The Week in Summary

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Turnbull's Digital Transformation Office has NO PLAN, but awesome power

Malcolm Turnbull's new Digital Transformation Office (DTO), launched last week with a goal of reinventing government service delivery but lacking any new money with which to make the attempt, also has no plan for its efforts.
Simon Sharwood, 28 Jan 2015
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World's richest man Bill Gates: The ONE thing I want but can't have

Bill Gates feels stupid that he doesn't know any foreign languages – and, despite having more money than God – wishes he had the resources to learn French (because he thinks it is the easiest to pick up.)
Kieren McCarthy, 28 Jan 2015
Stanley Kubrick's The Shining
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IBM jobs axe: 'The cuts have STARTED and are spreading' cry staff

Word has it that IBM's latest big staff purge is now underway, with former Big Blue workers reporting that they have been handed pink slips along with kits describing their severance packages.
Neil McAllister, 28 Jan 2015
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Listen up, AT&T, this could be YOU NEXT: $40m sting for throttling 'unlimited' mobile data

The FTC has reached a settlement with TracFone in what could be the first of many refunds for screwed-over customers with so-called unlimited data plans.
Shaun Nichols, 28 Jan 2015
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Let's be clear, everyone: DON'T BLOCK Wi-Fi, DUH – FCC official ruling

US watchdog the FCC has ruled that no one – not even hotels and other commercial outfits – can block or ban personal Wi-Fi hotspots.
Iain Thomson, 28 Jan 2015
Docker cofounder and CTO Solomon Hykes

Docker unveils new top team: Added hires to look after enlarged container biz

The Docker project has been re-organised following last year’s rapid success, with the names of folk filling the positions of chief architect, chief maintainer and chief operator being announced on Wednesday.
Gavin Clarke, 28 Jan 2015
Gold Plate My BlackBerry Passport
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Friends, Canadians, countrymen: Would you buy a GOLD PLATED BlackBerry Passport?

Review A couple of weeks ago, BlackBerry released a limited edition series of Passport phones plated with 24 karat gold. Priced at $999, the run was limited to just 50, each one numbered. To which you well ask, "Why?"
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Jan 2015

SpaceX simulates FLIGHT of the FALCON HEAVY mega-rocket MASTER-BLASTER

SpaceX has released a video animation of its Falcon Heavy, the mega-rocket of "scale and capability unequalled by any other currently flying".
Kat Hall, 28 Jan 2015
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Juniper in the red as product biz bleeds sales in 'challenging' Q4

Troubled tech plumber Juniper Networks ended 2014 on a low as it swung into loss, and reported declining product sales, with the security portfolio looking particularly unloved by customers.
Paul Kunert, 28 Jan 2015
Windows OEM devices on stage at Computex

Speaking in Tech: FREE Win 10 upgrade 'NOT really a big deal'

Podcast Podcast It's El Reg's best and only tech podacast, hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week the crew tackles Big Blue, "free" Windows from Microsoft and police chasing Waze. Special guest Scott Hanson from Cisco is in teh hotseat.
Team Register, 28 Jan 2015
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Veritas is home. Symantec’s storage split-off adopts old name

Bisecting Symantec has decided after much deliberation that the Veritas brand - the one it torched years ago - will be the monicker for the Information Management business when it splits from the mothership.
Chris Mellor, 28 Jan 2015
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A year with Canada's Volvo-esque smartphone – The BlackBerry Z30

Comment Why return to the Blackberry Z30, a phone that's over a year old?
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Jan 2015
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Windows fondleslab price war FINALLY pulls in the punters

Microsoft is, er, fighting back in the UK tab tussle stakes after grabbing market share from OS rivals, although the small victory could be seen as a bit hollow.
Paul Kunert, 28 Jan 2015
Meme of a dog "typing" at a computer, with the large font phrase "I have no idea what I'm doing' above him.

