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Facebookers bring HSBC to its knees

Facebook may not change the world, but it's changed one of the world's largest banks.
Cade Metz, 31 Aug 2007
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Fujitsu Siemens bangs energy efficiency drum

Fujitsu Siemens Computers (FSC) is punting a leaner, greener channel strategy to its partners.
Kelly Fiveash, 31 Aug 2007

Mars rovers roving again, for now

Giant dust storms that have pinned the Mars rovers down for the last six weeks are beginning to lift, allowing the two explorers to restart their slow crawl over the red planet's surface.
Lucy Sherriff, 31 Aug 2007

Acer backs Blu-ray

IFA 07Acer has thrown its weight behind the Blue-ray Disc to become the fifth big-name computer maker to back the next-gen optical disc format. It's launched a BD-equipped media centre PC to affirm its intentions.
Tony Smith, 31 Aug 2007

Sony breaks out 'mass market' Blu-ray players

IFA 07High-definition at home is the big theme at the IFA consumer electronics show this year with a myriad of media players and a titanic turnout of new TVs. Not to be left out, Sony announced two new Blu-ray Disc players: the BDP-S300 and the BDP-S500.
Scott Snowden, 31 Aug 2007

Moller touts flying-saucer hovercar, again

Here at the Reg, a lot of us tech fancier Vultures are flying-car friendly. We want our personal aerial ride and we want it now. But we're getting a bit tired of Dr. Paul Moller and the way people keep breathlessly writing him up. (Even the Reg has fallen into his trap on occasion.)
Lewis Page, 31 Aug 2007
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NHS outlines NPfIT milestones

The first quarter of 2007-08 witnessed several milestones for the National Programme for IT (NPfIT), says a report from the NHS.
Kablenet, 31 Aug 2007

Racist Reg hacks slammed for 'vitriolic hatred'

FoTWOur recent piece of silliness entitled So, what's the velocity of a sheep in a vacuum? was generally well received by you, our beloved readers.
Lester Haines, 31 Aug 2007

Information Commissioner updates personal data guidance

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) published new guidance (pdf) this week that explains its view of what counts as personal data under the Data Protection Act (DPA). Information that is not personal data today may become personal data as technology advances, it says.
OUT-LAW.COM, 31 Aug 2007

Cowon strikes at Archos with Wi-Fi media player

IFA 07South Korea's Cowon today grew its stylish iAudio digital media player series with a pair of new models. The star of line-up: the Wi-Fi equipped Q5, a would-be Archos beater if there was one.
Tony Smith, 31 Aug 2007

Sharp shows off TVs, iPod hi-fis, Blu-ray player

IFA 07Sharp has announced five new Aquos LCD HD TVs in a range of screen sizes: 32in, 37in, 42in, 46in and finally a 52in display. All members of the X20E range support 1080p resolution and the cinema-style 24p frame rate.
Scott Snowden, 31 Aug 2007

'Commercially unimportant' copyright infringement punished

A software developer responsible for a copyright infringement described even by the copyright owner as insignificant still broke the law, a court has ruled (pdf). An injunction has been served even though the infringer has stopped using the technology.
OUT-LAW.COM, 31 Aug 2007

AVG cries wolf at Adobe Reader

A faulty signature update from GRISoft published this week meant that its popular AVG anti-virus package falsely warned versions of Adobe Reader were infected with a Trojan.
John Leyden, 31 Aug 2007

Irish firm seeks Trainee Assistant Banana Ripener

The Irish readers among you pondering a radical change of career could do worse than consider this vacancy down at Dublin-based Global Fruit Co. Ltd, which is currently a bit short-handed in its banana-ripening department:
Lester Haines, 31 Aug 2007

Casio demos 'world's fastest-shooting' digicam

IFA 07Casio has developed a digital SLR camera capable of capturing 60 shots every second. That's stills - it can capture 640 x 480 video at a stunning 300fps. The company heralded the device as the 'world's fastest-shooting' snapper.
Tony Smith, 31 Aug 2007

SIS nixes OOXML approval

The Swedish Institute of Standards (SIS) has invalidated the vote that controversially approved the OOXML standard at a meeting this week.
Lucy Sherriff, 31 Aug 2007

BOFH: Chilling the bearings

Episode 30
Simon Travaglia, 31 Aug 2007

UK plans surveillance for Earth-menacing asteroid

UK boffins have come up with a plan to track the potentially planet-busting asteroid Apophis, according to a report on the BBC News website. The 300m-wide chunk of space debris is expected to make a close fly-by of Earth in 2029. Initial reports suggested it might actually collide with us, but more refined calculations allayed those fears.
Lucy Sherriff, 31 Aug 2007

