24th > November > 2009 Archive

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HP floats Q4 profit on services biz

Hewlett-Packard's profits grew 14 per cent in the fiscal fourth quarter, boosted by corporate cost-cutting and solid performance by its enormous services unit.
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Cray previews XT6 Opteron nodes

SC09 The SC09 supercomputing trade show finished up late last week, but El Reg still has a bunch of things to tell you about. One of them is a preview of the Opteron blade server for the upcoming high-end XT6 and midrange XT6m supercomputers from Cray.
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Adaptec sacks sales chief, boots CEO from board

Adaptec has suddenly fired John Noellert, its worldwide sales boss, and Adaptec's CEO has been voted off the board.
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Wikipedia springs free labor leak

Wikipedia is leaking free labor - and fast.
Cade Metz, 24 2009
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Government ICT spending heads for plateau

Public sector spending on ICT is set to stabilise over the next five years.
Kable, 24 2009
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iPhone conquers half the (smartphone) world

Apple's iPhone now accounts for 50 per cent of worldwide smartphone usage, according to a new report. But off in the distance, there's an Android approaching.
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Imation notebook flash upgrade as easy as pi to 30 places

You now have the option of pepping up your sorry notebook by using an Imation solid state drive (SSD) upgrade kit, but only if you are happy getting inside its casing and swapping out its hard drive for the SSD.
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Samsung X520 notebook

Review With smooth, curved edges and an eye-pleasing design, the 15.6in X520 slips into Samsung’s new X-series range. There are two other X-series models: the 11.6in X120 and 14in X420. The focus is on mobility here and, as such, all feature so-called CULV - Consumer Ultra-Low Voltage - processors and integrated graphics from Intel.
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Combat games disrespect war laws, report claims

Videogames should respect the real-world rules governing wars, a report has concluded, following research into how many videogames break them.
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Record company exec cuffed for failure to twitter

Long Island police last week cuffed Island Def Jam Records vice prez James Roppo for failing to disperse a crowd of hysterical teenagers with the social networking equivalent of the water cannon - a tweet.
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Google grabs another ad company

Google has bought another display ad company - the second this month.
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'Google Earth for the Iraq insurgency' gets $115m

Pentagon boffinry chiefs have decided to spend more than a hundred million dollars on a new military database/map system which will let troops in the field collect, share and organise intelligence more effectively.
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Data centres: what are the new skill sets?

You the expert The capabilities of modern servers offer in-principle benefits of more dynamic management, workload balancing and so on. How do these capabilities impact on the skillsets required of data centre operations staff today?
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Vodafone Spain puts intelligence into fair use

Vodafone is trialling tiered data services to Spain, priority data for business customers and more intelligent application of fair use capping.
Bill Ray, 24 2009
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Gov advisers slate Home Office over innocents' DNA retention

The Human Genetics Commission has slammed the government over the rampant expansion of the UK's DNA database.
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Opera update plugs heap big buffer overflow bug

Opera has fixed three potentially nasty security vulnerabilities with the release of a major new version of its web browser software.
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First Nokia X-series phone priced up, release scheduled

The launch of Nokia’s first X-series handset is just days away, the Finnish phone giant has confirmed.

Collisions at LHC! Tevatron record to be broken soon?

Forging ahead much faster than had been expected, particle-smashing boffins at the Large Hadron Collider have now carried out actual collisions - blasting beams of protons into one another at a healthy 450 giga-electron-volts each for total whack of 900 GeV.
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Microsoft hit with lawsuit over Xbox memory card ban

A UK-based manufacturer of Xbox 360 memory cards has begun legal action against Microsoft over the software giant's efforts to prevent so-called “unauthorised” memory cards being used with the console.
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Your wish list for packaged applications

Mini Poll Following our discussions this week on the importance of evaluating application packages from a technology perspective, we're interested in gathering some more information from you on the things that really matter.
Dale Vile, 24 2009
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HP storage looking limp

Comment HP's fourth quarter storage results show that NetApp is catching it up on a revenue basis.
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Hard drives cop flak from .50 cal incendiary round

Our piece last week on keepgoing.biz, which deployed an arsenal of weaponry to shoot the shit out of an innocent server, prompted HardOCP.com's Kyle Bennett to drop us a line suggesting he was better endowed in the firepower department.
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Is server virtualization ready for production?

