The Week in Summary

DDoSsers use reflection amplification to crank up the volume to 100Gbps+

DDoS attacks have grown in volume yet again with 25 attacks larger than 100Gbps globally in Q1 2015, according to the latest stats from DDoS mitigation firm Arbor Networks.
John Leyden, 28 Apr 2015
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Russian space station cargoship is spinning OUT OF CONTROL

Video Russia has lost control of its Progress cargo capsule that was due to deliver 6,000lb of supplies to the International Space Station. The craft is tumbling around Earth as controllers try to establish contact.
Iain Thomson, 28 Apr 2015
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ICANN wants total control of DNS while breaking its own bylaws to block .africa probe

ICANN broke its own bylaws – and acted in a way "fundamentally inconsistent" with its role as the world's DNS overlord – while restricting efforts to make itself more accountable to netizens.
Kieren McCarthy, 28 Apr 2015
America

WHY can't Silicon Valley create breakable non-breakable encryption, cry US politicians

Analysis At last week's RSA security conference, the halls were full of government speakers telling the tech community that it must do the impossible: invent a form of encryption that's strong, but also easy for law enforcement to crack.
Iain Thomson, 28 Apr 2015
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HDS conference product splurge sees it lining up for data harvest

With a cornucopia of announcements, HDS is extending its VSP high-end technology down range, as well as introducing new UCP models, a Hyper Scale-Out Platform and infrastructure management software tools.
Chris Mellor, 28 Apr 2015
Cloud

Cumulus Networks gives network admins a little DevOps loving

Cumulus Networks has launched a management config of its Linux network distro to give white-box sysadmins the kind of capabilities they're used to in the world of proprietary switches.
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Imation board and CEO get desperate ahead of May 20 AGM

Fearing the worst – that they might get booted off the board in a proxy vote war – Imation's CEO and board have written a second letter to shareholders, appealing for their support in a vote at the company's AGM on May 20.
Chris Mellor, 28 Apr 2015
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Quid-A-Day kids chow down on foraged weed salad

We at the El Reg Quid-A-Day Nosh Posse headquarters received the first full report from team member Nathan Dennis yesterday afternoon, shortly after he got stuck into the Live Below the Line challenge in aid of Malaria No More UK.
Lester Haines, 28 Apr 2015
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Tencent introduces slimmed-down wristjob TOS to swollen market

A new lightweight OS for internet-of-things things has been announced by Chinese megacorp Tencent.
Simon Rockman, 28 Apr 2015
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Quid-A-Day veteran fuelled by vastly improved nosh stash

We're pleased to report that El Reg Quid-A-Day Nosh Posse member and 2014 Live Below the Line veteran Toby Sibley has resurfaced, fuelled by a vastly superior diet to that which saw him subsist on a meagre 780 calories per day last year.
Lester Haines, 28 Apr 2015

Range Rover Sport: Like a cathedral on wheels, only with comfier pews

Vulture at the wheel It’s all about the headrests.
Simon Rockman, 28 Apr 2015
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FT and Guardian eagerly grab Google's 30 pieces of silver

Money can’t buy you love, they say, but Google hopes it can mollify Europe’s newspaper publishers. Faced with antitrust action in Europe, the Chocolate Factory is pouring €150m directly into the pockets of European newspaper publishers to use on “digital projects”, the FT reports.
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Apr 2015
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David Cameron 'guarantees' action on mobe not-spots. Honest

It’s election time, so all the party leaders are promising everything to everyone. The latest one from David Cameron is good mobile phone coverage.
Simon Rockman, 28 Apr 2015

The Government Digital Service: The Happiest Place on Earth

Special Report Last year, the Cabinet Office asked an external management consultancy to examine staff morale and high turnover at the Government Digital Service. After interviewing more than 100 civil servants, its scathing confidential analysis described an organisation beset by low morale and run by a “cabal” management of old friends, who bypassed talent in favour of recruiting former associates – while Whitehall viewed GDS as “smug” and “arrogant”.
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Apr 2015
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BlackBerry Leap: Touching biz users with a budget(ish) device

Review The Leap is the first full-touch device BlackBerry has released in 18 months, and only the third to be released in developed markets. It’s also the cheapest, with the BlackBerry UK store listing it at £199 including VAT.
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Apr 2015
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TURKEY-SIZED 'platypus' T. REX found by kid BAFFLES boffins

Baffled bone boffins are puzzled by the discovery of a diminutive new vegetarian dino in Chile which, they say, was closely related to the infamous meat-eating Tyrannosaurus rex.
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Apr 2015
Steve Jobs memorial in Russia

Apple BIGGER than the U.S. ECONOMY? Or Australia? Or ... Luxembourg?

Analysis Apple's results are out - and it's time for the traditional game of trying to work out how much richer than which country the company is. With sales at $58 billion for the quarter, profits of $13.7 billion and depending upon how absurd we want to make our method of measurement this makes it the same as the US economy, the size of Ireland or Pakistan, that of Luxembourg or some 0.35% of the US economy.
Tim Worstall, 28 Apr 2015
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SendGrid infosec chief eats humble pie, admits email service hacked

Marketing email distribution service SendGrid is asking customers to switch passwords after admitting it got hacked.
John Leyden, 28 Apr 2015
Acer Iconia One 8

Acer introduces a REVOLUTION in tablet tech: The PENCIL

Pics In an earlier article on The Register, Acer revealed its PC plans – but also in evidence at its recent press launch in New York last week was the company’s belief that there is still plenty of room in certain market segments for tablets.
Alistair Dabbs, 28 Apr 2015
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HDS gets busy, finds itself in the VSP family way

We've learnt that HDS' high-end VSP G1000 storage array is sprouting siblings, with G200, G400, G600 and G800 products popping up under the high-end G1000 in the line up.
Chris Mellor, 28 Apr 2015
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New antenna supports all three wireless charging standards

A new antenna design aims to solve the two major problems with wireless charging: the mess of standards and the limitations of transmitting power by radio.
Simon Rockman, 28 Apr 2015

Why recruiters are looking beyond IT's traditional talent pool

Simon Zhang is a former brain surgeon, but that’s literally the last thing you’ll find on his LinkedIn profile.
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Romanian rozzers round up alleged $15 MILLION ATM cybercrim gang

Romanian police have arrested 25 people who are suspected of being part of a cyber-crime gang that organised $15m in fraudulent bank withdrawals.
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SanDisk goes nuclear with its Fusion flash card range

SanDisk has announced third-generation ioDrive PCIe and mezzanine flash cards, claiming up to a fourfold price performance improvement, with up to a 61 per cent list price reduction over the previous generation Fusion ioDrive 2/Atomic product.
Chris Mellor, 28 Apr 2015
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EXTREME COUPONING zeros checkout carts in eBay's Magento

Hacker Netanel Rubin has found a critical remote vulnerability in Ebay's web commerce platform Magento that affects 88,000 shops and allows buyers to purchase anything for free, and compromise credit cards and personal data.
Darren Pauli, 28 Apr 2015
One Direction's Salt Lake City / West Valley concert in 2013. Image credit: TheMikeRob.Tumblr.com/PicktureThat.com

Hawking hologram comforts One Direction fans with Zayny parallel universe claim

It turns out there's more than one direction One Direction could be heading in, after megaboffin Stephen Hawking comforted fans with the claim that Zayn Malik may still be in the band in a parallel universe.
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Apr 2015
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Euroboffins want EU to achieve techno-independence

Bug bounties, disclosure rules, product certification, and support for open source software are all in a grab-bag of proposals put to the European Parliament to help fight mass surveillance.
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HP switch upgrade hopes to sneak SDN onto network, quietly

Interop HP has used Interop as the venue for its latest switch launch, putting software-defined networking (SDN) alongside speeds and feeds in the marketing pitch.
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Man-in-the-Middle diddle hits 25,000 iOS apps

