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

Rents on mobile phone masts should drop dramatically, with a pricing model loosely based on that used for utilities, states a report from Deloitte, commissioned by several mobile network operators. The professional services firm says that where a mobile network pays £7,500 yearly in rent for sites in rural areas, and £9,200 in …
Simon Rockman, 24 Mar 2015

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

Collecting agencies for audio-visual creators on Monday urged the European Commission to protect their income in the planned new copyright law and to make online platforms (among others) pay for it. The Society of Audiovisual Authors (SAA), the association of European collective management organisations, called on digi …
Jennifer Baker, 24 Mar 2015

BlackHat talk hibernated over 0-day in SAP's Afaria mobile manager

Updated Alexander Polyakov has been forced to withdraw a talk detailing dangerous vulnerabilities into SAP's mobile device management product Afaria scheduled to be given at BlackHat Asia Pacific this week. The prolific SAP hacker and chief technology officer of ERPScan says his talk was scuppered after SAP failed to patch the …
Darren Pauli, 24 Mar 2015
Beam booth at CES

ROBOT INVASION has already STARTED in HIPSTERLAND

Over the last couple of years The Reg has occasionally reported on “telepresence robots”, devices that beam your beaming smile onto a monitor carried atop a motorised trolley that rolls around a remote office. The idea is that telepresence is all well and good, but your co-workers aren't going to crowd around a monitor to chat …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Mar 2015
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First figures in and it doesn't look good for new internet dot-words

Figures on the number of new dot-word domain names renewed after their first time have emerged – and they are not absolutely stellar. More than one in 10 of the listed dot-thing domain names were not renewed. Registry giant Donuts has released two sets of data for the first batch of gTLD addresses it put on sale this time last …
Kieren McCarthy, 24 Mar 2015
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So, you know those exciting movie-style 3D visual cyber attack ops centres?

Airbus has been awarded a contract worth £1.4m to "develop and mature" a movie-style 3D Virtual Cyber Centre of Operations (VCCO) for the Ministry of Defence. The research contract engages Airbus to develop a "3-D virtual world to enable collaboration and shared situational awareness," across a sprawling network of security bods …
Fashion models in Shenzhen, forced to wear protective masks on the runway due to air pollution

Xen shows off 35-piece cloudpocalypse collection

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

Wind turbine blown away by control system vulnerability

It had to happen, we suppose: since even a utility-grade wind turbine might ship with a handy Webby control interface, someone was bound to do it badly. That's what's emerged in a new ICS-CERT advisory: CVE-2015-0985 details how turbines from US manufacturer XZERES allow the user name and password to be retrieved from the …
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Equinix looking for friends to fuel enterprise push

Global bit barn operator Equinix has decided it wants more enterprise customers. The company operates over 100 data centres around the world and, thanks to a carrier-agnostic stances, is happy to connect any kit it houses to any telco that cares to land a fibre in its data centres. That position's worked well as an attractor …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Mar 2015

Adobe Flash fix FAIL exposes world's most popular sites

Hackers Luca Carettoni and Mauro Gentile found a badly-applied four-year-old Adobe patch allows attackers to steal information and commandeer accounts for three of the world's top ten websites and 'many' others. The LinkedIn and Minded Security researchers say the indirect Same-Origin-Policy Request Forgery and Cross-Site …
Darren Pauli, 24 Mar 2015
IBM CEO Ginni Rometty

IBM in China: Big Blue sees red, hopes to grow Middle Kingdom's tech

IBM has stated explicitly what its recent strategy had already suggested implicitly: Big Blue has decided to get more strategic in China. Having confirmed it's throwing its Power chip blueprints at system manufacturers in the Middle Kingdom, IBM's CEO Virginia Rometty has told Reuters IBM needs to go beyond treating China as a …
Tom Wheeler, Chair of FCC. Image by DonkeyHotey

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

America's top telcos are suing the FCC over its efforts to impose net neutrality regulations on US broadband networks. AT&T, Verizon, and others, represented by trade body USTelecom, will drag the Federal Communications Commission to the appeals court in Washington DC in a bid to overturn fresh rules on what ISPs can and can't …
Chris Williams, 24 Mar 2015
Tangle of cables attached to a telegraph pole

What horrors lurk in the future: Networks without sysadmins

Interview At Cisco Live Sydney, your humble hack at Vulture South got to spend time with distinguished engineer and CCIE number 1609 Alvaro Retana to talk about the future of routing, networks that can run themselves, and the internet at large. The Register: What are the problems we're trying to solve in the world of routing today … what …

