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Sun trumpets radically simple open storage boxes
The high priests of open storage have finally delivered products for our approbation, three of them. Sun's radically new 7000 line of storage appliances combines embedded servers, drive arrays and a comprehensive open storage software stack in a low-priced bundle. Will customers take the bait?
Of Dell's self-encrypting laptop
Never lose notebook data again. Not if you have a Dell notebook: the company is producing self-encrypting laptops with Seagate encrypting drives and McAfee security software.
Pioneer DVR-116D multi-format DVD rewriter
ReviewThe current maximum write speed on a DVD±R is 16x, so Pioneer’s 20x drive has to be doing something special. Using 16x media, you should be able to see up to 25 per cent extra read and write speed.
The 4 terabyte Violin
Violin Memory's 1010 memory appliance is at last available with flash memory instead of DRAM. Positioned as a networked tier zero storage resource, it is said to be faster than solid state drives tucked in storage array drive shelves.
Google's Schmidt not looking for a new job
Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google, said he was not interested in becoming chief technology officer for the nation under President Barack Obama.
Buffer overflow bug bites Linux wireless component
A security flaw involving a wireless driver poses a severe risk for Linux-based systems.
DSGi denies Electro World 'up for sale' rumours
Electrical retail giant DSGi has denied a report that suggests the firm has put its unprofitable European store chain Electro World up for sale.
Acer to look past Atom for Aspire One stablemate?
A sign of ongoing weak supplies of Intel's Atom - or a signal to the chip giant that it needs to pull its fabrication finger out. Whatever, Acer has hinted it may look elsewhere for its next netbook processor.
EMC's cloud technology erupts into view
Maui is erupting and its product is called Atmos. This is pretty appropriate as it's a cloud computing product and Atmos is atmosphere minus the spherical bit.
Ancient galaxies pose for the camera
The European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere (aka ESO, or European Southern Observatory) has released a rather fetching snap of distant galaxies posing in the U-band - the boundary between visible light and ultraviolet - which shows some clusters of stars so old that they're seen "as they were when the universe was only two billion years old".
IBM chief talks change, and a little politics
IT executives are a funny group. They are usually like broken Magic 8 balls. Whenever you shake them up - perhaps with a financial crisis or a new political reality - they always say the same thing: more IT will fix our problems. But every now and then when you shake the ball, you get a slightly different set of answers than you expected.
Ex-IBMer and new iPod boss ordered to stop work
Mark Papermaster has been ordered by a US District Court judge in New York to stop work immediately in his new role at Apple as he could be violating an agreement with his former employer, IBM.
Xmas launch uncertain for GTA IV Xbox downloads
Xbox 360 gamers hoping to download a fresh slice of Grand Theft Auto IV action this Christmas could be disappointed. Game developer Rockstar is unsure if downloadable content (DLC) for the title will be released this year after all.
Pakistan threatens death penalty for 'cyber-terrorists'
Pakistan has enacted hard-line cybercrime laws that establish the death penalty for cyber-terrorism offences that lead to the death of victims.
US stocks up on semi-automatic rifles
US gun dealers are enjoying a boom in sales of semi-automatic rifles amid fears that Barack Obama may clamp down on selling certain firearms once he's settled into the White House, Reuters reports.
iPod cans menace pacemakers
US researchers have warned that the magnets in iPod headphones and those used by other MP3 devices "may interfere with heart pacemakers and implantable defibrillators".
MP3 player cans pose pacemaker risk
Headphones from personal music players can interfere with pacemakers or implanted defibrillators, a medical trial has concluded.
Recession forces C&W bosses to keep it together
Cable & Wireless is delaying its split into two businesses, blaming crazy market conditions rather than its own trading.
Iowa: How the vote was won
USA '08It's 5am on election day. I awake late from a short, fitful nap. I decided I would need all the symbols of authority I could muster, so I put on my best suit, a heavily starched white shirt, an Armani tie and, spoiling the whole look, running shoes. Another PEO, an eccentric sculptor, gave me a decorative badge he fashioned from military ribbons and regalia. It represents our state flag with a hawk against a field of red, white and blue. I pin it to my lapel and dash to the precinct.
Universities reject Stasi role
New immigration rules which will force university staff to report foreign students who miss lectures are unfair and will damage relations between lecturers and students, academics say.
Nvidia unveils $3499 4GB graphics card
Nvidia has extended its line of ridiculously priced Quadro graphics cards with a new model that packs on 4GB of graphics memory.
Asus N10 notebook-not-netbook
ReviewHow do you approach the Asus N10? With its 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 processor and 10.2in screen, it's a netbook. But it's not small, it's not cheap and it runs Windows Vista Business. So is it a notebook?
Stob"Fans of Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy are likely to react strongly to the announcement that Artemis Fowl author Eoin Colfer has been given the green light to write a sixth book in the series" - El Reg
Microsoft slashes Visual Studio prices for 2010 sign-ups
Microsoft is today expected to unveil deep discounts along with features for Visual Studio 2010 to encourage uptake and ease the headache of rolling out applications for different flavors of Office.
Michael Dell sells you some s**t you don't need
Fail and YouMichael Dell will never miss an opportunity to sell you some shit you don't need. Attendees of this year's Dreamforce conference saw a first hand demonstration of this, having to sit through about an hour's worth of of Dell's Always-Be-Closing pitch. Trying his hardest to look like Steve Jobs, Dell successfully turned the Salesforce users' conference into a dog and pony show.
O2 unpeels XDA Zest
With Christmas just around the corner, O2 has decided to try and tempt punters into its Xda smartphone family with a juicy little talker called Zest.
