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In 2014 we should see if SMR drives do make it to general availability. We should also see if the Chinese industry regulator permits Seagate and Samsung on the one hand and WD and HGST on the other to merge their operations. This would enable both Seagate and WD to rationalise their production, research and development and support activities and become more efficient.The direction and scope of WD/HGST's NAND storage product technology directions should become more visible, as should those of Seagate and Toshiba. Will WD and Toshiba bring out their version of Kinetic Drives? Will Seagate embrace helium-filled drive technology and WD's logically separate flash/disk hybrid drive ideas? How will Toshiba use its OCZ SSD and controller SW assets? What will Seagate do with the three Xyratex businesses?Questions, questions, questions; Vulture Central's storage desk intends to bring you the skinny on all the disk drive industry's developments in 2014.
The US Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear a pair of cases to determine whether police need a warrant to search the mobile phones of people they have arrested.The Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution forbids unreasonable search and seizure, but in 1973 the Supreme Court ruled that conducting a full search of an arrestee's person and belongings was not unreasonable, even without a search warrant.That was long before the smartphone era, however, and in more recent cases, various state and federal courts have been divided as to whether downloading the contents of a phone is the same thing as, say, looking inside a pack of cigarettes.Appeals to the Supremes to decide the matter have come from both sides of the fence.In one case, attorneys for David Leon Riley, a California man serving a 15-year sentence for attempted murder and other crimes, are seeking to invalidate photos, videos, and other evidence presented during his trial that police obtained from his phone without a warrant.
In convicting Riley, the court ruled that the cell phone, which as I understand it was on [Riley's] person at the time of the arrest, would fall into the category of a booking search, the scope of which is very broad. An appeals court later upheld [PDF] that decision.But in a separate case involving a conviction for drug sales in Massachusetts, the US First Circuit Court of Appeals sided with the defendant, arguing that law enforcement's authority to search mobile phones isn't so cut and dried.Today, many Americans store their most personal 'papers' and 'effects' ... in electronic format on a cell phone, carried on the person, the court wrote in its decision. Allowing the police to search that data without a warrant any time they conduct a lawful arrest would, in our view, create 'a serious and recurring threat to the privacy of countless individuals.' Prosecutors are hoping the Supreme Court will disagree.
In an order [PDF] issued on Friday, the high court agreed to hear both cases, although in Riley's case it said it would only hear arguments on whether the search of Riley's mobile phone violated his Fourth Amendment rights.Notably, the court did not consolidate the two cases, which presumably means they will be argued and decided separately.How the Supremes ultimately rule could have broad implications beyond searches of phones. In the Massachusetts case, the court observed, The government admitted at oral argument that its interpretation of the search-incident-to-arrest exception would give law enforcement broad latitude to search any electronic device seized from a person during his lawful arrest, including a laptop computer or a tablet device such as an iPad.There's been a lull in the flighting on the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) front over Xmas and New Year, but the team has emerged from the festivities revitalised and ready for action.In December, we announced that 3D Robotics had kindly agreed to supply the mission with an all-new Pixhawk autopilot, to replace the ArduPilot Mega (APM) 2.6 currently fitted to our magnificent Vulture 2 spaceplane.
An email yesterday informed us the Pixhawk is as we speak winging its way from the US, but ahead of its arrival we've already taken delivery of a mightily handy 3DR radio set:This kit allows a ground station computer to communicate with your vehicle wirelessly, providing unparalleled ease of use for viewing in-flight data, changing missions on the fly, and tuning.Which is a good thing, becasue it removes the need to hook up the autopilot using a USB cable, which for proper testing and operational purposes would require a USB socket mounted on the Vulture 2's exteriorWe've already connected the radio to the APM 2.6, and it works a treat. Here's our temporary avionics rig which will shortly be removed for installation of the Pixhawk:Evidently, some rejigging is in order, since we also have to fit a Raspberry Pi and Picam in the aircraft's nose. As previously noted, LOHAN team member and Pi guru Dave Akerman is liaising with ArduPilot fixed-wing lead developer and Samba geezer Andrew Tridgell as to how we can interface the Pi with the Pixhawk.
