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Business plans, good ideas, and 8 other myths about startups – by Indiegogo's CEO -

Slava Rubin explains what you really need to know

"We have the ability to be an entrepreneur beaten out of us," explained the CEO of funding site Indiegogo Slava Rubin, in front of a big picture of a kettle.…

(Sat, 25 Apr 2015 12:00:07 GMT)

Happy 25 years IN SPAAACE, Hubble – time for you to come home, to Earth -

A quarter century of observing the universe

Pics On 24 April, 1990, the space shuttle Discovery lifted off from Kennedy Space Centre in Florida carrying a very special cargo: 24,490lbs (11,110kg) of advanced optics, electronics, and antennas that made up the Hubble Space Telescope.…

(Sat, 25 Apr 2015 11:00:10 GMT)

Avengers: Age of Ultron – blisteringly big banter, brawls and brio -

Time to Marvel as director Joss Whedon delivers pure entertainment

Film Review Marvel’s Avengers franchise is such a massive, behemoth of a marketing machine, such a merchandise-heavy, almost decade-long suction of talent, time and money that I want to hate it. I want to say, why don’t we spend all that money on independent films? Original stories? Something new, for God’s sake! But there’s just no denying the fact that nine films later (if one counts the standalone Iron Mans, Thors and Captain Americas) it’s still a whole lot of cinema fun.…

(Sat, 25 Apr 2015 10:00:11 GMT)

Memory Man, The Lady from Zagreb and Blood on Snow -

A trio of crime thrillers that are suitable beach companions

Page File El Reg bookworm Mark Diston takes a look at the new releases in crime fiction with the latest from David Baldacci that introduces a new character series. Philip Kerr wheels outs Bernie Gunther for another wartime adventure and we've some Scandi noir from Jo Nesbo.

(Sat, 25 Apr 2015 09:00:11 GMT)

Synths you've been gone: Vintage tech rules at Musikmesse 2015 -

Crowdfunded classic reissues and more

+Vids The trend of re-releasing or updating classic synths, which we saw at NAMM in January, continued apace at the biggest musical instrument fair in the world in Frankfurt last week. But for once there was a strong British presence, with innovative new products, as well.…

(Sat, 25 Apr 2015 08:00:12 GMT)

Stuff your RFID card, just let me through the damn door! -

Otherwise I might go 'full Clarkson'

Something for the Weekend, Sir? "Never heard of them."…

(Sat, 25 Apr 2015 07:00:11 GMT)

Fandroids, take your phone's antivirus and burn it – Android bod -

Our security is that good, honest

RSA 2015 Google takes a lot of stick from Apple and others over malware on the Android platform, but the company thinks the OS is now so secure that users don't need antivirus software.…

(Fri, 24 Apr 2015 23:27:02 GMT)

Bloke, 22, in knockoff Microsoft Xbox ring gets 18 months in the cooler -

Source code, blueprints swiped by gang

A 22-year-old member of a games-hacking ring that sold counterfeit Microsoft's Xbox One consoles could spend the next year and a half behind bars in America.…

(Fri, 24 Apr 2015 22:23:07 GMT)

Internet kingmakers drop ego, devise future of DNS, IP addys etc -

Sane IANA plan released for public comment

Five months after the release of a bloated, ego–driven mess of a plan to shift control of the top level of the internet from the US government to the internet community, a greatly improved version 2.0 has been offered for public comment.…

(Fri, 24 Apr 2015 21:51:05 GMT)

Here's why the Pentagon is publishing its cyber-warfare rulebook – if China hasn't already hacked in and read it -

A 'don't make me come over there' moment in infosec

The Pentagon has published an outline of its cyber-warfare strategy for the first time, revealing the conditions under which it will hack enemy nations.…

(Fri, 24 Apr 2015 21:27:30 GMT)

Oracle's Hurd says 95% of its software will be cloud services this year -

Big Red 'not protecting anything,' says co-CEO

Oracle co-CEO Mark Hurd has said the database giant plans to make substantially all of its software products available as cloud services, and that it will be ready to start signing up subscriptions come this October.…

(Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:11:25 GMT)

