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NASA on alert: International Space Station springs a leak

It's going to be a tense 24 hours for the crew of the International Space Station after Commander Chris Hadfield reported that the ammonia coolant used in the station's power systems appears to be leaking into space.
Iain Thomson, 10 May 2013

Apple wins documents fight with Google in Samsung case

A US judge has ordered Google to provide Apple with information on how it is searching for documents sought by Cupertino in its seemingly eternal patent-infringement fight with Samsung, rejecting Google's argument that, as a third-party to the case, it isn't bound by the same rules as the two warring parties.
Rik Myslewski, 10 May 2013

Rackspace shares crater in drab results aftermath

Rackspace's shares have fallen off a cliff after the Texas cloud company reported less than glowing revenues.
Jack Clark, 10 May 2013

Aryaka adds mobile admin to WANOP kit

WAN-optimisation-in-the-cloud provider Aryaka has added mobile portal access to its network.
Richard Chirgwin, 10 May 2013
A fake tattoo on the leg of Canberra Raiders footballer Sandor Earl, sent by Huawei as an April Fool

India joins list of nations vetting Huawei, ZTE

India has joined the list of countries concerned about allowing the installation of telecoms kit from Chinese companies Huawei and ZTE.
Simon Sharwood, 10 May 2013
Photo of HTC First with Facebook Home

AT&T drops Facebook phone to 99 cents

Facebook's long game looks to be an attempt to create a shadow web by making the site a reasonable substitute for almost anything one does online.
Simon Sharwood, 10 May 2013

Thongs of praise: Slip on Japan's skimpy mobe knickers

PicsThe Japanese adult male is widely considered to be utterly obsessed with young women’s small clothing. While we’d rather not pander to this particular stereotype, we have to admit the Land of the Rising Sun doesn’t do itself any favours.
Adrian Frills, 10 May 2013
Sinclair ZX Spectrum

ZX Spectrum cassette player lost? There's an app for that

Those with a working ZX Spectrum in their cupboards but lacking a working cassette deck with which to load programs need fret no more: there's an app for that.
Simon Sharwood, 10 May 2013

Obama orders gov data must be 'open and machine-readable'

US President Barack Obama has issued an Executive Order, decreeing that “Government information shall be managed as an asset throughout its life cycle to promote interoperability and openness, and, wherever possible and legally permissible, to ensure that data are released to the public in ways that make the data easy to find, accessible, and usable.”
Simon Sharwood, 10 May 2013
Steve Jobs arse

Stroke my sexy see-through backside, says Jobs from BEYOND THE GRAVE

Apple has successfully patented a new invisible button designed to be placed on the back of iDevices or used in computers.
Jasper Hamill, 10 May 2013

RTFM! NSA tome reveals THE TRUTH behind spooks on the web

According to Hollywood, spies have access to all sorts of gizmos that mere civilians could only dream of playing with.
Jasper Hamill, 10 May 2013

German govt DUMPS 170 NEW PCs riddled with Conficker

The German education ministry has binned new computers infected by the infamous Conficker worm - and bought replacements - rather than attempting to disinfect the machines.
John Leyden, 10 May 2013

Not now, Apple: We've got the Pi-Phone, the smallest mobe network

VidEngineers at communications tech biz Quortus have ported their mobile network core to a Raspberry Pi - perhaps creating the cheapest mobile network ever conceived.
Bill Ray, 10 May 2013

Fighting Fantasy and fantastic fights in tights

Game TheoryThis month’s column has been unceremoniously cleft in twain. Why? Because, while May’s big news will undoubtedly revolve around Microsoft’s unveiling of its Xbox 360 successor, there are still a fine number of new releases to discuss.
Mike Plant, 10 May 2013

Rivals tout antidotes to EMC's ViPR bite

CommentHow do you avoid a snakebite from the ViPR that EMC has let loose in the storage jungle? El Reg storage desk has spoken to some of its competitors about their "software-defined" antidotes.
Chris Mellor, 10 May 2013

Identity cards: How Labour lost power in a case of mistaken ID

Book extractToday, we publish the next extract from SA Mathieson's book on ID cards in Britain, following on from a disastrous trial of the technology in Manchester in 2009.
SA Mathieson, 10 May 2013

