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SGI gooses InfiniteStorage arrays with new NetApp controllers

Supercomputer and high-density server maker Silicon Graphics shipped over 600PB of disk capacity last year across its InfiniteStorage product line, and it is revving up its entry InfiniteStorage 5000 series to get a bigger bite of storage attachments for HPC and big data workloads that want cheap, fat, and fast disk arrays.
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News Corp challenges iPad with $299 education tablet

News Corporation is getting into the fondleslab business via its educational arm, Amplify, with a cheap Android slab aimed at schools.
Iain Thomson, 07 Mar 2013

Next Windows 8 version can ditch bits of Metro

The Interface Formerly Known as Metro (TIFKAM) is Windows 8's most controversial feature.
Simon Sharwood, 07 Mar 2013
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Storage upstart tells El Reg: Our software's NOT a VSA

Brouhaha Satyam Vaghani, the co-founder and chief technology officer of PernixData took exception to El Reg's characterisation of the startup's FVP software, which virtualises flash storage attached to virtualised servers and creates a single pool of block-addressable flash capacity across those servers.
Chris Mellor, 07 Mar 2013
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Facebook rides Unicorn to graph search nirvana

Facebook has given details on "Unicorn," the technology that makes its needle-in-a-haystack query engine Graph Search possible.
Jack Clark, 07 Mar 2013
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Carl Icahn may be planning to block Dell buyout

A new potential opponent to the proposed leveraged buyout of Dell by founder Michael Dell has emerged, in the form of none other than corporate raider activist investor Carl Icahn.
Neil McAllister, 07 Mar 2013

Oz Senator says Google Glass could 'end privacy as we know it'

Australian Senator Cory Bernardi has declared Google Glass might just be the end of privacy as we know it, because Google could use the device to conduct enable mass surveillance.
Simon Sharwood, 07 Mar 2013
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Gone in 30 minutes: Chinese tweets purged by army of censors

The murky world of online self-censorship in China has come under the spotlight again in a new report which estimates that most post deletions on the Twitter-like Sina Weibo occur within the first 30 minutes of appearing.
Phil Muncaster, 07 Mar 2013

Japanese password protector floods screen with hoax cursors

Japanese boffins have demonstrated a rather nifty way of preventing online password theft by screen capture and shoulder surfing – flood the screen with a barrage of dummy cursors.
Phil Muncaster, 07 Mar 2013

New UK.gov cyber-security standard puts MANAGERS in firing line

The UK government is seeking to hear from businesses that would be interested in submitting evidence to help form a new "organisational standard" for cyber security.
OUT-LAW.COM, 07 Mar 2013
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'Quantum fridge' gets close to absolute zero

NIST scientists have demonstrated a solid state refrigerator that sucks energy out of objects using a trick of quantum physics in which hot electrons tunnel through a one-way junction, carrying heat with them.
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The supercomputers LIED: UK rainfall is rising, but won't drown our phones

UK rainfall fell well short of the ITU's apocalyptic predictions in 2010, and isn't rising as fast as models predicted, according to Ofcom which has been measuring the levels in jam-jars.
Bill Ray, 07 Mar 2013
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Malware-flingers can pwn your mobile with OVER-THE-AIR updates

Vulnerabilities in the baseband processors of a wide range of mobile phones may allow attackers to inject malicious code, monitor calls, and extract confidential data stored on the device, according to recent research from mobile security experts. However, according to El Reg's mobile correspondent, Bill Ray, this would be extremely difficult to pull off.
John Leyden, 07 Mar 2013
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Android 'splits' into the Good and the lovechild of Bad and Ugly

Android was everywhere at Mobile World Congress last week - there seems to be no stopping Google's mobile operating system that's now almost as ubiquitous as a colour display. But the success hides the platform's problems, insists one analyst.
Andrew Orlowski, 07 Mar 2013
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Flash, bang, wallop: LSI stumbles in quest for PCIe card crown

Analysis LSI claimed at the end of August that it was going to be number two in the PCIe server flash business - then its revenues declined in the final three months of 2012. What's going on?
Chris Mellor, 07 Mar 2013
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Brit firm flogs bit-crushing app so you can throttle your OWN data

The networks - both mobile and fixed - have been squashing your data for years. But now a London company has launched a product allowing you to control it yourself.
Simon Rockman, 07 Mar 2013
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Speaking in Tech: Ya-boo! Marissa! Mayer! how! COULD! you!?

