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Cloudera Hadoop plugs trunk into Netezza iron

Cloudera – the commercial Hadoop outfit – has teamed with data analytics maven Netezza to build a connector between its stuffed elephant distro and Netezza's Twinfin data warehousing appliances
Cade Metz, 16 2010
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NEC flies into synchrotron sun

NEC Deutschland has supplied a 1.3PB storage system to the French SOLEIL synchrotron facility, using Promise VTrak storage systems, to store massive amounts of data created by computer simulations and experiments.
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Teufel System 5 home cinema speakers

Review Last year Berlin-based manufacturer Teufel produced what it called "the first surround sound speaker set to be certified to THX's stringent THX Select2 standards" with the clue's-in-the-name moniker of the System 5 THX Select2. The product was able to match its specs to THX's criteria by using two subwoofers and three-way surrounds, which is probably a little excessive for most UK living rooms.
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Futurologist warns of malevolent dust menace

As if botnet clients and infected USB devices weren't bad enough, security pros of the future may be faced with the menace of "smart dust" information stealing threats, if a futurologist is to be believed.
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Frenchman takes the helm at Sage

Accountancy and small biz software specialist Sage has found a replacement for departing chief executive Paul Walker.
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Reg hack gives forth in Wikipedia doco

Those of you who had the misfortune to miss the recent Wikimania 2010 - Wikipedia's annual love-in which this year graced Gdańsk with its presence - also missed the opportunity to catch Reg San Francisco bureau big cheese Cade Metz giving forth on the popular fount of all human knowledge.
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French website surrenders on Bastille Day

France's shiny new official website got off to a shaky start on Wednesday, promptly surrendering to the unwashed masses on its Bastille Day launch.
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Job sites slam domain name land grab

Dozens of job sites have stuck the boot into plans to effectively create tens of thousands of new employment boards under the .jobs internet top-level domain.
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Nokia, Apple and Sudden Extinction Events

Every day brings fresh gloom for Nokia - and the criticisms are now so familiar I won't elaborate on them. But I was struck by a recent observation likening Nokia's plight now to Apple's in the mid-1990s.

End of Microsoft NHS deal means mass deletions

Microsoft has warned any NHS worker who took advantage of the huge discounts available for installing MS Office at home that they must now delete the software.
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iPhone 4 fix to centre on software, negate need for recall

The likelihood that tonight's hastily convened Apple iPhone 4 press conference will centre on a product recall appears to be diminishing.
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LPG lake on Titan evaporating in scorchio -180°C heatwave

NASA boffins have released a video travelogue entitled "See Beautiful Ontario Lacus", revealing the delights that travellers to the moons of Saturn might encounter during a visit to the freezing antarctic patio-gas lakes of Titan.
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Sharp shows 128GB Blu-ray recorder

Sharp has become the first manufacturer to announce conumser-oriented Blu-ray recorders that will support four-layer, 128GB BDXL discs.
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Government's sh*tty-Wiki sh*ts bed

The coalition government's Your Freedom site is having its third day of failures and the Treasury's Spending Challenge is currently down for maintenance.

Nimble does nifty combined storage backup box

NetApp says there will be a 2-tier storage array in future, with hot data in flash and bulk data held on SATA Drives. Startup Nimble Storage says it's here now with its CS-Series, which combines the attributes of separate EqualLogic and Data Domain arrays in one box.
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Windows Shortcut Flaw underpins power plant Trojan

Hackers have developed malware that spreads via USB sticks using a previously unknown security weakness involving Windows' handling of shortcut files.
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Microsoft bags DARPA boffin to head research unit

Microsoft has hired a former DARPA software security expert to head up the company’s research wing in Redmond.
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Paul Allen pledges philanthropy for ever

Microsoft's other founder, Paul Allen, promised his philanthropy will continue after his death while announcing a series of grants to mark the 20th anniversary of his charitable foundation.
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Doing the right thing on ID management isn't enough...

Workshop In a previous article we looked at Identity Management and access provisioning as an end in itself, and from the perspective that there are benefits to be had from being on top of who’s using what. For many organisations, however, identity management is a necessity, imposed through the demands of regulatory compliance.

BOFH: Little ups and downs

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God-blocking web filter ironically hard to find

Fed up with evangelicals thrusting their god-bothering ways upon you? Had enough of the religious right setting the agenda when it comes to deciding what you should – or shouldn’t – be allowed to look at on the internet?
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Council wins motorbike charges case

The campaign against parking charges for motorbikes in central London has lost a court challenge to Westminster Council.

Of hybrid hard drives and capacity boosts

The extra platters and shingled writing future revealed by Xyratex CEO Steve Barber seems to have been influenced by Tom Coughlin of Coughlin Associates and his "Hard Disk Drive Capital Equipment Market and Technology Report".

