency Turn turns off Verizon's zombie cookies

Online advertising agency Turn has promised to stop using repurposed Verizon undeletable cookies to track people's online habits and sell them stuff.
Iain Thomson, 21 Jan 2015
BlackBerry Passport
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Samsung joins BlackBerry in trashing Reuters biz gobble 'exclusive'

The president of Samsung has to put to rest any lingering speculation that his company was seeking to acquire smartphone minnow BlackBerry.
Shaun Nichols, 21 Jan 2015
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Bush-first NBN build was back to front says NBN Co CEO

NBN Co CEO Bill Morrow has told a TasICT gathering that the original National Broadband Network (NBN) rollout plan, which prioritised regional areas to receive fibre first, was a mistake.

Telcos try to head off net neutrality rules with legislation

Having tried and seemingly failed to steer the FCC away from enacting new net neutrality rules under so-called Title II legislation, US telcos have turned to Congress for relief.
Kieren McCarthy, 20 Jan 2015

Google reveals bug Microsoft says is mere gnat

Google has reported a local file flaw affecting Windows 7 and 8.1 32 and 64 -bit systems in the third vulnerability dropped since a spat with Microsoft erupted last week.
Darren Pauli, 20 Jan 2015
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Whisper keeping schtum over abuse of user data

Former editor of "anonymous" app Whisper, Neetzan Zimmerman, has left the company and joined Washington DC rag, The Hill.
Kieren McCarthy, 20 Jan 2015
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Big Blue bleeds more red in Q4, promises better days to come

The fourth quarter of IBM's fiscal 2014 was a disappointing cap on a year that saw Big Blue's revenues and income both decline significantly since 2013.
Neil McAllister, 20 Jan 2015
Samsung Gear Fit
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FDA draws line between wearable health gizmos and proper medical gear

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published draft rules for wearable gadget makers to follow if they want their stuff classified as "general wellness" devices by the watchdog.
Shaun Nichols, 20 Jan 2015

2014 in infosec: Spammers sneak small botnets under the wire, Java is dull

Cisco's annual report on the state of global cybersecurity claims spammers just won't die and are using new tactics to avoid detection by filters; malware programmers are abandoning exploiting Java; and there's a possible silver cloud in the Sony Pictures hacking storm.
Iain Thomson, 20 Jan 2015
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SAP’s cloudy future prompts a dip in profit forecast

German software giant SAP has cut its profit margin forecast for 2017, as its cloud offering is set to take off and dent the company's (still-bulging) pockets.
Kat Hall, 20 Jan 2015
IBM CEO Ginni Rometty
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IBM to open up on global re-org TONIGHT - sources

Execs at IBM are expected to go open kimono tonight about the company-wide re-organisation dreamt up by harassed CEO Ginni Rometty, according to company insiders and channel partners.
Paul Kunert, 20 Jan 2015
The flying rooster seen in the stratosphere

SO. Which IS more important to humanity: Facebook, or Portugal?

Poll The Register, it would seem, has ruffled the feathers of some sensitive Portuguese folk by merely reporting the, er, facts as presented to us by consultancy outfit Deloitte, which – having been paid by Mark Zuckerberg's company – claimed that Facebook's global economic value was $227bn (stop sniggering at the back).
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Jan 2015
Julia Reda MEP, Pirate Party. Pic: Joachim S. Müller

Last Pirate in Brussels: Put ME in charge of yer IP treasure chest. Yarr!

Analysis With more individuals than ever posting their words and pictures to social media and sites like Flickr, you may think it's an odd time to weaken the copyright controls and protections we have over our work. Yet Europe has got itself into a unique pickle over copyright – and it was advised this week to slash such protections as European citizens enjoy today.
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Jan 2015

Canonical goes all Internet of Stuff with Ubuntu for DRONES

Getting Ubuntu onto everything from your home router to commercial drones is the next target of Canonical chief Mark Shuttleworth.
Gavin Clarke, 20 Jan 2015

Facebook is MORE IMPORTANT to humanity than PORTUGAL

Facebook has paid a bunch of consultants to make the dubious claim that the free-content ad network's worldwide economic value is far greater than the billions of dollars in sales it drums up each year.
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Jan 2015
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What's that, Emulex? A profit? Just over the horizon?