GoDaddy in doghouse over puppy-flogging Super Bowl ad

Domain registrar, web hosting company and now seemingly heartless facilitator of dog trading GoDaddy has pulled a Super Bowl ad depicting the sale of a puppy online, following a string of complaints that it might lead to mass dog farming.
Kat Hall, 28 Jan 2015
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Scouts take down database due to 'security vulnerabilities'

The Scouts Association has taken down its Compass database, which holds the records of nearly half-a-million young people and adult volunteers, after discovering a "potential security vulnerability," The Register can reveal.
Kat Hall, 28 Jan 2015
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Spinning rust into gold: WD profit grows ... though sales dip

+Comment Western Digital sold 61 million drives in its latest quarter, 2.1 million less than a year ago, but made $30m more profit, and it out-shipped and out-earned rival Seagate – CEO Steve Milligan's men must have ear-to-ear grins on their faces.
Chris Mellor, 28 Jan 2015

I ain't afraid of no GHOST – securo-bods

The latest high-profile security vulnerability affecting Linux systems is serious but nowhere near as bad as the infamous Heartbleed flaw, according to security experts.
John Leyden, 28 Jan 2015
Leonidas, king of Sparta, as portrayed by Gerard Butler in the film 300. Pic copyright: Warner Bros

Spartan on Windows 7? Microsoft is 'watching demand'

Details of Microsoft’s fledgling Windows 10 Spartan browser are emerging with a suggestion of possible support for Windows 7.
Gavin Clarke, 28 Jan 2015
Google slurs gay people in translation fail. Pic credit: All Out

Google Translate MEAT GRINDER turns gay into 'faggot', 'poof', 'queen'

Google has apologised after its language-scraping service offered up offensive alternatives including "poof" and "faggot" as replacements for the word gay.
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Jan 2015
Mississippi River Lock and Dam number 7 with the I-90 Mississippi River bridge downstream. Image: Public Domain
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Cluster-grappling kids clash: Battle of the Big Iron in the Big Easy

HPC Blog Two hundred years after the first Battle of New Orleans*, we saw the third, and perhaps most important, tussle the city has ever seen. I am, of course, referring to the SC14 Student Cluster Competition (here's a quick guide on how the youngsters' HPC battles work).
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NexGen polishes guns, prepares to face hybrid array legions

Analysis Hybrid array startup NexGen is starting out afresh having been spun out of SanDisk, and now faces the full competitive force of hybrid competition from both mainstream array vendors and the up-and-coming trio of Nimble, Tegile and Tintri. What are its chances?
Chris Mellor, 28 Jan 2015

Hungry UK IT biz, VC firm to swallow former Ericsson arm Damovo – sources

Privately owned Daisy Group is very close to making the British arm of comms integrator Damovo its 47th conquest, sources are telling us.
Paul Kunert, 28 Jan 2015
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X-IO fights global hybrid warming, keeps ISE age going

X-IO has overhauled its hybrid ISE array line with third generation technology and given it a top-end ISE 780 model with boosted performance.
Chris Mellor, 28 Jan 2015

Five years of Sun software under Oracle: Were the critics right?

Oracle-Sun anniversary Back in 2010, critics worried that Sun Microsystems' software portfolio would wither on the vine once Oracle got its hands on it. Five years on and the worst fears have proven baseless, yet former Sun diehards have had plenty to be disappointed about since Larry Ellison & Co gobbled the former server heavyweight.
Neil McAllister, 28 Jan 2015
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Care.data refuseniks will be DENIED CANCER SCREENING invites

Exclusive Hundreds of thousands of NHS patients who opted out of having their details shared with private companies under the controversial Care.data scheme would not be invited to a number of cancer-related screenings – a terrible effect of the gaffe-ridden scheme.
Kat Hall, 28 Jan 2015

Win Sun, lose Sun: How Larry's bet on old-world systems hurt Oracle

Oracle-Sun anniversary Feeling calm and relaxed? Join the Reg on a journey to an alternate reality where Oracle’s cloud business is the envy of all of its competitors. It holds two trillion objects and is growing faster now than at any time in its history.
Gavin Clarke, 28 Jan 2015
The COSIMA instrument aboard Rosetta

I'll get my coat – there's a dusty one flying off Comet 67P

Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is shedding four years worth of accumulated dust as it hurtles towards the Sun, say scientists after studying the output of the Rosetta spacecraft's COmetary Secondary Ion Mass Analyser, aka COSIMA.
Simon Sharwood, 28 Jan 2015

Regin super-malware has Five Eyes fingerprints all over it says Kaspersky

The Regin malware, often described as the devil spawn of Stuxnet and Duqu, is the handiwork of the Five Eyes nation state spy apparatus, analysis reveals.
Darren Pauli, 28 Jan 2015
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Sleepy Ofcom glances at Internet of Things, rolls over, takes nap

UK regulator Ofcom has published a report [PDF] into the so-called internet of things (IoT) in which it promises to do something at some point in the future.
Kieren McCarthy, 28 Jan 2015

