The Week in Summary

The new Pirate Bay logo

US Feds investigating Prenda Law, say Pirate Bay co-founders

It looks like there's more trouble approaching for the notorious copyright trolls, formerly of Prenda Law.
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iiNet warns NBN circuits too expensive in the Netflix era

iiNet reckons the runaway success of Netflix in Australia is going to put the National Broadband Network pricing model under pressure.
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China hacks 'everything that doesn't move' says Hilary Clinton

Former US secretary of state and now presidential candidate Hilary Clinton has accused China of aggressive, state-sponsored hacking aimed at stealing both state and trade secrets.
Simon Sharwood, 05 Jul 2015
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Yank my blockchain: Bitcoin upgrade SNAFU borks hungry miners' currency

Bitcoin users have been urged to switch to pool mines that fully validate data blocks, after the virtual currency system hit a major snag during a planned upgrade.
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Jul 2015
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Uh-oh! China slings bloatware sueballs at Samsung and Oppo

Samsung and Oppo face legal action in China, after a consumer watchdog filed separate lawsuits over the bloatware loaded on the vendors' smartphones.
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Jul 2015
New Horizons spacecraft approaching Pluto

Pluto probe's comms FREEZE temporarily ... will icy dwarf planet flyby still happen? YES

NASA's New Horizons probe – due to buzz past Pluto 10 days from now – gave its handlers a brief fright yesterday by going silent.
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The Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who

Page File The Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who is what you might call a publication with a rather bastardised nature, being both a new anthology of Doctor Who short stories with quotations included from the TV series, and short essays about the relevant attached science.
Mark Diston, 05 Jul 2015
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'The server broke and so did my back on the flight to fix it'

On-Call Reg readers are awesome and none more so that JT Smith, who sent us an epic tale of the time he was called out to solve a backup problem.
Simon Sharwood, 05 Jul 2015
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Adam Smith was right about that invisible hand, you know

Worstall @ the Weekend We have a nice little empirical proof that Adam Smith really was right about us all being guided by that invisible hand. Yeah, I know, you're sooo tired of the free market maniac telling you that governments are all wet and laissez faire is where it should be.
Tim Worstall, 05 Jul 2015
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Giddy Google Glass gazers, beware! FCC filing obscures view on new gadget

Google has been quietly beavering away at a new Bluetooth-enabled product with the not-exactly discreet ID tag of A4R-GG1.
Kelly Fiveash, 04 Jul 2015
Google Cardboard VR

Google's Cardboard cutout VR headgear given away GRATIS by OnePlus ... SELLS OUT

Google's VR face goggles, dubbed Cardboard, were being given away for free, plus shipping by OnePlus. Until – that is – the smartphone maker sold out of the devices.
Team Register, 04 Jul 2015
Kobo Glo HD and Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

Kobo Glo HD vs Amazon Kindle Paperwhite: Which one's best?

Review Over the last few years, the market for e-readers and books has managed to both consolidate and grow. Many more people have an e-reading device, or use tablets to read, while at the same time the number of players has shrunk.
Nigel Whitfield, 04 Jul 2015
'Rare SNES' found in box of junk. Image credit: DanDiebold, imgur

Did a SUPER RARE Sony-Nintendo PlayStation prototype just pop up online? Possibly, maybe

Vid A precious prototype of what appears to be a Nintendo-Sony Playstation has been paraded online, after the console was discovered languishing in a "box of junk".
Team Register, 04 Jul 2015

Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Uitsmijter

We're obliged to readers who answered our recent call for post-pub nosh neckfiller suggestions, and rest assured we now have a extensive menu planned for the coming months, based on your input.
Lester Haines, 04 Jul 2015
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Reg hack survives world's longest commercial flight

The Airbus A380 has a range of 15,200km, but the longest scheduled commercial flight using the aircraft is the 13,804km Dallas (USA) to Sydney (Australia) jaunt flown by Australia's Qantas.
Simon Sharwood, 04 Jul 2015
Nikola Tesla's fake lightning, Recuerdos de Pandora on Flickr CC2.0 license

Let me PLUG that up there, love. It’s perfectly standaAAARGH!

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Want a new driveway? No problem, mate. Fix your garage door? Sorted. Oh, what, you want the the garage door to open on to the driveway? Oh no no no no, no can do, pal, that’s not done, they is sep’rate. Tell you what, though, I got a mate who could build you a shortcut so you can get the car from the drive to the garage through the back garden.
Alistair Dabbs, 04 Jul 2015
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Export control laws force student to censor infosec research

An ethical hacking student at the University of Northumbria has claimed that the university's ethics board and the Wassenaar Arrangement have forced him to delete some references to exploits from his final year dissertation.

Storage upstart: Our flashy gear is WAY faster than slow old DRAM

A storage memory appliance to process massive Big Data sets in real-time is being developed by startup Levyx, with help from Toshiba and the reviving OCZ business in the flash department.
Chris Mellor, 03 Jul 2015
The northern giant mouse lemur and its improbably large testicles. Pic: Melanie Seiler

Biologists gasp at lemur's improbably colossal bollocks

Scientists are marvelling at a lemur with testicles so large that were a human chap to carry equivalent plums in his trouser department, they'd be the size of a couple of grapefruit.
Team Register, 03 Jul 2015
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Will rising CO2 damage the world's oceans? NOT SO MUCH – new boffinry

Those who fear that the oceans and their ability to support life on Earth may be doomed by rising CO2 – take heart!
Lewis Page, 03 Jul 2015

Rampaging fox terrorises rural sports club, victim sustains ‘tweaked groin’

Shaken members of a Cambridgeshire sports club have recounted a terrifying ordeal at the jaws of a rampaging fox.
Team Register, 03 Jul 2015
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Assange™'s emotional plea for asylum in France rejected

Assange: Can I come and live in you, pretty please? France: No, you can’t come and live here! Assange: Never wanted to anyway!
Jennifer Baker, 03 Jul 2015

Wikipedia: YES! we’ve SAVED the INTERNET again!

Just as we predicted only yesterday, Wikipedia has proclaimed a famous “victory” over something that was never going to happen.
Andrew Orlowski, 03 Jul 2015
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It's all Uber! France ends its love affair with ride-sharing app

Ride-sharing app Uber announced on Friday that it was ditching its French service.
Jennifer Baker, 03 Jul 2015
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Vectone Mobile gone for the week, don't know when it'll be back

Updated MVNO Vectone Mobile's service has been down for days, with the company offering no indication as to when it might resume, or any public statement acknowledging the depth of the blunder.
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It's not for everyone, but hyperconvergence is still a valuable solution

Comment I love the concept of hyperconvergence. Who doesn’t? An IT infrastructure built out of relatively balanced (and small) nodes, all contributing together to a large pool of computing and storage resources, which can linearly scale just by adding more nodes.
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Outsourcery has ‘greater flexibility to pursue opportunities’ after £4m Voda loan

Loss-making cloud biz Outsourcery has managed to tap up Vodafone for a £4m loan under a partnership deal.
Kat Hall, 03 Jul 2015
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Pisspoor EE customer service earns it a cool £1 MILLION Ofcom fine

Ofcom has whacked EE with a £1m fine for failing to comply with the regulator's rules on handling customer complaints.
Kat Hall, 03 Jul 2015
Becks buys Sprint

David Beckham fakes bewilderment to flog mobiles to Yanks. Fakes?

