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'We the People' seek to double NASA budget – at least

Calling all space fans: point your browser to the Obama White House's "We the People" petition website and sign onto an effort to ensure that NASA is funded to at least 1 per cent of the US annual budget.
Rik Myslewski, 08 Mar 2013

Google, MPEG LA kiss and make up in WebM patent spat

Google and the MPEG LA licensing body have announced that they have reached a licensing agreement for patents related to the Chocolate Factory's WebM streaming media technology, clearing the cloud of potential litigation that has loomed over the format for more than two years.
Neil McAllister, 08 Mar 2013

Safety authorities to hold hearings into Boeing 787's battery woes

There's no end in sight for Boeing's woes with its combustible 787 Dreamliner: the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released its interim report about a fire on one of the aircraft, and announced that a full investigation into the 787's batteries will begin next month.
Iain Thomson, 08 Mar 2013
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OLPC rebuts 'kids with laptops read less' study

The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) initiative has published a response to a study by the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) that found kids given the program's signature PC didn't learn much and spent less time reading.
Simon Sharwood, 08 Mar 2013

Georgia Tech proposes terabit NFC antenna

A group from Georgia Tech is hoping to build a micro-scale graphene antenna that would support terabit – or even hundred-terabit – radio communications.
Richard Chirgwin, 08 Mar 2013

Pwn2Own: IE10, Firefox, Chrome, Reader, Java hacks land $500k

It's back to the drawing board for coders at Microsoft, Google, Adobe, Mozilla, and Oracle after entrants in the annual Pwn2Own contest waltzed off with over half a million dollars in prizes for exploiting security holes in popular software.
Iain Thomson, 08 Mar 2013

Red Hat: We still love Java 6, even if Oracle doesn't

Red Hat has announced that it is assuming the leadership of the OpenJDK 6 community, just days after Oracle issued what it said would be the final patch for version 6 of its commercial Java SE 6 Development Kit.
Neil McAllister, 08 Mar 2013

Irish Senator suggests net users register passport and IP address

A Parliamentary committee hearing in the Republic of Ireland on “the abuse of social media and cyber-bullying” has heard a proposal to control trolls and other unsavoury online creatures by registering internet users with their passport numbers or IP addresses.
Simon Sharwood, 08 Mar 2013
The before and after effects promised by Dove's fake Photoshop action

Photoshop fakery exposed by fake Photoshop tool

Beauty products brand Dove, one arm of the Unilever conglomerate, has pranked graphic designers with a new Photoshop tool.
Simon Sharwood, 08 Mar 2013
Street View Japan deserted nuclear town

Google sends Street View car into Fukushima dead zone

Google’s Street View project took an unusual left turn this week after one of it's familiar camera mounted cars took to the streets of Namie – a town in Japan’s Fukushima Prefecture deserted nearly two years ago after the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl.
Phil Muncaster, 08 Mar 2013
Willcom Strap Phone 2 world's smallest

World's 'smallest' mobe unveiled in Japan

At a time when smartphone screens are getting bigger and bigger, Japanese outfit Willcom has bucked the trend and announced what it claims is the world’s smallest and lightest mobile phone.
Phil Muncaster, 08 Mar 2013
Rochester was the piece of IBM it almost sold off to settle antitrust lawsuits

IBM moves Power Systems manufacturing from Minnesota to Mexico

It is the end of an era – the minicomputer era to be precise – for the IBMers who work in the company's sprawling Rochester, Minnesota facility. Their jobs are moving to Mexico.

Canuck rumps resist Street View arsebusters

NSFWGoogle's Street View has been around long enough to become part of the internet scenery, although it continues to offer interesting scenery for those with a sharp eye.
Lester Haines, 08 Mar 2013
Cover image from 'Health First: An evidence-based alcohol strategy for the UK'

Red wine may be ELIXIR OF YOUTH

The medicinal properties of the odd glass of red wine have long been document, and embraced. But now an international team of boffins has published a paper asserting that a particular compound found in red can activate an anti-ageing protein.
Simon Sharwood, 08 Mar 2013

