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Former Gov.UK sweetheart Logica evaporates after CGI swills it down

CGI's completion of its acquisition of Logica will see the departure of the company from the Stock Exchange at the end of this week and effectively the end of the Logica brand. CGI recently announced that it has completed the £1.7bn acquisition after Logica shareholders voted 99.54% in favour of CGI's offer at a shareholders …
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CGI Group beds Logica in £1.7bn cash deal

Anglo-Dutch tech group Logica is being scooped up by Canada's CGI Group in a £1.7bn cash deal. The acquisition, expected to complete in September this year, was agreed by the European wing of IT outsourcing company CGI. Shares in Reading-headquartered Logica rocketed more than 60 per cent following the news, with an opening …
Kelly Fiveash, 31 May 2012
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London CGI firm scores DON'T-HIT-the-PEDESTRIAN test contract

The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) has awarded animation firm Jelly a contract for CGI technology. DSA said it met with the SME last October to identify new technologies that could be used to refresh its hazard perception test. The agency started a formal procurement process in January and two early examples of CGI clips were …
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PHP devs lob second patch at super-critical CGI bug

The developers of PHP have released updates to thwart fresh attacks against systems that use the scripting language to dynamically generate web pages. All users are encouraged to upgrade to PHP 5.4.3 or PHP 5.3.13, as appropriate, after a serious security bug in PHP-CGI-based setups was disclosed. Developers attempted to fix …
John Leyden, 09 May 2012
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Pension quango's £18.5m project FINALLY goes live... 2 months late

An £18.5m project carried out on behalf of the UK's Pension Protection Fund (PPF) has finally gone live - two months late. A comprehensive IT infrastructure overhaul and modernisation of hardware and software was due to be installed and running by 28 February. However, The Register has learned that CGI missed both the February …
Gavin Clarke, 01 Jul 2014
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Classic telly FX tech: How the Tardis flew before the CGI era

These days it’s all done with computers, of course. CGI – short for Computer-Generated Images, or Imagery – was a well established visual effects technique long before Doctor Who was rebooted in 2005, so it was never in doubt that on-set mechanical effects would be duly combined with CGI visuals during post-production. Both the …
Tony Smith, 08 Nov 2013
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Report: Prez Obama kicks Healthcare.gov contractor to curb for web disaster

The Obama administration has reportedly patted CGI Federal on the back, forced it to pick up its various toys, and led it away from the fail-filled Healthcare.gov site it created and subsequently tried to repair. It's not usually this easy to get out of procurement contracts, but per the Washington Post, which made the claims …
Jack Clark, 10 Jan 2014
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Bob the Builder slapped with CGI rendering

Fans of traditional stop-motion animation and whose kids have been raised on Bob the Builder may wish to lament the forthcoming Heavy Duty Diggers outing for Bob, delivered in "full-power CGI". According to Home Media Magazine, the DVD features "five episodes of the new, computer-generated Bob and friends... following them hard …
Lester Haines, 20 Jan 2010
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IPMI in Supermicro servers vulnerable says HD Moore

Metasploit's HD Moore is gnawing at the security of the The Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) again, this time zeroing in on the firmware implementation from vendor Supermicro. Moore had looked at IPMI in general in July, at which time he pointed to vulnerabilities in Supermicro's uPNP implementation. His latest …
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James Bond doesn't do CGI: Inside 007's amazing real-world action

The Aston Martin; a martini, shaken not stirred; the Walther PPK; cool one-liners. These are the four elements of the James Bond films that have become established in our collective psyche as trademarks of Ian Fleming’s secret agent. But there’s something else that’s also become a Bond trademark, and transformed what could have …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Oct 2012
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CGI Thunderbirds sadly not go

Thunderbirds creator Gerry Anderson says ITV has pretty well scuppered his plans to offer a CGI remake of the classic series - despite his insistence he can raise the £15m needed to bring the Tracy family back to the screen. Gerry Anderson and Lady Penelope. Pic: BBC Anderson, 80, told the Daily Mail he's engaged in "a bitter …
Lester Haines, 24 Jun 2009
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Cameras leak credentials, live video

D-Link and Vivotek have submitted their entries for “dumbest security vulnerability of 2013”, with Core Security turning up a variety of daft bugs in their IP cameras, including hard-coded backdoor passwords. The advisories are here for Vivotek and here for D-Link. D-Link has told Core Security it is preparing a fix, but the …
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Former BT and IBM GS president rocks up at Logicalis

