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Sweden orders TWO PETAFLOP supercomputer

Sweden's KTH (Royal Institute of Technology) is continuing its Cray fandom, placing a US$13 million order for an XC super and taking the institute into the petascale era.
Richard Chirgwin, 18 Sep 2014
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Mathematica screen shot

Mathematica hits the Web

Wolfram wants to broaden the appeal of its Mathematica product, adding a fully-online version to the existing standalone software applications.
Richard Chirgwin, 18 Sep 2014
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Synology DS411slim

Synology bakes word processor, groupware, into its NAS OS

Synology is about to release version 5.1 of its Disk Station Manager (DSM) NAS operating system, and has baked a word processor and groupware inside.
Simon Sharwood, 18 Sep 2014
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BitTorrent Chat/Bleep

BitTorrent's peer-to-peer chat app Bleep goes live as public alpha

Bleep, the BitTorrent peer-to-peer chat client, is now out in the wild in the form of a public Alpha version.
Richard Chirgwin, 18 Sep 2014
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Steve Herrod, VMware CTO

Former VMware CTO Steve Herrod is now mobile API 'appy

Your marketing department wants to build mobile apps to expose your business processes to world+dog, but if you do it their way you'll fail and set back future mobile development efforts.
Simon Sharwood, 18 Sep 2014
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Apple New iPad vs iPad 2

Get ready for another HYPEGASM: New iPADs 'in October'

So soon after drowning the world in iPhone 6 and iOS 8 hype, Apple is said to be planning another party next month to launch more iPads and OS X Yosemite.
Shaun Nichols, 18 Sep 2014
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cookies_eyes_privacy evercookies flash cookies

Boffins plot global (browser) cookie crumb trail

Privacy laws covering the use of personally-identifiable information are, on a global scale, creating a dizzying patchwork of cookie-cutter cookie-serving companies created to sniff our Web browsing.
Richard Chirgwin, 18 Sep 2014
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Kindle Fire HD for Kids

Amazon rekindles e-readers and Fire OS without weeks of whack-a-leak fun

Amazon.com has given its Kindle range a thorough refresh, springing a new range on world+dog today without the usual weeks of “will they or won't they and what's inside” leaks and speculation.
Simon Sharwood, 18 Sep 2014
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NSA parody T-shirt

Spies would need superpowers to tap undersea cables

The Register has found itself subject to a certain amount of criticism for this author's scepticism regarding whether the NSA has been snooping on optical fibre cables by cutting them.
Richard Chirgwin, 18 Sep 2014
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Apple's Cook: We have never allowed g-men access to Apple servers

Apple has made some amendments to its privacy policy, and has used the occasion to run an open letter from CEO Tim Cook explaining the changes.
Richard Chirgwin, 18 Sep 2014
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Student pleads guilty to Frances Abbott 'secret' scholarship leak

Sydney student Freya Newman has pled guilty to illegally using a colleagues' login credentials to access and leak documents about a scholarship awarded to the daughter of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
Darren Pauli, 18 Sep 2014
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Top Gear Tigers and Bingo Boilers: Farewell then, Phones4U

"Their marketing seemed to be aimed at the more erm ... chav infested end of the market", wrote one Reg reader on the demise of Phones4U, which went into administration on Sunday.
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Sep 2014
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Comprehensive guide to obliterating web apps published

The global security community has completed an 18-month effort to produce a guide it is hoped will boost the standard of web application testing and address new and dangerous technologies.
Darren Pauli, 18 Sep 2014
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Malcolm Turnbull

Turnbull: NBN won't turn your town into Silicon Valley

Australia's Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has again unloaded on his predecessors in government, saying the swift planing process for the National Broadband Network made it “the riskiest and most complex project the Australian Government has ever attempted to carry out.
Simon Sharwood, 18 Sep 2014
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Murdoch to Europe: Inflict MORE PAIN on Google, please

Rupert Murdoch's minions have written to the European Commissioner for Competition Joaquín Almunia, urging him to mete out stern punishment to Google in the ongoing search market dominance probe.
Simon Sharwood, 18 Sep 2014
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A3Cube turns RAM up to 11 with FORTISSIMO kit

A3Cube has fleshed out another part of its plans for high performance interconnect, adding an I/O access system to the RONNIE data plane technology it launched in February 2014.
Richard Chirgwin, 18 Sep 2014
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Stephen_fry_photo_cap_competition_6b

iPhone 6: Most exquisite MOBILE? No. It is the Most Exquisite THING. EVER

Stephen PieWe had certain unavoidable production issues with this piece from our occasional "tech guru" Stephen Pie. Rather as plainly happened in the case of Stephen Fry - any other similarity between the two is purely coincidental - Mr Pie's thoughts on the iPhone 6 have had to be published almost completely without benefit of sub-editing or other polishing. Our apologies. - Ed.
Stephen Pie, 18 Sep 2014
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ISIS Islamists in Iraq

Jihadi terrorists DIDN'T encrypt their comms 'cos of Snowden leaks

The Snowden leaks have not changed the way jihadi terorrists communicate, according to a new study.
John Leyden, 18 Sep 2014
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HGST_Active_archive_platform

Aggressive HGST hurls flashy humdingers at online archiving

CommentHoly Moly, HGST is getting ambitious. It's building an active archive platform product in competition with some of its OEMs and its aiming to rewrite server clustering with a flash fabric - oh and develop helium-filled disk drives - and shingled drives with its own slant - and thinking of Phase Change Memory chips with DIMM connectors.
Chris Mellor, 18 Sep 2014
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flag.Scotland

