Software SNAFU took out 10,000 military geo locators
As many as 10,000 global positioning system receivers were rendered useless for days as a result of a software upgrade in January that didn't go well, the Associated Press reports.
Novell touts server management on Windows, Linux
Novell has updated its PlateSpin server management tools.
Steve Jobs talks Flash, 'lying S.O.B' devs, sex, and Gizmodocrime
Steve Jobs says that Flash has had its day, work on the iPad began before work on the iPhone, the Gizmodophone may have been "stolen out of [Apple engineer Gray Powell's] bag", at least one iPhone app developer is a "son of a bitch liar," and his sex life is "pretty good".
NetApp plays out ASIS dedupe lead
CommentWhile EMC, Dell, HDS and HP stand impotently by, NetApp is making a killing in virtual desktop infrastructure deals and extending its lead in primary data deduplication, making ASIS run faster and deal with more data. How long can this advantage last?
Ballmer, black turtlenecks, and Microsoft's next big idea
CommentLast week, we had two so-crazy-they-can't-be-true events that sent the internet into a tizzy. And both involved Apple and Microsoft.
Jaybird SB1 Sportsband Bluetooth stereo headphones
ReviewIf you are going to splash out on a set of Bluetooth headphones it makes sense to buy a pair that can fulfill a multitude of roles from comfortable home listening to hands-free telephony to outdoor activity in weather both fair and foul. Indeed, Jaybird's SB1 Sportsband headphones endeavour to satisfy all these roles.
The emerging cloud alternative
Poll ResultsIf there’s one thing about the current furore about Cloud Computing that really gets our goats, it’s to do with the amount of unnecessary confusion that’s being generated.
Finnish police raids target virtual thieves
Finnish police have raided five homes in a search for virtual furniture stolen from Habbo Hotel.
NetApp backs StorageGRID system
NetApp is bringing its acquired Bycast product to market, and it's keeping the StorageGRID name.
Brocade flicks out trio of denser blades
Networking company Brocade has three denser blades for its big iron data centre and carrier switches, meaning they can sit at the centre of even bigger networks than before.
Ofcom smites silent callers
Ofcom plans to tighten up the rules on silent calling, proposing that pestering companies to wait 24 hours between calls and tell people by whom they're being pestered.
Prince Charles, Stephen Fry and IBM to save the planet
IBM UK yesterday proudly unveiled plans to host an invitation-only "Summit" on environmental sustainability later this year for "business and industry thought leaders". The plan is a cooperative venture between IBM and the Prince of Wales' "Start" sustainability initiative.
PARIS goes to 60,000 feet, without leaving the ground
The Paper Aircraft Released Into Space (PARIS) team took a day trip to QinetiQ in Farnborough yesterday in order to use a hypobaric chamber to test the plane's release mechanism.
Want to stiffen your rack?
Data centre storage arrays slow down because of background data centre vibration. Or so consultant Julian Turner maintains. Others deny the problem even exists.
Patching is a pain...
Sysadmin BlogAfter a couple of pretty bad weeks, in which virtually everything that could conceivably have gone wrong has, things are finally starting to settle down.
Microsoft picks over Google's Windows exit strategy
Microsoft responded to yesterday’s report that Google was internally ditching the company’s operating system in favour of Linux, Mac OS X Chrome OS by telling anyone that would listen that the Mountain View Chocolate Factory wasn’t exactly immune to occasional security gaffes.
Mobiles back in the frame as bee killers
Strapping a pair of mobile phones to the side of a bee hive can lead to a dramatic decline in honey and bee production, researchers have claimed.
Hesitant Mozilla nurses Firefox 3.6.4 baby for a bit longer
The planned release of a full fat version of Mozilla’s Firefox 3.6.4 browser has been pushed back to an unspecified date sometime this month.
No-good scareware varmints exploit Wild West game
Varmints are exploiting interest in a treasure hunt tied to popular Wild West-themed game Red Dead Redemption to lay scareware traps.
Synology DiskStation DS210j Nas box
ReviewSynology’s Disk Station 409 Slim was one of Reg Hardware’s favourite Nas boxes of 2009. With the DiskStation DS210j, the company addresses the needs of home users for around half the price of the Slim. An unpopulated device, the DS210j has two Sata drive bays with RAID support and more features than any hi-tech household could possibly need.
Play BP Offshore Oil Strike
In the 1970s, an obscure board games publisher called Printabox collaborated with BP to design a game called BP Offshore Oil Strike.
