2nd > November > 2009 Archive
Cisco and EMC in joint venture blitz
The long rumored partnership between networking giant and server wannabe Cisco Systems, server virtualization juggernaut VMware, and storage powerhouse (and VMware owner) EMC will be announced this week, according to various reports.
TalkTalk to fight net disconnection plan
A major ISP has promised a court challenge to Government plans to allow the cutting off of internet connections used by people accused of unlawful file sharing. TalkTalk said it will challenge the plans in the courts.
UK gov squeezes copyright law into cheat sheets
The UK Government will produce 'model contracts' to be used in copyright dealings in an attempt to make copyright law more useful and understandable. It will also standardise the way copyright exceptions to copyright law are dealt with in contracts.
Belkin Powerline HD Gigabit mains Ethernet adaptor
ReviewBelkin's Gigabit Powerline HD mains-wiring network adaptor is the first we've seen to claim to be able to delivery data transfer rates of up to 1000Mb/s.
Europe plots black boxes for cars
The European Commission's study into feasibility of fitting black box recorders to cars to record 20 types of data in case of accidents looks set to recommend the devices are fitted to all European cars.
Olympic ticket scams already starting, says top e-cop
Organised criminal gangs are snapping up domain names, ready to launch rip-off ticket sites for the 2012 Olympic Games.
IBM facelifts i/OS for midrange gear
It might have come out with a slightly different name and a little later than expected, but Big Blue has tweaked its proprietary midrange operating system for Power-based systems with the i 6.1.1 release.
'Internet Age' means egalitarian 'hunter-gatherer' society
Federal brainboxes in New Mexico, analysing the many types of human society in terms of inequality between rich and poor, have suggested that the modern "internet age" of knowledge and technology-based economies may lead to substantially fairer wealth distribution - perhaps as fair as that seen in primitive hunter-gatherer groups.
HTC to launch WinMo phone with Android-oriented UI
HTC will formally launch its Windows Mobile - not Android, alas - HD2 smartphone in Taipei on Wednesday, the company said today.
Unigen plans enterprise flash by the bucket
Another vendor is chancing its arm in the enterprise flash drive stakes, and betting on SandForce's controller to turn flash chips into solid state drive gold.
Scientists flee Home Office after adviser sacking
The Home Office faces mass resignations by its consulting scientists after its clumsy gagging attempt on top drug adviser David Nutt.
Quanta opens servers to 100-core Tilera
Upstart multicore, Linux-compatible chip maker Tilera don't need no stinking tier one server makers. That means no IBM, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, or Sun Microsystems. At least not yet. The company has just lined up $25m in its C round of funding, which includes $10m from Quanta Computer, the Taiwanese PC maker that is the volume leader in notebook manufacturing in the world. And as Tilera has confirmed to El Reg, Quanta is going to use Tilera chips to build servers.
Motorola Android 2.0 phone Europe-bound
Motorola's Android 2.0-based Droid handset will be called the Milestone over here, the phone maker has revealed. In addition to a new, name the European incarnation will get HSDPA 3G and multi-touch technology, it has emerged.
Female fruitbat fellatio frenzy: 70% give head
The scientific world is electrified today by one of the most significant discoveries of our times: the great majority of female short-nosed fruit bats love to give head. Possibly even more significantly, the nimble lust-crazed chiropterines are able to perform fellatio on a male bat who is taking them from behind at the time.
Firefox 3.6 beta promises speed injection
Mozilla pushed out a first beta version of Firefox 3.6 on Friday, ahead of a planned release by the end of the year.
LG OLED TV roadmap forecasts 40-inchers for 2012
LG has reaffirmed its OLED TV roadmap, but warned that the price of tellies based on the technology won’t match those of LCDs for at least seven more years.
Creative whips out e-reader at AGM
Creative Labs is hoping to grab a piece of the expanding e-reader pie with a net-enabled device it will also pitch as a social networking and general media tablet.
BT Tower restaurant reborn for Olympics
BT is considering reopening the revolving restaurant at the top of its eponymous Tower in central London.
TalkTalk steps up attack on government
Charles Dunstone, the TalkTalk boss with links to the Conservative Party, has launched an attack on the government's plan for a 50 pence per month tax on every landline to fund rural fibre rollout.
Nokia to shut down N-Gage
First it was a phone, then an online service. Now, Nokia's N-Gage will soon be nothing at all. The Finnish phone giant is going to shut it down.
Chronically ill people 'happier if they abandon hope', say docs
Health researchers in America have suggested that it is better for people suffering from severe illness to give up any hope that their condition might improve.
Agincourt: The sensational truth
The news last week that a group of historians had calculated that Henry V's forces at Agincourt weren't actually outnumbered four to one by the French caused a certain amount of dismay here at Vulture Central.
Apple MacBook Late 2009
ReviewJust a year ago, in October 2008, it looked like the white plastic-cased MacBook was headed for the scrap heap. Apple had just introduced a new and more expensive model sculpted out of aluminium, and although the plastic version was kept on sale to provide a less-expensive option for the budget-conscious education market, it was obvious then that Apple was preparing to put it out to pasture.
