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Reg lexicographical Shock Army liberates mobe
A Vulture Central lexicographical Shock Army spokesman this morning confirmed combined forces of inevitability and good sense had liberated mobe and lappy from the axis of linguistic conservatism which had only too recently threatened English with hideous fossilisation. Standing in the burning ruins of grammatical common decency, he declared: "I dunno, prolly same old forever, innit, eh?"
Music in China: The Inside Story
Special ReportWant to break into China? Ed Peto reports from the nation where goths adore boy bands, where the major labels created the black market, and where digital looks poised to leapfrog analogue.
Whois reform: ICANN says let's run more tests
ICANN 2007 Los AngelesQuick, people: what takes seven years? Biblical plagues? Itches?
Royal Navy presses IT Crowd for nuclear missile 'servers'
VideoThe Royal Navy has a long history of backfiring recruiting tactics. Back in the days of the press gang, apparently, there were sometimes expensive lawsuits - the impress law only permitted trained sailors to be pressed, not landsmen, and there were other grounds for dispute.
Book reviewTo some, Ruby is going to take over the world. With prominent Java developers and propagandists jumping ship, there has seemed to be no stopping its momentum, particularly in web development.
LG fills its DVD rewriter gap
It may seem unbelievable, but until this week LG didn’t have an external 20x DVD rewriter in its product portfolio. So it’s created one to fill the gap.
iPhone rubber fingers not a hoax, inventor insists
ExclusiveRegister Hardware can confirm that it's possible to prevent smudging your iPhone’s display by rolling what looks like a black latex condom onto your finger - aka the weirdest iPhone accessory ever seen: the Phone Finger.
Police fight to retain 30 year old petty crime records
Police will appeal against a ruling from the information commissioner to remove records, including on covering the theft of a 99p piece of meat.
USPTO shake-up derailed by injunction
New rules proposed by the US Patent Office have been blocked after pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline won a preliminary injunction against the proposed changes. The firm said it did not believe the US Patent and Trademark Office had the legal authority to redefine procedures like this.
Developer keeps software rights as implied term argument fails in court
A company's claim for ownership of the copyright in a piece of software has failed because it was not explicitly stated in a contract. Meridian International Services had said that its ownership was an implied term of an agreement.
Computerland predicts 'satisfactory' year
Computerland UK sounded steady as she goes in an interim trading statement this morning.
Singapore Airlines bans A380 rumpy-pumpy
Singapore Airlines has asked cash-flush customers to refrain from making the beast with two backs while enjoying its A380 private suites between Singapore and Sydney, Reuters reports.
Qimonda samples GDDR 5
Memory maker Qimonda has begun sampling GDDR 5 video-memory chips, producing what it claimed today was the world's first 512Mb part.
US ban on internet access tax gets seven year extension
A ban on taxing internet access and email will almost certainly become law in the US. Both houses of Congress have approved an extension to the existing law, and President George Bush is expected to sign the bill within days.
'Seat of your pants' gaming chair comes to UK
Gamers seeking what could be the ultimate accessory - at least that's how it's branded - can now save themselves hefty transatlantic shipping costs: US company Ultimate Game Chair's Renegade seat is now available from a UK supplier.
Pirate Bay aims to sink BitTorrent
The buccaneers of Pirate Bay are working on a replacement for the BitTorrent protocol in fear their access to free music, video and software could be blocked by commercial interests.
Fujitsu Siemens says bye-bye to VXA
SNWThe storage side of Fujitsu Siemens Computers has given VXA tape the heave-ho, dumping it in favour of LTO.
Speed-cam fines topped out in 2005
New falling motor-crime figures for 2005 published by the UK Ministry of Justice (MoJ? MinJ?) could be interpreted in a number of ways.
Biofuels make poor people even poorer
European targets for use of biofuels will make life worse for some of the poorest people on the planet, according to a report from charity Oxfam.
Nokia and Vodafone music services go live
Nokia is today launching its Music Store service on two handsets - the N81 and N95.
Tycoon to offer $760m for affordable orbital launch
Vegas property tycoon Robert Bigelow has always been aware of the main problem besetting his plan to sell cheap inflatable space habitats in orbit - he can build them, but no one can afford to come.
Samsung glass breakthrough to slash LCD TV prices?
Samsung scientists have figured out how to make LCD panels from ordinary glass plates, the company announced yesterday. If the process is put into production, it could dramatically reduce the costs of LCD screens for laptops and TVs.
Asus intros 'quietest' HD DVD drive
Asus has launched an add-in HD DVD drive for PCs, pitching the product as a quietest of its kind - handy for folk building living-room systems.
How just thinking about terrorism became illegal
"A proposal to scan suspect hard drives causes unease in [Germany]," read a recent frontpage story in the Los Angeles Times. Positioned boldly above the fold, the reporter and editors recognized the potential keen interest in anything having to do with the implementation of snooping in "My Documents".
Texan boffin fixin' to make cheaper fuel cells
Just as it appears that hydrogen fuel-cell powered cars may be about to go mainstream, Texas-based researchers believe they have developed a way of producing automotive fuel cells more cheaply.
Police aim to stamp out virtual child abuse
UK authorities involved in the fight against child abuse are increasingly concerned about the depictions of child abuse in Second Life, the online virtual world.
T-Mobile Sidekick Slide messaging phone
ReviewWhenever the Sidekick is mentioned, the phrases “big in the States” and “Paris Hilton” inevitably follow. But, despite several attempts by T-Mobile to propel the Danger-designed device into the mainstream, it has so far failed to get Britain's youth ditching their Nokias and Walkman phones en masse.
X-Files movie sequel is go
The shoot of the second X-Files movie will kick off on 10 December in Vancouver, 20th Century Fox has announced.
