Oracle tunes Solaris for Intel's big Xeons
Word is trickling out of Oracle that is recently acquired Solaris has been heavily tuned to support Intel's new eight-core Nehalem-EX Xeon 7500 beasties.
MySQL under Oracle: No changes, except to what we say
MySQL ConKaj Arnö veered from the official keynote topic on The State of the MySQL Community and tackled the integration of MySQL into Oracle at the MySQL users’ conference on Thursday.
Attacks exploit unpatched weakness in Adobe apps
Criminals behind the notorious Zeus crimeware package have begun exploiting an unpatched hole in the widely used portable document format to install malware on end user computers.
Is Xiotech right on thin controllers?
CommentSlim down those controllers! A return to thin controller arrays is being advised by Xiotech, which wants us to get away from the current 'fat controller' syndrome.
Activision Tony Hawk Ride skateboard controller
ReviewTrying your hand at skateboarding without falling on your bum or grazing your knees is now possible, all thanks to a videogame. Based on pro-skateboarder Tony Hawk it has been developed to allow you to perform virtual ollies, grinds and flip tricks using a wireless skateboard peripheral.
Sleep-scheduling software developed for ISS astronauts
American space boffins say they have developed fiendishly cunning software which uses "complex mathematical formulas" to work out the best times for people on irregular schedules to have a kip.
Ofcom hangs fire until after Olympics
Ofcom has decided to hold off making decisions on wireless microphones until after the Olympics, but won't be paying replacement value of the kit it makes redundant.
Online retailers cannot deduct delivery fee when making refunds
Online shopping customers who send back goods straight away must not be charged for their delivery, Europe's top court has said. Consumers can be required to pay the cost of returning the goods but should be refunded every other cost, it said.
C&W wraps up three-year court case
Cable & Wireless has been cleared of deliberately delaying telecoms market competition in the Caribbean, though even the judge attributed his decision in part to poorly drafted regulations.
Sony Ericsson turns in a...profit
Sony Ericsson is celebrating a first quarter which saw the company making money, despite selling almost a third fewer handset than this time last year.
Icelandic ash cloud to keep UK skies closed 'til Saturday
UpdateUK air-traffic authorities have confirmed that flights will remain grounded until at least the early hours of Saturday morning as dangerous ash clouds from an Icelandic volcano continue to blanket the nation.
Chinese go beyond binary with ternary molecule
Scientists in Singapore and Taiwan have developed an organic molecule which can have three electrically-readable states, making a ternary rather than binary device possible.
G Cloud guy Bellamy says bye-bye to Cabinet Office
The former Connecting for Health director Martin Bellamy is planning to leave his role in charge of the Cabinet Office team developing the G Cloud.
Change management in x86 server estates
WorkshopChanges to the IT environment are the source of some of the biggest headaches for the IT pro. They probably always will be, for the obvious reason that accidents aside, the most straightforward way of destabilising an IT system is to change it.
Toshiba intros consumer desktop replacements
Toshiba has introduced a quartet of new Satellite laptops if hopes will tempt with their big screens and extended keyboards.
Zeus spyware pretends to be Royal Mail PDF
Zeus spyware Trojan variants have begun using PDF files to package exploits.
Orange re-bundles broadband
Orange is to give up running its own broadband network, and will rebundle its service to leave BT Wholesale to compete with itself.
Alleged MI6 traitor also accused of betraying spies
The former MI6 officer accused of trying to sell spying secrets is also now charged with trying to trade lists of British intelligence personnel, a court heard.
Obama: We're off to Mars
President Barack Obama yesterday insisted that US astronauts will reach Mars by the mid-2030s, during a speech in which he stressed "nobody is more committed to manned spaceflight, to human exploration of space than I am".
Volcanic Eyjafjallajökull dirt-splurt space snap
PicThe ESA has released this pic of the Icelandic volcano plume currently paralyzing air traffic above northern Europe and Britain. The pic was snapped yesterday by the Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer instrument aboard the Envisat spacecraft, before the plume had spread to cover the southern UK.
AA intros car parking space locator app
Not sure where to find your nearest NCP? Drivers can now look it up on an iPhone thanks to the Automobile Association.
UK Blu-ray Disc sales shoot up
Brits bought 2.7m Blu-ray Discs in the first three months of 2010 - 69.5 per cent more than they purchased in Q1 2009.
Billy Connolly invades TomTom (for £8.99)
We love Billy Connolly - but listening to the foul-mouthed comic day-in, day-out as the satnav voice in the car? That could be too much, even for diehards like us.
US government probes HP bribery claims
US Securities and Exchange Commission regulators are reportedly probing bribery allegations against tech giant HP, after its Moscow headquarters were raided by Russian investigators earlier this week.
