The particle physicist’s game of “hot, warm, cold” in search of the Higgs Boson seems to be getting a little warmer with preliminary results announced by physicists at the Large Hadron Collider late last week.
A brief history of virtualisationA brief history of virtualisation VMware was founded in 1998, and until the launch of its eponymous product the next year, the PC’s x86 architecture had been considered to be impossible to fully virtualise. Since that time, although VMware continues to prosper, prices of virtualisation tools have fallen to an all-time low – in fact, most hypervisors are free, with just the management tools costing money. The canny are therefore asking if or when the bubble is going to burst. It looks like the classic hype cycle: following the "peak of inflated expectations" comes the "trough of disillusionment."
The best way to defend against most network vulnerabilities is to deal with the simplest attack vectors, according to Australia’s Defence Signals Directorate (DSD).
Microsoft has released a third preview of SQL Server 2011, codenamed "Denali" and including the "Juneau" toolset.
OCZ is sampling a new flash controller that gives a picture of future solid state drives.
Dot-UK registry Nominet has started piloting a free service designed to help UK businesses boost the security of their websites' domains.
Virgin Media left serial linkers hanging this weekend after a glitch centred on its highly promoted TiVo-based DVR borked the box's ability to auto-record entire series of programmes.
Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Fun Stuff, has proposed filling white space spectrum with Local TV, and the BBC will chip in £40m to help make it viable.
Nokia has set up an NFC Hub to sell NFC to businesses, both figuratively and literally, offering everything you need to wirelessly enable your PR material.
Online scumbags wasted little time in latching onto the untimely death of singer Amy Winehouse as a lure for survey scams on Facebook.
Dixons Retail will try to flog PCs and other consumer goodies to tourists and local toffs when it opens a concession in Harrods early next year.
If Mac OS X 10.7 - aka Lion - is giving your Mac a mauling, a big-fixing update may be just around the corner.
Geek Treat of the WeekGeek Treat of the Week Anyone who uses a wireless mouse has been there: the moment when you push or prod it and nothing happens - the battery has died.
Western Digital, encountering the same adverse headwinds as Seagate, has emerged ahead.
Online greeting card maker Moonpig.com is merging with photo printer PhotoBox.
Apple is recalling a "very small number" of Seagate-made internal 1TB hard drives fitted in 21.5in and 27in iMacs sold earlier this year.
Acquisitive London-based reseller Kelway has acquired a new war chest to fuel its expansion plans.
Want a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 a day before it launches? Then pop down to PC World on London's Tottenham Court Road on 3 August.
CompetitionCompetition Reg Hardware and Ford have teamed up to bring three lucky readers the chance to take part in a week-long test drive of the 2011 Ford Focus.
A Chinese lecturer has raised a storm by demanding students get an iPad, and that anyone unable to raise the funds over the summer shouldn't bother studying the financial industry.
Ofcom has reversed its decision not to wade into the News Corp and BSkyB row, following public and parliamentary pressure over phone hacking allegations swamping Rupert Murdoch's media empire.
A cloud of water vapour surrounding a quasar 12 billion light-years away has been spotted by two independent research groups, putting a huge mass of water in the very early universe.
Sony has freshened up its Cyber-shot range with two snappers, one of which the company claims is the world's thinnest camera… well, among models with an anti-shake system function, that is.
The former deputy general manager of China's largest mobile carrier China Mobile – Zhang Chunjiang – has been sentenced to death with a two-year suspension after he was found guilty of taking bribes.
Reg ResearchReg Research How many times do we hear from pundits and marketing people that cloud computing will change "everything”. The premise is that it will take away the headaches of IT, so we can all have an easier life and save our businesses money into the bargain. The flip side is that you might need fewer IT staff, so it’s unsurprising that cloud computing is often viewed as a threat by IT professionals. But few views we hear stack up to cross-examination, and you have to wonder if some of the advocates have ever spoken to a real life IT pro, let alone spent even a day in a real world IT environment. So what’s the deal? We asked 128 Reg readers for their views and, particularly those with direct experience of cloud; they told us that there may be an impact on the IT department. But overall it’s swings and roundabouts - no one is really buying into the notion of everything moving to the cloud. ‘Co-existence’ is the name of the game. Managing information, security, troubleshooting, support, and so on across on-premise systems and various service provider domains can actually make life more difficult. Meanwhile, do users and business care that much? Not really: giving them what they need is what matters. In this context, cloud computing is simply a means to an end. Want to know more? Read the latest Reg Research report by Freeform Dynamics entitled “The Impact of Cloud on IT”. You can download it here. ®
Metal Storm, the Australian weapons firm famous for its "million rounds a minute" superimposed-projectile technology, has partnered with Taser International to produce an electroshock stun version of its rapid-firing multishot grenade-launcher design.
