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Hungary PM ditches internet tax plans after mass protests -

Want cash from internet? Say, $100/hour in your spare time?

Following mass protests across the country over the past week, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban announced on Friday that he would scrap a planned internet tax.…

(Fri, 31 Oct 2014 10:27:02 GMT)

Pixel mania: Apple 27-inch iMac with 5K Retina display -

Cupertino computer in value for money shocker

Review It’s kind of ironic really, that the most expensive, over-the-top version of the iMac ever released should actually turn out to be pretty good value for money.…

(Fri, 31 Oct 2014 10:01:33 GMT)

How many telecoms firms left in Europe? Another mega-billion deal slated in France -

Numericable's acquistion of Vivendi's SFR approved

French cable telecoms operator Numericable has won conditional approval for its multi-billion-euro takeover of Vivendi's SFR mobile network operator, paving the way for the firm to close the deal by the end of the year.…

(Fri, 31 Oct 2014 09:28:13 GMT)

One hard ghoulie: 1985's Ghosts 'n Goblins -

Take me dancing naked in the… graveyard

Antique Code Show In the build-up to the Halloween of 1985, Capcom lobbed this little box of horrors into the unsuspecting crowd of arcade dwellers. With mid-'80s goggles on, it’s easy to see why Ghosts ‘n Goblins gathered attention with its spooky but colourful visuals, alongside some memorably atmospheric ditties and effects.…

(Fri, 31 Oct 2014 09:02:08 GMT)

Microsoft patches GroupMe 'full account' hijack hole -

Researcher rates Redmond after rapid responds to rathole reveal in Group TXTing app

Microsoft has patched a simple 'full-account takeover' flaw in its popular iOS and Android messaging client GroupMe.…

(Fri, 31 Oct 2014 08:35:11 GMT)

Facebook says vendor secrets forced it to homebrew switches -

Director of technical ops spills how switch vendors keep diagnostic tricks to themselves

It's four months since Facebook first launched its Wedge switch and accompanying FBOSS operating system. Some forms of Wedge are in production and others are in testing, so El Reg decided to talk with Facebook's director of technical operations, Najam Ahmad, to see where The Social Network is at with its software-defined networking (SDN) efforts.…

(Fri, 31 Oct 2014 08:02:09 GMT)

Free government-penned crypto can swipe identities -

Beware of Australians bearing gifts

The PLAID (Protocol for Lightweight Authentication of Identity) cryptography kit appears to be insecure.…

(Fri, 31 Oct 2014 07:26:06 GMT)

So long, thanks for all the, FISH BRIGHTER than boffins thought -

Don't let the dolphins keep you in your, er, plaice

Smug humans tend to think fish are the stupidest of all beasties. But that belief has turned out to be a load of barnacles after boffins revealed the true intellect of our fishy friends.…

(Fri, 31 Oct 2014 07:03:04 GMT)

Multi Jet Fusion is HP's promised 3D printer, not crazy 'leccy invention -

Hang on Meg, didn't you tell us you'd have one by mid-2014?

A year and eight days ago, The Reg was in the room when HP CEO Meg Whitman promised the company would deliver a 3D printer that service providers could wield by the middle of 2014.…

(Fri, 31 Oct 2014 06:29:04 GMT)

Google heads out the back with rifle, puts down POODLE -

Next Chrome includes death knell for SSL

Google will destroy vicious POODLE in a pending update to its flagship Chrome browser.…

(Fri, 31 Oct 2014 06:03:06 GMT)

FIFTEEN whole dollars on offer for cranky Pentium 4 buyers -

Miracle of US legal system delivers almost-resolution to long-running class action

Intel will fork over fifteen whole American dollars to folks who feel that it and HP misrepresented the performance of Pentium 4 CPUs released way back in the year 2000.…

(Fri, 31 Oct 2014 04:57:03 GMT)