Zombie Google Glass 2 feeds on Italian brains, sez specs supremo -

Techno-goggles comeback appears to be in the works

Italian eyewear manufacturer Luxottica has been working with Google engineers to come up with a new version of Glass – adding further weight to the suggestion the project isn't truly dead.…

(Fri, 24 Apr 2015 19:46:40 GMT)

Comcast flees $45bn monster-merger with Time Warner Cable -

Thing we all knew was going to happen has officially happened

Comcast has admitted it has given up on its $45bn acquisition of Time Warner Cable (TWC).…

(Fri, 24 Apr 2015 19:11:29 GMT)

Why Box and not SharePoint? 'Everybody doesn't hate us' says Box engineering veep -

Cloud storage company launches Developer Edition with app-specific users

BoxDEV Box announced a Developer Edition of its cloudy storage service at its developer conference in San Francisco this week.…

(Fri, 24 Apr 2015 18:42:06 GMT)

Looking for laxatives, miss? Shoppers stalked via smartphone Wi-Fi -

FTC tsks at startup promising an opt-out that was invisible to millions of citizens

The FTC has now settled with a New York startup that stealthily tracks the movements of Americans around stores using their smartphones' Wi-Fi signals.…

(Fri, 24 Apr 2015 18:19:07 GMT)

Win 95 code gaffe nearly made Stuxnet Suxnet, say infosec blokes -

But was the Iranian nuke lab bothering malware really that buggy?

RSA 2015 [Please see the bootnote on this story, which we've added post-publication. The code shown at the conference does not appear to marry up with the claims made by the speakers. – ed.]

(Fri, 24 Apr 2015 18:01:11 GMT)

Sick of tech bro Silicon Valley? Oakland is building a better tech world – say Oaklanders -

'We don't need any more photo-sharing apps'

It's rare that the politician is the most blunt person in the room, but Oakland's Mayor Libby Schaaf pulled it off on Thursday afternoon at the Vator Splash tech conference in the city.…

(Fri, 24 Apr 2015 17:31:10 GMT)

US judge lobs antivirus patents back to Hell -

Loss of two patents cripples case against Trend Micro, could slash Symantec payout

A US district court has torn the heart out of two patents wielded by Intellectual Ventures against two antivirus makers.…

(Fri, 24 Apr 2015 17:02:14 GMT)

The big boys made us do it: US used German spooks to snoop on EU defence industry -

Lickspittles may have leaked military secrets to America

Germany's BND spy agency spied on European politicians and enterprises at the behest of the NSA for over a decade.…

(Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:37:12 GMT)

Unisys looks to ‘streamline’ as losses increase, sales fall -

‘Enhancing competitiveness’ also probably a good idea

Losses at mainframe maker Unisys plunged deeper into the red in the company's first quarter of 2015, falling a further $10 million (£6.6 million) to $27.4 million (£18.1 million).…

(Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:21:10 GMT)

Can't wait to bonk with Apple? Then try an Android phone -

Blighty bonking tech updated – although not a lot

Four years ago, your reporter paid for cookies with a mobile phone. Now, with Apple poised to bring some wrist action to bonking cash, we thought we’d take a look at how the competition has evolved.…

(Fri, 24 Apr 2015 15:31:15 GMT)

Oh Em Pee! Giant Android wees on Apple in Google Maps graffiti -

Golden shower for fruit-bitten icon

Updated A huge Google Android robot urinating on an Apple logo in Google Maps appears to have summed up the rivalry between Apple and Google fans.…

(Fri, 24 Apr 2015 15:02:09 GMT)

Value of European outsourcing deals plummets -

Folk don't want to do mega deals these days, it seems

The number of mega outsourcing deals shrank by 25 per cent in Europe for the first quarter of 2015, with just 128 contracts, valued at €1.9 billion (£1.4 billion), according to outsourcing analysts Information Services Group (ISG).…

(Fri, 24 Apr 2015 14:38:12 GMT)

SUPERVOLCANIC MAGMA reservoir BUBBLING under Yellowstone -

Could fill the Grand Canyon 11 times over

Geoboffins have claimed that a huge lake of magma under the Yellowstone National Park's supervolcano could fill the Grand Canyon 11 times over.…

(Fri, 24 Apr 2015 14:03:11 GMT)

