The Week in Summary

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Building a better society from the Czechs' version of Meccano

Worstall @ the Weekend To move a little off the normal sort of subject around here, something from an exhibition just around the corner here in Usti nad Labem in the Czech Republic. The lads I hang out with here are 40ish professionals and they were terribly excited about an exhibition being put on of “Merkur”.
Tim Worstall, 29 Mar 2015
Elop and Nadella, photo: Microsoft
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Microsoft's Windows 10 build list SNOWBALLS for Lumia mobes

Microsoft has tentatively opened up its Windows 10 Technical Preview to more phones, after its initial list back in February had been extremely limited.
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Mar 2015

Easy come, easy go: Euro astroboffins blast brace of Galileo sats INTO SPAAACE

The European Space Agency has successfully launched two new satellites into orbit as part of the Galileo project to offer EU citizens an alternative GPS system from late 2016.
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Mar 2015
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$23m to a WordPress biz? Why top-end hosting is big money

Analysis Website hosting may not be the first thing you consider when looking at tech industry growth, but venture capitalists North Bridge are betting different.
Kieren McCarthy, 28 Mar 2015
The Chocolate Festival, London

Exercising with chocolate: Festival and tours galore

Chocolate and exercise together, whatever next? Well, for the chocoholics and general lovers of cacao based products, there are various chocolate tours springing up at various locations around the country including Edinburgh, Oxford and one taking place in London this weekend.
Simon Crisp, 28 Mar 2015

Apple's Tim Cook and Salesforce's Marc Benioff DECLARE WAR on anti-gay Indiana

Analysis Two high-profile tech CEOs – Apple's Tim Cook and Salesforce's Mark Benioff – have publicly criticized a new Indiana law that legalizes discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people.
Kieren McCarthy, 28 Mar 2015
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Street Culture: Reg man's snazzy snaps of punky London go on display

For the next four days a London exhibition features the youth cult photos of Register contributor Phil Strongman. Here he explains the whys and wherefores – and how technology has changed such shows.
Phil Strongman, 28 Mar 2015
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Blood Relatives, The Tears of the Rajas and The Fifth Gospel

Page File El Reg bookworm Mark Diston looks at literature's latest with a compelling debut novel from Stevan Alcock. The days of empire in India get up close and personal due in no small part to Ferdinand Mount's well-documented family history. And for those with a taste for antiquity, Ian Caldwell's latest gives Dan Brown a run for his money.
Mark Diston, 28 Mar 2015

Dot-sucks sucks, say lawyers: ICANN urged to kill 'shakedown' now

The intellectual property constituency (IPC) of domain overseer ICANN has formally asked the organization to halt the rollout of the controversial .sucks top-level domain, due to start on Monday.
Kieren McCarthy, 28 Mar 2015
Jeremy Clarkson

Forum chat is like Clarkson punching you repeatedly in the face

Something for the Weekend, Sir? How can you condone racist violence, Alistair?
Alistair Dabbs, 28 Mar 2015
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To BALDLY GO where no one has gone before: NASA 'naut twin to spend YEAR IN SPAACE

Pic + vid Three astronauts are on their way to the International Space Station – and two of them are going to remain onboard the orbiting lab for a full year
Iain Thomson, 28 Mar 2015
Bates Motel

Hotel Wi-Fi not only hideously expensive – it's horribly insecure

Travelers are used to getting screwed over by hotel internet access.
Iain Thomson, 27 Mar 2015
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Chip rumor-gasm: Intel to buy Altera! Samsung to buy AMD! ... or not

Rumors flew fast and furious on Friday about possible acquisitions in the chip industry, with both Intel and Samsung said to be eyeing purchases that could strengthen their positions against rivals.
Neil McAllister, 27 Mar 2015
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FCC supremo slams big cable in gridiron Robin Hood metaphor mash-up

Net neutrality Tom Wheeler, the chairman of US broadband regulator the FCC, fresh from no fewer than four Congressional grillings, has given a spirited defense of his radical net neutrality rules.
Kieren McCarthy, 27 Mar 2015
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Flak for Slack chaps in yak app hack flap: User database whacked

Workplace chat app Slack, popular among West Coast startup hipsters and others, has been hacked, its makers said on Friday.
Shaun Nichols, 27 Mar 2015

Appeal court bombshell: Google must face British justice for 'Safari spying'

Apple Safari-using Brits, who claim they were tracked by Google's adbots without permission, can sue Google in the UK, the Court of Appeal of England and Wales has ruled.
Iain Thomson, 27 Mar 2015
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Did we just wake up in an alternate universe? BlackBerry turns a profit

BlackBerry actually made money in the fourth quarter of its fiscal 2015, but the bigger picture for the ailing smartphone maker is far from rosy.
Neil McAllister, 27 Mar 2015
Ice maiden. Pic: Futurilla, Flickr

In-depth: Supermicro's youngest Twin is a real silent ice maiden

Sysadmin blog Supermicro has released the first of its new line of Twin series unblade* servers and El Reg has taken the opportunity to given them a right good kicking.
Trevor Pott, 27 Mar 2015
Great Wall of China

The injected JavaScript used to smash anti-Great Firewall of China GitHub projects offline

GitHub's servers are being hammered by web traffic from an army of unwitting cyber-foot-soldiers.
Shaun Nichols, 27 Mar 2015
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Red Hat explains its choice of scale-out storage hats

Which Red Hat scale-out storage product should you choose: Ceph or Gluster?
Chris Mellor, 27 Mar 2015
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Big Data will shield the Apple Watch from Android onslaught

It's possible that the arrival of a firm like Apple into wearables with its watch validates the space, just as Apple validated smart phones eight years ago.
Tim Worstall, 27 Mar 2015
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All the flash world needs is more TLC, suggests report

Triple-level cell (TLC) flash is heading towards being nearly half of all flash shipments.
Chris Mellor, 27 Mar 2015
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VMware channel confirms price hikes from next month

The meteoric strengthening of the US dollar relative to currencies in Europe and other parts of the globe is the reason VMware is hiking prices by mid-to-high single digits.
Paul Kunert, 27 Mar 2015

BOFH: Never mind that old brick, look at this ink-stained BEAUTY

Episode 4 Episode 4 *Crash!* "Oh, I'm terribly sorry, I appear to have accidentally nudged it off the table" I say, as tears well up in the owner's eyes.
Simon Travaglia, 27 Mar 2015

Europe could be drowned in 'worthless pop culture' thanks to EU copyright plans

Comment Expect more bland Europop and formulaic Hollywood blockbusters in your future if a proposal by European Commissioner Andrus Ansip are implemented, cultural industries in smaller European states say.
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Mar 2015
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Home Office awards Raytheon £150m over e-borders cancellation

The Home Office has agreed to hand over £150m to defence company Raytheon over the dispute relating to the cancellation of the £750m e-Borders contract.
Kat Hall, 27 Mar 2015
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Everyone's getting flashy: Intel and Micron want to feed you their wafers

Four months after revealing their 3D NAND flash tech, Intel and Micron say they are now sampling product - the day after beleaguered SanDisk announced its 48-layer tech would enter pilot production in the second half of the year.
Chris Mellor, 27 Mar 2015

Euro THERMONUCLEAR REACTOR PROJECT is in TROUBLE

The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor project is in hot water with the European Parliament for failing to manage EU funds properly.
Jennifer Baker, 27 Mar 2015

El Reg uncages its truly demonic BOFH t-shirt

You spoke, we listened, and as of right now, you can get your mitts on a classic BOFH t-shirt down at El Reg's merchandising tentacle Cash'n'Carrion.
Team Register, 27 Mar 2015
Jeroen Hoencamp is the boss of Vodafone UK
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Voda UK CEO says one thing about not-spots, Minister of Fun says another

Don’t hold your breath for better mobile phone coverage. While Vodafone UK CEO Jeroen Hoencamp is hopeful that the government will do its bit as part of the not-spots agreement, Minister of Fun Ed Vaziey claims he’s already done it.
Simon Rockman, 27 Mar 2015
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John Lewis stakes £100,000 on building a working tech creche

John Lewis has launched a £100,000 technology incubator competition to encourage tech start-ups to get involved with its business.
Gavin Clarke, 27 Mar 2015
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Google dangles $70m before new CFO to lure her from Wall Street

It took a $70m golden hello to entice Ruth Porat – Google's new chief financial officer – away from her role at Morgan Stanley.