Some 25,000 iOS apps are exposed to man-in-the-middle attacks thanks to vulnerabilities in the popular AFNetworking library.
Darren Pauli, 28 Apr 2015
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Surgery-bot can be hacked to HACK YOU TO PIECES

Surgical robot makers are just as good at security as the rest of the world - ie, hopeless - according to University of Washington infosec boffins.
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Sweden releases human genome under Creative Commons licence

What used to take years now takes months: after buying a bunch of sequencers in 2014, Sweden's Uppsala University has published a human genome sequence under the Creative Commons license.
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ServiceMesh man Eric Pulier resigns from CSC amid bribery claims

Eric Pulier, the co-founder of CSC prey ServiceMesh and CSC general manager of cloud has left CSC.
Simon Sharwood, 28 Apr 2015
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Close encounter: Apple Macs invade the business world

Companies big and small are running Macs. They are showing up everywhere, from IBM to Google to the SMB.
Trevor Pott, 28 Apr 2015
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Let downloads roam free, says ACCC

Australia's consumer regulator, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, is pushing back against calls to ban accessing offshore content with means such as VPNs, in a submission to an inquiry into copyright legislation.
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2016 might just be the year of Linux on the (virtual) desktop

Come November, some “pundit” will declare that next year is the year of Linux on the desktop. This November, expect a twist on that prediction, as 2016 could just perhaps conceivably be the year of virtual Linux desktops now that Citrix has taken kit capable of delivering it into Beta.
Simon Sharwood, 28 Apr 2015
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Oz media belatedly realises 'spook's charter' is bad (for) news

Australia's media has finally realised that it was a bad idea to turn the Nelson eye to national security laws that passed in 2014.
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SpaceX in MONEY RING shot, no spare juice for tail backdown this time

Pic For the second time in a month, Elon's Musk-eteers at upstart rocket startup SpaceX have fired cargo into space – this time delivering the first satellite owned and operated by the former Soviet republic of Turkmenistan.
Iain Thomson, 28 Apr 2015
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MONSTROUS iPhone sales are CANNIBALIZING iPads, gabbles Apple CEO

Apple countered soaring iPhone and Mac sales with yet another doleful quarter for the iPad in its second quarter of fiscal year 2015.
Shaun Nichols, 27 Apr 2015
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Microsoft's cash-leaking Nokia phones rip off patents, face import ban

A judge with the US International Trade Commission has ruled that Microsoft's Nokia handsets violate patents held by trolling outfit "non-practicing entity" InterDigital, adding to the software giant's ongoing woes in the mobile phone arena.
Neil McAllister, 27 Apr 2015
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TWO-FACED Facebook: Vid calls slapped into blabber app

Ad platform Facebook has added vidcalls to its Messenger smartmobe chat app – bringing it in line with Apple's Facetime and Microsoft's Skype.
Team Register, 27 Apr 2015
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ESPN sues Verizon: People picking their own TV channels? NOOoo!

Sports TV giant ESPN is suing Verizon after the telco invited its FiOS home subscribers to pick and choose their TV channels.
Shaun Nichols, 27 Apr 2015

Today, the US govt must explain why its rules on shutting down whole cell networks are a secret

The US government will be forced to explain why its cell network kill-switch plans should be kept secret today.
Kieren McCarthy, 27 Apr 2015
Google faces antitrust charges in the European Union

REVEALED: The 19 firms whose complaints form EU's antitrust case against Google

A new report says the companies whose complaints have been included in the European Union's formal antitrust charges against Google have been revealed, even though the European Commission is still keeping the official list of complainants under wraps.
Neil McAllister, 27 Apr 2015
WordPress

Comments considered harmful: WordPress web hijack bug revealed

A frustrated Finnish security researcher has gone public with a vulnerability in WordPress that lets attackers hijack website admin accounts.
Iain Thomson, 27 Apr 2015

We'll buy patents for cash, says Google – just don't feed the trolls

Google is offering to buy patents from inventors in a race against patent trolls. The California giant wants to snatch the blueprints before they can be used in infringement lawsuits against it.
Shaun Nichols, 27 Apr 2015
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Microsoft is BEATING Amazon's cloud revenues. Er, how?

Microsoft's cloud revenues are beating those of Amazon's AWS. That's if analyst-haus Stifel Nicolaus's data is correct.
Chris Mellor, 27 Apr 2015
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eBay sides with Google in EU competition case? Only if you cherry-pick

Update eBay has come galloping to Google’s rescue in its EU anti-trust case... if you define a “market” in the way the Chocolate Factory wants.
Jennifer Baker, 27 Apr 2015
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Siri, is it true that you're totally in love with Apache Mesos?

Apple’s digital assistant Siri is running on Apache Mesos, the cluster-manager billed by its creator as a data centre operating system.
Gavin Clarke, 27 Apr 2015
Archer cracks the ISIS mainframe's password

'Use 1 capital' password prompts make them too predictable – study

A new study has found that password structure is a key flaw in making login IDs hard to guess.
John Leyden, 27 Apr 2015
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Acer: 'We will be the last man standing in the PC industry'

Pics Acer CEO Jason Chen this week tore through the company's international product launch presentation – on the 68th floor of New York's 4 World Trade Center – like a rock star on speed from start to finish. He even donned sunglasses at one point and there seemed every chance that he might not take them off.
Alistair Dabbs, 27 Apr 2015
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Zucking 'ell! Facebook at Work bloke unfriends Facebook AT WORK

Lars Rasmussen has quit Facebook after nearly five years as director of engineering at the free content ad network.
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Apr 2015
Night sky over Hawaii

Eco-loons hack Thirty Meter Telescope website to help the 'natives'

A cyber attack downed the Hawaiian Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT)'s official website for two hours in protest against the construction on Mauna Kea.
Simon Rockman, 27 Apr 2015
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MASSIVE FAIL: Indian gov DOXXES net neutrality campaigners

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has dumped more than a million Indian netizens' traceable personal details online, after it decided to publish, in full, the emails it received as part of its consultation paper about net neutrality.

Quid-A-Day Nosh Posse taunted with sausage sarnie snap

The El Reg Quid-A-Day Nosh Posse's Live Below the Line challenge got off to a provocative start today, as Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team member Paul "Lord Shax" Shackleton sent over a snap of what we certainly weren't getting our laughing gear round this morning.
Lester Haines, 27 Apr 2015
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Console makers game the EU Commission to avoid energy-use law

Games console manufacturers have agreed a deal with the European Commission that lets them off the hook for meaningful rules on energy efficiency.
Jennifer Baker, 27 Apr 2015
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Tesla Twitter account and website hijacked, Elon Musk pwned

The website and Twitter account of carmaker Tesla were hacked over the weekend, as part of what looks like a prank between rival hackers.
John Leyden, 27 Apr 2015
Apple Watch Sport

The Apple Watch: THROBBING STRAP-ON with a knurled knob

Review No, this isn’t the first Apple Watch review you’ve seen. Cupertino supplied review units to a few selected journalists at the start of April; the rest of us had to order our own. I almost ignored mine arriving because I was looking out for a watch. It came in a box more suitable for a truncheon.
Adam Banks, 27 Apr 2015
MIPS Creator CI20 development board

MIPS quietly bares its processor architecture to universities

The MIPS processor architecture behind many graphics cards and the PlayStation 2 is being laid bare by its licensee Imagination Technologies.
Simon Rockman, 27 Apr 2015
Internet of Things

When THINGS attack! Defending data centres from IoT device-krieg

When good fridges turn bad. It may sound like science fiction, but security experts are warning that the growing prevalence of interconnected “thingbots” is opening up businesses to all sorts of bother.
Rachel Willcox, 27 Apr 2015
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Wikibon takes Fusion-io founder's FaME to logical conclusion

The Wikibon consultancy has taken an idea put forward by Fusion-io founder David Flynn and formulated a flash-as-memory-extension concept (FaME).
Chris Mellor, 27 Apr 2015
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Welcome, stranger: Inside Microsoft's command line shell

PowerShell is everywhere, it seems. Not just in Windows Server, SharePoint, SQL Server, Exchange, Lync and Azure cloud, but it’s in third-party software, too. Take VMWare PowerCLI – that’s an extension of PowerShell.
Adam Fowler, 27 Apr 2015
Gunther Oettinger, EU digital commissioner. Pic: Jennifer Baker
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Have Oetti and Google kissed and made up?