Fashion model and former one-footed footie ace David Beckham walks into a phone shop and finds it all rather confusing, or so a new US television commercial for mobile operator Sprint would have us believe.
Simon Rockman, 03 Jul 2015
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Engineers 3D-print ROBOT SEAHORSE, then BATTER it with rubber mallets

A thing you may not have known: the tail of a seahorse is a square prism rather than the typical cylindrical shape normally expected in tails. Researchers have now investigated what mechanical performance advantages this may provide, and reckon it has immense robotic applications.
Windows 10 Build 10162

Another day, ANOTHER Windows 10 build for us Insiders

Microsoft's "Windows Insider" fast track is living up to its name, with build 10162 released yesterday, making it three builds in four days since 10158 appeared on 29 June.
Tim Anderson, 03 Jul 2015
Self/Less

Self/Less: Crap science, eyebrow acting, and immortality for the 1%

Film review Director Tarsem Singh has something of a fascination with technology and medicine. His first film, The Cell, posited using a virtual reality mind meld system and his latest, Self/Less, is all about swapping minds though the power of high tech.
Iain Thomson, 03 Jul 2015
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Angry Austrian takes a hit in David and Goliath Facebook battle

The Vienna Regional Court has thrown out a case against Facebook brought by Austrian Max Schrems, on procedural grounds.
Jennifer Baker, 03 Jul 2015
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Oi, Commish. Get off the fence over French snooping law, says MEP

Dutch MEP Sophie In’t Veld has accused the European Commission of fence-sitting over France’s new “Patriot Act”.
Jennifer Baker, 03 Jul 2015
University of Chicago press-release picture. Credit: Giant Screen Films LLC

Boffin: Will I soon be able to CLONE a WOOLLY MAMMOTH? YES. Should I? Hell NO

Poll It will definitely be possible within the foreseeable future to bring back the long-extinct woolly mammoth, a top geneticist has said. However, in his regretful opinion such a resurrection should not be carried out.
Lewis Page, 03 Jul 2015

UK TV is getting worse as younglings shun the BBC et al, says Ofcom

If you thought that British TV drama was getting cheaper and there was less of it, Ofcom has just confirmed your hunch.
Andrew Orlowski, 03 Jul 2015
IK Multimedia iRig 2 guitar interface

Got a GUITAR, daddio? Wanna plug it into iOS or Droid? Try the iRig 2

Review Music gear manufacturer IK Multimedia will be 20 years old next year. It’s known to many these days for its iOS gadgets, but the Italian company began with software development focused on digital signal processing, producing standalone sound-creation apps and plug-in effects. One of its earliest creations, T-Racks, was dynamics processing software based on valve (toob) emulation.
Bob Dormon, 03 Jul 2015
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It’s 2015 and we're being told not to send credit cards as cleartext

The payments card industry (PCI) council has reviewed its guidance to encourage businesses to stop slinging credit card data in cleartext by giving the tick to encryption solutions built from different components, rather than products that handle every step of data's journey from merchant to banker.
Darren Pauli, 03 Jul 2015
Cartoon - Private SNAFU

What Murphy’s law has to teach you about data centres

Data centres are loud, noisy places. So loud, it's often hard for anyone to hear your screams and cries of frustration when Murphy decides to make you the example for his law.
Josh Folland, 03 Jul 2015
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North America down to its last ~130,000 IPv4 addresses

The American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) can no longer satisfy requests for new IPv4 addresses and has started a waitlist for those who want more.
Simon Sharwood, 03 Jul 2015
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PureVPN calls pure BS on VPN insecurity study

Hong Kong virtual private network provider PureVPN has rejected claims in a study published this week that its service among many other popular providers are open to DNS hijacking and has pushed fixes to shore up security.
Darren Pauli, 03 Jul 2015

German army fights underground Nazi war machine hidden in Kiel pensioner's cellar

The German rozzers raided a villa in a wealthy suburb of Kiel on Wednesday (July 2), and found a Nazi tank from 1943 hidden in the cellar, alongside a torpedo and "other weaponry".

Mastercard facial recog-ware will unlock your money using SELFIES

Mastercard will begin using selfies as a means to verify payments, it is being said.
Darren Pauli, 03 Jul 2015
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Wanna go all Gandalf – YOU SHALL NOT PASS – on Windows 10?

From 29 July, as we've reported, Windows 10 downloads will start to become available.
Simon Sharwood, 03 Jul 2015
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Azure Australia went TITSUP for about seven hours

Update Microsoft's Azure service is experiencing TITSUP - Total Inability To Support Usual Performance - for some Australian users.
Simon Sharwood, 03 Jul 2015
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Cloud market spins up a cyclone of sales

Happy days, hardware-sellers, box-peering-abacus-wielder IDC says sales of cloudy kit surged by a whopping 25 per cent in 2015's first quarter.
Simon Sharwood, 03 Jul 2015
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NASA invents super-SMACK, hallucinates WHOLE STAR SYSTEMS

video Beta Pictoris, a research favourite among astro-boffins since the discovery of its bright debris-and-dust disk in 1984, has yielded new wonders in a NASA supercomputer simulation.
Intel compute stick

What's black, sticky, and has just 8GB of storage?

Intel's Compute Stick, the Atom-powered, plug-this-into-your-tellie-over-HDMI femto-PC, is now available with Ubuntu pre-installed.
Simon Sharwood, 03 Jul 2015

This box beams cafes' Wi-Fi over 4kms so you can surf in obscurity

Rhino Security founder Benjamin Caudill has created a tool to help privacy pundits (and criminals) connect to wireless networks from a distance of four kilometres, in a bid to foil eavesdropping authorities.
Darren Pauli, 03 Jul 2015

Reddit meltdown: Top chat boards hidden as rebellion breaks out

4chan-with-upvotes Reddit is in turmoil after a staffer much loved by the website's users suddenly left the business. Now the unpaid volunteer moderators of the site have turned against the admins aka the employees of Reddit.
Iain Thomson, 03 Jul 2015
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Houston Astros 'hack' row: St Louis Cardinals fire their chief scout

The St Louis Cardinals baseball team has sacked its director of scouting over the alleged unauthorized access of a rival team's computer database.
Shaun Nichols, 03 Jul 2015
Ford Focus steering wheel. Pic: Simon Rockman

Ford recalls 433,000 cars: Software bug breaks engine off-switch

Ford is recalling 433,000 of its cars as they suffer from a software bug that could prevent drivers from turning off their engines.
Chris Williams, 02 Jul 2015
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Looking forward to getting Windows 10 the day it ships? Yeah, about that...

