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How green is your supercomputer?

If supercomputers weren't so useful for predicting weather and climate change, the tree-huggers of the world would insist they be outlawed. But supercomputers are here to stay and - so it seems - to suck up a lot of juice.
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How IBM turned lost storage share into a big win

Comment IBM claims its storage software revenues have grown by almost three times as much as EMC's and double HP's, as reported by IDC. Yet IDC's data shows HP growing faster than IBM and Symantec growing at more than twice IBM's rate in Q2 2008. But this is Big Blue arithmetic, where numbers can't be taken for granted.
Chris Mellor, 19 Sep 2008
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Google's 'Smart Grid' idea? Get the govt to pay for it

Advertising colossus Google has announced a partnership with engineering titan GE, aimed at introducing "a combination of technologies that could be known as the 'smart grid'."
Lewis Page, 19 Sep 2008
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US blogger to enjoy Singapore jail

A blogger who accused a Singapore judge of "prostituting herself" has been sentenced to three months' jail, AFP reports.
Lester Haines, 19 Sep 2008
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Apple ships 4GB iPod Nano instead of 16GB version

A Dublin-based Register Hardware reader almost received one of the recently revealed 4GB fourth-generation iPod Nanos, thanks to an Apple shipment blunder.
James Sherwood, 19 Sep 2008
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Asus intros 'world's first' Skype videophone

Asus has launched a videophone, but not just any videophone - this one's claimed to be the world’s first Skype-certified standalone videophone.
James Sherwood, 19 Sep 2008
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Nvidia to axe 360 jobs

Nvidia is to rid itself of 6.5 per cent of its worldwide workforce, the graphics chip maker has admitted.
Tony Smith, 19 Sep 2008
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500,000 oppose Red Arrows Olympic ban

The government has finally responded to an online petition demanding the Red Arrows be allowed to fly at the 2012 Olympics - an exercise in Democracy 2.0 which attracted a staggering 502,294 signatures despite the fact that a reported ban on the RAF gracing the skies above London was a load of complete cobblers invented by the Sun.
Lester Haines, 19 Sep 2008

Asus launches Atom-based notebook - not netbook

Asus has formally launched its N10... well, it's not a netbook despite being based on Intel's 1.6GHz Atom N270 processor, it's more a scaled down executive laptop.
Tony Smith, 19 Sep 2008
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Oracle assures financiers they're not that important after all

Oracle comforted distraught investment bankers yesterday by delivering better-than-expected first quarter profits and pointing out it really doesn’t do that much business in the financial services sector.
Joe Fay, 19 Sep 2008
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EU slaughterhouses may get animal welfare officers

Those of you who feel that slaughterhouses don't treat their Death Row inmates as well as might be expected will be delighted to learn that the EU is suggesting that abattoirs be obliged to appoint "special officers for animal welfare".
Lester Haines, 19 Sep 2008
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Unannounced Nokia E-series talkers leaked

Updated Nokia is developing two new E-series handsets, according to a promotional video that’s been leaked online.
James Sherwood, 19 Sep 2008
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Apple fans besieged by iPhone Trojan and iTunes attack

Apple fans are under attack on multiple fronts.
John Leyden, 19 Sep 2008
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ePassport tests put biometrics through their paces

Results have emerged from tests held in Prague last week designed to put 'second-generation' electronic passports through their paces, and guess what - no-one failed.
John Leyden, 19 Sep 2008

BOFH: Remote access malarkey

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Simon Travaglia, 19 Sep 2008

Samsung unveils Small, Cheap Computer

Samsung has announced its entry into the Small, Cheap Computer segment, following yesterday's Toshiba unveiling with a stylish SCC of its own.
Tony Smith, 19 Sep 2008
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What is Oracle's 'major database innovation'?

On Wednesday next week database users and buyers will behold one of the wonders of the modern world - Larry Ellison live on stage. He'll hold them in the palm of his hand as he talks in an "Extreme. Performance." keynote about something wondrous for the database world.
Chris Mellor, 19 Sep 2008
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Retailers predict price-led Xbox 360 sales surge

Microsoft’s recent decision to cut the price of the Xbox 360 range will fuel UK sales, according to execs at some of Blighty’s biggest electronics retailers.
James Sherwood, 19 Sep 2008
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Ten of the Best... MP3 speakers

Round-up Portable loudspeakers are always a tricky proposition. Generally, small speakers produce an equally small sound. If you do try to pump up the volume then the sound tends to become distorted.
Cliff Joseph, 19 Sep 2008
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Bluetoothing androids to shout at blind people

American researchers have developed a Bluetooth-based system which would allow blind people to hear information about their immediate surroundings in the same way that others read posters, signs or notices.
Lewis Page, 19 Sep 2008
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Noel Edmonds defies BBC's jackbooted enforcers

Embearded TV presenter Noel Edmonds last week made a heroic stand against the BBC's "threatening" manner towards those who refuse to stump for the privilege of gawking at the idiot's lantern by cancelling his TV licence, the BBC reports.
Lester Haines, 19 Sep 2008
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Sun stuffs bigger kit in Backbox

Sun's containerised Blackbox data centres can now have larger data centre servers and storage installed at the expense of losing one standard rack.
Chris Mellor, 19 Sep 2008
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Dell offers XP option for £44k

Readers who'd rather chop off their arms with a hacksaw than touch Windows Vista with a very long pointed stick can still avail themselves of XP down at Dell - albeit at a price:
Lester Haines, 19 Sep 2008

First Merc hybrid first to use laptop battery tech

'Leccy Tech Mercedes' first hybrid car looks set to become the first production motor with a lithium-ion battery when it debuts in Europe next summer.
Tony Smith, 19 Sep 2008
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Danish court jails six in terror T-shirts case

A Danish court jailed five people for selling T-shirts to finance Palestinian and Colombian ‘terror’ organizations yesterday, suggesting the wrong clothing choice could land you in a orange jump suit in the future.
Joe Fay, 19 Sep 2008

Slimline Xbox 360 to be named the Pure?

