11th > April > 2007 Archive

Dell turns green waiting for Barcelona

Dell is dipping its toes into the AMD quad-core processor market for servers - antsy to take the plunge when AMD releases "Barcelona" in mid-2007.

Georgia on the mind of three million after CD loss

Sensitive personal information on 2.9 million Georgia residents is at risk after a company lost a CD that contained the details.
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UK PS3 price begins to drop

Retailers WH Smith and Play.com have both knocked £25 off the price of the PS3, offering the console for just under £400.
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The 800lb Googilla in the boardroom

Column Google, like the legendary 800lb gorilla which got elected to the board, has reached the sort of size and influence where it can sit where it likes in the boardroom.
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FOI restrictions unnecessary, Info Commissioner says

The government would not need to limit the scope of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act if public authorities used existing rules properly, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has said (pdf). The ICO is opposing the government's changes.

Palm developing own OS - again

Palm is to build its own handheld operating system, combining a Linux foundation with the regular Palm OS look and feel. Work is clearly progressing: devices equipped with the new OS are due later this year, the company's CEO, Ed Colligan, said this week.
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Imperial College to research IT and patient safety

The Department of Health (DoH) has provided funds to investigate IT's ability to improve efficiency and service quality.
Kablenet, 11 2007
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Listen up banks: women are worth IT

Britain's banking sector has been told to jizz up its customer databases to more effectively target the female market.

Orange talks up Vox

Orange has begun punting its first Windows Mobile 6 device to its business buyers. Apparently based on HTC's 'Vox' smart phone: it is a candybar handset that incorporates a slide-out, mini QWERTY keyboard.
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Five critical reasons to update Windows today

Microsoft has released six bulletins, five covering critical vulnerabilities, as part of its latest Patch Tuesday update.
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Small tech firms say green regs WEEEly unfair

Small IT retailers are footing an unfairly large chunk of the bill for the UK government's much-delayed regulations for disposing of junked electronic kit, a trade group has claimed.
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US deploys cloaked airliner

Regular readers will recall our pride last year when we were able to reveal that the UK had developed a stealth Eurostar train, spotted on Google Earth decloaking as it pulled into London Waterloo station.

Data disposal: Every action leaves a trace

Comment I recently had the honour of being among a team of storage managers from large companies around the UK. Discussions centred mainly around virtualisation and maximising utilisation rates, bringing together disparate vendors' kit as a single resource pool and how to manage data growth as voice and video are brought in to the mix.
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Gov claims mobile phone theft waning as penalty rises

Mobile phone theft has almost been eliminated, according to the Home Office.
Bill Ray, 11 2007
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Are BI vendors creating unrealistic expectations?

Reg reader workshop Earlier this week on the current Reg Workshop discussion it was posited that all too often marketing people appear to be in control of the vocabulary used in relation to Business Intelligence (BI).
Tony Lock, 11 2007
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Viacom models Panama hat for Yahoo!

Viacom has handed Yahoo! the right to sell advertising on its popular Comedy Central, MTV, and other web properties.

Oracle promises 37 spring security patches

Oracle plans to release 37 security patches next week as part of its quarterly update cycle.
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Darfur genocide mapped from space

Google and the US Holocaust Memorial Museum today launched the "Crisis in Darfur" Google Earth initiative which offers users a handy guide to the systematic destruction of the Darfur region of Sudan as a result of an ongoing conflict between local rebel groups and pro-government militias.

Samsung spins SpinPoint 2.5in drives

Hot on the heels of Samsung's 3.5in SpinPoint hard disk drive launch last week comes a pair of new 2.5in models, one pitched at servers, the other at notebooks and consumer electronics kit like DVRs.
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Korean cloners in new faking investigation

Access to research which reported the cloning of two endangered Korean wolves has been suspended by publishers pending an investigation into the veracity of the claims.

LG takes Shine to 3G

LG has polished up its Shine handset portfolio with a new 3G model. The manufacturer didn't say much about its new baby, but it implied the UMTS version follows the same shiny slider format as the standard tri-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE model.
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Orange punts two year lock-in

Customers who are prepared to wait 2 years for their next subsidised handset, or give up the subsidy entirely with a SIM-only deal and no commitment, are being offered bonus minutes and text from Orange UK..
Bill Ray, 11 2007
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Military thinktank sees dark future

A UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) thinktank led by a controversial senior officer has issued some radical predictions for the future.

