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AMD: Companies warming to clouds

Despite crashes and worries of security breaches, a recent poll by chip-designer AMD suggests that IT decision-makers are getting more comfortable with cloud computing. And – undoubtedly with a sign of relief – AMD discovered that despite the fluffy and virtual nature of cloudy server and storage capacity, those using clouds are still very keen on knowing what the underlying infrastructure is.
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Google network and data center chief departs

Vijay Gill – who spent three years overseeing Google's famously distributed backend infrastructure – has left the company, according to his LinkedIn profile.
Cade Metz, 03 Jun 2011
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Admin: Gmail phishers stalked victims for months

Spear phishers who targeted the personal Gmail accounts of senior government officials painstakingly monitored incoming and outgoing email for almost a year, a researcher who helped uncover the campaign said.
Dan Goodin, 03 Jun 2011
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Univa skyhooks grids to clouds

Univa, the upstart HPC software company that forked Oracle's Grid Engine this January, has grafted it onto both the public Amazon EC2 cloud and onto private clouds based on the open source Eucalyptus framework that clones EC2.
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VMware invites Scala onto open source dev cloud

VMware has invited Scala programmers onto Cloud Foundry, its open source "platform cloud," an online service for building and readily scaling applications.
Cade Metz, 03 Jun 2011
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Student geeks build Rubik’s cube solving bot

A cluster of Australian engineering students at Swinburne University of Technology have invented a robot, named Ruby, that can solve a Rubik’s Cube in the world record time of 10 seconds.
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Canberra crawls towards national cyber-security approach

Australia’s federal government is about to announce its first tottering steps towards a national strategy on cyber-security. However, unlike the USA, Australia is unlikely to treat Internet-borne attacks as something demanding gunships and bombing raids as a response.
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RedBubble’s Nazi trouble

Online arts community and digital darling, RedBubble, has attracted the ire of the Australian Jewish community and is suffering a membership backlash over its affiliation with New York based T-shirt and merchandiser designers Hipster Hitler.
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New Sony hack exposes more consumer passwords

Hackers who last week broke into the website of television network PBS have turned their attention to Sony's movie division, publishing what appeared to be the email addresses and passwords belonging to at least 50,000 consumers who registered for online promotions.
Dan Goodin, 03 Jun 2011
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Google hands millions to 'independent' watchdogs

What do you do when a global corporation pays out millions to the watchdogs that we expect to protect us against it? It's a fair question to ask in light of the Chocolate Factory's legal settlement this week, over Google Buzz. The privacy class action suit has landed a windfall of millions of dollars to "privacy" groups - but not a cent to ordinary citizens, users of Google Gmail's service whose privacy was compromised.
Andrew Orlowski, 03 Jun 2011
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Skype reverse-engineered and open sourced

There have been many analyses of Skype’s behaviour over the years (the most famous perhaps is from Baset and Schultzrinne), but as far as Vulture Central is aware, nobody has yet gone so far as to reverse-engineer the whole kit-and-caboodle.
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HDS drops the Ball at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium

Hitachi Data Systems' CEO Jack Domme kicked off yesterday's Information Forum for partners by inviting on stage UK managing director Stephen Ball just 24 hours after his appointment.
Paul Kunert, 03 Jun 2011
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FCO to cut one-third from IT and telecoms spending

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) plans to cut its IT and telecommunications running costs by 30 per cent to 40 per cent – all the while reducing their environmental impact and providing "better services" to staff, according to a new strategy.
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Panasonic SC-BTT775 Blu-ray 5.1 home theatre

Review A Blu-ray-in-a-box surround sound system is always going to be a bit of a compromise – you shouldn't expect the ultimate in audio quality, but you do get the convenience of having the whole kit and caboodle configuration. In the case of Panasonic’s SC-BTT775, you get a good range of features too, with 5.1 sound backed by a built-in 1,000W amplifier, 1080p upscaling, 3D Blu-ray disc compatibility and a slide-out iPod dock.
Dave Oliver, 03 Jun 2011
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Gordon Ramsay menaced by enormous TURKEY

Gobby food-botherer Gordon Ramsay is facing what the Sun describes as his "biggest ever TURKEY", as he makes his movie debut in forthcoming "romcom" Love's Kitchen.
Lester Haines, 03 Jun 2011
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Dell rumoured to be looking at Brocade

Could Dell be readying a bid for Brocade and its networking business?
Chris Mellor, 03 Jun 2011
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German cops unleash corpse-hunting vultures

German cops have recruited three vultures which they reckon could prove handy in locating corpses, the BBC reports.
Lester Haines, 03 Jun 2011
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Kingston readies wireless portable storage

Kingston has launched a storage expansion option for iOS, giving customers the chance to extend their HDD limits and share files with other Apple users.
Caleb Cox, 03 Jun 2011
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Chinese army: We really need to get into cyber warfare

Senior Chinese officers think that the People's Liberation Army (PLA) needs to make more of an effort on cyber warfare.
Lewis Page, 03 Jun 2011
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Survey scammers target Doctor Who fans

Surfers following up supposed online excerpts from the eagerly-awaited mid-season finale of Doctor Who will only find themselves stuck in the middle of survey scams, security researchers warn.
John Leyden, 03 Jun 2011

HPC: Ready for the masses at last?

