Articles about Belts

Heroic Quid-A-Day Nosh Posse tighten their belts

It's day four of the El Reg Quid-A-Day Nosh Posse's five-day Live Below the Line challenge, and while everyone is on course to triumphantly cross the finishing line tomorrow night, it's not all plain sailing. We've got 13 people tightening their belts in support of Malaria No More UK. I'm doing the challenge for the third …
Lester Haines, 30 Apr 2015
Orion on the launch pad fuelling up

Orion BELTS UP: Space shuttle wannabe preps again for test flight

NASA’s Orion is fuelling up once again for its second day of attempted launches for its first ever test flight. The space shuttle successor was due to blast off yesterday, Thursday, but the take off was scrubbed after a number of attempts over the two-and-a-half-hour launch window were nixed. A boat in the red zone caused the …
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Hunt is on for Jupiter-sized HIDDEN planets stuffed between star's belts

Astrophysicists have clapped their eyes on what seems to be a massive inner and outer asteroid belt hugging the Vega star. The finding suggests that a gap spotted between the warm and cool belts of the star could mean that multiple unseen planets may orbit it, according to astronomers who used data from NASA's Spitzer Space …
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Jan 2013
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NASA launches armoured storm probes to the Van Allen belts

NASA has successfully launched two Radiation Belt Storm Probes into Earth's orbit to start a two-year mission to study the two giant donuts of plasma trapped in radiation surrounding the planet. Graphic of Earth's Van Allen radiation belts The heavily shielded satellites blasted off from Cape Canaveral at 9.05am BST this …
British Transport Police cop. Pic: Gordon Joly

Plods waste millions keeping their arses covered and ears open

The UK police are wasting millions on radios and other items such as belts thanks to wildly varying procurement spends between the 43 forces, an analysis by The Register has revealed. According to figures published by the Home Office, the 43 forces spent a total of £17.7m on hand-held and vehicle radios over the last three …
Kat Hall, 11 Sep 2015
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Asteroid belts could be key to finding intelligent life

A new study suggests that having the right kind of asteroid belt in a solar system could be essential to finding intelligent life in the universe – including here on Earth. A team from NASA and the UK's Royal Astronomical Society has been studying the role of asteroid belts in the evolution of life on Earth and in the wider …
Iain Thomson, 02 Nov 2012
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Middle America pulls up sagging pants menace, belts repeat offenders

It's evident that despite the best attempts of Middle America to crack down on sagging pants - da yoof's low-slung kecks look that has right-minded citizens firing up the Twat-O-Tron - the US way of life continues to be menaced by trousers flying at half mast. Back in 2007, the Louisiana town of Delcambre took up cudgels against …
Lester Haines, 22 Jul 2013
NASA Hedgehog

NASA wants to send HEDGEHOGS to Mars

Video The space-makers at JPL are toying with the idea of getting rid of wheels for planetary exploration robots. Instead, the “hedgehog” design in the pic above (here for mobile readers) exploits low gravity environments to get around without them. Nicknamed “Hedgehog”, the robot is a joint project with the Jet Propulsion …
Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/Caltech/D.Fox et al.; Illustration: NASA/D.Berry

SPLAT! STAR THWACKED, GUTS flung into space at 15 per cent of LIGHTSPEED

In perhaps the most violent punch that has ever been witnessed by humanity, a speeding pulsar has smashed right through a disk of matter bulging from the middle of a hefty star and blown a massive chunk of it guts into interstellar space at a significant fraction of light speed. That's according to top space boffins peering …
Lewis Page, 24 Jul 2015

Growth, what's that? Storage firms tighten belts as revenues flatline

It’s results round-up day at the Register, with LSI, Mellanox, QLogic, Symantec and WD all filing their quarterly results. Here we go on a numbers blitz: Western Digital reported first fiscal 2014 quarterly revenues of $3.8bn and profits (net income) of $495m from making 62.6 million disk drives with an average selling price of …
Chris Mellor, 28 Oct 2013