Google’s new Project Fi – the Chocolate Factory's attempt to square up to mobile carriers – has a relatively surprising big fan: none other than EU digi commish Gunther H. Oettinger.
Jennifer Baker, 27 Apr 2015
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HP in talks with unions ahead of the Big Split-Up

HP is consulting the local Works Council and trade unions well ahead of the corporate bisection, with its UK organ aiming to be ready to dot the Is and cross the Ts in a little over four months' time.
Paul Kunert, 27 Apr 2015
Barack Obama in the Oval Office

Ruskie hackers nab unclassified Obama emails

Russian hackers have made off with unclassified emails sent and received by US President Barack Obama as part of an October Whitehouse breach previously played down as minor, according to reports.
Darren Pauli, 27 Apr 2015

US hospitals to treat medical device malware with AC power probes

Two large US hospitals will in the next few months begin using a system that can detect malware infections on medical equipment by monitoring AC power consumption.
Darren Pauli, 27 Apr 2015
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C++ Daddy Bjarne Stroustrup outlines directions for v17

Calm yourselves, readers. The Spring 2015 C++ Standards Committee Meeting takes place next week in Lenexa, Kansas. And at that meeting much of the discussion is expected to consider C++ 17, a major revision of the programming language due in 2017.
Simon Sharwood, 27 Apr 2015

Top Spanish minister shows citizens are thick as tortillas de ballenas

A survey into the social perception of science by the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology has revealed that a quarter of Spaniards believe the sun orbits the earth.
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Not so fast on FM switch-off: DAB not so hot say small broadcasters

Norway's plan to ditch FM radio broadcasting has come under fire from that country's smaller broadcasters.
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Microsoft adds Azure VM controls to Virtual Machine Manager

Microsoft's about to issue a new Update Rollup for System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM).
Simon Sharwood, 27 Apr 2015
Good riddance to bad Java

NINETY PER CENT of Java black hats migrate to footling Flash

RSA 2015 Almost every Java-hacking black hat is now popping Adobe Flash, after Microsoft's hard-line patch policy made it harder to target software such as Java.
Darren Pauli, 27 Apr 2015

Debian ships new 'Jessie' release with systemd AND sysvinit

The Debian project is touting new ports for ARM and POWER architectures, a bunch of software updates, an upgraded Gnome desktop and better security in its just-unleashed Jessie release.
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Celebrated Pakistani female online activist Sabeen Mahmud dies in shooting

Unidentified gunmen have killed Pakistani women's activist Sabeen Mahmud in a targeted shooting that also left her mother in intensive care.
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M2 drops on knee, offers scrip ring for iiNet's hand

A second bidder has entered the competition to acquire Australia's second-largest fixed-line internet service provider iiNet, raising the possibility that initial predator TPG might not have things its own way.
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Riverbed retires RVBD from NASDAQ after private equity swoop

Riverbed is no longer a publicly-traded company, as the buyout of its stock by private equiteer Thoma Bravo and Teachers’ Private Capital concluded late last week.
Simon Sharwood, 27 Apr 2015
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App makers, you're STILL doing security wrong

Security expert Troy Hunt has taken a look at what mobile apps collect to send home to their owners, and isn't impressed: even PayPal is still addicted to invasive habits, he says.
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NBN Co loses the “Co” for AU$700,000

NBN Co, the entity charged with building and operating Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN), has changed its name to NBN.
Simon Sharwood, 26 Apr 2015
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Grooveshark faces $750 MEELLION piracy payout

Copy-shop Grooveshark's prospects in the latest round of its lawsuit are looking bleak: remarks made by the judge hearing the case have opened up the possibility of damages close to three quarters of a billion dollars against the song-share site.
Dan Fredinburg on Mount Everest. Pic credit: Fredinburg's Instagram page

Google exec and avid climber dies on Mount Everest

One of Google's top privacy wonks was killed by an avalanche on Mount Everest on Saturday. The snowslide was triggered by a massive Nepal earthquake that has reportedly claimed the lives of more than 2,000 people in the region.
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Apr 2015
Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Nokia on phone return mutterings: They LIIED. We won't be BAAACK

Nokia has dismissed claims that suggested the company was "currently" planning a big, splashy return to the smartphone business next year.
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Apr 2015
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Golem: Prominent plasticine phallus caught in tech consumerist nightmare

Theatre Review Golem, coming straight from a critically acclaimed run at London's Young Vic, presents us with a modernist cautionary tale of mass media manipulation and conspicuous consumerism.
Lucy Orr, 26 Apr 2015

Quid-A-Day Nosh Challenge kicks off early for starvation veteran

The El Reg Quid-A-Day Nosh Posse has attracted two last minute members for the 2015 Live Below the Line challenge, and we're delighted to welcome back on board 2014 participant Toby Sibley, who's joined by his better half Ros Griffin.
Lester Haines, 26 Apr 2015
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'Hiding our wristjobs from Apple stores ain't easy' – iThing retail boss

QuoTW This week, Moore's Law turned 50, Microsoft lost a pile of cash and Comcast gave up on its dream of buying Time Warner Cable.
Team Register, 26 Apr 2015
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Who was downloading smut in the office while eating ice cream?

On-call +NSFW Welcome back to On-call, our planned-to-be-fortnightly look at the things readers have been asked to do in the course of their employment, often at odd hours.
Simon Sharwood, 26 Apr 2015
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Citroën C4 Cactus BlueHDi: A funky urban crossover

Vulture at the Wheel Concept cars are great. I love them. As bold, inventive declarations of intent by car makers they are gorgeous to look at. Of course, the vast majority of concepts are for just that. Looking at. Build the thing and you run the risk of the styling writing cheques the engineering can’t cash.
Alun Taylor, 26 Apr 2015
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So how should we tax these BASTARD COMPANIES, then?

Worstall @ the Weekend To break with tradition: this week let's see if we can propose something sensible rather than doing our usual liverish snarling at whatever it is that grips my goat this week. So, let's see if we can work out how we should actually be taxing capital and the returns to it.
Tim Worstall, 26 Apr 2015
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Google TUGS Nexus 7-INCHER from its online store

Fandroids may be mourning the sudden death of Google's Nexus 7 slab, after the world's largest ad broker yanked the device from its online shopfront over the weekend.
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Apr 2015
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Astroboffins mine data in pursuit of lonely, homeless RUNAWAY GALAXIES

Astronomers have observed 11 runaway galaxies wandering aimlessly around in spaaace.
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Apr 2015

Yahoo! Mail! goes! titsup! in! Blighty! due! to! mystery! error!

