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Doctor Who trashing the TARDIS, Clara alone, useless UNIT – Death in Heaven

TV Review Please note: THIS IS A POST-UK-BROADCAST REVIEW – THERE WILL BE SPOILERS! Brid-Aine says: The thrill is definitely gone. This finale couldn’t lift itself up from the messy morass of the rest of the season, or redeem either Peter Capaldi’s Doctor or Jenna Coleman’s Clara Oswald. All of it, down to the completely annoying and …
Gavin Clarke, 8 Nov 2014
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How mobile device management is taking on the BYOD challenge

Every IT manager worth his or her salt would really like to get hold of users’ physical devices to lock down security and manage privileges, protocols and permissions in the perpetual quest for control. This is not always possible. The situation has given rise to industry terminology such as mobile device management (MDM) and …

Security products: Best of breed or create your own monster?

IT security is not just about antivirus or firewall products anymore. There is a whole layer cake of different product types designed to protect your organisation in different ways. It is a stack, in much the same way as TCP-IP networking or web server functionality has stacks of functionality. The question is, what's the best …
X300 SSDs

Why solid-state disks are winning the argument

Perhaps the most perplexing question I have been posed this year is: "Why should I use SSDs?" On the face of it, it is a reasonable question. When it was put to me, however, I just sat there staring at the wall, trying to form a coherent thought. Where to begin? As it was late at night, I decided that starting with a brief …
Trevor Pott, 7 Nov 2014
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BYOD: don't let the dream turn into a nightmare

Most vendors and analysts agree: you can’t avoid BYOD (bring your own device). But despite all the excitement about letting people use whatever smartphones, tablets, convertibles or latest thingamajig they want at work, many businesses are still wary of the BYOD trend. Some organisations, by necessity, just cannot adopt BYOD …
Stuart Burns, 6 Nov 2014
Barney Rubble driving with Fred Flinstone

Forget 5G, UK.gov is making 2G fit for the 21st century!

Analysis The government flagged up the biggest shake-up in mobile regulation for 25 years yesterday. Tories who ridiculed Ed Miliband’s intervention in the energy market might need to remove the large wooden beam from their field of vision first. Four major policy options are suggested in the Ministry of Fun’s rural mobile consultation …
Nokia Lumia 930

Can you really run your business on a smartphone?

We have all seen them: people who wander around with a phone glued to their ear as if their entire world depended on it. And we have all worked with people for whom eye contact means sitting with head stooped peering at texts, emails or, occasionally, videos of real people. This got us wondering: can normal people actually run …
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Scalable storage outfit Imation SLIDES BACK after recovery

Analysis Formidably troubled storage outfit Imation, the company dragged down by delayed exits from the tape and optical media markets, has recorded a third quarter loss 76 per cent worse than last year on revenues just nine per cent down on the year. The third 2014 quarter saw revenues of $175m, compared to $178.6m a quarter ago and $ …
Chris Mellor, 4 Nov 2014
Pile of mobiles

Hold onto your hats and follow the BYOD generation

A recent survey has suggested that young people would be willing to accept lower pay as long as they could use their own mobile devices in the workplace Really? Would and should an employer be happy to take somebody on who values personal data access over and above core compensation for a job well done? If this trend is real, …
BCE video days: Jack Mullin, Bing Crosby and Wayne Johnson

Raj Samani: The Director’s Cut

Regcast after dark After our recent Regcast in which Raj Samani of McAfee's Intel Security scared us to death about security threats businesses are facing (before showing us how automating our security systems means we’re not doomed if we do the right thing), we got the sense he had more to say. Youtube Video We were right. So we sat Raj down for …
Tim Phillips, 4 Nov 2014

The Great Smartphone Massacre: Android bloodbath gathers pace

Analysis The bloodbath continues for smartphone vendors, results from the leading Android vendors have confirmed in the past week. While it’s a great time to be a buyer, in saturated Western markets, only LG can show black ink on its earnings statements. Sony, Samsung and HTC also reported and the pages were awash with minus signs, …
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Drupalgeddon megaflaw raises questions over CMS bods' crisis mgmt