Microsoft could be in the final stages of renaming one of its Xbox 360 models - or introducing a new one - if a rather sketchy snap is to be believed.
James Sherwood, 19 Sep 2008
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Mission Impossible: Restoring Exchange in 30 Seconds

Users can use a crashed Exchange server 30 seconds after restoration is started using a new BakBone RDP product which works with SQL Server too. What clever trick is being used?
Chris Mellor, 19 Sep 2008
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Stob latest: IEEE flags dodgy paper

For the past few weeks I've been trying to piece together an explanation for Verity Stob's extraordinary adventure in academia, published here on Monday. Why did the Open University set as a marked assessment for postgraduate students a plagiarized piece of garbage, then admit they hadn't really read it? Why had a prestigious peer-reviewed journal at the IEEE published it in the first place - when to anyone with a knowledge of the subject, it made no sense at all?
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Sep 2008
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Did the width move for you, darling?

Some years back — it might even be ten — The Reg went live with a major site overhaul — by mistake. Some contract techie pressed the red button, it all switched on and the first we knew about it was when we woke up, saw the new site had magically materialised and we had to start swimming for our lives.
John Lettice, 19 Sep 2008
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Firm threatens action against CCTV whistleblower

A row has broken out between a supplier of secure CCTV products and a whistle blower who discovered a vulnerability with the company's products that allowed world+dog to view static images from any camera connected to its servers.
John Leyden, 19 Sep 2008
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GSMA to fund alternative fuel base stations

The GSM Association has announced a target of 118,000 base stations to be powered by wind, solar and biofuels by 2012 - but in the developing world, not here.
Bill Ray, 19 Sep 2008
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Boffins create everyday Bluetooth audio guide

A simple stroll around the block will one day be enhanced by an interactive audio guide of local sights, shop offers and more. That’s if a prototype Bluetooth-based technology gets off the ground.
James Sherwood, 19 Sep 2008
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Today be talk like a pirate day

We're sure you don't really need reminding, but today is Talk Like A Pirate Day - in fact extended into one long buckaneer-lingo weekend since the internationally famous celebration falls on a Friday, me hearties.
Lester Haines, 19 Sep 2008
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Google's IP 'anonymization' inadequate, says EU watchdog

An influential group of European privacy experts said this week that it will lead hearings with Google over the search giant's claim that EU data protection laws do not apply to it.
OUT-LAW.COM, 19 Sep 2008
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Citect yanks 'misleading' SCADA bug advisory

Citect, a designer of software used by manufacturing plants and other industrial facilities, has removed an advisory that played down a vulnerability in one of its popular pieces of software.
Dan Goodin, 19 Sep 2008
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SiCortex cranks clocks on mega MIPS machines

Supercomputer maker SiCortex launched its first MIPS-based Linux machines back in November 2006 and has been gradually ramping up sales. To help make its sales pitch easier, the company this week announced a kicker to its original boxes, which now support faster processors, a tweaked software stack, and manufacturing costs that SiCortex is passing on to its customers as lower prices.
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Sockpuppeting civil servant Wikifiddles himself

Exclusive Web 2.0, the believers say, gives a voice to everyone and their brother. But that's only part of the story. Truth be told, the net's second coming gives a voice to everyone and their brother and all their alter egos.
Cade Metz, 19 Sep 2008
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Mozilla plans mobile Firefox, plus 'public resource' usage data

Mozilla's chief has set goals for the development of the open source project over the next two years, including the release of a mobile version of Firefox by 2010.
John Leyden, 19 Sep 2008
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Cisco borgs Jabber

Cisco Systems plans to assimilate the instant messaging software maker Jabber Inc. into the corporate collective, bolstering the network giant's arsenal of enterprise communication and collaboration tools against the likes of Microsoft, Google, IBM and others.
Austin Modine, 19 Sep 2008

HP surprises itself with virtual Exchange servers

As the volume leader in the x64 server racket, Hewlett-Packard was an early and enthusiastic supporter of VMware and its ESX Server hypervisor for virtualizing servers. But with HP (or rather, Compaq) having long ago established that systems management is one of the key control points in a customer account - and VMware wanting to get more into management tools - the potential for head butting is pretty high.
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Texas National Guard site disappears after malware attack

The website for the Texas National Guard remained unreachable on Friday, two days after security researchers said it had been hacked by miscreants who were using it to install malware on the PCs of visitors.
Dan Goodin, 19 Sep 2008
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VMware patches remote execution vulns

VMware has fixed critical security bugs in two of its virtualization products that could allow a remote attacker to remotely install malware on a host machine.
Dan Goodin, 19 Sep 2008
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Bill Buxton to change Microsoft from within, hug Steve Ballmer

Remix 08 "Last year at the company meeting Steve Ballmer said quite clearly to 85,000 employees 'If you don’t change and you don’t go in this direction, we’re dead, and I don’t want to die.' I wanted to go hug him when he said that."
Tim Anderson, 19 Sep 2008