11th > February > 2011 Archive


Rackspace nears $1bn run rate

Rackspace Hosting is growing its cloud business like crazy. It's a key player in the development of the open source OpenStack cloud plarform. And it has a large installed base of managed hosting customers. But the company isn't satisfied. It wants more.

Microsoft sends IE9 'do-not-track' tech to W3C

Microsoft has submitted its "do not track" browser technology to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) for adoption as a industry standard.
Gavin Clarke, 11 Feb 2011

PS3 jailbreak judge refuses to rescind GeoHot order

The federal judge hearing Sony's copyright suit against PlayStation 3 jailbreakers declined to vacate a ruling that hacker George Hotz turn over his computer gear to the console maker, Wired.com reported.
Dan Goodin, 11 Feb 2011

Enough with the Apple App Store apathy

Open...and ShutMicrosoft used to be the bête noire of open-source advocates, riling freedom-loving software developers with its sometimes anti-competitive behavior.
Matt Asay, 11 Feb 2011

RIM PlayBook fondleslab to 'run Google Android apps'

Research in Motion – maker of the BlackBerry and the upcoming PlayBook tablet – is building software that will allow the PlayBook to run Google Android applications, according to a report citing people familiar with the matter.
Cade Metz, 11 Feb 2011

Geeky gifts for Valentine's Day

Product Round-upValentine's Day is almost here, which unfortunately means delving into pockets for the first time since Christmas in a bid to keep our other halves interested.
Caleb Cox, 11 Feb 2011

It's official: Nokia bets on Microsoft for smartphones

Nokia will adopt Windows Mobile as its main smartphone platform in a wide-ranging agreement with Microsoft. But it's not as wide-ranging as it might have been: the two giants won't formalise the relationship by forming a joint venture or spin-out, and there's no mention of exclusivity on any of the many areas touched on by the announcement.
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Feb 2011

Rare metals found in Cornish tin mine

A Cornish tin mine hopes to be producing hundreds of kilos of valuable indium – used in iPads and other devices and costing up to £500 a kilo.
John Oates, 11 Feb 2011

Overland's top tech guy: Great things ahead

We had the chance to talk to Geoff Barrall, the founder of BlueArc and Data Robotics, about his work at Overland Storage, where he is charge of product engineering.
Chris Mellor, 11 Feb 2011

Street View to invade Israel?

An Israeli ministerial task force will next week begin to consider whether it's a good idea to allow Google's Street View spymobiles to prowl the streets of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.
Lester Haines, 11 Feb 2011

Bluetooth Special Interest Group hands out cups

Bluetooth's Low Energy variant has been the subject of its annual developers' Innovation Cup, with three winners selected, though it is hard to say which will be the killer application for the technology.
Bill Ray, 11 Feb 2011

Facebook tagged with $60bn valuation

Facebook is considering allowing its staff to sell up to $1bn of their shares to institutional investors, after the company got slapped with a $60bn valuation.
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Feb 2011

Apple 'iPhone Nano' back in the game, says mole

Apple is preparing a $200 compact iPhone in a bid to beat Android at the budget smartphone game, it has been claimed.
Tony Smith, 11 Feb 2011
World of Starcraft

World of StarCraft renamed

The fan-made MMO World of Starcraft has a new name - Starcraft Universe, and it won't cause friction over trademark issues this time, apparently.
Caleb Cox, 11 Feb 2011

Detroit citizens demand RoboCop statue

Fans of Paul Verhoeven's 1987 classic RoboCop have launched an online campaign to erect a statue in honour of their crimebusting hero.
Lester Haines, 11 Feb 2011

Your mind's '.brain' jpeg-like picture file format probed

Top boffins say they have gained insights into one of the most amazing capabilities of the human brain – its ability to store and recognise visual images. They say that the noggin compresses pictures in a process roughly as efficient in terms of storage space as turning photos into jpegs – but one much superior for the purpose of using the data subsequently.
Lewis Page, 11 Feb 2011

Evil grain-speculating OVERLORDS will starve us ALL

Darn those evil speculators in food! You know, them, those men in offices playing with futures and derivatives in wheat and corn: they're starving the poor you know! For there is evil in the marketplace and we know where evil comes from: men in offices playing with money. Therefore the evil must be caused by said playing with commodity derivatives, right?
Tim Worstall, 11 Feb 2011

Three touts tablets

UK mobile operator Three will sell you Dell's Inspiron Duo netbook-cum-tablet for 50 quid - if you take out a two-year, £41.52-a-month contract.
Hard Reg, 11 Feb 2011

Protection of Freedoms Bill is released

The long-awaited Protection of Freedoms Bill – aka "the great Repeal Bill" – has been published, to much trumpeting of liberties restored by the Coalition, and a sharp intake of breath from everyone else, who is rapidly reading the small print.
Jane Fae , 11 Feb 2011

Vodafone squeezes internet into TV

Vodafone believes the time is right for an internet-on-TV box, undaunted by the fact that everyone else has been trying to do the same thing for decades.
Bill Ray, 11 Feb 2011

Malware endemic even on protected PCs

Many users remain infected with computer malware – despite the fact that the vast majority are running machines protected by anti-virus software.
John Leyden, 11 Feb 2011

Card surcharges face super-complaint

Consumer lobby group Which? is making a so called super-complaint about the extra money charged to consumers who pay by card.
John Oates, 11 Feb 2011

