9th > May > 2006 Archive

The Register breaking news

Intel axes Glasgow labs

Intel is to bring the shutters down on its Glasgow operation in what may be the first of a series of cuts. The 17-strong design team were called in by managers this afternoon to be told the company had failed to find a role for them in a year-long review.
Broken CD with wrench

Bill Coleman's $1bn gamble

Into the Valley Anyone gullible enough to believe vendor press releases would wonder why Cassatt even exists. It's a software start-up trying to compete in a server virtualization market dominated by the likes of IBM, HP and Sun Microsystems. And, in fact, these massive companies have already solved the virtualization problem, according to the last three years of their marketing material.
Ashlee Vance, 09 May 2006

T-Mobile UK ships 'Super 3G' data card

T-Mobile UK today introduced a wireless data card for notebook computers that supports the HSDPA download acceleration technology for 3G networks. But while the card is available immediately, the HSDPA service will not go live until "the summer", a spokeswoman said.
Tony Smith, 09 May 2006
arrow pointing up

McAfee warns over Apple virus risk

Anti-virus software firm McAfee has identified Mac OS X as a growing target for malware attacks.
John Leyden, 09 May 2006
cloud

Oracle and CC eye ISVs

Computacenter has opened a "migration centre" at its Hatfield Headquarters, from where it will give support to small software firms that want to base their systems on Oracle software.
Team Register, 09 May 2006
The Register breaking news

SOA skills attract higher salaries

An interesting analysis has just been posted on ITJobsWatch suggesting that jobs advertised in the last three months asking for SOA knowledge and experience offer on average a 27 per cent higher salary than equivalent positions requiring more traditional “processes and methodologies” skills.
Team Register, 09 May 2006
The Register breaking news

Do pheromones work in human sexual attraction?

Asked by Lisa McMillan of East London, United Kingdom
Stephen Juan, 09 May 2006
channel

Microsoft man's shadow over bankrupt SGI

Analysis Got $18m to spare? That's the market capitalization of one of Silicon Valley's most glamorous companies this morning, after Silicon Graphics Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Andrew Orlowski, 09 May 2006

Sony confirms 60GB hard drive for PS3

Sony will launch the PlayStation 3 console in Europe on 17 November, pricing the next-generation console and Blu-ray Disc player at just €499 (£342). As expected, the 'banana' controller unveiled by Sony last year has gone, replaced by a more classically styled motion-sensing wireless gamepad. The console also sports a hard drive.
Tony Smith, 09 May 2006
The Register breaking news

TfL shelves Oyster e-money

Transport for London (TfL) has taken a step backwards in its plans to extend the use of the Oyster smart card to payments in shops.
Kablenet, 09 May 2006
globalisation

Microsoft sets Live Messenger Beta free

Microsoft revealed it will extend its VoIP service to cover 11 countries next week as it made its Windows Live Messenger Beta available for download today.
Team Register, 09 May 2006
hands waving dollar bills in the air

Museum unscrambles secret agency's past

Inside the NSA A few of us got through the metal detectors before the National Security Agency (NSA) realised we were in the wrong place. We had arrived, expunged of all electronic devices from mobile phones to cameras, at the Visitors' Centre, a security outpost for visiting security personnel, instead of the National Cryptologic Museum 370 metres away by eagle. Oops.
The Register breaking news

Dim galactic dwarves lurk around Milky Way

Astronomers have discovered two new dwarf galaxies in the Milky Way's immediate neighbourhood. The dim clusters are both around 640,000 light years from our Sun, Reuters reports.
channel

Sage sales leap in H1

Sage, the UK's biggest software group, has turned in a good first half, with pre-tax profits up 19 per cent to £113.7m (2005: £95.8m) on sales up 18 per cent to £455.9m (2005: £385.6m). Organic growth - i.e. sales with new acquisitions stripped out - was five per cent.
Drew Cullen, 09 May 2006
The Register breaking news

Northerners love shopping online

Northerners are the UK's biggest online spenders. So much so, they'd even be happy to buy a house or a car online rather than just run-of-the-mill books, CDs and other bibs and bobs.
Team Register, 09 May 2006

ATI sued over HDCP compliance claims

ATI has been hit with a Class Action lawsuit alleging the company deliberately misled consumers by claiming a number of its graphics cards complied with the HDCP anti-piracy system, when in fact they weren't.
Tony Smith, 09 May 2006

Dual-CPU Linux games console to ship this month

The successor to the Linux-based GP32 handheld games console will launch in the UK on 18 May, promising to bring gamers a gadget capable not only of playing native games and well-known titles under emulation, but also movies, music, and picture slideshows.
Tony Smith, 09 May 2006
arrow pointing up

NetApp guns for EMC and HP

NetApp has extended its enterprise storage range with a brace of flagship systems.
The Register breaking news

NTL confirms 6,000 job losses

NTL has confirmed it is to axe around 6,000 UK jobs while outsourcing a "significant number" as part of its merger with Telewest.
Tim Richardson, 09 May 2006

Nvidia to launch nForce 500 chipsets this month

Nvidia will formally launch its nForce 500 series of chipsets for both Intel and AMD processor on 23 May, online reports citing internal company roadmaps claim. The graphics chip maker revealed the existence of the chipsets back in March.
Tony Smith, 09 May 2006
fingers pointing at man

EDS's RAF pay system struggles to take off

Exclusive RAF personnel have spent the last six weeks pulling their hair out over problems with pay and benefits brought about by the bodged implementation of an EDS computer system. Since it went live at the end of March, thousands have been on the receiving end of processing errors in the payroll system.
Mark Ballard, 09 May 2006
Dell XPS 600 PCMark

