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Intel puts x64 in a parallel universe

We've all been wondering exactly what Intel would do with various multicore x64 processors that had been designed as co-processors to accelerate graphics and other applications with lots of number-crunching. The answer, as Intel explained at the International Super Computing conference in Hamburg, Germany this week, is simple: Replace lots of standard Xeon processors commonly used in massively parallel supercomputers with many-cored systems on a chip and drop the whole idea of doing discrete graphics cards to compete against Nvidia and Advanced Micro Devices.
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Fraudsters limber up for World Cup themed scams

Fraudsters as well as footballers are gearing up for this month's World Cup extravaganza in South Africa.
John Leyden, 01 Jun 2010
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Bangladesh cuts off Facebook

Bangladesh blocked Facebook over the weekend, leaving the social networking site marooned from another tranche of Muslim users even as Pakistan largely restored access to the site.
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Capita pays £60m for medico screening firm

Services monolith Capita has sucked up medical reporting and screening firm Premier Medical Group in return for £60m.
Team Register, 01 Jun 2010
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Hitachi touts skinny drives for skinny devices

Hitachi GST is making a major push this year into skinny 2.5in hard drives designed for skinny netbooks, laptops and emerging classes of portable devices .
Chris Mellor, 01 Jun 2010
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Net shakeup looms as IPv4 resources start running low

Analysis A new study has called into question the previous received wisdom that IPv4 addresses are running out, forcing the long-heralded move to IPv6.
John Leyden, 01 Jun 2010
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Sadsack EU regulator relegated to Latvia

Castrated EU telecommunications regulator BEREC has now been relocated to Riga, Latvia - a mere 900 miles from everyone else.
Bill Ray, 01 Jun 2010
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Hitachi launches Blu-Ray-SSD hybrid drive

Hitachi is launching HyDrive, a Blu-ray drive with an embedded solid state drive (SSD), and working with AMD and ASUS to deliver notebooks using it.
Chris Mellor, 01 Jun 2010
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Should we be encrypting backups?

Workshop We all know that data protection regulations are gaining teeth. As we discussed before, it is becoming more difficult to keep data losses private, and the damage to reputation and other penalties incurred following data breaches are now significant.
Andrew Buss, 01 Jun 2010
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Action day targets callous conmen

International organisations have teamed up to run a day of action against fraud on Tuesday 1 June.
John Leyden, 01 Jun 2010
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Firefox takes walk down 64-bit Windows street

Mozilla has created a pre-release 64-bit version of Firefox for Windows for hardcore coders to test-drive.
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Jun 2010

Confessions of a sysadmin

Blog I would like to say that it has been a few days since my last malware infected computer. I have been dealing with a string of these lately, and I’ve had quite enough of them for now, thank you.
Trevor Pott, 01 Jun 2010
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Skype to start charging for iPhone VoIP

Skype has launched a new iPhone version, enabling calls over the 3G data network, but come 2011 users will be expected to start paying for those calls too.
Bill Ray, 01 Jun 2010
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Apple sells 2m iPads to hungry fanbois

Apple has sold two million iPads since its 3 April arrival in the US, the company revealed yesterday.
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Jun 2010
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Senior IT officials among top paid civil servants

Seven senior IT officials are on the newly published list of top paid civil servants.
Kable, 01 Jun 2010
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SanDisk soups up SSD storage to 256GB

SanDisk has doubled the capacity of its solid state drive (SSD) with a G4 model lifting it to 256GB.
Chris Mellor, 01 Jun 2010
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Met lab claims 'biggest breakthrough since Watergate'

Police scientists have hailed a new technique that recently played a pivotal role in securing a murder conviction as the most significant development in audio forensics since Watergate.
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Rave reviews at robotic robot-roaster raygun rollout

There's big news from the world of rayguns this week, as the US Navy has announced successful use of a laser cannon fitted to its well-known "R2-D2" robotic gun turret installation to shoot down other, flying robots in a test.
Lewis Page, 01 Jun 2010
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MSI Wind U160

Review MSI was one of the first companies to see the importance of the Eee PC as a new category of portable. The Wind U160 is its latest response to a growing range of netbooks based on Intel’s low-power Atom chips. Yet can it break the ‘me-too’ mould and offer something extra?
Simon Williams, 01 Jun 2010
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Quit Facebook Day flops

Monday's Quit Facebook Day turned out to be something of a damp squib.
John Leyden, 01 Jun 2010
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Woman sues Google after highway knockdown

An LA woman is suing Google after accusing its mapping service of encouraging her to walk along a high speed State Route in Utah.
Team Register, 01 Jun 2010
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Google tells staff to snub Windows after China hack snafu

Google employees are reportedly being told by their Mountain View overlords to dump Microsoft’s Windows because of security concerns about the operating system.
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Jun 2010
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HP TouchSmart PC Competition- The winner

News Last month Reg Hardware ran a competition to win an HP TouchSmart 600 PC.
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Apple opens doors to vanity publishers

Apple has provided a publishing service on the iPad for those who don't want to go through all the hassle of finding a publisher.
Bill Ray, 01 Jun 2010
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JBL flogs monster speakers at monster prices

