13th > December > 2007 Archive
Terry Pratchett has Alzheimer's
Terry Pratchett has been diagnosed with a rare form of early onset Alzheimer's, as he announced yesterday with a post to the web. The best-selling author of the Discworld fantasy books is 59 years-old.
Canadian cable giant slips Yahoo! name onto Google home page
Rogers Communications, the Canadian cable and telcoms giant, has slapped the Yahoo! name onto the Google home page. And Google isn't too happy about it.
Facebook takes the Captcha rap
From time to time we capture word verification silliness for posterity. It's been a while, but we've got another for you, this time from Facebook - and this time it ain't so silly.
AMD's CrossFire X to enable integrated, discrete GPU co-operation
AMD announced in May year that its upcoming M780 laptop chipset will allow the user to switch between a discrete graphics chip and an integrated one on the fly. The technology is expected to be included in desktop chipsets too, but not for power saving. Instead, it'll use both GPUs at once.
New European Patent Convention kicks off
The revised European Patent Convention (EPC) finally came into effect today – nearly a decade after it was first agreed that an overhaul of the system was needed.
eBay to appeal patent decision
Online auctioneer eBay is to appeal a US court decision relating to its patent dispute with MercExchange.
M&S ties up managed services deal with Computacenter
Computacenter Services has won a £19m managed IT contract with UK retail behemoth Marks & Spencer (M&S).
Knickerless celebutards: the secure data centre connection
The champagne corks are popping this morning down at Vulture Central because, after years of trying, we've finally found a rock-solid link between IT and knickerless celebutards:
IT errors continue to plague EU single payments scheme
The Rural Payments Agency still has plenty to do to resolve the IT difficulties it experienced in implementing the EU Single Payment Scheme.
Toshiba tech paves way for 100Gb Flash chips
Toshiba has developed what it believes will be a key component of Flash chips capable of storing 100Gb of data. Unfortunately, you're going to have to wait four more generations of Flash technology to get it.
AMD ATI Radeon HD 3850 graphics chip
ReviewThe AMD ATI Radeon HD 3850 uses the same chip as the HD 3870 with the core and memory clock speeds reduced from 775MHz and 2250MHz to 668MHz and 1650MHz. But the really big difference is the 600MHz gap in the memory speed because AMD has chosen to run the 3850 on 256MB of GDDR 3 while the 3870 gets 512MB of the Full Monty GDDR 4.
Nokia wins in Qualcomm case
Nokia has won a limited victory in its long-running court battle with Qualcomm.
Drink-drive chain gang obliged to bury dead alcoholics
Our Arizona readers who are thinking of getting behind the wheel after a few liveners are advised not to do it in Maricopa County, where you could end up on a chain gang, dressed in pink and burying deceased alcoholics for your trouble.
Greenpeace slams next-gen consoles
Eco-lobbyist Greenpeace is on a mission to upset the gaming industry, because consoles are apparently upsetting the environment. It’s ranked the Wii as the least environmentally friendly console, compared to the PS3 and Xbox 360.
Opera hits Microsoft with EC complaint
Opera is complaining to the European Commission that Microsoft is continuing to abuse its dominant position by tying its browser to its operating system and by not following web protocols.
Ordnance Survey rescues rural towns from juggernauts
Killjoys at the Ordnance Survey are to direct heavy goods vehicle drivers away from narrow country lanes and high streets, depriving rural residents of the most fun they've had since fox hunting was banned.
Fasthosts primes another password reset
Punch drunk Fasthosts customers are set to be hit with a third compulsory password reset next week, as the budget web hosting company scrambles to cope with a major security breach.
Northgate looks to private equity
UK HR software firm Northgate said late yesterday that it was in possible takeover talks with an unnamed private equity group.
Test your liver... with your phone
If you’re worried that your liver could be in for some punishment this Christmas, then don’t. Just reach for your mobile phone and check its health on the fly.
Brown quizzed on gov IT failures
Prime Minister Gordon Brown admitted this morning that the government has "a long way to go" to a coherent IT strategy.
Budget HD DVD player to include even more free discs
Venturer's anticipated cut-price HD DVD player will, for a brief period, come effectively half price, the manufacturer announced today.
Retailers: Xbox 360 to win next-gen console war
Retailers think the Xbox 360 is most likely to win the next generation console war, but they're still pi**ed with the ongoing Wii shortage, according to a survey.
Geminids warm up for annual light show
This year's Geminid meteor shower looks set to be a good 'un for European stargazers, with hopefully clear skies coupled with a slim waxing crescent Moon offering ideal conditions for the lightshow.
Cisco punts buzzword bingo 'OS'
Cisco says it is cooking up something called an "entertainment operating system" from second-hand bits of social networks, TV set-top box software, and a big blast of hot air.
Code morpher Transitive dives into Red Hat Exchange
Red Hat added a peculiar name to its Exchange software store by picking up OS morphing code from Transitive.
MEPs slate EU's terror assault on our data rights
The European Parliament has condemned the EU's fondness for collecting personal information, mining and generating profiles in a resolution slamming the EU and national governments' approach to fighting terrorism.
NeoScale web man posts Better Off Dead invoice
Think of it as the technology world's equivalent of the Better Off Dead newspaper boy hunting down his $2.
Ofcom puts digital dividend on the auction block
Communications regulator Ofcom has confirmed it will auction off all the spectrum freed up by the switchover to digital services.
Flash-based iPlayer is go
UK Linux and Mac fanboys can afford to turn a lighter shade of puce today, as the BBC has opened the shutters on the Flash-based version of iPlayer, its seven day TV catch-up service.
Canadian runs up $85,000 mobe bill
A Calgary man who mistakenly believed that a $10 "unlimited mobile browser plan" would enable him to surf the internet with impunity, "downloading high-definition movies and other bandwidth-hungry applications", was slapped with an $85,000 bill for his trouble.
Nokia to turn cameraphones into foreign food finders
Nokia has developed prototype cameraphone applications that’ll not only make ordering dinner from foreign restaurant menus easier, but which also promises to take window shopping online.
Laughing Squid squirts ink at Best Buy
Best Buy has sent a snivelling apology to bloggers at Laughing Squid after it wrongly accused the website of promoting t-shirts that parody the firm.
Jackass 2.5 to premiere online
The world's first "studio-backed broadband film" - Jackass 2.5 - will later this month premiere online, bypassing a traditional cinema release.
Privacy storm descends on Dutch health care database
The Dutch Data Protection Authority is investigating claims that a medical database set up by health insurance companies reveals details about nearly every Dutch citizen.
Dell parks itself in PC superstores across Europe
DSGi has inked a fat pan-European deal with Dell to punt the firm's notebooks and desktops in stores across 12 countries including the UK.
Dismantling a Religion: The EFF's Faith-Based Internet
The Electronic Frontier Foundation likes to portray the internet as under attack. But the activist group is doing more to imperil its future than any of its favourite targets.
AMD to experts: Experts don't know jack
Sometimes, experts don't know what they're talking about. Just ask AMD, which over the past 12 months has had to endure second-guessing from financial analysts and industry pundits about slumping market share, a string of financial losses, and costly distribution and design gaffes.