High-heeled hacker builds pen-test kit into her skyscraper shoes

MILDLY NSFW A Chinese hardware hacker has hidden a penetration-testing toolkit into her high-heeled shoes. The Wi-Fi-popping platforms were forged in a 3D printer, and contain compartments to smuggle hacking hardware past strict security checks in data centres and the like, and later retrieved. The hacker and pen-tester, who goes by the …
Darren Pauli, 24 Aug 2015
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The NHS pays up to NINE TIMES over trade price for commodity kit

The UK’s National Health Service is paying through the nose for low-tech gear, including cables and USB flash drives, according to a poll of IT buyers. The health service came out on top in the league of prosperous procurements across 20 industry sectors, with one head admitting to coughing a margin of 920 per cent above trade …
Paul Kunert, 16 Jun 2015
John Nash's PhD paper

World loses John Nash, the 'Beautiful Mind'

A car accident in New Jersey has claimed the life of Nobel Prize-winning mathematician and subject of the book and movie A Beautiful Mind, John Forbes Nash. The 86-year-old Nash was travelling with wife Alicia, 82, in a taxi that struck a guardrail on the New Jersey Turnpike. The couple were not wearing seat belts, according to …
Hubble image compared to SMACK simulation

NASA invents super-SMACK, hallucinates WHOLE STAR SYSTEMS

video Beta Pictoris, a research favourite among astro-boffins since the discovery of its bright debris-and-dust disk in 1984, has yielded new wonders in a NASA supercomputer simulation. The debris disk, Goddard astrophysicist Marc Kuchner explains, has what looks to be a warp in long wavelengths, but looks like an X in shorter …
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Samsung S6: You might get a Sony camera in it - or you might not

When you buy a Samsung S6 you might get the impressive Sony IMX240 camera sensor ... or you might get the Samsung Isocell unit. In the published specifications for S6 and S6 Edge, Samsung doesn’t give any details on the camera sensor, saying just “16MP OIS(rear), 5MP (front)” but the two sensors are pretty different and there is …
Simon Rockman, 06 May 2015
Ripley (Sigourney Weaver)

NASA chooses ace SPACE PILOTS who'll take the USA back into manned flight

NASA has chosen the astronauts who will be first in the upcoming return by America to manned space operations. All four are veteran space fliers and former military test pilots. "For as long as I’ve been Administrator, President Obama has made it very clear that returning the launches of American astronauts to American soil is …
Iain Thomson, 09 Jul 2015
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Get thee behind me, Satanic mills! Robert Owen's Scottish legacy

Geek's Guide to Britain The European Route of Industrial Heritage marks New Lanark as an anchor point in the global development of textiles and architecture, and so it is. Nestled in the Clyde Valley the village owes its existence to the falls that were harnessed to refine raw cotton sent in from the colonies: a picture-postcard image from a time …
Bill Ray, 11 Aug 2015
Graphic of Earth's Van Allen radiation belts

NASA Van Allen probes discover PARTICLE HURRICANES

Space boffins having a poke around in the Van Allen Radiation Belts - two concentric rings encircling the Earth in which large numbers of high-energy charged particles are dashing around - have confirmed a theory about how the particles are accelerated to ultra-high energies. Since the Van Allen belts were first discovered, …

If VMware is a sun, here are the storage worlds we've spotted orbiting it

VMworld 2015 Behold the storage sun king – VMware is the center of a storage solar system with planets and asteroids orbiting around it in belts: the EVO, VSAN, and VVOL orbital zones. Fresh activity has been detected by telescopes on planet Register using its snark-o-scope. In the VSAN zone we find Nexenta doing a deal with VMware whereby …
Chris Mellor, 02 Sep 2015
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The yummy mummies' likeable wagon: Nissan Qashqai Tekna