UK rail signals could be hacked to cause crashes, claims prof -

He's also flogging anti-hack tech. Make of that what you will

The rollout of a next generation train signalling system across the UK could leave the network at greater risk of hack attacks, a university professor has claimed.…

(Fri, 24 Apr 2015 13:32:44 GMT)

Microsoft vs AWS: If you can't bark with the BIG DOGS get off the PORCH -

A tight squeeze in the cloud

Don’t be fooled: Microsoft’s cloud business is not bigger than that of Amazon’s AWS, although that’s the immediate implication.…

(Fri, 24 Apr 2015 13:02:08 GMT)

ECJ upholds LG’s €210M LCD panel cartel fine -

Selling to your mum and dad doesn't make it OK

The European Court of Justice has said the EU Commission was right to fine LG €210 million for its LCD panel cartel involvement.…

(Fri, 24 Apr 2015 12:41:06 GMT)

Reg Lectures serve up Net Terrors, Rare Earths, and Ancient Tech -

And top notch beer and vittles...

Reg Events If you want to get ahead of the on-beach reading lists this year, you need to get down to our next series of Register Lectures.…

(Fri, 24 Apr 2015 12:23:06 GMT)

Apple Watch: How many vids does it take to teach a fanboi to tell the time? -

Ten. The first one explores how to wait for delivery

A mini-series of tutorial videos has appeared on the Apple website, giving step-by-tap instructions on how to use the new shiny Wristjob.…

(Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:57:09 GMT)

Hadoop ODP: No thanks says MapR, and Cloudera isn't impressed either -

It benefits Hortonworks, not us

Hadoop disty MapR has kicked the Open Data Platform into touch, saying it only benefits competitor Hortonworks and provides a way for Pivotal to get out of a hole.…

(Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:38:27 GMT)

Apple Watch RIPPED APART, its GUTS EXPOSED to hungry Vultures -

Gaze upon Cook's wristjob, ye fanbois, and despair

Teardown The Apple Watch's innards have been bared, and they're not so dissimilar from those one might expect of a teeny tiny iPhone.…

(Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:17:10 GMT)

Surveillance, broadband, zero hours: Tech policy in a UK hung Parliament -

Mixing and matching the party manifesto promises

Election 2015 Five years after its first coalition government for decades, Britain again looks likely to refuse to elect a single party to government.…

(Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:03:04 GMT)

Violin playing marketing Love songs with new CMO -

Mysterious hire has NetApp experience

All-flash array maker Violin has finally got over chief marketeer Eric Herzog's abrupt departure on the eve of a massive product announcement, and has appointed a new CMO, Amy Love.…

(Fri, 24 Apr 2015 10:11:05 GMT)

Revenue jumps, but FalconStor still wobbly on its feet -

Out of the wheelchair at least, slowly walking around

The sickly software-defined storage child that was FalconStor is not yet a strapping adolescent, but is at least on the way back to full health.…

(Fri, 24 Apr 2015 09:29:11 GMT)

EU’s Timmermans: You can have our ear, lobbyists – just don't lie -

Lest I unleash a ‘gentleman’s agreement’ on you

Lying lobbyists will be kicked out of the EU Commission, vowed veep Frans Timmermans, who has been promising to create a mandatory lobby register since he took office.…

(Fri, 24 Apr 2015 09:01:07 GMT)

Disk drive shipment numbers set to spin down -

Rush to flash and collapse of PC market fingered for decline

Disk drive shipments have a negative CAGR, and will fall by 3.7 per cent between 2013 and 2020, said spindle motor maker Nidec.…

(Fri, 24 Apr 2015 08:39:55 GMT)

giffgaff riff-raff hacked off with lift-off of cash spaff -

The company with no CAPITALS wants to lend capital

giffgaff claims to be “the network run by you”, so perhaps it shouldn’t be quite so surprised when the online community objects to what was a mobile phone company suddenly deciding it’s a bank.…

(Fri, 24 Apr 2015 07:56:05 GMT)

DRM is NOT THE LAW, I AM THE LAW, says JUDGE DREDD -

Buy 2000AD online, get DRM-free copies forever

Rebellion, the games developer that owns 2000AD - British comics' finest product – has banished digital rights management (DRM) from Mega-City One.…

