19th > April > 2010 Archive

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Cray mimics Ethernet atop SeaStar interconnect

Supercomputer maker Cray doesn't talk much about the systems software that runs on its massively parallel, midrange, or entry HPC gear, but it probably will start doing so more because of the work it has done to make its non-standard XT boxes look a little less proprietary as far as Linux applications are concerned.
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Microsoft stealth launches 'historic' programming language

Launching a new language is easy - getting it used is hard. The combination of existing code and existing skills is a strong barrier to adoption, and even excellent languages like Ruby and Python have struggled to break out of their niches.
Tim Anderson, 19 Apr 2010
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AMD: Our best competitive server position in years

Comment If you were thinking that Advanced Micro Devices was going to report killer server processor sales in its first quarter 2010 financial results, you were bound to be disappointed.
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Fusion-io gets $45m in C-round

Rumour Central says Fusion-io just got a $45m-$47m injection of funds in a C-round of investment.
Chris Mellor, 19 Apr 2010
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UN split on cybercrime conventions

A United Nations committee on international crime prevention is split on how to deal with cybercrime. Some countries want the existing European convention to be adopted worldwide, while others want a completely new agreement to be created.
OUT-LAW.COM, 19 Apr 2010
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Ash cans flights for another day

Flights to and from the UK have been cancelled until at least 1am Tuesday.
John Oates, 19 Apr 2010
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Veteran UK fraud fighter 'BobBear' retires

Veteran UK-based fraud fighter Bob Harrison, who runs phish victim support website BobBear, has announced plans to retire at the end of April.
John Leyden, 19 Apr 2010
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Political targeting: An unhealthy business

Over-targeting of electoral messages can cause problems, as the Labour Party found out to its cost last week when opponents accused it of exploiting confidential individual data to warn breast cancer sufferers that they might die under a Tory government.
Jane Fae , 19 Apr 2010
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'R2' robot to join space station crew, says NASA

NASA has announced that once again life is to imitate art, as the human race's principal manned spacecraft - the International Space Station (ISS) - is soon to gain a robot crewmember known as "R2".
Lewis Page, 19 Apr 2010
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Apple sets 3G iPad for May 7 as Sprint ups ante to 4G

Americans will get the 3G iPad before UK punters can even order a Wi-Fi model, at an expected price of £399.
Bill Ray, 19 Apr 2010
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Violent vid games send teens to sleep

Thirteen teenage boys in an Aussie sleep study played Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare for 50 minutes sat in bed (not the same one) under the covers with electrodes attached and lights dimmed.
Drew Cullen, 19 Apr 2010
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Phone me the way to go home

Just a matter of time before most of us call on our mobile phones for in-car satnav.
Drew Cullen, 19 Apr 2010
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DoH puts brakes on Summary Care Record

The Department of Health has suspended the creation of the central electronic patient record in regions where it had planned for an accelerated implementation.
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What does YOUR IT crystal ball say?

Lab Here’s a question for you. Is change really afoot in the way your organisation ‘does’ IT? I know, dumb question, of course it is – but not in the way that some might think.
Jon Collins, 19 Apr 2010
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Arista goes modular with 10 Gig E switches

The High Performance Computing Linux Financial Markets trade show is on today in New York, and Andy Bechtolsheim, twice the chief technology officer at the Oracle-borged Sun Microsystems, is using the event to launch the first modular 10 Gigabit Ethernet switch from his latest company, Arista Networks. And it looks like Bechtolsheim will, in his quiet way, be shaking up the networking market enough that someone will have to buy his company again.
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Sage confirms Walker's departure

Paul Walker, chief executive of Sage Group, is leaving the company after 26 years, 16 of them in the top spot.
John Oates, 19 Apr 2010
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Fring cops to unchangeable passwords

Do you use Fring? Do you change your passwords regularly? If you answered yes to both then you're lying, as Fring has admitted that changing the password isn't an option.
Bill Ray, 19 Apr 2010
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Nine year-old blamed for US school system hack

Police hunting a hacker who had attacked a US school's systems found themselves cornering a "very intelligent" 9 year old instead, it has emerged.
John Leyden, 19 Apr 2010
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Splinter Cell stunt misfires: Armed police respond

