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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.
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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.
Dan Goodin, 10 Dec 2009
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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.
Austin Modine, 10 Dec 2009
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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.
Austin Modine, 10 Dec 2009
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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.
Wireless Watch, 10 Dec 2009
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Sony Vaio CW

Review Sony’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.
Will Stapley, 10 Dec 2009
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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.
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Dec 2009
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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.
James Sherwood, 10 Dec 2009
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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.
John Oates, 10 Dec 2009
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Dell intros 'smallest' desktop PC made with desktop parts

Dell has introduced what it claims is the "world's first fully functional" mini PC.
Tony Smith, 10 Dec 2009
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2009's Top Nas boxes

Kit of the Year More 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.
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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.
Jane Fae Ozimek, 10 Dec 2009
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Crap data not my problem

Getting IT professionals to tell you about how poorly the information needs of users are catered for in their organisation is easy. Time and time again, we have run surveys and workshops on The Register that confirm the issues around fragmentation, duplication, inconsistency and how application vendors don't make it easy to get at information accumulated in transaction systems.
Dale Vile, 10 Dec 2009
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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.
Chris Mellor, 10 Dec 2009
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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.
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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.
Lewis Page, 10 Dec 2009
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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".
Lester Haines, 10 Dec 2009
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A Deadlock Holiday

Stob Moore'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.
Verity Stob, 10 Dec 2009
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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.
James Sherwood, 10 Dec 2009
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How to optimise your business comms

On Demand No doubt you've got comms bills for your business that, one way or another, you want to simplify, control and reduce - while balancing them with the increasing demands of your organisation. It's not just that everyone has mobiles which is a challenge - they've become the norm so you're probably coping anyway. But what about global IM, solid email, SaaS apps across mobile platforms and all the rest? It doesn't get easier as time goes by that's for sure.
Phil Mitchell, 10 Dec 2009
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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.
Bill Ray, 10 Dec 2009
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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.
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Dec 2009
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Tesco iPhone priced, dated

The iPhone will hit Tesco stores nationwide on Monday, 14 December, the supermarket giant has revealed.
James Sherwood, 10 Dec 2009
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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.
John Leyden, 10 Dec 2009
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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.
Lewis Page, 10 Dec 2009
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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.
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Microsoft is developing its own cloud storage O/S

Comment Microsoft's Azure storage offering suggests it is developing its own cloud storage operating system.
Chris Mellor, 10 Dec 2009
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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.
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Dec 2009
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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.
James Sherwood, 10 Dec 2009
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Buffalo Linkstation Duo

Review Buffalo 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.
Shaun Dormon, 10 Dec 2009
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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.
Jane Fae Ozimek, 10 Dec 2009
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Business application suppliers: What do we want?

Workshop As 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.
Dale Vile, 10 Dec 2009
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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.
John Leyden, 10 Dec 2009
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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.
Tony Smith, 10 Dec 2009
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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.
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Dec 2009
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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.
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New York and Chicago lose Nokia stores

New York and Chicago are to follow London in losing their Nokia stores.
Bill Ray, 10 Dec 2009
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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.
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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.
Cade Metz, 10 Dec 2009
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Budget to make e-cars better for business?

Leccy Tech Chancellor 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.
Alun Taylor, 10 Dec 2009
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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.
John Leyden, 10 Dec 2009
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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.
James Sherwood, 10 Dec 2009
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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.
Dan Goodin, 10 Dec 2009
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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.
John Leyden, 10 Dec 2009
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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.
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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.
Austin Modine, 10 Dec 2009
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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.
Cade Metz, 10 Dec 2009
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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.
Dan Goodin, 10 Dec 2009
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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.
Cade Metz, 10 Dec 2009
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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.
Rik Myslewski, 10 Dec 2009
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Microsoft PR outlaws iPhone talk

A Microsoft manager created a bit of a fuss by advising a journalist not to mention the iPhone at a Microsoft event in Germany, betraying frayed nerves in the MS camp.
Bill Ray, 10 Dec 2009