EE squashes Orange UK: France Telecom's been 'destroying it for years'

With BT now expected to complete the deal to buy EE, it has been reported that EE will kill off the T-Mobile and Orange brands in the UK. The mix of brands from BT, EE, T-Mobile and Orange is all a bit confusing.
Simon Rockman, 28 Jan 2015

YouTube flushes Flash for future flicks

YouTube has decided it's had enough of Adobe's perenially-p0wned Flash and will therefore now default to delivering video with the HTML5 <video> tag.
Simon Sharwood, 28 Jan 2015

Fanbois to gamebois: Apple paperwork reveals iOS FUNPAD

Apple has been granted a patent in the US on a gaming controller pad for iOS-powered things.
Shaun Nichols, 28 Jan 2015
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Boffin finds formula for four-year-five-nines disk arrays

Forty-five disk drives, ten parity drives, and 33 spare disks: that's the optimum array size to protect data for four years with no service visits, according to a study published at Arxiv.

US looks at plan to hand over world's DNS – and screams blue murder

The US government official in charge of the critical Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) contract wants a course change in how the globe's core DNS systems will be moved out of Uncle Sam's hands.
Kieren McCarthy, 28 Jan 2015

Oz spooks hack, wreck Middle East 'cooling system': report

Australian spies have reached across the Indian Ocean and splattered the industrial control systems of an unnamed Middle Eastern nation hostile to the country, according to reports.
Darren Pauli, 28 Jan 2015
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VMware cracks US$6bn for the year, says SaaS will slow growth

VMware today used its Q4 2014 earnings call to warn its revenue growth will slow because it's doing so well in the cloud.
Simon Sharwood, 28 Jan 2015
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Australian spookhaus ASIO could retain private data FOREVER

The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security (IGIS) has told the government it's forgotten to set down how long ASIO is allowed to keep metadata handed over by telecommunications companies.
Apple Watch

Horrifying iPhone sales bring Apple $18bn profit A QUARTER

Apple chief exec Tim Cook has said his company's smartwatch won't go on sale until April – not that he's too fussed about the delay, given Apple has banked $18 BILLION in profit since October.
Shaun Nichols, 28 Jan 2015
NASA animation of BL86 plus moon

Passing asteroid MOONS the HUMAN RACE

Space-watchers peering at the fly-by asteroid 2004 BL86 will have missed a detail that NASA caught: the flying mountain has its own moon.
Rings around distant planet

Excitement in boffinry circles as GIGANTIC ALIEN RING BLOTS OUT SUN

Pics The first planetary ring system outside of our Solar System has been spotted and it's massive – in fact, it's 120 million kilometers in diameter.
Iain Thomson, 28 Jan 2015
White House drone

'Boozed up' US drone spook CRASHED UFO into US White House

A drone crashed into the US White House because the government staffer flying the thing had hit the bottle, according to the New York Times.
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Yahoo's! Mayer!: We'll! spin! off! $40bn! Alibaba! stake! and! pay! ZERO! tax! on! it! Ha!

Yahoo! has announced plans to sell off all of its remaining stake in Chinese online giant Alibaba, even as its latest earnings report shows a company struggling to pull in revenue on its own.
Neil McAllister, 28 Jan 2015
Google Fiber
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Google reveals where AT&T, Comcast, Time Warner Cable will next offer Gbps broadband

Google has named the next four areas in the US to get its gigabit-a-second fiber broadband.
Shaun Nichols, 27 Jan 2015

'Super-secure' BlackPhone pwned by super-silly txt msg bug

Exclusive The maker of BlackPhone – a mobile marketed as offering unusually high levels of security – has patched a critical vulnerability that allows hackers to run malicious code on the handsets.
Darren Pauli, 27 Jan 2015

Government's rushed NBN migration plan off to the ACCC

Industry objections notwithstanding, the federal government has okayed Telstra submitting its revised NBN migration plan to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

FUMBLE! NFL app drops privacy ball just before Super Bowl Sunday

With Superbowl Sunday approaching, interest in the ritualized combat that is American football is peaking for the year – but fans of the action may be letting hackers slurp their personal details.
Iain Thomson, 27 Jan 2015
GHOST vulnerability

BOO! Grave remote-code exec flaw in GNU C Library TERRIFIES Linux

Security researchers have uncovered a critical bug in the GNU C Library (glibc), a key component of Linux and some other operating systems, which could render countless machines vulnerable to remote code execution attacks.
Neil McAllister, 27 Jan 2015
Freescale Internet of Things overview

FTC to Internet of Stuff: Security, motherf****r, do you speak it?