If all of this electronics wizardry has some of you yearning for more of the traditional LOHAN garden shed approach, then rejoice that we haven't yet lost contact with our roots.In anticipation of the final avionics drive, and to address the issue of not having a dedicated space to work on the Vulture 2 - or at least anywhere which wasn't strewn with tools, flying truss bits, helium bottles and cans of paint - we recently took a couple of days to construct a proper workbench for the beast:The new Vulture 2 workspace - workbench, laptop, shelvingThis requisitioned space features LED downlighting, a deluxe sound system through which to pump calming whalesong, plus inspirational pictures including our Paper Aircraft Released Into Space (PARIS) Guinness World Record cert, and a limited edition print of the Battle of Trafalgar.We know you lot like a bit of wood, so here's a snap during construction, showing that when required we can put down the soldering iron and get hands-on with saws and chisels:For the record, the bench structure is some 45mm square planed pine, freshly hewn down at the local mill, and which has filled the space with the kind of resinous mountain-fresh aroma toilet cleaner manufacturers can only dream of.
Exclusive Hull's dominant telco, KC, is investigating revelations of what appears to be poor handling of the company's customer data. This comes after a recent sign-up claimed one of its engineers had unwittingly exposed a customer spreadsheet containing the telephone numbers, user IDs and unencrypted passwords of all its subscribers.The Register was alerted to the alleged gaffe by a KC customer who recently signed up to the ISP.Chris Hill told us that a KC engineer plugged him into the company's fibre network earlier this week.But while setting up a Netgear router, the engineer carelessly exposed sensitive data, claimed Hill - who was alarmed by what he had witnessed:He used a laptop to connect to the router and as he came to the user ID and password for my connection he opened a spreadsheet and looked my phone number up in it. There was my user ID and password, in plain text, along with everyone else's. He tried to shield it from me when he realised I was looking at the list.I asked him if he had my password with him, he said 'yes - it makes our job much easier', then changed the subject. I said that I wasn't happy that our passwords are not encrypted and that I realised it wasn't his fault.
Hill noted to El Reg that the same unencrypted IDs and passwords were used to hook up to KC's parent company KCOM Group's Karoo email service, including webmail and POP3. He commented that such action put the data at risk.This cannot be a single engineer acting badly as if the passwords were stored encrypted he wouldn't be able to get plain-text copies. I believe they are breaking the Data Protection Act, he added.We asked Hill if the engineer in question had advised him to immediately change his password manually, or if the system would prompt him to input a new one within a short time of the account going live.He handed me a card with my user ID and password on it that I watched him complete. Underneath that box it says: 'You will need this for logging in to KCOnline'. No mention of changing the password there either, the Reg was told.Hill has written a formal complaint about his concerns to KC.
We asked the telco about its data policy, and also quizzed the company on why it apparently allowed engineers to wander around with laptops allegedly containing unencrypted sensitive details about its customers.The security of our customers’ information is of primary importance to us and we are aware of and take very seriously our obligations under the Data Protection Act. We investigate any alleged data security incidents promptly and thoroughly, and we act quickly to make any improvements such investigations identify.She added: I can assure you that all of our laptops are encrypted, password-protected and fitted with tracking technology and the facility to remotely wipe data.When pressed by El Reg on whether the ISP had contacted the Information Commissioner's Office about the alleged data blunder, the spokeswoman said:Review At a recent event when HP was handing out Elitebooks and other gadgetry to the great and the good of the UK’s tech press, a thought crossed my mind as the options presented themselves. Shall I go for the eminently portable Elitebook 820 G1 12.5in model or the somewhat chunkier 14in 840 G1? With you, dear reader, in mind, I had a good long ponder on this.
