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Watch leggy ROBOT INSECT WALK on WATER before LEAPING OFF -

Artificial system replicates biological movement

Vid Scientists have created a tiny, leggy robot that mimics the actions of a water strider.…

(Sat, 01 Aug 2015 14:20:29 GMT)

New twist in telco giants' fight to destroy the FCC's net neutrality -

Ditches First Amendment legal argument, tries another approach

Analysis When an entire page of a lawsuit is taken up just listing the lawyers on the case, you know you have hit some vested interests.…

(Sat, 01 Aug 2015 13:04:04 GMT)

Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Bacon and egg sushi -

You demanded more bacon, people, so here it is: domo arigato

OK, sliced pork fans. In response to criticisms that our recent culinary trip to Hawaii – in search of the quite remarkable Spam musubi - simply did not feature enough bacon, we today present for your wobbly dining pleasure the very cutting edge of Anglo-Japanese fusion cuisine.…

(Sat, 01 Aug 2015 11:00:05 GMT)

The Q7: Audi’s big SUV goes from tosspot to tip-top -

New high-end motor just better than the old. At everything

Vulture at the Wheel Too large, too ugly, too late. Luckily (for El Reg’s relationship with Audi) that’s my opinion of the outgoing Q7. Why anyone coughed up good money for a Q7 when for less you could have pretty much the same thing with a VW Touareg badge on the back was beyond me.…

(Sat, 01 Aug 2015 09:00:05 GMT)

Gay emojis? GAY EMOJIS?! Not here in Russia, comrade -

Bad Vlad mad over 'propaganda' pixels

The Russian government is reportedly looking to ban "gay" emoji symbols over fears the same-sex pictures could violate censorship laws.…

(Sat, 01 Aug 2015 08:01:08 GMT)

Windows 10: Buy cheap, buy twice, right? Buy FREE ... buy FOREVER -

What I've got you've got to get it put it in you

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Microsoft wants to give me Windows 10 for free! Hooray for freebies! OK, some of my software no longer launches or works quite the way it’s supposed to, but I got used to that after upgrading to Windows 8, and then again with Windows 8.1.…

(Sat, 01 Aug 2015 07:00:12 GMT)

This hospital drug pump can be hacked over a network – and the US FDA is freaking out -

Doctors told to stop using kit as open ports put patients at risk

The US Food and Drug Administration has told healthcare providers to stop using older drug infusion pumps made by medical technology outfit Hospira – because they can be easily hacked over a network.…

(Sat, 01 Aug 2015 00:29:11 GMT)

Uber holds out hand, hails another $1bn – mostly from Microsoft -

'Strategic' funding round said to be about 'partnerships'

Unlicensed taxi service Uber has plumped up its war chest with another $1bn, with much of the latest funding round reportedly coming from Microsoft.…

(Fri, 31 Jul 2015 22:41:12 GMT)

Wait, STOP: Are you installing Windows 10 or ransomware? -

This one will be an 'absolute bastard,' say security bods

People aren't good at waiting for stuff, and with, computer users queueing up to download Windows 10, ransomware purveyors have started to move in.…

(Fri, 31 Jul 2015 22:09:21 GMT)

It's Friday! Had a good week? It was probably better than Seagate's -

Desktop drives, down. Notebook drives, down. Martinis to take away the pain, down

In keeping with its warning, Seagate confirmed a revenue and profits decline as its mainstay desktop and notebook drive shipments tumbled for the third straight quarter.…

(Fri, 31 Jul 2015 21:50:39 GMT)

$100m fine? How about, er, $16k? AT&T teabags FCC with its giant balls -

When 'unlimited' refers to a company's efforts to avoid liability

AT&T has taken its four-year campaign to avoid liability for throttling its "unlimited" data plans to new heights by proposing that a $100m fine imposed last month be reduced to just $16,000.…

(Fri, 31 Jul 2015 21:18:29 GMT)

James Woods demands $10m from Twitter troll for 'coke addict' claim -

Yes, making crap up on the internet has consequences

Actor James Woods is suing a Twitter troll for wrongly branding him a "cocaine addict." Woods, who says he is not a drug addict, wants $10m in damages.…

(Fri, 31 Jul 2015 20:24:58 GMT)