Broadcast It's time to start thinking creatively about HPC: can it be standardised and commoditised? Can it be applied to more of your compute-intensive problems? Can virtualisation and the cloud create a flexible, scalable HPC environment that we can all use?
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PCM prototype beats PCIe flash

A first-generation Phase Change Memory device has been built, faster than OCZ's VeloDrive PCIe flash card with random blockI/O but slower with sequential writes.
Chris Mellor, 03 Jun 2011
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Tony Smith, 03 Jun 2011

BOFH: Ready for the Judgment Day

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Simon Travaglia, 03 Jun 2011
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Toshiba reveals iPad 2 rival

Toshiba has unveiled details of its forthcoming Android slate, previously known as the Toshiba Tablet. Officially dubbed the Thrive, the Tosh fondleslab is set to undercut the fruity market leader according to the US pricing it has announced.
Caleb Cox, 03 Jun 2011
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Apple to open iCloud for 'free' before slapping $25 subs on service

Apple is reportedly planning to shepherd its existing iTunes subscribers into the company's upcoming iCloud service, by initially offering them to make the online pilgrimage at nada cost.
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Jun 2011
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HTC exposes customers' privates

HTC might be very slowly improving the quality of its repair service, but for the last week it has also been revealing customer details with a flick of a URL.
Bill Ray, 03 Jun 2011
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Facebook under fire over Israel, transgender bullying

Facebook was under fire again yesterday from various groups for alleged inconsistency in its moderation – too quick, it was claimed, to take down material supporting non-mainstream causes, too slow to react in other cases.
Jane Fae , 03 Jun 2011
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IAEA: Handling of Fukushima has been exemplary

A preliminary report by the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency has stated that the response to the Fukushima nuclear incident was "exemplary" and that nobody has been harmed by radiation exposure resulting from it.
Lewis Page, 03 Jun 2011
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OnLive cloud-gaming on UK horizon in Q3

After a successful first year in the US, cloud-based game service OnLive is finally heading to the UK this autumn.
Caleb Cox, 03 Jun 2011
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Echostar HDS-600RS Freesat HD recorder

Review Freesat, launched three years ago, hasn’t quite caught the imagination in the same way as Freeview HD, but if you don’t have terrestrial coverage, or you want more channels than Freeview provides, without having to go for pay TV, it’s a good option.
Nigel Whitfield, 03 Jun 2011
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Virgin Media frustrates customers with 'intermittent' routing blues

Virgin Media is asking its broadband customers to be patient while the company attempts to fix what it has described as an "intermittent routing issue" on its network.
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Jun 2011
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Name that donkey: Barbarella battles Bathsheba

We at the El Reg Iberian bureau's Donkey Affairs Department are very much obliged for all your suggestions as to how we might name the latest member of our asinine fold – the splendid jenny seen here* yesterday challenging kittens in baskets for a slice of the 2012 cute creature calendar market:
Lester Haines, 03 Jun 2011
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Souped-up Coraid aims to change its spots

Comment Coraid used to be a downmarket beast, selling its Ethernet storage wares off a barrow on the street - now it's got shiny new management and has new aspirations. Can it make the transition and become a creature to be reckoned with?
Chris Mellor, 03 Jun 2011
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Apple ignores dozens of iCloud domains

Apple may have paid millions for the domain name iCloud.com, but it seems to have left dozens of related domains in the hands of former iCloud owner Xcerion.
Kevin Murphy, 03 Jun 2011
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Entire London 2012 Olympics' cultural events database held on Excel

Updated The London 2012 Olympics is set be a humanoid spectacle of the like never witnessed by the world's population before. Or something. But disturbing information has reached us at Vulture Central that reveals the organisation's entire cultural events database is stored in *gasp* Excel.
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Jun 2011
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Fort Worth joins crusade against sagging pants

Fort Worth has struck a blow for fashion decency by banning anyone wearing their trousers at half-mast from boarding its buses.
Lester Haines, 03 Jun 2011
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Sony presents PSP2 performance prior to E3

Footage of Sony's forthcoming handheld - the NGP - has surfaced online, showing the device in action ahead of its appearance at next week's E3 Expo.
Caleb Cox, 03 Jun 2011
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UK gov to create central procurement team

The Cabinet Office is to create a central team for the procurement of widely used goods and services for the whole of government. Named Government Procurement, it will set up contracts that use a single price for a specific good or service, and is aimed at removing disparities in price between departments.
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Cellphones as carcinogenic as coffee