Logicalis Group has brought in former Logica and BT exec Gary Bullard as CEO to replace outgoing boss Ian Cooke, who is set to retire from the role and become the firm's non-exec chairman. The network integrator will usher in the new big cheese from next month as "CEO designate" but Cooke does not leave until 1 March. The head …
Paul Kunert, 14 Nov 2013
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'Cloned' CGI faces mimic people 'better than skilled actors'

Government-funded boffins have collaborated with others from famous movie industry labs to produce software which can "clone" a person's facial mannerisms. The cloned data can then be applied to a CGI head, either to let a computer masquerade as a real person or to enhance the realism of animated characters. “Spoken words are …
Lewis Page, 01 Jun 2009
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MEDIC! Google, Oracle, Red Hat docs race to save crippled Healthcare.gov

Techies from Google, Red Hat, Oracle and other unnamed firms have parachuted in to fix the disastrous rollout of the United States' healthcare.gov website. Google and Oracle confirmed on Thursday that staff have been deployed to help fix the healthcare marketplace's ongoing mega-bork, although Google stressed this is not a …
Jack Clark, 01 Nov 2013
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London Tube has new stop at Azure Station

Microsoft has claimed that while the rest of the industry is falling for or projecting Internet of Things (IoT) hype, it is quietly delivering on the concept's promise right under many Reg readers' feet in the form of a new Azure-powered monitoring rig for the London Underground. Speaking at a press event in Sydney today, …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Apr 2014
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CGI furnishes filmstar with fur

Film fans are reeling from the latest Sienna Miller outrage, as studio sources reveal that technical wizardry is bestowing upon the actress a CGI-merkin. With the whole Getty-nabbing furore so totally 30 seconds ago, the world is now agog (or at least so her agent would no doubt prefer) for details of the post-production pelvis- …
Sarah Bee, 28 Jul 2008

Ultimate Doctor Tom Baker REGENERATES, RETURNS to WHO

Tom Baker is reportedly breaking his legendary Who hiatus to appear in tomorrow’s BBC TV special, the Day of the Doctor - marking Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary. And you'll be able to check El Reg tomorrow for coverage. With his flowing scarf, 1970s ‘fro and pockets full of jelly babies, Baker left an iconic mark on the sci-fi …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Nov 2013
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MoD and tech, arms giants start super-duper cyber fight club

The UK Ministry of Defence has enlisted the help of nine weapons firms, tech companies and telcos to beef up the country's cyber defences and fend off hacking and other attacks. The alliance, aptly named the Defence Cyber Protection Partnership (DCPP), will share intelligence on the threats that the government and firms are …
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Tracy brothers are back: Thunderbirds Are Go! again in 5... 4... 3...

Brit television outfit ITV has announced the return of the Tracy family in Thunderbirds Are Go! - a fresh take on Gerry Anderson's classic puppet series promising "a whole new level of action-adventure animation for today's audience". Out goes Supermarionation and in comes "CGI animation", although we're promised "live-action …
Lester Haines, 05 Feb 2013
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Microsoft follows Amazon in gaining critical US gov certification

Microsoft has gained a US federal government certification that makes it easier for agencies to buy cloud services from Redmond. The company announced on Monday that the platform-as-a-service and infrastructure-as-a-service components of its Windows Azure cloud have been given a Joint Authorization Board (JAB) provisional …
Jack Clark, 30 Sep 2013
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Gold meddler: Doctor Who is 50 years old TODAY

Doctor Who, the longest running sci-fi show on telly, is 50 years old TODAY. The very first episode was broadcast just after a quarter past five on 23 November, 1963 - years before a fair few Reg readers were thought of let alone thrust a-wailing into the world. It hasn’t been a continuous run. What fans now call the Classic …
Team Register, 23 Nov 2013
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Oracle spins-up public sector 'Cloud'

Oracle has fired up its big red branding machine and coated some of its software-as-a-service products with a cloud label as it tries to create a suite of tech for public-sector organizations. Just as Amazon, Dell, and others have forged their own dedicated cloud services for the US public sector, so too has Oracle. But there's …
Jack Clark, 06 Sep 2013
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Sony and Panasonic plan 300GB Blu-Ray replacement for 2015

Sony and Panasonic have announced a partnership to develop a new format of optical storage disc for data archiving to replace Blu-Ray, and plan to get a 300GB disc in the market by the end of 2015. In a canned statement the two companies said they had "a proven track record in developing Blu-ray Disc format technologies, and by …
Iain Thomson, 30 Jul 2013
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Microsoft rallies channel troops: Sell, sell, sell our spanking new 'Cloud OS'