Microsoft has shared more details about how it plans to roll out Windows 10 beginning later this month.
Neil McAllister, 02 Jul 2015
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Japan's NTT whips out OpenStack cannon at cloud Godzilla AWS

Tokyo-headquartered NTT Communications has ruled out a head-to-head public-cloud fight with Amazon Web Services – despite NTT expanding its cloud systems globally.
Gavin Clarke, 02 Jul 2015
Facebook laser

Facebook prepares to STRAFE the developing world with FRICKIN' internet LASERS

Facebook has been showing off a new laser communications system that CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants to mount on massive solar-powered drones so as to beam the interwebs to inaccessible parts of the world.
Iain Thomson, 02 Jul 2015
Paul Shetler, CEO, DTO Australia

Digital Transformation Office CEO's record reveals project wobbles

Australia's Department of Communications on Thursday announced the appointment of Paul Shetler as Chief Executive Officer for the Digital Transformation Office (DTO), communications minister Malcolm Turnbull's effort to digitise government services. But an examination of his recent work suggests that one of the major projects he oversaw went backwards on his watch.
Simon Sharwood, 02 Jul 2015
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A looksee into storage upstart Hedvig's garage

+Comment Hedvig decloaked from stealth recently, saying it’s producing converged block, file and object storage for enterprises with Facebook/Amazon-level scale, costs and efficiencies.
Chris Mellor, 02 Jul 2015
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Microsoft: Stop using Microsoft Silverlight. (Everyone else has)

Microsoft is encouraging companies that use its Silverlight media format on their web pages to dump the tech in favor of newer, HTML5-based media playback systems.
Neil McAllister, 02 Jul 2015
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Uncle Sam poised to OK AT&T DirecTV gobble

AT&T's $48.5bn acquisition of DirecTV looks to be heading toward approval by the US government.
Shaun Nichols, 02 Jul 2015
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Hold my vodka, comrade – I got this: Ruskies blast supplies to the ISS

Updated Astronauts on the International Space Station will cross their fingers and toes that Friday's resupply mission doesn't suffer a similar fate to the last three attempts.
Iain Thomson, 02 Jul 2015
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Intel 80386 queen Renée James quits as chipmaker's president

Intel president Renée James is leaving the silicon giant to become chief exec of another firm as part of a set of leadership changes announced by Intel CEO Brian Krzanich on Thursday.
Neil McAllister, 02 Jul 2015
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NexGen releases goodies for next-gen software package

Reinvigorated hybrid array startup NexGen is pushing out quality-of-service (QoS) goodies for vCentre and VMware VMs, saying it will cut the need for vMotioning VMs from one server to another when performance slows.
Chris Mellor, 02 Jul 2015

'I am so TIRED of your bullsh*t...' Sprint boss flips lid at T-Mobile US CEO

Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure has had enough of T-Mobile US chief John Legere, and he's told the world about it.
Shaun Nichols, 02 Jul 2015
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Nutanix vs VMware blog war descends into 'he said, she said' farce

Round two in the VMware-versus-Nutanix blog war has opened up with a full-frontal assault by a Nutanix exec, who claims Nutanix wants to be open about its performance advantages over VSAN, but is prevented from going public by VMware’s end user license agreements, or EULAs.
Chris Mellor, 02 Jul 2015

Rigby clan jumps into private equity game

Industry veteran Paul Ecclestone is to head up a private equity subsidiary for Rigby Group that is seeking small but perfectly formed companies in perceived hot areas of tech.
Paul Kunert, 02 Jul 2015
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Apple Music: First three months for free? We lasted less than 3 hours

Quick look Apple Music is finally here. The bit-of-everything music service was debuted last month at WWDC as the headliner in CEO Tim Cook's keynote address.
Shaun Nichols, 02 Jul 2015
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Kelway MD: A deal with CDW is NOT around the corner

Top brass at Kelway this week scotched talk on the shop floor of a pending deal with NASDAQ-listed CDW, claiming it will not be acquired outright by the US giant any time soon.
Paul Kunert, 02 Jul 2015
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Red Hat rolls elastic Linux under SAP's HANA

Having put SAP’s HANA in-memory database on its Linux, Red Hat has gone off-premise with Amazon.
Gavin Clarke, 02 Jul 2015
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IPT: Sorry we confused Amnesty International with Egyptian group

The Investigatory Powers Tribunal has published its emails with claimants in a case, brought against GCHQ, apologising for and correcting an error in its findings in last week's NGO spying case verdict.
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YouTube is responsible for user content, says German court #1

YouTube is responsible for, yet not liable for, user-uploaded videos on its service, according to two separate court rulings in Germany this week.
Jennifer Baker, 02 Jul 2015

Fujitsu 'insurgent' Keegan pops up in top EMEIA post

It's all change at the top of Fujitsu’s UK management deck, with boss man Michael Keegan being catapulted into the firm’s EMEIA hardware business.
Paul Kunert, 02 Jul 2015

Original LIZARD JESUS is found in Wyoming

Rejoice! For the Lizard Jesus (or jesus lizard if you prefer) has been found hidden smack bang in the middle of the United States of America (or Wyoming to be a little more precise).
Lewis Page, 02 Jul 2015
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The case against Open Compute Project Storage flotation

Interview Did you know there was a storage part of the Open Compute Project? If not, you do now.
Chris Mellor, 02 Jul 2015
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Harvard: Psst, Mr Future President. We just got PWNED by hackers

Harvard University, the alma mater of more US presidents than any other educational institution, slipped out a "Cyber Alert" on Wednesday afternoon confessing it had been pwned.
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Apple's Swift creeps up dev language survey – but it's bad news for VB

A new programming language survey shows Apple’s Swift breaking into the top 20 for the first time, while the future of Microsoft’s Visual Basic (VB) in the top rankings is now “unclear”.
Tim Anderson, 02 Jul 2015
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Wikipedia jumps aboard the bogus 'freedom of panorama' bandwagon

Wikipedia has launched another anti-copyright campaign – but it's one that experts say is bogus and misleading. Thousands of pages on the site are now plastered with an appeal to "Save the Freedom of Panorama", a crusade minted by copyright activist and Europe's only Pirate Party MEP, Julia Reda.
Andrew Orlowski, 02 Jul 2015
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Atos buys up Xerox ITO, splashing almost $1 billion in process

Atos has completed its acquisition of Xerox's outsourcing biz as the French firm gears up for an American invasion.
Kat Hall, 02 Jul 2015
"Typical E-scrapping dismantling operation. 100,000 such migrant workers labor in Guiyu breaking down imported computers in hundreds of small operations like this one in a four village area surrounding the Lianjiang River."
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New racks, cables for aging and neglected data centres

Enterprises are shuttering their smaller data centres, but are opting to shift to larger upgraded facilities rather than shifting the whole shebang to the cloud.
Joe Fay, 02 Jul 2015
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Hacker plunders Plex, demands bitcoin payoff to avert FULL EXPOSURE

Hackers - or just a hacker - have pillaged the forum and blog server of TV software biz Plex, gaining access to IP addresses, private messages, emails and encrypted forum passwords.
Kat Hall, 02 Jul 2015
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PayPal chomps up money-moving biz Xoom ahead of eBay split

PayPal has scooped up digital money transfer provider Xoom for $890m (£570m), ahead of its split with eBay later this month.
Kat Hall, 02 Jul 2015
Cookie Monster

French privacy cops snarl at websites over crap EU cookie warnings

French privacy watchdog CNIL has snarled at 20 websites for failing to comply with EU cookie laws.
Jennifer Baker, 02 Jul 2015
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Protecting users against advanced threats and the human factor

