14th > November > 2012 Archive
Sex offenders need internet access, judge rules
A British court has ruled that denying a sex offender access to the internet is an unreasonable intrusion into his civil rights.
Cisco cuts costs, boosts profits faster than sales
After a number of other big IT players stumbled in the third calendar quarter, Wall Street was braced for a possible slowdown at networking giant and now converged-system supplier Cisco Systems.
VCE zaps vBlocks with shrink ray
VCE, the stack-in-a-box vendor jointly owned by EMC, Intel, VMware and Cisco, is working on smaller versions of its vBlocks and also plans to build versions of its products optimised to run certain applications.
Microsoft offers Internet Explorer 10 preview for Windows 7
As promised, Microsoft has shipped a new build of Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7, bringing the "fast and fluid" web experience of its latest web browser to the earlier version of its OS ... almost.
Google stats show government net spying on the rise
Google published the latest edition of its Transparency Report on Tuesday, and if there's one thing we can learn from its findings, it's that government surveillance and government interference with online services are both increasing – at a worryingly rapid rate.
Big Data CIOs: don't look for aliens that aren't there
CIOs have been urged to pull their collective fingers out when it comes to Big Data projects, with experts warning that excessive planning can delay initiatives to the point where the intelligence they generate is useless to the business.
Job ad seeks devs to work two hour days in Australia
Want to work a two-hour work day in Australia, without all the hassle of moving to the anitpodes?
Toyota motors ahead with radar crash avoidance tech
Japanese car giant Toyota is ready to roll out new radar-based collision avoidance technology which could soon see certain high speed crashes a thing of the past.
Brits admit to using mobile phones during sex - and not in a good way
One in 20 Brits admit using a mobile phone during sex - and not in a good way - while almost half check mail while pretending to listen to their significant other talking.
McAfee ‘not a suspect’: CNN report
The story of John McAfee’s pursuit in Belize has taken an odd turn: a police spokesperson has told CNN that the anti-virus pioneer is “not a suspect” in the investigation surrounding the murder of his neighbour.
Internet Explorer becomes Korean election issue
Microsoft’s Internet Explorer market share may soon take a tumble in South Korea if presidential candidate Ahn Cheol-soo wins looming elections. The hot seat hopeful plans to abolish an anachronistic government crypto standard which has effectively locked users into Internet Explorer for over a decade.
Petabyte provider makes a run at Amazon's fattest customers
DataDirect Networks has updated its high-end WOS object storage system and says it's lower-cost than Amazon for petabyte-and-above deployments.
4GEE data marketing campaign accidentally gets Irishmen salivating
A Reg reader has pointed out a little cultural snafu in Everything Everywhere's campaign for its 4G service.
Cawing retail vultures circle dying Comet, might rip some chunks off
Both bricks-and-mortar and web-based traders are looking to pick through the bones of sickened retail outfit Comet.
Kobo Mini 5in compact e-reader review
If you think the Kindles and Nooks of this world are too large, Kobo has an alternative: the Mini, a pocket-sized e-ink e-reader with a 5in screen.
EU standardises hamtagonistic powerline network tech
The second vote on EN50561-1, the EU standard for running Ethernet over mains circuits, has passed, putting the standard on the books, much to the annoyance of the UK amateur radio operator community.
Flash outfit: You bring the cloud, we'll bring the puffening
Flash array start-up SolidFire is going full tilt into the cloud, punting its arrays as multi-app performance engines offering less than $4/GB costs.
Apple stops Caring in Italy, probably all Europe soon
Apple has reportedly stopped selling its extended warranty, AppleCare, in Italian stores following prompts from Europe's Justice minister that the company wasn't respecting EU-mandated guarantees.
Nintendo Wii U set to out-sell predecessor at launch
Nintendo will shift more Wii Us in the first three months of release than it managed with the console's predecessor, analysts claim. But an estimated 53 million sales by the end of 2016 puts projected long-term success of the tablet-inspired console quite some way behind.
Dell to sell Brit firm's 'fastest in the world' HPC arrays
Dell is going to resell Xyratex ClusterStor high-performance computing arrays, which should be good news for the UK data-storage firm after its recent Q4 tumble on the back of crummy enterprise demand and tumbling disk drive sales.