Microsoft has flexed its on-premises software expertise and armed 25 IT service providers with Redmond technology – so they can snatch back customers lured by siren calls emanating from Amazon Web Services. The new "Cloud OS Network" involves Microsoft dispersing its "Cloud OS" technology among a slew of resellers, distributors …
Jack Clark, 12 Dec 2013
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Disney finds new way to give movies depth

Disney Research in Zürich is working on ways to improve how 2D composite images can be turned into 3D models. The basic techniques are well known, but – according to the research the group presented at the recent SIGGRAPH conference – there are limitations. Lasers can capture data to present a 3D surface, but are blocked by …

Who loves office space? Dell does: Virtualization to banish workstations from under desks

Dell, along with partners Nvidia and Intel, has opened a new center at its Austin, Texas, headquarters to make it easier for customers to deploy virtualized-workstation installations, and for ISVs to certify their software running on such setups. "We know this all comes down to dollars and cents," Dell's general manager for the …
Rik Myslewski, 07 Mar 2014
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Department of Interior dishes out $10bn for cloudy IT

The Department of Interior has announced a multi-billion dollar cloud procurement round that will see the land management organization shell out a maximum of $10bn across contracts with 10 major IT vendors. The pork barrels IT contracts were announced by the organization on Wednesday, and will see Aquilent, AT&T, Autonomic …
Jack Clark, 16 Aug 2013
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Dell: Gov's cost-cutting mania is driving away suppliers

Dell believes the UK government has squeezed suppliers too hard on price - to the point where the PC giant, and others, are walking away from public sector business. Major IT vendors, including HP, have already questioned where the Cabinet Office will go next to ease its budget woes, having forced the biggest players to lose a …
Paul Kunert, 31 Jul 2013
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Perl programming language marks 25th birthday

Perl, the open source programming language used by developers and sysadmins to automate any number of text-wrangling and data-management tasks, celebrates its 25th birthday on Tuesday. It was on December 18, 1987 that Larry Wall released Perl 1.0, posting the source code to the Usenet newsgroup comp.sources.misc. Wall had begun …
Neil McAllister, 19 Dec 2012
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Star Trek app warps into TiVo space

Star Trek buffs who still haven't bought all the DVDs, HD DVDs and Blu-rays will be able to enjoy the original series on telly, courtesy of Virgin Media's CBS Action channel, which is not only showing the series again but has a tie-in app for Virgin's TiVo box. Star Trek TiVo app On show is the digitally remastered version of …
Hard Reg, 27 Jun 2012

Big 20 cash hoovers: Slurp. Floop. Darn. Sluurrrp. Where's our public sector IT dosh?

Half of the top 20 software and IT services (SITS) suppliers to UK.gov saw their public sector biz decline last year as Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude and his merry band of axemen waged war on the oligopoly. The names on the list collated by TechMarketView remains unchanged on a year ago but the proportion of revenues …
Paul Kunert, 21 Feb 2014
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Watchdog halts Toyota Grand Theft Auto-esque advert

An advert for the Toyota GT86 has been banned in the UK after the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) judged that it glamorises reckless driving. The Toyota 'Real Deal' ad - which was released on YouTube and shown in UK cinemas - features a virtual male who discovers 'feeling' after he hops into the driving seat of the GT86. …
Caleb Cox, 14 Nov 2012
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Hack biz rivals or hire cyber-warriors and we'll shut you down, warns EU

Businesses could be wound up if they engage in cyber attacks or fail to prevent staff from engaging in computer hacking or other cyber crimes under new draft laws backed by the European Parliament. MEPs last week voted to support a new EU Directive on attacks against information systems. The new framework would require member …
OUT-LAW.COM, 09 Jul 2013
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Scrunched Street View spymobile spied in India

A brief vid has popped up on YouTube purportedly showing a pranged Street View spymobile in northern India. A still showing the crashed Street View car in a rocky gorge The 22-second clip also features someone venting his spleen at the Great Satan of Mountain View by lobbing rocks at the wrecked Orwellian black Opel, as you …
Lester Haines, 06 Aug 2012
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AWS cloud gains critical federal security certification

The more people you have to go through to get approval for an IT project, the less likely it is to happen, so when Amazon announces another security certification it's not just about compliance, it's about releasing pent-up cloud demand. With the company's announcement on Tuesday that both its US West and East data center hubs, …
Jack Clark, 21 May 2013
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Movie review: Star Trek Into Darkness

You reboot a popular science fiction series, but you cleverly restart the series’ timeline too, to give you not only a fresh, clean page on which to begin writing a brand new mythology, but also a fan-friendly way to tie it all in to the established continuity. That’s the trick director JJ Abrams - he of Lost fame - and …
Tony Smith, 06 May 2013
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Twitter censors bow to police, suppress Nazi tweets

