10th > November > 2009 Archive
EU officially objects to Sunacle deal
The European Union has officially raised objection to Oracle's proposed $7.4bn acquisition of Sun Microsystems.
Symbian channels iPhone love into Android scrap
Sure an iPhone could get you laid, but Symbian's biggest problem right now is its looming scrap with an Android.
Microsoft and Seagate hunker down in EVault
Microsoft is going to use Seagate software and its EVault cloud service to take on Symantec's backup products in heterogeneous Windows shops.
Security firm chokes sprawling spam botnet
A botnet that was once responsible for an estimated third of the world's spam has been knocked out of commission thanks to researchers from security firm FireEye.
Snow Leopard redumps Intel's Atom
Now that Apple has released the final version of Mac OS 10.6.2 Snow Leopard into the wild, it appears that the shipping version does not support Intel's Atom processor after all.
Next generation spammers rise up in Asia, India and Brazil
A new generation of spammers is rising up in regions such as Asia Pacific, Japan, and South America, and beginning to outstrip their North American counterparts in junk mail output.
PMR heads for areal density limit
Current perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) for hard drives is going to reach its areal density limit, and it looks like the industry has not yet decided on which candidate technology is going to replace it.
Google Reader Koobface spotlights security risk 2.0
The rising use of social networking and collaboration apps on corporate networks has spawned increased security risks beyond potential productivity losses, firewall vendor Palo Alto warns. The warning coincides with the appearance of a variant of the Koobface worm linked to Google Reader accounts controlled by hackers.
ReviewWhile hooking up a PC or nettop like the Acer Aspire Revo or Asus Eee Box to that huge flat-screen telly in your lounge for a spot of media playback or light web browsing is undoubtedly a Very Good Idea, the elegance of the set up usually takes a bit of a knock when it comes to controlling the thing.
Cambridge Uni cheerleaders in naming FAIL
Cambridge University students have indicated that they may, as is commonly believed, be a trifle out of touch with the mainstream of modern life. It appears that the uni's cheerleading team is known as the "Cambridge Cougars", despite the fact that its members are neither especially attractive nor old - and several are not even women.
Spain 'goes 50% wind powered' - in the small hours
CommentThe Spanish wind power industry has proudly claimed that it has "set a new record" in that it delivered more than half the electricity used in all of Spain for several hours.
Loud sex a human right, says loud sex woman
A Tyne and Wear woman whose raucous lovemaking earned her an ASBO and multiple cuffings will declare in court that the order is a violation of her human rights.
HP scores SMB storage hat-trick
HP is improving its small and medium business data protection with better snapshot, virtual tape library and physical tape products.
Brown's Building Britain website fail
Gordon Brown is learning, once again, that it takes more than sprinkling some Web2.0 social networking nonsense around to create a political message.
Nvidia CEO says 'no' to x86 CPU biz
Nvidia is not going to get into the x86 chip business, CEO Jen-Hsun Huang has stressed.
iPhone goes Orange
Network operator O2 will be feeling mildly pissed off today, because rival operator Orange has officially welcomed the iPhone onto its network.
Apple IDs the next-generation iPhone
Evidence is growing that Apple plans to embed NFC into the next iPhone, but can Steve Jobs sell the technology that no one else seems to want?
ICO investigates Play.com breach
The Information Commissioner's Office has confirmed it is investigating complaints into Play.com.
Google Oz maps mashups herald brave loo world
Relief is at hand for Googlers who get caught short while out shopping - Google Australia may have got its hands on the National Toilet Database.
Big Iron, big data, big networks, big problems
InterviewHigh Performance Computing (HPC) is the Formula 1 of the tech industry. It has been the catalyst of developments in SMP, clustering and parallel programming. Massive improvements in system price performance is fuelling the proliferation of HPC systems for business analytics.
VMware brings fat graphics to thin clients
VMware has integrated a new PCoIP screen protocol into its View 4 platform that it claims will give it an edge on Microsoft's RDP for desktop clients.
Samsung to offer open Android alternative
Taking on Google may seem a tall order to some, but it's one that Samsung clearly isn’t afraid of. The manufacturer has launched its own open mobile platform, Bada, as an alternative to Android.
UK.gov denies innocent will be hit by filesharing regime
Forthcoming laws to reduce the level of peer-to-peer copyright infringement with threats of disconnection will affect "hardly anybody, other than the most serious and egregious recidivistic offenders", according to culture minister Sion Simon.
MS forensics tool leaks onto the web
Microsoft's point-and-click "computer forensics for cops" tool has leaked onto the web.
Iraq launches tourism drive
Iraq is attempting what must rate as the biggest PR challenge since Nicolas Sarkozy ordered French media to convince the world he's actually six inches taller - that of enticing western tourists to sample the delights of the sun-kissed land astride the Tigris.
IBM's cool zero-emission data centre idea
IBM says it is working towards the introduction of technology to enable zero-emission data centres, which will give out not a single whiff of CO2.
Silverlight dances with Facebook wolves
Microsoft continues to plead with developers to tinker with Silverlight, the software giant’s ginger stepchild rival to Adobe’s Flash, by slotting the tech into Facebook.
Social net for nerds meets Twitter
LinkedIn is linking up with Twitter. Users will soon be able to choose status updates on the business networking site to appear on Twitter, and vice versa.
NASA hands over $900K for Laser propulsion system
LaserMotive has scooped a $900,000 prize from NASA for demonstration of an elevator powered from a ground-based laser.
Kiwis slap 'vacant' sign on Paris Hilton
Paris Hilton's lawyers are preparing to move against the New Zealand firm who thought it would be a bit of wheeze to advertise empty billboard space in Auckland by sticking up a fetching snap of El Reg's fave celebutard with the slogan "Vacant".
