18th > February > 2011 Archive
Big, distributed, and fast: Ehcache sucks up search
Open sourcers running the Ehcache distributed Java cache can now search their data in near real-time by harnessing lashed-together servers.
HP reinvents self as data center designer
After a freeze in the construction of new data centers in the past couple of years, the market is starting to thaw a bit. And Hewlett-Packard wants to provide more than servers, storage, and networking. It also want to design and manage the construction of the candy coating that wraps around all that gear.
Brits luv broadband. True
Britons believe broadband connectivity to be the product that has most changed their lives over the past ten years.
Windows 8 squeezed to fit 2012 Dell fondleslab?
Will Microsoft deliver Windows 8 in time for OEMs to ship product in 2012?
Unprecedented domain seizure shutters 84,000 sites
The federal government's unprecedented practice of confiscating internet domain names in secret court proceedings took a new and ominous turn last week when it resulted in the closure of as many as 84,000 website addresses.
Ten... over-ear headphones
Product Round-upPersonal music is an everyday part of most people's lives and at at the end of the chain, it's the gear we use to pump out the audio that impacts most obviously on the listening experience.
Sepaton changes CEO
Sepaton's CEO and president Mike Worhach has stepped upstairs to vice chairman of the board and the Exec VP for sales and marketing, Mike Thompson, is the new CEO and president. Thompson joined Sepaton in August last year in what then looked like a step down the career ladder, but now looks like part of a set of choreographed steps over five months, with new executive blood flowing through Sepaton's veins.
Pitiless teen burglar murders three witnesses
An Illinois teenager is facing residential burglary and cruelty to animals raps after killing a trio of potential witnesses to an Arlington Heights burglary - three goldfish.
South African dam sluices 609 elephants per second
Regular readers know that we at the El Reg Bootnotes bureau are big fans of alternative units of measurement, so we'd like to raise a pint today to South African engineer Danie van der Spuy, who recently quantified the amount of water passing through the sluice gates of the Bloemhof dam as the equivalent of "609 elephants every second".
No small iPhone 5, says mole
Apple isn't working on a smaller iPhone, contrary to previous rumours, but it is trying to make the handset less expensive.
Inventor of the Workmate dies
Ron Hickman, the inventor of the Black & Decker Workmate, has died in Jersey, where he had a design factory. Hickman died after a long illness that followed a serious fall five months ago.
Lenovo to press LePad on LeWorld
Lenovo will bring its entry into the Android tablet arena to a world audience, but not before it has released the gadget in its native China.
Romanian middleman pleads guilty to $2.7m auction scam
A Romanian native faces jail in the US after pleading guilty to participating in a $2.7m online marketplace scam.
Microsoft won't pursue keyword trade mark users in US
Microsoft will no longer investigate complaints that words used to trigger search adverts constitute trade mark infringement in the US.
US scientists build laser-killing device
Yale boffins have built a laser light cancelling device roughly analogous to noise-cancelling headphones.
FTC and DoJ toss-up on Apple subs plan 'probe'
Apple's take-it-or-leave-it subscription platform for content producers and publishers has attracted the attention of regulators in the US and Europe, according to reports.
India backs off RIM, starts on local operators
India's government has given up pestering RIM and is now asking the country's network operators to provide lawful intercept capability, despite their inability to do so.
Mobile network 'guilty' of 'charging for stuff'
Over in the US the debate over pre-emptive internet regulation, created by academics and interest groups, has now firmly entered the territory of the Frankly Bizarre.
Countries where Facebook is not, yet, king
Facebook has conquered western Europe, Australia and the US, but it is not king of the castle everywhere.
4 in 5 surfers open to browser exploits from fixed flaws
Eight in 10 browsers remains vulnerable to attacks targeting already patched bugs, with the majority of problems stemming from plug-ins such as Java.
Panasonic brings Skype to Blu-ray boxes
Panasonic has introduced Skype to its range of 3D Blu-ray players, so those without the video-conference tool built into their TV set can still utilise the service on the big screen.
Intel seeks connected home for Atom
Vodafone and Intel have banded together to push Atom chips, and Vodafone connectivity, into cars, fridges and toasters – the humans already being adequately equipped.
Marvel vs Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds
ReviewThe decision to resurrect the Marvel vs Capcom series is a logical choice for Capcom. After the success of Street Fighter IV and Super Street Fighter IV, it makes sense to capitalise on a general appetite for comic book movies by exhuming the ten-year-old crossover franchise.
Stealing photographs for fun and profit – snappers respond
Imagine finding a car outside your house, with no numberplate, but with the keys in the ignition and the engine running.
Last.fm 'f*cked over' by Apple, says founder
Apple has "fucked over" Last.fm with its new 30 per cent subscription tax, according to co-founder Richard Jones. The former CTO of the music website made the point in an IRC chat session. Other music services are considering their options after the introduction of the subscription requirement, which explicitly covers movies and music, in addition to newspaper and magazine subscriptions. Jones was Last.fm's CTO and left in 2009.
Florida lag packs prison survival kit up jacksie
A Florida lag was last week relieved of the substantial prison surival kit he attempted to smuggle into Sarasota County jail in the time-honoured manner - packed in a condom up his jacksie.
Nintendo takes 3DS on UK testing tour
Nintendo has announced it will take the 3DS on the road to give ganmers a chance to try the handheld console ahead of launch.
Nokia: free phones for developers
Nokia is to give all its registered developers an E7 smartphone. And if a Symbian-based handset doesn't appeal - as well it might not given last week's announcement - it's going to give them a Nokia Windows Phone 7 handset too.
Stephen Fry explains ... How Christmas Tree Lights Work
CompetitionFollowing the example set by National Treasure™ and ubiquitous luvvie Stephen Fry, who excelled himself by explaining how GPS works, we invited you to submit similar Fry-esque explanations.
EU agency calls for clear consent on indelible and zombie cookies
New, more persistent cookies pose an increasing risk to the privacy of consumers online, according to an EU security agency report released on Friday.
Lawsuit loot helps Overland cut loss
Overland Storage has reported a reduced quarterly loss, helped by a $3m gain from a lawsuit.
EMC recruits Sepaton's chief operating officer
EMC has recruited Sepaton's highly-regarded chief operating officer Fidelma Russo.
Intel boss searches planet for post-Nokia MeeGo spouse
Intel has vowed to find another buddy for its mobile Linux effort Meego, after Nokia shacked up with Microsoft on smart phones.
US gov mulls changes to popular hashing algorithm
The US government's custodian of cryptography standards has released two proposed changes to the SHA-2 hashing algorithm that are designed to boost performance on 64-bit systems.
Google opens curtain on 'manual' search penalties
When the world learned that EU antitrust regulators were investigating claims that Google unfairly manipulated its search results at the expense of competitors, Google's European corporate counsel was unequivocal in her defense of the company. "We don’t whitelist or blacklist anyone,” Julia Holtz told journalists in Brussels last February, according to The Financial Times.
Internet use disrupted in Bahrain as protests turn bloody
Internet traffic in and out of Bahrain showed a marked decline that coincided almost precisely with this week's start of citizen protests demanding government reforms in the small Persian Gulf country.
Google 'Arctic Sea' – Chrome native code, ahoy!
Google has released the first official version of the software development kit for Native Client, its controversial plug-in for running native code inside the browser.
Death by 30% cut: Apple app tax must change
Open...and ShutMobile is no longer about selling devices, but rather about selling ecosystems, and payment services are a critical component of those ecosystems. It's too bad, therefore, that Apple, GroupOn and others may be wrong in their various approaches to getting paid.