Cheeky Boston fires up x86-to-ARM porting cloud for server apps

If you are a developer and you want to get a jump on the ARM server wave and port your applications from an x86 processor or another chip architecture – hey, the latter could happen – getting your hands on some of the nifty new server iron can be problematic. An ARM server is not exactly a volume product, and neither are operating systems that run on them. But cheeky UK server maker Boston Limited has a solution to the programmer problem, and it is called the ARM as a service, or AaaS, cloud.
Super Micro's 8-node FatTwin server

Review: Supermicro FatTwin

My testlab has a new arrival: a Supermicro FatTwin™ F617R2-F73. As always when something lands in my lab, I will valiantly kick the crap out of it on behalf of El Reg's discerning readership. There are already a few different systems in my testlab - let's see how this thing stacks up.
Trevor Pott, 08 Mar 2013

Tech titans: Give it a rest with the SEP injunctions, wouldja? - economists

Standard-essential patent owners should be required to try to settle licensing disputes out of court in a bid to restrict the affects of litigation on market innovation, three prominent economists have said.
OUT-LAW.COM, 08 Mar 2013

The DIY spy-in-the-sky: From kites to octocopters

Last week, we offered a brief history of aerial surveillance, with a promise to give a few pointers to the budding DIY spy-in-the-sky.
Lester Haines, 08 Mar 2013
yellow measuring tape - black writing

Dot Hill: Performance isn't everything... check out our, er, cheap capacity

Mid-range storage array vendor Dot Hill has presented its SPC-1 performance benchmark results in a left-field way to make it stand-out from the crowd, saying it leads as the best performer on a $/GB (capacity) measure.
Chris Mellor, 08 Mar 2013

Congratulations, copyright infringers: You are the five per cent

CommentMeet the most pampered group in the UK. Bankers? Farmers? Wind-farm operators? The depressed river mussel?
Andrew Orlowski, 08 Mar 2013

Single IPv6 packet kills Kaspersky-protected PCs, fix emerges

Kaspersky Lab has fixed a bug that could freeze PCs with Kaspersky Internet Security 2013 installed if they received a specially malformed IPv6 packet.
John Leyden, 08 Mar 2013

'Seriously Kelly? I may as well call YOU the unelected networks tsar'

QuotwThis was the week that hard-working Reg hack Kelly Fiveash came in for some flack over her presentation of Steelie Neelie's latest comments on the lack of IT skills in Europe.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 08 Mar 2013

Malware devs offer $100 a pop for 'active' Google Play accounts

Virus writers are paying top dollar for access to "active" Google Play accounts to help them spread mobile malware across the Android ecosystem.
John Leyden, 08 Mar 2013

Kovio gets help convincing world to buy into printed NFC

Symphony Teleca will be helping NFC-specialist Kovio realise its dream of dropping printed NFC tags into just about everything, bringing its analytical and technical skills to bear on Kovio's product line.
Bill Ray, 08 Mar 2013

Microsoft preps UPDATE EVERYTHING patch batch

Microsoft plans to deliver seven bulletins next week, four critical, and three important, as part of the March edition of its regular Patch Tuesday update cycle.
John Leyden, 08 Mar 2013

Virgin Mobile doffs its cap: Web speed limit axed after outrage

Virgin Mobile UK has suspended its internet speed cap while it tries to get its network reliability back up to scratch.
Bill Ray, 08 Mar 2013
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Chaos Theory causes password entry pandemonium

Something for the Weekend, Sir?There are things in this tiny microcosm of the universe that I will never comprehend. For example, why do so many humans require the assistance of spectacles? How does the phase of the moon affect emotional behaviour? And what is it about the otherwise harmless, uncontroversial and inoffensive Justin Bieber that makes me want to kick that shit-eating wanker in his non-existent, hairless nuts?
Alistair Dabbs, 08 Mar 2013

Google AXES another 1,200 employees from Motorola workforce

Google is cutting loose another 10 per cent of its Motorola Mobility workforce - which means 1,200 employees at the smartphone maker face redundancy.
Team Register, 08 Mar 2013

Cisco Gold partner Cisilion boosts fiscal 2012 profits

Bottom-line boosting IT services worked well for Cisco Gold house Cisilion in its last fiscal year while hardware and software licensing margins tightened.
Paul Kunert, 08 Mar 2013

LOHAN seeks rocketeer for explosive relationship

Despite an apparent lull of late on the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) front, we are moving apace towards finally getting our Vulture 2 aircraft aloft.
Lester Haines, 08 Mar 2013