BitTorrent to sell Warner movie downloads

Warner Bros is to use BitTorrent technology to deliver movie downloads, the Hollywood Studio's home entertainment division announced today, just a week after it was alleged that Apple will use the same system to power its upcoming movie download service.
Tony Smith, 09 May 2006
The Register breaking news

Ofcom fudge fails to protect consumers from mis-selling

Ofcom has made a half-hearted attempt to name and shame telcos that have been reported for slamming and other mis-selling.
Tim Richardson, 09 May 2006

Pantech fingers writing for faster phone texting

South Korean mobile phone maker Pantech has demo'd a handset with what it calls "finger writing recognition", a feature the company described as "unique" and which it reckons could revolutionise text entry on phones.
'ard Reg, 09 May 2006
The Register breaking news

Chip sales to grow 10% in 2006

Global chip sales are set to grow by a thumping 10 per cent this year as demand for portable electronic devices takes hold.
Ciara O'Brien, 09 May 2006
hands waving dollar bills in the air

Botnet master jailed for five years

A California man has been jailed for almost five years for running a zombie network of compromised PCs.
John Leyden, 09 May 2006

Sony sets up summer photo printer line-up

Sony will ship its latest photo printers into the US and Europe this summer, the company said this week, touting the two new machines' ability to churn out "lab quality prints that last", in part thanks to the special laminate coating the printers apply.
'ard Reg, 09 May 2006
The Register breaking news

Jellyfish: nature's quickest on the draw

The sting of a jellyfish has been shown to be one of the fastest processes in the whole of biology. Using a super-fast camera technique German researchers have found it can fire off in just 700 nanoseconds.
channel

VAT scams 'cost UK £5bn' in last fiscal year - claim

HMRC has rejected claims that carousel VAT fraud cost the UK £5bn in the last financial year and could hit £7bn in the current year.
Joe Fay, 09 May 2006
The Register breaking news

Sugababes go mobile!!

Oh. My. God. Epoch-defining news out of the Sugababes camp. The girls have signed a deal with O2 to allow the great unhosed the chance to download reality TV-style episodes from their super-exciting lives to mobile phones.
channel

Why faking fingerprints with toe prints is a bad idea

A Jamaica man who tried to surgically replace his fingerprints with skin from his feet in a failed bid to enter the US illegally has been jailed for 13 months.
John Leyden, 09 May 2006
cloud

Women still vexed over IT pay gap

Half of women in the IT industry believe they're not paid as much as men.
Team Register, 09 May 2006

Maxtor Shared Storage Plus NAS box

Review With more and more data ending up on your PC, from your music collection to your photo library, not to mention work and applications, it's more important than ever to keep your computer backed up. Hard drives fail, they get dropped, they get nicked. Most of us would be made pretty miserable if our data went up the Swanee too...
The Register breaking news

Readers stuff Peppers

Letters Pity if you will the poor old Red Hot Chili Peppers - reduced to making a tearful appeal to fans not to download illegal copies of their new album, Stadium Arcadium, released today:
Lester Haines, 09 May 2006
graph up

Geeks imperiled by e-thrombosis

A programmer has warned how a marathon 12 hour sit gave him a blood clot that could have killed him. Chris Simmons, 42, was rushed to Bristol Royal Infirmary after a thrombosis travelled to to his lung.
The Register breaking news

Team Three Pair, the return

Finished, all finished!
Team Three Pair, 09 May 2006
The Register breaking news

Tom Cruise sues for TomCruise.com

Scientologist Tom Cruise has taken the owner of TomCruise.com to domain name arbitrator WIPO to win it back.
Kieren McCarthy, 09 May 2006

T-Mobile UK says 'no' to VoIP

T-Mobile UK has taken against Skype and other VoIP applications - at least as far as its new Web 'n' Walk Professional mobile internet access airtime package goes. According to the company's service terms and conditions, it's none too keen on instant messaging either.
Tony Smith, 09 May 2006
The Register breaking news

German internet cannibal sentenced to life

The German cannibal who ate a computer engineer has had his sentence extended to lifetime imprisonment for murder, Bloomberg reports. His victim had replied to a posting seeking a "well-built male" for "slaughter and consumption".
cable

Open source gang forms to battle IBM, BMC and CA

A group of open source software vendors has teamed up with the hopes of ending the systems management dominance enjoyed by the likes of IBM, HP, BMC and CA. The companies today have formed the Open Management Consortium (OMC), hoping to get out the message that open source management tools have matured to the point where they can compete with proprietary packages.
Ashlee Vance, 09 May 2006
hands waving dollar bills in the air

Stealing cars: have laptop, will travel

Thieves with laptops are able to steal cars in around 20 minutes by breaking the software locks used in modern keyless entry systems.
John Leyden, 09 May 2006
channel

Windows Vista - not so clear after all

An irritating interface could be just one of the factors that hurts uptake of Windows Vista in the enterprise, challenging Microsoft's ambitious rollout goals.
Gavin Clarke, 09 May 2006
channel

Microsoft develops new SOA acronym for financial services

With IBM and Gartner preparing to evangelize SOAs at the analyst's Symposium and IT/expo next week, Microsoft has got off to an early start by announcing an architecture targeting developers and integrators in financial services.
Gavin Clarke, 09 May 2006
The Register breaking news

A neutral net is a neutered net?

So-called "network neutrality" legislation hampers innovation and harms business and the public, Verizon's chief spokesperson said this week.
Andrew Orlowski, 09 May 2006