13th > March > 2009 Archive

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Sun parks cloud at data center Valhalla

It's back. The grid/utility/cloud computing and storage idea is apparently being revamped by Sun Microsystems only a few short months after the company shut down its Network.com utility, originally known as the Sun Grid.
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Microsoft's R&D chief: the people problem with innovation

Updated Rick Rashid, leader of Microsoft's R&D operation, said he could foresee cloud computing some years back.
Gavin Clarke, 13 Mar 2009

Ethernet — a networking protocol name for the ages

In the beginning, Ethernet was optional. When Bob Metcalfe and David Boggs cooked up their network protocol at Xerox PARC in the early 1970s, it was meant to connect the research haven’s now famous Alto machines — but only if researchers felt the need. “Each scientist would get a kind of Alto order form,” Metcalfe remembers, “and you had to check a box if you wanted Ethernet.”
Cade Metz, 13 Mar 2009
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Fusion-io ups SSD ante

Solid state storage maker Fusion-io has upped the ante in the SSD game, launching the ioDrive Duo, a PCI-Express peripheral card with 640GB of capacity.

Apple preps Jobsian magic wand

An Apple patent filing on Thursday reveals the company's plans for a cursor-controlling remote with more than a few tricks up its sleeve, and which may hint at the big-screen Apple television that has been the subject of many a rumor.
Rik Myslewski, 13 Mar 2009
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AOL pinches Google sales boss

AOL has snaffled Google's US sales boss Tim Armstrong to be its chairman and chief executive.
John Oates, 13 Mar 2009
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Vodafone and O2 muddy the radio network waters

Comment O2 and Vodafone are in talks about sharing network sites and infrastructure in the UK, the Financial Times reports. This would be interesting if the companies hadn't already done this for decades.
Bill Ray, 13 Mar 2009
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Content - not tech - delaying possible Sky 3D channel

Exclusive Content, rather than technical issues, is holding back the launch of a 3D TV offering by broadcaster Sky, Register Hardware has learned.
James Sherwood, 13 Mar 2009
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Non-Apple talking Shuffle earphones emerge

That didn't take long. One manufacturer has already hopped on the talking iPod Shuffle bandwagon by announcing the development of replacement cans featuring the player’s control buttons.
James Sherwood, 13 Mar 2009
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Voice analysis trial gives wobbly results

Tests of voice risk analysis by the Department for Work and Pensions have produced varied results.
Kablenet, 13 Mar 2009
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Apple to show off iPhone OS 3.0 next week

Apple will take the wraps of the third major release of its iPhone operating system next week.
Tony Smith, 13 Mar 2009
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Sadville transports shaggers to porncentration camp

Second Life has announced it will "geographically separate" adult content so it's accesible "only to those who ought to (and who desire to) access it".
Lester Haines, 13 Mar 2009

BOFH: Cable entanglements

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Simon Travaglia, 13 Mar 2009
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Manchester mobile software firm poised to go titsup

The future of EMCC Software Ltd seemed bleak yesterday evening with only a hold up at a senior creditor preventing the appointment of an insolvency practitioner.
Bill Ray, 13 Mar 2009
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Small biz group calls on UK.gov to give cashflow relief

The British Chambers of Commerce has warned today that the government needs to do more to raise awareness among businesses about cashflow schemes in the current economic downturn.
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Mar 2009
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Robot 'Mono Tiltrotor' supply skyhook proposed

Vid There's usually something wacky going on in the world of whirlycraft, and if not there's bound to be some kind of craziness brewing in military droids. This week we have both, with a proposal for a robot mono tiltrotor.
Lewis Page, 13 Mar 2009
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Jungle Jane pump-and-dumper claims 'pretty healthy' sex life

The 24-year-old Cairns man who twice broke into a sex shop, shagged "Jungle Jane" inflatable dolls and then dumped them in an alleyway has claimed his sex life (with real women) is "pretty healthy".
Lester Haines, 13 Mar 2009
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Apple Mac Mini (Early 2009)