US regulator the FTC says now is not the time for new laws on the "Internet of Things" – but security needs to be improved as we enter the era of always-on, always-connected gadgets, sensors and machines embedded in homes, streets and pockets.
Kieren McCarthy, 27 Jan 2015

Another day, yet another emergency Adobe Flash patch. Because that's how we live now

The new year hasn't been a pleasant one for Adobe: the Silicon Valley firm has scrambled to close yet more serious security holes in its Flash player.
Iain Thomson, 27 Jan 2015

Wall St wolves tear chunk off Microsoft: There goes $30bn!

The morning after Microsoft published its second quarter figures, its share price tumbled 10 per cent as markets opened in New York – wiping $30bn off its value.
Gavin Clarke, 27 Jan 2015
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Twitter ATTENTION SEEKERS can now blab to each other IN PRIVATE

Twitter is set to become even more annoying.
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Jan 2015
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PwC: Forget margin, tech biz, HUSTLE for that SALE

The phrase "turnover is vanity, profit is sanity" apparently does not apply to the tech sector, with PwC advising companies this year to focus on revenue growth above margins and "yield maximum shareholder value".
Kat Hall, 27 Jan 2015
Amtrak Acela train

NetApp embiggens E-Series flashbox: Gee, a benchmark... thanks

NetApp has doubled the speed and capacity of its all-flash E-Series arrays, and won an SPC-1 benchmark record in the process.
Chris Mellor, 27 Jan 2015

Anonymous: Snap on that Guy Fawkes mask, we're marching against child sex abuse

Hacktivist group Anonymous is calling for a day of protest against paedophiles who take advantage of their wealth and power to abuse children.
John Leyden, 27 Jan 2015
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Post-modem Ericsson wobbles thanks to flat sales and falling profits

Ericsson's flat sales last year were the result of its disappointing fourth quarter, especially in America, its latest financial results show.
Simon Rockman, 27 Jan 2015
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Meat puppet security sucks... let machines find your flaws

Commercial organisations have cash to burn on stopping hackers getting into the network, but relatively little to spend on dealing with a breach.
Paul Kunert, 27 Jan 2015

HMRC fails to plan for £10.4bn contract exit... because it's 'too risky'

HMRC's eye-wateringly expensive £10.4bn IT deal – "the largest technology contract in government" – could be too risky to change as the department has failed to plan for a new contract model, MPs have warned.
Kat Hall, 27 Jan 2015
Shaun of the dead zombies cricket bat movie still. Copyright Universal Pictures

Switch it off and on again: How peers failed to sneak Snoopers' Charter into terror bill

Analysis Bungling peers failed to thrust Theresa May's widely discredited Snoopers' Charter into the Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill on Monday – but they did an excellent job of highlighting their ignorance about technology.
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Jan 2015
Nokia Lumia 830 group

What's that, Microsoft? Yep, a Lumia and Surface SALES BOOM

Microsoft shipped a record number of Lumia smartphones in the final quarter of calendar year 2014, as Surface revenue finally started to make an impression.
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Jan 2015

Keylogger: Somebody STOP ME! Oh hang on, I just did

Developers of a range of commercial keyloggers have switched sides and begun marketing anti-keylogging technology.
John Leyden, 27 Jan 2015
LIZARD WEARING A TOP HAT SITS ON A BRANCH.  Brett Weinstein pic - ALTERED BY JUDE KARABUS - licensed under  CC 3.0

Facebook: Oi, Lizard Squad – we can take down our own site, ta

A technical cockup – rather than hostile hacker action – is apparently the reason Facebook, Instagram and other Web 2.0 sweethearts fell off the internet on Monday.
John Leyden, 27 Jan 2015
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Cash'n'Carrion January sale: Get in there while you can

If you fancy enjoying 20 per cent off everything down at El Reg's merchandising tentacle, Cash'n'Carrion, you'd better get in there sharpish, because our January sale ends on Saturday.
Team Register, 27 Jan 2015

Opera Jon weaves a brand new browser

The man behind the Opera browser has created a new one, he says, because power users are poorly served. The new Vivaldi browser launched today in a "Technical Preview" form, with customisation and speed taking it in a different direction to the mainstream, where minimalism rules the day.
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Jan 2015
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Want to win Microsoft's cloudy love? Just spend $500

Channel partners that want to cosy up to Microsoft at this year’s Worldwide Partner Conference have got the option to be an extra special pet – cough $500 and they could be within spitting distance of the event… literally.
Paul Kunert, 27 Jan 2015
Larry Ellison on stage at the launch of Oracle's X5 engineered systems range

The firm that swallowed the Sun: Is Oracle happy as Larry with hardware and systems?

