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Investors slaughter Rackable on Q3 sales slowdown

Rackable Systems today learned its toughest lesson since becoming a public company - imperfection doesn't cut it when you're supposed to be a darling.
Ashlee Vance, 28 Jul 2006

DVB-H rockets ahead in Italy

CommentOne of the few successes to come out of the World Cup fever was the Italian DVB-H service from 3 Italia, which launched for real during the run up to the Cup.
Faultline, 28 Jul 2006

News Corp and Clearwire ready to tie the knot?

As the four major cablecos involved in a quadruple play joint venture with Sprint get ready to launch initial services, they may face another rival apart from the incumbent telcos, themselves moving towards quad play with a combination of fiber-to-the-home, IPTV, and their cellular arms.
Faultline, 28 Jul 2006

HP eats Mercury

So, HP has paid a small fortune for “tarnished” Mercury Software, has it? Perhaps it has got a bargain, as Mercury's technology is excellent and it has a good reputation for "Business Technology Optimisation" (aka "testing", in the widest possible sense) in big companies.
David Norfolk, 28 Jul 2006

Happy SysAdmin Day!

We'd like to thank Reg reader Dave for emailing to thank our System Administrators for doing such a good job keeping the website up and running.
John Oates, 28 Jul 2006

Don't give foresight, give me luck!

And so to lunch with Martin Richmond-Coggan, VP EMEA at Applix, ostensibly to talk about its acquisition of Temtec BI visualisation software. Apparently, Applix's TM1 combined with Temtec's Executive Viewer is proving much more attractive than TM1 alone to potential customers using Essbase and wondering what its strategic future is.
David Norfolk, 28 Jul 2006

Ballmer to Wall St: we always back a winner

An unapologetic Steve Ballmer has committed Microsoft to investments in an array of new markets, while ruling and end to monumental delays on flagship products.
Gavin Clarke, 28 Jul 2006

Rambus accepts lower damages from Hynix

Rambus has accepted the damages award granted to it by a jury following its patent clash victory over Hynix but last week slashed by the presiding judge. Hynix will pay the memory technology firm $133.6m instead of the originally awarded $306.5m.
Tony Smith, 28 Jul 2006

Nvidia to bring SLI to Intel chipsets?

Nvidia's SLI multi-GPU technology will soon work with Intel-made chipsets, it has been alleged. The claim came after the graphics chip company began highlighting the number of Intel Core 2 Duo-based desktops that support SLI.
Tony Smith, 28 Jul 2006

Swede can't swallow McDonald's pizza

McDonald's will keep the domain name Pizza.eu after a legal challenge to the burger giant's right was rejected this week.
OUT-LAW.COM, 28 Jul 2006

Dell laptop goes up in smoke

Another Dell laptop has undergone spontaneous combustion, prompting the evacuation of the office it was situated in and the urgent intervention of the local fire brigade. Pictures of the incident point to a battery meltdown as the cause of the conflagration.
Tony Smith, 28 Jul 2006

Meta tag abusers face 20 years in prison

The US has passed legislation which controls what website operators are allowed to put in their site meta tags. The law bans the use of words which might lead anyone to obscene content.
OUT-LAW.COM, 28 Jul 2006

Sky flexes muscles for broadband deathmatch

BSkyB has released its annual results, parading its weapons-grade financial clout for the upcoming triple and quadruple play tussle.
Christopher Williams, 28 Jul 2006

Europe demands Blu-ray Disc, HD DVD licensing details

While the consumer electronics and content industries worry that the battle between Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD will set company against company to the disadvantage of all, Europe's antitrust officials appear to fear that having two rival high-definition video disc formats isn't competition enough.
Tony Smith, 28 Jul 2006

Melting technology and missing black holes

LettersIt is hot out there. And hot is not good if you depend on bits of metal for a living. This is what Level 3 discovered this week, when its Goswell Road facility took some time out to chill.
Lucy Sherriff, 28 Jul 2006

Financial instrument pricing using C++

Book reviewC++ is the most used language in that most lucrative of fields: financial engineering. Yet most of the people who use it for derivatives have no formal training in programming, and often use C++ as little more than C, or even as a mutant form of Fortran. The results are not always pretty.
Dominic Connor, 28 Jul 2006

'Official' Vodafone 3G Treo pic spotted on web

Is this the face of Palm's upcoming 3G Treo smart phone for Vodafone's European networks? Euro website MSMobiles.com seems to think so, claiming to have found the snap in Microsoft document, of all places.
Tony Smith, 28 Jul 2006

Pulling things together as India draws near

Imagine CupTime is ticking, and we're flat out working on getting the digital recovery environment finished. It seems that despite some pretty damn good project planning, for students anyway, we're only a week or so away from deadline and we're still doing some of the development.
Team Three Pair, 28 Jul 2006

LG to ship 5Mp camera phone next month

LG's five megapixel camera-equipped phone, the KG920 will hit the UK's shores next month, retailer Carphone Warehouse has claimed, though it's keeping mum on how much the handset will cost.
Hard Reg, 28 Jul 2006

McAfee reports profit dip

Net security firm McAfee reported reduced quarterly profits on Thursday. The company also warned it may have to restate past financial results because of a previously announced ongoing investigation into its stock option practices.
John Leyden, 28 Jul 2006

Jobless extra goes gun-crazy on Brazilian soap set

Geek TVTV story of the week comes straight outta Rio, where a jobless Brazilian actor stormed onto the set of a soap that had once employed him as an extra. (You know where I'm going with this, don't you?)
Jane Hoskyn, 28 Jul 2006

Why doesn't a hangover occur the night before?