Register here to watch our on-demand Regcast, where we look at why the human factor is an important internet security risk.
David Gordon, 02 Jul 2015
Mississippi River Lock and Dam number 7 with the I-90 Mississippi River bridge downstream. Image: Public Domain

40 states line up with Mississippi in Google Adwords pharma scrap

Attorneys General representing 40 US states have filed an amicus brief backing Mississippi attorney general Jim Hood's investigation into Google.
Andrew Orlowski, 02 Jul 2015

F# earns Syme top Royal Academy of Engineering award

The inventor of Microsoft’s F# programming language is among those being awarded the Royal Academy of Engineering’s prestigious silver medal.
Jennifer Baker, 02 Jul 2015
Smart Meter keeps you on top of your spending

Chair legs it from UK govt smart meter installation programme

The chair of the government's controversial smart meter programme, Baroness McDonagh, has left her post after recently criticising the roll-out of the widely hated scheme.
Kat Hall, 02 Jul 2015

NHS IT failures mount as GP data system declared unfit for purpose

The towering scrapheap of NHS IT failures may about to rise further, with the increasingly expensive GP Extraction Service IT system deemed not fit for purpose by the government's spending watchdog.
Kat Hall, 02 Jul 2015
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Facebook unveils SECRET logo furtle – in a TWEET

Facebook has revealed its new logo - somewhat bizarrely, in a Tweet.
Simon Sharwood, 02 Jul 2015
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FBI updates Most Wanted cyber felons list, offers US$4.2m bounties

The mastermind of the Zeus trojan; a car scamming screwball; an identity thief; a malvertiser, and a keylogger monger: nail these five net crims to the wall and the FBI will pay you US$4.2 million.
Darren Pauli, 02 Jul 2015
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UK.gov spied on human rights warriors at Amnesty International

The British government has admitted that its spook agency GCHQ spied on Amnesty International, according to campaigners at the human rights group.
Iain Thomson, 02 Jul 2015
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Privacy watchdog ICO slashes its fines in half

The total value of fines issued by the UK Information Commissioner's Office has halved compared with last year – despite the watchdog receiving roughly the same number of complaints about data protection.
Kat Hall, 02 Jul 2015

Oil & gas? Pah. We’ve got a MASSIVE 3D printer, beams Dubai

Dubai has announced it will erect "the world’s first fully functional 3D printed building", hoping to establish the United Arab Emirates "as the global centre of technology in architecture, construction and design".
Lester Haines, 02 Jul 2015
Windows XP

Windows 7 and 8.1 market share surge, XP falls behind OS X

Here we are again in the early days of a month, so off we go to Netmarketshare and StatCounter to see what the world's computers are running.
Simon Sharwood, 02 Jul 2015

LG won't fix malware slinging bloatware update hole

The the Budapest University of Technology and Economics' Security Evaluation and Research Laboratory (SEARCH-LAB) says "malicious attackers controlling the network are able to install arbitrary applications" on LG's Android phones, thanks to a flaw in their software update mechanism.
Darren Pauli, 02 Jul 2015
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20-yr-old Brazilian births 100 banking trojans

A 20 year-old Brazilian kid has pumped out more than 100 banking trojans selling each for around US$300 a pop, Trend Micro researchers say.
Darren Pauli, 02 Jul 2015
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South Australia becomes the IaaS FlexPod state

The Aussie state of South Australia has signed up for cloud services offered by local internet service provider iiNet.
Simon Sharwood, 02 Jul 2015
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Rise of the Machines: ROBOT KILLS MAN at Volkswagen plant

A 22 year old man was yesterday killed by a robot at a Volkswagen plant in Baunatal, Germany.
News team, 02 Jul 2015
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PeopleSoft p0wnage possible with a day of GPU brute-forcing

ERPScan researcher Alexey Tuyrin says hundreds of Oracle PeopleSoft users, including banks, are running publicly-exposed services that are open to a token-plundering vulnerability.
Darren Pauli, 02 Jul 2015

Cash-strapped Chicago slaps CLOUD TAX on Netflix, Spotify etc users

New changes to tax law in the city of Chicago have effectively raised the prices of online streaming and cloud services in the Windy City, beginning on Wednesday.
Neil McAllister, 02 Jul 2015
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Ganges Web Services to launch in 2016

Indian tributary to come online in 2016, but the source of the headwaters Amazon Web Services (AWS) has TEXT signalled it will open a “region” in India some time in 2016.
Simon Sharwood, 02 Jul 2015
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We read Hewlett Packard Enterprise's 316-page post-split blueprint so you don't have to

Hewlett Packard Enterprise, one of two new companies that will emerge once the current HP splits off its PCs and printers business from its enterprise IT offerings, has filed Form 10 with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, an important milestone in the separation process.
Neil McAllister, 02 Jul 2015
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Trump carded: Wannabe prez's hotels 'ground zero' in banking breach

Payment systems used by Trump Hotels might have been compromised, allowing copies of credit cards to fall into the hands of fraudsters, it is feared.
Shaun Nichols, 02 Jul 2015
Sydney Harbour Bridge in the cloud
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Azure's already a AU$50 million business in Australia

Australia's financial year ended on Tuesday, and Vulture South understands that when the F9 key was pressed to do all the sums, the number in the cell marked “Azure revenue” came in at about AU$50m, plus or minus $5m (about US$38.2m, £24m).
Simon Sharwood, 01 Jul 2015
Samsung Galaxy S6

Samsung ousts Apple as top US smartmobe biz

In figures for the three months to the end of May, Kantar Worldpanel says that Samsung took a bite out of Apple's US market share to overtake the fruity firm. This is as much down to continued strong sales of the Galaxy S5 as to the introduction of the Galaxy S6.
Simon Rockman, 01 Jul 2015
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New nbnTM roadmap reveals HFC tests to start in Q4

nbnTM, the entity charged with building and operating Australia's national broadband network (NBN) has released a new product roadmap.
Simon Sharwood, 01 Jul 2015
Comet sinkhole

Rosetta spots potholes IN SPAAACE: Someone call the galactic council

The Rosetta probe, currently in orbit around Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, has spotted what appear to be massive sinkholes on the comet's surface that are thought to be caused by the cosmic snowball melting in the Sun's rays.
Iain Thomson, 01 Jul 2015
Crypto fingers

Amazon just wrote a TLS crypto library in only 6,000 lines of C code

Amazon Web Services has released a new, open source library that implements TLS encryption – the standard behind the secure HTTPS web protocol – using far less code than the prevailing OpenSSL library.
Neil McAllister, 01 Jul 2015
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Sprint: Forget all we said about strangling your web video streams

US telco Sprint has killed off its attempt to strangle internet video streaming on its so-called "unlimited" phone plan.
Shaun Nichols, 01 Jul 2015
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Linux Mint 17.2: If only all penguinista desktops were done this way

Review The underlying packages in Linux Mint 17.2, just released, are largely unchanged. What you will find are a lot of improvements and added polish in everyday tools like the update manager, login screen and the Software Sources app.
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NASA's New Horizon probe rudely fires its thruster at gnome planet

NASA's New Horizons space probe has fired its thrusters for the last time to get it into position before it buzzes Pluto on July 14. The little science lab has also detected evidence of methane on the halfling planet.
Iain Thomson, 01 Jul 2015
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FBI probe physical intrusions into Californian internet cables

The FBI is investigating a series of attacks on internet cabling in California – and has revealed that wiring has been meddled with at least eleven times in the San Francisco Bay Area within the past year.