Vulture at the Wheel The favoured steed of yummy mummies, Nissan's Qashqai, has become quite a hit. And it’s something that ticks all the boxes – high driving position, looks cool, eco credentials. All this is the kind of thing which would normally lead me to regard the car with caution; something which was all fluff and no substance. Particularly …
Simon Rockman, 17 May 2015

Marathon adds suspenders to virty server belts

Marathon Technologies is adding disaster-recovery capability to its everRun MX fault-tolerant code. Just last month, Marathon Technologies tweaked its updated everRun MX fault-tolerant clustering for virtual machine hypervisors, which allows for FT clustering of VMs that span more than one core. This is something that VMware …
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Pivotal puts all its eggs in one basket

EMC Federation member Pivotal has put all its eggs in one basket, by releasing the first version of its AppSuite. Pivotal's core belief is that big data, and cloud-era-and-cloud-scale applications delivered to a variety of devices, both need to be built on rather different foundations to those aimed at other architectures. To …
Simon Sharwood, 08 Aug 2014
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Volkswagen Passat GT 2.0-litre TDI SCR 190 PS 6spd DSG

VULTURE AT THE WHEEL The VW Passat 2/0 is a car you buy with your head. All cars are a combination of a head and heart purchase. Some, like an Atom or Elise swing wildly towards the heart. Some like the Skoda Citigo are bought on numbers and practicality. All manufacturers try to inject some aspect of both into their cars. Even if it’s just lowering …
Simon Rockman, 07 May 2015
A re-enactment of the Battle of Gettysburg

ISC 2015 offers up an architectural clash, so let battle commence

HPC Blog The stage is set for an unprecedented architectural melee at the upcoming ISC 2015 Student Cluster Competition, in Frankfurt. For the first time, a student team will be bringing an ARM-based cluster to what has previously been an all-x86 competition. (For the rare individual who doesn’t know about student cluster competitions …

Alphadex fires back at British Gas with overcharging allegation

British colocation outfit Alphadex says British Gas is refusing to discuss what it believes are errors in its bills and says that dispute, rather than any financial weakness, is behind the energy company's petition to wind it up. Alphadex sent The Reg the following statement. "With regards to the winding up petition from …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Apr 2014

TomTom belts up with Renault

You’ll be kicking yourself if you recently bought a top-of-the-range Renault Megane. Because the French car maker’s now updated its faithful Clio line with a swanky integrated TomTom satnav option. Renault_clio_tomtom Renault's new Clio with optional TomTom Carminat satnav The Carminat TomTom has a 5.8in display and its …
James Sherwood, 06 Feb 2009
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Being common is tragic, but the tragedy of the commons is still true

Worstall @ the Weekend Something popped up in the comments from BobRocket a couple of weeks back, namely that the Tragedy of the Commons is a myth spread by the landgrabbers, and Elinor Ostrom proved this was wrong. Well, no, not really; not at all in fact. What Ostrom did show was hugely more interesting than simply disproving Garret Hardin's …
Tim Worstall, 19 Jul 2015
Students using MacBooks in a lecture hall

Scientists love MacBooks (true) – but what about you?

Sysadmin Blog I've done a few Apple in the enterprise articles recently, and it has set me thinking. Despite Apple's obvious success in a number of areas, a fair amount of nerdly vitriol is spewed at Macs. I have had a few unkind words to say about them*, but the arguments can get quite heated. Some of the particular debate points used by …
Trevor Pott, 10 Jun 2015
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NASA probes spots temporary third Van Allen radiation belt

For over fifty years schoolbooks have been teaching about the Van Allen belts, two torus-shaped zones of charged particles that encircle the Earth. Now, a NASA mission has discovered that there is a third – but only when conditions are right. Third Van Allen belt Three belts for the price of two Last August, NASA fired a …
Iain Thomson, 01 Mar 2013

