Costs swell at America's most
infamous weapons lab
The costs at Los Alamos National Laboratory continue to rise with a new management regime failing to provide any concrete answers as to how it will cover the additional charges.
Gates 'glad' to delay Vista some more
The next release of Windows could hit further delays, according to Bill Gates who conceded there's a 20 per cent chance Windows Vista won't arrive next January.
German anti-trust officials received complaint against Intel
Intel may end up under investigation by German anti-cartel officials after all. The Federal Cartel Office (FCO) last week received a formal complaint regarding the chip giant's alleged business practices. However, no probe has yet begun, it seems.
Microsoft 'streamlines' ERP and CRM pricing
Microsoft is introducing per-user pricing for its business applications in an attempt to streamline licensing and reduce the cost of its CRM and ERP software.
Outsourced data must be protected, says privacy chief
Companies are still liable for data protection breaches that happen on third party premises thousands of miles away, the Information Commissioner has warned.
Havok ships physics-on-GPU coding tool
Havok, one of the two companies currently driving in-game physics acceleration, has launched the latest version of its game development middleware. Havok 4.0 rolls in the company's code that links physics-based visual effects to a host computer's graphics engine.
US restricts online gambling
The US House of Representatives has voted to stop US citizens gambling on the internet.
Symbian updates smart-phone OS
Symbian has made the latest release of its mobile phone operating system available to licensees, the company said today.
FSP to ship CrossFire, SLI-friendly PSU next week
FSP will ship its Booster X3 multi-GPU power supply next week, the company promised today. The unit can provide 300W of power, peaking at 360W - sufficient, the company claimed, for today's CrossFire and SLI rigs and tomorrow's.
SMS message saves stricken yacht
A 76-year-old Polish yachtsman has been rescued after getting into difficulties off the Scottish coast, thanks to a text message sent by a French couple who were out hiking.
Sky News in soft porn pic outrage
Those parents among you who worry about how to protect your little ones from the seedier side of the internet will be shocked to learn that in future you may have to add Sky News to the growing number of proscribed sites punting hideous smut to innocent kiddies.
Not delayed, not sleeping, dead - UK ID card scheme goes under
Although the fat lady (or possibly more appropriately, the portly former Home Secretary) has yet to sing on the subject, yesterday's statements from the Home Office make it a racing certainty that ID cards are dead in this parliamentary administration. The portly former Home Secretary meanwhile has been busy singing denunciations of John Reid's misdeeds in other areas, but will no doubt warble on the sad end of ID cards just as soon as he gets a minute in his busy schedule.
Google erases Malta
We have some bad news for those readers currently enjoying El Reg on the sunny island of Malta: you don't exist and we have the evidence to, er, prove it:
T-Mobile UK brings push email to MDA smart phones
T-Mobile UK has posted updates for its HTC-made MDA smart phone line-up that activate push email on the devices. In fact, the updates have been available since mid-June, but only yesterday did the carrier announce its support for the Windows Mobile 5.0 extensions.
Secure Computing buys CipherTrust
Secure Computing has announced a deal to acquire CipherTrust, the messaging security firm, for $273.6m in cash and stock. The deal is expected to close in early September, subject to regulatory approval and customary closing conditions.
Capgemini outsources jobs to BT
ExclusiveOver 200 staff at Capgemini were told yesterday that their jobs are moving to BT.
HD DVD backers plan $150m marketing blitz
Microsoft, Intel, Toshiba, HP and others are to spend $150m promoting the HD DVD next-generation optical disc format to North American consumers in the run up to the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays and through into 2007.
Commission beats Microsoft with €280m stick
The EU Commission has fined Microsoft €280.5m for anti-competitive business practices.
Jesus reveals cure for cancer to eBayer
Those research scientists who have been searching for years for a miracle cancer cure - in the process working their way through countless millions of dollars in their struggle against the Big C - will be kicking themselves today since they could have had the Holy Grail all along for nothing.
Oracle signs up Ingram Micro Europe
Ingram Micro has picked up wholesale rights for Oracle's full range of software, to flog into the SME market.
Tiscali and BPI in filesharing standoff
Tiscali, the ISP accused by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) of harbouring at least 17 filesharers, has said it won't close any accounts without more evidence of wrongdoing from the music industry body.
'Steady progress' at Computacenter
Computacenter has recovered a little bounce in its step, reporting a "period of steady progress" for the first half of 2006.
C2000 beefs up server and storage sales teams
Computer 2000 is bolstering its sales efforts in servers and storage with two new recruits.
Five critical updates mark MS Patch Tuesday
Microsoft has released seven security updates, five of which it describes as critical, as part of its regular Patch Tuesday update cycle.
Benchmarks, bunkum and baloney
CommentThere are three types of claims made by vendors with respect to benchmarks: pure performance figures, competitive performance comparison, and TPC figures. In my view, none of these has marketing value, though the second of these potentially has some utility for the supplier. Let me explain.
Gmail phishing email offers $500 prize
Low-rent conmen have crafted a phishing campaign that seeks to dupe gullible punters in emails posing as a random cash prize from Gmail, Google's popular web mail service.
EU cuts roaming charges
The EU has announced details of its plan to slash the cost of using a mobile phone abroad by up to 70 per cent.
EC hearing all about patents today
Representatives from all sides of the debate are meeting in Brussels today to discuss the future of patent legislation in Europe.
Indian boffin touts protein-based '50TB DVD'
DVDs may eventually become organic, replacing dyes with light-sensitive proteins in order to boost their storage capacity to 50TB - the equivalent of 1,000 dual-layer Blu-ray Discs. It also gives them potentially the same high-speed read and write access as hard drives.
Indian satellite launch ends in disaster
The planned launch of a new communications satellite has ended in a shower of debris for India, as the rocket carrying it went into a tailspin just moments after launch.
Galileo codes cracked
The secret codes used by Europe's Galileo navigation satellite have been broken by researchers at Cornell University.
MS turns to ATI for Xbox 360 HD DVD decoder
ATI's H.264 HD video decoder will be used by Microsoft to allow its Xbox 360 to play HD DVDs, the two companies announced today.
Energy Review looks to generate security
The sound of champagne corks popping in the offices of nuclear power bosses rang around the world yesterday when, as expected, the UK government committed to a new generation of fission reactors.
EC vs. MS: IT depts find a champ in Europe
AnalysisThe European Commission has scored the most meaningful victory in 15 years of litigation against Microsoft on both sides of the Atlantic.
Ingres trades up with NYSE chief
Database spin out Ingres has landed the NYSE's technology head to lead worldwide sales and marketing, and head up its development and engineering.
Kazaa parent pulls lawsuit against P2P site
Sharman Networks - the operator of Kazaa.com - has backed out of an unusual lawsuit against a pro P2P technology site, although its CEO is still banging on with her case.
Web 2.0 meets its Alamo?
After losing six million subscribers over four years, you'd think AOL would be wary about upsetting the ones who remain. Especially when its new business model banks on attracting the unsubscribed to its newly opened portals.