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Google, Oracle's endless Java copyright battle extended to ... 2016 -

Judge just doesn't have the time to hear their bickering

The long-running copyright dispute between Oracle and Google over the latter's use of the Java language APIs in its Android operating system will likely drag on for another year or more, based on the latest developments in the case in a US federal court.…

(Fri, 31 Jul 2015 00:58:09 GMT)

Apple gobbles chunk of CNET, ZDNet – report -

iPhone giant to get comfy with CBS Interactive in San Francisco, apparently

Apple is reportedly moving into San Francisco's stinky and noisy trendy South of Market (SoMa) neighborhood – by leasing office space in CBS Interactive's building.…

(Thu, 30 Jul 2015 23:24:32 GMT)

Behold, Facebook's 10Gbps ray-gun internet drone wider than a 737 -

Lasers used to pump data between ground and aircraft

Pics Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's plans to beam internet access to remote corners of the world has taken another step, or rather a flight, closer to reality.…

(Thu, 30 Jul 2015 22:10:11 GMT)

Upgrading to Windows 10 switches your web browser to Edge – and Firefox's CEO is furious -

Mozilla's Beard gets in Sat Nad's face, says Microsoft is on the verge of killing choice

Mozilla chief exec Chris Beard has penned a tetchy open letter to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, criticizing the Redmond giant for changing customers' default browser choice when they upgrade to Windows 10.…

(Thu, 30 Jul 2015 21:54:58 GMT)

FCC swamped by 2,000+ net neutrality complaints against ISPs -

Avalanche of gripes could come in handy once someone figures how to enforce new rules

The FCC has reportedly received over 2,000 complaints related to alleged violations of its Open Internet rules.…

(Thu, 30 Jul 2015 20:19:25 GMT)

Alien dwarf 'star' flashes her dazzling brown rear at stunned space boffins -

You won't see that headline in Nature

Video Astronomers have spotted a brown dwarf almost-star glowing with a dazzling display of aurora similar to the Northern Lights and Southern Lights here on Earth – but hundreds of thousands of times brighter.…

(Thu, 30 Jul 2015 19:53:20 GMT)

Oracle: Docker container tech will be in the Zone on Solaris -

Larry's Unix to support cross-platform containers with unique Solaris features

Oracle is the latest company to get on the Docker bandwagon, having announced support for the application container technology to come in a future version of Solaris Unix.…

(Thu, 30 Jul 2015 19:32:30 GMT)

Derelict TrueCrypt Russia portal 'is command hub for Ukraine spying op' -

Backdoored code slung at officials, journos etc

Malware used to attack Ukrainian government, military, and major news agencies in the country, was distributed from the Russian portal of encryption utility TrueCrypt, new research has revealed.…

(Thu, 30 Jul 2015 17:58:05 GMT)

Small number of computer-aided rifles could be hacked in contrived scenario -

Year-long publicity effort hits bullseye ... in a way

The internet is reeling today at the "news" that a rare make of computer-aided gunsight can under certain circumstances be hacked into, permitting a hacker to interfere with a suitably-equipped rifle's aim.…

(Thu, 30 Jul 2015 17:28:04 GMT)

Expansion-hungry Equinix posts bumper sales -

Results for acquisition target Telecity look limp in comparison

Net income at US data centre outfit Equinix jumped to $59.5m (£38m) for the company's second quarter of 2015, up from $11.3m (£7.2m) in the same period last year. Meanwhile, sales rose 10 per cent to $666m (£426m) for the three-month period.…

(Thu, 30 Jul 2015 17:01:06 GMT)

Obama endorses 3D TLC flash. How else can you do exaflop computing? -

Disks in large enough numbers are volatile; they break...

