'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.