29th > October > 2007 Archive


Apple's Leopard rejects latest version of Java

Apple faces yet more flack from the Mac faithful over the discovery that the operating system won't run the latest version of Java. It's one of several beefs relating to the OS X upgrade that is sparking vitriol among the normally docile crowd.

One day my mobile apps prince will come

Mobile Business Expo The mobile applications market is poised to take off with the emergence of devices like the iPhone, faster wireless networks and web services - but independent software vendors (ISVs) are asleep at the wheel.
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Boffins dredge up oldest living animal

Scientists have dredged up the oldest known living creature and have called it Ming.
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Vint Cerf set to part ways with ICANN

ICANN 2007 Los Angeles The ICANN Los Angeles 2007 meeting begins Monday, and it is Vint Cerf's swan song as chairman of the ICANN board of directors. We couldn't pass up the opportunity to talk to the "father of the internet" about the future of the internet and of ICANN itself.
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NBC, Fox target YouTube with Hulu dance

US TV networks NBC and Fox have finally taken the dustsheets off Hulu.com, their belated response to YouTube.

Online scammers exploit California wildfire disaster

The California wildfire disaster, like so many other tragedies involving loss of life, has become the subject of an online scam. If the history of incidents like the Indian Ocean tsunami disaster and Hurricane Katrina is anything to go by, fire-themed malware is likely to follow.

Samsung confirms Blu-ray Disc player range reduced

Samsung has finally spoken up over rumours it may drop the BD-P2400 Blu-ray Disc player from its range, confirming that the machine will no longer make it to market.
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Shocked Shatner shunted from Star Trek XI

William Shatner has expressed his shock and disappointment at not being invited to cameo in the forthcoming 11th celluloid outing for Star Trek - despite director J J Abrams apparently having said the ageing stacatto-delivery star "probably would have a part in the film".
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Join us for The Register's eSymposium on virtualization

Site news Next week, the thousands of readers who contributed to The Register's recent virtualization research panel will have the opportunity to see the result, when we kick off the first in a series of free online debates.

Sage gets upclose to personnel with KCS buy

Acquisition-happy accounts software firm Sage has gobbled up UK-based finance and HR software supplier KCS Global Holdings for £20m.

Snooping on users Facebook 'staff perk' - claim

Facebook staff can not only look at any profile on the site, they can also see which other profiles that user has been looking at.
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Gatwick reduced to anarchy by 'computer glitch'

A "computer glitch" at Gatwick airport which lead to the clocks not going back on Sunday morning led to travel "chaos" as "arrivals and departures were advertised an hour late", provoking nonplussed passengers to besiege check-in desks.
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Astronauts complete spacewalk two

The astronauts of the space shuttle Discovery have completed the second spacewalk of the two-week mission to the International Space Station (ISS), and are preparing for the third.

Sharp shows 'world's first' 1080p 22in LCD TV

Sharp has launched a pair of small-size LCD TVs that it claimed are the first of their kind to support 1080p 'full HD' resolution.
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MPs call for climate change minister

A parliamentary committee has recommended that the government appoint a minister specifically to deal with climate change, after its review of government policy revealed that departments are not coordinating properly to deal with the issue.

Tool opens iPhone, iPod Touch via web

iPhone hackers have released a tool that allows owners of firmware 1.1.1 iPhones and iPod Touches to open up their devices to third-party apps - all without the need for a host Mac or PC.
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Honda offers FCX for '08, bitchslaps Google

Honda has confounded green-motoring analysts by announcing that it will offer a hydrogen-powered car for general sale in 2008, years earlier than expected.

Intel 'Penryn' Core 2 Extreme QX9650

Review Intel’s 45nm 'Penryn' update for its Core 2 microprocessor family has been an open secret for many months. It's first desktop incarnation, the Core 2 Extreme QX9650, is due to be formally introduced on 12 November, but today we can tell you how it will perform.

AMD confirms 19 November RV670 launch - analyst

AMD will indeed release its 'RV670' graphics chip on 19 November - as predicted - an analyst has claimed the company told him recently.
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Consumer revenge site returns after DDoS attack

Updated UK-based consumer finance website MoneySavingExpert.com was forced to pull most of its services over the weekend as a result of an ongoing denial of service attack.

UK small biz pleads with gov for more support

British small businesses want the government to cut regulation, reduce business taxes, and offer more support and advice.

US Army xBot programme halted by IP fracas

A major American military push to get more combat robots into the field has ground to a halt following a bitter dispute between rival mechanoid makers.
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Acer boss predicts blow-out Q4 numbers

Computer maker Acer, which recently acquired US firm Gateway, has said it expects to be hit by a $30m restructuring charge in the fourth quarter.
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Europe grows more (and more) GM crops

Just days after the European Commission gave its stamp of approval to four new GM plants, a report has revealed that the area of Europe's arable land devoted to genetically modified crops has risen by 77 per cent in the last year. The total area of GM cultivation is now 1,000 square kilometres*.

T-Mobile slides Shadow IM phone out of the shadows

T-Mobile US has launched Shadow, a khaki-coloured sliderphone the carrier claimed was the... er... 'official phone of fun'.

Nvidia introduces 'G92'

Nvidia has taken the wraps off its 'G92' graphics chip, the foundation for the GeForce 8800 GT, as past reports revealed.
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Icahn blasts BEA board as Oracle walks away

Oracle let its $17 per share offer for BEA lapse yesterday, but activist investor Carl Icahn has demanded the middleware firm put the offer to shareholders anyway.
Joe Fay, 29 2007
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Aliens responsible for Italian machine uprising

RoTM Italian authorities have confirmed what we at the neoLuddite Resistance Army (NRA) have known all along - that the 2004 machine uprising in the Italian village of Canneto di Caronia was probably caused by aliens.

