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Chipotle insider trading: Disproving the efficient markets hypothesis -

You want that economic theory strong, so-so or WEAK?

Worstall @ the Weekend We had a distressing little incident here recently among the commentards over the meaning of the efficient markets hypothesis. So I'll explain what it is, using a current little story to prove that one version of it must be wrong as well.…

(Sun, 01 Feb 2015 08:00:10 GMT)

Oh, lordy! 'I do not begin to understand the dark cloud. LEGISLATE NOW' -

Plus: Big Blue says mass layoff rumour is 'TOTALLY LUDICROUS'

QuoTW This was the week Google's Youtube got caught out at its own game, when a classical musician had the temerity to record the company's bullying tactics and post the evidence online.…

(Sun, 01 Feb 2015 07:00:09 GMT)

STUDENT RACK WARS: Science and HPC – all the kids are doing it these days -

New Orleans students grapple brain-crunching apps

HPC blog It’s well past the time to discuss and analyse what happened at the exciting seventh annual Student Cluster Competition, which took place at SC14 in New Orleans late last year.…

(Sat, 31 Jan 2015 22:30:06 GMT)

Earth's soil to be observed by DIRTY-MINDED satellite -

NASA launches bird INTO SPAAACE

NASA has successfully launched a satellite that will collect global observations of Earth's soil moisture.…

(Sat, 31 Jan 2015 17:48:57 GMT)

Snapchat jihadist-fearing peers return with LAST GASP Snoopers' Charter demand -

Counter-Terror and Security Bill hits report stage on Monday

As expected, peers are once again trying to sneak in amendments to the Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill to swiftly pass a law in the UK that would gift spooks and police with sweeping powers to snoop on Brits' internet activity.…

(Sat, 31 Jan 2015 16:33:52 GMT)

Grav wave tsunami NOT caused by Big Bang – astro boffins -

Milky Way's interstellar dust blurs origin of signal

Claims that a gravitational wave tsunami swept the universe from the Big Bang have turned to dust.…

(Sat, 31 Jan 2015 14:32:35 GMT)

Cuddly robots, whipsmart laughs and plenty of heart in Big Hero 6 -

Disney’s cartoon superhero franchise lands

Film review Disney still has that cartoon magic. Just look at the awesome phenomena that is Frozen, or the understated, but magnificent, Up – a kid’s movie about a pensioner. The latest from the Mouse House is Big Hero 6, the studio’s first cartoon collaboration with Marvel. Rather than go for a showy, already-famous tale, Disney has plumbed the depths of the Marvel collection for a little-known comic, featuring 14-year-old robot-building genius Hiro and his cuddly, loveable robot sidekick Baymax.…

(Sat, 31 Jan 2015 13:00:04 GMT)

Google Now now SLURPS data from 40 third party apps so YOU don't have to -

Search tool consensually ransacks Airbnb, Lyft, et al

Google has inked deals with 40 third party app makers, allowing the ad giant to rifle through data from the likes of Airbnb and Lyft to serve up "relevant information" to its Android users.…

(Sat, 31 Jan 2015 12:06:10 GMT)

Bitter Lake: Know your enemy? Impossible, surely, when you don't know if the enemy exists -

Adam Curtis' Afghan epic

TV Review My favourite moment in Bitter Lake – Adam Curtis' new two hour film about Afghanistan – is a clip of a posh British graduate teaching conceptual art to a class of Afghan women in traditional dress. She shows them Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain. You know – the dirty urinal. One shakes her head. The others just stare politely.…

(Sat, 31 Jan 2015 11:01:03 GMT)

'Boutique' ISPs: Snub the Big 4 AND get great service -

When it comes to choosing an internet provider, small is beautiful

Feature As we've seen in recent weeks, broadband in the UK is far from perfect, and in some areas is still disappointingly slow, and with a limited number of choices. Much of the market belongs to a handful big companies such as BT, TalkTalk, Sky and Virgin Media.…

(Sat, 31 Jan 2015 10:00:08 GMT)

Nothing is True and Everything is Possible, Dead Girl Walking and Chasing the Scream -

Disappeared diva, Russia and the War on Drugs

Page File El Reg bookworm Mark Diston reviews the latest litery treats with a look at Russia's uneasy balance of state control and capitalism through the eyes of Peter Pomerantsev. Top-notch Scots crime writer Chris Brookmyre has another gripping investigative outing for Jack Parlabane and Johann Hari looks at the reality and practicality of legalising drugs.

