27th > November > 2009 Archive
Sun's Open Storage roadmap revealed
Sun will introduce a new high-end 7000 series storage product in the second quarter of next year.
Vodafone offers free mobile internet
If you aren’t already on an all-you-can-surf mobile web package and can’t find an unsecured Wi-Fi network nearby, save some pennies today by logging on with Vodafone.
iPhone upgrades - a one-way control-freak street
CommentFor over 30 years, your personal computer has been, well, your personal computer. You could install whatever software you liked - provided it was compatible. After installing an app or an operating system, if you then decided you preferred the previous version, you were free to uninstall the new and revert to the old.
Super Micro primes 'Magny-Cours' Opterons
SC09Super Micro may not be a name-brand, tier-one server maker, but it's the motherboard and whitebox maker behind scads of tier two, three, and four server sellers around the globe. And that's because Super Micro gets out in front - and stays there - whenever a new technology is coming to market.
Acer Aspire 1810TZ
ReviewSo you want a small notebook, but you're put off by the average netbook's puny graphics, relatively low res screen and limited-horsepower Atom processor. What do you do?
Google, Microsoft, and Amazon - the cloud dating game
What's a cloud? The likes of Amazon, Microsoft, and Google can't agree on an answer to that question. But they insist it exists. And they're sure it's the answer to all your problems. Which means there's also a difference of opinon when it comes to your problems.
O2 gives birth to GiffGaff in gust of gabble
GiffGaff, O2's venture into democratic MVNOs, has launched, and its forums are already groaning with customers asking inane questions that other customers struggle to answer.
Carphone credits Tiscali for growth
Carphone Warehouse said today it is on track to split its business into retail and telecoms arms by early next year, and it expects profits to be higher than previously predicted.
Half of Sony tellies to go 3D by 2013, says exec
Half of the new TVs Sony releases will be 3D capable by 2013, the electronics giant has claimed. But it admitted that hardware sales will be governed by the availability of content.
Splinter Cell hack smells more like publicity stunt
Ubisoft said that the website of its popular video game Splinter Cell had been hacked on Thursday. However circumstantial evidence suggests the hack is more likely to be a publicity stunt than a genuine cyber assault.
Gov net disconnections could breach EU law
The Government's Digital Economy Bill could be in breach of EU laws, according to an internet law expert. Professor Lilian Edwards has also warned that the Bill could make it impossible to operate a free wireless network legally.
Uni seeks 'research officer' for sex trade 'fieldwork'
It's well known that the online revolution is slowly but surely killing off the treepulp press. The chattering classses worry more about losing their broadsheets, but the syndrome is just as deadly for more downmarket papers. However, there's at least one ray of hope out there for distressed tabloid journos, where they can use their skills and earn money.
MSI intros AMD 'Congo'-based thin'n'light laptop
AMD's answer to arch-rival Intel's CULV - Consumer Ultra-Low Voltage - processor series is making its way into laptops. MSI has just taken the wraps off the Wind 12 U230, a 12in machine based on two of AMD's 'Congo' chips.
Juggling server virtualisation and database workloads
LabAs the conversation moves from generic virtualisation of ‘quick win’ workloads such as web servers and print servers, development and test environments, one-off applications and so on, the question arises – where does server virtualisation go next?
How can I make an old CPU SSE 2 compliant?
Q&AI’ve an old desktop that runs on an AMD Athlon XP2500+ and recently found I couldn't install new software because the CPU is not SSE 2 compliant.
IPPR calls for National Policing Agency
Existing national police organisations and their IT systems should be transferred to a new body, according to a report.
Sony Ericsson admits 'PlayStation phone' woes
Sony Ericsson has been hit by a second high-profile smartphone setback this week, admitting that its Aino "PlayStation phone" has run into technical troubles just days after its Satio phone was withdrawn from sale in the UK.
McKinnon family 'devastated' by Home Sec's latest knock-back
Solicitors for Pentagon hacker Gary McKinnon are planning a 11th-hour judicial review after Home Secretary Alan Johnson decided new medical evidence was insufficient reason for him to step in and block US extradition proceedings.
Toshiba worker arrested for selling copy limit busting SW
A Toshiba employee in Japan has been arrested for selling copy limit breaking software, letting buyers copy digital TV programmes on Japanese recording and playback products as much as they liked.
Pentagon world-sim tool making good progress, say profs
Computer boffins in America report that their plans to create a lifelike virtual Matrix-style simulation of the entire world and human race are proceeding well.
Vendors to push 12in netbooks in 2010
Having steered us first from 7in netbooks to 9in models, and then from those to 10in machines, it now seems Asus, Acer and co. will next year be encouraging us to upgrade to 12in laptops.