Comment Tuesday's classification of mobiles as potentially carcinogenic produced some great headlines, despite being based on no additional research or statistical findings and putting phones into the same danger category as coffee.
Bill Ray, 03 Jun 2011
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Slowing economy trims jobs growth in US

According to a report issued by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job creation in the US economy has slowed and in May, the economy added only 54,000 net new jobs compared to the 160,000 anticipated by economists. The official unemployment rate inched up a tenth of a point to 9.1 per cent, and the actual unemployment rate is very likely at least twice that level.
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Resellers and customers frustrated by botched Oracle deliveries

Oracle resellers are counting the cost of frequent instances of botched logistics.
Paul Kunert, 03 Jun 2011
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Beeb's iPlayer dismisses radio show as 'b011ckxs'

Fans of comedy urls are invited to raise a pint this afternoon to the Beeb's iPlayer, which is currently providing added value to Episode 7 of the 74th series of Radio 4's The News Quiz:
Lester Haines, 03 Jun 2011
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Egyptian ad gives Vodafone credit for revolution

A three-minute video put out by its advertising agency claims that Vodafone Egypt was the driving force behind the revolution, much to the annoyance of the revolutionaries – and Vodafone.
Bill Ray, 03 Jun 2011
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Webmail buggers attack Yahoo!, Hotmail users

The high-profile phishing campaign targeting the private Gmail accounts of government officials and political activists is part of a wider pattern of attacks also targeting Hotmail and Yahoo! Mail, according to net security firm Trend Micro.
John Leyden, 03 Jun 2011
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Hot bodies get super-slippery when wet

An Australian boffin says he has come up with a novel method for making things such as ship's hulls or torpedoes slip through water more easily.
Lewis Page, 03 Jun 2011
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Union warns of strike action against HP

Around 200 Hewlett-Packard workers who provide IT services support to the Department for Work and Pensions in the North of England could see their jobs move overseas before the year is out.
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Jun 2011
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Google network chief jumps to ... Microsoft

Update Vijay Gill – the man who oversaw The Google Network – is now at Microsoft, according to sources familiar with his move.
Cade Metz, 03 Jun 2011
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Syria shuts off interwebs

Syria appears to have begun shutting off internet links to the rest of the world.
John Leyden, 03 Jun 2011
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Lara Croft returns in next-gen Tomb Raider title

Lara Croft has returned in (almost) all her glory today, appearing in a promo trailer for the new Tomb Raider game, out next year.
Caleb Cox, 03 Jun 2011
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Hackers say Acer breach leaked data for 40,000 users

Hackers say they breached the website security of computer-maker Acer and made off with data for 40,000 of its customers.
Dan Goodin, 03 Jun 2011
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Microsoft's anti–Google Docs weapon locked and loaded

The rebranded edition of Microsoft's answer to Google Docs is officially launching on June 28, a top company executive has revealed.
Gavin Clarke, 03 Jun 2011
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Judge blasts Cisco's 'unmitigated gall' in ex-exec's arrest

A Canadian judge has lambasted Cisco for its "unmitigated gall" and "duplicity" in goading US prosecutors to push for the public arrest of a former executive who was suing the US networking giant.
Rik Myslewski, 03 Jun 2011
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Microsoft's patents shakedown betrays spirit of Gates

Open...and Shut Microsoft, once the ruler of the software universe, doesn't even make Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt's Gang of Four influential tech companies. It's not that Microsoft has lost its ambition. But it may be that Microsoft's ambition has changed, and for the worse.
Matt Asay, 03 Jun 2011
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How to get cloud skills

Disclosure first - El Reg is a media partner of the Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA). And that means it's time for some, umm, media-ing.
Phil Mitchell, 03 Jun 2011
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Lenovo to swallow German PC giant

Chinese PC maker Lenovo has agreed to acquire German consumer electronics and PC manufacturer Medion in a move that it says will double its market share in Germany, making it the third-largest PC company in that country.
Rik Myslewski, 03 Jun 2011
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Caswell crams MIPS chips into cloud crates

Taiwanese network and communications equipment manufacturer Caswell has thrown its hat into the micro-server ring – but instead of starting out with a box based on x64 processors from Intel or AMD, the box maker is adopting a variant of the MIPS RISC processor.
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Android app brings cookie stealing to unwashed masses

A developer has released an app for Android handsets that brings website credential stealing over smartphones into the script kiddie realm.
Dan Goodin, 03 Jun 2011
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Google pits C++ against Java, Scala, and Go

Google has released a research paper closely comparing the performance of C++, Java, Scala, and its own Go programming language.
Cade Metz, 03 Jun 2011
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Student suspended for posting random satire on YouTube

A Canadian student has been suspended from school and had the police sicced on him due to satirical animations that he posted to YouTube.
Rik Myslewski, 03 Jun 2011
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Notorious rootkit gets self-propagation powers

One of the most notorious rootkits has just acquired a self-propagating mechanism that could allow it to spread to new victims, a security researcher has warned.
Dan Goodin, 03 Jun 2011