Albuquerque shopper samples free man oysters

A customer at a Sunflower Farmers Market store in Albuquerque got a real taste of healthy eating when an employee offered her a free sample of Greek yoghurt and semen.
Lester Haines, 11 Feb 2011


ReviewThere's something obvious missing from Nail'd. For grammarians, it will be the title's unnecessary contraction of a perfectly acceptable transitive verb. For Newtonians, it will be the game's flagrant disuse of the laws of motion. For everyone else, it will surely just be the total lack of challenge on offer in developer Techland's off-road arcade racer.
Andrew Bailey, 11 Feb 2011

O2 to raise broadband prices by up to 27%

UpdatedO2 is putting up its broadband prices again, just a month after increasing them in line with the rise in VAT. Existing customers are particularly hard hit.
Tony Smith, 11 Feb 2011

UK.gov's axing of school building plan 'unlawful'

The government's decision to dump England's school building programme has been overthrown in the High Court, with a judge describing education Secretary Michael Gove's plans as "unlawful".
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Feb 2011

Mysterious crypto-book dated to 15th century

A mysterious book written in a language or code that no cryptographer has ever managed to crack has been verified as being written in the early 15th century, which has upset some of the theories on its origin.
Lewis Page, 11 Feb 2011

Should Apple enter the flat TV market?

CommentIn February 2009, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said what we were all thinking: that if Apple is a part of the consumer electronics market, why doesn’t it produce a TV with Apple TV (and a DVR) incorporated?
Faultline, 11 Feb 2011

America spared Top Gear Mexican quips

The BBC has announced that the episode of Top Gear featuring witty analysis of Mexicans will be diplomatically edited before its stateside broadcast next week.
Lester Haines, 11 Feb 2011

Kournikova worm marks 10th anniversary

Friday, 11 February, marks the 10th anniversary of the outbreak of the Anna Kournikova worm.
John Leyden, 11 Feb 2011

Grief and disbelief greet Elop's Nokia revolution

AnalysisThere are times when you don't want to intrude on public grief, but Nokia has spent 15 years (or more) trying to avoid this day.
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Feb 2011

English Defence League site pulled offline after defacement

The website of the far right English Defence League remained unavailable on Friday following a hack attack on Wednesday.
John Leyden, 11 Feb 2011
DEc co-founder Ken Olsen

DEC: The best of systems, the worst of systems

OpinionWhich were the greatest DEC computers and why? Which were the worst - and why?
Geoffrey G. Rochat, 11 Feb 2011

Joy Division get the Playmobil treatment

It's Friday, so before heading off to the boozer for the traditional end-of-week "editorial meeting", we at the El Reg Bootnotes department thought we'd sign out by pointing our beloved readers at this entertaining miniature interpretation of Joy Division's Transmission ...
Lester Haines, 11 Feb 2011

Locking antlers with a network Nazi

Some contracting jobs are fun. I love the sexy ones that task me with rolling my own data center or spending a week’s worth of off hours poking holes in someone else’s network.
Trevor Pott, 11 Feb 2011
For Sale sign detail

Coalition rejigs gov procurement to give SMEs an in

The government launched a new website this afternoon for contractors looking to win public sector jobs that cost over £10,000.
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Feb 2011

Now, Nokia, what about the hardware?

CommentIf Symbian is Nokia's "burning platform", has the Finnish phone giant thrown itself into the frying pan to escape the fire?
Tony Smith, 11 Feb 2011

The repeal bill: what's left in, what's left out

AnalysisToday’s Repeal Bill is likely to receive an enthusiastic welcome from Big Brother Watch and a lukewarm endorsement from the Lib Dems. But as the proposal is more closely analysed, a fair few of those cheering now may soon be a good deal more gloomy; in respect of what has been left out and the fine detail of how freedoms are to be enacted.
Jane Fae , 11 Feb 2011
Reality Touch Theatre

Dutch develop world's largest touchscreen

Behold the largest touchscreen the world has ever seen, probably. Here's a video of it in action.
Caleb Cox, 11 Feb 2011

eHarmony plays down data breach on dating advice site

Online dating site eHarmony is asking some of its users to change their passwords following the discovery of a security breach.
John Leyden, 11 Feb 2011

Sandy Bridge MacBook Airs inbound

Apple will update its MacBook Air family of ultra-skinny laptops with Intel's second-generation Core i chips in Q2.
Tony Smith, 11 Feb 2011

Nokia's 15-year tango to avoid Microsoft

AnalysisIf you want to understand the existentialist despair of many Nokia staff today, then you need to understand how thoroughly its entire business has been about avoiding Microsoft.
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Feb 2011

Patent attack launched on Google's open video codec

UpdatedMPEG LA – the patent pool organization that handles licensing for the H.264 video codec – is collecting patents for what can only be described as an attack on the competing VP8 codec. Last year, Google open sourced VP8 under a royalty-free license, hoping to create a completely free and open standard for HTML5 web video.
Cade Metz, 11 Feb 2011

Microsoft says exec took secret 'trove' to Salesforce

Microsoft is claiming a CRM executive who defected to Salesforce.com took hundreds sensitive documents to its cloudy competitor.
Gavin Clarke, 11 Feb 2011

Intel defends MeeGo after Nokia defection

Nokia may have run off with Microsoft, but Intel remains married to MeeGo.
Rik Myslewski, 11 Feb 2011

Amazon threatens Texas exit over tax bill

Cloud pioneer and webtailer Amazon is messin' with Texas, threatening to scrap a local depot thanks to a dispute over taxes owed to the Lone-Star state.
Gavin Clarke, 11 Feb 2011

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