22nd > November > 2010 Archive
IBM uncloaks 20 petaflops BlueGene/Q super
SC10Although everybody seems to be excited about GPU-goosed supercomputing these days, Big Blue is sticking to its Power-based, many-cored BlueGene and Blue Waters massively parallel supers, and revving them up to bust into the 20-petaflops zone.
Meltdown ahoy!: Net king returns to save the interwebs
When you need to save the internet, who ya gonna call? Van Jacobson.
Ten... sub-£50 budget MP3 players
Product Round-upSome might argue that, with music playback now integrated into most mobile devices, low-cost MP3 players are fast becoming surplus to requirements. Yet, despite a decline in sales, budget audio kit is still very much in demand this time of year, and manufacturers continue to bring new models out in a bid to compete with Apple’s dominance.
Tech firms warn Ireland on bailout
Four technology giants have warned the Irish government not to touch Ireland's low corporation tax levels as the country struggles to finalise a bailout package with the International Monetary Fund and the European Union.
EMC raised Isilon bid four times
EMC started talking to Isilon in April, seven months ago, and raised its bid four times before Isilon agreed the $2.25bn bid earlier this month.
RM says schools still buying its boxes
RM, which sells to schools, said sales for the year ended 30 September were up 10 per cent on last year, and profits grew 12 per cent.
Killing the storage array controller
CommentStealthy startup ZeRTO's CEO Ziv Kedem could have opened his technology kimono in a comment on a storage controller location story.
Tablet vendors 'quake in fear' over iPad 2
There are, alas, no direct comments from vendors to back up the claim, but computer manufacturers quiver in trepidation over what Apple may announce early next year.
Bieber boner scam prongs Facebook
Spam messages purporting to show tiresome teen warbler Justin Bieber with a woody are actually a lure for a new survey scam on Facebook.
Spotify bled red ink in 2009
Financial documents filed with Companies House show that Spotify Ltd lost £16.6m in its first year of trading, on revenue of £11.3m.
Erotica 2010: One big Teese, and a bit of a flop
NSFWWhether it was the cold or the recession, Erotica 2010 – the 15th year of the international sex exposition – appears to have ever so slightly wilted.
Start-up offers frozen-pea-finding app
Aisle 411 plans to take mobile navigation down to the floor plan level, guiding shoppers around American supermarkets even if the supermarket doesn’t want to play.
Nokia outs budget Facebook phone
Nokia has taken the wraps off its latest cut-price messaging phone, the Qwerty keyboard-equipped X2-01.
Nokia unwraps its cheapest 3G candybar
Nokia second cheap phone of the day is the C2-01 - the Finnish phone giant's "most inexpensive new 3G phone", apparently.
NASA dusts off X15-successor rocket hyperplanes
NASA has dusted off a pair of prototype hypersonic rocket-planes it has had lying around since the 1990s with a view to getting them flying. The X-34 project was cancelled in 2001 "for both technical and budgetary reasons", but now the mothballed rocket ships are being checked out to see if they are "potentially viable as flight demonstrators".
Murdoch plots dedicated iPad newspaper
News Corporation is launching a dedicated newspaper for Apple's iPad, according to reports.
SCC after dark: Clustering all night long
SC10Last week the fourth annual Student Cluster Competition was held at SC10 in New Orleans. Teams from eight universities brought their own self-designed and built clusters to the show, re-assembled them, and raced to complete a set of benchmarks and workloads in the quickest time. The Register's resident HPC analyst Dan Olds was our reporter at the scene.
Indonesian smut vid star's arse hauled into court
The trial of Indonesian pop star Nazril "Ariel" Irham has got off to a lively start in Bandung as 500 fans gathered outside the courtroom to support their idol. Irham faces charges of breaching the country's anti-pornography laws.
Google could drop Groupon into shopping basket
E-commerce coupon website Groupon Inc is reportedly mulling a takeover from Google.
VAT fraudster gets 9 years for refusing £40m bill
Emmanuel Hening, already serving the longest sentence ever secured against a VAT-fraudster, has seen another nine years added onto his sentence.
Dell netbook-cum-tablet priced up
Dell isn't saying how much it's Inspiron Duo - the netbook with the spin-round screen - but Microsoft is.
Apple scraps 'never-formed plans' for iPhone SIM in 2011
Apple has apparently scrapped plans to build a SIM into the next-generation iPhone, despite never having had any such plan, at least not until it would be legal to do so.
Stoke Council avoids fine over lost childcare data on USB stick farce
Stoke On Trent Council has received a "rebuke" for losing an unencrypted USB memory stick containing the personal details of children in care.
Orange teases with cut-price iPad offer
Orange and T-Mobile are to discount the iPad to just 200 quid, it has been claimed.
How much bandwidth will next gen airports need?
Our US readers contemplating flying cross country travel this week might be putting worries about the data and power impact of air travel to the back of their minds.
Foreign cyber spies target British defence official
Foreign spies targeted a senior British defence official in a sophisticated spear phishing operation that aimed to steal military secrets.