Emulex CEO Jeff Benck unveiled a ray of sunshine with surprisingly good preliminary revenues for its latest quarter.
Chris Mellor, 20 Jan 2015
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Penguin high-flyers: Andrew Tridgell on the Linux autopilot

Vid The indefatigable Andrew Tridgell popped up at linux.conf.au in new Zealand last week, where he delivered an entertaining presentation on the state of play of porting ArduPilot to Linux.
Lester Haines, 20 Jan 2015
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Lawsuit schmawsuit: Pure lures EMC UK boss James Petter

EMC veteran and UK boss James Petter is defecting to flash nemesis Pure Storage to take on a senior European role.
Paul Kunert, 20 Jan 2015

Pull up the Windows 10 duvet and pretend Win8 and Vista were BAD DREAMS

Each time there’s a new version of Windows, Microsoft bills it as “the best Windows yet," understandably enough.
Gavin Clarke, 20 Jan 2015
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Tintri gazes hungrily at Japan after nailing Fujitsu OEM deal

Hybrid array startup Tintri has bagged Fujitsu as its doorway into the Japanese market.
Chris Mellor, 20 Jan 2015
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Give ALL the EU access to Netflix, says Vince Cable

Seemingly frustrated at not being able to stream films in his Belgian hotel room, Business Secretary Vince Cable is calling for an "online single market" to address the weighty issue of making UK Netflix content accessible across the EU.
Kat Hall, 20 Jan 2015
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SimpliVity claims fivefold sales boost, hugs Cisco tightly

Sysadmin blog Things are looking up for hyperconverged vendor SimpliVity, which reported record growth in 2014 on the back of a number of strategic wins and a key partnership with Cisco.
Trevor Pott, 20 Jan 2015

Google: What this planet needs is INTERNET FROM SPAAACE

Google is reportedly close to flinging $1bn at Elon Musk's SpaceX to bulk up investment in the private company's development of satellites for internet-based services.
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Jan 2015
Linx 8 Windows Tablet

Want a cheap Office-er-riffic tablet? Microsoft Windows takes on Android

Review With little fanfare, the Windows tablet market is changing. Step into your local supermarket, and you may see Windows tablets on show priced below equivalent Android devices.
Tim Anderson, 20 Jan 2015
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Sorry, Qualcomm, Apple – your patents don't scare us

Analysis Patent royalties make up a higher proportion of cellular device costs than in most other markets, so the IPR game has been a hard-fought and sometimes vicious one. At the start of 2015, various developments suggest that the playground bullies of the past will lose a lot of their power. Qualcomm is on the defensive in China, while the holders of fundamental mobile patents are hitting back against Apple.
Wireless Watch, 20 Jan 2015
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EU digi bods brace selves for 'charm' of Microsoft, Uber et al

Europe’s digital agenda commissioners will be knee-deep in lobbyists this week. Thanks to its new transparency register, the European Commission is making all of its meetings public.
Jennifer Baker, 20 Jan 2015
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Oracle adds Osama Bin Laden's NEMESIS to board

Oracle has added Leon Panetta, a former US secretary of defence and director of the central intelligence agency (CIA), to its board.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Jan 2015
Microsoft Kinect

Microsoft wants LAMP for wireless mobe charger

Microsoft Research has put forward the idea of charging mobile phones with a beam of light.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Jan 2015
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Video nasty: Two big bugs in VLC media player's core library

A Turkish hacker has revealed two zero-day vulnerabilities in library code used by the popular VLC media player and others.
Darren Pauli, 20 Jan 2015
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Latest menace to internet economy: Gators EATING all the PUSSIES

Forget Norks, hacktivists and global cyber criminals, a far more clear and present danger is now threatening the future of the internet: a giant cat-eating alligator.
Kat Hall, 20 Jan 2015
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Oracle E-Business suite wide open to database attack

Clear some time in you diary and drink an extra coffee, sysadmins: a top hacker has warned that Oracle will tomorrow patch a horror bug that needs urgent attention.
Darren Pauli, 20 Jan 2015
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Diamonds are forever, Fujitsu Eternus now for VDI

Fujitsu has added a bunch of new variants to its Eternus TR storage arrays, targeting large scale desktop virtualisation environments.
Team Register, 20 Jan 2015
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India pushes ahead with slimmed-down fibre rollout

India is pushing ahead with the Modi government's fibre vision, under which 20,000 rural villages will get fibre backhaul by December 2016.

