8th > September > 2006 Archive
IBM greenlights Eclipse paid support
IBM is introducing paid support for users of development tools using Eclipse, while expanding its own products running on the open source framework.
Red Hat heads security initiative
Red Hat is leading an initiative allowing software companies to brief users of a US government-backed security database on how far vulnerabilities affect their products.
Researchers scale world's tallest tree
Researchers in California have found what they reckon is the world's tallest tree - a coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) standing at a mighty 378.1 feet (115.2 metres), Reuters reports.
Russian ICBM test ends in premature splashdown
A test launch of a next-generation, submarine-launched Russian ICBM ended in failure yesterday when the missile crashed into the White Sea shortly after launch, news agency Novosti reports.
Global mobile phone connections hit 2.5bn
The total number of mobile connections in the world reached 2.5bn on Thursday, having passed the two billion mark just 12 months ago.
HP phone log black op tapped nine reporters
HP's spy fiasco went from bad to catastrophic yesterday, as the company admitted to having tapped the phone logs of nine reporters.
Tech companies oppose WIPO treaty on TV rights
Dell, HP, AT&T, Sony and others have joined forces to oppose a plan that would give broadcasters a whole new set of intellectual property rights over television programmes. They will fight to stop the UN proposal being adopted internationally.
When open source is not enough
There was some interesting buzz about the state of open source going around ApacheCon in Dublin.
Flexispy release causes legality debate
A piece of software which allows a user to track another person's mobile phone use would be almost impossible to use in the UK without breaking the law, according to a surveillance law expert.
Earth-like planets could litter the galaxy
Would-be galactic colonists got a boost this week when a paper in the journal Science suggested that Earth-like planets might be more common than previously thought.
Galaxy of saboteurs trashes 'Save the Blair' petition
What does the embattled loyalist do when the Dear Leader is on the ropes, bombarded by round-robins from party and former friends demanding his head before the local elections, before Christmas, now, if sooner than that isn't possible? Why, set up a supporters site and get people to sign a petition, of course.
BT and Virgin announce broadcast TV over DAB
Virgin has announced an October launch for its Lobster 700TV handset, which can receive video and radio over the Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) network.
Just how buggy is Firefox?
Security researchers that carried out a code analysis of popular open source browser Firefox using automated tools, have discovered scores of potential defects and security vulnerabilities despite coming to the conclusion that the software was generally well written.
Exhausted panda mum crushes cub
A giant panda at a zoo in China's Chongqing municipality is inconsolable after she nodded off and crushed one of her two-day-old twin cubs to death.
Reg readers give forth on mobile email
Thank you to all who took the time to comment on the recent article "Mobile email: Let's have a heated debate." Although there are some differences of opinion, nearly all our commentators felt that mobile email is a valuable tool.
IBM takes 'Broadway' to the Nintendo stage
IBM is to start shipping its "Broadway" PowerPC processor to Nintendo for use in its Wii games console.
SMART-1 smashes into moon mountain
The first grainy images of SMART-1's lunar crash landing have been released by the European Space Agency, and suggest that the probe ended its days on the side of a lunar mountain.
Foxconn enters the graphics card market with a bang
Taiwanese component manufacturer Foxconn has announced a range of Nvidia chipped cards that stretch from a GeForce 7950 GX2 down to a 7100GS, with the whole gamut of 7900, 7600 and 7300 models in between.
T-Mobile pushes into email
T-Mobile has expanded its range of email devices with the addition of the Nokia E61 and BlackBerry Pearl.
Intel plotting vPro for Apple
Intel's brand new vPro desktop platform started shipping in business PCs yesterday and could already be on its way for Macs.
Massive lands ad deal with EA Games
It didn't take long before Microsoft's ownership of in-game advertising network Massive has opened a few doors and the company has landed its first game deals with gaming giant Electronic Arts Games (EA).
The box that broke Enigma code is rebuilt
Enthusiasts have succeeded in rebuiling a Nazi code cracking device, signaling the culmination of a 10-year project.
Samsung Telecom plays unwilling host to Trojan
The Samsung Telecom's site is inadvertently hosting malware, according to web security firm Websense.
MySpace music deal poses multiple threats
CommentNews Corp's MySpace may just have found a way around the piracy laws that dog the sale of online music, and may, as a result, throw up the most likely candidate to challenge iTunes.
Terrorists could attack aircraft with gel-filled bras
In the time-honoured Register tradition of offering terrorists top tips* on how to bring down airliners, we'd like this afternoon to draw al-Qaeda's attention to two possible ways of getting binary liquid explosives through security: gel-filled bras and KY Jelly.
Stuff your own ballot with children's fingerprints
LettersThe government confirmed this week that schools can fingerprint children without asking parents for consent. This is such hideous news that Brown and Blair had to stage an immediate "coup attempt" to divert media attention from the issue.
Welsh company makes crap greetings cards
A Welsh company has won a £20,000 Millennium Award for turning sheep droppings into "greetings cards and gifts", the BBC reports.
Formac adds Performance trio
Formac has added three 19inch TFT displays to its range. These fall under a new category of Performance models which is added to the existing range of Professional models.
MPs condemn NHS IT
Two members of the Public Accounts Committee have condemned the centrally-run management of the National Programme for IT and called for a return to local decision making and procurement.
Foghorn McLeghorn threatened with Asbo
A Scottish council is pursuing a cock with the threat of an Asbo if it refuses to cap its ear-splitting doodle-dooing.
Albatron takes off with speedy graphics card
Albatron has been quick off the mark with its new GeForce 7950GT. The core is clocked at 550MHz and the 512MB of DDR3 memory runs at an effective 1.4GHz, so it's a reference design through and through.
Trekkies hit Seattle for show's 40th birthday
Star Trek fans and cast members are assembling in Seattle for a three-day shindig to celebrate the show's fortieth Birthday.
Facebook mods controversial 'stalker-friendly' feature
User protests have forced social network site Facebook to radically re-design its controversial News Feed feature, which critics argue is a Godsend for stalkers.