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Sun's sales stud defects to HP

Sun Microsystems has performed a sales shakeup in a bid to add some new life to its server business.
Ashlee Vance, 03 Jun 2008

Heaven and Earth moved to slot Sun chip in IBM blade

Sun Microsystems has found an OEM partner wanting to give its UltraSPARC T2 chips a new home — inside an IBM BladeCenter chassis.
Austin Modine, 03 Jun 2008
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Tech luminaries honor database god Jim Gray

In the early nineties, when David Vaskevitch decided that Microsoft should tackle the enterprise database business, the first thing he did was pick up the phone. He dialed the sharpest software minds he knew, and he asked each one who he should talk to about all things DB. They all gave the same answer: Jim Gray. And each described him in exactly the same way: Jim Gray, they said, is smarter than I am.
Cade Metz, 03 Jun 2008

Bangladesh cuts off anonymous handsets

Mobile operators in Bangladesh this week cut off more than a million connections to customers who bought their SIMs anonymously, despite the fact that doing so was completely legal at the time.
Bill Ray, 03 Jun 2008

Intel releases 'Diamondville' Atom CPU

ComputexIntel has begun shipping its 'Diamondville' Atom processor - the incarnation of the CPU series aimed at Small, Cheap Computers™ rather than mobile internet devices, which were the subject of April's original Atom launch.
Tony Smith, 03 Jun 2008

Sim card reader takes cue from Toblerone

Register Hardware has come across a chocolate bar that lets you take as many bytes as you want, without ever causing you to put on a single pound.
James Sherwood, 03 Jun 2008

Discovery docks with ISS

Discovery yesterday docked successfully with the International Space Station at 18:03 GMT, with mission STS-124 astronauts boarding at 19:36 GMT (see pic).
Lester Haines, 03 Jun 2008

ESA: space tourism greener than ordinary airline flights

Suborbital rocketplane flights of the type planned by Virgin Galactic - and other nascent space-tourism ventures - would have a lower carbon burden than ordinary airline journeys, according to the European Space Agency.
Lewis Page, 03 Jun 2008

Police protester snap did not breach rights

Police-ordered photography of an anti-arms trade protester did not breach the protester's privacy rights, the High Court has ruled. It is one of the few times that such alleged intrusion by the state rather than the media has been the subject of a UK ruling.
OUT-LAW.COM, 03 Jun 2008

Asus announces 10in, HDD-equipped Eee PC

ComputexAsus has announced the anticipated Intel Atom-based Eee PC - and a pair of new models that, the company claimed, boost battery life to more than seven hours. Oh, and they sport 10in displays, hard drives and 802.11n Wi-Fi.
Tony Smith, 03 Jun 2008

Samsung promises 'fastest' 256GB SSD by year's end

Samsung has pledged to put a 256GB laptop-friendly solid-state drive into mass-production by the end of the year.
Tony Smith, 03 Jun 2008

Canon EOS 400D digital SLR

ReviewDSLRs were once the province of the professional, with prices to match. But the cost has fallen, so for roughly twice the price of a mid-spec compact you can now pick up a decent digital SLR.
George Cole, 03 Jun 2008

Most 'malfunctioning' gadgets work just fine, report claims

People often return gadgets to the shop they bought them from because they think the gizmo’s faulty - but only five per cent of them actually are, according to new research.
James Sherwood, 03 Jun 2008

Tiscali subscribers to be sold to Vodafone tomorrow: report

The Italian board of Tiscali will tomorrow approve a Vodafone offer to buy its broadband businesses outright, according to a report.
Christopher Williams, 03 Jun 2008

MOD spectrum under the spotlight

The UK Ministry of Defence has published its first consultation on the huge quantity of radio spectrum it has unfettered access to, though it turns out the usage isn't as exclusive as it first appeared.
Bill Ray, 03 Jun 2008

Cybercrooks plant phishing scam on crime reduction website

Phishing fraudsters hacked a Home Office crime reduction website to host an Italian phishing website on Monday.
John Leyden, 03 Jun 2008

Brussels wants eID cards to work Europe-wide

The European Commission is running a three-year pilot project to get national identity cards to work in different countries.
John Oates, 03 Jun 2008

US imposes 72 hour pre-reg for Visa waiver travellers

Europeans and other potential enemies of the US are to be forced to deposit their personal details on the Department of Homeland Security’s computer system 72 hours before they get anywhere near the place.
Joe Fay, 03 Jun 2008
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Can Wi-Fi really compete with Bluetooth?

Intel isn't ready to give up on pushing Wi-Fi just yet, and is pitching the technology as a competitor to Bluetooth with demonstrations by Ozmo Devices scheduled for today at the Computex trade show in Taipei.
Bill Ray, 03 Jun 2008

Acer punts £199 Linux laptop

ComputexAcer has launched its Eee PC wannabe, the Aspire One, pitching the product to Brits at just £199 including VAT - even though it's "not a low-cost notebook", according to the company.
Tony Smith, 03 Jun 2008

MSI takes aim at Asus' Eee

ComputexMSI has officially launched its Wind notebook, the latest attempt to steal a slice of the Small, Cheap Computer™ craze ignited by Asus’ Eee PC series.
James Sherwood, 03 Jun 2008

T5 Transformers t-shirt bust: Shock snap

The shock news yesterday that if you're travelling via Heathrow's splendid Terminal 5 it's probably best to leave the Transformers t-shirt at home prompted widespread condemnation of the UK's terror-busting airport security protocols.
Lester Haines, 03 Jun 2008

