8th > November > 2005 Archive
Grokster closes, goes legal
Grokster, the largest and the best known of the P2P networks, has closed today as part of a legal agreement with the Hollywood studios. WinMX suspended operations six weeks ago.
Fabric7 bets on Opteron smackdown with Unix giants
AnalysisFabric7 has arrived on the server scene as something of a rarity. It's a start-up with a pitch that actually makes a lot of sense. Linux on x86 chips has eaten away at the low-end sales enjoyed by Unix server makers. So with x86 gaining performance, and Linux software gaining maturity, why not go after the higher-end systems?
AOL preps LLU broadband launch
AOL could be about to unveil its own broadband service in the UK by investing in local loop unbundling (LLU), The Register has learned.
Nokia's Linux Tablet due stateside Thursday
Nokia's Linux-based Tablet will be available in the USA this Thursday, a week after its European debut.
AMD's Opteron-oriented Socket F surfaces on web
AMD's Socket F processor interconnect has appeared on the web.
Apple iPod Nano lawsuit spreads
The class-action lawsuit brought against Apple following the iPod Nano 'scratch scandal' has crossed the Atlantic.
Taiwan's DRAM makers see fastest market growth
Taiwanese memory makers may have seen big sales gains during Q3, but they remain a long way from market leadership, according to quarterly statistics from market watcher Gartner Dataquest.
Card fraud grows online
Fraudulent use of credit cards online is increasing because Chip and PIN technology makes other forms of fraud more difficult.
Burglar kidnaps talking parrot
Criminal mastermind David Carlile kidnapped a talking African Grey parrot he encountered during an uninivited visit to a remote country house because he thought it would grass him up to the Old Bill, UK tabloid the Sun reports.
Nvidia pitches GeForce 6800 GS at Xmas buyers
Nvidia yesterday said it is shipping its latest mid-range graphics chip, the GeForce 6800 GS, and the part is now available for consumers to buy.
NTT DoCoMo buys music retail chain
Japanese mobile phone network NTT DoCoMo is to buy a majority stake in Tower Records Japan.
C&W continues LLU investment despite ISP woes
Cable & Wireless (C&W) is pressing ahead with its investment in local loop unbundling (LLU) despite suffering a miserable summer when its Bulldog service was savaged by customers.
PETA seeks Europe's hottest veggie
Fun-loving and fur-free animal rights outfit PETA is looking for Europe's hottest veggies or vegans because, as the campaigning organisation puts it: "Vegetarianism has become synonymous with sexy."
Xbox 360 to play songs off iPods
Microsoft has confirmed that the Xbox 360 will not play songs downloaded from Apple's iTunes Music Store because the Mac maker won't license its DRM technology, at least not for a price the software giant is willing to pay.
Wanadoo LLU live in Leeds
Wanadoo is now a fully fledged local loop unbundling (LLU) operator after it flicked the switch in 15 exchanges in Leeds yesterday.
My BOFH is a bogus Baron
Mystery surrounds the identity of a security consultant who posed as a peer of the realm throughout his adult life.
The crap IT circle of abuse and despair
It's official: IT doesn't work properly and as a result you're glued to your desk trying to resolve some technical issue when you should be in the pub, effing and blinding and occasionally throwing things, and pausing only to ring some hapless helpdesk operative and give him or her a piece of your mind.
Sony to end PlayStation game region-coding?
Sony PlayStation 3 games may ship without codes that fix releases to specific geographical territories.
South Korean P2P service powers down
South Korea's largest online music service, Soribada, yesterday shut down its P2P file-sharing operation, seven days after it was ordered to do so by the Seoul Central District Court.
C&W/Energis merger to be finalised shortly
Cable & Wireless' acquisition of Energis looks set to be completed within the next couple of days, the UK telco announced today.
BBC to offer High Definition TV
Certified gadget obsessives Tech Digest and Shiny Shiny scour Gizmoville for the oddest digital goodies, Bayraider keeps tabs on the best and worst of eBay and HDTVUK charts the latest High Definition TV news.
