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AMD laughs at Intel with Opteron Bulldozers
There is no such thing as the last laugh in the server chip business. But you can get the next laugh, and Advanced Micro Devices thinks it is going to get that sequential chuckle on rival Intel in the x64 server racket with next year's launch of the "Bulldozer" family of Opteron processors.
IBM to ship GPU blade server in December
SC10If you want to sell supercomputers these days, you need to have a GPU story to tell. And Big Blue has been telling a story about a blade server for GPUs for the past several months, but unfortunately it doesn't actually have the product ready.
Buffalo USB 3.0 ExpressCard 34
ReviewWith USB 3 storage now gathering momentum, fitting a SuperSpeed interface to your computer seems like an option worth investing in now. Even laptop users aren’t left out of this buss ride, if there’s an ExpressCard 34 slot available. Such cards are still quite a rarity, with Buffalo’s IFC-EC2U3UC dual-port adapter being among the few on offer.
Google bosses get tasty raise
Four senior, but not the most senior, Google bosses are getting 30 per cent pay rises and a hefty jump in their expected bonuses.
Gov report urges total consumer contract law overhaul
A Government report has recommended a complete overhaul of consumer law which would bring together the disparate laws that currently govern the sale of goods and services to consumers.
Apple antennagate scapegoat scooped up by Cisco
Mark Papermaster, whom Apple had such a hard time wresting from IBM in 2008, and who took much of the flak for the iPhone's dodgy antenna, has moved on to Cisco.
BridgeSTOR dedupes primary storage for small biz
Startup BridgeSTOR is going to offer compressed and deduplicated primary storage so that small and medium businesses (SMBs) can hold a lot more data for a lot fewer dollars.
Dixons drops exclusive Toshiba Android tablet
UpdateDixons stores this weekend began charging a bonkers £999 for Toshiba's £329 Folio 100 Android tablet, apparently in an attempt to dissuade punters from buying the product.
Amazon adds GPUs to EC2 HPC clouds
SC10VMware's ESX Server virtualization and Amazon's EC2 cloud got their starts among developers frustrated with the time and money it took to get physical infrastructure approved and set up so they could monkey around with their code. And it is a safe bet to guess that hybrid CPU-GPU clusters are going to get some serious action now that Amazon has plugged in Nvidia's GPU co-processors into its Cluster Compute instances.
Koobface takedown exposes money trail
A Koobface server takedown operation which began over the weekend has already shed new light into the operations of the infamous botnet.
MS preps service pack blocker tool for Windows 7, Server 2008 R2
Microsoft has prepped its Windows Service Pack blocker tool kit to include its upcoming service packs for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.
Calls for US nudie perv scanner 'opt-out day'
NSFWAn online protest campaign is urging air travellers in the USA to observe "national opt out day" on 24 November and insist on their right to be felt up by Transportation Security Administration (TSA) operatives rather than submit to the new nudie perv scanner technology.
Three tempts mobile broadband buyers with free Times access
Three has allowed its new mobile broadband customers to bypass News International's paywall on the Times and Sunday Times websites.
Scareware cold-callers target 1 in 4
A quarter of internet users have received a cold call from cyber criminals falsely claiming their computer is infected with a virus, the government said today.
EMC buys Isilon for $2.25bn
UpdateSince this report was filed, EMC announced that it was buying Isilon for $2.25bn.
Gmail creator and FriendFeed co-founder quits Facebook
Facebook may be about to launch what some have perhaps over-excitedly described as the headline-grabbing “Gmail killer”, but it will do so without the help of Google alumnus and FriendFeed co-founder Paul Buchheit.
No hiding place - facial biometrics will ID you, RSN
OpinionOne of the technologies that has been on a steadily accelerating price/performance curve is face recognition technology. A series of talks this year demonstrated just how quickly the software is improving.
Toshiba Portégé R700 13in notebook
ReviewToshiba first introduced its then ultra-lightweight Portégé R500 in 2008 just before Apple unwrapped the MacBook Air.
PS3 jailbreak seller hits back with firmware downgrade
PS Jailbreak, the USB dongle designed to crack open Sony's PlayStation 3, can now work with consoles that have been updated with firmware higher than version 3.41.