Podcast Podcast It's another live one. Podcast fans, here it is: another enterprise tech cast with your host Ed Saipetch. Regular co-hosts Greg Knieriemen and Sarah Vela are MIA this week as Ed podcasts live from Las Vegas at VMware's Partner Exchange. Special guests this week include Amy Lewis, social and community engagement at …
Ollie Henry, 07 Mar 2013
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Dixons Retail flogs Equanet to serial swallower Kelway

Dixons Retail has offloaded mid-market and public sector reselling outfit Equanet to hungry channel player Kelway.
Paul Kunert, 07 Mar 2013
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Biz data botherer CommVault hangs on to virtual crown

It looks like one-trick pony CommVault is top of the heap again with its virtualised server backup product, Simpana, at least according to DCIG's latest buyer's guide.
Chris Mellor, 07 Mar 2013
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BT to slap overalls on 1,000 new bods in fibre broadband boost

BT hopes to hire 1,000 engineers to pump high-speed fibre internet connections to street-side junction boxes, homes and businesses in Britain. The recruitment drive is part of the national telco's £2.5bn investment in its broadband network.
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Mar 2013
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Reg readers brew up the ultimate cuppa

We're one step closer today to defining just what constitutes the ultimate cuppa as our reader poll results show a definite leaning towards broadly classic tea-brewing methodology.
Lester Haines, 07 Mar 2013
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Samsung grabs Sharp shard, brings pain to Apple supply chain

Samsung has shipped up in Apple's pitch by taking a three per cent stake in cash-strapped component supplier Sharp for ¥10.4bn ($111m).
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Antique Code Show I don’t know if my gaming habits had started to become dominated by RTS and FPS games by the time SimCity 3000 made its delayed debut in 1999, but for some reason I don’t recall it registering on my radar.
Mike Plant, 07 Mar 2013
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BRITAIN MUST DECLARE WAR on Cervinaean menace

Brits need to take up arms and shoot* half of Blighty's deer population in a war to save the countryside from destruction.
Team Register, 07 Mar 2013
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LinkedIn password hack sueball kicked to the kerb by judge

A class-action lawsuit launched against LinkedIn after hackers leaked the website's user passwords has been dismissed before reaching trial.
John Leyden, 07 Mar 2013
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USA is the best country in the WORLD... for sending spam

The US has reclaimed its position as the world's leading spam-relaying country, but you'd be wasting your time looking for junkmail crimelords...
John Leyden, 07 Mar 2013
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Throttled customers rage over Virgin Mobile UK's tight cap

Virgin Mobile UK's experiment with throttling is turning into nightmare as customers across the network complain of fragmented data services barely suitable for email let alone the promised 2Mb/sec.
Bill Ray, 07 Mar 2013
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DWP denies major IT problems with One Dole To Rule Them All system

The government's £500m plan to overhaul the benefits system is being hampered by IT problems that could yet lead to another spectacular public sector disaster at the expense of taxpayer money, Labour MPs have claimed.
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Mar 2013

'Mainframe blowout' knackered millions of RBS, NatWest accounts

A hardware fault in one of the Royal Bank of Scotland Group's mainframes prevented millions of customers from accessing their accounts last night.
Gavin Clarke, 07 Mar 2013

Mmmm, TOE jam: Trev shoves Intel's NICs in his bonkers test lab

Review Tech offerings are rarely "good" to me, merely "less awful than others." In this case, however, I'll be looking at the complete package of Intel networking's efforts - the hardware, software and ongoing support - and might even attribute that word to its efforts. This isn't to say that everything in the Intel networking universe is awesome - I've certainly encountered some weird stuff over the years with its cards. In the majority of cases, however, the answers were to be found on Intel's own support website rather than as esoteric knowledge of the sysadmin mafiosi.
Trevor Pott, 07 Mar 2013