Carmack's X-Prize rocket explodes on pad

The sole remaining contender to win a prize for privately-built rocket lander systems exploded yesterday, ending hopes that the prize might be won this year.
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DHS holds terror talks with UK Minister, then detains him

The UK's first Muslim Minister has chalked up his second detention at the hands of the US Department of Homeland Security - with exquisite irony, at Dulles Airport in Washington DC on his way back from talks with, er, the DHS on tackling terrorism.
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3's Skype phone is go

Mmobile operator 3 finally released full details of its new Skype handset at an event in London today. Early adopters can expect free calls, but no guarantees of reliability.
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TV-Links man: 'I'm no master criminal'

The man arrested as part of the investigation into the TV-Links website has spoken to his local newspaper about his arrest.

Nvidia challenges Intel as PC GPU shipments boom

Graphics chip makers had a particularly successful third quarter, it emerged today, with shipments up on Q2 by a whopping 20.2 per cent - the highest quarter-on-quarter increase since 2002's 18.6 per cent, by a good margin.
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Barracuda skydroid to make comeback?

The German and Spanish killbot industries, struggling to recover from the loss of the "Barracuda" demonstrator plane, which crashed last year, might be saved by the German government. Reports suggest that German defence authorities may offer "assistance in kind" for the building of a new Barracuda.
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Oz 'Family First' candidate sacked for todger-flash email

A Sydney candidate for the Family First Party was sacked at the weekend after an email addressed to a number of student organisations' mailing lists, with attachments showing him apparently flashing his penis, popped up on gay websites and subsequently escaped into the wild.
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BBC readies global web and TV expansion

Just as the BBC is slashing jobs at home, its commercial tentacle is ramping up efforts to squeeze money from its programming and web content abroad.

Italian court rules against HP on pre-installed Windows

An Italian judge ruled in favour of a Hewlett Packard (HP) customer who asked for a refund because the Compaq notebook he had bought came pre-loaded with Microsoft's Windows XP and Works 8.

Asus prices up Eee PC sub-sub-notebook for US

Asus' diminutive Eee PC will go on sale in the US on 1 November for $300-400, depending on configuration, it has emerged.
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NATO ministers get to grips with cyber defence

NATO defence ministers last week spent at least minutes on the question of cyber defence ahead of the Bucharest summit meetings planned for next year.
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Brazil keeps Cisco execs in big house

A Brazilian judge has ruled that six people connected with Cisco must stay in temporary custody while tax fraud allegations against the networking giant are investigated.
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UK mobile security still useless

UK mobile workers are often "left to their own devices" when it comes to security, according to a new survey.

Designing software for testability

The subject of testing seems to be in the air at the moment - Matt Stephens recently discussed it in his "Agile" column entitled "Don't unit test GUIs". This month in the Java column we are also going to look at testing, but this time from the viewpoint of design.
John Hunt, 29 2007
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VoIP is Dead. It's just another feature, now

Analysis Business-wise, Skype is a basketcase. But that's just one of the things that makes it one of the most emblematic companies of our time - a real, Ur-Web 2.0 company.
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Verizon bags slow-tracked wireless battle

Verizon has abandoned its legal attack on new rules that would allow US consumers to attach any device and any application to a prime portion of the country's wireless spectrum.
Cade Metz, 29 2007

Hyperic charges after disgruntled Ubuntu upgraders

Comment Canonical's release of a fresh version of Ubuntu has been met with plenty of grumbles. And now we find some other open source players trying to cash in on Ubuntu's issues.
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Putin tightens his grip on Russia's internet

ICANN 2007 Los Angeles The Washington Post reported unwelcome news yesterday for our internet overlords - as internet penetration in Russia grows exponentially, the story claims, Vladimir Putin's allies are increasingly focused on strong-arming blogs and internet news sources in Russia to get their message across, efforts which may extend to the internet root itself.

The secret to Web 2.0 success

The funny thing about those telling developers it's a new way of thinking and to "give everything away" or to "build it and they shall come" are often those making their cash using tried and tested ways of working.

Is desktop virtualization important?

According to The Register's latest Tech Panel research, around one in four of the IT professionals that took part think there is a clear rationale for virtualizing the desktop. But for another significantly larger group of readers there's still a lack of clarity around the rationale of such an approach.

Sun sues NetApp, California style

Sun Microsystems has spanked Network Appliance with another lawsuit, as relations between the two vendor continue to deteriorate at speed.
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NetApp vends $3k iSCSI storage array

NetApp is launching a smaller iSCSI storage box for its StoreVault line.

Print beats net for fraud

With Nigerian 419 scams, phishing attempts and other dubious spam flooding your inbox, you may be tempted to think the net is the epicenter for today's shysters. But it turns out print advertising beat out the internet as the most common means for spreading fraudulent pitches, according to a US consumer survey released Monday by the Federal Trade Commission.
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Charmed by own tune, Egenera sells PAN to rivals

Egenera has confirmed that it plans to create a separate software business by reselling its server management code.
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Seagate to close Northern Ireland plant

Seagate is closing one of two manufacturing plants in Northern Ireland, axing 768 permanent and 159 temporary employees.
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World's most gullible supermarket chain falls victim to online scam

Red-faced accountants from one of the biggest supermarket chains in the US are frantically trying to regain control of more than $10m lost after falling victim to online fraudsters.