Visa trials PIN payment card to fight online fraud
UpdatedVisa cards with a built in one-time code generator are to be trialled by four European banks. The technology is designed to tackle the growing problem of online credit card fraud.
Agile Software Development: Is it right for you?
Reg Reader WorkshopIf there’s one thing software development has never been short of, it’s the more evangelical proponents of some methodology or another. It’s a tough one – because such types are not necessarily wrong, in principle at least. The trouble often comes when the rest of us cack-handed mortals actually try to implement whatever is being advocated.
Rebel Nominet director calls for the heads of Chairman and CEO
A bitter boardroom battle at Nominet, the not-for-profit company in charge of the .uk domain registry, has escalated, with non-executive director Jim Davies calling for the resignation of its Chairman and CEO.
Gary Glitter expelled from GCSE paper
Convicted paedophile Gary Glitter has been excised from a GCSE music coursework paper which listed his glamtastic 1970 hit I’m The Leader Of The Gang as “related listening” to be enjoyed by wide-eyed teens.
Circuit City files for bankruptcy protection
Beleaguered US consumer electronics retail giant Circuit City today filed for bankruptcy protection.
Japan gets build-your-own-dog robot kit
“A dog’s for life and not just for Christmas,” most animal lovers proclaim around this time of year. But how about one that you can take to bits and shove in a cupboard when you get bored with it?
Plasmon plc sheds staff as investor bails out
The US private equity-funded buyout of Plasmon's US operation has failed, leaving Plasmon plc in tatters. The Kroll administrators are searching for a new company buyer.
Ofcom slaps down Phones4U
UpdatedUK regulator Ofcom has completed an investigation into miss-selling at Phones4U, and concluded that the high street retailer had concocted terms and conditions that were illegal, as well as giving potential customers bad advice.
Toshiba launches Cell-derived HD TV
Thanks to some careful wording, Toshiba’s been able to launch the "world’s first upscaling TV".
MPs: Fight grog-fuelled crimewave with PDAs
AnalysisThe Home Affairs parliamentary committee has today published its report into UK law enforcement, Policing in the 21st Century. In it, the MPs of the committee make a wide-ranging examination of future British policing. We've chosen to focus mainly on booze and technology.
Dell may zap the Zing
Dell is reportedly ditching plans to launch its digital music player tied to online entertainment software before Christmas. In fact it could be shelving the MP3 warbler indefinitely.
Imation to sack 200 people
Optical disk and tape media supplier Imation is to cut its operating expenses 10 per cent by the end of 2009 and eliminate 200 staff from its worldwide operations. It's implementing a previously-announced restructuring strategy in the light of poor results.
iPhone beats RIM for reliability, sales, consumer favour
Apple's iPhone 3G was the US' most popular consumer handset in Q3, helping the company become the world's number two smartphone supplier in the same quarter. Oh, and business users reckon the iPhone more reliable that BlackBerries and Palms.
Sun Java piggybacks Microsoft searchbar, divorces Google
Sun is now distributing Microsoft's Live Search toolbar atop its Java Runtime Environment, after parting ways with Google's browserware.
PlusNet customer invited to opt-in to BT's Phorm trial
A PlusNet subscriber was surprised this morning to be invited to join Phorm's latest "WebWise" targeted advertising trial, despite assurances that only BT's own customers would be asked for permission to intercept their web browsing.
Furore as Sony flunks gamers' LittleBigPlanet levels
LittleBigPlanet online players are in uproar over Sony's decision to delete user-created levels if they violate the copyright clauses in the game's Ts&Cs.
Brocade jacks up expectations
Storage networking supplier Brocade is parting company from its downbeat and depressed competitors by saying it hopes to report sparkling results for its fourth quarter.
Ofcom mulls legislation to save DAB
Parliament may need to step in with new legislation, to save the digital radio fail whale OFCOM admitted today.
Drive-by download attack mows down thousands of websites
Miscreants are exploiting website vulnerabilities to booby-trap thousands of legitimate sites.
Google fixes world's most stupid bug
Google has issued a fix to the G1 handset, to stop it executing commands just because they appear in an entered text message - preventing punters from rebooting the handset just by typing the word "reboot".
Highfield joins Microsoft after just four months at Project Kangaroo
After just four months in charge of web TV joint venture Project Kangaroo, ex-BBC tech chief Ashley Highfield has quit for a new job at Microsoft UK.
Halliburton seeks patent on patent trolling
Halliburton - the Texas-based company famous for pocketing billions from the war in Iraq - hopes to patent the art of patent trolling.
Gates joins ex-Microsoft CTO to register patents
Bill Gates is working with his former chief technology officer turned IP collector Nathan Myhrvold to register patents in a way that could help Microsoft monetize the internet.
UIQ staff put on notice
270 staff at UIQ - the graphical layer left homeless by the launch of the Symbian Foundation - have been put on notice that they could lose their jobs real soon now. But Sony Ericsson is going to cover their pay for the next month or two.
Researchers hijack botnet for spam study
Pharmacy-touting spammers can turn a decent return on response rates as low as one in 12 million, far lower than previously thought.
One in ten DNS servers still vulnerable to poisoning
Four months after researchers warned of a nasty design flaw in the net's address lookup system, more than 10 per cent of the servers used to resolve domain names on the internet remain "trivially vulnerable" to attack, a new study concludes.
YouTube goes spandex with MGM movie deal
YouTube's position that full-length features have no place on the website is now nothing but a memory.
Time to manage virtual sprawl
In some ways, virtual server sprawl is much worse than the physical server sprawl from the turn of the last millennium. At least with real servers, there is some physical limit - the size of the data center and the power delivered to it - that puts a limit on the number of machines system administrators create.