Doctor Who Children in Need ETA revealed
Get set to program your PVR, the new Doctor Who returns for a half-hour special next week.
CA divests Ingres database
Computer Associates has announced plans to divest itself of a majority stake of its Ingres open-source database unit. Private equity firm Garnett & Helfrich Capital is financing the deal which will see it become the majority shareholder in Ingres Corp. CA will retain a minority stake in the new business and a seat on its board. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
DTI hands Serco £125m IT deal
Serco has won an IT services deal with the DTI that could be worth as much as £125m over the next nine years.
BT ex- CTO 'for sale' on eBay
Peter Cochrane - the former CTO of BT and a keen supporter of the Access to Broadband Campaign (ABC) - is up for sale on eBay. Well kinda.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T5 digital camera
ReviewUltra-compact digital cameras don't come much thinner than the 1.5cm-thick Sony Cyber-shot DSC T5 a supremely pocketable 5.1mp digital camera that will really turn heads towards the lens.
Dot-coms' VAT-swerve hurts small biz
The Forum of Private Business, which represents small and medium-sized businesses, is calling on the Treasury to close a loophole which allows ecommerce firms based in the Channel Islands to sell goods VAT-free to UK consumers.
Flash, bang, wallop - you're own3d
Security researchers have discovered a vulnerability in Macromedia's Flash Player that creates a mechanism for hackers to attack the PCs of users running the popular application. The security bug - described as critical - affect Macromedia Flash Player 6.x and 7.x. Macromedia has issued security updates.
Broadband management buoys Plusnet
PlusNet's tight rein on its network and its willingness to curtail the activities of broadband hogs has contributed to increased revenues at the Sheffield-based ISP.
Holocaust denier faces German court
German Holocaust denier Ernst Zündel - whose website (extreme political views and NSFW) pretty well claims outright that the Nazi extermination of the Jews didn't happen - is on trial in Germany on charges relating to 14 pieces of printed and internet written material which use "pseudo-scientific methods to try and rewrite the accepted history of the Nazi Holocaust".
Science is all rubbish, let's go live in caves
LettersThe anti-software patent campaigners have long drawn a parallel between patenting software and patenting a story. Their plan was to use the notion as an exaggerated and hypothetical illustration of the nonsense of patenting software. But that hasn't stopped someone actually going out and trying to patent a plotline.
AMD ups market share
AMD has increased its market share to almost 15 per cent compared to just over 10 per cent last year.
Cisco's 'Black Hat' nemesis joins Juniper
A security researcher who earned fame by quitting his job to present a speech on the security shortcomings of Cisco's networking kit at this year's Black Hat conference has secured a job at Cisco chief rival, Juniper Networks. Michael Lynn will join Juniper in unspecified capacity, according to reports.
ISS crew stretches legs in space
The crew of the International Space Station has performed the first spacewalk since Shuttle's return to flight.
Ex-Microsoft man takes Borland's helm
Borland Software has appointed Tod Nielson, the man who helped turn Microsoft's Developer Network (MSDN) into a success, as its president and chief executive.
IBM taps NetApp for midrange gear
In BriefNext month, IBM will start selling a new fleet of storage systems aimed at the midrange market. The N5000 series systems mark the second set of gear to come from partner NetApp.
Razr phone gets iTunes-lite
Motorola has announced an upgrade to its hit RAZR mobile phone that features the crippled version of Apple's iTunes software.
Zend tempts PHP developers' corporate desires with refresh
PHP supplier Zend Technologies has updated its scripting environment, embracing web services along with support for both enterprise and open source database servers.
In case of emergency, VoIP users can send smoke signals
Voice over IP, or VoIP, promises to bring cheap phone calls to the digitally connected - but it's also opening up a new and unexpected fissure in the digital divide.
When Smurfs Attack!
Having been toasted in a recent Belgian children's cartoon, Smurfs are now on the counter-attack, mounting an intellectual property rampage against domain name holders. Studio Peyo, which owns the rights to the Smurfs trademark and copyright, has been sending out threatening letters to webmasters who use the name in their web addresses.