14th > February > 2008 Archive


Dell in datacenter-servicing three-way

Dell will accept any old reason for jumping onto its data center service wagons and sniffing around your machinery.

Sony Ericsson: why we chose Windows

Mobile World Congress Why has Sony Ericsson 'succumbed' to Microsoft? The way the company's CTO Mats Lindoff explained it to us, is that you can't crack the US market without it. He was giving El Reg a glimpse into the future.
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Internet s&x auction ends in pregnancy, legal feud

Nobody could have predicted that the plans of a woman in Germany to auction herself online for anonymous sex with six different men could go wrong. Even the noblest of intentions have their ways.
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EU waves through downloads tax reform (in 2015)

The European Commission's reform of VAT on internet-delivered services such as software, ringtones and music has been adopted and will take effect from 2015.
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Dimension Data to fill its H1 boots

Dimension Data has declared it is on course to deliver healthy first half results, despite seeing slightly slower growth than last year.

Sony sells 1m PS3s in UK

How many weeks does it take to sell a million PS3s in the UK? According to the latest industry figures, just 46 weeks.

Murdoch could save Yahoo! from Microsoft!

!!!!! Rupert Murdoch is in talks with Yahoo! aimed at fending off the hostile takeover by Microsoft.
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Mozilla 2 promises big change

The beta 3 version of Firefox 3, released this week, will probably be the last version of the browser based on the original Mozilla platform, celebrating its tenth anniversary next week. Work is already underway on a revamp of Firefox's underlying platform - Mozilla.
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Space-bubble Bigelow looking to buy fifty Atlas Vs

The main questions people ask about Vegas property billionaire Robert Bigelow and his huge-inflatable-satellite-habitat plans are: can the man really be serious? Sure, fire a couple of test space-balloons into orbit on (relatively) cheap Russian rockets, he's done that. But will he really put up full-size inhabitable models? And will he ever really get people up there?
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Rendition lawsuit against Boeing subsidiary tossed

The American judicial system handed another victory to executive power today, as a federal court judge in San Jose threw out a lawsuit filed against Boeing subsidiary Jeppesen for its involvement in the CIA's extraordinary rendition program. The lawsuit concerned five individuals who claimed to have been kidnapped by the CIA and then transported by Jeppesen to third countries, where they were subjected to torture, far from the glare of the western media.
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HMRC gets Airwave comms network

HM Revenue and Customs has signed up to use the emergency services' digital communications network.
Kablenet, 14 2008
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Suicidal moose descends on Alaska

You might say it was raining cats and moose. Minus the cats.
Cade Metz, 14 2008
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The future of the SIM hangs by a single wire

Mobile World Congress SIM manufacturers still have some of the largest stands here at Mobile World Congress, but not as big as last year and with a lot less to show on them. Now the industry is betting that proximity payments will be their future, and if they're wrong there'll be a lot of empty space here in Barcelona come 2009.
Bill Ray, 14 2008

Lenovo ThinkPad T61

Review When the world ends in a nuclear glow or a flood of melted icecaps, the final remaining life will be bacteria in the vents of undersea volcanoes and the last piece of technology to give up the ghost will surely be a ThinkPad.

HDMI add-on adds HDMI to HDMI-less Xbox 360s

Unless your Xbox 360 is an Elite model, then your console won't have an HDMI point for a direct digital connection to an HD TV. However, now you can odd one yourself. Manufacturer MadCatz has launched an HDMI conversion kit for the console.

HP pays off reporters it spied on

HP has paid off some of the journalists it was accused of spying on in 2006.
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Oz teen elephant pregnancy sparks protests

Animals rights groups are none too pleased that Sydney's Taronga zoo has allowed a nine-year-old Asian elephant to get up the duff a full two years before what they consider is the captive pachyderm age of consent.
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Star Trek XI release knocked back to 2009

Paramount Pictures has announced it has knocked back the release of Star Trek XI from 25 December this year to 8 May 2009, on the grounds that "the pic's gross potential is greater as a summer tentpole", as Variety puts it.
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John Clare surprised at DSG raids

The former boss of Dixons Store Group International (DSGI) says he was surprised at the European Commission raids on retailers earlier this week.
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Big Climate's strange 'science'

Comment I had to chuckle to myself reading a letter here at The Register, recently.
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Blighty might have astronauts in future, says UK gov

The UK government is to reconsider the idea of British astronauts, after deciding 22 years ago that there would be none.
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Microsoft swoops into schools to teach P2P morality

Teenage intellectual property (IP) law swotters are less likely to illegally download music and film files from the internet than their clueless counterparts, Microsoft claimed yesterday.