Updated Yahoo!'s email service tumbled off the interwebs in the past hour when it began spewing out a "temporary error" message to an unknown number of users in the UK.
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Apr 2015

Business plans, good ideas, and 8 other myths about startups – by Indiegogo's CEO

"We have the ability to be an entrepreneur beaten out of us," explained the CEO of funding site Indiegogo Slava Rubin, in front of a big picture of a kettle.
Kieren McCarthy, 25 Apr 2015
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Hubble hits 25th anniversary IN SPAAACE – time for telescope to come home

Pics On 24 April, 1990, the space shuttle Discovery lifted off from Kennedy Space Centre in Florida carrying a very special cargo: 24,490lbs (11,110kg) of advanced optics, electronics, and antennas that made up the Hubble Space Telescope.
Iain Thomson, 25 Apr 2015
Avengers: Age of Ultron

Avengers: Age of Ultron – blisteringly big banter, brawls and brio

Film Review Marvel’s Avengers franchise is such a massive, behemoth of a marketing machine, such a merchandise-heavy, almost decade-long suction of talent, time and money that I want to hate it. I want to say, why don’t we spend all that money on independent films? Original stories? Something new, for God’s sake! But there’s just no denying the fact that nine films later (if one counts the standalone Iron Mans, Thors and Captain Americas) it’s still a whole lot of cinema fun.
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Memory Man, The Lady from Zagreb and Blood on Snow

Page File El Reg bookworm Mark Diston takes a look at the new releases in crime fiction with the latest from David Baldacci that introduces a new character series. Philip Kerr wheels outs Bernie Gunther for another wartime adventure and we've some Scandi noir from Jo Nesbo.
Mark Diston, 25 Apr 2015
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Synths you've been gone: Vintage tech rules at Musikmesse 2015

+Vids The trend of re-releasing or updating classic synths, which we saw at NAMM in January, continued apace at the biggest musical instrument fair in the world in Frankfurt last week. But for once there was a strong British presence, with innovative new products, as well.
Paul Wiffen, 25 Apr 2015
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Stuff your RFID card, just let me through the damn door!

Something for the Weekend, Sir? "Never heard of them."
Alistair Dabbs, 25 Apr 2015
Percentage of mobile malware on Android

Fandroids, take your phone's antivirus and burn it – Android bod

RSA 2015 Google takes a lot of stick from Apple and others over malware on the Android platform, but the company thinks the OS is now so secure that users don't need antivirus software.
Iain Thomson, 24 Apr 2015
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Bloke, 22, in knockoff Microsoft Xbox ring gets 18 months in the cooler

A 22-year-old member of a games-hacking ring that sold counterfeit Microsoft's Xbox One consoles could spend the next year and a half behind bars in America.
Shaun Nichols, 24 Apr 2015
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Internet kingmakers drop ego, devise future of DNS, IP addys etc

Five months after the release of a bloated, ego–driven mess of a plan to shift control of the top level of the internet from the US government to the internet community, a greatly improved version 2.0 has been offered for public comment.
Kieren McCarthy, 24 Apr 2015

Here's why the Pentagon is publishing its cyber-warfare rulebook – if China hasn't already hacked in and read it

The Pentagon has published an outline of its cyber-warfare strategy for the first time, revealing the conditions under which it will hack enemy nations.
John Leyden, 24 Apr 2015
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Oracle's Hurd says 95% of its software will be cloud services this year

Oracle co-CEO Mark Hurd has said the database giant plans to make substantially all of its software products available as cloud services, and that it will be ready to start signing up subscriptions come this October.
Neil McAllister, 24 Apr 2015

ZOMBIE Google Glass 2 FEEDS ON Italian BRAINS, says specs supremo

Italian eyewear maker Luxottica has been working with Google engineers to come up with a new version of Glass – adding further weight to the suggestion the project isn't truly dead.
Iain Thomson, 24 Apr 2015
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Comcast flees $45bn monster-merger with Time Warner Cable

Comcast has admitted it has given up on its $45bn acquisition of Time Warner Cable (TWC).
Shaun Nichols, 24 Apr 2015
BoxDEV 2015 in San Francisco

Why Box and not SharePoint? 'Everybody doesn't hate us' says Box engineering veep

BoxDEV Box announced a Developer Edition of its cloudy storage service at its developer conference in San Francisco this week.
Tim Anderson, 24 Apr 2015
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Looking for laxatives, miss? Shoppers stalked via smartphone Wi-Fi

The FTC has now settled with a New York startup that stealthily tracks the movements of Americans around stores using their smartphones' Wi-Fi signals.
Shaun Nichols, 24 Apr 2015

Win 95 code gaffe nearly made Stuxnet Suxnet, say infosec blokes

RSA 2015 [Please see the bootnote on this story, which we've added post-publication. The code shown at the conference does not appear to marry up with the claims made by the speakers. – ed.]
Darren Pauli, 24 Apr 2015
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Sick of tech bro Silicon Valley? Oakland is building a better tech world – say Oaklanders

It's rare that the politician is the most blunt person in the room, but Oakland's Mayor Libby Schaaf pulled it off on Thursday afternoon at the Vator Splash tech conference in the city.
Kieren McCarthy, 24 Apr 2015
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US judge lobs antivirus patents back to Hell

A US district court has torn the heart out of two patents wielded by Intellectual Ventures against two antivirus makers.
Shaun Nichols, 24 Apr 2015
The NSA Unchained

The big boys made us do it: US used German spooks to snoop on EU defence industry

Germany's BND spy agency spied on European politicians and enterprises at the behest of the NSA for over a decade.
John Leyden, 24 Apr 2015
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Unisys looks to ‘streamline’ as losses increase, sales fall

Losses at mainframe maker Unisys plunged deeper into the red in the company's first quarter of 2015, falling a further $10 million (£6.6 million) to $27.4 million (£18.1 million).
Kat Hall, 24 Apr 2015
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You - yes, YOU - can win The Ultimate Cash 'n' Carrion Survival Kit

Competition Roll up! Roll up! Here is your chance to win a Cash 'n' Carrion Server Room Survival Kit. Each package is worth 48 Great British Pounds, and we have three to give away.
David Gordon, 24 Apr 2015
Vodafone adds payment cards to mobile wallet

Can't wait to bonk with Apple? Then try an Android phone

Four years ago, your reporter paid for cookies with a mobile phone. Now, with Apple poised to bring some wrist action to bonking cash, we thought we’d take a look at how the competition has evolved.
Bill Ray, 24 Apr 2015

Oh Em Pee! Giant Android tinkles on Apple in Google Maps graffiti

Updated A huge Google Android robot urinating on an Apple logo in Google Maps seems to have summed up the rivalry between Apple and Google fans.
£10 notes. Pic: Howard Lake
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Value of European outsourcing deals plummets

The number of mega outsourcing deals shrank by 25 per cent in Europe for the first quarter of 2015, with just 128 contracts, valued at €1.9 billion (£1.4 billion), according to outsourcing analysts Information Services Group (ISG).
Kat Hall, 24 Apr 2015

SUPERVOLCANIC MAGMA reservoir BUBBLING under Yellowstone Park

Geoboffins have claimed that a massive lake of magma found under the Yellowstone National Park's supervolcano could fill the Grand Canyon 11 times over.
Derailed train wagon. Pic: New York MTA

UK rail signals could be hacked to cause crashes, claims prof

The rollout of a next generation train signalling system across the UK could leave the network at greater risk of hack attacks, a university professor has claimed.
John Leyden, 24 Apr 2015
big dog little dog, image Shutterstock

Microsoft vs AWS: If you can't bark with the BIG DOGS get off the PORCH

Don’t be fooled: Microsoft’s cloud business is not bigger than that of Amazon’s AWS, although that’s the immediate implication.
Gavin Clarke, 24 Apr 2015
Gavel
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ECJ upholds LG’s €210M LCD panel cartel fine

The European Court of Justice has said the EU Commission was right to fine LG €210 million for its LCD panel cartel involvement.
Jennifer Baker, 24 Apr 2015
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Reg Lectures serve up Net Terrors, Rare Earths, and Ancient Tech

Reg Events If you want to get ahead of the on-beach reading lists this year, you need to get down to our next series of Register Lectures.
Joe Fay, 24 Apr 2015
Apple Watch lineup

Apple Watch: Exactly how many vids does it take to teach a fanboi to tell the time?