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Apple, though, embraced the one AIM alliance effort that did bear fruit. In March 1994, Apple released three new desktops powered by the PowerPC: the pizza box Power Macintosh 6100, desktop 7100, and tower 8100.For years to come – until Steve Jobs announced in June 2005 that his company was switching to Intel chips – the debate about whether PowerPCs or Intel chips were superior raged among the devotees of both processor families, fuelled in no small part by Apple's ads comparing Intel's Pentium II to a snail and the PowerPC G4 to a supercomputer.As we mentioned earlier, on 24 January, 1984, Steve Jobs pulled Apple's Next Big Thing – the original Macintosh – out of a bag, wowing his audience. At about the same time in the morning a wee bit less than 24 years later, on the morning of Tuesday, 15 January, 2008, he unveiled another Cupertinian NBT. But this time he slipped it out of a manilla envelope.
The MacBook Air is now five years old, and the rest of the laptop market has only recently begun to catch up with it in terms of size, weight, and capabilities – and when it was introduced, it quite simply blew away the competition.Sure, there had been thin and light laptops before – remember 2002's Toshiba Portege 2010? – but none had secured themselves a long-running niche in the market. The MacBook Air did, and it did so by Apple harking back to its slogan of a decade before: Think Different.When the Air was unveiled, it earned its share of brickbats – not so much for what it was, but for what it wasn't. Or, more to the point, for what it didn't include: an Ethernet port, an optical drive, a second USB port, FireWire (remember that?), and a removable battery.Over the past five years, however, the complaints about the Air's missing bits have faded away, except among those users who had specific needs – and to whom, frankly, the Air was never targeted. Wired Ethernet has become a rarity for laptops, optical drives are disappearing as both software and content are increasingly delivered over the web (and the Air can share optical drives over Wi-Fi with both Macs and PCs), a second USB port was added in 2010, and FireWire is receding into history.
In addition, the lack of a removable battery proved to be no problem for most usage cases, especially nowadays as processors have become more efficient. In fact, the use of an internal, non-removable battery improved system battery life, seeing as how doing so obviated the need for all the attendant hardware required to make a battery removable. Less hardware, more space; more space, more battery.But then there was the MacBook Air's price: the original 13-inch-only model started at $1,799 in the US and £1,199 in the UK, and popped rather significantly up to $3,098 and £2,028 if you replaced its pokey 4200RPM, 80GB hard disk drive with a 64GB SSD.Those numbers changed, however – and significantly for the better. In October 2010, Apple introduced an 11-inch MacBook Air with a 64GB SSD for $999, and dropped the price of the 13-incher, with a 128GB SSD, to $1,299. Today, the 11-incher has double the SSD capacity for the same price, and the 13-incher with the 128GB SSD has had its price reduced to $1,099.
In May 2011, then–Intel CEO Paul Otellini introduced attendees of his company's annual investors' meeting to what was soon to be dubbed the Ultrabook™ – a design clearly cobbled together from MacBook Air specs. This is the kind of device we expect people to be carrying around in the next 24 months or so, he said, not mentioning that Mac users had already had the opportunity to carry much the same device around for three years.Finally, do you remember what the reigning lightweight mobile-computing devices were when the MacBook Air was introduced in early 2008? Yup: netbooks – underpowered li'l fellows with small keyboards, small screens, and small price tags. Netbooks peaked around 2010, and were soon displaced by tablets. They're essentially extinct now, but the MacBook Air retains its popularity.That said, we wouldn't be at all surprised if the Air will be joined — replaced? — this year on the bottom rung of Apple's laptop ladder by the much-rumoured 12.9-inch, iOS-based MaxiPad, perhaps with a Microsoft Surface–like touch cover, as has been rumored. That would give the Air about a six-year run – longer than the groundbreaking laptop form factor that we've picked for our next most-memorable Macintosh moment.
The kindest thing than could be said about Apple's first foray into the mobile-machine market, the Macintosh Portable, was that it was amusing.At just under 16 pounds in weight, originally with a non-backlit screen, and powered by a turgid 16MHz Motorola 68000 processor, the big fella was a joke – and an expensive one, as well. When released in September 1989, it cost a cool $6,500, which translates to about $12,250 (£7,460) in today's dollars.Fortunately, it didn't take long for Apple to redeem itself by offering a trio of decent laptops into the marketplace, and by not only having one of those new machines be truly top-notch, but also by having all three introduce a simple but game-changing design element that every laptop manufacturer – that we know of, at least – has since imitated.As Apple's SVP for marketing Phil Schiller said when introducing the new MacPro, Can't innovate any more, my ass. Apple's laptop innovation was simplicity itself – as are the best forehead-slapping new ideas.From the GRiD Compass 1011 to the Toshiba T1000 to the NEC UltraLite, early laptops, notebooks, or whatever you prefer to call them, had their keyboards on the forward part of the lower half of their clamshell cases.
