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CodeGear bets on Application Factories to transform JBuilder

CodeGear is betting on something called Application Factories to distinguish its Eclipse-based JBuilder developer suite from the rest of the Java tools herd. Application Factories will be part of JBuilder 2008, now going into beta, and be "a major leap in development paradigm" according to CodeGear principal architect Ravi Kumar - as if we had not heard such things a thousand times before.
Tim Anderson, 03 Dec 2007

Remembering the CDC 6600

This Old BoxThis Old Box You smell that? That's the tangy aroma of aging silicon, cigarettes and loneliness. This week we're traveling back to the 1960s to look at one of the crown jewels of the high performance computing world. You'll notice that — Hey! Don't touch that. Has Jean Claude Van Damme's Time Cop taught you nothing about tooling with the past?!
Austin Modine, 03 Dec 2007

New mobile app to track carbon footprints

Irish mobile operators have welcomed the introduction of a new application to allow mobile users to track their own carbon footprint.
Emmet Ryan, 03 Dec 2007

Bluetooth marketing window could be shut

A window of opportunity for marketing by Bluetooth technology that opened in October could be closed once more, the UK Government has said.
OUT-LAW.COM, 03 Dec 2007

No Fusion illumination for Oracle users

Customers' opinion of Oracle's licensing has hit a new low in the UK while the company's Fusion plans remain a mystery to half of its users - notably developers, who'll be on the sharp end of implementing Fusion-based software.
Gavin Clarke, 03 Dec 2007

Laptop power cranks up a gear

There’s never really been a reliable way of losing weight and saving the planet - and certaintly not one that works while you're sat working at your desk. Until now - a Spanish Polytechnic has invented a laptop that runs on a miniature bicycle.
James Sherwood, 03 Dec 2007

Capita targets SMEs after public sector losses

Capita Group has spat out a bullish 2008 forecast and said private sector deals had pushed up the value of new contracts to £1.89bn for the year, an increase of 38 per cent on 2006. It said in a trading statement that despite corporate and government spending being squeezed, it was confident opportunities would increase at the IT outsourcing firm.
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Dec 2007

Intel 'Penryn' Core 2 Extreme QX9770 and X48 chipset

2007's Top Products2007's Top Products Intel has been busy sending out a batch of 'Penryn' Core 2 Extreme QX9770 processors to every tech site in the known universe, and if you take a look at some of the reviews that have popped up you’ll spot a common theme. The QX9770 is the first desktop processor to run on a 1600MHz frontside bus (FSB) but right now there are no desktop chipsets that support this new speed.
Leo Waldock, 03 Dec 2007

Blu-ray widens US disc sales lead

Blu-ray Disc player owners bought more discs during the US Thanksgiving holiday period than their HD DVD-owning counterparts did, numbers from market watcher Nielsen VideoScan reveal.
Tony Smith, 03 Dec 2007
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MI5 warns over China hacking menace

MI5 has warned UK businesses of the threat posed by state-sponsored Chinese hackers. The UK security service has sent an advisory to banks and law firms warning them to guard against attack from "Chinese state organisations".
John Leyden, 03 Dec 2007

Sellers price up 8GB Eee PC

Even though the 4GB version of Asus' elfin Eee PC isn't exactly easy to get hold of, some system sellers have started taking advance orders for the as-yet-unreleased 8GB model.
Tony Smith, 03 Dec 2007

Home Sec: Tasers could become standard police kit

The UK Home Secretary has said Taser electric shock stunguns "could become standard equipment" for British police officers.
Lewis Page, 03 Dec 2007

Dell marries WPP in big ads push

Dell has climbed into bed with ad agency WPP in an estimated $100m a year deal that will bring the computer giant's global marketing, advertising, and communications ventures under one group. WPP will set up a separate company to deal exclusively with Dell, while the computer maker will see its sprawling PR empire, currently spread across some 800 firms, simplified.
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Dec 2007

Nokia N95 update speeds apps with virtual memory

Nokia has posted a software update for its N95 handset which, it claimed, makes the "multimedia computer" load applications more quickly and play music for three more hours on a single battery charge.
Tony Smith, 03 Dec 2007

