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Netezza taps NEC for data warehouse kit
Data warehouse appliance maker Netezza - which will be coming under pressure Oracle and IBM, who want a bigger slice of the data analytics hardware and software business - has inked a deal with Japanese server maker NEC that will see the two cooperate on creating a new line of Netezza hardware based on NEC's products.
Google doppelgänger casts riddle over interwebs
UpdatedUpdate: This story has been updated with comments from Google open source guru Chris DiBona and it has been revised accordingly.
Power7 - Big Blue eye on UNIX
The scuttlebutt is that IBM seemed perfectly content to wait until May to launch the Power7-based Power Systems servers, but something changed and compelled the company to move up the announcement of its first machines using the eight-core processor to today. Big Blue is not in a habit of explaining its motives or its timing for product launches, but it seems clear that IBM wanted to get out in front of a whole lot of processor and systems launches that are expected between now and the summer.
Pupil database claimed to be breach-free
A government minister has claimed a clean record on security breaches for the National Pupil Database.
Power7 v Power6 - it's all about the cache
IBM is launching the first of its Power7-based systems today, and the company thinks that the innovations inside the Power7 processor are going to give it a leg-up on the competition in terms of capacity, throughput, and energy-efficiency. But how do those Power7 processors stack up to the existing Power6 and Power6+ processors used in the Power Systems lineup?
Promise pops up in UK with Drobo-ish box
Promise Technology is setting out its stall in the UK with a product line that includes a Drobo-lookalike, the NS4600, which like the Drobo offers media serving functionality.
Microscope-wielding boffins crack cordless phone crypto
Cryptographers have broken the proprietary encryption used to prevent eavesdropping on more than 800 million cordless phones worldwide, demonstrating once again the risks of relying on obscure technologies to remain secure.
Surprise departure for SAP boss
The chief executive of SAP Leo Apotheker is leaving the top job, and the company board, after less than a year in the job.
Endeavour en route to ISS
Endeavour is en route to the ISS following a 'brilliant nighttime liftoff' from the Kennedy Space Center.
State officials seize InPhase assets in lieu of taxes
In a final emphatic demonstration that the money has run out, holographic storage developer InPhase's premises have been seized for non-payment of taxes by the Colorado Department of Revenue.
Wales auditor arrested over indecent images allegations
Jeremy Colman, the ex-Auditor General for Wales, has been arrested on suspicion of possessing indecent images.
Drink beer not fizzy pop for pity's sake, say boffins
Splendid news on the health front this week, as it has emerged that drinking beer is good for you - and that soft drinks will kill you.
China stomps cybercrook training outfit
Chinese authorities have closed down a firm that allegedly trained hackers to develop spyware and launch cyberattacks.
MySQL handler Jacobs walks out on Oracle
Oracle's open source strategy was looking a little fenced in this morning, after the database giant lost one of its most prominent voices and OpenOffice was snubbed by Ubuntu developers.
French poised to seize Port of Dover
A plan to privatise the government-owned Port of Dover has provoked "outrage", not least because the French are front-runners to take control of the facility.
Cloud firm wafts out white label ERP for small biz
Salesorder.com is offering a white label version of its online ERP software for resellers to sell on to their customers.
Gov tempts young London onto ID database with booze, 'games'
London's yoof can now follow in the footsteps of their Mancunian counterparts and sign up for the government's ID card scheme.
Sony to demo 'world's first' in-box wireless tech
Sony has developed a wireless communications technology designed to replace the cabling within gadgets rather than connections between devices.
US scientists get free cloud on-ramp
Microsoft and the US National Science Foundation have announced an agreement that will provide free access to cloud computing resources for select NSF-funded researchers for the next three years.
Leaky antivirus defences letting malware through
Even users running up-to-date anti-virus software still get infected with malware, according to stats from an online malware scanning service.
Mandybill is mostly harmless, says MP watchdog
A committee of MPs has surprisingly said that copyright infringement penalties for internet users proposed in the Digital Economy are justifiable. However, it wants the Government to explain them better, and publish more detail - particularly on the threshold for suspending the accounts of serial infringers.
Samsung preps Wacko Jacko movie hard drive
Wacko Jacko fans, Samsung has the external hard drive for you.
Asus Eee PC 1005PE
ReviewIntel launched its latest generation of netbook-centric Atom processors right at the end of 2009. While the following weeks saw plenty of announcements heralding new machines based on the chips, those PCs have only now started to arrive on shop shelves.
US gives Chinese man 2.5 years over fake Cisco kit
A Chinese man has been sentenced to a two and half year stretch in California for flogging counterfeit Cisco parts in the US.
