Virtual narcs boot Second Life casinos off the island
The coding gnomes responsible for the virtual sanity environment known as Second Life pulled the plug yesterday on some of the most popular destinations in the virtual reality space – namely, the casinos that provide something to do other than swap sexes or species or indulge in bizarre sexual adventures.
OSI evacuation begins over 'badgeware' license
OSCONIt took no more than five minutes for a controversy to emerge once the Open Source Initiative (OSI) revealed that it had rushed a new attribution-style license through for approval.
NASA: Space station computer sabotaged
NASA officials revealed last night that a computer destined to become part of the International Space Station had been intentionally sabotaged.
Man still top dog at poker
The Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) wrapped up its Man vs Machine Poker Challenge yesterday, and, as we had suspected, the human element won out, although the margin of victory was not overly large.
Reader succumbs to apostrophe apoplexy
FoTWOur stateside correspondent Cade Metz had until this week managed to avoid attracting reader ire and thereby becoming a fully-fledged Reg hack via the usual FoTW baptism of fire.
Google leaps into new Sprint portal
Who says wireless carriers can't play nice with Google? As it prepares to introduce a new WiMAX broadband wireless network in a handful of major American cities, Sprint has announced that Google will supply several applications for a mobile portal it's building specifically for the network's customers.
Is more bandwidth really the answer?
A former university lecturer used to say, "any problem can be beaten to death with pound notes". Many network managers looking at the impact of voice over IP on their networks might be thinking along similar lines, but is more bandwidth the answer to the performance and quality issues they are currently, or soon to be, suffering?
Jerry Garcia's jacuzzi washes onto eBay
Deadheads will undoubtedly be flocking in their thousands to an eBay auction which will next month offer diehard fans the chance to snap up exciting Jerry Garcia memorabilia including his stereo speakers, jacuzzi and yes, the Grateful Dead guitar botherer's kitchen sink.
IT pros give thumbs up to online communities
It may come as a shock, but online communities or forums for IT professionals do actually work - in the US at any rate.
Fort Bragg grunt in gay porn vid shocker
A grunt from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, has been discharged for performing in a gay video on a "military-themed gay pornography website", the Fayetteville Observer reports.
DHS working on pocket puke-ray
The US Department of Homeland Security is working on a torch-like "light-sabre" weapon, designed to leave aliens (illegal ones, that is) stumbling and puking helplessly.
UK phone records to be kept for a year
UK telecoms companies will have to keep phone call logs for a year under a new law, which comes into force in October.
Only 'major' EU countries to be in second iPhone rollout
Apple will unleash its iPhone into the European market during the fourth quarter of 2007. But, it seems not all European consumers will be granted access to the so-called must-have gadget this side of Christmas.
Stripogram councillor rocks Devon Lib Dems
Three Devon councillors have quit the Liberal Democrats after discovering that a fellow party member is offering herself as a £75 a pop topless stripogram, the Telegraph reports.
Muffy Mount voted ultimate 'nom de sex'
Poll resultIt's official: Muffy Mount is the ultimate nom de sex pour femme, while the splendid Hardy Woodman ran away with the pour homme title.
El Reg issues Satan word alert
El Reg's lexicographical soviet this morning ramped up to Defcon Red after our Mephistophelean terminology radar detected a potentially-fatal neologism hidden in an otherwise innocent Reuters report.
Sony Vaio reborn for the living room
If you don’t want a laptop or desktop PC cluttering up your living room, but miss the emotional tech attachment, then Sony may hold the key. It has designed a PC specifically for the living room, but one so, well, un-PC that it’s sure to put bums on sofas.
Magirus says Avnet deal is 'win-win' for all
Magirus, which last week sold its European IBM and HP unit to Avnet, has said it plans to build up the rest of its own business by focusing more heavily on solutions.
Fatal explosion hits Virgin space programme
Three employees of a pioneering spaceship company were killed and another three badly hurt when a propellant system blew up during testing in California yesterday.
The terrorists I party with
Part 3It was a "fuel-air bomb" that would create "a superhot fireball". Anyone care to guess what I'm referring to here? A diabolical new weapon from some DoD skunkworks, perhaps? A metaphorical description of the space shuttle Challenger exploding, maybe?
Business intelligence needs business backing
Reg Technology Panel reportIn a recent Reg Panel study into the state of play with regard to business intelligence, a whole range of issues were highlighted by respondents that were standing in the way of business users getting their hands on the information they need.
Western Digital profit rises on tax benefit
Western Digital (WD), the world's second largest hard-disk drive maker, said fourth quarter profit has nearly doubled due to a tax gain and strong sales growth.
Sky's the limit as firm rakes in 400,000 new customers
BSkyB saw revenues grow but profits fall slightly for the year ended 30 June 2007.
EU and US agree on high-end sat nav standard
The US and EU have reached agreement on a compatibility plan for location signals to be transmitted by new American and European navigation satellites.
BBC iPlayer launches, but with limited viewer reach
The much talked about, Windows XP-only, Internet Explorer 6 or later, BBC iPlayer finally launched today.
Light-feasting bacterium found in Yellowstone
Researchers at Yellowstone Park have discovered a new bacterium that is capable of photosynthesis.
PSP owners to get Lost early 2008
Sky has announced a deal with Sony to provide video content to UK PSP users, which can be downloaded over Wi-Fi or via their computer.
Sysadmin Day 2007: still time to get the beers in
Yes, ladies and gentlemen: it is Sysadmin Day. A day when we should all take a moment to give thanks to the glorious sysadmins (and their pimply-faced assistants) who keep our techno-world rolling.
Cisco buys a hunk of VMware
Another major Silicon Valley player has found itself salivating over the prospect of VMware's initial public offering.
Intel responds to EU's anti-trust statement
The European Commission today issued its statement of objections against chip giant Intel, accusing it of anti-competitive behaviour. As we reported earlier, the world's number one maker of processor chips had been awaiting the verdict of a long-running investigation into the firm's alleged anti-trust business practice against rival firm AMD.
Society of Jesus calls missionaries to Second Life
Jesuit missionaries may soon venture into Second Life, intent on saving virtual people from virtual sins.
Isilon narrows losses, but growing pains abound
Isilon Systems managed to narrow its losses for the second quarter with a revenue surge, but a lowered sales outlook late Thursday sent its stock price tumbling.
Fotango COO quits job during keynote speech
OSCONA splash of drama hit OSCON this morning, as the COO of software maker Fotango resigned from the company during his keynote, protesting a decision not to open source the Zimki utility computing platform.
Wikia snatches open search software from LookSmart
OSCONWikia, the latest effort from Wikipedia co-founder Jimbo Wales, has bought the distributed search software Grub from LookSmart for an undisclosed sum and open sourced it.
Second Life turns on screams of horror tool
OSCONYou'll soon have the chance to talk directly to flying penises and fire hydrants in the void known as Second Life. Linden Lab CEO Phillip Rosedale revealed that VoIP (voice over IP) will hit the Sadville streets "in a couple of weeks," during a speech here at OSCON.
NASA's drunken astronaut report released
Poor NASA. They've truly suffered through a woebegone week of bad news.
Spamford Wallace banished from MySpace
Sanford Wallace, perhaps the world's most persistent and reviled spammer, has been banished from MySpace by a federal judge who ruled the social networking site is likely to prevail in a lawsuit that claims Wallace flooded MySpace with more than 1m come-ons related to gambling-related sites.