(Sat, 31 Jan 2015 09:00:09 GMT)

Living with a Renault Twizy: Pah! Bring out the HOVERCRAFT -

Aw, just when 'leccy cars were getting good

VULTURE AT THE WHEEL If you saw the Top Gear where James May drove a Renault Twizy to win a city commuting challenge, you might get the impression that it’s a fun little car.…

(Sat, 31 Jan 2015 08:00:03 GMT)

BYOD is NOT the Next Biggest Thing™: Bring me Ye Olde Lappetoppe -

You can't plug that thing in there, young man

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Remember BYOD? Well, it’s BYODded off into the sunset. It was the Next Big Thing, just before the next Next Big Thing that came after that and it followed hot on the heels of the Previous Big Thing. Without doubt, BYOD was big and it was a thing – but the party is over.…

(Sat, 31 Jan 2015 07:00:06 GMT)

Does your mate send smut vids on Facebook? 1. That's a bit weird. 2. It may be malware -

PwC bod warns of fake Flash upgrades doing the rounds

A security researcher is warning of an ongoing attack against Facebook users in which a phony Flash Player download tries to take over their computers.…

(Sat, 31 Jan 2015 01:31:12 GMT)

Microsoft tells big biz: No free Windows 10 for you, crack wallets open -

Hey, insert credit card, check out our new update system, says Redmond

Microsoft has confirmed that, unlike your average Alice and Bob, enterprises won't get a free upgrade to Windows 10 when the new operating system is finally released.…

(Sat, 31 Jan 2015 00:42:11 GMT)

AT&T, Dish, Verizon's mobile broadband bids slash US debt by 0.13% -

YES! NOW WE'RE COOKING ON GAS!

AT&T was the biggest spender in the auction for wireless broadband frequencies that closed yesterday – spending $18.2bn to get access to every corner of the US.…

(Sat, 31 Jan 2015 00:24:32 GMT)

Silk Road trial latest: Ulbricht's Gmail addy appeared on ad for 'Amazon.com for drugs' -

And then there's the $18m in BTC on a laptop – lawyers

Roundup The trial of accused Silk Road ringleader Ross Ulbricht continued despite inclement weather in New York City this week, with prosecutors seeking to rubbish Ulbricht's attorneys' earlier claim that someone else ran the darknet drugs souk.…

(Fri, 30 Jan 2015 23:22:09 GMT)

You must have at least 8 inches for Windows 10 to go all the way -

El Reg decodes Microsoft's size rule

Comment The Windows 10 traditional desktop is a no-go zone for new tablets smaller than 8-inches across, according to Microsoft exec Joe Belfiore.…

(Fri, 30 Jan 2015 22:37:15 GMT)

Super-cookie crumbles: Verizon will kill off hated zombie stalkers -

This time opt-out actually means opt-out, we're told

Verizon has backed down over its fingerprinting of subscribers using so-called immortal "super cookies."…

(Fri, 30 Jan 2015 22:02:31 GMT)

Sorry, admins: Microsoft says NO new Windows Server until 2016 -

Wedging Docker containers into Windows to take a leeeettle longer

While it's looking like the final version of Windows 10 for client PCs could ship before the end of the year, it seems data center admins needn't hold their breaths. Microsoft confirmed on Friday that the next version of Windows Server won't arrive until 2016.…

(Fri, 30 Jan 2015 21:14:06 GMT)

Intel brings Broadwell to businesses with 5th-gen Core chips with vPro -

But what will it all mean for Skylake?

Intel is pressing onward with its line of fifth-generation Core processors, with the general availability this week of versions of the chips tailored for enterprise customers.…

(Fri, 30 Jan 2015 20:19:18 GMT)

US Ambassador: No, net neutrality will NOT allow the UN to seize control of the internet from us -

It won't impact foreign policy, please go away

Analysis US Ambassador Daniel Sepulveda has blown up hyperbolic claims that enforcing net neutrality rules in America could lead to the United Nations taking control of the internet.…

(Fri, 30 Jan 2015 19:52:41 GMT)

QLogic hits all-flash bullseye, doubles profit -

10% quarterly revenue rise – take that, market uncertainty

QLogic is smiling, and so it should, with revenues and profits growing, and all-flash arrays, where it has host server connectivity dominance, blooming too. The glory days might just be coming into sight again.…

(Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:03:06 GMT)

Teen whiz exposes WhatsApp profile pic privacy blunder bug -

That teddy bear icon was for friends' eyes only

A privacy hole in WhatsApp allowed anyone to view someone else's profile photo – even if a user had configured the mobile messenger app to only show their pic to their contacts.…

(Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:37:09 GMT)

Tesla bumps up Model S P85D acceleration – with software update -

OK, grudgingly impressed: Download that upgrade for inverter

Vid An over-the-air software update to the dual-motor Tesla Model S P85D will cut its zero to 60MPH time from 3.2 to 3.1 seconds.…

(Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:24:12 GMT)

Three to pleasure bumpkins with 800MHz -

Broadband boost before O2 craps all over it

Hutchison's Three will finally launch into the prime 800MHz band later this year, which it expects will improve rural coverage significantly.…

(Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:57:08 GMT)

Emulex ends seven-quarter run of losses -

Posts $4.3m profits

+Comment After seven straight quarters of losses, Emulex has made a $4.3m profit in its second financial 2015 quarter – but that performance might not be repeated next quarter.…

(Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:27:10 GMT)

Quantum of Suspicion: Despite another $29m, D-Wave doubts remain -

What exactly is company offering?

Controversial quantum computing venture D-Wave Systems has scooped $29m in lovely fresh cash, courtesy of investors, despite lingering doubts about whether what it offers can be considered "quantum".…

(Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:01:06 GMT)

Fujitsu slapped down in Land of the FALLING YEN -

Homegrown demand wanes for mobes, PCs and network products

Revenue dropped 2.4 per cent at Japanese IT giant Fujitsu to ¥1,171.5bn (£6.6bn, $9.9bn) in the firm's third-quarter results, when compared with the same period last year, although a fall in the yen propped up non-domestic revenue levels.…

(Fri, 30 Jan 2015 14:34:09 GMT)

UK official LOSES Mark Duggan shooting discs IN THE POST -

Nobody’s found a politically charged package have they?

Discs containing information from three sensitive police inquiries – two of which involved‪ highly controversial shootings in London, including that of Mark Duggan – ‬have gone missing after being sent through the post. Yeah, you read that right: sent through the post.…

(Fri, 30 Jan 2015 14:01:12 GMT)

Apple CEO: Fandroids are BINNING Android in favour of IPHONES -

Tim Cook puts numbers on his world domination claim

Apple is wolfing down KitKats and Lollipops for lunch after it emerged that most iPhone 6 users have come from Android.…

(Fri, 30 Jan 2015 13:44:07 GMT)

Google forced to – wah! – OBEY the LAW with privacy policy tweaks -

Ad broker agrees to tell you what it does with your privates

Google has agreed to change its privacy policy to comply with the Data Protection Act following an investigation by Blighty's watchdog into the company's harvesting of personal information.…

(Fri, 30 Jan 2015 13:16:08 GMT)

Smartphones merge into homogeneous mass as 'flagship fatigue' bites -

Latest handset? Punters say 'meh'. It's all about networks now, prays Three

People are turning away from pricey "flagship" smartphones sold on complicated expensive contracts, according to industry figures.…

(Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:45:10 GMT)

Mobe-hungry BT's sales slip over Xmas amid EE buyout silence -

Firm can't ignore £7bn pensions deficit much longer

Sales at one-time state telco monopoly BT fell by three per cent to £4.48bn in its third quarter, the company announced today.…

(Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:29:46 GMT)

Wheeee! BT preps for FIVE HUNDRED MEGABIT broadband trial -

If it works it'll go nationwide, says telco's top dog

BT has announced that it wants to roll out G.fast and fibre to the home to provide internet speeds of up to 500Mbps and 1Gbps.…

(Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:02:13 GMT)

Oracle is BETTER at cloud than everyone else so NER, shouts Hurd (no Katz) -

Laser focus on self embiggenment, says co-chief

Oracle’s co-CEO Mark Hurd is banging the drum for the database giant’s success in cloud computing.…

(Fri, 30 Jan 2015 11:28:03 GMT)

Undead nights: Zombie FPS Dying Light shines bright -

Dead Island all grown up and covered in putrefying flesh

Game Theory Dying Light is set in the devastated city of Harran, Turkey, and my first impression on hitting the ground, as freelance operative Kyle Crane, is that I’m trapped in some zombie-infested remake of American Sniper but with graffiti that seems more of a nod to the latest issue of Charlie Hebdo.…

