9th > February > 2010 Archive
Conficker outbreak infects Leeds NHS servers
UpdatedServers on the network of NHS Leeds were struck down by the Conficker worm late last week.
Adobe apologizes for festering Flash crash bug
An Adobe product manager has apologized for allowing a potentially serious bug in Flash Player to remain unfixed for more than 16 months.
Ex-Intel exec pleads guilty to insider trading
Former Intel executive Rajiv Goel has pleaded guilty to two charges of conspiracy and securities fraud in connection with the Galleon insider trading case. Goel is the tenth person to plead guilty in the case, which the FBI and the US attorney's office in Manhattan call the largest hedge fund inside trading case in US history.
Sun's cloud and gaming execs leave Oracle
Oracle's chief Larry Ellison recently promised he'll be hiring more staff than he'll be letting go from Sun Microsystems.
AMD talks energy with 'Llano' cores
While Intel is talking up its "Westmere" CPUs and their graphics co-processing, which puts a 45 nanometer graphics chip and memory controller inside the same chip package as a two-core Core processor implemented using 32 nanometer processes, rival AMD wants to change the subject to a truly integrated, single-chip CPU/GPU combination - and at the same time make you think about the future, not the present.
Delayed Visual Studio 2010 RC due this week
The delayed next edition of Microsoft's Visual Studio is due as a release candidate by the end of this week.
OpenOffice is the new David Hasselhoff
A new study from German web analytics firm Webmasterpro.de shows that adoption rates of open source productivity software suites swings wildly between different countries.
Intel's 'Tukwila' Itaniums - hot n' pricey
AnalysisAs El Reg duly reported earlier today, Intel took the wraps off its long awaited and many times tweaked "Tukwila" quad-core Itanium 9300 processors for midrange and high-end servers. But let's take a look at the feeds and speeds of the chip itself and how the lineup compared to the prior Itanium 9100 series.
Shopping sites boost customer savvy
Internet shoppers are more aware of their rights and more online retailers are complying with consumer protection laws than previously, according to studies by consumer protection regulator the Office of Fair Trading (OFT).
New cig peril: Third-hand smoke coats puffers in poison
US federal boffins in Berkeley, California say they have discovered yet another deadly hazard associated with smoking. They also raise warnings regarding the perils associated with electronic cigarettes.
China jails porn-monger
China's aggressive crackdown on internet smut and dissent continues - yesterday a man was sentenced to 13 years prison for renting a US server for distributing pornographic material
IPS's double IT has risks, says commissioner
Identity commissioner Sir Joseph Pilling has expressed concerns about the Identity and Passport Service's two-stage approach to its core technology.
Heathrow 777 crash: Ice to blame
The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has released its final report into the 17 January 2008 crash-landing of a Boeing 777 at London's Heathrow, confirming its earlier interim conclusion that ice in the fuel feed system caused the incident.
Google forced to use humans to support Nexus One
Google has opened up a US support number that will be answered by a human being, as well as tweaking the small print to make its mobile phone more attractive.
Tories will force BT to open up ducts to rivals
The Tories continued their 21st Century bread and circuses election campaign yesterday, pledging once again to jack-up broadband speeds in the UK.
Mozilla becomes latest to dump Mac OS X 10.4 support
Mozilla will ditch support for Apple’s aged Mac OSX 10.4 - AKA Tiger - when it releases the next version of its Gecko rendering engine.
SAP serenely promises to be less bad
German software giant SAP has promised to be less bad under its new leadership after losing its chief executive on Sunday.
Safer Internet Day fights online foolhardiness
Young surfers are being encouraged to practise safe computing and use common sense online on Safer Internet Day today.
LG preps 'smallest, thinnest' touchphone
LG made a big deal last year about how small its Pop touchphone is despite featuring a 3in display. Now it's trying again. It has announced the Mini, a similarly svelte device but this time boast a 3.2in, 16:9 aspect ratio screen.
Server virtualisation beyond the x86 environment
LabRegister readers have told us (pdf) that the virtualisation of significant portions of your x86 server estates are major project areas in which you plan to invest both money and, much more importantly, your time.
iPad launch raises awareness, boosts disinterest
A follow-up survey from Retrevo has found that while a lot more people have heard of the iPad since the launch, fewer of those people are planning to buy one.
Samsung Omnia Pro
ReviewSamsung clearly has high hopes for its latest round of Windows Mobile-powered Omnia smartphones. The Omnia II was a significant improvement over last year's original, due in no small part to Windows Mobile 6.5, which offers a big leap in usability over previous editions of WinMo. The Omnia Pro maintains a high level of functionality, with an eye on business customers.
Touchscreens take lead in smartphone biz
The world's smartphone makers shipped more touchscreen models in Q4 2009 than at any time in the past - and more touchphones than devices with buttons.