New York State plots broadband future

New York governor Andrew Cuomo has decided that the 6 Mbps that's out of reach for a million residents of the state isn't good enough, and has created a half-billion-dollar fund to kick things along.
Schematics of the Parkes FRB detection

MYSTERY RADIO SIGNAL picked up from BEYOND our GALAXY

The Australian Parkes radiotelescope – even though under threat from budget cuts – has produced its first chunk of science for 2015, and it's a substantial one indeed. The mighty Antipodean instrument has given astronomers their only real-time view so far of the unexplained phenomenon known as the Fast Radio Burst (FRB).
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#CASHTAGS are a thing: you can now bank on Twitter

India's ICICI bank has launched a bank-by-Twitter service.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Jan 2015

Possible Lizard Squad members claim hack of Oz travel insurer

Nearly 900,000 client records including names, addresses, and phone numbers have been stolen from travel insurer Aussie Travel Cover by a suspected member of the Lizard Squad hacking crew.
Darren Pauli, 20 Jan 2015

NSA: We're in YOUR BOTNET

The NSA quietly commandeered a botnet targeting US Defence agencies to attack other victims including Chinese and Vietnamese dissidents, Snowden documents reveal.
Darren Pauli, 19 Jan 2015
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THREE vans and FIVE people: that's what Telstra needs to fix one fault

The impact of weather on Telstra's ailing copper network has hit the headlines, with some parts of Canberra told they'll suffer outages well into February.
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Alca-Lu's Chinese joint venture in corruption scandal

Alcatel-Lucent's operation in China, Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell (ASB), has been accused of graft by an HR manager who has since gone missing.
Great Wall of China

Microsoft Outlook PENETRATED by Chinese 'man-in-the-middle'

Microsoft suffered a "man-in-the-middle" attack on its Outlook email service in China over the weekend, according to Greatfire.org.
Team Register, 19 Jan 2015
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Behold our swollen sales digits, crow Microsoft enterprise partners

The financials for a bunch of Microsoft’s top table enterprise licensing channel partners are in, and though none of them are getting rich quickly, there’s seems room enough in straight reselling to make a living.
Paul Kunert, 19 Jan 2015
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'If you see a stylus, they BLEW it' – Steve Jobs. REMEMBER, Apple?

Analysis firm KGI claims Apple will offer a stylus with its 12.9” iPad. If true, this would represent a volte face for Apple, which has always derided fondleslabs that used any pointing device other than a human finger attached to a human arm.
Simon Rockman, 19 Jan 2015

EU copyright law: Is the Pirate Party's MEP in FAVOUR of it?

The Pirate Party's sole MEP, Julia Reda, unsurprisingly says that copyright law in the European Union is not fit for purpose.
Jennifer Baker, 19 Jan 2015

Nice SECURITY, 'Lizard Squad'. Your DDoS-for-hire service LEAKS

A DDoS-for-hire service purportedly set up by the Lizard Squad hacking crew exposes registered users' login credentials.
John Leyden, 19 Jan 2015
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Which of UK's major ISPs will let you have exotic p0rn? NONE OF THEM

Virgin Media, Vodafone and EE have promised to be more upfront with their subscribers about traffic management policies two and half years after rival, big name UK ISPs signed up to the voluntary "Open Internet Code".
Kelly Fiveash, 19 Jan 2015

SFO: 'Insufficient evidence' for conviction over HP-Autonomy deal

Updated The Serious Fraud Office has retracted its probe into the sale of Autonomy to HP in 2011 on grounds that the information presented to it provides "insufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction".
Kat Hall, 19 Jan 2015
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Yep, we'll judge WHOLE DARN storage config. Problem with that?

Behold. The benchmarkers have brainstormed a fresh filer performance measure – SPEC SFS 2014. It looks at end-to-end filer performance instead of looking at component levels, as did the previous SPECsfs 2008 measure.
Chris Mellor, 19 Jan 2015
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China's Apple? PAH! We're looking for SUCCESS in internet TV – Xiaomi

Rising star mobile company Xiaomi is planning an assault on TV content and has reportedly set aside $1bn with which to do it.
Simon Rockman, 19 Jan 2015

SCIENTIFIC CONSENSUS that 2014 was record HOTTEST year? NO

+Comment So the results are in. The main US global-temperature scorekeepers - NASA and the NOAA - say that last year was definitely the hottest year on record. But they've been contradicted by a highly authoritative scientific team, one actually set up to try an establish objective facts in this area.
Lewis Page, 19 Jan 2015
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GDS: We might miss our digi-goal. Quick, MAKE IT BIGGER

