23rd > September > 2010 Archive
Google boss Eric Schmidt has claimed that his company doesn't "do data mining." But this may be some sort of joke. Schmidt was speaking on The Colbert Report, the famously satirical US current-affairs show, and apparently, even when he's speaking with The Wall Street Journal, there's no way of knowing whether he's earnest, flippant, or completely mad.
If you happen to be driving towards Buffalo, New York and you spy some big ole commercial-grade chicken coops in the town of Lockport, those aren't chicken coops. They're Yahoo! server coops, the most efficient data centers the company has built thus far.
GTCGTC If you think of Nvidia as a hardware company, you're only three-quarters correct — at least according to Ian Buck, Nvidia's senior director of GPU computing software, who sees an even greater role for software as his company's products evolve.
OpenWorldOpenWorld Two of techs biggest names - and egos - traded shots on Wednesday over clouds and books.
Nine government IT managers earn more than the prime minister, according to information released by the BBC.
Product Round-upProduct Round-up The fuss over ‘antennagate’ seems to have died down without damaging the reputation of the iPhone 4 too much - thanks, of course, to Apple’s decision to give away a few million free cases and bumpers. However, the new iPhone’s sleek design has inspired a wide range of other eye-catching and ingenious accessories as well, so here’s our guide to some of the top toys on offer for the iPhone 4 at the moment.
The European Commission should create a directly enforceable EU-wide copyright law that could be used to bring copyright infringers to book, the European Parliament has said. Current law is not closely harmonised enough, it said.
More than half of all software applications failed to meet an acceptable level of security, according to a study based on real-world code audits by application security firm Veracode.
I stopped by the Oil & Gas track at the 2010 GPU Tech conference this morning and learned quite a bit about the key drivers on the exploration side of the industry. I already knew the key drivers on the distribution side of the business - potato chips, watery fountain drinks and herbal energy pills - but that was presumably covered in a different break-out session. In this session, the speaker, from the exploration arm of oil giant Schlumberger, did a great job of laying out the big picture and relating it to their computing challenges.
Online seller of past-their-prime games GOG.com is back, claiming not to have closed down but mere come out of beta status.
WorkshopWorkshop According to Freeform Dynamics research, many IT departments are seeking to become better aligned with business needs and are looking to ensure that systems and IT resources are being deployed more dynamically to support fluctuating business goals. One of the critical success factors will be investing in up–to-date, and crucially, integrated management tools: only in this way will IT managers and administrators obtain a significant influence on the ability to deliver IT services in a cost effective manner.
Chip maker Marvell has raised the prospect of faster tablets and smartphones by sampling what it claims is the world's first three-core ARM-based system-on-a-chip clocked at 1.5GHz - 50 per cent higher than today's leading phone CPUs.
Want a Windows Phone 7? OK, how about if it was free? Thought you might change your mind. Well, network 3 is offering one to the first lucky punter it draws out of its virtual hat.
Android users searching for a better keyboard can now buy SwiftKey, a word-prediction technology. This is good, because Swype will never be available that way.
Cloud storage service Livedrive is adding personal media streaming for subscribers at no extra cost. Users will be able to listen to their own music collections on a remote computer, with transcoding handled by Livedrive.
A billboard praising South Bend, Indiana's Public Schools last week missed a crucial ingredient - the letter L.
OpinionOpinion Larry Ellison's closing Oracle OpenWorld keynote told customers to stop buying best-of-breed, cobbled-together IT systems; just buy a complete Oracle stack-in-a-box.
Bookeen, the French manufacturer of e-book readers, will have a finger-friendly multi-touch model out next month.
Google's Czech tentacle has responded to yesterday's move by data protection regulators to stop the company collecting any more images for its Street View service in the country.
The government's director for digital engagement will retire at the end of 2010 after less than two years in the role.
The United States military is waging war in the Pacific on invading jungle snakes - by dropping dead mice stuffed with household headache remedies on them from helicopters.
GTC Video BlogGTC Video Blog Another action-packed day at the 2010 GPU Tech conference in San Jose. We sat down with Andy Keane, NVIDIA's GM of the Tesla GPU business unit and in our few minutes together, we talked about how the HPC system vendor announcements from IBM, Cray and T-Platform put the NVIDIA GPU in a different light for many potential buyers. This marks a milestone for the GPU computing in general and Fermi specifically.
Dell's 5in 'too big for a phone, too small for a tablet' Streak may not have generated the interest either the Apple iPad or the Samsung Galaxy Tab have, but that hasn't stopped the company's CEO showing off a 7in version.
