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Ploppr: The #VultureTRENDING App of the Now

#VultureTRENDING We here at #VultureTRENDING are quite literally shitting in our pants with excitement over the latest app startup to take the internet by storm - Ploppr! The idea is incredibly simple: like all brilliant sharing economy ideas it seeks to put people who have something together with people who need that something. All over …
Neil Young at Farm Aid 1985

Weekend reads: Neil Young and Brian Cox ponder cars and universe (in that order)

Page File Phil Strongman joins El Reg bookworm Mark Diston to review the pick of publishing this week. Neil Young's second autobiography is more, much more than cars and girls, while the nation's omnipresent telly scientist Brian Cox offers insights to our origins. Also, James Frey and Nils Johnson-Shelton team up for the first time for a …

Win a year’s supply of chocolate (no tech knowledge required)

There is no techie angle to this competition, so we're not going to pretend there is. Everyone loves chocolate, though, so who cares? One of the makes of chocolate Cocoa Runners sells is Pump Street, which is made in Orford The prize is a one-year subscription to Cocoa Runners chocolate service. Each month you get a box of …
Simon Rockman, 18 Oct 2014
The Queen Mother by Phil Houghton

Sign off my IT project or I’ll PHONE your MUM

Something for the Weekend, Sir? When you have to go, you have to go. And when you do, don’t rush it otherwise you can end up with damp socks… as my father-in-law discovered during a hurried slash-and-dash in a not-so-lonely lay-by one night. I might revisit that particular anecdote later. For the moment, I invite you to consider what the computer has brought …
Alistair Dabbs, 18 Oct 2014
Satya Nadella

Damage control (noun): When Microsoft's CEO kickstarts diversity plan after women pay gaffe

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, who earlier this month made astonishingly sexist comments to a room full of women, has decided it's about time to make his workforce more diverse. The Microsoft boss said in a leaked memo to employees that the software giant would begin a series of initiatives including making sure that employees …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Oct 2014

FCC looks to boost next-gen wireless networks with 24GHz study

The FCC is opening up a probe into a possible new class of wireless broadband services which could improve mobile network performance and reliability in the US. The watchdog said that it would be examining the possibility of opening up very high frequency 24GHz spectrum space for use by future mobile broadband networks, possibly …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Oct 2014
Biometric MasterCard

MasterCard adds fingerprint scanner to credit cards for spending sans the PIN

MasterCard and Norwegian biometrics firm Zwipe have announced the first fingerprint-activated credit card that the companies hope will replace signatures and PINs. "Our belief is that we should be able to identify ourselves without having to use passwords or PIN numbers," said Ajay Bhalla, president of enterprise security …
Iain Thomson, 18 Oct 2014
The first X-37B following landing at Vandenberg AFB after the inaugural OTV-1 mission. Credit: USAF

America's super-secret X-37B plane returns to Earth after nearly TWO YEARS aloft

The US Air Force has confirmed that its X-37B spacecraft designated Orbital Test Vehicle 3 has glided back to Earth and landed at 0924 PT (1724 UTC) at Vandenberg Air Force Base. "The landing of OTV-3 marks a hallmark event for the program," said the unnamed X-37B program manager in a statement. "The mission is our longest to …
Iain Thomson, 18 Oct 2014
Samsung Chromebook 2 with Intel processor

Don't shoot – I'm un-ARM-ed! Samsung whips out Intel Chromebook 2

Score another point for Chipzilla in its quest for relevance in the mobile market: Samsung has announced a new, low-cost Chromebook that's powered by an Intel processor. Not that Intel-powered Chromebooks are anything new, really. The very first batch were all based on Atom chips, and in July, Acer even went as far as to release …
Neil McAllister, 17 Oct 2014

Apple releases MEGA security patch round for OS X, Server and iTunes

While the world+dog was distracted by all the shiny new iThings Tim Cook was showing off on Thursday, Apple quietly puMPED out patches for 150 CVE-issued bugs in its server and desktop operating systems and the iTunes media player. The newly released OS X Yosemite, version 10.10, includes a fairly hefty patch load, more so than …
Iain Thomson, 17 Oct 2014
Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