Watchdog downsamples Creative Xmod 'better than CD' claim

Music player maker Creative has been told not to claim its Xmod sound-enhancement system can take an MP3 track and make it sound better than a CD - at least until it can prove that's the case.
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Bondage pics found in astronaut's car

The former NASA astronaut accused of driving across the US wearing nappies in an attempt to kidnap a love rival had a computer disk containing bondage images in her car when she was picked up by police, according to court documents.

Evesham motors in with car-friendly second-set LCD TV

A widescreen LCD TV for a mere £120? Yes, there's a catch: Evesham's TV-930 is has a screen size of just 9.2in - handy, the company claims, as a bedroom telly and - thanks to a 12v power adaptor - in-car usage too.
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US businessman makes $9m selling lunar real estate

An apparently unnoticed loophole in the 1967 UN Outer Space Treaty has allowed a businessman from Nevada to spawn a multi-million-dollar property business selling plots of lunar real estate at $20 (£10) an acre.
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DNA database 'will span most of the UK population'

The Government's DNA retention policy combined with increasingly sophisticated statistical techniques means that eventually most citizens in the UK will be linked to data stored on the police's DNA database, according to a privacy law expert.
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Neighbours from hell will be sent to boot camp

Outcast British families are to be thrown into "sin bins" till they learn how to behave in the community, according to the government.
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Girls Gone Wild boss jailed for contempt

The founder of jubtastic video operation Girls Gone Wild has been jailed for contempt of court, Associated Press reports.
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SurfControl reforms on track

SurfControl updated the stock market today on progress in the third quarter, ended 31 March 2007.
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Paymaster migration an object lesson

The trouble with some legacy applications is that businesses dare not get rid of them. That is fine as long as the platforms on which they run continue to be at least supported - and ideally updated - by the manufacturers.
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C2000 takes on audiovisual biz

UK-based technology distributor Computer 2000 has stepped into the audiovisual business and announced today that Darren Sainsbury will head up the new strategy.

Readers win with Reg Hardware

Register Hardware recently offered its readers the chance to win a Sony PlayStation 3 games console. Well, we've collated the entries, erased the incorrect answer, and we now have a very lucky winner to announce...

My RFID-embedded car numberplate has a virus

Spyware - malicious programs that covertly track surfing habits or steal confidential data - are likely to migrate onto new platforms, including mobile phones and RFID chips.
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Wikipedia: battleground of the new millennium

Wikipedia, the famed hive mind reference database written by anyone who feels like having a go, has suffered a few military-related hiccups in recent days.
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Mobile content works better on a Nokia

A mobile magazine application has demonstrated that Nokia users consistently give mobile content a higher rating than those using other handsets, even when the content is the same.
Bill Ray, 11 2007

Sun sprinkles FISH food for storage guppies

Sun Microsystems appears to have open sauced many of the software components that make up its elusive FISHworks NetApp killer.

HP to SMB storage market: 'Yoo-hoo! tee-hee!'

Hewlett-Packard has a major crush on the small and medium-sized business market and has announced a new model in its All-in-One Storage line and shuffled some executives to help prove it.
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Microsoft researcher obsessed with white trash data centers

A Microsoft researcher has provided his seal of approval to the white trash data centers promoted by Sun Microsystems and Rackable Systems.
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Microsoft 'wait-and-see' on Vista BIOS hack

Microsoft has no immediate plans to tackle a reported hack to Windows Vista product activation that could allow illegal copies of Windows to be widely installed.
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All aboard the Green Grid

The bandwagon that is energy efficiency has gained 28 more riders, with Brocade, Novell and Copan among those signing up to the Green Grid, a non-profit consortium set up to address the problems of energy consumption in the data centre.

Microsoft zero-days said to target Office and Windows

Hot on the heels of yesterday's batch of updates from Microsoft patching five critical Windows vulnerabilities come reports of new zero-day exploits, some that appear to allow the commandeering of a PC. They underscore a growing pattern in which miscreants release their payloads shortly before or after Patch Tuesday.
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Plants may be red and yellow in galactic boonies

NASA researchers claim we might find yellow or even red plants growing in other galaxies.

Apache reignites Sun open source dispute

The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) has publicly slammed Sun Microsystems for dragging its feet over licensing it claims is unfair and discriminatory to open source, five years after the pair resolved similar differences.