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HPC blog  This article and the ones following it are the most comprehensive and in-depth analysis of a cluster competition that the world has ever seen. If you can find better coverage, then I'll eat a handful of spider webs.


Unscrupulous marketers are, guess what, still being gits

One in 10 of the world’s largest online retailers are sill violating the CAN-SPAM Act, a full 10 years after the US anti-spam legislation went into effect.…


Vendors raise their game after gov securo-busting revealed

Anyone following the fortunes of the world’s biggest technology companies will have noticed a trend: every one of them has gone potty for privacy.…


Offshore chop shops make merry from movies and pr0n

An economic study of direct download locker sites has found most are used for copyright infringement – and calculates that they're highly profitable. The study looked at download sites like Mega, Rapidgator and Depositfiles, and streaming lockers like Movshare.net, Flashx.tv and Streamcloud.eu.…


Half a car stuck to your wall is this season's must-have accessory, darling

100% Design  Yes, it’s that time of year again when the design world presents its latest creations. The ideas shown off here will no doubt make it into very well-heeled home in the coming weeks – and gives the rest of us a glimpse of what’s coming in a year or two.…


Bad news for tech-addicted fanbois behind the wheel

We're struggling to find a single reason why anyone would want to wear an Apple Watch, but here's one reason why you shouldn't.…


Anyone claiming to know before tomorrow is telling porkies

Web users have been warned to be wary of fake results messages about the Scottish Independence referendum.…


Supermassive black hole takes up much of ultracompact star formation

Astronomers have spotted a supermassive black hole - of the type theorised by some physicists to be portals out of our universe to elsewhere - in an itsy-bitsy ultracompact dwarf galaxy, the smallest ever known to contain such a gigantic light-sucking feature.…


Staffer's blog reveals all as projects languish on GitHub

Mozilla has quietly shuttered its Labs, folding people and projects into the main organisation.…


It's positively encouraged on the London Underground

Barclaycard is trying to push consumers towards a cashless society with its contactless payment wristband, bPay.…


Losses of more than $2 BILLION loom over troubled Japanese corp

Sony shares dropped more than eight per cent today after the firm warned that it expects losses for this year to be four times as bad as it previously predicted.…


FBI et al knew of nine hacks - but didn't tell TRANSCOM

Sophisticated Beijing-backed hackers raided civilian organisations responsible for the movements of US troops and equipment 20 times in one year of which only two were detected by the responsible agency, an audit report has found.…


Uni of Edinburgh team lands teraflop-tastic LINPACK laurels

HPC blog  The LINPACK portion of the ISC’14 Student Cluster Competition (LINK) was supposed to be routine, according to the cluster competition wise guys. Sure, some student team might set a new record, but no one was expecting the new mark to break through the 10 TFLOP/s barrier.…


Sooner or later a big player's going to catch one in the eye

Comment  Holy Moly, HGST is getting ambitious. It's building an active archive platform product in competition with some of its OEMs and its aiming to rewrite server clustering with a flash fabric - oh and develop helium-filled disk drives - and shingled drives with its own slant - and thinking of Phase Change Memory chips with DIMM connectors.…


Intel bods' analysis concludes 'no significant change' after whistle was blown

The Snowden leaks have not changed the way jihadi terorrists communicate, according to a new study.…


More beautiful than a unicorn or a baby's smile

Stephen Pie  We had certain unavoidable production issues with this piece from our occasional "tech" guru Stephen Pie. Rather as in the case of Stephen Fry - any other similarity between the two is purely coincidental - Mr Pie's thoughts on the iPhone 6 have had to be published almost completely without benefit of sub-editing or other polishing. Our apologies. - Ed.


In-memory fabric comes to to HPC I/O project

A3Cube has fleshed out another part of its plans for high performance interconnect, adding an I/O access system to the RONNIE data plane technology it launched in February 2014.…


'Platform for piracy' must be punished, or it'll kill us in FIVE YEARS

Rupert Murdoch's minions have written to the European Commissioner for Competition Joaquín Almunia, urging him to mete out stern punishment to Google in the ongoing search market dominance probe.…


'People have been brainwashed to believe that their world will be changed forever if they get FTTP'

Australia's Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has again unloaded on his predecessors in government, saying the swift planing process for the National Broadband Network made it "the riskiest and most complex project the Australian Government has ever attempted to carry out.…


Open Web App Security Project releases new app dev opus

The global security community has completed an 18-month effort to produce a guide it is hoped will boost the standard of web application testing and address new and dangerous technologies.…


Phones for the drinking classes

"Their marketing seemed to be aimed at the more erm ... chav infested end of the market", wrote one Reg reader on the demise of Phones4U, which went into administration on Sunday.…


Whistleblower used staff login to reveal PM's daughter's unusual special treatment

Sydney student Freya Newman has pled guilty to illegally using a colleagues' login credentials to access and leak documents about a scholarship awarded to the daughter of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott.…


Only hackers can see your nude selfies, not feds

Apple has made some amendments to its privacy policy, and has used the occasion to run an open letter from Tim Cook explaining the policy.…


Why mess with armoured 10kV cables when land-based, and legal, snoop tools are easier?

