24th > August > 2007 Archive

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Net radio grabs olive branch from royalty police

Web radio may survive after all.
Cade Metz, 24 Aug 2007
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How to case high-profile targets without really trying

We've been hearing for years that MySpace and other social networking sites can represent a gaping chink in an otherwise hardened corporate network. Now a London-based security consultant has created a tool that proves it.
Dan Goodin, 24 Aug 2007
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3 Ireland's broadband (nearly) back on its feet

Update: Just as 3 launches its £10 tariff in the UK, its service in Ireland has been suffering incompatibilities, slow speeds, and complaints, forcing the company to waive a month's subs as it struggles to get the service usable.
Bill Ray, 24 Aug 2007
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Data center efficiency - the good, the bad and the way too hot

Meat Cast Ah, data center efficiency. The big vendors have embraced this topic like an admin embraces a bag of Doritos.
Ashlee Vance, 24 Aug 2007
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Razer, MS each pitch the peak in gaming mice

Gaming peripherals specialist Razer launched its latest mouse this week, pledging a rage-topping level of sensitivity and a firefight fast response time. Separately, Microsoft unveiled a Vista-friendly gaming mouse of its own.
James Sherwood, 24 Aug 2007
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iPhone unlock procedure posted

A utility claimed to be the world's first software tool for unlocking the Apple iPhone was launched yesterday, even as hardware hackers said they'd figured out how to get the same result by tweaking the gadget itself.
Tony Smith, 24 Aug 2007
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Capita to provide Southampton 'Gateway'

Southampton has outsourced its IT services to Capita, despite criticism of the procurement process and concerns about local jobs.
Kablenet, 24 Aug 2007
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US customs bust coke-smuggling 'submarine'

US Customs are feeling pretty pleased with themselves after busting a stealthy "semi-submerged smuggling vessel" packed with $352m of Bolivian marching powder.
Lester Haines, 24 Aug 2007

'Microsoft' to compensate 419 victims

We're obliged to the reader who alerted us to the agreeable news that Microsoft will compensate deserving 419 victims to the tune of £100,000 a head.
Lester Haines, 24 Aug 2007
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Google changes Street View privacy policy

Google has changed its privacy policy on its Street View feature to obscure faces and car number plates on request. Technology news site CNET News.com reports that the company policy change took place weeks ago but has only just come to light.
OUT-LAW.COM, 24 Aug 2007
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Japan to get ultra-dinky Bluetooth USB dongle

Another runner has jointed race to be first to release the world's smallest USB Bluetooth pick-up. Japan's Princeton today launched its PTM-UBT3S, pledging to bring it to market in September.
Tony Smith, 24 Aug 2007
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Businessman loses battle for gripe site domain name

The figure behind controversial business schemes has failed in his bid to gain control of the .com internet address consisting of his name. A site that criticises his activities has been allowed to keep the name.
OUT-LAW.COM, 24 Aug 2007
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Governance in the Web 2.0 world

There are some forces that just cannot be stopped. Block the path, and they'll just go round some other way. Fortunately, here in Devon, where Dartmoor has had no difficulty absorbing the recent rain, that's not a topical observation about the state of my living room. But it is certainly topical on the net.
Nick Kew, 24 Aug 2007
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Website addresses health inequalities in England

The Department of Health (DoH) has launched an interactive website to support efforts to raise life expectancy in deprived areas.
Kablenet, 24 Aug 2007
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Teen sticks Xbox 360 power supply in bowl of water

A North Carolina teenager who decided the best way to cool his Xbox's overheating power supply was to stick it in a bowl of water was knocked unconcious by the resulting electric shock and earned himself a trip to hospital with "minor burns to his right hand and foot".
Lester Haines, 24 Aug 2007
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National Guardsman suspended over personal website

The personal assistant to California National Guard's commanding officer was "placed on leave" on Wednesday pending a probe into the content of his personal website howtokillpeople.com.
Lester Haines, 24 Aug 2007
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IBM and Microsoft launch battling unified comms packs