No M&S vouchers for CSC staff as awards scrapped to save costs

Cash strapped CSC is scrapping the Recognising Excellence (RE) award for its top workers as it looks towards another year of austerity.
Paul Kunert, 07 Mar 2013
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Bacon sarnies can kill: Official

In devastating news for bacon sarnie lovers, boffins have warned of the potentially deadly effects of overdoing it on processed meat products.
Lester Haines, 07 Mar 2013
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Holy crap! EMC gives Vatican Library 2.8PB to store manuscripts

The Vatican Library is losing its walls. Its 89,000 historic manuscripts are being made available online for access by scholars world-wide courtesy of EMC.
Chris Mellor, 07 Mar 2013
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Viv Reding attacks 'scaremongers' opposing her draft Data Protection bill

US technology companies who have being lobbying hard against Viviane Reding's proposed reform of the European Union's data protection law were criticised today by the Brussels' justice commissioner for deploying "scaremongering" tactics.
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Mar 2013
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TalkTalk Biz cosies up to channel

The man at the top of Talk Talk Business (TTB) says it uses the direct sales force to keep channel partners on their toes.
Paul Kunert, 07 Mar 2013
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Virgin Media keeps mum as punters fume at crippled web access

Some Virgin Media broadband customers have struggled for weeks to access a number of websites over the telco's network - but the company is keeping schtum on the exact cause.
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Mar 2013
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You searched for 'japan tsunami' - well, there's one behind you

Google's public alert system - which splashes warnings across search, maps and Google Now pages - has been extended into Japan nearly a year after it debuted in America.
Bill Ray, 07 Mar 2013
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LIVE BLOG: Facebook News Feed revamp press conference

So, another month, another Facebook press conference. After the sort-of launch of Graph Search just over a month ago, Facebook is about to revamp another facet of its network: the News Feed.
Iain Thomson, 07 Mar 2013
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Heavenly networker Pertino pockets $20m to take on Cisco Meraki

If you want to take on Cisco Systems in the nascent cloud networking-as-a-service market, you are going to need money. Lots of money. And so plucky upstart Pertino Networks, which just uncloaked from stealth mode last month, has gathered up some new investors and hit up its existing ones to fill up its war chest.

Intel, Apple forging chip-baking deal?

Analysis Rumors are again swirling that Apple and Intel are in discussions about Chipzilla baking the chips Cupertino uses to power its iDevices.
Rik Myslewski, 07 Mar 2013
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Mark Shuttleworth: Canonical leads Ubuntu, not 'your whims'

After several months without posting, Mark Shuttleworth has returned to his official blog with some harsh words for those in the Ubuntu community who have been critical of Canonical's recent efforts to transform the OS into a multi-faceted platform for mobile devices and the cloud.
Neil McAllister, 07 Mar 2013
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Cisco slashes mobile data growth rate forecast for Oz

With the spotlight on its very latest Visual Networking Index forecasts for mobile data, The Register is interested to note that Cisco has actually trimmed the five-year growth rate for Australian mobile data consumption.
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Red Hat tempts devs with OpenShift Origin upgrades

Red Hat has instituted changes at platform-as-a-service OpenShift that put outside contributors on more equal footing with Red Hat employees.
Jack Clark, 07 Mar 2013
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Amazon yanks SimCity download from store

Amazon has stopped selling the downloadable version of SimCity after hundreds of incensed gamers gave the just-launched game one-star reviews.
Jack Clark, 07 Mar 2013
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BUPA glitch sees credit cards charged multiple times

Health insurer Bupa has charged some of its members three or more times their fortnightly premium, after a software glitch saw multiple payments debited to credit card accounts.
Simon Sharwood, 07 Mar 2013