Builder-in-a-hole outrage sparks Special Projects Bureau safety probe

Last year, I uncovered the perfect antidote to the internet in an entertaining dig-a-well project, which went down, well, well with those who subscribe to the tenet "man cannot live by IT alone".
Lester Haines, 10 May 2013

'Hotmail, since you changed to Outlook, you've been a massive pr**k'

QuotwThis was the week when Nokia took some acrimonious advice from shareholders at the AGM, one of whom suggested the firm was on its way down to the pits of doom. Tired of the firm's direction and the absence of the much-promised turnaround, shareholder Hannu Virtanen told chief exec Stephen Elop:
Brid-Aine Parnell, 10 May 2013

Enjoy the weekend, sysadmins: Next Tues fixes 33 Microsoft bugs

Microsoft has promised to fix a high-profile vulnerability in Internet Explorer 8, among other holes, in this month's Patch Tuesday rollout of security updates.
John Leyden, 10 May 2013

Lego fan constructs Bletchley Park Colossus

It's a tip of the hat today to Lego fan James Pegrum, who's created a splendid miniature representation of Bletchley Park's famous Colossus Mark 2:
Lester Haines, 10 May 2013
Sony Xperia Go rugged Android smartphone

Excess all areas

Something for the Weekend, Sir?My career is taking a turn for the worse. No doubt some of you consider that getting paid to bash off 750 ill-judged and frequently inaccurate words every Friday morning about one’s inability to use a computer correctly is an obstacle that you might suffer to stumble over as you stagger along your own rocky career path. I’m certainly not complaining, but I think things have started to go awry.
Alistair Dabbs, 10 May 2013

UK MPs tell Google: Get back here and bring your auditors with you

The UK's Public Accounts Committee has said that it will be hauling Google and its auditor Ernst & Young back in front of MPs to answer further questions about its paltry British tax bills.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 10 May 2013

'Ultimate nerd chick’ prompts C64 clone cancellation

A damning tweet from one Jeri Ellsworth, described by a Register reader as “the ultimate Commodore 64 nerd chick”, has put the mockers on Project Bread Bin, one retro-tech fan’s dream to build a cut-price Commodore 64-compatible computer in a keyboard case.
Tony Smith, 10 May 2013

More Wi-Fi in the sky: FCC to help keep US flyers tweeting

The US spectrum regulator wants to release 500MHz of radio spectrum for aircraft backhaul, creating cheaper connectivity for passengers taking their entertainment into their own hands.
Bill Ray, 10 May 2013

The IT Crowd returns to Channel 4 for a final episode

Cult comedy the IT Crowd is set to return to our screens for one last hurrah, with filming for a final episode understood to start in weeks.
Jasper Hamill, 10 May 2013

'Big Data changes EVERYTHING' vs 'Hadoop? For my 200-customer biz?'

As an industry analyst, it sometimes feels like I am flitting between two parallel universes. In one, I sit in rooms with IT marketing professionals and product managers and listen to them talking about how the latest "big thing" is changing everything. In the other, I chat with IT directors and ops managers who want to see small changes that make their businesses more efficient or profitable.
Dale Vile, 10 May 2013

What's big, rich and goes down on you in every department? BT

BT admitted this morning that fiscal 2013 was a year of declining sales across every division, although profits were given a slight uplift due to cost cutting.
Paul Kunert, 10 May 2013

Setanta, ESPN couldn't make UK footie TV work. How will BT Sport?

Having acquired the TV rights to top-flight sports for £736m, BT is to give much of it away to its broadband punters at no extra cost - or indeed to anyone who wants to pony up just a few quid a week.
Andrew Orlowski, 10 May 2013

Fasthosts CEO Burton hits alt-F4 for last time at web biz

Fasthosts Internet CEO Andy Burton has resigned and is set to leave at the end of June, The Channel can reveal.
Paul Kunert, 10 May 2013

Emergency spacewalk as ISS takes a leak

The crew of the International Space Station (ISS) is preparing for an emergency spacewalk as early as tomorrow to fix an ammonia leak from the cooling system.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 10 May 2013
Dell logo in crosshairs

Icahn and Southeastern try to hamstring Mike Dell's buyout bid

Investor Carl Icahn and fund Southeastern Asset Management have proposed an alternative to the Mike Dell-led buyout of Dell.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 10 May 2013
Parts for the Liberator 3D printed pistol1