A mini-series of tutorial videos has appeared on the Apple website, giving step-by-tap instructions on how to use the new shiny wristjob.
Simon Rockman, 24 Apr 2015
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Hadoop ODP: No thanks says MapR, and Cloudera isn't impressed either

Hadoop disty MapR has kicked the Open Data Platform into touch, saying it only benefits competitor Hortonworks and provides a way for Pivotal to get out of a hole.
Chris Mellor, 24 Apr 2015
data centre

Avnet TS boss: restructuring over, no more navel gazing for us

Without the distractions of the internal restructuring Avnet Technology Solutions is making hay while the sun shines on its European customers, the global president reckons.
Paul Kunert, 24 Apr 2015

Apple Watch RIPPED APART, its GUTS EXPOSED to hungry Vultures

Teardown Apple's Watch innards have been bared, and they're not so dissimilar from those one might expect of a teeny tiny iPhone.
10 Downing Street. Pic: Sgt Tom Robinson RLC/Crown copyright

Surveillance, broadband, zero hours: Tech policy in a UK hung Parliament

Election 2015 Five years after its first coalition government for decades, Britain again looks likely to refuse to elect a single party to government.
SA Mathieson, 24 Apr 2015
Violins

Violin playing marketing Love songs with new CMO

All-flash array maker Violin has finally got over chief marketeer Eric Herzog's abrupt departure on the eve of a massive product announcement, and has appointed a new CMO, Amy Love.
Chris Mellor, 24 Apr 2015
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1

Revenue jumps, but FalconStor still wobbly on its feet

The sickly software-defined storage child that was FalconStor is not yet a strapping adolescent, but is at least on the way back to full health.
Chris Mellor, 24 Apr 2015
Paul Winchell and dummy
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EU’s Timmermans: You can have our ear, lobbyists – just don't lie

Lying lobbyists will be kicked out of the EU Commission, vowed veep Frans Timmermans, who has been promising to create a mandatory lobby register since he took office.
Jennifer Baker, 24 Apr 2015
disk head crash

Disk drive shipment numbers set to spin down

Disk drive shipments have a negative CAGR, and will fall by 3.7 per cent between 2013 and 2020, said spindle motor maker Nidec.
Chris Mellor, 24 Apr 2015
5_pounds_sterling_money_cash_moolah

giffgaff riff-raff hacked off with lift-off of cash spaff

giffgaff claims to be “the network run by you”, so perhaps it shouldn’t be quite so surprised when the online community objects to what was a mobile phone company suddenly deciding it’s a bank.
Simon Rockman, 24 Apr 2015
Judge Dredd

DRM is NOT THE LAW, I AM THE LAW, says JUDGE DREDD

Rebellion, the games developer that owns 2000AD - British comics' finest product – has banished digital rights management (DRM) from Mega-City One.
Simon Sharwood, 24 Apr 2015
New Rackspace datacenter in Crawley, UK

Rackspace in Crawley: This is a local data centre for local people

Rackspace has completed its Crawley data centre in West Sussex, and claims that it is among the most power-efficient in the UK.
Tim Anderson, 24 Apr 2015
the EVO:RAIL value prop
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VMware makes vSphere licences portable to crimp EVO:RAIL costs

VMware has announced what it's calling a “vSphere Loyalty Program” that allows vSphere users to “apply their licenses to the purchase of VMware EVO:RAIL appliances from our nine Qualified EVO:RAIL Partners.”
Simon Sharwood, 24 Apr 2015

China tackles vital strippers-at-funeral problem

The Chinese Ministry of Culture has announced that the government will begin working with the police to clamp down on families hiring strippers for funerals in order to increase in size (dare we say 'arouse') mourner attendance figures.
Lenovo batteries with serial numbers starting with '42T4' are to be treated with suspicion

LenovOUCH expands bits-blistering bodgy battery boomerang

Lenovo has extended the recall for bodgy batteries it shipped with ThinkPad computers between 2010 and 2012.
Simon Sharwood, 24 Apr 2015
Surface 3 in red

Microsoft to offer special Surface 3 for schools

Microsoft has quietly let it be known it's developed a cheap cut of the Surface 3 for schools.
Simon Sharwood, 24 Apr 2015
The Dell Z9100-ON  open networking switch
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Dell expands open networking program with new switches

Dell has celebrated the first birthday of its open networking program by launching more products.
Simon Sharwood, 24 Apr 2015
Seagate Kinetics - the old vs. the new
1

Seagate close to open-sourcing Kinetics object storage platform

Seagate will hand over some of its Kinetic Storage platform to the world at the coming OpenStack summit in Vancouver, Canada, The Register has learned.
Simon Sharwood, 24 Apr 2015
1

Citrix decides to share its WAN optimisation with the world

Citrix has sold WAN optimisation kit for ages, but hasn't pushed its HDX technology far beyond its base of application and desktop virtualisation users. Until today, when it shoved the newly-badged “CloudBridgeVirtual WAN” into the sunlight.
Simon Sharwood, 24 Apr 2015

Watch out for the products that have snuck in behind your back

The mention of shadow IT can produce beads of sweat on the brow of any knowledgeable IT staff member. For those who do not know, the term covers any company systems and services that are not procured by the IT department.
Adam Fowler, 24 Apr 2015
David Petraeus and Paula Broadwell

Licence to chill: Ex-CIA spyboss Petraeus gets probation for leaking US secrets to his mistress

General David Petraeus – the former head of US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan and briefly the head of the CIA – has been sentenced to two years' probation and fined $100,000 after admitting leaking America's secrets to his lover.
Iain Thomson, 24 Apr 2015
Liam Neeson Taken

Ransomware crims drop Bitcoin faster than Google axes services

RSA 2015 The falling price of Bitcoin is forcing ransomware masterminds to convert the crypto-currency as soon as they can. Rather than holding on to their ill-gotten BTC, the crims are simply laundering the ransom money as soon as possible.
Iain Thomson, 24 Apr 2015
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Microsoft: Profit DECIMATED because you people aren't buying PCs

Microsoft has weathered a difficult three months: despite signs of growth in cloud computing, overall sales were dragged down by dwindling demand from consumers.
Neil McAllister, 24 Apr 2015
Google UK office logos

>Ring, ring< Hey Wall St. Yeah, it's Google. Yeah, bad news again, fellas

Google missed analysts' earnings estimates for the sixth quarter in a row on Thursday, despite the fact that its actual performance for the three months ending on March 31 was more than respectable.
Neil McAllister, 23 Apr 2015
Amazon Web Services

Amazon lifts lid on AWS money factory, says it's a $5 BEEEELLION biz

Amazon lifted the veil from the financials of its Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud computing business for the first time on Thursday, and it looks to be off to a fine start for the first quarter of the company's fiscal 2015.
Neil McAllister, 23 Apr 2015
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Dissing the Valley and ignoring unicorns: The tech boom Oakland style

Analysis "Last year, people were surprised that Vator Splash came to Oakland, this year they're thinking 'yeah, that's about right'."
Kieren McCarthy, 23 Apr 2015

Comcast 'flees $45bn monster-merger with Time Warner Cable'

Comcast is walking away from its proposed $45bn merger with Time Warner Cable (TWC), insiders claim.
Shaun Nichols, 23 Apr 2015
Congress

America's cyber-security proto-laws branded 'surveillance in disguise'

The US House of Representatives has passed not one but two computer security bills that allow companies and Uncle Sam to share information about citizens, cyber-attacks and software vulnerabilities – and removes any legal liabilities for firms doing so.
Iain Thomson, 23 Apr 2015

Your essential guide: What to look for in today's Amazon, Google, and Microsoft earnings

Analysis It's probably not entirely a coincidence that Amazon, Google, and Microsoft will all file their quarterly earnings reports on Thursday. But while these tech titans wage a tug-of-war for your public compute workloads, each is relying on other sources of revenue to bankroll its cloud land grab – and the three companies have very different core businesses.
Neil McAllister, 23 Apr 2015
Samsung Galaxy S5

Got a Samsung Galaxy S5? Crooks can steal your fingerprint – claim

RSA 2015 Malware can snaffle fingerprints used to unlock Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphones thanks to a security blunder, researchers claim.
John Leyden, 23 Apr 2015
Google provides great mobile coverage for Yetis

Google: We're not mad, our mobes-in-sky Project Loon is FINE

Google has posted a new video explaining the progress it’s made with Project Loon, the plan to float thousands of balloons into the upper atmosphere to provide internet connectivity for penguins.
Simon Rockman, 23 Apr 2015
Mountain. Pic: Henry Hemming
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EMC dives into Iron Mountain's cloudy backup lair

Backup, replication and DR services are being offered to EMC customers by backup bods Iron Mountain, thanks to it hosting Data Domain and Avamar replication targets in its data centres.
Chris Mellor, 23 Apr 2015
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Citrix – Sorry, we didn't realise job cuts would knacker results

Citrix dropped the ball in Q1 by underestimating the short-term effects of chopping hundreds of staffers as part of a company-wide restructure, and the challenge posed by the swollen dollar.
Paul Kunert, 23 Apr 2015

The huge flaw in Moore’s Law? It's NOT a law after all

Critics have had half a century to pick apart and predict the end of Moore’s Law, which marked its Big Five Zero birthday this week.
Dave Wilby, 23 Apr 2015
Rows of washing machines in shop aisle

If hypervisor is commodity, why is VMware still on top?

