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Ellison taps ex-HP CEO Hurd as Oracle co-prez
Ex-HP CEO Mark Hurd has been named co-president at Oracle.
Intel and USB 3.0
DigiTimes thinks Intel could add a USB 3.0 host controller to its Cougar motherboard reference design.
Bowers and Wilkins P5 headphones
ReviewRenowned for it high-end hi-fi, Bowers and Wilkins’ decision to make headphones is a bit of a departure for the company. At first glance, its debut set of cans, the P5s, certainly appear an impressive addition to its respected range of audio porn.
UK patent attorneys: ECJ should reject advisors' opinion
The European Court of Justice should reject the opinion of its advisors and put pragmatic economics ahead of legal technicalities and approve a pan-EU patent court, the UK patent attorneys' trade body has said.
Happiness: Yours for £50k a year
US researchers have found that happiness can be yours for an income of $75k a year (or £48,814.44 as of this morning), although trousering more than that won't necessarily increase your joie de vivre.
Symantec stumbles, drops further behind EMC
The gap between EMC and Symantec storage software revenues is widening, according to IDC's worldwide quarterly Storage Software Tracker.
Custodial offence for deliberate invasion of data protection? Forget it!
I must confess that I find it rich that New Labour Ministers, who were in government for more than a decade, are now huffing and puffing about their “phone inboxes being hacked”. The sad truth is that, in government, they could have done a great deal to protect individual privacy by making such hacking a custodial offence.
Retailers price up Samsung 7in Android tablet
Samsung's upcoming 7in Android tablet, the Galaxy Tab, is beginning to be priced up by retailers ahead of its anticipated arrival next month. Alas, it looks like it'll be a pricey offering.
Think tank calls for gov IT commoditisation
The Network for the Post Bureaucratic Age has published a paper urging the government to break down its IT projects into smaller chunks.
Druva delivers deduping laptop backup
Three-year-old start-up Druva is opening an office in the UK and delivering global deduplicating backup software for laptops. It's Outlook and Office-aware to reduce network transmission loads, and it provides user self-service restores, which Druva says Avamar cannot.
Would you pay for a cooler, less creepy Facebook?
Sick of creepy, unaccountable social networks that are little more than hoarders and traders of personal information? Pete Lawrence, founder of the Big Chill Festival is too, and will today unveil his plans a member-supported service.
LG smartphones to get Tegra 2
LG is to power a series of smartphones with Nvidia's tablet-oriented dual-core Tegra 2 system-on-a-chip.
Dell Streak causes user fury
Dell's Streak might now be running Android 2.1, but those who've upgraded are finding the newer OS takes away more than it adds to the tablet/phone crossbreed.
TechCrunch purges Zeus malware attack
TechCrunch Europe has cleaned up its website following the discovery of malicious code that left visiting surfers exposed to infection by a variant of the infamous Zeus banking Trojan.
Sony updates PS3 system software
Sony UK has posted PlayStation 3 firmware version 3.42. The update incorporates a "patch... added to address security vulnerability in the system software".
UK jobs growth grinds to a halt
The UK jobs market is unlikely to get any better this year - public sector jobs are falling and private sector posts are barely growing.
Panasonic adds iPlayer, Twitter to tellies
Panasonic has quietly rolled out a software update for its 2009 series of internet-connectable HD TVs. The patch usefully adds BBC iPlayer and - perhaps less so - a Twitter client.
Northamber musters 'cautious optimism'
Veteran distributor Northamber allowed itself a glimmer of optimism today as it unveiled its preliminary full year results.
Godly Aussie MP accused of being online 'smut' junkie
Another day, another God-fearing Australian politician is accused of surfing hardcore adult websites.
'Larry and Sergey's HTML5 balls drained my resources'
Google's latest animated logo on its search homepage has caused a kerfuffle among many surfers whose CPU has been besieged by the ballsy doodle.
DWP spent £1m on search engine 'biasing' in single year
The Department for Work and Pensions has spent more than £1.1m on search engine biasing over the last four years.
European CIOs get consolidation
More than three-quarters of businesses in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) are looking to consolidate their existing IT infrastructure in the next 12 months, according to Brocade-commissioned research.
DVLA says council snoopers are free to take the WEE
Government officials hit back at accusations last week that they were encouraging councils to break the law and snoop on local residents, claiming instead that not only are they entitled to do so, but that they are required to by law.
A series of disorderly events
Sysadmin BlogOn Doomsday Weekend we completely replaced our Windows domain. It was a miserable experience. It’s hard to describe how much work is involved in replacing a mature domain; certainly more than I had anticipated. It's even harder to explain the hell to non-sysadmins.
