18th > December > 2006 Archive
Man granted permit to dump dead gran at tip
Any reader whose granny has just passed away and who can't really afford a decent send-off should ring Cumbria County Council which recently issued a permit for one chap to dispose of his deceased nan's dismembered body parts at the local tip.
123-Reg says sorry
Hosting service 123-reg has put its hands up following a flood of complaints from Reg readers about its email service.
iPhone launched... but not by Apple
Ladies and gentlemen, will you please welcome the iPhone from... er... Linksys. Yes, the iPhone has indeed been launched today, as forecast, but it's not the device so many people were expecting. Instead, it's Linksys' new brand name for its range of VoIP handsets.
Carbon offsetting: not such a quick fix after all
Bad news for buyers of ecological Christmas presents and seekers of environmental quick fixes: offsetting carbon emissions by planting extra trees might not work as well as we had all hoped. It always seemed too easy, didn't it?
Premium rate messaging set for regulation overhaul
Ofcom has begun a "first principles" review of premium rate service (PRS) regulation in a move that could change the way premium rate phone and text services are regulated.
IBM snaps up Consul
IBM recently announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Consul Risk Management Inc, a privately held software company headquartered in the Netherlands and with a US base in Virginia.
Siemens-Nokia networks merger postponed
The €20bn merger of the Nokia and Siemens networks businesses will be postponed by a couple of months as a result of the broadening corruption scandal at Siemens.
Mobile working scuppers office romance
Northern Ireland workers may end up asking 'Where's the love?', according to a new survey on mobile devices.
CNN cedes Wales to England
We have some bad news for those of you who woke up this morning thinking you were Welsh: as of right now, you're English, and you'd just better get used to the idea:
Nintendo said to profit on Wii production
Nintendo may well be making so much profit on its Wii console it can well afford to replace broken Remote straps. According to a Japanese publication's assessment of the machine's innards, the console costs the videogames company less than $160 to assemble.
Home Office bumps up innocents on DNA Database
Less than two thirds of people whose profile is stored on the National DNA Database are there for having been cautioned or convicted of a criminal offence, Home Office figures have revealed.
Fjuckby residents demand rebranding
NSFWThe good burghers of the Swedish village of Fjuckby have decided they've had enough of being the butt of fjuck jokes and are demanding a rebrand, The Local reports.
In general, you are not allowed to discriminate against the physically disabled in the workplace. When one thinks of a job in software development, however, one conjures up the image of programmers building applications or writing code in front of a computer screen - tasks apparently relying on good vision.
Amazon turns off Ireland's electronic Christmas
Confusion over the way the WEEE directive (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) is implemented in different European states has prompted Amazon to cease shipping qualifying products to the Repubic of Ireland (IE).
iKey Plus portable USB recorder
ReviewFor budding DJs, or musicians who want to record live sets or gigs, the new iKey Plus portable USB recorder could be just what the beat doctor ordered. Designed to work with - yes, you've guessed it - the iPod, or any other external USB storage device, the iKey Plus can record live audio in MP3 or WAV format without the need for a PC...
FAA: Space tourists must be told of risks
Caution: this could be a one way trip. This is what would-be space tourists will have to be warned before they set off on sub-orbital jaunts, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has said.
Hynix clocks 60nm DDR 2 chip to 800MHz
Hynix has introduced a pair of unbuffered DIMMs based on its 60nm 1Gb DDR 2 memory chips, the company said today. The modules are clocked to an effective 800MHz.
The Italian Job rated top Brit movie
A poll of 1,000 UK film buffs has rated The Italian Job as the "all-time favourite British film", The Sun reports.
Anti-spam tech reborn as web activist tool
The people behind Blue Security, the anti-spam firm brought down by a rogue spammer earlier this year, have launched a new social action firm.
Asus orders Commando into action
Asus has announced its overclocker-friendly Commando motherboard, a product based on Intel's P965 chipset and which allows users to turn their PCs' frontside bus and memory clocks up to 2.28GHz and 1.3GHz, respectively.
UK to build world's biggest offshore wind farm
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has approved a plan to erect 341 wind turbines off the coast of south-east England, The Guardian reports.
Worcestershire NHS peddles filth to kiddies
NSFWIt's enough to have Middle England choking on its cocoa: get yourselves down to Worcestershire Health Authority's Sexual Health Online website, then right click on the fetching graphic of a lady's reproductive bits and check out the image properties:
Yahoo! Messenger! in! security! flap!
Yahoo! Messenger users have been warned to update their IM software following the discovery of a serious security bug.
Kingston swallows call centre firm
East Yorkshire telco Kingston Communications has bought IP-based call centre software firm JAM IP for £2.56m.
Orange SPV M700 3G PDA phone spied on web
HTC's P3600 compact 3G PDA phone has gone on sale on the Orange mobile phone network as the SPV M700. Well, that portion of the network that extends across France, at the very least. Orange owner France Telecom is currently touting the Orange-branded handset, which has yet to appear over here.
NEC recalls fire-risk desktop PCs
NEC Japan has asked anyone who bought in a Valuestar H all-in-one desktop PC manufactured between November 2003 and June 2004 to contact the company for a free replacement after two of the machines caught fire, the company said today.
Panasonic pitches 'safe' lithium-ion laptop battery
Panasonic parent Matsushita today announced what it claims is a "safe" lithium-ion rechargeable battery. The secret: inserting a layer of heat-resistant insulating material to prevent fire-starting internal short-circuits of the kind that ignited a number of notebooks this year.
HDS grabs for the middle
Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) continued its drive to broaden its reach by announcing a suite of new software for mid-sized storage operations - small fry compared to its traditional base in big enterprise.
John Doe blogger named Person of the Year
Few publications in the world take themselves as seriously as Time magazine, and Christmas each year finds it at its most unctuous and self-important, as Time chooses its "Person of the Year". This year, the award for newsmaker of 2006 is given to "You" - the internet user.
100m US records exposed by security blunders
The number of US customer records compromised as a result of security blunders has hit the 100 million milestone.
2007 - a good year to go iSCSI?
Executive briefingIt has been a long struggle, but with IP-based SANs finally achieving parity of sorts with Fibre Channel SANs, 2007 could at last be "The Year of iSCSI".
IBM builds Second Life store for Circuit City
IBM has cut a deal with US electronic gizmo retailer Circuit City Stores to build a virtual store on one of the private fiefdoms it occupies on Second Life. There, virtual visitors will, in the form of their on-screen avatar, be able to go down the aisles of the store and examine products. The products can then be or ordered via the website.
Giving some Juce to cross-platform tools
Hands onLast month I looked at Qt, the popular C++ cross-platform framework which underpins the KDE desktop, and a whole lot more. This time, I'm continuing that same theme by taking a look at another cross-platform C++ library called Juce (OK, no jokes about Apple Juce!)
Rob Enderle weighs in on NY Times ban
CommentAshlee, I read you piece (NY Times bans Microsoft analysts from Microsoft stories) over the weekend and man did you hit a chord with me. I sweat this stuff. I’m accused quite often of being a Microsoft shill and, as you point out, there is actually a cottage industry that has cropped up making that accusation to keep me from saying anything negative about OSS (open source software) or Apple. Since I’ve been doing the analyst thing for well over a decade, I think most journalists know I answer questions as honestly as I can and, while I do make mistakes, they are honest ones.