The hypervisor is a commodity. VMware's ESXi, Microsoft's Hyper-V and the open-source community's Xen and KVM are all right and proper tools for virtualising workloads. Does that mean we should all stampede away from expensive proprietary hypervisors and dine on the open-source freebies? This being IT, the answer is "it depends".
Trevor Pott, 23 Apr 2015
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Infosec bods can now sniff out the NSA's Quantum Insert hacks

Security researchers have developed a method for detecting NSA Quantum Insert-style hacks.
John Leyden, 23 Apr 2015
IT Crowd's Roy: "Have you turned it off and on again?"

Massive TalkTalk data breach STILL causing customer scam tsunami

A fresh wave of scammers appear to be targeting TalkTalk customers, following a massive data theft earlier this year, The Register has learned.
Kat Hall, 23 Apr 2015
NCI_Report
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NetApp’s Raijin deal was driven by simple value for money

Comment NetApp is supplying Data ONTAP storage for use on an Aussie supercomputer (Raijin), which already uses DDN storage, and we wondered about the whys and wherefores of adding three new hardware platforms and two new operating systems.
Chris Mellor, 23 Apr 2015
Lenovo N20p touchscreen Chromebook
1

Cloudy storage merchant Box sneaks on to Chromebooks

It’s hard to escape the commodity niche in cloud, but Box.com is trying.
Gavin Clarke, 23 Apr 2015
True humility - the Curate's egg
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EMC's curate's egg sees revenues waiting for new product take-offs

EMC’s first quarter results were like the curate's egg; good in parts, but hit by currency problems, job cuts and unsatisfactory core storage revenues in others.
Chris Mellor, 23 Apr 2015
network_rail_hst_test_train_cropped

Industry infighting means mobile users face long delays on UK trains

Comment Mobile coverage on trains is rubbish, Wi-Fi isn’t much better and battles between companies offering the services are not going to make it much better.
Simon Rockman, 23 Apr 2015

Costa Coffee Club members wake up and smell the data breach

Costa Coffee is warning customers it may have suffered a security breach and, alongside resetting the passwords for all of its Coffee Club accounts, is going to implement a "new format" for users' passwords.
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Teradata's Aster shows how the flowers of fraud bloom

Comment Teradata’s Aster Data software is a lens through which data scientists can create visualisations of Big Data. Sounds dull, right? Not when you see the beautiful flowery images it creates.
Chris Mellor, 23 Apr 2015
Stegosaurus

SEX: Naughty female stegosauruses offered it on a PLATE

Differences in stegosauruses' armour plating may have had distinctly sexual origins, the University of Bristol's Evan Thomas Saitta suggests.
The EcoBot's artificial heart. Pic: Bristol Robotics Laboratory
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MEPs: Oi, Juncker! Hands off our science and research dosh

MEPs are pushing back against European Commission plans to slash science funding.
Jennifer Baker, 23 Apr 2015
£10 notes. Pic: Howard Lake
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Computacenter UK giggles as cash rains on revived data centre ops

Computacenter’s UK sales team must be in self-licking mode after a barnstorming start to calendar ’15 – but revenue zapping currency conversions and an unsettled French operation hit the group’s top line.
Paul Kunert, 23 Apr 2015
Facebook WhatsApp
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Facebook profits plunge by a fifth as buyouts soak up Zuck's cash

Profits at global ad platform Facebook plunged by 20 per cent on the year to $512m (£341m) for the company's first quarter, as it shelled out vast amounts of cash in pursuit of world domination.
Kat Hall, 23 Apr 2015
Concorde. Pic: Dean Morley
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McLaren CIO putters sideways into Heathrow Airport

Stuart Birrell is to hop into the CIO hot seat at Heathrow Airport, one of the most highly exposed roles in tech, and a position that could see him catching the blame for everything from lost bags to international diplomatic incidents.
Paul Kunert, 23 Apr 2015
Dragon
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Beowulf Gods — rip into cloud's coding entrails

Distributed computing is no longer something that only occurs in universities or the basements of the really frightening nerds with Beowulf clusters made of yesteryear's recycled horrors.
Trevor Pott, 23 Apr 2015
Headshot of Trojan horse

Banking trojan scourge gallops on, despite more fences

RSA 2015 Banking botnets persist as a threat despite recent high-profile takedowns which only achieve a temporary calming effect, according to a new study from Dell SecureWorks.
John Leyden, 23 Apr 2015
Taxi Driver

Belgian minister set to legalise Uber

After Uber’s woes in France, the Netherlands, Germany and Spain, Belgium looks set to overturn its existing ban on the (taxi and/or tech) service and bring it within legal regulation.
Jennifer Baker, 23 Apr 2015
Fukushima Warning Sign by Raneko https://www.flickr.com/photos/raneko/

Fukushima nuke plant owner told to upgrade from Windows XP

The Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), operator of the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear energy complex, has been told to migrate 48,000 internet-connected PCs off Windows XP sooner rather than later.
Simon Sharwood, 23 Apr 2015
windows 10 microsoft one windows

Windows 10 Device Guard: Microsoft's effort to keep malware off PCs

RSA 2015 On Wednesday, at the RSA conference in San Francisco, Microsoft veep Scott Charney outlined a new security mechanism in Windows 10 called Device Guard. We've taken a closer look.
Iain Thomson, 23 Apr 2015

Cash register maker used same password – 166816 – non-stop since 1990

RSA 2015 Fraud fighters David Byrne and Charles Henderson say one of the world's largest Point of Sale (PoS) systems vendors has been slapping the same default passwords – 166816 – on its kit since 1990. Worse still: about 90 per cent of customers are still using the password.
Darren Pauli, 23 Apr 2015
clawfoot_bath_cropped

Love-rat fanboi left bobbing for Apples in tiny Japanese bath

A Japanese love-rat's misdeeds have left him, and his iGizmos, in hot water.
sea_hp_sink

Atalla the hun(ter) leads HP cloud security invasion

HP has revealed a bunch of security analytics tools and services as part of an infosec portfolio launch.
An Amazon.de parcel being delivered into an Audi thanks to keyless entry

JUNK in your TRUNK is Amazon Germany's new delivery plan

Amazon.com's German outpost, Amazon.de, is trialling delivery of goods direct into the trunks of buyers' cars.
Simon Sharwood, 23 Apr 2015
Geckos playing with collar

Russian space geckos caught on film playing with jeweled collar

Video Not all “space gecko” experiments end in fiery doom: a group of thick-toed geckos sent into orbit have been filmed seem to have enjoyed playing with a collar floating around their capsule.
White boxes
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Freescale preps white box switch for Interop launch

Freescale has looked at the software-defined network market and decided it likes what it sees: the company is launching into the white box market in partnership with Advantech.
Cloud
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Australia's favourite(ish) telco taking SDN to the world

Australia's dominant telco Telstra is about to try and make itself a global brand for those considering intercontinental software-defined networks (SDN).
Marina Bay hotel singapore. By https://www.flickr.com/photos/leonid_yaitsky/

