20th > February > 2008 Archive
US Supremes reject challenge to warrantless wiretapping
The US Supreme Court has refused to hear a challenge to the Bush Administration's warrantless wiretapping program.
Huge VAT fraud tab eclipses EU's age-old scams
Carousel and VAT fraud is far outstripping Europeans' traditional financial fiddles on EU funds, prompting MEPs to call on the European Commission to overhaul its anti-fraud operation to combat the problem.
UK PC maker launches three-core Phenom line
UK PC supplier Mesh has jumped the gun on AMD's official announcement and begun offering desktops based on the chip maker's three-core Phenom 8000-series processors.
O2 binds Bluebook SMS security bug
O2 has plugged a security hole that allowed customers to view text messages sent by other UK subscribers online.
Ricoh unwraps 10Mp digicam duo
Ricoh has unveiled two ten-megapixel cameras: a redesign to an earlier model and a brand-spanking new snapper.
Qualcomm and the real story behind Mobile World Congress
AnalysisThe story behind the story is always more interesting, somehow, than the story itself; and the story behind last week's Mobile World congress wasn't just the obvious stuff about backhaul capacity. Instead, people were mumbling furtively about piracy - intellectual piracy, that is. You know, like intellectual property, but acquired by devious means.
HD DVD firesale begins on eBay
eBay said today it expects to an increase in listings for HD DVD products following Toshiba's announcement yesterday that it is going to ditch its optical disc format.
Symantec Endpoint Security throws out error bugs
UpdateSymantec is working on a patch for a bug that generates errors in corporate security protection updates. Workarounds designed to quell the message storm are available but a more comprehensive fix is still in testing.
Intel brings forward tech for low-cost PCs
Intel has brought forward the launch of its 'Shelton' platform for budget-priced PCs, it has been claimed. Originally due in Q3, the technology for desktops and notebooks will now debut in May.
Sony sells $835m PS3 CPU plant to Toshiba
Sony today re-iterated its plan to sell its Cell processor chip factory to Toshiba, which will pay ¥90bn ($835m) for the facility.
Jedi to open Surrey academy
Wannabe Jedi Knights are advised to brush up on their lightsaber techniques, dust off their copy of the Jedi Handbook, and get down to Surrey, where two Star Wars aficionados have announced their intention to open a training centre dedicated to promoting the popular alternative religion.
Government 'lost' DNA data on 2,000 criminal suspects
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is the latest government institution facing humiliation over its inability to properly deal with sensitive data.
US man saved by bulletproof DVD
A South Carolina fire chief caught up in a scuffle for a gun had a close shave when a ricocheted bullet hit a DVD in his jacket pocket, saving him from a slug in the guts.
All aboard the WS-* standards express
Myths and legendsIt seems there is a disquieting trend in IT: concepts are getting steadily vaguer, and claims harder to verify.
Some firm named Unisys does something
Unisys. Unisys. Unisys. No, we can't quite rememb . . . Oh, that's right - the company that sells hardware and services.
Turn your monitor into an HD TV, says Asus
Want an HD TV on the cheap? Asus this week launched a box that'll turn a standard flat-panel PC monitor into a hi-def telly.
Intel rolls out Skulltrail high-end gaming mobo
Intel has formally launched 'Skulltrail', its two-CPU gaming motherboard that's ready for both AMD's CrossFire and Nvidia's SLI multi-GPU technologies.
Restored Vulcan hits financial turbulence
The trust which last October successfully got Avro Vulcan XH558 back into the air following a £6.5m restoration is rattling its tin again amid fears it may not have the cash to make the aircraft ready for the 2008 airshow season.
Mozilla opens the doors on Messaging subsidiary
The Mozilla Foundation has opened up a new subsidiary tasked with developing the Thunderbird email software package.
Mio DigiWalker C620T
ReviewEvery office has a luddite, even an organisation so devoted to the new and the technological as Register Hardware. There's always at least one person who clings to his or her fear and loathing of some aspect of the modern world.
Northern Rock FOI gag 'out of order' say Tories
The inclusion of a paragraph in the bill to nationalise the Northern Rock which exempts the bank from the Freedom of Information Act is completely unacceptable, according to the Tories.
Software glitch hits Heathrow T4 baggage system
Heathrow's Terminal 4 was yesterday hit by a software glitch which affected its baggage-handling capacity, the knock-on effect of which means that some passengers travelling have been told to leave any hold baggage at home.
BBC mulls dropping Flash as iPlayer meets iPhone
UpdatedThe BBC is considering ditching Adobe's Flash system for its iPlayer streams to improve the video quality of the on-demand service, it said on Tuesday.
Sony beams down Bluetooth Walkman
Sony has cut the cord and unveiled the latest walkman media players, now with Bluetooth connectivity to ensure you’re never entangled by cables when transferring music or just singing along.
Redmond puts key Vista update on ice
Microsoft has suspended distribution of one of the updates required for Vista service pack one (SP1), after customers complained that their PCs wouldn’t boot up properly once KB937287 had been applied.
