How Dell repels attempts to buy its 'open source' PC
Dell this week received much praise for releasing a new version of its "open source" PC. The computer fits into Dell's n Series range of Windows-less systems. These ship with a copy of FreeDOS in the packaging material - but not installed on the PC - which is apparently a bizarre concession to Microsoft. While Dell garners glowing reviews for shipping such an open source OS-friendly product, the company's new E510n actually stands as yet another example of how hard Dell tries not to sell non-Microsoft gear.
iTunes phone not shifting - analyst
Motorola's ROKR phone isn't exactly flying out of US stores, according to an analyst report.
Sms.co.uk domain sale could be a 'record breaker'
The domain sms.co.uk is up for grabs and those behind the sale reckon it could net more than £100,000.
Website seeks sex toy testers
First it was flogging the backless thong, then a search for seasoned w*nkers, now online sex toy outfit LoveHoney has successfully found its way onto El Reg for the third time with its new initiative - the Orgasm Army.
Muslim phone calls faithful to prayer
Dutch Muslims are the first in Europe to benefit from a mobile phone which offers five daily prayer-time reminders, points the faithful in the direction of Mecca and has a copy of the Koran in both English and Arabic.
Victims coughing up to online extortionists
Online bookmakers who become victims of online extortion attacks more often than not pay up, according to an IBM security researcher. Martin Overton of IBM Global Services said those at the receiving end of denial of service attacks also often fail to report assaults to police despite improved policy procedures to guard the anonymity of victims in the UK and elsewhere.
Tories reject migrants as skills gap solution
The majority of Conservative MPs dismiss economic migration as a way of overcoming UK skills shortages, new research reveals.
T-Mobile goes large on mobile net access
T-Mobile is giving its mobile phone punters access to the net via their handsets in a move which the cellco claims will "redefine the mobile internet market".
Deadly 1918 flu virus lives again
Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention (CDP) have, apparently without a sense of irony, reconstructed the particular strain of the flu virus that was behind the 1918 flu pandemic. That outbreak killed between 20-50m people worldwide.
Gator menaces Cornish duck pond
The residents of a Cornish village are on full-scale 'gator alert following the discovery of a two-foot cayman in the local duck pond.
Level 3 depeers Cogent
Internet backbone firm Level 3 has fallen out with Cogent Communications, leaving some users in danger of being isolated in network cul de sacs.
Be nice to Taiwan, you [terribly rude expletive]!
FoTWWhat follows is a lovely illustration of the futility of the quest for the "average Register reader".
Police foil £1m mobile phone theft
A man is appearing before magistrates today in connection with the theft of £1m worth of Orange mobile phones.
MS goes a bundle on malware protection
Microsoft is to combine spyware and virus protection in a new enterprise security product due out next year. Microsoft Client Protection will also defend against the emerging threat of rootkits, hacker tools that try to hide themselves from anti-virus programs.
Star Trek parody hits 450k downloads
A Finnish Star Trek spoof, released by its amateur makers into the wilds of the internet a week ago, has already been downloaded 450,000 times. According to reports, the film's makers estimate that a further 250,000 copies have been downloaded from mirror sites.
FTC clamps down on spyware firm
The US’ Federal Trade Commission has gone after what it claims is a spyware and adware operation that invaded users’ machines and served up bogus search pages.
Golfers to get their own broadband
Thousands of golfers in the UK are to get their own tailor-made broadband service.
All aboard the Enterprise Service Bus
AnalysisSonic Software has a good claim to the invention of the Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) and has done more than anyone else to evangelise the concept, backed by the resources of its parent company, Progress Software.
Motorola zaps 1,900 jobs
Motorola is axing 1,900 jobs world-wide as part of "various productivity improvement plans".
Sony loses Aussie PlayStation mod chip case
Australia’s High Court has ruled that modifying PlayStations to bypass Sony's regional coding mechanism does not violate the country’s copyright laws.
Virus naming scheme gets mixed reception
A group dedicated to curing virus-naming confusion enjoyed its official launch on Wednesday. The Common Malware Enumeration (CME) aims to mitigate confusion in responding to viral outbreaks by providing a common name for high profile threats that can then be used in vendor products or their websites.
UK court slaps Asbo on lawyer
It's not just slap-happy baseball-capped teen ne'er-do-wells high on alcopops who find themselves at the receiving end of Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (Asbos) - they can also be used to control the menace of drunken and abusive solicitors, the Mirror reports.
Galileo project threatened by funding row
A row over funding is threatening the future of the Galileo satellite constellation, according to the head of the Italian space agency (ASI).
Finland bans DRM fiddling in all its forms
The Finnish government voted yesterday to make it illegal to copy media, even for personal use, if you have to subvert copy protection to do so. The legislation was passed by 121 votes to 34. Forty-four MPs were absent.
US ISP sues for defamation
US-based Eagle Broadband Inc has filed a defamation lawsuit against 25 unnamed net users for allegedly posting misleading information about the company.
AOL confirms Weblogs Inc buyout
AOL has confirmed it is to acquire blog network outfit Weblogs, Inc as part of a plan to keep subscribers and advertisers locked into its content.
Sober worm comeback poses as schoolfriend pic
Virus writers have created a duo of email worms which pose as pictures of old schoolfriends. The Sober-O and Sober-P worms were bulk mailed to thousands of potential victims overnight in an attempt to seed infection.
Tsunami hacker convicted
Daniel James Cuthbert was convicted today of breaking Section 1 of the Computer Misuse Act of 1990 by hacking into a tsunami appeal website last New Year's Eve.
Show us your paperwork - AMD
AMD vs IntelAMD continues to push forward in its anti-trust battle against Intel, announcing today that it has shifted from customer document preservation mode to customer document production mode.