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SciDB: Relational daddy answers Google, Hadoop, NoSQL

Mention "relational databases" and a few people's names might spring to mind: Oracle's Larry Ellison, thanks to his billions, or Monty Widenius, main author of the ferociously popular MySQL. Geekier types might plump for Oracle's former Dr DBA Ken Jacobs or open-sourcer Brian Akers, who helped architect MySQL.
Gavin Clarke, 13 Sep 2010
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SGI readies first Project Mojo supers

Supercomputer maker Silicon Graphics is just about finished with the initial designs of the "Project Mojo" dense-packed HPC machines, sources tell El Reg.
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Cyberlink v. Nero media authoring suites

Review Back in the day, Cyberlink was best known for DVD player software, while Nero was a developer of CD-writing ('burning') utilities. Now both companies are producers of very successful creative multimedia suites that play DVDs, burn discs and a whole lot more. For an embarrassingly low price, both packages offer audio, video and image editing along with media file management, DVD and Blu-ray video authoring and playback, plus disc burning, label design and data backup. But which suite is better?
Alistair Dabbs, 13 Sep 2010
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IP address-tracing software breached data protection law

The Swiss Federal Court has ruled that software which identified the internet protocol (IP) address of unauthorised music uploaders broke data protection law.
OUT-LAW.COM, 13 Sep 2010
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IBM sees £50m sliced from fingerprinting deal

Immigration Minister Damian Green has said the government will save £50m by renegotiating a contract previously linked to identity cards.
Kable, 13 Sep 2010
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Post Office complaints: Write to M.BARRASS

The El Reg Bootnotes soviet was tickled late last week by the entertaining tale of reader "Frank", who got in touch about a letter of complaint he wrote to the Post Office regarding its broadband service.
Lester Haines, 13 Sep 2010

Pandora tops 1000 boxes

English-built, open source games console Pandora has shipped its thousandth unit - not bad considering every one is hand made by geeks in Newcastle.
Bill Ray, 13 Sep 2010
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Ofcom begins mobile broadband study

Ofcom wants to know just how broad mobile broadband is, and has commissioned a four-month study of the subject with a full report expected to go public next January.
Bill Ray, 13 Sep 2010
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Europe begins revamp of rules on re-use of public info

The European Commission is revising the rules governing the sale and use of public information in a bid to encourage the use of mapping, weather, legal and statistical information as the basis of information services.
OUT-LAW.COM, 13 Sep 2010
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Playboy centrefold freaks out at 10,000 feet

WSA A Playboy centrefold took fellow plane passengers' breath away last week when she apparently tried to open the door on a plane flight from Florida to New York.
Joe Fay, 13 Sep 2010

Salvador Dalí style floppy iPad on the way, seemingly

Engineers in California say they have developed a way of making touch- and pressure-sensitive material which is also bendy and flexible. The new technology could be used to make flexible touchscreen devices - or, its designers say, to build robotics or prosthetics capable of such delicate tasks as handling eggs or emptying dishwashers.
Lewis Page, 13 Sep 2010
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Office for Mac finally breaks out of Microsoft

Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 finally escaped Redmond and went to manufacturing last week, meaning Apple users get a fresh productivity suite just two years after their Windows-based counterparts.
Joe Fay, 13 Sep 2010
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Cyber-jihad hacker claims credit for 'Here you have' worm

A virus writer who claims to have created the 'Here you have' worm that flooded corporate email boxes last week claims the malware was designed as a propaganda tool.
John Leyden, 13 Sep 2010
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Qualcomm grasps for gold while turning silver

Qualcomm was showing off its technology portfolio last week, reminding the world that it exists and still innovating, even if it prefers 3G over 4.
Bill Ray, 13 Sep 2010
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Amazon sells board games by inch and ounce

It hadn't occurred to us that you could pay for board games by weight, or by length .
Drew Cullen, 13 Sep 2010
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Windows malware dwarfs other viral threats

The vast majority of malware - more than 99 per cent - targets Windows PCs, according to a new survey by German anti-virus firm G-Data.
John Leyden, 13 Sep 2010
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Jailbreaker iPhone app store snaffles up competitor

The most popular alternative iPhone app store, Cydia, has bought up its nearest competitor to provide a single alternative to the iTunes app store.
Bill Ray, 13 Sep 2010
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Nokia's No.2 bails out

Anssi Vanjoki, widely seen as the No.2 at Nokia, has announced he will leave the company.
Andrew Orlowski, 13 Sep 2010
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Police legal advice gives spam RIPA protection

The voicemail hacking incident is still exercising MPs – especially the Labour ones who did little to protect individual privacy during the party's decade in power (see last week’s blog).
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US Special Ops robot whispercopter crashes in Belize

Tests by the US special forces of a radical, new-technology robot helicopter equipped with a radar intended to penetrate jungle canopies from above, have been terminated after a trials aircraft crashed in Belize.
Lewis Page, 13 Sep 2010
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2 CPUS 1 CUPP

A Norwegian hardware developer is using YouTube to showcase a dual-mode laptop that combines an Intel processor and an ARM processor to lower power consumption and increase battery life.
Drew Cullen, 13 Sep 2010
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Ask.com kills Bloglines

Bloglines, the web-based RSS reader, will be permanently shut down next month.
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Nintendo hails Super Mario's silver anniversary

Super Mario Bros, Nintendo's renowned platform game,celebrates its 25th birthday today.
Caleb Cox, 13 Sep 2010
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Burglars used social network status updates to select victims