Oracle-Sun anniversary One Sun swallow doesn’t make a hardware summer, and while it certainly hasn’t for Oracle, it is far from being in a hardware winter for the firm.
Chris Mellor, 27 Jan 2015

Snoopers' Charter amendments withdrawn – FOR NOW ...

The House of Lords rejected controversial last-minute amendments to the Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill in a debate on Monday.
John Leyden, 27 Jan 2015
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Euro mobile standards chiefs eye tiny beauty: It's the KEY to 5G

The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), which sets the standards for mobile comms, has just started work on five specifications for millimetre Wave Transmission – the 30GHz to 300GHz range.
Simon Rockman, 27 Jan 2015
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There's life after Oracle, but very little left in Oracle's reseller channel

Oracle-Sun anniversary A headstone in Santa Clara carries the names of the fallen in Sun Microsystems’ once illustrious reseller channel – it is five years this week since grim reaper Oracle bought the server giant.
Paul Kunert, 27 Jan 2015

Apple patch shields Macs from Thunderstrike

Apple will mute the Thunderstrike attack in an upcoming OS X patch, according to a report.
Darren Pauli, 27 Jan 2015

Jellybean upgrade too hard for Choc Factory, but not for YOU

Google says it won't patch Android Jellybean because it's too hard.
Darren Pauli, 27 Jan 2015
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INTERNET of STUFF: Google to replace old Dropcams for $0.00

Dropcam, the home video camera company acquired by Google's Internet of Things limb Nest, is giving away new cameras to owners of its old cameras.
Simon Sharwood, 27 Jan 2015

Humanity can defeat SkyNet with BOOKS, says IT think tank

A group of researchers working for National ICT Australia reckons computer science courses need to look at artificial intelligence from an ethical point of view – and the popularity of sci-fi among comp.sci students makes that a good place to start.
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Facebook, Instagram, Tinder TITSUP*: HOW did anyone even find out?

Updated It appears Facebook and its snap-slinging subsidiary Instagram have fallen off the web. Hook-up-finder Tinder is also reportedly having problems.
Chris Williams, 27 Jan 2015
Silicon micro-ring resonator

Photons link arms on chip to hasten march of quantum crypto

A multinational collaboration of boffins reckons it's come up with a chippable solution to one of the practical problems of quantum communications: getting a good source of entangled photons.

P0wning for the fjords: Malware turns drones into DEAD PARROT

Hacker Rahul Sasi has found and exploited a backdoor in Parrot AR Drones that allows the flying machines to be remotely hijacked.
Darren Pauli, 27 Jan 2015
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HP reveals which execs have a chair once the splitting music stops

HP has revealed who'll be sitting where once the splitting song stops and the company has broken into HP Inc. and HP Enterprise.
Simon Sharwood, 27 Jan 2015
Evil Android

Some Androids can be HOSED by WiFi Direct vuln

Google, which has been criticised by Microsoft for recent bug disclosures, is now downplaying a bug of its own.
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IBM details PowerPC microserver aimed at square kilometre array

IBM has revealed more about a PowerPC microserver it says will help to crunch data gathered by the square kilometre array (SKA), the colossal radio telescope to be built across South Africa and Australia.
Simon Sharwood, 27 Jan 2015
Puzzlecluster concept

Linux chaps want to recycle your mobe as a supercomputer

A Finnish group of phone developers, hoping to get the world interested in modular smartphones, has proposed a nifty idea for re-using their phone motherboards: turn them into clusters.
White House drone

Secret Service on alert after drone CRASHES into White House

The US Secret Service is investigating how a drone came to crash into the White House in the early hours of Monday morning.
Iain Thomson, 27 Jan 2015
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VDI is heading for a minor DAAS-aster

Desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) services are getting good enough, fast enough, that organisations need to consider them as an alternative to desktop virtualisation (VDI).
Simon Sharwood, 27 Jan 2015

Wikileaks: We DO NOT approve of OUR secret stuff being LEAKED

WikiLeaks is demanding answers from Google after learning that the company handed user information to the FBI and didn't acknowledge the incident for more than two years.
Shaun Nichols, 27 Jan 2015
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Microsoft brings SUNSHINE – but it's a CLOUDY DAY