A man who pointed an imitation pistol at 20 drinkers outside an Auckland, NZ bar on Friday evening got more than he bargained for when armed police were called out.
Drew Cullen, 19 Apr 2010
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Microsoft yanks KIN ad boob

Microsoft has deleted a clip from one of its KIN ads that showed a young bloke surreptitiously photographing his breast before sending the image to a woman.
Kelly Fiveash, 19 Apr 2010
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Youth reject Facebook's death of privacy claims

Young people do care about their privacy, a new survey has found, contradicting the claims of Silicon Valley plutocrats.
Team Register, 19 Apr 2010
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Dell Inspiron One 19 Touch touchscreen all-in-one

Review Despite appearing on sale in larger numbers in recent months, touchscreen PCs still tend to be sold as luxury items with a price to match. So with the Inspiron One 19 Touch, which starts from under £500, Dell is deliberately giving the whole touchscreen PC market a boot up the backside.
Alistair Dabbs, 19 Apr 2010

Should all hard drives be encrypted?

Workshop Given the origins of computing in the coding and decoding of messages, it’s fair to say that the heritage of encryption is as noteworthy as what we now call IT. Indeed the principles of algorithmic codification of data, and the maths behind them, go back way beyond the illustrious efforts of Alan Turing and his ilk in the Second World War.
Jon Collins, 19 Apr 2010
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PARIS hacked Canon test (almost) runs on rails

A break in the dismal spring weather yesterday allowed the Reg's Paper Aircraft Released into Space (PARIS) team to run an outdoor test on the main payload Canon PowerShot A560.
Lester Haines, 19 Apr 2010
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Obama 'deep space' Mars plans in Boeing booster bitchslap

Brobdingnagian US aerospace firm Boeing has more or less openly condemned the revised Obama plan for the US space programme, under which no decision on a heavy-lift rocket will be taken until 2015. The space megacorp seems worried at the close relationship between the President and upstart startup rocket firm SpaceX.
Lewis Page, 19 Apr 2010
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Google opens alphabetti spaghetti with refined spelling in search

Google has tweaked its search engine to speed up queries for users who are prone to spelling mishaps.
Kelly Fiveash, 19 Apr 2010
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Adobe bakes secure P2P into Flash

The P2P arms race is warming up, with Adobe adding secure P2P communications to its latest beta version of Flash, 10.1.
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Apr 2010
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Epic Fail: How the photographers won, while digital rights failed

How did the music business end up with a triumph with the new Digital Economy Act? How did photographers, whose resources were one laptop and some old fashioned persuasion, carry an unlikely and famous victory? How did the digital rights campaigners fail so badly?
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Apr 2010
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Palm hands out golden handcuffs

Palm has started handing out golden handcuffs to the key executives who've not already jumped ship, in what could be the run up to an acquisition announcement.
Bill Ray, 19 Apr 2010
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Discovery landing rained off

NASA has waved off today's planned landing of space shuttle Discovery due to cloud and rain at Kennedy Space Center.
Lester Haines, 19 Apr 2010
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Samsung wins 20nm process flash race

Surprise, surprise - Samsung has won a game of flash leapfrog and is producing a 20nm part way ahead of Toshiba and IMFT.
Chris Mellor, 19 Apr 2010
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Trojan poses as Google Chrome extension

Miscreants have created a Trojan that poses as a Google Chrome extension.
John Leyden, 19 Apr 2010
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Sony's PS3 firmware update shows how retailers can be exposed

Retailers face payouts to consumers that they will not be able to reclaim from manufacturers when software updates disable products' functions, an expert has warned.
OUT-LAW.COM, 19 Apr 2010
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HDS takes on Cisco/EMC with unified computing platform

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) is taking on the suppliers of integrated IT stacks by offering its own unified compute platform, comprising servers, storage, networking and orchestration software.
Chris Mellor, 19 Apr 2010
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Virus floors Russian-Chinese automated border

Hundreds of Russian tourists were stranded in the Chinese border city of Heihe on Sunday after a computer virus toppled an automated border control system.
John Leyden, 19 Apr 2010
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'al-Qaeda suicide cat' sends US Iraq war robots out of control