Hilton member accounts info, trip dates open to plunder

A pair of security researchers have found a basic flaw that allows anyone to steal email and home address information, trip data, and spend points of Hilton Worldwide "HHonors" loyalty club members. The cross-site request forgery is tied to a password reset initiative the company launched offering 1000 points to those who took …
Darren Pauli, 24 Mar 2015
Imagination Technologies' MIPS tablet reference design

Imagination touts cheap Firefox OS MIPS slab to Chinese kitmakers

No longer content to cede the mobile processor market to ARM, British chip firm Imagination Technologies has unveiled a new reference tablet design powered by a CPU based on its MIPS architecture. Although designed to cost less than $100, the 9.7-inch device is more demo than actual product. Built by Chinese ODM Ingenic, its …
Neil McAllister, 24 Mar 2015
Samsung Solid Immerse GT-B2710

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

A two-year project inside Facebook has culminated in the release of software to test how well applications and servers work under degraded network conditions – all the way down to rickety 2G. The idea behind Augmented Traffic Control, open-sourced on GitHub, is to improve the delivery of material on under-performing networks. …
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HUGE Aussie asteroid impact sent TREMORS towards the EARTH'S CORE

Australia is home to the largest asteroid impact crater on Earth. The 400km-wide crater is more than twice the size of the Chicxulub crater in Mexico, which is often attributed with wiping out the dinosaurs. The new find in the Warburton Basin in Central Australia is a stunning 400km-wide impact zone from a huge asteroid that …
Pair of pliers with other tools

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

Microsoft has released technology previews of new developer tools and an SDK for Windows 10, giving coders their first taste of what it's like to build Windows Universal Apps that run across PCs, phones, and tablets. The tools are available now at no charge to members of Microsoft's Windows Insider program. Like Windows 10 …
Neil McAllister, 23 Mar 2015
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Premera healthcare: US govt security audit gave hacked biz thumbs up

Serious doubt has been cast on the US government's data security regulations after Premera Blue Cross was declared secure by Uncle Sam – just months before the healthcare giant was ransacked for financial and medical information by hackers. The biz underwent a computer security audit by a federal watchdog in January 2014, was …
Iain Thomson, 23 Mar 2015

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

Gameplay-streaming upstart Twitch thinks hackers may have harvested its user accounts for private information – and has reset people's passwords as a precaution. The San Francisco-based startup, which lets people stream videos of themselves playing games to online spectators – said it has also voided all stream keys, and …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Mar 2015
Microsoft on Android

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

Microsoft, still struggling to gain a foothold in the smartphone market, is pressing to have its software bundled on Android devices from major manufacturers, with Samsung as its first partner. We first heard murmurings about Sammy's deal with Microsoft at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, earlier this month. "We'll have …
Neil McAllister, 23 Mar 2015
DJI Phantom 2 Drone

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

The first recorded attempt to smuggle drugs into a British prison using a drone has ended in failure – after the gear-bearing gizmo got tangled in razor wire. "We were called to reports that a small drone had been discovered alongside a package in netting above a perimeter wall at HMP Bedford at 11.30pm on March 6," a …
Iain Thomson, 23 Mar 2015
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Got a killer Microsoft or Oracle cloud deal? Start sweating

Analysis Feeling pressured? A sense you’re being rushed into something you’re not sure about? Or, perhaps, you have a nagging feeling about that free gift you accepted. That sensation is your IT supplier pushing you into their cloud. Oracle and Microsoft, two of the biggest names in corporate IT, have been left standing by the success of …
Gavin Clarke, 23 Mar 2015
Power lines

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

The problem with data centres is that you have to plug them in. Or to put it another way, the problem with data centres is that they draw their power from a national grid and this ultimately narrows the cost efficiency structure under which they can operate. Conspicuously creaky and ageing grid networks in (even) advanced first- …

Nutanix 'working on a homebrew hypervisor', sources tell El Reg

We're not quite sure why Nutanix would be working on its own hypervisor, but apparently it is, The Register has learned. Sources on both sides of the Atlantic tell us development work on the hypervisor has reached an advanced state. The startup, based in San Jose, California, expects to talk about its efforts at its user …
Team Register, 23 Mar 2015
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US states vow to fight Google after the FTC meekly rolls over

The USA may have backed down before the Chocolate Factory, but Mississippi’s Attorney General Jim Hood says that an anti-trust investigation into Google is in the pipeline. Hood, who is also the president of the US National Association of Attorneys General, told legal and policy newsletter MLex: I think that anti-trust, that …
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Mar 2015

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

Google's executive chairman Eric Schmidt has complained that the end of the Google Glass Explorer program was misunderstood as being the end of the entire Glass concept, “which isn't true”. Following the announcement that Google had shelved the Glass Explorer on January 19th, the assumption was that the techno-specs have seen …