Get out the bar, your plane's leaving
The selfish sods who hold planes up by lingering in the bar or duty free can now be pinpointed, within 4m, by cheap RFID tags on airline boarding passes.
Viewsonic ViewPad 7 Android tablet
ReviewViewsonic came up through monitors and projectors, but has recently been branching out, sometimes tentatively, into other devices like the VMP74 network media player and slimline laptops. Now it's set its sights on the rapidly emerging Android tablet market with its new 7in touchscreen, the ViewPad 7.
Supercomputers take efficiency up another notch
SC10More than the hand-wringing over parallel computing, the mounting electricity bill is the limiting factor holding back the growth of petascale systems. The recurring joke at the SC10 supercomputing conference last week was that we cannot build exascale systems that require their own nuclear power plant to juice them up. And that means supercomputer system designers have to figure out how to do more flopping with fewer electrons.
Online publishers and hosts launch libel reform campaign
Internet publishers and ISPs have joined forces to ask the Government to reform libel laws to protect the free speech rights of bloggers and commenters and to strip host companies of liability for libellous statements.
Apple to give away iPhone tracking tech
Apple is to open its Find My iPhone tracking tech to certain iDevice owners who aren't Mobile Me subscribers.
US crewless, automated ghost-frigate project takes shape
A US military plan to build a crewless, automated robo-frigate which could trail hostile submarines across the oceans for months on end without supervision - the ACTUV project - is moving forward, with several contracts recently announced.
Lindsay Lohan dumped from Lovelace movie
Fans of El Reg's fave bespeckled thespiatrix Lindsay Lohan will be gutted to learn she will not be interpreting Linda Lovelace.
Attachmate gobbles up Novell for $2.2bn
Novell has accepted a takeover bid by legacy connectivity and security software provider Attachmate for $2.2bn.
Distie acquisition helps Tech Data beat the street
Tech Data increased sales for the three months ended 31 October 2010 by 9.2 per cent to $6.16bn.
Tea Party activists accused of rigging Dancing vote to favour Palin
Flaws in the email voting system deployed by ABC for the talent show Dancing With the Stars are being credited with allowing Tea Party supporters to stuff the ballot in favour of Bristol Palin.
iOS 4.2 multi-tasking comes to the iPad
iOS version 4.2 is to be launched today, bringing Apple's idea of multi-tasking to the iPad and a load of other good stuff to iOS devices.
Bish says sorry for right royal Facebook rant
The Bishop of Willesden has issued a grovelling apology for "deeply offensive" Facebook comments about the forthcoming nuptials of Wills and Kate.
SCC results: Taiwan wins overall crown
SC10The Student Cluster Competition high performance computing (HPC) marathon of 2010 is over.
Samsung net tellies get new movie marketplace
Samsung has joined the Acetrax party, adding the on-demand video supplier to its Internet@TV platform. The Acetrax Movies app will be available on Samsung connected televisions throughout Europe from today.
Twitter 'martyr' takes airport joke case to High Court
A man who was convicted of posting a tasteless joke on Twitter about blowing up a UK airport plans to take his case to Blighty's High Court.
Compellent storage grid is on its way
Compellent is taking its arrays into grid-based storage for cloud computing. Its fourth generation storage controller and Live Volume "storage hypervisor" deliver the foundation for grid storage arrays deployed within and between data centres for cloud-based computing storage access.
Microsoft reins in Windows server prices
Microsoft is slashing the price of some server operating systems and it has stopped short of a full price increase on others to avoid giving customers a so-called "cash-ectomy".
Google 'Instant Previews' hit Google Analytics with fake traffic
UpdatedUpdate: This story has been updated with comment from Google, and it has been clarfied to show that Google did tell webmasters when "Instant Previews" launched that it would be doing real-time fetches in some cases. We've also added stats concerning the fetches from The Register's site logs.
Dell kept buyers in dark over hardware problems, say docs
Recently released court documents show that Dell resisted informing customers of widespread hardware problems that render many of the computers it sold from 2003 to 2005 inoperable.
Google lures Microsoft Officers with Docs plug-in
Google has launched a service designed to pilfer Microsoft Office users.
iOS 4.2: An 'ace' for iPad, a 'meh' for iPhone
First lookMonday was iOS update day for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod. "iOS 4.2 makes the iPad a completely new product," crowed Apple CEO Steve Jobs in a prepared statement announcing the upgrade — which wasn't actually released until 10am, Pacific Standard Time, despite the early-morning reports of the release.
Man denies charges he hacked Fed Reserve network
A Malaysian man accused of hacking into a Federal Reserve computer network and possessing stolen account data for 400,000 bank cards has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
HP doesn't miss a beat in fiscal Q4
All eyes were on IT industry bellwether Hewlett-Packard today as it reported its fourth quarter of fiscal 2010 financial results in the wake of bringing onboard its new chief executive officer, Leo Apotheker, and the winding down of arguments last week in the lawsuit between Oracle and SAP, Apotheker's former employer. At least for the past two quarters, the departure of Mark Hurd to Oracle after the Fishergate scandal hasn't put a dent in HP's business.