Scotland wins WORLD RECORD as voters head to referendum polls

HPC blogThe LINPACK portion of the ISC’14 Student Cluster Competition (LINK) was supposed to be routine, according to the cluster competition wise guys. Sure, some student team might set a new record, but no one was expecting the new mark to break through the 10 TFLOP/s barrier.
Dan Olds, 18 Sep 2014
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China hacked US Army transport orgs TWENTY TIMES in ONE YEAR

Sophisticated Beijing-backed hackers raided civilian organisations responsible for the movements of US troops and equipment 20 times in one year of which only two were detected by the responsible agency, an audit report has found.
Darren Pauli, 18 Sep 2014
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Sony Xperia Nxt Series

Sony says year's losses will be four times deeper than thought

Sony shares dropped more than eight per cent today after the firm warned that it expects losses for this year to be four times as bad as it previously predicted.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 18 Sep 2014
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australian credit cards fraud contactless

Forget bonking, have ONE OFF THE WRIST with Barclaycard's bPay

Barclaycard is trying to push consumers towards a cashless society with its contactless payment wristband, bPay.
John Leyden, 18 Sep 2014
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Mozilla shutters Labs, tells nobody it's been dead for five months

Mozilla has quietly shuttered its Labs, folding people and projects into the main organisation.
Gavin Clarke, 18 Sep 2014
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Artist's View of M60-UCD1 Black Hole

Supermassive black hole dominates titchy star formation

Astronomers have spied a supermassive black hole - of the type theorised by some physicists to be portals out of our universe to elsewhere - in an itsy-bitsy ultracompact dwarf galaxy, the smallest ever known to contain such a gigantic light-sucking feature.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 18 Sep 2014
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Alistair Darling and Alex Salmond debate Scottish independence

Early result from Scots indyref vote? NAW, Jimmy - it's a SCAM

Web users have been warned to be wary of fake results messages about the Scottish Independence referendum.
John Leyden, 18 Sep 2014
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Apple Watch

Driving with an Apple Watch could land you with a £100 FINE

We're struggling to find a single reason why anyone would want to wear an Apple Watch, but here's one reason why you shouldn't.
Jasper Hamill, 18 Sep 2014
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Vehicle Wall Art slices of motoring culture

Damien Hirst, eat your heart out - these guys chop up TAXIS

100% DesignYes, it’s that time of year again when the design world presents its latest creations. The ideas shown off here will no doubt make it into very well-heeled home in the coming weeks – and gives the rest of us a glimpse of what’s coming in a year or two.
Bob Dormon, 18 Sep 2014
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Disney's Beagle Boys

Copyright thieves' cyberlockers slurp MILLIONS from honest creators, study finds

An economic study of direct download locker sites has found most are used for copyright infringement – and calculates that they're highly profitable. The study looked at download sites like Mega, Rapidgator and Depositfiles, and streaming lockers like Movshare.net, Flashx.tv and Streamcloud.eu.
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Sep 2014
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Snowden image

Snowden's NSA leaks have galvanised the storage world

Anyone following the fortunes of the world’s biggest technology companies will have noticed a trend: every one of them has gone potty for privacy.
Tom Brewster, 18 Sep 2014
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Spam image

Ten years on, TEN PER CENT of retailers aren't obeying CAN-SPAM

One in 10 of the world’s largest online retailers are sill violating the CAN-SPAM Act, a full 10 years after the US anti-spam legislation went into effect.
John Leyden, 18 Sep 2014
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IBM's System x3630 M3 server

Students playing with impressive racks? Yes, it's cluster comp time

HPC blogThis article and the ones following it are the most comprehensive and in-depth analysis of a cluster competition that the world has ever seen. If you can find better coverage, then I'll eat a handful of spider webs.
Dan Olds, 18 Sep 2014
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steve jobs

Does this float your boat? Dead Steve Jobs to hijack yachts from beyond the grave

Apple cofounder Steve Jobs shuffled off this mortal coil in 2011, but his name is living on in patent filings.
Shaun Nichols, 18 Sep 2014
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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Microsoft's axeman Nadella fills baskets with 2,100 fresh heads

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has brought down his axe again, sending off the next batch of the 18,000 employees he has promised will lose their jobs by the end of the year.
Neil McAllister, 18 Sep 2014
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Larry Ellison, photo by Oracle Corporate Communications

Oracle's Larry Ellison quits as CEO – new bosses are Hurd'n'Catz

Oracle has, in the past few minutes, announced that company founder Larry Ellison has stepped down as chief executive, effective immediately.
Neil McAllister, 18 Sep 2014
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rockstar games bully/canis canem edit

Feds act to stop cyber-bullying, whatever it is, at some future point

Australia's Communications minister Malcolm Turnbull, and his parliamentary secretary Paul Fletcher, have jointly announced that it is working on legislation to allow the appointment of a Children’s e-Safety Commissioner.
Darren Pauli, 18 Sep 2014
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Oracle headquarters

First day of Hurd'n'Catz at Oracle: It's dis-fur-pointing for Wall St

Oracle posted results that missed analysts' expectations yet again on Thursday, in a Q1 2015 earnings report that was all but overshadowed by the unexpected news that Larry Ellison has stepped down as CEO.
Neil McAllister, 18 Sep 2014
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Orange Credit Card

Home Depot: 56 million bank cards pwned by malware in our tills

Home Depot today admitted 56 million bank cards are at risk after they were used in malware-infected tills.
Shaun Nichols, 18 Sep 2014

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