2nd > April > 2007 Archive

Ten Reasons why you should upgrade to Windows Vista

Love it or hate it, you can't ignore Windows Vista. Fans of Apple's Mac OS X will tell you that all of the good bits of Vista have been blagged from the Tribe of Jobs but the fact remains that the vast majority of us use Windows XP so the question is simple, why the hell should we make the switch from Windows XP to Windows Vista? We've got ten solid reasons why you should.
Leo Waldock, 02 Apr 2007

SMEs harbouring 300 pirate fonts

The average computer in a small business has 300 unlicensed fonts installed on it, leaving that company exposed to legal action, according to a leading typeface company. Monotype says the scale and importance of font piracy is being overlooked.
OUT-LAW.COM, 02 Apr 2007

Privacy prevails in McKennitt case

The House of Lords today refused an author permission to appeal a ban on her book, ending a case that will be seen as a landmark in the development of an English privacy law.
OUT-LAW.COM, 02 Apr 2007

YouTube chops Mexican beheading vid

YouTube yesterday pulled a video apparently showing the beheading of a Mexican drug cartel member by a rival gang, Associated Press reports.
Lester Haines, 02 Apr 2007

EU spoils Blair's energy saving party

Government plans to derive 20 per cent of the UK's electricity from renewable sources have been rather spoiled by news from the European Union that in fact 20 per cent of all energy should be green, not just the electricity.
Lucy Sherriff, 02 Apr 2007

Tech sympathisers join ex HP boss in head-shaving protest

ColumnOne of the more astonishing non-tech news stories this weekend was the discovery of a hybrid "ling" or heather shrub, which has powerful Viagra-like properties.
Guy Kewney, 02 Apr 2007

Is BSM entering the mainstream with a software guarantee?

A question sometimes asked is "what do we need analysts for?" Well, according to Dr Jim White of Managed Objects, customers for new technology often select the short list for "requests for quotation" from the analyst's "Magic Quadrants", "Waves", or whatever. So, analysts help businesses choose sensible short lists for procurement.
David Norfolk, 02 Apr 2007
Windows Vista teaser

MS plans emergency update to fix blinking cursor bug

Widespread exploitation of an unpatched Windows vulnerability involving cursor animation files over the weekend have prompted Microsoft to announce plans to release an out-of-sequence patch on Tuesday.
John Leyden, 02 Apr 2007

EMI and Apple ditch DRM

UpdatedIn a rumoured deal between Apple Inc and EMI, the Beatles could soon be available to download from iTunes free from copy protection limits.
Kelly Fiveash, 02 Apr 2007

Day dawns for Metasploit 3.0

InterviewThe Metasploit Framework is a development platform for creating security tools and exploits. Federico Biancuzzi interviewed H D Moore to discuss what's new in release 3.0, the new license of the framework, plans for features and exploits development, and the links among the bad guys, Metasploit and the law.
Federico Biancuzzi, 02 Apr 2007

Enthusiastic power users still a danger?

Reg reader workshopSome would argue that it all started with Lotus 123 back in the 80s. When the early spreadsheets emerged and users seized on them as a way of solving their own information requirements, IT's control of the organisation's data started to gradually slip away. We could put all of the security and integrity checks we liked into central systems, but it all counted for nought as soon as the user exported a snapshot of the data and starting manipulating it and distributing it offline.
Dale Vile, 02 Apr 2007

Telford dumps OAPs in garden waste

Regular readers may recall the case of the Cumbria man who obtained a licence to dump his dead gran at the local tip - an enlightened service made possible by the cunning classification of dead relatives as "general domestic waste".
Lester Haines, 02 Apr 2007

Wii wins in US during February

Nintendo's Wii outsold both the Xbox 360 and the Sony PlayStation 3 in the US during February, the latest sales stats coming out of North America shows.
Tony Smith, 02 Apr 2007

AMD RD790 gets PCI Express thumbs-up

AMD's anticipated top-of-the-line chipset, the RD790, has won the approval of PCI Express overseer, the PCI SIG, for its compatibility with version 1.1 of the standard.
Tony Smith, 02 Apr 2007

VLT brings whole sky into focus

Astronomers at the European Southern Observatory's (ESO) Very Large Telescope (VLT) have been celebrating their first pictures with the delightfully titled MAD: Multi-Conjugate Adaptive Optics Demonstrator.
Lucy Sherriff, 02 Apr 2007

BetonSports founder arrested

Gary Kaplan, the founder of BetonSports.com was arrested late last week in the Dominican Republic.
John Oates, 02 Apr 2007

Broadband Britain connects silent majority

More than half the UK adult population now has broadband internet access at home, according to data released today by communications regulator Ofcom.
Christopher Williams, 02 Apr 2007

Brit plans world's highest mobile phone call

An intrepid British climber is planning to make the world's highest mobile phone call from the top of Everest, the BBC reports.
Lester Haines, 02 Apr 2007