Singapore's PM personally programmed C++ Suduko-solver

Lots of politicians talk about the importance of wielding technology, but Singaporean prime minister Lee Hsien Loong has just put his money where his mouth is by revealing he's upset that he doesn't have time to code stuff any more.
Simon Sharwood, 23 Apr 2015
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Game to go a round with a Spartan? Microsoft will pay if you bruise it

Redmond will expand its bug-bounty program ahead of the launch of Windows 10, including a two-month hunt for vulnerabilities in its Project Spartan browser.
Laser printed transistor

Boffins laser print flexible transistors

Printing transistors is nothing new – silicon fabrication is, after all, essentially a print process – but printing silicon ink onto flexible substrates is usually a problem because there's too much heat for the medium to handle.
Tim Anderson, 23 Apr 2015
Human cannonball

What's broken in this week's Windows 10 build? Try the Start Menu, for one

Microsoft has released a new build of Windows 10 for PCs to the Windows Insider program, but the software giant is only recommending it for particularly eager testers for now.
Neil McAllister, 23 Apr 2015

'Aaron's Law' back on the table to bring sanity to US hacking laws

The so-called "Aaron's Law," named after the late activist Aaron Swartz, is back before US Congress having been reintroduced on Wednesday in both houses.
Kieren McCarthy, 23 Apr 2015
Aaron Levie and Eric Schmidt at BoxDEV

When the Schmidt hits The Man: Look what the NSA made Google do

BoxDEV In an interview at the BoxDEV developer event in San Francisco today, Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt said end-to-end encryption for services like Google's is the solution to mass online government surveillance.
Tim Anderson, 22 Apr 2015
Facebook Hello

Facebook invents Caller ID ... say Hello to today's staggering technology

Facebook has released a smartphone app called Hello that matches the numbers of incoming calls to friends and businesses on the social network, and displays them on-screen, giving you a slightly better idea of who's calling if you can't recognize the digits.
Shaun Nichols, 22 Apr 2015
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Crap ad app hack hole affects '100 MEELLLION'

RSA 2015 Two security bods reckon a software library used by popular apps exposes up to 100 million people to smartphone-hijacking hackers.
Darren Pauli, 22 Apr 2015
The inflatable arse, with free pump and matching lipstick

Nobody should have to see their own rear, but that's what Turnbull's NBN will do to Australia

Last month I had a disorienting and quite frankly unnerving experience: I saw myself from behind.
Mark Pesce, 22 Apr 2015
Hungry goat licks lips. Pic: David Goehring

What is the REAL value of your precious, precious data?

Data Pair – Part 2 Multitudes are getting very excited about what all of this data flowing around the system is worth. If we can know lots and lots about lots and lots of things then obviously that's really valuable, yes?
Tim Worstall, 22 Apr 2015
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Facebook, Google execs cough to their biggest privacy blunders

RSA 2015 Facebook, Google and Microsoft spent a few minutes today discussing at this year's RSA conference in San Francisco how they attempt to protect your privacy.
Iain Thomson, 22 Apr 2015
Qualcomm
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Qualcomm profits sink as it hands over nearly a BEEELLION dollars in fines to China

Qualcomm showed encouraging signs of growth in the second quarter of its fiscal 2015, even as a hefty payout to China bit deeply into its bottom line.
Neil McAllister, 22 Apr 2015
Hackers

FBI alert: Get these motherf'king hackers off this motherf'king plane

The FBI is warning airlines to keep an eye out for miscreants hacking airplane computer networks mid-flight.
Shaun Nichols, 22 Apr 2015
Google sign outside Mountain View headquarters

Hi, Fi: Google JOWL-SLAPS mobile bigguns with $20/mo wireless service

Google has confirmed it will square up to the mobile carrier world with its own service – "Project Fi" – although for the time being this will be a limited pilot program.
Neil McAllister, 22 Apr 2015
hands waving dollar bills in the air
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Half a BILLION dollars later and, PHEW, we're all done buying up dot-word domain rights

The auctioning of rights to new dot-word top-level domains has finally come to a close with the sale of .stream to portfolio company Famous Four.
Kieren McCarthy, 22 Apr 2015
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GoDaddy buys 200,000 domains for $28.1m – that's $140 a piece

GoDaddy has bought the entire domain-name portfolio of mobile advertising company Marchex for $28.1m (£18.67m).
Kieren McCarthy, 22 Apr 2015
Photo by Mike Mozart
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Comcast accused of torpedoing Hulu sale to rivals with weapon of mass transactions

Comcast allegedly talked its fellow Hulu investors out of selling the TV streaming upstart to DirecTV or AT&T by insisting it could steer the web biz to financial triumph.
Shaun Nichols, 22 Apr 2015
America

Republicans in sneaky bid to reauthorize Patriot Act spying until 2020

The US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has introduced a bill to reauthorize Section 215 of the Patriot Act to allow mass surveillance of innocent American citizens until December 31, 2020.
Iain Thomson, 22 Apr 2015
The US White House. Pic: Roman Boed

CozyDuke hackers targeting prominent US targets

A newly discovered group of cyber-spies are closely targeting high profile US targets, possibly including both the White House and the State Department.
John Leyden, 22 Apr 2015
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Speaking in Tech: How about that hacker guy thrown off a US flight for tweeting?

Podcast Podcast Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week we consider a world where Google owns Tesla, hackers on a plane, GE's new tech and innovation television show and finally we tussle on hyperconvergence with special guest, Chuck Hollis, Chief Strategist for VMware Storage.
Team Register, 22 Apr 2015
Twilight Zone, 'Time Enough At Last'

Got a big day planned in 15 BEELLLION years? You need this clock

The world's most accurate clock has been invented, and is ideal for anyone who doesn't want to be a second late over billions and billions of years.
Kat Hall, 22 Apr 2015
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French outsourcer Atos fattens revenues on UK public sector

French outsourcer Atos posted bumper profits int its first quarter, mainly buoyed by the UK public sector deals. Revenue rose 17.6 per cent to €2.4bn (£1.7bn), compared with the same quarter last year.
Kat Hall, 22 Apr 2015

Don't worry, Apple hypegasms haven't gone in the WRISTJOB ERA

Fear not fanbois, online only sales of Apple’s jazz bangle wristjob and shiny 12-inch port-disadvantaged MacBook do not signal the end of “iconic blockbuster launches” inside its retail temples stores, a fruity exec has proclaimed.
Paul Kunert, 22 Apr 2015
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Coffee cup-sized MIT machine can SEE actual ELECTRONS, boast boffins

A particle detector created by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology can detect the movements of individual electrons in a radioactive gas. The machine is designed to measure the mass of the neutrino, which is considered to be tiny even by the standards of subatomic particles.
Facebook WhatsApp

Chat app WhatsApp gift-wraps free yaps for Apple iPhone saps

WhatsApp is now offering free voice calls to iPhones, less than a month after the feature debuted for Android. Version 2.12.1 of the telephony app for iSO will allow Apple smartmobe users to talk over their internet connections.
Racks inside Rackspace&#39;s Sydney Data Centre
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Hyperconverged solutions can't live without flash

In the world of hyperconverged virtualisation, flash is important. It forms a big part of the hyperconvergence value proposition as vendors create distributed hybrid storage arrays from local resources.
Trevor Pott, 22 Apr 2015
Sundar Pichai

Google it onna Google phone onna GOOGLE NETWORK. MVNO plan imminent

Google could uncloak plans for a mobile network in the US today, possibly running on two networks, the Wall Street Journal is reporting.
Simon Rockman, 22 Apr 2015
That executed Dell PC. Pic: Colorado Springs Police Dept

Fed-up Colorado man takes 9mm PISTOL to vexing Dell PC

A Colorado Springs man who decided he'd had just about enough of his cantankerous Dell PC took it into an alleyway and pumped eight 9mm rounds into its sorry case, according to the local Gazette.
Lester Haines, 22 Apr 2015

Facebook fiddles with News Feed algo. Brace yourself for CONTENTGEDDON

Facebook has modified its News Feed algorithm and warned Facebook Page owners that "post reach and referral traffic" could plummet following the overhaul.
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Apr 2015
Ubuntu 15.04 screenshot

Ubuntu 15.04 to bring 'Vivid' updates for cloud, devices this week

Canonical says Ubuntu 15.04 "Vivid Vervet," the latest version of its popular Linux distro, will ship this week, following a two-month beta period.
Neil McAllister, 22 Apr 2015
Stock market. Pic: Alberto Carrasco Casado

London man arrested over $40 MILLION HFT flash crash allegations

Comment As I've mentioned around here I'm a bit of an aficionado of scams and scammettes: not because I partake in them but because the inventiveness of the human mind in hoovering up cash never ceases to amuse me. This morning we've a classic of the genre, as one bloke working out of his mother's basement* in Hounslow is alleged to have taken $40m off the financial markets and cost others billions in the process.
Tim Worstall, 22 Apr 2015
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Yahoo! sees! profit! and! shares! fall! as! earnings! missed! - save! us! Japan!