FBI calls for two year retention for ISP data
FBI director Robert Mueller is still keen to get US internet service providers to keep their customers' web logs for up to two years.
BAE broke bribery pledge, faked US arms-export applications
Further details have emerged regarding the US Department of Justice case against UK-headquartered arms globocorp BAE Systems. The feds - without argument from BAE - say that the company engaged in a "conspiracy" to violate several US laws in recent years.
Bishop Hill: Gonzo science and the Hockey Stick
InterviewIn 2001 the IPCC published its Third Assessment report prominently featuring a graph that became "the logo of global warming". Previous historical reconstructions didn't show our modern warm climate as particularly anomalous. This was very different, and was hailed as a "call to action". Yet Michael Mann's studies were deeply flawed. Omit one or two proxies, for example, and the scary warming 'spike' disappears. Mann's model could produce hockey stick shapes using random data, such as baseball scores, or red noise. Critics alleged that Mann's choices of data and statistical tools all cooled the Medieval Warm Period, and emphasised late 20th Century warming.
Archos posts 'full' Linux distro for Android tablet
Media player maker Archos has posted a full Linux distro that will run on its Archos 5 machine.
Online Kiwis maybe feeling Oz censor trickledown
Australia’s drive to protect its own population from the horrors of the internet may be starting to have knock-on effects on the surfing habits of its neighbour, New Zealand - some websites are no longer accessible in NZ via Aussie ISPs.
Eidos confirms Championship Manager Online shutdown
Publisher Eidos has confirmed that it has ordered the closure of Championship Manager Online, the web-based version of the long-running popular fantasy football franchise.
Vodafone tosses out idiot tweeter
Vodafone's Twitter-based stupidity on Friday was down to an unguarded terminal, it transpires, and the employee concerned is now kicking his heels at home.
Half a million PCs can access Schengen's 'secure' database
The number of computers with access to the Schengen Information System has doubled to 500,000 thanks to the extension of the EU.
El Reg reader assembles own iPad
The fanbois out there whose lives have become a meaningless succession of days to be crossed off the calendar until the release of Apple's paradigm-busting iPad will be delighted to learn that they can fill the void by assembling their very own future of computing.
LG eyes golden age of telly with retro CRT set
It's the telly Mad Men and Avengers fans will surely be craving: a 14in telly kitted out in true 1960s style.
Phoenix recovers barbecued data in Europe
European data centres can recover data from data centres blown to smithereens by using Axxana's near-bomb proof Phoenix data recovery system
Cheeky French hackers hijack Tata website
Top flight outsourcing firm Tata Consulting Services appeared to have lost control of its website to hackers today, with the domain apparently being touted for sale.
iPhone OS 3.1.3 unlock app posted
Owners of unlocked iPhones who want to upgrade to the recently released OS 3.1.3 and want to retain the ability to use whatever Sim meets their needs can now do so. The iPhone Dev Team have released a suitable version of its PwnageTool utility.
Canon intros entry-level DSLR
Canon has introduced its latest EOS digital SLR, describing the 550D as a consumer-oriented camera packed with semi-pro features.
Google (Voice) solves universal translation soonish
Google has managed to get some decent press by announcing that, in a few years, it might be able to translate speech - something iPhone owners can already do.
Sweden to prosecute alleged Cisco, NASA hacker
The prosecution of a Swedish man charged with breaching the computer networks of NASA and Cisco Systems and making off with sensitive source code will be transferred to Swedish authorities, US federal prosecutors said Monday.
Linus Torvalds doesn't hate the Googlephone
Linus Torvalds hates cell phones. But that doesn't include the Googlephone.
Microsoft kills FAST's Linux and Unix search biz
Customers of FAST's Enterprise Search Platform (ESP) on Linux or Unix better develop a taste for Windows or look elsewhere for their enterprise search.
Microsoft tests show no Win 7 battery flaw
Microsoft says that extensive testing and conversations with OEMs indicate that Windows 7 is handling notebook batteries exactly as intended - despite user claims that upgrades to the new OS have caused significant degradation to battery life.
Oracle issues emergency security patch for WebLogic
Oracle issued an emergency patch for its WebLogic Server almost two weeks after a white-hat hacker disclosed a vulnerability that allows criminals to remotely execute commands on the webserver with no authentication necessary.
SourceForge reverses ban on US foes
Open Source code repository SourceForge.net has pulled a U-turn on a widely unpopular decision to ban users from accessing its website from countries under US trade restrictions.
Intel 'Tukwila' born after long and painful labor
Intel officially unveiled its long-delayed Tukwila "mission-critical" server processor today - now dubbed the Itanium 9300 series - providing a few more details about the 2-billion transistor part and giving some color on why it was over three years late.