Southwark council sues IBM
A London local authority is taking legal action against IBM over a software solution it claims is not fit for purpose.
Aspiring model pleasures Taoist master
A Hong Kong model, whose career was evidently not going too well, was told by her agent that he happened to know a Taoist Mao Shan master with the power to grant her success - providing she had ritual sex with him.
Pirate Bay clampdown prompted file sharing site spike
Attempts to shut down notorious torrent tracker site The Pirate Bay have spurred a four-fold increase in the number of file sharing websites during the third quarter of 2009.
Windows 7 busts the 3 per cent share barrier
Microsoft's kind of make or break Windows 7 launch pushed the OS to a stonking 3.48 per cent market share by the end of last month, figures from tracker firm Net Applications show.
Storage firm Drobo gets mysterious cash injection
Drobo, the supplier of stylish 4- or 8-bay add your own drives external storage boxes, has raised $10m in an E-round funding exercise.
Microsoft security report shows worms are returning
Microsoft's latest security intelligence report shows a resurgence in worms, although rogue security software also remains a big issue.
Virgin America dumps servers, flies for the clouds
For a start-up, Virgin America is acting pretty big these days.
UTIT IT touts titillation
LogoWatchWe're much obliged to the reader (who's wisely chosen to remain anonymous because he really doesn't want to to end up dangling by his 'nads in a Saudi jail) for a fine example of branding wrongness from Riyadh-based UTIT.
Fujitsu UK workers vote to strike
Union members at Fujitsu Services have voted for strike action over pensions, pay and job cuts.
US military tracker-droids to 'consider humans as fluid'
Pentagon propellerhead chiefs have hatched another sinister surveillance scheme. The plan is to add "flow based" theories of urban traffic movement - which assume that humans en masse behave like fluid moving through a network of pipes or channels - to conventional radar/camera based tracking of vehicles.
Tandberg bigs up removable media capacity
Tandberg Data showed off a 320GB DAT drive at SNW in Frankfurt and has upped its RDX removable drive capacity to 640GB.
Orange saves callers pennies with iPhone tariffs
Orange will launch its iPhone offering on 10 November, at a price almost indistinguishable from O2's existing one.
More than half of touchphone users will go back to buttons
World+Dog wants a touchscreen phone, survey results from market watcher Canalys suggest, but vendors still have work to do to prevent users going back to buttons.
Notorious Kiwi pill spammers slapped with fine
A gang of notorious spammers from Christchurch, New Zealand have been hit with fines in the first prosecution under the country's anti-spam laws.
Ruiz out as Global Foundries chairman
GlobalFoundries, the wafer baking spinout of Advanced Micro Devices, announced this morning that chairman Hector Ruiz has taken a voluntary leave of absence from the company, effective immediately.
Scots slam Germans for 'tight-arsed' slur
The Scottish National Party has decided to take the Germans to task for commonly insinuating that our Caledonian cousins are a bit tight, The Telegraph reports.
Esther '1st lady of internet' Dyson appointed NASA advisor
Famed techbiz journo and investor Esther Dyson has been named as chairperson of a new "Technology and Innovation Committee" formed to help advise the senior management of NASA.
Vonage drops off the net
VoIP service Vonage has reportedly dropped off the net, with UK customers complaining that their voice service has disappeared since lunchtime today.
Apple said to have axed Atom support from OS X 10.6.2
Apple has axed support for Intel's Atom processor from the as-yet-unreleased Mac OS X 10.6.2, it has been claimed. If true, the move will hinder anyone keen to create a micro Mac laptop from any of the many netbooks on sale today.
Marvel Comics open on iPhone
US comics fans can now use their iPhones' in-app purchase capability to download Marvel comics onto Apple's überpopular smartphones.
US gov warns banks on money mules
The government agency that insures US banks has warned its members to be on the lookout for an increase in money mules used to launder money that's been electronically stolen from deposit accounts.
ZFS gets inline dedupe
Sun's Zettabyte File System (ZFS) now has built-in deduplication, making it probably the most space-efficient file system there is.
Google retrieves coder's Microsoft badge from rubbish bin
Jon Skeet - the Microsoft-happy Google developer whose Mountain View overlords "advised" him to give up his Microsoft MVP badge - has now regained this Ballmerian status symbol after a compromise with Google's "Code of Conduct" police.
Chip sales upgrade from terrible to bad
Global semiconductor sales have improved from terrible to bad in the third quarter, as the industry continues to recover from its massive slide a year ago.
Novell tongue-lashes LA for Google cloud switch
Los Angeles has broken a lot of hearts in its history. You're on top of the world one day, then tossed into the heap the next when the new big thing arrives.
Unisys takes Secure Cloud private
Server and services company Unisys launched its homegrown cloud computing service in the summer, and now it wants to sell companies a chip off the Secure Cloud block and let them install local versions of the Unisys cloud inside their own data centers.
Amazon's EC2 brings new might to password cracking
Forget what you've learned about password security. A simple pass code with nothing more than lower-case letters may be all you need - provided you use 12 characters.