Bitdefender feeling a bit tender: Hackers enter anti-distemper vendor -

Someone gulped unencrypted login info from security biz

One or more miscreants have been able to slurp and leak usernames and passwords from Bitdefender. The unencrypted login details belonged to some of the security biz's small business customers.…

(Fri, 31 Jul 2015 19:34:24 GMT)

No, Microsoft: Your one-billion Windows 10 goal is just sad ... really sad -

A victory worthy of a eulogy

Comment Targeting one million of anything is no longer cool, according to Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg. Only one billion will do.…

(Fri, 31 Jul 2015 19:18:07 GMT)

Sick burn, LOSER! Nvidia recalls Shield gaming slabs over BLAZE RISK -

Don’t keep taking the tablets, chip biz warns

Nvidia has today urged gamers to stop using its eight-inch Shield tablets, and send them back to base, because they are a fire risk.…

(Fri, 31 Jul 2015 18:55:41 GMT)

Petrol cars are dead in the water, says Tesla CTO waving numbers on the back of an envelope -

Battery prices will fall says battery-car maker

Analysis Gasoline-powered cars are a dying breed, and not because everyone will become a tree-hugging fossil-fuel-hating hippie, but rather thanks to cost.…

(Fri, 31 Jul 2015 18:09:40 GMT)

Oh Jeez, not now! Activist investor threatens Violin Memory -

Nice board you got there, Mr DeNuccio. Be a shame if something happened to it

Violin Memory’s board is under attack from the Clinton Group, an activist investor wanting to have talks about “a number of topics germane to creating shareholder value”, meaning an asset or company sale.…

(Fri, 31 Jul 2015 17:38:09 GMT)

Windows 10 marks the end of 'pay once, use forever' software -

Welcome to Microsoft's pay-pay-pay plan

Comment Windows 10 is the last version of Windows that will ever be released. If this really is the last version of Windows desktop operating system ever, though, where will Microsoft make its money?…

(Fri, 31 Jul 2015 17:21:05 GMT)

Blue Coat acquires the cloud-crypto monkeys at Perspecsys -

Application of Cloud Access Security Broker features paramount, apparently

Controversial and suspicious netsec outfit Blue Coat Systems has acquired Perspecsys, for the want of some weight in its cloud security portfolio.…

(Fri, 31 Jul 2015 17:01:05 GMT)

Don't want Windows 10 FILTH on the company network? Step this way -

Master your domain – and kill it at source

Windows 10 is here. Now, while I have Windows Upgrade Fatigue and I'm in no rush to make the change, plenty of people out there received the upgrade when it arrived. There will certainly going to be a mighty spike in net traffic that day – not least because the upgrade from Windows 7 or Windows 8 is a free one.…

(Fri, 31 Jul 2015 16:28:31 GMT)

How much of ONE YEAR's Californian energy use would WIPE OUT the DROUGHT? -

What causes drought? Laziness

Analysis That California drought - it's terrible, isn't it? But there's nothing to be done. If it doesn't rain for a few years, and doesn't snow up in the mountains, Californians must just yield to Mother Nature and stop watering their lawns, stop washing their cars, maybe even stop growing those delicious but thirsty almonds.…

(Fri, 31 Jul 2015 15:56:11 GMT)

Interested in building 'community' Mr Corporation? Please swipe here -

Having a foundation doesn’t necessarily mean a great deal

Feature Money isn’t new to open source. Capitalist pigs have always been quite at home amidst the unwashed developer masses, spinning up companies to capitalise on the success of JBoss, MySQL, and more.…

(Fri, 31 Jul 2015 15:26:11 GMT)

ATTACK of the ZOMBIE SATELLITE: Run radio hams, run! -

Knocked down, now up again, you just can't keep it down

A satellite launched by the US military has gone rogue and is causing interference to radio hams across Europe.…

(Fri, 31 Jul 2015 14:54:09 GMT)

El Reg touches down at the ESA's Spanish outpost, sniffs around -

Lab coats on, pipes at the ready for European Space Astronomy Centre tour

Pics "Are you really going to wear that into the canteen?" That was the perfectly reasonable question posed by Emmet Fletcher, communication officer at the European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC) as my nephew Matt Haines braced himself for lunch sporting a Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) lab coat and pipe.…

(Fri, 31 Jul 2015 14:26:08 GMT)