Microsoft posted another quarter of respectable results on Monday, matching analysts' earnings estimates and slightly outperforming on revenue, but its strong showing couldn't disguise the continued shakiness in its core software business.
Neil McAllister, 26 Jan 2015
Google Fiber

Charlotte, NC thinks it has won the Google Fiber lottery

Officials in Charlotte, North Carolina believe they will be the next to enjoy Google Fiber.
Shaun Nichols, 26 Jan 2015
ISS against a spring moon

NASA greenlights SpaceX and Boeing to carry crew to ISS in 2017

Crew and cargo resupply missions will be launched from US soil by 2017, with SpaceX and Boeing both sending rival systems into low Earth orbit from now on.
Iain Thomson, 26 Jan 2015
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Watchdogs critical of Oz data retention regime

Ahead of parliamentary hearings this week into the Australian government's proposed data retention regime, privacy watchdogs have lined up to criticise the legislation.
ISS against a spring moon
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NASA greenlights SpaceX and Boeing to carry crew to ISS in 2017

Crew and cargo resupply missions will be launched from US soil by 2017, with SpaceX and Boeing both sending rival systems into low Earth orbit from now on.
Iain Thomson, 26 Jan 2015

ICANN CEO criticizes domain 'hoggers'

ICANN's CEO has infuriated domain investors by dismissing them as domain "hoggers" in an interview at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
Kieren McCarthy, 26 Jan 2015
Great Wall of China

Great Firewall of China blasts DDoS attacks at random IP addresses

An upgrade to China's Great Firewall is having knock-on effects all over the internet, with seemingly random sites experiencing massive traffic spikes.
Kieren McCarthy, 26 Jan 2015

Nexus 6 would have had a fingerprint reader, but Apple RUINED IT ALL

The former CEO of Motorola Mobility says the company's Nexus 6 phablet would have been a nicer piece of kit, were it not for Apple's inteference.
Shaun Nichols, 26 Jan 2015
Sheriff Woody

NSA gunning for Google, wants cop-spotting dropped from Waze app

The US National Sheriffs' Association wants Google to block its crowd-sourced traffic app Waze from being able to report the position of police officers, saying the information is putting officer's lives at risk.
Iain Thomson, 26 Jan 2015
Keyboard where return key is marked communication and to its left is a key with the Cuban flag. Copyright: xtock, Photo via Shutterstock

Cubans defy government's home internet ban with secret home-made network

Cubans are fighting back against restrictions on their use of internet with SNet, a secret network. Also known as StreetNet, it pools the resources of citizens, who are effectively prohibited from using the internet.
Simon Rockman, 26 Jan 2015
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Seagate belches, chomps down another greenback burger

Seagate’s second quarter revenues for 2015 rose 4.8 per cent over the year to $3.7bn while profits more than doubled to $933m, up from $428m a year ago.
Chris Mellor, 26 Jan 2015
A Wren reenactor at Bletchley

Brits need chutzpah to copy Israeli cyberspies' tech creche – ex-spooks

Feature Israel's intelligence agency, Unit 8200, has been a production line for hi-tech startups since the 1980s, a success British politicians are now seeking to emulate. Yet replicating that success in Blighty may be difficult because of cultural and environmental differences that may prove difficult to overcome.
John Leyden, 26 Jan 2015

IBM to cut '118k jobs worldwide' – report claims

Updated IBM is reportedly planning to jettison 118,000 workers to counter 11 quarters of declining sales and the impact of shifting industry demand – which, if true, would make it one of the biggest corporate culls on record.
Paul Kunert, 26 Jan 2015

Analyse THIS: Facebook alumni upstart Interana inhales MORE cash

+Comment Why the hurry? Interana, an analytics startup co-founded by ex-Facebook engineers just got a 250 per cent rise in funding, $20m, less than four months after its initial $8.2m A-round.
Chris Mellor, 26 Jan 2015
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Symantec sources claim exec teams in place by April Fools' Day

Symantec execs will line up under the classic security or information management divisions from April Fools’ Day – no, seriously – amid talk that senior management may revive the Veritas storage brand.
Paul Kunert, 26 Jan 2015
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Ex-G-Cloud bigwig Chant weighs in on GDS' framework rebrand

Former G-Cloud head Chris Chant has entered the growing row over the status of the framework under the UK's Government Digital Service (GDS), criticising its decision to ditch a brand "that has won hearts and minds".
Kat Hall, 26 Jan 2015
Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) and the Bombe machine