ReviewAndroid smartphones are fast losing their novelty status as more manufacturers get to grips with Google's open source operating system and go the widget way, often developing their own individual take of the basic style. Motorola and Samsung have been recent converts - with their Dext and Galaxy, respectively - but Taiwanese firm HTC was the first, and has been churning out variations on the theme with steady regularity.
Tagged.com pays $750,000 over deceptive emails
Tagged.com has paid $750,000 in penalties to New York and Texas after the states accused the social networking outfit of abusing its members' contact lists and spamming millions with deceptive promotional emails.
Spectra launches T-Finity, plans beyond
SpectraLogic is claiming the tape library top slot with its 30,000-plus slot T-Finity library, leaving IBM, Quantum, and Sun StorageTek in the dust.
HP, Dell punters furious over Windows 7 upgrade delays
Some Hewlett-Packard and Dell customers are up in arms about delays to the Windows 7 upgrades promised to punters who purchased PCs from the hardware vendors earlier this year.
US boffins hail lab-grown rabbit todger
US researchers have offered long-term hope to human sufferers of erectile disorder by restoring "sexual function" to rabbits with damaged penises.
Ricoh launches camera with removable lenses, sensors
Ricoh has redefined the high-end compact camera, launching what it has claimed is the world’s smallest and lightest camera to sport an “interchangeable unit camera system”.
Retailer compiles ‘endangered tech’ list
Mobile phone chargers, the mouse and the Wii Remote have topped a list that predicts which of today's technologies face extinction next year.
Catholic priests, scientists head to Rome to ponder alien life
The Vatican may be a little closer to deciding how it deals with the tricky problem of extra terrestrial - and most likely non-Catholic - life forms, as it wraps up a conference on astrobiology this week.
Santa in Phones4U booze'n'fags logo 'shock'
Phones 4u have taken a rather modernistic stance with new website idents that show Santa Claus pissing on the company logo having knocked back a few tinnies.
UK to build robot stealth raygun jet/copter
Aerospace firms are competing for a "classified" UK MoD contract to build a robotic military stealth aircraft which would be able to hover like a helicopter or fold its rotors and fly as an aeroplane. The "novel air concept" would be able to operate "within urban canyons" and deploy radical new weapons such as microwave or laser rayguns.
Legless woman falls onto Boston train tracks
A Boston woman who'd evidently had a very, very robust session on the sauce narrowly escaped becoming literally legless last Friday after falling onto the tracks at the city's North Station:
UK2's email still borked
Customers of web hosting firm UK2.net are putting up with yet another day without emails.
Firefox flaws make up 44% of all browser bugs?
UpdatedFirefox flaws accounted for nearly half (44 per cent) of all browser bugs in the first half of 2009 - according to a survey which fails to factor in the seriousness of browser flaws.
Pentagon chiefs buy net-security early warning system
US weapons megacorp Raytheon is chuffed to announce that it and allied firms have landed a $28m deal from the Pentagon to provide an early-warning system for defence against cyber attacks on military networks.
Apple pushes out Blue Monday patch batch
Apple pushed out a major update to its Mac OS X operating system on Monday.
Cisco keeps schtum on big iron plans
CommentThere is no question that networking giant Cisco Systems wants to be a player in the server racket, and its recent Acadia partnership with EMC to sell preconfigured Vblock setups, complete with Cisco blade servers and networking, VMware server virtualization, and EMC storage and system management tools, drives the message home. But it is going to take far more than some clever two-socket Intel server designs for Cisco to be a real player.
Netflix streamed onto PS3
Netflix has launched a film and TV-show streaming service for the PlayStation 3.
Glenn Beck loses and wins domain name case
Conspiraloon Glenn Beck has lost, but also won, a case to win control of a domain he believed was infringing his copyright.
GTA IV updates coming to Windows?
PC gamers look set to gain access to Grand Theft Auto IV’s downloadable episode updates, if a Games for Windows Live (GWL) screenshot is anything to go by.
Brazilian uni readmits miniskirted student
Sao Paulo's Bandeirante University, aka Uniban, has decided to readmit the student expelled for wearing an insufficiently long skirt to campus, a garment which provoked a near riot as a baying mob of fellow students hurled abuse at the 20-year-old "whore".
Visual Studio gets Linux dose with Mono
The idea of Microsoft releasing Visual Studio for Unix and Linux was once - quite literally - a joke.
iPhone-shunning Wintel mobo bug squashed (for some)
Two motherboard manufacturers have issued BIOS updates designed to fix a bug that prevents certain Wintel mobos from talking to the iPhone.
What do you call a flash-based super?
Boutique supercomputer maker Appro International has won a deal at the San Diego Supercomputer Center to create a next-generation parallel supercomputer that has lots of flash memory and software to create a virtual shared memory infrastructure that spans the server nodes in the cluster.
Eight charged in $9.5m payment processor hack
Eight men connected to an international crime ring have been charged with hacking into Atlanta-based bank card processor RBS WorldPay and stealing more than $9m in 12 hours.
Microsoft yanks Windows code on GPL violation claim
Microsoft has pulled a Windows 7 media and administration tool from the Microsoft Store site for apparently violating the GPL.
Apple's mini DisplayPort added to Vesa standard
Vesa - the organisation overseeing DisplayPort - has added Apple's compact version of the digital monitor connector to its specification sheet.
Google search primed for 'Caffeine' injection
Google has completed testing on "Caffeine," a semi-mysterious overhaul of its back-end search infrastructure, and it will soon roll the new platform behind its live search engine.
Intel punts portable text reader for the blind
Intel has introduced a handheld device designed to help dyslexic, low-vision, and blind persons by using a combination of a point-and-shoot camera and text-to-speech technology to read text that for them would otherwise be difficult or impossible to comprehend.