ZTE's stealthy Nubia: China-made Google-free Android mobe

Hands On A stealth project being shown discreetly at Mobile World Congress this month shows how far Chinese phone manufacturers have come – and how far they have to go. It’s under the umbrella of ZTE, the state-owned telecoms giant, and was officially unveiled this week.
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Mar 2015
Tim Cook as Mr T

Tim Cook: I'll give just a THIRD of what Gates gave to charity last year

Apple CEO Tim Cook has confirmed he is to hand over his relatively measly fortune to charity for the betterment of the planet – once he’s paid off his nephew’s college bill.
Paul Kunert, 27 Mar 2015
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The hyper-collapsed data centre: Vapor IO's all-in-one info chamber

Hyper-modular data centre Vapor IO exited stealth mode recently to publicly push its vision for the hyper-collapsed data centre.
HTC One M9 Android smartphone

HTC One M9 Android smartphone: Like a M8 with a squinty eye

Review In a world of generic smartphones where even Apple and Samsung seem to be converging on the same design, HTC has designed phones that are pretty distinctive – the HTC One is one of the very few brands you can recognise from across a room.
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Mar 2015

'Why don't you buy from foreign sites?' asks Commish, snapping on the gloves

The European Commission is to probe the e-commerce sector to find out why people aren’t buying across borders.
Jennifer Baker, 27 Mar 2015

Microsoft and Oracle are 'not your trusted friends', public sector bods

Software providers such as Microsoft and Oracle are aggressively targeting public sector customers with licence "audit reviews" in a bid to plug falling subscription revenue, according to research.
Kat Hall, 27 Mar 2015
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SanDisk slashes sales outlook as growth shudders to a stop

SanDisk expects the current quarter's revenues to be about $1.3bn, 14 per cent less than a year ago, with the flash business supposed to be a growth area. The execs must have been horrified when they heard.
Chris Mellor, 27 Mar 2015

Labour has a pop at the government over missed GDS targets

In a pre-election pop at the coalition, Labour has slammed Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude for the Government Digital Service's failure to meet even half of its digital targets for online services.
Kat Hall, 27 Mar 2015
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What is HPC actually good for? Just you wait and see

High Performance Computing (HPC) is all terribly exciting. We get announcements about this supercluster or that beating the number of teraflops of that other one (or, more likely these days, petaflops). Or maybe it's data throughput or storage size or even transfer rates.
Tim Worstall, 27 Mar 2015
BT Openreach van

Vodafone: So what exactly is 'ludicrous' about the Frontier report?

Vodafone has struck back at BT’s claim that the Frontier Economics report on Openreach’s apparent profiteering is “ludicrous”, with Matthew Braovac, Vodafone's head of competition and regulatory affairs, writing to his BT opposite number asking for a justification of the claims.
Simon Rockman, 27 Mar 2015
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Europe drags, as Accenture posts steady growth

Outsourcing giant Accenture posted a yearly sales increase of five per cent to $7.5bn (£5bn) for its second quarter results, highlighting its "digital" investments as a reason for the consistent growth.
Kat Hall, 27 Mar 2015
Dog using a satnav, Mark Robinson

Satnav launches are like buses: none for ages then three arrive at once

Satellite navigation satellites turn out to be a lot like buses: there's none for ages, then three come along all at once.
Simon Sharwood, 27 Mar 2015
Microsoft Surface Pro 3

Surface Pro 3 update has so much new stuff for sysadmins, we can't fit it all in one headline

Microsoft has released a significant new firmware update for Surface Pro 3 fondleslabs, the second to arrive this month.
Neil McAllister, 27 Mar 2015

700,000 beautiful women do the bidding of one Twitter-scamming man

Satnam Narang of Symantec says one scammer was so taken with Twitter he established 750,000 accounts.
Darren Pauli, 27 Mar 2015
Gotenna offers secure communications

Bongfire of Inanity: Jakarta rozzers enforce mass chill-out

A community in West Jakarta was left dazed, confused and peckish after the local rozzers decided to "destroy" three and a half tonnes of cannabis on a bonfire.
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Turnbull's Digital Transformation Office to 'leave you quivering with excitement'

Australia's communications minister Malcolm Turnbull has revealed a little more about his Digital Transformation Office (DTO), the agency he's tasked with making it possible to perform all interactions with the federal government online.
Simon Sharwood, 27 Mar 2015
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VMware tells partners, punters, to pay higher prices (probably)

VMware has almost certainly increased the prices it charges to partners and customers.
Simon Sharwood, 27 Mar 2015
Zuck's flying internet death star

LOOK OUT, Brits – is that a Facebook LASER-GUN drone above us?

F8 2015 Facebook is still banging on about fleets of solar-powered, laser-firing drones that beam a glimpse of the internet to far-flung corners of the globe.
Shaun Nichols, 27 Mar 2015
Diving Board from Seattle Municipal archives

Microsoft performs reverse full-hybrid with an on-premises twist

Microsoft has made a few changes to its Azure Site Recovery and Azure Backup services.
Simon Sharwood, 27 Mar 2015
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Court recording biz with clients EVERYWHERE has forums breached

Australian court transcription company "For The Record" – which bills itself as "The No.1 digital evidence recording platform in the world" and says its products are "used in courtrooms throughout North America, Europe and Asia" – has had its forum hacked.
Darren Pauli, 27 Mar 2015
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Optus must hire checkbox champion after epic router, voicemail borking

Optus has escaped a financial penalty imposed Australia's privacy boss and instead must review its internal security measures after it shipped hundreds of thousands of routers with open internet ports and default credentials, opened voice mails, and marked public scores of private phone numbers.
Darren Pauli, 27 Mar 2015
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Hey, you just picked up a Solidfire flash box? Dude, you bought a Dell

Dell is selling Solidfire's all-flash arrays to service providers.
Chris Mellor, 27 Mar 2015
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'Bar Mitzvah attack' should see off ancient and crocked RC4 algo

Security boffin Itsik Mantin has found a new attack based on old weaknesses that is the first 'practical' attack on SSL that does not require man-in-the-middle to steal sensitive data from RC4 algorithms.
Darren Pauli, 27 Mar 2015
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Puppet Labs pulls strings on Docker, AWS and bare metal

Puppet Labs is adding code management and updates to its Node Manager in a big refresh in Puppet Enterprise 3.8.

Metadata laws pass so it's time to STOP READING LISTICLES

Rugby player Sonny Bill Williams is a role model for many, a fact that's not gone un-noticed by the purveyors of a dubious fitness supplement who've created an ad that looks an awful lot like a news story about the athlete. Williams has nothing to do with the ad or the product. He's just been used to get people clicking. And if you do click on the link to the “story”, you're taken to a page on which you're offered the chance to buy the supplement.
Simon Sharwood, 26 Mar 2015
Booth babe banhammer

Bye bye, booth babes. IT security catwalk RSA nixes sexy outfits

The organizers of this year's RSA security conference have made at least one thing clear to exhibitors: no booth babes.
Shaun Nichols, 26 Mar 2015
Anthony Hopkins as Odin in Marvel's Thor
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By Odin, Parallels thinks cloud service providers should buy Odin

Parallels is changing its branding again – partly – this time to help customers better distinguish between its virtualization software and service provider businesses.
Neil McAllister, 26 Mar 2015
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This just in from our Chief SATA Officer: Tintri trio takes off to mystery startup

Hybrid storage array startup Tintri has lost three executives in one fell swoop to another upstart. The trio of leavers are:
Chris Mellor, 26 Mar 2015

Silicon Valley powers: Let mass spying die in May 2015 – it's bad for privacy (and business)

Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, Google, Yahoo! – and many, many others – have appealed to American politicians and g-men to rein in mass digital surveillance this May, and bring the intelligence community under some kind of effective oversight.
Iain Thomson, 26 Mar 2015
Node.js 'hello world' webserver

Want a full-blown IDE for Node.js? You'll need a Windows machine...

