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Lack of data holds up Exadata deployments

OpenWorld Lack of training and information on Oracle’s Exadata platform is proving a headache among some users, and the Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG) is moving to address concerns over the next 18 months.
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Oracle tweaks MySQL with milestone update

OpenWorld While the news about NoSQL has garnered much attention, Oracle has quietly published a development milestone release (DMR) for MySQL.
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IBM open sources Blue Spruce to aid medical research

IBM has open sourced part of its Blue Spruce web collaboration suite for use by doctors studying the features and genetic origins of illness.
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The iPhone 4S in depth: More than just a vestigial 'S'

As marketing headman Phil Schiller ate up more and more minutes of Apple's "Let's talk iPhone" event, waxing rhapsodically about the new iPhone 4S, it became increasingly clear to those in attendance that the iPhone 5 wasn't going to make an appearance.
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Ten... Androids to outshine the iPhone 4S

Product Round-up Yes folks, it’s that time again when across the land otherwise rational and even sensible adults feel the need to whip themselves into a frenzy over the pending arrival of the latest iPhone.
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NASA to recruit fresh batch of astronauts

Ever wanted to get into space, armed with your three PhDs or test pilot's licence, but nothing suitable comes up in the Jobcentre search? Well luckily for you, NASA is hunting for a new class of astronauts - but, be warned, new recruits may wait a long time to get into space.
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Security by obscurity not so bad after all, argues prof

Security by obscurity may not be so bad after all, according to a provocative new research paper that questions long-held security maxims.
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Judge cracks down on Bayesian stats dodginess in court

Analysis A judge in a (sadly unnamed) British case has decided that Bayes' Theorem - a formula used in court to calculate the odds of whodunnit - shouldn't be used in criminal trials.
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Samsung seeks bans on the iPhone 4S

Samsung is making good on its promise to block the iPhone 5, even though it's now an iPhone 4S, announcing on its blog that it will be filing for preliminary injunctions in Paris and Milan against the new Jesus-mobe iteration today.
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Dell, HP Ultrabooks out Q1 2012

Acer may have rushed to introduce skinny laptops based on Intel's Ultrabook specification - it debuted the Aspire S3 at the IFA show in September - but fellow top-three PC vendors Dell and HP haven't.
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Belgian telcos ordered to blockade Pirate Bay

The Belgian Anti-Piracy Federation (BAF) has urged all Belgian ISPs to block freetard site The Pirate Bay after a higher Antwerp court ordered Belgian cable company Telenet and telco Belgacom to make the site inaccessible to their subscribers.
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Oracle OpenWorld snub fails to put off Salesforce CEO

Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff has managed to turn an Oracle slight into a nice little piece of publicity, vowing that his scheduled keynote at the OpenWorld conference would go ahead in a nearby hotel.
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Five... great iPhone racers

iGamer If there was any doubt about the suitability of the iPhone or iPad as a platform for racing games, the sheer variety, number and quality of those now available on the App Store has surely killed it stone dead.
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Symantec fends off VMware for data centre throne

Symantec Vision Symantec is fortifying its Storage and Availability Management software (SAMG) for the virtualised cloud world with the release of version 6.
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Boffins place living creature under control of brain chip

Boffins at Tel Aviv University have successfully implanted an artificial cerebellum into the skull of a rat with brain damage and restored its ability to move.
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Bulgarian airbag saves Russian in knife attack

A Moscow woman emerged pretty much unscathed from a vicious knife attack at the hands of her husband after the blade wedged in one of her silicone breast implants.
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Bletchley Park lands £4.6m restoration bonanza

Wartime codebreakers HQ Bletchley Park has won a grant of £4.6m from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
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Sony Ericsson: 'We dropped the ball on iPhone'

Sony Ericsson's CEO has admitted the company should have cottoned on earlier to the iPhone's success, though as he wasn't in the chair at the time it's not his fault.
Bill Ray, 05 2011
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Europe to launch bold Sun swoop mission

The European Space Agency hopes to blast into space a probe that will get closer to the Sun than any other craft has managed.
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Unite calls off strikes at Fujitsu

Trade union Unite has halted strike action at Fujitsu UK after negotiating an eleventh-hour deal with management over pay.
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Americans offered sleep-monitoring datatouch card

T-Mobile USA is pushing out SleepTrak, a card which accumulates data on the user's sleeping habits and uploads it to a Nokia C7 for analysis.
Bill Ray, 05 2011
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Can a user really do BI from the desktop?

Analysts at Gartner (and Forrester, and elsewhere) have predicted that 2011 will be the year of self service business intelligence, as users demand tools to help them access and understand company data.
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Sony Ericsson Mix Walkman

Review Recent figures may show that smartphones are now outselling no-so-smart mobiles in Europe, but that’s not to say ordinary handsets are dead and buried. New to their ranks is Sony Ericsson’s Mix Walkman, which attempts to put some life into the old dog by exploiting Sony’s music player branding.
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What's not in the iPhone 4S ... and why

No 4G radio and no NFC payment technology: the only new radio on the iPhone 4S is a CDMA connection for travellers that, it turns out, most travellers won't be able to use.
Bill Ray, 05 2011
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Google+ inertia sets in at Chocolate Factory

Google+ – unlike Buzz and other failed Chocolate Factory experiments – may have graduated from the soon-to-be-defunct Labs wing of the ad broker's web estate, but questions remain about the company's plans to make it THE social network platform online.
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The $35 android tablet, a snip at $50

The Indian government has unveiled its $35 android tablet, and admitted that with shipping, boxes and manuals it will ultimately cost $50, but government subsidies will make up the difference.
Bill Ray, 05 2011
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Apple predicted AI assistant for tablets in 1987

At Apple's iPhone event yesterday, the company talked-up its voice-activated AI assistant, Siri - a feature of iOS 5 that'll first see beta release on the iPhone 4S.
Caleb Cox, 05 2011
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UK firms splash even more cash on online ads

Despite eurozone woes, volatile markets and double-dip recession fears, online advertising continues to climb in the UK, according to a report on the first half of 2011.
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The security mistakes users make

Live broadcast Social networks, local admins, unpatched software, missing USBs: the causes of security problems in your business are often not just the big stuff that tries to get inside the firewall, it's the little problems that are already on the inside.