Jedi chapter seeks leader after master resigns
Surrey's nascent Jedi community is looking for a new leader after the incumbent, Master Ajac, was forced to step down for health reasons.
Battlefield skyhook robocopter 'passes US Marines' test'
The deadline for makers to bring forward unmanned skyhook robocopters - intended to move battlefield supplies in Afghanistan as soon as this year - is upon us, and one team at least is claiming a successful demonstration.
Gmail to get real
time with Web2.0rhea makeover?
Google is reportedly readying social networking features for Gmail in an effort to imitate Web2.0rhea vanguards Facebook and Twitter.
Iranian net slows to a crawl before planned protests
Iranian authorities have blamed fibre-optic network damage for a convenient slow-down in net connection speeds in the country this week.
Cultists aquiver as Applestore goes into hibernation
The Applestore went dead this morning, sending Mac cultists into a frenzy of speculation over what goodies Saint Steve might shower upon them later today.
Global gov's shrugging lets cybercrims frolic
CommentSomeone will have to die before governments take cybercrime as seriously as they take digital piracy, a panel on cybercrime and internet security was told last week.
Nvidia launches dual-GPU tech for notebooks
Nvidia reckons it has finally cracked the problem of smoothly swapping between graphics chips in notebooks that have more than one GPU. Today, it launched its solution, which it has branded Optimus.
Mobile games developers shift to iPhone
More games developers are working on content for mobile phones - and a big majority are targeting the iPhone. There are twice as many developers working on iPhone games as there are creators of titles for the Sony PSP and Nintendo DS.
spymobile snowmobile prowls Winter Olympics
Google has unveiled some fetching views of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics sites, courtesy of a snowmobile equipped with Street View's all-seeing eye.
Labour Party told to stop spam-calls
The Information Commissioner's Office has told the Labour Party to stop using automated telephone diallers to contact people without their permission.
YouTube use makes up 10% of mobile data
Analysis of mobile traffic during the second half of 2009 shows YouTube accounting for a tenth of all data consumed on the move, but P2P is still clogging cells.
PureDepth grabs no-specs 3D OLED tech
PureDepth, a US company that holds a stack of intellectual property covering multi-layer displays, has added the use of OLED technology to its roster of patents.
Canadian cops taser 'naked and agitated' man
Cops in Victoria, British Columbia, were obliged to taser a "naked and extremely agitated" man after a baton, a dog and pepper spray failed to subdue the belligerent perp.
Buster's World gives Guardian Professional balloon-sized headache
The website supplier responsible for the DirectgovKids porno brand name gaffe that we first reported late last week has admitted it failed to spot the clanger when searching for the name via Google.
Avatar whups Confucius's sorry ass
Sci-fi epic Avatar has administered a righteous kicking at the Chinese box office to a locally-produced film about the life of Confucius - despite the authorities' reported attempt to ensure the home-grown product's success.
Nasuni provides cloud-based filer
Startup Nasuni says it has cracked the problem of storing files directly in the cloud with a software virtual NAS appliance.
PayPal suspends India service
PayPal, eBay's payment system, has suspended all payments to personal accounts in India.
Riverbed WAN optimizers get SSDs, 10 GE
WAN optimization appliance maker Riverbed Technology has taken the wraps off its Steelhead 7050 boxes, which sport the first solid state disks used in such an appliance as well as 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports on the data center side and over 1 Gb/sec of WAN bandwidth on the wide side.
Upstart crimeware wages turf war on mighty Zeus bot
Purveyors of a new botnet toolkit are touting a feature aimed at aspiring cybercriminals: the opportunity to commandeer computers already compromised by an established crimeware package known as Zeus.
Cisco and Juniper armed for wireless showdown
The industry's two largest network vendors will be dueling on wireless with competing wares on display at the Mobile World Congress in Spain next week.
Google Buzz - Gmail mod for the Tweetbook set
Google has updated Gmail with a "social networking" add-on dubbed Google Buzz, a tool for sharing personal info with others à la Facebook and Twitter.
IBM gives birth to 'wire-speed' processor
ISSCCIBM has introduced a new chip design that sits somewhere between a network processor and server processor.
Feds say dev's 'cookie-stuffer' app fleeced eBay
A Las Vegas web developer has been charged with fleecing eBay out of tens of thousands of dollars by selling a program that planted fraudulent web cookies on the PCs of people visiting the online auctioneer.
IBM chills sealed data center with outside air
If you want to be a player in cloud computing, you have to build data centers. Server maker IBM probably thinks it will sell a lot more internal cloud than external cloud, but it realized that customers will want a mix of public and hosted cloud infrastructure to run their workloads. Hence, IBM has shelled out $362m to build a data center in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, a facility dedicated to supporting customers who want to use Big Blue's CloudBurst cloud services.