Review Someone at Apple must have a soft spot for the Mac Mini. Despite its superb design, the Mini has always been a bit of an under-achiever, and rumours of its poor sales and imminent demise have been going around for a couple of years now. Yet, as the song says, “good times and bum times, I’ve seen them all, and I’m still here”.
Stephen Dean, 13 Mar 2009
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Ma McKinnon plans musical extradition protest

Janis Sharp, mother of US extradition target Gary McKinnon, has hatched plans to conduct a sing-in protest to coincide with President Barack Obama's upcoming visit to London.
John Leyden, 13 Mar 2009
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Sacked French Sony workers hold chief exec hostage

Updated Sacked Sony workers at a video tape plant in Pontonx-sur-l'Adour, south-west France, yesterday demonstrated a bit of the old Bastille spirit by taking hostage the company's chief exec who'd dropped in for a final "courtesy visit" to the 300 dismissed employees.
Lester Haines, 13 Mar 2009
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Firefox 3.1 third beta released into wild

Mozilla has finally released the third beta of Firefox 3.1 after several delays brought on by show-stopping bugs in its new JavaScript engine TraceMonkey.
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Mar 2009
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Secret emails reveal sexing-up of Iraq dossier

Opposition parties are today renewing calls for a proper investigation into the Iraq war because a Freedom of Information request has revealed senior officials were concerned about how the intelligence was presented.
John Oates, 13 Mar 2009
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'Talking' iPod Shuffle spills guts

Want to see the inside of Apple's new iPod Shuffle? Those crazy take-everything-to-bits guys at iFixit.com have pulled one apart to satisfy your curiosity.
Tony Smith, 13 Mar 2009
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3D laser maths models of women's bodies produced

Top Japanese mathematical modelling boffins have used the latest in 3D computing to achieve a much better grasp of women's bodies.
Lewis Page, 13 Mar 2009
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The good book: How to bet better online

As bank interest rates tumble and savings rates drop to levels unheard of in most of our lifetimes, readers might be forgiven for looking at alternative ways to make their money work for them. Could online betting be the answer?
Jane Fae , 13 Mar 2009
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Obese cost London fire brigade £300k

The London fire brigade has over the past five years been called to 128 emergencies involving "excessively overweight" people trapped in "beds, baths or chairs" - at a cost of £292,992, the Evening Standard reports.
Lester Haines, 13 Mar 2009
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Pensioner gets apology over S&M smut filesharing threat

Updated A pensioner accused of infringinging copyright by sharing hardcore sado-masochistic pornography using peer-to-peer software has received an apology from controversial law firm Davenport Lyons.
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Indefinite liability for online libel must end

Comment The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) missed an opportunity to kill an absurd libel law this week. That law exposes online news archives around the world to indefinite liability in British courts.
OUT-LAW.COM, 13 Mar 2009
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Traumatised Tibetan monks offered singing bowl therapy

US healers from The Boston Center for Refugee Health and Human Rights (BCRHHR) have been looking at ways to treat traumatised Tibetan monks who've fled "violent religious persecution".
Lester Haines, 13 Mar 2009
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Police law-interpretation: What next?

The Information Commissioner has given the Metropolitan Police a good ticking-off for attempting to bring about the blanket introduction of CCTV in pubs. Their stance on the issue "raised serious privacy issues", which is data protection speak for "could possibly be unlawful".
Jane Fae , 13 Mar 2009
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Consultants chase BT for £88m over 'contract breach'

BT is being sued by consultancy Magenta netLogic for £88m for alleged breach of contract.
John Oates, 13 Mar 2009
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Satyam board mulls buyers shortlist

Satyam's government-appointed board of directors met today to look at bids received for the company - the deadline for registering interest was last night.
John Oates, 13 Mar 2009
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Ofcom slaps Bristol radio for uncoolness

