6th > February > 2007 Archive
Overstock.com sues Wall Street for $3.48bn
One gets the feeling that Patrick Byrne, the boss of the online excess inventory dealer Overstock.com, would have an argument with himself if he were the only person in the room.
PA Semi starts dealing samples
Chip darling PA Semi has gone from "all talk" to "a lot of talk" with samples of the company's first processor now making their way to customers.
Transmeta streamlines 75 staff out the door
Master of the "streamline," Transmeta today culled about 40 per cent of its workforce.
Conservatives lay plans to ditch ID cards
The shadow home secretary David Davies has asked the government to agree get-out clauses with companies it contracts to build its ID card systems and databases so that a Conservative government can ditch the scheme.
CCTV steam train ignores detractors
A Police proposal to introduce a CCTV law will be published about three months late while the Home Office considers the concerns of social and civil liberties groups.
Adobe takes on Java and .NET
Adobe Flash came from nowhere to become the obvious choice for embedding video into websites, despite the presence of well-established alternatives including Real, Windows Media and Quicktime. Could it have a similar impact on client application development? Last month Adobe’s Ben Forsaith ran a Flex 2 workshop for the press, showing off the new Eclipse-based IDE called FlexBuilder.
Gorbachev tells Gates to leave the pirates alone
Mikhail Gorbachev, the former, and last, leader of the Soviet Union is asking Bill Gates to intervene in a case of a Russian school teacher who is facing time in a Siberian prison camp for using pirated software.
Safer Internet Day highlights dangers online
The fourth Safer Internet Day, today, will be marked with events worldwide aimed at raising awareness of online child protection issues.
Trenchcoated astronaut on battery, kidnapping rap
UpdatedA NASA astronaut has been arrested and charged with battery and attempted kidnapping. Mission specialist Lisa Nowak is alleged to have tried to kidnap Colleen Shipman, who she appears to have considered a rival for the affections of her fellow astronaut William Oefelein.
NAO kicks DoH for Dr Foster move
The National Audit Office (NAO) has sharply criticised the Department of Health for an information spreading initiative.
Ofcom revises analogue switch-off safeguards
Existing digital television services could be affected by the national switchover to all-digital television, Ofcom has warned.
AMD to roll out quad-core Opterons through Q2, Q3, Q4?
AMD's initial array of quad-core Opteron processors will go into production in June, the latest roadmap to apparently leak out of the company indicates. Further models will get punched out in the following quarter, with workstation-oriented versions following in Q4.
Intel to cut one-way system Xeon prices in April?
Intel has allegedly earmarked April not only for desktop four-core processor price cuts but also to reduce what it charges for quad- and dual-core chips designed for single-processor systems.
Neteller funds held by FBI
The FBI has frozen access to Neteller accounts as part of its ongoing investigation into the company.
Storage virtualisation back on the menu
Storage virtualisation is finally going mainstream, DataCore Software has claimed, as it limbers up for a major new release of its flagship SANsymphony app later this week.
AMD's RS690T, SB700 notebook chipset: details emerge
Details of AMD's next-generation South Bridge chip, the SB700, have leaked out. With them, the chip maker's plans for its latest notebook reference platform, codenamed 'Trevally' - designed, it seems, to take Intel's 'Santa Rosa' Centrino head on.
Motorola home surveillance kit comes to UK
Reader offerMotorola's Homesight remote domestic monitoring kit is to be offered in the UK, allowing parents to keep an eye on their kids, spouses to spy on crafty consorts and travellers to bust burglars at a distance using a computer or a mobile phone.
Techies plan sustained revolt at Fujitsu
Unionised technical support staff at Fujitsu IT Services have agreed to stage an unrelenting campaign of strikes until the employer gives them what they believe is their fair share of pay and recognition.
Sony Ericsson to add 'super 3G' to laptop datacard line
Sony Ericsson has updated its range of notebook-oriented mobile connectivity cards with a model that supports almost every cellular network link, including HSDPA for high-speed 3G downloads.
When Mercury went down
StobLast month, Kiwi programmer David Harris officially threw in the towel. After 17 years, he announced he was ceasing development of Pegasus Mail, the famous, free-as-in-beer, email program.
Vista users get free Wi-FI
Users making the leap to Microsoft's latest OS will get a few months' free Wi-Fi usage courtesy of hotspot aggregator The Cloud.
Check Point adds hardware UTM
Check Point has announced its first universal threat management (UTM) appliance in a bid to win over mid-sized organisations who want their own security systems, but don't want to buy security software and install it themselves.
Projects begin at Diamond synchrotron
The first research projects have begun at the newly opened Diamond Light Source, a state of the art synchrotron facility in Oxfordshire.
