13th > April > 2006 Archive

Sun buffs Opteron, SPARC and Sun Ray

Sun Microsystems this week has gone through one of its sweeping product upgrades, freshening up its Opteron, SPARC and thin client lines.
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Is working at Cisco worth a 7-hour commute?

Dave Givens knew a seven-hour roundtrip commute to and from Mariposa to Cisco's San Jose headquarters wasn't normal, but he didn't think it exceptionally unusual. Then Midas called.

ATI updates Catalyst with Linux X1000 drivers

ATI has posted the latest version of its Catalyst drivers. Release 6.4 incorporates Linux support for the chip maker's Radeon X1300, X1600, X1800 and X1900 GPUs, and tweaks video quality on Windows systems courtesy of a few adjustments to the Avivo engine.

Brum reckons on Capita quality

Capita has just three years to turn a "middling" IT department seconded from local government into a "world-class" player that can compete in the cut-throat world of private sector outsourcers.

Civil unrest closes UK ISP's Indian call centre

Civil unrest in Bangalore, India, has led to the closure of a call centre used by UK-based LLU ISP Be.

iRiver E10 said to sport TV remote control

iRiver will ship its latest hard drive-based MP3 players, dubbed the E10, into the South Korean market later this month, pitching the machine's 6GB capacity, 1.5in colour screen and 32-hour playback period against Apple's iPod Nano. It's claimed the device also operates as a TV remote control.
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Ethiopian bone-anza buttresses human family tree

Paleontologists have unearthed an unprecedented cache of early human fossils in Ethiopia. The discoveries, reported in Nature, bone-up the story of our ancestors in the cradle of humanity.

Sony preps PS2 price cut

Sony is close to announcing PlayStation price cuts, in the US at the very least. Stateside, the price will fall from $149 to $129 before April is out, an industry analyst forecast yesterday.

End user support: the bumper Reg survey

Reg Reader Studies If you're involved in end user support and your end users can do without your support for about ten minutes, then we'd be grateful if you'd use that valuable time to complete out latest tap on the IT barometer, unenticingly but accurately titled: "Supporting the End User".

Fujitsu-Siemens peddles new SMB storage kit

Fujitsu-Siemen's storage division is hawking a new tape storage solution for SMBs. It says its groovily-dubbed FibreCAT TX24 eliminates human error in the backup process.
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DSG snaps up Euro photo etailer

DSG international (Dixons to you and me) has snapped up a 75 per cent stake in European etailer Fotovista Group for €266m (£185m).

Averatec touts 3G, Wi-Fi UMPC

Notebook specialist Averatec will ship its take on the ultra-mobile PC concept this autumn, offering a handheld Windows XP Home Edition-based machine with a keyboard that sits underneath a slide-out 5in, 1,280 x 1,204 touch-sensitive screen.
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Black helicopters circle .eu domain

Letters Black helicopters have been circling this week over the .eu domain landrush. The TLD has just been made available to the unwashed masses after a sunrise period for companies and organisations to stake their legitimate claims. Naturally, it's all gone titsup:
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BOFH: Dear Valuable VIP Customer

Episode 14 "Have you read the memo from those software people?" the Boss asks, tapping some paper on my desk.
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Info Commissioner draws FOIA flak

The Freedom of Information Act has produced wider access to information – but the legislation has been implemented in a way that hinders requests, and the Information Commissioner is partly to blame, a House of Commons committee has heard.
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BT runs out of broadband in Hemel Hempstead

BT has run out of broadband capacity in Hemel Hempstead. It means orders for new broadband connections have been put on hold while the UK's former phone monopoly installs new kit to meet demand.

Samsung UMPC to ship worldwide 1 May

Samsung's upcoming ultra-mobile PC, the Q1, will be pricey enough when it hits the UK's shores, but buyers in the company's native land of South Korea will have to splash out even more if they want one. According to local reports, they will have to pay the best part of KRW2m - equivalent to $2,100/£1,198.
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Alleged Pentagon hacker fears Guantanamo

Lawyers for a Briton fighting extradition to the US on charges that he perpetrated the biggest ever hack against US government systems fear their client could end up in Guantanamo. Gary McKinnon, 40, might be tried under US anti-terror laws over alleged attacks on military and NASA systems between 2001 and 2002.
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Bulb busting light source invented

Researchers working on organic light-emitting devices (OLEDs) have made a critical jump that could finally call lights out time for the humble bulb. Since OLEDs are transparent when switched off, the prospect is of whole surfaces like walls, windows, or even curtains flooding rooms with brilliant white light.

MiniDAB handheld digital radio to debut at £180

UK digital radio company Oono will ship its first handheld offering, the iPod-esque MiniDAB, in June. The asking price? A mere £180, the company told Reg Hardware today.
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Help wanted, apply within

Imagine Cup Just a quick follow up to yesterday's entry, we mentioned ward sister Mel and her insights into friends, family and patients. We think it would be interesting to open the floor to you guys.
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Actor's death sparks Bangalore unrest

A number of technology companies in Bangalore, India, have shut up shop for the day following the death of the famous septuagenarian Indian actor Rajkumar.
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Las Vegas hotelier to test inflatable space motel

A Las Vegas hotelier is to test two one-third scale versions of an inflatable space motel, New Scientist reports.

Reg Hardware's Critical Mass

Review round-up This week's no-holds-barred product assessments from around the web...

Browser crashers warm to data fuzzing

Last month, security researcher HD Moore decided to write a simple program that would mangle the code found in web pages and gauge the effect such data would have on the major browsers. The result: hundreds of crashes and the discovery of several dozen flaws.

Asus EAX1600XT SILENT passively-cooled graphics card

Review These days there isn’t much difference between one manufacturer’s graphics card and another’s, mainly because the standard reference designs from ATI and Nvidia work just fine. That leaves card makers scrambling around for differentiators, and with ever increasing concerns about noise, some manufacturers are trying to figure out how to make their cards more quiet than their rivals...

D-Link accused of 'killing' time servers

Networking manufacturer D-Link is facing an escalating row over how its kit queries internet time servers.

Buffalo boosts home NAS box capacity to 2TB

Buffalo has upped the capacity of its TeraStation Pro network-attached storage (NAS) boxes to 2TB, an increase in data-archive space of 25 per cent. It also announced a 2TB version of its TeraStation Home Server (HS) unit, doubling the product's current capacity.

Virtualization for security

Sometimes we don't really see what our eyes are viewing. That's true with your computer screen, and it's true in nature as well. Oh sure, we can say what we think we're seeing, but we're missing the big story such as the man behind the curtain, to recall a famous phrase from an even more beloved movie.

DLO ships 'first' UI-on-a-TV iPod dock

iPod accessory specialist DLO has begun shipping what it claims is the first ever iPod dock that uses a TV screen to let you navigate through your player's music collection from a distance. In short, no more squinting at the iPod's screen.
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Investors practice tough love with AMD

Wall Street's fling with AMD officially ended today with investors deciding the company has milked all it can out of a performance, price and power consumption edge on rival Intel.

Microsoft flips Atlas a second time

Microsoft has made its latest thrust into the internet futurama that is Web 2.0, by issuing a second batch of pre-release code for its Atlas technology along with a toolkit for Visual Studio developers to build Atlas controls.