UK regulator has issued a "yellow card" warning to GWR FM for failing to play music the kids want to hear, accusing the Bristol-based station of aiming for an older audience.
Bill Ray, 13 Mar 2009
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Solwise 3.5G plus WLAN Mobile Server Router

Review Compact travel routers are nothing new, but they're generally limited to linking Wi-Fi devices to a wired network. Here at Reg Hardware we use an old but still handy ciggie packet-sized Netgear WGR101 unit to connect our laptops and iPhones to hotel Ethernet feeds.
Tony Smith, 13 Mar 2009
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MS packs yet more tweaks into 'near-ready' Windows 7

Microsoft has announced 27 more changes to its upcoming Windows 7 operating system.
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Mar 2009
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BBC zombie caper slammed by security pros

Analysis A controversial BBC Click documentary which involved researchers obtaining access to a botnet and sending spam is due to screen this weekend despite a growing storm of criticism.
John Leyden, 13 Mar 2009
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So, what's the f**king difference between a Netbook and an ultrathin?

So, you've got $500 bucks burning a hole in your pocket, and you've got your heart set on a computer (and maybe 20 fast food meals). A small, cheap computer might be just the thing for you. Miniature computers are just about the hottest thing to hit the PC market since probably the last time something cheap came out when everyone was broke.
Austin Modine, 13 Mar 2009
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Pro-filesharing Swedish party hopes for seat in Brussels

The Swedish Pirate Party hopes to secure a seat in the forthcoming European Parliament elections this summer even before the activist group has earned its stripes at a national level.
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Mar 2009
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Amazon waves DMCA in Kindle channel lock-down

Amazon has invoked the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to prevent distribution of software for extracting the personal identifier from a Kindle, used by those wanting to shop at the Amazon-owned Mobipocket store.
Bill Ray, 13 Mar 2009
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Where to start with IT Security

Episode 1 In a short series of webcasts The Register's expert panel will be tackling the current state of the security market.
Team Register, 13 Mar 2009
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Drunken BOFH wreaks $1.2m in Oz damage

When a former IT consultant knocked out a government system in Australia's Northern Territories, costing taxpayers $1.2m (Australian), he was drunk and upset that his fiancee had broken off their engagement.
Dan Goodin, 13 Mar 2009
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China bars WoW expansion for showing bone

Stupendously popular online game World of Warcraft's second expansion, "Wrath of the Lich King" is being blocked by Chinese censors for showing too much bone.
Austin Modine, 13 Mar 2009

iPhone 3.0 gossip lassos MMS, tethering, cut-and-paste...

On Thursday, Apple announced that it would be giving the world a sneak peek at the next version of its iPhone operating system on St. Paddy's Day. On Friday, the rumor mill began churning out shameless gossip on what will be included in iPhone Software 3.0.
Rik Myslewski, 13 Mar 2009
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MS security chief becomes DHS cybersecurity boss

A senior Microsoft exec has been placed in charge of protecting the US's computer systems from hacking attacks
John Leyden, 13 Mar 2009
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DellHPSunIBM unmoved by Cisco blades

As most of the planet now knows, Monday is D-Day for the "California" blade server launch from networking juggernaut Cisco Systems.
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Visa yanks creds for payment card processing pair

Visa on Friday alerted the world that RBS WorldPay and Heartland Payment Systems are not on its list of payment card processors who are in good standing with industry-mandated standards for data security.
Dan Goodin, 13 Mar 2009
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NASA eyes weekend Discovery launch

NASA's next shot at launching space shuttle Discovery will be on Sunday, following repairs to the spacecraft's troublesome plumbing that grounded this week's attempt.
Austin Modine, 13 Mar 2009
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Obama CIO on leave after cuffing of former employee

America's first federal chief information officer has been placed on leave after one of his former employees was arrested for alleged IT bribery.
Cade Metz, 13 Mar 2009