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Startup to take over support for today's Itaniums and beyond

In a surprise move, HP has granted OpenVMS a new lease on life, effectively reversing last year's decision to mothball the venerable server OS.…


The Big Data industry says it'll make them RICH and perhaps the government will even pay

Scarcely a day passes on which Vulture South is not told that an investment in Big Data software is the first step accruing undreamed-of riches.…


Landing on a Red Planet near you in 2020, hopefully

Pic  NASA's next Mars rover will, we're told, convert the Red Planet's atmosphere into oxygen, collect rocks for return to Earth, look half a kilometre under the surface – and use stereo cameras to send back unprecedented pictures of the bleak world.…


Piracy is theft, says Comms Minister, but content should be universally available

Australia's communications minister has scolded Big Content for not making more efforts to make digital content easy to access.…


Network braces for quarterly hit from repaying unwanted SMS charges

As American regulators at the FTC crack down on mobile bill "cramming" scams, T-Mobile US has ring-fenced at least $43 million – to refund customers who were fraudulently charged for premium SMS services.…


Firm reckons breakneck customer growth rate's continuing

Ve have vays of making vast sums of loot! That's virtual server backup and data protection startup Veeam for you, reporting 30 per cent revenue growth in the first half of 2014, and a customer count passing 111,500.…


They're not your emails, they're Redmond's business records, says Uncle Sam

Microsoft has lost the first round in its fight to prevent US authorities from seizing customer data stored in its overseas data centers.…


We're still a safe bet, say bookies

Irish bookmakers Paddy Power has admitted miscreants copied from its systems more than 649,000 customer records containing personal information.…


This'll help me flog more 'leccy motors, says Elon Musk

Tesla has signed a deal with Panasonic which will see both firms collaborate on the construction of one of the world's biggest battery factory.…


BDT invests in Overland, Overland shares plummet

Overland Storage and BDT have terminated their four-year lawsuit in which Overland sued BDT for allegedly using its intellectual property unlawfully.…


Sales and profit dive at mobile sub, things set to get tougher

Samsung has confirmed sluggish sales of smartphones and tablets combined with efforts to shift the stock mountain that cast a shadow over Europe, denting group sales and profits for calendar Q2.…


Colour us shocked: They want rest of Europe to follow

The rest of Europe should follow the UK’s example and get rid of copyright levies, says an EU trade group representing Microsoft, Apple, Samsung and thousands of others.…


From UFO coverup to SEO bigging-up

Former hacker and US extradition target Gary McKinnon has found a new career as a search engine optimisation expert.…


Broadband spares the red faces

Former state-owned telco monopoly BT reported top line declines across the majority of operations for the opening three months of its new financial year with only the consumer biz - fuelled by broadband demand - bucking the trend.…


HR, finance will bear the brunt of cuts, it is rumoured

Apple is planning to axe around 200 people from its new acquisition Beats Electronics, according to reports.…


Fruity firm provides digital balm for furious fanbois

Apple has released an urgent fix for a problem that temporarily bricked a number of fanbois' Macbooks.…


Why? Because nobody owns it

It's not possible to hand over Iran's internet because it doesn't own it, a Washington DC court has been told in a mind-boggling submission to terrorism victims.…


Gaming gamed WD's results

For its final fiscal 2014 quarter WD revenues were flat at $3.7bn but profits declined despite the firm having sold a greater number of disk drives. SSD sales declined compared to the previous two quarters.…


Sinofsky's hybrid strategy looks dafter than ever

Analysis  "Everything points to a boom in the landfill business – The Register, 2012


Satya Nadella backs up 'mobile-first' strategy with new director

Microsoft has added some mobile expertise to its board of directors, signing up wireless pioneer John Stanton, the former chairman of broadband firm Clearwire.…


Bad computers might ask if you are Sarah Connor

Something for the Weekend, Sir?*  Ever been invited to a party only to discover they gave you the wrong address? This doesn’t happen to me often but then I’m not the sort of person whom people invite to parties. Anyway, this wasn’t a party, it was a user group meetup.…


Shoots down aptitude of badness-slingers

Researchers at Toronto-based Citizen Lab have shot down denials by Syria, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates regarding attacks against activists, journalists and dissidents, labelling some of the assaults as incompetent.…


Come back, freetards

Security software firm AVG net income has fallen from $24.7m in Q2 2013 to $13.7mn in Q2 2014, according to financial results out Wednesday.…


A sneak peek and some instant gratification

Game Theory  During my time with the Destiny beta I’ve veered from game-to-game in a bid to nail down exactly what it is that Destiny reminds me of most.…


Just slip it in, won't hurt a bit, 1Password makers urge devs

AgileBits wants more apps to use 1Password's strong passwords, and has released an extension on github to that end.…


EU reckons we've one foot out the door anyway

Comment  In 1805, William Pitt the Younger, on hearing of Napoleon's victory at the Battle of Austerlitz, is reported to have said: "Roll up that map (of Europe) – it will not be wanted these 10 years". Well I have attended two meetings which suggest that the European Union has already rolled up its Data Protection Map of Europe so it excludes the UK.…