Blokes talk about sport and sex: official

It's official: Brit blokes like to talk about sport, sex, and women while supping a pint, according to shock research outlined in The Publican.
Lester Haines, 02 Apr 2007

Disney expands mobile vision

Despite killing its Mobile ESPN sports-oriented MVNO last year, the Disney Group aims to step up virtual mobile network activities in other areas as part of a broad ranging strategy to use mobile systems to underpin its content business and marketing.
Wireless Watch, 02 Apr 2007

Games firm woos ISPs on shopping file sharers

Zuxxez, the games firm suing 500 UK file sharers, has begun negotiations to have ISPs cut the prices they charge for grassing up file sharers under court order.
Mark Ballard, 02 Apr 2007
fingers pointing at man

Spam: it sucks like a tarpit

Spam sucks. That is the conclusion reached by a roomful of scientists at MIT on Friday after hearing a bunch of new research papers pitched at dealing with the problem.
Wendy M. Grossman, 02 Apr 2007

Glastonbury online ticket sales fiasco

The annual stampede to buy tickets for the Glastonbury festival once again swamped the online sales site.
John Leyden, 02 Apr 2007

ESA wants to send you to Mars*

The European Space Agency (ESA) is recruiting volunteers for a simulated trip to Mars. Wannabe astronauts will have to be made of sturdy stuff: the mission will involve being locked, with five other people, in a metal tank somewhere in Moscow for 500 days.
Lucy Sherriff, 02 Apr 2007

Tech support costs Carphone dear

Carphone Warehouse (CPW) revealed it expects to spend between £10m and £15m more than expected on supporting broadband customers when it released Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to the London Stock Exchange today.
John Oates, 02 Apr 2007

UK gov mulls child porn changes

The Home Office is considering changing child pornography laws to include cartoon or computer-created pictures.
John Oates, 02 Apr 2007

Masturbating woman shakes Michigan Uni frat house

A Michigan University frat house will throw out two couches tainted by a mystery masturbating female intruder who used the furniture for an extended public self-pleasuring session, The Michigan Daily reports.
Lester Haines, 02 Apr 2007

CTIA: Handset vendors flaunt their wares

CommentThe largest US wireless show, CTIA, was held last week in Florida, but proved a relatively low key event in terms of major announcements, though as usual a huge statement of the overall weight and vitality of the wireless industry.
Wireless Watch, 02 Apr 2007

EMI and Apple say DRM is so yesterday

Well, the Beatles hasn't joined the DRM-free Apple/EMI jamboree – at least not yet.
Kelly Fiveash, 02 Apr 2007

Surfers protest wave power project

Surfers based in Cornwall, by habit staunch environmentalists, have found themselves lining up against Wave Hub, one of the UK's first wave power projects.
Lucy Sherriff, 02 Apr 2007

Virgin undecided on Sky court action

Virgin Media may not go through with its threat to take BSkyB to court this week, the firm has confirmed.
Christopher Williams, 02 Apr 2007

Blog refuseniks facing the sack?

We've all heard about employees being sacked for blogging. But as the fad begins to wane, will staff soon be sacked for failing to blog?
Andrew Orlowski, 02 Apr 2007

US nuclear security agency missing 20 PCs

Twenty desktop computers are missing from the US government department responsible for safeguarding technical secrets about nuclear weapons.
John Leyden, 02 Apr 2007

Comodo snags PSC anti-malware tech

Comodo is buying the technology assets of second-tier anti-malware firm Privacy Software Corporation. Financial details were not disclosed.
John Leyden, 02 Apr 2007

Google demolishes New Orleans - again

Google has moved with something approaching lightning speed to replace images of New Orleans on Google Earth which had apparently airbrushed the effects of hurricane Katrina from history.
Lester Haines, 02 Apr 2007
For Sale sign detail

CDW to vend StoreVault SMB box

U.S. e-tailer CDW has added StoreVault's S500 storage array to its shelves, the two companies announced today.
Austin Modine, 02 Apr 2007

Keeping Lisp alive and practical

ilc07If you need someone to build you an extensible, elegant and demonstrably functional application in a hurry then the Law Faculty at Cambridge University is currently the place to be.
Bill Thompson, 02 Apr 2007
vulture tv reporter

Transmeta declares war on employment

Transmeta continues to "streamline" the business, dropping approximately 10,439 pounds of employee.
Austin Modine, 02 Apr 2007

Sun's Solaris success paves way for next-gen OS push

Sun Microsystems CEO Jonathan Schwartz loves to splatter the media with the line that Windows, Red Hat Linux and Solaris stand as the only operating systems of significance in the server kingdom. We've spent the last few years struggling to appreciate the seriousness of that claim. Sun's declining system sales failed to inspire much optimism about the company conquering the data centers of tomorrow with a deflating “venerable” OS.
Ashlee Vance, 02 Apr 2007

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