Twitter has blocked access to a banned Neo-Nazi group in Germany after a request from the local police. Hannover police asked for the ban after disbanding the far-right group and seizing its assets during an criminal investigation into it. "All its accounts in social networks have to be closed immediately," the police wrote to …
Team Register, 18 Oct 2012
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Movie review: Oblivion

When the film Oblivion was mentioned in the office recently, my first thoughts were that it was a prequel to The Hangover series. I couldn’t have been more wrong... or was I? After all, this Tom Cruise sci-fi caper has loss of memory as one of its key themes, which, booze fueled forays aside, immediately has me thinking of some …
Bob Dormon, 13 Apr 2013

Schwarzenegger says 'I'll be back' for Terminator 5 reboot

Paramount has confirmed it will reboot the Terminator franchise with a fifth film, and the former California governor and Mr. Universe bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger says he will be back in a starring role. "The studios want me to be in Terminator 5 and to star as the Terminator, which we start shooting in January," he told a …
Iain Thomson, 29 Jun 2013

One year on: What exactly did the 2e2 collapse teach us?

“Sam, I need you in the Heathrow office early tomorrow morning,” read the panicked text from my line manager on a Sunday night. The UK subs of 2e2 Group entered administration a year ago. I had a unique vantage point from where I sat within the crumbling company through the brutal process of administration and seeing the …
Sam Simpson, 20 Feb 2014

TRULY sinister blond madman signed for Bond 24, whisper insiders

The Register has exclusively learned that the next James Bond movie outing will pit 007 against a truly sinister blond madman "who'll make Javier Bardem look like your kindly maiden aunt playing Mother Teresa for the benefit of kids in a Rwandan orphange", as our inside source put it. Producers hope Julian Assange, who allegedly …
Lester Haines, 02 Nov 2012
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Earth bombarded by interplanetary SLIME MONSTERS

Invaders from an unknown planet entered Earth's atmosphere on December 29 last year, riding in a fiery comet that burst 10km above Sri Lanka. Before Hollywood gears up for an orgy of CGI and bad plot lines, it should be pointed out that the invaders in question are microscopically small and flash-frozen – but the discovery could …
Iain Thomson, 11 Mar 2013
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Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet creator Gerry Anderson dies at 83

Gerry Anderson, creator of classic children's television shows like Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet and Joe 90, has died at the age of 83. Anderson, in conjunction with his then-wife Sylvia, pioneered the use of puppets that had solenoid motors built into them to move the eyes and mouth – later dubbed supermarionation. The wires …
Iain Thomson, 26 Dec 2012

Cisco: Data centers are getting their cloudy acts together

When you are trying to take over the data center moving out from the switch and into servers, as Cisco Systems is trying to do, you have to try to figure out the lay of the land so you can pick your targets and start shooting. That, in a nutshell, is why Cisco has put together its latest Global Cloud Index, complete with lots of …

Every man, woman and child in the UK paid HP £21 last year

The government spends billions of pounds on IT every year. While individual projects often make the news when investigated by auditors and select committees, the overall picture is less well-known. But it IS big business – both because of how much is spent, but also because just a few big businesses suck up very large amounts of …
SA Mathieson, 12 Nov 2013
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So what's the worst movie NEVER made?

Our hunt for the worst movie ever proved highly popular with you, our beloved cinema-going readers, and the list of nominees makes such chilling reading that we began to wonder if it would be possible to shoot a film so atrocious that it would prompt audiences to run screaming from the cinema vowing never again to badmouth …
Lester Haines, 13 Apr 2012
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Confirmed: Animal Logic will animate Lego

Sydney uber-animation house Animal Logic has secured the production for Warner Bros new animated feature film project based on Lego. The announcement confirms an earlier Variety story that Warner would greenlight the project, and will see around $AU48 million being spent in NSW which will include commitments to industry research …
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Boffins insert 3D objects into any old photo... realistically

Researchers have lit up the world of 3D design with a new method for inserting computer-generated objects into a photograph in a way that makes the CGI renders seem part of the original snap. Rendering Synthetic Objects into Legacy Photographs example Source: Kevin Karsch and co. Kevin Karsch, Varsha Hedau, David Forsyth and …
Caleb Cox, 24 Oct 2011
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Citroën lifts lid on looming diesel hybrid

Citroën has stepped its green gears up a level with its first diesel hybrid vehicle, the DS5. The five-door hatchback was unveiled at the Shanghai motor show today and the first car to incorporate the company's HYbrid4 diesel technology. This will help keep CO2 emissions down to 99g/km, which means the DS5 qualifies for the …
Caleb Cox, 18 Apr 2011