Microsoft has doubled down on its support for the Node.js server-side JavaScript framework with a new set of tools that turn Visual Studio into a full-fledged Node.js IDE.
Neil McAllister, 26 Mar 2015
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Win some, lose some: Motorola 1, patent troll 1

Motorola Mobility got some bad news and good news on Wednesday when a US jury found it ripped off an Intellectual Ventures-owned technology patent although denied a second infringement claim.
Shaun Nichols, 26 Mar 2015

I see you have the gTLD that goes .ping!

The company behind Ping golf clubs and owner of ping.com has paid domain name overseer ICANN $1.5m for the rights to the top-level domain .ping.
Kieren McCarthy, 26 Mar 2015
Don Box, Microsoft Distinguished Engineer

Hey, Microsoft, we can call Windows 10 apps anything we like – you're NOT OUR REAL MOM

Diagasm You can forget about Universal Apps, we're not supposed to use that term from now on. When Windows 10 arrives, what Microsoft has so far been calling Universal Apps will be known as "Windows apps."
Tim Anderson, 26 Mar 2015

Amazon cloud threatens to SMASH the fundamental laws of PHYSICS

Amazon hopes to knacker its competitors in the cloud world by offering endless online storage space for a flat yearly fee.
Iain Thomson, 26 Mar 2015

Light the lanterns people, Acer made a profit in 2014

A recovery of sorts is taking place at Acer with calendar 2014 P&L accounts returning to the black in a meaningful way, bringing closure to three consecutive years of losses.
Paul Kunert, 26 Mar 2015
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Facebook sued: Data center designs 'nicked' for Open Compute

Facebook is being sued in the US by a UK biz, which claims Zuckerberg & Co stole its blueprints for data centers.
Gavin Clarke, 26 Mar 2015
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50 BILLION devices: The future that Juniper Networks wants to tap

Juniper Networks wants to produce products capable of transforming networks to capitalise on new growth opportunities brought on by the connected world. That is, essentially, its raison d'être.
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PayPal settles over WMD sanction-breaking transaction claims

PayPal has agreed to a $7.6m settlement with the US Treasury after allegedly processing transactions for parties including a nuclear weapons proliferator.
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SCC: the hosted voice market? Yep, we've got plans for that

Building more bit barn capacity, and beefing up security and hosted voice services - potentially via acquisition - are the next moves that SCC CEO James Rigby is plotting from his Birmingham-based war room.
Paul Kunert, 26 Mar 2015

Dutch Transport Inspectorate raid Uber's Amsterdam office

The Dutch Transport Inspectorate is carrying out raids on Uber's Amsterdam office as it investigates allegations that the ride-sharing company is continuing to operate its banned uberPOP service.
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Google promises Pointer Events support, with or without Apple

Google has backtracked on its decision not to implement Pointer Events in the Blink web browser engine used by its Chrome browser.
Tim Anderson, 26 Mar 2015
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Ex-Insight director Griffiths moves to CMS Distribution

Former Insight EMEA director Justin Griffiths has rocked up at ambitious tech supplier CMS Distribution.
Paul Kunert, 26 Mar 2015
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NetApp channel: Can the new UK boss stop the rot?

NetApp practically wrote the first chapter on how to build a well-functioning and contented channel, but that was before it was squeezed by cloud providers and converged storage upstarts.
Paul Kunert, 26 Mar 2015
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Hedvig all set to Google-ise that enterprise storage

Start-up Hedvig aims to bring Google/Amazon cloud-style storage to enterprises, with a virtualised pool of storage aggregated from distributed silos.
Chris Mellor, 26 Mar 2015
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Watch out Wizard, Bezos wants the Emerald City for himself

Amazon has agreed to lease two more buildings in the South Lake Union neighbourhood of Seattle, in a deal leaving the company occupying a quarter of the city's best office space.
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How tech bosses manage their teams for fun and profit

CIO Manifesto It's seven years on from the great crash and IT departments are moving from the bunker mentality of keeping the lights on and maintaining legacy VB6. But what does that mean for the way we manage tech teams?
Dominic Connor, 26 Mar 2015

Does your broadband feel faster? Akamai says it went up 20 per cent*

Broadband speeds around the world increased by 20 per cent, year on year, according to internet tentacle monster Akamai.
Shaun Nichols, 26 Mar 2015
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Part of CAP IT system may be scrapped after digital fail – MPs

The digital interface of the Rural Payments Agency's Common Agricultural Payments IT system – which was paused in an embarrassing U-turn last week – may not be reinstated, MPs heard yesterday.
Kat Hall, 26 Mar 2015
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Silent server monitoring: A neat little cure that doesn't kill the patient

It’s a typical day in IT. A quirky and poorly developed application meant to be on the testing server sneaks into production. Before anyone realises what's happened (something that can sadly take some organisations months) hundreds of external users are using it. Uh oh.
John Nicholson, 26 Mar 2015
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NetApp veep: 'We've shifted 750,000 all-flash arrays'. Er, really?

UPDATED Interview There has been a sea change in the FlashRay project, NetApp's ground-up all-flash array product development, with execs leaving and the project being absorbed into the overall ONTAP organisation. So we interviewed George Kurian, NetApp's product operations EVP, to find out about FlashRay's status and positioning, and NetApp's all-flash product portfolio.
Chris Mellor, 26 Mar 2015

How a hack on Prince Philip's Prestel account led to UK computer law

This week marks the 30th anniversary of arrests in the infamous Prestel hack case. It led to arrests, breached the Royal Family's security and helped give birth to the UK's first computer crime law.
John Leyden, 26 Mar 2015
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SNIA examines standardised access to object-based disk drives

The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) has a tech workgroup looking at object-based disk drives, such as Seagate’s Kinetic product, and is aiming to standardise access.
Chris Mellor, 26 Mar 2015
Apple MacBook Pro 13-in WRD early 2015

Force your hand: Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display

Review Last year’s update to the MacBook Pro was more notable for its £100 price cut than the modest speed bump that accompanied it. However, this year’s model is a more interesting kettle of fish, as it introduces Intel’s latest Broadwell processors to the Mac range, along with Apple’s new Force Touch trackpad doohickey.
Stephen Dean, 26 Mar 2015
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BT slams ‘ludicrous’ Openreach report as Vodafone smirks

BT has labelled a report into its apparently inflated return on broadband investment as "ludicrous", as Vodafone calls on the government to tighten the regulations surrounding Openreach.
Simon Rockman, 26 Mar 2015

Get off Facebook if you value your privacy, EU commish tells court

If you don’t want your personal info pored over by the US authorities, close your Facebook account – such is the reassuring advice given by the European Commission to the European Court of Justice.
Jennifer Baker, 26 Mar 2015

I helped Amazon.com find an XSS hole and all I got was this lousy t-shirt

Amazon has patched dangerous cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability in its website that exposed accounts to hijacking.
Darren Pauli, 26 Mar 2015
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Wannabe a nano-bot-manufacturing giant? Better cozy up to Apple

Apple's demand for minute mechanical gizmos in its iThings is more or less dictating who wins and who loses among MEMS manufacturers, analysts reckon.
Shaun Nichols, 26 Mar 2015

Hacker builds cheatbot for hit app Trivia Crack

Security researcher Randy Westergren has reverse engineered super popular app Trivia Crack, recompiled it to help cheaters and along the way showed how to turn it into nastyware.
Darren Pauli, 26 Mar 2015

Google throws a 180 on its plans for Dart language

Back in 2013, Google felt the Dart language deserved a native virtual machine baked into Chrome, because it felt JavaScript couldn't deliver the speed it craves. It therefore started the process of getting Dart turned into a standard to help things along.
Simon Sharwood, 26 Mar 2015
My bowls of stew and rice

A Quid A Day for NOSH? Luxury!