Facebook founder loses court battle to keep personal data offline

Mark Zuckerberg has been given a taste of his own medicine: his personal information is being plastered all over the web forever. The Facebook boss has failed in a court bid to gag a magazine that published data including drunken extracts from his college diary and his social security number.
Christopher Williams, 03 Dec 2007

ID sales sites start loss leader marketing programme

The Information Commissioners' in-tray got a little bigger today as it confirmed it would be investigating a series of ID trading sites unearthed by journalists.
Joe Fay, 03 Dec 2007

Bought some uranium ore? You'll need the anal douche, then

NSFWNSFW We're obliged this chilly Monday to reader Arthur Chance for alerting us to the agreeable fact that Amazon.com is doing a nice line in discounted uranium ore.
Lester Haines, 03 Dec 2007

Best Buy kicks out misbehaving Geek Squaders

A number of porn-obsessed Geek Squaders have come unstuck following a US-wide internal investigation by computer retail giant Best Buy. The firm mounted the inquiry after the Consumerist.com published a video sting operation which caught a Best Buy employee stealing nudie pictures and MP3s from their computer.
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Dec 2007

NASA pondering electro-hypersonic jet boosters

NASA will revisit an engineering technique which could solve many of the problems associated with hypersonic flight, according to reports. The research might offer genuinely re-usable space launch vehicles, among other benefits.
Lewis Page, 03 Dec 2007

UK justice ministry investigates non-updating of PNC

The UK Justice Secretary has launched a nationwide investigation into how the court system updates the Police National Computer after a review earlier this year threw up flaws in the process.
Joe Fay, 03 Dec 2007

Dear customer: you owe us $211 trillion

Most of us know what it's like to receive one of those "your account is £X overdrawn and unless we get the cash by noon tomorrow we're going to sell your kids for scientific experiments and break your mother's arms and legs" letters, so spare a thought for Joe Martins of Cobb County, Georgia, who was rather surprised to learn that he owed Wachovia Bank a cool $211 trillion - 70 times the entire US federal budget.
Lester Haines, 03 Dec 2007

Welcome to the El Reg bumper demographic survey

Long-term Reg aficionados will be aware that roughly once a year we nag you, our beloved readership, into completing a demographic survey the better to understand just who's popping on down to the site, their likes and dislikes, and how we can improve The Register.
Team Register, 03 Dec 2007

MS Word edit history snares Scottish Labour on donations

Scottish Labour chief Wendy Alexander stands on the shakiest of political ground today after her leadership campaign became further embroiled in the escalating donations scandal over the weekend. If she is forced to fall on her claymore for accepting an illegal £950 from a tax exile, she'll have long the Scottish winter to rue the apparent lack of IT savvy in her office.
Christopher Williams, 03 Dec 2007

Public says no to ID cards, No2ID says 'starve the beast!'

No2ID has launched a new campaign of civil disobedience* against ID cards, as a new poll shows that for the first time, opponents of the cards outnumber supporters. The poll - carried out by YouGov for the Daily Telegraph, shows 48 per cent against versus 43 per cent for.
John Lettice, 03 Dec 2007

Apple iPhones offered up for hire

Want to try out Apple's iPhone but are put off by the price? Hop over to German company Erento's UK site and you'll be able to rent one. Though at £29 a day, it's almost as pricey a proposition as a purchase.
Tony Smith, 03 Dec 2007

Mozilla rubbishes IE Firefox security study

Mozilla developers have hit back at a Microsoft study that suggests Internet Explorer is more secure than Firefox. The study, Internet Explorer and Firefox Vulnerability Analysis, is based on a comparison between the number and severity of security updates issued for IE and Firefox since the release of Firefox in November 2004.
John Leyden, 03 Dec 2007

Galileo funding finally agreed

The transport ministers of the European Union nations managed to reach agreement regarding the Galileo sat nav project on Friday, following Byzantine porkbarrel manoeuvres and an eleventh-hour spanner in the works from Spain. Galileo is now fully funded and can move forward.
Lewis Page, 03 Dec 2007