Black Ops 2 blunder has Mass Effect on buyers
PC gamers who rushed to buy Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 yesterday found themselves unable to play the new release when they found they received Mass Effect 2, a title published by Activision's fierce rival EA, instead.
What happened to comics for kids? Hell, what happened to COMICS?
In central London, there’s a giant-sized superheroes, space ’n’ science fiction shop. Among the pricey objects on offer – £479.99 for a replica Alien egg, for example, or £152.99 for a Star Wars dart board – there are action figures, t-shirts, books, DVDs and - even now - comics. On packed shelves of glossy colour mags, we have zombies, saucy vampires, tough guy violence, titillation and bad language alongside the incredible, world-shattering powers of costume’d hyperbeings.
Skyfall makers 3D printed Bond's DB5
The makers of James Bond's latest outing, Skyfall, cut a couple corners in production and used modern 3D printing techniques to fake the decimation of a classic 1960s Aston Martin DB5.
Windows 8 Euro PC sales SHOCKER: Results actually not bad
Windows 8 sent the PC market's heartbeat up a tick or two in the period either side of launch but the pulse was still far from racing.
Sony wants cash to get out of tellies, into mobile, CMOS and games
Sony has announced it will issue five-year convertible bonds, which will change into stock in 2017, to raise ¥150bn (£1.18bn, $1.89bn) for acquisitions and investments.
El Reg mulls commentard icon portfolio shake-up
The El Reg Central Overseeing Commentard Soviet has been instructed to put out feelers to determine whether you, our beloved readers, fancy some extra comments icons to add to the mighty arsenal available to better express your feelings on topics of international import.
Wozniak to star in crazed iOS action game, rescuing missus 'J-Woz'
The wild-haired genius behind the Apple II is to star in a iOS game, "Woz with a Coz" - understood to be the first iOS game ever to feature Steve Wozniak, the engineer and Apple co-founder.
Ballmer comes not to praise Sinofsky but to bury him
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's staff memo following Steven Sinofsky's departure isn't exactly awash with praise for a man once tipped for the software giant's throne.
Subjects bestow Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 on Queen
The Queen is getting a tablet - sorry, ‘teblet’ - and it’s a Samsung.
BT buys Tikit, figures to flog tech to law firms
Directors at UK legal IT services outfit Tikit are set for a £4.5m windfall after telecoms giant BT agreed to buy the company on Wednesday morning.
Warner recalls Xbox Lego Lord of the Rings 'demo' discs
Warner Bros is recalling Xbox 360 copies of Lego Lord of the Rings game after they were incorrectly labelled as demo discs before being shipped to retailers.
Liberator: the untold story of the first British laptop part 2
ArchaeologicIt is 1984 and Bernard Terry, a civil servant, has devised a 'portable text processor' to make his fellow civil servants more productive in the office and out. Electronics giant Thorn EMI has agreed to manufacturer the machine, which will eventually be called the Liberator and become Britain's first laptop computer. Thorn has taken on the R&D team from the collapsed Dragon Data to design the Liberator. For all the details, check out Part One of the Liberator story.
RIM adds VoIP digivoice calls to BBM youngster-messaging ware
BlackBerry Messenger 7 will support VoIP calls as well as messaging, and is available now to download to BlackBerry OS 6 or better, with 5 to follow soon.
Northamber: UK economy stuck in 'U-bend', Olympics hasn't flushed it
Northamber's colourful boss says the UK economy remains stuck in the U-bend - not helped by the Olympics - and the industry is in a "state of flux" making short term forecasts less certain.
Skype IDs hijackable by ANY FOOL who knows your email address
A vulnerability in Skype allows anyone to hijack its users' accounts just by knowing or guessing a punter's registered email address.
Thousands of Australians and satellite view spectacular total eclipse
VidsAs Aussies enjoyed a spectacular total eclipse of the Sun lastnight, the European Space Agency's Proba-2 satellite orbiting out in space also got an eyeful as it passed in and out of the moon's shadow zone.
Apple 'less innovative' at laptops than Lenovo
Asus and Lenovo both offer more innovative Ultrabook-style laptops than Apple, though the Mac maker has the pair of them licked when it comes to implementing that innovation.