Here's a picture: a 300W loudspeaker designed for the Project Synthesis home theatre system.
Caleb Cox, 01 Jun 2010
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Windows Mobile Trojan frags gamers

Scammers have hidden a nasty surprise for users who downloaded doctored copies of a Windows Mobile game.
John Leyden, 01 Jun 2010
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Tesco to flog secondhand games

Tesco is getting into the computer games exchange business. The retailing giant has worked out a sliding scale of prices – so gamers will get £27 for a mint condition video game that they paid £40 for. Tesco will resell this at £30.
Drew Cullen, 01 Jun 2010
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NHS is top sector for data losses

The NHS has reported 305 data breaches to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) since November 2007.
Kable, 01 Jun 2010
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Audi dreams up App Store for user-designed cars

Audi’s A2 city car was a failure. Too pricey, maybe ahead of its time, the car was put on ice in 2005.
Drew Cullen, 01 Jun 2010
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US space dirty-tricks spysat spying sat is go for July

Delayed US military plans to deploy a special spysat-spying sat which will monitor other nations' spysats and watch out for attempts to nobble America's ordinary spysats are to move forward this summer.
Lewis Page, 01 Jun 2010
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HP to fire 9,000 due to 'productivity gains, automation'

Hewlett-Packard will axe 9,000 jobs at the ink and computer giant over the next three years.
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Jun 2010
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Acer revs up Ferrari smartphone

First laptops, now smartphones. Acer is applying the Ferrari touch once again, this time for a makeover of the Liquid E Smartphone.
Caleb Cox, 01 Jun 2010
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Win free tickets to Hadoop Summit

Competition The Register is offering readers the chance to win free tickets to Yahoo!'s third annual Hadoop Summit, a one-day Silicon Valley confab dedicated to the open source platform of the moment.
Team Register, 01 Jun 2010
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Panasonic hybrid compact is so bright!

Panasonic is making big claims for the lens quality of its new hybrid digital compact camera, the DMC-FX70.
Caleb Cox, 01 Jun 2010
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Bing on iPhone rumor returns to boil

Apple and Microsoft continue to negotiate the addition of Bing to the iPhone, according to a report citing sources familiar with the talks, but as things stand, this will not see the ejection of Google from Steve Jobs' handheld status symbol.
Cade Metz, 01 Jun 2010
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Mac spyware infiltrates popular download sites

A spyware application that surreptitiously scans chat logs and hard drives of unsuspecting Mac users has found its way onto three of the more popular download sites, security researchers said Tuesday.
Dan Goodin, 01 Jun 2010
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Microsoft and Novell tag team on HPC

Comment The old Microsoft strategy of "embrace, extend, and extinguish" is just not going to fly in the snooty high performance computing market. Microsoft needs partners and Windows needs to coexist with Linux if the company wants to get anything more than a token share of real HPC work, which is why the company is talking up its interoperability work with Novell at the International Super Computing 2010 conference in Hamburg, Germany this week.
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ATIC pumps another $2.8bn into GlobalFoundries

GlobalFoundries, the wafer-baking spin-out from Advanced Micro Devices, has received another cash boost as it ramps up production of new chip processes and expands beyond fabbing chips for companies other than AMD.
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Adobe unveils emag maker for Apple iPad

Adobe has announced the first step in its ambitious effort to move beyond the web and into app-based digital content delivery, and the poster child for its first foray runs on a magical and revolutionary device from Adobe's derisive frenemy, Apple.
Rik Myslewski, 01 Jun 2010
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Microsoft: IE6 lives 'cause it busts Facebook

Businesses are sticking with Internet Explorer 6 to prevent employees from wasting time on Facebook. At least, that's the word from Microsoft.
Gavin Clarke, 01 Jun 2010
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'Clickjacking' worm hits hundreds of thousands on Facebook

A vulnerability on Facebook forced hundreds of thousands of users to endorse a series of webpages over the holiday weekend, making the social networking site the latest venue for an attack known as clickjacking.
Dan Goodin, 01 Jun 2010
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Intel unveils ultrathinnest ultrathin

Intel has announced on a new "innovation platform" that it claims will enable the world's thinnest netbooks.
Rik Myslewski, 01 Jun 2010
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Next-gen iPhone pegged with 320ppi display

A trio of intrepid Czech fanbois have arguably proven that the display on the upcoming next-generation iPhone will have a resolution of 960 by 640, and a pixel density of an impressive 320ppi.
Rik Myslewski, 01 Jun 2010
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Steve Jobs beheads iPad apps for acting like desktops

The Apple App Store police are now rejecting iPhone and iPad applications for behaving like "widgets" and "creating their own desktops," according to one developer who's busy eating his previous claims that Apple isn't evil.
Cade Metz, 01 Jun 2010
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Cray super lands at Swedish tech institute

Sweden's Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan, or Royal Institute of Technology, is getting a substantial upgrade for its Parallel Dator Centrum (PDC), or Center for Parallel Computers. The Swedish institute houses the country's largest supercomputing facilities, and with the installation of a Cray XT6m midrange parallel super, researchers are going to have some more flops to play around with.