28th > February > 2008 Archive

Boffin stacks 16 PS3s to simulate black hole collisions

When most of us arrived home with our newly purchased PS3, we couldn't wait to start annihilating aliens in Resistance: Fall of Man or kicking butt kung fu-style in Virtua Fighter 5. Not astrophysicist Gaurav Khanna - he used his to build a supercomputer.

Agile lands role in games and business software

The recent Game Developer Conference (GDC) in San Francisco, California, is a surreal experience.
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Ofcom scuppered 61 pirate broadcasters in 2007

Updated: Sixty-one people were prosecuted for illegally broadcasting in the UK during the 2006/7 financial year, according to Ofcom's latest figures.
Bill Ray, 28 2008

HMV blames rival for PS3 PlayTV pre-order puzzle

HMV has blamed a rival retailer for its decision to post a webpage letting gamers pre-order the PlayStation 3 (PS3) DVR add-on, PlayTV - a page it yesterday yanked.
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Filesharers petition Downing Street on 'three strikes'

Comment A petition urging the Prime Minister not to introduce "three strikes" legislation against illegal filesharing has made its debut on the 10 Downing Street website.

VMware opens its products to security apps

VMware has announced a way to better protect its products against malware by allowing third-party security programs to access key parts of a virtualised environment.
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Swisscom chills to the sound of whalesong

LogoWatch We're pretty disappointed to learn that Swisscom has disproved the theory that the Swiss are largely immune to rebranding madness, preferring to eschew the advances of the Strategy Boutique in favour of avoiding armed conflicts and counting other people's money.

Google enters underwater cable business

Apparently, Google has stopped somewhere short of setting up its very own wireless network. But its very own Verizon-battling underwater comms cable is good to go.
Cade Metz, 28 2008
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Software company seeks 'Senior BJ assistant'

NSFW Those among you who are a bit down on your luck and don't mind getting your hands dirty to bring in a few bucks are directed to this tempting post down at Greek software outfit Fortytwo:
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Terminator Salvation is go for May 2009 release

The fourth Terminator movie - Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins - will hit cinemas on 22 May 2009, the makers have announced.
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NASA reveals Moon's rugged south pole

NASA has revealed "the highest resolution terrain mapping to date" of the Moon's south pole, revealing that it's "much more rugged than previously understood".

Asus Eee PC gives Sony the willies

It's official: Sony fears the Asus Eee PC. It worries the elfin notebook's low price, low spec approach could cut the bottom out of the laptop business.
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Cool Rules for the FCC: In the Lions's Den

Opinion Testifying as an expert witness on bandwidth management at the FCC's field hearing in snowy Cambridge this Monday was a heady experience. The hearing took place in a cramped corner of the Harvard Law School, a building that was already decorated with pickets, banners, and reporters when I arrived. Gingerly stepping through the snow in my California sailing shoes enabled me to avoid the protesters and find my way into the hallowed Ames courtroom. The room itself was full of buzz, and packed with a heavily Comcast-friendly crowd thanks to the cable giant's exploitation of the first-come, first-seated rule. Comcast had gamed the hearing's seating rules, hiring place-holders.

Security can come cheaply

Security has always been a major factor in IT and continues to grow in importance.
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US gov now says Eye-o-Sauron™ border masts are crap

After revealing last week that a pilot installation of controversial, buggy border-security scanner towers had finally been accepted into service, the US government has now admitted that the project is a technical failure. Plans to build a so-called "virtual fence" along the Mexican border will proceed, but there will be long delays and very little of the current technology will be used.

Apple optimistic it will sell 10 million iPhones by year's end

Updated Apple is "really confident" it will sell 10m iPhones by the end of the year, the company's COO, Tim Cook, said yesterday. Today, O2 announced the phone's launch in Ireland.