Japanese officials in tables-turned GPS tracking rumpus
Normally, one expects any story about military-industrial-complex bureaucrats and hi-tech surveillance to involve the officials spying on someone else. Not today in Japan, though, as a plan seems to be afoot for defence ministry people to be tracked using GPS-enabled cellphones.
Ofcom's 0870 rip-off reforms stumble at the final hurdle
Ofcom has postponed long-scheduled new rules designed to clamp down on the non-geographic number rip-off, after it realised that its rules could scupper burglar alarms and monitoring systems for vulnerable people.
Privacy advos demand 'do not track list' for websites
A coalition of US privacy organisations has demanded the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) set up a "do not track" list to allow consumers to surf the web without having their behaviour monitored, warehoused, and mined by marketeers.
Germany rolls out ePassport II - it's fingerprinting good!
Germany is switching over to the second generation of ePassport passports, with the addition of fingerprint biometrics. Fingerprints become mandatory in June 2009*, and according to NXP, which supplies the chips for the passports, it will be the first country in the world "to introduce second-generation ePassports with enhanced security."
Star formation? All a bit of a wind up
UK astronomers have discovered that the material flowing out of newborn stars contains a coiled, spring-shaped magnetic field.
Domino's pizza prices may rise
The staple diet of cook-phobic carboholics is about to become more expensive, as pizza-peddler Domino's has warned the cost of ingredients is rocketing.
Lenovo ditches IBM from ThinkPad early
Lenovo, the desktop maker formerly known as IBM, is celebrating a solid set of quarterly results by announcing it will drop IBM's logo from its Think brand two years early.
Acer and HP patent rumble rumbles on
A patent dispute between two of the world's top computer vendors continued apace yesterday, with Acer confirming that it planned to once again counter sue Hewlett-Packard (HP).
Half-petaflop IBM BlueGene supercomputer plan announced
IBM will provide extra processing power to the US Department of Energy (DOE)'s Argonne National Lab, quintupling Argonne's power to 556 trillion floating point operations per second (teraflops)by using Blue Gene/P supercomputer tech.
Docklands train runs off without operator
The Docklands Light Railway is designed to work without a driver, but it does have a "Passenger Service Agent" on board to operate the doors, check tickets, and sort out possible problems.
Virgin Media downed by Manchester arsonists
A suspected arson at a Manchester electricity substation left thousands of Virgin Media customers in the North West without TV and broadband for several hours overnight.
IBM launches $1.5bn IT security push
IBM has launched a major push to grow its presence in the information security market. The initiative is centered around two particular areas - compliance and content control - and weaves together technologies from recent IBM acquisitions Internet Security Systems (ISS) and Watchfire with technologies developed inhouse, many related to its Tivoli systems management arm.
Web 2.0 - carry on, don't lose your job
The IT industry is masterful at recycling old concepts under new names. Web 2.0's transition from the mass market to the enterprise is a case in point.
Met Police guilty in de Menezes case
The Metropolitan Police was today found guilty of breaching Health and Safety legislation in the incident which led to the death by shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes in July 2005.
IEEE powerline networking group selects HomePlug AV
The IEEE has moved a step closer to establishing the HomePlug AV brand of powerline Ethernet networking as the basis for a future mains networking standard. But its adoption is not yet a certainty.
Irish man rescued after falling for 419 scam
An Irish man who was kidnapped after falling for an email fraud scam was rescued when police raided a hotel in the capital of Ghana where he was being held captive.
Ubuntu laptop clan trapped in hard drive hell
The Ubuntu operating system has been charged with crimes against hard drives. A number of users have complained this week about the OS (7.04/7.10) forcing drives to spin up and down at an unnatural rate due to some very aggressive power management features. According to Ubuntu wizards, however, this is a firmware/BIOS issue and not the OS's fault.
Laggard Apple lets Leopard virtualize
Apple has tweaked its Mac OS X Server software license for Leopard, allowing the operating system to run legally in a virtual environment for the first time.
Mandriva bigwig (nearly) accuses Ballmer of b-word
Mandriva CEO François Bancilhon has asked Steve Ballmer what it feels like to look at himself in the mirror.
HP accelerates server accelerator effort
Not content to rely on the computing muscle supplied by Intel and AMD, HP has upped its focus on server accelerators. The hardware maker today announced a new program aimed right at incorporating things such as floating point boosters into its machines.
DARPA selects 11 robotic grunts to take driver's license test
DARPA applied a firm hand when narrowing down the list of robot vehicles that can take place in the weekend's $3.5m Urban Challenge. The organization - an arm of the US Defense Department - has deemed only 11 out of 35 competing teams as worthy to take place in the final event.
Irish jobs safe following HP plant closure
No jobs are expected to be lost as a result of Hewlett-Packard's decision to close its Clonskeagh facility in Ireland, the company said.
NASA delays space station repair to ponder tear
NASA is delaying a risky spacewalk to repair a torn solar wing panel on the International Space Station.
Leap Wireless gives MetroPCS the cold shoulder
MetroPCS, the cheapo US cell phone operator, doesn't want to buy Leap Wireless anymore - because it can't get its takeover target to talk turkey. In September, MetroPCS made an unsolicited bid for its smaller rival, saying the combo would become a new national wireless carrier, covering 200 local US markets. Backtracking today, the cellco noted:
Google succumbs to German cybersquatter's advances (maybe)
Google may have reached an agreement with the German network administrator who tried to strong-arm the company into giving him a job. Or maybe not.
Cisco borgs Securent for $100m
Cisco is dipping into loose change to buy Securent, a Silicon Valley data security startup, for $100m cash.