WiF It's that time of year as El Reg limbers up for the Quid A Day Nosh campaign and I'm here to point out that in context this is actually a pretty easy challenge.
Tim Worstall, 26 Mar 2015
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When cash is King, mobile money means economic freedom

Last month, flipping through the pages of the Daily Nation - Kenya’s tabloid newspaper of crime, politics and corruption - I came across the story of a police officer undone by his mobile. It seems this officer - who earned the equivalent of a few hundred dollars a year - saw many times that amount pass through his hands on a daily basis.
Mark Pesce, 26 Mar 2015
A 'Virtual Nose' designed to lessen motion sickness in simulations

'Virtual nose' makes VR less dizzying, say boffins

A Purdue University undergraduate has picked a way to stop virtual reality inducing motion sickness: program in a virtual nose.
Simon Sharwood, 26 Mar 2015
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Samsung forgets fingerprints, focuses its eye on YOURS

When Samsung shoved the Galaxy S5 out the door last year, one of the things it put front and centre was the new ability to log on with one's fingerprint.
NASA ARM rock-grabber

NASA: We're gonna rip up an ASTEROID and make it ORBIT the MOON

NASA has decided that putting a lump of rock from an asteroid into orbit around the Moon is better than trying to hook a whole asteroid.
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Chipzilla spawns 60-core, six-teraflop Xeon Phi MONSTER CHIP

Intel has set some rumours to rest, giving a media and analyst briefing outlining details of its coming 60-plus core Knights Landing Xeon Phi chip.
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Cisco patches IOS to stop automation exploitation

Cisco's turned up vulnerabilities in automation software that open the door to denial-of-service and limited access to devices.
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And the prize for LEAST SECURE BROWSER goes to ... Chrome!

More vulnerabilities were discovered in Google Chrome last year than any other piece of core internet software – that's according to research that also found 2014 clocked record numbers of zero-day flaws.
Darren Pauli, 26 Mar 2015
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Big barrier to 5G cracked by full-duplex chippery

Take a look at mobile standards like LTE and you'll notice that duplexing is difficult: it's either accomplished by separating uplink and downlink in time or frequency.
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When will ROBOTS start chatting on WhatsApp? Don't hold your breath, says co-founder

F8 2015 As much as developers might want WhatsApp to publish APIs to allow other software to access its popular chat service, the Facebook subsidiary has no plans to do so.
Neil McAllister, 26 Mar 2015
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Facebook hopes devs will 'Like' how mobile SDKs, Graph API have scrubbed up

F8 2015 Facebook has used the occasion of its F8 developer conference in San Francisco this year to roll out a major update to its software development kits for Android and iOS, in addition to a new version of the API for accessing its social graph data.
Neil McAllister, 26 Mar 2015
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Diablo escapes from patent hell, condemns Netlist to legal purgatory

Diablo Technologies, a supplier of Memory Channel Storage (MCS) that makes it possible to present flash disks as memory, says it has seen off a patent lawsuit from rival Netlist.
Simon Sharwood, 26 Mar 2015
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Wall Street tips fedora to Red Hat: Sales up, profit flat, everybody dance

Red Hat's shares are on the up after the Linux distro maker beat Wall Street's expectations in its fourth financial quarter, ended February 28.
Iain Thomson, 26 Mar 2015

Google-gate: 'Toothless' watchdog FTC nibbles furiously on journalists

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has responded to critics in the media who claim the regulator dropped an investigation into Google after buckling under pressure from the White House and the powerful advertising giant.
Kieren McCarthy, 25 Mar 2015
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Tennessee sues FCC: Giving cities free rein to provide their own broadband is 'unlawful'

The US state of Tennessee is suing the FCC after the regulator declared that cities should be free to build their own municipal-owned broadband networks.
Shaun Nichols, 25 Mar 2015
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Facebook welcomes THINGS to its network with Parse IoT push

F8 2015 Facebook was founded with the goal of connecting people online, but on Wednesday the company said it is branching out into connecting stuff, too.
Neil McAllister, 25 Mar 2015
Opportunity in clean room

Marathon race ace FOUND ON MARS – NASA boffins overjoyed

Diagasm NASA celebrated a milestone in space exploration on Tuesday when the Opportunity Mars rover's odometer clicked past 26.219 miles (42.195 kilometres) – marking the first time a man-made object has completed a marathon's distance on the surface of another planet.
Iain Thomson, 25 Mar 2015
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Invicta saddles up for another tilt at the 'acceleration' market

After having withdrawn its Invicta all-flash array (AFA) from sale last year, Cisco is trying to crack the AFA market again
Chris Mellor, 25 Mar 2015

EXPOSED: Google, Obama caught doing it once a week

Google and the White House manage to hook up more than the majority of married couples, having met up once a week for the past five years.
Kieren McCarthy, 25 Mar 2015
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, speaking at the 2015 F8 conference

Facebook's phone KILLER: Messenger will replace TALKING, says Zuck

F8 2015 Facebook is giving businesses a boost in its Messenger chat app, by making companies and brands first-class citizens on the social network.
Neil McAllister, 25 Mar 2015
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Coho: Hi ho, hi ho, let's go to Intel's dev chateau

Coho Data has bounced up into view again, joining an Intel development partnership focused on lashing together CPUs, SSDs and Ethernet switches. What gives?
Chris Mellor, 25 Mar 2015
Windows 10 Universal Apps

Metro app meets Windows 10. A Microsoft win? Maybe after a little improvement

First Look Microsoft has released preview tools for the Windows 10 Universal App Platform (UAP), giving developers their first opportunity to try and build new-style Windows apps.
Tim Anderson, 25 Mar 2015
NSA parody T-shirt

PATRIOT Act axed, NSA spying halted ... wake up, Neo, it's just a dream in the US House of Reps

A law bill introduced in the US House of Representatives on Tuesday seeks to abolish the Patriot Act, ban Uncle Sam from forcing backdoors into technology, and safeguard whistleblowers like Edward Snowden.
Iain Thomson, 25 Mar 2015
Mike Stonebraker
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Big Data high priest Stonebraker anointed with Turing Award

Michael Stonebraker of MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) has won the Association for Computing Machinery's (ACM) Turing Award.
HP cloud
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So you've been told to build a cloud. No one was fired for buying HP hardware, er, right?

HP loves a big box with a few lights on it and the latest is HP's Cloudline range of servers, launched in March. The products are unsurprisingly (the clue is in the name) said to be particularly well-suited for deployment in cloud-centric data centres.
RadioShack

YOUR DATA could be SOLD in RadioShack's bankruptcy auction

Customer data is being considered as an asset for sale as part of RadioShack's Chapter 11 bankruptcy auction.
A kite

Document Foundation pledges Office 365 and Google Docs challenger

A hosted edition of LibreOffice is planned as a free and open alternative to Office 365 and Google Docs by year's end.
Gavin Clarke, 25 Mar 2015
Ancient cave frieze. Pic: Leon Yaakov

No, really, the $17,000 Apple Watch IS all about getting your leg over

Worstall on Wednesday There was a certain amount of consumer resistance to my assertion that the Apple Christometer's $17,000 worth of bling was all about sex. But I'm afraid that this really is so. Bling is about getting sex: and it's the women who decide that it is as well.
Tim Worstall, 25 Mar 2015
Downing Street road sign
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More suppliers join flagging GOV.UK Verify ID assurance scheme

In an attempt to inject some life into its ailing GOV.UK Verify identity assurance scheme, the government has today broadened the range of suppliers on the programme's framework.
Kat Hall, 25 Mar 2015
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad receives news of the successful 'Omid' launch

Spookception: US spied on Israel spying on US-Iran nuke talks

Israel spied on the recent US-Iran nuclear talks, alleges America. And the US knows enough about it to say it publicly because the NSA is spying on Israel, along with everyone else.
John Leyden, 25 Mar 2015
Bees

Data Deposit Box shrinks the farm before the SWARM

An SMB backup-to-the-cloud biz has shrunk its rack real estate by 82 per cent, moving from paired Dell storage server boxes to a swarm of object storage boxes.
Chris Mellor, 25 Mar 2015
Bloodborne
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Bloodborne: An immersively thick cut above its gaming rivals

Game Theory I dreamt I was in Yharnam last night, swirling dark cloth fluttering on the edge of my consciousness; Bloodborne has me hooked like a horrid nightly visit from a Lovecraftian succubus. This game is no fleeting weekender like The Order: 1886 it’s time for some true graft.
Lucy Orr, 25 Mar 2015
DJI Phantom 2 Drone

FAA speeds up drone flight approvals for firms that don't need them

The Federal Aviation Administration has established an interim policy designed to "speed up" authorisations for certain commercial drone operators.
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Speaking in Tech: Big Data and the ‘Everything In The Cloud’ obsession

Podcast Podcast This week's show is hosted by Ed Saipetch, with able support from Greg Knieriemen and Sarah Vela.
Team Register, 25 Mar 2015
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Twitter slips into the world of venture capital with barely a chirrup

Twitter has quietly extended its venture-capital appendage for the first time to invest in Cyanogen, a start-up challenging Google's Android.

