HP wings Pelikan with patent lawsuit
HP has filed a lawsuit against Germany-based Pelikan Hardcopy Deutschland for patent infringement of HP printer cartridges.
Cash-for-grade probe may result in felony charges for 84 students
As many as 84 people could face felony charges for participating in a bribery scandal in which student employees of a community college in Northern California charged as much as $600 per grade to change their classmates' computer transcripts. There's no word yet if administrators who failed to police their networks will take a whack as well.
ClearSpeed finds PCIe floating point booster
Those of you desperate for a floating point speed up have another accelerator option thanks to a new product from ClearSpeed.
Boffins to UK.gov: Don't muck around with science teaching
A group of prominent UK scientists is warning that changes to the way science is taught in schools are being made too fast, and without proper consultation.
Chaos in Sussex as 'bat monitor' mistaken for bomb
Twitchy coppers brought paralysis to the roads and evacuated villagers from their homes after a piece of bat-detecting equipment was mistaken for a deadly terrorist bomb.
Tories plan open door for open source
A Tory strategy to make more use of open source software in the public sector is likely to tackle the culture of secrecy in government procurement, according to early details released to The Register.
P2P start-up snags almost every film in Hollywood
CommentEvery news source that covers digital media this week followed the Wall Street Journal in heaping praise on start-up Vudu that has managed to get most of Hollywood, not counting Sony, to give it access to major motion pictures for downloading over the web, using a peer to peer architecture.
Oyster-Barclaycard hybrid passes first technical trials
Transport for London (TfL) and TranSys have said they have successfully completed the first technical trials of the combined Oyster and Barclaycard.
Tribunal forces opening up of ID card 'gateway' docs
The Information Tribunal has forced the disclosure of strategic reviews of the identity cards system by the Office of Government Commerce, which opposed the disclosure of the information.
British Library wants to archive your emails
The first public project to record email messages is requesting examples of romance, humour, and complaints.
Operations management for developers
Editors' BlogAlmost 30 years ago when I first did my IT training, part of it was spent in ops, mounting tapes and trying to keep important systems operating efficiently.
Voting the old way in the UK...on paper
CommentThere's an old saying that a true patriot, in receipt of a valid parking ticket, rejoices that the system works. And that's how I feel so far.
Virgin Airlines drops in-flight 9/11 conspiracy movie
Virgin Airlines has pulled a controversial internet documentary on 9/11 from its in-flight entertainment system after complaints from bloggers and radio shows.
Super-fast RDF search engine developed
The next generation of the internet is a step closer thanks to a major breakthrough in "semantic web" research in Ireland.
Spanish vultures in bovine bloodbath
Huge flocks of starving vultures have begun attacking live farm animals in northern Spain.
Wiretaps, no-fly lists, and suing AT&T
Computers, Freedom and Privacy"What are you doing these days?"
AMD Phenom X2, X4, FX processor specs leak
Details are beginning to come through about just how AMD will roll out its next-gen desktop 'star' processors - so called because of their astronomy inspired codenames. While Q3 appears to be the key launch point, the shift extends through Q4 into Q1 2008.
BEA, IBM get social too early
Earlier this year, both BEA and IBM announced upcoming additions to their middleware offerings that would extend the ability to incorporate Web 2.0 functionality, such as creating mashups.
Robbers superglue naked man to exercise bike
South African robbers have shunned traditional gaffer tape and deployed a new weapon to subdue their victims: superglue.
O2, Vodafone first in UK with BlackBerry Curve
O2 and Vodafone today became the first UK carriers to take on Research in Motion's consumer-friendly BlackBerry Curve. The handset itself was launched yesterday.
Critical DNS fix stars in upcoming Patch Tuesday
UpdatedMicrosoft plans to release seven patches next Tuesday as part of its regular Patch Tuesday update cycle.
Scottish elections scuppered by e-counting meltdown
The Scottish elections have been marred by an electronic counting fiasco.
Was Gerry Adams in the IRA? Don't ask Wikipedia
The wisdom of reliance on Wikipedia as an information source has been further questioned.
Computacenter execs give cautious Q1 assessment
Computacenter, the UK's biggest IT reseller, has announced mixed results for the first quarter of 2007.
Intel web tablet SoC to cut power consumption by 20x
Come 2010, UMPCs will consume only a twentieth of the power last year's models did and a fifth of the company's next-generation UMPC platform, Intel forecast last night.
Core to command all of Intel chip output by 2008
Intel's Core architecture will be the foundation of all Intel's x86 processors by the beginning of 2008, CEO Paul Otellini said last night at the chip giant's spring financial conference.
Nominet board vote passes off without cockups
Nominet, the top level registrar for .uk addresses, which administers the system for dealing with disputes over domains, has elected two new non-executive directors to its influential board.
iSoft CTO quits
Troubled healthcare provider iSoft is saying goodbye to Ravi Kumar, its chief technology officer.
British Gas security scare as payments page springs a leak
A British Gas website that allows homeowners to pay bills leaves consumers exposed by inviting them to submit credit card information across an unencrypted link.
Takeover rumour orgy hits Reuters, EMI and Yahoo!
Three major takeover rumours are sending stock markets into a tizzy this afternoon.
YouTube starts paying 'select' uploaders
Google clip dump YouTube is to trial revenue sharing with normal users by adding some of its favourite uploaders to its partnership programme.
Vonage denied retrial in patent case
Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone company Vonage has been refused permission to have its patent case re-heard, but can introduce a new Supreme Court ruling in its appeal.
MIT eggheads plan Israeli airstrike on Iran nuke factories
A pair of postgraduate students at MIT have produced a detailed assessment of the Israeli Air Force's ability to destroy Iran's potential nuclear weapon manufacturing plants.
RIM can work with Outlook '07
RIM's engineers have fixed an incompatibility flagged up by BlackBerry-toting Reg readers - allowing them to demonstrate their indispensability and show off their early-adopter credentials, both at the same time.
American inventor builds jet-propelled crapper
An American inventor has gained belated media recognition for a truly stunning achievement - building and operating a jet-propelled portaloo.
Tesco Telecoms faces mis-selling probe
Ofcom has launched an investigation into practices at Tesco's Telecoms unit.
Solaris served on the Rocks
Sun Microsystems has put more pressure on itself to make two rather large bets pay off.
Bull delivers 16 cores in pizza box
Bull continues to flirt with the high performance computing crowd via thin, 1U systems.
Irate New Mexican workers ward off alien attack
LettersSo, we're safe from Alien attack, thanks to some engineers in the US. Oddly, few of you felt very reasssured by the plans. Can't imagine why. Oh, wait: you've explained why in great detail:
Latest AACS crack 'beyond revocation'
Hackers have found a way of circumventing the AACS copy prevention technology used by next-generation DVD disks. Unlike earlier breaks, the latest crack can't be papered over simply by pushing key revocation updates.
Sun's chip gurus theorize about obliterating IBM and Intel
When you have companies such as IBM and Intel looking to destroy your business, it's nice to have a fella like Ivan Sutherland stored away in a back room.
NetGear adopts an Infrant
Put on your best bib and tucker, hombre, it's time for an end-of-week storage M&A roundup.
Army tells soldiers they can blog after all
The Army is downplaying its own regulations requiring soldiers to get their commander's approval before blogging or sending email after the restrictions raised concerns about free speech on the net.