Fujitsu's cloud settles over latest Singapore data centre

Fujitsu has opened a new data centre location in Western Singapore to feed the appetite for cloud services in Asia. Operators have flicked the power switch already and cloud services are available as of now. As distinct divisions, Fujitsu and Fujitsu Asia now operate three data centres in Singapore. The Fujitsu Group already …
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Couchbase unhitches NoSQL: Multi-Dimensional Scaling is almost here

Couchbase is cracking open its NoSQL document store’s architecture by allowing core database services to run on different server parts. The firm announced Monday Couchbase Server 4.0, featuring an architecture it's developed called Multi-Dimensional Scaling. Multi-Dimensional Scaling will let you isolate query, index and data …
Gavin Clarke, 23 Mar 2015
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Reseller SCC buys a slice of Fluidata

IT re-seller SCC has taken an undisclosed stake in London-based data connectivity outfit Fluidata, so as to further muscle into the infrastructure space. James Rigby, chief executive of SCC, said the investment will give the company access to the data telecoms market. "Fluidata positions SCC at the forefront of data centre …
Kat Hall, 23 Mar 2015
Borked computer keyboard

Review: McAfee Endpoint Protection for SMB

Anti-virus – sorry, endpoint security - programs suck. I loathe them and they have been the bane of my professional existence for the better part of 20 years. Despite the crushing, crushing sadness that they cause, the call came down to review Intel Security’s latest endpoint security product, McAfee Endpoint Protection Advanced …
Trevor Pott, 23 Mar 2015
From left to right: Mastodon, mammoth, gomphothere. Credit: Sergio de la Rosa

Scientists splice mammoth genes into unsuspecting elephant

The long-time staple of sci-fi films to recreate prehistoric colossi could soon become a reality – with the woolly mammoth now a step closer to once again walking the earth. George Church, professor of genetics at Harvard University, has inserted DNA from the frozen remains of a woolly mammoth into cells taken from a live …
Kat Hall, 23 Mar 2015
Battlefield Hardline

Discreet fighting man: Battlefield Hardline

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

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

UK ISPs have recently blocked access to The Pirate Bay yet again after a deal with controversial security and hosting company CloudFlare briefly opened them up. CloudFlare is, among other things, a popular choice for operators of pirate sites which profit from using copyrighted material without permission or payment to the …
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Mar 2015
Ship in trouble

Standard General bids to save RadioShack from oblivion

Historic retailer RadioShack, currently under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, will learn its fate today, as its assets go up for auction, although its options for survival look distinctly limited. A $145.5m bid from Standard General LP, a hedge fund which is also one of RadioShack’s lenders, could save 9,000 jobs and 1,723 out …
Simon Rockman, 23 Mar 2015
BrickArms' Toy taliban figure

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

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

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

BT Broadband is one of the most complained about ISPs, according to UK consumer body Which?, scoring particularly poorly in technical support and value for money. Moreover, complaints in general about ISPs and mobile companies are up 20 per cent on the year, according to numbers released by the Ombudsman Services. Consumers …
Simon Rockman, 23 Mar 2015
Inside the CMS experiment

BIG DATA wizards: LEARN from CERN, not the F500

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

Taylor Swift snaps up EVEN MORE pr0n domain names

Not content with her recent purchase of ItaughtTaylorSwiftHowToGiveHead.com, heartthrob chanteuse Taylor Swift has been busy registering more porn domain names, most recently TaylorSwift.porn and TaylorSwift.adult. The latest buys are part of a public sale by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), which …
Kat Hall, 23 Mar 2015
Fluffy grey ragdoll cat relaxes next to laptop.

Distribution of cream among EMC executive fat cats revealed

Fancy finding out how much EMC fat cats earn? Read on. Total compensation – meaning share options, salary and bonuses – for the top execs at EMC Information Infrastructure (EMC II) in 2014 looked like this: Joe Tucci (EMC Chairman & CEO) – $11,203,318 David Goulden (EMC II CEO) – $10,531,257 Howard Elias (President & COO …
Chris Mellor, 23 Mar 2015
storage arrays superimposed on cloudy sky

Backing up cloud applications is never easy but Asigra gets it done

Review As the recent Code Spaces debacle has taught us, just because you use cloud computing doesn't mean you can't properly engineer your IT design. A huge part of that is having proper backups that are set up on separate providers with different administrative credentials. Asigra is a data protection company that claims it can …
Trevor Pott, 23 Mar 2015
Houses of Parliament at night-time

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

Millions of people may be unable to vote in May's general election because the Cabinet Office refused to heed warnings from its own pilot programmes two years ago. Electoral Registration Officers (EROs) at local authorities who have spoken to us on condition of anonymity say the Cabinet Office – the secretive Whitehall …
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Mar 2015