A Bombe Called Christopher, or A Very Poor Imitation

Stob Some weeks ago, on the back of superlative-laced recommendatory posts like this one, I took myself off to the Fosse des Puces high art cinema to see The Imitation Game, the new biopic about Alan "Weird Al" Turing starring Benedict Cumberbatch.
Verity Stob, 26 Jan 2015
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Brightstar deal means Post Office mobile network could be a thing

The Post Office is ramping up its plans to become a virtual mobile phone network, with hardware distributor Brightstar being appointed to handle logistics for SIMs and phones.
Simon Rockman, 26 Jan 2015
XtremIO front panel

EMC: Kerr-ching! $430m XtremIO gulp's paying off... Hello, $1bn a year

EMC president Chad Sakac says the XtremIO will be the fastest product in EMC’s history to reach a billion dollar run-rate. A new release is coming to keep the momentum up.
Chris Mellor, 26 Jan 2015
Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 9M-MRO

Lizard Squad threatens Malaysia Airlines with data dump: We DID TOO hack your site

Infamous hacktivists Lizard Squad are threatening to dump data they supposedly snatched during the process of defacing the website of Malaysia Airlines.
John Leyden, 26 Jan 2015
Gerard Butler in 300

Welcome to Spartan, Microsoft's persuasive argument for... Chrome

Two years after its last browser strategy policy change in Windows 8, Microsoft is shifting the pieces around the board again.
Gavin Clarke, 26 Jan 2015
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Shareholders pen outraged letter about Ellison's bulging package

Oracle and its founder Larry Ellison are facing fresh calls from shareholders to change the company's high compensation structure for executives, and stop ignoring requests to communicate with directors.
Kat Hall, 26 Jan 2015
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Right, we've bagged IBM’s X86 server biz... now what? – Lenovo

Now that Lenovo has IBM’s X86 server business, it’s able to freely participate in partnerships with storage suppliers. Does it view storage as a market into which it can expand?
Chris Mellor, 26 Jan 2015

Hoaxer posing as GCHQ boss prank-calls PM Cameron

A hoax caller claiming to be GCHQ's chief spy was put through to UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s phone on Sunday.
John Leyden, 26 Jan 2015
Wick Lane, Trunk Sewers, London

Dark Fibre: Reg man plunges into London's sewers to see how pipe is laid

Deep Dive We’ve all seen it and we’ve all cursed it. Whether you’re stuck in traffic or grimacing over the noise, digging up the roads to enhance or extend our communications pipelines is disruptive and causes frustrating transport delays. In oh so many ways, infrastructure in the UK is going down the toilet and for the likes of dark fibre outfit Zayo, this is all part of the plan.
Bob Dormon, 26 Jan 2015
CPUs in a FatTwin

Official: Whiteboxer Super Micro is a $2bn server company

+Comment Commodity server vendor Super Micro has reached a $2bn run rate with its latest quarter's results.
Chris Mellor, 26 Jan 2015
Google UK office logos

Should Google play carriers at their own game? There's never been a better time

Analysis In the week that Microsoft made its last, best bid for mobile relevance, Google was active all over the mobile ecosystem. It had recently announced an investment in satellite venture SpaceX, and was said to be stalking mobile payments outfit SoftCard, and even planning to launch direct mobile services via its own mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) deal.
Wireless Watch, 26 Jan 2015
Exploding Kitten Goal Cartoon

What gets the internet REALLY excited? Kittens? No. EXPLODING Kittens

Sysadmin Blog Let the internet run amok for long enough and you'll eventually find someone making millions with exploding kittens. Curious? Well look no further, because the internet has delivered!
Trevor Pott, 26 Jan 2015

BOT AN ABOMINATION: Mechanical DRONE VAMPIRE spreads wings

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

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

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

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

FROSTY MISTRESS of the Outer System: Pluto yields to probe snapper

NASA's New Horizons spaceship, which has been on its mission to Pluto for nine years now, is expected to start snapping photos of the icy planet today.
Team Register, 25 Jan 2015
Dead Nation

Game over? Sony FINALLY offers compensation to MEELLIONS of PSN hack victims

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ancestors of humans who lived around three to two million years ago appear to have had the ability to use their hands in a very similar way to how we grip tools today, according to a new study from anthropologists.
Team Register, 24 Jan 2015
Daniel Craig in Casino Royale

