18th > April > 2008 Archive


Google earnings soar despite paid click dip

Google has stuck it to the naysayers by reporting higher-than-expected earnings - even as the weakening US economy and research showing a slowdown in ad clicks raised doubts about the search king's continued prospects. Shares, which have declined about 35 per cent this year, rose 17 per cent following the report.
Dan Goodin, 18 Apr 2008

Coupling and the power of accidental relationships

Book extract, part threeIn the third extract from his book, Emergent Design: The Evolutionary Nature of Professional Software Development published by Addison Wesley, Scott Bain tackles the complex issue of coupling, and looks at how unnecessary complexity can be injected through accidental or bad coupling.
Scott Bain, 18 Apr 2008

Cheapo textable landline numbers for all

I've been at the Telco 2.0 "Executive Brainstorm" this week. It's where British telco strategy executives brainstorm about how they can turn these slow-moving, bovine beasts around to create new markets and revenue opportunities. And so, with perfect timing, up pops a new service that illustrates how the telcos' stupidity allows so many of these potential markets to slip away.
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Apr 2008

FCC chief claims power over network management

Left Coast Comcast HearingUS Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin wants everyone to know his agency has all the power it needs to regulate the likes of Comcast.
Cade Metz, 18 Apr 2008

Pissed Russian sleeps off knifing

A Russian electrician who was stabbed by a workmate during a robust after-work booze session was unaware he had a six-inch kitchen knife in his back until his missus alerted him to the fact - by which time he'd crashed out for a bit, got a bus home, had some breakfast and collapsed back into bed.
Lester Haines, 18 Apr 2008

Choose and Book mixes up patient appointments

The NHS hospital booking service has sent up to 340 patients incorrect appointment data, delaying a software upgrade.
Kablenet, 18 Apr 2008
Skype logo

eBay ponders Skype bail out

eBay is considering flogging off Skype, the VoIP provider it paid $2.6bn for in 2005.
John Oates, 18 Apr 2008

UK consumers lose £6.6bn a year to unfair treatment

British consumers are being cheated out of £6.6bn a year by unfair treatment from business, with telecommunications and personal banking topping the list of problem areas, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has said.
OUT-LAW.COM, 18 Apr 2008

AMD's Q1 loss comes in as planned

Chipmaker AMD posted its sixth consecutive loss yesterday, for the first quarter of 2008. The firm brought in revenues of $1.51bn, but made a net loss of $358m and an operating loss of $264m.
John Oates, 18 Apr 2008

Cow turds fuel Blighty's hydrogen filling station embrace

Britain is about to get a new wave of hydrogen filling stations, allowing those few organisations and individuals in possession of hydrogen vehicles to top them up.
Lewis Page, 18 Apr 2008

Nvidia preps rival for AMD's Radeon HD 3830

Nvidia will next month roll out the GeForce 9600 GSO, it has been claimed by graphics card maker moles.
Tony Smith, 18 Apr 2008

Price cut fails to push Xbox 360 past PS3 in UK

ExclusiveMicrosoft this week claimed to have more doubled the Xbox 360’s European sales thanks to its recent price cut, but that still hasn’t been sufficient to put it ahead of the PlayStation 3 or the Wii in the UK.
James Sherwood, 18 Apr 2008
Myspace logo

MySpace profile hack provides early warning to predators

A security issue on MySpace may put a spanner in the works of law-enforcement efforts to track miscreants using the social networking site.
John Leyden, 18 Apr 2008

Sony Ericsson K660i internet phone

ReviewIt may not be as eye-catching as a Walkman music mobile or a Cyber-shot cameraphone, the K660i's web-focused features may grab another type of user in a similar way, Sony Ericsson hopes.
Phil Lattimore, 18 Apr 2008
Click here for the full BOFH range

BOFH: Licensing model

Episode 14
Simon Travaglia, 18 Apr 2008

El Reg celebrates 10th birthday

We're delighted to report that El Reg earlier this week celebrated its tenth anniversary as a daily publication with a right royal piss-up in the very Central London hostelry where the world's favourite IT website was born.
Lester Haines, 18 Apr 2008

IBM continues storage land grab with Diligent acquisition

Big Blue has made yet another storage buy, this time scooping up privately-held Diligent Technologies for an undisclosed sum, although rumors peg the price at $200m.
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Apr 2008

Samsung chairman faces tax dodging charges

The chairman of Samsung will be prosecuted for allegedly hiding millions of dollars to avoid paying taxes, South Korean authorities have announced.
Christopher Williams, 18 Apr 2008
Flag Ireland

Avnet sees blue skies with Horizon buy

Irish reseller Horizon Technology has agreed a recommended cash offer from IT distie Avnet, valuing the firm at €101.3m.
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Apr 2008

US gov may forbid BAE Eurofighter sale to Saudis

A controversial British deal to supply Eurofighter jets to Saudi Arabia may have hit an obstacle. It appears that the Eurofighter - long touted as proof that the UK and its continental partners can make serious combat kit without American help - actually contains significant amounts of US technology, and that Washington may not permit the Saudi sale.
Lewis Page, 18 Apr 2008