Microsoft gets storage QoS and software-defined storage religion -

IOPS sniffer and Windows Server technical preview show Redmond's hand

Microsoft is starting to make a lot of noise about software-defined storage and the need for storage quality of service.…

(Fri, 31 Oct 2014 04:04:07 GMT)

Plasma-spaffing boffins plan spaceships driven by FRIKKIN' LASERS -

It's all about how you spread the love if you want bottom-up action

Russian boffins reckon with the right configuration, lasers can help make rockets more efficient, and could even herald an era of Mach 10 aircraft.…

(Fri, 31 Oct 2014 03:03:08 GMT)

Desktop Linux users beware: the boss thinks you need to be managed -

VMware reveals VDI for Linux desktops plan, plus China lab to do the development

Desktop Linux users beware: IT has noticed you and decided it's time you were properly managed.…

(Fri, 31 Oct 2014 02:04:10 GMT)

Google's Mr Roboto, Andy Rubin, bids sayonara to Chocolate Factory -

Android daddy heading off to startup land

Longtime Google exec and former Android boss Andy Rubin, who lately led the Chocolate Factory's robotics efforts, has resigned.…

(Fri, 31 Oct 2014 01:41:12 GMT)

Sony borks fanboi funboxes with dodgy PS4 update -

Ready for the new firmware? Not so fast

Support staff for Sony's PlayStation 4 have been sent scrambling after users reported issues with the console's latest firmware update.…

(Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:04:12 GMT)

Danish court finds Pirate Bay cofounder guilty of hacking CSC servers -

Jury doesn't buy 'evil hackers pwned my computer' defense

Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, cofounder of the Pirate Bay, has been found guilty of hacking charges by a court in Denmark, which ruled that he and a 21-year-old accomplice had hacked US technology company CSC to gain access to Danish government servers.…

(Thu, 30 Oct 2014 23:53:21 GMT)

CoreOS offers private Docker container registries for world+dog -

Your containers, your data center, behind your firewall

Container-loving Linux vendor CoreOS has made its on-premises Docker container registry software available as a standalone product.…

(Thu, 30 Oct 2014 23:08:44 GMT)

Brazil greenlights $200m internet cable to Europe in bid to outfox NSA -

Only one problem: it won't make the slightest difference. And they know it

Brazil is moving ahead with plans to build an "anti-NSA" internet cable to Europe, even though it won't make the slightest difference to spying efforts.…

(Thu, 30 Oct 2014 21:59:21 GMT)

Verizon set to pay $64 MEEELLION for overbilling customers -

Company looks to settle charges of bloating family bills

Verizon has agreed to pay $64m to settle claims that the mobile carrier overcharged some customers on their bills.…

(Thu, 30 Oct 2014 21:08:17 GMT)

Lenovo completes Motorola purchase for $2.9bn – $10bn less than Google paid for it -

Ah, but the patents Google keeps were worth every penny

Three years ago, Google splashed out $12.5bn for struggling mobe manufacturer Motorola, and on Thursday the Chocolate Factory completed its sale of Motorola's physical assets to Lenovo for just $2.91bn.…

(Thu, 30 Oct 2014 20:24:03 GMT)

EE launches 150Mbps '4G+' in Central London -

LTE-A - Faster phones for Hoxton Hipsters

Mobile network EE has announced that higher speed LTE-A is now available in select areas. This will give speeds of up to 150Mbps.…

(Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:53:08 GMT)

BT: Consumers and cost cutting save the day -

Telco adds 88,000 broadband users, sees £4.38bn in sales

Cost cutting and 88,000 new broadband punters helped BT bank more profits in calendar Q3, although revenues went in the opposite direction as all divisions outside of the consumer wing reported declining fortunes.…

(Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:32:12 GMT)

Struggling tape bods Quantum a few quids in after good quarter -

Firm is growing again

One swallow doesn’t make a summer but two certainly does indicate warmer weather is on the way. So too for Quantum, which has just made a profit – the first one after four quarters of losses.…

(Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:58:04 GMT)

Samaritans 'suicide Twitter-sniffer' backfires over privacy concerns -

900,000 twitterati monitored without consent

In response to public outcry via Twitter and personal blogs on Wednesday, the Samaritans have announced an opt-out function for their stalker-friendly app Samaritans Radar.…

(Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:37:03 GMT)

NHS quango fatcats spend £2m tax dosh on iPads and iPhones -

British health chiefs coughed small fortune on Apple gadgets

Government health chiefs have admitted to spending millions of pounds furnishing bureaucrats with Apple iPhones and fondleslabs.…

(Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:18:06 GMT)

Watch out, Samsung and Apple: Xiaomi's No 3 in smartphones now -

From obscurity to selling 19 million mobes a quarter

Chinese Android mobile firm and fierce Apple rival Xiaomi has nabbed the third place finish in the world’s largest smartphone vendors just three years after first setting up shop.…

(Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:59:10 GMT)

Programming Office 365: Hands On with Microsoft's new APIs -

Half-baked samples – is this stuff really ready?

Analysis Microsoft has announced new APIs and mobile software development kits for Office 365, its cloud platform for email, document storage, and collaboration.…

(Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:38:06 GMT)

BIGGEST THREAT to Europe’s cybersecurity? Hint: not hackers -

Largest EVER Europe-wide cybersecurity exercise

Forget cyber-espionage, cyber-warfare and cyber-terrorism. The biggest threat to Europe’s infrastructure cybersecurity are power outages and poor communication.…

(Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:19:05 GMT)

Apple dealer CANCOM: We're RAKING IT IN -

EBITDA doubles year-on-year at the German firm

Apple dealer CANCOM has announced whopping third-quarter results, way in excess of the same period last year, citing that old favourite "solid business demand".…

(Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:54:04 GMT)

The ULTIMATE CRUELTY: Sandworm uses PowerPoint against Swiss bank customers -

From espionage to cybercrime

The Sandworm vulnerability is being actively abused to attack Swiss banking customers, Danish security consultancy CSIS has warned.…

(Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:18:04 GMT)

Facebook OCP crowd to ogle MICROSOFT'S server-room SECRETS -

Open Compute Project claps eyes on Redmond blueprints

Microsoft has released a second clutch of secret blueprints from its server bunkers to Facebook’s Open Compute Project.…

(Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:56:10 GMT)

Ex-Soviet engines fingered after Antares ROCKET launch BLAST -

Speculation rife, but Orbital claims it's too early to tell

Speculation is rife that the Antares rocket accident at Wallops on Tuesday evening was caused by the 1960s-era Russian engines powering the craft, though the official investigations have only just begun.…

(Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:33:06 GMT)

UK smart meters arrive in 2020. Hackers have ALREADY found a flaw -

Energy summit bods warned of free energy bonanza

British consumers could easily hack into controversial new smart meters, allowing them to illegally slash their energy bills, cyber-security experts have warned.…

(Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:18:05 GMT)

Making an entrance: Remote door-opening tech -

Personal portal peace of mind

Breaking Fad For a lot of Reg readers, home automation is probably an internal affair – that is, if you're using technology, it's probably to control things inside the home, like heating, lighting and so on. And indeed, that also makes up the bulk of what's available when it comes to the major suppliers.…

(Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:02:11 GMT)

Sales down at UK's oldest tech distie: Northamber losses widen in fiscal '14 -

But chairman Phillips is rosy about future

The prognosis for Northamber’s future is brighter, according to its colourful chairman, despite widening losses and revenues remaining in free fall for fiscal ’14 ended June.…

(Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:45:06 GMT)

Samsung's flagging phone fortunes hit profits hard -

Net earnings nearly halve in the third quarter compared to last year

Samsung has promised to shake up its smartphone line-up to try to win back some of the ground it has lost in the sector, after it revealed that its third-quarter operating profit was the lowest in more than three years.…

(Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:33:04 GMT)