India boasts more mobes than bogs
A UN think tank has revealed that almost half of India's 1.2 billion population has access to that most basic of human needs - a mobile phone - although a good proportion of them will not be using it while sitting on the toilet.
Memristors can maybe learn like synapses
Memristors can potentially learn like synapses and be used to build human brain-like computers according to Wei Lu, a University of Michigan scientist.
MS kernel patch skirts infected machines
Microsoft's latest batch of patches contains a kernel update designed not to install on machines infected with a rootkit.
Newsnight tries banalysis 2.0 for Prime Ministerial debates
CommentThe obsession of the media and political worlds with pointless info-toys met a new nadir last night, during the webby part of Newsnight's otherwise respectable coverage of the first Prime Ministerial debate.
Microsoft coughs to Visual Studio 2010 upgrade delay
Microsoft has been forced to delay delivery of some Visual Studio 2010 Professional Upgrade pre-orders due to a “product fulfillment issue”, The Register has learned.
Think you can outdo the political mob?
So you’d like to stand for parliament? There's still time and if you have a spare £500 to burn you may yet be up before the electorate on 6 May. Provided that is you're not a convicted criminal.
Google snubs Labs again with brace of Gmail features
Google released a brace of features yesterday that the company uncharacteristically slotted straight into Gmail without testing them out with its users in Google Labs first.
New road made from pigsh*t in Missouri
Planet-friendly pigfarm barons in Missouri have come up with a brilliant new plan for disposing of their porcine portfolios' pungent poo output. They have developed a process which turns pigshit into road tarmac.
El Reg PARIS team unboxes some toys
VidsEl Reg's Paper Aircraft Released into Space (PARIS) team has been busy acquiring some toys for our world-beating attempt to boldly put the Vulture 1 paper plane where no paper plane has ever been put before.
Police send Reg hack CRB check database
ExclusivePolice face accusations of incompetence after accidentally emailing a file detailing the results of thousands of criminal records checks to a Register journalist.
Bromsgrove lass slapped with Boozbo
A 20-year-old Bromsgrove woman has been slapped with a drinking banning order (DBO) which prevents her from drinking or buying alcohol anywhere in England and Wales.
But is that really cloud?
Reader Mini-PollCloud computing is one of the most talked about topics in the industry at the moment. One of the difficulties, however, is that it is sometimes hard to work out exactly what people mean by it. Different vendors and service providers use the term in relation to some quite different types of offering. Various well-meaning commentators and institutions have then tried to define cloud with a view to creating more clarity, but their different explanations have often just added to the confusion.
Hentai malware publishes web history of marks online
A Trojan circulating in Japan seeks to extort money from shame-faced fans of hentai-themed games.
New ISS machine makes water from waste CO2
Thirsty astronauts orbiting the Earth aboard the International Space Station (ISS) have just gained a handy new source of water to eke out supplies shipped up from Earth and those from the station's famously erratic urine recycling system.
Hasselblad CFV-39 digital back
ReviewIn a world constantly upgrading and adding new innovative features to tempt users into buying a new piece of gear; it is truly refreshing to come across a product that not only raises the bar on quality, but reuses old camera systems - giving them a new lease of life. The CFV-39 digital back is something of a revelation, because it works with a series of medium format Hasselblad film cameras dating back to 1957 and brings them bang up-to-date capturing images at a resolution of 39Mp.
Oracle ponies up $685m for Phase Forward
Oracle's software strategy as it takes on application software industry leader SAP is to not only work on its own systems, thanks to its $7.4bn acquisition of Sun Microsystems, but to beat SAP at having software packages aimed at very precise customer sets.
Steve Jobs bans all apps from iPhone (or thereabouts)
You could argue that the new Jobsian SDK bars developers from writing any application for the iPhone - unless they possess some sort of savant-like ability to think solely in Objective C.
Microsoft wants pacemaker password tattoos
A Microsoft researcher has suggested tattooing passwords on patients with pacemakers and other implanted medical devices to ensure the remotely-controlled gadgets can be accessed during emergencies.
Apple backs down from Pulitzer putsch
UpdatedApple has invited Pultizer Prize–winning editorial cartoonist Mark Fiore to resubmit his NewsToons iPhone app that was rejected last December because it "ridicules public figures."
IBM's Power 780 pushes the value envelope
After several months of tuning and tweaking in its benchmark labs, IBM has finally released a TPC-C online transaction processing benchmark test result for its new Power7-based servers.
Ellison's database customers slip slidin' to x86
When Oracle chief executive Larry Ellison doubled down on Unix with his $5.6bn acquisition of Sun Microsystems, his customers were moving away from RISC systems.
Jobs to iPad skeptic: 'Are you nuts?'
A European iPad fancier emailed Steve Jobs that he feared a nefarious plot was behind the delay of his rendezvous with Apple's "magical and revolutionary" device.