Where will you place your vendor bets in 2015?

There was plenty to keep Europe’s IT channel busy over the past few months, and the rest of this year could be just as turbulent.
HGST_He8_heads

Helium-filled drive tech floats to top of HGST heap

HGST has announced second-generation helium drive tech after shipping a million gen-1 Helium drives and upping field reliability by 15 per cent.
Chris Mellor, 25 Mar 2015
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Lexmark splashes $1BEEEELION on Kofax

Lexmark International is trying to counter flatlining revenues and falling demand for print hardware by splashing $1bn to consume enterprise software seller Kofax.
Paul Kunert, 25 Mar 2015
Bubble ring in sunlight

Scality proffers its RING to the Land of the Rising Sun

V5 of Scality's RING object storage software is now generally available, and has automated installation to ease the construction of petabyte rings with hundreds of nodes.
Chris Mellor, 25 Mar 2015
Red telephone boxes near royal opera house

BT STORMS back to mobe biz with cheap SIM-only swoop

BT has tentatively returned to the mobile market it abandoned 13 years ago with a competitive SIM-only deal for its broadband customers.
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Mar 2015
Crapita logo
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Capita shuns its own £2.5bn framework and touts G-Cloud IT

Not content with its prime spot on a controversial deal to manage £2.5bn in public sector contractors, Capita is also touting its IT services via the G-Cloud, admitting its mega framework is not "always best for niche skills."
Kat Hall, 25 Mar 2015
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As H-dot Oettinger drafts Europe's new copyright laws – who's he been talking to?

The European Commissioner overseeing the drafting of Europe’s new copyright law appears so far to mainly be listening to content creators as the process goes on.
Jennifer Baker, 25 Mar 2015
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Phoenix IT Group says 'see ya' to repairs staff

Phoenix IT Group is outsourcing the lion's share of its repairs workshop work to Centrex, with staff set to TUPE across to their new employer by the end of this month.
Paul Kunert, 25 Mar 2015

BT Home Hub SIP backdoor blunder blamed for VoIP fraud

Flaws in a BT Home Hub set-up are being blamed for helping facilitate a VoIP scam.
John Leyden, 25 Mar 2015
Google's Mountain View Headquarters
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Google nabs Morgan Stanley CFO to replace Patrick Pichette

Google have announced that Ruth Porat, currently Chief Financial Officer at Morgan Stanley, will be joining the Mountain View management team as CFO.
Not as much fun as an angle-grinder to a gatso but a lot more legal

Ford: Our latest car gizmo will CHOKE OFF your FUEL if you're speeding

Ford has announced a new intelligent speed limiter system which reads traffic signs and reduces fuel flow to keep your vehicle within the speed limit.
Simon Rockman, 25 Mar 2015
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EU digital veep: If you like America's radical idea of net neutrality, you're in luck, Europe

Europe’s digi-chief has spoken out about net neutrality rules emerging from America, and mobile networks favoring particular websites over others.
Jennifer Baker, 25 Mar 2015
More flaws found in Java
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Azul tackles Oracle with open-source Java for Internet of Stuff

Azul Systems has added a new, ultra-compact entry to its portfolio of alternative Java environments, taking a run at Oracle for the lucrative mobile, embedded, and Internet of Things (IoT) markets.
Neil McAllister, 25 Mar 2015

Israeli boffins hack air gap, fire missiles on compromised kit

One of the weirder attacks to bridge air gap networks has emerged, and uses heat to transfer data between machines.
Darren Pauli, 25 Mar 2015

Blockhead fugitive Snapchats himself into police custody

The Somerset County Sheriff's Office in Maine cuffed burglary suspect Christopher Wallace this Sunday, following an extraordinary burst of Snapchat buffoonery from the 24-year-old.
Nerdalize server/heater

Dutch companies try warming homes with cloud servers

Dutch companies Nerdalize and Eneco, the former a startup, the latter an energy company, have started a trial of cloud servers as home heaters.
Simon Sharwood, 25 Mar 2015
Bitcoin bloodbath

Ransomware holds schools hostage: 'Now give us Bitcoin worth $129k, er, $124k, wait ...'

A New Jersey school district in the US has been held hostage by ransomware that has apparently demanded hundreds of Bitcoins to end the situation.
Shaun Nichols, 25 Mar 2015
Artist's conception of a watery asteroid being torn apart white dwarf GD 61

SCARESTEROID of the week to miss Earth on Friday

The UK press has noticed that NASA's Small Object Database Browser seems to show an asteroid passing close to Earth – and therefore we're all going to die on Friday.

Favicons used to update world's 'most dangerous' malware

Developer Jakub Kroustek has found new features in the dangerous Vawtrak malware that allow it to send and receive data through encrypted favicons distributed over the Tor network.
Darren Pauli, 25 Mar 2015

Half of Android devices open to silent hijack

Hacker Zhi Xu has found that seemingly legitimate apps can unleash a hidden dark side to compromise almost half of all Android devices.
Darren Pauli, 25 Mar 2015
2001: A Space Odyssey

TOP500 Supers make boffins more prolific

A comparative analysis of supercomputer ownership by US universities seems to suggest that TOP500-class iron gives institutions a quantifiable edge in physics, chemistry, civil engineering and evolutionary biology.
Github octodex

GitHub ordered to hand over access logs to Uber

GitHub has been ordered to hand over records on some of its users to taxi-booking app Uber after unsuccessfully challenging a subpoena.
Kieren McCarthy, 25 Mar 2015
Handshake

Microsoft enlists web security pariah Adobe to help build Internet Explorer-killer Spartan

Microsoft has revealed it's working with Adobe on some aspects of project Spartan, its replacement browser that will confine Internet Explorer to the Antique Code Show.
Simon Sharwood, 25 Mar 2015
Australian Government 2.0 taskforce logo

Boffins deflate digital economy bubble with hard economic data

Australians are getting their regular consultant-driven exhortation to ride the “digital economy” horse to wealth and prosperity, even though it turns out that for every digitally disruptive dollar that flows from the fingers of keyboard warriors, two dollars escapes the science lab into the economy.
An Amazon Prime Air drone

Amazon fires rocket up FAA for dithering on drone approval

Amazon has been complaining to US Congress about Uncle Sam's Federal Aviation Authority dragging its feet over rules that would allow commercial drones to operate in America's skies.
Iain Thomson, 25 Mar 2015

Apple takes ACID-compliant NoSQL upstart FoundationDB

Apple has acquired FoundationDB, a company that “is creating a new generation of database technology that combines the advantages of modern NoSQL databases with the power and reliability of ACID transactions.”
Simon Sharwood, 24 Mar 2015
NBN Co by Dushan Hanuska https://www.flickr.com/photos/hanuska/

Melbourne fibre expert calls out 'fibre cost doubled' claim

The idea that the planned fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) rollout of Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN) may have ended up meeting its cost targets has received a high-profile endorsement from emeritus professor Rod Tucker of the University of Melbourne.
Mounties