ReviewA few hours into Mafia II and it finally happens. It's the summer of 1951 and you've just been released from an eight-year stretch in Sing Sing. You're cruising around the wide, pristine streets of Empire Bay - the game's fictional amalgam of New York, Chicago and San Fransico – when all of a sudden you hear the unmistakable pow of saxophones and horns in the intro for Ain't That a Kick in the Head.
HPC Advisory Council unveils Cloud HPC initiative
WebcastOur pals at the HPC Advisory Council have been busy in the past few months and it seemed time to tap them for an update, in our September HPC Community webcast.
Spammers exploit another Facebook flaw
Spammers have taken advantage of a vulnerability in Facebook to spread auto-replicating links, a trick that makes it possible to spread crud without using social engineering.
DoJ focuses probe of Google flight data land grab
The US Justice Department is examining two particular issues as it investigates Google's recent proposed buyout of ITA Software to see if the acquisition would be anti-competitive, according to a report citing sources familiar with the situation.
NASA buys cutting-edge Cornish robot
In a triumph for West Country technical prowess and engineering knowhow, NASA has ordered a robot made in Cornwall. Here's a vid:
Apple's AirPlay: Bring the walled garden home
Analysis"You want computers to discover each other and just share stuff," I recall Steve Jobs saying back in 2002, as he personally demonstrated wireless music streaming at an Apple developer event.
Assange under fire from Wikileakers
Criticism of Wikileaks mouthpiece Julian Assange is growing, with more voices joining the chorus calling for him to step aside while his various Swedish legal problems are sorted out.
Scammers seize on tax rebates as phishing lure
Fraudsters have wasted no time jumping on news of a tax mix-up in the UK as a hook for scams.
Oz pedestrians fall to 'Death by iPod'
Distracted Oz pedestrians are allegedly dropping like flies to "Death by iPod" - an untimely end provoked by walking out into traffic while in a "zombie trance".
Wikileaks caught up in Swedish police raids
Swedish police raided several addresses this morning, including an ISP linked to Wikileaks, while assisting a Belgian file-sharing probe.
PARIS threatened by the bends
El Reg's Paper Aircraft Released Into Space (PARIS) team continues to work on the Vulture 1-X aircraft structure, while attempting to refine the skinning process.
Sod hedgerows and fields, build more base stations
The Commission For Rural Communities is calling for less restrictive planning laws to encourage comms networks to build out, for the sake of the rural economy.
Sarko hit by 'asshole' Googlebomb
Nikolas Sarkozy has become the latest high profile victim of a Google bomb, after bloggers linked his Facebook page to the phrase "trou du cul".
Oracle rings up new Netra servers
It is not a coincidence that Oracle is paying close attention to the Netra server lineup since taking over Sun Microsystems back in January. Telecommunications companies and service providers of various sorts still have lots Sparc/Solaris iron installed, and it is here where Oracle must build a defensive perimeter and hold the line with its Netra products.
New 'iPhoD' can 'adjust the speed of light by turning a knob'
Optical stuff is great, as everyone knows: optical links mean huge bandwidth right now, and computers running on photons rather than electrons might be truly amazing things - tremendously powerful, very economical of energy, and potentially able to exploit quantum effects to achieve all manner of mindbending feats.
Microsoft bod scoots over to BBC iPlayer job
The cross-pollination of Microsoft and the BBC's iPlayer continued yesterday, with Auntie confirming it had hired Redmond's IPTV platform Mediaroom and Zune wonk.
Twitter bug creates account hijacking peril
Twitter has been bitten by a hard-to-kill web-application bug that's being actively exploited to steal users' authentication credentials, a security expert said Tuesday.
Amazon poaches Microsoft games chief
Amazon has poached one of the brains behind Microsoft's fabulously successful Xbox and Xbox Live, hinting at a rival cloud-based gaming strategy.
Google's antitrust probe spin answered
Foundem — the UK-based vertical search outfit involved in antitrust investigations of Google in both Texas and the European Union — has responded to Google's account of the Texas probe, accusing the Mountain View search giant of "diversionary 'straw man' tactics."
Privacy watchdogs challenge laptop seizures at US borders
Privacy advocates have sued the Obama administration over its practice of seizing laptops, cell phones, and other devices at US borders and copying their contents even when the owner isn't suspected of wrongdoing.
HP sues Hurd to keep secrets from Ellison
UpdatedHewlett-Packard has sued disgraced former chief executive Mark Hurd in an effort to stop him joining Oracle.