Man, that iPhone 6 Plus won't fit in my pocket. Oh, here's a mobe store that'll resize my jeans

A retailer in China has found a novel way to accommodate the added dimensions of Apple's iPhone 6 Plus – adjust customers' pants* to fit the large handset. Tech in Asia spotted a China Unicom store offering free tailor services to customers who purchase Apple's 5.5in phablet. The in-store tailor. Credit: Amakura on Weibo The …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Oct 2014
Android 5.0 "Lollipop"

Google offers sweet new SDK to let Android devs join 'Lollipop' guild

Android 5.0 "Lollipop" won't ship to the public for a couple more weeks, but Google has tossed developers a bone by releasing the final SDK and system images for select Nexus devices ahead of launch. The new Lollipop SDK that posted on Friday replaces the earlier Android L Developer Preview that the Chocolate Factory offered up …
Neil McAllister, 17 Oct 2014
Container Vessel at Sea

US government fines Intel's Wind River over crypto exports

The US Government has imposed a $750,000 fine on an Intel subsidiary for exporting encryption to China, Russia, Israel and other countries Wind River Systems was fined for exporting products that incorporated encryption to foreign governments and to organisations on the US government restricted list. The controversial move means …
John Leyden, 17 Oct 2014
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SCREW YOU, EU: BBC rolls out Right To Remember as Google deletes links

The BBC will publish a summary of articles removed from Google search rankings under the infamous "right to be forgotten" rules. At a public meeting, the Beeb's editorial policy chief, David Jordan, said the public also had a "right to remember". A ruling by the European Court of Justice in May ordered Google to remove links …
Jasper Hamill, 17 Oct 2014

Flash daddy SanDisk: Revenues up, but Wall St unimpressed

SanDisk's third 2013 quarter showed a healthy annual and quarterly increase but subdued profits, while Fusion-io integration costs and mis-met Wall Street expectations sent the shares down a tad. Revenues were $1.75bn – a record. They were $1.63bn a year ago, meaning a seven per cent increase, and the same in the second 2014 …
Chris Mellor, 17 Oct 2014
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GP records soon wide open again: Just walk into a ‘safe haven’

The government is preparing to resume its GP patient data-sharing plan, even though its chief scientific advisor admits it can’t guarantee your privacy. The care.data initiative was put on hold in February – but it will shortly resume with two exciting new Orwellian additions to our vocabulary. In theory the GP data is …
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Oct 2014
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#Help. There's a STRANGER in my Twitter timeline

Twitter has admitted to fiddling with users' timelines, sparking the sort of social media backlash which is fast becoming a wearying fixture of modern life. The chirpy chaps of Twitter claimed the "spirit of experimentation" made them decide to wodge unwanted tweets in users' feeds. Seeing stuff from people you don't follow …
Jasper Hamill, 17 Oct 2014
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French 'terror law' declares WAR on the INTERNET itself, say digi-rights folks

The French Senate passed a new anti-terror bill last night after just one reading. The new law, which still has to be examined by a Joint Commission in the coming weeks, includes bans on leaving the country for anyone suspected of planning a terrorist act, the creation of an “individual terrorist enterprise” offence, …
Jennifer Baker, 17 Oct 2014
Rails

Let the SAN shine: Supermicro inks EVO: RAIL deal with Nexenta

Tarkan Maner's Nexenta has snagged another server vendor to use its software for file access to VMware's EVO: RAIL. A couple of days ago it was Dell, today it's Supermicro. Supermicro's EVO: RAIL and VMware Virtual SAN offerings will come with NexentaConnect for Virtual SAN product, and so provide file services to the base SAN …
Chris Mellor, 17 Oct 2014

EU Competition chief: So what if I didn't tame Google? You're all 'irrational' anyway

Analysis Europe’s unelected competition czar has signed off with a sour burp aimed at his elected critics in Parliament. "I don't think antitrust investigations should be part of the conventional political debates," Joaquín Almunia complains in the Wall Street Journal. He was quizzed on his failure to deal with Google, a case which …
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Oct 2014
Game of Thrones Season One Blu-ray disc set