Magnet-wobble wireless charging system dishes out a respectable 10 kW -

Ideal for heavy plant, but could be overkill for mobes

Canadian wireless power company Elix has announced a system which can generate and transfer 10 kW using magneto-dynamic coupling. It’s big, heavy and noisy, so is aimed at trucks and buses rather than small cars, and is certainly not suitable for desktop gadget charging.…

(Fri, 31 Jul 2015 13:54:08 GMT)

PagerDuty hacked ... and finally comes clean 21 days later. Cheers -

Have a great SysAdmin Day everyone

Why not celebrate SysAdmin Day by worrying about a data breach at incident management peddler PagerDuty? An attacker managed to get into the company's systems on 9 July, and a belated 21 days later the company did the decent thing and informed its customers about the incident.…

(Fri, 31 Jul 2015 13:25:05 GMT)

Uber unleashes $1bn war chest to crack Indian market -

Fiendish domination plans follow a billion big ones thrown at China

Uber is to throw $1bn (£642m) of investment into the Indian market, in an apparent attempt to blast incumbent "sharing economy" taxi biz Ola out of the water.…

(Fri, 31 Jul 2015 12:54:08 GMT)

German spooks want to charge journalists with TREASON for publishing spy plans -

Looking at you, Beckedahl and Meister

Two journalists have been threatened with jail time in Germany for publishing information about the extent of the country’s surveillance activities.…

(Fri, 31 Jul 2015 12:42:07 GMT)

Crazy Canucks heat their lab with muahaha-capable server -

Supermicro 2028GR-TRT quad GPU box

Review Playing with cool technology is not why either of us chose systems administration as a career. Nor was it something we expected as part of our employment. That said, it is impossible to deny the attraction cool technology has. It is fitting, then, that on systems administrator day we get the chance to publish a review on the kind of hardware that lured us into systems administration in the first place.…

(Fri, 31 Jul 2015 12:23:09 GMT)

US spied on Japanese PM Abe, Mitsubishi, and so much more -

WikiLeaks exposes blanket snooping on Asian powerhouse

The NSA spied on Japan's prime minister, central bank, finance ministry and major corporations, such as the natural gas division of Mitsubishi, according to documents released today.…

(Fri, 31 Jul 2015 12:08:03 GMT)

Microsoft's Windows 10 Torrent-U-Like updates GULP DOWN your precious bandwidth -

Who needs cloud when users can host downloads for you?

Feel like your network bandwidth is slipping away? Windows 10 could be the culprit.…

(Fri, 31 Jul 2015 11:55:05 GMT)

Daisy completes Phoenix IT gobble -

Outfit marches on with £1bn revenue mid-market domination plan

Acquisition-ravenous Daisy Group has completed its gobble of tech services outfit Phoenix IT Group.…

(Fri, 31 Jul 2015 11:21:04 GMT)

Google to French data cops on .com RTBF: Baiser ma DERRIERE -

Maybe shouldn't have relied on Google Translate to check that one

Google says it will not comply with French data cops' demands to apply the European "right to be forgotten" worldwide.…

(Fri, 31 Jul 2015 11:04:10 GMT)

UK's first 'DIY DAB' multiplex goes live in Brighton -

Raspberry-powered stack thumbs nose at costly broadcast convention

Britain’s first home-brewed open source-based DAB multiplex has gone live this morning. Six services will be operating on the new mux in Brighton for nine months.…

(Fri, 31 Jul 2015 10:33:10 GMT)

Lying to customers, Unicom? Cough up £200k, do not pass Go -

Firm has to smarten up its act if it wants to avoid another Ofcom thrashing

It’s good to know that complaints to Ofcom produce action. A probe into broken promises and lies told by Unicom has seen the company fined £200,000 by the regulator.…

(Fri, 31 Jul 2015 10:03:11 GMT)

Missing in action: The OpenStackers lost from Gartner's quadrant -

I see no ships ... or boxen, come to that

The more I look at Gartner's recent Magic Quadrant for x86 server virtualization infrastructure, the more confused I get.…

(Fri, 31 Jul 2015 09:33:04 GMT)

Think beyond the Beeb: Gov consultation is crucial for free telly -

Channelling some answers for Auntie

Breaking Fad Do you like your free-to-air TV? It looks like a reasonable chunk of spectrum will be saved for terrestrial broadcasting at the WRC–15 meeting later this year, but the battle for Freeview is far from over.…

(Fri, 31 Jul 2015 09:04:11 GMT)

Open source Copyright Hub unveiled with '90+ projects' in the pipeline -

An internet that didn't rip you off? Who'd want a thing like that?

