15th > February > 2008 Archive
SGI tears up couch to buy Linux Networx assets
With a bankruptcy behind it, SGI has decided to go ahead and start expanding again by purchasing Linux Networx's "core assets."
Free-spending Brocade dinged in Q1
Brocade's profits took a beating during its first fiscal quarter of 2008, as the company's legal fees and lossy investments gave revenues a once-over.
Euro Blu-ray movie sales reach 2.37m discs
Blu-ray Disc pre-recorded media sales have sailed past the two-and-a-quarter million mark in Europe, the format's promotional body said this week.
Sadville insecurity invites pickpockets
This story was updated to correct information about how QuickTime vulnerabilities are exploited in Second Life. An option for viewing media must first be selected.
Pr0n baron challenges Google and Yahoo! to build better child locks
The world's largest porn studio says that Google and Yahoo! should "erect stronger barriers" to keep porn away from the world's children.
5,000 NHS records vanish with latest lost laptop
A laptop containing medical records for more than 5,000 people has been lost by a hospital near Dudley.
The death of the mobile phone tower?
Mobile World CongressWhile they sneer at people who flock to weeping statues, the British middle class may be the most superstitious people on the planet. But at least one object of their irrational fears, the mobile phone mast, may be on its way out.
Eugene Kaspersky and the KGB man that never was
The Guardian has apologised to Eugene Kaspersky after mistakingly naming the anti-virus guru as a former KGB officer.
OnlineTV recorder TVCatchup.com shut down
The plug has been pulled on TVCatchup.com, a legally questionable web-based personal video recorder service, that allowed users to hoard UK TV shows online for free.
NASA issues revised 2008 shuttle launch schedule
NASA yesterday issued a revised set of dates for 2008 shuttle launches after a meeting to "evaluate options following the STS-122 [Atlantis] mission delay", the agency reports.
Jane Fonda c-word slip shocks US
Middle America is none to pleased with veteran thespiatrix Jane Fonda who yesterday entertained viewers of NBC's Today show with "a four-letter word for female genitalia".
Web browsers on the front line of exploitation
Cybercriminals are stepping up their efforts to exploit vulnerabilities in web browsers to spread malware using drive-by download techniques.
Enraged vegan spitroasts Reg hack
FoTWIt was sort of inevitable really, but our recent revelation that vegetarians are in fact nothing more than fanatical, self-deceiving, protein-starved perversions of nature provoked a rather angry response from one Rachel Astill-Dunseith:
Tiscali and BPI go to war over 'three strikes' payments
ExclusiveTiscali, the UK's fourth largest broadband provider, implemented a "three strikes" arrangement with the record industry to disconnect illegal filesharers last summer, The Register can reveal.
Copyright levy under EU spotlight
The European Commission is to consult on whether to change the current controversial surcharge on devices or storage media which can hold music or video.
Bank scammers scammed, says security researcher
Many of the people behind identity theft scams are themselves having data stolen from them in the process, a security researcher has revealed.
Mole claims Toshiba to terminate HD DVD
Is Toshiba about to fall on its sword and announce the demise of HD DVD? That's certainly what one report citing an unnamed mole within the HD DVD camp is claiming, even though Toshiba itself is having none of it.
Wheels come off Paris Hilton movie vehicle
Highly-talented she may be, but movie fans have managed to completely resist the temptation to enjoy Paris Hilton's charms in The Hottie and the Nottie, released last week to virtually empty theatres and less-than-flattering reviews.
Buffalo launches 'most capacious' pocket hard drive
If you sometimes tell ladies that you’ve got the world’s biggest one in your trousers, you’ll now be able to say it without lying. Storage manufacturer Buffalo has launched a 500GB pocket hard drive, which it claims is the world’s most capacious unit of its kind.
BT gets EU backing to raise (and cut) wholesale broadband prices
European regulators have backed a move by Ofcom to drop regulations that force BT to offer competitors fixed-price wholesale broadband nationwide.
Nokia 7900 Prism
ReviewBig brother to the Prism 7500, the somewhat sinister and Darth Vader-esque Prism 7900 is the next step in Nokia's campaign to convince us that visual style should be the primary driving force when it comes to buying a mobile phone.
PS3 won't beat Wii until 2011, forecasts analyst
This year will see another gruelling sales showdown between the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 as they battle it for hardcore gamers' cash. However, the PS3 is eventually expected to become the dominant console.