I/O holds up the traffic in virtual systems

We can now host 512 virtual machines on a single physical server. That's a lot of virtual machines trying to squeeze a lot of I/O out of a single server's networking interfaces.
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EMC snaps up database optimiser for $10m

EMC is buying database optimisation company Zettapoint for a reported $10m.
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Chinese comedians in Samsung hybrid drive con

Read this and laugh out loud.
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Channel giant SCH sales up, profit down

Specialist Computer Holdings – parent of reseller SCC and distributor SDG – pushed up sales in the year ended 31 March 2011, but the biting economy and the payment of a disputed tax bill dampened profits.
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Hitachi Data Systems on the acquisition trail again

Hitachi Data Systems has announced its intention to buy Shoden Data Systems. Data systems companies have to stick together, right?
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Crooks beat anti-fraud cops with old-school bank scams

Payment card and banking fraud losses fell this year against a rise in cash pilfered through old-school cheque and telephone banking fraud, according to figures released today for the UK.

When Ellison goes, will he go gracefully?

Comment Graceful CEO exits are rare: the driven man with his hands on the corporate steering wheel finds it hard to sit in a rear seat and let someone else drive. More often they want to be the satnav. As far as they're concerned, it's their way or an abrupt turn onto the highway.
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IBM woos Oracle punters smarting from price hikes

IBM is trying to exploit a series of Oracle software and hardware price hikes in recent years to woo firms into using its database appliances.
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iPhone 5: Apple 4S, pundits 0

Comment Hell hath no fury like a hack spurned. Don't agree? Then look at the huge numbers of column inches being devoted today to Apple's "failure" to come up to journalist expectations and announce the iPhone 5.
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Disney's animated back-catalog gets re-released in 3D

Following last month's successful 3D re-release of The Lion King, Disney has announced four more animated classics from its extensive collection are set for the extra-dimensional polish-up too.
Caleb Cox, 05 2011
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Mobile industry fights San Fran 'carcinogen' labelling

The ongoing battle against product labelling in San Francisco has now hit the courts, with the cellular industry fighting the City of San Francisco for the right to avoid mandatory labelling.
Bill Ray, 05 2011
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Mozilla to Firefox users: Ditch crashtastic McAfee plugin

Mozilla is advising Firefox users to disable a McAfee plugin that the open-source browser supplier blames for a high volume of crashes.
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HP uncloaks 10GbE top-of-racker, IPv6 guidance

Interop 2011 HP is polishing up some new switches and gussying up some others, following up on a broad set of announcements that it made back in May. The company is also trotting out some services to help customers make the transition from IPv4 to IPv6.
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Water like that of Earth's oceans found in comet

Ice found in a comet supports the theory that the earth's oceans were delivered to the planet in the form of crashing comets.
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Cisco CEO: The future of communications is video

OpenWorld Cisco CEO John Chambers predicts that video is the future of global communications – and, coincidentally, his company can sell you the hardware to deliver it.
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Meltemi is real – Nokia’s skunkworks Linux

Sources tell us that Nokia is developing a Linux-based replacement for its S40 phones, called Meltemi. The news was leaked, accurately, by the Wall Street Journal last week. Now we can confirm it.
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Rackspace spins up OpenStack Foundation

Exclusive Rackspace is letting go of key components of the OpenStack Linux-for-the-cloud initiative it is helping to lead, with the creation of an OpenStack Foundation, The Reg has learned.
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Teradata adds hardware compression to data warehouses

Teradata invented the data warehousing market and is not about to let Larry Ellison take it over without a fight.
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Netflix on global spree

Netflix is bullish about its international expansion strategy and will be aggressively rolling out the platform to more territories and acquiring rights for global content, according to chief content officer Ted Sarandos.
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Oracle previews RHEL-ish 2 Linux kernel

OpenWorld As part of the OpenWorld extravaganza being hosted by Oracle in San Francisco this week, Edward Screven, chief corporate architect at the software giant and the guy who is responsible for the company's Linux and Xen hypervisor variants, gave a brief preview of the next iteration of Oracle's homegrown Linux kernel.
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Patent troll lawsuits may be on thin ice

Innovatio’s strategy of suing Wi-Fi end users might already be on uncertain ground, according to an American IP lawyer.
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Salesforce.com CEO savages Ellison for OpenWorld tactics

OpenWorld There was not one but two demonstrations being held in San Francisco Wednesday; a real one carried out in support of Occupy Wall Street and a fake one outside the St Regis hotel staged by Salesforce.com.
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Infraserve goes with CA while Ninefold looks to open source world

CA is celebrating another win in the Australian cloud market, with Verb Group company Infraserve adding AppLogic-based platform-as-a-service offerings to its cloud portfolio.