Oz father and son team plan suborbital spaceplane

An Australian father and son team is attempting to develop a radical low Earth orbit spaceplane ultimately intended as a "space courier service" to return payloads from aloft. High-altitude ballooning (HAB) vets Robert Brand and son Jason, 12, (pictured below after one of their balloon flights) are in the initial stages of " …
Lester Haines, 22 Jan 2015

El Reg touches down at the ESA's Spanish outpost, sniffs around

Pics "Are you really going to wear that into the canteen?" That was the perfectly reasonable question posed by Emmet Fletcher, communication officer at the European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC) as my nephew Matt Haines braced himself for lunch sporting a Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) lab coat and pipe. Back in April …
Lester Haines, 31 Jul 2015
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'We're having panic attacks' ... Sony staff and families now threatened in emails

Sources within Sony Pictures have told The Register that employees received bizarre emails on Friday threatening them and their families if they don't take the side of hackers who raided the firm's corporate servers. The hackers, working under the moniker Guardians of Peace or GOP, have spent the past week dumping onto file- …
Iain Thomson, 06 Dec 2014
The Order: 1886

The Order: 1886 – Round Table gaming's all right on the knight

Game Theory Sony was obviously hoping The Order: 1886 would be the Holy Grail of exclusive releases for the PS4, but early rumours of shaky game mechanics and overly long cutscenes combined with jilted quick time events seemed like a curse from Morgan Le Fay. The Order: 1886 Roll out the flags, The Order: 1886 has hit the streets It has …
Lucy Orr, 19 Feb 2015

IBM furloughs hardware workers for a week to cut costs

New IBM System and Technology Group chief Tom Rosamilia and his boss, CEO Ginni Rometty, are tightening the belts of Big Blue's hardware business so that it can make its numbers in the current or future quarter. Rumors were going around that IBM was going to put employees working in the Systems and Technology Group on furlough …
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Belts tightened in push email

Data pushing vendor Visto has laid off another ten per cent of its staff, though it won't confirm if that means its development will be moving out of the UK entirely. Visto used to have more than 300 staff around the world, and this latest "modest restructuring," as the company calls it, involves laying off ten per cent of the …
Bill Ray, 17 Oct 2008
Artist's rendering of the Orion spacecraft at the Moon

Orion: To Mars, the Moon and beyond... but first, a TEST FLIGHT through Van Allen belt

NASA’s Orion spacecraft, rescued from the chop by President Barack Obama and aimed at reviving the US’s dormant manned space exploration with trips to Mars, the Moon and asteroids, will have its first test flight this week. Youtube Video The Apollo-like ship has been seen by some as nothing more than a stealthy bit of …
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Virgin Galactic spaceship goes supersonic in second test flight

Virgin Galactic has moved one step closer to actual spaceflight with its second supersonic flight of its passenger carrying SpaceShipTwo. The test flight was a key milestone in the firm's attempt to become the world's first commercial space liner, flying (wealthy) tourists for brief journeys into suborbital space. The company …

US feds want cars conversing by 2017

New US cars and light trucks will soon be equipped with crash-avoidance vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications systems, says the US Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). "Vehicle-to-vehicle technology represents the next generation of auto safety improvements, building on the …
Rik Myslewski, 03 Feb 2014

NASA opens its Jupiter photo album to honour Pioneer 10

Pics NASA has opened its photo scrapbook to remember the Pioneer 10 spacecraft, which on 4 December 1973 passed within 130,000km of Jupiter, in the process returning some decidedly non-hi-res snaps. Pioneer 10 images of Jupiter. Pics: NASA The agency explains: "Launched on March 2, 1972, Pioneer 10 was the first spacecraft to …
Lester Haines, 05 Dec 2013

Riverbed to slurp Opnet for cool $1 billion

Network gear manufacturer Riverbed Technology is about to slurp software firm Opnet Technologies for a cool $1bn. Opnet's software manages traffic on networks, an area of the industry that has held steadier than orders for network hardware. Like everyone else in the world, telcos are tightening their belts and waiting for the …
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Google-Moto slips out of Microsoft's grapple in German court wrestle

