20th > September > 2006 Archive
Feds nail Supermicro for illegal Iran server sale
Supermicro has found itself on the wrong end of a pricey server shipment after pleading guilty to sending gear to Iran.
BEA thinks modular for lightweight SOA platform
BEAWorld 2006BEA Systems is making modules of its middleware, in a move to help developers build services oriented architectures (SOAs).
SGI to emerge from bankruptcy cocoon
SGI is ready to become emergent all over again. A judge has okayed the company's reorganization plan, paving the way for it to come out of bankruptcy protection in October.
Punctuation heroine launches website
Militant punctuation campaigner Lynne Truss, author of the splendid Eats, Shoots & Leaves, is inviting concerned citizens to contribute outrages against the English language to her new website: www.lynnetruss.com.
Intel preps Pentium-branded 'Conroe' processors
The Pentium is dead. Long live the Pentium. Yes, for all Intel's keenness on its new Core brand, the Pentium name will apparently survive beyond the current P4 and PD processors in the form of an upcoming 'Conroe'-based single-core CPU family due early next year.
Disney 'very, very bullish' on early iTunes movie downloads
It's only been a week since Disney plonked a load of movies on Apple's iTunes store, but already the studio is squeaking about how well it's all going.
Intel preps Pentium, Celeron price cuts
Intel is set to cut the price of its Pentium D and Pentium 4 desktop processor lines in January 2007 as it pushes the Core 2 Duo family further downmarket. But that's not stopping the chip giant from releasing at least one more PD and a top-of-the-range Celeron D in the same month.
People prefer iPods to biometric passports
The Home Office has tried to frighten people into taking its identity plans seriously by publishing a marketing survey it said proved their passports were easy targets for ruthless criminals.
Monkeys will pay for Paris Hilton smut
It's official: monkeys are as obsessed with celebrity and pay-per-view porn as the next man.
Japan to get Xbox HD DVD drive on 17 November
Microsoft will ship the Xbox 360's eagerly anticipated external HD DVD drive to Japanese consumers on 17 November, the software giant revealed today at the Tokyo Games Show. The announcement paves the way for similar declarations concerning the peripheral's launch in the US and Europe.
RIM's enterprise dominance comes to an end
Mobile WorkshopAfter dominating the enterprise mobile email space with the BlackBerry solution for so many years, RIM is no longer the only serious game in town. Despite a number of false starts, arch-rival Microsoft now appears to have closed the gap, at least in terms of forward looking commitment.
News Corp not in talks with Telecom Italia
News Corp chairman Rupert Murdoch said he has not been in talks with Telecom Italia.
Murdoch to Yahoo, MSN: 'We don't need you'
Rupert Murdoch has defended his strategy of not making News Corp content available to portals.
Fighting terrorism with mobiles
US mobile wireless sensor developer Gentag has been awarded a patent which covers the use of sensors in a phone, PDA, watch, or pager to detect noxious fumes and warn the user.
US appoints cybersecurity chief
The US government has appointed a cybersecurity chief after a 14-month gap that left observers questioning the Government's commitment to the post.
Panasonic preps 'first' Blu-ray player and recorder
Panasonic is gearing up to launch what it claims are the world's first Blu-ray Disc recorders capable of playing back pre-recorded BDs. The units - the Diga DMR-BW200 and DMR-BR100 - can burn content from their built-in hard drives to BD-R/RE discs at 4x speed, the company claimed.
High integrity software
Book reviewThis book is the 2006 revision of the key guide to SPARK, a programming language founded on formal proof and static code analysis.
Firm fits standard rechargeable batteries with USB
No, they're not the latest USB Flash drives in a fancy casing - Moixa's USB Cell products are real batteries, charged using a spare USB port. Which, if you think about it, is genius: no cables, no special adaptor just plug 'em into your computer every so often.
Asus unveils 'first' music streaming Skype phone
Asus has launched what it reckons is the world's first wireless music Skype phone - a Wi-Fi enable handset that doubles up as a speaker for songs streamed from a PC.
