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.
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.
Data center efficiency - the good, the bad and the way too hot
Meat CastAh, data center efficiency. The big vendors have embraced this topic like an admin embraces a bag of Doritos.
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.
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.
Capita to provide Southampton 'Gateway'
Southampton has outsourced its IT services to Capita, despite criticism of the procurement process and concerns about local jobs.
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.
'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Xbox 360 Elite games console
ReviewApart 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...
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.'
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Uranus strikes a pose for Hubble's camera
Hubble has snapped a gorgeous shot of the rings of Uranus*.
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.
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.
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.
Boys' toys get burned, glued and impounded
CommentsBad 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.
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.
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.
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.
Coming to terms with Raon's Everun tiny, Lolita-based PC
ReviewAh, the ultra mobile PC (UMPC). This is the one device in the computing kingdom that I want to work well more than any other.
Model train software spat threatens future of open source
AnalysisA 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.