Comment New storage technologies are needed for exabyte-munching exaflop supercomputers. The same-old-same-old disk tech used for supercomputers won’t do for the exaflop generation promised by President Obama’s US leadership supercomputing order. This is Obama’s moonshot, the equivalent of President Kennedy’s man on the moon vision…

(Thu, 30 Jul 2015 16:27:12 GMT)

Will the PC glory days ever return, WD asks as its finances slip -

Disk units and revenues spin down as desktop market declines

Are the glory days gone for good? Will the PC market ever come back? AS WD rues the damage that declining PC disk sales have done to its revenues, that’s a question that will be exercising its product strategists as they ponder its latest results.…

(Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:55:07 GMT)

Chinese hackers behind OPM megabreach also pwned United Airlines -

Possibility of Beijing-sponsored triple hack makes industry sit-up, gulp, take notice

United Airlines was hacked by same Chinese group that also breached health insurer Anthem and the US government’s Office of Personnel Management (OPM).…

(Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:32:06 GMT)

French dating sites spanked for laissez faire data protection -

Data watchdog advises eager Gallic singles to say 'Non' to naked selfies

French privacy watchdog CNIL has spanked 13 dating websites for abuses of data protection law.…

(Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:03:12 GMT)

BT hands £129m back to UK.gov after beating rural broadband targets -

Super generous state monopoly? Fat chance – it's in their contract

Both BT and the Ministry of Fun – or the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, if you prefer – have spun BT’s toeing-the-line-of-a-contractual-obligation as unbridled generosity towards taxpayers.…

(Thu, 30 Jul 2015 14:29:12 GMT)

Strong ARM scoops up Sansa to boost IoT security -

Chipmaker adds Israeli company's bolt-on protection to its bulging armoured sack

Chipmaker ARM has sealed a deal to buy Israeli Internet of Things (IoT) security specialist Sansa Security. Financial terms of the deal, announced Thursday, were not officially disclosed. However, the WSJ previously reported that around $75m-$85m was on the table.…

(Thu, 30 Jul 2015 14:04:06 GMT)

Microsoft Edge web browser: A well-presented mea culpa -

Not perfect, but way better than IE – and it gives Chrome the willies

Review Edge, the new web browser in Windows 10 that was released on Wednesday isn't just a browser: it's an atonement.…

(Thu, 30 Jul 2015 13:40:13 GMT)

And on that bombshell: Top Gear's Clarkson to reappear on Amazon -

Rejoice, petrolheads – team of boring old men back to act like prats again

Amazon Prime has signed up Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May for a car show intended to rival Top Gear on its streaming service.…

(Thu, 30 Jul 2015 13:21:12 GMT)

Feeding the XPoint cuckoo and finding it a place in the storage nest -

Intel/Micron tech looks to force its way into the memory storage spectrum

XPoint memory is a spectrum-invading cuckoo. Spectrums are great ways to describe a range including different items with differing characteristics. Everyone gets used to the range, then something comes along and forces its way into the spectrum, making existing items shuffle up and down.…

(Thu, 30 Jul 2015 13:03:13 GMT)

What can't sell Galaxy S6s and keeps going down on you? Samsung and its profits -

Smartphone giant feeling mobe market saturation sqeeze, suffers after supply shortage

Samsung Electronics's profits fell eight per cent, year on year, in its second quarter of 2015 – as sales of its Galaxy S6 failed to gain traction.…

(Thu, 30 Jul 2015 12:38:12 GMT)

Download Fest goers were human guinea pigs in spy tech experiment, admit police -

Mass surveillance exercise didn't catch a single criminal

Leicestershire Police has revealed the facial recognition technology it rolled out at Download Festival had no policing utility. Instead it was an experimental assessment opportunity, paid for – and carried out for the sole benefit of – software vendor NEC Corporation.…

(Thu, 30 Jul 2015 12:18:42 GMT)

UK.gov wants to stop teenagers looking at tits online. No, really -

Think of the children! Wait. Er... DON'T think of the children

Prime Minister David Cameron has declared himself "determined to introduce age verification mechanisms to restrict under 18s' access to pornographic websites" and he is "prepared to legislate to do so if the industry fails to self-regulate."…

(Thu, 30 Jul 2015 11:59:05 GMT)

Never mind falling revenues, BT watchers, look at the footy offering -

Consumer monies up, mostly off the back of price-hiked telly packages

BT had a mixed quarter, buoyed up mainly by TV subscriptions - and it has taken its results announcement as an opportunity to shore up its broadband position.…

(Thu, 30 Jul 2015 11:39:09 GMT)

This is TRUE science: Harvard boffins fire up sizzling BACON LASER -

Pork experiment elicits baffled awe from fellow scientists

A team of Harvard scientists has paved the way for a deadly laser pig weapon by demonstrating that, with a little encouragement, pig fat cells can be made to lase.…

(Thu, 30 Jul 2015 11:19:10 GMT)