IBM and Microsoft are both launching unified communications bundles - software which will allow management of email, VoIP calls, instant messaging, and video conferencing.
John Oates, 24 Aug 2007
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Rentokil to set Q Branch on UK's rats

Rentokil has announced it will deploy "James Bond-style technology" to battle the UK's burgeoning rat population - estimated by experts to have risen by 39 per cent in the past seven years and now totalling up to 100 million individuals.
Lester Haines, 24 Aug 2007
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Nicole Richie does 82 minutes hard time

US reality TV "star" Nicole Richie is apparently none the worse for the wear after serving a hellish 82 minutes of a four-day drink-drive sentence, the BBC reports.
Lester Haines, 24 Aug 2007
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Data governance and the holy grail

Yes, I know this sounds a bit like the eighth Harry Potter book. In fact, what I want to discuss are some implications of data governance that I don't think everyone has thought through yet.
Philip Howard, 24 Aug 2007
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Movie pirate forced to ditch Linux

A BitTorrent admin convicted of uploading movie files is being forced to ditch Linux if he wants to use his PC.
John Leyden, 24 Aug 2007
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Sony scientists develop sugar-fuelled power pack

Sony's battery boffins seem to have learnt some lessons from the previous few month's, ahem, problems. They've developed a battery that generates power from sugar and, they claim, can create enough power to run an MP3 player.
James Sherwood, 24 Aug 2007
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IBM faces Second Life strike

Ever wanted to go on strike, be part of that feeling of solidarity on the picket line, but felt too cowardly to take the risk? September should see just the opportunity for you.
Martin Banks, 24 Aug 2007

Wii wins console war, market watcher claims

Nintendo's Wii is now the world's best-selling next-gen videogames console, having this week nosed past the Xbox 360. The Microsoft console has been available to buy for the best part of a year more than has the Wii.
Tony Smith, 24 Aug 2007

Xbox 360 Elite games console

Review Apart from a sneaky bit of Xbox 360 gaming at lunchtimes in the Register Hardware offices, we've always been fairly hardcore PlayStation fans, having grown up with the Sony console series since its 1995 launch. Could Microsoft's new machine, the Xbox 360 Elite, persuade us to change allegience? Well, yes, it could...
Scott Snowden, 24 Aug 2007
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Dell laptops not in the pink after all

A customer poses the question: 'Dell, Dell, Dell, where art thou lovely electric pink laptop you bigged up a little while ago? What's that you say? There's too much dust in the paint and so all you can give me right now is a, er, tuxedo black one.'
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Aug 2007
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MS warns gamers: steer clear of Xbox racing wheel

Many Xbox 360 gamers claim they're smokin' hot drivers at the likes of Forza Motorsport 2. But now they risk really proving it, thanks to a power-supply flaw with Microsoft's Wireless Racing Wheel that can cause it to overheat and smoke.
James Sherwood, 24 Aug 2007
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Firms get cozy, play nice - must be something in the air

Google, google everywhere and not a drop to drink Google says it will probably bid for a share of the US's wireless spectrum, due to be carved up for auction in January next year. The firm also announced substantial investment in China, where it currently plays second fiddle to homegrown search engine Baidu. The company piled …
Lucy Sherriff, 24 Aug 2007
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Spare some change - for the sub-£10 mobile

Alcatel has slashed the price of its latest no-frills mobile phone - but only for three days. Over the UK Bank Holiday weekend, the already cheap as chips OT-E201 will sell for less than the price of a takeaway.
James Sherwood, 24 Aug 2007
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Dell laptops not in the pink after all

A customer poses the question: "Dell, Dell, Dell, where art thou lovely electric pink laptop you bigged up a little while ago?
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Aug 2007
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Bank holiday transport farrago

It might be the summer bank holiday across most of the UK, but at least two services to aid travellers are unavailable this Friday afternoon.
John Oates, 24 Aug 2007
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Channel 4 cans Celebrity Big Brother

Channel 4 has confirmed the UK's viewing public will not be subjected to another outing of human zoo Celebrity Big Brother - at least until 2009.
Lester Haines, 24 Aug 2007
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Queen's axe-man wins his PhD

Queen guitarist Brian May will henceforth be known as Dr May, as the axe-slinger has finally been awarded his PhD.
Lucy Sherriff, 24 Aug 2007

Nokia battery recall to cost Matsushita up to $172m

Nokia's decision to recall 46m mobile phone batteries is going to cost their manufacturer, Matsushita, up to $172m, the Japanese company admitted today.
Tony Smith, 24 Aug 2007
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So, what's the velocity of a sheep in a vacuum?

