23rd > December > 2005 Archive
Judge orders Lucent to cough up $240m in bankruptcy case
Lucent Technologies has vowed to fight a ruling that will see it take a $300m charge in a bankruptcy case.
TechScape: I'm going to live forever
InterviewRay Kurzweil thinks he's going to live forever. And, he thinks you and I will too. As he told me, we are the first generation of humans who can expect to achieve immortality because of, amongst other things, advances in modern science and medicine.
AMD admits low-end desktop chips in short supply
AMD has coughed to a shortage of desktop processors, though it hopes the situation will be resolved some time next quarter.
Local councils adopt '24/7 culture'
Local councils in the UK have moved to a "24/7 culture" after making almost all of their services "e-enabled".
Jews for Jesus sue Google
Evangelical Christian group Jews for Jesus has filed a trademark infringment suit against Google after taking exception to jewsforjesus.blogspot.com, hosted on the search monolith's Blogspot, Reuters reports.
ATI to launch Radeon X1900 'next month'
ATI will announce - but not necessarily ship - its 90nm R580 graphics chip next month as the Radeon X1900.
Sony to unveil 82in LCD TV
Sony will show off a monster 82in LCD TV in January - ten months after Samsung demo'd just such a beast of its own.
PDA for your pet
Certified gadget obsessives Tech Digest and Shiny Shiny scour Gizmoville for the oddest digital goodies, TV Scoop features all that’s cool in British telly and Propellerhead answers your PC queries
Johnlewis.com reports record sales
John Lewis has racked up online sales of £100m in the last 12 months, according to the latest figures from the UK department store.
Hangover cures don't work: official
Bad news today for those of us who are about to leave the office and sink a few liveners in celebration of the prospect of four days of wall-to-wall nosh and booze: hangover cures don't work and the only way to avoid a head like a breezeblock is not to drink in the first place.
A nice case of Mumps?
I have a soft spot for “legacy” languages – and I, for one, like getting legacies. Back in my day, we expected to learn new languages for different projects (learning Simula for a port simulation, for instance, made a lot more sense than trying to “standardise” on COBOL; or even FORTRAN, the usual simulation language then). So I was interested when a Register reader, Thomas H. Martin of Georgia, USA, emailed in praise of M, once known as MUMPS.
Korean stem cell pioneer walks plank
Korean stem cell pioneer Hwang Woo-suk quit today amid concerns that he may have "intentionally fabricated" results in a 2005 paper on producing tailored embryonic stem cells, Reuters reports.
US tracks Xbox chippers via cellphone
LettersXmas is almost upon us and we take this opportunity to wish you, our beloved readers, all the best for what remains of 2005 and the whole of 2006. Three people who will, sadly, not be enjoying their Yule as much as they might like are the ne'er-do-wells recently charged will selling illegally-modified Xboxes:
Microsoft and Google throw in the Lee
The very public spat between Microsoft and Google over the hiring of Kai-Fu Lee has ended. The increased tension between the two companies that the Lee saga emphasized remains.
Enraged woman vents by swallowing cell phone
We've all been there. Your spouse or loved one drives you to the breaking point, and you have no other choice than to swallow his cell phone.
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San Francisco shows world how not to do Muni Wi-Fi
CommentSan Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom is the very model of a modern politician. A telegenic eunuch without any ready hinterland or beliefs, he presides by gesture and photo-opportunity. Policy is replaced by stunts, whose success is measured by publicity they generate; and political leadership means setting a gently optimistic mood music.