4th > November > 2011 Archive
Teradata embiggens on big data
Data warehousing pioneer Teradata is riding the big-data wave to higher sales and profits.
US, Europe throw their very first joint cyber-war party
The European Union and the US on Thursday conducted their first ever cyber security exercises designed to coordinate responses to attacks on critical infrastructure.
Teradata in Analytics' crosshairs
BlogThere’s a lot of activity surrounding enterprise analytics and ‘big data’ these days. The major IT vendors like IBM, HP, and Oracle have all bulked up their software, system, and service offerings with an eye toward being a one-stop enterprise analytics shop. Cisco and Dell (and others) will probably start making some more noise in this area as well.
Microsoft releases temporary fix for critical Windows bug
Microsoft has issued a temporary fix for a critical Windows vulnerability that has already been exploited to install highly sophisticated malware that targeted manufacturers of industrial systems.
Kiwi national broadband network rolls with Huawei
Work on New Zealand’s national fibre network is poised to start following the confirmation of Huawei as the key technology provider for the Ultrafast Fibre network.
ReviewSonic the Hedgehog celebrates his 25th anniversary this year and consequently, Sega is touting yet another title where the blue-speedster takes centre stage. According to the company, Sonic Generations broke Sega's pre-order records as the most anticipated Sonic title in 20 years. Hmm, and there I was thinking the heroic hedgehog was a spent force…
Maude: Open data is UK.gov's 'new way of operating'
Transparency is a new way of operating and the public sector is now more accountable to the public, aided by the release of more than 7,500 datasets, including 800-plus geographical linked datasets via data.gov.uk, Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude has said.
Storage industry Hulks up with green efficiency ratings
SNIA EuropeThe Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) has unveiled standardised storage product power efficiency ratings at its SNIA Europe event.
Square pushes pay-by-facial recognition
Web 2.0 darling Square is promising to make everyone a regular by promoting pay-by-face: just smile and ask to have your purchase put onto your bill with no authentication required.
Ofcom proposes new rules on advertising deals
Ofcom said it was laying out the proposed new rules as required of it under the UK's Communications Act. Under the Act, Ofcom must set out a code of practice that sets standards on "the content of programmes to be included in television and radio services" that ensure that "there is no undue discrimination between advertisers who seek to have advertisements included in television and radio services".
Cyberspace conference: All talk and no action
LCC commentOn the first day of the London Conference on Cyberspace (LCC), an optimistic delegate stood up and prefaced his question to the panel with congratulations on the first steps in what he was sure would become known as "The London Cyber Process".
Belkin Chef Stand and Stylus for tablets
Accessory of the WeekI’ve been experimenting with Jamie Oliver’s Recipes app recently, and it occurred to me that an iPad stand would come in handy when I’m fondling his dumplings in the kitchen - they go very well with his beef and Guinness stew.
Amazon rethinks Kindle Fire 2 screen size
Amazon has yet to release the Kindle Fire, its 7in Android-based tablet e-book reader, but it's already being claimed that the firm has chnaged its mind about the Fire 2.
Kids! You get back in front of that Xbox right now
Positive news for gamers, and their parents. Hours in front of the glowing box hammering zombies as a youngster can make you more creative.
Facebook denies malware risk from message bug
Facebook has fixed a flaw that may have allowed users to attach executables to messages sent to other punters on the social network.
'OH WOW. OH WOW. OH WOW'
QuotWGiven that the week started with Halloween, it was perhaps appropriate that the weird and wonderful was prevalent. In honour of All Hallow's Eve, a tech geek transformed his fruity fondleslabs into an, erm, interesting costume. A Berkeley boffin argued that because of Einstein's most famous equation E=MC², ebook readers get heavier every time you add a book (microscopically of course) and boffins over at CERN were busily trying to figure out if Einstein was wrong about that whole speed of light thing.
