8th > September > 2008 Archive
VMware for data centres
It may be fanciful but let's try the analogy anyway. An outfit called 3Tera has set up partnerships with data centre hosters around the world and says it can run apps in these data centres as if they were in a single cloud data centre. Is this virtualizing data centres like servers?
ID scheme plans 50,000 cards by April
The National Identity Scheme will produce just 50,000 cards in its first few months – and has yet to define the role or budget of its commissioner.
Mens mag debuts e-ink cover
Sony wants everyone to ditch paperbacks in favour of its Reader electronic book, but man-mag Esquire is keeping the printed world alive with an e-ink magazine.
NASA chief blasts US space policy in leaked email
An internal email from NASA chief Mike Griffin has been leaked to the media. It expresses Griffin's frustration with recent US space policy, says that White House oversight offices have waged a "jihad" against the space shuttle, and offers a gloomy view of the future.
Shiny suits call monopoly shenanigans on GooHoo!
Fearing a Googley monopoly on web search, America's powerful Association of National Advertisers (ANA) has called on the Justice Department to nix Yahoo!'s plan to let its supposed rival run its text ads business.
Academic wants to 'free up' English spelling
Linguistic traditionalists look away now: John Wells, Emeritus Professor of Phonetics at University College London, is proposing English adopts a phonetic approach to spelling in order to relieve kids of the "burden" of learning to write our beloved mother tongue as God intended.
Intel launches greener, faster Xeons
You will get more and greener bangs for your buck with new quad-core Xeons from Intel.
Prison officers slam EDS data loss
The latest unfortunate UK government data leak - the escape of details of an estimated 5,000 prison officer and admin staff after private contractor EDS mislaid a sensitive portable hard drive - has sparked a strike threat by prison workers.
Segway shock army to invade Department of Transport
A shock army of Segway-borne campaigners will tomorrow make the five-minute trip from the Houses of Parliament to the Department of Transport in an attempt to convince the government that the scooters represent the future of transport.
Joost ditches P2P client for the web
Mostly harmless internet TV start-up Joost has decided to abandon its proprietory P2P application in favour of delivering video to browsers.
Microsoft strips Hyper-V of price tag
Microsoft has shown its virtualisation rivals the V sign, with the firm’s announcement today that the standalone version of Hyper-V Server 2008 will be available as a free download.
Ivan O'Toole? That's nothing, snorts Hugh Jass
The sorry tale of Ivan O'Toole, which last Friday caused a certain amount of merriment among the less than kind hearted members of our beloved readership, attracted an email suggesting that Mr O'Toole had faked an email address and hoodwinked the Reg Bootnotes secretariat.
WD VelociRaptor 300GB HDD vs SSD
ReviewAlthough Western Digital's VelociRaptor is a new model name, you can trace the roots of this new hard drive all the way back to 2003.
Sony: PSP-3000 battery doesn't come up short, after all
Sony has decided that the latest PlayStation Portable’s battery life isn’t shorter than the juice time available on the previous edition, despite a recent confession to the contrary.
Asus Glides in with Win Mobile über-UI
Asus has hopped onto the 'we can do a better Windows Mobile interface than Microsoft can' bandwagon set in motion by Palm but given a big push by HTC with its TouchFlo UI.
Locksmith chains up iPod
With a new iPod design rumoured to be ready for launch tomorrow, keeping any player safe will now be forefront in your mind. Thankfully, a firm’s designed a bike-lock like chain system.
London stock market floored by computer glitch
Full trading has yet to restart on the London Stock Exchange after computer problems this morning forced it to suspend dealing.
Digital divide looms again over superfast broadband for all
An influential internet industry group said today it would cost almost £29bn to deploy a 1Gbit/s new fibre optic line to every home and business in the UK, raising the spectre of a renewed digital divide if operators are able to neglect rural rollout in favour of more profitable urban infrastructure.
Chrome-fed Googasm bares tech pundit futility
Fail and YouLast week, Google released a web browser called Chrome, and the online tech media had a powerful Googasm. We were long overdue for another climax like this, having been lightly stimulated with half-baked Google web products in the four years since GMail was released.
NZ in 'Old Bo***ck Road' balls-up
NZ's Wellington City Council has promised to remove a sign in the suburb of Highbury which proudly alerts the public of the location of Old Bollock Rd, the New Zealand Herald reports.
Facebook app shows botnet risk
UpdatedSocial networking users can easily be tricked into becoming unsuspecting drones in zombie networks, according to new research.