Kung fu monks battle gobby net ninja

Monks at China's Shaolin Temple are vociferously demanding an apology from an anonymous Japanese internet user who suggested that a single ninja had once whupped the asses of the kung fu masters at the martial art's spiritual home.
Lester Haines, 31 Aug 2007

UK online gambling regs go live tomorrow

With the UK's 2005 Gambling Act coming into force tomorrow, and online gambling hugely more popular than it was*, is it time to assess the landscape of internet betting for British consumers? Computing Which? magazine says yes, and publishes the result of its painstaking investigation today.
Lewis Page, 31 Aug 2007

FCC to fine network operators who can't find customers

US network operators who can't locate their customers in the case of an emergency are facing fines of over $2m, having already been given 18-months grace to comply.
Bill Ray, 31 Aug 2007

Cops seek 179mph net vid biker

Police would very much like to speak to a biker who filmed himself apparently gunning it at 179mph on a "dangerous stretch" of the A628 Woodhead Pass in South Yorkshire, the Daily Mirror reports.
Lester Haines, 31 Aug 2007
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Blogging: made in England?

ColumnHere's a quote from an interesting time in the past: ten years ago. You know, a decade back, 1997, when (It says here) 'Jorn Barger, who started his Robot Wisdom weblog in 1997, is "regarded by many" as the "first blogger".'
Guy Kewney, 31 Aug 2007

Shotgun Wedding: Enterprise Architect 7.0

Agile development, for some, means avoiding diagramming (whether for documentation or analysis and design) and just getting on with testing and coding.
Matt Stephens, 31 Aug 2007

Ingram Micro fingers new European chief

Global reseller Ingram Micro has announced that Jay Forbes will take over from EMEA boss Hans Koppen, who is retiring at the end of this year.
Christopher Williams, 31 Aug 2007

Russia plans 2025 Moonbase, 2035 Mars shot

Russia will put cosmonauts on the Moon by 2025, the head of the country's space agency has said. A permanent manned base might follow.
Lewis Page, 31 Aug 2007

Microsoft settles eight year patent case with Eolas

Microsoft has settled a long-running patent infringement suit with Eolas and the University of California in a case which has been running since 1999. Microsoft will make an undisclosed payment to Eolas.
OUT-LAW.COM, 31 Aug 2007

Monster.com attack hits federal job search site

Cybercrooks who raided Monster.com's database also pilfered the personal information of an estimated 146,000 from USAJobs, the US government's official job search site. Monster Worldwide is the technology provider for the USAJOBS website, so the recent attack on Monster.com's systems also exposed the contact information of USAJobs users, it emerged on Thursday.
John Leyden, 31 Aug 2007

NBC to Apple: 'You're fired!'

The Americanized version of "The Office" will soon disappear from Apple iTunes. The Reg couldn't care less - we prefer the original, and we have no interest in watching even our favorite TV shows on an overpriced, DRM-shackled, handheld status symbol - but many uncultured Apple-loving web mavens are sure to be very upset.
Cade Metz, 31 Aug 2007

Montavista reveals Linux debug secrets

Set aside an hour on September 11th or 12th and learn how to debug those complex Linux applications without leaving your desk. Linux application tool vendor MontaVista has scheduled a live online 'webinar' to show off the debugging features of its DevRocket integrated development environment (IDE) for Linux. It says the IDE will help developers build better Linux applications and deliver them to market quickly.
Phil Manchester, 31 Aug 2007

SanDisk goes launch-crazy

IFA 07SanDisk released today a slew of products at IFA, the consumer electronics show in Berlin. The lineup includes a 8GB card for mobile phones, a faster card for cameras, a high-speed card adapter and a new solid-state drive for laptops. Let's dive right in...
Austin Modine, 31 Aug 2007

Mystery SNAFU exposes email logins for 100 foreign embassies (and counting)

Underscoring a major susceptibility threatening thousands of high-profile computer users across the world, a Swedish security consultant has published login credentials belonging to some 100 embassies.
Dan Goodin, 31 Aug 2007
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Researchers: AMD less power-hungry than Intel

Computer performance consulting firm Neal Nelson & Associates claims that AMD-based servers have beaten Intel in 36 of the 57 power efficiency tests it has conducted. The tests put an AMD Opteron-based server up against an Intel Xeon-based server.
Austin Modine, 31 Aug 2007

California OKs class-action suits for unpaid overtime

The California Supreme Court ruled this week that employees who claim they've been cheated out of overtime can sue their employer, whether or not the company's arbitration policy forbids class actions.
Austin Modine, 31 Aug 2007

Aussie scam artist rides bank computer glitch to $9m overdraft

After a computer glitch allowed him to overdraw almost $9m from his bank account, an Australian man has refused to return the pilfered funds, arguing that he will soon be dead.
Cade Metz, 31 Aug 2007

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