Nokia CEO talks up Windows 8 tablet 'opportunity'
Is Nokia reconsidering the release of a tablet? Comments from CEO Stephen Elop suggest the Finnish phone giant might well be.
El Reg premieres PARIS: The Motion Picture
Last week marked the anniversary of our Paper Aircraft Released Into Space (PARIS) triumph, and we decided to mark the occasion by offering our beloved readers a short commemorative video of the audacious spaceplane project.
Duke Nukem Forever dev slams unfair reviews
Developer Gearbox this week said Duke Nukem Forever was reviewed unfairly, with co-founder Brian Martel comparing the Duke's return to the classic Half-Life.
Jawbone instructs with fitness wristband
Bluetooth gadget specialist Jawbone has launched a self-help wristband to monitor your fitness, and track your eating and sleeping habits.
Groupon snatches a great deal ... on itself
Groupon's IPO has gone better than expected, with shares selling $2 above the expected top price, valuing the company at almost $13bn.
China outraged by US cyberspying fingering
China is none too impressed with being fingered by the US as a major source of cyber espionage.
Samsung Galaxy Note and Nexus rooted
Samsung's 5.3in smartphone-cum-tablet, the Galaxy Note, has been rooted. So has its Android 4.0-based Galaxy Nexus handset.
Pass the remote control: vPro eases systems management
Desktop management is big money. It’s a critical topic for any size business seeking to optimise its IT. The right combination of software and hardware results in very impressive desktop management capabilities.
PlayStation Network downloads limited to two devices
Sony announced today that future games purchased on the PlayStation Network will only be granted activation on two devices at any one time - down from the current number of five.
Pay-by-mobe app spells doom for impulse buyers
Simply Tap, the Dunstone-backed mobile payments system, is now live in the UK, allowing shoppers to buy a phone using their, er, phone in Carphone Warehouse stores.
Martian simnauts emerge from spaceship outside Moscow
Six men who have spent the last 520 days sealed up inside a mock spacecraft outside Moscow simulating a mission to Mars have finally completed their task and emerged once more.
Phone-hack scandal: Bloke cuffed in cop bung probe
A 48-year-old man was arrested at an address outside London this morning by Scotland Yard officers in connection with allegations of "inappropriate payments to police".
The Great Smartphone OS Shoot-out
ReviewIf you want a smartphone - and, let’s face it, most people do these days - you have four choices, all of which have recently been updated.
Are we in the middle of a patent bubble?
AnalysisFor some time, the only reason the word 'patent' meant anything to the average Joe was if they happened to know that Albert Einstein was a patent clerk before he became a rock star physicist.
Alien city lights could be detected across interstellar space
Top boffins in the US say that it should be possible to detect alien civilisations on planets orbiting other stars by looking for the light of their cities standing out at night.
EU to quiz Apple and Samsung on Frand deals
The EU is chasing up Samsung, and Apple, for details of the Frand licensing dispute, so make sure everyone is playing in a fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) fashion.
Whinging Brits reflect on epic Oz road trip
El Reg's Special Projects Bureau has just about recovered from its epic Oz roadtrip in pursuit of the World Solar Challenge competitors, and we though we'd share a few thoughts on our Outback odyssey.
LinkedIn whips out begging cap, asks for $500m
LinkedIn is looking for a few million dollars more from the market so it can increase its capital and its public float.
The Beeb is broken
The BBC homepage is on an outage at the moment, with visitors greeted with a stripped down version of the normal site.
Vatican mulls God particle, calls for appointment of antichrist
The Vatican hosted a conference of physicists and other boffins this week amid claims that its recent musings on the financial crisis constitute a call for the appointment of the long-awaited antichrist.
Massive PC shortages to hit this Xmas
PC shortages will likely dampen retail sales this Christmas as a result of the shortfall in hard drive production caused by killer flooding in Thailand.
Scale-out virgin Fujitsu pushes out high-performing tool
SNW EuropeThe scale-out file computing world has a new player: Fujitsu. The company has just pushed out its FEFS product in Japan.
