Gamers raid medical server to host Call of Duty
A server storing sensitive patient information for more than 230,000 people was breached by unknown hackers so they could use its resources to host the wildly popular Call of Duty: Black Ops computer game.
Intel: Our server growth never stops
If you are expecting a dip in server spending in 2011, then you must not be running Intel.
Man nabbed nude pics from women's email accounts
A California man on Thursday admitted breaking into the Facebook and email accounts of hundreds of women and stealing nude and semi-nude pictures of them.
Linux ecosystem spins around Red Hat
Open...and ShutBy Silicon Valley standards, Red Hat is a loser. It doesn't have an app store (though it once tried to create one). Its chief executive isn't a fresh-faced kid (though Jim Whitehurst doesn't look much older than 20). And its headquarters isn't in San Francisco or Silicon Valley, but rather in the comparative backwoods of North Carolina.
Otellini yawns at Windows on ARM
After Microsoft announced that the next release of its Windows operating system would run on ARM chips, Chipzilla headman Paul Otellini and his staff must have received a memo from Intel Thought Central.
Interview: Jailbroken iPhones a vector rather than a vulnerability
Earlier this week, Sense of Security hit the headlines advising against the careless use of jailbroken iPhones in corporate environments. The Register speaks to the company’s security consultant Kaan Kivilcim, who presented his findings at the ASIA conference in December, about what the company found.
Synology USB Station 2
ReviewNetwork storage is a ‘good thing’ in the same way as a Big Top; great as long as you don’t have to set it up. Selling Nas boxes to consumers needs the hassle taken out of the installation – and what if you already have a drive you’re not using? Synology’s USB 2 Station aims to ease both problems.
Sainsbury's is abandoning tape
UK retailing giant and mainframe user Sainsbury's is migrating away from tape to Shoden-supplied Data Domain disk backup systems.
What you think about SaaS
Hosted appsThroughout this workshop, we have been looking at the factors that affect the acceptance of SaaS. Ultimately what it boils down to is trust, and when we look at what it is that creates trust, you tell us that the most important factors are:
OFT restricts use of insurance tool
Competition watchdog the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has reached agreement for limiting the use of a tool produced by credit reference company Experian over fears that it could lead to illegal price co-ordination.
Renault wants full spy probe
French carmaker Renault has filed a criminal complaint with the Paris prosecutor to investigate claims of industrial espionage in its electric car division.
Mitsubishi commuter e-car goes on sale
Mitsubishi's e-car, the i-MiEV, formally goes on sale in the UK today.
Facebook facing fall-down issues
Facebook is having a bit of a wobbly morning - the site is unavailable for many, and working very, very slowly for others.
Engineers want £20bn for rubbish idea
In a utopian report, the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) says the UK needs £20bn additional spending on recycling infrastructure over the next decade. The recommendation is made in a report today that proposes "unlocking value locked up in the UK's current waste" – which sounds great – but the report fails to tell us whether the value unlocked will exceed £20bn. Alas, no attempt at all is made to quantity the costs and benefits of the recommendations – which are grand indeed.
HP cans EVA clustering
HP killed EVA clustering sales at the end of 2010, meaning that scale-out virtualised storage capacity across EVA arrays and thin provisioning are no longer available. 3PAR products fill the gap.
RIM, Moto tablet ship total to hit 2m in Q1
RIM will be shipping more than a million BlackBerry PlayBook tablets during the firs three months of 2011 as the battle to beat Apple's iPad - or at least grab a chunk of the emerging media slate maket - begins in earnest.
Wikileaks finally chucks Brad Manning spare change
With Julian Assange settling into his new life as a country squire at Ellingham Hall, Wikileaks has belatedly offered to help its alleged source.
Chinese crack down on 'money-sucker' Androids
The Chinese government is to crack down on "money sucking" mobiles: Android-based handsets that subsidise themselves by stealing from the customer's account.
No need for speed, says Oz communications shadow
It's been a bad week for Australia’s Shadow Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who has taken quite a drubbing across the blogosphere after suggesting that Australia's cities did not need home connection speeds of up to one terabyte per second.
EU study frowns over data breach notification rules
A new EU study has identified risk prioritisation, enforcement and resources as key issues in applying data breach notification rules.