A first quarter earnings report from Yahoo! revealed the company had missed its revenue forecast again, prompting a share price fall for the once great tech company, and increased talk of stake sales.
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Excessively fat virtual worlds – come on, it's your guilty secret

Now that virtualisation is seen as a robust and mature technology, managers and administrators are looking to reduce server deployment and management costs further.
Stuart Burns, 22 Apr 2015
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This data-powered, insight-rich future, how do I get there exactly?

Promo You know where you want to get to: data on tap, instant analysis, and market-changing insights. But the first question is: are my systems up to it?
Team Register, 22 Apr 2015

ExaGrid giving rivals plenty of jaw-jaw

Harken to this, deduping back-up-to-disk system users: "ExaGrid’s largest system can take in a full backup that is 40 per cent larger and has an ingest rate that is six times faster than the EMC Data Domain 990, at half the price."
Chris Mellor, 22 Apr 2015

Cheer up songwriters, there's shedloads of money rolling in

The UK's performing sights society PRS for Music recorded a slim profit of £1.4m last year on turnover of £73.9m.
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Apr 2015
Google UK reception. Pic: Bob Dormon

Google versus the EU: Sigh. You can't exploit a contestable monopoly

Worstall on Wednesday So, the EU Commission is going to call Google in and give it a really hard talking to for offering what Google's users rather like to have. And if they decide that, well, Google has been giving the consumers what the consumers desire, good and hard, then they're going to fine the Chocolate Factory up to 10 per cent of global turnover. Which all just seems so fair, doesn't it?
Tim Worstall, 22 Apr 2015
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Teradata bulks up its universe, joins data warehouse to data lake

Teradata is widening the use of its data warehouse and analytics by orchestrating access to more data silos and logically combining them, joining data lakes to data warehouses, so to speak.
Chris Mellor, 22 Apr 2015
Holiday tech

Booking.com smacked by EU competition bods. Yeah, yeah, yeah

Booking.com has promised three European countries it will stop blocking other hotel and holiday deal sites, following an EU investigation.
Jennifer Baker, 22 Apr 2015
Vmware cloud logo
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VMware's growth plans are ripening nicely

VMware's posted another set of good-looking numbers, with the company's first quarter results for 2015 exceeding expectations.
Simon Sharwood, 22 Apr 2015
Downing Street sign. Pic: Sgt Tom Robinson RLC/Crown copyright

GDS monopoly leaves UK.gov at risk of IT cock-ups, warns report

The Government Digital Service's (GDS) current monopoly position on providing Whitehall IT places it at high risk of repeating the same costly IT disasters of the past.
Kat Hall, 22 Apr 2015
Clint Eastwood bounty hunter
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Throwing money at bug bounties won't beat zero-day dark markets

RSA 2015 The first academic study into the market for zero-day flaws has shown some surprising results, not least that throwing money at ever-larger bug bounty payouts might well be counterproductive.
Iain Thomson, 22 Apr 2015
The supervoid

Something's missing in our universe: Boffins look into the SUPERVOID

The biggest structure in the Universe has astro-boffins a-twitter because there's less stuff in it than there should be.
Angry old man
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More SAP-sipping orgs fancy a date with HANA – if only they had the time and money

Interest in SAP’s HANA in-memory database is slowly growing, but deployments are hampered by the age-old problems of time and money.
Gavin Clarke, 22 Apr 2015

El Reg assembles mighty Quid-A-Day Nosh Posse

El Reg's participation next week in the 2015 Live Below the Line challenge – to survive for five days on one pound a day for food – is set to be more entertaining than ever as we've assembled a mighty Quid-A-Day Nosh Posse featuring no fewer than 11 brave souls.
Lester Haines, 22 Apr 2015
Meme of a dog "typing" at a computer, with the large font phrase "I have no idea what I'm doing' above him.

It's official: David Brents are the weakest link in phishing attacks

Middle management are increasingly becoming the focus of phishing attacks, according to a new study.
John Leyden, 22 Apr 2015
Data Centre

Pica8 pokes SDN traffic into labelled BGP paths

Getting SDN working across the WAN is becoming the hot topic of the month: white box SDN OS provider Pica8 is the latest to take a shot at the problem.

Japan showcases really, really fast … whoa, WTF was that?!

For the second time in a week, Japan has smashed speed records, showcasing a really, really fast train outside Tokyo on Tuesday.
Kieren McCarthy, 22 Apr 2015

Infosec bod's brag: Text editor pops Avaya phones FOREVER

RSA 2015 Dr Ang Cui says Avaya's Ethernet office phones can be permanently compromised using nothing more than a text editor (and a few lines of Python.)
Darren Pauli, 22 Apr 2015

Broadcom tops US$2 billion in March quarter

Broadcom reckons its exit from the cellular baseband modem business was a win, with better cashflow and more money handy to invest in its core business.
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Google vs. AWS race to the bottom detours into Super SSD Spring Sale

Over the last year or so, Google, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft's Azure have delighted in pointing out that they do just what the other guy does, only cheaper. So even while IOPs, CPU speeds, volume sizes and other metrics have gone up, the big cloud players have made a point of also taking their prices down.
Simon Sharwood, 22 Apr 2015
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Good news! Your job's not going to the Philippines

Vietnam is now outsourcers' preferred host nation, but Bulgaria is making a tilt for the top spot, according to real estate outfit Cushman & Wakefield's annual “Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) and Shared Services Location Index”.
Simon Sharwood, 22 Apr 2015

Citrix likes OpenStack, puts a cheap ring on it

Citrix has signed up to OpenStack, as a Corporate Sponsor.
Simon Sharwood, 22 Apr 2015
Cloud

IEEE chaps propose QoS for SDN across the public internet

Software-defined networking (SDN) is fine in the data centre, but rubbish across multi-domain WANs, something a group of IEEE engineers wants to solve.
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Tech companies aren't 'misleading' us, Oz Tax Office tells Senate

The ongoing stoush between multinationals and the Australian Tax Office continues, with Tax Commissioner Chris Jordan telling a senate inquiry that big companies weren't misleading senators about their tax affairs.

Evil Wi-Fi kills iPhones, iPods in range – 'No iOS Zone' SSL bug revealed

RSA 2015 A vulnerability in iOS 8 can be exploited by malicious wireless hotspots to repeatedly crash and reboot nearby Apple iPhones, iPads and iPods, security researchers claim.
Darren Pauli, 22 Apr 2015
Cow skull

TV networks peck at sun-bleached skeleton of Aereo, come away with $950,000

The skeletal remains of ill-fated TV streaming startup Aereo will pay out $950,000 in a copyright infringement settlement, putting to rest a lawsuit filed by US broadcasters that has already sent it into bankruptcy.
Shaun Nichols, 22 Apr 2015