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CommVault cloudifies its offering with expanded product range

El Reg - Fri, 15/05/2015 - 7:57am
Consider the back-up sector applecart duly upset

Cloud is upsetting the back-up apple cart and CommVault, already suffering from this, aims to move its software faster to the cloud. Four product announcements are the start of this.…


El Reg - Fri, 15/05/2015 - 7:33am
Candy Crush Saga to come bundled with Redmond's new OS

Microsoft has announced that Candy Crush Saga will be bundled with Windows 10.…

Are We Entering a "Golden Age of Quantum Computing Research"?

Slashdot - Fri, 15/05/2015 - 7:06am
Lashdots writes: Last month, an elite team at IBM Research team announced an advance in quantum computing: it had built a four-qubit square lattice of superconducting qubits, roughly one-quarter-inch square, that was capable of detecting and measuring the two types of quantum computing errors (bit-flip and phase-flip). Previously, it was only possible to address one type of quantum error or the other. The next step is to correct quantum errors. In a blog post, Mark Ritter, who oversees scientists and engineers at IBM's T.J. Watson Research Laboratory, wrote: "I believe we're entering what will come to be seen as the golden age of quantum computing research." His team, he said, is "on the forefront of efforts to create the first true quantum computer." But what would that mean, and what other big next steps are there?

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Blocking pirate sites doesn't weaken pirates say Euroboffins

El Reg - Fri, 15/05/2015 - 6:58am
Closure of German site saw small uptick in proper purchases, but splintered the market and didn't cover costs

In June 2011, authorities in Germany, Spain, France and the Netherlands raided premises suspected of having something to do with kino.to, a site that offered links to a Megaupload-style file lockers containing unlicensed copies of movies, music and TV shows.…

LOHAN's final test flight moniker: The people must decide

El Reg - Fri, 15/05/2015 - 6:02am
Acronym tomfoolery, with a RockBLOCK Iridium satellite comms unit at stake

Poll  As the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team prepares for a forthcoming final test flight, we've put together the poll which will decide which talented reader walks away with a RockBLOCK Mk2 Iridium satellite comms unit, courtesy of our chums at Rock Seven.…

HTTP/2 is now utterly officially official

El Reg - Fri, 15/05/2015 - 4:57am
RFC published and there's no going back from that without getting out the engraving gear

HTTP/2 was signed off back in February, but the spec took its final step towards becoming a standard on Thursday US time with the publication of rfc7540.…

Kepler's "Superflare" Stars Sport Huge, Angry Starspots

Slashdot - Fri, 15/05/2015 - 4:30am
astroengine writes: Astronomers studying stars like our sun that are known to generate powerful "superflares" have also discovered that these superflares are likely associated with monster "starspots." In 2012, using Kepler Space Telescope data — which is usually associated with the detection of exoplanets as they drift (or transit) in front of their host stars — astronomers were able to identify several hundred superflare events on a number of sun-like stars. These gargantuan events kicked out flares with 10-10,000 times more energy than our sun is able to muster. Keeping in mind that these stars are sun-like stars, what makes them such superflare powerhouses? Why is our sun such a featherweight in comparison? In an effort to understand the dynamics of superflare stars and perhaps answer these questions, astronomers from Kyoto University, University of Hyogo, the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) and Nagoya University turned to the High Dispersion Spectrograph on the Subaru Telescope, located atop Mauna Kea in Hawaii, to carry out spectroscopic measurements of 50 of Kepler's superflare targets. And they found that all the superflare stars possessed huge starspots that completely dwarf our sun's sunspots.

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VMware blasts bad backup bug in ESXi 6.0

El Reg - Fri, 15/05/2015 - 4:02am
Patch now if you want your VMs to live … or even start up

VMware has issued a patch for a “severe” problem in ESXi 6.0.…

Google to extend Hyderabad office into first non-US campus

El Reg - Fri, 15/05/2015 - 2:57am
Dress code for 13,000 Googlers is 'wear something'

Google looks to have signed a deal with the Indian State of Telangana that will see the company splash down a colossal campus in Hyderabad.…

Adjustments will be needed to manage the Macs piling up in your business

El Reg - Fri, 15/05/2015 - 2:00am
Choose the necessary tools

As discussed in the first part of this series, Macs are everywhere. Despite their presence in businesses large and small, managing Macs in the enterprise still is not easy.…

Mobile Spy Software Maker MSpy Hacked, Customer Data Leaked

Slashdot - Fri, 15/05/2015 - 1:56am
pdclarry writes: mSpy sells a software-as-a-service package that claims to allow you to spy on iPhones. It is used by ~2 million people to spy on their children, partners, Exes, etc. The information gleaned is stored on mSpy's servers. Brian Krebs reports that mSpy has been hacked and their entire database of several hundred GB of their customer's data has been posted on the Dark Web. The trove includes Apple IDs and passwords, as well as the complete contents of phones that have mSpy installed. So much for keeping your children safe.

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