16th > November > 2009 Archive
Top 500 supers - rise of the Linux quad-cores
SC09Looking at the semi-annual Top 500 list of supercomputers, you would never know the world was battling recession. Supercomputer centers keep chucking out old tech and rolling in new tech at the same feverish pace.
Appro: HPC's all about the GPUs
SC09In the supercomputer racket, you can be a niche player, a volume server maker with some HPC smarts, or a carcass that one of the other two feasts on.
Cisco and the war for, um, hosted email
Cisco Systems tossed itself into an increasingly contentious market last week with the debut of its very own hosted email service. Yes, contentious.
Channel 4 to become Channel 3D tonight
Popping into Sainsbury’s tonight for up some milk and bread? Then don’t forget to grab your free 3D glasses, so you can enjoy Channel 4 in new depths – well, three – from tonight.
High Court: Online article with only four visits not libel
A libel action over an article that appeared on the website of a South African magazine has been dismissed by a court in England. Evidence suggested that the article had received only four visits from the UK in a two month period.
Apple wins attack of the clones
Apple has won its long legal battle against clone Mac maker Psystar.
Religious discrimination law may open door for decent deviants
How far can your personal beliefs shield you against a growing culture of enforced respectability? Does paganism count as a "protected" philosophy? Will the law on religious discrimination herald the possibility of a new tolerance in sexual matters?
Droboman expects a 3TB drive from somewhere soon
Dr Geoff Barrall, founder and CEO of Drobo gave out his opinion in London last week that there should be a 3TB drive for Drobos by April next year. He didn't name the supplier, but Drobo does use Western Digital drives, so this 3TB drive could be a black one.
Are packaged applications becoming less relevant?
The imminent death of traditional packaged applications for dealing with ERP, CRM and other core business requirements has been proclaimed in many quarters recently. Whether it’s SOA purists telling us that we’ll all be self-assembling solutions from components, enthusiasts of modern development environments wanting to build everything from scratch, or the SaaS evangelists saying it’s all going to go into the cloud anyway, it is trendy to dismiss application software packages as being out of touch with the needs of the 21st century.
Taiwanese online hunk lures 20 women into bed
A Taiwanese man has been cuffed for allegedly posing online as a "youthful male model" and persuading up to 20 females to have sex with his father, the China Daily reports.
US boffins build, test working 2-qubit quantum processor
Federal boffins in America say they have built the first computer processing device able to handle quantum-mechanical numbers expressed as "qubits". Whereas a regular bit is either 1 or 0, a qubit can be 1, 0 or some of both just as a metaphorical cat in a box may be dead, alive or in a mysterious semi-undead waveform zombie condition.
NZ interloper to commercialise UK internet blocking
Arguments over just how successful government attempts have been in keeping child porn off the internet may be little more than a storm in a teacup – but such discussions highlight a shift in the way indecent material may be blocked in future.
Moribund Mexican litters Street View
It's a sobering fact, but the further Google's Street View tentacles extend from Mountain View, the greater the chance they will eventually touch someone who doesn't enjoy the benefits of free macrobiotic lunch buffets and Segways.
Nokia transmits digital telly phone
Nokia has developed a “Mobile TV Edition” of its 5330 handset, allowing users to watch telly on the phone while on the go.
ICO chastises NHS over data losses
NHS organisations were responsible for 30 per cent of the security breaches reported to the Information Commissioner's Office over the last two years.
HP Envy 15 'Lynnfield' Core i7 laptop
ReviewIt might be more accurate to refer to HP’s latest laptop as the ‘Apple Envy’, as the design of the machine so closely mimics that of Apple’s MacBook Pro range. But, to be fair to HP, it hasn’t simply copied Apple. It has added some nice touches of its own, and its use of the Intel Core i7 processor ensures that the Envy 15 outdoes its Mac rivals when it comes to performance.
Intel Israel rolls out the barbed wire
Intel Israel faced angry orthodox Jews on Saturday as they protested at the chip giant's refusal to follow the religious rules for the Sabbath.
French woman marries dead fiancé
A French woman earned the rare distinction over the weekend of becoming a wife and widow at the same moment, when she married her dead fiancé.
Canon loads up on Oce in €730m deal
Canon is buying Dutch printer vendor Oce for €730m, in a move that could herald further consolidation in the imaging market.
Cheerleaders in danger from cheerleading
In a startling set of new findings, researchers have concluded that cheerleaders who perform stunts are at greater risk of injury from cheerleading stunts.
Pre-order page reveals Sony Ericsson Android arrival date
Sony Ericsson has created an advance order page for its first Android smartphone and it reveals that the phone will launch in the UK on 10 February 2010.
HP double stuffs Nehalem blades
SC09Hewlett-Packard may not dominate the HPC headlines, but it does serve up a lot of iron that runs HPC applications. And today, at the SC09 supercomputing show in Portland, Oregon, HP is adding two new servers to its ProLiant portfolio aimed specifically at the cluster crowd.
Mancunians finally get to open bank accounts, go to Europe
Lucky Mancunians will finally be able to get their hands on the gov's shiny ID cards as of two weeks today.
MPs' Pretty Good Privacy 'ban' finally explained
MPs have been told once again that they can't use PGP to encrypt their email because of supposed compatibility problems between the encryption software and VPN remote access software installed on parliamentary computers.