Atos goes back to black
Atos Origin dragged its bottom line back into the black in 2007, although the consulting arm of its business saw revenue fall by more than 11 per cent.
Bush orders US Navy to shoot down rogue spy sat
The US Navy will attempt to shoot down a malfunctioning American spy satellite before it falls to Earth, the Pentagon has confirmed. The plan has been approved by President George Bush, citing concern over toxic hydrazine fuel aboard the spacecraft. However, a top analyst has suggested the US is actually worried about secret technology winding up for sale on the web.
Map paints gloomy picture of world's oceans
A new global map compiled by analysing 17 different factors including fishing, global warming and pollution has revealed that 40 per cent of the world's oceans are heavily affected by human activities, while just a small percentage of seawater has completely escaped the effects of man's heavy hand.
Cisco plugs VoIP malware loophole
Cisco rushed out a brace of security updates on Thursday to defend against potentially dangerous exploits via its VoIP kit, including the possibility of malicious code being injected into vulnerable networks.
Man takes old iPhone box, builds film camera
Most iPhone owners probably just chucked the handset's box in the bin seconds after leaving the shop. Not designer Scot Hampton - instead, he turned Apple's packaging into a film camera.
LiMo Foundation touts real mobile Linux
Mobile World CongressThe LiMo foundation delivered a clear snub to Google's Android this week as it announced 18 handsets running its version of Linux at Mobile World Congress this week.
EU commissioner backs record biz on copyright extensions
European internal markets commissioner Charlie McCreevy has thrown his weight behind the long-running record industry campaign to extend copyright protection for sound recordings.
US woman orders $150k cloned pitbull terrier
Korean cloning outfit RNL Bio has taken its first order for a cloned dog - a copy of a deceased pitbull terrier called Booger whose Californian owner was so attached to her mutt she's willing to stump $150,000 for the privilege.
Bray recalls team XML
10th birthday interviewIn an industry characterized by cold logic and technology, the contributions of real people often get lost.
Red Hat sports BlackTie challenge to BEA's Tuxedo
Like an old lover unable to let go, Red Hat celebrated Valentine's week fixated on past obsession BEA Systems and that company's new beau, Oracle.
Critics chuck MS 'friendly worm' plan on the compost heap
UpdatedMicrosoft boffins are researching the possible benefits of distributing software patches or other content using the same techniques as computer worms. The mechanism, part of a fundamental research project rather than product development work, aims to reduce the load on servers handling content distribution functions including database maintenance, and streaming broadcasting and patching.
Court lifts lid on Saudi terror threat claim
UK-headquartered BAE Systems faces the risk that a Serious Fraud Office investigation into its dealings - said to have been personally halted in 2006 by Tony Blair citing "national security" concerns - might be reopened.
Sumvision shinks the iPod Touch... sort of
Portable Media Player (PMP) manufacturer Sumvision has designed an iPod Touch-type player that likewise provides a host of multimedia features, but in a smaller shell and for a more pocketable price.
Unlocking the iPhone for pleasure and profit... revisited
After months with my unlocked iPhone still running firmware 1.0.2, the arrival of Zibri's ZiPhone tool persuaded me to try an upgrade. I'm glad I did - I now have an unlocked 1.1.3 iPhone.
BBC to put shows on iTunes 'next week'
The BBC's commercial arm is expected to announce a deal to distribute shows via the iTunes video store next week.
Wal-Mart blogger claims retailer will ditch HD DVD
Wal-Mart has apparently decided to follow Best Buy and Netflix and only offer its customers Blu-ray Disc products in future.
Web startups crumble under Amazon S3 outage
Amazon Web Services was struck by a temporary outage today, dragging the thousands of web sites which rely on its hosted storage down with it.
Secret printer ID codes may breach EU privacy laws
A little-noticed system that allows printed documents to be tracked by government agents has gotten the attention of the EU Commissioner for Justice Freedom and Security, who says the technology may violate EU human rights guarantees.
Sun turns to Neil Diamond for Amazon utility 'killer'
Here's Sun Microsystems. Ahead of the curve with utility computing? Check. Interested in gaining the business of today's internet companies? Big check. Full of server-side software skills? Check. Behind Amazon.com of all companies in actually putting these things together as a product or service companies can buy? Yep.