Keep up with the fast-moving world of flash array storage -

How to pick the right kind

An all-flash networked array can do wonders in speeding up data accesses by applications running in connected servers.…

(Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:14:12 GMT)

Apple CEO Tim Cook: My well-known gayness is 'a gift from GOD' -

'I have benefited from the sacrifice of others'

Tim Cook has come out as gay and has vowed to spend the rest of his life helping to "pave the sunlit path" towards equality and justice.…

(Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:56:09 GMT)

UK consumers particularly prone to piss-poor patching -

Java a hot spot – new report

UK consumer patching practices have worsened still further over the last three months, increasing the threat of malware problems, according to a new study by IT security provider Secunia.…

(Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:38:06 GMT)

All change at the top of HP's enterprise biz -

Same strategy, but can the newbies make it work?

A change at the top of HP’s enterprise distie team across both European and UK ops may well help solve the disconnect that occurred when a regionally drafted strategy was executed locally.…

(Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:19:35 GMT)

SkyHawk array swoops down, 136TB claws extended -

Skyera offering more capacity, less power usage

All-flash array startup and packing density expert Skyera has got itself a new version of its skyHawk array, encompassing a threefold increase in capacity.…

(Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:58:10 GMT)

Distie titan TD Azlan to cut ties with Huawei -

'Can't shift the gear', say channel whispers

TD Azlan is quietly and gradually cutting ties with Huawei Enterprise, according to multiple sources close to the matter.…

(Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:25:47 GMT)

This time it's SO REAL: Overcoming the open-source orgasm myth with TODO -

If the web giants need it to work, hey, maybe it'll work

What can the world learn from Google, Twitter and Facebook - apart from how to make millions through ads flinging? How to run a successful open-source project.…

(Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:58:11 GMT)

Forget WHITE BOX, it's time for JUNK BOX NETWORKING -

Readers: Could you build a complete data environment off eBay?

Storagebod On the way to "Powering the Cloud" with Greg Ferro and Chris Evans, we got to discussing Greg’s book White Box Networking and whether there could be a whole series of books discussing White Box storage, virtualisation, servers etc and how to build a complete White Box environment.…

(Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:30:04 GMT)

China set to be buried under mountain of surplus robots, warns biz chap -

Can't stop the damn things reproducing. Unlike humans

China has been warned of an approaching robot bubble fuelled by Beijing's desire to massively overdevelop the internal automation market.…

(Thu, 30 Oct 2014 08:57:04 GMT)

Humanity now making about 41 mobes EACH SECOND -

327 MEEELLION mobes shipped in Q3, say very tired analysts

The world is now manufacturing just under 42 mobile phones a second thanks to an uptick in global production, IDC's presumably-very-tired handset-counters say.…

(Thu, 30 Oct 2014 08:32:05 GMT)

Microsoft fitness bands slapped on wrists: All YOUR HEALTH DATA are BELONG TO US -

Wearable will deliver 'actionable insights for healthier living'

Microsoft has joined the wearables market with “band”, a fitness-monitor-cum-smartwatch, which is accompanied by a suite of online services dubbed “Microsoft Health”.…

(Thu, 30 Oct 2014 07:58:11 GMT)

Amazon's hybrid cloud: EC2 wrangled by Microsoft's control freak -

Plug-in for System Centre gives Windows Server control of Bezos' bit barns

Hybrid clouds are the new black: world+dog has decided that some workloads just won't ever ascend into the elastosphere, but that running a private and public cloud from separate control freaks is a dumb idea.…

(Thu, 30 Oct 2014 07:32:09 GMT)

NASA: Spacecraft crash site FOUND ON MOON RIM -

'What fun!' exlaims NASA boffin who found the LADEE

NASA boffins are chuffed as ninepence this week to announce that they have discovered unmistakable signs of a crashed spacecraft far away from the Apollo landing sites on the far side of the Moon.…

(Thu, 30 Oct 2014 06:52:03 GMT)