23rd March 2006 Archive


Dell embraces high-cost model with Alienware buy

In a bid to color up a dull computer line, Dell has agreed to purchase flashy PC maker Alienware.
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Three Samsung DRAMers prepare for life behind bars

The memory cartel saga continued today with three Samsung Electronics executives agreeing to go to the slammer and make amends for fixing DRAM prices.
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IBM mulls support charges for Eclipse developers

Eclipse developers are to become the beneficiaries of IBM's first support package for the platform.

Microsoft sets Apple straight on security

Microsoft giving advice to Apple on software security? What next, a lecture on timely shipping of product?
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Nature mag cooked Wikipedia study

Nature magazine has some tough questions to answer after it let its Wikipedia fetish get the better of its responsibilities to reporting science. The Encyclopedia Britannica has published a devastating response to Nature's December comparison of Wikipedia and Britannica, and accuses the journal of misrepresenting its own evidence.
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NHS N3 network over hurdles

The head of Connecting for Health has said that the NHS broadband network is now over its delivery problems.
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Subversion versus Perforce

Back in 2000, CollabNet Inc initiated a new open source SCM (Software Configuration Management) project called Subversion. Its goal was to improve on CVS (Concurrent Versions System), the de facto standard in the open source world and still hugely popular.
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Wanadoo UK chalks up 150K VoIP users

Wanadoo UK has signed up 150,000 VoIP users over the last year, the broadband ISP boasted yesterday. This has prompted Wanadoo UK's boss to exclaim that this marks "the beginnings of a telephony revolution in the UK and the biggest winners are the consumers".

IBM and EMC move API goodwill to iSeries

IBM and EMC have embraced and extended their API swapping arrangement to form stronger ties between IBM's iSeries servers and EMC's Symmetrix storage systems.
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World Cup live on your mobile

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 Games Digest has all the latest gaming news.
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Capita chairman quits over Labour loan row

The Executive Chairman of Capita - the outsourcing giant that runs dozens of Government projects - has quit the firm he founded after it emerged he lent the Labour Party one million quid.

Nvidia fills out GeForce 7 line-up

Nvidia yesterday launched the latest additions to its GeForce 7 series of GPUs, padding out the graphics chip family at the low end and mid-range with two new models, as forecast.

New mgt. please, demands star Microsoft blogger

So who should carry the can for the Vista death march?

Sony to ship Mac-compatible MiniDisc Walkman

Sony may have embraced the digital music revolution, but it hasn't left its MiniDisc format behind and today announced that it's fighting back with a new high-density model that will even - well, eventually - offer Mac support and the ability to archive MiniDisc content on a computer.

'Firefox flaw wrecked my relationship'

Web browser bugs are routinely blamed for creating huge networks of compromised PCs and undermining the safety of ecommerce transactions. Now one woman says a "security bug" in Mozilla led to the break up of her engagement.
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Black helicopter lands on eBay

Here's one for all you flyboy conspiracy theorists - the chance to own your very own AH64A/D Longbow Apache chopper - in any colour you like as long as it's black:

AMD confirms Athlon 64 X2 5000+

AMD will release its first batch of dual-core Turion 64 mobile processors on 9 May, lining up seven chips clocked between 1.6GHz and 2.2GHz, and accompanied by low-voltage variants, according to online claims. Separately, the vendor has itself confirmed the existence of the upcoming Athlon 64 X2 5000+.
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NASA deploys satellite swarm

NASA has dispatched a trio of experimental satellites into orbit. Each of the fun-sized microsatellites carries miniaturised kit for investigating Earth's magnetic field.
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MPs pick at ID threads

A Commons committee has expressed doubts that existing technology can handle the government's national identity card scheme
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Wireless stereo coming to PSP

Taiwanese manufacturer Bluetake has announced a Bluetooth stereo audio adaptor for Sony's PlayStation Portable. The gizmo's neatly contoured to fit along the base of the handheld console and clip into the PSP's earphone socket.
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UK.gov ditches home PC subsidies

People who have got jobs and can afford to buy their own home computers will no longer be offered a government tax break to buy PCs after 6 April, when The Home Computing Initiative is scrapped.

Sendmail flaw poses critical hacker risk

Security researchers have unearthed a flaw in Sendmail, the popular email server package that's widely used by ISPs. A security bug involving improper handling of asynchronous signal data by Sendmail when receiving and processing mail might be used to corrupt stack memory. By sending specially malformed data at controlled time intervals hackers might be able to take advantage of the flaw to compromise vulnerable systems.

