31st > October > 2007 Archive

Uncooking the books costs Dell 'only' $92m

Dell today presented the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) with cleaned-up accounts for the years 2003-2006 and the first quarter in 2007. The restatements show that Dell earned $92m less net income than it had previously stated in earlier filings.
Drew Cullen, 31 Oct 2007

1and1's dedicated servers go titsup

Vulture Central received a flurry of complaints yesterday from annoyed customers of large Germany-based hosting firm 1&1 Internet.
Christopher Williams, 31 Oct 2007

Jordan mulls mamtastic epitaph

Those among you who are still wondering with a kind of shocked disbelief why oh why oh why didn't talented chanteuese and Bulgarian airbag scaffold Jordan feature on the list of top Brits wits need look no further than today's Sun for enlightenment.
Lester Haines, 31 Oct 2007
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Judge extends Microsoft oversight till January

Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly has extended US government oversight of Microsoft, which was due to end in two weeks.
John Oates, 31 Oct 2007

Sun: MoD has Bond/Potter/Klingon cloaking device

The quality press is awash with invisible-tank stories this morning, as the Daily Mail, Telegraph, Ananova news wire et al pile into an exclusive scoop by the Sun.
Lewis Page, 31 Oct 2007

World to face laptop famine this Xmas?

Want a new notebook this Christmas? Then get your order in early. That's the message coming out of Taiwan, source of almost all of the world's laptops, from the big brands to the little-known names.
Tony Smith, 31 Oct 2007

Tarzan's yell must be written in music for trademark registration

Tarzan's distinctive yell cannot be registered as a trademark because it is almost impossible to represent graphically. Sounds can be registered as trademarks, but the ruling (pdf) could limit that to sounds that can be written in standard musical notation.
OUT-LAW.COM, 31 Oct 2007

Samsung spins out world's fastest dual-layer DVD writer

Samsung claims to have created the world’s fastest dual-layer DVD burner, a drive with Lightscribe label-etching technology that can write a DVD+R DL disc at 16x speed.
James Sherwood, 31 Oct 2007
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Is storage becoming IT's Hummer?

VMware is set to turn storage administrators into the energy-profligate and hated SUV drivers of the corporate world, a top analyst has claimed.
Bryan Betts, 31 Oct 2007
Pirates ahoy!

Glasgow is UK's runner-up in software piracy stakes

Glasgow has been crowned the worst city in the UK for software piracy outside of Greater London.
Kelly Fiveash, 31 Oct 2007
Warning: biohazard

Software cracking tools open the door to malware

Some of the most prevalent "hacking tools" are those which users unwittingly install themselves, according to stats from anti-virus firm Trend Micro.
John Leyden, 31 Oct 2007

Blu-ray BD+ crypto tech to be cracked by year's end?

Bullish optical disc decryption software developer Slysoft has claimed it has cracked Blu-ray Disc's BD+ copy-protection technology, though the most recent version of its disc hacking tool only extends to the AACS anti-rip mechanism.
Tony Smith, 31 Oct 2007

Garmin trumps TomTom bid for TeleAtlas

Satnav hardware heavyweight Garmin has gone head to head with rival TomTom in a bidding war for control of Dutch map data provider TeleAtlas.
Lewis Page, 31 Oct 2007

Freecom MusicPal gets friendly with internet radio

If you’re not connecting with friends anymore, then Freecom hopes you’ll be attracted to its pal - or, more specifically, the MusicPal, a digital radio and MP3 streamer.
James Sherwood, 31 Oct 2007

Google corrals web 2.0 turkeys for Facebook fightback

Google is to make a me-too social networking move aimed at outflanking the Facebook Platform tomorrow with more interoperability for web app developers.
Christopher Williams, 31 Oct 2007

Sony updates Alpha 700 DLSR camera firmware

Thanks to Apple, we live in the age of the firmware update. Time was, only computers needed system software patches, but since Apple began rolling out regular tweaks to the iPod's operating system, more and more consumer electronics kit is gaining updates too. The latest: Sony's Alpha 700 digital SLR camera.
Tony Smith, 31 Oct 2007

Likely Lib-Dem leader in 'no to ID card data' pledge

Liberal Democrat Shadow Home Secretary Nick Clegg has vowed to break the ID Cards Act by refusing to hand over his personal details when ID cards are made compulsory. Clegg, currently the likeliest winner in the LibDem leadership race, could therefore become the first major party leader to break cover as a law-breaking ID card refusenik. But before applauding, we should perhaps consider precisely what he's pledging, and what he's really risking by doing so.
John Lettice, 31 Oct 2007

Alcatel-Lucent cuts off 4,000 workers

Alcatel-Lucent boss Pat Russo shuffled the executive deck chairs and axed 4,000 workers today as the networking group lurched into the red for the third quarter.
Joe Fay, 31 Oct 2007

UK boffins ID three new exo-planets

Planet-hunting boffins based in the UK have announced the discovery of three more spinning globes to add to the more than 200 extrasolar planets already known to science. The planets turned up during the Wide Area Search for Planets (WASP).
Lucy Sherriff, 31 Oct 2007

Google phone-spotting reaches fever pitch

Inventive rumors of Google's "phone" have circulated for many months - and The Register brought the first confirmation of the company's plans as long ago as March.
Andrew Orlowski, 31 Oct 2007

Trick or trojan - watch out for Halloween malware

Surfers are warned to be wary this Halloween of malicious spam messages playing on Wednesday's horror-themed holiday.
John Leyden, 31 Oct 2007
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Cisco offers $10m prize in small biz bingo

Cisco is launching a global contest to find great business or technology ideas.
John Oates, 31 Oct 2007
Pirates ahoy!