Server guys: Are you running fewer than 200 virtual machines?

Mid-sized companies can reduce technical debt and free up IT budgets by switching to hyperconverged infrastructure systems (HCIS) in their next data centre refresh.
Drew Cullen, 01 Jul 2015
New wallpaper in Windows 10 build 10159

Microsoft rushes out latest Windows 10 build. 300 fixes? Pff, whatever

Just one day after releasing Build 10158 of Windows 10 to its Insider "fast ring", Microsoft has replaced it with Build 10159.
Tim Anderson, 01 Jul 2015

In your face, US citizens! Govt can’t save you from corporate eyes

Alvaro Bedoya, the founding executive director of the Center on Privacy and Technology at Georgetown Law, has claimed that industry lobbying is shutting down Washington’s ability to protect privacy in the face of the commercial exploitation of consumers' data.
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It's all downhill from here: Avalanche spins STT-RAM

Startup Avalanche is sampling an STT-RAM chip offering DRAM/SRAM speed, persistent storage, unlimited endurance and scalability beyond 10nm.
Chris Mellor, 01 Jul 2015
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It's the hottest day of the year. So check out John Lewis' Xmas tech range!

Pics It might be hard to believe that during the hottest week of the year so far, the great and the good of the PR world (is that an oxymoron?) are setting out their stalls with Christmas fare. Yet it’s not as daft as it sounds: the magazine world, in particular, needs to plan its spreads and this is a way for the great and the good of the press to get a glimpse of what’s coming.
Bob Dormon, 01 Jul 2015
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The blessing and the curse of Big Data

Sysadmin blog Companies more familiar with technology are more likely to use the reporting and analytics features of their software. This isn't something new, and it didn't start with computers. Computers make reporting and analytics easier, but every business needs hard data if they are to grow.
Trevor Pott, 01 Jul 2015

Congratulations! You survived the leap secondocalypse

The leap second did not break the internet, it wasn’t the second coming of the Y2K bug and nor did it challenge the world’s financial markets or make the Greek situation any worse.
Gavin Clarke, 01 Jul 2015

‘Clandestines' prompt British border blockade in France

Four kilometers of Blighty's National Barrier Asset – a collection of temporary security barriers – has been deployed to Coquelles, the location of the Channel Tunnel terminal in France, to provide additional border security to the UK.

Silly Google's Photos app labelled BLACK PEOPLE as GORILLAS

Google's new Photos software automatically labelled images of black people as "gorillas". The ad giant has since apologised.
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Jul 2015
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Don't start reading the last rites for monolithic storage just yet

Monolithic storage arrays may well claim that rumours of their death have been exaggerated, but that doesn't mean that they aren't entering the digital care-home for the soon-to-be-departed.
Chris Mellor, 01 Jul 2015
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Speaking in Tech: Just slacking off and keeping things contained

Podcast Podcast Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week, Sarah is on vacation while Eddie and Greg slack it off on Sheryl Sandberg, API copyrights and containers.
Team Register, 01 Jul 2015
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Orange hurls €90m at Israel's Partner to end political bunfight

Orange has been caught in a political storm after trying to stop Israeli mobile network Partner Communications from using its name.
Simon Rockman, 01 Jul 2015
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SEX-starved worm can GIVE HEAD to ITSELF to reproduce

Bioboffins have found a species of flatworm, Macrostomum hystrix, that can reproduce by injecting its own head with its sperm.
Simon Sharwood, 01 Jul 2015
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Samsung/Cheil merger goes on: Soz Elliot, not this time, says court

A court in South Korea has rejected an attempt by US activist fund Elliott Associates to overturn a merger between Samsung and Cheil Industries.
Kat Hall, 01 Jul 2015
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Goodbye Vulcan: Blighty's nuclear bomber retires for the last time

Visit a British air show before September and it's possible you’ll get the opportunity to witness the last Vulcan bomber in flight - and this is definitely the last year you'll get the chance, this time.
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Want to spoil your favourite storage vendor's day? Buy cloud

Organisations continue to buy storage. In fact, I was talking to a storage salesman not so long ago who was telling me that one of his customers regularly calls asking for a quote for “a couple more petabytes."
Dave Cartwright, 01 Jul 2015

Teaching people to speak English? You just need Chatroulette without the dick pics

Worstall on Wednesday The latest of the X-Prizes is an attempt to increase adult literacy through the power of the mobile phone. Given that our own Prime Minister has been known to think that LOL means “lots of love”, it might not be a bad idea to update digital literacy.
Tim Worstall, 01 Jul 2015
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'Watered down' net neutrality rules could mean 'almost anything'

The EU negotiators' proposed new rules on net neutrality – reached in the early hours of Tuesday morning – have caused serious concerns among digital rights activists, who cite loopholes and vagueness.
Jennifer Baker, 01 Jul 2015
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ETERNUS embiggens at peak of Mt Fujitsu (it's a drive array, not Tolkien)

Fujitsu's modular array line is being refreshed at the top end, with a third-generation ETERNUS DX8700 S3 product and a new DX8900 S3 array.
Chris Mellor, 01 Jul 2015

DataDirect introduces its hyper-converged Wolf in Creek clothing

DataDirect is building WolfCreek, a 5 million IOPS converged compute and storage appliance, with vastly enhanced IO processing and 60GB/sec bandwidth.
Chris Mellor, 01 Jul 2015
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Microsoft in Blighty reveals its 78 THOUSAND POUND Surface 3 slabloid

Microsoft's UK store is offering a £77,777.77 version of its Surface 3 tabletoid.
Simon Sharwood, 01 Jul 2015

A third of iThings open to VPN-hijacking, app-wrecking attacks

A trio of FireEye researchers have reported twin 'app-demolishing' iOS vulnerabilities Apple has partially fixed in its latest update that could wreck core apps such as the App Store and Settings.
Darren Pauli, 01 Jul 2015

World+dog will soon watch 'at least 200 pr0n vids a year'

In the year 2020 everyone on the planet will on average watch at least 200 porn videos annually - a 55 per cent increase from 2015 - according to crystal ball-gazers Juniper.
Kat Hall, 01 Jul 2015

OpenStack's DevStack inspires Xen to create new 'Raisin' d'être

The Xen Project has revealed “Project Raisin” a new offering it hopes will clarify the boundaries between the core of the project and third party components.
Simon Sharwood, 01 Jul 2015

Script-blocker NoScript lets in ANYTHING from googleapis.com

Detectify security researcher Linus Särud has reported a weakness in popular Firefox security tool NoScript that allows attackers to have their malware whitelisted.
Darren Pauli, 01 Jul 2015
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PowerShell for Office 365 powers on

Microsoft has powered on PowerShell for Office 365.
Simon Sharwood, 01 Jul 2015
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With Hobbit and LoTR in the can, Trolls no longer welcome in New Zealand

New Zealand has become the latest country to think bad online manners are amenable to legislation.
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NSA continues mass slurping of Americans' phone metadata