Console modders attempt to bypass Xbox Live ban
Xbox 360 owners banned from Xbox Live for allegedly modifying their consoles have begun fighting back against Microsoft, releasing a step-by-step guide to side-stepping the software giant’s ban.
IGF censors for China
The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) has made a right mess of the opening day of its meeting in Egypt.
The biggest flash drive in the world
ViON have produced a 100TB DRAM solid state drive, which they claim to be the largest flash memory-based storage box in the world.
QLogic gets vendor quartet for quad data rate gear
QLogic has revealed that Dell, HP, IBM and SGI have all signed up to take its quad data rate gear.
Home Office accused of sexing-up mobile phone rescue
The Home Office is once again under attack for the standard of the evidence it uses to support its policies, this time over plans to harvest much more communications data.
First ever supersonic stealth jumpjet starts hover tests at last
The world's first supersonic stealth jumpjet, intended to replace the famous Harrier in British, US and other forces worldwide, has arrived at the American airbase where it will finally begin to flight-test its vertical-lift and hover capabilities.
Let me through - I'm a Sustainability Officer!
Andrew's MailbagTwo weeks ago a former 'Sustainability Officer', Tim Nicholson won the right to sue his former employer on the grounds of his eco-beliefs.
CERN's cosmic cloudmaker cranks up
While CERN's vast Large Hadron Collider accelerator gathers all the headlines - allowing humble hacks to become Hollywood blockbuster scriptwriters - an ancient piece of atom hardware is beginning experiments that may prove to be of significance.
Asus to make grab for Toshiba's notebook biz?
Asus may seek to acquire Toshiba’s notebook business in order to become the world’s third-largest laptop manufacturer, the Taiwanese firm has said.
Reg hack beats 'Belle de Jour' sex rap
A Reg hack breathed a huge sigh of relief this weekend, as the self-unmasking of Belle de Jour finally refuted allegations by newspapers that he was a blogger.
Cisco adds half a billion to offer for video firm
Cisco has increased its offer for Tandberg - despite protesting that its original offer was more than fair.
Femtocells know you're home again - but so what?
Intrinsyc has been demonstrating a handset app that changes the user's interface when they get home, though no one is mentioning the most obvious application.
Quick Guide to GPU Computing
A big topic in HPC computing for the last couple of years has been hybrid computing, where the general purpose processors (like Intel/AMD x86 CPUs or IBM/Sun/HP RISC CPUs) are combined with specialized processing units that are optimized for numerical work.
Dell re-badges Cray for low-end cruncher
Our pal Timothy Prickett Morgan recently revealed details behind Dell’s agreement to resell Cray’s CX1 entry-level supercomputer.
Cell phone supercomputing, anyone?
Plugcomputing.org is displaying a 16-node HPC cluster based on the ultra low power Marvell Sheeva processor at SC09 in Portland, Oregon this week. This ARM compliant CPU has seen action in cell phones and digital picture frames. (Press release here:)
Rockstar confirms Grand Theft Auto V
Rockstar Games’ Vice President has apparently confirmed that a fifth edition of Grand Theft Auto is on the cards.
BBC publishes Freeview HD timetable
London and Manchester will pip Liverpool to the post by becoming Blighty’s first cities able to receive Freeview HD, according to the BBC’s regional rollout timetable for the next-generation digital TV service.
Earth set for annual Leonid shower
This week sees the annual lightshow that is the Leonid meteors, as debris from comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle comes to a fiery end in Earth's atmosphere.
T-shirt firm hijacks good ship Pirate Bay
A Swedish firm has hijacked the Pirate Bay logo after discovering the torrent tracker had not registered its three-masted graphic with the appropriate authorities.
Spammers aim to profit from swine flu pandemic
Russian cybercrooks have laid the groundwork needed to build a business cashing in on swine flu panic-buying.
Judge Dredd 'Black Box' recorder/spy kit for guns unveiled
A major weapons manufacturer has exhibited a so-called "Black Box" which could be fitted to small arms - for instance rifles or submachine guns - and record details of every shot fired, potentially including location, target and even user identity.
Gang sentenced for UK bank trojan
A British court has sentenced four men to prison after they admitted they used sophisticated trojan software to steal almost £600,000 from bank accounts and send it to Eastern Europe.
DNSSec update deadline penciled in for 2011
VeriSign announced plans on Monday to roll out the DNSSec security standard for the web's .com and .net Top Level Domain Names (TLDs) by the first quarter of 2011.
Twitter preps paid plans for 'business' Web2.0rhea
Twitter is close to hatching a paid-for business version of the micro-blogging service, while adding support for more languages.
Microsoft donates .NET Micro Framework to open source
Microsoft has released part of its .NET Framework - the part for internet-connected smart devices - into the open-source community.
Microsoft's Startup Whisperer enters Google Chocolate Factory
Google has snapped up Microsoft's former Startup Whisperer, just two weeks after Redmond dumped him on the street.
Atlantis heads for ISS with spare parts
The last shuttle leaving Earth this year has come and gone, with Atlantis and its crew of six astronauts blasting off from Kennedy Space Center at 2:28 pm EST (7:28 pm GMT) on Monday.
Apple seeks OS-jacking advert patent
Apple has filed a patent application for an intrusive ad-presentation system that requires users to acknowledge adverts before getting on with their work.
Spam net snared a quarter million bots, says conqueror
Herders behind the Mega-D botnet may have corralled nearly a quarter million infected machines into their spam-churning enterprise before it was recently crippled by white hat hackers.