HBO shocks US pay TV world: We're down with OTT. Netflix says, 'Gee'

HBO this week has finally done as Netflix said it would, admitting that it WILL provide over-the-top (OTT) streaming content to the masses in the United States. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings predicted back in May 2013 that HBO would need to make this move soon, claiming it was inevitable. When in future we teach technology history …
Faultline, 17 Oct 2014
Apple iPhone 6

iPhone 6 shunned by fanbois in Apple's GREAT FAIL of CHINA

The belated Chinese launch of the iPhone 6 appears to have been a total flop after just 100 people queued outside a flagship store to buy the new mobe. In most parts of the world, the launch of a new Apple iPhone causes a level of fanboi hysteria that is more like a One Direction concert than a consumer technology launch. But …
Jasper Hamill, 17 Oct 2014

Hey small biz: You know what you need? A tape library – Overland

Overland has got itself a new NEO tape library (cue jokes about the Matrix Reloaded) called the NEOxl, and it's packed a huge amount of capacity inside it. The two models in the product line both support LTO5 and LTO6 tape formats and come in 6U enclosures: NEOxl 60 To 3 drives and 60 slots 90TB-375TB capacity (90TB is …
Chris Mellor, 17 Oct 2014

Experts brand LOHAN's squeaky-clean box

Amid all the LOHAN excitement over the last couple of weeks - which saw a right royal knees-up at Vulture Central, our audacious spaceplane mission crash-land on CNN and me apparently called "burly and bald" by Die Welt - we have actually been doing some real work ahead of our relocation to Spaceport America. LOHAN regulars will …
Lester Haines, 17 Oct 2014
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Apple's new iPADS have begun the WAR that will OVERTURN the NETWORK WORLD

Analysis Well, Tim Cook has cried "havoc" and let slip the SIM dogs of war. For several years Apple has sought to replace the hardware SIM card, and hand itself ultimate control over which mobile network the consumer can choose. With the latest iPads, it has finally implemented the strategy. Coming soon to a device near you It’s a …
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Oct 2014

'Dancing Jesus' file-sharer found guilty

A man who shared thousands of links to songs on a music leaks site has pleaded guilty to illegal distribution of copyrighted works at Newcastle Crown Court. The "Dancing Jesus" forum (it’s a Simpsons reference) was operated from South Shields by Kane Robinson, with servers in Dallas, and specialised in links to pre-release …
Andrew Orlowski, 17 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
EE local coverage

It's even GRIMMER up North after MEGA SKY BROADBAND OUTAGE

Life in the famously grim north of England became even more appalling today following a massive Sky broadband outage. Sky's service via a number of exchanges across the North West has collapsed, crippling broadband connections for customers living in the badlands surrounding Manchester and Liverpool. The provider said the issue …
Jasper Hamill, 17 Oct 2014
Kobo Aura H2O e-reader

Watersports-friendly e-reader: Kobo's Aura H2O is literary when wet

Review Now that even the cheapest tablets are notching up increased battery life these days, it seems that the ever-ready e-reader could run the risk of becoming extinct. Kobo Aura H2O e-reader Kobo's Aura H2O hi-res waterproof e-reader In recent months Barnes and Noble has announced a partnership with Samsung to make Nook tablets. …
Mark Diston, 17 Oct 2014

UK's a very popular target for EMEA cyberspies – report

Malware attacks, especially in Europe, nearly doubled in the first half of 2014, according to a new report. Government, financial services, telecommunications and energy were the most targeted sectors – collectively making up more than half of attacks detected by security vendor FireEye. The UK (17 per cent) followed by Germany …
John Leyden, 17 Oct 2014
Lego Gears of War gun

SDI wars: WTF is software defined infrastructure?