Diners in 'suck my d**k' bill outrage
NSFWA group of chums who were less than impressed with the service at a Staffordshire restaurant learned the hard way that you don't mess with England's waiting staff and walk away unscathed.
Die for Gaia, save the planet?
The enviroloonies seem to have found their way out of the asylum again: this time to tell us that 70 per cent of Britons should die for the sake of Gaia. That's not quite the way they put it, of course. Rather, the Optimum Population Trust (there's a pedantic part of me that wants to tell them it's Optimal) tells us that the maximum sustainable population of the UK is 17 million: given that there are north of 60 million currently, we can only avert the coming End Times if the extra pop their clogs soonest.
Space shuttle descends: Satellite turkey-shoot to commence
UpdatedThe American military has issued further warning notices to aircraft and shipping in the Pacific, offering further opportunities for US warships to destroy a malfunctioning secret spy satellite before it descends to Earth. Meanwhile, NASA has cleared the space shuttle Atlantis to land as scheduled in Florida this afternoon, allowing the first satellite shot to be attempted above the Pacific in the early hours of tomorrow morning (UK time).
Ban booze in supermarkets, says health adviser
A health adviser to the government has formulated a cunning plan to tackle the UK's binge drinking epidemic which some claim has seen this green and pleasant land converted into a booze-fuelled version of a bad Saturday night in the Democratic Republic of Congo - simply ban the sale of alcohol in supermarkets.
Points mean passports: Citizenship Smith unveils 'like us' plan
Home Secretary Jacqui Smith today put forward a scaled-down version of a 'points for passports' citizenship scheme floated last summer. Under plans announced to Parliament today, non-EU immigrants would be faced with a pre-citizenship probationary period involving a deal of conspicuous joining in, and they may not have a lot of choice if they want to stay in the UK after their visa expires.
Channel 4 music video provider goes titsup
Musicbrigade, a Swedish company that provided websites including Channel4.com with music video content, has gone titsup.com.
Drunken Korean attempts to cook landlady's Chihuahua
A South Korean man suffering from a bad case of the booze-fuelled munchies decided his landlady's Chihuahua would do nicely as a post-session snack, but ended up part-flambéd and cuffed for his trouble.
UML officially an unfunny matter
Contrary to popular opinion, programmers are not a dry and humourless bunch. What old mainframer can fail to chortle at seeing the graffiti legend "Data error rules, OC7"?
Dell tells channel: You're not just a bit on the side
Dell is gunning to sign up a select bunch of channel resellers to the certification part of its two-tier programme over the next few months.
The internet as a platform? Not as ISP bloodbath looms
After 15 years of utopian gibberish about the "internet as a platform" that (of course) "changes everything", the pigeons are finally flying home to roost. In 2008, IP networks look less like the future of media, and more like tarpits that promise to bankrupt anyone who tries to run one. Especially the middlemen - as the distributors look like going to the wall first.
Miami cops trial 'hover and stare' ducted-fan Dalek
Miami police have purchased a small Dalek-like aerial surveillance droid capable of "hover and stare" missions. The American cops intend to trial the flying wastebin surveillance platform in urban "tactical operations".
Shamed 'alternative medicine' quack silences web critic
A discredited doctor has forced an ISP to silence a website that aimed to debunk claims made by his "Royal College of Alternative Medicine" (RCAM).
Ringin' in the old days
If you long for the…ahem… ‘good’ old days of people listening to the wireless and times when telephones were luxury items, then you’re bound to have a soft spot for the retro wired telephone, that’s actually wireless.
Wii Fit to hit UK in April
Make a note in your diary and start limbering up, because Nintendo has finally revealed that both the Wii Fit and Mario Kart video games will hit the UK in April.
Dated disk drive now with 7-in-1 card reader
Just when you thought the traditional floppy disk drive was about to breathe its last breath, UK retailer Maplin has given it the kiss of life and unveiled an internal floppy disk drive with 7-in-1 card reader.
Microsoft releases latest XP SP3 build
Microsoft has flung open the door for anyone interested in getting their mitts on release candidate 2 of Windows XP SP3.
FastScale dishes new Nicole Richie Composer Suite
Dietary software specialist Fastscale has tied a bow around a new version of its flagship software and offered up the package to customers.
Unseen 'Marilyn Monroe' nude snap wows US expert
A Marilyn Monroe expert has been left looking a bit of a twit after a photo he verified as being a hitherto unseen nude snap of Marilyn Monroe actually turned out to be one of unihibited popstress Madonna.
Latest China scare torpedos 3Com takeover
3Com's proposed takeover by a US private equity firm and a Chinese rival lay in tatters today, with the three companies admitting defeat in their attempts to mollify US government national security concerns.
Data Domain makes de-dupe box for corporate boonies
Data Domain wants to give its de-duplication technology a comfier fit in the wiring closet with a shrunken system for remote offices.
Oz admits $85m p0rn filtering FAIL
The Australian government has admitted that the AUS$85m it spent trying to protect kiddies from internet porn was AUS$85m too many.
Ubuntu chief ushers in the age of Intrepid Ibex
Canonical chief Mark Shuttleworth has revealed the name of the next Ubuntu release - Meeky Meerkat.