The government has admitted it will fall significantly short of its original target to make 25 digital services live by March - a goal it had given itself four years to reach.
Kat Hall, 19 Jan 2015
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un

Just WHY is the FBI so sure North Korea hacked Sony? NSA: *BLUSH*

+Comment For those still wondering why US President Barack Obama and the FBI have so confidently blamed North Korea for the Sony Pictures hack, it's apparently because the NSA compromised the secretive country's computer network years before – giving American intelligence a front-row seat for subsequent shenanigans.
John Leyden, 19 Jan 2015

Migration skills shortage looms as Server 2003 DEATH DATE approaches

A channel-wide migration skills shortage is a real danger this summer as stragglers strain available resources by making an eleventh hour dash to flee Windows Server 2003, distributor veterans are warning.
Paul Kunert, 19 Jan 2015
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Qubole rains down analytic insights from Hadoop cloud

Comment A whole new generation of storage software application startups focussed on Big Data is growing furiously in front of our eyes.
Chris Mellor, 19 Jan 2015
Samsung 850 EVO 1TB SSD

Samsung's 850 EVO 1TB SSD appears live ... in 3D

Review It was only a matter of time before Samsung dropped its 32-layer 3D V-NAND (3D Vertical NAND) technology further down the food chain, following its début in the high-end 850 PRO. The result is now with us in the shape of the 850 EVO, which, just like its 840 EVO predecessor, differs from the standard 850 PRO in the type of NAND it uses, namely, 3-bit (TLC) as opposed to the standard 2-bit (MLC).
Simon Crisp, 19 Jan 2015
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Want an Internet of Stuff? Not so 4K-ing fast ... yet – Akamai

Analysis Akamai’s quarterly State of the Internet report paints a pretty grim picture for 4K adoption. As well as charting IPv6 uptake, an important step forward to catering for the billions of new connected objects that account for the Internet of Things (IoT), the report finds that internet speeds in many countries still lag behind the minimum requirements for streaming 4K.
Faultline, 19 Jan 2015

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

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

Firefox 35 stamps out critical bugs

Mozilla has crushed nine bugs, some rather dangerous, in the latest version of its flagship browser.
Darren Pauli, 19 Jan 2015
What Linus Torvalds thinks of NVIDIA

Buggy? Angry? LET IT ALL OUT says Linus Torvalds

Linux overlord Linus Torvalds has articulated views on security at Linux.conf.au, and seems to be closer to Google's way of thinking than Microsoft's.
Simon Sharwood, 19 Jan 2015

Alabama tops US teacher-pupil sex league

Alabama sits proudly at the top of the US teacher-pupil sex league, with one school employee per 193,975 residents being "accused or convicted" of engaging in illicit relations with a student during 2014.
Lester Haines, 19 Jan 2015
Bones, Kirk and Spock prepare to transport in Star Trek
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Microsoft and mate release Azure transporter beam

As cloud providers add more regions, folks who've committed to one data centre may find they have good reasons to move to another.
Simon Sharwood, 19 Jan 2015
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AT LAST: Australia gets its very own malware

Australians are being targeted by a new variant of the Carberp malware under what appears to be renewed criminal interest in the antipodes.
Darren Pauli, 19 Jan 2015

Dongle bingle makes two MEELLION cars open to exploit

A bluetooth dongle used to track driver habits for insurance purposes has been hacked potentially allowing cars to be remotely hijacked, researcher Corey Thuen says.
Darren Pauli, 19 Jan 2015

MARS NEEDS BROADBAND, insists Elon Musk

Another day, another billionaire with a broadband-in-space plan.
Simon Sharwood, 19 Jan 2015

Siri? Are you seeing another man?

A group of computer scientists from Italy and Poland reckon they can use steganography to hide covert messages in users' voice commands to Siri.
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Apache retains perch atop global web server market

Microsoft Internet Information Server's (IIS') tilt for the title of the planet's most-prevalent web server has ended, with Apache well and truly back of top of Netcraft's survey.
Simon Sharwood, 19 Jan 2015
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Verizon sprints to crush FiOS account exposure hole

Up to five million user accounts, including email inboxes and private messages of Verizon's FiOS application, were exposed thanks to a flaw reported today.
Darren Pauli, 19 Jan 2015
Asteroid BL86 orbit diagram

Is is a Bird? Is it a Plane? NO! LOOK OUT it's an ASTEROID!

Next week, a half-kilometre chunk of rock is going to provide a show for amateur and professional astronomers alike.