Brocade delivers 10gig FCoE switching
Brocade is ready to deliver 10gig Ethernet switching with end-to-end Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), opening the way for its customers to move away from costly physical Fibre Channel and embrace converged networking with Ethernet economics.
Democratic phone network turns dictatorial
A mobile network billed as being "run by you" is bowing to commercial pressure, adopting the more-dictatorial tone common to its competitors.
Man cracks open floppy disk, inserts USB Flash drive
The pictures say it all, really. Hardware hacker Charles Mangin this weekend posted the results of his attempt to slot the innards from a USB Flash drive into an old 3.5in floppy disk case - well, two of them, to be precise, the original casing not being quite thick enough for the cable and connector.
Auction for failed games developer hit by DDoS attack
Realtime Worlds' liquidation auction was blitzed off the web on Friday, following an attack on the website of auctioneers Sweeney Kincaid.
How to make boots on Mars affordable - One way trips
One of the main limiting factors on a manned mission to Mars is the fact that, under normal assumptions, much of the stuff that travelled to the red planet would not be concerned with exploration but rather with bringing the crew back to Earth.
SGI gets its HPC mojo back with CPU-GPU hybrids
SC10If Silicon Graphics was still a standalone company and had not been eaten by hyperscale server maker Rackable Systems, there is a fairly good chance that the innovative "Project Mojo" hybrid CPU-GPU clusters, which pack a petaflops into a single cabinet, would not have seen the light of day.
Missing piece completes Stuxnet jigsaw
Security researchers have found an important missing piece in the Stuxnet jigsaw that provides evidence that the malware was targeted at the types of control systems more commonly found in nuclear plants and other specialised operations than in mainstream factory controls.
Brocade: Vertically integrated IT stacks are dying
Comment"Vertically integrating the stack always fails," asserts Dave Stevens, Brocade's chief technology officer. He disagrees with the bosses of Cisco, EMC, HP, Oracle and VMware, though NetApp will love him.
Nokia C7 will go NFC next year
Nokia's C7 handset can read NFC (Near Field Communication) tags, and operate as an NFC tag itself, with a downloaded update coming next year. This will be followed by software to drive the secure element.
Apple adds Ping kill switch to iTunes
Apple pushed out an update for its iTunes music service on Friday that, among other things, allows customers to switch off its unloved Ping social network.
Don't wait to obey European data laws
The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) has welcomed the European Commission's move to strengthen privacy and data protection.
Tumblr and 4chan knock each other out
Blogging site Tumblr was knocked offline on Monday by the denizens of 4Chan, which was briefly floored itself during a tit-for-tat dispute that has recently escalated into open hacking attacks by both sides.
Wikileaks urges Time death-list spot for Assange
Wikileaks is calling for supporters to vote for its founder Julian Assange as Time magazine's "Person of the Year™".
Google accused of hard-coding own links in search
UpdatedUpdate: This story has been updated with comment from Google.
Facebook unveils 'next-gen' messaging system
Facebook has unveiled a "next-generation" messaging system for its social networking–obsessed users.
Apple yanks Snow Leopard Server 10.6.5 update
UpdatedApple has pulled a Soviet-style disappearing act on its recently released Mac OS X 10.6.5 Snow Leopard Server upgrade — the upgrade has become an un-upgrade, pulled from Jobs & Co.'s download service.
AMD joins Intel mobile Linux push
AMD has joined chip-rival Intel's MeeGo initiative, which aims to build a Linux platform for mobile devices.
'Super-secret' debugger discovered in AMD CPUs
A hardware hacker has discovered a secret debugging feature hidden in all AMD chips made in the past decade.
Cray kicks out midrange XE6m super
SC10At the SC10 supercomputing extravaganza in New Orleans on Monday, Cray rolled out its next iteration of midrange boxes, the XE6m.
Facebook 'next-gen' comms (sorta) answer Google beef
Facebook's "next–generation" messaging system won't end Google's beef with the social site's data-export policies. But it does make a small step in that direction.
SAP chief apologies to Oracle for TomorrowNow theft
Oracle still hasn't succeeded in dragging SAP's ex-chief executive into court to testify on what hw knew about the subsidiary TomorrowNow's "industrial espionage."
Facebook's new comms: 'our largest ever engineering project'
The creation of Facebook's new messaging system was the company's largest-ever engineering project, according to director of engineering Andrew Bosworth.