10th > December > 2009 Archive
ParAccel flashes data warehouses
ParAccel - one of the many upstarts that is chasing the data warehousing and analytics dollars these days - has tweaked its ParAccel Analytic Database 2.0 software and its underlying homegrown Linux operating system so that the x64 nodes on which it runs can be equipped with flash-based drives. And that, the company says, will boost query performance.
Attackers hone Twitterific exploit-site concealer
Malware writers have revamped code that uses a popular Twitter command to generate hard-to-predict domain names, a technique that brings stealth to their drive-by exploits.
Cisco to counter HP with Chinese expansion
Cisco has vowed to step up its presence in China as a counter measure in its newfound rivalry with HP.
Facebook urges public exposure in 'privacy' revision
Facebook is urging its 350 million users to open their kimonos to the entire internet as part of its revamped security settings.
HTC rises to challenge after Android struggles in Europe
HTC's handset roadmap for 2010 has been leaked, as usual. Predictably, it is heavy on Android, where the Taiwanese vendor has blazed the trail, but it now needs to defend its early lead from the launches by Samsung, Motorola and others.
Sony Vaio CW
ReviewSony’s Vaio laptops aren’t perhaps best-known for their good value, but with an Intel Core 2 Duo P7450, Nvidia GeForce 230M graphics and a £699 price tag, this latest model seems to buck the trend.
Royal Mail promises 2nd class service on postcode data
The Royal Mail looks set to disappoint members of the public hoping to see the contentious Postcode Address File database opened up for free access on the internet.
MSI multi-touch desktop welcomes Intel
MSI has switched sides in the AMD versus Intel war, releasing a redesigned all-in-one AE2010 desktop PC with Intel processor and Nvidia graphics.
Darling upsets almost everyone
The Chancellor's pre-Budget report got a distinctly mixed reaction from business and technology groups. Although tax cuts for companies focussed on research was welcomed, no-one welcomed the hike in National Insurance.
Dell intros 'smallest' desktop PC made with desktop parts
Dell has introduced what it claims is the "world's first fully functional" mini PC.
2009's Top Nas boxes
Kit of the YearMore and more Register Hardware readers started storing files in network-attached drives this year, and we began our coverage of this hot topic in earnest. We haven't looked at every model from every manufacturer, but here are the Nas boxes that most found favour in 2009.
Durham police demonstrate DNA will stuff you
Durham police last week put the final nail in the coffin of the Home Office mantra "nothing to hide, nothing to fear", with a clear announcement that DNA and fingerprinting could harm an individual’s career prospects – even if they are otherwise totally innocent.
Big Blue flashing its x servers
IBM is OEM'ing Fusion-io's PCIe-connected flash for its x servers to accelerate data-heavy applications.
Tax dodgers aided by old IT
A decision to delay investment in a new IT system means the taxman has a poor grasp of the billions he is owed, according to an influential group of MPs.
German electropulse energy drill bitchslaps lasers
Remorseless German boffins, seeking a more efficient way to make holes through hardened steel, have spurned such antique technologies as the cutting laser. They are now employing our old friend the electromagnetic pulse (EMP) as a high-tech energy drill which leaves no burrs and doesn't get blunt.
Thomas the Tank Engine drives 'conservative political ideology'
Research by the University of Alberta has chillingly revealed that kids' TV show Thomas and Friends may be engendering a "conservative political ideology" in future generations - a repressive mindset which "punishes individual initiative, opposes critique and change, and relegates females to supportive roles".
A Deadlock Holiday
StobMoore's Law, I need hardly remind a top-notch industry professional like you, states that as the density of silicon circuitry doubles, the probability of you not being able to find some sensibly-priced extra memory to fit your old lappy approaches 1.0.
Epson models wearable PlayStation 3
Stick "extreme" in front of another word and you have a surefire YouTube hit. Epson hopes to power past such greats as extreme ironing and extreme crocheting with... extreme gaming.
Pompidou turns to NFC, Facebook to attract teens
France's Pompidou Centre is opening a "Teen Gallery" next year, with NFC tags on every exhibit and the inevitable Facebook connection to draw in Paris youth.
Dell does a Chrimbo deal with John Lewis
Dell has inked a deal with high street retailer John Lewis to exclusively punt its range of ultra-thin Adamo XPS laptops.
Tesco iPhone priced, dated
The iPhone will hit Tesco stores nationwide on Monday, 14 December, the supermarket giant has revealed.
Music industry website debut turns into a mosh pit
The debut of major record label-owned music site Vevo went awry this week after the site struggled to cope with demand.
Blue whale males now singing bass, say scientists
The songs of blue whales around the world have become significantly less high-pitched over the last 40 years, according to scientists. Boffins analysing the trend believe it may be to do with an increase in whale populations following the international ban on commercial whaling.
Immigration spy centre hit by staff delays
The opening of the operations centre at the heart of a new £1.2bn computer system - planned to monitor every person who enters or leaves of the UK - has been delayed by staff training.