The security world has been shocked to its foundations following ominous warnings that millions of Drupal websites that didn't apply a critical patch within hours of its release earlier this month should be regarded as hopelessly compromised. The maintainers of the Drupal content management system warned users that “automated …
John Leyden, 3 Nov 2014
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What you need to know about keeping your cloud data safe

The first reaction many corporate users – even those who are quite technically aware – have when considering a migration to cloud computing is to worry about data security. It is a fairly natural emotional response of course; you are effectively surrendering a kind of ownership of your data over to a third party. So what if a …
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NHS slow to react as Windows XP support nears the end

Many UK NHS Trusts are at risk of missing the extended cut-off deadline for Windows XP support in April 2015, according to the results of several Freedom of Information requests by software firm Citrix. Although the government acquired a support extension, the FOI request found that the trusts have been slow to make the …
John Leyden, 3 Nov 2014

'Life in Mexico City is like a Simpsons episode, with worse trains'

The eXpat Files Tomorrow is Monday, which means another day in the office. Because we know some of you can't bear the thought of doing that again, each Sunday we bring you The eXpat Files, in which a Reg reader shares their experience of moving to another nation to pursue their career, and find interesting local snacks. This week's volunteer is …

Snapper's decisions: Whatever happened to REAL photography?

Feature Gradually and quietly, there has been a revolution in photography which has seen traditional film eclipsed by digital techniques. John Watkinson argues that the results of the revolution are not all beneficial, not least because the evolutionary path from amateur to professional has been economically closed off by marketing. …

Dub pioneer Rupie Edwards' Ire Feelings – 40 years on

Trackback Phil Strongman reveals the bizarre true story of how the first real musical fusion of technology and culture ended up coming from the Third World. Youtube Video In late 1974, out of nowhere, the first dub hit anywhere in the world leapt into the UK Top Ten. Upon its release that autumn, Rupie Edwards’ innovatory Ire Feelings …
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BOFH: Stop your tiers – when it comes to storage, LESS is MORE

Episode 10 "You'll never guess who I just saw in here!" the PFY blurts, entering Mission Control with a mainstream IT mag in hand. "One of the Royal Family using a tablet?" "No." "A movie star or football player with a new bendy iPhone?" "No." "A vendor-sponsored review of new technology with a shameless suckup review of their …
Register Roundtable at the Soho hotel

How do Reg readers keep their vendors in line?

Reg Events It's difficult to speak openly about how to squeeze the best out of your suppliers. On the one hand, you always suspect there's more you could be doing. On the other, you don't want to give away your secrets. So, last month we gathered a team of senior IT execs from an eclectic mix of large corporates, government departments, …
Dominic Connor, 27 Oct 2014
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How iPad’s soft SIM lets Apple pit carriers AGAINST each other

Analysis The SIM card is the most potent instrument of control in the mobile carrier’s hands, controlling the relationship with the customer and giving it unmatched information about how its users behave. The humble SIM has enabled mobile operators to assert control over important areas which were not initially in their kingdom, such as …
Wireless Watch, 27 Oct 2014
Doctor Who In the Forest of the Night

Reg hacks see the woods or the trees In the Forest of the Night

TV Review El Reg's resident Doctor Who fans – Brid-Aine Parnell, Gavin Clarke and Jennifer Baker – have come together to discuss the plot of tonight's episode, In the Forest of the Night. Please note: THIS IS A POST-UK-BROADCAST REVIEW – THERE WILL BE SPOILERS! Brid-Aine says: After the tentative forward momentum achieved in Mummy on …
Microsoft Surface bomb

Happy 2nd birthday, Windows 8 and Surface: Anatomy of a disaster

Analysis This weekend marks two years since Windows 8 and Surface were launched at a press event at Pier 57 on the Hudson River in New York. The invitation for the Windows 8 launch in October 2012 “It is today that with great pride we unveil this new generation of Windows. Starting at 4.01am worldwide, the next era of Windows …
Tim Anderson, 24 Oct 2014