UK.gov digital boss defends ID assurance scheme
The Cabinet Office's newly installed digital captain has robustly defended the department's plans to beef up an identity assurance scheme with the help of banks and internet companies.
Gov reduces e-petitions to public spleen-venting exercise
MPs don't have time to debate the public's e-petitions, a senior minister said yesterday in Parliament, adding nonetheless that it was a nice way for people to express what they was interested in.
Groupon shares soar, adds $2.7bn in two hours
Groupon's share price shot up almost 40 per cent in its first two hours of trading today.
Music biz presses BT to block The Pirate Bay
BT has been asked by music industry outfit BPI to voluntarily block BitTorrent tracker website The Pirate Bay.
Linux Foundation: Will it be your friend or foe?
Open ... And ShutThe more the Linux Foundation broadens its mandate beyond its core mission of "fostering the growth of Linux", the more it risks stepping on the toes of its most ardent supporters.
Modern Warfare 3 flogged on eBay for a grand
Copies of Activision's forthcoming FPS Modern Warfare 3 have been selling on eBay for staggering prices, with one auction ending yesterday at $1725.
Acer to murder Gateway brand
Acer is to kill off the Gateway branding on all its server and storage kit from Q1 2012, partially purging its multi-brand strategy.
HSBC UK systems major outage
An outage in HSBC systems took down their online banking services and affected the functioning of their cards at both ATMs and points-of-sale on Friday, November 4.
Disk-over-Ethernet startup trousers another $50m
A year after snagging $25m in venture capital funding Coraid has gone back to the cash well and scooped up another $50m. The VCs think Coraid is going places.
Hackers mistake French rugby site for German stock exchange
Hacktivists mistakenly attacked a French rugby fansite instead of their intended target, the German stock exchange.
Watchdog urged to probe Microsoft's cloud claims... again
The Advertising Standards Authority has been asked to reopen an investigation into Microsoft's boasts of 99.9 per cent uptime for its cloud services.
Boffinry summit names 3 new elements
Boffinry chiefs meeting in London are chuffed to announce the official naming of three new elements on the periodic table.
Profiteers cash in on Steve Jobs' signature glasses
In the latest example of the tsunami of adulation that has followed Steve Jobs' untimely death – and the latest reminder that there's a dollar to be made from every tragedy – the eyeglasses worn by the Apple cofounder on the cover of Walter Isaacson's biography are flying off store shelves.
Siri gets over her huff, returns useful as ever
Apple's vocal mistress Siri had a brief time-out yesterday when the cloud-based service dispersed, leaving iPhone users to prod their screens like everyone else.
Manufacturers testing wider cars for swingbellies
Luxury car makers BMW and Porsche are trialling extra wide cars in order to cater for the growing backsides of their customers.
German website offers custom cow killing
A German web site is offering beef buyers a variety of options on how they would like their ruminant reduced to ribs.
CIA 'Open Source Center' monitors Facebook, Twitter
The CIA has opened the kimono on its Virginia-based Open Source Center, where a team known as the "vengeful librarians" pore over Facebook, Twitter, internet chat rooms, and any other overseas forum that anyone can access and contribute to openly, the Associated Press reports.
Feds back down from legalizing government lies
The US Department of Justice has dropped a controversial proposed ruling that would have allowed them to say that records don't exist when, in fact, they do – a response that in the vernacular might simply be called lying.
Google mum on AdSense payments failure fix
Some web publishers are facing financial stress as Google’s AdSense platform has been withholding payments for advertising, in some cases since the September fees were due.
Groupon's IPO: don't get too excited about 30% rise
When The Reg reported on Friday morning that the stock price of daily-deals coupon-monger Groupon was hovering at $27.85 two hours after going on sale at $20, we noted that if it stayed at that level, the company would be worth $15.7bn when NASDAQ shut down for the day.