However, one as-yet-unidentified Apple product designer – these were the pre–Jony Ive days, remember – had the bright idea to move the keyboard to the back of the lower case, thus adding not only palm rests, but in the case of the PowerBooks 170, 140, and 100, announced on Monday morning, 21 October, 1991, also room for a cursor-controlling trackball as well.As of that morning's PowerBook introduction – at the now-defunct, soup-to-nuts Comdex computer confab in Las Vegas, oddly enough – Apple was not only no longer embarrassed by its ludicrous Macintosh Portable misstep, it also regained respect as an industry innovator, a company to watch.Of the three PowerBooks introduced that day, the most forgettable was the PowerBook 140, with its passive-matrix LCD display. You young 'uns may never have been exposed to such a smeary, messy morass of pixels, but they died a quick death as soon as active-matrix displays became affordable during that same decade.
The smaller PowerBook 100 – manufactured for Apple by Sony, by the way – was an odd duck, beloved by many but disdained by an equal number. Also lumbered by a passive-matrix display, at just over five pounds it had the advantage of being noticeably lighter than the nearly seven-pound 140 – although its lack of a floppy drive may have helped that weight reduction, it hampered its useability. In 1991, at least.The star of that October morning was the PowerBook 170. Powered by a quite-snappy-for-its-day 25MHz Motorola 68030 processor assisted by a 68882 math coprocessor, the 170 was equipped with an active-matrix black-and-white (well, black-and-greenish) LCD display, a luxury accoutrement at the time.The PowerBook 170 was 2.25-inches thick; 17 years later, the MacBook Air's thickest measurement was 0.76 inches. Users, however, paid dearly for that display and that processor power (the PowerBook 140 had a 16MHz 68030 and no math coprocessor): the 170 retailed for $4,600 – $7,900 today – while the 140 could be had for just $2,000.
Despite that price, companies bought them for their road warriors [Full disclosure: I was one of those grateful beneficiaries — Rik], and Apple gained a foothold into the business market.Quotw This was the week when remote access app LogMeIn pulled its free version, uniting freeboards in a resounding cry of Hell no! We don't pay for stuff on the internet!The app may not have had quite the poor reception to its announcement of going from free to not-free if it hadn't a) been providing its service gratis for TEN YEARS and b) hadn't given folks almost no notice about the change. One Reg reader moaned:Okay, so it's generous of them to offer 50 percent off a subscription for controlling two of the eight or so PCs I have previously shepherded, and the tools are great, but I really don't appreciate being given less than 24 hours notice. The only real choice I have is to hear the click of the loaded revolver being held to my cranium and pony up for a year's subscription for the two that really matter, in order to have time to come up with another approach that I can afford.
Now I know this could come across as 'freetard whinges as profit-making entity takes away his free toys' - I prefer to think of it as 'hopelessly addicted cracktard's free supply dries up as dealer hits him for national debt of a small Eastern European republic to pay for next fix'. Nice one, LogMeIn. You could have just asked nicely for a reasonable amount of money for a domestic user.While on Twitter, folks were equally annoyed about the short notice. One said:So logmein free is no more! Got an email today saying I need to pay from today! As in no days notice!@LogMeIn because of the way you have handled the termination of your 'free' product, you will *never* get my custom.This was also the week when telcos KC and Plusnet were outed as less-than-secure for customers' personal data. First, a customer of Hull-based firm KC let The Reg know that when one of its engineers popped round to plug him in, he inadvertently showed the customer a spreadsheet with telephone numbers, user IDs and unencrypted passwords for all subscribers.