Wanted: beta testers for El Reg’s Android app -

Let’s lose this ‘worst app in the world’ title

Dear Reg reader. Do you have an Android phone? Maybe you downloaded our Android App? Found it wanting - a lot? Help us make it better by joining our beta testers group. it is easy-peasy although you do need a G+ account.…

(Thu, 30 Jul 2015 10:58:54 GMT)

IARPA: Come, quantum computing boffins. We've got cash for you -

Funds for 'logical qubit' development, no less

Nay-sayers may nay-say, but America's Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) reckons research into quantum computing is advanced enough to warrant a five-year program to kick things along.…

(Thu, 30 Jul 2015 10:32:09 GMT)

Contractors who used Employee Beneficiary Trusts are in HMRC's sights -

Think you're alright because it was all over years ago? Nope

The British Government closed a window of opportunity for tax-efficient folk about a year ago that was beneficial to, and widely used by, contractors: the Employee Beneficiary Trust.…

(Thu, 30 Jul 2015 10:03:13 GMT)

Beyond virty boxen and hyperconvergence: Regard the mighty data centres of the future -

Riding that software-defined wave

SANs and filers are facing decline because of the sudden rise of hyper-converged systems and enterprises seeking IT silo simplification.…

(Thu, 30 Jul 2015 09:33:10 GMT)

The Breakfast (Table) of Champions: Micro Machines -

Desktop gaming in every sense of the phrase

Antique Code Show The last couple of months have seen the release of MotoGP and F1 2015. Just round the corner is the new Xbox exclusive Forza 6, so there are plenty of driving games around if you feel the need for speed.…

(Thu, 30 Jul 2015 09:02:10 GMT)

'Fix these Windows 10 Horrors': Readers turn their guns on Redmond -

Readership turns to Microsoft as one and asks 'what are you DOING?'

Mailbag “Clearly the first year of ‘free’ is really beta testing – what should a sensible IT manager do?” asks one Reg reader Down Under. I’ve heard this from a few of you and collected your thoughts.…

(Thu, 30 Jul 2015 08:29:10 GMT)

Google turns cookie monster on AdSense, DoubleClick clients -

'Just do what the EU wants and no-one will get hurt' suggests Mountain View

Google has warned its AdSense and DoubleClick customers to sort out their cookie tracking policies before the European Commission gets pissy with them.…

(Thu, 30 Jul 2015 07:57:08 GMT)

SPUD – The IETF protocol Snowden loves but will never be used -

Author Joe Hildebrand explains why a dead-end effort to reinvent networks isn't futile

It's not often that someone crafts a protocol expecting to destroy it, but that's what Cisco distinguished engineer Joe Hildebrand and a bunch of other Internet architecture boffins are doing right now.…

(Thu, 30 Jul 2015 07:27:05 GMT)

Don't want pranksters 'bricking' your Android? Just stop using the internet, duh – Google -

Thanks for the top tip, now where's the patch?

Video Trend Micro peeps say they have discovered a security bug that miscreants can exploit to seemingly murder millions of Android smartphones.…

(Thu, 30 Jul 2015 07:02:10 GMT)

Rackspace cooking up security-secret-sharing cloud cabal -

Top-tier clouds invited into information-sharing club to speed defence deployment

Rackspace is leading an effort to create a new group of top-tier cloud companies that it hopes will share information about security in close to real time.…

(Thu, 30 Jul 2015 06:31:07 GMT)

Octogenarian accused of performing sex act with a SHRUBBERY -

Possible inspiration for character of Roger the Shrubber revealed

SFW An 81-year-old man from Stratford, Connecticut, has been charged with public indecency after performing a sex act with a shrubbery.…

(Thu, 30 Jul 2015 05:58:08 GMT)

Boffins get the inside dope, craft white laser -

If this works, your light bulbs will deliver hundreds of gigabits per second

Arizona State University researchers have crafted a white laser – a neat trick since “white” isn't a colour, but a mix of colours.…

(Thu, 30 Jul 2015 05:32:46 GMT)

Bloke cuffed for blasting low-flying drone with shotgun -

Sharpshooter exercises Second Amendment rights

A father of two young girls didn't take too kindly to a camera-equipped quadrocopter hovering over his family's home – so he blasted it out of the sky.…