In a recent piece on red-giant star Mira, we rather foolishly suggested that the "comet-tailed" body was travelling across the heavens at roughly 150,000 times the speed of the average sheep.
Lester Haines, 24 Aug 2007
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London man coughs to 172mph Porsche jaunt

A 33-year-old London man has pleaded guilty to driving a Porsche 911 at 172mph on the A420 in Oxfordshire, the BBC reports.
Lester Haines, 24 Aug 2007
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Kingston Comms loses BT connection

Kingston Communications, recently rebranded as KCom, has lost its connection to BT and, therefore, the wider world beyond the Humber.
John Oates, 24 Aug 2007
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Uranus strikes a pose for Hubble's camera

Hubble has snapped a gorgeous shot of the rings of Uranus*.
Lucy Sherriff, 24 Aug 2007
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Crypto boffins break car cypher

Cryptographic researchers have identified a practical attack against the KeeLoq car anti-theft cypher. KeeLoq serves as the cryptographic underpinning of several car anti-theft mechanisms distributed by Microchip Technology.
John Leyden, 24 Aug 2007
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Yahoo!, Microsoft ink web pact with Chinese government

Microsoft and Yahoo! have signed a pact with the Chinese government that "encourages" the big name web players to record the identities of bloggers and censor content. So says Reporters Without Borders, an organization that fights for journalistic rights across the globe.
Cade Metz, 24 Aug 2007
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Internet ramraiders rear-end domain parking service

Domain name parking service NameDrive restored its services on Friday after coming under a concerted and ferocious denial of service attack from unidentified hackers.
John Leyden, 24 Aug 2007
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Boys' toys get burned, glued and impounded

Comments Bad things have been happening to the male anatomy this week, with torchings and glueings being sustained. Well-known extensions (cars and guns) get a fair mention too. We begin with a sticky situation.
Robin Lettice, 24 Aug 2007

Dell laptop explodes 'like fireworks'

Another Dell laptop has burst unexpectedly into flames. This one, an Inspiron 9200, spontaneously combusted this week in Columbus, Ohio. The blaze was caught on camera.
Tony Smith, 24 Aug 2007
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iPhone sparks counter measures from Verizon, RealNetworks and MTV

Whenever a single monolithic company has launched against the globe spanning iTunes, Apple has been able to move the goalposts and push further and further towards a monopolistic market share of online music, but this week a genuine challenge has emerged, one that we are certain will dent the success of Apple, and we suspect that it will be reflected in the company’s share price before too long.
Faultline, 24 Aug 2007
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BioShockers delivered from DRM hell

After howls of pain from gaming addicts everywhere, 2K Games has eased the draconian DRM restrictions on its much ballyhooed new title BioShock.
Cade Metz, 24 Aug 2007

Coming to terms with Raon's Everun tiny, Lolita-based PC

Review Ah, the ultra mobile PC (UMPC). This is the one device in the computing kingdom that I want to work well more than any other.
Ashlee Vance, 24 Aug 2007
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Model train software spat threatens future of open source

Analysis A dispute over some open source software used for model railroads resulted in an important decision last week, involving the scope of open source licenses and the remedies available when they are violated.
Kevin Fayle, 24 Aug 2007
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Intel puts more hardware security in vPro line

After months of hyping, Intel is rolling out an update to its vPro technology featuring improved hardware-based security and manageability tools for its chips.
Austin Modine, 24 Aug 2007