We chat to CloudFlare about its 'EVERYBODY GETS SSL' venture

Interview CloudFlare boss Matthew Prince is hoping the firm's project to roll out SSL support to customers who use its free cloud-based web hosting service will inspire other internet firms to build out a fully encrypted web. The Universal SSL program from CloudFlare allows its customers to encrypt and secure web traffic between visitors …
John Leyden, 24 Oct 2014
Sea Harriers

Kingston's aviation empire: From industry firsts to Airfix heroes

Geek's Guide to Britain He learned to fly aged 22, set up his first aircraft factory aged 24 and by 30 his fighters dominated the skies over the Western Front. Thomas Octave Murdoch Sopwith - later, Sir – founded the Sopwith Aircraft Company in 1912, turning out aeroplanes from a Edwardian roller-skating rink in Kingston upon Thames. Yes, the …
Gavin Clarke, 24 Oct 2014
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There's a lot more to backup than you thought

If backup is too often an afterthought, have you considered its even poorer relation, archive. You haven’t? What a surprise. The fact is, businesses and their infrastructure depend upon common services for general efficiency, management focus and cost control. All organisations do, and it would be a nightmare if they didn't. …
Chris Mellor, 23 Oct 2014

APPLE support doc CONFIRMS 'ORGANIZED NETWORK ATTACKS'

Apple is warning its iCloud users over heightened spying risks following the discovery of attacks which security watchers have claimed are down to crude snooping by the Chinese government. Without naming China directly, Apple said it was "aware of intermittent organised network attacks" on its iCloud service designed to obtain …
John Leyden, 22 Oct 2014
Microsoft's Scott Guthrie presents the Cloud Platform System

Microsoft and Dell’s cloud in a box: Instant Azure for the data centre

Analysis Two words were missing from Microsoft’s cloudy event in San Francisco yesterday, where CEO Satya Nadella and Cloud and Enterprise VP Scott Guthrie presented an update to the company’s Azure and hybrid cloud strategy. Those two words were System Center. That was an odd omission considering that System Center is meant to be the …
Tim Anderson, 21 Oct 2014

Migrate to the cloud and watch your business take flight

Think cloud computing is about getting rid of IT infrastructure to save money? Think again. “We see very little of ‘let’s move workloads to the cloud so it is cheaper’,” says Gartner analyst Gregor Petri. “Most of the workloads in the cloud are new ones. The promise of cloud computing for enterprises is that they can become …
Tim Anderson, 21 Oct 2014

Ex-US Navy fighter pilot MIT prof: Drones beat humans - I should know

She’s a huge advocate of drones — quite a surprising position to take for a first class fighter pilot. Mary "Missy" Cummings was one of the US Navy’s first female fighter pilots, taking to the air after the service lifted its ban on women in combat, and flying from 1988 to 1999. She piloted F18 Hornets and became one of the Navy …
Photo of Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst at Red Hat Summit 2014

Ex-Microsoft man takes up arms for Red Hat's open-cloud crusade

“We want to be the undisputed leader in enterprise cloud,” Red Hat’s chief executive Jim Whitehurst said recently. It’s a big target to set yourself. There’s plenty of competition from incumbents such as Microsoft (now changing its game), and new entrants such as Amazon (breaking down the doors). One thing both have to help …
Gavin Clarke, 20 Oct 2014
Jaguar XJS modified for fuel efficiency

Want a more fuel efficient car? Then redesign it – here's how

Crawling from the Wreckage Cars are mass-produced consumer products sold to users who mostly know very little about them. They are optimised to make a profit for the manufacturer, so low build cost is paramount for most manufacturers – which automatically excludes many design and engineering ideas that would raise efficiency. John Watkinson has been busy …
John Watkinson, 19 Oct 2014
Concept of the Unimodal SkyTran system in use in Dubai.

