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Linus calls Linux 'bloated and huge'
LinuxCon 2009Linux creator Linus Torvalds says the open source kernel has become "bloated and huge," with no midriff-slimming diet plan in sight.
SGI births smaller baby super
Silicon Graphics, like Sun Microsystems, got its start as a supplier of technical workstations for nerds, and the new SGI - a combination of the old, bankrupt SGI and the niche server maker Rackable Systems - wants to do what Sun hasn't: get back into the workstation game in a serious way.
Microsoft accused of 'ulterior motive' in Linux patent sale
LinuxCon 2009Does the troll-blocking organization that recently secured a set of supposedly Linux-related patents from Microsoft need sizing for a penguin-shaped tinfoil hat? Or was the IP sale really Redmond's secret scheme to "create fear, uncertainty, and doubt" in the open-source community?
Highways Agency plans new speed cameras
England's road agency will spend around £58m over four years on digital cameras, primarily to monitor variable speed limits.
Ellison: Sunacle is an IBM killer
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison plans to combine Sun Microsystems hardware - all of it - with Oracle software to take over the enterprise-computing world.
Home Office stonewalls ID findings
The Home Office is refusing to release 'research' it carried out which was meant to prove just how very keen young people in the UK are to get hold of a delicious ID card.
Acer's F1 smartphone launching 'within weeks'
Acer has confirmed that its F1 smartphone will be launched next month.
The Register primer on MPLS IP VPN
Multi-protocol Label Switching (MPLS) based virtual private networks (VPNs) have emerged as an affordable option for connecting medium-sized multi-site organisations.
Battle erupts in Adaptec boardroom
AnalysisStruggling Adaptec faces a boardroom battle, as an activist investor attempts to force a company sale.
Orange issues Heroic update
Orange has been in touch to let us know its variant update to the HTC Hero is now available, leaving just T-Mobile customers struggling with last year's software.
Elon Musk, Eberhard 'resolve' Tesla Motors wrangle
Famous electrocar firm Tesla Motors - known as maker of the Roadster battery supercar and as one of PayPal hecamillionaire Elon Musk's pet projects - has announced that the dispute between it and co-founder Martin Eberhard "is resolved".
Hyatt signs up to EU binding corporate rules for data transfers
Hyatt Hotels has become just the fifth company operating in the UK to use a complex process that allows it to send personal data around the world without breaking EU rules. It has signed up to use Binding Corporate Rules (BCRs).
RM sees sunny forecast thanks to busiest ever summer
The educational software and services supplier RM has seen trading in line with expectations so far this year.
Goldman Sachs predicts IT spending rise
Research from Goldman Sachs expects IT spending to start moving upwards in 2010, but a survey of British small firms finds many still worried about the impact of recession on their businesses.
SpectraLogic first off LTO-5 block
Data protection vendor SpectraLogic is announcing the first LTO5 drive pre-purchase programme, and is also introducing two new deduplicating disk backup and archive products for small and medium businesses.
Twitter-based mafia game irritates world+dog
An annoying Twitter-based Mafia game is getting under the skin of users of the micro-blogging service, many of who would sooner it slept with the fishes.
Futuristic head-mounted PC launching in 2010
A head-mounted device for remote smartphone and PC control using a virtual display and voice or gesture recognition will be launched next year, microdisplay firm Kopin has announced.
Baroness Scotland fined for failing to follow own law
Baroness Scotland, the Attorney General, has been fined £5,000 for breaking the law on employment checks which she pushed through Parliament.
EMC puts future on FAST forward
EMC is heading towards a FAST future, with transparent and automated data movement between NAND flash and spinning disk in its drive arrays.
Online ID theft, an employee IT security guide
Site offerTired of telling the net numpties at work to smarten their act on email security? Is the company's message about the dangers of online id theft falling on deaf ears? We have the just the right material for you to distribute to your workforce.
EC probe costing Sun $100m a month
Larry Ellison claims the European Commission investigation into his proposed takeover of Sun Microsystems is costing $100m a month.
802.11n Xbox 360 adapter inbound
Following weeks of leaked images and publication of an FCC product review document, Microsoft has confirmed that a better connected Xbox 360 wireless adapter is in development.
Pull the plug on Pandas, declares BBC man
A BBC wildlife presenter has come off with a novel approach to saving the Giant Panda - don't bother.
DVD data backs Long, Poor Tail theory
Last year WiReD magazine editor Chris Anderson's Long Tail theory collided with reality and came out with a black eye. Digital music sales showed the popular hits becoming more proportionately popular, while focussing on the 'tail' promised the e-tailer starvation with 10m of 13m songs were never even downloaded once.
US to deploy 'optionally manned' hover-dirigible in 2011
The US military will deploy an "optionally manned" 250-foot surveillance airship to Afghanistan by the middle of 2011, according to reports. The dirigible spy-ship will be able to lurk high above Afghan battlefields for up to three weeks at a time, relaying information to ground commanders.
Chinese hackers target media in anniversary run-up
Chinese workers in foreign media outlets within China are in the firing line of a new wave of malware-laden emails.