Price, not format war fears, holds back Blu-ray, says survey

Toshiba has judged its HD DVD strategy correctly, according to consumer research from price comparison service Pricegrabber. What's stopping punters picking Blu-ray Disc is not the risk of backing the loser in the format war as the high price of players.

Red Hat talks up JBoss middleware for enterprise

Tough talking is a way of life in the airline business, a sector over-stuffed with suppliers teetering on the brink of extinction, and with a reputation for costly and poor service.
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Microhoo! or YahSoft!? The! people! must! decide!

Reader poll The "will they, won't they?" Microsoft-Yahoo! cliffhanger has had the IT world on tenterhooks for a couple of weeks now, and planet Earth has temporarily stopped spinning on its axis in anticipation of the outcome of the marriage proposal from Redmond to the company! which! saved! the! exclamation! mark! from! extinction!
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Five set to resurrect Minder

TV channel Five is planning to resurrrect Arthur Daley for a small-screen return of classic series Minder, the BBC reports.

Major Linux security glitch lets hackers in at Claranet

A major security vulnerability in the Linux kernel, which was revealed on Sunday, has claimed its first confirmed UK victim in business ISP Claranet.
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Back to basics for SQL Server 2008

Project Watch: Microsoft 2008 When I asked: "How do we convert more than 12,000 location items - by hand?" we had almost completed the process as part of our move to Microsoft's up-coming SQL Server 2008. The question was, in fact, rhetorical. Nevertheless, we received a lot of advice and suggestions from Reg Dev readers. This, for example, from AlanGriffiths:

Xbox 360 console failure rate forecast at 16.4%

Your Xbox 360 has a 16.4 per cent chance of breaking down, according to an analysis of the Microsoft console’s failure rates by an electronics warranty trading firm.

Halo Master Chief armour offered on eBay

Imagine how impressed your friends would be when you rock up to a fancy dress party dressed just like Master Chief Petty Officer John-117, in a Spartan combat suit. Oh yes.

3Com deal back on track after Bain agrees concessions

3Com stock rose on Wednesday after private equity firm Bain Capital said it was prepared to make concessions to US legislators over its proposed buyout of the networking equipment firm.
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Google beats bugs from Android

Building on the momentum of the first demos of prototype Android handsets at the Mobile World Congress (MWC), the internet's favorite search engine has released a new version of the Android software development kit (SDK).

LG says laptop batteries safe despite 'billion to one' blast

LG Electronics will not recall a laptop battery of the model involved in the incineration of one of its notebooks last month. It said that independent testing laid the blame for the blaze elsewhere.
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Inventor promises bottle-o-wind car in a year. Again

French inventor Guy Negre, who has promoted his plan for air-powered cars for decades without significant success, says he has finally secured backing from a major motor manufacturer. Negre's small family design firm MDI has announced a partnership agreement with Indian car giant Tata, and excited reports have it that air-driven cars could be on sale within a year.
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Human rights group pleads for condemned Saudi 'witch'

Campaigning group Human Rights Watch has petitioned King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia to halt the execution by beheading of a "witch" who in 2006 was convicted of "witchcraft, recourse to jinn [supernatural beings], and slaughter of animals".

Guinness launches videogame record book

If you think eight hours a day sat in front of a computer screen is tough, try staring at a game of Space Invaders for over 38 hours. That’s just one of the historical gaming nuggets revealed in an edition of the Guinness World Records that’s devoted entirely to videogames.
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Google cheers anti-Comcast legislation

Just after Comcast copped to throttling P2P traffic, a new net neutrality bill appeared on Capitol Hill.
Cade Metz, 14 2008
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Legal attack dogs chase software pirates from eBay

Adobe and Symantec have unleashed legal attack dogs on nine individuals accused of selling pirated software on eBay.
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NetApp blames tightwad bankers for lower forecast

Network Appliance had a strong fiscal third quarter, but warns that current quarter revenue could suffer because banks are cutting orders.
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On the open source implications of Dell's rodent abuse

Radio Reg Does Dell making hamsters cry have anything at all to do with open source software? Not really. Still, the Open Season crew gathered for Episode 11 to draw any connection between Dell, rodent torture and open source code that we could.
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Lite-On factory fire threatens PC monitor biz

A fire at Lite-On's main flat-panel monitor factory in China could disrupt LCD display supplies across the PC industry.

Microsoft immune system rejects execs

It looks like Steve Ballmer is doing a little pre-spring cleaning.
Cade Metz, 14 2008
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SCO bags $100m to fight another day

It's Alive! SCO is bouncing back from Chapter 11 and taking itself private, thanks to the munificence of a private equity firm.