22nd > December > 2006 Archive
El Reg presents the great End of Year Quiz
Quiz of the yearThe party's over, the lights are dim, and you're wondering whether to buy that bumper pack of Alka Seltzer. What to do with those last precious moments of the year?
Online criminals threatened with sex offenders' register
Internet and email users can be added to the sex offenders' register for a whole slew of new offences after the Home Office drastically increased the number of relevant offences.
ORDB bids a long goodbye
The Open Relay DataBase, the spam fighting organisation that lists open relays historically exploited by spammers to send junk mail, is to close down at the end of the year, five and a half years after it was first established.
VMware opens Mac virtual machine tech to public
Virtualisation software specialist VMware has posted a pre-release version of 'Fusion', the Mac version of its desktop virtualisation software. The public availability of the beta release was accompanied by VMware competitor Parallels' posting of a update to its own Mac virtualisation tool.
Glu Mobile files for $92m IPO
Mobile phone games publisher Glu Mobile has filed for an IPO on the Nasdaq; looking to raise up to $92m in the new year. The money will be used to pay off $12m of current debt, with the rest funding European expansion.
The Screwpole emails
Episode 1This is the first in a series of articles tracking the attempts of demonic senior consultant Screwpole to steep his naive young nephew Mugwort in the ways of IT project failure.
Revenues up for loss-making 3Com
3Com has reported a second-quarter net loss of $4m for its second fiscal quarter.
Venice Project nears liftoff
Reports are beginning to come in thick and fast from the beta program for the Venice Project, the code name for the P2P streaming TV player designed by the same people that wrote Kazaa and Skype.
AMD opens next-gen chip tech think-tank
Come 2013, AMD will start to leverage the efforts of the chip maker's Advanced Architecture and Technology Lab (AATL) in its processor and chipset products. AMD announced the foundation of the forward-looking technology team yesterday, locating it in Redmond, Washington - the home of a certain software giant...
2006: The year of broadband, PSP and PS3
2006 in reviewJust over a year ago, Faultline made some of what we described as outlandish predictions. Partly this was tongue in cheek because we hear so many predictions from research outfits that appear ludicrous, and partly these were trends we were genuinely expecting. Some of them weren't particularly outlandish, so we admit they were safe bets.
US town bans Santa
The Pennsylvania town of Hazleton has declared its intention to enforce controversial illegal immigration legislation by banning Santa from its boundaries this Xmas.
Intel anticipates Vista-led IGP sales boost
Intel appears to be anticipating strong demand in the next quarter for its 965 chipset driven by the demands imposed upon PC hardware by Microsoft's Windows Vista. Certainly, Taiwanese industry moles claim the chip giant plans to boost shipments by 50 per cent in Q1 2007.
Nintendo denounces Wii Remote lawsuit
The class action lawsuit launched in the US this week against Nintendo is entirely meritless, the videogames pioneer has claimed. The lawsuit alleges Nintendo breached its own product warranty by shipping its Wii games console with a Remote wrist-strap that breaks even when used as directed.
IPTV/VoD: Fast forward to Christmas future
Industry commentIt's the Friday before Christmas. The very first thing I hear at 6am is the latest Crazy Frog jingle at full volume that's been remotely programmed into my alarm clock as a hilariously mischievous prank by my girlfriend.
Access isn’t a relational database
Database myths and legends (Part 6)This is a great example of a myth/legend that is both true and false; it all depends on how you define relational.
Red Hat drops profits
Linux distributor Red Hat made a $15.5m GAAP profit in the last quarter, well down on the profit of $24.6m it made for the same period last year.
Compo winnersEarlier this month, we asked you to tell us about the ideal gadget you'd like to wake up to on Christmas morning - and explain why. Here are the technologies that tickled us the most...
Germany jails €12m porn Trojan scam duo
Two members of a German gang who infected more than 100,000 PCs as part of a premium rate telephone scam that netted fraudsters €12m ($15.8m) have been jailed.
Japanese boffins hook giant squid
Scientists from Japan's National Science Museum are highly pleased with themselves after hooking a 3.5-metre, 50kg "giant squid" specimen, Reuters reports.
Partying Miss Nevada stripped of title
Miss Nevada 2007 was yesterday stripped of her title after pictures appeared on the internet showing 22-year-old Katie Rees "kissing other young women, exposing one of her breasts and pulling down her pants to show her thong underwear at a party in Tampa", AP reports.
BMA may seek NHS records system boycott
Doctors will be advised to refuse to use the NHS's computer system unless the Department of Health (DoH) changes its mind on behaviour which the British Medical Association says is unlawful.
Self abusing operators fail to offset emissions
LettersWikipedians have been illustrating some of the online encyclopedia's pages with some charming photography of things they made themselves. While it is always nice to see people being creative, we're not sure if home-made tosspots were strictly neccessary:
Enraged locals drive blogger from Barrow-in-Furness
Enraged locals have driven a chocolate shop manager from Barrow-in-Furness after he branded the town a "s***-hole" on his Myspace blog, the Online Press Gazette reports.
YouTube clip leads to arrest in Canadian murder hunt
A video clip posted on YouTube has helped Canadian police in the investigation of a nightclub murder.
Lost laptops, zero-day vulns and RFID chips
2006 in reviewIf 2006 had an information security epitaph it would probably be the year of the missing laptop.