Google tramples on 'keywords' meta tag charge
Google has reiterated that it doesn’t use the “keywords” meta tag in its search engine web ranking results.
LG GD910 Watch Phone
ReviewSmartphones we are familiar with. Watches too. But combining the two is quite rare. Sure, there are sports watches that can collect information about training sessions and share it with a computer. Those with longer memories will recall things like Casio’s data bank watches with their weeny keyboards, and there was the Palm OS watch from US timepiece specialist Fossil. Yet, LG’s GD910 Watch Phone is certainly the most sophisticated offering we've seen in the wristwear department.
eBay boss bids for governorship
Meg Whitman, the ex-boss of eBay, has confirmed her bid to replace Arnold Schwarzenegger as governor of California.
Microsoft stalks, poaches Apple retail staff
Microsoft is clearly not content with simply apeing Apple’s razzle-dazzle retail stores - it’s reportedly now trying to poach some of the iPod maker’s staff, too.
Met steps up stop and search with mobile phone scanner
People stopped by the police in parts of London are having their phones scanned and instantly checked against a national database to determine whether they are stolen.
World's first button-less, gesture-based remote launched
Chuck out your clunky, button-clad remote control. Because the world’s first button-less, gesture-based remote has arrived.
MaxiScale pops out of stealth
Start-up MaxiScale has stepped from stealth mode out into the sunshine and unveiled a storage system that can serve billions of files from low-cost, commodity hardware.
US deputies taze traffic dodging rogue emu
Sherriff's deputies in Mississippi were forced to taze an emu on Sunday at the culmination of three days of Dromaiusine mayhem on the highways of Scott County.
Harrods web Grotto snowed under
Famed toff tat outlet Harrods has been forced to put Christmas on hold after its website buckled under the weight of families rushing for some lap time with Santa.
Govt report card logs UK hacking conviction success rate
Sixty-one of the 108 people prosecuted under UK hacking laws between 2003 and 2007 were convicted.
Vodafone goes music mad
Vodafone has been having a busy week. It launched its very own top 40, signed up Warner Music to its download service and, this Friday, it will give away ten tracks per subscriber.
Samsung chips promise smartphone, netbook improvements
Samsung has designed two 1GHz application processors, which it claimed will deliver PC grade performance and low power consumption to smartphones and netbooks.
'Buy puke-rays and we'll donate to police widows & orphans'
A US firm which sells handheld puke-ray weapons for the police and military markets has adopted a novel marketing ploy. For every chunder-gat purchased, the company will donate a small sum to help the families of cops and troops who have been killed in the line of duty.
AMD chipsets: the feeds and speeds
X64 chip seller Advanced Micro Devices launched its "Fiorano" family of homegrown server chipsets yesterday, but many of the technical details of the three different chipsets were not available at press time. El Reg has finally got its hands on the specs.
Facebook 'fesses to bad hair day
Any users who had trouble logging into Facebook on Monday were far from alone.
SSDs get special skinny Sata interconnect
IDFThere's a burning need for a standard interconnect for netbook-oriented solid-state drives, apparently. Well, according to the Serial ATA International Organisation, the body behind the bus, there is.
Zend ushers PHP onto cloud of clouds
Backed by Microsoft, IBM, and three other outfits beckoning developers into the sky, Zend Technologies has unleashed an open source API for fashioning PHP apps that float on multiple clouds.
Intel CEO waves around 22nm wafer
IDFIntel CEO Paul Otellini today showed off a 300mm wafer of memory arrays fabbed at 22nm and reiterated the chip giant's plan to release microprocessors produced at that node in 2011.
Boffins build Flash-like chip from graphite
Scientists as Texas' Rice University have created a Flash-like non-volatile storage chip technology out of the same material used to put lead in your pencil.
Intel to juice Atom software development
IDFIntel has instituted a new program to accelerate application development for Atom-based netbooks.
Authors ask court to delay Googlebooks hearing
UpdatedUS authors and publishers have asked a federal court to postpone an upcoming hearing set to examine its $125m book-scanning settlement with Google, requesting additional time to address Justice Department concerns over the pact.
Intel six-core Core Extreme CPU spied
IDFIntel has demo'd its upcoming 'Gulftown' desktop processor - a future 32nm "Extreme Edition" part aimed at gamers and enthusiasts.
Windows Embedded CE gives star turn to, um, Silverlight 2.0
Microsoft may still be struggling to bed down its Adobe Flash rival - Silverlight - with many of its products, but it's making a big play of the app in the firm's latest Windows Embedded CE operating system release.
Does the Linux desktop need to be popular?
LinuxCon 2009Does Linux desktop even need to be popular? There are, shall we say, differing options among the open source cognoscenti gathered in Portland, Oregon this week for the annual LinuxCon.
IBM slots 'Lynnfield' Xeons into System x
If you want to play in the x64 server racket, you need high-end boxes that offer lots of enterprise-class features. You need entry machines that offer the best bang for the buck and a low price. And you need midrange machines that split the difference without breaking the bank account.