28th > June > 2012 Archive


US nuke lab goes back for BlueGene/Q seconds

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, one of the big nuke labs funded by the US Department of Energy, does a lot of super-secret classified nuclear weapons design and management work but it also lets the scientific community play with its biggest machines during shakedown phases and keeps around some iron that they can use on a regular basis.

'Evil' hacker gets two and a half years in the slammer

Australia’s most notorious country town, truck driving, cyber criminal David ‘Evil’ Cecil has been handed a two-and-a-half year prison sentence after being arrested nearly a year ago.
Natalie Apostolou, 28 Jun 2012

WIPO signs new treaty for cross platform performers

A new treaty for the rights of audiovisual performers has been finalised by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) after 12 years of negotiations.
Natalie Apostolou, 28 Jun 2012

Breaking: Megaupload seizures illegal says NZ High Court

America’s case against Megaupload boss Kim Dotcom is looking increasingly shambolic, with a New Zealand High Court judge finding that the property seizures in January raid were illegal.
Richard Chirgwin, 28 Jun 2012
Extreme Hardware

AMD and Intel mainstream desktop CPUs

ReviewIt’s fair to say that Intel has the very high end desktop processor market pretty much to itself, however, it’s a different story in the lower end of the food chain. Although Intel – through the sheer number of different processors it offers – seems to have it all its own way, AMD does make a good fight of it at a number of price points. Indeed, the sheer number of affordable CPU’s to choose from presents the consumer with a bewildering choice.
Simon Crisp, 28 Jun 2012

Mighty ROBOT achieves total SUPREMACY over feeble humans

No matter how many John-Wayne-inspired moments you've had in front of the mirror, you're not as quick on the draw as the Janken robot.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 28 Jun 2012
Microsoft's planned new stores

Microsoft to open UK retail store early next year

Microsoft is laying the foundations to open up a retail store in the UK with a launch date marked for early next Spring.
Paul Kunert, 28 Jun 2012

No need to comply with data laws if it's too difficult - EU ministers

Organisations will not have to abide by data protection laws if it would be too difficult, time-consuming and use up too many important resources to check whether information they hold is personally identifiable, the EU's Council of Ministers has proposed.
OUT-LAW.COM, 28 Jun 2012

Fujitsu raises UK minimum wage to £14k

Fujitsu has agreed to up its minimum wage for its British workers following sustained pressure from union Unite.
Paul Kunert, 28 Jun 2012

Exotic proto-mineral 'panguite' from before the planets found in meteor

Boffins have discovered a primitive mineral in an ancient meteorite that pre-dates the formation of planets.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 28 Jun 2012

Gov ICT strategy for system upgrades needs a system upgrade

The Institute for Government (IfG) has urged the government to "broaden out" its ICT strategy to demonstrate more clearly how to turn the strategy from a collection of technical strands into a "clear articulation of how it will help citizens".

Millionaire Ubuntu space nerd Shuttleworth live on The Reg

Live chatJust as the internet was becoming reality for most of us, Mark Shuttleworth sold his first technology venture - the second largest provider of digital certification, Thawte - to VeriSign for $575m. It was 1999 and he was 26 years old.
Gavin Clarke, 28 Jun 2012

Price Waterhouse Cooper: Only mobile comms can SAVE HUMANITY

Future of WirelessSpeaking at the recent Cambridge Wireless conference Price Waterhouse Cooper's Director of Product Management issued a stark warning - unless governments invest massively in mobile telephony we're all going to starve to death.
Bill Ray, 28 Jun 2012

Darwin alarmed by six-legged mutant cane toad

Anyone who doubts that the cane toad will ultimately gain supremacy over Australia is directed to the Northern Territory News, which has a chilling story on a hexaped mutant Bufo marinus captured south of Darwin.
Lester Haines, 28 Jun 2012

Brits get to fondle Google Nexus 7 slab in just a fortnight

Now that Google is in tablets, it's clearly hoping to make its mark quickly, lining its Nexus 7 tablet up for shipping in the UK in two to three weeks.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 28 Jun 2012

