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Boffins say they've got Lithium batteries the wrong way around

US boffins are overturning the understanding of how Li-ion batteries charge, by watching the behaviour of individual molecules as they absorb charges. It's long been assumed that a battery charges fairly uniformly – in other words, that electrons are distributed evenly across the charge-carrying material as the battery charges. …

OpenVPN open to pre-auth Bash Shellshock bug – researcher

The Shellshock Bash bug, the gift that just keeps on taking, could also sting OpenVPN users, according to researcher Fredrick Stromberg. Pre-authentication vectors affect communication through the popular and formerly secure VPN platform, he says. Shellshock affected the crucial and ubiquitous *nix component Bash up to and …
Darren Pauli, 30 Sep 2014

Barley’s giant genome sequenced and open-sourced

Better beer from genome sequencing is just one possible outcome from research that included the Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics (ACPFG) and the University of Adelaide. As well as the usual published-in-Nature for their research paper, the genome sequence and other resources have been published here and here, or …
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Brit reseller Kelway chops off some heads to shed costs

UK IT reseller Kelway is getting its house in order to remove duplication across the business, following a growth spurt during the last seven years that involved as many acquisitions. The Channel can reveal that Kelway has put its vendor marketing team based in Basingstoke at risk of redundancy and that vendor and alliances …
Paul Kunert, 18 Sep 2013
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Top IT bods bail out of new Universal Credit online dole system

The Department for Work and Pensions has strenuously denied that its Universal Credit project will be derailed by the departure of key IT employees. Universal Credit aims to overhaul Blighty's benefits system by merging six government handouts into one regular payment that can be claimed and managed online. It is due to go fully …
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Nov 2012
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UK.gov STILL wants to tout pupil data - don't use the word 'product'

At the end of 2012, Education Secretary Michael Gove told Parliament that he wanted "to share extracts of data held in the National Pupil Database for a wider range of purposes than possible in order to maximise the value of this rich dataset". Ultimately, the government wants the private sector to tout "tools and services which …
Kelly Fiveash, 20 May 2013

Dell greases Euro storage partners' palms with $10m

Dell is putting $10m discount dollars on the table for Western Europe channel partners who close enterprise business by the end of the year. Partners will get their cash via an additional discount of 5% on all "qualifying" orders between now and New Year’s Eve. The enterprise orders that count are Dell PowerEdge, Compellent, …
Chris Mellor, 14 Nov 2012
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Unexpected curiosity cripples Molyneux app

Veteran British games developer Peter Molyneux's latest mobile game, Curiosity, has been dogged by issues after an unexpected million or so downloads led to server overload. The development studio 22 Cans has appealed for fan donations to improve the service. Curiosity - launched last week - is Molyneux's social experiment in …
Caleb Cox, 12 Nov 2012
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John Lewis to respray with coat of Oracle ERP: Don't worry, we won't be 'wall to wall' Larry

The CIO of John Lewis makes no apologies for what he’s about to do. Quite the contrary. I’m meeting Paul Coby at John Lewis's offices in Victoria, a concrete tower fitted with JL’s fittings and furniture that overlooks the jumbled innards of London's £700m upgrade of the Victoria underground line. It's also a tube-strike day. It …
Gavin Clarke, 05 Mar 2014
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'Geek' image scares women away from tech industry

Women don't consider IT careers because “the popular media’s ‘geek’ image of the technology field” along with other factors including a lack of female role models and support at home and work “tend to dissuade talented girls from pursuing a tech career.” “Misguided school-age career counselling” is another problem, as it often …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Apr 2012
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How to give your applications a long and happy life

Are your applications well managed? Many companies get it right for part of an application’s lifecycle but few excel at all of it. Putting an application into a private cloud can help you to manage it more consistently from cradle to grave. Software applications need different resources at four main stages: development, …
Danny Bradbury, 05 Jun 2012

AMD's 'Revolution' will be televised ... if its CPU-GPU frankenchip Kaveri is a hit

AMD has released its long-awaited Kaveri processor, the first accelerated processing unit (APU) to incorporate both on-die CPU and GPU cores in a heterogeneous system architecture (HSA) with a shared memory architecture. AMD Kaveri - overview Behold Kaveri, in which CPUs and GPUs are equal 'compute unit' partners (click to …
Rik Myslewski, 14 Jan 2014
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Huawei enterprise to be 100% channel 'in 3-5 years

Huawei's year-old enterprise division wants to put all of its business through the channel in three to five years, according to Jeff Hwong, the company's regional sales director for Southern Pacific Enterprise Business. Huawei created the division to flesh out its business, which also deals direct with telcos and offers consumer …
Simon Sharwood, 23 May 2012
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Distie-loving cloud kingpin beds Ingram Micro