Apple tweaks T&Cs for Blighty customers
Apple has agreed to rejig its terms and conditions to make them "clearer and fairer" for UK consumers, after the Office of Fair Trading raised concerns about them.
Green politician says oral sex is part of being Swedish
A Green Party politician has declared that part of being Swedish is the opportunity to swing both ways during the course of a single day in the interests of free speech.
Oracle talking turkey to Eurocrats
Oracle and the European Competition Commission will meet 10 December to try and thrash out an agreement that will let its takeover of Sun go ahead.
'Alienated' gamer sues WoW for ruining life
An obsessive World of Warcraft player is suing the makers of the game for ruining his life, quoth a gleeful Grauniad this week.
Google and Murdoch - a divorce made in heaven?
AnalysisMicrosoft is known for its robust methods, but the widespread belief that it is attempting to 'buy' the news, offering to pay Rupert Murdoch's News Corp to de-index its news sites from Google speaks of extreme brutality, even by the Borg's standards. And think, people - if Microsoft really is offering to bribe major publishers to dump Google, might not the regulatory authorities have something to say?
IBM shows off Power7 HPC monster
SC09IBM likes to go on and on about the transaction processing power and I/O bandwidth of its System z mainframes, but now there is a new and much bigger kid on the block.
Panasonic DMC-GH1 Micro Four-Thirds camera
ReviewAre we at the point where people will only buy one product to film and take great stills? Instead of camcorders that can take the odd sub-10Mp image, camera manufacturers are coming at it from the other side and offering HD video on models previously only equipped for stills. The Lumix DMC-GH1 is the camera that Panasonic left the door open for with the previously 'photo-only' DMC-G1.
India plans its own net snoop system
On the anniversary of the Mumbai terror attacks, the Indian government has announced its own version of the UK's Interception Modernisation Programme (IMP) - a massive expansion of communications surveillance for the internet age.
Reg readers lay out their selection criteria for app packages
Poll resultsWhile software sales and marketing people often try to convince business people that the technical stuff doesn’t matter that much when selecting an application package, Reg readers beg to differ.
British laggards told to embrace their digital futures
The BCS has launched a website for technology laggards who are failing to do their duty by not feeling the benefits of an information-driven society.
Head-cam video used to OK Arkansas cop kill
VidIn a case which may offer a glimpse of the future of law enforcement, an American policeman has been cleared of wrongdoing after shooting a man dead - with the aid of video and audio from a headset recorder he wore during the incident. After the decision, the video was released to the public.
(Back) into The Valley
Forgotten TechI first explored The Valley late in 1982. My method of entry: a Research Machines 380Z. I loved it and didn't want to leave.
Generators and UPS fail in London datacentre outage
Tata's datacentre in the east end of London went titsup for two-hours on Thursday evening, following a power cut.
Smut-ladened spam disguises WoW Trojan campaign
A malicious spam campaign that attempts to harvest online game passwords under the guise of messages containing smutty photos is doing the rounds.
Sh*t the bed, it's Comment of the Week
CoTFWIt's Friday, and across the internet is heard the thin cry from a thousand (OK, maybe a couple of hundred) hapless souls forced against their will to read Comment of the Week. O cruel fate! If only they were given choice as to what to click on.
Royal Navy sailors given PSPs as study aids
The Senior Service has begun issuing PlayStation Portables to its sailors in an attempt to make them... er... study.
Web host Daily recovers after Tux-themed defacement
UK-based web host Daily has largely restored services following an apparent hack attack on Thursday that replaced content on some sites it hosts with pictures of cartoon penguins.
Cyborg MIT prof touts iPhone-controlled power-jumping legs
A cyborg MIT professor has developed and tested innovative lithium-ion powered prosthetic feet which can thrust a wearer off the ground just as normal biological ones can - or be adjusted (using an iPhone app, of course) for greater power, perhaps allowing remarkable leaping and running performance.
Asus' tablet Eee takes on multi-touch
Asus has added a multi-touch display to its touchscreen T91, apparently resulting in the world's first convertible tablet netbook featuring a multi-touch screen that supports Windows 7 many-finger gestures.
Fujitsu gung-ho on eight-core 'Venus' Sparc
SC09Is Japan's 10 petaflops supercomputer on the chopping block? Fujitsu won't say. But it's still bullish on the Sparc chips meant to drive the thing.
What ever happened to storing pics with electron cannons?
This Old BoxFeatures make the system. After all, what good is a gaming rig without superfluous neon-blue lights, an iMac without the almost-matronly lack of sharp edges, or a Verizon phone not forged by the souls of the damned upon an altar of bones?1