Sly peers attempt to thrust hated Snoopers' Charter into counter-terror and security bill

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ATTACK of the FLYING MOUNTAIN: 2004 BL86 goes by like a BULLET

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

Google offers cloudy port for Docker container images

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

Dot-com is dead. Long live dot-com

As you probably know, the internet's domain names are dominated by a single three-letter ending: "com".
Kieren McCarthy, 24 Jan 2015
Eiffel Tower Shenzhen day

China 'upgrades' Great Firewall. Oh SNAP! There goes VPN access

China's notorious "Great Firewall" is being blamed for widespread reports of virtual private network (VPN) outages in that country.
Shaun Nichols, 24 Jan 2015
Nokia Lumia 830 group

Planning to upgrade your Lumia to Windows 10? NOT SO FAST

The latest word from Microsoft is that owners of Windows Phone 8 handsets won't necessarily be able to upgrade to Windows Phone 10 after all, in an apparent retreat from what the software giant has said previously.
Neil McAllister, 24 Jan 2015
Ship your enemies glitter

Someone paid $85,000 for hated GLITTER BOMB FACTORY

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

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

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

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

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

New Apple toy Beats Electronics, along with Sony and Google, are among the targets of a lawsuit over claims of unpaid royalties.
Shaun Nichols, 23 Jan 2015
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YouTube: Nobody needs to get hurt Zoe, just sign the Ts&Cs

+Comment Google has revived its "our way or the highway" contracts with independent artists and labels, according to popular cellist Zoe Keating.
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Jan 2015
Money

Why so tax-shy, big tech firms? – Bank of England governor

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

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

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

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

+Comment The famous Doomsday Clock, which has been showing anywhere between 17 and two minutes to midnight since 1947, has advanced to three-minutes-to for the third time – on this occasion due to a perceived increase in the menace from human-driven climate change.
Lewis Page, 23 Jan 2015
Ransom note saying "Pay Up" in blackmail type

Panicked teen hanged himself after receiving ransomware scam email

An autistic 17-year-old college student has hanged himself after receiving a ransomware scam.
John Leyden, 23 Jan 2015
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Kaminario swallows $15m – ONE MONTH after last cash gulp

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

Modus, a customer of all-flash array startup Nimbus Data, has failed to have Nimbus’ suit against it for breach of contract dismissed.
Chris Mellor, 23 Jan 2015
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Microsoft raids Symantec, snaps up UK licensing sales head

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

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

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

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

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

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

UK Scouts database 'flaws' raise concerns

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Adobe finds, patches ANOTHER exploited Flash 0day

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

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

KimDotCom flails desperately, launches chat service

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

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

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

Australia will launch a Digital Transformation Office (DTO) within the Department of Communications “so that government services can be delivered digitally from start to finish and better serve the needs of citizens and businesses.”
Simon Sharwood, 23 Jan 2015
Rickmote

Google splashes $80k on Chrome 40 bug splatting

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Is Windows RT not invited to the Windows 10 upgrade party?

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

FCC Commissioner argues for delaying February net neutrality ruling

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

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

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

FORCE Apple to support BlackBerry hardware, demands John Chen

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

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

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

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

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

Dell director Poskett leaves Dell for new role at … Dell

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oz father and son team plan suborbital spaceplane

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

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

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

EMC parachutes EMEA bigwig into UK boss role

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

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

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

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

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

EE data network goes TITSUP* after mystery firewall problem

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

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

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

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

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

Your anonymous code contributions probably aren't: boffins

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

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

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

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

4Chan man Moot logs off as admin for last time

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

Flash zero day under attack

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

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

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

Software development software house Atlassian has patched critical vulnerabilities found in all versions of its Confluence, Bamboo, FishEye, and Crucible products.
Darren Pauli, 22 Jan 2015
Suitcase bulging with cash

Google spent record cash lobbying Congress in 2014 – report

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

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

US military finds F-35 software is a buggy mess

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

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

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

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

Not one but two Congressional hearings over net neutrality have taken place this week, sparking a wave of letters, commentary, and advocacy but precious little resolution.
Kieren McCarthy, 22 Jan 2015
Windows 10

Windows 10: The Microsoft rule-o-three holds, THIS time it's looking DECENT

Analysis The old adage that you never install a Microsoft product until version three appears to be holding true in operating systems with Windows 10. Windows 8 was a disaster, Windows 8.1 a waystation, but Windows 10 is looking like a very solid system.
Iain Thomson, 22 Jan 2015