18th > December > 2006 Archive
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.
Hosting service 123-reg has put its hands up following a flood of complaints from Reg readers about its email service.
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.
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?
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 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.
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.
Northern Ireland workers may end up asking 'Where's the love?', according to a new survey on mobile devices.
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 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.
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.
NSFW The 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.
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).
Hauppauge is doing a Gilette. Tired of the limitations of two TV tuners, Hauppauge's WinTV HVR-3000 ups the count to three, the first tuner card to do so, the company claimed today. The PCI card has a co-ax input to pick up free-to-air digital satellite and terrestrial broadcasts, and analogue TV transmissions. It'll relay FM …
Review For 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...
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 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.
A poll of 1,000 UK film buffs has rated The Italian Job as the "all-time favourite British film", The Sun reports.
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 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.
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.
NSFW It'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 users have been warned to update their IM software following the discovery of a serious security bug.
East Yorkshire telco Kingston Communications has bought IP-based call centre software firm JAM IP for £2.56m.
LG has jumped into the PCTV market, offering a widescreen display with what is essentially a notebook computer built into the chassis. You can tell LG's approaching this convergence thing from the opposite direction to everyone else: it calls its product a TVPC.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
The total number of US customer records compromised as a result of security blunders has hit the 100m milestone.
Executive briefing It 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 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.
Hands on Last 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!)
Comment Ashlee, 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.
England's Court of Appeal has upheld a ruling that two software-related patents were invalid. Oil giant Halliburton's attempts to patent in the UK a software system for designing drill bits has failed.