(Thu, 30 Jul 2015 05:02:11 GMT)

Critical BIND bug scores PATCH YESTERDAY grading -

Easy to hack universal remote BIND DoS hole leaves DNS open to attack

Gird your loins internet: Attackers now have the ability to disrupt large swathes of the web through a remote denial of service vulnerability found in the most widely used software for DNS servers.…

(Thu, 30 Jul 2015 04:29:59 GMT)

China announces petascale super for FAST radiotelescope -

Big dish will need top-100-sized iron

China is planning another petaflop supercomputer, this time to support what will by next year become the world's largest radiotelescope.…

(Thu, 30 Jul 2015 04:00:07 GMT)

Cisco IOS-XE update time: Squash that DoS bug -

Fixes how the daemon triggers error messages for packets it can't reassemble

Bad error message handling has opened up Cisco's IOS-XE versions prior to 3.13S to a remote denial-of-service (DoS) attack.…

(Thu, 30 Jul 2015 02:58:09 GMT)

Tired tablets don't tickle the imagination, so sales fall again -

Market fragmenting as Apple and Samsung lose dominance, say new IDC numbers

Box-counter IDC's latest Quarterly tablet tracker has more bad news for fondleslab fans: sales are down and the market is fragmenting.…

(Thu, 30 Jul 2015 01:58:05 GMT)

NetApp sees IBM/Cisco VersaStack as 'huge' threat to FlexPod -

Competitive intel docs leak to forums, reveal NetApp beaten by SolidFire for Cisco sale

NetApp has inadvertently leaked competitive intelligence documents to a community newsfeed, and the contents reveal it worries that IBM and Cisco's VersaStack will threaten its FlexPod business and that SolidFire has emerged as a threat.…

(Thu, 30 Jul 2015 01:29:13 GMT)

Git a load of this: GitHub now valued at $2 billion -

Investors pump yet more millions of dollars into online source-code silo

GitHub has received a $250m infusion of venture-capital cash that values the code-sharing website at $2bn.…

(Thu, 30 Jul 2015 00:56:05 GMT)

Telcos given a breather to meet Oz metadata retention laws -

AG Dept offers rollout extension

Australian telcos' complaints about the government's rushed data retention implementation schedule have borne fruit, with the Attorney General's Department offering a deadline extension.…

(Thu, 30 Jul 2015 00:50:43 GMT)

US to rethink hacker tool export rules after mass freakout in security land -

Second draft of Wassenaar to take public comments under advisory

Proposed changes to the US government's export controls on hacking tools will likely be scaled back following widespread criticism from the infosec community, a government spokesman has said.…

(Thu, 30 Jul 2015 00:27:06 GMT)

Start learning parallel programming and make these supercomputers sing, Prez Obama orders -

If you want exascale toys, you gotta make 'em dance

President Obama has signed an executive order that will pump US government money into American supercomputers just like before but in a more coherent fashion.…

(Thu, 30 Jul 2015 00:13:10 GMT)

Facebook is raking in so much filthy lucre, it can't spend it fast enough -

What's it aiming for with all that R&D dosh?

Facebook beat estimates on both revenue and earnings for the second quarter of its fiscal 2015, but investors seemed taken aback by the social network's soaring spending.…

(Wed, 29 Jul 2015 22:36:49 GMT)

Turnbull's transformers plan business access to YOUR GOV ID DATA -

Digital Transformation Office moots federated digital identity model in alpha services guide

Australia's new Digital Transformation Office (DTO), the digital disruption brainchild of communications minister Malcolm Turnbull, has outlined plans for an ambitious new government-led digital identification plan that will meld government and business data on individuals to create a single digital ID.…

(Wed, 29 Jul 2015 20:43:07 GMT)

Twitter will delete jokes after a DMCA takedown – but NOT my photos, fumes angry snapper -

Shutterbug sues social network

A photographer is suing Twitter, claiming it refused to remove unauthorized copies of her copyrighted snaps from its social network.…

(Wed, 29 Jul 2015 20:38:04 GMT)

So just WHO ARE the 15 per cent of Americans still not online? -

Hint: Many of them look like this old fogey

Analysis According to the most recent survey of online usage by Americans, 15 per cent of adults are still not online.…

(Wed, 29 Jul 2015 20:17:08 GMT)