MS plugs 'highly exploitable' IE 9 hole in November Patch Tuesday
November's Patch Tuesday brought six updates, four of them critical, starring fixes for Windows 8 and a patch that addresses a highly exploitable vulnerability in IE 9.
ROGUE PLANET WITHOUT A SUN spotted in interstellar space
In images, it doesn’t look like much: just a blue dot against the black of space. What’s exciting about this little planet is that it has somehow manage to escape its star.
Mobile phone sales slump bites Nokia
Nokia may have plunged down the chart of best-selling smartphone makers, but at least it can console itself with the knowledge that it’s still up toward the top of the broader mobile phone supplier table.
Twitter simps fall for 'Obama punched a guy' vid promise scam
A spam campaign doing the rounds on Twitter that implausibly offers to show a picture, and then a video, of US President Obama punching someone in the face is ultimately designed to spread the infamous Koobface worm.
New flexible lens works like the one in your eye - and could replace it
Scientists have created an artificial eye lens out of 800,000 layers of plastic that could revolutionise eye implants and aerial surveillance.
Two scam apps stink up iTunes store, pulled thanks to Reg reader
Apple allowed two scam apps to appear in its App Store - and the dodgy software remained on sale for five days until a Reg reader raised the alarm.
Dell greases Euro storage partners' palms with $10m
Dell is putting $10m discount dollars on the table for Western Europe channel partners who close enterprise business by the end of the year.
Watchdog halts Toyota Grand Theft Auto-esque advert
An advert for the Toyota GT86 has been banned in the UK after the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) judged that it glamorises reckless driving.
Zynga CFO cuts out the middleman and moves to Facebook
Sinking ship Zynga has lost yet another senior executive, as chief financial officer Dave Wehner abandons the firm for a glittering career at Facebook.
Microsoft flings free Xboxes to long-term Live lovers
Microsoft is giving some of its long-standing Xbox Live members a limited edition Xbox 360, free of charge, in celebration of the online service's ten year anniversary.
Curious robot rover Curiosity chews a second mouthful of Mars dirt
The Mars rover has stuck a pinch of the fine sand and dust of the Red Planet into its Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument for its second soil analysis.
Finally - a solution to let people make money online WITHOUT ads?
The UK's copyright industries have agreed to fund new content trading exchanges, which will make it easier to use images and other creative works at a lower cost. That's according to Richard Hooper, the ex-Ofcom bigwig tasked by the government to oversee the creation of these copyright hubs.
Android and Apple OS shares show mountain MS must climb
Microsoft’s Windows Phone mobile operating system was loaded on 2.4 per cent of the smartphones that shipped around the world during the third quarter of 2012. Even if the new version, Windows Phone 8, isn’t a major success, it should still lift the OS past Symbian.
Paying for Windows Server 2012: Worse than using it?
Live ChatPaying too much, getting audited by Microsoft, unused licenses – Microsoft licensing is bureaucratic headache that often detracts from the joy of using the software.
Rockstar ramps it up with Grand Theft Auto V reveal
Rockstar's GTA V publicity went into overdrive today with a new trailer and more details about what the game has in store for fans.
China strikes blow for property rights, British move to collectivism
CommentThe afternoon M'Lords will debate a bill in Parliament which seeks to weaken your rights over the stuff you create. Buried in the Business and Enterprise Reform Bill, which is being debated today, are measures to "collectivise" intellectual property via extended collective licensing - all in the name of reforming 'orphan works' copyright law. Since the measure will sweep millions of foreign works into the scheme, overseas artists are rather angry.
Meet the all-girl HPC cluster boffins of 'Team Venus' - on Video
SC12It's time to meet some of the Big Iron cluster war contenders. Team Venus, the all-female Student Cluster Competition (SCC) team from the University of the Pacific, tells us how they found their way into the competition in their profile video below.
Snow and ice fail to freeze battlin' Big Iron bots in their tracks
SC12It's time, once again, to meet some more plucky contenders in the SC12 Student Cluster Competition.
DataDirect plunks $100m on storage array disguised as a super
Supercomputer storage supplier DataDirect Network is setting up a $100m exascale computing lab.
Skype fixes flaw that let anyone with your email address hijack you
Skype said it has resolved a password reset bug that made it possible to hijack accounts held with the VoIP service simply by knowing an email address.
