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Behind iVEC’s ‘big science’ supercomputer

Each of its 96 nodes has two six-core Intel Xeon X5650s, one NVIDIA Tesla C2050 GPU, and 48 GB of RAM, but the SGI “Fornax” supercomputer opened late September as part of Western Australia’s Pawsey Centre project is still a test bed in some ways.
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Napster boys are back with Airtime

The dynamic digital duo from Napster, Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning, are back with a new social video platform called Airtime. Neither will detail what Airtime does – although it was formerly known as Supyo – but some commentators have tipped it will be a less sleazy version of Chatroulette.
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Can network architectures break the speed limit?

How much bandwidth is enough? The answer is almost always: how much do you have and what will it cost?
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The life and times of Steven Paul Jobs, Part Two

Before Steve Jobs introduced the iMac on May 6, 1998, his life – as we detailed earlier – had been a roller-coaster of ups and downs. After the iMac shipped on August 15 of that same year, however, he and the company he led traded that carnival ride for a rocket.
Rik Myslewski, 10 Oct 2011
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Scientists break card that secures homes, offices, transit

Scientists have circumvented the encryption used to protect a smartcard that's widely used to restrict access in corporate and government buildings, and to process payments in public transit systems, a feat that makes it possible to clone perfect replicas of the digital keys and steal or modify their contents.
Dan Goodin, 10 Oct 2011
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Brit boffins' bendy bamboo bike breakthrough

Photo update The first UK-built bamboo bike has been shown off at the Cycle Show in Birmingham.
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HP and Hynix to produce the memristor goods by 2013

An HP/Hynix memristor product should be here in 18 months – and PCM, MRAM and RRAM are all memristor-type technologies...
Chris Mellor, 10 Oct 2011
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Twitter update: @regsecurity – The Reg bags imposter

After a flurry of activity, we have gained control of @elreg, a Twitter fan feed with about 5,000 followers. Thank you, Adam Wood, for looking after that for us. We have also gained @theregister and @regsecurity after filing trademark abuse reports with Twitter. Thank you, Twitter.
Drew Cullen, 10 Oct 2011
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Citrix pushes the pedal on NetScaler appliance metal

Citrix Systems made a lot of noise by acquiring XenSource a few years back for a half billion bucks, but it still makes a lot of money from its NetScaler line of web application acceleration appliances. These include physical implementations (MPX), virtual ones (VPX) running inside of virtual machines, and the high-end ones for service providers (SDX).
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Biker gang plunders Covent Garden Apple Store

Grieving Apple Store staff arrived to work this morning to find their Covent Garden shop had been plundered overnight by a biker gang.
Paul Kunert, 10 Oct 2011
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HP UK sales hit by PC biz uncertainty

Demand for HP PCs waned in the UK following the disastrous decision to make public its strategic review of the Personal Systems Group, analyst figures reveal.
Paul Kunert, 10 Oct 2011
Samsung

Samsung sets back smartphone launch for Steve J

Samsung has claimed it did indeed decide to delay the announcement of its next Googlephone, dubbed the Nexus Prime, out of respect for the late Steve Jobs.
Tony Smith, 10 Oct 2011
Olloclip three-in-one lens accessory for iPhone
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Olloclip three-in-one lens

Geek Treat of the Week So Apple’s surprise non-announcement last week still made your original iPhone 4 feel a bit less special? Well, before you ditch and switch, maybe this is the alternative: bling up!
Giles Hill, 10 Oct 2011
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BT and F1 legend punt miracle diet in Twitter hijack

BT Business and former F1 driver Nigel Mansell both fell victim to a Twitter hijack punting a well-known diet pill spam scam.
John Leyden, 10 Oct 2011
Bookeen Cybook Odyssey HSIS e-book reader
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E-book maker speeds E Ink Pearl tech

French e-book reader maker Bookeen, seemingly unfazed by Amazon's new Kindles, has announced the first of "a new generation of electronic books" with a new display tech.
Tony Smith, 10 Oct 2011
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US rocketeer thunders to 121,000ft

A US rocketeer's mighty thruster has thundered to 121,000ft above Nevada, in the process returning some seriously impressive footage.
Lester Haines, 10 Oct 2011
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RIM touches BlackBerrys together to swap content

Research in Motion has brought its community of BlackBerry users closer together with a new system for connecting one another's smartphones and sharing multimedia content.
Caleb Cox, 10 Oct 2011
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Could! Yahoo! be! sold! to! private! buyers?