Microsoft is developing its own cloud storage O/S
CommentMicrosoft's Azure storage offering suggests it is developing its own cloud storage operating system.
Windows 7 tool gets GPL v2 makeover
Microsoft reposted its Windows 7 download tool online yesterday, after yanking it off the internet last month when it coughed to violating a series of GNU General Public Licence (GPL) terms.
DS crowned UK's favourite console
Over 10m Nintendo DS handhelds have been sold in the UK, making the gadget Blighty’s favourite console of all time.
Buffalo Linkstation Duo
ReviewBuffalo Technology’s latest Nas box, the Linkstation Duo has been targeted to meet the ever-increasing multimedia and storage needs of home and small office users. Offered in 1TB, 2TB and 4TB capacities, it sports two Sata II hard drives that can be easily swapped out for user upgrades.
Vigilantes R US: Private enterprise takes over
British netizens worried about the proximity of their nearest rapist, murderer or paedophile can sleep easier in their beds this week, safe in the knowledge that recently upgraded website the Rat Book, will tell all.
Business application suppliers: What do we want?
WorkshopAs we near the end of another decade it is an appropriate time to look at the way in which IT supplier relationships are changing and what current and potential customers are likely to be pushing for over the coming 10 years. The fundamental impact application packages such as ERP and CRM have on a business makes this question particularly pertinent in relation to such solutions.
Scareware slingers flaunt fake MS endorsement
Scareware wronguns have developed a neat but evil piece of coding trickery designed to dupe prospective marks into believing that Microsoft is endorsing their worthless scamware.
Wireless Gigabit spec set for Q1 release
Chip makers and hardware manufacturers will be able to get their hands on the first version of the WiGig - Wireless Gigabit Ethernet - specification in Q1 2010, the organisation behind the would-be standard said today.
Parcelforce fails to deliver for Windows 7 lovers
The Royal Mail's Parcelforce website is upsetting some Windows 7 fans, because the service doesn't support Microsoft's latest operating system.
LINX failure slows UK net traffic
The London Internet Exchange (LINX) suffered a major failure yesterday afternoon, leading to a significant slowdown of UK traffic.
New York and Chicago lose Nokia stores
New York and Chicago are to follow London in losing their Nokia stores.
IBM builds Pacific ring of cloud
IBM started out as a company that only rented computing and tabulating equipment until it was compelled by an antitrust settlement to actually sell its gear. It may someday end up as one that mostly sells cloud computing capacity.
OpenDNS taunts Google with real-time directory
In mid-October, Sweden's net authorities managed to boot the entire country from the interwebs when a routine maintenance script accidentally removed a rather important dot from its top level domain. The period was reinstated in less than an hour, but address problems persisted for who knows how long, thanks to cached DNS records at ISPs across the globe.
Budget to make e-cars better for business?
Leccy TechChancellor Alistair Darling’s pre-Budget report has revealed that electric vehicles will be exempt from company car tax fees for five years starting in 2010.
Top security firm: Default Windows 7 less secure than Vista
Windows 7 is less secure out-of-the box than Vista, despite Redmond's protestations to the contrary, a top security firm has claimed.
Cool-er e-book reader to gain 3G, Wi-FI models
The Cool-er e-book viewer is about to get even cooler, with manufacturer Interead planning to release 3G and Wi-Fi models.
Felony fugitive found working for DHS for 2 years
Red-faced bosses from the Department of Homeland Security are trying to explain how they failed to know that one of their employees had been a wanted fugitive for more than two years.
McKinnon lawyers file last gasp extradition appeal
Lawyers for Pentagon hacker Gary McKinnon have filed a judicial review contesting the Home Secretary's recent decision to allow US extradition proceedings to proceed against the Asperger's sufferer. The widely anticipated move is perhaps McKinnon's last best hope of avoiding US trial and likely imprisonment on hacking charges.
Europeans spend more on servers in Q3
On a global basis, the server market started to show signs of stabilizing in the third quarter of this year, according to reports from both IDC (here) and Gartner (there). And IT shops in Europe started coming out of their shells to spend a little more on iron than they did earlier this year.
Rocket glitch delays NASA's sky-mapper launch
NASA has delayed the launch of its new sky-mapping spacecraft because of a last-minute technical issue with a rocket booster engine.
Yahoo! apes! Google! with! more! Web2.0rhea!
Yahoo! has answered Google's brand new "real-time" search interface, adding, yes, Tweets to the primary results that turn up when you run a query on its lame duck search engine.
Potent malware link infects almost 300,000 webpages
A security researcher has identified a new attack that has infected almost 300,000 webpages with links that direct visitors to a potent cocktail of malicious exploits.
Dell bitchslaps Cisco over UCS server play
Dell just bitchslapped Cisco over its Unified Computing System, insisting that the networking giant's foray into the server biz suits Cisco's bottom line more than the needs of its customers.
Watchdog spanks FCC over US wireless
The US "congressional watchdog" agency has taken the Federal Communications Commission to task for mishandling its duty to provide oversight of wireless phone service.