Tablet users jump for joy over K-Sketch

K-Sketch, a new application for the Tablet PC platform, allows animations to be created from sketches just by dragging them around the screen.
Bill Ray, 28 2008

Phishers clean up at online casinos

Email fraudsters are increasingly targeting customers of online casinos with phishing attacks. A wave of assaults against punters betting in casinos run from Antigua and the Dutch Antilles shows that attackers are extending their range beyond targets such as online banks and eBay.

Nintendo DS linked to LCD price-fixing scandal

Japan’s Fair Trade Commission has raided the offices of Sharp and Hitachi over allegations that they've been illegally fixing the price of LCD screens said to have been bought by Nintendo for its DS handheld console.
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Information wants to be free... except at UK Customs

Millions has been spent on consultants helping implement e-government. But has it ever been spent more effectively than this example?

Canon Digital Ixus 70 compact camera

Review Apple has the iPod - Canon has the Ixus. And like Apple, Canon is continually revising and refreshing its Ixus brand. So, is the Digital Ixus 70 a case of a radical product overhaul or just the same chocolates in a different box?
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Confidential Home Office data turns up in laptop on eBay

Yet more confidential UK government files may have been mislaid by public servants. However, in a sign that Whitehall may be raising its game slightly, this time the data was encrypted - and the copies originally lost have been recovered.

Many Xbox 360s fail within three months

Electronics warranty firm SquareTrade has already claimed that the Xbox 360 has a 16.4 per cent of breaking down, but more stats released by the firm show that the console is most likely to fail during its first three months of use.
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BT preps 2000 per cent evening call price hike

BT is in the middle of a massive marketing campaign for its new "Unlimited Weekends" calls package, which will offer free calls on Saturdays and Sundays. There's a doozy of a catch, however: weekday evening call charges will rocket to more than 2000 per cent of their current cost.

MacBook Air not snazzy enough? Get it crystalised

Established bling merchant Crystal Icing has already added glass-made sparklies to many gadgets, so it was probably just a matter of time before it turned its glue-gun onto Apple’s MacBook Air.
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Elon Musk delays SpaceX launch until 2009

Visionary PayPal multi-millionaire Elon Musk has revealed setbacks in his plans to develop cheaper access to space. It now appears that the inaugural flight of Musk's SpaceX Falcon 9 launcher and Dragon capsule will be put back from early Q4 this year to late Q1 2009.
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Malware removes rival rootkits

Miscreants have created a strain of malware capable of removing rootkits from compromised PCs, only to install almost undetectable backdoor code of its own.
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Nokia wins another round in Qualcomm battle

Nokia has won another round in its ongoing spat with Qualcomm, as the US International Trade Commission stood by its decision to allow Nokia to import handsets into the USA.
Bill Ray, 28 2008

Wipe the floor with Space Invaders

Governments may have been denying the existence of aliens for decades, but Register Hardware knows they exist because they’ve landed on our doormat - quite literally.

Sony drives at Ion with own-brand USB turntable

Vinyl record fans with a love for the PC no longer have to rely on manufacturer Ion for USB turntables, because Sony has stepped up to the mic and spun out a USB model of its own.
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Court must reconsider Microsoft Excel patent damages

A US appeals court has ordered a reconsideration of the damages that Microsoft must pay to a Guatemalan inventor who successfully sued it for patent infringement.

Elonex £99 Eee PC rival to arrive in June

Elonex has rolled out its sub-£100 Linux-based laptop, the One, but it looks like it's going to prove harder get hold of than Asus Eee PC has been.

Start-up boost planned for Windows Vista applications

Microsoft is planning updates to the .NET Framework 3.5 later this year to improve installation and performance of applications running on Windows Vista.
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Steve Ballmer lies to my mother

Steve Ballmer isn't above lying to my mother.
Cade Metz, 28 2008

Sun throws a quicker tape parade

Sun Microsystems is today shrinking the gear in its heftiest StorageTek modular tape library system for a new machine more palatable to the mid-range set.