Flashy fists fly as OCZ and DDRdrive row over SSD performance
Two solid state disk SSD suppliers are arguing about NAND flash performance drop-off.
Special Ops satellite-bitchslapping hydrogen strato cruiser flies
A radical new US military drone aircraft, intended to cruise high in the stratosphere on days-long missions in which it would take on many tasks currently requiring satellites, has made its first flight powered by hydrogen.
US government could challenge Google's ITA travel plans
Google’s proposed $700m acquisition of travel search outfit ITA Software is continuing to be probed by the US government, which could lead to the Department of Justice blocking the deal.
Samsung EX1 compact camera
ReviewWhile Samsung’s NX100 APS-C sensor camera is making life difficult for those deciding on compact EVIL shooter, the company’s considerably cheaper EX1 is beginning to look like a bargain these days. Shop around and you can pick it up for under £300. The EX1 isn't an interchangeable lens model but its 24mm f1.8, 3x zoom is certainly a winner in low light, with Samsung making claims that it’s the world’s brightest lens on a compact.
Harder to read = easier to recall
Fancy fonts might be harder to read, but the messages they convey are easier to recall, according to boffins at Princeton and Indiana Universities.
Sharp submits skinny sound solution
Sharp has upped the volume on laptops this month with the launch of an extension speaker system, the Mini Sound Bar.
Pioneer plugs ears with powerful headphones
Sound specialist Pioneer has released a set of noise cancelling headphones that apparently reduce ambient racket up to 90 per cent.
Samsung Froyo phone surfaces
Pictures of an upcoming Samsung Android 2.2-based smartphone, the S5830, have got numerous bloggers drooling over the notion of a "mini" version of the Galaxy S.
$1,000 reward offered for stolen cancer research laptop
Medical researchers in Oklahoma are offering a no-questions-asked $1,000 reward for the return of a stolen laptop that contains years of research on prostate cancer.
Sainsbury's techie jailed for loyalty card scam
An IT manager at Sainsbury's has been jailed for fraud offences connected to the supermarket's Nectar loyalty card scheme.
LG dual-core smartphone to hit UK in March
LG's Optimus 2x Android smartphone - a handset equipped with Nvidia's 1GHz dual-core Tegra processor - will be out in the UK in March.
California's green-leccy price system will stifle plug-in cars
California is generally thought to be perhaps the best place in the world for eco-friendly cars. The populous, wealthy, heavily motorised state has traditionally encouraged the development of low-pollution, energy-saving cars, and such vehicles are more commonly found there than anywhere else.
Ace Reg reporter in career suicide shock
After almost five years, I'm rejoining the massed ranks of the Reg readership.
Microsoft sends Windows 7 SP1 to OEMs
Russian Microsoft employees have pushed the button on Windows 7 service pack 1, by revealing that it is winging its way to computer manufacturers.
Games sales slip in 2010
The gaming world has produced smaller figures this year and while strenuous Kinect, Move and Wii exercise could potentially shed a few stone, we're actually talking sales numbers here.
LightSquared faces regulator glare
LightSquared is in a tight spot, with investors getting cold feet and regulators demanding assurance on how far the company intends to bend the rules.
Google Apps contracts promise no 'scheduled downtime'
Google has updated the contracts for its Google Apps suite so that they no longer make allowances for scheduled maintenance, and that any downtime - no matter how small - will be counted and applied to the customer's agreement.
Watson beats humans in Jeopardy! dry run
If you were betting on humanity in the upcoming grand challenge clash between humanity and IBM's Watson question-answer (QA) supercomputer, you might want to start reconsidering your wager.
No court order against PlayStation hackers for now
A San Francisco federal judge declined to order New Jersey-based hacker Geohot to turn over the technology he used to root the PlayStation 3, saying she doubted Geohot was subject to her court's authority.
Will Windows on ARM sink Windows Phone 7?
AnalysisMicrosoft insists that its upcoming ARM-friendly version of Windows is no threat to its existing smartphone OS, Windows Phone 7. Windows for ARM is strictly for "tablets on up," Redmond says. But Intel CEO Paul Otellini sees Microsoft's mobile OS future quite differently.