Yahoo! co-founder and former CEO Jerry Yang wants to take the ailing web company out of the stock market in a deal with private equity firms, if the latest speculation on the firm's future is to be believed.
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RMS swallowed by Pinnacle Telecom

Bosses at Redstone Managed Security (RMS) have sold up to cloud provider Pinnacle Telecom for £468,000, less than half the value of the deal they struck in an MBO last December.
Paul Kunert, 10 Oct 2011
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The effects of Consumerisation results

Reg Research The results of our mega-survey on consumerisation are in. It was a big sucker, and all those who completed it should be congratulated for their stamina and commitment. And your efforts really are appreciated, because we learned a lot.
Dale Vile, 10 Oct 2011
Everything Everywhere
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Orange and T-Mobile join hands with 3G coverage

Orange and T-Mobile have extended their joint reach by making it possible for their respective customer bases to use 3G signals from both networks.
Caleb Cox, 10 Oct 2011
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Boffins fear killer gamma death blasts from space

Boffins have discovered that short hard bursts of radiation in space caused by colliding stars could be as dangerous to the world's atmosphere as longer, high-energy ones.
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German hackers snare wiretap Trojan, accuse gov of writing it...

German hackers have captured and analysed a cyber-sleuth Trojan which they claim may have been used by police to tap Skype calls and IM chats of criminal or terrorist suspects.
John Leyden, 10 Oct 2011
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Zombie browser with evil past returns from the grave

A rogue browser package has re-appeared online years after security researchers thought it was gone for good.
John Leyden, 10 Oct 2011
Toshiba Qosmio X770 17.3in 3D gaming notebook
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Toshiba Qosmio X770 17.3in 3D gaming notebook

Review When Toshiba UK announced the launch of the Qosmio X770 3D – a new gaming laptop with stereoscopic 3D graphics and a 17.3in HD screen, I immediately thought: could this be an Alienware killer? Toshiba has been said to lag behind other manufacturers when it comes to high-end gaming laptops, but after spending time with the X770 I would suggest that's no longer the case.
Lucy Orr, 10 Oct 2011
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Email and compliance: How not to blow the storage budget?

Compliance. Was there ever a word to strike such terror into the heart of the average techie? (OK, “Audit”. But don’t blame us, we didn’t want to say it…)
Lucy Sherriff, 10 Oct 2011
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Hero Ordnance Surveyors dodge bullets, tweet as they map

Surveyors for Ordnance Survey maps have taken to Twitter to help the public understand what they are doing, with a Twittermap of the UK plotting their thoughts and observations as they roam the country, looking at roads and measuring things. The OS Mastermap receives 5,000 changes every day, as houses are taken down, roads are built or streets are renamed.
Anna Leach, 10 Oct 2011
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Huawei bolsters UK Advisory Board

Huawei has filled out the ranks of its UK Advisory Board with a peer, an IT industry veteran and a non-exec with a finger in quite a few pies.
Paul Kunert, 10 Oct 2011
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Android Marketplace blocked by Great Firewall of China

China appears to have tightened up its Great Firewall, interfering with Google services in what appears to be a reprisal against the Chocolate Factory playing politics.
Bill Ray, 10 Oct 2011
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Cornish villagers treated to 4G trial

The collaborative trial of 4G networking tech has kicked off in Cornwall, with the intention of providing internet access to 200 people around St Newlyn East, half of them mobile.
Bill Ray, 10 Oct 2011
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Steve Jobs: The Movie in the works

After tributes from world leaders and spontaneous commemorations at Apple stores, Steve Jobs is to be honoured as only America knows how – with a Hollywood biopic.
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Think 2014 if you're waiting for 4G in the UK