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Stephen Juan, 28 Jul 2006

Why do babies always seem to have a runny nose?

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Stephen Juan, 28 Jul 2006

What issues are there for women in space?

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Stephen Juan, 28 Jul 2006

Can you die from testing a 9V battery on your tongue?

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Stephen Juan, 28 Jul 2006

Directors blame Dell, Intel for Elonex collapse

The directors of renowned British PC maker Elonex Plc have blamed US giant Dell and its team mate Intel for its collapse last month.
Mark Ballard, 28 Jul 2006

Industry terrifies mobile phone thieves with... 'charter'

The mobile industry has launched a charter aimed at tackling the source of mobile phone theft.
Christopher Williams, 28 Jul 2006

SCADA system makers urged to tighten security

Idaho National Laboratory and the New York State Office of Cyber Security and Critical Infrastructure have teamed up with utilities and makers of distributed control system software to offer advice on how to make system security a major part of the critical infrastructure.
Robert Lemos, 28 Jul 2006

Google Earth reveals swastika water feature

Google Earth aficionados have created a bonfire in the quiet town of Maasmechelen in Belgium, very close to the border with the Netherlands, by revealing that the fountain at the city council office looks like a swastika from the air.
Jan Libbenga, 28 Jul 2006

MS to spend big bucks and lose money pushing Zune

Microsoft has pledged to spend "hundreds of millions" of dollars establishing its Zune music hardware and services combo while losing money on the package for the next few years. It'll take the company 3-5 years to make a significant impact to the market, it reckons.
Tony Smith, 28 Jul 2006
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Security flap after US Navy loses laptops

A pair of laptops containing the personal data of around 31,000 US Navy personnel officers and potential recruits were separately stolen from two New Jersey recruitment offices over the last two months.
John Leyden, 28 Jul 2006

Magic Dell desktop switches off by text

A big thank you to Register reader Chris who sent us an interesting email conversation between a systems administrator and Dell technical support.
John Oates, 28 Jul 2006

BenQ preps Bluetooth stereo speakers

BenQ Mobile will next month ship its first set of mobile phone add-on speakers designed to be fed over a Bluetooth link. The stereo system is portable, running off batteries or an AC adaptor, and provides bass-boosting and stereo-widening, the company said.
Hard Reg, 28 Jul 2006

London borough develops own microclimate

Those Islington residents that were sitting on their balconies enjoying the 27 degree sunshine while having a quiet post-work pint yesterday afternoon, would have been bamboozled to hear colleagues today speaking of taking shelter to escape the terrible rain and hail.
Tracey Cooper, 28 Jul 2006

Nuclear War launcher (and USB hub) heads West

The all-out nuclear war launch button Reg Hardware featured a couple of weeks ago - the gadget's a four-port USB hub in its spare time - is coming to the US and will be available to buy on Sunday, we've learned.
Tony Smith, 28 Jul 2006
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Lords Committee to debate internet security

The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee is to investigate personal internet security. They are calling on members of the public with direct experience to get in touch.
John Oates, 28 Jul 2006

CA finally names a finance chief

CA has gotten around to appointing a new permanent CFO after the last incumbent Robert Davis resigned in May following a brace of other top brass departures.
Christopher Williams, 28 Jul 2006

Firm ships MP3 player with integrated 'iTrip'

China's Netac has launched a digital music player with a built-in FM radio transmitter, pitching the product at motorists who want an MP3 machine for the car but don't want to pay extra for an iTrip.
Tony Smith, 28 Jul 2006
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Tool uses Google to hunt for open source bugs

A new research project aims to harness search engine Google to find security flaws in open source code. Bugle identifies common vulns using a (thus far) limited set of Google queries. So far the search queries look for cross-site scripting, SQL injection and buffer overflow flaws, for example.
John Leyden, 28 Jul 2006

Developers cry foul over Windows kernel security

Recently introduced security measures by Microsoft will make it more difficult to integrate third-party security tools with Windows, according to a rival personal firewall firm.
John Leyden, 28 Jul 2006

The spy suit wars

Valley JusticeTwo United States District Court judges recently handed down decisions in high-profile cases involving wiretapping and alleged records aggregation on behalf of the National Security Agency (NSA). The suits were brought against AT&T by plaintiffs in the Northern District of California with the legal “expertise” of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), and in the Northern District of Illinois with the help of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU.) The suits allege that AT&T violated constitutional and statutory protections against the disclosure of private information by providing telephone communications and subscriber information to the federal government.
Kevin Fayle, 28 Jul 2006

'Colombian Flu' takes down Mitnick

The headline "Famed hacker felled by the flu" makes you long for the days when the US media churned out stories that documented Kevin Mitnick's battles with the government.
Ashlee Vance, 28 Jul 2006

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