ANPR bags alleged uninsured pirate godfathers

Breaking news has revealed that government vehicle tracking benefits us all, by ridding the community of desperate criminals.
Lewis Page, 31 Oct 2007

Western Digital pitches pink product... for charity

Western Digital is the latest drive maker to offer pocket-friendly storage that triggers a charity donation every time one's purchased. Like Sony, Belkin, Seagate and other before it, WD's targeting Breast Cancer, but it's not going to stop giving after a month.
The Hardware Widow, 31 Oct 2007

World Cup Willie company loses case on own evidence

Goodwill in trademarks can last for 40 years even if the mark is rarely used in that time, the High Court has ruled. The Court ruled in favour of the Football Association (FA) which was defending its ownership of a mascot from the 1966 World Cup.
OUT-LAW.COM, 31 Oct 2007
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Olympic ticketing system crashes under demand

Tickets sales for next year's Olympic Games in Beijing were suspended for a week on Tuesday after the ticketing system crashed under the weight of Chinese sport fans looking to snap up tickets for the eagerly-anticipated event.
John Leyden, 31 Oct 2007

Darling swings on capital gains

The Treasury is close to a compromise agreement on its controversial changes to capital gains tax.
John Oates, 31 Oct 2007

OQO Model e2 UMPC

ReviewOQO may sound like a city in Japan, but it’s actually a company that makes ultra-mobile PCs - handheld computers capable of running a full-size operating system. It’s been around for seven years, and was founded by a team of ex-Apple engineers. The Model e2 is the company’s third shot at a UMPC, following in the diminutive footsteps of the Model 01 and the Model 01+.
Andrew Tiney, 31 Oct 2007

Toshiba DVR dumps HD to HD DVD

HD DVD backer Toshiba has unveiled a digital video recorder (DVR) that can archive HD broadcasts onto standard DVD discs.
James Sherwood, 31 Oct 2007

Saga shuffles into social networking

OAP über-brand Saga has today dusted off its own social network aimed at the over-50s.
Christopher Williams, 31 Oct 2007

Oz nanoboffins punt paper-thin flak jacket plan

Astounding news from Australia today, as it appears that yet another unbelievable movie themed breakthrough has been made in gecko-related nanotech.
Lewis Page, 31 Oct 2007

IT exam overseer fails test

APM Group, which is responsible for accrediting ITIL (Information Technology Infrastructure Library) and Prince2 examination bodies for the Office of Government Commerce (OGC), has had its accreditation suspended by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS).
Kelly Fiveash, 31 Oct 2007

Brussels asks Ofcom boss what he's on about

The European Commission has publicly questioned whether the UK's top telecoms regulator has any idea what he's talking about when it comes to, er, telecoms regulation.
Christopher Williams, 31 Oct 2007

WD 'first to ship' 320GB laptop hard drive

It's hard to find a laptop with more than 200GB of hard disk storage - at least ones that contains just a single drive - but you now can add your own, larger capacity drive, thanks to Western Digital.
Tony Smith, 31 Oct 2007

US military cyber warriors looking for a home

Cyberwarfare means different thing to different people. To cyberpunk buffs it means Operation Screaming Fist; to the Estonians it means Russian DDoS. In America, as with many other military activities, it means pork.
Lewis Page, 31 Oct 2007

Student taser victim spared electric chair

Florida prosecutors have decided not to pursue Andrew "don't tase me, bro" Meyer through the courts if he keeps his nose clean during 18 months probation.
Christopher Williams, 31 Oct 2007

Newegg serves up Asus Eee PC to US buyers

US online retailer Newegg has begun offering the 4G version Asus' tiny Eee PC, offering the unit for $400.
Tony Smith, 31 Oct 2007

Virtual! stripper! game! targets! Yahoo!

Spammers have come up with a sleazy - but undoubtedly ingenious - way to defeat anti-spam security checks.
John Leyden, 31 Oct 2007
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Midwich eyes consumer electronics

IT distie Midwich has acquired a majority share in Invision UK Ltd.
Kelly Fiveash, 31 Oct 2007

First GPL lawsuit in US settles out of court

After a false alarm last month, the first lawsuit to test the GPL in the US has actually settled.
Kevin Fayle, 31 Oct 2007
Warning Stop

Aspect-oriented programming and security

CommentAspect-oriented programming (AOP) is a paradigm that is quickly gaining traction in the development world. At least partially spurred by the popularity of the Java Spring framework [1], people are beginning to understand the substantial benefits that AOP brings to development.
Rohit Sethi, 31 Oct 2007

How to escape the clutches of world+dog's VMware fetish

InterviewThe polite thing to do after interviewing a high-powered CEO is to wrap the executive in a certain amount of praise. If you're a contemporary, backbone-infused journalist, you lather up that praise and then counter it with a helping of critical insinuations. The trick comes from being firm and aggressive but not too insulting. God forbid you lose access to the sound bytes.
Ashlee Vance, 31 Oct 2007

Macs seized by porn Trojan

Miscreants have released a sophisticated Trojan into the wild that targets Mac users, according to Intego, a company that markets security software that runs on OS X.
Dan Goodin, 31 Oct 2007

Intel saddles HP with new Itanium

Intel has stunned the server world by shipping a fresh version of Itanium running at 3.0GHz.
Ashlee Vance, 31 Oct 2007

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