Texans forget deep fryer, add GPUs to lasso data-crunching crown
SC12Meet the 2012 edition of the Texas Longhorn Student Cluster Competition team. This video was shot right after they received the scientific application data sets and had begun their initial processing.
Tianhe-1A schoolkids bring their best game, GPUs to cluster punchup
SC12Video: Here’s a look at one of the two Chinese entries into the SC12 Student Cluster Competition. These kids are from the University of Science and Technology and are not only battling their cluster competitors, but are also fighting jet-lag, 8.5 inches (21cm) of snow, and my inability to speak slowly/clearly enough to be understood without an interpreter.
Boiler Makers swing hammer at SC12, Team Taiwan tries for a three-peat
SC12Video Team Taiwan (from Taiwan’s National Tsing Hua University) has a chance to become a three time Overall Award winner at the SC12 Student Cluster Competition here in Salt Lake City. They notched their first win at SC10 in New Orleans, repeated the feat the next year in Seattle, and are now looking for the hat trick in Salt Lake. But, if you talk to them, you’ll get the impression that they believe they’ll be happy just to get the system booted and to complete all of the tasks.
Federal advisors urge Congress to look into China's cyber attacks
A federal advisory group has told the US Congress that it should be doing an in-depth investigation of Chinese cyber spying and that it should create tougher penalties for companies that benefit from corporate espionage.
New York Times uses palpably fake pic to illustrate Syrian warfare
The New York Times has used an obviously faked image with a strong resemblance to videogame visuals to illustrate the conflict in Syria, an eagle eyed Reg reader has pointed out.
Apple to settle with Samsung? Korean honcho: 'Fuggedaboutit'
Although HTC and Apple reached an out-of-court settlement of their patent-infringement squabbles on Saturday, don't expect such an amicable armistice in Cupertino's ongoing patent war with Samsung.
Israel declares war on Hamas via Twitter
VideoThe Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) took to Twitter to declare war on Hamas shortly after they launched a series of airstrikes against the Palestinian group's leadership.
Alan Sugar's YouView loses brand judgment in court
Lord Sugar's net-based TV service YouView lost a High Court appeal over the use of its brand name late last week.
AWS flicks switch for S3-to-Glacier migration
Amazon Web Services has turned on a new facility that allows migration of data from its S3 cloud storage service to its new Glacier cloud archive service.
Facebook gets into jobs market with recruitment board
Facebook has developed an application aimed at matching its users with available jobs as part of an initiative with the US government dubbed the Social Jobs Partnership (SJP).
Humans becoming steadily STUPIDER, says brainiac boffin
A US biologist is of the opinion that human brainpower peaked thousands of years ago, and that our smarts have been declining ever since.
Zeebox lands down under
UK developed social TV platform zeebox has hit Australian screens following its US launch last September.
Cray notches up two Urika graph analysis appliance sales
It has been a busy couple of weeks for supercomputer maker Cray, with the rollout of the 27-petaflops "Titan" supercomputer, the debut of the next-generation XC30 system, and the acquisition of sometime HPC rival Appro International. News that Cray had sold two of its Urika big data analytics appliances got a little lost in the shuffle, but the company is finding buyers for the massively multithreaded systems.
America to send space radar to Australia
A base in Western Australia will host a Southern Hemisphere outpost of America’s Space Surveillance Network (SSN), with a space-watching radar to be relocated from Antigua.
Microsoft aims Windows Embedded 8 at $1.4 trillion market
With the much-ballyhooed launches of Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 behind it, Microsoft has now announced its product road map for the less consumer-centric version of its OS platform: Windows Embedded.
Red Hat to mash up KVM hypervisor and Gluster file system
Red Hat bought its way into server virtualization by acquiring Qumranet and gave the world the KVM hypervisor, commercialized as Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization. Several years later, it bought its way into clustered file systems by eating Gluster and commercializing its eponymous file system as Red Hat Storage Server. And now the company is mashing them up so they can run side-by-side on the same clusters, uniting compute and storage on commodity boxes.
Race for new top level domains now officially a lottery
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has set December 17 as the date on which it will conduct the "prioritization draw" for new generic top level domains (gTLDs) and has announced the process will officially be a lottery.