'Liberator': Proof that you can't make a working gun in a 3D printer

CommentPeople are missing one important point about the "Liberator" 3D-printed "plastic gun": it isn't any more a gun than any other very short piece of plastic pipe is a "gun".
Lewis Page, 10 May 2013

Easynet founder CEO Rowe shown door - sources

Easynet founder David Rowe has been given the heave-ho from his position as CEO by venture capitalist backers Lloyds Development Capital (LDC), according to sources.
Paul Kunert, 10 May 2013

It's official: Nokia's Verizon Lumia 928 is here

Nokia's long-rumoured exclusive phone for Verizon, the Lumia 928, has been officially announced.
Team Register, 10 May 2013

Fujitsu Integrated Systems stack up servers, storage, and switches

Japanese IT giant Fujitsu will roll out a bounty of new – and, of course, cloudy – hardware and software offerings next week at its annual customer and partner confab in Tokyo.

World Web Consortium warms HTML bed for forced DRM snuggle

The World Web Consortium (W3C) is pressing ahead with plans to standardise Digital Rights Management (DRM) in HTML, despite opposition to the proposal.
Gavin Clarke, 10 May 2013

Techies at The Onion: Here's how Syrian Electronic Army hacked our Twitter

Techies at satirical news outfit The Onion have posted an informative explanation about how pro-Assad hacktivists from the Syrian Electronic Army hijacked their official Twitter account on Monday.
John Leyden, 10 May 2013

PayPal security boss: OBLITERATE passwords from THE PLANET

PayPal has declared war on the password - and wants a better way for folks to perform open sesame on their own internet accounts.
Jasper Hamill, 10 May 2013

The great $45m bank cyber-heist: Seven New Yorkers cuffed

Crooks allegedly stole $45m in hours from ATMs after hacking into a database of prepaid debit cards.
John Leyden, 10 May 2013

Unlocking Technology Act plans to let freedom ring for devices

A bill introduced by four members of the US House of Representatives would lay down in statute the right of people to tinker with the hardware and software of any smartphone, tablet, or other device they own.
Iain Thomson, 10 May 2013

Rules, shmules: Fliers leaving devices switched on in droves

While the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) debates whether airline passengers should be allowed to keep their portable electronic devices switched on during flights, the truth is that many of them already do, according to a new survey.
Neil McAllister, 10 May 2013
Facebook connection map

Facebook plans globe-spanning hardware deployment

Facebook plans to deploy sophisticated gear at the very edge of its network to cut the time it takes for denizens of the social network to interact with the site.
Jack Clark, 10 May 2013

Penguin Computing to make Open Compute servers

Linux server and cluster maker Penguin Computing is a member of the Open Compute Project started by Facebook to create open source data center gear, and now it is an official "solution provider".
Photo of Ubuntu running on tablets and smartphones

New Ubuntu for phones due 'by end of May' – usable this time

When Canonical released the Developer Preview of the smartphone version of its Ubuntu Linux OS, it warned users that it was only an experimental snapshot and that it couldn't replace their current handsets. That could change soon, however, as one Canonical exec has vowed to make an Ubuntu device his day-to-day phone by the end of this month.
Neil McAllister, 10 May 2013

Penguins in spa-a-a-ce! ISS dumps Windows for Linux on laptops

The crew of the International Space Station (once they've fixed their leak) will trade their old Windows XP laptops for Debian-powered systems to use in their Operations Local Area Network (Ops LAN).
Iain Thomson, 10 May 2013

Microsoft honcho pleads with media: 'Stop picking on us!'

UpdatedMicrosoft has taken quite a pounding in the press over Windows 8, and it has only intensified the rumors that the planned update to the OS might roll back some of its more controversial features. But Redmond has had quite enough now, and it wants it all to stop.
Neil McAllister, 10 May 2013

Degenerate dwarfs tear neighbors limb from limb

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has discovered a pair of white dwarf stars who have been "polluted" by planet-building elements that they have shredded and consumed.
Rik Myslewski, 10 May 2013

Global nappy hawker trials TweetPee moist-baby monitor

Twitter is preparing for an IPO, casting around for business plans to sell to investors, and so may be relieved to know Kimberly-Clark, maker of the popular Huggies diaper brand, is suggesting a solid (or in this case, liquid) idea for them to take to market.
Iain Thomson, 10 May 2013

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