'Hmm, why CAN'T I run a water pipe through that rack of media servers?'

eXpat Files Welcome once again to The eXpat files, our Vulture Weekend feature in which readers who've well and truly left the nest explain what it's like to ply their technological trade in another land. This week – we're going weekly by popular demand – meet D. Hayes Blanchard, who made the move from the US to Armenia, and then Dubai. …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Oct 2014

Make life easy for yourself when you move to the cloud

So the boss has decided that the company needs a “highly scalable elastic cloud infrastructure” and in true Dilbert style, the rank-and-file IT people have to build said cloud yesterday. The most important first step is: don't do anything... Yet. An organisation’s, or at least the IT department’s, staff need to understand not …
Stuart Burns, 17 Oct 2014

Keep a beady eye on your business's cloud service shopping

If you believe the hype, it is only a question of time before every Tom, Dick and Harriet in your organisation becomes a tech decision maker who can spend your company's money, with the power to do so a mere click away. “Shadow IT”, the term emerging to describe the buying of IT and technology services without any central …
Stuart Burns, 16 Oct 2014
Lenticular Cloud

Cloud skills certification can add zeros to your pay cheque

As IT recruiters collectively bemoan the dearth of cloud professionals, the doom-and-gloom predictions that cloud services would result in the death of the IT department now seem nothing short of laughable. The most recent research from industry body the Cloud Industry Forum suggests that cloud computing has achieved mainstream …
Rachel Willcox, 16 Oct 2014
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CIO of children's charity: Data re-org will change the giving game

There’s nothing charitable about working in the third sector. In fact, it’s extremely unforgiving, as children’s charity Merlin discovered in 2013. The charity merged with Save the Children after management determined they couldn’t raise the kinds of funds that corporate sponsors wanted to see it raising. The giving scene is …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Oct 2014
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Man bites dog: HTTPS-menacing POODLE is 'hard to exploit' – unless you're on public Wi-Fi

Analysis Mozilla will ditch support for the insecure SSL 3.0 from Firefox next month, following the discovery of a design flaw in the protocol that allows hackers to hijack victims' online accounts. SSL v3 will be disabled by default in Firefox 34, due to be released on 25 November. Security experts are unanimous that sysadmins and …
John Leyden, 16 Oct 2014
Charles Petzold

Influential scribe Charles Petzold: How I figured out the Windows API

Interview Charles Petzold’s book Programming Windows (in various editions) was how a generation of developers learned to code for Windows – 25 years ago when Microsoft’s operating system was the hot new thing. Charles Petzold Petzold now works for Xamarin, and I caught up with him at the company's Evolve conference in Atlanta last week …
Tim Anderson, 14 Oct 2014
Cat on computer

Be Your Own Big Brother: Peeking at pussy

Feature Last year, the BBC's Horizon programme treated the cats of a Surrey village to individual cameras, and their own prime-time spot on TV to share the results. And now the Beeb is at it again with Cat Watch 2014, hoping to find out a little more about what our feline companions get up to. Youtube Video Whether you're a dog or a …
Nigel Whitfield, 12 Oct 2014
Digital Voice Recorders

Look ma, no hands! The machines are speaking our language

From Hal, the malfunctioning computer in Stanley Kubrick’s ground-breaking film 2001: A Space Odyssey, through to last year’s Spike Jonze film Her, in which a man falls in love with a computer voiced by Scarlett Johansson, film makers and sci-fi writers have long been imagining a future where speech recognition is commonplace. …
Eira Hayward, 10 Oct 2014
The Black Knight

The phoney war: EMM vendors joust in jam-packed market

Analysis Charles Brett is principal analyst at Freeform Dynamics, The Register's research partner, where he covers end user computing, with a particular focus on the infrastructure. In June 2014, we examined how Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) was evolving and the ways in which the market was consolidating. Four months later this …
Charles Brett, 10 Oct 2014
Beached-Whale

Splitters! First HP's cut in two, now it's Symantec’s turn – report

Analysis Multiple reports say Symantec is thinking of splitting itself up into separate security and storage businesses. Symantec bought Veritas for a massive $13.5bn in 2004, promising synergies between its existing security business and Veritas’ backup and storage management software. The synergies didn’t appear and Symantec's storage …
Chris Mellor, 9 Oct 2014