BT to retain more control over fibre networks
BT will have tighter control over competitors' access to its new faster broadband infrastructure than it has over the old copper network, after the European Commission today approved new regulations.
V-22 Osprey downblast scatters spectators like skittles
Spectators were blown "thirty feet" along the ground and battered by flying debris including branches ripped from trees by downwash from a V-22 Osprey tiltrotor landing in a park at the weekend.
Freeview HD sacrifices surround sound for World Cup scramble
Freeview HD may have kicked off to a song and dance about pin-sharp pictures for the World Cup, but many buyers have been disappointed to discover that things sound far from rosy when it comes to the audio side of the service.
Gov ICT contracts to go online in July
The prime minister has told government departments to publish all new ICT contracts online from July 2010.
Smokescreen brings Flash to the iPhone
Living with Unified Comms
On-Demand WebcastThis final instalment in our unified comms series gets to the meat and potatoes of living with Unified Communications.
Minor bugs bite patch security checking tool
A security researcher claims to have found a trio of coding bugs in Secunia's popular security inspection tool.
Vulture 1 GPS test live at 2pm
UpdatedAt 2pm this afternoon, the El Reg Paper Aircraft Released Into Space (PARIS) programme take to the air for the first time, for a live test of the Vulture 1 GPS unit.
Sonic waves $323m in DivX marriage proposal
Roxio owner Sonic has sucked up DivX in a $323m deal it claims will streamline "over the top" movie distribution.
Wikileaks denies Tor hacker eavesdropping gave site its start
UpdatedWikiLeaks has denied that eavesdropping on Chinese hackers played a key part in the early days of the whistle-blowing site.
Qualcomm spits out 3rd gen Snapdragon
In an almost one line release this week, US chip vendor Qualcomm says that it has begun shipping the chips that will line up against the Apple A4 - its Snapdragon dual core chips.
Novell swings into MeeGo throng
Novell has joined Nokia and Intel in backing the new MeeGo platform, which is unsurprising given its absorption of the Novell-backed Moblin platform.
James Bond Aston Martin on the block for $4m (or more)
Wealthy Bond fans were left with heartbeats racing today after it was announced that the spy's most famous car will be auctioned.
ID cards poster girl laments her £30
Angela Epstein, the Manchester-based columnist and ID cards poster girl, has written a furious lament for the scheme - and she's so angry she's started a Facebook group.
US Navy develops toss-proof robot crane
US Navy boffinry chiefs say they have successfully tested a cunning, heavily augmented crane which allows containers to be loaded on and off ships tossing on the waves out at sea, removing the need for a harbour when mounting an invasion or delivering humanitarian aid.
Atmos virtualises non-EMC storage
EMC can now virtualise its competitors' arrays courtesy of an Atmos front end running as a virtual machine.
Steve Jobs fears Nation of Bloggers
A free and open professional media is essential to democracy, Steve Jobs said yesterday at the All Things D conference.
Yahoo! APIs share fantasy with devs
Yahoo! has offered up APIs for its popular fantasy-sports services.
Force10 adds rack-topping Gigabit switch
Force10 Networks has been flattening out and speeding up networks since its was founded over a decade ago, and today it is fleshing out its product line with a server virtualization–friendly top-of-rack Gigabit Ethernet switch called the S60.
EMEA shops set x64 server share record
Europe has been looking for some good news — aside from the fact that it is not in close proximity to the Gulf of Mexico — and it comes today in the form of server stats from the box counters at IDC.
AT&T to ax unlimited data plans on iPhone Monday
If you're in the US and want an iPhone or other AT&T-provided smartphone with an unlimited data plan, get off your duff and sign up before Monday, June 7 — that's when AT&T will switch to capped data-service plans.
AMD demos first Fusion 'APU'
The first processor to emerge from AMD's long-gestating Fusion effort made its demo debut on Tuesday at the Computex trade show in Taipei, Taiwan.
HPC might rises in the Far East
As spring turns into summer, we get – like clockwork – a new Top 500 list. While there’s plenty of analysis yet to be done, what’s getting lots of press is how the Chinese National Supercomputing Center has captured the number two slot on the list with their 1.27 petaflop (sustained), 4,640 GPU monster box. This system is noteworthy not only from a performance standpoint, but also because it relies so heavily on NVIDIA GPUs, further confirming a trend toward hybrid CPU/GPU computing.