Control over heavily armed US war robots fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan was lost last year after a cat climbed into machinery at an American command base and "fried everything", a US officer has confirmed.
Lewis Page, 19 Apr 2010
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eBay shill bid scammer convicted

Paul Barrett, a minibus hire firm boss from Stanley, County Durham, has been convicted of bidding against items he was selling on eBay in order to drive up final prices.
John Oates, 19 Apr 2010
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Microsoft will fix it for you

Microsoft has opened up a repair shop online to identify and fix common software problems in Windows PCs.
Hard Reg, 19 Apr 2010
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Cyberspace isn't a place - Irish Judge

An Irish Judge has upheld the right of a creator to protect his creations as a fundamental human right. In a scathing and occasionally lyrical ruling, Judge Peter Charleton also pointed out the internet is merely one communication tool of many, and not "an amorphous extraterrestrial body with an entitlement to norms that run counter to the fundamental principles of human rights".
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Apr 2010
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Cisco (finally) acquires Norwegian video conferencer

At long last, Cisco has completed its acquisition of Norwegian video conferencing outfit Tandberg.
Cade Metz, 19 Apr 2010
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HP Networking emerges

HP has announced a new HP Networking brand, under it which it will offer an edge-to-core set of sub-brands: the A Series; E Series; V Series; and S Series products. The ProCurve and 3Com brands will go away.
Chris Mellor, 19 Apr 2010
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Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction

Review Review Sam Fisher's sixth videogame outing, and his first in almost four years, marks a further refinement of the core principles of the Splinter Cell franchise. The real-world credibility provided by Clancy's endorsement remains intact, as does Sam's modus operandi of infiltrate, interrogate and assassinate. Even the story, …
Andrew Bailey, 19 Apr 2010
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Network Solutions customers hit by mass hack attack

Network Solutions' security team is battling a mysterious attack that has silently infected a "huge" number of the websites it hosts with malicious code.
Dan Goodin, 19 Apr 2010
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'iPhone 4G' found on floor of bar

Updated The next-generation iPhone will have a new flat-back design, front- and back-facing cameras, a MicroSIM slot, a larger battery, and a higher-resolution display - according to a spate of photo-enriched rumors flooding the intertubes.
Rik Myslewski, 19 Apr 2010

Ethernet borgs RDMA from InfiniBand

The InfiniBand Trade Association, the champion of the InfiniBand protocol, has announced that after a year and a half of development, it's releasing the spec for its technological crown jewels - for use in its most notable rival, Ethernet.
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Floating security tools span sky of clouds

Layer 7 Technologies - an outfit that handles security for XML web services and what the world now calls clouds - has introduced a new collection of tools for securing and managing sky-high infrastructure and applications.
Cade Metz, 19 Apr 2010
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Microsoft cracks open Windows cloud management service

Microsoft has betaed a cloud-based PC management service for businesses with a heavy emphasis on Windows 7 Enterprise Edition.
Gavin Clarke, 19 Apr 2010
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Oracle puts a JRockit under its cloud play

Oracle has updated its cloud infrastructure play with data-center technology that puts Java on the metal.
Gavin Clarke, 19 Apr 2010
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Oracle charges $90 for Sun's free ODF plug-in

Oracle is now charging $90 for the free Sun plug-in that teaches Microsoft Office how to use the latest open document format.
Cade Metz, 19 Apr 2010
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IBM profits out-climb sales in Q1

Maybe the worst of the economic meltdown is over, even if we still need to send some people who helped create it to jail. After Wall Street closed today, IBM reported its financial results for the first quarter of 2010, and in just about every product category and geography, Big Blue showed sequential growth at constant currency. That helped push sales up 5 per cent compared to a pretty awful first quarter of 2009, to $22.9bn, and net income up 13 per cent, to $2.6bn.
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Feds bust website that catered to identity thieves

Federal prosecutors have brought felony charges against an Eastern European man for running a website that allegedly helped thousands of criminals exploit stolen financial information.
Dan Goodin, 19 Apr 2010