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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.
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IBM to ship GPU blade server in December

SC10 If 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.
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Buffalo USB 3.0 ExpressCard 34

Review With 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.
Shaun Dormon, 15 Nov 2010
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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.
John Oates, 15 Nov 2010
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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.
OUT-LAW.COM, 15 Nov 2010
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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.
Bill Ray, 15 Nov 2010
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When IT projects go right

Project management There is a vast difference between running a project and running one successfully, as a cursory scan of recent news shows.
Josie Sephton, 15 Nov 2010
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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.
Chris Mellor, 15 Nov 2010
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Dixons drops exclusive Toshiba Android tablet

Update Dixons 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.
Tony Smith, 15 Nov 2010
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Amazon adds GPUs to EC2 HPC clouds

SC10 VMware'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.
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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.
John Leyden, 15 Nov 2010
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AOL preps mail beta

AOL is offering lucky punters a beta version of its new email interface.
John Oates, 15 Nov 2010
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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.
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Nov 2010
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Calls for US nudie perv scanner 'opt-out day'

NSFW An 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.
Lewis Page, 15 Nov 2010
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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.
Hard Reg, 15 Nov 2010
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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.
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EMC buys Isilon for $2.25bn

Update Since this report was filed, EMC announced that it was buying Isilon for $2.25bn.
Chris Mellor, 15 Nov 2010
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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.
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Nov 2010
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No hiding place - facial biometrics will ID you, RSN

Opinion One 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.
David GW Birch, 15 Nov 2010
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From systems to service assurance

Webcast On November 19 at 18:00UK, 10:00PST, 13:00pm ET, we've got a treat for all of you looking to shift your IT operations to more of a service delivery model.
Phil Mitchell, 15 Nov 2010
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Toshiba Portégé R700 13in notebook

Review Toshiba first introduced its then ultra-lightweight Portégé R500 in 2008 just before Apple unwrapped the MacBook Air.
Tony Smith, 15 Nov 2010
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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.
Tony Smith, 15 Nov 2010
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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.
Chris Mellor, 15 Nov 2010
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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.
Bill Ray, 15 Nov 2010
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Making practice perfect in IT service delivery

Workshop The adage “Do as I say, not as I do” is nowhere more true than in delivering effective IT services.
Jon Collins, 15 Nov 2010
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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.
Hard Reg, 15 Nov 2010
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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.
John Leyden, 15 Nov 2010
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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.
Lewis Page, 15 Nov 2010
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SGI gets its HPC mojo back with CPU-GPU hybrids

SC10 If 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.
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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.
John Leyden, 15 Nov 2010
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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.
Chris Mellor, 15 Nov 2010
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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.
Bill Ray, 15 Nov 2010
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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.
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Nov 2010
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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.
John Oates, 15 Nov 2010
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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.
John Leyden, 15 Nov 2010
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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™".
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Google accused of hard-coding own links in search

Updated Update: This story has been updated with comment from Google.
Cade Metz, 15 Nov 2010
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Facebook unveils 'next-gen' messaging system

Facebook has unveiled a "next-generation" messaging system for its social networking–obsessed users.
Cade Metz, 15 Nov 2010
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Apple yanks Snow Leopard Server 10.6.5 update

Updated Apple 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.
Rik Myslewski, 15 Nov 2010
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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.
Gavin Clarke, 15 Nov 2010

'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.
Dan Goodin, 15 Nov 2010
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Cray kicks out midrange XE6m super

SC10 At the SC10 supercomputing extravaganza in New Orleans on Monday, Cray rolled out its next iteration of midrange boxes, the XE6m.
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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.
Cade Metz, 15 Nov 2010
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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."
Gavin Clarke, 15 Nov 2010
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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.
Cade Metz, 15 Nov 2010
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Eric Schmidt whips out mystery Android

Google CEO Eric Schmidt has demonstrated a mystery Android phone that uses a near field communication (NFC) chip that could effectively turn the handset into a credit card, offering the ability to "tap and pay."
Cade Metz, 15 Nov 2010