4th > November > 2005 Archive
Tandem, NUMA vets unveil server start-up
Enterprise server start-ups have been a rare sight in recent years, but an 80-man company in Mountain View thinks it can succeed where so many hopefuls have failed.
US researchers tout HIV test-on-a-chip
A group of US researchers has developed an HIV test-on-a-chip that will mean doctors working in the field will be able to diagnose the disease in a matter of minutes.
Sun commits to 4,6 and 8 core 'green' Niagara
ExclusiveSun Microsystems will soon launch its Niagara processor with four-, six- and eight-core versions of the chip and bill the product as a green computing wonder, according to documents obtained by The Register.
Suspected bot master busted
In what prosecutors have labeled the first case of its kind in the nation, a federal grand jury charged Jeanson James Ancheta with 17 counts of conspiracy and computer crime stemming from his alleged profitable use of bot nets. Over nearly a year, Ancheta allegedly used automated software to infect Windows systems, advertised and sold access to the compromised PCs, and used the software to perpetrate click fraud, garnering tens of thousands of dollars in affiliate fees, according to a 58-page indictment released on Thursday.
Linspire will replace Windows with crippled Linux - cheap
If Microsoft makes good on its self-destructive threat to pull Windows from the South Korean market rather than accede to local demands to un-bundle its proprietary media and IM apps, there's a safe harbour waiting in the form of blanket, country-wide licenses for the OS formerly known as Lindows.
World of Warcraft hackers using Sony BMG rootkit
Want to cheat in your online game and not get caught? Just buy a Sony BMG copy protected CD.
Nintendo readies Euro Wi-Fi gamezone
Nintendo will launch a free, UK-wide wireless gaming service for owners of its DS handheld console on 25 November.
Movie download services quietly working on licensing
A report landed on our desk last week from a respected European research company, that said that European movie downloads would reach £60m ($106m) by 2010. There is so much wrong with this prediction it’s difficult to know where to start. This was supposed to be encouraging for the film industry and make them invest in online downloading, suggesting that the market for video downloads will follow in the footsteps of music.
AMD expands initial Socket M2 line-up
AMD is gearing up to make a big push to support dual-channel DDR 2 SDRAM with new desktop processors and a new interconnect, the 940-pin Socket M2, in Q2 2006, the latest leaked company roadmap reveals.
Online family trees in Sweden illegal?
Online family trees in Sweden may be illegal, according to the Swedish Board of Data Inspection (DI). The DI last week sent a letter to the Federation of Swedish Genealogical Societies, demanding certain data be removed from their web site immediately.
Disney to target kids mobile services in Europe
Disney, which has already announced two separate MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator) deals in the US (one using the Disney brand and one using its ESPN sports network brand), is widely anticipated to repeat the move in Europe, with announcements due in the next few weeks.
Lizard Army fuses woman with black helicopter
Fellow members of the neoLuddite Resistance Army (NRA) who have written to express their concern at an apparent lack of recent activity in our Montana command bunker should rest assured that - contrary to popular belief - we have not spent the entire summer taking drunken potshots at Renault Lagunas with pulse plasma laser rifles, but rather working on a field guide to technological menaces worldwide.
NTL trims losses
NTL - which is to merge with the UK's other cableco Telewest - managed to trim its third quarter losses even after a dip in revenues, the UK cableco reported yesterday.
Microsoft to digitise 100,000 books
Microsoft and the British Library have come together to make 100,000 of the institution's titles available online. The deal covers some 25 million pages which will be made available as part of Microsoft's book search service, next year.
Google discovers true meaning of 'titsup'
Hot on the heels of our recent piece of silliness which showed how Google word verification threw up the delicious "minge", we can now report that the search monolith has discovered the true meaning of Vulture Central fave "titsup". Reader Adrian J. St. Vaughan explains:
Nokia Linux-based web tablet on sale at last
Nokia has begun shipping its Linux-based Nokia 770, the so-called "Internet tablet", according to the Finnish giant's direct-sales website.
France and China share open source middleware love
A French consortium has reached an agreement with government representatives in China to develop a middleware stack using open source software from ObjectWeb.