Snowden dump details Canadian spies running false flag ops online

While the NSA headlines most of Ed Snowden's revelations of mass surveillance, the latest leaked documents reveal the Canadians are a dab hand at cyber-stuff, both defensive and offensive.
Iain Thomson, 24 Mar 2015

Metadata retention to cost AU$3.98 a year per customer

The PricewaterhouseCoopers report provided to Australia's attorney general on the likely cost of metadata retention has suggested a median figure of AU$3.98 per subscriber, per year.
Simon Sharwood, 24 Mar 2015
Data storage everywhere - CD, DVD, DAT, DCC, HDD, MiniDisc, SSD, SD card, floppy, magnetic stripe, barcode

This is what happens when a judge in New York orders an e-hit on a Chinese software biz

Analysis A New York court has tried to knock DVD ripping software biz Fengtao offline by issuing an injunction against its domain names, social networking accounts and online payment systems.
Kieren McCarthy, 24 Mar 2015
IE for Win 10 preview

Make up your mind: Microsoft puts a bullet in Internet Explorer after all

Microsoft has changed direction slightly with regard to how Windows 10 will handle web browsing, in a move that suggests development of Internet Explorer has finally come to an end – as has been rumored.
Neil McAllister, 24 Mar 2015
Google Fiber

Utah faints: Google Fiber to lay cable in thrilling Salt Lake City

Google has confirmed it will roll out its Fiber broadband service in the Mormon heartland of Salt Lake City.
Shaun Nichols, 24 Mar 2015
firing range - target in cross hairs

Apple is picking off iOS antivirus apps one by one: Who'll be spared?

Confusion reigns over whether or not Apple is really pulling all iOS antivirus apps from its online software store. One leading developer says yes, another says no, and Apple is keeping schtum.
John Leyden, 24 Mar 2015

Joyent's Triton ships Docker containers on cloudy bare metal

Cloud outfit Joyent has launched Triton, a new software and service offering that provides what Joyent describes as "container native infrastructure," where the Linux container – not a server or a VM – is the atomic unit of hosting.
Neil McAllister, 24 Mar 2015
Unlocked padlock

Hawk like an Egyptian: Google is HOPPING MAD over fake SSL certs

Updated Google says security biz MCS Holdings has created unauthorized SSL certificates for some Google-owned websites.
Iain Thomson, 24 Mar 2015
Steve Wozniak

Hey, Woz. You've got $150m. You're kicking back in Australia. What's on your mind? Killer AI

Old-school computer whiz Steve Wozniak is afraid an emergence of an artificial super-intelligence will be very bad news for the human race.
Shaun Nichols, 24 Mar 2015
Don Draper is sad
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Tears of a cloud: Don’t be let down by backup and disaster recovery

For many, the advent of cloud storage was a blessing. Cherished pictures and videos, contact lists, documents and more could be automatically put online and saved (theoretically) forever.
Josh Folland, 24 Mar 2015
Suitcase bulging with cash
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Open-Xchange builds anti Oracle stack after server M&A splurge

Open-Xchange, a maker of web apps that some of the biggest telcos and hosts rebrand as their own, has bought up open-source mailserver firm Dovecot and DNS server outfit PowerDNS.
David Meyer, 24 Mar 2015
management strategy2

Former Misco exec rocks up at Tech Data

Vendor vet Gary Withington has landed at distribuor Tech Data months after he was let go by tin peddler Misco as part of a cost purge.
Paul Kunert, 24 Mar 2015
Electricity_Pylon

Cleversafe attempts to infiltrate the storage laws of power

Cleversafe founder and vice chairman Chris Gladwin says his company's software is much more power-efficient than other scale-out disk drive array software or all-flash arrays. Object erasure coding can stop RAID crippling the power budget.
Chris Mellor, 24 Mar 2015

El Reg reforms the Quid-A-Day Nosh Posse

We're pleased to announce that we've reformed the El Reg Quid-A-Day Nosh Posse to tackle the 2015 Live Below the Line challenge to exist for five days on just £1 per day for food.
Lester Haines, 24 Mar 2015

SGI sales mushroom with Atomic Weapons Establishment deal

A new range of SGI supercomputers will be used in nuclear weapons research at the UK Atomic Weapons Establishment.
Gavin Clarke, 24 Mar 2015

EMC grabs tutu, slips on ballet shoes, performs Tchaikovsky's SAN Lake

EMC is getting into big data hydraulic engineering with its Federation Business Data Lake, calling it an engineered system integrating components from EMC II, Pivotal, VCE and VMware.
Chris Mellor, 24 Mar 2015
EverQuest
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Ex-Google & Facebook bods are on a Quest for the Enterprise

“Enterprise” and “Java” aren’t things you’d expect from Google — and certainly not Facebook.
Gavin Clarke, 24 Mar 2015

NCC bags security services outfit Accumuli for £55m

Managed security services outfit Accumuli has been snapped up by rival NCC for a sum of £55m.
Kat Hall, 24 Mar 2015

Assange™ lawyers demand Swedish prosecution files or no London interview

Lawyers for Julian Assange™ have said they want access to all files held by Swedish prosecutors on their client before they can grant an interview with him.
Smart Fortwo iPhone app

Hated biz smart meter rollout: UK.gov sticks chin out, shuts eyes

The government has opened a consultation on its proposals not to extend the deadline for businesses to opt out of the hated smart meter programme – despite hitting major delays with the programme itself.
Kat Hall, 24 Mar 2015
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Caught on camera: ICANN CEO slams the internet's kingmakers

Vid Video footage has surfaced of ICANN CEO Fadi Chehade slagging off an independent team investigating how the internet's crucial IANA body will be governed in future.
Kieren McCarthy, 24 Mar 2015
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Rubrik back-up killer emerges into daylight with $10m in funding

Rubrik, the enterprise data management start-up, has come out of stealth with $10 million funding – including Silicon Valley elite cash contributions – and an intention to knock over Symantec, EMC, CommVault and Veeam in the back-up space.
Chris Mellor, 24 Mar 2015

Greedy web borg Facebook to SLURP news websites' golden nuggets

Facebook's assimilation of the web shows no signs of stopping: Mark Zuckerberg's social network is persuading media giants to host their coverage within Facebook.com.
Azure App Service

Microsoft's three-way only goes one way: Backends merge into Azure App Service

Microsoft is merging its Azure Websites, Mobile Services, and BizTalk Services into a single service: Azure App Service.
Iain Thomson, 24 Mar 2015
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US watchdog seeks techies, interns to sink gums into Google et al

The US Federal Trade Commission has put up the "help wanted" sign for a new office tasked with investigating American technology giants. El Reg hopes the new team has more backbone that the officials unwilling to pick a fight with Silicon Valley's out-of-control goliaths.
Shaun Nichols, 24 Mar 2015

Calyx Managed Services break-up begins. Just like we told you

The expected break-up of Calyx Managed Services has started, with the maintenance and carrier services divisions offloaded to Daisy Group and Chess Ltd respectively for a total of £5.5m in cash.
Paul Kunert, 24 Mar 2015
Obama at the White House science fair

Prez Obama cares about STEM so much he just threw $240m of other people's money at it

Some $240m from the private sector will be spent on boosting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs in America, President Obama said on Monday.
Shaun Nichols, 24 Mar 2015
Exterior shot of At-Bristol Planetarium

That's a big 4Ker of a cosmos: 3D planetarium to open in Bristol

Junior star-gazers in Bristol have been given notice that they will have to share the city’s soon-to-be-3D planetarium with data scientists and marketeers as the city burnishes its tech hub credentials.
Joe Fay, 24 Mar 2015
Audio Bomb

Quorum appoints rock guitarist to play CEO lead

Disaster-Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS) start-up Quorum has appointed John Newsom as its fifth CEO – the fifth in the eight years since it was founded. He is a guitarist in a rock tribute band in his spare time, so lets hope his lead as CEO is as good as his rock soloing.
Chris Mellor, 24 Mar 2015