World PC sales jumped up in Q2

The world's personal computer makers experienced recession busting growth during Q2, with shipments up 20.7 per cent on the same period in 2009.
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Street View's Wayne and Garth: The most excellent truth

The interwebs were abuzz last week with a most excellent sighting of Wayne's World stars Wayne Campbell and Garth Algar, rather improbably strutting their stuff in Plymouth:
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Underground tunnel complexes FOUND ON MOON

Space boffins believe they may be on the verge of discovering a vast, hidden network of tunnels beneath the surface of the Moon.

iPad 'cannibalised' Q2 netbook sales

Market watcher Gartner this week presented further evidence that early adopter enthusiasm for netbooks has peaked.
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Microsoft Xbox 360 250GB

Review Five years after its original release, the Xbox 360 finally receives its long expected 'slim' overhaul. Just don't tell Microsoft I called it that. The company’s reluctance to use the 's' word is understandable. Sony used it to distinguish versions of its PS2 and PS3 consoles.
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iPhone customers lay into Apple after iOS 4.0.1 update fails to install

iPhone customers are struggling to install Apple’s latest software patch and have been grumbling about the problems on Cupertino’s support forums.
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Our Vulture 1 aircraft begins to take shape

It's been a busy week down at the Paper Aircraft Released Into Space (PARIS) assembly plant, where the fuselage of the Vulture 1 has been taking shape.
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Pirate Party storms out of uber-secret ACTA negotiations

The level of secrecy shrouding the EU’s ACTA negotiations reached new heights earlier this week, with the news that Pirate Party MEP Christian Engstrom felt compelled to abandon a meeting with ACTA negotiators in the European Parliament after he was forbidden from sharing information with the public.
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Email hack Labour councillor stays after suspension

A Lambeth councillor has vowed to continue to represent his constituents following a controversial email sting operation that resulted in his suspension from the Labour party and his recent failure to overturn the decision on appeal.
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Global warming brings peace and happiness

A study correlating economic and political changes in China's Middle Kingdom has found that warmer climate benefited society. By contrast, a fall of temperature of 2C was correlated with conflict and famine.
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New Jersey car prang woman blames carjacking

A New Jersey woman pulled out a couple of nice excuses after she wrapped her car around a tree - first claiming the mishap was provoked by a carjacking, then that she'd actually been distracted while performing a "sex act"* on some bloke she'd picked up.
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Blizzard comes out clean after WoW pants-down plans

Blizzard looks set to escape with nothing more than a mild rebuke after it abandoned plans to oblige members of the World of Warcraft (WoW) forums to reveal their real names.
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Dell proposes settlement with SEC

Computer maker Dell said this morning that it has put forth a settlement proposal with the Securities and Exchange Commission to end a probe into Dell's accounting practices that has been underway since September 2006.
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Apple greenlights browserless Firefox app for iPhone

Apple has approved an application submitted by Mozilla that syncs history, bookmarks and open tabs with versions of the open source outfit's Firefox running on desktop computers.
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'Eternal' sun-plane still aloft after 7 days, aiming for 14

A British-made solar powered aircraft has been airborne above a US military test range in Arizona for more than seven days continuously, it has been announced.
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Daily Mail promotes 'the new Betamax'

Splendid news at last for digital radio. Associated Newspapers is throwing the weight of the mighty Daily Mail behind the beleaguered DAB platform. Tomorrow, every Mail reader will be able to claim a free DAB radio.

Fusion-io IPO may be coming

Two birds flew over and dropped hearsay and rumour presents on my head today.
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HP 'delays' Android tablet after death of Windows slate

HP's Android tablet will not ship before the end of the year as originally planned, according to a report citing "sources in position to know."
Cade Metz, 16 2010
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Firefox joins Microsoft in uncool kids class

Open...and Shut After more than a decade of slugging it out with Microsoft for supremacy, Mozilla's Firefox now claims 24 per cent of the global browser market, according to Net Applications.
Matt Asay, 16 2010
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Steve Jobs denies Judas Phone antenna problems

There's nothing wrong with the iPhone 4 that isn't wrong with any other phone, says Steve Jobs. However, because Jobs and company "love our users," Apple will provide a free case to any Judas Phone owner who wants one.
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Google bags Metaweb for search future

Google has acquired Metaweb Technologies, a five-year-old San Francisco startup that maintains a massive open database that details all sorts of real-world stuff in an effort to "build a smarter, more connected Internet."
Cade Metz, 16 2010

SugarCRM sweet on Microsoft's Azure cloud

SugarCRM has long lived in the shadow of Salesforce.com, partly thanks to the latter's headline grabbing chief executive.
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Linux to eclipse Microsoft's 'all-in' tablet enthusiasm

Microsoft might be "all in" on tablets (here and here), but it's Linux that will dominate this new category of device, according to latest research.
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HP's Palm bid beat Apple, Google, RIM, says report

HP was not Palm's only suitor when the Prē and Pixi punter offered itself for sale — Apple, Google, and RIM were also seeking the hand of the smartphone maker, presumably attracted by its webOS dowry and its patent portfolio. Nokia wasn't.
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Google Nexus One spends dying days as dev phone

Google's Nexus One will spend the end of its brief, sad life as a developer phone sold through some unnamed partner.
Cade Metz, 16 2010