Websense makes hash of MS classification
Microsoft's software download site was briefly categorised as a marijuana-related site and blocked by censorware outfit Websense on Monday. Websense blamed human error for the slip-up (or should that be splif-up), which it was able to quickly correct.
T-Mobile offers own-brand HTC Wizard in UK
T-Mobile has become the first carrier to offer HTC's Wizard Wi-Fi-equipped Windows Mobile 5.0 handset in the UK.
German IT outfit bans whining
German IT outfit Nutzwerk Ltd has come up with the perfect solution to whining in the workplace - it's made cheerfulness a contractual obligation. What's more, Manager Thomas Kuwatsch has declared that those who don't measure up to the prescribed level of jollity in the morning should stay at home until they cheer up, Ananova reports.
Solitary patch for MS Nov Patch Tuesday
Microsoft plans to release a single, critical patch next Tuesday, 8 November, as part of its regular monthly patching schedule. According to minimalist details from an advance bulletin notification from Redmond issued Thursday, the fix is designed to address a serious Windows vulnerability. Redmond also plans to release an update to its malicious software removal tool.
Local loop unbundling 'showing signs of improvement'
Behind-the-scenes problems that have dogged the UK's local loop unbundling (LLU) industry appear to be showing signs of improvement.
Doctor Who set to return on Xmas Day
The Doctor Who Christmas Special, provisionally titled The Christmas Invasion, will be broadcast on Christmas Day, the BBC has said.
Dutch dentist amputates own finger
A Dutch dentist who amputated his own finger and attempted to convince insurers that it had been severed in a car crash was fined €25,000 yesterday for the failed fraud, Reuters reports.
TechScape: Of RIM, NTP and BlackBerry Squash
RantThe other day in the FT, there was a small item about RIM (Research in Motion) the Blackberry’s manufacturer. Its headline blared, “RIM Faces Higher Payouts on Patents.”
Autonomy coughs up $500m for Verity
Autonomy is to hoover up rival search and process management vendor Verity Inc for $500m, the two firms announced early today.
186k buying another company
186k - the Leeds-based ISP headed by Internet entrepreneur Dominic Marrocco - has received a stack of cash to help it buy up more companies.
Dutch drop €3.28 per gig levy on MP3 players
A controversial proposed tax in the Netherlands on MP3 players of as much as € 3.28 ($4.30) per gigabyte has been revised, though still not enough to please the electronics industry.
UK online sales rocket
In briefOnline sales in the UK are booming, according to the latest government stats.
PETA protests SCO's cruelty to vocabulary
LettersJumping straight in to the post bag, we can report that Sony's DRM rootkit has not made any of you happy bunnies this week:
Hilary Duff World promises hot, hot extras
Teen queen Hilary Duff set the internet world alight earlier today when she hinted that her new "Hilary Duff World" - slated to burst onto AOL's kiddies service KOL next Monday - might contain some rather unexpected material.
Say hello to the virtual weatherman
Emboldened by the BBC's move from traditional flat weather maps to a so-called "virtual reality weather maps", tech boffins are scheming to replace flesh and blood presenters with animated images. Televirtual, a firm based in Norwich, the fictional home of naff presenter Alan Partridge, have developed CGI figures called METman and METgirl and are marketing the technology to stations who can't afford to pay 'real' broadcasters. The firm said it has has signed a deal with an unnamed niche station for the service.
US man seeks movie plotline patent
Moviemakers could sleepwalk into patent infringement if the US Patent Office grants an application that it published yesterday for a “storyline patent.” It is a groundbreaking attempt to protect a fictional storyline with a patent, rather than relying on copyright protection.
Microsoft’s brand calls to US workers eyeing India return
Into the ValleyIn the battle to lure top talent back to India from Silicon Valley, Microsoft would appear to have a major edge over flashier darling of the moment Google and stalwarts such as Intel, Oracle and Dell.
Sun employs scout to do dirty work on Rock chips
As part of a painfully slow and vague striptease, Sun Microsystems has started to describe a couple of techniques it will use to improve processor performance in its soon to be released Niagara chip and future Rock processor line.
Overstock's customer service line hangs up on consumers
A week after Overstock.com blamed a bad software rollout for its swelling third quarter loss, the company continues to suffer from massive technology problems.