Ingram Micro has become the first distributor to join the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF), the not-for-profit organisation trying to promote a Code of Code and open debate among suppliers. The cloud is set to dramatically alter the IT product supply chain, but CIF chairman Andy Burton said he did not believe the role of distribution …
Paul Kunert, 29 Nov 2011
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Suppliers race to bag first G-Cloud accredited platform

The race is on in the channel to pocket the first G-Cloud pan-government accreditation for infrastructure- and software-as-a-service platforms. The awards will be made this month but industry sources tell The Channel that Memset, Skyscape, SCC and FCO Services (the IT arm of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office) are in the running …
Paul Kunert, 06 Jul 2012
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Diminutive robot to attempt Iron Man Triathalon

A 20-inch robot powered by just three rechargeable batteries will take on the gruelling Iron Man triathlon course. Because it can. The robot – consisting of a small green and white body and a modest battery-pack will have to swim, run and bike for 230km (143miles). Mr Evolta comes with three interchangeable body parts, which …
Anna Leach, 19 Sep 2011
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Exploding dinosaur theory EXPLODED

Bone-bothering boffins have long theorised that sea-dwelling ichthyosaurs were prone to exploding because their skeletons are often found in a scattered pattern. Not that a time-traveller from the future was there and lobbed a hand grenade at them - but that the creatures' decomposition process produced enough putrefaction gases …

N00bs vs Windows 8: We lock six people in a room with new OS

The design of Windows 8's user interface - The Interface Formerly Known as Metro (TIFKAM) - leaves non-technical users yearning for the good ol' Start button. The Reg can report that finding after some rather non-scientific tests in which we offered different folks their very first experience of Windows 8. We chose …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Oct 2012
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ISPs must be honest to keep net neutrality alive, say watchdogs

Providing consumers with transparent information about the quality and restrictiveness of their internet service is "fundamental" if net neutrality it to be achieved, European telecoms regulators have said. The Body of European Regulators of Electronic Communications (BEREC) said that national regulators must ensure that …
OUT-LAW.COM, 07 Oct 2011

Office 365: This cloud isn't going to put any admins out of a job

Moving all of your email onto Office 365 is pretty easy; making it work properly once it's there is another story. As a salable product, I find Office 365 extremely curious; it's workable enough if you have a decade or two's experience beating Exchange into submission ... but a little too complex for anyone else. The cloud is …
Trevor Pott, 15 Jun 2012
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'This is Apple. It will take them 2 weeks to alter their website, will it?'

This was the week when Hurricane Sandy barrelled into the US East Coast, killing more than 90 people, causing widespread flooding and leaving hundreds of thousands without power. Before the super-storm made landfall, buildings were closed, businesses went offline and folks were evacuated. The New York Stock Exchange and the …
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Jaspersoft open sources Big Data connectors

Jaspersoft has introduced an open source project designed to help you digest information held in Big Data web stores. The company's Native Reporting Big Data project seeks to build connectors that can natively query data in a slew of NoSQL databases and other stores. Currently, the project offers connectors for NoSQL databases …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Jan 2011
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UK.gov IDs identity vendors

The Identity and Passport Service has announced shortlists for two stages of the National Identity Scheme procurement programme. It has said that CSC, Fujitsu and IBM will be considered as suppliers for the Application and Enrolment Programme for the replace of passport application contracts and development of new capabilities …
Kablenet, 22 Sep 2008
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HP's Hurd points out flat and spotty US in Q3

HP boss Mark Hurd sketched out a "flattish" picture of the US market, but confirmed the company was seeing worldwide growth as he aired third quarter earnings yesterday. Hurd also offered a couple of crumbs of detail on his ambitions for EDS – once the services giant has been borged by HP – and gave Wall Street analysts a …
Joe Fay, 21 May 2008
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LogicCMG gets euro tax deal

LogicaCMG was crowing today that it had a won a €14m, five year contract to support quality assurance and control of EC’s tax and customs directorate. To be honest, we’re not sure tying yourself into the Taxation and Customs Union Directorate General is anything to celebrate. Logica said large parts of the Directorate’s IT and …
Joe Fay, 27 Sep 2006
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So many paths to Nirvana

We've groused repeatedly about the gaps in the software development lifecycle, or more specifically, that communication and coordination have been haphazard at best when it comes to developing software. Aside from the usual excuses of budgets, time schedules, or politics, the crux of the problem is not only the crevice that …
Tony Baer, 28 Nov 2007
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Berry warns about plodding police IT