WorkshopWorkshop In an earlier article in this workshop we considered the challenges associated with procuring system management technologies. We know from our research amongst IT administrators that making a business case for systems management tools is rarely straightforward, even when major changes in the infrastructure or the way services need to be delivered to users is undergoing change.
Microsoft is extending the availability of its freebie Microsoft Security Essentials to small businesses from early next month.
AnalysisAnalysis Even though many ISPs have begun offering IPv6 services to customers, uptake and use of the next-generation internet technology remains low, according to a European Commission-funded study published last week.
Bloomberg has found three people supporting claims that Facebook plans to launch a branded phone next year, though the motivation behind such a move remains a mystery.
VidVid Canadian enthusiasts have finally achieved a feat that has eluded humanity's finest engineers since the time of Leonardo da Vinci - to build a machine, powered by a human pilot's muscles, which flies by flapping its wings: an ornithopter.
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Jostling for cash ahead of the coalition government's slash-and-burn, six leading universities have told Science Minister David Willetts that the UK is at risk of losing its best researchers because of real or perceived shortfalls in funding.
ReviewReview It's common to take a shiny new notebook out of the box, judge it to be worthy and then find that some aspect - performance, price or feel - rubs off the polish. Rare are machines like the Dell Inspiron M101z that leave you happy with your initial verdict. Well, almost...
A Madrid court has thrown out copyright infringement charges brought against YouTube by Spanish TV station Telecinco.
T-Mobile has told a US court that EZ Texting was blocked for failing to notify the operator what it was doing, not because it was promoting the evil weed.
Facebook boydroid Mark Zuckerberg has more pennies in his piggy bank than Apple boss Steve Jobs, according to the latest Forbes rich list.
"Who needs Blu-ray?" asks Stephen McGill, the head of Microsoft UK's Xbox operation. No one, is his implicit answer.
Privacy activists got hot under the collar about the use of flash cookies to respawn traditional website cookies* but an even more persistent type of cookie that's almost impossible to kill off may lie just around the corner.
The Indian government has slapped a 72-hour ban on mass text messaging ahead of potentially volatile court verdict on Friday.
Microsoft has quietly changed the terms of its TechNet subscription service by reducing the number of product keys made available for download to its users, The Register has learned.
Ageing slackers everywhere will be crying into their caramel popcorn today at the news that Blockbuster has slipped into Chapter 11 before forgetting what they were doing and walking over to the fridge for some cold pizza.
Renowned advertising agency M&C Saatchi is to take on the porn business, after agreeing to represent the proposed .xxx domain name operator, ICM Registry.
Thieves armed with little more than a drill and a powerful vacuum cleaner siphoned £60,000 out of a supermarket safe in France in what police said is the 15th such heist against the same store chain.
Mozilla developer Dave Townsend has released a very early test version of Firefox for the Palm webOS – the mobile OS now owned by HP – and the open source outfit is considering a version of its Firefox Home syncing app for the Symbian platform.
One of the problems with GPU co-processors is that they don't fit well into existing server designs. The devices run hot and they can affect the performance and reliability of the servers you try to cram them into. NextIO, which has created a line of virtual I/O appliances, has jumped into the GPU racket and is now shipping enclosures that allow for GPUs to be housed outside of servers and then lashed back to them in the same racks.
Google's new data center on the coast of Finland will be cooled entirely with sea water.
Big Blue said today that it has shipped its first System zEnterprise 196 mainframe, and it is a whopper.
A computer programmer has been convicted of unleashing crippling attacks on rollingstone.com and other websites after they published a humiliating account of him engaging in an adulterous online affair with a fictitious woman. Bruce Raisley, 49, was found guilty of a single count of launching a malicious program that infected about 100,000 computers worldwide, according to federal prosecutors in New Jersey. A former member of a vigilante group that posed as children online to publicly expose pedophiles, Raisley corralled the compromised machines into a botnet that he used to attack sites that carried unflattering articles about him.
UpdatedUpdated Update (3:56pm Pacific): Facebook has apparently solved the problem that was preventing access to its site. The site appears to be operating normally. Facebook has acknowledged that at least some users had difficulty accessing its site on Thursday afternoon, a day after the site experienced similar but unrelated problems.
Whatever Intel does, Advanced Micro Devices has to do it too. And vice versa. The chip designer and seller (but not maker) warned Wall Street after the markets closed today that its third quarter isn't looking so hot.
The FCC has approved the final rules for unlicensed access to the TV "white space" spectrum, paving the way for what is commonly called "WiFi on steroids." The commission has dropped the sensing requirement for white space devices, though we still don't know who gets to run national databases telling people what frequencies they can use and where.
OpenWorldOpenWorld It's unheard of for a CEO to slip into his previous company's branded shirt and speak to users - unless the occasion is some kind of anniversary.