Mystery HDD maker orders kit to build monster-capacity drives

Hard drives could experience a massive increase in capacity next year now that a "major" HDD maker has placed an order for equipment to mass-produce 'patterned media' drives.
Tony Smith, 18 Apr 2008

Japan: Wii Mario Kart more popular than PSP erotica

A claim that Wii game Mario Kart has been outsold by a breast-baring erotic videogame in Japan have been overinflated, recent sales figures.
James Sherwood, 18 Apr 2008

F1 chief seeks French ban on orgy video

Formula One boss Max Mosley is seeking a French ban on the video footage showing him engaging in unsavoury activities with five prostitutes.
John Oates, 18 Apr 2008

Blockbuster gets legal poke for Facebook Tupperware campaign

A woman in Texas is sueing Blockbuster for using Facebook's controversial "Beacon" advertising system to reveal to her friends which movies she rented.
Christopher Williams, 18 Apr 2008

Malodorous Europe gasses UK

The Met Office has firmly pinned the blame for the foul stench hanging over the south of England - dubbed "Euro-whiff" - on our continental cousins, the BBC reports.
Lester Haines, 18 Apr 2008

Ofcom lifts the lid on L-band bidders

UK regulator Ofcom has published the list of approved bidders for the forthcoming L-Band spectrum.
Bill Ray, 18 Apr 2008
Pirates ahoy!

eBay software faker jailed for ten months

A UK eBay scammer has been jailed for flogging £46,000 of counterfeit software on the world's favourite online tat bazaar.
Christopher Williams, 18 Apr 2008

Motorola remodels mobile division

Motorola is sprucing up its neglected devices division to make it more attractive to investors.
Bill Ray, 18 Apr 2008
Warning: aircraft

Microsoft buys travel search site

Microsoft has bought Farecast - a travel search site which finds flights for you and, if you're flying from some US cities, can also tell you if the price is likely to go up or down in future.
John Oates, 18 Apr 2008

DARPA in search for five-year-mission solar wingship

The Pentagon's blue-sky technology office has finally announced the three contenders who will take forward its Vulture project.
Lewis Page, 18 Apr 2008
Windows Vista teaser

Ballmer bitch slaps Vista

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has admitted that Windows Vista is an incomplete product, even though the operating system has been on the market for more than a year.
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Apr 2008
Evesham Alqemi 26” LCD TV

You'll learn to love mobile TV

CommentProphets predict the mobile phone will kill the fixed line and the internet will kill newspapers.
Cat Keynes, 18 Apr 2008
For Sale sign detail

Nimbus-led alliance hopes to big up 10Gb Ethernet

A number of big name IP networking vendors teamed up earlier this week to create a new Nimbus-led partnership to raise awareness of 10Gbit/sec Ethernet.
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Apr 2008
triangular warning sign featuring exclamation mark

Warning sounded on Microsoft and Google's health records landgrab

Two leading proponents of electronic health records have urged regulators and governments to wake up to Microsoft and Google's growing interest in storing medical information.
Christopher Williams, 18 Apr 2008

Apple gets (slightly) less sneaky with Windows Safari play

Apple has updated Apple Software Update, giving iTunes and Quicktime users (a bit) more notice before slipping Safari onto their Windows machines.
Cade Metz, 18 Apr 2008
Windows Vista teaser

Windows Server 2008 is better than Vista, but why?

IT infrastructure veteran Mark Wilson asks:
Tim Anderson, 18 Apr 2008

AT&T waves goodbye to 4,600 staffers

AT&T is sacking 4,650 staffers, about 1.5 per cent of its 310,000-strong workforce. Wearing the pink slips, mostly, are managers in the home landline business who don't talk to customers.
Drew Cullen, 18 Apr 2008

'Rowdy' rectal extraction op vid hits YouTube

Hospital authorities in the Philippines are none too pleased with three doctors and a nurse who extracted a 15cm spray canister from a male patient's rectum in a "rowdy" operation, footage of which subsequently popped up in three-minute video on YouTube
Lester Haines, 18 Apr 2008

Notorious eBay hacker arrested in Romania

Vladuz, the notorious hacker who repeatedly accessed off-limits parts of eBay's network and then publicly bragged about it, has been arrested, the online auctioneer says.
Dan Goodin, 18 Apr 2008

Commodore goes titsup (again)

Commodore International is close to folding. The Dutch company that owns the brand was declared bankrupt this week, but a spokesman said it will appeal the court order.
Jan Libbenga, 18 Apr 2008

Pirate Bay-probing cop on Warner Brothers payroll

A Swedish policeman who helped investigate The Pirate Bay is now working for Warners Brothers, one of the big-name film companies that helped drive the investigation and is now a plaintiff in the pending court case against the swashbuckling P2P file sharing site.
Cade Metz, 18 Apr 2008

Freetards fill their boots - music survey

Punters only paid for 42 per cent of music acquired in the US last year, according to market research outfit NPD, down from 48 per cent in 2006.
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Apr 2008

Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2018