Intel launches 3.73GHz Extreme dual-core Pentium

Intel has quietly rolled out the dual-core Pentium Extreme Edition 965, its anticipated upgrade to the gaming-oriented CPU family that ups the clock speed to 3.73GHz. Due in Q2, the part is already making appearances on the chip giant's website.
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Pipex buys Caudwell's fixed line phone biz

Pipex has bought fixed line business Homecall from telecoms tycoon John Caudwell adding more than 500,000 phone punters to its existing customer base.
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You open? We're Certified!

An initiative to inform council IT buying decisions is launched today.
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BenQ exec claims Apple's iPhone 'definitely coming'

Analysis Taiwan's BenQ believes Apple will indeed offer a mobile phone product. One company executive this week said the 'iPhone' is "definitely coming", claiming the iPod maker has been talking to Taiwanese component manufacturers, some of whom also supply BenQ's handset operation.
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Mobile TV nightmare

Broadcasters and operators have four years to beat each other senseless as they try and make a payback in what they think will be a lucrative market for delivering video to mobile devices.
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BT targets broadband hogs

BT is pulling the plug on around 4,000 broadband hogs because of "excessive usage". The giant telco reckons these punters - who make up less than 0.2 per cent of the firm's 2.3m broadband users - are consistently hoovering up more 100 gig each a month.

Lucent fends off Ericsson for Riverstone

Lucent has won the auction for Riverstone, the bankrupt networking equipment maker, with a bid of $207m. Originally, it had offered $170m for the firm's assets, but its pitch was queered by Ericsson.
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Septuagenarian drag queen caught in the act

News of a troubling Atlantic-traversing epilogue to the Reg's recent coverage of priapic pensioners has come in from Ohio.
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Ingram flashes Sandisk to European dealers

Ingram Micro is to flog Sandisk flash storage cards in Europe. The Über-distie is kick-starting the relationship in Germany and the Nordic region, and will then flash the products elsewhere in Europe.
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PayPal goes mobile

In brief PayPal is set to lauch a none-too-surprising service for mobile phones.
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3 cracks open bubbly after winning O2 court case

3 has won its High Court battle with O2 over the use of bubbles when advertising its service.
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European tech innovators honoured

A computer memory that can survive radiation, a face recognition system and a digital content "finger-printing" system to deter multimedia pirates have jointly been awarded a top European prize for innovation. The Grand Prize Winners of the 2006 European IST Prize - Dutch firm Cavendish Kinetics, Guardia of Denmark and French firm Advestigo - will each receive €200,000 in recognition of their achievements in technology innovation.
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O2 recalls incendiary X1

O2 is recalling its own-brand X1 handset after reports that the phones can overheat while charging and pose a fire risk. The panic forced O2 to pay for ads in the national newspapers this morning.
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£10,000 damages awarded for internet libel

A former parliamentary candidate for the UK Independence Party has been awarded £10,000 in damages after winning a defamation case.

LaCie Skwarim 30GB pocket hard drive

Review Don't ask me what the word 'skwarim' actually means - I don't know and neither, I suspect, does LaCie. It's pronounced 'square-im', and it's meant to suggest of the hard drive's shape, which is indeed square. Though with its fluorescent pink hue and eyestrain-inviting pattern, this certainly isn't a square product, in the other sense of the word. But has LaCie gone too far to try to make storage funky?
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Engineers tweak scramjet

A new international entry into the hypersonic arena will be tested on Saturday. Hyshot III, a prototype scramjet part-developed by Ministry of Defence spin-out Qinetiq will be released from aboard a rocket over the South Australian desert at 12.30PM local time.

Gateway updates all-in-one PC line with easy-open case

Gateway will next month ship what it claims is not only the most serviceable all-in-one desktop PC but one of the most secure - thanks to its Trusted Platform Module (TPM) chip, used to encrypt data stored on the machine's hard drive.

40,000 BP workers exposed in Ernst & Young laptop loss

Exclusive Like sands through the hourglass, these are The Days of Ernst & Young laptop loss. Yes, friends, The Register can confirm that BP has been added to the list of Ernst & Young customers whose personal data has been exposed after a laptop theft. BP joins Sun Microsystems, Cisco and IBM in this not so exclusive club.
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NEC accuses hungry, thirsty worker of stealing $300m

NEC this week warned that it will need to restate past financial results after a worker allegedly booked some $310m in faked transactions over three years. The reason for such abuse? NEC claims the worker wanted the money for "drinking and eating".

Borland CEO promises 'caring' IDE overlord

Borland's chief executive has stressed his company's commitment to developers, by promising to pass the soon-to-be divested tools business to a "caring" investor.

Hackers put the futility back in Sun's grid utility

Just hours after it went live, Sun Microsystems' grid computing service was felled by hackers using a denial-of-service attack. Sun, however, won't reveal any hints about the culprits or confirm whether or not it has contacted law enforcement about the attack.