The NSA can continue to monitor when and where millions and millions of Americans use their cellphones, and who they're calling and texting.
Iain Thomson, 01 Jul 2015
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Vale Matti Makkonen, SMS dreamer

Matti Makkonen, a figure widely held to have influenced the development of SMS, has died at the relatively young age of 63.
NBN Co fixed wireless antenna

While city slickers argue about the NBN, rural retailers are smiling

While debate continues in Australian cities about the technology employed to build Australia's national broadband network (NBN), a regional specialist reckons things are on the improve beyond the sandstone curtain.
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Small change to Medium takes large axe to passwords

Let's file this under “what could possibly go wrong?”: blogging platform Medium has decided to skip passwords in favour of a one-time-pad* single-use-token approach.
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Former L0pht man 'Mudge' leaves Google for Washington

Mudge, a once-feared and now-respected member of the "L0pht" hacker collective, is headed to Washington to set up a software version of Underwriters' Laboratory.
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Identity protection outfit LifeLock picked, popped

Security researchers Eric Taylor and Blake Welsh have disclosed a cross-site scripting vulnerability in US identity protection company LifeLock.
Darren Pauli, 01 Jul 2015
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Former VMware staffer blows whistle on government pricing plan

VMware and Carahsoft, a company that bills itself as “Your Trusted Government IT Solutions Provider”, will repay US$75.5 million to the US government for what the Department of Justice (DoJ) characterises as “misrepresenting their commercial pricing practices and overcharging the government on VMware software products and related services.
Simon Sharwood, 01 Jul 2015
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Sprint: Our 'unlimited' mobe plan has one tiny limit: High-quality video

US phone carrier Sprint is offering an unlimited data plan that carries one important caveat: throttled data rates for video.
Shaun Nichols, 01 Jul 2015
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Yikes! Facebook will run on TELEPATHY, thinks Zuck, in Q&A

Not content with wading into virtual reality with his Oculus gobble, Facebook kingpin Mark Zuckerberg wants you to be able to update your Facebook status with the unaided power of your mind - or so the Behoodied One said in a Q&A session on Tuesday.
Iain Thomson, 30 Jun 2015
Rotten Apple

Apple gets around to fixing those 77 security holes in OS X Yosemite

Apple has released a series of security updates to address 77 CVE-listed security vulnerabilities in OS X Yosemite.
Shaun Nichols, 30 Jun 2015
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IBM gets green light to sell off chips biz to GlobalFoundries

IBM looks to be in the clear to sell off its ailing chippery division to GlobalFoundries after US regulators gave the deal the nod on Tuesday.
Neil McAllister, 30 Jun 2015

UH OH: Windows 10 will share your Wi-Fi key with your friends' friends

Updated A Windows 10 feature, Wi-Fi Sense, smells like a security risk: it can share access to Wi-Fi networks with the user's contacts.
Simon Rockman, 30 Jun 2015
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'This ruling does nothing to change the facts' thunders Apple in latest price-fix appeal blow

Apple has lost its appeal of a federal court decision that found it broke antitrust law by colluding with publishers to fix the prices of ebooks.
Shaun Nichols, 30 Jun 2015
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HP's split surgeon Bill Veghte splits from HP

Bill Veghte, the HP exec who since October has led the company's effort to split into two separate businesses, is parting ways with the firm.
Neil McAllister, 30 Jun 2015
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Uber execs charged, will stand trial in France

French prosecutors have charged two key Uber executives with deceitful commercial practices, operating an illegal taxi service, and illicit storage of personal data.
Iain Thomson, 30 Jun 2015
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Radian Memory Systems decloaks, says it'll twin DRAM and flash

Stealthy upstart Radian Memory Systems is coming out at the Flash Memory Summit in August, and is developing storage memory software to be used in enterprise, hyperconverged, and cloud computing environments.
Chris Mellor, 30 Jun 2015
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Fireworks expected from Oracle at Flash Memory Summit

Comment Oracle is giving a keynote pitch at the Flash Memory Summit, indicating it's got something NAND-like up its sleeve.
Chris Mellor, 30 Jun 2015

Palaeoboffins discover 500 MILLION year old ARMOURED WORM

A worm which walked on legs and was adorned with vicious spikes is likely to have been one of the first animals on Earth to have donned armour for its own protection, say palaeoboffins who have identified the wee beastie.

Cisco gobbles OpenDNS, sorts out cloud security portfolio

Cisco will buy privately held net security firm OpenDNS for $635m in cash, to make good its cloud security portfolio and boost the networking giant's "security everywhere" approach.
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Europol and Barclays shack up for steamy security shenanigans

EU law enforcement body Europol and Barclays have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to formalise their cooperation in combating cybercrime targeting the financial sector.
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Microsoft: This Windows 10 build has 'NO significant known issues'

Microsoft has released its bestest new build of Windows 10 as part of its Windows Insider preview programme, with general manager Gabe Aul boldly stating: “we don’t have any significant known issues for this build.”
Tim Anderson, 30 Jun 2015
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Confused Colt dumps the IT services market while revenues shrink

In a major about-turn, telecoms network provider Colt has today announced it will exit the IT services market as the firm searches for a fresh strategy to halt a worrying decline in revenue.
Kat Hall, 30 Jun 2015
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BBC (sort of) sorry for Grant Shapps Wikipedia smear reportage

The BBC has apologised to MP and former Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps for the way it reported allegations regarding Shapps and Wikipedia, which were based on a single anonymous source.
Andrew Orlowski, 30 Jun 2015
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Half of Windows Server 2003 fans will miss July's security cut-off

More than half of companies are now expected to miss the deadline to quit Windows Server 2003 before Microsoft’s 14 July end-of-extended-support cut-off point.
Gavin Clarke, 30 Jun 2015
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Giant FLYING SPACE ROCKS could KILL US ALL, warns Brian May

Scientists are trying to raise awareness about planet-killing chunks of flying space rock with today's Asteroid Day.
Gavin Clarke, 30 Jun 2015
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Hello Tosh, got a downrated 6TB spinner? Yes, for slower workloads

Toshiba has introduced a downrated version of its MG04 6TB disk drive, suitable for bulk storage and cloud-based apps requiring less data transfer velocity than the standard model.
Chris Mellor, 30 Jun 2015
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Universal Credit white elephant needs 'urgent breakthrough' says MP

Acting shadow work and pensions secretary Stephen Timms MP (Labour) has warned that a "significant breakthrough" is now urgently required for the severely delayed and over-budget Universal Credit system, otherwise it may be time to scrap the project.
Kat Hall, 30 Jun 2015
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The Great Windows Server 2003 migration: Where do we go from here?

We all have to move away from Server 2003 before it turns into a pumpkin in July, but there are so many options out there that choosing the destination for our data and workloads can be a little overwhelming.
Trevor Pott, 30 Jun 2015
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How do we train the next generation of data centre wranglers?