Lab The adoption of server virtualization technology follows several trajectories. We could consider the breadth of its penetration in terms of the number of organisations using it today, or we could consider the depth of its use in individual organisations, in terms of what they actually do with it.
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Corel begs for survival by giving takeover thumbs up

WordPerfect maker Corel Corp confirmed yesterday that its majority investor, Vector Capital, planned to take the software vendor private in an effort to prevent a default on loans.
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UK jails schizophrenic for refusal to decrypt files

Exclusive The first person jailed under draconian UK police powers that Ministers said were vital to battle terrorism and serious crime has been identified by The Register as a schizophrenic science hobbyist with no previous criminal record.
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Spain warned on filesharing cut-offs

Communications Commissioner Viviane Reding has warned Spain to look carefully at proposals to cut off alleged illegal filesharers.
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EU stops haranguing Qualcomm

The European Commission has shut down its investigation into Qualcomm's alleged abuse of monopoly, as the complainants got bored and wandered off.
Bill Ray, 24 2009
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Ralsky jailed for four years over stock fraud spam scam

Notorious spammer Alan Ralsky has been jailed for more than four years over his role in a masterminding a stock fraud spam campaign that made him an estimated $2.7m.
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Hitachi Ultrastar A7K2000 2TB HDD

Review Back in August 2009, Hitachi announced that it was “shipping the industry’s first 2TB 7200rpm desktop hard disk drive” in the shape of the Deskstar 7K2000.
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Phone cloners eye 3G upgrade

Nokia is a status symbol in Asia, but as Prada and Gucci have found out to their cost, even when it comes to status symbols, punters will make do with a knock-off.
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LinkedIn wedges open API door

LinkedIn has opened its platform to developers who are prepared to try and pass a rigorous application process.
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NASA plans robot rocket aeroplane to fly above Mars

NASA intends to build a robot rocketplane the size of a light aircraft and send it across space to fly the skies of Mars: and the space agency wants help in building it.
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SuperSpeed adaptor goes on sale

Keen to leap into the SuperSpeed era? There may not be many USB 3.0 devices you can use, but at least you can now prep your notebook for the new bus standard. Accessory supplier Brando has begun selling an ExpressCard 34 add-in with a pair of SuperSpeed ports built in.
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Spectrum goes liberal at EU level

While anti-piracy measures may have grabbed the headlines, the EU's Telecoms Package also endorses Ofcom-style spectrum liberalisation across Europe - to a point.
Bill Ray, 24 2009
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Manchester united against ID cards, ID minister finds

The put-upon people of Manchester got the chance to quiz Home Office minister Meg Hillier on ID cards yesterday, while Parliament got an update on the national identity register - the database at the heart of the project.
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eBay offers compo for search failure

eBay is offering customers hit by the failure of its search engine last weekend the chance to relist items, rather than sell them at lower prices. They are also offering discount vouchers to buyers who are disappointed to have lost out.
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Twitter finds its voice

A new service offers to post voice files to Twitter, enabling those who can't even type 140 characters to contribute to their valuable insight to the blogosphere.
Bill Ray, 24 2009
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Orchestration and the server environment

Workshop Few words in the IT industry’s vocabulary are more grandiose than ‘orchestration’, evoking images of symphonic movements, rows of groomed musicians and wild-haired, baton-pointing conductors. Just how the term came to be used for the allocation of server resources must leave IT managers more than a little flummoxed, however.
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Emblaze demos Else handset

If you are bored of the same old smartphones, then an Israeli design firm claims to have designed a handset that offers something Else.
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Dragon Age: Origins game in gay sex scene shock

A secret scene in the fantasy game Dragon Age: Origins shows a male character getting down to some hot same-sex action with an elf, The Telegraph titters today.
Sarah Bee, 24 2009
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Google herds coders into Chrome extensions gallery

Google is corralling developers into uploading their Chrome browser extensions to a new gallery that hasn’t been opened up to testers yet.
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Sony Ericsson suspends Satio sales

Sony Ericsson has withdrawn its new 12Mp cameraphone, Satio, from sale after only a few weeks of UK availability.
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Sony to publish James Patterson e-book reader

Are thrillers more up your alley than slushy Mills & Boon romances? If so, take a gander at the latest version of Sony’s Reader Pocket Edition: a tribute to author James Patterson.
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MS unleashes legal attack dogs to lick up COFEE spill

Microsoft unleashed its legal attack dogs to remove its leaked forensics tool from a respected security site, it has emerged.
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Dodgy wheel thwarts Mars rover rescue

NASA's attempts to rescue its stuck rover Spirit from a Martian sand trap has hit another snag in the form of a dawdling wheel.
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Fasthosts in day-long email FAIL

Customers of Fasthosts - the UK-based webhost - have been without both POP and web-based email for much of the day, complaining that such outages have become, shall we say, far too prevalent in recent months.
Cade Metz, 24 2009
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Bug puts net's most popular DNS app in Bind

Makers of Bind have warned of a security vulnerability in versions of the domain name resolution application that could allow attackers to trick servers into returning unauthorized results.
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Opera plugs hole in Great Firewall of China

Opera has sealed the hole its Mini browser tunneled through the Great Firewall of China.
Cade Metz, 24 2009
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Fanbois Apple buyers howl over crocked iMacs

Apple customers are howling over a pair of recurring flaws in the company's new iMac desktops.
Cade Metz, 24 2009
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Amazon instaboosts Kindle battery life

Amazon is boosting the Kindle's battery life and adding native support for PDF documents with a free firmware upgrade for the e-reader.
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HP takes one in the servers

Comment Well, it looks the enterprise slammed on the server spending brakes a lot quicker and a lot harder than smaller outfits this fall.