NxGn hopes cold storage flash catches on

Startup NxGnData Stepping onto the flash controller stage from its stealth phase comes with an FPGA-based SoC promising hyperscale cold data storage using cheap, short-life TLC flash and in-situ processing.…


Cheshire cat effect see neutrons and their properties walk different paths

Imagine this: when Australian cricketer Shane Warne bowled "the ball of the century", a delivery that drifted one way, then hit the pitch and spun the other, the reason batter Mike Gatting was bamboozled was because the spin took a different path from the ball. That's the phenomenon boffins claim they've observed in experiments involving neutrons and an interferometer.…


And they'd get away with it too, if weren't for that meddling Snowden

Russia has asked SAP and Apple to hand over their products' source code so it can be tested for spyware.…


Your car: a Pirate Bay on wheels

The recording industry has spotted another potential target of tax-by-lawsuit: the auto industry, for in-car media players.…


Let's all go for a run. Now.

Sports shoe maker Reebok is getting into the bacon business.…


Don't worry, though ... it's probably (mostly) harmless

After much back-and-forth on blogs, Twitter, and online forums, Oracle has admitted that there is a bug that can cause its new in-memory database option to be reported as being in use when it's not, although the actual risk it poses remains unclear.…


When life gives you lemons, well ...

An analysis of the shape of the Moon has shown it is not actually a sphere – but is in fact slightly lemon-shaped. This has revealed important clues as to how the Earth's satellite body formed (and no, it still doesn't involve any cheese).…


And goes to the Genius Bar for support

VMware runs a cluster of 50 Mac Minis and puts it to work preparing the executables and binaries that customers receive when they acquire the company's products.…


Voice and text snuck onto freedom-loving nodes

BitTorrent has joined the increasingly crowded post-Snowden market for anonymous online chat services with "Bleep", a decentralised voice and text communications platform.…


Smaller, cheaper and battery-powered pocket Pi

Korean outfit Hardkernel has snuck out a Raspberry Pi-compatible board it says targets developers with an interest in the wearables and Internet of Things space.…


Black Hat research says proposed protocol will bork network probes, flummox firewalls

The burgeoning Multipath TCP (MPTCP) standard promises to speed up the internet but will also break security solutions including intrusion detection and data leak prevention, says security researcher Catherine Pearce.…


Borg begins striking off its golden hardware handcuffs

Cisco has quit with the long talk and started the walk, announcing that its Application-Centric Infrastructure (ACI) is to ship as a full solution on July 31.…


Commission wants answers on plan to cap heavy users

The head of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is demanding an explanation from Verizon over the carrier's decision to throttle LTE speeds for heavy users.…


Sample Seattle for $3,000 minus change

AMD has been promising shipments of its 64-bit ARM-based server chips, code-named "Seattle", for the end of the year but now you can get hold of one with the firm's latest developer kit release.…


Standards sought for low-power data center kit

Red Hat has upped its commitment to support servers based on the ARM processor architecture, with the formation of a new partner program specifically for vendors of 64-bit ARM hardware for the data center.…


Red-hatted mascot, red-colored logo, red-stained finance books

Nintendo is reeling after it posted a $96m loss on the quarter to June 30.…


30-year SQL veteran says firm is 'revolutionizing' databases

Roger Bamford, a pioneering database engineer who spent 30 years at SQL stalwart Oracle, has jumped over to the NoSQL side and landed in a new job at MongoDB.…


Not because it's a good idea but because it already operates the infrastructure and processes to do it well

Australia's federal government should store metadata collected by the nation's Internet service providers (ISPs), because the government already operates suitable facilities in which to do so.…


Vulture South is having a party and you can score liquid presents

The Register's Australian outpost is having a party and we want ten readers to come along.…


A whole three of them ... plus phone support

Google's voice conference system Hangouts is being smartened up in the hope of breaking into the business market.…


Plus: 'He's like the Bob Ross of bullshit'


Old hardware doesn't get any faster with new software

Worstall on Wednesday  There's a nice little feuilleton in the New York Times looking at why everyone whines about their iPhone slowing down when Apple releases a new variant.…


Brit buyers still not falling for Windows' charms

The good citizens of Britain are still giving Windows 8 and 8.1 fondleslabs a wide berth, official figures from disties has confirmed.…


Traffic confirmation attack bared users' privates - but to whom?

The Tor Project has warned users about a subtle attack aimed at partially uncloaking their activities on the anonymising network.…



Have your say: Will Apple's new iTime watch live up to the hype?
text Have your say: Will Apple's new iTime watch live up to the hype? An Apple patent for a smartwatch was revealed today, with the device apparently to be called the iTime. (itproportal)
British Embassy Convoy Attacked In Libya
text British Embassy Convoy Attacked In Libya The Foreign Office urges all Britons to leave as further attacks on foreigners are likely amid a "greater intensity of fighting". (skynews world)
He's arrogant, tough, insecure and charming - but he has such bright blue eyes: Hilary Clinton&
text He's arrogant, tough, insecure and charming - but he has such bright blue eyes: Hilary Clinton& Hillary Clinton says she warned White House Vladimir Putin would be 'more aggressive' in second shot as Russian president (telegraph)