US police reckon a band of burglars used social network status updates to select victims.
John Leyden, 13 Sep 2010
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Naturist club objects to erection of five storey tower block

Members of a Surrey naturist club have reacted with fury to plans to build a tower block which would overlook their clothes-free sanctuary.
Joe Fay, 13 Sep 2010
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IBM racks up the memory

VMworld Video Blog While wandering the floor at the recently concluded VMworld 2010, we stopped by the IBM booth to take a look at their wares. We ran into an old pal of ours, Bob Zuber, and he walked us through their MAX 5 memory extension feature.
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GoDaddy seeks $1bn buyer

GoDaddy, the web hosting and domain sales firm, is reportedly up for sale and seeking private equity bids of more than $1bn.
Team Register, 13 Sep 2010
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Celeb pics row shows ACPO in frame for shake-up

Comment Allegations by the Mail on Sunday that the UK police may be making improper use of speed camera pics were dismissed last week as wholly inaccurate by ACPO affiliate Road Safety Support (RSS).
Jane Fae , 13 Sep 2010

Reasons to be cheerful

Sysadmin blog It’s easy to complain about a tough weekend. It’s not so easy to remember the little things that made it easier.
Trevor Pott, 13 Sep 2010
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Microsoft strolls into white space

It's ten days until the FCC will tell us the hows and whos of white space spectrum, but Microsoft has already switched on its campus-wide white-space network and is expecting great things.
Bill Ray, 13 Sep 2010
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Beeb invents rhyming Nokia exec

Executive changes at the top of Nokia have caused temporary confusion at the BBC. Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo's replacement as CEO was announced on Friday, and today Anssi Vanjoki announced he would be departing.
Andrew Orlowski, 13 Sep 2010
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Software re-sale restricted by US Court of Appeals

Software company Autodesk can stop a man from re-selling second-hand copies of its software because the programs are licensed to users, not owned by them, a US appeals court has ruled.
OUT-LAW.COM, 13 Sep 2010
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Halo reaches out with Jetpack demo in Trafalgar Square

Halo: Reach, the long-awaited instalment of the popular Xbox franchise hits shelves tomorrow and to mark the occasion, Microsoft sent a Spartan on a Jetpack over Trafalgar Square.
Caleb Cox, 13 Sep 2010
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Microsoft's man in Nokia: he's all business

Analysis Nokia's decision to poach a Microsoft president as chief executive is as surprising for Nokia watchers as it is challenging for the company he leaves behind.
Gavin Clarke, 13 Sep 2010
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HP buys security tools firm ArcSight for $1.5bn

HP has agreed to buy security event management firm ArcSight for $1.5bn.
John Leyden, 13 Sep 2010
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Adobe exploit bears fingerprints of hack on Google

Recent attacks that exploit an unpatched vulnerability in Adobe's near-ubiquitous Reader application bear the hallmarks of the people who breached Google and dozens of other large companies earlier this year, researchers from Symantec said.
Dan Goodin, 13 Sep 2010
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Intel introduces Sandy Bridge chippery

IDF Intel took the wraps off its new Sandy Bridge microarchitecture Monday morning — now officially branded as the 2nd Generation Intel Core Processor — revealing a number of notable improvements over its current Nehalem-based processor line, including what the company claims are greatly improved on-chip integrated graphics.
Rik Myslewski, 13 Sep 2010
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Ex-IBM heir apparent gets six months in the slammer

Robert Moffat, the former general manager of IBM's Systems Group and a former board member of Chinese PC maker Lenovo, has been sentenced in a federal court in connection with the Galleon insider trading scam that was uncovered last October.
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Intel's 'Sandy Bridge' to go all out for DisplayPort

IDF Intel has selected DisplayPort as the standard linkage between its next-generation processors' integrated graphics cores and the host system's screen.
Tony Smith, 13 Sep 2010
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Microsoft: Silverlight safe against HTML5

The executive leading Microsoft's Silverlight has dismissed claims the rich-media play player could fall victim to internal politics favoring HTML5.
Gavin Clarke, 13 Sep 2010
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Google Code bear hugs all OSI open-source licenses

Google has announced its Google Code developer site will now host open-source projects using any license approved by the Open Source Initiative (OSI). Previously, as part of its longstanding protest against "license proliferation," the web giant only allowed projects using a small subset of OSI licenses.
Cade Metz, 13 Sep 2010
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Intel 'Sandy Bridge' to sport 'next-gen' over-clocking tech

IDF Like today's Core i5 and i7 processors, Intel's 'Sandy Bridge' architecture, their successor, will incorporate TurboBoost, a technology that allows the chip to temporarily run at a higher clock speed than the one it's rated at. But the new chip design's implementation of the technique improves on the old one in a number of important ways.
Tony Smith, 13 Sep 2010
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Critical Flash vuln under active attack, Adobe warns

Adobe Systems on Monday warned of a critical vulnerability in the most recent version of its Flash Player that is being actively exploited in the wild.
Dan Goodin, 13 Sep 2010
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Mozilla chucks Roc at Microsoft's new hardness

Microsoft has claimed that Internet Explorer 9 is the only browser offering "full" hardware acceleration.
Cade Metz, 13 Sep 2010
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Microsoft shields Russia's refuseniks from police harassment

Microsoft is shaking up its licensing in Russia after reports that authorities are clamping down on the use of Redmond software by government protest groups.
Gavin Clarke, 13 Sep 2010