Googorola has scored another win against Microsoft in Germany, as a Mannheim court decided that the ads'n'mobes conglom didn't infringe on one of Redmond's patents. Specifically the regional court said on Friday that Moto products didn't infringe on Microsoft's patent that allows apps to work on different phones. "This decision …

Renault Twingo: Small, sporty(ish), safe ... and it's a BACK-ENDER

Vulture at the Wheel Forget the Renault Twingo. That was not the car you were looking for. The new Twingo, on the other hand, now that’s a different matter. The original Twingo has a strong place in French affection. Pic: Simon Rockman You see, when Renault initially launched the Twingo, it had a bit of a 2CV vibe going: it was cute, Gallic and …
Simon Rockman, 28 Sep 2014
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Panasonic gets second chance with £4.7 BEEELION bailout

Panasonic has persuaded Japanese banks to throw it a lifeline after a record loss of ¥772.1bn (£6bn, $9.8bn) last fiscal year. The heavy loss dropped the electronics group's cash reserves to ¥554.7bn (£4.4bn, $7bn) which still sounds like a fair amount but not when compared to the ¥1.97trn (£15.9bn, $25bn) it could lay its hands …

Elon Musk to release open source Hyperloop plans in August

Elon Musk has been dropping hints about a revolutionary form of transport called Hyperloop for over a year, and on Monday he said that the full details will be released on August 12, and that the system's key technologies will be open sourced. "I really hate patents unless critical to company survival. Will publish Hyperloop as …
Iain Thomson, 16 Jul 2013
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Japanese boffins demo EV on-the-move charging

Electric vehicles have two problems: to make them “zero emission”, they need to be recharged from “clean” sources; and range remains a challenge. A Japanese proposal would, if it worked, address the second – but probably exacerbate the first. A team from the Toyohashi University of Technology has demonstrated an electric field …
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Micro-computer bakers open Raspberry Pi shop

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has opened an online software shop tied to its cheap-as-chips micro-computer. The Pi Store - not, alas, "the Pi Shop", which Brits will surely agree sounds better - is intended to provide a port of call for users seeking apps, games, tools and guidance to help them make the most of their wee, ARM- …
Tony Smith, 17 Dec 2012
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Computacenter veteran O'Hara exits stage left

The exit of Computacenter veteran Julie O'Hara has resulted in a rejig of the UK sales leadership team, The Register understands. During a 15-year tenure at the services-based reseller giant, O'Hara held various director roles with the last 24 months spent looking after the financial services and retail customers. Mike Norris, …
Paul Kunert, 21 Feb 2012
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Facebook buys Dummly from outernet prodigy Dick D'Miner

April Fool Your correspondent reports from 2023, via some kind of freak time continuum loop vortex in Google's soon-to-be-killed-dangerously-revolutionary Reader tool which has brought you tomorrow's news before it's even happened yet. Like, wow! That dying and completely irrelevant web advertising dinosaur Facebook, whose balding, rarely …
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OMG - It's raining raw fish in tasty little packages

Fast fishy food chain YO Sushi! plans to buy servers no more as it heads into the cloud, according to IT manager Billy Waters. A much needed infrastructure refresh was looming for the firm which carves up raw fish and serves it on conveyer belts for punters, as it was using Microsoft Exchange, Office and other apps on seven year …
Paul Kunert, 07 Nov 2011
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NASA's Juno roars off to Jupiter

NASA's Juno spacecraft blasted off this afternoon from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at the beginning of its five-year journey to Jupiter. The launch of Juno this afternoon. Pic: NASA TV The 4-ton Juno rose heavenwards at 16:25 GMT atop a bloody big United Launch Alliance Atlas V 551 rocket, boasting a quintet of solid …
Lester Haines, 05 Aug 2011