Sysadmins: Your best tale of woe wins a PRIZE

CompetitionI'd like to share with you the plight of a good friend of mine. He's a systems administrator for a mid-sized American accounting firm. His story isn't particularly remarkable, but all the more important because of it.
Trevor Pott, 28 Jun 2012

FalconStor settles with feds for $6m

FalconStor has settled a two lawsuits regarding alleged improper customer payments by coughing up $5.8 million and signing up to a deferred prosecution agreement.
Chris Mellor, 28 Jun 2012

BT to fibre up another 98 exchanges, puffs 'FTTP on demand' offer

Earlier this week, BT announced the company's latest phased rollout of its fibre optic-cabling technology in the UK. Blighty's national telco has said that BT's Openreach engineers will be upgrading another 98 exchanges. However, the national telco declined to tell The Register the exact split between fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) and fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) technology.
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Jun 2012

Half the team at the heart of the RBS disaster WERE in India

ExclusiveCost-cutting RBS management had halved the team within which the banking group's recent data disaster happened, sources have told The Register. The sacked British employees were replaced by staff in India, and there had been concerns about the quality of the work done in India for a lengthy period prior to last week's catastrophe.
Anna Leach, 28 Jun 2012

Google Chrome update plugs score of security bugs

Google has updated its Chrome browser to address 20 vulnerabilities, none of which are deemed critical.
John Leyden, 28 Jun 2012
Apple iPad Mini

Menage á tablet: Apple vs Amazon vs Google

AnalysisThe new tablet battleground is the seven-incher. The biggest names in the business are lining up to fight it out for dominance: Google, Amazon and Apple.
Tony Smith, 28 Jun 2012
D-Link DHP-1565 802.11n router with powerline ethernet

D-Link DHP-1565 802.11n router with integrated powerline

ReviewRunning network traffic over the data-unfriendly environment of mains wiring is a trick Reg Hardware has been enthusing about for some years now. Only once in that time has anyone integrated it into another product.
Tony Smith, 28 Jun 2012
Seattle cityscape made from computer parts

Seattle: we built this city, we built this city in Ram'n'Rom

Old circuit boards clutter up landfill across the world, but with creativity and a little time on your hands, you could turn discarded computer parts into miniature cities instead. Check out this Ram-packed replica of Seattle's skyline.
Caleb Cox, 28 Jun 2012

BT Vision beats rivals to honour of being worst UK Pay-TV

BT Vision is the most complained about pay TV service in the UK, regulator Ofcom said, receiving nearly four times as many whinges in the first quarter of this year as Virgin Media and nine times as many as Sky.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 28 Jun 2012

Brit global warming skeptics now outnumber believers

Fewer Britons than ever support the proposition that global warming is caused by human-driven CO2 emissions, according to the latest survey.
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Jun 2012

UK.gov: Some Open Data are more open than others

The government’s long-awaited Open Data white paper, published this morning, introduces standards for “higher data usability”, according to the minister in charge.
Gavin Clarke, 28 Jun 2012

Panasonic chief says no to low-cost OLED TVs

Cheap-ish OLED TVs? Don't make me laugh.
Tony Smith, 28 Jun 2012

Maude to gov IT suppliers: If you are rubbish you will be binned

Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude will today warn some of the largest IT suppliers to government they may find themselves in the metaphorical public sector waste bin if their performance is rubbish.
Paul Kunert, 28 Jun 2012

Simply nobody is rushing to beat the Microsoft licencing price hike

The expected hordes of customers gathering to renew Microsoft volume licensing agreements before the planned price hike next month failed to show up, say a bunch of reseller sources.
Paul Kunert, 28 Jun 2012
Bento 4 iPad app icon

FileMaker Bento 4

iOS App of the WeekWhen the iPad was first launched it was very much considered to be a device for content consumption, rather than a proper computer that could be used for work. Apps like Bento show that the iPad is, in fact, a very practical work tool.
Cliff Joseph, 28 Jun 2012