(Fri, 24 Apr 2015 07:29:10 GMT)

Rackspace in Crawley: This is a local data centre for local people -

But everywhere is 127.0.0.1 for Uncle Sam

Rackspace has completed its Crawley data centre in West Sussex, and claims that it is among the most power-efficient in the UK.…

(Fri, 24 Apr 2015 07:01:12 GMT)

VMware makes vSphere licences portable to crimp EVO:RAIL costs -

Buy for old-skool servers, transfer to hipstercoverged boxen, irritate Nutanix et al

VMware has announced what it's calling a “vSphere Loyalty Program” that allows vSphere users to “apply their licenses to the purchase of VMware EVO:RAIL appliances from our nine Qualified EVO:RAIL Partners.”…

(Fri, 24 Apr 2015 06:29:06 GMT)

China tackles vital strippers-at-funeral problem -

Only one stiff allowed per service

The Chinese Ministry of Culture has announced that the government will begin working with the police to clamp down on families hiring strippers for funerals in order to increase in size (dare we say 'arouse') mourner attendance figures.…

(Fri, 24 Apr 2015 06:02:12 GMT)

LenovOUCH expands bits-blistering bodgy battery boomerang -

ThinkPads burn two, turn punter's skin scarlet and burned their clothes

Lenovo has extended the recall for bodgy batteries it shipped with ThinkPad computers between 2010 and 2012.…

(Fri, 24 Apr 2015 05:26:11 GMT)

Microsoft to offer special Surface 3 for schools -

Even with reduced on-board storage, 'the cloud ate my homework' isn't going to cut it

Microsoft has quietly let it be known it's developed a cheap cut of the Surface 3 for schools.…

(Fri, 24 Apr 2015 05:02:09 GMT)

Dell expands open networking program with new switches -

IP Infusion joins Round Rock's not-quite-white-box switching plan

Dell has celebrated the first birthday of its open networking program by launching more products.…

(Fri, 24 Apr 2015 04:28:12 GMT)

Seagate close to open-sourcing Kinetics object storage platform -

Keep your eye on the OpenStack summit

Seagate will hand over some of its Kinetic Storage platform to the world at the coming OpenStack summit in Vancouver, Canada, The Register has learned.…

(Fri, 24 Apr 2015 03:58:09 GMT)

Citrix decides to share its WAN optimisation with the world -

Promises real-time least-cost routing in the back of cloudy Beetle

Citrix has sold WAN optimisation kit for ages, but hasn't pushed its HDX technology far beyond its base of application and desktop virtualisation users. Until today, when it shoved the newly-badged “CloudBridgeVirtual WAN” into the sunlight.…

(Fri, 24 Apr 2015 03:02:06 GMT)

Watch out for the products that have snuck in behind your back -

Danger lurks in shadow IT

The mention of shadow IT can produce beads of sweat on the brow of any knowledgeable IT staff member. For those who do not know, the term covers any company systems and services that are not procured by the IT department.…

(Fri, 24 Apr 2015 02:02:06 GMT)

Licence to chill: Ex-CIA spyboss Petraeus gets probation for leaking US secrets to his mistress -

Slap on the wrist for his Thunder-balls-up

General David Petraeus – the former head of US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan and briefly the head of the CIA – has been sentenced to two years' probation and fined $100,000 after admitting leaking America's secrets to his lover.…

(Fri, 24 Apr 2015 01:27:39 GMT)

Ransomware crims drop Bitcoin faster than Google axes services -

Rocky BTC only good for laundering cash, not saving and spending

RSA 2015 The falling price of Bitcoin is forcing ransomware masterminds to convert the crypto-currency as soon as they can. Rather than holding on to their ill-gotten BTC, the crims are simply laundering the ransom money as soon as possible.…

(Fri, 24 Apr 2015 01:00:17 GMT)

Microsoft: Profit DECIMATED because you people aren't buying PCs -

Around 10 per cent missing from this time last year

Microsoft has weathered a difficult three months: despite signs of growth in cloud computing, overall sales were dragged down by dwindling demand from consumers.…

(Fri, 24 Apr 2015 00:27:57 GMT)