Gibson plugs in self-tuning roboguitar

Legendary guitar manufacturer Gibson is reporting plenty of interest in its self-tuning Robot Guitar.
Lester Haines, 03 Dec 2007

Microsoft's sex-obsessed RoboSanta spouts filth at children

UpdatedUpdated Disturbing news has reached our Yuletide youthful innocence bunker that Microsoft's new artificial intelligence-powered Santa bot is subjecting the world's children to an unprecendented torrent of filth. Reg reader Iain blew the whistle on the foul-mouthed software after his nieces - just 11 and 13 years old - were drawn into a chat about oral sex.
Christopher Williams, 03 Dec 2007

Samsung readies 'fastest' graphics memory

Samsung will next year put GDDR 5 into mass production, it said today after announcing 6Gb/s 512Mb chips based on the graphics memory spec.
Tony Smith, 03 Dec 2007

Microsoft wireless keyboards crypto cracked

Security researchers have cracked the rudimentary encryption used in a range of popular wireless keyboards.
John Leyden, 03 Dec 2007

Beeb coughs to Panorama WiFi-scare travesty

The BBC has admitted that the infamous Panorama programme in which Beeb investigators boosted public hysteria regarding health dangers around Wi-Fi in schools was "misleading". The BBC's Editorial Complaints Unit (ECU) found against Panorama chiefs in a recent ruling.
Lewis Page, 03 Dec 2007

LiveJournal flogged to Russians

San Francisco blogware firm Six Apart has offloaded LiveJournal, the fiesty community it bought only two years ago, to the Russian media group SUP.
Christopher Williams, 03 Dec 2007
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Pedophile gets 110 years in MySpace extortion scheme

A 33-year-old North Carolina man has been sentenced to 110 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges that he terrorized more than 100 underage girls by hacking into MySpace accounts and extorting nude pictures from them.
Dan Goodin, 03 Dec 2007
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XBRL could learn from XML's success - Bray

Supporters of extensible business reporting language (XBRL), the proposed standard for electronic filing of financial information, need to learn lessons from the development of the Web if they want to promote it successfully. Tim Bray, Sun Microsystems' director of Web technologies and one of the original architects of extensible mark-up language (XML), told Register Developer this would be his main message to the XBRL conference in Vancouver this week.
Phil Manchester, 03 Dec 2007

Google officially quashes PageRank passing

Google has officially proclaimed that it doesn't like webmasters trying to hawk their lofty PageRank status to other sites.
Cade Metz, 03 Dec 2007

What’s in a name, asks Bodog founder Calvin Ayre

The strange and underreported case of 1st Technology v. Bodog continued its legal sojourn this week with another response by 1st Technology to the gambling giant's continued claims of ownership to its one-time domains, such as Bodog.com. The case, in which 1st Technology has managed to wrest at least temporary control over internet domains previously owned and operated by Bodog, has drawn little attention from outside the gambling industry, even though the litigation involves thorny and unsettled issues of trademark law.
Burke Hansen, 03 Dec 2007
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IT departments poised to fly past airlines on CO2 emissions

Carbon emissions from computing looks set to overtake aviation, a UK environmental charity claimed today. According to Global Action Plan, IT now accounts for 10 per cent of energy consumption in the UK.
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Dec 2007

LogLogic eyes new CEO Sueltz as IPO propeller

Seasoned software whiz Pat Suetlz has turned up as LogLogic's new CEO.
Ashlee Vance, 03 Dec 2007

TJX agrees to pay banks $41m to cover Visa losses

TJX, the US retailing giant, has agreed to reimburse banks nearly $41m in losses stemming from the theft of as many as 100 million credit- and debit-card accounts in the world's largest data breach.
Dan Goodin, 03 Dec 2007
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Activision and Vivendi Games merge into Activision Blizzard

Early Sunday, a surprising and still yet-to-be-approved merger between Activision and Vivendi Games was announced.
Austin Modine, 03 Dec 2007