Sysadmin blog The Software Defined Infrastructure (SDI) war is coming, and it will reshape the information technology landscape like nothing has since the invention of the PC itself. It consists of sub-wars, each important in their own right, but the game is bigger than any of them. We have just been through the worst of the storage wars. …
Trevor Pott, 17 Oct 2014
What Linus Torvalds thinks of NVIDIA

Torvalds CONFESSES: 'I'm pretty good at alienating devs'

Linux Lord Linus Torvalds has admitted that his tendency to use strong language has alienated other members of the Linux community. In a Q&A with Intel's chief Linux and open source chap Dirk Hohndel at LinuxCon Europe in Düsseldorf on Wednesday, Torvalds was asked what he'd do differently if given the chance. According to …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Oct 2014

WikiLeaks reveals new draft of Trans-Pacific Partnership

+Comment WikiLeaks has revealed a new draft of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the controversial free trade treaty currently being negotiated by 12 nations in the Asia-Pacific region. The new leak comprises a version of the treaty's second chapter said to be the result of round of negotiations conducted in Vietnam during May 2014. …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Oct 2014

It's not always about you: Why the Apple Watch is all about China

Analysis If you’re wondering why you don’t want the new Apple Watch as much as you think you should, don’t fret, it’s because you’re not Chinese. When it was launched last month, all eyes were on what innovations Apple had been cooking up. Sure, a watch would likely tell you when someone was calling, or pop up your emails, but this is …
Kieren McCarthy, 17 Oct 2014
Cassette tape exposed

Internet finally ready to replace answering machine cassette tape

2015 will see the internet finally replace an answering machine that uses cassettes as its storage medium, or at least the answering machine used by alt.rock outfit They Might Be Giants' iconic Dial-A-Song service. They Might Be Giants created Dial-A-Song in 1983 when one member broke his wrist and the other's home was burgled. …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Oct 2014
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Facebook doubles ad-hacking bounty

Facebook has doubled the cash it will pay out to folks who report holes in its advertising code. The bounty will rise in a bid to entice hackers to report bugs found in its ads code following an internal security audit that squashed an undisclosed number of vulnerabilities. Security engineer Collin Greene said the Zucker-empire …
Darren Pauli, 17 Oct 2014
Apple iPhone 4s, 5s, 6 and 6 Plus

Mobile carriers keep the promised land on an ever-receding horizon

Upon taking delivery of a new iPhone last month, my mobile carrier informed me that as a special gift, the data fairies had granted me an additional 25 GB of mobile data. The catch: I had to use all of it within 30 days. That has turned out to be a good thing. If the offer had been spread out over the 24 months of my contract, I …
Mark Pesce, 17 Oct 2014
OpenStack Juno logo

Juno what's just been released? OpenStack 10, that's what

The tenth version of OpenStack is upon us, and thanks to 1,419 contributors from 133 companies offers 342 new features and 3,219 bug fixes. Juno, as the new release is known, is the latest emission in the project's planned six-monthly release cycle. The headline feature this time around is a new automated service for …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Oct 2014
Mimas

That's no – actually it is: DEATH STAR MOON 'could be full of life-friendly water'

Mimas has long been thought to be one of the less noteworthy moons of its vast ringed primary, Saturn – apart from its frankly worrying resemblance to the Death Star, that is. But now, a new study indicates that the humdrum space boulder could have, er, hidden depths. Mimas Actually, that is a moon. Not a space station A team …
Iain Thomson, 17 Oct 2014
iPad mini 3

Same old iPad? NO. The new 'soft SIMs' are BIG NEWS

Buried in the hypegasm around the new iPad Air 2 and Mini 3 is a genuinely earthshaking reveal from Apple that could seriously change the way people buy their data. The iGiant has a introduced a software SIM card in "cellular" versions of the iPad Air 2 and Mini 3 models that can be configured to work with various carriers in …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Oct 2014

Symantec's already virtually split, says letter to suppliers

Symantec's been preparing to split into two entities for about six months, according to a letter sent to the company's suppliers sighted by The Reg. The missive comes from Symantec's procurement team and explains that suppliers won't see any change in the company's behavior “until we complete the separation, which we expect to …
Chris Williams, 17 Oct 2014
HP Pre 3 WebOS smartphone

HP to shutter webOS cloud services

HP has announced it will shut down webOS cloud services on January 15th, 2015. The company says it's given the few owners of webOS devices three years of service since canning the software, but that “The user count has dwindled to the point where it is no longer viable to keep the services running.” Devices running webOS will …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Oct 2014