Dell denies 'insecure autoupdate app' flings open PC backdoor

Dell has denied building backdoors into its kit following a security researcher's discovery of an insecure update assistant app.
John Leyden, 24 Mar 2015
Android 5.0 "Lollipop"

Cyanogen finds $80m in collecting tin after busking session

Bloatware-free Android version Cyanogen has some powerful friends. The company has passed around the investors' collecting tin and come up with $80m.
Simon Rockman, 24 Mar 2015
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Tachyon Nexus theorises on ultra fast storage

Any in-memory-focussed clustered system has to deal with failure at some point, and learn how to recover from, or tolerate, it.
Chris Mellor, 24 Mar 2015
Steve Jobs with OS X interface designers in 2001 shortly before the beta release

Becoming Steve Jobs biography: ‘Much of it was chutzpah and self delusion’

Page File Hotly-trailed biography Becoming Steve Jobs is the first major book on the turtlenecked Apple godhead since Walter Isaacson’s authorised bio.
Adam Banks, 24 Mar 2015
Mobile phone no service

Treat us like the utilities we believe ourselves to be, say UK operators

Rents on mobile phone masts should drop dramatically, with a pricing model loosely based on that used for utilities, states a report from Deloitte, commissioned by several mobile network operators.
Simon Rockman, 24 Mar 2015

EU creative collection agencies want YouTube et al to pay their wages

Collecting agencies for audio-visual creators on Monday urged the European Commission to protect their income in the planned new copyright law and to make online platforms (among others) pay for it.
Jennifer Baker, 24 Mar 2015
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BlackHat talk hibernated over 0-day in SAP's Afaria mobile manager

Updated Alexander Polyakov has been forced to withdraw a talk detailing dangerous vulnerabilities into SAP's mobile device management product Afaria scheduled to be given at BlackHat Asia Pacific this week.
Darren Pauli, 24 Mar 2015
Beam booth at CES

ROBOT INVASION has already STARTED in HIPSTERLAND

Over the last couple of years The Reg has occasionally reported on “telepresence robots”, devices that beam your beaming smile onto a monitor carried atop a motorised trolley that rolls around a remote office.
Simon Sharwood, 24 Mar 2015
gTLD graphic

First figures in and it doesn't look good for new internet dot-words

Figures on the number of new dot-word domain names renewed after their first time have emerged – and they are not absolutely stellar. More than one in 10 of the listed dot-thing domain names were not renewed.
Kieren McCarthy, 24 Mar 2015
Credit: Sony/Eon/MGM

So, you know those exciting movie-style 3D visual cyber attack ops centres?

Airbus has been awarded a contract worth £1.4m to "develop and mature" a movie-style 3D Virtual Cyber Centre of Operations (VCCO) for the Ministry of Defence.
Fashion models in Shenzhen, forced to wear protective masks on the runway due to air pollution

Xen shows off 35-piece cloudpocalypse collection

The Xen Project has fixed 35 flaws, all rated critical, for versions 4.3 and 4.4 of its flagship hypervisor. The fixes appear to correspond to flaws identified after the late February 2014 cloudpocalypse, when major cloud providers feared they would once again need to reboot substantial parts of their server fleets to keep them secure.
Simon Sharwood, 24 Mar 2015
Picard Facepalm

Wind turbine blown away by control system vulnerability

It had to happen, we suppose: since even a utility-grade wind turbine might ship with a handy Webby control interface, someone was bound to do it badly.
The exterior of Equinix  ME1

Equinix looking for friends to fuel enterprise push

Global bit barn operator Equinix has decided it wants more enterprise customers.
Simon Sharwood, 24 Mar 2015

Adobe Flash fix FAIL exposes world's most popular sites

Hackers Luca Carettoni and Mauro Gentile found a badly-applied four-year-old Adobe patch allows attackers to steal information and commandeer accounts for three of the world's top ten websites and 'many' others.
Darren Pauli, 24 Mar 2015
IBM CEO Ginni Rometty
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IBM in China: Big Blue sees red, hopes to grow Middle Kingdom's tech

IBM has stated explicitly what its recent strategy had already suggested implicitly: Big Blue has decided to get more strategic in China.
Tom Wheeler, Chair of FCC. Image by DonkeyHotey

AT&T, Verizon and telco pals file lawsuit to KILL net neutrality FOREVER

America's top telcos are suing the FCC over its efforts to impose net neutrality regulations on US broadband networks.
Chris Williams, 24 Mar 2015
Privacy image

Metadata retention is no worse than STALKING: Turnbull

Metadata retention, which George Brandis has most frequently described as reading the front of an envelope, is also like standing outside a lawyer's office watching who goes in and out.
Tangle of cables attached to a telegraph pole
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What horrors lurk in the future: Networks without sysadmins

Interview At Cisco Live Sydney, your humble hack at Vulture South got to spend time with distinguished engineer and CCIE number 1609 Alvaro Retana to talk about the future of routing, networks that can run themselves, and the internet at large.
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Hilton member accounts info, trip dates open to plunder

A pair of security researchers have found a basic flaw that allows anyone to steal email and home address information, trip data, and spend points of Hilton Worldwide "HHonors" loyalty club members.
Darren Pauli, 24 Mar 2015
Imagination Technologies' MIPS tablet reference design

Imagination touts cheap Firefox OS MIPS slab to Chinese kitmakers

No longer content to cede the mobile processor market to ARM, British chip firm Imagination Technologies has unveiled a new reference tablet design powered by a CPU based on its MIPS architecture.
Neil McAllister, 24 Mar 2015
Samsung Solid Immerse GT-B2710

Can your code survive crappy 2G? This open-source traffic controller will test it

A two-year project inside Facebook has culminated in the release of software to test how well applications and servers work under degraded network conditions – all the way down to rickety 2G.
...that's gonna hurt

HUGE Aussie asteroid impact sent TREMORS towards the EARTH'S CORE

Australia is home to the largest asteroid impact crater on Earth. The 400km-wide crater is more than twice the size of the Chicxulub crater in Mexico, which is often attributed with wiping out the dinosaurs.
Pair of pliers with other tools

Windows 10 apps to rule them all – phones, slabs and PCs: Microsoft pulls out 'universal' tool

Microsoft has released technology previews of new developer tools and an SDK for Windows 10, giving coders their first taste of what it's like to build Windows Universal Apps that run across PCs, phones, and tablets.
Neil McAllister, 23 Mar 2015
picard

Premera healthcare: US govt security audit gave hacked biz thumbs up

Serious doubt has been cast on the US government's data security regulations after Premera Blue Cross was declared secure by Uncle Sam – just months before the healthcare giant was ransacked for financial and medical information by hackers.
Iain Thomson, 23 Mar 2015

Twitch stitch-up: Gaming vid streamers in data breach hack alert

Gameplay-streaming upstart Twitch thinks hackers may have harvested its user accounts for private information – and has reset people's passwords as a precaution.
Shaun Nichols, 23 Mar 2015
Microsoft on Android

WinPhone? PAH! If you want Microsoft's mobe apps, grab an Android

Microsoft, still struggling to gain a foothold in the smartphone market, is pressing to have its software bundled on Android devices from major manufacturers, with Samsung as its first partner.
Neil McAllister, 23 Mar 2015
DJI Phantom 2 Drone

Drug drone not high enough: Brit lags' copter snared on prison wire

The first recorded attempt to smuggle drugs into a British prison using a drone has ended in failure – after the gear-bearing gizmo got tangled in razor wire.
Iain Thomson, 23 Mar 2015
money trap conceptual illustration

Got a killer Microsoft or Oracle cloud deal? Start sweating

Analysis Feeling pressured? A sense you’re being rushed into something you’re not sure about? Or, perhaps, you have a nagging feeling about that free gift you accepted. That sensation is your IT supplier pushing you into their cloud.
Gavin Clarke, 23 Mar 2015
Power lines

Microsoft gets data centres powered up for big UPS turn-off

The problem with data centres is that you have to plug them in. Or to put it another way, the problem with data centres is that they draw their power from a national grid and this ultimately narrows the cost efficiency structure under which they can operate.
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Nutanix 'working on a homebrew hypervisor', sources tell El Reg