A judge threw out a second lawsuit filed by the Winklevoss twins late last week, with the Olympic rowers failing to plump up an earlier $65m settlement with the social network and its founder Mark Zuckerberg.
ReviewReview You find me in better spirits compared to my anxious state during last week’s experimentation with OS X Lion. A weekend of sanity makes quite a difference. That is, sanity achieved through the cathartic process of a clean instal.
RIM is to cut more than 2,000 jobs around the world as part of the cost-reduction strategy it announced last month. The layoffs will leave around 17,000 employed by the company.
Google has bought a facial recognition company called pittpatt.
Restructuring specialists and private equity investors are among the suitors bidding to acquire flagging UK retailer Comet.
An amateur codebreaker claims to have deciphering the final encrypted message of the infamous Zodiac killer. However there's no general agreement that the answer is correct.
Several fake Apple Stores in China have been shuttered as they did not possess the requisite local business licences they needed to trade.
Reg ResearchReg Research It may not always seem like it, but wherever IT is responsible for providing applications or communications to end-users, it takes on the mantle of being a service provider. If, or more normally when, a user calls to report a problem with the app that they use, they’re not calling to report a congested network or server with memory exhaustion or any of the other components that make up the delivery chain – what they are concerned about is the experience they receive at the point of delivery. This makes IT responsible for delivering an end-to-end service, even when there are no agreed service levels.
Hacktivists have posted "secret documents" stolen from an Italian cybercrime unit.
It's official: The El Reg Special Projects Bureau's audacious rocket-powered spaceplane project will henceforth be known as the "Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator", following our reader poll to nail the LOHAN backronym matter once and for all.
Microsoft is facing legal action over its gaming hardware after an intellectual property owner claimed to own all rights to tech that tracks players' movement and enables gaming without a controller.
Facebook's iPhone client is concealing an iPad application, and a rather good one by all accounts, easily revealed by changing a setting or two while waiting for the official launch.
Mellanox Technologies wants customers to try its new 10GE/40GE switches and converged protocol adapters, but it can't just give hardware away like software vendors can. But what it can do is give beta testers a bundle at a steep discount designed to catch the attention of early adopters impatient for the new kit.
Booksellers Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo have removed links to their web-based stores from their apps for the iPhone and iPad, and the Google Books app has vanished completely.
The SUSE division of Attachmate has managed to talk Microsoft into shelling out another chunk of change – $100m – to help prop up SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, the Linux distro formerly controlled by Novell, and to help drive Red Hat's rival distro from Windows shops.
The home of a prominent critic of online bullying was raided by heavily armed police officers after someone phoned in a call falsely claiming that a man who had killed four people was inside, holding three others hostage. The call, made from a computer that spoofed the number displayed on caller ID, prompted a tense, three-hour standoff at the New Jersey home of Parry Aftab. The founder of children's online safety groups WiredSafety and Stopcyberbullying.org, she has appeared regularly on national TV shows to talk about online taunting and smear campaigns directed at children.
The head of a group that helps the federal government ward off computer attacks abruptly resigned Friday, amid a spate of high-profile assaults hitting government agencies and contractors. The departure of US Computer Emergency Readiness Team director Randy Vickers was first reported Monday by InformationWeek, which cited an internal email sent to US-CERT staff. The email gave no reason for the resignation, which is effective immediately.
Google has released a Go runtime for Google App Engine, adding that homegrown platform-as-a-service specialist programming language to the Python and Java runtimes already available.
Amcom Telecommunications has secured a Au$9m deal to provide hosted cloud services to The University of Western Australia.
Unisys and CA, which earlier this year announced that they would offer joint cloud services in North America, are planning a rollout in Australia.
Facebook may not think of itself as a social marketing company, but for upstart server-chip maker Tilera, the social media giant's internal Memcached bakeoff pitting Xeon and Opteron machines against Tilera boxes is a marketing windfall, indeed.