(Fri, 30 Jan 2015 10:59:03 GMT)

Sky sidles up to O2, whispers: 'Fancy a little FOUR-PLAY?' -

It's been a long time coming *fnarr fnarr*

As we predicted, Sky is to launch an MVNO and get competitive against the other networks' four-play offerings.…

(Fri, 30 Jan 2015 10:31:12 GMT)

Synths of the father: Making some noise at NAMM 2015 -

You don't know what it was like, man, you weren't there

+Vids If you want to get an idea of how pop music will be sounding in 2015, then this year's exhibition of the National Association of Music Merchants, better known as the NAMM Show, that took place in California last week was the place to be – think of it as CES for musos.…

(Fri, 30 Jan 2015 10:05:04 GMT)

UK watchdog grills big biz: So HOW do you use their 'consumer data'? -

Slurp it, trade it, sell it, swap it?

The UK's main competition regulator is looking to build its knowledge of how consumer data is collected, used and traded by businesses.…

(Fri, 30 Jan 2015 09:39:06 GMT)

HP: We're gonna book $1bn worth of Server 2003 sales THIS WEEK -

A month's worth of activity in seven days? Good luck, says analyst

A Windows Server 2003 customer migration blitzkrieg is underway at HP's as it tries to generate $1bn of x86-related sales this week, squeezing a month’s worth of customer deals into just seven days.…

(Fri, 30 Jan 2015 09:04:31 GMT)

Privacy alert: Outlook for iOS does security STUPIDLY, says dev -

Logins stored in cloud, delete button busted

Big Blue boffin Rene Winkelmeyer has taken aim at Microsoft's iOS Outlook app, launched overnight, claiming it stores credentials in the cloud potentially even after delete requests, and does not observe known good security practices.…

(Fri, 30 Jan 2015 08:28:03 GMT)

Alibaba's magic cave empties as it misses revenue target -

Denies claims its stock comes from 40 thieves

Chinese online tat bazaar Alibaba has not only posted disappointing results, been caned by the stock market but now has also fallen foul of China's government for knowingly hosting sellers of counterfeit kit.…

(Fri, 30 Jan 2015 07:57:07 GMT)

EMC grows new 'Enterprise Content Division' -

Yet another attempt to make Documentum sexy

Another attempted reboot for Documentum EMC's Documentum business has limped along for years now, but now has a spring in its step after rebranding and acquiring a new leader.…

(Fri, 30 Jan 2015 07:32:06 GMT)

Wham, bam... premium rate scam: Grindr users hit with fun-killing charges -

Dating app makers blame rogue ad

Malicious ads from third parties have been piggy-backing on the gay dating app Grindr to run a premium rate number scam.…

(Fri, 30 Jan 2015 07:02:11 GMT)

Quantum adds cloud tier to StorNext -

It’s JAT – Just Another Tier

Quantum has added cloud storage to its StorNext file virtualisation package, embedding it in the workflow process as just another tier.…

(Fri, 30 Jan 2015 06:32:08 GMT)

A docket, tweet and selfie can reveal your identity, boffins find -

Spanners thrown at metadata privacy wagon

Scientists have revealed it is possible to determine the identity of shoppers using credit card purchase and location metadata, in research that throws a spanner into national privacy laws.…

(Fri, 30 Jan 2015 05:59:07 GMT)

OH HAPPY DAY! Lawyers replaced by AI -

Google also outsmarted by friendly machine pals

Artificial intelligence is a worry on two fronts. In a worst-case scenario, we end up with The Terminator. In a less-painful scenario, we end up with billions of humans out of work as drudgery is replaced by machines.…

(Fri, 30 Jan 2015 04:55:07 GMT)

Reddit: Don't worry, we didn't tell that foreign government about your /r/brony addiction -

Uncle Sam on the other hand ... Data demands by feds revealed

4chan-with-karma-points Reddit has published its first dossier on government demands for users' private records – and the stupidly popular messageboard says it handed over the goods 32 times last year.…

(Fri, 30 Jan 2015 03:57:09 GMT)

Hey, America. Canada's watchdog just slapped net neutrality rules on wireless internet -

Decision breaks down arbitrary divide between web and TV

A decision by Canadian telecoms regulator CRTC may have significant implications after it applied net neutrality rules to wireless connections.…

(Fri, 30 Jan 2015 02:58:03 GMT)