Sony debuts Bluetooth headphone duo
Sony has cut the cord and launched two Bluetooth headphone designs, for anyone who favours a “sports and active” lifestyle.
Beeb readies iPlayer app for Nokia N96
Hot on the heels of Nokia’s N96 launch announcement, the BBC has confirmed that it’ll soon offer a purpose-built iPlayer application to N96 users.
Noel Gallagher takes a tumble on YouTube
A fan at the V Festival in Toronto has posted on YouTube entertaining footage of Noel Gallagher taking an unscheduled tumble during a performance of Morning Glory:
Prototype orbital seaplane in Texan blimp-base blast
A group of retired NASA engineers looking to develop a spacegoing seaplane - or seagoing spaceplane - have suffered a setback, with a prototype craft reportedly exploding during tests at the weekend.
Anti-science Greenies keep Africa poor, says boffin
What's happened to Sir David King, surface chemist and the former chief scientific advisor to the Government?
French firm intros remix-friendly music format
Parisian technology company Musinaut has introduced what it hopes will be the digital music successor to the MP3 format.
Mozilla pushes out second Firefox 3.1 alpha
Mozilla has released the second alpha of Firefox 3.1 a week after Google unveiled its shiny new browser, Chrome.
Dual-core Atom to be released by month's end
UK PC supplier Tranquil PC has begun taking orders for a compact desktop PC based on Intel's upcoming dual-core Atom chip.
Philips creates a buzz with entry into marital aid market
Which products do you think of when you think of Philips? TVs, electric razors and digital photo frames? Well, the electronics firm is now branching out into… ahem… “marital aids”.
Vodafone friends Facebook
Vodafone is to allow customers to send messages to their mates direct from their Facebook page, at a cost of only ten pence per message.
Notorious Israeli Pentagon hacker on ATM fraud rap
Canadian police have cuffed a notorious Israeli hacker over allegations of financial fraud, seven years after he avoided jail after being convicted of hacking into Pentagon systems.
iRobot buys underwater minisub-droid firm
iRobot Corp, famed as the manufacturer of the "Roomba" autonomous floor-cleaner, has bought underwater robot maker Nekton Research - suppliers of droid submarines to the US military.
London Stock Exchange limps back online
The London Stock Exchange restored full connectivity today at four o'clock - just half an hour before the scheduled close.
Beware the innocent systems 'health check'
D'oh!This column has generated a lot of feedback, some indicating that the answers to the problems were obvious. Quite right - they are obvious to people with years of practice, and some of our readers are blessed with that experience.
Westcoast completes XMA merger
Last November, Westcoast announced the acquisition of XMA, the printer consumables distie. Today, the company issued a press release, heralding the completion of the merger.
Intel releases laptop, desktop SSDs
Intel has started shipping its 1.8in and 2.5in 80GB solid-state drives. The chip giant also reiterated its plan to release 160GB versions by the end of the year.
Trend virus update freezes some PCs
Problems with antivirus updates from Trend Micro left some users with unusable computers late last week.
Mitsubishi prices up 65in laser HD TV
Mitsubishi has finally unveiled how much it plans to charge for its laser-based HDTV and, as expected, the 65in stunner will be expensive.
Gas refineries at Defcon 1 as SCADA exploit goes wild
Gasoline refineries, manufacturing plants and other critical facilities that rely on computerized control systems just became more vulnerable to tampering or sabotage with the release of attack code that exploits a security flaw in a widely used piece of software.
EMC plays kiss chase with Hyper-V
VMware's storage parent EMC is providing back-end support for Microsoft’s Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V and the firm’s System Centre management suite.
Taiwanese firm to sue over armed raid at IFA
A Taiwanese firm is taking legal action over damage to its reputation after an Italian patent troll representing Philips prompted the raid of a Berlin consumer electronics show last month.
IBM bombs world with storage blitz, but...
CommentToday IBM carpet-bombed the world with its storage showcase. Shock and awe it wasn't.
Seagate layoffs coming?
Seagate is focusing on cutting OPEX, and a financial analyst expects facility closures and/or headcount reductions over the coming months.
IBM, PGP fill Bletchley Park's rattling tin
The campaign to save Bletchley Park from decay and disrepair is moving stateside.
Google launching its own navy?
About 70 per cent of the Earth is covered by water. So Google's thinking it had better build some data centers that can float.
Google bulges old time news archive
Google is redoubling efforts to offer a digital archive of the world's newspapers.