The Register has found itself subject to a certain amount of criticism for this author's scepticism regarding whether the NSA has been snooping on optical fibre cables by cutting them.…


One for kids, a new lightweight, and a sub-$100 Fire

Amazon.com has given its Kindle range a thorough refresh, springing a new range on world+dog today without the usual weeks of "will they or won't they and what's inside" leaks and speculation.…


Patchwork regulation creates silos of data and worldwide web of data bakers

Privacy laws covering the use of personally-identifiable information are, on a global scale, creating a dizzying patchwork of cookie-cutter cookie-serving companies created to sniff our Web browsing.…


And OMG it's OS X Yosemite! What a time to be alive

So soon after drowning the world in iPhone 6 and iOS 8 hype, Apple is said to be planning another party next month to launch more iPads and OS X Yosemite.…


Tell marketing to shove it and build your apps right, says virtualiser-turned VC

Your marketing department wants to build mobile apps to expose your business processes to world+dog, but if you do it their way you'll fail and set back future mobile development efforts.…


A good day for privacy as invisble.im also reveals its approach to untraceable chats

Bleep, the BitTorrent peer-to-peer chat client, is now out in the wild in the form of a public Alpha version.…


Faster VM clones, too, for those who don't care for advanced share 'n' sync

Synology is about to release version 5.1 of its Disk Station Manager (DSM) NAS operating system, and has baked a word processor and groupware inside.…


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Wolfram embraces the cloud, promies private cloud cut of its number-cruncher

Wolfram wants to broaden the appeal of its Mathematica product, adding a fully-online version to the existing standalone software applications.…


Royal Institute of Technology tires of mere 93 teraflop machine

Sweden's KTH (Royal Institute of Technology) is continuing its Cray fandom, placing a US$13 million order for an XC super and taking the institute into the petascale era.…


Big Blue says its outsourcing bods aren't up to snuff on buzzword tech

IBM has instituted a new, mandatory training program for some US employees whom management claims don't measure up in the skills department – and participants will be required to give up 10 per cent of their salaries for the privilege.…


Why you pay for what you provision

Sysadmin blog  Anyone who says public cloud computing is "pay for what you use" is trying to rip you off. The public cloud is pay for what you provision, and that is a completely different thing.…


ULA to kick in cash to help end reliance on Russian engines

Blue Origin, the commercial space company formed by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, has inked a deal with the United Launch Alliance (ULA) to jointly develop a new, US-built rocket engine for future space missions.…


Not fit for purpose on day of launch, says Cupertino

Updated  Software using the super-hyped HealthKit API in iOS 8.0 has been pulled by Apple from the App Store due to a bug in the technology.…


Busted age block in app is no excuse, says US watchdog

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has fined Yelp after accusing the reviews website of inappropriately gathering personal data on children.…


Solutions? 'I don't know - but SIs could help'

Big data projects – seen by some as the tech industry’s latest snake oil and others as a potentially valuable tool to dig up fresh information – is being held back by the lack of data scientists for hire.…


Flashy beastie barely sips at the juice, too

Micron has a new M600 client SSD that changes flash type on the fly to accelerate writes.…


Millions of 4chan users howl with laughter as Cupertino slams stable door

Apple has rolled out two-factor authentication to lock down iCloud accounts, a move designed to prevent a repeat of the Celebgate incident when smutty snaps of nude starlets were leaked from the bowels of 4Chan.…


Plus: Kids are terrified of Microsoft's Minecraft buyout


A small part of John Chambers' $1bn cloud play goes into action

Cisco is buying Metacloud, a startup that promises to spin-up OpenStack clouds both privately and as a service.…


But it's not yet ready for prime time, strangely

NetApp’s all-new FlashRay solid state array has been launched with limited availability and is not yet ready for prime time, having only a single controller, and lacking scale-out features and some ONTAP integration.…


World's top Google-finding website calls it for the UK

Microsoft's seldom-used digital yellow pages has waded into the independence referendum with the claim that Scots will vote no and the United Kingdom will be preserved.…


Combine Blu-ray and M-DISC and you get this monster

HDS' federal subsidiary says it has a Blu-ray optical storage platform for long term data preservation, with 1,000-year M-DISCs in prospect.…


Eight vulns healed, including XSS and DoS paths

Adobe belatedly pushed out critical updates for its frequently-attacked Reader and Acrobat PDF software packages on Tuesday.…


Not at the top table? Come to our roundtable

Reg Events  Very few businesses don’t rely on technology these days. Yet how often do they place real strategic power in the hands of the people running IT? You know who we mean - you.…


It's all about making it easier - on their bottom lines

Some of the web’s biggest users of open-source gear have thrown their weight behind a project to make open-source "easier."…


Our US allies to probe potential Vulture 2 servo freeze

We're on final approach for the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) ballocket mission to touch down at Spaceport America. Since we're relocating Stateside, it seems appropriate that the final high-altitude test flight should be carried out by our US allies at Edge Research Laboratory.…


At least it mostly it makes them rich

Worstall on Wednesday  Last weekend's headlines screamed that Chinese workers making Apple's iPhone 6 were developing cancer. Is Apple's greed for ever-greater profits literally killing its Middle Kingdom wage slaves?…