Study: Idiots may cause data-center apocalypse
A new study warns that ignorant data center managers switching to high-density devices are facing a "capacity crisis" that may increase the number of costly server outages.
Owners of E-Gold indicted for money laundering
Updated[This story was updated on May 1 to include comments from E-Gold strenuously denying the charges.]
Hotmail's antispam measures snuff out legit emails, too
Hotmail users and email server admins, beware: you may be unknowingly caught in the crossfire of Microsoft's war on spam. Unintended casualties include legitimate emails from domains with well-established reputations, which are systematically blocked with absolutely no notice and little recourse.
Observers forced to 'negotiate' for evote access
Independent observers are being blocked from properly observing the trials of electronic voting at the UK's forthcoming local elections.
Orange becomes more like bank: launches overdraft facility
Mobile phone customers signing up to Orange's new Speakeasy pre-pay tariff can get themselves £2.50 worth of overdraft facility to keep them connected when their credit runs out, though they'll have to pay £1 to sign up for it.
DoubleClick redefines the rainbow paradigm
LogoWatchGoogle's recently-acquired adserving tentacle DoubleClick has pulled off a bit of a rebranding coup in completely redefining the rainbow paradigm for its reworked logo.
Why Last.fm isn't sweating the RIAA's royalty hike
Last.fm, the popular custom radio and music network, will press on with expansion plans, despite the threat to internet radio from the record industry lobbyists in the US.
Ann Summers love egg fails to crack Cyprus
Cypriot readers in search of some "serious clitoral lovin" in the form of a remote-controlled "deceptively powerful matt silver love egg" featuring "three speeds and four pulse settings", are advised not to bother looking for tablecloth-clenching ecstasy down at Ann Summers:
MoD encourages SMEs
Small IT suppliers could have a better chance of winning defence business under new advertising rules.
Silverlight glow dimmed by cross-platform concerns
MIX07Microsoft has been taken to task for harming the web by going solo on technology and standards and not adopting a more open development approach.
Corsair deploys Bond-friendly Flash drive
On the off-chance you want to take a USB Flash drive up Everest or down the Amazon, memory specialist Corsair has launched Survivor, an "ultra-rugged" storage tool that's drop-proof and water resistant to a depth of 200m.
MPs criticise combat ID systems
MPs have said poor progress in developing combat identification technology is compromising the safety of military personnel.
Sony eyes add-on camera for PSP
Sony is to offer a clip-on camera for PlayStation Portable punters this month, allowing them to get snapping months ahead of PS3 owners, whose Eye cam, announced last week, doesn't debut until the summer.
Second Life: the campaign for real life
CommentI received an email yesterday from the IBM analyst relations which read:
'Rally my inflated ego', declares Nicolas Sarkozy
A French TV subtitler has been given the boot for translating presidential candidate Nicolas Sarkozy's call to arms as an appeal to voters to "rally my inflated ego", news agencies report.
Reuters snaps up search company
News provider Reuters is buying privately owned search company ClearForest to make its content more usable.
eBayer unleashes defecating dog to punt kayak
Regular readers will know that there are few holds barred down at eBay when it comes to attracting attention to some must-have item.
Living optical fibres found in the eye
It is an old question: how does light make its way through all the retinal layers to finally strike the light sensitive cells at the back of the eye?
Scots stump up £3.5m for Highland broadband
The Scottish Executive is to meet with companies interested in providing connectivity to the last remaining spots of the Highlands, and has £3.5m burning a hole in its sporran to pay for it.
Bug brace menaces Adobe Photoshop
Security researchers are warning of a brace of unpatched flaws in Adobe Photoshop that allow hackers to gain control of vulnerable PCs.
Fifa's 'wranking cock' shown red card
We're very much obliged to Jonathan Horner for alerting us to some suspect file naming down at footie governing body Fifa's homepage, which "keeps tripping our internet filter alerts", as he puts it:
Dell Linux is go
Dell has finally chosen a Linux distribution to offer on its desktop and laptop machines. Following news that Michael Dell was running Ubuntu on his personal laptop, the company has followed suit and from late May Dell machines will ship with Ubuntu 7.04 as an option.
Vote for sale on eBay
We can't imagine this will be up for long, but for anyone who is disenchanted with this thing we call democracy, point your browse over here for a giggle.
Sling throws in Mac-friendly SlingPlayer
Sling Media has released the Mac version of its SlingPlayer viewing application. It's only nine months or so behind schedule, but better late than never we say. More to the point, the UK version is available from day one.
Institutional investors push Google on China
The man who advises five New York public pension funds is calling on Google to stop caving in to Chinese censorship demands.
Estonian/Russian statue riots spill online
Civil unrest in Estonia over the removal of Soviet era memorials has been accompanied by attacks against the Baltic nation’s internet infrastructure.
