Sun parks cloud at data center Valhalla
It's back. The grid/utility/cloud computing and storage idea is apparently being revamped by Sun Microsystems only a few short months after the company shut down its Network.com utility, originally known as the Sun Grid.
Microsoft's R&D chief: the people problem with innovation
UpdatedRick Rashid, leader of Microsoft's R&D operation, said he could foresee cloud computing some years back.
Ethernet — a
networking protocol name for the ages
In the beginning, Ethernet was optional. When Bob Metcalfe and David Boggs cooked up their network protocol at Xerox PARC in the early 1970s, it was meant to connect the research haven’s now famous Alto machines — but only if researchers felt the need. “Each scientist would get a kind of Alto order form,” Metcalfe remembers, “and you had to check a box if you wanted Ethernet.”
Fusion-io ups SSD ante
Solid state storage maker Fusion-io has upped the ante in the SSD game, launching the ioDrive Duo, a PCI-Express peripheral card with 640GB of capacity.
Apple preps Jobsian magic wand
An Apple patent filing on Thursday reveals the company's plans for a cursor-controlling remote with more than a few tricks up its sleeve, and which may hint at the big-screen Apple television that has been the subject of many a rumor.
AOL pinches Google sales boss
AOL has snaffled Google's US sales boss Tim Armstrong to be its chairman and chief executive.
Vodafone and O2 muddy the radio network waters
CommentO2 and Vodafone are in talks about sharing network sites and infrastructure in the UK, the Financial Times reports. This would be interesting if the companies hadn't already done this for decades.
Content - not tech - delaying possible Sky 3D channel
ExclusiveContent, rather than technical issues, is holding back the launch of a 3D TV offering by broadcaster Sky, Register Hardware has learned.
Non-Apple talking Shuffle earphones emerge
That didn't take long. One manufacturer has already hopped on the talking iPod Shuffle bandwagon by announcing the development of replacement cans featuring the player’s control buttons.
Voice analysis trial gives wobbly results
Tests of voice risk analysis by the Department for Work and Pensions have produced varied results.
Apple to show off iPhone OS 3.0 next week
Apple will take the wraps of the third major release of its iPhone operating system next week.
Sadville transports shaggers to porncentration camp
Second Life has announced it will "geographically separate" adult content so it's accesible "only to those who ought to (and who desire to) access it".
Manchester mobile software firm poised to go titsup
The future of EMCC Software Ltd seemed bleak yesterday evening with only a hold up at a senior creditor preventing the appointment of an insolvency practitioner.
Small biz group calls on UK.gov to give cashflow relief
The British Chambers of Commerce has warned today that the government needs to do more to raise awareness among businesses about cashflow schemes in the current economic downturn.
Robot 'Mono Tiltrotor' supply skyhook proposed
VidThere's usually something wacky going on in the world of whirlycraft, and if not there's bound to be some kind of craziness brewing in military droids. This week we have both, with a proposal for a robot mono tiltrotor.
Jungle Jane pump-and-dumper claims 'pretty healthy' sex life
The 24-year-old Cairns man who twice broke into a sex shop, shagged "Jungle Jane" inflatable dolls and then dumped them in an alleyway has claimed his sex life (with real women) is "pretty healthy".
Apple Mac Mini (Early 2009)
ReviewSomeone at Apple must have a soft spot for the Mac Mini. Despite its superb design, the Mini has always been a bit of an under-achiever, and rumours of its poor sales and imminent demise have been going around for a couple of years now. Yet, as the song says, “good times and bum times, I’ve seen them all, and I’m still here”.
Ma McKinnon plans musical extradition protest
Janis Sharp, mother of US extradition target Gary McKinnon, has hatched plans to conduct a sing-in protest to coincide with President Barack Obama's upcoming visit to London.
Sacked French Sony workers hold chief exec hostage
UpdatedSacked Sony workers at a video tape plant in Pontonx-sur-l'Adour, south-west France, yesterday demonstrated a bit of the old Bastille spirit by taking hostage the company's chief exec who'd dropped in for a final "courtesy visit" to the 300 dismissed employees.
Firefox 3.1 third beta released into wild
Secret emails reveal sexing-up of Iraq dossier
Opposition parties are today renewing calls for a proper investigation into the Iraq war because a Freedom of Information request has revealed senior officials were concerned about how the intelligence was presented.
'Talking' iPod Shuffle spills guts
Want to see the inside of Apple's new iPod Shuffle? Those crazy take-everything-to-bits guys at iFixit.com have pulled one apart to satisfy your curiosity.
3D laser maths models of women's bodies produced
Top Japanese mathematical modelling boffins have used the latest in 3D computing to achieve a much better grasp of women's bodies.