The former head of the Police Federation has called for the Home Office to mandate the integration of police IT systems by 2015 In an interim report on police bureaucracy for the Home Office, Jan Berry says that although forces are at different stages in their development of IT, there is an operational need for them to have …
Kablenet, 19 Feb 2009
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US Supremes limit royalty double dippage

The US Supreme court has overturned a lower court ruling that let South Korea's LG Electronics double-dip on royalty licensing. In a unanimous decision today, the court favored Taiwan's Quanta Computers, delivering a ruling that will limit a patent holder's ability to collect royalties from companies at different stages of the …
Austin Modine, 09 Jun 2008
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Google's vanity OS is Microsoft's dream

No one will be happier than Microsoft about Google's vanity venture to market computers with a Google-brand OS. It gives us the illusion of competition without seriously troubling either business, although both will obligingly huff and puff about how serious they are about this new, phoney OS war. Since both of these giants are …
Andrew Orlowski, 08 Jul 2009
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Healthy? You're a burden on the state

Dutch researchers have confirmed what fat smokers have waited years to hear - that healthy people are actually a greater burden on the state, because they live longer and oblige the taxpayer to deal with the cost of "lingering diseases of old age like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s". That's according to the Netherlands’ National …
Lester Haines, 05 Feb 2008
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Primary care trusts offered data analysis service

A new supplier framework could provide primary care trusts with data analysis services. The framework consists of 14 organisations appointed to offer support services to the NHS through a new agreement, known as the Framework for procuring External Support for Commissioners (FESC). The framework, which was announced by the …
Kablenet, 08 Oct 2007
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Cassini survives 'in your face' Enceladus flypast

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has survived an "in your face" flyby of Saturnian moon Enceladus designed to collect data on geysers spewing water vapour and other matter from giant fractures at the body's south pole. Cassini on Wednesday skirted the geysers' plumes at a tad over 51,000km/h (32,000mph) at a height of 200km (120 miles …
Lester Haines, 14 Mar 2008
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Salesforce.com warms to Eclipse

Salesforce.com is releasing a version of its AppExchange toolkit on the open source Eclipse framework to attract developers to its new services marketplace. The company is expected to launch its free AppExchange Toolkit for Eclipse, while also announcing membership of the open source tools organisation at EclipseCon in Santa …
Gavin Clarke, 20 Mar 2006
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BAE puffs troubled submarines, Spanish export order

BAE Systems, the UK's principal arms firm, is having a good media week in its submarine-building incarnation. Firstly, the troubled Astute-class project is finally getting some positive press, though it's hard to see why. The BBC notes that three Astute boats are now at different stages of construction and "a huge, red neon …
Lewis Page, 08 May 2007
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UK telecomms industry is Y2K safe

Oftel today proclaimed 90 per cent of UK public phone networks to be Y2K safe. The industry watchdog said it expected all stragglers to reach compliance by September, following an independent assessment of the country’s telecomms industry. A government statement revealed Oftel had adopted what it called "Action 2000’s ‘traffic …
Linda Harrison, 22 Apr 1999
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Europe plans its own NSA to ‘boost cyber-security’

Europe is to get its own NSA - almost. The European Commission today unveiled plans for a European Network and Information Security Agency, to "serve as a centre of competence where both Member States and EU Institutions can seek advice on matters relating to cyber security." So it's purely an advisory thing, then? Well, up to …
John Lettice, 10 Feb 2003
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And the Socket A overclocking champion is…

We have a world first today. Slot A has posted its review of the Soltek 75KV Socket A ATX Motherboard. They speak very highly of it, ranking it as a contender for K7T Pro's current spot as Socket A over-clocking champion. Scores a very respectable nine out of ten. Those nutty Aussies at Insane Hardware have done a little piece …
Lucy Sherriff, 04 Jul 2000
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Kingston factory to shorten memory chain

A cunning plan by memory firm Kingston Technology means that a $100 million investment in clean room technology will shorten the supply chain for modules from eight weeks to 10 days. John Tu, co-founder of the firm, talked yesterday about how its Payton subsidiary, which involves clean room technology and a capital investment …
Mike Magee, 09 Sep 2000
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Open Source ready for prime time in UK.gov, says OGC

Open Source Software is now a viable and credible alternative for government, says a report published yesterday by the UK's Office of Government Commerce. The report, detailing the verdict on a series of proof of concept trials of OSS, which were carried out in conjunction with Sun and IBM over the past year, notes that the …
John Lettice, 28 Oct 2004