'Timna' - Intel's first system-on-a-chip
Forgotten TechWith Intel's 'Tolapai' system-on-a-chip (SoC) part making headlines this week, it's worth remembering this embedded part isn't Intel's first highly-integrated processor. Ironically, the core Tolapai is said to be based on, the Pentium M, may have been instrumental in the demise of 'Timna', the chip giant's first major SoC project.
Taking wing with Apache 2
In October, we developed a simple HelloWorld module. Last week, my book finally appeared in print. To celebrate the happy event, let's take a look at the more advanced topic of how Apache 1's fixed request processing morphed into a new and more flexible framework in Apache 2.
German police Trojan tactics verboten
German police have been prohibited from using hacking tactics to obtain intelligence from suspects' computers.
Accounting firm hit by letter bomb
A second letter bomb exploded in the UK this morning injuring two men.
Apple sounds Vista iPod corruption warning
Windows-using iPod owners have been advised to wait for the next release of iTunes jukebox software before upgrading to Windows Vista if they want to avoid "compatibility issues" between their favoured player and the new operating system.
Reid declares net safe as Paris's bits are hidden away
LettersWe at El Reg are used to hobnobbing with the cream of internet high society [er, we are? - Ed], so we were not surprised at all when one of the Founding Fathers dropped us a note in response to an article we'd written about the threat of botnets, as highighted to the World Economic Forum. So used to it, in fact, that we thought we'd run it as our headline letter on Letters this fine Tuesday.
Customs arrests 10 alleged VAT-fraudsters
Customs arrested 10 people this morning suspected of involvement in a £250m carousel fraud.
HDS swallows Archivas
Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) announced today it will acquire privately-held storage software firm Archivas for an undisclosed sum.
Dell bundles laptop theft-recovery service
Dell is to bundle Absolute Software's burglar-beating Computrace LoJack for Laptops recovery service with "select" Inspiron notebooks, the PC giant said today.
Chip and PIN card security compromised (again)
Doctored payment machines could be used to lift confidential authorisation codes from Chip and PIN credit and debit cards, security researchers at Cambridge University have discovered.
Conservatives flesh out ID opposition
The Conservative Party launched its campaign against the government's ID card scheme today, juxtaposing a libertarian stance on identity against a tough stance on crime, punishment and immigration.
Wii whups PS3 in Japan's January sales chart
Enterbrain - Japan's largest videogames magazine publisher, according to the Reuters newsagency - today claimed Nintendo's Wii outsold Sony's PlayStation 3 by almost - appropriately - three to one during January.
KPN trades fixed line for IP telephony
Dutch telco KPN joins BT by turning off its public switched telephone network (PSTN) in less than three years. Eelco Blok, the CEO of KPN's fixed network, told German magazine WirtsschaftsWoche it will abandon its 100 year-old fixed line network in 2010 in favor of IP telephony.
Cisco pulls its security together
Cisco claims that it is finally getting its act together on security. The company has unveiled a new strategy, called Threat Control and Containment, or TCC, which it said would get its assorted security products working together more effectively.
HP smacks Sun with Solaris stick
It appears that HP's fondness for Sun Microsystems' Solaris operating system has returned. The hardware maker today announced quick support for the latest version of Solaris across a number of its Intel-based servers.
Nokia updates firmware DIY service
Nokia has at last pushed out updates for its N73 and N93 handsets after users grew increasingly frustrated at its self service software program.
Why businesses need business continuity
Executive briefingSo the worst happens: are you prepared? The Register's Martin Banks has a written a white paper on Business Continuity and implementation strategies, which we trust you will find useful.
Slacker or hacker?
The vast majority of insider IT sabotage is carried out by employees - or ex-employees - who have already showed signs of concerning behaviour such as tardiness, truancy, arguing with colleagues, and poor job performance, according to US researchers.
Stop the US daylight saving madness!
US plans to change daylight saving hours this spring could wreak havoc on computer systems, Gartner claims. The analyst firm said automated systems could run haywire this March.
Sun gives workers the okay to 'feel good again'
Sun Microsystems has given the official word – its employees can hold their heads high.
US preps vast DNA dragnet
In a move reminiscent of Nazi Germany and 21st-Century Britain, the US federal government is about to implement rules requiring routine DNA collection from suspected illegal immigrants and anyone arrested by federal authorities, regardless of whether they are ever convicted of a crime. DNA collection will be performed in any situation where fingerprints would normally be collected, and only a court order will suffice to have DNA profiles removed from federal databases.
Jobs calls for DRM-free music world
Steve Jobs today called on the music labels to license their music free of Digital Rights Managment (DRM) to Apple and others, to create a "truly interoperable music marketplace".
Gates: protect Windows Vista users with IP
Improved technology and design alone will not be enough to keep Windows Vista and Office 2007 users safe from hackers and identity thieves, according to Bill Gates.