BAN SMUT, rage MEPs: Purpose of internet must be EXTERMINATED

MEPs are being urged to back a non-binding resolution that calls on the European Parliament to, in effect, ban pornography from the internet. A group of Euro politicos hope the web filth block will bring about a "genuine culture of equality" online.
Team Register, 08 Mar 2013

Advanced Computer Software gulps down Computer Software Holdings

Advanced Computer Software Group has hoovered up accounting software outfit Computer Software Holdings from HgCapital LLP for £110m in an all-cash deal.
Team Register, 08 Mar 2013

Here's the $4.99 utility that might just have saved Windows 8

VidVeteran software outfit Stardock has offered Microsoft an elegant way to escape its Windows 8 Metro Notro dilemma.
Andrew Orlowski, 08 Mar 2013

Leaked: The 'secret OAuth app keys' to Twitter's VIP lounge

Twitter's private OAuth login keys, used by the website's official applications to get preferential treatment from the micro-blogging site, have apparently been leaked. The secret credentials could now allow any software to masquerade as an approved Twitter client.
John Leyden, 08 Mar 2013

US economy defies Fiscal Cliff, creates plenty of IT services jobs

The US federal government's budget crisis at the end of 2012 did mess with America's economy and the jobs market in particular. But according to the latest employment report from the Department of Labor, companies were a tad more resilient in the face of the Fiscal Cliff than many had expected.

Yahoo! webmail! hijacks! are! back!...

Yahoo! has blamed cross-site scripting security bugs, which it claims to have squashed, for a recent upsurge in webmail account takeovers.
John Leyden, 08 Mar 2013

Private equity crew prep CDW IPO after $7.3bn buyout - report

The private equity boys are preparing to flip US technology shop CDW back to the market, Reuters reports.
Gavin Clarke, 08 Mar 2013

Dear Facebook: I heard the news today, oh boy

CommentFacebook has been tugging apart and putting back together its website over the past year, trying to make more cash out of its network and hopefully see its stock rocket now that it has Wall Street to answer to.
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Mar 2013
Grand Theft Auto (1997)

Oklahoma woman cuffed with loaded .22 in pork holster

An Oklahoma woman busted on drugs and firearms charges earlier this week was found to have concealed a loaded .22 revolver in her vagina, the Smoking Gun reports.
Lester Haines, 08 Mar 2013

HTC slays Nokia's two-headed Android patent dragon in Germany

Nokia has lost a patent-infringement lawsuit it brought against rival phone-maker HTC. Nokia was upset about the way HTC's Android phones talked to Google app stores, claiming the communication ripped off its protected technologies.
Gavin Clarke, 08 Mar 2013
Lenticular Cloud

Amazon accused of knocking off AWS customers' products

ExclusiveThe torrential growth of Amazon Web Services' cloud is coming at the expense of the web giant's customers, some of its partners contend – and they're not happy about the tactics being used by the company.
Jack Clark, 08 Mar 2013

Study: Megaupload closure boosted Hollywood sales 10%

A new study claims that the revenues of two anonymous Hollywood studios rose between 6 to 10 per cent in countries where digital sales are available, after the cyberlocker site Megaupload was shut down.
Iain Thomson, 08 Mar 2013

Microsoft backs law banning Google Apps from schools

Microsoft is backing a bill in Massachusetts that would effectively force schools to stop using Google Apps, or any other service that uses students' data.
Iain Thomson, 08 Mar 2013

Apple ordered to surrender coveted docs in iOS privacy lawsuit

A US magistrate has ordered Apple to show in great detail how it goes about searching for documents it has been ordered to provide to plaintiffs in an ongoing personal information–slurping lawsuit, noting that he no longer trusts Cupertino's efforts to be on the up-and-up.
Rik Myslewski, 08 Mar 2013

PayPal enters 21st Century with developer tools refresh

Online payments giant PayPal has spruced up its developer tools with new APIs, a new mobile SDK, and a new, one-stop developer website – all changes that company execs admit are long overdue.
Neil McAllister, 08 Mar 2013

Amazon slashes DynamoDB prices

Amazon has slashed the cost of DynamoDB as the cloud giant passes on operational savings to customers.
Jack Clark, 08 Mar 2013

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