1st > August > 2006 Archive

Red Hat bids XenSource adieu

One week after receiving Microsoft's blessing, the open source Xen project has been slapped with a heavy dose of criticism from groups who charge the software isn't data center ready.
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SanDisk flashes $1.6bn for M-Systems

SanDisk has started flashing even more shine following its pledge to buy Israeli rival M-Systems for close to $1.6bn.
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Microsoft – it’s only marketing

An interesting set of responses have already come in to the article here about Microsoft charging for Office beta downloads.

One Laptop Per Child gains ground

The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) programme is just one million laptops away from beginning production, as the group confirmed that Brazil, Argentina and Thailand have each placed orders for a million machines, according to DesktopLinux.com.
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Betonsports boss pleads not guilty

David Carruthers, the ex-CEO of Betonsports, appeared in court in St Louis yesterday and pleaded not guilty to racketeering charges.
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CafePress for wall art?

Review ImageKind, a site that offers users the ability to upload art (which can be in the form of digital photography, digital/computer generated artwork and scanned traditional artwork) and then have it professionally printed/framed/mounted, has launched in beta.

AMD grabs a quarter of the x86 server market

AMD now commands more than a quarter of the x86 server processor market, the latest figures from Mercury Research reveal. As of Q2 2006, the chip maker's market share stands at 25.9 per cent, up from 22.1 per cent in Q1.
Hard Reg, 01 2006
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Oops, it's Java EE

Old habits die hard, it seems. After several years of referring to Java as simply "J" in names such as J2EE, it seems that Reg Developer has allowed itself (OK, me) to slip back into referring to the latest iteration – Java Enterprise Edition – as simply "JEE", as here.
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Bomb Earth's atmosphere with sulphur, researcher says

Firing artillery shells into the stratosphere to release sulphur particles could defeat global warming, climate researcher Paul Crutzen says.
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Tackling Apache zombies

The net is full of Apache knowledge. Tips and tricks, discussion fora, experts of all kinds, and innumerable "how-tos" and tutorials on a range of subjects. Some of these are worth reading; others may be otherwise.
Nick Kew, 01 2006

EVGA unveils water-cooled GeForce 7950 GX2

Graphics card maker EVGA has formally announced its Black Pearl-branded water-cooled GeForce 7950 GX2-based board. The product runs at 600MHz with its 1GB of DDR 3 memory clocked to 700MHz (1.4GHz effective).
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Microsoft files documents with European Commission

Microsoft has submitted its final set of documents in the ongoing anti-trust case with the European Commission. The documents are being analysed by commission experts.
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US social networking ban could unfairly block some sites

The US House of Representatives has voted by an overwhelming majority to ban social networking sites in schools and libraries. Critics have warned that the ban could apply to a wide variety of sites, some of them of vital educational value.

Dell's AMD-based notebooks coming Q4, moles claim

Dell will extend its support for AMD processors to notebook machines in early to mid-Q4, it has been claimed. The line-up will encompass 15.4in and 17in models based on Turion 64 X2, Mobile Sempron and Mobile Athlon 64 CPUs.
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Astrophysicist speeds up radioactive decay

A German physicist thinks he may have found a way to accelerate the process of nuclear decay, dramatically shortening the half life of dangerous nuclear waste.

ATI to fit digital TV chip into GPU for Blu-ray/HD DVD

ATI's upcoming RV550 GPU will integrate the company's Xilleon digital TV image processing chip to bring once high-end 1080p HD output to its mainstream graphics cards, it has emerged.
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NHS recovery crank-started

CSC Alliance, the supplier responsible for the outage of patient administration systems across 80 NHS bodies, has promised it will have 50 of them up and running again by midday, over two days after they went down.
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Motorways chosen for message trial

Drivers on parts of the M5 and M6 will be the first to receive real time information on the expected lengths of their journeys
Kablenet, 01 2006

Worm targets Windows PowerShell script

Virus writers have created an experimental form of malware written in Windows PowerShell script, the command line and scripting language used by Windows.

HTC 'Blackberry beater', Excalibur, surfaces on web

Ladies and gentlemen, will you welcome please HTC's up-coming BlackBerry-like Windows Mobile-based smart phone, 'Excalibur', rumoured to be in the works for a while now, but this week finally appearing in the flesh in a piccy posted on the web.

Zune 'final design' slips out, sort of

Microsoft's first Zune-branded device will launch in the US just ahead of the Thanksgiving break, rumour-mongers are claiming on the web. Oh, and it's going to have a 60GB hard drive. Or maybe a 30GB job. Or maybe both, in different configurations. And there'll be different colours... And... And... Enough already, here's what the Windows Media Player-integrated beast will really look like...
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That's debugger

It is a brave company that claims it can slash debugging costs, but that is precisely what Undo Software is saying about its bidirectional debugger, UndoDB.

Diebold voting machine hack exposed

Much has been written (in these pages and elsewhere) about the shortcomings of Diebold's electronic voting technology, but researchers at the Open Voting Foundation have come up with what they argue is the most serious flaw in electronic voting technology yet documented.
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Stupidity reigns, except in sunny Islington

Letters There were probably some interesting news stories this week, but judging from the volume of mail we received, the most important thing that happened in the last seven days was a collapse in Reg hack intelligence.

Xploder to blow up PS2 games to HD resolution

Why spend 600 quid PS3 when you can pump out HD-resolution pictures from your old PS2 for a fraction of the price? That's the question Xploder.net asked today after announcing an HD upscaler product for Sony's current but soon to be displaced top-of-the-range console.

Blackjacking and RFID passport exploits star at DEF CON

All eyes in the information security world will be on Las Vegas this week as the desert city plays host to Def CON 14 and the Black Hat briefings.
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Microsoft canvasses opinion on eGov services

Almost one person in 10 thinks council services available online are "old fashioned" and "inefficient", according to a new survey. The latter we've no particular quibble with, but surely online services can't already be "old fashioned"?

Nvidia unwraps 64x SLI monster GPU rig

What do you get for the graphics buff who has everything? How about Nvidia's Quadro Plex 1000, a racked collection of GPUs in their own box, together capable of rendering 80bn pixels every second and powering monitors with a combined resolution of up to 148 megapixels.

Vodafone preps 'super 3G' modem for MacBooks

Vodafone has responded to calls from MacBook and MacBook Pro owners for a compatible version of its 3G Mobile Connect Broadband Datacard with a USB version of the gadget which it pledged to ship in the autumn.

IBM falls in love with Opteron all over again

Like a big blue knight, IBM has come to AMD's rescue once again. The company today revealed plans to ship five new Opteron-based servers. This odd shift in strategy comes just as Intel has released Xeon server chips that best Opteron on many fronts.
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CA reveals decade of options miscues

CA has admitted it held on to employees' shares for up to two years after awarding workers the options, helping the company boost its profitability for Wall Street.

Microsoft files final documents with European Commission

Microsoft has submitted its final set of documents in the ongoing anti-trust case with the European Commission. The documents are being analysed by Commission experts.
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US chat sites ban could hit all kinds of sites

The US House of Representatives has voted by an overwhelming majority to ban social networking sites in schools and libraries. Critics have warned that the ban could apply to a wide variety of sites, some of them of vital educational value.

Red Hat's affair with XenSource is back on

Red Hat today scrambled to repair its relationship with XenSource after a report from ZDNet Australia presented a major technological rift between the two companies.