We're not quite sure why Nutanix would be working on its own hypervisor, but apparently it is, The Register has learned.
Team Register, 23 Mar 2015
Google HQ logo. Pic: Bob Dormon

US states vow to fight Google after the FTC meekly rolls over

The USA may have backed down before the Chocolate Factory, but Mississippi’s Attorney General Jim Hood says that an anti-trust investigation into Google is in the pipeline.
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Mar 2015

Google Glass NOT DEAD. We're just making it 'ready' says chief

Google's executive chairman Eric Schmidt has complained that the end of the Google Glass Explorer program was misunderstood as being the end of the entire Glass concept, “which isn't true”.
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Fujitsu's cloud settles over latest Singapore data centre

Fujitsu has opened a new data centre location in Western Singapore to feed the appetite for cloud services in Asia.
Tardis

Couchbase unhitches NoSQL: Multi-Dimensional Scaling is almost here

Couchbase is cracking open its NoSQL document store’s architecture by allowing core database services to run on different server parts.
Gavin Clarke, 23 Mar 2015
cake

Reseller SCC buys a slice of Fluidata

IT re-seller SCC has taken an undisclosed stake in London-based data connectivity outfit Fluidata, so as to further muscle into the infrastructure space.
Kat Hall, 23 Mar 2015
Borked computer keyboard

Review: McAfee Endpoint Protection for SMB

Anti-virus – sorry, endpoint security - programs suck. I loathe them and they have been the bane of my professional existence for the better part of 20 years. Despite the crushing, crushing sadness that they cause, the call came down to review Intel Security’s latest endpoint security product, McAfee Endpoint Protection Advanced for SMB and - against my better judgement - I don't completely hate it.
Trevor Pott, 23 Mar 2015
From left to right: Mastodon, mammoth, gomphothere. Credit: Sergio de la Rosa

Scientists splice mammoth genes into unsuspecting elephant

The long-time staple of sci-fi films to recreate prehistoric colossi could soon become a reality – with the woolly mammoth now a step closer to once again walking the earth.
Kat Hall, 23 Mar 2015
Battlefield Hardline

Discreet fighting man: Battlefield Hardline

Game Theory If there’s one area of the Battlefield formula you’d say needs most work, it would undoubtedly be its single-player component. Recent offerings have promised much in hyped-up trailers, showing blazing gunfights and falling buildings. But, ultimately, each has fallen short when it comes to a cohesive storyline and noteworthy gameplay.
Mike Plant, 23 Mar 2015
The Pirate Bay logo

Storm gathers around CDN Cloudflare after doxxing allegations, Pirate Bay deal

UK ISPs have recently blocked access to The Pirate Bay yet again after a deal with controversial security and hosting company CloudFlare briefly opened them up.
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Mar 2015
Ship in trouble

Standard General bids to save RadioShack from oblivion

Historic retailer RadioShack, currently under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, will learn its fate today, as its assets go up for auction, although its options for survival look distinctly limited.
Simon Rockman, 23 Mar 2015
BrickArms' Toy taliban figure

IS 'hackers' urge US-based jihadis: 'Wipe yourselves out trying to kill 0.00005 of US forces'

One hundred supposed US military personnel have apparently been doxed in a propaganda release signed by the "Islamic State Hacking Division," which urges IS supporters in the USA to "kill them in their own lands, behead them in their own homes, stab them to death as they walk their streets thinking that they are safe".
BT Home Hub 3

Complaints against ISPs and mobe firms are up by a fifth — reports

BT Broadband is one of the most complained about ISPs, according to UK consumer body Which?, scoring particularly poorly in technical support and value for money.
Simon Rockman, 23 Mar 2015
Inside the CMS experiment

BIG DATA wizards: LEARN from CERN, not the F500

Big data has a problem: it is being abused. One of the biggest misconceptions is that big data is about archiving everything forever, buying the biggest, cheapest storage pool, and building a giant proverbial barn of hay in order to try to find needles.
John Nicholson, 23 Mar 2015
Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift snaps up EVEN MORE pr0n domain names

Not content with her recent purchase of ItaughtTaylorSwiftHowToGiveHead.com, heartthrob chanteuse Taylor Swift has been busy registering more porn domain names, most recently TaylorSwift.porn and TaylorSwift.adult.
Kat Hall, 23 Mar 2015
Fluffy grey ragdoll cat relaxes next to laptop.
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Distribution of cream among EMC executive fat cats revealed

Fancy finding out how much EMC fat cats earn? Read on.
Chris Mellor, 23 Mar 2015
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Backing up cloud applications is never easy but Asigra gets it done

Review As the recent Code Spaces debacle has taught us, just because you use cloud computing doesn't mean you can't properly engineer your IT design.
Trevor Pott, 23 Mar 2015
Houses of Parliament at night-time

Millions of voters are missing: It’s another #GovtDigiShambles

Millions of people may be unable to vote in May's general election because the Cabinet Office refused to heed warnings from its own pilot programmes two years ago.
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Mar 2015
Digital Voice Recorders

Ten things you always wanted to know about IP Voice

When I was a contractor building IT architectures, it was common to find that people had a rather old phone system and were looking to move to something newer. The question they asked was always: what shall we do to get something stable but future-proof?
Dave Cartwright, 23 Mar 2015

Swedish city demands £40,000 to repair teenage hacking spree

A Swedish local authority is seeking almost £40,000 in damages from a 17-year-old who hacked its IT system,
Jennifer Baker, 23 Mar 2015
Ken Sheriff's Mandelbrot printout, with IBM punch-cards

Mature mainframe madness prints Mandlebrot fractal in TWELVE MINUTES

A programmer better known for work on Arduino has shown off handy vintage mainframe skills, getting an ancient IBM 1401 to buzz away on its 1403 line printer to produce the classic Mandelbrot fractal image.
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CREEPS rejoice: Small biz Cisco phones open to eavesdrop 0-day

Creeps can listen in to conversations placed over vulnerable Cisco small business phones.
Darren Pauli, 23 Mar 2015
Ceremony to mark ARM's decision to open a CPU dev centre in Taiwan

ARM plans to win 20 per cent of the server market by the year 2020

ARM Holdings is telling investors it will take 20 per cent of the server silicon market by the year 2020.
Simon Sharwood, 23 Mar 2015

Layla enjoys a Sanskrit makeover: Clapton set to become one of several Gods

Indian musician Krish Ashok is pleasing ears worldwide with a Sanskrit version of Eric Clapton's classic Layla, dubbed लीला, or "Leela".
Lester Haines, 23 Mar 2015
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PoSeidon, brother of Zeus, forks up point of sale terminals

Cisco has found a new and stupendously badass breed of point of sale (POS) malware it says is meaner than the code that tore through Target.
Darren Pauli, 23 Mar 2015
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Boffins twist light to carry 2.05 bits in one photon

Orbital angular momentum – in photonics short-handed as “twisted light” – can help expand the capacity of comms systems using quantum communications.
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Juniper, Mirantis get cloud-cozy

Juniper Networks and Mirantis are getting cozy in an arrangement designed to get better scalability out of OpenStack clouds.
GEC PABX 3 switchboard and operator

NZ used XKEYSCORE to spy on World Trade Org election emails

New Zealand used the National Security Agency's XKEYSCORE to spy on World Trade Organisation elections targeting candidates from Indonesia, Brazil, and South Korea as its Trade Minister vied for the top job, according to reports.
Darren Pauli, 23 Mar 2015

Apple boots Windows 7 out of Boot Camp

The Cupertino fruit factory has decided to boot old versions of Windows out of the camp, quietly not-announcing that only Windows 8 and 10 will run on the latest flavours of the dual-boot "Boot Camp" utility that ships with this year's new Macs.
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Want to hide your metadata? You probably can't

With every development in Australia's data retention debate, the question arises: “how can I stop the government getting its hands on my metadata?”
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UK.gov shovels £15m into training new quantum engineers

The government is flinging £15m at training "the next generation" of quantum engineers through investment in "skills hubs".