Brits pitch 'extreme conditions' video cam
Looking for something to store on your extreme-conditions USB Flash drive? British electronics company Persides has an answer: its VEEcam take-up-a-mountain, carry-under-water video player/camera combo.
Kutaragi to pilot PlayStation development?
Whether Ken 'Father of the PlayStation' Kutaragi will get to work on the PlayStation 4 remains to be seen, but he's certainly talking like he is. And the PS5. And the PS6.
Home Office promises proactive powers for info commissioner
The Home Office has promised to give the Information Commissioner powers to make spot inspections on people's databases to determine if they have complied with the Data Protection Act.
IT firms band together to shrink carbon footprint
A group of UK IT firms has banded together to form The Green Initiative, a forum dedicated to helping companies learn more about how they can reduce their environmental impact.
Orange doles out an IOU to Christian pareidolians
LettersIran, the US of A, and WMDs. If there are any subjects guaranteed to garner a response from you lot, they'd be up there. This time, it was the flame of the week that got you fired up:
China's largest ecommerce site set to float
Alibaba.com, China's largest ecommerce site, is to float on the stock market in what is likely to be the largest ever initial public offering by a Chinese internet firm.
BEA issues profit warning
Middleware developer BEA Systems revealed a Q1 misfire today, warning investors it would miss its targets because of falling license sales.
Sonnet add-in to tune UK MacBook Pros into to eSATA
Mac add-on specialist Sonnet has launched its Tempo Serial ATA ExpressCard in the UK. Aimed at Apple's MacBook Pro line, the card allows laptop users to hook up a pair of eSATA-enabled hard drives.
RFID-tracking Segways unleashed on hoi polloi
Come the Rise of The Machines, our mechanised overlords are going to need ways to track their subjected population, and what better way than using RFID-reader-equipped Segways to roam city streets logging the chips embedded in every slave human.
Malaysian astronauts told: Space is no bar to prayers
As Malaysia prepares to send its first astronaut to space, the country's space agency planners find themselves facing an unusual problem: when your religious observances are dictated in large part by the sun, how can you keep the faith while orbiting the Earth?
BlackBerry finds Outlook 2007 an upgrade too many
Some early adopters who've jumped to Outlook 2007 are finding that Research in Motion's (RIM) desktop software, for synchronisation with BlackBerry devices, won't support the latest version of Microsoft's PIM (Personal Information Manager).
Joost on brink of adding commercial breaks
Joost, the telly-over-the-internet service set up by Skype founders Janus Friis and Niklas Zennstrom, is soon to launch commercially.
Velocity Micro buys Overdrive PC
Velocity Micro, the US PC maker, has acquired Overdrive PC, a small Georgia-based rival which specialises in highly overclocked PCs for the gaming market. Terms are undisclosed.
Gateway ships quad-core desktop into US stores
Gateway let slip a quad core desktop into some major US retail outlets today. It's called the Gateway FX, it costs from $2099.99 and - as you will guess from the price tag, it is aimed at the PC enthusiast and "digital creation" markets.
'It'll be ugly when half the software industry goes away' - pundit
AnalysisAn imploding software industry could be just what customers need. You're going to end up with cheap, specialized software and all kinds of wonderful services to support the code.
VeriSign will ship two-factor authentication for debit cards
VeriSign has announced plans to integrate two-factor authentication technology into ATM and credit cards, a move that would give customers significantly more protection against scammers without requiring them to go through the hassle or expense of using a stand-alone security token.
Disappointed Glastonbury fans spammed by rival festival
Glastonbury festival organisers have a substantial amount of egg on their faces today after El Reg learned of a data protection cock-up with the live music firm's registration system.
Microsoft puts some iron into Ruby
MIX07Microsoft has released IronRuby, an implementation, an implementation of the fast-growing scripting language Ruby, on the .NET Framework. IronRuby follows Microsoft's implementation of Python, called IronPython, released last year on .NET.
Microsoft polishes the Silverlight
MIX07Despite the early batch of criticism that Microsoft’s Silverlight has already generated, there is still much to interest applications developers in its arrival as a beta product, as well as issues for them to ponder, not least being whether Flash is still the better option for now.
Microsoft super sizes multi-threaded tripe
CommentHerb and pepper crusted Kobe steak medallions presented on a bed of arugula and baby spring greens tossed in a lemon fennel vinaigrette with baby red and yellow pear tomatoes; haricot verts; toasted sweet and spicy walnuts and crumbled Point Reyes blue cheese presented on the side; and a garnish of puff pastry triangles topped with a balsamic reduction. That's what we were eating when Craig Mundie told us that Microsoft would have tons of multi-threaded software ready for Intel and AMD's upcoming, multi-core chips.