Oz parliament enjoys multiple orgasms

An Oz Liberal backbencher secured his place in Austrlian parliamentary history by suffering multiple, genetically-modified orgasms while addressing the house yesterday, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
Lester Haines, 03 Jun 2008

Nvidia launches next-gen laptop graphics chips

ComputexNvidia has taken the wraps off the next incarnation of its notebook-oriented graphics chip line, dubbed unsurprisingly the GeForce 9M series.
Tony Smith, 03 Jun 2008

$8.2m study to probe medical benefits of videogames

The alleged negative effects of videogames have been well documented. But a multi-million dollar research fund has been created to discover if they could be used as an alternative form of clinical therapy.
James Sherwood, 03 Jun 2008

MSI unveils tiny eco-friendly desktop PC

ComputexIf MSI hasn’t blown you over with its Wind miniature notebook then the manufacturer’s got another offering up its sleeve: a dinky desktop PC claimed to be both quiet and energy efficient.
James Sherwood, 03 Jun 2008
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Hidden messages buried in VoIP chatter

Polish researchers have revealed the many ways you can hide messages within the bit stream of Voip phone calls.
John Leyden, 03 Jun 2008

Intel lengthens first-gen 'Nehalem' CPU shelf life?

Intel's roadmap continues to show the arrival of its next-generation processor architecture, 'Nehalem', in Q4 this year, but the latest update shows that subsequent versions of the chip may appear later than anticipated.
Tony Smith, 03 Jun 2008

Yahoo! bitchslapped Ballmer's $40 a share offer

Yahoo! did its best to stymie a takeover by Microsoft, even when it offered $40 a share, because chief executive Jerry Yang let his heart rule his head.
John Oates, 03 Jun 2008

Hi-tech couch, coffee table pitched at modern sloths

Getting up from the sofa to play a DVD or turn on the stereo is such a pain, isn’t it? One designer thinks it is, so he’s sketched plans for a concept coffee table that plays DVDs.
James Sherwood, 03 Jun 2008

Intel launches P45 chipset, says it's OK to overclock

ComputexIntel is to give free rein to overclockers to tweak the settings that can be applied to its 'Eaglelake' chipset, the P45, the chip maker has revealed.
Tony Smith, 03 Jun 2008

Disconnected O2 punters to lose connections again

UK operator O2 has admitted a power failure yesterday cut off customers in an area east of Edinburgh, and could do so again this evening while a permanent solution is installed.
Bill Ray, 03 Jun 2008

Oz TV advises CO2-emitting children to die early

Carbon Cult sickos are under fire for an interactive website that tells children they should die because they emit CO2.
Andrew Orlowski, 03 Jun 2008

Over half of US HD TV owners blurry on Blu-ray

Fewer than ten per cent of US HD TV owners plan to buy a Blu-ray Disc player, local market watcher NPD has said.
Tony Smith, 03 Jun 2008
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Hackers hijack hacking tools website

Crackers briefly hijacked hacking tools website Metasploit on Monday.
John Leyden, 03 Jun 2008

Gates' last act: frees IE 8 and Silverlight second betas

TechEd 2008Bill Gates has announced the next betas of Internet Explorer 8 and Silverlight 2 while outlining plans from Microsoft on development services. He also took the opportunity in his valedictory keynote at TechEd in Orlando, Florida today to unveil a Steve Ballmer 'bot.
Gavin Clarke, 03 Jun 2008

Time Warner gives America metered internet

Time Warner Cable is two days away from rolling out metered internet service in the Gulf Coast town of Beaumont, Texas.
Cade Metz, 03 Jun 2008

Windows XP given additional resuscitation

Looks like the Small, Cheap Computer™ craze has yet again broken Microsoft's nerve to completely kill off Windows XP.
Austin Modine, 03 Jun 2008

'Untraceable' phone fraudsters eye your credit card

Scams involving email and fake banking websites may get all the attention, but a recent rash of fraudulent phone calls shows criminals haven't given up on more traditional tools for tricking people into surrendering credit card numbers and other sensitive information.
Dan Goodin, 03 Jun 2008

World realizes Google home page is 'illegal'

Five years later, an army of privacy-minded watchdogs has suddenly realized the Google home page is illegal.
Cade Metz, 03 Jun 2008

Sun stretches for Flash dance

Sun Microsystems is completely smitten by Flash memory technology. The company today has vowed to start rolling out Flash-based products by the second quarter of 2008, and plans to offer SSDs in its entire server lineup in only two years time.
Austin Modine, 03 Jun 2008

SanDisk makes sub-SSDs for sub-laptops

ComputexSanDisk is prepping a new line of diminutive solid-state drives (SSDs), designed specifically to fit the cramped quarters of low-cost PCs and laptops.
Austin Modine, 03 Jun 2008
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Online payment standards fall on deaf websites

We see a lot of lip service paid to the importance of complying with payment card industry standards when merchants accept credit and debit cards. But it seems plenty of websites still can't be bothered to follow the rules, which are designed to protect their customers against fraud and identity theft.
Dan Goodin, 03 Jun 2008

AMD manages to ship 'Budapest' for single socket boxes

AMD's four-core chip aimed at single socket servers has finally made its way to market.
Ashlee Vance, 03 Jun 2008

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