The good book: How to bet better online
As bank interest rates tumble and savings rates drop to levels unheard of in most of our lifetimes, readers might be forgiven for looking at alternative ways to make their money work for them. Could online betting be the answer?
Obese cost London fire brigade £300k
The London fire brigade has over the past five years been called to 128 emergencies involving "excessively overweight" people trapped in "beds, baths or chairs" - at a cost of £292,992, the Evening Standard reports.
Pensioner gets apology over S&M smut filesharing threat
UpdatedA pensioner accused of infringinging copyright by sharing hardcore sado-masochistic pornography using peer-to-peer software has received an apology from controversial law firm Davenport Lyons.
Indefinite liability for online libel must end
CommentThe European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) missed an opportunity to kill an absurd libel law this week. That law exposes online news archives around the world to indefinite liability in British courts.
Traumatised Tibetan monks offered singing bowl therapy
US healers from The Boston Center for Refugee Health and Human Rights (BCRHHR) have been looking at ways to treat traumatised Tibetan monks who've fled "violent religious persecution".
Police law-interpretation: What next?
The Information Commissioner has given the Metropolitan Police a good ticking-off for attempting to bring about the blanket introduction of CCTV in pubs. Their stance on the issue "raised serious privacy issues", which is data protection speak for "could possibly be unlawful".
Consultants chase BT for £88m over 'contract breach'
BT is being sued by consultancy Magenta netLogic for £88m for alleged breach of contract.
Satyam board mulls buyers shortlist
Satyam's government-appointed board of directors met today to look at bids received for the company - the deadline for registering interest was last night.
Ofcom slaps Bristol radio for uncoolness
UK regulator has issued a "yellow card" warning to GWR FM for failing to play music the kids want to hear, accusing the Bristol-based station of aiming for an older audience.
Solwise 3.5G plus WLAN Mobile Server Router
ReviewCompact travel routers are nothing new, but they're generally limited to linking Wi-Fi devices to a wired network. Here at Reg Hardware we use an old but still handy ciggie packet-sized Netgear WGR101 unit to connect our laptops and iPhones to hotel Ethernet feeds.
MS packs yet more tweaks into 'near-ready' Windows 7
Microsoft has announced 27 more changes to its upcoming Windows 7 operating system.
BBC zombie caper slammed by security pros
AnalysisA controversial BBC Click documentary which involved researchers obtaining access to a botnet and sending spam is due to screen this weekend despite a growing storm of criticism.
So, what's the f**king difference between a Netbook and an ultrathin?
So, you've got $500 bucks burning a hole in your pocket, and you've got your heart set on a computer (and maybe 20 fast food meals). A small, cheap computer might be just the thing for you. Miniature computers are just about the hottest thing to hit the PC market since probably the last time something cheap came out when everyone was broke.
Pro-filesharing Swedish party hopes for seat in Brussels
The Swedish Pirate Party hopes to secure a seat in the forthcoming European Parliament elections this summer even before the activist group has earned its stripes at a national level.
Amazon waves DMCA in Kindle channel lock-down
Amazon has invoked the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to prevent distribution of software for extracting the personal identifier from a Kindle, used by those wanting to shop at the Amazon-owned Mobipocket store.
Where to start with IT Security
Episode 1In a short series of webcasts The Register's expert panel will be tackling the current state of the security market.
Drunken BOFH wreaks $1.2m in Oz damage
When a former IT consultant knocked out a government system in Australia's Northern Territories, costing taxpayers $1.2m (Australian), he was drunk and upset that his fiancee had broken off their engagement.
China bars WoW expansion for showing bone
Stupendously popular online game World of Warcraft's second expansion, "Wrath of the Lich King" is being blocked by Chinese censors for showing too much bone.
iPhone 3.0 gossip lassos MMS, tethering, cut-and-paste...
On Thursday, Apple announced that it would be giving the world a sneak peek at the next version of its iPhone operating system on St. Paddy's Day. On Friday, the rumor mill began churning out shameless gossip on what will be included in iPhone Software 3.0.
MS security chief becomes DHS cybersecurity boss
A senior Microsoft exec has been placed in charge of protecting the US's computer systems from hacking attacks
DellHPSunIBM unmoved by Cisco blades
As most of the planet now knows, Monday is D-Day for the "California" blade server launch from networking juggernaut Cisco Systems.
Visa yanks creds for payment card processing pair
Visa on Friday alerted the world that RBS WorldPay and Heartland Payment Systems are not on its list of payment card processors who are in good standing with industry-mandated standards for data security.
NASA eyes weekend Discovery launch
NASA's next shot at launching space shuttle Discovery will be on Sunday, following repairs to the spacecraft's troublesome plumbing that grounded this week's attempt.