Sun fires up Opteron eight-way and Linux on SPARC
Sun Microsystems' Opteron orgy has scaled up to an eight-way with the arrival of the Sun Fire X4600. Elsewhere, Linux has made its way to Sun's new UltraSPARC T1 chips.
McFadden gets e-government brief
Pat McFadden has taken on the role of the government's figurehead on public sector IT.
Samsung 'gaffe' sends Apple order to rival chip maker
Music chip maker SigmaTel is reported to have won the contract to supply Apple with audio controllers for the second-generation iPod Shuffle because Samsung went public on the Mac maker's iPod Nano plans.
Phobos – not just Java scripting for servers
There is now a gentle but distinct undercurrent of real world acknowledgement going on in the Java camp, where the posturing about purity is being softened by the fact that other programming languages and applications environments not only exist but are probably good at some functions.
Rochdale man fails to prevent neighbour's erection
A Rochdale man has failed to prevent his neighbour extending his property after the local council's email filtering system blocked two missives containing the word "erection", the BBC reports.
AMD launches Viiv rival, Live!
AMD has formally launched its answer to Intel's Viiv media PC platform, touting not only a branded hardware specification but also a raft of content providers who will support the initiative with music and movie programming.
PC offers World Cup in HD
Is a brand new high-performance PC worth £1,400? What if it means you can, after all, watch the World Cup in high definition? That's the deal, anyway, from PC Heaven, which last week announced its "Match Day" HDTV range of PC Systems.
Bandit to attack open source identity management
A number of news sites have reported that Novell will soon be announcing its latest foray into open source identity management: the Bandit project (a somewhat surprising choice of name given the focus on security, privacy and so forth).
BenQ unveils back-to-basics business phones
BenQ Mobile has unveiled a pair of "economy class" handsets pitched at business users looking for an inexpensive but good-looking handset that doesn't have to offer all the latest features favoured by consumers.
China and US trade blows over Lenovo
China's Ministry of Commerce has complained that the US decision to chuck out Lenovo computers because of alleged "security risks" was entirely unfair and smacks of Cold War posturing.
Norwegians to build Arctic seed vault
The Norwegian government announced yesterday that it will construct an Arctic deep-freeze seed vault to "safeguard the world's crop seeds from cataclysms", Reuters reports.
Definitive Bladerunner heads for DVD
Those of you who feel the world might benefit from yet another version of Ridley Scott's Bladerunner will be delighted to learn that Warner Home Video is planning to release a 25th anniversary "definitive new version" - billed as the "final cut" of the 1982 sci-fi classic.
Serco consults on job cuts
Serco is in discussions with staff about likely job cuts. Staff first heard the news a week ago, and the company has set up a committee to hear employees' views - the first meeting is being held this afternoon.
Orange confirms 'free' broadband giveaway
Orange has confirmed it will give "free" broadband to its mobile phone subscribers, ending weeks of hype and speculation.
Penny-pinching CSC bosses slap staff with pay freeze
CSC UK employees who avoid the current round of redundancies can expect a lean summer, after bosses announced the annual July pay award will be frozen until October.
RFID chips for migrant workers in the US?
VeriChip chairman Scott Silverman's appearance on American TV this week has raised fears of the introduction of RFID technology.
HP crosses out parallel trader
HP has wrapped up one of three lawsuits it has filed against channel firms in the last 18 months for "grey market" trading.
Managing more kinds of paper
EMC has announced the EMC Documentum Archive Services (DAS) for Imaging software, the latest addition to its family of enterprise archiving software products.
Tom Cruise continues net crusade
Tom Cruise has embarked on a crusade to win back his name right across the net.
PlusNet slips out 'basic' broadband
PlusNet has slipped out a new entry level broadband product for a tenner a month. Its "Basic" product offers speeds of up to 8 meg but is aimed at people currently on a dial-up service, or those with no net access at all.
Acer adds dual-core CPUs to Ferrari notebooks
Acer has quietly rolled out a pair of Ferrari-branded notebooks, adding the 1000 and 5000 series to the 4000 line the company already offers. The new models are based on AMD's Turion 64 X2 dual-core mobile processors.
Online attack holds files to ransom
Manchester Police are investigating the case of a woman whose computer files were moved into a password-protected file she could not get into.
AOL Europe COO refuses job switch
AOL Europe chief operating officer (COO) Stan Laurent is rumoured to have resigned amidst a row over the future direction of the internet giant.
Microsoft's OneCare virus eater goes live
Microsoft is launching OneCare, an anti-virus and firewall product, in the US tomorrow.
Apple offers free, green PC disposal plan
Apple today launched an appeal to win the hearts and minds of eco-friendly Americans. It is offering to take away their old computer and dispose the of machine in an environmentally sound manner whenever punters buy a brand new Mac. The deal applies to customers buying through its online store or retail outlets.
Police investigate angry eBayer's revenge site
Police are investigating a disgruntled eBayer who took online revenge after paying £375 for a laptop which, he said, did not work.
Farmer's huge arse pops up on Google Earth
NSFWHottish on the heels of the 40 metre profanity in Yorkshire which provided hours of harmless amusement for Google Earth aficionados, we have just received notification of another farmer up north who has decided to greet extraterrestrial visitors to our beautiful planet in the time-honoured local fashion:
Religious excuse for opposing ID cards
A court in Canada has excused Hutterites from carrying photo driving licenses because the religious group believes the Bible prohibits them from having their picture taken.
Swedish police scupper Piratebay
Swedish police raided 10 different locations in Sweden and seized servers in a massive crackdown on torrent site Piratebay.org today.
CA's 'material weakness' leads to more accounting woes
CA this week extended its poor accounting streak, announcing that it will delay reporting fourth quarter and full year financial results. The delay stems from the software maker's failure to record sales commission expenses correctly.