Zimbabwe's internet grinds to a halt
Zimbabwe's net infrastructure has all but ground to a halt after Intelsat cut the country's bandwidth over an unpaid $700,000 bill, Reuters reports.
Rattled SAP bites back at Ellison
A slanging match has erupted between Oracle and SAP as the Silicon Valley giant tries to burnish its business apps credentials.
ASA backs Razr-wielding designers
Readers of what you might still loosely term as broadsheets - you know the type, posh newspapers with lots and lots of cricket coverage - are capable of making informed decisions, according to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).
Adaptec plays Snap with low-end filers
Adaptec aims to sort out confusion in its NAS product line with new low-end filers that run the same software as its larger models, and can therefore integrate with Microsoft's Active Directory.
Hezbollah cracks Israeli radio code
Hezbollah fighters reportedly used Iranian-supplied technology to tap Israeli radio comms during last month's war in southern Lebanon. The intelligence gleaned from these intercepts helped frustrate Israeli tank attacks, according to Hezbollah and Lebanese officials.
LG engineers book-reading phone for the blind
LG has demo'd the world's first ebook reading mobile phone, pitching the product at the visually impaired. The LF1300 is entirely operable, the company said, using voice commands relayed through a bundled Bluetooth headset.
The cat peed on my laptop...
It's not only IT Help Desks that get strange queries and requests. Data recovery specialists at UK-based firm Disklabs have compiled an illuminating list of the oddest requests for assistance it receives from the 50,000 cases a year it deals with involving people needing to get their data recovered.
Looking for a one night stand?
Those looking for a quick shag are more likely to use text to set up dates, according to a survey of 1,000 people carried out by online dating service Parship.co.uk.
PC thief steals court PC during trial
A light-fingered California crook has been convicted of stealing computers from a courthouse while on trial for computer theft.
HP's snowballing shame
And the hits just keep on coming. The latest embarrassments for HP include claims of bugging its own chief executive, attempting to install a trojan on a reporter's computer, and the forthcoming spectacle of their ousted chairwoman hauled before a congressional committee.
Internet safety talks for UK kids
The government has announced plans for an internet safety campaign for secondary school children across Britain in a move that is hoped to crack down on child sex abuse.
Right set-up vital for virtual teams
Virtual teams need to choose their communications tools carefully if they want to be effective, new research has revealed.
Floating point numbers - what else can be done?
ColumnIn a recent article here in The Register we saw some of the problems that result when floating point numbers are misused or chosen inappropriately.
NASA brushes off space dandruff
Mystery pieces of space debris which had shuttle mission controllers worried will not prevent a landing attempt Thursday, NASA said today.
Gonzales calls for ISP data retention laws
The US Attorney General has asked senators to pass a data retention law for telcos and ISPs. Alberto Gonzales told a Senate panel that such a law would help to prosecute child pornographers.
HP: How not to manage a crisis
CommentHP grows leakier by the hour: today's Pretexting Scandal episode, brought to you by an unnamed source of the NY Times reveals that the company "conducted feasibility studies on planting spies in news bureaus of [CNET and The Wall Street Journal] as part of an investigation of leaks from its board". Check out those janitors, before they check you out.
Intel's Grove 'sad' to see HP CEO promoted
Intel third horseman Andy Grove has chastised HP for its recent management shakeup. The printing, imaging and spying company should not have elevated CEO Mark Hurd to the Chairmanship, according to Intel's ex-top dog.
Free anonymous browsing
A modified version of Mozilla Firefox that lets users browse the web anonymously has been released.
Dumb customers and dumber software standards
BEAWorld 2006A senior Citigroup techie today called on customers to make their voices heard in the debates over software standards - or else.
Dell Q3 already in ruin – analyst
Dell's moves to lower prices, hire more understandable customer service reps and stop product fires do not appear to be helping its immediate fortunes.