There's a world of difference between what the average IT person does today and what they'd have done ten or fifteen years ago. So where's it going? What will we need to teach the next generation of data centre staff?
Dave Cartwright, 30 Jun 2015
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Crowdfunded beg-a-thon to bail out Greece raises 0.003% of target

A well-meaning, if definitely doomed, attempt to crowdfund a bailout for soon-to-default Greece has been launched on Indiegogo by a Yorkshireman who works in a London shoe shop.
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Intel infosec folk TEE off open source app dev framework

A trio of Intel boffins have broken a vendor lock-down on trusted execution environments (TEEs) with the release of an open source framework that could help developers to build more secure apps.
Darren Pauli, 30 Jun 2015
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Surging US dollar curbs global IT budgets

Global IT spending is projected to fall 5.5 per cent to total $3.5tn in 2015 - but only because of the strong US dollar.
Drew Cullen, 30 Jun 2015
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The all-flash market will just about double in five years, says Gartner

Gartner thinks the all-flash array market will expand at a 37 per cent compound annual growth rate, embiggening from $1.43bn in 2014 to about $7bn by 2019.
Chris Mellor, 30 Jun 2015
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BBC veterans require skilled hands to massage their innards

The National Museum of Computing (TNMOC) has made an appeal for volunteers who could help them keep their BBC Micro computers – which the museum uses to give visiting young'uns a taste of hacking history – in good health.
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No more customisation? Cloud Security Alliance calls for Open APIs

The Cloud Security Alliance has teamed up with CipherCloud to try and impose some discipline on the sector by defining protocols and best practice.
Joe Fay, 30 Jun 2015

EUROPEAN PURGE on hated mobile roaming charges

After 12 hours of tense negotiations, EU negotiators agreed at 3am on Tuesday to impose a minimal cap on mobile phone roaming charges for calls, texts and data.
Jennifer Baker, 30 Jun 2015
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Lobbynomics: The EU’s digital dossier that doesn't add up

Analysis A key pillar of the EU’s “Digital Single Market” strategy has systemic flaws and EU officials should stop using it, say researchers who analysed the dossier.
Andrew Orlowski, 30 Jun 2015
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Generous EU Commish gives Google SIX MORE WEEKS to respond to antitrust charges

Google has an extra six weeks to prepare its defence against European Commission charges that it abused its dominant position in the search engine market.
Jennifer Baker, 30 Jun 2015
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Revive the Nathan Barley Quango – former Downing Street wonk

The compulsory TV tax could be divvied up and given to Shoreditch digital types to create “compelling digital content”, says Shoreditch property developer and former No 10 special advisor Rohan Silva.
Andrew Orlowski, 30 Jun 2015
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Does your company really need all that storage?

I was chatting not long ago to a sales guy from one of the big storage vendors. The market he serves is one of those where some of his customers buy a petabyte at a time – which I am sure he is happy about when it comes to hitting his sales quotas.
Dave Cartwright, 30 Jun 2015

VPNs are so insecure you might as well wear a KICK ME sign

A team of five researchers from universities in London and Rome have identified that 14 of the top commercial virtual private networks in the world leak IP data.
Darren Pauli, 30 Jun 2015
Jaws on Blu-ray disc

Cunning goldfish avoided predator in tank for seven years

A cunning goldfish, which was delivered into an aquarium as food for its main inhabitant, the Arapaima, managed to avoid being eaten and instead survived for seven years in a filtration unit.
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Australian Bureau of Statistics drops big data bubble-buster

Big Data, the shiny happy story goes, will let governments direct resources into programs that really do make a difference to the problems society faces, resulting in better services, less waste and grins on every face.
Simon Sharwood, 30 Jun 2015
SpaceX explosion

Why SpaceX will sort out Sunday's snafu faster than NASA ever could

Analysis SpaceX's perfect delivery record to the International Space Station ended on Sunday, 139 seconds into the flight of its Falcon 9 rocket. But there are good reasons why Elon's Musketeers will be back on schedule far faster than many are predicting.
Iain Thomson, 30 Jun 2015
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Wallet wafting into the Cloud? Amazon hears your pain

It's really cheap to spin up a single VM in a cloud like the one operated by Amazon Web Services (AWS).
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Hide the HUD, say boffins, they're bad for driver safety

It looks likes such an obvious idea: turn car windscreens into head-up displays (HUDs), so drivers don't have to look away from the road to see (for example) the speedometer.
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Audit finds new flaw at US Office of Personnel Management

A security review that followed the original hack at the US Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has turned up a new, but hopefully-unexploited, vulnerability.
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Devs, welcome your EVIL ROBOT OVERLORDS from MIT

Computer science researchers at MIT might just be working on technologies to eliminate computer science practitioners.
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VMworld content catalog hints at VSAN upgrade

The content catalog for VMware's North American and European virtu-fests – aka VMworld – has landed, complete with a few hints about just what Virtzilla will announce at the show.
Simon Sharwood, 30 Jun 2015

OpenDaylight's Hydrogen begets Helium begets Lithium

The OpenDaylight Foundation has announced what you could think of as its carrier-grade release, Lithium.
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Australian opposition senators slam TPP treaty process

As US President Barack Obama signs off on his hard-won “fast track” powers that will allow speedier sign-off of trade treaties, an Australian senate committee has dumped a bucket on keeping trade negotiations secret from parliament.
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Amazon douses Fire phone man-in-the-middle diddle

MWR Labs researcher Bernard Wagner has reported three flaws in Amazon's Fire phone that could allow apps to facilitate man-in-the-middle attacks.
Darren Pauli, 30 Jun 2015
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Microsoft to offload display ads biz to ... hang on, AOL?

Microsoft has retreated from its online display ads business having struck a deal with AOL.
Neil McAllister, 30 Jun 2015
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WikiLeaks docs show NSA's 10-year economic espionage campaign against France

Franco-American relations have taken a further hammering on Monday after WikiLeaks revealed new documents showing that the NSA has been collecting the details of commercial deals in the Land of Brie for over a decade and sharing them with its allies.
Iain Thomson, 29 Jun 2015
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Microsoft to release Visual Studio 2015 ahead of Windows 10

Microsoft will release Visual Studio 2015, along with .Net Framework 4.6 and the Team Foundation Server 2015 source code management and collaboration product, on July 20, nine days ahead of the general availability of Windows 10, according to an announcement by developer veep S "Soma" Somasegar.
Tim Anderson, 29 Jun 2015
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Redmond Uber-alles: 100 Bing staffers driven to dial-a-car developer

Microsoft has agreed to sell off part of its Bing search operation to Uber.
Shaun Nichols, 29 Jun 2015
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Supreme Court ignores Google's whinging in Java copyright suit

The US Supreme Court has declined to hear Google's appeal of Oracle's case against it in the matter of the Java API copyrights, leaving it up to a lower court to decide what - if any - damages Google owes.
Neil McAllister, 29 Jun 2015
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Chap slapped in Dogecoin crap app flap

The FTC settled with an app developer accused of hijacking smartphones for digital currency mining.
Shaun Nichols, 29 Jun 2015
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Rogue IT is shadow of its former self

“Rogue IT” - the practice of business units secretly sidestepping the IT department to procure their own tech - is in decline.
Drew Cullen, 29 Jun 2015
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US police to throw big balls in criminals' faces

Video Next month, 100 US police departments will start deploying a new, ball-shaped camera that can be thrown into dangerous areas to scout out life-threatening situations.
Iain Thomson, 29 Jun 2015
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Apple's mystery auto project siphoning staff from other divisions