Comment The UK is trialling 4G technology, while the rest of the world is deploying it, because our regulator hasn't the resources to mediate between operators bleating about the injustice of it all.
Bill Ray, 10 Oct 2011
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Motorola punts Android into the enterprise

Motorola Solutions, the bit of Motorola that makes money and wasn't bought by Google, has nonetheless launched an Android tablet – but one aimed at retailers, not retail.
Bill Ray, 10 Oct 2011
Netflix

Netflix cans Qwikster

Netflix has canned Qwikster and will be bringing in the spun-off DVD rental operation back into the company's main business.
Tony Smith, 10 Oct 2011
Apple iPhone 4 pre-order

iPhone 4S pay-monthly tariffs compared

Apple's latest smartphone, the iPhone 4S, goes on sale in Blighty at the end of the week. All the UK's major networks will offer it. So which of them have the best deals?
Caleb Cox, 10 Oct 2011
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BlackBerry BBM, email downed in epic FAIL

BlackBerry users in Europe, the Middle East and Africa have been cut off from their online services because of a major fault at Research in Motion (RIM) in Canada.
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Stallman: Jobs exerted 'malign influence' on computing

Analysis Veteran free software firebrand Richard Stallman has upset the apple cart by speaking out against the international canonisation of Steve Jobs
Gavin Clarke, 10 Oct 2011
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Would you trust a dot-bank site more than a dot-com?

Would an exclusive internet address for banks help prevent phishing and identity theft?
Kevin Murphy, 10 Oct 2011
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Virus infects killer US air drone fleet

Computers controlling the US Air Force's killer Predator and Reaper drones have been infected by a key-logging virus, according to a mole who spoke to Wired. And the malware is not going away despite serious efforts to nuke it.
Anna Leach, 10 Oct 2011
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Laptop shoots spike into owner's hand

Watching DVDs may be bad for your health - specially if the drive on your laptop decides to shoot you.
Caleb Cox, 10 Oct 2011
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Google shoots Dart at JavaScript

Google has previewed what could be a JavaScript killer while denying the new language is designed to rid the internet of JavaScript.
Gavin Clarke, 10 Oct 2011
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NetApp's STEALTH launch of ONTAP 8.1

If you were expecting NetApp to launch Data ONTAP 8.1 with a splash, forget it. The software is shipping already; no fuss, no muss, no splash, no bash, no nothing.
Chris Mellor, 10 Oct 2011
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AT&T asks Apple to signal iPhone 4S is a 4G phone

US carrier AT&T wants Apple's iPhone 4S to show "4G" in the handset's status bar when the gadget connects to its HSPA+ network.
Tony Smith, 10 Oct 2011
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iPhone 4S pre-orders obliterate sales records

Over one million seekers of the latest shiny-shiny surrendered their credit card info to Apple on the first day of iPhone 4S pre-order availability, securing their place in line for the latest iteration of the überpopular smartphone.
Rik Myslewski, 10 Oct 2011
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Your organization’s security depends on everyone

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.
Miatta Momoh, 10 Oct 2011
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Genetics and technology make Columbus Day a fraud

Monday's Columbus Day holiday may celebrate the first time a European "discovered" the Americas, but there’s an increasing amount of technical and genetic evidence that shows the Genoese navigator was very late to the party.
Iain Thomson, 10 Oct 2011
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Hulu still flirting with suitors despite Yahoo! pull out

Yahoo! is believed to have pulled out of negotiations to acquire Hulu, leaving Dish, Google and Amazon all still vying for the asset.
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Sims outlines Oz network regulation again

As the ACCC, under the hand of new chair Rod Sims, settles down to the work of sifting through submissions about NBN wholesale access, there’s probably a sense of relief at the welcome distraction provided by the Economist Intelligence Unit.
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Oz broadband speeds leap 917% in TWO WEEKS!

Just a little over a fortnight ago, Australia’s average broadband speed was just 348 Kbps; now, apparently, it’s 3.54 Mbps, a stunning ten-times acceleration.