English reseller scoops ENTIRE NHS Scotland software gig

Trustmarque has scooped a software and services contract with the NHS National Services Scotland in a framework estimated to be worth north of £20m.
Paul Kunert, 28 Jun 2012

Ministers consult public on 'opt in for smut' plans

Imagine a future where you are demanded to declare to your ISP that you wish to view pornography online?
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Jun 2012

Multimillion-pound hoard of 50BC GOLD PIECES found in Jersey

Two tenacious metal-detector enthusiasts have unearthed a record hoard of Iron Age coins in a field in Jersey.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 28 Jun 2012

Viviane Reding says imitate US and form FEDERAL EUROPE

Viviane Reding, VP of the European Commission, has published an open letter calling for a Federal Europe, modelled on the USA, claiming the only way out of the financial crisis is consolidation of all the participating countries into a single administration.
Bill Ray, 28 Jun 2012

Techies evac'd as raging wildfire menaces $100m Colorado data centre

A massive HP data centre in Colorado Springs is in danger of being destroyed by a wildfire raging near by.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 28 Jun 2012

News Corp proposes divorce, Murdoch will look after TV biz

News Corp has confirmed the heavily rumoured plan to split Rupert Murdoch's empire in two, with the company's publishing wing parting ways with the broadcasting and entertainment division. It also means Murdoch is further distancing himself from his beloved newspaper biz.
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Jun 2012

London cops order Julian Assange to turn himself in

WikiLeaker-in-chief Julian Assange was served with an extradition notice by the Metropolitan police this morning.
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Jun 2012

Obama is best Pres 'to beat alien invasion'

Two-thirds of Americans reckon Barack Obama would be better than his Republican presidential rival, Mitt Romney, at defending the Land of the Free when Mars attacks.
Caleb Cox, 28 Jun 2012

Red Hat snaps up open source SOAer FuseSource

Red Hat SummitA bunch of open-source Apache projects relating to application integration and messaging protocols have found what will very likely be their final commercial home, as Red Hat has just bought the FuseSource subsidiary of Progress Software.
cray cascade mountain

Berkeley Lab to air-cool Cray Cascade super

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, which runs the big and unclassified science projects for the US Department of Energy, is sticking with Cray for its next-generation supercomputer, tentatively called NERSC-7.

Google claims Chrome is the world's most popular browser

Google I/OGoogle has been shouting the praises of its newly patched Chrome on the second day of its I/O developer conference, and is claiming that Chrome is undoubtedly the world's most popular browser.
Iain Thomson, 28 Jun 2012

Security still slack in WA government agencies

While not as utterly hopeless as last year, IT security is still troublesome in Western Australia’s government agencies.
Richard Chirgwin, 28 Jun 2012
Google Data Center Pods

Google downshifts App Engine to infrastructure cloud

Google I/OMicrosoft just downshifted its Azure platform cloud so it could support raw virtual machines and any old applications companies want to cram into them, and now Google has followed suit with Compute Engine.
Chromebook and Chromebox

Dixons and Best Buy start selling Google Chromebooks

Google I/OGoogle is trying to get its Chromebook into the mainstream and is starting to push it in retail stores, signing up Best Buy in the US and Dixons in the UK to distribute the ChromeOS systems.
Iain Thomson, 28 Jun 2012

Ex-NASA group plans private, crowd-funded asteroid hunter

A group of former astronauts, astronomers, engineers, and the ubiquitous Tim O’Reilly (presumably for the publishing rights) are getting together to try and punt a privately-funded space telescope to scan for dangerous asteroids.
Richard Chirgwin, 28 Jun 2012

Nextgen connects data centres for cloud boom

The rise of cloud based services and data centre proliferation has prompted Nextgen Networks to launch a premium grade transmission service connecting nominated data centres in mainland capital cities.
Natalie Apostolou, 28 Jun 2012

RIM delays BlackBerry 10 launch, bins 5000 bods

RIM has reported disastrous quarterly results and is delaying the launch of the new BlackBerry 10 operating system until next year. The company will also shed 5,000 staff.
Iain Thomson, 28 Jun 2012

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