Apple is investing significant resources into a car-related project, so much so that it's been reassigning employees from other divisions, insiders claim.
Shaun Nichols, 29 Jun 2015
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Apple Music available on Sonos by end of this year

Apple’s streaming music service will be available on Sonos’ streaming Wi-Fi speaker set-up by the end of the year.
Chris Mellor, 29 Jun 2015
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French Uber bosses talk to Le Plod over 'illicit activity' allegations

Two Uber bosses have been talking to police in France after being accused of engaging in "illicit activity".
Kat Hall, 29 Jun 2015
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Google harms consumers and strangles the open web, says study

Google’s favourable treatment of its own services results in consumer harm and will make the web less diverse, a study into search engine users’ behaviour has claimed.
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Jun 2015
Twilight Zone, 'Time Enough At Last'

Get READY: Scientists set to make TIME STAND STILL tonight

Time could be up for leap seconds later this year, if Tuesday night's addition of one second to the world's time proves to be a success.
Gavin Clarke, 29 Jun 2015
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Linux bids for UAV world domination by enslaving future skybot army

The Dronecode open-source UAV platform initiative has announced that it has welcomed on board a raft of new members, who'll help drive the project towards becoming a de facto standard for consumer and commercial drones.
Lester Haines, 29 Jun 2015

The Great Windows Server 2003 migration: How to plan your trip

Think switching OS is bad? There are just weeks left to migrate away from Windows Server 2003 before support for the operating system runs out. At this point, if a CIO hasn’t yet taken action, CEOs should be getting involved.
Danny Bradbury, 29 Jun 2015
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We’re in bed together, admit Intel Security, Trend Micro and NCA

The UK's National Crime Agency has enlisted two leading security firms as part of a collaborative intelligence-sharing effort.
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China's best phone yet: Huawei P8 5.2-inch money-saving Android smartie

Review Huawei’s P8 has finally rolled into UK shops, the latest wave of China’s assault on Tier One Android flagships.
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Jun 2015
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HP one of the fairest, claims Gartner's magic quadrant on the wall

Gartner has announced that HP has joined the leaders in its all-flash array magic quadrant, while Violin Memory, Nimbus Data and Cisco have been demoted, and Dell and HDS are excluded altogether from the MQ because of the research giant's peculiar classification criteria.
Chris Mellor, 29 Jun 2015
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'Private' biz Xiaomi sets up Communist Party exec committee

Xiaomi has formed its own internal Communist Party committee, raising eyebrows amongst those expecting less state involvement in the nation's burgeoning technology sector.
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Tech Mahindra posts profit warning: The end for Indian outsourcing?

Indian outsourcer Tech Mahindra, which bought disgraced rival Satyam in 2012, has issued a profit warning — the first sign of trouble in the buoyant market for some time.
Kat Hall, 29 Jun 2015
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Sky bangs on Ofcom's door – demands BT competition probe

Blighty's communications watchdog declined this morning to comment on Sky's demands for an in-depth competition probe of BT's broadband biz.
Kelly Fiveash, 29 Jun 2015
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Ofcom: We need 5G spectrum planning for the future’s ultramobes

Despite the majority of Reg readers thinking that 5G can wait, there needs to be some planning as to how spectrum will be allocated if the same frequencies are to be made available globally.
Simon Rockman, 29 Jun 2015
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Windows 10 Mobile is shaping up nicely – now Cortana can send emails

Microsoft has released Build 10149 of Windows 10 Mobile to members of the Windows Insider preview programme's Fast release ring.
Tim Anderson, 29 Jun 2015
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Ditching political Elop makes for a more Nadella Microsoft

Comment With bad things possibly in the post for Microsoft’s Windows phone business, its commander Stephen Elop has been shown the door by Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella. As a hardened Elop detractor I literally cheered at the news.
Trevor Pott, 29 Jun 2015

Smart meters set to cost Blighty as much as replacing Trident

Smart meters will cost as much as the Trident nuclear deterrent to implement, with the full cost of the scheme rising to £19bn, according to a government report.
Kat Hall, 29 Jun 2015

Is that a FAT PIPE or are you just pleased to stream me? TERABIT fibre tested

Proximus and Huawei have successfully trialled a super-channel optical signal, flinging out information at up to one terabit per second (Tbps).
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Github's 'Atom' text editor hits version 1.0

Github's Atom text editor, which it announced back in February 2014, has reached version 1.0.
Simon Sharwood, 29 Jun 2015
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Windows 10 is due in one month: Will it be ready?

Analysis The release of Windows 10 is set for 29 July, just one month from now. It will be a significant moment, marking the first Windows 10 release in a wave that will eventually include Windows Mobile and Xbox, and is critically important to Microsoft following the poor reception for Windows 8.
Tim Anderson, 29 Jun 2015
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Sophos' putrid patch snuffs Citrix kit, kills call centre

A Sophos Web Appliance update has crashed users' PC fleets including knocking offline the Australian call centre of a global company for two days after support was quietly revoked for SSL 3.0 ciphers used in Citrix Receiver.
Darren Pauli, 29 Jun 2015
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Giant male member spontaneously ejaculates over Norway

Under normal circumstances, creeping up on members of the public and emulating the sin of Onan upon their person would land you in jail. Unless its for charity – which apparently makes it OK.
Kat Hall, 29 Jun 2015
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Microsoft says Oculus Rift distorts world, grinds corrective lenses

Someone at Microsoft Research is apparently unimpressed with Oculus Rift's perspective on the world, so has corrected it with lenses that give you Microsoft's view of things.
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Android's sun sets on Eclipse

Google has decided Android Studio is all you need to make apps, and by the end of the year will no longer support the venerable but popular Eclipse IDE.
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Turnbullnomics trashed as Oz regulator cuts telecoms prices

A bunch of Australian fixed telephony and broadband users are about to suffer under a regime of lower prices.
Art of Fighting featured a story... of sorts
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VMware, Microsoft in virtualised Exchange blog battle

Microsoft's Exchange Server has a reputation as being hard to virtualise under hypervisors other than Redmond's own Hyper-V, a state of affairs that has led to more than occasional suggestions that Microsoft might just like it that way.
Simon Sharwood, 29 Jun 2015
storage arrays superimposed on cloudy sky
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Cloud storage is a three-way race with no contenders

The cloud storage market is a three-way race with the trailing pack choosing to occupy niches rather than challenge the leaders, according to the market scryers of Gartner.
Simon Sharwood, 29 Jun 2015
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Ransomware slinging exploit kit targets Flash remote code execution

Attackers have added a recent dangerous Adobe vulnerability to the Magnitude exploit kit, according to respected independent malware researcher "Kafeine".
Darren Pauli, 29 Jun 2015
Xen project hypervisor logo
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Guest-host escape bug sees Xen project urge rapid upgrade

The Xen Project has released version 4.5.1 of its eponymous hypervisor and recommended that users upgrade, stat.
Simon Sharwood, 29 Jun 2015
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Blackhats using mystery Magento card stealers

Sucuri infosec researcher Peter Gramantik says carders are exploiting an unknown vulnerability to steal billing information from e-commerce sites that use eBay's Magento platform.
Darren Pauli, 29 Jun 2015