The web has grown up without letting people own and control their own stuff, but a British-backed initiative might change all that, offering a glimpse of how the internet can work in the future. Their work will all be open sourced early next year.…

(Fri, 31 Jul 2015 08:27:04 GMT)

Americans care more about EU data protection laws than the French -

Fewer than 10 downloads for draft comparison app in France

Around 800 people really do want to compare all the different versions of the EU’s proposed new data protection law.…

(Fri, 31 Jul 2015 08:01:04 GMT)

Flash deserves to live, says Cisco security man -

Adobe's scars make it ugly but tough. So tough it's being attacked more than ever

Don't kill Flash; that's the message from Cisco security veteran John Stewart who says the Adobe team have put in the hard yards into reforming security and needs to weather the current bug storm.…

(Fri, 31 Jul 2015 07:28:10 GMT)

HP insists 'we don't have a global dress code' – while deleting one from its website -

Head of HR films video response for El Reg

HP Enterprise's head of HR says his company does not have a "global" dress code, while his minions quietly remove a webpage on workplace appearance from HP.com.…

(Fri, 31 Jul 2015 07:02:12 GMT)

Comet 67/P covered in life-giving rubble, boffins say -

First papers from Philae lander's brief burst of work appear in Science

When the Philae lander failed to touch down cleanly on Comet 67P/Churyumov­-Gerasimenko it looked like a mess. But the probe's four bounces across the comet's surface turn out to have been a blessing in disguise because they've given us more close-ups of 67P than expected.…

(Fri, 31 Jul 2015 06:27:03 GMT)

Buffoon in 999 call: 'Cat ate my bacon and I want to press charges' -

West Yorkshire Police reveal their worst summer nuisance calls

The West Yorkshire fuzz have released recordings of nuisance calls requesting a cat be arrested for eating a man's bacon and a complaint about a noisy washing machine, as well as a request to identify the actor in Magnum PI*.…

(Fri, 31 Jul 2015 05:56:09 GMT)

Windows 10 clients come to Microsoft Virtual Machine Manager -

Update rollups needn't spoil your Sysadmin Day unless you're hot for Windows 10 VDI

Looking forward to a nice, relaxing Sysadmin Day? If you run Microsoft's Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) 2012, your dat may just have been complicated by the release of two update rollups.…

(Fri, 31 Jul 2015 04:58:05 GMT)

Borg patches enterprise ASR router DoS hole -

Bad packets cause crashes.

Cisco has closed a hole in its ASR 1000 line of enterprise and service provider-grade routers that could trigger denial of service.…

(Fri, 31 Jul 2015 04:01:09 GMT)

Sri Lanka braves monsoon with Loon broadband balloons -

Google scores whole-of-country deal for internet-over-windbags

Service to launch just weeks before monsoon hits, complete with rain and wind a-plenty Sri Lanka has signed up for broadband services delivered by Google's “Project Loon” broadband balloons.…

(Fri, 31 Jul 2015 02:58:04 GMT)

Kim Dotcom to create Wikimedia-style open source Mega 3.0 -

If at first you aren't jailed for piracy, try, try again, this time funded by donations

File locker mogul Kim Dotcom has signalled he'll soon create a third version of his Mega service.…

(Fri, 31 Jul 2015 02:31:05 GMT)

Google sneaks out new clip-on tech goggles for saddo Glassholes -

Smartglasses in possibly useful situation shocker

Google has reportedly been developing a revision of its infamous Glass product for use in the workplace.…

(Fri, 31 Jul 2015 01:56:03 GMT)

Unlock and start General Motors cars with a $100 box of tricks – hacker -

Flap over crap OnStar app yak, all will be revealed at DEF CON yap

Anyone with $100 spare for electronic components, and some technical skills, can wirelessly track, unlock, and start General Motors cars that have OnStar fitted, it is claimed.…

(Fri, 31 Jul 2015 01:28:04 GMT)

World's worst exploit kit now targeting point-of-sale systems -

Eyes PoS vendors, web terminals.

Trend Micro researcher Anthony Joe Melgarejo says the sophisticated Angler exploit kit popular in cybercrime circles is now targeting point-of-sale (PoS) systems.…

(Fri, 31 Jul 2015 01:06:16 GMT)